Rodgers wants more from Carragher

first_img The 35-year-old, who ironically has just won back his place in the first-choice line-up, has decided to draw a line under his 16-year career at his only professional club. Rodgers tapped into Carragher’s vast experience at Anfield, having taken over from Reds icon Kenny Dalglish last summer, and is relying on that on the pitch for the remainder of the campaign. “Jamie has been absolutely outstanding for me since I joined the club,” he told Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is looking for a significant contribution from Jamie Carragher in the remainder of the season after the defender announced plans to retire in May. Press Associationcenter_img “He has been a model professional on and off the pitch and has shown an unswerving commitment to our work. We still have a lot to play for as we look to finish as high up the Barclays Premier League as possible and continue our progression in the Europa League, a competition we’d like to win. “He will have a significant role to play for us between now and May and I know his commitment and dedication on the pitch will remain as it has done his entire career at Liverpool. “When the time is right we, as a team and a club, will give the man the tribute and recognition he deserves. I know the supporters will want to say thank you to someone who has served them with such distinction for so long.” Carragher, who in 723 appearances has won every major honour with Liverpool – the highlight being the Champions League in 2005 – except the league title, insists he will not allow himself to start looking back just yet. “It has been a privilege and an honour to represent this great club for as long as I have and I am immensely proud to have done so and thankful for all the support I have had,” said the centre-back. “There are many memories I want to share and people to thank, but now is not the time for that. “I’m making this announcement now because I don’t want the manager or the club to be answering questions on my future when I’ve already decided what I am going to do. I will be fully committed between now and the end of the season to doing the very best for Liverpool Football Club, as I’ve done my entire career since joining aged just nine years old. “All our focus and concentration should be on achieving the best possible finish in the league this season and trying to win the last remaining trophy (Europa League) we are competing in.” last_img read more

Booth handed flag bearer honour

first_img The 46-year-old Randalstown man, along with team-mates Paul Daly and Neil Mulholland, collected silver after losing to South Africa in the men’s triples final last Monday – adding to a Commonwealth medal collection including g old in Kuala Lumpur (1998), bronze in Manchester (2002) and silver in Melbourne (2006). “Neil has had a great career, winning four medals in five Commonwealth Games,” Northern Ireland chef de mission Robert McVeigh said. “He is a respected member of Team NI and many athletes value the experience he brings. We look forward to attending the closing ceremony and celebrating the success of the Games with the organisers.” Northern Ireland had to wait until Saturday to secure their first gold of the Games, winning two on the penultimate day of action through boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan. The team will take home 12 medals in total from Glasgow 2014 – nine from boxing, plus bronze in women’s pairs bowls along with the men’s triples silver, and Lisa Kearney’s judo bronze. Bowls silver medallist Neil Booth will be Northern Ireland’s flag bearer at Sunday evening’s Commonwealth Games closing ceremony at Hampden Park. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

McIlroy five off the pace

first_img Australian Day followed up his stunning Friday score of 64 with a three-under-par 68 at Ridgewood CC and, coupled with Furyk’s blemish-free 69, the pair reached the clubhouse on nine under for the tournament. Following his Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship victories, McIlroy had fixed a poor opening round with a sparkling 65 on Friday but could only sign for a one-under 70 on Saturday. The Northern Irishman mixed three birdies with two bogeys yet sits among illustrious company including overnight leader and defending champion Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Graeme McDowell in a share of 23rd place heading into the deciding round in Paramus, New Jersey. Much closer to Day and Furyk is American Hunter Mahan on eight under, while Morgan Hoffman shot 66 to climb from the middle of the leaderboard to share fifth place with the likes of Matt Kuchar and Kevin Na. Last to finish, Cameron Tringale had looked set to end the day on eight under but bogeyed the 18th to sign for a one-over 72. Day, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, could have struck out on his own on Saturday had he not dropped two shots on the par-five 13th hole. Elsewhere on the course, he took four shots to get down from a bunker on the par-fifth 17th and ultimately mixed seven birdies with two bogeys. Pennsylvania-born Furyk shot two birdies and otherwise kept his nose clean to merit a share of the lead. Also keeping eyes on the prize are Englishmen Justin Rose and Paul Casey, four shots off the pace on five under. Press Associationcenter_img Jason Day and Jim Furyk are tied for the lead heading into the final day of The Barclays while an inconsistent third-round performance left world number one Rory McIlroy five strokes off the pace.last_img read more

