JUVENTUS are eyeing an incredible double swoop for Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld on free transfers, according to reports.The Italian giants, who are renowned for securing players at the end of their contracts, already have Manchester United stars David De Gea, Eric Bailly, and Nemanja Matic in their sights.4 Juventus are thought to be planning an audacious double swoop for Spurs duo Christian Eriksen and Toby AlderweireldCredit: Getty – Contributor4The Red Devils trio have entered the final year of their respective deals, with Gazzetta Dello Sport claiming Maurizio Sarri is keen to raid his former rivals.And now the Mail have reported that Juve want to add Eriksen and Alderwireld to their ranks, but face competition for the latter from Inter Milan.The Nerazzurri are understood to have contacted the Belgian defender’s representatives – with negotiations likely to be swiftly concluded.But Juve could look to edge their Serie A rivals with their astounding record of top-class free transfer signings as they look to fill the void left by Giorgio Chiellini’s lengthy injury setback.The league champions bagged Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and Paris Saint-Germain pair Adrien Rabiot and Gianluigi Buffon for nothing this summer.And now Juve have been alerted by Tottenham’s failure to tie down two of its stars to fresh terms.Mauricio Pochettino admitted he was left worried by Eriksen’s desire to leave Spurs before the European window slammed shut earlier this week.And the midfielder has since revealed his frustration at failing to find a new club, with Atletico Madrid entering the race for his signature.SunSport also understands that United are plotting a big-money bid in January to tempt Spurs into selling the Dane.4 LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict England, Wales and Scotland vs Belgium scores this weekend and win £100But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face contract problems of their own, with De Gea yet to sign the club’s offer of a new deal, worth around £350,000-a-week, despite months of talks.Meanwhile, Ivorian Bailly, 25, finds himself down the Old Trafford pecking order as he looks to bounce back from yet another serious injury.And Serbian powerhouse Matic, 31, has made just one appearance so far this season after losing his place in the team to Scott McTominay.4Man Utd to make stunning January swoop for Christian Eriksen after failed Real Madrid move
RNZI reports the Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare asked for a special adjournment in parliament to facilitate the trip and promised to back the bid with funding.The Solomons effort is being run on the basis that the Games have eluded the country for far too long, with the last event, the 1982 Mini Games.The Pacific Games Council is holding their AGM in Vanuatu next week to decide on the bid.Executive Director Andrew Minogue said Solomon Islands will be up against a strong Tahiti bid.”For Tahiti they’re attempting the Games for the third times so they are a safe pair of hands. They’ve done the Games before,” he said.”They’ve got good facilities there. They’ve got some plans in place for some new facilities to augment what they already have.”Executive Director Andrew Minogue says Solomon Islands are looking to follow in the footsteps of Tonga, who are hosting their first full Games in 2019.”Like Tonga, I guess for the 2019 Games, there’s an aspiration for them to graduate,” he said.”They held the Mini Games back in the 1980s and as a people they want to go to the next level. They have put a solid bid proposal together as well and it will be interesting to see,” Minoque said.The 22 member countries of the Pacific Games Council vote on the bid on May 11.
