Kamara not bitter over Stoke snub

first_imgKei Kamara thought he had blown his dream of playing in the Premier League when he was shown the door by Stoke after a 10-day trial four months ago. Press Association However, the striker from Major Soccer League club Sporting Kansas returns to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday hoping to ensure the Premier League safety of Norwich as he closes in on the end of a three-month loan spell at Carrow Road. Kamara, who has stayed in touch with Stoke’s Asmir Begovic and Kenwyne Jones, said: “I had some good training sessions in my 10 days at Stoke and was able to play one of my [practice] games with Michael Owen up front. I felt like I could have fitted in because I was more of an aerial threat but it didn’t work out.” center_img He added: “Everybody has a different opinion and there’s no bad blood, no disrespect to the coaching staff over there. “Everybody sees something different every day. I mean, before I had my fiancee someone else was with my fiancee who didn’t like her. They left her and I got her and I think she is the best woman ever. “It’s just how it is. I was just excited to train with a Premier League side. I said thank you for the opportunity and went back home.” Stoke’s loss was Chris Hughton’s gain and while Kamara has scored just one Premier League goal it was against Everton in February, an equaliser, and it did help to clinch the three points in an eventual 2-1 victory. “To just play a game in England was something I’ve always dreamed about, especially as I was 28 years old,” said Kamara. “To score a goal to help the team get points and then to realise I was the first player from Sierra Leone to score in the Premier League that’s up there definitely with the tops.” Norwich defender Michael Turner is ruled out with a groin injury he suffered against Reading last week and Leon Barnett has been recalled as cover from his loan spell with Cardiff. last_img read more

Andy Saunders wins Boss Hogg 100

first_imgAndy Saunders of Ellsworth won the Boss Hogg 100 with his Ace Tire & Auto, Downeast Auto Body, Andy’s Painting No. 01 Toyota Camry Pro Stock car on Saturday at the Wiscasset Speedway.PHOTO COURTESY OF GAYLE NORTONWISCASSET — Andy Saunders of Ellsworth took his Toyota Camry Pro Stock car to victory lane Saturday night at the Wiscasset Speedway. Saunders, 44, won the Boss Hogg 100 Lap feature event.Saunders, who has been racing since he was 16, dominated the race with his Ace Tire & Auto, Downeast Auto Body, Andy’s Painting No. 01 car after taking the lead on Lap 22. He started third of 19 cars and, with only two cautions and three lead changes, Saunders controlled 74 laps of the 100-lap event.Saunders took home more than $4,600 in prize money, including significant lap leader prizes and the Halfway Point Leaders Bonus.Last year, Saunders led the first 70 laps of the same race before falling short in victory lane. This time, he wasn’t looking back. He even notched a five-second lead at one point.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSaunders leads the division in points this season, with three feature wins and three other top-five finishes. Saunders is the 2015 Pro Stock Champion at Wiscasset Speedway as well as the 2010 Long John 100 Winner and 2003, 2004, 2012 and 2013 Late Model Champion at Speedway 95.Saunders is now gearing up to try and qualify for the Oxford 250, set for late August at Oxford Plains Speedway. Saunders qualified for this race in 2004 and 2013.last_img read more

