Holloway accepts two-match ban

first_img “Ian Holloway will serve a two-match touchline suspension with immediate effect after Crystal Palace notified The FA that they would not be appealing the sanction,” a statement on its website read. “Holloway was given the ban along with an £18,000 fine after he admitted two separate charges, both in relation to his side’s game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 18 August 2013. “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Wednesday 28 August 2013, the following results were reached. “In relation to a breach of FA Rule E3 in that Holloway’s language and/or behaviour in or around the match officials’ changing room after the game amounted to improper conduct, he was given a two-match touchline ban to commence with immediate effect and fined £10,000. “In relation to a breach of FA Rule E3 in that Holloway’s post-match comments constituted improper conduct in that they questioned the integrity of the match referee and/or match officials in general, and/or implied that the match referee and/or match officials in general were motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute, Holloway was fined £8,000. “The sanctions were stayed to allow Holloway the opportunity to lodge an appeal having considered the written reasons. The FA were notified on Tuesday 3 September that he would not be appealing, therefore his touchline ban commences with immediate effect.” Among many post-match comments relating to the performance of the officials, Holloway said: ‘It’s going to be a long hard season for me with these people. I had this with Blackpool. Certain clubs get fouls and others don’t. I just want a bit of fairness.” He will now be banned from the touchline for the trip to champions Manchester United on September 14 and the following weekend’s home clash with Swansea. The FA also confirmed that Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies has also been charged following their 2-1 defeat at Wigan on August 31. “The charge is in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 in that his language and/or behaviour at the end of the match amounted to improper conduct. Davies has until 6pm on 6 September 2013 to reply to the charge,” a brief statement read. Holloway was charged with two separate counts after Roberto Soldado’s penalty condemned his side to defeat on the opening weekend of the Barclays Premier League season. And the FA has now announced he has decided not to contest the charges. Press Associationcenter_img Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway will serve a two-match touchline ban after the Football Association confirmed he would not appeal the sanctions handed out following the Eagles’ 1-0 defeat to Tottenham.last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli hits half-century of fifties in clash vs Australia

first_img New Delhi: After Rohit Sharma’s attacking fifty and a brilliant century from Shikhar Dhawan, India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli joined in the fun as he blasted his 50th fifty in ODIs. The Indian cricket team skipper notched up his landmark by working offspinner Glenn Maxwell to the deep midwicket fence for a single. Kohli built upon the efforts of Dhawan and Rohit as India aimed for a total close to 325 against an Australian side that struggled on the flat deck at the Kennington Oval in London after India had won the toss and chose to bat. Kohli became the seventh Indian player to hit 50 or more fifties in ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 96 fiftiesBoth Dhawan and Rohit started slowly and it was the left-hander who smashed the first boundary of the match when he caressed a full ball from Pat Cummins to the deep extra cover fence. The pressure of the early overs was released when Dhawan slammed three boundaries off Nathan Coulter-Nile in the eighth over. The first boundary was a drive straight down the ground, the second was a cut shot to the deep cover fence while the third was a late-cut to the third man fence.RELATEDAfter going past the landmark, Dhawan pounced on Stoinis by smashing two consecutive boundaries and despite losing Rohit for 57, Dhawan continued his aggression. He blasted two fours off legspinner Adam Zampa and got near to his century by getting an under-edge to a short ball from Pat Cummins as he attempted the upper-cut again. The left-hander raced through the 90s by pulling Zampa to the deep square leg fence and he reached the landmark in dramatic fashion.The left-hander pushed a full ball from Marcus Stoinis to the mid-off region and looked for a single but sent Virat Kohli back half-way down the pitch. The fielder scored a direct hit and the ricochet resulted in a single. Rohit Sharma has always had memorable moments against Australia when it comes to his cricketing career. His first double century came against Australia in 2013 and he has the most centuries in his ODI career against Australia. Rohit has also amassed other records in his career and in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against Australia at the Kennington Oval, the Mumbai right-hander notched up yet another milestone. Rohit became the fourth player to score 2000 runs in ODIs against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run-getter with 3077 runs at an average of 44.57 with nine centuries. With Shikhar Dhawan batting aggressively, Rohit was content on playing second fiddle. The batsman pushed legspinner Adam Zampa to long off for a single and he became the fastest to 2000 runs against Australia, achieving the feat in just his 37th game. highlights Virat Kohli hit his 50th fifty in ODIs.Kohli is the seventh Indian to reach 50 ODI fifties.India last won against Australia in the 2011 World Cup.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Hurricane Maria – A Personal Story

