Swansea’s Leon Britton: Win against Sunderland would give us some breathing room

first_img “This is right up there with anything going back over a number of years,” Britton said. “We have never really been close to relegation – we have always had a little gap. But right now we are halfway through the season and one place above the drop. “It is dangerous and your home games against sides who are below you and want to catch you are massive. A win would give us some breathing room.” Britton’s time at Swansea seemed over last summer when previous manager Garry Monk gave him permission to talk to other clubs. But Britton chose to stay and is now looking forward to coming up against Sunderland striker and his old West Ham youth team-mate, Jermain Defoe. “I tested the water in America but it was their mid-season window and with salary caps and franchise players it was not straightforward,” Britton said. “I had offers to go into the Championship too, but I did not want to go down a level as I felt I could still do it in the Premier League. “I’m still in touch with Jermain as we were in school at Lilleshall together and joined West Ham at the same time as expensive teenagers. “I spoke to him the other day and asked him if he could stop scoring before he plays us. “But he just laughed – I think if his mum asked him to stop scoring he wouldn’t because he loves it so much!” Leon Britton makes his 500th Swansea appearance against Sunderland claiming it is one of the club’s biggest games for years. Britton was part of the Swans side which escaped relegation from the Football League by beating Hull on the final day of the 2002-03 season. And the 33-year-old midfielder has no hesitation in stressing the importance of Wednesday’s Liberty Stadium showdown, with only four points separating Swansea and Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Man. United tie ‘best in the world’ David de Gea to new deal

first_imgMANCHESTER United goalkeeper David de Gea has committed his future to the club after signing a new contract.Spanish goalkeeper De Gea, who joined the club in 2011, has put pen-to-paper on a new deal which will keep him at Old Trafford til 2023. The agreement also includes an option to extend for a further year.Speaking to the club’s official website, the 28-year-old said he was ‘honoured’ to extend his stay.“It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour,” he told the club’s website.“Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together.”In his eight years at the club, De Gea has featured 367 times and has helped the club to success in the Premier League, the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Europa League as well as winning the club’s player of the year award four times.He added: “I still feel that I have so much more to achieve at the club and I truly believe that Manchester United can build on the club’s tradition of success and reward our fans for their support.“I am committed to continue repaying the fans for all of the care that they’ve shown me during the good times and the bad.”De Gea, who arrived in Manchester from Atletico Madrid, has long been linked to return to his homeland with Real Madrid reportedly keen to take him back to the Spanish capital.In fact, back in 2015, a deal was in place for the stopper to join the Bernabeu club but the transfer broke down at the last minute, reportedly due to a faulty fax machine.De Gea had recently entered the final year of his existing deal and would have been able to leave on a free at the end of the season.However, the new contract will likely see the keeper remain at the club for the majority of the remainder of his career.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also expressed his happiness to see his number one pledge his future to the Red Devils.“I am delighted that David has committed his long-term future to the club,” he said. “Over recent years, David has proved himself to be the best in the world and a vital part of our plans as we look to take Manchester United back to where it belongs.”“As a player he is still hugely determined and hungry to achieve more. We all look forward to working together to meet those ambitions over the coming years.” (Yahoo Sport.UK)last_img read more

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Win over Gophers clinches 1st round bye in Big Ten tournament

