Latics keep survival hopes alive

first_imgCallum McManaman struck 10 minutes from time to give Wigan a 3-2 victory over West Brom and keep the Latics’ hopes of another great escape alive. The hosts were gifted a chance from nothing in the 10th minute when Ben Watson’s handball handed them a promising free-kick, but Dorrans shot straight at Joel Robles. Kone was seeing less of the ball up front for the Latics but almost caught Ben Foster off guard with a skiddy long-range effort in the 19th minute. West Brom took a deserved lead when Claudio Yacob kicked things off with a tackle deep in his own half and Romelu Lukaku picked out Markus Rosenberg’s run with a wonderfully measured pass into the right channel. The Swede easily outstripped Watson and his low ball across goal left Long with a simple close-range finish. Maloney went close with a free-kick in the 37th minute and the equaliser arrived two minutes later as Maloney found Jean Beausejour on the left flank and Kone beat Jonas Olsson to nod home the Chilean’s cross at the far post. Steve Clarke’s side had more energy after the break and restored their lead five minutes into the second half. McAuley was the scorer, rising to head Dorrans’ free-kick home after Kone made only a half-hearted attempt to track his run. McArthur immediately found the net after coming off the bench, diving to head home Maloney’s cross at full stretch for a dramatic first touch. Wigan lost Beausejour to injury in the 74th minute but they were soon celebrating when McManaman and Maloney combined to put the visitors ahead for the first time. Maloney, somewhat inevitably, was the instigator, charging down the left wing and beating two men before pulling the ball back from the byline. The finish was a simple one for McManaman but the effect could yet be huge on their season. The Latics twice came from behind before McManaman, who scored his first Barclays Premier League goal against Tottenham last weekend, swept home from close range following Shaun Maloney’s superb run. Shane Long and Gareth McAuley put West Brom ahead in the 29th and 50th minutes, only for Arouna Kone and James McArthur – with his first touch – the drag the visitors back into it. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Ozil wants immediate impact

first_img With Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky suffering a thigh injury on international duty, Ozil could be thrown straight into the starting XI at the Stadium on Light. The German maintains he is ready to meet the challenge head on. “I look forward to playing in this league,” he said. “Of course it is very physical here, but it is a man is sport and I am really glad to play in the best league in the world. “I want to prove myself in England, therefore I look forward to playing here. “I also played in the Bundesliga and Spain and always proved myself. I know that I will prove myself here as well.” Ozil maintains it was the confidence of Wenger which proved vital in his decision to leave Madrid, when it became clear he no longer was central to the plans of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti following the world-record signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham. Reports in Spain have questioned Ozil’s off-field behaviour. Press Association The German playmaker’s departure from Real Madrid in a £43million deal on transfer deadline day was greeted by disbelief from his former team-mates at the Bernabeu. However, Madrid’s loss is Arsenal’s gain as manager Arsene Wenger finally landed the marquee signing he desired to bolster a long overdue sustained assault on the title. However, the 24-year-old defended himself and insisted he would not let any unsubstantiated speculation affect his fresh start in London. “I don’t want to say anything bad about Madrid because I had three wonderful years there. I have great friends there. We achieved a lot with the club and (won) trophies. That is why I don’t want to talk a lot about it,” Ozil said as he was unveiled to the press at Arsenal’s Hertfordshire training base on Thursday. “People who know me know how professional I am and I think [in] the past years, you can see how many games I played – 159 games. “If you are not professional in your life, then I don’t think you can play that many games. “People know how professional I am and this is what counts. All the rumours, I don’t care about them. “I have a new task here. I am just looking ahead. “I am in London now. We have big goals here and we will work very hard to reach these goals.” Wenger believes Ozil’s arrival can help England midfielder Jack Wilshere thrive in a deeper role at the heart of the Gunners side. “In midfield, Jack Wilshere is more comfortable in deeper positions and Ozil more in a higher position, that is why I don’t think they conflict,” said Wenger, who expects both Wilshere and Theo Walcott, on the receiving end of a nasty kick during the World Cup qualifier in Ukraine, to be available this weekend. “I didn’t always think that, but looking at Jack over the years now, he likes to come deep to take the ball and make a difference, and then give and go again. “Ozil, though, is more behind the striker, higher up on the field.” New Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is relishing the challenge of throwing himself straight into the rough and tumble of the Barclays Premier League – starting at Sunderland on Saturday.last_img read more

