End of an era as Al Fayed sells Fulham

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Fulham have confirmed that Mohamed Al Fayed has sold the club to Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan.The Pakistan-born billionaire’s takeover marks the end of an era for Fulham, who have been transformed from a struggling club in the bottom division to an established Premier League outfit during Al Fayed’s 16 years at the helm.“It has been a pleasure and privilege to be chairman of Fulham Football Club for 16 memorable years,” said the 85-year-old.AdChoices广告“The time is right because I have found a very good man in Shahid Khan to accept the responsibility and privilege that I have enjoyed at Fulham since 1997.“Fulham will be in very good hands with Shahid, whose success in business and passion for sport is very evident.“I ask everyone who loves Fulham and our Craven Cottage home to welcome Shahid as he begins his journey as the next guardian of Fulham Football Club.”The 62-year-old Khan, who moved to the United States aged 16, made his fortune selling car parts and has owned NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars since 2011.He said: “Fulham is the perfect club at the perfect time for me.“I want to be clear, I do not view myself so much as the owner of Fulham, but a custodian of the club on behalf of its fans.“My priority is to ensure the club and Craven Cottage each have a viable and sustainable Premier League future that fans of present and future generations can be proud of.“We will manage the club’s financial and operational affairs with prudence and care, with youth development and community programmes as fundamentally important elements of Fulham’s future.”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last_img read more

Pogba no longer wants to leave Old Trafford

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has seriously hinted that Paul Pogba will continue to be part of Manchester United in the future and no longer wants to leave.The midfielder wanted to leave a year ago and missed most of the season due to injury, but when he returned he was the basis for the team to finish in the Champions League zone and form an excellent partnership with Bruno Fernandes. The midfielder’s contract is until next summer, but now it seems that he will be renewed.“What Paul said was a long time ago. When he returned from his injury, he was wonderful. Works hard, is happy playing hard. “I’m sure we’ll see the best of him in the coming seasons,” Solskjaer was quoted as saying by the Mirror.“I look forward to seeing how it develops with the team and that we continue to work. He must be one of the leaders and one of the great figures, because a football player at the top is exactly 27 years old “, added the Norwegian.The first task for Pogba will be to help the team win the Europa League, where Man United will face the quarter-finals against FC Copenhagen on Monday, and then will think about the new season in the Premier League.last_img read more

Billy Twomey completes hat-trick of Liverpool Grand Prix wins

first_img Tags: Twomey followed his Liverpool Grand Prix wins with Diaghilev in 2015 and 2016 by scooping a £26,000 top prize – this time with Kimba Flamenco who is owned by Kim Barzilay.An eight-horse jump-off saw Twomey triumph by almost two seconds from 18-year-old British prospect Jack Whitaker, riding Elucar VE and British Tokyo 2020 Olympic hopeful Holly Smith, who was third aboard Hearts Destiny.The result preserves Ireland’s incredible record in the Liverpool Grand Prix which was won last year by Tipperary’s Shane Breen.“To win the Grand Prix three times here is amazing,” Twomey said. “My horse jumped fantastic. He has been close to doing something in the last couple of shows, and finally it has paid off for me and him here. I am delighted for the owner and everyone involved with the horse. A win always helps everything. He is an extremely talented horse. He has won a five-star Grand Prix in Falsterbo (SWE), so he is winning at every level, which is good.“The course builder (Alan Wade) is probably the best course builder on the planet. He made it difficult enough that it wasn’t a giveaway to anyone. You needed to jump the course. It wasn’t a rat-race. In the jump-off, I tried to put it up to the rest of the riders. Sometimes, when you go early, you don’t really know, but thankfully I held on to clinch the win.”The result crowned an excellent few days for Irish riders in Liverpool where Mikey Pender finished in a share of victory in the Puissance competition, Daniel Coyle also scored a win on Monday, while Padraig McCarthy came out on top in the Eventing Grand Prix. Home  »  General  »  Billy Twomey completes hat-trick of Liverpool Grand Prix wins 1 January 2020, 09:30center_img Ireland’s Billy Twomey won the TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Grand Prix for a remarkable third time in five years, after an exhibition of world class Show Jumping at the M&S Bank Arena on Merseyside last night (Tuesday). Billy Twomey completes hat-trick of Liverpool Grand Prix wins last_img read more

