Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini: No news on Kevin de Bruyne

first_img Pellegrini said: “I think playing with creative players such as Kun (Sergio Aguero), (Samir) Nasri, (David) Silva, Yaya (Toure) – sorry not to tell aloud another player, just the players that we have – I think he will improve a lot, scoring more goals. “The good thing of Sterling is that he is not just about scoring goals, he works a lot during the whole game. There are a lot of reasons why we got him and he is demonstrating that he is not (just) an expensive player, but a good player.” City have made a flying start to the season, winning their first four games without conceding a goal. In all they have now won a club record 10 in succession and they are already eight points ahead of chief title rivals and champions Chelsea. Pellegrini said: “I think we played this game in exactly the same way we played the other three games, as a very consistent team. “We had different rivals in the four games but we found the solutions, especially today when we didn’t create many chances because Watford defended very well. In that sense I am very happy about that.” Defeat was Watford’s first of the season after three successive draws. Manager Quique Sanchez Flores admitted holding City out was always likely to prove difficult for his side. He said: “I think we played well in the first half in defensive terms but it was difficult to resist City for the full match. It was very difficult to play against this kind of opponent. “They have a lot of velocity in the transition, they have a lot of quality in the pass, they are physically strong. “For the future we will learn from this kind of experience. It is very difficult to play against City in these conditions.” Press Association Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has continued to rebuff questions about Kevin de Bruyne. Pellegrini faced a series of queries about the Belgian, the subject of a reported £58million offer from City, after his side’s 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday. Earlier in the day it was reported the Wolfsburg playmaker was in Manchester for a medical but, in keeping with a stance of indifference adopted throughout City’s lengthy apparent pursuit, Pellegrini remained non-committal. “I don’t have any news,” Pellegrini said at his post-match press conference at the Etihad Stadium. “You have news? “I will answer the same way I answer all the questions that you or the other journalists ask me about rumours. I can’t talk about rumours.” It was then suggested that the reports could no longer be considered rumours because Wolfsburg have commented and a photograph of De Bruyne apparently in Manchester has also emerged. But, in an odd exchange, Pellegrini said: “He has signed? It is the first thing I know… He has not signed. I answer what I want and not what you want. I cannot talk about things they never told me, that he has signed a contract.” It was then suggested that Pellegrini might at least know that De Bruyne was in Manchester, but again he refused to answer. He said: “I was involved in the game and not thinking about what was happening in Manchester. I was thinking about what happened in 90 minutes against Watford.” There was, however, a slight hint that another signing might be imminent as he discussed the goalscoring performance of Raheem Sterling who, for the moment at least, remains City’s record signing at £49million. Sterling scored his first goal for City in the second minute of the second half and Fernandinho doubled the lead as the Barclays Premier League leaders finally broke the resistance of the spirited Hornets. last_img read more

Titans president lauds parents, players for initiative shown during covid19 lockdown

first_img-Says measures in place to protect players, fans in the futureBy Clifton RossPRESIDENT of the Titans Table Tennis Club Dwayne Dick, lauded the actions taken by both players and parents following the current state of lockdown on sports.Table-Tennis players like many others have been served some indefinite downtime due to the covid-19 spread which continues to wreak havoc globally.Speaking with Chronicle Sports yesterday, Dick said he was overwhelmed by the support and efforts shown by the parents of the young table tennis players.“I have to commend the player’s parents. Some of the parents have really stepped up to ensure that the players stay fit, by watching videos on techniques and other training methods. I also have been sharing some as well and I have been advising parents to some extent as to the relevant workouts” Dick outlined.One of the highlights of the quarantine according to the president is the dedication shown by Colin Wong, the 2019 bronze medallist In Boys Under 13 at CRTTF championship, boys singles and doubles.Wong has been hitting the weights daily while working on his technique and according to his coach, “He’s very motivated and staying disciplined throughout all this”.Colin Wong doing some weight trainingHe added that it is crucial for all the athletes to maintain their fitness. “For them it’s more about long term development, a way of life for them. This is the opportune time for them to go hard in terms of strength and conditioning because they have more time to rest and recover”.He continued, “I also encourage them to catch up with schoolwork, bcus that is always a challenge for student athletes, who usually juggle the two. As a matter of fact I am tutoring some of them in math via virtual platforms”.Speaking on the energy coming from the camp, Dick said the feedback was positive from his players. “They are learning to cope with uncertainty and learning to appreciate the fact that they are capable of adjusting to circumstances. ”Most importantly, whenever sports locally resumes, safety will be key and the club head echoed similar sentiments, saying measures are already in place to ensure player’s safety is optimum.“Less players at training sessions,” Cleaning the ball, racket and tables frequently. Also fumigating the venue regularly. We will be monitoring or testing maybe once a month for Covid until such time”. He confirmed.With regards to fans, plans are also in place to ensure they too are kept safe. “We will have to limit spectators at tournament venues and play less categories a day to minimise player contact”. Dick ended.last_img read more

