19 Jan

Belo’s return bodes well for Blackwater in crucial stretch

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Arellano withstands San Beda, moves one win away from title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles03:19PBA Season 43 Preview: Blackwater Elite02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Fortunately, these last two outings have delivered nothing but good news for Blackwater, with huge victories over San Miguel and Kia giving it a much-needed shot in the arm going into its final two games against NLEX and Phoenix.“Those wins were huge because we gained confidence. We’ve been playing well, our teamwork is there, we’re getting balanced scoring, and everyone is contributing,” he said. “We’ll just give our all in our final games.”The Elite take on the Road Warriors on Sunday at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESMac Belo allayed fears of  another long-term injury, saying that he no longer feels any discomfort on his left knee.“I no longer feel any pain. I don’t feel much tightness anymore,” said Belo, who is recovering from an ITB injury which caused him to miss Blackwater’s last game against San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Belo didn’t show any signs of unease when he suited up in the Elite’s 95-76 win over Kia on Friday.The sophomore forward poured eight points, three rebounds, and two steals in his 15 minutes on the floor, efforts which helped to boost his side’s belated run to the playoffs in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith Blackwater at 4-5, Belo knows how crucial these last few games are for them as they seek to claim those last spots in the quarterfinals.“Every game is a must-win for us. That’s our mindset because we have an opportunity if we win our last games, we have a chance to get to the playoffs,” he said.last_img read more

