Watford complete signing of Mario Suarez from Fiorentina

first_img Mario Suarez 1 Watford have completed the signing of Spanish international midfielder Mario Suarez.The 28-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Vicarage Road and joins from Serie A side Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee, understood to be around £4million.The transfer was confirmed on the official Watford website after the Hornets had progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest.Suarez started his career at Atletico Madrid before having loan spells at Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo and completing a permanent switch to Mallorca in 2008.The three-times capped Spain international made 64 appearances for Mallorca before returning to Atletico two years later in a deal worth £1.8million euros.Back in Madrid, where he spent one season under current Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, he played 180 games in five years and won Primera Division, Europa League and Copa del Rey winners’ medals.Suarez joined Fiorentina last July where he made 13 appearances, scoring one goal.“I am very happy to be here because it is a dream come true to play in the Premier League,” Suarez told the official club website.“I am very excited with the project of the club, to be trained again by Quique and to start playing for Watford.”Sanchez Flores said on Thursday that Suarez’s imminent arrival was a statement of intent for the Hornets, who lie in 10th place in the Barclays Premier League with 32 points from 23 games following their promotion from the Sky Bet Championship last season.“I think the amazing news for Watford is that we have the possibility to convince players to come here,” Sanchez Flores said.“It means Watford is improving a lot in the last years.“The players are really clever and they have a lot of information.“Before they come to Watford they know everything – the owner, the players, the squad, the staff, the fans – so, when they decide ‘okay, I want to go to Watford’ it is because the conditions are really good.“There are a lot of teams in the Premier League with a lot of history so if they decide to come here it is amazing for us.”last_img read more

Higgins blasts his way to another win

first_imgKilburn middleweight Alan Higgins made it three stoppage victories out of three by knocking out Italian Matteo Cecchetto in the second round at York Hall in Bethnal Green.It followed a first-round win on his professional debut and another explosive display when he travelled to Finland to stop Richard Hadju in two rounds.The 24-year-old had a three-inch height advantage over the 5ft 9in Cecchetto and made it count, keeping his distance before taking his opponent out.See also:Higgins’ victory in 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

More people with access to safe water

first_imgThe government had not yet managed to eliminate the use of bucket toilets, although its use had dropped from 2.5% to 0.8% over the reference period. Stats SA said this was because as soon as government got rid of bucket toilets in one area, another new settlement without proper sanitation would spring up. Relationship between quality and payment 1 September 2011 Thirty-thousand households were surveyed in face-to-face interviews. “This could possibly be attributed to an increase in informal dwellings in the large metropolitan areas of Gauteng making it difficult for the metropolitan councils to keep up with the need for safe water supply services,” the report said. Having access to water does not mean that safe water is easy to access. Only 45% of those with access to water actually had it in their dwellings. Limpopo province was the worst-off at 14%, followed by North West at 25% and Mpumalanga at 29%. “There is therefore a relationship between water quality and probability to pay for water services.” Payment for municipal water services had declined nationally, from 62% in 2002 to 47% in 2010. It was unclear exactly why, but could be due to the tough economic conditions since 2008 and an increase in government support for indigent households, Stats SA said. Ninety-three percent of South African households had access to safe water in 2010, Statistics SA said on Tuesday.center_img These figures do not take into account the distance people had to travel to reach water, and regarded safe water as piped, tap and borehole water. In 2010, 59% of households used flush toilets connected to a public sewerage system. This was up from 56% in 2002. Households with no toilet facilities dropped from ten percent in 2002 to five percent in 2010. Gauteng, the country’s fastest-growing province, had shown a steady decline in households with access to water since 2004, with the lowest percentage in 2010, at 89%. “Households who did not pay for their water were more likely to say that their water had a bad taste, was not safe and had bad smells compared to those who did pay,” Stats SA found. The Eastern Cape had the lowest access to safe water in 2010 at 74%. It had, however, shown remarkable progress from 59% access in 2002, the report said. The Western Cape had the best access in 2010, at 99%. This had improved from 88.7% in 2002, according to statistics in the General Household Survey. Sapalast_img read more

