Sullivan increases Hammers stake

first_imgDavid Sullivan has purchased a controlling interest in West Ham after increasing his stake in the club to 55.6 per cent. Sullivan’s investment is part of a £25.5million restructuring of the club’s debt. The club’s official website shows that Gold still owns 30.6 per cent of WH Holding Limited, the club’s parent company, and CB Holding’s stake has been reduced to 10 per cent. Sullivan and co-chairman David Gold had been equal partners since taking over the Barclays Premier League club in January 2010. But Sullivan recently purchased an additional 25 per cent share from CB Holding, the firm which had controlled West Ham on behalf of Icelandic banks after former chairman Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson was declared bankrupt. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Delaney comments cut from programme

first_img “The decision to delete his comments where they related to FIFA was an editorial one that was taken by the communications department.” The FAI found itself dragged into the furore surrounding FIFA last week after Delaney confirmed the association had been paid five million euros by the governing body in the wake of Ireland’s controversial World Cup play-off defeat by France in 2009. The news came amid reports that a group of fans had clubbed together to hire a plane to trail a ‘Delaney Out’ banner over the Aviva Stadium during the game. Inside the stadium, stewards moved in to remove an anti-Delaney banner when it was unfurled, while supporters in that section held up smaller cards bearing a similar message. FAI chiefs confirmed that the programme for Saturday’s Euro 2016 clash with Scotland had been re-printed at a reported cost of 10,000 euros. A statement said: “John Delaney was entirely unaware of this change to the programme. He had already signed off on it and it was approved for printing. The Football Association of Ireland ordered the shredding of 18,000 match programmes containing comments from chief executive John Delaney about the FIFA crisis. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Officials: 26-Year-Old Wife Exploited 77-Year-Old Florida Husband for Nearly $1 Million

first_imgA newly married 26-year-old Israeli woman has been arrested on charges alleging that she tried to cash nearly $1 million in checks from her 77-year-old husband’s account.Lin Helena Halfon was arrested December 16 at Tampa International Airport. She faces charges of money laundering, organized fraud and exploitation of an elderly person.Court records allege that she stole $666,666 from her husband, Tampa businessman Richard Rappaport. A bank had refused to cash a $1 million cashier’s check last month, according to The Tampa Bay Times.Halfon told employees at the Tampa Amscot Branch on November 7 that she planned to use the money from a check she was trying to cash to buy a yacht in Miami. The bank refused to cash the check, since Rappaport’s name was also on it.A short time later, Halfon returned to the bank with the same request, but had three separate checks for $333,333 each. Amscot employees again refused, but made copies of her Israeli passport, U.S. visa and the questionable checks, and contacted law enforcement.According to the arrest warrant, Rappaport told investigators he wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt when they informed him of the situation, so that she would not be deported. Investigators later discovered that Halfon was able to have an Orlando business cash two of the checks.Subsequently, Rappaport told authorities on December 10 that he now feels that he was a victim of fraud.A judge set Halfon’s bail at $1 million.last_img read more

