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Howard plays down MLS speculation

first_img The 35-year-old caught the imagination of American fans and pundits with a series of eye-catching displays for the United States at last year’s World Cup. Howard’s heroics were not enough to prevent his side bowing out of the competition at the last-16 stage in Brazil, but they did earn him a phone call from President Barack Obama and ever since he has persistently been linked with a move back to his home country. Press Association But the former Manchester United and MetroStars keeper has now stressed he is happy on Merseyside and in no rush to see out the rest of his playing career anywhere else. “There seems to be a lot getting said about my return and two weeks ago some things popped up on Twitter and I was getting all sorts of phone calls,” he told radio station SiriusXM FC. “I had to call my agent to find out what was going on because I didn’t know anything about it and nor did he. “I’ve got three years left at Everton and at the end of that I want to be done playing so what happens in between that I have no idea. It is a business, but I’m happy where I am. I don’t know anything about those rumours, I have to be honest.” For now Howard, who has only just returned to full fitness following eight weeks out with a calf injury, is fully focused on helping the Toffees in what has been a disappointing campaign so far. He came straight back into the starting line-up for the 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge last week and, despite the loss, revealed he was pleased to be back and felt his side played well. “I was a disaster with the injuries, ask our physios, I was itching to get back and I felt every week I could play and they were pulling on the reins which I appreciate them doing,” he added. “But I’m back now, I’m fit and healthy, I’ve had no ill-effects from the injury so it was good to get back out there, right back into the frying pan because it doesn’t get any more difficult than Chelsea away. It was a good game for us, I thought we played well.” center_img Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has distanced himself from speculation linking him with a move back to the MLS this summer. last_img read more

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USC to host Bruins at the Galen Center

first_imgThe USC men’s basketball team’s recent free fall has become puzzling — at least somewhat to USC coach Kevin O’Neill.Though the Trojans (5-12, 0-4) have dropped eight of their nine last games, their current five-game slide marks a season-high record and they are the only Pac-12 team to remain winless in conference play. The third-year coach, however, insists it’s not all bad news.Looking for answers · USC has lost a season-high five straight games. The Trojans hope to break their losing streak when they host the Bruins on Sunday at the Galen Center. – Chris Pham | Daily Trojan“I go through all of our tapes and I like the shots we get,” O’Neill said. “I like the fact [that] we don’t turn the ball over. I like how we play defensively. I like how we rebound.”The results haven’t all been pretty, but USC hopes the shots will finally start come Sunday, when it hosts UCLA at the Galen Center, where it hasn’t lost to its crosstown rival since 2009. Last week, when the Bruins (9-7, 2-2) earned back-to-back wins over Arizona and Arizona State, the Trojans arguably hit their low point last weekend.O’Neill’s bunch stumbled, losing 62-53 against the Sun Devils, who featured just six scholarship players. Three days later, they made just one of 15 3-point attempts in an 11-point loss to Arizona.USC’s offensive woes, however, haven’t been limited to just one weekend. The team is averaging 53.9 points per game, good for 341st in the country. It’s also shooting just 39.9 percent from the field 309th nationally.“I’m telling these guys to keep shooting the ball,” O’Neill said. “It’s like the lottery, you can’t win unless you buy a ticket, so you have to keep shooting the ball.”Injuries have complicated the team’s efforts for anything close to a midseason surge. Junior forward Aaron Fuller, who leads USC in rebounding with 6.2 points per game and is also the team’s second-leading scorer with 10.8 points per game, is currently day-to-day with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, which caused him to miss the second half of Sunday’s loss to Arizona. He was held out of practice Tuesday.Fuller originally sustained the injury during a preseason scrimmage against Air Force and the left-handed forward has been forced to shoot right-handed for most of the season.“Hopefully I can be ready to go by Sunday,” Fuller said. If Fuller can’t go, USC will boast just seven scholarship players, including junior center James Blasczyk, who has been held out of practices this season because of an injury to his right foot. And the list doesn’t stop there. Sophomore forward Evan Smith, out with a shoulder injury, and senior guard Jio Fontan, out with a knee injury, are still expected to miss the remainder of the season.“We’ve been devastated by graduation and injuries unfortunately,” O’Neill said.UCLA shouldn’t necessarily make things any easier on the Trojans, either. In its last game, sophomore center Josh Smith looked as good as ever, coming off the bench to record a season-high 18 points in the 17-point victory.“They’re returning a ton of players,” O’Neill said of the Bruins, who have won seven of their last nine games. “I think they’re a very good team that is only going to get better.”For USC to be successful, it will once again be forced to rely heavily on sophomore guard Maurice Jones, who is second in the country in minutes per game, averaging 38.65 per contest. Jones, who leads the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game, is just one of four players nationwide to average more than 38 minutes per contest.“He’s our best creator,” O’Neill said of the second-year guard. “He’s the only guy we have who played at all last year. It’s a lot to ask of him, as a sophomore, to get you 20 a game, every game.”Sophomore center Dewayne Dedmon, who has averaged just under 10 points per game in conference play, has been helping out Jones. The 7-foot center, who is second on the team in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per game, had been playing with a stress injury on his right foot for most of the season, but Dedmon finally appears to be symptom-free and nearly 100 percent.“We’re just about to get everything going because we have a young team,” Dedmon said. “Everybody is trying to get acclimated to the speed of Division I basketball.”Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be televised on FSN.last_img read more

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Real Madrid’s Reign Ends as Ajax Hit Q’finals in Style

first_imgAfter 1011 days as Champions League holders the 13-times winners Real Madrid came crashing down out of the competition losing 4-1 on the night to Ajax and 5-3 on aggregate.It was a humiliation as Gareth Bale watched it unfold from the bench while suspended captain, Siegi Ramos watches from the stand as youthful Ajax side ran the show from the beginning of till the end.Things started well enough. Rafael Varane headed Lucas Vazquez’ cross on to the cross bar after just four minutes and the Bernabeu believed Madrid had simply slipped into Champions League gear. They had not and the wheels were about to come off. First Toni Kroos lost the ball in midfield and in a flash Dusan Tadic was crossing for Hakim Ziyech to score past Thibaut Courtois.There was stunned silence from the Bernabeu save 4,000 Ajax fans many now with shirts off celebrating behind the north goal.That was after seven minutes. By the 18 minutes mark Madrid were going out. Tadic spun brilliant away from Casemiro and ran at the heart of the Real Madrid defence. There was no resistance and it was Luca Modric left as the last man as David Neres got in behind him to slot the ball past Courtois.Madrid were butter soft at the back. The Bernabeu whistled and Ajax almost scored again with Courtois saving from Tadic at his near post.On 28 minutes injury was added to insult. First Lucas hobbled off to be replaced by Bale. Vinicius followed soon after with Marco Asensio coming on. Madrid needed Bale more than ever yet still he was whistled on by many.He came closest to getting Madrid back in it before the break hitting the frame of the goal with a lob.As the half time whistle went there were more whistles from the Bernabeu. Real Madrid would need a second half hero with Sergio Ramos suspended and Cristiano Ronaldo sold, it looked like it would be Bale’s night or goodnight. It was to be goodnight.Ajax almost made it three at the restart but Courtois saved from Donny van de Beek. Karim Benzema broke down the left but after tricking his way past Hakim Ziyech he went for goal with a wild shot that went well wide of the far post.With Ajax’s next attack they scored the third and they got to celebrate it twice. Noussaire Mazraoul won the ball from Sergio Reguilon and when the ball reached Tadic the best player on the pitch postage-stamped it past Courtois.Referee Felix Brych stopped the play to consult VAR. The ball looked to have gone out when Reguilon was dispossessed.Bale led the complaints and time stood still until Brych’s verdict sent the traveling Ajax supporters into raptures once more.There was no way back now. Asensio gave supporters some hope by scoring for Madrid but it was wiped out by Lasse Schone’s direct free-kick past Courtois who looked poorly positioned.The Ajax fans were now doing the Poznan behind Courtois’ goal. Up in his private box Ramos looked down non-plussed by events. He chose to miss this game by picking up a forced booking in the first leg. Madrid looked home and dry at that stage.Since then their season has imploded with league and cup gone. They needed him on the pitch tonight not looking down on one of the darkest nights in the club’s European Cup history.Madrid’s season is over with three months still to play. The blame game will start now and this time Bale will not be the only target. Coach Solari will do well to last the season and the club will intensify efforts to bring in Mauricio Pochettino or Jose Mourinho.The five minutes off added time were painful for Madrid. Bale was left hobbling after a knock on the ankle and Nacho was sent off. They must get used to being out of the Champion League now. Ajax are in the quarter-finals and deservedly so.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Carson Wentz’s teammate says Eagles quarterback is in ‘different mental state’

first_imgWentz has completed 63.7 percent of his passes and thrown for 70 touchdowns, along with 28 interceptions, in 40 career games.See the full NFL Network interview with Johnson here:”This team is right where it needs to be.”@LaneJohnson65 joined @MJAcostaTV and @ShaunOhara60 to talk about how he and the @Eagles are approaching 2019 👇📺: @NFLTotalAccess pic.twitter.com/2qiuUENbgo— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) July 9, 2019 The past couple of NFL seasons didn’t go how Carson Wentz planned.The Eagles quarterback suffered back-to-back season ending injuries and hasn’t been able to play a full year since his rookie campaign. But now, on the heels of agreeing to a four-year contract extension reportedly worth $128 million, Wentz seems to be in an improved mindset.  Wentz, who was selected by the Eagles as the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 draft, tore his ACL in December 2017 and missed the rest of that year as his backup, Nick Foles, led the team to the Super Bowl.Wentz then suffered a stress fracture in his back last season. But he seems to be on the right track this offseason. Wentz participated in OTAs and received high praise from coach Doug Pederson.“Gosh, he’s strong. His lower body is strong. His arm is strong,” Pederson said at the beginning of June. “You are seeing the things that we saw a couple of years ago when he was healthy, obviously. He’s leading the offense, leading the team, and really doing a nice job out there.” Aaron Rodgers ‘easier to sack’ than most quarterbacks, says Bengals defender Eagles tackle Lane Johnson, who has spent his entire six-year career in Philadelphia, talked up the young signal-caller Tuesday during an appearance on NFL Network.”I love it, every day when I go in the building, all I see is him in there before everybody else, rehabbing, doing whatever it takes.” Johnson said. “I just think he’s really on a different mental state than he’s ever been as far as training and ignoring distractions and really trying to be the best player he is. So, I just see that worker and a guy who is about to do some big things this season.” Related News Tom Brady throws to Rob Gronkowski in private LA workout, report says Eli Manning: ‘I’m not rushing into retirement’last_img read more

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Royal Assault for Ronron Trophy in horseracing at Caymanas Park

first_imgThe inaugural running of the Ronron Trophy, in honour of the crack imported filly who won a string of grade-one races for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Kenval Wallace some years ago, is the feature event at Caymanas Park today.The race, a restricted stakes at 1200 metres (non winners of three), will be contested by 12 starters and offers cash incentives to the winning trainer, jockey and groom, thanks to Wallace’s contribution.Top contenders are ROYAL ASSAULT, to be ridden by hot apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, ROAD WI SEH with O’Brien White, riding for trainer Lorne Kirlew, as well as Wayne DaCosta-trained SILVER CLOUD under title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen,Richard Azan’s PIZARRO, with apprentice Odean Edwards, and WINGS OF HOPE, to be ridden by former champion, Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry, for trainer Harry Parsard.THREERACESFROMEIGHTSTARTSROYAL ASSAULT, who has good speed, has won three races from eight starts, most recent on September 9, staving off fast-finishing WINGS OF HOPE by half a length in a fast-run 1100-metre race.Since then, ROYAL ASSAULT finished a good second from a bad draw to LONG RUNNING TRAIN in a fast-run straight-five race. Returning the convenient mark of 51.0kg, by virtue of Steadman’s 3.0kg claiming allowance, he will not go down easily given these favourable conditions.He can expect stiff competition from the August 8 TOBA Trophy winner, ROAD WI SEH and WINGS OF HOPE. All three are in good nick and should give good account of themselves. ROYAL ASSAULT, however, should rebound and take home the trophy.Other firm fancies on the card are Wayne DaCosta-trained VISION OF GOLD to go one better in the Abbie Grannum Memorial Cup over 1400 metres for native bred two-year-olds; TWILIGHT ROCKET, to finally get it right with Ellis aboard in the opening race over 1300m for maiden four-year-olds and up; stretch-running COLD GROUND, to catch UNBREAKABLE in the fourth over 1820 metres; as well as BLACK BOY in the fifth; and down-in-class DI COBRE are also among the hopefuls to catch speedy WINESHA in the seventh over the straight-five course.last_img read more

