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Fit-again Kane in contention for Spurs trip to Burnley

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first_imgHarry Kane is back in full training and could return for Tottenham Hotspur’s away clash at Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Thursday.The 25-year-old striker has been out since injuring his ankle in Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat by Manchester United on Jan. 13.“He is good, I think we need to assess him for one more training session tomorrow and then decide but I think he is doing very well,” Pochettino told reporters at the club’s training ground.“I’m happy with him and maybe he’s going to be part of the squad for Saturday.”Kane, who has scored 14 Premier League goals this season, was originally expected to be out until March after damaging ligaments in his left ankle in stoppage time against United.“Everyone knows that Harry is an animal and wants to be ready as soon as possible and he does everything to make the recovery. We are so happy in the last 10 days he’s been training again and that will be a massive impact for us.“But I don’t care whether Harry wants to play, who decides (on whether he plays against Burnley) is myself, my coaching staff and the doctors and medical staff.”Kane notched seven goals in six games in all competitions prior to the United defeat, since when Tottenham have defied those who said his absence would derail their title challenge.They have won four successive league games since and beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie at Wembley.Victory over Burnley would leave Tottenham just two points behind leaders Manchester City, who play in the League Cup final this weekend, and Liverpool who face in-form Manchester United on Sunday.Tottenham then travel to Chelsea on Wednesday, followed by a home clash with Arsenal and the return in Dortmund.Pochettino said all that mattered was beating a Burnley side who are on a seven-match unbeaten run in the league.“It’s going to be tough, we needed a late goal in December to beat them at home,” Pochettino said.“For us Saturday is the most important game. If we are able to win the three points there, we will be able to see the game against Chelsea in a different way.“We don’t think about Chelsea, Arsenal or Dortmund, we only focus on Burnley because we will struggle if we’re not focussed 200 percent because in football anything can happen.”Midfielder Dele Alli is now Tottenham’s only injury absentee but Pochettino said he could be back from a hamstring injury in “one week, 10 days or two weeks”.Left back Danny Rose is doubtful with illness for the trip to Turf Moor — Tottenham’s first game for 10 days.last_img read more

