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Win a Citizen watch by guessing time of first try at Premiership final

Win a Citizen watch by guessing time of first try at Premiership final

first_imgCelebrating being the Official Timekeeper of Premiership Rugby, Citizen are offering you the chance to win a Citizen Watch up to the value of £500.Simply click here to enter the competition before 2pm on the Saturday, June 1st.Citizen is a leader in advance technology and their flagship Eco-Drive collection is powered by any natural or artificial light source and never needs a battery change. With over 250 watches in the range, you’ll be sure to find the perfect watch for you.*A watch up to the value of £500 and subject to availability. Other terms and conditions apply see entry form for details.last_img

Louisville, UK men’s soccer set for showdown

Louisville, UK men’s soccer set for showdown

first_imgLouisville Cardinals' head soccer coach Ken Lolla, center, talks to his team following their 2-1 loss to UCMB. 30 November 2014Louisville Cardinals’ head soccer coach Ken Lolla, center, talks to his team following their 2-1 loss to UCMB. 30 November 2014The University of Louisville men’s soccer team hosts archrival Kentucky in a Tuesday match that is not only the Battle of the Bluegrass, but also a bout between two of the top squads in the country.U of L (2-1) entered the week as the 15th-ranked team in the nation, fresh off a 3-1 win over Stony Brook. Kentucky (2-0) received votes in the most recent NSCAA Coaches poll after posting home wins against Valparaiso and Wright State.The 7:30 p.m. match at U of L’s Lynn Stadium will be live-streamed on ESPN3.com, which is also accessible through the WatchESPN app.Tuesday’s showdown is one of four this month against the top-40 teams in the country for the Cards, who dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 16 Stanford last Monday. After hosting Kentucky, Louisville opens ACC play at Syracuse, another receiving-votes team, and also has games against 14th-ranked Saint Louis and Ohio State coming up.Louisville has won four of its last five matches against Kentucky. Tim Kubel, a sophomore this year, scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute of a 2-1 defeat of UK last season.The last time Kentucky came to Louisville, in 2012, the Wildcats claimed a 1-0 win at Cardinal Park.Single match tickets are available through the U of L ticket office. Reserved chairback tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth. Fans can purchase online through www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (502) 852-5151 or in-person at the U of L ticket office located at Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Tickets can also be purchased on match days at Lynn Stadium starting one hour prior to kickoff.last_img read more

Central United have daunting task

Central United have daunting task

first_imgCentral United are left with a difficult task of bringing Hekari United’s undefeated run to an abrupt halt as they meet in the final match of Round One (1) in the Kumul Petroleum NSL Southern Conference against competition heavy weights MRDC Hekari United tomorrow. After starting their campaign strongly in the early rounds, the Central village boys have had a mix run of sorts leading to the half way mark of the competition, having a win, draw and loss in their past three matches. The team is yet to find its rhythm especially having to try out different forward combinations. The rural boys from Central were recently boosted with the inclusion of Pacific Games athlete Karo Iga, who has so far found the net twice in his three previous outings, however, was kept at bay in the match against FC Bougainville, who eventually won 2-0 last Saturday. With the stakes much higher against the undefeated Hekari United, can the unpredictable Central United become the first team in the Southern Conference to inflict their first loss? This daunting task is now left in the hands of head coach Kila Babaka, who has a fair idea of the style of football Hekari plays. Babaka, who coached Kempa FC in its debut season in the 2018 NCD Public Servants Soccer Association to finish off runners up to FC Wantoks (Hekari development team) knows a thing or two about the opposition and he will plot to undo Hekari, coached by Solomon Islands duo of Jerry Allen and Jerry Sam, who are brothers. Babaka said it would take a whole team effort to shut down Hekari but he specifically hinted to pay close attention to the brothers pair of Kolu and Ati Kepo, both of whom have in the past been the difference playing against teams he has coached. The last time the two teams met was in mid January in a trial match which Hekari won 2-0. “We are definitely going to see some positional changes and new inclusion in our squad for this weekend’s game as we really need to improve given our last three matches,” the coach said. He is adamant that discipline and sticking to the game plan will bring the best out of his boys in this encounter. Team manager Kamo Kini is expecting Central United to lift for this weekend’s match. “It’s entirely in the hands of the players, who must execute well if we want to start winning again,” Kini said. “Our finishing has always concerned me so against a champion side like Hekari, our boys need to stay focused and do the basics right if we want to remain competitive, you never know, any thing is possible. We are positive.” He said star forward Iga, who left for Kimbe on Sunday to attend the national athletics championships, is expected to join the squad on the weekend, well before the match kicks off at 3pm tomorrow (Saturday). Hekari United on the other hand are aiming to keep their perfect run intact as Round One draws to a close this weekend.last_img read more

