For as well as being the secretary of the Walton and Kirkdale junior league, Pendleton also scouted youngsters for Everton. Unbeknownst to him, he had come across the young footballer who would go on to become England’s greatest goal scorer. As Pendleton watched on, Rooney found the net. He was two years younger than his team-mates, but stood head and shoulders above the rest of the players on the pitch. “Copplehouse had done nothing in the first half of the season but when he signed for them, Jesus, honestly…” Pendleton says before puffing his cheeks out. “Jimmy Greaves passed the ball into the back of the net and so did Wayne. “The scores would be about 7-0 and nine times out of 10 he scored four or five of them. “He got the reputation as being a beast in front of goal. “There was a vibe going round Liverpool about him. Different lads you knew used to say, ‘Have you got Rooney yet, Bob?'” Once he had seen him in action, there was no way Pendleton would let this nine-year-old boy go anywhere else but Everton. Rooney had trials at Liverpool, but it did not feel right for the youngster – mainly because he turned up in his Everton kit. He was an Evertonian through and through, as were his family. His mother Jeanette and Wayne Snr – or ‘Big Wayne’ as Pendleton calls him – did not want their son crossing Stanley Park to join the red side. His success continued after signing youth forms with Everton. Two approaches from Sir Alex Ferguson were rebuffed and Rooney went on to star in Everton’s run to the FA Youth Cup final in 2002. Then, five days shy of his 17th birthday, Rooney scored his first Everton goal against Arsenal – a fierce drive which cannoned in off the underside of the bar. Pendleton held his emotions together until he saw his two daughters Anne and Mary after the final whistle. “I walked down the stairs and two of my daughters – Anne and Mary – were crying and then I started crying,” he says. “I just couldn’t help it because it was such an incredible feeling.” As Rooney approaches his 30th birthday, pundits and commentators will reflect on the striker’s career. The common view is that Rooney is past his best. That point is probably a fair one. The glimpses of the man who scored 26 goals in 32 league appearances in the 2010-11 season are getting more and more infrequent. But it easy to forget that Rooney has been playing professional football for 14 years. Another common view that Rooney has not fulfilled his potential as a player is quite simply wrong. Thirteen years on from scoring the wonder goal against Arsenal that still gives Rooney goosebumps, his trophy room inside his Cheshire mansion is do big it stretches over two floors. Rooney has five Premier League winner’s medals, he has won the League Cup twice and the Champions League on one occasion. He has won the PFA player of the year award, the FWA player of the year accolade and has done what Sir Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves could not do – score 50 goals for his country. It is only a matter of time before he scores the 14 goals required to make him United’s greatest marksman. Louis van Gaal and Roy Hodgson, who have worked with some of the best players of Rooney’s generation and beyond, rate him highly – both as a player and captain. And the striker has the respect and admiration of his team-mates. “You can tell he is a world-class player by what he does in training every day,” says United midfielder Jesse Lingard, who joined the club aged seven. “He has got goals and he is captain, he leads the team, he sets a great example and we follow him.” And Rooney gave a timely reminder that he can still cut it in the Premier League when he raced on to Ander Herrera’s pass and scored the final goal in United’s 3-0 win at Goodison Park. “On Saturday he played him down the middle, and my God he killed us,” said Pendleton, beaming with the same pride he felt when he stumbled upon Rooney 21 years ago. Over two decades have passed, but Bob Pendleton remembers his first glimpse of Wayne Rooney like it was yesterday. Press Association On Long Lane playing fields in Aintree, Pendleton was headed for pitch two to collect some unpaid referees’ fees from ‘Big Nev’, the coach of Copplehouse Colts. With £4.50’s worth of change in his pocket, Pendleton chose to hang around and watch the Under-11s in action. It would prove to be the best decision of his career.
