Yannick Bolasie commits future to Crystal Palace

first_img And Bolasie, who has made 119 appearances for the Eagles and scored seven goals, has been rewarded with a bumper new deal at Selhurst Park. “This is a good news story for the club, to secure this guy,” Pardew said. “Not only is he an exciting player who our fans love, but he’s a great guy, a great character, unspoilt by fame and success. I’m really pleased. “I’ve said all along that this guy needs to deliver the final moment, and when he does that he won’t be here in three and a half years. “So my first priority was to secure him, and develop him. If I can develop him and take this club forward, that’s great. Then if a big club comes we use that money to take the club forward. Simple equation. “There was no bid for Yannick. But we know, if he was available for £5million, we’d have a queue from here to wherever. He’s a lot more money than that, and now we’ve got three and a half years he’s a lot more money. “If I can make him even better then that’s good security for the club.” Bolasie is set to feature at Watford on Sunday at the end of a week during which his fellow winger Wilfried Zaha has been the centre of attention. Pardew criticised the performance of Zaha after hauling him off at half-time at Tottenham last Sunday, but the 22-year-old responded by inspiring Palace to a 4-1 Capital One Cup win over Charlton in midweek. The 26-year-old was the subject of speculation over his future during the summer, with Tottenham heavily linked with his signature. But boss Alan Pardew insists there was no bid for the player despite some sparkling displays since his switch from Bristol City in 2012. Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie has agreed a new three-and-a-half-year contract. Zaha has yet to show the form which prompted Sir Alex Ferguson to make him his last major signing for Manchester United, and Pardew feels the player – like so many other youngsters – moved to a big club too early. “Manchester United took a risk, really, because he hadn’t done it at Premier League level,” Pardew added. “Maybe you could argue he needed a year in the Premier League to really develop and the year going to Manchester United set him back, there’s no doubt about that. “Sometimes I think these big clubs take players too early and they’re literally taking talent without consideration to how it’s going to work in the team. “At Manchester City you could look at a number of players; (Scott) Sinclair, (Jack) Rodwell. It’s very difficult to get it back. You’ve taken a very important year out of someone’s career. “Therefore, my job is to get him to understand the level of the Premier League and how to perform consistently. There’s no doubt he’s good enough for the Premier League – no doubt.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Would love to bowl to KP, Tendulkar, Richards & Ponting: Kagiso Rabada

first_imgNEW DELHI: Widely regarded as one of the best fast bowlers around, South Africas Kagiso Rabada was in high spirits on Friday evening as he interacted with the Delhi Capitals fans via an Instagram live session. The seamer spoke on a variety of topics, including reminiscing his early U-19 days, talking about an impressive IPL campaign last season, and how he is spending his time during lockdown in South Africa.”I haven’t had the chance to bowl yet or use the cricket facilities, but professional athletes are now allowed to use gyms here in South Africa, so I’m just doing enough to keep myself going. But I’m also really pleased that I’ve had such a long break from cricket after five years of continuous competition. I’ve really found it to be very relaxing,” Rabada said. Mentioning former greats he would’ve loved to bowl to. “I think Kevin Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar, Vivian Richards and Ricky Ponting would be the batsmen I would love to bowl to,” Rabada said. The 25-year-old has been keeping himself busy with a podcast he has started with a friend. “I’ve kept myself busy creatively. I’ve been working on a podcast called The Viral Wellness, with a friend, where we get experts to come and talk about wellness � physical, mental, educational � and both of us just try and have some fun with the script,” he said. Having injured his groin earlier this year, Rabada had to miss South Africa’s tour of India that had to be abandoned midway owing to the COVID-19 outbreak. “I would’ve been ready for the IPL in March. I had a tear in my groin, but I healed quite quickly, and believed I would have been able to play the IPL if it had started as scheduled,” he said. “It was something I was really looking forward to, especially after last season’s performance which was, no doubt, a huge motivator for all of us. It was also by far the most enjoyable season I’ve been part of.” Rabada added. Regarding the on-going talks on resuming cricket without fans, the South African said, “It’s going to be bizarre to play in empty stadiums, especially during international matches. But the world has to move on. There will still be tough competition when teams play, and people can still enjoy that on TV.” Widely known for being expressive on the field, the young bowler was also seen commenting on people’s perception of him. “A lot of people think I have a short temper. The thing is that sledging is a part of the game. No fast bowler is going to be nice to the batsman. But what we need to understand is that it’s never personal. After the game, you shake hands, respect each other’s crafts and move on,” he said. Replying to a fan’s question on what qualities he would want to have from other fast bowlers, Rabada said, “If I had to become a bowler by combining the best of all fast bowlers of all time, I’d pick the pace of Shoaib Akhtar, the bounce, line and length of Glenn McGrath, the aggression of Dale Steyn, and the swing of Jimmy Anderson that’s the bowler I would love to be!” IANSlast_img read more

