Potters to stand by Jerome

first_img A statement from the club read: “Stoke City can confirm that Cameron Jerome accepts the FA charges made against him in relation to breaches of its betting rules. “Cameron has admitted the charges and will in due course attend an Independent Regulatory Commission, at which he will be supported by the club. “The club or the player will not be making any further comment at this time.” Jerome is facing the prospect of a ban – in June, Tottenham midfielder Andros Townsend was fined £18,000 and banned for four months, three of those months suspended, for similar offences. The charges meant that he missed playing for England Under-21s in the European Championships after he withdrew from the squad. An FA statement said: “The FA has charged Stoke City’s Cameron Jerome with breaches of its Rules in relation to a number of betting offences. “Jerome has admitted the charges. A date for an independent regulatory commission to hear the case will be set in due course.” Stoke say they will support their striker Cameron Jerome when he appears before a disciplinary commission having admitted charges of breaching the Football Association’s betting regulations. The 26-year-old, a former Birmingham player and England Under-21 international, has been charged with betting on a competition in which his team plays, which is contrary to FA regulations. It is understood that there is no suggestion of any match-fixing allegations or that Jerome has gambled on games he has been involved in. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Judge Charged With Helping Illegal Migrant Rejects Plea Deal

first_imgSuspended Newton Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph has rejected a plea deal that would have allowed her to avoid prosecution and possibly keep her law license if she admitted that she illegally helped an undocumented immigrant exit her courtroom out the back door to elude arrest by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, according to several people briefed on the federal prosecutor’s offer.US Attorney Andrew Lelling had offered Joseph a “deferred prosecution agreement” under which she would not have been indicted and, in a year, as long as she didn’t repeat the conduct, prosecutors would abandon the obstruction of justice charges, according to the people familiar with the deal. But, Joseph refused to admit she violated federal law and now faces the possibility of up to 20 years in prison if convicted of obstruction of justice.“Our client has pleaded not guilty because she is not guilty,” said Joseph’s lawyer, Thomas Hoopes.The US attorney’s office declined to comment on the plea offer, which legal experts say is extremely rare.If Joseph, 51, who has been on unpaid suspension since her indictment in April, had accepted the deal, it is unclear whether she could have kept her job as a judge or her license to practice law, according to state law.last_img read more

English Premier League Launches New Social Channels for Indian Fans

first_imgMumbai: The English Premier League on Tuesday announced the launch of its official Instagram and Twitter accounts in India. The channels will feature content designed exclusively for Premier League fans in India and will be produced primarily in English and Hindi. The plan is to also feature selected content in other Indian dialects, a statement said.The content will be published via @PLforIndia and will celebrate and share the passion shown by Indian fans for Premier League clubs. The new Instagram and Twitter accounts will offer fans access to match-related news and Fantasy Premier League content, with opportunities to win tickets to watch Premier League matches live in the UK.Bollywood star and Arsenal supporter Ranveer Singh, who has been the Premier League’s official ambassador in India since 2017, filmed exclusive content to mark the launch.The Premier League has hosted several fan events in recent years and works closely with broadcast partner Star Sports, which has televised Premier League fixtures in India over the last two decades. IANS Also Read: Cricket Fraternity Condoles Demise of Indian Test Opener Madhav ApteAlso Watch:BJP observed ‘Janajagaran Sabha’ in Duliajan | The Sentinel News | Assam Newslast_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli focused only on cricket, not on confrontations ahead of Australia Tests