18 Jan

Capitals, Golden Knights in improbable Stanley Cup Final

first_imgTheir grip on this sports-hungry town was already strong, and the 24-hour gambling mecca will come to a standstill this week during the Cup games in the arena behind the New York New York hotel-casino and its 150-foot Statue of Liberty, which has been wearing a Golden Knights jersey since April.Speaking of larger-than-life figures in hockey sweaters, this series showcases two major talents who can cement a legacy.Ovechkin is a formidable scorer and competitor, but he has never won an Olympic medal with Russia or a Stanley Cup ring with the Caps. He’s keeping a sense of humor about this momentous trip: With a straight face Sunday, Ovechkin said Russian President Vladimir Putin had called him to wish him luck, before adding: “I’m just joking.”“We want to be here,” Ovechkin said. “We work so hard all year. I don’t think nobody believes in us, and nobody believes in Vegas, and we’re right now in the Stanley Cup Finals, and we fight for a Cup. Come enjoy this moment.”Fleury already has three Stanley Cup rings, but he has added another incredible act to his career with tenacious play for the Golden Knights, whose inexperienced pros have leaned on him to get through tough nights.“I think it’s weird seeing that team here, being in the Cup the first year,” said Brooks Orpik, the only Washington player with a ring. “Obviously, I’m not surprised (Fleury) is here. Without him, they weren’t beating us last year. He singlehandedly won a couple of games for (Pittsburgh) when we totally outplayed them.”Here are more things to know about the ice hockey event in the Mojave:COACHING CROWNThe winning coach also will raise the Stanley Cup for the first time in a fitting peak to two careers built on resilience. The 55-year-old Trotz never played in the NHL, but his 19th season as an NHL coach is ending in his first Cup Final. Gerard Gallant was a solid NHL forward for Detroit, but the 54-year-old bench boss had never even won a playoff round as an NHL coach before this spring.(TURN)OVER KNIGHTS Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin meets with members of the media during an NHL hockey media day for the Stanley Cup, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — The Washington Capitals have waited nearly 44 years to raise the Stanley Cup for the first time.Their only remaining obstacles are some desert-dwelling misfits who refuse to wait for anything.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Several Capitals pointed out the importance of minimizing turnovers against the Golden Knights, whose counterattacking acumen and team speed cause problems. “They’re a very fast team and when you turn pucks over, they’re like a shark smelling blood in the water,” Oshie said. “They all stop on a dime and want to take it the other way. That’s how they get a lot of their offense.”CAPTAIN CHARGEOvechkin could become the first Russian captain to raise the Stanley Cup. If the Knights win, they don’t have a captain to raise the Cup first. Gallant and GM George McPhee decided to rely on a six-man leadership council instead. “I think that’s the best decision we ever made,” Gallant said. “Sure, there’s guys who could have been captain in our group, but it was their first year — and we really didn’t think we’d be grabbing the (Western Conference) trophy the other night in Winnipeg.”SCHMIDT’S REUNIONThe Golden Knights’ matchups against the teams that let them go in the expansion draft have been a consistently entertaining feature of this season. For the grand finale, Schmidt is at center stage against the Caps, who left him unprotected and then tried to reacquire him from Vegas. Schmidt led the Golden Knights in ice time and surpassed his previous career highs with five goals and 31 assists. He is logging nearly 25 minutes per playoff game.THE HOTNESSSummer heat hasn’t quite settled onto Las Vegas yet, but the upcoming week looks like a scorcher. The temperature on the Strip should hit 100 degrees on Wednesday before Game 2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img “We’ve been able to do some things in the playoffs, but we never got to that last stage until now,” Washington forward T.J. Oshie said. “And everybody knows what Vegas did in the first year is very special. We’re both hungry. This is going to be a beast of a series.”The Golden Knights have exceeded every expectation by utilizing a rich expansion draft and multiple clever coaching moves to create a team that dominated the Pacific Division and then rampaged through the Western Conference playoffs. Their story still carries a ring of impossibility, but they’re close to adding a real ring to every hand in the dressing room full of self-described “Golden Misfits,” as their T-shirts say.The Capitals have repeatedly fallen short of their postseason goals during Ovechkin’s career, including a heartbreaking shutout loss to Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 7 of the second round against Pittsburgh last spring. After falling to Fleury’s champion Penguins in the past two postseasons, the Caps revamped their roster with youth and finally overcame years of playoff disappointment to reach their first Final in two decades. Of course, Fleury is in the way again — in goal for the Golden Knights.Neither team was the favorite to get this far. Neither team is ready to stop now.While Capitals coach Barry Trotz skated his now-customary hot lap before practice at T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights had their usual standing room-only crowd for practice at their training complex in suburban Summerlin.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View comments North Carolina youth basketball player dies on court at Virginia game The expansion Vegas Golden Knights are just four wins away from an astounding championship when they host Alex Ovechkin’s long-striving Caps on Monday night to open a thoroughly improbable Stanley Cup Final.Even the players from the NHL’s last two teams standing seemed a bit surprised by their achievements when they gathered Sunday in balmy 84-degree Nevada weather.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Who would have thunk it?” asked Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt, who played the previous four seasons for the Capitals. “The Stanley Cup Final that was never meant to be, right?”Indeed, a first-time NHL champ will be crowned next month after a Final between two teams that arrived at hockey’s ultimate destination from very different directions. While the Caps finally climbed over the hump in the Eastern Conference, the Golden Knights have been bulldozing every logical obstacle in their path since October. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

