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Marilyn M. Preston, 76

first_imgMarilyn M. Preston, 76 of Greensburg, passed away on August 25, 2019 at her home. Marilyn was born on March 3, 1943 in Greensburg, the daughter of John and Helen Vanderpohl. She was a 1961 graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy in Oldenburg.She worked at Delta Faucet for 23 years, KB Foods for 11 years and most recently at Crafts and Occasions. She enjoyed wood working and simply helping people in any way she could.Survivors include her two daughters – Bernadette (Dave) Dodson and Angie (Richard) Foster; two sons – John (Claudia) Preston, Jr. and Robert (Beth) Preston; two sisters – Dorothy (Charles) Land and Elizabeth Schroeder; one brother – Vernon Vanderpohl; seven grandchildren – Nathan (Brittany) Foster, Kurtis Zapfe, Nicole (Seth) Enneking, Kara Zapfe, Jacob Preston, Sarah Preston, John Carlos Preston and five great grandchildren – Libby Crawford, Easton Foster, Sofia Zapfe, Everett Foster, and Marli Salinas. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters – Evelyn Theising, Florine Owen and Esther Abbott; and five brothers – Irvin, Clifford, John, Gilbert and Donald Vanderpohl.A Rosary will be prayed at the Gilliland Howe Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm. A visitation for family and friends will follow at 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Father John Meyer will be officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bread of Life. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.last_img read more

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Gerrard: The buzz has changed

first_imgDeparting Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits the “buzz” of playing changed when he learned he was to have a restricted role and that was when he decided to sever ties with his boyhood club. Press Association “You step out of the city, you breathe for a bit, you enjoy your kids and you go to a place where you are going to enjoy it. “I think the league’s going to be good, I can still start games and I can still enjoy it.” Gerrard, who will be honoured in his final match at Anfield against Crystal Palace on Saturday, will not be the only one to leave this summer. Full-back Glen Johnson has not been offered a new deal while fellow defender Kolo Toure and goalkeeper Brad Jones also have contracts which expire this summer. Toure has been offered new terms but it seems increasingly unlikely the 34-year-old will stay on but full-back Jon Flanagan, also in the last few weeks of his contract, is expected to be offered a new deal despite knee surgery ruling him out until well into next season. Gerrard urged Fenway Sports Group, who sanctioned nearly £120million of spending last summer, to invest again to fill the void left by his departure. “Hopefully the owners will dig deep so the squad can be strengthened with the quality needed to bring more good times in the future,” he said. Press Association Sport understands 19-year-old winger Jordon Ibe is close to signing a new agreement which will reflect his emergence into the first team this season but the future of Raheem Sterling, a year older, remains unclear. The England international still has more than two years to run on his existing deal but turned down Liverpool’s £100,000-a-week offer earlier in the year and will not reopen talks until the end of the season. Former Reds captain Phil Thompson believes the writing is on the wall for the youngster, who has been pressed into an unfamiliar central striker role this season because of injuries to Daniel Sturridge. “I think it will be very difficult for him to stay at Liverpool now. He’s shown all the signs that he’s ready and prepared to leave the club,” Thompson told Sky Sports. “But if he was to stay I would like to think his role will be on the flanks – I don’t think Liverpool can even contemplate him being their main striker next season, because he’s not a natural goalscorer. “Liverpool need somebody who’s going to get you at least 15 league goals and maybe 25 overall – Raheem Sterling is not going to get you that. “He’s done well for the team – he’s helped them out up front this season, but I think everyone can see that he’s not quite strong enough for it. “So, no matter where he is next season, I think his best role is out wide rather than through the middle.” “I think the signs this year were that I’m going to become a squad player, play less,” said Gerrard, speaking at the 5Times Liverpool Former Player Association Gala Dinner. “I’m going to come on as a sub and the buzz changes. “For me, I go to work on a Monday morning and I look forward to Saturday, to prepare to go to battle with some wonderful people – with good mates – and that’s my buzz. “When a manager gets you into the office and says that’s going to change and it’s going to become more limited – that’s when you make your decision. “It’s not a selfish thing; coming on as a sub’s just not the same buzz so things have changed this year.” Gerrard, who has carried the burden of leading Liverpool over the last decade, recently spoke of how he is looking forward to not having as much pressure on his shoulders in Major League Soccer. Despite his vast achievements for the club he has been associated with since joining their academy at the age of nine he will find a life of relative anonymity on the west coast of the United States. “It lets you give a little back to your family,” he added. The midfielder, who turns 35 later this month, retired from England duty last July in order to extend his lifespan at club level but early in the season he discovered he would no longer be a regular starter under manager Brendan Rodgers. That proved to be a major factor in him not signing a contract extension and opting to move to California for a new challenge with the Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the campaign. last_img read more

