Bucks re-sign guard George Hill

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Andy Murray rules out US Open singles return Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Benefits of township living Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ “George is a consummate pro and an important part of our team,” said Bucks general manager Jon Horst. “His veteran leadership and steady guard play were instrumental to our success last season, both during the regular season and the playoffs. We are thrilled to have him back with the Bucks.”Hill, 33, average 6.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists over 47 games with the Bucks last season. He also played in all 15 of Milwaukee’s playoff games, averaging 11.5 points on 53.4% shooting in just more than 26 minutes per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Bucks finished 60-22 last season for the NBA’s best record and their first 60-win season since 1980-81. The Bucks lost to Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals.Hill has played 11 seasons in the NBA, including stints with the Spurs, Pacers, Jazz, Kings and the Cavaliers. He was the 26th overall pick by San Antonio in the 2008. George Hill #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks yells after a dunk against the Boston Celtics at Fiserv Forum on May 08, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks defeated the Celtics 116-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPThe Milwaukee Bucks have re-signed free agent guard George Hill.The team said Tuesday that Hill, who was acquired from Cleveland in December in a five-player, three-team trade, will return on a three-year deal.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian 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 — Gatchalian Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to stationlast_img read more

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Kalei Mau carries F2 Logistics past Petron for PSL Invitational crown

first_imgThe Cargo Movers thus captured their fifth conference title, just one championship shy of the Blaze Spikers’ record of six.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—F2 Logistics wasted a two -sets-to-none lead to wear down Petron, 25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 22-25, 15-12, Thursday night and retain the Philippine Superliga Invitational Cup at Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City.ADVERTISEMENT Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Kalei Mau unloaded 29 points to make up for her absence in the first five games of the conference and help the Cargo Movers win their second straight conference title since joining them this year.F2 Logistics took a 10-7 lead in the third and appeared to have left Petron down for the count.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4But the Blaze Spikers made a major offensive pivot bringing in Bernadeth Pons who worked wonders with veteran Aiza Pontillas on the opposite side to extend the match to the limit.However, Mau scattered five of her points in the fifth set to provide ballast for F2 Logistics which won the championship point on an error called on Petron. LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Samboy Lim daughter strikes gold, leads Karate Pilipinas in Turkey tiltlast_img read more

