Inter kit goes square with Nike

first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Unusual (And Stunning) Human TraitsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous Actors A leaked version of the Nike Inter away kit for the 2020-21 season seems to be white with a thin blue and black checked stripe effect. According to the pictures on Footyheadlines.com, the shirt will have a geographic print made up of large squares, created using thin blue or black stripes. read also:Inter boss Conte expecting more from ‘shy’ EriksenAdvertisement Loading… center_img The stripes would continue on the shorts, with blue on one side and black on the other. There is a large gap on the back for the players’ names and another for his number. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Butland could make loan switch

first_img With just a few days of the current transfer window remaining, Hughes has promised Butland he will try to get him another loan deal – with the right club. “We’ll look at every player’s individual circumstances,” said Hughes. “Jack’s an outstanding ‘keeper – I’m very fortunate I’ve three outstanding ‘keepers. In that respect we are well served. “The important thing for Jack is his development, and we have to make sure the next stage of his career is correct so he progresses at the right level. “Ideally we would probably want to get him out and get him some game time, but it has to be at the right club with the right philosophy. “If we have that opportunity of a club that would benefit Jack, and vice versa, then we will look at it. “If that’s not the case then he will stay here and work with an excellent group of goalkeepers and he will learn doing that as well.” Asked whether he would consider another Barclays Premier League club for Butland, who played for England against Italy last year, Hughes added: “It’s about circumstances. The 20-year-old was signed by Hughes’ predecessor at the Britannia Stadium, Tony Pulis, for £4million from Birmingham on the final day of the January transfer window. Butland was immediately loaned back to Birmingham for the remainder of the Championship campaign, but is back at Stoke where he finds himself as third choice behind Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen. “We’ll look at every individual situation and see whether the benefits outweigh the negatives.” Butland has been linked with a switch to West Brom in light of Ben Foster being out for 12 weeks with a stress fracture of a bone in his right foot. West Brom head coach Steve Clarke, however, is keeping his cards close to his chest as he said: “It’s disappointing for Ben because he worked hard all pre-season, and we saw with his level of performance he was in a really good place. “But these things (injuries) are a part and parcel of football, he has to deal with it, and we’re looking at 12 weeks maximum. “Looking at the market we’ll see if we can get an experienced back-up, but I’m not going to speak about names. “There are a number available, some out of contract, and so a number of ways to do a deal.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes is considering loaning out goalkeeper Jack Butland. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News India Women’s Cricket Team Continue Unbeaten Run, Take Unassailable 3-0 Lead Vs South Africa

first_imgNew Delhi: India women cricket team’s spinners, led by Radha Yadav’s 3/23 and superb spells from Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav restricted South Africa to 98/8. Despite losing some quick wickets, Harmanpreet Kaur held firm and smashed an unbeaten 34 as India crossed the line by five wickets to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series at the Lalabhai Contractor stadium in Surat on Thursday. None of South Africa’s batters could capitalise on a good start provided by the openers, with Lizelle Lee and Sune Luus stitching a solid 23-run stand in five overs. Lee, in particular, looked in aggressive touch with two fours off Deepti Sharma. However, when Radha Yadav and Poonam Yadav got the wickets of Lee and Luus in successive overs, South Africa lost total momentum. Laura Wolvaardt and Nadine de Klerk tried to break the shackles with a four each off Pooja Vastrakar. Woolvardt, who plays for the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League, smashed two fours off Radha Yadav. However, Harmanpreet Kaur got rid of Wolvaardt for 17 and Radha got her second by getting de Klerk out for 11. Anne Bosch tried to get South Africa past hundred with a couple of boundaries but when she fell for 11 to Radha Yadav, South Africa managed stumbled. Deepti Sharma got two wickets in the final over and South Africa ended on 98/8.Also Read | 15-Year-Old Shafali Verma Helps India Take 2-0 Lead Against South Africa In T20I SeriesShafali Verma started off with a couple of fours but she fell to Shabnim Ismail. Smriti Mandhana’s poor run continued when she fell to Ayabonga Khaka for 7. India had some nervous moments when Luus got the wicket of Jemimah Rodrigues but Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma got India closer with a couple of boundaries. Also Read | Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur To Miss Women’s Big Bash League For National DutiesDeepti Sharma and Veda Krishnamurthy fell but Harmanpreet sealed the deal with a four off Ayabonga Khaka as India took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the six-match series. India and South Africa both agreed to play two extra Twenty20 Internationals after two games were abandoned without a ball being bowled in Surat. Thus, the five-match series has become a six-match series and the final match will take place on October 4. The ODIs will start from October 9 and they will take place at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

