Mourinho wants competition in squad

first_img The Blues completed a three-match tour of Asia with an 8-1 win over BNI Indonesia All-Stars in Jakarta and Romelu Lukaku scored twice to take his tour tally to four. Mourinho is happy with his squad and his sole remaining transfer target is Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney – a bid was rejected last week – in a move which would cast doubt on Torres’ future. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Fernando Torres and the rest of his squad to see the competition for places as a challenge. Andre Schurrle missed Thursday night’s game with a knock and Kevin de Bruyne returned to London following last Sunday’s Malaysia match due to a knee problem, but both will train with the squad next week, too. Mourinho said: “There is nothing big. They should all be training with the team plus the six guys who will arrive.” Captain John Terry struggled for full fitness for periods of last season, but started all three games in Asia. Mourinho added: “He played well and trained very well and never missed one minute of any training session. “That is very important because he is a very important player for us. I am very happy with him.” The World Cup-winning Spain forward missed the Asia tour after being granted a break following the Confederations Cup, but along with Juan Mata, Cesar Azpilicueta, John Obi Mikel, David Luiz and Oscar, will join up with the Chelsea squad on Monday ahead of four matches in the United States as preparations for the new season continue in earnest. “I think Fernando should be happy because we have competition in the team and I think that is good for everybody in every position,” Mourinho said. “Fernando I think will be pleased because during his time at Chelsea he was basically the only striker and then after that there was the arrival of (Demba) Ba in January. “Now the team has three strikers and I think that is good.” A fourth could follow if a deal can be agreed for Rooney, but there have been no developments, Mourinho said. The Portuguese added: “At this moment we have made what you know; that bid which was public and official and after that nothing else. “But we are calm as we told you that we are calm because we are happy with what we have.” Midfielder Frank Lampard will resume training next week, having toured Asia without kicking a ball against hostile opposition due to an Achilles problem. Press Associationlast_img read more

Rodwell on road to recovery

first_img Press Association The 22-year-old has been plagued by injuries over the past few seasons, that have become particularly troublesome since his £12million move from Everton to Manchester City at the start of last season. Rodwell has been restricted to just 16 appearances for City, and only one this term, against Stoke in the Barclays Premier League on September 14. Jack Rodwell is ready to hit the comeback trail once more.center_img He was immediately ruled out after that by a hamstring problem. However, Rodwell now reports he is feeling good again. And whilst he is obviously short of match practice, the England midfielder is available when City resume their quest for silverware on the domestic and continental fronts immediately after the international break. “I’m fit and I am back training,” Rodwell told the Manchester Evening News. “Basically I am fit for the next game. I won’t be match-fit but I am fit for selection.” Whether coach Manuel Pellegrini will be happy to stick Rodwell in for the trip to West Ham on October 19 is open to question. Immediately after that City visit CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, whilst later in the month they take on Newcastle at St James’ Park in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup. last_img read more

Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern facing big decision over his future

first_img However, the 31-year-old – who still believes he has another four years at his peak – is set to claim the Northern Ireland number one jersey when Michael O’Neill’s side head to next summer’s European Championships. That will give him plenty of scope to prove his talents on the biggest stage and McGovern is happy to wait and see what comes about. He said: “I’ve managed to put the speculation to bed very easily. I doesn’t bother me. I’m really happy with how I’m doing at Hamilton. If there’s interest from elsewhere, well that’s nice but it’s not something that really affects me. “I suppose it’s a compliment, though. If I wasn’t doing well there wouldn’t be interest but I just want to keep doing well for Hamilton. “Everything is going well here and I’m loving it here. I’m not really keen to leave. “Coming and playing regularly in the Premiership has been a massive thing for me. It’s enabled me to get involved with the international set-up. “Goalkeepers are usually at their peak between 30 and 35 and I’m in the middle of that now. That’s why the decision on whether I stay here or move on next season is a big one. “But there won’t be much interest if I don’t keep playing well for Hamilton. I will give myself time before settling on what I’m going to do with my future. Michael McGovern insists he is in no hurry to quit Hamilton – but the keeper admits he faces a big decision as he prepares to put himself in the Euro 2016 shop window. Press Association “I think I’m hitting my peak years while I’m also going to the Euros in the summer too. I’m in a good position so I want to take my time and assess things.” McGovern has turned down moves to bigger clubs in the past because he feared he would be left stuck on the bench. But he is hopeful the kind of performances which helped take Northern Ireland to their first major tournament in 30 years will show he is good enough to play at the top. “Every time I play for Northern Ireland I see it as a wonderful opportunity,” he said. “It’s a chance to test yourself against players who play at a higher level than I do week in week out at Hamilton. “When we qualified against Greece, seven of their starting XI had played in the Champions League the week before. So for me to get the chance to play against players like that is wonderful. “I wouldn’t be scared of playing at a higher level but I just want to keep playing, no matter where I am.” The former Celtic, Ross County and Falkirk stopper is out of contract at the end of the season. He has already been linked with a move to Hibernian but insists he is enjoying his spell with Accies. last_img read more

