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Declan Rice earns first England call-up 24 hours after winning Young Ireland Player of the Year award

first_imgDeclan Rice committed his international future to England last month (Picture: Getty)Declan Rice has earned his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad just two days after he was named Ireland’s Young Player of the Year.The versatile West Ham midfielder had previously featured in three friendly matches for Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland side, before pledging his future to the Three Lions and receiving FIFA clearance last month.England begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign next week with fixtures against Czech Republic and Montenegro and Southgate has opted to include the 20-year-old in his plans at the first opportunity.Rice, who left Chelsea’s academy as a teenager, has starred at the heart of West Ham’s midfield this season and won man of the match awards for outstanding displays against Arsenal and Liverpool.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Callum Wilson scored on his England debut against USA back in November (Picture: Getty)Tom Heaton, meanwhile, returns to the fold having regained his position as Burnley’s No.1, while Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is included despite only having returned to action last Saturday following a hamstring injury which ruled him out for five weeks.Alli’s Spurs teammate Harry Winks does miss out through injury, however, but Callum Wilson, who scored on his international debut back in November, makes the cut having made his comeback after nearly three months out in Bournemouth’s win over Huddersfield last weekend.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal ‘There aren’t many players of Declan’s age playing as well as he is in the Premier League.‘We have a few in our squad, but in the end, mentality often dictates how far players can go. What I like in our squad, is a lot of players want to be among the best in the world.’ Declan Rice has made three appearances for Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland side (Picture: Getty)On Rice’s inclusion, Southgate said: ‘His form warrants his selection. It has been a well publicised situation with Declan and we have tracked him for a long time.‘When you’re asking a player to transfer association you have to feel the player has a future with you.‘Saying that, there are no guarantees, but his form has been excellent. We like his character and he can play as a holding midfielder or a defender.‘We look forward to welcoming him next week. Gareth Southage’s England Squad Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton, Jack Butland, Jordan PickfordDefenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, James TarkowskiMidfielders: Ross Barkley, Dele Alli, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Declan RiceForwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilsoncenter_img Declan Rice earns first England call-up 24 hours after winning Young Ireland Player of the Year award Advertisement Advertisement James GoldmanWednesday 13 Mar 2019 2:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

Offshore safety body spots irregularities on Gina Krog

first_imgNorwegian offshore safety watchdog, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has found irregularities during an audit of Equinor’s Gina Krog platform offshore Norway. Gina Krog by night; Photo by Øyvind Torjusen; Source: EquinorThe offshore safety body said on Friday that the audit, conducted from September 17 to 25, 2019, was focused on integrity and barrier management for risers, valves, piping on the facility, and selected safety systems at Gina Krog.The audit identified non-conformities regarding follow-up of defined performance requirements, passive fire protection, non-conformity handling, and systematic follow-up of valves.The PSA told Equinor to report on how it intended to address the non-conformities by December 13, 2019.As for the field, Gina Krog came on stream in June 2017. It is located about 30 kilometers northwest of Sleipner and is tied into Sleipner A and uses processing capacity on the platform and existing pipelines for sending the gas to the market in Europe.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

How PSG will react to Barca using FIFA rule to re-sign Neymar

first_img Promoted Content11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Shows14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy About10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian Actresses5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianAwesome But Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu ReevesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?11 Movies That Changed The Way We Think Of CGI Forever “Yes, Barcelona could do that, and they [Barcelona] have lawyers who can do that. “Even in the Neymar camp, they could do that if they want. But they [PSG] don’t think it’ll really go that far. “Like we said before, PSG were open for negotiations last summer. If Neymar wants to go again this summer, they’ll be open for negotiations again. “The only thing is, one – they’re not really sure Neymar wants to leave the club. Two – if Barcelona are going to FIFA for article 17, they don’t think the price tag will be very far from what PSG want anyway. “Let’s not forget, they paid €222 million for Neymar back in 2017, and they still have two years more on his contract, that’s why article 17 can be used in this case. Read Also: COVID-19: Ronaldo donates medical equipments “They think FIFA would ask Barcelona to pay between €150m and 160m which is what PSG would ask for anyway. “There’s not any need for Barcelona to go there because PSG would be willing to negotiate and the price tag would be similar to what PSG want anyway. “Barcelona don’t need to go that far in going for Article 17.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Neymar is believed to be keen to return to the Nou Camp this summer after failing to get his move last summer. The Brazilian has apparently indicated to the Catalan side that he will do whatever he can to ensure a move goes through. And Barca, too, are determined to get their man.The La Liga side are reportedly exploring the possibility of using a FIFA rule to try and bypass any transfer negotiations and still sign the 28-year-old. The FIFA rules and regulations for transfers has an article in it which states players can essentially buy out their own contracts. This would mean Neymar is able to cancel his contract with PSG, leaving it up to FIFA to decide how much Barcelona would pay. But PSG apparently aren’t bothered about that possibility, because they feel FIFA would ask the Catalans to pay a fee close to what they would ask for in a negotiation anyway. “They know it’s a possibility,” Laurens said on ESPN FC. Loading… Paris Saint-Germain chiefs are not concerned about the possibility of Barcelona invoking ‘Article 17’ to try and sign Neymar this summer, according to European football insider Julien Laurens. PSG chiefs are open to negotiating with Barcelona over a transfer for Neymar, claims Laurens.last_img read more

