Negredo: I don’t want to leave City

first_img Press Association “I’m very happy and very settled here. I had a difficult end to the season and that’s why there has been a lot of talking, but I’ve been very happy here from the first day I arrived.” Negredo made an immediate impact at the Etihad Stadium last season and finished the campaign with 23 goals in all competitions. The last of those strikes, however, came in January after he lost form in the second half of the campaign following a shoulder injury. That slump cost him a place in the Spain squad for the World Cup in Brazil. Atletico Madrid was reported to be a possible destination for Negredo following Diego Costa’s departure to Chelsea, but it is understood City would not welcome any approach even if he had wanted to leave. The 28-year-old has been linked with a move back to Spain only a year after leaving Sevilla for the Barclays Premier League. But in a Q&A on City’s website, Negredo denied he was homesick and said: ” I don’t want to leave City. center_img Striker Alvaro Negredo insists he is happy at Manchester City and is not looking to leave the club.last_img read more

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Ghana League Cypher: Phobian bones may well be rotten!

first_imgPhobians need no reminder the nightmare of relegation is fast becoming reality after their home loss to rival Asante Kotoko at the Accra Stadium.A close study of their final 5 games of the  First Capital Plus Premier  League would only weaken the bones and shred the nerves of many true fans of Hearts of Oak.But just what do the permutations mean? Can Hearts of Oak navigate the murky relegation battle successfully?Click link  and watch as seasoned pundits join Anchor George Addo Jnr to scrutinize Hearts of Oak’s  Chances of survival, review week  25, and preview week 26 and 27 of the First capital plus Premier league on the “Ghana League Cypher”.last_img read more

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Hearts of Oak explain shortage of tickets during Wa All Stars game

first_imgHearts of Oak lost their unbeaten record in the league on matchday six but they could possibly lose out more fans in the stadium for subsequent matches.This was after fans of the clubs were left stranded behind the gates during their 3-1 defeat to Wa All Stars.Majority of the Phobian faithful thronged to the stadium to watch the new look Hearts team in action but to their dismay, there were no more tickets available.This has left the fans contemplating on whether to return for other home matches of the Phobians but PRO of the club, Kwame Opare Addo, has stated the unfortunate incident was beyond Hearts.“I don’t think we can blame Hearts of Oak for the incident where most of our fans couldn’t get into the stadia,” he told Joy Sports.“The issue is that the PLB printed all the tickets for the first four home matches. They had all been printed right from day one.” “There was not any way we could have changed.””We had 16,000 tickets for the first two matches and 20,000 tickets for the Wa All Stars game,” Opare added.“So once the 20,000 got finished, there was nothing we could do about it.”“I don’t think anyone who gets this explanation will blame Hearts of Oak. The decision had been taken four weeks ago.”Hearts of Oak’s next home game is against WAFA a fortnight from now.   –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Belmont results: Who won the 2019 Belmont Stakes? Full order, highlights from the race

first_imgA surging Sir Winston took the final turn wide at Belmont Park, but his closing speed was good enough as he moved closer to the rail in deep stretch ahead of Joevia and held off the favorite, Tacitus, at the finish to win the 151st Belmont Stakes on Saturday.Joevia utilized his No. 1 post position to near perfection, leading nearly wire to wire before ultimately finishing third. Tacitus operated in the middle of the pack for much of the race until his final charge. Sir Winston’s trainer, Mark Casse, probably figured he’d be celebrating Saturday night in the winner’s circle, but with his other horse in the race, War of Will. War of Will won the Preakness winner three weeks earlier but finished ninth among 10 horses Saturday. Casse recorded his first Belmont win and jockey Joel Rosario claimed his second.MORE: When sex doesn’t follow for a champion racehorseExcelling at Belmont Park was nothing new for Sir Winston. The 3-year-old finished second on the track May 11 in the Peter Pan Stakes.The Belmont Stakes marked the close of the 2019 quest for a Triple Crown — a unique one at that, with disqualifactions and jockeyless horses. The next big horse race for casual fans is the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.Sporting News tracked live updates and highlights from the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes. Follow the entries below for the winner and complete results.Belmont Stakes results: Who won the 2019 race?FinishHorse1.Sir Winston2.Tacitus3.Joevia4.Tax5.Master Fencer6.Spinoff7.Everfast8.Intrepid Heart9.War of Will10. Bourbon WarBelmont 2019 live updates, highlights(All times Eastern.)6:42 p.m.: Sir Winston takes the final turn wide, but chases down Joevia in the stretch to win!6:39 p.m.: They’re loaded, and they’re off! 6:32 p.m.: The horses have begun the post parade.6:30 p.m.: A little Frank Sinatra welcomes fans and jockeys.6:27 p.m.: The horses are out of the stalls.last_img read more