SFF Confirms Seychelles, Nigeria Clash for Saturday

first_imgThe Seychelles Football Federation (SFF) has confirmed that the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying series Match-day 2 encounter between the Super Eagles and the Seychelles national team, known as Pirates, will take place on Saturday, 8th September, as against the widely circulated date of Friday, 7th September.The Chief Executive Officer/General Secretary of the SFF, Georges Bibi, in a mail to NFF’s Director of Competitions, Mr. Ayobola Oyeyode, also disclosed that the match will be played at the Stade Linite on the Mahe Island (home to the capital city, Victoria), starting from 4.30pm Seychelles time (1.30pm Nigeria time).Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands on the western Indian Ocean, off East Africa, and is home to about 100,000 people. Next week’s clash is crucial to both the Eagles and the Pirates, both teams having lost their opening games in the series.The Eagles lost 0-2 to South Africa in Uyo on June 10, 2017.A day earlier, the Pirates were poleaxed 5-1 by Libya’s Mediterranean Knights at the Stade Chedly Zouiten in Tunisia’s capital.Presently, Libya’s Knights top the Group E, followed by South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, with the Eagles in third place and the Pirates bottom.At its meeting inside the NFF Secretariat, Abuja on Monday, the NFF Executive Committee resolved, among other decisions, that “for ease of logistics and in consideration of convenience… the players (as well as team officials not based in Nigeria) fly direct into Seychelles from their bases in Europe while Ikechukwu Ezenwa, the only player from the domestic Nigerian league and Nigeria-based coaching personnel are to fly from Nigeria aboard commercial aircraft.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sala’s Pilot, Ibbotson, Not Qualified to Fly at Night

first_imgRegulatory authorities have confirmed that Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, North Lincolnshire, did not hold a “night rating” on his UK private pilot’s licence, the BBC understands.His UK licence was mirrored by a US pilot’s licence – enabling him to fly the US-registered Piper Malibu in Europe.The public record of his Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licence states Mr Ibbotson “must have available glasses for near vision” and that “all limitations and restrictions on the United Kingdom pilot licence apply”.There is no publicly available record of UK pilot licences, which are held by the CAA.RESULTS & FIXTURESFulham 0 – 2 Man CityBrighton 0 – 1 SouthamptonBurnley 2 – 0 WolvesCrystal Palace 2 – 0 HuddersfieldLeicester 2 – 0 BournemouthMan United 2 – 1 WatfordWest Ham 0 – 2 EvertonCardiff City v Chelsea 2:05pmLiverpool v Tottenham 4:30pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The pilot of the plane which crashed into the English Channel with Emiliano Sala on board, was not qualified to fly at night, BBC Wales understands. David Ibbotson is thought to have been colour-blind, and his licence restricted him to flying in daytime hours only.Footballer Sala, 28, died when the plane carrying him from Nantes to Cardiff crashed late on 21 January. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it could not comment.The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said licensing “continues to be a focus” of its investigations.last_img read more

