first_img Displayed poorly ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY Add Comments (Max 320 characters) By Dave Hart and Steve GunnLocalSportsJournal.comMUSKEGON – After experiencing a successful but strange inaugural season last spring in the American Indoor Football league, the West Michigan Ironmen strongly hinted that they might find a new league for the 2017 season.Now they have made the move.The Ironmen announced at a press conference on Monday that they will be joining Champions Indoor Football (CIF), a three-year old professional arena football league, for the 2017 season.The CIF season begins in March, includes a 12-game regular season schedule, and concludes in June with the championship game, known as the Champions Bowl.The Ironmen will still play their home games at L.C. Walker Arena.“We are excited about the Ironmen’s sophomore season,” said team owner Terrance Williams, who indicated that the CIF is a higher-level league than the AIF was. “One of the things we are excited about this league is they have had consistent teams that have stayed and have grown with the league. All of last year’s teams are back.”The CIF membership is located primary in the central and southwest United States. Muskegon will be the eastern tip of the league map next season. Two existing Illinois teams, based in Chicago and Bloomington, will be the closest geographic opponents.West Michigan Ironmen Coach Ty Lynk talks during press conference about the new league. Photo/Joe LaneLast season the CIF had 12 teams competing in two divisions, with six teams in the Northern Division and six in the Southern Division.The Wichita Force, which won the Championship Bowl last season, plays in the Northern Division with the Bloomington Edge, Omaha Beef, Sioux City Bandits, Chicago Eagles and Salina Liberty.The Southern division champion Amarillo Venom competed with the Texas (Allen, Texas) Revolution, Dodge City Law, Duke City (Albuquerque, NM) Gladiators, Dallas Marshals and San Angelo Bandits.The Ironmen will join the Centex (Belton, TX) Cavalry and a franchise in Kansas City as expansion teams in the CIF for its fourth season. It’s not known if other expansion teams will join the league before next season.The move to a new league was necessary for the Ironmen, since their old league, the AIF, announced in July that it was ceasing operations.Ironmen officials said that they would have made the jump to the new league, regardless of the status of the AIF.“I would strongly tell you yes we would have,” said Ironmen Coach Ty Lynk.The quality of play will be better in the new league, and the team’s payroll will be higher, Williams said. But that is not expected to impact ticket prices at Ironmen games, he said.Ironmen owner Terrance Williams Jr. discusses the new league alignment during Monday’s press conference. Photo/Joe Lane“Our primary goal is to be able to provide affordable family entertainment and provide the same prices we had last year,” Williams said.Many of the same players from last year’s Ironmen squad will be invited back next season, but there will obviously be some changes, Lynk said.“We are looking to sign most of our veterans back from last season. It was a family feeling and we want to make sure our community does not have learn people all over again,” Lynk said.“Our team from last year could compete in this league but just like any team we want to make improvements in some areas.“The expectations are the same as last year, to win this thing.”The Ironmen’s inaugural 2016 season was a success. The team finished 9-2, won the Northern Division championship, and advanced to the AIF championship games before losing to the Columbus (Georgia) Lions.But there were a lot of things about the league that the Ironmen did not like.Some of the teams they played were not very competitive. In two home games, for instance, the Ironmen beat the Cincinnati Bulldogs by a combined score of 180-6.The final game of the regular season was supposed to be played against a Chicago team, with a conference championship on the line, but that team forfeited a few days before the game.The Ironmen’s first playoff game was supposed to be against Central Pennsylvania, but that team pulled out of the playoffs at the last minute, leaving West Michigan to play Myrtle Beach, which had not actually qualified for the playoffs.The league championship game, played in Columbus, Georgia, ended early after players and fans started having words and a skirmish broke out between the two teams.West Michigan Ironmen General Manager, Nate Smith listens in during Monday’s press conference. Photo/Joe LaneLynk said quality competition should not be a problem with the CIF, which has stable teams that are managed in a professional manner.“Last year was really about us building a culture and learning how to build an organization from the top to the bottom.” Lynk said. “Now we have an opportunity to challenge ourselves. The thing about this league is that every game will be a challenge.“What’s exciting to me is we get a chance to be in a league where the country will be able to see what we and Muskegon are all about.” Share FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Bestseller Report a problem This item is… Not relevant Not relevant Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. 