Duff: We’ve missed too many chances

first_img Press Association A 1-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Leicester, in which Matt Taylor missed a penalty for the hosts 60 seconds before Jamie Vardy scored the only goal, extended their goalless run to one minute short of eight hours. They are now five points from safety with four matches remaining and, unless something changes up front, they will be heading back to the Sky Bet Championship after one season in the top flight. “I think the game changed in a minute. Missing a penalty and the goal we conceded was disappointing,” the centre-back said. “It is a cliche that goals change games, but if we go 1-0 up the feel of the game changes as they have to come out. “As soon as they went 1-0 up, they shut up shop. “It (missing chances) has happened probably too much recently. We’ve had good opportunities to take leads in games and given them up. “If you’re not going to score a goal you’re not going to win a game, but it’s the hardest thing to do in football. “It is why the top players – the ones who score goals – go for £80million, but the disappointing thing is we have created chances in the last few weeks and just not taken them. “There is no point worrying about other teams’ run-ins. Unless we start winning games, we won’t stay up.” There was little to choose between the two sides at Turf Moor and, had Kasper Schmeichel not produced a brilliant reflex save from team-mate Robert Huth’s deflection, the Foxes may not be celebrating moving out of the bottom three with a fourth successive victory. Bottom side Burnley now have to make up a five-point deficit to safety, but Duff insisted they will not give up. “We have four games left and we’ll have a go. It is just a little bit more difficult than it was (on Friday),” he added. “We are not naive enough to think doing all right is good enough, because it isn’t. “In the next four games, win, lose or draw, I think the opposition will know they are in a game. Whether it is good enough for us to stay up, I can’t tell that. “I think we need to win at least three. I think we put the pressure on ourselves to win every game.” Leicester winger Albrighton acknowledged the “daunting” task of a few weeks ago looks slightly less so now. “The mood is buzzing again,” he said. “It’s good to keep this run going and to beat one of your rivals down there is big for us. “The changing room is rocking and hopefully we can continue this in our next game. “We have always had belief. We have always kept that in the group. It did look daunting, I’m not going to lie – but now it is looking better for us.” Taylor insists he is happy to take responsibility for penalties and has no problem stepping up again if required. “I had enough confidence in my ability but I have looked at it again and somehow my standing foot slipped as I hit it and it’s gone the wrong side of the post,” he said. “But sometimes you’ve got to be big enough to stand up and take them and when you don’t score be big enough to take the criticism that might come your way. “I said to Ingsy (Danny Ings), ‘Do you want it? I am happy to take it’, and he said, ‘Fine’. There was a slight discussion and if he had said he wanted it, no problem. “But I felt confident in my ability to put it away and the most important thing is that the keeper went the wrong way as well.” Asked if he would take another spot-kick, Taylor said: “Yes. Not a problem. I am big enough, old enough and ugly enough to accept responsibility. “I would be happy to step up again and the day I don’t have that feeling will be the day I need to quit the game because I back myself to the hilt. “I know I have the correct ability to take penalties. Obviously I’m devastated but the only way I can affect it now is that as and when I’m called upon to go and put in a performance for the team.” Burnley defender Michael Duff admits a failure to take chances has left the Clarets staring at relegation. last_img read more

Amazon’s “Alexa” Only Witness in Broward Murder Trial

first_imgAmazon’s Alexa is being called to testify in the murder of a Broward county woman.Investigators say the smart speaker may be the only “witness” to the victim’s mysterious death, other than the killer.Police in Florida say they are using audio recordings obtained from a pair of Amazon smart speakers which police are hoping may have captured audio of the alleged killing of 32-year-old Silvia Galva. According to the police report 43-year-old Adam Crespo and Galva were arguing back in july when he tried to pull her off a bed.Galva allegedly grabbed a spear to prevent falling off the bed when Crespo said he heard a “snap” after the blade penetrated the victim’s chest.The defendant telling police he pulled the blade out of the victim’s chest “hoping it was not too bad.”Unfortunately, the spear to the heart killed Galva.Crespo is charged with second-degree murder.The Amazon Alexa smart speaker has been subpoenaed in a murder case before: a double homicide in New Hampshire. Amazon says the only way the smart speaker could possibly have evidence is if it detected a wake word like “Alexa” during the act.The company also says it “does not disclose customer information unless they’ve received a legally valid and binding order”.last_img read more