first_imgWisconsin will be looking for another stellar performance from Jared Berggren Tuesday after he netted 18 points and hit a clutch 3-pointer to help take down Ohio State Sunday. He also held Jared Sullinger to just eight points.[/media-credit]Things are just beginning to heat up.After falling to eighth-place Iowa Thursday and regrouping for a thrilling 63-60 victory over then-No. 9 Ohio State, the final chances to jockey for a desirable position in time for the Big Ten tournament are well underway for No. 15 Wisconsin.With an up-and-down weekend behind them, the Badgers (21-8,10-6 Big Ten) remain in fourth place in the conference with two more games remaining in the regular season. A pat position in the standings alone would earn the Badgers a bye week in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, which hits Indianapolis March 8-11. A win in either of its next two games guarantees Wisconsin a top-four seed, and in head coach Bo Ryan’s 11 years at UW, the Badgers have never finished below fourth in the league.Tuesday night at the Kohl Center, the Badgers will attempt to once again bolster their conference standing against the Minnesota Gophers (17-12, 5-11). Wisconsin will be playing its third game in six days, against a Minnesota team that took it to overtime in Minneapolis Feb. 9 before the Badgers escaped with a 68-61 win.“You can’t take any night off in the Big Ten,” forward/center Jared Berggren said. “It doesn’t matter who you’re playing; a team that’s at the top of the standings or the bottom. Every team’s going to play hard, every team’s going to compete and every team is capable of beating anyone, really.“There can’t be any letdowns, and we have to keep our focus, keep our mental edge and be prepared to take their best shot and give our best shot right back at them.”The Badgers will also be bracing for the best effort from a desperate Gophers team that has now lost five straight games after losing to No. 23 Indiana 69-50 at home Sunday. Prior to that loss, Minnesota might have still had a decent opportunity at sneaking into the NCAA Tournament in March. Now, though, the Gophers almost assuredly need to win out and get help from other teams sitting on the tournament bubble.Coupled with Wisconsin’s short respite between games, Minnesota’s need for a victory has the Badgers expecting just as tough of a contest, if not tougher, than the one they saw earlier this month.“I’d say it’s freshness, not only physically but mentally,” guard Josh Gasser said of the most difficult part of the short layover. “You’ve just got to stay focused. Only getting one day to prepare for a team, you’ve got to go into that day of practice and really mentally prepare and focus on what’s coming next.”In avoiding a losing streak of its own against Ohio State, Wisconsin set forth one of its finest efforts of the season. UW went for the rim all day and hit 9-of-11 free throw attempts compared to 2-of-3 in the losing effort against Iowa.Berggren was the Badgers’ shining star Sunday, scoring 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting – including 3-for-7 from 3-point land. He also provided the go-ahead points for UW, hitting a clutch 3-pointer with 31 seconds left that sent the Badger bench into a frenzy.Berggren also scored Wisconsin’s final five points, setting forth a performance that was night-and-day different from his first against Ohio State, when Berggren allowed the Buckeyes’ preseason All-American forward Jared Sullinger to score 24 points and grab 10 rebounds. Berggren did score 10 points in that game, though he played only 24 minutes after Ryan’s discouragement with his defense on Sullinger was evident.“It is pretty exciting; it’s a little surreal, I guess you could say,” Berggren said of Sunday’s win. “But it’s something that we feel like we can beat anyone, we can compete with anyone. To get a good win on the road like that is definitely something to be proud of. But … we’ve got another game coming tomorrow, so no time to sit and dream about that one. You’ve got to move on to what’s next.”With its last two games at home – Illinois visits Sunday – Wisconsin could enter the Big Ten Tournament riding a three-game win streak, should it win both contests.Yet, one year after they finished 9-0 in conference games at home, the Badgers are only 4-3 at the Kohl Center in Big Ten play this year. UW’s 6-3 road record has maintained that top-four status in the conference, though the Badgers’ failures at home certainly still resonate as February draws to a close.“I’d have thought we’d have a better shot at getting a share of the title,” Berggren said. “If you had told us we were going to be 6-3 on the road, I’d like to think we could’ve taken care of business better at home than we were able to do. But we’ve got two more chances to win at the Kohl Center, and that’s our focus now.”last_img read more

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Salcano MTB Cup and Škoda XC League on Sunday

first_imgThis Sunday, Sarajevo will host the second international Salcano MTB Cup race organized by the Club of Mountain Biking “Puls” and the Centar Municipality, which will be held in the Betanija Park across the stadium Asim Ferhatović Hase. The race is on the world calendar of the cycling federation UCI and is scored for the C2 category. In addition to the UCI race, the Škoda XC League will also be held, which scores for the Premier League of BiH.“After last year’s UCI C3 race, we obtained permission of the world cycling federation to organize the C2 race this year. Preparations for the organization are going very well and we expect to watch high-quality biking contest on Sunday. First categories will start at 11 am, while elite categories will perform at 1:30 pm. The race is also open for recreationists who can perform in the hobby category and thus win some prizes. However, it is certain that the most interesting races will be in men and women elite category where, in addition to the best domestic bikers, we will also see contestants from Spain, Italy, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia,” said the organizer Amar Njemčević.You can apply on the webpage www.mtbsalcanocup.com, where you can also find other information and propositions.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Zebra Mussels discovered in Wellington City Lake