Sarri on fans, Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek and why a transfer ban wouldn’t worry him

Sarri on fans, Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek and why a transfer ban wouldn’t worry him

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook AdChoices广告On West Ham“I think they are really a very dangerous team because this season they were not able to have consistency but they have high quality.“So in a single match they can be very dangerous. It’s a difficult match. It’s a derby.”On his team selection“I have to consider that in this moment of the season we have played 51 matches. And in the last part of the season I want 20 players completely involved in our targets.”On whether Callum Hudson-Odoi will play“I don’t know. I have to decide who is going to play against West Ham and who is going to play against Slavia Prague.”On whether Ruben Loftus-Cheek has improved“Yes. A lot. Especially tactically. Now he is tactically a very good midfielder. At the beginning of the season he was a very offensive midfielder. Now he is complete I think.”On whether Loftus-Cheek will keep his place“Maybe, but we need to check every day the condition of the back. This morning he had only a recovery session because he needs time to recover after the match.On whether Loftus-Cheek’s back issue is a cause for alarm“No, I don’t think so. It’s a problem of course but I think our doctor is able to take control of the situation.”On Gonzalo Higuain“I think he has to improve. He has to improve physically and mentally.“But I think he will be able to be a very useful for us in the last part of the season.“It’s not easy in the first months to play in the Premier League. It was a problem also for Suarez at Liverpool – he scored only three goals but in the second season he scored 24 goals.“It’s not easy for a striker, especially for a striker to play immediately well in the Premier League.“He needs time to improve his physical condition and needs time to be suitable for the Premier League.“But I believe he will be able to do it. In the meantime we are lucky because we have Giroud. We have to play every three days and so we need both.”On whether Chelsea should buy Higuain“Yes of course. But it depends on the club and it depends on Juventus. The situation is not clear at the moment.”On the prospect of a transfer ban“I am really very confident with my players. We have a lot of young players who are very good and are improving. If they improve we will be able to be a better team in the future.“So I am not worried about the market. I am confident in my players.”On whether Chelsea must win every game to finish in the top four“No, because I think the last part of the season will be really difficult for every team. So we have only to fight and only to think about our matches. I think we have to fight until the last minutes of the last match but without looking at the results of the other matches.“Of course we are not able to win every match but we try, home and away.“We have some very difficult matches in the last part of the season, especially away, but we have only to do our best and play every match to win. Then we will see.”On whether Chelsea need a new stadium like Tottenham, West Ham and Arsenal“I don’t know. Probably yes, but I like Stamford Bridge very much because the atmosphere is very good. The people are very close to the pitch and I like it very much.”On the fans against Brighton“I was really very happy with the atmosphere in the last match at Stamford Bridge because our fans helped our players for 90 minutes.” Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri spoke about a number of issues at a media conference ahead of the game against West Ham. Here’s some of what the Italian had to say.last_img read more

Lampard press conference: boss on Chelsea win, Kepa and Willian’s futures, Kante and more

Lampard press conference: boss on Chelsea win, Kepa and Willian’s futures, Kante and more

