St George’s whip Eltham to take group honours in Manning Cup

first_imgSt George’s College swamped Eltham High 4-0 to top the competitive Group C and advance to the next round in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup football competition yesterday.Gregory Messam Jr hit a brace for St George’s in the seventh and 13th minutes and Alex Marshall (22nd) and captain Shevon Stewart (24th) scored the other goals in the away fixture.Innswood started the day leading the group on 22 points ahead of St George’s and Denham Town High – both on 19 points apiece.However, Denham Town clipped Innswood 1-0 at Chedwin Park in St Catherine, which meant that all three teams closed the preliminary stage on 22 points each.St George’s topped the group with a superior goal difference ahead of Denham Town and Innswood. All three teams qualified for the next Manning Cup stage as St George’s and Denham Town made it as the top two teams from the group, while Innswood sneaked in as the second best third-place team from the seven groups in the preliminary stage.Super Cup spot for St George’sMany-time Manning Cup winners St George’s also earned a FLOW Super Cup spot as group winners, as well as a spot in the Walker Cup knockout competition, to be played among the top eight Manning Cup teams.At Chedwin Park, Denham Town scored early when Shevon Richards fired a free kick into the goal in the fourth minute.After that, Denham Town sat back and defended stoutly for the win.Coach of Denham Town, Omar Edwards, praised his team for their discipline and team spirit.”It was a very physical game. We got the early goal and defended well. We played and showed that we wanted it more,” Edwards said.On the other hand, coach of Innswood, Anthony Thompson, said his team was undisciplined.”Our goalkeeper gave up a soft goal. Our opponents wanted it more,” Thompson admitted.With the Manning Cup’s second round scheduled to start on October 26, the 16 qualifiers read: Defending champions Jamaica College, Calabar High, Hydel High, Denham Town, Innswood High, Charlie Smith High, Holy Trinity High, Wolmer’s Boys’, St Jago High, Excelsior High, Vauxhall High, Jonathan Grant High, Kingston College, St George’s College, Haile Selassie High, and Camperdown High.last_img read more

Kings whip Bolts, grab 1-0 start

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Kings closed out the first period with a bang and jumped to a 40-23 lead in the second quarter after a Brownlee basket that buried the Bolts in a hole they were never able to climb out of.Meralco, the elimination round topnotcher, tried repeatedly to get back in the contest, narrowing that gap to within four in the dying seconds of the third after a four-point play by rookie Mike Tolomia.But a barrage of triples gave the Kings a 96-75 lead going into the final 5:05 and completely knocked the wind out of the Bolts.Game 2 is slated Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, and the Bolts would need to find an antidote to Ginebra’s imposing size and impeccable shooting if they want to avoid falling 0-2 behind.Only three franchises in the league’s history have defended the Governors’ Cup, with Ginebra looking to join the company of sister teams San Miguel Beer and San Mig Coffee and the Alaska Aces.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES Another crucial factor for the authoritative win was Ginebra’s defense on Allen Durham, whom the Kings held down to 27 points, just 10 in the first half where Ginebra made its most damage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NU shoots for crown, perfect run View comments Justin Brownlee scored 32 points, had 19 rebounds and missed a triple double by four assists to headline the unforgiving Kings, who led by as large as 21 for the emphatic Game 1 win in their grudge rematch for the season-ending title.The Bolts would now have a long road trip back to Manila, where they will have to pick up the pieces and figure out what went wrong, as the series-opener not a few tipped would be close got out of hand early.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd the way Ginebra played—and dominated—actually surprised coach Tim Cone, who said that he expected a “rusty” team to go out there.“I was surprised that we played this well,” Cone said after getting five players in twin digits. “I was surprised that we controlled the game from start to finish.” Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ PBA IMAGESLUCENA—Too big, too quick and too deadly, Barangay Ginebra couldn’t have come up with a more intimidating statement to start its PBA Governors’ Cup title series against Meralco Friday night.The Gin Kings were all over the Bolts right from the get-go and battered the Bolts black-and-blue, 102-87, at Quezon Convention Center here to seize a 1-0 start and also put a huge dent in the enemy’s psyche with the second game just two nights away.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

