Football News Manchester United sack manager José Mourinho after defeat at Liverpool

first_img“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager,” the club added.  New Delhi: Manchester United on Tuesday announced that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club. According to reports, Mourinho was sacked following Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool, ending a tenure that began in May 2016. “We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future,” the football club said in a statement.The 55-year-old Portuguese’s last match in charge was the 3-1 defeat by league leaders Liverpool on Sunday which left them 19 points behind their opponents. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Sparta to play Sophia; Bent Street pull Back Circle … GT Beer/Petra semi-finalists decided

first_imgTHE four semi-final teams in the GT Beer/Petra Futsal tournament have been decided following quarter-final action at the National Gymnasium on Tuesday evening.Sparta Boss, Sophia, Bent Street and Back Circle are the four teams who will contest the semis tomorrow.Sophia had a hard-fought game against Tucville, and while they opened the scoring through Shem Arthur in the 7th and added another through Dwayne Lowe two minutes later, they suffered a scare.Jermaine Junior started Tucville on the path of redemption with his goal in the 13th minute, and the side looked well on the verge of a comeback before Sheik Kamal’s 25th minute strike put them 3-1 ahead.However, Jahaal Greaves’ 28th minute goal ensured the game ended 3-2.Bent Street, on the other hand, ended Gold is Money’s run in the tournament by a 2-0 margin, which did not reflect the intensity of the game as Okeene Fraser (13th) and Anthony Abrams (16th) scored the winning goals.Back Circle earned their place via a 2-1 victory over the Broad Street Bullies with Curtez Kellman scoring in the 26th minute and Akeemo Anthony in the 29th while Broad Street had Keiron Solomon (32nd) on target.In the final game of the evening, Sparta Boss came from behind to beat off North East La Penitence 2-1.Kevin Moore opened the scoring for North East in the 30th, but an own goal from in the 35th minute and a single strike from Devon Millington (39th) piloted Sparta into the next round.In the exhibition games, Green Ice overcame Pretty Posse 4-1 while Customs edged Upper Level Barbershop 2-1.Semi-final action will take place tomorrow with the final billed for Saturday, April 15.last_img read more

Federer finishes strong to defeat Dzumhur

first_imgBy Rory CarrollNEW YORK, USA (Reuters) – Roger Federer overcame his second consecutive sluggish start to defeat Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 yesterday and advance to the U.S. Open third round.World number 99 Dzumhur broke the five-time champion in his first two service games and raced out to a 4-0 lead before many in the crowd had found their seats at Arthur Ashe Stadium, which had its retractable roof closed due to rain.Despite some shaky serving, 27-year-old Dzumhur took the first set thanks to 17 unforced errors from the Swiss. The tide shifted in the first game of the second set, however, when Federer saved a break point at 30-40 following a wild rally during which both players race from corner to corner before Dzumhur sent a forehand into the net.From there Federer’s superior serving carried the day as he finished with 16 aces to the Sarajevo native’s two and thumped a rocket that Dzumhur could not return on match point to clinch victory. Federer, however, has looked vulnerable at the tournament. He dropped the opening set of his first-round match against qualifier Sumit Nagal and while he may get away with slow starts in the early rounds, he will need to be more consistent if he hopes to win a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title.“I have been in that position many times where you go through a little phase where you don’t start so well and everybody asks you right away, ‘What are you going to do?’” he told reporters. “You’re like, I don’t know. Just go back to the drawing board. Just do the same things again. You hope for a better outcome.“I don’t think there is per se a secret to a good start other than warming up well, being well-prepared mentally. Not underestimating your opponent. I did all of that. You know me, I will always do that. “So when it happens like this, back-to-back matches, it’s just a bit frustrating more than anything, especially when the level is that low and there are that many errors and the energy is not there.“I can only do better, which is a great thing, moving forward.”Federer will look to get off to a better start when he faces either Lucas Pouille or Dan Evans for a place in the round of 16.last_img read more

