Extended break before UAAP Finals good, bad news for Ateneo

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ But it is what it is, and Ateneo could do nothing but continue its twice-a-day training in hopes of nabbing its third title in four years.Morente is hopeful that things will all fall into place once the Lady Eagles hit the floor next Tuesday for Game 1.“As of now, we’re doing the same drills coach Tai (Bundit) has been giving us. Training never stops, every single day, seven days a week,” she said. “I hope the ones with injuries will recover while we wait for the Finals to start. We have time to undergo therapy so that at least when the Finals are here, we’re already ok.”ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar “I think it’s good news for us so that we can prepare better,” said Mich Morente.“Bea (de Leon) sprained herself so her foot is hurting, Jia (Morado) is nursing her hurting back, Kat (Tolentino) is having problems with her knee, same with Jho (Maraguinot). I strained my abs during the game and I don’t know why. Others have pain in their lower back. I hope we’ll get through this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHowever, the re-scheduling of Game 1 from this Saturday to May 2 also comes at a price for Ateneo as it will have to simultaneously prepare for the championship series and the players’ final examinations.“Next week will be our Finals for academics, so it will all be at the same time. I feel it will be hard for us to manage our time, especially that the volleyball games are very important the same with our school,” said Morente. “It’s both a good news and bad news for us.” Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo faces a double-edged sword with the extended break in preparation for the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball finals.On one hand, the break is a welcome respite for the Lady Eagles as they hope to recuperate from their nagging injuries before waging war against La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao tells Horn: Work hard so we can entertain people LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Krishna Janmashtami

first_imgDear Editor,The birthday of Hinduism’s favourite Lord Krishna is a special occasion for Hindus who consider him their leader, hero, protector, philosopher, teacher and friend all rolled into one. Krishna took birth at midnight on the ashtami or the 8th day of the Krishnapaksha or dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Shravan (August-September). This auspicious day is called Janmashtami. Indian as well as Western scholars have now accepted the period between 3200 and 3100 BC as the period in which Lord Krishna lived on Earth.How do Hindus celebrate Janmashtami? The devotees of Lord Krishna observe a fast for the whole day and night, worshipping him and keeping vigil through the night while listening to his tales and exploits, reciting hymns from the Gita, singing devotional songs, and chanting the mantra Om namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.Krishna’s birthplace Mathura and Vrindavan celebrate this occasion with great pomp and show. Raslilas or religious plays are performed to recreate incidents from the life of Krishna and to commemorate his love for Radha.Song and dance mark the celebration of this festive occasion all over northern India. At midnight, the statue of infant Krishna is bathed and placed in a cradle, which is rocked, amidst the blowing of conch shells and the ringing of bells.In the south-western state of Maharashtra, people enact the god’s childhood attempts to steal butter and curd from earthen pots beyond his reach. A similar pot is suspended high above the ground and groups of young people form human pyramids to try and reach the pot and break it.The town of Dwarka in Gujarat, Krishna’s own land, comes alive with major celebrations as hordes of visitors flock to the town.Sincerely,SurendranauthPersaud Tiwarilast_img read more

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Bush says Iraqis holding tough against insurgents

