Dalung, Pinnick, Ogba Grace Skoolimpics Final

first_imgIt was exciting final at the weekend when the curtain was finally drawn at the first edition of Heritage Bank – Lagos State Skoolimpics at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.The Minister for Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, led some other top dignitaries to the final among which was the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, even though the  event was not a football competition.The Athletic Federation of Nigeria President, Solomon Ogba, was not left out likewise former Commissioner for Sports in Ogun State, Bukola Olopade.The fun was unlimited as the children were treated to best of entertainment within and outside the main bowl.Apart from the normal finals in the boys and girls 100m and 400m, there were races involving staff of some of the branches of the bank while the entertainers presents were not left out of the race.Top comedians like Ali Baba, Omo Baba, and others raced against each other with Super Sports presenter, Mosez Praiz, deciding to run with his back adding to the fun already exhibited by others.Speaking during the final, the minister applauded the ingenuity of Heritage Bank for organising the event as he appealed to other corporate bodies to emulate the bank.“This is what we are talking about, this is the way to go in order to develop sports in the country,” he said.“Heritage Bank and their other partners have started it, let others join them to make sports great again in Nigeria.”Heritage Bank brand ambassador for Skoolimpics, Mary Onyali, said it was a dream comes true for her as she praised the organisers for taking the bull by the horn.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Liverpool’s Title Bid Falters After Score Draw At Newcastle

first_imgRelated Liverpool lost further ground in the title race after they were forced to a 1-1 draw by hosts Newcastle United in their Matchday 7 English Premier League (EPL) clash at the Sports Direct Arena.Little Brazilian magician Philippe Coutinho scored a magnificent strike to give Liverpool the lead in the 29th minute but that lead didn’t last for long as Joselu capitalised on the uncertainty in the Reds’ backline to grab an equaliser for the home side nine minutes from the interval. The second half didn’t record any goal as both sides settled for a point apiece.With the result,  Liverpool move from 8th to 7th position with 12 points from 7 games while Newcastle United remain in 9th spot after amassing 10 points from the first 7 league matches.last_img read more

