TagsEnglish ChampionshipAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Leeds look to increasing capacity at Elland Road to 50,000by Ian Ferris7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United are planning to expand Elland Road stadium to 50,000 if they get promoted to the Premier League, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The announcement was made by the club’s managing director, Angus Kinnear, during a civic reception to mark the team’s 100th anniversary.The planned extension will take place on the West Stand, matching the East Stand in terms of height, with Kinnear wanting the venue to “compete with other stadiums in the Premier League and in Europe.”But any move to take Elland Road’s capacity from just over 37,000 to 50,000 is dependent on a top-flight return for Leeds, according to the Yorkshire Post’s Graham Smyth.Last season, they had the second highest average attendance in the Championship with 34,033, second only to eventual playoff winners Aston Villa.
zoomImage Courtesy: J. Lauritzen Danish shipping company J. Lauritzen has chartered additional bulk carriers as it expects dry cargo market improvements for the remainder of the year.“During the first quarter of 2018, additional bulk carriers were taken on long-term time-charter in anticipation of further dry cargo market improvements,” Mads P. Zacho, CEO of Lauritzen, said.Specifically, a total of six Handysize bulkers were taken on charter with options of extension as well as of purchase, J. Lauritzen said in its quarterly update.In 2017, seven Handysize bulk carriers were taken on medium-term, up to two years, time-charter with options for extension.The company also said that in Q1 2018 two gas carriers were reflagged to the Danish International Register of Shipping (DIS) and became the first J. Lauritzen owned gas carriers under Danish flag since 2003.During the first quarter of this year, J. Lauritzen recorded a negative EBITDA of 6.2 million, against a negative EBITDA of USD 7.4 million in the same period of 2017.“After the typical seasonal weakening at the beginning of the year, dry cargo markets picked up towards the end of Q1. The market for small gas carriers enjoyed the normal seasonal support, particularly the smallest size segments,” the company said.“Lauritzen Bulkers is well positioned for the expected dry cargo market improvements during the balance of the year. However, our core fleet of owned and long-term time-chartered bulk carriers committed in previous years are not expected to reach break-even until 2019,” J. Lauritzen added.In Q1, the average number of controlled bulk carriers were 83 compared to 82 in Q4 2017, while the average number of operated gas carriers reached 32 compared to 32 in Q4 2017, according to the company.
Ohio State senior attack Eric Fannell scored five goals in the Buckeyes dramatic comeback 11-10 overtime victory over Maryland on April 22 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsWHAT: NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship – No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 1 Maryland at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.HOW TO WATCH: ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Streaming on WatchESPN app and ESPN3.comIt all comes down to this. A matchup of Big Ten rivals who have battled neck-and-neck all season will determine the next NCAA men’s lacrosse champion.The No. 3 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (16-4) has battled No. 1 Maryland (15-3) twice this season, edging out the Terrapins at home in an 11-10 overtime thriller on April 22, and losing 10-9 in the finals of the Big Ten tournament in Columbus.After the team lost to Maryland in the tournament finals, coach Nick Myers and the rest of his unit believed that if they played to the level they were capable of, this season would end in a matchup between them and their East Coast rivals.“We have a ton of respect for Maryland,” Myers said. “We felt that night, we looked at each other and without knowing how this was going to turn out, ‘Hey, we’re going to see these guys again if we take care of business.’”Though the teams have built up a rivalry through their close, competitive games this season, Myers said that contempt for the opposition will not be the driving factor behind their play on Monday. Instead, respect for the opposition and the desire to play their best possible lacrosse would be what pushes the Buckeyes to play well.“You have to play your best lacrosse if you want to try to go out there and beat Maryland,” Myers said. “I think that that, more than contempt, is what it brings out.”The players echoed Myers’ sentiment.“The whole team is excited to play Maryland again,” senior attackman Eric Fannell said. “They’re a very, very good team, as coach Myers said. We have a lot of respect for them. And every time we play them, we play to our best ability and so do they. Big Ten matchup again. Grudge match.”The two teams will enter the game coming off a pair of narrow victories in the semifinals. OSU edged out Towson 11-10, and Maryland hung on late against fifth-seeded Denver to win 9-8.Though both games were close, and relatively low-scoring, the Buckeyes are prepared for a game that could be more of an offensive show, taking on a team that averaged the 10th-most goals per game in the NCAA this past season (12.67 goals per game).“They play a good team offense,” Myers said. “They’ve got a good front six — as good a front six as there is in lacrosse. We feel strongly in ours, and I think you’re going to see a collision tomorrow as you did in the first couple games.”The matchup in the Big Ten tournament championship game did not prove to be quite the offensive show many expected, until late in the game when a total of nine goals were scored in the fourth quarter in an eventual 10-9 Maryland victory.Myers believes that for the Buckeyes to find success against the Terrapins on Monday, the Buckeyes will need to put together an offensive effort capable of keeping up with their opponents.“That was a heavyweight slugfest that you saw in the Big Ten championship,” Myers said. “We’re chasing our best offense, and for us to accomplish the ultimate goal, we’ll have to do that. I think Maryland’s going to bring that out in us.”But this time, the stakes are a bit higher than they were the last time these two teams met. It is no longer a Big Ten title on the line. Now it’s for the NCAA championship.In the history of OSU lacrosse, the team has never made it to this point. It had never even made it to the semifinals before this season. And now, on the doorstep of history for the program, seniors like midfielder Jake Withers believe that while the program has vastly surpassed expectation in their tenure, the end goal has still not yet been reached.“We came a long way since my freshman year four years ago, and we’ve stumbled and we’ve made some steps. I feel like this year, you know, the progression that we’ve made to championship weekend is a culmination of all those things together,” Withers said. “With that said, we’re not done. Although we made a championship weekend and championship game, we want to make history and be the first Buckeye lacrosse team to bring the trophy back to Columbus.”
