Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert and Hull counterpart Steve Bruce left Villa Park on Sunday with differing performances to reflect on but similar ambitions for transfer deadline day. The hosts came out 2-1 winners, a rather modest scoreline given their early dominance over the lacklustre Tigers, to give them seven points from a possible nine and their best start to the season since 2006. For Hull boss Bruce it was a second successive setback, having been knocked out of the Europa League play-offs on away goals in midweek. “We’re just waiting for the signature, hopefully everything’s okay there.” Bruce also confirmed the signing of 20-year-old Irish defender Brian Lenihan from Cork City and is in the market for at least one more player as part of an extensive squad upgrade. One victim of that looks to be forward George Boyd, who is close to joining newly-promoted Burnley. “We allowed George to speak to Burnley and personally I wish him well, it looks like he will go,” said Bruce. ”He got an offer of a three- or four-year contract at Burnley and the chance to play.” Lambert is ready to sanction Karim El Ahmadi’s return to former club Feyenoord but also hopes to see some new arrivals. “Karim will probably go back. El Ahmadi looks like he is going to sign at Feyenood,” said the Scot. “He’s in the last year of his contract and we’d lose him for the African Nations (Cup) anyway so it makes sense. “If we can bring in one or two and it’s right for the football club I’m pretty sure (chairman) Randy Lerner will be right on it. “If we can get one or two in I’ll do it.” But neither manager will spend long reflecting on the match on Monday, instead hoping to be busy completing deals before the window closes. Hull and Villa are two of the clubs linked with Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, valued at around £8million, but neither was minded to talk up their chances. Lambert said only: “There’s no update on that. He’s still a Manchester United player. Nothing’s gone forward on that.” Bruce, meanwhile, was evasive on his own reported interest. “Everyone keeps writing about Cleverley but I can’t see it. I don’t think it will happen,” he said. Bruce is significantly more upbeat about closing out a club record deal for £10million-rated Palermo striker Abel Hernandez. Virtually all of the loose threads on that deal have been tied up, including a work permit which was granted on Friday. “We expect that to be completed,” said Bruce. Press Association
Schelling: It’s a new year, a new decade and along with it has come a new John Daly.One thing, though, that hasn’t changed about the recently slimmed down golfer is his lack of professionalism. Daly, who recently starting modeling for Slix, a new brand of men’s underwear, made headlines yesterday for his actions on Twitter.In case you haven’t heard, Daly published the personal phone number of Florida Times-Union golf writer Garry Smits. But that was not enough for Daly. He added that Smits was a “jerk,” and that his Twitter followers should “CALL & FLOOD” his line to tell Smits how they feel. Seems like the most professional and mature way to deal with the situation, right?Probably not, but if Daly wanted to go this route, he could have gone much farther with much more entertaining results. Since Daly’s actions are far from mature, why not go back to the elementary school method of dealing with people that say true, but negative things about you?If Daly really wanted to shame Smits, he should start spreading rumors about Smits. Tell people that Smits drinks more than Daly did in his prime (a fifth of Jack Daniel’s a day) and sleeps with more women than Tiger Woods. If that doesn’t ruin Smits credibility, what will?Daly could take it one step further, even. Remember the best way to get back at someone you didn’t like in elementary school? Just uninvite them from your birthday party.With Daly’s birthday coming up on April 28, what better way to show Smits you’re upset with him than rescinding his invitation to Daly’s big bash? Even a slimmed down Daly can surely be counted on to throw a hell of a shindig for his 44th.Daly’s immature tweet about Smits did nothing more than add to the immature, unprofessional image of the California native and University of Arkansas graduate. If he really wanted to get back at Smits, he should have quipped one single line: “You’re not invited to my birthday party anymore!”Holt: Come on, Schelling. Let’s give Daly a little more credit.I think we can both agree the embattled golfer possesses the emotional I.Q. of someone not nearly