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City Of Kenai Live Eagle Streaming Camera

first_imgTo view the live camera feed http://www.kenai.city/eaglecam FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander presented the City of Kenai’s live streaming eagle camera which showed a view of a nest in which one eagle sitting on two eggs. Kenai Information Technology Director Dan Castimore has plans to begin publicly streaming the eagle camera on the city of Kenai’s website in time for the eggs to hatch. Cm Ostrander: “This is actually a discussion that I had several months ago with a couple of individuals, and they had mentioned that it would be really great if this could be shared with the city and they city could share it with others beyond that. It was just a really cool and exciting and they wanted to be able to share it with others.”center_img Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander….. Installing the camera required a permit from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, and had followed the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s eagle management guidelines. The camera was installed while the eagles were not in the nest.last_img read more

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College football: Demons’ consistency, camaraderie take center stage on Media Day

first_imgFooter Related Stories 08.08.19Reservations accepted for Aug. 22 Independence Bowl Foundation/NSU Kickoff Luncheon08.07.19N-Club Hall of Famer, long-time educator Hudson remembered08.06.19Receivers not changing expectations with new faces in key roles08.05.19Eppler leads deep crop of talented NSU signal callers Related Videos NATCHITOCHES – Second-year head football coach Brad Laird talked about consistency at nearly every turn in July’s two-week long Northwestern State Victory Tour across Louisiana and Texas.That word – along with chemistry and camaraderie — again was on Laird’s mind when he spoke at NSU’s annual Fall Sports Media Day in the Steve and Lori Stroud Room on Wednesday afternoon.“One of the coaches talked about consistency,” said Laird, whose team went through roughly a two-hour practice Wednesday morning. “Are we where we need to be? No, but we’re trying to put good days back to back, good plays back to back. We strive each and every day for that.”Whenever the Demons find that consistency on the field, it will come, in part, because of the consistency atop each position group. Every full-time member of the Demons’ 2018 coaching staff returns in 2019 along with a handful of graduate assistant managers.“In this day and age in college football, you don’t see a staff of full-time coaches that stay together,” Laird said. “You see a lot of movement. Northwestern State football is lucky to have the consistency within the coaching staff. What does that mean?“Just like you see consistency with players, a coaching staff can be consistent. Our guys, starting with me, are hearing the same things over and over. They know what to expect, position to position, offensively, defensively and special teams.”That consistent message has helped form a cohesive unit that had many of the 10 seniors who spoke during Wednesday’s media day echoing their coaches.That, along with seeing the full group of 21 seniors gathered in the Stroud Room, was enough to bring defensive coordinator Mike Lucas’  emotions to the surface.  Lucas was moved nearly to tears as he spoke about his 38th season coaching and his 25th as a member of a Southland Conference institution.“I’m sitting at the table there crying like a baby, tears running down my face,” Lucas said. “I’m looking at these seniors over there, and there are guys I recruited when I was here in 2014 who have graduated.“I sat down with Brice Borgeson in May when he graduated. I said, ‘Brice, I understand you have one year of eligibility left, but if you don’t want to come back – if you want to start your career – he sat in my office and started crying. He said, ‘Coach, I want to see this thing through. We’re going to win the championship this year. I can feel it.’ That’s the kind of guys we have over here.”Of the 10 members of the senior class who spoke, three were offensive linemen –Dustin Burns, Tyler Rapp and Chris Zirkle. Chemistry and camaraderie exist all across a football field, but arguably no bond is stronger than the one formed in close contact on either line.With four seniors along the offensive line, there has been ample time for the group to cultivate its friendship.“The camaraderie in the offensive line is probably the best on any football team across the country,” said Rapp, who has seen time at center and guard in his two seasons at Northwestern State. “We’re a unit. We’re brothers. We come to work ready to work, and no outside thing is going to make a difference in what we do.  “This is my third season here. I’ve seen a lot of guys come through here, and I can honestly say this is the most cohesive group we’ve had in my time here. I’m truly excited to go out and battle with my brothers. I’m so ready to get on the field and light some people up.”Members of the offensive line said they want that group’s tight-knit bond to permeate throughout the 115-man roster.“Everyone looks at us as the goofballs,” said Zirkie, a preseason second-team All-Southland Conference selection and a nominee for the AFCA AllState Good Works Team. “We elevate other position groups. Say someone’s having a bad day, our personalities will bring them up, and vice versa. We have our bad days. Receivers, special teams, punters, whoever, will come help us out.”The seeds of that have been sown.Senior defensive tackle O’Shea Jackson  arrived at Northwestern State less than a week before the 2018 season opener at Texas A&M yet saw action against the Aggies as what Lucas termed “a stranger to the team.”A year later, Jackson not only is a leader – preferably by example – he is comfortable as a Demon.“O’Shea says he doesn’t talk much,” Lucas said, “but he smiles an awful lot.” Play Video08.06.19Quan Shorts filling leadership role for receiversPlay Video08.06.19Receiver Akile Davis discusses transition from BYUPlay Video08.06.19Alvin Slaughter discusses receiving corps aiming to make its markPlay Video08.06.19Head coach Brad Laird post-practice recap. Courtesy of Northwestern State Sports Information … NSU head football coach Brad Laird speaks during Wednesday’s Media Day. 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COVID-19 ‘a big setback’ for CONCACAF Beach World Cup Qualifiers preparation -Simon

