Tony Pulis: West Brom players have cleared the air with Saido Berahino

first_img The Baggies boss insists the striker’s team-mates have aired their views and put the saga to bed following Berahino’s strike threat. Berahino has returned to the side after threatening never to play for the club again when they rejected two transfer deadline day bids from Tottenham. Tony Pulis has revealed his West Brom squad have cleared the air with Saido Berahino. Press Association “If he’s got any doubters there, any critics in the West Brom ranks, it might be a good opportunity to dispel them. We’re just hoping to increase the pressure on him.” Berahino is likely to face Joleon Lescott, with the defender joining Villa from Albion on deadline day after just one year at The Hawthorns, and Pulis insisted there were no issues between the pair despite his exit. Pulis said: “All I can say is that he was wonderful here, I enjoyed working with him and I wish him all the best. “There are players who have left the club who you’d love to keep and others when you don’t think it’s too bad. Time will tell.” The 22-year-old, who had a transfer request rejected in August, could even start in the Midlands derby at Aston Villa on Saturday after making his comeback as a substitute in last week’s 0-0 draw with Southampton. And during a squad meeting ahead of the Saints game, Pulis revealed the players spoke about Berahino’s situation but have drawn a line under it. He said: “There was a meeting with Saido. I think the players have had full rein, it’s not like I’ve stopped them talking to Saido or pulled him to one side and put him in the corner. “It wasn’t a meeting just about Saido, it was a meeting where Saido was in with the players where things got mentioned. “It’s not a case of backing him, they know he’s a good player. We’ve had a meeting and it’s exactly the same as I’ve told you, young people make mistakes. He is very young and very impressionable and I’m sure if he could have done it again he would have done it differently. “The important thing is to get the kid back to what he was before the window opened.” Villa boss Tim Sherwood expects Berahino to start and wants to keep up the pressure on the England Under-21 striker. He said: “I’m pretty convinced Saido Berahino will play. I’m not sure how high up the pitch Berahino will play but I do see him starting. last_img read more

Jamal John favoured to win GCF’s third points-race tomorrow

first_imgAS LOCAL cyclists prepare for the staging of the Guyana Cycle Federation’s (GCF) third points-race for the 2017 season, Team Coco’s Jamal John is highly favoured to win tomorrow’s event, which gets underway from 08:30hrs outside the Ocean View International Hotel, East Coast Demerara.John won the two previous points-races and stands at the top of the points table with 30 points and will be seeking to add an additional 15 points to his tally by winning tomorrow’s event, which will see the cyclists travel up the East Coast of Demerara to Abary Bridge and back to finish at the place of origin.Close on John’s wheel in the points standing, with 20 points from two third-place finishes in the previous two races is Andrew Hicks. However, Hicks will not be a part of tomorrow’s event, since he is currently in the United States on training.Following Hicks is Raphael Leung, with 13 points, Paul DeNobrega (12) and Briton John (12).Hamza Eastman is next with 10 points, but like Hicks, he too is training in the United States.Leer Nunes and Junior Niles also have 10 points and they are followed by Ian Jackson (4), Dwayne Gibbs Jr (4), Jason Cameron (3), Eric Sankar (2), Ralph Williams (1) and Everal Murphy (1).The GCF is using the points system for selecting its national team for Regional and International competitions, despite the selectees not being reigning champions and in some cases, even being runners-up in national championships, resulting in Guyana being poorly represented at the recently concluded Pan American Road Race Championship that was held in the Dominican Republic.Apart from the poor decision of using the points system to select teams, the GFC executives selected Joseph Britton and its president Horace Burrowes to accompany the team and this proved to be a disaster for team members, as they were not adequately tended to during the gruelling 140k road race, which saw Hicks, although in the leading bunch and nearing the finish, suffered cramps. Contestants hailed from some of Pan American’s leading cycling countries including Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina, United States, Canada and Brazil among others.last_img read more