Hamilton says inspired by Serena’s response to Nastase

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinSOCHI, Russia,(Reuters)-Triple Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has hailed Serena Williams as an inspiration after the world’s top female tennis player hit back at comments made by former men’s number one Ilie Nastase about her unborn child.Nastase was quoted by Romanian and some British media last week as saying in response to William’s pregnancy announcement: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?”Williams responded on Instagram, in a statement that Mercedes driver Hamilton repeated to his 4.1 million followers on Thursday, condemning the Romanian’s remarks, which she called “racist”.“Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot me with your words…you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air I will rise,” she wrote, quoting from a poem by the black American writer Maya Angelou.Hamilton, who has ‘Still I Rise’ – the title of the same poem – tattooed across his back, is friends with Williams and invited her to last year’s Mexican Grand Prix.“I’ve only just heard about it today,” the Briton, who has West Indian ancestry, told reporters at the Russian Grand Prix when asked about the story.“I’m very much with her in what she said and I thought it was beautiful what she wrote, as a powerful independent black woman I just think she’s awesome.“She’s not only one of the greatest people I know, she’s just a born leader…reading what she’s written just inspires me and hopefully inspires others.”Williams won the Australian Open in January, her 23rd grand slam title, while pregnant. She is now taking maternity leave for the rest of the tennis season.The world’s highest paid female athlete announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last December.last_img read more

Burgess Duharra in Munster semi-final action

first_imgBurgess/Duharra are aiming to book their place in the Munster Senior Camogie Club Final – they take on Granagh-Ballingarry of Limerick.Burgess are coming into the game off the back of a sixth consecutive county title win.Throw-in in Ballingarry, Limerick is at 1 o’clock this afternoon.last_img

Valencia All Set for the Huge Local Derby

first_imgThe Valencian derby, a match which pits local rivals Valencia CF and Levante UD up against each other, will play out in a passionate encounter Sunday at the home of Valencia CF, the infamous Mestalla stadium. Marcelino’s side are undoubtedly the favourites, however the Granoteswill behoping to snatch afirst ever competitive victory at the Mestalla.Leading up to the game, 27-year-old Levante forward, Roger Marti said “We have to go there and play to our strengths. We know that they are going to control the pace of the game, but we have to be able to wait and make the most of our opportunities. We need to be strong at the back and convert our chances”.When asked about what scoring a goal during the derby would feel like, he added “I hope I can. It would be very emotional for me, because of everything about the city. My family are from Valencia. I hope I can score a goal that gives the team points. Above all, I want us to get a positive result, and whether I score or not isn’t the most important thing”. Statistically, the results of past derbies between these sides favour Valencia. Considering the head to head, both sides have playedeach other on 23 occasions in LaLiga Santander, with 10 victories for Los Ches, six draws, and seven wins for the Granotes. The Granoteswill however, be determined to eradicate the statistic of not a single win at the atmospheric Mestalla from the history books and celebrate their first three points there in this passionate derby.Levante UD were founded in 1909 and Valencia ten years later, in 1919. The clubs, therefore, have no shortage of history, although they have largely fought their battles on different fronts: Levante have played nine seasons in LaLiga Santander, whilst Valencia have gone neck and neck with the cream of the Spanish crop for a total of 79 seasons; confirmation that they truly are one of the country’s most prestigious teams.Despite the historic inequality between the two teams, derbies are always a completely different ball game. They offer 90 minutes of pure passion, emotion, tension and one sole objective; to beat the other team sharing the city. The challenges currently faced by the neighbouring teams are very different. Valencia are back in the upper echelons of the table, and on course for Champions League football; whilst Levante are in their first season back in the Spanishtop flight having earned promotion in 2017.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

L.A. teams join forces to raise funds to help those affected by coronavirus

first_img“All of us in the Los Angeles sports community have been looking for additional ways to support the tremendous efforts of our City’s leadership and to help those in our community that are most impacted by the coronavirus outbreak,” said Dan Beckerman, president and CEO for AEG, in a news release. “Our collective donation of merchandise will provide our fans a way to show their ongoing support for their favorite teams while also contributing to help their fellow Angelenos in need.”Visit to contribute by shopping for jerseys, hats, T-shirts, warm-ups, scarfs, bobbleheads and other specialty items. Those include merchandise from the Ontario Reign and Team USA basketball, as well as other high-profile event that have taken place in the city, such as the 2011 and 2018 NBA All-Star Games, the 2017 NHL All-Star Game, the Amgen Tour of California, championship boxing events, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Grammy Awards.New items will be added as they become available as well as other ways to support those affected in our region and buyers will have the option of donating gear through the site directly to local shelters and non-profits for those that need it most.“The Sparks are honored to partner with AEG, Staples Center, Rank + Rally, and the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Galaxy to raise money for Mayor (Eric) Garcetti’s COVID-19 crisis fund,” Sparks President and COO Danita Johnson said in a statement. “This initiative will benefit Angelenos in most critical need of our support during this difficult time while giving fans an opportunity to show pride for their teams and give back to the community.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Talk about teaming up.In it together, L.A. sports franchises are launching a “Teams for L.A.” campaign to raise funds to help those affected by COVID-19 in the city.To benefit the Mayor’s L.A. Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund, the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Sparks and Galaxy are launching a “Teams for L.A.” online sale, which will offer more than 30,000 items of logo-bearing team merchandise at discounted prices.Proceeds from sale will support critical needs as they arise, including childcare and meals, relief and counseling for frontline healthcare workers, critical healthcare equipment as well as services for those experiencing homelessness.last_img read more