first_imgLive updates as Chelsea boss Frank Lampard speaks at his post-match press conference after his side sealed a Champions League spot by beating Wolves at Stamford Bridge.  Lampard press conference: Chelsea boss on Kante, Kovacic & Gilmour injuries, transfer news and more Lampard news conference. by shareaholic “We try to be as defensively good as we can be, of course. There are lots of mitigating circumstances, (but) we’ve conceded too many goals. I’m very aware of that. Lampard press conference: Boss on Chelsea win, Werner & Havertz debuts, possible signings and more Brighton v Chelsea: live updates. Live26/07/2020 6:58 pmThat’s all from Frank Lampard, who confirmed that Pedro has made his final appearance for Chelsea. It’s been a good day for the Blues, who sealed their Champions League place. Thanks for joining us.26/07/2020 6:56 pmThere is praise too for Pedro, who was brought on as a substitute. Lampard says he has played his final match for the club and pays tribute to the special role he has had.Willian, incidentally, didn’t play because of an injury, while N’Golo Kante was again out with a hamstring problem and it is unclear whether they will be involved in the cup final.26/07/2020 6:55 pmLampard also thanks Chelsea fans, who of course have not been able to attend matches.26/07/2020 6:55 pmThere is praise for Azpilicueta. Lampard says the defender is the “epitome” of Chelsea and easy to manage.26/07/2020 6:53 pmLampard is asked about his reflections on his first season as Chelsea boss. He says his year at Derby convinced him management was the right career path for him and says he has been determined to deliver at Chelsea, where the pressure to win games is big.26/07/2020 6:51 pmLampard praises Giroud for his performances and mentality. Says he is pleased for the striker.26/07/2020 6:50 pmLampard is asked about possible transfer business. He says he doesn’t want to talk about it now and there will be conversations to be had after the FA Cup final.26/07/2020 6:49 pmLampard says he is proud to have secured a Champions League spot but says it’s a team effort and also acknowledges that Chelsea have been inconsistent.26/07/2020 6:48 pmOn the decision to drop Kepa, Lampard says it has been a difficult time for the keeper and Caballero deserved to play based on his performance against Manchester United. However, he insists Chelsea’s poor defensive record this season isn’t simply down to Kepa.26/07/2020 6:46 pmLampard adds that this is “just the start” for Mount and that the youngster will get even better.26/07/2020 6:46 pmLampard is asked what new signing Timo Werner, who watched from the stands, would have made of the game. He says the German saw a team with spirit. Lampard also praises Mason Mount for his excellent display.26/07/2020 6:43 pmLampard has arrived.26/07/2020 6:32 pmWe’re waiting for Frank Lampard, who should be here very shortly. Live updates to follow.26/07/2020 6:22 pmHow we rated the playersWhile we wait for Frank Lampard, who should arrive shortly, click here for our player ratings. 26/07/2020 6:18 pmLampard is bound to be asked about Kepa, whose omission will of course fuel speculation that the keeper will be offloaded this summer. And then there’s Willian. He wasn’t involved today and his contract is of course about to expire. Has he made his final appearance in a Chelsea shirt? Embed from Getty Images26/07/2020 6:13 pmLampard press conference Lampard news conference: Chelsea boss on injury news, players’ futures, transfers and more Lampard news conference, Lampard news conference: Chelsea boss on injury news, players’ futures, transfers and more Lampard press conference: Chelsea boss on crushing Man Utd, Pulisic injury and more Chelsea v Manchester United. . Elsewhere on West London Sport: Lampard press conference: Boss on Chelsea win, Werner & Havertz debuts, possible signings and more Lampard press conference: Boss on Chelsea win, his team selection, players’ futures and more Live updates as Chelsea boss Frank Lampard speaks at a press conference after his side’s win against Norwich at Stamford It’s been a good day for Chelsea, who sealed their Champions League place for next season with a 2-0 win over Wolves at Stamford Bridge. We’re waiting for Blues boss Frank Lampard to give his reaction in his post-match press conference – via video. Live updates to follow.26/07/2020 5:57 pmFINAL SCORE: CHELSEA 2 WOLVES 0That’s it and it’s mission accomplished for Frank Lampard, who has secured a Champions League place in his first season as Chelsea boss. Lampard’s reaction next. Stay with us.26/07/2020 5:54 pmWe’re well into injury time here and Abraham has an effort saved.26/07/2020 5:49 pmBarkley onAnother Chelsea change as Barkley comes on for Jorginho. Two minutes left.26/07/2020 5:47 pmPedro onSix minutes left and Pedro is brought on for his Premier League farewell. The Spaniard, who is joining Roma, replaces Mount, while Loftus-Cheek comes on for Kovacic.26/07/2020 5:45 pmWe’re gong to see Pedro.26/07/2020 5:42 pmWe’re into the final 10 minutes.26/07/2020 5:40 pmMount with a shot well wide. Not his best strike by any means, but he’s