NBA commissioner backs Enes Kanter’s decision to skip London trip

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Erdogan is doing whatever he can, such as using institutions like the Interpol to execute his brutal international policy of persecution against his critics, including abductions and kidnappings of innocent Turkish people living abroad,” Celine Assaf Boustani, an international lawyer at the Human Rights Foundation, told The Associated Press. “Interpol should reject Turkey’s request to issue a red notice arrest warrant for Kanter and uphold its constitution, which strictly forbids Interpol to undertake any politically motivated intervention or activity.”Kanter, who had played in every Knicks game this season until missing the last two with an illness, is averaging 14.4 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.Several of his teammates were reluctant to address the situation when asked before the Knicks’ practice on Wednesday, though forward Kevin Knox called it “unfortunate.”“Obviously, we miss him, but that’s a decision that we respect and understand and we’ll be happy to see him when we get back,” coach David Fizdale said.Meanwhile, Silver, speaking ahead of the ninth regular-season game in London, said the NBA is considering moving the game to Paris next year.“I’m told I’m not allowed to break news today, but yes, it is possible,” Silver said, smiling. “Paris has traditionally been a very important market for the NBA … and we’re looking forward to coming back to Paris.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Associated Press has been unable to independently verify those reports.Kanter said Wednesday on Twitter that the Turkish government could not present “any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing” and that he doesn’t “even have a parking ticket in the U.S.”Kanter, who has frequently criticized Erdogan, has had his Turkish passport revoked. He noted in an op-ed he wrote for The Washington Post earlier this week that he does not yet have U.S. citizenship or a U.S. passport — either of which would offer him greater legal protection.He learned of the cancellation of his Turkish passport on May 20, 2017, when he was detained in Bucharest, Romania, upon returning from a trip to Indonesia to run a basketball camp for his charitable foundation. He was later granted safe passage to London before returning to the United States.Turkey has insisted on numerous occasions that its detention of academics and activists for allegedly supporting anti-government protests, which have intensified following the failed coup, are an important part of its fight against extremist groups.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Canelo Alvarez to fight Danny Jacobs on May 4 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra FILE – In this Jan. 1, 2019, file photo, New York Knicks centre Enes Kanter, of Turkey, jokes with teammates during a timeout the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, in Denver. Turkish media reports said Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, that Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant and had prepared an extradition request for Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organisation. Sabah newspaper said prosecutors were seeking an Interpol “Red Notice” citing Kanter’s ties to Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey blames for a failed 2016 coup, and accusing him of providing financial support to his group. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)LONDON — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday that the safety and security of players will always be paramount for the league after New York Knicks center Enes Kanter did not travel to London for his team’s game against the Washington Wizards.Kanter said he feared he could be attacked or killed over his opposition to Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan if he were to travel to London. Istanbul-based newspaper Daily Sabah reported that an arrest warrant was issued for Kanter by Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Silver said NBA officials never suggested that Kanter skip the game but understand why he chose not to travel.“There are significant issues that he is dealing with, and I recognize that for the NBA, by virtue of the fact that we’re a global business, we have to pay a lot of attention to those issues as well,” Silver said. “I will say there’s nothing more important to me, as the commissioner of the league, the safety and security of our players, and so we take very seriously the threats that he has received, (even if) it’s just people on social media.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Again, I support Enes, a player in this league, and I support the platform that our players have to speak out on issues that are important to them.”The Daily Sabah reported that Turkish prosecutors are seeking an Interpol “red notice,” which is an international request for arrest and extradition, for Kanter, who was accused of membership in a terror organization. He was said to have provided financial support to exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has been blamed by the Turkish government as being responsible for a failed coup in Turkey in 2016. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

‘Animal and Forest’ Law Passed, Will the Liberian Senate Concur?