old enough to legally drink the amount he does. But Daly’s actions screamed more “high school” to me than something the K-6 crowd would come up with.Johnny boy’s tweet was more akin to the vengeance a 17-year-old girl might enact after Betty Jones called her new purse “like, so totally fugly.” At that point, the “in” crowd would, like, spam her voicemail and post the most, like, totally mean things on her Facebook.Unfortunately for John, there’s this little thing called visual voicemail that kind of foils his plan.So what’s another method of revenge — something that really tells Smits that what he did was so not Raven, yet is more akin to Daly’s teenage sense of ethics?The classic TP-ing.Why not head over to the local Wal-Mart and pick up a 48-pack of Charmin Ultra Soft, a carton of eggs and a box of plastic forks? Nothing says “OMG, u r teh lamez0rz” like some harmless, non-permanent vandalism.It’s not hard to imagine Daly hiding in the bushes across the street after ding-dong-ditching Smits, snickering at the look of surprised horror on the unsuspecting journalist’s face as he examines the white mess that has invaded the trees and bushes in his front yard.At that point, I’m sure Daly would throw up his fifth of Jack in the street as he ran away, giving Smits the middle finger the whole time. Great success!As effective as the withdrawn birthday party invitation was in third grade, Daly is (just barely) more advanced than that. TP-ing Smits’ house not only says “you suck,” but leaves him with at least a good two hours of clean up, provided the job was done right. While Smits is busy pulling toilet paper out of his trees, he can ponder the real question: why won’t the PGA do anything about John Daly?
Beginning Fall 2018, the USC School of Dramatic Arts will offer a new bachelor’s degree in contemporary musical theatre in conjunction with the Thornton School of Music and the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.“With its proud track record of Broadway and Hollywood successes and professional partnerships in musical theatre, the School of Dramatic Arts is now committed to leading the field forward with a BFA that promises extraordinary opportunities and breakthrough practitioner-based creative options,” Dean David Bridel said in an email to the Daily Trojan.The interdisciplinary program aims to provide students with a foundation in acting, singing and dancing within a unique conservatory-styled curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to expand beyond basic, foundational courses through offered classes like digital entrepreneurship and on-screen musicals. During their junior and senior years, students will be able to take classes that emphasize the creative backstage aspects of theater production. These courses cater to writers, composers, lyricists, directors and choreographers in an effort to offer a more well-rounded musical theater education. The School of Dramatic Arts also boasts several successful alumni who have graduated from its performing arts programs, such as Hamilton star Renée Elise Goldsberry and Kinky Boots star Stark Sands. However, this is the first time the University will offer a contemporary musical theatre degree with an interdisciplinary focus.According to Delphine Vasko, assistant dean of communications at SDA, USC hopes to effectively prepare its students for an innovative and expanding industry as contemporary theater continues to grow.“We are in a new golden age of contemporary musicals, illustrated by the off-the-radar successes of new works like stage’s Hamilton, television’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and musical hits across all mediums of entertainment,” Vasko said.According to Playbill, award-winning musicals like Hamilton and Rent, which feature contemporary music genres like pop, rock and rap, have contributed to contemporary theater’s rise in popularity.In shaping its curriculum with a changing industry, SDA relied on an interdisciplinary partnership with the Thornton and Kaufman schools to allow for creative collaboration among students of all talents interested in musical theater.“[Students] will have the option to complement their core studies with focused classes … allowing for culminations in brand new musicals created by members of the cohort,” Vasko said.Furthermore, SDA has also created programs to help integrate students into the musical industry, with the launch of LiveRead@SDA. The program provides opportunities for students to collaborate with industry leaders to understand how to bring musicals toward commercial production.