Will Ferrell introduces NLCS lineups: Reviews were mixed

first_imgActor Will Ferrell introduced Zack Greinke as the winning pitcher during the lineup introductions of Game 5 of the NLCS. Immediate reviews were mixed, although Dodgers fans seemed more comfortable with the notion of having fun. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

Dodgers’ Rich Hill set to debut vs. Giants on Wednesday

first_imgCINCINNATI >> The wait is almost over — they hope.Left-hander Rich Hill threw 78 pitches in a simulated game at the Dodgers’ training complex in Arizona Thursday night and experienced no problems with the blister issues on his pitching hand that have sidelined him since July 17.Hill said he expects to make his Dodgers debut now on Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium – more than three weeks after he was acquired from the Oakland A’s as part of a five-player trade.“Everything felt great,” said Hill who joined the Dodgers in Cincinnati on Friday. “The ball came out really good, the velocity maintained, breaking ball was really sharp.” The Dodgers have been waiting a long time to see Hill pitch for them – not just since the trade deadline move. Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said the Dodgers pursued Hill as a free agent this off season as well but were spurned by Hill who saw a more secure spot in the rotation in Oakland.“At the time, our belief was he could start because of how well he pitched last season for the Red Sox and with the flux of our rotation with the injuries and everything else we figured if he does end up in the ‘pen the curveball is such a great swing-and-miss weapon that he’d still probably be a real asset there,” Zaidi said. “Seeing him have the first half he had with the A’s, I think he showed that he was able to carry over what he did last year with the Red Sox. From a pure performance standpoint, he’s been as good as any starter out there.”That fact and the limited options among high-quality starting pitchers available at this year’s deadline are why the Dodgers were able to send prospects to the A’s in order to acquire Hill even though they did not know when he would be able to pitch for them. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman acknowledged that the three-week wait was “probably beyond what I would have expected” after acquiring Hill, he made it clear the Dodgers think Hill is worth the wait with the most important games of the Dodgers’ season still to be played.“What attracted us to Rich at the deadline was his high-end potential,” Friedman said. “We felt that he was a guy who could pitch very well against the best lineups in baseball. That part we were confident in. His exact return date was not really clear. We are being somewhat overly cautious with his finger, with this blister to make sure when he gets back he’ll be able to stay back.”The Dodgers’ ability to play well despite the instability in their rotation over the past six weeks has allowed them to wait with more patience while Hill’s finger healed. But Friedman said he is not surprised by the way the Dodgers have overcome their rotation challenges. “I think we had a lot of confidence in our offense,” he said. “We talked about it at the time that Kersh went down. One thing that gave us optimism was that our offense had not performed up to expectations at that point. We were confident that established watermarks that these guys had produced in the last few years would start to play out. Watching the way that they worked behind the scenes and grinded their way to get back to that is what gave all of us confidence in that.”For his part, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts can only dream of a day when he can roll out a rotation fronted by injured left-handers Clayton Kershaw and Hill.“If Clayton is back, if Rich is back, Kenta (Maeda) is throwing the ball the way he’s throwing and you get the other guys in the rotation, obviously it sets up well for our club,” Roberts said. “Right now, those guys are working their way back. But the most encouraging thing for me is that we’re not waiting for guys to get back. We’re taking care of the business at hand. That’s been our mindset since Day One. But certainly, when we get those guys back, we’re better for it.”AlsoLeft-hander Adam Liberatore (elbow inflammation) and Friday’s starter Bud Norris (back muscle strain) were activated from the DL before Friday’s game. Right-handers Casey Fien and Ross Stripling were optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. … Left-hander Julio Urias will start Sunday’s game in Cincinnati but Roberts would not commit to a starter for the series finale on Monday, saying right-hander Kenta Maeda would pitch either Monday or Tuesday. The Dodgers appear to be setting up a rotation of Maeda, Hill and Scott Kazmir for the three-game series against the San Francisco Giants in LA next week.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

