Phillips to part with Palace

first_img Phillips joined Palace on loan from Blackpool at the start of the year before making his move permanent in the summer. This term, though, he has made just five appearances from the bench. He told the club’s website: “It went well for me at the end of the season and then the play-off final – getting the goal and securing promotion was right up there with one of my highest achievements in football. “I have to thank the club and the supporters who have been absolutely magnificent to me and welcomed me with open arms from day one. That will stay in my memories for a long time.” Phillips was brought to the club by former boss Ian Holloway, who has since been replaced by Tony Pulis. Pulis said: “He is a fantastic professional and there is no way I would stand in the way of what he wants to do. He has been brilliant to have around the place in the last few weeks that I have been here and of course he played a major role in getting this club promoted through the play-offs. “His attitude in and around the rest of the players is first class and you can see why, at 40 years of age, he is still playing in the Premier League. I wish him every success in the future.” The 40-year-old will exit Selhurst Park by mutual consent. The former England international scored the penalty against Watford in the play-off final which took the Eagles into the Barclays Premier League, but he has barely featured this season. Press Associationcenter_img Crystal Palace have confirmed that veteran striker Kevin Phillips will leave the club next month.last_img read more

Ghana Rugby Club Championship kicks off with a difference

first_imgThe 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) kicked off at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday 21 November 2015 with a series of exciting new events as prelude to the main league matches.According to the President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Mr. Herbert Mensah who spearheaded the changed format of GRCC match days, the changes were brought in not only to present spectators with a more exciting experience on the day but to make a real and valuable contribution towards the development of the game of rugby in Ghana.The menu for the day included a training session for kids between 9am and 10am followed by a ladies 7s match between 10am and 10:30am, a boys 7s match between 10:30am and 11am and a 2nd division men’s 7s match between 11am and 11:30am.The previews were followed by three GRCC matches between Accra Sharks RFC and Dansoman Hurricanes RFC at 11am, Griffons RFC and Idas Sporting Club at 1pm and finally Titans Sporting Club against UCC Spartans at 3pm. Griffons and Spartans are Cape Coast based teams while the other four hail from Accra.The kids training sessions were conducted by members of the Accra Rugby Club and other members of the expatriate community as part of their commitment to make a greater contribution towards rugby development in Ghana.According to Brice Crewsent, a coach and kids trainer, it is a plus for Ghana Rugby to see women and kids playing at a young age which shows that Ghana Rugby has a brighter future. “I am very happy to be here today at the Accra Sports Stadium to unleash lots of new players with many of the kids being expatriates and I think is good for Ghana Rugby. My mission is to help raise the image of Rugby to much higher levels using my 36 years of experience in Rugby,” he said.Prior to the commencement of the GRCC matches Mr. Mensah also presented match officials, referees and linesmen, with a brand new set of jerseys.In the main GRCC matches Dansoman Hurricanes beat Accra Sharks convincingly with 56 points to 10 while Idas triumphed over Griffons from Cape Coach with a final score of 31 to 5.The last match of the day was a runaway affair when Titans beat the Cape Coast based UCC Spartans 96 to 0.Cosmos Buffaloes RFC enjoyed a “bye” or off day on the first day of the GRCC.”‹ Mr. Mensah said that it has become clear that the quality of training in the CentWest Zone of the GRFU is lacking that of the teams in Greater Accra.“With recent developments in CentWest I am confident that the quality gap of Rugby by the teams of the two Regional Associations will in the foreseeable future be closed significantly,” he said.“Tertiary educational institutions in countries of Top Tier Rugby unions are a very important part of the development framework for Rugby and an important source of players for both junior and senior national teams,” he said.Mr. Mensah said there are many other developments in the pipeline that include the establishment of the Ghana Female Rugby Association as well as the expansion of the youth development at schools under the banner of World Rugby’s “Get Into Rugby” programme.“Till now programmes for Rugby development at schools level have not been very successful due to lack of resources, structure and continuity. The GRFU has reviewed these programmes and has put a new structure in place with assistance from the Ghana Rugby Union Players Association (GRUPA) and we are confident that this will boost youth Rugby development,” Mr. Mensah said.  Mr. Mensah noted that all organisations have the challenge to execute projects and programmes within the constraints of the 3Ms namely Men or people, Machinery of facilities and equipment and Money or funding.“Ghana Rugby as non-profitable institution with very little resourcing available is very much dependent on corporate institutions for donations and sponsorship and I hope that more and more corporate institutions will come forward to benefit from a very positive brand enforcement and increased media exposure through such donations and sponsorships,” Mr. Mensah said.  Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of the GRFU, in talks with the media about the plans and challenges of Ghana Rugby. The first day of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Football Union started with kids training in the basic skills of Rugby. Mr. Brice Crewsent, a coach and kids trainer, said that he can only see a bright future for Ghana Rugby given the latest developments.  Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of the GRFU, presented the match officials with a brand new set of jerseys.  As part of the preview events to the first day of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) a ladies team played a 7s match. Ghana Rugby welcomes the selfless contributions by volunteers such as those who help with keeping records at matches. One of the preview events included a men’s 7s match between two 2nd division teams.last_img read more

