Warner refuses meeting with Fifa investigators

first_img Tweet Jack Warner (left) and Bin Hammam (right)Suspended Fifa vice-president Jack Warner is refusing to meet with the organisations investigators tasked with probing bribery allegations.Warner and fellow Fifa member Mohamed Bin Hammam are alleged to have paid bribes totalling $1m (£600,000) to Caribbean associations.Warner said: “I have not received any summons asking me to speak with them [the investigators] nor do I plan to.”Both Warner and Bin Hammam have denied any wrongdoing.A total of 25 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) associations are alleged to have been paid or offered bribes of $40,000 (£25,000) each – and up to 18 of these have refused Fifa’s call to go to Miami to provide evidence.Fifa agreed to move the venue for the interviews with those CFU members who refused to travel to Miami, but Warner will not be among those due to be quizzed.However, a CFU source said that its associations were prepared to co-operate with any “independent and unbiased” investigation.The CFU suggested Barbados and Trinidad as options for a different venue to Miami but it is believed Fifa will choose an island elsewhere in the Caribbean.Warner and Bin Hammam are currently suspended pending the investigation into allegations they offered cash in exchange for votes for the latter in the Fifa presidential elections at a meeting on 10-11 May.Bin Hammam later withdraw his candidacy ahead of the contest but has maintained his innocence.“If there is even the slightest justice in the world, these allegations will vanish in the wind,” said Bin Hamman when the allegations were made against him.The president of the Barbados Football Association, Ronald Jones, has insisted that neither he nor his officials were offered any bribes by Bin Hamman or Warner.“None of our delegates were offered any inducements or gifts to support any of the candidates during the meeting on 10 May,” said Jones in a statement.“The Barbados Football Association was made aware that the trip and accommodation were sponsored by Mohamed Bin Hamman under the auspices of the CFU.“The BFA did not and does not see this as akin to bribery or any inducements as in the past trips by Caribbean delegates to meetings have been sponsored by the organisation and agency that wanted to put on the programme.”BBC News Share Share Sharecenter_img 47 Views   one comment NewsSports Warner refuses meeting with Fifa investigators by: – June 9, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

