AWG gets £10.5m Cambuslang go-ahead

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Ian Wright backs Mesut Ozil in ongoing battle with Arsenal manager Unai Emery

first_imgUnai Emery is clearly not a fan of Ozil (Picture: Getty Images)‘Well hopefully Ozil,’ Wright said on The Kelly and Wrighty Show, when asked which of the two would be at the club longer.‘He’s already said he doesn’t want to leave. For me, hopefully it’s Ozil.’Wright admits that he doesn’t know  what the problem is between the two, but says that Ozil’s creative spark is much missed in the Gunners side.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’m very disappointed to see that [Ozil not in the squad] because I don’t think that Arsenal, when you look at Arsenal’s creative stats, they’re not up there,’ continued the former England striker.‘They’re actually not creating as much and they’re conceding more shots on target. So that says to me you need somebody who’s creative to be playing there.‘Mesut Ozil is that guy, I don’t know what’s going on with him and Unai Emery, but for me I think this could be the problem for Unai in the end if Arsenal continue to do what they’re doing.‘They’re waiting for [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang or Pepe, like the other day, to save them. The fact is he should be playing.’Ozil is still in training with the rest of the first team, and showed his immense talent with a trademark finish ahead of the Crystal Palace game on Sunday, but remains unlikely to be involved against the Eagles at the Emirates.MORE: Owen Hargreaves calls on Arsenal to be open with the club’s supporters over Mesut Ozil situationMORE: Darren Bent claims Arsenal could try and sign Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen next summer Mesut Ozil has been out of the Arsenal team in recent games (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Mesut Ozil has got back-up in his ongoing war with Arsenal manager Unai Emery, with Gunners legend Ian Wright declaring his support for the German.The 31-year-old finds himself out of Emery’s plans at the Emirates, appearing in just one Premier League and one League Cup match so far this season.The World Cup winner has not even been involved in the squad for the last five matches and it is not clear when he will be seen in an Arsenal shirt again.Emery was asked about the situation by Sky Sports earlier this week, saying: ‘I think this is not the moment to speak about him.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Arsenal fans are certainly talking about the situation, and Wright is clearly more of a fan of the player than the manager. Phil HaighSaturday 26 Oct 2019 6:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement Ian Wright backs Mesut Ozil in ongoing battle with Arsenal manager Unai Emerylast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces All CHIP Plans Will Provide Enhanced Benefits to Meet Affordable Care Act Requirements

