Lafferty completes Palermo move

first_img The 25-year-old Northern Ireland international scored five Super League goals in a single season with Sion, who were managed for part of the 2012-13 campaign by recently-appointed Rosanero coach Gennaro Gattuso. A statement published on Palermo’s official website read: “Palermo announce the signing of Kyle Lafferty from Sion. The Northern Irish striker has signed a three-year contract.” Lafferty moved to Switzerland from Ibrox during the fall-out from Rangers’ transferral to Charles Green’s newco following the club’s liquidation in June 2012. The Enniskillen-born forward had scored 31 league goals in 104 appearances across four seasons with the Glasgow club after leaving Burnley for £3million in 2008. During his medical on Thursday, Lafferty revealed he had been close to agreeing a move to Sicily from Sion in the last transfer window. “I’m delighted to be here,” he said. “Palermo tried to sign me in January but unfortunately we couldn’t close the deal. Now I can’t wait to get started. “When I was younger I watched a lot of Italian football and I know there’s a very passionate fanbase here at Palermo.” Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty has joined Serie B side Palermo from Sion on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Champions League: Tottenham’s Hopes Boosted by Draw at Real Madrid

first_imgThe England striker found himself clean through on goal with 20 minutes left, but was denied by a superb fingertip save from keeper Keylor Navas.The result moved Tottenham ahead of Madrid at the top of Group H at the halfway stage, having now scored more away goals than their opponents.Significantly, the English side’s hopes of reaching the last 16 for only the second time were strengthened by Apoel Nicosia’s 1-1 home draw against Borussia Dortmund.Tottenham are six points clear of 2013 finalists Dortmund and Cypriot side Apoel, who have both already lost to Spurs and remain winless.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tottenham Hotspur took a big stride towards the UEFA Champions League knockout phase after forcing European champions Real Madrid to fight back for a draw in Spain on Tuesday night.Spurs led when Harry Kane’s clever run made Madrid defender Raphael Varane divert Serge Aurier’s right-wing cross into his own net.The Spanish champions equalised before half-time when Aurier’s rash challenge on Toni Kroos was punished with a penalty, Cristiano Ronaldo drilling in to extend his tally as the leading scorer in Champions League history.The home side increased urgency immediately after the break as Spurs were pinned back, away keeper Hugo Lloris producing stunning acrobatic saves to deny Karim Benzema and Ronaldo.However, Spurs grew back into the contest and Kane – who has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu this week – almost scored a winner for the Premier League side.last_img read more

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Syracuse earns season-opening win at Oregon State, 2-1

first_img Published on August 24, 2018 at 11:26 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Friday, the 2018 edition gave SU an opportunity to breathe. In a 2-1 win over Oregon State, the Orange showed a promising sign of growth — it earned each of its goals from first-year SU players and production from its top guns of the year past.SU got off to a quick start in the game. At the 4:46 mark, Gardner-Webb transfer Severin Soerlie (who was playing his first career regular season game for the Orange) provided the first punch. The native of Filtvet, Norway scored and assisted against Canisius and joins the Orange after tallying 29 points for the Bulldogs to lead the team in his redshirt sophomore year.The assister, Tajon Buchanan, was SU’s shots on goal leader in 2017 and enters the new season as one of SU’s most promising offensive options.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse held onto its lead until the 68:18 mark, when a penalty kick goal from Don Tchilao equalized the game near the midpoint of the second half. But SU answered back soon after by way of another newcomer, freshman Ryan Raposo, who scored his first goal of his SU career after recording a preseason winner with 1:03 remaining against Villanova. Once again, it came in a game-deciding moment.Raposo put two shots on goal in the game, tying Buchanan for the team lead. Defender Len Zeugner and Soerlie also put shots on goal. Starting goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert, who began his final campaign for SU on Friday, recorded five saves and collected his first win of 2018. While many of SU’s key returners showed their presence, the new faces dominated the game. Last year’s season opener broke a seven-year streak of a season-opening win resulting in a winning campaign — SU’s last losing season, again, came in 2011.In the preview, Syracuse’s newcomers showed a change in direction. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Last season, Syracuse’s season opener did some foreshadowing. A goal by Hugo Delhommelle in the 94:39 mark in overtime gave the Orange the narrow victory against St. Louis — a .500 team in the Atlantic 10. Season openers before were much different: A 3-0 win over Massachusetts the year prior and a 4-1 win over UC Riverside in 2015. SU hadn’t lost a season opener since 2011, and most have been won with relative ease.It began with a game-saving goal in overtime. It ended with no ACC wins. A loss in the first round of the ACC Tournament. No chance at a NCAA Tournament berth a year after spending parts of 2016 as the top team in the country.last_img read more

