Bolt agrees to practice deal with Australian football club

first_imgFifa 98’s Usain Bolt controls the ball during an exhibition football match between France’s 1998 World Cup’s French football national team and FIFA 98 composed with former international players, to mark the 20th anniversary of France’s 1998 World Cup victory, on June 12, 2018 at the U Arena in Nanterre, near Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONSYDNEY — Usain Bolt is quickly closing in on a professional football career.The Jamaican great has negotiated an “indefinite training period” with Central Coast Mariners in Australia’s A-League.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 The eight-time Olympic gold medalist and the 100- and 200-meter world record holder has been chasing another career ambition since quitting quit track and field.“It has been my dream to play professional football and I know that it will involve a lot of hard work and training to get to the level required to play and make an impact in the A-League,” the 31-year-old Bolt said in a statement released by the Mariners on Tuesday. “I am very excited about coming to Australia and would like to thank the owner and management of the Central Coast Mariners for giving me this opportunity.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Mariners said the agreement does not guarantee Bolt a professional contract but does give him the opportunity.“I always say that ‘Anything is possible, don’t think limits,’ and I look forward to the challenge,” said Bolt, who is set to travel to Gosford, north of Sydney, this month to join the squad for practice. In a statement then, the FFA said: “While Usain Bolt is one of the most famous athletes on the planet, he’s not a professional footballer. If the trial goes ahead and Central Coast Mariners decided it stacks up and they want to offer him a contract, then we will have a discussion with them around that and what might be possible.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The A-League season opens in October.Bolt has already tried to play with clubs in Germany and South Africa and some critics have regarded speculation of his latest attempt in Australia as a public relations stunt.Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said he is optimistic about Bolt’s opportunity.“It is important that we don’t get too caught up in the hype of possibilities, but … we are committed to building a team that will win matches and instill belief, hopefully Usain can help us on this mission,” Mielekamp said. “We welcome Usain with open arms, and we will always remain grounded and focused on the job at hand.”Football Federation Australia responded last month with caution when reports emerged of Bolt’s hopes to play in the A-League.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Egypt keeper, oldest World Cup player, quits national team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Single-use plastics consultation in urban areas wraps up

first_imgCountrywide consultations for the ban of single-use plastics in Guyana have been completed, and the Department of Environment has noted that recommendations are to be made from these findings.This is according to the Stakeholder Management Coordinator of the Department of Environment, Aretha Forde, who told this publication on Monday that citizens from several populated areas across the country were engaged in discussions that will determine whether or not the plastics are banned.Some of these areas include Anna Regina, New Amsterdam, Rose Hall, and Linden.“We’ve done the consultations in a few urban areas. What the team would have done is to go out to these areas — like Anna Regina. They went to New Amsterdam, Rose Hall and Linden, because that’s where most of the centers of commerce are in any case,” said Forde.She also mentioned that the Solid Waste Department of the Georgetown Municipality had forwarded their opinions on the impact which single-use plastics pose on the environment.“We would have done the Georgetown consultations as well. City Hall would’ve offered from their perspective the impact of the ban on single use plastics,” she said.Single-use plastics are everyday items which are made of plastic and are disposed of after being used once, with the common ones being bags, straws and bottles.Solid Waste Director Walter Narine had stated last August that after the consultations are completed, Cabinet would be engaged to determine if the bill would be passed for the ban to be imposed.“After the consultations, they’ll take the $15 million, which is the estimation to go back to Cabinet; and if it’s all favourable, then they would roll out the legislation and regulations and put them in place,” Narine said during that time.Many persons are pushing for the ban to be implemented so that the surroundings can be rid of these plastics. It is believed that a large quantity of waste being disposed on a daily basis is made up of single-use plastics.On the other hand, others are concerned about the alternatives if these items are no longer used. A replacement of these would cost more, but it is assured that they will last for a longer period of time, and this also means that there will be less garbage pollution.With the large sums of money being spent to collect garbage in the city, City Hall is contemplating charging a fee for every barrel of waste that is collected. This service is currently free in the Georgetown area.last_img read more