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 20, 2015 Government That Works,  Human Services,  Press Release Hershey, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced all CHIP health insurance plans will provide enhanced benefits to meet the minimum essential coverage requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act.  These added benefits will begin when new CHIP policies take effect December 1. This means no family will have to worry about paying a penalty or getting new insurance now that the entire program is meeting the requirements, regardless of whether Washington, D.C. decides to make changes to their standards again.Gov. Wolf has already taken action to ensure that all CHIP full cost health insurance plans, those under which families pay the entire premium, now meet minimum essential coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Wolf is committed to fighting for Pennsylvania families and achieving real victories in the face of Harrisburg gridlock.“Currently, only CHIP policies where the families pay the entire cost of the premiums must meet these enhanced benefit requirements.  However, I believe it is important that all Pennsylvania children have access to the best health care possible, and so I am implementing this requirement to provide enhanced benefits for all 148,000 Pennsylvania children covered by CHIP,” Governor Wolf said. “We cannot leave our children’s health insurance coverage to the whims of Washington and that’s why Commissioner Miller and I worked to ensure all CHIP plans meet federal minimum coverage requirements.”The Governor made his announcement at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, a leading children’s health care facility.  He was joined for the announcement by Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller and hospital officials.“My first day in office I confronted the news that families of 3,600 children in our CHIP full cost plans, where families pay the entire cost of the premiums, faced tax penalties for 2014 and 2015, because these plans did not meet the minimum essential coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act,” Governor Wolf said.  “I acted immediately to get the federal government to provide hardship waivers for these families for 2014, and to give us time beyond the February 15 deadline to work with families and our CHIP insurers to bring 2015 plans into compliance.  I announced in June that all these health plans now meet the federal requirements, and the families are eligible to apply for an exemption from tax penalties for the first half of 2015.  These families also have not faced any premium increases for their coverage during the current policy year.”While solving the immediate problem of the potential tax penalties for families in the full cost CHIP plans, bringing these plans up to minimum essential coverage standards created a situation where all children in CHIP did not have access to the same level of benefits.“Many of the added benefits required by the Affordable Care Act are important for children’s health, and because of Governor Wolf’s commitment to improving access to health care in Pennsylvania, all children in CHIP will now have these benefits,” Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said.Among the added benefits that will become available in all CHIP plans are a prohibition on annual and lifetime dollar limitations for specific services classified as essential health benefits, including durable medical equipment, hearing aids, pediatric vision and dental service, including orthodontic services.  Prior to the minimum essential coverage requirements there were limits such as $1,500 per year for dental and orthodontic care, $5,000 per year for durable medical equipment, and $120 per year for glasses.In addition, many preventive care services must be provided without cost sharing, such as co-payments, coinsurance, or deductibles.  Among these services are plaque control programs, oral hygiene education, dietary instruction, and prescribed iron supplementation.  And, health plans must provide parity between mental health/substance abuse benefits and medical/surgical benefits.CHIP provides health insurance to children under age 19 who don’t qualify for Medical Assistance.  Currently, more than 148,000 Pennsylvania children are enrolled in the program.  CHIP is open to all children under age 19 regardless of family income.For more information, visit, or call 1-800-986-KIDS.###center_img Governor Wolf Announces All CHIP Plans Will Provide Enhanced Benefits to Meet Affordable Care Act Requirementslast_img read more

Family First vow to instruct lawyers to ‘vigorously fight’ any deregistration attempt

