Spurs eyeing swoop for Fiorentina ace Riccardo Sottil after slow start

first_imgTOTTENHAM are reportedly continuing their policy of targeting Europe’s top young players by taking a trip to watch Riccardo Sottil.The Fiorentina winger made his Italy Under-21 debut earlier this month having moved into the Tuscan side’s first-team.2 Sottil has been part of each of Fiorentina’s squads this seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyAccording to Daily Express, Spurs scouts travelled to Italy to watch Sottil play against Atalanta on Sunday night.However they would have left disappointed given the 20-year-old remained on the bench throughout the 2-2 draw.After spending last season on loan at Serie B outfit Pescara, Sottil has appeared three times for Fiorentina in 2019/20.Spurs predominantly focused on up and coming prospects during the summer window, spending around £100million.Tanguy Ndombele, 22, was the chief marquee signing with Giovani Lo Celso and teenage wingers Jack Clarke and Ryan Sessegnon, both of whom are yet to appear for Mauricio Pochettino.Clarke, 18, was sent back to Leeds on loan for this campaign but has hardly played for the Championship leaders.Latest Football NewsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight title Meanwhile Sessegnon has struggled with a hamstring injury with no specified date of return.Spurs are in need of fresh impetus having endured something of a nightmare week.The 4-0 hammering of Crystal Palace seemed to calm the nerves around North London but letting a two-goal lead slip at Olympiacos and losing to Leicester have raised the alarms.2James Maddison speaks after scoring winning goal to beat Spurs at the King Power Stadiumlast_img read more

Antony: interest from Europe after standing out in the Pre-Olympic

first_img39 The Pre-Olympic has put Antony (19 years old) on the European map, the colorful end of Sao Paulo. His performance during the tournament in Colombia has raised or increased the interest of several teams from the Old Continent, including the Ajax, Borussia Dortmund or RB Leipzig. In the competition that gave access to Tokyo 2020, purpose achieved by the Brazilian U23, Antony started five of the seven games, playing in them 428 minutes and leaving a goal and an assist. It is not included in the main statistics, but what the coach and his teammates value most about him is his ability to split defenses while facing continuously: has finished with 12 occasions created, 9 fouls received, 15 finishes or 85% accuracy in the pass. “I feel very honored to be part of this moment with the National Team. Being in a Games is one of my big goals in 2020 “, Osasco declared with the classification under his arm.center_img The three, and with special involvement the Ajax, have contacted Sao Paulo to be interested in the situation of the player in previous weeks, before the market closes. Also, although very superficially with the environment of the attacker. Antony has a contract until September 2023 with his current club, However, he has heard offers for him because he is aware that his future, sooner rather than later, is in Europe. Tokyo goal accomplishedComments on Antony have grown in a last year in which he has been doing great. In 2019 he was elected MVP of the Sao Paulo Junior Cup, in which he was decisive marking in the final. That earned him to be summoned by the Olympic for the Toulon Tournament, also won, and to move on to the first team of Sao Paulo, in which he continued progressing until he was summoned by André Jardine for the Pre-Olympic.last_img read more

