first_imgLONG-FUSED ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR BIDS FOR 6TH GRADED STAKES WIN IN FRIDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN LUIS REY STAKES AT 1 ½ MILES ON TURF TRAINED BY EURTON, VENERABLE 8-YEAR-OLD GELDING TO MAKE 32ND CAREER START          ARCADIA, Calif. (March 24, 2019)–With the attention of the racing world riveted on Santa Anita Park’s reopening this Friday, trainer Peter Eurton’s venerable California-bred 8-year-old gelding Ashleyluvssugar will be seeking his sixth graded stakes victory in the day’s main event, the Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes at 1 ½ miles on turf.Second in his only start this year, the Unusual Heat Turf Classic versus state-breds at 1 1/8 miles on Jan. 26, Ashleyluvssugar, who won the San Luis Rey in 2015, will be facing stiff competition from the likes of Beach View, Epical, Risky Proposition, Unapologetic and Marckie’s Water.ASHLEYLUVSSUGAROwner:  Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable & Ciaglia Racing, LLCTrainer:  Peter EurtonSecond, beaten 2 ¼ lengths as the 5-2 favorite in the Sunshine Millions Turf Classic Jan. 26, this rugged California-bred gelding by Game Plan, out of the Urgent Request mare Ashley’s Folly, has two wins from five lifetime starts at the marathon mile and one half on turf and his connections are hoping he can improve on Friday in his second start of the year.  Winless in his last nine starts, Kent Desormeaux will try his hand for the very first time as “Ashley” makes his 32nd career start.  Although he won the 2015 San Luis Rey from far off the early pace, he’s proven effective when laying close or on the early lead as well.  With an overall mark of 31-10-6-4, Ashleyluvssugar has earnings of $1,431,039.BEACH VIEWOwner:  Levy RacingTrainer:  Leonard PowellMost recently third, beaten one length in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes at 1 ¼ miles on turf Feb. 9, this lightly raced 6-year-old full horse by Giant’s Causeway rallied boldly from far off the early pace on Feb. 9 and would appreciate a fast pace as he bids for his second graded stakes win in what will be his 14th career start.  With one win from two tries at the San Luis Rey distance, Beach View has come to hand for Powell and has finished well in all of his recent turf starts.  Although it was run on dirt, he was a three quarter length winner of the Grade III Cougar II Handicap at 1 ½ miles four starts back on July 25 at Del Mar.EPICALOwner:  D P Racing, LLCTrainer:  James CassidySecond, beaten three quarters of a length in the Grade II San Marcos here on Feb. 9, this 4-year-old Uncle Mo gelding finished a neck in front of Beach View while earning a 96 Beyer Speed figure for the third consecutive time.  A front-running winner of two consecutive turf allowances, on Nov. 15,  going 1 3/8 miles at Del Mar and on Dec. 28, at 1 1/8 miles here, Epical was seventh in a field of 13 after the first quarter mile in the San Marcos and rallied well for the place.  With Tyler Baze up for the fifth consecutive time, look for Epical to be forwardly place on Friday as he seeks his first graded win while trying the marathon mile and one half for the first time.RISKY PROPOSITIONOwner:  Tom Acker, Barry Becker, Judith Becker, Michael Bloom, Jon Lindo & Thomas Wafer, Jr.Trainer:  Bill SpawrClaimed six starts back for $50,000, this 4-year-old Bodemeister gelding comes off what appears to be his best career race, as he rallied from off the pace to register a half length win in a one mile turf allowance here on Feb. 17.  With class and the marathon distance looming as question marks heading into Friday, Risky Proposition, who counts a restricted stakes win at one mile on turf among his four victories from 11 starts, will hope to be a “live proposition” at an enticing price with Drayden Van Dyke up for the first time.UNAPOLOGETICOwner:  Tom Acker, Allen Racing, LLC, Michael Bloom & Jon LindoTrainer:  Bill SpawrA non-threatening seventh in the Feb. 9 San Marcos Stakes, this 6-year-old Temple City gelding ran perhaps the best race of his career two starts back as he rallied from far back to take a 1 3/8 mile turf allowance by a half length, earning a career-best 95 Beyer Speed figure.  A winner of three of his eight starts in what was his best year on the track last year, Unapologetic will be ridden back by Geovanni Franco in his second start of 2019.  With an overall mark of 28-6-5-2, he has earnings of $253,176.MARCKIE’S WATEROwner:  Little Red Feather Racing & Norman TavaresTrainer:  Richard BaltasAlthough a well beaten 10th as the 5-2 second choice in the Unusual Heat Turf Classic Jan. 26, this 5-year-old full California-bred horse by Tribal Rule was a close fourth two starts back in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles on turf Nov. 23 at Del Mar.  Attentive to the pace three starts back, he posted a sharp one length win in a 1 ¼ miles turf allowance here on Oct. 26.  A California-bred stakes winner here at age three, Marckie’s Water has three wins from eight tries over the course.  With four wins from 15 overall starts, he has earnings of $264,963 as he seeks his first graded stakes victory.THE GRADE II SAN LUIS REY STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 7 of 8  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTEpical–Tyler Baze–120Risky Proposition–Drayden Van Dyke–120Unapologetic–Geovanni Franco–120Beach View–Rafael Bejarano–122Marckie’s Water–Mario Gutierrez–120Ashleyluvssugar–Kent Desormeaux–120First post time for an eight-race card on Friday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Bassa Schools Elated

