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CPL awaiting final confirmation from Guyana Government

first_imgORGANISERS of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) say they are awaiting the final confirmation from the Government of Guyana with respect to Guyana being a venue for the upcoming CPL tournament.Guyana has not been listed as one of the seven venues to host the seventh edition despite being one of the largest supporting crowds in the past.According to a spokesperson, CPL is very hopeful for some positive news sometime soon.“We are very hopeful we will have positive news very soon. We are just waiting for the final go-ahead from the government in Guyana and we will be able to make an announcement on where the games will be played.“We want to thank CPL fans in Guyana for their patience while we await confirmation from the Guyana government,” the spokesperson told Chronicle Sport recently.The seventh edition of the tournament bowls off on September 4 and the fixtures featured every other West Indian venue, except Guyana.So far, matches are confirmed in Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago.In May, Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, confirmed to Chronicle Sport that Guyana will definitely host matches.“As far as I am aware there will be matches,” Harmon had said.Meanwhile, this publication was reliably informed that the Government of Guyana is yet to sign the Host Venue Agreement with Hero Caribbean Premier League (Hero CPL) in order to confirm the hosting of Guyana’s matches of the tournament for the 2019 season.As is customary, venue agreements are mandatory by each host country. The event would be a witness to high-quality cricket as the centrally contracted players of the Windies team would be available for the most part of the tournament.Last season, Trinbago Knight Riders, captained by Dwayne Bravo, became the first team to win back-to-back titles in the CPL. They managed to beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final at Brian Lara Stadium by eight wickets to lift the championship.last_img read more

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League-by-league guide to European football’s coronavirus shutdown

first_imgItalian football chiefs have already pushed back the end of the Serie A season from June 30 to August 2. The goal of a return to competition in early June has become impracticable, shifting the date towards June 10-14.Another solution being touted would be a play-off to allocate the Scudetto and qualifying places for European competition and determine relegation.GERMANYThe Bundesliga could resume by “the middle or end of May” according to the country’s sports ministers, although it still requires the green light from Angela Merkel’s government.Chancellor Merkel will meet state leaders in Berlin on Thursday, when it is hoped the league will be granted permission to resume play from May 16.Clubs returned to training at the start of the month while adhering to social distancing guidelines and games would be played behind closed doors, with large-scale public events banned in Germany until August 31.Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke warned last weekend that “the entire Bundesliga will go down” unless the league restarts.Germany’s top clubs are desperate for the league season to be completed by June 30 in order to claim an instalment of television money worth 300 million euros ($325 million).A primary sticking point is the testing of players, which critics claim will be an extra burden on Germany’s health system.FRANCEThe Ligue 1 season appears to be over after French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said professional football cannot resume until September.The French league will meet on Thursday “to analyse the sporting and economic consequences” of the government announcement.Assuming no more matches take place, the league must decide how to end the season. It is understood that France will not follow the lead of the Netherlands, who decided to void their season with no champion, relegation or promotion.Final placings could be attributed based on the standings as they are, or using an average of points per game.Sports daily L’Equipe calculates that the top two divisions could now miss out on 243 million euros ($264 million) from broadcasters Canal Plus and beIN Sports, plus 35 million euros for international rights. That is on top of lost gate receipts and sponsorship.ELSEWHEREThe Dutch FA put an end to the season last week, as the Eredivisie became the first top European league called off due to the health crisis. No title will be awarded and there will be no relegation or promotion.The Belgian Pro League is expected to take a similar decision next week, confirming the season over with Club Brugge in line to be declared champions with 11 games unplayed.The fate of the Scottish Premiership is up in the air. A controversial vote ended the seasons in the lower three divisions but there are hopes the top flight could restart behind closed doors if given government approval. Harvey Barnes (C) scored the last goal in the Premier League on March 9 before it was put on hold due to the coronavirus crisisParis, France | AFP |  Football leagues across Europe have been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed over 130,000 lives throughout the continent.Lockdown restrictions are in effect worldwide although some countries are cautiously beginning to ease stay-at-home orders.AFP Sport looks at what we know about the plans for Europe’s top leagues:ENGLANDPremier League chiefs are targeting a return in June and several clubs have reopened their training grounds this week as they work on “Project Restart”.The English top flight is understood to be aiming to run a huge testing operation to keep footballers safe, with reports of 26,000 tests being lined up for players and staff.Teams could reportedly return to full training mid-May and resume matches on June 8, with the plans to be discussed at a meeting of stakeholders on Friday.The clubs remain committed to ending the 2019-20 campaign and there are compelling financial and legal reasons to play the remaining 92 games. A failure to finish the season is forecast to cost Premier League clubs an estimated £1 billion ($1.2 billion).Matches would almost certainly be played behind closed doors and clubs have reportedly been told that only approved stadiums could be used, with higher health certification than normal.However, the Professional Footballers’ Association have raised the issue of players not wanting to be put at risk by returning too soon.SPAINLa Liga players will be able to restart basic training from May 4, based on the Spanish government’s plans announced Tuesday to transition out of a strict virus lockdown.Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the decision was the first move in lifting lockdown measures which will be done in four stages across two months.Only in later stages of the process will full training sessions be able to take place.League president Javier Tebas is hopeful the league can begin again in mid-June. He has said “it is not an option” to cancel the season given the economic fallout, estimating it would cost clubs around a billion euros.“I do not understand why there would more danger in playing football behind closed doors, with all precautionary measures” than any other line of work, Tebas said.“In Spain, football is an important economic driver that we need to reactivate like many others. We continue to focus on this reactivation, in a responsible manner and adhering to health recommendations, as soon as possible.”ITALYItaly’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has warned Serie A could be called off, with the league facing “an increasingly narrow path” for its resumption.The government has allowed individual athletes to resume training next week but team sports, including football, must wait until at least May 18. The move was slammed by Italy’s footballers’ union “as discriminatory and even illogical”.All 20 top-flight clubs have voted unanimously to complete the league season, but the final decision rests with the government.An emergency meeting of the clubs will be held on Friday. Spadafora suggested “the majority could ask us to suspend this season and prepare for the next championship as best possible”. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Decomposing body of missing Fort Pierce woman found in serial rape suspect’s car

