Allardyce savouring Hammers success

first_img Questions are bound to be asked if the Hammers can last the distance on this occasion, but with Chelsea and Arsenal the next opposition Allardyce is not looking too far ahead. “It’s not often a team are breaking the barriers everybody else doesn’t expect them to break,” Allardyce said. “You should enjoy the moment and continue to enjoy the moment for as long as it lasts. Hopefully it will last for a good while yet. “We’ve sustained our position between sixth and fourth in recent weeks. We’ve a considerable amount of games now. The end of January will tell us what we can possibly achieve. “It’s about the consistency of winning and that is what we’ve got to challenge ourselves to try to do. You can’t afford to slip up too many times if you’ve played well and you don’t win, because you’ll end up slipping away and out of the elite end of this league. “At the moment we’re living with it, we’re enjoying it and the players who have applied themselves magnificently well all season are reaping the rewards.” Leicester, whose winless run was extended to 12 games, were culpable as West Ham claimed a fourth win in five games. Paul Konchesky, Barking born and playing against his old club, presented Carroll with the opening goal moments after the Hammers striker had missed a straightforward opportunity. Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing were on target in a 2-0 win over Leicester which means the Hammers are fourth in the Barclays Premier League at Christmas. It is their highest position on December 25 since the 1985-86 season when they finished third. But there was little Leicester could do to stop Downing’s strike, as the playmaker curled a sumptuous shot into the far corner. Adrian saved well to deny substitutes David Nugent and Leonardo Ulloa late on as West Ham kept a cleansheet in a comfortable win. The only negative for Allardyce was James Tomkins’ departure, as a precaution, due to a hamstring problem. “We’ve had a very good day,” Allardyce added. “Everybody expected us to win. We have won. That gives us a little bit of leeway for the next two coming up.” On the goals, Allardyce said: “A very composed finish from Andy on a one-on-one. He missed an easier chance before that. “The whole team is playing really well, but Stewart crowned off a very good performance again with another goal. His outstanding contributions on a consistent basis have been a revelation for us this season.” While West Ham are on a high, Leicester are bottom. Only twice before – West Brom in 2004-2005 and Sunderland last season – have the side at the foot of the Premier League standings on Christmas Day avoided relegation. Leicester boss Nigel Pearson rued his side’s failures in both attack and defence. “Individual mistakes have been costly for us, but you’ve got to score enough goals and we’ve just not been doing that,” Pearson said. Pearson was fined £10,000 and given a one-match touchline ban following his altercation with a fan during last month’s loss to Liverpool. But Pearson, who often watches from the stand, was on the touchline at Upton Park as he awaits the written reasons for his punishment from the Football Association. The supporters sang about the Foxes boss early in the contest. “It’s not a story about me,” said Pearson, whose side host Tottenham on Boxing Day. “What is important is that the fans stay behind the club and the players. ” Pearson has experience of a great escape, having been assistant boss to Bryan Robson at West Brom when they survived on the final day. “It really is about us making things happen ourselves,” Pearson added. “I look around the dressing room and we’ve certainly got nobody who’s giving up any sort of a fight. “We’re a side experiencing the polar opposite of what we experienced last year and that in itself is difficult. Get back to work and find the answers.” Press Association Sam Allardyce is determined to revel in West Ham’s best start to a season in almost 30 years. last_img read more

