However, a section of Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) board members protested against his re-appointment citing the process did not follow proper procedure before he was reportedly downgraded to an interim coach last week.Speaking at Capital in the Morning radio show on Friday- on the eve of his first assignment since his return at the annual Safari 7s international invitational- Ayimba fired back at his critics calling on everyone to focus on reviving Kenya’s flagging fortunes.“They are two types of coaches, there are the coaches that say and you do, and there are those that ask the player to do what the best is to give them guidelines, I’m the kind of coach who is very player eccentric,”“Given the culture we have in Kenya, players want to be treated humanely in a way they understand since we are semi professional. I understand that very well since that’s where I grew up,” Ayimba asserted.The former international paid homage to his successor, Englishman Mike Friday who led the team to a second Rugby Sevens World Cup semi final in 2013 besides their highest ever finish in the World Series, fifth, in the same season.“Friday got into their minds and became them. That’s why he is a good coach. He’s a coach who first understands the culture and brings players close to him. That is why they play for him. It’s a huge gamble sometimes since you have to look at the sort of coach you pick for your players,” he admitted.Ayimba urged Union bosses to give local bred tacticians a chance in managing national sides since they were also competent for the job citing how he was shunted out of the position when Mwangi Muthee took over at the helm of KRU.“Alongside a Kenyan management team, I got our team to the highest of highs and that was thrown out of the window. The reason why this is case, I don’t know whether it is a Kenyan or African thing, we are not taught to be confident of ourselves.“When you are confident, people assume you are arrogance. When you speak your mind, it is misconstrued to be arrogance. Most of the time, it is what they would not want to hear and it is a culture they have been put through and a culmination of what they have learnt,” he regretted.“In any team, players stand out more than others, you can’t shy away from those who can lead and play better, all we are trying to do is get the really good ones to try and bring up the younger ones who are trying to get to that position, once we get that fibre right then we should be okay,” Ayimba told on his plans for selecting the team that will vie for Olympics qualification at the forthcoming qualifiers in South Africa next month.Speaking on the subject, former KRU director and Safari 7s tournament director, Godwin Karuga advised the governing body to cease the wrangles that have affected the team’s management as well as sponsorship of the sport.“It’s unfortunate we had to get to that. I would want a situation where we were all enjoying the game. As a Union, as a game, we owe it ourselves to govern ourselves in the correct way,” he added while backing Ayimba to succeed.Kenya will also have the opportunity to face off against Olympic qualifier competitors Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Uganda during the Safari 7s where 14 visiting teams are taking part.The Main tournament kicks off at 11am on Saturday at Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani with a curtain-raising veterans event scheduled for Friday evening in Nairobi’s Impala Grounds along Ngong Road.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Benjamin Ayimba during Friday’s coaching session after speaking to Capital in the Morning. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, October 2- Kenya 7s head coach, Benjamin Ayimba has moved to draw a line on controversy surrounding his appointment by insisting he is the right man to lead the team back to the top of the international game.Ayimba, who presided over the emergence of Kenya as a force in the World Rugby circuit besides leading the side to a historic Sevens World Cup semi final during the 2009 edition in Dubai during his first spell from 2006 to 2011, was hired back last month.
“Having progressed through the ranks at Liverpool to make my first team debut at 17, before embarking upon spells at Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, not to mention representing my country on 89 occasions, I now feel it is the right time to bring the curtain down on my career.”The 33-year-old scored 40 goals in 89 appearances for England and won the prestigious Ballon d’Or in 2001, but he has barely played since joining Stoke last year.“I have been very fortunate in that my career has taken me on a journey that like many young players starting out, I could only have dreamt of,” Owen added.“None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support I have received from managers, coaches, fellow players, back room staff, the supporters and my own personal sponsors.“I would like to thank each and every one for the huge role they have played in helping me reach the top of my profession.”He went on to thank his family, including his father, Terry Owen, who was also a professional footballer.“We did it my old mate!” Owen wrote.“From those freezing local parks to terrorising the best defenders in the World on the biggest stages of all. I couldn’t have done it without you.”Owen exploded onto the global scene at the 1998 World Cup in France when he scored a memorable solo goal against Argentina at the age of just 18.He scored 179 goals in 306 appearances for Liverpool, his formative club, but his career lost momentum after he joined Real Madrid in 2004.Unable to make an impression in Spain, he returned to England with Newcastle the following year, but he became plagued by injuries that ultimately curtailed his England career.A three-year spell at Manchester United yielded his first Premier League winner’s medal, in 2011, but he was only ever used as a back-up player and left the club when his contract expired last year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, March 19 – Former England striker Michael Owen announced on Tuesday that he will retire from professional football at the end of the current season.“It is with an immense amount of pride that I am announcing my intention to retire from Professional Football at the end of this season,” Owen wrote on his personal website.
