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

Broward, Miami-Dade Officials Test Election Machines

first_imgWith nearly 370,000 “Vote by Mail” ballot requests already in process, Broward County election workers are preparing for the August 18 Florida Primary Election.They held a mock election on Wednesday to test the accuracy of their voting equipment in reading a ballot.Broward Supervisor of Elections Peter Antonacci says he expects a predominantly mail-in election due to concerns over COVID-19. Election workers in Miami-Dade County held their own equipment tests.Supervisor of Elections Christina White says more than 450,000 voters have already requested “Vote by Mail” ballots in Miami-Dade.She adds that her staff is prepared to handle the upcoming elections.In Miami-Dade, early voting for the Primary Election begins August 3 through August 16. Click here to view the schedule, times, and locations.In Broward County, early voting takes place August 8 through August 16. Click here to view schedule, times, and locations in Broward County. “We have about 370,000 ballot requests in hand and about 75,000 ballots received already,” Antonacci explains. “We expect to receive a heap of ballots from voters that will learn to enjoy voting from their kitchen table.”The last day to request a “Vote by Mail” ballot in that county is August 8.last_img read more

Steel Sensations…Top six reasons Steelers can win number seven in 2013

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, left, talks with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the first day of teh teams NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)by Mike PelaiaIt’s only June and already the supposed NFL pundits are writing off 2013 for the Steelers, saying their time has passed them by, they are no longer a Super Bowl contender and may not even be a playoff team. Knowing this team and how they operate, that assertion seems a bit presumptuous.The Steelers are always on a quest to win the title and don’t take years off in that expectation. They expect to contend for title number seven this year and here are the top six reasons why they can.The number one reason is Ben Roethlisberger.  When you have a franchise QB, you’re always in the hunt.  Big Ben is a top five QB and can change the flow of a game on his own.  He was having a career year in 2012 up until his injury and there is no reason to think he can’t do that again. He has the drive, he has the skill and he has the ability to carry this team on his back.The veterans are embarrassed about last year’s 8-8 finish. They know they fell short and they also know they are approaching the end of their careers. Guys like Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, Brett Keisel and Ike Taylor could all be in their last year with the Steelers and they want one last shot at winning another title together. They’re motivated, they’ve been working hard in the off season and they don’t want to fall short two years in a row.Pittsburgh Steelers defensive linemen Ziggy Hood (96) and Brett Kiesel (99) perform agility drills during the NFL football practice on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)There will be rookies at key positions who will be pushing for playing time, in turn pushing the vets in front of them to work harder.  First round pick Jarvis Jones, second round pick Leveon Bell and third round pick Markus Wheaton could all push to be starters immediately. This means that these 2013 top picks will gain meaningful experience early in their careers or it means they will push guys like Jason Woirlds, Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and Emmanuel Sanders to work harder to keep their jobs. With this type of internal competition going on it helps players grow close with each other and will assist in team chemistry early on, something the team appeared to lack in 2012.Mike Wallace is gone.  He was a talent, no doubt but he was trouble in 2012.  He was far too concerned about his contract that he forgot how to catch the ball. He was too outspoken and caused a divide in that locker room. The team appears to have learned from their locker room shortcomings in 2012 and is ready to put that behind them.Todd Haley and Ben Roethlisberger have a full year together under their belt and are committed to working together to get better. With another offseason to work on the Haley system and perfect it, the Steelers offense should be stronger and better than they were in 2012.The Ravens aren’t as good as they were last year, the Bengals always find a way to fall short and the Browns are the Browns. This all means the Steelers should have a great shot at a division title, putting them in the playoffs. After that, anything can happen.For all the fans, “experts” and players who say the Steelers are too old, done, and not a factor, these six reasons say otherwise. They say the team is still a factor, still a force and ready to win title number seven in 2013. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor (24) makes a catch in drills during the NFL football practice on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Editor’s Note: Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association – Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

Washington Mudslide Victims to Get Help from Papa John’s Local Franchises

first_imgFacebook216Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Papa John’sPapa John’s Pizza announced recently that profits from all sales on Thursday, April 3th will be donated to the families of the Oso, Washington Mudslide victims.”Being locally owned and operated we knew we needed to reach out and help our community. We own a store in Marysville which is very close to Oso so we are currently donating pizzas daily to the families as well as the search & rescue personnel,” said Diane Kaelin, a local Papa John’s Franchisee.Al Randazzo, Papa Johns Franchise Business Director for the Western US says, “The loss these families are experiencing is devastating. Our gratitude, respect and admiration to all of the rescue workers and to the help the Salvation Army is providing.  We are happy to be able to provide this kind of support with our sincerest sympathies to all the families.”All 40 Western Washington locations will partner with three Spokane and three Tri Cities locations to donate profits made from the entire day’s sales to the Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief Fund. The regular menu will be available in addition, they will offer a large one topping pizza for $10 dollars on Thursday April 3rd. Offers will be available online for 24 hours only at www.papa and with carryout at each location.This is a second time these Papa John’s Franchises banned together to support their community in a time of tragedy. In December 2009 they raised $141,000 for the four fallen Lakewood Washington Police Officers.last_img read more