Big trouble: Facing WVU’s dynamic offense, SU looks to eliminate big plays on defense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Marquis Spruill can’t explain the disparity of the Syracuse defense. He hears the numbers. In a unit that has been wildly inconsistent from game to game this season, the stats are all there near the top. SU ranks 18th in the nation in total defense. Tied for a cool 19th in first downs allowed, holding opponents to just 16 first downs per game. But then there’s the big play. The red zone plays. When opponents are inside the Orange’s 20-yard line, they score 86 percent of the time. That figure is virtually the only stat that ranks SU near the bottom of college football on defense — 85th overall. It’s troubling to Spruill, a freshman linebacker. He pauses for eight seconds, thinking about why a defense that looks dominant on paper has had so much trouble in big spots. ‘(Eighty-five) in the red zone?’ Spruill said. ‘I couldn’t really — I don’t even really know.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text As the Orange (4-2, 1-1 Big East) heads to West Virginia for a contest with the No. 20 Mountaineers (5-1, 1-0 Big East) Saturday at noon (ESPN2), keeping WVU’s middle-of-the-pack, yet dynamic, offense out of the end zone in those big-play situations could be crucial in determining the outcome of a close game. It’s a matchup SU is looking to win for the first time since 2001. In its two losses this season, Syracuse has been plagued by the big play. The backbreaker. And on Saturday, it will be especially important to correct. Because to SU head coach Doug Marrone, this West Virginia team is the best his Syracuse squad has faced thus far. A common theme this season has been Marrone preparing the Orange as if it is facing a Top 10 team every week. And this time, Marrone admitted the Mountaineers are far and away better than the Maine’s, the Colgate’s and the Akron’s. Even Pittsburgh. ‘To date, this is the best team we’ve faced, from what I’ve seen on film,’ Marrone said. ‘Coming off a big loss — a disappointing loss — to a Pitt team, the schedule doesn’t get any easier. We’re playing a West Virginia team that’s all of Pitt and probably more speed.’ The challenge for this SU defense will come in the form of a four-headed monster of weapons that are among the Big East’s leaders in their respective categories. Quarterback Geno Smith is second in the conference in passing yards per game and pass efficiency. Running back Noel Devine is a two-way threat. And wide receivers Jock Sanders and Tavon Austin are one-two in receptions per game. ‘They have the potential to be an explosive offense with the players that they have,’ Marrone said. ‘I think this is a Top 10 football team. … We’re playing a team that truly, deservedly, should be a Top 10 football team.’ And the key to stop those threats starts with stopping the big plays, the third-down conversions in the red zone that came back to haunt the Orange against Pittsburgh. Three plays, 170 yards. Those three plays — a 79-yard touchdown reception by Devin Street to start the game, a 61-yard reception by Jon Baldwin and a 30-yard touchdown reception by Mike Shanahan — are what the SU defensive coordinator pinpoints as the main perpetrators of the blowout. ‘Yeah, the big plays did kill us,’ Shafer said. ‘We missed some tackles. … You can’t take those back. You take them back, and we’re sitting here having a different conversation. So you look at where we lost leverage or where we missed a tackle or two here and there.’ One of those broken plays was a surprise — the 79-yard touchdown to start the game, when a simple bubble-screen from Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri turned into a mad dash to the end zone for Street and humbled the SU defense to start the game. Shafer credits that to the Panthers’ scheme and game plan for the Orange. They went away from their bread and butter — the power formation. Shafer said Pittsburgh ran 46 plays out of that formation in its four previous games. Against SU, he said the Panthers only lined up six or seven times in the formation. The element of surprise caught Syracuse off guard. But Shafer isn’t altering the way he prepares. He has to scheme for the percentages. ‘You have to go with the numbers,’ Shafer said. ‘You have to go with the percentages. You have to prepare for who they are and what they do well. They’re not going to change. They’re going to do what they do well.’ Spruill was the culprit in another of those plays last Saturday against the Panthers. A Dion Lewis rush for no gain and a false start on Pittsburgh had pushed the Panthers back to second-and-goal at SU’s 15-yard line. Then Spruill missed his assignment. Pitt running back Ray Graham slipped out of the backfield and found himself wide open to stroll into the end zone. It gave the Panthers a 14-7 lead, the start of a 28-point run that would put the game away. ‘I think it’s just when we get in that type of mode,’ Spruill said of red-zone situations, ‘everyone gets excited, and one person might forget their assignment. And that one blown assignment might mess up the whole thing, and they might get a big play out of it.’ So though most of his defensive stats are near the top of the charts, Shafer knows the most telling number is perhaps that glaring 85. Spruill knows the elements his defense will face. He took a trip to be amid the Mountaineer faithful last year while at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. That game was against Colorado, and the only way he described being with the crowd was ‘crazy.’ He also knows the elements the defense will face on the field, in the form of those four players very capable of turning no-gains into big plays. And he knows for the Orange to win, those recurring big plays can’t happen. ‘It’s very important,’ Spruill said. ‘We can’t let them do that, because that obviously puts us in a big hole. … It’s just something we have to work on.’ bplogiur@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on October 20, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