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Tate Martell has options, but would another transfer be worth it?

first_imgMartell, meanwhile, could easily get a chance to play quarterback this season knowing Wiliams is a redshirt freshman and Manny Diaz is a first-year coach. Perhaps Martell will get his chance on the field, which never happened at Ohio State once Dwayne Haskins took over the starting job. Haskins, by the way, sat for two years before getting his chance to start.That might be the best course of action for Martell if he wants to stick as a college quarterback. He has waited for two-plus years. He’ll have to wait a little bit longer now, no matter what.In this case, it might be best to stick it out. Tate Martell did not win the starting job at Miami, and the question now becomes, ”What’s next?”Martell, a former four-star recruit, transferred from Ohio State after two seasons and received a transfer waiver to play right away with the Hurricanes. When news broke Jarren Williams would start the opener for Miami against Florida on Aug. 24, social media shredded Martell (a little too much, honestly). Martell didn’t practice Monday, and the speculation began. Where — or at what position — will Martell play next? Sporting News breaks down his options:MORE: Social media reacts to Martell newsTransfer (again)Martell would have to sit out this season, and that would mean a third school in his first three seasons. Perception-wise, this is Martell’s worst move. Martell would be the poster child for too much, too soon. Entitlement, “QB1: Beyond the Lights” and the transfer portal will split the blame.At that point, it would start to look like the Gunner Kiel saga. The former five-star quarterback decommitted from Indiana and LSU before committing to Notre Dame in 2012. He transferred to Cincinnati after getting lost on the depth chart, started two seasons then got benched as a senior. The production never matched the hype.Martell would have that stigma if he transferred again, and there will be questions about his commitment no matter where he lands. The stigma of the transfers from Ohio State and Miami would outweigh his production on the field. Looking for immediate playing time would adversely affect his image as a team player and competitor.That’s why he should consider staying at Miami and pursuing one of two options.Switch positionsMartell was a niche player at Ohio State because of his ability to make plays in space, evidenced by his 5.8 yards per carry in 2018. Knowing that, Martell could fit either as a running back or slot receiver — and that could translate to the next level. Martell is 5-11, 208 pounds, and could decide that not playing quarterback would be best for his NFL potential.Braxton Miller switched to receiver at Ohio State his senior year. Denard Robinson switched to running back toward the end of his senior season at Michigan. Martell could make that move now and have three seasons to develop at one of those positions.The best-case scenario? Just look at Julian Edelman, the 5-10, 200-pound quarterback-turned-receiver who won Super Bowl MVP honors last season. We’re not saying he would go on to similar success, but it’s an option for Martell. At the very least it would get him on the field more this season. That leaves one more option.MORE: Martell’s transfer shows what’s right and wrong with QB transfer shuffleStick it outThe criticism of Martell is a symptom of another problem within college football. Quarterbacks are hyped up too soon — Martell certainly was — and their timetable for development has been thrown off by the transfer portal.Martell took advantage of a waiver, and it didn’t work out. For what it’s worth, Justin Fields has not been named the starter at Ohio State yet and is battling with Kentucky transfer Gunnar Hoak for the starting job. There is still time for Martell to be a successful college quarterback.last_img read more

