West Ham star admits he wanted to quit in January

first_imgJavier Hernandez has confirmed he asked to leave West Ham in January and has refused to rule out of the prospect of a summer exit.The Mexican striker was a £16million signing from Bayer Leverkusen in July 2017 but has struggled to show his best form and has been in and out of the team.His agent admitted last month that the 29-year-old was open to a move away in the winter window, but a transfer did not materialise.Hernandez has now admitted that he was keen to go, but insists he will remain professional and do his best for manager David Moyes and the club for the rest of the season.“Yes, it was the case that I wanted to go,” said Hernandez, speaking to the Daily Mirror.“Not because I don’t like West Ham, but because I need to have minutes on the pitch.“The World Cup is just around the corner and I want to play. But you can see that, even though my agent says I want to go, I have been doing everything I can in a West Ham shirt to help the team.“Against Bournemouth I scored a goal, I tried to play pretty well in the Cup [against Wigan] and, in the last game, against Crystal Palace, I tried to do my best.“I am a very ­professional guy and I want to do that.“Words can come and go. Your acts are going to speak for themselves. Now that the window is closed I am here and trying to achieve the main goals for the club, which is to be safe from relegation. Then, in the summer, we will see.” 1last_img read more

Auburndale wins six matches by pin, beats Phillips in Marawood dual

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — The Auburndale wrestling team won six matches by pin to double up Phillips 48-24 in a Marawood Conference dual meet Thursday night at Auburndale High School.Dylan Altmann (126 pounds), Paul Willfahrt (152), Kellar Wolfe (160), Wyatt Weiler (170), Kurt Jankowski (195) and Josh Gabel (285) each won by pin for the Apaches. All but Wolfe’s pin came in the first period.Auburndale will return to action Dec. 29-30 at the Bi-State Classic in La Crosse.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Auburndale 48, Phillips 24106: Brad Halmstad (P) pinned Matt Leick in 1:36.113: Jasper Bushman (P) pinned Readi Meyer in 4:10.120: Double forfeit.126: Dylan Altmann (A) pinned Liam Clapero in 0:57.132: Aaron Willfahrt (A) won by forfeit.138: Double forfeit.145: Eli Larson (A) won by forfeit.152: Paul Willfahrt (A) pinned Alex Briske in 0:53.160: Kellar Wolfe (A) pinned Bryen Bushman in 3:02.170: Wyatt Weiler (A) pinned Tristan Kurth in 1:01.182: Hunter Anderson (P) won by forfeit.195: Kurt Jankowski (A) pinned Marty Peterson in 1:59.220: Kris Runnheim (P) won by forfeit.285: Josh Gabel (A) pinned Shayne Foytik in 1:15.last_img read more

SA reassures energy investors

first_img7 September 2007The government has appointed state company Eskom as the sole buyer of power from independent power producers, providing a measure of certainty for investors looking to enter South Africa’s energy market.Speaking to journalists after a Cabinet meeting in Cape Town on Wednesday, government spokesman Themba Maseko said Eskom would be responsible for ensuring that the government’s target of sourcing about 30% of SA’s new generation capacity from independent producers was met.The Cabinet’s decision would “provide certainty to private providers that their power will be bought,” Maseko said.“Government is basically giving some certainty to the market – that if you invest billions of rands into power generation capacity, we as the state … will actually buy that power.”Negotiations over pricing for the power produced by the independent power producers would be handled in liaison with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), Maseko said.The issue of profitability for investors entering the power generation market “will be looked at,” Maseko said, “and that is why the issues of pricing will not just be left to Eskom.”However, production-cost benchmarking would be done with the state company to ensure “that the lowest-cost production of electricity is achieved.”The Department of Minerals and Energy was busy defining the amount of new power-generating capacity needed to meet South Africa’s electricity demands, Maseko added.The reserve margin of South Africa’s power system has fallen in recent years due to strong economic growth in the country.Eskom is the eleventh-largest electricity utility in the world and the biggest power supplier in Africa, currently supplying about 63% of the continent’s needs and about 95% of the electricity consumed in South Africa.In February, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin said Eskom had made “significant progress” in a R97-billion programme to revamp the country’s electricity infrastructure.Spending on Eskom’s build programme amounted to about R11-billion so far, Erwin said, with three coal-fired power stations which were mothballed in 1990 about to come back on stream to help meet the country’s rampant energy demands over the short term.Erwin also confirmed at the time that South Africa would be building a second conventional nuclear power plant in one of the three Cape provinces – Northern Cape, Eastern Cape or Western Cape.While nuclear power will remain Eskom’s domain in South Africa, the government wants to see more private build of power plants, setting a target for independent power producers to build more than 50% of all new non-nuclear power plants in SA over the next 20 years.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Kruger Park tightens security

