Hanna sails home at Navy

first_imgT3rd Jeff Acheson (10) 36pts4th Paul Walsh (15) 35ptsGreen Valley is keeping in great shape and the numbers were strong for another full sign-up sheet.  The tourists equaled the locals today as we saw Julian and Kevin vie for the tie at 37 points.  We also welcomed back Paul Walsh for another session of Pattaya time and he started off this trip with a decent 35 on the card to squeak onto the podium.Wednesday, Feb. 3, Mt. Shadow (white tees) – Stableford1st Corey Cusatis (23) 39pts2nd Peter Thomas (17) 38pts3rd Jeff Acheson (10) 35ptsT4th Blake Hanna (19) 33ptsT4th Julian Valvo (2) 33ptsT4th Higuchi (18) 33ptsGood course, good comp were the reports from the lads returning from today’s adventure.  This was Cap’t. Phil’s last outing before he heads off Down Under for a few weeks break.  A well deserved break it will be as the last 2 months have been chock-a-block on most days and the so called herding of cats takes its toll.  We have not seen Mr. Smedley’s name on the podium for many weeks now so this hiatus should give the old boy time to recuperate and recharge the batteries.  Have fun down there mate!Lots of the tourists on that leaderboard up there, and it seems only Peter Thomas and recent inductee Blake Hanna were the performers.  Get used to seeing Dave Ferris at the helm as he will be running the show whilst Phil is on holidays.Friday, Feb. 5, Plutaluang Navy (white tees) – Stableford1st Blake Hanna (19) 38pts2nd Don McMillan (10) 35pts3rd Ian Grant (14) 33ptsYou never really know what to expect when you book out here, but this time it all went swimmingly as no six-ball group of admirals and generals cut in front of us today.  Comments in the van were all positive; it is a lovely track that has maintenance issues so if you can deal with that you will have a nice day of golf here.  It is cheap as chips compared to the other courses and hard to beat as a value for money venue.The design of the course was by a military committee, and on this occasion they did a pretty darn good job of winding the course through the foothills of Rayong to produce a most pleasant layout of four 9-hole tracks.  This is the best time of year to play out here as Navy will never be in better shape.Blake Hanna certainly seemed to like it here as he topped the field to turn in his best card of the trip so far!  Blake will be with us for another couple of months so you had better get used to seeing his name up on the podium as I think there will be more victories to come.Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro.  Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya .com and for more information mail us: pattaya4golf@gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclub pattaya… all handicaps welcome! PSC Golf from The Golf ClubMonday, Feb. 1, Green Valley (white tees) – StablefordT1st Julian Valvo (2) 37ptsT1st Kevin Hamilton (16) 37ptsT3rd Sakai Yasuo (10) 36ptslast_img read more

Golfnutter: Steven Bowditch – inspirational (part 2)