17 Jan

Is GECOM intent on shifting the boundaries? (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,It is known that some persons who are interested in seeing development in their communities and serious about getting their supporters on the voters list, are now calling for clarity. Hence, it is imperative that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) circulate the lists according to the relevant constituencies with the correct boundary descriptions. Citizens must know the clear boundaries and make sure that their names are in the specific constituency.Last Local Government Elections (LGE), changes to the original configuration of the various Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) impacted results. It is observed that the Division #333122 in La Parfaite Harmonie/Two Brothers was made up of two Sub-Divisions that are #3332122A and #3332122B. These two Sub-Divisions form part of the Canals Polder NDC which is listed as comprising of Divisions: #333121, 333122, 333123, 333124, 333125, 333126 and 333127.However, in the list for LGEs in 2016, the Sub-Division #333121A was annexed on the GECOM list without any consultation with political parties, to the Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen NDC which was originally listed as comprising of Divisions #333241, 333242, 333243 and 333244. This Sub-Division #333122A was then used to create constituencies for the Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen NDC, and persons residing in this Sub-Division, casted their votes as part of the Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen NDC.A careful look at what took place is a revelation as persons in Division #333122 voted in two different NDCs. While persons in Division #333122A voted for Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen and persons in Division #333122B voted for the Canals Polder NDC. We must therefore ask GECOM if that kind of voting was legal? Further, citizens are seriously concern with the original composition and are asking if the changes were official.More serious is the fact that the La-Grange/Nismes NDC is tasked with the responsibility for the removal of garbage in Sub-Division #333121A. These boundary issues will come to a head-on confrontation as they impact the choice of Councillors to represent the NDCs and communities. GECOM must do their job and resolve these issues now.Finally, one very important observation is that GECOM needs to establish markers on the ground which defines constituencies. This is essential as the demographics of many areas have changed due to development. An example can be noted in the description for Division 412235 as follow:Division 412235 (Sugar Cane Fields – Eccles Ramsburg):This Division extends from the common boundary between Eccles and Rome from the western boundary of Sugar Cane Field Number 3 in Eccles (North), to the common boundary between Eccles and Sage Pond, the common boundaries between Rome and Sage Pond, Rome and Profit, Rome and Henry, Rome and Perseverance to the centre line of Mocha Village Public Road and its western prolongation from the Lamaha Canal to the western boundary of Field Number 3 in Ramsburg, at its southern extremity, and from the Lamaha Canal at its western extremity to the western limits of Sugar Cane Cultivation in Fields Number 3 in Ramsburg 27 and 28 in Providence, 87 in Pater’s Hall, (South) 84E in Peter’s Hall (North) and 4 and 3 in Eccles South respectively at its western extremity.The questions are obvious because many of these names are no longer used and cane fields have become housing developed areas. Could GECOM actually establish for the benefit of the public the following?1. Where sage pond starts and ends now.2. Where field Number 3 & 4 starts and its extremity lie. And,3. What are the Geographical parameters for places called Profit and Henry?The resolve must be to make the process simple and transparent!!!Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

12 Jan

“Create your own jobs if you can’t find right career” – Valedictorian

first_img220 students graduate from UG Berbice campusAs Guyana continues to struggle with a high unemployment rate, 220 more students have graduated from the University of Guyana (UG) Berbice Campus, and were told to use the knowledge they have acquired to create job opportunities for themselves, rather than wait around for the ideal job.That was the encouragement Valedictorian Trishan Budhram give to the Class of 2017 when the Tain Campus hosted its 16th Convocation ceremony on Saturday, when persons received various degrees and certificates.Of the 220 academics put out by the Berbice Campus, most were graduating from the Faculty of Education.220 graduated from the University of Guyana Berbice Campus on SaturdayIn his valedictory speech, the Bachelor of Social Science graduate called on his colleagues to go after their dreams despite challenges, such as not finding the ideal job.“This is the reality! We may not find that job or that career we hoped for, but that doesn’t mean we should accept it. If we can’t find that job, create it. Make it happen. Use what we learned, and do not allow external circumstances to define who we are. Let us use our Degrees to become innovators. So, Class of 2017, let us believe that we can achieve anything.“We came into this campus with different backgrounds and life experiences, we can now leave this campus as a collective unit ready to transform our communities into a nation we can be proud of. We are the class of 2017! No matter what faculty we come from — be it Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Agriculture or Education and Humanities — we are all members of this one university,” he asserted.Budhram, who is currently a Manager at Environmental Solutions and a radio announcer in the ancient county, told Guyana Times that his future endeavour is to be happy with a life he created for himself. He explained that, in life, a person’s goals might change, and as such, the demand for new careers may not always be available.However, in his feature address to the Class of 2017, Budhram said that, as the time passed, experiences at the university evolved.“In the words of Maya Angelou: ‘If you don’t like something, change it’. There are many things here which we don’t like, and because we accepted them, current students might inherit some of these problems if they don’t seek to change them. I find that many Guyanese complain about too many things in life, and instead of finding ways to change (things), some of them resort to settling with the circumstances. I’m here to remind you that only dust settles, and we are not settled dust. We are a robust melting pot of different races, beliefs, values and backgrounds.”Meanwhile at Saturday’s ceremony, 10 persons from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry obtained their Bachelor of Science degrees; and in the Faculty of Education, eight persons graduated with Bachelor of Education degrees and three with Bachelor of Education Administration degrees; while 13 received Bachelor of Science in Early Education degrees.  In all, 83 persons received bachelor’s degrees from the Facility of Education.On the other hand, the Faculty of Natural Sciences saw 39 persons being awarded certificates. The Facility of Social Science had a total of 22 persons graduating, including the best graduating student.Additionally, there were also 16 persons who were granted certificates from the Faculty of Social Work, and a further 13 who got diplomas in Accountancy. In the field of marketing, there were only two persons who received certificates.However, 25 persons graduated with diplomas in Public Management. The Republic Bank Award went to Budhram, while the Banks DIH Award was copped by Lisa Ladona Denny of the Facility of Education and Humanity.The Massey Security Solutions Inc. Award was given to Jaunita Beejaimal of the Facility of Natural Science.Meanwhile, the Director of the University of Guyana Berbice Campus Award for the Graduating Student with a Bachelor’s Degree who has attained at least a pass with credit and has made the greatest contribution in other areas of University activities was presented to Lauristan Anthony Augustus from the Faculty of Social Sciences.last_img read more

