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first_img “At Selhurst Park you can make it difficult and you can make it more of a competitive match. When you go away, it can be, in my experience, very, very difficult. “The pressure is off us; I don’t think anybody expects us to go to Chelsea and win the game. “The important thing is the players go there and do their best, they enjoy the game and they enjoy the challenge.” Full-back Dean Moxey, one of three ever-presents for the Eagles this season, is doubtful for the Chelsea clash with a hamstring injury, but winger Yannick Bolasie is available following suspension. A number of long-term injured are nearing returns as Pulis assesses his squad prior to the opening of the winter transfer window. Before engaging in transfer dealings, Pulis is focused on matches with Chelsea, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Norwich on New Year’s Day. “It’s a tough run,” Pulis said. “We know it’s a tough run and we’ll find out more about the group and about the squad. Then that’s the best time to assess where we’re going to go. “Everybody understands and recognises it’s going to be a real tough season and a tough call (to survive). “The most important thing is we deal with the Christmas programme the best we can and it’s then sitting down with Steve and the rest of directors and see what we can do.” Pulis likes the festive schedule, but wishes the fixtures involved more local matches. He added: “I’m an advocate for games over Christmas. I’m a traditionalist. “I’d love to see local derbies. It’s absolutely ridiculous that we’re asking Crystal Palace supporters to pay to go up to Birmingham and then come back down and pay to go up to Manchester. “You can’t tell me they don’t arrange certain fixtures at certain times of year to suit television companies.” “But the season is not about three or four games – it’s about the 23 that are left for us. “Our season will be determined by our home form, from now until the end of the season. “We’ve just got to make sure Selhurst Park is rocking like it has been the couple of times I’ve been manager there and that the players give everything they’ve got.” Pulis believes Palace can put the leading clubs under pressure at home, but it is more of a challenge away. “On any given day, if Chelsea play to their maximum, they’re a little bit ahead of us,” added Pulis, whose former club Stoke beat Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium last weekend. “The one thing everybody’s really surprised about is that they haven’t scored as many goals as maybe they should have. “But they’ve played some fantastic football and they’ve got some top, top players. “I think they’re in a fantastic position and they’re still fighting on four fronts. Manager Tony Pulis believes it is Crystal Palace’s performances at home which will determine their Barclays Premier League fate and not games such as Saturday’s trip to title challengers Chelsea. Press Association The Eagles have won two of their three matches since Pulis’ appointment, but the Stamford Bridge contest is the sternest test so far. “I’ve come in, the players have responded and it’s been a great few results and we’re really, really pleased,” Pulis said. last_img read more

first_imgLondon: The final of the World Cup 2019 had everything a sports lover could have asked for. Both England and New Zealand gave their all to lift their maiden World Cup trophy on Sunday.The scores were levelled twice in the game — one after the allotted 100 overs and the other after the Super Over. In the end, it was the superior boundary count which saw the Three Lions have their hands on the coveted trophy.However, apart from all the breathtaking cricketing action, there were other moments too, which grabbed eyeballs during the summit clash of the 2019 World Cup.One such moment happened during the course of the New Zealand inning when the score read 45/1. A pitch invader was stopped from entering the field of play at the Home of Cricket. The woman, identified as Elena Vulitsky, who is the mother of YouTube prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, was stopped outside the boundary by the stewards as she attempted to enter the field of play.The woman was pictured wearing a clothing with the advertisement for an adult website “Vitaly Uncensored”.The website is run by Zdorovetskiy who tweeted the photo of his mother being caught with the caption “My mom just tried to Streak The Cricket World Cup,” and added: “My mom is crazy!!!!!” in a separate tweet.Zdorovetskiy’s girlfriend had earlier made headlines with her pitch invasion during the Champions League final in Madrid. IANS Also Read: Streaker Comes in Way of World Cup Tielast_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – New India cricket coach Ravi Shastri plans to adopt a more hands-off approach to the role than his predecessor Anil Kumble, with the 55-year-old saying he has no intention of trying to act as a tutor to the players.Kumble stepped down last month citing a breakdown in his relationship with skipper Virat Kohli, who according to media reports, resented the former captain’s ‘headmasterly’ methods.Shastri was handed the coaching reins on Tuesday, a year after losing the job to Kumble, and the former all-rounder promised a fresh outlook to the job.