March 25, 2020
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first_imgMOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene With thousands of home fans screaming his name, Kingad tried to assert his offense on the Brazilian but it was Moraes who immediately got the upper hand in the opening minute of the first round sending the Team Lakay member to the mat.Moraes (17-2), who was making his first defense of the ONE undisputed flyweight belt, then methodically tired out Kingad on the ground before transitioning to the rear naked choke 15 seconds left in the fight.READ: Danny Kingad: student by day, fighter by night Kingad, though, didn’t leave himself down for too long as he knows he got the valuable experience of fighting in a title fight that would help him in the long run.“I will go back again and train,” said Kingad. “We will have future chances and we will get that belt for the country.”ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDanny Kingad came into ONE Championship’s Legends of the World card ready to take his shot at destiny.With a five-fight winning streak under his belt, Kingad beamed with confidence and stared at ONE flyweight champion Adriano Moraes with the intent of taking the belt for himself.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The fight lasted 4:45— with Kingad tapping out to Moraes’ rear naked choke.READ: Kingad fails to take ONE flyweight title as Moraes retains beltFEATURED STORIESSPORTS Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHumbled and beaten, Kingad knew it still wasn’t his chance to become the top flyweight in the promotion.“All I can say is it isn’t my time yet to be a champion,” said Kingad (5-1) in Filipino Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UP dumps NU in last elims game, but Final 4 status still in limbo View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption With venues still in place — some of them upgraded — from the 2002 Games, Salt Lake claims it can host again at a lower cost than other candidates, which aligns with the International Olympic Committee’s new blueprint for the Games.It’s almost a certain bet the bid will be for 2030, though the USOC left open the possibility of other dates. There are only two bidders for 2026: from Sweden and Italy, after voters in Calgary, Alberta, rejected a proposed bid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsUSOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said Denver and Salt Lake City both presented strong cases, but that the board determined Utah was the better choice due in part to the existing venues, their proximity to each other, the city’s experience hosting the games and widespread community and political support. She said it minimizes the risk.“It is critical to ensure that we have the ability to create an incredible experience for athletes while at the same time managing sustainability and fiscal responsibility,” Hirshland said. “It was clear to us when we were there and in what they presented that Salt Lake City very much understands the practical realities of hosting a Games, but also wants and supports what they represent.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The city’s selection set off celebration at the mayor’s office where local leaders who worked on the plan gathered. Since 2012, Utah has said it’s ready and willing to host another Olympics.One key hurdle for Salt Lake City will be erasing memories of the bidding scandal that marred the buildup to 2002 and resulted in several IOC members losing their positions for taking bribes.Mitt Romney was brought in to steer the games through the scandal. The newly elected U.S. Senator for Utah told The Associated Press after the announcement that a series of processes put in place by the IOC will ensure no bribery scandal happens again.Romney said Salt Lake City should have a great chance at winning the bid from the IOC because it has shown it can host the games without losing money. Salt Lake City ended up with a surplus after the 2002 Games, money he used to help maintain venues it will use again if it’s awarded the Olympics.“We learned how to produce the Games for the same cost as the revenue that came in,” Romney said. “We will not put a glitzy show like Sochi or Beijing, that are reported to have cost as much $50 billion. We will show the world that you can produce an Olympics without having the government writing the checks.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments FILE – This Feb. 8, 2002, file photo, shows U.S. champion Michelle Kwan practicing for the women’s short program for the Winter Olympic Games at the Salt lake Ice Center in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for an upcoming Winter Olympics most likely for 2030 in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team’s ascendance into an international powerhouse. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, file)Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics — most likely for 2030 — in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team’s ascendance into an international powerhouse.The U.S. Olympic Committee said Friday it was selecting Utah’s capital, which stood out as a predictable, slam-dunk pick in a process that also included Denver and Reno, Nevada.