Leicester’s bargain-buys and cast-offs

first_img Jamie Vardy: Four years ago, Vardy was playing for Fleetwood Town, a team outside the four professional leagues in England. Now he is a Premier League record breaker after scoring in 11 consecutive matches this season. He has spearheaded Leicester’s title charge with 22 goals and is now set to go to the European Championship with England. Shinji Okazaki: Japan’s third highest scorer with 48 goals in 100 appearances, Okazaki signed for Leicester in 2015 from German club Mainz. He has weighed in with some important goals, including an acrobatic strike as Leicester edged Newcastle 1-0 in March. Leonardo Ulloa: Bought from second-division team Brighton in 2014, his goal tally of 13 helped Leicester retain its Premier League status last season. His role has been reduced with the arrival of Okazaki this time around, but his decisive strike in the 1-0 win against Norwich in February could prove crucial to securing the title. MIDFIELDERS Kasper Schmeichel: The son of title-winning Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Kasper is a Denmark international who has played for Leicester since 2011, when the club was in England’s second division. He has 15 shutouts this season in the league. DEFENDERS Wes Morgan: The Leicester captain did not play in the Premier League until two years ago, at the age of 30. He has a powerful and combative style of defending and alongside Schmeichel has formed the core of a stubborn defence by playing every league match for Leicester so far. Robert Huth: One of the more recognisable names in the Leicester ranks, Huth has experience of winning the Premier League with Chelsea in 2005 and 2006, as well as 19 appearances for Germany. He partners Morgan in the centre of Leicester’s defence and is dominant aerially. LEICESTER, England (AP): They are the bargain-buys and cast-offs from bigger clubs now on the verge of becoming Premier League champions. Leicester play Manchester United on Sunday, one victory away from the title after being one of the favourites to be relegated at the start of the season. Here is a guide to some of the key players in a team seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with three games remaining: STRIKERS Danny Drinkwater: Incisive passing and tough tackling led to Drinkwater making his England debut last month. A former Manchester United trainee who could not break through at Old Trafford, he has flourished in central midfield at Leicester. N’Golo Kante: The club’s first signing last year from French team Caen when Claudio Ranieri was appointed manager, Kante has been one of the best midfielders in the league. Like Drinkwater, he made his international debut in March for France and scored. Riyad Mahrez: Mahrez was an unknown when he joined from French club Le Havre in January 2014. The Algeria winger is now officially England’s top player after being voted player of the year by his fellow professionals this month. While adding inventiveness and flair to Leicester’s attacking play, Mahrez has contributed 17 goals and 11 assists in the league campaign. GOALKEEPERlast_img read more

‘It is gonna be a classic’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThey may have gone through rough patches this season, but defending champion La Salle and fierce rival Ateneo are still expected to light up fireworks anew when the two fabled foes face off Saturday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at SM Mall of Asia Arena.Bea de Leon, the Lady Eagles’ leader, called the match another episode of their “classic” rivalry.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UST can further complicate matters going into the second round of eliminations with a win over FEU. But the Tigresses need to do a lot more than they did in losing to UP (31-33, 25-23, 25-16, 25-12) recently.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think it’s gonna be a classic,” said the prolific middle blocker. “But it’s anyone’s game and you can’t tell who’s got the edge.”Ateneo setter Deanna Wong said she was taking the match as a gauge to see if she has what it takes to fill in for Jia Morado, who opted to skip her final year of eligibility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We still have enough time to prepare and scout,” said Wong. “We just take it as challenge and we all need to work as a team.”Ateneo will enter the game with a four-game winning streak which somehow erased its 0-2 start. The Lady Spikers, meanwhile, are coming off a shock defeat to erstwhile doormat team Adamson early this week. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sotto is center of attention in Eaglets triumph It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 That loss prompted La Salle’s coach Ramil de Jesus to describe their game as “barangay-level.”Meanwhile, Far Eastern University will take on floundering University of Santo Tomas in the other match.The Lady Tamaraws created their own splash when they dealt the NU Lady Bulldogs their first defeat of the season, 25-22, 25-27, 25-13, 25-20, Wednesday night.The win practically rewrote the championship discussion that in the preseason mainly included the Lady Eagles and the Lady Spikers.But the Tigresses, who lost to the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, can’t be discounted in the 2 p.m. match, especially with current top scorer Cherry Rondina at the helm.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Athletes Reunion Blazes Atlanta with Red, White and Blue

