I did a Dier. I felt good. That idiot in the stand won’t be giving it out again

first_imgEVEN a stopped clock is right twice a day — and Jose Mourinho was correct about Eric Dier.The Tottenham manager said on Wednesday night: “He did what we professionals cannot do but probably every one of us would do.”4 Eric Dier clambered into the stand to confront a fan who had seemingly upset his brotherCredit: Rex FeaturesEvery professional who watched the Spurs midfielder clambering through the stand to confront a fan who had seemingly upset his brother will have identified with his frustration.After a bad night, Mourinho’s words were what the dressing room and the audience beyond needed to hear.Two wrongs don’t make a right but they certainly make for a lively day on Twitter.A lot of players have since texted me with their own grisly endings to the story had their brother been involved. Most of what was suggested made Eric Cantona look like Gandhi.4 Dier makes his way through the stand as shocked fans look onElsewhere, the fake outrage is as laughable as it is predictable.Two guys squared up and then . . . well, nothing really happened.I had mixed feelings. I was shocked, of course, that Dier hadn’t washed his hands after playing the game, let alone worn a mask when he was about to get into somebody’s face. Nike missed a branding opportunity there.On the other hand, spotting an altercation way up in the stands while down on the pitch showed an awareness that hasn’t always been obvious in Eric’s game.In the end it looked as if, like some of Spurs’ penalty takers, Dier had second-guessed himself in the run-up.  By the time he had leapt the barrier and cleared more obstacles than a Grand National winner, he knew this was a bad idea.As players and former players, we were with Dier every step of his ascent.I didn’t overly care what his gripe was, just that one of the idiots every stadium suffers from was about to get it back with both barrels.After all, it’s not as if Dier’s response is without precedent. That tension has always been in the game.In the past, broadcasters have generally turned the cameras away. Then mobile phones filled the void and now everybody is directing Fight Club.Almost every player I know has had a run-in with a fan. One of my own experiences echoes that of Dier in that it involved my family.4 Eric Cantona’s infamous ‘karate’ kick on Crystal Palace fan Matthew SimmonsCredit: Action ImagesAfter a game for Reading at the Madejski Stadium a gentleman (I use the term loosely or maybe incorrectly) in the players’ lounge announced to all present that I was a “useless piece of s***”.When I arrived into the lounge, the same guy immediately thrust a copy of the match-day programme at me and asked if I might sign it.SO MANY EXPLETIVESMy mother had been listening to him the whole time. On the drive home she told me what had happened and tears filled her eyes.I turned the car around and sped back. Fortunately for all of us, the man had left.Of course, in the stadium things are typically hostile.When I was at Portsmouth we played a Championship match away from home in a very hostile environment.I won’t give more detail as technically what happened was an assault . . . by me.The tunnel brought us out through the home fans. The moment I emerged, the abuse started.I had no idea there were so many expletives that worked well with the word “ginger”.One fella was incredibly creative. He vehemently abused me for 45 minutes. Heading in for half-time his insults became louder as I got to the tunnel. Something snapped in my head.In mitigation, as my lawyer might have said, my career was going down the pan, the club was in administration and depression was crippling me.4 Dave Kitson snapped when couldn’t take the touchline abuse any longer and grabbed an opposition fan round the neckCredit: Getty Images – GettyIf somebody was going to pay, it might as well be this guy. I walked to him and grabbed him around the neck. I felt good.He didn’t say a word. I could sense his courage draining out into a puddle at his feet.He couldn’t look at me. I said that I’d allow him to say one more thing if he wanted to. He waived the chance all too readily.Then I realised that my teammate Greg Halford was standing behind me, all 6ft 5in of him.We scraped a draw from the game. I won’t tell you who scored the vital equaliser. OK, it was me.At full-time, I ran straight to the tunnel to gloat but the guy had left the building.The curious thing was that nobody in the crowd moved a muscle to help him.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticEverybody pretended it wasn’t happening. The guy was on his own and I think that surprised him more than anything.One thing I know about Dier’s adversary is that it’s now highly unlikely he’ll do this again.Abusing people is easy from the cover of the crowd. When Eric waded in, only the stewards — who are paid to do so — jumped to the defence of the idiot who had been giving it out.That should be the lesson.Eric Cantona’s kung fu kick GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uklast_img read more

