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first_img The Manchester City loanee wants to stay at Villa Park after his deal expires at the end of the season. Sinclair joined Villa in January and has scored three goals in 10 games, including two in three outings during their run to the FA Cup final. Scott Sinclair revealed he is ready to sign a permanent deal at Aston Villa. Press Association In contrast Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard failed to make an impact on Sunday, although had a header cleared off the line by Kieran Richardson, as he prepares to leave Anfield for the LA Galaxy in the summer. And former Reds team-mate Joe Cole, who made a late substitute appearance for Villa, believes he is irreplaceable. He said: “Any team that loses Steven Gerrard, it’s going to be tough to replace him. I don’t think you can replace him, probably the best player of his generation for England, and for Liverpool it’s unbelievable, and it’s a tall ask for Liverpool but you’ve got a good manager in Brendan (Rodgers) and he can change things around.” Cole also joined in the glowing praise for Jack Grealish after the 19-year-old’s starring role in Sunday’s Wembley win. He added: “You look at the last three games he started, he’s got better every game. Working hard, and he can be a top player, no doubt. I enjoy helping him. He’s a real talent, and hopefully he’s going to be at Villa in many years.” The 26-year-old played as a late substitute in Sunday’s 2-1 semi-final win over Liverpool to set up a meeting with Arsenal in the final. Sinclair is yet to hold talks over his future but wants to stay beyond the Wembley showdown with the Gunners. “Definitely, I feel at home at Villa, it’s a great club, I’m sure at the end of the season we can sit down and I can sign,” he said. “I just have to wait until the end of the season.” Sinclair is ineligible for Saturday’s trip to parent club City but has little future at the Etihad having started just three times since moving from Swansea in 2012. But he has become a key part of Villa’s midfield with Fabian Delph and believes the skipper is becoming one of the Barclays Premier League’s most influential players. He said: “I think when you are playing every week you go into a place where you get more confident and that’s what he’s done. “He’s stayed here, signed a new contract and this is his home. He is performing every week and every week he is improving.” last_img read more


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first_imgFormer USC men’s basketball center Dewayne Dedmon has signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Golden State Warriors, according to USA Today.Slam dunk · Former USC center Dewayne Dedmon’s rim-shattering dunks were impressive, but he never developed an intricate post game. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanDedmon decided to forego his senior season and enter the NBA draft even after the arrival of new head coach Andy Enfield, whose high-speed offensive system could have capitalized upon Dedmon’s skill set.In his junior season, the 7-footer averaged 6.7 points while leading the 14-18 Trojans with 7.0 rebounds per game, 2.1 blocks per game and 1.1 steals per game, impressive for a big man.But foul trouble limited Dedmon’s effectiveness, as he committed the most personal fouls (93) of any Trojan last season while playing only 22.3 minutes per game.Before Dedmon even stepped on the court for the Trojans, former USC coach Kevin O’Neill predicted the Lancaster, Calif. native would be a first-round pick in the NBA. That prediction didn’t prove true — Dedmon went undrafted in June’s NBA Draft after being ranked 74th among ESPN draft expert Chad Ford’s list of 2013 prospects.Dedmon is considered to be extremely raw, especially on offense, as he didn’t begin to play organized basketball until he was 18 years old. He grew up a Jehovah’s Witness and obeyed his mother’s wishes that he focus on his religion rather than sports, despite his impressive height. He transferred to USC after playing one season at Antelope Valley College.Though his ascent to the NBA is inspiring, it hasn’t always been smooth: Dedmon and backup center James Blasczyk were suspended from the team near the end of the 2012-13 season following an alleged fight in Spokane, Wash.The Warriors burst into the spotlight during the 2013 NBA playoffs when they upset the Denver Nuggets in the first round before falling to the San Antonio Spurs in the conference semifinals. Dedmon will compete with players such as David Lee, Andrew Bogut, Jermaine O’Neal, Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights for a spot in the frontcourt.Follow Aubrey on Twitter @aubreykragenlast_img read more