USC student now helping woman return home

first_imgOn March 18, after 25 years in prison for crimes she says she did not commit, Rosie Sanchez walked free for a moment. But as soon as she walked out of the prison doors, she walked immediately into a United States Immigration and Customs vehicle that drove her to the Mexican border.New life · After serving 25 years in prison, Rosie Sanchez has been released thanks to the work of a student at USC’s Gould School of Law. – Photo courtesy of Jennifer Farrell “To have it happen that quickly is just unheard of,” said Jennifer Farrell, a second-year law student at the USC Gould School of Law who has been working on Sanchez’s case as part of the Post-Conviction Justice Project. “That’s why it was such a shock that she was deported the day she was released from prison.”On Dec. 8, 1985, Sanchez, who was then a shop owner in the garment district, was arrested for murder when a rival shop burned down, killing a man who was sleeping inside. Sanchez has insisted she was innocent since the day of her arrest.Sanchez’s case was brought to the attention of the Post-Conviction Justice Program last year, and Farrell spent several months fighting to prove Sanchez’s innocence. She was eventually pardoned by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on March 18.After receiving her pardon, Sanchez was released March 18. But because authorities said she was never a legal citizen, she was immediately deported.In the late 1970s, Sanchez applied to an amnesty program, according to Farrell. She completed an application, submitted it to the Department of Motor Vehicles and received a license. Sanchez paid taxes and possessed a business license for her store in Downtown Los Angeles.“She thought she was here legally,” Farrell said.In 1991, after her conviction, Sanchez applied to transfer to a prison in Mexico, but received a letter stating that because Sanchez was a legal citizen in the United States, she could not transfer to a prison in Mexico.In October, when Farrell represented Sanchez at her parole hearing, she presented parole plans that Sanchez would voluntarily deport and live with her sister in Mexicali, Mexico.“Part of the reason we did that is because that would be a better legal argument for when the board considered her for parole,” Farrell said.She added that because Sanchez was innocent and not a danger to society, they did not expect Sanchez to be deported.“Everyone had gotten their hopes up that it was going to work out,” Farrell said.In March, when Sanchez’s parole was upheld by the governor, the prison said Sanchez could temporarily stay with her daughter in Los Angeles after her release the following week.Initially Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Sanchez would be detained in Los Angeles for two weeks and then face an immigration committee that would re-evaluate her case.But a few days before Sanchez’s release, ICE called and said she would be deported immediately.“ICE says she’s always been illegal and has been here illegally,” Farrell said.Farrell is now working with Sanchez to help her return to the United States.“We’re trying everything we can,” Farrell said. “I will be on the case through the end of the semester, but the clinic will definitely stay with the case as long as there’s something we can do for it,” Farrell said.Farrell is talking to immigration lawyers at the law school and looking into Sanchez’s legal status as a citizen of the United States. ICE has not yet returned any phone calls, Farrell said.Ultimately, Sanchez would like to come back to Los Angeles and spend time with her four children, who have all settled in the area.“She wants to be able to live with her kids,” Farrell said. “Right now, she’s completely banned from the United States … We really don’t think it’s fair what happened.”Sanchez is currently celebrating her release with friends and family in her hometown of Mexicali. Sanchez and her children were not available for comment.“She’s happy to be there, [but] it could be better,” Farrell said. “It’s still overall a victory, but with an asterisk.”last_img read more

