Baghdatis confirms new Bundesliga presence

first_imgBy Nemanja BjedovMarcos Baghdatis has confirmed he will represent TC Blau-Weiß Halle in the fourth round of the German Bundesliga this coming Sunday, after helping them record two victories over the weekend.The 28-year-old Cypriot won returned to winning way with two singles and a doubles victory after not being able to reach the second round at any of his last nine ATP tournaments. Last Friday, Baghdatis beat Czech Lukas Rosol, while on Sunday he defeated Nicolas Devilder of France, both in straight sets.Baghdatis, who is currently ranked 45th, will spend this week training in both Croatia and Slovenia ahead of the Halle team’s clash with Wacker Burghausen, whose roster includes Argentinean Carlos Berlocq and Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, among others.last_img read more

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Steve Smith apologises for ball-tampering incident after arriving back in Australia

first_imgSmith, who along with vice-captain David Warner has been banned for 12 months as a result of the incident that occurred during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, addressed the media at Sydney airport, crying at times as he struggled to read from a prepared statement.”To all of my teammates, to fans of cricket all over the world and to all Australians who are disappointed and angry: I’m sorry,” he said.”What happened in Cape Town has already been laid out by Cricket Australia (CA).”Tonight I want to make it clear as captain of the Australian cricket team, I take full responsibility.”I made a serious error of judgement and I now understand the consequences. It was a failure of leadership, on my leadership. I’ll do everything I can to make up for my mistake and the damage it’s caused.”If any good can come from this, if it can be a lesson to others, then I hope I can be a force for change.”I know I will regret this for the rest of my life. I’m absolutely gutted. I hope in time I can earn back respect and forgiveness.”Smith, who was accompanied by his father Peter, said he was distraught by the hurt he had caused his family.”To see the way my old man’s been and my mum, it hurts,” he said.”I want to say I’m sorry and the pain I’ve brought to Australia and the fans and the public, it’s devastating and I’m truly sorry.”Smith also spoke of his deep regret to have let down children who had looked up to him as a batsman and captain.”I’m deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket … I love entertaining young kids … I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love,” he said.Warner, who issued an apology via Twitter earlier in the day, has been cast as the ringleader in some circles, but Smith took responsibility for the incident.”I don’t blame him [Warner]. It happened on my watch,” Smith said.Bancroft to ‘regret’ ball tampering for the ‘rest of my life’Earlier, an emotional Cameron Bancroft, who has been banned for nine months for his part in the scandal, asked for forgiveness after arriving back in Perth.Bancroft, who like Smith was fighting back tears, met the media at the WACA headquarters, apologising for his actions in Cape Town where he used sandpaper in an attempt to tamper with the ball.”I’ve had time to reflect on the events in Cape Town and the punishments handed down to me by the ICC (International Cricket Council) and Cricket Australia and I want to say I’m very sorry,” Bancroft said.”I love the game of cricket and playing for my nation and my state, there is no greater pride to me.”I am extremely disappointed and regret my actions.”I’m sorry too to those people who looked up to me around the world, especially the kids.”Bancroft admitted he had not told the truth about the use of the sandpaper, instead telling the media in Cape Town in a moment of panic that he had used tape.”I lied about the sandpaper, I panicked in that situation and I’m very sorry,” he said.Bancroft said it had sunk in how he had let so many people down as a result of the incident.”I know I’m a role model … I understand I have let many people down and I understand the disappointment in the broader community,” he said.”Words don’t mean much in these circumstances, so I’ll focus on my actions and conduct going forward.”Not a second has gone by since Saturday evening when I haven’t wished to turn back time and do the right thing during the lunch break (when the plan was hatched).”It is something I will regret for the rest of my life. It is something I will look to improve on and earn the respect back of the community.”[For now] all I can do in the short term is ask for forgiveness, I hope you can find it in your hearts to allow me to progress on that journey, for now I will do my best to contribute to the community.”ICC to review code of conduct after Cape Town controversyThe ICC has announced it will review its code of conduct and sanctions in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said his organisation would undertake a wide-ranging review into player conduct, with a focus on “the spirit in which the game is played and the code of conduct”.”This is an opportunity for us to draw a line in the sand and say quite clearly fans are concerned about the way the game is played,” he said.”The reaction … all around the world shows us that if we neglect the way the game is played, cricket is itself in danger.”The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) has criticised the sanctions handed out by CA to Smith, Warner and Bancroft.”There are a number of glaring and clear anomalies in the process to date which causes the ACA to query the severity and proportionality of the proposed sanctions,” an ACA statement read.The ACA said the “grading and sanctions proposed are considerably higher than the ICC’s grading and sanctions”.It slammed CA for the “rush to place players before the world’s media last Saturday night without the benefit of considered and coherent advice”.last_img read more