12 Jan

US State Department issues alert on Pegasus

first_img…says American Govt workers movedThe United States State Department on Monday issued an alert on the Pegasus Hotel. The alert comes hours after a major fire was averted at the hotel on Sunday night. However, the State Department has announced that US Government personnel staying at the hotel have decided to move to other locations. This move was made after there were dysfunctional fire alarms and emergency exits were cloaked.Pegasus Hotel in GeorgetownOn Sunday evening, guests at the Pegasus Hotel had to be treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in the kitchen area at about 22:45h.The Guyana Fire Service (GFS) was summoned to the scene; and upon arrival, the fire fighters were able to contain the fire to one area.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, GFS Station Officer with responsibility for fire prevention, Andrew Holder, told the media that the fire started as a result of a ‘deep-fry’ accidently or deliberately left on. This, he noted, caused the appliance to overheat, and it eventually ignited the installation for the extractor.This created a smoke-logged environment, but fire fighters were able to quickly put out the fire and create some form of ventilation.All efforts were made to ensure that everyone was out of the building. Holder noted that smoke would have reached at least the second and third floods, thus causing some panic among the guests who were staying at the hotel.The fire official noted that there were several safety breaches at the hotel. He said the emergency exit doors were chained and padlocked, there was no fire alarm, and staff were not trained to deal with such an occurrence.“This is a serious breach of safety, and it has severe consequences,” Holder added.Guest at the hotel expressed shock that there was no fire alarm. One guest recalled that he went to the emergency exit after his room was consumed by smoke, only to discover it locked.Pastor Ellsworth Chester of Brooklyn New York told <> that he is on vacation with his children, and as he was on the second floor he started to smell smoke, and quickly alerted them, and they made their way out of the building.He added that as he rushed to the emergency exit on the lower flat of the building, the doors were chained and locked. As he rushed to another exit, it was the same thing, and at that point in time he made up his mind that he had to go through the thick smoke. In addition, he reportedly went to all the doors on the second flood and alerted the occupants.He was nevertheless thankful that no one was severely hurt as a result of the smoke.An investigation has been launched into the incident by both the Guyana Fire Service and the Guyana Police Force.last_img read more

