Chelsea midfielder Ramires will miss the Blues’ title run-in after accepting a four-match ban for violent conduct. That rules him out of Sunday’s visit to title rivals Liverpool – a match for which Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has already threatened to play a weakened team – as well as meetings with Norwich and Cardiff. The fourth and final match of the ban will cover the first domestic game of next season. The 27-year-old’s season is not over as long as Chelsea remain in the Champions League, with a 0-0 draw in their semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid leaving them in a strong position. Mourinho and assistant Rui Faria were also subject to disciplinary action by the FA on Wednesday, following the Black Cats’ victory at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho gave an apparently highly sarcastic appraisal of r eferee Mike Dean’s performance, as well drawing referees’ chief Mike Riley into the debate, while Faria was dismissed for angrily confronting the match officials. The pair have until 6pm on Monday to consider their responses. Faria’s case has been designated a ”non-standard” one by the FA ”due to the a ggressive and/or threatening and/or serious nature of the reported behaviour.” It is the third time Mourinho has faced FA disciplinary action this term. As well as the Villa Park incident which has left him seething, Mourinho was fined £8,000 after accepting a charge following his dismissal against Cardiff in October. Press Association The Brazilian had until 6pm on Thursday to respond to a Football Association charge for striking Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson in an off-the-ball incident on Saturday and chose not to contest it. Having already been sent off against Aston Villa last month, he received an additional one-match ban on top of the regular three games.
Press Association Braehead Clan surprisingly ended Belfast Giants’ four-match winning run with a 4-1 away victory. Belfast remain fourth in the table, six points behind first-placed Cardiff with three games in hand. Coventry Blaze won 5-3 against second-placed Nottingham Panthers. Chris Lawrence gave the visitors the lead in the seventh minute but Blaze hit back through Mike Quesnele, Jordan Pietrus and Drew Fisher to lead 3-1 at the end of the first period. Juraj Kolnik pulled one back for the Panthers in the third, before Brett Robinson made it 4-2. David Clarke replied again for the visitors but Fisher secured victory by scoring in an empty net in the 59th minute. James Desmarais followed a goalless first period by giving Belfast the lead, but two strikes from Stefan Meyer and another from Ben Davies put Braehead in control. Captain Matt Keith, one day after becoming a father for the first time, scored with seven minutes remaining to secure victory and avenge Braehead’s 4-3 overtime defeat by Belfast on Sunday evening.
Two Pasco County Sheriff deputies were shot after responding to domestic violence call early Saturday morning in New Port Richey, Florida.Deputies were called to the scene around 12:30 a.m. after officials say the couple’s daughter called 911 claiming that Terrance J. Peterson, 62, got into an argument with his wife and shot at the wife’s Amazon Alexa.Peterson then engaged in a stand-off with authorities by barricading himself in the house for several hours before firing multiple rounds at deputies who entered the home, police say.Around 4:00 a.m. deputies began deploying gas, and sent a SWAT robot in and found Peterson with a wound to his head.Deputies did not confirm if the injury was self-inflicted or due to exchange in gunfire.“This was a battle. This was an absolute gun battle. And the deputies’ heroism was second to none,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said.In addition to the two injured officers, “several sheriff vehicles were struck by gunfire, as well as neighboring homes,” Nocco said.Peterson is facing five counts of attempted homicide and a domestic battery charge.He was psychologically evaluated before taken into custody.