French Open: Thiem Defeats Djokovic, Meets Nadal in Final

first_imgDominic Thiem yesterday defeated Novak Djokovic in five sets 6-2 3-6 7-5 5-7 7-5 to set up a rematch of last year’s clash with Rafael Nadal in the French Open final.Thiem showed his ability to stay in long rallies against the world number one, and despite some poor errors, he showed enough class and took advantage of some luck, to reach the final in Paris.“If you reach the final here it’s always against Rafa,” the 25-year-old said on court. “It was an amazing experience last year and I will try everything to be better this year.” Resuming in the third set after leaving the court on Friday due to the weather conditions, Djokovic looked to be in a far better place than he was on Friday as he quickly broke to get back on serve.However, Thiem dug in, winning a couple of superb rallies before holding serve to reach 6-5, putting the pressure back on Djokovic.The 25-year-old, who lost to Nadal in last year’s final, handled the elements better as he kept alive his dream of winning a first major title when he takes on the 11-times champion again today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

World Club Cup: Late Hafidi goal sends Raja through

first_imgRaja Club Athletic (MAR) treated a packed Agadir Stadium to a confident 2-1 display against OFC representatives Auckland City FC (NZL) in the opening match of the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup Morocco. The two sides had never met before, and it was the first time Raja Casablanca had faced opponents from Oceania, while Auckland City had their best result against an African opponent at a Club World Cup in a 3-2 victory over TP Mazembe in the 2009 fifth place play-off. The Moroccan national league holders had the first chance in the seventh minute of the match when Raja captain Mohsine Moutaouali crossed from the right to the far post where Adil Karrouchy volleyed his shot over the bar from close range. Supported by their passionate home crowd, Raja came close in the 22nd minute when Moutaouali threaded a beautiful through ball to Mouhssine Iajour who was denied by Auckland goalkeeper Tamati Williams inside the box, who saved with his leg. Raja dominated possession for the majority of the first half, but Auckland were able to break in the 29th minute when Roy Krishna had his shot blocked. The deadlock was broken when Karrouchy found Iajour in the box who slotted his left-foot shot into the far corner past Williams to send Agadir into a frenzy.  The hosts brought their momentum from the first half into the second as Moutaouali curled a shot from the left edge of the box only to be denied by the post. Auckland asserted themselves on the attack when Christopher Bale shot wide from 16 metres out. The Agadir Stadium turned quiet when Mohamed Oulhaj and Ismail Benlamalem ran into each other, failing to clear effectively, leaving Fijian Krishna an open path to score the equaliser past Khalid Askri. After Krishna’s equaliser, Raja continued to attack when clever passing between Moutaouali and Abdelilah Hafidi led to a pass for Kuoko Guehi who had hist shot blocked by John Irving in the 77th minute.The tie looked to be heading into extra time when Karrouchy crossed from the goalline to find Oulhaj whose headed shot was initially saved by Williams only to fall to the feet of Hafidi who tapped in the rebound to send Agadir Stadium into delirium.   The Moroccans will now face CF Monterrey (MEX) in the quarter-finals in Agadir on 14 December.last_img read more

