Sexton set to replace Wilko as top France earner

first_imgParticularly hard hit will be Paris Saint-Germain, France’s richest club following their acquisition in 2011 by a Qatari consortium. Twelve of their players are said to earn more than €1m a year with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic reputed to be on €1.25m a year.And here we are making a fuss over Sexton’s  €55,000 a month. Enjoy it while you can, Johnny. “Presidents, directors, agents, coaches, all recognise that Top 14 salaries have reached a level that threatens the economic stability of the clubs,” declared the newspaper in Monday’s edition. “The hour has arrived when from now on salaries will start to lower.”Certainly the big names from the southern hemisphere – those still in their prime  – are increasingly turning to Japan to help feather their nests. Witness the decisions of Sonny Bill Williams, Jerome Kaino, Fourie du Preez and Andries Bekker taking the Yen over the Euro in recent seasons. And last month Dan Carter ruled out a return to France, saying he would prefer to have a stint “some place closer to home – potentially Japan”.Still, at least the Top 14 has no reason to fear the French tax man, unlike Ligue 1, the top flight of French football. When he came to power nearly 12 months ago socialist president Francois Hollande promised to tax the rich. He’s following through on that pledge, introducing a 75% tax rate for those people in France earning more than €1m a year, though it will be down to companies (or in this case, clubs) and not individuals, to foot the bill. “This new tax will cost first division teams €182m,” protested Frédéric Thiriez, head of France’s professional football league last week. “With these crazy labour costs, France will lose its best players, our clubs will see their competitiveness in Europe decline, and the government will lose its best taxpayers.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Racing Metro rugby team president Jacky Lorenzetti (C) leaves on November 16, 2012 in Paris, after attending the election of the new head of the French national rugby league (LNR), which oversees the professional 15-a-side game in France. Paul Goze, 61, received a four-year mandate as head of the body that manages the Top 14 and Pro D2 divisions, succeeding Pierre-Yves Revol, who was elected in 2008 to take over from former France full-back Serge Blanco (1998-2008). AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) Rolling in it: Midi Olympique has revealed Racing-bound Sexton will pocket €660,000 for his services next seasonBy Gavin MortimerSO NOW we all know. You, me and every rugby player in France. As Midi Olympique revealed in Monday’s edition Jonathan Sexton will be pocketing  €55,000 (£47,000) a month next season playing for Racing Metro. That will make the Ireland fly-half the best-paid player in the Top 14. He’ll earn €8,000 a month more than Jonny Wilkinson at Toulon (who in signing on for another year with Toulon last month had his wages trimmed), €13,000 more than Bryan Habana, also at Toulon, and €17,000 more than Nicolas Mas, reputedly the best-paid French player on account of the fact world-class tighthead props are few and far between these days.Second best: Wilko took a pay cut to stay at ToulonSexton can’t have been happy to discover Midi Olympique has had a sneak peek into his pay packet. Nothing makes a man more envious than money, and the 27-year-old can expect some big hits and juicy banter next season from just about every back-rower in France. Particularly as a lot of them will be earning less than a quarter of Sexton’s wage.Despite the money paid to the high-profile players, the average monthly salary in the Top 14 is a far more modest €12,000. Some earn a lot less than that. According to Midi Olympique, Stade Francais winger Jérémy Sinzelle, a regular for the Parisian club this season, is paid €6,000 a month, while some of the Perpignan squad are on as little as €3,000 a month. One wonders how they must feel when they read that their fly-half, James Hook, earns €35,000 for the same period.Sexton might be one of the last players to strike it really rich in France. The €660,000 that he’ll earn next season is significantly less than the €800,000 Toulon paid Wilkinson when he first moved to the Cote d’Azur from Newcastle in 2009. Similarly, no French club is willing to do what Perpignan did in 2008, when they forked out a reputed €750,000 for the services of Dan Carter for seven months. The All Black fly-half ruptured his Achilles tendon in his sixth game and down the drain went Perpignan’s dosh.Deep pockets: Racing owner Jacky Lorenzetti is behind the dealThose profligate days are now a thing of the past. According to the paper next season will be the first when the average wage in the top flight of French rugby remains static. Hitherto, every season has brought with it an increase in wages, but the harsh economic climate in which France finds itself has forced clubs to rein in their spending.last_img read more