May 2018 primary Decatur County sample ballot

first_imgREPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Dennis D Shuppert (I)Adams Township Board Member REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Adina A. Roberts (I)Circuit Court ClerkKaren Higginbotham NO CANDIDATESSandcreek Township Board MemberDennis Cox (I) Jerome A Buening (I)County Commissioner District 2NO CANDIDATES REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Andy Hunter (I)Adams Township Board MemberNO CANDIDATES Bradley ScheidlerAdams Township Board Member James G. Stewart (I)Washington Township Board Member REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT John D. WilliamsState Convention Delegate Deanna L. BurkartCounty Council District 3NO CANDIDATES G Troy Hill (I)Jackson Township Board Member Danny D Peters (I)County Council District 2NO CANDIDATES REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Mike BraunUnited States SenatorJoe Donnelly (I) Leon E. Johnson (I)Washington Township Board Member REPUBLICANOFFICE-TrusteeDEMOCRAT Bart P. Metz (I)Fugit Township Board Member REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Richard (Rick) UnderhillCounty Sheriff (I) Incumbent Steve Fortner (I)Jackson Township Board Member Edward J. Dwenger (I)Washington Township Board Member REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Jim PonslerCounty Sheriff Stephen M. MacKenzieUnited States Representative, 6th DistrictK. (Jasen) Lave Nathan W. Harter IV(I)Prosecuting Attorney 69th CircuitNO CANDIDATES Marion Township Board MemberDonald T. Wilmer REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Joshua MarshState Convention Delegate REPUBLICANOFFICE –TOWNSHIP BOARD MEMBERDEMOCRAT Greensburg, In. — Here is a sample May primary ballot for Decatur County. William B. MeyerroseCounty SheriffDave Durant Dottie Moore RobbinsCounty RecorderNO CANDIDATES Luke MesserUnited States Senator Steve SnyderCounty Sheriff Carl Geis (I)Fugit Township Board Member United States Representative, 6th DistrictJoshua Williamson Sandcreek Township Board Member REPUBLICAN (3)OFFICE –TOWNSHIP BOARD MEMBERDEMOCRAT (3) Wendy WhiteheadState Convention Delegate Doug Banks (I)County CoronerNO CANDIDATES Charlie Bill Connall (I)Adams Township TrusteeNO CANDIDATES Brenda M. ShiremanJackson Township TrusteeJacob Mattox REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Randy Frye (I)State Representative District 67NO CANDIDATES REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Kenny Hooten (I)County Council District 1Ryan Maddux REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Christian A. B. RustState Convention Delegate Dan Wenning (I)Sandcreek Township TrusteeNO CANDIDATES Mary (Rosie) StierMarion Township Board MemberGretchen Stone Candidates listing Carl Stier (I)Marion Township Board MemberJim J. Koors (I) Todd RokitaUnited States Senator Randy FryeState Convention Delegate David R. Israel (I)Clay Township TrusteeNO CANDIDATES Gregory A. ClappWashington Township Board MemberNO CANDIDATES James Geis (I)Fugit Township TrusteeNO CANDIDATES Mike CampbellUnited States Representative, 6th DistrictGeorge T. Holland Elizabeth A. FryMarion Township TrusteeNO CANDIDATES Christian A. B. RustWashington Township TrusteeNO CANDIDATES REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Donald E WallState Convention Delegate James L. Stuart (I)Washington Township Trustee Clay Township Board Member Candidates listing Larry M Meyer (I)County Council District 4NO CANDIDATES Candidates listing REPUBLICAN (10)OFFICEDEMOCRAT (7) Kelli Koors (I)Clay Township Board MemberAnn M. Stagge (I) Linda L. Volk (I)Clinton Township Board Member Fred A KriegerSaltcreek Township TrusteeGeorge E. Connall 2 of 3 REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Deanna L. BurkartState Convention DelegateNO CANDIDATES Ronnie Bruner (I)Clinton Township TrusteeNO CANDIDATES Clyde A. “Chip” Perfect Jr. (I)State Senate District 43NO CANDIDATES Stanley A. Schoettmer (I)Clinton Township Board MemberNO CANDIDATES Greg PenceUnited States Representative, 6th DistrictJim Pruett Jerry Wiseman (I)Clay Township Board Member Tom Carroll (I)Fugit Township Board MemberNO CANDIDATES Timothy B. Day (I)Judge of the Circuit CourtNO CANDIDATES Jonathan M. LambUnited States Representative, 6th DistrictJeannine Lee Lake John L. (Jack) Emly (I)Jackson Township Board MemberNO CANDIDATES Brian C. Schwering (I)Clinton Township Board Member Offices Jeff SmithUnited States Representative, 6th DistrictLane Siekman Dorene Greiwe (I)County AssessorNO CANDIDATES Decatur County Indiana, Primary Election 20183/26/2018 9:24 AM Dennis E. Kinker (I)Saltcreek Township Board MemberNO CANDIDATES H. Wayne ShakeCounty Sheriff REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Saltcreek Township Board Member Decatur County Indiana, Primary Election 20183/26/2018 9:24 AM VOTE FOR THREE (3) REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATIC BALLOTS. Republican FilingsYOU MUST SELECT EITHERDemocratic Filings Gerald E. LawrenceState Convention Delegate Mark BaconState Representative District 55NO CANDIDATES Nathan W. Harter IVState Convention Delegate 1 of 3 Gregory A. ClappState Convention Delegate Cindy Meyer Ziemke (I)State Representative District 55 REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Troy HillState Convention Delegate Sandcreek Township Board Member Decatur County Indiana, Primary Election 20183/26/2018 9:24 AM Saltcreek Township Board Member REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT VOTE FOR THREE (3) REPUBLICANOFFICEDEMOCRAT Eric L. MortonState Convention Delegatelast_img read more