first_img6 February 2013 South Africa’s Kruger National Park has started implementing new and improved security measures to crack down on poaching and other crimes in the reserve, South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on Monday. The measures are meant to build on current security arrangements. “We have taken a decision to deploy a crop of newly trained rangers to assist with policing and security at all our main entrance gates,” head of communications at SANParks, Wanda Mkutshulwa, said in a statement. “These rangers will help with search and seizure duties where necessary, as well as the arrest of offenders.” The rangers have also been trained in customer etiquette and sniffer dog handling. “Our tracker dogs have been instrumental in the many successful anti-poaching operations that we have decided to utilise sniffer dogs at our gates; we are in a fortunate situation where individuals and companies are assisting us with training and donations of these dogs,” Mkutshulwa said. “We are not pulling out any of our tracker dogs from their missions but have specially trained sniffer dogs ready for deployment.” The strategy forms part of the park’s wider strategy to combat rhino poaching. “We are at war and every single tactic will assist in ensuring that total control of all entry and exit points are managed by those tasked with the upkeep of the area integrity,” she said. “It is no secret that Kruger National Park has borne the brunt of these activities in recent times.” This follows reports of 57 rhinos having been killed in January alone. “If we are serious about winning this war, all commands must be marshaled from one point,” she said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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a month agoEx-PSG keeper coach Dehon: I told Areola to quit for Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-PSG keeper coach Dehon: I told Areola to quit for Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer PSG goalkeeper coach Nicolas Dehon admits he encouraged Alphonse Areola to leave for Real Madrid.Dehon says Areola didn’t believe he had the confidence of management at PSG.He told the Courrier Picard: “Areola? I told him it would be hard for him because they would not trust him. “And they took (Keylor) Navas as number one, winner of three leagues of champions, and (Sergio) Rico in as No2. But I think he will eventually succeed.” On-loan for the season in Madrid, Areola made his debut last night for the 2-0 defeat of Osasuna. last_img

Video: OU QB Baker Mayfield Snags Ridiculous 1-Handed Catch After Practice

first_imgBaker Mayfield of the Cleveland BrownsOAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns tells to the crowd to be quiet after the Browns scored a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 30, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)There are many who believe that Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who transferred in from Texas Tech a year ago, is going to wind up starting over Trevor Knight this fall. Perhaps the Sooners should also be taking a look at what other positions Mayfield can play. Friday afternoon, Mayfield posted a video of himself making a ridiculous turn-around one-handed catch on his high school’s practice field.The pass came from former Lake Travis High School quarterback Dominic DeLira, who is signed with Iowa State ahead of the 2015 campaign.Mayfield could be poised for a big 2015 – maybe Oklahoma should figure out a way to work him into the scheme, regardless of whether he wins the starting job.last_img read more

Father and woman charged with murder of toddler in Edmonton

first_imgBrandi MorinAPTN National NewsEdmonton police (EPS) have charged a 26-year-old man and 25-year-old woman with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a toddler found dead on Friday.Local media reports state that Raine’s father Joseph (Joey) Crier and Tasha Mack have also been charged with criminal negligence causing death, assault and failure to provide the necessities of life.Crier also faces a count of assault causing bodily harm.The body of a 19-month-old boy was found near a church in the city’s northeast Friday afternoon.The toddler has been identified as Anthony Joesph Raine by his Aunt’s via a Facebook page.Police said someone passing the Good Shepard Anglican Church on Friday afternoon noticed children’s clothing on the ground. But upon further inspection found the deceased toddler.On Friday evening police released photos of the clothes the infant was wearing in an effort to identify him.Edmonton police released this image Saturday to try and identify two persons of interest.Then on Saturday afternoon police again sought the public’s help to identify two “persons of interest” that were captured walking into a nearby grocery store pushing a stroller. They believed the two were connected to the death.By Saturday evening police arrested Crier and Mack.Raine’s mother is from the Louis Bull Tribe in Maskwacis and was notified by police about the death of her son on Saturday evening.Raine’s aunt’s started a memorial page on Facebook where thousands of people have joined posting messages of support for the Raine family.The aunt’s also created a Go Fund Me campaign to help with costs of the funeral. The post reads that Raine was not yet registered with Louis Bull Band and did not qualify for financial help with the funeral. As of Monday morning, almost $7,000 has been raised.An autopsy was scheduled Monday morning and a wake is planned at the Louis Bull recreation center in the evening.Both of the accused are in custody at the Edmonton Remand Centre.EPS is holding a press conference at its headquarters at 3pm [email protected]last_img read more

