Vermaelen close to Barca move

first_imgArsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is close to a £15million move to Barcelona, Press Association Sport understands. Club captain Vermaelen, who joined from Ajax in 2009, made 21 appearances for the Gunners last season. Niggling injuries and the form of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker limited his impact. However, despite being an unused substitute at Wembley, he did lift the FA Cup in May as Arsenal ended their nine-year trophy drought. The 28-year-old has made 150 appearances in all competitions, scoring 15 goals for the Gunners. Speaking on Thursday ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield with Manchester City, Wenger revealed interest from United and others. Wenger said: “Have we received bids? Yes. I can’t tell you who from but you will know very soon. “Are Man United one of the teams to have made an offer? I think they could be in the group. “Ideally, yes, we would like to sell him abroad and that is an option for us. “I don’t want to say how many offers we have but we have offers from abroad as well.” United are understood to still be interested, although a swap deal would not interest them, with rumours Arsenal enquired about defender Chris Smalling and striker Javier Hernandez. Now it seems the Nou Camp, and not Old Trafford, is Vermaelen’s likely destination. Wenger believes it is important for Vermaelen to play. “He could leave, it could happen, I’ve said that since the start of pre-season,” the Frenchman added. “He needs to play now. He has shown an outstanding attitude but he is in a position where we wouldn’t stand in his way if he finds an interesting opportunity.” The Belgium defender could complete a move to the Nou Camp over the weekend. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Thursday suggested the club’s preference was to sell the defender abroad, rather than to a domestic rival, with Manchester United rumoured to also be interested. Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports September 3, 2020 Pliskova failed to convert two set points in the second set and was knocked out by Caroline Garcia, 6-1, 7-6. The 2018 women’s champ reached the third round as Noami Osaka defeated Camila Giorgi 6-1, 6-2. The fourth-seeded Osaka committed only 11 unforced errors.Unseeded Americans Ann Li, Shelby Rogers and Madison Brengle have pulled off upset victories. Li beat No. 13-seeded Alison Riske in a matchup between Pennsylvanians, 6-0, 6-3. Rogers beat No. 11-seeded Elena Rybakina 7-5, 6-1, before Brengle completed a 6-2, 6-3 win over Dayana Yastremska.Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) and No. 5 Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR’-ehv) each needed four sets to win their second-round matches at the U.S. Open. Djokovic dropped his opening set before advancing with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Kyle Edmund. American Brandon Nakashima gave Zverev fits for two sets before the German prevailed, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1.Other winners on the men’s side include seventh seed David Goffin and No. 19 Taylor Fritz. No. 13 Cristian Garin was knocked out in five after winning his first two sets. Rockets advance, Heat outlast Bucks for 2-0 leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Rockets are in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals after winning a gritty seventh game in their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.James Harden made up for a miserable shooting night with a big blocked shot that secured the Rockets’ 104-102 triumph over the Thunder. The Thunder got the ball to Lu Dort, who attempted a 3-pointer that Harden blocked with 4.8 seconds left.Robert Covington had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Eric Gordon also scored 21 points for the Rockets. Harden finished with 17 points and nine assists.Jimmy Butler bailed out the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Milwaukee. Third-string goaltender Michael Hutchinson stopped 27 shots and the Avs went ahead to stay in the second period before defeating the Stars, 4-1. Hutchinson has won each of his starts since replacing Pavel Francouz (FRAHN’-sohs) in the nets.Rookie defenseman Cale Makar (mah-KAHR’) scored the go-ahead goal in the second period. Nikita Zadorov (zah-DOHR’-ahv) and Mikko Rantanen (MEE’-koh RAN’-tah-nehn) also scored, and Nathan MacKinnon added an empty-netter.The Avs have never won a series after dropping three of the first four games.Anton Khudobin (hoo-DOH’-nihn) turned back 20 shots for Dallas. NHL-NEWS UNDATED (AP) — Bengals running back Joe Mixon has signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension through the 2024 season. Mixon has emerged as one of the NFL’s top running backs, running for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. The Bengals drafted Mixon in the second round in 2017 out of Oklahoma, where he was suspended for punching a woman in the face. The Bengals drew a backlash with the choice, prompting owner Mike Brown to acknowledge they were “taking a risk” on Mixon because he’s so talented.In other NFL news:— Coach Ron Rivera announced that Dwayne Haskins will be Washington’s starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Haskins got the nod over Kyle Allen and Alex Smith.