A Stern lesson

first_imgMe and my kids built a QPR snowman last weekend. We decided against calling it ‘Cisse’ after figuring it would probably take longer than 33 minutes to go into meltdown.The French striker certainly didn’t live up to his surname, shaking Roger Johnson firmly by the throat after the Wolves defender had chopped him down in mid-flight.Much was made of how Cisse’s impulsive reaction was a result of suffering two broken legs in the past.“As Abramovich was pictured standing over a nervous looking Andre Villas-Boas, all that was missing was a black cloak and a large scythe.”It reminded me of my marvellously-named old maths teacher, Mr Stern.A wartime submarine operative, every time he heard the phrase ‘Hit the deck!’ he would instinctively throw himself to the floor.The old boy shared this little secret with us in an off-guard moment and quickly began to wish he hadn’t after spending the rest of our lessons that term picking himself up.In the case of Cisse, you’d have to keep your wits about you if you were behind him in the supermarket – the merest of nudges with your trolley and you’d be picking up your teeth with broken fingers.It had all been going swimmingly up until the Frenchman’s unscheduled departure, then Wolves took a leaf out of his book and grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck to take a vital three points back to the Black Country.I can’t remember the last time I felt quite so miserable leaving Loftus Road – made worse by the fact I was with my little one so had to be content with shouting obscenities in my head, while reassuring her it wasn’t the end of the world.Thankfully within half an hour of getting back, she looked out of the window and uttered those three little words guaranteed to make you forget all your troubles in an instant.. ”It’s snowing, Daddy!”Back in business.Aside from Bobby Zamora’s debut goal, the only other bright note for Rangers fans was the late cameo by Adel Taarabt, back to his mercurial best as he dictated play and peppered Wayne Hennessy’s goal with thunderbolts.With all the marquee signings and his unrewarding trip to Africa, Taarabt was in danger of becoming a forgotten man but he could yet hold the key to QPR’s survival hopes.When the Moroccan was going through a bad patch earlier this season, Joey Barton said: “I came here and was told he was a genius. I have yet to see it.”After Taarabt’s weekend masterclass, the QPR skipper remained curiously tight-lipped, preferring instead to wade into the John Terry row, picking fights with journalists and vowing to go to jail and become a martyr in the name of free speech. So, a typical week in other words.Of course everything in the football world was overshadowed by the resignation of England boss Fabio Capello and the acquittal of Harry Redknapp – the second and third biggest stories of the week after Kop Cat.Redknapp was immediately installed as favourite to land the national job – encapsulated by The Sun headline above a picture of him and the Italian – ‘Arryvederci!’Capello’s demise came after his furious public reaction to the FA’s sacking of his captain John Terry over the alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road in April.Chelsea fans have refused to acknowledge their skipper’s England demotion, chanting “There’s only one England captain”, during the thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester United at the Bridge on Sunday.The match itself was arguably the game of the season, with Chelsea racing into a three-goal lead, including a corker from Juan Mata, before Howard Webb finally remembered he was a United fan (I’m joking) and helped to even things up by awarding a couple of penalties.He’s behind you…Before the game, Sir Alex Ferguson gave a pre-match interview while bizarrely dressed in a white polo neck jumper. I was half expecting him to turn to the camera and say: “Welcome to Jazz Club…Nice!”Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reacted to the latest setback by putting in an appearance at the Blues’ training ground.As Abramovich was pictured standing over a nervous looking Andre Villas-Boas, all that was missing was a black cloak and a large scythe.As for the other Manchester-west London clash, City were too strong for Fulham, sweeping Martin Jol’s team aside 3-0.At one stage the flakes were falling so hard at the Etihad there was a danger the game might be called off – until they spotted Mohammed Al-Fayed crouched behind the advertising boards with a portable snow machine.Brentford’s game against Preston didn’t make the cut and further snow on Thursday night put paid to this weekend’s clash with Oldham, leaving frustrated fans on the Griffin Park Grapevine forum forced to make their own entertainment.After exhausting favourite crisp flavours they moved on to how things are different now to the olden days.Supermarkets and squad rotation figured highly but I quite liked ‘Christmas being spoken about before December’ and ‘kids no longer calling their parents’ friends Auntie and Uncle’.Nostalgia, eh? It’s not what it used to be.Follow Chris on Twitterlast_img read more

