PREMIER League champions Manchester City will be without eight players for Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Arsenal at Wembley (5pm), the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season.Speaking at a news conference, manager Manuel Pellegrini said captain Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero, Martin Demichelis, Frank Lampard and Bacary Sagna had only returned to training this week after being given extended time off after the World Cup.Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo had already been ruled out with a broken foot.“Frank Lampard is not ready to play,” Chilean Pellegrini said.“All the players that arrive this Monday, Demichelis, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Sagna, Fernandinho, Lampard and Aguero, they have a special pre-season this week and next week.“Negredo has at least two or three months that he won’t play. He is coming to Carrington again and he is working on different things.”Pellegrini said beating last season’s FA Cup winners Arsenal was important for setting the right tone for the defence of their league title.City suffered surprise defeats to Cardiff City and Aston Villa early on last season, and while they eventually fought their way to the Premier League summit, Pellegrini was keen to avoid a similarly slow start.“It’s not a friendly match,” he added. “It is an important game against an important team in Arsenal.“Maybe both teams, Arsenal and our team, do not arrive in our best moment because both have a lot of players who have just arrived from the World Cup but I think it will be a very good game and important for both teams to win it.“We have to start from zero, we won the title last year but now plenty of teams have the same option.”As for Arsenal, summer signing Alexis Sanchez is set to make his competitive debut.Sanchez could be one of three debutants for the Gunners at Wembley, with Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers also available. New goalkeeper David Ospina is a doubt with a thigh problem.Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski are not available. The trio do not return to training until Monday after being given extra rest following their World Cup triumph with Germany last month.Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Arsenal are still benefiting from the feel-good factor of winning the FA Cup and thinks the triumph could spur the team on to more success this season.The Gunners ended a nine-year wait for silverware when they beat Hull at Wembley in May – a victory that eased the disappointment of another underwhelming league finish.Arsenal spent more than 100 days at the top of the Barclays Premier League last season but had to settle for fourth, seven points behind City.“When there’s a lot of talk about a team that should or could be winning things and it’s not happening it can become a little bit frustrating,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said.“There’s been a little bit of negative media about Arsenal in recent years but we always believed we would win a trophy soon and the squad we’re putting together could do it.“The fact it did happen, I don’t know if it was a relief, it was a really nice reward for the togetherness we’ve had to show for a while now.“It does start a winning momentum and once you know you can win, it gives you confidence – you can go into competitions thinking you can win and expecting to go far.”
Wayne Rooney’s Everton homecoming ended in a 1-0 win over Slovak side Ruzomberok with the former Manchester United striker having a quiet return to Goodison Park in the Europa League, third qualifying round, first-leg on Thursday.The 31-year-old re-signed with his boyhood club earlier this month after enjoying 13 years with Manchester United and was, of course, given a warm welcome from the home supporters.But, playing in his old centre-forward role, the Liverpool-born Rooney was unable to truly threaten the Ruzomberok goal and only really became influential once he had moved out to the right flank.Rooney’s positional switch came after Everton manager Ronald Koeman brought on another new signing, Spaniard Sandro Ramirez, in the 61st minute.Ramirez, “a different kind of number nine to Wayne” according to Koeman, brought the sharpness, urgency and physical presence to the Everton attack that had been missing as Rooney floated in more of a free role.Within four minutes of the change, Everton took the lead when, from a corner, the ball was cleared to Leighton Baines, whose fierce drive took a deflection and beat Ruzomberok keeper Matus Macik.Koeman indicated that Ramirez, with another week of training under his belt, could start in Slovakia next Thursday and that could mean Rooney beginning in the wider role.On the limited evidence of his first outing that may well be the wisest choice given Rooney’s pace is now far from that of the teenager who made his name at Goodison.Asked for his views on Rooney’s first competitive game under his charge, Koeman said: “Good, positive. He worked very hard. A lot of positives after four weeks of pre-season.”While the Premier League team might have expected to have created a bigger advantage for next week’s second leg, Koeman said he was content with the result.