Alliance of American Football schedule: Odds, line, predictions for Week 5 AAF games

first_imgWe have reached Week 5 out of 10 in the Alliance of American Football, which means after this weekend, we’ll be halfway through the league’s inaugural season. Last week was interesting with several upsets. The Express and the Legends both played new quarterbacks, leading to their first wins in franchise history. Also, the Commanders went on the road and defeated the Iron, giving Birmingham its first loss. As a result, we went 1-3 with our picks last week, giving us a 7-4 record on the season. The Hotshots will have a similar strategy, as Jhurell Pressley ran for 110 yards last week. Both teams have struggling QBs with strong ground games, so expect a lot of rushing in this one.Who to watch: Arizona WR Rashad Ross has had at least one touchdown in every game this season while also finishing with at least 50 yards in each contest. He has been consistently great and will be someone the Commanders need to stop if they want a chance to win.Prediction: Commanders win, 28-24 MORE: 10 AAF players who have made a case for the NFLWe’ll be diving in to each of the Week 5 matchups, but before we do, let’s take a look at the schedule. (Betting odds via BetOnline.)Alliance of American Football Week 5 TV scheduleMatchupTimeNetworkOrlando Apollos at Birmingham Iron2 p.m., SaturdayTNT/ fuboTVSalt Lake Stallions at San Diego Fleet8 p.m., SaturdayNFLN/ fuboTVMemphis Express at Atlanta Legends4 p.m., SundayCBSSN/ fuboTVSan Antonio Commanders at Arizona Hotshots8 p.m., SundayNFLN/ fuboTVMORE: AAF Power Rankings ahead of Week 5Apollos (4-0) at Iron (3-1)Spread: Apollos -3.5 (-110)Over/Under: 34The Iron lost in Week 4, so we don’t get a battle of undefeated teams, but this is still the clear matchup of the week. The Apollos and Iron are the top two teams in our Power Rankings, as they boast the two best records in the league. Their quarterbacks also place No. 1 and No. 2 in the league in passing yards.Of course, the most interesting part of this matchup is the Apollos’ top-ranked offense against the Iron’s top-ranked defense. Orlando is averaging just under 30 points per game, while Birmingham is allowing slightly more than eight points per game. At the very least, we can expect Orlando’s offense to struggle a bit.On the other side of the ball, though, we have seen the Iron’s offense struggle all season, while the Apollos’ defense has been able to make plays. Unless Birmingham suddenly finds a spark on offense, it’s hard to see Orlando suffering its first loss in this one.Who to watch: Trent Richardson has been awful through four weeks, and Birmingham might have found a solution in Brandon Ross. He ran nine times for 64 yards (7.1 yards per carry) last week and should get more carries than Richardson, who is averaging 2.4 yards per carry.Prediction: Apollos win, 18-6Stallions (1-3) at Fleet (2-2)Spread: Fleet -6 (-110)Over/Under: 36The Fleet were dealt some bad news when quarterback Philip Nelson suffered a fractured clavicle in Week 4. He’ll be out at least a month, meaning San Diego is turning back to QB Mike Bercovici, who started Week 1 before he was benched due to poor play.Under Nelson, San Diego was looking like one of the top teams in the AAF. The Fleet even jumped out a 20-6 lead in Week 4 before backup Alex Ross came in and turned the ball over three times. Now they’ll face a tough challenge against the Stallions, who are better than their record suggests.Still, given a week of preparation with Bercovici, the Fleet can get something going. They just need to avoid turning the ball over.Who to watch: Fleet’s Dontez Ford was PFF’s top WR last week, earning a 77.0 overall grade. He had 57 yards after catch (finishing with 71 total yards) on three receptions. He also found the end zone and could be a good target for Bercovici in his return under center.Prediction: Fleet win, 18-12Express (1-3) at Legends (1-3)Spread: Legends -1.5 (-110)Over/Under: 38.5The matchup everyone has been waiting for. OK, maybe not, but this game does carry some intrigue, as both franchises picked up their first wins last week. The Express finally sent QB Christian Hackenberg to the bench, and Zach Mettenberger looked surprisingly good in his place.The Legends were forced to go to Aaron Murray at QB after Matt Simms suffered an injury, and he led them downfield several times (although he needs to work on finishing drives in the red zone). Atlanta also found help in Tarean Folston, who had 87 scrimmage yards by running (21) and receiving (66) out of the backfield.Memphis’ defense has been strong all season, and the unit had three players on PFF’s top defense in Week 4. This should be a close game, especially with it being in Atlanta, but expect the Express to extend their win streak.Who to watch: Express EDGE defender Corey Vereen was a force in Week 4, picking up two sacks and two forced fumbles. If he is able to keep up that production, it will be a tough afternoon for Murray and the Legends offense. Prediction: Express win, 17-12Commanders (2-2) at Hotshots (2-2)Spread: Hotshots -2.5 (-110)Over/Under: 40 (-110)This matchup is interesting because it’s a battle between two teams going in different directions. The Commanders have started to look like one of the top teams in the AAF after knocking down the Iron in Week 4. Meanwhile, the Hotshots, who were title favorites at the start of the year, have lost two games in a row to previously winless teams.San Antonio was able to get things done on the ground by rushing Kenneth Farrow 30 times last week for an AAF-record 142 yards. He probably can’t keep up that production, and we’re surprised the Commanders didn’t let Trey Williams get more carries since he has been impressive as a spell back.last_img read more

