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Saido Berahino will join Spurs before transfer deadline, says Harry Redknapp

first_img Press Association Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has maintained Albion are not looking to sell the 22-year-old, and his resolve has not been broken by Tottenham’s opening offers. There needs to be a huge change from Spurs for the deal to happen, but former Redknapp expects Berahino to eventually move to White Hart Lane. “It’s only a game of poker at the moment between (Tottenham chairman) Daniel Levy and Jeremy Peace,” former Tottenham boss Redknapp told talkSPORT. “Jeremy Peace holds all the aces in that situation because Tottenham are desperate for a striker – he’s the one they’ve identified, so I think the deal will happen before the deadline. “Everything’s probably all done with the player behind the scenes. He probably has a good idea about where he’s going to live, even. “All it is now is a game of bluff between the two chairmen, who are trying to get the best deal for their clubs. “In this case, and in Everton’s case with John Stones, the aces are held by the clubs with the players, because they are two players who are really wanted and they’ll squeeze another million or two out of the deal, for sure. “Spurs need something at the moment and Berahino’s a good young player, there’s no doubt about that. “I think it’s a good deal for both clubs and I don’t think (West Brom manager) Tony Pulis is going to lose any sleep over losing him. “He’s got a few strikers at the club and he’ll be quite happy now to take the money and not have an unhappy man at his club.” Spurs have had two bids rejected for the Albion striker, who saw a transfer request dismissed by his club on Monday. Press Association Sport understands the Baggies are believed to be aggravated by the north London club’s approach, with Spurs’ last bid on Tuesday understood to rise to £21million only with a series of lengthy add-ons and clauses. center_img Harry Redknapp believes Saido Berahino will join Tottenham, but insisted West Brom hold the trump cards. last_img read more

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Greg Allen signs letter of intent to play for USC

first_imgJunior college guard Greg Allen signed a national letter of intent to join the USC men’s basketball program next fall, USC coach Kevin O’Neill announced Wednesday.Allen, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard for Navarro College (Corsicana, Texas), will be eligible to play when the Trojans begin the 2011-2012 season Nov. 11 against Cal State Northridge.“We are excited to have Greg join our program,” O’Neill said in a statement. “He has the ability to shoot the ball and defend the opposition’s best player which will be important and allow him to make an immediate impact on our program. He’s a great kid with an amazing work ethic, and we are excited about him becoming a Trojan.”This last season, Allen averaged 11 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, while leading the Bulldogs to the quarterfinals of the Region 14 junior college tournament. Throughout the season, Allen made 63 three-pointers while shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc. Navarro College also advanced to the NJCAA Final Four in 2010.As a senior at Eureka High School during the 2008-2009 season, he averaged 25.1 points per game, while shooting nearly 37 percent from 3-point range.Allen, who has two years of eligibility remaining, initially committed to USC in late January, two days after USC freshman guard Bryce Jones announced he would leave the program.With his signing, USC’s 2011 incoming recruiting class includes four prospects, 7-foot-1 center James Blasczyk (Bayton, Texas), 6-foot-2 guard Alexis Moore (Long Beach, Calif.), 6-foot-5 guard Bryron Wesley (Etiwanda, Calif.) and Allen.Next fall, the Trojans will also gain the services of forwards Dewayne Dedmon and Aaron Fuller, who transferred to USC and practiced with the team last season.last_img read more

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Redshirt freshman Sam Darnold takes over as USC’s starting quarterback

