The Papa John’s Trophy: All you need to know, including format, who’s taking part and where I can watch it | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Portsmouth fans during the Checkatrade Trophy Final between Sunderland AFC and Portsmouth FC at Wembley Stadium on March 31, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)Image:A crowd of 85,021 watched Portsmouth beat Sunderland in the 2018-19 EFL Trophy final at Wembley The final, as always, will be held at Wembley Stadium on March 14, 2021. 1:19 Key datesEFL Trophy Matchday Three – Nov 10/11Round of 32 – Dec 8/9Round of 16 – Jan 12/13Quarter-finals – Feb 2/3Semi-Finals – Feb 16/17EFL Trophy Final – March 14 The group phase starts off with 48 clubs from League One and League Two, as well as 16 teams invited from both the Premier League and Championship with ‘Category One’ academies.Why has not every top-flight club entered an academy team though?Four Premier League clubs with ‘Category One’ academies did not take part this season – Burnley and Crystal Palace, both in their first full season of ‘Category One’ status, and Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, who both played in the previous year’s competition, but decided not to participate in this one.A fifth Premier League club’s academy, Sheffield United, does not have ‘Category One’ status, meaning the Norwich City academy was asked to take their place this season.OK, so what about the format? Correct, the EFL Trophy was sponsored by last season after the car leasing company had initially agreed a three-year deal to sponsor the competition last August.However, the competition was rebranded as the ‘Papa John’s Trophy’ in October after the EFL agreed a new lucrative three-year sponsorship deal with the takeaway pizza company.“The exclusive partnership, which will run until at least the end of the 2022/23 season, sees the competition become known as the ‘Papa John’s Trophy’ with immediate effect,” said the EFL when announcing the agreement on its official website last month.- Advertisement – Manchester United greats Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs were in attendance as their former side’s U21s thrashed the club they co-own 6-0 in the EFL Trophy – Advertisement – “In addition to the title sponsorship, Papa John’s will also be the Official Pizza of the EFL.”Meanwhile, EFL chief commercial officer, Ben Wright, said of the new partnership: “The EFL is delighted to welcome Papa John’s as title sponsor of the EFL Trophy and a new addition to the League’s portfolio of partners.“As we continue to navigate through the challenging times that the coronavirus pandemic presents, it is testament to the growing appeal of the EFL that we are able to attract new partners and invest the sponsorship fee into the competition through payments to clubs, which is important during this difficult period.”Right, so who’s taking part then? However, last season’s final – featuring holders Portsmouth and Salford City – has yet to take place, with the Wembley showpiece postponed following the coronavirus outbreak in March.Where can I see all the action?You can see highlights from this week’s group games – and the rest of the competition – on Sky Sports News, the Sky Sports app and the website on Wednesday morning. Highlights from AFC Wimbledon’s EFL Trophy win over Charlton and Fleetwood’s victory at Carlisle earlier this season Manchester United U21s eased past Salford City in their EFL Trophy clash Arnau Pugimal (right) netted the second goal for Manchester United U21sImage:Manchester United U21s eased past Salford City 6-0 in their EFL Trophy group stage clash in Sept preview image If you are a fan of a particular Premier League club, then you will almost certainly recognise a number of the youngsters on display.For example, the likes of Caoimhin Kelleher, Sepp van den Berg and Ben Woodburn have all featured for Liverpool in this season’s competition, while exciting forward Liam Delap has lined up for Manchester City.When is the final? The EFL Trophy, now known as the Papa John’s Trophy, returns to action with more group-stage matches on Tuesday night. Unsure about the exact format of the competition? Well, not to worry as we explain it all to you here…So, what is the Papa John’s Trophy?It is the English Football League [EFL] Trophy featuring clubs from League One and League Two, as well ‘Academy teams’ – with Category One status – from both the Premier League and Championship.Hang on, was it not known as the Trophy last season?- Advertisement – 1:44 It is a midweek knockout cup competition featuring a group stage consisting of 16 regional groups of four teams that runs between September and November.The groups are made up of one invited ‘Category One’ side, with the rest consisting of EFL Clubs from either League One or League Two, with fixtures done on a regionalised basis until the quarter-finals.Everyone plays each other once, either home or away, although academy sides play all their group matches away from home. And if the game ends in a draw after 90 minutes, a penalty shootout is then held, with the winning team earning an additional point.The top two from each group will then progress to the knockout stage of the competition, which gets underway in December and is also drawn on a regionalised basis.And which players are eligible to compete?EFL clubs must have at least four ‘qualifying’ outfield players in their line-ups, with such a player meeting these requirements:Any player who started the previous or following first-team fixtureAny player who is in the top 10 players at the club who have made the most starting appearances in league and domestic cup competitions that seasonAny player with 40 or more first-team appearances in their careerAny player on loan from a Premier League club or any EFL ‘Category One’ academy clubA club can play any eligible goalkeeper in the competitionAre there any academy players I may recognise?last_img read more