MLK, Jr. Day Events and Celebrations in PBC and Broward

first_imgFrom 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, the City of Deerfield Beach will have its annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade and picnic, also at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex. Both events are free and open to everyone. For more information: www.Deerfield-Beach.comAs for Fort Lauderdale, a parade will depart at 9 a.m. Monday from Lincoln Park, 600 NW 19th Ave. and march to Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St. A celebration of unity and multicultural festival holiday celebration will kick off at Esplanade Park at 10 a.m., when the parade arrives, until 2:30 p.m.For a full list of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in and around Fort Lauderdale, visit city of Miramar will have a free Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade and celebration event on Monday at Lakeshore Park, 8501 S. Sherman Circle. The parade will go from 11 a.m. to noon and the celebration will go from noon until 4 p.m. For more information: or (954) 602-3178.In partnership with Baptist Health, the city of Plantation will be hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jim Ward Community Center, located at 301 NW 46th Ave. For more information: everyone at 850 WFTL, have a safe Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The following events will be taking place in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:Palm Beach County:The city of Lake Worth Beach will host a candlelight march at 5 p.m., beginning at Lake Worth City Hall at 7 N. Dixie Highway. There is also a unity interfaith breakfast at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church on South E Street and 10th Avenue South from 7:30 to 9 a.m. For more information: (561) 586-1600 or lakeworth.orgRoyal Palm Beach’s 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, hosted by the Caribbean Americans for Community Involvement, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Royal Palm Beach High School, 10600 Okeechobee Blvd. Seating is limited and the event is free. For more information: (561) 791-9087.The city of West Palm Beach will have its annual MLK Breakfast and Essay Contest Awards at 8 a.m. Monday at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd. For more information: (561)822-2222 or www.wpb.orgDelray Beach will host an MLK walk beginning at 2 p.m. Monday at the Delray Beach Community Center . It will then travel along Atlantic Ave down historic 5th Avenue, pass the Spady Museum and end at Pompey Park. Lineup will be at 1:30 p.m. In addition, a Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Monday at Delray Beach Golf Club.Boca Raton will be hosting a ceremony and celebration featuring speeches, performances and a march. The events will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning at MLK Jr. Memorial, 200 NE Ruby St., and ending at Sanborn Square. For more information: (561) 393-7807 or www.myboca.usBelle Glade will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Memorial Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Belle Glade City Hall, located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. For more information: (561) 996-0100 or South Florida Fair will include a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at 3 p.m. Monday at the Community Stage, with live music and speeches. Free with fair admission. For more information: (561-793-0333) or www.southfloridafair.comBroward County:last_img read more

Rohr Says No Panic, Eagles Will Cage Zambia

first_imgDuro Ikhazuagbe With Zambia breathing down the neck of Nigeria after claiming a famous 1-0 away victory against Algeria in Constantine on Tuesday night to move up to seven points, Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, insisted thursday that there is no need for panic among football fans in the country.The Franco-German coach who watched the proceedings of the game on television in Abuja after returning from Yaounde where his wards were forced to a one-all draw by the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, told yesterday that he’s not under any pressure because of the three points picked by the Southern African country.“I am not under any pressure at all. I watched the game yesterday night (Tuesday) and I am very confident the Zambian’s will fall when they come to Nigeria,” observed the gaffer who is determined to lead Nigeria to the World Cup in Russia next year.Rohr further revealed that he has no plan to change his winning team going into the crucial encounter with the Zambians on October 7 in Uyo.“I will stick to the same tactics that saw us (Nigeria) see off Cameroon. I see no reason to change a winning team as the boys were fantastic and we must continue to work well as a team to ensure we have a proper team ahead of the World Cup in Russia next year,” hinted the Eagles supremo.He admitted that he is very happy with the support Nigerians showed his team during the last round of matches of the Group B qualifying series.Rohr urged all football-loving Nigerians to continue to support the Super Eagles in good and bad times, as he bids to build a formidable team capable of conquering not just Africa, but the world.Meanwhile, Head Coach of Algeria national team, Lucas Alcaraz, believes Nigeria will definitely pick the sole Group B ticket to Russia in 2018 FIFA World Cup.Algeria lost the first of their double header 1-3 in Zambia on Saturday, before the Chipolopolo ended the undefeated home streak of the Algerians since 2006 with a 0-1 win in Algiers to get into contention for a maiden World Cup qualification battle with Nigeria.But in his post match conference, Alcaraz believes Nigeria has the momentum to reach the World Cup in Russia next year.”Zambia has a balanced squad with a blend of youngsters but I don’t think they can make it for the World Cup in Russia,” Alcaraz said in a report captured by Zambia’s Daily Mail wednesday.The former Granada of Spain coach seems to toe the line of Cameroon coach, Hugo Broos, who surrendered to the Super Eagles after the 4-0 demolition of the Lions in Uyo.”I know it was an interesting result in Cameroon, which gives hope to other teams, but still the momentum is with Nigeria. Alcarez continued.The Spanish coach who replaced Belgian Georges Leekens earlier this year, however advised the Zambians to build for the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualification”Zambian coach (Wedson Nyirenda) has a good team but I think he should concentrate on building a strong team with the focus on qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.”I believe the Qatar target is attainable if they can maintain the same performance, ” Alcarez concluded.Nigeria on ten points from four games lead the Chipolopolo on three points. Both Cameroon and Algeria with on three points and one respectively have crashed out of contention for the sole group ticket.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFIERlast_img read more

