Lambert not fearing Villa axe

first_img Press Association The Villa manager has lost his last six games ahead of the trip to Upton Park on Saturday. Hammers chief Allardyce has backed Lambert and insisted he has sympathy for his opposite number. “When results go for you then great, but if not then you know what’s coming.” Lambert has come under fire from Villa fans during their losing run, although they were unlucky to lose 2-1 to Tottenham on Sunday. Christian Benteke’s red card turned the game and Lambert felt the home support stuck with the team. “I understand the way fans react but the crowd were really excellent against Spurs,” said the Scot, who is without the suspended Benteke for the next three games. “They want to see their team winning. Since I have been here they have been great. “They came in their numbers and they will go down to West Ham in their numbers and get behind us. “But I also know the flipside of the coin, that can happen.” Lambert revealed Villa asked the Football Association to look at Benteke’s dismissal but saw their appeals fall on deaf ears. The striker was sent off after pushing Ryan Mason in the face and b oth clubs were charged with failing to control their players after a melee ensued. Lambert, meanwhile, could welcome back Philippe Senderos at West Ham after the defender returned to training on Thursday following a thigh problem. Allardyce was under pressure last season with fans calling for his head at the start of the year – but he survived and has taken them to fifth in the Barclays Premier League this term. Lambert insists he will also endure and said he believes in his side. “That’s what you do. I’ve got some really good players so I don’t have any fears about that whatsoever,” he said. “Sam has been through it and he has been there and bought the t-shirt. “He has been over the course before and has a really good side. “Even when it was all happening, I remember from the outside looking in it was not nice seeing that from any crowd doing that to a manager. “But he came through it and that’s what you do, you come through it. “Some others might like it (opposition managers coming in for abuse) but me personally, I don’t like seeing it because I know how hard the job is. Paul Lambert is confident he will survive Aston Villa’s rocky spell and pointed to Sam Allardyce’s success at West Ham as proof. last_img read more

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Volleyball enters 2019 season with fresh talent

first_img“We have to wake up really early in the season and see who we are,” All-American senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier said. “It’ll be really exciting to play these great [competitors] and see what we can do early on and just get better from there.” One bright spot for the Trojans last year was setter Raquel Lázaro, but even after winning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors, the talented sophomore still sees plenty of room for improvement. USC women’s volleyball enters the 2019 season with some fresh faces following last season’s upsetting finish. The No. 21 Trojans placed third in the Pac-12 with a 13-7 conference record yet failed to emerge from the second round of the NCAA tournament.  Lázaro proved herself as the team’s leading setter with 1,402 assists last year; the next closest Trojan had just 123. However, she is not taking her success for granted. Heading into the two-a-day practices, Lázaro feels like she has to earn her job in each workout and has her sights set on the Pac-12 Setter of the Year award. The Trojans stumbled toward the end of the regular season in 2018, narrowly defeating a subpar UCLA squad they swept in the conference opener. Friday’s game will begin at 5 p.m., and Sunday’s is set for an 11 a.m. start. “For me, it wasn’t that good of a season, and I think I can do a lot better,” Lázaro said.  The Trojans will have their first opportunity to show off that depth this Friday against Texas State in San Marcos, Texas. The Bobcats posted an impressive 27-7 record last season, advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament before losing in three sets to Texas. Texas State enters the season unranked despite receiving six votes in the AVCA coaches poll.  The Trojans have brought in two liberos, freshman Keila Barra and graduate Abril Bustamante — the latter of whom plays for the beach volleyball team — to replace recent graduates Victoria Garrick and Reni Meyer-Whalley. Barra and Bustamante will be expected to step up quickly as the Trojans need a solid back row against tough competition early this season. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier serves the volleyball against Cal last season. As a senior, Lanier will be a mentor for the team’s new players. (Tal Volk/Daily Trojan) “I know it will be difficult [to win the award],” Lázaro said. “But I want to be the best I can be for my team.” “Establishing trust with [the coaches] throughout the spring was a really big growing period,” Lanier said. “They are giving us a bigger hand in what we want to do and where we want to take this team.” Head coach Brent Crouch is returning for his second year with USC and is focused on building chemistry between the players and coaching staff well before the season gets underway.  The Trojans will have very little time to get over any potential early-season rust, as they face three top-20 opponents in their first five matches of the year. After the contest with the Bobcats, USC will travel to Austin for a Sunday matchup with an elite Texas squad that enters the season ranked No. 4 in the AVCA coaches poll. The Longhorns are coming off a 2018 season that saw them go 23-5 and earn a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals.  Along with Barra and Bustamante, USC brought in junior opposite Candice Denny and freshman outside hitter Emilia Weske to round out its roster heading into the season. The newcomers should help strengthen a roster that lacked depth during an injury-plagued 2018. “We [added] another exceptional group of student-athletes to our already loaded 2019 class and are now two- to three-deep at every position on the court,” Crouch said in a June interview with USC Athletics. “I expect the level of competition in practice to soar and [for us] to be able to absorb the inevitable injuries that are a part of the game. Each of the players in this group exhibits the skill, athleticism, intelligence and character standards that we hold for the Trojan Family.” Lanier compared the roster to the 2017 team that advanced to the NCAA regional match against Florida.  “I think having a deep roster is really important,” Lanier said. “We have a lot of transfers and freshmen coming in, so for the returners it’s really good to have our limits pushed by these new people, learn what we can from them and then teach them our philosophies along the way.” To avoid a similar decline in 2019, the Trojans will have to maintain their physical conditioning through the end of the season.  “Last year at the end of the season, my body wasn’t as well-prepared as it was in the beginning,” Lázaro said. “Now I know at the end of the season I need to prepare my body better. Now I know how I need to prepare myself for each part of the season.”last_img read more

