Ighalo Could Join United Permanently – Solskjaer

first_imgOdion Ighalo’s stay at Old Trafford could be made permanent at the end of the season Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed.Ighalo, 30, joined the Red Devils on a loan deal from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season.Busybuddiesng.com had earlier reported that United could yet make Ighalo’s move permanent having been prevented from negotiating an option to buy the striker at the end of the loan due to time constraints as both sides raced to get the transfer over the line moments before the deadline.The former Super Eagles forward has not had the greatest of starts at Old Trafford. He did not travel with the rest of United’s first team on their warm-weather training trip to Spain amid fears that he could be denied re-entry to the United Kingdom having come from China where the Coronavirus originated.He has, however, travelled with the rest of the squad for Monday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea and is likely to make his United debut as a substitute at Stamford Bridge later today.Stepping out on the pitch as a United player in his number 25 jersey and customised boots dedicated to the memory of his late sister will fulfil a lifelong dream for Ighalo who grew up supporting United.And Solskjaer says Ighalo could yet spend more years at Old Trafford beyond the initial period of his loan move.“When you are in the door, it gives you a chance,” the Norwegian said.“If you impress as a player and a person and help the group improve, of course, there’s a chance we’ll look at extending things and signing.“His incentive is to play as well as he can, then it’s up to us to make sure he wants to stay if we want him.”RelatedManchester United Told How Much It Will Cost To Sign Odion Ighalo PermanentlyMarch 15, 2020In “England”Ighalo Breaks Silence Amidst Transfer DebacleJune 1, 2020In “England”Ole Solskjaer Reacts To Odion Ighalo’s Debut Performance For Manchester UnitedFebruary 18, 2020In “England”last_img read more

Paul Wright | Competition heating up for a spot in Tokyo

first_imgThe beginning of the track and field season has seen the resurgence of interest in the fortunes of our elder stars Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Asafa Powell, and any young pretenders with hopes of toppling those giants. They did not disappoint. Both won their season openers. The post-Usain Bolt Olympics is necessary for us to reestablish ourselves as the sprint capital of the world. The defeat of our young sprint sensation, Briana Williams, in a 60m race in her season best of 7.18 augurs well for the future. She had some very big names in track and field behind her in the Millrose Games in New York. The multiple pre-Champs meets across the island also confirm that our youngsters can, and are, stepping up to the plate in making the contest to make the Olympic team to Tokyo this year mouth-watering. Coronavirus scares, traffic mayhem, and murder statistics that refuse to show a decline mean that sports will continue to be our salve as we face the reality of life in Jamaica. Leadership in sports has failed us. In football, from the pinnacle of World Cup participation, male and female, to humiliation. In cricket, from world domination to fighting for a place. In netball, from “sometimes third, most time fourth,” to “fighting to be fifth.” In track and field, from the adulation of Usain Bolt and being the sprint capital of the world to being number one again. Tokyo and this year’s Olympic Games will be the dominant feature as we try to cope with the realities of life in Jamaica. Early-season activities We note with satisfaction, the early-season activities of those athletic Jamaicans who should be the architects of our mental stability. Asafa Powell, no doubt preparing for the national salute to his body of work over the years when he ruled the roost in one-off 100m races, which included the world record at one time, came from behind to be adjudged the winner in a tight 60m race. That he won was not really surprising, what was surprising was that he overcame a so-so start to catch and beat another runner who has his eyes on Tokyo. Dare we think of a new Asafa? The ‘Mommy Rocket,’ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, did the usual, what we have come to expect, dismantling a good field. Her time of 7.32 seconds, while not spectacular, was satisfactory as she admitted to getting rid of the cobwebs in her first real race of the season. Long jumper, Shawn-D Thompson of G.C. Foster College did 8.20m in that event. Just a shade below the qualifying standard for the Olympics. This fact, coupled with the speed work being fine-tuned by World Champion Tajay Gayle, gives us hope of at least two finalists in Tokyo this summer. Anastasia Le-Roy, our most consistent 400m runner, who still has hopes of an Olympic medal, was timed in a relay leg on Saturday at 52.40s over 400m. Early season promise of things to come? We certainly hope so. Not to be left out are our juniors who are preparing for their annual showpiece: Champs. Sachin Dennis, a phenomenon from St Elizabeth Technical High School returned to active participation after a two-year hiatus, where he battled twin demons of injury and illness. His Class Two 100m run some two years ago made his absence perplexing. But on Saturday in a relay leg, he was reported as “looking good”. Awesome. Our young ‘female Bolt,’ Kevona Davis, ran a backstretch leg in a winning relay and her return to full fitness is obviously being tenderly handled. I am predicting that with this type of race selection, she will be on the team to Tokyo this year. Those were not the only outstanding performances last week, but this start to the preparation for Tokyo gives us hope. Our place at the top of world athletics is a right! With no untoward interference from overzealous officials, who seem to blame the press for their own missteps, we are in for an exciting year. Go team!last_img read more

