Monk urges Gomis to fill Bony void

first_img Bony’s departure to Manchester City this week has opened the way for 12-times capped France international Gomis to finally nail down a Swansea starting place. Gomis has started only nine games in all competitions since his summer move from Lyon, but he has scored four times during his limited opportunities and Monk believes he has a ready-made replacement for Bony. Monk says he will not be adding to his striking options having signed Benfica’s Nelson Oliveira on loan last month and again pledged to keep Gomis amid reports the 29-year-old could be a January target for Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Crystal Palace and Newcastle among others. “Speculation will always happen, it has happened with numerous players in the short time I have been doing this job,” Monk said. “But Bafe is looking sharp and contributing every day in training. He is fit and looking forward to this period and that’s all that matters. “He is my number one striker for this period coming up until the end of the season and when you look at the three starts he has had in the last three games I think we have seen a lot from him. “He has been fantastic and he will only get better. “Bafe is different to Bony but he has undoubted quality and he has proved in his career he is a number one striker. “It’s his shirt to lose now Wilfried has gone but I am looking forward to it.” Bony secured his big-money move to the English champions by finishing 2014 as the Barclays Premier League’s top scorer with 20 goals. Swansea manager Garry Monk has challenged Bafetimbi Gomis to fill Wilfried Bony’s scoring shoes and do something Manchester City’s £28million man could not do – score against Chelsea. The powerful 26-year-old Ivorian scored 34 goals in 70 games for Swansea following his £12million switch from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem in 2013 but he did not manage one against Chelsea in three appearances against the Blues. Indeed, Chelsea were the only team who finished in the top seven of last season’s Premier League that Bony did not score against. League leaders Chelsea boast the second meanest defence in the division behind Southampton but Monk expects his side to create chances against Jose Mourinho’s side in Saturday’s encounter at the Liberty Stadium. “You have a chance in every single game to score goals,” Monk said. “We work incredibly hard to create situations and we have created numerous situations no matter how we play. “Bafe knows the league. He has been here for six months and he has seen every game and has already had minutes. “He understands how it is and I spoke to him in the first five or six games when he was on the bench and he could observe. “He knows who he is up against, the type of football we play and what is expected. “It’s better than having to bring someone else in and trying to get them up to speed. “I think it is more beneficial to have someone that has already been here working with you.” Monk admits he does not know how much of the Bony money will be made available to him for squad strengthening. The Swansea manager has targeted a full-back and a central midfielder in the January transfer window, but accepts the club has plans to increase the Liberty Stadium’s modest capacity of 21,000 and develop the new training ground at Fairwood to the west of the city. “I haven’t sat down (with the chairman) and asked how much have I got,” Monk said. “Of course we have targets but a lot of people will look at that sum of money and we might suffer because clubs think we have it to spend. “But I’m not lying when I say a big chunk will be spent on the infrastructure, and quite rightly so to make the future of this club solid. “We’re a club that has always worked to our budgets and we’re not going to spend stupid money on the whole squad. “I’m looking at all positions like I always do, but it will probably go to the deadline because every club will be trying to finalise things.” Press Associationlast_img read more