Local SPCA warns of scam

first_imgGutknechet says the SPCA and the RCMP are aware of this scam, and are asking anyone who has been approached by these individuals to contact the local RCMP at 250-787-8140. Gutknechet is asking the community to always ask for identification, and check with the local authorities if you are suspect a scam. The Fort St. John SPCA is warning residents of a scam going on in the city.On Monday, the SPCA received numerous calls from residents who live near the North Peace Secondary High School. Two male teenagers were canvassing for donations door-to-door. They told residents that the money would be going to the local shelter. – Advertisement -Witnesses say one male has spiky hair and dresses in punk fashion. The other male was described as nicely dressed, with a shaved head and dark stubble.Bev Gutknechet is an animal care attendant, and answered many of the calls on Monday. Advertisementlast_img read more

Beautiful brochure aims to attract German visitors to Donegal

first_imgTourism Ireland is partnering with a top German tour operator, called TUI Wolters Reisen, to promote Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way to potential German holidaymakers this autumn.A brochure, titled Irland Erleben (meaning ‘Experience Ireland’), has been distributed to around 35,000 TUI Wolters’ clients around Germany.A stunning image of Fanad Lighthouse appears on the cover of the brochure. It profiles some of the many things to see and do here and tells readers about Ireland’s “coasts, magical forests, beautiful valleys and mysterious islands”. The brochure also showcases our hiking experiences, vibrant towns and cities, as well as TUI Wolters’ various package holidays for Ireland. “We were delighted to partner with TUI Wolters Reisen, to highlight Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way to prospective holidaymakers in Germany,” said Peter Nash, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for Central Europe.“In 2018, we welcomed 784,000 German visitors to the island of Ireland. Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotions under way throughout 2019, to continue to grow German visitor numbers and, in particular, to encourage more German holidaymakers to explore our regions and less-visited attractions, during the shoulder and off-season months. Co-operative campaigns with partners, like this one with TUI Wolters Reisen, are an important element of that programme.”Germany is the third-largest source of visitors to the island of Ireland and one of the largest outbound travel markets in the world. Beautiful brochure aims to attract German visitors to Donegal was last modified: November 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa condemns boy’s kidnapping

first_img30 April 2012 South Africa has condemned the kidnapping of a 12-year-old South African boy in Kuala Lumpur, and urged the government of Malaysia to do everything in its power to secure the boy’s release. Nayati Shamilin Moodliar was on his way to school when he was kidnapped on Friday morning. “The South African government condemns in the strongest possible terms this act of criminality and calls on the government of Malaysia to continue with its efforts to secure the release of Nayati Moodliar and to bring the perpetrators to book,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement on Sunday. It said the government has been in contact with the boy’s family both in Malaysia and South Africa. “The South African High Commissioner in Malaysia has visited the family to express the government’s support to them,” the department said. “The High Commission is in daily contact with the relevant authorities.” The government called on the public to support the Moodliar family until they were reunited with their son.SA in talks to secure release of SA nationa Meanwhile, South Africa is also in talks with officials in Sudan to secure the release of a South African man who was captured at the weekend, the department said. “Our ambassador is speaking to the [Sudanese] authorities. We are offering consular assistance to him,” department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said on Monday. He said South Africa was also working jointly with other countries that have nationals who are captured in Sudan. Thabo Siave and his South Sudanese colleague, who are employees of Denel Mechem, were participating in a United Nations humanitarian operation when they were captured. According to media reports, Denel Mechem said the men had full diplomatic immunity because of the work they were doing for the UN’s peacekeeping forces. Meanwhile, the authorities are waiting for details regarding the South African man who was reportedly shot and killed by his bodyguard in Somalia on Friday. The incident is said to have happened in Somalia’s Puntland region. “We don’t know anything about it,” Monyela said on Monday. “Our mission in Kenya is looking into it.” South Africa does not have a mission in Somalia. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer calls for a more ruthless Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer calls for a more ruthless Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer wants to see Manchester United kill off their opponents.The Red Devils blew a 1-0 goal lead against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.Despite eventually winning on penalties, Solskjaer says his team must make it easier on themselves in the future.He said: “We go 1-0 up in many games and, today again, we go 1-0 up and you think go on then, get the second, which is the key now.”And that’s a learning curve for these boys as well. We need to go for the second. At this club, we don’t just sit back and hope that’s enough.”If you settle for good enough, that’s not what we want.” last_img read more

