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Mills Football Academy inks deal with Squadra

first_imgEmerging youth developmental giant Vurlon Mills Football Academy (VMFA), has inked a partnership with United States of America sports brand Squadra for the latter to serve as their kit supplier. This was disclosed by Mills during a brief interview with Stabroek Sport yesterday. According to Mills, the creator of the programme, the partnership, which was cemented in February, will aid in the development of the programme by adding a level of professionalism to the sessions. Mills affirmed, “This adds to the professionalism that we intend to achieve and also adds uniformity to the sessions. The kids are excited about the image that is being portrayed by using the kits during the sessions which gives the impression of a professional atmosphere.”He recalled that the relationship between his academy and Squadra was fostered, following a meeting with Colin Baker, who is a representative of the company and is well known within the local footballing fraternity. Mills added, “Mr. Baker was here to do a presentation prior to the intended start of this season’s GFF Elite League and he subsequently contacted me after viewing the work of the academy. The necessary equipment was showcased and I was very pleased with the quality and the overall prizes. Really and truly, I was not getting any team uniforms with the same quality and price so it was a very good offer and we accepted.”He added, “After securing the equipment, the company also gave us a signing bonus, which were pairs of training gears for the u16 team. It was a great gesture.” Mills said the academy has blossomed a great deal“Creating and managing my own academy was always my passion and it has blossomed since its inception in 2018. The programme caters to players between the ages of 3-16, which basically illustrates that we are a developmental programme in every aspect.” The VMFA programme has been in existence for two years following its birth in February 2018.last_img read more

Winston flattered to be unseated by ‘G.O.A.T’ Brady in Tampa

first_imgJameis Winston wants to beat Tom Brady and win Super Bowls one day, but for now he’s taking the high road after the “G.O.A.T” claimed the quarterback spot with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “One thing about Tom Brady is it’s understood that he is the G.O.A.T,” Winston said to FOX News in an interview Wednesday. “For you to get replaced by Tom Brady in a city that you love so much, I guess that’s kudos to me.”Winston was married to his longtime girlfriend in a private ceremony at his Florida home on March 27. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was a distant occasion the couple plans to celebrate with friends and family at a later date.Where Winston might be when the 2020 NFL regular season begins isn’t clear. He is likely to be on the market until after the NFL draft April 23-25. The former No. 1 overall pick is in a buyer’s market along with former AFC South foe Cam Newton, another No. 1 pick who was dumped this offseason. “Eventually, I’m going to have to play the Tom Bradys, the Patrick Mahomes and all the other great quarterbacks eventually. That’s how you win Super Bowls, and that’s what I want,” said Winston, who turned 26 in January and was the top pick in the 2015 draft.The Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts are among teams in the quarterback market. But the Bengals have the No. 1 overall pick and Miami and the Chargers are in the top six, and all could choose a quarterback in the draft.Newton said earlier this week he feels like a “fish out of water” without an NFL home. He could become an option for a team that suffers an injury at the position, as could Winston.Brady’s old team, the New England Patriots, have second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham and longtime backup Brian Hoyer but are thought to be weighing other veteran options.—Field Level Medialast_img read more

Australia’s Labuschagne wants to flourish across formats

first_imgMELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne wants to enhance his power-hitting ability in one-day internationals as he seeks to establish himself as an all-format player, the 25-year-old said yesterday. Labuschagne has been a revelation in test cricket since stepping up as Steve Smith’s concussion substitute at Lord’s in last year’s Ashes series in England.In the subsequent series against Pakistan and New Zealand, the right-hander smashed four centuries in five tests, including a maiden double hundred in Sydney earlier this year.The South Africa-born batsman made his one-day debut in India earlier this year and smashed his maiden century in this format against the country of his birth in March. “There’s heaps to improve on, that’s for sure,” the top order batsman said in a video conference. “Personally, in one-day cricket, an area I want to continue to get better at is that later stages in the innings, the boundary options at the back-end of a one-day game.“Batting at four in that one-day lineup, that’s definitely something I’m going to need to continue to improve at.”Australia’s chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns has said they do not want to “overburden” Labuschagne at this stage with another format but the batsman harbours Twenty20 dreams. “By no means do I want to limit myself to those two formats, I definitely have the ambition to play T20 cricket for Australia,” Labuschagne said.“…it doesn’t look like there might be too many other opportunities but, for me, it’s about scoring runs in one-day and test cricket and if I get opportunities down the road then make sure I take them.”Labuschagne knows opponents will be better prepared against him when international cricket resumes after the COVID-19 shutdown and the right-hander is preparing for that challenge. “Once you’ve played that initial season in any format, people start knowing you and knowing how you play, so they come back more rehearsed, more researched and they understand your game a lot better,” he said.“For me it’s about making sure I understand what they’re going to do, and also understand where my weaknesses and my strengths are and then continue to improve both those areas.”last_img read more

