Bony brace seals Swans win

first_img Bony’s second made him the joint highest Swansea scorer in Barclays Premier League history, equalling Michu’s 20-goal total, and each time Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled the strings as Garry Monk’s men ended a run of five games without a win to climb into the top six. It was a different story for a Leicester side who showed little invention in attack and have not tasted victory since that remarkable 5-3 win over Manchester United over a month ago. Swansea handed a first league start to Jefferson Montero since his £4million summer switch from Mexican club Monarcas Morelia and the Ecuador winger saw plenty of the ball as he attacked Foxes full-back Ritchie De Laet at every opportunity. De Laet just about held his own but Montero threatened danger every time he was allowed space and Leicester often doubled up to prevent him providing an effective supply line to Bony. Leicester lined up in attacking fashion with Jamie Vardy and David Nugent among four changes from the side beaten at Newcastle, but they were unable to offer Leonardo Ulloa swift support as Swansea called the tune in a first half they completely dominated. Poor marking from a corner allowed Bony an early sight of goal but the Ivorian headed wide and then his 18-yard shot from Sigurdsson’s square pass was comfortably held by Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicester goal. Schmeichel was not so composed when Wes Morgan played a back-pass into his path and the goalkeeper scuffed his clearance. Sigurdsson seemed sure to open the scoring but Morgan recovered well in time and just made contact with the ball to spare Schmeichel’s blushes. Leicester were lifeless as a first-half attacking force – their best move ending with a Riyad Mahrez cross floating harmlessly wide beyond the far post – and they fell behind after being cut open in the 34th minute. Angel Rangel’s pass found Bony and his delicious flick freed Sigurdsson, the Icelandic international shaping to shoot but instead cutting the ball back to Bony who finished with aplomb from 20 yards. The goal was further evidence of the growing understanding between the pair, Bony on target again after hitting his straps in the last month and Sigurdsson’s seventh assist of an extremely productive campaign. Leicester needed to show some intent and they struck the crossbar within two minutes of the restart in bizarre circumstances when Liam Moore hurled his throw deep into the Swansea box. Jonjo Shelvey swung a leg at it but it was unclear whether the midfielder made any contact with it or the ball simply spun off the turf to hit the top of the Swansea crossbar. Still, Leicester were buoyed by that moment and Mahrez soon broke forward to deliver the Foxes’ first shot, which sailed harmlessly over, before Danny Drinkwater forced Lukasz Fabianski to hold onto his 25-yard drive. But the wind was taken right out of Leicester sails in the 57th minute when Montero and Sigurdsson interchanged cleverly for the winger to breach the Foxes’ back-line, draw Schmeichel, and leave Bony with a straightforward finish. The impressive Sigurdsson limped off straight away to be replaced by Tom Carroll but Shelvey almost put the issue beyond doubt when his 30-yard shot whistled past Schmeichel and clattered off the Leicester bar. Mahrez had been Leicester’s best player by some distance, certainly from an offensive standpoint, and his 20-yarder flew close to Fabianski’s far post with the goalkeeper struggling to get across his line. Leicester should have grabbed a consolation in stoppage-time when Fabianski pushed out Andy King’s header and Esteban Cambiasso put the rebound against the post when it seemed easier to score, the miss from two yards out summing up the Foxes’ misery. Bony managed 16 goals in his first season in English football but endured a slow start this time around following a summer where he played for Ivory Coast at the World Cup and had to put up with constant speculation over his future. But the 25-year-old has been back to his best in recent weeks and he ensured Leicester would get nothing from their visit to south Wales by making it four goals in three games with one in each half against the shot-shy Foxes. Wilfried Bony scored both goals as Swansea saw off Leicester 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday evening. Press Associationlast_img read more