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One great night

first_imgLava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday With crowd behind them, Sepak bets also get going Philippines captain Stephan Schrock woke up Friday morning nowhere near the shape he was supposed to be, just hours before the most important game for the national Under-22 team so far in the men’s football competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.Little did he know that the day would end as one of the greatest yet in the history of Philippine football, with him and women’s national team striker Sarina Bolden at the forefront.ADVERTISEMENT NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas View comments Schrock bucked a bum stomach to deliver the corner that caused panic and confusion, before Amani Aguinaldo helped force the ball in as the Young Azkals stunned Malaysia, 1-0, for their first win against the regional powerhouse in 28 years.“I was throwing up all morning,” recalled Schrock, the Azkals’ indefatigable leader, who was captaining a side playing their third game in five days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“At lunchtime, I thought I could not play because that cramping [in my stomach] was that bad. I thought about my wife (Pinar). She’s working all year. She’s making sacrifices for me. She never puts out. She has two kids and these are all my kids in the Under-22 team and I’m very happy to help them today.”Passionate crowdThe Young Azkals fed off the energy of a proud and passionate crowd of 6,500 at Rizal Memorial Stadium, playing with tenacity and grit to topple one of the favorites in the competition in a result that brought flashbacks of the national team’s feat in the 1991 SEA Games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China MOST READ “We made history and it means so much to us having so many fans and supporters here,” said Bolden after 1,500 spectators showed up for their match. “This will only inspire us to play better. Philippine football, especially women’s football, needs all the support it can get.”The country has endured tough results in the SEA Games, but for one night, the Young Azkals and Malditas showed their immense potential—not just in putting in a tremendous performance on the pitch—but their ability to lure fans back into watching the games live.“It’s a really big day for Philippine football,” said Schrock. “It’s amazing, it’s probably the biggest crowd I’ve seen since 2012. We are grateful to everyone for showing up on a Friday. We are very, very happy and I hope they enjoyed it.”The Young Azkals have a much tougher climb to win a medal in the most popular event in the SEA Games, but they remain firmly in the mix for a place in the semifinals-a phase the country has not reached since 1991.With four points from three matches, the Philippines is in third spot behind Myanmar and Cambodia, which is just ahead of the Azkals on goal difference. Cambodia, however, still has to play Malaysia and Myanmar, while the Azkals only have winless Timor Leste as their remaining foe on Wednesday in Binan.An undeniable fact about the current Under-22 side reinforced by overaged players Schrock and Aguinaldo is their tremendous work rate in trying to win the ball early and putting teams on the back foot with their intensity.“It is a lot of work what the guys are putting in,” said Schrock. “I think we’re the only team in this tournament pressing and playing high-speed football on the counter. The boys go above and beyond for the country and their dream and you can only praise them. What they achieved in such a short time is amazing.”Schrock insists the team is only growing in confidence.“We’re not getting carried away by the four points,” he said. “We have to check how many goals we have to score (against Timor Leste) but first, we have to put in the work, we have to recover, we have to clear our mind, we have to get our legs ready because these types of tournaments require a lot of mental strength and professionalism.”The Malditas are still waiting for the result of Myanmar-Malaysia to determine their seeding in the next round. The stadium, scoreline and the opponent were the same when the Philippine men’s team pulled off its biggest win 28 years ago. The Malaysians arrived at Rizal Memorial as defending champions only to fall in an upset made possible by Bacolod-born striker Norman Fegidero’s goal.Some of the players in the current Philippine side weren’t even born when that team hammered out that victory.The night of joy and revelry was a fitting celebration on a day when leaders of the sport in the country went for stability and continuity by re-electing Mariano “Nonong” Araneta as Philippine Football Federation president to another four-year term.Almost 36 kilometers south of Manila, the mood and vibe were also one of jubilation as the women’s national team fondly called the Malditas overwhelmed Malaysia, 5-0, to punch their ticket to the semifinals for the first time in the history of the tournament.Bolden lit up the Biñan Football Stadium with a first-half hattrick, while Eva Madarang and Alisha Del Campo were also on the scoresheet to complete the emphatic win that the team hopes will lure more support in the coming matches.ADVERTISEMENT Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Either way, facing Vietnam or Thailand in the semifinals will be a daunting task for coach Let Dimzon’s squad.“It’s a huge achievement being in the semifinals, but we can’t be satisfied,” said Dimzon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Hamilton tips Ferrari bounce-back in Spain

first_img0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton in action at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in BakuMADRID, Spain, May 12 – Lewis Hamilton says he has no doubts Ferrari will emerge as contenders for victory in the Spanish GP after a low-key Friday practice for the Scuderia.While Hamilton topped the timesheets ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel was only fourth fastest on what the Ferrari driver described as “a mixed day” for the Prancing Horse. But Friday practice two weeks ago for the Azerbaijan GP told a similar story before Vettel hit back a day later to take his third successive pole position.And while Hamilton was satisfied with his progress on Friday at Barcelona, he remains wary of the Ferrari threat.“It’s been a good Friday for us,” Hamilton said in a Mercedes video blog. “We got through all the test runs we wanted. The Red Bulls are really fast. It looks like our race is currently with them but I’m sure Ferrari will turn it around.”Hamilton added: “I think it is going to be relatively close between the top three teams but I can’t really say who is quickest at the moment.“These conditions make it very difficult to define where the set-up needs to go. We got through all our running and were quite fast compared to previous years. We’ve got some work to do overnight, I’m hoping it’s cooler and calmer tomorrow.”Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso believes McLaren have a “realistic” shot of reaching Q3 for the first time this season after the team debuted an extensive upgrade package for the Spaniard’s home race.“Definitely a lot better,” said Alonso. “Q3 is a real possibility.“This is the car we should have had in Australia. We are a bit behind schedule on the updates but the important thing is that we will have new parts for all the races from now on.“The whole package is better and the new McLaren is definitely faster.“This is the best feeling of the five Fridays. We are happy with the new package. In qualifying, we will have a clear reference how much we have improved compared to the others.”Will Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes make it back-to-back victories at the Circuit de Catalunya? Watch the Spanish GP exclusively live on Sky Sports F1 from May 11-13. Get Sky Sports F1.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Many boomers likely to delay their retirement

