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Big Match Preview: Ipswich Town home

first_imgFACTFILEFormed: 1878Nickname: The Tractor BoysWebsite: www.itfc.co.uk Twitter: Official_ITFCGround: Portman RoadCapacity: 30,311HonoursFootball League Champions 1961/62Football League First Division 1999/2000Football League Second Division 1960/61, 1967/68, 1991/92FA Cup 1977/78UEFA Cup 1980/81Last seasonLeague finish: 16th FA Cup: Third round, lost to Lincoln CityEFL Cup: First round, lost to Stevenage Top scorer: Tom Lawrence, nine goals Average attendance: 16,981last_img

Johnson and Pack on BBC Radio Bristol

first_imgThe City duo will join Geoff Twentyman in the studio for the hour-long Sound of the City show from 6-7pm.The head coach and midfielder will offer their assessments on the season so far and preview Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with fellow top six opponents Sheffield United at Ashton Gate.Fans can send in questions for Johnson and Pack by calling 08000 855 949 or text 81333 starting the message with the word ‘Twentyman’.BBC Radio Bristol is available via 94.9FM, 104.6FM, DAB and online via the BBC Bristol website.last_img read more

At Masters, Tiger’s game is anyone’s guess

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. – When 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott was asked about players he expected to contend this week, he listed six names.None of the six belonged to Tiger Woods.“I have no idea what he’s been doing,” Scott said. “I’ve listed a bunch of guys that I’ve watched play a little bit and followed their results, but it’s a little unknown with Tiger because he hasn’t played in a few months. …“With Tiger, anything’s possible.”That pretty much sums up this year’s Masters as it relates to Woods — and as Woods relates to the Masters. Tiger has been out of sight and out of mind for most of the pro golf season. As impressive as his track record is — especially at Augusta National — his recent body of work is a blank slate.And so it is that after two months away from tournament golf and with serious questions about the state of his game, Tiger will tee it up at the Masters on Thursday in a most unfamiliar role:The underdog.One gambling website listed Woods’ odds of winning the Masters at 40-to-1.But you know what? That’s just fine with Tiger.“I want to win,” Woods said. “The whole idea is to prepare and do that, and I feel like my game is finally ready to go and do that again.”During a 20-minute interview Tuesday at the Augusta National media center, Woods seemed confident and at ease. He joked with reporters. He reflected on the joys of having his two kids with him here this week.In short, he looked nothing like the golfer who seemed so rattled after shooting a second-round 82 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in January.Still, after hundreds of hours of practice (“People would never understand how much work I put into it to come back to do this again,” he said), Tiger has yet to prove how the swing changes he has made and the rebuilding of his short game will hold up under the pressure and scrutiny of the Masters.He’s putting himself on the spot. Unlike baseball, there is no chance for a minor-league rehab start for a pro golfer who is trying to work out the kinks in his game.Beyond that, Tiger isn’t going to fly under the radar anywhere he tees it up. But he could have avoided making his return to tournament competition on golf’s biggest stage. Why not wait a couple of weeks and enter the Zurich Class of New Orleans?But Tiger embraces challenges. Likewise, he has a flair for the dramatic. On top of that, he has great memories of Augusta National, where his four Masters wins came in a nine-year stretch.“There’s no other tournament in the world like this, and to come back to a place that I’ve had so many great memories at and so many great times in my life, it’s always special,” he said.Of all the shots he’ll hit this week, the most analyzed one will be his first short pitch or chip to one of Augusta National’s tilting greens. When last we saw him in a tournament, he had the chipping yips. If he wasn’t hitting the shot fat, he was hitting it thin. At times, he looked like a 20-handicapper.Some, like ESPN analyst Paul Azinger, believe Tiger’s troubles with the wedge are the result of a bad set-up and not the yips. Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee disagrees. Speaking on a teleconference with the media recently, Chamblee said:“He’s going to the most difficult place in the world to chip. I have no doubt in the world that he thinks he’s fixed it, but what he has is the chipping yips. What we saw at the Phoenix Open, that was the yips. And there’s just no way he’s overcome it by now.”Time will tell. The lies at Augusta National are notoriously tight. On Monday, Masters officials released a statement saying the fairways would be mowed at three-eighths of an inch. That means there is little cushion under the ball. If you don’t catch a chip flush, you’re going to either skull it or chunk it.On top of that, it’s not like you’re chipping to a nice, flat green. Everything at Augusta National slopes this way and that.But Tiger believes he has fixed the problem through hard work. When he arrived at the course on Monday, he immediately headed to the short-game area of the practice range and started chipping away — with solid results.“You have to have the ability to hit certain chip shots with a draw spin, cut spin, which bounce you want to have it check on,” he said.But it’s been 10 years since Tiger last won the Masters. Let that sink in for a minute. Here’s someone who, at age 21, lapped the field by 12 shots in 1997. Remember, no less of an authority than Jack Nicklaus once said Tiger would win more Masters titles than he and Arnold Palmer combined — 10.Tiger is stuck at four — and not counting.Reach David Climer at 615-259-8020 and on Twitter @DavidClimer. THE MASTERS When: Thursday-Sunday.TV: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 2-6:30 p.m., 7-10 p.m.) and WTVF-5 (Saturday, 2-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.).Last year: Bubba Watson won for the second time in three years, beating Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three strokes.Of note: Tiger Woods, the winner in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005, is returning from a two-month leave. In his only two events this year, he shot a career-worst 82 and missed the cut by nine strokes in the Phoenix Open and withdrew during the first round at Torrey Pines because of tightness in his lower back. He missed the Masters last year following back surgery. Tiger Woods waits on a green during a practice round Tuesday at Augusta National.Tiger Woods waits on a green during a practice round Tuesday at Augusta National.last_img read more