IAAF investigating claims of state-sanctioned doping in China

first_imgBEIJING (AP):The IAAF is investigating the authenticity of a two-decade-old letter published in Chinese media that suggests state-sanctioned doping in the 1990s, and casts doubt on the longstanding world records set by Wang Junxia in the women’s 3,000m and 10,000m.Wang’s records could be annulled if the former Olympic and world champion has admitted to doping before setting the marks in 1993, the International Association of Athletics Federations said yesterday.Chinese website Tencent reported that Wang wrote a letter, signed by nine other members of coach Ma Junren’s training programme, in 1995, to journalist Zhao Yu, allegedly revealing that athletes were forced to take banned substances, and Ma injected athletes himself.”It’s all true that Coach Ma had beaten, verbally abused and mistreated us for years,” said the letter, dated March 28, 1995. “It’s also true that he had coaxed or forced us into using large quantities of banned drugs.INHUMANE TORTURES”His crimes must be revealed because we don’t want to see the same thing to happen to the next generation,” according to the letter. “Such inhumane tortures have brought us to the brink of a complete collapse.”The IAAF issued a statement on Friday saying it only became aware of the allegations when contacted by Chinese media, and has asked the Chinese Athletics Association to assist with an investigation to verify if the letter which is written in Chinese and which Zhao provided to Tencent this week – is genuine.”If an athlete has admitted that, at some time prior to achieving a world record, he had used or taken advantage of a substance or technique prohibited at that time, then, subject to the advice of the medical and anti-doping commission, such record will not continue to be regarded as a world record by the IAAF,” the statement said.In 2008, Wang denied doping in an interview with The Associated Press, ascribing her record times to her youth, health and a brutal training regimen.last_img read more

Williams’ win pays big for JustBet fans

first_imgDanielle Williams’ victory in the final of the women’s 100 metre hurdles at the World Championships yesterday paid big rewards for JustBet sports fans who took up the amazing JustBet odds of $75.00 for Williams to win the gold medal, according to a release from Supreme Ventures Limited.Heading into the semi-finals, a $1,000 JustBet wager on Williams to win the gold medal would have paid $75,000. This was a huge pay day for any sports fan who was willing to bank on the 22-year-old to topple the more fancied hurdlers and win the crown.Throughout the World Championships, JustBet has consistently offered the best betting odds in the market for all the top events, leaving many sports fans smiling all the way to the bank.Supreme Ventures’ brand manager for JustBet, Andrei Roper, in congratulating Williams and the other medal winners said:”It was another great day for Jamaica’s track and field and we hope that it was a rewarding day for our JustBet sports fans as well. It’s not every day that bettors get the opportunity to cash in on odds of $75.00 and we hope that persons took advantage of the opportunity provided by JustBet.”Attractive JustBet odds are on offer for the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays which are on this weekend.last_img read more