Leicester May Stop Ndidi from Nigeria’s Opening Game in March

first_imgThe draw ceremony for the African group stage matches will hold next week Tuesday in Cairo, Egypt where all the three opponents of the Super Eagles would be known. The first matches of this stage of the qualifiers will run from between March 21st and 28th this year.Ndidi has been sidelined by injury and is not likely to return to action until late February. Now, Leicester City officials are thinking of not rushing their prized defensive midfielder back to the pitch until fully fit.The absence of the injured Nigerian bronze winner at the last AFCON 2019 in Egypt has created a gap in the Foxes engine room.Their quest for another UEFA Champions League slot next season suffered a setback at the weekend as Leicester lost 1-2 loss at home to Southampton and are now third on the log. Manchester City leapfrogged them to the number 2 spot behind runaway Liverpool FC.The surprise EPL Champions three years ago are sweating over the injury suffered by Ndidi which will see the midfielder miss at least two months on the sideline.According to www.owngoal.com,Own Goal – Custom soccer|football|futbol apparelCustom soccer|football|futbol apparelwith Nigeria set to begin the qualifying race for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar in March, the Leicester is believed to be working on ways to see Ndidi skip the international games and focus on full recovery.Insiders at the Foxes believe that Ndidi’s injury is related to the high amount of games he has played since the start of the year and deserves a rest which he could get in March during the FIFA window.“As Ndidi is expected to the back late next month, the feeling in Leicester is to keep him fresh for the rigorous run at the peak of the season. There are even fears of a relapse of the injury, most especially if he plays for Nigeria on hard surface in the African qualifying matches,” observed the informed source from London.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 2022 WORLD CUP QUALIFIERFemi Solaja with agency reportStrong indications emerged yesterday that English Premier League side Leicester City is likely going to prevent recuperating Super Eagles’ midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, from playing in Nigeria’s opening group match when the African qualifiers get underway in March.last_img read more

QuASA to host Pride Project

first_imgUSC’s Queer and Ally Student Assembly next week will use art to provide an outlet for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and to educate the public about bullying, depression and other challenges LGBT youth face.The event, called Pride Project @ USC, is open to the public and will take place in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 18. The evening will consist of a silent auction of art made by LGBT youth from around the country.Vincent Vigil, director of the LGBT Resource Center, said one of the evening’s primary goals is to provide creative alternatives to hatred and other negativity, in light of last fall’s highly publicized LGBT youth suicides.“It offers an alternative for those youth to put their anger or frustration or anxiety about being LGBT by focusing that energy into art … whether that be graphic art or actual paintings or poetry,” Vigil said.Proceeds from the auction will go to a fund to help incorporate Pride Project, which seeks to put Gay-Straight Alliance groups in middle and high schools and promote art as self-expression within those groups.Kylie Johns and Ayden Mace, the organization’s founders, will speak Tuesday evening.Victoria Quintanar, a junior majoring in theatre and vice president of community outreach for Rainbow Scholars, said she is hoping for about 100 people will  attend.“Art is a universal language, and a lot of college students can relate to that,” she said. “If they show up and are there to bid on the art, that is how it comes full circle.”last_img read more

