Sirius Petroleum agrees Ororo financing with BP

first_imgInvestment company Sirius Petroleum has entered into a $10 million revolving pre-payment facility and commercial offtake agreement for the sales of crude oil produced from Nigeria’s Ororo offshore field with BP.Sirius entered discussions with BP regarding an offtake and pre-payment facility to support the financing of the company’s proposed drilling program on the Ororo field in mid-June.The investment company said on Monday that the deal has now been signed with BP Oil International, a subsidiary of oil major BP.The agreement enables Sirius to draw down up to $10 million, in pre-payment finance following the beginning of production from the Ororo field. The company said that the interest rate on any pre-payment amount drawn down would be charged at Libor +9 percent per annum and will be repaid from crude oil sales.Sirius added in Monday’s statement that it could request that BP provides pre-payment finance for either or both of the first two cargoes of crude oil, each for up to $10 million, scheduled to be lifted in 500,000 barrel parcels or more.The pre-payment facility will be conditional upon the Ororo field achieving certain daily production levels, which are lower than the flow rates previously achieved by Chevron on Ororo 1, which have been underpinned by the recent competent persons report.Bobo Kuti, CEO of Sirius, said: “The revolving prepayment facility and offtake agreement with BP supports the multi-well campaign on the Ororo field. It underpins our strategy to develop Ororo along with our world class oil field service partners COSL, Schlumberger, and Add Energy. In addition, the relationship with BP will enhance our development programs in Nigeria going forward.”The Ororo field, discovered in 1986, is located within OML 95 in shallow waters offshore Ondo State. The field lies in water depths ranging between 23ft and 27 ft.Guarantee Petroleum has a 55% participating equity interest in the Ororo field with Owena Oil & Gas as its partner holding the remaining 45% interest. Sirius Petroleum acts as the technical and financing partner in the development of the field.last_img read more

Another extension for SAP cash distribution sought

first_imgAs of yesterday morning, 61,204 SAP beneficiaries or 77 percent of the identified 79,215 beneficiaries were able to receive their cash assistance of P6,000 each, data from the City Social Welfare Development Office (CSWDO) showed. * senior citizens The city government here, however, plans to ask for another extension. ILOILO City – Today is the last day of the one-week extension given to local government units (LGUs) to finish distributing the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash assistance. Treñas admitted it would be difficult to complete the SAP cash assistance distribution today. * pregnant women According to Treñas, social distancing being implemented to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019, is a factor. What’s slowing down the distribution? Another, he said, was the additional beneficiaries just recently included in the list of SAP targets. * persons with disability “Nagabira-bira kita, aga kag hapon ang pagpanagtag…ko pwede asta sa gab-I para malagas ang target nga maubos tanan nga barangay,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas yesterday. Iloilo City has 180 barangays. In the whole Western Visayas as of yesterday only 40 LGUs were able to complete their SAP cash distribution, DSWD Region 6 data showed. “I already signed the letter requesting the DILG and DSWD for another extension,” he said. The region has 133 LGUs. The 40 LGUs were in the provinces of Guimaras (five), Antique (14,) Capiz (12), Negros Occidental (six), and Aklan (three). * workers in the private sector observing “no work, no pay” (provided they have not availed themselves of the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program of the Department of Labor and Employment)./PN Beneficiaries of the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash assistance gather at the covered gym of La Paz district in Iloilo City to get their money. Observing social distancing in this setting is very difficult. Today, May 7, 2020, is the last day of the one-week extension given to local government units to finish distributing the cash assistance. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * sub-minimum wage earners * lactating mothers * informal workers * overseas Filipino workers in distress In DSWD’s SAP guidelines, eligible for cash assistance are low-income families with members belonging to vulnerable sectors such as the following: * solo parents * farmers, fishermen (provided they are not recipients of assistance from the Department of Agriculture) * drivers of pedicabs,  tricycles, taxis, public utility buses, and public utility jeepneys * occasional workers like househelpers * homeless The deadline was originally on April 30 but due to the slow distribution by the LGUs, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) agreed to give a one-week extension. * micro-entrepreneurslast_img read more

