Kacaniklic hit with injury blow

first_img The Sweden international, 21, came off early during the Cottagers’ 1-0 pre-season friendly defeat at Werder Bremen on Sunday night and will be in a race against time to be fit for the season opener away at Sunderland on August 17. “Hopefully it is not too bad but he may be out for a couple of weeks,” Jol told reporters after the loss in Germany. Press Association “That is not what you want from pre-season. Kaca has made a lot of big steps and progress with us.” Fulham, under new ownership following Shahid Khan’s takeover of the club, have added five new faces to their ranks over the summer, but Jol is still targeting more acquisitions. Sascha Riether, Fernando Amorebieta, Derek Boateng, Maarten Stekelenburg and Ange-Freddy Plumain have all moved to Craven Cottage but a striker remains Jol’s priority. “We will try to get someone up front,” he said. “We need a few more goals, since Clint (Dempsey) left we do not have enough goals in us, so we are working every day to get someone. “We have some high-quality players in consideration and we would like another midfielder as well.” center_img Fulham winger Alexander Kacaniklic looks set to miss the start of the forthcoming Barclays Premier League season with a hamstring injury, manager Martin Jol has confirmed.last_img read more

Lacazette Grabs Late Goal for Gunners First Win

first_imgArsenal secured their first away win of the season as they edged a pulsating Premier League encounter with Cardiff City.Alexandre Lacazette’s powerful late winner proved the difference in a contest full of attacking quality and defensive fragility.The Gunners led twice, through Shkodran Mustafi’s header and a curling effort from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, before Lacazette crashed home the winner on 81 minutes. Victor Camarasa’s first Cardiff goal, on the stroke of half-time, and Danny Ward’s header had seemed as though they would earn Neil Warnock’s side a point as they scored their first goals of the league campaign.Arsenal manager Unai Emery this week denied reports that he had fallen out with midfielder Mesut Ozil after the former Germany international withdrew from the squad that beat West Ham last weekend, citing illness.There have been suggestions Ozil’s style does not fit with a manager who demands high-energy pressing from his forwards, but Ozil started in an attacking-looking line-up that paired Aubameyang with France striker Lacazette up top.Ozil and former Cardiff favourite Aaron Ramsey were given licence to roam in behind, and for large periods in the first half, Arsenal’s shape and roving full-backs troubled Cardiff.Emery’s side took the lead on 11 minutes with a goal that will have left Warnock incredulous as Mustafi headed home, unopposed, from Granit Xhaka’s corner.But for a wonderful save from Neil Etheridge, who denied Nacho Monreal from point-blank range, the Gunners might have given Cardiff a mountain to climb inside 20 minutes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Big Guns Take to Stage at ITTF Nigeria Open

first_imgHome boy and defending champion, Aruna Quadri, has put the disappointment of the ITTF Africa Cup behind him. He would aim to emulate Egypt’s Omar Assar as the only player to have defended his title at this tournament.During the opening press conference on Tuesday August 6, Quadri, who is seeded number one in the men’s singles, said he would not be playing under any pressure as he aims to give his best and make Nigeria proud.Also in for the title is Belgium’s Cedric Nuytinck from whom many fans here expect surprises because aspects of his play appear unconventional even as he is famous for being a player for the big occasion such as the Nigeria Open.Slovenia’s Bojan Tokic, known in table tennis fandom as “the gentle giant”, is also here. The 38-year-old Slovak is expected to delight with his tricky style of play which usually confuse opponents.Robert Gardos, 40, is considered one of the hardest working players in the world even at that age. Gardos, a finalist at the 2019 Hungarian Open, is another star to watch out for here.In the women category, Slovakia’s Barbora Balazova leads the pack as the Southpaw aims for a title away from Europe.On the pecking order is Russia’s Polina Mikhailova. The 32-year-old is looking for her first title in Africa.African champion and winner of the just concluded ITTF Africa Cup, Dina Meshref, hopes to reclaim her title this year, having missed the 2018 edition.25-year-old Yana Noskova will want to use the tournament to shape up for the European season, even as the Russian would aim to garner points qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.All 32 seeded players in the men and 16 seeded in the women singles will be in action.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Top seeds in the men and women singles will take to the table today as the main draw of the 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open enters the third day – after the preliminaries in which unseeded players slugged it out to eliminate each other for places in the main draw.These upcoming players in the game would now test their mettle against some of the top seeds in the first round of the tournament.Excitement continues to build among thousands of fans thronging the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall venue of the tournament inside the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.Seven titles are at stake in this elite tournament on African soil with $60,000 prize money up for grabs.last_img read more

