Tottenham pull out of Wilfried Zaha race boosting Arsenal’s chances of landing the Crystal Palace star

first_imgTottenham pull out of Wilfried Zaha race boosting Arsenal’s chances of landing the Crystal Palace star Mauricio Pochettino is not willing to meet Crystal Palace’s demands (Picture: Getty Images)This is an increase on Palace’s original valuation of £70m, which had already put Tottenham off, and now they are firmly not interested at a newly inflated price.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal are thought to be leading the chase for the winger and are looking to drive down his price by offering players in exchange for the Ivory Coast international.Chelsea were believed to be interested in offering Zaha a new London home, but their transfer ban is still in place, ruling them out of making any signings until the summer of 2020.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityManchester United have already taken a punt on Zaha once with the forward enduring a disastrous spell at Old Trafford from 2013-15, while Liverpool and Manchester City are not interested.If Zaha is to stay in the Premier League it looks like Arsenal is the only option left, although he did speak of his desire to leave Palace to pursue Champions League football, and if the Gunners don’t win the Europa League final against Chelsea, they will not be able to offer him that.MORE: Liverpool enter race with Arsenal to sign Bournemouth winger Ryan FraserMORE: Thomas Meunier speaks out again over transfer links to Manchester United Video Settings Advertisement PLAY About Connatix V67539 Full Screencenter_img Comment Phil HaighTuesday 21 May 2019 2:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link70Shares Wilfried Zaha won’t be going to Tottenham (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham have reportedly ended their interest in signing Wilfried Zaha this summer having balked at Crystal Palace’s mammoth asking price.The 26-year-old has told Palace that he wants to leave during the current transfer window, alerting a number of Premier League sides who are interested in his signature.However, Zaha only signed a new deal at Selhurst Park last August, which runs for another four years and is worth £130,000-a-week, so Palace are in a strong position to make demands.The Eagles are flexing their muscles and are asking for a whopping £100m for their star man, a figure so vast that Spurs have taken themselves out of contention, according to the Evening Standard.ADVERTISEMENT 1 min. story Advertisementlast_img read more

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First Horns Rev 3 Monopiles Ready to Leave Esbjerg

first_imgThe first monopile foundations have been scheduled for shipping from the Port of Esbjerg to the site of Vattenfall’s 406MW Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm on 9 October.The monopiles will be loaded on GeoSea’s installation vessel Innovation and shipped to the site some 29 kilometres off the coast.On the Horns Rev 3 site, the monopiles will be driven 25 to 39 metres into the seabed, according to the Port of Esbjerg.While GeoSea is in charge of installing the 49 foundations, A2SEA – now a GeoSea subsidiary – will carry out the turbine installation works with its vessel Sea Installer, scheduled to start erecting the turbines in the summer of 2018.The 49 MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW turbines, optimised at 8.3MW, will be loaded out of the port of Esbjerg.Horns Rev 3 is an extension to Horns Rev 1 and 2 offshore wind farms also installed by A2SEA in 2002 and 2009, respectively.Once commissioned in 2018, Horns Rev 3 will be the largest offshore wind farm in Danish waters.last_img read more

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Sports Injuries

first_imgThe National Federation of High School Athletics had a recent article that talked about injuries in high school sports.  The most devastating injury, and one of the most common, is the dreaded ACL injury.  The only injury that is more serious is a concussion.Of the nearly one million injuries that occur each year, the ACL puts the athlete on the shelf for the longest period of time.  Many ACL injuries take a full year of repair and recovery.  Not only does the athlete lose a year of playing eligibility through this injury, but it will most likely affect them later in life.  Most damaged knees will develop arthritis within 10 years.ACL injuries occur in almost every sport, even though soccer, football & basketball top the list.   Even the more gentile sports, like tennis & golf, are not immune to an ACL tear.  How many times have you seen someone take a funny step on a court or field and the next thing you know they are down and out of action?last_img read more

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Cricket News Rishabh Pant, ace sledger, lets bat do the talking with blazing hundred in Sydney Test against Australia