Ireland signs new Stoke deal

first_img Ireland has revived his career at the Britannia Stadium after joining the Potters on a loan deal from Aston Villa at the start of the season. Stoke made the move permanent during the January transfer window and have now tied down the 27-year-old until the end of the 2016-17 season. Midfielder Stephen Ireland has signed a three-year contract to remain at Stoke. “We’re delighted that Stephen has committed himself to us. He’s an outstanding player; I think we’ve seen that in the time that he’s been with us,” he said. “He’s someone I’ve worked with before and that will help Stephen because he enjoys working in a stable environment where he knows people. I think that gets the best out of him and we’ll reap the benefits of that and I think the next few years will be great for him. “He’s still a young man and we’re arguably getting him at a time in his career when he should be at the peak of his powers. I think it’s a great opportunity both for Stephen and the club.” Ireland had no hesitation in signing the deal after admitting his career has been rekindled by the move. The midfielder has made 27 league and cup appearances this term and has started to rediscover the form that first brought him to attention under Potters boss Mark Hughes at Manchester City. “It’s important for every player to feel wanted and to be a part of a family and to be honest I haven’t had that for a long, long time,” he told www.stokecityfc.com. “Thankfully I have felt that warmth here at Stoke and truth be told I couldn’t really be in a better place than I am at the moment. “For that, I have to thank the gaffer immensely because he is the main reason why I came here in the first instance, and of course, he is a big factor in why I am delighted to agree this new deal now. “I have also been able to build a good relationship with the supporters too, and that is very warming to me, because it has been a long time since I have felt loved at a football club.” Ireland also thanked Hughes, adding: “I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy my football again like I have done if the manager hadn’t have brought me here in the first place, so of course, I am incredibly grateful to him and the club for doing that.” Hughes believes Stoke will see the best of Ireland over the next few years. Press Associationlast_img read more

FDOT Announces New Rail Safety Measures Following Deadly Jupiter Accident

first_imgAccording to Thibault, “One fatality on our rail crossings is one too many, and I am committed to doing everything I can as secretary to prevent additional tragedies from occurring across our state. Under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, FDOT has been empowered to implement bold ideas that will increase the safety of our transportation system, and I am confident today’s directive not only exceeds industry safety standards, but it also designates Florida as a nationwide leader in rail safety.” The Florida Department of Transportation this week announced a statewide safety initiative designed to help prevent injuries and fatalities near railroad crossings.The move comes nearly two weeks after a Wellington woman and her two grandsons were killed when an Amtrak train struck their vehicle at a crossing without gates or flashing lights off the Beeline Highway near Jupiter.FDOT Secretary Kevin Thibault unveiled the new safety measures in Pompano Beach.Thibault’s directives are to:-Immediately implement an engineering countermeasure called “dynamic envelopes” at every existing FDOT roadway and state-owned land rail crossing statewide.-Require the inclusion of a dynamic envelope in the standard design of any future railroad crossings on FDOT roadways or state-owned land rail crossings.-Launch a data-driven statewide rail safety education initiative. The project, called “Operation Statewide Traffic and Railroad Initiative” using Dynamic Envelopes, will be conducted in conjunction with rail partners to include social and digital media.-Partner with state and local law enforcement agencies such as Florida Highway Patrol, sheriffs, and police chiefs to help enforce rail safety laws.-Continue partnering with local and private rail partners by sharing FDOT rail safety design standards and framework, and by encouraging their participation and implementation of the safety and engineering efforts.Thank you to @MyFDOT and @FDOT_Secretary for ensuring that Florida is a nationwide leader in #railsafety! https://t.co/Zg1B8cIPUx— Florida Sheriffs (@FLSheriffs) December 5, 2019last_img read more

