Competitive UP good for UAAP

first_imgWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Having a competitive University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons basketball team is good for the school and the UAAP.The State University has a lot on its hands to think about and work on and it’s understandable when it hasn’t been able to stay in step with the current powers of the league. This is not to say that UP has been remiss in supporting college athletics as a vital part of student formation. We shouldn’t forget that UP has had champion teams in football, swimming, baseball, cheer dancing and other sports.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ But there seems to be a change in the way things are being done for the Fighting Maroons basketball team and there’s a renewed interest in its hoop campaign.The buzz isn’t just about that big win against De La Salle University, the defending champion, although the triumph created ripples of conversation in basketball circles and on social media. It’s more about having a chance in every game to score a win against both the frontrunners and the struggling teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogA competitive UP team will spread interest not only for its community but also for basketball followers in general. College ball is interesting beyond school alliances. The game is played by young players whose skills are still being formed and that’s why flashes of brilliance are just as fascinating as fumbles and turnovers.It’s also about getting the community together to come to the games and cheer together and UP does have a sizeable number of students and alumni that can converge. But to keep them coming, the team has to remain competitive as it’s hard to root for a squad that can’t stay in the game till the very end. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Juvic ties for 2nd in Taiwan Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody All the UAAP schools have undergone difficult seasons, where wins have been hard to achieve. You see that in the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers who still have to win in the current tournament. Very often teams struggle for wins because it also matters who you are pitted against in a given season and what kind of players you have.It cannot be a case of a lack of trying by teams that haven’t won that much. It’s just that the other teams are so well stacked up and have been playing together for some time. La Salle and Ateneo do not simply have adequate support but also have teams that have been together through at least two years and that is vital for forging team chemistry.So we find the Fighting Maroons in the conversation in the current UAAP season. Many alumni are hopeful for a Final Four finish, something that hasn’t happened in almost two decades. It will be good to see a large sea of maroon in the stands on a regular basis shouting unique cheers that can rev up the game.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Petron overpowers Smart

first_imgPetron was simply too much for a pick-up Smart Prepaid team built around a superb import Thursday night.Petron stymied highly regarded Cuban reinforcement Gyselle Silva, who failed to save Smart from a 25-12, 25-14, 25-17 demolition in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Steady Meesawat stays on top by 1 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citycenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Silva still scored 22 points for the Giga Hitters, who were formed just two weeks ago and whose other import, Serbian Sanja Trivunovic, was scheduled to arrive late Thursday evening.“We were able to execute the game plan which is primarily to stop or at least slow down Silva,” said Petron’s reinforcement Lindsay Stalzer, who fired 15 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Alessandrini giving UST’s flickering Final Four bid a jolt

first_imgAlessandrini, who missed  four games in the middle of the season due to an injured right shoulder, has been a saving grace for the Golden Tigresses since her return last March 7 where they went 2-2.UST captain Cherry Rondina said she’s thankful that Alessandrini is back in the lineup since the Golden Tigresses can rely on her in terms of scoring and blocking.“She’s a really a big help for us because of her height alone,” said the 5-foot-7 Rondina of the 6-foot-1 Alessandrini. “We aren’t the best blocking team because we aren’t that tall.”“Also Milena listens and she will follow orders. All of us are willing to fight in battle, but it really helps if you have someone who can help you out in a big way,” added Rondina who had 25 points against the Lady Bulldogs.Alessandrini, for her part, scored 19 points against NU coming off 11 spikes, five blocks, and three service aces.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And in the past two games, Alessandri has averaged 19.5 points for UST while Rondina normed 25.“There’s more work to be done and I will work harder and play better,” said Alessandrini.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina University of Santo Tomas is slowly changing its narrative in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament after suffering an unprecedented five straight losses across the first and second rounds.ADVERTISEMENT Beermen foil Hotshots comeback, knot PBA Finals at 1-1 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments The Golden Tigresses have now won two consecutive games for a 4-7 record after dismantling National University in four sets, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-9, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.UST’s season, however, is still hanging in a balance as one slip could ultimately see the Golden Tigresses, who are a game behind fifth seed Adamson, crash out of the Final Four race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut rookie Milena Alessandrini has faith in her team.“I believe we can still make the Final Four,” said Alessandrini after their victory against the Lady Bulldogs. “There are still three games more and I don’t know what will happen next, you never know.” Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismlast_img read more