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Guardiola extends Man City contract to 2021

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola signed a contract extension with the Premier League champions on Thursday that will keep him in the job until 2021.Spaniard Guardiola joined City in 2016 on a three-year contract and led them to the Premier League title this year, 19 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United.City became the first top-flight club to collect 100 points in a season and broke records for goals scored in a Premier League campaign (106), the most victories and best goal difference.“We are delighted to announce the extension of Pep’s contract through to 2021,” club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said in a statement on City’s website.“In his two seasons with us, he has fostered an incredible spirit within the squad and significantly contributed to our progress both on and off the field. In doing so he has embodied the passion and commitment we all have for the club.”If Guardiola sees out the deal, it will represent his longest spell in charge of one club. The 47-year-old managed Barcelona from 2008-12 and spent three years in charge of Germany’s Bayern Munich before joining City.“I am so happy and excited. It’s a pleasure to be able to work here,” said Guardiola, who was named Manager of the Year by League Managers Association on Tuesday. “As a manager, you have to feel good to be with the players – and I feel good.“I will focus on the desire of my players to become a better team and every day that’s what I will try to do – to improve on the pitch and improve our players.”City also won the League Cup this year, giving Guardiola a total of 23 major trophies in nine seasons as a manager, but they were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Premier League rivals Liverpool.last_img read more

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Southgate tells England players his secret starting team

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has told his players the starting line-up for Monday’s World Cup Group G opener against Tunisia and is hoping to keep it secret until shortly before kick off.Southgate confirmed to ITV on Saturday that the players now knew who would start and who would be on the bench for the game in Volgograd.Saturday’s training session was kept behind closed doors as the players worked on specific tactical preparation for the match but midfielder Fabian Delph said they had been given the line-up.“I do know the team but I am not allowed to tell you,” Delph said with a grin at the daily news conference.“We were working on specific things and the lads are ready to go,” added the Manchester City player, who is expected to be among the substitutes.“The preparation is still the same, we are a team, it is all about the team and everybody sticks together – the manager chooses the best team to face the opponent,” he said.Managers usually like to keep their starting line-ups close to their chest to avoid giving their rivals a heads-up of their tactical approach but Delph said there was not a risk of a leak now the team was known.He believes some players will be glad to have time to prepare themselves mentally for a starting role.“No, I don’t think it will leak out. I think for certain players, they would probably would like to know so they can get themselves prepared,” Delph said.British media have speculated that Southgate is likely to start with Raheem Sterling in attack alongside Harry Kane with Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy on the bench.In defence, Ashley Young is expected to get the nod at left back ahead of Danny Rose with Kieran Trippier on the opposite flank.Leicester City’s Harry Maguire could start on the left of a trio of central defenders with John Stones in the middle and Kyle Walker on the right.Jordan Henderson of Liverpool is believed to be the holding midfielder with Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli in more advanced roles.Everton’s Jordan Pickford, who has been given the number one jersey, is expected to start in goal.last_img read more

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Pocari eyes semifinals

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“Roach” jailed, fined $1.5M for narco trafficking

first_imgA man who was nabbed at a local airport with 592 grams of cocaine, was on Wednesday jailed after he made an appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Rudolph Muir, also called “Roach”, of Enterprise, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara (EBD) admitted to Magistrate Fabayo Azore that he had swallowed 72 pellets of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.The 32-year-old man confessed that on June 18 and 19 at the Eugene F Correia Airport, he had 592 grams of cocaine in his possession for the purpose of trafficking. As such he was jailed for three years and fined $1.5 million.In court on Wednesday, Muri said he was paid US$1700 to traffic the illegal substance.Muir was nabbed at the airport after he was spotted by drug enforcement officers perspiring profusely. He was transported to a city hospital where he excreted 72 pellets filled with cocaine.At the time of his arrest, Muri was an outgoing passenger on a Liat flight to Barbados.last_img read more

