Martino: Decision lies with Cesc

first_imgBarcelona manager Gerardo Martino is confident Cesc Fabregas will not swap the Nou Camp for Old Trafford but admits the Spain international will decide his own future. “He is one of the best players in the squad. I think he will stay. But there’s a part that he has to decide. “Cesc will decide the situation, but it has not occurred to me that I won’t be able to count on him.” Fabregas was on the bench for Friday’s 8-0 thrashing of Brazilian side Santos at the Nou Camp but came on in the second half alongside new signing Neymar to score twice and set up Jean Marie Dongou for the final goal. Lionel Messi, Pedro, Alexis Sanchez and Adriano also scored for the Spanish side, along with an own goal by Santos defender Leo. Press Associationcenter_img The Primera Division champions have already rejected bids of £25million and £30million from Manchester United and Martino believes the former Arsenal midfielder will continue to fend off their advances to stay at Barca. “I would prefer him to stay with us and I dare say he will, but it’s his decision,” Martino told the club’s official website. last_img read more


Bellerin commits future to Arsenal

first_img Press Association Twenty-year-old full-back Bellerin enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Gunners in the last campaign, making the most of the opportunity presented to him by Mathieu Debuchy’s injury. He made 28 appearances and scored twice after proving his worth on the right side of Arsenal’s defence. Hector Bellerin has signed a long-term deal with Arsenal, the FA Cup holders have announced.center_img Arsenal signed Bellerin from Barcelona in the summer of 2011 and he was promoted to the first team a year ago. A short statement from Arsenal read: “Everyone at the club looks forward to Hector’s continued progress with the club.” last_img read more


Customs Tackle CIS as 2018 Maritime Cup Tourney Starts

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Defending champions, the Nigeria Customs Service will tomorrow takes on the Certified Institute of Shipping (CIS) in the opening match of the 10th edition of the Ships & Ports Annual Maritime Cup Football Competition.The competition will hold at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Sports Ground, Bode Thomas, Lagos.At the draws of the competition held at the weekend in Lagos, the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Apapa Bulk Terminal Limited (ABTL) and Josephdam Port Services (JPS) are playing in Group A, while the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Tin can Island Container Terminal (TICT) and CIS will play in Group B. Coordinator of the draws and former Chairman, Lagos State Referees Council, Prince Adesegun Kosoko, commended Ships & Ports Communications Company for sustaining the competition over the years.He said, “There have been tremendous improvement in the competition over the years and that shows that the Maritime Cup has made its name in the industry. So we hope to leverage on the 10th edition to do much more and to see more new organization coming in.”Kosoko charged the participating teams to see the competition as an avenue for leisure, to interact and to build friendship outside their various business environments.Earlier, Coordinator of the Maritime Cup, Eucharia Okoli said that while the winners would go home with a cash prize of N500,000; the first and second runners-up would cart away N300,000 and N200,000 respectively.Okoli said a total of eight teams would feature in the competition this year.last_img read more