first_imgStuff 16 May 2017 Conservative Christian lobby group Family First is expected to lose its charitable status, according to NZME.The group was told by the Charities Registration Board in 2013 that its status was questionable.Family First, in a statement, said the organisation was told by media that the board still wanted to deregister the lobby group.“Family First has contacted the Charities Board who would neither confirm nor deny this information,” the statement said.It is still listed as a charity on the national register.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie​ said the organisation’s traditional view of marriage “as one man and one woman” was one of the reasons for the earlier attempts at deregistration.“It should be disturbing to all [New Zealanders] that a charity that researches, educates and speaks up on issues which are deemed incorrect by the political elite is in danger of being penalised.“An easy way for opponents of a point of view is for them to use the Charities Board to muzzle them.“If the media’s sources are correct, this latest development will have a chilling effect for many charitable groups … who advocate for causes, beliefs, and on behalf of their supporters, and often have to engage in political activity, not always through choice but through necessity.”McCoskrie said there were some people who opposed Family First and believed the group should be censored.“The Charities Board may hope that Family First will fold its tent and quietly retreat. We won’t be. We’ll fight this all the way.“But once again, supporters of Family First will have to dig deep to legally defend the existence of an organisation that benefits them. And taxpayers will have to underwrite the Charities Board’s repeated attempts to muzzle us.”Family First was instructing its legal team to “vigorously fight any attempts to deregister,” the statement said.Comment has been sought from the Charities Services. Family First to lose charitable statusNZ Herald 16 May 2017Family First is set to lose its charitable status, the Herald has exclusively learned.The group was first notified by the Charities Registration Board in 2013 that its charitable status was in danger.That was because the group advocated a controversial point of view, that was seen as lobbying for a political purpose.The decision was challenged in court, and in 2015 the High Court ordered the Board to reconsider its decision.The High Court decision did not rule on whether or not Family First was a charity.The Herald understands that decision has now been reconsidered, and that the formal notification process is underway to tell Family First it is being deregistered as a charity.Deregistration means that they cannot claim tax exemptions for their donations, and usually means the Inland Revenue Department will no longer allow donors to claim tax rebates for donating money to them.A Department of Internal Affairs spokesperson said the department couldn’t confirm or deny the deregistration before speaking with Family First.However, in a statement, the spokesperson said Family First would remain a registered charity while any court action was underway.“We can’t make any comment while this process is underway but a final decision will be made by the independent Charities Registration Board.“The Board’s reasons for its final decision will be publically available.”Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said they’d be going straight to their legal team and instructing them to take the matter back to court.“It may go as high as Supreme Court, because we’re not going to lie down on this one.“It should be disturbing to all New Zealanders that a charity that researches and speaks up on an issue, which is deemed incorrect by the political elite, is in danger of being penalised.“I’m sure there’ll be some people celebrating the fact that Family First is going to be deregistered.“My warning to them is that one day a Government that disagrees with their view may come gunning for them.”McCoskrie said lobbying was part of their work, and didn’t stop them from also being a charity.“We’re charitable because we don’t make a profit. We rely purely on donations.“The problem is the Charities Board is not being consistent, because if it was, there’d be a whole lot of other groups that should be panicking.”McCoskrie said they were fighting the decision on principle, as being deregistered as a charity wouldn’t stop their work.He said people who donated wouldn’t stop donating purely because the tax rebate was cancelled.The 2015 High Court Family First judgment is online here.Greenpeace has previously fought through the courts to remain a registered charity.The Supreme Court decided in 2014 that they were allowed charitable status, after the organisation was previously dismissed for being too political and staging protests that were illegal. First set to lose tax-free statusRadio NZ News 16 May 2017Family First is expected to be stripped of its tax-free charitable status, with its director vowing to fight any such decision “right to the top”.The move would echo a preliminary ruling by the Department of Internal Affairs last year and the Charities Board’s initial decision in 2013.The independent board has been reassessing the Christian lobby group’s eligibility after being directed to do so by the High Court in 2015.RNZ understands Family First is soon to be notified that the board still intends to de-register it.It would have another opportunity to respond before the final decision.Charities Services has previously argued the lobby group was primarily “political” and did not advance religion or education, nor promote a benefit to all New Zealanders.Family First would fight decision ‘on principle’Family First’s director Bob McCoskrie said he would take the matter back to court and “fight this right to the top”.“We’ll go to the Supreme Court ultimately if we have to, because we’re fighting it on principle,” he said.“I think it’s dangerous when the government determines what people can say publicly and go after some groups and not others.”The former radio talk-back host said the response was “inconsistent” and created a dangerous precedent.“There’ll be some people celebrating who oppose Family First and believe we should be censored, but our warning is – just watch out.“One day there might be a government who disagrees with their view and will come gunning for them.”Mr McCoskrie said he believed Charities Services had targeted Family First due to the group’s opposition to same-sex marriage.“They’ve told us our purpose to promote and protect the traditional family is not charitable. I would just put that before New Zealanders… does that mean we should be effectively muzzled?”A spokesperson for the Department of Internal Affairs said it could not comment while Family First’s status was being reconsidered.Prominent campaignsFamily First was set up in 2006 to be “a voice of the family” with an emphasis on Judeo-Christian values.It was a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and anti-smacking legislation, and has more recently led campaigns against transgender bathrooms and pornography.The non-profit organisation does not receive any taxpayer funding. In the last financial year, about $342,000 came into its coffers, mostly from donations and fund-raising.The Charities Board first decided to de-register Family First in 2013, but put that on hold after the group appealed to the High Court.In June 2015, the High Court directed the board to reconsider its decision, taking into account a Supreme Court ruling that recognised Greenpeace’s political advocacy as a charitable act.Organisations with charitable status do not pay income tax and can apply for various grants; their donors are also eligible for tax rebates. First to challenge courts if charitable status is revokedNewsTalk ZB 17 May 2017Conservative group Family First is promising to challenge through the courts any decision to revoke its charitable status.NZME understands the the Charities Registration Board is preparing to notify the organisation that it’s being de-registered as a charity.The board has previously notified the group its charitable status was in danger in 2013, but the High Court ordered the board to reconsider its decision in 2015.Family First executive director Bob McCoskrie said if NZME’s reports are true, Family First will head back to the courts.“I’m sure there’ll be some people celebrating the fact that Family First is going to be de-registered. My warning to them is that one day a Government who disagrees with any of you may come gunning for them.”McCoskrie said the organisation will continue regardless of its charity status. read more