10 Jan

Migne begins preps to bring down Ghana

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne conducts a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on September 3, 2018. PHOTO/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 3 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne had five foreign based players in camp on Monday evening as preparations began in earnest ahead of Saturday’s crucial African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.The Zambia legion of keeper Ian Otieno (Red Arrows), Teddy Akumu, Jesse Were and David Owino (Zesco) as well as Clifton Miheso (Buildcon) joined a bigger group of local based players in training though Miheso sat out with a bout of flu. The tactician expects to have more players trickling in on Tuesday and by evening should have his entire squad as he carefully sifts out the best 18 to name for Saturday’s do or die tie.“I am happy to start with some new players today. In June it was only with locals and some foreign based players and it was a long time to wait for four months before I could have my entire squad together,” Migne said after conducting the first session on Monday.Gor Mahia utility player Philemon Otieno controls the ball under watch from Zesco United midfielder Teddy Akumu during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on September 3, 2018. PHOTO/FKFHe added; “Hopefully tomorrow 9Tuesday) I can have all the players in and we can start develop a good link and look at them to get a good line up for Ghana.”The Sweden based David Ochieng and Eric Johannah (IF Bromma) as well as Ovellah Ochieng and Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma (Vassalund) are already on their way and should be available for the Tuesday evening session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.There’s a huge hope that skipper Wanyama will be available for the tie with the midfield enforcer having just returned to full training and only made the bench for his club Tottenham Hotspur in last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Watford in the English Premier League.Wanyama has been out with a recurring knee problem and has missed the entire opening four games for Spurs including a huge chunk of the pre-season.The team is already without the suspended duo of Brian Mandela and Ayub Timbe with the latter’s absence set to be especially felt after hitting top form for his Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe.Un-attached striker Massoud Juma controls the ball under pressure from Bandari’s Nicholas Mejja during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on September 3, 2018. PHOTO/FKFStars began their campaign for the qualification to next year’s Cup of Nations with a bad footing losing 2-1 away to Sierra Leone and the match against Ghana on Saturday will have a huge bearing on whether their campaign goes north or South.“We are playing against one of the best teams in the continent and we know it is a tough game. But if we are mentally strong, we can win. We are playing at home and we have to make sure we win so that our chances of making it to the Cup of Nations remain high,” assistant captain Owino said.Midfielder Francis Kahata has also called upon fans to turn out in large numbers at Kasarani and cheer on the team as they keep the dream of making it to the Cup of Nations for the first time since 2004 rolling.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

10 Jan

Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society is accepting nominations for Christmas families.

first_imgThe Firefighters Society is accepting nominations until December 15th for a family you feel could use a win this Christmas. – Advertisement -If you would like to nominate a family, email a short write up for your own family or a family you know. The Firefighters Society asks that the email shares a little bit of who the family is, and why they deserve to get selected as one of the families. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society wants to sponsor five Christmas families this December 2019. The five chosen families will receive Christmas dinner with all the fixings, a present for each child, and a decorated Christmas tree all delivered to their door. center_img Email nominations to applicationsfsjfcs@gmail.com To view the FSJ Firefighters Charitable Society FB Page; CLICK HERE Advertisementlast_img read more

28 Dec


first_imgA 34-year-old man has appeared in court charged with theft at Black’s Centra Shop on Letterkenny’s Lower Main Street.James O’Connor of 10 Westside Apartments in Letterkenny was accused of theft on July 4 this year.Defence solicitor Kieran Dillon applied for access to the CCTV footage recorded at the shop. The case was adjourned until November 23.SOLICITOR ASKS FOR CCTV FOOTAGE IN SHOP THEFT CASE was last modified: September 4th, 2015 by John2Share 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) Tags:Black’s Centraletterkennytheft chargelast_img read more