“At the highest level, cricketers are more or less settled,” Shastri told the Times of India newspaper.“So it is more to do with working on their mental strength, helping build their confidence, helping them stay organised in their daily activities as against tinkering with their style of play.“It’s not about ‘tutoring’ them about everything and telling them what and what not to do. There’s very little coaching at the highest level. It’s about fine-tuning and mentoring, about effective communication.”Shastri, who has served as team director in the past, enjoys a good rapport with Kohli and said he had no issues with players having more freedom off the field.“Why should I change anyone’s style, or for that matter, why should anyone change his own style of doing things?“As long as there’s a level of commitment, the hard yards are being put in and results are showing, why shouldn’t there be fun?”The Indian cricket board has also named former seamer Zaheer Khan as the team’s bowling consultant, while Rahul Dravid was appointed as batting consultant for overseas Test series.The first challenge for the new coaching set-up will begin later this month when India tour Sri Lanka for three Tests, five one-dayers and a sole Twenty20 international.last_img read more

first_img Nigeria’s return to summit of African football now certain with defeat of LibyaDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles moved to the top of Group E of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers last night after defeating Libya 3-2 in Sfax, Tunisia.Changchun Yatai forward in the Chinese Super League, Odion Jude Ighalo scored a brace with stand-in Captain, Ahmed Musa, providing the other goal to shoot Nigeria close to qualifying for the AFCON 2019 to be hosted by Cameroon. Odion Ighalo scored two goals in Nigeria’s 3-2 defeat of Libya in an AFCON 2019 qualifier in Sfax, Tunisia Tuesday Nigeria is now leading the group on nine points from four matches while former leader South Africa held to a draw by Seychelles is second on eight points. Libya with four points is third with the Indian Island nation in the rear on one point. Eagles next opponent in the series are the Bafana Bafana on November 16 in Johannesburg.With five goals from two matches against Libya, Ighalo has redeemed his image in the estimation of Nigerian football fans who criticized his poor form at the World Cup in Russia last JulyThe former Watford forward fired Nigeria in front in the 14th minute, with a sublime pass from Ahmed Musa.Musa who now plys his trade in Saudi Arabia doubled the lead in the 17th minute, when he was set up by the same Ighalo and he had to do a little more to go through the Libyan defence before he got his goal.However, the Libyans who didn’t want to go down without a fight pulled back a goal in the 35th minute when Leon Balogun failed to cut off the danger and Mohamed Zeibiaa profited by heading the ball beyond the reach of Francis Uzoho.Ahmed Ben Ali who all through the game was a problem to the Nigerian backline drew Libya level late in the second half.The Mediterranean Knights came out firing in all cylinders looking for the winner to restore their hope of making it to AFCON 2019 in Cameroon.Ighalo however did not allow that to happen as he restored Nigeria’s lead in the 81st minute and took the game beyond the reach of the hosts. He has now scored six goals to lead the goals charts in the AFCON qualifiers.Eagles starting XI (4-2-3-1): Francis Uzoho – Jamilu Collins, Ola Aina, Leon Balogun, William Ekong – Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo – Ahmed Musa (captain), Alex Iwobi, Samuel Kalu – Odion IghaloGROUP E STANDINGP W D L GD PTSNigeria 4 3 – 1 6 9S’Africa 4 2 2 – 8 8Libya 4 1 2 1 -1 4Seychelles 4 0 1 3 -3 1Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img NBA trade rumors: Celtics F Jayson Tatum ‘wouldn’t mind’ being sent to Pelicans in Anthony Davis deal But, Tatum appeared to deny that report Saturday.“You start to understand that this is a business,” Tatum told ESPN. “I play basketball and I’ve just got to control what I can control, and I love being on the Celtics. I want to play there my whole career.” Related News Jayson Tatum doesn’t want to leave the Celtics.The 20-year-old forward has been at the center of trade speculation involving Pelicans star Anthony Davis and one rumor circulated last week said he “wouldn’t mind” being moved. The second-year forward is averaging 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in 31.2 minutes per game this season. He’s shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from 3-point range.Tatum said he didn’t take the rumors personally.