‘Planning essential for when it is safe to return’ – Johnson

first_imgWhen that will be exactly remains unclear but despite being confined to the walls of his home, Johnson explains how he has used his time effectively, both in terms of work as well as family time.He was speaking on the latest episode of Bristol Sport TV.“It’s very difficult [to plan], it’s so unprecedented that all we can do is be fluid,” the Robins head coach explained. “The lads have been great so far, willing to do anything required of them on and off the pitch. We’ve worked extremely hard to get to his point and now there’s so much uncertainty. We are looking and searching for that light at the end of the tunnel at the moment.”Johnson goes into more detail, describing that fluidity and scenarios that may be actioned. He said: “We have to plan for every eventuality and that is key, be that returning to training in small numbers or take over a hotel for six weeks with games behind closed doors, so for us it’s about being fluid to cover all bases and get as much early information as possible so as to inform the players and planning for nine very important games.“Everyone wants football to come back and everyone is desperate to return to normal life.”In their own homes, the players have worked to their individual programmes to keep themselves fit and active, something discussed by City’s Head of Performance Andy Rolls on the Robins Nest Podcast.Therefore Johnson has no doubts about the players’ fitness abilities once they are able to reunite and return to Failand to prepare for matches.“We have a fit, young, athletic group and I trust them,” he continued. “All the programmes and work they have done will have them back as fit as a fiddle. It will be about getting them reintroduced to the ball, those partnerships and getting the cohesion going as quickly as possible.“There will be winners and losers out of this unfortunate pandemic but there are reasons to be optimistic with players like Benik Afobe who after seven months out has had two or three months to get ahead of scheme, the likes of (Tomas) Kalas who had been struggling with a knee injury and we expect to have him back.“It’s not only the name on the teamsheet but it’s the human being at their best both mentally and physically. We always talk about pre-season and how important they are and every player who has a solid pre-season, it gives them a base. It lockdown hopefully enables us to have this three-four week ‘pre-season’ to get everyone in tip-top shape, and I’m moving into this last nine games with a very optimistic and positive mindset.”And as well as enjoying family time, home schooling his daughter and hosting regular bingo games with the grandparents, another area he has had to concentrate on has been the younger players.Johnson said: “One of the things we’ve been working on is a large analytical document for the Academy: on terminology, philosophy and exactly the way we work,” these being key for when some of the younger age groups move up to Failand on completion of the new training ground.”It’s important moving forward because particularly with the way we want to go and develop our young players and see them get into the first team, coupled by having younger players at the training ground earlier, it enables them to bed in as quickly as possible.”I can assure fans that it’s very exciting in terms of the young players we have backed up throughout the age groups. There’s a lot of good work from a lot of good people coming to fruition and hopefully we will see the fruits of that in the first team very soon.”last_img read more

