Players at the Whitecaps Kootenay Youth Soccer Camp got to meet a rising star on the Major League Soccer Team when Marco Bustos paid a visit to the Nelson. The 20-year-old central attacking midfielder who was named ‘Caps 2013 Whitecaps FC Most Promising Player, joined Whitecaps FC Residency in September 2011 after last playing for FC Northwest in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.”Kids were extremely excited,” said Brett Adams, Kootenay Regional Head coach with the Whitecaps.”It’s not every day that they get to meet a player that has played for their country.” More than 100 players attended the Whitecaps camp held at the Lakeside Soccer Pitch. “The main focus is to give all the player a fun experience of soccer,” Adams said when asked about the focus of the camp.”We look to teach them skills in the morning and then in the afternoon we play a World Cup were players are put into teams. “This seems to be a huge hit with the players.”Tim Parker, who now starts with the MLS club on defence, attended the camp in 2015.The Whitecaps move onto Cranbrook Monday for a camp before returning to the West Kootenay for a stop July 25-29 at Twin Rivers Fields in Castlegar.On July 19-22, the Whitecaps host a Prospects Camp in Nelson.For more information go to the Whitecaps Youth Camps link.
SANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES 2019-20 WINTER/SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE; HEADED BY GRADE I MALIBU & LA BREA ON DEC. 26, A TOTAL OF 93 STAKES, 11 OF THEM GRADE I, TO BE OFFERED THROUGH JUNE 21ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2019)–Santa Anita Park, which will open for its 83rd Winter/Spring Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 26, has announced a complete stakes schedule through closing day, June 21. The schedule, which includes a total of 93 added money races, will be keynoted by a pair of Grade I stakes on opening day–the $300,000 Malibu, for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs and the $300,000 La Brea, for 3-year-old fillies at the same distance.The Malibu and La Brea will again be complemented on Dec. 26 by the Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes, the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile and the $75,000 Lady of Shamrock Stakes.The prestigious Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and one quarter on turf, will serve as Santa Anita’s final Grade I offering this year on Saturday, Dec. 28.The Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which has produced a total of 18 Kentucky Derby winners and two Triple Crown Champions–Affirmed in 1978 and Justify in 2018, will be run on Saturday, April 4.First run in February, 1935, the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap, which was won this year by Hronis Racing’s Gift Box, will be contested for the 83rd time on Saturday, March 7.SANTA ANITA’S GRADE I STAKES ROSTER, DEC. 26 THROUGH JUNE 21Dec. 26 $300,000 Malibu StakesDec. 26 $300,000 La Brea StakesDec. 28 $300,000 American OaksMarch 7 $600,000 Santa Anita HandicapMarch 7 $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe MileMarch 14 $400,000 Beholder MileApril 4 $1 million Santa Anita DerbyApril 4 $400,000 Santa Anita OaksMay 25 $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa AnitaMay 25 $500,000 Shoemaker MileMay 25 $500,000 Gamely StakesFor Santa Anita’s complete Santa Anita’s Winter/Spring Stakes Schedule, please visit santaanita.com/horse-racing/horsemen/
Winger Ross suffered a potentially serious ankle injury when his left ankle was folded under him in a first-half tackle against the Rabbitohs in Round 3. He stayed on but the injury deteriorated throughout the game.However the club lost fullback Brendan Elliott and back-rower Sione Mata’utia (who is also the player generally used as a centre to plug mid-game backline injuries) to concussions, forcing Ross to finish the match.Speaking after the game, Brown reiterated his desire to be able to call on fit reserves in order to protect not just players suffering concussion but also players like Ross, who are then forced to play under duress.”The game’s got to address this situation,” Brown said.”It’s not why we lost the game [but] we had two in concussion bin, no-one can replace them, you’re supposed to be protecting players, then you’ve got to leave blokes out there who are hurt playing out of position. How does that make sense?”The game has got to address this. With legal cases now coming up (ex-Knights winger James McManus is taking legal action against the club over its management of his concussions), doctors are more cautious, we’re not addressing the bigger problem.”The bigger problem is there’s injured players being forced to stay on the field because we don’t have any players left.”He said Ross would “definitely” have come from the field if there were adequate replacements.”Because we had two blokes in the concussion bin which many years ago they would have kept playing and there wouldn’t have been a problem. We know why there are rules being addressed which is great and I think we’re all on side but we need to introduce more people,” Brown said.”We’ve all got a fresh 18th man sitting there. We had Josh King today sitting there.”Brown also referenced the Titans’ gutsy win over the Eels on Friday night, which saw several players come from the field for head injury assessments and several players playing out of position at the injury-ravaged club as an example when an 18th man would have been appropriate.