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‘Street Child of Liberia’ Launches First Project

first_imgStreet Child of Liberia, a new NGO, launched its first project yesterday at the Ministry of Gender and Development in Monrovia.Street Child of Liberia (SCL), aims to reduce the number of children in Monrovia, who are reliant on the streets for their survival, and ultimately to reduce the number of out of school children in Liberia.A Street Child of Liberia release said, “Since 2012 the organization has been identifying street children throughout the capital to benefit from its projects to help get them back home and into education while giving their families the means to maintain them.”The release stated that the NGO is supported by the UK charity Street Child, which provides funding, training, and support to help build its capacity.It said Street Child has made an impact in neighboring Sierra Leone by working with local organizations on similar projects that currently create educational opportunities for more than 20,000 children.“Our goal is to replicate the kind of impact here in Liberia that Street Child has already achieved in Sierra Leone,” said Michael John Bull, who has been seconded from Street Child of Sierra Leone to help Street Child of Liberia.Street Child of Liberia’s initial aim is to connect children living full time on the streets with one of the NGO’s social workers.The release said the NGO will represent safe, responsible adult influence in the child’s life, explaining that the child will go through  a counseling and mediation process before being introduced to a new family.The Street Child of Liberia, the release added, will pay the child’s first year back in school and work with the child’s family to help increase its capacity. “Sustainability sits at the heart of what we do,” said Tom Dannatt, Street Child’s founder and managing director. “By helping families achieve the means they require to keep their children in school, the charity has the opportunity to work with Liberian street children on the same scale as we have already achieved in Sierra Leone.”There are presently 211 Liberian children that the Street Child of Liberia is working with, drawn from several communities in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Child Labor on the Rise

first_imgThe Coordinator of the Division of Child Labor at the Ministry of Labor, Patience S. Heah, has said the unavailability of budgetary allocation to implement programs to tackle child labor, is a major contributor to increased child Labor in Liberia.Madam Heah named the low capacity of social partners due to a lack of technical support and logistic, limited commitment of stakeholders and the lack of coordination among them as some of the other factors.She defined child labor as “work undertaken by children under the minimum working age as stipulated in national legislation in accordance with the ILO Convention 138 .”She made the statement Thursday, February 27, at the opening of a two-day interactive workshop for media professionals.The workshop, under the theme: “Reporting Children’s issue and Consequences of Child Labor and Abuse,” was held at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Hall in Monrovia.Madam Heah stated that child labor instances are rampant across the country and that they primarily exist in the mining, agricultural, and informal sectors.  She said that children are also used for illicit activities such as promotion of criminal activities and smuggling of narcotic substances.Discussing how the ministry would enforce the fight against child labor, Ms. Heah explained that the Labor Ministry is prepared to fight against child labor in the country:  “We are going to work hard in fighting against child labor and make sure the children are taken off the streets. This task is difficult because there would be no proper care given to these children due to insufficient support from parents and guardians. In spite of this, we will continue to work towards solving the problem.”She defined a child as any person below the age of 18 years in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child (UNCRC) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of a child. It is also in line with ECOWAS child policy.Making reference to the ILO convention 182 she said, “Liberia ratified the ILO Convention 182 in June 2003, but is yet to ratify Convention 138. The knowledge base on child labor in Liberia is relatively weak and grass roots commitment to reduce child labor is poor.”Child Labor is viewed by many as something only taking place outside a child’s home, while the description and analysis of the incidence and nature of child labor in Liberia draws on data collected under the 2010 Labor Force Survey (LFS) as its main source.“The absence of a general prohibition of work is likely to harm the health, safety, and morals of children less than 18 years, as is the absence of a clear enforceable list which defines these types of work,” Ms. Heah concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Accountants warned of penalties if caught in money laundering