“I understood coming into the NBA that it’s a business and they have to make the best decision for them, whatever that may be, Tatum said. “Especially right now in a contract, I can’t control anything.“It didn’t really bother me. I wasn’t really fazed by it. A lot of it was rumors, I don’t know if it was true or not, but my job is just to play basketball.”The Celtics have had an up-and-down season but entered the All-Star break tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference standings with a 37-21 record. They’ve won seven of their last nine games. “It’s just a long season. Every year isn’t perfect,” Tatum said. “You go through ups and downs. We’ve been playing really well lately. We finished out strong going into the break. We won our last two. So, I’m just excited to get back and get ready for the playoffs.”Boston will return to action against the Bucks in Milwaukee on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain sprays champagne to himself on the podium after winning the Spain Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 11, 2014.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg sped away to their fourth straight one-two finish at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday in a dominant performance that does not bode well for the rest of the Formula One field.Hamilton took off from pole position and stayed ahead of Rosberg — despite the German closing to less than a second in a tense final lap — to record a fourth consecutive victory and move ahead of his teammate in the overall standings.Hamilton’s 100 points after five races put him three points ahead of Rosberg, who failed to find a way in front of his main rival for a fourth straight time after winning the season opener.His 26th career win gave Hamilton one more than former world champions Niki Lauda, who now works for Mercedes, and Jim Clark.Hamilton set himself on course to add to his own title from 2008. He hadn’t led the championship since June 2012 after winning the Canadian GP with McLaren.“This is our fourth one-two, it’s just unreal,” Hamilton said after Rosberg helped douse him in champagne to celebrate his first victory at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.“Getting my first win here after trying for eight years, it is difficult to put into words my feeling. I have never had a car like this. I have never had a gap like this. I am grateful I was able to keep (Rosberg) behind me.”Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished third for his first career podium after coming close on three occasions this year.Four-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel had a flawless drive to move up from a 15th-place start to finish fourth, with his Red Bull finally not having any problems following two days of it stalling in practice and qualifying.Valtteri Bottas of Williams was fifth, followed by struggling Ferrari duo Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in sixth and seventh.Lotus’ Romain Grosjean and Force India pari Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the points.McLaren made no progress with Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen coming in 11th and 12th.Not even a three-week break for their rivals to improve their cars prevented Mercedes from earning its fifth win in as many events this year in a disheartening display for the other 10 teams. Ricciardo ended up more than 48 seconds slower than Rosberg.Alonso was left in a distant third place in the standings with 49 points, followed by Vettel with 45.Mercedes increased its lead in the constructor’s championship race to 197 points. Red Bull is second with 84 points, with Ferrari trailing in third with 66.After executing a clean start, the Silver Arrows focused on protecting their tires and preparing a final fight at the end of the race to decide which driver would to settle with being runner-up.The two opted for different pit stop strategies, with Hamilton pitting first to change to a faster pair of medium tries before Rosberg went in to get a second set of slower, but more resistant, hard tires.It appeared Rosberg’s tactics to then finish on his set of faster tires was going to pay off as Hamilton’s advantage evaporated, but Hamilton kept his nerves in check and his vehicle in front until the 66th and final lap.Hamilton led all of the way, but he asked his team for help on several occasions — as well as complaining about the tire strategy — after never being able to shake Rosberg.And although this race didn’t see any close calls between the drivers, as happened in Bahrain earlier this season, they were close right down to the last turn as Hamilton crossed 0.6 seconds ahead of Rosberg.