‘Know exactly who poor are, where they live, why they are struggling so we can help them,’ says Sen. Marcos

first_imgSIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP Senator Ma. Josefa Imelda “Imee” R. Marcos, chairwoman of the Senate economic affairs committee, today said that paucity of data is one of the fundamental problems of fighting poverty.Senator Imee R. Marcos(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)Marcos, a former Ilocos Norte governor and congresswoman, conceded that there might be a welter of information from Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Department  of Social Welfare (DSWD) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), among others, ‘’but we in fact don’t even know exactly who our poor are, where they live, why they are struggling, what we should do to help them.’’‘’If there is so much we don’t know, how in heaven’s name can we end poverty in the Philippines in this generation?’’ she asked.’Marcos said national agencies, and the Local Government Units (LGUs)  as well, ‘’use different rubrics for measuring poverty – moving but oft-outdated income thresholds, individual vs. family vs. household, national survey, Listahanan, FIES, CBMS, a whole alphabet soup of metrics.’’‘’Let’s get at least our data act together, then we can, as I truly believe we can, end poverty among Filipinos in this generation,’’ she added.last_img read more

Giru Construction steps down as official sponsor

first_imgRugby League BY MAL TAIME Giru Construction Ltd has dropped the bombshell as the official sponsor of the Waghi Tumbe for the Digicel Cup this season. Managing director Fredrick Koldop made the announcement yesterday that shocked the management and the players who are preparing for the 2019 Digicel Cup season that is expected to start in April. Despite the sudden announcement, the franchise club is likely to come under the umbrella of the Jiwaka provincial government business arm, the Jiwaka Development Corporation who should take over the naming rights sponsorship. Giru Construction and Jiwaka Development Corporation have been at loggerheads over the official or naming rights sponsorship of Waghi Tumbe. However, Digicel Cup administrator Stanley Hondina come out in the media two weeks ago to put to rest any doubts hovering over the minds of the public, supporters, interested parties and the sponsors. The news about Giru Construction Ltd’s withdrawal left the management and players shocked and disappointed, with some players having no intention of joining other teams in the Digicel Cup. They have already selected their training side and are preparing for the competition that is expected to kick off in April. On a positive note, the Giru Construction Ltd has made it possible for three players – Joshua Nani, Emmanuel Wayne and Sipa Korken – to play in the New South Wales cup competition in Australia this season, while Joe Frank has made it to the SP PNG Hunters training squad. Korken and Wayne were earlier named in the Kimbe Cutters squad but had decided to take up the offer in Australia because it will provide potential. Hondina has confirmed the withdrawal of Giru Construction but was in tight-lipped about the situation only saying “Koldop would outline the reasons for the withdrawal”. Koldop told the Post-Courier from Port Moresby yesterday that Giru Construction made a decision to step down as a major sponsor for the betterment of the company, both the people of Jiwaka and Western Highlands and its supporters. He said the company paid the K100,000 affiliation fees for Waghi Tumbe to participate in the Digicel Cup this year for second year running but because of the tussle between Giru Construction Ltd and Jiwaka Development Corporation, the current sponsor had to step down. But Koldop has left a challenge, saying: “If this year, Waghi Tumbe repeats its trend to become wooden spooners, Giru Construction will definitely bid to take over the naming rights next year.” He said the franchise club was tagged wooden spooners since its revival and until last year after Giru Construction took over as sponsors, Tumbe made it to third spot. Koldop said Waghi Tumbe head coach Francis Ray was also assaulted at Banz when he was there to organize a trial match to select the final training squad for for the franchise club. He said Giru Construction was fortunate to take the team to the finals, finishing third and a bench mark has been set. It also created a pathway for Frank to join up with the Hunters and the other three players Wayne, Korken and Nani to play in the New South Wales Cup competition.last_img read more