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Only 7 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Our Area

first_imgHancock471 Area Total7907 Cerro Gordo991 The latest updates on COVID 19 in our listening area for Tuesday, June 30th:There were only seven newly reported cases of COVID-19 in our immediate listening area in the 24 hour period ending at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 30th. One case each reported in Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hancock, Mitchell, Worth, Winnebago and Wright counties. That brings our area total to 790 cases. Worth91 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Floyd650 State numbers Worth131 Franklin741 For newly recovered cases, we saw a big jump in Wright County where there were 73 cases reported as newly recovered. There were 10 people reported to have recovered from COVID-19 in Cerro Gordo county, 7 in Floyd, 4 in Franklin, 2 in Kossuth and 1 each in Butler and Worth counties. Wright3701 Winnebago231 Mitchell80 RecoveredNew Recovered Butler450 Butler321 Cerro Gordo4310 Deaths7077135 Hancock360 Kossuth162 Mitchell221 Winnebago120 Wright18373 Franklin434 Area Total41798 There were no new deaths or hospitalizations in our area. Statewide, the case count is up to 28,942 with five new deaths reported and 86 newly recoverd. Floyd357 Cases2894228728214 Kossuth320 Recovered230102309686last_img read more

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Pacific Islands prepare for league test match blockbuster

first_imgNearly 50 of the players involved are already on NRL rosters. Saturday’s blockbuster schedule will see the Junior Kangaroos take on their Kiwi counterparts, before Fiji and Papua New Guinea lock horns. Samoa will clash with Tonga in the second test. “It’s definitely going to be physical, no player is going to be holding back, it’s just the history of the two nations,” Samoa captain Frank Pritchard told SBS News. “Come Saturday I’m sure there will be a lot of fans running on the ground at the end of the game.” Fiji captain James Storer said he had no doubt Pacific Islanders were almost born to play rugby league. “You look at Fijians naturally, rugby league is their game,” he said. “Look at Semi Radradra – it’s just an example, but there is a lot of them boys back in Fiji just waiting to get their chance.” Pacific Island players have long been a part of the NRL. Frank Puletua, the NRL’s recognition and award manager, knows first-hand just how much the face of the game has changed in the last two decades. Puletua played for the Penrith Panthers in the 1990s when almost the only other Pacific Islander in the team was his brother Tony. “When myself and my brother were coming through the ranks there was probably two or three of us,” he said. “It’s over about half the team now are Pacific Island players.”(Fiji will take on Papua New Guinea in the test match double-header this weekend.)last_img read more

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Is this Administration deliberately obtuse or simply dense?

first_imgDear Editor,The resent exchange between Christopher Ram and Ronald Bulkan served to crystallise ephemeral thoughts that have been nagging at the back of my mind for some years. Ram posits that Bulkan and his former Cabinet colleagues may know they are being disingenuous with arguments about 34 and 90 days. “I suspect that deep down Mr Bulkan knows all of this” but Ram also takes the arguments at face value and asks “Mr Bulkan and his APNU/AFC colleagues may indeed have a numeracy deficiency but literacy too? If they cannot count, and cannot apply basic comprehension” in suggesting that Bulkan et al will have to defend their intellectual deficiencies to the electorate at some point. Editor, from the earliest days of the Granger Administration, I have struggled with the very same dilemma. Is this Administration deliberately obtuse or simply dense? I have ruled out the first as none have so far revealed any level of sophistry to date, no clever analogies, nothing to make one stop and consider their arguments seriously, from the reasons proffered for their very first transgression against the people with the obscene salary raise to Trotman’s mango analogy which was asinine at best.   It is denseness that has caused Brigadier David Granger (re tired) to set us upon a path to open dictatorship. The refusal to accept the ruling of the Chief Justice in all matters raised concerning the No-confidence Motion of December 21, 2018, has moved us past the parody of democracy that stultified resistance to the subversion of the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Add to this deliberate attempt to polarise the nation along racial lines, despite evidence that our nation has grown past that and lines have long become blurred and it becomes obvious that the Granger Administration’s embrace of denseness grows stronger daily. Like Ram, I was willing to concede these may be political arguments made for sake of expediency and not an actual reflection of intellect or lack of thereof. No longer however, I cannot concede that any intelligent human would subject themselves to this level of ridicule of small children for the sake of any amount of power and perks. This group should be sitting at the back of the class with party hats on, not in the halls of power.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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Govt spends $350M more on outreaches

