Andre Ayew’s Swansea City book EFL playoff place

first_imgBlack Stars captain, Andre Ayew, and his Swansea City teammates have qualified for the EFL Championship playoffs.Swansea’s 4-1 win over Reading on the final day, sealed the final playoff spot for the Swans, who ended up finishing ahead of Nottingham Forrest by virtue of a superior goal difference.Swansea will face Brentford in the semifinal, with Fulham taking on Cardiff in the other semifinal.Ayew is the top scorer for Swansea City this season with 16 goals in all competitions.last_img

Chelsea 2-1 Man United: Blues’ dramatic comeback!

first_imgA first Chelsea goal from David Luiz ensured that Carlo Ancelotti’s side still have a slim hope of retaining the Premier League title after Wayne Rooney had given Manchester United the lead in West London. Frank Lampard completed the recovery with a second half spot kick which keeps United’s lead at four points ahead of Arsenal in second spot.Chelsea could have made the breakthrough on two occasions in the opening moments, after Fernando Torres was denied his first goal for the club following a foul inside the penalty box, with the referee having penalised fellow January signing Luiz for a tug.And the hosts could have found the net after five minutes, when a run down the right from Ramires was closely checked by United’s John O’Shea, but the Irishman couldn’t stop the ball continuing for Nicolas Anelka. He delivered a cross which Florent Malouda fired in from the edge of the area. The shot was aimed directly at Edwin van der Sar, but the lack of defenders in Malouda’s vicinity was not encouraging for United fans.As the half progressed, both sides had spells in which the opening goal could have been scored. Both Anelka and Rooney dragged shots wide from long range efforts.In an even contest like this, chances need to be taken, and as the 30 minute mark approached it was the visitors who took theirs after an overlapping run from Patrice Evra opened an avenue for Nani to explore. The Portuguese winger’s run drew sufficient attention from the Chelsea defence to allow Rooney space, and after Nani moved the ball onto him, the England striker turned to face goal and let rip a right footed shot from the edge of the box which beat Petr Cech low to his right.There was much derision from the home support as they felt Rooney shouldn’t have even been on the field following his indiscretion at Wigan on Saturday. No matter, Rooney was available for selection and Sir Alex couldn’t have cared one jot. And the United boss had more reasons to be cheerful when Van der Sar showed he’s still got it with a couple of quick and instinctive saves from close range. Lampard launched a free-kick in from the Chelsea right which flew to the far post where Branislav Ivanovic prodded the ball goalwards only to see the panther-like Van der Sar keep him at bay.It was a close as Ancelotti’s men had come to levelling up the game but as the players returned to the dressing room, United looked like extending their lead at the top of the table.Chelsea needed a response. They came out for the second half with determination and guile and this paid dividends as Luiz reclaimed parity with his first goal for the club.A cleared ball from the United defence was scooped up by Michael Essien who delivered the ball back into the danger area where Ivanovic flicked the ball onto Luiz, who with an excellent volley, smashed the ball into the left corner of Van der Sar’s goal and give the Blues a way back into the contest.With the scores level, the game truly opened up and chances were in abundance. Rooney could have had another had his errant shot been remotely on target after 64 minutes. Gary Neville, who was with the United fans in the Shed End was cursing his former colleague. Shortly after, an error by Michael Carrick could have been punished had Malouda made more of the chance. Carrick would have been sighing with relief after Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling combined to nullify the threat.With the game standing all square, the changes began. Didier Drogba was on for Nicolas Anelka, Dimitar Berbatov replaced Chicarito. Yury Zhirkov came on for Malouda. But most noteworthy was Ryan Giggs making his record equalling 606th league appearance for Manchester United when he replaced another stalwart, Paul Scholes.In neat piece of symmetry, Giggs was equalling the record of Sir Bobby Charlton who made his 606th and final league appearance on the same ground, and 20 years and one day since he made his debut for the Red Devils.With time waning the game sprung another surprise, a contentious foul conceded by Smalling on Zhirkov gave Chelsea the chance to take the lead. Lampard stepped up and thundered the ball straight down the middle to give Ancelotti’s men the lead for the first time.To compound matters for United, captain Vidic received a second yellow card in the dying moments for a foul on Ramires; suffering a suspension which will rule him out of the weekend’s clash with Liverpool At half time Ferguson would have been happy and settled with the game, but a second half revival from Chelsea keeps the title race alive, but only just.Source: Goal.comlast_img read more