Climate Change Challenges the Human Imagination

first_imgWe live in strange times. It’s clear that our politicians have been remarkably inept at addressing the climate change crisis. Scientists tell us that we have already injected so much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that, especially in light of the ineptitude of political leadership, it is almost certainly too late for the human race to avoid environmental catastrophe.In short, the chain of events we have set in motion is in all likelihood irreversible.While most of us know these facts, we busy ourselves with other concerns. We have to pick up a dozen eggs on the way home from work. We need to stop at a garage to get the oil changed. We need to reschedule an upcoming dentist appointment.The tension between our everyday concerns and the certainty of climate change — an impending catastrophe that is largely unaddressed — creates a type of insanity. Our insanity is socially acceptable, because we all share it.How do we understand this tension? Scientists have tried to help us achieve understanding by using data and argument, but these scientists have failed — at least if success is measured by counting the number of politicians who display leadership skills, or by a tally of effective actions taken to address the crisis.We are facing an existential challenge: a moral challenge as well as a challenge of the imagination.Perhaps the human soul can only approach an understanding of these issues through art or myth. While art and myth are unlikely to result in reduced carbon emissions, they may help heal our broken souls as we march forward into our uncertain future.Art and myth are the usual ways we explain geologic time. These days, as geologic time becomes suddenly compressed — as glaciers that have endured for millennia melt in a matter… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

10 months agoWolves confident deal for Chelsea striker Abraham will get all-clear

first_imgWolves confident deal for Chelsea striker Abraham will get all-clearby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves are confident their deal for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is on.The Mirror says Wolves have made the England striker a prime January target and are keen on taking the 21-year-old from Stamford Bridge in a potential £18million deal.Abraham has starred for Aston Villa on loan in the Championship this season, scoring 16 goals in 20 games.Wolves officials have been working to ascertain whether Abraham would be eligible to play for the club this season, having already featured for both Villa and Chelsea. He also featured in a Premier League 2 match against Derby County, leading to questions over his eligibility.But Wolves can cite precedent, such as Liam Walsh, who played for Birmingham City, Bristol City and Everton’s U-23 side last season, but whose switch to the Robins was allowed by the FA – without help from FIFA. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Bovada Releases Its 2015 Heisman Odds, Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott The Favorite

first_imgScreen Shot 2015-01-30 at 12.47.37 PMYour 2015 Heisman favorite.It’s time to start marketing your best players for the Heisman, college football programs. The initial 2015 Heisman odds have been released by Bovada.        The favorite? Ohio State junior-to-be running back Ezekiel Elliott, who ran through Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon while leading the Buckeyes to the 2014 national championship. Elliott isn’t the only Buckeye player listed. All three Ohio State quarterbacks are contenders for the award, too. Here’s the full list: Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott – 6/1Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott – 7/1LSU RB Leonard Fournette – 7/1TCU QB Trevone Boykin – 15/2USC QB Cody Kessler – 12/1Georgia RB Nick Chubb – 12/1UCLA RB Paul Perkins – 12/1Ohio State QB Cardale Jones – 14/1Alabama RB Derrick Henry – 14/1Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine – 14/1Ohio State QB J.T Barrett – 16/1Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson – 16/1Ohio State QB Braxton Miller – 18/1Michigan State QB Connor Cook – 20/1Wisconsin RB Corey Clement – 25/1Arizona State RB D.J. Foster – 25/1Oregon RB Royce Freeman – 25/1Miami QB Brad Kaaya – 33/1Florida State RB Dalvin Cook – 33/1Pittsburgh RB James Connor – 33/1Clemson QB Deshaun Watson – 33/1Georgia Tech RB Justin Thomas – 33/1Arizona RB Nick Wilson – 33/1Baylor QB Seth Russell – 33/1Oklahoma State RB Mason Rudolph – 40/1North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett – 50/1Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd – 50/1California QB Jared Goff – 50/1North Carolina QB Marquise Williams – 50/1Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell – 66/1Arizona LB Scooby Wright – 66/1Who will you be betting on? [Bovada]last_img read more

Bucks top Penn State Northwestern fall to Michigan in quad meet

After the men’s swimming and diving team wrapped up its four-team quadrangular meet with Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern on Saturday, coach Bill Wadley said there was not a guy on his team who did not give his very best. Unfortunately for Wadley and the No. 9 Buckeyes, points are not awarded for moral victories.The men’s team fell for the first time in its dual-meet season Saturday, losing to No. 7 Michigan 197.5-135.5. However, the weekend was not a total loss, as the Buckeyes managed to outscore Penn State 263-70 and Northwestern 263-37.  In comparison to last year’s Big Ten Championships, Wadley believes his squad is picking up ground on Wolverines.“They won Big Ten’s by 300 points last year,” Wadley said. “I feel good about the effort our guys gave, and I think in time we’ll close the gap.”If the Buckeyes could have pulled out some of the closer races, the score might have turned out differently. Nevertheless, OSU’s only individual win on Saturday was sophomore Andrew Elliott’s win in the 100 breaststroke.“There’s a lot of room for improvement,” Wadley said. “We’ve got to win the close races. When you lose the close races, those points add up.”After the Buckeyes captured an exhilarating victory in the 400 freestyle relay to end Friday’s portion of the meet, Elliott teamed with junior Elliott Keefer, freshman Tim Phillips and senior Joel Elber to win the 200 medley relay to start Saturday’s events. “I’m really happy [with how I swam],” Elliott said. “I tried to help the team as best I could today. Hopefully we can carry this momentum into Big Ten’s.”Any comeback hopes after the quick start faded after Michigan promptly rebounded by sweeping the 500 freestyle and taking first and second in the 100 butterfly. The Wolverines would add four more individual event victories to pull away from OSU.“We are just a step behind Michigan,” Wadley said. “They’ve got a couple of world-class athletes [on the team].”The Buckeyes will attempt to rebound from the tough loss at the hands of their rivals next Friday as they host Eastern Michigan and wrap up the dual-meet season. read more