6 I reported on the game alongside another former Palace goal machine in Stan Collymore. Stan made a fundamental error at half-time of turning down the offer of a pie. By the time the former England international changed his mind, said pie had been delivered to its rightful place – inside my belly! It’s not often I offer food to someone (you don’t say! – Ed). That’s a mistake Stan won’t be making again. Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams brings us his latest tales of football, famous folk and free pies…It’s been quite a couple of weeks since my last entry – one which landed me in the Portsmouth News, and shaking my head at Newcastle’s latest anti-press policyI was so happy to arrive at Selhurst Park on Saturday, after last week suffering – and almost starving (Mmmm, we doubt that! – Ed) – on the south-coast at Portsmouth. No food and an average game at Fratton Park meant there was more about me in the local paper [complaining about the lack of grub] than there was about the 1-1 draw with Mansfield. Then came the news from my north-east colleague Graham Courtney that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has decreed there will be no more food for the press at St James’ Park. He knows how to keep the media onside, that fella!So, Newcastle go straight to the bottom of my Premier League Food Table (they could be on for a double there – the first team in one season to finish bottom of two Premier League tables!)Anyway, I was comforted to see the new Palace Media Centre afforded me a lovely hot meal (two helpings), pastries (x2) and, at half-time, sandwiches and pies (again x2). (Double bubble all round, what a shock! – Ed) 6 Stan, of course, presented the excellent Call Collymore following the match at Selhurst Park on Saturday and I was sent off to get guests. Having bagged Warnock, I went hunting for someone to offer a Chelsea viewpoint… and ended up finding a row with a steward. 6 There was some ridicule before the game against Chelsea with Mark Bright, Palace legend, an overused word but not on this occasion, scoffing not at the pre-match grub but instead at my assertion Neil Warnock could have learned something from spending months sat alongside me while at talkSPORT (apparently, Warnock was not available for comment! – Ed) MIke Ashley 6 6 6 A gaggle of reporters were gathered in the mixed zone, an area outside in the wind and the cold where we try to get players to stop and talk to us. I made my way towards the stairs down to the mixed zone, only to have my path blocked by a steward, who asked where I was going. The temptation to give a sarcastic answer, like, “Where do you think I’m going, Jamaica?” (Ah, that famous biting wit! – Ed) was resisted and I explained I was heading down to join the assembled press corp.He said I couldn’t and a debate began, with my good self eventually emerging as the winner – just.I have since ensured this will not happen again – a bit like me going to Newcastle until Mr Ashley brings back the free lunches…
Baker was the team’s leading rusher last season and has 1,272 yards rushing for his career. The school said he could be eligible for a medical redshirt. Oregon wonders about Michigan Suddenly, that trip to Ann Arbor doesn’t seem so daunting for the Oregon Ducks. While Oregon was beating Houston, 48-27, on Saturday it was announced on the public address system No. 5 Michigan had been upset by Appalachian State, 34-32. The crowd roared at the loss for Oregon’s next opponent. “We were all blown away. We couldn’t say anything about it,” Ducks running back Jeremiah Johnson said. “We were pretty much speechless.” Now the Ducks are thinking that either the Wolverines aren’t as good as their ranking, or they’re going to be out for redemption when Oregon visits Saturday. In Michigan, meanwhile, the Wolverines tried to look ahead to the rest of the season, one which could still include winning the Big Ten title and playing in the Rose Bowl. “It’s kind of an eye-opener, and it’s best that it happened early and not late,” linebacker Shawn Crable said of the season-opening defeat. Michigan who? The black and gold T-shirts already on sale read: “Michigan Who? 34-32.” Appalachian State students and Boone, N.C., residents were still basking in the glory of the Mountaineers’ win over No. 5 Michigan a day earlier. Toilet paper still hung from trees. Area business congratulated the team on their display boards. At least two bars were advertising they were going to show a replay of the game Sunday night. Cal is jubilant California came out of the Tennessee game with a much better feeling this year. Last year, a season-opening thumping by Tennessee lingered throughout the Golden Bears’ 10-win season. No. 12 Cal emerged with a different feeling after a convincing 45-31 victory over the 15th-ranked Volunteers on Saturday night in Memorial Stadium. “It was a big one, no question about it,” Coach Jeff Tedford said. “We’ve been carrying this with us for a year.” Pittsburgh quarterback is hurt Pitt quarterback Bill Stull is out indefinitely after needing surgery to repair a ligament injury in his right thumb that occurred during his first college start. Stull, a junior, was hurt when his thumb was bent backward on a handoff during the third quarter of a 24-3 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday night. He was 14-for-20 for 177 yards and a 21-yard TD pass to Oderick Turner. Colorado State assistant is OK Colorado State football assistant coach Dave Arnold returned to work after being treated at a Denver hospital for heat fatigue and dehydration. Arnold, who turns 63 this week, is the Rams special teams coach. He was taken from Invesco Field on a stretcher following the Rams’ 31-28 overtime loss to rival Colorado on Saturday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services North Carolina State star running back Toney Baker will miss the rest of the season after injuring a knee against Central Florida. The junior was hurt Saturday night during the fourth quarter of a 25-23 loss. The school did not specify which knee was injured. Cartilage damage was discovered Sunday during arthroscopic surgery. It has not been determined when Baker will have reconstructive surgery.