Tension between Anthony Davis, Pelicans has created unrest throughout NBA

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDavis’ public trade demand last month has created a swirl of chaos that has everyone in the league paying attention. Owners and front offices are asking if it should be concerning that Davis, a top-five player early in his prime, can attempt to force his way out of town with a year and a half left on his contract. Players are asking why it’s wrong for a star to ask for a change when teams can trade away talent in a snap. And it’s a debate that seems unlikely to end neatly even after Davis is traded – if he is traded at all.The Pelicans fired General Manager Dell Demps on Friday, looking for new leadership to handle the transition from the Davis era. Davis himself remains unmoved.“Obviously, the Pelicans are going to do what is best for them,” he said. “They need to do what’s best for them. My intentions are the same, no matter who the GM is.”The heart of the discussion – power, self-determination and who possesses it – has always been a historically difficult tussle for the NBA. And in an era when players have more ability to choose where they go than ever before, there’s a shrill cry from smaller NBA markets that if the current trend holds, it will be difficult for them to retain their superstars from the clutches of teams such as the Lakers, traditional powerhouses situated in big markets and desirable locations.That’s often been the case in the league, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver was quick to point out Saturday that the competitive balance of the league is, in one sense, as even as it has ever been in correlation to market size. The Lakers, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls have all struggled of late. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions CHARLOTTE, N.C. — He hunched forward in his seat and wore his black hoodie draped over his head. On the court, Anthony Davis is imposing. Off it, the flat timbre of his voice comes off almost as meek.But the 25-year-old, 6-foot-10 forward is at the center of a seismic grinding of powerful forces that has left much of the NBA restless. And he only added to the tension as he spoke throughout a 25-minute session on Saturday morning.He said he does indeed have a list of franchises he would like his current team, the New Orleans Pelicans, to trade him to. He acknowledged New York and Milwaukee, two teams previously reported to be desired destinations, are on that list. So is Boston, though that wasn’t reported. And even though Davis later tried to amend his comments, saying he would be willing to be traded to all 29 other NBA teams, it didn’t put a lid on the whispering, the speculation and everything else that has driven this saga along.“I knew that’s all y’all wanted to talk about,” Davis said roughly two-thirds of the way through the session, as a handler attempted fruitlessly to convince the media to ask questions related only to All-Star weekend. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Pistons forward Blake Griffin can have sympathy rooted in the other side of the power dynamic: The Clippers traded him seven months after he signed a massive contract extension (including an elaborate free agency presentation in which they enacted “retiring” his jersey), so he understands as well as anyone in the league that teams’ loyalty is a mere matter of convenience. Many players do, he said.“We realize as players that it’s not always, I don’t want to say ‘fair,’” he said. “But as players you make sure you support guys. Guys know whatever decision they make, that’s the decision that’s right. You don’t want to peer pressure someone into staying with a team if they’re not happy.”For now, the Pelicans and Davis have reached a difficult detente: Davis is permitted to play, but is often pulled late in games. He’ll finish out his seventh season in New Orleans, and it’s unclear how long into his eighth he’ll have to wait. In the meantime, speculation about his next stop will continue to swirl.Amid Saturday’s media scrum, someone asked him if he envisions playing alongside LeBron James.“Yeah, I will,” he said. “On Sunday in the (All-Star) game.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers But the speculation around teams such as the Lakers and Knicks – and the salary-cap room they possess – has also heightened a level of sensitivity around the potential of tampering. The Lakers have been fined twice in the past two years under the NBA’s tampering guidelines, and as recently as last week, the league had to look into whether Magic Johnson’s comments about Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons violated league policy (they did not).The nature of the NBA is for young players to talk to former greats and ask for advice: That’s what the league found Simmons was doing when he reached out to Johnson. With many former players occupying prominent roles with teams, that line has become more and more blurry, and tampering concerns have inched their way into more of those conversations.“It’s almost odd that this one was a public situation,” said Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce, who coaches a number of burgeoning young stars who would look through similar channels for advice. “It does get difficult when you have a player who works for an NBA team and is someone as well respected as Magic.”Silver said he believes the league has the power to investigate claims of tampering and enforce the rules as need be. He also believes the issue of trade demands and tampering are separate, but teams might feel differently: In their statement acknowledging Davis’ trade demand last month, the Pelicans asked that the league “enforce the tampering rules.” Davis’ link to the Lakers through his agent Rich Paul, who is also LeBron James’ agent, is a commonly speculated source of intrigue.Silver is most sore about the situation leaking out from behind closed doors. When the league negotiated the last Collective Bargaining Agreement, it gave teams the power to offer a contract extension a year before one of its drafted players becomes a free agent. The idea was to give teams a chance to learn before the competition whether a player would be willing to re-sign or not, then make a deal as needed – all in private.The actual consequences of that provision have played out differently. Davis simply accelerated his timeline.“Once again, the law of unintended consequences: It hasn’t worked out exactly as we had planned,” Silver said. “That’s another area we have to focus on.”It’s unclear if Davis truly understands the gravitas of his decision. He was booed in his return to Smoothie King Center, and the Pelicans, fearful of injuring their chief trade asset, have been skittish about playing him for whole games. Still, Davis insisted he would have “a heartwarming message” for fans that he would post on Instagram “when the time comes.”Paul George went through a similar situation in 2017 when he told the Indiana Pacers he would like to be traded. He was dealt to Oklahoma City that summer, turning fans against him not only in Indiana, where he was the biggest star since Reggie Miller, but also in Los Angeles, which he spurned last summer in free agency.George said he feels for Davis’ situation, knowing he will have “a city and a fanbase turn on him,” while still trying to win.“It’s definitely going to make him tougher,” he said. “It’s going to give him a thicker skin.”Players generally seem supportive of Davis. He said he and his teammates rarely talk about the absurd nature of their predicament in the locker room. They focus on the things teams do: the coming opponent, and how to play better.Related Articleslast_img read more

