Foley makes Munster’s line-up for Edinburgh trip

first_imgFellow Tipp man Tommy O’Donnell – who has been released from the Ireland camp – is among the replacements.Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has made of eleven changes from the side which faced Racing 92 in the Champions Cup almost two weeks ago.last_img

Liverpool FC’s Daniel Sturridge charged with betting breach

first_img StumbleUpon Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Betway ends all football transfer markets June 17, 2020 Liverpool FC in agency dispute over £15m BetVictor sponsorship June 9, 2020 Submit Liverpool FC and England international striker Daniel Sturridge has been summoned by FA officials to explain alleged breaches of football’s code of conduct with regards to football betting, an activity strictly prohibited by FA rules.Sturridge (29) is alleged to have breached Rule E8 concerning FA registered professional athletes, managers, coaches, and club staff wagering on football matches, events or outcomes.Furthermore, Sturridge has been charged with alleged ‘passing of information’ to third parties on football-related markets, breaching FA Rule E8 attached 1B policy.Yesterday afternoon, Liverpool FC moved to support its athlete, releasing the following statement: “Daniel has given his full and unequivocal co-operation throughout this process and has assured the club he will continue to do so.“Daniel has also stated categorically that he has never gambled on football. As with any issue of this nature, we will allow the process to be concluded in its entirety before making any further comment.”The FA has given Sturridge until 6 pm on Tuesday 20 November to respond to the charges, which are reported to have taken place during January 2018.Sturridge becomes the highest profile English footballer to be accused of breaching FA betting rules since the much publicised disciplinary hearings of Joey Barton in 2017.The FA charged former Premier League player Barton with a five-month ban, following revelations that he had personally wagered on 1260 matches between March 2006 and May 2016.last_img read more

Philadelphia Fusion’s new president is Comcast CEO’s son

first_imgPhiladelphia Fusion, the Overwatch League franchise owned by Comcast, has found itself a new President in Tucker Roberts. As such Tucker becomes the third generation of the Roberts family to obtain a level of presidency in the Comcast Group – according to Esports Observer.Tucker Roberts, Philadelphia FusionThe Comcast Group is no stranger to sports with its subdivision Comcast Spectactor owning the NHL franchise Philadelphia Flyers, and it recently ventured into esports when it bought one of 12 available spots in the franchised Overwatch League by Blizzard Entertainment. The company worked in the gaming industry previous to this move when it paired with Activision to give XFINITY broadband users free access to a closed beta of Call of Duty: World War II.In an interview with The Inquirer, Tucker declared that esports is “the future of sport for millennials” and wanted to be part of the Overwatch League as soon as he heard Comcast Spectacor acquired one of the few lucrative spots.Tucker, and Comcast Spectacor, is behind just one of the 12 teams in the newly-formed league. Each of the other owners is subject to impressive financial backing or is a business owner themselves, such as OpTic Gaming being acquired by Texas Rangers co-owner Neil Leibman, and forming the franchise Houston Outlaws.Initially planning to make his way up in the world of finance, Tucker decided to explore technology, gaming, and entrepreneurship instead. He had previously interned at Activision Blizzard, which is coincidentally behind the Overwatch League. Tucker initially joined the Philadelphia Fusion as a Strategic Adviser in September 2017, managing its day-to-day proceedings, signing talent, and managing the brand itself.Philadelphia Fusion has just competed in the very first week of the Overwatch League, standing at a record of 1 win and 1 loss after facing the Houston Outlaws and London Spitfire respectively.Esports Insider says: The Overwatch League has only been running for a week and it’s already proving to be sufficiently entertaining, so there’s no better time to be a main player in one of the 12 in-demand spots. Good luck to Tucker and Philadelphia Fusion!last_img read more

Lincoln Riley may wait until after camp to name Sooners’ starting quarterback

first_imgFormer Alabama starter and graduate transfer Jalen Hurts remains the favorite to get the starting nod before the season begins in early September. But he enters camp with young talent in redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai and true freshman Spencer Rattler.Riley wants to see one of the signal-callers take command of the offense and the entire team, for that matter.He has already spoken highly of Hurts but is sticking to an age-old proverb when it comes to replacing former Sooner starters in Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield.”We’ve got an interesting dynamic in there with Jalen as an older, more experienced guy that’s been through a lot of battles, and we’ve got some very young, talented players in there with a chance to make a name for themselves,” Riley said previously. “It’s really, truly, ‘May the best man win.'”The coach definitely knows his stuff and has produced back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners (Mayfield, 2017; Murray, 2018). So, Riley will consider “feel” as well as how the players perform at camp. Lincoln Riley on Jalen Hurts starting at Oklahoma: ‘If he wins the job, then we’ll talk about that’ Lincoln Riley will take his time when it comes to naming the Sooners’ starting quarterback.In fact, Riley will even wait until after camp — even if he’d prefer to have it set in stone before then. Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks cleared in Title IX investigation, rejoins team, report says “It’s one of those things that when you know, you know,” Riley said Friday. “We evaluate stats, but it’s off a feel. It’s more than just the numbers. It’s the feel of the guy that’s gonna not only produce and play the best but also lead the best as well.”I’m not super experienced, but I’m experienced enough to know I’m darn sure not nailing it down right now. We’ll see how it unfolds.” “You get a lot more accurate snapshot of where these guys are really at, as camp unfolds,” Riley said during the school’s media day Friday. “I would prefer to (name a starter during camp) because then you’re able to get it out of the way, you’re able to start to focus your reps in on the starter and the team knows — everybody knows — and you can move on.”The third-year coach doesn’t want to rush the process, and has quite the competition playing for a spot under center. Related News NCAA changes transfer guidelines after increase in immediate eligibility waiverslast_img read more