first_imgThese Zebra Mussels were discovered at Wellington City Lake.Press release by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Wellington Lake in Sumner County. Wellington city staff discovered the invasive, sharp-shelled mollusks as they replaced buoy lines. KDWPT staff subsequently found well-established populations of zebra mussels of various ages in the old and new parts of the lake. There is no known method to completely rid a lake of zebra mussels.     Wellington Lake covers approximately 675 surface acres. The lake office is located at 452 West 50th Street South, which is about five miles west of Wellington on US Hwy 160, then about one mile south of the City of Mayfield. It is managed by the City of Wellington, and KDWPT manages the fishery as part of the department’s Community Fisheries Assistance Program (CFAP). The lake and recreation area offer a variety of outdoor activities such as boating, skiing, swimming, fishing, camping and skiing.            Jessica Howell, KDWPT Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator, reminds lake visitors that everyone using the lake plays a key role in stemming the spread of mussels to un-infested lakes. “This situation shows how important it is for boaters, anglers, swimmers and skiers to be aware of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) and to take precautions to prevent their spread,” she said.  Prevention is the best way to avoid spreading ANS. They often travel by “hitchhiking” with unsuspecting lake-goers. “Always clean, drain and dry boats and other equipment such as skis, life jackets and water toys before using another lake. Also, don’t transfer lake water or live fish to another body of water. This can help stop the spread of not only zebra mussels, but most aquatic nuisance species that may be present,” Howell said.  The lake will be added to the list of ANS-designated waters in Kansas, and notices will be posted at various locations around the shore. The sharp-shelled zebra mussels attach to solid objects, so lake-goers should be careful when handling mussel-encrusted objects and when grabbing an underwater object when they can’t see what their hands may be grasping. Visitors should protect their feet when walking on underwater or shoreline rocks.     Zebra mussels are just one of the non-native aquatic species that threaten our waters and native wildlife. After using any body of water, people must remember to follow regulations and precautions that will prevent their spread: ·         Clean, drain and dry boats and equipment between uses·         Use wild-caught bait only in the lake or pool where it was caught·         Do not move live fish from waters infested with zebra mussels or other aquatic nuisance   species·         Drain livewells and bilges and remove drain plugs from all vessels prior to transport from   any Kansas water on a public highway.For more information about aquatic nuisance species in Kansas, report a possible ANS, or see a list of ANS-designated waters, visit ProtectKSWaters.org. ———ABOUT ZEBRA MUSSELSZebra mussels are dime-sized mollusks with striped, sharp-edged, two-part shells. They can produce huge populations in a short time and do not require a host fish to reproduce. A large female zebra mussel can produce 1 million eggs, and then fertilized eggs develop into microscopic veligers that are invisible to the naked eye. Veligers drift in the water for at least two weeks before they settle out as young mussels which quickly grow to adult size and reproduce within a few months. After settling, zebra mussels develop byssal threads that attach their shells to submerged hard surfaces such as rocks, piers, and flooded timber. They also attach to pipes, water intake structures, boat hulls, propellers, and submerged parts of outboard motors. As populations increase, they can clog intake pipes and prevent water treatment and electrical generating plants from drawing water. In 2012, two Kansas communities, Council Grove and Osage City, experienced temporary water shortages from zebra mussel infestations before water intake structures could be cleaned up. Removing large numbers of zebra mussels to ensure adequate water flow can be labor-intensive and costly.Zebra mussels are native to the Black and Caspian seas of western Asia and eastern Europe and were spread around the world in the ballast water of cargo ships. They were discovered in Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River in 1988 and quickly spread throughout the Great Lakes and other rivers including the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, Arkansas and Hudson. They were first discovered in Kansas in 2003 at El Dorado Reservoir. Despite public education efforts to alert boaters about the dangers of zebra mussels and how to prevent spreading them, the species continues to show up in new lakes every year. Moving water in boats and bait buckets has been identified as a likely vector.For information about Wellington Lake, visit http://cityofwellington.net/wellingtonlake.htmllast_img read more

