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Phelps ends retirement ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

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first_imgBy Steve KeatingMICHAEL Phelps, the most decorated swimmer of all time, will come out of retirement next week, the clearest signal yet that he is getting ready to make an Olympic comeback at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.The American, who has not competed since the 2012 London Games, will headline an April 24-26 meet in Mesa, Arizona, with fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky, USA Swimming said in a statemenT.Phelps’s return to the pool touched off a wave of excitement on social media that added more fuel to speculation that the 28-year-old is planning to compete in Brazil, but his longtime coach did little to fan the flames.“I don’t think anybody knows,” Bob Bowman told Reuters in a phone interview when asked if Phelps’ return to competitive swimming was a step toward swimming at the 2016 Olympics.“Certainly he has done some training and gotten into decent physical condition and thought it would be fun to try some racing and we will find out next week how that goes.“I don’t think we can really call it a comeback yet. We’ll see how next week goes and take it from there. But Rio is a possibility since he decided to consistently train.”Already the most decorated Olympian of all time, Phelps rejoined the US Anti-Doping Agency’s drug testing programme last November offering the first hint that he was considering a return to the pool in a bid for more Olympic gold.World swimming governing body FINA requires athletes to be tested for a minimum of nine months before competing in sanctioned events. Phelps was tested twice in the quarter ended September 30, according to data released by USADA.“He went through the nine-month probation period from FINA on the drug testing to get back into the competitive pool, so he is that serious about a comeback,” said Bowman.“But honestly we don’t have any expectations, we don’t know where he is, we’ll find out a lot more after Mesa and then we can really think about what might happen after that or won’t happen after that.Phelps retired from competitive swimming after winning four gold and two silver medals at the 2012 London Olympics to take his career tally to 22, 18 of which were gold.He had repeatedly said before the London Games he would not contemplate a comeback and consider a return to compete at what would be his fifth Olympics in Rio.Retired US swimmer Dara Torres, who has won 12 medals in five Olympics, was not surprised by news Phelpswas returning to competitive swimming, saying it was something she expected since the day he retired.“So funny because when he announced his retirement I went in Twitter and tweeted “who wants to bet MP (Michael Phelps) will come out of retirement for Rio?”, Torres told Reuters in an email. “And he tweeted me back and said ‘I will!’“You know I feel sorry for those swimmers who thought they had a better shot of winning a gold because Michael Phelps was retired.”The Arena Grand Prix in Mesa is the fourth stop of USA Swimming’s 2013-14 Arena Grand Prix Series, which provides the nation’s best swimmers six opportunities to face top-flight competition on U.S. soil.While Bowman had downplayed any suggestions Phelps was considering a return, he said he was now in full support of his comeback because the swimmer was doing it the right way and for all the right reasons.“He’s really enjoying it and that is why I am condoning his return,” said Bowman. “He is doing it for all the right reasons.“He doesn’t have anything to prove, his legacy is sealed forever and he is just doing it because he loves to swim.”last_img read more

‘Malicious attack’: China wants apology for drug cheat remarks

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first_imgHorton was the target of online abuse just hours after taking home the gold medal in the men’s 400m freestyle final over comments he made calling Chinese runner-up Sun Yang a “drug cheat”.The Chinese swim team issued a statement, calling Horton’s claims a “malicious personal attack” on Yang.”We have been noticing what has been said in the past two days by Horton, who launched a malicious personal attack [on Chinese swimmers],” team manager Xu Qi told China’s state-run Xinhua news agency.”We think his inappropriate words greatly hurt the feelings between Chinese and Australian swimmers. It is proof of a lack of good manners and upbringing.”We strongly demand an apology from this swimmer.”Yang fired shots back at Horton a day after the Australian’s gold medal-winning swim.When asked if he would beat Horton in the 1,500m, Yang told Channel 7: “In 1,500m I am the king.”Horton and Yang will face off again in the men’s 1,500m freestyle event on Sunday.last_img read more