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Big day in the Curragh

first_imgThe Darley Irish Oaks is the highlight of a superb day’s action that also features the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes and the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes.Aidan O’Brien’s Epsom Oaks winner, “Qualify” will line-out in the feature but she’ll face a stiff challenge from stablemate “Words” with Joesph O’Brien on-board as well as the David Wachman-trained “Curvy” The feature gets underway at ten to six at the Curraghlast_img

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Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 Betway and Dafabet have enhanced their Spanish La Liga sponsorship portfolios after signing deals with Celta Vigo and Cádiz FC respectively.Dafabet will become the main sponsor of Cádiz FC for the next two seasons, and will become the team’s front-of-short sponsor as well as featuring on its training and travel clothing.John Cruces, Dafabet’s Head of Sponsorship, stated: “We must congratulate Cádiz for their return to LaLiga, and for those who represent our first steps in Spanish football. This alliance will help us to strengthen our global footprint, starting from the union with the important Cadista fans.”Manuel Vizcaíno, President of the Cádiz Football Club, also highlighted that he is ‘proud that Cádiz is the club that opens the doors of Spain to Dafabet’, whilst also recognising that the step will also ‘reinforce the internationalization project of the brand, which has no borders’.Meanwhile Betway will become Celta Vigo’s official bookmaker, while also acquiring a range of in-stadium advertising rights.Additionally, the operator and Celta will work alongside one another to create promotional content ahead of upcoming La Liga matches.Ricardo Barros, Celta Vigo’s Vice-President, said: “In RC Celta we are very satisfied with this agreement, since it is very important for the sport that a brand of international prestige offers his support in a few especially complicated moments.“It is not easy to obtain this type of support in the current circumstances, with so much social and economic uncertainty, and for that reason in the club we value this agreement very positively, which allows us to continue growing as an entity and brand, and to continue advancing in our international expansion.”The sponsorships come at a turbulent time for gambling sponsorships in Spain. Last month, the Spanish Ministry of Consumer Affairs confirmed that it is considering proposals to toughen up regulations on betting companies, including restrictions to sponsorship agreements and advertising exposure.Under the new proposals to amend the Royal Decree, Spanish Minister of Consumer Affairs Alberto Garzón has altered the wording of the ruling to state that “sponsorship in sports T-shirts or equipment will not be admissible”, with gambling companies already banned from featuring on youth shirts. Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020last_img read more