Program for local students receives grant

first_imgNeighborhood students who dream of one day entering the Trojan family now have a little more support.The USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a program aimed at helping neighborhood students continue on to college, recently received a $250,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, an organization that awards money to non-profits in the fields of health, the environment, community development, arts and culture, education and human services.NAI is a six-year program that starts during middle school. The program works with students to assure placement at colleges or universities.The Kresge Foundation asked NAI to apply for the grant, according to NAI director Kim Thomas-Barrios. She said this is a reflection of the effectiveness of the NAI program.“Having Kresge just ask to apply is monumental,” Thomas-Barrios said. “Kresge awarded us the fund and had a firm belief in our program; they were really impressed with our students.”Thomas-Barrios said NAI plans to use the grant money to help fund a change to the program.Because Foshay High School is changing its schedule from year-round to traditional, the students from Manual Arts High School and Foshay will not be taking NAI classes together for the first time in 20 years. This requires more funding, and the grant money will be used to cover these funds.“We want to use this funding so that we can continue to provide the same level of services that we have had every year,” Thomas-Barrios said.NAI students take some of their classes on the USC campus, taught by teachers from their high school. This gives them a chance to experience learning in a college environment and, hopefully, helps grow enthusiasm about going to college.“We transport an entire population of high school students to the university for part of the day so that they are made to feel comfortable with the knowledge for admittance and persistence at a major university,” Thomas-Barrios said.Though the NAI program is aimed at getting students into college, it has a particular focus on USC. If a student is admitted to USC after graduating from NAI, the student receives a full financial aid package from the university.“It helped me get prepared for the whole switch from high school to college,” said Amarilis Bolanos, a USC sophomore who graduated from NAI in 2008. “I felt more prepared for my classes when I got to college.”Luis Maldonado, USC freshman and NAI graduate, said NAI kept him motivated to do well in high school.“I was impacted by not only the program but the people in the program; it gives students the opportunity to establish friendship and gave us an incentive to go to college,” he said. “It was a good program because it challenges us … The classes were held at USC and it gave us the feeling of a college environment.”Maldonado emphasized the significance NAI has on the surrounding community.“It helps kids find their paths, and that is important especially in low economic communities,” he said.last_img read more