Inzaghi frustrated by Atalanta’s defeat

first_img Lazio had taken a 2-0 lead in Bergamo after 11 minutes through a Marten de Roon own goal and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic rocket, but Robin Gosens, Ruslan Malinovskyi and Jose Luis Palomino turned it around. “It was our first game in three and a half months, we had a strong start to go 2-0 up and had the opportunities to add a third,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.Advertisement “It’s disappointing that we allowed the comeback, especially the first and third goals, which were entirely avoidable. A team like ours cannot concede goals like that. read also:Ronaldo, Messi slammed by Italy legend Inzaghi “This is a very important match, we lost, so there are regrets. I asked the team to take the right approach from the start and I cannot complain about that. If we’d scored a third, the match would’ve gone differently. “We already had some injuries, Luis Alberto couldn’t play more than 70 minutes, Danilo Cataldi and Tucu Correa asked to come off. We didn’t have the options on the bench to rotate towards the end and take some of the heat off.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lazio coach, Simone Inzaghi, was frustrated after their 3-2 defeat at Atalanta.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Bardsley grateful for Poyet faith

first_img “He came, we had a chat, everything is clear. He knows the chance he has got – he needs to take it. It’s not up to us, it’s up to him.” Poyet admitted in the wake of last Wednesday night’s 2-1 Capital One Cup fourth-round victory over Southampton, in which Bardsley scored the opening goal, that he was not in the team for his prowess at that particular end of the pitch. But he was thankful once again for the defender’s ability to find the back of the net just 21 minutes into a game during which City dominated possession, but failed to make the most of it. Wes Brown’s ball over the top allowed Bardsley to go toe-to-toe with midfielder James Milner, who went to ground under his challenge. However, referee Mike Dean allowed play to continue and the Sunderland man cut inside before adeptly curling a right-foot shot across keeper Costel Pantilimon and inside the far post. His delighted celebrations were mirrored in the stands as the healing process took another significant forward step. Bardsley said: “I’m just enjoying my football again and trying to play with a smile on my face. “The reaction from the supporters meant a lot. I let them down and it was up to me to repay them with performances on the football pitch. “I’m trying to do that as much as I can and if I keep scoring goals and keep defending the way I have done in the last couple of games, hopefully I will do that. “I know what this football club is all about. I’ve been here seven years now and to stay in the league is the most important thing. For me to be on top of my game, I hope that will help a lot. “It was different circumstances that surrounded what happened [under Di Canio]. But the manager has come in and brought me in from the cold, and I’m enjoying myself.” The Black Cats had to weather a second-half storm as the visitors pushed for an equaliser, but they held firm to seal a fourth successive league win over City on Wearside. They remain in 19th place in the table despite their latest heroics, but are now just three points adrift of safety ahead of consecutive away trips to 17th-placed Stoke and Aston Villa after the international break. Unlikely match-winner Phil Bardsley has revealed the debt of gratitude he owes Gus Poyet for saving his Sunderland career. Press Association However, Di Canio’s demise and Poyet’s subsequent arrival handed him a second chance, and two goals in the space of five days, including the winner in Sunday’s priceless 1-0 victory over Manchester City, have seen his stock rise markedly. Bardsley, who spent pre-season training with the Under-21s, said: “When you are not playing and you are out in the cold, it’s difficult. It’s difficult for your family, for your friends. “You ask anyone in football and when you are not playing, you are not happy. It’s as simple as that. “I wasn’t playing and it looked like my Sunderland career was well and truly over, to be honest. “The manager has brought me back and shown faith in me and I owe him a lot for doing that. “I felt myself that I owed this football club even more and hopefully I can continue doing that.” Bardsley’s opportunity came after Poyet arrived and started to assess what he had at his disposal, ultimately deciding the discarded former Manchester United defender could do a job for him. The Uruguayan said: “The approach from me to him was very different to what happened before. I tried to put that aside and be myself with him. The 28-year-old full-back looked to be heading out of the Stadium of Light during the summer when he was made available for transfer after a much-publicised visit to a casino placed him firmly on the wrong side of former boss Paolo Di Canio. Bardsley further alienated himself from the club’s support with an ill-advised social media foray in the wake of Black Cats’ opening day Barclays Premier League defeat by Fulham. last_img read more