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rishabh Pant’s tour of Australia will be remembered for his quips behind the wickets that have taken not just social media, but the Australian Prime Minister by storm. However, in the final Test in Sydney, Pant let his bat do the talking as he blasted his second century to boost India towards a massive total. This is Pant’s second century, having scored 114 in the final Test against England at The Oval. Pant’s effort complimented Cheteshwar Pujara’s magnificent 193, which was his third ton of the series. However, this has been a special tour for Pant, who has enjoyed himself for his keeping and for his sledging.The attacking left-hander batted with calmness and maturity against the Australian pacers and gave good company with Pujara. When the Saurashtra right-hander departed for 193, Pant focused on milking singles and twos as India scored at a hefty pace. Pant employed the reverse sweep against Nathan Lyon and took some risks and he reached the landmark with a slog off Marnus Labuschagne to deep midwicket. He roared in delight and punched the air in delight as India crossed 500.Read More | ‘Hello World! Let’s have a great 2019’ – Rohit shares adorable postPant shattered a new world record for wicketkeepers as he took his 20th catch of the series between India and Australia during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. When Nathan Lyon edged a short ball from Ishant Sharma to the keeper, Pant broke the previous record of 19 which was set by Syed Kirmani and Naren Tamhane. Kirmani achieved the feat in the series against Pakistan in 1979 while Tamhane was the first to reach the mark in 1955 also against Pakistan. The remarkable thing about Pant’s record is that he has taken just three Tests to get to the landmark.Read More | When Rishabh Pant turns into ‘baby sitter’ for Paine’s kidsPant started off the tour in grand style by becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper to take 11 catches in a match in the Adelaide Test which India won by 31 runs. The Delhi youngster became just the third wicketkeeper in history to take 11 catches after England’s Jack Russell and South Africa’s AB de Villiers. However, apart from his keeping, it has been Pant’s legendary sledges behind the wicket which has caught the attention of the cricket fans.Read More | Pant shatters a record, adds to his legendary status as ace sledgerIt all began when Tim Paine, the Australia skipper, is heard over the stump microphone saying, “Now that Big MS back in the ODI squad, maybe he could play for the Hobart Hurricanes. Beautiful city rent a nice waterfront place. Do you babysit? I’ll take my wife to the movies one night and you can babysit,” Paine said in an epic way.On the very next day, Pant was heard speaking to Mayank Agarwal when Paine came to the crease. “We got a special guest today. Have you ever heard of a temporary captain, ever, Mayank?” Pant said.Pant had his moment in the sun when Paine came out to bat and referred to him as a “temporary captain”. “We got a special guest today. Have you ever heard of a temporary captain, ever, Mayank? You don’t need anything to get him out, boy. He loves to talk, that’s the only thing he can do, boy! Only, talking, talking, talking,” Pant retorted in grand style.In Adelaide, his sledges, notably to Usman Khawaja when he said, “Not everyone is like Pujara here”. On the final day of the match, Pat Cummins was on the receiving end when Pant sledged him from behind by saying, “Come on Patty, we need some sixes now”. Such has been his level of sledging in his series that the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, he was welcomed by saying, “Aah yes! You sledges right? You are very welcome. We like competitive game.” last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press — Marketa Vondrousova, the 2019 French Open runner-up and who is seeded 12th in New York, beat Greet Minnen 6-1, 6-4.In Open news:— A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that seven players have been put in what one described as a “bubble in the bubble” as the U.S. Open starts because they were in contact with Benoit Paire. He is the French player who was dropped from the field after testing positive for the coronavirus. NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Rojas hit a tiebreaking RBI single during Miami’s four-run sixth inning against Jacob deGrom, and the Marlins beat the New York Mets 5-3. Garrett Cooper and Brian Anderson homered for Miami, which had dropped four in a row. Trevor Rogers pitched five effective innings for his first major league win, and Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth for his seventh save. Marlins second baseman Jonathan Villar made a diving catch in shallow center to rob the Mets of a run in the fifth, and then was replaced by a pinch hitter in the sixth. In other Monday action:— Wil Myers homered and Garrett Richards led a committee of pitchers that scattered seven hits as the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0 Monday night. Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a two-run triple, Eric Hosmer had an RBI double and Jurickson Profar delivered an RBI single among his three hits, helping the Padres take three of four in the series. It was San Diego’s fifth shutout in Denver and first since April 12, 2017.