West Brom’s Chris Brunt has requested a personal hearing after being charged by the Football Association for allegedly verbally abusing a match official. Press Association “The midfielder will continue to be available for selection, including tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League clash against Stoke, until a date for the hearing is finalised.” Referee Anthony Taylor sent off Albion’s Claudio Yacob and Villa’s Jack Grealish during the game, which sent Villa through to the semi finals where they will play Blackburn or Liverpool. An FA statement on Brunt, released on Monday, said: “It is alleged that in or around the tunnel area after the end of the fixture the player used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a match official.” Both Albion and Villa are also awaiting the results of FA and police investigations after crowd trouble at Villa Park where home fans twice invaded the pitch. Seats were thrown from the West Brom section in the North Stand into the Villa fans during the second half with boss Tony Pulis insisting anyone found guilty should be banned for life. It was the second time the teams had played each other in a week after Villa’s 2-1 Premier League win. The midfielder is alleged to have used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour in the tunnel after Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup quarter final defeat to Aston Villa. A Baggies statement published on Friday read: “Chris Brunt has requested a personal hearing after being charged by The Football Association.
ANNAI Secondary, located in a small village in the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo Region of Guyana, is aiming to become the first team from the hinterland area to win the Digicel Schools Football tournament, but, standing in their way will be defending Champions, Chase Academy.The two schools will collide today from 18.30hrs at the Leonora Track and Field Facility, to see who will win the seventh edition of Guyana’s most prestigious Schools Football tournament.Chase Academy is the defending champions, while Annai will be playing in the finals for the first time.In fact, both sides made their way to today’s show-down in dramatic fashion at Thurday’s semi-finals, which were also played at Leonora.It took Chase Academy a 5-4 ‘Sudden-Death’ penalty-shootout to get over their arch nemesis and four-time champions, Christianburg/ Wismar Secondary (Multi), while Annai had to come from 4 – 0 down to beat Waramadong 7-5 in regular time.Chase will be playing in their fourth consecutive final, winning once against the Christianburg Wismar Secondary.The Linden-based school defeated Chase in the 2015 final, but the city side rebounded last year to beat ‘Multi’ 1 – 0 in the final at the Guyana National Stadium.Chase’s Captain Jeremy Garrett touted Annai Secondary as one of the most difficult opposition, having faced them last year in the semi-finals.From the look of things, Garrett will have to play flawless football in order for his team to beat Annai Secondary, since the Region 9 team would’ve proven that no lead is unassailable in their clash with previous finalist, Waramadong.A strong representation from the Amerindian community is expected today at Leonora, and the two teams are promising the best Digicel Finals to-date.Meanwhile, the third place game between Christianburg /Wismar Secondary and Waramadong will take things back to the 2013 finals and what started out as one of the top rivalries of the Digicel Schools football tournament.It will be the first time that ‘Multi’ will not be playing in the finals of the tournament, following their loss to the Government Technical Institute (GTI) in the inaugural tournament, and to Chase Academy last year.
TEMPE, Ariz. — The Angels are planning to have Shohei Ohtani start his next game on the mound on Friday, at home against the Colorado Rockies, Manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday morning. It will be the stiffest test to date for Ohtani, who has faced mostly minor leaguers in his three previous starts.Ohtani, who was in the lineup as the designated hitter on Sunday, is scheduled to DH again on Monday and in the Angels intrasquad game on Tuesday, an off day in their Cactus League schedule.Infield shuffleWith Andrelton Simmons still day to day because of a strained left shoulder, Zack Cozart got the start on Sunday at shortstop, which is his natural position.Cozart, who is moving to third this spring, has also begun doing some work at second, and Scioscia said they plan to get him into a game at second sometime this spring. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Simmons got back on the field to throw on Sunday, but he won’t pick up a bat until Wednesday, at the earliest, Scioscia said. Scioscia said he still expects Simmons to be ready by opening day.AlsoInfielder Nolan Fontana has been out with right shoulder inflammation for more than a week, but the Angels are hoping he can resume throwing in the next couple days…Marte (groin tightness) and Chris Young (strained calf) have both resumed hitting and could get some at-bats in Tuesday’s intrasquad game. Fontana may also hit in that game…The Angels sent outfielder Michael Hermosillo and pitchers Eduardo Paredes and Jake Jewell to minor league camp on Sunday morning.