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City drop Hart for Norwich match

first_imgEngland goalkeeper Joe Hart was dropped by Manchester City for the visit of Norwich in the Barclays Premier League, the club announced via Twitter. Hart was relegated to the substitutes’ bench while City, again without injured captain Vincent Kompany, had Matija Nastasic and Martin Demichelis in central defence. Norwich made two changes from last week’s draw with Cardiff as Steven Whittaker and Bradley Johnson replaced the injured Alex Tettey and Robert Snodgrass. Press Associationcenter_img Manager Manuel Pellegrini decided the time had come to leave out Hart after a number of errors this season, preferring Romanian Costel Pantilimon in his place. Pantilmon impressed in a rare start during City’s Capital One Cup victory over Newcastle on Wednesday. last_img read more

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Alabama A&M seeks revenge on Alcorn State

first_img Associated Press February 21, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAlcorn State (12-12, 8-5) vs. Alabama A&M (6-17, 3-9)Elmore Gymnasium, Normal, Alabama; Saturday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Alcorn State goes for the season sweep over Alabama A&M after winning the previous matchup in Lorman. The teams last met on Jan. 25, when Alabama A&M made only four free throws on five attempts while the Braves hit 12 of 13 on the way to a 59-58 victory. FAB FRESHMEN: Alabama A&M has relied heavily on its freshmen this year. Cameron Alford, Garrett Hicks, Cameron Tucker, TJ Parham and EJ Williams have combined to account for 69 percent of the team’s scoring this season and 69 percent of all Bulldogs points over the last five games.TERRIFIC TROYMAIN: Troymain Crosby has connected on 27.7 percent of the 47 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also converted 84.4 percent of his foul shots this season.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Alcorn State is a perfect 5-0 when the team blocks at least five opposing shots. The Braves are 7-12 this season when they block fewer than five shots.COLD SPELLS: Alcorn State has dropped its last three road games, scoring 70 points and allowing 86.3 points during those contests. Alabama A&M has lost its last four home games, scoring an average of 62.3 points while giving up 72.DID YOU KNOW: Alabama A&M has committed a turnover on just 17.3 percent of its possessions this season, which is the lowest rate among all SWAC teams. The Bulldogs have turned the ball over only 12 times per game this season.___center_img Alabama A&M seeks revenge on Alcorn State 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.comlast_img read more

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NFF’s Disciplinary Committee Bans Giwa, Others for Five Years

first_img“After reviewing the charges, available facts and evidence, the NFF Disciplinary Committee hereby finds as follows:That Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong are found guilty of Illegally representing the NFF in breach of Art. 40 of the NFF Statutes, when they without due authorization and mandate purported to contract a Law Firm, Messrs Leslie Cohen & Associates of Illovo Law Chambers, 4 Fricker Road, Ground Floor, South Africa in the name of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and refused to pay for services whereby the said Messrs Leslie Cohen & Associates commenced proceedings against the NFF for the sum of $100,000 being legal fees for professional services rendered in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg.”The committee also ruled that Giwa and his group were guilty of breaching Art. 69(1) of the NFF Statutes by taking football matters to the ordinary court and failing to submit to the jurisdiction of FIFA and the NFF.On the threat by Giwa and his co-travellers to forcefully take over the Glass House, the Disciplinary Committee ruled that there was “insufficient particulars and evidence submitted to establish the charge of threats, unguarded, uncouth and uncivilized statements in the media against the NFF, brought against Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong.”The Committee also upheld the League Management Company’s decision to fine Giwa FC N2.75m and award three points to Rangers following Giwa’s refusal to conclude a disputed league match.Giwa FC also forfeited three points and three goals to Wikki Tourists for failing to turn up for a league match in Ilorin, where Giwa FC was banished to.In attendance at the Disciplinary Committee meeting in Abuja yesterday were; Prof. Olufemi Adegbesan (Vice-Chairman), Adamu Sani Osmond, Kelvin Omuojine, and Christian Emeruwa,Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeThe Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) rose from its sitting in Abuja yesterday handing out five years bans each to persons including proprietor of Jos-based NPFL side, Christopher Giwa.Other persons banned from football related activities in the country for the next five years include; Johnson Effiong, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama and Sani Fema.According to a statement from the NFF yesterday, Giwa who has been at loggerhead with the leadership of the current board at the Glass House since after the September 30 elections in Warri, Delta State, was slammed along with his group for be in breach of the statues of the federation through illegal representation.last_img read more