first_imgAs a way to respond to the problem of scarcity of textbooks in schools in post-war Liberia, the Grand Bassa County Association (GBCA), based in the United States of America (USA), has donated a consignment of 10,000 textbooks and 100 computers to the county for distribution in various schools.The donation from Bassa citizens in the United States is to be distributed to every school operating in the county.Some of the schools to benefit are the Bassa High School and the Grand Bassa Community College.Making the donation on Monday, April 14, the president of GBCA, Jerome Gaymeh, said the union is collaborating with several other partners in the states to donate these consignments to the county.According to him, GBCA and its partners acquired 40,000 modern textbooks and 100 computers for schools in the county. Out of that amount, there were able to ship 10,000 textbooks and all 100 computers in the first batch, with the balance 30,000 books to be shipped later.Making the donation, Mr. Gaymeh explained that out of the 100 computers, 50 were part of Indian River State College’s contribution while St. Louise College in Florida, USA were responsible for donating the other 50 along with the 10,000 books.Mr. Gaymeh assured the people of the county that GBCA remains committed to improving the lives of Basonians through education.He thanked Representative Robertson Siaway of District # 5 and Senator Gbehzohngar Findley for their tireless efforts in ensuring that their dreams become reality.For his part, Grand Bassa County electoral District # 5 Representative Robertson Siaway, acknowledged the U.S.-based organization for honouring the call and providing educational material to the students of Grand Bassa.Representative Siaway told the GBCA president that giving back to Bassa is the surest way of contributing to its rebuilding process.“Bassa can be developed if its citizens put the county’s interest first and forget about all other things to work together as one people. I think this will promote our county and Liberia as a whole,” he indicated.The Lawmaker used the occasion to call on other citizens of the county that are residing in the diaspora to give back to their people.Receiving the items on behalf of the schools, the president of Grand Bassa Community College, Levi Zangar, said the donation came at a moment were everybody is hungry for education in the county’s schools.Mr. Zangar then assured the GBCA that the donation would be used for its intended purpose and called on citizens to emulate the good example of the organization.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A Beautiful Vision for Tomorrow

