Tigers can re-sign all four stars: Taylor

first_imgCaptain Aaron Woods, together with fullback James Tedesco and halves Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks are set to become free agents when their deals expire at the end of the 2017 season.With match-winners in hot demand across the league, and Woods now one of the premier props in the game, the club face a difficult task keeping their team core together.However Taylor is confident of retaining all four players.”Absolutely, no doubt about that,” Taylor told Big Sports Breakfast.The club arguably has more money in their salary cap than any other club in the competition, with just six players of their projected top 17 committed next year.Matt Ballin, Tim Grant, Jamal Idris, Kyle Lovett, Kevin Naiqama, David Nofoaluma, Ava Seumanufagai and Tim Simona are all without a club in 2018.Taylor, who himself is without a contract beyond November, said the club would endeavour to limit persistent speculation over the future of his players to prevent it detracting from on-field efforts in 2017.”I’m not going to allow it to be a situation where every time one of our players does media that they’re going to asked those questions,” he said.”We’ll update everybody when there’s updates to be given. But otherwise, it’s just something we don’t need to be continually talking about.”It’s important, we want to get it done. But so is a performance this season.”Everyone’s worked hard to get our squad to the point that it’s at right now.”The Tigers, who finished one spot out of the top eight last year, were one of the least active clubs in the player market this summer, and are at long odds with bookmakers to win the title.Taylor revealed Idris, one of the few players they did sign, had dropped 10 kilograms since arrival and was pencilled in to play in the backline.”We didn’t sign him for any reason than for him to play in the centres at this point in time, but I’m not saying that won’t change,” he said.last_img read more

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Israel Dagg out for season

first_imgThat was the positive spin being put on the latest injury update provided by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen before his team’s departure for their away Rugby Championship match in Buenos Aires against Argentina.Hansen confirmed Dagg was his fourth player to have his season ended prematurely with his ongoing knee problems, but said the overall prognosis was much better than was originally feared.”Izzy has been to see his surgeon and the news is relatively positive in that with a good rest his knee should be OK for him to play on,” said Hansen shortly before a Friday evening flight out for Argentina. “He’ll be taking that rest from now until the beginning of next rugby season.”Dagg joins props Owen Franks (Achilles tendon) and Joe Moody (dislocated shoulder) and utility back Jordie Barrett (shoulder) on the rehab list. All three have had the required surgery and started their recoveries.”Owen and Joe both come through their ops really well and their rehab is under way,” Hansen said.Beauden Barrett confirmed his younger brother was also as active as he could be in his post-operative state.”Jordie is good. He’s in Taranaki whitebaiting, though he’s a bit disappointed they’re not running at the moment,” said Beauden who was a late callup for the Argentina leg to replace expectant dad LIma Sopoaga. “He’s still in his sling, so I don’t think he’s doing much farmwork at the moment. He’s spending most of his time down at the river.”Hansen said the rehab programmes for Franks, Moody and Barrett had all been well mapped out with their franchises to allow for a return to the field in 2018.”Everybody is aware of what we’re doing and what the time-lines are and we’ll have a check point for all three in another four weeks.”For Dagg, the prognosis will be welcomed after the 29-year-old 66-test wing-fullback had undergone somewhat of a late-career rejuvenation following his 2015 World Cup non-selection.He played in 12 tests in 2016, starting them all, and had been a fixture in the run-on XV for the All Blacks’ first four tests for 2017 before the knee problem reared its head again.He had surgery on his right knee in March after a Super Rugby injury against the Reds, and spent six weeks on the sidelines.He missed the first two Bledisloe Cup tests against the Wallabies with the problem, returned for the test against the Pumas in New Plymouth, but had to hobble off.Photo by: PHIL WALTER/GETTY IMAGES Caption:Israel Dagg scores a try against Argentina but won’t play again this year after a knee injury.last_img read more

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Despite more injuries, Celtics beat LA for 10th straight win

