WellRed meets: Korey Smith

first_imgYou spent the early part of your career at Norwich City. What do you remember of your time there?It was a big part of my life obviously and they were the first professional club that I played for. It was a whole new world for me, entering that professional environment at 15 or 16-years old and moving away from my family.But it’s a lovely place where I enjoyed living and I had some great years after breaking into the first team. We won promotions and I have nothing but good memories of my time there.I met my partner Hatti there as well and I still have friends there so it will always be a huge part of my life.How did Norwich City spot you?I come from a place called Hatfield where I was coached in primary school by a man called Laird. One day, we were about 15, my friend DJ knocked for me and we rode up to the university which had 3G pitches. So we’d climb over the fences and sneak in to try and play football up there.One time we were up there, we were seen by Laird and he told us about the development centre which was looking to recruit young footballers from the London area. They were looking for people within a two-hour radius to try and get trials for Norwich City. He said to both of us to go down that week for a training session, so we did.I must have done well in that session because he came over and said to me he was going to get me a trial at Norwich City. I was phoned later that evening and he told me I would be playing against West Ham that Saturday.I played in a five-game trial over six weeks and within six months I was moving to Norwich! To be honest, it all came out of nowhere. I was doing my GCSEs at the time and I moved as soon as I left school. It was a crazy time.I was so lucky that my friend came and called for me that day for a kick about!last_img read more

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Report: Forest Green Rovers 3-4 Bristol City

first_imgThe League Two outfit found themselves two goals to the good, courtesy of a Shawn McCoulsky brace, but Josh Brownhill halved the deficit on the stroke of half-time.Rovers regained their two-goal cushion early into the second half through Aaron Collins, but goals from Andi Weimann, Sammie Szmodics and Adam Webster saw the Robins complete the comeback.Summer signings Daniel Bentley, Tommy Rowe, Szmodics and Tomas Kalas all started City’s penultimate pre-season friendly, with the latter captaining the side for the evening.Despite controlling possession in the opening stages, it was the hosts who took an early lead when a Joseph Mills driven cross fell to former Robin Shawn McCoulsy, who made no mistake from six-yards.The Green Army went close to doubling their advantage when George Williams rounded the onrushing Bentley, but Kalas was alert to the danger and produced a sliding goalline clearance.Lee Johnson’s men grew into the encounter and midway through the first half, Lewis Thomas was forced to make his first notable save as he got down low to his left to push Rowe’s driven effort beyond his near post.From the resultant corner, Niclas Eliasson’s quick footwork released Andi Weimann into the area and having reached the byline, the Austrian pulled the ball across the face of goal but no red shirt was able to get the necessary touch.Having defended stoutly for large periods, McCoulsky doubled his and Rovers’ tally two minutes from the break when he curled a right-footed shot into the far corner from distance.However, City pulled a goal back within a minute of the restart as Brownhill’s deflected effort trickled over the line after being fumbled by Thomas, which signaled the break.The referee waved away Weimann’s penalty appeal soon after half-time before Rovers added to the goals. Aaron Collions was the quickest to react to McCoulsky’s blocked strike inside the area as he calmly guided the ball into the bottom corner.Tommy Rowe made way for Saikou Janneh in the 63rd minute in City’s only switch of the match, and the substitute almost made an instant impact, but he was unable to keep his header on target following an inviting delivery from Liam Walsh.Janneh continued to look lively and having gone down in the area, the referee showed little hesitation in pointing to the spot. Weimann stepped up to the spot-kick and sent substitute goalkeeper Adam Smith the wrong way.With momentum in their stride, City went close to leveling the scores on two occasions, but Janneh and Weimann both struck narrowly wide.The energetic Szmodics then produced an excellent turn in pace three minutes from time to latch on to Janneh’s flick on, before slotting the ball beneath Smith.Roared on by 1,461 travelling supporters, Adam Webster completed secured victory with a spectacular curling effort into the far corner, beating the helpless shotstopper.City conclude their pre-season calendar on Saturday when they welcome Crystal Palace to Ashton Gate (July 27th, 3pm KO) before hosting Leeds United in the season opener (August 4th, 4.30pm KO).last_img read more

