Everton are to unveil a plaque commemorating the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster ahead of Saturday’s derby meeting with Liverpool at Goodison Park. The unveiling will be held at the Park End Stand and conducted by Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group. Aspinall, whose son James was killed in the Sheffield tragedy on April 15, 1989, said: “This is a really lovely gesture from Everton, paying tribute to the 96 who lost their lives at Hillsborough. “I would like to thank Bill and everyone involved, not least the Everton fans who have provided great support to the families over the years.” Everton fan Stephen Kelly’s brother Michael was among those killed 26 years ago and, together with other Blues supporters, suggested the installation of the permanent tribute. He added on the club’s official website: “As an Evertonian who lost my brother at Hillsborough, I have always been grateful of the support from the blue side of the city. “I hope that when Evertonians look at this they will feel proud of the way we’ve supported our neighbours.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: “It is something we take a lot of pride in. “There has always been a real strong bond between the two teams over that tragedy and it is going to be a really important moment. “It is a tribute to the 96 who lost their lives and all the families who suffered the pain of that tragedy over the years. It will be great to see the two football clubs of the city together and showing their support. “The plaque is a tribute that is going to stand forever and we’ll always have it in the back of our minds – we’ll always be there supporting the Hillsborough families.” Press Association
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will leave this summer with his reputation secured as the best player in the club’s history but he admits that will count for nothing if he wants to return in an official capacity. The 34-year-old plays at Anfield for the final time on Saturday before his move to Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer but questions have already been asked about when he will be back. There is the potential for him to return on loan during Major League Soccer’s close-season but more likely is a role on the coaching staff once his playing days are over. “Getting to play under Kenny Dalglish, someone who I watched many tapes of and is my dad’s hero, was a wonderful experience as well. “Roy Hodgson’s time didn’t work out here but I’ve got a good relationship with him, more so with England of course. “Rafa Benitez, who we shared Istanbul with, tactically as a player he improved me so much. “I owe an awful lot to Gerard Houllier. He was almost like a father figure and I won my first three trophies under Gerard. “He gave me the captaincy at 23, which was a very bold thing to do at a club this size. “It’s difficult to pick one, or pick who I like the most, who I thought was the best, but as a whole I’ve been so lucky to work with so many.” Rodgers has left the door open for Gerrard to return but admits he does not know whether that will be in a playing capacity or in an off-field capacity. “I haven’t spoken about (a loan from Galaxy). It is something we will see how it pans out,” Rodgers said. “Steven has always made it clear, whatever capacity he will feel he can help the club, it is something he will look to do and if that is in a player perspective it is something we can look at another time. “If coaching is a route he wants to go down when he comes back from America it is something we will discuss in more detail. “I’ve brought former players back to work in different capacities and Steven is one I felt, when his time as a player was over here, he would certainly be someone I’d love to work with. “When I spoke to him it wasn’t something he was interested in, he was still focused on wanting to play every minute of every game, but when his time comes that will maybe open a door for the coming years.” He has already had conversations with chairman Tom Werner and manager Brendan Rodgers about his longer-term thinking but Gerrard, in keeping with the attitude he has had throughout his playing career, is only concerned with being able to make a difference. “I’ve certainly got ambitions to stay in the game, I’m currently taking my UEFA coaching badges and trying to progress up that ladder,” he said. “But I think to take a position or role at this football club first of all you have to be good enough. “You never take a role here on reputation or name; the demands and the expectations at this football club are so high I think you’d be very naive and stupid to take a role just because you’re Steven Gerrard or because