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Boston led by 20 in the second quarter before letting the lead shrink to two in the third. Los Angeles then struggled down the stretch, shooting 5 of 18 from the field with six turnovers in the final period.Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 18 points apiece. Julius Randle had 16 points and 12 rebounds.Celtics fans gave rookie Lonzo Ball an icy welcome in his first trip to TD Garden. They booed the No. 2 overall pick throughout the night whenever he touched the ball. He finished with nine points, six assists and five rebounds, making just 4 of 15 from the field.With Tatum sidelined in the second half, Boston struggled defensively, and the Lakers exploited the paint for several easy baskets.“They hit us in the mouth and we were kind of shocked,” Kyle Kuzma said. “The second quarter and the secondhalf we fought back.”ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Irving also got banged up and had his right leg examined by trainers between the third and fourth quarters. He came back with just over six minutes to play and immediately made an impact, scoring back-to-back baskets to push Boston’s lead back to 100-90.The Celtics led by 48-28 in the second quarter but were outscored 24-13 over the final 6:51 of the half to let the Lakers back into the game.TIP-INSLakers: Only lead of the game was 2-0. … Had 12 turnovers in the first half.Celtics: Shot just 8 of 24 in the fourth quarter. … The 61 points scored by the first half was a season high. … Took a season-high 98 field-goal attempts.LAY OFF BALLCeltics forward Marcus Morris thinks fans should ease up on Ball.“He’s a good kid — it’s his dad,” Morris said. “He’s got a big mouth, everybody knows it. … He has a long time to do this. He’s a young guy. It kind of sucks that he’s gotta go everywhere and they just boo him and boo him and boo him. He’s just a regular player.”Ball said he didn’t take offense to it.“They’re home. I’d boo too if I was a fan,” he said. RIVALRY REKINDLED?Lakers coach Luke Walton said this generation of players views the Celtics-Lakers rivalry differently than those around for the 1980s matchups.“I think some of them get it, more than others,” he said. “Guys like Lonzo that grew up in LA, I think if you grew up in either one of these cities, you’re probably pretty well schooled on the rivalry. For some of these young guys, they probably don’t know much about it.”Celtics fans chanted “Beat LA!” after Walton was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter.CELEBRITY SIGHTINGSNew Red Sox manager Alex Cora, New England Patriots players Devin McCourty and Dion Lewis, and rapper DMX were in attendance.UP NEXTLakers: At Washington on Thursday night.Celtics: Host Charlotte on Friday night. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — The Celtics are piling up injuries almost as quickly as they are victories this season.Aron Baynes matched his career high with 21 points, Kyrie Irving scored 19 and Boston overcame injuries to Al Horford and Jayson Tatum to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-96 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Baynes also had eight rebounds and three assists, and Boston improved to 10-2 even as Horford sat out after being placed in concussion protocol earlier in the day. The Celtics then lost rookie forward Tatum late in the second quarter, when he went to the locker room with a sore right ankle.Coach Brad Stevens said Tatum had X-rays and was fitted with a walking boot as a precaution. He will be re-examined on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt’s yet another blow for a team that lost Gordon Hayward for the season after a gruesome leg injury on opening night.“Until we have only four left, I guess we’re just gonna keep playing,” Stevens said. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardlast_img read more

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Ricks Students Win Foreign Scholarships

