AVB repeats Bale stance

first_imgTottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has responded to reports in Spain that Gareth Bale is on the brink of joining Real Madrid by insisting his future remains at White Hart Lane. “He’s a player that we are willing to continue to have, he’s a Tottenham player, he’s one of the most fantastic players in the world at the moment and we are counting on him for the future. “Unfortunately against Sunderland he won’t be fit to play, he’s recovering from a knock he had in training so we expect him hopefully to have some involvement in the second game.” Villas-Boas also announced that Danny Rose, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, will be required at Tottenham when the new campaign begins. “Danny has had an excellent season. He’s one of the players that we all want for our future,” Villas-Boas said. “It was one of those occasions where it’s all worked out extremely well for him and he will definitely be part of our squad this season. “Credit to him for making it work. This year he’ll want to be involved with Tottenham and hopefully he’ll have a big future ahead of him.” Press Associationcenter_img Spurs are unwilling to sell the Wales winger at any price with Villas-Boas outlining the club’s position at a press conference ahead of the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong. “On Gareth I want to repeat what I was telling you last season and what I was telling you from the beginning of pre-season so I cannot extend myself,” he said. last_img read more

McAuley aims to put things right

first_img O’Neill was fuming after the last attempt went spectacularly wrong and West Brom defender McAuley, one of his most senior men, provided a typically honest assessment of where that left the team. “We weren’t good enough individually or collectively in Luxembourg. It was obviously a bit of a horror show but we’ve got this game now to try and put things right,” he said. “It wasn’t just one person, the whole team couldn’t pass it from A to B and that gave them confidence to come at us. “We lost shape and discipline and we were expected to win it so you end up trying to do a little bit more, things you wouldn’t normally do. “We ended up causing ourselves problems and shooting ourselves in the foot. It was an embarrassing defeat.” O’Neill has hinted that he will make changes for the match – primarily linked to individuals who have struggled for playing time at their clubs, rather than those who erred last time out – but McAuley, who has scored in his last two internationals, is certain to be on duty. He readily admits the manager bared his teeth in the aftermath of his worst result to date, but accepted it was necessary. “Obviously Michael was angry, but you expect that,” he said. “As a manager you’re emotional and involved in the game, you blow your top and say what you need to say. “Everyone accepts that and nobody can say otherwise or have any real defence. “Things were said and taken on board and everyone is here now to try and put things right. “We’re not here to entertain this time, we’re here to get a result.” Despite being as fiercely passionate as ever about the national shirt, McAuley also confessed that thoughts of retirement had begun to surface. O’Neill is desperate to have him around for one more campaign but no agreement has yet been reached. McAuley, who turns 34 in December, will not rush into a decision but plans to weigh up his options in the coming months. “It’s a tough one. I don’t think I’m going to retire but when the next (qualifiers) come around I’ll have another pre-season under my belt and maybe I’ll make that decision at that stage, when we see how things are going. “I’ve had conversations at home with family and obviously with my club as well. There’s no conclusion being drawn at the moment and as it is I feel fine to carry on doing it so it’s every day as it comes. “If I have to make a decision it would probably be around pre-season next year.” Defender Gareth McAuley has called on Northern Ireland to bounce back from their “horror show” against Luxembourg by seeing off Azerbaijan. A 3-2 defeat at the Stade Josy Barthel last month was the nadir of a World Cup qualifying campaign that has seen Northern Ireland stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Portugal and Russia only to falter against Group F’s so-called minnows. Michael O’Neill’s side drew at home to both Azerbaijan and Luxembourg prior to their defeat by the latter, meaning Friday night’s clash in Baku is the final chance to take three points from a lower-ranked nation. Press Associationlast_img read more