first_imgNew Delhi: When it comes to recent contests between India and Australia, there have been instances of Virat Kohli having an intense confrontation with a player from the opposition. In 2011, 2014 and recently when Australia had toured India, there were clashes between Kohli and certain Australian cricket team members. However, ahead of the four-Test series beginning in Adelaide on December 6, the Indian cricket team skipper has said he does not have to prove anything to anyone and is just focused on playing his natural game. India has not won a Test series in Australia and many analysts have said this is the best chance for the Indian team to break their drought Down Under.Read More |Virat Kohli’s advocacy of Test cricket great for future: David Gower“I think from last time round, I’ve become more assured of myself. I don’t find the need to get involved in anything with the opposition and I think those are changes that keep happening gradually as you go forward,” Kohli said in a chat with a Sydney radio station.Read More |Murali Vijay says playing in Australia suits his natural styleThe Indian skipper also said the sole focus was to help the team win at any cost. “In the early stage of my career I used to think of these things as important milestones which are really important in one’s career, but now the focus is purely and solely on making the team win,” Kohli said.Kohli-Australia at loggerheadsThe right-hander, who is in magnificent form, has been at loggerheads with the Australian players and with the public ever since his first international tour here in 2011/12.Read More |Virat Kohli’s India side have golden chance to break Australia jinxDuring the Sydney Test, with Michael Clarke scoring a triple ton, Kohli showed his middle finger to a section of the crowd and justified his act by tweeting, “I agree cricketers don’t have to retaliate. When the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister, the worst I’ve heard.”In the 2014/15 series, Kohli was on top of his game and scored four centuries in the centuries to end with 692 runs at an average of 86.5. However, the series was marred by an ugly confrontation between Kohli and left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson. Kohli had been struck on the body by Johnson, who was trying to hit the stumps after collecting the ball on his follow through. Kohli did not take too kindly to it and was seen talking back to Johnson.In a press conference at the end of the day, Kohli said he had no need to respect Australian players who did not respect him. “I told him to throw the ball at the stumps and not on my body. It was not on. I respect a few of them. I have no reason to respect anyone who does not respect me. I’m not out there to gain anyone’s respect. I’m out there to play cricket. They called me a spoilt brat, and I said maybe that’s what I am. It seems to be working in my favour and they don’t seem to be learning their lessons,” Kohli had remarked then.Bitter end in IndiaDuring the 2017 series against Australia, the Bangalore Test witnessed an incident in which Steve Smith was caught asking the dressing room whether he wanted to take a review against an LBW decision. He stopped short of calling Smith a ‘cheat’ but remarked in a press conference, “Honestly, if someone makes a mistake while batting, for me personally, that’s a brain fade.”In Dharamsala, after India’s series win, Kohli said some relationships with the Australian players had changed. “It has changed for sure. I thought that was the case but it has changed for sure. As I said in the heat of the battle, you want to be competitive but yeah I have been proven wrong. The thing I said before the first Test, I have certainly been proven wrong and you won’t hear me say that ever again,” Kohli said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Henson: Badgers enjoying rare dream season

first_imgThey’ve made it look easy.With tremendous pressure to win out and keep BCS hopes alive, the Wisconsin Badgers have steamrolled their final four opponents and scored at will. They’ve looked unstoppable and unflappable.The 70-23 victory over Northwestern Saturday clinched a share of the Big Ten title and put the Badgers in prime position for a Rose Bowl berth.UW has now surpassed the 70-point mark three times this year.In the last four weeks, UW has scored 235 points. That’s astounding. That’s also a sign of how dominant the Badgers have been after a mid-season bye week.So these past four weeks have been a breeze for Wisconsin and they’ve cruised to a 4-0 record in November. Badger fans have gotten used to seeing the reserves close out the game. The only real nervous moment for Badger nation was waiting for the BCS rankings to come out yesterday, where Wisconsin maintained its lead over Ohio State.But the Badgers didn’t just roll through their entire schedule like this en route to this potential Rose Bowl berth all season long. No championship-caliber team has ever had an effortless road to glory. But in the Badgers’ case, it’s easy to forget how close this season was to being well, average.This late-season surge is fresh in our minds, but the memory of the 2010 Badgers was strong in the months prior, when things weren’t this easy.It’s the gut-wrenching, stress-inducing victories that we witnessed in September and October that has made this season what it is.And as a sports fan, I had always felt that luck and intangibles play an undeniable role in the outcome of those tight games. A bounce here, a play there, a flag that wasn’t thrown; all these things can prove to be the difference.But what I’ve come to accept is that great teams make their own luck. They put themselves in positions to have success. They make the plays when they need to.That’s what the Badgers have done this season, absorbing that loss to Michigan State and claiming their first Big Ten title since 1999.Sure, the blowout victories have been wildly entertaining, but the nailbiters where UW had to dig deep and find a way showed the character of this group. Those critical moments made a good season great.It started against Arizona State in week three, when the Badgers needed a blocked extra point from Jay Valai to come away with a one-point victory.Somehow the senior safety found a way to get his hand on the football to keep the game from going to overtime.(A loss to the Sun Devils would have knocked UW out of this three-way tie atop the conference had everything else remained the same).It happened again when the Buckeyes came to town and mounted a second-half comeback. The Badgers had controlled the first half, but OSU cut the lead to three in the fourth quarter. Then the Badgers reeled off an epic drive that culminated with a James White touchdown run to give UW a comfortable 10-point lead that would later be extended to 13.And the final true test came in Iowa City, when the Badgers utilized a blocked field goal, a blocked extra point, a fake punt and a fourth down conversion on the final offensive drive to beat the Hawkeyes 31-30.And if any one of those plays went differently, the Badgers could be heading back to Florida for a bowl game.In hindsight, it’s clear the Badgers are a supremely talented team. They’ve earned a top-five BCS ranking.But a made extra point could have potentially changed all of that, and that’s what makes these rare seasons so special. For one year, everything fell into place. The dream season happened.Yet, we know talent doesn’t always equal Big Ten titles. The 2010 Iowa Hawkeyes can tell you all about that. More often than not, championships require a little something extra.Bret Bielema’s recruiting classes have gotten progressively better, and there is reason to believe UW can consistently remain in contention for Big Ten titles. But nothing is guaranteed for a program that went 11 years without the conference crown.In 2010, UW found that special ingredient, and you just never know when we’ll see that again.“When you have a chance to win a Big Ten championship, that doesn’t come every year, that doesn’t necessarily come every decade,” junior defensive end J.J. Watt said after the game Saturday. “It’s a special moment, and a moment I’ll remember the rest of my life. It’s a moment my family will remember the rest of their lives, and I want to cherish every single second of it.”Badger fans everywhere should cherish every single second.Along with the image of fireworks and roses after a 47-point win, the image of Nate Tice rumbling into the endzone, and the image of the Badgers running the ball exclusively in the second half against Michigan, cherish the 4th-and-four against Iowa.Cherish Shelton Johnson’s touchdown-saving tackle at the end of the first half against ASU.Cherish J.J. Watt’s shoestring sack on Ricky Stanzi with time winding down against the Hawkeyes.Enjoy the laughable score lines we’ve seen in November, but cherish all those details in those big games that have propelled UW to No. 5 in the BCS standings.And prepare to enjoy the final stage of one of the greatest seasons in Wisconsin football history.Max is a senior majoring in journalism. Think the Badgers’ dream season will continue with a win in the Rose Bowl? 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Hughes: Winter break food for thought