impressed again today.26/07/2020 5:39 pmDouble Chelsea changeTwelve minutes left and Abraham and Hudson-Odoi are on for Giroud and Pulisic.26/07/2020 5:31 pmWe’ve restarted after the second-half drinks break – and Kovacic once again helps out Alonso by blocking off Traore.26/07/2020 5:28 pmA bustling run by Traore down the right is calmly dealt with by Kovacic, who has been excellent today.Embed from Getty Images26/07/2020 5:26 pmChelsea coasting at the moment as that Champions League spot gets closer by the minute.26/07/2020 5:20 pmWolves changesA triple substitution by the visitors: Vinagre, Podence and Moutinho on for Doherty, Neves and Jonny.26/07/2020 5:19 pmCaballero is called into action. He’s down quickly to save Jota’s low shot.26/07/2020 5:15 pmWhat a first season in the Chelsea side it’s been for Mount, who has been in fine form in recent games and has scored one and made one today. It’ll be interesting to see how the youngster fares in an improved Chelsea squad next season.Embed from Getty Images26/07/2020 5:06 pmThe second half is under way and Wolves have made a change, with Traore replacing Neto.26/07/2020 4:52 pmHALF-TIME: CHELSEA 2 WOLVES 0What an end to the first half and it leaves Chelsea on the cusp of that Champions League qualification. Mason Mount is the man of the moment, scoring the opener and then setting up Giroud for the second.26/07/2020 4:49 pmGOAL: CHELSEA 2 WOLVES 0 (Giroud, 45 mins)Two goals in first-half injury time put Chelsea in control! They break after a Wolves attack and after good work by Pulisic, Mount plays the ball through to Giroud and the striker gets past the keeper before applying the finish.26/07/2020 4:46 pmGOAL: CHELSEA 1 WOLVES 0 (Mount, 45 mins)Brilliant from Mount, who whips a free-kick into the net from 25 yards out. Wolves are unhappy because the free-kick was awarded for a foul by Neto on Alonso when there didn’t seem to be much, if any, real contact. Chelsea don’t care though – it’s a massive step towards a Champions League place.26/07/2020 4:44 pmScare for Chelsea as Neto’s seemingly mis-hit cross the left has to be clawed away by a stretching Caballero.26/07/2020 4:42 pmA few minutes to half-time and Chelsea are beginning to find some rhythm.26/07/2020 4:40 pmCHANCE!First real chance and it falls to Giroud but the Frenchman heads over from Mount’s right-wing cross.26/07/2020 4:39 pmThis time Pulisic does evade Wolves defenders. He finds some space and lays the ball left to Alonso, whose shot is blocked by Boly.26/07/2020 4:37 pmPulisic is crowded out and dispossessed near the halfway line, summing up a frustrating first half so far for the American. Wolves have worked hard to contain him and it’s paying off.26/07/2020 4:34 pmJiminez is carrying on. Play restarts.26/07/2020 4:34 pmPlay’s been delayed after a clash of heads between Zouma and Jiminez. The Chelsea man seems OK but Jiminez is still down and looks groggy.26/07/2020 4:30 pmHalf an hour gone and it’s been a scrappy one. Chelsea with plenty possession but Wolves standing firm.Embed from Getty Images26/07/2020 4:27 pmPlay has restarted and Wolves continue to play with a real intensity. As it stands, Chelsea will get the point they need for a Champions League spot.26/07/2020 4:26 pmDrinks break. Midway through the first half and Wolves will be pleased with their efforts so far. Chelsea are trying to get Pulisic into the game but the visitors have dealt with him well up to now.Embed from Getty Images26/07/2020 4:23 pmChelsea counter-attack after brilliant work by Kovacic, who races to nudge Jota off the ball after the Wolves man beats Azpilicueta. But an over-hit ball by Pulisic sees the move break down.26/07/2020 4:15 pmZouma blocks a shot from Jiminez as Wolves threaten at the other end.26/07/2020 4:13 pmFirst attempt on goal from Chelsea – James sends a glancing header well wide from Mount’s left-wing free-kick.26/07/2020 4:10 pmNo clear-cut chances in the opening 10 minutes. Wolves look well organised and determined to stop the supply to Olivier Giroud.Embed from Getty Images26/07/2020 4:07 pmEven start. Wolves are clearly up for this – they’re very quick to close down and eager to get forward in the opening stages.26/07/2020 4:00 pmAnd we’re off – with Chelsea needing a point to guarantee that Champions League spot.26/07/2020 3:56 pmThe teams are out at the Bridge and we’ll be under way very soon.26/07/2020 3:54 pmRedknapp: Lampard wants new keeperFormer England midfielder Jamie Redkapp has been speaking on Sky about Frank Lampard’s dropping of Kepa and has no doubt his cousin wants to sign a new keeper this summer. “Kepa has conceded a lot of goals and doesn’t make enough saves,” Redknapp said.”Caballero probably deserves the opportunity. He has never really let Frank down. It is a huge game for the club.”I am sure Frank will be looking in pre-season trying to bring a goalkeeper in.”You don’t do that to your number one keeper. If you are sure about your keeper he starts every game, especially a game of this magnitude.”He feels that he is not the right man, not in form and doesn’t make enough big saves.”If there is someone available in the summer