“One-nil is not a bad result maybe everybody thought we would get a bigger result at home but everybody needs to realise that we are in just the fourth week of pre-season and not at 100 percent. In European football a 1-0 with a clean sheet is a good result,” he said.The Dutchman is hoping the Slovak side, who were well organised and played with a deep defence, will come out and attack more in the second leg.“They need to do more than they did tonight and maybe that makes a totally different game for us,” Koeman said.Results from the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round 3 first leg matches on Thursday:Austria Vienna (Austria) – AEL Limassol (Cyprus) 0-0Everton (England) – Ruzomberok (Slovakia) 1-0Freiburg (Germany) – Domzale (Slovenia) 1-0Aberdeen (Scotland) – Apollon Limassol (Cyprus) 2-1Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) – Odd Grenland (Norway) 2-1Olympique Marseille (France) – Oostende (Belgium) 4-2Gent (Belgium) – SCR Altach (Austria) 1-1Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) – Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) 2-0Girondins Bordeaux (France) – Videoton FC (Hungary) 2-1Panathinaikos (Greece) – FK Qabala (Azerbaijan) 1-0Arka Gdynia (Poland) – Midtjylland (Denmark) 3-2Brondby (Denmark) – Hajduk Split (Croatia) 0-0Universitatea Craiova (Romania) – AC Milan (Italy) 0-1Bnei Yehuda (Israel) – Zenit St Petersburg (Russia) 0-2Botev Plovdiv (Bulgaria) – Maritimo (Portugal) 0-0Dinamo Bucharest (Romania) – Athletic Club (Spain) 1-1FC Astra (Romania) – FC Oleksandriya (Ukraine) 0-0AEK Larnaca (Cyprus) – Dinamo Minsk (Belarus) 2-0AIK Stockholm (Sweden) – Braga (Portugal) 1-1FC Krasnodar (Russia) – Lyngby (Denmark) 2-1Utrecht (Netherlands) – Lech Poznan (Poland) 0-0Ostersunds FK (Sweden) – CS Fola Esch (Luxembourg) 1-0PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) – Osijek (Croatia) 0-1Sturm Graz (Austria) – Fenerbahce (Turkey) 1-2Suduva Marijampole (Lithuania) – Sion (Switzerland) 3-0Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) – Panionios (Greece) 1-0Olimpik Donetsk (Ukraine) – PAOK Salonika (Greece) 1-1Trakai (Lithuania) – KF Shkendija (Macedonia) 2-1Mlada Boleslav (Czech Republic) – Skenderbeu (Albania) 2-1
T20 PREPARATION “A lot of our preparation, I must admit, has seemed to focus a lot more on the T20 World Cup coming up, so we’re looking for players to shift a little bit in gear, be a lot more patient – it’s 50 overs, a longer version of the game- so it’s about spending a bit more time in the middle, but I’m certain that we’ll do that come Wednesday.” Windies Women bowled well to restrict South Africa to 201 for nine off their 50 overs, especially after the visitors had cruised to 104 for one in the 28th over. However, the hosts were then let down by a sloppy batting effort in their run chase with only Shemaine Campbelle, in her first ODI in two years, showing any enterprise with 46. Logie said the batsmen had failed to apply themselves properly and stressed the importance of senior players taking responsibility. “I think at the halfway stage we felt really confident that this total was gettable and that we could have chased that down but, unfortunately, it did not work out,” Logie lamented. The series forms part of the eight-team ICC Women’s Championship, which serves as a qualifier for the 2021 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): West Indies Women’s coach Gus Logie has backed his side to put Sunday’s opening loss to South Africa behind the, and come out swinging in today’s crucial second one-day international (ODI) of the three-match series. The hosts produced a limp performance with the bat, failing to chase down a modest target of 202 and crashing to a 40-run defeat at Kensington Oval. However, Logie said with much of the preparation having focused on the side’s defence of the Twenty20 World Cup title in November, it was now critical they made the adjustment to the requirements of the 50-over format. “It’s just a matter of reinforcing the positives and at the end of the day, hope that the players learn from [Sunday’s] experience,” the former West Indies batsman said. “I think the preparation stage was very good, so I don’t think that any player can critique the fact that we were well prepared in terms of numbers; of balls hit, time in the nets, and it’s evident, when you look at the nine-ten-Jack (tail-enders), the way they shaped – they shaped pretty well – it gives you courage, so I’m sure the top order will take some more responsibility comes Wednesday.” He added: “It’s a work in progress. We keep talking about what we’re aiming towards. It’s a build-up as well, despite the fact [that] it’s a competition within itself, but it’s a build-up, to what happens later in the tournament in terms of the T20s and certainly the T20 World Cup.