Webb passes conditioning test, Perriman sits out on Friday

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens received a mixed bag of attendance news on Friday with the return of cornerback Lardarius Webb and the absence of wide receiver Breshad Perriman and linebacker Elvis Dumervil from the second practice of the summer.A day after failing his conditioning test and beginning training camp on the non-football injury list, the 29-year-old Webb passed the test and returned to the practice field. John Harbaugh expressed disappointment in Webb on Thursday, but the head coach did not sound concerned about the veteran’s long-term outlook.Perriman remained sidelined with a knee “bruise” as Harbaugh reiterated that the first-round pick would not be out long, adding that the rookie wanted to practice on Friday after falling on his knee making a diving catch a day earlier.The 2014 Pro Bowl selection Dumervil’s absence was more of a mystery as Harbaugh said he was dealing with general tendinitis, but the coach would not disclose exactly where the tendinitis was when asked. Dumervil practiced on Thursday without any apparent incident.Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan struggled to handle the heat of Friday’s practice, eventually leaving the field early to receive intravenous fluids.Tight end Dennis Pitta (hip), safety Terrence Brooks (knee), and defensive tackle Casey Walker (knee) did not practice as all three remain on the active physically unable to perform list.last_img read more

Ravens remain healthy ahead of extended trip to Indianapolis

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens nearly had their full complement of players for their final workout before their road trip to Indianapolis for two joint practices and their third preseason game.Rookie linebacker Alvin Jones was the only player not on the physically unable to perform list not to be on the field for the portion of practice open to media on Thursday. The Ravens were practicing indoors as new sod was being laid on their outdoor fields in Owings Mills.John Harbaugh’s team will practice with the Colts on Friday and Saturday before their nationally-televised preseason game on Monday night.Third-year running back Kenneth Dixon is one of a few players yet to play in the preseason who will need to take advantage of remaining opportunities to improve his roster standing. Dixon missed the entire 2017 season after suffering a meniscus injury while working out shortly before training camp. He also served two drug-related suspensions last season after accumulating 544 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns as a rookie fourth-round pick in 2016.“I really want to see him out there in a game,” Harbaugh said on Tuesday. “He looked good in practice the past few days [and] looks like he’s healthy. To see him in a game will be exciting. I’ll be holding my breath and looking forward to seeing him make one of his signature moves and make somebody miss and all that. If he can do that, that would be good for our team.”Other players needing to make a good impression after sitting out last Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams include outside linebacker Tyus Bowser, wide receiver and return specialist Tim White, and tight ends Maxx Williams and Darren Waller. Unlike the other aforementioned names, Bowser isn’t fighting for a roster spot after being the Ravens’ second-round pick last year, but he has lost ground to both Tim Williams and Kamalei Correa in the competition for rotational playing time at outside linebacker behind starters Terrell Suggs and Matt Judon.Linebacker Bam Bradley (knee), cornerback Jaylen Hill (knee), and wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo (quadriceps) remain on the physically unable to perform list and will carry that designation into the regular season. That means the trio will not count against the 53-man roster limit, but they will be required to sit out at least the first six weeks of the season.Bradley and Hill have been slow to recover from ACL tears suffered last season while Adeboyejo injured his quadriceps and underwent surgery in mid-May.“As far as their relative progress, I really don’t know,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t get daily updates on those guys. We’ll see how it goes once the long-term portion of the injury is over.”last_img read more

Manchester City Beat Liverpool to Close top Four Gap to Four Points

first_imgManchester City reignited the Premier League title race as they ended Liverpool’s 20-game unbeaten start to the season to reduce their lead at the top of the table to four points.Pep Guardiola’s hosts knew nothing less than a win at Etihad Stadium would do on a night riddled with tension that produced a game that was frenetic if not a classic.Leroy Sane produced the decisive moment 18 minutes from time as he collected Raheem Sterling’s pass to fire across Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson after it seemed like Roberto Firmino’s stooping header would maintain the visitors’ unbeaten sequence.Sergio Aguero had earlier given City the lead with a rising near-post drive just before the interval.That came after a moment of drama when Liverpool forward Sadio Mane hit the City post and John Stones scrambled the ball off the line after his attempted clearance struck goalkeeper Ederson – with data subsequently showing the ball had failed to cross by just 1.12cm.Both sides had chances in a frantic finale but it was City who claimed a crucial win.Relatedlast_img read more

