Rooney poised to sign new deal

first_img It is understood that Rooney has almost agreed in principle to extend his contract until the end of the 2018-19 season. That deal could be signed as early as Wednesday or Thursday. Rooney is understood to be extremely happy at Old Trafford despite Chelsea’s interest in him and United’s current predicament. The reigning champions look unlikely to qualify for the Champions League this year for the first time since the 1995-96 season. David Moyes’ side currently sit 11 points adrift of the top four in seventh position with just 12 matches remaining. But despite the club’s current form, Rooney has enjoyed working under Moyes, with whom he used to work at Everton, and the England striker is said to be content that better times lie ahead. It is also understood that Rooney could replace the departing Nemanja Vidic as United skipper at the end of the current campaign. Rooney recently spoke of his desire to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 goals for United. The England striker’s current tally stands at 208. “It is a great aim for myself to try and get Sir Bobby’s record, both at club and international level,’ Rooney told BBC’s Football Focus. “It is something which I would like to do. If I can do that I would be really proud because it has stood for a long time.” Press Association Wayne Rooney is expected to sign a new five-and-a-half year contract with Manchester United in the next 48 to 72 hours.center_img Rooney’s future has been up in the air ever since Chelsea attempted to prise the 28-year-old away from Old Trafford last summer. Rooney’s current deal is due to expire at the end of next season, but Press Association Sport understands negotiations over a new contract are at an advanced stage. last_img read more

PWL: Sakshi-Navjot bout highlight of Delhi-UP tie

first_imgPanchkula: After losing their respective opening matches, UP Dangal will take on Delhi Sultans in the next round of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) at the Tau Devi Lal Indoor Stadium here on Friday.Both teams will be hugely dependent on their foreign recruits and both teams have named two foreign wrestlers as their icon players. UP has named last year’s world champion Vanesa Kaladzinskaya as their icon player whereas Delhi has named last year’s world championships silver medalist Khetik Tsabolov as their top wrestler. All eyes will also be on Sakshi Malik’s clash with Navjot Kaur in this match after both these wrestlers’ categories were blocked in the previous encounter. Navjot is the first Indian female wrestler to win a gold at the Asian Championships whereas Sakshi is the first and only Indian to win an Olympic medal. They have never faced each other so far in their career as they fought in different weight categories.But Navjot has reduced weight now and because of the different weight structure in PWL, there is the possibility of seeing the Asian champion taking on the Olympic champion.The other two exciting encounters on the cards are in the women’s 76 kg where Estonian Epp Mae takes on the European U23 champion from Ukraine Shustovo Anastasia and local boys Naveen takes on Pankaj in the men’s 57 kg category. Though Naveen went down to Ravi in his last bout, the UP wrestler’s form gives him a definite edge over Pankaj tomorrow. (IANS)Also Read: PWL played big role in Asian Games gold, says Vinesh Phogatlast_img read more

NFL will have 58 prospects participating remotely in draft

first_imgNFL will have 58 prospects participating remotely in draft Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young are among 58 prospects who will participate remotely in the NFL draft next week that will double as a telethon to raise money to fight the coronavirus crisis.Burrow is one of eight LSU players who will take part in the April 23-25 draft, one more than Alabama.Normally, top prospects would be invited to the draft itself, but this year’s festivities in Las Vegas were scuttled by the coronavirus outbreak and the draft will instead be conducted in a studio with the league’s 32 teams participating remotely from their hometowns. April 9, 2020center_img The NFL also said that throughout the three-day draft it will host a “Draft-A-Thon” to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts and pay tribute to healthcare workers and others on the front lines of the pandemic.The virus has killed more than 12,000 people in the U.S. and fundamentally transformed American life while plunging the global economy into what is expected to be a major recession. More than one in 10 U.S. workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks to the pandemic. Worldwide, more than 1.5 million people have been confirmed infected and about 90,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The SEC leads all conferences with 24 prospects confirmed to participate in the event, which will serve as a three-day fundraiser benefiting six charities that are battling the virus and delivering relief to millions in need.Those charities are: the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross; CDC Foundation’s All of Us; and the COVID-19 response funds of Feeding America, Meals on Wheels America and United Way. Despite the logistical challenges of operating a 255-pick draft remotely, teams will still have just 10 minutes between picks in the first round, seven for rounds 2 and 3 and five for rounds 4-7.The Cincinnati Bengals own the first overall pick.___More AP NFL: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Dare to Launch E-Gaming Sports in Nigeria

