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first_img1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rubbished rumours linking the north London club with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.The Gunners have been linked with the France star for a number of years, and reports in Friday’s newspapers claimed the Premier League side were set to make a £40m bid.But Wenger claims he is not aware of any offer.“I don’t know where that story comes from,” he said. “That’s not happening at the moment, no.” Karim Benzema last_img

first_imgWest Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan says Arsenal’s deal to sign Jamie Vardy shows the current state of the ‘potty’ transfer market.The England forward is reportedly nearing a move to north London after Arsene Wenger’s men activated a release clause in his contract believed to be worth around £20m-£22m.The 29-year-old fired Leicester City to the Premier League title last season, firing 27 goals for club and country.The Hammers have been linked with a move for Vardy, but Sullivan says a deal would have broken their ‘current wage structure’.Providing fans with an update on the club’s official website, Sullivan wrote: “On the pitch, work continues to secure the targets we have identified to ensure we build on the considerable progress made in Slaven Bilic’s first season as manager here.“It was reported that one of those targets was Jamie Vardy, and while it is true that we would loved to have had him, the numbers being talked about in a potential move to Arsenal show that the market is going potty.“It is safe to say that signing him would have smashed our current wage structure and we are determined to buy players with good value in this mad market.“We have done that exceptionally well in recent years, with the likes of Winston Reid, Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell, Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini vindicating this approach.“All of those players have gone on to become stars of our team and you can rest assured that we will be bringing players in this summer who will prove to be just as influential.”With Euro 2016 around the corner, few deals have been complete since the end of the Premier League season, and Sullivan revealed United have ‘five bids’ in place.He added: “We’re working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make this happen, and with five bids in for players at the moment, we are hopeful that we can bring you some exciting news soon.” 1 David Sullivan provided an update as West Ham prepare for their first campaign in the Olympic Stadium last_img read more

first_img 2 Bobby Moore kisses the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966 MORE ICONIC PLAYERS: GERD ‘DER BOMBER’ MULLERtalkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia. Look at that, Russia 2018 starts in a week and is into the final seven icons of its World Cup coutdown.The list featuring Pele, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane, looks at the greatest moments from the most iconic footballers – from great goal scorers and majestic defenders to sensational scoundrels and those who just didn’t know the rules.7) Bobby Moore: England, defender (1962, 1966 and 1970)So iconic, there was even a film released about him to mark 50 years since England won the World Cup. Bobby Moore was more than just one of the most immaculate central defenders ever to grace the World Cup. He was a captain who led with regal authority. In 1966, he even provided two assists in the final: a quick free-kick to West Ham mucker Geoff Hurst to make it 1-1 against West Germany; then later, as the clock ticked down in extra-time, calmly stroking a long pass to Hurst, who made it 4-2. He just had time to wipe his hands clean on his shorts before shaking the hand of the Queen as she presented him with the Jules Rimet Trophy. He was sublime again in 1970, not letting the scandal of the nicked bracelet (evidence: zilch) impact his form. But we’ll always picture him in 1966: smiling, held aloft by his team-mates. English football’s most beloved son. 2last_img read more

first_imgMoses Basena(left) conducting the final training session in Kenya yesterday ahead of the Burundi game. The former UPDF tactician is hopeful of a fine start against Burundi today. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–The Uganda Cranes will start the defence of their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup today against a Burundi side that has never won the title since it was branded in 1973.The Cranes who have won the title on 14 previous occasions won the last event organised in 2015 in Ethiopia as the defeated rivals Rwanda 1-0 in the finals game and will hope to kick-start this year’s campaign with a triumph of tournament light weights Burundi.“All is so far going to plan and hope the case remains the same until the completion of the tournament,” said Interim Cranes head coach Moses Basena as he addressed the press after Sunday’s training session.“We are fortunate that all the players are in good physical condition and hopefully the same applies to their minds,” he added.He said both the young and mature players who have taken part in both the AFCON and World Cup qualifiers are ready and exited about the challenge that lies ahead of them.“We are the defending champions and that means a lot is expected of us starting from the word go when we take on Burundi and I hope the pressure doesn’t catch up with us,” he said.At the 2015 edition, Uganda had the worst of starts when they lost 2-0 to Kenya in the first game and will be hoping nothing of the same happens to them this time round.The last time both teams met at a CECAFA tournament, Uganda defeated Burundi 1-0 at the Awassa Stadium in Ethiopia thanks to a Frank Kalanda second half header, to seal qualification to the quarter finals.Burundi’s last best performance came in 2014 in Ethiopia when they lost 3-0 to the hosts in the finals game and have been struggling to even make it out of the groups on the last few occasions.Yesterday, host Kenya got off to the best of starts as they defeated 2015 finalist Rwanda 2-0 thanks to strikes by Dancun Otieno and Masoud Juma in the first half to take a commanding lead in group A.The other group A game ended scoreless as guests, Libya and Tanzania could not find ways of separating them selves.Uganda’s team that travelled to Kenya for CECAFA:Goalkeepers: Isma Watenga (Vipers SC), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA FC), Ikara Tom (Kirinya Jinja SS).Defenders: Wadada Nicholas (Vipers SC), Joseph Nsubuga (Sc Villa Jogoo), Isaac Muleme (KCCA FC), Aggrey Madoi (Police FC), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Shafiq Bakaki (Vipers SC), Bernard Muwanga (Sc Villa Jogoo).Midfielders: Tom Masiko (Vipers SC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Mutyaba Muzamiru (KCCA FC), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC), Mucureezi Paul (KCCA FC), Allan Kateregga (KCCA FC), Allan Kyambadde (Sc Villa Jogoo),Saddam Juma (KCCA FC).Attackers: Nelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars FC), Derick Nsibambi (KCCA FC), Hood Kaweesa (Police FC), Daniel Isiagi (Proline FC).CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2017Uganda vs BurundiMonday, 4th-Dec-20173:00pmKakamega – KenyaCommentslast_img read more