Betclic Everest reduces majority stake in bet-at-home by 10%

first_img Submit Issuing a short corporate statement Betclic Everest Group has confirmed that it will reduce its majority shareholding in Frankfurt-listed European betting operator bet-at-home AG by approximately 10%.The Malta based online betting operator which owns circa 67% of bet-at-home equity, will look to place 350,000 of its share capital for sale.Updating stakeholders’ and the market, Betclic governance issued the following statement“With this measure, Betclic Everest Group supports the strategy of the management board of bet-at-home.com which aims to increase the presence of the company in the capital market, its free float and the liquidity of the shares. There are no existing plans to sell further shares of bet-at-home.com.”Despite the planned sale of 10% of its shares, Betclic detailed that it was committed to maintaining its position as main shareholder for bet-at-home operations.Following a corporate restructure focusing on operational and marketing cost initiatives, European online betting operator bet-at-home has posted two consecutive years of revenue growth and positive EBITDA earnings.In its latest corporate update, the operator has targeted a 2016 performance of €136 million in revenues combinied with EBITDA forecast of €30 million. MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Markakis’ ill-advised bunt opens door for Red Sox comeback

first_imgI’ve never shied away from expressing my distaste for the sacrifice bunt, and the strategy cost the Orioles in their 6-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.Holding a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second, the decision by right field Nick Markakis to lay one down with runners on first and second and no outs was questionable at best and turned disastrous when it resulted in a double play after Markakis didn’t run to first, thinking the ball was foul as it died at the plate. Shortstop J.J. Hardy then singled into right, but Omar Quintanilla was gunned down at the plate to end the inning.Just like that, a once-promising inning was over without further damage.The miscue gave Boston starter Clay Buchholz new life as he recovered to pitch eight strong innings to collect the victory.Making Markakis’ decision to bunt even more perplexing was the fact that it came after Buchholz had walked Quintanilla on four pitches. Instead of taking a pitch or looking for a fastball to drive early in the count, Markakis may have been thinking too much in an effort to give the Orioles two runners in scoring position.Based on his post-game comments, it was clear Buck Showalter had not called for the bunt, but the manager eloquently revealed whose call it was without painting his leadoff hitter in a negative light.“I like the thought process; he just didn’t quite execute it,” Showalter said. “Nicky is a guy that’s always trying to do what’s best for the team, and I applaud him for the thought process. Maybe if he gets it down in a better spot, it might turn out really well.”The decision to insert Markakis into the top spot in the order has worked beautifully for the Orioles after the production in the leadoff spot had been horrendous over the last 2 1/2 seasons with the absence of a healthy Brian Roberts. Entering Thursday night, Markakis was hitting .321 with five home runs and 14 runs batted in while posting a .371 on-base percentage since willingly accepting his new role on July 13.However, the second-inning bunt appeared to be a rare instance in which the outfielder was trying to act too much like a leadoff hitter and not the run producer he’s more than capable of being when given an opportunity with men on base. Considering how much Buchholz was struggling, the time was right to play for a big inning and a knockout blow instead of settling for small ball.You’re only guaranteed 27 outs over the course of a game, and I’m a big believer in not wasting them unless playing for a single run in the late stages of the game or it’s the rare instance of a low-scoring duel between two dynamic pitchers. Buchholz has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the last month, but Baltimore starter Chris Tillman did not fall into that category after throwing 51 pitches through the first two innings.And though Showalter was right about the bunt potentially turning out well if Markakis had laid it down in a better spot, it still doesn’t mean it was the right decision.The failed bunt doesn’t change the fact that Tillman only got through 4 2/3 innings and reliever Luis Ayala gave up the three deciding runs in the sixth, but it certainly appeared to be the turning point in a game that appeared ripe for the picking in the early innings.Instead of potentially busting the game wide open by trying to become the fourth straight batter to reach in the inning, Markakis was willing to give up an out — a second one was lost in the process — and the Orioles never really threatened Buchholz again after that second inning.It was a rare misstep from a cerebral player, but the failed bunt factored heavily early on in the Orioles’ inability to complete a three-game sweep of Boston.last_img read more

