Redknapp sacked by Birmingham after 13 matches

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp “A lot of the targets I was after I couldn’t get over the line. I still felt that given time I would have given them a team that would have been challenging for promotion, I had no doubt about that.” Harry RedknappLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Veteran manager Harry Redknapp was sacked by second-tier Birmingham City on Saturday after a 3-1 home defeat by Preston North End, just his 13th game in charge.The 70-year-old, whose coaching career has included Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth, was briefly hailed as a saviour after he kept Birmingham in the division last term having taken over following a disastrous spell in charge by Italian Gianfranco Zola.However, despite an influx of players in the close season, Birmingham suffered a sixth successive defeat and have just four points from eight league matches.“I am disappointed. It’s been difficult, I have had one week with a new team and new players, one week,” Redknapp told the Birmingham Mail.“It’s not an excuse but today I had three of the forwards missing who I would have picked, probably the three most exciting players in all honesty.“It takes time to build a football team, not one week. I didn’t get the players in I was after in pre-season and suddenly I have got a load of players in.last_img read more

Liverpool stun Everton with freak goal as Arsenal overpower Spurs

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool stayed hot on the heels of Manchester City on Sunday after a bizarre late winner against Everton as Arsenal issued a powerful statement of intent on Sunday’s Premier League derby day.Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side looked set to drop a precious two points in their dogged pursuit of City but they benefited from a bizarre error from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to win 1-0 and continue their Anfield hex over their city rivals.Unai Emery’s Arsenal are now 19 matches unbeaten in all competitions after their thrilling 4-2 victory against Tottenham at the Emirates lifted them to fourth in the Premier League, above fierce rivals Spurs on goal difference.Chelsea recovered from the disappointment of losing their first match of the Premier League season to Spurs last week to beat Fulham 2-0 to climb to third in the table.Liverpool started the Merseyside derby determined to salvage some pride after their midweek defeat to Paris Saint-Germain left their Champions League hopes in the balance.There were chances for both teams in an entertaining encounter but the match appeared to be heading for a goalless stalemate as the seconds ticked away.? Pure derby day joy.Unmissable #LIVEVE highlights and full game replay are now available on @LFCTV GO ?— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 3, 2018But then out of nowhere, England’s Pickford made a terrible error, mishandling a high ball that appeared to be heading over his bar and spilling it into the path of substitute Divock Origi. The Belgium forward had the simple task of heading into the empty net to spark scenes of ecstasy at Anfield, with Klopp racing onto the pitch to celebrate.“I have to apologise because I didn’t want to be disrespectful but I couldn’t stop myself. It just happened,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“The game was with unbelievable intensity. Both teams had chances. Both goalkeepers had outstanding performances. In the end it was a very weird goal. I can’t imagine the disappointment of Everton. But we got it and we will take it. It is a brilliant night.”– Arsenal guts –Earlier, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty gave Arsenal an early lead in the north London derby before Eric Dier’s header and a Harry Kane spot-kick handed Tottenham the lead at half-time at the Emirates Stadium.But Aubameyang’s superb long-range equaliser sparked a second half surge from the Gunners. Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to put Arsenal ahead and Lucas Torreira sealed the points with his first goal for the club.Up the Reds.?— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 2, 2018Capping a miserable day for Jan Vertonghen, the Tottenham defender was sent off in the closing stages after earlier giving away Arsenal’s penalty.“It is a very big match for our confidence. Now we have to continue our process,” Emery said. “It is a very big victory. We give this to our supporters because it’s a very special match against Tottenham.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