Wayne Rooney far from spent force, claims David Beckham

first_img Press Association Although they did not play together at Manchester United, Beckham and Rooney have been close friends for many years due to their involvement with England. Beckham was captain when Rooney made his international debut 12 years ago and the pair went on to play at two major tournaments together. “He got to a certain age and then he dropped into midfield a lot more and played that central role. I think Wayne will do the same. “He’s an out-and-out goalscorer, but I think at the end of the day with Wayne, he’s proved he can step into the midfield and play. “If you’re comfortable on the ball, as players such as Wayne and Giggsy are you can do that.” :: The UNICEF game featuring, which pits a Great Britain & Ireland XI v a Rest of the World XI is on 14 November, 3pm, at Old Trafford. Tickets available from Rooney became England’s record goalscorer last month, but his form at United has not been great this season. The 29-year-old has found the net just once in the Barclays Premier League, but that does not mean he is a fading force, according to Beckham. “I don’t think you can ever write off a player that’s scored the number of goals he has for England and Manchester United,” said the former United midfielder, who was speaking at a press conference to publicise a charity match for UNICEF that he is playing in at Old Trafford. “Being the player he is and has been over the years, you can never write off someone like that. “Players like that can always make you eat your words.” Rooney started the season as United’s main striker, but Louis van Gaal has shifted his skipper into the number 10 role since Anthony Martial joined from Monaco. The United manager deployed Rooney as a central midfielder at times last term, and that is where Beckham believes the England captain is destined to end his career. Beckham said: “I think when you get older, you have to adapt your play. Ryan Giggs was a prime example. David Beckham has warned Wayne Rooney’s critics they will soon be made to eat their words. last_img read more

Los Angeles County reaches highest temperature on record: 121° F

first_imgLos Angeles County reported its highest temperature ever recorded, 121 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.The NWS posted in a tweet that the temperature recorded in Woodland Hills, located in the San Fernando Valley, was the “highest official temperature ever recorded in L.A. County as well as Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.”The 121° high temperature at Woodland Hills official site (Pierce College) was also the highest official temperature ever recorded in L.A. County as well as Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. Click the URL for more details #cawx #LAheat— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) September 6, 2020 As temperatures increase in California, fire departments across the state are battling wildfires.California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in multiple counties on Sunday.last_img read more

