Etihad set for expansion

first_img The plans revealed on Thursday will add a further three rows of seats at the pitchside level, and come in addition to the work already under way to add 6,000 seats to the South Stand. Both projects are due for completion in time for the 2015/16 season. Manchester City have announced a further expansion of the Etihad Stadium, which will take the total capacity to a little over 55,000. Press Associationcenter_img Tom Glick, City’s chief commercial officer, said on the club’s website: “We have always been committed to bringing fans closer to Manchester City, to the players and to the pitch. “Whether that’s through digital innovation, community work, international tours, or as in this case, physically allowing fans to be right next to the action, it is our top priority. We are already looking forward to seeing the expanded stadium in action for the 15/16 season.” City also have planning permission for a third phase of expansion which would see 6,000 seats added to the North Stand if carried out. last_img read more

John Spencer expects the next Lions coach to take a year out

first_img Press Association “We have always had a totally open mind about the appointment and still have. We have one Six Nations and a summer tour to go and a lot can happen,” Spencer said. “We look at the form of coaches in the same way as the players are examined. There is a long time to go yet. “We could well look outside the Six Nations, but I haven’t heard of any proposals for that at the moment. “We would expect them to give 100 per cent of their time to the Lions. That would be the best preparation and we are looking for best principles.” Wales head coach Warren Gatland was at the helm for the triumphant 2013 tour to Australia, but Spencer refuses to view the Kiwi as the favourite. “I couldn’t say if Warren is in a strong position. We have to keep an open mind until the last minute and look at teams in the Six Nations and summer tours,” Gatland said. “He has obviously been very successful. As far as the New Zealand tour is concerned it is a blank sheet. Everyone has to have a first tour. “If you get into the lions culture and values you can understand it pretty well from scratch.” The successful candidate and his assistants will be appointed by the board towards the end of the summer upon completion of the home nations’ visits to the southern hemisphere in June. Spencer, speaking at the announcement of Standard Life as the Lions’ principal partner, insists fortunes over the next six months will be pivotal to the decision. British and Irish Lions manager John Spencer has revealed that only a head coach able to take a year-long sabbatical will be considered to lead the 2017 tour to New Zealand. Recently-appointed England head coach Eddie Jones is an outsider, according to Spencer. “I think it would be unusual for a coach who has just come in to be suddenly considered for the Lions,” he said. “I’m not sure (Rugby Football Union chief executive) Ian Ritchie would talk to me very favourably if we suddenly asked him for a 12-month sabbatical after a couple of months in office. But anything can happen.” last_img read more

Trump Admin puts Iran on notice

first_imgThe Trump administration is putting Iran on notice over the attacks on two oil tankers in the Persian Gulf.U.S. officials claim Iran fired a surface-to-air missile at an American drone over the area where the attacks took place earlier this week.President Trump let Iran know that the United States would push back, but did not give any details.The two ships attacked are Japanese and Norwegian.No other information is available at this time.last_img

Patel bowls Bears into one-day final

first_imgSPINNER Jeetan Patel took five wickets to help Warwickshire beat Somerset by eight runs at Edgbaston and set up a Royal London Cup One-Day Cup final against Surrey.Ian Bell struck an unbeaten 94 to boost hopes of an England return and help Warwickshire post 284-4.Somerset’s reply was blighted by Patel (5-42), whose five lbws included the key wicket of Peter Trego (58).James Hildreth (44) and Ryan Davies (46) rallied but the Bears held firm to book their place at Lord’s.Warwickshire will now face the Brown Caps, who beat Yorkshire in Sunday’s semi-final, on Saturday, September 17.The Bears’ victory over Somerset was built on the foundations set by openers Jonathan Trott and Sam Hain, who shared 90 before the former was caught and bowled by Roelof van der Merwe for 44.Hain (86) then put on a further 88 with Bell, whose flurry of late attacking strokes, including two straight sixes off van der Merwe, took the hosts to a competitive total.Somerset lost regular wickets throughout their chase, with eight batsmen reaching double figures but just one – Trego – going on to make a half-century.Only the heroics of number 10 batsman Tim Groenewald prevented the home side’s victory from being more emphatic, clubbing an unbeaten 30 off 20 deliveries to take the match to the final over.But a series of well-directed yorkers from Oliver Hannon-Dalby (2-41) ensured Warwickshire would reach the final of the competition they last won in 2010, leaving Somerset on 276-9. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Other Sports PV Sindhu eyes to break jinx and win Japan Open title