Vertonghen out for up to six weeks

first_imgJan Vertonghen has been left out of the latest Belgium squad due to a hamstring injury and coach Roberto Martinez does not expect him to be fit in time for the next international break in mid-November.The 31-year-old was forced off at half-time in Tottenham’s 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town last Saturday and subsequently missed the 4-2 Champions League defeat to Barcelona.Ahead of Barca’s visit, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said the club were assessing Vertonghen’s condition and refused to outline a timeframe for his return. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Martinez has had to leave him out of Belgium’s squad and does not think he will be able to feature next month in the Nations League against Switzerland and Iceland either.”Jan Vertonghen may miss the next two international camps, so also those games in November,” Martinez told reporters on Friday. “It’s bad news.”Nevertheless, Martinez is confident in Jason Denayer to step up after coming through a turbulent period in his career.”Jason was going through a difficult time as a footballer,” he said. “I think he learned a lot at Sunderland and Galatasaray.”His hard work in these teams is now paying off, certainly now that he plays in Lyon and the Champions League.”Leander Dendoncker is the only fit player from Belgium’s World Cup squad who has been overlooked for the upcoming games with Switzerland and Netherlands, and Martinez has told the Wolves midfielder he needs to be playing if he is going to be considered for selection.”Leander has the qualities, he is part of our plans, but it is difficult to get to the national team if you do not play at your club,” Martinez added. “He can now try to become important at his club.”Kevin De Bruyne, Christian Benteke, Adnan Januzaj and Mousa Dembele all miss out through injury, while Christian Kabasele and Dennis Praet join Denayer in returning and Brandon Mechele of Club Brugge gets his first call-up.Belgium squad in full: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Matz Sels (Strasbourg); Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Christian Kabasele (Watford), Jason Denayer (Lyon), Brandon Mechele (Club Brugge); Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Nacer Chadli (Monaco), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Dennis Praet (Sampdoria), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Timothy Castagne (Atalanta); Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Michy Batshuayi (Valencia), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Leandro Trossard (Genk).last_img read more

Tanaka Ready For Fenway Park

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Masahiro Tanaka is well aware of what awaits in his first start at Fenway Park on April 22: The Green Monster and Boston’s fanatical fans.New York Yankees teammate Jacoby Ellsbury will also be returning to the ballpark where he helped the Red Sox win World Series titles in 2007 and last year.“I’m sure that the fans will be heated up a bit,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “I’ve seen the two teams play (on TV), and I understand there’s a rivalry between the two teams. It should be a good experience going up on the mound that day and I’m very much looking forward to it.”Tanaka has a simple plan for the 37-foot-high Green Monster in left field. “I understand that if you give up flyballs, it might be dangerous,” he said. “So, I think the best thing to do is try to get as many groundball outs as possible.”Tanaka is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA in three games with 28 strikeouts and two walks in 22 innings. The 28 strikeouts are the most by a Yankees pitcher in his first three career starts.Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year to lead the Rakuten Golden Eagles to their first Japan Series title, then signed a $155 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees.Jon Lester is slated to start for Boston. New York Manager Joe Girardi expects Ellsbury to get a mixed reception after leaving the Red Sox to a sign a $153 million, seven-year deal with New York.“You can’t think about what they’re going to do,” Ellsbury said. “You can really only focus on what you can do. Not worry about all that other stuff you can’t control.“I gave the organization everything I had for a third of my life. Nine years in an organization — drafted by them, came up and won two World Series. I left it all on the field.”last_img read more

