End to Victor Moses’ Eight Years Adventure at Chelsea Imminent

first_imgVictor Moses Chelsea have finalized plans to offload one of their longest-serving players, Victor Moses in the summer transfer window.According to Sky Sports, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner is one of the Blues first team stars tipped for the exit door, the others being Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, Antonio Rudiger, Emerson, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Michy Batshuayi.Ahead of next season, Chelsea have bolstered their squad with the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech from RB Leipzig and Ajax Amsterdam respectively and they have to cash in on the aforementioned players before they can buy. August 24th, 2020 will make it eight years since Moses joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic and he has entered the final twelve months of his contract with the Stamford Bridge outfit.Apart from his debut season and during Antonio Conte’s two-year spell in charge of Chelsea, the Nigerian has found playing opportunities hard to come by, leading to loan moves to Liverpool, Stoke City, West Ham, Fenerbahce and most recently Inter Milan.There was a purchase clause inserted into the deal taking Moses to Inter Milan in the January transfer window, but the Serie A giants have no obligation to buy him permanently.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Year ends for UW’s Swan

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAs upsetting as falling to Illinois Saturday was, it was nothing compared to the sense of loss felt by the Wisconsin football team after losing one of its top wide receivers and leaders for the season.Fifth-year senior Luke Swan will undergo surgery Wednesday afternoon, according to UW head coach Bret Bielema, to repair a torn left hamstring that will effectively end his Badger career. He injured it late in the second quarter when he landed awkwardly on his left leg following a 17-yard reception.”Luke’s a great kid. And it was a hard day yesterday,” Bielema said, holding back tears during a press conference Monday. “Anytime you lose somebody for a season, but especially when they’re a senior, and they’ve done so many things, it’s tough for everybody.”I’m sure whatever comes out of this, Luke will make it as positive as he can.”The most difficult component about Swan’s injury is that it was something out of everyone’s control.”When things are ended without it being your own decisions, those are very, very hard to deal with,” Bielema said. “Bottom line, the only thing I do care about is the personal safety of our players.”With Paul Hubbard at least a couple weeks away from returning, Wisconsin will rely heavily upon two freshmen at the receiver position — David Gilreath and Kyle Jefferson — as well as tight ends Travis Beckum and Garrett Graham.”Kyle’s a ballplayer,” Bielema said of his new No. 1 wideout. “He enjoys everything that’s right with game days.”Swan was second on the team in receptions (25) and receiving yards (451). His best game of the season came against Washington State when he caught eight balls for 170 yards and two touchdowns.Defense plays softBeyond the missed tackles, the blown assignments and hundreds of yards allowed, the defense is playing hesitant.Even though much has been made about the increased team speed of the Badgers this year compared to last season, it’s irrelevant if the players can’t make confident, quick decisions.”I believe that if you just take the strong safety position in particular, and you took Joe Stellmacher out last year and raced him against Aubrey Pleasant, I know who’s going to win the race,” Bielema said. “It’s great to have defensive speed, but if it doesn’t carry to the football field, it’s really a nonfactor for you.”More importantly, speed doesn’t equate success.”How you perform, just because you’re fast … doesn’t mean you make plays,” Bielema said. “And bottom line, you can only play as fast as you can see, and that’s what we’ve got to be able to do.”Bielema said part of the problem for the defensive unit all season is that it hasn’t practiced together for a full week since fall camp.”It has really affected the way we practiced and carried over into what we do on Saturdays,” he said. The defense hasn’t had the consistency and dependability that has been expected of them, Bielema said, with one notable exception being Nick Hayden.”Our linebackers and our defensive backs need to take more of a, ‘I don’t need to see great, I just need to have accountability. I want you to do what you’re supposed to do and be able to count on me,'” Bielema said. “And I think that will carry forward a lot further.””I saw DeAndre [Levy]’s comments in the media where he said what he said after the game,” Bielema continued. “And it’s one thing to say it, but now you got to go out and do it. … Our good players need to play well on defense for us to have success.”Moving onWisconsin lost for the first time in more than a year Saturday. For some players, it was their first loss as a Badger.While the loss is troubling, the team cannot dwell on its defeat.”The worst thing you can do in football is let a team beat you twice,” Bielema said. “Illinois earned a victory and beat us this past Saturday. We got to make sure that we focus on Penn State and leave that behind us. … I see teams that may get defeated twice in a row by a lingering effect from the first game, so we try to shake that out of us.”In order to do that, Wisconsin began practicing on Sunday rather than waiting until Monday in hopes that early preparation for Penn State will clear its players’ minds of Saturday’s loss.last_img read more