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart In many parts of the United States, however, the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City are remembered not for the bribery scandal but for a different reason.After never surpassing 13 medals at a Winter Games, the U.S. used home-turf advantage, an influx of new sports and the emotion of the recent Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks to capture 34 over three weeks in Utah.In the aftermath, Park City and other mountain towns near Salt Lake City preserved and improved upon many of the venues, and continued hosting key international events. The freestyle world championships will be held in Park City in February.Utah organizers say they could host the games for $1.35 billion, some $50 billion less than it cost in Russia for the 2014 Sochi Games, which are the most expensive games ever and stood out as a blaring warning signal that the IOC needed to streamline its bloated Olympic structure.The exorbitant costs have changed the dynamic of Olympic bidding. In 2002, cities were trying to bribe IOC officials to award them the Olympics. These days, the IOC finds itself wanting for bidders.The IOC normally awards Olympics seven years before they’re scheduled, though that calendar has been in flux because so many cities have dropped out.Last year, the IOC handed out the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games at the same time because there were only two cities left in what began as a much bigger contest for 2024. Paris will host 2024, Los Angeles will host 2028, and if Salt Lake wins 2030, it would mark the first time since the IOC began staggering the Games two years apart, in 1994, that the same country has hosted back-to-back.At this time, Salt Lake could be considered a favorite in a 2030 contest that hasn’t really taken shape yet.Hirshland said the USOC has the luxury of time to refine Salt Lake City’s bid.In fact, Salt Lake could still be a favorite for 2026 had it been allowed to go that route. Recently, voters in Calgary rejected that city’s attempt to host, leaving Stockholm and a joint bid from Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy as the only two remaining candidates. A bid from Utah was considered, but putting it in front of the Los Angeles Olympics provided too many hurdles on the marketing side. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’center_img Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Rob Cohen, chair of Denver’s Olympic bid committee, called it disappointing that Colorado lost out on the chance to bid but said the process prepared the city as it looks for other chances to showcase the city on the world stage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Steph Curry, Klay Thompson help Warriors beat Kings Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

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first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made additional appointments in government especially affecting the Ministry of Internal Affairs local government structures.According to an Executive Mansion release, these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate, where applicable.President Sirleaf announced five appointments in Montserrado County, one in Lofa and one in Margibi County. The release said Mrs. Lomeh Roberts is now Commissioner of Dixville Township, replacing Ms. Annie Dillon.Mrs. Miatta H. Flowers replaces Ms. Musu Marshall as Commssioner of Virginia Township; Mr. Sampson J. Nyan is replacing Mrs. Flowers as Commissioner of West Point Township; Rev. Clarrisa J. Robertson replaces Rev. Alexine Howard as Commissioner of Caldwell Township and Mrs. Alveria Morris Raynes is Commissioner of Clay Ashland Township.In Lofa County, Madam Caroline M. Momoh is appointed City Mayor of Kolba City and Deheh Paye is appointed district Commissioner for Kpanta District of Bong County.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgMeanwhile, hundreds of scholarships and bursaries were handed out to the graduated class of ’09. Dana Cranston was singled out for winning a full ride scholarship to Colorado State University, worth 124 thousand dollars US. Chantelle Gray also won a University of Alberta Scholastic Distinction Award worth ten thousand dollars.Below are some pictures of the North Peace Secondary School Graduation at the North Peace Arena.Photo: Students walk towards the stage to accept the award – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caPhoto:Student’s were asked to stand when their name was called to accept a bursuary or scholarship – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caAdvertisement Photo: Superintendent of School District 60 Larry Espe addresses the Class of 2009 – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caPhoto: Graduate and local singer Justin Gies sings , “If you’re going through hell,” by Rodney Atkins – Chrstine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caPhoto: Mayor Bruce Lantz gives encouraging words to the class of ’09 – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca Photo: Hundreds of students line up to accept their award at the North Peace Arena on Friday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca Rainy skies didn’t dampen the spirits of the more than 300 students who graduated from the North Peace Secondary School on Friday. – Advertisement -Superintendant of School District 60 Larry Espe, along with North Peace MLA Pat Pimm, and Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz attended the ceremonies. In Lantz’s speech, he touched on the student’s future, advising each graduate to take advantage of all the opportunities available to them.Principal Daniel Vecchio apologized to the newly graduated youth, saying that the previous generation may have corrupted the world, but this generation has the chance to fix it. Singer Justin Gies, himself a graduate, sang, “If you’re going through hell” by Rodney Atkins. He says he chose that song because he knows his classmates will find a way through the challenges that may lie ahead. Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgFor 15-year-old Kristian Keith and her mother, it’s all about pride. And like teenagers in the movie “Pride,” starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac, Kristian is in the vanguard of young black swimmers dispelling another racial stereotype. The movie, which opens today, follows swim coach Jim Ellis and his predominantly African-American swim program in inner-city Philadelphia as they overcome racism, decrepit facilities and cultural barriers to become one of the top programs in the country. In real life, Kristian Keith is a South Los Angeles teenager who trains at the Jesse Owens Park pool. With other African-American youths, she is working hard to close a glaring racial gap in the sport of swimming. So Kristian trains at Jesse Owens Park at Western Avenue and Century Boulevard, along with a small group of dedicated coaches. Top swimmers of Kristian’s age are often trained by former college and Olympic-level swimmers in elite club programs. “It’s a challenge, but I don’t think of it as being different,” she said. “As long as I come here every day and go for it, I think I can make it.” For his part, swim coach Jim Ellis hopes the movie – and the recent success of such African-American swimmers as Cullen Jones and Maritza Correia – will help bring more attention to the racial gap in the sport. “We’d go to meets and people would say, `The gym is over there,”‘ Ellis recalled. “We were the only black team in the meet. “People didn’t know what to make of us. But it helped change things, change attitudes.” Few inner-city pools Hampered by cultural and economic forces, as well as lingering slavery-era racist stereotypes that African-Americans can’t swim, government officials and USA Swimming, the sport’s governing body in the U.S., have begun trying to change the tide by investing in inner-city pools and swim programs. “We just felt that everyone should have the same access,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, who founded the Aquatic Foundation of Metro Los Angeles. Burke’s group helps support pools in the inner city, including two that are open year-round, as well as a free competitive swim program at Victoria Park in Carson. “It was an area that was being neglected and someone had to step up,” she said. Patrick Escobar, vice president of grants and programs at the Amateur Athletic Foundation, contributed $3.9 million of a $29 million upgrade to the Coliseum Pool. Escobar said the investment was as much for safety reasons as to help star athletes such as Kristian. According to a 2005 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-American children ages 5 to 19 drowned at 2.3 times the rate of white children of the same age – mostly because they don’t have the same access to swim lessons and water activities. The causes run deep and include the fact that most slaves were not allowed to learn to swim because they might escape. This helped create the myth that African-Americans can’t swim or don’t swim as well as whites. In 1987, former Dodgers executive Al Campanis infamously said in a “Nightline” interview that African-Americans don’t swim as well because they don’t have the “buoyancy” that whites have. Ellis said all of these factors have created fear and a lack of interest in swimming among African-Americans. “The other question people don’t want to answer is: Maybe black people don’t want to swim. Maybe they don’t want to swim because the role models haven’t been presented to them where they think it’s cool,” he said. “When do they hear about swimming? July and August, when it’s warm. But when July and August are gone, they’re back on the basketball court.” Making pools available to all inner-city kids year-round is part of an effort to change this. Swimming lessons at the pools are free, as is a competitive swim team at Victoria Park. Swimmers are only responsible for entrance fees in swim meets and leagues. Still, even that can add up. Costly sport Tashia Kinney estimates she spends about $200 a month to pay for Kristian’s swimming. That’s a fraction of what it would cost in an elite club program, in which monthly dues and training can run up to $1,000. Brandon Montgomery lives near Kristian and her mother in South Los Angeles. Both trained under Louis Pecot, the swim coach at Jesse Owens Park. A few years ago, when Brandon started to show promise, his father signed him up for a club program called Golden West Aquatics in Huntington Beach. Brandon then enrolled at Marina High School in Huntington Beach so he could compete against the best swimmers in Orange County and, hopefully, earn a college scholarship. “They have a lot more stuff out there and a lot better training. My first practice, I couldn’t believe all the equipment they had. I didn’t even know how to use most of it,” he said. But not everyone in the inner city has the means or parental support to drive to Huntington Beach every morning. Every afternoon, Robert Basurto, the swim coach at Victoria Park in Carson, drives by 9-year-old Jacklyn Sanchez’s house in South L.A. and picks her up for swim practice. Jacklyn, a fixture at the Victoria Park Pool, recently qualified for three events in the Junior Olympics. “Her parents both work,” Basurto said. “But she’s so dedicated. It’d be a shame to let all that talent go to waste.” ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “She’s been pushing herself really hard, telling me how she wants to go to the 2008 Olympics,” said her mother, Tashia Kinney. “I’ve never seen her push herself so hard. And it seems like she wants it more now than ever before.” Kinney is devoted to her daughter, teaching classes at a YMCA in Inglewood, running a small startup business, earning extra money while attending physical-therapy classes at Cerritos College. “Everything I make goes to her first. If I wasn’t going to school and working all the time, I’d probably be doing more,” she said. But to get to the Olympics, Kristian will face challenges that her contemporaries in wealthy, suburban communities might find hard to imagine. Although her times in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly are good enough to qualify for the Junior Olympics, Kristian does not compete in high school. Neither the charter school she attends in Compton nor the nearby public school, Centennial of Compton, has a swim team. last_img