first_imgQuestions, questions, questions. That’s what everyone is dealing with right now.Wrists are sore from blue books and eyes are seeing double after so many scantron bubbles. Cheatsheets, flashcards and stress are the most abundant elements in the universe right now.Finals (for some classes) have already begun, and they’ll be unrelenting all the way until Christmas Eve-eve. Oh happy day, whence school is out… for winter.But I have a few more questions for you, once you’ve finished with finals. Only the answers won’t be handed out until after winter break.We’re heading into the winter intermission with few uncertainties in the sporting world. So before the teacher’s edition is written, let’s speculate as much as we can some of the biggest brainteasers for the state of Wisconsin.One: What’s on the line in Pasadena?As the Joker once quipped in the “The Dark Knight”: So this is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. Wisconsin’s five giants and three-headed monster meet TCU’s suffocating defense, supposedly the best in all the land.Nostalgia will be in the warm California air for the Badgers, while all the BCS naysayers will still be ringing in the ears of the Horned Frogs and whoever prevails could launch themselves to another level of greatness year-in and year-out.Dynasties can often look back and point toward a specific game that served as the catalyst – like the Patriots in the Tuck-Rule Game. Without that, they never win that first Super Bowl and the swagger that came with it. Maybe they don’t win the other two as a result of such a demoralizing loss.If Wisconsin wants to launch itself onto the level of perennial powerhouses, this is the pivotal game to do so. Yeah, a good crop of seniors will leave after this year, but don’t underestimate what a culture of winning can do for any program. Bret Bielema is a young coach and his team didn’t reach this point on some fluke. He can establish this team as a Big Ten force for years to come with a victory in the most famous stadium in all of football.And if the momentum breaks, well, it took Bielema five years just to get to Pasadena the first time…Two: Where will the men’s basketball team be once school resumes?Before taking on the nation in the NCAA Tournament and before challenging the Big Ten in the conference tournament, the Badgers had to cross swords with their in-state foes.On Monday, Wisconsin completed the three-game sweep of Wisconsin D-I programs. And while that might not sound exactly like something UW would put on its resume, just consider the fact this hasn’t happened since 2006-07, when UW went on to finish second in the Big Ten, won a school record 30 games, and, at one point, earned the program’s first designation at No. 1.Not that UW is destined for that kind of performance this year, but it’s encouraging. Through 11 games of non-conference play, the Badgers have looked fundamentally unbendable and they’ve been shooting bullseye after bullseye from everywhere on the floor. Out of 22 halves of basketball played, Wisconsin has only seen trouble scoring in four of them, shooting .454 on the year.Wisconsin is currently on a 10-day break before a tune-up with Coppin State Dec. 23. After that, conference play arrives when Minnesota stops by the Kohl Center Dec. 28, and by the time school is back in session, the Badgers will be five games into the their treacherous Big Ten season.They’ll meet with Illinois twice, visit Michigan State and host Michigan and, of course, Minnesota over that time.The non-conference season hasn’t posed too many challenges for UW, and while many think the Badgers could surprise people – and I quite agree – I don’t think the surprises will come right away. Look for a 3-2 start to the year for Bo Ryan and Co. to build on.Three: Will we ever watch Brett Favre play again?Before you try to remind Santa Claus that you want Favre to go away, take a step back for a second (This reasoning may only work for Packer fans, but it’s worth a shot). Look back over the years Favre played. With objectivity, picture his entire career as one moment. All in one frame rather than think about issues on and off the field during the last three years.That career, as a picture, is one of the most beautiful the NFL has seen. Stop thinking about his interceptions, his behavior toward Jenn Sterger and his indecisiveness. Think about how, when he played, he played with guile. How he threw the ball so hard he could’ve killed a small animal. How he’d throw the ball backhanded. Think about the feud with Warren Sapp or Chris Hovan. The throws and victories he pulled off that made you say things like “Redonkulous!” and “Lady Liberty’s Torch, Batman!”Think about whenever he used to take a blow a train might match, he’d leap off the grass and get all up in the grill of his assailant immediately afterward (by they way, does anybody do that nowadays?) How his smile was wider than a football field. Think about how he broke all those records while rarely being surrounded by elite talent.We’re talking about the Favre that Vikings fans – or at least all the ones that I’ve talked to about the QB – loved to watch even when he was Packer.Now tell me you wouldn’t want to watch him play one more time. One last game. Favre, one of the country’s modern marvels of sports. Because now it’s for real, his streak is over and there’s no sign right now of him playing before season’s end. It would be a shame if his last game had passed by without audiences knowing at the time.Four: Will the Big Ten pull a Marquette?I seriously hope so. I haven’t heard anything as lame since MU briefly called itself the Gold before reverting back to the Golden Eagles a few years ago. “Legends and Leaders” sounds like some cheesy movie sequel or video game – one I would not ask Santa for.Elliot is a junior with an undecided major. What sports questions can you not wait to be answered? Are some of the above more stressing than your finals? Send Elliot an email at ehughes@badgerherald.com and tell him about it.last_img read more