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Consob clears path further for Playtech’s Italian takeover

first_img Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Share Submit Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Playtech has received a further green light in its €846 million (£741 million) purchase of Snaitech SpA, after the Italian financial market’s supervisory authority Consob, cleared the path for the mandatory takeover of the remaining shares not already owned by the group.The gambling software development firm had previously announced an initial acquisition of 70.6 per cent of the Italian betting and gaming company in April of this year, with its stake growing to over 80 per cent following market purchases of a further approximately 10.3 per cent.Regarding the executive structure of the new group, it was also announced that Mor Weizer, Chief Executive Officer of Playtech, and Andrew Smith, Chief Financial Officer of Playtech, have been appointed to the Board of Snaitech.Detailing the next steps in the process, a Playtech statement revealed: “The acceptance period for the Mandatory Takeover Offer will start at 8:30 am (CEST) on 26 June 2018 and will end at 5:30 pm (CEST) on 23 July 2018. The consideration, equal to Euro 2.19 per share tendered in the Offer will be paid to the tendering shareholders on 30 July 2018.“If certain conditions are met, the Acceptance Period will be reopened for a further five trading days starting from 31 July 2018, being the trading day following the Payment Date and ending on 6 August 2018.“In the event of the Reopening of Terms, the payment of the Consideration for the shares that have been tendered during the Reopening of Terms period will take place on 13 August 2018.”Discussing what the acquisition means for the growth of Playtech moving forward, upon the initial acquisition Weizer stated it represents a continuation of the group’s “strategy to invest in leading retail brands in fast growing, regulated markets”.    Adding: “The acquisition delivers the Board’s strategic objective to improve the quality and diversification of Group revenue, whilst delivering exposure to high growth end markets, by utilising the strength of Playtech’s balance sheet.” StumbleUpon Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

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KOFI ASARE: What this AshGold title means to me, a former Kotoko fan

first_imgGrowing up, Kotoko was all I knew.I cared less about what other teams did or even their mere existence.This was largely because of my dad. He kept to the biblical way of ‘training a child the way he should go, so when he grows up he would not depart from it’. I attended Kotoko games at the old Baba Yara, owned a number of Kotoko replica jerseys including the famed Jako jersey which is still somewhere in my ‘life box’. I however grew up and departed from the only way I knew, largely because of the way the team was run post-Herbert Mensah and Sylvester Asare Owusu eras. As a passionate football lover who had been brought up to believe in football glory, another love had to be found but I just could not bring myself to support Hearts of Oak, who were my best shot at getting trophies.I disliked the club and everything about it so I was torn between Ashgold and King Faisal.Then history played its card. The then-three time winners of the league and credible performers in Africa in the early ’90s appeared the obvious choice. So I joined the army of the miners and took my place in that football ‘mass’ that continuously prayed for a return to the days of glory.The structures at the club gave me no doubt in my mind but the success kept drifting away. Aduana messed up my maiden season of being a supporter, pipping us to the title painfully in 2010.I still soldiered on.After all, I had endured such times at Kotoko until the 2007/2008 season. A quick U-turn would make me a laughing stock at home. Fast forward to 2015 where my patient wait was rewarded. It was a brilliant start but then many, including myself, did not have the belief. The dream became faint, when, what had seemed at the start like an unassailable lead at the top was cut from seven points to one.I felt it was going to be 2010 all over again. But then the fort was defended splendidly with Bashir Hayford as general. A 1-0 win over WAFA was the final statement and the signature to the deed.It was done! Relief was what I felt but then it much more than this. For the many people who had taunted me for ditching Kotoko because of poor management, I had been proven right.Sound structures with the right people in charge yield results. Six days after that victory which I’m still basking in, my ex-love is suffering from what I put down to poor management and direction –  the same reason for which I left.Apart from the fact that the victory vindicates me, the joy on the faces of the many people I saw at the Len Clay is something which will forever remain in my memory.If anyone should ask me what next, my answer would be that I can now dream on and believe in the title winning ambitions of my club.– Kofi Asare is a broadcast journalist with the Multimedia Group (Luv FM) and will be part of the team’s Survival Sunday coverage, which begins at 2:45pm. Follow the intrigue as Gary Al-Smith anchors from Accra, with correspondents from across the 8 centres bringing us exciting live updates on the league’s final day. Get live Twitter and Facebook updates @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports.last_img read more

