Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes Petr Cech will leave the Blues this summer if he is forced to play second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois.The Belgian youngster has returned from a three-year loan spell at La Liga winners Atletico Madrid, having joined the west London club in 2011.Cech has been ever-present at Stamford Bridge during that time, winning the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League titles in the process.But Courtois is expected to be handed the No.1 shirt at Chelsea, following his exploits with the Spanish giants, and that could mean the end for the Czech shot-stopper, according to Bosnich.“Petr Cech has been fantastic in the ten years he’s been at Chelsea,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “It’s very difficult, for a man of his age, not to be playing though.“Courtois is probably the best young goalkeeper in the world at the moment.“Cech is 32 years of age, he won’t be happy just being sat on the bench. He’ll have to leave.” 1 Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois
The national executive of the Samajwadi Party on Saturday authorised president Akhilesh Yadav to decide on alliances with other parties for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. However, the party remained silent on the formation or current status of the possible tie-ups.The SP national executive meet held in Lucknow was attended by Mr. Akhilesh Yadav and other senior leaders like Kironmoy Nanda, Jaya Bachhan and Ram Gopal Yadav.Briefing the media after the meet, SP national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, who is also Mr. Akhilesh Yadav’s uncle, said his nephew would take the final call on the issue of seat sharing and alliances in UP.”What he thinks proper, that many seats the party will fight on, it depends on him. Whatever he decides will be accepted by the party,” said Mr. Ram Gopal Yadav.According to a senior SP leader, the party looks set to have a seat-sharing understanding with the BSP but is still waiting to assess if an alliance with the Congress would be feasible.“There is still a lot of time. It will depend on the prevailing political paradigm,”said the leader after the meeting.Senior SP leader Azam Khan was absent from the meeting and when asked for his comments Mr. Ram Gopal Yadav downplayed it and asked if it was necessary for everybody to attend. “Ninety per cent leaders were present,” he said.The SP national executive also resolved to contest the upcoming elections through ballot and not the EVM.
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Former teammates Kyrie Irving (left) and LeBron James AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOKyrie Irving and LeBron James will share the court on opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season next month. But for the first time in a long time, it won’t be as teammates.Irving recently demanded his way out of the Cleveland Cavaliers and got his wish when he was traded to the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Austin, Ravena lead PH team in 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Appearing on ESPN’s “First Take,” the 25-year-old guard confirmed that he did not speak with LeBron about his trade request, nor did he feel obligated to do so.“Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you and your representatives met with ownership before you let them know you wanted out?” host Stephen A. Smith candidly asked the four-time All-Star.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“No. Why would I have to?” Irving responded, prompting Smith to say that LeBron might have taken it personally.Without mentioning his former teammate’s name, Irving calmly explained his side: “I don’t think you owe anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life.” MOST READ “And it’s not anything personal, I’m not here to tirade anybody, I’m not here to go at any particular person or the organization, because I have nothing but love for Cleveland. I have nothing but love for the times that I spent there. It’s nothing about that.”After mostly keeping to himself since the trade went down, Irving further explained his motivations behind leaving Cleveland.“It’s just there comes a time when you mature as an individual. It’s time to make that decision,” he shared.“And there is no looking back from that standpoint. There is no time to figure out how to save someone’s feelings, when ultimately you have to be selfish in figuring out what you want to do. And it wasn’t about me not wanting to win. It wasn’t anything about that. I want to be extremely, extremely happy in perfecting my craft. And that was the only intent that I have in all of this.” Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Abhinav Bindra would be aiming for a second-successive medal, while Gagan Narang would hope to be third-time lucky after past disappointments when the hyped duo takes aim in the 10m Air Rifle event of the London Olympics on Monday. Bindra, India’s first individual Olympic gold-medallist who got the yellow metal in 2008 Beijing Olympics, claims to have all but forgotten about the glory that he brought four years ago.”Looking at the past has no bearing, I don’t want to soak myself with the thoughts of Beijing performance. I won a gold four years ago in two hours of shooting. That is over and done with,” Bindra has stated.This would be Bindra’s fourth Olympic appearance and perhaps never before would he have endured the immense burden of expectations that has followed him to the British capital.Narang, on the other hand, has had to face disappointments in his two previous appearances at the big event.Narang has gone on to win numerous medals in the ISSF World Cups, World Championship, Commonwealth Games and the Asiad, besides creating a new world record in 2008, but Olympic glory has always eluded the ever-smiling shooter from Hyderabad.But given the good form he was in going into the Games here, the Olympic medal jinx could well be broken this time around.”I have been unlucky twice (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), hope I get third time lucky,” Narang has said.Besides competing against each other, the duo will also face a stiff challenge from China’s Zhu Qinan, who was incidentally beaten by Bindra in Beijing.advertisementBesides 10-metre, Narang is also competing in 50-m Rifle Prone (August 3) and 50-m Rifle 3 Position (August 6), giving himself enough chances of winning a medal at the Royal Artillery Barracks.For the first time ever, India will have 11 shooters, three more than the eight participants in the Beijing Games.