Women’s volleyball is ready to host crosstown rivals

first_imgThe No. 21 USC women’s volleyball team (8-3) open up Pac-12 play against crosstown rival No. 9 UCLA (9-1) Wednesday at the Galen Center.Emily Smith | Daily TrojanBruins are brewin’ · Freshman outside hitter Khalia Lanier and the No. 21 Women of Troy open Pac-12 play with a home match against No. 9 UCLA on Wednesday. The teams are 5-5 in their last 10 meetings.Both teams have had impressive performances leading up to conference play. USC also started off their conference season against UCLA last season, sweeping the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion.After starting off this season 0-3, the Women of Troy regrouped and are on an eight-match win streak.Part of the team’s slow start was because of the influx of new players just before the start of the season. Now, USC has been able to find traction with its youth. Head coach Mick Haley mentioned how the players were able to play effectively in the system following the three-straight losses and cut down tremendously on their errors.“The biggest thing for these young players is to know that they are going to make errors,” Haley said. “But if you worry about errors, you’re going to make more.”The Bruins are having a strong start to the season as well. Their only loss was a four-set match against then-ranked No. 15 San Diego; the Toreros are currently ranked No. 7.Starting off against a highly ranked opponent is nothing new for USC. The Pac-12 is arguably one of the best volleyball conferences in the nation. Haley talked about how there’s no such thing as an easy win in the Pac-12.“We have a steady diet of ranked teams that we’re going to play in the next two weeks,” Haley said.The Women of Troy finished their non-conference schedule with two sweeps at home against Oklahoma and Maryland, building good momentum for the road ahead. The team’s win against Maryland was head coach Mick Haley’s 400th win with the program. He now has a 400-98 record at USC.To say Haley would be used to winning at USC would be an understatement. Winning is what he’s preached to his teams since he came here in 2001.“We expect to win the national championship,” Haley said. “If you come to USC, those are the expectations.”Playing at a high enough level to win the championship starts at the conference level. That’s why Haley emphasizes playing tough in the Pac-12 and earning the conference crown as the team’s goal.“At USC we expect to win the conference every year,” Haley said. “That’s our goal.”To repeat as conference champions, the Women of Troy will have to start off with a win against their crosstown rivals. USC can look for strong offensive performances from freshman outside hitter Khalia Lanier, sophomore outside hitter Alyse Ford, junior opposite Brittany Abercrombie and junior outside hitter Niki Withers. The four lead the team in kills. Lanier leads the team with 151 kills.USC can shut down UCLA at the net with strong blocking from senior middle blocker Elise Ruddins, junior middle blocker Jordan Dunn and Abercrombie.Dunn, who is returning from a back injury that redshirted her last season, has only played in 23 sets this season but is tied with Abercrombie for second on the team with 31 blocks. Ruddins leads the team with 40 blocks. Both Ruddins and Abercrombie have appeared in all 39 sets so far this season.Last time the Women of Troy and the Bruins met at the Galen Center, UCLA upset top-ranked USC in five sets for their first and only home loss last season.Haley is excited about getting to open up the season at home.“Our spectators that come and root us on really help us at our home matches,” Haley said.The first serve against the Bruins will be at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center.last_img read more

Kerry ace hails Tipp’s ‘remarkable’ year

first_imgThat’s the verdict of Kerry star Kieran Donaghy, who lined out against the Premier County in the Munster final in July.Although Liam Kearns’ side lost that encounter against the Kingdom they recovered to reach the All-Ireland semi-finals for the first time in 81 years.The Austin Stacks club man says Tipp’s enhanced status in the game is well deserved.last_img

UEFA Women’s Champions League: Manchester City Join Chelsea In Last 16; Glasgow City Suffer…