‘LaLigaSantander Fest’: music and sport on Saturday against the virus

first_img“From LaLiga, we wanted to support all those people who will face their third weekend of quarantine and, at the same time, raise funds to acquire medical supplies. We are very happy with the great response we have received from all fronts. Footballers, clubs, artists and sponsors have all joined us in this initiative. And I am convinced that together we are going to create something “, Óscar Mayo, director of Business and International Development of LaLiga, has assured.International artists and stagesAlejandro Sanz, David Bisbal, Aitana, Sebastián Yatra or Antonio Orozco are just some of the big names who will join many other relevant artists next Saturday, who will lend their voice to this cause of solidarity. The names of the rest of the singers will be revealed throughout the week through LaLiga’s social networks and the profiles of the artists and players themselves.The sponsors of LaLiga: Santander, PUMA, EAsports, Budweiser, Rexona, BKT, LiveScore, Clear, El Corte Inglés, Samsung, Panini, Sportium, Deliveroo, Allianz, STIHL, Mazda, Danone, Marqués del Atrio, VITALDENT, Mailboxes and RENFE , They have not hesitated to join this initiative by lending their support and making this charity festival visible.LaLiga is played at homeThis festival is part of the LaLiga play at home campaign, that seeks to support fans for the duration of the quarantine, to make it more bearable and to raise awareness of the importance of not leaving their homes to stop the expansion of COVID-19.This concert comes just a week after #LaLigaSantanderChallenge, the virtual challenge that influencer Ibai Llanos launched to all LaLigaSantander clubs to play a FIFA20 tournament. The tournament, which ran from Friday to Sunday, raised more than 142,000 euros, which will go to UNICEF to help fight COVID-19. The extension of the state of alarm decreed by the Government because of COVID-19 means that Spaniards must remain at least three more weeks without leaving their homes. In this context, LaLiga, in collaboration with Banco Santander, Universal Music and the rest of its sponsors, players, clubs, artists and GTS, have launched the ‘LaLigaSantander Fest’ initiative. The first charity festival with a global impact that seeks to raise funds to acquire products necessary to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and which will be channeled following the government’s health priorities, in coordination with the Superior Sports Council (CSD).It is a solidarity macro-concert that will unite for the first time 20 top-level artists virtually and that will have the presence of footballers from all the LaLigaSantander clubs. This solidarity festival will air next Saturday, March 28, starting at 6:00 p.m. for fans around the world. A total of 20 national and international artists of the stature of Alejandro Sanz, David Bisbal, Aitana, Sebastián Yatra or Antonio Orozco, never before together in the same initiative, they will participate in. Along with them will be 20 footballers from LaLigaSantander teams, who have not hesitated to join this initiative launched by the club association.All of them will participate from their respective homes. It will be broadcast simultaneously in all countries of the world. It can be followed through all LaLiga channels and the LaLigaSportsTV platform, as well as through the Movistar LaLiga channel. Similarly, LaLiga will offer the signal to all international broadcasters who wish to broadcast it. The donations, which can be made through the Santander Foundation through various channels that will be announced soon, will aim to raise funds for the acquisition of medical supplies, always in coordination with the health authorities and the CSD.last_img read more

Calabar still awaiting answer from ISSA

first_imgCalabar High School is still awaiting an explanation from the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) on the reasons for allowing Aryamana Rodgers of Uganda to represent Kingston College at the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships set for March 28 to April 1 at the National Stadium.Representatives of the school handed over the Mortimer Geddes Trophy it won last year to ISSA’s competitions officer George Forbes at the association’s head office yesterday and repeated a call for a full explanation from the governing body of high-school sports.Rodgers, a Ugandan middle-distance runner, is regarded as one of the favourites for the boys’ Class Two 1500m and 800m events at Champs.Rodgers joined KC in October last year, missing ISSA’s registration deadline of September 30, 2016. ISSA has cleared him to compete, citing what is being described as “extenuating circumstances”.Calabar’s vice-principal, Calvin Rowe, who handed over the trophy, dismissed rumours that the earlier-than-usual handing over was a mark of protest.”We are not making a protest. We are returning the trophy. This is no protest; we saved ISSA the trip of coming to Calabar for the trophy,” Rowe said.After the trophy was handed over, Rowe read an official statement from the school on the matter.’ONGOING DISCOMFORT'”Following on our press release of March 14, 2017, in which we stated our intention to employ various modes of expression of our ongoing discomfort with the still unexplained ISSA decision to admit the ineligible Ugandan athlete (Rodgers), we are using this occasion, the public return of the trophy which we won at the 2016 Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, to make the following comments:”We call upon ISSA to pay us the courtesy of a response to, or at least an acknowledgement of, our letter requesting a copy of their written ruling or statement on the matter in question.”We again urge ISSA to reflect on the ways in which their decision may be interpreted as jeopardising the level playing field to which all participants in this championship are entitled, thereby calling into question the very integrity of the organisation of this proud showpiece of Jamaican junior athletics.”We believe that the issues of governance which have been highlighted as a result of the juxtaposition of this particular ISSA decision against former decisions to which we are privy, are serious issues which, if left unacknowledged and unaddressed, have implications for our participation in activities surrounding this year’s staging of the Boys and Girls’ Championships as well as other ISSA-organised competitions going forward.”As a consequence, we regret that Calabar High School will not be in attendance at the launch of the Boys and Girls Championships scheduled for later today,’ the statement concluded.last_img read more