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “I don’t believe he should resign. He’s done a fine job. Every war plan looks good on paper until you meet the enemy,” he said. In his second-full blown news conference of the year, Bush confronted his political problems by addressing them directly. “Nobody likes war. It creates a sense of uncertainty in the country,” he said. “War creates trauma.” He acknowleded that Republicans are worried about their political standing in November. “There’s a certain unease as you head into an election year,” Bush told a wide-ranging news conference that lasted nearly an hour. More than 2,300 Americans have died in three years of war in Iraq. Polls show the public’s support of the war and Bush himself have dramatically declined in recent months. And the public’s support for the war and the president himself has declined dramatically in recent months, jeopardizing his second-term agenda. WASHINGTON — President Bush said Tuesday the decision about when to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq will fall to future presidents and Iraqi leaders, suggesting that U.S. involvement will continue at least through 2008. Acknowledging the public’s growing unease with the war — and election-year skittishness among fellow Republicans – the president nonetheless vowed to keep U.S. soliders in the fight. “If I didn’t believe we could succeed, I wouldn’t be there. I wouldn’t put those kids there,” Bush declared. He also stood by embattled Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. “I’d say I’m spending that capital on the war,” Bush said when asked about the political capital he carried out of the 2004 re-election victory. When asked about his failed Social Security plan, Bush simply said: “I didn’t get done.” But he defiantly defended his warrantless eavesdropping program, and baited Democrats who suggest that he broke the law. Calling a censure resolution “needless partisanship,” Bush challenged Democrats to go into the November midterm elections in opposition to eavesdropping on suspected terrorists. “They ought to stand up and say, `The tools we’re using to protect the American people should not be used,”’ Bush said. The news conference marked a new push by Bush to confront doubts about his strategy in Iraq. A day earlier, he acknowledged to a sometimes skeptical audience that there was dwindling support for his Iraq policy and that he understood why people were disheartened. “The terrorists haven’t given up. They’re tough-minded. They like to kill,” he said Tuesday. “There will be more tough fighting ahead.” The president said he did not agree with former interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, who told the British Broadcasting Corporation Sunday, “If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is.” Bush said others inside and outside Iraq think the nation has stopped short of civil war. “There are other voices coming out of Iraq, by the way, other than Mr. Allawi, who I know by the way like. A good fellow.” “We all recogized that there is violence, that there is sectarian violance. But the way I look at the situation is, the Iraqis looked and decided not to go into civil war.” Nearly four out of five Americans, including 70 percent of Republicans, believe civil war will break out in Iraq, according to a recent AP-Ipsos poll. Bush said he’s confident of victory in Iraq. “I’m optimistic we’ll suceed. If not, I’d pull our troops out,” he said, warning that abandoning the nation would be a dangerous mistake. “So failure in Iraq, which isn’t going to happen, would send all kinds of terrible signals to an enemy that wants to hurt us and people who are desperate to change the condition in the broader Middle East,” Bush said. He said he agreed to U.S. talks with Iran to underscore his point that Tehran’s attempts to spread sectarian violence or provide support to Iraqi insurgents was unacceptable to the United States. His opening remarks were designed to steel Americans for more fighting in Iraq and put an optimistic spin on the state of the U.S. economy. “Productivity is strong. Inflation is contained. Household net worth is at an all-time high,” Bush said, crediting his administration’s policies. On Iraq, Bush bristled at a suggestion that he had wanted to wage war against that country since early in his presidency. “I didn’t want war. To assume I wanted war is just flat wrong … with all due respect,” he told a reporter. “No president wants war.” To those who say otherwise, “it’s simply not true,” Bush said. Asked about former supporters who now oppose him and the war, Bush said he’s trying to win them over by “talking realistically to people” about the war and its importance to the nation. “I can understand how Americans are worried about whether or not we can win,” Bush said, adding that most Americans want victory “but they’re concerned about whether or not we can win.” Bush scoffed at a question suggesting he should reshuffle or shake up his White House staff to help raise his sagging poll standings. But he did hint that he might bring in an experienced Washington insider to work with a disgruntled Congress. “I’m not going to announce it right now,” Bush said, adding that he’s satisfied with the staff he’s surrounded himself with.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Harry Kane and Jack Wilshere included in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad

first_img1 Jack Wilshere has earned a recall Jack Wilshere has been recalled to the England squad by interim manager Gareth Southgate, with striker Harry Kane also returning for the games against Scotland and Spain.Wilshere has been a conspicuous absentee from international get-togethers since Euro 2016, with the departed Sam Allardyce and his temporary replacement both leaving him out.But a loan move from Arsenal to Bournemouth has given the 24-year-old some much-needed game time and he has rebuilt both form and fitness under Eddie Howe.Dele Alli’s twisted knee has also created a vacancy in midfield, with Wilshere operating in a similar position for the Cherries.While Alli has been forced out, his Tottenham team-mate Kane rejoins the group after missing Southgate’s previous matches in charge against Malta and Slovenia.Kane has missed seven weeks with an ankle injury but started the north London derby against Arsenal on Sunday and scored from the penalty spot to secure a 1-1 draw.Manchester United pair Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw are not involved in a 25-man squad after being declared unfit for the 3-1 win over Swansea – a decision that seemed to frustrate their club boss Jose Mourinho. With Smalling missing, Burnley’s Michael Keane edges Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson – the former having received his first call-up as injury cover for last month’s games.England squad in full:Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Torino), Tom Heaton (Burnley)Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Michael Keane (Burnley), Danny Rose (Tottenham), John Stones (Man City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Man Utd), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace)Forwards: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)last_img read more