Topp XX blitz Kwakwani Strikers 3-0 as Eagles United/Hi Stars match abandoned

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanTHREE unanswered second-half goals by Topp XX saw them to an enterprising 3-0 win over Kwakwani Strikers, but controversy brought an abrupt end to the second game in this year’s opening night of the 5th edition of the Upper Demerara Football Association’s GT Beer year-end football at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, Sunday night.Fist cuffs marred a feisty clash with about five minutes left in the game, featuring Eagles United who were leading Hi Stars 1-0, courtesy of a dubious foul in the box, The first game followed the March Past of the nine clubs contesting this year’s championship, after three-time winners Haynes Winners Connection were withdrawn from the competition after being included in the Guyana Football Federation’s Top16 tournament which kicks off on Friday in Linden.The first half of the game between Kwakwani Strikers and Topp XX began well with Topp XX on a positive note. In the opening five minutes they were able to gain two half-chances, one from a chip cross which was sent outside of the goal and another which saw the Kwakwani side’s goalkeeper holding after a corner was won by the Topp XX side.In the 27th minute a Kwakwani player was able to collect the ball but with the defender closely marking he was unable to control a right-foot shot that went wide. Topp XX got two openings in the final two minutes of the game but still the scores remained nil-all at lemon-time.As the game resumed Topp XX asserted themselves well and gained some momentum, which saw them take the lead in the 49th minute. Under pressure the Strikers goalkeeper was unable to collect a square ball from Topp XX’s Andre Meyers cleanly as the ball slipped through his grasp.Topp XX’s second goal was created through Duquan Hercules as he raced down the left flank to cross to the top of the 18-yard box where Travis Waterton collected and with a single motion gave the Kwakwani goalkeeper no chance, for a Topp XX 2-0 advantage in the 63rd minute.Still in control against a game Kwakani unit Topp XX secured their third goal. This time the promising Hercules cut in from the left wing and after beating two defenders was heading goal-wards inside the box where he was brought down. Ryan Noel took the resultant penalty to score in the 78th minute and Topp XX eventually triumphed by a 3-0 score-line in their Group A match.The second game saw the Eagles United team being held at bay from a spirited young Hi Stars team who matched their opponents with some brave match-ups early in the game.The first half was somewhat closely contested. In the second session in the 50th minute, Eagles United’s Kellon Primo went deep inside right and in trying to pierce inside the 18 yards box, his marker kept his watch as they shouldered each other.As Primo targeted inside, the assistant referee raised her flag which suggested a foul being committed by his defender. Referee Shavin Green pointed to the penalty spot and Trenton Lashley made no mistake to send his side into a 1-0 lead.Thereafter things intensified with aggressive play on both ends of the field and this ended up with players bringing the game into disrepute.The match officials then decided to abandon the game with just about five minutes remaining and Eagles United ahead, 1-0, as fans witnessed the sudden clash of fists on the field between opposing players.Guyana’s Refereeing Council head Stanley Lancaster who was present commented that an informed ruling on the state of the game would be made after the Referee’s Report is obtained from referee Shavin Green.Tomorrow two more matches will be played at 19:00hrs when Blueberry Hill and Amelia’s Ward Panthers clash. At 21:00hrs Topp XX will again be in action when they face reigning champions Silver Shattas.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS9 Oklahoma football players positive for virusUNDATED (AP) — Nine Oklahoma football players tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a break in preseason camp. Coach Lincoln Riley made the announcement during a Zoom call Saturday. Riley announced on Aug. 8 that the Sooners were temporarily pausing preseason practices because of schedule changes. He gave players the option of returning home, though most stayed on campus. After the initial testing in preparation for the July 1 start of workouts, the program had just one positive result until this week. There were two rounds of tests last week, with one positive in 205 tests.In other news related to the pandemic: — The NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas has pushed its fall sports competitions to the spring due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The league’s board of directors announced the decision Saturday. The conference is made up of 11 schools spread throughout Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The move affects men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. Schedules for those sports will be reduced so those athletes don’t lose a year of eligibility, under NCAA guidelines. TENNIS-US OPEN-WITHDRAWALSBencic out of US Open; 3 of 4 ’19 semifinalists won’t playNEW YORK (AP) — Belinda Bencic (BEN’-chich) is the latest top tennis player to pull out of the U.S. Open. Her withdrawal means three of the four female semifinalists in 2019 will not be at the Grand Slam tournament this year. Play begins in New York at the end of August. Bencic says on social media she will return to the tour next month on clay at the Italian Open. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULERask-less Bruins top Hurricanes 3-1, take 2-1 lead in seriesUNDATED (AP) — Jaroslav Halak (YAR’-oh-slav hah-LAHK’) stopped 29 shots as the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series. August 15, 2020 — Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Tyler Duffey earned the win with a perfect inning in relief of Jake Odorizzi. Taylor Rogers picked up his fifth save in six chances for Minnesota, which was swept in Kansas City last week. Gabe Speier (0-1) surrendered one run while getting two outs for the Royals. Ian Kennedy started and pitched two innings as the opener for his first start since Sept. 28, 2018.MLB-NEWSReds player tests positive, 2 games with Pirates postponedUNDATED (AP) — Most of the Miami Marlins players sidelined by a coronavirus outbreak have received approval to return to the field. Those cleared will begin rehabilitation workouts and could be activated as early as next week. The Marlins placed 17 players on the injured list following the outbreak, which forced the postponement of seven games. None has played since the season-opening series. The group includes ace Sandy Alcantara, shortstop Miguel Rojas and eight relievers who were on the opening day roster. Despite their absence, the surprising Marlins lead the NL East. Update on the latest sports Associated Press Those who have been cleared will rehab at the Marlins’ spring training site in Jupiter, Florida.In other MLB news:— The last two games of a series between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh have been called off because a Reds player tested positive for COVID-19. Major League Baseball is awaiting further testing. The Reds are the third team to have a game postponed because someone on their roster tested positive, joining the Marlins and Cardinals. It’s the second time a Reds player has tested positive during the season. Matt Davidson went in the injured list after a positive test, but subsequent tests were negative and he returned to the team.