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Sessions directing the show for the Gamecocks

first_imgCOLUMBIA – Khadijah Sessions never stopped working during the offseason.The starting point guard on South Carolina’s women’s basketball team blamed herself for the team loss in its Sweet 16 game against North Carolina last season.The Tar Heels employed a strategy in which they collapsed on the USC inside players, forcing Sessions to hit from the outside.The ploy worked as the Tar Heels ended Carolina’s playoff run with a 65-58 win.When the 2014-15 season began, Sessions found herself on the bench as USC coach Dawn Staley elected to go with a big lineup that meant Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Tiffany Mitchell, normally the Gamecocks off guard, getting the call at the point.That experiment lasted just one game as Sessions was re-inserted into the starting lineup and hasn’t looked back.Although averaging only five points per game, she has made her presence known, dishing out 22 assists while turning the ball over just twice.That is the best assist to turnover ratio in the country.“I’ve gained confidence in a lot of areas,” said Sessions. “One of them was assists, finding my post players, finding the open man at all times. I’m trying to make smart decisions because I always have the ball in my hands.”“I think it’s a great statistic,” said Staley. “As a point guard you want to make sure you’re protecting the ball. I’m happy for Khadijah. She’s been doing a tremendous job.”Things have gone well for the Gamecocks as they enter tonight’s game against Charlotte (1-5) with a 6-0 record and the nation’s number one ranking.Sessions has been in the middle of the team’s success, playing aggressive defense and making sure the ball gets into the right hands, offensively.When she didn’t make the opening start, Sessions did not mope or question Staley. She continued to work and do what was needed to help the team.Sessions has played a significant role in helping the Gamecocks rise to number one nationally in the Associated Press poll.Despite ranking, Sessions says she and her teammates have taken it in stride.“We try to stay calm and poised at all times,” said Sessions. Whether I’m in the starting lineup or not, I have the same role and the same job to lead this team.”last_img read more

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Hendon’s promotion dreams are dashed

first_imgHendon’s promotion dreams ended with defeat to Margate in Sunday’s Ryman League play-off final.A crowd of 1,228 packed into Harrow’s Earlsmead ground as Gary McCann’s side, unbeaten in 25 matches, hoped to reach Conference South.But they were up against it from the 14th minute when Aaron Morgan was sent-off for a challenge on Tambeson Eyong.AdChoices广告Hendon were upset by the decision but they battled hard with 10 men, keeper Ben McNamara making several saves, only for former Hampton & Richmond striker Ryan Moss to open the scoring six minutes before half-time.The Greens couldn’t really muster a threat on Margate’s goal, with ex-Hayes and Yeading defender Charlie Wassmer outstanding at the back, and Margate saw out the win.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Forward keen to return from China – Everton ‘interested’ party –…

first_imgThe Belgian forward moved to Dalian Yifang in February 2018, signing for the Chinese side in a £9.45m deal from Atlético Madrid.However, he has made the club aware that he wants to return to Europe, according to Arena Napoli, and is pushing to play football ‘that matters’ again.He tried to leave in the summer but didn’t get his move, and his ‘intermediaries’ are actively trying to make it happen this month.Embed from Getty ImagesNapoli are one of the clubs interested in his signature, but they are not the only ones, with Everton and AC Milan also named as suitors by the website.According to their information, Carrasco’s representatives have made it known that he could be available for ‘just’ €15-20m, although his salary is an issue.He is on €8-10m a year in China, although were he to move, he would be willing to halve his salary and accept €4-5m.His decision to return to Europe is one that his partner, Noémie Happart, supports, suggesting that it is a move all parties are keen on.For now, Napoli are only considering it, with Carrasco thought of as a ‘sweet temptation’ in the background, mainly due to the fact his wages, even at €4m-a-year, would put him among the club’s top earners.The same can probably be said for Everton. While the Blues are keen to add to their squad this month, Carrasco does not solve any of their current problems.Instead, this feels more like their name being linked because of Carlo Ancelotti, something we’re going to see a lot this month.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is AddictiveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSmart Tech TrendEveryone with Bad Vision Needs Those Revolutionary Adjustable Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo Yannick Carrasco is keen on a return to Europe from his spell in China and Everton are one of the clubs interested in him.last_img read more