you’ve had a good career on the pitch. “I think in a couple of years’ time, when I’ve come out of the city for a bit and reflected, if there’s a role on offer that I feel I can contribute in and I’m good enough for then I’ll certainly consider it. “I’ve been coming to this club since I’ve been eight years of age and I do feel as if I can contribute in some role in the future.” Gerrard has worked under a host of managers during his 17-year professional career and said he would hope to have learned something from all of them if the time came to move into coaching himself. “I’ve been very lucky to work with some fantastic managers over the years. With Brendan I’ve enjoyed the last three years with him and I almost wish I met him a lot earlier, when I was in the peak of my playing days,” he added. Press Association
EVEREST Masters of Guyana will host Central Trinidad on Sunday in a T20 fixture at the Everest ground. The one-off encounter is jointly sponsored by Trophy Stall and Professional Printing Services of Trinidad and Tobago and will commence at 13:00hrs.Former senior national players Rabindranauth Seeram, Lennox Cush and Rohan Sarjoo will spearhead the Everest Masters to be captained by Rajesh Singh and will include Sahadeo Hardaiow, Richard Sukhdeo, Basil Persaud, Saheed Mohamed, Imtiaz Sadik, Rakesh Gangaram, Ronald Jiasingh, Satyendra Khemraj, Sudesh Persaud and Johnny Azeez.Lennox Cush is best known and is the only regional cricketer to have claimed two hat-tricks during his career while Rabindranauth Seeram is remembered to have been an elegant middle-order batsman and former national coach.They will join forces with the aggressive Rohan Sarjoo and consistent run-getters Basil Persaud, Saheed Mohamed and Sahadeo Hardaiow in rolling back the years..Meanwhile, Central Trinidad will be led by Rajendra Mangalie and will include Narine Bidhesi, Shazan Babwah, Richard Ramkissoon, Avidesh Samaroo, Clifton Rajkumar, Amardoe Lutchman, Harrynaribe Nandaram, Mukesh Persad, Jodhan Manohar, Hermant Balkai, Navin Munroo, Abraham Sammy and Hafiz Mohamed. Lochan Bagraj will serve as the visitors’ manager. (Elroy Stephney)
FORMER West Indies off-spinner and coach Roger Harper is among four men chosen by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to be on the senior selection panel for the regional team.According to the Trinidad Guardian newspaper, Harper, a Guyanese, will be joined by the former Windward Islands batsman and selector Lockhart Sebastien, who was removed earlier this year before the new selection guidelines were being put in place.Sebastien reapplied and was chosen on the new panel. He was part of the Courtney Browne-led panel that included Eldine Baptiste and Travis Dowlin.Also making the grade as a senior selector are former Windwards batsman Miles Bascombe and Hendy Wallace, who served as chairman of the Barbados senior selection panel.The new panel will get to work very soon in choosing the West Indies team to tour India for the twin series against Afghanistan and India which gets going in November.Harper’s international career lasted 13 years, from 1983 to 1996, and he distinguished himself as a brilliant fielder. His Test bowling average of 28.06 is superior to that of Lance Gibbs, giving him the leading average among all West Indian spinners with at least 25 Test wickets.After his playing career he became a coach, taking over the West Indies team between 2000 and 2003 and also managing of the West Indies Youth team in 2005.However, he was approached by Cricket Kenya in late December 2005 with an offer to take over stewardship of the Kenya team. After this, he went on to coach the West Indies team.Bascombe is a Vincentian cricketer who played a single Twenty20 international for the West Indies in 2011. In West Indian domestic cricket, he has played for the Windward Islands and the Combined Campuses and Colleges.Sebastien, who is Dominican, was a West Indies cricketer for the Combined Islands and the Windward Islands in the 1970s and 1980s. He is the father of current Windward Islands cricketer Liam Sebastien.Wallace has been a longstanding member of the selection setup in Barbados and has worked a lot with young cricketers on the island, in addition to being a regional commentator. (Trinidad Guardian)
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Tributes have been pouring in for former Kerry captain, Declan O’Sullivan who has announced his retirement from inter-county football.The Dromid Pearses forward has put his decision down to niggling injuries, particularly to his knees.During an 11-year career with the Kingdom, O’Sullivan won five All Ireland medals and lifted Sam Maguire twice as captain in 2006 and 2007.