— Chargers safety Derwin James will miss the season after having surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. James had surgery on Tuesday after he sustained the injury during a scrimmage on Sunday. The man called “Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise” has died at age 75. The Baseball Hall of Fame said he passed away Monday following complications from dementia and COVID-19.Seaver was selected by the Mets in a special draft in 1966 after his contract with the Braves was nullified by Major League Baseball. He spent just one year in the minors and won the 1967 National League Rookie of the Year with a 16-13 record and 2.76 ERA for the last-place Mets.Seaver won the Cy Young three times, all with the Mets. He remains the franchise leader in most career categories, including 198 victories, 2,541 strikeouts.Seaver was the first pitcher in major league history with eight consecutive seasons of at least 200 strikeouts. He also was a 20-game winner in 1969, ’71, ’72, 75, and ’77.Seaver finished his Hall of Fame career with a 311-205 record, a 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts, 61 shutouts and 231 complete games. Over in the women’s bracket, sixth seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIH’-toh-vah) and No. 8 Petra Martic moved into the third round, as did No. 17 Angelique Kerber.In other tennis news:— A three-day exhibition tennis tournament ahead of next year’s Australian Open has been canceled due to expected COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne. The Kooyong Classic was to be held in the week before the January 18 to 31 Australian Open.NFL-NEWSBengals extend Mixon Associated Press LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Morris of the Los Angeles Clippers has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for his flagrant foul on Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) of the Dallas Mavericks. Doncic has been penalized $15,000 for throwing the ball at a referee.Both fines stemmed from actions in Game 6 of a first-round playoff series, which the Clippers won to eliminate the Mavericks.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSAvs force Game 7EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have forced a Game 7 in their Stanley Cup second-round series by defeating the Dallas Stars for the second straight game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-OBIT-SEAVERHall of Famer Tom Seaver diesUNDATED (AP) — Tom Seaver was so good, he was given two nicknames.center_img The Heat squandered a six-point lead in the closing seconds before Butler drained two free throws with no time left to give Miami a 116-114 triumph over the top-seeded Bucks. The foul shots give the Heat a 2-0 lead in the series.Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) scored 23 points, Tyler Herro (HEE’-roh) added 17 off the bench and Jae Crowder had 16 for the Heat. Giannis Antetokounmpo (an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, but he also committed the foul that sent Butler to the line. Khris Middleton scored 23 points for Milwaukee, the last three of those coming when Dragic was called for fouling him with 4.3 seconds left.NBA-MAVERICKS-CLIPPERS FINESClippers’ Morris, Mavs’ Doncic fined for actions in Game 6 MLB-SCHEDULERockies cool off GiantsUNDATED (AP) — Mike Brosseau wasted no time exacting some revenge on the New York Yankees.Brosseau belted a two-run homer and a solo shot in his first two at bats before the Rays finished off the Yankees, 5-2. Brosseau was the hitting star just a day after he was buzzed near the head by a fastball from Aroldis Chapman, which earned the Yankees’ closer a three-game suspension.Randy Arozarena also hit a two-run homer to help the AL East leaders improve to 8-2 versus the Yanks this year. — Adam Duvall slammed three home runs and drove in five to lead the Braves past the Red Sox, 7-5. Marcell Ozuna’s (oh-ZOO’-nuhz) solo blast broke a 5-5 deadlock in the seventh.— Zack Wheeler tossed three-hit ball over 6 2/3 innings, and Jay Bruce hit a solo homer in the Phillies’ eighth win in nine games, 3-0 over the Nationals. Neil Walker was 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Phils, who handed the defending champs their fifth consecutive loss and dropped the Nats to 12-22.— Mookie Betts slugged a tying homer in the ninth inning and Will Smith lined an RBI single in the 10th to rally the Dodgers past the Diamondbacks, 3-2. Los Angeles earned its ninth straight home win despite getting only four hits. — Jason Castro hit a tiebreaking two-run double while the Padres erupted for eight runs in the eighth inning of an 11-4 win over the Angels. Manny Machado delivered a two-run single in the eighth and Eric Hosmer hit a 443-foot, three-run homer to close out the rally.