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – As the baby boomers begin to ease into their 60s, most expect to delay retirement longer than their parents or grandparents. That’s good, because many can’t afford to stop working anytime soon. Two new reports portray aging boomers as better educated, with higher incomes and longer life expectancies than the generations that preceded them. They also have fewer children and are less likely to be married, leaving them with fewer options if they need help in their old age. “That one child they had will be very valuable,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. Frey is releasing a report Tuesday that says higher rates of divorce and separation could result in greater financial hardship for aging baby boomers. In 1980, about two-thirds of Americans age 55 to 64 lived in married-couple households. That percentage fell to less than 58 percent in 2005. Americans had been retiring at ever-younger ages since the growth of private pensions and Social Security began more than 50 years ago. However, the retirement trend appears to be reversing. In 1950, nearly half of men 65 and older were still in the labor force, according to the Census Bureau. That percentage bottomed out in the 1980s at less than 16 percent. It has since edged up to about 19 percent, and experts believe it will increase even more as the oldest baby boomers reach 65. Women work in much larger numbers earlier in life, but among those 65 and older, their participation in the labor force has remained steady at about 10 percent since 1950. There are about 78 million baby boomers, those born from 1946 to 1964. The oldest will turn 62 next year, the age at which they become eligible for Social Security benefits. Some will continue working by choice – a government survey shows that most U.S. workers nearing retirement age want to gradually reduce their workload rather than abruptly stop. Others will have to stay on the job as fewer companies offer health insurance to retirees and an alarming number of private pensions fail. William Zinke had plenty of resources to retire when he reached his early 60s. He didn’t want to stop working but did want to get away from the hectic pace of New York, where he ran a human resources firm. So Zinke moved his firm to Boulder, Colo., where the pace is more relaxed. Seventeen years later, at age 80, he continues to put in full work days. “I’ve had a very good life,” Zinke said. “I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, but I’m not done.” Zinke said he is fortunate to own his business and to be able to set his work schedule. He has formed a nonprofit organization, the Center for Productive Longevity, that is working to encourage other employers to help older workers with flexible schedules and other accommodations. “We need to change the way we think about retirement,” Zinke said. There are more than 37 million Americans 65 and older, a number that is expected to nearly double by 2030, according to the Census Bureau. “I think there will be significant accommodations and incentives to get people to stay and work longer, and not lose that human capital,” said Richard Suzman of the National Institute on Aging, a government research agency. The agency is releasing a compilation of data Tuesday from the national Health and Retirement Study, an ongoing survey of older people by researchers at the University of Michigan. The data paint a picture of aging baby boomers facing longer, more active lives, coupled with rising costs for health care and other services. “People are living longer, and the extra years of life, which I think have been one of the crowning achievements of the last century, have to be financed somehow,” Suzman said. last_img read more

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EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: SLEEP – HOW IT CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR GOALS

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: We have all been there…you are sitting on the sofa and your eyes are burning in your head.  Every time you blink, you feel as though you are going to fall into a coma. You get up, struggle into the bedroom and slide under the bed sheets.  As you lay your head on the pillow you look forward to a great night’s sleep…….but it doesn’t come. Instead you restlessly toss and turn all night, spending endless hours staring at the ceiling, checking the clock, looking at the time on your phone and wondering why you bothered getting into the bed in the first place. Finally you fall asleep, only to have the alarm rudely awaken you 2 hours after you finally managed to drift off in the first place. Welcome to bedtime……..The recommended amount of sleep per night should be between 7-8 hours.The average for adults today is around 6 ½ hours. No big deal, right?Wrong!Sleep is the ultimate recovery tool.  It is how our bodies and minds repair and recover from daily stresses and it is also how our bodies recover from our exercise and training sessions.It is as important as a proper nutrition plan when it comes to your weight loss or muscle-building goals.Everything that you do will be affected by a lack of sleep. Your food choices will be poorer.When you are tired, you will always be looking for ways to give yourself a kick start.High sugary foods, energy drinks and high levels of caffeinated drinks are usually the first thing that people will reach for to get them through the day.You will probably not have the time or energy to prepare proper meals and may be tempted to go for the pre-packaged processed food choice, or the take away. Your Body will work against you.In a sleep deprived state, our bodies wreak havoc with our hormones.Our stress hormone cortisol will be high and our hormones Leptin and Ghrelin can also be affected.If cortisol is high during sleep you can be in a heightened state of alertness, not what you want for going to sleep.Ghrelin is a hunger stimulating hormone that tells us when to eat.Leptin is an appetite suppressant hormone that tells us when to stop eating.When we are in a sleep-deprived state we have higher levels of Ghrelin and lower levels of Leptin, which means we will have a false hunger and this can contribute to the poor food choices mentioned above and we won’t know when to stop eating them.This can all lead to excess weight gain.What can we do to help?Here are 10 strategies that can help you to wind down and relax and may help you to get a better night’s sleep.Set a bedtime and stick to it.Turn off all technology for 2 hours before bed.Read a book.Take a bathGet your room to the right temperature; not too cold, not too hot.Invest in a good mattress and some good pillows.Avoid caffeine.Eat carbs in your last meal before bed. (They won’t make you fat)Once your alarm is set, don’t look at your phone and turn your clock so you can’t see it.Drink some chamomile tea before bed.Sleep is under-rated by a lot of people when it comes to their goals, but it could be the ace in the pack that helps you win or lose.#TrainSmartIf you have any question on this article or for getting a tailored programme based on your starting point, please contact me through the link below. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: SLEEP – HOW IT CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR GOALS was last modified: April 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal Dailyemmet rushefitnessfitness columnhealthy lifestyleinsomniasleeplast_img read more