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first_imgCLICK HERE to watch Campbell County play district games tonight with Central at Fountain City.  The “Voice of the Cougars,” Josh Parker sends you all the action starting at 6 pm over the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network.SEE THE SCHEDULE HERE.Coverage of CCHS over the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network is brought to you by these outstanding corporate partners:Alco Builders and Realty – Tracy LobertiniB & M TiresByrge Screen PrintingCommunity Trust BankDr. Jill Cox-BrowningCumberland Gap MedicalDoyle’s Tire ShopFazoli’sFirst National BankGray Insurance AgencyLace to PearlsLUBNorris Lake InsurancePCUDPeoples Bank of the SouthRice Oil-MarathonRiggs Drug JacksboroSenator Ken YagerState Representative Dennis PowersTCATTerry’s PharmacyUnited Cumberland BankValley Roofing(NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/04/2018-4PM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Clinical Ricciardo takes Chinese Grand Prix

first_img(REUTERS) – DANIEL Ricciardo made a string of thrilling overtaking moves to snatch a surprise Chinese Grand Prix victory on Sunday after a safety car strategy gamble by his Red Bull team paid off handsomely.The Australian, who started sixth after almost missing qualifying, made the most of fresher tyres to finish 8.8 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes.“I don’t seem to win boring races,” he grinned from the podium, before chugging the champagne from his racing boot in a trademark ‘shoey’.“They are all pretty fun but that was unexpected.”Kimi Raikkonen took third place for Ferrari but title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel both endured trying afternoons, the four times world champions ending up fourth and eighth respectively.“I was in no-man’s land today,” said Hamilton. “I had no pace.”Vettel, who won the first two races of the season for Ferrari, saw his lead over Hamilton slashed from 17 points to nine.The German’s race unravelled spectacularly, a collision with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen dropping him down the order, after the pre-race favourite had initially made a good start from pole and held the early lead.Verstappen had a 10 seconds penalty applied post-race for causing the collision, dropping the Dutch youngster from fourth to fifth.Vettel was also passed by the McLaren of Fernando Alonso two laps from the end.last_img read more

Why Do The Vikings Hate Me? [OPINION]

first_img About Connatix V56490 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 1080p HD 360p 720p HD About Connatix V56490center_img When I was 13, I stood in line for four hours at a Dayton’s store to buy tickets to see the Vikings take on the Bears in a playoff game. My family all ditched me to go to a movie in the same mall, and when they came back the line had barely moved.We got tickets and eventually went to the game. The Bears destroyed Minnesota 35-18 in a game that was never close. Auto (360p) 1/1 I think 1994 was the first year of my hard-core Vikings fandom and my first taste of what it means to truly be a Vikings fan: Pain.We all remember the magical 1998 season and its subsequent ending, which shortened the lifespan of the average Vikings fan by 3-5 years. The ’94 loss sucked, but the ’98 loss to Atlanta was the worst I had ever felt as a sports fan.I had been going through a lot of stuff in real life during that season and the games were about the only positive thing I had going that fall, I thought maybe the Vikings would be the thing to make it better by finally winning the Super Bowl.The loss was just an absolute gut punch for me and my group of friends.Speaking of those friends, one of them was ‘lucky’ enough to attend that game in person. When he got home he gave me a call to tell me he was switching allegiances.”From now on, I am cheering for the Cleveland Browns. Every week you KNOW they will lose so there will be no getting my hopes up.” To this day, he is a Browns fan.By the time the 2001 NFC Championship game took place, I was 18 and just graduated from high school. My buddies and I got together to watch the game and I don’t really remember much about it other than the (41-0) final score. I think we stopped watching and turned on the Playstation by halftime. The magic was fading.In 2009, the Vikings signed Brett Favre and, once again, I allowed myself to be suckered in. The Greg Lewis catch vs San Francisco, the wins over Green Bay, a resounding win over Dallas in the playoffs…. this was the year!As you probably remember, the Vikings were beaten (figuratively and literally) by the Saints in the NFC Championship game once again. I blamed myself for falling into the trap again, sucker punched right in the snout by the hand of fate.When Blair Walsh missed his kick against the Seahawks in the 2016 playoffs, I just laughed. I saw it coming and went about my day.The Vikings made the playoffs in 2017 and hosted the New Orleans Saints. All the elements were there: a late Vikings collapse, the opposing coach mocking fans by doing the “Skol” chant, a meaningless hail mary on deck to end the game.But then, a miracle happened: Stefon Diggs came down with Case Keenum’s pass and took it into the end zone! Touchdown Vikings!The play was so improbable that my dad, who was at my place to watch the game, was already in the entryway putting on his boots to go home. He missed the whole thing.The next week the Vikings played against the Eagles with a trip to the Super Bowl (in the Vikings’ home stadium) on the line. I even had somehow procured a press pass for the Super Bowl and I foolishly allowed myself to daydream.Once again, the football gods mocked my optimism and the Eagles destroyed the   Vikings to advance to, and win, the Super Bowl.Last season, the Vikings again upset the New Orleans Saints to advance to the second round of the playoffs, where they would match up with an untested San Francisco 49ers team. It was also the first time in my life the Vikings played a game on my birthday, so of course they were going to win!Narrator: They did not win.So, to sum up, I have missed maybe three Vikings games in the last 26 years of my life. Countless beautiful fall Sundays that could have been spent, I don’t know, picking apples or something, instead spent losing hair and gaining weight watching a team I know in my heart will never, ever win the big one.last_img read more

