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Allardyce celebrates 60th with win

first_img “We just hope it continues. It’s too early to say what we’re going to be or what we’re going to do but things are looking very good. “If we get into December and we’re still getting results and maintaining a top-half position, then we can start thinking about maybe maintaining that for the rest of the season.” Burnley remain without a victory since their promotion back to the top flight, and this was a particularly tough loss after all the chances they created. Inside the first 10 minutes Boyd hit the bar and Lukas Jutkiewicz saw a goal correctly chalked off for offside, while Danny Ings headed just wide at 2-1 and substitute Ashley Barnes struck the bar late on. Manager Sean Dyche said: “We’re learning the hard way the harsh reality of the Premier League. You have to take your chances. “It was a very good display in the first half. You know in the second half you’ve got to come out quicker than that. We came out a little bit easy. “They changed their tactics a bit, stretching the pitch quicker and playing into the top third quicker, and we just didn’t quite deal with it early enough to get a foothold in the game. “The mentality’s right, we just need to continue the challenge, which is to find that moment of truth in front of goal to score more regularly. “We’re not naive. You’ve got to win games and we’ve got to find a way. We don’t want the story to be, ‘good old Burnley played well again but didn’t win’.” Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia headed goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half and, although George Boyd pulled one back, substitute Carlton Cole sealed a 3-1 victory for the Hammers. Allardyce said: ” I said to the players before the game, ‘Come on lads I need a result, because it is my birthday, and if I can’t get a result it’s not going to be very pleasing for me, no matter that I’m with my old mates’. “I think a change of system was the key element for us winning the game, which then brought better outstanding quality from us in wide areas. “Our two centre-forwards that we bought paid massive dividends with the quality of the headers off brilliant crosses, and that really in the end put Burnley to bed after they had a very lively first half. “Then Carlton comes on and scores a third when we’ve gifted them a goal to get back into it, which just summed up our performance today. It’s our first back-to-back victories and it’s fantastic that we’re now on 13 points.” Valencia and Sakho were both summer signings, and the latter, who joined from French side Metz, has now scored in six successive games. Allardyce said: “He is a bargain. This lad has been very exciting, and he’s excited the rest of the players. “I think all our players that were here last season, having had some of the depressing times that they didn’t expect, have all been lifted by the new players and their performances have increased as well as the news lads hitting the ground running. Press Association Sam Allardyce headed off to begin his 60th birthday celebrations with a spring in his step after seeing West Ham defeat Burnley to go fourth in the Barclays Premier League table. Allardyce turns 60 on Sunday and the former Blackburn manager is staying in the north west to mark the occasion. It did not look being a happy Saturday afternoon after a first half Allardyce admitted “wasn’t good enough” but Burnley could not take their chances and West Ham made them pay. last_img read more

Scandalous! $1.5bn Sports Investor, Arabella, Unknown in UK

first_imgThe proposal by a supposed UK-based Arabella 21st Century sports/marketing company, and some investors to plough about $1.5 billion into the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) may turn out a huge joke after all.Following the buzz generated by the proposal by Arabella 21st Century as represented by its CEO/President, Otunba Femi Carrena, during his meeting with Nigeria Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, recently Nigerian sports enthusiasts who were concerned about the reality of such investment coming from the UK or Europe where they are based sought to find out those behind the project. An investigation carried out by BEN TV, a UK-based first ethnic media channel in Europe on Arabella 21st Century including reaching out to UK’s company registration body, Company House, did not show any result.Really, it did show that UK Company House, (equivalent of Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission) may not have any record of Arabella 21st Century in its system.Infact, the only known website for Arabella 21st Century, has its domain name suspended since September 30th 2016 for inability to renew it.The suspension of Arabella 21st Century domain name since September could have caused the panic among sports enthusiasts who felt a company willing to invest $1.5 billion in Nigeria but could not afford a few dollars, less than $100, to renew its domain name must be unserious or at best itself looking for survival strategy in Nigeria.Further checks also showed that the only known project with Arabella 21st Century was the award of a contract to manage the arenas for the 15th National Sports Festival hosted by Ogun State Gateway Games Commission in 2006.How well did Arabella 21st Century performed in the task of managing that project can only be answered by Ogun State Gateway Commission.The news of such investment is a welcome development and a relief to many followers of Nigeria’s NPFL. The amount is staggering, capable of turning Nigeria’s sports around for the best and a huge step forward, however, it will be another blow to this government if it ended being another false hope.While the BEN TV report is not questioning the possible interest of Arabella 21st Century’s investment in Nigeria, it said that the company and its proprietors need to sort out the company’s identity, make its presence known to UK authority, the Company House.“If it is trading from the UK as we are made to believe, it needs to resolve its few bucks payment for its website domain renewal, at least for Nigerians to check them out and their profile especially in sports and related projects management.”While meeting with Dalung with his proposal few days ago, Carrena insisted thatsome investors in the United Kingdom were willing to invest the amount in the NPFL.He had said with so much promise; “They want to bring in about $1.5billion into Nigerian football but there is a caveat to it. They are not going to tamper with the constitution, statutes or football article. It is the same thing they did in China and Japan.“The league board will operate with the NFF and the Ministry will be involved. They want to set up a football development company that will be quoted on the stock exchange and same will apply to all the football clubs in Nigeria.”Carrena also hinted that like any other investor, they’ll like to make money.“They want to come to Nigeria and manage our league for the next 20 years. After a meeting with the ministry and other stakeholders, they’ll set up the company but their Nigerian counterparts are expected to invest 30 per cent of the $1.5billion. They’re ready to put their own money into the stock exchange but they’ll have the controlling share,” stressed the sweet talking CEO of Arabella to the sports minister who welcomed the proposal with open arms.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