Possible vaquita death accompanies announcement that only 10 are left

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first_imgThe environmental organization Sea Shepherd said it found a dead vaquita in a gillnet on March 12.One day later, scientists from the group CIRVA announced that around 10 — as many as 22 or as few as six — vaquitas survive in the Gulf of California.Despite a ban on gillnets used catch totoaba, a fish prized for its swim bladders used in traditional Chinese medicine, vaquita numbers have continued to decline. On March 13, scientists announced that around 10 vaquitas (Phocoena sinus) are left on Earth, just as the environmental group Sea Shepherd said it had found one of the porpoises that had drowned in a gillnet that was probably set to catch a totoaba fish.“If there were any reservations about totoaba gillnets being a great danger for vaquitas and other cetaceans, despite ample proof in the past, this event should definitely leave no room for doubt,” Locky Maclean, director of marine operations for Sea Shepherd, said in a statement from the organization. Sea Shepherd is currently using genetic testing of tissue samples to confirm that the decomposed carcass they found is that of a vaquita.Video courtesy of Sea Shepherd.Vaquitas live only in the upper parts of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, and they’re the world’s smallest member of the order of animals called cetaceans that includes whales, dolphins and other porpoises. They’re also the most endangered: A scientific group called the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita, known by its Spanish acronym CIRVA, announced March 13 that between six and 22 vaquitas remain.A lucrative fishery for totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi) has taken a toll on vaquita numbers. Totoaba swim bladders, or maws, fetch high prices in Chinese markets for their use in traditional medicine. The intense pressure on the totoaba that results has also made the fish a critically endangered species, according to the IUCN, and the gillnets intended to catch it (as well as other animals like shrimp) have also snagged vaquitas in devastating numbers.In spite of their conclusions, CIRVA’s scientists say they still believe vaquitas can recover, as they’re still having calves. But experts also admit that the animal faces long odds.A vaquita in the northern Gulf of California. Image by Paula Olson/NOAA via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).“There is only the tiniest sliver of hope remaining for the vaquita,” Kate O’Connell, a marine wildlife consultant with the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), said in a statement. “Mexico must act decisively to ensure that all gillnet fishing is brought to an end throughout the Upper Gulf [of California].”In 2016, the Mexican government outlawed the use of gillnets for most fisheries in the upper Gulf of California. Many scientists and conservationists applauded the move. But criticism has surfaced as vaquita numbers continue to plunge — a sign to some that the authorities haven’t done enough to hold fishers accountable.“One of Earth’s most incredible creatures is about to be wiped off the planet forever,” Sarah Uhlemann, an attorney and the international program director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in the AWI statement. “Mexico has only made paper promises to protect these porpoises from deadly nets, without enforcement on the water.”Fishers with an illegal haul of totoaba. Image courtesy of Elephant Action League.Andrea Crosta, the executive director of the wildlife crime investigation group Elephant Action League (EAL), wrote in a recent commentary for Mongabay that efforts in the U.S. to ban seafood caught with gillnets in Mexico “with the intent of forcing the Mexican government to save the vaquita” may have been counterproductive, catalyzing the rise of an illicit shrimp fishery. And while the ban on gillnets is critical to saving the vaquita, he said, it doesn’t tackle an essential part of what continues to sustain their decline — the illegal totoaba fishery.“There is very little focus and funding for the most important part of the problem, the trafficking networks and middlemen driving the trade,” Crosta said. “The only activities that can truly move the needle are investigation and intelligence collection.”Scientists believe that no more than 22 vaquitas still live in the Sea of Cortez. Image by Paula Olson/NOAA via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).EAL’s Operation Fake Gold in 2018 identified cartels in Mexico that buy totoaba from poachers and then sell them to Chinese traders.Clare Perry, ocean campaign leader for the Environmental Investigation Agency, agreed that the cartels need to be stopped. Perry’s organization released a report in 2016 detailing the methods that crime syndicates use to get maws to market.“The organized criminal networks trafficking totoaba swim bladders from Mexico to China are responsible for the illegal fishing nets driving the vaquita to extinction,” Perry said in the statement from AWI. “Unless Mexico gets serious about enforcement and works with China and key transit countries to dismantle those networks, there is no hope for the remaining vaquita.”Banner image of a vaquita by Paula Olson/NOAA via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain). Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly interpreted the position of EAL director Andrea Crosta on the gillnet ban in the vaquita’s range. Crosta supports the gillnet ban, and the text has been updated with this clarification..CitationsFindley, L. (2010). Totoaba macdonaldi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T22003A9346099. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-3.RLTS.T22003A9346099.en. Downloaded on 17 March 2019.Rojas-Bracho, L. & Taylor, B.L. (2017). Phocoena sinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species2017: e.T17028A50370296. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T17028A50370296.en. Downloaded on 17 March 2019.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by John Cannon Animal Behavior, Animals, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Activism, Environmental Politics, Extinction, Fish, Fisheries, Fishing, In-situ Conservation, Iucn, Mammals, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Crisis, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Protected Areas, Oceans, Overfishing, Poaching, Protected Areas, Saving Species From Extinction, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Medicine, trafficking, Water, Whales, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overlast_img read more