first_imgAttorney General (AG) and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, SC, on Saturday highlighted penalties that accountants and auditors could face if they refuse to report or are found to be involved in money laundering and terrorism financing activities.The AG delivered brief remarks at a session hosted to sensitise the professionals on their roles and responsibilities as Guyana moves swiftly towards Anti-Money Laundering/Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance.“The consequences that come with being involved in money laundering, whether willingly or not, are severe with penalties such as the loss of licence to practise to significant fines as much as $40 million and even a prison sentence,” he warned.According to a report from the Department of Public Information (DPI), he stressed the critical role of reporting, which lies within the accounting profession.The Attorney General, who is also the Chairman for the National Coordinating Committee on AML/CFT, said that the accountancy sector was one set up without a supervisory body, with just a regulatory agency, which is the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Guyana (ICAG). The need for a supervisor, according to AG Williams, represents a gap in the AML/CFT–PF (Proliferated Financing) regime locally.This, he said, if not remedied or looked into, will pose a possible challenge to combating money laundering and terrorism financing.“You are regarded as gatekeepers of financial systems as it can be used for purposes of facilitating or assisting illicit activities of criminals, including accounting and auditing malpractices … Additionally, money launderers utilise the expertise of accountants to facilitate money laundering through various mechanisms such as transferring funds across several countries, setting up shell companies, and structuring complicated transactions.”Member of the ICAG committee, Aaron Fraser was also in attendance and delivered brief remarks on behalf of the institute. He told the gathering of Guyana’s continued economic growth, and advised on how the profession could be safeguarded from money laundering and terrorism financing activities.“This particular workshop is timely in that it allows us as accountants to share some of the experiences that we would have had in the past, our interpretation of some of these things. At the end of the day, it will enable us to understand what is before us, read through the lines, and to really get to the bottom of what is going on.”Accountants and auditors gathered at the Cara Lodge on Saturday, May 18, 2019, to learn more of how their profession can be compliant with the reporting obligations to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).This workshop follows a similar one held on May 17 where Attorneys-at-Law were briefly engaged, and their role towards Guyana’s compliance with AML/CFT laws was highlighted.Attorney General Basil WilliamsThe gathering of accountants and auditors at Cara Lodgelast_img read more

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New year, new team, same goal, Huskies look forward to defending title following main camp

first_imgClothier added that the Huskies have a good group of returning defenseman but will need to groom some younger players who haven’t played with them before.“The ones that are coming back are going to be really solid. We’ll have a few young guys in the lineup this year, so it’s a bit of a learning curb with some of them, but with the coaching staff we have it won’t take them long to catch up.”Clothier went on to say that team roster has not been finalized, but when it is, he is sure it will be another title contending squad.“Absolutely, that is our goal every year.”Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies held their main camp at the Pomeroy Sport Centre last weekend.The camp saw 30 skaters take the ice for a variety of drills, in-game scenarios and scrimmages.Huskies General Manager Jeremy Clothier explained that the camp went well with many players showing great promise.- Advertisement -“Really good group of forwards coming back, we have both returning goalies so that’s always a good spot to be,” said Clothier. “We’re gonna be faster this year then we were last year, so that’s always nice when we can add a little speed to our lineup.”Clothier mentioned that the team still has holes which he hopes to fill by the time the season starts.“Still need a little bit of size and a couple more holes to fill but I’m sure by the time the season starts we will be there.”Advertisement Up next for the Huskies is exhibition games against the Canadian Women’s National Team on September 14th and their season opener in Peace River against the North Peace Navigators.last_img read more

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4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS

first_imgFour Lanterns USL Results & Reports 30.03.14ResultsBonagee Utd. 5 0 Fanad Utd. Cockhill Celtic 2 0 Finn Harps Res.Drumkeen Utd. 1 2 Letterkenny RoversSwilly Rovers 2 3 Derry City Res.Reports Cockhill Continue Winning WaysCockhill Celtic 2Finn Harps Res. 0League champions Cockhill Celtic continued their winning start in defence of their title on Sunday against a strong Harps Reserve side. In a very scrappy 1st Half, chances were very few for either side as defences were on top. The 1st real big chance for the local side came when a cross from Mark Moran cross found Garbhain Friel unmarked inside the Harps penalty box but the big striker volleyed over the bar. As the half progressed Mark Forker started to dictate for harps from centre midfield and it was he who supplied Matty Henry for a great chance on the half hour but the Greencastle man couldn’t beat Gavin Cullen from close range. At half time the game was 0-0.A change of formation by Cockhill at half time meant Jazza Mc Laughlin dropping into midfield and as a result Cockhill began to dominate proceedings. On 55 minutes Mark Moran broke the deadlock following good work by Derek Doherty on the right wing. Doherty supplied an excellent pull back for in rushing Moran to drive past the Harps keeper. Cockhill continued to press in the 2nd half and got there second on 70 minutes when captain Liam O Donnell toe-poked from close range following a goal mouth scramble. Cockhill comfortable defended their lead for the remaining 20 minutes. Best for Cockhill were Connor Keddy & Derek Doherty while Mark Forker & Paul Mc Dermott did well for Harps. Rovers Defeat DrumkeenDrumkeen Utd. 1Letterkenny Rovers 2This was a lively affair at St Patricks Park, Letterkenny scored after two minutes, a Jonathan Minnock free kick caused a bit of a mix up in the Drumkeen defence and the ball fell to Darren McElwaine who scored from six yards. Rovers probably had the best of the opening 20 minutes without creating any more clear cut chances, Drumkeen got back on level terms after 21minutes, Ronan Coyle got on the end of a through ball and knocked it past the advancing Jason Quinn in the Rovers goal. There were a few meaty challenges going in and Packie Coll handed out a yellow to John Doherty and later on to Darren McCready. The half ended with a bit of Letterkenny pressure but then just on half time Ronan Coyle was chasing a long ball but keeper Quinn was quickly off his line to clear the danger. Drumkeen lost Brian McGrory after 20 minutes to be replaced by Gary Patton, at the start of second half Letterkenny’s Anthony Doherty ran through the defence and forced the keeper to push it wide, they then had two corners in a row which were both too long. Letterkenny got their second and what proved to be the winner on the hour mark as a pass across the Drumkeen defence was intercepted by Stevie O’Donnell who fired home past Conroy. Drumkeen tried hard to get back on level terms in the last ten minutes but then David Shovlin was shown a straight red card just before the end to quash any remaining hopes for the home side. Drumkeen will be disappointed with both goals conceded as they were both as a result of errors, overall it was a very tight contest with the Letterkenny men holding firm toward the end with the older heads of Minnock and Lloyd keeping them together. Ref. Packie Coll. Derry Win in RameltonSwilly Rovers 2Derry City Res. 3An action packed thriller at Swilly Park before a large crowd which included Derry City boss Roddy Collins. Local man Tony Mc Namee hit the post for Derry on seven minutes. Derry went ahead on 21 minutes when Ryan Curran produced a delightful chip over a Swilly defender and then volleyed home for a fine goal. Swilly levelled on 36 minutes when Darren Dunworth released Calvin Mooney who produced a great finish from an acute angle.Swilly went ahead on 40 minutes when Martin Mc Daid unleashed a real piledriver from 30 yards for a wonderful goal. Derry levelled on 56 minutes when former Shamrock Rovers defender David Elberg headed home following a corner. On 62 minutes the winner arrived when former Finn Harps player Lee Toland had a stunning effort come off the crossbar and quick thinking by Tony Mc Namee saw him head home the rebound. Swilly then lost both Laurence Toland and Brian Pyper to injury with twenty minutes left.Mooney went close twice near the end for Swilly but Derry were always very dangerous on the break producing some delightful football. A good advertisement for Ulster Senior League Football. Match referee was Stephen Toner.Swilly Rovers: Gareth Wade, Duncan Patterson, Gareth Colhoun, Martin Boyce, Dylan Hegarty, Damien Friel, Darren Dunworth, Martin Mc Daid, Laurence Toland, Michael Mc Hugh, Calvin Mooney. Subs: Brian Pyper, Ryan Mc Daid (both used) Cathal Diver, David AinaDerry City Res.: Ciaran Gallagher, Conor Barr, Lee Toland, Calum Mc Laughlin, David Elberg, Raymond Foy, Cormack Burke, Ryan Curran, Conor Harkin, Tony Mc Namee, Mark Timlin. Subs: Conor Mc Dermott, Eoin Barrett, Ronan Curtis, Josh Tracey.Bonagee Get First WinBonagee Utd. 5Fanad Utd. 0The home side claimed their first three points of the season after comprehensively beating a spirited Fanad Utd team yesterday afternoon in Bonagee. Fanad, under the management of Michael Deeney, fielded a predominately young side and could have been three down before Bonagee actually opened their account. Chances fell the way of Graham Cullen, Frankie McBrearty & Aidan McLaughlin before the hosts opened their account in the 10th minute, when Mark Harkin headed home a Daryl Brown corner. That lead was doubled in the 21st minute when full back Gareth Breslin unleashed an unstoppable effort from 25 yards into the bottom corner of the net. Four minutes later, it was three nil. The impressive Mark Harkin powered his way into the Fanad penalty area to cross the ball to Anthony Appiah to side foot home from six yards. Fanad Utd were finding it difficult to break through the opposing defence, with both Daryl McDermott and Darek Frankowski equal to anything that was thrown their way.Bonagees fourth arrived ten minutes into the second half, when a Frankie McBrearty effort struck the hand of an unlucky Glenn McNulty in the area. Tommy McAree pointed to the spot and Kevin Barr dispatched the resulting penalty. McBrearty did get the goal his performance deserved, when he curled a shot beyond the keeper from the edge of the box in the 65th minute to make it 5-0. Good performances from both teams. Ref. T. McAree.FixturesSunday, April 6thKnockalla Caravans Cup(E.T. & Penalties if Required)Letterkenny Rovers v Milford Utd. Ref. T. McAreeDrumkeen Utd. v Derry City Res. Ref. S. TonerSwilly Rovers v Glenea Utd. Ref. P. CollGlengad Utd. v Cockhill Celtic4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS was last modified: March 30th, 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:BONAGEE UNITEDCockhillDerry City ReservesFANAD UNITEDlast_img read more