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Cricket News Ashok Dinda suffers horrific head injury in Syed Mushtaq Ali practice game

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Ashok Dinda last played for India in 2013.Dinda took 28 wickets in the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy.Dinda was hit during a Syed Mushtaq Ali practice game. New Delhi: Ashok Dinda suffered a horrific head injury during the Syed Mushtaq Ali warm-up game for Bengal at the Eden Gardens on Monday. The incident happened when batsman Birender Vivek Singh hit straight and Dinda attempted the catch on his follow through but it slipped from his hand and hit his forehead. According to a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official, Dinda returned to the dressing room and looked fine but as a precautionary measure, he was taken to hospital and has been advised two-days rest.  The 2011 Mushtaq Ali champions Bengal open their domestic T20 campaign against Mizoram in their group D fixture at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on February 21. Bengal failed to make the final at home last season after finishing third in the Super League Group B.Dinda made his Twenty20 International debut against Sri Lanka in Nagpur in 2009 but had a poor start to his career as he was smashed for 34 runs in three overs but he took the wicket of Sanath Jayasuriya for 26. The right-arm pacer was selected in the ODI team and he made his debut against Zimbabwe in Bulwayo in 2010 but he did not pick up a wicket and conceded 49 runs in 7.2 overs. In 2012, Dinda’s crowning glory took place in the Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka in Kandy. He picked up 4/19 in three overs as India secured a 39-run win in the only game which was played in the shortest format. However, his expensive economy rate and the inability to control the flow of runs in the death overs worked against Dinda and he played his last game in 2013 against England in Rajkot.Dinda has been part of four IPL franchises and his first stint was with the Kolkata Knight Riders. He moved to Sahara Pune Warriors and has also been part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise and Rising Pune Supergiant. In the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy, Dinda took 28 wickets in eight games with one five-wicket haul but Bengal still could not reach the finals. highlightslast_img read more

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Women of Troy prepare for Pac-12 tournament

first_imgFresh off of a weekend sweep of the Arizona schools in the final series of the regular season, however, the Women of Troy      (10-19, 7-11 Pac-12) will attempt to continue their newfound momentum as they travel to Seattle, Wash., where they hope to achieve the improbable and secure an NCAA tournament berth with four straight wins.“This is one and done,” USC head coach Michael Cooper said. “You have to do everything to perfection or the best that you can. You hope your defense will help your offense, but if your offense is executing on the right notes you can win some basketball games.”USC snapped an eight-game losing streak last weekend by winning both their games in Arizona, beating Arizona (12-17, 4-13 Pac-12) 74-62 on Friday, then beating Arizona State (13-17, 5-13 Pac-12) 67-60 on Sunday.Junior forward Cassie Harberts, who was selected for the 2012 All-Pac-12 team this week, tallied double-doubles in both games, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds against Arizona and 12 points and 10 rebounds against ASU.Senior forward Christina Marinacci also earned a double-double against the Wildcats, finishing with 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. She scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds against the Sun Devils.“We’re the underdog in this situation. A lot of teams have already beaten us, and they’re not expecting us to go out and perform well,” junior forward Desiree Bradley said. “We have to come out with confidence, even though we’ve been through a difficult season, and just know we’re a great team no matter what our record says and come out and compete.”The two victories over the weekend came after an 0-8 February, with five losses by single digits and four by five or fewer points. The wins enabled USC to earn the No. 7 seed, pitting them against No. 10 seed Oregon State (10-20, 4-14 Pac-12) in today’s opening round game at noon. In the two teams’ only matchup of the year, the Women of Troy knocked off the Beavers 56-55 in Corvallis, Ore. If USC wins, it will then face No. 2 seed California (27-2, 17-1 Pac-12) on Friday, March 8 at noon. The Women of Troy lost both games against Cal during the regular season, losing 71-63 in overtime at Berkeley on Jan. 17 and 72-64 at the Galen Center on Feb. 17.“The good thing about this is we already saw Oregon State, so we kind of know how they are,” Cooper said. “We’ve been watching a lot of film of them in their last games against Colorado and Utah. We just have to execute what we’re going to do with their pick-and-rolls.”Last season, the Women of Troy rode a six-game winning streak into the Pac-12 tournament, earning a bye in the quarterfinal as the No. 3 seed. They would then face No. 11 seed Washington State, which had just upset No. 6 seed Oregon State in the first round. The Cougars were ready for USC too, hitting over 50 percent of their 3-pointers en route to a 69-55 win. The Women of Troy, despite the 11th toughest schedule, an RPI of 30 and an 18-12 record, missed the NCAA tournament, which they last made in 2006.After striking out in the month of February, USC will hope to parlay its perfect start to March into a magical run and end their six-year NCAA tournament drought. For much of 2013, the USC women’s basketball team has been mired in an ugly losing streak and, collectively, the team has looked toward the Pac-12 tournament as relief to end a disappointing regular season.Crunch time · USC sophomore guard Ariya Crook has averaged 11.5 points per game in the team’s two victories this past weekend. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

