Celtic warm up for Champions League with 2-0 win over Motherwell

first_imgThe Steelmen had lost 12 goals in their previous two games in the east end of Glasgow and will be glad the scoreline was not so damaging although they never looked like pulling off a shock win.Rodgers demonstrated the depth of his squad by bringing in midfielder Liam Henderson for his first start of the season.He was one of three changes with right-back Cristian Gamboa and midfielder Stuart Armstrong also in for injured Mikael Lustig and Nir Bitton with Tom Rogic rested.Well boss Mark McGhee gave a debut to 18-year-old left-back Jack McMillan while 19-year-old midfielder Ross McLean made his first start in midfield. Without being relentless, Celtic controlled the first-half with early efforts from Henderson and Armstrong.In the 17th minute Well keeper Samson made a fine save from Dembele’s curling shot which was heading to the top corner and then from Erik Sviatchenko’s header from the resultant corner.However, the former Killie number one had no chance moments later when James Forrest’s cross from the right was missed altogether by Dembele 12 yards out only for the in-coming Sinclair to guide the ball high into the net.In the 38th minute Dembele ended a swift and incisive Hoops counter attack – a result of a sloppy McMillan pass in midfield – by striking the post with a shot from 14 yards.And with a minute remaining of the first-half, Scotland left-back Tierney deserved a goal following his wonderful run which took him past Scott McDonald, Richard Tait and Ben Heneghan but his shot from 16 yards crashed off the bar.Celtic’s grip on the game remained firm after the break.In the 53rd minute Samson pulled of a fine double save, first from captain Scott Brown’s low deflected strike and then at the post from Dembele who was following up.At the other end Motherwell striker Louis Moult had a couple of efforts, one with his head, one an attempted cross after good work by the impressive Chris Cadden, that should have had troubled the home side more.The Parkhead side had several attempts on goal, the closest to another score coming in the 74th minute when Sampson had to make a great save from Sinclair’s drive after the Well defence had been cut open.The slender lead might have led to inevitable Celtic nerves in the final stages but in the 87th minute the Well defence switched off and Samson tripped Dembele as he chased a Brown pass, with the French forward firing in from the spot for his 13th of the season for Celtic.It was a perfunctory victory for the home side but they should expect more trouble from Borussia Monchengladbach when their Champions League campaign resumes. Celtic cemented their place at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a routine and mostly trouble-free 2-0 win over Motherwell at Parkhead.Hoops forward Scott Sinclair steered in the opener after 18 minutes with Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney hitting the woodwork before the break.Brendan Rodgers’ side controlled the second-half as well but had to wait until three minutes remaining to be sure of the points with Dembele scoring from the spot after he had been brought down by Well keeper Craig Samson.Celtic remained four points ahead of Aberdeen with a game in hand and now turn their attention to the visit of Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday night.last_img read more

Harbinger Buys 10% of Palm

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … curt hopkins As we mentioned a few days back, the iPhone and Android aren’t the only game in town when it comes to handheld devices. Twitter for Blackberry was released on last Thursday and today comes news that Harbinger Capital has purchased almost 10% of Palm’s stock. The news might not be as good as it seems, however. Palm’s SEC disclosure indicates Harbinger, a New York-based private hedge fund, has purchased 16 million shares of Palm common stock. This purchase totals “9.48% (of total Palm stock) based on 168,755,045 shares outstanding as of March 26, 2010.”Because it was a common stock purchase, it does not come with voting rights, and the purchase did not have a significant effect on Palm stock, which was up 3.1% at the end of trading. Palm has reportedly secured Goldman Sachs in order to lure a buyer for the struggling company. Tags:#mobile#web Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Open Data Center Usage Models: Solution Providers Respond

first_imgLast week was a big week for technology news, Ultrabooks, Ivy Bridge, Memcache records broken, and the big Intel & Android announcement were all chart toppers from IDF.  As we’ve pointed out before, the data center was not left out of the action!  Specifically the Open Data Center Alliance made a splash at IDF with major announcements.To start there is the collaboration between the ODCA and the Facebook-led Open Compute Project.  Second is the announcement of the “Conquer the Cloud” competition.  Have a cloud implementation you would like to share?  You could win $10,000… Lastly the ODCA shared the Solution Providers members’ response to the ODCA usage models that launched not too long ago.In this 25-minute video ODCA Solution Providers representatives from Citrix, Dell, EMC, Red Hat, and VMware present how they are working towards addressing the key requirements of ODCA usage models for automation, common management & policy, secure federation, and transparency.last_img read more