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Paul “Redeye” Chaloner – Code Red Esports – Building the Spitfire’s UK presence

first_imgThe Overwatch League is soon to head into the third week of competition, and the inaugural season has got off to an impressive start. The launch week saw extremely impressive viewership numbers, and although they’ve dipped, they’re still sitting above what many expected.Thus far there’s three teams who sit head and shoulders above the rest on perfect 4-0 records. Seoul Dynasty and New York Excelsior are joined by none other than London Spitfire atop the roost and each of the teams have looked in imperious form. It’s now been little over a month since the London Spitfire’s partnership with Code Red Esports was revealed. The agency was enlisted to help with the Spitfire’s move as well as lead local initiatives and build fan engagement within the city and country that the team represent. With the whole of the first season taking place in Los Angeles, it is undoubtedly a tricky task but one that Paul “Redeye” Chaloner and his team are embracing.We caught up with Paul a few weeks ago to ask him a few UK specific questions about the partnership and what his agency are trying to achieve. ESI:  Looking at it from a very UK specific angle, are you looking at the wider country or is the initial focus on London? Will Overwatch fans from Manchester support the London franchise? Redeye: There is definitely a danger of being too narrow minded and focused on one goal, but we’re lucky that we’ve got some really good people in Code Red in Ben and Luke that will help check that, and also our friends over at Cloud9 as well.“I have this crazy idea in my head that I want to bring the Korean players over when they’re done with the league stuff and do some sort of tour”Of course, there’s a wider picture and we’re very much aware of exactly what it is. I don’t want to get away from the fact that we want to build a physical location in London. That’s absolutely what we want to do. Then again, I have this crazy idea in my head that I want to bring the Korean players over when they’re done with the league stuff and do some sort of tour. Don’t ask me too much about it as I don’t know what the tour looks like just yet. It’s very much part of our big batch of ideas in the and “throwing stuff around” stage. I think it would be really cool to get them to interact around the whole country. Ultimately, right now we’re the only European team never mind UK team. That might change at some point in the future, but right now that’s what it is. I want to make sure that we are engaging with our fans wherever they are.I want to be engaging with our fans everywhere, be it London, be it Portsmouth, be it Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow or Dublin. Or anywhere else around Europe for that matter. We’re uniquely placed in that aspect in that we’ve got a potentially mammoth fan catchment area but we need to ensure we reach out to where they are. ESI: With the inaugural season being played in Los Angeles, some of the timings of games can be tricky for the UK viewer. There’s games as late as 04:00 but some are obviously earlier. Does this create a challenge when it comes to engagement? Does it impact viewing parties and capturing a younger audience?Redeye: Some of the early times are pretty reasonable and the majority of our matches will be played earlier due to the timezone difference. If they’re not, we’ll certainly talk to Blizzard and see if we can put them earlier and make sure that we do maximise the amount of people that can watch.Having matches any earlier than the earliest “kick-offs” are obviously very tricky as we’re at the behest of the Blizzard Arena and the time zone of that so logistically it’s tough to do.“We’ve got a potentially mammoth fan catchment area but we need to ensure we reach out to where they are”I certainly can see where you’re coming from, though and we do share similar concerns but Blizzard are super open to discussion and have been listening to teams and the challenges we face. I don’t think this is any different. If we find that our European and UK fans are struggling to tune in because of that, we will absolutely talk to Bizzard. From what I remember though, the majority should be OK for those who want to watch live.I would much rather read about the result and watch highlights, but for people that do like to watch VoDs, our content team will be ensuring that’s available and we package up suitable highlight reels for those who missed the game and can’t stay up late. We’ll make sure that we cater to those who miss out as well as we possibly can.last_img read more

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Operation Toys for Kids, Feed a Family Still Needs Donations for Christmas