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ASL attracts prospective flight, engineering students

first_imgDomestic airline, Air Services Limited (ASL), in an effort to display its Flight and Engineering School hosted an Open Day/Career Fair on Friday at its hangar at the Eugene F Correia Airport at Ogle, East Coast Demerara. The day was aimed at making persons aware of the services offered and benefits of joining the aviation industry.President of the National Air Transport Association (NATA) and ASL representative, Annette Arjoon-Martins, explained that when persons visit the open day they would be able to sign up immediately for classes starting in September or in January of 2018.Mae’s School students fascinated with the Robinson 44 helicopter“What the open day is about is to have both parents and potential students to come here, learn about the pilot course as well as the engineering course and of course sign up for the next class which should be staring very soon,” she said.“What we have done as well is to have a very practical hands-on set up, where the students could go into the Cessna 172 with one of the flight instructors, get a feel for the aircraft they will be learning to fly on. Similarly we have also a Robinson 44 helicopter which is also the training aircraft for helicopter pilots,” the aviation veteran added.Arjoon-Martins said that the aviation sector has grown tremendously over the past years and lauded the ASL for having the only flight and engineering school, under one roof, in Guyana.The Aeronautical Engineering School specialises in ab-initio and modular training tailored to the Guyana Aviation Requirements (GARs) part 3 and the British Civil Airworthiness Requirements (BCAR) section L. The training gives applicants a thorough practical experience on the country’s most diverse fleet of fixes and rotor-wing aircrafts. This, coupled with intensive theoretical preparation, provides a strong foundation that propels the student towards the acquisition of their Guyana Civil Aviation Authority’s Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licence. The training programmes guarantees you the training recognised in the international aviation industry.The Flight School offers high-quality modular training which enables the student the control to structure their courses to fit their goals, while also offering the Private Pilot Licence – which is the first stage of flight training; the Instrument Ration – which is the second stage and gives the pilot the authority to evaluate the weather and the Commercial Pilot Licence – which allows one to fly commercial aircrafts.Flight Instructor, Captain Rebecca Clarke, said the courses offered are similarly structured and include the completion of both practical and theory assessments. She added that for one to become commercially licensed they would have to complete all three of the courses.Engineering student, Devia Tamradhwaj, said that she joined the ASL team as an intern and subsequently hired as a trainee engineer. She now is a second year student of the Aeronautical Engineering School, with just one year remaining before she is certified.“I was interested in airplanes since I was in Form One. I like doing mechanical work; I prefer practical hands on more than sitting in an office,” the former Central High School student related.“I came here and I started as work study student and I guess the way I worked and the interest I showed caught the attention of the seniors and I am fully employed at Air Services as a trainee aircraft mechanic,” she adds.The Open Day/Career Fair is an annual attraction ASL puts on and it offers knowledge of the aviation sector and career opportunities. This year they teamed up with Scotia Bank who offered financial aid to prospective students.last_img read more

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Lukaku caps remarkable Everton comeback

first_imgBut Belgium forward Lukaku gave Everton a crucial lifeline when he netted one minute late and Ivory Coast striker Aruna Kone equalised in the closing stages before Lukaku bagged the winner with only six minutes left.Lukaku’s first Premier League goals for six weeks came against the club he played for on loan in the 2012-13 campaign and lifted Everton to fifth in the table following their third league win of the season.It was the perfect preparation for Everton’s Merseyside derby date with Liverpool on Sunday, while Albion’s third league defeat of the season left Tony Pulis’s team languishing in 15th place.There was little hint of the eventual drama, which left Albion winless at home in the league this season, during a wretched first half which was only lit up by Berahino’s opener.Without injured England defender John Stones, Ramiro Funes Mori stepped in for his full league debut but the Everton centre-back was at fault for Albion’s first goal.Mori had enjoyed a untroubled half but imploded when he lost the ball near the halfway line after trying to run out of defence.It found James Morrison and his excellent through-ball for Berahino saw the striker slip in a low shot via Tim Howard’s legs.Darren Fletcher had a header turned wide by Howard as Albion pressed after the interval and they doubled their lead from the resulting corner.Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley got in a mess trying to pick up Dawson and Jonny Evans, which allowed Dawson to nod in Chris Brunt’s deep delivery.Everton hit back immediately when Lukaku headed Deulofeu’s cross past Boaz Myhill and Kone levelled in the 75th minute, just three minutes after coming off the bench.Lukaku did brilliantly on the edge of the box to spot Kone’s run and threaded the ball through to the former Wigan forward, who was just onside, to drill past Myhill.The Baggies were shell-shocked, but former Chelsea striker Lukaku was not finished as he wrapped up Everton’s comeback with six minutes left.There was a hint of handball when he met Gerard Deulofeu’s cross, but with Myhill slow to react Lukaku smashed in from close range to spark wild celebrations among the travelling Everton fans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku taps the ball in from close range to ensure Everton claimed maximum points in the Premier League on September 28, 2015. PHOTO/AFPWEST BROMWICH, September 29- Romelu Lukaku’s double strike inspired a remarkable fightback as Everton recovered from two goals down to win 3-2 at West Bromwich Albion on Monday.Roberto Martinez’s side looked destined for a defeat when Craig Dawson added to Saido Berahino’s first half opener to put Albion 2-0 up with 54 minutes gone at the Hawthorns.last_img read more