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Premier League confident about June restart

first_img(Reuters) – The Premier League is “as confident as we can be” about England’s top-flight soccer league restarting in June, its chief executive Richard Masters was quoted as saying by the BBC yesterday. The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 amid the COVID-19 crisis and June 12 has been identified as a possible date to restart. Players returned to training in small groups this week.Among the top European leagues only the Bundesliga has resumed.“We’ve taken the first step,” Masters told BBC Sport. “It’s great for everybody, including the fans, to see our players back on the training ground.”Masters said that the Premier League remains flexible on the date of resumption, contingency plans were needed and “curtailment” was still an option.“We wouldn’t have taken the first step to get back to training if we weren’t convinced we had created a very safe environment for our players,” he said. “It is the first step and we have to be sure when we go to contact training we have completed those processes.“We have done everything we possibly can to make return to training as safe as possible,” he added.“We think it is safe to return. We have to respect players’ decisions not to return to training. I would be comfortable to return to training.” Liverpool are top of the table with a 25-point lead over Manchester City.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said on Wednesday that the return of contact training in elite sports could get government approval “later this week”.last_img read more

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Aston Villa 2 C Palace 0: Trezeguet double boosts Villans’ survival bid as Benteke sees red AFTER final whistle

first_imgASTON VILLA kept alive their hopes of Premier League survival as Trezeguet struck twice to sink Crystal Palace.And the Eagles not only had Mamadou Sakhos early opener ruled out by VAR but ex-Villa striker Christian Benteke saw red AFTER the final whistle – seemingly for kicking out during a mass flare-up.Wideman Trezeguet finally delivered as he struck either side of half-time in a crucial Villa victoryCredit: EPAPalace’s ex-Villa frotnman Christian Benteke is sent off after the final whistle Credit: News Group Newspapers LtdTrezeguet nips in to seal a victory that still leaves Villa four points from safetyCredit: AP:Associated PressVilla defender Tyrone Mings clashes with Palace centre-back Mamadou Sakho Credit: News Group Newspapers LtdAfter drop rivals Watford and West Ham both won 24 hours earlier nothing less then three points would have been enough for Dean Smith’s Villa to maintain realistic hopes of staying up.And Egyptian winger Trezeguet, who has so often struggled to produce this season, decided this would be the day he turned up to be the hero with goals in each half enough to grab the victory.Villa are still four points adrift of safety with three games remaining, but they are still in there fighting knowing the Hammers and Watford face each other next up.Palace thought they had taken the lead just seven minutes of the game when Sakho climbed to head home Luka Milivojevic.But the goal was erased by VAR Jon Moss – the man who awarded the controversial penalty against Villa in midweek – who ruled Sakho had handled, even though the ball appeared to loop off the top of his shoulder.VITAL SAVESVilla’s problem has not only been at the back, they also fail to score enough goals, and though they were so desperate for the win they rarely attacked with any quality early on.Jack Grealish whipped in one cross from the left and found no-one bursting into the box, and another low ball in from the same area again went begging. Wilfried Zaha struggled to get into the match in the opening quarter, then when he finally did on 27 minutes it was to get involved in a shoving match with Tyrone Mings which saw the pair both booked for their troubles.Then soon after Villa carved out their first genuine chance, only for Mbwana Samatta to head a yard over from a good position to the howls of disappointment from the home dugout.VAR ruled no penalty after Jack Grealish was grounded by a challenge from Patrick van Aanholt Credit: Times Newspapers LtdPalace star Mamadou Sakho rises to nod home but effort was ruled out by VAR Jon MossCredit: ReutersThis is the moment Patrick van Aanholt makes contact Jack Grealish but no spot-kick is givenCredit: Times Newspapers LtdSeven minutes later it was the turn of Grealish to go close as he met Ahmed El Mohamady’s cross first time on the volley, only for Vicente Guiata to turn the ball round the post diving low to his right.Benteke then forced Pepe Reina into two smart saves as Palace pushed forward, and the Spanish keeper again had to be sharp to beat away a fierce drive from Zaha.Those stops proved vital, for in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of the half Villa took the lead – Trezeguet steering home at the far post after Palace had failed to deal with Hourihane’s free-kick from the left.Villa thought they had the ideal opportunity to double their lead when ref Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot two minutes after the break when Grealish went down after a clash with Patrick van Aanholt.But this time Moss was not so helpful to Smith’s side, deciding replays showed Grealish had actually stood on the foot of the Palace defender.The home side continued to d most of the pressing in the second half and Grealish was unlucky to see his free-kick saved by Guaita – but on 59 minutes the second goal they so desperately needed came.Sakho missed his attempt to intercept a ball on the edge of the box, allowing Trezeguet in to poke his shot through the legs of Guaita into the back of the net.Jamie Ohara says a move from Aston Villa to Man Utd would not be right for Jack Grealish Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uk Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Animals are so funny that you can die of laughtercenter_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Before Most awesome bullfighting festivallast_img read more