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Football: What we learned from Wisconsin’s spring game Saturday

first_imgSaturday was the last chance for the Wisconsin football team to showcase what it’s accomplished in spring practice with the annual spring game.After a convincing 35-7 win for Team Gasser over Team Dukan, the Badgers will hit the weight room for one more week before an extended break until fall camp begins in August.There were plenty of storylines to watch throughout spring practice, and now that the spring game has come and gone, we learned a few things about this Wisconsin team under new head coach Paul Chryst.A favorite for the backup quarterback is emergingJoel Stave is the starting quarterback for Wisconsin, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. But behind Stave, there’s no clear-cut favorite for the backup spot. However, after Saturday’s spring game, redshirt junior Bart Houston seems to be the favorite heading into fall camp.Houston looked confident Saturday, taking over the first-team offense after Stave played one series. Houston went 9-for-16 with 103 yards and a touchdown Saturday and looked to separate himself from his competition. His touchdown came from 20 yards out as he hit Robert Wheelwright in the corner of the end zone. The redshirt junior seems to be rejuvenated with the head coaching change, and he proved that Saturday.Redshirt freshman D.J. Gillins, who commanded the second-team offense against the first-team defense, played well, but appeared to pull the ball down and run too quickly at times. He did have some nice runs, including a 35-yard scamper, but his passing numbers – 5-for-10, 50 yards – weren’t quite as impressive as Houston.Gillins showed vast improvement in his second year of spring practices, but for now, it appears as if Houston has a leg up on Gillins for a spot behind Stave.Wisconsin could have three capable backsJunior running back Corey Clement has perhaps the most difficult task in all of college football as he takes over for Heisman finalist Melvin Gordon.And much like quarterback, the backup spot behind Clement is up in the air.Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldDare Ogunbowale came into spring practices as the presumed backup, but redshirt freshman Taiwan Deal has made strides and after Saturday’s game, the running backs at Wisconsin appear to be just as deep as ever.While the second-string back is still undecided, the Badgers seem to have two viable options in Ogunbowale – who rushed 11 times for 89 yards with two touchdowns including a 55-yard run – and Deal, who ran for 76 yards on 15 carries. Deal showed great patience on a few runs, getting the bulk of the carries with the first-team offense, while Ogunbowale stepped his play up, making guys miss before cutting across the field on his 55-yard touchdown run with the first-team offense.Both should be at about the same level on the depth chart once fall practices begin. Should things continue the way they did Saturday, Wisconsin will have more than enough fire power behind Clement this season. Maybe even without a clear-cut backup.The offensive line needs to get healthyHaving to replace three starters from last season, the Wisconsin offensive line had some bad luck toward the end of spring practices with injuries. Starting center Dan Voltz and starting right guard Ray Ball both missed Saturday’s game with injuries, forcing some reshuffling along both the first and second-string offensive lines.Needless to say, the lack of continuity and experience showed, as the Wisconsin defense consistently broke into the backfield, either stopping runners in their tracks, or dropping the quarterback.The defense recorded 