Little Silver Helpers Support the Community

first_imgBy Allison Perrine Aside from the goodie bags, Little Silver Helpers has teamed up with local police to expand its “Code Red” system, which provides residents with emergency information. The Helpers went through voter records and identified the seniors in town who are age 80 or above. The volunteers then reached out to those individuals to see if they were registered with Code Red, if they had masks, or had other needs. They helped get about a quarter of the 80-plus population in town on the Code Red system. The article originally appeared in the July 16 – 22, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. That was one of the number one concerns for HABcore when the pandemic hit, Quinn said. “We were really concerned because when you don’t have this type of therapy for even a short period of time, it can make an additional challenge for these kids. It’s that much harder for them to recover, get back in the education mode.” “This amazing group came full-speed ahead and provided – with a really short period of time – an amazing boatload, literally, of gifts for these kids so they can have some joy,” and still receive the educational services they need, said Quinn. “It’s about all of us coming together to help the entire family.” HABcore also received several “major donations” and was able to provide laptops to these families so they could receive telehealth, said Quinn. Little Silver Helpers got involved with HABcore through Thygeson, a former part-time employee of the organization. She knew that since the group sometimes needed help before the pandemic, it could surely use some during this challenging time. From there, HABcore’s case management team provided a list of special needs children in the program along with three wish list items for each child and their siblings.  With the assistance of dozens of community members, the Helpers were able to complete each child’s wish list. HABcore case managers and staff delivered the goodie bags throughout the week. Gifts included educational toys, soft textured items, puzzles donated by Distinctive Toys in Fair Haven and more. HABcore provides permanent housing and support for people in need. As the pandemic hit, members recognized the challenges that would soon face special needs children in its program – especially with the disruption of in-home instruction. There are about 125 children in the program throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties and 40 of them have varying disabilities, according to Quinn. LITTLE SILVER – Knowing the COVID-19 pandemic would have greater impacts on certain community groups than others, three Little Silver women came together to form a grassroots group that could lend a hand. “This community right now with this whole pandemic, we’re never going to forget this time in our lives,” said Marta Quinn, senior director of development with HABcore. And that includes the families who have been aided by the Little Silver Helpers. “I’m just so impressed and I’m so pleased to be a part of this.” “What we initially thought was we wanted to help those who were on the frontlines of the pandemic, and at the same time we wanted to help the businesses in our town survive,” said McGagh. Spearheaded by Jennifer McGagh, Taryn Lenahan and Corinne Thygeson, Little Silver Helpers now has over 100 volunteers who help throughout the community. Their most recent effort aids special needs children in the Red Bank-based HABcore program. This week, volunteers with the Little Silver Helpers grassroots group delivered goodie bags to individuals with special needs in the HABcore program. Courtesy Little Silver Helpers That meant ordering food from different restaurants and delis in town and delivering meals to the hospitals and doctor’s offices. It also meant running errands for the elderly or those impacted by the novel coronavirus. As weeks went on, the women started taking donations and, as money came in, they were able to expand their services. While the original goal of the Helpers was to assist those in need during the pandemic, the organizers plan to continue it as long as they can. Even after the initial funds are depleted, the group wants people to know they’re still around and can be contacted if anyone needs help. Anyone interested in learning more about Little Silver Helpers, volunteering or donating can email LittleSilverHelpers@gmail.com, call 732-383-5017, Venmo @LittleSilver-Helpers or visit its Facebook page.last_img read more