NWHL 2019 Isobel Cup Final: Beauts with momentum, aim for history Sunday

first_imgWhat a night! #IsobelCup pic.twitter.com/PS49iPSGUL— Buffalo Beauts (@BuffaloBeauts) March 10, 2019Back in June, Pegula Sports and Entertainment — the owners of the Buffalo Beauts — made tidal waves when they signed 2018 Olympians Dani Cameranesi, Nicole Hensley and Shannon Szabados and re-signed star rookies, Maddie Elia and Hayley Scamurra. Two months later, the Beauts grabbed headlines again when they signed Team USA star Emily Pfalzer and former Boston Pride All-Star defender Blake Bolden.The star-studded roster made Buffalo an early favorite for the Isobel Cup but then the regular season got off to an underwhelming start as the squad went 3-3-0. Then, on Dec. 7, coaches Ric Seiling and Craig Muni were relieved of their duties. Former Buffalo Sabres forward Cody McCormick assumed the role of head coach and acting general manager Nik Fattey joined him behind the bench as an assistant. One month later, John Vogl of the Athletic reported that Fattey had resigned as the team’s general manager. McCormick took up the mantle of general manager on Jan. 11.Changes continue with the Buffalo Beauts. GM Nik Fattey has left the team one month after the firing of coaches Ric Seiling and Craig Muni. pic.twitter.com/wpZMvB5EMI— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) January 8, 2019Just five days after McCormick was given his new position, the Buffalo News reported that Fattey and fellow HarborCenter executive Michael Gilbert resigned due to allegations of sexual harassment. Fattey denied those allegations through his attorney.Despite the changes, the Beauts carried on and won. Buffalo went on a seven-game win streak beginning Dec. 30 and the wave of momentum persisted even after the mid-season departures of blueline staples Sarah Edney and Sarah Casorso. In fact, the 4-0 semifinal victory against Boston on March 9 was Buffalo’s eighth victory in the last nine games and secured the team’s perfect 8-0-0 record at HarborCenter this year.🚨: @EmilyPfalzer🍏: @HScamurra🍎: @DaniCam92-0 Beauts | 3:58 | 2nd pic.twitter.com/jeer4RWj4v— Buffalo Beauts (@BuffaloBeauts) March 10, 2019The Beauts’ offense is powered by the best first line in the NWHL. Elia, who serves as the center, is an MVP finalist while her wingers — Scamurra and Cameranesi — have both been named to Team USA’s roster for the IIHF 2019 Women’s World Championship. As a trio, Elia, Scamurra and Cameranesi scored a combined 26 goals in the regular season, which is four more goals than the entire Connecticut Whale roster this season.With a high-powered line, add in this stat: before McCormick stepped behind the bench, the Beauts averaged 31.50 shots for per 60 minutes (SF60) and 23.67 shots against per 60 minutes (SA60). At the end of the regular season, those rates had improved to 33.95 SF60 and 21.60 SA60. No NWHL team generated more shots on goal or allowed fewer shots on goal than McCormick’s Beauts. Needless to say, this team is a well-oiled machine. Now, as impressive as the Beauts’ offense is, the team’s greatest strength is its defense and goaltending. Szabados is universally considered the best goaltender in the world and has the numbers to prove it. The Goaltender of the Year and Newcomer of the Year finalist stopped all 31 shots she faced in the Isobel Cup Semifinal. She was the only goaltender to shutout the Boston Pride this season. After dismantling the Boston Pride in the Isobel Cup Semifinals, the Buffalo Beauts will be playing in the NWHL’s Isobel Cup Final for the fourth consecutive season.A friendly reminder, the NWHL has only been in existence for four seasons. SHANNON FREAKING SZABADOS WITH THE GLOVE!!! 🔥😱 #NWHL pic.twitter.com/qLvKRUL1GX— Women’s Sports Highlights (@WSportHilites) December 29, 2018Playing in front of Szabados and her goaltending partner Nicole Hensley might be the best defensive pair in professional women’s hockey. Bolden and Pfalzer are a smooth-skating duo who are just as good with the puck as they are without it. Bolden finished the season as one of the league’s top scoring defenders and recently received a nod as a finalist for the league’s Defender of the Year.“We both have a lot of trust in each other,” Bolden told Sporting News at the close of the regular season regarding her chemistry with Pfalzer. “We played with each other at Boston College, so we’re a great match. We have a lot of fun out there on the ice.”With the Isobel Cup Final just days away, momentum and confidence are definitely on Buffalo’s side. The squad is now one win away from further establishing itself as the NWHL’s premier franchise and the only club with two Isobel Cup titles. However, they’ll face a tough task, because regardless of who emerges as the victor of Friday’s semifinal between the Metropolitan Riveters and Minnesota Whitecaps, the Beauts will have to do something they didn’t do all season — win a game in Minnesota.last_img read more

What future for sport and sponsors after the coronavirus lockdown?

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Should spectators be allowed to attend events, one consequence of coronavirus is likely to be strict social-distancing measures being imposed if the Olympics and Euro 2020 take place next year.Martin Sorrell, the British founder of advertising giant WPP, who sits on the IOC Communications Commission, says the Tokyo organisers are in a race against the clock.“I think it will be nip and tuck because you have to plan it so far ahead, from now really, and make adjustments which is for something very complex.”“Same thing for Euro 2021,” he added. “Will the organisers be right to play it behind closed doors or reduce audience participation?”Terrence Burns, a former IOC marketing executive who since leaving his role has been pivotal in five successful Olympic bid city campaigns, says imposing restrictions on spectators would rob major events of “part of their mystique and appeal”.Burns is upbeat about the future for sponsors but expects them to choose projects more carefully.“Sports will always be a major component of marketing and promotional strategy for brands because of its emotive efficacy,” he said.“Having said that, I expect the ‘sponsor universe’ not necessarily to shrink, but certainly to become more prudent and more exacting as it looks ahead where to spend its money.“This means sports will have to work harder, in some cases re-invent themselves, to attract sponsorship dollars that in the past were more of a sure thing.”– Fans desperate –Ecclestone, who ran F1 for decades, says the ordinary fan’s wish is rather simpler.“At the moment what has the family to talk about but coronavirus?” he told AFP.“It is hardly very uplifting and something you want to discuss, but people do discuss how it is affecting them or the best way to avoid getting it.”While “none of us have a clue” about the science of the virus “people do have knowledgeable opinions on sport, who their favourite competitors are or who will win.“As soon as it returns in that respect, the better for people’s morale.” The Bundesliga is back in action but global sport faces a huge challenge after the coronavirus shutdownLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Global sport is facing the “mother of all wake-up calls” as it emerges from the coronavirus lockdown, with uncertainty over what the landscape for participants and sponsors will look like.Former head of Olympic marketing Michael Payne believes that although “it will be very painful pulling through it”, sport will nevertheless emerge “healthier and stronger”.While a leading advertising industry figure warns it will be “nip and tuck” for the organisers of the rearranged Euro 2021 football championships and the Tokyo Olympics, former Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has told AFP the ordinary fan will just be glad to have the diversion of live sport again.Apart from a few exceptions — the sideshows of football in Belarus or racing in Hong Kong and Australia — sport has been at a standstill since mid-March as the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe, claiming more than 370,000 lives. Only now is it edging back to action.Payne, who was widely credited with transforming the finances of the International Olympic Comittee through sponsorship, said such an unexpected crisis had caught sport woefully unprepared.“Whether it’s international sports federations, football clubs or F1 teams, many were living way beyond their financial means,” he said in an interview with AFP.“Very few bodies or organisations had funds set aside for a rainy day.“This has been the mother of all wake-up calls.”The 62-year-old Irishman says to learn lessons he always draws on the biggest crisis he experienced — the Olympic Salt Lake City scandal in 1999.For three months he went to work wondering whether the IOC would see the day out.“Top business leaders at the time told me a measure of leadership is how you take advantage of a crisis so ultimately you will come through stronger,” he said.“It was very painful at the time but eventually I look back and say a lot of good came out of that.”Payne says similar leadership — and tough and unpopular decisions — are required now.“Major changes can and will need to be driven through that perhaps would not otherwise have been able to be pushed through if everyone was sitting in their comfort zone.“What might have been previously politically unacceptable could now be possible. Sport will be leaner and stronger for it.”Football clubs will need to rein in their spending as money from ticket sales “will take quite a while to come back”.“In the interim, clubs, event organisers and federations are going to require some serious financial engineering to manage the business,” he said.– Distancing –last_img read more