Kansas State Police Asking For Help To Identify Fan Who Bumped Jamari Traylor

first_imgKansas State fan bumps Kansas's Jamari TraylorTwitter/K-StateKansas State scored a huge rivalry victory last night over Kansas, but unfortunately, much of the focus following the game has centered on the lack of security during the subsequent court-storming. While most Wildcats fans were respectful of their opponent in celebration, a few went overboard. One, in particular, is going to be in some serious trouble as a result.Kansas State police are asking followers on Twitter if they can help in identifying which fan purposely bumped KU player Jamari Traylor. It’s safe to say that someone is going to know the answer.K-State Police would like help identifying this fan. Send a tip at http://t.co/ZqQti0IAve or call 532-6412 pic.twitter.com/VtBS2dPijl— K-State Police (@KStatePolice) February 24, 2015Here’s video of the incident, if you haven’t seen it.Not cool. Rushing the court after a huge win is an amazing experience, but you have to remember, the players on the opposition have done nothing to you. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a trend.last_img read more

West Ham ready to sell Michail Antonio

first_imgWest Ham United are ready to sell fan favourite Michail Antonio this summer for a fee in the region of £15m, reports Sky SportsThe English winger has struggled with fitness issues over the past 12 months and, while he has impressed new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini with his attitude, the Hammers have decided to sell him this summer.The London club have just signed Jack Wilshere on a three-year deal and are close to completing deals for both Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson, which would leave Antonio with no other option but to leave.What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….The 28-year-old’s struggles with fitness had a telling effect on his time on the pitch last season with Antonio being limited to just 21 appearances in all competitions.While Crystal Palace have previously expressed an interest in Antonio, the Eagles’ priority now is to ensure that Wilfried Zaha remains at the club for next season.last_img read more

Mandragora banned for blasphemy

first_imgUdinese midfielder Rolando Mandragora has received a one-match ban for “blasphemous expressions”.The Lega Serie A has today confirmed it had reviewed the conduct of Rolando Mandragora, camera footages, and has found the player guilty of using ‘blasphemous expressions’ in the second half of Udinese’s match against Sampdoria.The Italian football body concluded that while Mandragora was “cursing without addressing any of those present” he was also “clearly caught on camera using blasphemous expressions, identifiable beyond a reasonable doubt by lip reading”.Mandragora was therefore given a one-match ban. Football Italia reports.Sassuolo’s Marlon Santos Da Silva was also banned for one match for his red card at the weekend.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.Napoli were given a fine of €12,000 after their fans launched a firecracker at Milan fans, and also onto the pitch.AC Milan fans were caught singing anti-Neapolitan songs, and the club was fined €10,000.Parma got a €2,000 fine after their fans ignited a smoke bomb in their own sector.last_img read more

Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel advisory for Miami and South Florida

first_img Four killed in plane en route to Provo; not natives South Florida records first cases of Zika virus Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIn light of the reports of robberies of Bahamians in Miami and the south Florida area, the general public is again advised to exercise caution and care when travelling to South Florida.Bahamians visiting that area are advised to always travel around in groups and avoid remote and dimly lit areas.Do not leave valuables in your car at all as the reported break ins have been of valuables left in the trunks of cars. Additionally, travelers are advised to leave all travel documents including airline tickets, Police Certificates and passports in a secured place such as a safety deposit box at the hotel.Bahamians in need of assistance while in South Florida can contact the Miami office of The Bahamas Consulate General at the following address: Ingraham Building Suite 81825 South East Second AvenueMiami, Florida 33131Tel: 305-373-6295Fax: 305-373-6312END Related Items:bahamas consulate, bahamians, south florida Haitians gearing up for May Celebration in South Florida Recommended for youlast_img read more