Shirt sales go up after Everton, Villa drop gambling firms

first_imgLONDON: Premier League teams Everton and Aston Villa have enjoyed a 60 per cent and 50 per cent increase in shirt sales, respectively, since dropping names of betting brands from their jersies. According football business website OffthePitch, the sale boost could be worth an additional 100,000 Pounds in shirt sale revenue for both clubs.Everton in June announced Cazoo as their shirt sponsor in a three-year deal worth 10 million Pounds a year. They were previously featuring Kenya-based gambling firm SportPesa on their jersies in a 9.6 million Pounds per year deal but ended up cutting down the partnership by two years. Villa, meanwhile, had a one-year deal with W88 betting brand. But in July this year, they too announced to have taken Cazoo on board on a 12 million Pounds per year contract. The development comes amid increasing calls for further regulation of gambling marketing in English football. A House of Lords Select Committee report in July recommended that shirt sponsorship deals with betting companies be outlawed in the Premier League and that clubs in the English Football League should be given three years to phase out such contracts. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters previously said gambling needs stronger governance, but added it is up to individual clubs whether they want to pursue partnerships with betting brands. IANS Also Watch: ATTSA Gives 10 Days to Tea Garden Authorities Click to find out detailslast_img read more

Women’s Regional Super 50 : Fletcher leads Windwards past Jamaica

first_img… Other wins for Barbados and Trinidad and TobagoKINGSTOWN, St Vincent – A memorable spell from West Indies Women’s leg-spinner Afy Fletcher set up Windward Islands for a two-wicket victory over Jamaica in the Women’s Regional Super50 Tournament yesterday..Fletcher, the Windward Islands captain, collected 7-13 from 9.2 overs, including incumbent Windies Women’s captain and batting superstar Stafanie Taylor for six, as the Jamaicans, sent in to bat, were bowled out for 84 in 35.2 overs in the third round match contested at Sion Hill.It was the second straight double-figure total for the Jamaicans, whose line-up also includes internationals Shanel Daley, Chedean Nation and Chinelle Henry, after their opening match in the tournament against Leeward Islands was completely washed out.The Jamaicans, however, made a fight of it with Nation grabbing 3-19 from nine overs and Vanessa Watts 2-25 from her allotted 10 overs, but Fletcher, the diminutive Grenadian, and opener Swayline Williams scored 23 each, as the host team successfully chased down their target with 82 balls remaining.The result meant that the Windwards claimed their third straight bonus-point victory of the tournament, moving them to 15 at the top of the standings.At Park Hill: Windies Women’s fast bowler Shamilia Connell demolished the bottom half of the Guyana batting and fired Barbados to their third straight victory in the tournament by 41 runs.Connell ended with 4-16 from eight overs, Aaliyah Alleyne finished with 3-13 from 7.4 overs and leg-spinner Keila Elliott took 2-35 from seven overs, as the Guyanese were bowled out for 104 in 39.4 overs, chasing 146 for victory.The match looked poised for an intriguing conclusion, when Guyana reached 98 for five, but Connell transformed the complexion of the match in the space of seven deliveries.She removed Akaze Thompson for five, Subrina Munroe for one and Plaffiana Millington for a duck, as the Guyanese lost their last five wickets for six runs.Earlier, dynamic Windies Women’s all-rounder Deandra Dottin gathered 47 from 85 balls, her captain and Windies Women’s teammate Shakera Selman was not out on 30 and Windies Women’s opener Hayley Matthews made 20, as the Barbadians were dismissed for 145 in 44.3 overs.Windies Women’s fast-medium bowler Tremayne Smartt was the most successful Guyanese bowler with 3-15 from 10 overs, her Windies Women’s teammate Erva Giddings and fellow international Munroe snared two apiece.At the Arnos Vale Sports Complex: A destructive spell from long-standing Windies Women’s off-spinner Anisa Mohammed undermined the Leeward Islands batting to set up Trinidad & Tobago for an eight-wicket victory.Mohammed grabbed 4-18 from 8.3 overs, as the Leewards, choosing to bat, were bowled out for 76 in 28.3 overs to give T&T their second victory of the tournament.No Leewards batsman reached 20, as Karishma Ramharack and Caniesha Isaac shared the demolition job with two wickets apiece and the defending champions continued to get their campaign back on track.Windies Women’s batsman Britney Cooper then led the run chase with 27 and T&T crossed the finish line with 39.2 overs remaining before the scheduled lunch interval.last_img read more

