Hubert Lawrence | Times to remember

first_img LANDMARK YEAR 1987 was a landmark year for Jamaican athletics too. Andrew Parker and Winthrop Graham did a Jamaican 110-metre and 400-metre hurdles double at the Pan-Am Games. Later in the season, Raymond Stewart crossed the line in third place in the 100m at the World Championships behind Ben Johnson of Canada and American Carl Lewis. It was Jamaica’s first championships medal in the men’s 100m after Quarrie’s silver in 1976. It was a big deal that got bigger when Johnson was retroactively disqualified for drug use and Raymond’s bronze was upgraded to the silver. The 2017 track and field season will be conducted in a sea of change and reform and will climax at the London World Championships. Five years ago, in London, Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce led Jamaica to a glorious 12-medal haul at the Olympics. Now, as they do their background training, it’s possible that this may be the start of the end of one golden era with the likes of double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson charged with starting another. If another one does start in London next summer, one wonders if the old one will be forgotten. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. I’m still irked at the minimal recognition paid to Deon Hemmings this year for making history in 1996. Despite the efforts of those who came before her, Hemmings became the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic gold medal. She did it in style, setting two Olympic 400-metre hurdle records on her way to the top step of the podium. Her victims included silver and bronze medallists Kim Batten and Tonja Buford-Bailey, who had beaten her in the World Championships in a race where they both broke the world record held by 1992 Olympic champion Sally Gunnell. Jamaica first won Olympic gold in 1948 when Arthur Wint took the 400 over Herb McKenley, with George Rhoden beating McKenley in 1952 in the same one-lap sprint. They came back with repeat 200-metre finalist Les Laing to win another gold medal, this time in the 4×400 metre with a world record time of 3 minutes 03.9 seconds. The next Jamaican gold medal arrived much later, in 1976 when Don Quarrie placed first in the 200 metres. Deon Hemmings would be next. When she returned and took the silver medal behind Russian Irina Privalova in 2000, she became the most successful female 400-metre hurdler in Olympic history. That’s a remarkable achievement in an event where no one has ever won twice. It’s as if, in the glow of a Golden Era that started with Veronica Campbell-Brown winning the Olympic 200 metres in 2004, we almost forgot about Hemmings the history maker. In 1947, McKenley put up a season that has, at least, one result that has never been matched. The Pleasant Valley, Clarendon native ran so well that he was the fastest man in the world in the 100, the 200 and the 400 metres. He produced times of 10.3, 20.4 and 46.2 to earn this unparalleled distinction. Those are times some athletes would be proud of today. Herb did them on dirt tracks, wearing 9-pound spikes and wearing running suits that would flap around in the breeze. Had he been running in this era of synthetic tracks and featherweight running gear, there’s no telling what he and Wint and Rhoden and their peers like US repeat 800-metre champion Mal Whitfield would have been capable of. No one has done what Herb did, while Michael Johnson has set world records and won major championships at 100m, 200m and 400m. I was almost minded to zap a mental email to sprint guru Glen Mills asking him to see if that would give the incomparable Usain Bolt the motivation he needs to shift into top gear. That might be pushing it, especially with the 400-metre world record now even faster than where Johnson left if at 43.18 seconds. 43.03 by South African whiz Wayde van Niekerk is simply stunning.last_img read more

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LeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans No Blatche for Gilas in Fiba Asia as Reyes bares Final 12 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James has had enough of rumors about him from “sources.”The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar shut down reports that he was “tempted to beat” Kyrie Irving’s ass for asking a trade out of Cleveland and that he was looking forward to seeing the guard out.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Since Irving’s trade demand went public, several stories quoting sources have come out even as both James and the star guard had remained mum about it.In his podcast, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith cited “sources” supposedly from James’ camp that the former MVP would be tempted to beat Irving if he were in front of him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’James retweeted SLAMOnline, which carried the story based on Smith’s podcast, and cleared his side.“#NotFacts people! 🗣Boooo!! Get another source. 🤦🏾‍♂️. #EnjoyingMySummer #YouDoTheSame 😁😁😁,” said James in a tweet. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respitecenter_img LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return James also tweeted the same thing about a report from Cleveland.com saying that he is “eager” to see Irving go after he demanded for a trade.This was the first time that James had talked about anything related to Irving’s trade request since the story broke earlier this week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View commentslast_img read more