Unusual request for a face-to-face meeting

first_imgDear Editor,The unusual request for a face-to-face meeting with those interested in selling Guyana’s oil and Granger’s minions is a brazen attempt to foster corruption. Brokers do not need to sit in a room with Ministers to offer and agree on terms. The offer of bribes and kickbacks by way of phone, text or otherwise recordable media is foolhardy and can only be done safely in hushed whispers face-to-face. There can be no other reason for the demand for a meeting with brokers in Guyana. None!Contrary to local news reports, it was not Bloomberg that broke the news of this attempt at an unusual arrangement, Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo informed the media of this during his weekly press conference on Thursday, December 12, 2019. I recognise that the local press is hampered in following up on information provided by the Opposition by the unavailability of anyone in Government to ask questions. If you cannot reach them, you cannot question them. The entire APNU/AFC cabal is mimicking the strategy adopted by David Granger, a perverse game of ‘hide and seek’ played on the national stage.Editor, the representatives of the company that secures this bid should be forewarned that any contract they sign with the caretaker Government is not worth the paper and may indeed be very costly to their reputation and bottom line very shortly. I do not expect any reputable firm to engage in this most unsavoury process outlined by the Granger Administration for the sale of three million barrels of profit oil. Guyanese are not without knowledge or means to pursue any firm that engages in any form of corruption. Take warning; the world has become a small place for the corrupt.The Guyanese populace has been very patient with the obduracy of Mr Granger; he would be foolish to think that this will extend to his attempt to engage in corrupt practice with our national patrimony. On the off-chance that I am wrongly imputing motives to Mr Granger, he needs to demonstrate that he is not a crook or senile and step in and put a stop to this weekend’s meetings. The redemptive effect of staving off this blatant attempt at corruption by his minions may well be the salve Granger’s soul during his remaining years. We are in a period of advent; repent!Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Huskies drop game one in round two of the playoffs

first_imgIn the second, the Navigators scored half way through the period with a goal from Carson Fairless.In the third period, the Huskies tried to mount a comeback with a powerplay goal from Cole Calliou, but the Navigators scored two powerplay goals of their own in the period.  The Huskies ended up scoring one more goal at the 16:24 mark of the third period from Kole Norris.In the end, the Navigators beat the Huskies 5-2 and have taken a 1-0 lead in the series.  Game two goes Saturday night in Fort St. John at the North Peace Arena starting at 8pm.- Advertisement –last_img read more