Region 2 rice farmers complain about weight, grading issues

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first_imgSeveral rice farmers in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) have vented their concerns over the grading and weight penalty that have been imposed by millers along the Essequibo Coast, Region Two. As such, millers are calling on the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) to launch an investigation into claims rice farmers were being ripped off.Currently, most rice millers are making cash payments for paddy, but even as this is happening, farmers alleged that millers were profiteering through their weightA rice farmer offloading paddy into a trailersystem. Rice farmers have complained that often they are told that their paddy has too much moisture and dockage and as such, they often get less money.“This is really not fair; then high moisture and dockage content imposed by millers are robbing us. Rice farmers are honest people; they do an honest living to provide for their family. We take our harvest to millers and cannot be compensated for the quality. Is this fair???” a rice farmer queried.Guyana Times understands that some millers are not following the grading procedure when it comes to purchasing paddy from rice farmers. Information revealed that some millers are buying from 160 pounds, flouting the GRDB grading procedure. If the procedure is adhered to, then the same weight per bag would be below the 160 pounds hence rice farmers would earn more.During a visit to a rice mill on Thursday, Government Councillor Naitram, who is also a representative to the GRDB Board, related that he has received several complaints in relation to the weight issues. As such, the Bureau of Statistics ,as well as the GRDB, has increased visits to various mills. Naitram said he hoped that would solve the problems and rice farmers would be given the right prices for their harvest.Meanwhile, farmers at the various mills said that millers continued to rip them off and those in authority were not protecting their rights.They have questioned what the GRDB is doing to represent their interest.Farmers are, therefore, calling on the GRDB to increase inspections at mills and to examine millers’ specifications in terms of weight and grading. Harvesting commenced in March along the coast and already many fields have been cleared. Truckloads of paddy are parked in front of various mills waiting to be discharged. The prices range from $1800 to $2300. (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