first_imgIf there were ever a time when we needed hope for the nation of Liberia, it is now. At a time when corruption is so rampant at every level of society; when the economy is as tight as a contraction; when a general air of hopelessness just hangs over the country like a dark and menacing cloud; when survival is the name of the game. We need hope now. We need a vision we can believe in and work towards. The perfect time to deliver such hope was at the marking of Liberia’s 168th Independence Day. And the orator, Ambassador Charles Minor, delivered.While he dealt at great depth with the entrenched problems facing the nation, he delivered a message of hope that every Liberian can hold on to at this hour in our beloved Liberia. Minor’s message of hope cut across societal class lines – from the Executive branch to the yanna boy – and covered every facet of the nation – the governance factor, the economic factor, the human resource factor and even the personal development factor. He envisioned a leadership that is people-focused and not self-centered or graft driven. The former Liberian ambassador to the United States envisioned a Liberia that is self-sustaining. A Liberia that grows its own food in sufficient amounts to consume and export; a Liberia that produces value-added products for its local and export markets. A Liberia whose mindset has changed gear from the idea that the best job is in the office doing practically nothing, to the realization that the best job is one that makes a tangible, positive impact on the development of the nation. Minor envisioned an educated Liberia that dominates the job market in its own country; a highly developed Liberia as a direct result of a highly educated populace.What is so powerful about Minor’s vision is that it is home grown – Made in Liberia. Not a one-size-fits-all dream imported from elsewhere and super-imposed on an African nation that can barely walk in it. It is contextualized and custom made to fit our particular needs and environment. It is achievable and absolutely sustainable. But he even went further to address those who may have fallen between the cracks despite their best efforts and lost hope. Indeed, hopelessness can drive people to the depths of vice; and when the hopeless outnumber the hopeful, as the case may be, that is dangerous for the stability of a nation-state. The Independence Day orator offered hope to those who, although they would rather work than steal, are nonetheless eking out a living on the margins of society, selling chewing gum and expired biscuits on the streets: “And to you, strong young men and women, who are walking up and down the streets of our main cities and towns selling chewing gum because you have yet to cultivate the skills to attract a remunerative wage paying jobs, offer to become an apprentice and accept a minimum wage today so that tomorrow, you will have acquired some skills to improve your capacity to obtain a decent job…“…Poverty need not be in your future. As human beings, we are endowed by our maker with great gifts of self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. And our imagination is extremely powerful. It transforms lives, it has sent man to the Moon and today man is planning to vacation in outer space. Our endowments also provide us boundless energy and enthusiasm… They enable us not to be constrained by circumstances. Do not retain the attitude of hopelessness. Knock it off…“We can work within our circle of influence and, with a sense of personal worth and self-assurance, our inner drive and our creative imagination can catapult us from being street vendors to becoming merchants of Greenville and Barclayville, with our own stores and inventories; from being market woman selling tomatoes grown in Cote d’Ivoire to becoming vegetables and fruits producing farmers…“I vision car loaders with imagination and vision one day becoming owners of taxi cabs. Achieving those lofty goals, however, depends upon ourselves, not on our Government; achieving such goals depends on our own self-image; our creative imagination, our ability to be transparent and accountable, our willingness to re-pay our loans; and our taking advantage of pivotal opportunities in our lives.”Ambassador Minor’s vision for a new Liberia should give hope to every Liberian; and every Liberian should take courage, be inspired and join forces to build the developed nation we wish to see in our lifetime.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden business community wants development, investment opportunities in oil and gas