OSU coaches Tony Alford (left) and Zach Smith stand together before the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorA report made Wednesday by former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy detailed domestic violence allegations made against former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith in both 2009 and 2015. The report suggests Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer knew about the allegations, something which he denied at Big Ten Media Days last week. The report showed pictures of the abuse of Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of Zach Smith, and included text messages exchanged between Courtney Smith and Shelley Meyer, Urban Meyer’s wife, which specifically discusses Zach Smith’s domestic abuse. “All the [coaches’] wives knew,” Courtney said to McMurphy. “They all did. Every single one.” Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days that he had no knowledge of a domestic violence incident in 2015, where Smith was investigated by the Powell Police Department, according to the report. According to the report, Zach Smith “took (Courtney) and shoved me up against the wall, with his hands around my neck,” something she said happened very often. McMurphy reported that in 2009, Courtney Smith was pressured by former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce and special assistant Hiram DeFries to not press charges against Zach Smith after he was arrested by Gainesville Police after an alleged assault. Ohio State fired Zach Smith on July 23 after the domestic violence allegations became public and Courtney Smith filed a domestic protection order against him, which was filed on July 20 after Zach Smith appeared in Delaware County Municipal Court for criminal trespassing on July 18. The Ohio State football program could not be reached for comment. In a media advisory distributed on July 27, an Ohio State spokesman anticipated Meyer would next be available for comment on August 7. There has been no further update since then.
Anthony Martial believes team-mate Paul Pogba is capable of leading Manchester United to greatness and gave his account of life under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Pogba has been in sensational form since Solskjaer was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s replacement in December with an impressive tally of six goals and five assists in nine games.This form has helped elevate United firmly back into the race for a top-four spot in the Premier League as well as a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup, where they will take on Chelsea on February 18.Now Martial, who has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract at United, is tipping Pogba to spur the Red Devils to glory.“We all know what quality Paul possesses – Paul is Paul,” The French forward told Sky Sports.“Now he has got this freedom to play with, I think we are beginning to see the real Paul Pogba play and let’s hope it continues.“He is a leader, he talks more in the dressing room than he does on the field to be fair. Technically and with the spoken word, he is a leader in both senses. I hope he can continue to lead us to great things.“I don’t think we are very far off the top four now so it is just a case of keeping going, winning as many games as we can so we can ensure a place in those Champions League spots at the end of the season.“Any footballer would say the same thing, [my goal is] to win as many titles and trophies as possible, as much silverware as possible and it is also really important to keep developing, progressing and improving as a player over the years.“I’d describe the period [since Martial has been at United] as really enriching for me as a person and a footballer. They have been good years, I’ve learnt a lot and I hope that I can continue to push on in the next few years as well.“The fans and I have had quite a special relationship from my first season and fortunately, it has continued to last until now. I hope it continues into the future and let’s hope that together, we can win trophies and silverware.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.CARDIFF, WALES – DECEMBER 22: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United embraces Anthony Martial of Manchester United as he is substituted during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Manchester United at Cardiff City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)Solskjaer has won many plaudits in his brief time in charge at Old Trafford with a record nine wins and one draw in his opening 10 games.And, like Pogba among many others, Martial has also benefitted greatly since the United legend returned.The 23-year-old added: “He [Solskjaer] is a coach with great values. I think he knows how to get the best out of players and he makes things clear so when we go out onto the field, we all know our jobs and we all know what we’ve got to do.“He’s given me lots of advice. It’s always positive to get advice from a top player in his own right, but sometimes, when you’re out on the field, it comes down to what comes naturally to you and you do what you’ve always known how to do in terms of finishing.“We have a laugh among ourselves quite often because I think finishing is something that comes naturally to me. I’ve played since I was a young kid, I’ve always been a footballer and a striker from that early age.“The thing we laugh about is that I miss quite a few in training, whereas in a match, I may only get one chance and I manage to convert it.”Martial has scored 10 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions this season for United.Ice cold, black gloves… you know the rest 😉Watch @AnthonyMartial SMASH the #MUFC buzz-wire challenge — that smile at the end 😍 pic.twitter.com/HhHTr9F2J7— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 7, 2019