Kompany eyes title charge

first_img “It’s maybe not always the amount of players that come, but I think that every top club in the world will be looking to add maybe two or three quality players to make the team just that little bit stronger, and if you don’t do it, then you are exposed to other teams becoming stronger. “It’s just nothing more than usual for us in the transfer window, and I’m hoping and confident that we will make the right signings. “I’m not too much into the specifics, but there are not so many top players and there are a few clubs who will probably be after the same players. “I think we have an attractive proposition here – we obviously have the facilities, we have the increased capacity of the stadium and everything we want to achieve in the future. But some clubs have got the history. “Players choose different things at times. You just can’t guess.” Many had expected City to be starting the new season without midfielder Yaya Toure, who had seemed set on a move away this summer. But after talks with the club hierarchy, the Ivory Coast international reaffirmed his commitment to City and on Tuesday he outlined his hopes for the new campaign. “I’m just really looking forward to next season and it feels great to be back,” he said on the club’s website. “I’m going to work as hard as I can in pre-season and we’re already looking forward to playing in front of our own fans again in six weeks or so.” The 32-year-old added: “I’m not the biggest fan of pre-season if I’m honest, but we all know we have to prepare well and eat properly so we’re good to go at the start of the season. “As for predictions, I don’t want to say we’ll do this or that – just that we have our targets and we want to make the fans and this club proud. Last season was disappointing by our own standards because we know we could have done better. “We are looking forward to welcoming some new players as well which will strengthen the team and together we want to achieve something really big this year. We are looking forward to bouncing back very strongly.” The Blues enjoyed a relative stroll to glory as they finished eight points ahead of nearest rivals City at the top of the table. As they returned for pre-season on Tuesday, Kompany and his team-mates had not forgotten the ease with which Chelsea de-throned them, and work to ensure there is no repeat this time around is now starting in earnest. The Belgium international told Sky Sports: “It was a disappointment for City, it was a disappointment for every single player at the club. “Obviously Kun [Sergio Aguero] and Joe Hart got some rewards, which still gave us a good feeling as well, but it shows what the club wants to achieve because we finished second, so there’s a lot of other clubs behind us still. “But Chelsea kind of ran away with it and it was too early, too easy, and we can’t afford that any more this season. “We have been competitive for the past four or five years now, so that won’t change. But we lost the league last year – and it happens. You can’t win every single year, the same as Chelsea two years ago – they didn’t win the league, we did. “But you want it to be a tight race and whenever we won it, it was always a tight race, so we’d like to be in there at least to the end, and if we have a really good season, we can maybe change the roles a little bit and just get to the end in a confident manner.” With the summer transfer market now in full swing, City, like their competitors, will be hoping to make key additions to strengthen a squad already packed with talent. They have been persistently linked with Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, Juventus star Paul Pogba and Wolfsburg’s Kevin de Bruyne among others, and while Kompany is confident they will reinforce Manuel Pellegrini’s armoury, he knows competition will be stiff. Asked about the transfer market, he said: “It’s the key to the success of any top club. Press Association Skipper Vincent Kompany has admitted Manchester City made it too easy for Chelsea to claim the Barclays Premier League title last season. last_img read more

“Non-Essential” Businesses in PB, Broward Counties to Close Friday

first_imgAll “non-essential” businesses in Palm Beach and Broward counties must shut as part of containing the coronavirus, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday afternoon.DeSantis has developed a plan to help the two counties craft orders to shut down those businesses by Friday.Among businesses considered essential are grocery stores, gas stations, day care facilities and pet supply stores. Non-essential businesses, like restaurants and retail stores, are required to close or convert to take-out only.The governor made the announcement while visiting a new drive-thru testing site at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines.As of Thursday evening, the state has 432 positive cases of coronavirus, with 29 in Palm Beach County, 96 in Broward County, and 101 in Miami-Dade County. That makes South Florida the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state. Officials increased Florida’s death toll to nine after a patient died in Duval County. They added there are no mandatory quarantine or isolation orders in the state at this time.The revised count includes one new case of the coronavirus in Indian River County.The state’s website says that patient is a woman, but it is unclear if the case is travel related.Earlier on Thursday, health officials confirmed the Treasure Coast’s first case of the virus in Martin County.UPDATED: Gov. DeSantis Touts Broward Testing Site; 432 Cases, 9 Deaths in Floridalast_img read more

Partial building collapse in Brickell injures several people

first_imgAuthorities in Miami are currently on the scene of a building collapse that left several people injured.The incident occurred on a construction site in the area of Brickell Avenue near 9th Street.Officials are reporting that they believe a cane was lifting a rebar when it snapped causing several concrete slabs to fall from the building and on to at least five people.The victims were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with various injuries.Authorities have shut down Brickell avenue between 8th and 9th street as the investigation continues.last_img

