Commenting on the ITM Irish Stallion Trail, ITM’s Marketing Manager, Sarah Nash, said: “The 2016 ITM Irish Stallion Trail was a fantastic weekend building on the huge success of 2015. The full list of participating farms is available at www.itm.ie/stalliontrail and we ask people interested in attending the trail to register through the website.”Click here for full list of participating stud farmsprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The third running of the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) Irish Stallion Trail will take place on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th January, 2017. The weekend trail takes place again in between two premium days of racing with the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park on Thursday 26th January, followed by the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday 29th January. Twenty-seven stud farms will open their doors across Ireland’s four provinces just before the official opening of the traditional covering season. Currently seven of the top ten sires in Europe are standing in Ireland and the Stallion Trail offers breeders the opportunity to see these great stallions. Dual Derby winner Australia poses for visitors at Coolmore Stud- Photo Amy Lynam
McNeese State 13, Abilene Christian 6Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1, Stephen F. Austin 0Houston Baptist 7, UIW 0Lamar 4, Northwestern State 3Sam Houston State 8, Southeastern Louisiana 3Central Arkansas 4, Nicholls 3 Forrest led the Central Arkansas offense, going a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with a double and a home run, while Taylor went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Morris and leftfielder Hayley Parkerson paced the Nicholls attack, each going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Lamar built a 3-0 lead after five innings only to see Northwestern state rally with three runs in the top of the sixth to knot things up. The Bearkats, now 9-21 for the year and 2-9 in Southland play, out-hit the Lions 10-5. The total included four doubles and two home runs. Southeastern Louisiana had won four of their last five games coming into the contest including two wins over the SHSU women in the opening doubleheader of the three-game Southland series Friday. Kylee Studioso (18-4) overcame a rough first innings that saw her allow two runs on two hits to limit the Colonels to a single run on five hits over the remaining six innings. She finished the day with six strikeouts and a walk. Hannah Haydel (10-6) took the loss for Nicholls, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out five. Smith also picked up the win to improve to 9-3 on the season. She gave up six runs on six hits in six innings, ending the game with six strikeouts and four walks. Central Arkansas 4, Nicholls 3CONWAY, Ark. – The Central Arkansas Bears continued their run of come-from-behind wins on Saturday, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to remain perfect in Southland Conference play with a 4-3 win over Nicholls. Herman went 2-for-4 with a game-best four RBIs as she hit a grand slam in the second inning to lead HBU (9-19 overall, 3-9 SLC). Nicole Shedd had a game-high three hits in four at-bats with two RBIs. Victoria Granchelli led all players with two runs scored. Laci Belovsky (6-7) earned the complete-game win in the circle, as she allowed just four hits and one walk with three strikeouts. She has three complete-game shutouts on the season, two coming this series. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1, Stephen F. Austin 0CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Sophomore Jessica Mendez ripped a two-out RBI single to center field to score senior Mickayla Cochran in the bottom of the sixth to lift the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team to a 1-0 victory over Stephen F. Austin today in the final game of the series. The Islanders (9-21-1, 4-8 SLC) earned their fourth shutout win of the season and their second straight Southland Conference series victory. Shannon Sain and Brynn Baca had two hits apiece for Lamar. Sain extended her school record of reaching base safely to 23 straight games. Piancastelli answered the ACU homer with a three-run shot of her own to left center field for her 13th home run of the season and third of the series for an 11-6 lead. Leadoff hitter Casey Cromwell opened the bottom of the seventh by drawing a walk from Northwestern State reliever Mikayla Brown (4-1). Cromwell didn’t stay on first long, as Lamar’s Sarah Ragsdale put down a bunt that was fielded by Brown, whose throw sailed into the outfield, allowing Cromwell to sprint around the bases with the winning run. Belovsky had a no-hitter going until Alex Alonzo hit a one-out single to right field in the top of the fourth. – Return