Obaseki Unveils Rebranded Bendel Insurance FC

first_imgSpeaking at the event, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, said his administration’s vision to reform sports is aimed at creating jobs and curbing restiveness among youths.The governor unveiled the new logo of the club which has the legendary Queen Idia mask as the main attraction. Also, Obaseki unveiled sets of brand new jerseys, team bus, technical team as well as manual for the rebranded Bendel Insurance Football Club. The new technical crew of the team is headed by Monday Odigie as Manager, while Baldwin Bazuaye, is the Head Coach with Greg Ikhenoba as his Assistant.According to Obaseki, “We have a keen interest to reform the sports sector in the state, and this is aimed at providing solutions to youth restiveness and unemployment. For us, sports have the potential to uplift the lives of our people and offer hope to youths who seek a better country.“Edo people are sports-loving. We will leverage this as we continue our reforms and give hope to our teeming youths. The steps made in reforming the Bendel Insurance FC will serve as reference point to drive more reforms in the sector.“The Benin Arsenal I know will soon bounce back big and with what I have seen today, its obvious that a silent revolution on how club-sides should be properly managed outside government’s funding is happening,” he stressed further.The governor added that the reforms will focus on grassroots sports development, noting, “Design and contracts for the construction of mini stadium in each local government area across the state have been completed. Local government chairmen will be mandated to ensure that the project is completed to encourage young men and women at the grassroots to tap into sports.”Obaseki called on investors in the state to support the present administration’s efforts to restore the state to its pride of place in sports in the country.Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, hailed “the achievements of the club, which has a reputation of producing top stars for the national team. These include, George Omokaro, Peter Egharevba, Henry Ogboe, Agwo Naji, Austin Eguavoen, Wilson Oruma, Osaze Odemwingie, Julius Aghahowa, Elderson Echiejile, Baldwin Bazuaye, Pius Ikedia and several other ex-internationals.These great players have represented the state at national and international assignments.”Shaibu added, “The decision to rebrand the Bendel Insurance FC’s logo with the image of Queen Idia was to project the club members as warriors, out to win battles. I am optimistic that the rebranded Bendel Insurance FC will emerge as a force to contend with.”On his part, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, who was physically present at the event, commended the state government for its initiatives in repositioning Bendel Insurance FC, and urged “The state government to partner corporate bodies for sponsorship to achieve self-funding and ensure the club is not dependent on government grants anymore.”“It is important for football clubs to run independent of government interference to ensure consistency. The club can develop its cards; Silver and Premium cards and VIP stand to serve as means for generating funds,” he added.Former Sports Commissioner of the state, Brown Ebewele, Igoh Igumah, who was House of Representatives Sports Committee kingpin, were among the distinguished sports personalities that graced the occasion.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Says reforms aimed at job creation and youth devtDuro IkhazuagbeOne of Nigeria’s foremost football clubs, Bendel Insurance FC, was rebranded on Tuesday night at the Government House in Benin with most of the players and coaches that made the team household name in the country’s football present.Legends like 86-year-old Alabi Aisien who won the 1978 Challenge Cup final as head coach of the Benin Arsenal and the first coach to win the FIFA Under-16 World Cup in China in 1985, Sebastine Brodericks-Imasuen, were present at the event along with several ex-players of the team.last_img read more

