Celtics overcome 22-point deficit to beat 76ers in London

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Kyrie Irving had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Boston overcame a 22-point deficit to beat the 76ers 114-103 in the eighth regular season NBA game played in England.“It’s always great to believe in fate,” Irving said. “But for us we have to be dogged in every moment we’re afforded. It’s great for that to happen for that past team but it’s the past. We have to be very present. Winning an NBA championship is one of the hardest things you can do in life.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJaylen Brown added 21 points, and Marcus Morris had 19 points and eight rebounds to help the Celtics extend their winning streak to seven games.JJ Redick had 22 points and hit five 3-pointers for Philadelphia, but the 76ers were unable to take advantage of their fast start as the Celtics’ NBA-best defense tightened at O2 Arena. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Having been outshone by fellow Rookie Of The Year contender Simmons in the first half, Jayson Tatum began the second half hot, making his first five shots to bring the Celtics within a point.The Celtics took their first lead midway through the third quarter, and soon took control as Morris and fellow reserve Marcus Smart stretched the lead.Irving returned early in the fourth and was fouled making a trademark driving layup and made the free throw to give the Celtics a 105-88 advantage midway through the quarter, all but ending the contest.PLAYOFF PREVIEW?With the Celtics top of the Eastern Conference with a 34-10 record and the 76ers (19-20) ninth and fighting to make the post-season a first round playoff meeting between the two is a possibility.Despite having lost all three games to the Celtics this season, Embiid is confident the 76ers could compete in a seven-game series.“If we end up meeting in the playoffs, I feel like we got a pretty good chance,” Embiid said. “We just need to correct whatever has been careless the whole season and that’s turnovers and fouling a lot.”TIP-INSCeltics: The Celtics held Philadelphia without a field goal for the final 4:37 of the second quarter to trim the halftime deficit to nine points76ers: Embiid was the only player on either team to finish with a double-double, adding 10 rebounds to his 15 points. MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina UP NEXT:Celtics: Host New Orleans on Tuesday night.76ers: Host Toronto on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Alvarez-Golovkin 2 coming in May—report Boston Celtics forward-center Al Horford, left, goes down on the floor during an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena in London, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Ten seasons ago, the Boston Celtics came to London and won. They went on to win the NBA title.As they repeated the first half of that feat with a comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night, the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics provided more evidence that they can emulate that 2007-08 squad.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defensecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Joel Embiid had 16 points, and fellow All-Star hopeful Ben Simmons added 15 for the 76ers.“This team that we just played today is the best defensive team in the NBA and we felt all of that,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “When you look at their individual defensive players to a man, they’re as strong positionally as any team in the NBA.”Irving and Embiid struggled early, going a combined 1 for 10 from the field in the first quarter. Despite ending the quarter pointless, Embiid was able to make an impact on defense, notably swatting away Irving’s attempted layup.Embiid and Simmons helped out Redick at the start of the second and the 76ers made their first nine shots of the quarter to open the 22-point lead with 6:56 remaining in the quarter.However, Irving finally made a 3, sparking a strong Celtics finish to the half as they closed to 57-48.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View commentslast_img read more

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Piracy threatens future of sports broadcasting