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March Madness 2019: Bubble-bound Indiana sorry to see Kaleb Wesson return for Ohio State

first_imgWesson didn’t attempt to hide behind his play, though.MORE: Three takeaways from Indiana’s bubble-busting loss to OSUHis message to his teammates was simple: “Just ‘I’m sorry, and thank you. I’m sorry for putting you guys in this position, and thank you for letting me back in the family.’”This was Wesson’s first game back after serving a three-game suspension for a violation of athletic department policy. What specifically that means is relatively inconsequential in this context. It means he was absent for three games. And not three random December non-conference games the Buckeyes could manage comfortably without him. These were the last three Big Ten games before the conference tournament and Selection Sunday.Ohio State lost all three. The Buckeyes fell to Purdue by 35 and to Northwestern by 18.“He’s obviously a big part of what we do,” said Kaleb’s brother, Andre, who scored 13 points in this game. “We tried to switch it up. Obviously, we weren’t very successful.”On Sunday, they staged a comeback and forced overtime in what appeared to be an impending blowout loss to Wisconsin, but it became a home defeat all the same. Their record plunged from a reasonably attractive 18-10 to a somewhat unsightly 18-13. The affection of the mock bracketeers dwindled accordingly. Sporting News’ Bill Bender listed the Buckeyes as a No. 10 seed, comfortably in the field, before the losing streak. Following the Wisconsin game, he listed them as the first team outside the field.You know what the first team outside the field is? Outside the field.MORE MARCH MADNESS:SN’s latest 2019 NCAA Tournament projections  “Our coach doesn’t really talk about it. He focuses on the next game, always,” freshman guard Luther Muhammad said. “He focuses on what we need to do to get better and how to win the next game.“It’s definitely hard to keep it out of your mind. You always know. But that should motivate you to play harder.”For Ohio State (19-13), it certainly did. They held a 35-28 halftime lead, jumping on Indiana’s 10 first-half turnovers and eventually finishing with 24 points resulting from Hoosiers’ blunders.For the Hoosiers (17-15), it was a puzzling regression to the form that ruled when they lost 12 of 13 at one point between January and February. Eight of their first nine shots were missed, and that was mostly because the quality of shot attempted was low. Forward Justin Smith, whose energy and engagement during a four-game winning streak had been a revelation, missed all five shots he attempted and was shut out. The starting lineup shot 30.7 percent from the field.To make the cut, the Hoosiers would need to be one of the few teams ever selected with 15 losses (only Alabama in 2018 and Vanderbilt in 2017 carry that distinction) and one of the few ever chosen at two games over .500 (1991 Villanova and 2001 Georgia both pulled that off).Download SN’s printable bracket for 2019 NCAA TournamentCoach Archie Miller told reporters he believes his team is capable of winning in the NCAA Tournament: “Have we done enough? I don’t know.”Whether the Buckeyes have a tournament resume is difficult to say until either 1.) They defeat Michigan State and record their most impactful win of the season, or 2.) They see their names on the bracket Sunday evening.With Kaleb Wesson back in the lineup, though, it seems certain they are an NCAA-caliber team. His ability to command space in the lane, at 6-9, 269 pounds, is essential to providing room to work for OSU’s brigade of perimeter players. The Buckeyes got 18 points and four assists from grad transfer Keyshawn Woods and 17 points and five assists from veteran point guard C.J. Jackson.Without him, those two had two double-figure scoring games between them.“It was tough. My guys missed me, and I missed being out there with them,” Wesson said. “We grinded the whole summer together, and during the season. Me not being out there with them hurt.”Andre Wesson acknowledged he felt “a little bit” of responsibility to help his brother stay upbeat and engaged but deferred much of the credit to their family. “I was telling him he just has to be the best teammate he can be, with him being out and everything.”MARCH MADNESS 2019:Bubble team tracker | List of automatic bidsIndiana appeared to be already beaten by the time Wesson delivered his most impressive play, with the lead at 17 points and only 7:50 remaining in the game. A fortunate deflection put the ball in the hands of IU forward Justin Smith on the left block, and it appeared he had a clear path to an easy putback that would do little but alter the final margin.That ricochet was so sudden it would have been natural for the defense to be off-balance and out of the play, but Wesson reacted quickly and swatted down Smith’s layup attempt. Woods controlled the rebound, and moments later they had their first 20-point lead, courtesy of Muhammad’s corner 3-pointer. CHICAGO — The most affecting apology Kaleb Wesson could have offered to his Ohio State teammates and Buckeyes fans came early Thursday afternoon on the hardwood court at the United Center. There were 17 points and 13 rebounds and complete command of the matchup in the post against Indiana senior center Juwan Morgan.There was a 79-75 victory in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament, which advanced the Buckeyes to a quarterfinal matchup against conference co-champion Michigan State and advanced their cause to move away from the bubble and be selected for the 2019 NCAA Tournament. It seemed decorative at the time, but Indiana mounted a massive comeback in the final 6 minutes using fullcourt defense and purposeful fouling. The pressure applied by the Hoosiers, and the game pressure of trying to survive in a one-and-done tournament led to three OSU turnovers and Muhammad’s miss on the front end of a one-and-one. When IU freshman Romeo Langford followed his own missed layup with a quick stick-back, the OSU lead was down to … 72-69.The three points that resulted when Wesson blocked Smith’s shot, perhaps.“That was a big play for us, and kind of kept us going,” Andre said. “That’s the kind of thing he can do.”last_img read more