“I think if I had had one more lap I could have given it a go,” Rosberg said. “I could have gone for a kamikaze move, but that wouldn’t have made sense. I will try to get that little extra bit and edge him out next time.”Only two cars didn’t finish, Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi and Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso.Vergne retired during the 26th lap due to an exhaust problem. That brought an end to an error-plagued weekend for Vergne, who was penalized 10 places when his wheel flew off in Friday’s practice. Earlier on Sunday, the vintage car that was supposed to ferry him through the pre-race drivers’ parade puttered to a stop, forcing Vergne to hitch a ride with Marussia’s Max Chilton and his chauffeur.last_img read more

first_imgAt the second, the establishments are solely discussing coaching: the singles have already began since Monday, whereas the group ought to do it on the 18th, one thing that’s nonetheless in the air. One other difficulty that additionally worries gamers and groups is the obligation in case of recent positives, which in accordance to Italian laws could be thought-about as an accident at work.It appears difficult, anyway, {that a} resolution is made quickly, as imagined at the finish of final week. The authorities has different priorities and prefers to await the evolution of the pandemic in the nation, which has simply entered part 2, with reopening in many actions. Minister Spadafora, who till just lately was the hardest opponent for the resumption of competitions, is altering discourse, though cautiously: “In the Authorities we hope that every one championships could be resumed, however as we speak it’s not possible to converse of dates, it’s going to rely on the contagion curve in the next two weeks. “ The assembly between the Scientific Technical Committee of the Italian Authorities and the representatives of Federcalcio has ended. Two, in accordance to ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’, are the subjects which have taken the longest time in the hour and a half of dialogue: the lack of checks to detect COVID-19 in some areas of the nation (comparable to Lombardy, the area most affected by the virus) and, above all, what to do if a brand new constructive seems amongst the gamers. The scientists will now publish a report to be delivered to the Minister of Well being, Roberto Speranza, who will then talk about the difficulty with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and with Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora.last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He (Bolick) really complements the team,” said NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio in Filipino.“He’s made for the PBA. He’s a winner and coachable, he listens,” Jarencio added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe former San Beda ace hardly missed as he hit 10 of his 12 attempts from the field.Paolo Taha added a career-high 21 points while Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle, who is coming off his best PBA season where he finished second in the MVP race behind five-time winner June Mar Fajardo, had 19 and 16 points, respectively. Robert Bolick explodes for 26 points in his first PBA game. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick made quite a good first impression in his PBA debut after leading NorthPort’s rout of Blackwater, 117-91, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Bolick, the second overall pick in last month’s draft, wasted no time in announcing his arrival in the pros, scoring 10 of his game-high 26 points in the first six minutes of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We want to surpass out performance in each of the three conferences this season,” said Jarencio, whose squad wound up second to the last in the standings last conference with a 2-9 mark.Another rookie in Abu Tratter, who was the seventh pick by NLEX before being traded to Blackwater along with Paul Desiderio in exchange for talented big man Poy Erram in the offseason, showed out with team-highs 18 points and nine rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Stop being a Christian for a while, Buboy tells Manny Pacquiaolast_img read more