first_img0Shares0000The Premier League is a huge international draw © AFP/File / CHRIS J RATCLIFFELONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 13 – Piracy poses an existential problem for broadcast rights holders but there are no signs that live sport is losing its glittering allure, according to Eleven Sports chief executive Marc Watson.The company — a relative upstart in a cut-throat field — has got its hands on a number of high-profile events this year, adding the UK and Irish rights to the PGA Championship, La Liga and Serie A to a growing portfolio. Founded by Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani in 2015, it holds the rights for a range of sports in 11 markets, but Singapore has proved a major headache.“Piracy is everywhere… It is an existential problem for broadcasters,” Watson told AFP in an interview at the company’s London headquarters, though he said the extent of the problem varies from place to place.“Piracy is rampant in Singapore. It is a very law-abiding nation but piracy is pretty much treated there as legitimate.“The levels of piracy are hard to make the business work but it was not only us who suffered.”Watson, who joined Eleven Sports in 2015 after a successful seven-year spell at BT Sport, during which the company ate into Sky’s portfolio by muscling in on the Premier League, said the solution is to offer a good-value product, not to fight through the courts.“In the end the answer is about accessibility for consumers. It is about making good-value products available everywhere to consumers at a reasonable price where they want it, when they want it,” he said.Watson believes the music industry has managed to combat illegal streaming of content by going down that route.“Sports rights owners and federations themselves need to back that by supporting rights holders to make available content everywhere at all times and at reasonable prices,” he said.Watson, a lawyer by profession, says his bold approach at both BT Sport and now Eleven Sports is born of necessity.– Disruptor –“I am definitely prepared to disrupt the status quo if I think there is good business in it,” he said. “I did it at BT because it really needed at that moment to grow its business.“We are doing it here because of that. If you are a new entry you have to be prepared to be a disruptor as there is no other way of entering an existing established marketplace but to be a disruptor.”Despite its status as a jewel in the broadcasting crown, the rampant inflation associated with Premier League rights has slowed.In February, Sky and BT paid a combined £4.46 billion ($5.9 billion) for domestic rights to England’s top football tier for 2019-2022, significantly less than the £5.1 billion they forked out in the previous auction.It is understood BT subsequently paid £90 million for a further package of games and Amazon made an intriguing foray into the market, though it is unclear how much they paid.Watson expects the slowdown to be temporary, with appetites undiminished.“Live sport is always going to be an essential commodity because it can drive consumer behaviour,” he said.“Sports rights will rise and fall over time, most markets are flattening around the world but only because they rose so quickly.“There is a modest correction taking place and will continue for some time and at some point in the coming years it will pick up.“Something I don’t see changing is the sons of today will turn into the fathers of tomorrow and still want to sit on the sofa to watch their team play football and predominantly still live.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Clemens, Bonds, Tejada named in steroid report

first_imgNEW YORK – Roger Clemens, Miguel Tejada and Andy Pettitte were named in the long-awaited Mitchell Report on Thursday, an All-Star roster linked to steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs that put a question mark – if not an asterisk – next to some of baseball’s biggest moments. Barry Bonds, already under indictment on charges of lying to a federal grand jury about steroids, also showed up in baseball’s most infamous lineup since the Black Sox scandal. The report culminated a 20-month investigation by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, hired by commissioner Bud Selig to examine the Steroids Era. It was uncertain whether the report would result in any penalties or suspensions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSeveral stars named in the report could pay the price in Cooperstown, much the way Mark McGwire was kept out of the Hall of Fame this year merely because of steroids suspicion. “Former commissioner Fay Vincent told me that the problem of performance-enhancing substances may be the most serious challenge that baseball has faced since the 1919 Black Sox scandal,” Mitchell said in the 409-page report. “The illegal use of anabolic steroids and similar substances, in Vincent’s view, is `cheating of the worst sort.’ He believes that it is imperative for Major League Baseball to `capture the moral high ground’ on the issue and, by words and deeds, make it clear that baseball will not tolerate the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.” Eric Gagne and Paul Lo Duca were among other current players named in the report, both linked to Human Growth Hormone. “We identify some of the players who were caught up in this drive to gain a competitive advantage,” the report said. “Other investigations will no doubt turn up more names and fill in more details, but that is unlikely to significantly alter the description of baseball’s `steroids era’ as set forth in this report.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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FORGET MONEYGALL! BOLD BID TO BRING PRESIDENT OBAMA TO DONEGAL