first_img“We also plan to develop the Mambila Plateau area to turn it into a training ground for our long-distance runners who are mostly from the North. This is necessary and important considering that long-distance race is an individual, none contact sport that would likely resume soon as the impact of Covid-19 winds down,” stressed the sports minister.Dare further affirmed: “While these are few things we are doing at the Ministry level, we are also keen to learn how other new things can work better.”On youth development, he said more than 2million young entrepreneurs will benefit from training and entrepreneurship programmes to be funded through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN’s) Federal Government job acquisition initiative. He assured youths that the programme will be launched next week.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare  Mambila Plateau to be revived for long distance racesAs parts of efforts to key into the global benefits of E-Gaming Sports and make Nigerian sports more viable, Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, has concluded plans to launch Nigeria into the E- Gaming Sports world.Speaking during a webinar on steps to reactivate the sports sector post covid-19 era, Dare said: “We are working on a plan that would produce for the first time an industry-based sports policy that will turn sports into business.“We are on the verge of launching E-Gaming Sports in Nigeria. It is the most suitable for the post Covid-19 era. Globally, it is a $138billion business.last_img read more

Football: Wisconsin rolls through Kent State en route to fifth straight victory

first_imgThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin football team (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) defeated Kent State (2-3, 1-0 MAC) at Camp Randall Saturday afternoon. The Badgers rolled over the Golden Flashes, 48–0, behind another stellar performance from junior running back Jonathan Taylor.Wisconsin opened up the scoring the same way they have in all five games this season – a Jonathan Taylor rushing touchdown. Wisconsin then proceeded to score on their next six drives, allowing them to pull most of their starters in the third quarter.Unlike last week against Northwestern, Wisconsin’s offense ran on all cylinders against KSU, scoring on every possession until early in the fourth quarter. Taylor continued his impressive play, surpassing 100 rushing yards for the tenth straight game. Taylor finished with 186 rushing yards, 29 receiving yards, and five touchdowns, tying a Wisconsin football record.With Taylor’s five-touchdown performance, he now has 12 rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns, solidifying his Heisman candidacy as Wisconsin nears mid-season.Even after Wisconsin’s bench players came in for the third quarter, they continued to score on offense until a fumble by sophomore Aron Cruickshank in the fourth quarter. In all, Wisconsin scored on every drive until the fourth quarter, putting Kent State away before the third quarter even started.Football: Four takeaways from Badgers’ close bout with WildcatsThe No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (4-0, 2-0 Big Ten) continued their impressive start to 2019 with a 24–15 victory at Read…Between junior quarterback Jack Coan and freshman quarterback Graham Mertz, Wisconsin’s passing game went 17 for 20 for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Coan had a nice bounce-back game after a rough performance against Northwestern, while Mertz displayed his passing prowess in just his second appearance of the season.On the other side of the ball, Wisconsin’s defense was stifling again after a dominant performance against Northwestern last week, holding Kent State to just 124 total yards. Despite having only one turnover this week, Wisconsin still managed to prevent Kent State from finding the end zone.Head Coach Paul Chryst had nothing but good things to say about his defense after another shutout performance, their third of the season.“It’s been fun to watch,” Chryst said. “Obviously, what they’ve done has been impressive.”Chris Orr came up huge again, matching his performance against Northwestern with two more sacks and another five tackles. Like the rest of the Wisconsin defense, Orr struggled last season, but he’s returned to his 2017 form. He now has 23 tackles, just four short of his 2017 total, and he also has a career-high four sacks this season.last_img read more