Boys basketball Bees top RFA, advance to sectional final

first_imgSo instead of a showdown with the Wildcats, it was the Bees against the Black Knights in Sunday’s AA semifinal at SRC Arena, the Bees eager to avenge a 63-61, last-second defeat to RFA on Jan. 20.And it did so, prevailing 74-55 in a game that featured plenty of sophomore sensation J.J. Starling, but also a fine effort from the guys around him.Just like every other opponent this season, the Black Knights were bent on quieting Starling, which it did in the first quarter after he hit an opening-minute 3-pointer. But senior forward Bo Nicholson made up for it by pouring in 10 points to stake the Bees to an 18-13 lead. That margin grew to 28-19 midway through the second quarter despite just two field goals from Starling. Gradually, RFA cut the margin to two, but baskets by Starling and Braden McCard extended the Bees’ advantage to 32-26 going to the break.With neither team able to put together a run, Starling went to work midway through the third quarter, starting with a powerful dunk from the baseline and a 3-pointer from the top of the circle.Even more damaging was the 11-0 run that bridged the third and fourth periods, started by a Starling 3-pointer and culminating with Ben Bifulco converting from long range that made it 58-40, far too much for RFA to overcome.Nicholson finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds to complement Starling’s 31 points and 10 rebounds as Chase Trombley had seven points and Dan Fabrizio got six points.B’ville shot 54 percent (27-for-50) from the field, including 11-for-22 from 3-point range as it also out-rebounded the Black Knights 33-25. Damien Call led the Black Knights with 22 points as he became that school’s all-time leading scorer.Now it’s the Bees against Corcoran, who is seeking its first sectional title since 2000. Those two teams split their regular-season meetings, with the Cougars’ De’Jour Reaves having netted 30 points of his own in his team’s semifinal win over Bishop Ludden.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story For much of its history, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team has not come close to the sort of exalted status it is experiencing this season.Now the heights, and the stakes, are far bigger as on Saturday night at SRC Arena, the Bees will seek the Section III Class AA championship when it takes on the Corcoran Cougars.All of it started with last Tuesday’s wild turn of events in the sectional quarterfinal round. B’ville, the no. 4 seed, handled Auburn 78-44, then watched as top seed and defending state champion West Genesee was stunned by no. 9 seed Rome Free Academy.last_img read more


Students selected for USC’s first human rights clinic

first_imgThe first six students to take part in the Gould School of Law’s new international human rights clinic were announced last week.Professor Hannah Garry will lead the clinic, the first of its kind at USC, to guide the students as they work with judges and legal officers on human rights prosecutions in Rwanda and Cambodia.Garry, who worked previously at the University of Colorado School of Law with students on cases involving Guantanamo prisoners, said the clinic will give students hands-on experience in law.“[The purpose is] to give students the opportunity to work on real-life cases and projects that teach them how to be human rights advocates … and international lawyers,” Garry said.Real justice – Six third-year law students were chosen to work with the human rights clinic at the Gould School of Law. – Dan Doperalski | Daily TrojanJoining her are third-year law students Trevar Kolodny, Jamie Hoffman, Aysha Pamukcu, Shannon Raj, Brian Rifkin and Seepan Parseghian.“I’ve been hoping USC would have a program like this for a long time,” Raj said.The first semester, the clinic will accept only six law students who will work in the spring. In subsequent terms, it will accept eight students who will be expected to commit to a year of work in the clinic.In the first semester, students will be working long-distance with judges and legal officers from the Rwanda tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania.“They will be working remotely with a lot of these organizations overseas that we’re partners with and using all of the technological tools that we have in our day to be able to cross the borders — like Skype, conference calls, video conferencing,” Garry said.The melding of international law with human rights advocacy was a key factor in attracting students.“I felt like my classes were very interesting, but they didn’t always speak to each other,” Pamukcu said. “That interdisciplinary aspect that I was really hungry for had finally presented itself in the form of the clinic.”Pamukcu’s interest in human rights law was born in high school, as a reporter. Writing about issues such as teen relationship abuse, she said she felt a desire to go beyond just writing about them.“I realized I was getting frustrated just reading about it and that I wanted to actually be involved and helping out,” she said.Parseghian said he was exposed to the horrific effects of human rights abuses from a very young age. His grandparents from both sides were survivors of widespread killings in Armenia and eventually settled in Iraq, where his parents were born.“I was very familiar at a very early age about what the greatest forms of human rights abuses could be and what human beings are very capable of doing to one another,” Parseghian said.Though the clinic is open only to law students — with priority being given to second- and third-year students — Garry sees the clinic assuming a broader role on campus.“I do perceive the clinic … providing a focal point for a real innovative kind of thinking about human rights problems of our day and how to come up with good solutions for tackling them,” she said.Garry said she hopes the clinic will allow students to work on cases and projects concerning persecution, torture, human trafficking, genocide and other crimes against humanity.Part of the challenge, Garry said, is picking and choosing which cases to work on.“I have been networking with partner organizations overseas and also here in L.A.,” she said. “I really want for the clinic to focus on local human rights issues as well. There’s just so much to get involved with.”Garry said she hopes that the program will eventually evolve to allow students to travel abroad to places such as Arusha and work hand-in-hand with judges in the second semester of their service at the clinic.“What I’m working on developing right now is a kind of partner support fund that would allow our students and myself to go onsite as partners, to go overseas after working long-distance remotely,” she said.last_img read more


