Kompany enjoying extra competition

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first_img Press Association And, despite the impressive results since, City are still recruiting. They spent £32million to sign defender Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia last week and continue to be heavily linked with Wolfsburg playmaker Kevin de Bruyne. City captain Kompany said: “That is one of the reasons we have started so strong. “You can’t really afford to do anything wrong during the week leading up to the game. Then, during the game, you can’t do anything wrong either as there is always someone looking over your shoulder, waiting, who is just as good as you. “If they are in a better moment and they deserve a chance, they will take your place. “You have got to be at the top of your game. This is what you are seeing – a group of guys who know that they need to perform. If they don’t, someone else will do it.” Kompany, 29, is likely to be feeling the competition as keenly as anyone. The Belgium skipper fell below his own high standards and last season and consequently reported back early for pre-season training to get ready for the new campaign. His performances have suggested he is back to his best, but with Otamendi arriving to boost central defensive ranks that also include Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis, he cannot ease off. City have started the season in blistering fashion, winning their opening three Barclays Premier League games without conceding a goal and scoring eight. After a frustrating 2014-15 campaign the squad was bolstered over the summer, chiefly with the signings of Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph. Vincent Kompany feels standards have been driven up at Manchester City by increased competition for places. He said: “It shows on the pitch that I feel good and I feel happy with myself. I just don’t want to miss any opportunities to have a good game or have a good season. Every game counts for me. That’s when I need to perform. “The extra competition is good, really good. You don’t play for a top team unless you have that.” City’s defensive solidity so far this season is a source of great satisfaction for Kompany. He said: “It is as equally as important as the goals we score. As long as you don’t concede you are still in the game. From that moment, anything is possible.” last_img read more

Former Florida Congressman Lt. Col. Allen West Injured in Texas Crash

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first_imgFormer U.S. Rep. Allen West of Florida has been injured in a motorcycle crash in Texas, according to reports.West’s wife wrote on Facebook Saturday evening that the Congressman’s motorcycle was hit outside of Waco, and that he was in the emergency room.She did not provide any additional details about his condition.However, his team issued Facebook updates on Sunday, stating the Congressman is in stable condition and is due to be released from the hospital Monday after suffering a concussion, several fractured bones, and multiple lacerations.He added, “I am alive by the grace of God.”Courtesy: Lt. Col. Allen West/FacebookLt. Col. West was returning from a rally in Austin focused on reopening that state amid the coronavirus pandemic when the accident occurred Saturday.He moved from Florida to Texas after leaving Congress in 2013.The Republican Congressman served one term and, at one point, called for then-President Barack Obama’s impeachment.West is currently running for chair of the Republican Party of Texas.last_img read more

Other Sports Pro-Kabaddi League: Jaipur Pink Panthers beat Patna Pirates 34-21

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first_imgPatna: Jaipur Pink Panthers notched up an impressive 34-21 over Patna Pirates in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi season 7 match here on Saturday. Jaipur Pink Panthers’ defence led by Sandeep Dhull and Amit Hooda did an excellent job on Patna’s danger man Pardeep Narwal as they kept him off the mat for 23 minutes and nine seconds.Narwal to his credit managed to top score for Patna and ended with nine points. Sandeep Dhull put in a strong defensive performance and got as many as eight tackle points. Deepak Narwal chipped in with eight raid points for Jaipur Pink Panthers.  For Patna Pirates, Monu who came on as a substitute ended up with a high five.Pardeep opened Patna Pirates’ account with a raid point in the first minute. Sandeep clocked his 150th tackle point as Jaipur Pink Pirates led 2-1. Amit tackled Jang Kun Lee in the fourth minute as both teams were tied at 3-3. Ajinkya Pawar made a two-point raid in the sixth minute to give Jaipur Pink Panthers 5-3 lead.In the ninth minute Jaipur Pink Panthers inflicted an all out to lead 11-4. Jaipur Pink Panthers were in ominous form as they kept Pardeep quiet for the first 15 minutes. At the end of the first half, Jaipur Pink Panthers led 15-9. The second half started with Jaipur Pink Panthers asserting their dominance. Deepak Narwal made a two-point raid in the 23rd minute to lead 18-11. Pardeep scored three quick raid points to revive Patna’s hopes of a comeback as Patna Pirates trailed 14-18 after 26 minutes.Amit completed his high five in the 27th minute as he sent Pardeep to the bench and crushed all hopes of a Patna Pirates comeback. In the 30th minute Deepak made a two-point raid to give Jaipur Pink Panthers 24-14 lead. Sandeep also achieved a high five in the 33rd minute as Jaipur Pink Panthers continued to pile more misery on Patna Pirates.Jaipur then inflicted another all out to lead 29-16. Pardeep was the lone ranger when it came to Patna’s raiding points as with just five minutes to go, they still trailed by 10 points. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Windies  great Lance Gibbs critical of Cornwall, Caribbean spin bowlers