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Ceres nips Shan United anew, nears AFC Cup KO stage

first_imgCarpio 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 Ceres Negros. Photo from @AFCCup Twitter account.Philippines Football League champion Ceres Negros overcame Shan United for the second straight week, this time recording a 1-0 away victory at Thuwunna Stadium to inch closer to the knockout phase of the AFC Cup.The Busmen leaned on an early penalty conversion from Spanish striker Bienve Maranon and needed some stellar goalkeeping from Toni Doblas to preserve the win. ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery It was the second straight victory for the Busmen against the Myanmar champions following their 2-0 win at Panaad Stadium last March 6.With the win, Ceres, the reigning ASEAN zone champion, jacked up its tally to 10 points from four matches in Group F, six points ahead of Singapore’s Home United, which is playing Boeung Ket of Cambodia in Singapore. 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 folkOnly top teams from each of the three Southeast Asian groups as well as the best second placed club will qualify for the zonal semifinals. The Busmen missed a host of chances in the second half with Manny Ott spurning a big opportunity in the second half after he was set up by Stephan Schrock. center_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Dy, peaking La Salle not taking any opponents lightly Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Substitute OJ Porteria was denied by the post late on. Doblas proved equal to every Shan United attack, saving a couple of one on one opportunities.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Federer beats Thiem to get back on track at ATP Finals

first_imgRoger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning a point against Dominic Thiem of Austria during their ATP World Tour Finals men’s singles tennis match at the O2 arena in London, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Sometimes no practice makes perfect — for Roger Federer anyway.After cancelling his training session a day earlier, Federer produced a much-improved performance to get his campaign for a seventh ATP Finals title back on track with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Dominic Thiem on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Having lost his opening round-robin match to Kei Nishikori, the 20-time Grand Slam champion was still some way from his fluent best but dropped just six points on serve and took advantage of a wayward display from Thiem to break twice in both sets.“(It) was not about my forehand or my backhand or my serve or anything,” Federer said. “I guess it was my head. For that sometimes you need a break.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWith a 1-1 record in round-robin play, Federer will likely need to defeat Kevin Anderson on Thursday to improve his 14-1 record of reaching the semifinals at the season-ending tournament.It will be a repeat of a dramatic Wimbledon quarterfinal earlier this season, in which Anderson came from match point down in the third set to win in five on his route to the final. “I’m happy I’m getting a chance to play him again and have a rematch,” Federer said. “Hopefully I can take my revenge. It was a great match but obviously one that hurt.”Anderson thrashed Nishikori 6-0, 6-1 earlier Tuesday to move to 2-0, with the lopsided scoreline all but assuring the South African debutant’s place in the last four.Thiem is facing an opening-round exit at the O2 Arena for a third straight season and will need to defeat Nishikori in straight sets to have any chance of progressing.“I really want to play a good match,” Thiem said. “Doesn’t matter if it’s the last one here or not.”As had been the case in both players’ opening-match losses on Sunday, unforced errors flowed early on. While Federer was able to compensate with his serve, Thiem was left exposed.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Without Butler, Wolves move on with warm welcome for newbies Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Austrian’s forehand gifted Federer a break for a 2-1 lead and then his volley came up short to help the Swiss star extend that advantage to 5-2.Federer, who is chasing a 100th ATP Tour title, started to play more relaxed and seemed content with simply keeping the ball in play and waiting for mistakes. It worked, as another forehand mistake from Thiem put Federer in complete control in the second set.A Federer backhand up the line set up match point and Thiem’s 34th unforced error — another volley into the net — ended the day’s second one-sided contest.“I didn’t feel good out there,” Thiem said. “I was playing very, very bad. Many unusual mistakes.”The 32-year-old Anderson, who lost just eight points on serve, was on the verge of completing just the second whitewash in the competition’s history until Nishikori won the penultimate game.“Among the best I’ve played,” Anderson said. “I think I did a really good job constantly applying the pressure and not letting up.”___Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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8 Liberian Students Off to US for YES Program