Minor League Spotlight: Cameron Bishop

first_imgOn July fifth, Bishop agreed to sign with the Orioles, and on the sixth he passed the notorious Orioles’ physical. However, when July seventh came around, the deadline for signing players drafted in the 2017 draft, the O’s did not submit the deal to Major League Baseball until five minutes after the 5 p.m. deadline had occurred. Luckily for the Orioles, MLB approved the trade after investigating what exactly had happened. In their explanation, MLB stated that it  would be unfair to Bishop to punish him for the Orioles’ miscue.Bishop’s first appearance in the Orioles minor league system came with the Gulf Coast League Orioles which is where most rookies make their professional debuts. Bishop made his debut on July 21st against the Gulf Coast League Rays. In the game, Bishop went three innings and allowed no runs on one hit while walking no Rays’ batters. That start allowed earned Bishop a promotion to the Short-Season A ball affiliate of the Orioles: the Aberdeen IronBirds.After Bishop’s promotion, he continued to impress. Over the eight starts that Bishop had with Aberdeen this season, he accumulated a 0.78 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP and 38 strikeouts. Bishop’s best start of the season came on August 31st against the Tri-City ValleyCats. In that game Bishop’s start went 6 shut-out innings in which he allowed just one hit while he struck out five.Overall, Bishop looks as if he could be promoted to the next level next season. However, Bishop probably will not be up with the Orioles for another two or three years. According to MLB Pipeline, it is still unclear as to whether Bishop will remain a starter or if he will be made into a reliever. Either way, pitching, especially left-handed pitching, is valuable.Please follow and like us: The Baltimore Orioles scored a gem in the 26th round of the 2017 draft when they selected left-handed pitcher Cameron Bishop out of the University of California, Irvine. Bishop, who is now the Orioles’ 14th best prospect according to MLB Pipeline, almost never joined the team due to an error committed by the O’s.last_img read more

Utah basketball: Young Utes hope to improve in late-game situations

first_img Utes expecting the tougher Washington State team Sunday afternoon Related Utes walloped at home by No. 4 Stanfordcenter_img SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah basketball team has lost just three games this year, and each loss was by two points in the final seconds.The Utes made some poor decisions in all of those defeats, and coach Larry Krystkowiak hopes that it’s partly because of youth and inexperience and that his team will improve in crunch time as the year moves on.“These close games make everybody involved take a close look at the things we need to do to tighten up,’’ he said. “We don’t like the fact that we’ve lost the close games, but hopefully we’re taking a pretty close evaluation of what we need to clean up and will lead to improvement.’’In the latest loss at Washington Wednesday night, the Utes had a chance to win or tie, being down two points with nine seconds left. Delon Wright, who had a brilliant game with 27 points and 11 rebounds, took the ball down the left side. Rather than handing the ball off to Brandon Taylor, he took the ball into the corner, where he was forced to fire up a 3-pointer at the buzzer that missed everything.Krystkowiak didn’t want to blame anyone or say what play the Utes were trying to run.“I don’t like throwing players under the bus,’’ he said. “But what happened out on the floor isn’t what we talked about doing. Credit Washington’s defense. Sometimes you can talk about it all you want and work on it in a practice setting, but when you’re in foreign territory, the fact of the matter is, we’ve got a lot of guys who are young.’’A week earlier against Oregon, the Utes had a hurried play at the end of regulation and made a bad turnover at the end of overtime, which led to the winning basket for the Ducks. In their earlier loss to Boise State, the Utes turned the ball over near their basket with less than 20 seconds left.“Right now we’re shooting ourselves in the foot with some execution and what plays we run,’’ Krystkowiak said. “Hopefully we’ll execute them a little better.’’UNCERTAINTY AT THE THREE SPOT: The Utes have three solid starters in Wright, Jordan Loveridge and Taylor, while Jeremy Olsen has replaced Renan Lenz at the center spot the past two games, with Dallin Bachynski getting a lot of minutes off the bench.The most inconsistent position for the Utes this year has been the small forward spot, where Dakarai Tucker, Princeton Onwas and Ahmad Fields have all seen action this year, along with Kenneth Ogbe, who also plays shooting guard.Tucker started the first five games, was replaced by Onwas for four games, only to have Tucker start the last six. Onwas didn’t even play in the first two Pac-12 games against Oregon and Oregon State, before playing some important second-half minutes at Washington Wednesday night when he scored six points on 3-of-3 shooting and played good defense on Washington’s C.J. Wilcox.“Princeton had a good week of practice,’’ said Krystkowiak. “We put him on Wilcox and he did a good job and was focused. It was encouraging.’’Krystkowiak said the key is consistency and he’d rather have one or two guys he can rely on at the wing position.“I’m hoping that gets a little clearer for us,’’ he said. “I wish it were easier where somebody’s doing it consistently. I’d love to be able to say, ‘There’s our guy.'”UTE NOTES: Sunday’s game at Washington State begins at 5 p.m. MST. … After shooting just 1 for 15 from 3-point range Wednesday night, the Utes fell to 34.7 percent on the season. … Wright is still ranked second in the country in field goal percentage at 66.9 percent. He’s also 15th in the nation in steals at 2.53 per game. … Despite having just three turnovers against Washington, the Utes are still No. 7 in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.67. … After playing Washington State, the Utes return home for games against USC Thursday and UCLA Saturday.last_img read more