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Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 26, 2016 at 1:29 am Syracuse (8-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) enters the ACC tournament on a two-game win streak. The No. 4 seed Orange will face No. 1 seed North Carolina (8-5, 3-1) on Friday at 6 p.m. in Kennesaw, Georgia in the conference semifinals. SU took down the Tar Heels a week and a half ago, 13-7, but since then, UNC used an eight-goal fourth quarter to beat then-No. 1 Notre Dame.With the postseason set to begin, beat writers Connor Grossman, Jon Mettus and Paul Schwedelson answer three questions about Syracuse.1. What does Syracuse need to do to beat UNC?Connor Grossman: It’s going to sound a lot simpler than it will actually be, but Syracuse needs to do what it already did to beat North Carolina: suppress one of the top offenses in the country, avoid senseless penalties to keep an inferior man-down defense off the field and win enough faceoffs to give a spread-out offense some scoring chances. All very basic keys to win any game, let alone a second game in two weeks against a top-10 team.A specific requirement to strap down UNC’s offense is holding back Michael Tagliaferri, the first-line midfielder who lit up the Orange defense for four goals and 10 shots in SU’s 13-7 win against North Carolina on April 16. He’s in a line of midfielders that has penetrated Syracuse’s counterattack this year (see: Deemer Class, Cody Radziewicz), and those two guys pushed their teams to overtime victories against the Orange. North Carolina is riding high off a thrilling, 17-15 win against formerly top-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday, and enters this Friday’s game sharper than a Syracuse team that mauled a sloppy Binghamton unit. But if SU’s defense can keep its composure against Tagliaferri and his five offensive counterparts, the Orange can punch its ticket to a second-straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJon Mettus: To beat North Carolina, Syracuse has to do (almost) exactly what it did when the two teams met in the Carrier Dome just a little over a week ago. The Orange came away with a statement win, 13-7, over the Tar Heels by outshooting them, grabbing more ground balls and controlling double the faceoffs. UNC showed it’s one of the top teams in the country by scoring eight goals in the fourth quarter to comeback and beat then-No.1 Notre Dame on Saturday. Evan Molloy needs to put together a performance as close as possible to his two-goal allowed first half against UNC last time. Ben Williams needs to continue his hot streak against an equally hot Stephen Kelly, who won 7-of-10 faceoffs during the comeback fourth against UND.Paul Schwedelson: Syracuse must make North Carolina one-dimensional. Eight different players scored for the Tar Heels in their thunderous comeback against then-No. 1 Notre Dame this past weekend. UNC scored eight fourth-quarter goals to pull off the 17-15 upset. Once Luke Goldstock, Steve Pontrello and Tagliaferri get rolling, it’s hard to stop them. But when Syracuse shut down the Tar Heels a week and a half ago, Tagliaferri had four goals, Goldstock had just two and only one other goal was scored. That’s a testament to the Orange’s ability to force the ball away from Pontrello and limit Goldstock. SU must replicate that performance in order to get the victory on Friday.Logan Reidsma | Senior Staff Photographer 2. What player does Syracuse need to step up in the postseason to make a deep ACC and NCAA tournament run?C.G.: Perhaps more than anything else, Syracuse’s calling card has been offensive depth. Punctuated by six double-digit goal-scorers, SU’s offense has showed its breadth through 12 regular-season games. But within that group is a former top recruit that’s spent three years trying to validate the number stitched on his back. Jordan Evans has played better of late, with 11 of his 21 goals coming in his last five games, but has hardly been elite in any stretch of play. Nick Mariano has taken the scoring reins, Dylan Donahue has become the table setter and Sergio Salcido and Tim Barber have taken on large scoring roles in the offensive unit. As a result, Evans has gotten lost in the shuffle. He’s shown glimpses of a skill set capable of shouldering Syracuse’s offense, but has yet to completely make good on it. If he emerges as more dangerous threat to complement Mariano, SU will be well off with Donahue pulling the strings on a dynamic offense.J.M.: Syracuse needs Molloy to step up during the postseason to make a deep run. If SU can keep teams like North Carolina under 10 goals, there’s no reason it can’t win — and that falls on the shoulders of Molloy and the Orange defense. Goalie play can make or break late-season runs. Syracuse can’t afford shaky play