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWith volunteers all set and ready to go on Monday, Operation Holidays: Toys for Kids and Feed a Family are still in need of donations.Director, Wayne Trapp said gift wrapping will start next week, but the Vietnam Veterans of Alpena still need more items to provide for families this year.“The kids from 8 and up is the ones we need. Girls are the ones that are a little harder to get. $10 to $15 gifts are the ones that we are normally short of,” Trapp said.If you and your family are in need for the holidays, the last day for sign up is Thursday, December 14th. You can drop off gifts any day of the week between the hours of 8 am until 8 pm.Donations can be made until Christmas Eve. For more information you can reach Trapp anytime at 989–358–9085.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Medical Assistant Students to Hold Annual Christmas Craft ShowNext Accidental Shooting Sends One Person to the Hospitallast_img read more

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Watch EPL Live: Chelsea Vs Cardiff on JOY Sports on Multi TV

first_imgRemember to tune in to JOYSports and ADOM TV on MULTI TV this and every Saturday for live action from the English Premier League.Chelsea look to extend a 12-match unbeaten home run in the top flight when they welcome Cardiff City to the Bridge this Saturday. Expert Pre-match analyses would commence at 1:30pm join by predicting your scorelines to 1760.MATCH FACTSJose Mourinho’s side have not tasted defeat at home in the Premier League since a surprise 1-0 loss against QPR in January.The London outfit have since won 10 and drawn two on their own turf and their run without a loss equals Everton’s as the best in the division at present. Chelsea head into the game against Malky Mackay’s men in good form, having won four and drawn one of their previous five in all competitions.Goalkeeper Petr Cech will rack up 300 Premier League appearances if selected, with only John Terry and Frank Lampard having achieved that feat for the club.Ashley Cole has been ruled out for the hosts after withdrawing from England duty with a rib injury, while striker Fernando Torres has yet to return to training since sustaining a knee injury against Steaua Bucharest.The fixture marks the first league encounter between the two sides since March 1984.last_img read more

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Cosafa Cup: Madagascar beat Ghana to kick Stars out of title reckoning

first_imgGhana’s local Black Stars have been booted out of contention for the 2015 Cosafa Cup title at first attempt. Ghana: Fatau Dauda, Godfred Saka, Adams Ahmed, Alfred Nelson, Tijani Joshua – Malik Akowuah/68’ Isaac Twum, Michael Akuffu, Hans Kwofie, Daniel Darkwah/79’ Bernard Morrison – Yakubu Mohammed, Nathaniel Asamoah/86’ Kwame Boateng Line-ups Madagascar: Jean Dieudonne, Njakanirina Tobisia, Fenolahy Zenith, Francois Andrianomenjanahary, Michael Rabeson, Simouri Olivier, Dina Razanakoto/49’ Jean Claude Marobe, Claudel Fanomezana/83’ Florent Rajaoniasy, Lantoniaina Andriamanalina, Rinho Randriamanjaka/64’ Lantonirina Rabehasinmbola, Martin Rakotoharimalala– Rhino Randiamanjaka drew first blood with a sweet free-kick in the 28th minute which beat former Orlando Pirates’ Fatau Dauda in post for the West African guests. Madagascar advance to the semi-finals while Ghana will however have another opportunity to play two more games as they join three other losing quarterfinalists in a plate competition. Winger Daniel Darkwah pulled level 9 minutes later with an equally brilliant volley from 30 yards.center_img Madagascar who had played three games prior to the clash with Ghana were more composed and tactical in their approach while the Black Stars struggled to impose a coordinative play despite enjoying the major part of possession. Ghana failed to convert numerous opportunities in a second half that saw both sides introduce new faces in their plots to secure victory. The coach Maxwell Konadu sidehad  looked to be holding Madagascar to a 1-1 draw but conceded a very late goal in the quarterfinals clash at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Monday. A mini draw will be held to determine opponents for the Local Black Stars in the plate semi-finals set for May 27 at the Moruleng with its finals coming off on Friday, May 29. And the Islanders, through Olivier Simouri, pulled another stunner which caught Dauda out of position for the match winner just in added time.last_img read more

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