first_imgSean Hillen, media and public relations director Democrats Abroad Ireland, VIP guests Sally and Tom Fitzgerald and Dennis Desmond, chairperson Democrats Abroad Ireland.An Irish/American group is to lobby for US President Barack Obama to visit Donegal when he takes part in the G8 Summit in Fermanagh in June.During his last visit to Ireland some American TV networks reported that he had visited Donegal…instead of his ancestral home of Moneygall.Now if his supporters here get their way, he will actually be coming to the real Ireland here in Donegal. Democrats Abroad Ireland gathered at the Gresham hotel in Dublin this week to celebrate the inauguration of the US President for a second term in office.Led by Gaobh Dobhair man, Sean Hillen, national public relations director for DA Ireland, the group’s chairperson and other dignitaries said they would lobby the White House for such an event.Richard Moat, chief financial officer Eircom with Lisa McKelvey.Hillen said presence of the US President could be a calming influence on angry clashes in the north and help renew the frayed peace process – as former US president Bill Clinton did before him with considerable global political success.Aside from Hillen, the DA event this week had a marked Donegal presence, including Lisa McKelvey, a Dublin-based RTE correspondent from Dungloe, attending the event in a personal capacity. Donegal Mayor Frank McBrearty said he was very open to discussing the idea, saying such an event would be “very beneficial in enhancing the county’s image both at home and abroad and help attract many more visitors to see what we have to offer in terms of hospitality and enjoyment.” FORGET MONEYGALL! BOLD BID TO BRING PRESIDENT OBAMA TO DONEGAL was last modified: January 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Democrats AbroadSEAN HILLENlast_img read more

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MARY WINS THE FESTIVAL CROWN WITH A BROKEN LEG

first_imgThe newly crowned Mary from Dungloe Grace Sweeney has sensationally revealed she won the coveted title despite the fact she hobbled around all week with a broken foot. Grace who represented Glasgow in this years competition had complained of a sore foot all week but had absolutely no idea how serious her injury was.After the celebrations had ended the newly crowned Mary from Dungloe  still had considerable discomfort with her foot so she decided to go to the A&E to get it checked out. It was then revealed that she had in fact broken it.Nurses were stunned she managed to take part in all of the festival events which included walking the catwalk in Jackson’s hotel and dancing at the gala ball.The glamorous Grace posted on her Facebook timeline,“The nurse can’t believe I managed all week with a broken foot, but us Mary’s are tougher than we look.” “Still at hospital just about to get plastered up had a wonderful week missing all my Mary’s already, had an unreal experience and I’m delighted to be the Mary from Dungloe.”  MARY WINS THE FESTIVAL CROWN WITH A BROKEN LEG was last modified: August 7th, 2013 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:ANKLEBroken FootCoveted titleGlasgowGrace SweeneyMary From DungloeTitlelast_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB PRESIDENT GERARD DUFFY IN FINE FORM AT BARNHILL