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Why Tottenham’s interest in long term target could finally end

first_img Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out heading off IN DEMAND GOSSIP Signing imminent? Man United target ‘on flight’ to England for talks with club RANKED Carroll explains why he wanted to fail Liverpool medical before £35m move fear Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade TRANSFER NEWS Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM REAL DEAL three-way race on his way French publication, Le Parisien, report that new manager Thomas Tuchel doesn’t see keeping Rabiot, who has been linked with moves away for the last few seasons, as a priority and PSG could even get up to €40m for the player.And it is thought the Liga champions are in advanced negotiations to sign him.Rabiot caused outrage in France ahead of the World Cup when he refused to be a member of Didier Deschamps’ standby list.“I was obviously surprised. I can understand his immense disappointment but I’m convinced he made a huge mistake,” the manager said.“Hopefully it will help him grow up and think. When you play at the highest level, you can let your emotions take over. I’m surprised because he is a young player with only a few caps.” 1 Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot is believed to be heading to Barcelona, bringing an end to Tottenham’s long standing interest.The 23-year-old has a year left on his contract and rather than risk losing him for free when his current deal expires, the French champions have decided to sell him. Adrien Rabiot is on his way to Barcelona ‘perfect fit” Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing last_img read more

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Aston Villa vs Birmingham: Confirmed line-ups and live commentary stream

first_imgWhat the managers are sayingDean Smith (Aston Villa): “They [Villa players] have to know the game plan and follow it but also keep calm.“We can’t be obsessed with beating Birmingham City, we have to be obsessed with winning every game.”Garry Monk (Birmingham): “This will be another level above that but we need to take that experience where we have gone to hostile places, big crowds, dealt with the game situation really, really well and managed the game how we wanted.” huge blow Sunday afternoon’s Championship clash will be a huge one as Aston Villa welcome local rivals Birmingham to Villa Park – and you can listen to full commentary of the match live on talkSPORT 2 from midday.Both teams are level on 24 points in the Championship table so there is a little more at stake than bragging rights in what should be a classic encounter. Confirmed line-upsAston Villa: Nyland; Hutton, Chester, Tuanzebe, Taylor; Whelan, Hourihane; Adomah, Grealish, Kodjia; AbrahamBirmingham: Camp; Colin, Morrison, Dean, Harding, Pedersen; Craig Gardner, Kieftenbeld, Mahoney; Adams, Jutkiewicz getty 3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won However, Dean Smith’s men will be confident they can get the three points as they have won their last two games, including a 3-0 dismantling of Frank Lampard’s Derby County.Meanwhile, Garry Monk’s Birmingham have not won since October so go into the clash as the underdogs. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img ADVICE Latest Football News Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Villa Park will be a full house when the teams lock horns on Sunday lunchtime REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move BEST OF 3 Monk has promised his players will put in maximum effort against the Villans MONEY no dice Will Dean Smith taste victory in his first Second City derby as Villa boss?last_img read more

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