Amalfitano commits to Hammers

first_imgMorgan Amalfitano has become the latest West Ham player to sign a new contract with the club – penning a fresh two-year deal. Press Association The 29-year-old has been a first-team regular at Upton Park since joining the Hammers from Marseille on transfer deadline day. Amalfitano, who spent the 2013/14 season on loan at West Brom from Marseille, initially signed a one-year deal but his form has seen him rewarded with a further two years, following in the footsteps of Mark Noble, James Tomkins and Winston Reid in extending his stay at the club. center_img “I am pleased. It’s the culmination of a good year,” he told West Ham TV. “We’re always trying to do our best and so I’m very pleased to have signed for two more years. I think I’ve impressed the management, I know that I can always do better and I hope to do so. I’ll give it my all as I have done in the first eight months.” Amalfitano has scored three goals in 22 appearances, including strikes in the wins over Liverpool and Manchester City earlier in the season. The single-capped France international was sent off in the Hammers 4-0 FA Cup fifth-round defeat at West Brom and has sat out the last three games – but returns to Sam Allardyce’s squad ahead of Saturday’s London derby against Arsenal as West Ham look to improve on a recent run of form which has seen them win just one of their last 11 Premier League fixtures. “It’s been a little while that I couldn’t play and it’s been a little bit frustrating,” added Amalfitano. “So it’s a pleasure to get back out on the pitch and play games. I’ve trained as hard as I possibly could in these past few weeks and now I’m ready for Saturday. “We need to get back to winning games and it’s down to us to rally ourselves to win the next games and hopefully that will start against a great team in Arsenal on Saturday.” Amalfitano’s return will be a timely boost for Allardyce, who is without the injured Reid, Tomkins, Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll for the short trip to the Emirates Stadium, whilst Enner Valencia is doubtful and Carl Jenkinson is ineligible to face his parent club. last_img read more

Middle Tenn. looks for home win vs UAB

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUAB (15-11, 6-7) vs. Middle Tennessee (6-20, 2-11)Murphy Athletic Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Saturday, 3 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Middle Tennessee looks for its fourth straight win over UAB at Murphy Athletic Center. The last victory for the Blazers at Middle Tennessee was a 77-67 win on Feb. 21, 2016. Middle Tenn. looks for home win vs UAB February 13, 2020 Associated Press center_img SAVVY SENIORS: Middle Tennessee has relied heavily on its seniors this year. C.J. Jones, Antonio Green, Donovan Sims and Jayce Johnson have collectively accounted for 65 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 55 percent of all Blue Raiders points over the last five games.JUMPING FOR JONES: Jones has connected on 39.7 percent of the 156 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 11 of 26 over his last five games. He’s also made 86.4 percent of his foul shots this season.LONG-RANGE THREAT: Middle Tennessee’s Green has attempted 192 3-pointers and connected on 33.3 percent of them, and is 13 of 27 over his last three games.STREAK STATS: UAB has won its last three road games, scoring 71 points, while allowing 62.7 per game.DID YOU KNOW: UAB is ranked first among CUSA teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 33 percent. The Blazers have averaged 10.6 offensive boards per game.___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Centurions Pujara and Rahane torment Sri Lanka on opening day

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Cheteshwar Pujara registered his second century of the series while Ajinkya Rahane also notched up a hundred as two of India’s most dependable batsmen laid the foundation for a massive first-innings total in the second Test against Sri Lanka yesterday.Pujara’s 50th Test turned out to be an eventful one as India’s number three nearly perished in the slip early in his innings and ran out partner KL Rahul before making amends with his burgeoning 211-run stand with Rahane.Pujara, who also completed 4 000 Test runs in the process, was batting on 128 at stumps, his 13th Test century containing 10 boundaries and a pulled six off debutant spinner Malinda Pushpakumara.Rahane, who survived a couple of reviews, hit 12 boundaries in his fluent 103 not out, as India utterly dominated the opening day of the contest to reach 344 for three.Alarmingly for Sri Lanka, still smarting from their comprehensive defeat in the series opener in Galle, lone frontline paceman Nuwan Pradeep left the field in the final session clutching his left hamstring.India got off to a brisk start after skipper Virat Kohli opted to bat on a dry surface with Rahul, who missed India’s victory in Galle with high-fever, and Shikhar Dhawan scoring freely against a spin-heavy Sri Lankan attack.Dhawan clobbered Rangana Herath for a six in the spinner’s first over and also hit five boundaries in his brisk 35 before Dilruwan Perera trapped him leg-before.Rahul was on 19 when the right-hander was given out leg-before to Dimuth Karunaratne but the batsman used review to successfully overturn the decision and went on to make his sixth successive Test half-century.Rahul fell on 57 after a horrible mix-up with Pujara and was soon joined by Kohli in the pavilion as India slumped to 133-3. Pujara, who struck 153 in Galle, and Rahane ensured Sri Lanka did not get any momentum, however.Renowned for their impeccable temperament, the right-handed duo deftly used the crease to punish the Sri Lankan bowlers who endured a wicketless final session. Sri Lanka welcomed back skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who missed the Galle Test, with pneumonia, and effected three changes overall in their bid to level the three-match series against the top ranked Indian team.INDIA 1st inningsS. Dhawan lbw b D. Perera 35L. Rahul run-out 57C. Pujara not out 128V. Kohli c Mathews b Herath 13A. Rahane not out 103Extras: (b-4, lb-3, nb-1) 8Total: (for 3 wickets, 90 overs) 344Fall of wickets: 1-56, 2-109, 3-133.Bowling: Nuwan Pradeep 17.4-2-63-0, Rangana Herath 24-3-83-1, Dimuth Karunaratne 3-0-10-0, Dilruwan Perera 18-2-68-1 (nb-1), Malinda Pushpakumara 19.2-0-82-0, Dhananjaya de Silva 8-0-31-0.last_img read more