I have no doubt Frank will be trying to bring him in. Kepa hasn’t been a success. There might be difficult times ahead.”26/07/2020 3:32 pmLampard explains Kepa decisionFrank Lampard to Sky Sports: “Kepa has had some difficult times so I am playing Willy (Caballero).”Lampard added that Willian has an injury but that Christian Pulisic would have started in any case.26/07/2020 3:00 pmKepa dropped and no Kante – but Pulisic startsKepa Arrizabalaga has been dropped for Chelsea’s crucial final league game of the season.The Spaniard, who attracted more criticism after the 5-3 defeat at Liverpool, has been replaced in goal by Willy Caballero.N’Golo Kante is again absent from the matchday squad – Chelsea were hoping he would return after a hamstring problem.But Christian Pulisic, superb after coming on as a substitute at Liverpool, is back in the starting line-up.Chelsea: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Pulisic, Giroud, Mount.Subs: Kepa, Christensen, Emerson, Tomori, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham.Wolves: Patricio, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Neves, Dendoncker, Jonny, Neto, Jimenez, Jota.Subs: Ruddy, Kilman, Buur, Vinagre, Jordao, Gibbs-White, Moutinho, Traore, Podence.26/07/2020 2:52 pmLine-ups imminentWe’ll have the teams very shortly. Stand by.26/07/2020 2:44 pm26/07/2020 2:42 pmWolves chasing big prize tooWhile this is a huge game for Chelsea for obvious reasons, their opponents have plenty to play for as well. A win for Wolves today would clinch a sixth-place finish – their best since 1979-80.26/07/2020 2:28 pmSpeaking of that Lampard press conference, here it is in full…26/07/2020 2:27 pmWolves due ‘full respect’ – LampardEmbed from Getty ImagesLampard also spoke at that press conference about his respect for Wolves and the job manager Nuno Espírito Santo has done in charge of the West Midlands club.Lampard said: “He’s done an incredible job. They’ve built up with an idea and over a few years they’ve added players at the right time.“Their manager comes across with a really great sense of humility, work ethic and talent.“It’s an all-round great story for them and that’s why it’ll be a hard game.“They’ve got real talent, a huge amount of threats and a real identity to how they play their football.“Whatever happens with the game, full respect for the year they’ve had.”26/07/2020 2:22 pmKepa in the spotlightChelsea will certainly need to defend better than they did at Liverpool last time out – and indeed for much of the season.Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizablaga attracted more criticism after his poor performance in the 5-3 defeat at Anfield and speculation continues over the Spaniard’s future, with Chelsea tipped to look to offload him. Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Lampard refused to address criticism of Kepa from pundits and, as usual, spoke about collective responsibility for Chelsea’s poor defensive record.Lampard said: “I don’t want to comment on other peoples’ comments about the players.“That’s their opinions and they’re very well positioned to have their opinions.“I have to work behind the scenes with every position in the team, so my only thought now is how well we can approach the two games in front of us domestically and then the one against Bayern Munich. Lampard press conference: Chelsea boss on Liverpool, injury news, transfers and more “I feel like I know a lot of the reasons why and we need to keep that working to make sure we get that down when we look at the important games ahead of us and look ahead to next season and onwards.”26/07/2020 2:13 pmKante could return for BluesN’Golo Kante could return to action today after a hamstring problem. He trained with the rest of the Chelsea squad on Friday and the plan was to assess him to see if he is fit enough to play. Has the Frenchman been included in the starting line-up? We’ll soon be able to let you know.Boss Frank Lampard said on Friday: “There’s a possibility he will feature. He trained this morning for the first time at what I would call a match pace, so there’s every chance N’Golo could be involved.“I’m talking with him and talking with the medical team to see whether he’s ready to start.”26/07/2020 1:58 pmBig day for ChelseaChelsea face a huge game today at Stamford Bridge, where a point would guarantee the top-four finish they need for a Champions League spot next season. We’ll have live updates before, during and after the match. Lampard press conference: Chelsea boss on crushing Man Utd, Pulisic injury and more Lampard press conference: Chelsea boss on Liverpool, injury news, transfers and more Lampard press conference. Lampard press conference: Chelsea boss on Kante, Kovacic & Gilmour injuries, transfer news and more Lampard press conference: Boss on Chelsea win, his team selection, players’ futures and more “I don’t want to get too far ahead of that and that goes for any player in the team, not just Kepa.It’s always crucial to try and keep clean sheets and of course at the weekend that would mean that we’d get the result we want to finish within the top four.last_img read more

