Newcastle United back to square one after Saudi take-over bid fails

first_imgNewcastle United head into the short English Premier League close season surrounded by uncertainty.This has come after the collapse of the proposed Saudi take-over, with an owner who wants to sell the club, but with no viable purchaser in place. Club owner Mike Ashley was ready to sell the club to the investment group in a deal worth more than 305 million pounds.This group included Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund PIF, Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and Reuben Brothers.But the take-over bid, announced in April, never emerged from the Premier League’s owners and directors test and on Thursday the consortium pulled out.Fans, who had dreamt of big money signings and competing for European places, now face a more mundane reality for a team which finished 13th in the Premier League last season.While there have been some reports of possible interest from potential purchasers in the US, no actual proposal has appeared. Sources close to the Saudi consortium said they never had to deal with any rival bid.The consortium blamed the prolonged scrutiny process and global uncertainty linked to the COVID-19 pandemic for their decision to withdraw.Staveley has however suggested there may yet be some way to get the deal done.Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley offered similar hope by saying Ashley, founder of retail firm Frasers Group, remains committed to the Saudi deal.Charnley said: “We acknowledge yesterday’s statement. Never say never, but to be clear Mike Ashley is 100 percent committed to this deal. “However our current focus must now be on supporting (manager) Steve Bruce in the transfer market and on the preparations for the new season.”Ashley has not taken the club off the market, but his chances of finding a new buyer may be hampered by the economic uncertainty following the pandemic.“It is genuinely unlikely at the moment. Premier League buyouts either need very deep pockets (sovereign funds, et cetera) or a high degree of borrowing,” said football finance expert Rob Wilson of Sheffield Hallam University.“This risk associated with the latter in an unsteady market looks unlikely. Hence, with no Saudi acquisition, it looks difficult,” he added.RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Newcastle United have not featured in the UEFA Champions League since 2004.They have not even won the English title since 1927 or the FA Cup since 1955, in spite of claiming one of the country’s largest fan bases.One of the key problems for the bid was the continued conflict over Saudi Arabia’s response to cases of unauthorised broadcasting of Premier League games in the country.This is part of a long-running dispute between the kingdom and neighbouring Qatar.A source close to the bid said that PIF had offered to put together a Saudi consortium to buy the rights to broadcast the games in Saudi Arabia.This is in view of the fact that Qatari company BeIN Sports, who owns the rights, has had its licence to broadcast in the kingdom removed.Another source close to the deal put the blame for its collapse firmly on the Premier League.“The problem with the deal was the intransigence of the Premier League. Everyone else was happy to proceed,” the source said.The Premier League, who last year hired legal counsel to deal with the broadcast issues in Saudi, has declined to comment.Former Newcastle United and England forward Alan Shearer said on Friday that disappointed fans were hoping that a new owner would yet emerge.“There’s a lot of anger, understandably so, and a massive amount of disappointment,” he said.“We can only hope and pray that new owners come in at some stage and take the club back to where it belongs because that’s what the fans of Newcastle United deserve.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Newcastle UnitedPremier LeagueSaudi takeoverlast_img read more

Ronaldo enters 14-day quarantine after returning to Juventus

first_imgCRISTIANO Ronaldo will be placed in quarantine for two weeks after the Juventus star returned to Turin.The Portuguese attacker spent almost two months in his native Madeira as the coronavirus pandemic struck Italy, forcing the country into lockdown.Ronaldo was expected back on May 18, when clubs were initially scheduled to return to training.The Italian government moved that date forward to May 4 after many regions gave permission for training centres to open again, prompting Juventus to recall the foreign players who had left the country as the Covid-19 situation grew worse.The players coming back will have to undergo two weeks of quarantine upon their arrival in Italy before they can begin training again.While Ronaldo, 35, and his family were on the way back to Turin, many of his team-mates were being tested for coronavirus at the Juventus Training Centre.Aaron Ramsey, Federico Bernardeschi, Juan Cuadrado, Carlo Pinsoglio and Merih Demiral, who is recovering from injury, were all examined.As of Tuesday, training will resume but players will have to work on their own to abide by social distancing rules.Although all 20 Serie A clubs voted to get the season underway again whenever it is safe to return and are now easing their way back to training, it remains unknown when football will be played again.Despite the government’s decision to lift restrictions on athletes of team sports returning to training, the nation’s Sports Minister, Vincenzo Spadafora, said there is “no way” football can return soon.Although there have been fears that the government could ban some sports for several months, Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina has warned that such a move “would be the death of Italian football”, while Lazio sporting director Igli Tare said clubs are willing to wait several months before resuming the season.“I heard that the order could come from the Minister of Sport this week,” he said. “But that would not be within his remit. FIFA, UEFA and FIGC have explained that the leagues must be finished within the calendar year.“If we don’t start the league again in June, we will do it when it’s possible.”( read more