Weaver no cause to be concerned

first_img“I know I’m still (young), so I’m still going to battle my ass off this spring training and do whatever I did last spring training and take it into this one.” Bartolo Colon and Francisco Rodriguez were the only other pitchers limited to long toss Thursday. Colon appears at least three weeks away from taking a mound, while Rodriguez got in some innings in winter ball in December. “Frankie just wants to stretch it out,” Scioscia said. “There’s no need for him to get on a mound. We’ll get a better indication from guys when they get their long toss going.” Rodriguez said as long some innings in winter ball are followed by a successful season, he will continue with that routine. “To me it is because it helps me to come into spring training in pretty good shape,” said Rodriguez, who expects to throw a bullpen session this weekend. “My arm is feeling better. To me it also means a lot because my family gets a chance to see me play there and at the same time it gives me a little work to get my arm in shape.” It’s early, but the opening-day roster came slightly into focus. Scioscia said he is set on an 11-man pitching staff and is unlikely to carry three catchers into the season. One of the more interesting battles of the spring will be for the final bullpen spot. After the five starters, the bullpen seems set in five of six spots with Darren Oliver, Hector Carrasco, Justin Speier, Scot Shields and Rodriguez. Scioscia isn’t leaving too many pitchers out of the mix for the final spot on the staff. He named Dustin Moseley, Chris Resop, Phil Seibel, Chris Bootcheck, Greg Jones and Matt Hensley as all in the mix to break camp with the team. As for the catchers, carrying three does not seem to give Scioscia enough flexibility. “Three is probably a long shot, although there are a couple things that can help us with three,” Scioscia said. “Most likely it’s going to be two.” Kelvim Escobar was the last pitcher to report to camp and arrived early Thursday morning. He had to perform double duty in taking his annual spring physical early in the morning and then hitting the field for a bullpen session once he was cleared. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPE, Ariz. – Although not expected to be serious, the first red alert of Angels camp has gone out. Jered Weaver did not throw from a mound on the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers Thursday, and the day of his first bullpen session remains in question. “He’s feeling good and getting there, but there is no need for him to be on the mound right now,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ll see where he is and hopefully get him on the mound shortly.” It could be that Weaver’s holdout year of 2004 finally has caught up with him. He pitched just 76 competitive innings at two minor-league levels in 2005. Then came 77 innings at Triple-A Salt Lake last year and 123 with the Angels. Weaver isn’t too concerned about the setback and isn’t lacking for confidence heading into his first full season in the major leagues. “My confidence is definitely a little higher coming into spring training knowing what to expect and knowing the guys in here,” Weaver said Thursday. “I think it’s good for me knowing that. But at the same time, there is always somebody trying to take your job too. center_img Weaver, who dealt with a bout of biceps tendinitis last season that delayed his first start of the second half, came into camp behind schedule. After throwing a combined 200 innings between the minor and major leagues last season, Weaver notified the Angels in the winter that his shoulder needed a break. Weaver didn’t begin throwing until recently, which left him unable to extend himself in the early days of camp. last_img read more