first_imgWith the CONCACAF Beach World Cup Qualifiers tentatively slated for early 2021, Guyanese International Kenard Simon has said that the current COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the team’s preparation. This was disclosed during an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sport yesterday. According to Simon, who has been capped six times and has scored nine goals for Guyana in this format, the ongoing contagion is thwarting and affecting the overall quality of the team’s preparation.“It has been and will be a big setback because we are not getting to do anything; we begin preparation and have no socialisation with the team. It will be a further setback because when it’s eventually over and once it’s not cancelled, we will have to work harder to get prepared. We will have to work hard because of the confinement before and put our bodies in shape for the tournament,” he said.Guyana competed in the 2019 CONCACAF Beach Football Championship, which was staged in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from May 13th-19th. Guyana ended their Group D campaign with a record of one win and two losses. The Guyanese opened their tournament with an 8-4 loss to El Salvador before going down agonisingly to Guadeloupe 2-0 on penalty kicks following a 3-3 gridlock at the end of full time. The Guyanese ended their campaign with a 3-2 win over Belize. Asked how he has been maintaining his fitness levels during the lockdown, Simon, 30, revealed, “I have been keeping fit through long runs and mostly gym work. I am hoping the situation ends so that we can prepare properly.”He declared that it is always an honour to represent Guyana on the international level. “It is very important and it means a lot to wear the flag on your chest. No matter if you do badly or good, at least you let people know there is a place called Guyana. It is the same and I will work hard as I usually do to make the team and represent Guyana once again,” he said.Simon, who plies his trade for the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), has been absent for over a year due to work commitments from the local Elite League circuit. “The intention was to go back but with all of that and how the sport is going, it’s kind of changing your mind to play. It has affected your thinking and doesn’t give you that urge to work,” he said. Simon’s comments echoed similar sentiments expressed by Golden Jaguars International Jeremy Garrett, who opined that the current situation and resulting lockdown will take a toll on the mental health of individuals. He said that the safeguarding of good mental health is essential to the overall wellbeing of everyone.Simon further added, “The COVID-19 situation has changed a lot of things, but I want to get back on the field and play.”last_img read more