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The Pride of Pigtown blasts the Tides’ Streak to Four

first_imgThe Norfolk Tides won their fourth straight game with a 7-6 comeback win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Tuesday night with a phenomenal performance from their catcher, The Pride of Pigtown, Steve Clevenger. Clevenger went four-for-four with three doubles, five RBI and one run scored.Before Tuesday night’s performance, Clevenger was 0-11 in three games with Norfolk since being optioned from the Orioles May 30. Fittingly enough, Clevenger batted in the first and last runs of the game, both with doubles.Chris Marrero scored in the first inning when Clevenger doubled to center field with two out. In the third inning Julio Borbon hit a solo homerun to right field, increasing Norfolk’s lead to 2-0.Norfolk held the lead until the sixth inning. Norfolk starter Josh Stinson allowed two base runners in the first inning and then retired the next 14 before he walked centerfielder Antoan Richardson to start a disastrous sixth inning from the Tides’ perspective.Scranton/Wilkes-Barre sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the sixth, scored six runs on four hits, two doubles and two triples, and three walks. Stinson was charged with three runs while reliever Chris Jones was charged with the other three in no part of an inning worked. Stinson on the night gave up three hits, two coming in the sixth, walked two and struck out six.Stinson threw 89 pitches Tuesday night and disregarding that sixth inning, he pitched very well. At the end of the sixth inning, Norfolk’s lead had vanished and trailed 6-3.Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s three-run lead would not last long however. Norfolk scored one run in the top of the seventh by a sacrifice fly from Steve Clevenger, cutting the lead by two.Norfolk’s relief pitchers Tim Alderson and Heath Bell pitched 2.2 scoreless innings to give the Tides a chance to win the game in the ninth. The ninth inning was very much like the rest of the game, dramatic.Julio Borbon led the inning off with a ground out to the second baseman. Quintin Berry followed Borbon up with a ground out to the shortstop for the second out in the inning.The next batter, Chris Marrero, singled to centerfield followed by a walk to Xavier Paul to bring Clevenger to the plate. A wild pitch then allowed Marrero to advance to third with Paul staying on first.The next pitch, Clevenger belted a double to centerfield scoring both Marrero and Paul and giving Norfolk a 7-6 they would hold on to. Evan Meek entered the game in bottom of the ninth and recorded a one-two-three inning for his third straight save.Norfolk and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre go again in the middle game of a three-game series tonight in Scranton. Kevin Gausman (1-3 2.40) starts for the Tides opposite Joel De La Cruz (1-3 3.03) for the RailRiders.Please follow and like us:last_img read more

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That’s what he said: 10 best NFL quotes from Week 5