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss in the spring game and forced three fumbles.Chryst mentioned after the game that the offensive line depth needs to improve, and it will certainly be at the top of the list of things to improve upon in fall practice.There’s hope at wide receiverTry not to read too much into Saturday’s spring game. It was, for all intents and purposes, a glorified practice.But, with that being said, Wisconsin has been looking all spring for a reliable number two wide receiver behind top wideout Alex Erickson. The Badgers made positive strides toward finding him with the emergence of junior Rob Wheelwright.Wheelwright, who dealt with injuries last season and earlier in spring practice this season, had by far the best day among the wide receivers, hauling in seven passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. The first touchdown came on a nice back-shoulder throw from Stave from 17 yards out, before Houston hooked up with him for his second score from 20 yards away.It’s only the spring game, but it’s better that somebody stood out other than the receivers simply falling by the wayside. Wheelwright certainly stood out.Whether he can continue to and even add on to this performance in fall practice remains to be seen, but it was undoubtedly a step in the right direction.Sophomore George Rushing also added four catches for 57 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown pass from Austin Kafentzis toward the end of the scrimmage.It may have been only one game, but there is certainly hope at wide receiver, which has to be encouraging for Stave and the rest of the Badgers’ offense.The defense will carry the Badgers this seasonThe Wisconsin defense was all over the place Saturday, especially the first-team defense against the second-team offense. Ten sacks and 15 tackles for loss speak for themselves, showing just how efficient the top defense was in getting into the backfield and causing disruption.Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldThe linebackers (see above) looked great, while the revamped, athletic defensive line caused havoc in the trenches. Defensive lineman Chikwe Obasih tied for the team-high with 2.5 tackles for loss and had a team-high 2.5 sacks. Alec James also added half a sack and half a tackle for loss opposite Obasih on the defensive line.In the secondary – Wisconsin’s most experienced group – Sojourn Shelton, Darius Hilary, Michael Caputo and newly-converted safety Tanner McEvoy held their own, showing no real signs of weakness Saturday.With questions at wide receiver on offense, and the offensive line struggling, the Wisconsin defense will likely have to carry the Badgers throughout the season, especially if the offense were to fall flat. The defense last season was one of the best in the Big Ten, and it appears to be trending that way once again for this upcoming season.Inside linebackers are ready to rollWisconsin has to replace two of its top tacklers and defensive players overall from last season in Marcus Trotter and Derek Landisch.T.J. Edwards and junior Leon Jacobs will be Trotter’s and Landisch’s replacements, and those two, like the rest of the defense, dominated on Saturday.Edwards and Jacobs combined for 17 total tackles including 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Jacobs also had one of the defense’s nine pass break-ups and his 2.5 tackles for loss were tied for the most on the team.Along with Vince Biegel and Joe Schobert on the outside, the Wisconsin linebacker unit should be just fine come the start of the season.last_img read more

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Bellator champ Julia Budd set to return, eager to showcase all she brings to the table