first_imgA bill to protect rare and endangered species from being hunted and slaughtered, has been passed by the House of Representatives and awaits the Senate’s concurrence.The bill called “The National Wildlife Conservation and Protection Area Management Act,” is designed to protect certain animal and plant species, meaning that hunting or harvesting these species will be largely outlawed.The bill was endorsed during the 19th day sitting of the extraordinary session on Tuesday, November 11, after the House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Judiciary presented its report to Plenary.According to the Committee’s report, the bill also seeks to strengthen regional and trans-boundary collaboration and coordination and also create employment opportunities for forest dependents, rangers, field guides and build capacity and create tourism dollars for the forest communities.“The law will assist in the creation of more habitats for more wildlife protection and livelihoods supports of adjacent communities,” Representative Josephine M. George-Francis, the Chairperson of the Committee said.The report added: “The law will assist in the creation of more jobs and employment opportunities for many forest dependent communities.”Though all the protected animals are not specified in the Committee’s report, some argue that the “animals” should include amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles and their young and also, in the cases of birds and reptiles, their eggs.They further argued that the law against hunting should include capturing, killing, poisoning, snaring, or trapping of any wild animal, and every attempt to do so; driving any wild animal for any of the purposes specified in sub clauses; injuring, destroying or taking any body part of any such animal, or in the case of wild birds or reptiles, disturbing or damaging the eggs or nests of such birds or reptiles.“Forests are home to approximately two-thirds of the world’s plants and animals. As trees are cleared and forests degraded, the unique flora and fauna that depend on these ecosystems come under threat of extinction,” Madam Florence Brooks of Capitol Bye-Pass said. “To protect endangered species and prevent those not currently threatened from joining their ranks, it is vital that we conserve forestlands.”The motion for the passage of the law was filed by Montserrado County Lawmaker Sekou Kanneh and unanimously agreed upon, after an hour of debate.Speaker Alex Tyler has mandated Chief Clerk, Mildred Sayon, to communicate the House’s passage of the National Wildlife Conservation and Protection Area Management Act to the Liberian Senate for concurrence.According to the Liberian Senate’s Secretariat, the National Wildlife Conservation and Protection Area Management Act has been received and will be discussed either today or next week.Meanwhile, one of the main carriers of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease is bush meat, especially monkey and bat, according to international health authorities.   The hunting and selling of bush meat, especially monkey and bat which are favorite ingredients of many Liberian dishes, have been banned on the local market by the government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Participation in Arnie Isberg Memorial Softball Tournament nearly doubles from last year

first_imgArnie Isberg was a long time resident of FortSt. John, who, throughout his life, was dedicated to various athletic programs in the region.He was an avid baseball player in his earlier days, a basketball referee, also volunteered his time for the city’s high school basketball program.Unfortunately, Isberg fell victim to Pleomorphic Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that only affects approximately 350 patients in North America, and is an extremely challenging health issue to treat.Boser says that Arnie was a great person who was always there for those who needed him, and was well known in the community. Advertisement “He’d do anything for you; he was always there. You could call him day or night and he’d help you out,” he says. “Everybody in town knew him; he owned a company and delivered boxes around town: a delivery service. Everybody here – probably 90 per cent of the people here – knew who he was and that’s why they’re here.” By late afternoon Sunday fundraising for this year was approaching the goal of $10,000, with more money still coming in. “This year we had a goal of $10,000 but I’m not sure where we are,” said Isberg. “I think we’re right around the $7,500 to $8,000 dollar range, so we came close to our target this year,” Isberg says. “I know there is still some donations and sponsorship pouring in, so we’ll have to add everything up.” Ashley Bentley is the Executive Director for the Hospital Foundation. She says the money raised will go a long way to helping in a number of areas. “The money raised is going towards the Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund, which purchases equipment in the hospital which is for cancer,” she states. “It can be anywhere in the hospital, not just our community cancer centre, so we look at purchasing equipment for medical imaging which helps in diagnosing. Last year we purchased a digital mammography [machine], which was very helpful in diagnosing breast cancer.” Advertisement Teams were also awarded with cheques based on how they finished in their given division. Many teams donated back their winnings to the cause. A final tally is expected by mid-week.center_img Vern Isberg organized the tournament, which is held in memoriam for his brother Arnie. He was very happy with the number of teams that took part and how much money was raised for the purchasing of equipment needed in the community through the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. “The tournament has been a fantastic success. We’ve almost doubled what we did last year in profits and raised money as well,” Isberg explains. “We almost doubled the profit from the beer gardens and from the donations and prizes as well.” Isberg says last year’s tournament, coupled with the weather, has made a big difference in the success of this year’s event. – Advertisement -“The weather was great, people were looking forward to it from last year, and they ended up spreading the word. We did a lot more advertising and sponsorship this year as well.”Nick Boser is a friend of the Isberg family. He and his wife are active with charities and he says it was important to come out and support the family. “Vern’s my best friend, and I’ve known Arnie for years and my wife and I do charity events every year with D & D ball team,” Boser explains. “This is just a great event to come into. Our ball team loves it, we have so much fun coming here and it goes to a great cause.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Barcelona to battle Arsenal for this promising Brazilian defender?