Moeen to take short break after Test omission

first_imgMOEEN Ali is to take a ‘short break’ from cricket after being dropped by England for this week’s second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s.After being part of England’s World Cup-winning squad Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen struggled in Tests against Ireland and Australia.He scored only 13 runs in four innings in those two matches, and took four wickets at a cost of 186 runs.Somerset spinner Jack Leach is set to take his place in the second Test.Since first being called up by England in 2014, Moeen has invariably made himself available to play for Worcestershire, but first-team coach Alex Gidman says they now have to be supportive.“Literally no-one has been in the position that Mo has,” said Gidman.“Being part of a World Cup-winning squad in England – no one else has achieved that then unfortunately was left out of the Test squad.“Mo has been in and out of that team and no-one else knows what that feels like,” he told BBC Hereford & Worcester.“We’ll be ready for Mo when he wants to play again and we’ll have discussions with both him and the ECB and support him and be here for him, so that he can push as hard as he can to get his England spot back.”Moeen has played in 60 Tests, 101 one-day internationals and 25 T20 games since making his England debut in a one-day international during England’s winter tour of the Caribbean in February 2014.“Mo is spending a little time away from the middle recharging his batteries and putting in some quality practice time which he feels he needs, and we completely respect,” added Gidman.“He has had an intense schedule of international cricket involving the World Cup and the start of the Ashes.“Mo loves playing for Worcestershire and he gives a lift to everyone in the dressing room when he comes back and plays for us.”Moeen’s one T20 Blast appearance this season, in the away win over Nottinghamshire, came just four days after he had been on the Lord’s turf helping to celebrate England’s World Cup win, although he did not play in the match. “We saw at Trent Bridge what he gives to us and we look forward to when he returns soon,” said Gidman. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Enekwechi Fails To Hit 21m In Ostrava

first_imgChukwuebuka Enekwechi This was Enekwechi’s fourth consecutive attempt to hit the 21m mark after heaving a massive 21.77m on April 28 at the Grande Prêmio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo, Bragança Paulista in Brazil.His first attempt to make it back-to-back 21m throw and make history as the first Nigerian to hit the 21m mark twice in an outdoor season was at the Golden Gala – Pietro Mennea IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome on June 6 but he failed to hit beyond 20.54m.He dropped to 20.50m at the Memorial Jos Verstockt in Lier,Belgium two days later but moved closest at the Irena Szewińska Memorial in Bydgoszcz, Poland where he was just two centimetres short (20.98m).The Commonwealth Games silver medallist had become the second Nigerian man after Stephen Mozia to hit 21m mark and above indoors and out after his 21.09m personal best indoor throw at the Notre Dame in Indianapolis, USA last February.Mozia made Nigerian history in 2016 when he became the first Nigerian to throw 21m and above indoors and out. He began with a 20.11m heave in January before setting a then Nigeria record of 21.76m in July at the Ústí nad Labem meeting in Czech Republic.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Reigning Nigeria Shot Put record holder, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi threw 20.44m to place fifth at the 58th Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Thursday.The Nigerian fouled his first three attempts before registering 20.21m in his fourth throw. The mark catapaulted him from eighth to fifth position but his attempt to jump to third position and overhaul the duo of home-boy, Stanek Tomáš (3rd) and Poland’s Bukowiecki Konrad (4th) failed to hit the imagined mark as he could only throw 19.73m on his fifth attempt.The 26-year old improved his mark to 20.44m in his final throw but it was not enough to lift him beyond fifth.last_img read more