first_img“It turned out to be perfect timing for me because I had a lot of stuff going on this fall and winter,” continued the Port Moody, British Columbia, resident, who earned a third-round stoppage win over the previously undefeated Talita Nogueira in her last appearance in July. “I was doing stunt work and that was a great opportunity to get my feet wet in that industry. We lost (my husband, Lance Gibson’s) father in January, so that was a lot of time to just take care of my family and at the end of the day, this was perfect timing.”MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe surging titleholder is energized because her return to the cage became official Friday night.”In my hometown of Thackerville, Okla., I’ll be fighting Olga Rubin on July 12,” joked Budd, who will be competing at the WinStar World Casino and Resort for the fourth consecutive fight when she takes on the undefeated challenger Rubin, who pushed her record to 5-0 with a unanimous decision win over Iony Razafiarison last month at Bellator 217.”I knew because she’s got two wins in a row and she’s undefeated, it makes a lot of sense for me to fight her first,” Budd said of the pairing with Rubin.In addition to signing the contract for her next title defense, which takes place roughly one year after her victory over Nogueira, the 35-year-old’s recent trip to San Jose, Calif., to sit down with Scott Coker, Rich Chou and the rest of the Bellator MMA brain trust provided the dominant champion with a clearer understanding of the direction in which her division is heading and a greater sense of optimism that it won’t take four years for her to get through the new four-fight deal she inked with the promotion.”We hadn’t really been on the same page since my last fight, so it felt really good to go down there, figure out what our plan was a look forward to the future of the 145-pound division,” said Budd, who has struggled to remain as active as she would like over the past few years, at times because of injuries but other times because of a lack of challengers.But the Canadian powerhouse, who is a perfect 6-0 under the Bellator MMA banner, including two successful title defenses, and has won 10 consecutive outings overall, is healthy and eager to fight.”The 145-pound division has been difficult (to showcase) because people that they’ve groomed to be the next challenger haven’t been winning consistently,” Budd said. “I get it, but look at me — I’m f—ing beautiful, I can fight, I speak well. I just showed you what I can do in my last fight. I put it all together and if you have to base the whole division around me, I’m ready.”I’m happy and I’m at a stage in my career where I want to be the face of the division,” she continued. “I believe in my skills and everything can come together and I’m ready to show what I can do.”Budd has more than proven herself inside the cage and her last outing against Nogueira was her most dominant to date.MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year She has the resume, skills and traits you would look for in a superstar talent to build a division around and showcase as a cornerstone of a promotion, save for being an eager trash talker; she is a Canadian fighter, after all.Now, after finally sitting down with Coker and Co. and getting things ironed out and lined up for 2019 and beyond, Budd is counting down the days until she gets to step back into the cage, defend her title once more and continue to build her legacy.”It’s so freakin’ awesome — I’m ready to kick some butt and hungrier than ever,” she said of finally having a fight lined up and knowing the direction the division is headed. “For me, it’s about my legacy over the rest of my career, which isn’t that long. I signed a four-fight deal and I plan on having four awesome fights with Bellator and it feels so good. I’m excited about the future.” Being polite and not wanting to bother her employer left Julia Budd on the sideline for longer than she would have preferred. But in the end, everything appears to be coming up aces for Bellator MMA’s women’s  featherweight champion.”It ended up being a simple miscommunication,” Budd said while speaking with Sporting News on Friday evening. “I was waiting for them to call and sometimes you get lost in the mix and you get pissed off waiting on something that can be hammered out by sitting down for coffee.last_img read more

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Kittle, Kelce and Ertz — The post-Rob Gronkowski generation of elite tight ends