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first_imgFORMER Guyana and West Indies off-spinner Lance Gibbs is not impressed with the current crop of spin bowlers in the Caribbean.While speaking on Mason and Guest in Barbados on Tuesday night, the legendary Gibbs expressed his disappointment at the spin bowlers currently playing in the Caribbean and was particularly critical of the much-heralded Rahkeem Cornwall.Apparently, the 85-year-old former West Indies off-break bowler knows a bit about spin bowling. Between 1958 and 1976, Gibbs played 79 Tests for the West Indies taking 309 wickets at an average of 29.09 and enjoyed an economy rate of under two runs an over.He was the first spinner in Test history to take 300 wickets and the second bowler behind England’s Fred Trueman to do so.His best performances came in the 1961/62 home series against India.Over the course of five Tests, he picked up 24 wickets at just 20.41 apiece. Additionally, in one of the game’s greatest spells of bowling at Bridgetown, he single-handedly reduced India from 149 for 2 to 187 all out. In 15.3 overs, Gibbs took eight wickets for just six runs to finish with figures of 8 for 38, his best Test-match haul.Asked if he has seen any off-break bowlers in recent times who have caught his eye, Gibbs responded with an emphatic, “No!”“They’re not spinning the ball,” he said.Asked his thoughts on Cornwall, who has taken 13 wickets in the two Tests and 303 First-ClassWi wickets in 62 matches, Gibbs was critical of the player’s technique. “How can you take two steps and bowl? Where is your rhythm, where is that rhythm?” he asked.“As a spin bowler you have got to use the crease, you have the return crease and you have the stumps, you have to bowl between those two. I never then had to go around the wicket to bowl, a lot because by using the crease I could get close to the stumps on the offside and still bowl and make it go on straighter instead of going around the wicket.”Gibbs, who stood at over six feet in height, also revealed the secret of his success while playing cricket back in his heyday even while playing in a team characterised by its fast-bowling talent.“I started as a leg spinner and I couldn’t bowl a googly,” he revealed. “I realised that with my height and with my high arm-action I am going to get bounce off any wicket in the world and if you’re getting bounce it is difficult to really hit you in the meat of the bat. It hits more higher up, and therefore you get catches all around.”After he retired, Gibbs returned to manage the West Indies team in 1991 during their tour of England. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