CAF Champions League: KCCA FC eject Namibia’s African Stars FC

first_imgKCCA FC. PHOTO via @KCCAFCKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Two second half goals by Mustafa Kizza and Allan Okello were enough to help KCCA FC defeat visiting African Stars FC from Namibia in a CAF Champions League return match played at the StarTimes stadium yesterday.The result means KCCA FC advance to the first round of the lucrative tournament on a 4-3 goal aggregate.KCCA FC started the match on a high but the visitors played a highly defensive game. In the second half KCCA continued to push forward before Kizza made it 1-0 after 83 minutes. At the stroke of full time Okello got his name on the score sheet.But KCCA FC will have to thank goalkeeper Charles Lukwago for stopping two clear scoring chances the Namibians giants had created.“I am happy that we have utilized our home advantage and won the game. After failing to score in the first 45 minutes we changed our strategy in the second half and it worked,” said KCCA FC head coach Mike Hillary Mutebi. African Stars FC coach Muhammad Fargo said it is unfortunate his team is out of the CAF Champions League. “We played well in the first half, but made some mistakes later that have cost us,” he added.On Saturday Uganda’s representatives in the CAF Confederations Cup Proline FC will play away in Malawi against Masters Security FC. Proline FC won the first leg 3-1 in Kampala.*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Hidden camera found in St. Mary’s Medical Center bathroom, WPB police investigate

first_imgAn investigation into how a hidden camera was placed in a bathroom at St. Mary’s Medical Center is underway.West Palm Beach Police recovered the small hidden camera from an employee bathroom at the hospital on Oct. 3.Police found digital images on the camera, and have shared the pictures in hopes that someone will recognize them and help identify who placed the camera in the West Palm Beach hospital’s bathroom.The images do not match any of the bathrooms at St. Mary’s, and police do not have any other information at this time.“As soon as we discovered the camera, we notified the police. “The hospital said in a statement. “We are fully cooperating with their investigation, and we have notified all employees who work in the area where the camera was found.”Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.“You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.”last_img read more

Social distancing calls taking over emergency hotline

first_imgThe Martin County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public not the dial 911 to report people who are not practicing social distancing measures.According to the sheriff’s office, while they appreciate community member’s diligence in reporting those who are not abiding by the rules, they say they have been receiving so many related phone calls to the 911 number, that it’s hindering their ability to receive phone calls from those who have true emergencies.“People are upset. They see somebody playing volleyball. They see a group, you know, within less than 6 feet, and they call our 911 number. Please don’t do that,” Sheriff William Snyder told our news partners at WPTV.The sheriff’s office is asking the public to instead use their local non-emergency number if you are going to report someone who is not practicing social distancing.“Somebody violating the county commission rules, or the governor’s rules, is important. We should know about it. We will come out, and we will take care of it. But it is not an emergency, and it is not a 911 call,” said Snyder.To find your local non- emergency number, just visit the your local sheriffs department’s website.last_img read more

‘Surprised’ champions retain Brenda King foursomes

first_img Defending champions Claire Dowling and Tracy Atkin retained the senior women’s Brenda King Foursomes at Gog Magog, Cambridge – to their great surprise.“We thought we’d thrown it away,” said Claire as she recounted the tale of their last five holes: bogey, bogey, bogey, double bogey, par. Tracy added: “It’s a bit of a surprise, we never imagined we’d still win. (Image © Leaderboard Photography)But despite the finish they pulled off a one-stroke win over the Surrey pair of Alison Gee and Debbie Richards, while Staffordshire’s Sue Spencer and Sally Sketcher were third, two shots further back.Sharing fourth prize were the Frilford Heath pairing of Annie Gowing and Kate Evans who have come so close over recent years, having also been runners-up twice and third. “We’re the bridesmaids,” laughed Annie.Claire (Copt Heath) and Tracy (Leamington & County) have played in this event twice and won twice, building on a friendship which dates back to their days as internationals. But, as they came down the 18th at the end of their second round they were planning their ‘retirement’. “We were talking about packing it in – but now we’ll be back next year!” said Tracy.They opened their defence yesterday with a score of 78 on the Wandlebury course, which put them in a share of second place and a stroke behind the Gee/Richards combination.Today, on the Old course, they reached the turn in two-over par, before they began to falter, eventually returning a second round score of 79.Behind them Alison Gee (Walton Heath) and Debbie Richards (Burhill) had lost their slender lead over the front nine but they kept battling, holing a birdie putt on 15 and hitting the pin on 16. With one hole to play they were sharing the lead once more, only to bogey the last to end their challenge.This was also their second appearance in the event, having come fifth last year. “Perhaps it’ll be third time lucky,” said Debbie as she looked ahead to next year.The handicap trophy was won by Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath) and Sally Sketcher (Trentham), who were playing in the Brenda King for the first time. Sue is a past Staffordshire captain, while Sally was simultaneously the second team captain.Leading final scores157 Claire Dowling (Copt Heath) & Tracy Atkin    (Leamington and County) 78 79158 Alison Gee (Walton Heath) & Debbie Richards (Burhill) 77 81160 Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath) & Sally Sketcher (Trentham)    82 78162 Annie Gowing & Kate Evans (Frilford Heath) 82, 80; Karen Thompson & Gabi Heuchel (East Berkshire) 79 83165 Julie Ballard (Littlestone) & Sheila Stirling (Royal Mid Surrey) 83 82; Suzette Worthington & Paula Crabtree (Bristol & Clifton) 82 83 2 Oct 2013 ‘Surprised’ champions retain Brenda King foursomes last_img read more