first_imgUS Ambassador Christine Elder and the students The American Government through the International Education and Resource Network (IEARN-Liberia) has qualified eight Liberian students from three counties to depart the country today, Tuesday,  for the Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program lasting one year.The students are between the ages of 15 and 16, and are from Montserrado, Bomi  and Grand Cape Mount counties.Paul Hinshaw, Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Monrovia, who spoke over the weekend at the pre-departure orientation, said the YES program was established by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State along with the U.S. Exchange Community.Hinshaw said the program is intended to recognize the importance of youth exchange as a key component to building bridges between citizens of the United States and countries around the world, particularly those with significant Muslim populations.Mr. Hinshaw, who also benefited from the program, described the students as YES Ambassadors for their country, adding that the program is truly a life changing one, because it allows the students to share their cultures with other students while attending various schools in the US based on where they would be hosted.He called on the beneficiaries to positively represent their country by prioritizing their education for the betterment of Liberia. “You are all leaving to go and represent your country, but you must do so positively to prepare yourself for both the positive and negative  challenges ahead of you. You must in the mean time strive to overcome the negative vices to bring pride to Liberia,” Mr. Hinshaw urged the students.Jacob Bandiyo, IEARN-Liberia program officer, said since the YES Program was established in 2010,  40 students from 10 of Liberia’s 15 counties have benefited so far.Bandiyo said the selection process was tedious because the students went through several processes including writing the Level English Proficiency Test (SLEPT), pre-application, and an interview process at the US Embassy near Monrovia, which qualified them.“Those who traveled to the US last year  have returned with great impressions as this program prioritizes all Liberians especially the physically challenged students,” he said.YES alumnus coordinator Lawrence Fahnbulleh said that the eight students are to live with host families since they will go in separate directions, attend high schools and engage in activities that will allow them to learn about the American society, culture and values.Students who recently returned from the YES Program shared ideas with their colleagues and urged them to prioritize their education, prepare for good or bad, fully represent their country, adapt to the US system and make good friends for successful results.Parents of the students appreciated the US Government for working with Liberia especially contributing to education and empowering the young people.They too urged their children to remain law-abiding while representing Liberia by coming out with flying colors.Musuleng Jackson, a visually impaired student at the Seventh Day Adventist Revelation School, speaking on behalf of her colleagues,  thanked the US Government and IEARN-Liberia for giving them the opportunity to participate in the YES program.“We promise to work tirelessly to ensure that we achieve our aims and objectives,” said Jackson.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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Govt selects consultancy company for India-funded hospitals upgrade

first_imgThe Government has already selected a consultancy company to oversee the multimillion-dollar upgrade of three primary healthcare facilities here, which is being funded by the Indian Government.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence told Guyana Times that having identified a consultancy firm from a shortlisted pool that was sent, they are now awaiting to hear from the Indian Government.“We have already done all of that, the shortlisting, and sent it… So presently we are at the stage where we are awaiting the Indian Government’s response in terms of the consultant. It is in the domain of the High Commissioner now,” Minister Lawrence posited.Last month, Indian High Commissioner Venkatachalam Mahalingam told reporters the company selected by the Guyana Government will undertake the Detail Project Report (DPR) as well as the Project Management Consultancy (PMC).Back in July last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan signed the US$17.5 million line of credit (LOC) with the Export/Import (EXIM) Bank of India to refurbish existing facilities and construct new buildings at the Suddie Public Hospital in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), the West Demerara Regional Hospital in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and the Bartica District Hospital in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). The LOC will also be used to procure medical equipment to furnish the new and renovated facilities.Since the Indian Government is funding the project, it is required that the contracts be awarded to companies from that country.At the signing, Minister Lawrence had indicated that primary healthcare is the most important level of healthcare. Therefore, she added, it is incumbent on the Ministry to ensure that services including prevention, promotion, rehabilitation and palliative care are delivered.The Government wanted to use funds set aside for the controversial Specialty Hospital project for the modernisation of the three primary healthcare institutions.However, the Indian Government had committed to provide a separate loan to make-over the three hospitals in exchange for the Specialty Hospital project to continue. But the Specialty Hospital project was never pursued by the Government.With an US$18 million LOC from the Indian Exim bank, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration was hoping to create a thriving health tourism industry locally with the construction of a Specialty Hospital.However, the project quickly found itself in a series of controversy causing the then Government to end a contract with the India-based contractor Surendra Engineering in 2014, citing instances of alleged fraud and delays. The Donald Ramotar-led regime subsequently filed a lawsuit against the firm for failing to honour its obligations. Guyana is yet to recover close to $1 billion from that company.While in Opposition, both the A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance For Change had strongly opposed the Specialty Hospital project and upon its assumption to office in 2015, the coalition had decided to scrap the project, which had already expended some US$4.2 million on certain preliminary works.However, after some convincing by the Indian Government, the coalition Administration hesitantly proceeded with the project, handing it over to another India-based contractor Fedders Lloyd to complete using the remaining US$13.8 million. But a few months later, that company was blacklisted by the World Bank until 2020, forcing the project to a standstill once again.last_img read more

