Hughes sorry now

first_imgStoke boss Mark Hughes was left to curse “a shin pad’s width” after a tight offside call against Stephen Ireland denied the Potters victory at Hull. “We looked like the team most likely to win the game in that period, we were really positive and had a number of clear-cut chances that, on another day, we would have converted. “In terms of restricting Hull to any period of concerted pressure or momentum I thought we did that really well as the away team. “I’m reasonably pleased with the away performance. “Last time on the road we didn’t have a great performance at Everton (a 4-0 defeat) but today it was important to build on the Chelsea result. “The continuity of performance is important for us and that’s one defeat in the last eight games for us. “We’re showing a good resilience to our play.” Hull manager Steve Bruce, Hughes’ former Manchester United team-mate, was excused post-match media duties due to a sickness bug, but captain Curtis Davies was on hand with his own assessment. The central defender did not attempt to paint the fixture as a classic of the genre but was pleased to make it just one defeat in eight matches at home. He has been an ever present as Hull have conceded just three goals in eight games at the KC – the best home record in the league – but admitted McGregor was key to their latest clean sheet. ‘It was a boring game for TV, a 0-0 on a bobbly, windy pitch, but it’s another point towards survival,” Davies told Sky Sports. ”I thought we were lucky to get a point in the end. Allan McGregor saved us, he made a couple of great saves. ”We were making mistakes in the second half and they were capitalising and creating chances. Neither team looked like creating chances without mistakes.” Replays suggested it was a correct call by the narrowest of margins, leaving Hughes to reflect on what might have been. The Welshman pondered whether his side might have been given the rub of the green in the officials’ mind but could not deny the verdict was the correct one. “It’s very marginal…Stephen said it was (offside) by a shin pad’s width and that’s probably a good description of it,” he said. “It maybe was slightly offside, but sometimes you get them. “You would like to think they’d give the benefit to the attacking team, the team who was trying to win the game, but having seen it on the video it was the correct decision.” The Potters, who lie just behind Hull in mid-table, had lost five of their previous seven away matches this term but came into the game on the back of a superb 3-2 home win over Chelsea. And Hughes was pleased to add another point to the tally and make it three games unbeaten. “I thought for the vast majority of the game we were in control, certainly the last third of the match,” he said. The game ended goalless at the KC Stadium after fine performances from both goalkeepers – Stoke’s Asmir Begovic was impenetrable in the first half and Allan McGregor produced an even better display after the interval. The only time the ball did cross the line, when Ireland tapped home from a yard after McGregor brilliantly denied Peter Crouch, the referee’s assistant raised his flag. Press Associationlast_img read more

NFF Signs New, Improved Contract with NIKE

first_img“We need to know where we are coming from to be able to appreciate where we are now. A few months after we came on board for our first term in office, I was told that we needed to buy jerseys for the National Team to play a football match. That was how bad it was, because the kit sponsor at that time terminated the contract.“So, I made contacts with some highly connected persons and worked hard to convince NIKE to come on board. We were coming from a weak position but they made the agreement flexible for us. Today, we are happy we teamed up with NIKE because after we qualified and participated at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, the company was the one chasing us for a new improved contract,” President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said at the contract –signing ceremony inside the Stephen Keshi Stadium.Chairman of the NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and TV Rights Committee, Mallam Shehu Dikko, who is also the NFF 2nd Vice President, said NIKE’s faith in Nigerian Football and its encouragement all the way have been heartwarming.“They never stopped believing in us and in our teams, and after they conducted their due diligence on everyone involved in the running of the NFF, they were very eager to sign this new deal as far back as when we returned from the World Cup in Russia. But we kept telling them to give us some time.“We are very happy because this new agreement comes with good money on annual basis, more supplies, improved qualification bonus for our teams, door-to-door delivery of kits, royalty for the NFF on jerseys sold and it has now been expanded to include our women national teams.”The new agreement is also flexible with regards to market situation, and performance of the national teams.“We have a window for renewal of this contract in 2023 but most terms of the agreement as presently constituted would improve should the Super Eagles make a huge impact at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.“This contract brings a huge sigh of relief. Now, we do not have to worry about clearing kits at the ports because NIKE now has that responsibility to bring it to our door. All the national teams are now captured, we earn money on number of jerseys sold and a new kit will be designed for Nigeria prior to the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo,” Dikko added.Tina Salminen, NIKE’s Sports Marketing Director (African Football), expressed delight at the signing of the new contract: “NIKE is very, very happy with its relationship with Nigeria. The jersey we designed for Nigeria for the FIFA World Cup won the award as for Best Designed Jersey and was hugely popular. It has remained a source of reference in NIKE meetings and events ever since.“Nigeria is one of the big teams in world football and we are happy to get them to sign a long term contract.”NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the Legal Committee, Seyi Akinwunmi assured NIKE that the NFF would abide by every letter of the new contract, and said the Federation is in fact looking forward to signing another much-improved deal after the 2022 FIFA World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and leading sportswear company, NIKE, yesterday in Asaba, Delta State signed a new, robust partnership agreement that officials from both organizations termed ‘dawn of a new era.’American kit company NIKE had teamed up with the Nigeria Football Federation in April 2015 following the departure of another global brand, but Tuesday’s contract is seen by both parties as the real deal.The agreement is for four years at the first instance, with an automatic renewal clause that will take the marriage to the end of the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals.last_img read more

Angels’ Andrelton Simmons wins another Gold Glove while Mike Trout misses out again

first_imgSimmons joined Omar Vizquel as the only other shortstop to win multiple Gold Gloves in each league.Three players with Orange County roots won Gold Gloves.Matt Chapman, a product of El Toro High, won his first Gold Glove, as did his former high school teammate, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. Arenado won his sixth in a row.Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, a product of El Modena High, won his first Gold Glove, sharing the award with Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. As for Trout, he had said as early in spring training that winning a Gold Glove was one of his remaining unmet goals, and he worked hard to improve his defense this year to win one. Trout did not make an error all season, and the advanced defensive metrics also showed he’d improved.With recent winners Kevin Kiermaier and Byron Buxton both missing time with injuries, it appeared to create a possibility for Trout. He was among the top three, along with Bradley and Chicago’s Adam Engel.The Gold Gloves are chosen by managers and coaches, with 25 percent of the calculation coming from the Society for American Baseball Research’s Defensive Index. The SDI combines several other defensive metrics.Trout actually finished just ahead of Bradley in the final SDI rankings, even though Bradley led him earlier in the season.Simmons won his fourth career Gold Glove award, his second with the Angels. He previously won two with the Atlanta Braves. Although this season was shaping up to be Mike Trout’s best shot to win his first Gold Glove award, he came up empty once again.Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Boston Red Sox won the American League’s Gold Glove in center field, once again frustrating Trout and Angels fans as the awards were announced on Sunday night.While Trout came up empty, shortstop Andrelton Simmons won for the fourth time, his second with the Angels. Ian Kinsler, who played with the Angels before he was traded to the Red Sox in July, also won a Gold Glove at second.Right fielder Kole Calhoun and catcher Martín Maldonado, who played most of last season with the Angels, both lost out on the awards, to Mookie Betts and Salvador Pérez, respectively.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more