first_imgFull of fun at the Peachtree Ridge Park in Suwanee, Georgia as the above action indicatesThe national colors: red, white and blue, will be on display in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States from June 23-25 as former and current Liberian sports promoters gather in a major reunion to celebrate what binds them together: sports.The three-day event will begin today, Friday, at the Monte Carlo Event Hall on 2077 Beaver Ruin Road in the city of Norcross with the arrival of delegates from other US cities, Europe, parts of Africa and Liberia. More than 500 delegates, including women and children, are expected, according to the organizers, who launched the event more than three years ago.According to the itinerary, tomorrow, Saturday, will witness an executive plenary meeting at Peachtree Ridge Park in Suwanee in the morning and sports, including soccer, basketball and kickball will be held from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Peachtree Ridge Park in Suwanee.From 8:30 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. on Saturday, a dinner and awards night will be held at Monte Carlo Event Hall at 2077 Beaver Ruin Road in Norcross. Several former athletes, journalists, sports administrators, and others will be honored with certificates for their contribution to the development of sports in their various disciplines in Liberia.On Sunday, the final day of the gathering, a financial report will be submitted to the body at 2036 Alcovy Trace Way in Lawrenceville.To climax the occasion, the third of such since the need for the gathering was put in motion, there will be a sumptuous Farewell Cookout at Peachtree Ridge Park from 2-7p.m. at 3170 Suwanee Creek Road in Suwanee.The gathering is aimed at rekindling old friendships, reexamining the future of Liberian sports, and what the delegates can do to contribute to the progress of soccer, basketball, kickball, track and field and other sports in the country.In the past, the delegates contributed funds to assist former athletes in Liberian who either fell sick or faced any other such difficulty.The athletes’ reunion was first held in the twin cities of Minnesota. Philadelphia was to follow, and the celebration returned to Minnesota. Now it is being held in Atlanta, Georgia.At the end of the meeting, a position paper is expected to be released with an overview of sports development and suggestions to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for onward distribution to the heads of the various disciplines in Liberia.Ahmadu Sarnor, Wisseh Nyankun (Mama Musa), Sarkpa Nyanseor, the proverbial ‘rock of Gibraltar’ and Dave JackleyShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

StarTimes acquire rights for FA Cup and Community Shield

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany lifts the FA Cup after their final rout of WatfordNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 2 – Pay Television Company StarTimes will see their subscribers in Kenya now access the popular Emirates FA Cup and the FA Community Shield after the broadcaster secured transmission rights.Their subscribers will enjoy the exploitation of these two prestigious football competitions on all media platforms across sub-Saharan Africa until 2021. The Emirates FA Cup will broadcast from the third round with the first game airing on Saturday January 4th 2020.Speaking on this latest development, StarTimes Regional Marketing Director Aldrine Nsubuga noted that the Emirates FA Cup and the FA Community Shield are among the most competitive national football events which Kenyan subscribers will have access to moving forward.“We have been building a very solid offer in terms of football for 2020 with national competitions with the two new properties now adding into other ongoing premium properties including UEFA Europa League, Coppa Italia and The Bundesliga. This is in our progressive efforts to secure relevant content towards extending the best value to our subscribers,” noted Nsubuga.The media rights will run across all platforms including pay television and online mobile application enabling subscribers to access football action both at the comfort of their homes and on the go.StarTimes has dedicated five channels to the rich footballing action, three of them being High Definition (HD) which includes World Football (HD), Sports Premium (HD), Sports Arena (HD), Sports Focus and Sports Life. The channels will have additional offerings including multi-language commentary in English, Kiswahili and French.With the broadcast rights extending to availability of the matches on the StarTimes mobile application, soccer fans will be in a position to stream live matches on Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD) and Ultra High Definition (UHD).Subscribers StarTimes terrestrial platform will enjoy the Emirates FA Cup and FA Community Shield as well as other top tier soccer leagues from as little as Ksh. 749 per month on Classic bouquet while those on satellite television platform will enjoy the action on Super bouquet at Ksh. 1,499 per month.The company’s flexible subscription payment options continues to allow subscribers the freedom to pay conveniently daily, weekly or on a monthly basis in an effort to ensure fans do not miss a single match.0Shares0000(Visited 49 times, 2 visits today)last_img read more