Pochettino happy to see Clattenburg

first_img Clattenburg will officiate a Saints game this weekend for the first time since the club filed an official complaint against him following their December 29 game at Everton. Clattenburg was cleared of any wrongdoing by the referees’ governing body PGMOL. Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino claims he is looking forward to shaking hands with referee Mark Clattenburg before Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match at West Ham. “For us, it’s a closed chapter,” Pochettino said. “We are going to co-operate. We are a friendly club. “Clubs can have meetings with referees and we actually petitioned to have a meeting with him in the future to clarify everything. We are happy to do that. “As for Adam, he only thinks about football. He didn’t like to have been involved in this situation. “He probably is happy to see the end of it. “We are a friendly club. I have no doubt Adam will share a hug with the referee before the game.” “To be honest I am happy that we will have him as the referee,” Pochettino said in Thursday’s press conference. “It doesn’t worry me. “I haven’t spoken to him since but that is why I’m happy to see him on Saturday. “I’m happy to say hello to him and I will try to help him as much as I can from the sidelines. “It’s good that we can put things back to normal out of something that was taken out of context. “As a club and as a manager, it’s our duty to help referees. “Human errors can happen.” The club had alleged that the 38-year-old official told Saints captain Adam Lallana during their defeat at Everton: “You are very different now, since you’ve played for England – you never used to be like this.” Lallana had challenged Clattenburg’s decision not to award a penalty to Southampton. Press Associationlast_img read more

New Katsina United Chair Assures Players of Robust Welfare Package

first_imgMr. Badamasi who was speaking at the weekend while addressing players and supporters of the Club at Muhammadu Dikko’s Stadium, said for Katsina United to perform well, the welfare and health of the players must be giving due consideration.He affirmed that the prevailing economic situation presented a critical need to improve the benefits and welfare packages of footballers in order to boost their morale and improve productivity“Your welfare ranging from salary payment, health, shelters, match bonuses and traveling allowances would remain my cardinal objective or priority. This is the only way we can improve your performances,” he stated.According to him, some of the strategies he would adopt to improve the welfare of the players and the supporters include regular interaction with the State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, on issues bedeviling the Club for amendment.He however urged players of the team to adhere strictly to Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) rules and regulations while discharging their obligations.While commending Governor Masari for given him the opportunity to polit the affairs of the Club, Mr. Badamasi assured that he would not disappoint the state government and the players.Speaking on behalf of the players, the Captain of the team, Usman Barau, expressed their unalloyed supports and cooperation to the new chirman to enable him discharge his primary assignment effectively.Governor Aminu Bello Masari had on August 28th, 2019 appointed Mr. Abdulsamad Badamasi as the substantive chairman of Katsina United Football Club.Badamasi replaces Aminu Balele Dan-Arewa who has been appointed as Katsina State chairman of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).Results & FixturesMan United 1-1 SouthamptonMan City 4-0 BrightonChelsea 2-2 Sheffield UnitedLeicester 3-1 BournemouthNewcastle 1-1 WatfordWest Ham 2-0 NorwichCrystal Palace 1-0 Aston VillaBurnley 0-3 LiverpoolOsasuna 2-2 BarcelonaJuventus 4-3 NapoliEverton v Wolves 2pmArsenal v Tottenham 4:30pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Francis Sardauna in KatsinaThe newly appointed Chairman of Katsina United Football Club, Mr. Abdulsamad Badamasi has assured players and supporters of the team of mutual relationship and robust welfare package as part of efforts to enhance their performances.The chairman added that he would work assiduously with the State Government to ensure that the salary, match bonuses and traveling allowances of the players were given the desired attention.last_img read more

The locals: In Coleman, Stewart, Syracuse area has unique combo of top-five basketball recruits