first_img Patriots star Tom Brady reacts to Rob Gronkowski’s retirement announcement George Kittle — 49ersProbably the leader in the clubhouse for the title of Gronk successor. Just two years into his career, Kittle already holds the record for most receiving yards by a tight end in a single season by racking up 1,377 last year.A remarkable athlete and excellent blocker at 6 foot 4 inches and 250 pounds, Kittle has made great strides as a route runner and his speed and elusiveness make him an extremely tough player to stop in the open field.Playing in Kyle Shanahan’s creative offensive system, Kittle should continue to produce at a high level, but will be eyeing an improvement in touchdowns after reeling in only seven through his first 31 games.Celebrate the best season by a TE in NFL history by watching @gkittle46’s best plays from 2018. pic.twitter.com/JccsROGHiM— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 3, 2019Travis Kelce — ChiefsIt was Kelce who broke Gronkowski’s record for single-season yardage before Kittle surpassed him later on the same day. His 1,336 yards were a career high and marked the third successive season he had topped 1,000. Kelce also had 10 touchdowns in 2018, taking the tally for his career to 32.Clearly one of Patrick Mahomes’ favorite targets, Kelce’s body has held up much better than Gronk’s and there is no reason the 29-year-old cannot continue to dominate for at least a few more years.Zach Ertz — EaglesThough not as athletically blessed as Kittle and not quite as productive as Kelce, Ertz has proven extremely dependable throughout his career and is still only 28.He came through when it mattered for the Eagles in Super Bowl 52 and had the best season of his career last year, catching nearly 75 percent of his targets for 1,163 yards and eight touchdowns, reaching the latter mark for the second straight season.Ertz will continue to be targeted regularly by one of the best young quarterbacks in the game in Carson Wentz. If Wentz can produce at his 2017 level, Ertz’s ability to put up those kind of numbers could extend well beyond the prime years he is now experiencing.Wentz and Ertz making it look tz.#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/ppVaJLsjg0— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 28, 2018O.J. Howard — BuccaneersEverybody has been waiting for Howard to make the leap to becoming one of the NFL’s best since his 208-yard, two-touchdown performance in the National Championship game for Alabama three years ago.He has yet to do so but is still only 24 and, at 6 foot 6 inches and 251 pounds, boasts the same speed as Kittle to make things happen with the ball in his hands.With Bruce Arians taking the reins in Tampa, the Bucs should have a more exciting and more potent offense, of which Howard will likely be a focal point. Expect the former Crimson Tide star to be much more prolific going forward.David Njoku — BrownsIt says a lot about how disappointing Njoku’s first two seasons were that the 639 receiving yards he had last year were a career high.The 2017 first-round pick has yet to deliver fully on his potential for the Browns but that is primed to change in 2019. Yet, following his retirement, there are numerous excellent players at tight end ready to fill the void and succeed him as the NFL’s premier player at the position.Here we look five of the best candidates to succeed Gronk as the NFL’s elite tight end. Related News It is unlikely there will ever be another tight end like Rob Gronkowski.The now former Patriot’s sheer dominance and off-field charisma will be extremely difficult for another to replicate.center_img Rob Gronkowski retirement: 5 fast facts about the tight end’s stellar career Supremely physically gifted, Njoku should have much more room to operate with Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry attracting plenty of attention in an offense led by coach Freddie Kitchens and young star quarterback Baker Mayfield.Time is on the 22-year-old’s side and he could soon take a big step toward becoming an elite talent at the position if this attack carries over its momentum from the Browns’ surge in the second half of the 2018 season.last_img read more

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Mourinho bans stars from watching 7-2 Bayern mauling ahead of final group clash

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO banned Tottenham’s players from watching their 7-2 Bayern Munich horror show.Spurs were blown away at White Hart Lane in the final weeks of Mauricio Pochettino’s spell in north London.3 Mourinho will not allow his Spurs stars to watch the demolition against BayernCredit: AFP or licensorsThe Special One takes Spurs to the Allianz Arena tonight in the final group game against group winners Bayern with qualification secure.He said: “I forbid any images. I watched it a couple of times with my staff and the analysts, trying to go through every detail, but not one single image for the boys – not at all.“We’re going to focus on us, more than Bayern, to develop our model of play with different faces.”Mourinho left top scorer Harry Kane at home, but expects Robert Lewandowski – who scored twice in London – to play.Ten senior players stayed behind– including Kane, Dele Alli, Serge Aurier and Jan Vertongthen – to rest ahead of a Sunday trip to Wolves.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict West Ham, Man Utd vs Everton and Arsenal vs Man City scores this coming weekend and win £100most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsThe Special One added: “You think our team is the same without Harry Kane? It’s not the same. That’s the reality.“He’s such a good player, he’s always there when the team needs him.“They depend on him. But I think their coach thinks different to me. I expect Lewandowski to play.”33 Tottenham were smashed 7-2 against Bayern at homeCredit: Getty Images – GettyJosé Mourinho compares Son wonder-goal vs Burnley to legendary Ronaldo Nazário strike for Barcelonalast_img read more

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All-Star guard Rondo joins LeBron’s revamped Lakers

