Papering over the cracks

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Evans in squad to face Israel

first_img Evans had been left out of the original squad after suffering a quad injury during Hull’s pre-match warm-up against Crystal Palace earlier this month. However, he has now been added to Michael O’Neill’s party after passing a fitness test. Northern Ireland have called up Corry Evans for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Israel. Press Associationcenter_img Northern Ireland’s game against Russia was called off due to snow on Friday and then again on Saturday, meaning they need a result on Tuesday to salvage anything from what had been seen as an important double header at home. Evans adds to O’Neill’s midfield options in the absence of Chris Baird, who would have been suspended against Russia before coming into contention against Israel. last_img read more

Brown describes underperforming Brathwaite as an `investment’

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Chairman of selectors Courtney Browne has described Twenty20 World Cup hero, Carlos Brathwaite, as an “investment” in West Indies cricket and argues his inclusion to face England in the three-match One-Day International series should not be viewed purely in terms of recent form.The 28-year-old all-rounder’s selection has been questioned in some quarters especially in light of his recent failures but Browne said Brathwaite was still at a very early stage of his development and the selection panel was focused on getting the best out of him.“He’s a young player who is a very exciting player on his day, who hasn’t played a lot of international cricket either. He’s an investment and we all know if we get him right what he can produce for us,” Browne said in a radio interview here.“We would have seen him in the T20 World Cup but one of the things is if you sit and hear, say a coach or captain, speak about Carlos Brathwaite it is a bit different.”He continued: “The way how 50-overs cricket is played now, where there are power-plays and there are certain bowlers you go for in power-plays and certain bowlers you don’t. And Carlos’s strike rate would be more than the other bowlers because of the time of the games when he bowls.“Not that I am saying that is in any way a reason not to perform but we have to take into consideration he’s still a young player at the international level. There are so much things. We have a very young team and … the selection panel we sat and we talked about all players, and we all felt that Carlos Brathwaite was still someone that we can get a lot out of.”Brathwaite shot to prominence last April when he smashed massive sixes off the first four balls of the last over to propel West Indies to a dramatic victory over England in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup.Since those heroics, his form in ODIs has been ordinary, with a meagre 157 runs coming from 12 appearances at a lowly average of 15.7, while taking 17 wickets with his medium pace.Overall, Brathwaite averages just 13 with the bat from 20 ODIs and has taken 21 wickets at 40.Browne contended Brathwaite should not be measured against his exploits at the T20 World Cup, especially since he was still relatively new to international cricket.“What you must understand is this is still a young man. If (he sit) and we expect Carlos to repeat what he did in the World Cup every single time, we’re going to fool ourselves,” the former Test wicketkeeper explained.“Carlos needs to develop like any other cricketer. We’ve dug ourselves in a massive hole over the years, there’s no quick fix to our problem. It is about hard work. It’s about getting our players out there, developing our players.“It’s not about ‘you’ve had five games, you have not performed’ so just throw (the player away). It’s about helping players to develop and realising their full potential.”Brathwaite, who was elevated to the T20 captaincy last year, was a vital part of the Barbados Pride squad that won the Regional Super50 title last weekend in Antigua.Batting down the order and mostly coming at the crunch, he managed 91 runs from eight outings and snared eight wickets.Browne said it was important players like Brathwaite were given an extended run in order to prove themselves.“When you look at our players, there are some who have been given a little extension because you want them to develop,” he noted.“We don’t want to have a case where you have a whole bunch of players – like what used to happen in the past – where we had so many players, all of them had games under their belts but none ever got a good extension or fair run to help them to develop. We need to develop cricketers.“We are number eight in the world because we put ourselves there by playing bad cricket over the years by making bad decisions. We have to develop a team, it is hard work but the one thing I must say about Carlos and a lot of the other players, we have players now who actually want to play, we have players who are committed, they are self-starters, they work hard.“When you see players who are doing that, you know that you will be able to create that environment that is conducive to producing cricketers that can perform consistently.”last_img read more