STAG Beer, Let’s Bet Sports on board tournament

first_imgSTAG Trinidad Northern Rugby Football Club will headline Sunday’s Guyana Carnival 7s Rugby tournament, which is set for the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground, from 13:00hrs. The tournament, which is in its second year, will see Ansa McAl behind their STAG Beer brand as the title sponsor, while the Guyana Lottery Company’s Let’s Bet Sports, Pepsi and Ramps Logistics are the other major sponsors.The STAG Beer-sponsored Trinidadian Rugby Club, one of the Twin Island Republic’s oldest in the sport, will be competing in Guyana for the very first time, and will face the likes of Panthers, defending champions Pepsi Hornets, Caribs and Guyana Police Force.Pepsi Hornets are expected to be boosted by the likes of Abdullah Silverton, arguably one of the best players in Trinidad, and Blaise Bailey, who is returning from the United States. However, the organiser feels the visitors will be the team to beat along with the youthful Panthers unit.Rawle Toney, vice-president of the Pepsi Hornets Rugby Club and one of the principals behind the tournament, stated all is set for the second edition of the only sporting event on the Guyana Carnival calendar.Toney indicated that players will want to use the tournament to fine-tune their skills ahead of Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens tournament in July.Meanwhile, Ansa McAl’s STAG Beer Brand Manager, Nigel Worrell, made a presentation to Pepsi Hornets treasurer Roger Perreira at the company’s Beterverwagting (BV) headquarters.According to Worrell, the sponsorship once again demonstrates Ansa McAl’s continued commitment to sports and in this case, sports tourism, since the tournament will feature teams and players from outside of Guyana.Worrell noted that the company will continue to support the STAG Beer Carnival 7s and encourages everyone to head down to the GFC ground tomorrow to support the event.The tournament will mark Let’s Bet Sports’ first time sponsoring rugby and the company already said that they’re looking forward to working closely in helping to push the sport.last_img read more

Lady Jags impress in 2-0 win over Antigua and Barbuda

first_imgTWO matches, two wins and a clean sheet is the story so far for ‘Lady Jags’ in the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s U-20 Championships Qualifiers.Last Sunday Guyana dominated Antigua and Barbuda in every third of the pitch to secure a 2-0 win and moved to the top of the table (on goal difference) ahead of St Lucia, who also won their second game in as many matches, with a 2-1 upset over Bermuda.Head coach Dr Ivan Joseph opted for an unchanged 11 from his previous win (2-0) against Bermuda; a move he said was necessary since the intention was to “give us more chemistry and cohesion”.Having not seen Antigua and Barbuda play, Dr Joseph also reasoned that having an unchanged starting team was important, adding, “We didn’t know anything about what they did. We just wanted to do the things that we needed to do to become a better football team – to defend well, to be organised and to execute our attacking set plays.”Lady Jags strike force – Brianne Desa (left) and Kiana KhedooFrom the start, Lady Jags made it clear to the Antiguan ladies that it was going to be a long night. Tiandi Smith, Audrey Narine and Jenea Knight were thorns in the visitors’ feet upfront, while Kiana Khedoo was exceptional in distributing the ball from the midfield and captain Brianne Desa and her troops in the back held off any challenge they faced.After a few missed chances, Guyana broke the deadlock in the 24th minute, when Smith, playing onto a ball from Khedoo, found herself one-on-one with an advancing Antiguan goalkeeper.Smith was brought down and the referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot. However, the goalkeeper was injured and was replaced by Alexandria Jackson.Desa, the team’s captain, stepped up and calmly converted, much to the delight of the vocal fans.The half ended 1-0, but had Guyana scored at least half of their chances, they would have been up by at least four goals.While the first half of the game had much to offer, the second half saw Guyana basically playing against themselves, as Antigua decided to sit back deep to avoid a lopsided defeat.However, Khedoo’s impressive evening paid off in the 60th minute when she ran onto the ball just outside the ‘18’ and curled her shot to the top left of the goal. It was a beautiful strike, timed perfectly and hard. She celebrated as soon as it left her feet.Up next for Lady Jags is a clash against St Lucia, on Friday, which could possibly determine the winners.Both sides are undefeated and Johnson, talking to Chronicle Sport following his side’s impressive 2-0 win over Antigua, said, “We have three days’ rest, so we need to get them away from football … we have two days to prepare for St Lucia, who have been quite the scorers.“They get a lot of goals in, they’re fast, and they’re strong, so our job is to heal our injuries, look at the St Lucia tape and decide what the game plan is.”last_img read more