New Lion Wright once again playing in Fairley’s shadow

first_imgThe Lions traded back into the fourth round to draft Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright with the No. 113 pick overall.Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett. Gabe Wright has been living in Nick Fairley’s shadow for the last four years, and he doesn’t expect that to change now that he’s with the Lions.Wright, the Lions’ fourth-round pick, followed Fairley to Auburn and even wore Fairley’s old No. 90 while playing on the Tigers’ defensive line.Fairley signed with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent this off-season, and when the Lions went looking for a replacement in the draft, they traded a future pick to take Wright early in the fourth round.Wright, in a conference call last week, said Fairley was a mentor to him even though the two never played together at Auburn.“He left when I came in, but he was still a mentor,” Wright said. “He was one of the main guys and told me that guys would naturally try to make comparisons and just come in and be me.”While Fairley was one of the best defensive linemen in the nation at Auburn and a first-round pick, Wright had a comparatively nondescript career.He started a handful of games as a freshman and sophomore before moving into the starting lineup full-time as a junior. Last year, he played end and tackle on an Auburn team that went 8-5 and finished with just one sack and 4.5 tackles for loss.Lions can’t count on much defensive help from drafteesWright said he hasn’t thought much about following in Fairley’s footsteps a second time.“It’s something that’s there, but I’m just happy to be on the team,” he said.And Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, without mentioning Fairley’s name, said Wright differs from his sometimes passive predecessor in one significant way: He has an “outstanding” motor, Austin said.“What you see from him is he follows in the mold in what we like our defensive tackles to do and that’s penetrate, attack, get off blocks and make plays,” Austin said. “Good player, good kid and we’re really glad to have him.”last_img read more

Dogs defy Warriors for Elliott coup after Evans, Aitken sign on

first_imgRugby League The Warriors’ roster revamp is well underway with Kane Evans and Euan Aitken joining the club in 2021, however, Bulldogs back-rower Adam Elliott (pictured) has knocked back a lucrative three-year offer to stay at Canterbury. In what has been a bumper week for the Warriors with new coach Nathan Brown and consultant Phil Gould confirmed over the weekend, Evans’s arrival next season for the next two years has been officially announced by the club. Paperwork for Aitken’s own three-year commitment is still to be completed but he too has confirmed his move across the ditch via Instagram after telling his Dragons teammates of his exit on Tuesday. A significant overhaul of the Warriors playing stocks has long been forecast but Elliott has officially recommitted to the Bulldogs’ own rebuild after informing the Kiwi side he could not entertain a move. With a new baby boy and the Warriors’ uncertainty over where they will be playing in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Elliott’s preference was to remain in Sydney, and he will do so now at Belmore until the end of 2023. Elliott was arguably Canterbury’s best forward throughout 2020 before a dislocated shoulder in round eight ended his season and had weighed up his future when the Bulldogs tabled what was at first an underwhelming two-year offer. But having improved their bid to defy offers from both the Warriors and Dragons, Canterbury have landed a significant retention coup given Elliott’s standing as a club and community leader and upward trajectory on the field. He had also shown during the early part of this season that he was one of the form back-rowers in the competition. He continues to do a tremendous amount of work off the field and has always been the first one to put his hand up to offer his time to a charity or to represent the club at a community visit. For the Warriors, Evans and Aitken fit a similar bill, while the club remains in the hunt for off-contract Dragons lock Jack de Belin pending the outcome of his sexual assault case. A ruling on legal argument in de Belin’s case is expected to come by August 28. The Warriors and St George Illawarra are understood to be preparing lucrative deals for the ex-NSW Origin representative.last_img read more