Follow the Trace | Thompson was the best in 2016

first_img ON A MISSION For many mere mortals on such a grand stage, the pressure might have been too much to handle, but the young Jamaican turned up for the 100m final on a mission, and proceeded to execute a brilliant and dominant race in producing a 10.71 run to dismiss the challenge of the American Torie Bowie and Fraser-Pryce, with the highly touted Schippers running out of the medals. Schippers was widely regarded as better and stronger over the 200m and thus should and would make amends in the longer sprint. Thompson would have none of it, as she dismissed Schippers and sprinted into the history books to become the first Jamaican woman to win the Olympic sprint double. A new global sprinting star was officially born. I maintain that it was a tactical mistake by the Jamaican coaching staff in Rio not to have the double Olympic sprint champion – brimming with confidence and in the form of her life – on the anchor leg of the sprint relay which, quite possibly, cost Thompson and Jamaica another Olympic gold medal. Thompson’s overall performances relative to her inexperience, the degree of difficulty in achieving what she did, and the odds she had to overcome were much greater than Bolt had to overcome on the way to his triumphs in Rio. This is hardly a question of legacy and the athlete’s body of work, it’s a question of which performances contextually were the biggest and best in 2016. My nod goes to double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, and it was not even close. The year 2016 is drawing to a close and the thoughts and rhetoric of most sports fans will inevitably trend towards coming up with the top performers and the top performances of the year. This being a unique Olympic year with the Rio Games all but transformed into an unofficial ‘Olympic send-off party’ for the greatest sprinter of all time, Usain St Leo Bolt, and as he has done throughout his entire career, the big man duly obliged. Bolt dominated the opposition on his way to completing the unprecedented Olympic ‘triple-treble’ in what was announced as his last Olympic Games and his penultimate season, winning his third consecutive 100m, 200m and 4x100m Olympic gold medals. The impact of the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon Usain Bolt exiting the Olympic stage in glory, for many, would be accepted as the year’s top performances and Bolt the year’s top performer. I beg to differ based on the relativity and the context of the super Olympic performances of another Jamaican champion Elaine Thompson. The fact of the matter is, Bolt was expected to win his events and to do so with ease. Bolt is so much better, more gifted and naturally faster than all his peers. He could have, as he has done before, beat down the next best competitor in his events even at 70 or 80 per cent of his full fitness and form. What Bolt eventually did in Rio was what the entire world expected and knew he would do. Thompson, on the other hand, was a relatively new kid on the block. As an inexperienced 23-year-old competing in her very first Olympic Games, she was pretty much an untested and still-emerging talent, having just come to national prominence one year before. In her quest to convert her obvious raw talent into Olympic greatness on her first go, Thompson had to overcome the wounded warrior in double defending 100m champion, her countrywoman and training partner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the then in-form Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers, who beat her to the 200m gold at the 2015 World Championships, scoring the first psychological points in Rio by beating the Jamaican champion in the semi-finals of the 200m.last_img read more

Gilas five needs pluck

first_imgTeen gunned down in Masbate “You all know that had we played Korea or Japan tonight, we would be headed home,” Reyes told his players after they blew a 17-point lead and had to withstand a furious finish by the Qataris behind guard Mansour Elhadary.“No way we’ll win like that,” Reyes was quoted in a story sent by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, which is providing details of Gilas games as no Philippine-based publication managed to beat Lebanon’s visa deadline on time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Using speed yet again to win a third straight game and playing without big men Christian Standhardinger and June Mar Fajardo, Gilas took command early but then had a cold spell in the fourth quarter, allowing the Qataris to come dangerously close.Matthew Wright and Terrence Romeo quelled the last of the Iraqi uprisings with timely hits from the outside. Wright finished with 25 points built around seven triples, while Romeo made his only two field goals of the night inside the final three minutes. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Gilas didn’t shoot that bad against Qatar, but it had 17 turnovers and couldn’t play solid-enough defense as Elhadary got away with 23 points and almost won it by himself for his team in the endgame.PBA DraftMeanwhile, the Philippine Basketball Association is now accepting applications for the 2017 Rookie Draft, slated Oct. 29 at Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita.The Commissioner’s Office set the deadline for submission of applications and requirements for half-Filipino players on Sept. 1.Local-born aspirants have until Oct. 12 to apply.After a preliminary list of rookie hopefuls with foreign blood is released, there will be a month-long period to contest an applicant’s eligibility.Rickie Santos, deputy commissioner for basketball operations, said the Draft Combine— which serves as a test to determine the skill set and physical and abilities of the players— will be scheduled on Oct. 23 to 26, with the venues still to be finalized.The final list of candidates for the Rookie Draft will be known Oct. 27.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View comments Standhardinger is expected to play despite an aching shoulder on Wednesday, when the Filipinos battle the winner of the Korea-Japan match, which was being played at press time on Monday, according to a report by TV5’s Jutt Sulit.“No matter what, pain or no pain, I will play on Wednesday when it really counts,” said the 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who sat out his first game in two tournaments with Gilas because of a severe stiff neck and sore shoulder.Standhardinger, who is averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, said that the injury occurred after a rugged win over Iraq, when “somebody hit me in the back and I heard it pop.”The Koreans have a history of inflicting heart-rending defeats on the Filipinos and actually own a win the last time the two countries met, in the Jones Cup in Taipei, recently.In that game, the Philippines made just 1-of-26 from three-point distance in an 83-72 defeat that took the Filipinos out of the title hunt.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Gilas Pilipinas players and coach Chot Reyes (right) pose for photographs on a makeshift stage outside Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut. Behind them are Filipino supporters as they celebrate their victory over Qatar, 80-74, in the Fiba Asia Cup on Sunday. Photo from Fiba.comA huge number of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) celebrated with Gilas Pilipinas on Sunday night after the Filipinos topped Group B in the Fiba Asia Cup and advanced to the quarterfinals outright.But coach Chot Reyes was quick to remind his gung-ho wards that the way they played in a narrow 80-74 win over rugged Qatar won’t be enough to get the job done when they clash with either Japan or South Korea in the win-or-go home stage on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Flying V, Cignal eye PBA D-League title slots MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