or uncertainty in net. His saves prevent goals and his quick passes on the clear can lead to easy transition goals the other way. He’s the last line of defense and will be the difference between short or long tournament stays.P.S.: This is a good one. It could be Evans, who currently leads the team in turnovers. It could be Nick Mellen, who hasn’t been as dominant of a defender as he was at the start of the season. But no matter what else happens, the game will always come down to possessions and that’s why faceoff specialist Williams is the answer. When he’s winning the ball, the Orange is as dangerous as any team in the country. When it’s not, SU is as vulnerable as can be (see overtime losses to Johns Hopkins and Duke). Williams currently ranks fifth in the nation with a 64.2 winning percentage, but he must continue that form for Syracuse to remain a contender.Logan Reidsma | Senior Staff Photographer 3. Is the starting goalie position officially Evan Molloy’s or could Warren Hill get back in net for SU?C.G.: I would be taken aback if Syracuse unseated Molloy from his starting role at this point. Head coach John Desko has spoken highly of Molloy’s communication abilities and physical versatility that’s allowed SU to more effectively clear the ball and play with more cohesiveness. Warren Hill essentially listed Molloy’s strengths as his own weaknesses that led to him being removed as the starter. Hill said he’s tried picking up on Molloy’s “energy,” which involves communicating to defenders on when and where to slide, in addition to a dodging ability that has made Molloy a defensive asset outside the crease. Molloy’s given Syracuse’s defense, an underwhelming unit against top opponents like Duke and John’s Hopkins, a spark that hasn’t died out. He should remain the starter.J.M.: Molloy has locked in the starting spot and it’ll take a blowout — either for or against the Orange — to see Warren Hill between the pipes. Molloy put together the best half of his career through the first 20 minutes against UNC, playing nearly perfectly. Even though he let in four goals on five shots in the third quarter, Molloy recovered for a solid fourth and the win. Molloy’s save percentage is eight percent better than Hill’s and he allows an average of 2.6 goals less per game. Syracuse head coach John Desko has praised Molloy, even in his one loss to Cornell, and he looks to be the permanent option going forward.P.S.: At this point, it’s Molloy’s job. He’s more athletic in net and has done a quality enough job to remain the starter. How much of SU’s defensive success or failure can be attributed solely to the goalie is hard to say, but Molloy is good enough to give Syracuse a chance to win and that’s all you can ask for, especially this time of year. Also, don’t forget that Molloy gives the Orange an added dimension on the clear. He gets the ball out of his stick significantly faster than Hill and has even sparked a couple fast-break goals in recent weeks. Comments
Facebook Twitter Google+ CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Syracuse’s Asa Goldstock tapped her stick to the left goalpost and bent her knees as she readied for a free-position shot. Virginia’s Daniela Kelly charged at Goldstock with Syracuse players trailing her, unable to defend the shot. Kelly bounced the shot past Goldstock for a two-goal lead Virginia wouldn’t lose.On Sunday at Klockner Stadium, Syracuse and Virginia battled in a game of runs. Eventually No.7 Syracuse (3-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) couldn’t keep pace with No. 11 Virginia (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) in a 17-16 SU loss. After once leading by four goals in the first half, Syracuse couldn’t hang on. The Orange led UVA in fouls committed, and was outscored in the second half 9-6 leading to the loss. “We just have to make stops and make some plays,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. “It was a tough day, they are a good team, they can shoot the ball and they can score. They did it all today.” After limiting teams to no more than 12 goals in its first three games this season, Syracuse allowed 13 to UVA just more than halfway into the game. In the Orange’s first ACC battle of the season, it played its first game within a six-goal margin this season and couldn’t hold onto its early leads.Midway through the first half, Nicole Levy caught a feed out in front of the net. As she ran across the crease toward the right side of the cage, her shooting lane was blocked. So, instead of a standard right-handed shot, the junior attack whipped her stick around and scored from behind her back. She dropped her stick, clapped her hands and welcomed her teammates in for celebration. SU, then up two goals, was rolling.