Tony Becca | Testing time for the Windies

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first_img Super 50 If the West Indies can find, or recapture, the kind of team spirit and the confidence to back their ability like their predecessors of yesteryear, to play attractive and attacking cricket, and to play cricket the West Indian way, they can, with a little luck, rise to the occasion. Captain Jason Holder has grown in the job. His batting, which has always promised much, is beginning to show signs of fulfilling its early potential, and his bowling has increased in swing and bounce if not in pace. And although it does not appear as strong as India’s, if its combination of pace, bounce, and accuracy was not a figment of the imagination, if its success against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was the real stuff, and if Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel can stay fit and can reproduce that form, the West Indies fast bowling attack can prosper against the traditionally timid Indian batsmen as Roy Gilchrist, Wes Hall, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, and company did years ago. Probably the real test will be that of the West Indies batsmen against India’s bowlers. Ishant Sharma, Shami, Bumrah, Ashwin, Kuldeep, and company are good and will be a difficult proposition on home soil, but the West Indies batsmen possess enough quality to conquer. Although it is hot, and it can be very hot in India, the condition and pitches are not that different from those in the West Indies, and there is good reason to expect Kraigg Brathwaite, eight centuries under his belt, including an innings of 134 and another of 95 in Leeds last year; Kieron Powell, who started his career so promisingly; and Roston Chase, especially after his innings of 137 not out versus India in 2016 and those of 138 and 101 not out against Pakistan in 2017 could deliver again this time around. Although Sunil Ambris is one to look at, the batsmen who could really steal the show, however, are Shai Hope and young Shimron Hetmeyer. Hope has already demonstrated his class, especially in an innings of 147 and 118 not out against England in Leeds last year, but he needs to cement his quality, and Hetmeyer has hinted of class and waiting to display it, especially in the Test match arena. With right-arm leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, remembering his eight for 49 against Pakistan in Dubai and itching to go; wicket/batsman Shane Dowrich coming off two good series; and promising young fast bowlers Keemo Paul and Sherman Lewis, hopefully, rearing to go, it could be two Test matches to remember. For that to come to pass, however, the West Indies will have to play out of their skins; they will have to show the grit and determination of Leeds last year; and they will, especially their batsmen, need to perform consistently and not lapse into attempting elaborate and unnecessary strokes which often times lead to mistakes and disaster. ATTRACTIVE CRICKET The West Indies open their 12th tour of India on Thursday (Wednesday night local time) with nothing, as far as victory is concerned, but a hope, or a wish, for victory or for a draw. Of the 45 matches in the subcontinent, the West Indies have won 14 and lost 11, while drawing 20, and in the 49 matches in the West Indies, they have won 16, lost 7, and drawn 26. The important numbers, however, come from the last six series anywhere, at home and abroad, where in 19 matches, India have been dominant, winning 10, losing none, and drawing nine, most of them while they were in a winning position. The future, therefore, looks bleak, even when it is remembered that lndia are now just coming off a disappointing tour of England where they lost 4-1, a loss that may have affected their confidence. For the West Indies, it is important to remember that India were playing away from home and also that it was, in spite of the scoreline and apart from the first match, a close, intriguing, and exciting battle. This time, however, India will be playing at home, and on top of that, they boast a formidable aggregation, especially in the batting and bowling departments. In captain Virat Kohli, India parade the world’s top batsman, and surrounding him are quality batsmen like KH Rahul, Shikkar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Chetestwar Pujara, Ajinka Rahane; the 20-year-old Risbah Pant; and the 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw. And then there are the all-rounders – off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, and medium-pacer Hardik Pandya, followed by spinner left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, and, surprisingly for India, a quintet of fast bowlers in Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah. As formidable as India seem, as gloomy as things may look, and although India are ranked number one and the West Indies are ranked number eight, the Windies can rise to the occasion and surprise everyone, including India, and especially in a short two-Test series. They have shown in the past that they know how to win, and apart from obviously possessing the quality previously, they have also shown, on one or two occasions in the recent past, that they have had the quality to perform in big company, that they have won, and that they can win against the big boys. They won against England in Bridgetown in 2015, they won again against England in Leeds in 2017, and on both occasions, it was against the odds. One day before the Test series against India gets under way, the Super50 limited-over tournament is scheduled to start in the Caribbean, and the promise is for an interesting and exciting tournament, with the group matches scheduled for Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago and the semi-finals and final for Barbados. Although the West Indies will be away, on show will be players like Chris Gayle, Rovman Powell, and Oshane Thomas, who will play the first two or three matches for the Jamaica Scorpions; Jerome Taylor of the Scorpions; and Marlon Samuels, who is also expected to play two or three matches for Windies ‘B’. From the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force will be Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and Sunil Narine, who are hunting places on the West Indies team to next year’s World Cup; Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, and Denesh Ramdin, who, if selected, are expected to play throughout the tournament; along with Evin Lewis, who is also expected to play two or three matches. Others who are expected to be on parade during the tournament are players like batsmen Brandon King, Fabian Allen, and Sherfane Rutherford, left-arm spinner Khari Pierre; pace bowler Romario Shephard; and left-arm pacer Obed McCoy; and also, possibly, AndrÈ Russell. The interesting thing about the Super50 tournament this year is the number of players, who earlier had refused the West Indies board’s olive branch, who had refused to represent the West Indies in the World Cup qualifier earlier this year, and who have decided to play in their bid to get into the team for next year’s big showpiece, the World Cup.last_img read more

