Police investigate coin throwing
The Metropolitan Police are investigating after Frank Lampard’s 200th Chelsea goal was marred by incidents of coin-throwing during Sunday’s London derby with West Ham at Stamford Bridge. Press Association Lampard, who joined Chelsea from West Ham in 2001, celebrated his 19th-minute header in front of the away end along with substitute John Terry and his team-mates, with missiles hurled in the players’ direction from the visiting support. A Met Police spokesperson said: “We are investigating instances of coin-throwing at Chelsea verses West Ham on Sunday, March 17. There have been no arrests. Inquiries continue.” The incident could lead the Football Association to take disciplinary action. CCTV footage will be studied to identify the offenders and the clubs will work together following the incident during Chelsea’s 2-0 Barclays Premier League win. A West Ham statement read: “West Ham United will be working with Chelsea to investigate the reports of missile throwing during Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge. “Any individual found to have acted in an inappropriate way will have to face the consequences of their actions, including the possibility of a ban from attending future matches.” There have been previous incidents of coin-throwing during the fixture. In October 2004, Mateja Kezman was hit by a coin while playing for Chelsea against West Ham in a League Cup tie.
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No change to derby kick-off time
Press Association The fixture on Saturday, February 7 at Goodison Park was moved to a tea-time start in order to be televised by Sky Sports – leading to objections from the police, who decided to elevate the game to a Category C fixture, with reference to there being a high risk of disorder. The police, supported by Liverpool City Council’s Licensing Committee, wanted the match to kick-off no later than 1330. The derby clash between Everton and Liverpool next month will kick-off at 1730 as scheduled despite opposition from Merseyside Police and the local council, the Premier League has confirmed. Everton informed the Premier League on December 9 of the police’s objections and the issue was then discussed by the council’s licensing committee, which initially said it would ”take legal advice on all appropriate options to enforce the position” in the event of no change of kick-off time being determined. However, only if there are concerns over a safety certificate being issued could a change be viable, and that was not a consideration as Everton have confirmed they are in a position to stage the game. And the Premier League confirmed to Press Association Sport on Monday that the derby will go ahead at the 1730 start. Merseyside Police’s report last month stressed there was no specific intelligence indicating any organised disorder is planned but stated the wider implications of a late kick-off meant they had to take action.
The Latest: Miami, Notre Dame optimistic for football
Aurier posted a picture on Instagram on Tuesday appearing to show off a new haircut and sitting next to a stylist who was tagged in the post.The Premier League club says it is “investigating the circumstances and will deal with the incident appropriately.”The 27-year-old right back has been forced to apologize twice for breaking lockdown rules during the suspension of the Premier League because of the coronavirus pandemic. He posted a video of himself running with a friend and also training with Tottenham teammate Moussa Sissoko.___French rugby club Toulon plans to resume training next month in small groups of three players amid the coronavirus pandemic. Appearing on CNN, Miami’s Dr. Julio Frenk says he hopes the Hurricanes can play this fall and that safety would be the top priority.“They will probably play in empty stadiums, like so many other sports,” Frenk said. “But we hope to have a season and we hope to have a winning season.”Speaking on MSNBC, Notre Dame’s the Rev. John Jenkins says he expects to have clarity on how — or if — football season can happen in the next few weeks.“The team itself, I feel we can manage that one,” Jenkins said. “Then the question is people in the stands. We have an 85,000-person stadium. Can we get 85,000 people in there? That will be a big challenge to do that. But could we get a smaller number — 10,000, 15,000, 20,000? I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that question. That’s something we’ll have to think through.”___ The tournament is a huge annual event in Japan and is followed much the way Americans follow the college basketball tournament.The Japanese High School Baseball Federation says the cancellation was the first since World War II.Asahi newspaper president Masataka Watanabe says “the decision is needed to protect the health of the players, officials and fans.”The high school tournament has showcased some of the biggest stars in Japanese professional baseball. They include major leaguers like Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Matsui.The summer tournament was scheduled to start in August at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya. A smaller spring tournament was canceled earlier. The Portuguese league was set to resume at the end of May but its start was delayed until June 4 so there was time to rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved in the matches.The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go.___Soccer players in Africa and the Americas are receiving food packages from their union while the sport is shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players in Botswana, Egypt, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay were identified as getting food aid by world players’ union FIFPro. Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of the six people to test positive from the first round of coronavirus checks in the Premier League and is surprised that he contracted the disease.Mariappa says on the websites of British newspapers The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail he has been “scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus” because he hasn’t “really left the house apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids.”The 33-year-old Mariappa says he hasn’t had any symptoms and has felt “as fit as ever.” He says he has spent lockdown dividing his time between homeschooling and following Watford’s fitness program.Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan has also contracted the virus.Tests on 748 people were conducted from 19 of the 20 Premier League clubs on Sunday and Monday. The 20th club started testing on Tuesday. ___Rayo Vallecano players have returned to training after the Spanish soccer club accepted some of their salary demands.The players from the second-division club had not practiced this week as a protest for not being taken off furlough. They had only trained individually at home.The club says it met with players and decided to change their furlough conditions now that group sessions have begun and their workload increased.Most soccer clubs in Spain used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The Latest: Miami, Notre Dame optimistic for football The three-time European champions say their players and coaching staff will have blood and heart tests next week at their training center.The groups of three will jog, do bodybuilding and work on their fitness levels in specially marked zones to avoid contact with others.France came out of lockdown on May 11. Toulon hopes players can train in groups of 8-12 in July and return to full training in August.___Japan’s beloved high school baseball tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says some players “are being stranded in terms of income.”FIFPro represents players in 65 countries. The union says most players have contracts paying them salaries comparable to national averages.Baer-Hoffmann says the vast majority of soccer players are “under the same financial pressures as the rest of society.”___Tottenham is looking into whether defender Serge Aurier has broken social-distancing rules for the third time. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The presidents of the University of Miami and Notre Dame say in separate interviews that they expect the football season to be played, though both raised the very real possibility of crowds being much smaller than usual or eliminated entirely. ___The Portuguese soccer federation says six of the 15 stadiums seeking to host matches when the league resumes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic have failed health inspections.All stadiums must comply with a series health measures established by local authorities to be able to host matches.The federation says the stadiums for league leader Porto and second-place Benfica were among the nine stadiums that passed the inspections conducted by local health authorities.The stadiums that failed belong to smaller clubs. They will be allowed to make changes to their venues before another inspection is conducted. Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club also eventually complied with their demands.The Spanish soccer season is expected to resume on the second weekend of June.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup says a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the ability of fans to afford to travel to Qatar.The World Bank is forecasting a deep recession caused by the shutdown of economic activity around the world.Organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is hopeful the tournament will be an opportunity for the world to come together again in November 2022. But he says there are “concerns about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup.”Al Thawadi says organizers want a “a price range that is affordable for fans and a price range that is workable, functionable for the industry, for service providers, for the supply chain that is responsible for delivering the World Cup.”___ May 20, 2020
Students debate safe spaces on college campus
Trevor Sochocki | Daily TrojanTalk it out · Trojan British Parlimentary Debate Team members Noha Ayoub and Rebecca Hu participated in the debate on Monday evening.The Political Student Assembly and the Trojan British Parliamentary Debate Team sponsored a debate Monday evening regarding whether “safe spaces” are detrimental or beneficial to college education.Four members of the Trojan British Parliamentary Debate Team debated the issue at the PSA meeting, bringing up social issues like sexual assault on college campuses, the Black Lives Matter movement, the purpose of college education and marginalized groups in society. Following the half-hour debate, the team opened up the discussion to audience members and answered questions from Political Student Assembly members. PSA Assistant Director Maddy Taras said that she was pleased with the event and emphasized the importance of the issue. “I think it’s really important that students are aware of both sides to any controversial topic and any topic in general, so it was really great that some of the panelists agreed with their position and some of them didn’t agree with their position,” Taras said. “I think it’s really healthy discourse for people to hear both sides to any argument.”Noha Ayoub, one of the debaters, said that the purpose of the event was to demonstrate how the debate team discusses controversial issues related to the college experience. “PSA invited the British Parliamentary Debate Team to come and demonstrate what we do on a more controversial issue relating to the college experience,” Ayoub said. “We talked about safe spaces because it’s one of the most important things people are talking about right now with regards to the purpose of the college experience.”According to Ayoub, the team, which is finishing up its fifth year, is one of few places on campus where students are encouraged to express their opinions freely with others who may not feel the same way. “It’s one of the few places on campus where you’re allowed to engage with other people who disagree with you in a way that’s meaningful,” Ayoub said. “Even when we do talk about controversial issues in which people disagree, we’re able to do it in a way that’s less name-calling and more rationalizing arguments.”Another debater, Jori Barash, said that this particular debate presented the challenge of appealing to a broader audience.“When we debate something like this, it’s very specific in our context — we’ll be debating a particular element of it or at such a high level of breadth, you don’t get to talk about it like you would with another person over a dinner table,” Barash said. “Talking to people who are not debaters was an interesting challenge to not use debate words and be convincing in a general way to anybody.” Barash, who has been involved in the club since his freshman year, said that the club engages students well because new issues are presented each week. “I love all of my clubs, but in a lot of clubs you’ll do the activity that you do, get what you want out of it and then start to focus on other things as a junior or senior. What I love about debate is that, because you’re debating something new every week, we don’t lose engagement,” Barash said. “You can always compete, learn new things and meet new people, and it’s a really nice respite from the rest of campus.”