World Cup: Afghanistan, South Africa look for maiden win

first_imgCardiff: South Africa were never seen as one of the favourites to reach the last four of the ongoing World Cup largely due to their inexperienced batting line-up.And their performance so far in the tournament has been disappointing to say the least. South Africa’s best result thus far has been a ‘no result’ owing to their washed out match against the West Indies on Monday, coming on the back of a hat-trick of comprehensive defeats.Afghanistan, who face South Africa on Saturday, too have suffered a similar fate in the tournament so far, as their batting collapses have given their star-studded bowling line-up little to defend. In the three matches they have played so far, Afghanistan have managed scores of 207, 152 and 172 — totals that have been deemed chaseable decades back in ODI cricket.Add to that the uncertainty over the fitness of their star spinner Rashid Khan and the allegations levelled against the selectors by dropped keeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad, Afghanistan indeed seem to be on a shaky ground. It means that if South Africa have any chance of getting out of the rut they currently find themselves in, it is in this match.While their batting remains an obvious weak link, South Africa’s troubles have been compounded by some loose fielding and a misfiring pace attack.While they managed to get the better of most of the mighty England batting line-up before Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes bailed the hosts out in the tournament opener, South Africa were completely outplayed in the games against Bangladesh and India.Tightening things up in the field against an already vulnerable Afghanistan batting line-up would go a long way in securing a first win in the tournament for the Proteas.Similarly, the fact that they are facing what has to be the weakest South African side to have played in a World Cup means that this is the best chance for Afghanistan to show that they belong at this level of the game.However, the weather forecast for Cardiff is not encouraging. It is expected to rain in the early parts of the day and showers could return in the afternoon.But Afghanistan are one of the few teams in the tournament which didn’t experience a washout thus far and the players would hope that their good luck continues on Saturday. IANSAlso Read: World Cup: India-Pakistan all set for big-ticket World Cup tielast_img read more

Cameron retains presidency of Kensington Cricket Club

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Former Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron, has vowed to transform Kensington Cricket Club – having been re-elected as president – into a first-world club “in the next couple of years”.Cameron, who has been at the helm for 18 years, was returned unopposed as president at the club’s Annual General Meeting held at the Kensington Clubhouse.Wavell Hinds was elected first vice-president, while David Bernard Jr is the second vice-president. Hinds has also succeeded Robert Haynes as the club’s technical director. Haynes, who is on duty as a CWI selector, was lauded for his years of service to the club.In expressing his delight at being returned to the top office, Cameron said he wanted “Kensington to be the place where a young and aspiring cricketer would want to be a part of.”He said the club will also initiate activities to identify the role cricket has played in the community, show the impact all the great cricketers have had on the community, Jamaica, the West Indies and the world, as well as help re-focus the community on how it can re-engage residents to continue the path to growth and development.Meanwhile, Major Radcliffe Daley was elected as treasurer and KelliDawn Hamilton, assistant treasurer. Former CWI communications boss Carole Beckford is the honorary secretary and Wayne Lewis the assistant secretary.Brian Blair is club captain with Jamie Hay and Jamar Symester, the player representatives. Major Marlon Kennedy and Lorna Litchmore have been made Executive Members.The club marks 140 years of existence this year. They will celebrate the milestone on the weekend of October 11-14, 2019. There will be a church service, a brunch and cricket matches featuring its past and current players.last_img read more

Sophomore Safdar draws on lifetime of lacrosse to provide leadership for Syracuse