Renata’s journey started with “Yo I write this thing, y’all want to listen to…

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first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratThere is something unexplainable about the way she speaks, the way she delivers, the way she shares her experiences. I question whether it is the power in her voice, or the ability of her words to soothe the searing pain of open wounds or the way the words just linger after speaking to our souls.For the past two years, her face has been gracing social media sites with her words spreading like wildfire. The name Renata Burnette is synonymous with modern-day Spoken Word Poetry in Guyana. The 22-year-old trailblazer is nothing short of inspiring as she speaks her truth which quite often is something a lot of people run from.Renata, a Communications major at the University of Guyana, never had in mind that her words would have made such an impact on society. Her journey has been, and continues to be, a learning experience for her as she aims for greater heights.After completing her secondary education at the Brickdam High School, Renata decided that she wanted to do CAPE Law and gained admission at the St Joseph High School. As usual, there were days when no teachers were available to teach and during that time students were urged to study or work on their own, but Renata and her classmates used that time for grounding sessions.They would trade advice and have heated discussions along with karaoke among other things. With the majority of students being female, it meant the discussions were almost always centred around relationships. It was during that time she experienced her first heartbreak and to add salt to the wounds the person she was dating almost instantaneously got into another serious relationship.“I felt as though I really couldn’t say how I felt and I started writing and then the words were coming consistently and then it started to make sense. It wasn’t necessarily a rhyme scheme, but it started to make sense because that was exactly how I felt. A day in class when we didn’t have any lessons or any teacher, I told my friends ‘yo I write this thing, Y’all want to listen to it and obviously why not’…they did.”“The first piece I wrote was called “Thank you for hurting me”, because it was like a healing process. It was like you hurt me, I was upset, I was angry, but now I see that you really weren’t meant for me, so thank you for showing me that, but you know, of course, in a way that caused me a lot of pain,” she explained.After hearing what she was capable of, Renata’s friends fell immediately in love with her talent and in an effort to encourage her, they told her to aim high. They encouraged her to shoot for the stars and said that they would be right there supporting her every step of the way. To date, whenever she performs or hosts an event, they are always there in her cheering section, pushing her to achieve every bit of success possible.Renata grew up in a family home at Better Hope on the East Coast of Demerara with her mother and sister. There were other relatives in the house as well. With her sister away at a school that required her to stay on campus and her mother a Sergeant in the Guyana Defence Force, Renata had a lot of free time since she was alone in the lower flat of their home most of the time.That alone time was spent with her numerous male cousins having a grand time. While growing up, despite being very good at Literature and English Language in school, Renata never felt an immediate connection to poetry. It may have been a work in progress, but she never connected the dots until she actually started to dip her feet in the poetry world.Back in high school, while attending mandatory Mathematics lessons, her friend Crystal would be constantly writing several long lines which were not mathematical formulas. Upon inspection of Crystal’s work, Renata thought it was “very sad and painful and deep, but that is how she felt and that was her comfort and I didn’t take heed to it until I started and it was very nice to know that somebody was interested in something I never heard about.”She also draws inspiration from several poets and artists whose work speak of their stories.Renata’s work is heavily influenced by her personal experiences since she does not write without feeling what she is writing.“I always describe myself as a self-sacrifice when it comes to my poetry. I could never write anything that I don’t feel or experience myself, hence I don’t recite other people’s pieces, you know. I have never recited anybody’s pieces. I have never really written anything that I have never experienced myself and to me, that’s how my poetry is because everything for me is personal because that is how I feel.”“Writing about the absence of my father, writing about how my mother saw men, writing about my family, writing about relationships, writing about societal issues and how they are affecting me and the people around me are all the things I felt personally. Things that made me angry, made me sad, made me feel scared and not in control and those were the easiest to write. Putting them down, it was hard because I hardly ever speak of these things because that’s where poetry works for me whereby that was my escape to let all of that out and then recite it in the hope of somebody would benefit from it,” she said.In Guyana, the common view is that a lot of emphasis is not being placed on the development of the creative sector. Renata shares this sentiment since she is of the view that we have failed to create a space where people can come and bask in their own art. She said that the Ministry of Social Cohesion should be placing more emphasis on the holistic development of the creative sector and not just when it sees an opportunity for benefit.last_img read more

Muthaiga hosts Dasani Golf

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first_img0Shares0000Kenya’s Home of Golf, the Muthaiga Golf Club will this weekend play host to the Dasani Golf Gala. This will be the fifth event on what is the second season of the Gala. Over 200 golfers have so far registered to participate at Muthaiga and to compete for the four qualifications team slots up for grabs. According to the Muthaiga Captain, Steve Njukia, a full field is expected to participate. “Our golf course can comfortably host 220 golfers, and since this is one of the most popular events on our calendar, we expect a fairly full field,” Njukia said. “Muthaiga is home to the best amateur golfers in the country and those who qualify here will definitely be strong contenders at the Grand Finale.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Emotions run high at OSB resin change meeting