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On The Beat 11/14/10

first_img Comments Published on November 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm Beat writers Tony Olivero and Andrew John discuss Syracuse’s win over Canisius. Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim said afterward he feels his team is ‘overrated’ and was quoted saying: ‘We have got a long ways to go. We are not a good basketball team.’center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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10 fun facts about North Carolina

first_imgSyracuse, a .500 team in conference this season, is in the Final Four. What a time to be alive.SU (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) takes on No. 1 seed North Carolina (32-6, 14-4) on Saturday at 8:49 p.m.Get acquainted with 10 facts about the Orange’s rival in Chapel Hill, North Carolina:1. Everybody just get on the good footUNC is called the Tar Heels, and there are two possible reasons why. The first theory: During the Revolutionary War, British troops covered their feet with tar after crossing North Carolina rivers. The state has a lot of pine trees, so tar became one of its most important exports. The second: During the Civil War, North Carolina soldiers allegedly threatened to stick tar on the heels of retreating soldiers to make them stay in battle. Forgetting the impracticality of getting close enough to someone who’s trying to kill you to put a little tar on his heels, it’s a good story.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Probably older than your great, great, great grandpaThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the country, founded in 1789. It’s also the only public university in the U.S. to award degrees in the 18th century. (Hint: They’re really, really proud of that.)3. Oregon TrailThe first student ever on UNC campus was Hinton James, who enrolled at the University on Feb. 12, 1795. According to legend, he walked to Chapel Hill from Wilmington. That’s 162 miles. He endured wilderness, animals and, if I learned anything from the Oregon Trail game, probably dysentery.  He made it there in two weeks and by the end of the year there were 41 students and two professors.4. Yeah, but do you have Calio’s?You know that circular rotunda with columns that you always see associated with UNC? It’s called “The Old Well,” smack dab in the middle of campus, and served as the university’s primary source of water for over a century. Today it’s just a water fountain. On the first day of class every semester, it’s a tradition starting at midnight to drink from that fountain to bring good luck and straight A’s.5. #SquadGoalsThere’s a famous street in Chapel Hill called Franklin Street. It’s named after a guy named Benjamin Franklin. But there’s a street that runs parallel to Franklin, Rosemary Street, with a way better backstory. A woman named Rose lived at one end of the street. Her good homie Mary lived at the other end. Yup.6. That’s Mr. Money Bags to youUNC has an annual budget of $2.4 billion, making it the school with the deepest pockets in the Final Four. That is slightly less than double Syracuse’s 2015 budget of $1.28 billion. Villanova’s budget isn’t public and Oklahoma is at $886 million.7. Why you so obsessed with me?There was a time when the American colonies loved England (or at least just talked trash behind their back). So a church was built in North Carolina called “Church of England New Hope Chapel” and it once stood atop the hill at the crossroads at the center of town. King gossip Thomas Paine aired his grievances and said, “England’s not that cool.” Years later, the town dropped the “Church of England,” apparently lost “New Hope” and became just Chapel Hill.8. His AirnessIf you need this fun fact to tell you that possibly the greatest basketball player ever, Michael Jordan, went to North Carolina then you should click our “Men’s Basketball” tab and start reading immediately. You need to be all caught up by Saturday.9. Smoke if you got ’emNorth Carolina is the largest producer of tobacco in the United States, growing nearly 375 million pounds per year. UNC aptly sits along Tobacco Road through the state. North Carolina’s production is more than double the second-largest producer, Kentucky.10. “Sorry, we only got Pepsi products.”This line is probably delivered a lot more in UNC than a lot of other places. Caleb Bradham, credited with inventing Pepsi Co., was a Tar Heel. Comments Published on March 29, 2016 at 10:52 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Evan Mobley, No. 1 prospect in Class of 2020, commits to USC