Mumbai: Middle-order batsmen Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey will lead the India A teams in the five one-day matches against South Africa A starting later this month in Thiruvananthapuram, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement on Monday.The senior selection committee of the board met here to pick the India A squads for the upcoming five-match series. Pandey will lead the team picked for the first three matches, while the team for the remaining two games will be led by Shreyas Iyer.The one-day series will be played at The Sports Hub, Thiruvananthapuram, starting August 29.Delhi Capitals skipper Iyer, 24, recently hit back-to-back fifties in the final two ODIs in the West Indies to help India clinch the three-match series 2-0 after the first match got washed out.Pandey, who played in all the three T20Is in the West Indies which preceded the one-dayers, failed to impress with the bat. The players who have been picked for all the five matches include Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Nitish Rana, Ricky Bhui, Vijay Shankar, Shivam Dube, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur. IANSAlso Read: Former India Skipper Sunil Gavaskar Bats for Shreyas Iyer at 4Also Watch: More than 300 Congress members join BJP in Sarupathar
By Frederick HalleyONKAR Singh is a cricket commentator with a difference. He’s not heard on radio or television but his on-the-spot coverage of both hard and softball cricket has caught the attention of many over the past 16 years or so, prompting him to describe himself as “the pioneer of on-field coverage.”It all started as a fun when his team, New York X1, were booted out of the 2000 World Cup softball tournament in Florida. According to the Guyana-born Singh, who now resides in Albany, New York, for the fun of it, he picked up a mike on the sidelines and started to describe the action on the field of play.Singh explained that after a few minutes, he ceased the commentary but upon doing so was accosted by former Guyana and West Indies player Faoud Bacchus as to why he had stopped. This, according to Singh, inspired and prompted him to continue, signalling the start of what is still a rewarding part-time career.To date, Singh, who told Chronicle Sports that he idolizes fellow Guyanese Joseph “Reds” Perreira, has been a constant performer mostly at international softball games in New York and Florida and has also featured at two Guyana Softball Cup in his homeland. He’s also likely to be a part of the upcoming Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) sixth tournament, set for November 4-6 next.Singh is however not confined to softball and has also done some hard ball matches in North America, including the West Indies Legends versus New York Legends which featured former players like Alvin Kallicharran, Gordon Greenidge, Gus Logie, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Pedro Collins and Bacchus.Pointing out why he’s an ardent fan of Perreira and patterns himself after the legendary Guyanese commentator, Singh pointed out that his (Perreira) description of on-field plays is unmatched.Prior to migrating to New York in 1996, Singh was no slouch in the cricket arena in Guyana, having represented Georgetown and subsequently Demerara in the Inter-county Under-19 tournament, playing alongside the likes of former West indies player Carl Hooper, former Guyana wicker-keeper Sheik Mohamed, fast bowler Linden Fraser, Shivnauth Seeram and Anil Solomon,among others. His role in the team was that of an off-spinning all-rounder.Singh also spent three years in Trinidad and Tobago, representing Crampton Cricket Club in the first division competition where his teammates included former West indies players Ian Bishop and Phil Simmons.In 1989, Singh turned his attention fully to softball cricket, playing exclusively for Durban Cricket Club alongside Wayne Jones and the late Benegal Singh, two players he opined as the most complete batsmen in softball cricket. He rates a nine-wicket haul and an innings of 49 not out among his best performances for Durban.Work commitments have severely curtailed his ability to play softball cricket in New York but Singh nevertheless still competes in the Over-40 division occasionally. He previously played for Lords Cricket Club in Queens, New York,and he is credited with slamming two centuries and several half-centuries.He also skippered the Demerara (New York) Inter-county team to three consecutive championships.Born and raised in Campbellville, Greater Georgetown, Singh attended Redeemer Lutheran School and Indian Education Trust College,which was subsequently renamed Richard Ishmael Secondary School.
888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 London-listed online gambling group 888 Holdings has agreed upon an £18m deal to acquire a number of JPJ Group brands, which include Costa Bingo, City Bingo and Sing Bingo.888 has purchased a number of digital bingo brands from the Jet Management Group and Jet Media, who form the basis of the Mandalay operating unit. The online gambling group has collaborated with the Mandalay brands since 2009, supplying its Dragonfish bingo platform to Mandalay media. Itai Pazner, 888 Holding’s new Chief Executive, said that the new deal will further strengthen the group’s position in the UK online bingo market. The group will initially front £12m in cash following the closing of the acquisition, with the final £6m being paid in cash in September.“The group continues to deliver its stated strategy of expanding across global regulated markets,” commented Pazner. “This expansion is underpinned by organic growth initiatives supported by exploring value-enhancing M&A.“Having been developed on Dragonfish, the Group’s first-class B2B platform, we are confident that consolidating these brands into our existing B2C portfolio will deliver synergies and growth opportunities by applying the full extent of 888’s core capabilities in product, marketing and customer relationship management to their operations.”JPJ Group added that sale would allow them to optimise returns on its market investment through the development of its Jackpotjoy-focused single brand strategy in the UK. Mandalay has generated approximately £11m of revenue and approximately £3.7m of profit before tax attributable to the assets, in the twelve months to December 31, 2018.The deal is expected to be finalised by the end of March, following an employee consultation.
