Busy day for stewards at Caymanas Park

first_imgThe stewards struck in the dark at Caymanas Park yesterday disqualifying last-race winner PRINCESS SHEMIKA after a very lengthy enquiry.Installed a 4-5 favourite with apprentice Odean Edwards aboard, PRINCESWS SHEKIKA came through on the rails early in the last furlong to beat 12-1 chance DUTCHROW and GENUINE FRIIEND (9-2) in the restricted allowance race over 1200 metres.With the light fading fast, the stewards conducted an enquiry into the running of the race and, following lengthy deliberations, disqualified PRINCESS SHEMIKA for having caused interference to GREAT BROWN (18-1) on the rails at the halfway stage.The race was awarded to DUTCHROW, who chased long-time leader JUSTLIKE EMMA (9-1) into the straight and held on well for second, with GENUINE FRIEND promoted to third.Indeed, it was a day when the stewards were kept busy in most of the races on the programme of nine.In the first race, apprentice Oneil Beckford (substituting for outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson) was thrown by his mount, EAST SIDEGIRL, leaving the half mile and while the worst was feared, the young rider was given a green light by the doctor on duty to ride for the remainder of the day.As a result of this incident, the stewards disqualified the sixth horse, HE’S A DIAMOND, out of the race for causing the mishap.In the eighth race, won by 6-5 favourite ANGEL STAR, the stewards summoned jockey Shamaree Muir, who rode the runner-up LAZZA, this for hitting apprentice Javiel Patterson aboard the third horse, HAIL THE CAT, in his face with the whip (twice) a furlong out.There was a verbal spat between both jockeys in the tunnel en route to the Jockeys’ Room.Meanwhile, in the absence of the 4-5 favourite RAJJA SARANGI, turned back at the start on the advice of the vet, DANOS LA PAZ (3-1) seized the opportunity to win the feature race over 1500 metres in a driving finish from the late-closing SIR SOUTH. He was ridden by Robert Halledeen for trainer Neville Peralto.last_img read more