ORV Accident

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis A serious crash involving an Off Road Vehicle occurred over the weekend in Presque Isle County.The incident happened on Saturday, May 27th when, the Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Department was called out to an ORV crash in Presque Isle Township.Officials report that a side by side being operated by 25 year old Tyler Steven Elowsky overturned, ejecting himself and his mother, Julie, from the machine. Neither of them wore a helmet. They were transported to MidMichigan Medical Center– Alpena.Alcohol is believed to be a factor, and the case remains under investigation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Rogers City Memorial Day ParadeNext Spruce Spruces Up Town With Window Clings Unveilinglast_img read more

Spruce man to appear in court

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– Michigan State Troopers were called to the US-23 South Marathon on the night of July 6 to deal with an alleged intoxicated man. The suspect, a Spruce resident named John Gray Jr, had already left in a vehicle. However, troopers didn’t take long to catch up to the vehicle and apprehend Gray.According to a press statement from the state police, gray then attempted to damage the patrol vehicle by thrashing about and violently kicking. He also refused a chemical test.Gray has been charged with multiple crimes, including Malicious Destruction of Police Property, Driving While Intoxicated Second Offense, and Resisting and Obstructing Police. He is set to appear in court on July 30.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Chief Forbush talks about emergency responseNext Three sentenced in 2019 Glennie assault caselast_img read more

Done deal: Eric Bekoe completes Kotoko move

first_imgStriker Eric Bekoe has completed his move to Asante Kotoko after signing a one-year contract with the Ghanaian champions.The 25 year old passed a medical on Tuesday morning before signing the contract which will see him at the club for the new premier league season.Bekoe’s career at Egyptian side Petrojet was shattered by recurrent injuries which forced him to sit out for a year.But after recovering fully from the injuries, the former Heart of Lions man is determined to make an instant impact on his return to the country’s biggest club.Eric Bekoe who emerged as the Ghana’s Premier League top scorer with 17 goals joined Petrojet in 2009 from Asante Kotoko.last_img

Arsenal: Jack Wilshere & four others sign new contracts

first_imgJack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson have signed long-term contracts at Arsenal.Midfielder Wilshere, 20, who returned in October after 15 months out injured, has signed until 2018.The other four players have committed to between four and five further years.“I believe when you have a core of British players, it’s always easier to keep them together,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.“We are delighted that these five young players have all signed new long-term contracts. “The plan is to build a team around a strong basis of young players in order to get them to develop their talent at the club.” Wenger is hopeful that Theo Walcott will also commit his future to the club.The England international’s contract expires in June 2013. Chelsea, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs have been linked with moves.Wilshere has made over 70 appearances for Arsenal since his first-team debut in 2008.He developed into a key player for the club in the 2010-11 season but missed the whole of the last campaign with a knee injury.Wilshere has played 10 games for Arsenal since returning in October, Wales international midfielder Ramsey, 21, has made over 120 appearances, scoring 10 goals, while defender Gibbs, 23, has started almost 40 games for Wenger’s side.Winger Oxlade-Chamberlain, 19, joined Arsenal from Southampton in a £15m deal in August 2011 and has featured regularly this season, while defender Jenkinson, 20, has made 10 Premier League starts. Wenger added: “Jack [Wilshere] is certainly the best known, the leader of this group – but the other four players are exceptional footballers and we’re very happy that we could conclude their new deals at the same time.“Gibbs, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey and Wilshere represent a core of the squad and it’s an extension for a long period for all of them.”last_img read more