first_imghighlights PV Sindhu upstaged Aya Ohori 11-21 21-10 21-13.PV Sindhu will be up against Chen Xiao Xin or Akane Yamaguchi.No Indian has ever won Japan Open title.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: On Thursday, India’s Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu moved into the quarterfinals of Japan Open badminton tournament after registering a tough win against star Japenese sensation. The fifth seed Sindhu had to toil hard in an hour-long battle to get the better of unseeded Japanese Aya Ohori 11-21 21-10 21-13 in a second round women’s singles match. Statistically, no Indian has ever won a Japan Open title, and if Sindhu manages to win the next three games, she will become the first Indian to get hands on the coveted title. Sindhu will next face the winner of the match between China’s Chen Xiao Xin and fourth seeded Japanese Akane Yamaguchi, to whom she lost in the final of the Indonesia Open last week. Sai Praneeth will face Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto in the men’s singles last-eight round.In the match between Sindhu and Ohori, the Rio Olympics silver medallist Indian shuttler was slow to get off the blocks as the local girl came out on top in the early exchanges to race to a 5-1 and then 11-5 lead at the break.Sindhu took it easy in the first game and it worked in Ohori’s favour as the Indian committed a lot of unforced errors.An error-prone Sindhu never looked in the contest initially as she kept hitting the net or the shuttle landed outside the court, enabling Ohori to pocket the first game comfortably.In the second game too, Sindhu struggled initially before finding her bearings. Trailing 0-2, the Indian made a great comeback to draw level and then took the lead for the first time in the contest.Once she managed to take a 3-2 lead, there was no looking back for Sindhu as she kept on extending her domination to grab the second game, roaring back into the contest in style.Sindhu continued in the same vein in the decider and surged ahead 3-1 and then 8-4 before Ohori clinched four straight points to level the scores at 8 apiece. But Sindhu lifted her game and won six consecutive points to take a 14-8 lead. World No. 23 Praneeth, on the other hand, had a relatively easy outing against higher-ranked Tsuneyama (17th).There was hardly anything to differentiate the two shuttlers as they fought hard for the first 13 points before Praneeth took the game away from his opponent with superior on-court display.Praneeth carried on the confidence in the next game and raced to a 4-0 lead before the Japanese mounted a fightback to level the scores. Thereafter, it was a dog fight between the two shuttlers till 16 points before Tsuneyama lost his concentration and Praneeth took full advantage of the opportunity, pocketing five straight points to seal it in his favour.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Associated Press The pay reductions of at least 20% are for staff making $60,000 or more. The UEC covers employees on the major league coaching staff, coaches and coordinators in the minor league system, scouts and performance coaches. Those with larger salaries are expected to take a cut more significant than 20%. UEC employees will receive full benefits through October.Approximately half of its employees working under a UEC will not have any reduction in pay. The team had previously told employees working under the UEC that they would receive full pay through May 31.In other virus outbreak-sports news—As Pac-12 football coaches pitched an NCAA-mandated uniform start to the season, some of the latest plans to fight the coronavirus in California further muddled how college teams will return to play in the West.Washington coach Jimmy Lake said Tuesday in a video conference with reporters that he would prefer for all major college teams to begin six weeks of preparation for the season at the same time.— The club that hosts the Wimbledon tennis tournament says it has made donations worth about $1.5 million to emergency services and charities amid the coronavirus pandemic. The All England Club says it has also made contributions to a relief program to support players whose income is particularly affected by the virus outbreak. This year’s grass-court Grand Slam event was canceled on April 1. It is the first time Wimbledon has been shelved since World War II. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-MARINERSMariners say some on staff taking 20% pay cutsSEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have informed its personnel working under uniform employee contracts that certain employees will have a five-month reduction in pay, but there will be no furloughs or layoffs through Oct. 31. — The NCAA has canceled both sessions of the NCAA Basketball Academy in July because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sessions were scheduled for July 20-26 at Utah, Winthrop, Wichita State and Connecticut. Up to 1,600 players from the high school graduating classes between 2021 and 2023 were to be selected to the academy, with up to 400 assigned to each region during the two sessions.— USA Gymnastics will not hold any top-tier events the rest of this year. The organization announced Tuesday it is scrapping the U.S. Classic and the national championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization had initially hoped to reschedule the events for later in 2020 after Tokyo Olympics were pushed back to the summer of 2021.— On the day they were supposed to hold a parade to mark their 2019 WNBA championship, the Washington Mystics have revealed plans for what the team is billing as a “virtual celebration.” The Mystics originally planned to take to the streets of the nation’s capital on Tuesday, but that was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.— The Diamond League event in London is the latest track meet to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The meet had been scheduled for July 4-5 at the Olympic Stadium. British Athletics says “the decision has been made in light of the ongoing global pandemic.”—London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he believes it is too early for the Premier League to be planning a resumption of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham all play in the capital. The mayor’s office says the league should resume only “when it is safe to do so.” NHL-COYOTES-COHEN OUTAP Source: Coyotes president Cohen no longer with teamGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Coyotes president and CEO Ahron Cohen is no longer with the organization, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press.The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement has been made. No other details were provided.Cohen has been with the Coyotes since being hired in 2015 as chief operating officer and chief legal officer by previous owner Andrew Barroway. Cohen was named president and CEO in 2017 after Steve Patterson stepped back to serve as a consultant and adviser after a year on the job. May 12, 2020 Update on the latest in sports: — Swedish soccer players will not be required to take a test for COVID-19 before practice sessions or matches. Players will instead have to fill in a self-assessment form each morning before arriving at training or a match. The club doctor will then assess whether the player is healthy enough to take part. Players must stay at home if they have any symptoms.NFL-CARDINALS-PETERSONTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed cornerback Kevin Peterson to a one-year contract.The 26-year-old Peterson played in 14 games last season and started three.He was pushed into a bigger role because of Patrick Peterson’s six-game suspension and Robert Alford’s season-ending injury. He had 16 tackles, two passes defended and six special teams tackles after joining the team off waivers from the Rams in September. Alex Meruelo purchased a 95% stake in the team less than a year ago and signed general manager John Chayka to a long-term contract extension early in the 2019-20 season.The Coyotes were still in contention for a Western Conference playoff spot when the NHL season was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.Cohen practiced as a corporate attorney in Phoenix before joining the Coyotes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Pac-12 surges in AP poll