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first_img Written By Darrell Brown had 19 points and eight assists as Bradley won its ninth consecutive home game, beating Drake 80-72 on Tuesday night.Nate Kennell had 16 points and nine rebounds for Bradley (10-4, 1-0 Missouri Valley Conference). Ville Tahvanainen added 13 points. Ja’Shon Henry had 10 points for the hosts.Liam Robbins had 21 points for the Bulldogs (10-4, 0-1). Jonah Jackson added 15 points. Roman Penn had 10 points and 12 assists.Bradley faces Northern Iowa on the road on Saturday. Drake matches up against Indiana State at home on Saturday. FOLLOW US Last Updated: 1st January, 2020 11:41 IST Brown Scores 19 To Lift Bradley Past Drake 80-72 Darrell Brown had 19 points and eight assists as Bradley won its ninth consecutive home game, beating Drake 80-72 on Tuesday night. SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTcenter_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV First Published: 1st January, 2020 11:41 ISTlast_img read more


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first_imgGuyanese-born British actress Letitia Wright is among the top-notch cast for the much-anticipated movie, Black Panther, which is set to officially hit theaters on Feb. 16th. Wright, 24, plays Shuri, in the movie, the sister of the King and the “Smartest Person in the World.”The movie features T’Challa, played by actor Chadwick Boseman, who return home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king, and as Black Panther, gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.“As far as the technologically-advanced side, in our mind, and in our incarnation, Shuri is the head of the Wakanda Design Group,” Black Panther Producer Moore told the Rant recently. “She’s the smartest person in the world, smarter than Tony Stark but she’s a sixteen-year-old girl which we thought was really interesting. Again, black faces in positions of power or positions of technological know-how, that’s a rarity. So it’s something that’s a big part of the film.”Shuri, the princess of Wakanda, was introduced in May 2005 in Marvel Comics’ Black Panther #2. However, four years later, she went on to assume the mantle of Black Panther in her own right after T’Challa was attacked by the Cabal and left in a comatose state. Given that the film’s teaser trailer shows T’Challa and Shuri standing in front of a pair of near-identical Black Panther costumes, some have speculated that perhaps she’ll follow in the footsteps of her comic-book-counterpart and suit up, herself.Guyana bornWright was born in Georgetown, Guyana and moved with her family at age 7 to London. Her interest in acting came when she saw ‘Akeelah and the Bee’ and found the lead character to be a positive role model. Determined to act, she sent emails to different agents about her acting experience until she was picked for small parts. She started out staring in ‘My Brother the Devil’ in 2012, where she was recognized by Screen International as one of its 2012 Stars of Tomorrow. Michael Caton-Jones then cast her in ‘Urban Hymn,’ in 2016, which garnered her attention and Wright was soon cast in the film adaptation of the novel ‘Ready Player One,’ as Reb.Soon, after, she was added to ‘Black Panther’ as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Award for most promising newcomerWright has received a nomination for a British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer.Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler and also stars: Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Guira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and Angela Bassett. (NewsAmericasNow)last_img read more


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first_imgWaiters’ career has gone downhill since then, though. He has battled injuries and failed to be efficient from the field for prolonged stretches.The Lakers would likely use the Syracuse product and 2012 No. 4 overall pick as a bench ballhandler who would enable coach Frank Vogel to spell the struggling duo of Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley.The team is reportedly also weighing former Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith as a potential late-season pickup. After the Lakers struck out at the NBA trade deadline, they held hope they could reinforce their backcourt by luring veteran point guard Darren Collison away from retirement.Collison, who had been reconsidering his time away from basketball, decided this weekend he wasn’t ready to return to the game. Los Angeles, then, is left with few options to improve ahead of the postseason, where it will likely need to overcome the Clippers to reach the NBA Finals.One player the Lakers are reportedly now considering is Dion Waiters, who was exiled by the Heat earlier this season for his off-court conduct, traded to the Grizzlies and then waived on Sunday. Waiters passed out on Miami’s team plane in November after reportedly eating too many marijuana gummies. He has also lashed out at coaches over playing time.Despite his sometimes peculiar antics, Waiters can be a prolific scorer when on top of his game. The 28-year-old has averaged 13.2 points per game over the course of his career.Update in story via @WindhorstESPN and me: Lakers expected to have exploratory conversation with Dion Waiters in near future. https://t.co/V1bBRirHX3— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2020MORE: NBA trade deadline winners and losersWaiters was particularly effective in his 46 games for the Heat in the 2016-17 campaign. He averaged almost 16 points per game, shot 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and nailed several memorable game-winning buckets. Miami went 28-21 in games he played and 13-20 in games he missed.last_img read more


