Man Utd, Spurs and Liverpool in race for Peterborough striker Ricky-Jade Jones, 17

first_imgrelated articlesSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleSpeaking to the Peterborough Telegraph, he said: “The coaches within the Academy have been great with me and the first team manager Darren Ferguson is brilliant as you know that he wants to give young players an opportunity if they earn them.”It is really important to see there is a pathway and then it is down to me to take the opportunity.”Signing a professional contract is amazing, it was a great moment for me and my family who have been so supportive.” PREMIER LEAGUE sides Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool are in a race to sign 17-year-old Peterborough United starlet Ricky-Jade Jones.The Mail report that Peterborough academy graduate Jones has caught the eye of scouts after scoring on both his full debut against Cambridge and on his first FA Cup appearance against Stevenage this month.1 Ricky-Jade Jones, 17, has scored two goals in four games for PeterboroughCredit: Rex FeaturesStriker Jones was handed his League One debut last Saturday by manager Darren Ferguson with representatives from Tottenham, Manchester United, Southampton and Burnley all in attendance.At the beginning of the month Ferguson said: “It is just the start, but he has a desire to work hard and that is vitally important.”He has real quality, is a big lad, has unbelievable pace and is the quickest player that I have worked with.”I am looking forward to helping him develop.”Liverpool, Leicester, Arsenal and Manchester City are also thought to be keeping tabs on Peterborough’s speedy striker.Posh are expecting a flurry of January bids for the highly rated youngster after Tottenham were the first to test their resolve with a £2million offer.Peterborough rejected the offer and held firm – it is thought a figure nearer £10million is more likely to be accepted for the player.Peterborough wisely signed Jones up to a professional three-year contract on his 17th birthday earlier this month ahead of the predicted bidding war in the January transfer window.Posh have a good history of collecting bumper transfer fees for their attacking talent, as Dwight Gayle, Connor Washington, Jack Marriott, Craig Mackail-Smith and Britt Assombalonga all spent time cutting their teeth at London Road before being sold on.Funny pal, when he was 15 I remember saying to youth coaches I’d be delighted if he ended up a red 😃. Anyhow forgetting all scouts & bids/speculation he’s at right place learning his trade & has good head on shoulders/excellent family support behind him. So No rush & all good 👌🏻 https://t.co/SsGOFr6d6i— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) November 26, 2019 Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony said on Twitter that they had no current plans to sell Jones but he admitted that a couple of years ago he said he would be delighted if the youngster joined Liverpool.Jones joined Peterborough’s academy when he was nine and was thrilled to sign a professional deal.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big onelast_img read more

Mayoral, the final decision

first_imgReal Madrid have to make a definitive decision this summer with Borja Mayoral. The striker, who is facing his second consecutive year on loan at Levante, contract ends in 2021 with whites, reason why it will enter the next season facing his last year of connection with the Madrid club.Therefore, two options are opened. The first, and least likely, is to renew it and transfer it again for the third consecutive year. This is an option that would not convince Mayoral, who already stated last summer that his priority was to go traded to have stability in a club. It could not be given and he left on loan, but repeating the formula for the third consecutive year is an option that he does not value.The other possibility, preferred by the player and most likely, is a transfer in which Madrid reserves a buyback option during the first years. It is the formula that Borja would have wanted last summer, but the white team requested a transfer that none of the interested teams could assume. This finally led to the acceptance of a pure transfer, with no purchase option, to Levante. Now the situation changes a lot. With the striker entering the last year of the contract, Madrid will have to lower its claims, even more after the coronavirus crisis. Among the best placed is Levante, which is the club that has bet the most on the player these years. “As you all know and I always say, I am happy here, in Valencia and with the club in general for how they have behaved with me from the first moment. It was not easy for me to be here and it has been two years in a row that I have been. Of course there are options to follow, but the reality is that it is not only up to me. When I return to Real Madrid, I only have one year left on my contract and not like the previous seasons, “Mayoral said in an interview with AS on Wednesday.In this interview, he also valued the option of renewing with Madrid: “I personally have not been contacted. That is what my representative takes more, but I think they have not contacted. I also believe that when this happens everything will return to normal and there will be more conversations facing my future. ” Mayoral is a footballer who is highly valued by white leaders, both professionally and personally. We must not forget that he is a player who has gone through all the lower categories of the club. In that sense, in the summer they will sit down to find by mutual agreement an option that is positive for all parties …last_img read more