Opinion Thad Matta basketball tree evident with Boston Celtics

Coach Thad Matta calls to players. Lantern file photoThe talk of this summer’s NBA free agent frenzy has been all about LeBron James coming back to Ohio to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, another reunion of sorts is taking place elsewhere — and it isn’t in Ohio.The Boston Celtics brought in former Ohio State Buckeye forward Evan Turner on Monday to improve a young roster with a young coach. That coach, Brad Stevens, also has an interesting tie to OSU.Stevens coached under current Buckeye coach Thad Matta while Matta was the head man at Butler University. Stevens went on to take the same position and led the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA Championship Games, but fell short in both.Now, Turner joins Stevens and fellow Buckeye forward Jared Sullinger, who could have played with Turner had the 2010 No. 2 overall pick not bolted for the NBA following his junior year.The Matta player/coaching tree can be felt all over the league as Turner leaves a team in Indiana that included another Matta star, forward David West. West won the Associated Press Player of the Year under Matta at Xavier in 2003 as Turner did in 2010 for the Buckeyes.So what’s next for Turner as he joins his third team in two years? Hopefully a bigger role than he had in Indiana.When Turner was dealt to the Pacers in February, he was on pace for a career year as he was averaging 17.4 points per game and six rebounds per game in 54 games with Philadelphia.Once he arrived in Indiana, though, he was reduced to a reserve role and averaged just 7.1 points per appearance, starting just two games as a Pacer.Turner will now be coached by a Matta disciple and, with any luck, will be able to jumpstart his career. His learning curve will likely be reduced as Stevens’ terminology and schemes almost certainly mirror what Matta taught at OSU.If Turner should need any guidance other than that of his coach, he needs to look no further than Sullinger, who has gone through just as much adversity as Turner.Sullinger, who dominated the Big Ten with his strong frame, was thought to be undersized and injury-prone coming out of OSU, causing him to drop to the No. 21 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.Despite suffering a season-ending back injury during his rookie year, Sullinger was able to bounce back during his sophomore season by more than doubling his points per game average from 6.0 in 2012-13 to 13.3 last season.His coach during his second season? First-year NBA coach Brad Stevens.With the Turner, Sullinger and Stevens trio in Boston, I look for the two former Buckeyes to turn into leaders on a team that only includes three players over the age of 30 and maybe even make the now wide-open Eastern Conference that much more interesting. read more

Campbell rubbishes Englands World Cup heroics

first_imgFormer England international Sol Campbell has rubbished recent praises coming the way of the England team that participated at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.The former Three Lions defender who represented his country for 11 years has dismissed talk of a revival under Gareth Southgate, saying the country simply got lucky at the World Cup and are still well behind Europe’s elite.“We have to be honest, although they did incredibly well to reach the semi-finals in Russia the draw was also incredibly kind to them,’ said Campbell, according to Daily Mail.“They didn’t really meet a top team until Croatia. Hopefully, moving forward, they will have learned a lot from the Croatia game in terms of not switching off. But when you look at what France or Belgium had to do, would England have survived the same tests?”“For me now, it’s all about a reality check and how they push on. We have the Nations League then the Euros. Sometimes in the Euros you meet harder teams and let’s face it, the likes of Italy and Holland will have a point to prove.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Meanwhile, Campbell who is well adored at Arsenal by the club and its fans has tipped the Gunners to take a huge step forward this season under new manager Unai Emery.He said: “Manchester City are streets ahead but Arsenal could well have beaten Chelsea and might even have been 5-2 up at half-time.”“I see really good signs because they are learning from mistakes during games and not waiting till afterwards. Halfway through the season you will see where Arsenal are.”“Sometimes, you’ve got defenders who simply don’t want to defend,” said Campbell. “Football has changed. Hard tackling seems to have gone out of the game.”‘I don’t know why that kind of training isn’t around any more. To find the kind of really good defender like those we had in my day, that’s gold dust.”last_img read more