St. Pete’s seeks revenge on Canisius

first_img February 28, 2020 St. Pete’s seeks revenge on Canisius Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img LEADING THE WAY: Canisius’ Malik Johnson has averaged 12.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and six assists while Majesty Brandon has put up 13.4 points and 4.1 rebounds. For the Peacocks, KC Ndefo has averaged 7.7 points, five rebounds and 2.3 blocks while Aaron Estrada has put up 8.1 points.CREATING OFFENSE: Johnson has made or assisted on 41 percent of all Canisius field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for nine field goals and 19 assists in those games.BEHIND THE ARC: St. Peter’s’s Estrada has attempted 50 3-pointers and connected on 34 percent of them, and is 8 for 19 over his past five games.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Golden Griffins have recently gotten buckets via assists more often than the Peacocks. Canisius has an assist on 42 of 69 field goals (60.9 percent) across its past three contests while St. Peter’s has assists on 38 of 66 field goals (57.6 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: St. Peter’s is ranked first among MAAC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 35.2 percent. The Peacocks have averaged 12.3 offensive boards per game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSt. Peter’s (15-12, 12-6) vs. Canisius (10-18, 5-12)Koessler Athletic Center, Buffalo, New York; Saturday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Canisius goes for the season sweep over St. Peter’s after winning the previous matchup in Jersey City. The teams last played on Jan. 12, when the Golden Griffins shot 48 percent from the field while holding St. Peter’s’s shooters to just 45.3 percent on their way to the four-point victory.last_img read more

Tipp player believes Premier can will the All Ireland title

first_imgRonan Maher says the quality of the current playing and management set-up means the Premier County will be contenders to win their first title in this grade since 2010.Tipperary will play either defending champions Limerick or Cork in the Munster semi-final in July.Ronan is adamant the Premier County have the talent to enjoy a long run in the competition…last_img

Guyana records increase in rice exports

first_imgGeneral Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) Nizam Hassan has reported a 43 per cent increase in rice exports in the first half of the year.“When we look at the figures compared to the first half of 2017, we saw first that the total volume that has been exported is 290,000 tonnes which is 43 per cent more than the 203,000 tonnes than was exported during the first half of 2017,” he said on Thursday.The increase has so far earned the country US$111 million this year against the value of the export for the first half of 2017 which was US$77 million.Hassan credited the increase to the determination of rice producers and millers to meet production targets and, more so, Guyana’s access to new markets, particularly in Latin America.last_img read more

Ladbrokes Coral appoints The7stars as lead media agency

first_imgShare Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles Submit London independent full-service marketing agency The7stars has been awarded the consolidated media planning and buying account of FTSE-listed bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral, valued at an estimated £40 million.Completing its £2.3 billion merger last November, Ladbrokes Coral governance has begun to implement the new enterprise’s post-merger operational strategy seeking short-term corporate savings of between £60-70 million.  Following a closed pitch, Ladbrokes Coral marketing awards its multimillion account to The7Stars, who have handled Gala Coral media planning since 2011. The decision sees Ladbrokes drop its long-term incumbent agency Blue 449.The restructure of Ladbrokes Coral operations, has seen the company promote Dan Staples former Ladbrokes Head of Brand & Advertising to the position of Group Marketing Director (appointment made this February).Ladbrokes Coral confirmed the appointment of The7stars as lead media planning and buying agency to UK marketing news source Campaign Live. StumbleUpon SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020last_img read more