first_imgThe similar scenes of men’s and women’s college basketball’s blue bloods flocking to Central New York illustrate the story of two blue chips. But it is a story of two top-tier recruits that is unique in the history of Syracuse-area basketball. It’s an average weekday evening of a run-of-the-mill high school open gym for the Jamesville-DeWitt boy’s basketball team. While team members and other hopefuls shoot around and get warmed up for the evening’s pick-up games, everybody is waiting on DaJuan Coleman to enter the building. Standing 6 feet 8 inches and weighing 280 pounds, all eyes are fixated on Coleman whenever he walks into a room. He knows it. He has learned to deal with being a high school celebrity, as one of the elite players in the 2012 recruiting class. ‘It’s real crazy because everywhere you go, people know who you are,’ Coleman said. ‘You always have to be level-headed and always look for interviews and be ready to talk to people.’ That same week, just 14 miles away, another celebrity is practicing in a high school gym. But Breanna Stewart is practicing in front of other celebrities.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Cramped inside the Gillette Road Middle School is NBA legend Michael Cooper. The 6-foot-5 coach of the Southern California women’s basketball team sits in a small, blue elementary school cafeteria chair. Dressed in an all-black Trojan track suit and crisp, white Nikes, Cooper balances on the undersized chair in silence, just like representatives from Indiana and Kentucky. They all take mental notes and observe. Bloomington, Ind., and Lexington, Ky., are far from Central New York, and Los Angeles is a six-hour flight. But to Cooper, Stewart is worth the trip. ‘She’s pretty special,’ said Mark Lewis, the national recruiting coordinator for Hoopgurlz.com. ‘Whatever hype you’ve read or whatever anybody has told you is true. She’s one of those kids who actually live up to their billing.’ Like Stewart, Coleman is being recruited by nearly every school in the country as well. Just weeks earlier, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams sat in on open gym and watched. Both are hoping to land Coleman in two years. With the 2012 men’s and women’s recruiting classes, the greater Syracuse area has a men’s and women’s representative of a top-five player in the country. And now, as they enter their junior season, a further national basketball spotlight will be shed on Central New York high school basketball. All because of Coleman and Stewart. And starting now, they will have to answer more and more questions about their celebrity-status recruitments. For each, there is one standout question. For Stewart: How good is she? For Coleman: Will he stay home and play for Syracuse? Stewart, the 6-foot-3 junior for Cicero North Syracuse is widely considered the No. 1 ranked player in the Class of 2012. On this day’s practice, it’s easy to tell who Stewart is once inside the gym. She’s the tallest person on the court. Head coach Eric Smith has his team working on conditioning and ball-handling drills. Though smaller guards like Kelsey Mattice are suppose to dominate at this type of exercise, Stewart uses her fluidity to excel at the workout. Lewis, of Hoopgurlz.com, has witnessed Stewart’s progression over the years. The former high school coach thoroughly understands the jewel of a player Smith has over at CNS. ‘Is she exceptional? Yes. Is she ultra talented? Yes,’ Lewis said. ‘She’s certainly one of the best players in high school girl’s basketball in the country, regardless of class.’ As of now, Stewart doesn’t have a list of schools and has no idea what school she wants to attend. Smith is helping Stewart’s parents with all the information they are receiving, but in the end, he just wants his prodigy to be happy. He’s leaving the decision up to her. ‘I give her the information that I hear from coaches,’ Smith said. ‘I think she’ll make the decisions. I think her parents and myself will help if there are questions, but she’s going to make that decision.’ And although Stewart is a long shot to end up playing for the SU women’s program in the Carrier Dome, Jamesville-DeWitt has someone who could possibly be Boeheim’s next great big man. That big man is Coleman. ‘You can’t be a cocky person,’ Coleman said. ‘You have to go out there and talk to people and make them like you.’ Dealing with college coaches and the recruitment game is nothing new to JD head coach Bob McKenney, as he instructed SU stars Brandon Triche and Andy Rautins when they played for him. However, Coleman’s recruitment has been on an entirely different level because all of the national attention. ‘We might have been close with Brandon, but not quite,’ McKenney said. ‘Nothing like with DaJuan. Obviously when you can get a (6-foot-8) player that can run the floor and is athletic and strong with soft hands, that’s just a commodity.’ As Coleman and McKenney are both learning to deal with all the national focus and attention, each is realizing that recruiting can sometimes be a dirty game. ‘I will the say the process with DaJuan has been very educational and a little bit different,’ said McKenney. ‘The AAU piece and all the people trying to get in makes you shake your head.’ Though Coleman, along with his coach, is currently working on a list of schools, he insists he won’t make a decision until he has visited some of the schools recruiting him. With two years of high school left, Coleman knows he has enough time to make a decision that could affect the rest of his life. He doesn’t want to rush his decision, but he knows he wants to make the best one for his situation. Coleman’s opportunity to have every big-name college coach standing at his doorstep is based on how high he has been ranked ever since he started playing high school basketball in eighth grade. Evan Daniels, a national recruiting analyst for Scout.com, witnessed Coleman’s talents and the skills of his other classmates at this year’s Elite 24 Hoops Classic. ‘Well, first off, he’s a big boy,’ Daniels said. ‘He’s been competing against upperclassmen and done it at a pretty good level. He was at Nike Camp early on as a freshman, and he’s continues to get better. He’s a really big kid with great hands and can really carve out some space inside and has some pretty good skills around the basket with a nice jump hook.’ With two years left before either Coleman or Stewart begins college orientation, both are like any other average teenagers — just with extraordinary basketball talents. Both of them said they will be happy when all of this is over. Even if it will only be a short amount of time, for Coleman and Stewart, without the pressure of the hawking blue bloods. A short amount of time to be high schoolers in Central New York before those blue bloods are watching them in a gym every day at the next phase of their basketball careers. ‘I’ll be real happy I won’t have to talk to all these coaches at once,’ Coleman said. ‘When that time comes, I’m just going to be ready to focus on school. And I’ll already know what college I’m going to, so I won’t have to worry.’ cjphil01@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on October 25, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Grenadians told to brace for more eruptions from Kick ‘ em…