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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It’s obviously a significant amount of taxpayer money,” he said. “It’s serious.” The officers’ former police chief, Bernard Parks, now a Los Angeles city councilman, declined to comment, saying he hadn’t yet discussed the verdict with the city attorney, according to his chief of staff. The jury rejected allegations that Parks maliciously or fraudulently sought the officers’ prosecution. Officer Paul Harper, suspended Sgt. Edward Ortiz and former Officer Brian Liddy were arrested in April 2000 on corruption charges. They had been implicated by former Officer Rafael Perez, who helped authorities expose a scandal in which anti-gang officers beat, robbed, framed and sometimes shot innocent people in the city’s tough Rampart neighborhood near downtown. Scores of convictions were thrown out and millions of dollars in settlements paid as a result of the revelations. A jury convicted the three officers in 2000 of conspiracy to obstruct justice for framing two reputed gang members they were involved in a confrontation with in 1996. A Superior Court judge threw out the convictions a month later, however, ruling instructions made to the jury before deliberations had been misinterpreted. After failing to persuade an appeals court to reverse the ruling, prosecutors said they could no longer proceed with the case because some witnesses had disappeared, others were in jail and still others were engaging in activity that would damage their credibility. A judge dismissed the charges in 2004. The policemen sued the city in August, claiming authorities were eager to use them as an example of the Police Department’s reform effort in the wake of the Rampart scandal, and ignored problems with Perez’s credibility when they evaluated the allegations.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – Three policemen who claimed the city of Los Angeles made them scapegoats for the Rampart corruption scandal were awarded $5 million each by a Santa Ana jury. “It was real, real obvious that they were made the fall guys,” juror Rose McKay said following Thursday’s verdict. “We listened to the evidence for three weeks and never heard any hard evidence against them.” Dale Goldfarb, a private attorney who represented the city, said he planned to challenge the verdict in post-trial motions. A spokesman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the city probably would appeal if those motions failed. Villaraigosa has pledged to expand the police force and the $15 million would pay for about 150 officers, said spokesman Joe Ramallo.last_img read more

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first_imgMuff GAA News:CLUB LOTTOThere was no jackpot winner in last weeks lotto there was one winner of €100 the numbers drawn were 5-1-7-2-3-6-4. The winners were as follows: Nathan Garrision, Iskaheen. The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.  If any kids would like to start selling lottos each week feel free to contact their coach for more information.Next Weeks Jackpot €1250SENIORSThe Seniors this week are in action against Red Hughs in the Junior A Championship Quarter Final on Sunday afternoon at 3pm at a venue yet to be decided.UNDERAGEUnder 6 and Under 8 training finished up for the summer on Friday evening. Under -10 training will continue this Friday in Ture from  6.30pm to 7.45pm. This is for boys and girls born in the years 2005 and 2006. All new players welcome can all boys and girls bring water bottle and cost of the session is €2. For info contact Kevin on 0863576713.Under-14 training is on every Sunday from11.30am to 1pm and every Wednesday aswell for details contact neil on 0863855855.Good luck to the U-14s who  take on Fanad Gaels in the county championship division 2 final on Friday evening after defeating Naomh Mhuire by 4-8 to 1-10 on Monday evening.Under 16 and Minor training will take place every Monday and Friday evenings at  7pm to 8.15pm in ture.CLUB APPOur new club app is now live on the App Store and google play store In the app you can play the clubs lotto every week through the games section and keep up to date with club events and wats happening within the club. Also there is direct links to Facebook and twitter. You can also share your photos of games you are at via the app. So get downloading and have a look for yourself CLUB GEARThe club has a range of club gear for sale and are placing a order soon with O’Neills. If any one is interested in ordering new gear or purchasing  some for details contact Dermot Mc Colgan on 0879978968As always keep up to date with club activities through Facebook,Twitter,Club APP and through are website on www.naomhpadraig.comGAA NEWS: MUFF FACE RED HUGHS IN JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportlast_img read more