Leading the pack of invited clubs this year are menâ€™s defending champions and host club, Lagos Country Club, last year menâ€™s finalists Ikoyi Club 1938, Apapa Club, Lagos State Civil Service Club, University of Lagos Senior Staff Club, Eagle Club, Police College, Ikeja, 81 Division Nigerian Army and OTrafford Squash Club, Ikoyi while Shell Club, Port Harcourt, Ibadan Recreational Club, Obafemi Awolowo University Squash Club, Abeokuta Sports Club, NLNG Bonny Club, Yenagoa Club and Benin Club are all from outside Lagos.The tournament which is the biggest squash event in the Nigerian recreational clubâ€™s squash calendar will run from today till Tuesday, August 8 for LCC squash Section members while from Wednesday August 9 through Saturday August 12 is designated for invited clubs, with all finals taking place on Saturday.For 13 unbroken years, Shina Akinfenwaâ€™s Cargolux Merchant Express has bankrolled the squash tournament and six years ago expanded its scope to include under aged male and female categories to deepen interest in the sport among younger Nigerians.As has become characteristic of Cargolux over the years, the company has once again lined up exciting prizes for winners in all categories both in the open and closed tournaments. These include washing machines, home-theatres, standing fans as well as mouth watering take-homes in the form of cash for the under-19 male and female categories.Already, preparations are at fever pitch level at the Squash section of the Lagos Country Club as it gears up to host one of the largest gathering of squash players and aficionados. The Sectionâ€™s four playing courts are in top conditions while the players are busy putting touches to their skills in anticipation of tough challenges from invited players.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 13th edition of the Cargolux Merchant Express Squash Tournament is to serve off today at the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja with about 134 players expected to slug it out for individual and club prizes.The annual competition which is being sponsored by foremost Nigerian cargo company will feature three major categories. While members of Lagos Country Club will compete in a closed Tournament, the open competition will have three categories including men, veteran and under-19 male and female.16 clubs, including seven from outside Lagos, have been invited to participate in the open Tournament and will be represented by four player each in the menâ€™s and two each in the veteransâ€™ categories.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica-based Fly Jamaica Airways made all staff redundant on Sunday, March 31, saying the lack of planes to carry out operations has left it without any other alternative.In a March 29 letter signed by chairman and chief executive officer, Paul Ronald Reece, the airline, which has been trying to recover after one of its planes crash-landed at Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport in November 2018, said it wanted to thank employees for their “service, loyalty and dedication.No alternative“The Board of Directors of Fly Jamaica Airways regrets to inform you that due to our lack of aircraft and the impact that it has had on the Company’s financial position, we have no alternative but to make all employees redundant effective March 31, 2019,” Reece wrote in the letter.“It is with great sadness and remorse that we have arrived at this juncture. We were hoping for funding, but that has been slow in coming, therefore for the time being no other resource or options exist,” he added.Time requested to meet salary obligationsReece told the workers while the company is still committed to meet its financial obligations to them for the period “November 2018 to date, we ask that you allow us more time to do so”.Fly Jamaica Airways, which had direct flights between Guyana and Jamaica, was certified by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) in September 2012, and made its inaugural flight from Kingston to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in the United States on February 14, 2013.Four years later the airline was given permission by the Guyana government to begin direct flights between Guyana and Cuba. The airline also had flights to Toronto, Canada.On 9 November 2018, Fly Jamaica Airways Flight 256, made an emergency landing in Guyana, 45 minutes after take-off for Toronto.During the landing, the Boeing 757 aircraft with 118 passengers and eight crew members, overran the runway. The aircraft was severely damaged. One person is reported to have died later from her injuries.“If the Company’s circumstances change in the future and you are still interested in employment with the Company, you will be invited to apply for a position within the Company,” Reece wrote in his letter to staff.
Bruins’ David Pastrnak undergoes thumb procedure after fall Malkin gets punched. Swings his stick at Raffl.Match penalty. pic.twitter.com/5D3s4TUufS— hockeyfights (@hockeyfights) February 12, 2019The three-time All-Star will miss Pittsburgh’s game against the Oilers on Wednesday. His 56 points give him the team’s third highest total in 2018-19.Pittsburgh is 29-20-7 and enters play Tuesday in fourth place of the Metropolitan Division. Related News Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin has been suspended for one game for High-sticking Philadelphia’s Michael Raffl. https://t.co/ECTGHHVwIC— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) February 12, 2019“I’m not trying to hit his face. … I know it’s dirty, but I missed,” Malkin said about the play, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He just like dived and the referee give me five minutes. [He wasn’t] injured, not bleeding, nothing.”I don’t know why I’m not playing smart with five minutes left. I know it’s scary, but I didn’t touch his helmet or his shoulder. I gave them a five-minute power play. It’s my fault, for sure.” Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has been handed a one-game suspension for swinging his stick at Flyers winger Michael Raffl, the NHL announced Tuesday.Malkin, who had missed the team’s previous five games with a lower-body injury, was ejected from Pittsburgh’s 4-1 win Monday in the third period.