first_imgRedshirt freshman Sam Darnold will replace redshirt junior Max Browne as USC’s starting quarterback, head coach Clay Helton announced after Monday’s practice.Helton attributed the decision to wanting to change up the offense after its struggles earlier in the season. “When you’ve scored one touchdown against Stanford and Alabama, I wanted to see a spark in our offense,” Helton said. But the coach stopped short of criticizing Browne, who has completed 55 of 87 passes this season for two touchdowns.“I truly appreciate how honorably Max has played and competed,” Helton said. “He’s done it with extreme honor and class. He is not the reason we are 1-2. He is not the scapegoat here.”Darnold, who was locked in a fierce battle with Browne for the starting job throughout camp but ultimately lost out to the redshirt junior, will take over the reins from Browne just three games into the season.“I was stoked to finally get that opportunity,” Darnold said. “Max competed his butt off. It was a coach’s decision. I’m ready whenever coach puts me in just like any other game.”The redshirt freshman has seen playing time in all three games this season. He is 14-of-22 passing, accruing 136 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.Helton said he met with both quarterbacks last night and wanted to give Darnold a chance at taking over the offense. “It’s not that Max played bad,” he said. “The ball was not getting in the end zone. I looked at the opportunity that Sam has had. I look at the opportunities Sam has had and what he did. Knowing he was very talented but not knowing how he performed in ball games. He was given that opportunity in the first three games and did a very good job at it.” Darnold performed well beyond his years during camp. The accomplished recruit out of San Clemente High School forced the issue during practices with an impressive display of his dual-threat abilities.Standing 6-foot-4 at 225 pounds, Darnold has been praised for his strong instincts and ability to run the ball.Browne admitted to being disappointed about the decision, and said he had an inkling that a change was in the works the way Darnold received playing time in each of the first three games. Darnold played two series against Alabama, the entire fourth quarter against Utah State and the last drive of the game against Stanford. “Just by the way Sam was sprinkled in there, you kind of know [a change was coming],” Browne said. “When you’re losing ball games, it’s not easy on anyone. After I watched the film, I was better than I thought. [The switch] surprised me for sure. I’d be lying if I said otherwise.”Browne said he regrets not connecting on more deep balls, which could have changed the tone of the offense. For now, he will stay ready as the backup — Browne was the backup to Cody Kessler for two seasons before taking over this season. “I know how these things work,” Browne said. “Once the young guy goes, you know how it is. But I’ll be ready. I owe it to my teammates and the guys I’ve been with four years now. I’ll be ready at a moment’s notice.”Helton, though, described Darnold as an “every down” quarterback and mentioned that redshirt sophomore quarterback Jalen Greene could be used in certain packages. “It’s only Week 4,” Browne said, while admitting he was considering options for his football future. “There’s a lot of ball to play. I’ll stay ready. It’s been like that for all my career.”USC’s next game is on Friday against No. 24 Utah on the road.Angel Viscarra contributed to this report. This story was updated at 8:23 p.m.Read more: Sam Darnold adds unique dimension for USClast_img read more

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Whicker: Is this how Clippers run ends?

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Is this how it ends?At the age of 6, does Lob City get annexed by Tap City?Blake Griffin power-dunking, Chris Paul winning playoff games in the lane, DeAndre Jordan swatting shots off front-row heads, Jamal Crawford leaving his defenders in sprained-ankle agony, Steve Ballmer’s dances with invisible strings, the Clippers on the right side of Lawler’s Law …Is it all just a TV series that runs its course and dives into syndication? Maybe it ends with the indignity of losing a Game 7 in Utah, a team that was lottery-imprisoned when Paul came to town like Oral Roberts and made the Clippers walk and run.Maybe it officially ends with Paul, Griffin and J.J. Redick leaving in free-agent season, because they think they can win elsewhere, because Clippers management says it’s time for a teardown, and a return to the days of Ken “The Animal” Bannister.Nobody who squirmed in a half-empty Sports Arena could rationally yearn for that. But these Clippers are a conundrum not even they can solve.On Sunday they had an 18-point lead over Sacramento, at home, with 5 1/2 minutes left. The win probability was roughly equal to that of thunder following lightning.And yet the Clippers lost. They are fifth in the Western Conference with seven games to go. “If we don’t get consistent it will be an early exit,” Jordan said Tuesday. “We’ve gotta find it. But it should already have been found.”The pointed questions come from those of us who were enraptured by the Clippers’ first month. “A long time ago,” Jordan said, laughing, but it remains vivid.The Clippers were 14-2 on Nov. 23 and had an average point differential of plus-13. They held nine of those teams under 100 points. Many victims were NBA bottom-feeders, but the Clippers swaggered their way into San Antonio and won by 24.They were guarding people, they were moving the ball themselves, they were getting great shots and making them.You idly wondered if they would sweep the Warriors in the spring or maybe give them a game, just to be sporting.“I thought it was real,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “I still think that’s who we are.”Then they went east and lost to Detroit and Brooklyn. Then came the injuries. Paul and Griffin missed 24 games apiece. They’re back, but the groove is not. The Clippers are 32-27 since they ran that hot lap.“That was the mistake we made,” Jordan said. “We showed people we could do it. That was a good mistake, but it looks even worse when you don’t do it.”Paul Pierce, observing the final year of a Springfield-bound career, was part of a merciless championship team in Boston nine years ago, with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. He knows the gold from the pyrite.“There is definitely championship talent in this locker room,” Pierce said. “That 2008 team had a lot to prove. We were targets. Everybody picked us to win. People hated us, but we were at a point in our career where we didn’t have much time left. There was a real sense of urgency.”And here?“We’ve been inconsistent. But we’re built for the playoffs. We have guys who have been here a long time. Maybe some of the guys get a little bored, but we’re up for the good teams. We’ve had our issues with Golden State, but that’s something separate. I think when we focus on one team in a playoff setting, our focus will be there.”The Clippers have lost 13 times to teams that aren’t in the current playoff matrix. Three of those losses were to Denver, two to Dallas.But remember the shiny newness of the 2011-12 Clippers, like a shirt before you take the pins out?Griffin averaged a double-double that season. Paul provided the ignition and Jordan the liftoff. The bench bulged with Mo Williams, Eric Bledsoe, Nick Young, Kenyon Martin, Randy Foye, Bobby Simmons, etc.That season didn’t begin until Dec. 25, thanks to a lockout, and the Clippers waxed Golden State by 17. On Jan. 14 they beat the Lakers, who still had Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. They won a playoff series that year, a Game 7 at Memphis. They never had won 50 games in a season. They did that four consecutive times.That six-year sliver of NBA history will be remembered by what these Clippers do in the next month. “Or two months, we hope,” Marreese Speights said.“That’s the thing about the playoffs,” Pierce said. “You only have to beat four teams.”The Clippers can find comfort with that whenever they stop beating the Clippers.mwhicker@scng.com @MWhicker03LANG on Twittercenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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South Africa-bound quartet inspired by Heath heroics