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty is calling for the books to be opened and investigated at National Lottery Headquarters following revelations of a scratchcard error emerging this week.The lottery has apologised after four jackpot prizes worth a total of €180,000 were left out of three scratch card games in recent years.The mistake, which has been described as a ‘human error’, led to four of the top prizes not being included in the scratch card games ‘Congratulations’ and ‘Diamond Bingo Doubler’ since 2014. Sinn Féin’s Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has been doing calculations and found that the odds of it being the top prize that was missing in each of the games is 1 in 167 billion billion. in the Dáil today, Doherty said an independent investigator should be appointed to go to the offices of Premier Lotteries, as provided for in legislation.Teachta Doherty has also written to the Oireachtas Finance Committee requesting that the Regulator of the National Lottery and Premier Lotteries appear before the Committee under Section 47 of the National Lotteries Act. Doherty said the numbers don’t stack up: “I play the lottery and I do so in the knowledge that many of the proceeds go to charitable causes and community projects, but also in the knowledge that the lottery is a form of gambling that requires proper regulation.“The fact that four jackpot prizes across three games operated by Premier Lotteries were missing due to ‘human error’ or some improbable misfortune is hard to believe.“In one of these games, the number of prizes in the game was designed to be no less than 976,500. The probability that, out of all the prizes, the jackpot prize would be missing is nearly one in a million.“The probability that out of all the prizes, that four jackpot prizes across three games would be missing is of the factor of 1 in 167 billion billion.“The numbers don’t stack up, and questions need to be answered by Premier Lotteries, by the Regulator and by the Government.” The Donegal TD called for immediate action on the matter: “Under legislation, Premier Lotteries can write their own code of conduct and have it rubber stamped by the Regulator. This legislation must be fixed to provide for more robust oversight.“Secondly, the legislation provides for an investigator to be appointed to go to the offices of Premier Lotteries and open their books and I am calling for that to be done immediately.“I have also written to the Chair of the Oireachtas Finance Committee requesting that the Regulator of the National Lottery and Premier Lotteries appear before the Committee under Section 47 of the National Lotteries Act.”What are the odds? Doherty claims scratch card errors don’t stack up was last modified: December 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesFernando Llorente’s first goal for the club and another strike from Heung-Min Son gave Tottenham a half-time lead in their final Champions League group game. With Spurs already qualified as Group H winners, Llorente started up front as one of eight changes at Wembley and he poked home the opener from close range after controlling well inside the box.Llorente turned provider in a neat one-two with Son that set-up the South Korean to curl home his sixth goal of the season and third in the Champions League.Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, making his first start of the campaign, had a chance cleared off the line after Llorente’s header was saved.Tottenham: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Foyth, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Alli, Nkoudou, Son, Llorente.Subs: Gazzaniga, Davies, Vertonghen, Amos, Dembele, Sterling, Walker-Peters. last_img read more

first_imgArcata >> After three years away from the Humboldt County baseball scene, it was rather fitting that the baseball gods made new Humboldt Crabs manager Robin Guiver stay at the Arcata Ball Park a little longer than he probably anticipated.But by the end of Friday night’s season opener, the smile on Guiver’s face was tough to miss.Jeremiah Burks’ walk-off home run off childhood friend and Rockville Rockhounds relief pitcher Rylan Haney in the bottom of the 11th inning proved to be the Humboldt …last_img

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — The Sharks lost Erik Karlsson during pregame warmups. Then, they dropped the rematch against the NHL’s top team.The Tampa Bay Lightning avenged the loss that ended their 16-game point streak on Jan. 5, earning a 6-3 win on home ice as the Sharks tried to make due without a pair of Olympic-caliber defensemen against the NHL’s highest-scoring offense.Karlsson, who’s fighting a lower-body injury, left the ice during pregame warmups, getting scratched just before puck drop and …last_img