Lakers hope to show growth in Sunday game against Clippers

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The Lakers believe they’ve only gotten better since December. The team’s net rating has improved every month since then, up from plus-4.6 in a tough December schedule to plus-10.4 in their three March games so far. The template for making it tough on a star defensively was on display on Friday — though Giannis Antetokounmpo was close to his season average production, he was required to work hard to get there.Frank Vogel acknowledged that the Bucks and Clippers have found very different paths to success this year, but he hoped the Lakers would bring the same defensive attention to detail Sunday that they had against Milwaukee.“(The Clippers) make things very difficult with the fire power that they have,” he said. “So we’ve just got to be really dialed into the execution of our coverages and then make sure that we’re executing offensively so we can share the basketball and get great shot quality from that side of the floor.”Related Articles EL SEGUNDO — After mounting the Bucks on their wall, the Lakers already had started peering ahead.There’s not many regular season wins that get bigger than beating the No. 1 team in the NBA, which boasts the reigning MVP. But another crack at the Clippers might just be it.As Kyle Kuzma reflected on the Friday night win over Milwaukee, which he called “huge,” he still saw it as a buildup to arguably the weekend’s main event.“It sets the table for Sunday,” he said. “We got our eyes on it. We’ve been waiting for this game.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSunday afternoon will see the third meeting between the L.A.-based titans, currently standing at No. 1 and 2 in the Western Conference. There are believers in the Lakers as the true threat to the title, and there are believers in the Clippers. But one thing even the purple and gold faithful can’t argue with: 0-2.In the two meetings so far, the Lakers haven’t been able to measure up. And on a tour that’s recently included evening up season series with Boston, Philadelphia and Milwaukee as teams that topped them in the first meeting, the Lakers (48-13) are keenly aware of just how much getting one of these regular season games with the Clippers would mean.“We never want to lose to a team all the time, especially throughout the course of a season,” Anthony Davis said. “So this game Sunday is another kind of like revenge game. We feel like we had ‘em both games and let it slip late in the game, especially on Christmas Day. It’s gonna be another battle and test, and we’re gonna be ready for it.”That Christmas Day game, a 111-106 comeback victory by the Clippers, highlighted some of the Lakers’ biggest flaws. Their 3-point shooting, which has been surprisingly pedestrian despite a free agency geared at adding shooters, was a virtual non-factor. They struggled to move the ball up the floor against the Clippers’ pressure.Perhaps the most glaring problem is that the Lakers haven’t had any way of guarding Kawhi Leonard, who has scored a combined 65 points in the two meetings. He’s hit from up close, and from deep, or gotten to the free throw line each time he’s faced the Lakers, who he once entertained joining during free agency. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img The teams’ new personnel could likely play a role: The Clippers got Marcus Morris in a trade with the Knicks; the Lakers got Markieff Morris on the buyout market. Both brothers have become regular rotation players since climbing aboard midseason. The Clippers have also gotten solid play out of Reggie Jackson; the Lakers signed Dion Waiters this week, but are unlikely to play him until his conditioning improves (he’s missed most of the season so far).While the teams have one more meeting in a rescheduled game on April 9, in all likelihood, this is the last meaningful regular season game between the two. The fourth installment, which was postponed after the death of Kobe Bryant, will be on the third game in three nights for the Lakers, who are likely to have locked up playoff seeding with just three games to play afterward. The same could be true of the Clippers, who have exercised caution all season on player injuries.The Lakers have varying views on how much it matters to beat the Clippers in the regular season. While the Lakers badly want to win the game Sunday, Vogel said he wouldn’t be concerned if the Lakers entered the postseason without having beaten the Clippers. Danny Green said their 0-2 record “sinks in with us a little bit,” but said the regular season match-ups don’t lend themselves necessarily to dictating postseason match-ups.But then again, the one thing all the Lakers agree on is that they’re trying to constantly grow, even as they make the push toward the playoffs. And beating the Clippers, the only team in the West they’ve yet to beat, would be the ultimate sign of how far they’ve come.“We have an opportunity to get better on Sunday, because we know how well they’ve been playing as of late,” LeBron James said. “They’re at full strength. We’re at full strength. And we look forward to the challenge to see how we can match up with them again.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Avery Bradley explains decision to sign with Lakers

first_img Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles has attended workouts of Lance Stephenson, Marreese Speights Avery Bradley is happy he ended up with the Lakers.The 28-year-old guard was waived by the Grizzlies in early July before signing a two-year, $9.7 million contract with Los Angeles. Bradley said he was excited for a fresh start with a new team. “I’m feeling extremely great right now, I’m healthy, I’m in shape,” Bradley told reporters this weekend, via the Orange County Register. “And my role, I would expect it to be … being a guy that’s out there to compete on the defensive end, make open shots and play off our key players. That’s making cuts or just finding other ways to get guys open by my cutting ability.”Bradley spent the first seven years of his career with the Celtics but has bounced around the league and played for three teams since 2017-18. He averaged 9.9 points and 2.4 assists while shooting 35.1% from 3-point range in 63 total games with the Clippers and Memphis last season. Related News Rob Pelinka on expectation for Lakers next season: ‘Anything short of a championship is not success’ LeBron James reportedly lobbied Lakers to sign Quinn Cook “My goal is to come (to the Lakers) and give myself a chance to show what I can do,” Bradley said. “I feel like it’s been a rough couple of years for me obviously with trades, (never) being in one place a long period of time and then going through that.“It’s been hard on me and my family, but I feel like this is going to give me some stability and give me the opportunity to go out there and really show what I can do on both sides of the floor.”The Lakers revamped their roster this offseason when they acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans to pair with LeBron James. They also inked Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, Quinn Cook, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso to deals.Bradley and Rondo shared a backcourt while they were with Boston. “I knew if I had an opportunity to play with one of those guys, I would definitely think about it,” Bradley said. “Now that the opportunity presented itself, I didn’t hesitate. Everything was aligned.”Los Angeles has also reportedly attended the workouts of veterans Lance Stephenson, Marreese Speights, Amar’e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis.last_img read more