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first_img“Who’s going to buy my property if this becomes a problem, if my kids get sick? Who’s going to want my five acres?,” asked Dixie Modde, who lives two places down from the mill. “We have a log house on five acres that has a beautiful shop and beautiful yard, but your kid’s going to get sick. Who wants that? I don’t.” The main advantage of using MDI would be an increased production of the high quality board, as well as a lesser demand on the plant’s pollution control equipment. However, Coote says any proven health risks are not worth those benefits. After reading out some of the research he’s done, Richard Burley, who lives south of the plant, summed it up: “I guess we’re all here about our kids, about our property values, and about our health and future.” The residents of two neighbouring properties came forward with their bad experiences with the mill. They say they’ve had multiple spills onto their land, and were not impressed with the response of the company. Coote, who has worked in the industry and for LP for 17 years and at the PVOSB since August, says he wouldn’t be making the application if he felt there was a health risk for him and his employees. “Would I put my health at risk for LP? Absolutely not. I believe that I am not putting my health at risk, nor would I put the health and safety of any of my employees at risk, nor the community’s which I live in,” he maintains. PVOSB ran a one day trial back in July, during which only two of 84 sure spot hygiene tests exceeded WorkSafeBC standard, which will be remedied through engineering and additional protective equipment. An open invitation was extended to anyone wishing to tour the mill. PVOSB Environment Manager Lindsay Sahaydak and mill Manager Ian Coote took the opportunity to respond to some of the public’s questions and concerns, but it appeared the crowd had mostly made up its mind. Sahaydak explained that what they saw in the CBC video was “all true”, but that the company has changed in the past 20 years. The resin is called MDI (methlyne diphenyl diiocyanate), which PVOSB says is used in many products like spray foam insulation, plastics for appliances, furniture and shoe glue, and is used at every other Louisiana Pacific OSB plant in North America.  However, several residents who spoke have done their own research on the chemical, and found it’s been linked to health issues like asthma in the past.The meeting was organized by Sandra Cushway, who only heard about the application earlier this week. Her main concern, which was echoed by many other speakers, was that when the mill was proposed in the early 2000s she felt the community was assured MDI would not be used.center_img “We’ve demonstrated that we’re able to use this responsibly. We want to take the same configuration, the same competitiveness that the other plants in the OSB are doing and utilize it at Peace Valley OSB,” he says. “But we certainly do not want to do it at the expense of the health and safety of our employees or our community.” “Because of all those issues that happened, they’ve completely turned the company around,” she argues. “We know we can use [MDI] safely. There are a lot of reports out there about health impacts that some people were bringing up about asthma; it is occupational asthma. It’s been seen in people who have been overexposed in the workplace environment where there haven’t been good enough safety controls in place, and we do have those controls in place.” She showed the audience a CBC documentary from the early 1990s called “Ill Winds”, which follows health problems of some Dawson Creek residents after the OSB mill was built there, and the legal victory of residents near another Louisiana-Pacific mill in Colorado. Afterwards, several members of the audience came forward with their questions and concerns about both the health and environmental impacts of using MDI. Residents were also concerned to hear that there were originally five air monitoring stations in the mill, and only one is used today, as well as that LP gets to choose which days it gets its quarterly test. “I was one of the ones that stood very passionately in the Cultural Centre 10 years ago and said, when we were told this would not be used, ‘and what guarantee do we have 10 years from now, once the plant is in, you will not turn around and use MDI?’,” she told the large crowd. “I was assured at that time that MDI would not be used.” The public has until December 28 to comment on the PVOSB’s application to the Ministry of Environment. It’s estimated 170 signatures were gathered on a petition asking the mill to not use MDI. Area C Director Arthur Hadland also spoke against using the resin, suggesting PVOSB should withdraw their application. He was the only elected official present.- Advertisement –last_img read more

First look at Arsenal’s new Puma kits!

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first_img 3 Arsenal 2014/15 away kit – Click the arrow for more – The Gunners’ iconic yellow and blue design returns and will be worn during Premier League matches Arsenal mean business this summer. They have already brought in Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez and Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy is expected to follow but on Thursday they unveiled their latest signing – their hotly anticipated new home and away kits.The Puma manufactured home, away and cup kits were revealed through a 20m high water projection on the River Thames viewed from the North Bank.To see the first shots of Arsenal’s new kits, click the arrow above. 3 3 Arsenal 2014/15 home kit – Click the arrow for more – A modern take on Arsenal’s traditional red home strip Arsenal 2014/15 away (cup) kit – Click the arrow for more – A bold design, Arsenal’s alternative away strip will be worn for Champions League and FA Cup matcheslast_img read more