PPP regional reps lament procurement corruption

first_imgPeople’s Progressive Party (PPP) regional representatives of Regions One (Barima-Waini) and Nine (Upper Takutu- Upper Essequibo) are decrying the level of corruption that has infested their respective regional procurement systems.Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the Vice Chair of Region Nine, Karl Singh, disclosed that over the past three months, there have been issues whereby Regional Executive Officer (REO) Carl Parker, who is heading the region’s Tender Board, awarded some 85 per cent of the region’s contracts using selective tendering.Region One Chairman Brentnol Ashley“So he would have basically selected, not a few, almost all PNC (People’s National Congress – the leading party in the APNU fraction of the Government) people and gave them all these contracts without following all the tendering procedures,” Singh noted.He pointed out that as Vice Chairman, as well as Chairman of the Region’s Works Committee, he wrote Public Procurement Commission (PPC), seeking an investigation into the matter.Region Nine Vice Chairman Karl Singh“That investigation was carried out two months ago and onto now, we have not seen any action taken as relates to that issue,” he posited.As such, Singh said that because of the incompetent contractors who were given those contracts, many of the region’s projects have not been completed as yet. In fact, he explained that usually, around September, approximately 65 to 75 per cent of the works in any region should be completed but in the Upper Takutu- Upper Essequibo Region, only about 40 to 45 per cent of the works are completed.He added that in addition to the works moving at very slow pace, payments to contractors is also at a snail’s pace.“So you see the incompetence there on the part of the REO… We continue to see discrimination by him. We continue to see persons, whom he believes are associated with the PPP (People’s Progressive Party) and thinks are associated with the PPP, not getting any work, and those are the ones who are qualified contractors. Those are the ones who are paying the taxes, NIS (National Insurance Scheme), GRA (Guyana Revenue Authority)…,” Singh stressed.Meanwhile, Region One Chairman Brentnol Ashley, also lamented the same, telling reporters that major projects in the region that should have been awarded and near completion are not yet awarded or are still in the mobilising stage. In fact, he noted that those projects are only about 30 per cent completed.He specifically pointed to the education sector where many of the schools, including Port Kaituma Primary and Secondary, as well as Mabaruma Primary, have their works stalled. This, he stated, has resulted in the inconveniencing of students, who are forced to attend school using the shift system.“For instance, in Port Kaituma in the morning, the primary school uses the secondary school building and in the afternoon then the secondary school children would go to school,” he noted.According to the Regional Chairman, this is happening despite the contractors recently having the two months holiday to complete the works.Furthermore, Ashley complained that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), through two of its major committees – Finance, of which he is the Chairman, and Infrastructure, of which he is the acting Chair – have been prevented in carrying out its mandate to monitor the projects.In addition, the Regional Chairman said there are allegations of corruption of millions of dollars.“For instance, contracts are being awarded contractors such as the Town Council and when we do investigate, it would have already been sub-contracted to someone and so the local democratic organ is not being given the opportunity to decide who the contracts should be sub-contracted to and this all coming through the office of the REO,” he stressed.With regards to the award of contracts, Ashley contended that his region is also experiencing the same level of corruption as Region Nine, whereby hand-picked supporters of the APNU/AFC are being given contractors.“So it’s not something that is being done in a bi-partisan manner. It’s something where, [if you’re] a supporter of [my party] I’ll give you a contract…that is exactly what is being done in Region One,” he asserted.One specific instance, Ashley highlighted, was a contractor, who got the contract to supply dietary to institutions in Mabaruma, recently dying and instead of having the contract go back to tender, it was handed down to the contractor’s son, whose name is not even in the business registration.“Those are the kind of corrupt practices that’s happening in the region. Besides that we have, for instance, contractors getting four, five, six contracts and they cannot get it done. And these things are being done with cronies and buddies of APNU/AFC coalition,” the Barima-Waini Chairman noted.last_img read more

Lampard could return for Manchester City against West Ham

first_imgFrank Lampard could return for Manchester City’s visit to West Ham on Saturday.The 36-year-old missed the Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night after suffering a thigh muscle injury in last weekend’s Premier League victory over Tottenham.But Manuel Pellegrini has not ruled out the midfielder making an appearance against the Hammers, although he is understood to have only an outside chance of being fit for the clash with his former club.Meanwhile, it has emerged that City’s new state-of-the-art training centre could be used by Lampard’s club New York City FC for a pre-season camp in January.That could benefit City by allowing the midfielder to extend his loan spell at the Etihad deeper in to the new year than was first envisaged.The new MLS franchise is part-owned by City’s owner Sheikh Mansour and the new Etihad Campus in Manchester, built at a cost of £200million, is one of a number of options for New York City as a base for pre-season training.Sources say that Lampard’s loan spell will play no part in any decision of the venue for the training camp, however.Lampard was voted City’s player of the month for September by fans and has scored a number of important goals for the club, including a dramatic equaliser against his old club Chelsea.He also won a penalty against Tottenham last weekend before limping out of the game.City boss Manuel Pellegrini said last week he was not surprised by how well Lampard has been performing.“For me it is maybe not a surprise because I know his quality,” said the City manager.“When you are the age of Frank Lampard you are not able to play three games in a week but when you have so great a player, you can resolve a lot of problems that we have during the game and I think that Frank is doing these duties at this moment. I am very happy with him.” Frank Lampard 1last_img read more