Cavs’ LeBron James opens up about midseason doubts

first_img(REUTERS) – When the Cleveland Cavaliers hit their low point this season, even their superstar began to wonder about their chances of recovering. Now, with the Cavaliers set to open play in the NBA Finals yesterday, LeBron James opened up about his midseason doubts.Referencing a stretch in December and January during which Cleveland went 3-9, James told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on Wednesday, “It was at points where, ‘OK, will the Cavs even make the playoffs?’ And I was like, ‘OK, I am not settling for that conversation – now that is just ridiculous. Now I have got to get into the postseason.”James said he had to improve his own attitude because his outlook was affecting the team.“I was like, ‘OK, I am not quite sure what we are going to do with this ballclub; we are not playing good basketball,’ but you can’t sell yourself short,” James told Nichols. “You have so many people looking up to you, you have so many kids to inspire and you, yourself, you have always talked about be as great as you can be every day, so I kind of hit that switch before the trade deadline.”The Cavaliers subsequently made a number of moves at the trade deadline, unloading Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert and Dwyane Wade while bringing in George Hill, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr and Jordan Clarkson.The newcomers haven’t provided major production, yet the Cavaliers still are back in the NBA Finals. For the fourth year in a row, they will meet the Golden State Warriors, looking to even the championship-round rivalry at two titles apiece.James is the biggest reason for the team’s ongoing success. He is averaging 34.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the postseason after posting regular-season averages of 27.5, 8.6 and 9.1, respectively.“I’ve tried to put this franchise at a level that is always seen in a positive light,” James said. “From a basketball standpoint, from a social standpoint, from a brand standpoint. I get a lot of the light and the headlines, but I’m one, as long as I’m here playing for this franchise, when you see the Cavaliers, I want you to think of prestige and a great organisation.”James on Wednesday denied that he prompted the Cavaliers to trade away Kyrie Irving last summer. Irving went to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Thomas, Crowder, Ante Zizic and a first-round pick that will be No.8 in next month’s draft.“Even if you start back to the summertime where I felt like it was just bad for our franchise just to be able to trade away our superstar point guard,” James told Nichols. “A guy that I had been in so many battles with over the last three years and obviously I wasn’t a part of the communications and know exactly what went on between the two sides. But I just felt like it was bad timing for our team.“So I felt like the odds were against us from the summer. And then you know we come into the season and our All-Star point guard that we got from Boston (Thomas) wasn’t able to play until January. We just had so many things going with our team.“We shuffled in different lineups, we shuffled in different players, we made a trade at the deadline, and I can’t sit here right now and say that the Finals was a part of my thinking.”Looking ahead to his potential free agency this summer and whether his sometimes shaky relationship with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert might affect whether he remains in Cleveland, James said, “We’re going to see.”last_img read more

Guyana Softball Cup 8 billed for October 26-28

first_imgTHE eighth edition of the Guyana Softball Cup, organised by the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA), is set to commence on October 26 in Georgetown and will conclude two days later.As usual, a number of teams from New York, Florida and Canada will be part of the three-day event. Teams will vie for top honours in the Open and Masters Categories.Speedboat and Floodlights are the defending champions in the Open and Masters Categories respectively.last_img

Hammie Green football to conclude tomorrow

first_imgThe annual Hamilton Green Birthday Anniversary Inter-Ward football tournament will conclude tomorrow  at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora. In the opening match at 17:00hrs, Den Amstel Kings will oppose Soesdyke while Wales will oppose Uitvlugt from 17:30hrs. West Side Spartans will then battle Stewartville at 18:00hrs while in the fourth match, Den Amstel will engage Pouderoyen at 18:30hrs.The respective winners will advance to the semi-final stage and eventual grand finale. The event, which is being played utilizing a 9-a-side elimination format, will commemorate the 85th Birth Anniversary of the former Georgetown Mayor. The first prize is $200,000, with the second, third and fourth place finishers copping $100,000, $60,000 and $40,000 respectively.Among the sponsors on board are: BK Tiwari Inc., National Sports Commission, NAMILCO, Gafoors Ltd, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Communities, Ministry of Legal Affairs, New Thriving, Guyana Police Force, Techno Mills, Ready Mix Cement, GuyOil and AH&L Kissoon.last_img read more