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first_imgJūrmala “Spartaks” against “Riga” Photo: Zigismunds Zālmanis / “Riga”Although three goals were scored in the second half of the game and the advantage over the championship team “Riga” was missed, one should not be ashamed of the demonstrated performance on the field, after the loss in the Optibet Premier League game at a press conferenceIn the Optibet Premier League on Thursday, the leading team “Riga” twice allowed Jūrmala’s “Spartak” to take the lead, but then scored three more goals, revenge for the loss in the first round.“Riga” won Jurmala’s “Spartak” at home with 4: 2 (1: 2).Kuls Mbombo scored two goals for Riga, one by Jordan Nkololo and one by Roman Debelko, while Ariagner Smith and Chickezius Nvaoris, who played for the Nicaraguan team, stood out.“After the game in the locker room, I told the guys that we should definitely not be ashamed of this duel,” said Alexei Yeromenko, the head coach of Jūrmala “Spartaks”, after the loss. “In general, we did almost everything we wanted on the field, but clubs like” Riga “penalize mistakes.”“I think the spectators definitely liked this game, because there were a lot of combinations and fights on the field. In turn, we will prepare for the next fight with the RFS club, which is scheduled for three days. ”The “Spartakians” won the first half with 2: 1, but in the second they scored three goals and for the second time in the season the champions “Riga” could not win.“At the end of the game, we also had opportunities, but they were not used. Nothing crazy has happened, we see that the base is in place and we can play good and interesting football, ”said the specialist. “Place in the tournament table is always important, but there is still a lot of time. We are currently behind “Riga” and RFS, which satisfies me for the time being. ”“Riga” coach Oleg Kononov also noted that Thursday’s duel was enjoyable.“I think the game was very interesting, because both teams scored six goals together, four of which we managed to score,” the satisfaction was heard in the voice of “Riga” head coach Oleg Kononov. “We lost the first half. I think the opponents were a little “fresher” in those minutes, but we kept our line. ”“In the second half, we already showed better performance, which was also demonstrated by the three goals scored and the advantage in the game.”The specialist also did not hide that the first goal of the opposing team was really filigree, however, a positional error on the side of the field was made by the “Riga” players. In turn, the second “goal” was lost after an unsuccessful press.“I have already said that the” Spartaks “team is getting different every year. The current line-up has an aggressive style of play and is not afraid to impose its own game, ”Kononov said.“Riga” is in the leading position of the Premier League, which has accumulated 30 points after 11 rounds. RFS is three points less, and Jūrmala “Spartaks” has taken the third place with 17 points in ten dues. “Ventspils” and “Valmiera” have 15 points, but “Jelgava” has 13 points. “Liepāja” followed with 11 points in ten games, but “Daugavpils” and “Metta” in 11 matches, while Tukums 2000 ″ / TSS reached three points.This season, ten teams will start in the Super League, which is one more than last year and two more than yesterday. Also, this season in the Super League, the legionnaire limit has been raised to eight players. This means that there must be at least three players prepared for the association on the court at the same time. Last year, the limit was five foreign players.As in many other countries, the number of permitted substitutions has been increased from three to five after the coronavirus break in the regulations of the Premier League championship in the 2020 season.Due to a three-month forced break, three will be played instead of the four planned laps this season.Last year, “Riga” was crowned Latvian champion, but RFS won its first trophy in the history of the club, which won the national cup.last_img read more

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona coach Quick Setian is set to step down after a humiliating 8-2 defeat to German champions Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Although not officially announced, Cetian is currently out.According to Spanish media reports, Barcelona’s President Joseph Bertomeu has announced that he has fired Setian. There were reports that Barcelona, ​​which had fallen into the greatest embarrassment in history, would be completely dismantled. Meanwhile, there were rumors that superstar Lionel Messi was leaving the club.Josep Bartomeu, Barça president, just confirmed to @tjcope that Quique Setién “has been sacked”. Ronald Koeman, Mauricio Pochettino and Xavi are in the list as next manager. #FCB #Barcelona– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 16, 2020According to Spanish media, Cetian has been sacked and three new players are being considered for the post. Bertomui is currently considering Holland national team coach and former Barcelona star Ronald Cooman, former Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino and former legend Xavi Hernandez.According to Spanish media, Kuman is the most likely of the three. The appointment will be on a two-year contract. The club then plans to extend the contract after evaluating the team’s performance. There have also been reports of a heated discussion at the club’s headquarters over Kuman’s arrival. Cooman, meanwhile, has a contract with Holland until 2022.Cetian replaces Ernesto Velverde as Barcelona’s coach in the second half of the season. But he failed to raise the team to the expected level. With a huge defeat later, the elimination was certain. All that is needed now is an official announcement.last_img read more