Alexa assists authorities in the takedown of a burglar

first_imgHe is now facing multiple charges including an organized scheme to defraud, burglary of an occupied dwelling, burglary with assault or battery, and fleeing the scene.This is not Bannister’s first arrest for attempting to defraud an elderly person. Authorities say Bannister is known in the area for defrauding elderly people by offering to do handy work in exchange for cash but takes the payment without doing the work. Authorities in Ormond Beach Florida are crediting an Amazon Alexa device with helping them arrest a thief who broke into an assisted living facility and attempted to rob one of the residents.The incident was reported at the Brookdale Assisted Living Facility on December 22nd.Officials say 47-year-old Russell Bannister entered an elderly resident’s room while they were away, and stole cash and credit cards from the room. While Bannister was in the room, however, the resident’s Alexa device notified a relative that someone other than the resident had entered the room. The relative immediately went to the room to see what was going on and found Bannister going through their loved- ones things.When Bannister noticed the other person, he fled the scene on foot but was apprehended by police a short while after the relative contacted the police.During questioning, Bannister told the officer that his name was James Gowgiallo and that he was at the assisted living facility because he was trying to visit his aunt. Bannister told the officer that a staff member informed him that his aunt was not at the facility and as he was speaking with that staff member, he was forced to flee the scene because another person began threatening him and then attacked him.Bannister told the officer that despite being attacked,  he did not want to press charges against that person and that he just really wanted to go home.After speaking more with Bannister, the officer determined that Bannister was lying about the incident.last_img read more

Syracuse football struggles defending 3rd downs in 35-20 loss to N.C. State

first_img Published on November 12, 2016 at 7:52 pm Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonati SU tried a number of strategies against N.C. State, including overloading the offensive line with blitzers on third down and changing personnel. The changes worked initially — SU held the Wolfpack to just 4-of-11 on third down at one point — but broke down late in the game.“Fifty percent, that’s a big number, that’s a big number,” Babers said. “And that’s going to continue drives, that’s going to give them a lot more plays and that’s going to give them a lot more time of possession.”On North Carolina State’s first drive, the Wolfpack gained at least eight yards on its first five plays, driving 43 yards to the Syracuse 35. On second and 2 from SU’s 27, Josh Black and Zaire Franklin stopped Dayes for a 2-yard loss. Then safety Kielan Whitner jumped on a North Carolina State wide receiver and tipped Finley’s pass away.For third down, Syracuse trotted out De’Jon Wilson and Kendall Coleman at both defensive end spots and paired Josh Black and Chris Slayton at the defensive tackle spots. Franklin and linebacker Parris Bennett walked to the line of scrimmage. In all, Syracuse showed a six-man blitz.The Wolfpack kept its five offensive linemen to block and sent its running back on a swing route. Wilson pass rushed for two steps to pull the right tackle’s attention and then left to cover the running back. That left four offensive linemen to cover five defensive players.Coleman rushed unblocked and sacked Finley. He got up from the sack and pointed at defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds. Babers said SU brought extra pressure because it forced the Wolfpack into third-and-long plays. SU pushed N.C. State into 10 third downs of 5 or more yards and five of 10 or more yards.Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor“We realized they had a max protection formation,” Coleman said, “so we tried to bring more guys to even that out.”“I thought we matched up extremely well with this football team,” Babers said. “So we didn’t just want to play coverage all the time.”That only worked until midway through the third quarter. On one drive N.C. State converted four third downs of 4, 6, 5 and 12 yards. The Wolfpack picked up 49 yards on those four third downs, which accounted for all but 37 yards on the drive. On N.C. State’s non-third downs, it picked up 3.7 yards per play as opposed to the 12.25 yards per play on third down.Finley and N.C. State moved down the field in 7 minutes, 34 seconds. On its final third down conversion, Wolfpack tight end Jaylen Samuels caught the ball well short of the first-down marker. But he stiff-armed linebacker Parris Bennet, outran defensive back Scoop Bradshaw to the sideline and cut up to pick up 18 yards.Two plays later, Dayes scored again, widening N.C. State’s lead to eight points and distancing itself from SU for good.“We have been been really good on third down and in the red zone,” safety Rodney Williams said, “so when it’s something we really pride ourselves on, it’s tough when we give it up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img North Carolina State running back Matthew Dayes had beat Zaire Franklin down the left sideline. Ryan Finley’s throw dropped right in front of Franklin because the linebacker failed to turn around. He placed one hand on Dayes, minimal contact on the coverage.The running back dropped the ball as he fell out of bounds. For the second time in two drives, Syracuse would have found a way to get off the field on a fourth down in its own territory. Except the referee drew the flag from his pocket. He called Franklin for a pass interference because the linebacker failed to turn around on the coverage.“I thought I played through the hands, I should have gotten my eyes back,” Franklin said.“I could have played it way better,” Franklin added later. “I look at the penalty as a consequence of me not sticking to my fundamentals.Instead of getting off the field, SU allowed Dayes to rush for a touchdown three plays later. The score tied the game at seven and began the Orange’s (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) inability to usher its defense off the field. N.C. State (5-5, 2-4) punted just four times, converted 10-of-18 (55.6 percent conversion rate) times on third down and converted on one of its two fourth downs. The Wolfpack held the ball for 41 minutes, 18 seconds of the game, good for 68.8 percent of the clock. NCSU won Saturday’s contest in the Carrier Dome, 35-20.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMORE COVERAGE:Eric Dungey ‘probably doubtful’ against Florida StateSyracuse is down to its last strike after loss to N.C. StateGallery: The best sights from SU’s loss to the Wolfpacklast_img read more