LA Metro breaks ground on Phase 2 of Expo Line

first_imgThe Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority broke ground Monday at the Santa Monica station for the start of construction on Phase 2 of the Expo Line, a mass-transit project that will connect Culver City to Santa Monica.Groundbreaking · Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom and Culver City Mayor Michael O’Leary attended the ceremony Monday. – Courtesy of John HayesMost of the track will go along Exposition Boulevard with two stations near the USC campus, one at Exposition Boulevard and USC and one at Jefferson Boulevard and USC.Construction began for Phase 2 of the Expo Line, although the completion of Phase 1 has been delayed because of budgetary problems and issues that arose while testing the tracks.Phase 1 of the Expo Line, which has been under construction since 2006 and will offer service from Seventh and Figueroa Streets to Culver City, was scheduled to begin service by November 2011. The opening date has been pushed back, however, to the end of this year or the beginning of 2012, said Samantha Bricker, chief operating officer of the Expo Line Construction Authority.With many worrying about the completion of the Expo Line, Bricker that the authority will handle Phase 2 of the construction differently than Phase 1.“We actually have a different situation for Phase 2,” Bricker said. “We now have a fixed price contract for Phase 2 … and a different contractor … we feel very good about the contractor. They have locked in the price for construction and design.”Bricker said Phase 2 would be completed by 2015. This came as a disappointment to many students who were looking forward to riding the Expo Line to Santa Monica and other popular locations.“The extension will make [transportation] much easier for [students],” said Michelle Kim, a freshman majoring in political science. “I am pretty confident that students will use [the Expo Line] to explore the area and specifically the Santa Monica area.”Upperclassmen are also disappointed because they will most likely not have the opportunity to utilize the Expo Line while attending USC.“I feel that a lot of students are frustrated,” said Abigail Grabow, a junior majoring in occupational therapy and psychology. “Our public transportation is a bus and it takes forever, so no one goes to Santa Monica often. Having the line open would make traveling to other places easier.”The opening of the Expo Line will allow students to easily travel to Downtown Los Angeles as well as to Santa Monica.Students also said they want more information on the Expo Line so they can be updated on the completion of construction and locations the line will service.LA Metro began releasing test results for the Expo Line this summer and intends to inform students about the services the Expo Line will offer when it opens, Bricker said.“We will be informing students and working with student affairs to help spread the word,” said David Galaviz, executive director of local government relations for the university. “It will be a combination of letting students know that the trains will be tested and when Metro will open the line so that there are no false expectations.”last_img read more