LA loves the Olympics, even though they’re 11 years away

first_imgWinning start FILE – In this July 31, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a press conference to make an announcement for the city to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2028, at Stubhub Center in Carson, outside of Los Angeles, Calif. After a debacle in Boston, the U.S. Olympic Committee turned to Los Angeles to host the Olympics. That city commissioned a poll showing 88 percent of its residents supported bringing the Olympics back to Southern California. That overarching public support has been a cornerstone of the city’s bid, even though there are questions about whether anyone in Los Angeles is all that excited about an event that is still 11 years away. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)LIMA, Peru (AP) — More than anything, the United States was looking for a city that liked the Olympics.After a debacle in Boston, where public support for hosting the games hovered at around 40 percent, the U.S. Olympic Committee turned to Los Angeles, which almost instantly commissioned a poll showing 88 percent of its residents supported bringing the Olympics back to the city.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson De Boer fired by impatient Palace after only 4 games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 awardcenter_img A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Break new ground A key element missing from the poll, conducted by Loyola-Marymount, was any question about cost, the likes of which almost always bring with it a more negative reaction. For instance, a nationwide poll conducted by The Associated Press in 2015 found 89 percent support to host the Olympics somewhere in the United States. But when respondents were asked if they would support a bid in their local area if it were paid for with a combination of public and private funds, only 52 percent said yes.“It doesn’t surprise me that they didn’t include that question,” said Chris Dempsey, who spearheaded the No Boston Olympics campaign. “We found that to be the most effective argument for us as we were taking our case to the public.”The prospect of — or actual results from — public referendums has made several cities in Western democracies reluctant to put forward bids, or caused them to pull bids that were already on the table. Hamburg, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; and Rome were all in the running for 2024 before pulling out. Left with only Paris and Los Angeles — which replaced Boston as the U.S. bidder — and worried about the future of bidding, IOC president Thomas Bach steered the committee to awarding the 2028 Games, as well, saying the current process “produces too many losers.”Los Angeles has always been a winner when it comes to hosting the Olympics. The 1984 Games famously ran a profit and reshaped the marketing side into the colossus it has become.“I actually think people in Los Angeles have very warm and fond memories of the 1984 Games, and that plays into it,” Dempsey said. “What I think they don’t remember is the context of the Olympics in the bidding process for 1984. They forget that, effectively, LA was the only bidder.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That allowed Los Angeles to dictate the financial terms of its bid in a way that cannot be done today.The virtual lack of dissent for the 2028 Games could also be, quite simply, because they’re not on the minds of the people in one of the world’s busiest cities, and largest sports markets.After a quarter-century without the NFL, Los Angeles is in a honeymoon phase with the Rams and Chargers, who have relocated to Los Angeles over the past 24 months. Both the area’s baseball teams are in the playoff chase. The city has two NBA and NHL teams, two major college football teams, and the list goes on. Outside of the occasional staged event hosted by the city’s bid committee, there’s very little signage or buzz whipping around Southern California about an event that’s more than a decade away.“While the Olympics will no doubt enter the conversation and become a compelling, ongoing topic, it will take a while given the time and attention being lavished by fans elsewhere,” said David Carter, executive director of the Marshall Sports Business Institute at University of Southern California.When the latest Loyola Marymount poll was released, LA 2028 organizers touted it as a byproduct of Los Angeles’ Olympic legacy from 1984. The organizers also tout a $5.3 billion budget — exceptionally low for modern-day Olympics — and a plan with virtually every venue already built. There is a government guarantee, but it would only kick in if a number of safeguards, including insurance policies and a $487 million contingency fund built into the original budget, were to fail.“That’s why it’s easy to believe in and support our 2028 plan — low risk and ready to go,” said LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman.Still, an 83 percent approval rating is 16 percent higher than the number in Chicago at a similar point in the 2016 race and 24 percent higher than New York at a similar point in the 2012 race. And it’s more than double the number in Boston before that bid tanked.“It was surprising to me, in this day and age, it’s hard to find any issue where support is near unanimous,” said Steve Koczela, who led the independent polling effort in Boston. “You see very strong support for what, in other places, is a controversial idea.” Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ That signal of overarching public support has been a cornerstone of the city’s bid, even though there are legitimate questions about whether anyone in Los Angeles is all that excited about an event that is still 11 years away.On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee will award Los Angeles the 2028 Olympics, and give the 2024 Games to Paris. The initial polling, about the 2024 Olympics, garnered the 88 percent approval rating among LA residents. A follow-up poll, asking for opinions on hosting the 2028 Olympics, came in at 83 percent approval.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBoth numbers outpaced even the IOC’s own internal poll (78 percent), as well as the vast majority of polls conducted this century in candidate cities while they’ve been in the so-called application round, trying to determine whether the Olympics would be welcomed.The Los Angeles poll was commissioned by the bid committee; independent polling, with no attachment to the bid effort, was key to sealing Boston’s fate as a city that simply did not want the games. View commentslast_img read more

Guiao wary of ‘dangerous’ Kia

first_img“Some people think that Kia is an easy assignment but it’s not. Definitely they will be a better team than last year, and that’s what we have to prepare for.”The tussle will also serve as the PBA debut of Kiefer Ravena, the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.Guiao said the key for the Road Warriors in this first game will be to focus on the task at hand and not get distracted.“We’ll try to focus on what we can do and not on the uncertainties and the controversies. You can’t do anything about it. It’s just a distraction, if you think about it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netYeng Guiao has been branded as an unconventional coach before — one who uses unusual lineups and fields in players who do not necessarily fit the mold of most cookie cutters.But even the fiery coach would admit that he has not seen anything as unconventional as to that of Kia’s approach.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Durant spoils Kobe’s special night, lifts Warriors over Lakers in OT “We haven’t seen the ‘unconventional’ ways they’re talking about,” Guiao said as new-look NLEX faces the Picanto to open their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup campaign Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“We are also going to be in the dark because that might be the weapon they are talking about. Everybody is curious on what they have with their unconventional system. We haven’t had any chance to scout them, but the other team has already scouted us.”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 folkWith the uncertainty that Kia brings, Guiao knows that the Road Warriors have their work cut out for them, especially with the Picanto leaning on veterans like Ronald Tubid and JayR Reyes, who both experienced triumph with San Miguel over the past year.“The problem with that is Kia has something to prove especially after the controversy. A team that has something to prove is always dangerous and that is something that we have to be careful of,” he said. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Independence float parade to move off from Stabroek Square