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMinutes later, Levy cranked a shot to the top left of the net and SU led 8-4, but it wouldn’t last. The Orange lost the ensuing draw and UVA scored on a free position shot. Then it scored again, and again.Virginia won 20 draw controls to SU’s 14, often leading to its scoring runs. And that trend carried over into the second half. Fifteen seconds into the second frame, UVA scored. After winning a draw, Kasey Behr darted down the right alley toward SU’s cage. The senior midfielder cocked back her shot and ripped in a goal.On Syracuse’s next possession, Emily Hawryschuk responded. The sophomore attack fell to the ground after contact with a UVA defender. No foul was called, so Hawryschuk stood up, pushed through several defenders and finished the ball in the back of the cage. “I think we were playing great and then late in the second half we could’ve been more patient,” Gait said. “We forced some feeds and turned the ball over way too many times.”Following the Hawryschuk goal, SU’s offense stalled and UVA made its first run of the second half. After scoring three-straight goals, all of which came off UVA draw controls, Ana Hagerup controlled the ball in the back corner of the field. SU’s defense all faced Hagerup and shifted toward her. It neglected Behr on the far side of the defense. Hagerup launched a lofting pass over the heads of SU’s defenders to a darting Behr who rifled a shot, beating SU goalkeeper Asa Goldstock to the top left of the net. Virginia’s 5-1 run to start the second stanza ended there with the Cavaliers leading 13-11.The Orange slowly clawed back, scoring two goals in the games next 10 minutes to knot the game. As the team’s traded goals, Virginia eventually pulled away.SU scored once after Kelly’s goal but it wasn’t enough. With the ball on Virginia’s side of the field and SU trailing by one, SU gained possession of a groundball. But the whistle blew. Syracuse was offside. On its last possession of the game, the Orange handed the ball back to Virginia. “It’s just about being focused and being ready to make the next play,” Gait said. “We made a lot of mental errors in the second half and missed opportunities.” Comments Published on March 4, 2018 at 2:31 pm Contact Josh: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Schafer_44
GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 GVC Holdings has announced the procurement of a 51% stake in Georgian operator Crystalbet for a €41.3m consideration, with a commitment to obtaining the remaining 49% in 2021.Coming to the agreement with the firms owner Mars LLC, the FTSE listed sports betting and gaming group stated “Crystalbet is the largest online sportsbook, and the second largest online gaming brand overall, in the Republic of Georgia.”Kenneth Alexander, CEO of GVC, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Crystalbet to the GVC Group, having been impressed with what the management team has achieved thus far. “Through access to GVC’s content, technology and digital marketing skills, we believe Crystalbet can become a clear leader in the regulated Georgian market. This acquisition is in line with our stated strategy of being a truly global player, with a focus on regulated/regulating markets.”Announcing its figures for FY2017, Crystalbet details revenues of €34m, EBITDA of €12m and a profit after tax amounting to €10.2m, with GVC aiming to further enhance its profitability and position in its home market by leveraging the wider Group’s extensive portfolio of games content, CRM, digital marketing capabilities and purchasing power.Crystalbet’s operational management team, led by CEO Koba Giglemiani, will all remain and retain their full equity shareholdings in Crystalbet following the initial acquisitionCompletion is not subject to regulatory approval and is expected to occur by the end of this month, further acquisition of the remaining shares is to commence in three years, subject to certain buyer protections.Levan Akhvlediani, Chairman of Crystalbet, said: “I’m proud of all that has been achieved at Crystalbet and believe that in GVC we have found an owner that will both respect the key elements that have made the business so successful and at the same time has the skills and knowledge to take the company to the next level.”Giglemiani added: “When we were looking for a strategic acquirer to take Crystalbet to the next level, GVC was very much our first choice. GVC’s experience and track record in many different geographic markets, together with its technology and marketing skills are key attractions for Crystalbet. We very much look forward to being part of GVC Holdings.” Crystalbet, launched in 2011, holds licences to offer online gaming products, including sports betting, casino games, poker and peer-to-peer games throughout the fully regulated market of the Republic of Georgia.