The infant’s mother, who deputies say is a resident of that area, is undergoing medical treatment for an injury after her suicide attempt failed.They have not released her identity. Sheriff’s deputies in Okaloosa County, Florida say a mother killed her five-month-old baby boy Wednesday morning in an attempted murder-suicide.Workers found the infant’s body in a pickup truck at a parking lot on Okaloosa Island, which is near the panhandle, around 8:30 a.m.We’re investigating a domestic violence related murder and attempted suicide involving the death of a five month old infant in a truck parked in an Okaloosa Island parking lot. The mother is undergoing medical treatment. More will be released at a later time. pic.twitter.com/pehm2VoBYE— OkaloosaSheriff (@OCSOALERTS) March 25, 2020
By Brian HomewoodLONDON (Reuters) – Ethiopian Almaz Ayana destroyed the field to win the 10,000 metres at the World Championships on Saturday, finishing around 300 metres clear of her rivals in her first race of an injury-plagued season.The Olympic champion began pulling away from the field after 10 laps, sweeping past back markers who were made to look sluggish in comparison.She finished in 30:16.32 seconds, well outside the world record she set when she won in Rio last year but still enough to win by an astonishing 46.37 seconds, by far the biggest margin in championship history.Ayana’s compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba, the former world and Olympic champion, added to her impressive collection of medals when he took the silver with Kenya’s Agnes Tirop in third.“I am very happy to win this title, much more than when I won the Olympic gold because I have been sick this year and didn’t expect it. In fact, this was my first race of 2017,” Ayana told reporters.A repeat of her world record-breaking performance in Rio was never on the cards after a slow, tactical start to the race in which the field crawled around the first lap in 81 seconds.But the last two thirds of the race was reminiscent of Ayana’s extraordinary run last year where she also blew away the field.Ayana began pulling away after 10 laps and by the 12th had opened up a gap of 30 metres.The 25-year-old ran the next three kilometres in 8:33 minutes as she continued to increase her advantage and began overhauling the backmarkers with eight laps to go.Remarkably, Ayana’s prospects had been in doubt because injuries forced her to cancel a number of appearances at European meetings this season.The battle for second turned into a three-horse race between Kenyans Tirop and Alice Nawowuna and the 32-year-old Dibaba.Almost unnoticed, Dibaba, who is now focusing on running marathons, won the sprint to claim silver to sit alongside the five world championship and three Olympic golds she has won.“I have only had two months of training, so I am happy to win silver this time,” she said.“It was a very fast race. I knew that Almaz was going to run very fast so, if I had followed her, I wouldn’t have won a medal. I know my capacity these days because my training for this race was very short.”
May 14, 2020 Associated Press The announcement comes on the same day that Thomas was revealed as making the cover of the “PGA Tour 2K21” video game.PGA officials raved about the 2017 event and strongly hinted at the time they’d like to see the PGA Championship return to Charlotte due to strong attendance numbers.Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) is the two-time defending champion after winning last May at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. This year’s PGA Championship was rescheduled for Aug. 3-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco because of the coronavirus pandemic.F1-DRIVER CHANGESSainz Jr. joining Ferrari and Ricciardo is going to McLaren Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSKLPGA Championship underwayUNDATED (AP) — Golf has joined baseball and soccer as sports in South Korea that are back in action. ROME (AP) — The president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation is making one final pitch to Major League Baseball to send its top stars to the Tokyo Olympics.Riccardo Fraccari sees the one-year postponement of the games as a new opportunity for MLB. He tells The Associated Press that because of the damages from the coronavirus “baseball needs the Olympics now more than ever to boost the sport’s globalization, expansion and mass appeal.”MLB and its players’ association have so far only agreed to allow players not on 26-man active rosters or injured lists to take part in Olympic qualifying. The only MLB players permitted to play in the Premier12 tournament last year were those not on 40-man rosters. Not surprisingly considering the rules, the United States finished fourth and failed at its first chance to qualify for the Olympics.Besides Japan, which qualifies as the host nation, only three other teams have secured places in the baseball tournament. Israel was the surprise winner of the Africa/Europe qualifying event, while South Korea and Mexico earned spots during the Premier12. The last two nations in the six-team tournament will come from the Americas tournament and a final qualifying event in Taiwan.Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico and the United States qualified for the softball tournament. — The German Football League has relaxed its stance on finishing the season by June 30, when some players’ contracts expire. Games could continue into July if the alternative is leaving the season unfinished at the end of June, it said in a statement. Some games could be moved to neutral venues if they can’t be played at the original stadium because of infection risks locally. The league delayed a decision on how to decide final standings if the season can’t be finished.— The Italian soccer federation has set up a pool of inspectors to check that teams comply with new health protocols and government decrees issued during the coronavirus pandemic. Serie A teams were permitted to resume individual training on May 4 while full team training can restart Monday. Lazio has reportedly already been training in groups of three players. The federation says inspectors will verify that practices are held according to the rules. The league said on Wednesday that it hopes to resume playing games on June 13 but the government has not approved a restart yet.— The three leading women’s pole vaulters get their turn to compete on Saturday in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash. Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, Katie Nageotte (nah-JAHT’) of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada will participate in the event but won’t be competing in their backyards because they don’t have the equipment at home. They will instead be at nearby training facilities. The winner will be the vaulter who clears the bar at 4 meters the most times in 30 minutes. The top men’s pole vaulters competed in the Ultimate Garden Clash at their homes earlier this month.TOKYO-MLBExtra innings: Baseball head pitches Olympics to MLB, again PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-CHARLOTTEPGA Championship returns to Charlotte’s Quail Hollow in 2025PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Championship will return to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May 2025.In its announcement Thursday the PGA of America did not release the exact dates of the tournament.Quail Hollow hosted the PGA Championship in 2017, when a 24-year-old Justin Thomas defeated Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn) and Patrick Reed by two shots to claim his first major championship. PARIS (AP) — Carlos Sainz Jr. will drive for Formula One team Ferrari next season and Daniel Ricciardo will replace the Spaniard at McLaren.The 25-year-old Sainz Jr. will join Ferrari on a two-year deal starting next year. The Italian team made the announcement Thursday, shortly after McLaren announced Ricciardo’s arrival from Renault.Sainz Jr., the son of two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz, will replace Sebastian Vettel. The four-time F1 champion is leaving Ferrari at the end of his contract.The first 10 races of the F1 season have either been postponed or canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The women’s KLPGA Championship started Thursday with Bae Seon-woo, Kim Char-young2 and Hyun Se-lin tied at the top of the leaderboard at 5-under 67. Three more players were a shot behind. The tournament is being played without fans and with players using hand sanitizers and following social-distancing rules.Caddies wore masks on the course and players were allowed to play without them. Defending champion Choi Hye-jin was two strokes back after a 69.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— A Turkish soccer club says eight people have tested positive for the coronavirus and training has been suspended. The club, Besiktas, says its president and a player were among those who tested positive. Turkish teams have resumed limited training sessions following the federation’s decision to restart matches in empty stadiums on June 12.— Germany’s Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) soccer clubs will be allowed to use five substitutions per game when the season resumes on Saturday. The clubs in the top two German divisions have decided to accept the rule change allowed last week by the International Football Association Board. The change is meant to reduce the workload on players as the leagues pack their schedules to complete the season. Teams can make substitutions only at three breaks in the game and the league recommends making only two substitutions at once.