William McCray, Jr., 53, Wellington: May 13, 1959 – March 31, 2013

first_imgWilliam J. McCray , 53, of Wellington, passed away, March 31, 2013 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 12th at the Hawk-Shelley Funeral Home & Crematory of Wellington. Burial will be private. For further information or to send a condolence please visit McCray Jr. was born on May 13, 1959 the son of Horace McCray and Lettie Mae (Tolbert) McCray-Holmes in Chicago, Illin. William worked at computer repair most of his life.Survivors include his wife Janey McCray of Wellington, sons; William Moore III, Steven Asbury, Joshua Asbury, Christopher Asbury and Matthew Nelson all of Wellington, three brothers; Willie McClinton Sr, Horace McCray and Sammy Davis all of Chicago, IL, two sisters; Mary Heather Binford and Annette Davis of Chicago, IL, Aunt Jack and Uncle Sim of Yazoo, MS as well as several nieces and nephews.last_img read more

‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ hosts: From Regis Philbin to Jimmy Kimmel, everyone who’s hosted

first_imgWhile Regis Philbin is still the most recognizable of the game show’s figureheads, there have been many hosts and guest hosts between his inaugural run to now.MORE: ‘The Last Dance’ documentary: Release date, TV schedule for Michael Jordan seriesWith the show returning once more Wednesday, here’s a list of everyone to ever host the show, and how they came to power in the chair:’Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ hostsRegis Philbin (1999-2002)The TV stalwart hosted “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” from the show’s inception to 2002.While the show’s popularity soared during Philbin’s tenure — some episodes attracted nearly 30 million viewers — ratings began to wane in the latter stages of his time as host. At the time of syndication, ABC was taping four episodes a day and sought a host who would connect with contestants.”When we were going into daytime, and it was not feasible for Regis to host the daytime show, because we shoot four shows a day, you’re looking for qualities in a new host,” executive producer Leigh Hampton told Game Show Network in 2007. “It had to be somebody who loves the contestants, who were rooting for the contestants.”Meredith Vieira (2002-13)Vieira, of “The View” fame, took over for Philbin; she lasted as host for over a decade.As a host of the syndicated version of the show, Vieira won two Daytime Emmy awards, becoming the second woman ever to win in that category (Betty White was first, in 1983). She remains the longest-tenured host of the show.Interestingly, Vieira wasn’t the first choice for the syndicated version. Rosie O’Donnell was originally approached to host, but she declined. In a twist of irony or coincidence, O’Donnell later replaced Vieira on “The View.”Vieira announced she would leave the show in January 2013, with her final tapings done in November 2012.”I don’t know what we would have done or if ‘Millionaire’ would still be alive were it not for Meredith Vieira,” executive producer Michael Davies said.Cedric the Entertainer (2013-14)The comedian took over hosting duties in 2013. The hope was that he would bring a distinct flavor to the show — but he had a short run, eventually leaving the show in 2014 to focus on his wider schedule.”With his deep roots as a successful stand-up comedian and actor, Cedric will bring his fresh approach and unpredictable fun to the show,” Disney-ABC Domestic TV president Janice Marinelli said in 2014.He was replaced by Terry Crews.MORE: Sports world remembers favorite episodes of ‘Schitt’s Creek’Terry Crews (2014-15)The hulking Crews, of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Everybody Hates Chris” fame, took over for Cedric in 2014. The former NFL player hosted the show for a short period before stepping away”Terry is engaging, endearing, smart, and quick on his feet — the perfect combination to lead one of the longest-running franchises in game show history,” Marinelli said in 2014.Citing an increasingly busy work schedule, Crews left in 2015. He was replaced by Chris Harrison.Chris Harrison (2015-19)Harrison gained national fame by hosting ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” before taking over for Crews. Unfortunately for Harrison, his run as “Millionaire” host came to an end in 2019, when ABC canceled the show.Jimmy Kimmel (2020-present)Kimmel is hosting a special run of “Millionaire” episodes with celebrities playing for charity. While there’s no word whether the limited series — the show’s first prime-time run since 2009 — will turn into something more, Kimmel’s experience on the game show isn’t new. He was a one-time guest host many, many years ago.Kimmel and “Millionaire” return with a new format, with celebrities allowed to bring a guest to sit alongside them as a lifeline and viewers able to dial in answers. These are your final answers.”Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” is a question the game show has asked for more than 20 years. The first episode aired in 1999 and, while various formats and winners have come through over the years, one particular part of the show has always caught America’s eye: the hosts. Looks like Jimmy has already gotten some practice:’Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ guest hostsMyriad guest hosts in addition to Kimmel have sat in the chair, chiefly during the latter half of Vieira’s tenure as host:Al RokerTom BergeronTim VincentDave PriceBilly BushLeeza GibbonsCat DeeleySamantha HarrisShaun RobinsonSteve HarveyJohn HensonSherri ShepherdTim GunnD.L. Hughleylast_img read more