to Top – Abilene Christian (6-24, 2-10 SLC) scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the McNeese lead to 3-2. Two more runs crossed the plate for McNeese in the second via a two RBI single up the middle by Marisa Taunton for a 5-2 McNeese lead. Smith capped the McNeese scoring off with her second career home run and second of the game with a two run blast to right center in the seventh to give McNeese the 13-6 win. After ACU scored a run in the third, McNeese outscored ACU 8-3 in the final four innings. Brown took the loss in relief, allowing two hits and one run, which was unearned. – Return to Top – Cochran went 2-for-3 to lead the Islanders’ bats while junior Cosette Hernandez and sophomore Brittney Morse each tallied one hit apiece to extend their hitting streak to seven games. Junior Dani Tefft, senior Hayley Galloway and sophomore Mackinzee Griebel also joined Mendez with one hit apiece. The Islanders’ bats outhit the Ladyjacks, 8-3. – Return to Top – Central Arkansas (22-8, 10-0 SLC) evened the score in the fifth inning. Following a strikeout to start the inning, third baseman Sam Forrest got the Bears on the board, launching her seventh home run of the season over the fence in left-centerfield to cut the Nicholls lead to 2-1. Right fielder Briana Whisenhunt followed Forrest with a single and a stolen base, before catcher Jessie Taylor ripped a single through the left side of the infield to score Whisenhunt from second and knot the score at 2-2. HBU plays a three-game series at Stephen F. Austin Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4 with a doubleheader Friday. First pitch both days is set for a 1 p.m. start. Sarah Allison singled to through the left side and scored on a double to right center by Jennie Kieval to give Sam Houston a 6-1 lead. A&M-Corpus Christi’s bats kept battling and in the top of the sixth Cochran started things off with an infield single before senior Lindsey Lyles did her job to advance Cochran to second with a sacrifice bunt. After a fly out by Galloway, Mendez stepped to the plate and blasted a RBI single to center field to score Cochran and put the Islanders on the board. Griebel followed with a groundout to end the inning. Four different players led Incarnate Word (3-26, 0-12) with a hit. Sarah Leal (0-4) started in the circle and took the loss, as she gave up four hits and two runs in 1.2 innings. Brooke DuBois allowed six hits, four earned runs, and one walk with one strikeout in the final 4.1 innings. ACU scored three runs in the bottom of the inning off a three-run home run by Peyton Hedrick, cutting the McNeese lead to 8-6. McNeese scored at least one run in all but one inning and ended the game with 11 hits. The Cowgirls opened the game with three runs in the first on a two RBI triple by Vincent and a RBI ground out by Langner. “We showed a lot of character coming back and playing the way we did today,” Bruder said. “Those are the types of games we are going to have to play if we want to be a championship-caliber team.” “I was just trying to play normal softball and move the runner over to second,” Bruder said. “I never expected that would be the game-winner.” Quinn struck out two and walked only three of the 29 batters she faced. Her complete game marked only the eighth for the SHSU pitching staff this year. HBU put a five-spot in the bottom of the second, highlighted by Herman’s blast. Prior to that, Shedd’s RBI single got the Huskies on the board as it scored Madison Vonhagel. Napoli pitched a complete game allowing eight hits and three earned runs. She walked one and struck out five, tying a career high. The victory salvaged the final game of a three-game series for Lamar (17-13 overall, 10-2 Southland), which had dropped a doubleheader to Northwestern State (20-13, 10-1) on Friday. The Islanders will continue Southland Conference play when they travel to Huntsville, Texas, to take on Sam Houston State in a three-game series starting on Friday, April 3. The Bears and the Colonels will close out the series with a doubleheader tomorrow. The day’s first game will begin at noon. Lamar 4, Northwestern State 3BEAUMONT, Texas – In a game between two of the top hitting teams in the Southland Conference, the Lamar Lady Cardinals used a walk-off bunt to claim a 4-3 win over visiting Northwestern State on Saturday. Carter retired the first four Ladyjacks she faced before giving up her first walk of the game. The Islanders put up the first hit of the game in the bottom of the first when Tefft nailed a one-out single through the middle. The Islanders kept striking as they recorded a hit in each of the next three innings but were unable to bring any runs across. Then in the bottom of the fifth Griebel and Hernandez hit consecutive infield singles but the Ladyjacks pulled out the jam retiring the next three