Watford and Leicester ‘clearly positioned’ for player, club wants to sell…

first_imgWith two more years left on his contract, Le10 Sport state the 21-year-old is drawing attention from clubs in Italy and England.Watford and Leicester City, along with AS Roma and Inter Milan are ‘clearly positioned’ for winger.For the Hornets, the Foxes or the other two Serie A sides to secure the services of the Senegal international, they will have to spend big.Three years ago, Rennes allowed Ousmane Dembélé to join Borussia Dortmund and in 2017, he completed a big money transfer to Barcelona.Embed from Getty ImagesThe Ligue 1 club are clear they want to part ways with Sarr, but only for a ‘golden price’ of at least €50m as they don’t want to let him go for cheap like they did with Dembele.With interest from the Watford, Leicester and other clubs, it’s to be seen if any potential suitors will be willing to pay €50m to land Sarr.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a Beautiful City and Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undo Ismaila Sarr impressed for Rennes this season, scoring 12 goals and registering eight assists across all competitions.last_img read more

Barcelona signing West Brom youngster sees PSG react in ongoing transfer…

first_imgThe two clubs have become sworn enemies in recent years courtesy of the epic meetings in the Champions League, the Neymar saga and several failed transfers between the pair.The rivalry is simmering once again this summer, especially as Neymar pushes for a return to the Camp Nou, but it seems the ‘war’ between the two clubs is infecting all areas, even youth transfers.Enter Louie Barry. AS report that the 16-year-old striker was all set to join PSG from West Brom this summer and even had a medical at the club ahead of the move but then Barcelona swooped in to ruin things.They say Barry ‘was determined’ to move to the Camp Nou and his mother and father agreed, thus pushing him to Spain instead of France.Annoyed at missing out on the West Brom youngster, PSG responded in kind by stealing Xavi Simons from Barcelona.Barca had offered the youngster €130,000 per season but PSG used their relationship with Mino Raiola, who it’s said is also in a continued ‘war’ with Barca, to lure him to Paris instead.So, in summary, Barcelona signed a youngster PSG wanted and the French champions responded by taking a young star off Barcelona.And AS point out, there’s likely to be ramifications for the proposed Neymar deal. This latest affair will have only damaged the relationship between the two clubs further and as a result, it’s difficult to see them ever agreeing on anything in regards to Neymar.Who knew a 16-year-old West Brom product could cause so much trouble.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameChallenge Your Brain With This Must-Play Strategy Game. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoMisterStocksThese Hilarious Photos Were Captured On The SubwayMisterStocksUndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndo Football is full of big rivalries between big clubs, some of them are decades old and others fairly new. Barcelona and PSG is one that falls into the latter.last_img read more