USC still troubled despite easy victory

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first_imgIt was never close, but it may not have been enough to satiate everyone’s appetite.USC players filtered onto the field and into the tunnel with a business-like approach following their Saturday night victory. The stated mission of walking away with a win had been fulfilled, but plenty of opportunities had been left on the field.A week after being upset by Washington, the Trojans bounced back with little resistance. The return of Matt Barkley revitalized USC’s offense and helped the Trojans coast to a 27-6 win against Washington State at the Coliseum.Yet there was still a sense among USC coaches and players that the Trojans, who entered the game as 45.5-point favorites, could have made the game even easier.Welcome return · Freshman Matt Barkley did not disappoint in his return to the starting lineup Saturday, finishing with 247 yards and two long touchdown passes to receivers Damian Williams and Brice Butler. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan“The way I look at this game, we have a lot of work to do,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “It was not at all the satisfying win that we would have liked to have had.”In his first game back from a bruised right shoulder, Barkley showed few lingering effects of the injury by throwing for 136 yards in the first quarter. Despite still feeling some pain when going through his throwing motion, the true freshman heaved the ball downfield early and often, finishing with 247 yards on 13-of-22 passing with two touchdowns.“When I had to gun it, I did,” Barkley said. “It hurt a little, but that’s football.”After the Trojans finished with 110 yards passing last week against the Huskies, the team’s emphasis on attacking downfield was palpable.“We knew we could stretch them vertically,” Barkley said. “I think we hit what we could when it was there.”Barkley connected with redshirt freshman wide receiver Brice Butler in the corner of the end zone for his first touchdown. After junior kicker Jacob Harfman recovered the ensuing onside kick, Barkley threw a dart over the middle to redshirt junior wide receiver Damian Williams, who dashed into the end zone untouched for a 57-yard score.USC’s rushing attack supplemented the passing game with several long runs to start the game. The Trojans needed only 13 carries in the first half to rack up 113 yards.The offensive momentum established by the Trojans in the early going was thrown off by a season-high 13 penalties for 115 yards. Although Carroll said he took issue with a number of the flagged plays, he admitted that he was not content with the self-imposed mistakes.“We had so many situations where we made it hard on ourselves,” Carroll said. “We need to keep working on it.”USC’s defense held its ground for the majority of the four quarters. Redshirt freshman defensive end Nick Perry and redshirt junior linebacker Michael Morgan combined for 4.5 sacks for a defensive unit that applied constant pressure to the opposing quarterbacks.A week after earning their first win of the season by taking down Southern Methodist, the Cougars’ lone reason for optimism was their ability to stay in the game with a revamped defense.Redshirt sophomore Marshall Lobbestael started the game at quarterback but was spelled midway through the second quarter by freshman Jeff Tuel. The two signal-callers only could muster 144 passing yards during the night, with a bulk of the production coming in the fourth quarter against USC’s second-string defense.The Cougars controlled the second quarter with a 19-play drive that ate up more than eight and a half minutes. But despite controlling the ball and going 58 yards downfield, Washington State saw its 34-yard field goal attempt miss wide left as the first half expired.Late in the fourth quarter, however, the Cougars turned a short field created by a redshirt quarterback Aaron Corp turnover into a touchdown, ending USC’s shutout hopes.The match was a far cry from the Trojans’ 69-0 drubbing of the Cougars last year in Pullman, Wash. With Saturday’s trip to Cal looming, many Trojans insisted that the team has yet to show its best effort.“We know what we’re capable of, and I think we showed that tonight,” Barkley said. “But I also think we’re capable of more.”last_img read more

What we learned from No. 18 Syracuse’s 64-50 loss to South Carolina

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first_imgSyracuse fell for the first time on Saturday afternoon after facing its first Power 5 opponent of the season. The No. 18 Orange (4-1) lost, 64-50, to South Carolina (6-0) at the Barclays Center. Tyler Lydon led the way for SU with 18 points but no one else scored in double figures.Here are three things we learned from the game.Syracuse’s best lineup is with Tyler Lydon at centerLydon scored 18 points in the first 24 minutes of the game and then didn’t score the rest of the way. With Dajuan Coleman and Paschal Chukwu both possessing limited offensive games, Lydon was at center in the key spots. Chukwu played some there when Syracuse pressed, but Lydon provides improved spacing when he plays center.He went 3-for-5 on 3-pointers against South Carolina, a testament to his ability to step out and stretch the floor. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim had previously hinted that Lydon provides an added element on offense when he plays closest to the basket but Saturday was the first time he outwardly said SU’s best lineup is with him at center.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoeheim noted that last season, Lydon played the majority of his minutes at the spot as well and the Orange wound up in the Final Four.“Our best team is with Tyler Lydon at center,” Boeheim said. “That’s who it’s going to be unless we can get more production there. I think that’s what I see right now. He’s our best center … Dajuan and Paschal are not ready to play at this level, against South Carolina — a Top 20 team, maybe if not better. So we can’t win with those two guys right now. They’re going to have to play better.”Tyus Battle is learning the guard positionThe SU freshman played on Saturday just 13 minutes, including just three in the second half, the least amount of time he’s gotten this season. He entered the game averaging 7.3 points but didn’t score a single time against South Carolina. Boeheim said Battle “looked a little lost out there.”His first shot attempt came on a floater that didn’t even touch the rim. He drove on the right side and found himself near the baseline before lobbing the shot up. He missed a 3-pointer later in the first half as well.“Against the zone, he wasn’t sure where he was,” Boeheim said. “He’s still dribbling side-to-side a little bit. He’s got to get more penetration going to the basket. And he’s just gotta learn and have a feel of what we’re trying to do. And that takes time. That takes time.”Battle scored mostly from the wing before getting to Syracuse. Boeheim said he’s still learning to play more of the guard position.“Just be aggressive, attack the defense,” Battle said of the differences at guard. “I think I have to do a better job of getting into the lane more. Doing stuff like that. I’ll make sure I make note of that next game.”Syracuse’s defense is just fine against a legitimate opponentWhile SU’s offense had by far its worst showing of the season, its defense wasn’t too bad. Sixty-four points allowed is the most the Orange has given up but it’s only five more than it surrendered to an inferior South Carolina State team on Tuesday night.Syracuse is ranked sixth in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency, according to Kenpom.com.“Every time we lose a game, it’s really almost never about our defense,” Boeheim said. “Until the end, when we had to foul, they had like 50 points. Our defense is fine.” Comments Published on November 26, 2016 at 8:02 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