A NEW ERA: Syracuse holds off Kansas State to win first bowl game since 2001

first_img Published on December 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments NEW YORK — Nathaniel Hackett saw something click in Marcus Sales four weeks ago in practice. Something changed, in his work ethic and preparation.And when he saw Sales standing in the end zone for the third time on the day, with 7:53 remaining, it was clear something did click. After a season in which the junior wide receiver scored just one touchdown, Sales tripled his scoring output in one game.‘It feels real good,’ Sales said. ‘Finally, I got a chance and I just made the plays when they counted.’Behind a strong rushing attack led by Delone Carter and a big-play passing attack led by Sales, the offensive play-caller Hackett and head coach Doug Marrone’s offense opened up Thursday. In a wild inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium in front of 38,274, Syracuse (8-5, 4-3 Big East) was able to keep up and win a 36-34 shootout over Kansas State (7-6, 3-5 Big 12).The win gave SU its first bowl victory since the 2001 Insight.com Bowl — also against Kansas State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘They made a young kid from the Bronx’s dream come true,’ Marrone said of his players while accepting the Pinstripe Bowl trophy. ‘And win this trophy at Yankee Stadium!’The Orange defense bent but did not break late in the fourth quarter, which sealed the victory. With 1:13 remaining, KSU quarterback Carson Coffman tossed a 30-yard touchdown strike to Adrian Hilburn, who flashed a celebratory salute after scoring. The officials issued a personal foul for excessive celebration. Down by two, the Wildcats couldn’t convert the two-point conversion from 18 yards out.When asked about the penalty after the game, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder paused four seconds before saying, ‘I can’t comment on that.’Though the Syracuse defense ultimately preserved the win, it was the SU’s offense that uncharacteristically brought the team to that point.Carter and the combination of quarterback Ryan Nassib and Sales carried Syracuse throughout the game. Twenty-seven carries, a career-high 198 yards and two touchdowns for the senior running back Carter in his swan song for the Orange.Five catches, 172 yards and three touchdowns all added up to a career game for the once-forgotten Sales. Nassib was happy to feed him the ball, as 172 of Nassib’s 239 passing yards and all three of his touchdowns went to Sales.Marrone singled Sales out in Wednesday’s pre-Pinstripe Bowl meeting with his team, reflecting upon the progress he saw in Sales.‘I pointed out Marcus Sales and how well he’s worked and the practices he’s had,’ Marrone said of that meeting. ‘And he came out and had a big game.’An SU offense that had only one play go more than 50 yards all year long would double that total Thursday.The first of those plays that came late in the first quarter. The Orange marched close to the 50-yard line, Hackett’s target point to open up the offense. And as Hackett looked at the KSU coverage, he knew the safety would bite.So as Antwon Bailey ran up the middle for what looked like a simple, straight-ahead running play, Hackett broke out the trickery. Bailey flung the ball back to Nassib on a flea flicker, and Nassib hung a perfect spiraling throw 52 yards to Sales to tie the game at 7-7.‘We practiced it all week,’ Sales said. ‘I knew it had a chance to come to me when the safety came down. So I just put my head down and ran, and looked for the ball when it came. And I caught it.’Behind another long Sales touchdown catch — this time from 36 yards out — SU went into the half tied at 14-14. The second half quickly turned into a shootout, with Syracuse and Kansas State trading offensive blows. Carter barreled in for two touchdowns, but the Wildcats answered with two touchdown scores of their own.The Orange found itself trailing by a point with 11 minutes left when Sales’ number was called again on the game-changing drive. First, he caught a crucial 18-yard pass to extend Syracuse’s drive on third down.And his second act came with the Orange on the KSU 44-yard line. Sales’ defender slipped, setting him wide open down the field, and Nassib found him again for the long touchdown score that gave SU the lead for good.The receiver who wasn’t on the depth chart at the beginning of SU’s season carried the team and program to its biggest victory in a decade.Flashing an uncharacteristic grin that was reminiscent of the boy from the Bronx, Marrone thought it was a fitting resemblance for where his program has come in just two short years.‘It’s about creating challenges and goals for your players,’ Marrone said. ‘And they responded.’bplogiur@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more