McCarthy left out of Ireland squad

first_img “I’ve had quite a bit of stick from my mates but you can’t put a price on international football. “You have to make sacrifices and I would never jeopardise my chance of playing for my country.” He added: “My wedding is right in the middle of it. “So I’ve spoken to the manager and goalkeeping coach, who have both been really good about the situation. “I’ve been given a few days off for the wedding, which means I miss one match against Italy, and am then able to meet back up with the squad after. “My fiancee is okay with it all and says it’s a good opportunity for me. “We’ve delayed the honeymoon and she will meet me out in America after the final games to start from there. “It’s not what we’d planned but we will still enjoy it.” Squad: David Forde (Millwall), Rob Elliot (Newcastle); Richard Keogh (Derby), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce, Stephen Kelly (both Reading), Damien Delaney (Ipswich), Shane Duffy (Everton), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Stephen Ward (Brighton); Jeff Hendrick (Derby), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Paul Green (Leeds), Aiden McGeady (Everton), Anthony Pilkington (Norwich), James McClean (Wigan), Stephen Quinn, David Meyler (both Hull), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich); Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Hull), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich), Jon Walters (Stoke), Kevin Doyle (QPR), Anthony Stokes (Celtic), Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest), Conor Sammon (Derby). Everton midfielder McCarthy, West Ham defender Joey O’Brien – who had already been released from the squad so he could concentrate on his own fitness programme – and Birmingham goalkeeper Darren Randolph are the trio missing from the original 32-man group O’Neill named earlier this month. There is also no place for Stephen Ireland, despite O’Neill having hinted the Stoke midfielder could be drafted in. Boss Martin O’Neill has named his final 29-man squad for the Republic of Ireland’s end-of-season friendlies, with James McCarthy among those from the provisional party to be left out. The squad is for four friendlies, against Turkey at the Aviva Stadium on May 25, Italy at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on May 31, Costa Rica in Philadelphia on June 6 and Portugal in New Jersey on June 10. O’Neill – who, since being appointed to the job last year, has overseen a win against Latvia, draw with Poland and loss to Serbia, all in friendlies – said: “I am looking forward to working with the players over the coming weeks which will be important as we work towards our opening (Euro 2016) qualification matches in September. “The matches will be about getting to know the players better and changing them around a little bit in terms of personnel in different matches.” Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot – one of two uncapped players in the squad along with Everton defender Shane Duffy – is missing his own stag-do as a result of being part of the group. Elliot will miss out on a trip to Las Vegas with 16 of his friends although he has got some time off, meaning he will not be involved for the Italy fixture, so that he can be present for the wedding itself. “All the lads are heading off without me (to Las Vegas),” Elliot told nufc.co.uk. “We planned the stag do more than a year ago, before I had any involvement with Ireland. “At least there’s a good reason why I’m not going on my own stag do, and I will be able to look back at it and laugh. Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgNFL-NEWSRedskins exercise 2020 option on RB Adrian PetersonUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins have exercised their 2020 option on running back Adrian Peterson.This will be Peterson’s 14th NFL season. Washington’s leading rusher last season turns 35 in March.Peterson ran for 898 yards and five touchdowns on 211 carries in 2019. He currently ranks fifth on the NFL’s career rushing list and is less than 1,100 yards from catching Barry Sanders for fourth. Peterson returns to Washington for a third season and first under new coach Ron Rivera. NBA-CAVALIERS-BEILEINReports: Cavaliers, Beilein splitting after just 54 gamesCLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein is out as Cleveland’s coach after just 54 games. The 67-year-old resigned before the struggling team returned from the All-Star break. The Cavs have the NBA’s second-worst record at 14-40. Beilein had a difficult time transitioning to the pro game after 12 successful seasons at Michigan and decided to move on. He signed a five-year contract in May. The Cavs have had seven coaches since 2013. He’s being reassigned to a different role in the organization. Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff will take Beilein’s spot on an interim basis. Bickerstaff previously coached in Memphis and Houston.In other NBA news:— A federal judge has dismissed Charles Oakley’s lawsuit against executive chairman James Dolan and Madison Square Garden. The suit stemmed from the former forward for the New York Knicks ejection from a game and ensuing arrest three years ago. The judge ruled today that the case “had the feel of a public relations campaign” and Oakley had not alleged a plausible legal claim under federal pleading standards. Oakley was sitting near Dolan at a game in February 2017. He was approached by security soon after arriving and began to scuffle with them before he was removed from his seat and arrested. Oakley had alleged assault, battery and false imprisonment, along with defamation after Dolan and the Knicks implied he had a problem with alcohol. The modern Olympics dating from 1896 have only been canceled during wartime.GOLF-PREMIER LEAGUERory McIlroy delivers strong rejection to proposed new tourMEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy is the first player to publicly reject the idea of the Premier Golf League. The proposed new world tour is promising big money to players. It also would force them to choose which tour to play. McIlroy says he wants to be on the right side of history. He says he doesn’t see it working, and that right now players are split on whether to join. The proposed tour has been talked about for some six years but only recently picked up momentum with an influx of new money. McIlroy says players would lose independence by joining.,Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSPirates’ Pablo Reyes banned 80 games for positive drug testUNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the brand name Equipose and is commonly used on horses. Houston pitcher Francis Martes also was suspended. Reyes is a 26-year-old outfielder and infielder who made his major league debut in September 2018 and hit .293 with three homers and seven RBIs. He hit .203 with two homers and 19 RBIs for the Pirates last year. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSPirates’ Pablo Reyes banned 80 games for positive drug testUNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the brand name Equipose and is commonly used on horses. Houston pitcher Francis Martes also was suspended. Reyes is a 26-year-old outfielder and infielder who made his major league debut in September 2018 and hit .293 with three homers and seven RBIs. He hit .203 with two homers and 19 RBIs for the Pirates last year. NFL-NEWSRedskins exercise 2020 option on RB Adrian PetersonUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins have exercised their 2020 option on running back Adrian Peterson.This will be Peterson’s 14th NFL season. Washington’s leading rusher last season turns 35 in March.Peterson ran for 898 yards and five touchdowns on 211 carries in 2019. He currently ranks fifth on the NFL’s career rushing list and is less than 1,100 yards from catching Barry Sanders for fourth. Peterson returns to Washington for a third season and first under new coach Ron Rivera. Three players have been suspended this year under the big-league program. Colorado pitcher Justin Lawrence was suspended for 80 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT). Lawrence has yet to make his big-league debut.In other baseball news:— Houston infielder Aledmys Díaz, Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin all won their salary arbitration cases, cutting the teams’ advantage to 6-4 in decisions this year with three cases remaining. Díaz was awarded $2.6 million rather than $2 million, Aguilar $2,575,000 instead of $2,325,000 and Goodwin $2.2 million rather than $1.85 million. A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday. Two players remain scheduled for hearings this week: Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and reliever Héctor Neris.— Max Scherzer is scheduled to start the Washington Nationals’ exhibition opener Saturday against the Houston Astros in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Scherzer’s last start came in Game 7 of the Fall Classic at Houston. The Nationals won that one for the first championship in franchise history. Since then, the Astros have become embroiled in a sign-stealing scandal dating to their 2017 title. Scherzer threw his first live batting practice of spring training Wednesday and declared that his shoulder felt tired — which the three-time Cy Young Award winner said is a good thing.— Ultilityman Brock Holt and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a one-year contract. The deal includes a team option for 2021. The 31-year-old left-handed batter had spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015. He hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs in 295 plate appearances while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field. Three players have been suspended this year under the big-league program. Colorado pitcher Justin Lawrence was suspended for 80 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT). Lawrence has yet to make his big-league debut.In other baseball news:— Houston infielder Aledmys Díaz, Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin all won their salary arbitration cases, cutting the teams’ advantage to 6-4 in decisions this year with three cases remaining. Díaz was awarded $2.6 million rather than $2 million, Aguilar $2,575,000 instead of $2,325,000 and Goodwin $2.2 million rather than $1.85 million. A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday. Two players remain scheduled for hearings this week: Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and reliever Héctor Neris.— Max Scherzer is scheduled to start the Washington Nationals’ exhibition opener Saturday against the Houston Astros in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Scherzer’s last start came in Game 7 of the Fall Classic at Houston. The Nationals won that one for the first championship in franchise history. Since then, the Astros have become embroiled in a sign-stealing scandal dating to their 2017 title. Scherzer threw his first live batting practice of spring training Wednesday and declared that his shoulder felt tired — which the three-time Cy Young Award winner said is a good thing.— Ultilityman Brock Holt and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a one-year contract. The deal includes a team option for 2021. The 31-year-old left-handed batter had spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015. He hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs in 295 plate appearances while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field. Peterson originally signed with the Redskins in August 2018 after a season-ending knee injury to running back Derrius Guice (GYS). His 1,042-yard season led them to sign him for 2019 with an extra option year possible after that.In other NFL news:— Records show NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson is being held in a Texas jail on a pending federal drug distribution charge. El Paso County jail records show that the 27-year-old was booked Tuesday. The jail log shows Robinson faces a charge of possessing marijuana with intention to sell it. Jail records list his home address as Thibodaux, Louisiana. Robinson was a standout at Auburn University and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. The Browns recently informed Robinson’s representatives they did not intend to re-sign him as a free agent.NASCAR-DAYTONA-NEWMANNewman released from hospital; Chastain to race Las Vegas Peterson originally signed with the Redskins in August 2018 after a season-ending knee injury to running back Derrius Guice (GYS). His 1,042-yard season led them to sign him for 2019 with an extra option year possible after that.In other NFL news:— Records show NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson is being held in a Texas jail on a pending federal drug distribution charge. El Paso County jail records show that the 27-year-old was booked Tuesday. The jail log shows Robinson faces a charge of possessing marijuana with intention to sell it. Jail records list his home address as Thibodaux, Louisiana. Robinson was a standout at Auburn University and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. The Browns recently informed Robinson’s representatives they did not intend to re-sign him as a free agent.NASCAR-DAYTONA-NEWMANNewman released from hospital; Chastain to race Las Vegas NBA-CAVALIERS-BEILEINReports: Cavaliers, Beilein splitting after just 54 gamesCLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein is out as Cleveland’s coach after just 54 games. The 67-year-old resigned before the struggling team returned from the All-Star break. The Cavs have the NBA’s second-worst record at 14-40. Beilein had a difficult time transitioning to the pro game after 12 successful seasons at Michigan and decided to move on. He signed a five-year contract in May. The Cavs have had seven coaches since 2013. He’s being reassigned to a different role in the organization. Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff will take Beilein’s spot on an interim basis. Bickerstaff previously coached in Memphis and Houston.In other NBA news:— A federal judge has dismissed Charles Oakley’s lawsuit against executive chairman James Dolan and Madison Square Garden. The suit stemmed from the former forward for the New York Knicks ejection from a game and ensuing arrest three years ago. The judge ruled today that the case “had the feel of a public relations campaign” and Oakley had not alleged a plausible legal claim under federal pleading standards. Oakley was sitting near Dolan at a game in February 2017. He was approached by security soon after arriving and began to scuffle with them before he was removed from his seat and arrested. Oakley had alleged assault, battery and false imprisonment, along with defamation after Dolan and the Knicks implied he had a problem with alcohol. Update on the latest sports Associated Press UNIVERSITY-OF-MICHIGAN-DOCTOR-INVESTIGATIONUniversity of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claimsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An investigation has found several former patients who allege that a deceased University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams going back decades.The Ann Arbor school said Wednesday that it’s set up a hotline for others to come forward with information about Robert E. Anderson, the former director of University Health Service and athletic team physician, who worked at the school from 1968 to 2003. He died in 2008. A former student contacted the university’s athletic director in 2018 alleging misconduct during medical exams. Several others have since alleged similar abuse from the 1970s to the 1990s.A Washington, D.C.-based law firm is investigating. UNIVERSITY-OF-MICHIGAN-DOCTOR-INVESTIGATIONUniversity of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claimsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An investigation has found several former patients who allege that a deceased University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams going back decades.The Ann Arbor school said Wednesday that it’s set up a hotline for others to come forward with information about Robert E. Anderson, the former director of University Health Service and athletic team physician, who worked at the school from 1968 to 2003. He died in 2008. A former student contacted the university’s athletic director in 2018 alleging misconduct during medical exams. Several others have since alleged similar abuse from the 1970s to the 1990s.A Washington, D.C.-based law firm is investigating. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman has been released from a Florida hospital, about 42 hours after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.Roush Fenway Racing released a photo of Newman leaving a Daytona Beach hospital Wednesday holding the hands of his two young daughters. The announcement came just a few hours after the team said he was fully alert and walking around the hospital.The 42-year-old Indiana native was taken by ambulance directly from the track in serious condition following the crash Monday night. Doctors said two hours after the accident that Newman’s injuries were not life-threatening, but no details have been released.His release from the hospital was rapid. Roush Fenway said earlier Wednesday that Newman “continues to show great improvement.”Roush Fenway said Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 6 Ford beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and that a timetable for Newman’s return has yet to be determined. TOKYO OLYMPICS-CHINA OUTBREAKVirologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn’t be held nowTOKYO (AP) — A respected Japanese virologist said Wednesday that if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow, the games probably couldn’t be held because of the fast-spreading virus from Wuhan, China.Dr. Hitoshi Oshitani said the right now they don’t have an effective strategy but by the end of July it may be a different situation.The local Tokyo Olympic organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee have repeatedly said over the last few weeks that they are following the advice of the World Health Organization and that the games will go on. Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman has been released from a Florida hospital, about 42 hours after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.Roush Fenway Racing released a photo of Newman leaving a Daytona Beach hospital Wednesday holding the hands of his two young daughters. The announcement came just a few hours after the team said he was fully alert and walking around the hospital.The 42-year-old Indiana native was taken by ambulance directly from the track in serious condition following the crash Monday night. Doctors said two hours after the accident that Newman’s injuries were not life-threatening, but no details have been released.His release from the hospital was rapid. Roush Fenway said earlier Wednesday that Newman “continues to show great improvement.”Roush Fenway said Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 6 Ford beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and that a timetable for Newman’s return has yet to be determined. NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-KINGS TRADELA Kings trade Cup-winning goal scorer Martinez to VegasLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have traded Stanley Cup-winning goal scorer Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights for two second-round draft picks. Martinez has spent his entire career with the Kings, who drafted him in 2007. Although he has never scored more than 11 goals in a regular season, he earned a permanent place in franchise lore by scoring the series-winning overtime goals in both the Western Conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final six years ago. Martinez also was a member of the Kings’ first championship team in 2012. He has 62 goals and 136 assists in 597 career games, and he has six goals and 10 assists in 64 career postseason