The question over the Roosters’ premiership credentials

first_imgWhile questions about the Roosters salary cap is one of the most common topics raised with NRL officials and media commentators by fans of rival clubs, the reality is that the roster at the Bondi-based club has one of the fewest number of players with first-grade experience in the competition.After recruiting Australian halfback Cooper Cronk and NSW fullback James Tedesco, the Roosters are many people’s premiership favourites, but the club’s losses significantly outnumber their gains and they will be relying heavily on rookies to cover injuries.Gone from the Roosters squad at the start of last season are Mitchell Pearce (238 matches), Aiden Guerra (154), Michael Gordon (225), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (230), Kane Evans (74), Connor Watson (38), Liam Knight (1) and Paul Carter (40).Between them, those eight players had appeared in 1,000 NRL matches.Besides Cronk and Tedesco, the Roosters only other new face at pre-season training was Reece Robinson, who had been playing rugby union for NSW Waratahs since leaving the Parramatta Eels in 2015.Most people can nominate the 17 players Roosters coach Trent Robinson is likely to choose for Saturday’s match against Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium if everyone is available. The remainder of the 29-man squad is significantly harder to identify.Whereas fellow premiership heavyweights North Queensland Cowboys (28), Parramatta Eels (27) and Melbourne Storm (26) are among the clubs boasting the highest number of players with first-grade experience in the 29-man squads submitted to the NRL last Thursday, the Roosters had the equal lowest before signing Nuuausala from Wigan.With Leigh announcing they had released Baptiste after just one Super League game with the understanding he will join the Roosters, their squad will now have 24 players with NRL experience but four of them still qualify rookies – Nat Butcher (3 matches), Victor Radley (3), Chris Smith (3) and Lindsay Collins (2).The Roosters used 26 players last season and 31 in 2016 – figures that most clubs range between from year to year.As a result, the NRL has increased the roster size for each club from 25 players to 30 players under the $9.4 million salary cap, with a minimum wage of $100,000 for players 1-26 and $70,000 for players 27-30.However, the second-tier salary cap has been abolished and clubs are unable to draw from outside their 30-man squad unless given dispensation by the NRL salary cap auditor. That is only likely to be granted if clubs have no available players capable of playing a specific position.Clubs had to nominate 29-players to the NRL by March 1 and must have 30 players by June 30, although Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (Nate Myles) and Wests Tigers (Curtis Sironen) are understood to have included former players as they are still paying them.Despite the presence of so many rookies, the Roosters squad still boasts the fifth highest number of NRL appearances behind the Cowboys (2,708), Cronulla Sharks (2,660), Eels (2,410) and Storm (2,320).Of the 2304 NRL appearances by players in the Roosters squad, Cronk is responsible for 323 of them, while five other players – Mitchell Aubusson (239), Jake Friend (211), Nuuausala (184), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (175) and Blake Ferguson (165) – have each played more than 150 games.However, using NRL.com’s predicted Round 1 line-ups as a guide, the other premiership big guns boast greater depth, with the likes of Cronulla’s Trent Hodkinson (156 NRL games), Joseph Paulo (146), Edrick Lee (72) and Aaron Gray (42) not expected to be in the Sharks 17 man squad to meet the Cowboys.The Eels will have players with the experience of Beau Scott (237), Josh Hoffman (171 NRL games), Tony Williams (165), Suaia Matagi (92), Siosaia Vave (96) and Cameron King (32) to draw on from outside the predicted side for Sunday’s match against Penrith Panthers.In contrast, the Panthers have the least experienced rosters in the Telstra Premiership, with 22 players having played a combined 1635 NRL matches.St George Illawarra also have 22 players with NRL experience in their 29-man roster, while the Sharks, Brisbane Broncos and Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs each have 23, and Canberra Raiders have 24.The only NRL rookie in the New Zealand Warriors squad is former Wigan centre Anthony Gelling, who has played 115 Super League matches.Download the Telstra Premiership draw to your calendarDownload the Intrust Super Premiership (NSW) draw to your calendarDownload the Intrust Super Cup (Qld) draw to your calendarDownload the State of Origin draw to your calendarlast_img read more