NFL playoff projections: How seeding & matchups will look in AFC, NFC brackets

first_img (Getty Images) MORE WEEK 17:Picks against the spread | Straight upYet we doubt there will be much change in the playoff picture this week despite the many possibilities. Most of the teams fighting for higher seeds are strong favorites to win their games in Week 17. With that said, we are projecting a couple changes involving high-profile teams toward the bottom of the NFL playoff bracket.Here is our latest projection for the seeds and matchups in the NFL playoffs, followed by a look at the current (and real) playoff picture entering Week 17.NFL playoff picture: AFC projections No. 1 seed: San Francisco 49ersGames remaining: at SeahawksProjected wild-card game: BYEThe 49ers have a simple scenario in front of them. If they beat the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday night, they will win the NFC West and clinch this seed. Thanks in part to the injuries impacting the Seahawks, we like the 49ers to do just that, forcing the NFC playoffs to go through San Francisco.No. 2 seed: Green Bay PackersGames remaining: at LionsProjected wild-card game: BYEThe Packers are double-digit favorites over the Lions, and because they know the Saints can still jump them for the No. 2 seed, they’ll play well enough in Detroit to lock themselves into this position. That will give Green Bay a first-round bye and a home game in the divisional round against the highest remaining seed.No. 3 seed: New Orleans SaintsGames remaining: at PanthersProjected wild-card game: vs. VikingsThe Saints should have no trouble beating up on the lifeless Panthers on Sunday and giving themselves a chance to jump to No. 2 or even No. 1. But if the 49ers and Packers in, they will be stuck in the No. 3 seed and ready to host the Vikings in the wild-card round.No. 4 seed: Dallas CowboysGames remaining: vs. RedskinsProjected wild-card game: vs. SeahawksThis would be a ridiculous entrance to the playoffs, but if our game predictions for Week 17 become reality, the Cowboys will reach the postseason with a .500 record. We have Dallas handling Washington while New York upsets Philadelphia — exactly the scenario the Cowboys need to extend their season and land a home game in the wild-card round.MORE: All Cowboys vs. Eagles scenarios (Getty Images) No. 5 seed: Seattle SeahawksGames remaining: vs. 49ersProjected wild-card game: at CowboysThis projection is tied to the aforementioned prediction for Sunday night’s game in Seattle. The loser will finish second in the NFC West and fall back to a wild card.No. 6 seed: Minnesota Vikings (clinched)Games remaining: vs. BearsProjected wild-card game: at SaintsThe Vikings locked themselves into this seed when they lost to the Packers on Monday night, making their Week 17 game against the Bears meaningless.center_img No. 1 seed: Baltimore Ravens (clinched)Games remaining: vs. SteelersProjected wild-card game: BYEBaltimore is locked into this seed, meaning it will benefit from a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. As if Lamar Jackson and the Ravens needed such an edge.No. 2 seed: New England PatriotsGames remaining: vs. DolphinsProjected wild-card game: BYENew England simply needs to beat Miami on Sunday in order to clinch this seed. Because the Patriots will be motivated to earn the first-round bye that comes with this position, we picked them to handle the Dolphins with relative ease.No. 3 seed: Kansas City ChiefsGames remaining: vs. ChargersProjected wild-card game: vs. SteelersWe like the Chiefs to beat the Chargers on Sunday, but we also like the Patriots to take care of the Dolphins. That scenario would keep Kansas City at No. 3, where it would host the No. 6 seed in the wild-card round.No. 4 seed: Houston TexansGames remaining: vs. TitansProjected wild-card game: vs. BillsThe Texans, who clinched the AFC South title last week, will have either this seed or No. 3 depending on the results of Week 17. If Kansas City beats Los Angeles (as we expect) before Houston’s game against Tennessee kicks off Sunday, it won’t matter what the Texans do against the Titans. (Although the result will matter for Tennessee.)MORE: How Raiders can make the playoffsNo. 5 seed: Buffalo Bills (clinched)Games remaining: vs. JetsProjected wild-card game: at TexansBuffalo is locked into this seed, meaning it is likely to head to Houston for a wild-card game against the Texans. Look for the Bills to rest their key starters against the Jets in anticipation of a postseason run.No. 6 seed: Pittsburgh SteelersGames remaining: at RavensProjected wild-card game: at ChiefsIn our game picks for Week 17, we have the Steelers beating the Ravens thanks in part to Baltimore resting its key starters. But that result isn’t enough for Pittsburgh to make the playoffs; it also needs Tennessee to lose in Houston. We picked the Texans to win that game, and such a combo of results would get the Steelers back to the postseason.MORE: All clinching scenarios for SteelersNFL playoff picture: NFC projections Current NFL playoff pictureBack to reality. Here is how the NFL playoff picture looks in Week 17.AFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.Baltimore Ravens13-2No. 1 seed; division; playoff berth2.New England Patriots12-3Division; playoff berth3.Kansas City Chiefs11-4Division; playoff berth4.Houston Texans10-5Division; playoff berth5.Buffalo Bills10-5No. 5 seed; playoff berth6.Tennessee Titans8-7-In the hunt: Steelers (8-7), Raiders (6-8)NFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.San Francisco 49ers12-3Playoff berth2.Green Bay Packers12-3Division; playoff berth3.New Orleans Saints12-3Division; playoff berth4.Philadelphia Eagles8-7-5.Seattle Seahawks11-4Playoff berth6.Minnesota Vikings10-5No. 6 seed; playoff berthIn the hunt: Cowboys (7-8) As Week 17 arrives, little is set when it comes to NFL playoff seeding for the AFC and NFC postseason brackets. But based on our game picks for this week and how they will impact the playoff picture, we can project the final brackets and matchups for the postseason.Given the NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 17, the playoff picture could change significantly by the time Sunday ends. In the AFC, only two playoff teams are locked into their seeds — the No. 1-seeded Ravens and the No. 5-seeded Bills. Only one NFC team, the No. 6-seeded Vikings, is locked into its position.last_img read more

Ali, Norton and golden age of heavyweights

first_imgIn this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)by Tim DahlbergAP Sports ColumnistThey were young once, and perhaps it’s best to remember them that way.Magnificent men on stages equally as magnificent, they were part of the golden age of heavyweight boxing. With Muhammad Ali as the common thread, they fought in faraway places like Zaire and the Philippines, in Yankee Stadium and in the parking lot of a faux Roman palace on the Las Vegas Strip.“On any given night all of us could beat the other,” George Foreman said. “I had Ken Norton’s number and Joe Frazier’s number. Ali had my number, and Norton had Ali’s number. No one would give up.”For the better part of two decades, no one did. They fought each other and, if that didn’t settle things, they fought each other again. Ali in particular didn’t mind meeting a familiar foe, with three fights each against Norton and Frazier.For Norton, who died this week at the age of 70, fighting Ali didn’t just put him in the upper echelon of heavyweights at a time when heavyweights reigned supreme. It literally put food on his table for his son, Ken Jr., who would go on to play in the NFL for 13 years and now coaches linebackers for the Seattle Seahawks.The money was there because Ali made sure it was. He and Frazier met in what was truly the Fight of the Century in 1971, both getting $2.5 million purses that were unheard of at the time. In this June 9, 1978, file photo, Ken Norton, right, and Larry Holmes battle for the WBC heavyweight championship at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Holmes won the bout in a 15-round split decision. Gene Kilroy, who was Ali’s former business manager, says he’s sure Norton is “in heaven now with all the great fighters.”  (AP Photo/File) In this 1977 photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton helps Tina Turner jump rope in the ring at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau)center_img A few years later, Ali was heavyweight champion again, though some thought his time had passed. He hadn’t looked that great against Norton in their 1976 fight at Yankee Stadium, and now he was going to defend his title against Alfredo Evangelista, a solid if unspectacular contender most noted as being the best heavyweight ever to emerge from Uruguay.“Why do you keep fighting?” a radio man asked Ali before the bout.Ali looked at the man like he had just landed from outer space before explaining why he was risking his heavyweight crown.“You know what they’re paying me for one night – $2.75 million. This is not Joe Frazier or Ken Norton or Jimmy Young,” he said. “I’m getting $2.75 million for a tuneup, a warm up, against a nobody.”There had to be some nobodies, of course, because the heavyweights who really mattered couldn’t keep fighting each other all the time. Sometimes, though, it seemed like they did, even to those actually doing the fighting.“They kept coming, and kept coming, one after the other,” Foreman said. “You just couldn’t find an easy target.”Norton was no easy target – far from it. The former Marine with the sculpted body came out of nowhere to break Ali’s jaw and hand him only his second defeat in 1973. The two would fight two more times and Ali would win both, though Norton went to his grave believing that he was robbed in their last fight in 1976 in Yankee Stadium.There was no such controversy two years earlier when Norton challenged Foreman for the heavyweight title in, of all places, Caracas, Venezuela. The fearsome Foreman, fighting one last fight before he and Ali would meet in the “Rumble in the Jungle” in Zaire, knocked Foreman down three times before the fight was mercifully called to an end in the second round.“A lot of people assumed he was afraid of me but he was never afraid of me,” Foreman said. “He got in the ring and took off his robe and I looked over there and he looks like Hercules. That wasn’t pretty at all.”Norton is gone now, never really having recovered from blows taken to the head and a car accident in the 1980s that nearly killed him. So is Frazier, and other less notable alums of the great heavyweight era like Young and Ron Lyle.Getting hit in the head by a 200-pound man can take a toll, though some weathered it better than others. I was with Leon Spinks last year when he and his wife sat in a small room at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, where he was told his brain was shrinking because of the abuse it took in the ring and out.It was grand, though now it’s not so pretty. Ali himself is nearly mute and a trembling figure these days in Arizona, ravaged by the Parkinson’s Syndrome that did what no other opponent could do – silence The Greatest.“He’s living a more humble life now, but he’s doing good,” said Ali’s former business manager Gene Kilroy, who visited him earlier this year on Ali’s 71st birthday. “But he’s not the Ali he used to be when he would walk down the street and 5,000 people would follow as he yelled ‘Who’s the greatest of all time?’”Ali was, and of that there is little doubt. He captivated the world with his mouth outside the ring, and thrilled them with his work inside the ropes. Two wins each against Frazier and Norton and mighty upsets of Foreman and Sonny Liston were more than a career for any one man.His supporting class was awfully good too – the last batch of heavyweights to take up boxing before the lure of basketball and football took away so many good athletes from pursuing the sport. Like Norton, they were champions too, even if Ali always seemed to reign supreme.They were all young once, and they were magnificent.As another one passes, we’re all lucky to be able to remember them that way.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at or read more

Pakistan-Zimbabwe game to proceed despite suicide bombing

first_imgZimbabwe will go ahead with their third and final one-day international against Pakistan on Sunday at the Gaddafi Stadium despite security concerns after a suicide bomber blew himself up close to the stadium on Friday night during the second ODI.”The incident hasn’t affected the tour and Zimbabwe will play its last match of the tour as planned,” PCB spokesman Agha Akbar told The Associated Press on Saturday.Akbar also said that all the tickets for Sunday’s game have been sold out and a crowd of around 27,000 is expected.Zimbabwe team spokesman Lovemore Banda confirmed the team would go ahead with the game.He said in a statement that “capital city police officer Amin Vaince said what occurred was a cylinder blast which killed two people and their forensics experts are examining remains from the explosion to ascertain the cause.”Information minister Pervez Rashid told Geo TV that a police officer was killed and six were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up, nearly one kilometer from the stadium.PCB’s chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed accompanied Vaince for a meeting with Zimbabwe officials and players at the team hotel on Saturday, reassuring them that efficient security measures would be in place.”He (Vaince) assured the travelling party of continued safety on the tour, and said the fact that the blast occurred outside their red zone means that the security measures put in place for the tour were not breached,” Banda said.A loud explosion was heard inside the stadium, but the game didn’t stop as Pakistan won it by six wickets and took an unassailable 2-0 lead.Initially, police claimed the explosion was caused by electric transformer, in an apparent bid to avoid panic inside the stadium where at least 20,000 spectators were watching the game.Thousands of policemen had been deployed outside the stadium and spectators had to endure several checkpoints while waiting in long queues hours before the start of the day/night matches at 4:00 p.m. local time (1100 GMT).Zimbabwe is the first test-playing nation to tour Pakistan in six years since gunmen attacked on Sri Lanka team bus — also in Lahore — in 2009.Seven police officials and a van driver were killed during the ambush while wounding several Sri Lanka players.Eager to avoid a repeat of that incident and push the case for a full return of international cricket to the country, Pakistan’s government has provided VIP-level security to Zimbabwe’s team.A fleet of security vans with armed gunmen shield the team buses during their travel from hotel to the stadium. Zimbabwe arrived on May 19 to play two Twenty20s and three ODIs.The International Cricket Council has given official status to the series, but declined to send its match officials to Pakistan due to security concerns.last_img read more

Gasperini, to the tifosi of the ‘Fiore’: “They are the children of p …”

first_imgFiorentina conquered the pass to the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup beating Atalanta 2-1. The Viola managed to win the Nerazzurri thanks to the first goal of the newly signed Patrick Cutrone and another of the Spanish Pol Lirola, who canceled the tie signed by Josip Ilicic despite the numerical inferiority of the Tuscans for the red card that Pezzella saw. Throughout the confrontation, Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini received many insults from the stands of Franchi. His response to the attitude of the fan viola at a press conference is causing a stir in Italy: “I never insulted anyone, but they told me several times ‘son of a bitch’: my mother lived the war to give these idiots the right to speak. “ The coach was even more blunt shortly after: “They really are ‘motherfuckers’. This lack of education cannot be accepted”.last_img read more