first_imgAuthor Scott Smith is the editor of ConsumersAdvocate.org.  As a former trader on Wall Street living in NYC during 9/11, and now an editor living in Puerto Rico through Hurricane Maria and its aftermath, he found both life changing events very reminiscent of each other. On September 20, 2017, an enormous hurricane pummeled Puerto Rico and devastated much of the island.I come from New York and was living there on 9/11—and I was struck by the similarities between that tragedy and Hurricane Maria. In both situations, I went to bed in one life and woke up in another.But Hurricane Maria also got me thinking about stray dogs and cats and what they go through every day.Let me explain.When Maria’s winds died down, Puerto Rico was without electricity, internet service, and in many parts of the island, running water. Communications were down. Things I’d taken for granted like food, water, and medical care became luxuries that were hard to come by. Most stores were closed and the ones that weren’t only accepted cash. But the banking system was offline and no one could get cash. It was a situation reminiscent of the Great Depression, when people with money in the bank couldn’t withdraw and spend it and the whole economy ground to a halt.Streets that were once well lit and safe became dark and dangerous. There was looting. There were random acts of violence. Many people had to sleep with one eye open—if they got any sleep at all. The situation became so dangerous that the governor was compelled to proclaim an island-wide dusk-to-dawn curfew.Scott Smith and Eli Rivera Jr at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Levittown, Puerto RicoJust days after the storm, I was waiting in a long line at a grocery store, hoping that it wouldn’t run out of food and that I’d have enough cash to get what I needed for my family. And I had a revelation: this is how homeless dogs and cats live every day. They lead precarious lives. They go days without adequate food and water. They don’t get medical care. They’re in constant danger and have to be watchful to the point of paranoia.I was living like that now. So were nearly three million Puerto Ricans. We had become an island of strays.I’ve always had a special connection to animals. I’ve been personally involved in a number of animal rescues. I’m a human dad to four dogs, all of whom were rescued from the streets. Sad to say, there are about half a million more where mine came from—and more than 1 million stray cats. What I went through for several weeks following Hurricane Maria, they go through every day, with little hope that things will get better.As if the tragedy of stray dogs and cats was not horrific enough before Maria hit, it became even worse afterward. Approximately 300,000 people moved away from Puerto Rico on account of the storm. Many of them were unable to take their animals with them. As Maria was bearing down on the island, a friend of mine witnesses heartbreaking scenes at the San Juan airport when families had to abandon their beloved pets. To make matters worse, the federal government banned pets who weighed more than 20 pounds from air travel. The policy was intended to free up cargo space for much-needed relief supplies, but it had the unintended effect of causing another 2,000 pets to be abandoned to the streets.After 9/11, New Yorkers like me figured out ways around the damage and disruption. Yet there was no way around the devastation of Hurricane Maria. It dragged on and on for months—and will likely take years to completely dissipate. Right now, the extraordinary hardships that all of us on the island endured after Hurricane Maria have largely disappeared. But the pain continues for Puerto Rico’s homeless cats and dogs.Photo Credit: Seary FigueroaI saw a tragic example of that last winter. I got a call about a dog that had been hit by a car and badly injured. When I arrived at the scene, I found a terrified animal who was in tremendous pain and who was unable to move his hind legs. It took three hours, but we finally got him into a crate and to the Veterinaria 24/7 in Pinero.As it turned out, this poor dog’s back legs were paralyzed. He will never walk again. Fortunately, he was adopted by a loving family in Wisconsin that is giving him the best life possible. But other dogs and cats aren’t so lucky. It’s depressingly common to see the remains of dogs and cats who’ve been hit by cars in Puerto Rico. To try to combat this problem, I began a video campaign I called Drive With Compassion. It’s something—but it’s not enough.Having lived through a catastrophic storm like Hurricane Maria has given me new insight into the lives of stray animals. I now have some firsthand knowledge of what their lives are like. And having welcomed stray dogs off the Puerto Rican streets and into my heart, I can attest to how just one person can save a life.I encourage everyone to become the person who makes that kind of difference in a stray dog or cat’s life. There are some terrific organizations here that support those of us who become that difference. I urge you all to help and support them: All Sato Rescue, Alianza Pro Rescate Animales, Yes We Can-ine, Samas Boarding for Dogs, Rabito Kontento, The Humane Society of Puerto Rico, PrAnimals.org, Animalitos de Dios PR and Brownie Blondie Foundation by Marjorie Andino.Remember what I learned: hurricanes like Maria are (I hope!) a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. But what the strays of Puerto Rico experience goes on day after day after day without end. Only people who are able and willing to step up can stop it.last_img read more

