Remi Garde hopes message hits home for Aston Villa prospect Jack Grealish

first_img Grealish was left out of the squad against Watford and Southampton for a breach of club discipline after he was photographed partying in Manchester just hours after Villa’s 4-0 defeat at Everton last month. It was not the first time the young midfielder had hit the headlines for his off-field behaviour. Grealish was pictured earlier this year on his back in the street during a holiday in Tenerife, for which he was reprimanded by Villa. The 20-year-old has also been pictured partying in Marbella and seen inhaling nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas or ‘hippie crack’, from a balloon in a photograph taken last year. Grealish played for the Villa under-21 team on Monday night and has now served the punishment for his latest misdemeanour, so he will be back in contention against Arsenal on Sunday. Garde said: “Like all other players training with the first team after the under-21 game, Jack is back and Jack is available for selection. He is in contention to start like 18 or 20 players. “He is a talented young player but only Jack knows if he has learned. “I’ll still be close with him. I have the feeling Jack needs to be more disciplined, this way I feel he can improve his game.” Arsenal, one of Garde’s former clubs, will arrive at Villa Park on a high after beating Olympiacos 3-0 in Athens to qualify for the Champions League knock-out stages ahead of the Greek side. Garde is aware of the size of the task facing his bottom-of-the-table Premier League team and he believes the Gunners are capable of going on to win the Barclays Premier League this season. “It is a long time ago since I was there. Probably everything has changed there – except one,” said Garde, referring to his old manager Arsene Wenger. “I know very well the team and the players but we will need more than that to get points from them. “They are very comfortable away from home and have scored more away from home which shows how dangerous they are. “They can win the title of course. Now they are qualified for the Champions League (knock-out stage) they will have to concentrate on both targets which not easy. Maybe it is the year they can fight for the title until the end.” Aston Villa boss Remi Garde hopes Jack Grealish has learned a lesson following his recent omission from the first team. Press Associationlast_img read more

Belfast boxer Carl Frampton ‘happy and proud’ to land MBE in New Year Honours

first_img Frampton was made to work hard in his most recent title defence, suffering two first-round knockdowns against Alejandro Gonzalez in El Paso in July before going on to win the fight on points. Frampton said he was privileged to join such Belfast luminaries as Barry McGuigan and double Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes in receiving an honour. Frampton said: ”It came as a big surprise and it was actually Barry who told me the good news. I am happy and proud and I am pleased that my sport of professional boxing has got some recognition. ”It is a good time to get the award ahead of my unification fight against Scott Quigg next month, and it gives me an incentive to go on and achieve even more in my career in the future.” Frampton earned his IBF belt in September 2014 with a unanimous points victory over Kiko Martinez in Belfast. Like his mentor McGuigan, Frampton, who is from a Protestant background but is married to a Catholic, has succeeded in drawing support from either side of the sectarian divide. In an interview with the BBC in 2014, McGuigan said: “Carl is doing what I did. “He’s a beacon for peace and reconciliation and represents the future of Northern Ireland. Albeit, it’s not as treacherous at the moment – we don’t have the Troubles like we did back then.” Press Association Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton was pleasantly surprised to be awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to boxing. center_img The 28-year-old from Belfast is the reigning IBF super-bantamweight champion and is set to fight WBA belt-holder Scott Quigg in a unification bout in Manchester on February 27 next year. Nicknamed the Jackal, he made his professional debut in 2009 and is yet to be beaten in 21 fights, winning 14 of them by knock-out. last_img read more

Djakadam suffers cut in Cheltenham fall

first_img Willie Mullins’ charge was sent off the 5-6 favourite for the Grade Two event in what was supposed to be his prep run for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Festival in March. He was still travelling well when he crashed out at the 10th fence, suffering a cut that required stitching in the process. Djakadam is set for a week on the easy list after sustaining a cut on his chest when falling at Cheltenham on Saturday. Mullins tweeted: “Djakadam is back home. He has a cut on his chest that required stitching and will have an easy week walking.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Prosecutors not indicting NY father in twins’ hot car deaths

first_imgProsecutors announced  Thursday that they will not pursue a grand jury indictment against a New York  father whose 1-year-old twins died after he mistakenly left them in his car for eight hours, officials said.Juan Rodriguez, 39, a licensed clinical social worker, plead not guilty to charges of manslaughter in the deaths of his children Luna and Phoenix on Friday afternoon.But the Bronx District Attorney’s office said Thursday it is adjourning the case against Rodriguez and will not convene a grand jury at this time to pursue charges.Rodriguez remains charged with two counts of manslaughter and two counts of criminally negligent homicide.If the case is presented, a grand jury could ultimately decide to indict the Iraq war veteran.last_img read more

Actor Tom Hanks Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

first_imgWarner Bros. had this full statement:“We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual. The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world.The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.” 62-year-old beloved actor Tom Hanks, who also has type two diabetes, announce that he and his wife Rita Wilson have both tested positive for Covid 19 and are being treated in an Australian hospital.Both were down in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros. In the film, two-time Oscar winner Hanks plays Presley’s longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker.Tom Hanks’ Statement:“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?We’ll keep the world posted and updated.Take care of yourselves!” – Tom Hankslast_img read more