— Kevin Pillar (pih-LAHR’) laced a go-ahead, two-run triple while the Rockies scored five times in the seventh to hand the Giants just their fourth loss in 14 games, 9-6. Garrett Hampson hit his third homer in two days and Sam Hilliard also went deep to help Colorado bounce back from Tuesday’s 23-5 thumping by San Francisco. MLB-PIRATES-CLEMENTEPirates to celebrate Clemente DayPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates will celebrate Roberto Clemente when the entire team dons his No. 21 on Sept. 9 against the White Sox. The Hall of Fame outfielder collected 3,000 hits during his 18-year career. He died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve in 1972 at age 38 while attempting to bring humanitarian aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE — Javier Baez socked a three-run home run and Kyle Hendricks pitched one-run ball over six innings of the Cubs’ 8-2 rout of the Pirates. Anthony Rizzo added a two-run single in the seventh and the Cubs scored three times in the eighth to cap the scoring.— The Brewers trailed 4-0 until Keston Hiura (HEER’-uh) launched a three-run homer in the third inning to spark Milwaukee to a 7-5 decision over the Tigers. Jace (jays) Peterson added a two-run shot and Omar Narvaez (nahr-VY’-ehz) furnished a two-run single that tied the game.— Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) homered and Hyun Jin Ryu (hyoon jihn ree-OO’) pitched six solid innings to lead the Blue Jays to a 2-1 win over the Marlins. Miami rookie Sixto Sanchez had thrown 11 consecutive scoreless innings until Gurriel belted a two-run shot for a 2-0 lead in the fifth. — The Reds picked up a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Joey Votto’s (VAH’-tohz) RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. The Redbirds were leading 3-1 and in line for a three-game sweep until Tucker Barnhardt smacked a two-run homer in the fifth.— Michael Conforto was 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs as the Mets whipped the Orioles, 9-4 to halt a five-game losing streak. Mets slugger Pete Alonso also homered, the fifth ever to reach the second deck in left field at Camden Yards. Also on ice:— Todd Reirden is back with the Penguins as an assistant coach just a week after being fired as head coach of the Capitals. Reirden served as an assistant under Dan Byslma (BYLZ’-mah) from 2010-14 before leaving to join the Capitals. The Penguins also hired Mike Vellucci as an assistant after he spent last season as GM and head coach of Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate.TENNIS-US OPENKerber gets past uncertainty, advances at US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Karolina Pliskova (PLIHSH’-koh-vah) has become the first top-seeded woman to be ousted in the second round of the U.S. Open since 2008. The two teams played without their managers, who received one-game suspensions for Tuesday’s benches-clearing incident involving Chapman and Brosseau. Chapman has appealed his suspension.Elsewhere around the majors:— Michael Brantley smacked a two-run homer in the first inning to back a strong start from rookie Cristian Javier in the Astros’ 2-1 win against the Rangers. Javier allowed only a solo home run to Isiah Kiner-Falefa and a single by Joey Gallo in a career-high 6 2/3 innings to win his third straight decision.— Josh Donaldson returned from the injured list with two hits and two RBIs in the Twins’ 8-1 drubbing of the White Sox. Jake Cave, Miguel Sanó (sah-NOH’) and Eddie Rosario homered to support José Berríos (beh-REE’-ohs), who worked six strong innings.— Triston McKenzie tossed six innings of three-hit ball on his 23rd birthday to pitch the Indians to a 5-0 shutout of the Royals. Tyler Naquin (NAY’-kwihn) provided all the scoring with a pair of home runs. Allen goes from Blues to HabsUNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have acquired goaltending insurance for Carey Price.The St. Louis Blues have traded goaltender Jake Allen to the Canadiens, along with a 2022 seventh-round pick. The Blues receive third- and seventh-round picks in this year’s draft. The move clears $4.35 million of salary-cap space for the Blues and also signals that Jordan Binnington is the starting goalie of the present and future. He backstopped the Blues to the Cup last year. The extra cap room might be enough for the Blues to re-sign top defenseman and Stanley Cup-winning captain Alex Pietrangelo (peh-TRAN’-jeh-loh), who is set to be a free agent this fall. NCAA-FURLOUGHSMemo: NCAA to furlough its entire staff for 3-8 weeksUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA will furlough its entire Indianapolis-based staff of about 600 employees for three to eight weeks in a cost-saving move. A memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press was sent by NCAA President Mark Emmert to the association’s more than 1,200 member schools Wednesday. Starting Sept. 21 through the end of January 2021, all national office staff will be subjected to a mandatory three-week furlough. Some staff will be furloughed for up to eight weeks.last_img read more

