Orgy shame footballers say sorry

first_img “It’s especially disappointing given the efforts the owners are going to to ensure we’re a popular club in Thailand.” The players could face the sack after the club announced it will carry out an investigation into the scandal. A Leicester City spokesman said: “The Board of Leicester City Football Club is deeply concerned about an incident involving three of our young professionals during a recent trip to Thailand. “Our players at every level are expected to behave as representatives and ambassadors for our football club, both on official club duty and in their personal lives, so we treat their conduct extremely seriously. “Following a preliminary meeting in consultation with the three players earlier today, the players involved in the incident are now returning to the UK, in advance of the rest of the squad. “Tom Hopper, James Pearson and Adam Smith would like to convey their sincere apologies for their behaviour – to the women involved in the incident, to the club and its owners, to the club’s fans and to their families. “A formal process of investigation will be undertaken with the players in conjunction with their representatives and, as such, no further comment can be made at this stage.” He added: “Leicester City remains wholly committed to promoting equality in football and in wider society and to our players recognising their responsibilities as role models to young people.” All three players alleged to have been involved have taken down their Twitter profiles. Piara Powar, the executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), accused the stars of being “privileged young men” who are “exerting their power” over women and “demeaning them sexually and racially abusing them”. He added: “There is no point in pretending that videos like this aren’t made and shared all the time, but the arrogance of doing it while on a goodwill trip to the country of your owners, the people paying your salaries, is mind blowing. “The fact that they are Premier League footballers, and one of them is the manager’s son, means that there is a responsibility to behave, like it or not. “I hear Nigel Pearson takes a strong stance against discrimination. It’s a shame he hasn’t passed the message on to his players and even more of a shame his son doesn’t get it.” The scandal is a huge embarrassment for the club, which has campaigned against racism and is owned by a Thai billionaire family who have pumped millions into the club and building its fan base in the Far East. Nigel Pearson, is a patron of the charity Show Racism the Red Card, which uses the high profile football enjoys to campaign against racism. The side’s Thai owners, father and son Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, will also be angered by the revelations, which could damage the club’s close relationship with the country. Leicester have been in a “strategic, international partnership” with the Tourism Authority of Thailand for three years and the authority’s Amazing Thailand branding is on the back of team shirts. A number of Thai people have told of their outrage and called for the players to be sacked. An open letter on Leicester’s Facebook page posted by Papitchaya Gully and signed off as “Thai people” says they are “infuriated” at the video and calls for something “to be done”. Leicester said it is “deeply concerned” and has launched an investigation after the emergence of a video apparently showing three of its squad in the offensive video, in which a woman is called a “slit eye”. Defender James Pearson, 22 – the son of the club’s manager Nigel – striker Tom Hopper, 21, and goalkeeper Adam Smith, 22, all appear naked in the video, obtained by the Sunday Mirror. Press Association In a statement the club said the players “would like to convey their sincere apologies for their behaviour – to the women involved in the incident, to the club and its owners, to the club’s fans and to their families”. Fans and members of the Thai community have called for the trio to be sacked, and the players are flying back to the UK where they will be investigated by the Midlands club. The video appears to show the three men naked in a hotel room laughing and egging each other on while they make racist and crude remarks as Thai women engage in sex acts. One of the players also appears to call one of the women “minging – an absolute one out of 10” as his friends laugh. The club is owned by Thai billionaires and the shocking video was reportedly filmed while players were touring the country celebrating staying up in football’s top flight. It is alleged the trio shared the explicit video with friends back in the UK. Today, fans told of their disgust on the fans forum FoxesTalk, where one posted: “Get rid of them, never getting near our squad anyway.” Another wrote: “Disgusting and inexcusable behaviour, exactly the sort of stuff that gives British tourists a bad name when we go abroad. Three shamed Premier League footballers who allegedly filmed themselves in an orgy in which a Thai woman was racially abused have apologised amid calls for them to be sacked.last_img read more

Nigeria Pitch Awards to Host Winners Next Month

first_imgOrganisers of the prestigious Nigeria Pitch Awards are set to host the 2015 Award Winners in an event in Lagos in November.The event which will have in attendance top officers of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and sport editors is billed to honour and celebrate the winners and formally present certificates and statuettes to those who were unavoidably absent at the award ceremony in Kaduna.The President of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, Shina Philips, stated that organisers are constantly working to maintain the core values of integrity, credibility and transparency which have helped the football awards carve a niche for itself in Africa and to improve on the voting process and organisation of the award ceremony itself. He also stated that the annual award ceremony would henceforth hold on one of the International Match Days in the month of March especially on Super Eagles Match Days.“This will enable all members of the Super Eagles, football stakeholders and sports journalists to come together to celebrate all winners at the same time”, Philips said.Philips further reiterated the determination of the organisers to stage award ceremonies which will guarantee the presence of award winners stressing that this was the key reason the ceremonies would hold on match days.He said, however, ‘ nomination and voting would commence in December every year because by then, the NPFL would be over and voters would have had one full year to assess the foreign based players’.“As organisers, we are proud of the great work that Shehu Dikko, Nduka Irabor and the entire staff of League Management Company have done to revive our domestic league,” he commended.“The attendance in the final match between Rangers and El Kanemi is an indication of the success the LMC has achieved with our domestic league.“The match recorded an unprecedented attendance of 48, 000 spectators and 3.5 million TV viewership.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse struggling with service errors despite recent wins