Defense separating SJV from other Lancer teams

first_img St. John Vianney St. John Vianney’s airtight defensive softball team plays for this time of year as it heads into tournament time. The Lancers, in search of a third straight Monmouth County Tournament title, won their opener, 4-1, over Middletown North on April 28 and play host to Manalapan in the next round on May 5 at a time to be determined. The Lancers are the top seed.In April, St. John Vianney also ran its Shore Conference A Central record to 8-0 with a 7-0 victory over Shore Regional.Along with playing Manalapan, it also plays its third Shore Conference A Central game at Holmdel at 2 p.m. May 5. Games around the state are scheduled later that day because of SATtests being taken in the morning.Carrying a 14-2 record into the home stretch of the season, St. John Vianney on May 1 plays at Rumson Fair-Haven and on May 3 plays host to Raritan in league games. Because Manalapan plays its league games on the other days of this week — Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays — St. John’s agreed to a late Saturday (May 5) game.Although it makes for a hectic Saturday again this weekend, coach Kim Lombardi feels it’s nothing her team can’t handle.“Many of these girls play on travel teams that sometimes play four games in a day, and if they can’t play two games in a Saturday, then I don’t know what they can do,” said Lombardi.The veteran coach said this year’s team “hasn’t peaked yet,” but feels this is a team that may be set aside on its defensive skills fromher past teams and the teams that the last two years reached five goals — winning county tournament finals and going on to win NJSIAA section and state titles, winning division titles and reaching the Shore Conference Tournament final where it lost two years ago to Red Bank Catholic. “Certain kids are starting to settle in.”But what sets this team apart from others in recent years is what Lombardi praises as “an incredibly solid defense, the best I’ve seen here” where eight starters return.“I agree 100 percent,” said senior catcher Kristen Solari, who is headed this fall to Johnson and Wales on a financial scholarship package. “We work hard in practice and it shows in games. We work well together.”“Our defense has always been strong and we have great coaches who prepare us for games,” said senior second baseman Cailin Winokur, who is headed to Fordham on a financial scholarship package. “Our defense is really strong this year, no weak spots.”Winokur feels her determined play has rubbed off on the younger players like sophomore shortstop Jackie Gallagher. “I’ve been working hard at it and took lessons,” Winokur said. “It’s up to me to start stepping up and make plays to show it can be done and then our shortstop starts picking up on that, too. I’m so proud of how the underclassmen are stepping up.”Veteran starter Kate Beriont, a left-handed sophomore with a 9-1 pitching record coming into this week, is joined by freshman Ashley Ventura, who raised her record to 5-1 with a no-hitter against Southern Regional. It was the third no-hitter thrown by St. John’s pitchers, with Beriont hurling the other two. Beriont held Middletown North to four hits in its county tournament opener. She hurled the county tournament and Shore Conference Tournament championship victories among her 13 wins on last season’s 29-1 team.They fill the void left by graduated pitcher Jen Retzer, who had 16 wins. She is at the University of Pennsylvania.Lombardi said her pitching so far has been “pretty good” and the hitting is solid, led by Solari’s .647 batting average. “I worked really hard on it in the off-season with mechanics and having a positive attitude,” Solari said.“She’s been hitting the ball the way she should and has been a leader,” Winokur said.And she is not alone in that regard.“Everyone hits .300, .400 and.500 in our batting order,” Lombardi said. That includes .500 hitters Winokur, who hits No. 2 in the lineup, and leadoff hitter Gallagher. Senior Taylor August at third base and freshman Erica Krumbine at first complete the infield. August has accepted a financial package from Fairfield University.Junior center fielder Amanda Durham, senior left fielder Zoe Otterman and sophomore right fielder Kate Baron start in the outfield with young backups Marlene Bevilacqua a sophomore, and freshman Breanna Keelan, who also supply speed on the offense as pinch runners. Freshman backup catcher Hannah Milano has had opportunities to play in some commanding victories.Durham powered the victory over Middletown North with two hits for two RBIs while Baron lined two doubles and Otterman drove in another run. True to form in the balanced offensive attack, Gallagher drove in two runs with three hits against Shore.“We’ve been coming out with a lot of heart and intensity,” Solari said.Winokur feels it will help in the tournament games.“I have so much faith in the team and we all pick each other up,” Winokur said. “We’re very together, which is different from a lot of teams.” BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Softball team is 14-2, top seed in MCT last_img read more