first_imgIn April 2006, following a poor run of form on the US PGA Tour and suffering from acute clinical depression, Australian golfer Steven Bowditch attempted to take his own life only to be saved by the timely intervention of his then girlfriend at his condo in Dallas, Texas.Following this close call with death he immediately sought medical attention for his condition and was prescribed antidepressants.  At first they didn’t work; “It went worse,” he said.  “Less sleep.  By then I was running on about an hour a night, if that.  We went on to strong sleeping tablets to take with it.  Then the thoughts, the bad thoughts of hurting myself again, they were coming very regularly.  Every day was getting worse.  I was starting to get my emotions back, but my emotions were all angry.”Bowditch tried to play once in May in Memphis, but couldn’t manage it and posted another DQ.  He finally returned full time at the end of July and made his first cut at the end of August in Reno.  He was playing with fellow Aussie Jason Day, whose caddie, Colin Swatton, was the golf professional at Bowditch’s home course of Kooralbyn part of the time Bowditch was a student there.“I remember walking down the last,” says Swatton, “and he’s right in the middle of the fairway.  All he’s got to do is wedge it on and two-putt and he makes the cut.  He walked down to the ball, and I said, ‘Come on, mate, let’s just finish this off.’  He says, ‘I can’t do it.  I can’t do it.’  That was the first glimpse I saw of it.  He was nearly crying when he knocked in the putt.” After sharing confidences with his old mate from Kooralbyn, Swatton recalls seeing an episode from the Golf Channel shortly after; “I was in Ohio, and they were doing that “Grey Goose 19th Hole” and one guy was saying, ‘Oh, Steve Bowditch has picked up a new sponsor, Dairy Queen, for DQ.’  I was thinking, gosh, you don’t even know the story,” says Swatton.  “He used to not be able to come out of the locker room.  He’d jump in the car, and he’d be gone.  They just didn’t realize.”  Cruel game golf!After his poor experience with the first medication, Bowditch was put on Prozac, which helped some, and then Zoloft, which helped a great deal.  A certain amount of trial and error is common since each of the medications affects the chemical composition of the brain in a slightly different way.  By June 2008, under the supervision of his doctor, he was taken off medication entirely but relapse is always a concern.  The people closest to him, including his mother and father, are understandably watchful.“Obviously, they’re just more concerned from the past,” Bowditch says.  “I know I would know, with things like not remembering shots.  There were times back then where I would sit on the next tee and I couldn’t remember hitting a golf shot.  My mind was just shut off.  I’d have to ask my caddie what happened.  Short-term memory loss is a symptom.”Bowditch has since become associated with an Australian group called beyondblue, a nationwide depression initiative.  He made a DVD for them, detailing his struggles.  While he has never been able to bring himself to watch it, others have.  He has received notes from people thanking him for saving their lives.Bit by bit, Bowditch started to get his life back to a point in 2009 where he actually fell back in love with life – off the course.  This was in no small measure due to his relationship with future wife, Amanda Yarussi, a producer for Fox Sports.  Then the wins started to come.  In November 2009, he won the Queensland PGA. The NSW PGA Championship followed in May 2010, the Web.com Tour’s Soboba Golf Classic in California, October 2010 and then, four years later following a good run of consistent performances, he hit the big time.His first PGA Tour win was the 2014 Valero Texas Open, which gave him his first and only Masters start that same year – he finished a credible 26th.  Then, just weeks ago, he won the AT&T Byron Nelson by four shots; at the very same location where he and wife Amanda married four years prior.Some redemption story this.  One hopes it will get even better.Golfnutterlast_img read more

Anglers reel in cash, kudos at 12th Jomtien Fishing Games

first_imgIn the stingray category, the winner was Rungroj Sang-gnuen who captured both first and second places with hauls of 9 kg and 8.2 kg respectively, while Teerapong Khunjeng’s 2.5 kg was good enough for third place.The skinned fish bracket was a group effort.  Team Hull Suzuki came out on top with 9 kg, Team Padungchom placed second with 4.8 kg, and Team Hull Suzuki again took third with a 4.8 kg catch.Happy anglers return to shore with their prize catch.The top three in the scaled fish contest were Rungroj Sang-gnuen (3.8 kg), Prayut Wattananukij  (3.4 kg), and Thongchai from Team Ziggy (3 kg)The general category for total weight of all catches saw Chaiwat Deeden with 55.8 kg in first place, Julldej Suntat was second with 33.4 kg and Yodying Saengnanta claimed third with 26.2 kg.A tourist examines some prize winning barracuda.A participant takes his catch to the judging officials to have it weighed. Sixty teams of anglers vied for cash and kudos as they tried to land the biggest catch at this year’s Jomtien Fishing Games.Trophy winners pose for a group photo at the conclusion of the day-long competition.Former MP Poramet Ngam­pichet and ex-Culture Minister Sonthaya Kunplome handed out awards at the 12th annual competition Dec. 21.  Winners in each category won 7,500 baht for first place, 5,500 baht for second and 3,500 baht for third.The rules were quite simple: teams accumulated points based on the types of fish they caught.  Prizes were awarded in five categories: stingray, skinned fish, scaled fish, shark/barracuda/sea pike, and a general bracket.In the shark/barracuda/sea pike category, Samart Ruensuay took first place with a six-kilogram catch while Suthat Chanton for 5.8 kg, and Somyot Jinda who reeled in 5.4 kg took the consolation prizes.last_img read more