UW’s Wurtz reaches 1,000-point milestone

first_imgThe past year has been a rollercoaster for fifth-year senior captain Taylor Wurtz.After only suiting up in five games last season, Wurtz grabbed a medical red shirt and sat out her senior year due to a back injury.  Sunday afternoon she returned to her team in the regular season opener in a 66-41 trouncing of Drake and inscribed her name into the Wisconsin women’s team’s record book by becoming the 22nd UW player to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, joining a special group of legends including Jolene Anderson, Jesse Stomski, and Tamara Moore, making for an even more intriguing tale of disappointment and triumph.The 2011-2012 third-team All Big Ten guard entered the game five points shy of the milestone. Wurtz, an excellent outside shooter, netted a jumper just inside the three-point line to extend the lead to 10-2 with 14:35 remaining in the first half. That was the first Wisconsin basket not scored by junior Michala Johnson, who made her impressive UW debut after transferring from the Connecticut and, like Wurtz, had to sit out the 2012-2013 campaign in accordance with the NCAA’s transfer rules.With both players unable to play last season, the two developed a close bond, both helping each other persevere through a frustrating time. Johnson explained that she kept thinking about the two of them being on the court in the future, and said that this prospect motivated her to work hard.“I could only practice with her and I always wished I could play with her this year,” Johnson said. “The circumstances provided us with this opportunity and we are definitely going to take advantage of it.”The jumper left her three points shy of 1,000, and with 8:51 to go in the half, Wurtz knocked down a three-pointer from the right wing to bring her to the exciting milestone. She has been a consistent three-point shooter throughout her career, converting 36.1 percent of her attempts from beyond the arc (162-of-449).Sophomore Dakota White started for the Badgers at point guard and led the squad with 18 points Sunday. She described her first encounter with Wurtz that led to her desire to play with the three-year captain.“She was my host when I came in as a recruit,” White said. “And when I was a freshman I always said ‘Oh, I want to play with Taylor,’ and now it’s actually happening and I want to work on getting some more assists for her [laughs].”Head Coach Bobbie Kelsey attributes Wurtz’s success to her work-ethic and her desire to be on the court with her teammates, and also says that it is her passion for the game that possibly led to her health issues last season.“Taylor’s work-ethic is second-to-none, I wish we could put her work-ethic into other bodies,” Kelsey quipped. “And we have to watch her, because sometimes she won’t say anything when she’s hurt … she’s not like the other kids who will go hide on a bike sometimes.”Kelsey also added that she is happy that one of her best players is back on the court and that she is excited for Wurtz to finish out her career as a Badger on her own healthy terms, rather than battling injuries.“She’s been a joy to coach,” Kelsey said. “She’s just a sponge, whatever you tell her, she’s going to try to do it the way you said it and loves basketball.”Wurtz finished Sunday’s game with 13 points and added seven rebounds and two assists.Following the game, with an ear-to-ear smile, she said that the milestone meant a lot to her but insists on focusing on the long season ahead, and most importantly, winning games.W“I never take basketball for granted,” Wurtz said. “I just want to put everything I have into this team and this last year.”last_img read more

Tottenham’s Injury-time Goal Sets up All-English Final

first_imgCHAMPIONS LEAGUELucas Moura scored a dramatic 96th-minute winner to cap an astonishing Tottenham fight-back against Ajax last night and set up an all-English UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool next month.Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Spurs made the worst possible start in Amsterdam when a towering fifth-minute header by 19-year-old Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt doubled the advantage for Erik ten Hag’s exciting young side. Tottenham hit the post through Son Heung-min before Hakim Ziyech doubled Ajax’s lead on the night with a sweeping finish after an assist by former Southampton winger Dusan Tadic.That left Spurs 3-0 behind on aggregate yet, in another pulsating semi-final, Mauricio Pochettino’s side scored twice within five minutes in the second half.Moura reduced the deficit with a composed finish before the Brazilian’s shot on the turn levelled the scores 2-2 on the night and left Spurs requiring one goal to reach the final in Madrid on 1 June.In a frantic finish, Vertonghen headed against the bar before Moura completed his hat-trick from 16 yards deep into stoppage time on a famous night for Spurs to qualify on the away goal rule.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lucas Moura and his teammates celebrating the great comeback and the away goal edge to reach the Champions League finallast_img read more

La Liga Esports and McDonald’s partner for eWorld Cup Qualifiers

first_imgJust a matter of days after La Liga announced plans for its very first esports competition, it’s confirmed a partnership with McDonald’s.Together they’ve created McDonald’s Virtual La Liga eSports – alongside with the Liga de Videojuegos Profesional (LVP) – which itself is set up to be a gateway competition to find a representative in the FIFA 18 eWorld Cup.The first stage of the online qualification process will kick off on March 19th for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players, and is open to anybody over the age of 16. It will be played on ArenaGG, a gaming platform from LVP. There are 32 places available for the in-person final stage: 16 from Xbox, 15 from PlayStation, and the final participant will qualify through an exclusive tournament ran by McDonald’s.The second part of the tournament is set to commence on April 16th, and will take place at the LVP venue in Barcelona. The 32 participants who qualify will compete each and every week until they’re knocked out of the tournament. The winner of each event will make it through to the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs. Players can sign up here. La Liga will also be partnering with department store El Corte Ingles, financial services company Allianz, car manufacturer Hyundai, and mobile network operator Orange for its first official foray into esports. Esports Insider says: It makes complete sense for La Liga to follow in the footsteps of other football leagues, such as Ligue 1, the Bundesliga, the Australian A-League, the MLS and others, in allowing the nation’s best players a chance to battle it out for a spot in the FIFA eWorld Cup. It’s a clever first move for La Liga Esports, and this collection of initial partners isn’t too shabby either.last_img read more