first_imgKano Roen Demetirus Brow, 29, was arrested last week on multiple rape charges after police say he violently attacked multiple woman dating back to 2016.Sheriff Ken Mascara called the details of the attacks “chilling.”Mascara said the property owner of the apartment where Brown was arrested called family members and asked them to remove his car, which was parked at the apartment. When a family member of Brown moved the car they noticed a smell coming from the vehicle.Investigators searched his car, and found a decomposing woman’s body later in the trunk.Officials later identified the decomposing body as Kathleen Black, 49, of Fort Pierce. Black was reported missing last week.Officials say the autopsy confirmed that Black died from injuries consistent with Brown’s violent attacks reported by the other victims.Sheriff Mascara says officials believe all attacks were “random.” He says they even believe Brown killed Black right before he was arrested on Thursday.“Currently, our detectives are working closely with the State Attorney’s Office to determine the best was to charge Kano Brown, build a solid case against him and hopefully seek a Grand Jury indictment for the death penalty, because that’s what he deserves,” Mascara said.If you have had any interaction with Brown, you are urged to contact our St. Lucie County detectives at 772-462-3230. Police discovered the decomposing body of a missing Fort Pierce woman in the vehicle of an accused serial rapist.On Wednesday, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office revealed the details in the case of a serial rape suspect arrested last week.Man arrested for 3 sexual batteries in St. Lucie Countylast_img read more

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Give it to ‘Mike(y)’