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Confusion galore at GFA over billions of cedis “kickback”

first_imgEven before the Ghana Football Association (GFA) could explain the controversy surrounding the dismissal of the former coach of the Black Stars, Goran Stevanovic, and the astronomical compensation being demanded by the latter, the FA has yet; embroiled itself in another controversy.The decision by three of its executive members to write officially to the very association they serve, seeking its mandate to broker a sponsorship real for the football governing body, and the subsequent remand of 15% of the sponsorship real, has been met with public uproar.Players in the industry have raised serious concerns about the possible conflict of interest, and have asked the FA to stop the three members from using the association to pursue their financial interests.On September 15, 2011, the three wrote a letter to the FA using a company which was formed in 1983 to real in general goods. The import of the letter was to seek the consent of the GFA for them to use their company to seek sponsorship for the Black Stars.This follows the official pronouncement by mining giants. Goldfields Ghana limited that it would not renew its $3 million sponsorship package for the senior national team.Upon receipt of the letter from the three executive members, the GFA summoned an emergency committee meeting, and after discussing the issue, surprisingly consented to the real and subsequently wrote back to their three members who head various sub-committees of the FA to go ahead and seek the sponsorship for the Black Stars. With the letter of consent firmly, tucked into their pockets, the three, whose names The Chronicle has withheld, wrote a letter to the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) asking for a $5 million sponsorship package for the Black Stars. The Chronicle also gathered that the three FA officials were not directors of the company that was formed about 30 years ago. They only became directors after the FA had given the co9troversial company: a consent letter to negotiate for the real.The GNPC was said to have consented to the real, but before they could put pen to paper to cement the contract, the Board Chairman of the GNPC, Mr. Ato Ahwoi, came out strongly at the weekend to deny that the three FA members brokered the real, and were therefore, entitled to a percentage of the sponsorship money, which is $3 million annually for 3yrs.Ato Ahwoi’s decision followed public outcry against the real, especially, the huge percentage that is going to the three FA executive members, who apparently, got hint of the intention of the GNPC to sponsor the team, and quickly wrote a letter to the FA seeking its mandate to look for sponsorship, and the follow up letter they sent to the state owned company.Mr. Ahwoi, who has been in football management for years, told the various radio stations in Accra that so far as his outfit was concerned, the decision to sponsor the Black Stars was not brokered by any third party for an agency to emerge that it should be paid a percentage of the real.According to Ato Ahwoi, a former board chairman of Accra Hearts of Oak, when the information got to them that Goldfields was no more going to sponsor the Black Stars, he personally called the FA President, Mr. Kwasi Nyantekyi, that the GNPC would be interested in taking over the sponsorship. Ahwoi further told listeners that Ghana had now struck oil in commercial quantities, which is raking in revenue to GNPC and the state, and for the people benefit from the windfall, they decided to sponsor the Black Stars, since football is the passion of this nation.The GNPC Board Chairman said the sponsorship package would induce the Black Stars qualifying matches for South Africa 2013, and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Airfares, accommodation, bonuses would also be taken care of by the sponsorship package.According to him, in all his dealings with the FA, he did not come into contact with any third party, and was, therefore, surprised at reports that it was an agency that brokered the deal.He reiterated his position that all the sponsorship money must go directly to the Black Stars, and that any attempt by an agency to take a percentage out of it would compel his outfit to withdraw from the sponsorship.The President of the GFA, Mr. Kwasi Nyantekyi, confirmed in an interview with Happy FM that the FA was in talks with the GNPC to sponsor the Black Stars. He, however, said no real had been brokered yet. The image of the senior national football team sunk so low in the late 80s, 90s early 2000 that no corporate body was interested in associating its brand name with it.However, when the current FA President took over the administration of football in the country, the image of the Black Stars changed, resulting in its first qualification for the World Cup in Germany in 2006.The team repeated the dose in 2010, by appearing for the second time in the world football fiesta in South Africa, where the players dazzled the world with the Ghanaian brand of football artistry.The telepathic understanding among the players, coupled with carpet soccer and delightful distribution of the round leather on the green turf, endeared the hearts of football connoisseurs.This has attracted many corporate bodies to now associate themselves with the Black Stars, but why the GFA did not instruct its marketing and sponsorship committee to write the letter seeking sponsorship for a brand that has become so attractive, and has to rely on a third party, who are also members of the FA, remains a puzzle to be resolved. Already Mr. Goran Stevanovic has reported the FA to FIFA, claiming over $800,000 compensation following the former’s decision to dispense off his services.Marcel Desailly, the Ghanaian born former French captain, who has invested heavily in the country, is likely to succeed Goran, but his monthly wage bill, which could ran into thousands of dollars, has not been made public, since talks for the World Cup winner to take over the national team have not been concluded.last_img read more