first_img Tags: England Men’s Team, Gloucestershire, Jake Bolton, Joe Long, Northamptonshire, Robin Williams, Sam Bairstow, Wiltshire, Yorkshire Jake Bolton insists every England player has been inspired by watching Charlotte Heath’s brilliant victory in the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship.Bolton (pictured above) is part of a strong England contingent announced today for four prestigious tournaments in South Africa next month.Alongside 21-year-old Bolton from Wiltshire , Sam Bairstow (21) from Yorkshire, Gloucestershire’s Joe Long (22) and Northamptonshire’s Robin Williams (18) will all represent England.The men will compete at the African Amateur Championship, South African Stroke Play Championship, South African Amateur Championship and Cape Province Open on consecutive weeks throughout February.On Sunday, women’s squad player Heath put in a dominant performance to win the Australian Amateur title and set the ball rolling on what could be a fantastic year of golf for England’s elite players.And Bolton hopes the men can continue the early-season charge when they land on African soil early next month and emulate the play of their England colleague.Bolton said: “Charlotte’s win in Australia was a great way to start the year.“When you see other England players doing well on the world stage it just makes you want to add to the success story.“I know the four lads going to South Africa are all desperate to do well and hopefully get their hands on more silverware.“This will be my first time in South Africa, but we have some experience on the team with Joe (pictured below) having played over there a couple of times.“Robin was born in South Africa and I know he’s looking forward to competing and Sam makes up a strong four.“It would be terrific to carry on the good work of Charlotte and do well in the four events we’re playing in.”The month tees off with a trip to a course on the southernmost tip of the the Kruger National Park for the African Amateur Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club between 3-6 February.Next comes a visit to Johannesburg for two events.First up there is the South African Stroke Play Championship at Randpark Golf Club between 10-13 February.Three days after the conclusion of that event, the South African Amateur Championship will be staged at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.A month of top-class amateur golf finishes between 24-26 February with the Sanlam Cape Province Open at Kingswood Golf Estate near George.Bolton has just returned from playing in the South American Amateur Championship in Chile and has high hopes for himself and his team-mates in Africa.He added: “I think we’re spoiled with the quality of course we’ll be playing. Leopard Creek hosted the South African Open a few weeks ago and the other courses have a fine reputation.“Playing in these events is great experience. I learned a lot travelling to Chile – not only in terms of adapting to different course conditions but dealing with the aspects of travel.“I ended up finishing 11th in Chile, but it was frustrating as I holed no significant putts all week.“I didn’t putt badly – I missed one putt under six foot all week. But reading greens was an issue and I hope that things can change in South Africa.”Photograph credit: Leaderboard photography 21 Jan 2020 South Africa-bound quartet inspired by Heath heroics last_img read more

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Honoring Our Dead?