Islanders. Hannah Welch (2-3) registered the loss for SFA in six innings. She allowed eight hits and one run. McNeese will host Louisiana-Lafayette in a single game on Wednesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. After Northwestern State got a runner on with one out in the seventh, Lamar starter Laura Napoli (12-7) struck out the four and five hitters in the Northwestern State lineup to set up the improbable finish in the bottom of the seventh. Smith helped her cause in the circle by giving the Cowgirls a 6-3 lead in the fourth with her first career home run. McNeese got two more runs in the fifth on RBI’s by Tori Yanitor and another RBI by Langner for an 8-3 lead. The Lady Cardinals host UTSA in a nonconference doubleheader at 3 p.m. Wednesday before heading to Southeastern Louisiana for a three-game conference series on Friday and Saturday.- Return to Top – – Return to Top – Sophomore Liz Carter put together another strong performance in the Islanders’ circle limiting SFA (9-22, 2-9 SLC) to three hits on the day. She also allowed just one walk while picking up four strikeouts. The Austin, Texas native did not allow a hit until the top of the third when Brittany Lewis hit a single to center field. Nicholls re-took the lead with an infield single in the top of the seventh, but the Bears rallied in the bottom half of the frame. After Forrest led off the inning with a single to second base, she was lifted in favor of pinch runner Brianna McArthur, who moved to third base on a single from second baseman Sarah Bigej. Bigej advanced to second on the throw. Taylor came through in the clutch again for Central Arkansas, blasting a single off the fence in left field to drive in McArthur and Bigej and give the Bears the win. McNeese (25-12, 11-1 SLC) scored six of its 13 runs off two home runs by Rachel Smith and one by Erika Piancastelli. Smith had a career day at the plate by not only hitting her first career home run in the fourth inning. Smith hit her second career home run and second of the game in the seventh inning. Smith and Piancastelli both ended the day with three RBI’s apiece. Jessica Slater and Allysa Garcia began a five-run third inning for the Kats with consecutive doubles. After a Castillo walk, Adams blasted a shot over the fence in left center to up her career totals to 37 home runs and 129 RBIs. Both stand as Sam Houston’s all-time high marks. Houston Baptist 7, UIW 0HOUSTON, Texas – Behind senior 1B Melissa Herman’s bat and junior pitcher Laci Belovsky’s arm, HBU softball completed the series sweep over visiting Incarnate Word with a 7-0 victory Saturday afternoon from Husky Field. – Return to Top – The Lions added runs in the third and fourth on a sacrifice fly and a home run by Lacey Fritz. Angelica Gonzales and Alexis Garcia brought in two more runs with doubles in the top of the seventh. Tiffany Castillo got things started for Sam Houston with a lead-off home run to left field in the second inning. SLU tied the contest at a run apiece with an RBI single in the bottom of the second. Sam Houston State 8, Southeastern Louisiana 3HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Meme Quinn posted her fourth complete game of the year in the circle and Hillary Adams blasted her 37th career home run to lead Sam Houston to an 8-3 softball victory over Southeastern Louisiana Saturday. The Colonels (17-12, 5-5 SLC) struck first, getting an RBI triple from shortstop Brooke Morris to take a 1-0 lead. Following a walk, Nicholls executed a double-steal to push the lead to 2-0. Also picking up two hits in the game along with Smith and Piancastelli was Emily Vincent and Lauren Langner. McNeese State 13, Abilene Christian 6ABILENE, Texas – McNeese softball bounced back from its first conference loss of the season with a 13-6 rubber game victory over Abilene Christian Saturday to take the series 2-1. SFA threatened in the final frame as Taylor Fraccastoro led off the frame with a single to left field and Shalie Day advanced her to second with a sacrifice bunt. Carter however settled in and retired the side to help the Islanders secure the win. “I’d have never guessed this game would be won on a bunt,” said Lamar coach Holly Bruder, who coached her 600th career game. “We played well today, and I thought we deserved the win.” Shedd recorded her second RBI of the game in the bottom of the sixth, as she smacked a single to center that allowed Shay Orsak to cross home. Moments later, with V. Granchelli at third, the Huskies pulled a double steal, as the Cardinals tried to get Shedd at second and V. Granchelli was able to score to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead. Sam Houston returns to action in a three-game Southland series versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Softball Complex in Huntsville next Friday and Saturday.