first_img— Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders is impressed by Joe Flacco’s performance in Denver despite the team’s disappointing start: “I watched the TV copy of the game and it said Joe is off to the best four-game stretch of his career. That speaks volume.”— Raiders coach Jon Gruden thinks Vontaze Burfict has suffered enough already: “We want Burfict back,” he told reporters.  He has already been punished. We hope he can return to playing soon.”— Broncos cornerback De’Vante Bausby was taken off the field on a backboard Sunday and claimed he was unable to move for half an hour after he was hit: “I was never unconscious, I just couldn’t move, but I was still talking and everything. The doc, the neurologist said I was going to be fine and I just trusted that, and after about 30 minutes I was able to wiggle my toes and after a couple hours I was able to regain full mobility so I was straight, I was fine … They said I was paralyzed for 30 minutes, after 30 minutes I could wiggle my toes and after two hours I could move everything else.” From postgame press conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 5 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:— Cowboys owner Jerry Jones denied coach Jason Garrett is in jeopardy of losing his job: “Don’t bet any money against that happening. You’ll lose it,” he said on 105.3 The Fan. — Richard Sherman ripped Baker Mayfield for his pregame etiquette Monday: “What’s amazing, and annoying, was him not shaking hands at the beginning,” Sherman said, via NFL.com. “That’s some college s—. It’s ridiculous. … Respect the game. You can have rivals, but pay your respect in that moment — especially when you’re young.”— As for Nick Bosa, he was candid about the shot he took at Mayfield during the game: “I think everybody knows what that was for,” Bosa said, per The Plain Dealer. “Just wanted to get payback. He had it coming.”— Green Bay is back to its winning ways, and Aaron Rodgers is feeling good about it: “I’m really having a lot of fun right now and I think the guys are too and it’s kind of contagious and we’re going to embrace that feeling,” he said on Brett Favre’s weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio show.— Steelers coach Mike Tomlin refused to address rumors that he is a leading candidate for the Redskins’ coaching vacancy after Jay Gruden was fired: “I’m not worried about that. I’m the head coach of a 1-4 football team that’s going on the road to play a Hall of Fame quarterback with a third-string quarterback. Do you think I’m worried about anything other than that?”— Gruden discussed the mixed emotions he had while detailing one of the setbacks he faced in Washington “I can’t remember the last time all my guys played. It’s hard,” he told ESPN. “The majority of our payroll, we paid a lot of money and never had guys on the field. I don’t know if many other teams can say that with so many.”— Browns coach Freddie Kitchens isn’t concerned after the team dropped to 2-3: “We are not panicking. We are going to line up and play the next game. There are 11 more.”last_img read more

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Women for Kansas-Sumner County hosting information forum on redesign project on January 18

first_imgCorrection: The date was incorrectly published in the first version of  the reporter. It is Thursday, Jan. 18 not Aug. 17. Sumner Newscow report — The public is invited learn more about the school redesign project awarded to Wellington that will be implemented in the 2018-19 school termMark WhitenerThe event, sponsored by Women for Kansas-Sumner County, will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18 at the offices of the Sumner County Economic Development, 314 N. Washington, in Wellington.The forum will feature Dr. Mark Whitener who will speak about the work involved in redesigning schools for the 21st Century.After his presentation, an informal discussion with area school officials about issues facing rural schools will take place.Wellington is one of seven school districts in the state to be awarded the Kansans Can School Redesign Project sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education.Kansas school districts were invited to apply to become one of seven districts selected for the redesign project. To be considered for the project, districts had to designate one elementary school and one secondary school to be redesigned around the five outcomes established by the Kansas State Board of Education, the five elements identified as defining a successful Kansas high school graduate, and what Kansans said they want their schools to look like in the future. Each district also had to have support of their local school board, their faculty and their local Kansas National Education Association or other professional organization, according to the KSDE website.KSDE received 29 applications, and on Aug. 8, 2017, the seven selected districts, each representing one of the Mercury 7 astronauts, were announced.The seven school districts — 14 schools — will serve as demonstration sites for others in Kansas to study, learn and visit. The new school designs are slated for launch in the 2018-2019 school year.“Education is a vital concern for everyone,” said Kay Ryan, a W4K leader. “We all share the same goals of wanting good schools for our children.”Everyone is invited to attend the meeting. Snacks and drinks will be provided.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Z Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Is it possible that media can post a detailed summary of the meeting such as has been done for city council meetings? Report Reply 0 replies · active 135 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Jo+Roitman · 135 weeks ago The correct date of this event is January 17 not August 17. Report Reply 0 replies · active 135 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down taxpayer · 135 weeks ago One thing we can count on is they will keep raising property taxes well beyond the rate of inflation as they have done for years. We must cap the raise of property taxes. Contrary to the popular belief it DOES NOT take a village to raise kids. We need parents to pay for the real cost of having children. Why must we have a property tax rate so much higher than our neighbor to the south Oklahoma? The property tax on a piece of land on the north side of the road is almost twice the tax on the property on the south side of the road. Both 100% cropland. 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