— World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg has been put on the 10-day injured list by the Washington Nationals because of a recurring nerve issue in his throwing hand. The problem delayed his start to the 2020 season and cut short his second appearance after just 16 pitches. Strasburg made his debut last weekend and left during a five-run fifth inning. He pitched again Friday night at Baltimore but was removed after getting only two outs. The 32-year-old Strasburg signed a $245 million, seven-year contract with Washington this offseason. He hadn’t been on the IL since 2018. He is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in two starts in 2020. — The Chicago White Sox placed reliever Ian Hamilton on the 10-day injured list Saturday because of a sore right shoulder and transferred utilityman Leury García to the 45-day injured list with a sprained thumb. Manager Rick Renteria said García had an MRI that showed a severed ligament, requiring surgery. UNDATED (AP) — Dexter Fowler helped St. Louis get off to a fast start in its return from a coronavirus outbreak, hitting a two-run single in a four-run first inning, and the Cardinals beat the White Sox 5-1 on Saturday in the opener of a doubleheader in Chicago.Playing its first game since July 29, St. Louis looked much sharper than Chicago while improving to 3-3 on the season. Every other team in the majors had played at least 13 games coming into the day.Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright pitched five innings of one-run ball in his second start of the year. Giovanny Gallegos then struck out the side in the sixth before John Gant finished the seven-inning game, a new rule for doubleheaders in the pandemic-shortened season.The White Sox finished with just three hits — two for Danny Mendick — and never recovered after Lucas Giolito got off to a shaky start.Elsewhere in the majors: In other NBA news:— Portland’s Damian Lillard has been unanimously selected as the top player of the NBA’s seeding games at Walt Disney World after averaging a league-best 37.6 points in the eight games. Phoenix’s Monty Williams led the Suns to a perfect 8-0 record in the bubble and was chosen as the top coach of the seeding-game schedule. Joining Lillard on the first team for games played at Disney between July 30 and Friday’s end of the seeding-game season was Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Indiana’s T.J. Warren, Dallas’ Luka Doncic and Houston’s James Harden. Booker was second in the MVP vote, followed by Warren.PGA-WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIPKim shoots 62 for 2-shot lead after three rounds at WyndhamGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Si Woo Kim had a hole in one on the way to a 62 for a two-shot lead over Doc Redman and Rob Oppenheim through three rounds of the Wyndham Championship on Saturday.center_img Bencic currently is ranked No. 8. Five of the WTA’s top eight players have announced they won’t play at Flushing Meadows amid the coronavirus pandemic. That includes No. 1 Ash Barty and reigning champion Bianca Andreescu (an-dree-EHS’-koo).NASCAR-DILLONAustin Dillon out after positive COVID-19 testDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR driver Austin Dillon has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in Sunday’s Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway’s road course. Richard Childress Racing says Dillon tested positive Saturday morning and is now self-quarantining away from the team. Kaz Grala will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet at Daytona. Dillon is the third Cup Series drive to test positive for the coronavirus, joining seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson and part-timer Brendan Gaughan. Johnson missed just one race.The 30-year-old Dillon has already qualified for NASCAR’s playoffs by winning at Texas last month.F1-SPANISH GPHamilton secures 92nd poleMONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has secured a record-extending 92nd pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix. He nudged Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into second place by just .059 seconds. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified in third. The top nine drivers advance to a Sunday shootout that determines the first three starting rows for the Aug. 23 Indianapolis 500. Honda drivers claimed eight of those positions after all 33 cars had made a qualifying attempt. Charlie Coyle scored once and set up another goal.Halak stepped in after goaltender Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask opted out of the NHL playoffs. The absence of the Vezina (VEH’-zih-nuh) Trophy finalist was announced Saturday morning and it didn’t rattle the defending Eastern Conference champions later in the day. Rask helped Boston reach Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last year. He left the league’s bubble in Toronto to be with his wife and three young children. Game 4 is Monday night.MLB-SCHEDULECards beat White Sox 5-1 in return from coronavirus outbreak NBA-NEWSPelicans fire coachUNDATED (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have fired coach Alvin Gentry after the club missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. The Pelicans went 30-42 this season. They finished with just two victories in their final eight games despite the presence of top overall draft choice Zion Williamson and first-time All-Star Brandon Ingram in the lineup until the club was eliminated from playoff contention with two games to play.Gentry was hired by former Pelicans general manager Dell Demps after the club fired Monte Williams following the 2014-15 season. New Orleans’ lone playoff appearance with Gentry at the helm came in the 2017-18 season. New Orleans started this season 6-22 and labored through a franchise record 13-game losing streak. Packers sign DT Kenny Clark to four-year contract extensionGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark has signed a four-year contract extension.The Packers announced the signing Saturday without disclosing the length or terms of the deal. Clark’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, confirmed a ESPN report that the 2016 first-round draft pick from UCLA agreed to terms on a deal worth $70 million, with a $25 million signing bonus. Clark has emerged as the Packers’ top defensive lineman. He recorded six sacks for the second straight season last year and was named to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement. He has 16½ sacks over his four-year career, with all of them coming in the last three seasons.The 24-year-old Clark was eligible to become a free agent next year. Now that the Packers have reached a long-term deal with him, they can start making decisions on all the other notable players with contracts set to expire in 2021. That list includes Pro Bowl defensive tackle David Bakhtiari, running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, cornerback Kevin King, center Corey Linsley and guard Lane Taylor. Kim, who’s at 18-under after 54 holes, made history three years ago when at 21 he became the youngest winner of The Players Championship. Now, he’s seeking his first victory since — and playing strongly wherever he tees it up. Kim has broken 70 in nine of his last 10 rounds, including all four at TPC Harding Park to finish tied for 13th at the PGA Championship. He has continued that stellar play at Sedgefield Country Club, where he won his first PGA Tour event in 2016. Redman had a 63, while Oppenheim set a career low on tour with a 62 in second at 16-under. Billy Horschel shot a 65 and was three strokes back at 15-under. Mark Hubbard (64) and Jim Herman were another stroke back at 14-under. Herman shot a 61, a career best and tied for lowest round of the tournament. NFL-PACKERS-CLARK EXTENSION Hamilton is looking to claim an 88th F1 victory that would move him within three of Michael Schumacher’s record. INDYCAR-INDY 500Marco Andretti leads Honda onslaught in Indy 500 qualifyingINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marco Andretti led a top speed sweep for Andretti Autosport in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 as the Honda-powered team claimed the first four spots on the leaderboard and eight of the top nine. Andretti posted a four-lap average of 231.351 mph. last_img read more