first_imgEarlier in exclusive interviews with the Daily Observer, Jennifer and Massa said they were grateful to the faculty and staff as well as their schoolmates for encouraging them to stay the course as they are away from Ricks. They promised to represent Ricks Institute academically and in their conduct while studying at Oak Hill.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) “If you do well, I will praise you.  On the contrary, I will cut you down like a palm tree.” This warning resounded throughout the Ricks Institute chapel last Friday when the school campus-based “Dragon News Network” announced that two female students had won foreign scholarships.Shortly after the newscast, the students repeated the slogan, while at the same time, reciting the motto of the school, “Not for self, but for others,” as they gave their two colleagues a standing ovation during a farewell ceremony for them. Jennifer Brewer, 14, and Massa Fazzi, 13, both 8th graders of Ricks Institute in Virginia, won the foreign scholarships valued at US$37,000 each to study at the Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, USA. They are scheduled to depart early September, and will be away for a year at the Oak Hill Academy.  After completing a year of study there, they will return to continue their studies at Ricks. For the duration of their stay, they will receive a weekly stipend (amount not disclosed), and parental support, the Ricks administration disclosed.Oak Hill Academy is a Baptist-affiliated boarding school that provides college preparatory education for young women and men from grades 8-12th.The school maintains small class sizes and provides a closely-knit community ideal for domestic and international students alike.Jennifer, who hails from Nimba County, lives on Hotel Africa Road, while Massa is from Gawular District, Grand Cape Mount County. Both are boarding students. They were qualified for the scholarship based on strong recommendations from the faculty and staff as well as references from their peers in the dormitories and classes. The two students were selected among six other candidates because they consistently distinguished themselves academically and morally at Ricks.During a fare-well ceremony over the weekend, Ricks Principal and Chief Administrator, Rev. Dr. Olu Menjay, said the study program offers both Oak Hill Academy and Ricks Institute opportunities for broader exposure and cross cultural learning experiences for students.According to him, since 2008, Oak Hill Academy, through its president, Dr. Michael Grooves, has offered a full scholarship to one student from Ricks every year.Ricks, Dr. Menjay said, could not benefit from the scholarship offered last academic year due to the deadly Ebola virus (EVD) epidemic which caused all schools in the country to shut down.“The resumption of the Oak Hill Academy scholarship is a major boost for students of Ricks.”For that, Dr. Menjay expressed gratitude to Dr. Grooves for his partnership with Ricks which offers the means to enrich the lives of the students while encouraging the entire Ricks community to invest in quality education.”Dr. Menjay described the scholarship program as a life changing opportunity for Ricks’ students.  Dr. Grooves offered the scholarships when Menjay and his wife, Ottolee visited Oak Hill Academy in late October 2007.Dr. Grooves has meanwhile offered one study abroad scholarship to Oak Hill Academy every year.The study aboard program is in partnership with the Young’s Chapel Baptist Church at Oak Hill Academy, which provides weekly stipend and parental support to each student during their stay. Friday’s farewell ceremony brought together parents of both Jennifer and Massa.  They included Ms. Hawa Brewer,  Jennifer’s mother, and   grandmother, Madam Fatu Kiazulu.  Massa’s father,  Ahmeh Fazzie, was also present.In their separate remarks, the two students and their parents expressed gratitude to the Ricks’ family and those who provided the scholarships for the students.last_img read more

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6 nabbed with compressed ganja

first_imgSix persons, including a female, were taken into Police custody following the discovery of a quantity of compressed marijuana at Itabali Puruni Road, Mazaruni River.The compressed cannabis unearthed by PoliceGuyana Times understands that on Monday, Police ranks stationed at the checkpoint at Itabali stopped and searched a vehicle. A thorough search unearthed 662 grams of compressed marijuana wrapped in cotton.The speaker box in which 557 grams of cannabis was foundAnother 557 grams of the illegal substance was found hidden in a speaker box belonging to one of the suspects. The six persons were told of the offence and taken into custody.A case file was prepared and sent for advice in relation to the charges that will be instituted against the suspects.last_img read more

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GRA sets up Oil & Gas Department

first_imgIn preparation for Guyana’s oil and gas economy, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is currently looking to enlarge its capacity in the oil and gas sector. In an advertisement, the authority made a calling for persons to fill key positions in the recently established Department. The organisation announced recently that it is “spearheading an exciting and important phase of its development through enhancing its capacity in the oil and gas sector in Guyana, South America”.Some of the vacancies listed in their advertisements include; relationship manager, oil lifting personnel, central processing clerk, exemption and inventory monitoring personnel, data and analysis and research personnel and administrative officer.Meanwhile, recently, 118 officials were trained in the areas of oil and gas audit techniques, crude lifting agreements, oil and gas accounting, customs documentation and associated processes; and crude lifting measurements to ensure the nation does not suffer significant value leakage.In addition, the GRA had stated that the Department will have two units to be headed by senior Executives of the Authority at the level of Deputy Commissioners. The Divisions are the Petroleum Revenue Audit Unit (PRAU) and the Customs Petroleum Unit (CPU).The Units are expected to be staffed and given the resources to effectively monitor, audit, and ensure compliance by oil companies is optimal at all times.Alnoor Kassam, former Head of the Canada Revenue Authority’s oil and gas operations, had also lent his services to GRA to help develop its administrative capacity for taxation in the sector.Kassam is currently employed through an arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).last_img read more