The next step: Utah shifted into a BCS conference after years of knocking on the door

first_img Published on September 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Chris Hill already knew his decision. Hill, Utah’s athletic director, knew it even when the rest of the country was honing in on the Big 12 and rumors were swirling around the conference. He knew it even after Boise State had joined the Mountain West, adding another quality mid-major to the conference. And Hill certainly knew what the decision would be before the offer was finally on the table. So when the Pac-10 did turn to Utah and extend an invitation to join the conference on June 16, Hill knew the Utes would say yes. The university’s board of trustees had already given him and Utah President Michael Young the power to make the decision, and that decision would be to join. ‘Prior to (the offer), we knew that if we were invited, we were going to accept unless there was something that came in the way that we didn’t anticipate,’ Hill said. Starting in 2011, Utah will no longer be a member of the non-BCS Mountain West Conference. Instead, it will be fighting to earn an automatic BCS bowl birth by winning what will become the Pac-12. For the past decade, Utah has been one of the upper-echelon mid-majors and has managed to break into BCS bowls with undefeated seasons in 2004 and 2008. But starting next year, simply winning its conference gives the Utes at least a BCS birth while an undefeated season could mean a shot at a national championship, something that had a major influence on the decision to change conferences.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘I just think the prestige of the (Pac-10) both academically and athletically, their championship reputation, being a part of an automatic BCS league, all those things added up,’ Hill said. ‘Winner of the Pac-12 now goes to the Rose Bowl. That’s a huge, huge thing for any university to have in front of themselves as a possibility.’ Pac-10 Chief Operating Officer Kevin Weiberg said that the conference looked at a number of factors in adding a new school, including academic compatibility, connections with Pac-10 schools and the strength of the athletic programs. Utah fit all the criteria and then some. One of the biggest assets the Pac-10 saw in the school was its geography. The school’s proximity to Salt Lake City adds another major market to the conference. ‘We felt it was important that the dynamic metropolitan areas be part of the sphere of influence that these institutions have, and we think in both Salt Lake City and Denver, those are two dynamic metropolitan areas that are very much part of the mix,’ Weiberg said, referring to Utah and the Pac-10’s other new member, Colorado. And even though Utah isn’t officially a member of the conference yet, Hill said the move is already paying dividends for the university. Utah’s yearly schedule will no longer include conference matchups with Colorado State, San Diego State and Wyoming but instead will have league games with the likes of Oregon, Southern California and UCLA. That will mean more prime-time games and, in turn, will help the recruiting process. Some of the coaching staff have told Hill that they can already see changes, despite the news being just 2 months old. ‘Some of our coaches have expressed the fact that they feel that there’s more interest in athletes that they didn’t see it in before,’ Hill said. ‘One of the challenges we’ve always faced is that in the Mountain West, we’re a non-BCS league and going to the Pac-10, we would be. We think that it’s made an affect already and will continue to.’ But the Mountain West may only be a few years away from earning recognition as a BCS conference itself. Its membership already includes No. 6 Texas Christian and a Brigham Young team that finished ranked No. 12 last year. No. 3 Boise State, another school considered among the upper-echelon mid-majors, accepted an invitation to the Mountain West on June 11. Nevada and Fresno State followed their Western Athletic Conference counterpart and joined the MWC in August. Despite all the changes made by the Mountain West, Hill said none of it would have changed Utah’s move into the Pac-10. There was nothing the MWC could do to prevent it. ‘We knew where we felt would be the best fit for us, and we needed to move in that direction,’ Hill said. ‘Our decision is really independent of anything that would’ve happened with the Mountain West.’ MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson said that once a team decides to leave, there’s not much the conference would or could do to prevent it. ‘We have the most liberal exit policy probably of any conference in the country,’ he said. ‘We enjoy the relationship with each other, and if it’s something that’s not working for whatever reason, you simply give us notice, we wish you the very best, you finish up the upcoming academic year and you move forward, as Utah did.’ So next season, it’s on to the Pac-10, where Weiberg expects the Utes to be competitive immediately based on their recent history, which includes a Fiesta Bowl win in 2005 and a Sugar Bowl win in 2009 that led to the school’s No. 2 ranking in the season’s final poll. But even with that success, Weiberg also added that it would be somewhat surprising to see Utah come in and run through the conference. ‘I think it’s always surprising if a team is able to come into a conference and excel at the absolute highest level,’ he said. ‘They certainly are capable of doing that kind of thing, but I think it would be a surprise just because everything’s new about it. You’re traveling to new places to play, and it’s a new experience across the board. It’s just hard in that environment to have an expectation that you’re going to come in and run the table.’ In addition to the new atmospheres, Hill acknowledged that the spotlight would be shining a little brighter on the Utes in coming years. They have to prove themselves in a BCS conference week in and week out. Hill is optimistic, though, that if the team can just focus on itself instead of worrying about external factors, it can finally shed that dreaded label of ‘mid-major’ and, at the same time, become a factor in a major conference. ‘Pressure, as most coaches would tell you, they put more pressure on themselves than anybody else,’ he said. ‘We’re going to feel some pressure, but mainly from within so that we can perform. I think we’ve had some good background in doing well against BCS schools. ‘The reality is, we wouldn’t be doing this unless we felt that we could compete. Our goal is always to have the best teams we can have and not worry about anything else.’ zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more