Michael Brett wins Golfer of the Month

first_imgThe ever consistent Robby Watts took first place on countback from Geoff Cox. Off a low handicap of two, Patrick Kelly had a solid round of thirty-five in third place. Gordon Melia, who particularly likes this course, took fourth on countback from Les Cobban.In a very rare event, Roland Davison joined the “All Four” club by taking all the near pins, something for which there is no specific prize, just the honour of achieving a rare feat, well done Roland.Wednesday, January 29 Pattaya Country Club, White Tees Stableford1st Daryl Vernon (19) 42 points2nd Patrick Kelly (2) 38 points3rd Nigel Harrison (20) 35 pointsNear pins Nigel Harrison, Stuart Tinkler, & Patrick Kelly X 2.For some reason, Pattaya Country Club is not popular with many of the Bunker Boys so a smaller than expected group for Wednesday’s round. The course was in decent condition all things considered but a strong fluky wind proved a real challenge for several golfers, curiously more often than not it appeared to be blowing in our faces.As we are becoming accustomed to, Daryl Vernon throws up a remarkable score at regular intervals and Wednesday he did it again with an astonishing forty-two points highlighted by a birdie on the index two seventeenth hole. We had several replays of that hole back at Woody’s, but as Daryl kept reminding us, there were seventeen other holes to replay.Roland Davison wins all four near pins at Pattavia.Daryl’s score overshadowed what also an excellent round by Patrick Kelly shooting thirty-eight off a handicap of two. Once again, Patrick’s round included five birdies, something that happens on a regular basis. Nigel Harrison in his first game with us also had a very respectable round of thirty-five. Nigel also had his name on three near pin flags but only managed to keep one, the others going to Stuart Tinkler, and two to Patrick Kelly.Friday, January 31 Royal Lakeside Blue Tees Stableford1st Alan Sullivan (12) 36 points2nd Craig Dows (7) 35 points3rd Michael Brett (16) 35 points4th Jimmy Carr (17) 34 points5th Tony Plumer (17) 34 pointsNear pins Les Cobban, Alan Sullivan, Nick Toon, & Michael Brett.On Brexit Day the Bunker Boys made their way up Chonburi Highway for the last game of the month at the beautiful Royal Lakeside Course. As always the course was in excellent condition with only the odd brown patch here and there, mostly the fairways were lush and well grassed. The wind blew strongly at times as it usually does at this course being so close to the coast.Just when we thought we were back to low season numbers we had an excellent turnout, just shows how a good course will get people back playing again.Alan Sullivan took the honours with a solid round of thirty-six which was a good score off the blue tees in strong wind. Despite a horror day with the putter, Craig Dows did enough to take second place pushing Michael Brett into third on countback. Jimmy Carr showed a return to form with a score of thirty-four in fourth place edging out Tony Plumer on countback.Near pins went to Les Cobban, Alan Sullivan, Nick Toon, & Michael Brett.Shot of the day went to Eddie Kelly on the 11th where he hit his approach to the green across the water into the wall from where it bounced upwards and back onto the fairway.The contest for golfer of the month took many twists and turns with Andy Gray setting a cracking pace but returning to the UK before completing enough rounds to be in the final mix. Tony Berry, Patrick Kelly, and Tony Robbins all looked threatening at different times but in the end, it came down to a shootout between Ken Elmore and Michael Brett. Ken looked like he was going to run away with it after two holes with six points, but a combination of some bad luck and indifferent course management decisions saw him wipe a couple of holes leaving the way open for Michael Brett to play steady golf and in the end win by a comfortable margin. Loading…Sponsored Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!The Best Cars Of All Time7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value Jimmy presents the Golfer of the Month trophy to Michael Brett.PSC Bunker Boys GolfMonday, January 27 Pattavia, Blue Tees Stableford1st Robby Watts (9) 36 points2nd Geoff Cox (16) 36 pointscenter_img 3rd Patrick Kelly (2) 35 points4th Gordon Melia (22) 33 points5th Les Cobban (8) 33 pointsNear pins Roland Davison X 4.The Pattavia Course was extremely dry for Monday’s game and in desperate need of soaking rain. The fairways were brown and hard with a huge amount of run so anything even slightly off line ran off the fairways into the rough or worse, into the bushes. A strong blustery wind made conditions even more difficult, although many like the cooling effect it brought. Greens were very fast with several almost impossible pin placements, so many struggled with putting. Despite all that Pattavia remains a favorite course for many and overall scoring was good.last_img read more