Atlanta celebrities ‘rise up’ for Falcons

first_imgATLANTA (AP): The New England Patriots have the Super Bowl history and experience going for them tomorrow, but they can’t compete with the Atlanta Falcons when it comes to an entourage of celebrity fans. The Falcons have been known for having fickle fans who abandon the team when it struggles, but this season, the sidelines have been overflowing with rappers, actors and athletes from other sports . Rapper T.I. says he’s no bandwagon jumper. The lifelong Falcons fan says he remembers when Deion Sanders high-stepped into end zones, Michael Vick dashed by defenders and the “Dirty Birds” danced to the Super Bowl in 1999. Those were some of the most memorable moments in Falcons history, but there were many more forgettable years. No matter the outcome, T.I. remained faithful. “We’re always down for the home team,” T.I. said. “We’ve had our highs and lows. But this team is different. We are rooting for them.” Usher, Future, Jeezy and Bow Wow have been spotted cheering from the sidelines during Falcons home games this season . Rapper Gucci Mane was shown giving fans high-fives from at a playoff game in the Georgia Dome. Ludacris performed at halftime in the Falcons’ NFC divisional round win against the Seattle Seahawks then returned the following week to deliver another show in the team’s final home game at the Georgia Dome in a victory against the Green Bay Packers. The rapper recently narrated a short video clipped called “A City Waits” in honour of the Falcons. One of the most notable Falcons supporters is actor Samuel L. Jackson, who created a commercial in 2014 for the team. He recently appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” about his Super Bowl-bound squad and discussed how he tried to forewarn his team about an Aaron Rodgers trick play in warm-ups before the NFC Championship game.last_img read more

Diana E. Davis School in 4-Day Sports Festival

first_imgA four-day sports festival, described by school officials as a gala week (June 24-27) celebration will commence at the Diana E. Davis Elementary, Junior Senior High School at Parker Corner, Brewerville, Monrovia.According to the fixture, in kickball, D.E.D will take on Pamela Kay and in the second game at 10am J.K.D will go against Triumph at 11:30am.In the football games, D.E.D will clash with Pamela Kay at 1pm and in the second game, J.K.D. will play Triumph at 3pm.On Thursday, June 25, from 9am to 12pm will be Quizzing in its knockout stage.Game 1: D.E.D. vs. Virginia Public SchoolGame 2: M.T.S.S vs. Pamela KayGame 3: All Saints vs. J.K.DGame 4: Annie Banks vs. Triumph.Semi-finals: Game 5: Winner 1 vs. Winner 2Game 6: Winner 3 vs. Winner 4In kickball in the knockout stages, Virginia Public School vs. M.T.S.S and All Saints will play against Annie Banks in the second game.In knockout in football: Game 3 vs. Virginia Public School vs. M.T.S.S. and in Game 4 All saints vs. Annie Banks.Friday, June 26: Quizzing Final: Game 7 vs. Winner 6.Kickball Semi Final: Games 5 Winner 1 vs. Winner 2; Game 6 Winner 3 vs. Winner 4.Football Semi Final: Game 5 Winner 1 vs. Winner 2;Game 6 Winner 3 vs. Winner 4.Kickball Final: Game 7 Winner 5 vs. Winner 6.Football Final: Game 7 Winner 5 vs. Winner 6There will be a queen contest on June 27 at 12pm and awards night at 7pm.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more