first_imgThe Jubilee Float Parade set for Independence Day has seen a modification to its route as the National Commemoration Commission has announced that floats taking part in the event will now assemble at the Stabroek Market Square as opposed to Church Street.The Commission had sent out the advisory notifying those who are set to have their costume bands feature at the float parade that they will now be required to gather at the Stabroek Market Square after which the floats will move off East along Brickdam into the D’Urban Park.This is opposed to the recently adjusted route where costumes bands were assembling at the usual junction of Church and Camp Streets, after which they would’ve proceeded west along Church Street to Avenue of the Republic, south into Brickdam and then east along Brickdam, into D’Urban Park.Nonetheless, the provisions remain the same as it relates to students from schools along the route being relocated to other centres to sit their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) on Independence Day.This float parade is anticipated to be the largest ever as it marks Guyana’s 50th anniversary as an independent nation.As a result of placing emphasis on this celebration, the usual Republic Day Float Parade had been postponed.Thus far, it has been reported that a number of ministries and private and public organisations, have gotten on board in having their floats be part of the grand celebration. With just two days to go, final touches are being made to the floats to have them ready for the road.Overseas support has been flowing as a number of persons from the Diaspora as well as tourists are flying into Guyana to be part of the monumental event. A number of activities to observe the celebration have occurred, but most persons are anticipating the Jubilee Float Parade set for Thursday.last_img read more

Medical Supplies Stolen from NDS, Shipped to Guinea

first_imgThe Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has arrested a truckload of Ebola-related medicines and medical supplies leaving Liberia bound for Guinea. The drugs were reportedly loaded to be smuggled to Guinea from Monrovia and exchanged for “fake pharmaceutical products” to be brought to Liberia when the DEA arrested the Guinean truck with plate number 7596-J, driven by one Hassan Kromah, a Guinean national.Those suspected to be in connection to the drugs trade have reportedly connected the hierarchy of the National Drug Service (NDS) as well as those from the Liberia Medical Health and Regulative Authority (LMHRA) and some personnel of the Ministry of Health (MOH), an insider at the DEA has informed the Daily Observer.One of the suspects involved is identified as Abdullai Kamara, who chartered the truck with two helpers, are helping the DEA with their investigation. He has meanwhile named two other accomplices to the deal as Sidikie Swaray and Musa Swaray.The 146 cartons of pharmaceutical items, according to DEA Director-General Anthony K. Souh, were arrested on Tuesday, September 1, on board the truck with other assorted items at the old Plank Field opposite the National Port Authority (NPA), while the truck was preparing to take off for Guinea.Among the medical supplies arrested were several cartons of drugs and other materials donated by international partners to Liberia’s health authorities toward the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), the DEA said, quoting health officialsThe medicines, some of which have expiration dates between 2017 and 2019, include five cartons of various types of penicillin injections labeled by the international dispensary association (IDA). Others include batches of paracetamol products, 49 cartons of disposable needles and syringes, other types of antibiotics such as Cloxacillin, Erythromycin, etc. They were donated to the Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ministry of Health by Mission Pharmacy and Chattern Dispensary, while others are from the IDA.IDA Foundation is the world’s leading not-for-profit supplier of essential, quality-assured medicines and medical supplies to low and middle income countries such like Liberia. Founded in 1972, IDA Foundation is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and has offices in India, China, Nigeria and USA with a global network of over 40 representative agents.At a major press conference over the weekend, the DEA said it presumed the drugs came directly from a warehouse belonging to the National Drug Service and were headed for the Republic of Guinea.Present at the press conference were Liberia’s chief pharmacist, Tijli Tyee, and LMHRA executive director, David Sumo. The NDS managing director, Beyan Johnson, was not present but was represented by the Logistics Coordinator, Tom Nyanwatolu.In their separate statements, all three commended the DEA for the continued collaboration with their respective offices, which they believe eventually led to the arrest of the drugs bound for Guinea. The three officials individually promised to cooperate with each other and help the DEA with the investigation to establish circumstances surrounding the entire drugs saga.“We agree that these products are from our warehouse,” the NDS Logistics Coordinator said, “but we don’t know how they got out. We promise to investigate in collaboration with the DEA.”The NDS Managing Director Beyan Johnson confirmed knowledge of the arrest to the Daily Observer via mobile phone yesterday, but declined to elaborate. “I am aware of the arrest by the DEA and the ongoing investigation. I wouldn’t want to comment further.”Meanwhile, the DEA is convinced that the “high quality drugs in Liberia” are often taken to Guinea and exchanged for substandard medicines or the counterfeit/fake ones which are brought back to Liberia.However, DEA Director Souh said while the GOL was committed to fighting corruption, there are some elements therein that are undermining the fight, thereby importing fake medicines into the country undermine government’s effort to restore the health sector.He disclosed that those suspected in the smuggling of those valuable drugs from the ware houses of the government under the watchful eyes of the NDS are the same group of persons, who have the intent of bringing back into the country illicit, counterfeit or expired drugs only to harm the already poverty-stricken Liberians and paralyze the weak health sector.Recently, the DEA arrested a huge quantity of fake drugs being smuggled into Liberia at the border with Guinea, near Ganta, Nimba County. The fake products were brought to Monrovia and turned over to the authorities of the MOH through the pharmaceutical board.The drugs stolen from the NDS and arrested aboard the truck bound for Guinea have meanwhile been turned over to the Liberia National Police (LNP), who will later turn them over to the MOH. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)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