NPFL…NPFL…NPFL…Enugu Rangers Return to NPFL Summit

first_imgWikki Tourists have been knocked off the summit of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) standings following their 0-3 loss to Akwa United in Uyo yesterday.Hassan Babangida was the hero for the Promise Keepers as he put his side in front, hammering home a rebound after the Wikki Tourists’ goalkeeper, Emeka Nwabulu, parried Fortune Omoniwari’s free kick towards his path in the 11th minute.Babangida completed his brace on the half hour while Friday Ubong netted a late third to knock the stuffing out of the away side as Akwa United won at a canter.Wikki thus drop to second place on the standings as they remain on 47 points from 28 matches.The defeat for Wikki means Enugu Rangers have now moved to the top of the NPFL standings with 48 points as they drew 1-1 with Enyimba in Port Harcourt.Stephen Chukwude smashed home a fantastic volley to put the home side in front in the 45th minute but Rangers equalised in first-half stoppage time through Godwin Aguda.In Lokoja, Abia Warriors surrendered a shock early lead to lose 2-1 to Niger Tornadoes at the Confluence Stadium.Uche Ihuaralam struck early for the visitors with a superb finish but Lukman Mohammed hit back for the home side in the ninth minute.Solomon Owello put Tornadoes in front for the first time in the 43rd minute and it turned out to be the winner of the contest which eventually saw Tornadoes finish with 10 men.In Ibadan, Shooting Stars came from a goal down to defeat Sunshine Stars 2-1.Meshack Chukwubuikem scored the opening goal for the visitors on 23 minutes but Ajani Ibrahim won a penalty for the hosts which was emphatically converted by Sunday Adetunji in the 33rd minute as the hosts drew level.Adetunji netted from the penalty spot at the death as Shooting Stars claimed a late win.FC Ifeanyiubah recorded their first ever victory over Kano Pillars in the NPFL as they prevailed 2-1 in Nnewi.Ismaila Gata put the Anambra Warriors in front but Gambo Mohammed levelled up for the visitors.Medrano Tamen pushed a dagger into Pillars’ hearts with a late goal as the home side feasted on the spoils.Kingsley Eduwo, Patrick Ikeokwu and Raphael Ayagwa scored as Lobi Stars overcame Warri Wolves 3-0 at the Aper Aku Stadium.Kabiru Umar scored the winner on five minutes as Plateau United claimed an unlikely 1-0 success over MFM FC in Agege, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Royal Panda bets on BetConstruct after sealing QPR deal

first_imgShare Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Share New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 BetConstruct has signed an agreement to provide Maltese online operator Royal Panda with a sportsbook solution for the UK market. The partnership with BetConstruct coincides with Royal Panda announcing a three-year shirt sponsorship deal with London-based Championship side Queens Park Rangers Football Club. The new partnership will allow Royal Panda to offer its users a unique sports betting experience, with up to 30,000 live events per month. There will also be a number of matchless betting offers available throughout the football season on the Royal Panda website.George Voyatzis, Commercial Director at BetConstruct commented: “We are delighted to have partnered with Royal Panda to launch its sportsbook ahead of the start of the European football seasons. Royal Panda is very likely the fastest growing independent casino brand in Europe. This partnership will allow Royal Panda to offer our market-leading sportsbook solution in addition to their established online casino in the UK and Europe and emerging markets.“Royal Panda is an exciting and innovative company and have grown exponentially over the past three years. They have a number of exciting initiatives that will see them take on the established sports betting operators.”Mark Podd, CEO of Royal Panda: “At Royal Panda, we like to do things properly, especially when it comes to selecting our strategic partners. BetConstruct’s combination of a great platform, comprehensive selection of bets and first-rate support made them a logical choice for our grand entrance into the exciting world of sports betting.“Thanks to this new partnership, we’ve been able to draw up some seriously exciting plans that we’re sure our players are going to love. We’re delighted to be able to offer odds on Premier League and Championship matches – and all other major sports – worldwide.”The three-year deal which sees the Royal Panda brand displayed on the front of QPR’s home, away and third strips, was announced last week. QPR Commercial Director Euan Inglis said: “We are absolutely delighted that Royal Panda are on board as our new shirt sponsors from the 2017/18 season. A market-leader in the online casino sphere, Royal Panda are joining us at a hugely exciting time, having recently received their sportsbook license, which will launch in the coming months.“We have a number of exciting initiatives in the pipeline that we are looking to activate around matchdays, which will include various promotions and half-time pitch activities, so the partnership will involve more than simple brand awareness.”Podd, added: “On behalf of everyone at Royal Panda, we’re delighted to be sponsoring Queens Park Rangers. As an up-and-coming brand, the opportunity to team up with a club with such history and tradition as QPR, was a fantastic opportunity for us. We look forward to building a long and prosperous relationship with QPR as we enter the sports betting market.”last_img read more