Syracuse releases 2015 schedule, will play 10 home games

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse released its 2015 schedule on Wednesday. It’s highlighted by games against six teams that made last season’s NCAA tournament, including national runner-up Virginia.Syracuse will play 10 home matches, including four consecutive to conclude the regular season.SU will open its season on Aug. 21 against Massachusetts and host St. John’s on Friday, Aug. 28 in its home opener. The full schedule is as follows:Aug. 21 – at MassachusettsAug. 23 – at ProvidenceAug. 28 – St. John’sAug. 30 – AlbanySept. 3 – at ConnecticutSept. 6 – at BuffaloSept. 11 – CornellSept. 13 – ColgateSept. 17 – DrexelSept. 20 – at VirginiaSept. 24 – at North CarolinaSept. 27 – at Virginia TechOct. 4 – LouisvilleOct. 8 – at Notre DameOct. 11 – at PittsburghOct. 18 – North Carolina StateOct. 22 – MiamiOct. 25 – Wake ForestOct. 31 – Clemson Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on April 29, 2015 at 3:52 pm Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edulast_img read more

Syracuse shut out 2-0 by Vermont’s Melissa Black

first_imgThree minutes into their first of two games at the WindJammer Classic, Vermont went up 1-0. With the game UVM goalkeeper Melissa Black had in net, that was all the scoring they needed to beat Syracuse. The Catamounts goalie saved all 30 shots she faced in UVM’s 2-0 win over the Orange (4-9-1, 4-3 College Hockey America). SU is now 0-6-1 against non-conference opponents. SU had its fair share of chances to equalize. In the second period, Abby Moloughney took the puck right from a UVM defender to set up a one-on-one with Black. Moloughney attempted to deke left and beat Black on the right, but Black stood her ground, and Mologouhney backhanded the puck wide of the net. Then, with 9:38 left in the second, a UVM boarding penalty put SU on the power play. But 30 seconds in, junior Anonda Hoppner was penalized for slashing and the game returned to even strength. Once 4 versus 4 play expired, Vermont’s Sammy Kolowrat made SU pay on the man-advantage. The UVM captain lifted a one timer past Maddi Welch’s left shoulder to give the Catamounts an insurance goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text14 minutes into third period, Black mishandled a blast from the point by defender Lindsay Eastwood, but regained her composure and denied both Kelli Rowswell and Jessica DiGirolamo right in front. Of the Orange’s 0-6-1 record against non-conference opponents, their first six decisions came at the hands of Top 10 opponents. SU will get another crack at a Top 10 opponent Saturday when they play No. 8 St. Lawrence in the consolation game at 4:00 at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vermont. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 23, 2018 at 10:23 pm Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.edulast_img read more