Black Stars’ Golden Legends of 78 to be honoured

first_imgSome members of the Black Stars who conquered Africa in Accra and Kumasi to win the Nations Cup in 1978 are set to be awarded at the second edition of the National Player Awards in June.The awards which is a collaborative project between Proton Sports Services and the Retired National Footballers Association of Ghana (RENFAG) is aimed at bestowing honours on gallant men and women who had dedicated their lives and energy towards serving the nation in football.Last year’s edition saw the Black Stars’ squads of 1963, 65, 78 and 82 being honoured as Black Stars’ captain Asamoah Gyan swooped a double, including the most dedicated player of the team.Spokesperson for the National Player Awards, C.K. Akunnor told JOY Sports all is set for a more improved showpiece in June.“We are very young in terms of organizing events such as this, so definitely there would be lapses. But we have learnt from our mistakes and we are certain we will deliver a better awards ceremony this time round.”Asked what the novelty for this year’s ceremony would be, CK Akunnor said “this year we have decided to award some of the members of the Black Stars Africa Cup of Nations winning squad of 1978. We call them the Golden Legends. We believe they served the country well, just as all national sports men and women have so we would like to honour them for their dedication and selflessness.” The second National Player Awards will officially be launched on Tuesday May 14 2013 at the Media Center of the Accra Sports Stadium with the main event scheduled to take place in June.last_img read more

Kwadwo Asamoah wins Ghana’s Best Sportsman award & Footballer of the Year

first_imgJuventus star Kwadwo Asamoah has been named Ghana’s 2012 Best Sports Personality and Footballer of the Year by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana.Asamoah scooped the biggest prize in Ghana’s most important award ceremony beating Ghana U17 female captain Priscilla Okyere to the coveted to the prestigious Sports Personality Award.Okyere was crowned the Female Player of the Year after skippering her team to win a historic bronze at the 2012 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.Asamoah has been rewarded for his sterling displays for Udinese before signing for Juventus last summer and excelled as one of Africa’s biggest footballers in Europe.He was also key for Ghana at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations where the Black Stars finished fourth.The 24-year-old was also named Ghana’s Player of Year after shrugging off competition from Andre Ayew and Emmanuel Clottey. Also at the Awards Night on Saturday, Asante Kotoko coach Mas-Ud Dramani was named Coach of the Year after leading the Ghana U17 female to win bronze in Azerbaijan.The Black Maidens hence won the Team of the Year for their historic feat.Tema Youth and Ghana U20 midfielder Moses Odjier won the Promising Star of the Year.Berekum Chelsea’s exploits in the 2012 CAF Champions League earned them the Club of the Year honours.last_img read more

FIFA dismisses complaints from World Cup whistleblowers

first_imgIn the latest farcical twist in FIFA’s World Cup bidding investigation, the federation’s disciplinary committee has dismissed the complaints of whistleblowers Phaedra Al Majid and Bonita Mersiades.Almajid, who worked on Qatar’s bid communications, and former Australia 2022 executive Bonita Mersiades, submitted complaints to FIFA about Eckert’s dismissal of their evidence to Garcia. They were exposed and trashed in Eckert’s summary of FIFA investigator Michael Garcia’s 430-page report following his 18-month bidding probe.Almajid and Mersiades accused FIFA’s ethics chiefs of breaching confidentiality pledges. In an Op-Ed for the Guardian newspaper last month, Mersiades said she had cooperated with Garcia despite “low expectations of an investigation by FIFA of FIFA from someone paid by FIFA”. Having shared “what I knew and what I had observed”, she said, “Like Phaedra, I was traduced by Eckert”.But FIFA clearly saw it differently.Claudio Sulser, chair of FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee, ruled there were “no grounds for complaints” by Almajid and Mersiades.“Regarding the complaints brought by the participants in the 2018/2022 inquiry against the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, Hans-Joachim Eckert, FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee chairman has concluded that there were no grounds to justify the opening of disciplinary proceedings,” a FIFA statement said today. FIFA said Sulser had reviewed all provided material “and stressed that since the participants in the investigation had gone public with their own media activities long before the publication of the statement of the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber Judge Eckert, the breach of confidentiality claim had no substance”.FIFA laughably justified the ruling by claiming that neither of the whistleblowers was identified in Eckert’s summary.“What is more, no names were mentioned in the statement and any information provided was of a general nature,” the statement said. “Thus, there was no divulgence of any information of a confidential nature.”Both whistleblowers rightly claimed that the information they gave to Garcia had helped shape some of the conclusions in Garcia’s report, summarized by Eckert. Again, FIFA saw it very differently. “The statement of Judge Eckert also mentions that the report from the chairman and deputy chairman of the investigatory chamber did not rely on any information or material received from the participants in the investigation in reaching any conclusion in the report,” the FIFA statement said.FIFA said Garcia, chairman of the investigatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, had said in a letter to Sulser that the complaints by the participants in the investigation were “without merit and that, as far as he was concerned, there had been no infringements by Eckert”.Today’s statement comes a few days before the FIFA ExCo meets in Marrakesh, Morocco.FIFA remains under pressure to publish Garcia’s report in full with some names redacted to protect the identities of the other 73 interviewees who gave information to the former US attorney. In a report to the ExCo, Dominic Scala, head of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee, could make a ruling on how much of Garcia’s report should be made available to FIFA’s ruling body. This might then lead to more of Garcia’s report being made public.last_img read more