Bundesliga: Bayern Close in on Title with Lewandowski Hat-trick

first_img“It doesn’t matter if we are 10, 15 or 20 points ahead, we need to keep going in the Bundesliga,” said Arjen Robben. “We can’t just focus on the Champions League.”Bayern have made a habit of recording big home wins over Hamburg at the Allianz Arena in recent years and it took them less than eight minutes to take the lead this time.Franck Ribery broke away on the left before rounding goalkeeper Christian Mathenia to slot in the opener. Just four minutes later, Lewandowski headed in a Joshua Kimmich cross to double the lead for Bayern. The Polish international struck again in the 19th minute, after a pinpoint long ball from Jerome Boateng had opened up the Hamburg defence.Robben fired in Bayern’s fourth on 55 minutes, and Ribery made it five with a mazy solo run in the 80th minute.Lewandowski blasted one penalty over the bar on 85 minutes, before converting a second spot-kick at the death to complete his hat-trick.His latest exploits in front of goal mean he has now scored 100 Bundesliga goals for Bayern and is the club’s all-time leading foreign goal-scorer with 142 from 182 games in all competitions. He overtakes the Brazilian Giovane Elber, who played for the club from 1997 to 2003.Meanwhile, Hamburg remain seven points adrift of safety as they seek to avoid a first relegation in their history. “The game was over after 18 minutes,” Hamburg coach Bernd Hollerbach told Sky. “There is no shame in losing in Munich, but I am not happy with the way we lost.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Robert Lewandowski grabbed a hat-trick as Bayern Munich romped to a 6-0 victory over crisis-stricken Hamburg in the Bundesliga yesterday. The victory keeps Bayern on course to wrap up another Bundesliga title — their sixth in a row — before the end of March, and heaps misery on Hamburg, who are now without a win in 13 games.“We played very well today. The performance and result were very important for us,” said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, whose side go to Besiktas for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in midweek, leading 5-0 from the first leg.With eight games left, Bayern are a huge 20 points clear of second-placed Schalke, who won 1-0 at Mainz on Friday.last_img read more

Short bus holds dreams, booze

first_imgPlaying croquet with a belly full of beer isn’t necessarily the most ordinary time to hark on a new idea. Then again, converting a handicap short bus into a tailgate on wheels isn’t your run-of-the-mill plan either.About two years ago, Tom Best and his friend Silas Bernardoni, both industrial engineers at UW, were playing the infamous lawn game in the latter’s backyard when Best began mulling over in his head how great of an idea it would be to own a bus.”I always envied the bus driver as a kid because of the power symbol they had,” Best said.The idea finally hatched last spring when, in a similar environment as before, Best and Bernardoni, along with one of the other three co-owners, Matthew Kopetsky, decided a short bus answered their desires.Although everyone’s reason for wanting an Econoline van with a frame on top was different — Kopetsky loves Badger football and wants to go to all the games, Bernardoni is intrigued by the novelty of owning a short bus “for the weird looks” — the commonality of The Short Bus was that it represented something higher than a Taylor Mehlhaff kickoff and something deeper than any of Kyle Jefferson’s long touchdown receptions: It was a dream on wheels.Buying the bus was easy. Attaining the vision of making the mobile tailgate reality was not.In order to comply with state law, the Badger Brigade Short Bus founders had to fully makeover what used to be a special