EPL: Willian Saves Chelsea, United Close Gap on City

first_imgChelsea rode their luck to salvage a 1-1 draw at Liverpool thanks to Willian’s late leveller, while Manchester United cut Manchester City’s Premier League lead to five points with a 1-0 win over Brighton saturday.Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were five minutes away from suffering a major blow to their hopes of defending the title after falling behind to Mohamed Salah’s opener at Anfield, but grabbed a point thanks to Willian’s leveller. Salah, who spent an unsuccessful spell with Chelsea from 2014 to 2016, returned to haunt his old team in the 65th minute.Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko miscued a clearance, giving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the chance to prod the ball into Salah, who slotted a low finish past Thibaut Courtois.It was Salah’s sixth goal in his last five appearances — and his 15th for Liverpool this season — but he opted not to celebrate, apparently out of respect for the more than 300 Egyptians killed in a terror attack this week.But just as the champions were facing their first defeat in five league games, in-form Willian came off the bench to rescue Chelsea with an 85th minute equaliser.The Brazil winger, who scored twice in the Blues’ 4-0 Champions League win at Qarabag midweek, found space in the Liverpool penalty area for cross that he sliced and saw loop fortuitously over Simon Mignolet and into the far corner.While Chelsea finished the happier side, the draw did little to enhance either club’s title prospects.The third-placed Blues are eight points behind leaders Manchester City, who travel to Huddersfield today, while Liverpool remain fifth and sit 11 points off the top.At Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho’s United bounced back from their surprise Champions League defeat at Basel in midweek to win their 39th straight home win in all competitions and equal a 51-year record set by Sir Matt Busby thanks to Lewis Dunk’s second half own goal.United made seven changes from the Basel loss and found it hard to break Brighton’s stubborn resistence, before finally nabbing the crucial goal in the 56th minute, putting Mourinho’s team just one game away from a club record 40 home wins in a row.Dale Stephens headed Marcus Rashford’s corner as far as Ashley Young on the edge of the area and his shot deflected off Dunk and arched over Brighton keeper Mat Ryan.That was enough to secure United’s second consecutive league win as they try to keep pace with City.“I think we were more spirit and heart than quality. My boys they didn’t play well but they gave everything,” Mourinho said. “For me probably Brighton deserve more than the result they got.”Tottenham’s bid to win the title for the first time since 1961 is in tatters after a 1-1 draw with lowly West Bromwich Albion left them 10 points behind City.Spurs have had mixed results at Wembley since moving into their temporary home while White Hart Lane is rebuilt and once again they lacked a cutting edge against supposedly inferior opponents.The pre-match headlines focused on Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to leave left-back Danny Rose out of the squad for the second time in seven days.Rose admitted he was “fuming” with his absence from the north London derby and although he played 90 minutes in Tottenham’s midweek win at Borussia Dortmund, there was no place for the England international against Albion.West Brom, led by caretaker boss Gary Megson following Tony Pulis’s sacking earlier this week, took a shock fourth minute lead.Salomon Rondon sprinted onto Jake Livermore’s pass, held off Davinson Sanchez and notched his first goal since September with a scuffed shot that trickled past Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.Tottenham laboured for long periods but equalised in the 74th minute when Kane converted Dele Alli’s cross for his 15th club goal this season.West Brom are without a win in 11 league games, while Tottenham have failed to win their last two in the league.“We weren’t clinical, it is always difficult in the Premier League when you concede a goal so early,” Pochettino said. “I’m disappointed because the effort was massive but we lose two points.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more