first_imgTaal victims get help from Kalayaan town Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View comments FILE – Rajon Rondo #9 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives towards the basket in the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Barclays Center on February 10, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPRajon Rondo, who helped the Boston Celtics win an NBA title in 2008, reportedly joined LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday as a revamped lineup begins to take shape.Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James agreed to a four-year deal worth $154 million Sunday with the Lakers, just hours after the NBA free agency period began.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sherwin-Williams told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Monday that the 10-story banner featuring James on the side of its world headquarters building will be removed this week by advertiser Nike.It stood across from the Cavaliers home arena and became something of a tourist attraction for sports fans visiting the city. The banner went up after James returned from Miami to the Cavs in 2014.Stephenson, 27, joins his seventh NBA club since joining the league in 2010. He averaged 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists a game for Indiana last season, his first campaign without missing a game.Caldwell-Pope, 25, played four seasons for Detroit before joining the Lakers last season, when he averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals a game.McGee, 30, was a reserve on the Golden State Warriors’ NBA championship teams the past two seasons. The 7-footer (2.13m) has career averages of 7.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots a game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DC United hoping Wayne Rooney can turn its fortunes Four-time All-Star Rondo, a 32-year-old point guard, who has made stops in Boston, Dallas, Sacramento and Chicago, averaged 8.3 points, 8.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds a game last season for New Orleans.READ: LABron: James agrees to 4-year deal with LakersFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownESPN, Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times and New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Rondo will sign a one-year deal with the Lakers for $9 million after releasing forward Julius Randle to free up space under the NBA salary cap.Players cannot sign contracts with teams until Friday under NBA free agency rules. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Even as an iconic 10-story banner of James is about to be removed from a Cleveland building, the Lakers began filling out the roster for next season, agreeing to one-year deals with swingman Lance Stephenson, guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and center JaVale McGee.The Lakers were also reportedly targeting New Orleans free agent center DeMarcus Cousins.Meanwhile, back in Cleveland, the city James departed for a second time is moving quickly to say goodbye to James after a departure, having suffered through similar pains when he left the Cavaliers in 2010 for the Miami Heat.READ: LeBron returns to LA to plot next move as free agency nearsThis time, response has been less heated than the jersey-burning anger that erupted from his home region. James did return in 2014 and led the Cavs to the 2016 NBA title, ending a 52-year sports championship drought for Cleveland, before departing for the Lakers in the wake of four consecutive NBA Finals appearances for Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihanlast_img read more

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NICIL assets to be offered to investors – GO-Invest head

first_imgChief Executive Officer of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), Owen Verway, on Monday said the agency would be offering potential investors more ready-to-invest projects in 2018, as opposed to just marketing ideas.He was at the time speaking at the agency’s year-end press conference, where he outlined the challenges of, and accomplishments for, 2017, while providing a preview of 2018 plans. “There is a need to have more pipeline-ready projects, not just ideas. We have been marketing the opportunities, and we have started the process of having the Minister (of Finance) meeting with the other ministries in trying to go through their capital project plans to see what is it we can turn around, and see what we can make into real investment opportunities — whether it is public /private or people private,” he said.Verway indicated that GO-Invest is also in talks with the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to have some of that agency’s assets packaged into investment opportunities.He further noted that GuySuCo would a major investment opportunity when the diversification plan commences next year.According to Verway, the agency has to place more emphasis on marketing, and there are mechanisms to ensure that this is addressed in the New Year.“Marketing needs to be a more significant focus of the agency. We spend more than 50-60 per cent of time doing due diligence and processing an applications…a lot of proposals are half or less completed…we find ourselves handholding the clients in getting their proposals finished,” he noted, while outlining some of the challenges for 2017.In addition, the CEO revealed that they are also in talk with the University of Guyana to establish a partnership-based approach in the development of a tool to understand the value chain.The agency would also be establishing a service provider’s database to make services more readily available to potential investors.The CEO reported that, in 2017, the agency has been able to process some 120 investment agreements, and has observed over 46 applications for over 99,000 acres of commercial land.Collaborative effortsMeanwhile, Board Chairman Patricia Bacchus said that the agency is looking for greater collaborative efforts with their partners, in order to ensure the effective processing of investment proposals.“Although the agency was touted as being a one stop shop, it was never legally set up to be a one stop shop. It was only responsible for the element of investment promotion, which involved recommending investment agreements for potential investors, which would grant them waivers on duty and taxes relative to their investments, as well as recommend tax holidays. There was a need for a greater level collaboration between the agencies responsible for promoting investments. Those include the Guyana Revenue Authority, Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Ministry of Foreign Trade, Environmental Protection Agency, and a number of other agencies,” she said.“We asked that our Board be constituted by senior representatives from these agencies, to ensure that investment is promoted faster, and with greater efficiency,” Bacchus added.GO-Invest was set up as the investment promotion agency for Guyana, and its mandate included both foreign direct and local investment across all sectors, along with the promotion of export and trade.last_img read more

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