D’Tigress Champions of 2017 Afrobasket

first_imgThis second quarter rally would eventually define the outcome of the match as D’Tigress established a lead and never looked back. Nigeria won the third quarter 15-7 and capped it with a 17-13 hold out at the championship buzzer.In so doing, they have set the pace for the men’s football team, the Super Eagles who must be turbo-charged as they confront Cameroon in twin destiny-shaping encounters in the next nine days.On their way to wearing the continental crown, D’Tigress played eight matches and won all. D’Tigress booked the first FIBA World Cup ticket from the African zone after advancing to the finals of the Afrobasket with the defeat of  host-Mali in a hard fought semi-final game by 48points to 47.It was Mali’s Tirera Meiya that led the scorer’s chat with 15points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds but  it was not enough to upset a more technically balanced Sam Vincent led side who shared the scoring responsibility on the night.D’Tigress co-captain, Kalu Ezinne steered the battle charge against the host scoring 11points, 6 assists and catching 4 rebounds while Nyingifa Atonye contributed 11 points, 2 assists and 4 rebounds to cap an unforgettable win.The last time D’Tigress won the tournament was in 2005 in Abuja when Nigeria hosted the 17th edition of the tournament. Nigeria won her first women Afrobasket title in 2003.D’TIGRESS’ ROAD TO TITLE80-69 Mozambique84-47 DR Congo106-72 Egypt106-33 Guinea58-54 Senegal98-43 Ivory cost48-47 Mali65-48 Senegal Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Defeats Senegal 65-48 to win third African titleNigeria’s women basketball team, D’Tigress last night emerged African champions for the first time in 12 years at 2017 FIBA Women Afrobasket Tournament in Bamako, Mali.The Nigerian side defeated Senegal 65-48 last night to become the new African champions and heading for the World Cup in Spain as the undisputed continental leaders.The Senegalese took the early lead winning the first quarter 18-12. But before their supporters could believe in a huge win, Nigeria fought back and won the second quarter at 21-10.last_img read more

New Lyon Center renovations near completion

first_imgThe Lyon Center, which was originally built in the 1980s, has been undergoing renovations this summer and is scheduled to reopen all of its facilities in early August, well before move-in day. Michael Munson, the associate director of facilities at the Lyon Center, said that this remodel would reflect many external changes that fitness centers have introduced in the past few decades. “The building is 30 years old, and needed some [updates],” Munson  said. “The design in the ’80s was very compartmentalized, and now the style is more open.” The construction is progressing rapidly, with demolition almost done and structural framing currently taking place. The lobby area will feature a glass divider from the main gym as opposed to an opaque wall, in order to create the feeling of a more open space. The gym equipment, which will include new strength machines, cardio machines and fitness accessories, is scheduled to arrive during the first week of August, according to Munson.The squash courts and racquetball courts are also a primary point of focus. Justine Gilman, the senior director of recreational sports facilities, stated that the updates would also incorporate a system in which students will be able to swipe themselves into the center, in order to improve workflow and efficiency. In the past, the Lyon Center has faced some pressure from student groups to improve the facilities. A few years ago, a Facebook group called “Revamp Lyon Center” was created and since then, students have been consistently pushing for an upgraded fitness center and gym. “I’m really excited,” said Shaina Wottitz, a rising junior majoring in communication. “I work out there a lot, and I think that the place definitely needed some fixing up.” Along with the new equipment and updated facilities, the auxiliary gym, which previously existed on the second floor of the building, will no longer be in service. According to Gilman, this space will be utilized as a practice room for the Trojan Marching Band. Gilman stated that this change, along with the introduction of a fitness center at the upcoming USC Village, gave the administration a chance to look at how they can provide other recreational facilities to students. The fitness center at the USC Village, which is currently scheduled to open in mid-July, is a 30,000 square-foot project with 100 machines for cardiovascular exercise and 75 machines dedicated to weights. “The renovations at the Lyon Center will bring us on somewhat of an equal footing with the brand-new USC Village,” Munson said. According to Munson, the administrative team at the Lyon Center is also hoping to expand on the F-45 classes. F-45, a high intensity interval training class with approximately 3,000 different exercises, is popular among students. This remodel will include an extension of the group exercise studio in the hopes that more students will be able to participate in the F-45 classes. In addition, some equipment from the auxiliary gym will be moved to Court A in the basketball gym on the second floor. Munson stated that the administration is willing to get some feedback from students about this change.“Moving the equipment to Court A is kind of a one-year experiment,” he said. “We want to see if students want that space for equipment and cardio, or whether they want it for multifunctional court, for example.” Currently, the Lyon Center has its pool and main gym open to students, but only a few cardio and weight machines. Summer hours are also significantly shorter; during the academic year, the Lyon Center is open for 116 hours a week, compared to 82 hours a week during the summer.Shradha Jain, a rising junior majoring in business administration who is living at USC this summer, said that she has felt the effects of this sudden adjustment and it has infringed on her normal workout routine.“The [hours] are so much shorter now, and this can be inconvenient,” Jain said. “I got really used to following a schedule, and not being able to follow it anymore changed my routine.”Though the hours and equipment are limited this summer, Munson said the Lyon Center staff is trying their best to help students.“We’ve been trying as much as we can to give some options for people to work out over the summer,” Munson said. “Our other option was to shut everything down.”While the Lyon Center will close its doors to students between July 15 and early August, the fitness center at the USC Village will be available for use beginning July 17.last_img read more

