James Milner thinks Liverpool could have scored more at Manchester City

first_img City’s top striker Sergio Aguero marked his return after seven games out injured with a fine goal to reduce the arrears but Martin Skrtel lashed in a shot nine minutes from time. Milner, 29, produced one of his best performances for Liverpool on a day of mixed emotions back at the club where he won four trophies. He said: “It was strange coming back to place where I was for five years and had a lot of good times, but as soon as you step on the field it is business time. “It is important we keep this going now and it is a great start to a period where we have a lot of games. Hopefully we can keep keep the confidence going.” The result left City third in the table, below new leaders Leicester and Manchester United. Manager Manuel Pellegrini spoke of his anger after the game, describing the performance as a “disaster”, but must now focus on Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Juventus. He said: “We need to turn the page as soon as we can. We all must think what will happen in the future, we have an important game on Wednesday,” Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Reds knocked City off the top of the Barclays Premier League with a comprehensive 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Most of the damage was done in a whirlwind opening period as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 lead after forcing an Eliaquim Mangala own goal and with further strikes from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. It was some statement by the Merseysiders as momentum continues to build under new boss Klopp while City were left with plenty of questions to answer. Midfielder Milner, who left City for Anfield in the summer, said: “I thought we were outstanding. We pressed them all over the field, created a few chances and I thought we could have had a few more. “In the second half we didn’t want to keep it tight – we wanted to keep doing what we were doing and get on the front foot. We wanted to be in their faces. “We didn’t do it as effectively in the first half, and they changed their formation a bit, but I still thought we put in a pretty good second half. “There are always areas we can improve. If you look at the teams we have played away from home and the results we have got, it has been pretty solid, but obviously the home form we can improve. “We know that is where we need to do better and we are more than capable of that. If we can get the home form right we won’t be too far away.” Liverpool were beaten at Anfield by Crystal Palace on their last outing but on this occasion they ravaged the title favourites with a high-energy display from the outset. The opener came after seven minutes as Coutinho robbed Bacary Sagna and Mangala turned Firmino’s cross into his own net. More poor defending allowed Liverpool’s Brazilian duo to quickly increase the lead and Firmino was close to adding two more. Press Association James Milner feels there is even more to come from Liverpool after their stunning victory at Manchester City.last_img read more

Underdogs at home!

first_img– Golden Jaguars focused on getting a ‘W’ against Jamaica tonight AFTER edging Aruba 1 – 0 on Friday last, the Golden Jaguars will host Jamaica tonight at the National Track and Field Centre, in their first home game in the CONCACAF Nations League.The game, which kicks off from 7:00pm, will see Guyana facing the Reggae Boyz for the first time since their infamous defeat, when the Jamaicans came from 2 – 0 down at half time to thump Guyana 4 – 2 in a game that saw the Golden Jaguars missing out on a Gold Cup spot, while Jamaica went on to reach the final of CONCACAF’s pinnacle event.Though both sides started their Nations League campaign on a winning note, Jamaica sits on top of Group C in League B with a ‘+5’ superior goal difference, having won 6 – 0 against Antigua and Barbuda.“I do feel going into this game we are the underdog,” team Captain Samuel Cox told reporters yesterday at the pre-match press conference.The UK-based defender, however, stated that “we just had a really good results and performance away against Aruba (where) the boys applied themselves really well and that gives us the confidence going into the game at Leonora. It’s 90 minutes of football we’re going to give everything we can to get the results.”Despite accepting that Guyana might have their backs against the wall facing a well-rounded Jamaica side that will feature Bundesliga star Leon Baily, Assistant Coach Charles ‘Lilly’ Pollard pointed out that the Golden Jaguars still hold an “equal chance” of coming out on top or securing a draw.According to Pollard, “the ball is round and the team we have now is a blend of experience and some new guys, a good balance of overseas and local (players) and we have some young guys. I think it will be a competitive game and as I stated, our chances are equal.”Speaking specially to the result, Pollard said given the fact that both teams started the group stage by picking up three points, “a draw wouldn’t be a bad result in this game.”Managing expectationsMuch has changed since Guyana qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and made their first appearance at a major CONCACAF tournament.Guyana is now playing under newly-appointed coach, Brazilian Márcio Máximo, who made some adjustments to the team representing the ‘592’ in the USA this year.Cox is of the view that while he welcomes the fans wanting to hold the team to high expectations, it should be clear that the team is going through a transition at the moment and that it’s only right that those beliefs be managed.“This is an entirely different squad composition; it’s a good blend of local and overseas players and we have to manage expectations of players and fans alike because it’s a transition period from the summer where [we] had Coach (Michael) Johnson and now we have Coach (Márcio) Máximo in charge where there’s a different team dynamic. He’s had just about a week work with the boys…it’s going to take time and we know we’re coming up a really strong side in Jamaica, but on any given day we can beat anybody,” Cox said.Guyana will bank on the experience of Cox, Neil Danns, Sheldon Holder, Matthew Briggs, Keanu Marsh-Brown and Goalkeeper Akel Clarke.Terrel Ondaan, who plays with Grenoble Foot 38 in the French Ligue 2 league, will have a major role to play ‘up front’ for Guyana, with the 25-year-old forward holding the Golden Jaguars’ best chances, along with Holder and Danns to give the home side a chance against a tough Jamaican defence.For Jamaica, apart from Bailey, their side will feature defender Adrian Mariappa who plays in the English Premier League with Watford FC, Fulham FC’s Bobby Reid and MLS side Philadelphia Union’s goalkeeper Andre Blake.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury agree to two fights – Eddie Hearn

