Former MLB star Roy Halladay killed in plane crash

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay was killed Tuesday when a small plane he was piloting crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the west coast of Florida. He was 40 years old.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Halladay was the only person on board the ICON A5 when it went down in shallow water at around noon near Holiday, Fla.

“He loved to fly,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said of Halladay, an eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner. “He talked about his family, baseball and flying.”

Footage from news helicopters showed the plane upside down in the water. The sheriff’s office said its marine unit would recover the wreckage over the next few hours

Halladay pitched for 16 years in the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies before retiring following the 2013 season.

“We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s untimely death,” the Phillies said in a statement. “There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game.”

Current and former players responded with an outporing of emotion on social media. Vernon Wells, a former Blue Jays teammate, called Halladay “one of the best to ever do it.”

Halladay won the Cy Young Award twice, once in 2003 with the Blue Jays and again in 2010 with the Phillies. Only five other pitchers have won the award in both the American and National Leagues, and three of those – Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Gaylord Perry – are in the Baseball Hall of Fame

In an era where starting pitchers who went deep into games became less and less frequent, Halladay threw 67 career complete games and was the active leader in that category when he retired.



OFFICIAL: David Moyes named as new West Ham manager

West Ham have appointed David Moyes as their new manager.

The former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss replaces Slaven Bilic, who was sacked on Monday with the club in the Premier League relegation zone.

Moyes has been out of work since May, when he resigned as Sunderland boss after relegation to the Championship.

Hammers joint-chairman David Sullivan said the 54-year-old Scot is “the right man to turn things around”.

He added: “We need somebody with experience, knowledge of the Premier League and the players in it, and we believe David can get the best out of the players.

“He is highly regarded and respected within the game and will bring fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm.

“He proved with Everton that he has great qualities and we feel that West Ham United is a club that will give David the platform to display those qualities again.”

Moyes’ first game in charge will be at Watford in the Premier League on 19 November.


Work hard or sit in the stands – Antonio Conte tells David Luiz

Antonio Conte has thrown the Chelsea future of David Luiz into doubt after dropping him for the crucial victory over Manchester United.

Luiz was not even named among the substitutes, as Conte preferred 21-year-old Andreas Christensen in the heart of his back three and 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu on the bench. The gamble paid off, as Christensen was superb in Chelsea’s win that was clinched by an Alvaro Morata goal.

Asked by television reporters whether or not Luiz still has a future at Chelsea, head coach Conte replied: “I don’t know. He has to work really hard otherwise they are on the bench or in the stand.”

When given the chance to clarify the statement during his post-match press conference, Conte added: “It’s only a tactical decision. It’s normal. This can happen to every one of my players, if I see that they are not in good form.

“I repeat, I have to put my face in every situation and then to sometimes make important decisions. Today I did this and I think Christensen played a massive game. I was very happy for this.

“I have a squad with 16 senior players and five young players. I have these players and then I repeat I have to make the best decision for the team. But are you talking about the future? Every day you put my future [in the spotlight]. I think it’s normal that, from now until the end, every game, every day, someone puts my future in discussion. In question.

“It’s very simple, no? Very simple. The coach has to make the best decision for the team and tonight the best decision for the team was to play with Christensen and to have, on the bench, Ampadu. Another young player. A really good player for the present and the future. Maybe in the future I can decide a different way, or continue in this way.

“That’s normal. I must take the best decision for the club, not for a single player. Sometimes I can make mistakes. Sometimes I can do the best things for my team.”

While Conte insisted there had been no fall out with Luiz, there was a distinct sense that he had been placed on the Stamford Bridge naughty step as he sat behind the Chelsea substitutes next to his Brazilian compatriot Kenedy, who was also left out in the cold. Kenedy had been on the substitutes’ bench for Chelsea’s Champions League defeat at Roma, but earned a stern lecture from Conte for yawning his way through the Italian’s stormy inquest.

During that dressing down, Conte questioned Luiz, along with other members of the squad, and warned them that whoever could not follow his orders would simply not play for him. Conte had been unhappy with Luiz’s reaction to being substituted in the 3-3 home draw with Roma and gave him a training ground ticking off a few days later.

The former Juventus manager was equally as unimpressed with the defending of Luiz in Rome, when he, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta were pulled apart by Edin Dzeko. That was the final straw and Luiz was left out of Conte’s final training session ahead of the United game, as he was made one of the ball boys for an 11 v 11 match, and Christensen was deservedly rewarded for promising displays in big games against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City with a start for the visit of United.

It will have not gone unnoticed by Luiz that Conte raised both arms above his head to applaud Christensen eight minutes before half-time after the Dane had held off pressure from Marcus Rashford to turn with the ball in his own area and clear the danger.

Christensen was clapped by his head coach again in the second half and was one of Chelsea’s best performers as they kept only their second clean sheet in nine games. Despite beating United, Chelsea are still nine points behind Manchester City, who are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table.


Gyan shocks Fenerbahce with late equaliser in 3-3 draw

Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan came off the bench to score a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser for Kayserispor against Fenerbahce in an entertaining 3-3 draw on Monday night.

Gyan replaced Ryan Mendes in the 73rd minute with his side trailing 3-2 but a close-range header secured a valuable point for his side at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadi.

The teams went in level at the halftime break after Umut Bulut’s 41st-minute strike for Kayserispor was cancelled out by a 45th-minute strike by Ozan Tufan off a Mathieu Valbuena assist.