first_imgEnoch Sontonga, a teacher and lay preacher from the Eastern Cape, died in obscurity in 1905 years ago, aged just 33. But he left an indelible legacy. His hymn, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika (“God Bless Africa”), went on to become Africa’s most famous anthem of black struggle against oppression.The Uitenhage-born choirmaster was honoured at a wreath-laying ceremony at Braamfontein Cemetery in Johannesburg on the 100 anniversary of his death in September 2005.A prayer for God’s blessingSontonga wrote the first verse and chorus of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, a prayer for God’s blessing on the land and all its people, as a hymn for his school choir in 1897. Later in the same year, he composed the music.The famous song has since been reworked and adopted as South Africa’s national anthem, translated into numerous African languages, including Swahili, and incorporated into the national anthem of Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia.Searching for Enoch SontongaAn act of vandalism at Braamfontein Cemetery helped locate the grave of the man who wrote SA’s national anthem, ending months of detective work by Johannesburg officials, archeologists and historians.The song was sung in public at the ordination of Reverend Boweni, a Shangaan Methodist minister, in 1899.On 8 January 1912, at the first meeting of the South African Native National Congress, the forerunner of the African National Congress, it was sung after the closing prayer.Solomon Plaatje, a founding member of the ANC, recorded the song in London in 1923. In 1925 the ANC adopted the song as the closing anthem for their meetings.The song was published in a local newspaper, Umthetheli Wabantu, on 11 June 1927, and was included in the Presbyterian Xhosa hymn book as well as a Xhosa poetry book for schools. Seven additional stanzas in Xhoza were added by the poet Samuel Mqhayi, and a Sesotho version was published by Moses Mphahlele in 1942.Popularised at concerts in Johannesburg by Reverend JL Dube’s Ohlange Zulu Choir, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was later adopted as an anthem at political meetings.Before South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, the country’s official anthem was Die Stem van Suid Afrika (“The Call of South Africa”), composed by Afrikaans poet CJ Langenhoven in 1918. Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was the “unofficial anthem”, sung by the majority of the population.In 1994, the two anthems were amalgamated into one.Apparently Sontonga’s wife, Diana, sold the rights to the song for a sixpence. She died in 1929.‘Be aware of our heroes’Enoch Mankayi Sontonga, born in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape in 1873, was buried at Braamfontein Cemetery on 19 April 1905.At a ceremony in 2005 to mark the centenary of his death, then-Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan related how the authorities had struggled to piece together the life of the composer, relying on old newspapers, burial registers and other sources that gave contradictary clues to the location and year of Sontonga’s death.Lamenting the loss of Sontonga’s exercise book – in which, it is believed, he recorded many of his songs – Jordan appealed to the country’s writers, artists and composers to deposit copies of their work with the National Archives, since “we all have the responsibility of preserving our heritage”.Sontonga’s exercise book was lent out to other choirmasters and eventually became the property of a family member, “Boxing Granny”. (She never missed a boxing match in Soweto, hence the nickname.) She died at about the time Sontonga’s grave was declared a heritage site in 1996, but the book was never found.“I wonder how many works we have lost as a country because the previous government did not care about the culture and history of black South Africa,” Jordan said. “We need to be aware of our heroes so that we can develop as a people.”Enoch Rabotapi, Sontonga’s great grandson, said: “Some of us, the young generation, didn’t attach any significance to his work, but then our grandmother made sure we knew of this wealth . of his contribution to the nation. She used to talk about it”.“We feel proud of his contribution towards the well-being of our nation and Africa.” reporterFirst published: 20 April 2005Reviewed: 4 July 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Family fun and a connection to rural Ohio are just two of the many reasons for visitors to stop by the Land and Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, July 26 to Aug. 6. Presented by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nationwide, the exhibit demonstrates agriculture’s link to everyday life. Visitors to the exhibit, located in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort building, can participate in a variety of interactive opportunities such as playing with local rescue dogs, learning about nutrition in the reimagined grocery store display and watching chicks and turkeys come out of their shells. The ever-popular Country Cruise pedal tractors are back for children to enjoy, as is the augmented reality sandbox, a water quality learning tool that made its successful debut last year. Throughout the building, everyone can enjoy learning about Ohio’s crops, animals and other important areas of Ohio agriculture. Families can also have a commemorative picture taken, compliments of OFBF and Nationwide. In addition, the Land and Living Exhibit activities include the Country Connection stage that will feature demonstrations such as agriscience experiments, local entertainment, visits from Columbus Zoo animals and more. Squash carver Gus Smithhisler will be back again this year to carve giant squash weighing more than 600 pounds each on July 26, 29, 31 and Aug. 2. A joint Ohio House and Senate Ag Committee Hearing will be held Aug. 1.This year the OFBF grocery store inside the Land and Living Exhibit is more interactive than ever. Building on last year’s display, children can go through this child-sized store and pick out their own groceries. This exhibit for youth provides the opportunity to learn more about putting together complete, quality meals. Each child who visits the grocery leaves with a goodie bag.“With so many exciting activities, the Land and Living Exhibit is informational and interactive for all ages,” said Abby Pozderac, OFBF intern. “We hope visitors leave with a better understanding of the many facets of agriculture in Ohio.”The Land and Living Exhibit is supported by the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn Marketing Program and the Ohio Expositions Commission. Last year, the exhibit attracted an estimated 300,000 state fair visitors. The Land and Living Exhibit is located east of the giant slide and across from the south entrance to the midway. All exhibits in the building are free.last_img read more