Wellington School Board to use KASB in help search for new superintendent; construction project under budget

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the first time since 2005, the Wellington school board will be looking for a new superintendent after Rick Weiss submitted his resignation last month.Thursday, the board approved soliciting the help of the Kansas Association of School Boards about the process of finding a new superintendent.The search is expected to last several months.“We are just getting started,” said Jackie Berryman, Wellington School Board President. “Nobody has applied and nothing has been discussed at this point.”•••••Project updateEd Klock of PBA Architects was on hand to discuss the possible change orders with the security construction project. Klock said currently the project is about $1.8 million under budget. Right now total expenses are at $9.6 million and the project was budgeted for $11.57 million overall.“That gives you some room to work with,” Klock said. “But with a project like this, that could change quickly.”The board approved one change over and that is the purchase of $129,928 worth of security cameras at the eight USD 353 buildings. In today’s world of wacko activity, the security cameras will be installed to encompass all rooms throughout the school district. Also two Aiphones, which are wireless speakers for visitors to tap and communicate with people in the main building entrances, were approved. These will be placed the Wellington High School back entrance and at the middle school.Klock also discussed the speaker system in the two gyms at the Wellington Middle School. The debate is whether to put portable speakers in the new auxiliary gym and existing one or to go with a more permanent sound system. The board tabled this item until they could gain input from the WMS administrators.Also, Klock informed the board that the boiler in the WMS building near the kitchen will probably need to be replaced with a higher energy unit.Kennedy Elementary Principal Randy Fox asked the board if the main office at his building could be reconfigured to make it more efficient. The board took no action on his proposal but will look into it further.Later in the meeting Wellington school board Larry Mangan warned the board that it needs to be vigilant that construction workers stay on task and finish jobs at deadlines which has been an issue since the construction project started. Much of the work is expected to get done during the Christmas holiday when students are not in school.•••••Employment changesThe board approved the current resignations.•Brianna Stephenson, Wellington head volleyball coach. Come next fall, the WHS volleyball team will have four coaches in four years.•Kiley Haskin: WHS para professional.•Annette Ray: WMS para professional.•Brent Fair – assistant WMS boys wrestling coach.The current hirings were made:•Brooke Boatright, WHS assistant softball coach 2015-16 season.•Jeff Frazee: WMS math teacher to WHS math teacher in 2016-17 school year.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Hazard can be Chelsea’s all-time great, says Zola