LSU title parade draws massive crowds The UFC didn’t immediately reveal why Nunes was hospitalized.Nunes (14-4) claimed the 135-pound title from Miesha Tate last July. After Nunes stopped Ronda Rousey in December, she was scheduled to make her second title defense in a rematch with Shevchenko (14-2).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Instead, for the second straight year, the UFC has been forced to cancel the main event of its annual International Fight Week show at late notice.Last July, Jon Jones was removed from his bout against Daniel Cormier three days before for violating the UFC’s anti-doping policy. Kerber, Raonic both reach 2nd week at Wimbledon McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return MOST READ Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Amanda Nunes poses during media day for Saturday’s UFC 213, in Las Vegas on Thursday, July 6, 2017. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)LAS VEGAS — Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has been scratched from her title defense against Valentina Shevchenko after being hospitalized just a few hours before UFC 213.UFC President Dana White confirmed the pay-per-view show’s main event was canceled Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation
Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ San Miguel came close to a season sweep in 2017 but faltered in the season-ending conference, where it was chased off by eventual champion Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinals.“When you win two championships, there’s a tendency to relax and that happened to us in 2017,” Austria said. “This time, we have another chance and I hope the team has learned its lesson.”“The players don’t want to stop winning. They’re not that old and can still do it. Before, they’ve been criticized that they’re aging players but time and time again, they’ve been able to show that they can still compete with the young guys and how important experience is in winning the championship.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? LATEST STORIES The Beermen and the KaTropa—along with the Blackwater Elite—are scheduled to participate in a Macau tournament along with other ballclubs from Asia, and coach Leo Austria has made it clear they are not in it merely as tourists.“We always want to be a winner and we don’t want to go out there and get humiliated by our opponents,” Austria said on Tuesday during the team’s victory party.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe tournament will also give fans an early look at the squad that will try to win the Governors’ Cup—and a second franchise Grand Slam for San Miguel. Reinforcing the Beermen are former Columbian import Lester Prosper and Dez Wells, who will spearhead the team’s bid for the Triple Crown.“If we have the opportunity to win the title, we will certainly go for it,” Austria said. OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon View comments Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open Just a month after San Miguel Beer’s drama-filled conquest of TNT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup that further added coal to the burning feud between two rival conglomerates, the two teams could be on a collision course anew.ADVERTISEMENT Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake MOST READ And that could put San Miguel in the path of TNT, which hopes to rebound from the recent Finals loss and frustrate San Miguel’s bid for a season sweep.Joining the Philippine squads are three teams from the Chinese Basketball Association, four from Japan’s B.League and two from the Korean Basketball League.The tournament, called Terrific 12 East Asia Super League, kicks off on Sept. 17.After that, the Beermen will focus on their Governors’ Cup campaign hoping to become just the second franchise to win the Grand Slam twice, after the fabled Crispa Redmanizers.“I would just like to remind [the team of] a simple wish of mine, a Grand Slam,” said Roberto “Bobby” Huang, president of San Miguel Brewery Inc., in Filipino during the victory party.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas finally complete, thankful for friendlies vs Aussie squad
This newspaper has noted Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s objection to its article of 4-19-16 headlined, “US media censorship observation – PM claims US wants to damage image of coalition”.The day before, on 4-18-16, the newspaper had received the US State Department’s 2016 Human Rights Report that was issued by Secretary of State John Kerry just days before. As it related to Press Freedom in Guyana, the Report stated: “Censorship or Content Restrictions: In August, the Prime Minister issued a directive that all headlines in the State-owned print media be first scrutinised and approved by his office before they are published. The directive was a response to a headline criticising the Government. The Prime Minister also serves as Minister of Information.”On the same day, the Director of Public Information (DPI) issued a statement condemning “in the strongest terms” what it said were