Gomez at the double for Sunderland

first_img Press Association The Spaniard struck after 21 minutes and then again 10 minutes into the second half after first Jose Fonte and then James Ward-Prowse, who was sent off for his pains, fell foul of referee Mike Jones with striker Danny Graham the man causing the problems on both occasions. In the meantime, Sadio Mane had drawn the visitors level when he capitalised on keeper Costel Pantilimon’s error, but the Saints were far from at their best as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat in front of a crowd of 39,613 at the Stadium of Light. It was just the Black Cats’ sixth win of the league campaign and only their fourth at home, and it could hardly have been any more welcome with Dick Advocaat’s men, for whom Adam Johnson made a late appearance as a substitute, having slipped into the bottom three last weekend. They ran out knowing neighbours Newcastle had done them no favours at all by capitulating horribly at resurgent Leicester in the day’s early kick-off, and that victory was a must given their challenging run-in. Southampton, as befits a team challenging for European qualification, started the brighter, but it was the Black Cats who took the lead with 21 minutes gone. Graham, who turned in arguably his best performance to date for the club, ran on to a bouncing ball inside the penalty area and was caught in the face by Fonte’s flailing high boot, leaving Mr Jones little option but to point to the spot. Gomez stepped up to slot the resulting penalty firmly into the corner with former Sunderland keeper Kelvin Davis powerless to resist, and the home side had the start they craved. But the locals had barely settled back into their seats when the lead evaporated in chaotic style. There seemed to be little danger as Nathaniel Clyne’s long ball sailed towards 6’7″ Pantilimon, but defender Sebastian Coates inexplicably ran into his own keeper and as the pair collided with team-mates John O’Shea, the ball squirmed from his grasp. Scarcely able to believe his luck, Mane calmly steered his shot into the vacant net to restore parity and leave Advocaat’s side back at square one. Jordi Gomez struck twice from the penalty spot as Sunderland rekindled their Barclays Premier League survival hopes with a priceless victory over 10-man Southampton. To their credit, Sunderland responded to the reverse and it was they who looked the more likely to score as the half wore on despite losing O’Shea with concussion. Indeed, they might have done so on three occasions with Jermain Defoe curling a 26th-minute effort wide with Sebastian Larsson perhaps better placed outside him and Connor Wickham side-footing over the bar six minutes before the break. But it was Graham, still awaiting his first goal for the club on his 27th appearance, who thought his time had come on the stroke of half-time when Wickham and Defoe combined inside the box and the ball fell to him at the far post, but he could not get his shot away as the blue shirts arrived en masse. Coates’ afternoon almost took a further turn for the worse six minutes after the restart when he passed the ball straight to half-time substitute Filip Djuricic, but he fired just wide. But the game’s third goal arrived four minutes later and it did so at the other end with Graham once again the protagonist. He ran on to a long ball and out-muscled defender Maya Yoshida before squaring for the fast-arriving Defoe, who was bundled to the ground by Ward-Prowse. Once again, Mr Jones had little hesitation in awarding the penalty and dispatched the midfielder to the dressing room with a red card. Gomez was nerveless as he defeated Davis from 12 yards for the second time to put the home side back in front. Southampton dominated possession as they looked for a way back into the game with Sunderland looking nervous on the ball, but a strangely toothless display failed to yield any reward with Pantilimon pulling off a fine injury-time save to deny substitute Steven Davis. last_img read more

The Opinionated Spectator…Pitt Panthers Preview

first_imgAlexis Sara Cobb may be reached at:  alexiscobb@ascexec.com or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissara Alexis CobbThe upcoming University of Pittsburgh Panthers football season is starting and it should be interesting to see how Pitt fairs this year. Last year, Pitt produced well enough to go to a Bowl game against MQD Champion, Bowling Green and rather than their customary loss, they actually won the game.  Of course, it didn’t hurt that they had defensive juggernaut, unanimous All-American, Aaron Donald, the 2014 first-round pick of the St. Louis Rams playing for them.This year the Panthers shouldn’t have too much of a problem winning games in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Granted, they are a young team with some significant pieces to replace but Pitt has a relatively manageable conference schedule. Think about it, the ACC has some extraordinarily formidable teams in their conference. These teams include defending national champions Florida State, Clemson, and Louisville. Do the Pittsburgh Panthers have to play any of those powerhouses? Absolutely not. Whoever put together the Panthers’ conference play schedule should have a small monument built for them.Although two of Pitt’s first three games are away games, the Panthers will play Iowa, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Duke and Syracuse all at home. Those are some good teams but if Pitt plays up to their potential, they could easily win every last one of them. For the record, they won’t win against each team but if the Panthers continue to buy into head coach, Paul Chryst’s winning mentality, the Panthers will be fully capable of doing so.The Panthers open their season against the University of Delaware’s Blue Hens, a member of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), on Aug. 30, 2014. The game will be played at Heinz Field at 12:00 pm. This is the first time that these two schools are meeting at a collegiate football level. Hopefully, the Panthers won’t take Delaware’s Fightin Blue Hens for granted.When University of Delaware’s head coach K.C. Keeler was asked about playing against University of Pittsburgh’s football program, he stated, “We are excited to have the opportunity to play a program that annually ranks among the nation’s best,” He then said, “Our schedule is consistently ranked among the toughest at our level of football, and playing a team the caliber of Pitt only enhances that. I know that our players and our fans will be excited, as well.”It will be up to the Pittsburgh Panthers to erase the Blue Hens excitement and make them green with envy. It should be an enjoyable nonconference match up for Pittsburgh to work out their kinks before heading into conference play.(Two Sources for this story was ESPN.com and College Sports Network)last_img read more