— Luis Robert hit a tying homer in the seventh inning and the go-ahead double in the ninth, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the skidding Minnesota Twins 8-5. The White Sox are in sole possession of first place in the AL Central for the first time this season, ahead of Cleveland and Minnesota. In other trade activity ahead of the deadline:— The Oakland Athletics have acquired Mike Minor in a trade with the Texas Rangers, adding another piece to their rotation. Minor has struggled this year, going 0-5 with a 5.60 ERA with Texas, but he went 14-10 with a 3.59 ERA in 32 starts last season. — Toronto has acquired left-hander Robbie Ray in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the Blue Jays a former All-Star who has struggled so far in 2020. The Diamondbacks got lefty Travis Bergen in the deal. Toronto also received cash considerations as part of the trade. — The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired right-hander David Phelps from the Milwaukee Brewers before Monday’s trade deadline.Phelps is the fourth reliever to join the Phillies in a trade in 10 days. They got Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Red Sox and David Hale from the Yankees on Aug. 21. —The San Francisco Giants acquired left-hander Anthony Banda from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash, adding depth to their bullpen. Banda went 1-0 with a 10.29 ERA in four outings with one save over seven innings for the Rays before being designated for assignment. NBA-MOST IMPROVED PLAYER-INGRAMPelicans’ Brandon Ingram named NBA most improved playerNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram has been named the NBA’s most improved player in a season that saw him bounce back from a life-altering blood clot and a trade from the team that drafted him second-overall in 2016.Ingram, who came to New Orleans as part of a block-buster trade that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, averaged a team-leading and career-best 23.8 points per game while hitting 46.3% of his shots. He also became an NBA All-Star for the first time. Ingram received 42 first-place votes from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and earned 326 total points. HIngram credits former Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry for his success. —The Chicago Cubs acquired veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin and two left-handed relievers in three trades. The NL Central leaders sent minor league infielder Zack Short to Detroit for Maybin, who is batting .244 with a homer and two RBIs in 14 games this year. The Cubs got Chafin and a cash consideration from Arizona for a player to be named or cash. Osich was acquired in a deal with Boston for a player to be named or cash. —The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded right-hander Ross Stripling to the Toronto Blue Jays for two players to be named. The Blue Jays have dramatically bolstered their pitching staff at the deadline with the additions of Stripling, Robbie Ray and Taijuan Walker. Stripling is 3-1 with a 5.61 ERA in seven starts this season for Los Angeles. —The New York Mets acquired infielder Todd Frazier and catcher Robinson Chirinos from the Texas Rangers. Texas receives two players to be named. New York also receives cash in the deal involving Chirinos. The Mets also acquired Baltimore right-hander Miguel Castro for minor league left-hander Kevin Smith and a player to be named or cash. New York is bringing Frazier back after he hit 39 home runs for the Mets over two seasons in 2018 and 2019. He hit .241 with two homers in 31 games for Texas this year.—The Colorado Rockies added outfield depth by acquiring Kevin Pillar from Boston in a trade-deadline deal. The Red Sox received a player to be named or cash and international amateur signing bonus pool space as part of the deal. MLB-ATHLETICS-MARINERS End zones to carry social justice messagesUNDATED (AP) — NFL end zones will be inscribed this season with two slogans: “It Takes All Of Us” on one end line, “End Racism” on the other. As part of its social justice awareness initiatives, the NFL also will allow similar visuals on helmets and caps. Previously announced were decals on the back of helmets, or patches on team caps, displaying names or phrases to honor victims of racism and/or police brutality. Now, a T-shirt designed by NFL Players Association executive committee member Michael Thomas, a safety with the Houston Texans, can be worn in warmups. In other NFL news:— The NFL has taken over the independent investigation into workplace conduct within the Washington Football Team. Owner Dan Snyder said he and his wife, Tanya, suggested to Commissioner Roger Goodell the NFL assume full oversight of the review. The Washington Post reported last month about 15 female former employees saying they were sexually harassed during their time with the team. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFS-BUCKSButler scores 40, Heat top Bucks 115-104 for 1-0 series leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 40 points, Goran Dragic added 27 and the Miami Heat clamped down defensively in the final three quarters to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-104 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Monday night. Bam Adebayo had 12 points, 17 rebounds and six assists for the fifth-seeded Heat, who are 3-1 overall against the top-seeded Bucks this season. Khris Middleton scored 28 points for Milwaukee, which also dropped Game 1 of its first-round series against Orlando. Brook Lopez had 24 points on 8 for 10 shooting, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Bucks. In other first day Open action:— Coco Gauff is out of the U.S. Open on Day 1.Anastasija Sevastova knocked off the 16-year-old Gauff in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. It was Gauff’s earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in four appearances. — — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova has advanced in straight sets. liskova surged ahead of Anhelina Kalinina 4-1 in the opening set, lost three games in a row, then took the last eight for a 6-4, 6-0 victory. —Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber is sticking around longer at Flushing Meadows than she did a year ago. Kerber eliminated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 in a nearly empty Louis Armstrong Stadium.— No. 9 seed Diego Schwartzman blew a two-set lead and was knocked out in the first round. He led 2-0 but appeared to have problems with cramps as he lost to Cameron Norrie 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in a match that took nearly 4 hours. Man who admitted embezzling millions sentenced to prisonCHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois accountant who pleaded guilty to embezzling millions of dollars from a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and others to finance a luxurious lifestyle was sentenced Monday to 16½ years in prison. Three former Chicago Blackhawks players were among those scammed.Sultan Issa admitted earlier this year that Art Institute trustee Roger L. Weston wasn’t his only victim. Issa, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in January, said he also stole millions from individual investors, including $500,000 from a widow who trusted him to invest funds from her late husband’s estate. Most of the individual investors who lost money in Issa’s scams were not identified in court records.MLB-SCHEDULE-MARLINS-METSRojas gets key hit in Marlins’ win More games postponed for testingSEATTLE (AP) — Major League Baseball has announced that the first two games of Oakland’s series at Seattle have been postponed to allow for additional testing and contact tracing. This, after a member of the Athletics’ organization tested positive for the coronavirus. The positive test already caused the postponement of Oakland’s game Sunday against the Houston Astros. Now games against the Mariners on Tuesday and Wednesday are being put off. The A’s are also scheduled to play at Seattle on Thursday.In other MLB news:— Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker and manager David Bell were both suspended one game for their roles in a bench-clearing incident Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. Chicago coach Mike Borzello was also suspended one game. Winker, Bell and Borzello were also fined, and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto received a fine as well. Winker, Votto, center_img NHL-PLAYOFFS-BRUINS-LIGHTNINGHedman’s goal gives Lightning 3-2 win over Bruins in 2nd OTTORONTO (AP) — Victor Hedman scored with 5:50 left in the second overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins and their fourth berth in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals in six seasons on Monday night.Hedman beat goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the left circle, finishing a barrage that saw the Lightning outshoot Bruins 7-1 in the second OT. Tampa Bay improved to 5-0 in overtime games in this year’s playoffs.NHL-WIRE FRAUD SENTENCE Update on the latest sports —Three people have filed a lawsuit against New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker, claiming that he robbed them at gunpoint during a May cookout in Florida. The civil lawsuit filed in Broward County, Florida, seeks $100,000 in damages. Baker was charged Aug. 7 with four counts of robbery with a firearm. Prosecutors previously said Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who also was arrested in May, won’t be prosecuted because of insufficient evidence. TENNIS-US OPENDjokovic wins easilyNEW YORK (AP) — Top-seeded Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) breezed past Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 at the U.S. Open.Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite to win his fourth men’s championship and he cruised in his first-round matchup at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic pounded his chest and raised his racket in the air, keeping his celebratory routine intact even without fans in the stadium. Djokovic is 24-0 in 2020 and has won 18 of his last 19 matches overall in Grand Slam tournaments. Players association chief wants daily testingUNDATED (AP) — NFL Players Association President J.C. Tretter is pushing for daily COVID-19 testing during the regular season.The NFL has been conducting daily testing for players throughout training camp and plans to do so through Saturday. Tretter, the starting center for the Cleveland Browns, posted on the union website. “We will continue to rely on scientific data to inform our approach for combating this virus. As the science evolves, we will evolve with it.”The league has reported few positive cases in the past month, though it did have 77 false positives a week ago that resulted from contamination at the testing lab.NFL-SOCIAL JUSTICE —Tyler Glasnow flummoxed the Yankees for six innings, Ji-Man Choi and Kevin Kiermaier homered off Gerrit Cole, and the Tampa Bay Rays extended their mastery of New York with a 5-3 victory. The AL East leaders improved to 7-1 against the Yankees this season and stretched their division cushion to 4 1/2 games. —Max Fried improved to 6-0, Austin Riley had a bases-loaded triple and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3. Adam Duvall belted a homer over the Green Monster and Nick Markakis had three hits and drove in two runs for Atlanta. Alex Verdugo had three doubles for the Red Sox.