Days after the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040 was handed over to President David Granger, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo labelled the document as ceremonial and promised to have it scrapped when the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) returns to power.According to Jagdeo, the coalition’s strategy, which was handed over to President David Granger by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Director – Latin America and the Caribbean, Leo Heileman, on Tuesday, is a flawed approach since it does not focus on Guyanese and tangible returns to them.“I made it clear that the PPP will scrap this approach. The Green State Strategy, when they launch it in September, it would just be a good photo opportunity for the President and another speech touting the ‘Green Credentials’ of our Government. But in reality, it will mean very little to people in Guyana in terms of jobs, better access to health and education or anything else,” he stated.Jagdeo, who was a recipient of a Champion of the Earth Award back in 2010 while he was still President, had pioneered the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), which was launched under his regime in 2009. As such, the former President on Thursday did a comparison of the two strategies.“The fundamental thing that is different about our strategies is that one, the LCDS was an economic strategy that sought to move Guyana to perperity and our people to greater wealth and benefits, using a decarboniser, a cleaner energy and a green pathway. In their case, it is about an environment strategy mainly that they’re hoping to superimpose on the country and, therefore, it requires funding from our sources,” he said.Pointing to an advertisement that Government is circulating that it has delivered on training Guyanese for “Green jobs”, Jagdeo questioned how many such jobs were actually created “outside of planting some palms down” along the highway on the East Coast of Demerara.The Opposition Leader went on to outline the glaring differences with the coalition’s GSDS and his party’s LCDS. He pointed out that the LCDS was indigenously developed from over 1000 engagements and with one foreign consultant who did pro bono work on the theoretical base of the strategy. The GSDS, on the other hand, Jagdeo noted, was developed by external consultants.Further, the Opposition Leader outlined that unlike the coalition’s strategy which will be funded not only by taxpayers’ money but revenues from the impending oil and gas as well, the LCDS identified ways of using the country’s strategic assets to make money.“So from the forestry sector, through the sale of forest carbon, we had earned also $200 million. We had an agreement with Norway to sell them forest carbons up to $250 million – $200 million of that is already available to us and by now we should have been on a second such arrangement that would’ve seen another $400 million or so coming to Guyana,” he explained, while adding “So [one] was [strategic], is a generator of funds and the other is a user of funds from taxpayer sources as well as oil money. That’s [one of] the big differences between the two strategies.”Another area Jagdeo highlighted was the fact that LCDS had identified specific projects to decarbonise the energy sector. One such project, he noted, was the Amaila Falls Hydro Project, which was scrapped by the coalition. According to Jagdeo, the hydro project would have decarbonised the energy requirements by over 90 per cent – making it much easier for Guyana to become carbon-free.“This Government, although it promised in the Paris Agreement to do a 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025, has not identified a single new project that will actually deliver this. [The GSDS] is another APNU-type promise where there is just talk with no action,” he asserted.Among the other projects the former President noted that were crafted under the LCDS were Amerindian land titling, ITC development in hinterland communities and a grant scheme for small business. Many of these projects, Jagdeo said, are being carried out by the coalition, while others are yet to take off.“[We had] specific projects that would have delivered both on the mitigation side, which is to reduce our carbon emission, and on the adaptation side, preparing our country for climate change. In this case, there are no projects. It’s just declarative statements from the consultants… In a typical APNU-style, its lofty ideas… but when you come to the specifics for delivery, [such projects] are absent,” the Opposition Leader argued.The coalition’s GSDS: Vision2040 is intended to be a living example of Guyana’s commitment to the planet while ensuring the sustainable growth and economic wellbeing of its population. It will guide Guyana’s national development policies for the next 20 years.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo
Tim Huddleston has high expectations for Chris Carmody. Carmody is part of Huddleston’s High Point Racing Driver Development Program, a four-car team that will race in the NASCAR Late Model division at Irwindale Speedway. Their season starts tonight. Jace Meier, Scott Jenkins, Carmody and Huddleston will make up the High Point Racing team. But Huddleston expects Carmody to do more than just be a driver. He expects Carmody to be a teacher and a coach to the other two drivers. Carmody has the most experience at Irwindale Speedway of the three drivers on Huddleston’s team. Meier, who lives in Las Vegas, and Jenkins, who lives in Portland, Ore., will be making their track debuts. Carmody has raced regularly at Irwindale Speedway for the past two years. And even though he’s only 22 years old, Carmody may be the most seasoned driver at High Point Racing. “He’s the most decorated champion we have on the team,” Huddleston said. Carmody, a Saugus High graduate who lives in Valencia, has won championships in go-karts and USAC. He has raced stock cars and trucks at Irwindale Speedway, Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield and at the Bullring in Las Vegas. But he hasn’t been in a stock car at Irwindale Speedway in more than a year. He competed in one truck race at Irwindale last year. Being away from Speedway stock car competition hasn’t hurt Carmody’s confidence. He has been testing his new stock car at the Irwindale track, preparing for opening night. “We tested a month ago,” Carmody said. “It was right there.” The NASCAR Super Late Models, Super Trucks and figure 8s are also scheduled to race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7. American Le Mans Series: Valencia’s Bryan Herta, along with drivers Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan, won last weekend’s LMP2 portion of the 12 Hours of Sebring, the season-opening race of the American Le Mans Series. The team finished second overall and gave Acura a win in its debut in the American Le Mans Series. “I have to take my hat off to the group. I have never seen a group that has worked so hard and put in so much effort,” said Herta, a graduate of Hart High in Newhall. “You wouldn’t believe how many problems we had in testing, and it’s a testament to bring it here and to bring us this result. This is my most special victory for many reasons: one because I got to share it with my friends Tony and Dario.” Santa Clarita-based Honda Performance Development is providing the three Acura teams in the American Le Mans Series with engines and technology. Robert Clarke, president of Honda Performance Development, said he hopes the win at Sebring will lead to bigger races in the future. “We hoped to earn the invitation to Le Mans,” Clarke said. Race organizers invite select teams to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the premier sports car events in France. “It is more important to us to convince ourselves that we are deserving of that. We’ll know if we deserve the opportunity come the end of the season.” The three Acura teams in the American Le Mans Series went through a race simulation for the 12 Hours of Sebring a month ago. In that simulation, the Andretti Green car experienced a number of mechanical setbacks and did not complete the race. It was a different story in the real 12 Hours of Sebring. Even though the car experienced some of the same mechanical problems it did in the simulation, the crew made necessary repairs and Herta was able to finish the race. Michael Andretti, one of the team’s co-owners, said it was a great way for Acura to make its sports car race debut. “It was a tough race and we knew it coming in,” Andretti said. “But the 12-hour simulation race last month here helped us, and all of the Acura teams were prepared for (Saturday’s) race. Obviously it paid off for all three teams.” Herta, Franchitti and Kanaan, driving an Acura-powered entry for Andretti Green Racing, were teammates in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series since 2003. Franchitti and Kanaan will be at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend for the IRL IndyCar Series season opener. For the first time since 2004, Herta will not be in an Indy car to open the IRL season. He plans to watch the race from home. But Herta will be at St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 31 for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. That will be the first street course event for the IRL and the second race of the year for the American Le Mans Series. Herta will be teamed with Marino Franchitti, Dario’s younger brother and a veteran of 21 American Le Mans Series starts. Marino Franchitti has two runner-up class finishes in American Le Mans Series competition. “I’m very proud of the job that Andretti Green Racing and Acura have done producing a car that was capable of winning the Sebring 12 Hours,” Marino Franchitti said. “I thought Bryan and my other teammates drove a fantastic race.” email@example.com (818) 713-3715