irresponsible allegations repeated in the media, alleging censorship in State media. It said such claims “are wholly false and baseless and (are) attempt to damage the image of the Coalition Government, which is trying to repair democratic institutions, including State media, that had been left in a shambolic state under the previous Administration.”The DPI did not elaborate as to what and by whom the “allegations in the media” were made. The Times stated this in assuming the statement was in response to the US Report leading to the objected-to headline and story. On April 19, the Prime Minister, to whom the DPI reports, said the “irresponsible allegations” statement above was directed not at the US State Department’s Report but to two columnists, Dr David Hinds and Freddie Kissoon. He then issued a condemnatory statement on the Guyana Times article cited above: it was “calculatedly wicked, false and mischievous”.But what is most instructive is the following day, the Office of the Prime Minister did issue the following statement explicitly on the US statement on the Prime Minister censoring the State media:“The Office of the Prime Minister makes it clear that at no time was any directive issued by the Prime Minister, the Office of the Prime Minister, or any other Government entity that headlines in any State media be scrutinised or approved before publication or broadcast.Any such claim is false, baseless, and without any merit whatsoever.”It then went on to enumerate a number of harsh denunciations against the previous Administration in previous US Human Rights Reports.So it appears that when Dr Hinds accuses the Prime Minister of censorship of the State media, Mr Nagamootoo conclusively discerns in him a desire to “damage the image of the coalition”. But when the US Dept of State makes the identical observation, which the PM dubbed “false, baseless, and without any merit whatsoever”, it somehow is not “intended” to do the same “damage”.But the fact of the matter is Dr Hinds was very specific with his accusations of “censorship” and they go far beyond the demand by Mr Nagamootoo to screen stories in the Chronicle, which he described as a “government” rather than a “state” entity. The Guyana Press Association took him severely to task for that assertion and described the move to intimidate and censor the Chronicle as “a retrograde and intolerable step”. Dr Hinds pointed out, “As a columnist, I have had my experiences of censorship. On two occasions, my column was not carried because they were critical of the Government. In other instances, sections of my columns which criticised the Government have been deleted.”Last September, the respected veteran Caribbean journalist Rickey Singh, resigning as a columnist also as a result of censorship by Mr Nagamootoo stated, “The surprising non-publication of my regular column in last Sunday’s Chronicle had a special focus on the misuse of powers by the “down-sized” Prime Minister Nagamootoo who seems anxious to ensure compliance with ministerial edicts.”Could it be Mr Nagamootoo’s accusations of the PPP being “Stalinist” might be projections of his own state of mind?
President David Granger has said that the slothfulness of the Region Two economy is not an issue to be addressed by his Government alone but rather, it will take a collective effort from everyone in the Pomeroon-Supenaam Region.The Head of State was at the time addressing residents during the commissioning of a spanking new 16-seater school bus in the Tapakuma community.Alluding to the state of the region’s economy, the President said that residents living in the area need to make themselves more self-sufficient, rather than depending on government for everything. While he acknowledged that Region Two is the ‘Rice Bowl’ for Guyana, he encouraged the region’s farmers to add value to the rice crop through agro-processing. This he said can also be applied to other crops to jump start the economy.“You need to do your budget at home, how you eat, how you spend, how you live, depend on the state of the economy; you need to participate towards the progress of the economy; if the economy strive then everyone will strive.”Granger further encouraged the residents to establish cottage industries and to become entrepreneurs to earn a higher income, as opposed to depending on government for jobs.He also called on parents to educate their children so that they can be better empowered in the future.“You have pineapple galore here, canned the pineapple, export the fruits, make fruit juices and sell, there are fishes in the river, catch them and dry it, every single thing, be it fruits or vegetables, there is a market for it, don’t sit on your hands” the President urged.He also encouraged young entrepreneurs to tap into available markets. These comment came on the heels of vendors’ complaints about the struggling economy.Many of the region’s residents bemoaned the state of the economy due to the downturn in the rice industry. This, they explained, has caused a ripple effect since the main economic activity for Region Two is rice and currently rice farmers are receiving low prices.