No excuses as VAR set for Champions League debut

first_img0Shares0000Video Replay: VAR technology make its debut at Champions League matches this week. © AFP / NICOLAS TUCATROME, Italy, Feb 11 – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned that there will be no more excuses as Video Assistant Referees (VAR) make their debut in the Champions League starting this week.Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on Tuesday while Roma play Porto at the Stadio Olimpico as the last 16, first legs get under way. The system which was used during last year’s FIFA World Cup, and is now widely called upon in most of Europe’s leading leagues, was initially set to be rolled out in the Champions League from the start of next season.However, it will now make its debut six months earlier than anticipated.“If we can do it before, why not” pondered Ceferin of an initiative which had been opposed by his predecessor, Michel Platini.The decision to bring forward its use follows lobbying from top clubs including Juventus, whose chairman, Andrea Agnelli, is also president of the powerful European Club Association (ECA), a union of the continent’s biggest teams.The Italian was furious after the Turin giants were dumped out of the Champions League last season by a late Real Madrid penalty.“We cannot go back, we want VAR to be adopted in UEFA competitions as soon as possible,” demanded Agnelli.Other top European coaches have also welcomed its arrival, with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola saying: “Welcome … I’m so delighted”.That is despite the Premier League being the only one of Europe’s major domestic competitions to not use VAR.“The Premier League is the last one, so sooner or later also here in England, it’s going to happen” said Guardiola, who recalled how his team had benefited from “a ridiculous penalty” awarded against Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stage.“The referees want to do a good job …they will be helped.”– ‘Clear mistakes’ –Pep Guardiola admitted that his Manchester City side benefited from “a ridiculous penalty” award in their win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stage © AFP/File / Paul ELLISBayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said he was convinced it would make “football fairer and more serious at the international level”.However, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes “no one is happy to watch European matches with VAR”.“When are you going to use it? I don’t think it’s clear — before we use it all clubs need to agree with ideas. If not it’s going to be difficult.”Roberto Rosetti, UEFA’s chief refereeing officer, told a briefing on its use in Rome last week that while “impossible to achieve the right decision 100 percent of the time” they were convinced it would “provide valuable help to match officials and reduce incorrect decisions”.Rosetti said the Video Assistant Referee would intervene for “clear mistakes” in the four match-changing situations for which it has been used elsewhere: goals, penalty decisions, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.But, unlike at the World Cup, there will not be a centralised video viewing room.“We’ll work within each stadium with a VAR, an assistant-VAR, two operators and a UEFA official responsible to send the information outside,” he explained.– ‘Lack of respect’ –Meanwhile, Slovenian Ceferin warned coaches that they would have no reason to complain after most snubbed a meeting in Frankfurt to discuss the use of VAR in European competitions.Of coaches from the 16 teams invited only those from Juventus, Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma and Schalke attended, with the others sending “assistants, other staff or even marketing people,” said Ceferin.“For me it’s not only a lack of respect for Roberto Rosetti’s team and the UEFA organisation, but the influence of coaches is huge and if they complain about being refereed they should at least come and see what the experts say about the use of VAR,” Ceferin said after being reelected UEFA president last Thursday.“Now they do not have any excuses, especially the ones that did not even come.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Spurs boss Pochettino ‘puts new contract on hold’ until end of season

first_img1 Pochettino has led Spurs to second in the table and are in with a shout of winning the title Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is causing the club concern after putting off signing his new contract until after the season has ended.The Argentinian has transformed the club’s fortunes and Spurs are in with a real chance of winning their first top-flight title since 1961.A new, £5million-a-year deal has been offered to Pochettino, but he has declined to sign it, preferring to wait until the season has ended before sitting down with club chairman Daniel Levy, according to The Sun.Manchester United are keeping tabs on the situation and are admirers of the job he has done at White Hart Lane in just two seasons.Jose Mourinho remains favourite to take the Old Trafford hot seat, if club officials decide to end boss Louis van Gaal’s tenure a season early.Meanwhile, Harry Kane is confident Spurs will push Leicester all the way, given the fixtures Leicester face – home games against Swansea and Everton, and trips to Manchester United and Chelsea.The Tottenham striker said: “With more performances like that, I’m sure we’ll push them all the way. “All we can do is keep doing what we’re doing. We’ve got to win all our games. We want to win all four of them and then we will go from there.”He added: “Obviously Leicester have got some tough games coming up.“They’re in the driving seat. All we can do is keep winning our games.”last_img read more