first_imgThe Pac-12 featured USC and Oregon as consensus top-five teams entering 2012, but only one other team appeared in the Associated Press top-25 poll -— Stanford at No. 21. And only Washington garnered any mentions in the “Others receiving votes” category, which effectively ranked the next 19 teams.Now, after last Saturday’s games, the conference is much better represented in the poll, with five ranked teams — USC at No. 2, Oregon at No. 4, Stanford at No. 21, UCLA at No. 22 and Arizona at No. 24. Oregon State and Arizona State also earned notice with 77 and 10 points, respectively.The upward movement resulted from a weekend in which each of these teams, except Oregon, defeated opponents from BCS automatic qualifying conferences, including three upsets of ranked schools.The conference’s weekend showing wasn’t completely positive, however, as its newest members Colorado and Utah both lost to significant underdogs, and Washington was beaten handily by No. 3 LSU, 41-3.Oregon stayed at No. 4 in the poll, but its secondary suffered a substantial loss when news broke early Sunday morning that senior safety John Boyett needed to undergo season-ending knee surgery to repair partial tears of both patellar tendons. With 278 career tackles and 10 interceptions, he is one of the premier safeties in the nation.Boyett, a 2011 Pac-12 first-team selection, played in Oregon’s opening 57-34 win over Arkansas State, registering an interception. He did not dress for last Saturday’s 42-25 win over Fresno State.“The hope was, through different treatments and certain types of rehab during this past offseason, [my knees] would heel up and I’d be ready to go for my senior year,” Boyett said in a prepared statement to the Napa Valley Register. “But unfortunately, it didn’t work out as planned.”Boyett has yet to decide whether, following his recovery, he will declare for the 2013 NFL draft or apply to the NCAA for a medical hardship waiver that would allow him to return to Oregon for another year.In other Pac-12 injury news, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham announced Monday that starting senior quarterback Jordan Wynn will retire from football following a left shoulder injury he suffered last Friday night in an overtime loss to Utah State.There’s a possibility his injury will require surgery, which would mark Wynn’s fourth shoulder surgery since 2009.Wynn starred as a freshman, capping his season by earning MVP honors in Utah’s Poinsettia Bowl victory. But injuries soon took their toll, as Wynn managed to start a mere 14 combined games from 2010-11.Wittingham will name his new starting quarterback at some point this week. The two primary candidates are senior Jon Hays and freshman Travis Wilson.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer opponent preview: What to know about No. 3 Notre Dame