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first_imgGaeil Fhánada GAA News:AGM of Gaeil Fhánada Bord na mBan agus Bord na nÓg  will take place on Sunday 29th November in Rosnakill Resource Centre at 5pm.All nominations and motions to be forwarded to either secretary by email at (Ladies Board ) marianhowefanad@yahoo.ie or (Bord na nÓg) bridie.doherty18@gmail.com before 6pm on Thursday 26th November.This is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in the running of our ladies and underage activities in the club to come along. All welcome! Gaeil Fhánada Lotto ResultsNo jackpot winner.   Numbers drawn were 02, 04, 06, 07, 14.  Bonus drawn was 12.  €100 winner Dan Heraghty, Tullyconnell.  €50 winner Ann Marie Poole, Glassagh.  Next jackpot €2,050.  Wouldn’t that be a nice wee lift for Christmas! Come on support our wee club! If you’re not in you can’t win ! U6s, U7s & U8 Training A very successful underage Gaelic training session took place in Rossnakill Resource Centre last Saturday (boys and girls born 2008, 2009, and 2010) with a group of about 35 children turning up on the day.  It was great to see so much enthusiasm coming from the future players of our wee club.  We will continue this training for the next three Saturdays. This is learning the basic skills of the game and having fun. Any older children that have not played gaelic before and would like to come along and join in – are more than welcome.  Don’t forget to wear runners, bring your own water bottle and €1 for the cost of the hall. Training starts at 4.30pm sharp and finishes up at 5.30pm. Any more information contact Martin McAteer @ 087 3816105. Gaeil Fhánada Club gear is now available in Michael Murphy Sports shop in Letterkenny.  Get your orders in now for Christmas!    GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA AGM WILL TAKE PLACE THIS SUNDAY was last modified: November 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAASportlast_img read more

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first_img gameday cracker Many predictions have Derby challenging at the top of the table again in 2018/19, but Lampard moved quickly to make it clear expectations do not matter – it is what his team does on the field that is important.“I don’t know,” Lampard replied, when asked if he is expected to guide Derby to the Premier League this season.“There are a lot of strong teams in the Championship. [There are] teams with different funds than us, in all honesty; teams that have come down from the Premier League and are shopping in a different market.“There are a lot of variables to it, but I don’t want to rule us out because we have to be focused on what we have and what we do. BEST OF Most read in Championship 4 Frank Lampard has made it clear Matej Vydra is staying at Derby County following the collapse of his proposed move to Leeds.Vydra, the Czech Republic forward, looked certain to leave Pride Park earlier this summer with an £11million deal agreed between the two Championship rivals. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack “In terms of until the transfer window shuts, we will constantly look. If we can improve and it’s right for us in all senses, then we will try to improve.“But we have to look at the balance of the squad – we have a big squad – so we’ll make adjustments potentially either way to get us where we want to be, and the sooner we can be settled with the squad that we’ve got for the season, the better.”Frank Lampard’s Derby visit Reading on Friday night for the opening fixture of the Championship season. You can listen to full commentary of the match on talkSPORT 2, kick-off 19:45. Leeds announced the signing of Bamford on Tuesday after failing to bring Vydra to Elland Road 4 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes impact MONEY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Watch astonishing moment heavyweight out on his feet turns tables and floors prospect silverware Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT ALTERED However, Vydra failed to agree personal terms with the Elland Road club, leading the switch to collapse. Leeds have since signed Patrick Bamford, from Middlesbrough, with Marcelo Bielsa finally bringing in the forward he has targeted since his appointment as manager earlier this year.With no other interest in Vydra yet to have been reported, it appears as if the former Watford star will remain at Pride Park for another season, and Lampard, the Derby manager, has confirmed that is the likely outcome.“He’s staying,” Lampard told talkSPORT. “Certainly as it stands.“There was obviously interest in him, there’s no getting away from that – and there would be, as he’s a very good player.“He’s staying. Vydra finished the previous Championship season as top scorer Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Daniel Dubois sends stern warning when asked about future fight vs Anthony Joshua “I think we’ve brought in some players who can really excite us here, and we’re working hard on the training ground to bring our own style of play.“So it remains to be seen.“People can expect Derby to be there or thereabouts, because we have been for years. It’s whether we can make that last push and get promoted because this is a Premier League club.“It actually doesn’t matter what people expect, it will matter how we perform and what results we get.”Lampard has strengthened the squad he inherited with five new players, two of whom are rated amongst the best youngsters in the country. Mason Mount, the midfielder, has been brought in from Lampard’s former club Chelsea on loan, with winger Harry Wilson join from Liverpool on the same terms.Florian Jozefzoon, Jack Marriott and George Evans have all also been brought to Pride Park on a permanent basis, and Lampard admitted he is still on the lookout for further signings – but only as long as they make sense. “He’s had an injury; he’s due to be fit to train with us probably at the start of next week, and he’s our player.“So, as it stands, he’s staying.”Lampard was appointed Derby manager at the end of May, taking up his first senior coaching role since retiring as a player in early 2017.It is a high-pressure job for the Chelsea and England legend, with the Rams pushing for promotion in almost every season of the past half-decade. 4 4 SHOCK Derby have enjoyed a positive pre-season under Lampard, winning four of their five friendlies CONFIDENT Mason Mount’s arrival at Derby was considered quite a coup latest last_img read more