Franfield humbles Seeking My Dream

first_imgThe 2015 Superstakes winner FRANFIELD produced a terrific stretch run to catch and beat the howling 2-5 favourite SEEKING MY DREAM in yesterday’s grade one feature for the Chairman’s Trophy over 1500 metres at Caymanas Park.FRANFIELD, running at odds of 4-1 with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson, riding for trainer Richard Azan, won by 11/4 lengths from the Wayne DaCosta-trained SEEKING MY DREAM in a fast 1:31.0.It was FRANFIELD’S first race since December 5, when he finished fifth to SEEKING MY DREAM in the inaugural running of the $6.5 million Diamond Mile.UPPA TUNE (7-2) showed superior speed to lead comfortably from SEEKING MY DREAM and CAMPESINO, passing the half mile, at which stage FRANFIELD was taken off the pace to settle in fourth by Nelson.SEEKING MY DREAM, ridden by Omar Walker, disposed of the American-bred horse UPPA TUNE on entering the straight, but although looking the likely winner when two lengths clear of CAMPESINO a furlong out, proved no match for the fast-finishing FRANFIELD in the last 100 metres.Azan, who co-owns FRANFIELD with champion owners the Elite Bloodstock Limited, was elated to win in this quality field following a three-month layoff.”He had been working very well for the race and, racing from the convenient mark of 52.5kg, I thought his chances were as good as any.”As it turned out, Nelson rode a perfect race from off the pace, and with this victory, Franfield should impact on the big grade one races this season with a view of winning a second Superstakes in November,” he said.In-form jockey Aaron Chatrie highlighted the 10-race programme with three winners, while Wayne DaCosta and Gary Subratie shared the training honours with two each. Next Saturday’s programme will feature the Guineas trials – the Prince Consort Stakes for 3-y-o colts and the Thornbird Stakes for the fillies, both over 1400 metres.last_img read more

Chelsea line-up v West Ham: Playmaker to be rested in London derby?

first_img Sam Allardyce and Jose Mourinho Premier League table toppers Chelsea entertain high flying West Ham in an intriguing London derby at lunchtime on Boxing Day.Hammers, fourth in the league, are 11 points behind the Blues, who extended their lead at the summit following a 2-0 win against Stoke on Monday night.It would appear the game will be a different one to the match between the two teams in January when the Blues were held to a 0-0 draw and manager Jose Mourinho accused his opposite number Sam Allardyce of playing 19th century football.Possible Chelsea line-up v West Ham: 1 1 GoalkeeperThibaut Courtois was back to his best against a battling Stoke side and the Belgian was more assured with every punch, doing nothing to endanger his place in the starting line-up against West Ham. As the January transfer window draws closer, whispers of Petr Cech’s potential departure increase, but the veteran keeper is invaluable and his performances have proved that.DefenceIt’s easy to see why captain John Terry is being called the best defender in the Premier League after the Chelsea stalwart headed his side in front against Stoke. The former England skipper gets better with age and has aided Gary Cahill’s impressive development and while Cahill made headlines for all the wrong reasons with last week’s tumble in the Hull penalty area, he redeemed himself with a solid performance alongside Terry as they frustrated and limited the Potters to few chances. Branislav Ivanovic carves goal scoring opportunities for himself game after game and although he doesn’t net them all, his movement and pace is a great asset. Cesar Azpilicueta did his job quietly and effectively on the other flank and should be trusted to do the same again.MidfieldThe midfield was tweaked slightly to deal with Stoke’s physicality as Cesc Fabregas was moved forward to replace Oscar and John Obi Mikel partnered Nemanja Matic. It seemed to work as Fabregas created Terry’s goal, his 12th assist in 17 games, and scored the other to down Stoke and win even more plaudits. Expect the formation to stay the same if Oscar takes Eden Hazard’s place. Fabregas can therefore dictate the attack with Matic and Mikel on hand to do all the dirty work in the middle of the park. Willian needs a good performance against West Ham to keep Andre Schurrle on the bench.StrikerDiego Costa huffed and puffed against Stoke but couldn’t find the back of the net. However, he remains the Blues’ most potent striker with 12 goals this season which is why he always seems certain to start if fit. While Man City continue without any strikers, Costa’s goals will matter more than ever as the title race looks like going down to the wire and goal difference will matter. Didier Drogba and Loic Remy will get chances to shine in FA Cup and Capital One Cup games against Watford and Liverpool next month.last_img read more