TCI countdowns to TS force winds by Thursday everything you need to know

first_img Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #HurricaneUpdate, #HurricaneWatch, #magneticmedianews New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 6th, 2017 – Providenciales – It is Wednesday September 6th and by tomorrow, Thursday September 7th all of the islands of the Turks and Caicos will be experiencing super strong Category 5 Hurricane Irma and her 185mph winds.  I have aimed to put together all of the things we all need  to know at this point from government and the private sector and that includes that there is no school today, TCIG wants everyone to be hunkered down by this evening and so that means government offices will not open on Thursday; private sector operations will follow suit.Two schools in Provo are to be used as shelters, Enid Capron in Five Cays and Oseta Jolly in Blue Hills and the Community Center College in Grand Turk is the storm shelter site.  An evacuation is in effect for both Salt Cay and Middle Caicos. We are told many have left tiny Salt Cay, which was yesterday visited by the Premier, Home Affairs Minister and Health Minister. Today, there is bus and boat transportation provided by Government for Middle Caicos residents who need to leave that island.  All airports will close at 6pm today informed the TCIAA. This means domestic and international flights will cease, including Bahamasair which will run its usual Thursday flight into Nassau today. Please be at the airport early if you are scheduled for the service.When it comes to airlines flying into the United States, today is also the final day and the US State Department late yesterday issued a notice to all American Citizens to leave the TCI and The Bahamas and if you cannot or do not want to, to find a safe and secure place to ride out the storm.  Americans are advised to inform their family and friends about where they are and cautioned to protect their travel and identification documents.  The Ministry of Tourism and TCI Tourist Board agree that guests should leave today, but if not, to remain indoors during the storm and to follow the advice of officials and their hotel staff.Cruise ships were in port yesterday in Grand Turk, according to information from Tourism, but stops from today have been redirected.  The North to Middle Caicos ferry also suspends operations today by 5:30pm.  When it comes to banks, they will operate regular hours today as determined by the Bankers Association, but tomorrow and Friday all banks will be closed.  Grocery stores will also function as usual today. Some tell Magnetic Media they will remain open for as long as weather permits on Thursday but Graceway Supermarkets which means IGA, Gourmet and Smart will close at 11am on Thursday to allow its staff to go home and make final preparations or lock in to ride out the hurricane.The Premier reminded on Monday that RTC is the main voice of Government during the storm, but other stations and media houses intend to continue serving the public throughout the storm with information coming from the National Hurricane Center, the Bahamas Department of Meteorology and the TCIs DDME.  The power company, FortisTCI closed its offices since yesterday and asks the public to stay away from downed power lines and to report problems to 946-4313.  You can also visit FortisTCI Facebook page for updates.The water company, Provo Water, closes its office in Grace Bay today and also gives an emergency number as 231-0705 if you see any bursts.  The Governor confirmed to Magnetic Media that the RFA Mounts Bay is in the Caribbean.  The Royal Navy vessel which is deployed to support regional countries, including UK Overseas territories in events like hurricanes is said to be “ready to provide practical and humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The public is advised to ensure you know which hurricane shelter is nearest you. There are nine shelters opened nationwide . You can view them at our site or at DDMEs Facebook page.You can also find the flood prone areas list if you want to become acquainted.  The advancements in technology have made just about everyone a reporter, but moving about the island is strongly discouraged; and this includes after the storm as well.  Sight-seeing is not wise and very dangerous.  The spread of Fake News or unverified reports is also discouraged by officials, who will today address media in a final debriefing before Hurricane Irma strikes.By Deandrea Hamilton FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Pellegrinis agent denies United links

first_imgAccording to the agent of AS Roma star Lorenzo Pellegrini, “only thinking about Roma” and not interested in a move to Manchester United.Pellegrini has a £27m release clause in his contract and Jose Mourinho is reportedly interested in signing the 22-year-old Italy international after an impressive start to the season.However, his agent Giampiero Pocetta was quick to rubbish reports linking Pellegrini to the Red Devils in the January transfer window.“I’m sorry that rumors have spread about financial aspects relating to him and his team-mates, that for Lorenzo have never been important,” Pocetta told Corriere Dello Sport.“He doesn’t live for meetings, especially financial ones.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s getting what he deserves on the pitch, and the rumors about the transfer market have never distracted him nor disturbed him.“Pellegrini is only thinking about improving with, and for, Roma.“These issues don’t count, for now, it’s normal that Pellegrini is liked. Lorenzo is happy though, he’s already chosen Roma once.“Then, when it’s time, we’ll sit down with Monchi [Roma sporting director] again.”last_img read more