USC captures tournament title for year’s first victory

first_imgThe USC men’s golf team used a late surge at the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic to overtake co-host San Diego State and take home its first team victory of the season. The No. 23 Trojans shot a scorching 8-under during yesterday’s final round, putting them at 12-under for the tournament. The Aztecs finished seven strokes behind USC, followed by Wake Forest and Michigan.Back on track · Freshman Rico Hoey, who has struggled this spring after a strong fall season, finished the San Diego Classic in second place. – Courtesy of USC Sports InformationAfter Monday’s 36-hole marathon the Trojans were in striking distance, trailing San Diego State by only two strokes. USC duplicated its first round score of 2-under in the second round, while the Aztecs’ strong first round 5-under was enough to hold on to the lead at the par-72 San Diego CC in Chula Vista, Calif.Freshman Rico Hoey and senior Jeffrey Kang posted strong scores during the first two rounds of play, keeping their team in the hunt. Hoey’s second-round 69 was especially helpful, as it was just one of two under-par scores the Trojans managed in that round. The other was a 2-under 70 from junior Anthony Paolucci.USC’s spectacular third-round performance was a true team effort, as was the entire event. Each of the four Trojans that contributed their scores to the final standings finished the tournament in 11th place or higher. Leading the charge was Hoey, who added a second sub-70 effort with a 67 in the third round. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native finished second on the individual leaderboard, best on his team.San Diego State’s Xander Schauffele captured the individual title with an 11-under par on the tournament, two strokes ahead of Hoey. Fortunately for USC, Schauffele’s teammates failed to rally behind his inspiring performance. Aside from Nahum Mendoza III, no other Aztec managed under a 75 in the final round.Junior Eric Sugimoto was USC’s second-best finisher at 2-under, good for a sixth place tie. Sugimoto bookended a 2-over 74 with 70s in the opening and closing rounds. The transfer from Pacific came into the event as the team’s fourth-seeded player. Kang finished tied for eighth place, a stroke behind Sugimoto at 1-under. The team captain was consistent throughout the tournament, stringing together scores of 71, 73 and 71. Paolucci, the Trojans’ No. 1 seed, struggled in Monday’s first round with a 2-over 74. The junior, who is coming off of his first career win at the Jones Sports Invitational, bounced back with scores of 70 and 72 in the final two rounds, finishing in a tie for 11th place.After his team fell to San Diego State by just one stroke at the its last event, head coach Chris Zambri praised his team’s performance yesterday and acknowledged Hoey’s exceptional performance.“We are all very excited and happy to get a win. It never gets old to win,” Zambri said. “Everyone played well in today’s final round, but Rico Hoey stood out with a fine 67. He played great.”Wake Forest attempted to surpass both the Trojans and the Aztecs during yesterday’s final round, but the team ended up three strokes behind the Aztecs to capture third.Freshman Danny Guise of the Demon Deacons posted a 5-under 67 for the low score of the final round, tying Hoey, Schauffele and Alex Franklin of Oregon State. The Pac-12 rival Beavers failed to rally behind Franklin’s strong final round, finishing in sixth place.The promising finish by the Trojans will certainly help them as they travel to Stanford Golf Club in Palo Alto, Calif., where they will face off against No. 8 Stanford in two weeks. After finishing 24-strokes behind the Cardinal three weeks ago at The Prestige at PGA West, the team hopes to build on its most recent performances as it goes up against some of the toughest competitors in the nation.last_img read more

Real Madrid, Monaco Agree World Record Deal on Mbappe

first_imgThe likelihood of that deal looks to have receded in the past few days as the Mbappe move takes centre stage. And if it goes through, Real will have completed a major coup by snatching one of the most coveted young players in football from under the noses of top European clubs including PSG and Premier League giants including Manchester City.Real, currently on tour in the United States and due to play Manchester City in Los Angeles today, is yet to comment on the Spanish report.But Marca, known to have strong links to the Madrid club, insisted that Real are set to pay between 150-160m euros with add-ons of between 20 and 30m for Mbappe, dwarfing the current world transfer record of 105m Manchester United paid to lure Paul Pogba from Juventus last year.Real is looking to fill the void left by Alvaro Morata who joined Premier League champions Chelsea last Friday in a deal reported to be worth up to 80 million euros.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, asked about Mbappe last week, said that Real were short one attacker after Morata’s departure but chose his words carefully.“I am not saying we are lacking a centre forward but we are short of one attacker, that’s how things are,” he said. “We will see how we will manage that.”If he does arrive at Zidane’s European champions the 18-year-old will be on a net annual salary of “seven million” euros, Marca said.Mbappe, under contract at Monaco until 2019, has been wooed so hard by some of Europe’s top clubs that Monaco raised the red card and warned the circling predators that they could be reported to FIFA, world football’s governing body.“Top European football clubs made contact with Kylian Mbappé and his entourage without our authorisation,” Monaco said on their website.The club said they wanted to remind these clubs that such actions are contrary to French and international regulations.Mbappe scored six goals in 10 Champions League outings and 16 in Ligue 1 as he exploded onto the scene in the second half of last season.On Monday, Monaco lost full-back Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City in a world record £52 million deal for a defender.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Real Madrid has reportedly reached a world record deal in principle to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for €180 million, closing one of the hottest transfer sagas of the summer.Spanish sports daily Marca, citing sources close to the negotiations, said the gifted teenage striker who shot to stardom last season is expected to join Real “in the next few days” on a six-year deal.French newspapers Le Parisien and Nice Matin were quick to announce that Monaco had denied the report. But in the cloak and dagger climate of rumour and innuendo that characterises football’s transfer operations, the latest twist revived speculation surrounding the future of Europe’s most-eligible young star.Only the rumour mill surrounding Neymar and the massive sums involved have come close to eclipsing the buzz generated by Mbappe in recent weeks.Neymar, Barcelona’s 25-year-old Brazilian superstar, is at the centre of frenzied speculation linking him to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record €222-million.last_img read more