The Telegraph joins England Golf Awards sponsors

first_img5 Mar 2019 The Telegraph joins England Golf Awards sponsors England Golf is delighted to announce that The Telegraph has joined the sponsors for its prestigious 2019 Awards.The multimedia news brand will add its name to the much-prized Lifetime Service Award, which celebrates someone who has made a remarkable contribution to golf over many years.The winner will be announced at the England Golf Awards 2019, sponsored by adidas Golf, at the Royal Lancaster London on Thursday 21 March.Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, said: “We are absolutely delighted that The Telegraph is joining us to celebrate all that’s great about golf in England and, in particular, to recognise someone who has made a real difference to the game, over many years.“The Telegraph’s involvement will help us to raise the profile of the awards and the fantastic work being done by our members, volunteers, clubs, counties and coaches.”Adam Sills, Head of Sport at The Telegraph, said: “I’m delighted we are sponsoring this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and supporting these awards, which really highlight the contributions made by many to the success of the game in England.”This is the third year the England Golf Awards have been held and the black-tie gala dinner is a must-attend date for everyone who cares about golf. It offers a chance to hear about the outstanding achievements of the finalists and to applaud the winners.Last year’s winner of the Lifetime Service Award was Leicestershire coach Anders Mankert who has changed lives through golf. He was celebrated for the difference he has made to blind and visually impaired golfers and to young players making their way in the game.The 2017 winner was Somerset’s Jenny Hobbs, about whom it was said: “If she had been paid for the hours given to golf she would be a rich woman.”The other Award categories are:Innovation Award sponsored by Players 1stMost Welcoming Club of the Year, sponsored by HowdididoCoach of the year, sponsored by The PGAYoung Ambassador of the Year, in association with the Golf FoundationVolunteer of the yearPerformance of the YearCounty of the YearChampionship Venue of the Year Tags: England Golf Awards 2019, grassroots golf, Lifetime Service Award, The Telegraphlast_img read more