McCue: Bielema creating individual identity in firing Markuson

first_imgBret Bielema just launched a high-stakes experiment. When Wisconsin’s head coach decided to replace offensive line coach Mark Markuson after a rocky start, he showed unbridled confidence not only in himself, but also in new coach Bart Miller.A program swept by change over the last nine months, Bielema’s decision to replace Markuson – one of six assistants in their first year at Wisconsin – just added another hurdle for his team to jump as the Badgers attempt to bounce back from a befuddling loss to Oregon State. It could be a stroke of genius or a colossal failure, but this much is sure – the head coach is stepping onto a razor-thin, previously-untouched ledge.The man known for his conservative play-calling, the one who never seems to pull any surprise punches, just made one of the biggest moves of his (relatively) young coaching career. The head coach, who loves describing his team’s style as “not sexy,” tossed away his placid style with a bold move.One of the most interesting takeaways from Bielema’s press conference Monday was, as an assistant, he never understood why head coaches saved coaching changes for the end of the season. The reason is because most of them don’t want to create a sense of instability in a locker room full of college-age students juggling an already-taxing schedule in the middle of the season. And that makes Bielema’s move all the more audacious.The man replacing Markuson, who is a 25-year coaching veteran of the college ranks who most recently coached the offensive lines at Ole Miss and Arkansas, is not exactly the safe choice. Despite the high praise Wisconsin’s head coach lauded Bart Miller with, the biggest position he’s ever held at the collegiate level is graduate assistant.Bielema hit the panic button Sunday, and when he did, it sent an important signal throughout the program: Mediocre play is no longer accepted. Wisconsin’s much-discussed rise to becoming a national football power has taken annual expectations for this team to a new level, and it’s not clear the head coach recognizes that.When the lock-and-reload offensive line came to a grinding halt this year, Pasadena suddenly seemed like a runaway dream. Seasons like the 2008-09 campaign, in which the Badgers climbed inside the top 10, but finished 7-6, are no longer OK. Rebuilding years have faded away, a problem of the past. But note Bielema never fired any assistants in the middle of the year during that season, which included a run of four-straight Big Ten losses. Yet after back-to-back Rose Bowls that finally allowed Bielema to escape the towering shadow of Wisconsin football legend Barry Alvarez, he appears to have a newfound sense of confidence. In his seventh year, he is no longer the Big Ten’s youngster looking for a defining career achievement, Alvarez peering over his shoulder and observing his every move with a keen eye.But plenty of questions still surround Bielema’s decision to throw the inexperienced Miller into the front seat of a train running way off course. With less than a week to prepare for the Badgers’ next game against Utah State, he’s in charge of rallying together the most disappointing aspect of this team through the first two games. The carousel of All-Americans who define the history of offensive lines at Wisconsin looked below average in the too-close-for-comfort win against Northern Iowa. Against Oregon State, Montee Ball saw such little daylight that fans were left feeling sympathetic rather than disappointed in the 2011 Heisman finalist. This is Miller’s second year working with Wisconsin’s mammoth offensive line, but with the slightest of notice, he is now tasked with revamping a unit not resembling anything close to a group of Big Ten run-blockers in Corvallis. Monday, Bielema said Miller is “mature beyond his years,” but such traits can’t make up for a lack of experience.If the UW offensive linemen come out in similar form under the lights at Camp Randall this weekend, what will Miller’s message be in the sideline huddle mid-game? What past coaching experiences will he reflect on in that moment?I admire Bielema’s sense of urgency after watching his offensive line crumble like cellophane around quarterback Danny O’Brien in only his second game taking snaps from center Travis Frederick. He saw a pressing issue and is trying to solve it with a change of equal magnitude. It’s just difficult to believe the issues along the line will suddenly disappear when Miller takes the reigns for the first time this Saturday.The only testimony of Miller available comes from Bielema, who clearly believes he is the young, talented Bob Bostad prot?g? ready for the job. And he may be the long-term answer to filling the spot as offensive line coach on a team that lives and dies by the run – making it an especially important job. But he’s starting his career with a Badgers squad with Big Ten title aspirations that just dropped a very winnable game on the road.And the family issues Wisconsin’s head coach indicated played a role in Markuson’s departure look slightly overplayed after the recently-departed coach offered his own perspective on Sirius XM College Sports Nation. As reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jeff Potrykus, Markuson made it clear he was surprised when Bielema fired him Sunday.“I really thought we were making good progress,” Markuson said on the show. “In light of what has transpired, I still believe what I was teaching is the right thing to do.”Even in spring practice, offensive linemen did not hide the fact their new position coach had a much different style and new techniques. But it’s clear no one in this program – players and coaching staff included – saw this coming. Make no mistake, this is Bielema’s decision and his decision only. It will likely be a defining achievement – for better or for worse – of the head coach’s legacy. And Badger fans will soon find out if it was Markuson rather than player personnel that had this offensive line searching for its identity.Ian is a senior majoring in journalism. Do you think firing Markuson was the right move after the disaster in Corvallis? Let him know at imccue@badgerherald.com or on Twitter @imccue.last_img read more