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Manchester United are planning to beat Arsenal to the signing of Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels next summer. Dortmund will demand around £47million for the Germany international. (Daily Star)Real Madrid have put Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris at the top of their shortlist in their search for a new goalkeeper after David de Gea ruled out a move to the Bernabeu. (Daily Express)Arsenal are in the hunt for Newcastle starlet Rolando Aarons. Manchester City and Liverpool have also registered their interest in the 19-year-old. (Daily Star)Atletico Madrid are looking to offload Alessio Cerci in the January window and that could alert Arsenal and Manchester United. (Daily Express).Glen Johnson has been offered a new contract at Liverpool – but still looks certain to quit Anfield. (Daily Mirror)And former Chelsea defender Johnson looks set for a return to London, as he is planning to knock down his Surrey mansion and build a new one complete with staff suite. (The Sun)Ghana’s World Cup star Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is at the centre of a transfer tug of war between Hull and Stoke. (Daily Mirror)Southampton and QPR are monitoring AIK Stockholm striker Kennedy Igboananike. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – There ARE prospective buyers for Tottenham, claims MP LammyBa rules out leaving Besiktas amid interest from Newcastle, West Ham and TottenhamReports – Chelsea consider move for Real Madrid youngsterLiverpool and Tottenham target eyes move back to La LigaJuventus ready audacious swap-deal for Tottenham starBlow for Arsenal! Inter Milan join race to sign Sevilla midfielderMan City striker tops Marseille’s shopping listNorwich striker set to make Saint-Etienne loan a permanent move?
0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne passes instruction to his players during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on July 25, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25 – Ahead of the first leg of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Tanzania at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne is faced with a headache.The pre-season transfer window has left his CHAN team in tatters with several key positions left vacant. Faruk Shikalo moved to the Tanzanian Premier League after signing with Yanga while midfielder Francis Kahata moved to cross-town rivals Yanga. Striker John Avire, by the coach’s own admission is AWOL while winger Paul Were might not be available as he is trying to work on a move out of the country.His biggest headache is the goalkeeping and striking departments as he had made up his mind that Shikalo would be his starter between the sticks while Avire who earned lots of praise from his performance at the Cup of Nations was expected to lead the line in attack.“Avire, I don’t know where he is maybe you can tell me. If you have any news you can tell me,” the tactician stated on the absence of Avire.Harambee Stars striker John Avire during his debut against Madagascar in a friendly match at the Stade Robert Bobin in Paris on June 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Sofapaka forward had been at the centre of a transfer saga that left the Football Kenya Federation Chief Executive Officer Robert Muthomi as a casualty after he stepped aside following his implication in an alleged foiled transfer of the forward to an unnamed club in Egypt.In his absence now, Migne has to look on Piston Mutamba, Nicholas Kipkurui and last season’s Kenyan Premier League top scorer for solutions though he says they lack in experience at the high level.