West Bromwich Albion moved to the top of England’s second-tier Championship in spite of being held to a goalless draw by Birmingham City at the Hawthorns on Saturday.West Brom looked rusty on their return to action after a three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with their profligacy in front of goal proving costly. In spite of the two dropped points, Slaven Bilic’s side moved top on goal difference, ahead of second-placed Leeds United, who travel to Cardiff City on Sunday.Earlier in the day, Swansea striker Rhian Brewster scored the first goal of the Championship’s return in a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.The Liverpool loanee pounced on a loose ball inside the Middlesbrough penalty area and slotted past goalkeeper Dejan Stojanovic before unveiling a t-shirt with the message “our colour is not a crime”.Brewster added a second three minutes later before Andre Ayew’s penalty kick sealed a 3-0 victory for the visitors, who climbed to eighth place.The defeat left Middlesbrough in 21st and outside the relegation zone on goal difference. At Craven Cottage, Fulham’s bid for automatic promotion was dealt a massive blow as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat by Brentford.Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, the league’s top scorer with 23 goals, missed a series of gilt-edged opportunities before Brentford winger Said Benrahma put his side in front in the 89th minute.Substitute Emiliano Marcondes added Brentford’s second in stoppage time to seal the victory and move them to within one point of third-placed Fulham.Meanwhile, Derby County kept themselves in contention for a top-six finish after edging out Millwall 3-2, with 18-year-old midfielder Louie Sibley netting a hat-trick.Barnsley, second from bottom, breathed new life into their bid for survival as they eked out a 1-0 victory against 13th-placed Queens Park Rangers. They moved to within four points of the safety zone.Elsewhere, sixth-placed Preston North End were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom-side Luton Town.Also, Charlton Athletic, who were without their top scorer Lyle Taylor, moved out of the relegation zone and into 19th.They secured a 1-0 win against Hull City, who dropped into the bottom three.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Reuters/NAN.Tags: Andre AyewBirmingham CityCOVID-19English ChampionshipSlaven BilicWest Bromwich Albion
Roy Smethurst, arguably the most successful senior amateur from England, has been awarded the Gerald Micklem Trophy for 2013. He was presented with the award, given annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to further the interest of amateur golf in England, at the England Golf Annual Meeting at Woodhall Spa. “I’m amazed to get this award but also delighted,” he said. “Basically, I’m accepting it on behalf of English senior golfers. I wouldn’t have got it if it hadn’t been for the rest of my senior colleagues. “Over the last ten years we have established senior golf in England with success in the Home Internationals and in Europe and it has been a privilege to have played with the guys over the past 15 or so years.” Smethurst (image copyright Tom Ward Photography), a member of the Crewe club for over 40 years and a past member of Sherwood Forest, was the Crewe captain in 2012 and is a Vice President of the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs. The 71-year-old retired computer consultant has a string golfing successes to his name. He was British Seniors champion in 2003, European Seniors champion in 2005, has won the English Seniors title on four occasions, and was a senior international for England from 2001 to 2011. He has also won the silver medal as leading amateur at the Senior British Open four times, reached the semi-finals of the US Senior Amateur Championship in 2003, has twice been the French Senior Over 65 champion, while his successes at county level are even more numerous. He has been Cheshire county champion four times, Cheshire Senior champion ten times, six-in-a-row from 1998, helped Cheshire to the English Senior County Championship on three occasions, not to mention four Northern Seniors titles. His appearances for Cheshire total 186, he has played over 100 times for the county’s seniors and is still counting, while he played around 25 times for Nottinghamshire before moving to Cheshire. Obviously, it has been as a senior that Roy has become so successful but he made his England debut back in 1962 for England Youth against Scotland at Pannal. “I recall winning my foursomes but I lost to Scott McDonald in the afternoon,” added Roy. Their paths crossed again four years ago in the Senior Home Internationals at Crail when Roy gained his revenge with a victory. “Amazingly, Scott produced a photograph of the teams from 1962 but he didn’t recognise me,” added Roy. “It was probably because I had hair then.” Off the course, Roy’s interest include website design, gardening – he has a large garden where he grows his own vegetables – house maintenance – his timbered cottage dates back to the 17th Century – and cooking. He is a widower with a son, David, daughter, Catherine and four grandchildren. 12 Feb 2014 Top senior Smethurst awarded Micklem Trophy
BILL NEAL :10 I am sure by now you all know THAT I AM A LIFETIME MEMBER OF THE “KNOW-IT-ALL-CLUB”… Paid in full. Founded in who knows when, by our esteemed, fearless and still kickin’ leader Eddie “E.J.” Jeffries. That being said, we have a creedo… (we being me, Eddie, Dwight Law, Zik, Mike Booker and my dad. A small, but powerful group to be sure)…Anyway, the creedo is this, “We know everything about everything and what we don’t know, we make up!” But here’s one thing I do know and this ladies and gentlemen you can take to the bank. STAY-YOUR-ASS-OUT-OF-FLORIDA-CAUSE-THEY-ARE-ALLOWED-TO-KILL-BLACK-PEOPLE-THERE-AND-NOT-HAVE-TO-GO-TO-JAIL!! No really, it’s true and it’s the law.:09 I know, I can’t believe it either. Steelers training camp starts in two weeks. Let’s go get that ring coach Mike…you know how we do.:08 Old School Reminder. Y’all remember how everybody said Larry Bird can’t hoop and that John Travolta couldn’t dance? Well everybody, including Stevie Wonder, knows Larry Bird could ball with the best of them. And here’s a memory lane flashback for ya. Go pull out your “Saturday Night Fever” VHS Tape..yes you do…yes you do…It’s in the box with your “Three Piece White Suit” you used to wear to the Pyramid. Pop it in and be reminded that White boy could dance, I mean really dance and the music was all that. Oh-Shut-Up-Please, you did so!:07 Jay-Z is now a sports agent. That means 90 percent of all other agents are now out of business.:06 If you want to have a really good time and meet your civic obligations at the same time, go by Mellon Park most evenings and watch and support the future stars on the basketball court. The good people from Ozanam showcase the area’s top youth hoopers. And of course it’s all done in the memory of the late great Karl Kohlman, who did more for basketball in western Pennsylvania than all of us put together. And over on the diamond, next to where Reizenstein used to be, you can see some great little league baseball action.