—Orlando Arcia’s pinch-hit single with two outs in the eighth inning drove in the tiebreaking run as the Milwaukee Brewers slipped past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday night. Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in his first appearance since walking five of the six batters he faced while trying to close out Saturday night’s game. Hader has yet to give up a hit this season. —Maikel Franco and Bubba Starling had RBI singles in the eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 in the first game of a three-game series. It was the Royals’ first win this season when trailing after seven innings. Scott Barlow picked up the win in relief for Kansas City. — Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) hit his first career grand slam, helping Dakota Hudson to his first win of the season as the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Cincinnati Reds 7-5. Hudson finished with a season-high seven strikeouts and no walks. The Cardinals won their second straight after dropping four in a row. The Reds have lost three of four after winning three straight. —Spencer Howard threw five effective innings, Rhys (rees) Hoskins homered and drove in three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 8-6 Monday night. Juan Soto hit a pair of two-run homers and Michael Taylor and Trea Turner also went deep for the defending World Series champions, who fell to 12-20. —José Iglesias and Bryan Holaday had RBI doubles in the 11th inning for Baltimore, and Iglesias threw out the potential tying run at home plate as the Orioles salvaged a 4-3 win against the Toronto Blue Jays. Iglesias’ leadoff hit, to deep left-center field, scored Anthony Santander, who started the inning at second base. Holaday then doubled to right field to drive in Iglesias. Both hits came off Toronto reliever Anthony Bass. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had an RBI single in the 11th to draw Toronto closer, but was thrown out at the plate.MLB-TRADESClevinger, Minor among players movingUNDATED (AP) — The San Diego Padres have acquired Mike Clevinger in a multiplayer trade with the Cleveland Indians, bolstering their rotation with another bold move ahead of baseball’s trade deadline. San Diego got Clevinger, outfielder Greg Allen and a player to be named for Cleveland for a package of young players that included outfielder Josh Naylor, right-hander Cal Quantrill and catcher Austin Hedges. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-JOHN THOMPSONCoaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78 WASHINGTON (AP) — The sports world is reacting to the death of former Georgetown coach John Thompson. He was a Hall of Famer and the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship. Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing played center for Thompson on the Hoyas’ national championship team in 1984. He called Thompson a “father figure, confidant and role model’ and said his legacy will be ”everlasting.” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim lauded Thompson as a role model for a lot of coaches, Black and white. Thompson’s family announced his death Monday but disclosed no details. He was 78.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL — The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived running back Leonard Fournette. It’s a stunning decision that gets the team closer to purging Tom Coughlin’s tenure. The team spent months trying to trade the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. If Fournette clears waivers, he would become a free agent. He is due $4.17 million in salary in 2020 if someone claims him. — The Houston Texans have signed inside linebacker Zach Cunningham to a four-year, $58 million contract extension. The Texans announced the signing on Monday. The 25-year-old Cunningham was a second-round pick in 2017 and ranked second in the NFL last season with a career-high 137 tackles. —The San Francisco 49ers have placed starting middle linebacker Fred Warner on the reserve/COVID-19 list less than two weeks before the start of the season. The list is used for players who either test positive for the coronavirus or have been in close contact with an infected person. —Pittsburgh outside linebacker Bud Dupree and the Steelers failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension during the offseason, meaning Dupree will likely become a free agent next spring. The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Dupree in March after he had a career-high 11 1/2 sacks in 2019. —The Las Vegas Raiders have released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara. Amukamara was signed as a free agent to provide a veteran presence in the secondary. He started 99 games over nine seasons with the Giants, Jacksonville and Chicago but had been surpassed in practice by rookie Damon Arnette. September 1, 2020last_img read more