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Ipswich Town 0-2 Nottingham Forest: Assombalonga brace secures well-deserved win

first_img1 Britt Assombalonga opened the scoring after just 17 seconds Britt Assombalonga scored twice – including one after just 17 seconds – as Nottingham Forest kept their first clean sheet of the season with a well-deserved 2-0 win at Ipswich.The striker took advantage of horrendous defending from the out-of-sorts home side to grab a goal at the start and end of the first half.Ipswich threw bodies forward after the interval but struggled to break down a resolute Forest backline, who had come into the game with the second worst defensive record in the Championship.They took a stunning lead with just 17 seconds on the clock when Ben Osborn latched on to a loose header from Jonas Knudsen before releasing Assombalonga who drilled the ball low past Bartosz Bialkowski.The home side were clearly shell-shocked and Pajtim Kasami almost grabbed a second on 17 minutes when his low shot was turned around the post by Bialkowski.On the half-hour mark, the home side finally showed some class in possession when Lawrence’s brilliant flick released David McGoldrick.Town’s number 10 turned inside Matt Mills but his shot was brilliantly parried away by Vladimir Stojkovic.Forest went close to doubling their advantage when Damien Perquis’ strong header was bundled off the line by Knudsen.But they did not have to wait long after some more comical defending from Ipswich from Mills’ hopeful header in the area allowed Assombalonga to sneak in between two defenders and head home from close range.Ipswich started brighter in the second half although the best early chance saw Forest skipper Henri Lansbury testing the diving Bialkowski from the edge of the area.Ipswich almost pulled a goal back 10 minutes after the restart when Tom Lawrence’s powerful low cross was turned back into the danger area by Stojkovic but the ball was hacked clear as McGoldrick waited to pounce on the rebound.The points should have been made safe in the 64th minute when Eric Lichaj burst into the box and while his dangerous cross was partially blocked by Christophe Berra, Kasami smashed a 15-yard shot against the outside of the post.At the other end, Ipswich had possession but lacked the guile to break down a sea of defensive red shirts.Lawrence fired wide after drifting in from the left wing before sub Luke Varney could only brush a header at Stojkovic.Forest always looked dangerous on the counter attack and Apostolos Vellios almost added a third when Luke Chambers’ poor header landed at the striker’s feet but his shot was saved by Bialkowski at the second attempt.last_img read more

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Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger signs long-term Southend United deal

first_img1 Southend striker Nile Ranger Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger has penned a long-term contract at Southend.The 25-year-old arrived at Roots Hall in the summer and has made a big impact at the Essex club.His performances have impressed manager Phil Brown, who has decided to hand him a deal which lasts until 2020.Despite being injured for six weeks, Rangers has made nine appearances in League one, scoring twice.As well as also contributing a number of assists, Southend are yet to taste defeat when the former England youth international has been in the starting line-up.last_img

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Real Madrid 2-1 Manchester United: Los Blancos outclass Red Devils in Super Cup

