Meulensteen savours ‘feel-good factor’

first_imgFulham boss Rene Meulensteen says his experienced midfielders have helped to bring the ‘feel-good factor’ back to Craven Cottage.Steve Sidwell, 30, Giorgos Karagounis, 36, and Scott Parker, 33, all excelled in the 2-0 win against Aston Villa on Sunday, which ended a run of six straight defeats.Meulensteen said: “What they bring you is experience. These players are well trained.“It is our job to make sure they have the energy to play at this level and it is important you use them in the right jobs for the team. That is what I’ve done.”The victory over Villa, the Whites’ best performance of the season, sparked joyous celebrations in the stands and Meulensteen is eager to see that excitement maintained.He said: “Although we lost against Spurs there was a massive feel-good factor there.“I wanted to make sure we maintained that feel-good factor and back it up with three points, so that the fans and the players know we’re back on track.”See also:Fulham v Aston Villa player 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders’ Gruden puts Jets loss aside and wants his players to do the same

first_imgALAMEDA — Jon Gruden was in a better mood Monday after the Raiders most one-sided loss of the season than he was the day after any of the three straight wins that preceded it.“Tough day yesterday, but the sun came up today,” Gruden said at his weekly press conference Monday with a 34-3 loss to the New York Jets still fresh in his mind.There was one bit of troubling news, as wide receiver Hunter Renfrow was lost for an extended period and perhaps the season with a rib injury.Gruden rejected …last_img read more

County fairs find relief in Clean Air Bill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kolt BuchenrothOhio House Bill 6, dubbed the “Clean Air Bill” passed out of the House of Representatives yesterday with a vote of 53-43. The act deals primarily with power generation and the creation of a clean air fund. However, the bill has a provision that will relieve Ohio’s county fair’s of nearly half of their electricity bills, said Representative Don Jones (R-Freeport).“The problem is that county fairs are on a demand rate. Basically, they pay their electric bills for the week of the fair, but then they have to pay for what it costs to generate that power for the other 11 months. Typically, it’s double what that electric bill is for that one week,” Jones said.Representative Jones cited the example of a fair that used $20,000 in power for the week of the fair. Utility companies, Jones said, were charging fairs $40,000 over the other eleven months of the year to maintain their equipment to provide that much power.Jones, who represents Ohio’s 95th house district, was drafting legislation to fix the issue when House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) found the provision to be a priority.“This has been a problem for several years. There have been meetings held with Farm Bureau, there have been meetings with the utility companies with no end in sight. I was drafting legislation when the speaker and I had talked about it. [Speaker Householder] took it upon himself to put this into the bill to make it happen,” Jones said.Before taking office, Jones served for 18 years on the Harrison county fair board, nine of which were spent as the board’s president. He recognizes the unique challenge that agricultural societies face.“They’re going to break small county fairs. Financially, it’s  very difficult for small county fairs to pay that demand. Fairs don’t complain about what they use the week of the fair for electricity,” Jones said. “They have a problem with is what they’re paying the other 11 months of the year when they don’t have a fair.”Jones noted that the initial reaction from county fairs around the state has been positive.“They were very pleased. It’s going to save a lot of county fairs a lot of money. Running a county fair is a tough enough job as it is. We deal with weather. We have one week out of the year that we put all of our effort into and three, four, or five days of rain could ruin a whole year’s worth of planning,” he said. “The reaction we’ve had so far has been very positive. They were excited because it’s going to allow them to do things and make upgrades to their  fairgrounds and put that money back into the fair and the community where it belongs.”Howard Call, Executive Director of the Ohio Fair Managers Association praised the legislature for the bill’s passage.“The Ohio Fair Managers Association is pleased that the House of Representatives favorably passed HB 6,” Call said. “Among many provisions, the bill offers protections to Ohio’s fairs from unfair demand riders. We were happy to offer our support in the effort to passed HB 6 and look forward to the Senate process.”The bill now moves across rotunda in the Statehouse for the Senate’s evaluation.last_img read more

ICC team reinspects Eden Gardens for World Cup, Kolkata on the edge

first_imgA view of the Eden Garden stadium in Kolkata.A three-member ICC team on Monday reinspected Kolkata’s Eden Gardens to check the cricket stadium’s preparedness for the World Cup.The inspection began in the morning and continued till the afternoon. The team is expected to give its report by Tuesday. Vishwaroop Dey, honorary secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), said the association was hopeful of getting a nod from the ICC to host matches.The under-renovation Eden Gardens had earlier been ruled out as a venue for the India-England match scheduled for February 27.But the ICC had agreed to reinspect the stadium and see if three other matches could be played. These are the encounters between Ireland and South Africa (March 15), Ireland and Holland (March 18) and Kenya and Zimbabwe (March 20).Labourers busy completing work at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Cricket fans were, however, angry with the ICC team’s visit. Many gathered outside the CAB office and shouted slogans, alleging a bias against the holding of matches in Kolkata. The protesters waved the Tricolour and black flags.While ruling out Kolkata for the India-England match, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat had said: “All venues had ample time to prepare for the World Cup matches. We had been understanding and had provided extensions to the deadline dates, but unfortunately we are now at a point where we must carefully manage our risks,” Lorgat said.”Sadly, Eden Gardens in Kolkata was unable to meet the final deadline date of 25 January 2011. Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready,” Lorgat said.The match was shifted to Bangalore.advertisementlast_img read more