first_imgFC Barcelona are still no closer to signing their first new centre back of the summer, and reports in the Catalan capital claim the club could be looking as far away as Brazil for defenders. Sao Paulo’s Rodrigo Caio is being tracked by the Blaugrana, with Arsenal also said to be interested. talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight has more on the 20-year-old…Name: Rodrigo Caio Coquette RussoDate of birth: 17 August, 1993Birthplace: Dracena, BrazilPosition: Centre back / defensive midfielderClub: Sao PauloInternational appearances: 5 (Brazil U21)Honours: Copa Sudamericana (2012)What’s the latest?Catalan daily L’Esportiu note that Caio excelled at this summer’s Toulon tournament alongside fellow Barcelona target and Brazil U20 defender Marquinhos. The Blaugrana have sent technical secretary Albert Valentin out to Brazil to watch Caio with his club side, and so far the official has observed him in a 2-0 win over Bahia and a 1-0 loss against Chapecoense. Caio is expected to cost around €20m. Mundo Deportivo, meanwhile, claim Arsenal are also interested.Did you know?1) Caio has been at Sao Paulo since he was 11 years old. At youth level he played alongside the likes of Casemiro (currently at Porto on loan from Real Madrid) and Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura.2) The defender made his professional debut as a 17-year-old in 2011, though it wasn’t a game to remember, as Sao Paulo were hammered 5-0 by rivals Corinthians.3) In 2012 the youngster showed his versatility by regularly playing at right back. Though naturally a central defender, along with his spells on the flanks he can also play as a holding midfielder.4) The defender has a strong pedigree as a youth international, and was part of the Brazil U20 side that won the 2014 Toulon Tournament this summer, playing in every game including their 5-2 final victory over France. He scored two goals at the tournament.They say“Caio played a key role in Brazil’s Toulon tournament side. Sao Paolo’s president Carlos Miguel Aidar believes he’s worth €20m.” L’Esportiu on the defender.Video evidenceWhat do you think of Rodrigo Caio? Let us know below… Arsenal and Barcelona are being linked with Rodrigo Caio 1last_img read more