first_imgBRITISH world heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have agreed to a two-fight deal, says promoter Eddie Hearn.Talks over an historic bout for the undisputed title began in early May.Joshua, 30, holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts while 31-year-old Fury is the WBC champion.“It’s fair to say (Joshua and Fury) are in agreement regarding the financial terms,” Hearn, who is Joshua’s promoter, told Sky Sports News.“We’re in a good place. It’s fair to say that, in principle, both guys have agreed to that fight. Two fights.”Fury expressed his delight at the news in a social media post. The Manchester-born boxer said he would fight Joshua in 2021, but would first have to overcome the “hurdle in the road” Deontay Wilder, in a third meeting. Fury is contracted to fight the American, from whom he won the WBC title in February.Joshua, who reclaimed his world titles in December, has to face his mandatory challenger, Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev, when the sport fully resumes after the coronavirus shutdown.Hearn added: “There is still a lot to overcome. We are looking at venues and dates.“We’ve been talking to (Fury’s management team) MTK, giving them the assurances from Joshua’s side that all the details on the structure of the deal is approved from our side. And it is from Fury’s side, as well.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Vavic looks to continue water polo dynasty

first_imgVictorious Vavic · In his 21 years as head coach, Jovan Vavic has been the recepient of an unprecedented 12 National Coach of the Year awards. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanCoach of the Century is a once-in-a-lifetime award, and men’s and women’s water polo coach Jovan Vavic has earned the prestigious Pac-12 honor.“He is the most intense coach I have ever had,” sophomore goalkeeper and All-American McQuin Baron said.Vavic has created a dynasty at USC in the 21 years he has been coaching the men’s team. Vavic currently has a .863 winning percentage for his career. During his 21-season tenure at USC, his teams have lost a mere 75 games while winning 472 and counting.Coaching is not the only thing that garners such strong talent, and Vavic has been able to develop his program into a recruiting powerhouse, consistently bringing in top talent from around the globe. USC’s team this year features players from Australia, Canada, Italy, Montenegro and Serbia.“He is the main reason why USC pulls in so many recruits,” Baron said. “Realistically, it’s a self-recruiting program because when I came in they had won six [championships] in a row, and everyone is like, ‘I want to win championships,’ so obviously this is where you want to go.”Vavic has won nine NCAA championships with the men’s team, including six in a row from 2008-2013. There have been an additional four titles for the women’s team, and Vavic has led both teams to glory in the same year, sweeping the NCAA championships in 2004, 2010 and 2013.Vavic’s experience and success is something no other program in the country can offer. Baron said coaching was an integral reason he decided to attend USC.“[Coaching was] the biggest part,” he said. “Jovan is the most knowledgeable coach in the NCAA, and he’s the most successful coach at USC.”Vavic’s path to success is not for the weak, and the players know that coming in. The coach runs a tight program, but one that consistently garners not only national attention for the team, but also for individual players.Vavic has coached 10 winners of the Cutino Award, often considered the most prestigious individual award in water polo. It is given to the most outstanding player in the country every year.Vavic’s teams generally also have a slate of All-Americans. Last season, in addition to Baron, junior Nick Bell, sophomore Mihajlo Milicevic and sophomore James Walters each earned All-American honors.“He makes sure you are always playing to the top of your ability,” Baron said. “There are no days off.”Vavic himself has been the recipient of many awards, being named Coach of the Year 12 times, and is the 10-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year. In 2010, Vavic swept the coaching awards, winning both National and MPSF Coach of the Year.Vavic has high expectations that have been consistently met by the Trojans, who have never had a lower winning percentage than they did in 2002 when their record was 20-8.Vavic has a winning record against every opponent he has ever faced. Since he began in 1995, Vavic has lost only two games to teams outside of the MPSF conference.Last season ended in disappointment for the Trojans, who lost in the NCAA championship game to crosstown rival UCLA after six straight championships. The game marked their record 10th straight appearance in the title game.