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BCHL welcomes US-based Wenatchee Wild to league for 2015-16 season

first_img“The Wild will quickly develop rivalries with our existing franchises and I believe they will be a big draw in opposing buildings.”The Wild are no strangers to junior hockey, having been a member the North American Hockey League (NAHL) since the 2008-09 season, playing out of Wenatchee’s Town Toyota CenterDuring 2008, the Wild have had six players on their roster committed to National Collegiate Athletic Association Div. I programs.“We could not be more excited or humbled to be joining the BCHL,” said said head coach Bliss Littler, a native of Minot, N.D., is entering his 22nd year as a junior hockey coach.“Knowing the history and reputation of the league, be it sending players to play NCAA Division I hockey, NHL draft picks or the professionalism of the member teams and league have, we look forward to being a good league member on and off the ice.”As a U.S.-based club, the Wild will be allowed to roster a maximum of four Canadian players.BLUELINES: Trail Smoke Eaters completed its spring camp this past weekend at the Whistler Park Sports Centre in Whistler, BC. The team opens training camp in September for the 2015-16 season. . . .The BCHL will hold Bauer Showcase September 24-27 in Chilliwack at Prospera Centre. The BC Hockey League is getting another team — its 17th franchise starting with the 2015-16 season.The Wenatchee Wild was announced as the latest team to join the BCHL during a press conference Monday in the Washington State City.The franchise is the first American team in the BCHL since Bellingham Ice Hawks, operated from 1990 to 1995.“The BCHL is gaining a strong franchise in the Wenatchee Wild and we value the passion and professionalism they bring to our league,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale in a press release.last_img read more

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Calleri-RdT: the goal of a complementary couple

first_imgWhen Espanyol made the line-up public an hour before the game in El Sadar, Jonathan Calleri’s absence caught his attention. The striker, author of a hat-trick against Wolverhampton and substitute against Atlético, had earned the title since the arrival of Raúl de Tomás. Both formed a complementary society in the first four games of Madrid. Calleri’s work, his aerial game and his space races were the way to free the former Benfica, who scored in those meetings with the collaboration of the Argentine. In Vila-Real, a center of the tip itself finished off Tomás on goal. Against Athletic at home, both formed the pair in attack and again scored the Madrid with Calleri still on the pitch. As in Granada, in that penalty of discord that finally launched the parakeet itself. And finally, with Mallorca, in the first and only victory at home. Tomás scored in the 57th minute, before the 64 ‘replaced Calleri. Change of plan. But the injury of De Tomás, before traveling to Seville, opened the door to other variants and a system change that paid off at its premiere. Abelardo made a 4-2-3-1 with Calleri as the only reference and Wu Lei on the right side, a formula that was worth making a remarkable game and drawing (2-2), a valuable point. Formula, later, that did not give results in Valladolid. Before the expulsion of David López, Espanyol had been shown a harmless set. Before Atlético, the coach repeated with De Tomás instead of Calleri. Espanyol resisted Diego Simeone’s team and even went ahead with both Savic’s own goal, woven by Wu Lei and De Tomás.center_img “I was wrong in the lineup, I shit all the shit to me,” said Abelardo after the game, aware that the staging of the team was not the best, surpassed by Osasuna, without a clear game link. At the break he corrected with the entry of Calleri by Wu Lei, although it was not enough. Not even with his best attack did Espanyol increase his chances, which he only threw into goal through Darder in an individual action that the goalkeeper refused.Awaiting the course of the week, and with the meeting against Alavés on the horizon, Abelardo could use this pair of attackers again, aware that Espanyol is no longer worth even the draws if he wants to continue another year in First. And with Calleri and RdT in attack this Espanyol proved to be more dangerous.last_img read more