Event discusses role of Native-American history in education

first_imgStudents, faculty and alumni discussed Native American history and its role in education in the Taper Hall of Humanities on Tuesday night. The event, entitled “Reclaim Your Narrative: Indigenous America post-1492,” was sponsored by the Academic Culture Assembly for EdMonth.Taking place each March, EdMonth is a student-led series of events centered on a discussion of the current state of education in America. Its goal is to engage students in discussions about education as an important social and political issue. This year’s theme is titled “Reclaim-Recenter-Rebuild” with the aim of reestablishing standards, pinpointing systematic issues and remodeling the educational system with clear goals in mind.The event began with a presentation from Ava Burnell, president of the Native American Student Union at USC. Burnell focused on the common themes across Native Americans’ educational history such as assimilation.“By law, Native-American families were required to put their children into Christian boarding schools which stripped them of their culture,” Burnell said. “The schools prided themselves on the immersion into Western culture like the cutting of the hair and the removal of the traditional garb. When we hear about things like slavery and plantations, we think of the South being far removed from us. There were lots of tragic things happening to Native Americans and their education in California, right where we are.”The conversation shifted to the state of Native-American education in the United States in the present day with a presentation from Timothy Vizthum, the teacher advisor of the Indian Education Program of the Los Angeles Unified School District.“In school, the kids get the image of what Indian means through history classes,” Vizthum said. “Mentally say that’s not me, and that affects their identity because we limited the space that they can exist in. The feathers, dreamcatchers and drums are not the spaces most of our students live in.”In addition to pushing for a curriculum that is relevant to American Indians and Alaskan Natives, representatives from the LAUSD Indian Education Program visit classrooms to present model lessons that are culturally relevant to give Native-Americans a space to identify.“The Indian Education Program’s goal is to take the Indian out of the history books and show that there is a mosaic and community,” Vizthum said. “We want to show that no matter where you’re from you will be able to identify with others.”The event concluded with a talk from Kieras Wilson, a full-blooded Native-American and former USC Admissions staff member. Wilson shared the importance of Native-American programming in colleges to garner a sense of connection among indigenous peoples on campuses across the United States.“There weren’t higher educational programs back then like there were now,” Wilson said. “My schoolwork was really hard being a full-blood Indian. It was hard for people to understand and believe what I was saying in my papers. I couldn’t present evidence for my papers because there wasn’t any out there.”Next week will conclude EdMonth for the 2015-2016 academic year. Future events and topics of discussion include the representation of queer history in high school textbooks, the role of sex-ed in public education and an immersive event at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church titled “Building Community Around Food: Cooking Justice with Groceryships.”last_img read more

Disappointment for Irish at World Championships

first_imgThe Waterford athlete finished last in her heat in a time of 23-38 – just over 2 tenths of a second outside here personal best.Earlier this morning Ciara Everard and Ben Reynolds failed to advance in the 800 metres and 110 metres hurdles respectively.last_img

Three referees handed temporary bans over Kotoko bribery allegations

first_img Source: Ghanasoccernet The three referees who officiated the AshantiGold-Asante Kotoko Special Competition match in Obuasi have been handed temporary bans by the Ghana Football Association after the latest allegation they took bribe from the Porcupine Warriors. Ali Alhassan, Mustapha Abdulai and Mohammed Issahaku have been suspended from officiating any Ghana FA Official Match with immediate effect.A letter signed on Friday read: ”The Normalization Committee of the Ghana Football Association has ordered a temporary suspension of referees Ali Alhassan, Mustapha Abdulai and Mohammed Issahaku from officiating any Ghana FA Official Match with immediate effect.”This decision has become necessary due to the bribery allegation leveled against you after officiating a Day Eleven match between AshantiGold SC and Asante Kotoko SC played on Sunday, 12 May, 2019 at the Len Clay Stadium.”This week, a retired referee Robert Tawiah Mensah alleged one Kofi Oduro, who claims to have close ties with Kotoko chairman Dr Kwame Kyei is demanding a refund of a supposed GH 8,000 he paid to the match officials.He claims one Kofi Oduro nicknamed “Shishilla” has been hounding him with calls to get a refund of the cash after the Porcupine Warriors lost 1-0 in Obuasi.last_img read more

MLB hot stove: Could Craig Kimbrel be heading for a reunion with the Braves?