“We’re probably the youngest team that he’s had in a really long time — we had eight or nine freshmen on the NCAA team,” Baron said of some of the team’s struggles last season. “We didn’t even have a month before we played our first game together, so now, having another year of experience playing together is definitely the biggest improvement we’ve had.”This was supposed to be a time of rebuilding, but the Trojans have continued to build on Vavic’s legacy.Vavic is a native of the former Yugoslavia, and earned his bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA in 1992. Vavic came to USC soon after his graduation in 1992 as an assistant coach, and then joined John Williams in 1995 as co-head coach before taking over full time in 1999 when Williams retired.In 1996, the coaching duo earned MPSF Coach of the Year honors after leading USC to the conference title. In 1998, both he and Williams were named Coach of the Year for guiding USC to its first ever national championship. Vavic was also head of the women’s water polo program when it transitioned from Division II in 1995 to Division I in 1996.Two years later, 1998 marked a record-breaking season for Vavic, who became the first water polo coach in history to win three national championships with three different teams. Vavic captured both the men’s and women’s national title, as well as earning the distinction with his men’s senior national club team.Vavic’s current team has nothing but respect for their head coach and appreciates the dedication he has for them as they strive to win him his 14th national title.“It’s well-deserved,” Baron said. “His accolades definitely prove why he got it.”Vavic and the men’s water polo team will jump back in the pool this Sunday on the road against the University of the Pacific.last_img read more

Walsh rides Rawnaq to victory in US Grand National

first_imgThe Clodovil E.B.F. Garnet Stakes has attracted a high quality field of 19 runners at Naas as the County Kildare track brings flat proceedings to a close for 2016 later.That gets udnerway at 4:55pm while the first Race goes to post at 2.05pm. The result means Walsh has now won Grand Nationals in seven different countries, having previously done so in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia and Japan.The Kinsale Handicap Chase is the feature race at Cork this afternoon.That goes to post at 3:25pm with the first race away at 1:50pm.last_img read more

Triggered Article 50 changes UK political betting dynamics

first_img Related Articles Scottish bookies warn of job losses without government support July 21, 2020 Having triggered Article 50 which begins the process of withdrawal from the European Union, the UK now enters an unprecedented cycle in its politics, with Brexit negotiations likely to dominate all political agenda and discussion.Following PM Theresa May’s official triggering of Article 50 on the 29 March, all bookmakers have updated their respective political markets as the Conservative government states that there will be ‘no return to the EU’.UK Political context  is now focused on whether the government can fulfill its 2-year negotiation mandate, and successfully extract the country from the EU with a functional deal with its biggest trading partner.Updating its political markets, William Hill has priced 2/7 (78% chance) that Britain will officially leave the EU in 2019. William Hill politics offer 9/2 that it will happen earlier, in 2018 or before, and 5/1 that it will take longer than expected, happening in 2020 or later.‘Although 2019 may look a shoo-in, this process has never happened before so there is every possibility it may be over surprisingly quickly, or negotiations may become  unexpectedly lengthily.’ commented William Hill politics spokesman Graham SharpeMeanwhile, competitor Betfair has chosen to focus on Brexit’s impact on the frosty relationship between Scotland and the UK.Betfair politics details that the chances of a Scottish independence referendum being held before 2019 are just 17% – down from 60% after the Brexit vote – according to the latest Betfair Exchange odds on the day Article 50 was delivered.The bookmaker notes that SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has made a convincing case for a second ‘IndyRef’ in recent months, pointing to the fact that the majority of Scots voted to Remain on June 23, and the Exchange made it a 4/6 chance in the wake of the vote.Naomi Totten, Spokesperson for Betfair commented on the market  “Now that Britain is committed to the process of leaving the EU, Nicola Sturgeon is pushing hard for another referendum to give Scottish people a chance to decide if it wants to be part of a post-Brexit Britain but the odds of another IndyRef occurring before 2019 have drifted and there’s now an 86% chance that Scotland will not get to decide on its future before 2019.” EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Submit BGC welcomes decision to reopen Scottish casinos July 31, 2020 Share Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