Real hit Malaga for six, hold Barca title party

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first_img0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, May 08 – Real Madrid once again ensured Barcelona will have to wait a few more days before sealing the La Liga title as they beat nine-man Malaga 6-2 in a wildly open game at the Santiago Bernabeu.With any form of Madrid slip up mathematically handing Barca the title, Pepe’s name was the big absence from Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up as despite an injury to Sergio Ramos, the Portuguese international was not even named on the bench after his outspoken comments that Mourinho ought to have more respect for captain Iker Casillas. His absence meant a rare start for Raul Albiol and afterwards the Spanish international became the latest person from within the camp to call for unity between now and the end of the season.“Pepe’s absence in the squad is the decision of the manager,” Albiol told Canal Plus.“What we have to do is work and be united. We have three weeks left until the end of the season and we need to work until the end.“We wanted to win, above all for the fans. We owed it to them. We were good, I think that the sending-off has favoured us, but we took the three points which is the important thing.”Handily for Mourinho it was Albiol who got Madrid off to the perfect start as he got on the end of Luka Modric’s corner to turn in his first league goal in four years with the club.The lead only lasted 13 minutes though as from Isco’s corner at the other end, Diego Lugano headed the ball down and an unmarked Roque Santa Cruz side-footed home at the back post.Cristiano Ronaldo then prodded wide a great chance after an excellent reverse ball from Modric and saw another effort from point-blank range blocked by Willy Caballero.However, the former Manchester United man’s insatiable running took him in behind the Malaga defence once more on 21 minutes and when he was pulled to the ground by Sergio Sanchez, the referee had little option but to award the penalty and show the Malaga defender a straight red card.Caballero did excellently to block the ensuing spot-kick with his trailing leg, but Madrid were back in front just four minutes later in slightly bizarre circumstances.Ignacio Camacho was adjudged to have deliberately played the ball back to Caballero after the Argentine pounced on it just outside his six-yard box.The Malaga players and goalkeeper all then seemed to guard the near post from the resulting free-kick allowing Xabi Alonso to set-up Ronaldo to fire into a huge space in the opposite side of the goal.Mesut Ozil then added the third at the end of a flowing counter-attack after being released by a fantastic pass by Ronaldo, but Malaga were given a lifeline when Vitorino Artunes also scored a fine goal as he cut inside and curled into Diego Lopez’s top left-hand corner.An increasingly disjointed first-half still had one more goal in it though as two minutes before the break three Madrid players were allowed to bear down on the Malaga goal and Ronaldo squared for Karim Benzema to roll into an empty net.Unsurprisingly the pace and number of chances dropped after the break, but there were still two more sublime strikes to come from Madrid as firstly Modric cracked a shot in off the inside of the post from 25 yards just after the hour mark.Malaga’s miserable evening continued when Martin Demichelis received a second yellow card 17 minutes from time and Angel Di Maria struck the final blow in stoppage time as his effort curled into the far corner from just outside the area.Earlier in the evening Atletico Madrid guaranteed they will play Champions League football next season with a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo.Diego Costa, Juanfran and Radamel Falcao got the goals for Diego Simeone’s side which leaves Celta still rooted in the relegation zone.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL AS REMOTE INTERNET ARRIVES AT TORY ISLAND NATIONAL SCHOOL