VB : SU fails to contain star Marquette hitters in four-set loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Everyone on Syracuse knew the talent of Marquette’s outside hitters. It was shown to them all week at practice. Still, there’s only so much the Orange could game plan for.And seemingly every time Marquette outside hitter Ciara Jones hit the ball it bounced off SU’s blockers and right out of bounds.‘She has one of the most powerful swings that I’ve blocked against in a long time,’ middle blocker Lindsey McCabe said.With a rare full week off for the Orange, SU took the opportunity to do some extra scouting on the Golden Eagles’ trio of outside hitters Jones, Ashley Beyer and middle hitter Danielle Carlson. Even so, the three combined for 46 kills in a 3-1 win over Syracuse as the two were virtually impossible to block for the match’s final three sets.‘As we go into the game, they start adjusting to things, and that’s where I think we got caught up,’ outside hitter Noemie Lefebvre said. ‘We couldn’t really adjust back to what they were doing in the following sets.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first set, the Orange defense shut down not only the three stars for Marquette, but also the entire Golden Eagles offense.But as Lefebvre said, the Golden Eagles had no trouble adjusting.Marquette’s playmakers could not be held in check for more than that first set. Jones led the team with 17 kills for the match and Carlson had 16. Carlson hit an astounding .467 to lead the team.Syracuse was aware of the additional challenge Carlson provided and game planned accordingly.‘We knew No. 8, their middle, was hitting almost .500 in conference games, so just mainly blocking their big attackers (was the focus),’ McCabe said.Handling Carlson was especially difficult because she was always in the right place for the Golden Eagles and the offense was consistently funneled through her.McCabe recalled the difficulties in executing plays against Marquette a year ago because of the straight-down kills by the Golden Eagles. This year, Carlson contributed her fair share, and as the Orange was unable to execute in the fourth set Saturday, the same issues persisted.But the most unique challenge SU faced was Jones and her powerful right arm.A year ago, Jones was named a third team All-National by COBRA Magazine. This year, the magazine put her on the second team in the preseason.And while most of the offense was held in check for the first set, Marquette adjusted to Syracuse’s talented blockers. Jones was able to get back into a rhythm after SU won the opening frame.‘She’s phenomenal,’ defensive specialist Ashley Williams said. ‘Our front row was scared to block her because she hits a heavy ball. … I wouldn’t be surprised if she was All-Big East and All-American.’Even when the Orange blockers were getting in the way, Jones just kept hitting. The outside hitter’s swing was powerful enough that no matter how perfect the block, the ball would ricochet off of the blockers’ hands and out of bounds.‘We’re closing the block, and she’s still hitting through us,’ McCabe said.SU felt confident the way it played early in the game is good enough to compete with anyone in the country and especially anyone in the Big East.And the two outside hitters for Marquette are just as good as any individual players Syracuse will play all season. The way that the Orange handled them for most of the game gives assistant coach Kelly Morrisroe confidence going forward.‘Both of their outsides could be All-American candidates, but I think we did a lot of nice things against them,’ Morrisroe said.dbwilson@syr.edu Published on October 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2center_img Commentslast_img read more