Angels ink reliever Daniel Hudson to minor league deal

first_imgRelated Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Over the previous three seasons, he had averaged 63 innings with a 4.46 ERA.Hudson goes into a bullpen mix with Cody Allen as the most experienced reliever. Hansel Robles, Ty Buttrey, Luis Garcia, Justin Anderson, Noé Ramírez, Williams Jerez and Taylor Cole are also likely to figure in the Angels’ bullpen plans. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Angels added an experienced reliever Friday by agreeing to a minor league deal with veteran Daniel Hudson, according to a source.Hudson, who spent last season with the Dodgers, will earn $1.5 million if he makes the team and he can earn another $1.5 million in incentives.Hudson, who turns 32 next month, has undergone two Tommy John surgeries, and he missed the last two months of the 2018 season with right forearm soreness.Before getting hurt, he had pitched 46 innings with a 4.11 ERA and 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

Clippers seek to sharpen focus during ‘dog days’ of winter

first_imgWhat’s that take?“Just mental toughness,” said Clippers guard Lou Williams, who said he appreciated the opportunity to break a sweat with his teammates at practice Wednesday after two days off to decompress and one long night with his very-awake infant son, Syx.“Just making sure everybody’s on the same page,” Williams added. “We just gotta do a good job of taking care of our bodies, managing your minutes, managing the things that you do off the court and be ready to go on game days.”It isn’t as if the Clippers (26-12), who currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference (they’re really not looking at that, they say) don’t have a sufficient incentive for maintaining their edge.“The biggest thing has to be what you want to do at the end, and if you can see the end, then you’ll get through this,” Rivers said. “If you understand Game 7 in L.A. is much better than Game 7 somewhere else, that’s gotta be your driving force.” Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ “He clearly earned it,” Rivers said of the 6-foot point guard, who is in his second season in the NBA and third as a pro. “I told him, ‘I don’t know if I can congratulate you. I mean, you shouldn’t be surprised, because you earned it.’ So I was very happy for him.”Added Williams: “I told him in training camp I think he’s done everything that he could possibly do to put himself in a great position to be on this basketball team. So for it to be solidified, I’m really happy for him. He fits this group well. He’s one of the guys. He’s part of the family now, and we’re happy to have him.”GREEN MOVING BETTERJaMychal Green said he’s still feeling the effects from a scary fall onto the court after crashing the offensive boards during the Clippers’ 150-125 victory over the Washington Wizards on Dec. 1.His rough landing was similar to Anthony Davis’ on Tuesday night, and it happened in almost the same place on the Clippers’ court at Staples Center. Green suffered a tailbone contusion that sidelined the 3-point-shooting power forward for nine games in their entirety and all but four minutes of another contest, when his attempt to play at Indiana was called off soon after it began.“I’m just about there,” Green said, before explaining what “just about” means to him: “I got a couple more months; they said it’s going to be sore for three or four months. (But) starting to feel like myself again, starting to be able to jump and move. Just getting better.”He said he saw a replay of Davis’ fall and thought, “yeah, I know that feeling. Just wish him the best.” PLAYA VISTA — Nobody’s counting (maybe), but there are 44 games left in the Clippers’ regular season.“It’s the dog days, you know, it really is,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “You look at scores around the league, you see some crazy scores right now.”One needn’t look far: The Clippers’ 105.8 defensive rating – eighth-best in the NBA – indicates they’re one of the league’s better defensive teams. Yet they gave up a combined 272 points in a couple of afternoons this past weekend, with a 140-114 loss to Memphis and a 135-132 victory over New York.“This is the tough part because you’re at the halfway point, but you have the whole half of the season left, still got All-Star break,” added Rivers, whose team is in the midst of a four-day respite before they host the Golden State Warriors on Friday. “But this is the stretch where you can drop games, and we’ve done that a couple times, so we gotta start practicing to get better.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img “Absolutely,” Williams said. “When you have so many games, it’s kind of hard to go over those things. You try to do as much as you can when you’re watching film, but to get out there, get a good sweat, get going and compete against each other, it just kind of reminds yourself what kind of group (this is).“Today was a great day for us.”WALTON ‘PART OF THE FAMILY’With his one-year, $1.4 million contract guaranteed for the rest of the season on Tuesday, Derrick Walton Jr. officially is in it for the full haul – which he should have figured, Rivers said.Related Articles Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