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2016 at 10:30 pm Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edu Santita Ebangwese served the ball out of bounds. Instead of crippling North Carolina State, it led to another wasted opportunity in the first set in the Sept. 25 matchup.Head coach Leonid Yelin quickly pulled the middle blocker out of the game. After she was pulled with Syracuse down, 15-8, the team didn’t recover and lost that set, 25-15, and eventually the game.It continued what Yelin called a “painful” learning process that began after the team’s second game of the season against Colgate.Since that game, the team is 5-11 and has won four conference games, but its serving problem has persisted. SU (5-13, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) is in the middle of its longest road stretch of the year. The team has struggled to serve the ball consistently.The team has averaged 7.2 service errors per game on the season and have out-errored their opponents 130-119.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYelin compared serving the ball to taking free throws in basketball. Players practice dribbling and taking deep breaths as they prepare to hit the ball to the opponent. However, even with practice, the execution is still lacking.“It’s still more kind of mental,” Yelin said. “(You have to) hold yourself accountable for mistakes (when) you do it. It’s different form the club (teams) and high school when it’s mistake ‘it’s OK.’ (At) the college level it’s not OK.”In four of the five games SU has won, it has had at least six service errors. Service errors have contributed to some of the Orange’s losses. Early in the season against then-No. 17 Penn State with Syracuse trailing, 23-22, a service error at the end of the first set by Dana Valelly led to a brief meltdown that led to a lost set. Syracuse never came as close to winning a set again and lost that game 3-0.Syracuse beat Boston College 3-1, on Sept. 23 despite a season-high 16 service errors. Libero Belle Sand echoed Yelin after the N.C. State game and said practicing is the only way to improve serves as a team.“We need to practice (serves) like we would in a game and I feel like that’s our hardest stepping-stone,” Sand said. “… It’s hard to put that (in-game) pressure on yourself because no one wants to feel that pressure.”According to outside hitter Mackenzie Weaver watching film, as well as receiving pointers from her mother, a former assistant at Ohio State, has helped her improve her serve.“After the games, she’s like ‘try this next time or try this next time,” Weaver said.After watching the film on ESPN, she noticed what shots she or her teammates missed and what caused the miss. Sometimes it was lack of communication or being too quick. Most times it was a lack of velocity because of foot placement.“If your feet are (around a foot far apart) you can’t get off the ground,” Weaver explained. “You have to keep your feet tight together like you’re taking an approach.”As the team takes on correcting each issue, the ultimate goal is to improve steadily while still going back to the basics of the serve.“You can’t go back there and think “I’m going to get an ace’,” Sand said. “… You kind of gotta start small and not aim too big, because that’s where you get errors.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse drops in AP Poll; Mangakahia advances on 2 national award watchlists

first_imgSyracuse (18-5, 7-3 Atlantic Coast) dropped one spot to No. 16 in the AP Poll announced on Monday. The Orange were dominated by then-No. 2 Louisville on Feb. 7 for their third loss in five games. Sunday, SU rebounded with a blowout win of Boston College.On Monday, it was also released that Orange point guard Tiana Mangakahia is one of 30 players on the Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy Midseason Team. The junior is averaging 15.0 points, 8.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game with four double-doubles. The four finalists will be named during the Women’s Final Four in early March.Mangakahia was also named to the 2019 Nancy Lieberman Award watchlist, which recognizes the top point guard in NCAA Division I women’s college basketball. SU’s Australian-guard is the only ACC point guard on the list. Mangakahia is third in the nation in total assists (198), while ranking second in assists per game. She also leads the ACC in free throw percentage (.886).SU hosts No. 12 North Carolina State on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on February 11, 2019 at 3:45 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Europa League: Pepe double rescues Arsenal in 3-2 win over Guimaraes