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Liverpool 10/11 to win derby with Everton despite being the visitors – Coral

first_imgCoral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton clash at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Monday night.Despite being the visitors, Liverpool are 10/11 favourites, while the Toffees are 16/5 and the draw is 13/5.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Montebello makes taggers pay

first_imgAfter city officials created Navarro’s position, graffiti-removal calls dropped by about 4,000 incidents in April, May and June, compared to the same period last year, officials said. Police have made about 200 arrests of adults and juveniles for graffiti vandalism since March, including about 30 people charged with felony vandalism. “Graffiti’s approximately 20percent down now, but we still have a long way to go,” said Montebello Mayor Bob Bagwell. Next month, a city-hired company will start helping Montebello crews in removing graffiti. In addition, the city next month will begin using the Graffiti Tracker program, which uses satellite tracking system software and Global Positioning System technology to database and track graffiti and tagging incidents. In other cities where Graffiti Tracker has been used, police have been able to arrest repeat taggers by linking them to individual tagging locations, even if police have not witnessed the tagger in the act. The system also reveals areas that are being hit hard by taggers. “We’re pinpointing the culprits,” Bagwell said. “Police can take a tag name, put it in a computer, and see a pattern. They’re able to track it to a small location, so we can put our resources there.” While it’s still an uphill fight, Bagwell is hopeful the city’s aggressive enforcement campaign is sending a message that if you tag in Montebello, you’re likely to get caught, go to jail and pay restitution to the city. “I can remember when the city was so strapped, painting out graffiti was taking away money to pay for lifeguards at the city swimming pool,” said Bagwell. “I hear people say they can see a decline in graffiti now, and hopefully they’re getting the message that the city’s not going to be messing around anymore.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Taggers and graffiti vandals are getting hit where it hurts – paying hundreds of dollars in restitution to this city, where officials spent more than $400,000 cleaning it up last year. Since coming on board earlier this year as the city’s full-time graffiti investigator, Montebello Police Department Detective Ismael Navarro has been instrumental in recovering nearly $9,000 in court-ordered restitution from convicted offenders. What’s more, vandals are now drawing jail time, a dramatic change from years past when tagging and scrawling graffiti typically drew the offender community service with no jail sentence. About $7,500 of the $9,000 will be coming from eight adults convicted of felony graffiti vandalism who are now serving jail time and were ordered by the courts to pay restitution upon their release, Navarro said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Now they have to pay us as soon as they get out of jail, or they go back for a year,” Navarro said. “We’re getting felony convictions based on evidence from photos, interviews, intelligence and their admissions,” he added. “It’s unique, because the mentality of a lot of people is, if the police don’t catch you tagging, you won’t get convicted.” The successes in court have come with Navarro working overtime. But city officials say it’s paying off: Incidents of graffiti have fallen by 20percent since he began focusing on the problem in March, and that could mean savings in cleanup costs. “I’m working all the time,” Navarro said. “I’m supposed to only work four days a week, but I’m on the clock all the time. I’m always here, and I’m in court a lot.” Last year, city crews cleaned up more than 56,000 graffiti locations – up from only about 9,000 in 2003. In 2005, crews removed graffiti from 27,709 locations. last_img read more

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