Exclusive – Everton and Crystal Palace target going nowhere, insists Swansea manager Garry Monk

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first_imgSwansea manager Garry Monk has told talkSPORT there is no chance captain Ashley Williams will leave the club this summer, amid reported interest from Premier League rivals Everton and Crystal Palace.The Wales defender has been consistently linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium ever since impressing in the Swans’ debut top flight season three years ago.Palace boss Alan Pardew has already been active in the transfer market with the club record arrival of Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Yohan Cabaye, and it is believed the London outfit have submitted a formal offer – reportedly around £10million – to make 30-year-old Williams their second big-money arrival of the summer.Everton have also registered an interest, but the centre-back is “very committed” to Swansea and fully focused on the season ahead, according to manager and former team-mate Monk.“Ash will be here, he’ll be here with Swansea,” said the Jacks boss, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I’ve got a good relationship with him, he’s our captain and obviously I played with him for many years as well.“For the past six or seven years he’s been linked with a team in the summer, and whether that’s actual interest or driven by the papers and agents, I don’t know.“But Ash is very committed to the club, he’s our captain and he’s captain of Wales as well, it’s a big year for him with qualification coming up with his country.“I don’t think he’ll want to do anything that unsettles him, I think he’ll want to give himself the best chance to qualify with Wales and have a good season with Swansea as well.“I know he’ looking forward to it and is fully focused on the season ahead with Swansea.”The Jacks were busy in their early stages of the transfer window, bringing in four new faces including £5.2million Portuguese striker Eder.But, when asked if he is planning any more swoops before the window shuts, Monk insisted he is completely satisfied with the squad he has at his disposal.“As a manager, you’re always looking to improve the squad,” the manager added.“We recruited really well last season, which was really important – we moved 12 players out and brought eight back in. This year we’ve brought four in and we managed to get it done early, which is great for the preparation for the season which is vitally important.“Of course, there’s the possibility of doing a bit more business, but I’m very happy with the squad I have.”last_img read more

Seven students arrested in race-linked school fracas

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first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A fight between two boys Friday at Golden Valley High School escalated into a brawl among 20 more, and later ended with the arrests of seven students. Ranging in age from 15 to 18, the students were booked on suspicion of battery on school grounds, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Larry Gump. Gump said students fought along racial lines. There were no weapons or injuries reported. “It was black and white versus Mexican,” said sophomore Martin Romo, 15, who witnessed the fight. “I’ve never seen that before at school. I was scared.” Robin Adams was the first parent to arrive at the school. She rushed over after learning from her daughter on campus that her 15-year-old son had been jumped by another student during lunch. School officials told her to wait outside for more information, and she paced around the entrance, holding the hands of two small children. The Canyon Country mother said some boys had cornered her son, a football player, in the bathroom days earlier and threatened to fight him, but then stopped when an adult walked in. “He’s been scared,” she said. Pat Willett, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District, said the fight had its roots in an off-campus altercation at a party days before. As school let out Friday, students were ordered via loudspeakers to keep moving and get off the campus. They huddled on an island of grass in the parking lot as their rides arrived. The district also employed more buses to take students home immediately. Meanwhile, Principal Jacque Snyder and other school officials asked deputies to keep the news media off campus even though state law allows reporters and photographers open access to public schools. As they waited for their ride home, sophomores Christine Lopez and Fabiola Guillen said they were eating lunch when suddenly they saw everybody running across campus. Then a bell rang and everyone was ordered to sixth-period classes. They were surprised when they learned that the fight was among races. “Everyone gets along here,” said Lopez, 15. “It’s rare that race got involved.” After the campus cleared, the seven students in custody were escorted in handcuffs from the school’s main office by deputies to waiting squad cars and vans parked on school grounds behind a gate guarded by more deputies. Snyder did not comment on the fight and referred phone calls to the district office. Golden Valley High School opened in August 2004 to students in grades nine and 10. Juniors were added this year. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Sixteen squad cars lined the school’s perimeter and two sheriff’s helicopters hovered overhead at times as the school went into lockdown and students were ordered to their sixth-period classes, where they sat for the rest of the day. The sight alarmed some parents, who were already angry that the school didn’t notify them about the fight; instead, they got the news from their children, who called from cell phones or sent them text messages. Parents said that when they called the school to verify the story, they were advised not to come to the campus and told that the situation was under control. “Are you kidding me?” yelled Norma Johnson, who rushed to the school to pick up her son. “Who will protect him when he leaves school?” The Canyon Country mother stood with about 50 other parents outside a gate and gave their children’s names to school officials, who located the students and reunited them one by one. last_img read more