Women of Troy ready for win-or-go home matchup against SDSU

first_imgThe USC women’s lacrosse team looks to secure a playoff berth in the program’s inaugural season as it hits the road to take on San Diego State in a winner-take-all match on Saturday at 7 p.m.Now or never · Freshman Katie Austin (above) and the Women of Troy can only advance to the MPSF tournament, and later the NCAA tournament, if they can defeat the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe winner of Saturday’s contest will earn the fourth and final seed in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament, to be held in Eugene, Ore., while the loser will be eliminated from playoff contention. The winner of the MPSF tournament earns an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament.“We know there’s a lot on the line in the back of our head, and we know everyone has to play their best game,” freshman attack Caroline de Lyra said. “I think everyone’s getting into the mentality that they have to have a good game for us to win.”The Women of Troy (7-9, 4-3 MPSF) hope to carry the momentum from their previous outing, a 19-1 win over Fresno State (2-13, 0-8 MPSF) on April 20. Seven players scored at least two goals for USC in the blowout, with de Lyra leading all players with six points (two goals, four assists) while sophomore attack Olivia Gerton led all scorers with four goals and an assist. Freshman midfield Amanda Johansen finished with two goals, three assists and a career-high and MPSF-record 13 draw controls, two away from tying the NCAA record.“We have really high momentum for this game, especially since it’s the last game and everything’s on the line,” de Lyra said. “I think everyone’s really pumped up.”USC currently has four players with more than 30 goals on the season. De Lyra leads the Women of Troy with 48 goals and 40 assists and is No. 4 in the nation with 88 points. Johansen is second on the team with 49 points (35 goals, 14 assists), along with a team-high 5.81 draw controls per game (good for No. 7 in the nation). Freshman midfielder Paige Bonomi has 36 goals, while freshman attack Caroline Cordrey has 34. Freshman defender Courtney Tarleton, meanwhile, leads USC with 37 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers.San Diego State (8-7, 3-4 MPSF) is currently in the middle of a three-game losing streak, with the most recent loss being a 23-16 defeat to No. 14 Stanford (10-4, 5-1 MPSF). The Aztecs are led by Michaela Jarvis, who has 22 goals and 35 assists on the season, and leading scorer Bailey Ewing, who has 44 goals.“I think there are a lot of things we can look to that were successes this year,” head coach Lindsey Munday said. “As a first-year program, we’ve done some really great things. We’ve improved, which has been our goal from day one … At the end of the day, it’s a big game Saturday, and we’re really excited for it.”If USC wins the match against the Aztecs, it will take on No. 11 Denver (15-1, 7-0 MPSF) in the MPSF semifinals on Friday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m.last_img read more

Syracuse starts 3 shooters, and defenses will need to make a choice

first_imgIt took two scrimmage wins, both over Division II opponents, for Trevor Cooney to decide that Syracuse’s offense is going to make opposing defenses choose how to fail.“They have to guard someone,” Cooney said after the Orange beat Florida Southern, 96-54, on Monday. “They’re going to leave somebody open and we’ll make them pay.”Cooney was referring to Michael Gbinije, Malachi Richardson and himself, which seems to be the three-headed monster at the head of Syracuse’s perimeter-focused offense. They are expected to start with Tyler Roberson and Dajuan Coleman when SU hosts Lehigh for its regular-season opener at 7 p.m. on Friday. That will be the first full look at what, by their estimation, is a trio of shooters that will space the floor effectively and help each other drive.Gbinije, a fifth-year senior, is the point guard but all three of them can push the ball in transition and get the Orange into its half-court sets. Cooney, also a fifth-year senior, carries the pedigree of a sharpshooter and draws attention just by standing on the court. Richardson, already looking like a precocious freshman, has stroked it from deep in Syracuse’s exhibition wins and has no problem creating his own space off the dribble.Put the three together, and you get an intriguing blend of experience more than capable of leading an offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s definitely getting opportunities based off of me and Trev, which is a good thing,” Gbinije said of Richardson. “He’s capitalizing on it as well, and I hope he continues to do that because it will open up things for me and Trev, as well.”The Orange took 61 total 3s in its two exhibition games, which is just above the average of 25-to-30 that SU head coach Jim Boeheim said he wants to take per game. Gbinije shot 7-for-15 from deep in the two contests, Richardson went 7-for-14 and Cooney finished the worst at 2-for-10. But with Cooney’s history as a reliable spot-up shooter, it’s clear that these are the best three shooters on a team that can feasibly roll out five perimeter threats in the same lineup.Against Florida Southern, Cooney felt the effects of playing next to two other shooters. As the Orange’s only legitimate threat from deep last season, Cooney faced unrelenting pressure and was met by helping defenders whenever he came around screens. But when he came off a high-ball screen against the Mocs, there were no defenders obstructing his path toward the rim.Instead they opted to stay glued to Gbinije and Richardson on the perimeter. Cooney collected nine of his 15 points by hitting two 2-pointers and shooting 5-for-7 from the foul line.“Definitely there’s a difference when you have those guys out there with me. And I think they could say the same with me, so that’s good,” Cooney said. “We just need to continue to play off each other and continue to get wide-open looks.”While addressing the media after beating Florida Southern, Cooney said “wide-open” four times in two minutes. It’s a fitting phrase for an offense predicating itself on ball movement and outside shooting. And starting with Syracuse’s three versatile scorers, it seems like there will be enough good looks to go around.“I think we’re all going to reap the benefits of all of us out on the floor being able to make shots and make plays. We saw today we were able to get wide-open looks,” Cooney said. “Times we did get to the basket we were able to get right to the basket because you can’t come off of the shooters.“And hopefully we just continue to play like that, and space the floor and make the right 3s.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