VIDEO: WELLY the elephant! Animal boots football into woman’s face

first_imgElephants are famous for their supposedly great memory.But one of the huge animals decided he wanted to be known for sporting greatness.In a casual kick-about, one elephant can be seen passing to his teammate.And instead of returning a pass, the trunked beast decided to give the ball an almighty welly!Unfortunately for one spectator, the ball flew straight into her face before sending her flying.Watch Nelly give the ball a bit of welly above….last_img

Man United on the cards? Chelsea ace makes stunning Jose Mourinho admission

first_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City “I don’t regret many things in my career, but that I have not been able to work with Mourinho at Chelsea anymore is one of them. We had a team that could win more trophies. We just ended up in a negative cycle.”It’s nigh on impossible that Hazard will ever reunite with Mourinho at his current club, Manchester United, but the Belgium star looks certain to move to Real Madrid some time in the future.With Los Blancos’ current boss Julen Lopetegui under pressure, maybe there is a chance the Bernabeu club will hire Mourinho before signing Hazard, reuniting the pair who enjoyed such success together in 2014/15. Hazard played perhaps the best season of his career in 2014/15 Most read in Premier League How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 2 changes huge blow Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 2 SORRY whoops predicted TOP WORK revealed Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense gameday cracker “If you win, Mourinho is the best coach you can imagine. Then he is a friend of yours – you ask whatever you want.“Mourinho’s image of an extremely defensive coach isn’t completely right. He is far from adventurous like Guardiola, but the season in which we became champions, we have made many goals and played good games.”Despite his and Mourinho’s relationship ending on a sour note, Hazard has revealed he actually wants to work with the current Manchester United manager again!“The last season under Mourinho was not enjoyable,” he continued. “We didn’t win, we got into a sort of routine, training without having fun, it was better for all parties that we parted ways.“But if I’m asked now about one coach with whom I want to work again, I would say Mourinho. Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has made a stunning admission about Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, revealing he wants to work with the Portuguese again.Hazard was the Blues’ star played when they won the 2014/15 Premier League title under Mourinho, scoring 14 goals and being named Premier League Player of the Season and winning similar awards from both the PFA and FWA. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? However, the Belgium international’s loss of form the following campaign coincided with Chelsea going completely off the rails.Mourinho was sacked in December 2015 with the west Londoners 16th in the table, and they eventually finished the season 10th – missing out on qualification for a European competition for the first time in two decades.Hazard found the back of the net just six times in 2015/16 – without a league goal coming before Mourinho’s sacking – and he actually blames himself for this woeful campaign.Speaking to HLN, Hazard said: “In 12 years I’ve only had one bad season, the last six months under Mourinho – and it was partly my own fault. After the title, we asked Mourinho for extra holidays. I came back totally out of shape.“If the results are poor, Jose starts criticising his players. You know that, but afterwards I’ve been able to accept that, it’s part of his character. 2014/15 was a special season for Chelsea, with Mourinho working his magic and Hazard excelling on the pitch latest last_img read more