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Juventus Serie A game snowed off as blizzard hits Turin

first_img0Shares0000Juventus’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (C) and Atalanta’s defender Rafael Toloi (L) look on as Italian referee Maurizio Mariani checks the conditions © AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLITurin, Italy, Feb 25 – Sunday’s Serie A game between champions Juventus and Atalanta in Turin was postponed because of blizzard-like conditions in northern Italy.Snow covered the pitch at Allianz Stadium with referee Maurizio Mariani and captains Gianluigi Buffon and Rafael Toloi deciding to call off the game. “It’s possible to play in these conditions, but it would not be a spectacle worthy of the top flight. There is also the issue of potential harm to the players,” said Juventus director Beppe Marotta.Six-time defending champions Juventus are a point behind leaders Napoli, who play Cagliari in Sardinia on Monday.Up to five centimetres of snow fell in 55 minutes, an hour before the scheduled 1700GMT kickoff.The covers were removed from the pitch two hours before the game to allow for routine tests on goal-line technology and the video assistant referee (VAR). Both sides continued their warm-ups despite the adverse conditions and the game had looked set to start but following a final survey it was decided it could proceed in sub-zero temperatures.Juventus said another date would be announced shortly, with the team’s crowded calendar making Wednesday, March 14 a possibility.Juventus play Atalanta in the Italian Cup semi-final, return leg next Wednesday in the Allianz Stadium, before travelling to Rome for next weekend’s Serie A game against Lazio.Massimiliano Allegri’s side then travel to Wembley on March 7 having been held 2-2 by Spurs in the last 16 first leg clash in Turin last week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Schneirderlin, Isco AND Higuain! Plus two more Arsenal signings that would make them serious title contenders

first_imgArsenal have mounted a stirring run of form in recent months to keep runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea looking over their shoulders, but it’s highly likely they have left it too late.The Gunners welcome Chelsea to the Emirates this weekend knowing that a victory – and a first ever win for Arsene Wenger over Jose Mourinho – may just about keep their faint title hopes alive.Otherwise, their attentions may turn to a serious challenge next season, knowing that a few tweaks here and there could aid the fans’ wishes of a consistent showing both domestically and in Europe.Arsene Wenger’s style-over-substance mantra may have to be neglected for this to happen though, as Chelsea have proved in recent years that pragmatism often trumps aesthetic satisfaction.With that in mind, talkSPORT have collated a list of five players linked with Arsenal who could transform the Gunners from title pretenders into Premier League winners. 5 5 Petr Cech – Click right to see which classy left back would strengthen the Gunners’ defence – After ten brilliant years at Stamford Bridge, this season has provided a reality check for the Blues’ stalwart. Cech has had to make do with playing second fiddle to new kid on the block Thibaut Courtois and with the Premier League all-time clean sheet record firmly within his sights, he may choose to stay in England to prolong his career. Jose Luis Gaya – Continue to find out which combative player could anchor the Arsenal midfield – At only 19, Gaya is still very much developing but he has emerged as one of the most coveted defenders in Europe. Real Madrid are known admirers of a player hotly tipped to be the next major export to leave Valencia in the last decade, following the likes of David Villa, David Silva and Juan Mata. Isco – Continue to see which 177-goal striker could spearhead the Gunners’ attack – If you believe any of this week’s reports, Arsenal are leading the chase for the Real Madrid star. He has emerged as one of Real’s most consistent performers this season but, when the likes of Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Luka Modric are all fit, finds himself warming the bench. For someone so talented and with so much potential, that’s a terrible waste and the Spanaird would thrive amongst Arsenal’s range of attacking options. 5 Gonzalo Higuain – Olivier Giroud has excelled this season but he is injury prone, promoting Arsene Wenger to keep an open mind about striking options. Higuain is a name that increasingly pops up amid Arsenal transfer talk and, after impressing in both La Liga and Serie A, could be tempted to test himself in the Premier League. 5 5 Morgan Schneirderlin – Click right to see which Real Madrid star has been linked with a summer move to the Emirates – The rise and rise of Francis Coquelin has addressed the distinct lack of bite in the Arsenal midfield, but many feel it is only a short term solution. Schneiderlin is one of the main reasons behind Southampton’s surprise bid for European football this campaign, but he has expressed his desire to play Champions League football next season. Arsene Wenger’s pull factor could play a vital role in any deal. last_img read more