Air Force shoots down BaliPure

first_imgAt 6-foot-2, the Bacolod-native terrorized the net and delivered the key points, including her team’s final two for their third win in four starts.“We were able to bring back the confidence and communication inside the court,” said Jocemer Tapic, the middle blocker who finished with 17 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’It didn’t come that easy for Air Force which raced to 20-18 lead in the opening frame only to witness BaliPure storm away with the set on the heroics of Risa Sato, Jerrili Malabanan, Aiko Urdas and Grethcel Soltones.BaliPure lost grip in the next two sets but fought hard in the fourth to force a deciding fifth. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson But the Jet Spikers were bent on snatching the win, zooming to an 11-4 lead on Tapic’s scoring binge.BaliPure tried to come back through the efforts of Sato, Soltones and Malabanan to no avail.Iari Yongco added 16 points for Air Force which tied idle Pocari for second place.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View comments LATEST STORIES Dell Palomata rose from the bench to lift Air Force to a 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 15-11 triumph over BaliPure Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Center.The 21-year-old middle blocker, subbing for Angel Antipuesto, made the best of the playing time given her as she unloaded 13 points aside from providing a menacing presence for the Jet Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Blu girls repeat over Canadians Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Paradelast_img read more

March 6 2017We continue our report about the conc

first_imgMarch 6, 2017We continue our report about the concrete work on a new countertop for the bathroom in East Housing. The concrete counter has cured an appropriate amount of time and it’s time to remove the form.[photos by Sue Kirsch – cell phone]The side pieces of the form have been removed and the bottom has to be wedged a little to give way.Here is the moment where it can be seen how well the concrete was distributed and vibrated before drying.The wooden inserts are tough to get out.Here is the countertop in its raw form. It will now go into the wood shop to be ground and sanded where needed, and any holes will get some filler.More to come.last_img read more

UPCs Hungarian DTH platform UPC Direct has added

first_imgUPC’s Hungarian DTH platform UPC Direct has added romance channel Story5 to its line-up.Launched last year, the channel airs romantic series and telenovelas for 20 hours a day from 06:00 to 02:00. Story 5 is the sister channel of Story4, both of which are operated by Sanoma Digital Media.last_img

Vivendi has decided to enter into exclusive negoti

first_imgVivendi has decided to enter into exclusive negotiations with Telefónica for the sale of its Brazilian subsdiary GVT following the submission of an improved €7.45 billion offer by the Spanish telco yesterday. Telefónica has offered €4.663 billion in cash and a 12% stake in Telefónica Brasil. Vivendi will have the option to exchange about one third of the latter stake for 5.7% of the share capital and 8.3% of the voting rights of Telecom Italia currently held by Telefónica through the Telco holding vehicle.The decision is a blow to Telecom Italia, which also submitted a separate €7 billion offer for GVT yesterday, including the offer of a stake in Telecom Italia as part of the deal.“In the light of the Group’s strategy and in the best interests of its shareholders, the Supervisory Board decided to enter into exclusive negotiations with Telefonica while emphasizing the relevance and quality of the Telecom Italia offer,” said Vivendi.Vivendi said that Telefónica’s offer was “particularly attractive”, generating a capital gain of more than €3 billion. It also highlighted that the agreement with Telefónica would “allow the development of joint projects in content and media”.“The Telefónica offer best meets the Group’s strategic and financial objectives. Vivendi begins a new phase in its development to become an integrated industrial group focused on media and content. Its objective is to pursue its development through the organic growth of its subsidiaries and a close collaboration between them, which do not preclude the group from taking minority positions in allied companies to distribute content,” Vivendi said.Vivendi’s decision to choose Telefónica’s offer comes as the group reports first half earnings in line with expectations, with revenues of €5.546 million, up 1.3% and EBITA of €626 million, up 1.2%. The group had net debt of €7.9 billion at the end of June, down from €17.4 billion in June 2013.Vivendi said its revenues were impacted to the tune of €259 million by foreign currency movements.Pay TV unit Canal+ turned in revenues of €2.667 million, up 0.7% at constant exchange rates. The group had 15.1 million subscribers at the end of June, up 940,000 year on year thanks to strong additions in Africa and Vietnam. Subscribers outside France now account for over two in five of the group’s overall base.Canal+ France was hit by a rise in the VAT rate levied on sales from 7% to 10% in January, with EBITA declining from €430 million to €420 million, but advertising revenues from free-to-air channel D8 and production arm Studiocanal increased significantly.In Germany, Vivendi made an exceptional provision of €48 million related to its transformation plan for OTT service Watchever, where it is engaged in an effort to reduce costs and open up new revenue streams.The sale of GVT, together with that of SFR to Altice in France, is likely to wipe out Vivendi’s debt and leave it with a large cash pile. According to HSBC, the group will have cash amounting to €4.6 billion by the end of this year, post the sale of SFR but not including the cash injection from the sale of GVT. The group has already committed to return about €5 billion to shareholders via an exceptional dividend and share buybacks.last_img read more