Martin keen to repay ‘special’ fans

first_img “It does hurt the lads and, at the same time, when we are winning we enjoy the praise and the adulation, so we want that more than the other stuff.” Martin added: “We just want to emphasis how good the fans have been for us, they have backed us home and away in what has been an up-and-down season. “The way we can repay their faith and support is by winning games to stay in this league, and hopefully by the end of the season that gesture will be irrelevant because we will be where we want to be. “You can’t let the pressure affect you. The inconsistent season has been frustrating, but it is up to us now to make sure we end it in a positive way. “Hopefully, we can move on now and everyone gets behind us to make sure we get three points against West Brom.” Norwich will wait on the fitness of centre-back Joseph Yobo, who was ruled out of the Swansea game with a calf injury. Defender Michael Turner could come back into contention following his three-month lay-off with a hamstring problem. Hughton, meanwhile, has welcomed the restorative justice process taken against a Norfolk man in his 40s who had posted an offensive comment on Facebook directed at the Norwich boss, the only black manager in the Premier League. A public on-line apology has been issued and the offender will meet representatives of the Kick It Out campaign to undertake further education. Hughton said: “This is something I was consulted about and myself, the club and the authorities have all worked together on very much. “The outcome has seen a public apology, we have worked very closely with the Kick it Out campaign and we feel what has been determined is the right thing.” Club captain Russell Martin hopes the Norwich players can further maintain their “special relationship” with Canaries’ fans by beating West Brom and taking a step closer to Barclays Premier League survival. Scotland international Martin – who helped guide the Canaries back up to the top flight from League One under Paul Lambert – wants the team to now pay back the faith of the supporters with positive results. “This club is a bit different to a few in this league, the relationship between fans and players is different, it is closer,” said Martin, who signed from Peterborough in January 2010. “There are not many clubs in the Premier League where after the game the fans can have access to the players, when we go to get our cars, we speak with the fans. “When you are around the city, it is not the biggest (of places), so you are bumping into fans constantly. “It is a special relationship which you do not often get in football at this level. “Everyone who plays for the team lives in this city, it is not like at other clubs where you can travel and may be withdrawn from it. “You live it everyday, even walking to the shops, the lads bump into fans and people express their opinion, sometimes you might not agree with it, but that is what makes football great. “You just don’t get that in many places, and we want to keep it like that. Press Association Chris Hughton’s side were stuffed 3-0 at Swansea last weekend in another woeful away display – a sixth successive defeat on the road, which saw the squad offer to refund the match tickets for the 899 travelling supporters, many of whom had made the 612-mile round trip from Norfolk. The defeat left Norwich again looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone, some six points clear heading into the final half-dozen matches. last_img read more

Bosse hopes for luck in love after 800m gamble pays big

first_img“It felt like a nightmare as I was getting chased,” he said.“It was a never ending nightmare. I could not understand why nobody was going past me.“Even when I crossed the line I could not believe it.“The others killed themselves and they were already dead in the last 100m.“I was like a witch casting a spell on them.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 London, United Kingdom | AFP | Pierre-Ambroise Bosse loves gambling and on Tuesday he rolled the dice and won the biggest prize of his life, the 800 metres world title, to give France their first ever gold in the event.The 25-year-old, who had finished a valiant if frustrating fourth in last year’s Olympic final, seized the initiative with 150 metres to go with a stunning burst passing Kipyegon Bett and race favourite Nijel Amos and held on to take the tape first from fast-finishing Pole Adam Kszczot.“I am a gambler, I love going to the casino,” said Bosse.“And today I just gambled, I put everything on the red, even my last Euro. So hopefully, this is also for luck in love.”Bosse, who is renowned for his offbeat character and addressed his cat ‘Rabs’ after finishing outside the medals in Rio by telling him to go the fridge and drink a beer for him, said he thought he had cast a spell over his rivals as no one threatened him down the final 100m.last_img read more

Oilers win 7th Uganda basketball title

first_imgFor UCU, Centre David Kongor Deng’s 21 points, five rebounds and four assists could not save the Mukono based side. Titus Lual also added 13 points for UCU.The win saw Oilers take a 5-4 of the best of 7 series. The win for Oilers makes it their 7th consecutive title of the National Basketball League ever since they started winning in 2013.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp Oilers held on to their title. PHOTO VIA @UsherKomugishaCanons  City OilersKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | City Oilers on Sunday defended the National Basketball League title after stopping Uganda Christian University (UCU) Canons 72-57.The Oilers who started the best of seven final series with a 3-1 lead had slowed down as UCU closed the gap 3-3 to keep their hope for finals alive. However, in a packed MTN Arena-Lugogo, the Oilers put up a strong fight to lead three quarters of four.The Oilers led quarter one with 17-9,while UCU ‘stole the show’ to win second quarter  17-10. The city Oil side however put up a formidable show to win the last two quarters 22-15 and 23-16 respectively.Both teams took the fans to their feet with major three pointers and great display of basketball skill.Oilers Burundian import Landry Ndikumana was the man of the day as he made 26 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Jimmy Enabu added 16 points, four rebounds and four assists.last_img read more