Navan hosts a seven race card

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“Its high-time the rules in boxing changed”: MC Mary Kom

first_img 10 months ago Booker Prize awarded jointly to Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo LIVE TV “I still can’t believe it. Its like you hit a six and the umpire gives you out. The world saw. You saw. But the referee has all the power to hold & raise the loser’s hands up for a decision. And this was a clear cut foul play and cheating. I think, time has come relook the boxing points system and the criteria of giving points very closely. Its just becoming whims and fancies of the judges. How can this be allowed for so long? If this can happen with recognized and top boxers then just think what’s happening with the not so famous boxers?”, the eight-time world championship medallists said. FOLLOW US Session ID: 2020-09-09:f779795370776cb0bba29380 Player Element ID: video_player_5f5849427ee08 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Written By Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED COMMENT Suman Ray 10 months ago Booker Prize: How did the jury break rules in choosing 2019 winners 10 months ago “No rules” for BCCI Electoral Officer? Absent during nominations SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 16th October, 2019 10:30 IST “Its High-time The Rules In Boxing Changed”: MC Mary Kom Legendary Indian boxer MC Mary Kom called for an immediate overhaul in world boxing saying its high time to revise its “opaque” rules & points system. READ | NBA legend Larry Bird is the inspiration behind the Twitter logoCheating and conspiracy against India allegedEarlier, India’s two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has made strong allegations of “cheating and conspiracy” done against legendary boxer Marykom saying “intentional wrong decision was given by the referees against her. We have seen it earlier as well. It happened with top wrestlers and boxers in the past. I appeal to the World bodies to review this decision and earlier decisions.” Mary Kom still became the most decorated and successful boxer (men/women) in the history of World  Championship when she lost the semi-finals and clinched the bronze, though the result was anything but controversial. In a split verdict, Mary lost 1-4 to Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey in the semi-finals to clinch the bronze.READ | Eliud Kipchoge Nominated for IAAF Male Athlete of the Year awardDespite landing in more & clean punches, the judges differed in their opinion and finally, 1:4 decision was given in favour of her Turkish opponent. Mary Kom still made an appointment with the history and rewritten it by clinching the 8th World Championship medal. The Manipuri legend had targeted an unprecedented eighth final gold overall. India had raised a Yellow Card but as per AIBA’s instruction in a Team meeting this morning; it was informed that protests will be granted only if scores read 3:2/3:1. Our appeal to protest was hence turned down and the Yellow Card was not accepted by the technical committee. The result will stand the same; Mary Kom ends her campaign in the 2019 edition with a Bronze medal.READ | WC Silver is a tight slap on my detractors’ face: Manju RaniREAD | Mary Kom questions the fairness of AIBA tournaments WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Bangladesh Premier League 2019: T20 cricket tourney’s wacky rules! “I dont know what’s happening. The marginal points are always going against India and in this case it it was a one-sided show. I had comoletely dominated the bout. Its a clear cut conspiracy to prevent me from getting the 7th World title.” First Published: 16th October, 2019 10:30 IST 10 months ago ICC announces change in the Super Over rules to decide matches Citing the “horrible” decision against her in the semi-finals of World Boxing Championship when despite hitting “more & clean” punches she was “adjudged the loser”, the legendary MC Mary Kom called for an immediate overhaul in world boxing saying its high time to revise its “opaque” rules & points system.MC Mary Kom believes she dominated the bout WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

Brazil 2014: Kenpong off to Brazil for final Inspection

first_imgChief Executive Officer of Kenpong Travel and Tours (KT&T) Mr Kennedy Agyapong will be embarking on an official trip to Brazil this week for the final inspection of hotel accommodation and internal travel arrangements.  The trip, according to Mr Agyapong  is to firm up plans  already carried out by his outfit  regarding the Brazil 2014 World Cup.From Brazil, the former Asante Kotoko Director will move to  Glasgow to put finishing touches to the Commonwealth Games arrangements, Holland for the Holland-Ghana international friendly, USA for the Ghana-South Korea game and finally to  Canada for the U-20 female World Cup. He indicated that a two week grace period has been offered to prospective travelers to Brazil as a result of the mad rush for tickets from his outfit. “It has been good so far, we are almost through with all the documentation, but our doors are still opened for two more weeks to enable as many fans as possible to make it to Brazil and support the Black Stars.“This trip is to ensure that everything is complete before we fly our clients, so they should be rest assured that their safety and comfort is guaranteed, we want to deliver a first class package for our prestigious clients ” he said in an interview. Meanwhile, he has hinted that highlife legends- Daddy Lumba and Amakye Dede, who will be flying on his tickets are gearing up for the soccer festival saying “We are flying the two super stars to Brazil. This forms part of the company’s plans to provide quality entertainment to all those travelling with us.”The well travelled businessman has expressed sincere thanks to the government for granting his outfit the opportunity to airlift soccer fans for this year’s sporting events.last_img read more