Lagos Polo: Leighton Kings Win Open Cup

first_imgA Plus patron, Luqman Adebayo was unfit after a series of falls in the sides’ preliminary clash on Friday and his place was filled by Aliyu Tijani who did well in a relatively low-scoring encounter.With Mario Gomez (5) Kwame Isa (3) and Abdulrahman Mohammed (3) competing their line-up, A Plus put on a more solid display and were trailing 3-2 at the end of the second chukka with Jolaoso scoring on either side of Juaregi while Isa and Mohammed scored for A Plus.Juaregi, who deservedly won the MVP of the Open Cup, then scored four more goals, two of which came in the fifth and final chukka. Mohammed and Isa, in order, scored two more goals for A-Plus Bluechip.For the Silver Cup NRT which has Tomi Ojora (-1),Yasin Amusan (-1) Dantala Ibrahim (2),Tata Ali (2) took control of the game from the start and they never took their foot of the gas as they out-galloped the away team formed Abdsamad Rabiu (-2), Murtala Dankaka (0), Abba Dantata (2), Selim Dantata (-2).The Chagouri Bowl for selected teams which was to be competed for by Lagos Awolowo and Lagos Ribadu was called off due to time constrain occasioned by heavy rain.The final week will gallop off Wednesday with matches in the Low Cup featuring seven home and seven away teams while Majekodunmi Cup regarded as the most prestigious Polo trophy in West Africa, will be contested for by Lagos Fifth Chukker/ Access Bank and Kaduna Keffi Ponys.The Italian Ambassador’s Cup as well as the Churchward Plate will also be contested for by selected teams.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lagos Leighton Kings, on Sunday, clinched the Open Cup by beating Lagos A-Plus Bluechip 8-4 as the first phase of the NPA Lagos Polo International Tournament mainly sponsored by GTBank came to an enthralling end.Lagos NRT were also in joyous mood on the day as they emerged winners of the Silver Cup following their 7-4 triumph over Kano BUA.The Kings which has Bowale Jolaoso (0), Yemo Alakija (1), Martin Juaregi (4) and Juan Cruz Guebera (4), had on Saturday won the Oba of Lagos Cup by seeing off STL 8 – 4 ½ , and were favoured to triumph against a side they edged in a fierce meeting in the preliminary stage two days earlier. And they proved the formbook right.As it was in their previous meeting, Argentine four-goaler Martin Juaregi, took dominance of the game masterminding the moves by the Kings, who in the last few months have now scooped four titles having won the Charity Shield and Patrons Cup in Kaduna.last_img read more