first_imgManchester City Women: Roebuck; McManus, Houghton, Beattie, Stokes (Campbell, 71); Walsh, Scott, Stanway (Lawley, 61); Parris (Emslie, 61), Ross, Christiansen.Subs not used: Hourihan, Morgan.St Polten: Boisits; Tabotta, Biroova, Babicky, Wienroither; Prohaska, Eder (Sobotka, 16), Klein (Wronski, 65), Enzinger; Vago, Pinther.Subs not used: Abiral, El-Dahaibiova, Zagor, Zver.Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL)Thursday’s Results:Man City Women 3-0 St. Pölten-Spratzern (Agg 6-0)Glasgow City Ladies    4-1 BIIK Kazygurt Women (Agg 4-4)BIIK Kazygurt Women win on away goalsRelatedUEFA Women’s Champions League: Chelsea Beat Bayern; City In Dominant WinOctober 5, 2017In “Europe”UEFA Women’s Champions League Wrap: Chelsea See Off Bayern For Last 16 PlaceOctober 12, 2017In “UEFA”James McCarthyJune 30, 2017Similar post Manchester City have joined WSL rivals Chelsea in the last 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League following a 6-0 aggregate win over Austrian side St Polten.City had won the away leg 3-0 ahead of the second leg in England and had an early chance to extend that lead from the penalty spot but Jane Ross had her penalty saved by St. Polten goalkeeper Jasmin Boisits.The penalty miss however didn’t affect Nick Cushing’s team as Nikita Parris and Jill Scott gave City a 2-0 lead at halftime before Melissa Lawley added a late third for a comprehensive aggregate win.Another British side in Glasgow City have been eliminated from the competition after they suffered a late heartbreak despite winning 4-1 at home to Kazakhstan side BIIK KazygurtTrailing 3-0 from the first leg, the Scottish club conceded another goal after Nigerian forward Chikwendu Ihezuo netted to give his side a 1-0 lead. The home side however bounced back through an Abbi Grant hattrick and a Noelle Murray strike to level the tie at 4-4.Glasgow City had a perfect opportunity to edge ahead in the tie for the first time but Leanne Ross hit the post with her penalty in the dying stages of the game as her team agonisingly missed out on away goals.With the aggregate win, Manchester City have now joined Chelsea, who had earlier overcame Bayern Munich on away goals on Wednesday, in the last 16. This means that there are two English sides in the last 16 for the first time since 2013-14.The draw for the last 16 will be held in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday, October 16.Speaking after the game, Manchester City Women boss Nick Cushing said:“I’m really pleased. I thought the first goal would be really important because they are a strong team. Although they didn’t create much against us over the two legs, they press really well and try to force mistakes.“Once we scored the first goal it settled us down and it gave us control of the game.“Whoever we draw we’re going to have to put in a performance because their are no weak teams in this competition.” he concluded.last_img read more

Alexey Khobot on the evolution of odds calculations

first_imgShare Share Since it was founded in 1994, much has changed when it comes to calculating betting odds at Fonbet according to Alexey Khobot, the main developer behind the firm’s first software who says that technology has placed an increasing role in the process.As internet use was not as widespread as it is in 2020, Fonbet calculated its odds independently. This task fell to the operator’s chess Grandmaster Anatoly Machulsky, Fonbet’s former CEO and one of its founders.Machulsky is said to have personally studied match results, picked out winning bet slips and given them to the cashier who, in turn, paid out the winnings.According to Alexey Khobot, he could not remember a single time that Machulsky made an error in his calculations, which he found particularly impressive considering that accumulator and system bets were also accepted in addition to single bets.Bet results from the database and registers were then entered into a unified database onto a central computer for settlement, and the data was then sent out on floppy disks to betting shops.“It is difficult for an ordinary person to calculate precise odds for a sporting event because so many factors need to be taken into account,” Alexey Khobot said.He explained that statistics, the physical state of the team players, head-to-head history, injured and disqualified team members, public opinion and the betting company’s margin all need to be taken into consideration. Moreover, odds also depend on the distribution of customer bets.As time has passed, however, more betting companies have started to use special programmes that analyse statistics and simultaneously suggest hundreds of odds for each game. While a number of betting companies opt to use b2b solutions to calculate and set their odds, most larger companies will use an in-house team of bookmakers to work out the numbers.Alexey Khobot added: “This is how Fonbet likes to operate, with hundreds of specialists narrowly focused on their own specific niche. Some are responsible for events in sports, others in Live, while senior specialists work with top events. Fonbet tends to avoid hiring anyone for these positions who has less than 15 years of experience in the industry.”Analysts calculate the probabilities of all possible outcomes for a particular match and apply their own margin in the odds. For example, with equal chances for a total of 2.5 over and under, the odds for each selection are set at 1.95 instead of 2.00.According to Alexey Khobot, it is this margin that helps betting companies to earn profits. For individual matches, Fonbet will also set higher odds and reduce its margin.Alexey Khobot disclosed that Fonbet has plans in the pipeline to introduce a third decimal place, meaning odds can be, for example, 1.006, which he explained will apply to events where the probability of a selection is very small and does not even match odds of 1.01.He added: “In any other situation, this approach is not advisable because the probability is covered by the margin and the betting company rounds up the odds. Also, psychologically it is easier to single out rounded odds from the entire group (1.50, 1.60, 1.80).” Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant July 7, 2020 Related Articles Alexey Khobot, Fonbet: The importance of live streaming for Russia’s betting market July 1, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon FONBET’s Alexey Khobot: Using bots to formulate odds in 2020 June 29, 2020last_img read more