The duo of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club strikers, Olatunbosun Sikiru and Adegboyega Adekunle are seeking for their first away victory of the season against Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) this midweek in Ibadan.The ‘Olukoya Boys’ are guests to the Oluyole Warriors at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba in today’s NPFL Match-Day 4 clash tagged the ‘South-west Derby.’Olatunbosun and Adekunle who have been instrumental for MFM FC in the ongoing Nigerian top-flight scoring a goal each and creating three assists said they are ready to fight for their first ever NPFL away win against the Ibadan-based outfit. Sikiru said: “An interesting game awaits us in Ibadan, it will not be an easy one but then we have to do everything within our reach to at least have a share of the three points.“We didn’t have it good last season against Shooting but this term we want to prove to people that we can beat 3SC,” the skillful left-winger stated.The Lagos-based outfit failed to record a point last season in the South-west Derby but Adegboyega believes his side is capable of putting an end to the winless streaks against Shooting Stars.“Our eyes are set on the three points, Shooting Stars have been having the edge over us in the NPFL. We understand the fact that it’s a derby game and they will want to make some statements in front of their home fans but we are not perturbed.“An outright victory is all we are gunning for, we have a squad capable of inflicting defeat on any team in the league and 3SC are not exempted.“The fact that they lost their two consecutive away games will put them under pressure. All we need to do is to contain them and take our chances,” he concluded to the club’s website.Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and his charges have amassed six points from three NPFL matches this season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 6, 2019 at 11:47 pm Contact Billy: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Wheyen3 In a 33-second span against Georgia Tech, Buddy Boeheim swished two 3s from the same spot on the right wing of Jim Boeheim Court. They didn’t make the difference in a disappointing, 14-point Syracuse loss. But coupled with a 3 earlier in the game, those shots changed the trajectory of Buddy’s season.“I obviously didn’t shoot overall well from the field,” Buddy said, “but those three 3s I hit were confidence boosters. It showed myself that I could go out there and do those type of things.”In conference play, Buddy has shot almost 44 percent from beyond the arc, a stark contrast from his 22 percent mark in nonconference play. Syracuse (16-7, 7-3 Atlantic Coast) has relied on the freshman guard to space the floor whenever an opposing team switches to a zone defense. Even after Buddy shot 8 for 36 from deep in nonconference action, players and coaches, including Buddy, had no doubt his shooting would come around. Buddy could prove crucial in the rematch with Boston College on Saturday, just like he did when he played in crunch time at BC on Jan. 30.“Playing against a zone is something that I capitalize on,” Buddy said after the first BC game,“and that’s what I’m called upon for, going in there and knocking down shots.”Syracuse assistant and all-time 3-point leader Gerry McNamara said Buddy’s shooting was the key to him contributing in his first season at SU. So to players and coaches, Buddy’s 0 for 5 opening night surely was just a blip. The 3 for 20 from deep in SU’s first six games, the same. And that’s how Buddy’s father saw it, too.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Jan. 30, Boeheim pointed out that former SU stars Andy Rautins and Demetris Nichols both began their college careers with poor 3-point percentages before shooting 40 percent by graduation. Whenever an Orange player was asked in the nonconference months about Buddy’s early struggles, the message was simple: He’s a shooter. If Buddy was on the floor when a technical foul was called on the opposition, he took the foul shots. But the 3-pointers still weren’t falling.He made a three against Northeastern on Dec. 4: “A good thing,” Boeheim called it. Buddy made just two of his next nine from deep, though, and then began ACC play with limited minutes against Notre Dame and Clemson.“He was playing good then,” Boeheim said. “He just wasn’t making shots to start.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorBuddy’s form didn’t change amidst the struggles. He still rose straight up and down, “the high release, perfect form” that McNamara compared to one of the NBA’s best marksmen, Klay Thompson. Frustrations showed, though.Some misses were followed by an aggressive clap of his hands. Others, a shake of the head, a grimace or even a laugh. The mannerisms mirrored an early-November practice, when Buddy struggled to keep up with the 35-year-old McNamara and walk-on Ky Feldman in a 3-point shooting contest.But when three more fell through against the Yellow Jackets, Buddy felt validated. He knew he was a shooter — from the playroom and Tykes hoop in his childhood home to the Manley Field House baskets, lowered below 10 feet when he was just a child.