Inishowen artist to compete for biggest contemporary art prize

first_imgDonegal artist Marty Kelly will compete for the biggest prize in Irish contemporary art at Vue 2016 at the Royal Hibernian Association gallery from November 3-6.The €5,000 Vue Contemporary Art Prize presented by Savills will be awarded to the artist who has produced an outstanding body of work in the last year or made some other substantial contribution to the visual arts in Ireland.19 of Ireland’s leading contemporary art galleries have each nominated an artist as a contender for the prize and RHA director Dr Patrick Murphy, who has an extensive track record as a curator of contemporary Irish art, will adjudicate. Carndonagh native Kelly has been nominated by the Gibbons and Nicholas gallery in Dublin, where he completed “There’ll be no bloody bluebirds”, a series inspired by the current migrant crisis in Europe.After seeing the White Cliffs of Dover on a return trip from Calais, Kelly was reminded of the patriotic song by Dame Vera Lynn and decided to use the bluebird as a metaphor for refugees.The series explores issues of unity and separatism and how we identify with each other through compassion, love, gratitude, acceptance, pity and fear.“My current work investigates how we identify ourselves,” Kelly said. “Why do we see someone else’s experience of life as being wholly separate from our own? Compassion is seeing ourselves in each other rather than fear. Work is for me part of a daily meditation exploring these issues and states of being.“Sometimes we see others as less worthy or imprisoned and sometimes they are not. I’m observing the world and society as a self-enquiry. I don’t have the solution but I hope the work generates awareness and empathy.”Last year’s prize was awarded to abstract artist Richard Gorman who collaborated with Stoney Road Press for his series ‘Kan’ – three monumental (150 x 110cm) carborundum prints on handmade Indian paper.“This is only the second year the Savills Art Prize has been presented at Vue and we hope the award will become as important to Irish art as the Turner Prize is in the UK,” said Vue 2016 organiser Louis O’Sullivan.“Savills are the perfect partner to present the Prize as most art is found in homes and businesses, and not just museums. “Vue 2016 is a great opportunity for collectors and investors to experience some of the best contemporary art currently being created in Ireland, and to get some expert advice and guidance from leading galleries.”Opening hours for Vue 2016 are 6-8pm on Thursday, November 3, 11am-8pm on Friday, November 4, 11am-7pm on Saturday, November 5, and 12-6pm on Sunday, November 6.Inishowen artist to compete for biggest contemporary art prize was last modified: October 17th, 2016 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:artistCarndonaghdonegalMARTIN KELLYlast_img read more