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first_imgPro wrestling fans didn’t know what to expect as Wrestlemania 31 took place on Sunday, March 29 from Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.What they saw was a better than expected show, highlighted by one of the most shocking things in Wrestlemania history, as Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase in the main event bout between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns to capture the WWE world heavyweight championship A horrible final ten minutes. Way too much interference, which took away from what was looking to be a decent bout. And why couldn’t Sting win? To prove WWE was superior to WCW? Pure nonsense. The wrong guy won.Grade: D Also on the show, Sting competed in a WWE ring for the first time against Triple H, John Cena faced Rusev for the United States title and Daniel Bryan kicked the show off in a seven-person ladder match for the Intercontinental championship.With WWE presenting WrestleMania 36, on Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5, Sporting News will be recapping and handing out match grades on the anniversaries of pro wrestling’s premier event.Here are match grades and recaps, courtesy of SN’s Steven Muehlhausen.Wrestlemania 31 match gradesDaniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper vs. Bad News Barrett vs. Stardust vs. R-Truth in a ladder match for the Intercontinental titleMuehlhausen: What a way to start Wrestlemania. All seven participants put it all on the line. We saw moves off the ladder, people thrown into the ladder, and it used as a weapon. It appeared that Bryan was on his way to securing the belt when Ziggler appeared from out of nowhere to stop Bryan. After an exchange of vicious headbutts, Bryan landed the final blow to send Ziggler off the ladder and win the Intercontinental title for the first time. You couldn’t ask for a better way to kick things off.Grade: A Randy Orton vs. Seth RollinsMuehlhausen: We are two-for-two in quality matches. Rollins showed he belonged in his first singles bout at Wrestlemania. He kept up with Orton, and his athleticism helped make it better. Rollins looked to have things well in hand after connecting on the Curb Stomp, but Orton kicked out at two. Rollins’ security team of Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury tried to interfere, but Orton hit RKO’s on them. Rollins hit a spinning back kick to set up another Curb Stomp, but Orton lifted his head up to send Rollins flying into the air and connected on an unbelievable RKO for the win.Grade: B+HHH vs. StingMuehlhausen: The commentary did Sting no favors here. Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield made Sting out to be an afterthought despite his time as a six-time WCW champion and one of the most popular acts in wrestling for the last 30 years.The in-ring work was nothing to write home about. The central theme was it being Sting’s first time competing inside a WWE ring.When Sting had everything under control and ready to put away HHH, DeGeneration X members Billy Gunn, Road Dogg, and X-Pac came out to interfere, but Sting thwarted the trio off. Then HHH regained control when the NWO threesome of Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall attacked them. Sting made a comeback, but Shawn Michaels came out and superkicked the WCW icon. Sting had HHH ripe for the taking when he looked to land one more Stinger Splash. HHH hit him with a sledgehammer for the victory.last_img read more