first_img“Give it to Mikey. Hey Mikey, he likes it.” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has probably never had to swallow any loss harder than the 17-14 loss against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday since he has been sitting in the head coaches “chair” over at the Steelers “court.” Okay, I hear your tongues wagging so I will present to you enough proof in order to stop the ranting and raving. When Tomlin, a young and brash defensive coordinator, was hired away from the Minnesota Vikings, I was under the distinct impression he would come riding into Pittsburgh on the back of “Steely McBeam” wearing a Viking hat turned sideways and transform the Steelers into his team. For example, the Steelers ran a 3-4 defensive front; Tomlin coached a 4-3. That is just one instance of how his basic philosophy differed from the man who coached the Steelers before him, Bill Cowher. So I, being one of the “chosen few” who thought that he might have hired “his” own choices for defensive and offensive coordinator, was surprised when he opted, or was forced, to stick with the existing personnel already employed by the Steelers.This next part even mystifies “Aubrey the Great.” Tomlin recently signed a new contract that will carry him through 2014. His previous contract, signed in ’07, had one year and an option left. The five-year deal was worth an average of $2.5 million annually. However, Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, who had two years left on his first deal, signed an entirely new five-year contract in February that reportedly will pay him an annual average of between $5.5 million and $6 million.Mike Tomlin has won a Super Bowl and coached his team to two division championships. Oh, I neglected to remind that Tomlin beat Whisenhunt in Super Bowl XLIII. So if the reported salaries are true, how does Whisenhunt rate more than twice the loot that Tomlin is scheduled to receive? Don’t ask me, I have no idea.I have been an occasional critic of Mike Tomlin but this has been one of his best coaching efforts to date. Tomlin has taken a team that was almost totally dysfunctional at least from a moral standpoint and has them poised to reach the post-season and beyond in spite of the “Big Ben” madness that has been going on.My hat goes off to Tomlin. No one knows what he has had to face when the lights were off. How do you discipline one of your star athletes who at times seems a bit out of control but who has been dubbed as your “franchise” player? How do you question and overrule the decisions of your defensive coordinator who is an NFL Hall-of-Fame player and coach?I was talking with a sportswriter friend of mine and we were both in agreement that when you go into the prevent defense mode when the clock is winding down and your squad is leading by less than seven points, the only thing that sort of play calling will prevent is your squad from being victorious. Steelers’ defensive back Bryant McFadden is not the main culprit in the loss to the Ravens. Not making Ravens QB Joe Flacco run for his life or throw to the “hot read” seems more like the reason for that last minute touchdown to me. If Flacco was in fear of decapitation he would not have had time to sit in the pocket and play “pitch and catch.” Please do not send in hate e-mails but the defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau cannot continue to muzzle the dogs when the burglar is sneaking in through the bedroom window. On offense, their future Hall-of-Fame receiver Hines Ward is now only feared as a blocker.The Steelers received a great young coach in the person of Mike Tomlin for a fraction of the price. They did not become a “billion dollar” franchise by allowing everyone in on their “secrets.” I grant you that Tomlin being paid less than Whisenhunt may seem grossly unfair but as they say in macroeconomics; buy for less, sell for more. In laymen’s terms business is business. Also, when you rake in reportedly over $2.5 million per year like Coach Tomlin does, it is safe to assume that you do not qualify for food stamps.Mike Tomlin is beginning to flourish as a head coach in the NFL. When the bobble heads tried to pin him down by asking in hushed tones when Roethlisberger would be back, I loved his response. He said, “We’ll see him tomorrow.” When he was badgered about it he repeated, “We’ll see him tomorrow.” Tomlin realizes that the word “team” means everyone contributes to victory and defeat.Steeler DB Ryan Clark seemed to say it best. “The thing we learned through all of this is that every man is a part of the team, but no man has to be the team. Ward said, “Ben definitely makes us a better ball club. We’ll be better as an offense when he comes back.” Okay Hines, but as we all know only time will tell.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

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Rebels dominate Hawks to grab 6-3 road victory, take series lead

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Castlegar Rebels rallied from a two-goal deficit to score five consecutive times in a 6-3 victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Monday night in Fruitvale.The win gives the Rebels a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Final series. Game four is Tuesday in Fruitvale.Despite holding a considerable edge in the play — out shooting Beaver Valley 13-4 in the opening frame — Castlegar trailed 3-1 after 20 minutes.Goals by Daniel Bishop, Keanan Patershuk and Taylor Love, with two seconds remaining in the period, gave the Hawks the early momentum.But Castlegar kept on coming.Dominating the second frame with another wide advantage in the shots department — Castlegar held a 17-5 margin — the Rebels tied the game on goals by Aaron Brewer, with his second of the night, and Jamie Vlanich.In the third the vaunted Castlegar offence scored three times on Beaver Valley starter Michael Vlanich as Spencer Brodt, Tyler Robinson and Ryan Reid did the damage.Vlanich and Reid had three points for the Rebels while Brewer and Robinson contributed two points.Castlegar finished the game out shooting Beaver Valley 43-14.Each team scored once on the power play.Around the KIJHL . . . .Ghostriders back in frontIn Creston, Thomas Abenante scored three times to spark the Fernie Ghostriders to a 6-4 victory over the host Thunder Cats. Fernie leads the best-of-seven Eddie Mountain Final 2-1. Game four is Tuesday in Creston.Former Nelson Leafs winger Connor McLaughlin had two points including a goal. In seven games since recovering from a shoulder injury, the Arizona transplant has five points including a pair of goals.Grizz take control of seriesFive players registered two points lifting the Revelstoke Grizzlies to a 6-2 win over Kamloops Storm in the Shuswap Division Final. The Grizz lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. Game five is Wednesday in Revelstoke.Desert Dogs sink Chiefs in overtimeCorey Allen scored at 11 minute of overtime to give the Osoyoos Coyotes a 3-2 win over Kelowna Chiefs in the Okanagan Division Final. Former Nelson Leaf sniper Dane Rupert had scored late in the third period to send the game to extra time. Osoyoos leads the best-of-seven series 3-0. Game four is Tuesday in Rutland.last_img read more