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IMCA Modified stars will shine at Hancock County specials Aug. 10-12

first_imgBRITT, Iowa – The stars of the IMCA Modified division will shine during a rich three nights of racing at Hancock County Speedway.The Thursday, Aug. 10 Night of 1,000 Stars at Britt pays a guaranteed $3,500 to win, plus a bonus of $1,000 to the leader at halfway and another $1,000 if they have perfect attendance this season at Britt.The Night of 10,000 Stars on Friday, Aug. 11 boasts a $7,000 top check, plus $1,000 bonuses to the halfway leader, for perfect attendance and for having won on Thursday as well.Winner of the Saturday, Aug. 12 Shryock Memorial All Stars event can more than double his or her guaranteed $4,000 payday: In addition to the $1,000 paid to the halfway leader, $1,000 bonuses will be paid if the Shryock winner as perfect season attendance and won on Friday.Another $1,500 bonus goes to the driver winning all three Stars features, making their earnings for three days an impressive $24,000.All three events are draw/redraw and qualifiers for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speedway Motor Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points, but no track points will be awarded.Thirty cars will start three-wide in each of the 50-lappers. Minimum start money is $300 on Thursday and Saturday and $400 on Friday.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the front gate opens at 5:30 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps each night. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.Also running on the 23rd annual Landus Cooperative and Doug Studer Farms-sponsored Night of 1,000 Stars card are Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $750 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $600 to win and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $500 to win.DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection sponsor the fifth annual Night of 10,000 Stars. Stock Cars run for $750 to win, SportMods and Hobby Stocks both for $500 to win.The Shryock Memorial is sponsored by Lake Mills Motor Sports and Pritchard Family Auto Stores. Top checks are $750 for the Hobby Stocks, $600 for the Stock Cars and $500 for the SportMods.National and state points will be awarded to Stock Car, SportMod and Hobby Stock competitors; regional points will also be given to Stock and Hobby drivers. Transponder scoring will be used all three nights.More information is available at the www.hancockcountyspeedway.com website or by emailing 4widepromotions@gmail.com.The Hancock County Speedway events are all part of IMCA Modified Speedweek, which starts with the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour show on Aug. 7 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer.The Harris Clash is Aug. 8 at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour finale is Aug. 9 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta.All six events will be broadcast by IMCATV.last_img read more

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Mira Sorvino thanks ‘loving’ “Goodfellas” dad Paul after he threatens to kill Harvey Weinstein for damaging her career

first_imgPhoto by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — It’s probably not wise to get on the bad side of one of cinema’s most powerful onscreen mobsters, but that’s where Harvey Weinstein now finds himself. Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino has vowed some street justice for the disgraced movie mogul’s damaging the career of Sorvino’s Oscar-winning daughter, Mira.In the wake of the numerous sexual harassment and other allegations made against Weinstein, it was revealed the disgraced movie mogul effectively punished both Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd for rejecting his alleged advances, by badmouthing them to Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, who was considering them both for roles in the films.Paul Sorvino tells TMZ that if the law doesn’t catch up to “that pig” Weinstein, “he will have to meet me and I will kill that motherf***er.” Sorvino explained that the former movie titan would have been “in a wheelchair” if the “furious” actor knew what the executive allegedly tried to pull with his “wonderful, creative” daughter. On Twitter, Mira responded, “My love for my father has only continued to grow since this moment. All the love in my heart! He is the most loving father, the most brilliant actor…the wisest and most human advice giver, & best Grandpa ever!!”Jackson recently revealed to the New Zealand website Stuff that he was told to avoid Sorvino and Judd because they were difficult to work with. “At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight…this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” said Jackson.  “I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”Through his rep, Weinstein has denied any accusations of retaliation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Brazen jewelry store smash-and-grab caught on surveillance video