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Fire destroys 3 shops in mall

first_imgPatrons at The Britisher, a bar a few storefronts down, were evacuated about 1 a.m. by sheriff’s deputies. Bartender Karly Santacruz said when she first walked outside, all that was visible was thick black smoke. A few minutes later, she said, she heard the store’s windows pop. “That’s when the whole thing ignited,” Santacruz said. “The fire went out the window and up really high. It looked like something you’d see in a movie.” In addition to La Familia, Check Cashing and Full Body Massage were destroyed. “It’s unfortunate to see the business owners lose their livelihood, but we were able to aggressively stop the fire and prevent it from getting any farther,” Battalion Chief Gerald Cosey said. “It definitely could have been a lot worse.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A massive blaze at a Lancaster strip mall early Tuesday morning destroyed three stores. The fire, reported at 12:50 a.m., was thought to have started in the attic of La Familia furniture store at 859 West Ave. I. Fifty firefighters in eight engines and three ladder trucks responded, spending more than an hour dousing the flames. Los Angeles County hazardous-materials crews were summoned to the scene, too. The fire could have caused significantly more structural damage to the shopping center if not for firefighters making a trench cut in the attic, where the blaze is thought to have been started by electrical wiring, Fire Department Chief Mark Bennett said. Bennett said Sheriff’s and Fire departments investigators ruled out arson as the cause of the blaze. “They were absolutely incredible,” property manager Stacy Emery said. “I’m just really grateful for my L.A. County fire and all my local city officials. They all really stepped up to the plate for us.” Firefighters gutted the furniture store during the midday hours, hosing down the debris to ensure that it wasn’t smoldering. “They’re obviously concerned about hot spots,” said Rod Emison, whose Har-Bro contractors was commissioned to install protective fencing around the structure. “It’s very unusual to see (firefighters) pulling out all that other debris.” last_img read more

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Zimmer introduces petition on gun magazine limits

first_imgFresh off the passing of federal Bill C-42, also known as the Common Sense Firearms Act, Prince George-Peace River Bob Zimmer introduced a petition in parliament today calling for further repeals to gun legislation.In a release, Zimmer said he introduced a petition from Canada’s National Firearms Association.The petition calls on the Minister of Public Safety, the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada to remove magazine capacity limits from prohibited status, according to the release.- Advertisement -The limits are set under regulations set under the Criminal Code of Canada.“They request and call upon the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada To repeal Item 3 of Part 4 of the schedule to the regulations prescribing certain firearms and other weapons, components and parts of weapons, accessories, cartridge magazines, ammunition and projectiles as prohibited or restricted,” Zimmer said.Some 29,000 people reportedly signed the petition, according to Zimmer.Advertisement Bill C-42 was passed in the House of Commons last week. The bill calls for safety training for first time gun owners, proposes a streamlined licensing system, and would no longer require gun owners to carry a separate document to transport firearms to activities such as target practice or a shooting range competition.The bill will is now before the Senate as part of the legislative process.last_img read more

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Double boost for Stoke! Key duo put pen to paper on new deals

first_imgStoke City pair Glenn Whelan and Peter Crouch have signed new contracts with the club.Midfielder Whelan and striker Crouch have both committed their futures to the Potters until the summer of 2017.Manager Mark Hughes said: “We’ve been talking to both players for a while and it’s pleasing that both want to stay and be a part of what we are striving to achieve at the club.“They are both fantastic professionals who had contributed a great deal to Stoke City long before I joined the club and have continued to do so. I’m delighted they are staying with us for at least another couple of years.”Whelan arrived Britannia Stadium from Sheffield Wednesday in 2008 and played a vital part in helping the club win promotion to the Premier League.Crouch has been at the club since 2011, arriving from Tottenham for a club record fee of £10 million.Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said: “Players like Glenn and Peter are very much the backbone of our squad and we’re delighted they have committed to spend at least another two years with the Club.“They have both proved to be fantastic signings for Stoke City. The experience they bring to bear on the side, both on and off the pitch, cannot be under-estimated and they still have so much to offer.” 1 Peter Crouch last_img read more

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