first_imgWith Guyana advancing as an oil and gas nation, the business community in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) is hoping to cash in on various economic activities offered throughout the sector.Kevin DeJongeVictor FernandesA number of officials have raised concerns on the “limited” access to economic and investment opportunities, as well as the level of preparedness at the regional levels, relating to the development associated with oil and gas.Ever since the revelation of oil by ExxonMobil, Linden has been seeking out ways of becoming involved in the sector.Linden businessman Norvell Fredericks believes that for a country heading into such an era, a higher amount of preparedness is expected at every level.“With Guyana going into oil and gas in maybe 5 months or so, I would have expected that we would’ve had a much more excited atmosphere…but when you look around everything is so relaxed…setback, it leaves one to wonder if we Guyanese are really going to benefit in any way…For a country going into that vast wealth, as we’re hearing about, I would have expected to see maybe a lot more hotels than just Pegasus going up,” he related.Fredericks further noted that while there are promises of jobs, there is the question of equity for locals as it relates to getting involved in the oil and gas industry at higher tiers, rather than just providing products and services at a lower tier.The businessman, like many others in Linden, believes that the bauxite-mining community can be developed through the oil and gas sector if its skills and facilities are utilised.Fredericks pointed to the presently abandoned Linden airstrip which he noted is considered the second longest in the country, as well as its numerous wharves. With the community being strategically located, given its link to other regions, he shared his hope for it to be considered a trans-shipment hub.“…Exxon could have probably been using that airstrip and our port facilities in Linden here, escaping all of the congestion of the city. Things can come in, offload here, trucked to the airstrip and then moved by helicopter or whatever means to their facilities. I don’t know if Linden has been considered anywhere within those transit links…(but) there’s no congestion in Linden in terms of moving goods from the wharf to that airstrip facility…I think Linden poses some great opportunities in the whole scenario”, the businessman reasoned.In return, he said businesses can benefit by providing transportation and other logistical services which can contribute to building Linden’s economy, also pointing to prospects for manufacturing.Businessman Kevin DeJonge also stated that the present atmosphere in Linden is not one which lends itself to proper development. He noted that there are prospects for agriculture and tourism as well as agro-processing and manufacturing.“I know a lot can come to Linden in terms of boosting the economy and I’m expecting more emphasis to be placed on Linden because Linden is strategically located. It is the only town, of the 10 administrative regions, where you can get access to at least 7 of them. So more opportunities should be created. We have a main river running through our town so what we’re expecting is that all our resources are properly utilised to benefit our people. With that said, however, what I’m afraid of is that we have not been properly preparing for this oil and gas and for what is to come”, DeJonge related.He said apart from a few Health and Safety training sessions and workshops, there hasn’t been much awareness nor preparedness campaigns. As such, DeJonge made calls for more oil and gas education beginning at the school level and for students to be properly directed into avenues related to the industry. He also called for more focus to be placed on youths, small businesses, and local producers. DeJonge said that in order for the community to develop, there is need for more private-public sector partnerships, along with meaningful conversations.He also highlighted the need for collaboration between local government bodies, cooperatives, stakeholders and the Linden Chamber of Industry, Commerce and Development (LCICD). Once this becomes a reality, he said more people would be attracted to Linden given the access to resources.Additionally, President of the LCICD Victor Fernandes noted that there is potential as the community possesses the skills.“I believe the opportunities for oil and gas are tremendous, in that, if prepared for correctly then there is a lot that can be derived, especially from a community like Linden. Why? Because Linden is a community that has lots of potential in terms of technical and vocational training. We’re blessed with a number of persons that would have passed through university and that are skilled and in many cases are underutilised”, he explained.Fernandes added that there is also room for industrial development in Linden and countless opportunities for investors. In this regard, he said a comprehensive plan is needed with support from all stakeholders on what is needed for the future of Linden.“With oil and gas and what it has to offer if we are not prepared, Linden could be just another community whereas all the wealth that comes from oil and gas operations in Guyana— the benefits— it could just pass us by if we’re not prepared to absorb it or to capitalise. It calls for some amount of preparation in terms of creating the environment for investors, so this is one of the things that is a challenge for us”, he said.Fernandes stated that it would take collaborative planning to achieve this. He said the Linden Chamber has always been a strong advocate for investment in the Region. Fernandes noted that there have been approaches from investors interested in medium and macro-investments and the Chamber has been trying to get the necessary attention from the relevant authorities responsible for creating an enabling environment.Fernandes said the hurdles include the slow application process and slow movements of various windows required for investment. He noted that with the development of the oil and gas sector, there will now be more revenue, hence, an increase in probabilities and activities.According to him, however, there must be an enabling environment. He said the town has potential which should be realised and materialised into plans and activities which would improve the way of life of its people. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