first_imgABC News(CARY, North Carolina) — An audacious smash and grab at a North Carolina jewelry store has been captured on surveillance video.Thieves robbed Artisan Jewelers in Cary, North Carolina, of an estimated $500,000 worth of high-end merchandise in just five minutes, owner Malik Saeed told ABC-owned station WTVD-TV.The masked thieves smashed the glass on the door of a non-operating spa to gain entry to the mall where Artisan Jewelers is located, heading straight to the jewelry store.The surveillance video showed two men using what appeared to be a rock or concrete block to smash the glass front door and enter the store. The men then used a hammer to smash open cases of valuable merchandise, such as jewelry and Rolex watches.The thieves have not yet been found, but they left behind a few clues. One of the men in the surveillance video walked with an unusual gait. Additionally, a few drops of blood were found at the scene.Saeed hypothesizes one of the thieves may have cut himself despite wearing gloves, and said police collected samples of the blood, which could provide DNA evidence for any future arrests made by police.“It’s not only me. I have five employees over here,” Saeed told WTVD-TV in regards to the impact of the robbery on his business. “How are we going to get back on track and make sure we take care of everybody the way we normally do? It’s a massive loss.”Cary police and Saeed are offering a reward for any information leading to arrests.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Washington Capitals Eastern Conference Final Schedule

first_imgThe NHL has released the schedule for the Eastern Conference Final between the Washington Capitals vs the Tampa Bay Lightning.Game One will be played Friday, May 11 at 8:00pm in Tampa on NBCSN.Game Two- Sunday, May 13, 8:00PM in Tampa on NBCSN.Game Three- Tuesday, May 17, 8:00PM at the Capital One Arena.Game Four- Thursday, May 19, 8:00PM at the Capital One Arena.Game Five- Saturday, May 19, 7:15 in Tampa.Game Six- Monday, May 21, 8:00PM back in Capital One Arena.Game Seven- Wednesday, May 23, 8:00PM in Tamp Bay.We look forward for another exciting series and let’s all hope our boys show up to play and beat Tampa.Please follow and like us:last_img read more

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Sponsored ad: Jason Boyd announces his candidacy for Sumner County Sheriff in 2020

first_imgExperience/Knowledge Prevails in Boyd CandidacyKansas Police OfficerSumner County FarmerSon of Former Sheriff Kenny Boyd I, Jason Boyd, am pleased to announce my candidacy for the office of Sumner County Sheriff in 2020.I would like the people to know that I have prayed a lot about this decision.  I am blessed to have a peaceful family farm in Sumner County with a loving wife and three sons.Click to enlargeA combination of the current state of the department and my Father’s lifetime of service as both a Deputy and Sheriff to the citizens of this county gave me leverage to follow the path that I have been destined to be on, long before now.In my 37 years of life, I have observed the County and specifically this department with open eyes and from a unique perspective.I have been through a lot professionally, but I still have the desire and a lot more to give, which brings me to this point. I will humble myself before the Lord every step of this journey.Sumner County Sheriff Candidate 2020Jason Boydwww.boydforsheriff.com Website.www.facebook.com/boydforsheriff/ Facebook.jasonboyd4sheriff@gmail.com Email.“Paid for by the Boyd for Sheriff Committee. Kori Boyd treasurer.”last_img read more