INSIDE AFCON 2019: Ahmed Musa Clears Air on Super Eagles’ Unpaid Wages (AUDIO)

first_imgALEXANDRIA – Super Eagles vice-captain Ahmed Musa says the team is yet to receive their outstanding allowances and bonuses as promised by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and also said African governments should be more proactive in planning for teams attending international competitions in order to prevent incessant embarrassments caused by money problems.Speaking at the pre-match press conference ahead of Nigeria’s last game in Group B at the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the forward revealed that despite media reports to the contrary, the players were yet to have their entitlements settled despite the federation having set Friday (yesterday) as the deadline for meeting the players’ demands.The Super Eagles had boycotted their last pre-match conference before the game against Guinea over the row over pay and were only placated after the NFF promised to offset all outstanding financial issues by Friday. The team then went on to beat Guinea and secured progress to the knockout stage and Musa who said he had no idea what the federation’s plans were, pointed to that performance as evidence that the players have resolved to focus on issues on the pitch rather than pecuniary concerns.Download audio“Yeah, I think we heard something about that but we haven’t seen anything maybe before I go back something will happen but we have talked to ourselves that we have to keep that aside and concentrate on what we are here for.“I know that we have some issues but we stand amongst ourselves and said we don’t have to make that issue to be our problem in the camp so as you can see, we came out in the last game and proved to ourselves that we can do it.  So, saying that there is something coming up, we don’t know maybe there is something we just talked to ourselves that we would have to just keep on going when the FA is ready, they are ready.”Addressing the penchant of African teams always protesting about financial problems at international events, Musa said that African governments must do more to forestall the issue of teams always portraying the nations in bad light at international tournaments because of money issues.Download audio“I think it’s not only in Nigeria, all Africans we have the same issue each time we have tournaments. So I think the government has to think about this, it is not always we keep on embarrassing our own country in every tournament, so I think all over Africa we have to look into this, anytime we go into tournaments we see some teams saying that they are not coming because of money.”On the match against Madagascar, Musa who recalled making his debut for the national team against Madagascar in 2010 said although he expects a tough match against The Barea come Sunday.Download audio“I know how important this game is, I think my first game for the Super Eagles was against Madagascar in Calabar in 2010. I have played against them and they are very good but we’ll see who is going to carry the day tomorrow.“We know that it is a very tough game, Madagascar play very good and have very good quality players but we are not afraid of any country, we are just coming there tomorrow and after ninety minutes, we’ll know who is the best team.”RelatedINSIDE AFCON 2019: Rohr to Ring Changes Against Madagascar, Musa Says Super Eagles Yet to be PaidJune 29, 2019In “AFCON”INSIDE AFCON 2019: NFF Meets Payment Deadline for Super Eagles, Pays Super Falcons, Promises Flying EaglesJune 29, 2019In “AFCON”INSIDE AFCON 2019: D Day as Super Eagles Await Payment of BonusesJune 28, 2019In “AFCON”last_img read more

Missing couple found dead in Belize

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An American man and his Canadian girlfriend who went missing in Belize were found dead Monday afternoon, local police confirmed to ABC News.Autopsies have not yet been performed and police have not released any information on what they believe happened.Drew DeVoursney, 36, and his girlfriend Francesca Matus, 52, were reported missing by their friend Joseph Milholen, who went to the home of Matus in the Corozal District of Belize on Friday to take her to the airport, from which she was scheduled to fly home to Toronto.Milholen told police in Belize that he could not find Matus at her home and that DeVoursney’s bicycle was parked in her driveway, although Matus’ car was gone.Milholen told local authorities that the last time he saw the pair was on Thursday at a bar in Corozal Town, Belize.“That’s the hardest part, it’s just that we don’t know anything, we don’t know where he is, or what’s going on,” Char DeVoursney, Drew DeVoursney’s mother, told local ABC News affiliate WSB-TV of Atlanta, Georgia, ahead of the discovery Monday.She added that it was very unlike her son to not communicate where he is with his family.David DeVoursney, the brother of Drew DeVoursney, told WSB-TV ahead of Monday’s discovery that what happened to the couple “is a complete mystery.”Global Affairs Canada, a department of the Canadian government, told ABC News previously that it was aware of reports of a missing Canadian citizen in Belize, and that it was providing consular assistance to her family and was in contact with local authorities.A U.S. State Department official said the department was aware of the reports as well but had no further comment.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more