first_imgKomal Safdar started playing tennis as a toddler just for fun. She continued playing all through her childhood, but didn’t really consider her future in the sport until she was a teen.“I didn’t really start structured lessons in tennis until I was around 10 years old,” Safdar said.Now, Safdar is an integral player for Syracuse (2-5). Her preparation and energy have won over the entire team. On a team lacking senior leadership, the sophomore has stepped into that role through her attitude toward the sport.Safdar began playing in tournaments during her teenage years, discovering she had a knack for the game. She developed a love for the sport of tennis, a love that was organic, coming from her own enthusiasm.“It was also a lot self-motivated because my parents never made me play,” Safdar said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s that enthusiasm that makes her the effective leader of a team devoid of a strong veteran presence.“She’s probably the one that I really direct a lot of the students to,” head coach Luke Jensen said, “to talk to about how to study better, how to study smarter.”Jensen has even begun using a phrase of Safdar’s. Following an unsatisfactory grade on an assignment, Safdar said she needed to “reorganize and restructure the way I study.” Now, following a bad practice or bad stretch, Jensen will tell his team the same thing Safdar told him.When describing her practice habits, Safdar epitomizes the saying, “practice how you play.” Doubles partner Amanda Rodgers notices the passion Safdar brings to practice daily.“In practice she’s really intense and she’s really pumped up so it makes me pumped up and I think it makes the whole team really intense and really wanting to get better every day,” Rodgers said.Safdar’s performance on the court is derived from the mentality she brings to the court every single day.“She thinks about it,” Jensen said. “A lot of people walk out here and they just play tennis, you know, like it’s a recreational sport, and for her it’s an approach of ‘How can I better myself every single day in my area?’”The preparation extends to off of the court as well when partners Rodgers and Safdar review their plan of action.“The night before, she’s always really focused,” Rodgers said. “We always talk about doubles the night before and what we’re going to do and how we’re going to play, and so I think it’s really important because she’s already visualizing the match the next day.Safdar’s journey led her to Syracuse, but it is far from finished. She plans on following the structure of the SU program Jensen has developed, where the end goal is a degree, as well as a future in professional tennis.But before the professional stage, Safdar can continue to build upon her successes that have gotten her this far. Safdar is just a sophomore, but has compiled a 36-19 overall record (.528).  Teaming up with Rodgers, she is undefeated in four doubles matches this season.What will always stick with Safdar is her drive to become a better tennis player, something Jensen especially takes note of.“Purpose is her theme,” Jensen said, “and when I think of her, I think of someone who is very articulate and very driven and very focused, but lives with a purpose.”Her arrival at Syracuse was a step, but the ride isn’t done yet. There are no guarantees she has a future in professional tennis, but she hasn’t known anything other than the tennis court since she started playing as a child.Said Safdar: “I can’t imagine not playing tennis after college.” Comments Related Stories Doubles team of Safdar, Rodgers continues winning streak in home victory over West VirginiaTENNIS : Harman, Safdar provide Syracuse with formidable doubles tandem Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 13, 2013 at 12:52 am Contact Danny: dacuneo@syr.edulast_img read more

Campus brings back security company CSC

first_imgThe Department of Public Safety changed security staff providers for the campus perimeter from Staff Pro to Contemporary Services Corporation on Monday, making CSC the sole security personnel company used by DPS.CSC employees will now serve as ambassadors at fixed off-campus locations, gate check-in locations from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and at several busy on-campus areas during the evening, such as Doheny Library, Leavey Library and Tutor Campus Center.The change from Staff Pro to CSC was brought about by input from the USC community as well as internal logistical needs within DPS.“Based on the feedback we’ve gotten from students and our officers, we feel that it is probably better to have one company oversee all the ambassador positions,” DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle said. “We feel that CSC is the better fit for USC.”The new CSC hires will be stationed at campus entrances that are open after 9 p.m., greeting students and other guests while monitoring the flow of people in and out of campus.Prior to last semester, CSC was the only provider of security staff for DPS. However, once CSC’s contract expired, Staff Pro made a very competitive bid for the gate posts and secured the contract for last semester. Carlisle maintains that this was “strictly a business decision, and had nothing to do with CSC’s services.”Originally meant to create a greater sense of continuity for on-campus security — since Staff Pro already provides personnel at student dorms — DPS has decided to end its experiment with Staff Pro and make the change to CSC once more, this time for the long haul. Both companies made similar bids, and CSC’s culture seems to mesh more seamlessly with that of DPS’s own officers and personnel, Carlisle said.In addition, it is easier for DPS administrative officials to coordinate with a single company’s supervisors, streamlining day-to-day communications and operations.USC Housing will continue to use Staff Pro for checking students and their guests into dorms, and other departments may choose to contract with Staff Pro separately.The change to CSC for perimeter security was partly inspired by feedback from students, some of whom were dissatisfied with the quality of service provided by Staff Pro.“There were many times when I noticed that Staff Pro employees were on their phones or tablets. They were listening to music or had their earphones on. How are they supposed to monitor their surroundings if they are preoccupied with their phones or watching movies?” Cheryl Hagan, a freshman majoring in criminal justice, said in an email to the Daily Trojan.This is in contrast to the exceptional service she said she received from CSC’s gate personnel.“The staff that CSC hires seem very friendly and take pride in their work,” Hagan said. “They are always vigilant and proactive to ensure that we and our campus are safe.”last_img read more