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first_imgLucas Moura, Spurs hatrick hero.London, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham proved they can cope without Harry Kane and retook third place in the Premier League as Lucas Moura’s hat-trick inspired a 4-0 demolition of Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday.Despite the absence of injured stars Kane and Dele Alli, Mauricio Pochettino’s much-changed side made it three victories from their first three games at the impressive Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.Pochettino’s understudies filled in nicely as Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama rolled in the opener before Brazilian forward Lucas took centre-stage with an eye-catching treble.Tottenham have settled well in their new £1 billion north London home and already relegated Huddersfield provided the ideal warm-up for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Manchester City.Bidding to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top-four finish, Tottenham are one point clear of fourth-placed Chelsea, who face leaders Liverpool on Sunday.Bottom of the table Huddersfield have lost 19 of their last 21 league matches as their two-season stay in the top-flight grinds to a dispiriting conclusion.It was a reassuring afternoon for Tottenham, whose 1-0 quarter-final first leg win against City on Tuesday came at a heavy cost.Kane is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering yet another ankle ligament injury, this time in a tackle on City’s Fabian Delph, while Alli sustained a fractured hand that left him unable to face Huddersfield.Adding to Pochettino’s problems, England midfielder Harry Winks was ruled out of Saturday’s game with a groin injury.But for all the panic about Kane’s injury potentially ruining Tottenham’s hopes of a successful end to the season, they have won all five of their league games without the England striker this season.Much sterner tests than Huddersfield lie ahead, including successive Champions League and Premier League matches at City next week, so Pochettino made seven changes, leaving Son Heung-min, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier on the bench.It was a gamble to rest South Korea forward Son, who had scored two of Tottenham’s three goals at the new stadium, including the winner against City.All eyes were on Fernando Llorente and Lucas to see if they could fill the gap left by Kane and Son up front. – Strength in depth –Huddersfield were so limited in all areas, that Tottenham’s make-shift line-up were able to play their way into rhythm.Showing their strength in depth, Tottenham deservedly took the lead thanks to two of their understudies in the 24th minute.Ben Davies passed towards Llorente and the Spaniard used his strength to hold off Jon Gorenc Stankovic, allowing the ball to run to Wanyama,Bursting into the space behind the Huddersfield defence, Wanyama cleverly rounded goalkeeper Ben Hamer before slotting into the empty net for his first goal since February 2018.Three minutes later, Tottenham struck again. Moussa Sissoko dinked a pass into Lucas’s path and the Brazilian took a touch before drilling a fierce shot across Hamer into the far corner.Stankovic should have done better than poke wide from Juninho Bacuna’s corner as the defender wasted a golden opportunity to give Huddersfield hope.The often maligned Llorente has quietly had a hand in 15 goals in 18 starts for Tottenham, scoring 11 and setting up four.He almost got another with a volley that cannoned back off the crossbar.Lucas, a candidate to start against City, stole the show in the second half, controlling Eriksen’s pass to smash home the third goal in the 87th minute.Lucas wasn’t content with that as he ran through to drive another fine finish past Hamer for the first hat-trick at Tottenham’s new stadium.The former Paris Saint Germain star was cheered off as he celebrated his man of the match performance with a kickabout with his 1-year-old son on the pitch after the final whistle.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


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first_imgMartin County is mourning the loss of a four-year-old boy who loved policeman and police cars.Kieran Nee fatally drowned last week the local Bathtub beach.The boy’s stepfather told police he was watching him from the shoreline when he turned away for about sixty seconds, according to The Martin County Sheriff’s Office.In that brief moment, Kieran went into the water.Shortly after, his stepfather noticed Kieran face down in the water.A witness also said she saw the boy face down in about a foot of water.The stepfather, a woman on the beach and lifeguards, performed CPR before Martin County Fire Rescue crews took over and rushed Kieran to Martin Memorial Hospital North where he died.Kieran’s family lives in Jensen Beach.A GoFundMe page to help the family with funeral expenses has been set up.Kieran’s mother, according to the GoFundMe page, is a nurse.The boy “lit up any room with his beautiful eyes, bright smile and bubbly personality,” according to the GoFundMe page.last_img read more


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first_imgEmily (mother) and Toua (father) are the biological parents to Dika, Thelma and Konio Toua who represented PNG in weightlifting in the XV Pacific Games.Dika is a weightlifting household name in the country, but her younger  sibling Thelma has taken the lime light by winning three gold medals in the current Pacific Games, while Dika won one.Thelma’s gold opened the medal count for the host country.The parents of the PNG golden girls told Loop PNG, they are “happy and proud’’. Emily says there are no secrets to her girls’ success, its only through “training and eating right food…”She said that the only advice she gave to her daughters before their competition was to go for gold as it came with a monetary reward.The proud mother said she was not emotional when her girls won a combined total of our gold because she had become accustomed to it because of Dika’s colourful career.last_img read more


