Magpies upset by fixture switch

first_img And after the Premier League board heard both club’s representations and subsequently granted Norwich’s request to move the fixture, the Tyneside club expressed their dissatisfaction over the outcome, accusing the league of “disregarding the impact” the change would have on their fans. A statement from Newcastle read: “At a time when the League are encouraging clubs to come up with initiatives to address reduced away supporter numbers, the disruption to Newcastle United fans further compounds a fixture selection clearly against the principles of encouraging away supporters to travel, given those making the journey from Tyneside are facing a midweek evening round-trip of 520 miles. “Newcastle United notes that a condition of this potential fixture change was that Norwich City had to provide an undertaking for the reimbursement of any match day tickets returned by home or away supporters unable to attend the re-arranged match, as well as giving consideration to the cost of travel for away supporters.” Confirmation of the final fixture date will follow the FA Cup replay result between Norwich and Fulham on January 14. Press Association The league meeting was originally scheduled for January 28 at Carrow Road but will be put back a day to January 29 should Norwich win their FA Cup replay with Fulham and earn a trip to Sheffield United on the weekend of January 25. Newcastle had strongly opposed the potential fixture change due to the “major impact it will have on fans who have already booked match ticket, travel and accommodation”. center_img The Premier League has told Newcastle they will have to accept the rearrangement of their trip to Norwich should the Canaries progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup.last_img read more

Rajai Davis still ‘specializes’ in speed, even as the Syracuse Mets’ oldest player at 38

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The International League’s oldest player, Rajai Davis (38), picks up his second steal of the season. Speed causes mistakes. #Syracuse #Mets #MetsTwitter pic.twitter.com/pTh1zMxcAh— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) April 8, 2019 Rajai Davis disobeyed an old baseball adage on Syracuse Mets’ opening day: Don’t make the third out of an inning at third base. The 38-year-old outfielder, standing as the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with Tim Tebow batting, tried to steal third.His head-first slide resulted in a look of disbelief over his left shoulder. The umpire called him out. A manager may have been mad at most players for that costly out. But Tony DeFrancesco shrugged it off, because he trusts Davis.“Rajai’s a veteran,” DeFrancesco said. “He’s got the most stolen bases in the major leagues in the last 10 years. He wanted to be aggressive, and he has the green light.”Davis, even as the Mets’ and International League’s oldest player, is the self-proclaimed fastest player on the roster. He’s stolen 668 bases at a 78.7% clip in his majors and minors career. In an outfield that also includes 35-year-old Gregor Blanco and 33-year-old Carlos Gómez, both major league veterans and base-stealers themselves, Davis is moving quicker than everyone else.“He’s got all his little moves and his things that he does that he practices, and he specializes in it and it’s really cool,” Tebow said of Davis’ base-running.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Retirement wasn’t an option heading into this season for Davis, he said. He spent the off-season at home in Connecticut, where he grew up watching the New York Mets, specifically Darryl Strawberry and Howard Johnson. So when the Mets offered him a contract this off-season, it made sense to join the organization he grew up following.Besides, his son has just gotten old enough to really see Davis play. Jordan Michael, named intentionally because Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls were what Davis called “my team,” is three years old. He wasn’t even one when Davis accomplished maybe the biggest feat of his career.In game seven of the 2016 World Series, Davis kept the Cleveland Indians alive in the ninth inning against Aroldis Chapman. He turned on a ball down the left field line, just over the fence, to tie the game. The veteran known for his speed had temporarily made himself nationally known with his power.That highlight is a source of motivation now, Davis said. He’ll pull out his phone, search up the highlight and take in the moment again. “Relive it, replay it, all the ‘re’s,” he said.“If ever I need a little boost, I got something to pull from, from my archives,” Davis said. “That’s always nice.”Davis feels like he’s 25, not 38. A mindset is all it is, Davis said. He doesn’t wake up with aches and pains like other people his age. It’s more about preparation now, Davis admitted. When he was younger, he could get away with showing up and not worrying about stretching or diet plans.“He does pretty good to be 38. He looks outstanding,” Blanco said. “I was just talking to him about it, it’s amazing. He works pretty hard, every single day and his work ethic is amazing.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorHis veteran status puts him in a mentoring role, something that he said is just who he is. “OTJ” is what Davis called his method: “On the job training.” If he sees something, he’ll address it with the teammate who needs to hear it, nothing more.At Syracuse Mets’ media day, the questions went back-and-forth about Davis’ age and speed. An older player would lose quickness, a reporter suggested. Davis hasn’t started slowing down, though. Gómez and Blanco aren’t speed slouches themselves, combining for 859 professional steals. But as the Mets’ oldest outfielder, Davis still gets hounded about how old he is.“I think they try to joke on me, but until they can run as fast as me,” Davis paused, then winked and grinned. “I’m doing all the laughing.” Comments Published on April 9, 2019 at 10:52 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3last_img read more

Tooro vs KCCA: Kasasiros hope to put Confederations Cup disappointment behind them

first_img Tags: FUFA Uganda Cup 2018/19KCCA FCTooro unitedtopwasswa bbosa This will be KCCA’s first competitive game after elimination from the CAF Confederations Cup (file photo)Stanbic Uganda Cup 2018/19-Round of 32Tooro United vs KCCA FCBuhinga Stadium, FortportalTuesday, 22-01-2019 @4pmFORTPORTAL – KCCA FC will return to action on Tuesday in the Uganda Cup, two days after they were eliminated from the CAF Confederations Cup by Otoho Doyo.The Kasasiros who defeated their Congolese counterparts 2-0 on Sunday bowed out of Africa’s second premier club competition 3-2 on aggregate following a 3-0 loss in the first leg.A chance for redemption avails its self in-form of Tooro United as the reigning defending champions seek to reach the round of 16 for the up-tenth time.However, Tooro are in no mood to let KCCA have a breather as they are also interested in making it to the next level.“We treat all games the same way but what makes this different is that it’s a knock out competition, said Tooro United head coach Wasswa Bbosa ahead of the game.“You win and advance and if you lose, you are out and we want to stay in the competition.“We respect KCCA as the holders, with quality playing staff and bench but we are at home and that gives us extra morale.KCCA are expected to field 16 of the 18 players that featured against Otoho on Sunday with only Filbert Obenchan and Mustafa Kizza missing due to injuries. The duo will be replaced by Bernard Muwanga and Lawrence Bukenya who sat out Sunday’s crunch tie.To get here, Tooro defeated Entebbe FC 2-0 while KCCA schooled Amuka Bright Stars 8-2.Match Facts:This will be the 13th competitive meeting between the two sides since 2013.In the past 12, Tooro has managed only two wins, none coming in the last 8 fixtures.For KCCA, they have won 8 of the 12, including a penalty shoot-out victory in this competition in March last year.KCCA FC are currently on an 8 game winning run in the competition, dating back to 03-02-2018. In that period, they have scored a competition high of 28 goals whilst conceding only 5.However, away from home, the victories have been coming by a slim margin with only the 4-0 away to Mbarara in February 2018 coming by two or more goals. All their last three trips in this competition (including last years’ final) have ended 1-0 in their favour.For Tooro, they have won three and lost one of their last 4 Uganda Cup games. The loss was in the penalty shoot-out defeat to KCCA at this stage last year.The other Uganda Cup fixtures on Tuesday:–Kireka United Vs Wakiso Giants – Mandela National Stadium (4PM)-Kiboga Young Vs St Mary’s – Bamusuuta Ground, Kiboga (4 PM)Comments last_img read more