GambleAware partners with UoB to offer guidance to UK finance

first_imgShare Share GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Submit Related Articles Gambling industry charity GambleAware has outlined plans to research the role that the UK financial industry can play in the support of those who experience or are at risk of gambling-related harm as part of a three-year partnership with the University of Bristol’s Personal Finance Research Centre (PFRC).The new alliance will focus upon the mitigation of financial losses incurred by problem gambling behaviours, as well as outlining the ways that financial service providers and support organisations can offer their help.Dr Jane Rigbye, Director of Education at GambleAware, explained: “We want to prevent people from getting into problems with their gambling and we welcome the proactive steps that some banks have taken to protect their customers. “People must be able to gamble in a safe environment,  so we are pleased to be commissioning this project to determine how financial organisations can best protect people from gambling harm.”The initial six months of the partnership will look at the effectiveness of gambling blocks and how their potential could be maximised in the future. This will then be extended to the provision of practical guidance for financial services firms about how best to support customers affected by gambling; identifying effective financial self-help for gamblers, such as apps, budget planners or money guidance; and the feasibility of a ‘single gateway’ for credit self-exclusion.Christopher Woolard, executive director of strategy and competition at the Financial Conduct Authority, added: “We welcome this new research, which aims to support initiatives to protect vulnerable consumers from harm. We look forward to the outcomes with interest.”The partnership comes after the news that a number of UK banks – most notably Barclays, Monzo and Starling – have introduced ‘gambling blocks’ features which allow punters to block transactions at gambling outlets, both online and in-person.Welcoming the new partnership, Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE, Consultant Psychiatrist in Addictions and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic in London, said: “The financial services sector can play an important role in helping create a safer environment for people with gambling problems, for example by making it easier for individuals to limit their gambling spend.”Spearheading the programme is Professor Sharon Collard, from the PFRC at the University of Bristol, who added: “We know that people in recovery from problem gambling already use informal workarounds to prevent themselves from spending money on gambling, such as forfeiting their card to a third party or scratching off the card security number.“The new solutions from banks, however, allow customers to do this more formally – and, possibly, more successfully. But at present, there is limited evidence about the effectiveness of such spending controls, nor about the characteristics of those who use them.“We also don’t know much about the unintended consequences of these spending blockers. For example, whether it leads to customers withdrawing more money as cash and gambling with that.“We’re looking forward to working with a wide range of stakeholders – especially those with lived experience of problem gambling – to come up with some real tangible solutions to benefit everyone.”Owen Baily, Peer Support Worker at London’s National Problem Gambling Clinic, concluded: “I’m really glad that this new programme will explore and identify ways financial services organisations can help to reduce gambling-related harms.“I know from my personal first-hand experience through having overcome a serious gambling problem, and knowing many others that have, that dealing with gambling debt and creditors proves very challenging.“Financial services organisations – when it comes to this very specific customer vulnerability – can collaboratively play a big role in preventing the escalation of a problem and also aid in the recovery process, improving overall wellbeing, minimising chances of relapse and aiding the recovery process sooner.” YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020last_img read more