Nation’s leading scorer reportedly transfers to Syracuse women’s basketball

first_imgWagner guard Jasmine Nwajei will transfer to Syracuse, reported Saturday afternoon. Nwajei led the nation in scoring last season with an average of 29 points per game.Nwajei won’t be eligible until the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules, per the report. Senior guards Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes have one more year of eligibility left and space in the lineup could open up for Nwajei, who will be a fifth-year senior, by the following season.“I have plans to start,” Nwajei told “I’m going to be the floor general, of course a scoring threat and a reflection of Coach Q.”In addition to her 29 points per game, Nwajei averaged 6.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.6 steals for the Seahawks last season. She shot 38 percent from the field and 25 percent from behind the arc. She scored 40 or more points in five games last year.After reaching its first-ever national championship game, the Orange will have to replace its most accomplished senior class in program history, including guards Brianna Butler, Cornelia Fondren and Maggie Morrison. SU’s 2016-17 roster is expected to include nine scholarship guards who will still have eligibility remaining in 2017-18.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm Contact Paul: | @pschwedslast_img read more

AFC Bournemouth terminates M88 sponsorship

first_img English Premier League football club AFC Bournemouth has confirmed that it has terminated its current sponsorship agreement with online gambling group Mansion’s subsidiary, M88.The sponsorship termination comes as the predominantly Asian-facing brand is reported to be under investigation by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).Bournemouth had previously secured a two-year partnership with the online operator, which was then extended in May 2019 as part of a club-record deal.The agreement saw M88 featured on the front of the club’s home, away and third shirts, and training wear in a deal worth approximately £5 million per season.Thanking the online operator for its support, the team revealed that it will play the remaining games in the 2019/20 season campaign in new training wear and playing kits. The sleeve sponsorship with parent company Mansion is said to be unaffected.Following the announcement, the Daily Mail reported that the Cherries could be considering a ‘thank you’ message to COVID-19 frontline medical staff, but any sponsorship agreement would require approval from the Premier League. Related Articles EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share ‘Pent-up demand’ for live sports drives gambling pick-up in June August 17, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Glasgow 2014: Okagbare targets treble

first_imgWere it not for the track and field schedule, Nigerian Blessing Okagbare could almost be expected to be going for four medals at the Commonwealth Games, AFP reports.The 25-year-old scorched to a commanding victory in the women’s 100-metre at Hampden Park on Monday, timing a Games record of 10.85 seconds, the sole sprinter in a strong field including Jamaican duo Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart to dip under the 11 sec barrier.Okagbare, eighth in the 100 metres at the London Olympics but a long jump bronze medallist in Beijing in 2008 at the age of 19, was quick to point to a potential treble, as she also plans to compete in her favoured 200 metres as well as the 4×100-metre relay.“Everything this year has been really based on the Commonwealth Games,” said the US-based Nigerian, who confirmed her promise when winning long jump silver and 200-metre bronze at the World Championships in Moscow last year.“This year for me is like an off year but at the same time I wanted to come here and actually put on a good show.“I am happy that my training led to these Games and everything came out well and to break the Commonwealth record is an amazing feeling. “Every preparation has been made for the Commonwealth Games. My previous meets were not that fast but I just had to trust that I was going to be ready and everything fell in place.”Okagbare added: “This is my first Commonwealth Games and I wanted to go out and first of all have fun but at the same time I wanted to win a gold medal.“It does take the pressure off a little bit but it doesn’t mean I can sit down and do no more. I just have to keep working hard to keep on top of my fitness and shape in the Games.”On that note, Okagbare said: “Is it possible that I could be going for a treble gold (100 metres, 200 metres and relay)? I would say yes.”Unfortunately for Okagbare, qualification for the long jump and 200 metres are both on Wednesday, with the finals of the two events slated for Thursday evening, meaning a tilt at the long jump is extremely unlikely. Heats for the 4×100 metres relay, however, are on Friday, with the final on Saturday.“The 200 metres is a little easier for me to digest,” Okagbare said when asked what her favourite event was.“The 100 metres is over so fast and any mistake you make is so hard to make up for.”The Nigerian will be hoping she can keep her form through until the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro , where her versatility could well see her have the chance of becoming one of the stars of the track.“I’m going to prepare and do my thing and yes I plan to push on and aim for the Olympics,” said the training partner of the US ’s 100-metre world champion from 2011, Carmelita Jeter. “As long as I stay healthy and train the best I can. I must stay on top of my shape.”last_img read more