Harbaugh, Ravens feeling refreshed returning from bye

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Returning from their latest bye since the 2001 season, the Ravens hope a week of rest is the perfect tonic to propel them to the postseason for the sixth time in seven years under head coach John Harbaugh.At 6-4, Baltimore finds itself in the thick of the AFC playoff race, but next Monday’s trip to New Orleans will be a challenge for a team that’s just 2-3 on the road in 2014. Harbaugh hopes the late-season bye will allow the Ravens to finish strong as four of their final six games come against teams with records of .500 or better and that’s not including the 4-6 Saints who possess the NFL’s second-ranked offense.“We’re going to have our hands full, and we better be ready to go,” Harbaugh said. “I like to believe that our guys understand that, but we’ll find out Monday night. I believe they do understand that.”Players were off Tuesday through Sunday while Harbaugh gave his assistant coaches Thursday through Sunday to recharge for the final six games of the regular season. The Ravens are 5-1 in games returning from their bye week in the Harbaugh era and have won 10 of their last 12 post-bye games since the 2002 season.Harbaugh hopes history is on their side as well as the benefit of a later bye as the Ravens are currently chasing first-place Cincinnati, who improved to 6-3-1 with an impressive win over the Saints on Sunday. Baltimore ranked ninth in the AFC playoff chase as a result of Pittsburgh’s Monday night win to conclude Week 11.“You don’t realize how exhausted you are until you get a chance to take a deep breath and relax,” Harbaugh said. “The next thing you know, you’re like, ‘Wow, this has really been helpful.’ Everybody gets a bye week. We had ours this week, and we hope to make the most of it going forward for the rest of the season.”Harbaugh doesn’t question penalty for CoffmanAsked about the NFL’s decision to fine Chase Coffman $30,000 for his malicious sideline hit on assistant coach Tony Coaxum in Week 10, Harbaugh chose to take the high road about the league not suspending the Tennessee Titans tight end.The Ravens coach said he was told the collision wasn’t intentional, but it’s no secret that the organization was very unhappy about what happened late in the fourth quarter of the 21-7 win over Tennessee. Coaxum was not injured, but the FOX Sports video below leaves little debate about Coffman’s conduct.“It’s really difficult to have a response to the level of punishment,” Harbaugh said. “I know the league has protocols, and they have standards and histories and things like that that they look really hard at. We don’t ever really question that part of it. That’s in their purview.”Ravens wanted to keep Sunday night star GrayFormer practice squad running back Jonas Gray became the toast of the NFL Sunday night with his 199-yard, four-touchdown performance in the New England Patriots’ 42-20 win over Indianapolis.Gray spent the 2013 regular season on the Ravens’ practice squad before electing to sign a reserve-futures contract with New England last offseason. Asked about the Michigan native rushing for a single-game high in the NFL this season, Harbaugh mentioned their respective in-state ties as a springboard to a good relationship, even mentioning that Gray’s mom brought food to the team during their Week 15 game in Detroit last December.“We were disappointed to lose Jonas last year when we lost him. We really thought he had a lot of upside,” Harbaugh said. “He felt like that was an opportunity that he wanted to pursue, and obviously, it’s paid off for him. I wish him nothing but the best, but I was happy for him [Sunday] night to see him do that. That was great to see.”Of course, no one could have predicted Gray’s breakout performance as even New England stashed him on the practice squad for a large portion of this season, but you do wonder if the Ravens regret not giving him a look last season while they were experiencing such drastic woes with the running game.Conflicted coachHarbaugh’s strong ties to the University of Michigan are no secret, making for a fun moment Monday when he was asked to predict the winner of this Saturday’s Maryland-Michigan game in Ann Arbor.Neither team is exactly fighting for a Big Ten title this year as there has been plenty of debate about the future of Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke. Harbaugh paused and smiled before providing his answer to the question about who would prevail.“May the best team win,” he said while laughing. “How’s that?”Practice squad changes (again)The Ravens made their latest change to their practice squad Monday, signing tight end Allen Reisner and cutting tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi.Reisner is in his fourth NFL season and has spent time with Jacksonville, Minnesota, and New England. He has registered seven catches for 58 yards in 15 career games split between the Jaguars and Vikings.last_img read more