Lakers edge Celtics on Rajon Rondo’s jumper at the buzzer

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, middle, celebrates his game-winning shot with teammates LeBron James (23) and Kyle Kuzma (0), in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — LeBron James won’t be playing alongside Anthony Davis this season.But he does have a team he’s hoping can build on a big win over its longtime rival.ADVERTISEMENT Celtics: Host the Clippers on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m starting to get more and more back to myself,” James said. “Every possession, every quarter, every time I take a hit, I’m able to nudge it off and keep going. I’m working my way back and I’m getting better and better every single minute.”Rondo was in the right place at the right time for his final shot against the team he won an NBA title with in 2008. Brandon Ingram had his layup attempt blocked by Al Horford, but Horford whiffed on the rebound and the ball bounced into Rondo’s hands.“I thought the basketball gods rewarded the right team,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.Kyrie Irving led Boston with 24 points and eight assists. Jayson Tatum added 22 points and 10 rebounds. Daniel Theis has 20 points off the bench but the Celtics had a five-game win streak snapped.It ended a wild, speculation-filled day in which the NBA’s trade deadline expired with one of the players potentially on the wish list of both the Lakers and Celtics staying with his current team.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Clippers’ Avery Bradley to Grizzlies for JaMychal Green, Garrett Temple Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. James and Irving traded shots down the stretch. In one exchange James’ 3-pointer cut Boston’s lead to 114-113. Irving then calmly responded with his own step-back 27-footer.Later, it was Irving assisting on a big basket. With Boston leading 121-118, Irving drove into the middle of the Los Angeles defense and kicked it out to a wide-open Marcus Morris for a 3 with just 1:24 left.But following an Irving turnover, James tied it with his own corner 3-pointer.TOUGHER EASTThe Celtics stood mostly pat at the trade deadline, except for trading Jabari Bird to the Atlanta Hawks. The move opened a roster spot for the Celtics and allowed them part ways with a player who hasn’t played this season after charged with beating up his girlfriend last September.But two of the teams currently in front of them in the East did make some changes.The Bucks, who had the best record in the NBA entering the day, picked up Nikola Mirotic in a deal with the Pelicans. The Raptors added former All-Star center Marc Gasol from Memphis in exchange for center Jonas Valanciunias.“Those teams were already really good. And the assumption would only be that they’d only benefit from those moves,” Stevens said.UP NEXTLakers: Continue their six-game road trip at Philadelphia on Sunday. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Rajon Rondo hit a 20-foot jumper as time expired to lift the Los Angeles Lakers over the Boston Celtics, 129-128 on Thursday night.“I practice those shots all the time,” said Rondo, who hit his first career go-ahead field goal in the final 10 seconds of fourth quarter or overtime. “Couldn’t imagine it being in the Garden though. … This is one I’ll be playing for the rest of my life.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJames had 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists. Kyle Kuzma added 25 points and Rondo had 17 points and 10 assists to help Los Angeles bounce back after a 42-point loss at Indiana on Tuesday.James is the third Lakers player with a triple-double in Boston, joining Magic Johnson and Elgin Baylor.center_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I’m happy to still be on the team,” said Tatum, whose name has been the subject of recent trade speculation. “I’m glad that it’s over with for now.”Los Angeles attempted to put together a deal for Davis, but New Orleans held onto the All-Star despite him saying recently that he would not sign an extension and wanted to be traded. It means any potential suitor will have to wait until the summer to make a run at him.The Lakers weren’t completely quiet Thursday, trading Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac to the Clippers for Mike Muscala.But for now, James will have to go forward with most of a roster that improved to 2-2 since his return from a groin injury that kept him out of action a month.TIP-INSLakers: Shot 22 of 41 from the 3-point line.Celtics: Were outscored 50-42 in the paint… Shot 16 of 38 from the 3-point line.WILD FINISHBoston led by as many as 18 in the first half. The Lakers erased it in the third quarter, connecting on nine of their 13 attempts from beyond the arc and outscoring the Celtics 42-27 in the period to retake the lead entering the fourth.But the Celtics responded with a 15-4 run to start the final period to get it back. 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Anil Kapoor on Nayak sequel: I think it is a good idea

first_imgActor Anil Kapoor thinks a sequel to his hit Nayak: The Real Hero will make for a good film. The actor was present on the sidelines of the T20 Dhamaal shoot at a sports channel studio in New Delhi.”I think a sequel to Nayak would be a good idea,” Anil told IANS when asked which film of his deserves a sequel.A political action thriller, Nayak: The Real Hero is a remake of S. Shankar’s successful Tamil film Mudhalvan. The 2001 film narrated the story of how a common man fights against the corrupt system, and how his life changes after he becomes a Chief Minster for a day.It features Rani Mukerji, Paresh Rawal, Saurabh Shukla and the late Amrish Puri.When asked about the most exciting aspect of being in the industry at the moment, Total Dhamaal actor said, “The new wave of ideas and content. The unexplored territories and new challenges.”The actor is looking forward to the release of Total Dhamaal. It is the third instalment of the successful franchise Dhamaal, which originally starred Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey and Riteish Deshmukh alongside Sanjay Dutt.It also stars Madhuri Dixit Nene, Ajay Devgn and Boman Irani. Co-produced by Fox Star Studios, Ajay Devgn Ffilms, Ashok Thakeria, Kumar, Sri Adhikari Brothers, Anand Pandit, Sangeeta Ahir and Kumar Mangat Pathak, the film is slated to release on February 22.ALSO READ: Baahubali screenwriter for the sequel of Nayak?ALSO READ: Sonam Kapoor at Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga trailer launch: My dad has not grown upadvertisementALSO WATCH | Sonam Kapoor-Anand Ahuja tie the knot: Best of sangeet, wedding and reception visualslast_img read more