2020/2021 Ghana Football league season to commence in October

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) has announced that the 2020/21 League season will begin in the second week of October 2020, subject to approval from the Government of Ghana.The Executive Council of the GFA took the decision on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, after taking into consideration a number of factors in relation to the game and the safety protocols announced by Government, as well as the Association’s continuous engagement with the COVID-19 Advisory Team.The GFA announced the annulment of the 2019/2020 football season on June 30, after long deliberations with all relevant stakeholders.The new season has been dubbed – Football Against COVID-19 – offering entertainment to Ghanaians while staying safe at home.The current format of the league may also change, following the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.The very likely possibilities being strongly considered, is playing behind closed doors at carefully selected game centres.The Ghana Football Association, has as a result, announced the opening of the next football transfer window from August 15 to October 31, in accordance with the GFA regulations.last_img read more

Northeast Michigan residents take a freezing plunge to raise funds for the Special Olympics

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWith temperatures lingering around only 20 degrees, plungers were anxious to get in, and out of the water.Polar plunger J. Richards says his first time jumping was exhilarating, but intense.“It was fun. It was my first time. I wanted to try something new, get out there. I used jump in in like November, December before the ice, but with the ice, it’s a little bit chiller.”Even with the chilly weather, participants say raising funds for the Special Olympics was a worthy reason to take the freezing jump.Plunger George Snedden says donating and the taking the jump helps give members of the special needs community a chance to feel like champs.“It gives back to special kids and everything like that. Special Olympics [is for] the athletes and the people that have a disability, it helps them be able to feel like they’re a winner.WBKB sports anchor, Larissa Liska, explained why the cause is so important to her.“One reason I really wanted to jump today, is that was my mom’s first job. She was a special ed teacher, and she coached Special Olympics in Texas, so I definitely wanted to do this jump for her and everything that she’s become today.”Lauren Mixon, WBKB News.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Law Enforcement, Polar Plunge, sand bar, Sand Bar and Grill, thunder bayContinue ReadingPrevious Anamakee Bay IPA, the beer that keeps on givingNext Photo of the Day for Monday, February 18last_img read more

Who will be Amel Tuka’s Opponents at the Olympics?

first_imgThe best BiH athlete Amel Tuka found out who will his opponents be in the qualifications of the race at 800 meters for the finale.Following athletes will be in the group with Tuka: Boris Berian (USA), Žan Rudolf (Slovenia), Kleberson Davide (Brazil), Ayanleh Souleiman (Djibouti), Antoine Cakeme (Burundi), Musa Hajdari (Kosovo) and Kipchichir Abraham Rotich (Bahrain).The mentioned competitors will perform in the first qualification group. The race starts today at 3:10 pm BiH time.There are seven qualification group in total and three best competitors from each group will qualify for the finals, together with additional three competitors with the best result.(Source: read more