Teams race to rescue birds from massive S.F. fuel spill

first_imgOAKLAND – The Coast Guard on Saturday nearly doubled the number of ships working to clean up San Francisco Bay’s worst oil spill in nearly two decades as rescue teams raced to save hundreds of seabirds tarred with black shipping fuel. At least 60 birds have died since 58,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel leaked into the bay Wednesday after a massive container ship hit a tower of the Bay Bridge, according to the Coast Guard. Tides carried the oil under the Golden Gate Bridge and into the Pacific Ocean, closing about two dozen beaches around the bay and along the Pacific coast. The Coast Guard deployed 20 oil skimmers Saturday, up from 11 the day before, said Petty Ofc. Sherri Eng. Nearly 20,000 gallons of oily liquid had been sucked up by Saturday morning. “Oil and feathers don’t mix,” said Yvonne Addassi, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Fish and Game. “We’re in a time crunch. The birds can only stayed oiled for so long before they can no longer be rehabilitated.” Fish and Game officials said the fuel generally stays on the water’s surface, and they had not seen any evidence that fish have been harmed – though they are concerned that the spill could affect bay herring that spawn at this time of year. Fishermen are worried that the spill could impact the much anticipated Dungeness crab season that begins Thursday. Bay Area fishermen planned to meet Saturday to discuss delaying the commercial season, said Larry Collins, who heads the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association. Once the crabs are harvested from the ocean floor, sea water is circulated in boat tanks to keep them alive, and the fishermen are concerned the spilled fuel could contaminate the crustaceans. The oil was blamed for the deaths of some crabs kept in tanks of circulating bay water at Fisherman’s Wharf, Collins said. “If the crabs get contaminated and someone gets sick, then you’ve lost your market,” said Collins, who believes the season should be postponed until the spill is cleaned up. “This is a big mess.”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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Still, authorities said most of the spilled oil will never be captured and eventually will dissolve into the water. Concentrated globules could remain for months and cause problems for seabirds. About 500 workers joined shoreline cleanup crews Saturday to mop up the damage – a job that is expected to last weeks or possibly months. State wildlife officials said they have received hundreds of reports of oiled birds found on Bay Area beaches. So far, 200 live birds have been recovered and sent to a rehabilitation center in Solano County. Most of the injured birds are surf scoters, a duck-like species that lives on the water’s surface and dives for fish. When oil gets on their feathers, it disrupts their waterproofing system and ability to stay warm, forcing them on shore where they are at risk of starvation. last_img read more

Euro 2016 door opens for Rashford as Sturridge suffers fresh injury blow

first_imgDaniel Sturridge has picked up an injury in England training – handing Marcus Rashford the chance to make his case for Euro 2016 selection.Liverpool striker Sturridge has been beset by injury problems in recent years and is now struggling with a calf issue.He sat out training on Wednesday and is now a major doubt for Friday’s friendly against Australia at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.If Sturridge misses out, Manchester United’s Rashford will almost certainly be handed a start with Jamie Vardy also absent having been granted time off for his wedding.Rashford, 18, was a surprise inclusion in England’s provisional Euro 2016 squad and, initally, was not expected to make the final 23-man party.But calls for the starlet to be taken to France have grown louder and he now looks to have a real chance of being on the plane.Friday’s game is the last before Hodgson names his squad for the finals and, with real worries over Sturridge’s fitness, an impressive performance from Rashford could earn him his place.The pacey forward has scored eight goals in 18 first-team appearances since making his United debut in February. Marcus Rashford in training for England 1last_img read more

THIRTY DONEGAL PEOPLE FACE UNCERTAIN FUTURE IN YANK BANK CLOSEDOWN

first_imgAROUND 30 people from County Donegal are among the 750 staff at a Leitrim credit card company who could lose their jobs within weeks.MBNA – owned by the Bank of America – is pulling out of Ireland. It is trying to sell its company in Carrick-on-Shannon. But if that fails, the business could be wound up.And even if a buyer is found, not all of the 750 jobs are guaranteed. Workers travel to the site from several different counties.In a statement, Bank of America said it will seek to bring certainty to employees by identifying an “appropriate solution” as quickly as possible.’According to the statement, the ultimate decision taken will be based on what is in the best interests of shareholders, employees, customers and partners. Sinn Féin Roscommon/South Leitrim TD Michael Colreavy has expressed concern for the jobs at MBNA in Carrick on Shannon.  Deputy Colreavy said it would be unthinkable that this business would be closed or transferred to another centre either inside or outside Ireland.Deputy Colreavy said: “MBNA was a very welcome and badly needed industry when it was set up in Carrick on Shannon in 1997, it transformed not just Carrick on Shannon but all of Leitrim, North Roscommon, Longford and Sligo.“A thousand jobs in a previously neglected area such as this had a visible social impact. For possibly the first time in this region people had an alternative to emigration.“The operation in Carrick was regarded by MBNA as on a par or better than any of its operations worldwide.“It would be unthinkable that this business would be closed or transferred to another centre either inside or outside Ireland.“Hundreds of young couples with families have mortgages on the basis of their income from the Bank of America whilst the rental market, particularly in Carrick-On-Shannon would collapse entirely if this business were to be closed or relocated. “It is now incumbent on government and governmental agencies to closely watch developments around the sale of the Carrick-On-Shannon business.“Government must insist that the interests of the workers, their families and the wider population of this area are protected in all the choices and decisions that will be made.“Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring job security and will be keeping a close eye on all developments in this case.”THIRTY DONEGAL PEOPLE FACE UNCERTAIN FUTURE IN YANK BANK CLOSEDOWN was last modified: August 16th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:carrick on shannonjob losses?MBNAlast_img read more