USC’s rally for national title falls a stroke short

first_imgAfter a continued surge that saw it reach second place, the USC women’s golf team fell agonizingly short of victory, falling by a single stroke at the 2012 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships in Franklin, Tenn.Just over par · Sophomore Rachel Morris finished 82nd overall at the NCAA championships, helping USC finish behind Alabama. – Photo courtesy of Sports InformationThe tournament, hosted by Vanderbilt, saw Alabama prevail with a final score of 19-over-par 1171 after four rounds. The No. 3 Women of Troy fell a stroke short for the second time in the last four years, coming in at 20-over-par 1172. A late charge propelled LSU to third place at 21-over-par 1173, while Virginia took fourth place at 23-over-par 1175.The Women of Troy were led up front by freshman Doris Chen, who finished tied for 14th at 5-over-par 293. Seniors Lisa McCloskey and Inah Park finished tied for 21st at 6-over-par 294. Sophomore Sophia Popov concluded the tournament tied for 38th at 9-over-par 297, while sophomore Rachel Morris tied for 77th at 16-over-par 304.After hitting seventh place at the midpoint of the tournament, the Women of Troy skyrocketed to second at the conclusion of three rounds.Chen moved into seventh place at par 216, notching two birdies in the final three holes to finish even on the back nine. Park tied for 17th at 4-over-par 220 and shot 3-under-par during the last ten holes of the third round to overcome a slow start.Fellow senior McCloskey stood tied for 27th at 6-over-par 222 while recording three birdies. Popov tied for 40th after three at 8-over-par 224, but aptly finished the round with consecutive birdies. Morris, after leading the team through the first round, regressed to 82nd at 14-over-par 230, notching a birdy on her final hole.The strong play through the second and third rounds was not lost on two-time former coach of the year Andrea Gaston, who’s in her 16th season with the club.“It was so tough out there today,” Gaston said. “The greens were so fast. The balls were rolling as if they were on tabletops. You have to be patient and I think we were.”Gaston was pleased with the play her team as a whole.“Inah Park was very clutch today and Doris played great. All the girls really fought the conditions well,” Gaston said. “We knew if we could start the backside and get it over with reasonably well, we would have a chance to rally on the front.”It was only fitting that the tournament came down to the last shot. After Park sank a birdie to cut the lead to one stroke, Alabama’s Brooke Pancake needed to hit two putts to notch the victory, with three putts boosting the Women of Troy to a playoff.Alas, Pancake sealed the deal on the second putt after a narrow miss, powering the Tide to the championship.Though the outcome is certainly not what the team wanted, the season proved to be more than respectable, as inconsistency and a fall injury to Popov limited the Women of Troy’s ability to compete as effectively as they did during their stellar 2010-2011 campaign. The team will move forward and has its sights for next season, beginning play in February.last_img read more

LOI big two clash this evening

first_imgChampions Dundalk will be hoping to preserve their one-hundred per cent start at home to Cork City.That kicks off at 7.45, as they do at the Brandywell where unbeaten Galway are away to Derry. Bohemians will look to make it two home wins from two when they face Wexford Youths.  At 8, two more of last season’s top four meet in Tallaght as Shamrock Rovers face St Pat’s.last_img