Fairfax holds on, edges Pasadena

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Trevon Harmon’s running 3-point shot as time expired rimmed out and allowed top-seeded Fairfax High School to escape with a 54-51 victory over visiting Pasadena in Saturday’s Southern California Division I regional semifinal. The game ended in an odd scene, with police in riot gear at every corner of the court after a disturbance broke out outside the building near halftime. More than 300 fans, some of whom had paid for tickets, didn’t get in because the building was too small and it became ugly when police arrived to clear the area. But the final score is all that matters, and the Bulldogs know a victory was there for the taking. “We let one get away,” Bulldogs coach Tim Tucker said. “Simple and plain, we let one get away. I thought early on we outplayed them. But we would get a lot of steals that would go out of bounds, and every time we made a big play, we’d get called for some ticky-tack foul. “But we’ve got nothing to hold our heads about. We came in here against the top seed with everything going against us and still had a chance in the end. I love my guys, they left it all on the floor. I just wish the result had been different because I thought we outplayed them tonight.” The Bulldogs trailed 41-33 with 1:38 left in the third quarter, but started chipping away. Torey Phillips, who spent most of the first half on the bench in foul trouble, scored on a back-door pass from Harmon with 1:05 left to tie the score, 48-48. Inside the building, the Bulldogs (32-3) went toe to toe with the Lions (26-5) and had more than their share of chances to make it to next week’s regional final at Pauley Pavilion, but turnovers down the stretch proved costly. Bulldogs guard Trevon Harmon outshined Fairfax’s UCLA-bound forward Chace Stanback and outscored him 26-18 in front of UCLA coach Ben Howland, who was sitting courtside. center_img Stanback drew a foul and hit two free throws with 52 seconds left to put the Lions back in front, 50-48. After the Bulldogs called a timeout, Phillips got the ball on the inbounds pass with 29 seconds left. But he hesitated on a pass and was called for traveling. That was the turning point. “That’s a tough call to make in that situation,” Tucker said. “All game long, they got those kind of calls.” Stanback was fouled and hit two more free throws for a 52-48 lead with 20 seconds left. After another Bulldogs turnover on the ensuing possession, the Lions sent Ja’Shon Hampton (18 points) to the free-throw line, and he hit one of two attempts for a 53-48 lead with 16 seconds remaining. Harmon made it interesting with a long 3-pointer with eight seconds to go to cut the Lions’ lead to 53-51. Hampton, fouled again, made only one free throw to make it 54-51, giving the Bulldogs life with five seconds remaining. Harmon took the inbounds pass and lifted a shot just past mid-court as time expired, but it rimmed out and ended the Bulldogs’ season. Both teams played strong defensively, which resulted in the low score. Phillips finished with 10 points, but the Bulldogs’ post players, Nigel Ajere (six points) and Joseph Henson (eight points), worked for every basket. Harmon later was sought out by several Lions players for his effort. “We came out with a strong game, but we just didn’t get it done,” Harmon said. “You can talk a lot about the calls in the game, but I think we earned a lot of respect. I know that Fairfax knows they played a great team tonight. We’re going to keep our heads up. This was one of the best years in PHS history, so we’re going to enjoy it.” fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485. 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

Fort St. John kitten to lose leg after being thrown from a moving vehicle

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After being thrown from a moving vehicle, a kitten from Fort St. John must have his leg amputated in order to survive.North Peace SPCA branch manager Candace Buchamer says that on July 23rd, a motorist was travelling behind a vehicle in Taylor, when they saw someone throw something out the window. After pulling over and expecting to see trash, the motorist, saw a tiny kitten, unable to move, scratched, bleeding and too weak to stand.”Buchamer says that though the young kitten, since named Peter Parker has had a rough start to life, that hasn’t put a damper on the tiny tabby’s activity, or his personality.- Advertisement -“Peter is such a sweetheart! He uses his spider-like climbing abilities to reach heights greater than most think he’s capable of, despite his injured leg,” Buchamer said.“He is so tenacious! Even with the complete disuse of his leg, he runs as fast as any kitten, climbs like a clumsy panther and loses his balance much too often… after each mishap, he looks up, gives a ‘meow’ and then he’s off again. He’s got the spirit of a superhero and we just want him to have the chance to live out his nine lives in a loving, forever home, which he can most definitely do on three legs.”Peter Parker’s left front leg hangs useless, and he often trips over the limb, as the shoulder joint and leg have atrophied. Veterinarians says that for his safety, his leg must be amputated they’ve had to wait until the kitten was old enough to physically withstand extensive surgery.Advertisement The medical costs associated with Peter Parker’s care are expected to be $3,000. As a non-profit organization, the SPCA relies primarily on public donations.If you can help Peter Parker and other animals like him in need at the North Peace SPCA, visit spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or in person at 9311 81st Avenue in Fort St. John.last_img read more