Ghana captain John Mensah and Sulley Muntari have hailed the training methods of new Black Stars coach Goran Stevanovic.The Serbian worked with the Black Stars for the first time on Monday ahead of the friendly against Togo.The Black Stars were put to their paces before the new Serbian coach unfurled his strategy for matches under him.With rapt attention the players listened to Stevanovic who worked out his strategy in three sessions including a time with assistant coach Akwasi Appiah and a video analyst who was employed by the Serbian.Ghana senior players John Mensah and Muntari were delighted with the first day under Stevanovic and they are confident they will be successful.“I am very impressed with coach Stevanovic’s work ethic and he was so dedicated to the work by the look of things,” Captain John Mensah said. “We are happy to see him exhibit the qualities the Ghana FA saw in him and I know we will learn from him and get the results.”Muntari added: “The training went very well and you can see from the look of things Mr. Stevanovic means business.“He will help Ghana to be successful again at the highest stage – I am sure about that.”Ghana will play Togo in the Belgian town of Antwerp on Tuesday night at 8pm local time.Source: Ghanasoccernet
Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire With Martin behind the plate, Ryu had a 1.52 earned-run average in 20 starts this season. Throwing to Smith, Ryu had a 5.40 ERA in six starts.“If you look at his career, (Martin) had an amazing career,” Ryu said through his interpreter. “So from the get-go, you have to respect that. And he’s been an incredible help in terms of communicating and being on the same page. Even from Day 1, as a veteran, he made sure that we were on the same page and from the get-go, we had a great start to the season, hence the good results throughout the season.”The admiration is mutual.“The numbers say that he’s good with me, but he’s just a good pitcher,” Martin said of Ryu. “He can execute pitches and do different things, and he’s really good at creating his own game plan. He studies hitters. He knows exactly what he wants to do out there. I’m trying to guide him, just stay in synch, feel what he wants to do.”Now 36, Martin is playing out the string on the lucrative contract he signed with the Blue Jays prior to the 2015 season. The remainder of his career might measure in weeks, if not days. Lefties batted just .156 against Kolarek after he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in a deadline-day trade. The audition went well enough for the Dodgers to give Kolarek one of their 25 postseason roster spots.At 30 years old, he’s getting less attention than fellow playoff rookies Dustin May, Gavin Lux, and Will Smith, though Kolarek is soaking up the experience just the same.“The introductions, the anthem, the huge flag in center field, it’s all the little stuff that adds to the spectacle of playoff baseball,” he said. “I think that’s what I was most looking forward to, as far as stuff that’s outside the game and getting to experience that for the first time.”ALSOThe fan who returned Gavin Lux’s home run in Game 1 had a bit of bad news: he retrieved the ball out of a trash can in right field. “It kind of makes it a little more funny and a better story for the ball, I guess,” Lux said. “Twenty years from now I can tell my kids, hey, this ball was in the trash can.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — Asked to pinpoint the source of his struggles this season, Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu blamed himself.“Whenever I have an off game,” he said Friday, “it’s usually the balance when I make the delivery and that led to mistake pitches.”Publicly and privately, Ryu has resisted blaming the man in a crouch behind home plate. Call it a coincidence, but Ryu was irrefutably bad during a stretch of three summer starts with rookie Will Smith catching.Smith, who became the Dodgers’ primary backstop after the All-Star break, started the first two games of the best-of-five National League Division Series. But he will give way to Russell Martin when Ryu pitches Game 3 in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, did not acquire Martin with the intention of making him the team’s everyday catcher. Martin started only three of the Dodgers’ final 12 regular-season games, the most recent coming on Sept. 28.Yet Martin seems to have found his ticket to postseason playing time in Ryu, who led all of baseball with a 2.32 ERA. Sunday will be Martin’s first playoff game in a Dodgers uniform since 2009. His teams have reached the postseason 10 times in 14 seasons.Ryu skipped a start after laboring through 4-1/3 innings against the Rockies on Sept. 4, a no-decision. When he returned to the mound 10 days later, Martin was behind the plate. Ryu threw seven shutout innings that day against the New York Mets.Smith caught Ryu’s next game, Sept. 22 against the Rockies. The left-hander allowed three runs over seven innings and picked up his first win in more than a month. But Martin returned for Ryu’s final regular-season start, a 2-0 win in San Francisco on the second-to-last day of the season.As for Ryu’s theory that being off-balance was the source of his summer woes, Martin deferred.