‘AP Invitational’ targets Justin Gatlin and Kirani James

first_img… 2019 Edition set for July 6THE 2019 Edition of the Aliann Pompey Invitational will be held on July 6, at the National Track and Field Centre, with the organisers this year targeting a return of Kirani James and 100m World Champion Justin Gatlin as the headline acts.With Pan Am Games set for July 26 in Peru, and IAAF World Championship scheduled for September 28 in Doha, Qatar, scores of athletes from around the world who usually converge on Guyana, will be given a chance to make the required qualifying standard times and distances in order to make their country’s team.According to Aliann Pompey, the legendary Guyanese track and field star in whose honour the event is held, the goal of the Invitational is to continue to provide the platform to enable Guyanese, regional and international track & field communities to qualify for a number of international games and events, including the Olympic Games.Last year, Kirani James was the headliner, but this time around, along with the Grenadian, Pompey said that reigning world 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin is a target. However, she pointed out that several factors (mostly corporate support) will go into deciding who will touch the shores of Guyana;Kirani JamesLast year, the crowd at the Aliann Pompey Invitational stood in ‘awe’ as the 2012 Olympic Champion and 2016 Olympic silver medallist clocked 44.99 seconds to not only win the ‘AP’ Invitational 400 metres, but also set a new ‘Track Record’.Prior to last year, Guyana’s Winston George ran 45.16 seconds at the 2017 AP Invitational, which was then the fastest time ever at the National Track and Field Centre, and also a national record.Emanuel Archibald ran a blistering 10.29 seconds to win the men’s 100 metres event ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Kyle Greaux (10.39 seconds) and Yancarlos Martinez of the Dominican Republic (10.43 seconds).Greaux would, however, return to win the men’s 200 metres with a time of 20.43 seconds, while Martinez was second (20.80 seconds) and George third in 20.87 seconds.Donald Scott spoiled Troy Doris’ home coming in the men’s triple jump as the American leaped 17.22 metres to take the title ahead of Cuba’s Christian Napoles (16.96 metres) and Suriname’s Miguel Van Assen (16.67 metres).last_img read more