It is not a material amount of money, but I would be remiss if I did not advise you that this is a bad time to sell. Call Bob and we will wrap this up. I hope this letter finds you in good health.” Ron Burkle, after learning he’d been sued by Richard Riordan, responded to the former mayor in a brief letter. “I was shocked and surprised when I received a call from a reporter saying that you had sued me over your investment in Alliance. When you came to me over eight years ago and asked that I invest $20 million of your money, I accepted that request from a friend who I very much admired. I could not at the time recommend investing the full $20 million but did feel a $5 million investment in Alliance Entertainment was justified because I was investing much much more. The investment was accepted because of our friendship and I have never charged you any management or similar fees–which you acknowledged in our meeting last year. Alliance has had its ups and downs and the technical side never met expectations but its core distribution business has continued to grow and improve. I think it is a world class logistics company. It has always been my principle that partners go into an investment together and get out together. Having said that, and because I know you’ve had a rough year with many challenges, I am willing to take you up on the offer you made through Bob Bermingham that we buy your partnership interest in Alliance (now Source Interlink) based on Source’s closing price today of $4.07 per share. A final calculation will be sent to you promptly. You have agreed that you will donate the net proceeds to the charities we discussed on September 6. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Manchester City midfielder James Milner Manchester City have tabled an improved contract offer to James Milner to deter reported interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool and Arsenal.The England midfielder could leave the Blues for free in the summer with his current contract set to expire, having held off signing a new deal that was offered last summer.That has alerted other clubs, with Liverpool and Arsenal heavily linked, but it is understood City have now raised the stakes by tabling an enhanced deal in hope Milner will stay.Reports have suggested this could be worth as much as £165,000 per week over four years, making him one of the club’s top earners.Yet it still remains to be seen whether Milner, 29, will commit as he ponders what could be the last big move or contract of his careerManager Manuel Pellegrini has previously insisted Milner’s delay in penning a new deal had nothing to do with money, but that the matter comes down to playing time.The midfielder is thought to want to be sure that he is likely to play a prominent role at the Etihad Stadium having been frustrated by his bit-part role in last season’s title-winning campaign.This season he has been more active, making 27 starts in all competitions, including some of the biggest games of the campaign, despite needing to manage a knee condition.Pellegrini has repeatedly said Milner is a valued member of his squad, and his versatility has been an asset, playing in central and wide midfield roles, as well as up front.Asked about Milner at the weekend, Pellegrini said: “It’s a decision James must take at the end of season, what is better for his future.“I always talk that he is an important player for our team, he can play in different positions because he is an intelligent player.“He always gives 100 per cent but it will be sorted at the end of the season.” 1
10 10 8. Mourinho on any given Sunday – Jose Mourinho is unbeaten as a manager in every home league game his teams have played on a Sunday won 81 and drawn 24. 10 2. Shut out for Tottenham – Tottenhams 0-0 draw with Swansea was the first time Spurs failed to score in 30 Premier League home games since a 1-0 defeat to Leicester in January 2016. 5. Conte at Stamford Bridge – Chelsea failed to score in a competitive home match under Antonio Conte for the first time thats 27 games. 10 6. Gareth Barry appearances – Gareth Barry equalled Ryan Giggs all-time Premier League record of 632 appearances. Barry has a 41% win rate compared to Giggs 64%. 4. Home rule – Liverpool have now earned 1,000 Premier League home points, the fourth club to do this after Man United, Arsenal and Chelsea. 10 9. Defoe ‘goal drought’ – There has been 5,977 days and 16 years between Jermain Defoes last two goals for Bournemouth May 2001 against Reading and then against Brighton in September 2017. 3. Long distance Shaqiri – Each of Xherdan Shaqiri’s last six Premier League goals have been from outside the box. 7. Triple crown – Sergio Agueros three goals in the 6-0 win at Watford means he has now scored six Premier League hat-tricks, the same as Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez. 10 10 Here are some stats for you.The one about Liverpool’s shots compared to Burnley is pretty amazing, although they obviously didn’t make it count.Have a look at this and other stats by scrolling through the gallery above. 10. Milner miles – James Milner ran 8.2 miles for Liverpool on the weekend, more than any other player. 10 10 10 1. Shots rain down at Anfield – In Liverpools 1-1 draw with Burnley, they had 30 more shots than the Clarets, which is the most in any Premier League game since Man United had 31 more than Burnley in October 2016.