MAHON REPORT SENSATION: BERTIE’S FINAL DONEGAL SPEECH COMES BACK TO HAUNT HIM

first_imgA SPEECH by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, delivered in Co Donegal on his final day in office, has come back to haunt him, after the Mahon report published today found he lied to them.Ahern failed to tell the truth about money paid into his bank accounts in the early 1990s, according to the final report of the Mahon tribunal.The 15-year investigation is a damning indictment of Mr Ahern’s 15 days of evidence about a complicated money trail. However it it stops short of making a finding of corruption against Mr Ahern.The 3,270-page final report of the Planning and Payments Tribunal has been published online this morning. You can read it here: http://media.tcm.ie/media/documents/m/mahonreport.pdf.In April 2008 on his last day as Taoiseach, Mr Ahern spoke at a charity event at the Clanree Hotel in LetterkennyGoing off his prepared speech, at the end he told an audience of 600 people that he had “always told the truth” and if he had made “mistakes” they were “mistakes.” One guest who was there on the night said: “I remember that line very well and there was a lot of sympathy for Mr Ahern on the evening. Today that speech lies in tatters.”Today the Mahon report said it didn’t believed 15 days of evidence he gave to them.The inquiry found the former Taoiseach failed to truthfully account for tens of thousands of pounds which passed through his accounts.“Much of the explanation provided by Mr Ahern as to the source of the substantial funds identified and inquired into in the course of the Tribunal’s public hearings was deemed by the Tribunal to have been untrue,” the report concluded.“Those findings of fact which are adverse to Mr Ahern and on occasion others clearly demonstrated that important aspects of Mr Ahern’s evidence was rejected by the tribunal.” Mr Ahern failed to explain the true source of lodgements of IR£22,500 in December 1993 and £10,000 pounds sterling in June 1995 to his bank account, according to the report.Tribunal head Judge Alan Mahon has rejected Mr Ahern’s evidence that he was saving sterling to put towards the purchase of an investment property in Manchester.Corruption allegations were also levied at politicians from both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail with Judge Mahon concluding that corruption was rife “at every level of the political system.”MAHON REPORT SENSATION: BERTIE’S FINAL DONEGAL SPEECH COMES BACK TO HAUNT HIM was last modified: March 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:MAHON REPORT SENSATION: BERTIE’S FINAL DONEGAL SPEECH COME BACKS TO HAUNT HIMlast_img read more

NO SERIOUS INJURIES IN CREESLOUGH CRASH

first_imgThere are no serious injuries following a two vehicle crash in Creeslough a short time ago.The accident happened on the Dunfanaghy side of Creeslough in the past couple of hours.It is understood a car and a small van were involved in the collision. Paramedics attended the scene but no serious injuries have been reported. NO SERIOUS INJURIES IN CREESLOUGH CRASH was last modified: June 19th, 2015 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:accidentCreesloughlast_img read more

Vipers narrowly go down in Champions League first leg

first_img Tags: CAF Champions League 2018/19CS Constantinevipers sc Vipers will host the second leg in Kitende next week (file photo)CAF Champions League CS Constantine 1-0 Vipers SCStade Muhamed Hauhauoi, Constantine Friday, 14-12-2018ALGERIA – Vipers SC lost to Algerian side-CS Constantine in the first leg, of their tie in the CAF Champions League.The Venoms who were on the back foot for the entire game went down 1-0 thanks to a Beldjilali strike on 15 minutes.The StarTimes Uganda Premier League defending Champions couldn’t utilize a five minute spell in the second half in which they were on top, to at least try and get something out of the game.With 18 minutes to play, Yayo Lutimba tried his luck from 30 yards but his effort sailed over the bar.Two minutes later, Moses Waiswa was teed up just outside the area but could only look on as his shot from distance went wild of the target.On 77 minutes, Dan Sserunkuma missed the best chance of the game for the Venoms, heading wide Tito Okello’s inch-perfect cross.Towards the end of the game, Vipers were lucky not to concede more as Constantine had two goals correctly disallowed. The first was for offside while the second was deemed to have been scored after the ball had gone out of bounds in the build up.The result is not the best for Vipers but one they will be hoping to build on going into the return leg.Vipers will host CS Constantine at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.The Vipers team that started against CS Constantine on Friday:Bashir Ssekagya, Ibrahim Kiyimba, Yayo Lutimba, Livingstone Mulondo, Halid Lwaliwa, Brian Nkubi, Moses Waiswa, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Tito Okello, Abraham Ndugwa, Dan Sserunkuma.Comments last_img read more