Official: Barcelona fire Setien – Football World – Spain

Official: Barcelona fire Setien – Football World – Spain

first_imgBarcelona’s management has made the logical decision to release coach Kike Setien after the infamous 2: 8 loss to Bayern Munich on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.It is not yet clear who will lead the team, but the favorite is the national team of the Netherlands and former player of the club Ronald Koeman.Setien spent just eight months in the Catalan Grand Prix after taking over the first team on January 14, but the defeat against Athletic Bilbao for the Copa del Rey, the missed title in Spain after the resumption of the championship and the collapse against Bayern two days ago forced the bosses to decide his dismissal.❗ Quique Setién no longer first team coach.The new coach will be announced in the coming days as part of a wide ranging restructuring of the first team.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 17, 2020 Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of Gong.bg. You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.last_img read more

F1 Team-mate Comparisons Part Two: Who’s Ahead At The Summer Break?

F1 Team-mate Comparisons Part Two: Who’s Ahead At The Summer Break?

first_imgWith Formula One currently on ‘summer break’, teams and drivers have the chance to relax, recharge, take stock of the season so far, and figure out how to come back stronger after the unofficial halftime of the 2018 season.A clearer picture is starting to emerge between this season’s team-mates; which drivers are currently winning their battles, which ones are fighting back from a poor start to the season, and how do these outcomes compare to start of the season predictions?FerrariLeading Driver: VettelA combination of qualifying errors, pit stop problems and mechanical issues prevented Kimi Raikkonen from being closer to his championship-challenging team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the first six races of the season.His pace since then hasn’t been enough to challenge Vettel in qualifying, a battle he trails 5-1, but with no in-race reliability issues to contend with, he managed to take five podiums from six races, despite not winning a race.The race record is three races apiece, with Vettel ahead on points (93 to 86) over the six races mostly thanks to his two victories at the Canadian and British Grands Prix, and despite his retirement from the German Grand Prix.Raikkonen hasn’t been helped by the fact that he’s running the older-specification power unit, but updated Ferrari power units – due to be assigned to the Ferrari works team after the summer break – may help the Finn edge ahead in qualifying slightly more frequently than he has been doing.It may not be long before Raikkonen is officially called on to play second fiddle to Vettel, but the target for Raikkonen must be to get himself into more positions where the ‘move over’ call has to be made, as opposed to being behind regardless.Vettel, meanwhile, will be keen to avoid the mistakes which have beset his mid-season. Added to the error whilst in the lead of the German Grand Prix, he was to blame for the collision with Bottas at Paul Ricard, and he hampered his Austrian Grand Prix chances by receiving a penalty for blocking Renault’s Carlos Sainz in qualifying.WilliamsLeading Driver: Lance StrollThe 2018 season has remained a difficult one for Williams – almost a complete write-off for them.They’re at the foot of the standings and 14 points adrift of their nearest competitor (Sauber), who seem to have only become more competitive as the season has progressed, thanks to investment and technical support from Ferrari.With the team having to go ‘back to the drawing board’ to undo the difficult characteristics of the car, it seems their only chances of taking anything other than tenth place in the constructors’ championship would be in a race of bizarre circumstances, preferably for them at a track with increased power unit importance, as was the case in Baku where Lance Stroll took P8, their only points of the year.Over the last six races, their qualifying record is 3-3, albeit with Stroll progressing into Q2 twice, and and Sergey Sirotkin once.In the races, things appear to have favoured Stroll, but it’s been difficult to have to many direct comparisons between the two drivers. Starting as far back as they do, they’re open to variables such as first lap incidents and split pit strategies.Stroll was out of his home Grand Prix after a collision on lap one, in France he narrowly lead Sirotkin before his tyre failed in the closing stages of the race, and he finished ahead of Sirotkin in Austria, but the two had different tyre strategies.Stroll again finished ahead in Silverstone after the two ran almost mirror-image strategies, and was ahead at Hockenheim before both cars pitted for intermediates and retired with mechanical troubles shortly after.The Hungarian Grand Prix was already compromised by a pit lane start for Stroll. He gradually caught up to Sirotkin over the course of the race, but was unable to pass his Russian team-mate despite having faster, fresher tyres.Things look very difficult for Williams going forward, with Martini set to leave at the end of the season and Stroll looking around at other opportunities including Force India.SauberLeading Driver: LeclercWhilst the battle at Sauber looked much closer at the start of the season, rookie driver Charles Leclerc has started to put real daylight between himself and Marcus Ericsson.Leclerc has given Sauber their first Q3 appearance since the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix, a feat which he has now achieved three times this year, and led the team’s first double-points finish since the 2015 Chinese Grand Prix.The qualifying battle since Monaco has been 5-1 to Leclerc, and the head-to-head only gets slightly easier for Ericsson, who can only really claim to have beaten his team-mate at the German Grand Prix, where his tyre calls in the adverse weather prevailed whilst Leclerc pirouetted at turn one.The only question mark remains over Hungarian Grand Prix. Ericsson qualified ahead, but both got into tangles at turn one and probably would’ve only been battling for 13th at best.Leclerc has really caught the eye this season and was being tipped for a move to Ferrari for 2019. That was before Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne suddenly passed away.Raikkonen has strong support from team principal Maurizio Arrivabene and now it will be a case of whose voice carries the strongest in the new structure at Ferrari as to whether Leclerc gets a promotion or where Raikkonen will get to approach 40 as an F1 driver.Relatedlast_img read more