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College roundup: Waves’ 14-hit attack helps out Enright

first_img No. 5 Miami 1, No. 11 UCLA 0: Scott Maine and Erik Erickson combined on a four-hitter for the host Hurricanes. The game’s lone run came on a sacrifice fly in the third inning. SOFTBALL Kajikawa Classic: No. 3 UCLA lost its season opener 1-0 to No. 17 Texas before rebounding for a 14-4 victory against Syracuse at the tournament in Tempe, Ariz. MEN’S VOLLEYBALL Pepperdine 3, USC 1: Paul Carroll had 26 kills and 11 digs to lead the visiting Waves to a 26-30, 30-24, 30-26, 30-25 victory. MEN’S GOLF UH-Hilo Invitational: Tom Glissmeyer fired a final-round 69 to tie for fifth place and freshman Jamie Lovemark turned in his seventh straight round in the 60s to tie for 15th to lead No. 7 USC to a fifth-place finish at Waikoloa Village Golf Club in Hawaii. MEN’S TENNIS USC 5, Fresno State 2: Gary Sacks, James McNaughton and Kaes Van’t Hof won in singles as the Trojans won their sixth straight match to remain undefeated this season. WOMEN’S TENNIS UCLA 7, Fresno State 0: The Bruins (4-2) won the doubles point and then took five of six singles matches in straight sets, cruising to a victory at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Junior Barry Enright allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings and sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames collected three hits to lead a 14-hit attack as the Pepperdine’s baseball team defeated UC Davis 6-2 Friday at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The win improved Enright (2-0) to 25-3 in his career and moved him into a tie with Jacob Barrack (2001-04) and Randy Wolf (1995-97) for ninth place on Pepperdine’s all-time wins list. last_img read more

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Female voices from World Cup spark sexist backlash

first_imgSome fans desperately want to keep it that way and have vented their anger on Twitter and other social media.“Call me old-fashioned, but women commentators, no thank you,” wrote one after the BBC’s Vicki Sparks and a male colleague commentated on a live match for Britain’s public broadcaster.“BBC again trying to do the PC thing,” the user scoffed.Others charged that “women commentators just don’t work”, make fans “cringe”, help stations to “tick boxes” in gender equality, and that their “squeaky voices” ruin the experience.Former England captain John Terry posted on Instagram a photo of his TV set during the Morocco vs Portugal match in question with the caption “having to watch this game with no volume”.After many angry replies, he deleted the post and clarified that, after he had returned late at night from holidays in the Maldives, the audio on his set was not working.– ‘Losing it online’ –Similar sentiments have rained down on female TV pioneers such as Claudia Neumann of Germany’s ZDF, Aly Wagner of Fox in the US, Hanna Marklund of Sweden’s TV4 and Norwegian NRK’s Lise Klaveness.In Germany, ZDF sports chief Thomas Fuhrmann jumped to the defence of Neumann after she repeatedly became the target of fierce ridicule and gender-based attacks.“Of course we accept criticism, including of our commentators, but what is happening with Claudia Neumann is breaking all boundaries,” he said.“This is obviously about something fundamental — a woman commentating on a game at the men’s World Cup. Some people are completely losing it online, it’s beyond the pale.”Support for Neumann — who had previously taken the microphone for Euro 2016 and Champions League matches — also came from the German Olympic and Sports Confederation.The body proposed putting more women into “supposedly male disciplines” with an emphasis on high-profile events such as at the World Cup and Champions League matches.Bibiana Steinhaus — who became the first woman to referee Bundesliga men’s matches this year, and suffered a similar backlash — also expressed her solidarity.– ‘A men’s world’ –German journalism lecturer Jana Wiske wrote in Der Spiegel news weekly that the situation was not surprising, given that out of 419 German journalists at the World Cup, only 49 are women.“It’s still unusual to listen to a woman” give commentary on a game, she wrote. “Football is a men’s world, not only in Germany, so who can really be surprised by this humiliating criticism against the female commentator?”The often backward gender attitudes were on display elsewhere in the Cup, such as when a journalist for Germany’s Deutsche Welle was groped and kissed on the cheek by a fan while delivering a live segment to camera.DW condemned the assault on its Colombian journalist Julieth Gonzalez Theran, calling for “zero tolerance” on harassment to ensure female reporters can “do their jobs at major sporting events”.When it comes to bringing equality to the job of commentating on matches, Germany’s other major public TV network ARD announced that in the “medium-term”, it is also looking for a female commentator for men’s football matches.Its sports chief Axel Balkausky said that it was still difficult to attract more female commentators, given the sometimes hostile atmosphere.“We are working on it,” he told national news agency DPA, “but we see that, given the often absurd and negative reactions, a woman must be very secure as a commentator in order to be able to deal with such situations.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Its sports chief Axel Balkausky said that it was still difficult to attract more female commentators, given the sometimes hostile atmosphere.BERLIN, Germany, June 28 – Female sports journalists have made history with live commentaries on games broadcast from the World Cup — only to be vilified in torrents of sexist insults and ridicule on social media.While women presenters and experts have slowly gained a foothold in the TV studios of sports broadcasters, live commentary of football’s showpiece tournament had until now been very much a man’s game.last_img read more