C-USA playing this fall like the P5 leagues in same region

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first_img Written By WATCH US LIVE Conference USA has schools stretching over 10 states, from Texas eastward and then toward the north. The 14-team league is within the footprint of the SEC, Big 12 and ACC.Like those Power Five leagues that play in the same region, C-USA is planning to be on the field this fall.Still, things got shaken up even after C-USA decided to keep its original eight-game league schedule intact, and allow schools to play up to four non-conference games as normal.Old Dominion decided last month to not play fall sports amid COVID-19, costing a conference game for every C-USA team in the East Division and two in the West. There were also many games lost with the remaining Power Five conferences (Big Ten, Pac-12) and two Group of Five leagues (MAC, Mountain West) opting to shelve football this fall.C-USA favorite UAB’s season-opening home game Thursday night will be played only about two weeks after being scheduled. Central Arkansas, an FCS team playing a non-conference schedule even after the Southland Conference postponed all its league games this fall, won the first college game played in this pandemic-altered season over the weekend.“With everything going on, you never really know if it could be your last game, or if you could miss a few games, especially with COVID-19 and everything else going on in the world,” UAB senior left tackle Colby Ragland said. “It is easy to lose focus of being on the football team and the goal of going out there and winning a championship. Our coaches do a great job of letting us know what they know about what is going on.”The Blazers were supposed to open against New Mexico State, which postponed it season. The Blazers secured the UCA matchup with stipulations of paying for the hotel and pregame virus testing for the visitors.”It was what it took to get the deal done,” UAB coach Bill Clark said. “We said we were going to do what it takes to get a game.”Rice is playing only its eight conference games, and won’t open until Oct. 3. FIU also has only an eight-game schedule set, without ODU but with a non-conference game at Liberty. Only Southern Miss, UTSA and UTEP have filled out full 12-game schedules.THE FAVORITESEast Division: WKU lost to UCA in coach Tyson Helton’s debut last season, but went 9-3 the rest of the way. The Hilltoppers finished with a four-game winning streak that included a 45-19 win at SEC team Arkansas and the First Responder Bowl over Western Michigan. FAU has won two of the last three C-USA titles, and Marshall was the only team last year to beat the Owls in league play. But neither FAU or Marshall have returning starting quarterbacks as expected.West Division: Two-time defending division champ UAB has won 28 games overall since 2017, the most among C-USA teams since the program’s return from a two-year hiatus. Clark has nine returning starters on offense, and nine more on defense.TOP PLAYERS— Marshall junior running back Brenden Knox was the C-USA offensive player of the year last season when he ran for 1,387 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has 10 100-yard rushing games in his two seasons with the Thundering Herd.— WKU senior linebacker DeAngelo Malone is the reigning C-USA defensive player of the year. He had 99 tackles, 11 1/2 sacks and 21 tackles for loss last season.— UAB senior running back Spencer Brown missed four games with an ankle injury last season, but his 3,122 career yards rushing, is second among active FBS players behind Clemson’s Travis Etienne (4,038 yards).— Third-year Southern Miss starting quarterback Jack Abraham threw for 3,496 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, including two 400-yard games, though he needs to cut down on interceptions (15).— Justin Henderson, Louisiana Tech’s senior running back, ran for 1,062 yards and a league-best 15 TDs last season.NOT AS POWERFULWith all the changes by other leagues, including limitations on non-conference games, C-USA has only five games against Power Five opponents (UAB at Miami, Louisiana Tech at Baylor, UTEP at Texas, WKU at Louisville, and Charlotte at North Carolina). That is down from 20 last year, when six C-USA teams had multiple power league opponents.Image credits: AP COMMENT Last Updated: 2nd September, 2020 08:38 IST C-USA Playing This Fall Like The P5 Leagues In Same Region Conference USA has schools stretching over 10 states, from Texas eastward and then toward the north. The 14-team league is within the footprint of the SEC, Big 12 and ACC First Published: 2nd September, 2020 08:38 ISTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Miralem Pjanic is the Ambassador of Parenting House in Tuzla