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Revealed! The highest scoring games in every Prem season – remember these?

first_img 1999/2000 – West Ham 5-4 Bradford, and Tottenham 7-2 Southampton 25 1993/94 – Norwich City 4-5 Southampton 1997/98 – Blackburn 7-2 Sheffield Wednesday 2008/09 – Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham, and Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal 25 1992/93 – Oldham 5-3 Nottingham Forest, Blackburn 7-1 Norwich, Oldham 6-2 Wimbledon, Everton 3-5 QPR, and Liverpool 6-2 Tottenham (pictured) – Click right to see every season’s highest scoring game, right up to last season, and see how many you remember. 25 25 25 2001/02 – Tottenham 3-5 Manchester United, Blackburn 7-1 West Ham, Charlton 4-4 West Ham, West Ham 3-5 Manchester United, and Newcastle United 6-2 Everton 2015/16 – Norwich 4-5 Liverpool 25 25 25 25 2003/04 – Manchester City 6-2 Bolton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur 4-4 Leicester City, and Middlesbrough 5-3 Birmingham City 25 25 25 25 2012/13 – Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle United, and West Brom 5-5 Manchester United 2004/05 – Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal 2006/07 – Arsenal 6-2 Blackburn 1994/95 – Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town 2002/03 – Manchester United 5-3 Newcastle United, and Newcastle United 2-6 Manchester United 25 2014/15 – Everton 3-6 Chelsea 2013/14 – Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal, and Cardiff City 3-6 Liverpool 25 2009/10 – Tottenham 9-1 Wigan 25 2010/11 – Manchester United 7-1 Blackburn, Everton 5-3 Blackpool, and Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal 25 25 2011/12 – Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal 25 25 25 2005/06 – Charlton 2-5 Manchester City, Wigan 4-3 Manchester City, Arsenal 7-0 Middlesbrough, Blackburn 4-3 Manchester United, Fulham 6-1 West Brom, and Middlesbrough 4-3 Bolton 2007/08 – Portsmouth 7-4 Reading 25 1995/96 – Sheffield Wednesday 6-2 Leeds United 25 1996/97 – Southampton 6-3 Manchester United 1998/99 – Nottingham Forest 1-8 Manchester United 25 We all love a Premier League goal frenzy.Nothing beats a barrage of strikes in either side’s net for the neutral, whether it’s a consequences of a comedy of errors, or just breath-taking brilliance.We’re lucky in the English top-flight we usually get at least one stunning scoreline a season, and sometimes there are a number of goal-laden games.But, across the 25 seasons of the Premier League, what were the highest scoring games of each campaign? Click the right arrow above to find out… 2000/01 – Arsenal 5-3 Charlton Athletic 25 2016/17 – Swansea 5-4 Crystal Palace, and Everton 6-3 Bournemouthlast_img read more

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Donegal man sent for trial over assault on woman in Galway

first_imgA Donegal man has been sent forward for trial over an alleged assault on a woman in Galway city last year.David Molloy (40), of Churchtown, Kilcar, appeared before Galway District Court charged with assault causing harm under Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act. The offence is alleged to have taken place at number 60 Lismore on the Cappagh Road in Knocknacarra on October 1 of last year.The Director of Public Prosecutions consented to the matter being sent forward for trail on indictment before Galway Circuit Court.Galway Daily report that onsent was also given for the case to be sent forward on assigned guilty plea, though the District Court heard that this issues was not arising at the moment.Garda Noel Lydon presented the Book of Evidence in this case to the District Court, and Judge Mary Fahy cautioned Molloy that if he intends to offer an alibi he is obliged to inform the state within 14 days.The court consented to Molloy being sent forward for trial at the next sitting of Galway Circuit Court sitting for criminal business starting on November 26.Donegal man sent for trial over assault on woman in Galway was last modified: November 18th, 2019 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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