African players in Europe: Mane stars, Salah struggles

first_imgReigning African Footballer of the Year Salah is battling to replicate his amazing scoring form of last season with the Egyptian managing just one goal in his last 10 matches.ENGLANDSADIO MANE/MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)Mane was Liverpool’s saviour once more in a vital 2-1 win at Fulham to go back top of the Premier League.The Senegalese forward scored his 11th goal in as many games to open the scoring and was then fouled for a late penalty converted by James Milner for the winner.Salah, by contrast, was off-colour once more.SPAINKARL TOKO EKAMBI (Villarreal)Cameroonian Toko Ekambi scored twice in two minutes as Villarreal came from behind to defeat Rayo Vallecano 3-1 at home in a clash of relegation-threatened La Liga clubs.He netted after 50 and 52 minutes before Gerard sealed victory with a late goal.ITALYSEKO FOFANA (Udinese)Ivorian midfielder Fofana scored after 36 minutes to pull Udinese level after falling two goals down to Napoli, but his side still slipped to a 4-2 defeat, and are just one point above the danger zone.JEREMIE BOGA, ALFRED DUNCAN, KHOUMA BABACAR (Sassuolo)Africans scored all Sassuolo’s goals in a 5-3 home loss to Sampdoria.Ivorian Boga pulled the Modena side back into the game when they were two goals down with a 38th-minute strike, his first for the club.Ghanaian Duncan got the second after 63 minutes with Senegalese Babacar adding the third two minutes into injury time.MOHAMED FARES (SPAL)France-born Algerian international midfielder Fares threw SPAL a lifeline, nodding in the opening goal after 22 minutes in a shock 2-1 win over Roma that moved his side two points above the relegation zone. It was his third goal this season in all competitions.AC Milan’s Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie was on the losing side against city rivals Inter Milan © AFP / Miguel MEDINAFRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan)Kessie made headlines off the pitch after a sideline bust-up with teammate Lucas Biglia after the Ivorian was substituted.“It was the adrenaline of the match situation, I was frustrated coming off and wanted to do more. I took it out on Lucas and it was a mistake, I apologised afterwards,” said Kessie.GERMANYSALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)The Ivory Coast veteran showed his experience with two goals for Hertha Berlin in a 3-2 home defeat by title-chasing Borussia Dortmund.The 33-year-old pounced on a mistake by goalkeeper Roman Buerki for the opening goal after just four minutes, then converted a first-half penalty after a Julian Weigl handball.Hertha finished with nine men in a bad-tempered game.NABIL BENTALEB (Schalke 04)The Algeria international has fallen foul of new Schalke coach Huub Stevens and been banished to the club’s under-23 team for unspecified “disciplinary reasons” after being dropped for a 1-0 home loss to RB Leipzig, the Royal Blues’ sixth league defeat in seven outings.Stevens, the caretaker coach after predecessor Domenico Tedesco was sacked last Thursday, has set no time limit on when Bentaleb may return.FRANCEFIRMIN MUBELE (Toulouse)The Democratic Republic of Congo international rescued a point for Toulouse in their 1-1 draw at Nice with an 89th-minute equaliser.On as a late substitute, Mubele, who was left out of his country’s squad for their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia, drove his shot through a crowd of defenders to score his first goal of the season.LEBO MOTHIBA (Strasbourg)South Africa international Lebo Mothiba is Strasbourg’s top scorer in Ligue 1 this term with nine goals © AFP/File / SYLVAIN THOMASThe South African forward ended a nine-game drought in Ligue 1 with a terrific acrobatic strike to give Strasbourg an early lead in a game they would eventually draw 2-2 away to Nimes. Mothiba and his compatriots must avoid defeat to Libya this Sunday to secure a place at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the opener against Fulham © AFP / Glyn KIRKPARIS, France, Mar 18 – Sadio Mane starred and Mohamed Salah struggled for Liverpool at the weekend as the contrasting fortunes of the highest profile African stars in Europe continued.Senegalese Mane scored the first goal and a foul on him led to the penalty that gave the Reds a 2-1 win at Fulham and first place, two points ahead of Manchester City.last_img read more

Chelsea defender pens new one-year contract extension

first_img Branislav Ivanovic Branislav Ivanovic has signed a one-year contract extension with Chelsea, the Premier League club have confirmed.The 31-year-old Serbia defender was entering the final months of his existing deal, but will now stay on until the summer of 2017.The new 12-month contract is in line with Chelsea’s policy of offering only one-year deals to players aged 30 and over. 1last_img