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Mason City School Board approved application for membership in Northeast Iowa Conference (AUDIO)

first_imgThe Mason City School Board Monday night approved making an application for membership in the Northeast Iowa Conference. The district’s athletics and activities director Barry Andersen says one of the biggest considerations in possibly leaving the Central Iowa Metropolitan League is the amount of travel time currently logged for student-athletes.  “Four schools are within an hour and 25 minutes of Mason City, and three are  under an hour. When you look at what we’re currently driving, two hours, two hours plus every time we go down to Des Moines,  that wears on kids and it lends itself to a much larger travel budget. By reducing that cost, it could be close to a 50% reduction in transportation costs, would definitely help out our budgets.”Andersen says Mason City already plays a number of Northeast Iowa Conference schools in non-conference contests. “There’s some tough competition. That’s one thing when I was looking for what the best fit for Mason City would be, along with looking at the geographical area, the Northeast Iowa Conference made the most sense as far as a conference that’s already set and that has a long tradition of excellent athletic teams. I know several of the athletic directors, so that led me to have some unofficial conversations with them, and then I had met with all of the Northeast Iowa Conference ADs after our Northeast Iowa AD convention this past fall just to gauge where everyone was at and to let them know that we were interested.” Andersen says all the conversations he’s had with the athletic directors in the Northeast Iowa Conference have been positive.  “I know there’s some skepticism as far as Mason City would be the largest school in the conference. Mason City has changed, our demographics have changed over the last 10 years, we have become a smaller school. Not a lot of kids are out for athletics, and hopefully we’re trying to get those numbers to rise. But by and large, I think people need to stop and think, and if they haven’t followed Mason City athletics, or haven’t followed when we play some of these schools in sports, know that there is a competitive balance in the sports that we play.” Andersen says just because Mason City would be the largest school in the NEIC if the application is approved wouldn’t mean the Mohawks would automatically be dominant in every sport.  “The Northeast Iowa Conference has very good athletic teams, boys and girls, and just because Mason City has a lot of kids to choose from doesn’t mean that all those kids go out for sports. I think by adding Mason City to the to the Northeast Iowa Conference would create a competitive balance across the board in all of our activities.” Five of the seven superintendents of the Northeast Iowa Conference schools would have to approve Mason City’s application. Andersen says if the application is NOT approved, they will look over different options.    “I enjoy working with the other ADs within the CIML, they’re great guys, it is the best competition in the state bar none. But I also listen to the coaches that I work with, the families that I work with, the administrators I work with, and other constituents, because there are other factors that fall into play as well. When they say ‘why are we still here?’ and they give me their reasonings, I just can’t just dismiss all that stuff too. We will cross that bridge when we get to it and we’ll go from there, but I do have a Plan B, and when that happens, I will look at that Plan B and then we will move on.” The NEIC’s current membership from largest to smallest schools includes Waverly-Shell Rock, Decorah, Charles City, Crestwood, Waukon, Oelwein and New Hampton. Andersen says he’ll submit Mason City’s application Tuesday, with the NEIC superintendents likely to act on it sometime in January. You can hear our full conversation with Andersen about Mason City’s application to the NEIC by clicking on the audio player below.last_img read more