Keppel Agrees USD 95 Mn Worth of FPSO Dredger Deals

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Keppel Offshore & Marine Singapore-based shipbuilder Keppel Offshore & Marine has secured two contracts worth around SGD 130 million (USD 95.5 million).Through its subsidiaries, Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) and Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS), the shipbuilder agreed the modification of a floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) and the construction of a new dredger with repeat customers.Namely, Keppel Shipyard and Yinson Nepeta Production, a subsidiary of Yinson Production (Yinson), signed a deal for the fast-track modification and upgrading of FPSO Allan. Keppel Shipyard’s scope of work includes refurbishment and life extension works, fabrication and installation of a new riser balcony, spread mooring system and helideck, as well as modification of the vessel’s topsides and marine systems.The project for Yinson is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2019 with delivery expected in the first quarter of 2020. Upon completion, the FPSO will have a storage capacity of 700,000 barrels of oil and a processing capacity of 60,000 barrels of oil per day. It will be deployed in the Anyala and Madu fields, offshore Nigeria for First Exploration and Petroleum Development Co Ltd.The shipbuilding contract was signed between Keppel FELS and Van Oord for the construction of a high-specification trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD). This follows from an option granted to Van Oord based on earlier contracts entered in May 2018 for two similar units.Expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022, the TSHD will have a hopper capacity of 10,500m3 and will be LNG ready.“This is the third newbuild dredger for Van Oord and the third FPSO project for Yinson. We are able to leverage the experience of working closely with our customers as well as our engineering and construction expertise to further improve productivity on their projects,” Chris Ong, CEO of Keppel O&M, said.last_img read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 5

The United States kicks off its 2014 World Cup campaign on Monday against Ghana, the team that eliminated the Stars and Stripes from the 2010 tournament in the round of 16. That’s the must-watch game in the U.S. But for most of the rest of the world, it’s Germany versus Portugal.See our World Cup interactive for the latest probabilities. — Allison McCannIN DEPTHSo what’s changed for Ghana and the U.S. since they last faced each other on this stage?America’s lineup has been transformed in the four years since 2010’s disappointment. Only four of the U.S. starting 11 from the loss to Ghana — goalkeeper Tim Howard, midfielders Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, and striker Jozy Altidore — will be in coach Jürgen Klinsmann’s opening lineup Monday. (The most notable absence is Landon Donovan, though central defender Carlos Bocanegra was another useful veteran who saw his role with Team USA phased out in recent years.)Klinsmann made clear his preference for a fresh group during the selection process, and — Donovan’s ouster aside — that’s not a bad thing. New faces since 2010, including Fabian Johnson and Geoff Cameron, have acquitted themselves reasonably well for clubs in Europe, a factor Klinsmann values highly. Graham Zusi, Brad Davis and Matt Besler are playing effectively in MLS. The cupboard isn’t quite as bare as is widely believed, though the U.S. is still far from elite in the talent department.As for Ghana, it’s turned over six of its eleven starting slots from four years ago — although most of its best players from 2010 are back, including jack-of-all-trades Kwadwo Asamoah, midfielders Andre Ayew, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Michael Essien, and striker Asamoah Gyan. The Black Stars have also promoted the talented two-way midfielder Sulley Muntari into a regular starting role since their last World Cup meeting with the United States. (Needless to say, midfield is the strength of Ghana’s roster.)Most members of that group are plying their trade in top European leagues, so Ghana’s high-end talent is probably superior to that of the United States. But Ghana’s edge in talent hasn’t always translated in international play. It ranked just 38th in the pre-World Cup Elo Ratings, while the Americans ranked 13th.When ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) ranks teams, it attempts to combine these two elements — observed results and underlying talent — into a single rating for a given national team. And the current SPI rankings say the United States and Ghana are in a dead heat. The U.S. ranks 22nd in the world with a 77.53 SPI — meaning the Americans would compile 77.53 percent of the possible points if they played a round robin against every other national team in the world. Ghana ranks 25th, with an SPI of 77.37. That’s the smallest SPI margin between any two teams that will face each other in the group stage of this World Cup.As of Sunday, the sportsbook Bovada has Ghana as a slim favorite over the U.S., 35.8 percent to 34.5 percent (with a 29.7 percent chance of a draw). The FiveThirtyEight match projection system flips those odds around, giving the United States a very slight edge: 37.5 percent to 33 percent. Whatever happens, U.S.-Ghana should be one of the most evenly matched showdowns of the entire World Cup.YesterdayArgentina’s 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday served notice to the casual soccer fan: One individual moment of brilliance can overshadow an average game.In the first 64 minutes of the match, Argentina’s Lionel Messi was the game’s most active participant in the attacking third, but the three chances he created didn’t translate into a single shot on goal. And he had turned the ball over a game-high three times.In the 65th minute, Messi reminded the Maracana how quickly he can change a game. He made a run from the midfield, past Bosnian midfielder Muhamed Besic, and played a quick 1-2 ball to teammate Gonzalo Higuain. Messi’s short-burst quickness created separation from Besic, and he hesitated slightly before the shot, driving another Bosnian player into Besic and out of position.Messi then banked a left-footed shot off the post for the eventual game-winning goal, Argentina’s first shot on goal of the match and only the second goal of Messi’s World Cup career. From his first touch in midfield to the ball crossing the goal line, the entire sequence took just over 9.5 seconds and erased the match’s first 64 minutes from spectators’ memory.That was all it took; the night belonged to Messi, whose production under Alejandro Sabella has been outstanding. Messi has 22 goals in 26 international games since Sabella became Argentina’s manager in September 2011, compared with 17 goals in 61 matches under all other managers. — John Parolin, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHIf Ghana defeats the United States on Monday, Americans shouldn’t be too quick to feel ill-disposed toward the West African nation. The United States imports two bread-and-butter items from Ghana (though they are neither bread nor butter): oil and chocolate. In 2011, just more than 44 percent of Ghanaian exports to the United States was oil (crude and refined) and roughly 42 percent was chocolate (cocoa beans, chocolate, cocoa powder, cocoa paste and cocoa butter). That’s $374,624,626 in chocolate.Ghana also sent $7,016,768 in fake hair to the U.S. Thanks, Ghana!What does the U.S. send to Ghana? Cars — worth about $303 million in 2011. — Micah CohenFurther ReadingCtrl + ← The World Cup, the World Cup And the World CupHow Soccer Explains the Sports Page read more