Donegal homeowners face property tax hike of up to 15% in 2020

first_imgDonegal County Councillors have voted to raise Local Property Tax by a maximum of 15% in Donegal for 2020.County councillors voted by 15 votes against 13, with two abstentions, to vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax charged on homes by 15% next year. The move will see householders paying up to €60.75 more tax on a home valued between €200,000-€250,000, where the baseline LPT is €405.Homes valued under €100,000 will see an increase of €13.50 on their base tax of €90.The readjustment was discussed at Monday’s monthly council meeting in Lifford, where councillors were told that an increase of up to 15% in LPT would bring in an additional €1,655,628 to the council’s revenue budget.Elected members were told that the increase would give the council an opportunity to have a balanced budget in 2020 and to provide money for match funding and borrowings for a range of major projects already in development across the county.The increase was formally proposed by Cllr Tom Connaghan and seconded by Cllr Martin Harley. Sinn Féin party members voiced their opposition to the increase and voted against.The proposal was described by Cllr Ciaran Brogan as a “leap of faith” for elected members in challenging times.Donegal homeowners face property tax hike of up to 15% in 2020 was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:councillocal property taxlast_img read more

Bucks lose Pettrey for regular season

Ohio State kicker Aaron Pettrey will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn medial collateral ligament, or MCL, in his right knee and could miss the remainder of the regular season.Pettrey suffered the injury during a kickoff late in the second quarter of OSU’s 45-0 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday.He is expected to miss four to six weeks, leaving open the possibility of playing in the Buckeyes’ bowl game.Junior Devin Barclay, a 26-year-old walk-on, replaced Pettrey on Saturday and missed two of his three field goal attempts.Pettrey has made 13 of 19 field goal attempts on the season.

Womens Basketball Linnae Harper added to USA Basketball Womens Under23 National Team

Ohio State then-redshirt junior Linnae Harper takes the ball up the court against Purdue in a Big Ten tournament semifinal game in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThe USA Basketball Women’s Under-23 National Team added the second Buckeye to its roster when Ohio State redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper was selected as an injury replacement Saturday evening.Harper joins Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell on the team, replacing South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson who will not play due to a groin strain. Harper and Mitchell are the only two Big Ten athletes on the roster.The Ohio State duo spent the past week competing at the national team training camp along with 34 other players. Thursday afternoon, USA Basketball announced a roster of 12 players that would travel to Tokyo to take part in the Four Nations Tournament.“I’m just grateful for the opportunity,” Harper said in a press release. “This past week was great for me, being able to play with the best players and coaches in the country. I’m very excited that I have the chance to compete and represent the USA again and play in Tokyo.”This isn’t Harper’s first time playing in international competitions. Harper has earned six medals while playing for USA Basketball, including three gold medals in the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship and 2011 FIBA Under-16 World Championship.“We are excited to welcome Linnae, and I’ve got no doubt that she will pick things up quickly,” said Under-23 coach Jeff Walz, who also coaches at Louisville.Last season for Ohio State, the 5-foot-8 guard averaged 8.4 points, five rebounds and 1.9 assists per game and was honored as the 2017 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year.The United States will begin play against Australia Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. On Aug. 13 at 4:30 p.m., Harper and her team will face off against Canada before concluding with a game against Japan on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. read more