first_imgGfinity has announced extended its partnership with Formula 1 to deliver the F1 Esports Series through 2022.The extension will see Gfinity plan and execute the main elements of the F1 Esports Series in 2020, 2021 and the 2022 qualifying events.Credit: GfinityRELATED: Gfinity partners with Bidstack and Venatus for revenue-buildingA release states that Gfinity will continue to produce and deliver the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix Series, which has been extended to June 2020, before embarking on an extensive roadmap of qualifying and championship F1 Esports Series events.John Clarke, CEO of Gfinity, spoke on the agreement in a release: “The F1 Esports Series is one of the most exciting esports tournaments in the world and we are delighted to be working with F1 for a further two years. Signing a multi-year agreement highlights our ability to leverage our unique position at the centre of the esports ecosystem to design and develop esports solutions for our clients.”RELATED: F1 Esports’ Dr. Julian Tan on the sim racing revolutionGfinity will have a dedicated account management team that is responsible for the delivery of all elements of the programme. The UK-based tournament organiser will also deploy a full league operations team and provide the use of ‘Race Control,’ Gfinity’s proprietary in-race adjudication technology. The Gfinity Arena will be the primary venue for live broadcasts.Dr. Julian Tan, Head of Digital Business Initiatives and Esports at Formula 1, added: “We are delighted to extend our agreement with esports leaders Gfinity for another two years. Since 2017, we have seen the rapid growth of the F1 Esports Series and Gfinity have played a core part in that through their continued support in developing and delivering the series. We are excited to build on this foundation to bring further excitement to F1 Esports fans across the globe in the coming couple of years.”Esports Insider says: It’s great to see a brand like Formula 1 continue in esports after leaning on its massively during much of the down period caused by COVID-19. The partnership should benefit Gfinity greatly after a number of its events were postponed because of the very same virus.Find out about the ESI Digital Summitlast_img read more

first_img PSG, who have a great relationship with Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo’s agent, have asked about the player. They want to make sure they are ready to make their move if the 30-year-old does become available.  Nuno Lus, a journalist and a friend of Ronaldo, has told ‘Cope’ that he sees Madrid’s No.7 closer to PSG than to United. Upd. at 18:11 The French club have the economic power to sign him. Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain or even Manchester City are weighing up a move.  As for City, ‘The Sun’ say they are desperate to sign a Ronaldo or a Lionel Messi after Manuel Pellegrini said the club need to sign a top level player. Cristiano Ronaldo’s current situation is being closely monitored by some of Europe’s biggest and richest clubs.  Ferguson dined win Ronaldo last week after Madrid’s Champions League match with Schalke. The two maintain a good relationship from when they were both at United, with the Portuguese star viewing Ferguson as his sporting ‘father’. center_img The Real Madrid forward feels poorly treated by the club fans and has began to show signs of tiredness recently, while the club are not happy with his form and may be prepared to listen to offers. CET A. Alcázar Ronaldo has always said he would like to return to the English club, where he was treated well and has great memories.  United have already been in touch with the player, using Sir Alex Ferguson as the middle man, and PSG have asked about the situation, too. 18/03/2015last_img read more

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first_imgLONDON (AP): Trailing 1-0 in a dreary London derby, what Arsenal manager Unai Emery needed was a creative spark to inspire a comeback at West Ham. Mesut Ozil, perhaps? The playmaker wasn’t in the starting line-up, but he wasn’t on the bench either. And he was not injured. Arsenal’s highest-paid player – reputedly earning £350,000 a week – wasn’t in Emery’s tactical plans so didn’t make the trip across London to the Olympic Stadium. “I decided the idea of the players that I think are the best for this match,” Emery said. “Today, the players who were here are the players who deserved to be in this match. We could’ve won or lost.” But Arsenal lost – for the third time in six English Premier League matches – after Declan Rice’s first goal for West Ham three minutes into the second half-earned the victory. Recovering league positions is proving harder. Fifth-place Arsenal fell six points behind Chelsea, who extended their grip on the fourth and final Champions League place after labouring to a 2-1 victory over Newcastle. Liverpool, though, are well placed to end their 29-year league drought. Liverpool beat Brighton 1-0 thanks to Mohamed Salah. The African player of the year netted a penalty four minutes into the second half after being brought down by Pascal Gross. It put Liverpool seven points ahead of City ahead of the champions playing Wolves tomorrow. Other results: Burnley 2 Fulham 1; Cardiff 0 Huddersfield 0; Crystal Palace 1 Watford 2; Leicester City1 Southampton 2.last_img read more