Proposal by Calderon unlocks suspects’ past

first_img“If a defendant is on parole while committing a new crime, that gives an insight into the failures of our current correctional system,” Rushing offered as an example. “Not only was the person not rehabilitated while in prison, but the supervision was inadequate while the person was on parole.” The attorney general’s opinion determined that there was a conflict between the state Public Records Act and the privacy rights in the Penal Code. The privacy rights overruled the Public Records Act and bar district attorneys from providing criminal histories, according to the opinion. The opinion was written in September in response to a question from Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley. The American Civil Liberties Union was requesting information from district attorneys’ offices statewide about the agencies’ three-strikes policies, complete with information about all three-strikes cases, including the names of the defendants, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman from Cooley’s office. The California District Attorneys’ Association pointed out the conflict between the Public Records Act and the Penal Code, Gibbons said. “When they told me, I said, `That’s crazy, that doesn’t apply to what we do,’ so we checked, and by God it does, so now we’re trying to get it overturned,” she said. “We thought we’d get it settled with an opinion from the attorney general, and we did, but unfortunately it was not the opinion we thought it was going to be,” Gibbons said. “But it’s public information, and people have a right to have it.” Nowwhen people call saying they have a candidate up for election who used to live in Los Angeles who claims he has never been arrested, she can’t confirm or deny the candidate’s assertion. “Somebody can lie in an application for public office because the truth can’t be told,” she said. Calderon and Cooley are also working with the California Newspaper Publishers Association. “This bill would return the discretion to district attorneys that they believed they had prior to this opinion,” said Tom Newton, CNPA’s general counsel. The final language to “clarify the conflict” between the Penal Code and the Public Records Act is still being worked out, and Calderon plans to introduce the bill by the Feb. 23 legislative deadline, Rushing said. The Los Angeles County public defender is wary of the bill, said Robert Kalunian, the chief deputy public defender. “Generally speaking, the release of a person’s prior record to the media when he or she is arrested is very prejudicial to the defense,” Kalunian said. “It’s basically poisoning the future jury pool.” alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, is working on a bill that would once again allow district attorneys to release suspects’ criminal histories to the media. The bill was prompted by a recent attorney general opinion that overturned the long-standing practice. Calderon’s bill would allow, but not require, district attorneys to provide information about suspects – their prior arrests and convictions and whether they are on parole – in response to a public records request, explained Rocky Rushing, Calderon’s chief of staff. “Many district attorneys’ offices, prior to this opinion, would routinely give out this information, and I think it’s important that we continue with the tradition of informing the public for the safety of the community,” Rushing said. last_img

Fox sells its goods on ‘Idol’