LeBron James vs. Time: Precedent suggests Lakers star could see a decline

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersGeneral Manager Rob Pelinka spoke glowingly about James’ offseason workouts, squeezed in during the morning twilight before filming “Space Jam 2”. Around the practice facility, Pelinka suggested, James set the standard for work ethic.“Guys were saying, ‘I don’t know if I can keep up with him because he was working so hard,’” he said. “He just really seems locked in and serious. That’s the aura we’ve gotten so far being around him.”There’s a fine line between being a statistical anomaly and eventually falling prey to age like everyone else. How long can James keep it up?Only four other players in NBA history have ever averaged at least 27 points during their age-34 season, luminaries Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Bernard King. None of them also averaged more than eight assists, which James did while leading the Lakers in assists last year.History doesn’t have many examples of elite scorers and playmakers whose primes last into their mid-30s. Only three players – Lenny Wilkens, Jerry West and Larry Bird – have ever averaged at least 20 points and 6 assists into their age-35 season. Only Wilkens was able to suit up for more than 45 games. James’ groin tear last season, which cost him 18 games, was the most serious injury he’s ever suffered in his career, and the first true crack in his aura of durability. James himself noted that it was the worst injury he had suffered since high school – some 18 years before.Even before that, James had gotten used to the idea that he couldn’t take a day off from his recovery.“When you’re 21, 22 I can actually play the game without tying my shoes, without getting taped, without icing after a game, and play a back to back and feel 100 percent,” he said last season. “(Getting older) you learn what your body can endure, how much physical toll your body can take, and how to counter that to where you can be at the top of your craft.”Close observers can note that James’ game has changed in subtle ways. He was a less efficient rim finisher last year, for example, dropping from 75 percent to 71 percent – a small change, but the trend could continue if James loses more of his signature explosiveness. He’s helped compensate by attempting more 3-point shots: His attempts from long range have increased for three consecutive seasons, accounting for 26 percent of his shots last season (during his third MVP season in 2011-12, only 11 percent of his shot attempts were 3-pointers).James’ best stopgap from age-related regression is his vision and instincts in the playmaking game. Armed with an elite big man in Anthony Davis, there’s good reason to think James’ assist numbers will stay afloat: There have been 11 seasons when players 35 and older have maintained at least 8 assists per game, including Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd who maintained that level through 37. As one of the top 10 leaders in NBA career assists, James is well-positioned to join that group, which also includes John Stockton, Steve Nash and Wilkens.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years The Lakers have been reticent to share how load management, a strategy of resting stars in carefully selected games, might apply to James. Coach Frank Vogel said he will look into it on a case-by-case basis. But given that so much of the Lakers’ hopes rest on James, it’s hard to see the Lakers not at least seriously considering resting him on occasion to keep him fresh for a potential playoff run.James said the long summer allowed him to “reset” and “refresh” his body before the season, something he hasn’t had a chance to do for a long time – for the previous eight seasons, he didn’t stop playing until mid-June, not counting Olympic commitments. Case in point, counting the playoffs, James has played 7,760 more minutes than 42-year-old Vince Carter:Both team management and his teammates trust James to take care of his body as best he can. Davis said he’s been impressed by James’ attentiveness to diet, workouts and finding cutting-edge technology to still bring his best after so many years.“He does the right things to take care of his body,” he said. “You can see why he’s still playing at year 17 looking like it’s his eighth year in the league.”center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions In his second Lakers campaign, LeBron James doesn’t lack for competition.He’s staring down one of the most competitive Western Conference fields in league history, rife with old foes – not the least of which happens to play in his own building at Staples Center.But the greatest adversary James is facing is the one that he’ll never defeat: time. The only question for James – and for a Lakers franchise hoping his championship window is still open – is how long he can stave off the inevitable.It’s a question that is a delicate one around the Lakers. The suggestion that James could lose his touch isn’t readily welcomed, and given that he’s coming off of season averages of 27 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds, there’s not much obvious statistical evidence that the decline has started. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

The third annual Sicily’s Run to be held in Wellington on April 13

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