first_imgThe Heat are Butler’s fourth team — fourth team since 2017, too — and he says he wants Miami to be the final stop in his career.Butler has been to the postseason seven times, including with Philadelphia last year, yet still hasn’t gotten past the second round. Miami also hasn’t been past the second round since its last NBA Finals trip in 2014, yet it believes adding Butler is the first huge footstep toward reversing those recent fortunes.FREE THROWSMiami was awful from the foul line last year. The Heat shot 60% or less from the free-throw stripe a league-worst 17 times last season — and went 2-15 in those games. Look no further than that as the reason why Miami wasted a chance at a postseason berth. Of those 15 losses, five came in games where Miami wound up losing by five points or fewer; the Heat wound up missing the playoffs by two games.DEFEND HOMEAnother key area where the Heat must get better this season is defending home court.Miami was 19-22 at home last season — actually a game worse than its 20-21 record on the road. Last season marked the first time since 1996-97 that the Heat had a better record away from Miami; that team was 32-9 on the road, 29-12 at home.THE ROOKIENo. 13 pick Tyler Herro is loaded with confidence, and the Heat aren’t holding him back. The rookie from Kentucky quickly has earned the trust of teammates, not just because of his strong summer league and preseason performances but because of his practice habits as well.“We are trying to prepare Tyler as much as we can to be ready to help us win,” Spoelstra said. Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown MOST READ LATEST STORIES LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wade’s “one last dance” is over, his retirement has come after 16 seasons and now Butler has arrived to become the Heat’s go-to guy in winning time. Adding Butler on a four-year contract was the centerpiece of the Heat’s offseason, and even in a year of transition — learning to play without Wade, again — Miami believes a return to the playoffs is well within reach.“Seeing what he helped build here — and I never want to compare myself to him, but I think that what they have going on here and the way they go about everything here is the right way,” said Butler, who went to Marquette (as did Wade) and was Wade’s teammate in Chicago in 2016-17 after the three-time champion left Miami the first time. “That’s what I’m banking on, that we continue to do that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Wade’s last home game as a Heat player was against Philadelphia, with Butler one of the opponents that night. The scene, the way the Miami crowd feted Wade, it all made an impact on Butler’s thinking as far as where he wanted to play this season and beyond.Heat coach Erik Spoelstra compared Miami’s move to bring Butler in to one of the other seismic moves in franchise history — the one, early in Pat Riley’s tenure with the team, that landed Alonzo Mourning. LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) passes the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter (15) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MIAMI — Jimmy Butler wants this made clear: He is not in Miami to be the next Dwyane Wade.He wanted to be in Miami to honor his retired friend’s legacy — and pick up where Wade left off.ADVERTISEMENT “We bring in a super, like-minded player to our culture,” Spoelstra said. “In my mind, Jimmy is having the same impact Zo had when he joined the team.”Butler thought one of the adjustments he’d have to make with the move to Miami was the process of getting to know what makes his new teammates tick. Turns out, that’s almost been seamless — a good sign for a team going into a season with Miami’s traditional high expectations.“I’m just happy to be able to hoop,” Butler said. “We’ve got a great group of guys. We like being around each other. Everyone’s laughing and smiling. It’s going to be a long year and a long great year. Everyone around here is looking forward to it.”Here are some other things to know about the Heat entering the season:BUTLER’S MOVESADVERTISEMENT View comments PetroGazz rounds out semis PVL cast THE VETERANUdonis Haslem is back for his 17th season, all with Miami.The Heat offered Haslem a chance to become a coach this season instead; he decided to remain as a player, even with the knowledge that he likely won’t get much court time.With Wade retired, he’s the last remaining player from any of Miami’s three championship teams still on the roster.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing downlast_img read more