Injury to Taylor raises questions for Badgers

first_imgWhen head coach Bret Bielema first looked at the schedule for this season three years ago, he knew a this week would be a good one for his team to have a bye.Little did he know just how right that assessment would be.With several players battling through injuries, the Wisconsin football team is hoping to take full advantage of its time off this week, a strategy that involves getting several players lower on the depth chart additional work while resting several starters.“A lot of times with our rotation what we did was we repped our twos probably more than we did our ones, just to try get an emphasis on some of those guys we’re going to need down the stretch,” Bielema said. “Case in point, losing Mike Taylor for the remainder of the season. It makes not only Chris Borland move up but also the guy behind him.”Taylor, the Badgers’ leading tackler through seven games and starting outside linebacker, went down with a right knee injury in the first half of Saturday’s game and did not return. The redshirt freshman tore his anterior cruciate ligament, an injury that will require surgery and will keep him out for several months.“The way it looks right now, he’ll probably have surgery in the next two weeks,” Bielema said. “He will probably miss spring ball, but should be ready for summer workouts.”Though Borland is expected to move into a starting role in Taylor’s absence, the true freshman is far from the only one at the linebacker position that will see his role increased in the coming weeks.Bielema noted junior Blake Sorenson, who has already been working both at the middle linebacker position — where he is listed behind Culmer St. Jean on the depth chart — and outside linebacker recently, will move into a more prominent role in the team’s rotation.“Basically, Blake will backup almost all three linebacker positions,” Bielema said.The tough question, though, is what to do at the position behind Sorenson and Borland. Both have been strong in backup roles, but with them seeing more playing time, the Badgers will need others to be ready in case they go down.According to Bielema, the current situation has sophomore Kevin Rouse and redshirt freshmen Leonard Hubbard and Matt Groff as the linebackers next in line behind Sorenson. He did not rule out, however, the potential use of true freshmen Nick Hill and A.J. Fenton or sophomore Tony Megna.“Ideally you would love to redshirt [Hill and Fenton],” Bielema said. “But [playing] would not be beyond a possibility if one of them jumps out in the next week and a half.”Pressure on Welch to performAfter missing his sixth attempt of the season Saturday against Iowa, a 38-yard try, sophomore kicker Philip Welch’s spot on the depth chart is not exactly 100 percent secure.The Wisconsin coaching staff has had Welch face more competition this week, giving true freshman kicker Alec Lerner additional work in practice.“(We are) applying pressure, probably as much pressure as we can,” Bielema said. “We moved Alec Lerner over to the ones [Tuesday] in practice during our kicking period.”Bielema added that Welch went 4-for-4 on his tries while Lerner was 3-of-4 as they split time evenly. Lerner’s sole miss likely had a lot to do with nerves.“The first one I almost knew he was going to miss,” Bielema said. “When I moved him over, I didn’t tell him I was going to do it. I wanted to rattle him.”From the infirmaryThe linebacking corps is not the only position where the Badgers have been hit by injuries recently.Wisconsin had two players go down on the offensive side of the ball Saturday, as running back John Clay missed several plays in the first half after tweaking his ankle and tight end Garrett Graham left the game in the second quarter with a concussion.Bielema was optimistic about the condition of both Clay and Graham, though neither has practiced so far this week. A pair of offensive lineman also sat out Tuesday,“Gabe Carimi, Billy Nagy, John Clay, Garrett Graham. That’s it on offense that didn’t work out,” Bielema said. “That was my call, just to get the other guys reps.”last_img read more

Kearns makes one change for Offaly game

first_imgKevin Fahey of Clonmel Commercials replaces the injured Colm O’Shaughnessy at corner-back.This is Tipp’s fourth match in Division 3 – so far the Premier County have recorded a win and two draws.The match-day panel is as follows:  1.        Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash2.        Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials3.        Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers4.        Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow5.        Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule6.        Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers7.        Shane Leahy – Arravale Rovers8.        Alan Moloney – Rockwell Rovers9.        Martin Dunne – Moyle Rovers10.        Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle 11.        Peter Acheson – (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers12.        Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty13.        Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen14.        Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials15.        Niall O’Donovan – Arravale RoversSubs:16.        Ciarán Kendrick – Moyle Rovers17.        Philip Austin – Borrisokane18.        Jason Lonergan – Clonmel Commercials19.        Billy Hewitt – Ardfinnan20.        John O’Callaghan – Ballyporeen21.        Liam Casey – Cahir22.        David Butler – Drom & Inch23.        Donagh Leahy – Arravale Rovers24.        Mark Hanley – Aherlow25.        Donal Lynch – Clonmel Commercials26.        Ian Fahey – Clonmel CommercialsThrow-in at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town, is at 12.30pm.  Tipp FM will have regular updates on the progress of the match.last_img read more