Gfinity Esports Australia reveals Alienware as Presenting Partner

first_imgHT&E Events and Gfinity Esports Australia have announced that Alienware will be the Presenting Partner for the inaugural 2018 Australian Elite Series. The release states that “the investment represents one of the largest commercial partnerships in Australian esports history”. Not only will Alienware, a subsidiary of Dell, become the Presenting Partner, it will also be the official hardware partner in the PC hardware category. The deal will see Alienware receive “significant visibility and engagement across Gfinity Australia’s events and broadcast platforms”.Dominic Remond, incoming CEO of Gfinity Australia, said: “We are delighted to welcome Alienware on board as our presenting partner sponsor for the inaugural Gfinity Elite Series. As passionate supporters of the gaming community, their brand and products are a perfect fit for our ambition to create Australia’s first city-based professional esports league. He continued: “Esports is a highly sought-after space, and this partnership is a demonstration of the great commercial potential brands can see in Gfinity Australia’s Elite Series. We’re thrilled that Alienware has jumped at the opportunity to help bring a new wave of esports into Australia. It will enable them to further connect with a valuable, tech-savvy, younger audience”.Ben Jackson, Dell ANZ General Manager for Consumer and Small Business, said, “The Alienware brand is synonymous with high-performance gaming globally and we’re thrilled to be the Presenting Partner of the Gfinity Elite Series for 2018. Alienware has long recognised the importance of esports for the Australian gaming community and as the gaming scene has continued to thrive, we have been looking for the right partner to help bring esports to the forefront here. We want to elevate and further legitimise the sport and see how far we can take it in Australia to bring it on par with other world leading esports communities. Alienware is committed to delivering the best hardware for gamers of all levels so that they have the most immersive gaming experience possible. It is a great way for us to build on our community as this exciting new league launches in Australia.”Esports Insider says: Great news coming out of Gfinity Australia as the company’s expansion continues. Interestingly there’s Omen in the UK but Alienware over in Australia so we’ve got some tasty variety and competition. Can the Australian players out dab the UK though? Only time will tell..last_img read more

Rockies, German Marquez agree to five-year, $43 million extension, report says

first_imgSource confirms: #Rockies agree left-hander German Márquez on five-year, $43M contract from 2019 to ‘23. Deal includes $1M bonus if Márquez is traded and escalators if he wins Cy Young – $1M in the fifth year and option year for first-place finish, $500K for 2nd through 5th.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 2, 2019The contract includes a $1 million bonus if Marquez is traded. There are also incentives based on where he finishes in the Cy Young race.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNMarquez, 24, has already shown promise in his young MLB career. He recorded a career-high 14 wins in 2018, striking out 230 batters while posting a 3.77 ERA.He has only one start this season and struck out seven batters in six innings during the Rockies’ 6-1 victory over the Marlins in late March. Colorado finished second in the National League West standings last season, just one game back of the Dodgers. The Rockies were swept by the Brewers in the National League Division Series.Committing to Marquez’s continued growth could be key to the Rockies’ success this season. He is entering his fourth year with the team. The Rockies have decided to give German Marquez a new deal.Colorado and the right-handed pitcher agreed on a five-year, $43 million extension, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources.last_img read more