Americans blow away opposition to win gymnastics gold

first_imgBy Pritha SarkarRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (REUTERS) – Simone Biles and her American teammates proved that they are an untouchable force in gymnastics as they blew away the opposition to win the women’s team title at the Olympics yesterday.There were a few wobbles here and there, even for Biles, but those imperfections did not stop them winning the title by a massive 8.209 points over second-placed Russia. China were third.Since the open-ended scoring system was introduced to the sport in 2006, it was the biggest winning margin of any global championships.They put in such a commanding performance that Biles needed to overhaul a target of just 7.591 with her final floor performance to secure her first Olympic medal.A score of 15.800 left her and her team mates, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian, whooping with joy. It was a second successive team title for the U.S.last_img read more

FIFA Global Transfer Deals: Spending Surpassed $7bn in 2018

first_imgOnly 31 clubs spent more than $50 million each, but together they accounted for more than half of the $7.03 billion spent globally78.2% of the entire spending worldwide occurred between clubs in the UEFA regionFrance had the largest positive net balance with $467.2 million. England had the largest negative net balance with $1.05 billionSaudi Arabia climbed to 7th place in the ranking of the world’s biggest spenders, with its clubs spending $173.9 million in 2018In the women’s report, 2018 was the first year in which all transfers of professional female players had to be processed via FIFA’s International Transfer Matching SystemA total of 696 international transfers were completed, involving clubs from 74 member associations and 614 players of 72 different nationalitiesSpending on transfer fees amounted to $ 0.6 million, showing that the market for female professional players is still in the early stagesOne in every five transfers involved a player from the USA, by far the most represented nationality in the transfer marketThe reports also include summary tables with the volume and value of transfers for each of the 211 FIFA member associations, and other information such as transfer types, reasons for contract termination, nationality and age of the players involved, and historical comparisons.The data published in the FIFA Global Transfer Market Report is extracted from ITMS, which is used by all 211 FIFA member associations around the globe and over 7,000 professional football clubs for the international transfer of professional football players.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In the new edition of the Global Transfer Market Report, which provides detailed data on global international transfer activity at professional football clubs around the world throughout 2018, FIFA confirmed that spending reached a new high of $7.03 billion, 10.3% more than in 2017It is the first time the Global Transfer Market report released Wednesday is available in two versions: one covering men’s football and one covering women’s football.A new record was set with 16,533 international transfers, 5.6% more than in 2017, involving 14,186 players of 175 different nationalitieslast_img read more