Alexander: Clippers bolstered their roster, but gritty culture hasn’t changed

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The T-shirts draped over the backs of Staples Center seats Tuesday night, courtesy of the Clippers, were a reflection of how L.A.’s upstart franchise – and in the eyes of many observers, the NBA’s next champion – sees itself.“Driven over given,” they said. Or “We over me,” “Squad over self,” and “Streetlights over spotlights.”It’s gritty and at the same time, subtly slick marketing, based on the “L.A. Our Way” mantra the Clippers introduced last season. Set yourself apart from the legacy franchise, emphasize keeping it real, create a contrast between the other team’s Hollywood image and your own blacktop mentality.One problem Tuesday night: How many of those Clippers T-shirts were tossed aside by Laker fans assuming their seats for the season opener? From the moment the Clippers hype video on the scoreboard was booed – heck, from the moment the guy in the 300 seats yelled “Go Lakers!” during the National Anthem – the pro-Lakers spectators for what was technically their road game just reinforced an underdog mentality that fueled the Clippers’ 48-win season in 2018-19 and could take them much further this season, if the pundits and oddsmakers and, yes, the league’s general managers are correct.Then again, the Clippers fans in the announced crowd of 19,068 made themselves heard as the game, ultimately a 112-102 victory for their team, continued. An example: Just one game in, Kawhi Leonard is already hearing “M-V-P” chants from the faithful.Those championship predictions may be based on this: In adding Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers bolstered their talent level without appreciably messing with their already existing culture.“The way we played last year, and then you went out and targeted two free agents to kind of be the poster child of how we play, I don’t think we could have picked two better people than the two guys we ended up getting,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.“… It’s probably great for the young guys more. I mean, our rookies, they get called upon a lot (by the veterans) when they don’t do right. And from the coach’s standpoint, I love it. I don’t have to do it. It’s nice.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img “There are a few guys that can affect a practice with their temperament,” Rivers said. “Surprisingly, J.J. was one of them. When he didn’t practice, our practice was bad. The pace was different. Obviously, KG was one you can name. There’s a group of guys (where) it’s business time.”Rivers also told a story of a pro golfer, whom he declined to name, during Tiger Woods’ heyday who groused about how Woods worked harder than anyone else.“And I was thinking, ‘OK, he’s No. 1 in the world and he works harder than you,’” Rivers said. “Odds are you’re not going to beat him, you know.“LeBron, Kawhi, they all do (carry that work ethic). It’s what they have in them. In Kawhi’s case, he definitely carries this on the practice floor.”But it is early.“It’s game one,” Leonard said. “That’s where we are. It’s hard to say until right about 20-30 games in, and once we get to that point, we’ll pretty much see who we are and we’ll keep building. Like Doc said, we haven’t played too much together in practice and this is our first game, so there’s a lot to grow from, a lot to build from.”Maybe it all will lead to a championship. Maybe it won’t. But the underdog mentality, and the unspoiled culture that goes with it, certainly won’t [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter It is not a total carbon copy of last year’s roster. Maurice Harkless was acquired from Portland, Rodney McGruder (who didn’t play Tuesday with an ankle sprain) and Patrick Patterson were signed as free agents, and Terance Mann, Mfiondu Kabengele, Derrick Walton and Amir Coffey are the aforementioned rookies.Counting Leonard and George, who will be inactive for a while as he recovers from shoulder surgery, that’s nine new faces on a 17-man unit including the two-way contracts of Coffey and Jonathan Motley. When you add the players who came over at midseason in trades, Landry Shamet, JaMychal Green and Ivica Zubac, that’s 12 of 17.“It’s really different,” Shamet said. “I mean, we have a new team, new players, new (actually remodeled) practice facility. It’s not the same at all. The same culture, the same mindset, same core guys. But you can’t compare this year and last year too much.”Yet the key pieces that are the beating heart of that culture are still around: Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.And the highest-profile new guy has set a tone in his own way.Kawhi “is a great communicator, a great talker defensively, offensively,” Shamet said. “He’s very open. I think from the outside looking in, everybody views him as a quiet guy who doesn’t talk and doesn’t have any personality or whatever, however people view him.“But he’s a great guy, a really good teammate so far. And I’m glad he’s with us.”It’s a work in progress. Rivers said that Kawhi’s efficiency while on the floor with Williams and Harrell is about 10 percent of what it’s going to be, adding, “It’s going to get way better.”And while different combinations might need time to build familiarity, Beverley said the basics remain the same.“We’re so used to closing out games and fighting for whatever, especially the group that was here last year,” he said. “Of course, with the addition of Kawhi, it made it a lot easier tonight also.”Rivers has coached other guys, like Leonard, who have set a tone on the practice floor while demonstrating a serious approach to their craft. He rattled off some names Tuesday evening: Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and J.J. Redick, a guy you might not immediately think of in that vein.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Christopher Taylor delights with record run on Champs day one