Metric Gaming secures $10 million series A funding US vision

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE: Partnering to produce full lifecycle potential July 1, 2020 Scientific Games leadership commits to salary cut to navigate COVID-19 headwinds March 31, 2020 Share BetConstruct offers support to land-based casinos amid COVID-19 pandemic March 18, 2020 Share Martin de Knijff – Metric GamingLas Vegas-based online sportsbook platform and real-time betting data services provider, Metric Gaming has confirmed that it has secured $10 million completing its ‘series A’ funding round.Founded in 2013 by an enterprise team led by Martin de Knijff, Metric Gaming seeks to become a leading developer of sports betting proprietary products and platform provisions, empowered by the use of fastest data, immersive engagement and seamless partner integration.Updating the market, Metric Gaming reveals that its series A was led by New York-based family investment fund RDA Ventures LLC.The series A funds will be used to help establish Metric Gaming as the go-to sportsbook platform and data services provider for the liberalised US sports betting market.Martin de Knijff, Metric Gaming founder and CEO, said: “This investment will accelerate Metric Gaming’s plans to capitalize on the substantial market opportunities arising as states across the U.S. continue to legalize sports betting.“Metric’s B2B value proposition – a turnkey, mobile-optimized solution that includes the transaction platform, front-end, trading, operations, risk management, product and unique content – is backed by pedigree and expertise built on both sides of the Atlantic, and will enable operators to quickly and efficiently capture market share.Backing the investment, David Broser, President of RDA Ventures, said: “The combination of Metric’s product suite, services and management talent made this an easy investment for us.“Metric is uniquely positioned as a sports betting B2B provider with advanced expertise that’s rare in the U.S., and we’re excited to be on the ground floor with such a compelling player in the nascent legalized U.S. market.”last_img read more

Official: Hearts of Oak sack Kim Grant

first_imgGhana Premier League side, Hearts of Oak, have official parted ways with head coach Kim Grant, the club has announced through twitter.Grant leaves after 12 months in charge of the 18 time Ghana Premier League Champions. Asstant coach, Edward Nii Odoom, has been installed as the substantive head coach with immediate effect.Grant, who was hired in December 2018, led the club to the semi finals of the NC Special Tier 1 competition before losing on penalties to rivals Asante Kotoko.But rumours of Grant’s uncertain future started to swell even before their uninspiring start to the 2019/20 GHPL season where they lost 1-0 at home to Berekum Chelsea.Issues regarding the authenticity of his UEFA Lincense A certificate and his recruitment direction reportedly led to his sacking.last_img read more

Sumner County Conservation District 73rd Bankers Award Dinner is Saturday, Feb. 13

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Browns’ Myles Garrett reinstated by NFL, eager to put Mason Rudolph helmet incident behind him

first_imgMORE: Complete list of suspensions, fines from the Steelers-Browns brawlGarrett, the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was told he would have to meet with the commissioner’s office prior to a decision being made over his reinstatement. Myles Garrett has been reinstated by the NFL and has rejoined the Browns’ active roster.The star defensive end was handed an indefinite suspension after removing Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and hitting him with it during a brawl in the fourth quarter of Cleveland’s 21-7 victory over Pittsburgh on Nov. 14. He missed the rest of a 2019 season that the Browns finished 6-10, a campaign that cost coach Freddie Kitchens and general manager John Dorsey their jobs. pic.twitter.com/6myfH4LMx8— Myles “Flash” Garrett ⚡️ (@MylesLGarrett) February 12, 2020After meeting with Roger Goodell on Monday in New York, Garrett will be able to link up with the team and join the Browns for offseason activities in April.”We welcome Myles back to our organization with open arms,” said Andrew Berry, the Browns’ executive vice-president of football operations and general manager. “We know he is grateful to be reinstated, eager to put the past behind him and continue to evolve and grow as a leader. We look forward to having his strong positive presence back as a team-mate, player and person in our community.”A Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro selection in 2018, Garrett has recorded 30.5 sacks in his three seasons in the league.last_img read more