first_imgWednesday 23rd Open, played in pleasant sunshine with little breeze, was won by club Captain gerard Duffy [5], proving once again that the rigors of captaincy are paying no effect on his golfing prowess! With a ‘strange’ start of bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie followed with another birdie at Ramsay’s Isle [7th] and yet another bogey at Crievesmith [9th], Gerard must have wondered what kind of score he was about to return but further birdies at Sheep Hill [12th] and Bridal Path [18th] intermitten once again with bogeys at 13th and 17th left him with 21pts and 20pts respectively, a level par gross round of 41pts. Playing it out for second place were two stalwarts of the championship winning ‘Seniors’ team, Captain Kevin Kiely [8] and Don Ponsonby [6], with the latter edging it on B.O.T.Don’s only blemish on front nine was at the Hall Door [1st] but his only birdie on inward nine at Candleabra [15th] was not enough following bogeys at 10th and Aughaninshin [17th]. Despite a birdie at 1st and 21pts on outward nine, Kevin’s woe of three over par on back nine left him relegated to third place.Saturday 26th Open will be long remembered by Cat 4 beginner Richard Spratt [28] who took top spot on the rostrum with 40pts and, despite a ‘blank’ at 12th, recorded 22pts on back nine to pip runner-up Kieran Sweeney [6] by one point. Kieran’s strange run of double bogey at Hackett’s Best [6th] followed by birdie at 7th and another double bogey at Greenhills [8th], gave no assurances of a winning score but back-to-back birdies at Cornagill [10th] and the Settlement [11th] had him return a one over net 20pts on inward trek and a 37pt total to relegate Brian Neely [12] to third by virtue of B.O.T.Sunday 27th confined competition saw another ‘junior’ take top spot with Philip Cassidy [11] showing a fighting spirit to take the title. Philip’s start of bogey-birdie-bogey-‘blank’ left a lot to be desired but a birdie at 11th and a bogey at 17th gave him a level par back nine score of 23pts and an overall 41pt total. Not far behind in second, but dependent on another B.O.T., was Eunan Mc Garrigle [13],who compensated for his ‘blank’ at Ramsay’s Isle with a birdie at Hunter’s Home [13th] and a 20pt finish to relegate the late season’s ‘form’ player, single handicapper Conor Mc Gettigan [8] to third place. Conor continued his fine outward nine return of 19pts with birdies at 11th and 18th only for an unexpected double bogey at Aughaninshin [17th] to prevent him from winning outright.Sunday 27th also saw the Cat 4 members vying for the prestigious John J. Doherty Trophy and coming out on top was Brian Carney with 38pts. Runner-up was John Bradley with 35pts on B.O.T. from Michael Mc Daid, also 35pts. Front nine prize was won by Robin Mc Dowell with 21pts while the elder statesman of the club, Hugh Breslin took back nine with 15pts. Again, congratulations to the Cat 4 Golfer of the Year, Aiden O’ NeillCongratulations to club Seniors team captain Kevin Kiely who followed up his team leadership qualities by winning the club’s Murphy Maintenance sponsored club’s singles matchplay, defeating Roy Mc Crory on 18th. Congratulations also to club members Jamie Foley, John Bowe and Eamonn Davis on their winning scores in the North Western Golfing Alliance GOLF NEWS: LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB PRESIDENT GERARD DUFFY IN FINE FORM AT BARNHILL was last modified: September 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sportlast_img read more

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GIANT BUNDORAN GAA BANNER URGES DONEGAL TO VICTORY

first_imgANYONE travelling around Bundoran over the past few days couldn’t have missed this giant banner – hoping it will inspire Jim McGuinness’s Donegal to a third Ulster Championship in a row.With thanks to Aine McCaughey-Temple for the picture.We hope to see the banner again at Clones on Sunday.  GIANT BUNDORAN GAA BANNER URGES DONEGAL TO VICTORY was last modified: July 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GIANT BUNDORAN GAA BANNER URGES DONEGAL TO VICTORYlast_img read more

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MAN WHO HEADBUTTED GARDA TO DO 80 HOURS COMMUNITY SERVICE

first_imgA man who headbutted a Garda after he was arrested for being drunk has been ordered to do 80 hours community service.Joseph McGranaghan, of Emmet Park, Castlefinn, was approached by Gardai at The Diamond in Castlefinn December 9th, 2013.He was shouting and roaring and was highly intoxicated. He was asked to move on but when he didn’t he was arrested.He tried to headbutt Gardai while being arrested and then did so after he was put into the Garda van.Judge Paul Kelly asked Garda Inspector Denis Joyce if the Garda was badly injured but was told he was not.The court heard how the accused, who is aged 32, had 11 previous convictions for various offences including burglary and robbery.Solicitor Donagh Cleary said his client had an underly psychiatric condition and that he had an issue with his medication a the time of the incident.MAN WHO HEADBUTTED GARDA TO DO 80 HOURS COMMUNITY SERVICE was last modified: September 21st, 2015 by StephenShare 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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Coachless Villa host relegated Nyamityobora in season ender