Carsten Koerl, Sportradar: Adapting at speed to counter loss of ‘real’ sport

first_img David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share In the nearly 20 years since Sportradar was founded, I have never seen our landscape change so drastically in such a short period, writes the company’s CEO Carsten Koerl.In just a few weeks, we have gone from celebrating and looking forward to a diverse range of global sporting events, to the widespread cancellation and postponement of almost all live sport affecting millions of people connected to this dynamic industry.This unprecedented time in history continues to impact every value chain in sport, from teams and leagues to service providers and operators.Crucially, it has made us all think and act differently. However, our business, sector and increasingly the world we live in is showing just how resilient, adaptable, and entrepreneurial it can be – and at a speed no one thought possible.It is this entrepreneurial spirit within all our teams working remotely across the globe that has seen us pull together to not only maintain, but also significantly expand our product and service levels when our customers need it more than ever. We know ‘real’ sports will come back, and when they do, everyone will celebrate, but the absence of live action has seen an increased demand for innovative and non-traditional sports coverage. At Sportradar, we listened carefully to our customers and pivoted our business strategy to continue to provide support for the wider industry. We have gone beyond the days of being just a traditional data specialist and have evolved into a cutting-edge technology player.Innovation is the cornerstone of Sportradar and thanks to that, we have seen our sports content and coverage above 2019 levels. So far in the month of April, there has been an 11% increase (and growing) in its available sports content compared to April 2019. This also means that our Live Odds coverage is up by 30%, while Live Data is up 20% compared to this time last year.We recently released our AI-driven Simulated Reality product which went from initial concept to live in just ten days. We also added to our Gaming Solutions portfolio with the release of Euro Cup 2020, allowing fans to engage in the popular football tournament as realistically as possible using our comprehensive real-life sports data and motion capture technology. We also continue to work incredibly closely with our sports partners to help create new and unique events, offering a mixture of live odds, data, AV and streaming. As part of this, we are providing official coverage, betting and streaming opportunities for several specially designed esports tournaments featuring some of the world’s top-tier players.Crucially this new content has been sourced and delivered to the market with the same industry leading security and integrity processes and measures in place that Sportradar has always adhered to. Maintaining the integrity of the data and products we provide together with that of the sporting events themselves is a key building block of everything we do.It has been a huge challenge to achieve this in such a short space of time, but it has been worth it. The innovative steps we have taken to deliver immersive technologies is not only enabling our industry to continue while live sports gradually return, but it is also allowing fans to experience and engage in new ways with the sports they passionately follow. None of us can predict the future. But, we are doing everything we can to help our customers and partners during this unsettling time. To say I am enormously proud of our response, our technological advancements, and the steps we have taken to ensure our customers continue to generate revenues would be an understatement. Carsten Koerl will deliver the opening keynote address at the inaugural SBC Digital Summit on Monday April 27th at 9.15am BST / 10.15 CEST. Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Sumner Attorney Kerwin Spencer says he will be filing felony charges soon on Provencio, Reedy over Wednesday morning attack