‘Not his co-equal’ – Cristiano Ronaldo earns mindblowing €23m more than his Juventus teammates [Full List]

first_imgBut by how much do his wages eclipse his Juventus teammates?Ronaldo earns about €31 million a year at Juventus, which is €23 million more than the next highest earner, defender Matthijs de Ligt.Striker, Gonzalo Higuain is third on the list.Here’s the full list below:Cristiano Ronaldo: €31 millionMatthijs de Ligt: €8 million It’s perhaps the world’s worst-kept secret that Cristiano Ronaldo is Juventus’ highest earner.The Portuguese star is the club’s biggest draw currently and is widely considered one of the best players in football.Following Juve’s exit from the Champions League and the appointment of Andrea Pirlo as the club’s new manager, there’s been talk about a clearout at the club.The effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the club has rendered the current wage structure unsustainable.Reports indicate that the Turin club want to balance their books and have offered Ronaldo, whose €400,000-a-week wages take a huge chunk of their budget, to a host of clubs, including Barcelona.More from Citi Sports Gonzalo Higuain: €7.5 million***Miralem Pjanic: €7.5 million (deal agreed to join Barcelona in September)Paulo Dybala: €7.3 million***Arthur Melo: €7 million (will join from Barcelona in September)Aaron Ramsey: €7 millionAdrien Rabiot: €7 millionLeonardo Bonucci: €6.5 millionWojciech Szczesny: €6.5 millionDouglas Costa: €6 millionSami Khedira: €6 millionJuan Cuadrado: €5 millionAlex Sandro: €5 millionFederico Bernardeschi: €4 millionDanilo: €4 millionGiorgio Chiellini: €3.5 millionBlaise Matuidi: €3.5 millionDaniele Rugani: €3 millionMattia Di Sciglio: €3 millionRodrigo Bentancur: €2.5 millionMerih Demiral: €1.8 millionGianluigi Buffon: €1.5 millioncenter_img Carlo Pinsoglio: €0.3 millionlast_img read more

Hekari hoping for 5th consecutive win

first_imgHekari takes on Huawei PS United FC this afternoon in the second match of the double header at 3pm in round five of the Southern Conference.Leading the points ladder, Hekari is six points ahead of its rival Huawei and is hoping to gain another three points.Erema is level  with PKA Rapatona FC on six points while fourth placed Huawei will need this win to move three points up the ladder but they can only hope Rapatona suffers defeat against Gigira Laitepo in the first match today.For the Northern Conference, a double header will get underway this afternoon at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae.The first game at 12:30pm is the showdown between Admiralty FC and Besta PNG United FC.The next game will be a grand final rematch between reigning champions Lae City Dwellers FC and Madang FC at 3pm. This is a game to watch with a bumper crowd expected.The only game to be played on Sunday (tomorrow) at 3pm will be between Erema Gulf FC locking  horns with FC Pom.last_img read more