Penn St. mauls defenseless UW

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Following last Saturday’s hard-fought loss to Illinois, Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said the better team had won the game.This past Saturday, there was no need to ask; anyone in Beaver Stadium could see that Penn State was clearly the better team, trouncing Wisconsin 38-7.The game started ominously for Wisconsin. On the opening play of the game, UW running back P.J. Hill was stripped of the football and PSU’s Sean Lee recovered at the Wisconsin 12-yard line.”They really were attacking the football, and give credit to them for doing that,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. “But the ball, it’s got to be secured and we have to think like that all the time offensively.”Three plays and a little over a minute later, fullback Matt Hahn dove over the top of the pile at the goal line and the Nittany Lions had a quick 7-0 lead.”That’s never a good sign to start out a game,” linebacker DeAndre Levy said. “But, you know, we gotta do our job and respond. It’s tough … but it goes both ways, offense, defense, it’s tough to start out a game that way.After the next UW possession stalled after six plays, PSU got the ball back. Keeping the momentum from the first drive, the Nittany Lions drove the ball down to the Badgers’ 13-yard line before settling for a field goal to push the lead to 10-0.”They came out hitting, and we were unable to respond,” Levy said. “The crowd got behind them, they were up, had their confidence, the defense was playing great, their offense was rolling a little bit. It was hard for us to recover.”Wisconsin scratched back to pull within three points thanks to a 77-yard drive which was capped by a 1-yard Hill touchdown plunge, but the defense couldn’t stop Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli and the Nittany Lion offense, which ran off 28 consecutive points to finish the game.”Morelli isn’t necessarily a running threat, but they used him today effectively in the bootleg game,” Bielema said.With the Badgers still trailing by three, Morelli used a pump fake to draw the UW secondary to the left side of the field and hit wide receiver Deon Butler, who had beaten cornerback Allen Langford badly, for an easy 29-yard touchdown.”We had a few mental busts early on with our man coverage, where our guys got their eyes off their man and allowed those guys to run free,” Bielema said.”That long pass with the slant-and-go on Allen Langford in the back corner was a big play for them.”Leading 17-7, the Nittany Lions faced a fourth-and-one on the Badgers’ 19-yard line. After calling a timeout to decide whether to attempt a field goal or go for it, Penn State came out to run a play.Morelli gave the ball to running back Evan Royster who sliced virtually untouched through the left side of the Wisconsin line and went the distance for the back-breaking touchdown.”I was going to kick,” Penn State head coach Joe Paterno said. “First I said, ‘Let’s go for it,’ and then I said, ‘No, we’re going to kick.’ There was a timeout and I said, ‘Ah, the heck with it, go for it.'”Very decisive.”For the Badgers, it was just another instance of not getting a big stop when they needed one.”Every time we get hurt, it’s something else,” Levy said.All told, Penn State scored four of the first five times they had the ball — including three touchdowns — and never relinquished control of the game.”I mean, I don’t know what’s going on,” cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. “You just have to wait to watch the film on Sunday, can’t really tell you what the problem is now, but there’s a problem and it’s got to be fixed quickly.”Trailing 24-7 midway through the second quarter, quarterback Tyler Donovan hit Kyle Jefferson for a 33-yard completion into Penn State territory. The Badgers were unable to build any momentum off that play, as the next pass went through wide receiver David Gilreath’s hands and was intercepted by Anthony Scirrotto at the Penn State 27.”Just a lack of concentration, a lack of concentration,” Gilreath said of the missed catch. “I’ve got to catch the ball there.”I was wide-open over the middle, and I realize I’ve got to catch those.”By the time the end of the third quarter rolled around, Penn State had the game well in hand, leading to many of the 109,754 in attendance — the sixth largest crowd ever at Beaver Stadium — to start filing toward the gates.For the Badgers, the owners of the longest winning streak in the nation just two weeks ago, it was the second consecutive loss in a season that is quickly unraveling.”You go from on your way to a really good season and you got dreams, you got hopes, you got goals, and two weeks go by and they don’t seem attainable any more,” Ikegwuonu said. “That’s the reality of college football: anything can happen and you have to come ready to play every week, and the last two weeks we weren’t ready to play.”last_img read more