Judge Throws Out Penalties for Local Governments that Approve Gun Regulations

first_imgA circuit court judge in Leon County, Florida struck down a state law late last week that had threatened tough penalties if city and county officials approve gun regulations.Since 1987, Florida has barred cities and counties from passing regulations that are more strict than state firearms laws.However, in 2011, lawmakers approved a series of penalties that local governments and officials could face if they circumvent the ban.Local governments around the state challenged the 2011 law after last year’s shooting in Parkland.Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson issued a 15-page ruling on Friday, stating that he found the law unconstitutional on numerous grounds.The ruling affects the 2011 changes that created the penalties for violating the 1987 “preemption law,” as it is called.For example, the 2011 law states that local officials could face fines up to $5,000, as well as potential removal from office. In addition, members of the public and organizations could receive damages of up to $100,000 and attorney fees if they successfully sue local governments about violations.Dodson’s ruling addresses “legislative immunity,” which protects local government officials’ decision-making processes. He also refers to the constitutional separation of powers, since judges could be asked to rule on penalizing local officials. He writes, “Because local governments must have what amount to small legislatures, and because courts cannot interfere in legislative processes, neither this court, nor any other court in Florida, can enforce the civil penalty provisions (of the law) against local legislators.”He considered three lawsuits, involving 30 cities, three counties and more than 70 elected officials, in arriving at his ruling.Lawyers for Governor Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and the National Rifle Association wanted Dodson to uphold the penalties.The NRA argued last March, “(It) is a bedrock principle of American constitutional law that local governments have no legal authority to defy the will of their creator: the state. Local governments are creatures of the state subject to whatever limitations on their power that the state sees fit to impose consistent with the federal or Florida Constitution, and here, the state has seen fit to penalize local usurpation of the Legislature’s sovereign power.”On the other hand, attorneys for the cities and the counties wrote in February that local governments have been asked to take actions such as requiring procedures or documentation to ensure compliance with background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases, as well as requiring reporting of failed background checks. They add that local governments did not act on those requests due to the “severe chilling effect” of the preemption law and penalties.Their statement reads, “By both incentivizing ideological lawsuits and imposing severe penalties on local elected officials and governments, the statute intimidates officials, preventing them from passing even constituent-supported ordinances they generally believe are not preempted. The chilling effect of local officials’ abilities to do their job has cascading, adverse effects on plaintiffs’ speech, association, petition and instruction rights.”last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Ricky Ponting blasts Kotla wicket, stating it suited Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowlers more

first_imgDelhi Capitals lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets.Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi took three wickets and gave away 39 runs.This was Delhi Capitals’ second loss at home, having lost to Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. highlights New Delhi: The Kotla wicket that was prepared for the game between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday was a pitch tailor-made for the spinners. Sunrisers’ spin bowling duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi combined to take 3/39 in eight overs. Despite Shreyas Iyer’s 43 and some late strikes from Axar Patel which helped Delhi Capitals reach 129/8, Jonny Bairstow blasted 48 off 28 balls to help Sunrisers Hyderabad achieve the target with five wickets to spare. Speaking on the nature of the wicket, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting blasted the nature of the wicket in the post-match press conference.“It (Pitch) absolutely suited their game. They have great spinners and all their seamers just bowled slower balls. And on that wicket, when you bowl slower balls it is near impossible to hit. But if the wicket is going to remain like this, then we have to think about our selection in our team as well. Maybe our bowlers were not suited to that wicket today but it was not what we expected so we are as surprised as anybody else. At the end of the day, it is the same pitch for both teams but if you would have asked me, would I have wanted to play Sunrisers on that type of pitch? I mean, there couldn’t have been a different wicket where you would have wanted to play Sunrisers on,” Ponting said angrily. Ponting pointed out that the advantage of home conditions was totally taken away and that they needed to play the conditions much better. “This is our home ground and we need to play these conditions better than the opposition and two of three games our opposition has played better than us, so we definitely have to improve there. We will leave no stones unturned to make sure we are well prepared for the next game,” Ponting said.Delhi Capitals will next take on bottom-ranked Royal Challengers Bangalore while Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Mumbai Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal. This was their third loss in IPL 2019 from five games, having lost to Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab and now the Sunrisers Hyderabad. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