Mirandés continues to surprise and eliminates Sevilla in Copa del Rey

first_imgIraola’s team easily wins (3-1) a blurred SevillaIt is the only team that breaks the tyranny of the ‘first’ in quarters New surprise in Anduva. The Mirandés managed to defeat Sevilla 3-1 in a match in which two goals before half an hour gave Andoni Iraola’s team some peace of mind. The reds qualified for the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey for the fourth time in their history and expect a rival to be decided in the draw.The Mirandés began the game very seriously, squeezing the ball out of Sevilla and gave the bell very soon with an early goal from Matheus that aroused the madness in Anduva. The Brazilian was ahead of the rojillo team after winning the ball with his body and remaining alone against Vaclik who could not stop right to the second post of the Mirandés striker.Sevilla reacted after the goal, with several occasions that found no goal. With the Mirandés thrown back, but with the clearest ideas in attack, Malsa was able to extend the advantage but Vacilik stopped the ball.A very dangerous foul by Antonio Sánchez to Munir in the front of the area could change the course of the game, but Limones cleared the foul dumped by Gudelj.The reddish attack was more defined and Matheus scored the second after an error from Ever Banega and a little help from Gudelj, who touched the ball with his back to mislead the Sevilla goalkeeper.Julen Lopetegui watched as the first part ended and did not know how to stop forward Matheus, who drove the Nervión team centrals crazy. The Mirandés continued to squeeze in the final minutes and could score in third with a cross shot of Merquelanz and then with another of Matheus, but Vaclik this time did not hesitate. Photo: EFEcenter_img After passing through the locker room, Lopetegui did not see the game clearly and made a triple change in his starting eleven, putting Ocampos, En-Nesyri and Jordan. Sevillistas starred in the first two occasions, but Mirandés was able to sentence the match from the penalty spot.The referee Jaime Latre had to go to the VAR to see the penalty of Diego Carlos on Álvaro Rey. Vaclik intercepted Álvaro Peña’s shot, a penalty for Andoni Iraola’s team that could have sentenced the match.Mirandés was not affected by missing the maximum penalty, as he kept trying several times but Sevilla insisted on a superb Lemons and a reddish set locked behind.Those of Lopetegui continued fighting controlling the ball at all times, while those of Iraola dedicated themselves to shrinking balls thinking about the end of the match. The minutes passed and time was running out for Sevilla.Álvaro Rey finished the game when he suffered the most reddish team. A clearance after a corner of Sevilla, the Sevilla was the fastest and despite the fact that Vaclik stopped the first attempt to the second marked the third, which gave the final pass to the quarterfinals to Mirandés.Sevilla scored the goal of honor in Nolito boots with the time served on a night that will go down in the history of the rojillo team, the only survivor who does not dispute the First Division of this round.– Data sheet: 3 – Mirandes: Limones, Sergio, Odei, Álvaro Peña (Guridi min 63), Matheus Aias (Marcos André min 73), Álvaro Rey (Kijera min 87), Merquelanz, Malsa, Alex González, Franquesa, Antonio Sánchez.1 – Seville: Vaclik, Nolito, Banega (Ocampos min 46), Munir (En-Nesyri min 46), Koundé (Jordan min 46), Jesús Navas, Gudelj, Escudero, De Jong, Diego Carlos, Oliver.Goals: 1-0: M.7 Matheus. 2-0: M.29 Matheus. 3-0: M. 86 Álvaro Rey. 3-1: M.90 NolithReferee: Jaime Latre (Aragonese school). He admonished Alexander Gonzalez (min 33), coach Andoni Iraola (min 33), Matheus (min 56), Antonio Sánchez (min 77), Sergio (min 79) and visitors to Munir (min 37), for Mirandés. to coach Julen Lopetegui (min 53), Diego Carlos (min 53), Escudero (min 75)last_img read more

Premier League clubs will negotiate pay cuts individually

first_imgRight now, there is a widespread feeling that clubs will be forced to conduct direct negotiations with their own players, something that would further prolong the problem.Both sides of the negotiation are upset. Players believe that they are giving an image of greedy. Comments from Matt Hancock, health secretary, last week, saying that footballers “should play their part” did not go down well in the locker room.Players want to make sure that clubs don’t want to be opportunists to save money by reducing their wages. Footballers want guarantees that lower-paid teammates are protected, and they would also like to see commitment from club owners. Premier League clubs will start individual negotiations to cut their players’ salaries after failing to reach a collective agreement to try to alleviate the crisis caused by the coronavirus.Despite the fact that players have been informed of the large losses that clubs may suffer due to the interruption of competition due to the pandemic, the Association of Professional Soccer Players has rejected a collective salary cut of 30%.Over the next week, the clubs will discuss the proposal received to try to reach a collective agreement. Many of the clubs are concerned about the possibility of reducing their income in the event that the season is suspended and some of them have already taken measures that affect club employees to reduce this possible effect.last_img read more