26 Dec

‘Hazard and Loftus-Cheek will not leave Chelsea this summer’, insists Blues boss

first_img getty 4 4 But Sarri has revealed will also keep the England international at Stamford Bridge at least until the next transfer window opens.“It was only a decision about the positions I chose to put on the bench to win,” Sarri added.“I have spoken with him twice this week, after I spoke to the club, so I think that Loftus-Cheek will remain with us. We can speak again about his situation, but only in December.”Centre-half Cahill has yet to figure in the squad this season, and it looks as though he might struggle to find a place in Sarri’s back four. Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard will definitely be STAYING at Stamford Bridge this season, manager Maurizio Sarri has vowed.The Blues boss also said England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is going nowhere this summer, but hinted he could end up leaving in January instead. 4 Hazard and Loftus-Cheek are STAYING at ChelseaSarri had great news for Chelsea fans on Friday.Belgian ace Hazard has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid, who are still searching for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo following his move to Juventus.With the transfer window in Spain still open until August 31, there is still a chance the European Champions will try to tempt Hazard away from the Blues.But Sarri has insisted his talisman will not be sold, as he cannot bring in a replacement after the transfer window shut early for Premier League teams. Gary Cahill’s future at Chelsea is in doubt center_img Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be hoping for regular game time in a Chelsea shirt this season The boss also revealed Hazard is in line to make his first start of the season on Sunday, when Chelsea travel to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United.“I think Eden is ready for 50 or 60 minutes, I don’t know for 90 minutes, but he can start,” said Sarri of Hazard, who has made two substitute appearances for Chelsea this season.“I am the coach of a very good team, a very great club, and so I think with such an important player I cannot sell without the possibility to buy another player at the same level.“So I think Eden will stay with us for the whole season.”The long-term futures of England duo Loftus-Cheek and Gary Cahill remain unclear, although Sarri revealed he has held talks with both.Midfielder Loftus-Cheek was left out of the squad against Arsenal last weekend, prompting rumours he could look to leave before the European transfer window closes. Getty Images – Getty 4 Sarri has insisted star man Hazard will remain at the Bridge this season There are even reports emanating from Turkey that the 32-year-old is a target for Galatasaray.But Sarri said: “With Cahill I think at this moment for a defender it’s more difficult to play in my team after only 20 days of training.“It’s easier for an offensive player, but for a defender it’s more difficult so at this moment he needs to have much more training with us.“I told him that he needs to be patient now but that he is very important for us.”last_img read more

25 Dec

Hernandez saves day for White Sox

first_img Williams didn’t need any reminding. The last player added to the postseason roster, Hernandez got the biggest outs for Chicago on Friday when he pitched out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam to help the White Sox beat Boston, 5-3, and sweep the defending World Series champs out of the playoffs. “We’re not done. I don’t think we’re satisfied,” said Paul Konerko, who hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth. “I think we match up well in this next series with anybody.” The White Sox lost in the ’19 and ’59 Series and the ’83, ’93 and 2000 playoffs. With the three-game sweep, they are the first team to advance to the second round of the playoffs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Words can’t describe the job that he did,” Williams said. “The coaches lobbied hard for him and they had some convincing to do. But I’m the guy who signed him and go back to your notes and take a look at the reason why.” Hernandez, who made the roster instead of talented rookie Brandon McCarthy, is 9-3 in the postseason and was on the mound to finish off the Red Sox for the Yankees in the 1999 ALCS. This time, he helped the White Sox win their first playoff series since Shoeless Joe Jackson’s team won it all way back in 1917. Two years later, Jackson’s “Black Sox’ took payoffs from gamblers to throw the Series. Eight men were out banned from baseball for life and every White Sox player since has lived with a longer but lesser-known “curse’ than the supposed one the Red Sox busted when they ended their 86-year drought last season. “Finally, we make another big step,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “They have waited a long time for this moment. And this team is making it happen this year.” The White Sox, who let Cleveland erase most of a 15-game lead in the AL Central, will have home-field advantage in the AL championship series against the New York Yankees or Angels. center_img BOSTON — Orlando Hernandez bounced through the Chicago White Sox clubhouse and headed for general manager Kenny Williams. The boss was already drenched with champagne. “I told you so!” Hernandez shouted. “I told you so!” last_img read more