Machado falls in first round of Home Run Derby

first_imgManny Machado performed admirably, but it was another 23-year-old who got the best of him at the 2015 Home Run Derby in Cincinnati on Monday night.The Orioles third baseman hit an impressive 12 home runs in the first round before Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson — who is more than two months older than Machado — clubbed 13 with a minute remaining in the new timed format to advance to the second round. Pederson went on to finish second in the competition, falling to hometown favorite Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds in the championship round at the Great American Ballpark.Making his second trip to the All-Star Game and first appearance in the derby, Machado’s long distance was a 469-foot blast and his average home run distance was 431 feet. His first-round total was the fourth highest of any competitior, but he did not advance in the new head-to-head tournament.Upon using his timeout in the first round, Machado was greeted by teammate Adam Jones in the home plate area with a sports drink and a plate of tortilla chips with a container of the young infielder’s special salsa. Always a character, Jones later presented the winner Frazier with a WWE championship belt at the end of the evening.Already with a career-high 19 homers at the All-Star break, Machado has a good chance to surpass his total of 33 bombs from his first three major league seasons combined.last_img read more

Andrew Carter recaps a Tar Heel victory over Maryland

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Cliff Corcoran: O’s bid against themselves for Chris Davis

first_imgCliff Corcoran joined Nestor and talked in depth about the Orioles offseason thus far, including their decision to bring back Chris Davis. While many fans in Baltimore are excited about the decision to retain Davis, Corcoran is not as high on the movie. He discusses how he believes the Orioles bid against themselves, and reminds fans that all the O’s did is bring back someone who was on the team last year.Hear those thoughts on Chris Davis and many more right here:Audio Playerhttp://c631904.r4.cf2.rackcdn.com/Cliff%20Corcoran%20SI%20com%20MLB%20011815.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

“Rounding the Bases” in Orioles’ 8-4 loss to Texas

first_imgWhat went wrong in the Orioles’ 8-4 defeat to the Texas Rangers on Saturday night?In trying to identify the top three losing factors with the addition of home plate for any not-so-honorable mentions and other notes, we go around the bases after the 11th game of the 2016 season.1st — Buck Showalter is as good they come handling a pitching stuff, but the Orioles manager was too greedy sending Yovani Gallardo out to the mound to begin the seventh inning with a 4-2 lead. It wasn’t even about the right-hander having thrown 96 pitches to that point, but multiple Texas hitters had made hard contact in the previous two innings, making you think the Orioles were already pushing their luck with the veteran through six. A questionable decision was made even worse by allowing Gallardo to not only issue a four-pitch walk to the No. 9 hitter, Brett Nicholas, but a double to Delino DeShields before finally going to T.J. McFarland, who was put in a difficult spot. That seventh inning had Brad Brach’s name written all over it, but he had been used each of the previous two nights. That said, there were too many other options in the bullpen to excuse sticking with Gallardo for the seventh.2nd — Even if Showalter made a bad decision leaving Gallardo in too long, McFarland and Mychal Givens didn’t do their jobs in the seventh and couldn’t keep the Orioles in the game. It was a lot to ask the former to strand runners at second and third with no outs, but three of the four hitters McFarland faced were left-handed and he needed to be able to keep the game tied at the very least. Givens wasn’t much better as he gave up back-to-back singles that busted it open for the Rangers instead of slamming the door and keeping it a 5-4 deficit when he entered.3rd — The defense also melted down in the seventh as McFarland failed to cover first base on a grounder to Chris Davis that turned into an infield hit for Nomar Mazara, the first batter the lefty faced. An out there certainly would have improved their chances of keeping it tied or to a smaller deficit. Making matters worse was Mark Trumbo letting Rougned Odor’s two-run single skip under his glove, allowing the speedy second baseman to advance to third and score on a single a batter later. It capped off a nightmare inning that began with a two-run lead and ended in a four-run deficit.Home — The Orioles left nine runners on base. … Jonathan Schoop was the only Baltimore hitter not to record a hit and went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. … Manny Machado homered in the first inning and has now hit safely in all 11 games to begin the season. … Pedro Alvarez drove in his first run of the season with a two-out single in the fifth. … Mike Wright goes to the hill in the series finale on Sunday against Rangers lefty Derek Holland.last_img read more