New English champion in Home Internationals team

first_img2 Aug 2016 New English champion in Home Internationals team The new English Amateur Champion Dan Brown has been selected for England’s 11-strong team for next week’s Home Internationals, which will be played at Nairn Golf Club, Scotland, from August 10-12. The Yorkshireman will be joined in the team by Adam Chapman of Cumbria, Will Enefer of Shropshire, Harry Hall of Cornwall, Josh Hilleard of Somerset, Marco Penge of Sussex, Alfie Plant of Kent, Gian-Marco Petrozzi of Staffordshire, Ashton Turner of Lincolnshire, James Walker of Yorkshire and Jack Yule of Norfolk. England will be seeking to regain the Home Internationals title, which they last won at Ganton in Yorkshire in 2013. The players: Dan Brown, 21, (Masham) won the English Amateur Championship at Ganton last weekend. He also reached the match play stages of both the British Amateur and Spanish championships and had top 20 finishes in the Brabazon Trophy and the Italian international. (Image © Leaderboard Photography). Adam Chapman, 21, (Carus Green) got through to the last 32 at the British Amateur, having had top ten finishes in the St Andrews Links Trophy and the Scottish open amateur; and top 20s in the Welsh and Irish opens. He tied third in the Hampshire Salver and fifth in the South of England amateur. Will Enefer, 18, (Wrekin) was the leading qualifier at the English Amateur and reached the last 16 in the matchplay. He also reached the last 32 in the British Amateur and had top ten finishes in the Welsh and Irish stroke play championships and the Berkhamsted Trophy. Harry Hall, 18, (West Cornwall) reached the last 32 in the English Amateur and the last 16 in the British Amateur. He has had top 30 finishes in both the Jones Cup in the USA, where he is a student, and in the Brabazon Trophy. Josh Hilleard, 21, (Farrington Park) reached the last 16 in the English Amateur. He won the West of England Championship, the Berkhamsted Trophy, the Faldo Series Wales Championship and the Hampshire Salver this season. He was joint top-scorer when England beat France at Formby and was also in England’s winning team at the Costa Ballena Quadrangular Tournament. Marco Penge, 18, (Golf at Goodwood) tied for the French amateur but was pipped to the title in a play-off. He was fourth in the Irish and Portuguese amateur championships and sixth in the South American. Last year he won the Peter McEvoy Trophy, the Scottish Stroke Play Championship and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Alfie Plant, 24, (Sundridge Park) beat an international field by seven shots to win the 2016 Lytham Trophy and has recently helped GB&I retain the St Andrews Trophy against the Continent of Europe. He tied seventh in the Brabazon Trophy, got through to the last 16 in the English Amateur and also reached the match play stages of the British Amateur. He was in England’s winning team for this year’s international against France. Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 19, (Trentham) reached the match play in the English and British Amateur championships and was fourth in the Brabazon Trophy, where he shot the championship low score of seven-under 65 in the final round. He also tied third in both the Hampshire Salver and the Duncan Putter, was eighth in the Dutch Junior Open and 10th in the Lytham Trophy. Ashton Turner, 20, (Kenwick Park) helped Europe beat Asia Pacific in the Bonallack Trophy. He was ninth in the Lytham Trophy and tied eighth in the Challenge Tour’s Made in Denmark Challenge. He helped England beat France in this year’s international at Formby.  He toured Australia earlier this season where he had top 20 finishes in the Master of the Amateurs and the Lake Macquarie Amateur. James Walker, 22, (The Oaks) won this season’s Selborne Salver and reached the semi-finals of the Spanish amateur championship, losing to the eventual champion only on the 19th. He had top ten finishes in the Chiberta Grand Prix in France, the Lytham Trophy and the Welsh open amateur. He was in England’s winning team for the international against France and he reached the match play stages of the English Amateur. Jack Yule, 21, (Middleton Hall) won the Biarritz Cup in France last month, when representing England for the first time. He also reached the last 32 at the British Amateur and was runner up in the Italian international, eighth in the Hampshire Salver and ninth in the Portuguese amateur.last_img read more

