Cardiff stun City

first_imgFraizer Campbell scored two late goals as Cardiff marked their first Premier League home game with a famous 3-2 victory over Manchester City. Alvaro Negredo got his first goal for City in stoppage time, but it was too little, too late. Few had given last season’s Championship winners any hope of getting a result after City had opened their campaign so impressively against Newcastle. But Malky Mackay’s men worked tirelessly to deny their big-spending visitors the space to work their magic and they ended the game as deserving winners. Prior to kick-off a section of the Welsh club’s fans had walked through the city to express opposition to the changing of the club’s kit from blue to red but, come the final whistle, fans wearing both colours joined in euphoric celebrations. For Pellegrini, there was a reminder that his will not be an easy task, and this poor display means they remain without a win from three Premier League visits to south Wales. Indeed, they never allowed their visitors to settle, with Joleon Lescott and Javi Garcia showing particular discomfort against Campbell’s pace. Cardiff could have led after just 30 seconds. David Silva and Gael Clichy stood off Craig Bellamy and Lescott missed the Welshman’s ball into the box. It eventually fell to Campbell, who went down as Fernandinho closed in, but the appeals were waved away by Lee Probert. Edin Dzeko appeared to have put Manuel Pellegrini’s side on course for the three points when his superb strike gave City the lead early in the second half. But Cardiff hit back when Aron Gunnarsson tucked home from close range just before the hour, before Campbell twice headed home from corners to spark scenes of delirium at Cardiff City Stadium. Press Association Lescott was all at see again a few minutes later. The defender was robbed off possession by Gary Medel and then needlessly fouled Kim Bo-kyung to give Peter Whittingham a free-kick which he fired just wide. Whittingham then picked out Steven Caulker from a set-piece to force Joe Hart into a save, although the flag was up for offside. Cardiff’s tigerish snapping and harrying meant City could not find their stride and it took 20 minutes for them to unlock the home defence, but Andrew Taylor was on hand to clear from Silva’s astute ball across the six-yard box. Dzeko should have given them the lead just before the half hour but failed to control Yaya Toure’s excellent threaded pass. David Marshall held an ambitious effort from Silva, before Ben Turner blocked brilliantly as Toure fired at goal as City steadily assumed control. But Pellegrini’s men should have trailed at the interval. Campbell escaped the attentions of Garcia and Lescott far too easily from Gunnarsson’s lofted pass, but could not get a shot away cleanly, and seconds later Garcia’s woeful header forced Hart to intervene. Cardiff looked as though they would rue those missed opportunities when City took the lead just six minutes into the second half. Toure found Aguero and the Argentinian’s lovely lay-off set-up Dzeko to blast a strike beyond Marshall’s despairing dive. Cardiff refused to crumble and hit back eight minutes later. Clichy gave Kim far too much room on the right of the area and, although Hart saved from Campbell, he could do little to prevent Gunnarsson firing home the rebound. City pressed and pressed in an effort to restore their advantage but were met by stern resistance as Silva was crowded out before firing over, and Caulker blocked an Aguero strike. The rearguard effort gained its reward with 11 minutes to go, Whittingham swung over a pinpoint corner and Campbell snuck away from Pablo Zabaleta at the far post to nod in. The former Manchester United and Sunderland striker then completed the job with five minutes to go as he again escaped Zabaleta to find the net and write his name into Cardiff history. Negredo pulled one back but it was not enough. last_img read more

Football leaders bury differences to tackle coronavirus

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodBERN, Switzerland (Reuters) – After months of bickering over new competitions, talks of closed super leagues and complaints of greed by elite clubs, football’s leaders have buried their differences to tackle the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.On Tuesday, UEFA agreed to delay its flagship Euro 2020 competition for one year to allow domestic leagues to complete their seasons, once football resumes, and FIFA in turn recommended postponing its new Club World Cup from 2021.“It was a relatively short call, probably the most united front of opinion I have seen in European football so far,” said Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, general secretary of the global players’ union FIFPRO, after a video conference with UEFA and representatives of clubs and leagues. “It was a very cordial conversation — not at all tense or contentious.” That could not be said of recent encounters involving football’s various stakeholders.Only two weeks ago, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told his organisation’s annual congress that “no football administrator, no matter the size of the ego, should think we are the stars of the game. We are only the guardians of the game.”He didn’t mention any names but FIFA president Gianni Infantino, whose efforts to create the Club World Cup have not gone down well with UEFA, was sitting in the front row. Last year, UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA), proposed a reform of the Champions League which would have turned it into semi-closed competition from 2024 onwards.The proposal was eventually dropped amid widespread opposition led by Europe’s domestic leagues. In December, the Financial Times and New York Times reported that discussions led by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had taken place over the possibility of setting up a super league featuring the world’s richest clubs split into two divisions. Ceferin said the idea was “far-fetched” and “insane”.Such reports of breakaways have become commonplace over the years as the financial gap grows between a handful of elite clubs and the rest. Only two weeks ago, Andrea Agnelli, president of Serie A champions Juventus, questioned the right of smaller rivals Atalanta to take part in the Champions League because the club lacked “international history”.FIFA’s ambitions for a 24-team Club World Cup have themselves been seen as an attempt to muscle in the lucrative club game and reduce financial dependency on the World Cup. But the tone was very different on Tuesday.“It is at times like these, that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity and altruism,” said Ceferin, while Baer-Hoffmann recognised that UEFA had taken a “significant hit” with its decision to postpone Euro 2020.“Finding appropriate and fair solutions at global level is imperative,” added Infantino, who also proposed a fund to help those in football affected by the pandemic. “We need to think of all those around the world potentially impacted by our decisions.”last_img read more