first_imgThere are no coincidences on earthWhen it comes to that overwhelming visitor, DeathBecause the visit, whenever, wherever it occursIs always in the Master’s planTherefore death in its sting and lossIs certainly never untimelyAt whatever age or in whatever circumstanceIt remains the inevitable endThe body deprived of the soulIs on its way to becoming dustJust as the Master plannedAnd because death is so mysteriousIt defies the logical mindIn its wake, we hurt, we wail, at timesWe even despairAnd in our griefWe address an unresponsive bodyWith apologies for what should have been…The heartfelt “I love you” left unsaidDespair opportunities galoreThe contrite “I am sorry” that could have deeply healedOr the humble “May I help you?” knowingHumanity’s inadequaciesOpportunities!All now irretrievable!Yet the panegyrics, the eulogies, the tributes ofEvery genre flow continuously wherever a body rests in varnished coffin or gilded casket or even lying on the bare earthAnd so one asks to what purpose?Perhaps just perhaps the dead through these voices can yet teach the living to live.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Parents, Minister clash at Georgetown meeting

first_img…40% increase not feasible – Education Minister…GTU to offer strike reliefBy Shemuel FanfairAs Government moves full steam ahead with its contingency plan to substitute teachers who are on strike, tensions flared when some of the parents questioned Education Minister Nicolette Henry on whether or not their children could be shortchanged by teachers fresh out of Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE).The concerns the parents raised abound for the next several weeks owing to the Guyana Teachers Union’s (GTU’s) announcement that it would offer strike relief for up to one month. The Education Ministry held an engagement at Queen’s College (QC) in Georgetown with teachers, parents and education officers after visiting Hope Secondary School earlier in the day.The event was planned in light of a GTU-fronted strike which began on Monday as teachers advocated for improved wages in front of the President’s Office.At QC on Tuesday, Subject Minister Nicolette Henry responded to the concerns raised, but indicated that Government is unmoved regarding the 40% across-the-board increases. She in fact said the requested increase in salaries is just notThere were moments of tension as Education Minister Nicolette Henry addressed an audience of parents, teachers and education officers at the Queen’s College on Tuesday (Dexter Ceres photo)feasible. She says that while she understands the union’s position, stakeholders “have to be realistic”.During the meeting, the Minister was asked about the Administration giving ministers 50 percent increase in light of her comments that the State cannot afford GTU’s proposed increases.“I am aware that ministers benefited from salary increases of as much as 50%, (but) that was one salary increase since we came into Government; what is being asked is for salary increases every year including the fact that teachers benefited from salary increases in 2015, 2016 and 2017,” she said.The Minister further stated that the union put forward an unnecessary proposal when GTU executives sought duty-free concessions for themselves.She added that Government loves all teachers, but many of her comments upset some of the parents present when they questioned if teachers coming out of CPCE could really be equipped to give primary school grade six or fifth form secondary school students the quality of education needed as they prepare for their exams.“Teachers are the foundation of our country,” one parent of a QC student noted.Other parents called on the Education Ministry to resolve the issue, since the children stand to be affected the most. It was highlighted that fifth form students are in the midst of their School-Based Assessments which will form part of theirTeachers in Region 2 are supporting their union’s call for better wages (Mohanlall Seulall photos)2019 CXC results. There are 998 schools across the country, and of the 10,000 teachers in the system, more than 7000 are members of the GTU. Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson is adamant that school will open as planned on September 3. He is discouraging parents against leaving their children at home. Government plans to utilise 98 new CPCE graduates, 204 current students doing practicum or teaching practice; and retired teachers.GTU General Council approves Strike reliefMeanwhile, following teachers’ concerns over cuts to their salaries, the GTU General Council held a meeting on Tuesday. During a press conference held afterwards, GTU President Mark Lyte announced that the union would offer partial strike relief to teachers amounting to 50 percent of their salaries. Teachers could be subjected to salary cuts if the strike action persists.“Many of our teachers were not sure because of money (being) lost, so now that the union is coming out to say that we will support our teachers who proceed on strike, this should give those who are in-between and betwixt the confidence to go forward,” the GTU President assured.However, Lyte also cautioned that the relief fund could cover teachers for up to one month.The Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department has invited the Education Ministry and the GTU for conciliation talks, but the union had expressed its unwillingness to attend the meetings on the basis that conciliation was already observed when previous meetings were held. However, the GTU said Tuesday that it will attend the conciliation talks scheduled for today.Essequibo protestMeanwhile, in Region Two, (Pomeroon-Supenaam), teachers joined their colleagues across the country in industrial action on Monday as they protested for a better life than was forthcoming from Government, they said. According to a teacher, Government is neglecting the most important people of the land. Some observed that with the oil and gas sector impending, teachers will be tasked to produce students who could capitalise on the industry.Some students were also seen giving their support to the teachers by joining the protest. Region 2 teachers started the protest action at the Department of Education in Cotton Field, then marched to the Regional Administration Office in Anna Regina and back to Cotton Field, where they filled the air with their shouts, “WE DON’T WANT A CLASH – PAY US OUR CASH!” “NO PAY, NO SCHOOL!” (Additional reporting by Mohanlall Seulall)last_img read more