RALLY UPDATE: BOYLES STILL IN FRONT IN TIGHT RACE

first_imgUpdate to Stage 12 O/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS12RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev12Declan Boyle/Brian BoyleSubaru WRC6O/A7:16.50:001:23:39.021Sam Moffett/James O’ReillyFord Fiesta WRC6O/A7:21.50:001:24:07.40:28.40:28.437Darren Gass/Enda SherrySubaru WRC6O/A7:15.80:001:24:20.70:41.70:13.343Garry Jennings/Rory KennedySubaru WRC617:29.80:001:24:55.01:16.00:34.356Derek McGarrity/James McKeeSubaru WRC627:33.50:001:27:07.23:28.22:12.2Results for the National categoryO/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS12RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev115Daniel McKenna/Arthur KieransFord Escort Mk214O/A7:42.50:001:27:24.3214Gary McPhillips/Paul SheridanFord Escort Mk214O/A7:39.00:001:27:44.10:19.80:19.8332Conor Harvey/Gerard CallaghanFord Escort14O/A8:20.90:001:30:04.62:40.32:20.54134RPatrick Bradley/Niall McDaidFord Escort G313112:08.45:002:03:28.936:04.633:24.35100RMichael McClafferty/Damien WhoriskeyHonda Civic11F112:08.45:002:03:55.236:30.90:26.3659RChristopher Snow/Sean BruntonHonda Civic11F212:08.45:002:05:33.438:09.11:38.27117RPatrick Bonner/Jamsie WardFord Escort Mk212112:08.45:002:15:01.747:37.49:28.38105RShane Stanley/Liam FuohyHonda Civic9112:08.45:002:20:42.453:18.15:40.7   RALLY UPDATE: BOYLES STILL IN FRONT IN TIGHT RACE was last modified: June 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:2014donegal rallystage 12last_img read more

Banyana in 4-0 win over Botswana

first_img9 June 2014Banyana Banyana overpowered Botswana 4-0 on Saturday at a packed Isak Steyl Stadium at the Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijil Park as they began preparations for the 2014 African Women’s Championships (AWC).The ninth edition of the AWC takes place in Namibia from 11 to 25 October.The match was arranged after the Comoros withdrew from the second leg of their qualifier against South Africa, following a 13-0 loss to the 2012 AWC runners-up in their first leg match.Sasol Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw was impressed with her team’s performance against Botswana, saying that things will get better as more matches are played.‘The ladies played very well’“The ladies played very well. They were comfortable in passing each other the ball and it shows that they are getting better and adapting to playing together,” she said after the game.“I also believe we can do better than we did, so there’s still a lot of room for improvement. We are not where we want to be yet.”South Africa scored three goals in the first half stanza of the contest and managed one in the second half.“We just need to work on making sure that we are accurate in the final third,” Pauw added. “Yes, Botswana played a defensive game, but we also missed a couple of good chances.“It shows that we are improving in our attack, but we need to play against opponents who play an attacking game as well, so that we can be able to test our defence.”Purple patchStriker Leandra Smeda netted two goals in the game to take her tally to six in Banyana Banyana’s past two outings. The 25-year-old, who plies her trade with the University of the Western Cape in the Sasol League, scored four goals in the 13-0 win against the Comoros.“I am pleased with the results. We continued from where we left off against Comoros, and this shows that we are growing as a team. I’m also happy that I am finding the back of the net again,” said Smeda, who was named Diski Queen of the Match.“I believe I have improved a lot in my game and I had a feeling before the start of the match that I was going to score. But I have to continue working hard so the goals keep on coming. I should not relax now.”Goal scorersSouth Africa’s other goals came from Portia Modise and Ode Fulutudilu.Banyana Banyana are in the process of arranging a tour of West Africa later this month to give the players more practice ahead of the AWC.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