Wrestling Joey McKenna comes through for Ohio State in NCAA tournament despite

Ohio State junior Joey McKenna faces off with Wyoming’s Bryce Meredith on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland at the NCAA wrestling championships. McKenna fell to Meredith by a 1-0 decision in the 141-pound semifinals. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Senior Lantern ReporterCLEVELAND — With two sessions remaining in the NCAA wrestling championships and a slim chance at a team title for Ohio State, 141-pound junior Joey McKenna still did all that was asked and more than what was expected of him.McKenna was brought in via transfer in the offseason to win matches at the lower weights in the postseason and close the gap with perennial powerhouse Penn State.He has done just that. McKenna went undefeated in the Big Ten and NCAA championships until his loss to Wyoming’s Bryce Meredith in the semifinals Friday and surrendered just five points in that span of three matches.He then found it tough to get the taste of winning — as a team — out of his mouth.“My performance has direct implications on the team race, which actually makes me more excited to compete,” McKenna said. “Because not only am I contending for a national title myself but, what I do out on the mat pertains directly to how we’re going to do as a team.”McKenna picked up two early-round technical-fall decisions by a combined total of 31-1 in the first two round of the tournament and an 8-3 decision win in the quarterfinals before his slim 1-0 semifinals loss.Stanford, McKenna’s former school, was never in a team race near the level of the NCAA championships during the lightweight’s time there. Any match he wrestled had more individual than team implications. McKenna expressed to his team during a meeting this week that his level of enthusiasm had increased since joining Ohio State. It’s no longer just about him.Ohio State was left reeling last season after scoring one of the highest second-place point totals at the NCAA championships in history, yet still losing to Penn State. The program turned to a 141-pound transfer from Stanford who was homesick for New Jersey and looking for a change. That weight class was a weakness for both the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions.McKenna’s transfer process was not a one-horse race. Among the competition for Ohio State was Penn State and Lehigh. But McKenna said the close-knit culture of the Buckeyes won out in the end. If McKenna had become a Nittany Lion, the national championship could have already been decided.“I was looking more at top programs, national contending programs,” McKenna said. “But really it was about having the best fit. If I would have went to Penn State it would have been a lock, but here I am and we’re contending right now. It’s a different outlook.”McKenna had been mostly foreign to raucous environments in dual meets and tournaments before arriving in Columbus. He said he experienced a dual meet in the Schottenstein Center that outclassed any meet he had at Stanford. That environment traveled to the nearby national tournament in Cleveland.“We were practicing all week in Columbus and I was just like, ‘This feels like a home outing.’ And it really is,” McKenna said. “Fifty percent of the fans it seems like are rooting for the Buckeyes every time we’re out on the mat. It’s just really fun.”On top of his undefeated performance at the Big Ten tournament and a semifinals run in the national tournament, McKenna also won a close match in a dual meet between Ohio State and Penn State on Feb. 3. Ranked 11th at the time, he upset No. 6 Nick Lee by a 7-6 decision and gave the Buckeyes an early lead they later relinquished.“[McKenna’s] been a blessing to the team,” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said. “He’s a great leader. It was hard to see him lose. He was wrestling extremely well. He ran into someone that was wrestling well, also. Just a great leader for us, and he’s blended into the team extremely well.”Despite a 19-1 regular-season record, McKenna feels he’s been an underdog for most of the season in a loaded Big Ten conference. He’s also found himself in a star-studded locker room full of accomplished veterans. But it won’t be that way for long.McKenna will soon take the place of many seniors departing the team, and become the veteran leader.“Obviously on the team you’ve got big heads like [senior] Kyle [Snyder] and [junior] Myles [Martin] and [redshirt sophomore] Kollin [Moore].  A lot of big shoes to live up to,” McKenna said. “That’s what I’m trying to do right now, just make a place for my name. I’m going to be a senior next year. Only being here one year so far, my second year I want to go ahead and lead the team next year.”Another reason McKenna said he chose Ohio State was Snyder, whom he knew beforehand through the northeast and international wrestling scene. The bond of the two has grown stronger since his transfer, much like McKenna’s resume.Snyder was impressed with his teammates both new and old, despite a losing streak that came early in the semifinals.“We had two close matches that we dropped and then a couple other close,” Snyder said. “Joey was close, Nate and Lee, they go back and forth, and then [Micah Jordan]. So I’m happy with all my teammates. I love them. They’re doing everything they can do, you know. But just stinks that we’re losing right now.”Ohio State had a championship-caliber team on paper thanks to the addition of McKenna.On Day Two of the NCAA championships, the Buckeyes entered loud and left quiet. The opposite is true of McKenna’s first season with Ohio State.“He didn’t say much for a while,” Ryan said. “He just worked really hard. And he earned the respect of his team with his work rather than his words. He’s been a pleasure to have.” read more

Napolis astonishing comeback seals win against Milan

first_imgNapoli completed an extraordinary comeback from 2-0 down to beat Milan 3-2 under thirty minutes at the Stadio San Paolo.Jack Bonaventura’s acrobatic half-volley and a Davide Calabria angled drive had put Gennaro Gattuso’s men firmly in control at the Stadio San Paolo.However, as they did last week at Lazio, Carlo Ancelotti’s side fought back for the victory.A Piotr Zielinski’s smartly-taken double restored parity for the Naples side before substitute Mertens then pounced at the back-post to complete an unlikely comeback win for Carlo Ancelotti’s new club.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….It was also a notable night for David Ospina’s first start for the hosts since his summer move from Arsenal.The Naples outfit now sit joint-top of the early Serie A table alongside champions Juventus, having both maintained their perfect starts on Saturday.Napoli pushed Juventus all the way in the title race last season and will be hopeful of going one better this time around.last_img read more