Phil Jackson thinks Kobe plays on, but maybe not with Lakers

first_imgWith Bryant going into the last season of his contract and coming off a couple of injury-shortened seasons, his future will be one of the biggest questions around the NBA this season.“I don’t think it’s his last year,” Jackson said Friday. “Sounds like it may be his last year as a Laker.”Jackson, who coached Bryant to five NBA championships with the Lakers, is now the Knicks’ president of basketball operations. He said he sent Bryant a message last month for his 37th birthday.Bryant has played his entire career with the Lakers after they acquired his rights from Charlotte in the 1996 draft. He was limited to six games in 2013-14 because of Achilles and knee injuries, and made it through only 35 last season before shoulder surgery.He isn’t expected to decide on his future until after this season. The Lakers are still planning how they will monitor Bryant’s minutes in his 20th season.Bryant is the NBA’s No. 3 career scorer, and there would likely be interest if he wants to play on — perhaps even from the Knicks. Jackson is rebuilding a club that went 17-65 last season and could use scoring help beyond Carmelo Anthony.“With Kobe, he’s had two seasons aborted because of injuries,” Jackson said. “I think he’s going to be really better than people think, and I think there will still be a future for him as he goes through this season and into next year, where people will ask, ‘Do you still want to play basketball?’ So we’ll see how it goes.”,With Bryant going into the last season of his contract and coming off a couple of injury-shortened seasons, his future will be one of the biggest questions around the NBA this season.“I don’t think it’s his last year,” Jackson said Friday. “Sounds like it may be his last year as a Laker.”Jackson, who coached Bryant to five NBA championships with the Lakers, is now the Knicks’ president of basketball operations. He said he sent Bryant a message last month for his 37th birthday.Bryant has played his entire career with the Lakers after they acquired his rights from Charlotte in the 1996 draft. He was limited to six games in 2013-14 because of Achilles and knee injuries, and made it through only 35 last season before shoulder surgery.He isn’t expected to decide on his future until after this season. The Lakers are still planning how they will monitor Bryant’s minutes in his 20th season.Bryant is the NBA’s No. 3 career scorer, and there would likely be interest if he wants to play on — perhaps even from the Knicks. Jackson is rebuilding a club that went 17-65 last season and could use scoring help beyond Carmelo Anthony.“With Kobe, he’s had two seasons aborted because of injuries,” Jackson said. “I think he’s going to be really better than people think, and I think there will still be a future for him as he goes through this season and into next year, where people will ask, ‘Do you still want to play basketball?’ So we’ll see how it goes.” Phil Jackson doubts this is Kobe Bryant’s final season, though he thinks it may be Bryant’s last in Los Angeles.— AP Photo/David ZalubowskiGREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Phil Jackson doubts this is Kobe Bryant’s final season — though thinks it may be Bryant’s last in Los Angeles.last_img read more