Tuka Won Sixth Place in the Final on 800m and Set a New National Record of BiH

first_imgThe Bosnian athlete Amel Tuka won the sixth place in the final race at 800 meters at the European Championships in Athletics held in Zurich.Tuka ran the race in 1: 46.12,and set a new national record of Bosnia and Herzegovina in this category.The first place went to the Pole Adam Kcszot (1: 44.15), the second was his compatriot Artur Kuciapski (1: 44.89), while the third place went to Irishman Mark English (1: 45.03). (Source: Fena)last_img

Search warrant results in two drug arrests in Worth County

first_imgMANLY — Two people are under arrest on drug charges after Worth County officials execute a search warrant over the weekend.The Worth County Sheriff’s Department says they conducted a search warrant Saturday morning in rural Manly, where they say they allegedly found narcotics and drug paraphernalia. 61-year-old Mark Urbatsch of rural Manly and 45-year-old Holly Lowe of Northwood were charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.Both were booked into the Worth County Jail. The Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit assisted in the investigation.last_img

New No. 1 in Women’s Basketball as Week 14 Begins Tonight

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – After a pair of convincing top-tier wins last week, Lamar (15-6, 10-1 SLC) now holds sole possession of first place in the conference standings heading into tonight’s matchups. The Cardinals came out on top against Abilene Christian 77-71 last Wednesday before downing then-undefeated Stephen F. Austin 79-65 on Saturday.Lamar hosts Northwestern State (7-15, 2-9 SLC) tonight at 7 p.m. CT and squares off against Sam Houston State (4-16, 1-10 SLC) on the road Saturday at 3 p.m. Both matchups will broadcast on ESPN3.The Ladyjacks (17-4, 9-1 SLC) also have one loss with a game in hand behind Lamar. They host McNeese (10-11, 6-4 SLC) and Northwestern State this week.Central Arkansas (15-7, 8-3 SLC) and Abilene Christian (14-7, 8-3 SLC) are also in striking distance of the top two teams, both tied for third place in the Southland standings.The Sugar Bears are aiming to right the ship after dropping three of their last five matchups. They host Houston Baptist (6-14, 2-8 SLC) tonight at 7 p.m. in their lone game of the week.The Wildcats have also lost three of five and face Nicholls (9-12, 4-6 SLC) on the road tonight at 6 p.m. before hosting UIW (3-18, 2-8 SLC) on Saturday at 6 p.m. This Week’s Matchups Additional Storylines Cardinal Climb: After Lamar’s two wins to ascend to the top of the Southland leaderboard, the team also staked the highest RPI ranking of any Southland team at No. 103.Weekly Winners: Lamar has now won three straight Southland Conference Player of the Week awards with three different players, most recently with graduate post player Kiandra Bowers. The West Palm Beach, Fla., native registered back-to-back double doubles in last week’s pivotal wins over ACU and SFA.Wright Stuff: Abilene Christian sophomore Breanna Wright sank a career single-game high eight three-pointers in the Wildcats’ 77-71 loss to the Cardinals, including six in the first half.Lions’ Upset: Southeastern Louisiana took the two-time defending Southland champion Central Arkansas to double overtime, winning 78-70 last Saturday. It was the Lady Lions’ first win against the Sugar Bears since the 2012-13 season. Wednesday, Feb. 7 Abilene Christian at Nicholls* – 6 p.m.Houston Baptist at Central Arkansas* – 7 p.m.UIW at Southeastern La.* – 7 p.m.McNeese at Stephen F. Austin* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.Northwestern State at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.Sam Houston State at A&M-Corpus Christi* – 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 10 Houston Baptist at Nicholls* – 1 p.m.Southeastern La. at McNeese* – 1 p.m.UIW at Abilene Christian* – 2 p.m.New Orleans at A&M-Corpus Christi* (ESPN3) – 2 p.m.Lamar at Sam Houston State* (ESPN3) – 3 p.m.Northwestern State at Stephen F. Austin* (ESPN3) – 3:30 p.m.* Southland Conference gamelast_img read more