“It was pretty clear early on last night that our guys were fully motivated to end this in two games and not draw this series out.”“And full credit to the players for their effort because they played with an intensity level that was going to be tough for anybody to match,” he added.Goals by Marcus McCrea, Jackson Garrett and team captain Logan Proulx staked the Saints to the early lead in a period the home side outshot the visitors by a 20-6 margin.“That had been a theme for them in the playoffs,” Dubois said. “(TWU netminder Silas) Matthys had played in one of the pro leagues in Switzerland and he had stolen a couple games in the first round against SFU (Simon Fraser University) and had a couple of real strong games against us at the end of the regular season . . . a couple of games when he had 50-plus saves in narrow wins so getting up on him early set the tone.”Trinity Western cut the margin to 3-1 in the second as Blair Murphy snuck one past Chris Hurry in the Selkirk nets. The goal was the only blemish on another stellar night between the pipes for the Summerland native.But Connor McLaughlin regained the three-goal advantage, scoring on the power play for Selkirk.McLaughlin finished the playoffs tied for the points lead with teammate Cody Fidgett — each with six points — and also even with teammates Beau Taylor and Garrett for goal scored — each with four.In the third is was Garrett with his second of the game rounding out the scoring.Selkirk netminder Chris Hurry won for the fourth time this season, stopping 15 of 16 shots to secure the win as the Saints out shot the Spartans 40-16.“The final series last year against SFU was real tight,” said Dubois, working out the details with Selkirk College brass on his return for season three with the Saints.“This year you never want to say you had an easier time but we were luck to get ahead 3-0 in both games, and Trinity Western, a real good, hard-working team . . . by getting a couple of big leads we were able to dictate the play and make them to chase us a little bit and get the job done.”PLAYOFF BANTER: Speedster Cody Fidgett scored minutes into the overtime during game two in 2013 to power Selkirk to its inaugural BCIHL title with a 3-2 victory over Simon Fraser University at the NDCC Arena in Nelson. Saints swept the series 2-0. . . . The second BCIHL title in as many years moves Selkirk to within one of the championship won lead held by Simon Fraser University (2008, 2010 & 2011) and University of Victoria (2007, 2009 & 2012) — each with three titles. . . .Coach of Selkirk Jeff Dubois has already started recruiting for next seasons, landing the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season scoring champ Jamie Vlanich of the Nelson Leafs . . . . It’s been rumoured Carsen Willans, the Leafs leading scorer in the playoffs, is off to UVIC for next season. . . . The game attracted 768 fans to the Castlegar Rec Complex and 627 for Friday. There were no extra-time heroics needed this season for the Selkirk Saints in the 2014 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League Finals.For the second straight game the Saints scored early and often en route to a 5-1 victory over Trinity Western Spartans to sweep the best-of-three series 2-0 Saturday night at the Castlegar Rec Complex and repeat as BCIHL Champs.Selkirk won the opener 6-1 Friday.“We were lucky to have the core of last year’s team back who had gone through the experience of winning a championship,” a tired Saints head coach Jeff Dubois said this morning from his home in Castlegar.“So we had a lot of leaders and experienced guys who had seen the ups and downs of a season and those guys did the job for us for sure.”After opening the series with win Friday, Dubois said the coaching staff put the game in the hands of the players, explaining the consequences of letting a team like TWU back into the series.The Saints responded, scoring three times in the first period to take the early control of the contest.“It was going to be their choice in how our players came out, whether we were going to wrap it up quickly or win this the hard way,” Dubois explained.