Enyimba Coach Abd’Allah Confident Of Maintaining Perfect Record Before World Cup Break

first_imgThe assistant coach of CAF Confederation Cup (CAFCC) campaigners, Enyimba, Sidi-Usman Shariff Abd’Allah has revealed that the target is to win the remaining games before the World Cup break.According to Abd’Allah, the target is to record nine points from the Three Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) games before the World Cup break.In his words, Abdallah told the npfl website that: “We had a target of nine points before the break from our three games, we have gotten three; (there are) six more remaining (against Katsina United and Heartland).”Enyimba defeated league leaders Lobi Stars 1-0 courtesy Abdulrahman Bashir’s second half strike in the first of the three league games played on Wednesday to close the gap on the leading pack.RelatedNPFL: Abd’Allah Seeks Enyimba Consistency (AUDIO)November 19, 2019In “NPFl”Aigbogun Quits Enyimba For ‘Personal Reasons’ – Anyansi Agwu (Audio)July 23, 2018In “Nigeria”NPFL: Abd’Allah Pleased With Katsina United Draw, Hails Red-Hot Usule (AUDIO)November 11, 2019In “NPFl”last_img read more

Premier League Review: Arsenal Secure First Points Under Unai Emery

first_imgNorth London giants Arsenal secured their first Premier League win of the season after they defeated West Ham United 3-1 in a week three clash played at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.Austrian international forward Marko Arnautovic shot the Hammers into the lead in the first half but it lasted for just six minutes.Spanish defender Nacho Monreal finished from close range to level matters for the Gunners as both sides played out a 1-1 draw at the halftime interval.Arsenal regained the lead for the first time in the game when new summer signing Issa Diop inadvertently turned substitute Alexandre Lacazette’s cross-shot into the net.The visitors threatened to score an equaliser before substitute Danny Welbeck wrapped up the first points under the new reign of Spanish tactician Unai Emery.In the other afternoon kickoffs, former Premier League champions Leicester City came from behind to recorded a second successive win via a 2-1 victory at Southampton.Demarai Gray and Harry Maguire scored for the Foxes to overturn Ryan Bertrand’s second half opener.Huddersfield Town won their first point with a goalless draw against newly promoted outfit Cardiff City at the John Smith Stadium.In the game of the day, Bournemouth and Everton finished the game with ten men as both sides played out a 2-2 draw at the Vitality Stadium.In-form Brazilian forward Richarlison was sent off in the first half for a headbutt on Adam Smith before the English right-back was sent off for a professional foul on former Arsenal star Theo Walcott.Theo Walcott and Michael Keane put the away side 2-0 up but ended up with a solitary point following goals from the Bournemouth pair of Callum Wilson and Nathan Ake.Relatedlast_img read more

Will the Stars shine before the Greens of Libya?