Tony Becca: A New year of hope

first_imgThe New year is just a few days old, and despite all the problems in West Indies cricket – the abandoned tour of India; the defeats at the hands of Australia; Sri Lanka, and Australia again; the crisis facing the Board; and the fact that no West Indian made it into Test cricket’s Top Ten at the end of the year – we wish all those in the fraternity all the best for 2016. The only saving grace last year was the wonderful and thrilling victory at Kensington Oval, the one which handed the West Indies a draw against England and which filled every West Indian with excitement and with plenty hope. Although that hope ended only in wishful thinking, my wish, despite my feeling that things will remain the same, in spite of the huffing and puffing by the toothless CARICOM governments, is that the gloom of 2015 will be replaced by a little light in 2016. I love cricket, and I am passionate about Melbourne, Jamaica, and West Indies cricket. Indeed, most people, those who know me and know me well, especially my family, will say that I eat, sleep, and drink cricket. Last year, the West Indies brought down the curtain with an embarrassing and humiliating performance against Australia. They did nothing right. They were terrible in batting, bowling, and fielding. Indeed, with the exception of Darren Bravo, Kraigg Brathwaite, and a few others, they looked like novices. This year, however, the West Indies are scheduled to play one or two series, and based on results of the recent past, things are hardly likely to be any better. In fact, every year it has been the same. Despite the utterances about improvements and little gains, nothing has changed; nothing at all. Looking at the team, which, despite its weakness, includes a few questionable selections, looking at the management team, which allows inexperience and non-performing youngsters to speak on behalf of the team, and looking at the people who consistently talk glowingly about what to expect from the players despite defeat after defeat, it is easy to write off the players – especially as it appears that nothing is really being done to remedy the situation. Despite all the talk, the huge entourage surrounding the team on every tour, the money reportedly being spent on West Indies cricket, and the outreach in West Indies cricket, nothing is really happening. The West Indies need a system to develop their young players into productive players. They need to play the game regularly, to train regularly, and not only when it is ordered and supervised. They need people, good people, checking on them regularly, and not only to sympathise with them and to pat them on the back like nice guys whenever they fail. They need people, coaches or whoever, who will also say something or do something constructive at such times, which, at this time, is most times. COMMITTED PLAYERS The West Indies need to look also for players, good players, who are also proud people, committed people, and people who, although there is not one, respect the flag. And those kinds of players are necessary, very necessary. It makes no sense, or very little sense, to have the most talented players who, at the first sign of adversity, sulk and withdraw themselves from the game, sometimes, most times, affecting other players on the team. The West Indies need players who believe in one for all and all for one, and also players who, even though it is not true, believe, like a journalist, that he, or she, is as good as his, or her, last story. It is folly to fail, and fail, after one or two good performance and to stroll around the ground, to swagger, like the proverbial “cat’s pyjamas”. It is just as bad to treat one who has failed and failed after one or two good performances like royalty. My wish for 2016 is that these things will change. West Indies cricket has been through the good and the bad. It started promisingly, it had its watershed in 1950, it had its ups and downs, it became the best in the world, and now it is back at stage one. The return to the glory days, or near to them, must come back, hopefully, if not quickly. West Indies cricket basically has good, young players. They, however, need to commit themselves to the game and to the West Indies, to train hard and to play hard, and to remember who they are, where they are from, and that although it may not be the best in the world, although players from India, England, Australia earn more money than they do, those from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and South Africa are not. The West Indies players are paid what the West Indies can afford. It is as simple as that. My wish for the new year is that from all the few basically talented West Indies players some can be found with the class to carry West Indies cricket through these parlous times. The West Indies need players who can bat, bowl, field and know how to play the game. The West Indies need batsmen who can do more than reel off a pretty stroke here and there, bowlers who can really bowl and who can get good batsmen out, and fielders who can really field. My wish for this year is that the West Indies will see the light and realise that their cricketers are nowhere nearly as good as those of yesteryear, that their cricketers will also face that fact, that their cricketers play Test cricket two or three years too early in most cases, that our administrators will end their insularity, tighten up on West Indies cricket and make it stronger, and that they need to train and practice until they hear a voice say practice no more. West Indies cricket also needs to see less swagger in the cricketers, less cheerleaders, for whatever reason, among those who should guide, and among those guide technical development, and more people who can inspire and motivate rather than simply tell how to bat and bowl.last_img read more