Fenerbahce were relentless after the break and grabbed just reward courtesy goals by Roman Neustaedter and Souza in the 50th and 62nd minutes respectively.

Kayserispor fought back and intense pressure of the Fenerbahce defence resulted in an own-goal by Neto before Gyan stole the headlines with the late-winner.

The draw moves Kayserispor into fourth place on the Turkish Super Lig standings on 18 points – five behind leaders Galatasaray – after 10 games. Former league champions Fenerbahce trail behind them in eighth place with 16 points.

Source: Ghana | Graphiconline

Junior Agogo reveals neglect by football mates after suffering stroke (VIDEO)

Former Ghana striker Junior Agogo has revealed that he is no longer in contact with his former international teammates and friends since he suffered a stroke in 2015.

The 38-year-old in an interview in a BBC Four documentary titled Speechless revealed his troubles with speech following the illness which he says has left him lacking confidence and socially isolated.

The former Nottingham Forest and Bristol Rovers striker suffered the stroke in January 2015 soon after retiring from football, this subsequently led to Aphasia, which severely affects a person’s ability to use language.”Now nobody gets in touch with me…,” Agogo said amid giggles in the interview.According to the BBC, two years after his stroke when just 35 years old, Agogo is still visiting the Neuro Rehab Unit of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London’s Queen Square as he battles to find his way in the world with depleted language.

‘I had thoughts but I’m saying, where was my voice? I was baffled, man,’ Agogo says during the interview

The Guardian adds that: “Junior Agogo, formerly a Premier League footballer, talks well but loses his thread. Sometimes he runs in the park with his dog, but he is usually in his flat with his mother, or he stays in bed. He appears to have lost his self-confidence. He wants to be going somewhere but he cannot”.

Last Sunday was World Stroke Day and Agogo wants to help raise awareness of the condition, which affects around one in three stroke victims.

The forward began his career with the Owls, playing three games for the then Premier League side between 1997 and 2000.

He went on to score over 100 career goals, his most notable spell coming with Bristol Rovers, for whom Agogo scored 45 goals in 140 games between 2003 and 2006.

He also helped Nottingham Forest to promotion from League One in 2007/2008, finishing as the club’s top goalscorer as they finished runners-up in the division.

Agogo enjoyed a cult following during his 27-game stint with the Black Stars of Ghana scoring 12 goals.

The producers of the documentary, Speechless describe it as a “fascinating and moving, upsetting and uplifting in its depiction of the isolating and estranging condition, aphasia”.

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Source: Ghana | Graphiconline

Asamoah Gyan scores in Kayserispor’s 2 – 1 win in the Turkish Cup

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan netted his second goal of the season as Kayserispor progressed to the next stage of Turkish Cup.

Kayserispor booked their place in the round 16 following a hard-fought 2-1 win over Yeşil

Gyan opened the scoring for Kayserispor on 44 minutes with a stunning finish but Yeşil equalised in the second half through Kadir Turhan.

However, Türüç popped up to score four minutes into injury-time to hand Kayserispor the all-important win.

Gyan is finding his scoring touch after struggling with injuries since joining the European club from Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG.

The former Sunderland hitman has played only three matches in the Turkish Super Liq, managing full throttle against lower side Van Büyükşehir Belediyesporin.

The prolific striker has given his career a lift-off – by launching his own AIRLINE.

He has been given the OK to set up the airline, which will bear his nicknam.

Source: Ghana |  Joysports

U-17 World Cup: Black Starlets want to meet Kumkum Bhagya stars

After India’s 0-4 defeat to Ghana in their final Group A match of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup last week, a certain section of Twitterati claimed that there will be no Kumkum Bhagya.

Not many managed to relate this seemingly innocuous claim with the actual result of the match.

But there exists a deeper connection between the Ghanaians and this Indian saas-bahu TV drama by Ekta Kapoor.

To start with, Kumkum Bhagya is one of the most popular Indian exports in West Africa, but Ghanaians’ love this telenovela in unrivalled.

It has been dubbed in their native language Twi and is available during prime time on TV. For the record, the series has been on air in Ghana since 2015.

The Indian series which is aired on Adom TV channel on MultiTV every weekday is ranked among the most watched TV programmes in Ghana.

With the love Ghanaians have for the series, it comes as no surprise to see the wife of the Vice President, Samira Bawumia meet the stars of the show.

It’s so hugely popular that now the young Ghana footballers competing in the U-17 World Cup want to meet ‘Pragya’ and ‘Abhi’ from Kumkum Bhagya in real life!

We want to meet and take photos with some of the actors, and even the producer, anyone will do,”

Indian Express quoted Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, Board Chairman of the Ghana National Sports Authority, as saying. “We don’t mind even if it is for five minutes”.

It’s also reported that, in the last two years, the show has become so famous among the Ghanaians that they’ve actually started believing Abhi and Pragya can fluently speak Twi.

Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, who is also a Member of Parliament in Ghana, reportedly showed a video on his phone which was viral in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

In the video, an old woman is standing in front of her TV, shouting at one of the characters in Kumkum Bhagya.

“In the scene, two characters are fooling Abhi, the rockstar. So the lady is shouting at Abhi to not believe them. People have become so engrossed in the show that there is a special analysis show now, sometimes with celebrities participating, which happens after each episode. Just like a post-match show for a football match,” said Agyemang.

On Wednesday, Ghana beat Niger 2-0 in the pre-quarterfinal match at DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai.

They will play Mali in the quarters on October 21 (Saturday) Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati.

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Source: Ghana/myjoyonline