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first_imgPatsy Dan Rodgers, King of Tory, discusses his mobile optimised website withDr Mary Attenborough, Michael Gallagher and Roisin Moran Brady of TheWebbery as they arrive on the island. Photo by alanlavander.comA COMPANY which helps provide remote internet access to  locations have been given a special welcome – by the 11 pupils of Scoil Cholmcille Oilean Thoraí – Tory’s national school.“In the 1970s, the government attempted to implement plans to close down Tory Island because they clearly believed it was in the middle of nowhere – but that’s definitely not true today”, said Dr Mary Attenborough of The Webbery when addressing the school students.The Technical Director and two other members of the web development company, based in An Fál Carrach, visited the school this week to launch their mobile website development. Roisin Moran Brady told the pupils about her great-great aunt Nora Sweeney, who taught at the school in 1915 and now that The Webbery is responsible for the island community’s website, the family connection has spanned almost a hundred years.The media consultant for the family business then invited the students to think about how advances with computers and the internet have transformed the opportunities for the island residents in the last century.“Our ancestors emigrated to America and all around the world but now there are so many areas of work that can be done right here on the island because of the internet,” she said.Remote working suggestions from the 11 pupils, aged between six and twelve, ranged from online selling and internet marketing to programming and app development. Fifth Class student Padraig Duggan proposed that even a physicist could work on Tory by communicating and researching projects online.Dr Attenborough went on to speak of their company’s success in remote working which now develops and provides active support to over 400 small business websites throughout Ireland. She then joined with the class to play the Internet Fact Search Game, based around domain name protocols, that she designed specifically for the children.“The pupils’ enthusiasm for new technology was palpable, but no more so than their pride in the old traditions,” said operations manager Michael Gallagher, as the children’s poignant rendition of the Tory Island anthem ‘Amhrán na Scadáin’, (‘The Song of the Herrings’), brought an end to the visit.“Tory Island isn’t in the middle of nowhere. With the island online, Tory really is in the middle of everywhere”. Googled out – the students of Scoil Cholmcille Oilean Thoraí relax withtablets and smartphones after playing the Internet Fact Search Game alongwith Dr Mary Attenborough, Michael Gallagher and Roisin Moran Brady of TheWebbery, School Principal, Anna Meehan, and School Secretary, Noreen Meenan.Photo by alanlavander.comPICTURE SPECIAL AS REMOTE INTERNET ARRIVES AT TORY ISLAND NATIONAL SCHOOL was last modified: June 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Scoil Cholmcille Oilean ThoraíThe WebberyTory Islandlast_img read more