Football player walks off after being ridiculed by own fans

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serena Williams’ attitude defused dress code row, says French Open director Gabuza got up and, with the help of a team official, headed for the tunnel again.The 31-year-old Gabuza was being booed for some misses in front of goal early in the game. He has scored only eight goals in five years with Orlando Pirates, one of South Africa’s biggest clubs, and has been targeted for abuse by Pirates fans before. Yet, he has a good strike rate for South Africa’s national team, with six goals in 16 appearances.Orlando Pirates won the game against Black Leopards 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Before he left the field in Tuesday’s game in South Africa’s top division, Gabuza sarcastically applauded his team’s supporters and then made a signal referring to a substitution.As he headed to the tunnel, Gabuza was angrily confronted by his coach, Milutin Sredojevic, who shoved the player in the chest and shouted at him. Gabuza’s teammates also tried to pull him back onto the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The situation became even more bizarre when Gabuza returned to the side of the field early in the second half limping and with his right leg heavily bandaged, apparently injured.As he sat in the dugout, the referee came over and showed him a yellow card for removing his shirt in the first half, and a second yellow for leaving the field without permission, and sent him off. Thamsanqa Gabuza (top) from South Africa is tackled by Aurelien Cheudjou from Cameroon during the African Cup of Nations 2017 qualifier match at the Moses Mabhida stadium on March 29, 2016 in Durban. / AFP PHOTO / ANESH DEBIKYJOHANNESBURG — A national team football player in South Africa staged a walk-off midway through a club game after being ridiculed by his own fans, who were booing him and calling for him to be substituted in the first half.Striker Thamsanqa Gabuza set up a goal for Orlando Pirates near the end of the first half — an own-goal by opponent Black Leopards — when, in part celebration, part defiance, he took off his shirt, threw it at a section of his fans and walked off the field and down the tunnel.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Elderly man charged for larceny

first_imgAn elderly man on Friday made his appearance at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Christel Lambert charged with simple larceny.Rohit Persaud of West Coast Demerara (WCD) was charged along with Arjun Budram for the incident.Persaud, who was unrepresented in court, pleaded not guilty to the offense, which alleged that on May 4, 2016, at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD) he stole one cell phone valued $50,ooo. Budram did not appear in court.The court heard that on the day in question, Persaud along with Budram stole the phone from one Paul (only name given) and attempted to sell it to the Virtual Complainant (VC), Surain Persaud, an overseas based Guyanese.The VC told the court that he was approached by the two men who showed him the phone which he described as being in a gray casing, and asked him if he wanted to buy it.He told the men no but before the phone could be handed back to them, a bus pulled up collected the men and pulled off.The VC said he was left standing with the phone in his hand. He attempted to find the bus at the Vreed-en-Hoop Junction but was unsuccessful.In the process of trying to find the bus, the VC said the phone rang and he answered. The person he spoke with, ‘Paul’ the owner of the phone asked him to report to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police station which he did.After the matter was reported, both defendants were arrested and charged with the offense.The phone was then handed back to the owner.Magistrate Lambert asked the defendant if he would like to say anything in his defense to which he was refused.As such he was released on self-bail and will have to return to court on 6 June, 2016 for decision.last_img read more