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Letter from America

first_imgTayo Balogun’s ColumnIts been difficult doing anything. Your head, no, your brain is frozen. And your fingers anytime you bring them out of the gloves are numb. You want to write but you can’t bring yourself to. It’s a clear-cut case of disobedience to constituted authority. More like a soldier refusing to carry out an officer’s order. It is like your brain and your hands are on AWOL leaving your mind to fret about being able to meet schedules. Repeatedly deadlines are missed. Today becomes tomorrow. And tomorrow transmutes into another tomorrow… That is how it has been for me ever since I got here. In about three weeks (just because I am fighting the intemperate cold weather) I have almost finished the giant VSO brandy bottle my son bought for me on Thanksgiving Day.Today, I am girding my loins and shaming the -3° cold to get this piece across. I will not come to America and allow myself to be cowed when I have survived the antics of misgovernment in my country. So how has it been since I got here? The Diasporans want to know what it was like at home. They want to know if it will be possible for Atiku Abubakar to defeat incumbent Muhammadu Buhari next year. My Ghanaian taxi (he has upgraded to Uber) driver friend is no longer as loquacious as he used to be. He now regards the Super Eagles as superior to his Black Stars even when he is quick to chip in that their President is better than our Buhari. It does appear that Nigerians here have lost substantial interest in our sports. They seem to have more interest in politics. In the four weeks I have spent I have had more time to situate things happening to my mind. Now I no longer worry about my sanity or wonder if it is possible for everyone else to be mad and only me being sane. Coming to America has cleared my mind. I spend a lot of my time watching television. Particularly Channels Television where I watched news about Nigeria daily. And CNN where my sensibilities as a journalist are so assaulted that I begin to wonder if the western media still have anything to offer us in terms of balance and focus. And of course, I have regularly kept touch with home through the social media. So much so that I think I know a little more about our country than most people at home. For instance, I got to know that Bendel Insurance borrowed from the past to defeat 3SC by a penalty scored in the 20th minute of added time.More pleasantly, I know that after a faulty first match, our Super Falcons went on to win the African Women’s Nations Cup. Its like Cameroon, Ghana and the Banyana Banyana (South Africa) teams have to wait some more years to catch up. But our girls need to know that they have what it takes to compete valiantly at the global level.I also got to know that finally the National Sports Festival held in Abuja. And that Delta State, the perennial winners again topped the medals table. The disappointing thing about the Festival was that reports indicated that this version was worst than the one hosted in Lagos about six years ago. The point to be made is that the decay pervading our country has expectedly spread to our sport!!!It’s curious why I love our country more each time I step out of it. And I get saddened that we are unaware of the potential for greatness that abounds in our nation. We have the best collection of gifted football players in the world yet our football is not rated in the first ten in the world. We once had world famous Dick Tiger, Rafiu King Joe, Hogan Kid Bassey, and Obisia Nwankpa. Now, we have no one. We have tremendous natural resources that should make us one of the richest countries in the world yet we remain on of the poorest. We have perhaps one of the best educated minds in the world yet we are being ruled by simpletons whose goals are to take us back to the dark ages.Whenever I step out of Nigeria I wonder why we must put up our fourth best team for a match we must win. This view was put more poignantly by an Ivorian/Burkinabe ex-footballer residing temporarily here in America. According to him: “’Nigeria disappointed me. I started playing soccer because your country won soccer gold at the Atlanta ’96 Olympic Games. Every African was proud of the feat of the Dream Team. But today, where is Nigeria in (global) football? If your country moves, Africa moves. But now, You sleep, so Africa is sleeping. Oh! Nigeria must wake up to take her place among the leaders and show the light to the rest of us Africans.”But it’s not all doom and gloom here. I am enjoying, rolling specially with my grandchildren who I hope will belong to a better Nigeria. A Nigeria achieving its potential not only in sports but in all aspects of our life as a nation. Surely, that cannot be too difficult. Or is it?Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Q&A with USC’s Kari LaPlante