Track runs laps around Big Ten

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoSome things just never get old.For the Wisconsin track team, winning the indoor Big Ten championship is one of those things.The Badgers won their record eighth-straight conference title Sunday with a total of 127 points ? 25 points ahead of second-place Purdue and 45 points ahead of third-place Ohio State.?The eighth-straight is wonderful and great, but I will say that was a very special meet because we were home,? UW head coach Ed Nuttycombe said. ?I don?t think at the beginning of the year anybody would have picked us to win because of all the people we graduated last year. It was a tremendous team effort, and I do think we were helped by being at home.?UW set up its eighth-straight indoor Big Ten championship with a strong showing on day one, especially in the last two events.In the 3,000-meter run, the Badgers picked up 18 points with sophomore Brandon Bethke winning the event with a time of 8:10.80. Wisconsin also placed two more in the top six with sophomore Andrew Lacy (8:18.25) placing fourth and junior Stuart Eagon (8:21.33) three seconds behind him in sixth.In the final event of the day, UW won its first distance medley relay since 2001 when the quartet of Craig Miller, Luke Hoenecke, Joe Pierre and Jack Bolas took first place with a time of 9:54.25.?The 3,000 and the [distance medley relay] at the end, we knew we did well,? Nuttycombe said. ?I don?t know if you expect to win, but you hope to win when you have good athletes like Bethke and Bolas on the anchor on those kinds of settings.?While Wisconsin entered day two with a seven-point lead over Minnesota, it became clear that the conference title would be a two-team race between Wisconsin and Purdue, who surged past the Gophers early on in the second day.UW got off to a good start in the first race of the day: the mile. After qualifying four runners the day before, Wisconsin placed all four in the top five to pick up 23 points. Freshman Evan Jager (4:22.54) finished second with teammates Craig Miller (4:23.65), Ryan Gasper (4:23.99) and Jack Bolas (4:24.25) right behind in third through fifth, respectively.However, despite the strong performance in the mile, Purdue had taken a 3 1/2-point lead with only four events remaining. That’s when UW stepped on the gas over the last four events to reclaim the lead.Freshman Luke Rucks got things going by winning the 600-meter run with a time of 1:18.49.Then came the 5,000-meter run, where UW also shined. After staying back in the pack for most of the race, Bethke found himself near the front with a few laps left. Then, on the final lap, he surged past Hassan Mead of Minnesota and ran away with the event to become a two-time Big Ten champion after winning the 3,000-meter run the day before.Bethke finished with a time of 14:23.84, and his teammates Matt Withrow, Landon, Peacock and Stuart Eagon finished third through fifth, respectively, to pick up 25 big points to secure the team title.?We knew we just had to come out and get some points,? Bethke said. ?It was real close between us and Purdue. I knew we had a good group of guys running with us. We just had to get up in there and stick our noses in the race and try and get some points for the team.?With the team title already wrapped up, the quartet of Andrew Milenkovski, Quinn Evans, Luke Hoenecke and James Groce finished second in the 4×400-meter relay.Freshman David Grzesiak also finished third in the heptathlon and won the heptathlon high jump at six feet, 11 1/2 inches.After the meet, Wisconsin was thankful for the sold-out crowds that came and supported the team both days.?Any time anybody from Wisconsin was passing somebody, the whole entire crowd would stand up,? Bethke said. ?They pumped us up. I just loved taking the lead. Whenever I took the lead, the whole entire crowd would stand up and that went for everybody. They cared about the littlest thing. A guy passes somebody from eighth to seventh, every little thing the crowd was in it for us. It was huge.?Besides celebrating another title with the fans, Wisconsin was able to celebrate the win with track alumni as well. More than 150 former UW track stars were in attendance, including Al Toon and five-time individual national champion Chris Solinksy.?The reunion was wonderful,? Nuttycombe said. ?The reunion was amazing to see all the faces I was familiar with and a lot of the faces and names from the past. I think they had a great time. I?m glad they had a great time. I?m glad they shared it with me, but I think they shared it with themselves, too.?The alumni also were on hand to see Nuttycombe become the winningest coach in Big Ten history.Nuttycombe now has more Big Ten titles (24) than any other coach in any sport in conference history. Nuttycombe passed Indiana men?s swimming coach James ?Doc? Counsilman, who won 23 Big Ten titles from 1958-1990.?When I hear Doc Counsilman, that?s exactly what I think of: legendary,? Nuttycombe said. ?I?m just honored and proud to be mentioned in the same breath because he is a legend. It?s something I never envisioned.?last_img read more

Give my regards to Broadway

first_imgEric Burse | Daily TrojanThe Trojan Marching Band and the USC Song Girls performed in Times Square this weekend, bringing USC spirit to an away game as fans and tourists alike watched. Members of the band traveled with the football team to New York City for the football game against Syracuse. The Trojans beat Syracuse 42-29.last_img

Opponent preview: What to know about No. 8 Florida State

first_imgSyracuse, who has just two home games the rest of the season, will play Florida State Saturday at noon. The Seminoles (20-4, 10-3) haven’t lost at home this season and have won 12 of their last 14 games. Most recently, FSU lost by five points at Duke on Monday. Syracuse (14-10, 7-6 Atlantic Coast) also enters the game coming off a five-point loss, its to North Carolina State on Tuesday — a game that redshirt junior Elijah Hughes only played 2:33 of after suffering a groin injury in warmups. His status for Saturday’s game is still unknown. Here’s what to know about FSU ahead of its game against Syracuse.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 7-4Last time they played: Syracuse lost 80-62 in the Carrier Dome against Florida State on Feb. 5, 2019. After the Orange climbed back from a 22-point deficit and came within a point of the Seminoles, the game blew open once more. Tyus Battle led Syracuse with 23 points while Terance Mann led FSU with 22 points. The FSU report: At an average of 79 inches per player, the Seminoles are the tallest team in the nation. Unsurprisingly, they block more shots than anyone else in the country. FSU also ranks in the top 10 in steals and plays a pressure-heavy style of defense. Marek Dolezaj noted after Syracuse’s loss on Tuesday that FSU would pressure more than NC State had. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Seminoles scoring is spread out amongst their players, with three players averaging more than 10 points per game — Devin Vassell’s 13.4 points per game leading the way. The 6-foot-7  guard also leads FSU in rebounds per game with 5.3. How Syracuse beats the Seminoles: It’s hard to see what Syracuse requires without knowing if its best player will be on the court. The Orange will need to utilize defensive pressure in a similar way that they did against NC State. So Joe Girard III will have to play well following his career-high 30 points on Tuesday. If Hughes plays, then Syracuse can likely try to outrun the Seminoles pressure and turn it into transition scoring opportunities. Stat to know: 24.9% — Florida State forces a turnover nearly one out of every four defensive possessions. That rate ranks seventh nationally. KenPom odds: The Orange have a 21% chance of winning the game with a final score of 77-68, per KenPom.Player to watch: Guard, No. 24 Devin VassellVassell has shot nearly 50% from the field this year and leads the Seminoles in scoring. The sophomore shoots 42% from beyond the arc and could light up Syracuse with open shot opportunities in the zone. Comments Published on February 14, 2020 at 2:46 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more