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Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony to miss Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualifiers

first_img Bony limped off in City’s 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Aston Villa on Sunday because of a hamstring injury, with Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini saying afterwards he did not think the 26-year-old would be able to play during this international break. And it was subsequently confirmed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday that Bony would not be involved in the Elephants’ clashes with Liberia away on Friday and at home next Tuesday due to injury. That had also been the case on Tuesday, with it being understood the reason was not an injury but because he did a recovery session instead owing to the fact he had played only two days earlier. And Belgium boss Marc Wilmots said on Wednesday that Kompany was one of a group of players who were “following an individual programme of rehabilitation indoors”. He added: “What matters now is the mental and physical regeneration. “It’s important to recover as much as possible for the two (home friendly) games against Italy and Spain (on Friday and Tuesday respectively). That’s why they are rested.” Kompany’s fitness was a hot topic from the last international break, with Pellegrini expressing his unhappiness the defender had played for his country after missing five City games with a calf problem. Kompany played around an hour of Belgium’s 3-1 win over Israel on October 13 – then was an unused substitute for City four days later, and only got on in the dying seconds another four days after that, before being restored to the Blues first XI for the Manchester derby. Wilmots is making no apology for his handling of Kompany and stressed the decision about the run-out against Israel was made jointly by the coach and player. Wilmots said on Wednesday: “I think we did exactly what we had to do. “In this case a player and a manager had a conversation and agreed playing for 60 minutes would be the best preparation. Vincent agreed and we made the decision together. “His situation is that he is a top professional player of 30 years who knows exactly what he needs to do to be fit. I allow him to work how he wants. “Many players come here injured and return healthy and match fit. I don’t think we can do any better.” Another City player who will not feature in those matches is midfielder Yaya Toure – although he has declared he will be “ready” to rejoin the national team next year. Toure, who won the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast in February, has not been part of the squad of late having wanted a rest, but it seems he is not about to retire from international football. Quoted on the CAF website, he said: “I think the next appointment after this (the Liberia games) will be in 2016 with the continuation of qualifying for the 2017 African Nations Cup. In any case, I’ll be ready.” Regarding his current absence, Toure said: “With all due respect to our new coach, Michel Dussuyer, I wanted to have a moment of respite. “I was coming back from a long period of intense activity with the Elephants and the end of an exhausting season with my club Manchester City. I even had injuries. “During the off-season I cut short my vacation in Abidjan to return to the club so I could be subject to a rigorous fitness programme. “I had to follow to the letter and strictly my physical preparation programme during this period under the supervision of private coaches. ” Meanwhile, City captain Vincent Kompany was once again not involved in full training with Belgium on Wednesday. Press Association Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has been ruled out of Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualifying double-header against Liberia.last_img read more

The Honda Classic: Jhonattan Vegas opens up 2-shot lead on Day 1

first_imgA bogey-free 6-under 64 for @JhonattanVegas was good enough for the early lead @TheHondaClassic.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/LB4RmICM4g— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 28, 2019It was a relatively calm day as the wind blew about 8 mph, so there weren’t a ton of huge scores out on the course. Arnold Palmer Invitational: Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka added to stacked field Jhonattan Vegas did something incredibly difficult Thursday. He made his way around the PGA National Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and didn’t make a single bogey.Not even on the famed Bear Trap. Vegas took a two-shot lead after firing a 6-under 64. Vegas even went 1 under on the Bear Trap, which consists of the 15th, 16th and 17th holes at PGA National.”(Any) time you can come around this place and not make a bogey it’s pretty good,” Vegas said after his round. Related News Four men finished the day in a tie for second place as Zach Johnson, Ernie Els, Benjamin Silverman and Lucas Glover all shot 4-under 66.Making it look easy. 🎯49-year-old Ernie Els (@TheBig_Easy) shoots a 4-under 66 in Round 1 @TheHondaClassic.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/4kFEgoRroC— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 28, 2019Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia and Billy Horschel are part of a 14-man group in a tie for sixth at 3 under. Fowler had to fight back from a triple-bogey at the sixth to get back to red numbers.Another birdie for @RickieFowler. He’s climbed back into red numbers.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/l2bD1Sn6CF— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 28, 2019Elsewhere on the course, Justin Thomas is at 2 under, Ryan Palmer is at even par and Alexander Noren had a rough day, shooting a 7-over 77.last_img read more

Rising star Logan Mize takes to the Wellington stage Thursday

first_imgLogan Mize at a recent performance in Colorado.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For four years, Logan Mize, a 2003 Clearwater High School graduate, was a running back for the Indians. And every time his team played the Wellington Crusaders, he was on the losing end.Come this Thursday, Mize returns not with a football helmet but a guitar. And he is on the cusp of being a major country music star.Mize will be the featured performer this Thursday night at 9 p.m. at the Kansas Wheat Festival downtown street dance in Wellington. His performance will be part of what is arguably the best lineup of entertainers to ever perform at the Wheat Festival.Jason Boyd opens for Mize at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Friday “The Banned” will be on the main stage in front of Memorial Auditorium at 9 p.m.Then on Saturday, Kinsey Sandler, who is a country rocker from Oklahoma, will take to the downtown Wellington stage at 9 p.m.The Mize concert has been a two-year deal in the making. He was originally set to perform on stage at Memorial Auditorium around Thanksgiving in 2014, but schedules were unable to mesh.So Mize will instead be her Thursday, set to perform a slew of songs including his latest hit, “Can’t Get Away from a Good Time.” Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Hmmm · 266 weeks ago Can anyone explain to me the need for a button this year? Is this not going to be like all past street dances where you could bring lawn chairs and just sit in the street with your kids to watch the Performer? Is it not going to be kid friendly this year? How is this going to be enforced that the buttons are needed? Does everyone, young and old, need buttons or is there an age limit? Report Reply 0 replies · active 266 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner County residents can safely call Mize one of their own. Logan’s home is on a river in Peck. His grandfather opened Mize’s Thrifty, a grocery store in Clearwater.“I used to get off work and take the dirt road route to watch the Kansas sunset,” Mize said in the 2015 Official Travel Guide. “As much as I love traveling and meeting new people, there’s definitely a sense of feeling at home.”The Mize stop in Wellington will be a quick one in Kansas this week. It will be his one and only performance this week in his native state. He will be in Nebraska the next night on a tour that has taken him recently through Rhode Island, Delaware, New York City and Milwaukee.Mize is not quite a headliner in Nashville, but he is very close. “Can’t Get Away from a Good Time” reached the Billboard No. 58 position in 2015. His latest album Pawn Shop Guitar peaked at No. 32.He is most certainly working the stage for Country’s biggest acts. He has opened for Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Leann Rimes, Eric Church, Diers Bentley, the Charlie Daniels Band, Blake Shelton, Stoney LaRue, Hank Williams and was part of a special tribute with Merle Haggard.He also doubles as a song writer for performers like Bucky Covington.“It has been a lot of work getting where I am now,” Mize told Sumner Newscow. “I spent the bulk of my 20s driving a van and playing music in any bar I could find.”Mize signed with Big Yellow Dog Music in April 2009.“Nashville is a funny place and it most certainly is an interesting industry,” Mize said. “I stay in the lane and do what I do. If something doesn’t work, I’ll tweak it a little. But you have to be true to yourself.”To get into the Mize concert requires a Wheat Festival button. You can purchase one at the door for $10 or $5 if you purchase one at the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce or at an official Kansas Wheat Festival event.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more