“Everyone here believes in me, which is great for me as a shooter, you need that,” Buddy said. “I know that they’re gonna drop eventually.”Syracuse’s 14th-all-time leading scorer, Eric Devendorf, didn’t change Buddy’s shot when Buddy was a high schooler, because it was already “unbelievable,” Devendorf said. It was the shot that made UNC head coach Roy Williams tell Boeheim, “You better take him,” after Buddy made seven 3s at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam in summer 2017.After two months of limited makes at Syracuse, Buddy realized his shooting potential.“It’s a struggle to be able to make shots when you’re a young player,” Boeheim said. “He’s shot it well every day in practice, and he’s translated it over into the games.”Now, Buddy’s 3s prompt raised arms from his teammates and a leg lift from Boeheim while the ball is in midair. When they fall through, Boeheim will pump his fist or clap his hands, and Buddy himself has taken to occasionally lifting three fingers high.Buddy said his eyes light up when the opposition deploys a zone, like Georgia Tech did. Against BC, Boeheim played ahead of SU’s senior point guard for the final 13:18 because he was beating the Eagles’ zone with his shooting. In Pittsburgh last Saturday, the Panthers switched to the 2-3 zone on one possession, and Boeheim simultaneously sent Buddy to the scorers’ table to check in. Buddy took a 3 one minute after entering, and made another a few minutes later.“People are gonna be worried about Frank (Howard), Elijah (Hughes), myself, Oshae (Brissett),” Tyus Battle said. “So when he comes in the game that’s all he has to do. Come in and knock down some 3s, and he’s doing a great job of that so far.”After a few of Buddy’s zone-busting games, his father has cautioned that Buddy is still just a 3-ball specialist. When Virginia Tech used mostly man-to-man, Buddy played just four minutes. Against FSU, he played but couldn’t make a 3, struggling against tight perimeter defense. His playing time will almost always come at the expense of Battle or Howard. But by knocking down open shots against zones, Buddy has created a role for himself.It might’ve come faster than Boeheim expected, since he knows freshmen struggle to knock down shots, especially in the ACC. It might’ve come slower than Buddy expected, because he’s used to cashing open looks. When ACC opposition has tried to stifle SU with zone looks, Buddy’s been ready. For the Orange, that’s come exactly when needed.— Senior Staff Writer Matthew Gutierrez contributed reporting to this story.
Source: BBC Mikel Arteta earned his first win as Arsenal boss as the Gunners produced a powerful first-half performance to beat a lacklustre Manchester United.The visitors, who were without the injured Paul Pogba, actually began brightly, but the game took a different turn on eight minutes when Nicolas Pepe steered in his fifth goal of the season after Sead Kolasinac’s cross was deflected to him.That led to a first half in which the hosts were in control and Pepe hit the post before they doubled their lead when his corner was smashed in from close range by Sokratis Papastathopoulos.Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s side came into the game with one loss in their previous nine games, and although they improved after the break, they rarely tested Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.It was characteristic of a stop-start season in which they are yet to win three Premier League games in a row.The defeat leaves them fifth in the table, five points behind Chelsea, who drew with Brighton earlier in the day.Victory for Arsenal ended a run of seven home games without a win in all competitions and lifted them to 10th place, four points behind United.But they remain closer to the relegation zone than the top four.Arsenal finally beat top half team – the best statsThis was Arsenal’s first Premier League win this season against a team currently in the top half of the Premier League (P10 W1 D4 L5).Nicolas Pepe has scored all his five goals for Arsenal in all competitions in London – four at the Emirates and one at London Stadium.Arsenal have scored eight goals via corners in the Premier League this season, two more than any other team.Manchester United have now lost four of their past five away Premier League visits to Arsenal (W1).What next?Arsenal host Leeds on Monday, 6 January in the FA Cup third round (kick-off 19:56 GMT), while Manchester United travel to Wolves on Saturday, 4 January (kick-off 17:31) in a repeat of their quarter-final defeat last season.
Asante Kotoko coach Mas-Ud Dramani says he is satisfied with the 1-1 result against Hearts of Oak on Sunday.The champions fought from a goal down to force a draw against their arch rivals at the Accra Sports Stadium.Kotoko equalized through midfielder Michael Helegbe early in the second half after Winful Cobbinah had given Hearts a deserved 27th minute lead.A win could have seen the Porcupine Warriors clinch top spot in the Ghanaian top flight.But coach Dramani insists he is satisfied with the result while praising his team for the fight-back against Hearts.“We had come to win and so we were still very positive at the time we were down and was throwing everything at the game,” he said. “Once we wanted the three points and we couldn’t get it and we had one point, we feel it was a very good result.”Kotoko are now second – just a point behind new leaders Berekum Chelsea with six game left.The champions will now face dethroned leaders Medeama on Wednesday in Kumasi.