HOT, FRIGHTENING AND NOT SHORT OF A WORD – JSB IS NOW APPRENTICE DARKHORSE

first_imgSHE thinks she’s going to be the hottest housewife in Ireland after learning how to cook a curry.Last year’s camp contestant Panos thinks everyone is terrified of her.And some contestants on her own team hate her because they can’t get a word in edgeways Donegal’s Apprentice star Joanne Sweeney Burke is already proving to be a dark horse on the popular TV3 showThe Letterkenny businesswoman took a back seat this week as she allowed one contestant to fire himself and another to talk herself out of a job!Tyrone motormouth Eoin finally talked himself to death and realised he couldn’t stand the heat and saved Bill Cullen the bother of uttering those immortal words.And larger-than-life Ruth stabbed her team-mates in the back in the boardroom leading Bill to give her a red card also. The task this week was for contestants to come up with a phone APP for Unislim.And it was pretty clear from an early stage that the only way people would lose weight using the Apprentice App was by locking yourself in your car and sticking the App and your iPhone in your mouth from now until Christmas.It’s early days yet but unless JSB brings a shotgun into the boardroom or chats up Bill in front of Jackie, she could be around for a while yet!EndsHOT, FRIGHTENING AND NOT SHORT OF A WORD – JSB IS NOW APPRENTICE DARKHORSE was last modified: October 17th, 2011 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:Joanne Sweeney-BurkeThe Apprenticelast_img read more

Ballpark undergoes renovation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The change will result in 500 fewer seats in those sections, but will be offset by reopening 500 of the seats — either on the reserved (fourth) level or in the outfield pavilions — that were decommissioned last winter. The seating configuration in the rest of the stadium won’t be changed. As for the color scheme, the entire field-level bowl, including the premium seats behind home plate and down the lines (which currently are blue), will be yellow. But it will be a lighter yellow, in more of a pastel shade, than the current field-level seats. Ditto the loge level, which will go from bright orange to pastel orange. The reserved level will go from bright blue to turquoise, with the top deck going from bright red to sky blue. The pavilions also will go to the orange pastel. The wooden seats on the suite level will be unchanged, but they will be removed and refurbished before they are reattached. The new color scheme will be practically identical to the one the stadium had when it opened in 1962. But Greenspun cautioned against using the term “retro.” The premium seats beyond each dugout, meanwhile, will be replaced with fewer rows of box seats that will include a tabletop counter in front of, and running the length of, each row. “It is (being done) to eliminate the sightline problems and really create a new level of seating down there,” said Dodgers chief operating officer Marty Greenspun, who added that the boxes will have extra leg room. LOS ANGELES — After hearing countless complaints about bad lines of sight from the new premium field-level seats he had installed down each outfield line last winter, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt vowed to address the problem after the season. That is one promise McCourt is keeping, overhauling those sections as part of a $15-$20 million ballpark renovation that already is under way and is expected to be completed in time for next spring’s Freeway Series with the Angels. With the exception of those on the suite level, all of the stadium’s 56,000 seats will be replaced this off-season. The new seats will be of the same plastic as the old ones, but the ballpark’s color scheme will be dramatically different. center_img “I think it’s a restoration feeling,” he said. “It’s really going back to the time when the stadium was built, which is mid-century modern architecture. It was territorial in nature. There was definitely a Southern California or West Coast mid-century (architecture) and an East Coast mid-century, which was a different color palette than the West Coast palette.” In other words, the idea is that Dodger Stadium, with its new pastel-based scheme, will re-create the feeling of Los Angeles in the early 1960s. Greenspun added that cup holders will now be a staple of every seat in the stadium except those in the pavilions, which will continue to feature bleacher seating only. – The Dodgers have granted Seattle permission to interview Roger McDowell, the pitching coach for their Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate, for the Mariners’ vacant pitching coach position. McDowell, who posted 159 saves in a 12-year major-league career that included four seasons with the Dodgers, just completed his second season as the 51s pitching coach. Dodgers pitching coach Jim Colborn had been a strong candidate for the Mariners job, but he decided to join former Dodgers manager Jim Tracy in Pittsburgh. — Tony Jackson can be reached at (818) 713-3675. 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