Cottagers coy over Al Fayed reports

first_img The 84-year-old has transformed Fulham from a third-tier outfit to an established Barclays Premier League side since taking over in 1997, but reports suggest the former Harrods owner is now willing to sell the club. Fulham and a representative of Al Fayed opted not to comment when contacted by Press Association Sport, with suggestions that Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is the interested party. Fulham and Mohamed Al Fayed have declined to comment on speculation the Egyptian is preparing to sell the club after 16 years. The Cottagers reached the Europa League final three years ago and last season finished 12th in the league under the guidance of Martin Jol. Off the field, training facilities have improved markedly and Craven Cottage has been revamped, with planning permission in place to redevelop the Riverside Stand and increase the stadium’s capacity to 30,000. The club is also effectively debt-free after Al Fayed converted previous loans into equity earlier this year. Reported potential buyer Khan has close sporting ties to London, with his NFL franchise playing one regular season game a season at Wembley for the next four years. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

World Athletics set to rule on running shoe range

first_imgWORLD Athletics is set to tighten regulations regarding high-tech running shoes.The governing body’s council has been considering the recommendations of a group of experts, with an announcement expected today.Amid fears of the threat of a potential legal challenge, the review panel has chosen not to impose a blanket ban on Nike’s controversial Vaporfly range, BBC Sport understands.But some modified versions could be barred from elite competition under new temporary rules designed to bring athletes greater clarity before the Olympics begin in Tokyo in July.Those rules will restrict the thickness of the shoes’ soles, although there will also be an announcement of a new longer-term biometric study of the technology being used in both distance and track running.Manufacturers will be asked to submit any existing new prototypes to World Athletics – formerly known as the IAAF – for approval before being used in major competitions, and halt any further technology until after the Olympics.But all existing records set with the shoes will be allowed to stand. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Competency hearing held for defendant in murder case

first_imgA competency hearing for Andrew Garcia, one of the four defendants accused in the July murder of engineering graduate student Xinran Ji, failed to reach a conclusion Tuesday morning at the Los Angeles Mental Health Courthouse.Garcia’s attorney filed a request for a mental health evaluation after Garcia interrupted court proceedings with an outburst.During the competency hearing on Tuesday, Garcia’s public defender requested a comprehensive mental report.In Tuesday’s hearing, the judge ordered another competency hearing to be held on March 17.Rose Tsai, the Ji family’s attorney, said Ji’s parents hope that the request is denied so a trial for their son’s murder can proceed.“We are hoping that won’t happen because for the victim’s family, it just means more waiting, more frustration,” Tsai said. “So hopefully that won’t happen, but if it does happen, unfortunately it means at least for the time being, he won’t be able, according to the argument of his attorney or his own argument … to face the trial at this time. But it does not mean that he does not need to face the trial ever. He will still need to face the trial sooner or later, but it’s just a matter of delay tactics.”The results of the mental health evaluation would only account for Garcia’s mental state at the present time and would not dictate his mental state at the time of the crime. The evaluation would impact Garcia’s ability to stand trial and could potentially prolong the length of trial proceedings.Tsai also said that Ji’s parents hope the defendants are convicted and given tough sentences to send a message about the severity of the crime committed against their son.“The other humble hope is that they don’t wish to have that kind of tragedy happen to anyone else’s child, so they are hoping the community can really pay attention to Xinran’s case,” Tsai said. “And hopefully through obtaining the most severe punishment [for] the defendants, it will give a message to our society and our community, which we all treasure and all want to be safe.”Andrew Garcia was not present at the case’s preliminary hearing in January, but the three other defendants in the case, Jonathan DelCarmen, Alberto Ochoa and Alejandra Guerrero, were present and charged with Ji’s murder.According to Tsai, the judge said there was “overwhelmingly sufficient evidence” for the prosecution to file charges against all three defendants. Their arraignment is scheduled for March 5.last_img read more

Claire Webb helps anchor Syracuse’s defense without much recognition

first_imgClaire Webb doesn’t really stand out on Syracuse’s back line. She doesn’t score like the other defenders and she doesn’t win the awards her two All-American fellow defenders receive. And she’s fine with that.“I’ve never really been one to care about that recognition from outside sources,” Webb said.At the start of the 2016 season, the then-freshman from Exton, Pennsylvania, played in all 19 games for No. 10 Syracuse (11-4, 2-4 Atlantic Coast), starting 18, the most of any freshman. Now a sophomore, Webb has started in all 15 games in the 2017 season. Despite immediately seeing the field, Webb is often blotted out by teammates, Roos Weers and Lies Lagerweij. However, SU head coach Ange Bradley saw Webb’s potential to contribute at Syracuse.“As a true freshman coming out of high school, she played in the midfield in the ACC just about every minute of every game,” Bradley said. “From her first year, she’s had a big role and will continue to have a big role.”Webb has experience playing in the midfield and on the back line in her almost two seasons at Syracuse. Her defensive style supports her teammates, Weers said, even if she doesn’t accumulate points herself; Webb has only one goal and one assist, while Weers and Lagerweij have 15 and 13 points, respectively. However, their success is bolstered support they receive from Webb.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think that the defensive aspect is a really big part of my game; I really enjoy it,” Webb said. “I like how much thinking is involved and how you have to set other people up.”Bradley recognizes Webb’s consistency, calling her a “workhorse” and a “Steady Eddie.” She compared Webb’s position to former player and current student coaching assistant Serra Degnan. In previous seasons, Degnan was the one supporting Lagerweij and Weers while the two backs kick started the offense.“The tough thing is,” Bradley said of Webb, “she’s never going to be recognized.”Although she is comfortable in the back, Webb perceives her own strengths and weaknesses. In order to get involved in the offense like her defensive counterparts, Webb said, she will have to play to her own skill set, meaning shorter passes, unlike the long balls Weers and Lagerweij fire down the field.“Claire’s very smart,” Weers said, “and she [completes] a good combination with me and Lies in the back.”Webb has two more years to advance her game, and will continue to develop in her position. She challenges herself as a player, goals or no goals, even when no one seems to notice.“I’ve always been a team player,” Webb said. “I don’t really need somebody to recognize me.” Comments Published on October 17, 2017 at 9:35 pm Contact Kristin: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more