“It’s difficult like when we lost Faruk. We need to find an option but now I don’t have an answer. I know Piston but for Kip and Enosh, I don’t know them at this kind of level. It is another step for them but we will see,”“Of course we have lost a lot of mature players for this level. It will be difficult but it will be a good opportunity for some players to show me their qualities. We will play with players without huge experience,”“It will be a big difference between us and Tanzania. Except Dennis (Odhiambo) and Philemon (Odhiambo) we don’t have many players who played at AFCON. For them, they have seven or eight players who played,” the tactician further stated.Harambee Stars goalkeepers Faruk Shikalo and John Oyemba arrive at the training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHis goalkeeping department also has Migne worried as he is left with John Oyemba who didn’t have much of playing time at Kariobangi Sharks last season, Ulinzi Stars skipper James Saruni and Bandari’s second choice from last season Mike Wanyika who he called up early this week.The tactician has admitted that there is a scarcity of good goalkeepers in the country but believes with the investment in the FKF Centre of Excellence, the problem can be solved in the next few years.“We don’t have lots of talented keepers and that’s the reality. Even Matasi (Patrick) I would like to put pressure on him, but as at now he is the best we have. We need to think about the improvement and development for this department in the team from the youth. We need to work hard and try build some strong keepers,”The tactician will now have a headache of choosing who to start against Tanzania on Sunday between the three uncapped shot stoppers.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.That was a record auction price for a Quran or any type of Islamic manuscript, the auctioneer said. A nearly complete, 10th-century kufic Quran, thought to be from North Africa or the near East, sold for $1,870,000. Both were offered for sale by the Hispanic Society of America, and were purchased by trade buyers in London, Christie’s said. The record-setting Quran was signed by Yahya bin Muhammad ibn ‘ Umar, dated 17 Ramadan 599 (June 1203). It was acquired in Cairo in 1905 by Archer Milton Huntington, who founded the Hispanic Society in New York City in 1904. AUCTION: Manuscript from the 13th century is thought to be world’s oldest complete copy. By The Associated Press LONDON – A Quran written in 1203, believed to be the oldest known complete copy, has sold for more than $2.3 million. The holy book, which had been estimated to sell for up to $715,000, fetched $2,327,300 at Tuesday’s auction in London, Christie’s said. Huntington, the adopted son of railroad and ship-building magnate Collis P. Huntington, died in 1955. The calligraphy in the manuscript was done in gold outlined in thin black lines, and the marginal notes are in silver outlined in red. The kufic Quran bridges a gap between the earlier style, copied on parchment of horizontal format, and the later style of vertical composition, often on paper, Christie’s catalog said. The kufic script takes its name from Kufah in Iraq, an early center of Islamic scholarship, according to the British Library. Because the script’s vertical strokes were very short but the horizontal strokes elongated, it was written on papers in a landscape format.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Kevin and Packie present Benny with a Harps jersey to celebrate his 90th birthday. Pic courtesy of Finn Harps.He has seen many of the greats of Finn Park, from Brendan Bradley to Paul Hegarty.And he has watched Finn Harps as they reached some memorable and not so memorable milestones over the many seasons he has watched them.Now Finn Harps fan Benny Gordon has marked his own milestone as he celebrated his 90th birthday recently.At the most recent home game against Cabinteely, the much-loved and respected Ballybofey man was presented with a Finn Harps jersey by another couple of club legends Kevin McHugh and Packie Mailey.We’re looking forward to getting a picture of Benny celebrating when Harps gets promoted to the Premier Division at the end of the season.He’s hoping Benny – and many happy returns! THE CRAIC IS STILL ’90’ AT FINN PARK FOR GENTLEMAN BENNY was last modified: July 8th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Benny Gordondonegalfinn harps
Rose is a massive Chelsea fan 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Asked if he had a message for the Ballon d’Or nominee, Rose told Sky Sports News: “Stay. He’s obviously been unbelievable, hasn’t he?“He’s a player that I think even if you’re not a Chelsea fan you enjoy watching him play football, he’s incredible.“He does so much for us and when he’s engaged mentally and if he has a good reason to stay he’ll be unbelievable for us still in the future.“Hopefully they can entice him to (stay) and keep him motivated.” LATEST Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “I don’t want to say: ‘Yes, I am signing a new contract’ and then in the end I don’t end up signing,” he was quoted as saying in several national newspapers on Monday.“So I will see. Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go.“Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future.“Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie today.“It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club. We will see.“I don’t want to talk about this every day. I don’t have time, but we will talk about my future soon. I think so.” Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father RANKED LIVING THE DREAM targets LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Eden Hazard has been urged to stick with Chelsea by Ryder Cup-winning golfer Justin Rose.In-form forward Hazard cast fresh doubt on his Stamford Bridge future by admitting it has been a dream of his to play for Real Madrid.World number two Rose, a big Blues fan, hopes the Belgium international opts to stay with Maurizio Sarri’s side. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Hazard has been in scintillating for this season 2 Hazard, who has two years left on his Chelsea contract, was heavily linked with a move to Madrid after the World Cup.The 27-year-old has begun the season in sensational style for Sarri’s unbeaten team, topping the Premier League scoring charts with seven goals following Sunday’s win at Southampton.However, uncertainty again surrounds his future after he revealed he is torn between signing a new deal in west London and moving to the Spanish capital, having described Real as the “best club in the world”. IN DEMAND
Meanwhile, North Korea says it is escalating its nuclear weapons development program, the problem that spiked both Korean crises in recent years in 1993-1994 and again in 2002 through today. A shutdown of the Yongbyon research reactor in 1989 and reactor slowdowns in 1990-1991 are believed to have yielded enough plutonium to build two or three bombs, a situation the Clinton administration considered so threatening that it brought the United States and North Korea close to war in 1994. A bilateral nuclear inspection accord and deal to build two monitored light-water reactors cooled tensions and led to the KEDO project. Last May, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the country had the ability to harvest still more weapons-grade plutonium and “bolster its nuclear arsenal.” “You have to assume the North Koreans have weaponized the plutonium,” Kartman said. Under the agreement that formed the KEDO project, North Korea was to abandon nuclear weapons development and allow access by International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors, in exchange for 500,000 tons of heavy fuel oil annually from the United States to meet its energy shortage until it got the two light-water atomic power plants, built and paid for primarily by South Korea and Japan, with some EU funding. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – The United States and its partners on Tuesday dealt the death blow to a project to build two light-water atomic reactors for North Korea to entice it into dismantling its nuclear weapons program, officials said. The decade-old light-water reactor project had been mothballed for the past two years, kept barely alive in case North Korea showed signs of resuming International Atomic Energy Agency inspections and liquidating its ambitious self-proclaimed nuclear weapons program. The New York-based Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, also known as KEDO, did not issue any formal statement at the end of a two-day session of executive board meetings Tuesday. But the U.S. delegate, Ambassador Joseph DiTrani, said after the meeting that the board members – the United States, South Korea, Japan and the European Union – had agreed on the “termination” of the light-water reactor project, KEDO spokesman Brian Kremer confirmed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The decision comes at a particularly delicate moment in the fitful series of six-nation talks aimed at disarming North Korea. The fifth round of talks among the two Koreas, the United States, Russian, China and Japan ended Nov. 11 without signs of major progress. Charles Kartman, the American who was executive director of KEDO from 2001 until this August, said North Korea must have anticipated KEDO’s demise. “There’s no surprise here for North Korea. They’ve been setting up their obstacles” for weeks and in September had revived their demand for the reactors, Kartman said. At the end of the fourth round of six-way talks in September, North Korea pledged in principle to disarm but maintained that it would need light-water reactors to provide electricity beforehand. Fulfilling that demand would postpone effective disarmament for several years. At a summit of Asian and Pacific leaders last week, President George W. Bush said no reactors would be considered before the North gives up its nuclear weapons program.