Geoff Marks: 1938-2016

first_img Geoff Marks, a past President of the English Golf Union and the first man to captain GB&I to Walker Cup victory on American soil, has died. He was 78. Geoff, who was a member of Trentham Golf Club in Staffordshire for 60 years, was appointed OBE for services to golf in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2008. His golfing career was peppered with highlights starting with early success as the Staffordshire boys’ champion of 1955. He played for England 65 times between 1963 and 1975, winning 45 times; and he played in two Walker Cups, before twice captaining the team. In his first Walker Cup match, at Milwaukee in 1969, he won both his singles, including one against Lanny Wadkins. In 1971 at St Andrews he was on the losing end of an encounter against Tom Kite. He was Walker Cup captain at Sunningdale in 1987 and followed up two years later by steering GB&I to an historic 12.5-11.5 victory at Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta. He was also the England captain from 1980-83. After his playing career was over he became President of the English Golf Union in 1995 and also served on R&A committees – and shared responsibility for the pin positions at a number of Open championships. Geoff Marks was an architect by profession and partner for Scriveners and designed the offices and other buildings when the English Golf Union moved to Woodhall Spa in 1995. He was Staffordshire champion eight times and had been president of both his county and of his club, Trentham, where he had also been captain and a director. 13 Dec 2016 Geoff Marks: 1938-2016 last_img read more

English players charge in pursuit of Finland’s Kerttu

first_imgCaption: top Jess Baker, below Kerttu Hiltunen (copyright Leaderboard Photography). Tags: Girls, Lyme Regis, U16 8 Aug 2018 English players charge in pursuit of Finland’s Kerttu center_img Finland’s Kerttu Hiltunen holds a three-shot lead at the halfway stage of the English U16 girls’ championship at Lyme Regis Golf Club – but English players are staging a strong charge to catch her.It’s led by Northumberland’s Jess Baker (Gosforth Park Ladies) who shot her best ever round today of three-under 71 to move into second place. It made her five-under for the championship and after holing out in a torrential downpour she came off the course wreathed in smiles.“I went into this round just wanting to post a solid score and stay up at the top,” said Baker, who was fourth overnight. “It’s really nice to get my name up there.”“I tried to make as many pars and birdies as I could and my short game was where I scored,” she said. She started as she wanted and was two-under after the fifth, where she had the bonus of unexpectedly holing a difficult putt.Two shots further back is Rafiah Banday (Royal Mid Surrey) who was a little disappointed to leave the course with a level par score.“I was doing quite well until I doubled the 15th, which I eagled yesterday, and then bogeyed the next,” she said. However, the strong winds made the 16th a very tough proposition and Banday came quickly back with an 18th hole birdie and then played her back nine – holes one to nine – in level par.Ellie Gower continued the English push with her one-under 73, which makes her level par at the halfway stage. Her round included an eagle on the seventh where she holed out from 25ft.“It was tricky in the wind yesterday and it was harder today but I managed to keep it in play and keep out of trouble,” said the 15-year-old, who lives in France, where her parents have a nine-hole golf course.Her father is a professional but his efforts to interest her in golf failed until he took her to the Lacoste French ladies open four years ago and one of the players gave her a golf ball. She also met English Tour player Ellie Givens and has caddied for her in the event ever since. “That kicked it off,” she said.Behind her, there’s three more English girls: Daisy Kennedy (Stoke Park) on one-over, Hannah Golding (Brocton Hall) who was round in one-under today and is tied on two-over with Rosie Belsham (Whitley Bay).However, Hiltunen is setting a great pace and would love to win this title. She’s bringing good form into this event, having won the U16 Hazards Salver at last week’s English U18 girls’ championship.She opened her campaign at Lyme Regis with a first round of six-under 68 and followed up with today’s 72. She made the perfect start with an eagle three on her first hole, the 10th, but had a set back with a double bogey on the 14th. However she responded straight away with a birdie and played steadily for the rest of the round.In the U14 girls’ championship, which is being played simultaneously, Harriet Lockley of Wales leads on two over. A shot behind is Italy’s Francesca Fiorellini, while a group on level par includes defending champion Charlotte Cannatteo.The field in both championships was cut today to 33 players in the U16s and 28 in the U14s. The U16s will play 36 holes tomorrow while the U14s will play 18 holes.last_img read more