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first_imgThe youngsters stand to generate R1-millionfor their schools. Tycoon Patrice Motsepe founded thecompetition in honour of his late mother. Motsepe with Zulu’s King GoodwillZwelithini, Sasfa’s Mandla Mazibukoand Sanlam group CEO Johan van Zyl(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Oupa MmineleCompetition Director+27 83 222 9486mminele@sundownsfc.comBongani NkosiThe development of footballers at school level in South Africa has received a major boost with an injection of a R30-million (US$3.9-million) sponsorship into an annual tournament.Mining mogul Patrice Motsepe and partner in the venture Sanlam announced the five-year sponsorship of the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup in Johannesburg on 4 January.The tournament, formerly known as the Kay Motsepe Cup, is Motsepe’s brainchild, founded through the Motsepe Foundation in 2004 in honour of his late mother Kay Motsepe.“We are trying to get people to take schools’ football very seriously,” Motsepe said.About 4 000 high schools from all nine South African provinces are expected to participate in the competition. The matches will kick off on 20 February and will proceed to regional knockouts.Winners from the regional knockouts will slug it out with other schools in their respective province for the honour of representing the province in the national finals.The national finals will feature 18 teams – two from each province – and will take the form of a mini-tournament played over four days after the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The champions will pocket a staggering R1-million ($128 700) for their school. This is a considerable increase from last year’s R500 000 ($64 400) won by Mokopane Academy of Sports, a Limpopo school coached by former Orlando Pirates striker Andries Sebola.The second best team will score an impressive R600 000 ($77 175), while the third and fourth teams will pocket R500 000 ($64 400) and R400 000 ($51 494) respectively.The 18 schools in the national finals are guaranteed a prize of R100 000 ($1 288).The Kay Motsepe tournament is run by the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa).“This is the dawn of a new era for football in our schools,” said Sasfa president Mandla Mazibuko. “There are thousands of schools waiting for that trophy and the whopping prize-money of R1-million. We have never let this tournament down.”The tournament will help South Africa develop football stars for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, Mazibuko noted. “We’re planting the seed for 2014 Brazil. Let’s unearth the talent.”The South African Football Association (Safa) is convinced that such developmental investments will only bring benefits, supplying it with top footballers for the national team Bafana Bafana.“Surely we will be beneficiaries. We want to reap the crop as Safa,” said its president Kirsten Nematandani. “This investment is historic indeed.”All schools are welcomeThe tournament is open to all high schools in South Africa, from public schools to private and independent schools.“We want the private schools to play football with our schools in Soweto and KwaMashu,” said Motsepe, who also owns premier league team Mamelodi Sundowns.“We want all schools to participate,” he added. “There’s so much talent amongst our people, we just need to nurture it.”Motsepe believes that it’s tournaments like the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup that contribute to building a better South Africa. “There’s a unique role that football can play in building our country.”“We strongly share the Motsepe Foundation’s belief that soccer is a nation-builder,” said Sanlam group CEO Johan van Zyl, “and that the growth of soccer, through the development and enhancement of youth football and life skills, will contribute immeasurably to this country’s future.”Reaching out to football legendsSouth Africa’s football legends will play a meaningful role throughout the tournament. The football masters, mostly from the 1960s to the 1980s, will coach the youngsters and facilitate training clinics for them.The Kay Motsepe sponsors have allocated R1-million ($128 700) to ensure that the legends are able to do their work without hindrance. “We want every [participating] school to be linked to a legend,” said Motsepe.The national Department of Education expressed support for the tournament, one of many competitions involving schools in South Africa. “We do recognise the importance of sports in our schools,” said the department’s director-general Duncan Hindle. “[This tournament] will make a big difference in our schools.”“We must convert every school in South Africa, in towns, in the rural areas and townships, into centres of football,” Motsepe said.last_img read more

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