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Thank you for your input. +37 Vote up Vote down Marla Nispel · 276 weeks ago As the wife of Mr. Nispel I would like for anyone who reads this article to know it is not an accurate account of what Bryan has reported nor what was told to him by a detective around 5:00pm this evening. No one has ever suggested that Bryan would be charged for any crime in this situation. Whoever wrote this article needs to return to the source for more accurate information. Please do not add to the trauma of what has occurred by repeating the contents of this article. Report Reply 2 replies · active 276 weeks ago +35 Vote up Vote down Outraged · 276 weeks ago I’m confused, how can someone take a vehicle they don’t own without the owner’s consent and it be termed an unintentional act? That honestly ranks right up there as one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard! Regarding Mr Nispel possibly “bumping” the two suspects with his truck, I guarantee if I came upon someone i love being beaten and that’s the only way I could get the attackers off I would do the same thing. I believe most people would do the same in that situation. If Mr Nispel hadn’t shown up when he did Mr Schneider might very well have been killed. Come on people! Report Reply 1 reply · active 276 weeks ago +34 Vote up Vote down Kelsey · 276 weeks ago Bryan Nispel is to be commended for his efforts to save his friends life!! My question though since an attorney I am not is why aren’t they receiving robbery charges??? They stole a vehicle! Even if it was for a second. They stole it. Took it! Wasn’t theirs?? Beat the heck out of a man but when retaliation occurs its okay to take the beaten man’s vehicle?? Sorry our justice system is a little messed up. Based on this article being accurate of course. Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago +27 Vote up Vote down jayhawk#1 · 276 weeks ago I’m sorry, Greg is my friend, if I would have been in Bryan’s shoes I would have ran their A–es over instead of just bumping them! Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down Concerned citizen · 276 weeks ago Totally agree with Outraged and others above. How did Mr Nispel receive those cuts and bruises? I guess next time I see a vehicle sitting around I’ll take it for a test drive since nothing will happen to me. Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago +27 Vote up Vote down Caldwell Forever · 276 weeks ago This is exactly what was predicted. The County Attorney is already making this out to be something worthy of only probation/ slap on the wrist. Do they need to kill someone in order for them to receive the jail time they deserve? Shame on you. When is the next election… Report Reply 1 reply · active 276 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Dana Lowe · 276 weeks ago Be sure to email the Attorney General for his help! Please …Greg deserves it. Justice needs to be served! Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago +24 Vote up Vote down fed up voter · 276 weeks ago I am going to predict no reelection for Mr. Spencer if he does not do what is right and put these punks away for a long period of time. The citizens of Sumner County are tired of the judicial system going so easy on violent criminals. These two punks have done this before and will continue until someone puts a stop to it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down Guest · 276 weeks ago Give Spencer Kerwin , some time he will make a cluster – – – – out of the whole thing,. Drag as many people in it , as he can. Spend lots of tax payers money. Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago +21 Vote up Vote down Guest · 276 weeks ago This happened a few years ago to, same 2 beat a guy badly and nothing happened to them. DA wouldn’t even press charges! How many times will they be allowed to do this? For they have did many times!!! Prayers going out to the victims and families. Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago 123Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Clarification: In a previous version of this story, it stated that Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer was considering a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against Bryan Nispel over the use of the vehicle as a weapon. On Monday, Spencer said the disorderly conduct charge would only be filed concerning the fight leading to the alleged assault and had nothing to do with the vehicle incident thereafter. That part of the story has now been removed. Sumner Newscow has also removed a quote in which Spencer said the two suspects had the opportunity to step back instead of confronting Nispel and Greg Schneider. He said both parties had the opportunity of stepping back and neither side did so. Sumner Newscow apologizes for any confusion this may have caused.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he is hoping to file charges very soon on what will possibly be felony charges against Sylvester Provencio, 21, and Nicholas Reedy, 33, both of Caldwell. Both are currently in Sumner County jail for the alleged assault of Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel, 55, of Caldwell on early April 22 morning in south rural Sumner County.Spencer said he has interviewed witnesses and is currently working closely with Sumner County Sheriff Detective Jeff Hawkins, in hopes of submitting charges sometime this weekend.The two men will likely face charges of aggravated battery, simple battery, disorderly conduct and criminal depravation of property. Spencer said he will not pursue the aggravated robbery charge which was listed in the original Sumner County Sheriff arrest report.Provencio and Reedy are accused of assaulting Schneider and Nispel who were in two separate vehicles driving home at around 12:15 a.m. Spencer said part of the delay with formal charges is because Schneider has been undergoing treatment at Caldwell Hospital suffering from a busted ear drum, two cracked ribs and various facial scratches and abrasions. According to a source, he was released at 4 p.m. today. Spencer said the situation was unnecessary that started out as a good Samaritan gesture but turned violent.“In a civilized society, a situation like this does not end in fisticuffs,” Spencer said.Schneider and Nispel were driving home east of Caldwell after playing cards at a local pub. They noticed a white Dodge pickup in a ditch that was stuck in the mud.Spencer said Schneider was driving his wife 2014 Cadillac SUV when he immediately turned in to help the two suspects. Nispel, who was driving a 2014 Dodge pickup, didn’t pull over immediately but instead pulled ahead a ways and made a u-turn.Spencer said he did not know the reason why the altercation started, but he said it escalated quickly, and the subject matter turned to whether or not Schneider would help the two suspects or not.“Eventually they had Greg on the ground punching and kicking him,” Spencer said. “I’m not sure if Greg ever threw a punch.”Spencer said he did not know if another instrument was used in the alleged attack.Nispel, who was still in his pickup, quickly saw his friend getting beat up and decided to use his pickup as an instrument to separate the two suspects from Schneider, Spencer said.Spencer said Nispel drove the pickup next to the two suspects, and may have made contact with his pickup.“They were not run over,” Spencer said as claimed by the suspects in the 911 emergency call. “They would have been in the hospital for a long length of time if that happened.”According to Spencer, the two suspects reacted quickly, and ran over to the empty Cadillac, took it and fled – eventually parking it in a yard in Caldwell.Spencer said because Provencio and Reedy did not intentionally steal the Cadillac, he was not going to pursue a felony robbery charge, but instead go with a lesser criminal depravation of property charge.“I don’t think they beat Greg up with the intention of taking his car,” Spencer said. “I think they were beating Greg up, and saw that they were about to get hit by a vehicle and they ran over and took the Cadillac.”Nispel sustained small cuts and bruises to his arms, face and head. He was released from the Caldwell Hospital after receiving treatment for his wounds.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

