28 Aug
2020

Video: Watch Michael Essien nutmegging Wesley Sneijder -” Suuulia”

first_imgApart from his excellent performance for Real Madrid when they thrashed Galatasaray 3-0, Michael Essien produced one of the best nutmegs you can find in the world.The Ghanaian coolly put the ball between the legs of Galatasaray’s Wesley Sneijder which could pass as one of the best suuulia you can find in the world.last_img

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12 Aug
2020

Three England teams selected for ÔSir Henry Cooper’

first_img Three mixed teams will represent England in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters at Nizels Golf & Country Club, Kent, from 16-19 June. Team one is: Sharna Dutrieux of Kent, Oliver Clarke of Lancashire and Charlie Strickland of Sussex. Team two is: Lily May Humphreys of Essex, John Gough of Berkshire and Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire. Team three is: Annabell Fuller of Surrey, Jake Benson of Nottinghamshire (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Arrun Singh-Brar of Surrey. The players: Team One Sharna Dutrieux, 17, (Wrotham Heath) tied second in the Critchley Salver, was third in the Hampshire Rose and was leading amateur in the Roehampton Gold Cup where she was fourth overall. She shared eighth place in the Scottish girls’ championship. Oliver Clarke, 17, (Hillside) was fifth in the Fairhaven Trophies and eighth in the recent Hampshire Salver. Last year he won the U17 trophy at the Irish boys’ amateur and was third overall; he also tied third at the Canadian International Junior Challenge. Charlie Strickland, 17, (Ham Manor) is a boy international who tied for the McGregor Trophy last year and was beaten in the three-way play-off. He shared fourth place in this season’s Berkhamsted Trophy. Team two Lily May Humphreys, 14, (Channels) is the English U14 girls’ champion. This season her results include winning the Fairhaven Trophies taking fourth place is the recent WPGA one-day event at Little Aston and finishing runner-up at the Critchley Salver. John Gough, 17, (Stoke Park) was eighth on the 2015 England boys’ order of merit after finishing second in the Telegraph Junior Championship and fifth in the Carris Trophy. He reached the last 16 of this season’s French boys’ international and was 11th in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. Harry Goddard, 16, (Hanbury Manor) reached the quarter finals of the French boys’ international and was ninth in the Fairhaven Trophies. Last season he won the North of England U16 championship and was third in the German Junior Masters. He was an U16 boy international. Team three Annabell Fuller, 14, (Roehampton) was runner up in the Scottish U18 girls’ championship and in the U16 spring championship at Hawkstone Park. She had top ten finishes in last year’s English and Scottish U14 championships. Jake Benson, 17, (Beeston Fields) tied for the U16 Hazards Trophy at last year’s English U18 boys’ championship, where he was 10th overall. He also helped England U16s to their clean sweep in their autumn home internationals. Arrun Singh-Brar, 17, (Foxhills) had top ten finishes in last season’s Peter McEvoy Trophy, the German Junior Masters and in qualifying for the British boys’ championship. This season he reached the matchplay stages of the French boys’ international championship. 6 Jun 2016 Three England teams selected for ÔSir Henry Cooper’ last_img read more

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12 Aug
2020

Finnegan passes test, Royals stop Giants in Game 3

first_imgThe Kansas City Royals celebrate after their 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Summoned in a tough spot, Royals rookie Brandon Finnegan trotted in from the bullpen, threw his warmup pitches and then did something curious.He walked behind the mound, took off his hat, rubbed his hair and looked at the right-field foul pole.Nervous about being in the World Series? Naw.“That’s just what I do,” he said.With a rollicking crowd at AT&T Park ready to erupt, Finnegan made it all look routine.Only four months after he pitched in the College World Series, the 21-year-old lefty got two key outs in the seventh inning and helped Kansas City hold off the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Friday night to take a 2-1 edge.Just like that, the Royals were halfway to the championship, boosted by a dominant bullpen, several nice defensive plays and barely enough hitting.Credit manager Ned Yost, too, for a series of moves that paid off. Even when he let reliever Kelvin Herrera bat for the first time in his major league career, it all came out OK.“54 outs to go,” Herrera tweeted later.Game 4 is Saturday night, with Jason Vargas set to start for Kansas City against Ryan Vogelsong. Rain is forecast for most of the day in the Bay Area.Yet nothing could dampen what Finnegan accomplished.Back in June, he threw for TCU in the College World Series. This time, it was a little bigger. He became the first to play in both events in the same year.“I feel like I’m still in college,” Finnegan said. “It’s no different. It’s still baseball.”Of course, no one from the Hall of Fame ever asked for his hat when he was in school. Finnegan agreed to donate the cap he wore on this night to Cooperstown.“My time came, and luckily I got the job done,” Finnegan said. “This is the real deal, y’know?”His parents knew.Outside the Kansas City clubhouse, surrounded by a bevy of Royals rooters, Betty and Gary Finnegan tried to absorb what they’d witnessed.“It is a dream …” she said, some of her makeup washed away by tears. Without a pause, her husband finished the sentence, adding, “… that you don’t want to wake up from.”Ah, youth.Finnegan was called on to replace Herrera with a runner on first, one out and the Royals clinging to a one-run lead over the rallying Giants.All of Kansas City infielders huddled behind the mound as Finnegan loosened up, realizing the most important point of their season was being entrusted to someone who recently was taking tests in a college classroom.Right before pinch-hitter Juan Perez stepped up, Finnegan went into the routine he uses to steady himself.Then it was time for business. Finnegan delivered, retiring Perez on an easy fly. When he fell behind in the count 2-0 to Brandon Crawford, All-Star catcher Salvador Perez went to the mound.The message: “Be aggressive, not nervous,” Perez said.Finnegan came back to strike out a swinging Crawford on a full count, headed to the dugout and was congratulated by Herrera and several other Royals.“I’m very proud of him,” Royals ace James Shields said. “To be able to keep your composure on this big of a stage the way he’s doing, it is very impressive.”“He’s pitching well beyond his years. If he keeps that up, he’s going to have a really good career,” he said.A lot of Royals are having a really good October.Already the MVP of the AL Championship Series, Lorenzo Cain put the Royals ahead for good with an RBI grounder in the first inning.Shifted over to right field to help the defensive alignment, Cain also made a couple of fine catches, prompting Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to take off his hat in tribute.Guthrie kept the Royals ahead and four relievers combined for four hitless innings.Herrera struck out to end the seventh — Yost wanted to keep him in the game. After Finnegan finished the bottom half, Wade Davis worked the eighth and Greg Holland pitched the ninth for a save.In a postseason filled with tight games, Kansas City had won another one.“This is the way our games have gone all year,” Yost said. “I’m getting really good at protecting a one-run lead because a lot of times that’s exactly what we have to deal with. But I have the necessary tools to be able to do that.”Giants starter Tim Hudson made the first World Series appearance of his 16-season career. He gave up a double to Alcides Escobar on his first pitch.“That’s not how I drew it up. But it was a great experience,” Hudson said.last_img read more

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