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first_imgAitor Ruibal, Leganés player Not now. Yes, he has been an important uncle, with a large presence that works hard and has a goal. But a team is not based on a player, much less.Did you consider leaving in January? “When Leganés was looking for a ‘9’ I thought: I’m a forward! I’m here! (Laughter)” Eleven points is half salvation …(Laughter) The joke has already been made to me through social networks …He got scared?At first I got a little scared. I quickly put my hand to my eye. It was a stream of blood. When Charly came, the physio and the doctor reassured me … although Charly’s bastard told me he had a beautiful breakdown.And in the end he had to go was Omeruo, who was the one who had hit. “VAR is being more trouble than help” Aitor Ruibal, Leganés striker Yeah right if. I wasn’t having any minutes. It was an option. But what happened happened, the master loved me, the club too. They told me I would have opportunities. And the decision was to follow.How do you see your assignment?It is serving me a lot. As for minutes it is costing me more. But being in a Primera locker room, training with Primera people is a pride. Many would pay for that. I am proud to be where I am.Do you see yourself with options to return to Betis?Not that I considered it. I do not think about the future. I think of the now.Leganés has a unilateral purchase option, doesn’t it?I honestly don’t know very well. This is carried by my agent. But I think it is unilateral. If the Leganés wants to exercise it, he can.They say he has a lot of feeling left.Yes, yes … I’ve always said it. I had never experienced something so intense so … how to say it?Deep…If that is. For you to understand me, that is like a religion. Football has nothing to do with feeling. It’s crazy how you live there. People transmit it to you, it transmits you such a good vibes, that in the end you have a little bit of bloody blood.Well, this week it’s your turn to be a heretic.That’s clear. Right now, my blue and white blood runs through my veins. I’m going to death with my team.Betis and Leganés could set up a union affected by the VAR.The VAR is being, more than a help, a problem. I don’t like to criticize professions that I don’t know how to do, but we should take more advantage of technologies. It doesn’t cost much to review plays. The VAR was set to remove controversies and now there is more.A controversy that will help Lega was Fekir’s red on Sunday …I insist: a player does not make a whole team, but he is world champion. It is a pass as a player. It has tremendous quality. We’re lucky he doesn’t play.Is the match as important as it is perceived from outside?That and more. You have to get points anyway.Is it exaggerated to talk about the end?No, it’s going. There are only very final…If you mark, do you celebrate it?No, I do not celebrate.Is Leganés saved?Of course, I’m always positive and more watching the team train and compete. Aitor Ruibal (Sallent de Llobregat, 23 years old), has an eclipse in the right eye. On Saturday, in a fortuitous clash with Kenneth Omeruo, a biblical gap opened just above the eyelid. Eleven points took home. That and an important dizziness that, inflammation in between, has prevented him from training until yesterday. But the matter mitigates. You can see and play now. If you do it on Sunday, the team you still belong to will be measured. To BetisOn loan at Butarque, he says he has not lived anything like the passion for football that is transmitted in Heliopolis. “It’s like it was a religion”, he says before confessing, this week, heretic without blushing. “Now only blue and white blood runs through my veins,” he insists without forgetting his past. “Yes, I will not celebrate,” he promises, although he would love to score. Because he and Lega need it. “In January I planned to leave, but Aguirre stopped me. It has given me a lot of confidence.” I was thinking something like “Hey, I’m forward, I’m here!” (Laughter) Let’s see, after all, the club and the coach saw me in another position. You have to respect it and that’s it.Does it still affect the goodbye of En Nesyri? “In January I planned to leave, but Aguirre avoided him. He gave me confidence.” Aitor Ruibal, Leganés player “After the blow I also played dizzy. Luckily I didn’t see the wound” Is that for him, the blow was more with the forehead. You could find yourself dizzy. I was also dizzy, I had fatigue in my belly … but the adrenaline of the game made it barely hurt. Not even when they put the staples on me. It was all weird. If I had seen the wound, it would have been worse.Is it to play?Yesterday I returned to training and if the coach wants me to be there, I have no problem playing the game.Speaking of playing, lately it’s been a recurring change.Yes, I’m starting to feel something more important. When you don’t have minutes, your confidence drops. But Aguirre arrived and showed me support. It was hard for me to enter. The team was fine. I thought I would not play anymore. But he told me to keep working, that he was fine, that he would have minutes. And thanks to the Cup, which I have been able to play three whole games, has helped me to prove who I am.It has had to recycle to lane.It depends on the games, requires that you play there. I am offensive and win a man of attack. In defense it costs me, but it has not been difficult to adapt.You are forward. When Leganés was looking for a ‘9’, what did he think? How’s the eyebrow wearing?Well, I have no problems seeing. What is spectacular now is the points and the scab, which is now what hurts the most. Aitor Ruibal, Leganés playerlast_img read more