No Ballon D’Or in 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic

first_imgAlmost all football leagues in Europe have been suspended for a period, and the French Ligue 1 has even been abandoned with ten rounds unfinished.The cancellation means that Messi will keep his crown for another 12 months and Ronaldo will be left to wait until next year for a chance to equal the Argentine.****XINHUA Share on: WhatsApp Ballon D’OrKampala, Uganda | XINHUA | The prestigious world football prize, the Ballon d’Or, will not be handed out in 2020 due to “lack of sufficient fair conditions,” organizers France Football announced on Monday.“In exceptional circumstances, we must make exceptional provisions. For the first time in its history, which began in 1956, the Ballon d’Or France Football will not be awarded in 2020,” a statement by France Football read.“Because such a unique year cannot – and should not – be treated as an ordinary year. When in doubt, it is better to abstain than to persist,” the statement continued.Founded by France Football in 1956, the Ballon d’Or is an annual football award that has been widely recognized as the most prestigious individual honor for footballers.Between 2010 and 2015, the award merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year award and was renamed the FIFA Ballon d’Or. However, the partnership ended in 2016, and the name reverted to the Ballon d’Or, while FIFA also reverted to its own separate annual award as the Best FIFA Men’s (Women’s) Player.Argentina’s Lionel Messi has been awarded the Ballon d’Or a record six times after his win in 2019, one more win than his archrival Cristiano Ronaldo.The magazine started giving out a women’s award in 2018, but that has also been put on hold.Football, like other sports in the world, has been hit hard over past four months by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the impact ongoing and the future uncertain.last_img read more

Strong team will defend European Nations title

first_img7 Feb 2014 Strong team will defend European Nations title England Golf has named a quartet of proven winners to defend the men’s title at the European Nations Championship at Sotogrande in Spain, from 5-8 March.  They are Ashley Chesters, the European champion; Ryan Evans, the newly crowned winner of Australia’s Lake Macquarie International; Matt Fitzpatrick, the US Amateur champion and world number one for 2013; and Garrick Porteous, the Amateur champion and a member of last year’s winning side. They will target England’s fifth win in this event in six years, having missed out on the title only in 2012. Meanwhile, a trio of top women players will bid to win the ladies’ title for England for the first time. They are: Sarah-Jane Boyd, the English amateur champion; Gabriella Cowley, the runner-up in the recent Portugal amateur; and Annabel Dimmock, winner of the Jones-Doherty Cup in the USA.   The European Nations Championship is contested over 72 holes of stroke play, with the best three cards each day in the men’s event, and the best two in the women’s, counting towards the team event. An individual competition runs simultaneously with the Nations Championship. The players:   Ashley Chesters, 24, (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire) became the first English player to win the European amateur title since 2004 when he triumphed at El Prat in Spain in August. He finished eighth on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit last year. Ryan Evans, 26, (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire), carried his good form of 2013 into the New Year with victory in the Lake Macquarie International in Australia. During the trip down under he was also top qualifier in the Australian amateur. Last year he helped England regain the Home Internationals title and won the Berkshire Trophy, the Biarritz Cup in France and the Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate score from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies. Matthew Fitzpatrick, 19, (Hallamshire, Yorkshire, image © Leaderboard Photography) became the first English winner of the US Amateur in 102 years when he triumphed at The Country Club, Brookline, last August. During 2013 he represented GB&I in the Walker Cup, won the silver medal as the leading amateur at The Open, and became the world’s number one amateur for the year. He was the 2012 Boys’ Amateur champion.   Garrick Porteous, 24, (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland) won the 2013 Amateur championship at Royal Cinque Ports. He also won the Scottish stroke play championship, was runner-up in the Welsh stroke play and helped England win the European Men’s Team Championship in Denmark before being selected for the Walker Cup. Sarah-Jane Boyd, 22, (Truro, Cornwall) is the reigning English amateur champion and was the 2012 winner of the British stroke play title, qualifying to play in last year’s Women’s British Open. She was the runner-up in the 2013 England Golf women’s order of merit. Gabriella Cowley, 17, (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire) was the runner-up in the recent Portugal international ladies’ amateur championship. She won the 2013 England Golf girls’ order of merit, a year when her achievements included qualifying for the Women’s British Open, winning the Critchley Salver and helping England to retain their crown at the Girls’ Home Internationals. Annabel Dimmock, 17, (Wentworth, Surrey) has just completed a successful trip to the USA for the Orange Blossom Tour where she won the matchplay Jones-Doherty Cup and was runner-up in the South Atlantic women’s amateur. She was runner-up in the 2013 English girls’ championship and, like Gabriella, played in both the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals teams.last_img read more