Tomorrow’s game: In a week which sees things just as tight at the bottom as they are at the top, the focus today will be on the UWI FC-Waterhouse clash at the UWI Bowl.In this encounter the promoted UWI FC, who are sitting in sixth position on 30 points, host former champions Waterhouse, who are sitting in 12th position in the 12-team league on 21 points. While the table may show that UWI FC should be the more fancied of the two, recent events may cause some amount of worry for the University boys, while Waterhouse could be convinced that they have a good chance of taking all three points.Prior to Monday night, UWI FC were looking quite stable with goalkeeper Amal Knight putting in commanding performances, their defenders kept it tight, while Girvon Brown and company kept the goals coming as they recorded two wins and two draws in their previous four matches. Against Harbour View on Monday, though, they looked very porous in the back, Knight looked unsure of himself, while their forwards were unable to breach the ‘Stars of the East’ who spanked them 5-0.Waterhouse, despite sitting at the foot of the table, are looking up positively with coach Paul Young being convinced that things are coming together and that they are primed for a lift. In their last four games, they have had three draws and one win – away over fourth-placed Humble Lion. Two of their three draws in that time were against current third-placed team Montego Bay United.”I am very much optimistic about our chances from here. Today, one of our central players, Dale Reid, was out because of asthma attack yesterday, so we had to make an adjustment in the defence line. In the midfield, we had Dominic James out and there are some other key players out who we are trying to get back healthy just to get the system going but it is a work in progress and we are going; to be fine,” Young said last week at the end of their second 0-0 draw with Montego Bay United.Young also said that while his team did not play, their best football that day, they showed great character to stand up to the opponents who ended the game with a one-man advantage following the expulsion of Theo Brown. The team, he said, had a good balance with the experienced Hughan Gray, the returning Weston Forrest, Kevin Lamey and Devon Hodges providing leadership for the youngsters such as Reid, goalkeeper Akeem Chambers and Nicholas Nelson among others.”We were brought back down to earth as we were having a good run for the previous six games … but it is better now than later,” Marcel Gayle, UWI FC’s coach about their big loss to Harbour View.He added: “Consistency is not the order of this league. All teams have had their ups and downs and it was our time to have a down. The good thing, though, is that we will be at home and we are looking to make amends.”Today’s games:3 p.m: Reno vs Rivoli United – Frome Complex3 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Humble Lion – Wespow Park3 p.m: Portmore United vs Boys’ Town – Juici Park, Clarendon3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Harbour View – Edward Seaga Sports Complex3 p.m: UWI FC vs Waterhouse – UWI Bowl, Mona 8:40 p.m: Cavalier vs Arnett Gardens – Stadium East Points standingTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsArnett 23 13 4 6 35 20 15 43Portmore 23 13 4 6 28 20 8 43MoBay United 23 11 9 3 34 13 21 42Humble Lion FC 23 9 8 6 21 18 3 35H View 23 8 9 6 28 22 6 33UWI FC 23 8 6 9 24 34 -10 30Cavalier SC 23 7 6 10 18 23 -5 27Boys’ Town 23 7 6 10 25 33 -8 27Reno 23 6 9 8 22 30 -8 27Tivoli 23 6 5 12 26 32 -8 22Rivoli 23 5 7 11 24 32 -8 22Waterhouse 23 4 9 10 20 28 -8 21
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Every February, baseball players report to spring training to make an all-important announcement.“I’m in the best shape of my life,” they say.Last offseason, Drew Pomeranz wanted to join his fittest baseball brethren, so he tried to cut out salts, butter and oils from his diet. He never felt quite right. Pomeranz struggled through the worst season of his professional career as he dealt …
21 June 2010 Mexico and France met at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane on Friday in a night that rocked the World Cup host city. For the local spectators, it was a match that made them realise that the World Cup party had well and truly arrived in Polokwane. “It was a brilliant spectacle, and the match took Polokwane to another level,” said Thabo Molokwane, who has been looking forward to seeing a World Cup match in his home town ever since he heard the new stadium was being built. “This was a memorable day for everyone … This is history,” Molokwane said. “It was fantastic for a villager like myself to see world-class players in action at the Peter Mokaba stadium.” Jamie Robb, who had travelled from Johannesburg for the match, said: “It was a great game … The vibe in the stadium was awesome, the Mexicans were great.” The Mexican fans took up an entire stand of the Polokwane stadium, spurring their side on to a 2-0 victory over the French. “They went crazy when a goal was scored, they must have outnumbered the French fans a thousand to one,” said Robb. The city of Polokwane was one of the host cities that received a new stadium, which is wowing fans. The 45 000 seater stadium is the largest in the province of Limpopo, and has changed the sporting atmosphere of the city. “The new stadium is impressive, the massive columns and the way it sticks out above the bushveld,” said Robb. “I would like to watch another game here, it is radical.” Shaina Facey is a 16-year-old local who is thrilled to have the World Cup in her city. “There is an electric feeling here, people are happy and getting behind the teams,” Facey said. “There is something amazing happening here, the World Cup feels like it brought this city together.” Many of the Polokwane residents are excited by the influx of foreign visitors into their city. “We met some of the Mexicans and it was really great to see them around,” said Facey. “It’s very interesting to have foreigners here, I think people are enjoying it.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