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Leicester City’s appointment of Brendan Rodgers as Claude Puel’s replacement is likely to be met with a mixed reception across the UK.Celtic begrudgingly allowed their manager to speak to the Foxes about the vacancy at the King Power Stadium, despite the Hoops chasing another domestic treble. 5 whoops Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City SORRY Brendan Rodgers is in line t take over at Leicester City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest tense M&M MADNESS: Maddison and Maguire roam freeA slight variation on the formation above, but by playing Tielemans alongside Wilfred Ndidi, it would allow James Maddison that extra bit of space the playmaker needs.It has been a difficult campaign for everyone involved with Leicester City, but the summer acquisition from Norwich City has been a real plus.The 22-year-old’s link up play with Vardy has been impressive and, with the wing-backs pushed further up the pitch because of the midfield cover, the England international could pull the strings.Again, Maguire would benefit from this system as the extra man in midfield would allow the former Sheffield United man to rampage up the pitch in his indomitable style. gameday cracker MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ buildlineup.com buildlineup.com TOTAL FOOTBALL: Winging ItBefore opting to go for a 4-1-2-1-2 at Liverpool, Rodgers tried to use a 4-3-3 formation which had been so successful for him at Swansea City in their promotion to the Premier League in 2011.The emphasis in that side was for the likes of Stephen Dobbie and Danny Graham up front to run in behind defences to allow Nathan Dyer and Scott Sinclair to cut inside and cause havoc from the wings.With Joe Allen and Darren Pratley providing the perfect balance of creativity and grit in the midfield, the Swans secured an 11th-placed finish in their debut top-flight campaign.Demarai Gray and Rachid Ghezzal have shown glimpses of their potential this season, so expect to see Rodgers (a strong advocate of using youngsters in his team’s) entrust the wingers to exploit the spaces created y the rapid Jamie Vardy. buildlineup.com revealed 5 THE ‘DOUBLE TREBLE’ TACTIC: Wing-backs galoreIt’s fair to say Rodgers revitalised Celtic when he arrived in 2016, securing an impressive hat-trick of trophies in his first season.Incredible, the 46-year-old managed to repeat the feat again last season, but it was his tactical nous and ingenuity which impressed critics.In the Old Firm victory at the start of this season, the Bhoys manipulated their 4-4-1-1 formation to confound Rangers by having at least four players in between the lines of their defensive structure in central areas.With Harry Maguire at the back on his preferred left-hand side, Rodgers already has the outlet he needs to play out from the back via diagonal lines to get in behind the lines. REPLY LIVERPOOL 13/14: Poetry in MotionBefore Gerrard’s slip, before ‘Crystanbul’ and before Suarez’s £75million switch to Spain, Brendan Rodgers brought Liverpool agonisingly close to their first ever Premier League title.After a difficult first season in charge at Anfield, Rodgers brought in Daniel Sturridge to play alongside the Uruguay international and Steven Gerrard subsequently dropped into a deep-lying midfield role.The result was phenomenal as the Reds almost romped to the title, with the high-pressing and high tempo style of play forcing opposition teams into relinquishing the ball.Bringing the tenacious Shinji Okazaki back to initiate the press would allow the likes of James Maddison and Youri Tielemans to create from deep. Expect to see Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira be given the license to bomb forward at will and youngster Hamza Choudhury also given a chance. Gray and Ghezzal would be the attacking outlets for Rodgers in this formation 5 5 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Liverpool’s swash-buckling style from 2013-14 could work wonders at Leicester Celtic won six trophies in two years playing this way under Rodgers On one hand, Celtic fans will be disappointed to hear their manager is leaving at such a crucial time while Leicester fans are likely to be thrilled by such an ambitious appointment.After being sacked by Liverpool in 2015, the Northern Irishman has rebuilt his reputation north of the border and reaffirmed Celtic’s status as Scotland’s biggest club.However, as Rangers boss Steven Gerrard pointed out, the lure of managing in the Premier League once again has proved to be too strong.And with Foxes fans’ becoming disillusioned with Puel’s negative style of play, the move seems like a perfect fit.‘LEAVING CELTIC FOR LEICESTER WOULD BE STEP UP FOR BRENDAN RODGERS’With his style of play the perfect blend of ‘Tiki-Taka’ and ‘Total Football’, Leicester fans can afford to get just a tad excited about the appointment of Rodgers.So just how could the former Chelsea and Reading coach change Leicester’s fortunes?Scroll down to see just how Leicester could look under the management of the 46-year-old. buildlineup.com Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Maddison has five goals and four assists already this season