1 Neymar Manchester United target Neymar will leave Spain if the authorities continue to investigate his financial affairs, according to the player’s father.The forward’s transfer from Santos to Barcelona is being probed by tax officers in both Spain and his native Brazil.Neymar is currently in negotiations with Barca over a new contract but his father, Neymar Sr, says his son will leave the country if the situation is not resolved, which could pave the way for United to capitalise.Louis van Gaal’s side were linked with a world-record swoop for the 23-year-old in the summer and remain keen to lure a ‘galactico’ signing.“We are talking about a contract renewal but we’re waiting to resolve some things that concern us,” Neymar Sr told Cadena SER.“We can’t have this uncertainty with the tax of not knowing if what we’re doing is right. We need to know if Spain accepts our situation.“It’s hard for us because we’re receiving many attacks, from Spain and Brazil on matters of taxation. Neymar is a media player and we work his image from Brazil.“We have to do the right things and I’d like to know if Spain will let us work or we have to leave. I don’t want to use the word ‘persecution’ but if we don’t have a comfortable situation to work we can’t stay in Spain.“If we are creating big problems for Spain, we can’t be here. We’ve never had such big tax problems.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAnd UCLA’s five seasons under Coach Karl Dorrell suggest it is possible. After the Bruins, as 16-point favorites, were ambushed by 38 points last month at Utah, and with a string of defeats as a heavy favorite pasted on Dorrell’s resume, losing to the Irish (0-5) doesn’t seem as outlandish as the storied Notre Dame program opening the season with five losses. “(Notre Dame) is a lot better than their record,” UCLA quarterback Ben Olson said. “They’re an athletic team. They’re not a bad team in any sense. We have to go out there and respect them. We’ve been in situations before where the team has been a little bit down and we made them look like superstars. We need to make sure that doesn’t happen.” UCLA (4-1) is a 20
Juventus aren’t that good when it comes to European finals.Sure, they’ve won the UEFA Cup three times and the Cup Winners Cup once, but have only been successful in the European Cup/Champions League twice. This is despite playing in seven finals, including three successive appearances in 1996, 1997 and 1998.Now, though, they have a chance to win a third European crown having secured a place in their second final in three years after beating Monaco in the semi-final.Here, talkSPORT.com looks at the teams who have appeared in more finals than anyone else and their success rate.REMEMBERING THE LAST JUVE TO WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 Joint 10. Man United and Inter have both played in five European Cup/Champions League finals, winning three and losing two apiece – Man United and Inter share a 60 per cent win rate. 10 10 10 7. Benfica have played in seven European Cup/Champions League finals (won two and lost five) – Benfica have won 28.5 per cent of the European Cup finals they have contested. 10 5. Barcelona have played in eight European Cup/Champions League finals, winning five and losing three – Barcelona have won 62.5 per cent of their finals. 8. Ajax have appeared in six finals and won four of them – Ajax have won 66.6 per cent of their finals. 10 10 2. Milan have made 11 appearances in European Cup/Champions League finals, winning seven and losing four – Milan have won 63.6 per cent of their finals. 4. Juventus have reached nine European Cup/Champions League finals (losing six and winning two, with another to come this June) – They’ve just made it to the 2017 edition, but have a 25 per cent win rate when it comes to the big day. 6. Liverpool have played in seven finals – you may be aware they have won five, losing two – Liverpool have been successful 71.4 per cent of the time. 3. Bayern have played in 10 European Cup/Champions League finals, winning five and losing five – The German have club have a 50 per cent win rate in finals. 10 10 10 1. Real Madrid have reached 15 finals and won 11 of them (with the 2017 final to come) – That’s a win percentage of 78.5 per cent from their previous 14 finals.
“We could have played a whole lot better,” Carroll said. “We gave them a lot of freebies with the penalties. (Our punt team) is terrible. I’m embarrassed. We have to deal with it. It’s terrible.” Carroll also said he’s still wondering how 16 seconds elapsed on the second-to-last play, when Leinart fumbled, leaving USC with seven seconds for the final play. “It couldn’t have lasted more than six or seven seconds, we should have had more than twice as much time,” he said. Carroll said he went for it because the official told him the ball was spotted on the “three-inch line.” “It wasn’t quite that close,” Carroll said. “It was a one-shot deal or nothing.” After reviewing the film, Carroll said Bush didn’t push Leinart into the end zone, which is considered illegal, but rarely called. “He didn’t push him in,” Carroll said. “He did knock into him. He didn’t pile drive him into the end zone.” Another issue was Carroll’s decision to forbid instant replay in the game. “I thought a lot about it last night,” he said. “One play they would have replayed whether Matt scored or not (before he fumbled). And on Brady Quinn’s touchdown, they could have reviewed it because he got pulled back.” Asked about any lingering memories from probably the most emotional victory in his tenure, Carroll said he remembered going into the kickoff team huddle with three seconds left. “I’m looking at a bunch of young guys and they wanted to end the game in the worst way,” Carroll said. “I’m trying to explain to Troy Van Blarcom how I want him to kick it and (linebacker) Rey Maualuga says, ‘Coach, can I ask a question?’ “And I’m like, ‘No, no, shut up.’ And he says, ‘Can I ask? Does the clock start when we kick it or touch someone?’ I thought it was funny.” Notes: Carroll said tailback Desmond Reed will miss the rest of the season with torn knee ligaments after getting his knee stuck in the turf on a kickoff. He refused to blame the high grass at Notre Dame Stadium. “I don’t think so. His stride was so out of whack,” Carroll said. “The turf felt really good to run on but it gave way everywhere and there were divots everywhere.” Carroll said Justin Wyatt would not replace Reed on kickoffs, even though he did Saturday. … USC will be first in today’s initial Bowl Championship Series rankings. The Trojans should control their own destiny, remaining first as long as they win their remaining games. Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607, firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For every reference to USC owning the greatest offense in college football history, another equally compelling comment could be made about the No. 1-ranked Trojans at the halfway mark of the season. Without tailback Reggie Bush, USC often looks like a pretty average team. The Trojans basked in the afterglow Sunday of their 34-31 victory over Notre Dame, which goes down as one of the most memorable of the series and probably the most memorable college football game this year. “I have never been in a game like this,” defensive end Lawrence Jackson said. “I will remember it for the rest of my life.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Jackson and his teammates can thank Bush, who bailed out the Trojans repeatedly in South Bend, Ind., especially with quarterback Matt Leinart in a funk and tailback LenDale White in another one of those reduced roles. “I wouldn’t say he bails us out, but he turns a lot of 6-yard plays into big plays,” offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said. Bush scored touchdowns on runs of 36, 45 and 9 yards against Notre Dame and without him, there wasn’t much difference between the Trojans and Irish. In fact, Notre Dame was actually superior at quarterback, no matter who won the Heisman Trophy. USC has scored 24 touchdowns this season and Bush has nearly 50 percent (11). But even with Bush, USC coach Pete Carroll found plenty to complain about even after a thrilling victory.
Iowa State scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning and tacked on one more run in the fourth inning and finally scored four runs in the sixth inning. Box Score AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State Cyclones came out on top in a high-scoring game with the Drake University softball team on Wednesday at Cyclone Sports Complex. Iowa State (19-26) defeated Drake (24-22) by a score of 15-12 as the teams split the season series. Alexander and Wright led Drake with three hits each. Sophomore Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) drove in three runs as junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) each drove in two runs. Pena and Wright each scored two runs. The Bulldogs will host UNI Wednesday night at 6 p.m.Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs trailed 15-9 going into their final at-bat, but sophomore Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) blasted a pinch-hit, three-run home run to pull within three runs at 15-12. It was the first career home run for Newman. Sophomore Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) followed with a double, but was stranded as fellow sophomore Kelsey Wright’s (Olathe, Kan.) deep shot to the centerfield warning track was caught to end the game. Drake took the lead back once again the top of the third inning. With the bases loaded, Pena hit a slow roller to the ISU pitcher, who couldn’t field the ball as Wright raced home to give the Bulldogs an 8-7 lead. However, Drake couldn’t capitalize for more runs with the bases loaded as the next two batters were retired. Iowa State tied the game in its next at bat, but Drake limited the damage to just the one run after relief pitcher Mariah McKinnon (Oxford, Iowa) worked out of bases loaded with zero outs situation by recording three-straight outs. McKinnon took the loss in the circle as her record dropped to 5-9. McKinnon pitched four innings and allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits. Smith started the game and later reentered. She pitched two total innings and allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Drake jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Wright and Frank each hit singles and Sowa followed with a double that plated the pair. Freshman Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.) later drove in Sowa with an RBI single for the third run. Unfortunately, Iowa State came right back in the bottom of the frame to score six runs to take the lead at 6-3 after one inning of play. The Cyclones’ lead didn’t last long as the Bulldogs came back in the top of the second. Drake scored one run on a bases loaded walk by Pena and the next batter, Smith, cleared the bases with a double to take a 7-6 lead.