first_imgAtlanta is thought to be a team with interest in Kimbrel — who pitched for the team for the first five years of his career — along with the Red Sox, Nationals, Phillies, Twins and another unnamed team.Folks around the game suspect the Braves are lying in the weeds for superstar closer Craig Kimbrel. Other possibilities include Phillies, Nats, Red Sox, Twins, and of course, a mystery team.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 1, 2019Kimbrel reportedly wants a deal in the $100-million range, which would make him the highest-paid closer of all time. MLB hot stove: Astros still have interest in bringing Dallas Keuchel back, report says MLB hot stove: Yankees could add one of these two pitchers as starter, report says Atlanta used Arodys Vizcaino as the team’s closer last year and he converted 16 of 18 save opportunities during the regular season.But the Braves struggled across the rest of their bullpen and Vizcaino missed about a month with an injury, as well, so they could use help with depth at the least, and an impact arm like Kimbrel could change the team’s fortunes out of the pen greatly.Kimbrel was the fastest pitcher in MLB history to 300 saves and currently sits 14th all time with 333 in his career.center_img The Braves could use some help in their bullpen and they could go back to the well to shore up some of their problems.Some around MLB are saying the Braves may be “lying in the weeds” in wait for closer Craig Kimbrel who remains unsigned with just a couple of weeks until spring training, according to a report from Fancred Sports. Related Newslast_img read more

Jets’ Ryan defends coach accused of hitting woman

first_imgDennis Thurman (Courier Photo/File)FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets coach Rex Ryan defended the character of defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, who was accused of slapping a woman at a New Jersey restaurant.Ryan opened his news conference Saturday after the second practice of rookie minicamp by talking about Thurman before taking any questions.“Dennis Thurman, I trust, I respect — I love Dennis Thurman,” an impassioned Ryan said. “As a person, it’s an honor to know Dennis. He’s a great person.”Thurman was accused of striking a woman during a discussion Wednesday at a restaurant in Morristown. Police said Thurman would not be charged, and no further investigation would take place. The Jets issued a statement Friday night saying the team “takes these matters seriously,” and they would continue to monitor the situation.“I know Dennis Thurman,” said Ryan, who has been friends with Thurman for 15 years. “And Dennis Thurman, the guy that I know, wouldn’t put his hands on anybody, let alone a woman, OK?”Ryan acknowledged he wasn’t at the restaurant with Thurman and never asked Thurman whether he did what he’s accused of.“I don’t need to ask,” he said. “I just know Dennis, not just on a professional level. I know him on a personal level and I’ve been around Dennis a long, long time and in a lot of different environments.”Ryan would not discuss whether any disciplinary actions would be taken, but added that he’s “confident” people would feel similar about Thurman’s character once “all the facts come out about everything.”Thurman and Ryan worked as assistants in Baltimore with the Ravens from 2002-07 and were reunited when Ryan became the Jets’ coach in 2009. Thurman was promoted to defensive coordinator before last season when then-coordinator Mike Pettine left to take the same job with the Buffalo Bills.___AP NFL website: and read more

UPDATED: Rebels complete weekend sweep of Nelson Leafs

first_imgRebels power past Leafs 4-0Castlegar Rebels scored three times on the power play to shutout the Nelson Leafs 4-0 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in the Sunflower City.The teams meet again Saturday night in Nelson at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Mike Bhatoa, Nick Headrick and Vince Bitonti all scored with the man advantage for the Rebels. Darren Medeiros added the final marker.Castlegar, holding period leads of 2-0 and 3-0, saw Chris Breese finish the game with three points while Bhatoa and Tayden Woods each had two points.Nelson, playing the game with 14 skaters, out shot the Rebels 30-27 in the contest.The loss dropped the Leafs six points behind third place Grand Forks in the Neil Murdoch Division. The Bruins defeated Spokane Braves 5-2 Thursday in the Boundary City.The Leafs conclude the three-game weekend Sunday hosting the Spokane Braves at 2:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Castlegar Rebels completed a weekend sweep of the Nelson Leafs, doubling the Green and White 6-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Chris Breese, Mike Bhotoa and Tayden Woods, also finishing with a pair of goals, led the Rebels each with three points.Castlegar led 3-2 after the first period and 5-3 following 40 minutes of play.Zach Smith, Breese, Ed Lindsey and Darren Medeiros also scored for Castlegar.Kolten Nelson, Andy Fitzpatrick and Jordan Davie replied for the Leafs, whic have lost eight of the past nine games.Nelson, 19-27-0-0-2, remain six points behind the Grand Forks Border Bruins in the race for third in the Murdoch Division. The Bruins lost 6-3 to Creston Saturday in the Boundary City.The Leafs host Spokane Braves Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena to complete the three-game weekend.last_img read more