The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books LATEST STORIES DRAKE WATCHRaptors fan and ‘global ambassador’ Drake sat in his regular seat adjacent to the Toronto bench. The rapper wore a black hoodie with ‘KAWHI ME A RIVER’ printed on the back.STREET PARTYOutside the downtown arena, fans flooded streets, bringing traffic to a standstill. One video posted on social media showed a group of fans partying on the roof of a Toronto city bus. Fans surrounded Marc Gasol’s car as he was driven out of the arena , and the center rolled down his window to trade high fives with the crowd.BIRTHDAY BOYToronto’ reserve Norman Powell scored nine points on his 26th birthday. Standing at the back of the room, Powell’s mother wished him a happy birthday at the end of her son’s press conference.FAMILIAR POSITIONThe last team to overcome an 0-2 deficit and win a conference finals was Oklahoma City, which beat San Antonio in six games in 2012 after losing the first two on the road. Ibaka played for that Thunder team, while Leonard was a Spurs rookie.UP NEXTThe NBA Finals comes to Canada for the first time when the Raptors host the Warriors on Thursday night. Toronto swept Golden State in the regular season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting It will be the two-time defending champions against a Raptors team that will finally bring the NBA Finals outside the U.S. after entering the league in 1995.“They’re one of the greatest teams in history,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said of the Warriors. “It will be a tall task, but we’ll try to figure it out.”Pascal Siakam scored 18 points, Lowry had 17 and Fred VanVleet 14 for the Raptors.Lowry held the game ball and picked up his children after the game, finally getting to the championship round after the Raptors kept falling short against Cleveland.“It’s taken a long time to get here in my career,” Lowry said. “I’ve run into one guy for a while.”ADVERTISEMENT Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) holds up the trophy after the team’s 100-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. The Raptors advanced to the NBA Finals. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kyle Lowry stole the ball and pushed it ahead, then waited for Kawhi Leonard to arrive before feeding his All-Star teammate for a thunderous one-handed slam over Giannis Antetokounmpo.“The building exploded after that dunk,” Leonard said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Toronto was eliminated by LeBron James and the Cavaliers in three straight postseasons before shaking things up last summer with the acquisition of Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP who was acquired from San Antonio and has carried the Raptors in this postseason.“He’s the best player in the league and we’re happy he’s in Toronto,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said.Asked about Ujiri’s compliment, Leonard said he’s focused on different goals.“I just want to win,” he said. “I don’t care about being the best player. I want to be the best team.”Antetokounmpo had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, but the NBA’s top team in the regular season saw its bid for a first finals berth in 45 years come to a disappointing end with a fourth consecutive defeat.“Man, obviously when you’re up 2-0, that doesn’t mean nothing,” Antetokounmpo said. “You’ve got to learn how to come out and close out games, especially after Game 3. We’ve got to get better as a team, and we’ve got to get better individually.”Even Nurse found his team’s turnaround hard to believe.“Beating this team four times in a row is almost mind boggling,” Nurse said.Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said it hurt to see a great season end.“The roster that was put together for this season, as the season started going, you started feeling like it was special and could do special things, including advancing past tonight, but it didn’t happen,” Budenholzer said. NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Down 76-71 to start the fourth, the Raptors tied it with an 8-2 run while Leonard and Antetokounmpo were both on the bench. Serge Ibaka’s dunk with 10:32 to go tied it at 78.Antetokounmpo returned after a timeout, but Leonard kept sitting. That didn’t matter to Toronto, with Siakam’s basket giving the Raptors an 80-78 lead, their first lead since it was 6-3.Toronto made 12 of 27 3-point attempts, including four of eight in the fourth quarter.Siakam, who missed a pair of free throws late in the fourth quarter of Toronto’s double-overtime win in Game 3, hit one to make it 98-94. Leonard grabbed the rebound on the second and was fouled. He made both, putting the Raptors up 100-94 with 3.9 seconds to go.Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton each made a pair from long range as the Bucks shot 6 for 9 from 3-point range in the first and closed the quarter with 10 unanswered points to lead 31-18. Toronto shot 6 for 19 in the opening quarter, missing six straight twice in the first 12 minutes.The Bucks extended their lead to 38-23 on a 3 by Ersan Ilyasova with 7:46 left until half. Toronto cut the gap to 46-43 on a 3 by VanVleet with 1:07 left in the second, but Eric Bledsoe answered with a 3 and Antetokounmpo split a pair at the line, giving the Bucks a 50-43 advantage at the intermission.The lead went back to 15 in the third before Leonard finished the period with a flourish. He had eight points in the final 2:01 and Toronto closed with a 10-0 run, cutting a 15-point deficit to 76-71.TIP-INSBucks: Milwaukee shot 4 for 16 in the second but three of its made baskets were 3-pointers. … The Bucks had six points in the paint in the first half. They finished with 28. … Budenholzer was called for a technical foul on Milwaukee’s first possession of the second half. Leonard missed the free throw. … Antetokounmpo shot 5 for 10 at the free throw line.Raptors: Danny Green, who missed all three of his field goal attempts in 16 minutes in Game 5, had another rough night. Green shot 0 for 4 in 14 minutes. … Leonard’s 17 rebounds were his most in any game this postseason. … Lowry had eight assists. It sure did. Now imagine how it will sound when the NBA Finals come to Toronto for the first time next week.Leonard had 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Raptors into the finals for the first time with a 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. His big dunk with 6:46 to go in the fourth quarter was the final basket in a game-changing 26-3 run that began late in the third.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It was kind of a momentum capper,” Lowry said. “We were on a run, and why not feed the big dog? Let the big dog eat.”The Raptors overcame a 15-point deficit to win the series in six games and will host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN A win is a win Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card
0Shares0000National rugby U-19 head coach Paul Odera (left) while naming the team for the CAR 1A Cup.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 16- Kenya’s Under-19 rugby team Chipu, departs for Windhoek Namibia on Monday to take part in the CAR 1A Cup of Nations with head coach Paul Odera eying the African glory.Chipu open their campaign August 24 against Zimbabwe and hope to begin with a win which will earn them a ticket to the final against either Namibia or Tunisia who play in the other semi-final. Odera expects a tough encounter from the Zimbabweans who have established age grade national teams.“Zimbabwe is going to be a difficult opponent because they have national teams from U-13, U-16, U-18 and now U-19 which we will be facing. We will be playing some players who’ve been together for the last four years. But it is not something to worry as our players are just as talented as them,” Odera said.Kenya have reached the finals twice before, losing to Namibia in both instances in 2013 and 2014. Last year, the side finished third and the target is to go one better this time round.Speaking of the preparations, the coach noted they have worked a lot on fine-tuning their line outs as well as working on speed having done their homework on Zimbabwe’s tactics.“After watching Zimbabwe play at the Junior World Trophy in April this year, it is clear we need quicker players to keep pace with the speed of the game. That’s what we’ve concentrated on. The conditioning coach has got the players to repeat hard work right through the duration,” he noted.He says the coaching team has been focused on selecting taller players for the assignment as they seek to perfect their tact on the line-out, basing on how they played against Zimbabwe last year.“The focus at the moment is to get over on Zimbabwe. We have done our homework on Namibia and Tunisia as well and once we get to the final, then we will have known how best to tackle either of them,” the tactician added.He has named a 25-man squad for the championship including three foreign based players. Full back Jeff Mwendo and Back row Mark Mutuku from Kingswood College in South Africa as well as Scrumhalf Michael Kimwele from Culford School in England have made the cut.Edgar Mwenya, Erastus Karani and Bob Otieno have all missed the final cut due to injury.Captain Gabriel Adero believes the team is prepared enough to do well in Namibia.‘We have trained so hard in the last five weeks and we feel ready to represent the country. We will do the best we can to ensure we achieve the target the coach has set for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
WHITTIER – A La Habra man was seriously injured Tuesday night when a car turned in front of his motorcycle on Imperial Highway at Wicker Drive, officers said. The crash was reported at 9:30 p.m. in the county area of Whittier, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Joe Zizi. He said the preliminary investigation showed a Toyota Camry driven by Jamie Masadeh, 50, of La Habra was traveling east on Imperial when it made a turn in the path of a Harley-Davidson going west on Imperial. The motorcyclist, Shawn Williams, 22, suffered major injuries and was flown by helicopter to a hospital, Zizi said. That section of Imperial Highway was closed for 90 minutes. Hit-and-run crash suspect arrested MONTEBELLO – A driver who lost control of his vehicle, hit at least one parked car and crashed in the front yard of a home before leaving his dying passenger inside the vehicle was in custody Wednesday, authorities said. The crash occurred at 6:16 p.m. Tuesday in the 400 block of South Woods Street, near Eagle Street, in East Los Angeles, according to the CHP. The driver fled the scene on foot, leaving his unidentified male passenger in the vehicle bleeding from the head, a CHP sergeant told a Newsreel camera crew at the scene. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP. The driver was found soon after the crash and taken into custody without further incident, the sergeant said. A 9-month-old child playing just five feet away from where the accident occurred was uninjured, sources said. Weight-loss experts will be at market SANTA FE SPRINGS – Weight loss experts from Weight Watchers will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Gigante Supermarket, 10531 S. Carmenita Road, to share information. They will offer healthy weight loss tips and explain how to develop a healthy lifestyle without eliminating favorite foods. Prizes, raffles and coupons will be offered at the event. The weight-loss experts will visit the store again from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 and 7 and Nov. 2. For more information, call (800) 413-1122. Theater group to hold auditions WHITTIER – The Whittier Community Theatre, 7630 S. Painter Ave., will hold auditions at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for its second play of the season, “Proof.” Director Roxie Lee said she is looking for two men and two women to play the four leads. They are Catherine, 25, and her sister, Claire, in her late 20s, and their father, Robert, in his mid-50s, and Hal, in his late 20s and a former student of Robert’s. Those interested will cold read from the script. For more information, call (909) 594-7645 or visit www.whittiercommunitytheatre.org. City offers class on interior design LA MIRADA – The city is offering an interior design class from 5:45 to 9:45 p.m. every Tuesday at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. Field trips are planned to enhance decorating knowledge. The free classes, which teach basic principles of design and decorating, are available to those 18 and older. To register or for more information, call (562) 902-3160 or visit www.cityoflamirada.org. Braille Institute plans free seminar WHITTIER – The Braille Institute will give a free seminar from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St., for those who have lost their sight or are experiencing difficulties seeing. This week’s seminar will cover how to organize, identify money, reading and mobility. Low-vision rehabilitation consultations will also be available. For more information, call (562) 464-3320. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Mauricio Pochettino has said Manchester City are the best side in Europe ahead of Tottenham’s weekend clash at the Premier League leaders.Speaking after Spurs’ comfortable 2-0 win at home to Brighton, the Argentine insisted his players are now completely focused on Saturday’s game.But Pochettino is convinced their clash against Pep Guardiola’s side will be a tough game.Pochettino said: “They [Manchester City] are showing that they are not only the best in England but in Europe too with the Champions League. They are playing so well and deserve all the praise.“It will be so tough. I think Manchester City deserve all the credit with what they are doing.“Of course now we are completely focused on trying to prepare the team to be ready to compete on Saturday.”Spurs dominated possession against their opponents and opened the scoring five minutes before the break when Serge Aurier’s cross-cum-shot deceived Mat Ryan to fly in the top corner.The in-form Son Heung-min doubled Spurs’ lead to seal the victory for Pochettino’s side on 87 minutes.The Lily Whites initially struggled to find wins at home to the ‘lesser teams’ this season but victories against Brighton and Stoke suggest they are improving in those games. And Pochettino was pleased with his side’s ability to find the breakthrough and control the game.He said: “In this type of game you need something lucky to open things up and also play well, dominate and create chances.“Of course the game changes when you score because then the opposition have to come forward.“I think if you win then you can say ‘oh, we have learned’, but every game is completely different. Sometimes you try and try and it’s difficult. “The most important thing is the three points and I am happy with the performance.”
Rangers boss Mark Warburton has played down Joey Barton’s comments about Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, insisting the midfielder’s remarks were “tongue in cheek” and shouldn’t be taken seriously.In an interview with TalkSport, Barton commented on Parkhead boss Rodgers’ personal appearance and suggested the Northern Irishman was “having a mid-life crisis”.Asked about Rodgers, the Rangers player said: “The places he goes and the places I go probably differ with the tan and the teeth. They’re not the kind of establishments I rock up at. I’m not having a mid-life crisis!”When asked what he made of the Englishman’s comments, Warburton said: “I’m sure you know, as I do, that it was a tongue in cheek, banter type comment. “There was no malice or disrespect from Joey. I’m sure you guys like those type of comments.“The comments about recognising the size and scale of the [Old Firm] game and how much he wanted to be involved in a game like that was the serious part of the conversation.”When asked if he would speak to the midfielder, Warburton replied: “If you take it out of context then you need help yourself. It’s a very light hearted moment. If you can’t see that, there’s a problem. There was no disrespect there.”