“He knows himself very well,” Martin said. “If he thinks that’s what it is, that’s probably what it is.”YOU HAD JUAN JOBDodgers pitcher Adam Kolarek didn’t know much about Juan Soto before this week. In 10 professional seasons, he’d never pitched to the Washington Nationals’ talented 20-year-old.The left-handed reliever began doing his homework once Washington beat the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL wild-card game. Two games into the NLDS, that homework has paid off.Kolarek struck out Soto on three pitches in the seventh inning of Game 1. When Soto’s turn to bat arrived in the seventh inning of Game 2, Manager Dave Roberts again summoned Kolarek from the bullpen. It took nine pitches this time, but Kolarek got Soto to ground out with one out and two runners on base in a 3-1 game.“I kind of have a similar plan of attack no matter who’s in the box,” Kolarek said. “I try to stick with that.”That’s a rare approach for any pitcher, but Kolarek’s role allows him to get away with it. He knows he will face a left-handed hitter, usually at a juncture when one hit can change the game. The Nationals’ best left-handed hitter is Soto, who hit 34 home runs, drove in 110 runs, and reached base at a .401 clip in the regular season.A right-handed hitter, Howie Kendrick, batted behind Soto in each of the first two games. So as soon as Kolarek completed his task, Roberts went back to the bullpen for a right-handed reliever.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Terance Mann kept No. 12 Florida State alive in the ACC Tournament.With the game tied and less than five seconds to play in overtime Thursday, the senior guard hit an incredible runner to give his team a 65-63 victory over No. 16 Virginia Tech at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. Seminoles freshman Devin Vassell, however, sunk a 3-pointer to force the extra period. March Madness 2019 bubble watch: Florida keeps at-large hopes alive; NC State misses big chance DEVIN VASSELL FOR THE TIE pic.twitter.com/u3ot84UAjJ— Ben Pfeifer (@Ben_Pfeifer_) March 14, 2019Mann finished with 10 points while Vassell added a team-high 14 off the bench.Florida State will face top-seeded Virginia in the ACC Tournament semifinals Friday. Terance [the] MANN! @FSUHoops pic.twitter.com/eC7K38Xloq— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 14, 2019Here’s another angle of the shot: Senior Terance Mann ladies and gentlemen. Seminoles lead 65-63 with one second left. pic.twitter.com/t92Jqa62nh— Chaunte’l Powell (@chauntelpowell) March 14, 2019Florida State appeared on its way to a win in regulation when it took a five-point lead with less than seven minutes remaining in the second half. But, Virginia Tech rallied and swung the scoreboard back in its favor on back-to-back baskets by Kerry Blackshear Jr. in the closing moments. Related News
On March 2018, Prograis and Indongo battled for the interim WBC junior welterweight title at Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood, S.D. Near the end of the first round, Prograis made a statement when he sent Indongo to the canvas. Prograis put his foot on the gas pedal in the second round, dropping Indongo three times including the final one with six seconds remaining in the round to capture his first major world championship. WBC Diamond junior welterweight Regis Prograis is one of the premier junior welterweights in the world.The 30-year-old from New Orleans trained at Savannah Boxing Club in Houston alongside former four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. Prograis took part in the 2012 Olympic Trials and decided to turn pro in April of the same year, defeating Carl Almirol by first-round knockout. MORE: Join DAZN and watch Prograis vs. Relikh on April 27After steamrolling through the competition, Prograis put himself on the map in June 2017 when blasted through Joel Diaz Jr. in just two rounds. The performance led Prograis to a bout with former unified junior welterweight champion Julius Indongo for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title. Prograis took care of Indongo rather easily, winning by second-round TKO to capture his first major world title.”Rougarou” entered The World Boxing Super Series as part of the 140-pound tournament. In the first round back in October, Prograis defeated Terry Flanagan by unanimous decision to snap his streak of seven consecutive stoppages and advance to Saturday’s semifinal contest against Kiryl Relikh for the WBA title.Regis Prograis tale of the tape: Age, height, bioBirth name: Regis PrograisBirthday: January 24, 1989Age: 30Birthplace: New Orleans, LouisianaNationality: AmericanDivision: Junior WelterweightHeight: 5-foot-8Reach: 67 inchesStance: SouthpawTotal Fights: 23Career record: 23-0Wins by knockout: 19World titles held (current): WBC Diamond junior welterweight titleWorld titles held (past): NABF junior welterweight titleLast fight: Win via unanimous decision vs. Terry FlanaganNext fight: Kiryl Relikh on Friday, April 27MORE ABOUT DAZN• Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service• What sports are live-streamed on DAZN?