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Man United shocking transfer rumours: FOUR defenders to leave, stars linked

first_img 10 10 OUT! Marcos Rojo – for more Man United ins and outs, click the arrow above – It is evident Marcos Rojo has not been in Mourinho’s plans ever since the manager took charge of United. Not the most solid of defenders, he has been afforded little game time this term – making only one Premier League appearance. Although he looked solid in the EFL Cup win over Manchester City, reports indicate Rojo will be on his way out of Old Trafford, and Villarreal could revive their interest in him having failed in a summer move for the 26-year-old. OUT! Matteo Darmian – Seemingly bound for the Old Trafford exit over the summer, Darmian was linked with a return to Italy which never materialised. However, Mourinho has decided against using the right-back frequently – with natural midfielder Antonio Valencia his first-choice. Earlier this month it was claimed Darmian has already agreed to join Inter Milan in January, whilst Barcelona are also reportedly planning a winter swoop. OUT! Chris Smalling – Another central defender Mourinho is keen to throw by the wayside, Smalling has struggled for form this season despite ending the last campaign as United’s best centre-back. His deficiencies were shown up in the 4-0 loss to Chelsea, and although the England international captains the Red Devils in Wayne Rooney’s stead, he does not seem to have a future with the club. The Daily Mail report the 26-year-old is facing the axe. 10 IN! Antonio Rudiger (AS Roma) – With Mourinho keen on clearing out his central defenders, it is natural that he wants to bring new ones to United. One of his key targets is Roma’s Germany international Antonio Rudiger. The 23-year-old has only just returned to first-team action having suffered a cruciate injury prior to Euro 2016, and is also wanted by Chelsea. Able to play as both a centre-back and a right-back, the Sun claim United are considering a £35 million move for Rudiger. Jose Mourinho’s reign as Manchester United manager has not started in the way many expected.The Portuguese coach arrived at Old Trafford with the remit to restore the Red Devils to the pinnacle of English football – and he was handed a huge transfer budget to help him achieve said aims.Over £150 million was spent in the summer to bring the likes of Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the club, but Mourinho reportedly wants even MORE money to rebuild United.Just four wins in nine Premier League games have left the Red Devils in seventh place, six points off top spot, and the manager is already preparing the moves he intends to make for players in the January transfer window.A number of rumours and reports have detailed all the potential comings and goings at Old Trafford, and talkSPORT have collected them all here.Click the right arrow, above, to see a round-up of the latest transfer rumours involving Manchester United… 10 10 10 10 10 IN! Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) – The Sun report Varane is Mourinho’s one key target, with the Real Madrid star top of United’s wanted list. It was the Portguese who signed Varane for Los Blancos, but there are suggestions Zinedine Zidane is willing to sell the French centre-back. Over the summer a £30 million fee was mooted, and United would be foolish to not complete such a cut-price deal. 10 OUT! Luke Shaw – A potentially shocking departure from Old Trafford, the Sun indicated Shaw’s future at United is under threat. Reportedly, Mourinho has not been impressed by the left-back’s fitness, and has refused to start him in the Premier League since a poor showing against Watford – which included one mistake which led directly to a Hornets goal. Although the Red Devils are not actively looking to sell Shaw as of this moment, the 21-year-old has been given until the opening of the transfer window to prove himself to his manager, otherwise an exit is likely. IN! Jose Fonte (Southampton) – Should Mourinho fail to capture either Rudiger or Varane, Southampton’s Jose Fonte has been named as a back-up option for the Red Devils. At 32-years-old he does not provide the same kind of long-term solution as the two prime targets, but he is an experienced and proven Premier League defender, generally regarded as one of the best in the top flight. The Portuguese international was linked with a switch to Old Trafford in the summer, and Mourinho has retained his interest in the veteran. 10 IN! Moussa Dembele (Celtic) – United can already call upon of the best young strikers in European football in Marcus Rashford, but Mourinho wants to add another one to his squad. Celtic wonderkid Moussa Dembele has been watched by Red Devils scouts, and they were impressed with the 19-year-old in the 4-0 win over Ross County – where he came off the bench to score. A January move could tempt Dembele if guaranteed first-team football at Old Trafford, and his return of 15 goals in just 21 games in all competitions suggests the youngster is more than ready to take the next step in his career. OUT! Memphis Depay – Depay’s Manchester United career appears all but over, and it seems only a matter of time before the Dutch winger finally leaves Old Trafford. With only one start this season – against Northampton in the EFL Cup – it is clear Mourinho does not fancy the player who has failed to hit the heights expected of him following his transfer last summer. Italian media claim interest is high in the 22-year-old, with Lille, Roma and AC Milan all having enquired into his availability ahead of the January window opening. OUT! Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Mkhitaryan was only signed in the summer and arrived with proven ability in the Bundesliga. Considered one of the best attacking players in Europe, many expected Mourinho to build his team around the Armenian, but he has started just one game – against Manchester City – and has not played since his shocking 45 minute performance. He is fit and ready for selection, but Mourinho is actively refusing to call him up, and it has been reported Mkhitaryan could be up for sale in January. However, the Manchester Evening News denied such rumours, with the winger set to stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford. last_img read more