first_img1 Real Madrid celebrate with the trophy Manchester United were outclassed at times as Real Madrid won the UEFA Super Cup to give Jose Mourinho food for thought at the start of his second season in the hot seat.Sweltering Skopje bore witness to an entertaining meeting of these European giants in the annual clash of the Champions League and Europa League winners.Casemiro and Isco gave Real Madrid back-to-back Super Cup triumphs, running out 2-1 victors despite Romelu Lukaku’s first competitive goal for United bringing the Macedonia encounter to a tense finale.The Red Devils started brightly enough as they looked to win the competition for just the second time, only for a promising start to peter out as Zinedine Zidane’s side flexed their muscles.Casemiro’s header off the crossbar was a warning shot that Mourinho’s men failed to heed as the impressive Brazilian tucked home a fine Dani Carvajal pass as offside appeals were ignored.Isco turned home after United’s defence was split open and Gareth Bale rattled the crossbar as Madrid continued in the ascendancy after the break, before Lukaku atoned for a poor earlier miss by scoring from close range.Substitute Marcus Rashford and goalkeeper David De Gea impressed as United fought valiantly for an equaliser that would elude them at the Philip II National Arena, where manager Mourinho’s former side held on for their fourth Super Cup.Defensive absentees undoubtedly hurt United, but the work facing Portuguese boss Mourinho was underlined here.Mourinho is still hoping to make one more summer addition and admitted in the build-up that he would “fight” for Bale if Zidane chose against using him in the Super Cup.However, the Wales international started in Macedonia and came close to opening the scoring inside the opening minutes after Paul Pogba inexplicably let a deflected Marcelo cross loop over him.United, in fact, had started the brighter but struggled to create clear-cut chances, so when Madrid kicked into gear the remainder of the first half became a struggle.Casemiro outmuscled Matteo Darmian to meet a corner with a thumping header that rattled the crossbar and, once Pogba wasted a counter-attack, a poor clearance from United’s Italian defender offered Madrid another chance.Casemiro could only fizz over but it was to prove third time lucky for the Brazilian.Carvajal showed excellent vision and no little skill to clip a pass over to Casemiro, who got behind United’s backline to slide a first-time shot past De Gea.No offside was called despite a glance to the linesman, who raised his flag when Bale netted just before a drinks break – welcome respite from running around in the Skopje heat.Pogba saw an effort blocked and Keylor Navas comfortably stopped a Lukaku header when play resumed, but the best chance in the remaining third of the opening period was the Karim Benzema strike parried by De Gea.The Spain goalkeeper’s exceptional one-handed stop prevented Toni Kroos from making matters worse, with Chris Smalling then having to throw himself in front of a Marcelo drive.The second goal Real were threatening would arrive in the 52nd minute as Isco played a lovely one-two with Bale, all too easily putting him through on goal as he curled coolly past compatriot De Gea.It was a gut punch United should have recovered from immediately.Pogba met a fine cross into the box with a poor header that Navas fumbled into the path of Lukaku, who wasted a glorious chance to mark his debut with a goal by lashing over the rebound.Marouane Fellaini joined half-time introduction Rashford on the field as Mourinho looked to turn things around, but at the other end Luka Modric had an effort before Bale smashed the underside of the bar.Benzema also threatened before Navas’ gaffe allowed United to pull one back. The Madrid goalkeeper was unable to deal with a stinging Nemanja Matic drive and fellow debutant Lukaku pounced to fired home.It led to a thrilling end to the Super Cup and, after another drinks break, a fine Henrikh Mkhitaryan pass put through Rashford, who was denied by a Navas save low to his left.Zidane turned to Cristiano Ronaldo as United continued to push for a leveller, with Fellaini seeing a header saved before Marco Asensio was stopped superbly by De Gea in stoppage time.last_img read more

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Joselu strikes to hand Rafa Benitez draw against former club Liverpool