education bus. They changed the paint job from yellow and black to cardinal and white. They changed the foldout stop sign to a foldout “W.” And they changed the name of the handicap elevator to “The Keg-avator.” The five owners — Best, Bernardoni, Kopetsky, Reed Glodowski and Kyle Brown — also initiated a limited liability company titled Badger Brigade, LLC to reduce overall costs and disconnect their personal assets from legal problems the short bus might encounter.With the help of friends, family and Samba Brazilian Grill, in addition to 100-plus hours put in by each creator, the “Friendmaker 5000″ took off.”There’s definitely been help along the way in random ways,” Kopetsky said.Coming to a decision when there are five people equally invested in the same purchase is difficult. Through long clubhouse meetings and some serious consideration, the owners were able to come to a consensus.The matter of using the bus to go on road trips was never contested. Still, getting to Champaign, Ill., let alone State College, Pa., were ordeals in and of themselves. And then there’s the matter of Columbus, Ohio, this weekend.With over 185,000 miles on it, the 1989 Ford “Oswald,” as the owners have named it, wasn’t exactly well-equipped to travel to Illinois in 90 degree heat or to Penn State through the Appalachians.The coolant system, not the loss by the then-unbeaten Wisconsin, gave the BBSB headaches in Champaign, Ill. It ran dry faster than parched soil on a hot summer’s day. Happy Valley came next. Topping out at 65 mph (on level ground), the Badger Brigade rumbled across Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania for 16 straight will-testing hours. Through the Appalachian Mountains, the gas-guzzling hog, even when the pedal was floored, would decelerate. Finally, at 4 a.m. all 14 passengers pulled into “the middle of nowhere” in Pennsylvania and crashed with four to a bed in a random hotel. Before any exhausted body could turn over, they were up heading to the tailgate at 6:15 a.m.After the abysmal game during which the Badgers were thunderstruck 38-7, the party wagon prepared to make its way back home — following dinner and a trip to the bars. On minimal sleep from the night before plus a quick nap, Kopetsky got behind Oswald’s wheel and drove the hulking piece of metal back to Madison starting at 1 a.m. while everyone else minus Best slept.”I’m driving in the middle of the night slamming energy drinks, and needless to say, I was relieved when my shift was over to know that I hadn’t killed anybody,” Kopetsky said.Plus, at $3 per gallon of gas and 4.96 miles per gallon, it costs $.50 per minute to drive on the highway. Yet, the family of founders all agree that time and money are dispensable. “You can’t really quantify buying and paying to run a short bus,” Kopetsky said.To him, as ridiculous as it may sound, Kopetsky admits that a successful road trip is more important than just about anything else in the senior’s life right now.”If I do bad on an exam, it’s one thing, but if the road trip falls short, to me, that would be a lot bigger deal,” Kopetsky said. “I’m only going to be in college so long, so we kind of need to do these kinds of things while we can.”Generating dreams are easy, but the satisfaction of following through on them is something we can all relate to.The founding members of the Short Bus don’t contend that they are the biggest or most unique Badger fans. But they certainly want to get those who dare to dream up some crazy tradition onboard.After all, who doesn’t like a short bus?Kevin is a senior double majoring in journalism and economics. Share a crazy road trip experience by reaching him at khagstrom@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Howard Webb: The 2010 Final changed my life