Potential hidden scrimmage tape could reveal young LeBron James beating Michael Jordan

first_imgWhile Jordan would have been the favorite, James held several advantages that could have given him an edge.Someone find the footage of this scrimmage with LeBron and MJ.— ThrowbackHoops (@ThrowbackHoops) March 17, 2020MORE: NBA Draft prospect boardHere’s why there’s a chance LeBron got the better of MJ, even though he was still in high school:There’s a reason a potential tape never reached the publicMichael Jordan was the king. If he didn’t want something to see the light, it didn’t see the light. James beating him in a scrimmage, then, could have been quietly brushed under the rug.James, of course, once tried to make a camp video of him getting dunked on by a high school kid disappear. Jordan could have tried to avoid a similar public embarrassment.Or no video was taken. That’s the simplest (but least fun) explanation. In 2002 (when the game in question likely took place), video was not yet as ubiquitous as it is now.LeBron had springsI mean . . . LeBron had the size advantageJames hadn’t reached his full football linebacker build yet, as evidenced by his slender arms in the viral photo, but he was probably already taller than a 6-6 Jordan. James is 6-9 now, though it’s possible he hadn’t finished his growth at the time of the scrimmage. When he wasn’t trying to jump over Jordan (or other opponents), he had the size to operate in the paint.LeBron had preternatural passing abilitiesIt’s important to note that this scrimmage probably wasn’t a one-on-one battle. Jordan was still putting up 20 points per game in the NBA and powered by an all-time great competitive spirit, but even if he carried a personal edge over James at his advanced playing age, perhaps James could have made up for it by whipping the ball around the court to open teammates (who likely were in the league). The completeness of James’ game is what made him so good even back then. A throwback image of LeBron James and Michael Jordan competing in an early-2000s scrimmage emerged this week, sparking discussion of how that matchup went down.James was in high school at the time. Jordan was on the final legs of his NBA career and approaching 40. No tape from the contest is widely available — though it’s quite possible one is collecting dust in an attic somewhere — so we can only imagine the duel.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESJOEL ROSARIO, MO FORZA, WINNER:  “He was a little rank leaving the gate, but I had him in hand.  He was pulling, but not that bad.  He relaxed really well on the first turn and settled into racing.  This was a special win for me, since it was for Barry Abrams.  When I came down from Northern California, it was Barry who gave me my first opportunity and I won for him.”JOHN VELAZQUEZ, SUCCEEDANDSURPASS, SECOND: “He ran really good. I was in a tough position. He was very keen going into that first turn, and then at about the half-mile pole he switched (leads) a little awkwardly, got off the bridle a little and I had to put him back in and he was good. But the winner ran a great race – you can’t take that away from him.”TRAINER QUOTESPETER MILLER, MO FORZA, WINNER: “I just told Joel (Rosario) to get a position. There was one or two speeds, just sit behind the speed. The pace was a little slower than I thought, but he was loaded the whole way. The horse was throwing his head but then Joel got him to settle.”ONOFRIO PECORARO, MO FORZA, WINNER: “Unbelievable. I’m so grateful for Barry Abrams allowing me to be his partner in this horse.“It’s a blessing. This horse is special, and thanks be to God.(On how long he’s been in the game) “Eleven years. I’ve owned 17 horses in my career, and this is a special one. My buddy Tommy (Corona) here named the horse. Power Forza! Italian power!”            NOTES: The winning owners is Bardy Farm or OG Boss.last_img read more