first_imgFootballAodh Ruadh came through a tough examination in Killygordon on Saturday to take the points against Red Hugh’s as they returned to league action. They emerged victors on a scoreline of 1-14 to 2-7, an encouraging win  as the Ballyshannon men prepare to take on Milford once again in the championship. That quarter-final replay is scheduled to take place this Saturday, 26th September at 5.45pm in MacCumhaill Park when it will be the curtain-raiser for the senior semi-final between Saint Eunan’s and Saint Michael’s. We have pictures from the game against Red Hugh’s live on The reserves had less luck at the Crossroads. They had a two goal lead at one stage, but a rally late in the game gave Red Hugh’s the win by a solitary point. We have pictures from the game up on busy weekend for the under 16s this weekend with two tournaments to look forward to. The Frank O’Neill tournament starts on Friday. All players should be up for 4.45pm with the first games throwing in at 5.15pm. Each team will play three games of 10 minutes a side. All under 14 and under 16 players please be on time or let your captain know if you cannot make it. On Sunday the PJ Roper under 16 tournament takes place with teams from Ardara, Enniskillen Gaels, Killybegs, Glencolumcille and Bundoran joining Aodh Ruadh. We hope to have a good show of support on the day and request as much help as possible from the under 16 parents to provide snacks and sandwiches for approximately 150 people expected on the day.The under 13s are in action this Tuesday, 22nd September when they travel to Dungloe. The team are leaving the Park at 4.30pm sharp and will need help with transport. Contact Brian Roper if you available to travel on 0876139065.Thanks to everyone involved in helping to run the tournament. Special thanks to Sylvester Maguire, Stephen McGrath and Gerard Ferguson for reffing on the days. Thanks to the parents who helped out as umpires and in the kitchen and for bringing food especially Cora Rooney for her delicious cupcakes. Thanks to Gavin Rogers and family for making presentations on the day. Thanks also to Glencar Manorhamilton for making the trip and a great display of football. Well done to all the under 12 lads on their victory in the Willie Rogers tournament. We have pictures from the tournament up on final under training session of the year takes place this Friday at 6.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The following Saturday morning we will be making our way to Galway for a blitz in Corofin. Parents and guardians should have received details regarding the trip at training last Friday, or seen them on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page. If not, the main points are as follows. All players to assemble at Father Tierney Park for 8.30am. Any players with medication requirements liaise with team management before the trip. Lunch provided in Corofin club house for players. A packed lunch should also be sent with players. We will be having a stop on the way home to have the packed lunch. Players will be back at Father Tierney Park for approximately 6pm. Team management will text parents when we are in Sligo to confirm arrival time. No player is permitted to bring electronic equipment in order to avoid breakage or loss. Any player that needs to contact home during the day can use a member of team management’s phone. We will be taking final payments on for the trip at Friday training and on Saturday morning.HurlingThe curtain came down on the competitive underage hurling season for Aodh Ruadh last Thursday as the under 16s lost their A championship semi-final at home to an exceptional Buncrana team. Despite suffering a heavy defeat the lads gave it everything they had, it was the first time all season we had our full squad available to us. This panel worked very hard all season. Our starting point was a team meeting in January where only eight players showed up, we worked hard throughout the season and we had 19 players on Thursday last. We had some tough nights and some great nights. We played nine games during the season winning five and losing four. It’s easy to be part of a successful panel, but each and every one of this panel deserves great credit for sticking with this squad all season as it was clear at the outset we would suffer some heavy defeats. Thanks to all the parents for their support all year especially with transport. This invaluable assistance is much appreciated.The final under 8 and under 10 All-County blitz of the year takes place in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy on Sunday. Details will be circulated during the week.The annual Aodh Ó Dálaigh under 12 tournament, in existence since 1982, takes place on 4th October. The following teams have confirmed their attendance: Tuam and Abbeyknockmoy from Galway, Drumcliff (Sligo), Cushendall (Antrim) and Keady (Armagh). There are another couple of teams expected to confirm this week. Abbey Centre BingoLast week’s €400 bingo jackpot was won by Majella Gettins from Ballyshannon. The September big Bingo is this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre with a massive €2,700 prize fund including the €1,000 jackpot game. Big bingo books priced at €15, €8 half book, or a book and half for €20.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €1,200. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 4, 6, 7, 12 and 17. In the lucky dip €20 went to Eleanor Rooney, Corker; Pauric Bromley, Knather Road; Mary McHale, The Mall; John McFadden, Pettigo; Bernard Drummond, Rock. Next draw in The Lantern with a Jackpot of €1,300 on Sunday at 8.30pm. The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website,, or e-mail your request to is the weekly e-mail newsletter from Aodh Ruadh GAA Club. If you have received it in error, please contact us at us on the social mediaFacebook: Aodh Ruadh CLGTwitter: @aodhruadh.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH FACE MILFORD IN IFC QUARTER-FINAL REPLAY was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportlast_img read more