Sligo Rovers(Foran OG 27, Kenny 29, Sadlier 54)Bray Wanderers(McCabe 3, 39) Sligo Rovers moved off the foot of the table thanks to a piece of magic from Kieran Sadlier at the Showgrounds on Saturday night.Sadlier was involved in both goals as Rovers pulled ahead following Gary McCabe’s third minute opener.And after McCabe levelled it with his second before the break, Sadlier produced a stunning goal from a free-kick early in the second half to give the Bit O’ Red their first win.Bray opened the scoring as Mark Salmon’s cross was deflected into the path of McCabe, who slid it home.But the game swung in a crazy three minutes that saw the hosts go ahead.Sadlier firstly smashed a low shot off the post, before he saw a low cross turned into his own net by Derek Foran.Two minutes later, they had another with Sadlier’s cross rebounding for Kenny to lash into the net for his first goal for the club.Bray pulled level five minutes before the break. McCabe was scythed down at the edge of the box by a Mick Leahy tackle that earned the defender a booking.The former Shamrock Rovers man dusted himself off before brilliantly firing the ball into the top corner.As good as that free-kick was, it was outdone by Sadlier’s beauty nine minutes into the second half.The winger expertly curled an effort from 30 yards just inside the near post for his third goal in three games, and his second free-kick in two home matches.Bray always looked threatening and McCabe could have had his hat-trick but blazed over from inside the area, and Anto Flood was denied by Shaun Patton’s save when he looked to capitalise on a defensive error.Salmon and Dylan Connolly were booked as Bray’s frustrations grew, and they slumped to successive away defeats.SLIGO: Patton, Adebayo-Rowling, Leahy, Callan-McFadden, Martin, Roddan, Russell, Kenny (Boylan 87), Sadlier (Kearns 83), Cretaro (Stevens 87), Ayunga.BRAY: Cherrie, Robinson (Earley 28), Foran, Kenna, Lynch, Sullivan (Brennan 75), Salmon, Connolly, McCabe, Greene, Flood (Pender 83).REF: P Tuite.
17 January 2014Cape Town is set to stage a bumper crop of top quality hockey test matches, with the Investec South Africa women’s team taking on world number one The Netherlands, Australia, and Belgium in The Hartleyvale Summer Series from 18 January to 3 February.The Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium in Observatory will be home to all 11 internationals, with South Africa playing two tests against the Dutch, three against Australia, and six against Belgium.RankingsApart from the number one ranked Dutch, Australia is ranked fourth in the world, just four points behind third-placed England. South Africa is in 11th place and Belgium is ranked 12th.With the World Cup in The Hague, beginning at the end of May, South Africa’s head coach Giles Bonnet will not only be able to test his players in 11 intense matches, he will also be able to provide the extended South African squad with an opportunity to train together under the coaching staff in Cape Town.SquadBonnet has named a squad of 20 players for the five tests against The Netherlands and Australia: Marcelle Keet, Quanita Bobbs, Kelly Madsen, Sulette Damons, Bernie Coston, Marsha Cox, Pietie Coetzee, Shelley Russell, Tarryn Bright, Lilian du Plessis, Kathleen Taylor, Phume Mbande, Hanli Hattingh, Illse Davids, Celia Evans, Lisa Deetlefs, Dirkie Chamberlain, Erin Hunter, Sammy Prost and Anelle van Deventer.A number of squad members will also train in Cape Town and be up for selection for the six-match Belgium series, namely: Toni Marks, Kaila Flemming, Tarryn Glasby, Luche Klaasen, Nicolene Terblanche, Lenise Marais.In addition, Bonnet named six other players, who would join the group for a still-to- be-announced test series in Johannesburg next month, including Carmen Smith, Christine Roos, Tanya Brits, Candice Manuel, Izelle Lategan, and Jade Mayne.Goalkeeper Sanani Mangisa, who has been sidelined by injury, was not considered for selection.FIXTURES Sat, 18 Jan: vs The Netherlands (16:00)Mon, 20 Jan: vs The Netherlands (19:00) Wed, 22 Jan: vs Australia (19:00)Fri, 24 Jan: vs Australia (19:00)Sat, 25 Jan: vs Australia (16:00) Sun, 26 Jan: vs Belgium (16:00)Tue, 28 Jan: vs Belgium (20:00)Wed, 29 Jan: vs Belgium (19:00)Fri, 31 Jan: vs Belgium (19:00)Sun, 2 Feb: vs Belgium (16:00)Mon, 3 Feb: vs Belgium (19:00) A Tuffy Western Province Invitation men’s team will play the highly regarded Dutch Hoofdklasse side Amsterdam HC on 28 January at 18:00 and on 30 January at 19:00.SAinfo reporter