Alab Pilipinas cool off Saigon Heat, make ABL semis

first_imgAkeem Scott poured in 22 points that went with six rebounds, four assists, and four steals for Saigon, but struggled to get ample help from Maxie Esho, who was silenced in the second half, where he only had three of his 20 markers.Moses Morgan chimed in 17 points, seven boards, and five assists in the losing effort, while David Arnold had 14.The scores:SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 96 — Balkman 21, Domingo 21, Brownlee 18, Javelona 11, Parks 10, Raymundo 6, Urbiztondo 6, Hontiveros 3, Celiz 0, Sumalinog 0.SAIGON HEAT 85 — Scott 22, Esho 20, Morgan 17, Arnold 14, S. Nguyen 6, Williams 6, H. Nguyen 0, To QT 0.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Justin Brownlee added 18 points, 13 rebounds, three dimes, and two steals, Paolo Javelona went 3-of-5 from downtown to wind up with 11 markers, six boards, and four assists, and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. got 10 points, seven rebounds, and three dimes.Alab pulled away in the third quarter, using a 27-point explosion to erect the 73-59 lead. The Filipinos led by 15 numerous times in the fourth before fending off repeated rallies from the home team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Philippine squad swept Vietnam in two games and barged into the Final Four for the second straight season to face No. 2 Hong Kong.Game 1 is on Wednesday at Southorn Stadium in Hong Kong. Quarters: 28-27, 46-42, 73-59, 96-85. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Santos’ ‘hand of God’ paves way for San Miguel title win Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Renaldo Balkman. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas overcame a hostile crowd and cooled off the Saigon Heat, 96-85, on Saturday to advance to the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League semifinals at CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Renaldo Balkman led the cavalry as he collected 21 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists, while Lawrence Domingo stepped up with 18 markers, including the game-sealing three-point play, 94-81, with 1:03 left.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Korea still united despite first Asian Games loss

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Kyungeun Lee, a 19-year-old fan from South Korea, told AFP that “it feels so good to be watching our sport as one country”.“I don’t find any difference while cheering for South Korea or United Korea,” she added with a smile.Fellow fan Junyoung Park, a 20-year-old student from South Korea, told AFP he was disappointed but he still had high hopes for the tournament “as our unified team is more stronger”.South Korea are the defending champions in women’s basketball, defeating China on home turf at the Incheon Games in 2014.North and South Korea are also fielding united teams in canoeing and rowing at the Asian Games in the latest sign of thawing relations on the troubled peninsula.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The combined Koreas and Indonesian teams react after their women’s basketball match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)A joint Korean women’s basketball team recorded their first loss at the Asian Games on Friday but their coach insisted the players have put aside their national identities and are determined to win as a united squad.A 200-strong army of Korean fans — sporting T-shirts bearing the unified Korean flag and the slogan “One dream, one Corea” — cheered on the team, fresh from a thunderous win against hosts Indonesia on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But the drums and chants were in the end not enough and the team went down to Taiwan 87-85 in their second league encounter.Supporters of the combined Koreas team celebrate after their women’s basketball match against Indonesia at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)Nevertheless, Korea’s assistant coach Ha Sook-rye told AFP there is a feeling of togetherness among the players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Everything is fine and we have a really good team,” she said in response to a question on how the North and South players get along.“I don’t know what people feel but it is one team and we never think about North or South Korea.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The hard-fought encounter saw the Koreans get off to a winning start in the first quarter but Taiwan quickly bounced back.North Korean Ro Suk Yong, one of three Pyongyang-based players, was once again the team’s top-scorer with 32 points, after bagging 22 against Indonesia.Chief coach Lee Moon-kyu said better communication between the players would improve their chances in the 5×5 basketball.“Communication is a problem because they were short of practice time. There was just two weeks of preparation before coming here,” Lee, who hails from South Korea, told reporters after the loss.“Ro Suk Yong played really well for us. Among the players there is no other feeling than to play well together. So with more on-court time they will improve,” he said of his side, who will play India next on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum escapes Letran to stay undefeated at 8-0 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Junior Lone Star FC Rebrands to Philadelphia Lone Star FC