first_imgSubstitute Nicolas Pepe rescued Arsenal with two sublime free-kicks in the last 10 minutes of their Europa League group game against Vitoria Guimaraes at Emirates Stadium.Arsenal were losing 2-1 when Pepe came on in the 75th minute and he scored five minutes later with a curling effort from 25 yards.He repeated the feat in stoppage time as Arsenal avoided their second straight defeat and retained their place at the top of Group F.Former Tottenham youngster Marcus Edwards had earlier cut inside and fired into the bottom corner to give Vitoria a shock lead, before Arsenal’s Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli nodded in his fifth goal in just his third start to make it 1-1.Bruno Duarte restored the visitors’ lead on 36 minutes, pouncing on a rebound to send Arsenal into the half-time break a goal behind.The Gunners, who were poor for large patches of the game, burst into life in the final 10 minutes as Martinelli was denied from close range before Rob Holding’s header was well held by the goalkeeper.Arsenal manager Unai Emery made 10 changes from the side that lost to Sheffield United in the Premier League on Monday but was forced to bring on Matteo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos at half-time, before Pepe made the difference.Pepe heroics – the start of something?There was huge excitement this summer when Arsenal signed Ivory Coast winger Pepe from Lille for a club record fee of £72m.He showed glimpses of brilliance against Liverpool on his first Premier League start in August and picked up an assist in the following game against Tottenham.But the winger has been largely underwhelming and needed to make an impression from the bench in this European tie.And that is exactly what he did, curling both set-pieces past a helpless Miguel Silva to give Arsenal another three points in the group, as they maintained their 100% record in the competition this season. Source: BBClast_img read more

Mayweather, McGregor ticket prices dropping

first_imgNational Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies What’s in store for your animal sign this year SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIEScenter_img Jesse Lawrence of TicketIQ, a reseller and market analysis site, said promoters misjudged their market when they priced the arena from $2,500 in the upper sections to $10,000 at ringside. He said roughly 10 percent of the 20,000-seat arena remained for sale.There were also plenty of closed circuit seats available at hotels owned by MGM Resorts at $150 each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’While ticket sales have been spotty, the fight is still expected to do huge numbers on pay-per-view. Up to 50 million people are expected to watch the bout in the United States alone. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Floyd Mayweather Jr., center left, and Conor McGregor face off during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Ticket prices for Saturday’s 154-pound fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are trending down, with many below the original list price.Some tickets at the T-Mobile arena could be had for as little as $1,100, while seats closer to the action were being listed on secondary markets for less than they originally cost. A day before the fight, there were also hundreds of tickets left at the box office.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum sweeps first round View commentslast_img read more

Strangled man ID’d by mother

first_imgThe man who was strangled to death on Saturday night on Church Street, Queenstown, Georgetown, after being involved in a fight with another man has been identified as 32-year-old Jason Jabharry Bowen.According to Police, at about midday on Monday, his mother, Ingrid Bowen, who is a security guard, identified his body. The Police said that the woman related that her son lives at Camp Street, Georgetown.On Saturday night, at about 21:38h, Jason Jabharry Bowen and a 24-year-old male of A Field Sophia were involved in a scuffle when the suspect wrapped a belt around the man’s neck and proceeded to strangle him.Public-spirited persons who witnessed the altercation rushed to render assistance but by then, it was too late. The man was dead while the murder suspect attempted to flee the scene.However, persons managed to grab onto the assailant and restrain him. The police were called and he was handed over.The dead man was found clad in short camouflage pants, a blue jersey and a pair of fawn-coloured “Clarks” footwear.last_img read more

Blain Cranston and team Alberta take second at NTCC U19 national tournament

first_imgThe result was a bittersweet feeling for Cranston who wanted to continue Alberta’s run of success in volleyball as of late but the accomplishments of his team is something he is well aware of. “It sucked when we came second. That’s not what we had in mind at all going into that tournament. Alberta has had a very successful year in terms of volleyball winning both men’s and women’s college nationals and men’s CIS national titles so it’s something we wanted to maintain,” he stated. “In the end it’s something to be proud of as I look back on it now. It was a great tournament and a great experience. It’s too bad we couldn’t win it but that’s still something to be very proud of to be second nationally ranked. I’m proud and happy with my team.”The tournament serves as an audition for players taking part to potentially join the national team in the future. To qualify for the final roster Cranston was part of a group of 30 players invited to two try outs in Edmonton in Calgary. The roster for the tournament was the selected based off of the showings of each player. With Fort St. John being located in the north part of B.C. near Alberta, Cranston explained it was always easier going to Alberta to further develop his game than stay in the province. “Growing up going through the club system, Fort St. John was always so far north that it made a lot more sense to participate in the Alberta Volleyball Association rather than go to the B.C. club tournaments. I got an invite for this team and Alberta is a powerhouse in terms of volleyball. I had been away from B.C. for a few years with not going to school in B.C. and being in Grande Prairie for club volleyball and school volleyball,” he said.- Advertisement -Cranston played the role of setter on the team and started a few games as well. It was the first time he took part in the tournament but he didn’t feel nervous on the court.“Nerves wise it’s something that I’ve gotten use to at this point. I’m at a level now where that’s something you should have under control. I always have those nerves and they’ll always be there but they don’t really affect me too much any more with the level I’m playing at now,” he explained. The team breezed through the round robin portion of the tournament with wins over Manitoba, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and the Ontario under 18 squad. Their play earned them a bye into the semi final against B.C. and moved on to face the Ontario under 19 team in the final. The under 19 team proved to be too difficult of a task as they won 25-20, 28-26, and 25-23.Advertisementlast_img read more