first_imgA 36-year-old Guyanese woman is said to be in a critical condition while her 11-year-old daughter is now dead following an execution-style shooting on Wednesday night in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).The dead child has been identified as Trinity Moses, while her injured mother has been identified as Ramona Moses; they are both of Huntums Ghut, BVI.According to BVI Platinum News, the incident occurred at about 21:30h on the West End Public Road, Tortola. A third person, Franklin Penn, 41, of Parham Town, East End, was also killed in the shooting incident.It has been reported by the news agency that the woman and her daughter, along with BVI man, were in a vehicle when a scooter with two riders pulled up alongside. Subsequently, several gunshots were fired into the vehicle before the two suspects fled the scene.The three victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, where the 11-year-old girl and the man were pronounced dead on arrival. The Guyanese woman is still hospitalised.BVI Platinum reported that the Police are yet to establish a motive for the shooting incident. Nevertheless, investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

first_img“I love Ruby,” said Jennie McNary, curator of mammals, who has worked with her for nearly 15 years. “She’s like a big goofy kid. She’ll test you. She’ll see what she can get away with. “We’re all going to miss her a lot.” Ruby has traveled much of her life. As a baby, she was taken from the African wild and shuttled to Circus Vargas. Later, at the the L.A. Zoo, she developed a close bond with Gita, an Asian elephant who died last summer. Ruby was separated from Gita in 2003 and sent to the Knoxville Zoo, where the once-timid pachyderm was kept in solitary for her aggression toward other elephants. Returning 18 months later to the L.A. Zoo, she became a symbol of strident animal welfare activists who say that elephants – social creatures who roam many miles in the wild – have no place living in zoos. Now, after about four decades in the public eye, Ruby will finally be put to pasture. At dawn Tuesday, she will be loaded into a temperature-controlled truck and hauled 350miles to join three African elephants at the PAWS elephant sanctuary in the Sierra Foothills east of Stockton. For her journey, she’ll be joined by her favorite toys – a “boomer ball” stuffed with peanuts and a hay ball – and some road treats, including her daily diet of 125pounds of hay, 75pounds of carrots, a box of apples and some romaine lettuce. And yams and potatoes, too. “The whole thing is to keep her calm, keep it fun,” Briscoe said. “We’ll all be there to comfort her – just talking to her, touching her, petting her.” “We’re ready for her,” said Pat Derby, co-founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society, which has a 75-acre preserve in San Andreas. “We’re all excited about her coming. “She’ll have her own suite. She gets the Jacuzzi Pool Suite.” Until then, her three L.A. keepers are spending as much time as they can in her private, off-site barn and yard. They give her brushes dipped in water paint – for a dash of L.A. splash. They stroke her trunk. Speak to her softly. And vow to visit her often. “Hey, Ruby,” a paint-spattered Briscoe coaxed as the giant mammal lumbered from her barn and extended him her grizzled trunk. He turned on dinner music, some Prokofiev. He said she especially likes “The Elephant Song” from “The Jungle Book” film soundtrack, and she has been known to sling mud to country favorites Alan Jackson and Frankie Laine. Together, Ruby’s last zookeepers offered her a banana stalk, her favorite. They fed her carrots. Held forth an acacia bough, which she inhaled like a sprig of parsley. And rolled out a cut elm log for dessert. “They’re all our kids,” said Vicky Guarnett, who has been with Ruby 10 years. “These guys are not just animals we take care of, they’re part of our family, (and) we’re part of theirs.” “I’m sure she will miss us,” Briscoe added. “We intend to stay in contact. We’ll be in a long-term relationship, go up there and bring her stuff – new toys or special pumpkins. Maybe we’ll haul her a tree up. “Maybe Vicky will bake her some cookies.” (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She’s as flamboyant as Pollock and as wild as deKooning. This weekend, Ruby the elephant took abstract expressionism to even greater heights. She painted her zookeepers. “This is nothing,” said elephant keeper Vicky Guarnett, whose face and uniform were flecked with blue, green and pink splotches after she handed Ruby a paintbrush. “She has done better work on me than this.” Keepers at the Los Angeles Zoo will say goodbye to Ruby on Tuesday, when one of their dearest friends heads off to retirement at a Northern California elephant sanctuary. Jeff Briscoe, the zoo’s principal elephant keeper, had welcomed Ruby to the L.A. Zoo in 1987, when she arrived from Circus Vargas. Nearly 9,000 pounds and 9 feet high at the withers, she was squat, with a physique like a sumo wrestler’s. And she was as spirited as a seal and as friendly as a Shetland pony. She has been known to love the smell of her handlers’ new shoes. During the past 20 years, the 46-year-old African elephant has been a favorite of zookeepers, zoogoers and animal activists across Los Angeles. This spring, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called her “one of L.A.’s true greats.” last_img read more