Syracuse men’s cross country finishes 3rd at nationals, unable to defend NCAA title
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 19, 2016 at 1:26 pm Contact Billy: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Wheyen3 Justyn Knight’s second place finish at the national championship was not enough to carry Syracuse to its second-straight national title.No. 5 SU conceded its national champion status on Saturday to No. 1 Northern Arizona. Northern Arizona was led by fourth-place finisher Futsum Zienasellassie (29:49.8), a redshirt senior.In the 10-kilometer race, Syracuse’s fastest runner, Knight, finished in second place with a time of 29:27.3, and was followed by his Syracuse teammate Colin Bennie, who finished in 17th place (30:10.4).The rest of the Orange’s top five ran well, but not well enough, with Joel Hubbard (30:21.3) in 34th place, Philo Germano (30:32.5) in 49th place and Adam Visokay (30:55.5) in 108th place.Syracuse’s usual third-place runner, Illias Aouani (31:06.4), finished as its seventh-place runner on the day, in 128th place, with Kevin James (30:58.6) also placing ahead of him, in 116th place. That unusual drop proved too big for the Orange to overcome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast year, Chris Fox’s Syracuse team won the national title with 82 points. This year, the Orange finished with 164 points, falling to the 125 points of Northern Arizona and the 158 points of No. 3 Stanford.Finishing at the top of the race was Patrick Tiernan (29:22.0) of Villanova. Tiernan and Knight were able to hold off Edward Cheserek (29:48.0) of Oregon, a senior, who was the three-time defending national champion. Comments
Men’s tennis: No. 36 Badgers gain valuable experience playing against nation’s best
The match started rowdy, full of energy and exciting, but as quickly as those emotions filled members of the Wisconsin men’s tennis team Friday against No. 8 TCU Friday Feb. 26, they faded with accord.Wisconsin (6-1) suffered the first blemish to its six-win start to spring play, a 5-2 defeat to No. 8 TCU (7-2) at the Nielsen Tennis Center. Though the loss could easily damage the psyche of a lesser team, the Badgers’ mental fortitude showed it can withstand the punishment.With the Badgers down 5-1 and only one singles match still being played, Wisconsin players gathered courtside to cheer on their teammate, Chema Carranza, as he fought desperately to salvage points for his team.Carranza faced Trevor Johnson in the sixth singles matchup and clawed his way back from a 4-6 first set loss to take the second by a margin of 6-3, leaving only the third set to decide a winner.Carranza again dug deep during the third set and forced a tie breaker by winning the final game to knot it at 6-6. Then, with both teams looking on and all of the crowd’s attention on their court, Carranza rallied to win the 10-point tiebreaker by a score of 10-8.“Everyone needed to take a page out of Chema’s book today,” UW head coach Danny Westerman said. “He walked on the court and played his game. He didn’t even play all that spectacular; I just think he didn’t over respect the guy and wasn’t intimidated.”Carranza’s aggressive play and net presence were uncharacteristic of the team as a whole during singles play on the night.Josef Dodridge, who played in the first singles match against TCU’s No. 24 Alex Rybakov, was often on the defensive in his match. Rybakov pushed Dodridge behind the baseline with well-placed shots and stayed on the offensive for much of the match’s duration.Rybakov’s left-handed shot forced Dodridge to play short hops on his backhand, but the sophomore, who possesses a consistent and smooth backhand, was able to hold his own for much of the night.Despite losing 6-1, 6-2, Dodridge showcased some of his best tennis of the season. Rybakov was the first ranked singles player he’s faced this spring and despite a lack of experience, Dodridge hit seven forehand winners and forced Rybakov to hit numerous errors.Senior Alexander Kokorev also faced a similar task in playing TCU’s No. 2 Cameron Norrie.Despite the pressure of playing against one of the top youth players in the world, Kokorev held his ground, losing 6-1, 7-5. Much like Dodridge, Kokorev found himself on the defensive throughout the match.“It’s the first time all year we’ve lost, and I think we saw some things that are very obvious that we can work on,” Westerman said. “Against the other teams we’ve played all year, our best shots were good enough. Against a team like this, you’ve got to hit three or four good shots to win a play and we weren’t quite ready to do that. And that’s why TCU is as good as they are — they’re able to withstand our good shots and play their best tennis.”Wisconsin won the crucial doubles point to open the match after Dodridge/Lamar Remy defeated Norrie/Johnson 6-3 and Jakhongir Jalalov/Carranza defeated Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder 6-4.While the outcome wasn’t what they had hoped for, Wisconsin will use the experience of playing against four ranked singles players in collegiate tennis (No. 2 Norrie, No. 24 Rybakov, No. 49 Guillermo Nunez and No. 99 Eduardo Nava) to learn from their mistakes and come out strong against Marquette on Saturday afternoon.