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first_imgA representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH’s) national football team Miralem Pjanic is presented today in Sarajevo as Ambassador of the Parenting House in Tuzla, which construction was planned to start in 2019.“The Parenting House means a lot to me, Tuzla is my town, where I was born, we know how important our children are. I hope we will build more houses like this. At this stage, to have a parent near themselves is something that is best for children, so I hope we will have as many of these beautiful projects as possible and I thank everyone who works every day on this beautiful story, “Pjanic said.The parenting house in Sarajevo over the past three years has been shown to be of outstanding importance for treating children with cancer and their parents, thereby contributing to faster and easier cure.Guided by this example, the “Heart For Children with Cancer ” Association has started implementing the same project in the Tuzla area, where treatment of children with cancer began in 2017 and the need for this type of support emerged.(Photo: Fena)last_img read more

Julian Cornejo is named 2016 Duke of Wellington

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Evergreen, United Way Partner for Community to Community and Day of…

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first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeEvergreen students pitch in throughout the county on the United Way’s Day of Caring.Every September for the last 26 years, The Evergreen State College has sent 50-150 incoming first-year students to various Thurston County nonprprofits for a day of volunteer service.  This year, on Friday, September 25, the tradition continues.The last six years have seen a flourishing partnership between the college’s “Community to Community” day and The United Way’s 23-year old “Day of Caring,” in which the local chapter of the national organization sends more than 700 volunteers to over 40 nonprofits on the same day.The Evergreen crew will join United Way volunteers at several sites, among them Family Support Center, Thurston County Food Bank, Nisqually Land Trust and more. Community to Community is run by Evergreen’s Center for Community Based Learning (CCBLA), whose mission is to promote student learning in the community by connecting academic programs, students and faculty with community organizations. According to CCBLA Director, Ellen Shortt-Sanchez, Evergreen will partner with nonprofits inside and outside the United Way scope on September 25, including Books to Prisoners, Cielo Project, Interfaith Works and Tumwater Stream Team. The United Way lists education, health and economic self-sufficiency as its goals; Evergreen adds environmental and social justice.The incoming freshmen move into their dorms and off-campus apartments a week before classes start, to attend orientation activities. Community to Community is an optional orientation activity, said Shortt-Sanchez. “For students, it is part of them getting to know this new community; this way, they are giving back right from the start.” She notes that the activity is a way for new students to get acquainted and socialize.  They also meet students from St. Martins University, who participate in Day of Caring.The partnering nonprofit organizations don’t just put students to work, said Shortt-Sanchez. “The students have a chance to hear about the organization – what it does, what it’s about,” she said. “And some students go back to those organizations, to volunteer or do an internship later on.”Evergreen espouses a culture of service and civic engagement; more than 70% of students and graduates surveyed in a recent economic impact study say they have volunteered in the Olympia area, and students did more than 300 internships in Thurston County during the 2014-15 academic year.last_img read more