NIH Will No Longer Require Special Review for U.S. Gene Therapy Trials

first_imgIn a milestone for the field of gene therapy, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will no longer subject all proposed gene therapy clinical trials to review by a special federal advisory committee.“Given the progress in the field, I am confident that the existing regulatory authorities can effectively review most gene transfer protocols and that a streamlined process will reduce duplication and delays in getting gene transfer trials initiated,” said NIH Director Francis Collins in a statement today. Instead, the 40-year-old Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) will review only a few trials that pose special risks.Originally created to review all gene transfer experiments, the RAC in the late 1980s shifted its focus mainly to gene therapy trials. 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They point out that they must already go through reviews by institutional ethics and biosafety boards and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. RAC review is redundant and slows progress, argued the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy.In December 2013, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) panel agreed. It said that although NIH should continue to register trials, the RAC only needs to publicly review protocols that cannot be evaluated by standard oversight bodies and pose unusual risks, for example because they use a new vector. NIH issued a noncommittal response, making it unclear whether it would follow through.But today, Collins announced that NIH has “decided to accept the IOM committee recommendations on RAC review of gene therapy research.” The agency will soon issue a proposed change to its oversight rules for recombinant DNA research.Collins’s statement does not address another IOM recommendation, however—that NIH consider replacing the RAC with a similar body that would also review other types of risky clinical research. NIH is still “considering” that recommendation, says spokeswoman Renate Myles.last_img read more

World Cup 2015 semifinal defeat still haunts AB de Villiers

first_imgSouth Africa were on the brink of snapping the jinx of in an ICC tournament, when they reached the semifinals of the 2015 World Cup. However, they lost to New Zealand by four wickets in a thriller that went down to the last ball. AB de Villiers, then captaining the Proteas, considers that defeat as his “greatest disappointment” in his newly-published book – AB: The Autobiography, which released today.Busy signing books. Exciting few days ahead! @PanMacmillanSA #ABbook pic.twitter.com/04hfK517Sp&; AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) September 1, 2016De Villiers was convinced South Africa would lift the World Cup despite losing two group games and then going on to win their first ever World Cup knockout game, beating Sri Lanka in the quarterfinal.In the book, de Villiers has dedicated one chapter, called “The Dream”, to the 2015 World Cup where he reveals that a last-minute change to the playing XI for the semifinal also affected the result of the match. Vernon Philander was drafted in to replace Kyle Abbott and de Villiers says the change was done to weigh in the racial factor. (AB de Villiers’ autobiography: Story of a boy who excelled at three sports )De Villiers further reveals that 30 minutes before the team meeting, he got a call. The person, not named in the book, apparently told him that Philander was fit and will play the semifinal instead of Abbott. The selectors believed that Philander, who missed better part of the tournament due to a hamstring injury, will be an ideal bowler and will be able to move the ball in New Zealand conditions.advertisement”We had been assured that Cricket South Africa was the only national governing body in the country that had declined to set a target for the number of players of colour to be included in the national team but there was a delicate balance to be struck and it was generally understood that, as they chose the side, the national selectors would be conscious of providing opportunities for at least four players of colour.Really enjoyed my visit to @jeppeboys Great school! #ABbook @PanMacmillanSA pic.twitter.com/aBNDzGrFOY&; AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) September 1, 2016″So what had happened? Had Vernon, who was officially classified as coloured, been selected ahead of Kyle, who was officially white, to ensure there were four players of colour in the semifinal? Or had the decision been made for purely cricketing reasons?”De Villiers was also disappointed with the fact that he had to think of his team-mates on racial terms and at the team meeting before the semifinal match he chose not to bring up the topic. Instead to inspire the team used a line from a ‘One Republic’ song: “We owe it to each other to promise each other that ‘with every broken bone’ we’re going to leave it out there tomorrow.”After South Africa lost the semifinal, de Villiers chose not to blame the loss on the selection fiasco and rather held the missed opportunities responsible for the loss.Moreover, de Villiers writes that he is supportive of the transformation needed in South Africa cricket, if done in a morally correct way. “I was certainly not blind to the wider issues and I regard the process of transformation in South African cricket not as something imposed on the game but as something that was morally the right thing to do.”There is a “burning desire” for de Villiers to see South Africa win the World Cup, which suggests he will be playing in 2019. However, de Villiers believes that one day South Africa will win an ICC tournament.”It will never be much fun until a Proteas team finally goes out and wins one of these ICC limited-overs tournaments. That will happen one day.”last_img read more