New chairman plans to upgrade Centre of Excellence
Bourke says they need to be improved but in a way that won’t diminish the coffers of the County Board. The newly elected Chairperson of the Tipperary County Board has outlined what his ambitions are for his three year tenure.Michael Bourke was appointed to the position at the annual convention last night in Thurles. He succeeds Kilsheelan’s Sean Nugent for a three year term.The Upperchurch-Drombane man said that solving the club fixture crisis is high on his list of priorities along with the enhancement of the facilities at the Dr. Morris Park Centre of Excellence
Galway expect major backlash from Tipp
And Galway selector Damien Curley says that continuing their run of form will be extremely difficult when they come up against the Premier County. He admitted his side don’t have the best record in Semple Stadium and he says Tipp will be determined to come out on top in front of their home crowd. Meanwhile, Tipp’s injury count has continued to rise and it looks like they’ll be without Shane McGrath and Joe O’ Dwyer for this weekend’s game after they both suffered injuries in the game against Dublin. Galway have made one change for their Allianz League Division 1A meeting in Thurles. The change is at corner back where either Padraig Mannion or Fergal Moore will come in for Ronan Burke, depending on the results of a fitness test on both Mannion and Moore at training this evening.Throw-in is at 2 o’clock on Sunday and Tipp FM will bring you full live coverage from Semple Stadium in association with The Kenyon Bar, Nenagh and Joey O Dwyer Butchers, Borrisoleigh. After defeat to Dublin in the opening round, Tipp will host Galway this Sunday in the first of their two home games. Following their 12 point defeat away to Dublin, Tipp manager Eamon O’Shea says his side will be aiming to bounce back from the opening defeat.The Tribesmen scraped past Clare in their opening game, winning by just a single point.
West Ham to Partner Capital Oil and Gas, FC Ifeanyi Ubah
Oil giants, Capital Oil and Gas and Anambra based NPFL club side FC Ifeanyi Ubah have inked a long-term partnership deal with West Ham United FC, one of the leading clubs in the English Premier League. The deal, which was officially signed in London is set to be unveiled at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday before West Ham United FC’s first home league match against Bournemouth.This was contained in a press release made by West Ham United FC via its website and it reads:“West Ham United are delighted to announce the Club’s first ever official partnership in Africa, following the signing of a long-term agreement with Capital Oil and Gas Ind. Ltd, the principal investor in the Nigerian Professional Football League outfit, FC Ifeanyi Ubah. The partnership will provide Capital Oil and Gas with a range of rights to promote the business through the football club, driving visibility and awareness as well as focussing on B2B interaction through the use of hospitality at the Hammers’ iconic new home.Based in Nnewi, Anambra State, and currently competing in the Nigerian Professional Football League, FC Ifeanyi Ubah are to become the Hammers’ official Nigerian football club partner.The long-term agreement will also see the two football clubs join forces on a number of football-related projects led by FC Ifeanyi Ubah, from best-practice coaching initiatives to establishing grass roots football programmes in Nigeria, all with a view to improving the standard of football across the region.West Ham United Vice-Chairman, Karren Brady said: “This ground-breaking partnership serves to further emphasize our growing international profile, bringing the famous West Ham United name to Africa for the first time in a partnership context.“The popularity of Premier League football in West Africa has been well documented and it is testament to the Club’s success, on and off the pitch, that we are now considered one of the most high profile and attractive clubs in the region.“We are looking forward to working alongside FC Ifeanyi Ubah and building a strong legacy in Nigerian football inspired by West Ham United.”Dr Ifeanyi Ubah added: “We are extremely excited to have signed a partnership with West Ham United and are excited by the prospect of what we can achieve together. This is going to be a massive turnaround for FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Nigerian football and African football by extension.“West Ham were our first choice of all of the Premier League clubs given the club’s rich history, unrivalled reputation for developing talent which we strongly believe will help boost FC Ifeanyi Ubah academy and of course the fantastic new stadium in Stratford.“Together with West Ham’s continued success on the field, this is a valuable proposition for our own club’s learning and evolution”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram