Koeman content despite ambitions

first_imgRonald Koeman is ready to coach one of the biggest clubs in Europe, but his only focus right now is continuing Southampton’s scarcely-believable season. “That is football,” he added, when talking about the recent pressure on current head coach Luis Enrique. “Today can be black and tomorrow can be white. “You must prepare for everything and try to work well and win matches. Barcelona have a great team with great footballers, above all Messi. He is in his best form and nobody can stop this team.” Manchester City do, though, on Wednesday face the unenviable task of attempting to thwart Barcelona in the Champions League last-16. Failure to overcome them would be no great embarrassment, although it would lead to pressure mounting on manager Manuel Pellegrini. Koeman played with City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain at Barcelona, leading to it being suggested that the Saints boss could soon be getting a call. “Txiki has my number!” he said. “This is a joke. “I have contact with Txiki because we have seen each other during the games we have played against them. “We have to play them at the end of the season. We are friends and we have frequent contact and we are both happy to be working in England.” Press Association The Dutch great’s arrival during a summer of discontent at St Mary’s surprised many – so too has his remarkable impact since taking the reins. The term meltdown was bandied about ahead of a season many predicated to end in a relegation fight, yet Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea leaves Saints sixth in the standings with nine matches remaining. Such success has seen Koeman linked with a move away to one of Europe’s elite clubs – a job he believes he would be up to. “I see myself as ready,” he told Spanish radio show El Partido de las 12. “I have been a coach for a while now and I have been at a few clubs. “I have experience and this is an important detail if you are going to be a good coach, but at the moment I am only thinking about Southampton because I have two more years on my contract after this season.” England is the fourth country in which Koeman has managed after spells in his homeland, Portugal and Spain. It is a return to the latter he is most often linked, with Barcelona regularly mentioned as a potential destination. Koeman is listed amongst the club ‘legends’ after a wonderful period at Barca, where – not for the first time – he admits he can see himself managing one day. “I think so, yes, because everyone knows what I have had with Barcelona and what Barcelona has with Ronald Koeman,” he said. “Therefore, if one day in the future I can be manager there, I would love it. last_img read more

Berlais taking flight in Ryanair

first_imgWillie Mullins expects Gitane Du Berlais to prove difficult to beat in the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase at Fairyhouse. Writing on his website, Mullins said: “Valseur Lido is a course and distance winner and was third to Vautour at Cheltenham. He has been working well but might find this trip a little on the short side. “Gitane Du Berlais is improving all the time and the form of the hurdle race she won at Auteuil last month has been working out well. With her weight allowance she should go very close.” Ruby Walsh had the choice of the pair but feels the allowances Gitane Du Berlais gets made her impossible to ignore. “With Bryan Cooper suspended I could have ridden Valseur Lido but opted for Gitane Du Berlais,” he said in his Irish Examiner column. “She beat Irish Saint in Sandown with no five-year-old allowance. She gets that allowance here and, with the mares’ allowance as well, is getting 15lb off Valseur Lido. Irish Saint was just behind Valseur Lido in the JLT. “She was very good in France when Jacques Ricou rode her. She only had 9st 10lb on her back but bolted in in a decent hurdle race. It’s a toss of a coin but I think with the weight she’s getting, she could be hard to beat. “It’s a very good race with Gilgamboa, Apache Stronghold and Valseur Lido. Without Don Poli, Vautour and Un De Sceaux, these are the best novices around in Ireland or England. “I rode Valseur Lido in work on Thursday. He worked well but the massive weight allowance and likely testing ground is what swung me towards Gitane.” Press Associationcenter_img The mare is joined in the race by stablemate Valseur Lido, already a Grade One winner this season but well beaten into third by Mullins’ Vautour in the JLT at Cheltenham last month. Gitane Du Berlais has already beaten the boys once this season at Sandown and last time out picked up a big pot in France. last_img read more

Acadians win three in a row

first_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Latest Posts Bio ELLSWORTH — After losing their first two outings, the Trenton Acadians reeled off three consecutive wins in American Legion Zone 1 baseball action last week.On Friday in Blue Hill, the Acadians downed Brewer 5-3 as righthander Steven Hanscom yielded just four hits in six innings, and got relief help from Jon Phelps in the seventh.Phelps took the mound with the bases loaded and one out and struck out two Brewer batters to earn the save.Phelps also contributed a triple and drove in two runs, Hank Vinall doubled and Conor Maguire singed for the Acadians.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor Brewer, pitcher Galan Williamson allowed just one earned run over five innings in defeat.Jeff Weeks singled twice, Carter DeRedin doubled and Kyle Alexander singled for Brewer.In two games at separate locations on Sunday, the Acadians downed Hampden 16-4 in Hampden and bested Waldo 6-1 in Searsport.Against Hampden, Garrison Looke doubled and singled to drive in three runs, Sid St. Peter had a two-run homer, Joe Archambault and Scott Boies each drove in two runs with a single and a double, Dakota Chipman drove in two runs with three singles and Maguire singled and tripled with a run batted in for the Acadians.Righthander Gage Feeney allowed just four hits in eight innings and struck out five batters to get the win for Trenton.In Searsport, righthander Will Ricker pitched six strong innings for the Acadians, allowing just three hits and striking out five to get the win.Geeney and Archambault each had two-out, two-run doubles; Cooper Smallidge singled to drive in a run; Looke, Maguire and Bois each singled; and Dylan Collins drove in a run with a sacrifice fly for Trenton.Emery Dinsmore allowed just one earned run, allowed five hits and struck out nine on the mound for Waldo.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print.center_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

USG allows students to edit the 15 articles

first_imgOn Tuesday, the Undergraduate Student Government shared a document of their 2018 Elections Code on their website, allowing students to edit and make comments. The USG Elections Code, which was shared via Google Docs, is an extensive set of guidelines. The 15 articles inform the entire student body of aspects surrounding the election process, including campaign periods, conflicts of interest and candidate eligibility.“It works as an outline for candidates to know what is going on, but also for the general student body to know what to expect,” said Nillani Anandakugan, USG’s co-director of elections and recruitment. “It goes further into detail about what a fair election looks like.” The edit access allows students to comment on inconsistencies or unclear language present in the guidelines without permanently changing the document, according to Anandakugan. “We realized that there was a lot of stuff that we overlooked,” Anandakugan said. “There were inconsistencies within the old code. In order to cover all of our bases, we wanted to make sure that everyone who is affected by the code has access to it and can give suggestions.” Anandakugan said sharing the document is also a way to pursue transparency between USG and the student body.“Because USG is an organization that serves the student body, the only way to truly serve [them] is to make sure that there is that type of access to electing the individuals who will affect students overall,” Anandakugan said. “We have to be open in all parts of this organization.” The document will be available to edit until Nov. 6, the day in which the day the code will be brought in front of the USG Senate to be ratified. After the deadline, the only changes that can be made to the code will be decided by the Senate. “We will take all of [the edits] into consideration and present them accordingly,” Anandakugan said.last_img read more

Manchester Rivals Face-off in Top-of-Table Clash as United Host City

first_img“For me, it’s one more big match against one of the best teams in the country. We are a better team than last year – I think Man City is also better than last season.”City are unbeaten in the league this season but did lose their first game of the campaign in midweek when they were beaten 2-1 by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.“I am a manager to play these kinds of games on the biggest stages. That’s why we are here,” Pep Guardiola said. “I will enjoy it, definitely. I am looking forward to arriving and playing. I love to be there, working out what we can do to beat them. After, we shake hands.“Winning, drawing or losing, we are not going to win or lose the Premier League. It’s an important game because you can win points but it’s the same for them. All we are thinking is how to play well and win the game.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic are available for today’s game while Marouane Fellaini will be assessed ahead of the game.Paul Pogba starts a three-match ban today after he was sent off in last weekend’s win at Arsenal, joining captain Michael Carrick and defender Eric Bailly on the sidelines.Manchester City playmaker David Silva is fit for the Old Trafford trip after overcoming a knock but captain Vincent Kompany is doubtful with an unspecified problem.Makeshift left-back Fabian Delph has recovered from a sickness bug but defenders John Stones (hamstring) and Benjamin Mendy (knee) are still out.After losing four Premier League games in a row against Manchester City, Manchester United have lost just one of their last five derbies against them (W2 D2 L1).Jose Mourinho’s side are on the longest current unbeaten home run in the Premier League (24 games – W14 D10 L0), with their last such defeat at Old Trafford coming against Manchester City in September 2016 (1-2).Manchester City have now won 13 successive league matches – a joint-record within a single top-flight season, alongside Chelsea (2016-17), Arsenal (2001-02), Preston and Sunderland (both 1891-92).If Pep Guardiola’s side win this match then they will equal the all-time English top-flight league record of 14 consecutive victories; set by Arsenal between February and August 2002.Jose Mourinho has won just four of his 19 managerial meetings with Pep Guardiola in all competitions (W4 D7 L8), with just one of those wins coming in league competition (2-1 with Real Madrid at Barcelona in April 2012).These are the two tightest defences in the Premier League this season, with Manchester United (9) having conceded one goal fewer than Manchester City (10); this despite facing more than double the tally of shots on target (64 v 27).Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 21 goals in his 24 Premier League appearances so far in his career (15 goals, six assists).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Premier League’s top two go head to head at Old Trafford on Derby Day as Jose Mourinho’s side aim to close the gap on City to five points with a win. While his team have been preparing for the clash, the Portuguese says that derby matches can throw up unforeseeable challenges that he cannot control.“Football is unpredictable,” Mourinho said. “As a manager, I can try to define a game plan and work a direction but you don’t know what can happen. There are so many things that are out of my control that can totally transform the direction of the game.last_img read more

Ghana, Cameroon share spoils in epic battle

first_imgDefending champions Cameroon played out to a barren draw with Ghana in a hotly contested West African clash of the titans in a Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Egypt 2019 Group F clash in Ismailia on Saturday.Substitute Kwabena Owusu should have won all three for the Black Stars barely a minute after coming on for Andre Ayew but his cracking shot from the edge of the box came off the crossbar. Andrew Yiadom had a chance five yards from goal a minute later, but saw it saved by Andre Onana.With the result, Cameroon have moved to four points while Ghana are on two points after back to back draws. The Ghanaians have to beat Guinea Bissau on Tuesday to be certain of a place at the next round.On the balance of chances, Cameroon should have gone to the break at least one up. A massive save by Richard Ofori four minutes from time and a timely tackle from Jonathan Mensah earlier on ensured the scores were 0-0 after the opening 45 minutes.last_img read more

Our Community Credit Union To Sponsor Fan Appreciation Night At Grays…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Grays Harbor RacewayFan Appreciation Night at Grays Harbor Raceway has become one of the enjoyable events around for race fans.  For a period of time the track will be shut down and all the competitors on hand that day will be brought out on the track.  From there fans can get up close to their favorite drivers and receive hero cards to get signed or pose for pictures.GHR is proud to announce that this event will return to the 2013 and will take place this Saturday June 1st.  And coming back to sponsor this night from last year are the fine folks from Our Community Credit Union.  All five classes will be on hand for which includes the 360 Sprints, Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks, and Hornets.“We love fan appreciation night, it gives us the opportunity to celebrate with the community,” commented Daris Devaney, Vice President of Marketing at Our Community Credit Union, “It’s also a family night for the OCCU employees, we provide their tickets so they can relax with their families and enjoy a fun evening.  We appreciate being able to help sponsor Fan Appreciation night, it’s such a popular family event and we want OCCU to be a part of the fan’s experience.”Last year Jay Cole led the entire distance in the 360 Sprint to pick up his one and only feature victory of the season.  Jared Peterson showed his dominance in the USAC Ford Focus Midgets that night and performed a clean sweep on the competition.  Scott Miller would earn the Modified feature victory after a late race restart to win for the second week in a row in the same fashion.  In the Street Stocks Jason Tole led early then lost the lead and got it back late in the race to win his fourth straight main event.  And Brian Norton would become the third different Hornet feature winner in three nights of racing.Saturday night’s admission is Adults $13.00, Senior (62+)/Juniors (13-18)/Military $10.00, Youths (6-12) $5.00, Youths (5 and Under) FREE, Family Pass (Two Adults and Up To Four Youths) $30.00, and Premium Seating $20.00. Pit gates open at 2:30, front gates, 4:30, and racing starting at 6:30.Don’t forget that the $650.00 to win Cut Rate Auto Parts Iron Man 100 has been rescheduled for the following Saturday on June 8th. Also on hand will be the Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds with an enhanced purse of $750.00 to win and $200.00 to start courtesy of X-Factor Race Cars. The other class in competition will be the Hornet division.Our Community Credit Union started its history in late 1941 as Simpson Employees Credit Union and since 2006 has been known by its current name. At Our Community Credit Union you will find better service, greater convenience, and more affordable choices suited to your needs at their six branch locations in Shelton, Union, McCleary, Elma, and Montesano. To find more about the advantages about being a member visit your local branch today or visit www.ourcu.com for more information.The Grays Harbor Raceway is known for its high speeds and side by side racing as well as its large track size. Hosting racing action from April to October regular classes include 360 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Street Stocks, Hornets, and for the first time the Northwest Extreme Winged Sprint Cars. For more information visit www.graysharborraceway.com or call the brand new Northwest Tracks Hotline at (360)-699-RACE.Photo courtesy Aaron Reedlast_img read more

Coco Gauff: “It’s not fair to compare me to Venus and Serena Williams”

first_imgCoco Gauff has been one of many greatest bursts on the WTA circuit prior to now 12 months. At simply 16 years previous, the younger American tennis participant has amazed the tennis world along with her self-confidence. Nevertheless, few knew that behind this good begin there was a tough inside battle that Coco Gauff had to face regardless of his age.In an open letter printed in Behind The Racquet Gauff, he analyzed how he combines his tennis profession together with his stage in adolescence thanks to the assistance of his mother and father, who’ve supported him throughout his profession on the WTA circuit and who’ve accompanied him within the greats calendar tournaments. “I’ve at all times questioned how a lot better or worse my life could be with out tennis. With all that the game has given me, I can’t think about my life higher with out it. Typically I really feel busier in contrast to others. Most of my associates go to highschool. I really feel that they appear joyful doing regular life. For a second I believed I needed that however after I realized that, similar to on social media, not everyone seems to be as joyful because it exhibits of their posts. It took me a 12 months to tackle that concept. Once more, my outcomes had been nonetheless good, though this has nothing to do with tennis. He was not joyful taking part in both method. My mother and father have performed an amazing job ensuring I do teenage issues. I used to be in a position to go dwelling final 12 months and was desirous about going to commencement for the coronavirus. I attempt to see my associates as a lot as I can. My father and mom work so I spend a variety of time alone at dwelling. It’s tough to go to faculty alone whilst you can’t socialize with different college students. Though I miss some issues, I believe this life-style is ideal for me and not for everybody. Touring is not simple. I’ve two little brothers and we’re very shut. Each time I depart them I miss them. I missed the birthday of one among my brothers as a result of it coincided with Roland Garros. Regardless of this, I’m very lucky to have them as a result of they’re not jealous. They don’t care that I get extra consideration, they perceive it and they at all times help me in what I do “Nevertheless, Gauff’s quick tennis profession has additionally had very delicate moments, because the tennis participant revealed that there was a time frame wherein she did not take pleasure in taking part in tennis that she managed to overcome to regain her phantasm. “All through my life, I’ve at all times been the youngest to do issues, which provides me expectations that I do not need. Add to that the strain I wanted to do it in a short time. As soon as I left that behind, that’s when the outcomes I needed began to are available. Earlier than Wimbledon in 2017 and 2018 I used to be struggling to see if this was what I actually needed. He at all times had the outcomes however that was not the issue. I discovered that I did not take pleasure in what I cherished. It was the hardest 12 months for me lengthy. Even when I did, I felt like I had no associates. When you’re in these tough moments you don’t often see the great aspect of issues and that’s the hardest half. I didn’t assume it had something to do with tennis, it was simply juggling every thing. I knew I needed to play tennis however I didn’t understand how I needed to do it. I got here to take into consideration the potential for taking a 12 months off to deal with my life. Selecting not to do it was the fitting selection however I used to be very shut to not stepping into that course. I used to be misplaced. I used to be confused and considering an excessive amount of that this was what I needed or what others needed. For a lot of moments I used to be healed, thought and cried. I got here out of it stronger and realizing myself higher than ever. Everybody who asks me why I’m so relaxed on the monitor is as a result of I’ve accepted who I’m after overcoming the bottom factors in my life. Now after I’m on the monitor, I’m so grateful I acquired out of it. “ Gauff appreciates having develop into an instance for different younger gamers, though she additionally assures that she does not like to be in contrast with Venus and Serena Williams, since they’re her references and the gamers who motivated her to play tennis thanks to her achievements. achieved on the circuit. “I personally like to play for folks greater than me. Ladies of all races strategy me, however primarily African-American ladies who inform me that they’ve taken a racket for the primary time thanks to me. It’s superb to me as a result of that’s how I began in sports activities. I keep in mind a month earlier than Wimbledon I went to the membership to prepare and I noticed many boys coaching. A month later I got here again and most had been ladies who had began coaching for me. I by no means imagined {that a} match may have such a reality. For me, one among my essential aims is to proceed breaking boundaries. On the similar time, I don’t like to be in contrast to Serena or Venus Williams. To start with, I’m not at his degree but. I really feel prefer it’s not fair to compare the Williams sisters to somebody who’s simply getting began. I don’t really feel good, I nonetheless see them as a benchmark. Regardless of all of the reward, they shouldn’t put me in the identical group. After all I hope to get the place they’ve come however they’re the 2 ladies who paved the way, so I can by no means be like them. I really feel like I couldn’t have an opportunity to get to their degree if it wasn’t for them. I by no means would have considered taking part in tennis in the event that they hadn’t been a part of it when there have been only a few African-American ladies in tennis. For all they’ve performed they need to not compare me to them. “Lastly, Gauff needed to categorical that now he enjoys extra when it comes to coaching and taking part in video games and thanked his closest circle for the assistance he obtained in probably the most tough moments. “I’ve gotten used to the concept folks see me as a task mannequin. That provides extra strain since I do know that folks watch all my actions. More often than not it’s simple as a result of I’m at all times myself., I do not faux to be somebody with whom folks agree. I don’t really feel like I had to flip a change. At first I believed it had to be excellent however I did a religious search and left it behind. Since I did, I’ve loved coaching and taking part in video games way more. It was 2018 after I keep in mind waking up and did not need to prepare. I used to be fortunate to give you the option to determine it out quickly. and cease what may have been a serious drought. I’ve an excellent circle of associates and household who’re at all times very shut. She is going to by no means be the lady who will increase her variety of associates. This has helped me to know who actually loves you or who’s shifting with you for different causes. I’m very cautious with who’s shut to me. They’re the individuals who have helped me by tough occasions. It took me some time to get snug after expressing my true feelings however as soon as I realized it it made it simpler. “last_img read more

Excelsior set for Grace Shield honours

first_imgEltham High are mounting a spirited challenge heading into today’s third and final day of the urban area ISSA/GraceKennedy Shield cricket competition at Melbourne Oval.However, it is still Excelsior High’s match to lose.Resuming on 70 for five, 158 runs in arrears of Excelsior High’s first innings score of 228, Eltham were dismissed for 96 in their first innings.Part-time left-arm spinner, Raewin Senior, with six for 26, was the chief wicket-taker for the boys from the Mountain View Avenue-based institution, with captain Orande Pearson, a part-time off-spinner, claiming three for 23.Enjoying a comfortable lead of 132, Excelsior were then bowled out for 178 in their second innings. Pearson, 74, Raymond Hall, 28, and Okachie Brown, 24, scored most runs against the part-time off-spin of Eltham captain, Ramone Francis, who took four for 53. Javion Brown and Leshawn Heslop, picked up two wickets each.Set 311 for an outright win, Eltham closed the day on 58 for three, 253 runs adrift.last_img read more

Highlighting International Liberian Artist on Their Way Up Part 1

first_imgIn the last few years, a slew of male artist have flooded the Liberian music industry, but the tide of who’s actually making good music seems to be spinning.More and more international artists are emerging as good artists that a lot of the Liberian-based community has no knowledge of.Some have the music game locked down and in control with tunes mixed with love ballads, afro dance while others have just their own unique style.Well this year, 2015, we’ll be highlighting stars who have already signified the music industry abroad, to help them re-connect with fans back home.Augustus Cole Jr, commonly known as G-Rize has recently been nominated as ‘best artist’ for the Liberian entertainment awards. His swag, deliverance and effort in his music career have not only captured those who spend money to see him perform and croon in their ears, but have also caught LIB LIFE’s interest.“Welcome to G-Rize world”A tribute song/video called ”NEVER GIVE UP” by G-Rize heightened his fan base considerably by those who have and are still being affected by the deadly Ebola virus.“I felt their pain and I had to do something by praying for them and letting the world know what was going on, so I did that song” G-Rize says.The song has an unbelievable amount of views, compared to that of other Ebola tracks made over the last year, which indicates his popularity among others.“I’m different from a lot of other artist because of my hard work and determination. I know in order to be successful, you will have to work very hard and be very creative” he adds.Creativity is a kaleidoscope of what G-Rize is. I watched his “”LIB Ladies” meaning ”Liberian Girls” track and was taken aback by the video; which features Liberians across the globe.“My last single release “LIB ladies” was letting them know how beautiful they are and showing the world the ”BEAUTY” of our culture and beautiful women. I did this record with another Liberian artist base out here in the U.S called Chris DeSheild. I also have another single coming out called ”Ur Waist” featuring one of Liberia finest artist ”Shadow Man” who is now base in Philadelphia, USA,” he added. AFRO/POP music is his style, but throughout the years he’s been versatile and mixes his African culture sound with his American sound. G-Rize music will surely make you dance and feel the vibes of the music.“I love to see people smile and I also love to inspire others to follow their dreams through my music”Now that he’s being nominated a fourth time during the Liberian Entertainment (LEA) sixth year run, we’ve decided to highlight a star who’s shine may have been hidden from the Liberian based community because of distance.“Being nominated for the fourth time at the LEA means a lot to me knowing that my people see what I do and they believe in me. That says a lot about my work. I’m very humbled and blessed to be here today doing what I love. I’ve recorded numerous songs and have the ability to perform on many stages across U.S,” he adds,”  My prayers have allowed me to achieve many goals, like having over 100,000 views on YouTube and receiving many awards,’ he added.According to G-Rize, though he has found a path filled with successes, he never takes for granted where he started. So, he does his best to give back to his community and various non-profit organizations.“Always believe in yourself and work until you no longer have to introduce yourself”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more