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Chelsea FC transfer news: Realistic replacements for Diego Costa

first_imgChelsea may not sell Diego Costa this transfer window, but the chances of him remaining in the summer are becoming slimmer.According to various reports, Antonio Conte is hunting for the perfect replacement for his burly hitman, who troubles teams not only with this strength but his wily movement and clinical finishing.It will be a tough task for any incoming striker to replace the Spain international, so who are the many likely to be considered for the job?Here talkSPORT takes a look at four top contenders and how they match up statistically, and a fifth option should they miss out on their preferred men.Click the right arrow above to see the realistic replacements for Diego Costa at Chelsea in the summer… 5 Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – Manchester United are reportedly the frontrunners for the Frenchman’s signature but, if his slighter stature doesn’t put off Conte, the Italian manager might well be willing to challenge the Red Devils. Griezmann is far more voracious in his attempts to win the ball, thanks to his time with Diego Simeone, than Costa, making 1.2 successful tackles again compared to 0.5. And the 25-year-old’s link up play is also far better than the Spanish star’s, with Griezmann averaging more passes per game, a higher pass success rate. His goal output has reduced at Atletico this season in LaLiga but in Europe is proving as prolific as ever. 5 5 Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) – One of the sharpest shooters in Europe, Internazionale captain Icardi has hit 15 goals and provided seven assists this season, which already showcases his all-round game. His movement is superb in the box, while he’s also happy to drift wide and holds the ball up extremely well while looking to bring team-mates into play. His defensive output is almost identical to Costa, while is better in the air, winning 1.7 aerial duels per game, compared to Costa’s 1.1, even though the Spaniard attempts 0.9 more every 90 minutes. The Italian has already interested sides like Arsenal so Chelsea could have a fight if they wish to sign him in the summer. 5 5 Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Antonio Conte could also force the club to eat some humble pie and bring in their former striker back from the Toffees. Big, strong and a brilliant goalscorer, Lukaku has netted 72 goals in four and a half seasons. The Belgian offers a more effective aerial threat and is used to working with Eden Hazard on international duty, making him an attractive option. The 23-year-old lack of defensive output counts against him, as does his poor passing accuracy, but he is a more competent dribbler than Costa. Andrea Belotti (Torino) – Click the right arrow above to see more realistic replacements for Diego Costa… – Currently earning a big reputation in Serie A, Arsenal reportedly had a £56m bid knocked back for the player and, if true, it wouldn’t be a surprise. He may not be quite as tall as Costa but the Italian torments defences with his movement and strong features, causing havoc for centre-backs. Reportedly a good trainer, Belotti is also blessed with being clinical finisher with striking similarity to the Spain star, getting 1.5 shots on target in 18 games compared to Costa’s 1.4 in 19. He also has a very similar pass success rate, coming in at 77.7% compared to Costa’s 74.7%, and to top it all off, Belotti contributes more defensively, making more tackles and interceptions than the 28-year-old. Last resort: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) – The Belgian star might not have had things go his way at Liverpool, but it because he didn’t quite fit their all-action style under Jurgen Klopp. At Stamford Bridge, in a Conte team, he wouldn’t have to work quite as hard and would be a excellent target man to hold the ball up and bring his team-mates into play. His 59 goals in 115 starts is not to be sniffed at, and his aerial prowess is second only to Andy Carroll, as he wins on average 9.3 duels in the air per game. In terms of assists, this season, he lags behind Costa with just one to his name but, surrounded by better players, it was higher at Liverpool. He still, though, should be considered a last resort rather than than anything else.last_img read more

