Press Association In response to Pulis’ demand last week an FA spokesman had said: “The FA is a not for profit organisation that puts its funds back into football at every level of the game, including grassroots football. “We have been able to achieve this at a rate of more than £100m a year consistently. All of the funds from fines go back into FA revenues which subsequently help us fund football from the grassroots through to the FA Cup.” Pulis takes his team to Old Trafford aiming for a third straight win at United and will assess “one or two” knocks but is likely to have an unchanged squad. Taylor is set to take control of Stoke’s televised clash with Chelsea on Saturday and Pulis, who has failed to properly speak to referees’ chief Mike Riley, remains upset. “The LMA are doing the most they possibly can to try to bring us together and yet we get no feedback on Anthony’s performance on Saturday,” he said, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Manchester United. “I got the fine and the club got punished because we dropped points because of those decisions and then you see Anthony Taylor has got one of the top games this weekend. It is most probably the best game and the game most people will watch on Saturday. “I just hope and pray that it’s not just lip service. I hope they do take some notice of what we do. “What is disappointing is the fact we sent in a response, I’ve tried to get hold of Mike who is in Japan and Mike has tried to send me a message back and we’ve not been able to get hold of each other.” Pulis had previously urged the FA to reveal where the cash collected from fines goes and reiterated that stance. He said: “Greg Dyke has been a fantastic advocate for transparency in FIFA and UEFA. I’ll be writing him a letter and asking him where my £8,000 is going. “The FA is a non-profitable organisation so if it’s going to a charity, which I hope it is, I’d like to send it to the Donna Louise Hospice in Stoke on Trent and I’d like transparency on that.” The West Brom boss was fined £8,000 by the Football Association on Thursday after admitting an improper conduct charge following last week’s 3-2 home defeat to Leicester. He was upset with Taylor’s decision not to award Albion two penalties and confronted the official after the game. Tony Pulis has questioned the decision to award referee Anthony Taylor one of the Barclays Premier League’s top games.
Authorities are reporting that a Florida man claimed that he attempted to break into a home because his horse got into the homeowner’s yard.The incident occurred Thursday at a home in Pasco County.The homeowner identified as Steve Ferguson told authorities that he caught the suspect, Lonnie Maddox, breaking into his home and confronted him. Maddox told Ferguson that it was actually his horse who broke into the home and that he was only trying to get her.When authorities arrived, Maddox then told them that the horse wandered into Ferguson’s yard through a broken fence so he went after it. Once inside the yard Maddox says he became curious about the inside of the home because he was considering renting it.Surveillance video from the home shows Maddox walking around the home with the horse. Maddox then tries to get into the home through the front door but when he was unsuccessful, he then breaks a window.Authorities found the horse several blocks away from the home but it was later discovered that the horse did not belong to Maddox.The horse has since been returned to it’s rightful owner while Maddox was taken into custody and charged with burglary of a dwelling.
Pittsburgh’s Jamel Artis, right, and Philadelphia’s Andre Gibbs chase a loose ball in the second half of an exhibition NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon ordered his players to run, run and then run some more during the offseason, determined to make sure the Panthers could keep pace in the new-look ACC.Through the drudgery, Dixon kept reminding the Panthers about the transformation of former forward Lamar Patterson, who evolved from role player into vital cog during his senior season last winter thanks in part to a more athletic frame.“Guys saw results of Lamar having a great year,” Dixon said. “He was in the running for ACC Player of the Year. Gradually we got down to the weight we had as a goal for him his freshman year when he arrived here. They saw success he had as a lighter, quicker player.”Pitt is hoping for a similar trajectory for sophomore forward Michael Young, one of three returning starters for a 26-10 team that lost in the third round of the NCAA tournament last spring. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Young — described as “He Man” by teammate Sheldon Jeter — is decidedly more sculpted than he was as a raw, unfinished product a year ago.Young will move into the center spot vacated by the departure of Talib Zanna and brings a polished offensive game the Panthers have lacked in the post in recent years. The early returns have been promising. Young averaged 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in a pair of exhibition wins, mixing crisp post play with a deft outside touch.“We’ve never really had a guy that skilled that can play (center),” Dixon said.Young’s development is crucial to taking some of the pressure off Pitt’s perimeter, particularly early in the season while senior guard Cam Wright recovers from a fractured left foot.The Panthers will find themselves well-tested before their second season in the ACC begins. Pitt will spend Thanksgiving in Hawaii for the Maui Invitational, a field that includes No. 2 Arizona and No. 16 San Diego State plus BYU, Missouri and Kansas State.Going west without their leading returning scorer isn’t ideal, but Dixon believes it’s a chance for serious growth for a rotation that will likely include only four upperclassmen.