Sunday’s special: A big helping of Pot Roast

first_imgDenver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton talks with reporters during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — When defensive end Jeremy Mincey signed with Denver last month, he couldn’t believe defensive tackle Terrance Knighton had tried to ditch his nickname “Pot Roast.”“I’m like, ‘Dude, that’s a great name. Like, it makes you seem colossal,” Mincey recounted.The 6-foot-3 330-pound Knighton has sure come up huge for the Broncos in the playoffs.Knighton, who was teammates with Mincey in Jacksonville from 2009-12, helped hold New England’s bruising running back LeGarrette Blount to 6 yards on five carries in the AFC Championship a week after his four-TD game against Indianapolis.Knighton also dumped Tom Brady for a sack on a crucial fourth down, then busted out some smooth dance moves.“He had an outstanding game,” Mincey said. “He’s a good player, man. Listen, he’s always been like that. It didn’t surprise me. It might have surprised a lot of people, but it didn’t surprise me.”The Broncos could use an encore performance out of Knighton against Seattle Seahawks running back Marshall Lynch and elusive quarterback Russell Wilson in the Super Bowl so that Peyton Manning and his record-shattering offense can get on the field to do their thing.Mincey said he expects a gargantuan game out of his buddy, big enough, he said, to make “Pot Roast” as much a part of Super Bowl lore as William “The Refrigerator” Perry.“Dude, dude, there’s no limits to this kid, man. He’s phenomenally athletic. He can run for his size. He’s very intelligent. I mean, he’s basically built for this game,” Mincey said. “I don’t know what other way to put it, he’s built for this game.”As for his nickname, Knighton, a fifth-year pro out of Temple, said he was so ready to start anew after so many losing seasons in Jacksonville that when he signed his two-year, $4.5 million deal in Denver, he even wanted a new moniker.At his introductory news conference, he asked for suggestions on Twitter. Nobody came up with anything better, but some of his teammates in Denver did start calling him T-Knight — until Mincey arrived in mid-December after his release from the Jaguars.“I didn’t know he was re-establishing himself or trying to get away from that name,” Mincey said. “I think they got back to it when I first got here and I’m like, ‘Yeah, it’s an honor playing with my boy Pot Roast again.”Mincey told him to embrace it.“I said, ‘Dude, you get a nickname in the NFL, man, take it and run with it.”And so he has — even though he’s not really a huge fan of the dish. He said he’s only had it twice, once during his rookie season in Jacksonville in 2009 and again earlier this month when he took Denver’s entire defensive line out to dinner.Like any good nickname, Knighton didn’t get to choose it himself. It was bestowed upon him by former Jaguars linebacker Clint Ingram on a flight home from Seattle his rookie year.“It was a six-hour flight, guys are tired, plane is dark and the lady is walking down the aisle saying, ‘Pot roast? Pot roast? And I’m like, ‘Right here. My teammate behind me was like, ‘You’re saying that like that’s your name. I’m going to call you ‘Pot Roast.’ And then it stuck with me,” Knighton recounted.“It was either that or shrimp alfredo. So, I’m glad I got that.”___AP NFL website:  www.pro32.ap.org___Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapletonlast_img read more

Mechanic who caught fire while discharging fuel succumbs

first_img…employer denies claim of explosionThe mechanic who caught fire in the Frenchman Hill area, Upper Essequibo River Road, some two weeks ago while attempting to discharge fuel from a tanker has succumbed at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Shawhinshaw AlleyShawhinshaw Ally, called “Imty”, 35, of Plot H22 Left Bank Tabatinga Drive, Lethem, reportedly caught fire on June 23.Guyana Times understands that on June 23, Ally, along with a porter called “Jerry”, left Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and was heading for Lethem.However, upon arrival at the Frenchman Trail, it was discovered that the trail was blocked owing to a broken bridge.After several days had elapsed without the bridge being fixed, Ally, along with two other lorry drivers, decided to use another route through the Frenchman Hill area.The route, however, was steep which caused Ally to encounter yet another setback. He and other persons had to use ropes in order to pull the fuel tanker truck with licence plate GRR 1622 over a hill.While being pulled with a wire rope, the motor lorry toppled down the hill falling onto its side.Reports are after making contact with his employer, Marlon Johnson, Ally was instructed to wait for his arrival.When Johnson arrived at the scene of the accident, the men decided to discharge the fuel from the tanker into another truck.However, reports are while discharging the fuel using an electrical fuel pump which was powered by a generator, the pump encountered issues causing Ally to take the hose out from the tanker and put it into a barrel.While doing so, the mouth of the hose flipped causing fuel to spill onto him and the generator at the same time causing a fire which engulfed Ally.This publication understands that the man began to scream which caused his colleagues to run to his assistance and attempted to put the fire out.However, this initially proved futile as Ally’s clothing was covered in gasoline. After some time, the workers managed to douse the flames and they quickly rushed him to the Mabura Health Centre; he was later taken to the Linden Hospital Complex.While there he was visited by Police ranks to whom he conveyed what had occurred.The severely burnt man was treated for third-degree burns and later rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where he succumbed on Friday last.On Sunday, his employer refuted claims that there was an explosion.“While at this time, emotions are high, understandably, we simply ask that there be pursuit of truth in the circumstances of the incident and Imty’s demise.  There was no explosion of fuel truck as is alleged, and Imty was questioned by the Police on the incident at the Mabura Hill Health Centre, Linden Hospital and at the Georgetown Public Hospital.  I have cooperated fully with the Police in providing information on what occurred, having been present, and have given the names of other eyewitnesses,” the dead man’s employer, Johnson, said in a statement.The Police visited the scene of the incident and are said to be investigating.last_img read more

