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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Barcelona arrive in Bangkok

first_imgBarcelona players have arrived in Thailand where they will play against the national team on Wednesday.Barça will be combining training with commercial and charity events, such as the visit to the Unicef offices in Thailandm, club’s official website said.Malaysia is the club’s next stop within pre-season tour.last_img

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Saints fill netminder hole with addition of James Prigione

first_imgGoalies are supposed to rotate during the season and not in the off-season.For the fourth time this off-season the Selkirk Saints added a netminder.The Saints announced the playing commitment from goaltender James Prigione (Guelph, ON) to attend Selkirk College and compete for the Saints beginning in the 2013/14 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.Prigione fills a hole created when Myles Hovdebo decided skip Selkirk for a chance to play at the University of Calgary. “Myles had a great opportunity to compete at the CIS level that he couldn’t turn down,” said Saints skipper Jeff Dubois.”We’re very pleased for him, and also glad that we were able to bring James on board to fill a very important role with our team.”Former Nelson Leafs goalie Marcus Beasley also decided not to attend Selkirk after agreeing to a letter of commitment.The 22-year old Prigione closed out his junior career in 2012 with the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Oakville Blades, posting a 17-7-2 record in 28 regular season games.He led all OJHL netminders with a 2.04 goals-against average and .932 save-percentage and won the league’s Top Goaltender award for the 2011/12 season.Prigione’s strong play carried over into the playoffs, where he once again topped the OJHL with a 1.91 GAA and .940 SV% over 11 starts while leading the Blades to a berth in the West Division finals. Prigione has also made a trio of Major Junior appearances with his hometown Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, picking up a pair of wins and recording a 2.09 GAA and .918 SV% during the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons. “We’re very excited to add a goaltender of James’ ability and experience level to our team,” said Dubois.”James is an athletic goaltender who put together a tremendous season as a 20-year old in Oakville. I expect him to step in to our line-up and be a big contributor in the BCIHL.” Prigione plans to study Business Administration at Selkirk College. “I’m excited to continue my education out west and have the opportunity to play for such a successful hockey program,” said Prigione, who describes himself as an athletic goaltender with quick foot speed and strong positional play.”I’m also looking forward to meeting my new teammates and spending time with family in the area. I love the idea of playing in a region so rich in hockey tradition, and hopefully contributing to another BCIHL championship at Selkirk.” Prigione is the second goaltender and 10th player overall to commit to the Saints for the 2013/14 season. He joins forwards Darnell Dyck (Langley, BCHL), Markus McCrea (Youngstown, USHL) and Garrett Kucher (Osoyoos, KIJHL), blueliners Stefan Gonzales (Aldergrove, PJHL), David Mead (Wenatchee Wild, NAHL), Arie Postmus (Beaver Valley, KIJHL), Ryan Procyshyn (Delta, PJHL) and Tanner Lenting (North Delta, PJHL) and goaltender Aaron Oakley (Abbotsford, PJHL).last_img read more

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Regular Season Title Within Reach for Selkirk College Saints Hockey Team

first_imgWith three games remaining in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) regular season, the Selkirk College Saints hold the fate of home ice advantage for the post season in their own hands.Coming off a pair of playoff-like contests against rival Simon Fraser University this past weekend at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre, each team captured a victory which means the Saints can finish first overall in the league by closing out the season on a winning streak.“It’s now up to us,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “We have the opportunity to clinch home ice throughout the playoffs and give ourselves the best opportunity to succeed.”Simon Fraser came into the weekend as the BCIHL’s top team and after a back-and-forth opening period on Friday night, the game stayed level at zeroes. Early in the second period, Saints’ forward Alex Milligan scored on the powerplay to give the home side the lead, but four minutes later Simon Fraser’s Michael Sandor tied the game.A mere 11 seconds after that, rookie Marcel Fuchs restored the Selkirk College lead and by the midway point of the middle period, Tylor Branzen and Ryon Sookro would make the advantage 4-1.Simon Fraser added to a wild second period with a goal by Mathew Berry-Lamontagna to close the gap and Jono Ceci made it close midway through the third period, but Selkirk College held on for the 4-3 victory.“It was an extremely exciting game and it was good to see some guys get rewarded for hard work,” says Heaven.“Overall it was a good, solid playoff atmosphere. Those are the games you are going to expect to have to play and it’s a battle.” On Saturday night, it was the Saints who came out strong in the first period with defenceman Arie Postmus scoring his first goal of the season and Branzen adding a powerplay marker for a 2-0 first period lead.The Clan scored with two minutes left in the second period to narrow the gap and with 37 second remaining on the clock in third, Berry-Lamontagna scored to send the game into overtime.Though the Saints dominated the overtime period, Simon Fraser goaltender Jordan Liem kept the puck out of the net. The game went to shootout where the visitors came out on top to steal the victory.Despite the loss, Heaven says the outstanding play of veteran goaltender James Prigione over the entire weekend came at the perfect time.“James was fantastic for us last year in playoffs, he was one of the big reasons why we were able to succeed,” Heaven says of the team’s third straight league title last March.“He has had the opportunity to carry most of the weight this season and we’re extremely happy with what he has been able to do. Hopefully he can sustain that because goaltending will be important when the playoffs begin.”After the dust settled on weekend action, Simon Fraser continues to hold a one-point advantage in the standings but the Saints have a game-in-hand.The Saints and SFU will complete their third game in a row on Friday night in Burnaby where the stakes will be even higher. They then travel to Trinity Western University on Saturday night to take on the formidable Spartans.The regular season wraps up at home on Saturday, March 5 when the Eastern Washington University Eagles visit Castlegar.“Compared to other buildings in our league, the atmosphere we have in our own rink is huge,” Heaven says of the desire to clinch top spot.“We get 1,000 people to the games for playoffs and it’s huge to play in a loud building where there is support from fellow students and the great hockey fans in our communities. When we are in a situation to succeed, the fans really get behind us and give us that extra spark we need.”The Saints have clinched a playoff spot. The first best-of-three round will take place on the March 11-13 weekend and the league championship series is set for March 18-20.last_img read more