RAPHOE overcame reigning Premier League champions Instonians at the Royal and Prior School on Saturday.Raphoe 2 Instonians 0Simon Goudie and Georgie Patterson netted as Raphoe claimed a superb three points. With confidence built from their meeting a fortnight ago Raphoe set out to frustrate the Belfast side and look to create on the counter attack. The visitors enjoy a spell of possession before the home side created a few half chances. Tom Eaton won the Donegal men’s first penalty corner. Visiting keeper, Sam Brown, did well to save Simon Goudie’s drag flick.Raphoe withheld a nervy period just before the 1/4 time whistle. From Instonian’s first penalty corner ‘keeper Davy Moore saved well from William Robinson’s drag flick, the rebound fell nicely to the Instonians captain whose goal-bound was brilliantly saved by Alan Meehan on the line to keep it scoreless. The second quarter followed a similar pattern but Raphoe grew more in possession. Lee Stewart, Ian McGonigle, Keith Meehan and James Wilson kept the ball ticking over in midfield with George Patterson and Tommy Orr a constant menace to the Belfast side. Raphoe managed to hold on, with relative comfort, when Stewart was given a two-minute suspension.After half-time, Raphoe grew into the game and capitalised on the few chances that came their way. Raphoe won their second penalty when former Raphoe man, Andrew Corry, fouled George Patterson as he was advancing on the circle. From the resultant corner Raphoe put the ball in the net but it was rightly ruled out for dangerous play.Nonetheless, shortly after, Simon Goudie converted a brilliant drag-flick, mid-range into the Instonian’s net, after Tommy Orr had won the penalty corner. Goudie was Raphoe’s best outlet from defence with his aerial balls throughout the game. Raphoe managed the rest of the third quarter unscathed.The final quarter saw a gigantic effort from the Raphoe men. Johnny Long, Zack West and Gavin Lecky dug deep and covered a lot of ground before Raphoe got their second goal. George Patterson capitalised on a loose ball in the circle and finished on the second time of asking to send the Raphoe fans into delirium with 13 minutes to go.Instonians tried to come back into the game and apart from a magnificent save from Moore they would have reduced the deficit to one. Raphoe went on to keep their clean sheet, which was well deserved.Raphoe’s next fixture is a tough game against Cookstown on the 4th of January. Raphoe: D. Moore, T. Eaton, S. Goudie, E. Lyttle, A. Meehan, Z. West, J. Long, L. Stewart, I. McGonigle, J. Wilson, G. Patterson, T. Orr, J. Watt, G. Lecky, K. Meehan.Raphoe claim superb home win against reigning champions was last modified: December 22nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
He said: “I can only apologise both to the supporter I struck and everyone else who was at the ground. “I don’t know what I was thinking, it was a moment of madness and stupidity from me. “Of course it should never have happened but I absolutely did not mean to hit the ball into the stand and certainly had no intention of hitting anyone with it.”Fraser added: “It reflected badly on me and on the team and I feel like I’ve let down the club. As soon as it happened I realised what I had done and was devastated. Partick Thistle midfielder Gary Fraser has issued an apology following a “moment of madness” when he blasted the ball into the Celtic Park crowd. Fraser lost his cool in the closing stages of the Jags’ 2-0 loss to Celtic on Wednesday night, lashing a ball over the hoardings and striking a woman in the home end.In a statement, the Firhill club said Fraser “intended to hit the wall at the front of the stand” but understood his actions were “inexcusable”. Fraser has now phoned the fan to offer an apology – which has been accepted – and invited the woman to attend next month’s match between the two sides . “All I can do is say that I am genuinely sorry and that is why I wanted speak to the supporter myself today.”Fraser was booed by the majority of the home support in the aftermath.Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, however, was willing to give the Jags midfielder some leeway.“I would have to give the benefit of the doubt to the player as I would sincerely hope he wouldn’t be smashing the ball into a crowd on purpose,” he said.“You get that close to supporters who are paying money to watch a game then you shouldn’t be doing things like that. “Maybe it was frustration from the young player because he’s not playing or he is losing the game but you don’t do that.” Thistle manager Alan Archibald – whose side remain bottom of the table – backed Fraser, saying: “He didn’t mean it. He tried to hit the boards out of frustration.“He is frustrated he never started the game. I don’t think there was any malice, he is not that type of lad.”