Minority in Parliament congratulates GFA President, Kurt Okraku

first_imgToday is a special day in the history of Ghanaian football. After months of internal clean-up under the supervision of a FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee, football people have spoken.At an extraordinary Congress today, held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra, football people have spoken emphatically, and elected Mr.Kurt E.S Okraku as the new President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) after three rounds of voting.We, the Members of the Minority in Parliament, extend our heartfelt congratulations and message of goodwill to Mr.Okraku.It is our hope that this election brings to an end to any internal wrangling and marks the rebirth of a united football family under one great leadership with Ghana Football being the ultimate beneficiary.We are looking forward to working cordially with him, support Kurt, guiding him and ensuring that Ghana Football moves beyond its current predicaments.Congratulations once again to Kurt Okraku.Signed:Kobena Mensah WOYOMERanking Member, Committee for Youth and Sports Tags: GFA Elective CongressGhana ParliamentKurt Okrakulast_img read more

See why Andrea Pirlo is one of the best-ever midfielders in two minutes [VIDEO]

first_imgMore from Citi Sports Andrea Pirlo was one of the most successful players of his generation, playing for and winning trophies with AC Milan, Juventus and Italy.Hailed as a midfield genius, Pirlo was one of the most sought after footballers in his prime.Even when many people thought he was in decline, Pirlo showed why he was still a great player at Juventus.Pirlo finished with about 120 assists and 73 goals in over 700 appearances in his club career.For Italy, Pirlo scored 13 goals and created 23 more for his teammates.He won one World Cup, two Champions League trophies and was an Italian Champion six times.Pirlo thrived when he was moved into a deeper position in midfield, pioneering the deep-lying playmaker role.He was the epitome of calmness and was almost never fazed when he had the ball at his feet on the pitch.To celebrate the contributions of the Italian legend to the game, the UEFA Champions League’s Twitter page shared a two-minute video of Pirlo at his best, nutmegging players, getting himself out of tight spaces with extraordinary skill and spraying pinpoint passes across the pitch.It even includes a shot of him sending Cristiano Ronaldo to the ground with a simple turn.Take a look at the video belowlast_img read more

Minister inspects facilities at National Sports College

first_imgElvis Afriyie-Ankrah, Minister of Youth and Sports has paid a familiarization tour of the National Sports College, Winneba (NSC-W) to acquaint himself with the activities of the institute.The college has been neglected and is battling challenges in the areas of infrastructure and finances, hampering the target for which it was established more than two decades ago.During the visit on Monday, the minister described the facility as strategic in the development of sports in the country, whilst pledging to work with management to turn around the fortunes of the college to deliver results.He mentioned Public-Private Partnership (PPP) as an option to upgrade the infrastructure and make the college vibrant to respond to current trends in sports promotion and development and also make it more commercially viable.Joe Kpenge, the Director of NSC-W observed that his outfit has chalked some heights in the wake of its challenges.He said the college runs two academies, for Tennis and Football, adding that several tennis clinics held has resulted in some of their students representing Ghana at various international competitions. For football, he noted that 19 players have been integrated into the Senior High School system to enhance their education whilst six were also selected by the technical handlers of the national U-17 team, Black Starlets.The college established in 1984 has been engulfed in deterioration amongst other challenges hampering the realization of its objective of training and re-training the country’s technical and human resource in the Sports sector to fill the vacancies created by the exodus of trained and skilled officials to sustain the development and promotion of sports.last_img read more