games.In other NHL news:— The Washington Capitals hope a trade for defenseman Brenden Dillon plus a few adjustments will shake them out of some midseason doldrums. They’ve lost six of their past nine games. Defensive lapses and a lack of structure have contributed to their struggles and Dillon brings some of the things Washington has been lacking. General manager Brian MacLellan doesn’t think the Capitals are playing the right way and understands that needs to change quickly. Washington is not in first place for the first time since October. The modern Olympics dating from 1896 have only been canceled during wartime.GOLF-PREMIER LEAGUERory McIlroy delivers strong rejection to proposed new tourMEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy is the first player to publicly reject the idea of the Premier Golf League. The proposed new world tour is promising big money to players. It also would force them to choose which tour to play. McIlroy says he wants to be on the right side of history. He says he doesn’t see it working, and that right now players are split on whether to join. The proposed tour has been talked about for some six years but only recently picked up momentum with an influx of new money. McIlroy says players would lose independence by joining. February 19, 2020 — The Baltimore Orioles have claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians. The 25-year-old Velazquez joins a crowded competition for infield spots with Baltimore. He’s played six positions in the major leagues. Velazquez has a lifetime average of .152 in 28 games with Tampa Bay and Cleveland. Last year, Velazquez hit .087 in 15 games for the Rays and Indians. To make room for Velazquez on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment.— Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros’ scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark both said Tuesday that MLB and the players’ association are discussing potential rules changes regarding sign stealing and technology. No players were punished by MLB, and opponents from other teams have expressed dismay over that fact since spring training opened last week. Many have also called for Manfred to strip Houston of its 2017 World Series title.LITTLE LEAGUE-ASTROS BANAstros name barred by Little Leagues near WilliamsportUNDATED (AP) — Just 60 miles east of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, one Little League director is sending a clear message to his 4,000 players that the Houston Astros and their sign-stealing scam aren’t to be emulated.  He is recommending that no teams in the 23 leagues he oversees use the Astros as a team name this season after it was discovered Houston used a live camera feed to steal signs en route to a 2017 World Series title. Little League International, the Williamsport-based governing body for youth leagues around the world, said in a statement it won’t restrict districts or leagues from banning the Astros name. February 19, 2020 NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-KINGS TRADELA Kings trade Cup-winning goal scorer Martinez to VegasLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have traded Stanley Cup-winning goal scorer Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights for two second-round draft picks. Martinez has spent his entire career with the Kings, who drafted him in 2007. Although he has never scored more than 11 goals in a regular season, he earned a permanent place in franchise lore by scoring the series-winning overtime goals in both the Western Conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final six years ago. Martinez also was a member of the Kings’ first championship team in 2012. He has 62 goals and 136 assists in 597 career games, and he has six goals and 10 assists in 64 career postseason games.In other NHL news:— The Washington Capitals hope a trade for defenseman Brenden Dillon plus a few adjustments will shake them out of some midseason doldrums. They’ve lost six of their past nine games. Defensive lapses and a lack of structure have contributed to their struggles and Dillon brings some of the things Washington has been lacking. General manager Brian MacLellan doesn’t think the Capitals are playing the right way and understands that needs to change quickly. Washington is not in first place for the first time since October. — The Baltimore Orioles have claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians. The 25-year-old Velazquez joins a crowded competition for infield spots with Baltimore. He’s played six positions in the major leagues. Velazquez has a lifetime average of .152 in 28 games with Tampa Bay and Cleveland. Last year, Velazquez hit .087 in 15 games for the Rays and Indians. To make room for Velazquez on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment.— Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros’ scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark both said Tuesday that MLB and the players’ association are discussing potential rules changes regarding sign stealing and technology. No players were punished by MLB, and opponents from other teams have expressed dismay over that fact since spring training opened last week. Many have also called for Manfred to strip Houston of its 2017 World Series title.LITTLE LEAGUE-ASTROS BANAstros name barred by Little Leagues near WilliamsportUNDATED (AP) — Just 60 miles east of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, one Little League director is sending a clear message to his 4,000 players that the Houston Astros and their sign-stealing scam aren’t to be emulated.  He is recommending that no teams in the 23 leagues he oversees use the Astros as a team name this season after it was discovered Houston used a live camera feed to steal signs en route to a 2017 World Series title. Little League International, the Williamsport-based governing body for youth leagues around the world, said in a statement it won’t restrict districts or leagues from banning the Astros name. TOKYO OLYMPICS-CHINA OUTBREAKVirologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn’t be held nowTOKYO (AP) — A respected Japanese virologist said Wednesday that if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow, the games probably couldn’t be held because of the fast-spreading virus from Wuhan, China.Dr. Hitoshi Oshitani said the right now they don’t have an effective strategy but by the end of July it may be a different situation.The local Tokyo Olympic organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee have repeatedly said over the last few weeks that they are following the advice of the World Health Organization and that the games will go on.last_img read more