Colter Young wins the S&S Turbines Hill Climb

first_imgComing up:-Thursday Baldonnel time trial at 7 pm.-Sunday is the first Mountain bike race of the season starting at the new Beatton River course at 10:00 am. Local competition will be tough as Sven Svenson will be racing the series and is the 2007 National Mountain Bike Champion.www.ferrisfastcycles.com **SubmittedColter Young celebrated his being named to the Canada Games Cycling Team by winning the S & S Turbines hill climb, Sunday , and smashing the old course record along the way. He had a time of 20:30 minutes, improving on Robin Baillie’s record time of 21:15, set last year, on the Bear Flats 8.4 km route.Sven Svenson was second at 23:27, Gilbert Bilodeau third at 24:40, Pat Ferris 4th at 25:26 and Peter King 5th at 25:42.- Advertisement -Darren Guliov was 6th at 28:56, Sandy McDonald 29:35, Jolea Bilodeau 30:53, Francis Plum 32:14, Owen Giebelhaus 32:25 and Kathryn Fairweather 32:43. Two riders did not finish, vowing to conquer the hill next year.Thanks to Marie Young for timing!News from Away: Bob Andrews was second in Masters C and the Saskatchewan provincial time trial championships in Regina. No word at press time on results from the Skeena Challenge in Terrace where Kevin Fell and Ken Nix were racing.Advertisementlast_img read more

Quilts weave family together

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“What is really cool now is that we’re real close and we’re good friends. We used to fight a lot because my dad died a couple of years ago. We always used to get into arguments. Now, not so much. We get along. We’re good friends now.” Quilting can be for anyone, the teen said. “Any person, male or female, can get started if they just apply themselves,” he said. Nancy Bluto, a quilter for 10 years, said her son has been taking sewing classes for three years and has learned well. “I think it’s a good skill for anyone to have,” Nancy Bluto said. ROSAMOND – Charles Bluto started sewing and collecting fabric at age 8, and began quilting with his mother, Nancy, at age 11. Now 15 and a freshman in Rosamond High School, Bluto is an active member of the Antelope Valley Quilt Association, quilting two to three times a week. “Most people think that quilting is kind of a pansy thing. No, it’s not. It’s a fun thing,” said the teen, who also enjoys playing video games and paintball with friends. “It’s something you can spend a lot of time doing or a little time doing depending on how much you like to do.” Quilting helped Bluto grow closer to his mother after his father’s death four years ago. The Blutos will be participating in this weekend’s Antelope Valley Quilt Association 29th annual quilt show and auction. The show runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday in the Lilac Pavilion at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W. Ave. H. The quilt auction is 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $7, or $10 for a two-day pass. Children and husbands are admitted free. Parking costs $3. The association has about 150 members, whose activities include raising money for scholarships and charities as well as promoting and teaching quilting. “We’re not just little old ladies quilting on a frame. There have been many changes to quilting. We use machines and it’s fun. There is even a number of national male guilds. Things have changed,” association President Cecile Myers-Lockhart said. For more information call Sharon Ott at (661) 285-8501 or e-mail her at sott@sbcglobal.net.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more