Tyson Fury mocks Deontay Wilder in latest tweet, read more about what he said

first_imgLast Updated: 25th November, 2019 23:46 IST Tyson Fury Mocks Deontay Wilder In Latest Tweet, Read More About What He Said Tyson Fury has taken a dig at Deontay Wilder, despite Wilder’s spectacular knockout victory against Luis Ortiz. Know what Tyson Fury has to say about the match. Also Read- Tyson Fury: Wilder Feels That The Boxer’s $15m WWE Deal Is FalseAlso Read- Tyson Fury Autobiography: Behind The Mask – Tyson Fury Cover Released Raj Sarkar WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US 10 months ago Tyson Fury will face Deontay Wilder in February, could return to WWE 9 months ago Tyson Fury autobiography: Behind The Mask – Tyson Fury cover released LIVE TV Luis Ortiz landed some spectacular punches over Deontay Wilder in their recent matchup which left the WBC Heavyweight Champion crumbling. Ortiz was also having a lead in the judge’s scorecard throughout but Deontay Wilder’s deadly right hand took it all over from Luis Ortiz. The undefeated British Tyson Fury believes that Deontay Wilder has nothing but just a puncher’s chance and he will be able to outbox him in their re-match.Also Read- Deontay Wilder Vs Luis Ortiz 2 Live Streaming And Schedule: Where To Watch & PreviewBoxing news: Tyson Fury vs Deontay WilderThe undefeated boxers ended up in a draw in their first encounter in December 2018. Tyson Fury outboxed Deontay Wilder in the match, but Wilder had his moments too. Tyson Fury had the spirit to get back up but even ‘The Gypsy King’ got knocked down by Deontay Wilder’s vicious right hand, twice in the fight. Let us take a look at the highlights of their first fight, while they are gearing up for an epic re-match on February. First Published: 25th November, 2019 23:46 ISTcenter_img Written By 9 months ago Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2 live streaming and schedule: Where to watch & preview WE RECOMMEND COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago Tyson Fury: Wilder feels that the boxer’s $15m WWE deal is false 9 months ago Deontay Wilder brags about being the hardest hitting puncher in boxing history Deontay Wilder defended his 10th consecutive title by knocking out Luis Ortiz once again in their classic re-match this Sunday. The Cuban Heavyweight dominated the entire fight and landed heavy shots on Deontay Wilder. All Wilder needed was one proper punch. Wilder retained his WBC Heavyweight title by a sensational knockout in the seventh round but that didn’t amaze his former and upcoming rival Tyson Fury. Instead, Tyson Fury said that he found a way to school WBC Champion Deontay Wilder even more in their re-match on February.Also Read- Deontay Wilder Brags About Being The Hardest Hitting Puncher In Boxing HistoryBoxing news: Tyson Fury slams Deontay Wilder on TwitterTyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are set to go against each other in another epic-rematch of heavyweight boxing history on February 2020. The Bronze Bomber just had a spectacular victory with Tyson Fury. The Gypsy King showed no hesitation in slamming Deontay Wilder, despite his crazy win. Tyson Fury took it out on Twitter and said: “Wilder has nothing more than a puncher’s chance vs me, I’m gonna school even more than the first fight.”last_img read more