USC anxiously awaits Minnesota

first_imgToo many questions in the offseason, too few answers to know exactly what to expect.Will the defense be better? Will the offensive line hold up? Who will start at running back?On Saturday at 12:30 p.m., some of those lingering doubts should begin to disappear.Expectations · The coaching staff believes junior quarterback Matt Barkley is ready to improve upon his sophomore campaign. Tabbed as one of four captains heading into the season, Barkley hopes to throw 30 touchdown passes and complete 70 percent of his passes in 2010. – Daily Trojan file photoIn its season opener, No. 25 USC hosts Minnesota, a team that compiled a 3-9 record last season and finished second to last in the Big Ten. Despite its poor finish that led to the firing of Minnesota’s then-coach Tim Brewster in mid-October, the Trojans insist they aren’t taking the Golden Gophers lightly.“They have a whole different coaching staff and they know how to get their players fired up,” junior left tackle Matt Kalil said. “It’ll be a completely different team than last year and we can’t let this team catch us off guard.”Taking over for Brewster on the sidelines is first-year coach Jerry Krill, who spent three seasons at Northern Illinois, leading the Huskies to a 10-win season in 2010 and an appearance in the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl.Former wide-receiver-turned- quarterback MarQueis Gray, a dual-threat quarterback, returns, but this time he will line up under center. For a defensive unit that has historically struggled against mobile quarterbacks such as Oregon’s Darron Thomas and Washington’s Jake Locker, the coaching staff knows it will serve as a big test.“It’s going to be a big challenge for us,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “He’s not just a mobile quarterback, but he’s a big, physical quarterback. We’re going to have our hands full. This is a very, very big challenge for our defense right away.”Outside of Gray, Minnesota returns senior running back Duane Bennett and senior wide receiver Da’John McKnight, who led the team in receptions and touchdowns a year ago. Both have the ability to make big plays, something the Trojans are quite familiar with.For a unit that was ranked 84th in total defense last season, giving up 400 yards per game and almost 27 points per contest, they understand they have a lot to prove.“We need to show that we got better in the secondary against the pass and we need to show that we can tackle,” sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey said. “I think we’ve gotten better overall in camp, but we just have to play our defense and pay attention to our coverages.”Another lingering question mark has been a young offensive line, which features no senior starters. The Trojans lost right tackle Tyron Smith and center Kristofer O’Dowd to the NFL, while also dealing with injuries in fall camp. Only junior left tackle Matt Kalil will be playing a familiar position, with junior Khaled Holmes moving from right guard to center. All of this leaves some uncertainty heading into Saturday, although junior quarterback Matt Barkley expressed no concern at all.“I’m not worried,” Barkley said. “We’ll deal with it in the game. If mistakes come, then so be it. But I think these guys are ready.”Though a couple questions remain about who will start up front to protect Barkley, there is even more doubt as to whom will start at tailback. With senior Marc Tyler suspended, the job has been a free-for-all among junior Curtis McNeal, sophomore Dillon Baxter, redshirt freshman D.J. Morgan and freshman Amir Carlisle. Of the four, only Baxter logged carries in 2010.The coaching staff has not indicated which player will get the starting nod yet, although all four tailbacks have earned praise during fall camp for their play.Though Barkley might have some unfamiliar faces around him on offense, one welcoming sign will be sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods, who was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2010 after finishing with 65 receptions for 792 yards and six touchdowns.During last season’s contest against the Gophers, USC recovered from a sluggish start and a late 14-13 deficit to win by a score of 32-21. Sparking the comeback was Woods, who returned a punt to give the Trojans a lead they would never relinquish. As one of the Trojans’ six returning starters on offense, Woods knows the coaching staff expects a strong sophomore campaign.“The coaching staff expects a lot from me,” Woods said. “As a leader this year, they’re expecting me to make plays and be ready to carry the load.”While the Trojans, who haven’t played a game since their season finale against UCLA last December, might be a bit anxious, they insist the visiting Gophers have their full attention.“We look at them like any other team on our schedule,” Robey said. “But it’s about us. We’re taking care of our issues first and keeping a level head.”last_img read more