2019 English Disability Open is a first for England Golf

first_img 40 golfers from across Europe have signed up to play in the 2019 English Disability Open to be staged on the Gainsborough course at Stoke by Nayland over the weekend of September 7-8.The event, which is supported by the R&A and is on the England Golf tournament schedule for the first time this year, has attracted entries from England, Wales, The Netherlands and France, who will compete using the modified rules of golf for players with a disability in gross, handicap or Stableford competitions, depending on their golf handicap.Among those who have entered are defending champion Mick Horsley (pictured), from Marriott Breadsall Priory in Derbyshire, the current male No 1 on the World Ranking for Golfers with a Disability (WR4GD), George Groves, from Horne Park Golf Club in Surrey and Martin Wiiliams from North Hants Golf Club in Hampshire, the same club where Olympic champion and England Golf Ambassador Justin Rose learned to play the game.2019 also sees four female competitors taking part, including Aimi Bullock, from Woking Golf Club in Surrey and junior golfer Ellie Perks, from Hagley Golf Club in Worcestershire. Recently, Perks received England Golf’s Hero’s Handshake award for the work she does helping other disabled children to play and enjoy the game.Working with the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA), England Golf now provides an easy process for players to register for their ‘Access’ pass which allows anyone with an impairment to register as a golfer with a disability. The access pass can be a stepping stone to participating in the WR4GD, which features players from Australia, South Africa and across Europe, all managed by the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR)Jamie Blair, Inclusion and Wellbeing Manager for England Golf commented: “It feels like this has been a long time in planning and I can’t wait for us to have this showcase of golfing ability as part of our tournament offering.Whilst we know there is more work to be done to improve the opportunities for more people, including disabled people to join golf clubs, this event is about providing for an audience of our customers who have not accessed a national championships before and putting it on a parallel with everything else we run.”“The event will provide points for the WR4GD rankings for those eligible players, whilst also utilising our unique handicap system to allow any player with any disability or impairment to compete and show the quality and character of players we have playing our fantastic game.”The event is free to spectate with full details of tee times being published on the England Golf website after the 18th August.EDGA are the global body supporting the development of the game for golfers with a disability, working in partnership with the R&A, USGA and IGF alongside their member bodies of the national golfing federations.WR4GD was adopted by WAGR from January 2019 following the development and implementation by EDGA since January 2017.Credit Leaderboard Photography. 28 Aug 2019 2019 English Disability Open is a first for England Golf Tags: Disability Championship, Disability Golf, Disability Openlast_img read more