New father Kenta Maeda pitched well on little sleep, now gets some time off

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start The fact that Maeda pitched so well on so little sleep was not lost on the Dodgers, Roberts said.“He said he was hoping he’d pitch well and he did,” he said. “So we encouraged him to get the same amount of sleep before his next start.”That next start is scheduled for Wednesday in San Diego. But Maeda was placed on the paternity list Saturday, clearing a spot for the Dodgers to add right-hander Dylan Floro, the reliever acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. Maeda can spend three days on the paternity list before he must be re-activated.Related Articles ANAHEIM – Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda didn’t get the win Friday night. But he got something much better.Maeda’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child and first son early Friday morning, leaving the new father to operate on little sleep Friday night against the Angels.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.No matter – Maeda turned in an excellent start, holding the Angels to one run (scored on a balk) on three hits while striking out nine and handing a lead over to the Dodgers’ bullpen in the sixth inning. That lead didn’t hold up.“He was very clear that he wanted to pitch regardless,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It just sort of worked out that he was able to be there for the birth … when the baby boy was born. He went back home, took a nap and made his start.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco In addition to Floro, the Dodgers also recalled reliever Pat Venditte from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed right-hander Yimi Garcia on the disabled list with inflammation in his right forearm.This is Venditte’s fifth trip this season from OKC. He has made five appearances with the Dodgers, allowing four runs on eight hits in 4-1/3 innings. In Triple-A, he has a 1.93 ERA and has held hitters to a .182 batting average.BACK TO SCHOOL For the second time in four years, the Dodgers failed to sign one of their top draft picks. Their first-round pick in this year’s draft, high school right-hander J.T. Ginn, chose to follow through on a commitment to attend Mississippi State rather than sign with the Dodgers before Friday’s deadline despite what GM Farhan Zaidi confirmed was a bonus offer “a little above our slot.” The slot value for the 30th pick overall this year was approximately $2.275 million.“He was the top guy on our board when we were picking and our philosophy is to take the top talent on the board and try to see if we can work out a deal,” Zaidi said. “The family really valued school and had expectations beyond where our spot was.“Ultimately they valued the option to go to school more than that (bonus offer). Sometimes we know that a player will sign for slot ahead of time. Sometimes we don’t. If we like the talent enough we’re willing to take the chance.”The Dodgers will receive the 31st pick in next year’s draft as compensation. With the strength of the Dodgers’ farm system, Zaidi said, “it’s not really a loss of talent as it is a loss of a year (of development). We’re in a pretty good position to take that deferral.”“We’re disappointed but we get the extra pick next year. We’ve been down that road before and done OK.”The Dodgers’ top pick to sign is their second-round pick, right-hander Michael Grove. Grove had Tommy John surgery following his sophomore season at West Virginia and did not pitch as a junior while recovering. Zaidi said Grove has been throwing off a mound and the “conservative” estimate is that he will be ready to pitch in games during the fall instructional league in Arizona.ALSOLeft-hander Rich Hill said the neck stiffness that cropped up after his headfirst slide at the plate on Wednesday has improved. He is expected to make his scheduled start on Tuesday.Right-hander Walker Buehler is scheduled to throw a five-inning simulated game Sunday. If all goes well, Roberts said Buehler is expected to make a start next weekend rather than wait until after the All-Star break to activate the young right-hander. Buehler has pitched just four innings – one in relief with the Angels and three in a rehab assignment at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga last week – since going on the DL June 8.Staff writer J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this report.UP NEXTDodgers LHP Alex Wood (5-5, 3.84 ERA) at Angels LHP Andrew Heaney (4-6, 3.94 ERA), Sunday, 5:05 p.m., ESPN Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more