first_imgThe senior national team, the Black Stars today take on their Libyan counterparts in their first 2010 World Cup qualifiers.The match will be played at the Baba Yara Sports stadium in Kumasi and will also qualify the team for the 2010 African Cup of Nations.The Black Stars’ hope to qualify for the 2010 World Cup to be hosted in South Africa-the first African country to host the tournament.It they qualify it will be the Stars’ second consecutive time of qualifying for the tournament.The top African team on the latest FIFA ranking are poised to maintain their impressive performance since their first appearance in the World Cup in Germany in 2006.Since then the team has consistently performed well when it matters most. They took third place in the just ended Ghana 2008, beating a much fancied Ivorian side, the Elephants to a pulsating 4-2.Live commentary on the match can be listened to on myjoyonline.com.Story by Malik Abass Daabulast_img read more

Hundreds welcome Black Stars to Kumasi

first_imgHundreds of football fans thronged the Kumasi Airport to welcome the Black Stars to the Garden City Thursday morning where they play the Squirrels of Benin on Sunday in their bid for a second successive World Cup finals appearance.The national team touched down at 11:15am and the fans, including school children followed them through the streets to the Golden Tulip where they will base till the match.The Black Stars who had been training in Accra, were expected to have their first training in Kumasi at 4pm. The team plans three training sessions in Kumasi and according to officials, all the sessions would be at 4pm. The match on Sunday kicks off at 5pm.Goal keeper George Owu has earned a late call-up ostensibly to replace an unfit Richard Kingston.last_img read more

Bayern dump Man Utd out of Europe

first_imgArjen Robben’s spectacular late strike wrecked Manchester United’s hopes of reaching a third successive Champions League final as he sent Bayern Munich through on away goals at Old Trafford.The former Chelsea star rifled in a magnificent volley from Franck Ribery’s corner with 16 minutes left to stun United after they looked to be cruising into the semi-finals as they went 3-0 up before the interval to establish a two-goal aggregate lead.Robben capped a dismal week for United that has seen them lose the Premier League leadership and crash out of the Champions League – also ending English interest in the tournament after Arsenal’s exit against Barcelona.Wayne Rooney was in Sir Alex Ferguson’s starting line-up as he completed a remarkable recovery from the ankle ligament injury he sustained in Bayern’s 2-1 win against United in the Allianz Arena eight days ago.And he was quickly a thorn in Bayern’s side, setting up Darron Gibson’s opener after just three minutes. United looked on course for the last four when Nani turned in Antonio Valencia’s cross four minutes later to put them ahead in the tie.Bayern were being run ragged and Nani capped United’s complete supremacy when he scored his second and their third as half-time approached – but the whole mood and shape of the tie was turned when Ivica Olic took advantage of poor defending to bundle home a crucial goal before the interval. Louis van Gaal’s side suddenly discovered hope, and a measure of composure, their cause being helped when Rafael was sent off after 50 minutes following his second yellow card for a foul on Ribery.Ferguson responded by replacing Rooney, who had been limping heavily earlier, with John O’Shea, but the momentum had swung dramatically to Bayern and Robben’s wonder goal capped a period of pressure.United had no Rooney to call on for the finale and they did not have the inspiration to mount a trademark late surge as the Premier League’s last representative went out of a tournament in which they have exerted so much influence in recent seasons.Ferguson must now gather his team for a final assault on a fourth successive title, but there is no doubt they have taken three heavy blows as they attempt to add more silverware to the Carling Cup won against Aston Villa.And he will also hope Rooney has not sustained further damage to his ankle in this lost cause. Rooney’s presence was greeted with a thunderous roar at Old Trafford – and he was swiftly involved as United made the dream start by taking the lead after only three minutes. He found Gibson, whose right-foot shot from the edge of the box appeared to deceive Hans-Jorg Butt as it flew in.Bayern were reeling under the weight of United’s barrage and they doubled their lead four minutes later when Valencia tormented Holger Badstuber and crossed for Nani to flick his finish beyond Butt and into the far corner.If Bayern had any plans to contain United, they were in tatters and their shredded nerves were in evidence again when a wild clearance from Butt almost let in Carrick, but his shot flew wide.Rooney had shown little ill-effects from his injury in the early stages, but a gasp of anxiety swept around the stadium when he emerged from a tackle limping heavily. It was several minutes before he was able to run freely once more, signalling to the relieved United bench that he was able to continue.Rafael had snuffed out the threat of Ribery in the first half, and was also able to join in United’s attacking efforts. He was guilty, however, of wasting a perfect opportunity to increase United’s advantage after 34 minutes when he raced clear into the box, only to fire across the face of goal with Rooney unmarked and perfectly placed, waiting in vain for the pass that never came. Bayern finally posed a threat when Van der Sar was forced to plunge bravely at the feet of Olic in United’s first serious moment of danger.United’s response was instant and emphatic as Nani added their third four minutes before the interval. Valencia, who had given Badstuber a torrid time, was the creator again with a cross that went behind Rooney but fell into the path of Nani, who confidently swept his finish high past Butt.As United contemplated taking a three-goal lead into the interval, Bayern struck as poor defending from Michael Carrick allowed Olic to scramble a finish past Edwin Van der Sar.Bayern were suddenly buoyant, knowing one more goal would give them control of the tie once again, and Robben’s low shot brought a fine save from Van der Sar.And their hopes were raised further when United were reduced to 10 men after 50 minutes as Rafael received a second yellow card for hauling back Ribery. United boss Ferguson acted quickly to fill the defensive gap as he sent on O’Shea for the tiring Rooney, who may have still been struggling with his ankle knock after the earlier incident. Bayern clearly sensed there was something in this tie for them and the previously subdued Ribery fired in an instant volley which Van der Sar punched to safety.United were refusing to sit back, however, and Patrice Evra’s astute pass sent Nani into acres of space, but his powerful shot was blocked by Butt.Bayern knew they needed a goal and continued to press, with substitute Mario Gomez arriving on the end of Philipp Lahm’s delivery to send a header glancing off the bar with Van der Sar beaten.And the strike they craved came with 16 minutes left, courtesy of a magnificent strike from Robben. United fatally left him unmarked at the far corner of the area, but he provided a classic low left foot volley that gave Van der Sar no chance.Ferguson threw on Dimitar Berbatov for the closing stages but Bayern closed out the game in composed manner as Old Trafford suffered bitter disappointment in near silence. Source: BBClast_img read more