Attempt to Arrest LMC Boss, Dikko, at Abuja Airport Fails

first_imgPolice detective fires shots as football stakeholders resist the arrestDuro IkhazuagbeThere was pandemonium on Sunday night at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja when Super Eagles returned from Ndola with maximum points in Nigeria’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier with Zambia.THISDAY correspondent that arrived Abuja from Zambia with Super Eagles reports that the two gunmen claimed to come from the FCT Police Command with the mandate of the police commissioner to arrest the Chairman of the League Management Company, Shehu Dikko, who is also the second vice president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). There was a disagreement between the leadership of the NFF and the detectives. NFF insisted that the order was not proper as the LMC had appealed the judgment of the Plateau High Court judge.It was at this point that one of the gunmen pulled out his gun and threatened to shoot anyone interfering with his job. With temper flaring, the detective repeatedly fired shots into the dark airport sky.Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, and President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, and other football stakeholders who arrived the airport with Eagles intervened to save an angry mob from lynching the detectives.The LMC has been locked in a legal battle over the expulsion of Giwa FC from the Nigeria Professional Football League due to the Jos-based team’s infractions on the rules governing the league.The league body appealed the conviction of Dikko and the Chief Operating Officer of the league body, Salihu Abubakar for contempt of court.Justice I.I. Kunda of Plateau High Court in Jos recently committed both Dikko and Abubakar to 14 days in prison for disobeying his court order. The ruling was sequel to a suit filed by a supporter of Giwa FC praying the court to order the reinstatement of the club to the league.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Bank of Jamaica comments on foreign exchange situation

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica  – The Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) says it has sold US$50 million to authorized dealers and cambios in a “flash sale auction” over the past two weeks aimed at offsetting the effects of excessive daily volatility in the foreign exchange market in recent weeks.No shortageThe BoJ said the sale was made through its Foreign Exchange Intervention and Trading Tool (B‐FXITT) and that gross foreign exchange earnings flowing into the economy have remained buoyant and as such, “on the macro level, there is no shortage of foreign exchange.“There is information, however, that several firms are seeking to borrow funds in foreign exchange from the local capital market and this, combined with normal commercial demand, has led to increased demand and recent price movements in response. “The BoJ,  the island’s central bank, said these temporary gaps between demand and supply are normal in a market and with more than adequate foreign exchange reserves and that it is ready to address these gaps when required.“It must be noted that efficient intervention and oversight of the market rely on the information the Bank receives from foreign exchange dealers, who in turn depend on the information they receive from their clients.”Improvement needed in flow of informationThe BoJ said that while this flow of information has been improving, a lot more improvement is still needed.“More foreign exchange users need to give their dealers advance notice of their intention to buy or sell foreign exchange. This will enable both dealers and the central bank to have a more complete picture of evolving market needs and be in a position to act on this information.“In addition, businesses are being strongly encouraged to use forward contracts with their dealers to manage their foreign exchange transactions.”The BoJ said that fluctuations in the rate can be inconvenient, but it is those very fluctuations which create the opportunity for using forward contracts to manage foreign exchange transactions more efficiently and to plan more long term.“Temporary supply and demand conditions aside, we must be reminded that as of 2017, contrary to what we have been accustomed to, we have a new foreign exchange market which behaves differently.“It is no longer a market in which the exchange rate drifts in one direction only, and as long as prevailing economic conditions remain as positive as they are, it is normal and to be expected that the exchange rate will keep fluctuating in both directions.,” the Boj added.last_img read more

ELEAGUE announce Street Fighter V celebrity showmatch for charity

first_imgELEAGUE have announced a Street Fighter V Celebrity Showdown to air on Friday, April 28th in support of various charities.The Emmy nominated studio have pulled no proverbial Dragon Punches either; with four big names set to be paired and take to the stage. NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal will be joined by Reggie Bush, Lupe Fiasco and Natalie Eva Marie as they battle it out on Street Fighter.Shaq is supporting the Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund, Lupe the MURAL foundation, Bush the 619 Charitable Fund and Marie the American Cancer society. It’s sure to be a great spectacle, even though the Street Fighter may not be of the highest quality. Then again, Shaq’s unproven on the global SFV stage and with undeniable sporting prowess he could well have the knack for fighting games. O’Neal is no stranger to the wonderful world of esports. His involvement in the NRG organisation is well documented but this will most definitely be the first time we’ve seen the basketball man compete (esports-wise) himself. American rapper and producer Lupe Fiasco is the man one to be paired with, though. Fiasco famously beat Daigo Umehara last year in an exhibition match by three rounds to two. He’s a confessed lover of the FGC so it’s of little surprise that he returns for the charity showdown at ELEAGUE. If he’s substantially better than the rest, maybe viewers will be treated to another Lupe versus professional showdown. Only time will tell. Whilst Marie and Bush have tenuous links to esports and FGC at best, the whole event is being put on for an array of great causes. There’s four great charities being supported and with a combined Twitter following of over 15 million it’s sure to bring more great exposure to the effervescent FGC. Esports Insider says: Our money is firmly on Lupe. We know the man has the ability. That said, Shaq has probably been practising hard and will likely be competitive. With four great causes being supported, kudos to the FGC, ELEAGUE and the celebs involved.last_img read more