BT presenter cancels show after contestant collapse

first_imgBT Sports presenter Mark Pougatch announced the cancellation of the results of Friday night’s sports score after Glenn Hoddle collapsed.The former England footballer was one of the contestants but suffered a shock heart attack which led to him being rushed to the hospital.“Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to bring you a programme this afternoon,” Pougatch said, according to the Daily Mail.“Earlier today, I’m sad to say, Glenn Hoddle was taken ill. He’s gone to hospital where he’s receiving the best possible care and attention. It goes without saying all of our thoughts, and I know all the best wishes of football fans around the world, are with Glenn and his family.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Before suffering the heart attack, one of the other contestants, Steve Sidwell posted a video of the match on Instagram on which he can be heard saying: “Look at this fella [Hoddle] here. You never lose it. You never lose it, Glenn.”Former Tottenham shot-stopper Ray Clemence urged Hoddle to ‘stay strong’ and Chris Waddle, another of Hoddle’s former teammate with England, said: “Get well soon, Glenn. Our thoughts are with you.”Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton also wrote on Twitter: “Thoughts and prayers for Glenn Hoddle and his family after he was taken ill today.”last_img read more

Gracia I prefer to speak about the penalty

first_imgWatford manager Javi Gracia deflated talks on the controversial decisions that marred his side’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.The Hornets came from behind to secure a draw on the south coast, which saw Gracia’s side climb above Manchester United into seventh on goal difference in the Premier League.“I prefer to speak about the penalty,” the Spaniard disclosed to Sky. “It was first when there were more than 30 minutes left, it could be the second yellow card for that player, a penalty and after that, maybe the game could change.“I didn’t see it from my position, it’s impossible to know what happened.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“But after asking Chalobah he told me it was clear and maybe changed the game from that moment. But I prefer to support the referee’s decision, it’s difficult their job.”Gracia thought it was a fair result after his team rallied round for a point.“We have won a point,” he said. “It is true, we were improving and at the end of the game we created some chances to win. But I think a draw is fair and Southampton created some chances to score in the first half as well.“And we tried to compete and in the second half we showed character and ambition to get this point and it is important after the game we played today to go back home with one point.”last_img read more