Salah set to retain African Player of the Year title

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (R) shoots to score their second goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 26, 2018. © AFP / Paul ELLISJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan 7 – Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is set to be named 2018 African Player of the Year for a second successive time at a gala awards ceremony in Senegal Tuesday.The sharpshooter is competing against fellow English Premier League stars, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane from Senegal and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal. Consistent scorer Salah has already won the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year prize and it would be a shock if he did not add to his collection of individual honours in Dakar.Should he be confirmed as the best footballer in Africa once again, Salah will become the first player from the north of the continent to claim back-to-back titles.Ivorian Yaya Toure, Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon and Senegalese El Hadji Diouf achieved the feat in a competition first staged 48 years ago with Malian Salif Keita voted number one.Manchester City midfielder Toure, the younger brother of former Arsenal defender Kolo, went on to finish first four times in a row from 2011.Eto’o and Ghanaian Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew are also four-time Player of the Year winners, but not in consecutive years.Paris-based France Football magazine organised the annual award until the mid-1990s when the Confederation of African Football (CAF) took over.Votes from national team and selected club coaches, CAF officials and unnamed ‘experts’ count toward deciding who lifts the trophy.Salah scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season, his first at Anfield after moving from Italian Serie A outfit Roma.– Slow start –After a slow start to the 2018/2019 campaign, the right-side attacker has netted 13 goals, one less than Aubameyang and Tottenham Hotspur and England star Harry Kane.The Egyptian also scored the winning goal against Napoli at Anfield last month that took Liverpool to the knockout phase of the Champions League at the expense of the Italian club.Salah had less success with Egypt last year as injury ruled him out of the loss to Uruguay at the start of the World Cup in Russia.He did score against both Russia and Saudi Arabia, but the north Africans were beaten in both matches and exited without securing even one point.Later in the year, Salah scored twice but failed to convert two penalties as the Pharaohs ran riot at home to Niger in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, winning 6-0.Aubameyang, the son of former Gabon star Pierre, has made the top three for the fifth successive year, finishing second in 2014, then first, second and third.Mane was third behind Algerian Riyad Mahrez and Aubameyang in 2016 and second last year, 118 points adrift of Salah.Madagascar and Mauritania, first-time qualifiers for the Cup of Nations, will compete with Uganda for the national team of the year award.Asisat Oshoala from reigning African champions Nigeria is seeking a third straight victory in the Women’s Footballer of the Year category.Her rivals are compatriot Francisca Ordega, and Chrestinah Kgatlana from South Africa, runners-up to Nigeria in the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

STUDENT GRANTS ARE NOT ENOUGH AND UNFAIRLY DISTRIBUTED – McBREARTY

first_imgCllr Frank McBreartyThe current levels of funding given to students from the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) Grant is not enough and unfairly distributed, claims Cllr Frank Mc Brearty.The Raphoe councillor said SUSI, which processes grant applications, only approves funding for students under certain criteria including household income, receipt of social welfare benefits, living arrangements etc.Cllr Mc Brearty commented “There are essentially two things wrong with the current SUSI payment, one; thousands of students are denied grants every year due to, in my opinion, an unfair income bracket and two; the amount given to students is not enough” A survey was carried out by the Irish League of Credit Unions which found that parents spend an average of at least €421 every month on their college-going children and that the vast majority find it difficult to meet the cost.Households on an income of an average of €39,000 plus are eligible for the grant.“This should be higher, these families need the grant but so do families who earn more than this. The criteria for the grant is completely wrong, when you take in the expenses of family life; a mortgage, car costs, taxes, the water tax to name but a few, this is leaving a lot of Irish families struggling to pay for their kids to go to college” commented Cllr Mc BreartyFor those students who cannot depend on their parents for money, this can seriously affect their education. SpunOut.ie Ireland’s youth information website says “The grant isn’t enough money to live on. You’re going to have to use savings from a summer job, a part-time job, and support from parents or bank loans to get through college with more than beans to eat!” “I have young children who go to college and I know the struggles of families and the expense of third level education. In most cases the SUSI grant wouldn’t even cover the cost of rent”“I want to stand up for those families, I want our young people to be educated, so they have the option to follow in the careers they want and contribute to our economy” commented Cllr Mc BreartySTUDENT GRANTS ARE NOT ENOUGH AND UNFAIRLY DISTRIBUTED – McBREARTY was last modified: February 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Frank McBreartydonegalstudent grantslast_img read more