first_img Published on September 21, 2016 at 11:14 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse captures ACC title with 1-0 victory over Notre Damecenter_img No. 2 Syracuse (8-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) faces its toughest test yet when the Orange travels to South Bend, Indiana for a Friday matchup with No. 3 Notre Dame (6-1, 1-1) at 7 p.m. The Fighting Irish was last week’s No. 1 team but a 1-0 loss to Louisville spurred a two-spot drop.SU came back to comfortably beat winless Cornell, 3-1, on Tuesday while UND has the beginning of the week off before it hosts Syracuse. Here’s everything you need to know about the game.All-time series: Notre Dame leads, 12-3-2Last time they played: Syracuse took down then-No. 9 Notre Dame, 1-0, on Nov. 15 of last year to win its first ACC title and first conference championship since 1985. Ben Polk, now of the MLS’s Portland Timbers, scored the game’s lone goal from 10-15 yards out after a failed clearance by the Fighting Irish. Only three players registered shots for the Orange — Polk, Juuso Pasanen and Chris Nanco — but Syracuse squeaked out its second win against a top 10 team in as many games.The Notre Dame report: After beating Cornell, Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre called UND’s Bobby Clark the best head coach in the country. Clark has guided the Fighting Irish to another stellar start, which included a 2-1 double-overtime win over defending national champions Stanford on Sept. 2. Notre Dame is led in scoring by senior Brandon Aubrey’s six goals and junior Jon Gallagher’s five, the two highest totals in the ACC.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGoalkeeper Chris Hubbard ranks second in the conference in saves (24), tied for third in shutouts (four) and tied for second in goals against average (.41). The Fighting Irish has only allowed three goals in seven games this season compared to Syracuse’s four in eight games.Courtesy of the ACCHow Syracuse beats Notre Dame: Don’t fall behind early because UND won’t be as easy to come back against as Cornell was Tuesday night. Gallagher and Aubrey will cause havoc in the attacking third and Syracuse’s stout back three will have its hands full. Miles Robinson, Kamal Miller and Louis Cross will need to turn in all-conference performances if the Orange wants to keep the lethal tandem off the score sheet.On the other end, it won’t hurt if Nanco can find the net. After Tuesday’s win, a teammate joked with Nanco, saying “You cost me seven assists tonight.” The senior almost always finds chances — he leads the team in shots by nine and is the only player with double-digit shots on goal (16) — but occasionally struggles to convert.Stats to know:1 – Syracuse is the only team left in the ACC that hasn’t lost or tied a game this season5 – The Orange has five players with three or more goals while the Fighting Irish only boasts two in Aubrey and Gallagher0.41 – SU goalie Hendrik Hilpert and Hubbard share identical goals against averagesPlayer to watch: Brandon Aubrey, defender, No. 10Aubrey is listed as a defender but still leads the conference in goals, so he serves a role similar to SU’s Robinson in advancing into the attacking third from the back. At 6-foot-3, Aubrey will likely factor in all of Notre Dame’s set pieces and Robinson — Syracuse’s best defender in the air — will have his hands full.“I think it’s a little unusual he’s scored so many goals so far,” UND head coach Bobby Clark said of Aubrey. “But I’ll take it.”Seventy-five percent of Aubrey’s shots on goal have found the back of the net, including his three penalty kicks, which poses a challenge to SU’s defense unlike one it has gone up against this season. Clark said Aubrey played forward during his club soccer career and also at Notre Dame before switching primarily to the back line. Commentslast_img read more

MTG, parent company of ESL & DreamHack, to split into two entities

first_imgMTG, the company in which ESL and DreamHack fall under, is looking to split the company into two publicly traded companies.This will begin in the second half of 2018, starting with the shares in Nordic Entertainment Group being distributed to shareholders. The new version of MTG will still have a presence in esports and gaming.According to Esports Observer, MTGx – the division which focuses on gaming, esports, and video – will be renamed as MTG, retaining all of its businesses besides Splay Networks. Nordic Entertainment Group will include MTG Nordic Entertainment, MTG Studios, and Splay Networks.So, why is this happening? MTG explained that Danish telecoms company TDC Group dropped its plans to take over MTG’s Nordic TV business. They feel as if now’s the right time to make this happen “in order to maximise the focus and potential of each group for the benefit of owners, customers and employees”. This split will follow “the same structure as [the] TDC combination, and with all the work we have done on strategy and how to separate the businesses, this makes all the sense.”It’s also said that the two companies will have their own distinct profile. This means MTG will be focusing on achieving high levels of growth, while Nordic Entertainment Group will look to branch out to new platforms. The split will contribute to better cost control and help shift investments to online content.Esports Insider says: This is huge news. MTG acquired a 74% stake in ESL (Turtle Entertainment) for $86m (£60.4m) back in 2015, and this decision to split into two to better focus themselves on the various sectors in which they busy themselves should have major implications for esports.last_img read more