VIDEO: Andre Ayew scores and assists in Swansea victory

first_imgGhana forward, Andre Ayew registered a goal and an assist for Swansea City as they  dismissed Middlesbrough 3-0 at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.The English Championship returned after three months of absence due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.Rhian Brewster fired home Swansea City’s opener on the 18th minute with a fantastic assist from Black Stars captain André Ayew.Three minutes into the first goal, Rhian Brewster doubled the lead when he was put through by Aldo Kalulu.Ayew scored the third goal from the penalty spot on the 34th minute to seal a 3-0 win.The goal is the Ghana captain’s 13th of the season in the Championship for Swansea.The win propels Swansea to 7th with 56 points after 38 matches.See goal below:last_img read more

Ghana Rugby Club Championship dishes out exciting Rugby in Accra

first_imgThe second round of league matches of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) 2014/15 came off on Saturday November 8th on the Accra Rugby pitch in Legon with Accra Sharks and Tema Anchors kicking off the first game of the day.This was the second round of games from Pool A with clubs from Greater Accra.Forfeiting their earlier games, both teams were hoping to turn around their fortunes. Accra Sharks opened the scoring with the first try of the half, holding Tema Anchors off till the end of the half.The second half started with Tema Anchors scoring successive tries and working their way back into the game and eventually winning the game by 20 points to 13Speaking to the media after the game, the coach of Tema Anchors, Mr. Patrick Eduakwa said, “It was unfortunate that they (Tema Anchors) had to forfeit their first game, but they are working hard to iron out all kinks to ensure that it does not happen again”. He was really elated by the fighting spirit showcased by his boys on the field of play and eventually carrying the day. Nizar from Accra Sharks about to pass the ball in their match with Tema Anchors. The second game of the day was between Cosmos Buffaloes and Idas Sports, Champions of last season’s Rugby League. This game was by all standard a very tough one for both teams especially Cosmos Buffaloes.Idas Sports RFC opened the scoring with a penalty kick that was awarded them. Cosmos Buffaloes quickly responded by scoring a try. It was ‘The Cosmos Show’ from then on showing off their athleticism by scoring one try after another and having a 90 percent conversion rate in the game, the highest so far. Idas Sports RFC had two more penalty kicks converted without scoring any try. Cosmos Buffaloes won the game emphatically by 34 points to 9Speaking to the media the man of the match, Hamza from Cosmos Buffaloes, stated emphatically that, “No one is stopping us from winning the coveted league title this season.” He further went on to thank God for giving him the strength, agility and tactical brilliance he shows in each game and he was humbled by the faith his coach Amuzuloh Salim always has in him.The final match of the day was between Legon Titans and Dansoman Hurricanes. The game started with a lot of tension between both teams. Legon Titans opened the scoring with a try. Dansoman Hurricanes responded by scoring a penalty kick they were awarded. The game proved tough in the early stages but Legon titans run riot as the game proceeded by winning the match by 29 points to 6.Speaking to Marshall Nortey, the captain of Legon Titans, he stated that he and his team mates did not find it easy because the opponents proved a hard challenge and that he was very excited about their win. He also said he was elated about the teamwork showed on the field.Legon Titans sit on top of the league after two games with 10 points, followed by Cosmos Buffaloes with 9 points, Idas Sports RFC 3rd with 5 points, Tema Anchors 4th with 3 points, Dansoman Hurricanes and Accra sharks are at the bottom with 0 points having lost all two games.last_img read more