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CALIFORNIA-BRED WARREN’S VENEDA IS SMASHING 7 ¼ LENGTH WINNER OF GRADE I, $400,000 SANTA MARGARITA STAKES; WARREN HOMEBRED MARE RIDDEN BY BAZE AND TRAINED BY LEWIS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 14, 2015)–California-bred Warren’s Veneda firmly established herself as the West Coast’s top older filly or mare with a sensational 7 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes, as she negotiated 1 1/8 miles under Tyler Baze in 1:48.73.Conditioned by Craig Lewis, the 5-year-old chestnut mare by Affirmative registered her third win in-a-row and followed up on a career-best 2 ¾ length win in the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes on Feb. 14. Drawn outside in a field of six older fillies and mares, Warren’s Veneda was hung three-wide while last into the Club House turn and cruised to the leaders while in-hand under Baze going to the far turn. Three-wide turning for home she lengthened her considerable stride and put her competition away with a furlong to run.“The last three times I’ve ridden her, she just does things so easy,” said Baze. “I haven’t gotten to the bottom of her yet. There’s so much horse under me and she just does what she needs to do to win…Usually, if you’re sitting mid-pack, horses won’t flick their ears back and forth and just relax, but she was…and was totally relaxed.“Craig tells me she’s only getting better and she proved it today. She’s special. She’s named after Mr. Warren’s late wife, so I know how special this is for him.”Owned by her breeder, Benjamin, C. Warren, Warren’s Veneda provided Warren, who has owned and bred horses in California for 35 years, with his first-ever Grade I win.“Out of our 800 horses, that’s the best win, the biggest,” said Warren, who currently resides in Las Vegas.The 3-2 favorite, Warren’s Veneda paid $5.00, $2.60 and $2.20. The Santa Margarita was her eighth win from 22 career starts, and with the winner’s share of $240,000, she increased her earnings to $827,612.“I was pretty confident that she was going to win, but I didn’t think that she would be that dominating, because I thought the two Eastern fillies (runner-up Dame Dorothy and early pace setter Cassatt) looked awful good on paper,” said Lewis. “We’re thinking about the Charles Town Classic (versus males on April 18). We’re going to have to take on some pretty tough boys, but she could be up to the task.”Dame Dorothy, who shipped in from South Florida for trainer Todd Pletcher, stalked the early pace and overhauled Thegirlinthatsong and Uzziel late to run second by a half length. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Dame Dorothy was the second choice at 2-1 and paid $3.20 and $2.60.Ridden by Mike Smith, Thegirlinthatsong was off at 8-1 and finished third, a half length in front of Uzziel and paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.15, 46.64, 1:10.68 and 1:35.79.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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Alab bags victory–and new team sponsor