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The United States can double the number of innovative new medical treatments available in the next 10 or 15 years, but only if important changes are made to how drugs are developed and approved, says a White House report. That was the message in a study released today by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Speaking at a meeting this morning where the recommendations were released, Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said: “Our job really is not complete until we have significant impact on the health of patients and the greater public here in this country and around the world. And I think this report helps move us toward that goal.” PCAST is an illustrious group: Its 21 members include co-chair Eric Lander, president of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Eric Schmidt, the executive chair of Google; and the presidents of Yale University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The changes urged by the group are substantial and would require both additional funding for research and regulation, and possibly action by Congress to grant FDA more leverage. Among other things, the PCAST report argues that FDA ought to make greater use of a special track called accelerated approval, in which drugs can be given a green light based on limited information. Most therapies now granted accelerated approval are cancer drugs, and companies are required to continue large trials of the therapies after approval and report back on results to ensure that products work as expected. (Indeed, one cancer drug, Avastin, recently had its approval for breast cancer therapy revoked after studies showed it didn’t work as effectively as thought.) PCAST suggests that FDA expand this fast track to include other serious diseases and think creatively about measures to assess a drug’s effectiveness in this setting. At the same time, the PCAST report admits that such new measures, typically called surrogate markers, represent an “educated guess” about whether a drug will help. Another way to speed drugs to market, PCAST suggests, would be to limit newly approved drugs to narrow populations of patients. Right now, any therapy that’s for sale can legally be used to treat any disease (although it may not be covered by insurance or by federal programs like Medicare). For example, the report asks, what if a weight loss therapy could be limited to patients only with morbid obesity, not those who are only 10 pounds overweight? “Drug sponsors could propose faster and smaller clinical trials for initial market approval,” the PCAST authors write, because the people using the drug would be those at greatest risk of health problems or death. The committee proposes a “special medical use” label that would urge physicians to prescribe the drug only to those for whom it’s designed. Changes like this, the authors acknowledge, would make it more critical for FDA to have a strong postmarketing surveillance system. And for that, FDA would need something that’s very hard to get these days — more funding. 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The Indian Grand Prix was dropped from the 2014 calendar after three successful seasons.The Indian Grand Prix is expected to return in 2016 as a “fruitful” meeting between Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone and race promoters has prepared the ground for the comeback of the high-profile event.The meeting was held on the sidelines of the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, last month.The Indian Grand Prix was dropped from the 2014 calendar after three successful seasons, owing to tax and bureaucratic hurdles, leaving fans and experts to wonder whether the elite global event will comeback at all. The race has already been ruled out for 2015.The issues surrounding the Grand Prix remain but Ecclestone-led Formula One Management (FOM) and race promoters Jaypee Sports International (JPSI), headed by Sameer Gaur, first want to honour the five-year contract and then work on securing the long-term future of the event.”We (Sameer and I) had a good meeting in Russia. I was assured that the tax and other related problems will be sorted out in due course and then we are good to go back. It is too late for 2015 now, so we are working on 2016,” Ecclestone told PTI from his London office.Gaur, on his part, said, “Formula One remains very important for us. Unfortunately, because of the circumstances we could not do the race this year but I see the situation improving soon. The important thing is that we and FOM are on the same page. 2015 looks tough as the calendar is more or less final, so we should look at 2016 as the year for the race.”advertisementOnly time will tell how Ecclestone accommodates India on the ever crowded calendar. 2014 will see 20 races with the return of Mexico round and the number could go up to 22 in 2016 with India and Azerbaijan waiting to host the F1 caravan.