• How much does DAZN’s live sports streaming service cost?Notable career highlightsRegis Prograis’ first fightBoxers have to begin their career somewhere. For Prograis, it took place on April 28, 2012, at The Royal Palace, Houston against Carl Almirol. Prograis couldn’t have asked for a better start, knocking out Almirol in the first round. First marquee winPrograis had made it look easy in his first 19 fights, winning 16 via stoppage. Boxing pundits thought it was about to change when Prograis would take on Joel Diaz in June 2017. Diaz, like Prograis, was a highly touted prospect who had yet to be tested. Instead of seeing a highly competitive affair, Prograis solidified himself as a title contender, dropping Diaz four times in the second round to win via TKO. Winning interim WBC junior welterweight world title At this point, the only thing missing on Prograis’ resume was a major world title. Enter Julius Indongo, who was coming off losing the IBF and WBA junior welterweight titles to Terence Crawford in August 2017.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. — The connection and fondness was immediately evident as Tony Stewart and Joe Gibbs took their seats Friday morning to talk about their respective teams’ chances in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Gibbs was dressed in a suit and Stewart was dressed more casually in a team button-up shirt and baseball cap — the juxtaposition causing them both to laugh. “Well, this is how you dress when you have one car in the championship and that’s how you dress when you have three,” Stewart joked immediately.HOMESTEAD LINEUP: Rain puts Championship 4 up frontThe truth is, although the two are competing against one another for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title, the former teammates concede they are much more alike than dissimilar. And this is a big weekend for both.Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin will compete against Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick for the series championship Sunday afternoon. And although the competition will undoubtedly be intense for NASCAR’s biggest prize, the two 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees leading the organizations bring a similar mindset into the big race.Stewart, a three-time Cup champion driver, has won two titles as an owner — his third series trophy in 2011 and Harvick’s in 2014. Gibbs is a four-time Cup champion owner — earning two titles with Stewart (2002 and 2005) and one each with Bobby Labonte (2000) and Kyle Busch (2015).Stewart competed in 22 NASCAR Xfinity Series races for Gibbs in 1998 before moving to the JGR team full time from his 1999 rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series through the 2008 season. He joined forces with Gene Haas to form Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009.”Every driver is different, and Joe [Gibbs] can tell you better than anybody, because he’s dealt with more, quote-unquote, professional athletes than anybody, and how you get people to respond is different from person to person,” Stewart said of his ownership style. “Sometimes you’ve got to be a little stern with them. But there’s that one button in each of us that gets us to respond.” “I think that’s kind of what makes good leaders and good owners and good crew chiefs and good competition directors. You have to know your people. You have got know what that button is. You need to know what you have to do to get the best out of them.”Stewart looked over at Gibbs and smiled. “I learned a lot from this guy in the years I was there,” Stewart said. “And I’ve said it a million times, if I didn’t work for him, I wouldn’t be where I’m at now. I wouldn’t be doing the things I’m doing now.”I also wouldn’t be in debt like I am now, and I blame all of it on Joe.”
Sumner Â Newscow report â€” The Wellington FFA Spaghetti Dinner and Labor Auction was a huge success in the commons area Monday evening. Here are a couple of pictures from Newscow photographer Amber Schmitz:FFA President Haley Farley serving spaghetti.Labor auction participants and Monday’s festivities.Auctioneer Jeremy Wiens spends the evening selling the wares.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! 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