first_imgSo I’m watching “American Idol” on Wednesday night with only one thought in mind: Who’s getting voted off, Blake or LaKisha? Before we can find that out, I am reminded, not so subtly, that this is the summer movie season and no opportunity to exploit corporate synergy is to be missed. The remaining contestants of the Fox TV show were treated to a special screening of the sequel “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” on the 20th Century Fox lot. As Dana Carvey’s Church Lady would say: “How convieeeeeeenient!” And sitting in the front row on “Idol” were stars Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd and Michael Chiklis. Alba takes the microphone, reminds people that the movie is coming out June 15 and says, “You all have to see it twice!” CRAWLING IN BEHIND SPIDEY: Even if Spidey’s grosses drop by more than 50 percent this weekend, you gotta figure it’ll still be in first place with $70 million-plus, and it will cross the $200 million mark by today. But four new wide releases are hoping to dine on Spidey’s dust: the horror flick “28 Weeks Later,” the romantic comedy “The Ex” starring Zach Braff, the comedy “Delta Farce” and the drama “Georgia Rule.” “28 Weeks” has the best shot at second place since it is a sequel to 2003’s midlevel hit “28 Days Later.” FONDA JANE: Don’t count out “Georgia Rule,” mainly due to the presence of Jane Fonda, who co-stars with Lindsay Lohan and Felicity Huffman. While Lohan hasn’t had a real hit since “Mean Girls,” Fonda ended her 15-year absence from the big screen two years ago with the comedy “Monster-in-Law,” which opened in first place and went on to gross $82.9 million domestically. THE WIDEST WEB: As the first movie of the summer season, “Spider-Man 3” was able to debut in 4,252 theaters and set the domestic opening weekend record of $151 million. That milestone should be safe for at least a year since other biggies have no chance of opening in that many theaters as the market begins to get more crowded. DID YOU KNOW? The $100 million weekend had never been achieved until “Spider-Man” raked in $114.8 million in 2002. Since then, the third Spidey, the second “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” “Shrek 2,” “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” have achieved this once-elusive feat. Greg Hernandez, entertainment-industry reporter for the Daily News, is author of the popular blog Out In Hollywood ( http://www.insidesocal.com/outinhollywood ). greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758160Want 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

Stoke 1-0 Newcastle: Crouch strikes to heap pressure on Pardew

first_img Newcastle manager Alan Pardew 1 Alan Pardew felt the full force of Newcastle fans’ unrest as his side slumped to a 1-0 defeat in a sodden night at Stoke.Peter Crouch popped up early in the first-half with the only goal of the game, heading in from Visctor Moses’ pinpoint cross.And while the Magpies may count themselves lucky to have only conceded once, having escaped a few penalty shouts, Jack Colback did squander a clear opportunity to rescue a point in stoppage-time.It was the first home win of the season for the Potters, who move up to 11th, while Newcastle are off the bottom of the Premier League only on goal difference as another loss places Pardew’s future in charge under even more scrutiny.A torrential evening at the Britannia Stadium saw the players struggle to muster any cutting edge, as it was near impossible to control the ball and string more than a few passes together.The conditions also leant themselves to a number of crunching challenges, with Stoke pair Crouch and Charlie Adam finding themselves on the receiving end in the opening exchanges.No lasting harm was done, though, and Crouch was back on his feet to put the hosts in front moments later.It was a trademark headed goal from the beanpole striker, who rose highest in the box to meet Victor Moses’ cross and give Stoke the lead after 14 minutes.The goal was all the visiting supporters needed to kick off their protests, with ‘Pardew out’ banners held up in their masses.But the home fans drowned out their counterparts five minutes later when the Potters had appeals for what looked a blatant penalty waved away by the referee.Stoke should have had the opportunity to double their lead from the spot when on-loan winger Moses, who caused all sorts of problems on the flank, was clumsily bundled over by Yoan Gouffran, but the officials saw nothing in it as manager Mark Hughes raged on the sidelines.The Magpies responded well before the break as Moussa Sissoko and Daryl Janmaat went close with two quick-fire efforts but overall they failed to really test goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, landing only one shot on target.Needing a win to keep his job alive, Pardew introduced striker Papiss Cisse as a half-time substitute, but the Senegalese couldn’t bail out the boss this time around, having netted twice to seal a 2-2 draw against Hull last week.Instead Newcastle managed to survive what surely would have been the killer blow right from the restart, as Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic clattered the bar with a neat first-time shot after Newcastle failed to clear.And they continued to hold on with a mixture of good goalkeeping and good fortune, with substitute Stephen Ireland firing inexcusably over the bar from close-range and Tim Krul doing well to push away another effort from the lively Moses.The Toon’s best chance of the game fell to summer signing Jack Colback, who is yet to really make his mark in black and white following his move from rivals Sunderland.It was a huge opportunity for the Tyneside-born 24-year-old, who had the goal at his mercy in stoppage-time, but he fluffed his lines and sliced a volley onto the bar from four yards out, as Pardew’s future at St James’ Park remains in the balance.last_img read more