Women of Troy trounced by Cardinal

first_imgIn a battle of the conference’s top two teams, the Women of Troy could not overcome an ice-cold shooting game on the road against No. 4 Stanford and dropped their second game in Pac-12 play by double digits, 86-59.Blown out · Senior forward Cassie Harberts’ 17 points weren’t nearly enough for the Women of Troy to overcome fourth-ranked Stanford. The Cardinal’s Chiney Ogwumike scored 30 points in the 27-point win. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe loss breaks the team’s four-game wining streak and ties them for second in the conference with No. 15 Arizona and No. 21 Cal.USC (14-7, 7-2 Pac-12) struggled to put the ball in the basket throughout the game, shooting just a little over 37 percent from the field and 13 percent from behind the three-point line.The Women of Troy played the Cardinal close until about 10 minutes into the first half, where they went scoreless for about seven minutes. USC missed 11 straight shots in that stretch, and Stanford went on a 14-0 run to open up a 37-20 lead with 4:40 remaining. This would build to a 46-28 Stanford lead at the half.“We didn’t make our shots when we needed to, but we got outplayed by them on both ends of the floor,” USC head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said.Junior guard Ariya Crook led all Women of Troy scorers with 18 points on five of 13 shooting.Senior forward Cassie Harberts would achieve yet another milestone in her already impressive career, as she became USC’s No. 8 all-time leading scorer. She finished the game with 17 points and 6 rebounds.USC’s struggles from the outside allowed Stanford forward and National Player of the Year candidate Chiney Ogwumike to take control of the paint and limit the Women of Troy’s ability to drive to the basket.Ogwumike posed a problem all night for the Women of Troy, not only on defense, but also on offense, racking up a double-double with 30 points and 12 rebounds.“She’s an excellent player,” Cooper-Dyke said. “She played a great game on both sides of the ball and made it very difficult for us on offense when she would clog the paint and double Cassie.”The Cardinal’s (19-1, 8-0) hot shooting countered USC’s lackluster offense, as they shot nearly 51 percent for the game. The team also made seven of their 20 attempted three-pointers.Four of Stanford’s starting five scored in double figures, in scoring in addition to one player off the bench. Lili Thompson and Amber Orrange added 12 points apiece for the Cardinal, while Mikaela Ruef dropped in 11.“Stanford is one of the best teams in the nation and they played like it,” Cooper-Dyke said. “When you play a top team like Stanford, you gotta bring your A-game with the right level of intensity and confidence.”Last night’s loss marks the 13th consecutive time that USC has fallen to Stanford.The team shouldn’t hang its head too low following this tough loss, as they leave the Bay Area with a split of two conference games against ranked opponents.USC took down Cal, ranked No. 16 at the time, 77-70, last Friday, a win that was heavily due to a career-high 34 points by Crook — the most points scored by a Trojan since 2002.USC will return home to the Galen Center this weekend to challenge the Washington schools. The Women of Troy will take on Washington State on Friday night before facing off against Washington in a Sunday matinee.last_img read more

Freshman attack Emily Hawryschuk fulfills childhood dream of playing at Syracuse

first_img Published on March 23, 2017 at 1:08 am Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+ Emily Hawrsychuk idolizes the Syracuse greats who came before her. She spent days in her backyard shooting not at a net, but at the thick trunk of a tree that stood behind her house. She had pictures of SU legends in her room, reminders of their accomplishments and blueprints for her own path.Michelle Tumolo was the first. The 2013-graduate finished with 278 career points (141 goals, 137 assists) and was a finalist for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award. Then it was 2016 graduate Kayla Treanor, a name synonymous with SU lacrosse.As a seventh grader, Hawrsychuk watched her first lacrosse game and became addicted. She spent her middle school days shooting in her backyard mimicking Tumolo’s fierce shots. Imitating Treanor proved a little more difficult.A freshman at Syracuse, Hawrsychuk practices on the same field as Tumolo and Treanor once did, trading the tree for nets in Manley Fieldhouse. She plays under the same head coach, Gary Gait, and is a key contributor for No. 8 Syracuse (8-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Victor, New York, native’s 15 goals are good for third on the Orange, even though the freshman doesn’t start.“I think she’s a very talented young lady,” Gait said. “She’s out there with the first group. We believe in her.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTreanor’s force and presence on the field could not be easily replicated in a backyard. Before every high school game Hawrsychuk played, she went on YouTube and watched highlights of the SU great. Hawrsychuk’s father, Nick, recalled seeing his daughter come home after games and going straight to the backyard to a bucket of lacrosse balls and net.She hasn’t loved lacrosse her whole life. The first time she picked up a stick was in the seventh grade and her father, who played lacrosse in high school but football in college at Alfred University, recognized his daughter’s skilled hand-eyecoordination and bought her a gift: a $30 stick from Dick’s Sporting Goods.“It was like a tennis racket, but she didn’t care,” Nick said.Hawryschuk, who finished high school with 378 points, didn’t care about what stick she used until she attended one of Gait’s lacrosse camps at SU. She saw the top-of-the-line plastic used by Tumolo and Treanor and realized it was time for an upgrade. Nick remembers spending a “small fortune” on the sticks.He pleaded with his daughter but she didn’t listen. The No. 8 recruit in the country refused to look at other colleges. Hawrsychuk told her father that she would one day play for Syracuse after watching a game on television.The pair made the 70-mile trek east on Interstate-90 to watch games in the Carrier Dome. Hawrsychuk got a first-person look at her heroes. During their first trip to the Dome, the two sat behind the visiting team’s bench all alone in a sea of concrete. They soon realized their error and laughed when they saw crowds pile in behind SU’s bench, the customary place for Orange fans to sit.“We didn’t know what to expect,” Emily Hawrsychuk said, laughing at the memory. “From then on, we sat on the right side.”Six years later, the Hawrsychuks still go to every game. Nick remains in the stands, now sitting with his younger sons and admiring the current crop of SU stars. Emily, meanwhile, plays on the Carrier Dome turf, cutting, dashing and scoring just like the people in the pictures in her bedroom once did. Commentslast_img read more