first_imgGovernment’s spokesperson, Joseph Harmon, on Friday defended a recent move by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government to secure more than $300 million in supplementary funding from the National Assembly for ministerial outreaches across the country.At the last parliamentary sitting on May 23, 2019, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had presented Financial Paper 1 of 2019 totalling in excess of $7.9 billion. Of that amount, $800 million was approved for the Finance Ministry, part of which is for “increased activities such as ministerial outreaches”.Asked during Friday’s post-Cabinet press briefing to justify the additional $350 million when supplementary funds are only sought in the case of urgency and/or emergency, Harmon underscored the importance of these ministerial engagements.The Director General at the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP) noted that Government first had these outreaches back 2016 and 2017, and it was based on feedback from the coomunities, so the Government found it necessary to continue the engagements with the public.“It was recognised that there was a view that people needed to see their Government Ministers more. They wanted to be in touch with them. When we came into office, we recognised that there was sort of an expectation created by the previous Administration that only if you see a Minister that you can get things done.”According to Harmon, the coalition has since changed that paradigm and has undertaken to move Government services to the people. This, he added, was done with the creation of new towns.“We’ve actually taken Government services to these new towns themselves. So the outreaches by the Ministers was an approach to listen to persons and hear what they have to say and whether in fact, what we’re doing is working and if in fact, they need to give us addition advice. So these were some of the rationale behind the outreaches,” he contended.The MOTP Director General went on to say that his Government believes in inclusive governance and these public engagements are reflective of this.“We believe that the people who govern, must listen to the people they govern. This is a way of interacting with them to bring them as part of the decision-making process. What, in fact, we are doing is giving effect to Article 13 of the Constitution and basically changing the paradigm in which Government is in the centre and the people are on the periphery. We are now taking the Government to the people and therefore they can now feel comfortable that decisions are made in their interest right there on the ground in the community they’re living in,” Harmon stressed.Already, Government has held ministerial outreaches in Regions One (Barima_Waini), Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara Mahaica), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). These outreaches comes amid criticisms that the APNU/AFC coalition is blatantly using taxpayers’ money and State resources to campaign heavily across the country.However, the Government has been insisting that the outreaches are to better engage and address concerns of citizen, and not part of any campaigning ahead of the upcoming General and Regional Elections.Despite this, however, one Government Minister during a hinterland outreach asking residents to vote for the coalition Government.Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, while addressing a small gathering at Tiger Pond village, located in the Karasabai District, South Pakaraimas, Region Nine, made it clear that he was there simply to garner votes.“You understand why it is important for us to come and convince you that you should vote for this coalition,” Minister Felix remarked.He added: “If I wanted to go to church, I’d go to church in Georgetown. I wouldn’t come here for Sunday school. While I wouldn’t mind worshipping with you, but I come here to ask for your vote, let’s understand that clearly. Vote coalition!”last_img read more

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Man United news: Mata in and Rashford out? Predicted XI for Liverpool clash

first_img 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 11 11 11 8. Juan Mata (right wing) 21. Ander Herrera (attacking centre midfield) 11 7. Memphis Depay (left wing) 36. Matteo Darmian (right back) 11 9. Anthony Martial (centre forward) 16. Michael Carrick (centre midfield) 11 11 5. Marcos Rojo (left back) 11 11 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 11 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – Click the arrow, right, to see the full Manchester United lineup in squad number order After defeat to West Brom on Sunday all but ended Manchester United’s top four hopes, the Europa League clash with Liverpool now takes on added importance.Liverpool v Manchester United is – in terms of global viewing figures – the biggest fixture in football, but Thursday night is the first time the two rivals will do battle on the European stage.Winning the Europa League now represents the only chance for either side to be in the Champions League next season.Louis van Gaal loves the rivalry between the sides and has won all four of his games against the Reds since his arrival at Old Trafford.It is also the game that Anthony Martial announced himself to the Premier League earlier this season, with a stunning solo goal to seal a 3-1 win at Old Trafford.United’s chances have been boosted with the return of a number of senior players to full training, such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia.Jesse Lingard will miss the Anfield trip on Thursday through suspension, while Adnan Januzaj is cup-tied and Timothy Fosu-Mensah is ineligible.Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Manchester United XI for the crucial Europa League first leg against Liverpool.last_img read more

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