first_imgJoselu handed Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez a draw against former club Liverpool as missed chances cost the visitors dearly.The Spanish striker cancelled out Philippe Coutinho’s sumptuous 27th-minute opener nine minutes later, although what he knew about it is debatable after Joel Matip’s attempted clearance came back off him and ended up in the net.It was one of few chances Benitez’s current employers created with billionaire businesswoman Amanda Staveley, who is reportedly looking for a Premier League club in which to invest, among a crowd of 52,303 at St James’ Park.By contrast, the Reds carved out a series of openings and but for Republic of Ireland keeper Rob Elliot and some sub-standard finishing, could have emerged with three points rather than one.After a week rife with talk of takeovers and new managerial contracts on Tyneside, the game which followed it was never likely to be uneventful, and so it proved.Liverpool arrived with Klopp exasperated at having to defend his free-scoring, but defensively suspect team to meet a Newcastle side which had endured an all or nothing start to their league campaign with three wins and three defeats.The visitors bristled with attacking intent with Coutinho orchestrating from deep to allow Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, back in league action for the first time since his dismissal against Manchester City, to link with Daniel Sturridge.Having started brightly, the Magpies found themselves having to defend deep and often at full stretch, skipper Jamaal Lascelles blocking a 16th-minute Sturridge shot after a mesmerising link-up which started with the striker and also involved Salah, Georginio Wijnaldum and Coutinho.Mane volleyed wide from a tight angle two minutes later and DeAndre Yedlin had to cover across in the nick of time to dispossess Salah after Sturridge had played Salah in behind Ciaran Clark with 20 minutes gone.Matt Ritchie had earlier tested Simon Mignolet with a curling left-foot effort, but the visitors came close to an opening goal when Wijnaldum flicked Coutinho’s 24th-minute corner against the upright and defender Dejan Lovren saw his follow-up blocked before Mane fired wide.The pressure eventually told three minutes later when, after Lascelles and Ritchie had only half-cleared their lines, Coutinho worked his way into range before thumping an arcing shot beyond Elliot’s despairing dive.However, the lead lasted just nine minutes and if there was a touch of fortune about it, the Jonjo Shelvey pass which opened up Liverpool deserved it.He played Joselu in between central defenders Matip and Lovren and although the striker dallied, Matip’s sliding challenge sent the ball against the striker’s shin and inside the post.The visitors should have restored their lead within five minutes of the restart when Clark’s air-shot put Sturridge in on goal, but Elliot blocked the initial shot and Salah blazed wastefully over from the rebound.Shelvey headed clear after Lovren had helped the ball across goal with 12 minutes remaining and substitutes Dominic Solanke and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both missed the target amid a late flurry, but Mohamed Diame almost snatched victory for the Magpies at the death. Joselu’s lucky goal cancelled out Philippe Coutinho’s opener 1last_img read more

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Beckham wants ex-United captain to join his Inter Miami side

first_img shining deals REPLY “There’s a lot of vetting going on. We’re looking for the right players.“I’m lucky that I’ve played in many different teams in many different countries and with many different players – and they’re actually calling me.” The MLS franchise, which Beckham owns, will compete in America’s top-flight division for the first time in 2020.Valencia, who joined Man United in 2009, had also attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal and Newcastle, but could be persuaded to continue his career in America.Beckham, 44, who made the move from Real Madrid to LA Galaxy in 2007, before leaving in 2012, stressed he doesn’t want Inter Miami to become a retirement home for older players. David Beckham is targeting former Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia as he builds his new MLS side Inter Miami.The former England captain wants the Ecuadorian to join him in the United States after he was released by United, report The Sun. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star 2 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:42Loaded: 23.13%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:42 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card gameday cracker Beckham wants to add big names to his Inter Miami side Getty Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City He told the Miami Herald: “We don’t just want players coming here at the end of their careers thinking, ‘Let’s go and have a couple of years in Miami and we’ll play a little bit of soccer’.“We want players that are going to come here hungry, that have played at the top level but still want to win, and they’re not in a time where they just want to retire in a great place like Miami. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Antonio Valencia spent a decade at Man United Getty Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 LATEST REAL DEAL no dice Man Utd new-boy Dan James melt hearts as he is given adorable puppy as 21st birthday present Beckham has tabled a four-year contract with a sizeable salary for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, asking him to join next year in an audacious bid, but it is believed the Uruguayan turned down the offer.last_img read more

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Trevor Sinclair apologises for tweet and donates show fee to homeless charity

first_imgTrevor Sinclair has apologised to the people of Liverpool for an offensive tweet he posted on Tuesday night.Sinclair, who also apologised on Twitter and has removed the tweet where he referred to supporters as ‘bin dippers’, will be donating his show fee to charity.The former Manchester City, West Ham and England winger was appearing in his regular slot on Jim White and Natalie Sawyer’s mid-morning show. t 1center_img Trevor interrupted Jim at the start of the show to say: “I want to sincerely apologise for a tweet I made last night.“It was supposed to be a football tweet about Manchester City closing the gap on Liverpool, and it was a poor choice of words from me.“I’m a Mancunian and there is a lot of rivalry between Mancs and Scousers, and the choice of words that I used didn’t come across well.“I’m a working class lad myself. I am an advocate for Help the Homeless; I’ve played in charity matches throughout the country, I’ve opened a home in Whitley Bay for young people who find themselves homeless, I work at soup kitchens.“I just want to apologise sincerely to the people of Liverpool.“I would like to donate my show fee to Whitechapel Centre, which is a homeless place in Liverpool.”last_img read more

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