Argentina 1-1 Iceland: Five things we learned

first_imgTiny Iceland made a stunning first-ever World Cup appearance on Saturday when they held 2014 runners-up Argentina to a 1-1 draw in a dramatic match where Lionel Messi blew his chance to win it when he had a penalty saved by Hannes Por Halldorsson.Here are five things we learned. ICELAND MAKES HISTORYWho thought Iceland’s first goal in the world cup will come against Argentina? Finnbogasson has inked his name in the history books as he secured Iceland’s first world cup goal.AGUERO LETHALIn a game where Messi failed to respond to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 3 goal heroics, Sergio Aguero proved that he is a top marksman. He scored the first goal in the 19th minute with typical awareness, proving that he can come up with surprises of his own. MESSI’S PENALTY CURSE RESURFACESIn the 64th minute, Lionel Messi stepped up to take a spot kick and in an all too familiar scene, he missed!!! A worrying trend as Messi is supposed to be the man to lead his team into world cup glory. Definitely, I think that it will be too early to write off Lionel Messi. For Messi’s quality, it will be detrimental to judge him by this performance but the multimillion dollar question is: will Messi put today’s game behind him and come back roaring in the next games?ARGENTINA NEEDS MORE ATTACKING AUDACITYEven though Argentina had the lion’s share of possession, they didn’t do enough to earn a victory. Messi and his men found it very difficult to break through a very tight Iceland defense. Argentina’s build-up play was very slow as they passed the ball from side to side and most often, without any sense of urgency. Argentina did play with some urgency getting to the end of the game but it was too little, too late. Di Maria was simply lost in the game whereas Messi was kept at bay by a spirited Iceland team. In Iceland’s defensive third, Messi was quickly closed down by three players anytime he had the ball. In the absence of Messi’s sparkle, Argentina’s attack was a bit flat and they need to improve on that if they are to live to their high expectations.ICELAND, DISCIPLINED AND IMMENSE After conceding in the 19th minute, Iceland responded with a goal of their own just 4 minutes later. Iceland were spirited on the night. They defended in their numbers and made it very difficult for Argentina. They also created very decent opportunities and showed that they have what it takes to hurt any caliber of opposition they face. Hallfredsson was very immense as he performed a yeo man’s job on Messi. He closed him down very quickly and offered the little magician very limited time to weave his magic. They were very massive and intense against this star-studded Argentinian side. Iceland means business. —Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Feb. 19, 2013

first_imgWellington Police Notes for Tuesday, February 19, 2013:•8:50 a.m. Officers took a report of Suspicious Activity in the 600 block. N. C, Wellington.•9:10 a.m. James D. Whitehead IV, 27, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Bench Warrant for Probation Violation.•4:20 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary and theft in the 800 block E. 7th, Wellington.•7:30 p.m. Jennifer R. Sirmons, 28, Wellington was arrested on a city of Wellington bench warrant for failure to appear.•9:30 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the Wellington.•10:33 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block S. Blaine, Wellington.•11:09 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block N. Blaine, Wellington.last_img read more