Thomas isn’t even the best Muller! Top 10 scorers in European Cup history

first_imgWith his goal for Bayern Munich in their 6-1 win over Porto, Thomas Muller became the leading German goalscorer in the Champions League era of Europe’s premier club competition.A deflected long-range effort past Fabiano was his 27th strike since he made his European debut back in 2008, edging ahead of former international team-mate Mario Gomez.But as happens so often these days, we’ve forgotten about the European Cup, the Champions League’s predecessor.Muller’s feat is definitely impressive – he’s now the 26th highest scorer across both the European Cup and the Champions League – but his ratio of one goal ever 0.42 games isn’t quite so hot.So talkSPORT takes a look at who the greatest goalscorer* in Europe’s top club competition is – and you might be surprised…*Of players with more than 20 goals 5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 0.78 Champions League goals a game (75 in 96 matches) – Click right to find out who the most prolific scorer in European Cup history is… – Surely it can’t be true, a list that Messi isn’t at the top of? Well, it is. His recent record is unbelievable but he’ll have to continue scoring to move up any further. 9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Man United and Real Madrid) – 0.66 Champions League goals a game (76 in 116 matches) – Click right to find out who the most prolific scorer in European Cup history is… – Without a doubt, Ronaldo will be considered as a great of the modern era but having spent time as a winger at the beginning of his career his scoring record in the Champions League isn’t as good as he might want it to be. Still, not bad, and he has scored in two finals, winning both with Man United and Real Madrid. 8. Eusebio (Benfica) – 0.71 European Cup goals a game (46 in 65 matches) – Click right to find out who the most prolific scorer in European Cup history is… – One of the greatest players ever, Eusebio helped the Portuguese giants to the 1962 European Cup and was top scorer in the competition in 1965, 1966 and 1968. 6. Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV, Man United and Real Madrid) – 0.77 Champions League goals a game (56 in 73 matches) – Click right to find out who the most prolific scorer in European Cup history is… – The Dutch poacher had an incredible record in front of goal so it’s no surprise he features so highly. Signed for £19m after a serious injury, it was a gamble from Sir Alex Ferguson but it paid off. 10 10 10 7. Jean-Pierre Papin (Marseille, AC Milan and Bayern Munich) – 0.76 European Cup/Champions League goals a game (28 in 37 matches) – Click right to find out who the most prolific scorer in European Cup history is… – European Footballer of the Year in 1991, French striker Papin was prolific at the elite level of football and would have scored more had it not been for injuries at AC Milan and Bayern Munich. Unfortunately for the Frenchman, he lost the 1991 final with Marseille against Red Star Belgrade, then ended up on the losing side in the 1993 final against his old club, when they beat Milan 1-0 (pictured above). 10 10. Romario (Barcelona and PSV) – 0.63 European Cup/Champions League goals a game (20 in 32 matches) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the most prolific scorer in European Cup history is… – Both domestically and internationally, the Brazil legend’s scoring record is sensational and as well as (supposedly) scoring 1,000 career goals, he can lay claim to one of the best goal-to-game ratios in the European Cup/Champions League. Sadly for Romario, he lost the one Champions League final he appeared in for Barcelona, against Milan in 1994. 10 10 10 3. Jose Joao Altafini (AC Milan and Juventus) – 0.86 European Cup goals a game (24 in 28 matches) – Click right to find out who the most prolific scorer in European Cup history is… – The Brazil-born hotshot is one of the top scorers in Serie A history and his record in Europe was just a good. He helped Milan win their first European Cup in 1963 at Wembley (pictured above). 10 4. Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid) – 0.84 European Cup goals a game (49 in 58 matches) – Click right to find out who the most prolific scorer in European Cup history is… – The legendary Di Stefano sadly passed away last summer but his goalscoring feats at the Bernabeu will live long in the memories of Los Blancos fans, as will the five consecutive European Cups he helped bring back to the Spanish capital. 2. Ferenc Puskas (Budapest Honved and Real Madrid) – 0.88 European Cup goals a game (36 in 41 matches) – Click right to find out who the most prolific scorer in European Cup history is… – The Galloping Major, one of the legendary Magnificent Magyars of the 1950s, won the European Cup with Real three times in the latter stages of his career, where he racked up the goals, including four in the 1960 final. 10 10 1. Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich) – One European Cup goal a game (35 in 35 matches) – The greatest goalscorer in European Cup and Champions League history is, without doubt, Der Bomber. West Germany’s legendary striker scored, on average, a goal every game as Bayern Munich won the competition three times in a row in 1974, 1975 and 1976.last_img read more