first_img Five-star 2020 prospect to skip college for 12-month NBA prep program Evan Mobley, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2020, said Monday that he has committed to USC, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.His decision hardly comes as a surprise. Mobley’s father, Eric, is a Trojans assistant and his older brother, Isaiah, will be a true freshman this season for coach Andy Enfield. Per 247Sports’ evaluation, Mobley “(h)as all the qualities of a big-time post prospect. Length, athleticism, mobility, skill and basketball IQ are all in abundance. Finishes with touch and has nice footwork in the post. … Conscientious defender. Expected to be a high (2020) lottery pick and possible No. 1 overall pick in draft.Mobley, who will be a senior at Rancho Christian High School in Temecula, California, averaged 19.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks last season en route to winning Gatorade Player of the Year honors for California.He was part of gold-medal-winning teams with USA Basketball at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup last summer and the U19 World Cup earlier this summer in Greece. “It will be great to play with (Isaiah); we have really good chemistry together,” Evan Mobley said. “If he has a chance to go to the NBA, that would be great too. He has been a big influence on me both on and off the court. Being older, he has always helped me in the classroom and on the court.”A 6-11, 200-pound center, Mobley is the first commitment for USC in the 2020 class, but he is Enfield’s third five-star prospect in the past two recruiting classes, following his brother and Onyeka Okongwu.center_img “I want to get it out of the way before I start my senior year. And I know where I want to go,” Mobley told ESPN. “As a freshman and sophomore, I wasn’t sure exactly where I was going to go. I was looking for the best fit. But after my junior season, I know that being at USC is the right fit for me.”Breaking: No. 1 2020 recruit @evan_mobley7 tells @PaulBiancardi that he will attend USC.He will join his father Eric, an assistant coach, and his brother Isaiah, a freshman, with the Trojans. pic.twitter.com/OHd2yhfuBb— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 5, 2019Isaiah Mobley, also a five-star prospect, committed to USC two months after his father, who coached the Compton Magic grassroots program for several years, was hired in March 2018. Related News Big 12/SEC Challenge 2020 tipoff times: UK at Texas Tech, Tennessee at KU top Jan. 25 slatelast_img read more

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Former Mason City mayor Tom Jolas dies at age 87

first_imgMASON CITY — Former Mason City mayor and businessman Tom Jolas has died.Jolas was elected as the community’s mayor in November 1969, serving from January 1970 until his resignation from office in February 1973 due to a business opportunity.Jolas was a vocal proponent for making sure the construction of Interstate 35 went through Cerro Gordo County and for the Avenue of the Saints to be routed through north-central Iowa and connect with I-35.Jolas was the deputy director for what was then known as the Iowa Development Commission in the late 1980s during Terry Branstad’s second term as governor. He served as the agency’s administrator of the Division of Planning and Policy, helping to form the state’s first comprehensive blueprint for economic development.Jolas in 1987 helped to form the Cerro Gordo County Compensation Board, which determines the pay for elected officials, and sat on the board until 2016.The Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel says Jolas died Monday night at the age of 87. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 Friday afternoon at Hogan-Bremer-Moore in Mason City with a Trisagion service to be held at 6:00. The funeral service will be held on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock at the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church.last_img read more

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