O’Brien squeezes through

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay Fergal O’Brien will be in the draw for the first round of the World Championships this morning, after setting a new world record last night.The final frame of his qualifier with David Gilbert lasted just 20-seconds short of two hours.O’Brien beat Gilbert 10-9 to earn a tenth Crucible appearance.last_img

Keegan’s leg injury ‘not too serious’

first_imgMayo manager Stephen Rochford is confident that Lee Keegan’s leg injury is not too serious.The footballer of the year came off as a precaution in last night’s extra-time win over Derry.There were also wins in the football qualifiers yesterday for Donegal, Clare and Meath.last_img

Angels loosening restrictions on reliever use for second-half push

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “I don’t think (a stint in the minors) will hurt him,” Ausmus said. “I think he’s still very capable of pitching here. I don’t know that he necessarily needed to go back, not at this point. My guess is we’ll see him again.”The Angels could recall Jaime Barría to pitch on Friday. Barría has allowed three runs in 10 innings in his last two big-league starts, but he gave up nine runs in a Triple-A start on Saturday.ALSOThe Angels activated Brian Goodwin from the injured list and sent Michael Hermosillo back to Triple-A after one day in the majors. Goodwin had been out with a bruised right wrist. …JC Ramírez was scheduled for a rehab outing at Triple-A on Wednesday night. Ramírez, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, has a 7.91 ERA in nine minor league games…David Fletcher was the Angels’ winner of the MLB Players’ Association’s Heart and Hustle Award. Former players select current players who “demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.” Each of the 30 teams has a winner, and at the end of the season a major-league wide winner is selected. Mike Trout was the MLB winner in 2012.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Félix Peña, 7-2, 4.32) vs. Astros (RHP Gerrit Cole, 9-5, 3.23), Wednesday, 7:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I’m not going to run guys out there on a regular basis three days in a row. Certainly, the pitch count they have in the previous two days would come into play, and the stress of the innings, but we need to win baseball games.”At this point, there have been 123 instances across the majors of a pitcher working at least three days in a row, and the Angels had just two of them.Buttrey said he volunteered to Ausmus and pitching coach Doug White before Monday’s game that he was good to go if they needed him.He said the way he’s been used up until now has helped preserve his strength.“You see teams that use guys in the tough situations for the first three months and then start to fall off during the last month or month and a half,” Buttrey said. “The Angels were kind of prepared for this situation. We’re in the wild card hunt. It could come down to just a couple games.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter SUAREZ’S STATUSWhen the Angels sent down José Suarez on Monday, it means that someone else will have to take his rotation spot when his turn would have come up again, on Friday in Seattle. Ausmus said the move was because Suarez had options and they needed to bring up an outfielder to cover for Mike Trout, who was out with a calf injury.Suarez, however, also had a 5.51 ERA after his first seven big league starts. Three of them have been against the Mariners, who he would have faced again this weekend.Related Articles ANAHEIM — When Ty Buttrey came jogging in from the bullpen on Monday night to protect a four-run lead against the Houston Astros, it was a sign that the Angels’ season is reaching a new level of urgency.It was the third straight day that Manager Brad Ausmus had used Buttrey. Ausmus had used a reliever three days in a row just one other time all season, when he used Luís García from June 27-29.Ausmus said Tuesday that for “the rest of the way” he would loosen up the restriction against pitching three days in a row.“Earlier in the season I didn’t like it, but later I might be more apt to do it,” Ausmus said. “It’s a situation where we’re facing a team we’re chasing and I wanted to make sure we held on to the lead. And they’re a very good offensive club as well. …last_img read more