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Small Forest Fires started by Lightning in the region

first_imgDue to hot and dry weather over the week and lightning in the last two  days, there have been multiple fires throughout the region.Forest service crews have responded to eight new lightning-caused fires over the past two days and more starts are expected today. The largest of the fires is six hectares, while the other seven remain less than one hectare in size.Crews have also responded to a number of abandoned campfires in the past week. With the increase in naturally occurring fires it is imperative that the public abide with all bans across the region. This will allow resources to be utilized for unpreventable lightning-caused fires.- Advertisement -The fire danger rating is high to extreme across the Prince George Fire Centre. The heat wave continues to dominate through the fire centre with afternoon and nocturnal lightning forecasted.To report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, visit www.bcwildfire.ca.last_img read more

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Neymar set for home bow as PSG face Toulouse

first_img0Shares0000Brazilian superstar and the world’s most expensive footballer Neymar is set to make his home debut for his new club Paris Saint-Germain against Toulouse on Sunday © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIPARIS, France, Aug 18 – After dazzling on his first appearance in a Paris Saint-Germain shirt, Neymar is in line to make his home debut for his new club against Toulouse on Sunday.The world’s most expensive player scored one goal and set up another in a starring performance as PSG beat Guingamp 3-0 away in Brittany last weekend to maintain their perfect start to the new French season. The 222 million-euro ($261 million) signing from Barcelona has already taken to the pitch at PSG’s Parc des Princes for an unveiling before their 2-0 win over Amiens there on the opening day of the campaign.But he was not registered in time to play in that match so PSG’s home support are eager to watch the 25-year-old run out against Toulouse. In contrast, the opposition coach is rather more apprehensive.“We are going to Paris to defend first of all, that is for sure. We will park the bus,” said Pascal Dupraz, whose team did beat PSG at home and drew away last season en route to a mid-table finish.“I believe in the possibility of getting a result in Paris. That is the beauty of football too. If I didn’t believe then I’d be as well to do something else.”Dupraz, who has this week brought in Ivory Coast winger Max-Alain Gradel on loan from Bournemouth, added: “We will need luck and to have God on our side because clearly this PSG side is incredible.“But be careful not to call this game Toulouse against Neymar! Paris will win the league, I think, and will once again go far in Europe.”PSG have been busy trying to reduce their wage bill following the Neymar signing, and have loaned unwanted Spanish forward Jese to Stoke City while agreeing to sell France midfielder Blaise Matuidi to Juventus for 20 million euros.Meanwhile, they are apparently ready to pay another blockbuster fee of 180 million euros to sign Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe.The 18-year-old striker, who hails from the Paris suburbs, is keen on the move and while Monaco would prefer him to go to Real Madrid, the French champions have left him out of their squad to face Metz on Friday.– Nice debut for Sneijder? –The decision to drop Mbappe came after he was left on the bench for the duration of last weekend’s 4-1 win at Dijon, in which Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick.“The philosophy at AS Monaco is to play those who are at 100 percent and totally available to the squad,” said coach Leonardo Jardim.Lyon are top of the early standings on goal difference and they will look to make it three wins from three when they host Bordeaux on Saturday.Also on maximum points are Saint-Etienne, who host Amiens, and Marseille, whose home clash with Angers comes in between the two legs of their Europa League play-off against Domzale of Slovenia.It has been a difficult start to the season for last season’s third-placed side Nice. They lost their opening two league outings and then went down 2-0 away to Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League play-off on Wednesday.They need a lift when they entertain Guingamp on Saturday, when star duo Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder could play some part.“They are coming back, but I don’t know if they will start,” said coach Lucien Favre.Fixtures (1800 GMT unless stated)FridayMetz v Monaco (1845)SaturdayLyon v Bordeaux (1500), Montpellier v Strasbourg, Nice v Guingamp, Rennes v Dijon, Saint-Etienne v Amiens, Troyes v NantesSundayLille v Caen (1300), Marseille v Angers (1500), Paris Saint-Germain v Toulouse (1900)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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