Third line gives Wisconsin depth late in season

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoThe Wisconsin women?s hockey team is counting on one factor to set them apart from other teams as they get ready for the playoffs ? counting on their dynamic third line.Sophomores Kyla Sanders and Jasmine Giles, and freshman Kelly Nash make up arguably the best third line in the WCHA, and the Badgers are relying on the team?s deep roster to help them in the playoffs.?If the depth you have is quality depth, then it is certainly going to help you,? head coach Mark Johnson said. ?The third and fourth groups as you go through the season are certainly going to win you hockey games, and if you can work with them and make them better, then that is just going to make your team that much stronger.?Because UW has relied on at least three, if not four, lines all season, it believes it will have fresher legs than most of the competition, such as first-place Minnesota-Duluth, which has relied on just two lines for most of the season.?At this point in the season, you can?t really [play] just two lines, no matter how good those two lines are,? Giles said. ?At this level, no athlete can withstand the pounding their legs would take if you were to only use two lines. We are lucky that our team is good enough to have used three, sometimes four lines, the whole season. I think that will be our greatest asset going into the postseason.?Another benefit of such a deep team is competitive practices. Because the team is so similar in talent level, the Badgers believe each practice improves the entire team, not just a portion.?It doesn?t matter who you are practicing against, because it’s always going to be a good battle,? senior Jinelle Zaugg said. ?Everybody pushes it to the limit in practice because everyone wants ice time. We battle back and forth, which I think is great because it helps everybody improve.?Johnson?s reliance on using all of his players during the season has helped prepare the program for the future. The young third line of Sanders, Giles and Nash has gained valuable experience this season, which will pay dividends next year.?It helps a lot that our third and fourth lines get to play,? Nash said. ?As opposed to other teams, where the third and fourth lines don?t play as much, we will have a lot of experience next year, when some of us will be on the top two lines.?The line’s two sophomores, Giles and Sanders, have proven they are better than the average third-liner.Giles is tied for second on the team with 17 assists and already has more assists this year than total points from last year.?Jasmine is a very good competitor, and obviously being a sophomore, things aren?t new to her this year like they were last year,? Johnson said. ?She seems more comfortable, she is more confident ? so when she started the year she was ready to go. Both mentally and physically she has gotten stronger from her first year.?Sanders is fourth on the team with 14 goals and, like Giles, has already surpassed her point total from last year.?While she may be on the third line, she also plays on one of the power play units, and she is one of our best penalty killers,? Johnson said of Sanders. ?Those kids who get those opportunities are asked to produce, and she has certainly done that. Over the summer she dedicated herself to getting stronger, and it has certainly paid off.?According to Johnson, improvements over the summer will be key for these players to make a jump from the third line to the top two lines.?Well it is like anything, they have to be focused, and they have to work hard,? Johnson said. ?They have to continue their strength training and conditioning programs. [Nash], being a freshman, will have to spend a lot of time in the summer working on those areas. Everyone has areas that they can improve on, and if you focus and work hard, you are going to improve.?last_img read more

Brilliant Ajax End Season with Dutch Double

first_imgAjax players celebrating winning the 2018/19 Eredivisie title last night Ajax capped a memorable season with their first league title since 2014 as a 4-1 final-day win at De Graafschap secured a domestic double last night.Erik ten Hag’s side – who came so close to a place in the Champions League final – needed just a point to win their 34th title.First-half goals from Lasse Schone and Nicolas Tagliafico ensured that the title was added to their Dutch Cup win. Dusan Tadic then scored twice – goals in an 11th consecutive league game.Youssef el Jebli had briefly equalised for the hosts, whose season is not over yet – they go into the relegation play-offs to try and stay in the Eredivisie.Ajax were again outstanding for long periods in the final appearance for midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who agreed to sign for Barcelona for £65m in January, while captain Matthijs de Ligt is one of several other brilliant young stars who are also expected to leave this summer.Ajax only missed out on a place in the Champions League final thanks to a stunning last-minute goal from Tottenham’s Lucas Moura and Ten Hag may now have a reluctant, if lucrative, rebuilding job on his hands.Tadic and De Jong both went close early on at the end of typically fluent moves before Schone opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick from 22 yards.The hosts responded when El Jebli got the wrong side of De Ligt and fired in at the near post.But Hakim Ziyech then danced into the area and put a goal on a plate for left-back Tagliafico to regain the lead, and when De Jong won a second-half penalty with a brilliant driving run, former Southampton man Tadic fired in his 37th goal of an unforgettable campaign.The best was yet to come – Tadic lashing in from a tight angle with a thumping late shot.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

‘You can be homeless in 80 degree…or -5 degree weather’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — The polar plunge has put much of the nation below freezing. Arctic temperatures have forced shelters across the state and locally to house people without a permanent home — places like the Sunrise Mission of Alpena.Resident Anthony Cramer powers an amp and connects it to his electric guitar. “Most of the time because of the genre that I play, everyone’s like ‘woah!’ how are you doing that man?” says Cramer. The chords come easy to him.“People do not expect talent from me being in here,” says Cramer. He lives inside of a homeless shelter.“We’re not all bad,” says Timothy Allen, “it’s just we hit a rough patch in our life and we’re just trying to make it through” some of life’s toughest lows.The Sunrise Mission has followed behind Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency declaration. “We encourage them not to go outside for the next couple days to stay in and stay warm,” says house executive director Leslie Scheen.“You can be homeless in 80 degree weather or negative 5 degree weather. The weather does not care about you being homeless, ” says Allen. As a second timer at the shelter, Allen knows that all storms pass. “The only way through it is forward. Keep your head up.”  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Cold Weather, Freezing, Homeless, Sunrise MissionContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan’s individual tax filing season official beginsNext Photo of the Day for Thursday, January 31last_img read more