Alabama-LSU rematch is now College Football Playoff committee’s biggest remaining debate

first_imgLSU beat Alabama 46-41 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in a game that produced 1,100 yards of total offense — including 811 that came through the air courtesy of the likely Heisman winner in Joe Burrow (393 yards, three touchdowns) and probable runner-up Tua Tagovailoa (418 yards, four touchdowns, interception). The last No. 1-vs.-No. 2 matchup between these teams was a 9-6 slugfest that produced 534 offensive yards and 299 passing yards.MORE: Tigers win in matchup worthy of ‘Game of the Century’ monikerIt was a thrilling game between two heavyweights. Yes, the game lived up to the billing as the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 AP Top 25 matchup in the regular season during the College Football Playoff era.The only question now concerns the fallout. After all, the winner of the last four regular-season “Games of the Century” did not win the national championship. LSU beat Alabama in 2011, then lost a rematch in the BCS national championship game 21-0. For this game to mean something, doesn’t the loser have to feel it? That’s what four-team Playoff cynics will say if the Crimson Tide don’t pay a price for losing at home.Let’s start with the fallout we are most certain about: This all-but guarantees the SEC will be represented in the four-team Playoff by either LSU, the likely SEC West champion, or Georgia, which also has one loss and seems bound for a third straight SEC East championship. The only debate that could follow that storyline would be if the Bulldogs knock off the Tigers on Dec. 7.At this point, the Crimson Tide should root for the Tigers — and a rematch.That presents the five-time College Football Playoff participant the most likely scenario in which it could wiggle into the Playoff without making the SEC championship game. Would the Playoff committee be willing to take that step and put them in a rematch with the Tigers in the semifinals, considering Alabama made it in as the 4-seed in a similar scenario in 2017?That’s the big question that will be difficult to answer if the chalk holds.If that conversation happened at the end of the first half, then the answer would be no. Alabama had a first-half meltdown that started when Tagovailoa fumbled on the game’s first possession, peaked when he threw an interception in the final minute of the first half and ended with Burrow throwing a touchdown pass to Clyde Edwards-Helaire with six seconds left for a 33-13 lead.If that conversation happened in the second half, then the answer would be yes. Tagovailoa, in his first game back from ankle surgery, warmed up and battled valiantly in a duel with Burrow. Najee Harris, who finished with 190 total yards, willed the Crimson Tide back into a one-possession game early in the fourth quarter.The teams traded touchdowns for the last 14 minutes in the game we were all expecting, but Alabama couldn’t get that one stop. Burrow and Edwards-Helaire, who finished with 180 total yards and four total totals, put the nail in Alabama’s SEC championship hopes. Did they do the same for Bama’s national title hopes?Saturday’s game left the answer somewhere in between.MORE: What Alabama’s loss to LSU means for Playoff raceIt’s going to start the next great Alabama debate when you consider there will be 10 other Power 5 teams with one loss or fewer heading into the final four weeks of football, assuming Clemson and Oklahoma win on Saturday night.To that end: Are there four teams better than the Crimson Tide?LSU, Ohio State (9-0) and Clemson (9-0) can say yes. Georgia (7-1) can make it four by winning the SEC championship against LSU and closing the Crimson Tide out. The rest of the teams have to beat the elephant in the room with talk of a healthy Tagovailoa, among other challenges.Minnesota (9-0) and Penn State (8-1) have to go through Ohio State, and we don’t see those teams beating the Buckeyes. We’re not sure the Gophers can get through Iowa (6-3) and Wisconsin (7-2) without that first loss.That leaves the Pac-12 tandem of Oregon (8-1) and Utah (8-1) and the Big 12 tandem of Baylor (9-0) and Oklahoma (7-1). Would you take a one-loss champion from either conference ahead of Alabama? That might become the final question. Utah and a one-loss Baylor would be in trouble, considering they don’t have the pedigree of Alabama. Oregon and Oklahoma would be fascinating tests: How do you size up the Ducks’ loss to Auburn if Alabama blows the Tigers out at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the Iron Bowl? Oklahoma needed a comeback to make it look respectable, but they were thoroughly dominated for much of the game against Kansas State. Imagine if the last Playoff spot comes down to Tagovailoa vs. Jalen Hurts. Well, don’t imagine, because that could very well happen if Oregon loses another game.All Alabama has to do is be the best one-loss team when the season is over.It doesn’t matter if an Alabama-LSU rematch is worth it. If enough teams leave the door open wide enough, Alabama will burst in. The biggest question the College Football Playoff committee needs to answer in the aftermath of the “Game of the Century” between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama is the same one it had to answer during the Bowl Championship Series in 2011.Is this game worth seeing again?last_img read more