first_imgDT: What changes has USC coach Michael Cooper made to the offseason workout program since taking over before the 2009-2010 season?LaPlante: Well, under the old coaching staff, we didn’t have postseason workouts at all. [But] last year, right after spring break, six days after our last loss, we came back and started working out. We were all like, “What?” But I think it helped us a lot. DT: Can you reflect on your four years on the team?LaPlante: It’s been a great four years. I love all the girls — they’re like family to me. I’m going to miss them, especially all the little inside jokes that go on behind closed doors. I’ve been blessed to be able to play at USC, even with the coaching changes. I’ve been able to experience different things each year. The Daily Trojan sat down with senior center Kari LaPlante to discuss her experiences with the team and her plans for after graduation. Daily Trojan:  How does the USC women’s basketball team work out in the off-season?Swan song · Senior center Kari LaPlante helped lead the USC women’s basketball team to the WNIT finals in her last season with the program. – Kelvin Kuo | Daily Trojan Kari LaPlante: We just started up post-season individual workouts. There’s lots of skill-based workouts that we have stations for like shooting, dribbling and post touches. We do some conditioning as well. During the summer, the coaches can’t make us do any individual workouts, but they give us packets with skill sets to work  on. Also, the players usually get together to play five on five pickup games twice a week. DT: What do you plan to do after graduation?LaPlante: I’ve hired an agent, so I’m going to try and play basketball overseas somewhere in Europe.center_img DT: Do you have any regrets from your time on the team?LaPlante: No, not at all. My first three years, I didn’t get to participate in the postseason workouts because of injuries. But those injuries helped me become stronger, mentally and physically. All the ups and downs have helped me grow as a person. DT: What was different about this year?LaPlante: I was a team captain this year, so I played a bigger role for the team. As a captain, you want to push your teammates like a coach does. I tried to lead by example and become more of a vocal leader. I don’t know if that was because I was a captain or because I was a senior, but there was definitely a change in my mentality and how I approached everything. DT: What’s the most memorable game from your time at USC?LaPlante: The WNIT championship [this season]. It was an amazing experience. There was so much energy and excitement, it was unbelievable. It would’ve been nice to win it, but not many people get to experience a championship game. I didn’t get to once in high school. I’ve been very blessed that I was able to play in a championship game.last_img read more

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Codere Chairman pursues final options to save the company

first_img StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Submit Codere SA is pursuing emergency financing options having failed to convince investors to back its business recovery plans, according to Spanish business news source La Razon. The embattled Bolsa Madrid gambling group has failed to secure a further €100m credit line to keep it’s Spanish and LaTam retail business units afloat during lockdown.On the edge of bankruptcy, Codere is currently maintaining its business through a €130 million credit facility which is set to run out by the end of July trading.Dire prospects see Codere face higher % interest charges on its €800 million corporate debt, having postponed April repayments in order to secure new financing options.   Meanwhile, financial advisor Bank of America has failed to renegotiate debt maturity terms with Codere’s US bondholders Silver Point and Abrams Capital.Bolsa Madrid eyes have turned to Codere Chairman Norman Sorensen’s next actions to raise immediate capital.In a race against time, Codere could secure a further debt payment amnesty with a view to selling its individual South American business units (Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay).However, a LaTam sale option would be undertaken under unfavourable terms, following currency collapses recorded across its entire South American portfolio.Further options reported by La Razon include that Codere has engaged in ‘several discussions’ with US private funds Pimco and Carlyle Group, seeking to take over the firm’s debt holdings. Share Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Related Articles Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Are you prepared for this weekend’s winter storm?

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisPhysical Therapist Andrew Doubek spoke with WBKB about preparing for the winter hazard expected to hit Northeast Michigan this weekend. Total snow accumulation will be up to 16 inches, with the possibility of frozen rain between Friday and Sunday. Watch what you can do to prepare for this weekend’s winter storm, especially seniors.Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/WBKBTV/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/WBKB11 Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/wbkbtv/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay Junior High Introducing “STEM Courses” and More for Fall SemesterNext Lindamood-Bell expected to help students during summer monthslast_img read more