Naomh Columba’s Darren McGinley Memorial Tournament a great success

first_imgOur annual Darren Mc Ginley memorial tournament took place at the weekend, it was another successful day with 6 teams taking part and some great football played, Dungloe won the shield, defeating Killybegs in a very good final while St Naul’s won the cup playing some excellent football along the way.In between both finals there was an All Star game some if our lady players came out of retirement for the day and put on a fantastic performance with Sean Gavigan’s team of legends out witting Danny Cunningham’s team to win bragging rights, thanks to all the clubs for participating and supporting the tournament. Thanks also to the Mc Ginley family and everybody who helped out in any way that helped make it another great days entertainment.The club wishes our own Erin Cunningham a speedy Recovery after picking up an injury while playing on Saturday in the tournament, Get well soon Erin. Both men’s teams made the trip to Milford at the weekend in the league, our reserves were unlucky to come away with nothing after a good battle. Our seniors were also defeated in a fantastic game of end to end football, in a game that could have gone either way Milford prevailed. Both teams came home disappointed but very encouraged with the performances.The men now play this coming Saturday at home to Malin in the league.This coming Friday evening, The Mary Catherine Curran Memorial Tournament takes place in Pairc na Geal from 6pmThis is a 9 a side tournament, With teams from all over the south west on display.As always if any parents could bring in some sandwiches or buns or help out in the kitchen on the day please do so. Our ladies are back in action this Sunday at home to Robert Emmets in the Championship at 11am, best of luck to Danny, Gérard and the Girls.Our u16 girls play kilcar in Towney on Tuesday at 7pm. Best of luck to players and management.Our 10 week draw is taking place in the coming weeks, As always we appreciate the community’s support and help in our fundraising as our sellers travel around the Area in the coming weeks.Anybody living away from the area that is willing to get involved or purchase tickets for our 10 week draw, Please contactJohn Joe Doherty on 0858708189 or Contact Club PRO Sarah Mc Morrow on 0873112121 or on the Club Facebook page.Well done to Aaron Doherty, Jordan Byrnes, Lanty Molloy and Fionn Gallagher who played Buncranna cup with the county u16 team. Naomh Columba’s Darren McGinley Memorial Tournament a great success was last modified: August 16th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:darren mc ginleyNAOMH COLUMBAlast_img read more

‘Sign him’ – Some Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal fans want defender

first_imgBournemouth star Nathan Ake was linked with a switch to Tottenham Hotspur last month but they may now have a tough time signing him after a stunning display against Manchester United.The Dutch defender was mightily impressive at the back for the Cherries despite a 2-1 loss to the Red Devils and now fans of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Man United want their clubs to land him. What a player Ake has become,need him back at Chelsea!— SiddM (@sidd_10) November 3, 2018 Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake has won plenty of plaudits. Nathan Ake could be a shout in january looking a solid player.— D (@Dale_M_B) November 3, 2018 Ake joined the Cherries in a £20million deal back from Chelsea in July 2017 and has been one of their standout players ever since.The Blues do have a buy-back clause for the 23-year-old, who may need someone to replace Gary Cahill in the near future.But they could face a real fight for his services following a display which saw him produce a brilliant block to deny Marcus Rashford and then an incredible challenge to deny him moments later.You can see how Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Man United supporters reacted to his performance below… Most Popular Premier League Stories 1 Ake has been sick today.. wish we had a decent defender like him— Dan Smith (@Walowizard69) November 3, 2018 Getty Nathan Ake’s been sublime again today. Every tackle’s so well placed. Be surprised if there’s not clubs (us included) sniffing about.— Adam Mills (@AdamMillsUK) November 3, 2018 HISTORY REPEATED Sherrock makes history as first woman to beat a man at World Darts Championship Sign ake in january @ManUtd #MUFC #BOUMUN— Sean (@Dj_Fuzzz) November 3, 2018center_img Robertson’s revenge mission, another Messi milestone and Dubois KO she rocks! Fallon Sherrock wins again, stuns 11th seed at World Darts Championship Mourinho probably thinking about bidding for Ake in January lol— AJ (@AJ_Norman) November 3, 2018 I swear I won’t mind seeing AKE at Arsenal.— UG (@Yuggiio) November 3, 2018 Things we loved Ake to Arsenal makes a lot of sense to me. Very good defender and could easily go to the top 6 IMO— M.C Gogo from Planet Yolo FBPE (@JoeStephenson96) November 3, 2018 I’d love to see Nathan Ake at Liverpool— Louis (@TheBurgundyRed) November 3, 2018 just remember we sold Nathan Ake but still have Victor Moses. Just let that sink in…— Harry Williamson (@HarryW34) November 3, 2018 Ok seen enough. @ManUtd Aké is needed— ᴶ⁶ (@Martixl9) November 3, 2018 Nathan Aké man. Brilliant defender. Don’t spose he fancies a move to Liverpool? 👀 Gomez, Van Dijk and Aké 🔥— Mat Evans (@Matharati) November 3, 2018last_img read more

Ex-Stoke star opens up over Ramsey horror, says Pulis ‘despised’ Wenger

first_img REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 3 deals tense LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 3 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Ramsey, who sustained fractures to the tibia and fibula in his right leg, screamed in agony after the reckless challenge and Kitson has shed light on his anguish from that day and the animosity between the two sides.“I heard the crack of Ramsey’s leg from the bench,” Kitson recalled in his column for The Sun. “I heard the screaming. And the build-up to the game contributed to this moment.“Stoke manager Tony Pulis absolutely despised Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, hated the way he played.“All week I had never seen a manager so desperate to win a game of football, it was bordering on out of control. “The first person he looked at when he turned around was me on the bench because I was in line with him.“Even though it wasn’t me who broke his leg, I was on that bench, part of that team.“Wenger gave me this look of complete and utter disappointment – the kind of look your dad gives you when you’ve f***** up, when he’s gone beyond anger.“It was as if he was saying to me ‘I’m surprised that you would be a part of this’. That’s how I felt. I didn’t know where to look, I was totally embarrassed.“Prior to that happening I was probably quite a tough footballer and a tough man. But, in that split second, Wenger gave me that look and I lost something inside of me.“I thought there is more to life than this. This was not the reason I became a footballer and I really didn’t want to be included in this or put my name to this.“In that moment, I thought ‘I don’t want to be here, I don’t want to play like this and I don’t want to be a part of it’. I carried on for a bit after that but I just lost my stomach for it in the end.“I would rather not be a footballer at all than have to play that way.” gameday cracker “Like every other game he was telling us to turn them and get at them and all the usual stuff managers say. But that particular game it was very much ‘lads, don’t forget, be aggressive in the tackle, dominate your man.’ That was the message.“It started that sort of feeling where it began to bubble within the players through the course of the week. Until finally it got to match day. The changing room was full of aggression and I remember the team talk more than anything.“I remember Pulis pacing up and down shouting random things – this bundle of nervous energy blurting random swear words, trying to burn off his own nervous energy.”Kitson, who joined Stoke in 2008 after impressing in the Premier League with Reading, remembers the look of anger he got from Wenger and how Pulis’ style of football which cost Ramsey eight months of his career ‘crossed the line’.“It was just horrendous. I distinctly remember Wenger turning around in the technical area absolutely horrified by it,” went on. REVEALED Dave Kitson has claimed Tony Pulis despised Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger so much it contributed to the horrific leg break suffered by Aaron Ramsey against Stoke City eight years ago.The striker was a substitute on that infamous day in February 2010 when Ryan Shawcross snapped the leg of Gunners star Ramsey and says the injury was so bad he could hear the sound of it from the bench.WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE BELOWcenter_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Dave Kitson says he heard the leg snap from the substitutes’ bench Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Kitson says Pulis despised Wenger Arsenal players react with horror after Aaron Ramsey breaks his leg at Stoke huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 3 no dice He continued: “It was always Tony’s way or the highway. If you didn’t do it, you didn’t play and you didn’t train with the first team.“In hindsight I should have sat down with Tony after that Arsenal game and told him I wasn’t happy, but it wasn’t really something you did.“If you look at Pulis, he was successful. Success for Stoke City was staying in the Premier League and he achieved it.“Nobody can deny that. He knows how to win football matches. He finds a way to win, that’s the mark of a good manager.“It’s just the way that he went about it, I didn’t want to be a part of it.”Now 38, Kitson left Stoke in 2010 to join Portsmouth, before retiring at Oxford United in 2014.last_img read more