Jason Day: From 12-year-old with drink problem to Major champion

first_imgBruised but toughened by a difficult childhood, Australia’s Jason Day endured several close calls at the majors before finally landing one with a three-shot victory at the PGA Championship on Sunday.The 27-year-old from Rockhampton in Queensland led from start to finish in the final round at Whistling Straits, closing with a five-under-par 67 before savouring the celebrations with his caddie and long-time coach, Colin Swatton.”The path that I was on (it) was never expected for me to be here where I was today,” an emotional Day told reporters after keeping at bay American world number two Jordan Spieth as he posted a major record low of 20-under 268.”I lose my dad at 12, and then meet Colin and have him walk the journey with me and have him walk up the 18th hole with me was just a special, special thing, that I could never forget.”Day’s road to major champion was a long and difficult one. By his own admission, he went “off the rails a little bit” after his father died of cancer. Despite not even being in his teens he began drinking alcohol and getting into fights at school, convincing his mother that drastic action was needed. She sold the family home and sent him to Kooralbyn, a boarding school in Queensland whose alumni included Australia’s first Masters champion Adam Scott and Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman.It was there that Day met Swatton, who quickly became a father figure to the young Australian as well as his coach.”To have Colin on the bag at the first major championship win, walking up 18, knowing that I’ve got the trophy, it was just hard,” said Day.”I was trying to hold back the tears. “Me and Col have been working so hard on the swing, especially over the last few weeks, and the driving, it propelled me to win this week. “If I didn’t drive as long and as straight as I did, there’s no chance I would have won this tournament just hitting it just average.” Unlike most Australian golfers who were inspired by Greg Norman, Day’s idol was Tiger Woods. When he was a teenager, Day read a book about Woods and decided to copy his high work ethic, spending hours on the practice range.The pair have since become friends and Woods was among the first to congratulate Day after his breakthrough win on Sunday, tweeting: “very happy for Jason. Great dude and well deserved.”Day moved to the United States and turned professional in 2006, winning on the second-tier Nationwide tour in 2007. In 2010, he won his first PGA title, at the Byron Nelson Championship in Texas. A year later, he finished joint runner-up at the Masters, then outright second at the U.S. Open.A consistent performer, he recorded nine top-10 finishes in the majors but was unable to breakthrough until now. “I knew today was going to be tough, but I didn’t realise how tough it was going to be,” he said. “I learned a lot about myself, again, being able to finish the way I did. The experiences that I’ve had in the past with previous major finishes definitely helped me prepare myself for a moment like this.”Day, who climbed to a career-high third in the world rankings with his victory at Whistling Straits, was thrilled after setting a new low at the majors with his 20-under total.”It’s a fantastic record to hold,” he said. “There have been such amazing golfers … and to have that record just goes to show the work I’ve put in is paying off.” He is the 11th Australian to win a major, joining Peter Thomson (five), Norman (two), David Graham (two), Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Steve Elkington, Ian Baker-Finch, Wayne Grady, Kel Nagle and Jim Ferrier.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more