Jay Van Vark hired as Nicholls’ 10th Head Volleyball Coach

first_imgTHIBODAUX, La. – Nicholls Director of Athletics Matt Roan announced Thursday that Jay Van Vark has been selected as Nicholls State University’s 10th Head Volleyball Coach, pending approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.”Coach Van Vark’s resume speaks for itself, and it became obvious through the interview process and when we had him on campus that he was the right person at the right time for our volleyball program,” Roan said. “He articulated in great detail his plan to build a championship-contending program. He has recruited at the highest level, developed talent at each stop in his career, and his knowledge of the game is second to none. We are so excited to get him here, watch him build his staff and make an instant positive impact on our student-athletes and the community.”Van Vark takes over the helm in Thibodaux after successful stints as an assistant at four Division I stops, including Grand Canyon University, The Ohio State University, San Diego State University and UC-Santa Barbara, in addition to a wealth of experience with USA Volleyball.”First and foremost I’d like to thank [Nicholls President] Jay Clune, Athletic Director Matt Roan and his entire senior team for giving me this opportunity here at Nicholls,” Van Vark said. “I’m thrilled about joining this program and Colonel Country. The Southland Conference has a proud history, and we are aiming to rise and compete at the top of the conference.”Van Vark was instrumental in the Buckeyes’ unexpected Sweet 16 appearance in 2014 when Ohio State was ranked 80th in the country during the preseason. Those results were mirrored at San Diego State in 2012 when the Aztecs recorded their first-ever Mountain West Championship and undefeated season at home.During his final years in college at Iowa State, he played semi-pro indoor with the ACCO Sportswear team for two seasons, followed by three campaigns of outdoor for East Beach as an AAA-rated beach and grass player. He has also played in five indoor USVBA Open National Championships. In the late 80s, he was a college referee and at one point was the youngest official for the Big 8 (now the Big 12).Van Vark moved to San Diego after college, heading the Rancho Bernardo High School boys’ and girls’ volleyball programs for 10 seasons. He led the Bronco girls to their only CIF volleyball title in 1994.In addition to coaching, Van Vark is the co-founder of a successful software firm called Envision Sports Inc., a statistical and technology enhancement high-tech firm focusing on volleyball. He is also the author of one of the most successful volleyball statistics packages, iVolleyStats.Van Vark earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from ISU in 1987. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native has two children, Audrey and Jared. Audrey Van Vark is a Missouri graduate now settled in San Diego, and Jared Van Vark is a junior on Colorado State’s baseball team.USA Volleyball ExperienceHead Team Coach, USA Collegiate National Team, 2013 Dallas, 2014 Minneapolis, 2015 New Orleans, 2017 Minneapolis2013-18, Tech Coordinator, Women’s National Team Tryout2017 Junior National Team Coach, World Championships – Seventh-place finishWhat They’re Saying”Jay’s toolbox is loaded with just about every coaching skill you can think of. He is a gifted teacher in the gym, sees the game well, writes effective game plans, has elite-level mastery over the array of electronic devices so necessary for today’s game, possesses terrific touch as a recruiter, and understands how important it is to work within the goal structure laid out by the athletic administrators. He gets it! I’ve been one of his mentors throughout his preparation to be a head coach, and I think he is one of the best I have had the privilege to work with. You are going to be very happy that Jay is going to be your volleyball coach.”– Mike Hebert, AVCA Hall of Fame, Former Minnesota Volleyball Coach (1996-2011)”Congratulations to Nicholls State University. Jay Van Vark is a passionate and dedicated coach as well as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced coaches in our sport. His extensive involvement with USA Volleyball coupled with his collegiate background will certainly inspire the Colonels program to strive for unique achievements. Jay is deeply committed to quality, growth and progress. It will be exciting to see the direction in which Nicholls volleyball will grow under Jay’s vision and leadership.”- Laurie Corbelli, Former Texas A&M Head Volleyball Coach (1993-2017)last_img read more

Games Relay visits the Duke of York Islands

first_imgBy Quintina NaimeDuke of York Islands group  is 45 minutes by boat from Kokopo and offer sport diving, snorkelling and picnics under the coconut trees.The Relay team along with the Games mascot Tura Kokomo received a traditional welcome from singsing groups and students. The baton relayed along Molot Island and dropped in at two smaller islands. These beautiful islands are undeveloped but are easily visited.The lagoons around this historical group of islands provide all-weather canoeing, wind surfing and water skiing.The baton then headed off to the Beehives in Simpso’s harbour where a youth jumped off with the baton.The relay then travelled to Kokopo for a relay around the township.last_img