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Alexander: Clippers are 21-8 and still uncertain exactly what they have

first_imgLOS ANGELES — On Thursday night, the Clippers play their 30th game of the season when the Houston Rockets come to town. The Clippers are 21-8, they have the best home record in the Western Conference at 14-1, and the expectation is that they will at the very least be playing in late May.All of this means it’s a good thing that’s still five months away, so they’ll have time to figure out exactly how all these parts will mesh.On Tuesday night against Phoenix the whole gang was (mostly) together again, save for forward JaMychal Green (tailbone contusion). Patrick Beverley was recovered from a concussion and Lou Williams from a sore right calf that had kept them out of last weekend’s back-to-back games in Minnesota and Chicago.Landry Shamet was playing just his second game back after missing 17 with an ankle sprain. Saturday was his first time on the floor with Paul George, and Tuesday was his first game with George and Kawhi Leonard, who had sat out Saturday’s second half of the back-to-back. Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime The rub, as just about anybody who follows this club or the NBA in general knows, is that tricky issue of load management, or specifically in this case protecting Leonard’s knee. The Clippers are 4-4 without him, in three games he missed because of a knee contusion and five he sat out in back-to-back situations. They’re 17-4 with him.Oh, and the Twitter Brigade got fired up Tuesday night after a Yahoo! Sports report, among others, interpreted some of Rivers’ pregame comments as throwing shade at the Lakers’ LeBron James.Yeah, I asked the question, playing off of James’ comments on Sunday night regarding taking days off. And no, the intent wasn’t for it to go viral.Here’s what LeBron said: “I mean, unless we’re getting to like late in the season and we’ve clinched and we can’t get any better or any worse, it could benefit from that but why wouldn’t I play if I’m healthy? It doesn’t make any sense to me, personally.”My specific question to Rivers on Tuesday night: “I’m guessing you saw LeBron’s quotes about how he wants to play every night, and sort of contrasting that with your guys’ situation with Kawhi …”“Contrast that with the league?” Rivers said.“Yeah. I mean, are there different philosophies there, or what? What’s your take?” I asked.“It’s our philosophy,” Rivers said. “I don’t know what theirs (is). You know, I think theirs is whatever LeBron says it is, to be honest.”“That makes sense,” I responded.“That makes a lot of sense to me,” Rivers replied. “But no, I think I like what we’re doing. I think it’s a smart thing to do. And you know, who knows? We’ll see at the end.”There are different ways to handle load management. It’s quite possible the Lakers and LeBron figure it is better to ease up in practice and save that energy for the games that count and the paying customers. Load management, meanwhile, won Kawhi a championship ring in Toronto last season. Will it work this time? As Rivers said, we’ll all see at the end.In the meantime, other pieces must be fit into the puzzle. For example, Shamet was 4 for 5 from the field (and 3 for 4 from 3-point range) in his return Saturday night in Chicago, but he was 1 for 6 all told and 0 for 4 from beyond the arc Tuesday night. It is still a feeling out process, and when Tuesday’s game was over he snuck back out onto the Staples Center court to get up some more shots.Sitting and watching gave him sort of a read on how to play off the two superstars, who themselves have played just 12 games together.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “Just watching us, watching how we play and how we space on double-teams and traps when they’re trapping those guys and they get going, I’m trying to see how I fit in and where I would go in certain situations,” he said. “So it definitely helps.”It is pretty well understood in the Clippers’ locker room: What they have now is very good. What they expect to have in April, May and (they hope) into June, when the games count the most and there are no back-to-backs, could be even better.“It might be two steps forward, one step back, as long as you’re trending in the right direction, we’re going up and we’re getting better and learning each other,” Shamet said. “Which we are.”The contrasting usage philosophies, along with everything else the Clippers and Lakers bring to the table this season, only make their game nights more compelling. It also gives their fan bases something else to scream at each other about on social media, which I guess will keep them out of trouble.You’re welcome.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twittercenter_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 The first signs are promising. The Clippers held Phoenix to 40 percent shooting before and after halftime and blitzed them in the second half for a 120-99 victory, taking advantage of the Suns’ second game in as many nights when they were also without 25-point-per-game scorer Devin Booker.What does it mean? It’s hard to tell yet.“All those (lineup) rotations were more in my head, because I haven’t been able to use them,” Coach Doc Rivers said before the game. “And so we’ll see what we can do.“… It’s just time for this team. You feel like after this stretch of games – we’ve got, I think, two more on the road coming up – it feels like after that stretch we can build our team, which is crazy to say that this late in the year. But that’s how you feel. You feel like these first games, you’re just trying to get through them, win as many games as we can and try to build some kind of identity., but not really.“I feel like now we have a chance to get going, and it’s a great feeling. Now we’ve got to stay healthy to do it.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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