College football schedule Week 12: What games are on today? TV channels, times, scores for top 25

first_imgWeek 12 of the college football season is here, and though it doesn’t feature a No. 1-vs.-No. 2 matchup, there are plenty of games that figure to leave a substantial impact on the College Football Playoff race.Five AP Top 25 matchups will take place Saturday, highlighted by No. 5 Georgia looking to stay in position for the Playoff at No. 13 Auburn. Undefeateds Minnesota and Baylor are in action as well: The No. 7 Gophers take on No. 23 Iowa and the No. 12 Bears host No. 10 Oklahoma. No. 9 Penn State welcomes No. 24 Indiana to Happy Valley. No. 21 Navy will battle No. 16 Notre Dame in South Bend. No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson will all hope to avoid slipups against unranked opponents this week. Outside Playoff contenders No. 4 Alabama, No. 6 Oregon and No. 8 Utah will also face unranked teams.There will be plenty of highlights and storylines in what is expected to be another headline-filled Saturday of college football.WEEK 12 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spread College football schedule Week 12: What games are on today?Here’s the full schedule for Saturday’s Week 12 top-25 college football games, plus final scores and how to watch every game live. All times are Eastern.You can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard.Saturday, Nov. 16GameTime (ET)TV channelNo. 4 Alabama vs. Mississippi StateNoonESPNNo. 24 Indiana vs. No. 9 Penn StateNoonABCNo. 11 Florida vs. MissouriNoonCBSNo. 15 Wisconsin vs. NebraskaNoonBig Ten NetworkMichigan State vs. No. 14 MichiganNoonFoxKansas vs. No. 25 Oklahoma StateNoonFox Sports 1No. 21 Navy vs. No. 16 Notre Dame2:30 p.m.NBCNo. 2 Ohio State vs. Rutgers3:30 p.m.Big Ten NetworkWake Forest vs. No. 3 Clemson3:30 p.m.ABCNo. 5 Georgia vs. No. 13 Auburn3:30 p.m.CBSNo. 18 Memphis vs. Houston3:30 p.m.ESPN2No. 22 Texas vs. Iowa State3:30 p.m.Fox Sports 1No. 7 Minnesota vs. No. 23 Iowa4 p.m.FoxNo. 1 LSU vs. Ole Miss7 p.m.ESPNNo. 17 Cincinnati vs. South Florida7 p.m.CBSSNNo. 10 Oklahoma vs. No. 12 Baylor7:30 p.m.ABCUCLA vs. No. 8 Utah8 p.m.FoxNew Mexico vs. No. 19 Boise State10:15 p.m.ESPN2Arizona vs. No. 6 Oregon10:30 p.m.ESPNHow to watch, live stream college football gamesThe Week 12 games involving ranked teams will be televised live on national TV, with games appearing on ESPN, ABC, CBS, CBS Sports Network, Fox, Fox Sports 1, NBC and ESPNU, as well as conference-focused channels such as the ACC Network and Big Ten Network.Week 12 college football scoresGameNo. 4 Alabama at Mississippi StateNo. 9 Penn State vs. No. 24 IndianaNo. 11 Florida at MissouriNo. 15 Wisconsin at NebraskaNo. 14 Michigan vs. Michigan StateNo. 25 Oklahoma State vs. KansasNo. 16 Notre Dame vs. No. 21 NavyNo. 2 Ohio State at RutgersNo. 3 Clemson vs. Wake ForestNo. 5 Georgia at No. 13 AuburnNo. 18 Memphis at HoustonNo. 22 Texas at Iowa StateNo. 7 Minnesota at No. 23 IowaNo. 1 LSU at Ole MissNo. 17 Cincinnati at South FloridaNo. 10 Oklahoma at No. 12 BaylorNo. 8 Utah vs. UCLANo. 19 Boise State vs. New MexicoNo. 6 Oregon vs. Arizonalast_img read more