Eunice Shriver back in hospital

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“She’s had a number of health challenges over the past several months,” said Daniel Zingale, the chief of staff for Shriver’s daughter and Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver. “In every case, she’s bounced back. She’s a remarkably resilient person. In each case, she’s drawn strength from the good wishes and prayers of people all over the world. I would hope and expect it would be true in this case again.” Eunice Shriver is credited with transforming America’s view of the mentally disabled from institutionalized patients to that of friends, neighbors and athletes. Her efforts were inspired in part by the struggles of her retarded sister, Rosemary. She founded the Special Olympics in 1968. Shriver last appeared publicly just two days before she was hospitalized, when her children held a tribute at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston to her work on behalf of special-needs children. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOSTON – Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the 86-year-old sister of President Kennedy, who founded the Special Olympics and championed the rights of the mentally retarded, has been hospitalized. Shriver was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital on Nov. 18 and was in fair condition Saturday, said hospital spokeswoman Emily Parker, who did not release any more information. Shriver is also the sister of Sen. Edward Kennedy and the mother-in-law of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said in June that she was recovering from a series of strokes. Schwarzenegger said the family had been told that Shriver would never talk again but that she proved the doctors wrong. last_img read more

Player ratings: How England stars fared in Group B draw with Slovakia

first_imgEngland dominated Monday’s clash with Slovakia but they could not make it count in the final third. Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions drew 0-0 in St Etienne, as Wales beat Russia 3-0 to top Group B. The England boss made six changes for the final match of the group but his stars could not deliver a match-winning performance. So how did they fare? Click the arrow above, right, to see how talkSPORT scored the players and substitutes. Remember, every game at Euro 2016 is live on talkSPORT and you can see the different ways to listen, here. 14 Joe Hart – 6 – The Man City goalkeeper had very little to do as Slovakia grew increasingly happy with a draw. Barring a mix-up in the second half with Smalling, Hart was relatively untested. 14 Nathaniel Clyne – 7 – After Kyle Walker’s impressive performances so far in Group B, Clyne was handed a start for the final match and he took his chance well, getting forward regularly on the right-hand side, providing some dangerous crosses which could not be converted by his team-mates. Harry Kane – SUB THREE – 6 – The Premier League golden boot winner had a late chance when he headed wide of the target but he had limited time to make an impact on the game. 14 Gary Cahill – 6 – The Chelsea defender caused concern when he pulled up with an injury in the first half. Fortunately he recovered, but he had little to do for the rest of the match. 14 Adam Lallana – 7 – The Liverpool midfielder has been impressive for England in all three Group B matches as he looks to make things happen. He is just lacking the clinical ability in the box as goalscoring is one of the weaknesses in his game. Ryan Bertrand – 6 – Like Walker, Danny Rose has been impressive for England on the left-hand side and Bertrand got the opportunity to shine in the final Group B outing. He did not have as much luck as Clyne going forward, while he had little to do defensively. 14 14 Daniel Sturridge – 6 – He failed to take his chances but the Liverpool man – who scored against Wales last time out – looked to make things happen. He could have got on the score sheet when Dier sent a creative ball over the top in the second half. Jack Wilshere – 5 – The Arsenal midfielder was not as influential as he would have liked, as his passing could not carve open the Slovakia defence and he was replaced by Wayne Rooney in the second half. 14 Dele Alli – SUB TWO – 7 – Nearly made an instant impact after coming on as a substitute, Martin Skrtel clearing his effort off the line. Like Rooney, Alli looked to make things happen and he sent a late 20-yard shot flying over the bar. Wayne Rooney – SUB ONE – 6 – The Three Lions captain came on and looked to make things happen after replacing Wilshere in the second half. 14 Eric Dier – 8 – The Tottenham midfielder was Stan Collymore’s man of the match in talkSPORT’s live commentary as he was highly influential for the Three Lions. There was also concern when he pulled up with injury in the second half, but he soon recovered, sending a classy chip over the top which Daniel Sturridge could not convert. Jordan Henderson – 5 – Injected a lot of energy as usual but his final ball was poor and he wasted a number of crosses by overhitting them. 14 Jamie Vardy – 6 – He could have netted in the opening 20 minutes after sprinting past Martin Skrtel, but his shot could not beat goalkeeper Kozacik. 14 14 14 14 14 Chris Smalling – 6 – Barring the second-half mix-up with Hart, the Manchester United defender rarely had anything to do alongside Cahill as Slovakia essentially parked the bus. last_img read more