Wellington’s Garrett Wilson wins two prestigious journalism awards at OSU

first_imgGarrett Wilsonby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Garrett Wilson, a junior at Oklahoma State University and contributor to the Sumner Newscow website, recently won two prestigious awards from the Oklahoma State School of Media and Strategic Communications.Wilson, the son of Bobby and Ginger Wilson of Wellington, was the winner of the Oklahoma Broadcasters Education Association award. He also received OSU’s Sam Love Memorial Award for top sports media student given to an incoming senior for the 2014-15 school year.Wilson, a 2011 Wellington High School graduate,  was selected as one of three students to win the prestigious OBEA award from any university in Oklahoma. He voiced a 10-minute long radio show where he gathered stories and pieced them together. Professor Dr. John McGuire then submitted his radio production to a committee of OBEA members, who then chose the top three entries.The Sam Love award was selected by the faculty advisory council. Wilson will get a $2,000 scholarship with the award.Wilson, a sports media broadcast major, will be presented the award at the OSU School of Media and Strategic Communication awards banquet to be held on April 14.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down WHSmom · 331 weeks ago Congrats Garrett… Report Reply 0 replies · active 331 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

UL Students Petition Legislature to Abort Tuition Hike

first_imgHundreds of students of the University of Liberia on Tuesday staged a rally on Capitol Hill to petition the National Legislature to prevail on the UL administration not to increase their tuition fees.The UL administration recently announced through its Board of Trustees the increment of credit hour fees for the under graduate program from L$175 to US$4 and for the graduate program from US$55 to US$75.The students consider the increments to be exorbitant and an attempt by the administration to disallow underprivileged students their basic constitutional right to learn.The petition presented by the president of the UL Student Union (ULSU), Mr. Daniel Woart said, “ULSU sees this astronomical increment in tuition highly inconceivable to accept given the current devastating state of the national economy over the past four fiscal periods. This imposition, in our opinion, is a concoction aimed at depriving thousands of underprivileged students the chance to continue their academic sojourn at the University of Liberia.”The aggrieved students called on the National Legislature to consider the constitutional responsibilities and other obligations related to public education stated in Article 6 of the Liberian constitution, Article 26 of the declaration of human rights and Article 1, sections A, B, C and D of the Charter of the University of Liberia and instead increase the budget of the University to US$29m during fiscal budgetary allotment period.The UL administration, on announcing the increments, cited the major financial constraint it faces as a factor responsible for the poor quality of services and in some cases the unavailability of some services at the University.If the tuition increments take effect, a sum of US$ 1.3m will be raised and this will get the University’s budget up to US$ 16.3m but still leave a deficit of US$ 12.7m of the US$29m needed to run Liberia’s premier government owned institution of higher learning. Presently the University is run on a US$15.1m budget, which if raised to at least US$29m will help to alleviate the many shortcomings listed by the students in their petition.The students, in their three page petition read by their interim leadership (ULSIL) cited the lack of internet connectivity, poor infrastructure, inadequately equipped laboratories, and unaffordable transportation to and from the campuses, among the deficiencies at the university which do not warrant the tuition hike.Another complaint put forward by the students is the lack of internship opportunities for students graduating from the state run University. Internship is “one of the elements critical to career development and man power success stories in the job market”, the students said. The lack of it causes experience disparities which in turn deny most of the graduates of the University good opportunities in the job market.“In most cases,” the petition stated that the employers “call on the job seekers to have a good number of years of experience before being hired. Where does a student who has benefited from no internship program at the level of the University of Liberia get five or more years of experience if he or she is to get the job he or she seeks?” they wondered.Receiving the petition Speaker Alex Tyler assured the students that he would present the petition to plenary for their timely consideration of their request.The student delegation included its vice president K. Moses James, secretary Jerome D. Dangbuah and Dickson G. Goffa, financial secretary.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more