Badgers prepare for new-look Hoosiers squad

first_imgTwo brand new teams will meet in the University Gym in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday night. Or at least that is how it appears on paper.The 4-5 Wisconsin women’s volleyball team will hit the road this weekend to try their luck against the 0-8 Indiana Hoosiers. At this same point in the 2010 season, these two Big Ten teams were each in a much different position in terms of their records.Going into their first meeting with the Hoosiers last season, the Badgers were 0-7 while Indiana was 3-4. Wisconsin fell in three sets, continuing its Big Ten losing streak. The Badgers have since made changes for the better, including three new freshmen additions to the starting lineup, giving Indiana a new look at a much improved Wisconsin volleyball program.Both teams lost in their Wednesday evening matches in five close sets. Indiana was pitted against No. 12 Purdue for a chance to earn its first Big Ten victory of the season. Despite double digit kills from four Hoosier hitters, Indiana was unable to come up with the win. Wisconsin lost a similar heartbreaker to Minnesota.“They are battling out there, and I know that’s a team that is hungry to win,” head coach Pete Waite said. “They’ll be at home, and they will want that win from us.”The Hoosiers’ top offensive gun, junior Kelci Marschall, was included in that successful group of four on Wednesday, finishing the night with 14 kills and 10 digs.Marschall averages 3.07 kills per set and has the ability to play on both sides of the court.“[Marschall] has been playing some right side, she’s been playing some left side,” Waite said. “They have had some injuries from last year; they have had some illnesses, so they don’t have all their players out there.”Perhaps the biggest loss from last year came with the graduation of middle blocker Ashley Benson. During the last matchup with the Hoosiers, Benson outblocked the Badgers’ leading blocker, Dominique Thompson, 13-2.The Hoosiers as a whole outblocked the Badgers, 17-2. Taking over for Benson this season is 6-foot-2 junior Samantha Thrower who averages nearly a block per set.Indiana’s current defensive backbone also happens to be the Hoosiers all-time dig leader. Senior libero Caitlin Cox averages a team-high 4.27 digs per set and like Badger libero Annemarie Hickey, Cox leads the team in service aces with .24 per set.“We know they are a dangerous team especially at home,” Waite said. “They are well coached and they do some nice things. We have to come out and be playing the same ball we are playing. We can’t back down a little bit. We cant go softer. We’ve got to go after it.”Last meeting, the Hoosiers served very tough, topping the Badgers in aces 8-2 and an overall stronger serving percentage of .892 over Wisconsin’s .860. Recently, Wisconsin has been consistently strong from the service line, led by Hickey in aces.Freshman Courtney Thomas and the Badgers want to remain consistent in order to give themselves the best possible shot at a victory.“Serving and passing, those are the biggest keys of volleyball,” Thomas said. “If we serve and pass well and attack well, we most likely come out with the win.”Waite hopes to have his attacking line at full force. However, freshman hitter Crystal Graff was subbed out of Wednesday night’s match with a knee injury. Junior outside hitter Bailey Reshel came off the bench for the Badgers and earned three kills, as Graff did not return. “If Crystal is able to play, great,” Waite said. “If not, we’ve got to have the next person come in and really stabilize things for us, and that’s fine.”last_img read more

Sides from the Premier in hunt for silverware

first_imgFethard are just 80 or so minutes away from glory – provided they get the better of Dungarvan in the final of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Bowl. In the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup Quarter-Final all three sides from Premier still in it are away from home.Cashel meet Bandon, Clanwilliam face Cork Constitution and Clonmel square up to Richmond.Nenagh Ormond are at home to Castleisland in the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Plate while Thurles travel to take on Presentation in the same competition.last_img read more

Police arrest three Zamalek players

first_imgPolice in Cairo have arrested three players of Egyptian club Zamalek for reportedly abusing a military officer.Zamalek trio Mahmoud Abdel-Razik (aka ‘Shikabala’), Salah Soliman and Hazem Emam were picked up at Cairo airport and transmitted to Al-Nozha police station on Monday.DelayThe Zamalek team trip from Hurghada to Cairo has been delayed for over an hour on Monday after the team’s star player Shikabala was involved in a personal conflict with an officer at the airport.-While the Zamalek delegation was at the airport, a pilot officer was at the cafeteria with his wife. The pilot was wearing a red jersey, supporting Zamalek rival Ahly. A verbal dispute occurred between him and Shikabala, developing into a physical confrontation, manager of Hurghada airport, Sami Abdel-Menem told Ahram Arabic gate.Zamalek fans commented it’s -Shikabala’s turn for disputes with military in media reports, after Ahly star Mohamed Abou-Treika, who was linked last month to a similar case, denied allegations. No official statement yetZamalek hasn’t stated anything officially yet about the Shikabala’s incident, but are expected to say something on the matter soon, especially because exaggerated rumours have started to circulate online in blogs and social networks concerning the dispute.The Cairo-based team was returning from Gouna after winning to South Africa’s Orlando Pirates 2-1 on Sunday in round four of the African Champions League group stage.last_img read more

Yusuf Basigi hails battling qualities of Black Queens

first_imgBlack Queens coach Yusuf Basigi has hailed the battling qualities of his side after their 2-1 victory over Tunisia in the African Women’s Championship qualifier.The Queens fought back from a goal down and a player to less to clinch the all-important victory.The result gives Ghana a huge of chance of making progress and Basigi believes the resilience and strength of the ladies proved instrumental.“This game was very difficult. This time round we played very well especially in the first half,” he told Adom Sports.“But the penalty was very doubtful. First penalty and second penalty were all doubtful but they fought back.”“They fought back and equalized and went ahead to win.” “This speaks volumes about the character of the players. I have really respected the girls. Despite all the odds, they fought to the end of the game.”The return leg is in Accra next Tuesday.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more