Europe’s clubs divided over UCL reform

first_imgThe proposals were presented by European football’s governing body UEFA in May although details had leaked earlier.The reforms include the introduction of weekend fixtures, four groups of eight, and a tiered system with relegation and promotion that would see the top six teams in each group automatically qualify for the following year’s competition.ECA, which boasts of “more than 230 members”, faced an outcry from many of those clubs and from national leagues which would be hit hard by the scheme.“A semi-closed league with more matches… threatens to enormously impoverish the Spanish league,” said Javier Tebas of La Liga.England’s Premier League issued a statement saying: “The domestic game should continue to be the priority for professional clubs.”Opponents say the plan is designed to guarantee the income of a handful of big clubs.“This reform would especially harm medium and small clubs,” said Wanja Greuel, the president of Young Boys of Berne, the reigning Swiss champions.“It eliminates the access to the top flight of European competitions through domestic leagues. Fans will gradually lose interest in domestic leagues and those leagues would be further economically damaged.”Last month UEFA announced it was cancelling a meeting with the ECA and the European Leagues, a wider body representing more than 900 European clubs, scheduled for September 11.– ‘It will kill the dream’ –UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said he wanted to “collect feedback” from member federations.The cancellation of the meeting “reveals strong opposition,” said Bernard Caiazzo, president of French Ligue 1 club Saint Etienne, who are outspoken opponents of the plan.“When you close the supreme competition to 90 percent of clubs, you kill the dream for a middle-sized club reaching it,” said Caiazzo.Smaller clubs, like French Ligue 1 outfit Lille, could have their route to the Champions League blocked by the reforms, according to the plan’s opponents © AFP/File / PHILIPPE HUGUENHe gives the example of Lille, who dramatically improved last season, finished as French league runners up, but who from 2024 “could no longer experience this fairytale of moving from 17th place in Ligue 1 to the Champions League in the space of 14 months”.On Friday, both UEFA and the ECA struck a cautious note.“We need to take into consideration the clubs’ feedback,” ECA secretary general Michele Centenaro said. “Domestic football (leagues) must be protected and, at the same time, we must try to better reward European cup performances.”UEFA’s Director of Competitions Giorgio Marchetti said there was “no pressure to make a decision” and discussions would continue into 2020.Both UEFA and ECA both regularly deny paternity of the project.According to a source close to the talks, however, the reform is the responsibility of Marchetti, who was general secretary of the Italian league before joining UEFA, in collaboration with his ECA counterpart, Belgium’s Diederik Dewaele, who was previously with UEFA.The clubs are playing the same ambiguous game, a source said.“Five or six large influential European clubs within the ECA have a large part in the reform proposal but each tries to get it endorsed by the other so as not to lose credibility.”Among these are Agnelli’s Juventus and other big clubs worried that income from the domestic leagues they dominate will stagnate.“It’s interesting to PSG because it creates wealth for all of football,” said Victoriano Melero of Paris Saint-Germain.Barcelona and Ajax are in favour. Real Madrid are reportedly backers as well.Smaller clubs on the ECA executive — Lyon, HJK Helsinki and Legia Warsaw — are also in favour. Marseille are also supporters.Other big clubs have been cagey.In Italy, Roma and the two Milan clubs abstained in an Italian league vote on the plan.In Germany, Bayern Munich, one of the presumed authors of the scheme, and Borussia Dortmund have spoken against it.This summer, ECA held “club forums” at which it continued to present an unchanged scheme despite repeated hostile reactions.After a meeting of its executive board on August 16, ECA said in a statement: “Our members have made clear that the current structure of UEFA Club Competitions is not serving the interests of the majority of clubs, particularly those outside of the largest domestic competitions.”Even if it will take longer than expected, the key elements of the plan seem to be on track, Raffaele Poli, a researcher at the International Centre for the Study of Sport in Neuchatel.“The proposal set the cat among the pigeons,” said Poli.He said that “nothing is decided” but, he predicted, “there will still be more European matches, groups with 16 matches and a strengthening of the elite.”“The percentage of clubs that are against the project or undecided is higher than the percentage of clubs that are in favour,” said Saint Etienne’s Caiazzo.0Shares0000(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah holds aloft the Champions League trophy in 2019 – but the competition could have a revamped format by 2024 if the European Club Association gets its way © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Sep 9 – The battle over the future of the Champions League will resume on Monday and Tuesday when the European Club Association (ECA) meets in Geneva and the leadership faces rebellion from members.ECA, led by Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, is closely involved in proposals to reshape Europe’s main club competition from 2024.last_img read more

Former Donegal star Eamon McGee outlines his rehab difficulties

first_imgFORMER DONEGAL star Eamon McGee has told the story of a time he spent in rehab.The Gweedore man, who announced his retirement from inter-county football at the end of the 2016 season, is a well-known atheist.During Jim McGuinness’s reign as Donegal manager, McGee found himself at such a low point – ‘a very bad place’, as he describes it – that he checked himself into rehab. In his Irish Daily Star column yesterday, McGee outlines the difficulties he faced.“One winter, I was in a very bad place,” he wrote.“I was getting down, and when I was down, I’d drink. That would push me even further down. It was a bad cycle to be in, and I needed help.“I was struggling big time and, after thinking long and hard, decided to check into a residential treatment centre for a four-week stint. “Only problem was I should have done a bit of Googling first. The place I went to had religious affiliations, and there was a lot of emphasis on religion.“Daily Mass was compulsory. You were expected to pray regularly.“Now, myself and God wouldn’t be on first name terms. I’ve made no secret of my scepticism when it comes to religion.“So this jarred with me. It would have been a tough stint anyway, but the dollop of religion made it even harder.” Former Donegal star Eamon McGee outlines his rehab difficulties was last modified: January 8th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Eamon McGeeGweedorelast_img read more