Cole collects Tri-State Modified win

Cole collects Tri-State Modified win

first_imgBy Rob NugentPOCOLA, Okla. (April 23) – Tate Cole took home the Friday night Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified win again at Tri-State Speedway as hard-charging William Gould and Johnny Bone Jr. battled it out for second and third.Aaron Scroggins took the IMCA SportMod win over Steve Little and Caden Ellis.last_img

‘The Voice’ recap: The battle rounds continue with Adam Levine stealing an artist from Alicia Keys

‘The Voice’ recap: The battle rounds continue with Adam Levine stealing an artist from Alicia Keys

first_imgTyler Golden/NBC(Hollywood) — The battle rounds continued Tuesday night on The Voice, as teammates from Adam Levine, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson’s teams went head-to-head for the right to advance to the next stage in the competition, a night that also saw Adam win a two-way fight with Kelly to steal one of Alicia’s artists.Each coach enlisted the help of a guest adviser during rehearsals: Julia Michaels for Team Adam; Trace Adkins for Team Blake Shelton; Shawn Mendes for Team Alicia; and Hailee Steinfeld for Team Kelly.Here are the highlights of Tuesday night’s show:The evening kicked off with Amber Sauer and Jorge Eduardo, representing Team Kelly, facing off against each other on “Starving,” a song by her advisor, Hailee Steinfeld. Eduardo gained the upper hand in Kelly’s mind by suggesting they throw a little Spanish into the song, and he has “a killer voice.” But Amber has “sass for days,” she added. The victory, according to Kelly, would go to the artist who was able to “stand out a little more than the other.” That person, in Kelly’s mind, was Jorge, who advances to the knockout rounds. Amber was sent home.Next up, for Team Adam, was Davison dueling with Reid Umstattd on Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain.” Each artist had his own obstacles to overcome, Adam noted during rehearsals — Davison with his overall confidence and Reid, the confidence to tackle a song that wasn’t in his wheelhouse. Ultimately, it was Umstattd’s ability to rise to the challenge that led Adam to declare him the winner. Reid advances to the knockouts, while Davison’s time on the show came to an end.Alicia paired Jordyn Simone and Kelsea Johnson for the night’s final battle — En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go.” Keys’ advisor Shawn Mendes, addressing the camera, said 17-year-old Jordyn had the confidence of a “full-grown woman,” while Kelsea was a “megastar.” The winner of the battle, Alicia, told them, would be the artist who evolved the most up to this point. Keys gave the edge to Kelsea, who moves on to the next round.However, Jordyn’s elimination touched off a battle between Adam and Kelly for the right to steal her. Levine argued that he declared her the winner of the battle before Alicia made her decision, and he was the first to press his button to try and steal her. Clarkson pointed out that she used her last remaining steal on Simone, and would try again to snatch her in the next round. Jordyn chose Team Adam, and advances in the competition.A montage during the show revealed the winners of other battles not shown on Tuesday: Team Blake’s Jaron Strom eliminated Bransen Ireland; Team Alicia’s Johnny Bliss bested Megan Lee; and Team Kelly’s Jamella out-dueled Teana Boston.The Voice returns with more battles Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Bowie Baysox Weekly Recap: 5/14 to 5/20