Finished! One player each Premier League club should soon sell

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first_imgIt’s easy to forget about those struggling behind the scenes.With so many new signings having been made, inevitably some have lost their place or fallen even further down the pecking order.So we’ve assessed each Premier League squad, and taken a look at one player from each club who should be shown the exit.Click the arrow above, right, to see which player should be sold… 20 16. Swansea City: Marvin Emnes – In 19 appearances, Emnes hasn’t a single goal in the Premier League to his name. He was always set to play as a back-up striker, but the Swans will have expected more from him. 20 8. Leicester City: Leonardo Ulloa – Despite their fairy tale Premier League triumph last season, plenty of players’ future at the King Power Stadium have been uncertain. One man who seems to be the most eager to want out is Ulloa. With Ahmed Musa arriving, the 30-year-old wouldn’t be a huge loss to the reigning champions. Plus if he wants out, so be it. 20 20. West Ham United: Diafra Sakho – It was reported in July that Sakho had handed in a transfer request. The Hammers allegedly informed the striker he wouldn’t be sold until new signings were made. If he isn’t committed, though, the best option is to sell. 9. Liverpool: Mario Balotelli – Balotelli has no future at Anfield and needs to get out of the club. The problem seems to be that there’s very little interest in his signature. It’s certain that the Reds won’t recoup the £16m paid two summers’ ago, but it’s a hit the club will have to accept. 5. Crystal Palace: Kwesi Appiah – Since his move to Selhurst Park in January 2012, Appiah has agreed seven loan deals. The striker clearly isn’t considered a key player for the club’s future, even with the Eagles’ current goalscoring problems. It’s time he finally sealed a permanent exit. 6. Everton: Oumar Niasse – Despite only arriving in January for a sizeable £13.5m, Niasse has already become a forgotten figure at Goodison Park. New manager Ronald Koeman was asked about the future of the midfielder and didn’t hold back in his response, saying: “If he likes to play football, then he needs to leave Everton”. The Toffees will struggle to recoup the money paid, but it’s a hit they’ll have to take. 2. Bournemouth: Tokelo Rantie – When Rantie arrived in August 2013, he became the club’s record signing at £2.5m. It’s safe to say the striker hasn’t lived up to expectations. He’s scored just five goals in 44 appearances, and is now behind Benik Afobe and Callum Wilson in the pecking order. 20 20 4. Chelsea: Loic Remy – It’s remarkable that after two seasons of limited play, Remy is still at Stamford Bridge. The arrival of Michy Batshuayi has seen the Frenchman fall further down the pecking order, and it’s unlikely he’ll be called upon by new manager Antonio Conte. This is a move that the player himself should really be forcing. 1. Arsenal: Carl Jenkinson – check out our selling guide for each Premier League club by clicking the arrow above, right – Having spent the past two seasons on loan at West Ham, Jenkinson’s career at the Emirates looks to be over, with Hector Bellerin the number one man at right back. He is, however, currently recovering from a cruciate ligament injury, so his departure may have to wait. 20 20 20 15. Sunderland: Lamine Kone – Kone wants out, and the Black Cats would be wise not to keep a player against his wishes. David Moyes’ defence will take a significant hit, but keeping him could be an even more negative decision. Plus, based on performances in their opening two games, he will make little difference in their battle against relegation. 3. Burnley: Michael Kightly – There was great excitement over the future of Kightly in the early days of his career, but his performances have been far below the standard expected. His role in lifting the Clarets to the Premier League last season was minimal, and the 30-year-old is set to find action in the top flight hard to come by. 14. Stoke City: Charlie Adam – The Potters are a club in transition, with Mark Hughes signing players to provide his team with a new style on the pitch. Adam no longer fits the bill required and will find life tough this season, should he stay put. 18. Watford: Mario Suarez – After an uninspiring opening six months at Vicarage Road following a £4m move in January, Suarez agreed a season-long loan move to Valencia earlier in August, with the option to make the deal permanent. It looks to be the beginning of the end for the defensive midfielder, and the Hornets would be sensible to cash in, as soon as possible. 20 20 12. Middlesbrough: Mustapha Carayol – Carayol moved to the Riverside Stadium in August 2012, and having struggled to make an impact, has had loan spells with Brighton & Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town and Leeds United. It’s difficult to envisage a spot for him in the Premier League. 7. Hull City: Dusan Kuciak – Signed in February to strengthen then-manager Steve Bruce’s options, the move has proved a fruitless one. With no minutes under his belt, there’s little reason for the stopper to remain at the club. The Tigers instead should be looking to nurture a young, home-grown talent. 20 20 20 17. Tottenham Hotspur: Nacer Chadli – It’s been a frustrating three seasons for Chadli, who has failed to cement a place in the first team. The arrival of Victor Wanyama means the Belgium international’s playing time will be further reduced, so it makes sense to sell. He wasn’t on the bench for Spurs’ opening two league clashes. 20 20 13. Southampton: Florin Gardos – Last season, Gardos’ campaign was spoiled by injury and a setback in the summer interrupted his pre-season. Even fully fit, though, the Saints require superior quality in central defence. 19. West Bromwich Albion: Saido Berahino – The Baggies need to let Berahino go. He may well be contracted to the club, but keeping a player against his will isn’t beneficial in the long run. It’s reported Crystal Palace and Stoke City had £20m bids rejected earlier in the summer, and it’s difficult to fathom why. 10. Manchester City: Yaya Toure – Judging by City’s opening two games under Pep Guardiola, Toure is no longer a key player. Taking his wages into consideration, few would disagree with the club wanting to turn their back on the midfielder. With Ilkay Gundogan soon to return from injury, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Ivorian fails to even make the bench. 11. Manchester United: Memphis Depay – Depay may only have been at Old Trafford a season, but after a challenging 12 months, it’s difficult to see how he can fit in at the club. At only 22, the Red Devils could get a good price for the winger and his exit would create space for young players to break through. 20 20 20 20 20last_img read more