Touch SA introduced the Mitchell Cup as a new tournament in the South Australian Elite Calendar, held on Saturday 6th August. The tournament – named after Touch SA stalwart Joanne Mitchell, comprised the best twenty-eight players based on the Talent Identification over the last 12-months to form two teams to compete against each other in a 3-game series for elite supremacy in each of Men’s and Women’s divisions. The event will be recognised as the premium intrastate challenge on the Elite Calendar providing an opportunity for the best players within the state to showcase their talents while vying for state selection to compete against Victoria in the 2005 Border Challenge. Under the guise of ‘Rangers’ & ‘Mariners’, these teams battled out a best of three series in Men’s & Women’s Open divisions. In the Men’s, it was ‘Rangers’ (under the astute coaching of Mick Gray) that drew first blood, before falling on the siren in the second outing and setting up a decider at days end. The final game was again a torrid & close affair, ‘Rangers’ getting over the line on the back of some strong performances from Col Maguire, Christian O’Dwyer & Angus Hambrook. For ‘Mariners’, Jeremy Smith, Sean Lounder and Tom Ainslie all had strong performances throughout the day. The Women’s division opened the day with a 3-on-3 drop-off, to set the scene for what was to remain a tight battle throughout the tournament. Michael Gaskins charges (Mariners) prevailed in the drop-off and again coming from 2 touchdown behind in the second game to clinch the title, Amelia Kent & Paige Johnston leading the way. Rangers did all they could to stop a whitewash, pushing their opposition all the way and restored some respectability winning the final game by 2 touchdowns (the largest winning margin of the day). Crusaders Open Coaches, Michael Lovett & Pete Shefford were on hand to run their eyes over the playing roster, as well as assist with Coaching Assessments for Touch SA’s up & coming coaching ranks. Saturday night saw presentations take place for the Winter State League Competition, and the naming of Touch SA’s State Teams to compete against Victoria in Mildura in September. One thing’s for sure: when Touch SA line up against Victoria in four weeks time, there will be no love lost, and certainly no prisoners taken – this is WAR! Mens Open divisions: Rangers def Mariners 9-6 Mariners def Rangers 5-4 Rangers def Mariners 6-4 Womens Open divisions: Mariners def Rangers 4-3 Mariners def Rangers 4-3 Rangers def Mariners 4-2 Thanks to Tracey Frith at Touch SA for the above report and photograph.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Modric: Real Madrid improving under Solariby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuka Modric believes Real Madrid are improving under coach Santiago Solari.Real begin their Club World Cup defence this week on the back of a scratchy 1-0 defeat of Rayo Vallecano.But Modric says: “We are working on our physical preparation so that we can better express our talent and our qualities on the field. “We must do more work. I believe that we have progressed to this point under the guidance of Solari. There is still room for improvement, but I think we will get to Abu Dhabi in a good shape. “Motivation is always there when a trophy is at stake.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arnesen on Anderlecht axe: No chemistry with Kompanyby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Arnesen has spoken of his axing by Anderlecht.The former Chelsea and Tottenham football chief was dumped by the Belgian giants last week.”It didn’t catch me. I’ve always thought it was a matter of when. Our conversation was mature and respectful,” Arnesen told BT.”They thanked me for what I did, but also told me why. “One of the things was that they didn’t feel the chemistry was the way it should be between me, them, and Kompany (Anderlecht’s coach Vincent Kompany).”
Gang arrested over player burglaries; Thomas Partey recovers Champions League medalby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe gang that pulled off a series of burglaries against LaLiga footballers has been caught and arrested.Eldiario.es reports four people have been arrested connected to raids on homes of players of Real Madrid and Atletico. The operation was carried out between the cities of Madrid and Toledo, where the alleged criminals were arrested. Law enforcement have managed to recover some valuables that were taken from the homes of the players. Among the jewels and other belongings, the Champions League runners-up medal of Thomas Partey was found. The Atletico Madrid midfielder’s home was raided earlier this month, while he was in Russia for the European match against Lokmotiv Moscow.Casemiro, Isco, Zinedine Zidane and Alvaro Morata were some of those in Madrid who were victims of robberies. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
IG/champagnepapiIt is very easy to make fun of rapper Drake’s many, many sports allegiances, but to his credit, he is pretty consistent when it comes to college basketball. Drake is a big supporter and occasional Midnight Madness teammate of the Kentucky Wildcats, and he is not afraid to rep the team when they’re playing. Kentucky’s Round of 32 game against Cincinnati tipped off minutes ago, and Drake lent his support to the team with an Instagram post of what appears to be a UK varsity jacket. A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Mar 21, 2015 at 11:55am PDTWe’re not sure if Drake is in Louisville for the game, but it is a good bet that he’ll make it to Indianapolis for the Final Four if Kentucky continues on its historic run.