first_imgSince arriving from Lille in 2012, Hazard has already established himself as a Chelsea great, playing key roles in two Premier League title triumphs, scoring the winning goal in last season’s FA Cup final and also lifting the Europa League and League Cup.– Back to his best –After an inconsistent campaign last term marred by rumours of a rift with then manager Antonio Conte, the midfielder is back to his best this season, scoring 10 times in all competitions so far.Hazard underlined his enduring value to Chelsea when he shrugged off a back injury to clinch their 1-0 win over Bournemouth in the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.Hazard was not risked from the start due to a foot injury, but came on to score the decisive goal and is expected to feature when fourth-placed Chelsea host the Foxes this weekend.“The difference was the changes we made. When Pedro and Eden came on, they gave us an extra gear,” Zola said.“Eden is the type of player who can make a big difference when he comes on, even for 20 minutes.”Jamie Vardy is set to return for Leicester after he was rested for the League Cup defeat against Manchester City on Tuesday.Vardy has been struggling with a groin injury and Leicester boss Claude Puel did not want to risk aggravating the problem in midweek.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 London, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has urged Eden Hazard to reject a potential offer from Real Madrid and focus on becoming the Blues’ all-time greatest player.Hazard has been strongly linked with Real for several months after the Belgium star refused to rule out a move to the Bernabeu and admitted playing for the Spanish giants would be a dream come true.The 27-year-old’s current contract with Chelsea expires in June 2020 and he is yet to agree to an extension as he weighs up his future.Chelsea have reportedly offered to make Hazard the highest paid player in the club’s history in a bid to keep him.But, ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Leicester, Zola made a persuasive argument that was aimed to appeal to Hazard’s ego rather than his bank balance.Zola was voted the best player in Chelsea’s history in 2003 after serving the club with distinction as a gifted playmaker with similar skills to Hazard.The Italian, now back at Chelsea working for boss Maurizio Sarri, believes Hazard is capable of stealing that cherished title from him if he stays at Stamford Bridge.“He’s certainly one of the players who has given this club a lot of satisfaction,” Zola said.“He is 27, and hopefully he will stay long with us and become even bigger.”last_img read more

Redknapp: “If Real Madrid or Barcelona come after Kane, you should think about it”

first_imgRedknapp, coach of the ‘Spurs’ between 2008 and 2012, said on British radio Talksport that, Although it would be a great reinforcement for the Red Devils, he does not see him going to Manchester right now. “It would fit perfectly in Manchester United and in any team, but right now United is not better than Tottenham. There is not much difference between them, they are trying to get into the Champions League,” explained the coach. “But if Real Madrid or Barcelona knock on your door, you should consider a transfer“he added.Despite these speculations, Redknapp made it clear that the footballer currently belongs to Tottenham Hotspur of tough negotiator Daniel Levy and that only a “crazy offer” with which to rebuild the equipment could make him consider selling it. Harry Redknapp, who was Harry Kane’s coach at Tottenham Hotspur, said that if Barcelona or Real Madrid tried to sign the English striker, they should ask him.. Kane has been the subject of speculation in the English press in recent days due to a rumor that brought him closer to Manchester United, a theory that was denied by the club itself.last_img read more

Brownlee: We have to slow Durham down

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe probability of Meralco import Allen Durham dominating a game is as good as inevitable.Durham, the Governors’ Cup back-to-back Best Import, is averaging 30.0 points, 18.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in the first three games of the finals against Barangay Ginebra, a team that has a towering frontline with 7-foot Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:36Long lines in Venezuela to pay with ‘Petro,’ the state cryptocurrency01:29Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PBA Finals heads to Philippine Arena for Game 5; Free rides provided LATEST STORIES The bull-strong Durham posted a 20-20 in Game 2 but he still managed to kick it up a notch with 38 points, 18 rebounds, four assists and five blocks in Game 3 to lead the Bolts to victory.It’s a no-brainer that the Gin Kings’ top priority in Game 4 is to limit Durham’s production.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut even Gin Kings import Justin Brownlee isn’t sure if that’s even possible the way Durham has been tirelessly doing it all and yet show no signs of slowing down.“No. 1 I think we have to find a way to probably slow Allen Durham down,” Brownlee told reporters after Meralco took Game 3, 94-81. “He had a big night. If he continues to have a big night for them it’s gonna be a lot of trouble for us. So I think that’s one of the thing that we’re gonna try to do.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Brownlee said Durham hasn’t done something that is out of the ordinary by his standards.“Not really surprised. It was almost a have to win type of situation for him. I’m sure they don’t want to go 3-0. We knew they’re going to be aggressive, they’re going to fight the whole game,” Brownlee said.“It wasn’t a surprise. He’s a tough player especially down low. He can get the ball down low, get the rebound and stuff like that so it actually wasn’t a surprise.”Game 4 is on Friday night at Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more