first_imgKick ’em Jenny The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) has told Grenadians that they should expect more eruptions of the underwater volcano, Kick em’ Jenny as it reported “increased activities” on Wednesday.In its latest advisory bulletin, NaDMA said it continues to collaborate with the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) to monitor activities at the underwater volcano that became active over the last weekend.“Volcanic episodes at Kick em’ Jenny, since 1939, usually consist of several eruptions lasting over several days before returning to repose; therefore, further eruptions should be expected in this episode,” the NaDMA said, adding “there have also been a number of felt reports.“It would be useful for those in coastal areas to be on the lookout for unusual material that might be ejected from last evening’s eruption. SRC will continue to monitor and update as activity warrants.”NaDMA said that the alert level remains at YELLOW and that vessels should observe a 1.5 km/0.93 mile exclusion zone.last_img read more

UEFA strengthens match-fixing commitments via ESSA link-up

first_img Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world July 16, 2020 Related Articles IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020 Share Submit UEFA and ESSA have entered into an information sharing agreement, designed to strengthen the European football administrative body as it continues its campaign to rid the sport of match-fixing.Aleksander Čeferin, President of UEFA, has recently stressed that the fight against match-fixing remains a major priority, developing and financing several initiatives to protect the integrity of the European game.As part of the new agreement with the international betting integrity body, UEFA is to receive support from ESSA and its membership of 25 leading sports betting operators.Efforts to identify attempted match manipulation will be carried out via the ESSA alert platform, which is dedicated to monitoring, reporting and tracking suspicious betting activity on a global scale.As part of this is the operation of a betting fraud detection system (BFDS), monitoring and analysing activity on approximately 32,000 matches in Europe per year, across UEFA and domestic football competitions. Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, commented:“ESSA has played a key role in coordinating and focusing the licensed, regulated betting industry’s zero-tolerance approach to the threat of betting-related match-fixing in sport. “This agreement is further proof of our ongoing commitment to helping all sports authorities maintain the highest levels of integrity.”The European body has also created a network of integrity officers within national associations, who are liaising with local law enforcement agencies. In addition, UEFA is working together with the European law enforcement agency EUROPOL, as well as other national crime and gambling authorities, and also directly with police forces and prosecutors, With education programmes also running, aimed at informing and educating players, referees and coaches about the dangers of match-fixing.Anyone committing a match-fixing offence can expect to be banned for life from the sport by UEFA’s disciplinary authorities.Emilio Garcia, UEFA’s Managing Director of Integrity, added: “We are delighted that ESSA will be teaming up with UEFA in our mission to eradicate the manipulation of matches from football, and the exchange of information between trusted partners is a key milestone in this fight.“Match-fixing is a disease that threatens football’s soul, and the game must be safeguarded from those who seek to profit from it by criminal means.”last_img read more

GFA justifies allocation of $58,000 of COVID relief fund to National Juvenile Festival