Karlovic aces past No. 2 Blake

first_imgUnseeded Croatian Ivo Karlovic upset second-seeded American James Blake 6-7 (4), 7-6 (11), 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the SAP Open on Thursday in San Jose. Karlovic, who’s ranked 103rd in the world, used 29 aces to beat the sixth-ranked Blake. Top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain knocked out France’s Nicolas Devilder 6-2, 6-4 in the second round. Ferrero, who is ranked 27th, beat the 104th-rated Devilder, who reached the second round for the first time this year. The 27-year-old Spaniard, with 11 career titles, had four aces and held off a late second-set rally to beat Devilder. Three-time French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten lost to Brazilian colleague Flavio Saretta 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in a rain-delayed match. Saretta will face No. 3 seed Nicholas Almagro of Spain in the quarterfinals. Open 13 Sixth-seeded Richard Gasquet and No. 7 Marcos Baghdatis won second-round matches in straight sets and reached the quarterfinals of the indoor tournament in France. Gasquet of France – the highest remaining seeded player – had four breaks of serve in his 7-6 (2), 6-2 win over countryman Marc Gicquel, while Baghdatis of Cyprus beat Cyril Saulnier of France 6-4, 6-3. Diamond Games Two-time defending champion Amelie Mauresmo beat fellow Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano 7-6 (6), 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the Diamond Games in Belgium. The top-seeded Mauresmo, ranked No. 3 on the WTA Tour, struggled against the 85th ranked Razzano. Mauresmo trailed 5-2 in the first-set tiebreaker before prevailing, and was behind 4-1 in the second set before clawing back, claiming victory on her fifth match point. She will play sixth-seeded Russian Dinara Safina on Friday. Also, third-seeded Nadia Petrova beat Vera Zvonareva of Russia 7-6 (2), 6-4. Bangalore Open Defending champion Mara Santangelo rallied to defeat Akgul Amanmuradova 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the second round in India. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Karlovic saved five match points in the second tiebreaker before winning the set on a 13-11 tiebreaker. In the final set, the 6-foot-10 Karlovic used 12 aces to throw Blake off his game. Karlovic next faces fifth-seeded Mardy Fish, who defeated Sam Warburg 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. center_img Blake had Karlovic down 30-love in the second set while leading 5-4, but Karlovic came back to tie the match 5-5 and win it in the tiebreaker. In earlier matches, Hyung-Taik Lee, Benjamin Becker and Vincent Spadea also reached the quarterfinals. Lee beat Simon Greul 6-2, 7-6, Becker downed Bjorn Phau 7-6, 1-6, 6-3 and Spadea outlasted Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-5, 7-6. The quarterfinals will feature Spadea, ranked 64th in the world, playing the winner of the match between Sam Querrey and top-seeded Andy Roddick. Lee will face defending champion Andy Murray, and Becker will play the winner of the match between fourth-seeded Marat Safin and Lu Yen-hsun. Brazil Open last_img read more