Team Secret finds gaming chair partner in Secretlab

first_imgEuropean esports organisation Team Secret has found an official gaming chair partner in Secretlab.As part of this newly-announced deal, the two parties have collaborated on branded gaming chairs which are based off of Secretlab’s OMEGA 2018 and TITAN models. These chairs are available for purchase by fans of the brand.John Yao, CEO of Team Secret discussed the partnership: “Whenever we look for new partners, we follow a very simple philosophy—our teams have to believe in the products and services we are helping to promote. I can say without a doubt that all of Team Secret’s professional teams and players are looking forward to the partnership with Secretlab—they make some of the best chairs on the market that players have tested both at home and at tournaments. The chairs are fully adjustable for the habits of every player, and extremely comfortable for long sessions in front of the computer. Honestly we would have probably supplied these chairs to our teams even outside of a partnership.”Team Secret is gearing up to compete in The International 2018, a prestigious annual Dota 2 tournament where 18 teams will be battling it out for a share of the prize pool – which is currently sitting at over $24 million (£18.8 million).Ian Alexander Ang, Co-founder and CEO of Secretlab added: “As former competitive gamers ourselves, it gives us no greater joy than to provide Team Secret’s professional players with hours of seated comfort – notably their Dota 2 team as they’re preparing hard for TI8 – while working alongside a brand whose namesake resonates with the global audience as well with ours. With a massive, common international fanbase between us, it was also a no-brainer to put up the Team Secret custom-edition chairs on our store for our fans.”To celebrate the launch of the partnership and the branded chairs, Team Secret is hosting a social media giveaway. Team Secret is also partnered with CORSAIR, Uwin, GNation, NVIDIA, Meta Threads, and Twitch. Secretlab is a sponsor of Tempo Storm, Newbee, and tournament organiser PGL.Esports Insider says: While the Team Secret branded chairs don’t look all that different from the original models besides the use of the logo and white accents, it’s a good way for fans of the organisation to represent and support the team. Team Secret is now building up quite a varied list of partners, which seems like a good move.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more