Bowie Baysox Weekly Recap: 5/14 to 5/20

first_imgThe Bowie Baysox start this week off 1 game below .500 with a 17-18 record and look to play above .500 and stay above .500 for the rest of the season. Here is a recap from each of the 7 games this week. Game 1: 5/14(15)/18 Harrisburg 8 Bowie 2The Baysox do not get a good start from Michael Kelly, who doesn’t even last a third of an inning. He goes 0 innings allowing 4 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks. Luis Ysla and John Means also come in to allow 2 runs each but in more innings of work. Luis Ysla comes in to limit the damage in he first three innings and John Means pitched the last 6 innings of the game on the next day due to rain. Walks were costly with the pitching staff walking 7 altogether. Cervenka and Santander, in his return to the minors, each got RBIs.Game 2: 5/15(16)/18: Harrisburg 4 Bowie 5On another rainy day the Baysox end up playing the same game on 2 different days as they did the day before. In this 7 inning game, Corban Joseph ended up being the difference, jacking a solo home run to win the game in the bottom of the 7th inning. Hunter Harvey went 4 innings, allowing 3 earned runs and 5 strikeouts. Ryan Mountcastle had a good day with 3 hits in 3 at bats and 2 RBIs. He is the player of the game. Game 3: 5/16/18: Harrisburg 5 Bowie 2Keegan Akin goes just 5.1 innings, allowing 4 earned runs, and 4 strikeouts. It ruins his run of impressive starts the last few times he’s been on the mound. It’s tough to pitch to someone as hot as Juan Soto, a 19 year old who just got called up from the majors, starting the year off in the South Atlantic League (Single A) and making it to the majors by May. Anyway, Anthony Santander and Corban Joseph are the only ones who produce RBIs, Santander’s off a ground out and Joseph’s off of a sacrifice fly out. Game 4: 5/17/18: Bowie 5 Trenton 11The Baysox did not get the deep start they had hoped for from Jayson Aquino in this matchup against the Trenton Thunder. He lasts just 2 innings and allowing 6 earned runs. The Baysox gathered 12 hits as a team but just couldn’t get the big hits. 4 out of the 5 runs from the offense were sacrifice outs which means there needs to be more hits as a team even though 12 hits is a large amount. Luis Ysla, Tanner Chleborad, and Michael Kelly also get a little bit of work.Game 5: 5/18/18: Bowie 0 Trenton 2A pitchers duel in Trenton with, Lucas Long going 6 innings of 1 run baseball. The Baysox offense struggled to hit the Thunder pitching, scratching only one hit across the board, Cedric Mullins had a single to the right fielder in the 6th inning. Mullins, Joseph, Santander, and Salecedo all had walks though. Austin Hays reaches on an error and steals a base, his 4th of the year. Game 6: 5/19/18: Bowie 4 Trenton 9Brian Gonzalez gets the promotion to the Baysox after starting the year off with a 3.18 ERA and a 2-2 record in Frederick. It did not go as planned for Gonzalez as he goes 2.2 innings, allowing 8 runs (6 earned) allowing 7 hits and 4 walks. The offense showed signs of life, out hitting the other team 9 to 8. Austin Hays and Cedric Mullins led the team with 2 hits each and Austin Hays with 2 RBIs. The defense allowed 2 costly unearned runs along with the pitching staff’s 5 walks. Game 7: 5/20/18: Bowie 10 Trenton 5The offense is back! The team gathers 14 hits and 10 runs, led by a big day from Cedric Mullins. He went 3-5 with 4 RBI (HR, 2B) Mountcastle and Rifaela also had notable performances each with three hits. Hunter Harvey went 4 innings, allowing 3 earned runs, and 6 strikeouts. The player of the game is Cedric Mullins.The Baysox did not get the best starts from their rotation this week but I think Aquino and Akin bounce back and Brian Gonzalez settles in. The offense seems to be hot, producing a lot of hits as a team. The defense has been making many errors the last few game and defense is vital to win games. The Baysox should be able to bounce back this week. Please follow and like us:last_img read more