Syracuse mens basketball to host North Florida in December

first_img Published on June 19, 2019 at 2:17 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Syracuse will host North Florida in a nonconference game on Dec. 21 in the Carrier Dome, SU Athletics announced in a release Wednesday.The matchup is the Orange’s sixth nonconference game announced ahead of the 2019-20 season. The Ospreys posted a 16-17 record last season, winning seven of their last eight. SU last played North Florida in 2016, a 77-71 win in the Dome, in the team’s first-ever meeting.Syracuse opens its season on Nov. 6 against conference foe and defending National Champion Virginia.Here is Syracuse’s schedule that has been released so far.Oct. 26 – Daemen College (Carrier Dome, exhibition)AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOct. 29 – Carleton College (Carrier Dome, exhibition)Nov. 6 – Virginia (Carrier Dome)Nov. 20 – Cornell, 7 p.m. (Carrier Dome)Nov. 27 – NIT Season Tipoff vs. Ole Miss/Oklahoma State/Penn State (Barclays Center)Nov. 29  – NIT Season Tipoff (Barclays Center)Dec. 3 – Iowa (ACC-Big Ten Challenge, Carrier Dome)Dec. 14 – Georgetown (Capital One Arena)Dec. 18 – Oakland (Carrier Dome)Dec. 21 — North Florida (Carrier Dome)ACC home games: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina, North Carolina State.ACC away games: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Louisville. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Premier League: Moses, Emenike Aim to Dent Leicester Title Charge

first_imgWest Ham United visit table-topping Leicester City today with faint hopes of Champions League qualification enough motivation to put a dent on Leicester City’s title charge. As has been the case in recent games, West Ham would be relying on Nigerian attackers Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike, as well as French playmaker Dmitri Payet to inspire them to victory.However, Leicester can move a step closer to winning the Premier League with victory at their Kings Power stadium, which in recent weeks has become a fortress. The Foxes start the weekend with a seven-point lead at the top of the table after five successive victories without conceding a goal.They have beaten the Hammers in the league and Capital One Cup this season and another win would move them 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham, who travel to Stoke tomorrow. West Ham have seen their top-four hopes fade in recent weeks following three successive draws in the league. They also lost their FA Cup quarter-final replay to Manchester United on Wednesday, but manager Slaven Bilic says there will not be any hangover.“We are disappointed but we are in a great position in the league and everything to play for,” he said. “We are totally motivated for the next six games and it starts against Leicester. We have to do everything we can.“We need points to finish high so yes we have to win, whether it’s fourth, fifth or sixth. United and Man City, five points to City is big with six games to go, but there are also teams below us playing well and hoping to get a European place next year,” Bilic said.Leicester have no new injury concerns, so Claudio Ranieri is likely to name the starting line-up for the 12th time in 14 league games.West Ham can welcome back defenders Winston Reid and Sam Byram after Reid missed the FA Cup defeat to United with a tight hamstring and Byram, fit again after a recent spell out injured, was cup-tied.Striker Diafra Sakho is still sidelined with the knee knock which forced him to withdraw from the squad to face Arsenal last weekend, but he is expected back in training tomorrow.West Ham have won twice as many of the meetings (10) between these two sides in the Premier League than Leicester (five), with two draws. The Hammers have lost just four of their last 16 Premier League away games (W6 D6 L4).Leicester have kept seven clean sheets in their last eight Premier League matches at the King Power Stadium.Dimitri Payet has had a hand in seven goals in his last seven Premier League appearances (three goals, four assists).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