No. 5 McNeese Earns Spot in Title Contest, Eliminates No. 4 UIW

first_imgMcNeese advances to Saturday evening’s championship game at 6 p.m. CT against the winner between No. 2 Central Arkansas and No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana. Free bases haunted the UIW pitching staff, who issued two walks and pegged a batter to load the bases with two outs in the eighth. Lefty Jake Dickerson took an 0-2 pitch down the left-field line for a two-run, opposite-field double, followed by an infield single for Carson Maxwell to make it 5-2. UIW found themselves in another bases loaded situation as reliever Will Dion opted to intentionally walk Shea Gutierrez to face Ridge Rogers, who roped a sac fly to right-center to plate the go-ahead run in Ryan Flores. Second-baseman Nate Fisbeck, who homered twice in the contest, recorded his first RBI of the tournament in explosive fashion with a solo shot over the left field wall to put McNeese on the board first. Attempting to conjure up some more two-out magic, the Cardinals drew a walk to load the bases with two gone for pinch hitter Kendall Achilles, who watched strike three go by to leave three men on.center_img Cowboys’ starter Brad Kincaid thought he was in the clear after a double-play ball brought McNeese one out from the middle of the fourth, but a Taylor Smith double and a Lee Thomas base knock drove in two runs to shift the lead to UIW’s favor. Fisbeck took that momentum into the home-half of the sixth, leading off the inning with his second solo shot of the night to draw the score even at 2-2. Box Score | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – For the first time since 2003, McNeese will play for a Southland Conference Tournament championship after the No. 5 Cowboys came back to eliminate No. 4 Incarnate Word 5-3 on Friday night at Constellation Field.last_img read more

Caregiver Provides Updates on Kids Undergoing Treatment in US

first_imgMs. Charlesetta N. Williams, Executive Director of Healthpage Liberia, has told our Health Desk that the two sick Liberian kids she helped to send to the US for medical treatment are said to be positively responding to their treatments. Four-year old Prince J. Tweh and 16-year old Hawa Chuku Kolleh’s medical conditions could not be treated in Liberia.Little Prince from the impoverished slum community of West Point, fell into a pot of boiled water on September 11, 2015. According to Ms. Williams, little Prince was so seriously burnt that both his arms got stuck to his body. As for 16-year-old Hawa Chuku Kolleh from Geeghbahn District, Grand Bassa County, a 22-year- old man, only identified as Abraham, slipped under her bed at night and poured sulfuric acid on her face, which led to her face being badly disfigured. However, after they (Prince and Hawa) arrived in the US, they began seeing specialized medical doctors. According to Ms. Williams, Ms. Bennetta N. Massaquoi, the young lady, who escorted the kids to the US told her that Prince was admitted on May 8, 2016 at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Boston with high fever, headache and wound discharges. He was treated and discharged to his host parents on May 10, 2016. He was given a follow up appointment for a surgery on May 13.“His doctor, Dr. Sheridan did a graft replacement and the donor site was his right thigh. He successfully underwent the surgery and was discharged on May 17. He had his second surgery done on June 10. A graft replacement was performed on the left arm using his left thigh as the donor site and he was discharged on June 15,” Ms. Massaquoi reported.As for Hawa, she had her first appointment at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston on May 9, where she was diagnosed of having less vision with the left eye. “She was placed on lubricant eye ointment to help clear the vision but the vision got worse. After several follow ups at the MEEI, she was diagnosed of cornea failure and successfully underwent the surgery and is now administering eye drops. Her right eye is still in good condition.”Ms. Massaquoi stated that Hawa’s next follow-up is on July 5, today with Dr. Chodos, an Ophthalmologist. She had her second appointment but first with Dr. Bojovic, a Plastic Surgeon at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Boston on May 18.“She was examined thoroughly and had a successful eyelid replacement surgery on May 25. Her body responded well to the replacement. This procedure was done to give her eyes better protection. “She then had a skin graft replacement on June 14. The skin was removed from her left thigh. The graft is currently in place and well secured to help the eyelids stay intact. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more