first_imgCalabar High School’s Christopher Taylor delighted with a record run on the opening day of the 106th staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships inside the National Stadium.With six finals on the card, Jamaica College (JC), though, are expected to lead at the end of today, with yesterday’s curtain-raiser giving little indication of the fierce race to the titles that await.Still, yesterday was not without its fair share of ‘oohs’ and aahs’, and the main reason: Taylor.It says something that his run surprised nobody inside the National Stadium because of course, when your name is Christopher Taylor, you break records.The wiry Calabar standout missed the record mark at last year’s Champs, but wasted little time in erasing Devaughn Baker’s (JC) time of 46.64 set in 2013 with a smooth 46.33 in yesterday’s boys’ Class Two 400m heats.”Yes, I wanted to break the record today,” he confirmed afterwards. “That was my intention, and I am happy I was able to get it done.”Kingston College’s Akeem Bloomfield was also impressive, frighteningly, as he jogged the final 100m or so and stopped the clock at 48.36 to win his Class One boys’ 400m heat. Let’s not forget that he is responsible for that 44.93-run last year, and despite his injuries over the past 12 months, it is hard to see another winner in this event.St Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) Junelle Bromfield has certainly been a class act this season, and she was comfortable in qualifying from her Class One girls, 400m heat in 53.63 seconds.She is expected to do battle with Holmwood’s Ashley Williams, who clocked a solid 55.07 in winning her heat, with another medal favourite, Edwin Allen’s Shannon Kalawan, the fastest qualifier with a time of 54.37 ahead of Hydel High’s Taqece Duggan, 54.85.Jamaica College’s high-flyer, O’Brien Wasome, is comfortably through to today’s boys’ Class One final (5:50 p.m.), where he is expected to dominate and pick up some valuable points for the 2011 champions.Wasome produced his best jump this year, disturbing the sand at 7.74 metres, a clear demonstration that he not only intends to defend the title he won last year as part of a JC horizontal jumps sweep, but also to break Leon Gordon’s 28-year-old record of 7.87m.He is followed into the final by Calabar’s Leroy Paige, 7.17m; Tasrico Bell (Vere Technical) 7.14m; KC’s Dameon Creary, 7.11m; Campion College’s Lorne Barrett, 7.10m and Paketo Dudley (JC), 7.10m, among the top qualifiers.Earlier, Vere Technical’s Avery Pryce a bronze medal winner at Central Champs was most impressive in qualifying to today’s Class Two girls shot put final (5:30 p.m.), after registering a 13.90m mark in yesterday’s preliminary round.Next best was Buff Bay High’s Ashtina Dobson, 13.08m, with St Jago’s Shania Scott also booking her spot with a 12.13m effort.Delarno Beckford (Happy Grove) was the best qualifier to the boys’ javelin Open event with a mark of 56.94m, with Petersfield High’s Kevin Nedrick, 53.68 and Morant Bay’s Tyrik Sewell, 53.09m, showing themselves to be a cut above the rest of the field in yesterday’s qualifying.Gold medal favourite Brittany Anderson (Vere) is the fastest qualifier to the next round in the girls Class Three 80m hurdles, winning her heat in 11.43. Winsome Harris (STETHS), 11.48, Codesha Lewis (Vere), 11.51, Ackera Nugent (Excelsior), 11.61 and Kimeone McLeod (St Jago), 11.69, are the top qualifiersLast year’s Class Three champion, Shanette Allison (Holmwood), looks ready to take her shot after graduating to Class Two, after topping all qualifiers in the 100m hurdles in 13.59. The Manchester High pair of Sidney Marshall (13.86) and Daszay Freeman (13.92) are also through to the next round, as are Casheena Chen (Wolmer’s), 13.94 and Edwin Allen’s Khamoy Farquharson, 13.97.After dominating Class Three for the last two seasons, Edwin Allen’s Annia Ashley, 5.68m, was impressive in booking her spot in the Class Two girls long jump, with Monief Heslop (Camperdown), 5.54m, Shiann Salmon (Hydel), 5.50m and Rhian Chong (Alpha), 5.44m, also showing good form.In the Class I girl’s high jump preliminaries, Hydel’s Britny Kerr (1.60m) is safely through to the final where she will face St Jago’s Athaliah Boyd and Tissanna Hickling; as well as Hydel’s Samara Spencer, Alpha’s Gabriel Foster and Petersfield’s Colistia Baker, who also cleared 1.60m in qualifying.Competition is set to start at 8:30 a.m. today with the preliminary round of the Class Four girls long jump.last_img read more

Travelport Air Canada announced new full content agreement

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada, Technology, Travelport ATLANTA — Travelport and Air Canada have signed a new long-term agreement that will allow both companies to collaborate on merchandising, branding and technology. Under the full content agreement, Travelport-connected agencies in over 180 countries will have real-time access to search, sell and book Air Canada’s fares and inventory through the Travelport Travel Commerce Platform.In return, Air Canada will expand its use of Travelport’s technology solutions, including Travelport Rich Content and Branding, to display its branded content and ancillaries to agencies. Travelport will also connect to Air Canada’s API content via the Travelport Universal API and Travelport Agencia.“Today marks an exciting chapter in the partnership between our two companies by laying the groundwork for us to continue working together on next generation technologies and merchandising solutions that provide travel agents and travellers with the best branded products, best branded services available and the best branded content in the travel industry,” said Duncan Bureau, Air Canada’s Vice President, Global Sales.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“As only one of a small number of global carriers flying to all six inhabited continents, we look forward to partnering with Travelport and its vast global network of connected agents to fuel Air Canada’s growth and success across the globe.”Air Canada also recently agreed to use Travelport’s EMD + technology, which allows the airline to process ancillary sales with travel agencies, beginning with Preferred Seats and Advance Seats. Sharecenter_img Travelport & Air Canada announced new full content agreement << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, February 14, 2017 last_img read more