Five talking points ahead of the EPL kick-off

first_img0Shares0000Catch us if you can: Manchester City are favourites to retain their Premier League title © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – The Premier League roars back into action on Friday after another frenetic summer of transfer spending in the richest league in the world.Champions Manchester City are favourites to become the first side in a decade to retain the title. However, hopes are high that Liverpool can end a near three-decade wait to win the league. Chaotic off-seasons for Manchester United and Chelsea could undermine their challenge, while there is an air of optimism for a new era at Arsenal.Here, AFP Sport looks at five things to look out for in the Premier League this season.Third-season syndrome for MourinhoFrustrated figure: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has endured an unhappy pre-season © AFP / Christof STACHEManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure throughout pre-season, consistently lashing out at a lack of signings.Tension between the Portuguese and a number of key players is also simmering. Mourinho has publicly criticised captain Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial, while his relationship with Paul Pogba remains frosty after dropping one of the heroes of France’s World Cup win repeatedly last season.Rising tension with the club’s hierarchy and his squad before the season even begins is eerily reminiscent of Mourinho’s disastrous third seasons in both his second spell at Chelsea and his stint with Real Madrid.In those campaigns Mourinho lost his job having won the league the season before. At United he isn’t even starting from that position of strength having failed to win a trophy last year.As fiercest rivals City and Liverpool strengthen for an anticipated shootout for the title, the ingredients are in place for another Mourinho meltdown at Old Trafford.City still the benchmarkSerial winners: Manchester City added the Community Shield to Premier League and League Cup trophies won under Pep Guardiola © AFP / Ian KINGTONChampions City remain the team to beat after smashing a litany of records in romping to the title.Unlike Pep Guardiola’s first two summers in charge, City haven’t blown the competition out of the water financially, although they have increased their attacking options with Riyad Mahrez for a club-record £60 million fee.But they haven’t needed to after assembling a huge amount of young talent in recent years.Even more will be expected of the likes of Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus this season, while Benjamin Mendy’s return from a long-term knee injury solves City’s one issue last season at left-back.Will Sarri be given time?Maurizio Sarri has been handed little time to impose his style on Chelsea © AFP / Ian KINGTONChelsea are playing catch up from the off after delaying their move to sack Antonio Conte and hire Maurizio Sarri until four weeks before the start of the season.Sarri moulded Napoli into one of the most attractive sides to watch in Europe in three seasons, earning rave reviews from City boss Guardiola in particular.However, his high pressing and slick passing style requires a lot of work on the training ground. With many of Chelsea’s key players only returning to training this week after their World Cup exertions, the Italian hasn’t been afforded much time to impose his ideas.Chelsea’s lack of forward planning was also evident in a late rush for a replacement for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who left for Real Madrid on Wednesday. The giant Belgian’s successor, Kepa Arrizabalaga, will be the most expensive goalkeeper ever once he completes a £71-million move from Athletic Bilbao.Sarri should be able to call upon Eden Hazard, Willian and N’Golo Kante despite speculation over their futures at Stamford Bridge.New era for ArsenalUnai Emery has big shoes to fill as Arsene Wenger’s successor after 22 years in charge at Arsenal © AFP / Jonathan NACKSTRANDIn contrast, Unai Emery was swiftly sworn in as Arsene Wenger’s successor at the Emirates and has clearly targeted building from the back as his first priority to get the Gunners back in contention for the top four.The recruitment of goalkeeper Bernd Leno, experienced defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner and tough-tackling Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira should provide a stiffer backbone.And there is plenty to be excited about going forward with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette united for a full season for the first time.Emery has been handed a baptism of fire with City and Chelsea in his first two games in charge.However, there is the possibility for a fast start with Arsenal far less affected by late returns to pre-season from the World Cup than their competitors in the top six.No limits for newcomersLofty ambitions: Wolves have signed Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio © AFP / MARTIN BUREAUThe ambition for most newly-promoted sides is simply to retain their Premier League status, but Wolves and Fulham’s moves in the transfer market suggest they are aiming for a top-half finish on their returns to the top flight.Wolves have again utilised their close connections to super agent Jorge Mendes to snap up experienced Portuguese internationals Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho.Fulham beat off stiff competition for Ivorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri and have also spent big on making Aleksandr Mitrovic’s loan move from Newcastle permanent and Alfie Mawson, as well as a loan move for German international Andre Schuerrle.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgNorthern Lights by Martina GardinerEVERY great snapper has been out and about in north Donegal on recent nights, waiting for a break in the clouds to see the Northern Lights.And just look what photographer Martina Gardiner found – a night sky at Dunaff Head in Inishowen lit up by a kaleidoscope of colours dazzling the eyes.It’s just the latest display which has had tourists flocking to the county in the past 12 months hoping to catch a glimpse of the Aurora phenomena which can normally only be seen further north in Scandanavia and the Arctic. Said Martina: “It was a bit of a waiting game at Dunaff Head but eventually the rain stopped, clouds parted and the sky lit up with another fantastic aurora show.“It was incredible.”Experts say clearer skies later in the week may be another opportunity to see the Northern Lights.Northern Lights by Martina GardinerIncredible: Northern Lights by Martina Gardiner   MARTINA’S INCREDIBLE SNAPS OF NORTHERN LIGHTS SHOW IN SKIES ABOVE DONEGAL was last modified: March 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:martina gardiner photographyMARTINA’S INCREDIBLE SNAPS OF NORTHERN LIGHTS SHOW IN SKIES ABOVE DONEGALlast_img read more