first_imgAlab Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter a shaky start in its second season in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), things are finally looking up for Alab Pilipinas.Not only has Alab brought down one of the early favorites in Chinese team Chong Son Kung Fu Lions, 94-91, in overtime on Wednesday night in Santa Rosa, Laguna, the Filipino ball club also secured a new backer in San Miguel Corp., which had a brief yet successful stint in the regional tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ San Miguel is returning to the ABL five years after winning the crown in 2013 with a team coached by Leo Austria. AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Lady Blazers near Final Four berth 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Ray Parks rediscovered the form that made him the local Most Valuable Player last season, pouring a season-high 31 points, while imports Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee joined forces in overtime, contributing 20 points apiece as Alab improved to 7-4.It was Alab’s fifth win in the last six games—a run that coincided with the entry of Balkman and Brownlee, the import who led Ginebra to back-to-back Governor’s Cup titles last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChong Son blew a double digit lead in the second half as Josh Urbiztondo broke out of his shooting slump to will the Filipinos back into the game, hitting three triples in the final three minutes to forge overtime.The victory came as a welcome respite for Alab as it searched for sponsors, after cutting ties with its initial backer, Tanduay, a couple of weeks ago, following disagreements with player and import selections. Sources said the team was informed of the San Miguel partnership after the win over Chong Son. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

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Rohit Sharma fined 50 per cent of match fee for showing dissent

first_imgMumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter against Rising Pune Supergiant here. (Rohit heartbroken after Mumbai Indians’ winning streak comes to an end)The incident happened at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday night when Mumbai needed 17 in the last over bowled by Jaydev Unadkat while chasing 161 for win.In the first delivery, Ben Stokes took a brilliant catch in the deep to pack off Hardik Pandya, while the second was heaved over long-on for a six by Rohit. (Harbhajan becomes third Indian to snare 200 T20 wickets)Having seen Rohit shuffle across the stumps, Unadkat pushed the third delivery of the over wide and Rohit, realising that the ball was veering away from the guideline for wide deliveries, left it alone.But umpire S Ravi didn’t call it a wide. Disappointed with the decision, Rohit walked up to the umpire and protested angrily even as the square-leg umpire A Nand Kishore intervened.Needing 11 off three balls, Rohit skied the fourth ball and was caught-and-bowled by Unadkat for a 39-ball 58 as Mumbai went down by three runs.”Mr Sharma admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.1.5 of the IPL Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials. This is Mr Sharma’s second Level 1 offence this season,” the IPL release said.”For Level 1 breaches of the IPL Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding.last_img read more

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Urban Recreation Forestry mulls planting programme from Babughat to Brigade Parade ground

first_imgKolkata: The Urban Recreation Forestry (URF) division will soon embark on a tree planting programme as part of a major beautification project in the city from Babughat to Brigade Parade Ground.A senior official in the URF division that comes under the aegis of the state Forest department said the entire project has been conceived by Kolkata Police, who has taken up a GreeningCalcutta Scheme. Under this scheme, the law enforcers’ theme is “2018 trees in year 2018.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA meeting has already been held with the URF division and all the nitty gritties has been discussed in detail. “We are waiting for a formal proposal from the Kolkata Police along with a map of the exact area of plantation.The work will start soon, as monsoon is the best time for such plantation programme. It will add to the beauty and aesthetic value of Kolkata,” said a senior official ofURF division.The plantation will focus on trees with medium height that will form a dense canopy as they grow up. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe variety of trees that will be used include Bakul, Jarul, Phurush, Putranjibo etc. These trees, according to URF officials, have minimum chances of getting uprooted.”We are deliberately avoiding those trees that grow very big as they are susceptible to fall down during a storm.Putranjibo is a variety that is now being used by the state Forest department as it can be trimmed and given an umbrella shape thatlooks very nice.According to URF division officials, the trees will be procured from the own nurseries of the state government located at various places including Banabitan in Salt Lake, Dum Dum Road,Jodhpur Park etc.”We also procure from private nurseries as per requirement,” the official added.It may be mentioned that URF division is responsible for the maintenance of as many as 60 parks in the state of which 34 are located in South Bengal and 26 in North Bengal.It has also taken up landscaping and beautification of certain areas in the city that includes Second Hooghly Bridge, Salt Lake stadium to name a fewlast_img read more

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Youth held for creaking fake FB profile of woman

first_imgKolkata: A youth was arrested by Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station for creating a fake Facebook profile of a woman and circulating obscene messages from there. Md. Razil (20), a resident of Topsia, was picked up from his home in the wee hours on Thursday.The complainant, a resident of Deshbandhu Nagar in Baguiati, had lodged a complaint in September last year that a fake Facebook and WhatsApp account have been created using her name and pictures and messages were being circulated in social media without her knowledge and consent.She alleged that obnoxious messages were being shared by using her pictures and offering people sex service all over India in exchange of money through e-wallets like Paytm. The accused was also providing account number for payment and other details.last_img

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