Shakhtar Donetsk won the Ukrainian Premier League title Sunday as its home city is holding a referendum on secession.Shakhtar secured its fifth straight title with a 3-1 win over Zorya Luhansk in a game played in an empty stadium at a neutral venue in Cherkasy, central Ukraine, amid widespread unrest in the east.Shakhtar’s home city of Donetsk is the center of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, where pro-Russian activists are hosting a vote Sunday that may lead to the region joining Russia.There have been violent clashes in the city in recent weeks between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian demonstrators.
Last season, Mitchell completed two out of his four pass attempts, one of which went for a touchdown. He carried the ball 11 times for a total of 100 yards and one touchdown. Temple University football added a transfer quarterback to its 2020 depth chart on Thursday. Former Iowa State University redshirt-sophomore quarterback Re-al Mitchell announced on Twitter he would be joining the Owls. The Temple University football team runs onto the field before the Owls’ game against Central Florida on Oct. 26 at Lincoln Financial Field. | JUSTIN OAKES / THE TEMPLE NEWS The Owls’ backup quarterback from last season, Todd Centeio, transferred to Colorado State University on Jan. 27. Mitchell played five games for the Cyclones last season as a backup to junior quarterback Brock Purdy, Iowa State’s starter. Purdy is ranked as the fifth-best quarterback in the 2021 draft class, according to The Draft Network. Temple’s newest addition to the quarterback position was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, according to 247sports. He ranked 27th among dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. Mitchell also earned All-Conference honors as a sprinter in high school.
…requests justification from Board…Board Chairman denies receiving requestThe Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) is accusing the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) of breaching the laws of Guyana by conducting Government business in a residential building.TIGI on Friday said it has written to the Board of Directors of the GGMC, querying the legality of the Government office operating in a residential area, as well as howGGMC Board Chairman Stanley Mingit is addressing the conflict of interest surrounding the rental of the office space from one of its sitting directors.The GGMC is currently occupying a three-storey building belonging to Director Hilbert Shields at Fourth Street, Subryanville – a residential area.The transparency watchdog said it dispatched a letter on November 6, 2017 to the Directors of the GGMC, but to date has not gotten a response in relation to the questions asked. The letter was sent after the body received a complaint from the residents of Subryanville.However, when asked about the GGMC’s failure to respond, Board Chairman Stanley Ming denied seeing any correspondence from TIGI, and noted that theDirector Hilbert Shieldsmatter was settled when he issued a statement to the local press.The conflict of interest issue first came to the fore on January 1, 2018 and has since crept into the media, then the GGMC has indicated that at the time of renting the property, Shields was not on the Board of Directors, nor was he even being considered at that time.No conflictDuring a telephone interview on Friday, Ming remained adamant that there is no conflict of interest with GGMC occupying a building belonging to one of its directors. He was quick to point out that Shields was appointed to the Board as a representative for the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association.TIGI, in its statement on Friday, said that since the controversy came into the public domain Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has instructed the GGMC to find alternative accommodation, but, to date, the Commission is yet to act on that.TIGI said the GGMC is a concern for residents, and noted that in its request for information, it was indicated that permission was granted for the premises to be used for one business, and was limited to only Shields’ company. The body also indicated that the arrangement for rental of office space in a residential area breaches the laws governing the area, and “is definitely in contradiction with the notion of people empowerment that is inherent in activation of Local Government and hence also a contradiction of current Government policy.”“GGMC, in its capacity as a governmental agency tasked with overseeing mineral fairness in vast swathes of our country, should ensure that the laws of Guyana are upheld at all times. Given that permission to use the premises for business is limited, GGMC’s use of the premises would therefore be in breach of the laws of Guyana. TIGI wishes to know what justification the GGMC has for using the premises at Subryanville for Government business,” TIGI stated. The transparency body noted that the by-laws and ordinances of residential areas are increasingly being violated with the establishment of commercial ventures within them, and questioned the precedent being set by a Government agency.