That’s why they play the games — Thomson rink upset at Kootenay zones

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily On paper the Fred Thomson rink looked like one of the teams that would book a ticket to the B.C. Men’s Curling Championships.But when the final rock was played, it was Nelson’s Thomson, third Don Freschi of Trail, second Rob Norbert of Castlegar and Nelson lead Barry Marsh on the outside looking in at the Men’s Kootenay Curling Playdown this past weekend in the Bavarian City.Thomson lost to Tom Buchy of Kimberley in the first qualifier 9-7 Sunday before dropping the second qualifier 7-6 to Cranbrook’s Tom Shypitka.Both Buchy and Shypitka now represent the zone at the Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men’s Curling Championship Feb. 6-12, 2012 at the Parksville Curling Club.“We’re extremely disappointed,” Thomson told The Nelson Daily Tuesday. “We thought going in, as did most people, that (Tom) Buchy and our rink would be the two top teams.”Which is why the games are played.The Buchy rink proved to almost unstoppable on home ice. The Kimberley skip twice defeated Thomson, the latter coming in the first qualifier Sunday.Deuces, including the pivotal tenth end, in four ends proved to be enough to power Buchy to the two-rock win.“It was a war out there,” Thomson explained. “There were lots of good shots by both teams but in the tenth Tom played it really well, guarding (shot rock) with three or four guards.”“In the end I really didn’t even have a shot,” Thomson added.The loss dropped Thomson into the second qualifier against Shypitka.A mistake in the second opened the door for the Cranbrook skip to score four en route to the one-shot win.“We were up 2-0 and decided to go for the steal,” said Thomson. “We tried to freeze up to his rock but my shot never curled and they had a wide open hit for four.”“We made the decision as a team to go for it,” Thomson added. “Sometimes it works out great but when it doesn’t . . ..”There’s another shot at making the provincial meet coming January.However, Freschi has a previous engagement forcing the team to miss the regional final in Kelowna.“We knew going in we were not going to attend the back door playdown,” Thomson said.The backdoor open bonspiel determines the final four spots in the 16-team field.Already confirmed to be in Parksville are defending B.C. champ, Jim Cotter of Vernon and CTR leader Brent Pierce of New Westminster.Also advancing to the B.C.’s are former B.C. champ Shawn Geall, Buchy and Brian Windsor.EXTRA END: The Nelson rink of skip Brent Pihowich, third Nando Salviulo, second Jamie Tedesco and lead Greg Kinder finished 2-3 during the Kootenay zones. Pihowich lost to Thomson and Rob Ferguson of Trail. . . .The Ferguson rink lost to Tom Shypitka in the C Final. The Ferguson rink includes third Brian LeMoel, second Joey Ferguson and lead Justin Kitcher. . . . The Myron Nichol rink of Castlegar also finished 2-3 and was eliminated by Shypitka. The rink includes third Garry Beaudry of Nelson, second Stewart Higgins and lead Rob Babiarz. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo Praises Kidd, Says He Loves, Cares about Him as a Person

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo grew from a reed-thin, inexperienced teenager into one of the NBA’s dominant players under the tutelage of coach Jason Kidd, whom the Milwaukee Bucks fired earlier in the week with the team mired in mediocrity despite high expectations.Kidd’s abrupt and surprising dismissal Monday has taken an emotional toll on the All-Star forward, affectionately known as the “Greek Freak.”“He’s a big part of my success in the league,” Antetokounmpo said after Wednesday’s practice in his first public comments since the coaching change. “I’m loyal to the people I work with. I love him as a person. I care about him as a person.”Informed by Bucks’ management of the planned firing even before Kidd learned his fate, Antetokounmpo called his soon-to-be ex-coach to break the news.“It was one of the toughest calls I had to make,” he said. “We are going to miss him.”Joe Prunty, a member of Kidd’s staff, has been named interim coach for the remainder of the season. He directed the team to a 109-105 win over Phoenix on Monday, just hours after taking over the team.Kidd became Milwaukee’s coach a few months after a group led by co-owners Wes Edens and Mark Lasry bought the team in April 2014. The Bucks traded two future second-round draft picks to the Brooklyn Nets, where Kidd had been coach, as compensation. He inherited a team that won 15 games in 2013-14. Under Kidd, the Bucks had a regular-season record of 139-152.Milwaukee is 9-12 since going a season-high five games over .500 on Dec. 9.Asked whether he believed Kidd should have been fired, Antetokounmpo, who reportedly offered to go to the team’s owners to try to save Kidd’s job, said: “It’s in the front office’s hands. Whatever they can do to make this team a championship level team, it can happen. If it’s me being traded, or the coach being fired.”Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd talks with Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as he walks off the court during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Kidd is the second coach to be fired since the Bucks selected Antetokounmpo with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 draft. Antetokounpmo played one season under Larry Drew, who was dismissed in June 2014.“I was only 18,” Antetokoummpo said. “I didn’t even know how the NBA worked. (Kidd’s firing) hurts a little bit more because he was here for 3 1/2 years. He trusted me. He put the ball in my hands. He pushed me to be great.”Antetokounmpo is expected to return to action when the Bucks take on Brooklyn in Milwaukee on Friday. He sat out the past two games as he continues to manage chronic pain in his right knee.“I feel great. I’m ready to go,” he said. “I feel energized.”Prunty said his players “gave good energy” in the first full practice since he took the reins.“These are a tough few days,” Prunty said. “We need to focus on whether we are getting better.”The Bucks have said that Prunty will be considered for the permanent job after the season. The hire will be especially crucial as the Bucks prepare to move into a new arena.“It’s hard to talk about that aspect of it right now,” Prunty said. “This isn’t about me, especially under these circumstances.”Malcolm Brogdon, last season’s NBA Rookie of the Year, praised Prunty’s positive demeanor.“In times of struggle, we tend to pout and take our foot off the gas. We can’t do that,” Brogdon said. “He’s a good coach to have when we are going through those struggles.”—RICH ROVITO, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more