Allardyce Appointed Palace Manager

first_img“I have to sort those difficulties out, hopefully with my experience, and try to get a few more results on the board, particularly over Christmas and New Year, to make everybody feel more comfortable.”The former Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle and West Ham boss saved Sunderland from relegation last season despite them being second from bottom when he joined.After dismissing Pardew on Thursday, Parish said his “expansive style of football hasn’t worked” and told BBC Sport the club would now “wind the dial back the other way”.Parish, who co-owns the club with American investors Josh Harris and David Blitzer, said relegation is “so costly” that a change was needed.“The club itself seems to be very ambitious, certainly the chairman,” said Allardyce. “The owners seem to taking the club forward in the right direction. I like the look of the squad.“That’s probably the reason that I am here because I feel that the club could go forward from here and, hopefully, I can help it go forward.”Caretaker manager Keith Millen took Friday’s news conference and told the media that Allardyce would “sort the players out”.Pardew, 55, a former Palace player, was sacked after a miserable 2016 in which his side took just 26 points from the 36 Premier League matches they have played – and are only one point above the relegation zone.The club’s points-per-game tally of 0.72 in 2016 was their second worst in a calendar year – and their form for the year is the worst of all 92 Premier League and EFL clubs.This time last year, Palace were fifth in the Premier League table. However, a 14-game winless run into April resulted in them finishing 15th.Pardew led Palace to the FA Cup final for only the second time in their history, where they lost 2-1 to Manchester United at Wembley.This season, the Eagles are the sixth highest scorers in the top flight but are third in the list of teams who have conceded the most goals.“The strengthening in that [attacking] area by Alan and the club this summer has brought a lot of flair to the team and I think that has brought a few more goals,” said Allardyce.“But the other side is that when we aren’t in possession we have just got to stop conceding goals and make sure the goals that we score win us games. It sounds simple but it’s not that easy – that’s what we have got to try to turn around.”With the January transfer window coming up, Allardyce is also planning to try to add “a little bit more strength in depth”.“The players here are good enough but, if we can add to that, let’s try to do it,” he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Crystal Palace have appointed former England boss Sam Allardyce as manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal, a day after sacking Alan Pardew. Pardew was sacked on Thursday with the club 17th in the Premier League after a run of one win in 11 games.Chairman Steve Parish said the club was “fortunate that someone of Sam’s calibre and experience was available”.Allardyce has been out of work since losing the England job after 67 days, in the wake of a newspaper sting.“You generally get a new job because there are difficulties at a club,” Allardyce told Crystal Palace’s website.last_img read more

7 World Cup Legends To Assist Lineker For Russia 2018 Draw

first_imgSeven World Cup legends will assist former England international striker Gary Lineker for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Draw in Russia.According to world football’s governing body, FIFA, World Cup greats such as Fabio Cannavaro, Carles Puyol, Cafu, Laurent Blanc, Diego Maradona, Gordon Banks and Diego Forlan will assist Gary Lineker at the 2018 draw scheduled for the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1.World Cup greats Diego Maradona, Laurent Blanc, Gordon Banks, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Forlan and Carles Puyol will assist Gary Lineker at the 2018 draw in Moscow on 1 December— SuperSport Blitz (@SuperSportBlitz) November 21, 2017The line-up for the tournament is complete and the 32 qualified countries (5 from AFC, 5 from CONMEBOL, 5 from CAF, 3 from CONCACAF and 14 from UEFA) will know their group stage opponents when the draw takes place in 10 days time. RelatedLineker To Conduct World Cup Final DrawNovember 18, 2017In “FIFA”World Cup Draw: Host Lineker Reveals Nigeria In Group Of Death In Mock VersionNovember 24, 2017In “National Team”Gary Lineker Brands Maradona ‘A Laughing Stock’ After Celebrations Against NigeriaJune 27, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more

Sadick Adams:Hearts vs Kotoko lacked excitement and quality

first_imgFormer Asante Kotoko striker Sadick Adams says he was unimpressed with the quality on display from both Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko during their match day 6 clash in the Ghana Premier League“I believe the match was not entertaining because the players were afraid to express themselves,” he stated.The Kumasi based side managed a hard fought 2 – 1 win to keep them in the hunt for the league title.Adams however, is of the opinion that the player’s lack of ability to fully showcase their technical prowess was disappointing for the fan looking to enjoy good football.“They didn’t have that confidence that you need in a game like this.“Our Supporters talk and that is normal but I expected the experienced players to do more.“These days our game is route one and all about getting your three points,” he reflected on The Tracker on Citi TV.The former U – 17 striker is back in Ghana after a short stint in Lebabon playing for Shabab Bourj.last_img read more