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NHC: Hurricane Barry to Hit Gulf Coast Saturday

first_imgThe National Hurricane Center’s latest forecast shows the formation of Hurricane Barry out of a tropical depression moving west-southwest around eight-miles-per-hour. Barry is predicted to hit Saturday evening near Lake Charles, Louisiana. The cone of the storm shows Barry also hitting Texas. A Category 1 Hurricane is expected to hit the Gulf Coast on Saturday. Right now the system, which is not named yet, has maximum sustained winds of 30mph. Once winds are clocked over 39mph then the system will be called Tropical Storm Barry.last_img read more

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Couple issues warning after newborn contracts the coronavirus

first_imgA couple from Ohio is issuing a warning to the public about taking social distancing measures seriously after the father and their newborn became ill will the coronavirus.Sean and Dawn Clancy say they gave birth to their son on March 23rd without any complications and were allowed to return home, however, 12 days later they were back in the hospital after the couple noticed their son was exhibiting signs of the coronavirus.Sean told reporters that he was not feeling well and noticed that his newborn son also seemed to be under the weather:“I was down for the count, and then a few days later, Eli was,” Sean Clancy said. “Eli was really lethargic; he wasn’t acting how he had been normally acting; his eyes weren’t really opening.The couple rushed the child to the hospital where both father and son tested positive for the coronavirus.Fortunately, the family is recovering well considering the situation, but Sean says the whole thing was eyeopening for him:“We can’t explain to him what’s going on,” he said. “It was a helpless feeling that here I have this brand-new son and I can’t do anything for him; she can’t do anything for him.”They are also warning others about taking the social distancing seriously.The couple says they followed the social distancing rules but decided to allow their stepdaughter to visit the child when they brought him home. The couple believes that though the stepsister did not show any signs of the virus, she may have passed it on to them.As for now, the couple is sleeping in separate bedrooms, using different bathrooms, and wearing face mask until test show that Sean is no longer contagious:“Just stay home, keep your distance, two weeks at home is better than a month in the hospital,” Sean said.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week – Mount Sentinel Wildcats

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats finished the Kootenay High School A Girl’s Basketball season in fourth spot after a narrow 62-60 loss to Fernie Falcons at the recent Zone Championships in Nakusp.Rosie Velisek played her best game of the year to lead the Wildcats in scoring with 24 points including two three-pointers along with several offensive and defensive rebounds. The Fernie loss came after the top-ranked Wildcats lost 62-39 to Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.Senior Hannah Dube the top scorer for Mount Sentinel with nine points.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Wildcats on an impressive season with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Leanne Kabatoff, Taylen Hryniw, Eeana Cotton, Rosie Velisek, Hannah Dube, Caitlin Johnson, Els Hryniw, Victoria Peebles, Simone Chernoff and coaches Kris Hryniw and Tekki Brown-Hryniw.Nakusp defeated Selkirk of Kimberley 65-56 to capture the Kootenay A Girls Zone title.last_img read more

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