Advertorial: C’mon Out to the Country at Countryside Motors

first_imgby Jeff Jesina, Countryside Motors — When I drive by Countryside Motors I often ask if prices and financing offers in Wellington can really be as good as they are in Wichita, Kansas City or at any of the other big superstores.   What I’ve learned is that the answer is a resounding yes!  Countryside Motors participates in all of the same promotions as the other GM, Polaris and Hustler dealers around the country.  What that means is that any Chevrolet or Buick offer you see advertised, Countryside can match.The same is true for Polaris and Hustler Mowers!    I also learned that if Countryside Motors didn’t have exactly what I wanted, they can usually get it in a couple of days!   Countryside Motors has also updated their website and has made it easier than ever to understand how to get to their best price!   To see for yourself go to www.countrysidemotors.net or call 620-326-7433 or toll free 800-313-2438.Since Countryside operates right here in southern Kansas they also have a great understanding of the needs of the market area.   For instance, the sales specialists will make sure you spec the right axle ratio in your pickup for pulling your cattle trailer or maximizing your fuel usage on the open road.  Need a fast car? a great mileage car? an SUV? or even a mini-van?It’s all at Countryside Motors.  Need help picking out the perfect Polaris utility vehicle that can pull your sprayer, take you hunting or provide you hours of fun, no problem.   They can also help you identify the perfect size Hustler Mower to take care of your yard in town or to mow your 10 acres in the country.   Even more importantly, the factory certified technicians at Countryside understand exactly what your vehicle needs to keep running smoothly in a frigid, rural Kansas winter (like today) or the scorching summer.The staff at Countryside understands this market so well because they may also be your neighbor.  The folks at Countryside come from all around the area.   I met Janet Page, Zach Mendez, Shanyn Jones, Randy Boatright, Chris Bryant, Mary Wakeman, Albert Johannson, Eldon Cook, Josh McClure, Anita Patton, Kendall Oneal, Scott Harvey and Rich Jesina who live right here in Wellington.  Then Chris Jesina, Kristi Jesina, and Ron Rowe live down in Caldwell.   I found that Steve McKaig comes from over in Oxford, Lindsey Kolter is up in Douglass, Kent Lawless is by Mulvane, Dave Harden is in Rose Hill and Richard Ohl comes from Conway Springs.  The entire team from Countryside literally surrounds Wellington!   Because the team at Countryside are your neighbors, you won’t find any high pressure, fast talkers in the bunch.So next time you think you need to drive a long way to get the best price or lowest finance rate stop by Countryside Motors first and see your friendly neighborhood team!   When you need any sort of repair or even just a check-up for your vehicle stop by and see Ron Rowe in the service department.  He’ll even arrange a ride for you if don’t want to wait.Better yet check out the website www.countrysidemotors.net from the comfort of your home for special pricing on products and services!   You will be pleasantly surprised at what Countryside Motors can do for you!So in 2014, C’Mon Out to the Country and see what’s newlast_img read more

European defeat fires up Tottenham’s Pochettino for next season

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Mauricio PochettinoSingapore, Singapore | AFP | Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said Friday that last month’s Champions League final defeat has made him more determined to succeed at the club, after the conclusion of another solid campaign.Pochettino said he was keen to continue with the five-year “project” that has seen Tottenham establish themselves in the Premier League top four and finally move into their new stadium after a series of delays.“After the final the feeling wasn’t great, to finish like this. I am not a person who wants to avoid the problem. I love a big challenge,” the 47-year-old Argentine told reporters as he looked back at the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in Madrid.“In the last week, we started to train and look forward to another season. We are still far away from where we expect to be, so it’s not just my challenge, but everyone’s challenge,” he said in Singapore ahead of Sunday’s pre-season friendly against Italian giants Juventus.“You need to be a man and try to move on from the Champions League final, create some atmosphere and excitement to fight for big things.“We cannot forget we came from that period of building our stadium, lodge and the training ground.“The holiday was so tough for myself, difficult to move on from the final. We shared three fantastic weeks and it was the best atmosphere in five years and it was a shame to end the way it did. “We deserved to win, to be better than a great team like Liverpool.”Pochettino had been linked to some of Europe’s leading clubs last season, but a move now seems to be off the table.Sitting next to Pochettino, England striker Harry Kane echoed his manager’s sentiments about being brave as the club hope to improve on their fourth-place finish after briefly flirting with a title challenge to champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool.“We know it was there for the taking and it’s something we have to deal with over the summer,” Kane said of the Champions League final defeat.“With everything last season I think we did extremely well. I haven’t watched the game again.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Apple Rolling Out New Emojis for World Emoji Day

first_imgGet ready to express yourself by sending new emojis on your phone.Apple is detailing some of the 59 emojis in celebration of World Emoji Day.The big focus is on celebrating diversity with the “holding hands” emoji now capable of 75 possible combinations. There will also be a variety of disability-themed emojis like prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and a new guide dog.Animal lovers will see a sloth, orangutan, skunk and flamingo.And of course food items are being updated with a waffle, a bulb of garlic and a stick of butter.The emojis roll out this fall.last_img