first_imgThe new re-branded crest of Philadelphia Lone Star FC.The 13 vertical stripes of red alternating with white symbolize the 13 original players who formed the first squad of the club in 2001. Philadelphia’s only professional development football club, Junior Lone Star FC, will play under a new name, Philadelphia Lone Star Football Club (PLSFC) from the start of the 2018/2019 league season.Founded in 2001 by West African immigrants, mainly Liberians, in Southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the club was named Junior Lone Star FC, after the Liberian national football team, because most of the team’s players were from Liberia.According to a release from the club, the idea of changing the club’s name was first introduced to the Board of Directors in 2016, before the membership voted for the name change last year.However, the club will maintain the Lone Star brand, because of its roots, while including Philadelphia as a permission to the City “that wholeheartedly welcomed immigrants like us,” the club president has said.“After 18 seasons as Junior Lone Star FC, I think this is the right time to make a change so that we can promote our club better to all residents in the City of Philadelphia,” president Paul Konneh said.“I only see this as a win-win situation where we recognize the City of Brotherly Love and, at the same time, keep our heritage intact,” Konneh added.The club release said that it maintains the previous identity, and the traditional colors of red, white, and blue, despite the change of name and logo.The club’s new crest has several elements including a pointed shield, 13 vertical stripes and the Liberty Bell.“The shape of the crest, which we proudly wear over our hearts, is a pointed shield, a symbol of strength and togetherness, which has been a staple of the Lone Star ethos and message since our formation in 2001,” Mr Konneh said.The 13 vertical stripes of red alternating with white symbolize the 13 original players, who formed the first squad of the club in 2001.The Liberty Bell is synonymous with the City of Philadelphia, a city that openly welcomed immigrants like us, which led to the club we see today. The name of the Bell also resonates with Liberia’s National Motto, “The Love of LIBERTY Brought Us Here.”The new logo of Philadelphia Lone Star FC-LiberiaAbout the two shades of blue around and within the crest, “the left color is taken from the Municipal Flag of Philadelphia and the right color is taken from the Flag of the Republic of Liberia,” the release said.The design of the crest was created by Robert Boyd of Custom FC in England. Custom FC is a design studio which specializes in sports logos and social media graphics.Committing on the new changes, one of the club’s founders and current head coach of the club’s U23 team, Bobby Ali, said he does not see any change on the field where the various teams still play with the same identity and philosophy.“For me, I think these changes will only be off the field,” the release quotes Ali.Philadelphia Lone Star First Team will compete in the East PA State Open Cup and Amateur Cup in the Fall and will return for its seventh season in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) as well as its second season in the Northeast Elite Soccer League (NESL) in the Summer. The second team, U23, will return for its second season in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) in the Spring and will also compete in the U.S. Adult Soccer Association (USASA) U-23 Regional as well as the Elite Development Program (EDP) U-23 League in the Summer.For the Academy Teams (U-15s, U-17s, U-19s), they will compete in various tournaments and college showcases around the country in the Fall/Winter/Spring as well as the State Cups in the Summer.Philadelphia Lone Star-Liberia will compete in the 2018/19 Liberia Football Association (LFA) National Third Division Championship League which begins later this month.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Public information session on anthrax disease to be held this Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, in association with the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and the North Peace Veterinary Clinic, will be hosting an information session on anthrax disease this Saturday, April 27, at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.This public meeting will assist local producers, veterinarians, and the Government to plan and prepare for the upcoming grazing season and the risks associated with anthrax.Presentations will be made by the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jane Pritchard and Dr. Perry Spitzer of the North Peace Veterinary Clinic.- Advertisement -Dr. Spitzer says it is important for producers to come out to the meeting as they can determine what actions, such as vaccination, will need to be taken with their herds.“We’re just trying to get everybody in and give enough knowledge so they can make a decision about whether they need to vaccinate or not. The best prevention will be vaccination.”The public information session on anthrax disease is taking place this Saturday, April 27, at 1:00 p.m. at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.Advertisement In Fall 2018, it was confirmed that a herd of livestock had naturally acquired anthrax on a farm near Fort St. John.last_img read more