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Euro 2016 heartbreak: The players ruled out of this summer’s tournament

first_imgThere’s been Euro 2016 heartbreak for some this season.While most are gearing up for the summer’s competition in France, a fair few have had their hopes of featuring for their country ruined.In devastating news, Danny Welbeck, who only in February had returned from a long-term injury, has been ruled out for nine months after undergoing knee surgery on cartilage damage sustained in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.With this in mind, talkSPORT has taken a look at who will definitely not be featuring in France – find out their identity by viewing the slideshow above. Danny Welbeck (England) – After making a bright return to action in February, the Arsenal striker suffered a huge blow in his side’s penultimate Premier League game, suffering significant cartilage damage to his knee, requiring surgery. He’ll not only miss the Euro 2016 finals, but won’t be back playing until around February 2017. 17 Aymeric Laporte (France) – Laporte was stretchered off after breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle while playing for France’s Under-21 side in March. The Athletic Bilbao defender looked set to earn his first call up to the senior side and was in with a chance of appearing for this summer’s host nation. This setback could also have an impact on Manchester City’s reported interest. Fabio Coentrao (Portugal) – It was confirmed mid-February that Coentrao would undergo surgery on a thigh injury picked up in training, consequently wrecking his hopes of appearing for Portugal in France. The defender has spent this season on loan at Monaco having fallen out of favour at Real Madrid. Fabian Delph (England) – Delph was a shock name in Roy Hodgson’s provisional squad, and his slim hopes of travelling to France have been ended. The England manager revealed the Manchester City midfielder has suffered a groin injury and is now only on the standby list, if injury to others forces his inclusion. 17 17 Raphael Varane (France) – The Real Madrid defender was dealt a cruel double blow when a thigh injury ruled him out of the Champions League final, as well as Euro 2016. He is not expected to recover for around three weeks, when the tournament will be well underway, and France boss Didier Deschamps has decided not to take the risk, including Sevilla’s Adil Rami in the 23-man squad instead. Alessio Cerci (Italy) – A statement from Genoa confirmed the on loan Atletico Madrid forward has suffered cartilage damage to his right knee – requiring surgery – and thereby ruling him out of this summer’s competition. His absence won’t be a major blow to Italy boss Antonio Conte, but it’ll be a personal knock for a player hoping to re-establish himself. Kurt Zouma (France) – Zouma sustained an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United in February. The centre back is new to senior international football, but would likely have got a spot for Euro 2016, particularly as he had become first choice in the heart of the Blues’ defence. Jack Butland (England) – Butland was stretchered off in England’s comeback victory over Germany in March, with it later revealed he had fractured his ankle, ending his Euro 2016 hopes. While Joe Hart would likely have remained Roy Hodgson’s number one, such a fine campaign for Stoke City had seen Butland run his rival close for the spot. 17 17 Rob Elliot (Republic of Ireland) – Elliot’s campaign came to a sad, premature end while on international duty, suffering a serious knee injury – later confirmed as his anterior cruciate ligament – in the Republic of Ireland’s friendly with Slovakia in March. The goalkeeper himself admitted he was reduced to tears after learning of the extent of his injury. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (England) – see the full list of those out of the 2016 European Championship finals by clicking the arrow above, right – Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered another injury-plagued season and Arsène Wenger revealed at the beginning of May the 22-year-old has ‘no chance’ of making Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad. Wenger claimed the Ox was close to returning before a fresh injury put his chances of making the England team to bed. Antonio Rudiger (Germany) – The Roma defender was ruled out of the tournament, days before Germany get their campaign underway against Ukraine. The 23-year-old tore his cruciate knee ligaments in training and has been replaced in the squad by Jonathan Tah of Bayer Leverkusen. Vincent Kompany (Belgium) – Kompany limped out of City’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid in the semi-final – an image that has been all too frequent this season for the defender. Not only is the Belgian out of this summer’s competition, but he looks set to miss out on the start of Pep Guardiola’s reign at the Etihad, too. Chris Brunt (Northern Ireland) – Brunt ruptured a cruciate ligament during West Bromwich Albion’s victory over Crystal Palace in February, ruling him out of action for six months. The midfielder was a regular in qualifying and will be devastated at missing out on his country’s first appearance at a major tournament in 30 years. 17 Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland) – Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill confirmed that the 28-year-old, who was named in the initial 35-man squad, will not be available as he continues to fight his way back from a long-standing knee problem. Wilson has not played a senior game for club Stoke since damaging knee ligaments in January and limped out of a behind-closed-doors friendly last month. 17 Claudio Marchisio (Italy) – Marchisio saw his hopes of featuring for Italy this summer ruined after the midfielder tore ligaments in his knee during Juventus’ 4-0 victory over Palermo in Serie A last month. An MRI scan after the game confirmed he had a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. He has since undergone surgery. 17 Marco Verratti (Italy) – Verratti’s season has been hampered by injuries, and his latest setback – a groin problem, which requires surgery – has ruled him out of Euro 2016. It’ll be a major blow to Italy manager Antonio Conte, with the midfielder having established himself as a key player under the incoming Chelsea coach. 17 17 17 17 17 17 Ilkay Gundogan (Germany) – Agonisingly close to the end of the season, Gundogan recently dislocated his kneecap in training, again ending his hopes of appearing in a tournament for his country. The midfielder also missed the 2014 World Cup through injury. A devastating blow for a player who looked to have overcome persistent injury problems this season. 17 17 17last_img read more

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Credit card case charges could expand

first_imgVALENCIA – Model Beverly Peele, accused of using stolen credit card numbers for $10,000 in purchases, could face additional charges, a prosecutor said Thursday. Charged with two counts of grand theft, Peele was in Santa Clarita Superior Court for a bail reduction hearing, but because she already had posted bond on $65,000 bail, her appearance was a formality. “We are reviewing the evidence and considering additional charges,” Deputy District Attorney Annette Peterson said Thursday, when Peele made an appearance with her attorney, Brian Oxman, in Santa Clarita Superior Court. A runway and magazine model for designers Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Prada and Versace, Peele was arrested Dec. 26, accused of making multiple purchases of furniture – including a refrigerator, washer and dryer, bedding and decorative items for her Saugus home – sheriff’s investigators said. The purchases totaled $10,000 and were made by using credit card numbers from a wallet deputies said Peele found in a local supermarket. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Peele returned the wallet, but credit card numbers from the wallet owner were used to make several of the purchases. An Orange County resident also was victimized when he used his credit card at the John Robert Powers Agency, which employs Peele, according to the sheriff’s report. During Thursday’s brief hearing, Peele sat in the gallery knitting a multicolor scarf. Judge Lloyd M. Nash directed Oxman to make sure Peele met with a probation officer before her next hearing. Peterson could not elaborate on the pending charges, but said they would be ready by Feb. 3, when Peele is scheduled to make her next court appearance. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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