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Crunch clash at Cockhill as Intermediate Cup draw is made

first_imgTHE DRAW for the second round of the 2019/20 FAI Intermediate Cup was conducted today.Ulster Senior League heavyweights Cockhill Celtic and Letterkenny Rovers were pitted together in the draw.Cockhill have won the last seven USL league titles while Rovers were Intermediate Cup finalists in 2016, when they lost out to Crumlin United at Aviva Stadium. Cockhill will have home advantage in the plum tie with the winners to advance into the national phase of the competition.Bonagee United have been drawn at home to Fanad United in the other game of Donegal consequence.The games will be played on the weekend of October 20.Crunch clash at Cockhill as Intermediate Cup draw is made was last modified: October 1st, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

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Chelsea want £40m ace, player rejects Spurs for Liverpool, Leeds to complete signing

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 Chelsea have been handed a boost in the race to sign £40million defender Nathan Ake. The club’s former youngster currently plays for Bournemouth, and the Cherries signed a replacement for Ake, Chris Mepham, earlier this month. The Blues have first refusal on any deal for the 23-year-old. (Star)Adrien Rabiot has turned down the chance to sign for Tottenham as he would prefer to join Liverpool. Chelsea are also known to be keen on the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder. (Paris United) Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Southampton have tabled an initial £8million offer for Che Adams, the Birmingham forward who has scored 14 goals this season. (Mirror)Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn is wanted on loan by Hull. The 19-year-old winger spent the first half of the season with Sheffield United, but started only two matches. (Mail)Reece Oxford, the West Ham defender, is an £8million target for Championship side Nottingham Forest. (Mirror) Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF 3 shining Rabiot remains wanted by a host of Europe’s elite clubs REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Giroud only joined Chelsea this time last year Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move And here are the top talkSPORT.com stories…EXCLUSIVE: Gonzalo Higuain was supposed to take Chelsea penalty instead of Willian, Blues assistant Gianfranco Zola revealsEXCLUSIVE: Tony Cascarino urges Millwall to ‘get rid’ of those fans ‘proud’ of causing trouble in passionate talkSPORT rantEmiliano Sala missing: Search for Cardiff City footballer restarts as €300,000 is raised through crowdfundingArsenal transfer news: Inter Milan reject bid to sign Ivan Perisic on loan – reportsLiverpool news: Tickets for Reds’ final match of the Premier League season ‘being offered for £6,000’ on secondary websites Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade talkSPORT rounds up all the latest transfer news and gossip from Monday’s newspapers and online… REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow RANKED ADVICE Leeds remain interested in Dan James but they will have to significantly increase their £3million offer to sign the Swansea winger. James is Marcelo Bielsa’s prime target for the remainder of the January transfer window. (Yorkshire Evening Post)The Whites look set to sign Mateusz Bogusz over the coming days as the 17-year-old midfielder has flown to England to finalise the deal. The Polish starlet was first linked with Leeds last month. (Chorzow Ianin)Paris Saint-Germain have submitted a £21.5million bid for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye. The Toffees are expected to reject the approach, but Gueye wants to move to France. (Sky Sports)Olivier Giroud has admitted he could return to France following Gonzalo Higuain’s move to Chelsea. (Goal) MONEY REPLY no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more

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