Title, not invincible tag, the most important goal for Salah

first_img“Unbeaten or not, it’s not necessary – we want to win the Premier League.”Liverpool could move a massive 30 points clear of United with victory on Sunday, but the Red Devils are the only side to take points off them this season after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October.Salah missed that match through injury and is keen to make up for lost time in the clash between English football’s two most successful sides.“We need to win, we need to carry on in our way – the way we’ve been doing since the beginning of the season and since last year,” added the Egyptian.“Of course we know it’s big for the fans, for the city and for us. But at the end of the day, we play the game to win.” London, United Kingdom | AFP | Mohamed Salah says Liverpool’s focus is solely on ending a 30-year wait to win the Premier League title, rather than doing so by going the whole season unbeaten.Jurgen Klopp’s men have dropped just two points in 21 games to set a new record for Europe’s top five leagues of 61 points from a possible 63 to start the campaign.That has propelled the European champions into a 14-point lead over title holders Manchester City with a game in hand, but Salah insists the Reds are still taking their title challenge one game at a time ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Anfield on Sunday.“We don’t think about being unbeaten until the end of the season. If we do that, it would be great, but at the end of the day we just want to win the Premier League. That’s the most important thing,” Salah told Premier League Productions. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

59Club’s pilot project with England Golf moves on

first_img29 Sep 2015 59Club’s pilot project with England Golf moves on The first phase of 59Club’s pilot project with England Golf, the governing body for English amateur golf, has been completed at 10 clubs in the Midlands. 59Club, Europe’s leading customer service analysts and training consultants, assisted with the England Golf project in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire to trial new ways of increasing participation and club membership. The 10 clubs each took advantage of 59Club’s in-depth mystery shopper experience, comprising an initial new member enquiry call, a show-round visit, a society call and a full visitor experience. In addition each received a full-day’s training on ‘best practice’ from 59Club’s team of experienced trainers. This enabled analysis of sales systems and customer service levels, including those offered to non-members who visit as day guests. 59Club will now supplement the first phase with member surveys to establish viewpoints of existing members. The partnership between the two organisations supports the aims of the England Golf strategic plan – Raising Our Game – which calls on all who care about the game to work together to create a brighter future for golf, including more players, more members and stronger clubs. England Golf’s project to trial new ways of increasing participation and club membership involves working intensively with clubs and county organisations in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire over two years. Clubs receive increased business support, including marketing and training, and have the opportunity to test new ideas to see if they make the game more accessible and membership more attractive, such as shorter and faster formats of the game, different types of membership and improved customer service. Richard Flint, England Golf’s Director of Participation and Club Support, said: “We are delighted that clubs have been able to take advantage of 59Club’s expertise to strengthen their customer service and make sure their members and guests enjoy a great experience. This is absolutely critical to successfully recruiting and retaining members.”  One of the clubs involved in the pilot project was Henley G&CC, in Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, and general manager Adrian Cooper was effusive in his praise of the experience. He said: “As a new general manager it was good to be able to see how we were performing in relation to our competitors and the market leaders. To have that information, as a benchmark, after just a few months in the job was very, very beneficial. “We also benefited from a full day’s training with 59Club, but the angle they took made it feel more a part of a plan we were rolling out, rather than a traditional training seminar. And, consequently, the staff here have really embraced it. I’ve found it really good as I’ve been able to combine my sales background with strategic input afforded from 59Club.” 59Club director Matt Roberts added: “Once we have completed the member surveys for the initial 10 clubs we will take the partnership with England Golf to the next stage and look forward to welcoming more clubs into the fold. We have been delighted to hear the positive comments from the clubs we’ve been working with and are pleased they have found it so beneficial. We are enjoying our role within the ‘Raising our Game’ initiative and look forward to measuring the fruits of our labour.” 59Club is fast becoming the industry standard for measuring and comparing customer service levels and analysing all key revenue streams for golf venues, and is committed to the on-going development of club managers and PGA professionals. The industry experts at 59Club are on hand to provide support and assistance for all golf and leisure businesses keen to develop customer service and sales systems. Its products and insight provide measurable indicators which allow you to exploit every opportunity presented to each department within your club, from the sales team, front-line operators and those responsible for member and visitor retention. For further information visit www.59club.comlast_img read more