Steelers’ Brown soaring despite quarterback shuffle

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs past Oakland Raiders strong safety Taylor Mays (27) and cornerback D.J. Hayden (25) after making a catch to help set up the Steelers game-winning field goal in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Antonio Brown’s form was so flawless, even Mary Lou Retton took notice.Then again, the 1984 Olympic all-around champion didn’t have to do her gold medal clinching vault with somebody chasing her at full speed, either. So forgive Retton if she found herself a little in awe when the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver launched into an impromptu forward flip after scoring his second touchdown in a 30-9 dusting of Cleveland last Sunday.“Way to stick that landing! Perfect 10! (hash)SteelersNation,” tweeted Retton, a West Virginia native and lifelong Steeler fan.Brown’s GIF-worthy celebration at the end of another sublime performance underscored the rarified air he finds himself in these days.The talk afterward wasn’t about Brown’s remarkable start to the 2015 season or his current two-game run that includes 27 receptions for 433 yards in successive wins over Oakland and Cleveland or even the fact he leads the NFL in yards receiving (1,141) heading into Pittsburgh’s bye week.Nope, instead Brown found himself having to defend his “look mom, no hands” routine to those who considered it a tad too dangerous, a group that included quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.“(Ben) said he wanted me to be smart but you’ve got to have fun,” Brown said. “Having fun is part of the game. Touchdowns are hard to come by.”At least they were for Brown earlier in the year. He went five straight games without scoring, a drought that coincided with Roethlisberger being sidelined by a sprained left knee. Brown’s production dipped with Michael Vick under center. His streak of consecutive games with five receptions and 50 yards ended at 35 when he caught just three balls in a 24-20 win at San Diego on Oct. 12.Brown expressed frustration afterward at what he perceived as a lack of targets from Vick, leading offensive coordinator Todd Haley to politely but firmly chastise his All-Pro.“Did (AB) get the ball enough? Yep, we won,” Haley said on Oct. 15.Haley has worked with Brown long enough to know that Brown wasn’t pouting so much as letting the competitive edge that has made him one of the league’s most dangerous weapons despite being just 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds get the best of him. Like all great players, Brown wants the ball on every play. Like all great players that aren’t quarterbacks, it’s not going to happen. The Steelers are still working on getting Brown to rein in his angst.“We all know what he’s capable of doing,” wide receivers coach Richard Mann said. “What we have to do with him is keep him focused when things aren’t going the way they should be.”Besides, the storm has long since passed. Brown hauled in six passes for 124 yards from backup Landry Jones in a loss to Kansas City on Oct. 25 and has been nearly unstoppable since Roethlisberger re-entered the lineup. Brown set franchise records with 17 receptions for 284 yards against Oakland two weeks ago and caught 10 more for 139 yards and a pair of scores while tormenting Cleveland’s overmatched secondary as Roethlisberger played through a sprained left foot.While Haley is quick to credit Brown’s relentless work ethic for making him so consistent, Haley’s creativity in moving Brown around has created favorable matchups even in the midst of near constant double coverage.On Brown’s first score last Sunday he went in motion to the left, came back to the right and was next to tight end Heath Miller at the snap. Brown ducked outside of Miller, then curled back across the middle. If it’s possible to be wide open on a 4-yard pass, Brown was wide open as he hauled in his fourth touchdown of the season. It’s not a call Haley might have made during his first season with Pittsburgh in 2012, back when Brown was still trying to emerge from the shadow of teammates Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders.“Early on, when I first got here, some things we stayed away from a little bit, because it made him make a lot of adjustments and it put him in different spots where he hadn’t been,” Haley said. “His preparation and work and our ability to be able to put him in a lot of different spots (makes him effective).”Brown sometimes goes far beyond scheme. Leading by 15 midway through the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger looked right and found Brown open across the middle after he split Cleveland’s zone. Browns defensive back Johnson Bademosi futilely gave chase, giving him the best seat in the house as Brown channeled his inner Cirque du Soleil once the ball was safely across the goal line.Yeah, it was risky. So what. He’s not ruling out doing it again if the situation presents itself.“You might get a back flip, a cartwheel,” Brown said. “We’ll see.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

NFL to conduct summit for young women during Super Bowl week

first_imgSerena Williams, Robin Roberts, Condoleezza Rice and ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza joined league Commissioner Roger Goodell in San Francisco Feb. 4-5, 2016. (NFL Photo/File)HOUSTON (AP) _ The NFL will conduct a women’s summit during Super Bowl week that will focus on young women’s personal development and achievement.Commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to appear and speak at the two-day event, dubbed “Plays For Life.” It will also feature leaders from across the NFL and elsewhere who will speak about their personal journeys and participate in a discussion about how to achieve goals, prepare for life’s challenges, and best utilize the tools that are critical for personal and professional development.Approximately 250 Houston-area teenage girls have been invited to the Feb. 3-4 summit. They will also engage in interactive activities, including a strategy lab led by current and former NFL players and coaches. An onsite “AwesomenessTV” studio will be available so they can learn about content development and presentation style.The league is collaborating with the Super Bowl host committee and the Houston chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE).Also scheduled to appear are Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy; Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera and linebacker Thomas Davis; Olympic champions Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman; Jane Skinner Goodell; and Meredith Walker, co-creator and executive director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.Other organizations involved include I AM THAT GIRL, ProtectHer, and The Girls’ Lounge.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Jerry Palacios knows his team must win