Sterling nets hat-trick in big City win – Chelsea, Manchester United back to form

first_imgLONDON (AP): Chelsea and Manchester United bounced back from disappointing losses with impressive wins in the English Premier League yesterday. Diego Costa, returning from a three-match suspension for violent conduct, put the Premier League champions ahead against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge before defender Alan Hutton scored an own goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 win. A victory was welcomed by Jose Mourinho, who is under pressure due to his side’s faltering start to the season. Chelsea lost their last match 3-1 at home to Southampton and Mourinho feels his team still has work to do to return to top form. “Confidence comes with results, and results bring all the good quality that the players have to the fore,” Mourinho said. “At the moment, some of my players have lost confidence, but this was a great team performance.” United won 3-0 against Everton at Goodison Park, with Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney scoring in an emphatic response to the 3-0 defeat against Arsenal two weeks ago. “The defeat against Arsenal, two weeks and I cannot approach them (during the international break), then this performance? Fantastic,” United manager Louis van Gaal said. United are third on 19 points, two behind Manchester City, which routed Bournemouth 5-1. Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick in the first half and Wilfried Bony netted twice, meaning injured striker Sergio Aguero was not missed. The two Manchester clubs play each other at Old Trafford next weekend. “I think it was important for Raheem to score three goals,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “He must improve his finishing – he did that today. I don’t think he’s a striker like Kun (Aguero) or Bony, but this year, and I said it when he arrived, I am sure he will score more goals.” Earlier yesterday, Juergen Klopp’s first Liverpool match ended 0-0 against Tottenham. Klopp was without striker Daniel Sturridge, who picked up a knock in training on Friday, which gave a first Premier League start to Divock Origi, who hit the post with a header after 10 minutes. It was the closest Liverpool came to scoring, while Tottenham’s Clinton N’Jie was later denied by a brilliant one-handed save from Simon Mignolet. “We had our moments. From a very good corner, we hit the post and there were some other situations where we could have been a little bit better, but for today, it’s OK,” Klopp said, while also explaining that Sturridge could return for Liverpool’s game against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday. In the late game yesterday, Arsenal netted three times in 12 second-half minutes to win 3-0 against Watford at Vicarage Road. Alexis Sanchez begun the scoring in the 62nd after Mesut Ozil was tackled in the penalty area, only for the ball to roll free. Giroud then lashed in Ozil’s cutback six minutes later, before Aaron Ramsey netted his first club goal of the season, receiving a pass from Hector Bellerin before his effort was deflected by Ikechi Anya. The result means Arsenal stayed second above United on goal difference. Elsewhere, Southampton surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Leicester, Sunderland lost 1-0 at West Brom in Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of the Black Cats, and Crystal Palace were beaten 3-1 by West Ham.last_img read more