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Youngsters make a splash at junior swimming games

first_imgIn total some 42 regional school and club teams took part in the event which featured over 400 young swimmers, with the races being spit into various age and gender categories.Young swimmers leap off the blocks at the start of a race. The Pattaya City Youth Swimming Games were held at Pattaya School No. 11 over the weekend of February 11-12. One of the best races of the opening day came in the 12yr male youth category where Kingpai Anglim from the Preechanusat School, Chonburi just edged ahead of Pitchyam Khlaikhum (Dhammasiri School) and Kongkiet Srihaakhum (Maryvit School) to take the gold medal for his team.Awards and medals were handed out to the winners by Pattaya Mayor Itthipol Kunplume, however the event was more about taking part than gaining the gold and all the swimmers seemed to enjoy a great time.Pattaya Mayor Itthipol Kunplume awards medals to the champions in the 12yr male category.last_img read more

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Suspect cars in unsolved shooting

first_imgBy Aneeka Simonis POLICE have released pictures of three cars with suspected involvement in the unsolved shooting at a Pakenham…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Dawson Creek’s Ross Revelli reappointed to FCC board

first_imgThe announcement was made Monday by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Since joining the Board in 2010, Mr. Ravelli has shown a strong dedication to seeing FCC’s customers, communities, and the agriculture industry succeed,” he says. “I’m certain he will continue to be an asset to the Board’s work moving forward.” Ravelli owns Ravelli Farms Ltd., which is a third generation, 2,500 acre grain and oilseed farm just outside of Dawson Creek city limits. He has previously acted as president of the Canadian Canola Growers Association as well as president of the Grain Growers of Canada.- Advertisement – Farm Credit Canada is an agricultural lender, providing financial services to farmers.last_img read more

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Valencia slap £70m price tag on Liverpool target

first_img1 Paco Alcacer in action for Valencia Liverpool have been warned off Valencia striker Paco Alcacer after the Spanish side slapped a whopping £70m price tag on him.The striker played just the final six minutes of the 3-1 La Liga match against Sevilla on Sunday, as a late substitute, after losing his place in the starting XI.The two-footed 21-year-old has started 15 league matches in Spain this season but has been subbed off in six of those.Alcacrer’s stock is still sky-high across Europe, however, which is why Valencia are set to tie him to a new deal running until 2020 with the gargantuan buy-out fee.The Reds have been linked with a move for the forward in the January transfer window.But the club’s sporting director Francisco Rufete said: “We still have to nail down a few small things after months of negotiations, but everything seems to indicate that Paco Alcacer will soon become a Valencia player for the next five years, until 2020.”last_img read more

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Why I was totally wrong about Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Opinion

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Ian Cruise explains why Manchester United’s super Swede is proving his worth, and proving his doubters completely wrong.Diego Costa is the Premier League’s top scorer and Alexis Sanchez continues to prove why Arsenal simply have to break the bank to keep him. (Or why Arsenal have to convince Arsene Wenger he has to break the bank to keep him. Anyway, you know what I mean…).Elsewhere, Sadio Mane’s sparkling form at Liverpool marks him out as one of last summer’s best bits of transfer business, while the remarkable statistic that surfaced last week showing N’Golo Kante has amassed more points since his arrival in England, with Leicester and Chelsea, than any other TEAM bears out both his contribution and importance.But still, for me, the player of the first half of the Premier League season is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And, again for me, that has come as a surprise.I can’t have been the only one (although maybe I was?) who thought that, at the age of 35, after three years as the self-proclaimed ‘King of Paris’ bossing the less than competitive French Ligue Un, he would find the English top-flight a much tougher nut to crack and quite possibly a bridge too far.How wrong I was.Not only has he scored 13 Premier League goals so far, his all-round contribution to Manchester United has been little short of sensational.His work-rate is second to none, and the example he sets his younger team-mates surely can’t help but rub off on them. Already, despite his pre-eminence during his breakthrough season last year, you can see an improvement in Marcus Rashford, albeit in a predominantly cameo role, while Anthony Martial also seems to be rediscovering his mojo. I don’t think that’s a happy accident.Jose Mourinho clearly knew what he was getting when he signed the veteran Swede – the pair worked together at Inter Milan, of course – and his judgement in bringing him into the hurly-burly world of English football has been proven overwhelmingly correct. I don’t think any individual has been more influential on his side.His impact has been likened to that of Eric Cantona, and there’s no doubt he’s well on the way to achieving similar cult status as that attained by the mercurial but volatile Frenchman. (And if he can continue in that vein and usurp that frankly dreadful ’12 Days of Cantona’ festive terrace anthem, he will be doing us all a favour!)It’s not going to be enough for him to continue his remarkable record of winning the League title in his first season with every club he has played for, but it might just be enough to earn United a Champions League spot next season, a feat that looked highly unlikely not that many weeks ago.Mourinho has already stated publicly he intends to take up the option of keeping Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford for another year, and there’s every chance a genuine title tilt will follow next term.I certainly won’t be making the same mistake of writing him – or them – off. 1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic last_img read more