first_img “We know that we have possibilities – six points are still up for grabs. Possible teams:  “I love the people of Honduras very much and the love I have for them will always be there, even though we have a very intense 90 minutes ahead of us.” “We know that we can give more and against Ecuador we are going to show it.” Ecuador also lost, against Switzerland, and their manager Reinaldo Rueda is ready to take on his former team.  “We are in a World Cup where all the matches are finals and we ask the people that they keep supporting us and having confidence in us. CEST “But after it is all over, we will go back to being friends and we will remember all the lovely, positive things we shared with the Honduran team and fans.” His team lost 3-0 to France in their opening game and his brother Wilson Palacios was sent off.  “We are committed to the country. Ecuador: Dominguez, Guagua, Erazo, Paredes, Noboa, Montero, W Ayovi, Caicedo, E Valencia, A Valencia, Gruezo.center_img Honduras: Valladares, Figueroa, Bernardez, Emilio, Garcia, Bengtson, Costly, Espinoza, Najar, Garrido, Beckeles. “Obviously it is a match I would have preferred to have avoided,” Rueda told FIFA. Upd. at 19:54 “Many people expect that we will win and play well. The truth is that the group is very strong,” Palacios, 32, said on www.concacaf.com. 19/06/2014 He added: “It is going to be such a tough game for us, and we will be giving it all we have got for 90 minutes. Honduras striker Jerry Palacios says his team must beat Ecuador to have a hope of staying in the World Cup. Sport EN Ref: Ben Williams.last_img read more

Unhappy Cadiz fans share their thoughts about new signing Dani Guiza

first_imgDani Guiza, who has been presented as Cadiz’s newest signing in the Segunda B, has assured that he is not going “to let down” those who have faith in his transfer and that he will give “everything” for the shirt. 01/08/2015 Throughout his long history, Guiza has played for Xerez, Dos Hermanas, Real Mallorca, Recreativo Huelva, Barcelona B, Murcia, Getafe, Fenerbahce, Darul Takzin and Cerro Porteno. He has won both the Turkish league and Supercup with Fenerbahce, as well as the Apertura and Clausara with Cerro Porteno. Due to this, the new Cadiz striker, who has signed a one-year-deal with the club, firstly “asked for forgiveness” and recounted that he had said some “silly things” in his life. The striker has a long career history, with the highlight being his inclusion in the Spain squad that won the 2008 European Championship in Austria and Switzerland. Guiza insists that he has “matured” a lot due to being a professional footballer and that he will “sweat for the shirt” and “contribute in order to achieve promotion” to the Liga Adelante. EFE Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 06:09 CET Also, Guiza was the highest goalscorer in the top flight in 2007/2008 while with Mallorca, managing to score 27 times. The former Xerez man has assured that he is physically fit and revealed that he had “rejected many offers from abroad” to be in Cadiz, as well as not thinking about what both Cadiz fans and people from his native town would think. Club president Manuel Vizcaino has said that he wants “the best version” of his new player, who must “show his quality for Cadiz in order to help reach targets,” asking the fans to “give him a chance.” The player turns 35 this August, having spent the last two seasons at Paraguayan side Cerro Porteno, and was presented at Ramon de Carranza stadium. He was subject to protests from some Cadiz fans, unhappy with the fact that Dani Guiza has always been in favour of Xerez CD, where he started his career. There is a provincial rivalry between the two.last_img read more

Fiorentina winger Joaquin: “I want to go home to Real Betis”

first_img 24/08/2015 Sousa is happy for him to leave, but the Serie A side are demanding a five million euro fee from Betis.  However, the club are hopeful that Joaquin’s agent will be able to reduce the amount of money Fiorentina are asking for. Upd. at 19:52 Joaquin has published a message pleading for a return to Real Betis on his Instagram account.  Currently at Italian side Fiorentina, the 34-year-old wants to leave Paulo Sousa’s side behind to link up with Pepe Mel in Seville.  “The decision has been made, I only want to return home,” he wrote about the club he started his career at.  Sport EN CEST Speculation has grown over the past week about the winger’s possible return to Betis and on Monday he made it clear that’s what he wants.  That could be a problem, as Betis are not in a position to pay that amount of money. last_img read more