Harry Redknapp issues major warning over Chelsea star’s future

first_imgHarry Redknapp has told talkSPORT Chelsea would immediately become a lesser team if Eden Hazard leaves the club to join Real Madrid.The Blues talisman recently admitted that he is constantly wrestling in his mind over where his future lies – Stamford Bridge or the Bernabeu. Hazard has been on fire for Chelsea so far this season – with eight goals and three assists in ten appearances Hazard is torn between staying at Chelsea or moving to Real Madrid 2 2 “A lot of people at the start of the season probably didn’t fancy Chelsea as contenders, but the start they’ve had puts them in the picture.“So to lose Hazard would be a disaster. Without him they’re nowhere near the same team – he’s that good.“They’ve got to do everything in their power to hang onto him, but at the end of the day it’s going to be down to the player.“It will be difficult to hang onto him when Real Madrid come calling.” Speaking on international duty, Belgium star Hazard told the media: “Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future. I am 27 and I will turn 28 in January.”Real are expected to make a move for Hazard either in January or next summer, and many feel his self-confessed ‘dream’ move to the Spanish giants is inevitable.Others believe he could be persuaded to remain at Chelsea, but Redknapp says there is little the London club will be able to do.And he claims losing Hazard would be a ‘DISASTER’ for the Blues, who are ‘not the same team without him’.“He’s won it and done it all at Chelsea and, if Real Madrid come, it’ll be difficult to hang onto him in all honesty,” the former Tottenham boss said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“If they lose him it’s a massive blow. They’ve started the season in great form. They’ve put themselves in a good position where they can be challenging.last_img read more

McGUINNESS WILL UNVEIL HIS NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM IN DAYS

first_imgJim McGuinness has already recruited a new management team for 2014 and will reveal the chosen ones in the coming days.Jim McGuinness – has already recruited a new backroom team.The All-Ireland winning Donegal manager caused a huge stir when he parted company with his backroom team last week.“I would know myself there’s only so many people that can fit that category,” McGuinness told the Irish Times. But the Glenties man refused to comment on the decision-making process that saw Donegal part ways with Rory Gallagher, Maxi Curran and Francie Friel.“I’d know myself what I would need within the set-up and what’s required. I’ve spoken to a few people and we’ll be making an announcement in the next couple of days.”Donegal failed to defend both their Ulster and All-Ireland titles in 2013 but the Celtic FC sports psychologist provided a timeline to the failure.“We started on the 26th of May and between then and Mayo beating us we played nine championship games, club and county. “Last year we were getting a three- and a four-week build-up to every game. We were building and preparing night after night and you just felt you were moving towards a big game.“Whereas this year we were asking 100 per cent of the boys on the 26th of May, then the following week the club manager [wanted 100 per cent], the following week the club manager, the week after that they had a free weekend, the week after that the Ulster semi-final, the week after that club championship again, week after that club championship, weekend off again, Ulster final, Laois, Mayo.“So it’s difficult to be at that level that many times in that short space of time and then we picked up a lot of injuries along the way. We picked up nine injuries in the four club championship matches, on top of the injuries we picked up at county level“Those factors were very important to me when I was going back to finish off my final year in this term. I wanted to make sure that A) the players were prepared to go back and give it a big push and B) the way would be clear to prepare the team to the level I feel is required and we’ve got that with the clubs voting on it. We were the only county in Ulster last year that played club championship during the season . . . .“So those few things were important in terms of squaring away before I decided to go back and I am happy that they have been squared away.” McGUINNESS WILL UNVEIL HIS NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM IN DAYS was last modified: September 25th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:backroom teadonegalJim McGuinnessManagerMaxi CurranNewRory Gallagherlast_img read more