Dele Alli set to be called up to England squad despite threat of FIFA ban

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first_imgDele Alli is set to be called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad despite the threat of a FIFA ban, it is understood.The Three Lions welcome Slovenia to Wembley next week for a World Cup qualifier that is swiftly followed by a trip to the Baltics to take on Lithuania.England’s place in Russia is all but assured given they have a five-point cushion at the top of Group F, but Southgate may have to deal without Alli for the end of qualification – and even beyond.FIFA has confirmed that its disciplinary committee will decide by Thursday what, if any, punishment the Tottenham midfielder faces for raising his middle finger during the qualifier against Slovakia.Alli could be hit with a ban and/or a fine for September’s incident, with a lengthy suspension meaning the 21-year-old could potentially even miss the start of the World Cup next summer.A shorter ban would impact October’s qualifiers, but it is understood Southgate intends to name the midfielder in his squad on Thursday.Alli’s involvement would depend on FIFA’s decision, but with World Cup preparation time at a premium it would allow him to be part of the group, if only for a short while.The Tottenham midfielder and FA are hoping that some leniency is shown by world football’s governing body.Video evidence has been submitted along with written statements in a bid to back-up their argument that Alli’s ill-judged gesture was aimed at team-mate Kyle Walker rather than the officials or any Slovakia player.The FA is hoping to get wind of the decision before Southgate announces his squad on Thursday.But a FIFA spokesperson told Press Association Sport earlier in the week that “disciplinary decisions are usually notified and communicated a few days after the hearing”.Alli’s availability is an unwanted complication ahead of Thursday’s squad announcement at St George’s Park, where the England boss will be unable to call upon highly-rated Nathaniel Chalobah again.The highly-rated Watford midfielder was in line for his England debut having been involved in the squad for the first time last month, but the 22-year-old has had to undergo surgery on a knee injury sustained in training.The club’s performance director Gavin Benjafield expects to see Chalobah “re-integrating into the squad well before the New Year”, although the injury has thrown a season that could end at the World Cup off kilter.That injury, along with Alli’s potential ban, narrows England’s midfield options, with Adam Lallana, the country’s reigning player of the year, and Danny Drinkwater also both out through injury.James Ward-Prowse has only started two Premier League games for Southampton this season but Southgate may turn to his former under-21s captain, who was given his international debut against Germany in March.Saints team-mate Nathan Redmond, who also made his bow in Dortmund, is pushing for a place in the squad, as is West Ham’s Michail Antonio if he can overcome a groin complaint.Leicester defender Harry Maguire impressed behind the scenes in the previous meet-up and is likely to receive a second call-up, but Everton centre-back Michael Keane is a doubt with a foot issue.Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Rose remain unavailable at full-back, while Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has only played 45 minutes since returning from ligament damage in his foot.Arsene Wenger says Danny Welbeck’s groin injury will keep him out until after the international break, while Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott will be hoping for a recall. Jack Wilshere only has one substitute appearance and a solitary start under his belt for the Gunners this term.Burnley’s Tom Heaton has undergone surgery on his dislocated left shoulder, but Southgate named four goalkeepers in the last meet-up so Joe Hart, Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland are set to retain their place. Fraser Forster is the main contender if Southgate plumps for four again. Dele Alli could face a FIFA ban 1last_img read more

China syndrome

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ ADDING insult to injury, an L.A. city panel voted last week against letting the San Fernando Valley keep $600,000 of hotel bed taxes to promote tourism to the area – and then voted to spend $800,000 on a new tourism office in China. Seeing that some of the city’s top players have spent more time in Asia than in the Valley lately, we shouldn’t be surprised. Officially, L.A. Inc. is supposed to promote tourism for all of the city, but Valley leaders have long felt that it pays this region short shrift. That’s why City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel proposed the $600,000 pilot program – less than the Valley’s fair share, but enough to give it a fair chance. But the panel said no, ordering L.A. Inc. and Valley leaders to spend 60 days patching things up. Real promotion for the Valley will have to wait … until the mayor can lead a delegation on a junket to Pacoima. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more