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Antonio Conte issues interesting response to Chelsea quit claims

first_img Antonio Conte 1 Antonio Conte says it is up to Chelsea whether he stays at the club or not.The Italian won the Premier League title last term, in his first season as head coach with the Blues, who play Leicester on Saturday.Conte signed an improved contract last summer, but it was not an extension to his deal which still expires in June 2019, and there has been continual speculation over his position.Chelsea FC news: Antonio Conte ‘to leave at the end of the season and Allegri and Enrique on club’s radar’The former Juventus and Italy boss says that goes with the territory of working at Chelsea and does not happen at other clubs.He said: “I have another year of (my) contract with this club. But as you know very well everything is possible. In one moment you stay here, in another moment another person replaces you in your job.”Asked if he would extend his contract with Chelsea, Conte added: “In this case, I think the club has to decide to send me away.”Conte’s position has been the subject of speculation regarding a rumoured frustration over transfers.He added: “For the manager of this club it’s normal to have this type of situation, also if you won last season the league and you reached the final in the FA Cup. This is the history of this club for the manager.“I have a lot of experience to deal with this type of situation. (But) there is something strange if, after the first game we lost against Burnley, the press pushed quickly to sack me for another coach. I think in other clubs this doesn’t happen.”Conte insisted he is happy at Chelsea, will continue to work as a professional and will “never give up”.last_img read more

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Chelsea youngster completes 18-month loan to Scottish champions Celtic

first_img The Belgian first signed for Chelsea in June 2012, aged 15 1 Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda has completed his move to Celtic on an 18-month loan deal. Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers had been keen to sign Musonda last summer, but Chelsea decided against the move going ahead. A delighted Rodgers labelled Musonda a “big talent” and suggested the Belgian could even feature in Celtic’s next game against Hearts on Tuesday evening. In an interview with Celtic TV, the 21-year-old revealed how he nearly joined the Glasgow club in the summer but was now happy the deal went over the line this time around.Musonda said: “I feel really good. Massive club, really looking forward to it. I’m very lucky to be here and I’m very happy to be here.”“It’s going to be unreal to play at Celtic Park. Hopefully I can do well for the team.”Musonda joined Chelsea in 2012 from Anderlecht along with older brothers Tika and Lamisha, and signed a contract extension in March 2015.After a previous loan spell with Real Betis in Spain’s La Liga, the Belgium Under-21 international broke into the Chelsea first team this season, scoring once in seven appearances.The former Liverpool and Swansea boss claimed 24 other clubs were interested in Musonda’s signature. Rodgers added: “I’ve known him for a few years,” the Celtic manager said. “A big thank you must go to Chelsea. He’s a shining light in their academy.“It’s a great opportunity for him to show his talents. He has wonderful ability and is very dynamic. He’ll bring creativity to our side.”last_img read more