Revealed! Top 10 players with the highest average number of assists per game

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first_img 10 10 10 9. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) has averaged 0.26 assists per game in the Premier League in the past five seasons… and he hasn’t even been here for the past two! – Suarez recorded 17 assists in 66 appearances during his spell at Anfield. 10 10. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) has averaged 0.25 assists per game in the Premier League over the past five seasons – click the arrow above, right, to see the top 10 in full – Alli has recorded nine assists in 36 appearances. 10 10 10 Joint 1st. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) has averaged 0.39 assists per game in the Premier League – Payet recorded 12 assists in 31 appearances. 4. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) has averaged 0.36 assists per game in the Premier League – Fabregas has recorded 26 assists in 72 appearances. Joint 6th. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) has averaged 0.28 assists per game in the Premier League – Tadic has recorded 19 assists in 68 appearances. Joint 6th. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) has averaged 0.28 assists per game in the Premier League – Cazorla has recorded 35 assists in 124 appearances. 10 Some players seem to enjoy registering an assist more so than scoring a goal.The best teams in Europe have at least one player who selflessly creates chance after chance for their team-mates.So talkSPORT has decided to find out who the key provider for their team in the Premier League has been.We’ve checked out the figures to reveal the 10 players with the highest average number of assists per game in England’s top flight over the past five seasons.Take a look at the list by viewing the slideshow above.*Stats correct on 5 September 2019.*Players included had to have made a minimum of 30 appearances in the Premier League since August 2012. Joint 1st. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) has averaged 0.39 assists per game in the Premier League – De Bruyne recorded 12 assists in 31 appearances. 10 Joint 6th. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) has averaged 0.28 assists per game in the Premier League – Rooney has recorded 33 assists in 120 appearances over the past five seasons. 5. David Silva (Manchester City) has averaged 0.31 assists per game in the Premier League – Silva has recorded 36 assists in 118 appearances over the past five seasons. 10 Joint 1st. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) has averaged 0.39 assists per game in the Premier League – Ozil has recorded 33 assists in 85 appearances.last_img read more

LISTEN: ‘Liverpool owners told me Jordan Henderson was a waste of money’

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first_imgDamien Comolli lost his job at Liverpool for signing Jordan Henderson – but is happy the midfielder has gone on to prove him right.The Frenchman was responsible for recruiting Henderson from Sunderland in a £16million deal in 2011 during his spell as director of football at the Merseyside club.Henderson initially struggled to make an impact at Anfield and Comolli was sacked in 2012 after being accused by Liverpool’s owners, the Fenway Sports Group, of making a major blunder by spending such a huge sum on the young midfielder.But Henderson developed into a crucial player for Liverpool and has captained the side since the departure of Steven Gerrard in 2015. And the 26-year-old’s standing is now so high that he will skipper England for the first time against Slovenia on Tuesday night.Discussing Henderson’s rise with Jim White on talkSPORT, Comolli said: “He is one of the main reasons I got sacked.“The day I got sacked they [Liverpool’s owners] told me I had made a big mistake on Jordan and he was a waste of money.“Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but I think we paid the right price. He was a young English, British player and we know very often that British players are overvalued. But we were more than happy to pay the price because we thought he would become an outstanding player.“I never said it publicly, but I was convinced he would be the future captain. People will say it is easy to say now, but I was convinced at the time that he would become the Liverpool captain. Now he is and he is also the England captain.”Henderson was only 20 when Liverpool brought him in from Sunderland and Comoli explained what prompted him to pay over the odds for such a young, unproven player.“I was totally convinced, as was Kenny [Dalglish], that we were doing the right thing for the club,” said Comolli.“He fitted the profile we were looking for. We knew he was an outstanding person, we knew he had leadership skills, we knew he was totally dedicated to football, to his passion, and we knew he was someone who wanted to improve on a day to day basis. We knew his physical abilities – his fitness stats were absolutely unbelievable.“We were looking at statistics and we were going through a lot of midfield players in the Premier League and what amazed me and caught my eye was his ability to create quality chances. For a player who was so young, playing not in a top side, with all due respect to Sunderland, he was producing and creating more quality chances, or least as much, as top quality players in the Premier League.”last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Santa Clarita Runners Club workout, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Beverly Hillbillies Bible Study, 7:30 p.m. in the library at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Clubwill meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Clubwill meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Nonaerobic workoutin a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. last_img read more