Former Pirates manager Chuck Tanner dies at 82

first_imgFAM-A-LEE—In this Oct. 14, 1979 photo, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Chuck Tanner greets Bill Madlock as he returned to the dugout after scoring in the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball’s World Series against the Baltimore Orioles in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/File) PITTSBURGH (AP)—For Chuck Tanner, it was all about family, in so many ways.There was was the 1979 World Series when the Pittsburgh Pirates—energized by the thumping anthem “We Are Family”—soared to a title that ended with the players’ wives dancing on the dugout roof.And there was Game 5 of that Series, when the great comeback started for a Pirates team facing elimination by Baltimore. Tanner learned his mother had died that morning, but he insisted on managing because he knew she would have wanted him to do the job. On Friday, Tanner, one of baseball’s relentlessly upbeat figures, died at 82 in his hometown of New Castle, Pa. He died of a long illness at his home after spending time in hospice care.“In baseball, we will remember his eternal optimism and his passion for the game,” Tanner’s son, former major league pitcher Bruce, said in a statement.Renowned for his never-wavering confidence and an inherent belief that no deficit was too large to overcome, Tanner managed the White Sox, Athletics, Pirates and Braves to a record of 1,352-1,381 from 1970-88. He won one division title and finished second five times.“It’s hard to win a pennant,” Tanner once said, “but it’s harder to lose one.”Tanner’s irrepressible faith was tested on that morning of Game 5 in 1979, with the Pirates trailing the Orioles 3-1. Tanner awoke and found out his mother had died in a nursing home in New Castle.A grieving Tanner stuck with his team. He took a huge gamble by starting left-hander Jim Rooker, who had won four games all season, rather than future Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven. Rooker held the Orioles to one run over five innings, and the Pirates, led by aging star Willie Stargell, went on to sweep the final three games.“Chuck was a class act who always carried himself with grace, humility and integrity,” Pirates President Frank Coonelly said in a statement. “While no one had a sharper baseball mind, Chuck was loved by his players and the city of Pittsburgh because he was always positive, enthusiastic and optimistic about his Bucs and life in generally.”The Pirates had seven winning seasons in Tanner’s first eight years, several after they had terrible starts. Some players later abused the considerable freedom Tanner gave them, however, such as allowing friends and family members to roam freely in the clubhouse.That permissive attitude was cited in part for the Pirates’ drug problems, involving such players such as 1978 NL MVP Dave Parker, that were revealed during the widely publicized Pittsburgh trials of alleged drug suppliers to major leaguers in 1985.Tanner testified he had only a cursory knowledge of such drug use. Former Pirates shortstop Dale Berra contradicted that claim, testifying Tanner specifically warned him to stay away from reputed drug dealers and once asked Berra if he had a cocaine problem.The Pirates fired Tanner in the aftermath of the drug trials—”I would have fired myself,” Tanner once said.Tanner had already made his mark in the dugout before joining the Pirates.He was one of the first managers to use relievers in situational roles, as all teams do today.Let go when owner Bill Veeck reacquired the White Sox in 1975, Tanner quickly hooked on with the Athletics. With Reggie Jackson gone and home runs at a premium, Tanner turned the 1976 A’s loose for an AL-record 341 stolen bases, an average of more than two per game.Tanner was coveted by the Pirates, and the team made one of the few trades involving a manager in major league history to obtain Tanner’s contract. Pittsburgh sent All-Star catcher Manny Sanguillen and cash to the A’s for Tanner.Tanner kept running, doubling the Pirates’ stolen base total from 130 to 260. They finished second in each of their first two seasons under him, in 1977 and ’78, then overcame a 7-11 record in April 1979 to win the NL East before sweeping the Reds in a three-game NLCS.Led by the 39-year-old Stargell’s clutch hitting (32 homers, 82 RBIs), the team adopted a popular song of the time by Sister Sledge to become known as the Family (or, as it was often spelled, the Fam-A-Lee). Stargell was the NL’s co-MVP, as well as the MVP of the NLCS and the World Series, despite being limited to 424 at-bats by age and injuries.“Having Willie Stargell that year was like having a diamond ring on your finger,” Tanner said.Born on the Fourth of July in 1928, Tanner hit .261 with 21 homers in 396 games as a spare outfielder with the Braves, Cubs, Indians and Angels.Tanner’s wife, Barbara, died in 2006, the month after her husband served as honorary NL coach in the All-Star game in Pittsburgh. Phil Garner, the NL manager, insisted Tanner be on his staff.“Chuck Tanner taught me nearly everything I know about baseball,” Garner said.last_img read more