Woods returns with solid round and good start in Bahamas

first_img“Tiger must be there,” Johnson said. “Because there’s 40 people instead of four.”Golf Channel added an hour of coverage, and Twitter came alive with people curious about the latest return. That included Steph Curry, the Golden State Warriors’ two-time MVP who played a Web.com Tour event in August. “The wait is over. The wait is over,” he tweeted .Michael Phelps said he was “pumped to be watching” Woods on TV again.This event doesn’t draw big crowds, but most of them were with Woods to see how he would fare in this latest comeback, this one from fusion surgery on his lower back on April 20. Given it was his fourth surgery in three years, coupled with a DUI arrest in the summer that exposed the struggles Woods was having with pain medicine, a day like this seemed a long way off.Woods said he appreciated the moment Thursday morning.“I was in my head thanking all the people who have helped me in giving me a chance to come back and play this round again,” he said. “There were a lot of people who were instrumental in my life — friends, outside people I’ve never met before, obviously my surgeon. I was very thankful.”And he was as competitive as always.Woods delivered his first fist pump on par-4 fourth hole when he scooped a chip that didn’t reach the green, and then holed an 18-foot par putt.While the field is short, the competition is strong with eight of the top in the world at Albany. Woodsrealizes they have spent the last couple of years playing at a high level that allows them to overcome a few mistakes.“I don’t want to lose shots,” Woods said. “I haven’t played in a very long time and I can’t afford to go out there and make a bunch of bogeys and know that I can make nine, 10 birdies and offset them.” Russia signals rainbow flags tolerated at World Cup MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ After his best shot of the day — a pitching wedge he hit low from 95 yards that settled a foot behind the hole for birdie on No. 14 — he sent a drive well to the right into the native dunes. Woods had to take a penalty drop to get back in play and wound up making bogey.But it was solid enough that Woods was far more interested in the leaderboard than the fact he felt strong physically.“It was not only nice to get the first round out of the way, but also I’m only three shots out of the lead,” he said. “So to be able to put myself there after not playing for 10 months or so, it was nice to feel the adrenaline out there.”He was tied for eighth in the 18-man field of this holiday exhibition that awards world ranking points but does not count as official on any tour. Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar were at 67, while Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kevin Chappell were at 68.The buzz was back. Johnson noticed it when he was on the practice range and noticed a crowd around theputting green.ADVERTISEMENT Along with his five birdies — only two of them were tap-ins — Woods had an assortment of tough par saves, including a 10-footer that kept him dropping another shot on a par 5 at No. 11. He finished his round with a belly wedge from short of the 17th green because of mud on his ball, and holing a 6-foot par putt on the 18th.A year ago, Woods made a pair of double bogeys over the last three holes for a 73 to finish nine shots behind. This time, he closed with pars and was three back.PGA champion Justin Thomas, who also opened with a 69 in the same pairing with Woods, is among those whohave played with him in recent weeks in Florida. Woods said he once played nine straight days.“It was what I saw when we played at home,” Thomas said. “Obviously, taking this much time off from competition is hard. I felt rusty starting after a month-and-a-half, so I can’t imagine what it felt like for him. But he played well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “For me, I thought I did great,” Woods said with a smile.And in a sign that he was ready to get back into the mix, he was far from satisfied.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingUnlike a year ago, when Woods ended a 15-month hiatus from his ailing back, he didn’t show any fatigue at the end of his round or make any big numbers. His only regret was playing the par 5s at Albany Golf Club in 1-over par with two bogeys that stalled his momentum.Coming off a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth, Woods hit a 3-wood that rolled up on the green and then down a slope about 30 feet from the pin. It took him four shots from there, starting with a chip that didn’t reach the green and his first expletive loud enough for television to pick up. Tiger Woods prepares to hit from the second fairway at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament at Albany Golf Club in Nassau, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Dante Carrer)NASSAU, Bahamas — Tiger Woods looked a lot better in his return to golf than he did when he left.Playing for the first time since his fourth back surgery, Woods returned from a 10-month layoff with a 3-under 69 on a breezy Thursday in the Bahamas that left him three shots behind Tommy Fleetwood after the opening round of the Hero World Challenge.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytaylast_img read more