“These guys are determined to do something special,” Dixon said. “On paper we look like a young team … but I felt the summer and having a lot time together we really did some positive things.”Pittsburgh forward Durand Johnson talks about his recovery from an injury that cut last season short for him during the school’s annual media day for the upcoming NCAA college basketball season on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)What else to look for as Pitt tries to get past the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009:JOHNSON’S JUMP: Junior swingman Durand Johnson was in the process of making the leap from spark off the bench to budding star when he tore the ACL in his right knee in January. Ten months later, the excitable Johnson is back to provide the Panthers with an emotional boost. An ankle injury in September slowed him at the start of practice but he appeared to be his shot-happy self while scoring 19 points in an exhibition win over Philadelphia.MR. ROBINSON’S NEIGHBORHOOD: Junior point guard James Robinson will need to take on a more prominent role in the offense. Robinson makes good decisions with the ball — look no further than his 3.4 assist/turnover ratio — but Dixon would like it if Robinson called his own number more often.CAM CAN: Wright was a revelation at times last season. His scoring average jumped from 4.3 points per game as a sophomore to 10.5 as a junior. He’s the team’s best slasher, and his ability to get to the line will be crucial once he returns.“D” UP: For most of Dixon’s 11-year tenure, the Panthers have relied on a rugged defense. That identity is changing as he recruits faster, more offensively skilled players. Still, the quickest way to earn playing time is developing toughness on the other end of the court. Dixon chastised his players for being too passive during the exhibition season and challenged them to pick up the intensity.ROUGH ROAD: Pitt’s second year in the ACC will have a decidedly familiar feel. The Panthers will play both Syracuse and Louisville — old rivals from the Big East — twice this season. Throw in the trip to Hawaii and conference games at Duke and defending conference champion Virginia and Pitt will have to fight to earn a trip to the NCAAs for the 11th time in Dixon’s 12 years on the job.
For television information go to:http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/feature/?id=4385Kinrade, Team Canada one win away from Spengler Cup titleChip off a little rust and what did we find — plenty of offence from Team Canada at the 2012 Spengler Cup.Matt Duchene scored twice and added an assist as Team Canada criused to a 5-1 semi-final victory over HC Fribourg on Sunday in Davos, Switzerland.Since Canada lost its first game of the tournament to German team Adler Mannheim on Boxing Day the squad had outscored the opposition 10-1 in two games.Jason Spezza, Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Carlo Colaiacovo also scored for the Canadians, who feature Nelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade on the blueline.The 27-year-old Kinrade has been tabbed by national media as one of the no-names on the roster that features the likes of NHLers like Spezza, Patrice Bergeron, John Tavares, Tyler Seguin, Jonathan Bernier, Carlo Colaiacovo, Devan Dubnyk, Sam Gagner, Matt Duchene, Cam Barker and Ryan Smyth.Kinrade, who played for the Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League after a great minor hockey career, was invited to the roster by Hockey Canada due to a shortage of Canadian defencemen playing in Switzerland this winter, which benefits Kinrade, Maxim Noreau and Travis Roche.And the players have not let the coaching staff, or teammates, down, playing solid minutes.”It’s a dream come true,” Kinrade, who plays for SC Bern of the Swiss Nationaliga told Tim Wharnsby of Hockey Night in Canada.”In my career, I’ve bloomed late. When I was eligible for the Canadian under-20 team I wasn’t even close. But to be part of this team the last few days has been surreal.”Devan Dubnyk, in his second straight start, made 25 saves to register the win in goal for Canada.Team Canada, an 11-time winner of the Spengler Cup, advances to the championship against the winner of Sunday’s late game between host HC Davos and Vitkovice Steel.TSN is scheduled to televise the Spengler Cup Final Monday (December 31) at 3 p.m. PST.See complete television schedule at:http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/197934/la_id/1.htm Team Canada made it look easy in the final of the Spengler Cup Monday, dumping the host club and defending champion HC Davos 7-2 to capture the title for the 12th time.Canada’s Patrice Bergeron, finishing the game with four points, scored 46 seconds into the game and Canada never looked back.It was Canada’s first Spengler Cup title since 2007.John Tavares and Team Canada captain Ryan Smyth each scored twice while Jason Spezza and Derrick Walser added singles for the winners.Raphael Diaz and Dario Bürgler replied for HC Davos.Canada outshot the hosts 39-30 making a winner out of netminder Devan Dubnyk — his third consecutive victory in the tournament.The Team Canada roster included Nelson native Geoff Kinrade who keyed a defence that allowed five goals in four games and outscored its opponents 17-3 during the final three games.Team Canada meets HC Davos in final of Spengler CupTeam Canada has a date with the defending champs in the final of the 2012 Spengler Cup.The host club edged HC Vitkovice Steel 5-4 in the second semi final Sunday in Davos, Switzerland.The game is a rematch of an early round robin contest between the two teams, a game won 5-0 by Team Canada.Patrick Kane scored in the final minute of regulation time to give HC Davos the thrilling victory.HC Davos is the defending champion.Canada is an 11-time winner of the Spengler Cup Tournament.