FA to examine Kevin Boateng’s medical report

first_imgIt is likely AC Milan’s midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng would be compelled to play in Ghana’s game against Congo if the Ghana Football Association is not convinced about his injury report, the FA’s vice-president Fred Pappoe has hinted.The German-born Ghanaian international pulled out of Sunday’s vital African Cup of Nations match in Brazzaville claiming he aggravated an ankle injury after his Club’s clash with Palermo last week.Mr Pappoe told host of Joy FM’s Supper Morning Show Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, that his outfit has received a “string of reports” from the club on Wednesday, buttressing the fact that he is indeed injured, but the FA would have to subject them to further scrutiny.He explained that “medical quotes” from the club have been referred to the Black stars’ medical team “to access it and give us an opinion”.The FA vice-president said the association will take a final decision on the player based on their own medical reports.“But [until the report comes out] we have not taken any decision on him now as to whether to excuse him or invite him to come over.” Mr Pappoe also hinted that if the need arises, Kevin Prince Boateng would be invited to undergo “further medical examination”.Meanwhile, a Ghana football website, Ghanasoccernet, reports that the Ghana international who featured for the Black Stars in the last World Cup in South Africa, might have faked his injury.It quoted a statement from AC Milan’s website dated Wednesday 23 March, 2011, which shows that he has been released to join the Black Stars.“And even if he’s injured, as he claims, he did not turn up for treatment as other injured AC Milan players did on Wednesday at the club’s training ground,” the website pointed out.Meanwhile, AC Milan’s official website stated that “the following Milan players will be involved in African Nations Cup qualifiers: Boateng: Congo-Ghana and England-Ghana (March 27 and 29).” Story by Isaac Essel/Myjoyonline.comlast_img read more


Andy Murray wins Shanghai Masters

first_imgAndy Murray beat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 6-1 to win the Shanghai Masters and close the gap on Novak Djokovic at the top of the world rankings.The 96-minute victory extended Murray’s winning run to 10 matches after triumphing at the China Open in Beijing a week ago and took his career tally to 41 titles. He is now just 915 points behind Djokovic. Andy Murray (left) poses with Roberto Bautista Agut after his Shanghai Masters successThe first set went with serve until Murray broke his Spanish opponent to take a 4-3 lead, but after being broken himself, he cruised through the tie-break 7-1.Three breaks of serve in the second set then eased him into a 5-1 lead and he closed out the match with a series of 100mph second serves and typically-powerful groundstrokes.The Scotsman was made to work in the opening set, however, as his opponent showed the form that saw him defeat world No 1 Novak Djokovic in their semi-final on Saturday. Murray’s first serve of the match was a thumping ace and he took a grip on the first set at 3-3 when his opponent netted a backhand to lose the first break point of the match.But Murray, serving at 5-4, had a self-confessed wobble and lost three set points before making a mess of a drop shot to hand Bautista his first break point, which he duly converted with a strong forehand.Murray regained his composure to fire down three consecutive aces to take the opening set to a tie-break, which he dominated, winning seven points in a row to take the set with a powerful backhand return.The world No 2 appeared to up his game at the start of the second set, moving a break up at the start, only to hand it straight back to the Spaniard with a miscued forehand.But Bautista twice double faulted to go a break down as the pressure told on him before Murray broke him yet again. Murray held his nerve and put away his first championship point to secure victory in Shanghai, a week after claiming the China Open title in Beijing.last_img read more