A captain plays what is, in his own words, the best Twenty20 innings of his life, his team gets a rare victory, and suddenly it runs into the most well-oiled machine in the tournament. That is what awaits the Delhi Daredevils when they take on the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.Virender Sehwags masterful 119 against Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad on Thursday was perhaps the innings of the tournament so far, given the magnitude of the target, Delhis lacklustre start and the fact that the next highest contribution to the cause was James Hopess 17 not out.However, it will be up to Sehwag to do it again, since the Daredevils run so far shows that only when he succeeds do they have a chance of winning. The Nawab of Najafgarh has fired on all cylinders three times – registering scores of 119, 80 and 77 – and on each of those occasions, Delhi have ended up victorious.Their only other victory – against Pune in Navi Mumbai – also featured a short Sehwag blitz, though there were solid contributions from David Warner and Venugopal Rao too.Warner, who missed the last match, is expected to be back in the scheme of things.According to the skipper, hardly anybody is expecting Delhi to make the play- offs in any case – just the kind of lowpressure scenario their inexperienced and inconsistent line-up needs.Not much improvement can be expected of the bowling – this being Twenty20 after all – though that has been Delhis stronger suit in any case. It is the fielding that will give coach Greg Shipperd something to work on, since the Daredevils players – old and young – have been guilty of letting the opposition score much more than they should thanks to sloppy ground fielding and dropped catches.advertisementAt the other end will be the master and his bunch of match- winners, who have only lost twice to lead the points table.Be it Tendulkar, who has led the way with remarkable consistency, Ambati Rayudu, who has looked every inch the prospect he was once said to be, or Rohit Sharma, who seems to change gears every time he spots the acronym ‘IPL around the ground – the batting has seldom been worrisome.Tirumalasetti Suman too played a sterling hand against Pune Warriors on Wednesday, while the big guns like Kieron Pollard and Andrew Symonds have hardly been called upon to unleash their brute force.But even more than the batting, it is their bowling that would give Delhi nightmares. They came up against Mumbai at the Ferozeshah Kotla in their first match of the tournament and Lasith Malinga duly served up yorker after yorker to end with figures of five for 13 and sent the Daredevils crashing to 95 all out. He is the leading wicket- taker in the tournament with 22, a mind- boggling 10 clear of the chasing bunch. Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel too have been extremely hard to get away, with economy rates of 6.24 and 6.19 respectively, and the rest of the bowlers have been protected well by the spectacular fielding Mumbai have put on display.It looks like another mismatch on the cards but it will be interesting to see how Tendulkar and his think- tank curb Sehwag, since getting him early could hand them the match on a platter.shreyas. sharma@ mailtoday. in
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Martinez offers transfer advice to Chelsea ace Hazardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium coach Roberto Martinez says Chelsea ace Eden Hazard needs to trust his “intuition” over the prospect of leaving for Real Madrid. With Real circling, Hazard has postponed new contract talks until the end of the season.Martinez has weighed into the debate, stating: “Hazard? He is a person who is always guided by his intuition. He is a realistic player. “He left Belgium very young because he wanted to be a footballer, and from there, he managed things with his clubs that are not normal. He is a person who is prepared to arrive in any project at the global level. “My advice is that he be happy and follow his intuition.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Sevilla make Man Utd defender Bailly number one targetby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla are chasing Manchester United defender Eric Bailly.The Ivory Coast international has struggled to find form and regular game time this season.He was sent off in his most recent appearance at home against Bournemouth.And Marca reports he is wanted by Sevilla.Their boss Pablo Manchin sees him as the man to bolster the team’s back line.Ivan Marcano, Diego Carlos and Fernando Calero are possible backups should United refuse to sell.
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Silva writes to FA over Mendy tweetby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has written to the FA to say he regrets the fact his social media post may have unintentionally caused offence, reports BBC Sport.BBC Sport understands Bernardo personally wrote the letter, which was submitted before Thursday’s 17:00 BST deadline.Team-mate Benjamin Mendy has also written to the FA in support of Bernardo, saying he did not take offence at the posts.Bernardo is adamant he never intended to offend and his posts were not racially motivated.
Norwich defender Klose provides positive injury updateby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTimm Klose has provided a positive update for Norwich City supporters.The German says he is recovering well from a knee injury sustained in late August.”It feels very good,” Klose said. “I don’t want to fool anyone here, it’s still going to be a long recovery time but I am not too sure how long it is going to take, it would be wrong for me to say anything about the timeline or to give hope to the fans.”That’s why I’m going day by day and hoping for the best.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Wenger: Hazard can’t replace Ronaldo at Real Madridby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger doesn’t believe Eden Hazard can replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.The Belgian is beginning to demonstrate his qualities with Los Blancos after a tough period following his move from Chelsea.”He will be the answer but not in replacing Ronaldo that is for sure,” Wenger told beIN Sports about Hazard.”He will not score 50 goals a year because that’s now how they play football.”They need another goal scorer in Real Madrid because Benzema is now 32 and if they had someone younger around him to score the goals, maybe they could do very well.”Eden Hazard is an exceptional player to create chances to sometimes finish when he needs to do in big games.”He’s not scared of anybody – I don’t think Real have yet to see the real Hazard, he’s not as sharp physically as he can be.”That’s why I believe they will discover the real Hazard.”