Liverpool left to wait and wonder after virus strikes

first_imgLiverpool have stumbled in recent weeks, knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid and dumped out of the FA Cup by Chelsea.But they have been peerless in the Premier League, leaving their rivals in their wake to race 25 points clear of defending champions Manchester City.With Alisson Becker in goal, Virgil van Dijk marshalling the defence and their devastating front three of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, Klopp’s men have been irresistible.Paul Hayward, writing in the Daily Telegraph, said Liverpool should be crowned champions for the 19th time even if no more games are played.“If a season ends too soon, its natural winning line is the point it reached before the halt was called: emphatically so, 29 games into a 38-match campaign, which is a respectable distance,” he wrote.“‘Voiding’ the 2019/20 football season would be nonsense,” he added. “Handing over the trophy at any point where clubs were forced to give up would feel morally correct.”Brighton and Hove Albion chief executive Paul Barber said if the season were to be “frozen” it would be unjust on Liverpool.“Everybody in the game appreciates what a fantastic season they’ve had and what a wonderful team they are,” he told the BBC.“But equally it would be unjust for teams to be relegated when there are still eight, nine, ten games to play of the Premier League.”But West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said if the fixtures could not be completed, the only fair solution would be to declare the season “null and void”.Writing in the Sun, Brady, whose club are just two places above the relegation zone, said: “Who knows who would have gone down or come up if the games have not actually been played in full?“A huge blow to Liverpool, who might be robbed of their first title in 30 years.”Nobody knows when football will return but, when it finally does, many in the game hope Liverpool are given the chance to complete their long journey back to the top.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool could have been crowned Premier League champions on Monday for the first time in a generation at the home of local rivals Everton. Instead, the stadium will be silent.Jurgen Klopp’s team would have needed Manchester City to lose to Burnley on Saturday to have given them a chance to seal the deal at Goodison Park.Regardless of whether it would have happened on Monday or over the coming weeks, Liverpool’s first top-flight title for 30 years was a mere formality.But now fans are wondering when, or even if, they will be crowned champions after the coronavirus laid waste to the global sporting calendar.The message coming from Liverpool is that there are more important issues than football to talk about, even with the club tantalisingly close to glory.“I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things,” Klopp said in a statement on Friday.“Today, football and football matches really aren’t important at all.“If it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest. Really, it isn’t.”Klopp’s stance won him the support of World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who thanked him for his “powerful message”.Liverpool supporters, desperate to reclaim their position at the pinnacle of the English game, agree with their German manager, saying the pandemic overshadows football.Supporters’ union Spirit of Shankly is focusing on the damaging fallout from the COVID-19 virus.“In talks with @lfc we asked for assurances that non-playing staff will not lose their pay as a consequence of shifts being cancelled,” it said in a statement.“We also need to keep in mind those most vulnerable. Cancelling football games means (foodbanks) will be hit hard.”– Deserving winners –last_img read more