first_img Tags: Douglas BamweyanaNyamityoboraSC VillaSimon MugerwaStarTimes Uganda Premier League SC Villa secured their League status on Thursday. (File Photos)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueSC Villa vs Nyamityobora FCMandela National Stadium, NambooleSaturday, 04-05-2019 @4pmNAMBOOLE – SC Villa just can’t wait for this season to end.The record League champions have endured arguably their most frustrating season in the club’s history and seeing its back end on Saturday will be a welcome feeling.Throughout the entire campaign, Villa have been struggling at the wrong end of the table, fighting to fend off relegation.Despite securing their top tier status on Thursday, following Ndejje’s lost at home to Onduparaka, Villa still want this season to end as soon as possible.On Saturday, they host a Nyamityobora side who have already been relegated to the FUFA Big League.The build-up to the game has been highlighted by the fact that Villa will be without a head coach for the game.Douglas Bamweyana who has been in charge since late November was shown the exit on Thursday leaving Simon Mugerwa, his assistant in charge.Bamweyana was fired on Thursday.The departure of Bamweyana with just a game to play only signifies the sort of season Villa have had and regardless of the result on Saturday, no smiles are expected on the Villa faithful.For Nyamityobora, they are already preparing for life back in the second tier after they were relegated over a fortnight ago.The sort of season that the Mbarara based side have endured will be haunting them back into the second tier. Two games into the Campaign, the then newbies suspended their Captain Henry Wamala along with two other players, over allegations of match-fixing.From then, the club never became stable as players consistently went on strikes and other forcing moves away from the Ben Misagga financed side.In the 7 months that Nyamityobora have been in the top flight, they have used up to three coaches. James Odoch who guided them to promotion was fired before the end of the first round, up stepped Asaph Mwebaze who also threw in the towel just months into the role, handing the ruins over to Alex Isabirye.By the time of Isabirye’s arrival, it was adamant Nyamityobora would play in the Big League the following season, a situation that the former Uganda Cranes international turned into reality.Match FactsThis will be only the second meeting between the two sides as Nyamityobora were only elevated to the top tier last year.In their first encounter earlier in the season, SC Villa edged Nyamityobora 1-0 at Wankulukuku.Villa go into the game having won only two of their last 10 League games (D4 L4).At home, Villa have been equally unimpressive, winning only one of their last 5 (D2 L2).At home to the two other relegated sides, Villa have manged four points out of a possible six, defeating Paidha and then drawing with Ndejje.For Nyamityobora, they head into the game having lost all of their last four games in the League.Away from home, the Abanyakare have lost all of their last five games, conceding 12 goals whilst scoring just three.Away to the other two ‘VEK’ sides, Nyamityobora have lost both games, losing 6-1 to KCCA and then 2-1 to Express.Match Officials for the game–Center Referee: Lucky Kasalirwe–Assistant Referee 1: Mustapha Mafumu–Assistant Referee 2: Michael Kyeyune–Fourth Official: George ‘Brown’ Nkurunziza–Referee Assessor: Elias KaggwaOther match-day 30 games–Mbarara City Vs Police – Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara–KCCA Vs Maroons – Star Times Stadium, Lugogo–Vipers Vs BUL – St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende–Kirinya-Jinja S.S Vs Ndejje University – Mighty Arena, Jinja–Tooro United Vs URA – Kavumba Recreational Stadium–Bright Stars Vs Paidha Black Angels – Champions Stadium, Mwererwe–Onduparaka vs Express FC – Green Light Stadium, AruaComments last_img read more

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Half-time: Brentford 0 Rotherham 0

first_imgBrentford were fortunate to reach half-time without conceding after Rotherham missed a string of good chances at Griffin Park.Matt Derbyshire and Richard Smallwood had their best opportunities, both put clean through but shooting straight at David Button, who returned to the Bees side in goal.Brentford started poorly, with youngster Jack Barmby shooting straight at Button in the second minute and fellow debutant Adam Hamill also missing the target from distance.And the Bees remained sloppy in possession throughout the half, with James Tarkowski’s superb last-ditch tackle needed to stop Derbyshire firing Rotherham ahead after Harlee Dean’s misplaced pass.Andre Gray had the ball in the net for Brentford but it was ruled out for offside, while Stuart Dallas’s header towards goal was blocked by teammate Jonathan Douglas on the line.Dallas and Douglas returned to the side as well as Alex Pritchard, who fired two shots wide just before the break, one of which was a free-kick.Brentford (4-3-2-1): Button; Odubajo, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; Douglas, Diagouraga; Jota, Pritchard, Dallas; GraySubs not used: Bonham, Craig, Saunders, Tébar, Toral, Smith, YennarisFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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