#Donkomi: Yaw Yeboah leaves Celta Vigo

first_imgFormer Ghana youth midfielder Yaw Yeboah has has left La Liga club Celta Vigo.Yeboah joined the Sky Blue lads on loan with the option to purchase from Segunda Division side Numancia last summer.The 23-year-old failed to break into the side’s first team despite being touted a bright talent by coach Oscar Garcia.He however managed to clock 20 games under his belt and scored 5 goals in the side’s second team.The midfielder’s contract at the Balaidos expired on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, but the club have forfeited their obligation to sign him permanently.He joined the club from Manchester City last summer after successive loans at Lille in France, Dutch side FC Twente and Real Oviedo in Spain.Yeboah was on the books of Ghanaian club Right to Dream Academy before moving abroad.The attacker was selected in Ghana’s provisional roster for the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt but failed to make the final 23-man squad for the tournament.last_img read more

Kannibelles, Dam City Rollers roll to victory during exhibition twin bill at Selkirk College

first_imgIt’s obvious from the weekend results there’s some pretty good skill on the local roller derby circuit.West Kootenay teams, the All-Star juggernaut known as the Kootenay Kannibelles and Dam City Rollers out of Castlegar, pounded visiting teams from Spokane and Kamloops during a weekend twin bill at the Selkirk College gymnasium in the Sunflower City.Kannibelles walked all over the Spokannibals from the Lilac City 299-78 in the feature match Saturday at Selkirk College.In the early match, Dam City topped the 400-point mark en route to a lopsided 436-132 victory over Tournament City Dolls from Spoolmak Country.“From pretty early in the bout it became obvious that the mismatched team of black, blue and purple jerseys playing as the Spokannibals were not going to be taking away the victory in this bout, and the rest of the bout played out as such,” said a West Kootenay Roller Derby League spokesperson. “The Kannibelles kept their penalties down and executed some new strategies they have been working on as they put on a display of composed and efficient derby.”The Kannibelles is an All-Star side consisting of players from the five WKRDL teams — Valley Vendettas, Salmo Babes of Brutality, Nelson Killjoys, Dam City Rollers and Rossland/Trail Roller Girls.The squad enters the summer with a 7-3 record and a sixth-place ranking in the recent National Roller Derby poll.In the opening tilt, Dam City proved practice makes perfect as the hosts totally dominated the Kamloops squad.Dam City enjoyed a 300-50 halftime lead.The WKRDL is off for a few weeks before resuming June 22 in Nelson at the NDCC Arena.Dam City meets Valley Vendettas while the Killjoys of Nelson host Salmo’s Babes of Brutality.The following week in Trail, Rossland/Trail Roller Girls host an exhibition bout Saturday, June 29 at the Cominco Arena.last_img read more

Arellano, Ateneo score quick wins in PVL collegiate opener

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Aces finally win, take down Beermen to end 14-game slide Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu View comments LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees CONTRIBUTED PHOTOArellano University and Ateneo launched their title bids for the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference with swift victories in the opening day of competition Saturday at Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup. The Lady Chiefs, the reigning NCAA champions, quickly dispatched of College of St. Benilde 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, in the first match of the conference. ADVERTISEMENT Maddie Madayag and Jules Samonte also finished in double digits with 10 points each. Ateneo employed such great defense that of the eight Lady Heavy Bomber attackers that played only four managed to score. Shola Alvarez and Karen Montojo had nine points apiece to lead JRU. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Captain Jovielyn Prado led Arellano with 14 points while Mary Anne Esguerra added 13. Regine Arocha and Necole Ebuen also gave ample support for the Lady Chiefs scoring nine apiece. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’In the second game, the Lady Eagles swooped down on Jose Rizal University in straight sets, 25-17, 25-15, 25-15. Bea De Leon had 14 points to lead Ateneo while Kat Tolentino added 11. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respitelast_img read more