US womens national team plays to 11 draw against New Zealand

Midfielder, Megan Rapinoe (15), beats a New Zealand defender to the ball. The U.S. women’s national team played New Zealand at Crew Stadium Oct. 30. The match resulted in a, 1-1, tie. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor The United States Women’s National Team battled New Zealand to a 1-1 draw Wednesday in a Women’s International Friendly. Sydney Leroux tallied the lone goal for the U.S.The U.S. started with a 4-3-3 formation for the first time under coach Tom Sermanni. The offense generated a lot of opportunities in the first half, and Leroux was able to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute.“We wanted to pressure New Zealand; we wanted to matchup in midfield,” Sermanni said. “I think we weren’t quick enough to do things in transition today either, when we won the ball or when we lost the ball.”Leroux did most of the work herself as she turned inside, eluding defenders and eventually finding an opening allowing her to finish into the left corner.After leading for a majority of the second half, New Zealand stunned the U.S. with the equalizer in the 87th minute. Hannah Wilkinson received the ball from Rebekah Stott and slotted it past U.S. keeper Hope Solo to even things up.After the game Leroux said she was disappointed that the U.S. were unable to hold on for the victory.“Anytime the US Women’s National Team ties, it’s a loss for us,” Leroux said. “We’re very proud, we should’ve won and we’re going to be upset about this for awhile.”Sermanni agreed, adding that he expected his team to dominate proceedings.“We expect to win games, particularly at home, we expect to dictate and dominate games. We didn’t do that as well tonight as we have done with some of our games during the year,” Sermanni said.The United States fired 12 total shots with five on goal, compared to six and four on target for New Zealand. Abby Wambach had a few chances that she couldn’t capitalize on, including a penalty kick in the 10th minute that was saved by Erin Nayler.American superstar Alex Morgan was unavailable as a result of an ankle injury she suffered in a recent training session.“It’s disappointing for this team if ever we tie or lose. It’s a complete failure of producing what the game plan was,” Wambach said.More than 15,000 supporters attended the match. As always, it was a great atmosphere in Columbus, Solo said.“Columbus is awesome. We’re filling stadiums from the west coast all the way to the east coast,” Solo said. “We have passion here. Women’s soccer is here to stay.”The US Women’s national team travels to Florida to play Brazil next, which will cap off the 2013 season. World Cup qualifying matches begin in 2014. read more

Players progress is Celtics reward McCart

first_imgCeltic’s Head of Youth Chris McCart believes players’ progression is the club’s reward.McCart who has spent a decade as the Head of Youth at the club says that seeing players become first-team regulars from the bottom of Celtic’s Youth Academy pyramid offers him the greatest satisfaction he could have hoped for at the club.The 51-year-old took over the reins of the role in June 2008 following the passing of Tommy Burns, who played a key role in developing the club’s academy. And he believes the late legend would be proud of the number of players becoming first team stars after coming through the academy.“When you look at the success of players coming into the first team and where these players started from, our old facility at Barrowfield,” McCart said, according to the club’s official website.“James Forrest came in at age eight, same thing with Callum McGregor and Kieran Tierney, Michael Johnston came in around age nine or ten.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“The junior academy is something we’ve invested a lot in because we’ve looked at the stats and successes, and it seems we can go from here to St. Ninian’s and then to Lennoxtown.”“It seems to us like the perfect pathway and it’s working really well. Tommy Burns had a real structure in place and he’d be very proud to see youngsters coming through.”“Ultimately, talent is nothing without opportunity and we’re glad to have had first team staff members and a board who believes in what we’re trying to achieve here at the academy.”“It’s very difficult to compete with international players but the youngsters know once they get an opportunity it is left for them to make the most out of it.”last_img read more