first_imgUpon meeting Howard Webb, it is hard to believe that the down-to-earth Englishman, smiling and openly answering questions, is the same man who officiated the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Final between Spain and the Netherlands. The 44-year-old, a father of three teenagers – “I think are proud of what I do, even if they don’t show it much” – was in Zurich to take part in a seminar in the build-up to Brazil 2014, where he and his assistants will once again be present.FIFA.com chatted to Webb on a wide range of topics, including how he started out as a referee, his memories of that tempestuous Final in Johannesburg and the dilemma that he and his colleagues will face in June: being torn between who he wants to go further at the tournament, his refereeing team or the national side.FIFA.com: How did your passion for refereeing start? After all, most children dream of becoming footballers, rather than match officials.Howard Webb: I dreamed of becoming a footballer too. If you speak to any of the referees here, they’ll all tell you that football is their passion. That’s why we do this job. It’s true that children dream of being footballers and we’re no different to them. I worked hard to try and make it but I simply didn’t have the necessary talent.What position did you play in?I was a big centre-back. I could read the game well but I was never very good in the air, I suppose I just wasn’t good enough. I used to believe that referees were bald old men, which is why I didn’t really consider it as an option when my father [a semi-professional referee] suggested it to me. I thought, ‘No, that’s not for me’. Now that I think about it, maybe that’s what children nowadays think about me too! (Laughs) But my dad encouraged me and when I was 17 I decided to try it, along with a friend from school. That decision ended up taking me to the Final of the 2010 World Cup. Maybe I was there in a different capacity to what I had dreamt of, but I was there. I’ve travelled to 44 countries in five different continents. It’s incredible and has definitely been worth it.So you would recommend it as a career path?Of course. Anyone who’s passionate about the game should consider it as an opportunity. Not everyone has enough natural talent to reach the top but if they have the right attitude, are willing to work hard and love the game, they can find a way to make it. As a player, how did you used to treat referees?I used to just concentrate on my own game. Sometimes I ask myself how some footballers can comment on my performance when they should be focusing on playing. I was always very respectful towards referees. But do you know what? The current relationship between players and officials is very good. They trust the more experienced referees because they know them, have had matches with them several times and they understand that sometimes we do make mistakes. That’s part and parcel of the game as well.If you had to pick the best and worst thing about being a referee, what would it be?The best thing is being in the perfect position to enjoy the game we love. We don’t say this very often but it’s true: people pay for a ticket to go to a match, but I don’t. I just go. Of course I work hard when I’m there but I’ve got the best seat in the house. The worst part is living with the inevitable mistakes you make. It’s difficult. The last thing I want people to think is that we referee a match, head home and think ‘right, that’s done and dusted now’. It hurts every time we make mistakes, and it can have an impact on the fate of a team, a player, a coach or even our own reputation.Match officials do not have fans cheering them on and only appear in the headlines if mistakes are made. Does it require a special kind of character to become a referee?Yes. The other day I read a report about a match I officiated and at the end they put my name and gave me a grade. There were only two words – “anonymously competent” – and I thought, ‘That’s perfect’. That’s what we want to be as referees: anonymously competent. Matches don’t always pan out in a way that means we can stay in the background, sometimes we have to raise our profile. But it’s hugely satisfying to leave the stadium knowing there were no difficulties. You go home feeling on top of the world. If nobody is talking about you, you know did a good job.What do you remember most about the Final in Johannesburg between Spain and the Netherlands?Walking towards the pitch, picking up the golden Jabulani ball and going past the World Cup Trophy. I’d seen it many times before, both on television and in replicas, but there I was next to the real thing. It was the shiniest piece of metal I’ve ever seen in my life: a golden statue with a globe on top and a green base. It’s incredible. Were you tempted to pick it up?Yes! (Laughs) It had been a dream of mine. It was a great honour to be there. Even speaking about it now my hairs – not the ones on my head as I don’t have any – but the ones on the back of my neck stand up on end! It was fantastic. That Final completely changed my life.How many times have you watched the game since then?Just once. And I waited four weeks to do so. I sat down and watched the whole match with a friend. I wanted to keep the memory of what I had experienced alive which is why I haven’t seen it again. It was a difficult game and I think it turned out better than I thought it had at the time. I was extremely focused on my job that night. Now it lives on in my mind and in my heart.You must have a lot of stories from that match. Are there any you would like to share?There are several, yes…[pauses to think]. I remember leaving the pitch and going to look for my father, who was in the stands. He got me started as a referee and he had an English flag with the words ‘Can’t play but can ref’ on it. It was great. (Laughs)After you watched the replay of the Final, were there any decisions you would have liked to change?Maybe one or two but at the time you have to make decisions according to the information you have and the position you’re in. It was a very tough game and you learn from experiences like that. I would have preferred for us not to be so involved in the match. We always want people to talk about how great the game was and the goals that were scored, but that was a very tight, intense game. You have to deal with what’s in front of you and do what you think is best with the right intentions. That’s what we did.If England do well in Brazil, your chances of officiating in the latter stages of the competition would decrease. How do you deal with those sorts of conflicting feelings during a tournament?We’re passionate about football and it’s only logical that we want our national team to go far. We know that if that happens, if England win the World Cup, the positive impact on our game would be huge. The best way of coping with it is to put it to the back of your mind because it’s not something we can control. It’s a win-win situation though. If England have a good tournament I’ll be happy, but if not then it’ll be a good opportunity for us. We’re going to Brazil hoping England go as far as possible, we really are. If they do and we have to go home, as long as we’ve done a good job we’ll be satisfied.last_img read more