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New E. coli case linked to eatery

first_imgMeanwhile, the restaurant remained closed while its 40 employees complete tests to determine whether they were infected. The Health Care Agency has suspended the restaurant’s permit as a precaution. E. coli can be found in the intestines of people and animals and is usually harmless but can sicken people if they eat contaminated food that is not cooked sufficiently. It can also be passed from person to person if someone does not wash their hands properly after using the restroom. Symptoms usually start three or four days later. SANTA ANA – A new case of E. coli infection linked to a Souplantation restaurant has been identified, bringing to 14 the total number of people who have tested positive for the bacterium, Orange County health officials said Monday. The new case, involving an adult customer who was not hospitalized, was reported late Sunday, said Orange County Health Care Agency spokesman Howard Sutter. Three adults and 10 children infected with E. coli had eaten at the Souplantation in Lake Forest between March 23 or March 25. Among them was a 12-year-old girl, who remained hospitalized Monday in good condition, said Denise Almazan, a Children’s Hospital of Orange County spokeswoman. A Souplantation employee who did not report any symptoms also tested positive. 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

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African ‘twin sisters’ tackle Chinese football together

first_img0Shares0000Ball control: Jiangsu Suning midfielder and Ghana captain Elizabeth Addo (left) trains with Malawi skipper Tabitha Chawinga in Nanjing © AFP / Matthew KNIGHTNANJING, China, Jun 3 – Tabitha Chawinga and Elizabeth Addo call one another “twin sister” and together they are making waves in Chinese women’s football — while also helping each other acclimatise off the pitch.The African duo are instrumental to the ambitions of Chinese Women’s Super League team Jiangsu Suning, with Chawinga banging in the goals up front and Addo pulling the strings in midfield. The 23-year-old Chawinga is already captain of Malawi and Jocelyn Precheur, Jiangsu’s French coach, is convinced that she is destined for the very top.But it hasn’t been an easy path.Chawinga grew up playing football with boys in her village and was often verbally abused by onlookers who called her a prostitute, saying she was just doing it to sleep with them.The 25-year-old Addo is Ghana’s skipper and a quiet but steely presence who was raised in an area on the outskirts of the capital Accra known as “Survival City” because it is so tough.Compared with that, being professional footballers in China’s league and living in Nanjing, a major city near Shanghai, is a breeze.Tabitha Chawinga (right) stretches during training with her Jiangsu Suning team in Nanjing © AFP / Matthew KNIGHTBut as the only foreign players at Nanjing-based Jiangsu, and with just a few words of Mandarin between them, Addo and Chawinga lean heavily on one another.Neither will be involved at the Women’s World Cup in France when it starts next week because Ghana and Malawi did not qualify, but they will be watching from afar.“We spend a lot of time together, walking in the streets, eat sometimes in a restaurant together if we don’t want to cook,” Chawinga, the chattier of the duo, told AFP.“We joke together. She’s a nice girl to me, she’s like my sister.“It’s the truth — we are just only the two foreigners, and from Africa, so we take care of each other like sisters. We are twins.”– Broken teeth –Neither had been to China before joining Jiangsu, who have lifted one domestic cup this season and are in the semi-finals of the other.Chawinga arrived from Swedish football in early 2018 and has been prolific, hitting 51 goals in 34 games to embellish her reputation as one of the best strikers in women’s football.‘Twin sisters’: Elizabeth Addo (right) and Tabitha Chawinga enjoy a break during training with Jiangsu Suning in Nanjing © AFP / Matthew KNIGHTShe was joined in eastern China by attacking midfielder Addo in March this year, the two reuniting after playing together in Sweden for 18 months.Chawinga laughs at the reaction they get on the streets of Nanjing, where there are few black faces.She said: “Many people look at us and think that maybe we are from the same parents, same house. People look at us a lot, like, ‘Hey, you look similar’.”Their footballing paths also have similarities because they competed against boys when they were younger and were taunted for their love of the game.Chawinga was a goalkeeper but aged 10 got smashed in the mouth by a boy’s knee — “breaking my teeth” — and decided to play as a striker instead.But as good as she was, Chawinga was regularly targeted for insults.“People talk a lot, ‘Hey, she just plays football, look at her, she goes to sleep with the boys’.“But I didn’t care, I knew the truth myself,” she said.There were also objections from her mother.“My mum also used to fight me and say ‘Don’t play football, girls can’t play football with the boys, stop playing football’.“Now she’s very happy for me to play football.”– ‘Careful with my sister’ –Addo arrived in China after stints in several countries including Sweden, the United States and Australia.She and Chawinga have lined up together half-a-dozen times so far for Jiangsu, with Addo setting up three of her friend’s goals and scoring three times herself.“When I have the ball, she knows what I’ll do next,” said Addo.Jiangsu Suning players take a break during training © AFP / Matthew KNIGHT“I know her movement — when she’s ‘flying’ and when she’ll stay.”Addo paused when asked about the prospect of playing against Chawinga in an international.Then she said, smiling broadly: “That would be great, I can’t wait for that day.“But maybe I would mark someone else and I would tell my players, ‘Hey, be careful with my twin sister’.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man United face competition from PSG in race to sign AC Milan star

first_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Top transfer stories from talkSPORT.com targets 1 Liverpool tracking Toulouse youngster ahead of possible January move RANKED LATEST blunder Manchester United are still in the race for AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci, but but will have to contend with Paris Saint-Germain.The Italy international is considering his options this summer despite being at the San Siro for only one season. The centre-back is reportedly hungry to play Champions League football again and clubs are interested.Manchester United checked in on Bonucci in June, but it was reported he would prefer a move to PSG.The 31-year-old’s former Juventus team-mate, Gianluigi Buffon, has joined the French champions and Bonucci is keen to follow him. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ center_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Bonucci (pictured alongside Antoine Griezmann) is a Italy international targets Gossip Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester United are still in with a chance of signing the centre-back.The Premier League giants have the £30 million needed to buy Bonucci, while they can also easily meet his £130,000-a-week wage demands.last_img read more

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VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE…..

first_imgWhat another unbelievable weekend at Voodoo Venue, top class entertainment was provided all weekend which ensured huge crowds attending Donegal’s No.1 nightspot all weekend.Every weekend Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily run a picture special competition.One lucky reveller is randomly selected from the pictures above and if your face is circled you’ve just won FREE entry for four and a FREE bottle of champagne on arrival. If your face is circled above then please contact Voodoo Venue via Facebook and claim your prize.Next up for Voodoo Venue is Hijacked Tuesday, it’s been a great night all summer and with the students set to arrive back on the campus the trend looks set to continue.For more information on the entertainment line-up, promotions and nights out at Voodoo Venue check their Facebook page now.https://www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkenny VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE….. was last modified: September 8th, 2014 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:Entertainmenthome-page featuresnewspicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

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Poly boys romp to water polo victory

first_imgGIRLS VOLLEYBALL Mayfair 3, Bellflower 0 Senior outside hitter Jill Sorem had 12 kills and eight digs in a 25-20, 25-15, 25-15 Suburban League victory. GIRLS TENNIS Gahr 12, Warren 6 Seniors Suzan Lin and Karina Vega swept their doubles sets and so did sophomore Trista Vega and senior Paola Plaza as the Gladiators (5-3, 2-0) won in San Gabriel Valley League competition. Catarina Vivirito went 3-0 in singles for the Bears. Paramount 11, Lynwood 7 Seniors Belsy Cortez and Maria Arroyo and junior Rocio Ortega each swept their singles sets to lead the Pirates past the Knights in San Gabriel Valley League competition. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Junior 2-meter David Sodeberg tallied four goals and senior attacker Justin Ward added three as the Poly High boys water polo team beat Irvine, 15-3, in nonleague competition Friday evening. Duran Reid did his job in the cage, hauling down nine saves for Poly, which plays host to Lakewood on Thursday in the Moore League opener. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Senior Katie Bos added 12 digs and three aces for the Monsoons (5-7, 2-0), who travel to Glenn on Monday. The Bucs fell to 0-2 in league play. La Mirada 3, Artesia 0 Senior middle blocker Bear Allen-Blaine had eight kills to lead the Matadores (6-2, 2-0) to a 25-16, 25-15, 27-25 Suburban League win at Artesia (3-3, 0-2).| Windward 3, Downey Calvary Chapel 1 Senior outside hitter Elise Van Fossan recorded 22 kills and 21 digs, and senior setter Hilary Van Hofwegen had 25 assists and four blocks, but the Grizzlies (5-1, 0-1) lost 25-16, 26-24, 27-29, 25-17 in Alpha League competition. Downey Calvary Chapel travels to Campbell Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday. last_img read more