first_imgLawyer Prosper Harrison Addo, General Secretary of the Ghana Football Association has justified the allocation of nearly $60,000 of the FIFA COVID Relief Fund into National Juvenile Festival.On 16th July 2020, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) provided a breakdown on how they will distribute the COVID-19 relief fund from FIFA.Per the breakdown provided by the FA, $58,000 will go into National Juvenile Festival.Speaking on Sports Panorama on Citi FM, the General Secretary highlighted the importance and use of that money allocated to youth development.According to the Prosper Harrison Addo, prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, his outfit had coined out the concept which is captured in the manifesto of the GFA boss, Kurt Okraku.“We’ve gone big on juvenile football and this new Administration same like we’re going on in women’s football. So, if you look at some of our publications since we came in, we’ve said that the colts will be played this year”, he stated.“And in fact, they were ready to play when the COVID came, when we play, we’ll get the Regional Club Champions. So, you have the champions of the Juvenile League in Greater Accra and all the other regions.“All of them will come together to play a National Festival; to see the best, you get winners, and you get players. That is the first aspect of it. The second part of the festival is the development coaches of all the Regional Football Associations would gather several coaches to select them regional teams as we do in the past.“We’re bringing that back and President Kurt has said it several times. So, they will select their regional teams. Like previously when we have the regional Milo teams. We’ll have the regional teams. They would also come and play.“We have two sides; the club champions and the regional teams. They will play the National Juvenile Festival and that in the past was a very good source of getting players on the U-17s and the U-20s. So, we are bringing that back. That is what the allocation is for.”last_img read more

AFCON 2019: Mane warns Senegal not to underestimate Uganda threat

first_imgLiverpool forward Sadio Mane has warned Senegal not to underestimate Uganda as they bid to reach the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.The Lions of Teranga are expected to be one of the contenders as the tournament moves into the knockout stages after beating Kenya 3-0 in their final Group C match, with Mane scoring twice.The 2019 Champions League winner, though, maintains Uganda’s performances so far have shown the Cranes will offer a stern test.“We saw the kind of football they played against Egypt and they are a very good side. We must be at our best against Uganda,” Mane told reporters ahead of Friday’s last-16 clash at the Cairo International Stadium.Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse maintains his squad will show the required mindset.“Uganda are a strong team, they defend and attack well,” he said at a press conference reported by the Africa Cup of Nations social media channels. “We are ready – our motivation is simply to win.”Uganda’s preparations were disrupted following a boycott of training by the squad because of a dispute over pay.With the matter now resolved by Uganda’s governing body FUFA, head coach Sebastien Desabre believes his players can rise to the challenge.“We know Senegal are a good team with a good manager, so we need to be focused,” he said at a press conference. Follow all the tournament games with #JoyAFCON. There’s live radio commentary on Joy 99.7FM, post-match programs on Joy FM, JoyNews TV (available via MultiTV Digibox and on DStv channel 421), Joy Prime (on DStv 281), analysis shows, and fan zones. Follow complete social media coverage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with @JoySportsGH.last_img read more

When will Clayton Kershaw return to pitch for Dodgers? Ace has an idea

first_imgLast week, Roberts said the team’s medical staff was “pleasantly surprised” with how quickly the epidural injection Kershaw received two weeks ago had given him relief from the lower back pain caused by a mildly-herniated disc. Kershaw said he couldn’t say things have progressed more quickly than he expected because “I didn’t know what to expect.”“I think the epidural did what it was supposed to do,” he offered.Kershaw threw approximately 20 pitches in a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium Sunday, his first time throwing off a mound since going on the disabled list.He said he plans to throw another one Wednesday but isn’t sure yet if he will travel with the Dodgers on their road trip to Arizona, Washington and St. Louis which begins Friday. That likely depends on how quickly he will progress to the next step in his return – throwing to hitters. Roberts said over the weekend he doesn’t think Kershaw will need to go on a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment.Kershaw said he received “positive” answers from Dr. Robert Watkins regarding the likelihood of the back problem becoming chronic. SAN DIEGO >> Clayton Kershaw has a target in mind for when he expects to pitch again for the Dodgers. But he’s keeping it to himself.“I do,” he said. “It just doesn’t make sense to share it. If I beat it, ‘Oh, you’re rushing back.’ And if I don’t, then it’s ‘Why not?’”Kershaw will be eligible to come off the DL when the Dodgers return from the All-Star break. But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has said he expects his ace to “need some time after that.”Kershaw has been in San Diego the past two days, participating in activities surrounding the All-Star Game. He joined Tuesday’s ‘red carpet parade’ through downtown and, after arriving at Petco Park, immediately headed to the weight room to go through his rehab work. Dodgers soft tissue specialist Yosuke Nakajima was with him to supervise. “If something happens you’re always going to have to have some maintenance on it, to be sure,” he said. “But it’s a non-surgical injury.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more