Ghana v Togo today – team news, quotes as Stars to wear black armbands

first_img“We ask only to be as one team together, to prepare us for these important games,” Saintfiet explained. Match: Ghana v Togo (friendly)Time: 3:00pmVenue: Accra Sports StadiumThe Black Stars will engage Togo in an international friendly as the country begins its three-day period of national mourning following a last week’s fire and flood related deaths.Over 150 people died in the capital in two incidents – a petrol station explosion at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle on Wednesday and floods that happened in the same period.The tragedies have hit the country hard, with the national Under 20 team currently taking part in the World Youth Championships in New Zealand wearing armbands to remember the fallen when they played Panama last Friday.A Ghana FA official told Joy Sports on Monday morning that the Black Stars will observe a minute’s silence in addition to wearing the armbands.Team news – Ghana Kwesi Appiah will not be able to feature in the Stars qualifier with Mauritius this weekend after sustaining a knee injury in training.”Kwesi Appiah suffered a cruciate ligament injury in one of our training sessions and the team doctors have ruled him out of the qualifier,” Ibrahim Sannie Daara said.“He could be out for weeks if not probably months. So Kwesi would have to go back to the UK for further treatment. Unfortunately, his doctor in the UK is on holiday so he will stay in Accra for treatment to continue until he is okay to leave.”Harrison Afful, after helping his Tunisian club Esperance boot out Hearts of Oak in the Caf Confed Cup on Sunday, has also joined the Stars. “It is good to play at home since we play for the fans,” Avram Grant said ahead of his first game in front of Ghanaian fans said. ”The focus on the game is to play well and bond as a team. We try to give a top level performance in every game and tomorrow will not be different.”Togo is a top class side and the attention is to give a solid performance,” he added.Team news – TogoOn Sunday both Stars and Hawks trained at the Accra Sports Stadium where the match will be played later today. The former Namibia and Ethiopia boss added: “It’s their choice not to come to the hotel, not to be part of the group, and that makes the choice for me very easy to say these players are now not able to be part of the national team. Meanwhile Togo coach Tom Saintfiet (pictured) has axed skipper Emmanuel Adebayor and two others from the squad for the game after complaining that he and two other players – goalkeeper Kossi Agassa and Floyd Ayite – only showed up in camp twice (Adebayor) and once (Agassa and Ayite) last week. Saintfiet said he was left with little choice than to axe the players, but stressed that their exclusion did not mean they were suspended. Ghana are preparing for a clash with Mauritius at the same Accra Stadium on Sunday, while Togo will host Liberia in Lome. –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith “I have no problem with the players as individuals,” Saintfiet told BBC Sport from Accra. “At the moment they are not part of it, but they have not been suspended and I have no problem with them. The doors are never closed for me because these are players with exceptional quality.”last_img read more

Windies squad unchanged for final test

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica (CMC): West Indies selectors have kept faith with the same squad of 13 for the decisive third and final Test of the current series against Pakistan, starting on Wednesday at Windsor Park here. Buoyed by the side’s stunning 107-run victory in the second Test which ended last Thursday at Kensington Oval in Barbados, the selection panel will choose from the same group of players that have served throughout the three-Test series, which is currently level at 1-1. Courtney Browne and his fellow selectors will, however, face some key decisions ahead of the crucial match that West Indies will be aiming to win to claim their first Test series victory in four years and over a side ranked higher for the first time in eight years. GREATER STABILITY They will have to decide if to offer a reprieve to the inexperienced, left-handed Guyanese middle-order duo of Shimron Hetmyer and Vishaul Singh, instead of going for greater stability in the more experienced Jamaican, Jermaine Blackwood. Though they have promised much, Hetmyer has had scores of 11, 20, 1 and 22, and Singh, 9, 9, 3 and 32, hardly reassuring figures, but they have given brief glimpses of what they may be able to accomplish given more opportunities. The 25-year-old Blackwood has played 22 Tests, gathering 1,128 runs at an average of 31.33, not overpowering stats, but in a side light on experience, he could offer a bit more of a competitive edge. The selectors will also have to consider if the current bowling combination will be effective enough, especially if the Windsor Park pitch is typically unyielding. Though they bowled the team to victory in Bridgetown, skipper Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Devendra Bishoo would crave a little more help from Miguel Cummins, particularly if the local ground staff fails again to cooperate. This, too, may impact on the batting of the side, meaning leaving out one of the batsmen to play five bowlers and asking Holder to shoulder more responsibility with the willow. Squad: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Vishaul Singhlast_img read more

‘Marcial law’: Belga, Brondial first to swap fines for community service

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA stars Beau Belga and Rodney Brondial made surprise visits to three barangays around Metro Manila as part of the league’s new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Even without Williams, Aussie Open women’s field still tough Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIEScenter_img Marcial said the PBA visits, dubbed “PBA Homecourt,” will be held every other Thursday or on Saturdays when there is no scheduled out of town game and it will all be unannounced.“It’s better when you surprise the fans,” Marcial said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Belga, Brondial and PBA legend Benjie Paras, who volunteered for the event, made rounds in basketball courts at Barangay Marilag, Project 4, in Quezon City and Barangays Jesus dela Peña and Tañong in Marikina with the help of league officials and staff led by Officer-In-Charge Willie Marcial.Under Marcial’s initiative, players can pay off minor fines with community work.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s a great feeling making the fans, especially the kids, happy,” said Belga, who was game in taking selfies and signing autographs.Belga, the Rain or Shine veteran, and Brondial, the Magnolia big man, were fined by the Commissioner’s Office for their various infractions before the holiday break. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View commentslast_img read more