LMC Fines Wikki Tourists, To Play Three Matches Behind Close Doors

first_imgThe League Management Company (LMC) of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) has fined Wikki Tourists N2.250 million and ordered the Buchi side to play three home games behind closed doors.The decision came after some Tourists fans assaulted match officials in the NPFL game between Wikki Tourists and Enugu Rangers last week in Bauchi, an incident that left one assistant referee injured due to an object thrown from the stands.A statement on NPFL’s Official Website explained: “The club(Wikki Tourists) was charged for violations of Rules B13.18, B13.52, C11 and C1 covering breaches of field encroachment by supporters, failure to ensure adequate security, assault of match officials and conduct likely to bring the league to disrepute.”“For the encroachment of the supporters on to the field of play and throwing of objects, Wikki were fined N1m and N750,000 for failure to ensure adequate security.”“Pursuant to rules C12, the club was also ordered to pay compensation of N250,000 to each of the match officials attacked and injured by the supporters.”However, the LMC has arrested and charged to court, three suspects, Mohammed Isa, Hamisu Mohammed & Yola Ishaya aka Chara, for throwing objects at match officials during the league game in Bauchi.“Two of the three games would, however, be served should there be a recurrence of the incident before the end of the season. Furthermore, the club will also pay the full cost for the repair of the damaged Rangers bus.” NPFL added.The match was stopped for over 30 minutes following the incident and later resumed, as both teams battled to a 1-1 draw in the Matchday 33 fixture.Relatedlast_img read more

21Bet ‘absolutely delighted’ with Gloucester partnership

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit 21Bet upgrades to Digitain sportsbook ahead of World Cup June 15, 2018 More bets wagered on Six Nations as England tipped for success February 22, 2019 Share Ladbrokes boosts Irish profile by announcing new Ambassador club September 10, 2019 Having extended their venture into the world of sports sponsorship by becoming the official betting partner of Gloucester Rugby, 21Bet CEO, Richard Hogg told SBC, ‘we’re absolutely delighted with the partnership’.A cornerstone of the sponsorship is the temporary renaming of the West Terrace to the ‘21Bet Terrace.’Hogg a committed rugby fan further stated: “They are steeped in history and have the most iconic Rugby stand there is in The Shed and so to have the extent of exposure that we have in the newly renamed ‘21Bet Terrace’ is considered a real coup.”“What also impressed us was just how forward thinking they are with a lot of technical advancements and initiatives upcoming”.21Bet are also offering a price boost on Gloucester finishing in the top 6 this season, Hogg said: “We’re 100% behind the team and think that they will go from strength to strength under new coach Johan Ackerman.“The better the club fare, the more exposure we are likely to get and so it’s a win-win situation. Nothing will please us more than to be paying out the Gloucester fans at the end of the season. 7/1 to finish in the top 6 represents huge value”, Hogg added.last_img read more

Memorial Day Parade Kicks Off Series of Events for Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe city of Alpena was a busy day celebrating Memorial Day, starting off with the annual Courthouse Ceremony and Parade.It was a gorgeous Monday morning as families, Veterans, and organizations gathered outside of the Alpena County Courthouse to kick off Memorial Day celebrations with the annual Courthouse Ceremony, and Parade.The March from South 9th Avenue to Little Flanders Field is a day for Boys and Girl Scouts, along with Veterans, and other community members to join forces to pave the walkway for those who died serving the United States.The Boys Scouts of Alpena have been in the parade for over 50 years.Scout Leader, Chris Harsh said he has been apart of the event for at least 17 years, and makes it mandatory to march for those who lost their lives fighting in wars for the country.Before the parade the guest speaker reminded everyone that Memorial Day was not only about taking time off to enjoy barbeques, with family and friends, but to reflect on those who died. Following the ceremony was a lying of flowers along with the National Anthem and prayer before the parade march.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: memorial day, Memorial Day ParadeContinue ReadingPrevious Locals Honor Heroes Lost at Sea for Memorial DayNext Rogers City Memorial Day Paradelast_img read more