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Leafs honour Super Fan Ted Cartlidge before Saturday’s game

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs lost more than a hockey game recently when longtime supporter and security usher Ted Cartlidge passed away following a short illness.Cartlidge, 83, worked the door at the north end of the NDCC Arena during Nelson Leafs games for many years.Born in 1931 in Regina, Saskatchewan and raised in nearby Boharm, Cartlidge moved to Moose Jaw where he met and married his wife Evelyn in 1952.He began his career with the CPR and moved west with his wife and three daughters to Nelson in 1958. His son was born in 1969.Ted’s love of the arena and hockey made his volunteer work for the Leafs a joy in his life.Wife Evelyn was also a major supporter of the Green and White, attending all home games of the Leafs.The Leafs hockey club will honour Ted Cartlidge with a moment of silence prior to the start of Saturday’s Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game against Spokane Braves. Cartlidge will be enshrined in the Nelson Leafs Super Fans along with Nina Arabia, Gerry Koehle, Jim Kienholz and Ryan Woikin.Leafs look to get back to winning waysThe Nelson Leafs will be looking to snap a two game KIJHL losing streak when the clubs plays a pair of Murdoch Division rivals this weekend.Nelson begins the two-game set Friday in Grand Forks against the Border Bruins.The Leafs have yet to lose to the Boundary City squad, although all games have been very close.Nelson returns home Saturday to host the Spokane Braves at the NDCC Arena.Puck drop is 7 p.m.Green and White top Murdoch DivisionDespite dropping both games during a trip to the Eddie Mountain Division — 4-3 overtime loss to Golden and 5-2 decision to Kimberley — Nelson remains in top spot in the Murdoch Division, one point in front of second place Castlegar Rebels.However, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, winners of three straight games including a 9-4 romping past the Rebels, are closing the gap.After the weekend, Nelson closes out the unofficial first half of the season Friday, December 19 against Grand Forks at home.last_img read more

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Beaming education to the nation

first_img17 July 2003Mindset Network, a new R225-million multimedia satellite television network, has been presented as an 85th birthday “gift” to Nelson Mandela. Mindset will tackle South Africa’s key educational and healthcare challenges – issues that are closest to Mandela’s heart.It is the first time in the world that such a comprehensive, integrated multimedia approach is being taken to tackle these issues. All Mindset Network channels will provide content that can change lives, the aim being to reach as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.Speaking at the Mindset launch on Wednesday night, Mandela said the network was doubly important because it would also reach out to schools in remote rural areas. “It will make a difference to the lives of millions”, Mandela said.The first channel of the Mindset Network, Activate, is currently broadcasting on channel 82 of DStv, targeting grade 10, 11 and 12 learners and educators and focusing on maths, science and English.A time-tabled curriculum is broadcast in the mornings and late afternoons to allow for school and home viewing, and in the early afternoons for educators. Broadcasts run from 8.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays.Activate encompasses the innovative use of satellite broadcast television, print supplements in the largest national weekly newspaper, the sunday Times, and comprehensive support material on the Internet.According to Mindset’s Melanie Naidoo, the network does not just “dump” content into schools, but also provides the equipment, training and support for people to be able to access the content and use it properly. “These kits include a television, satellite dish, decoder and video recorder, and we even provide generators as a power source for rural schools”, Naidoo said.The content is provided free of charge, and hardware and teacher training is also provided for free to economically disadvantaged schools.Activate has been piloted in 300 schools and will be rolled out into 1 000 schools and 800 000 homes by the end of 2003. “Over the long term, we hope Activate will be available in every school in this country, as well as in other countries too”, Naidoo said.A health channel will be launched in October 2003, focusing on HIV/Aids, and eventually broadcasting into 7 000 clinics and hospitals around the country, with information for patients and training for healthcare workers.Next will be two more education channels, one for early high school, and another focusing on early childhood development and primary school content.Mindset also aims to launch a livelihood channel teaching entrepreneurship, life skills and vocational training.12 hours a day, seven days a weekThe Liberty and Standard Bank Foundations, lead partners in the initiative, have committed R74-million to kick-start Mindset. Founding partners include the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sunday Times, PanAmSat, Sentech and Multichoice Africa, while the SABC is a support partner.“It is testimony to the great need for what we are doing that Mindset Network has been put in place in a year, including partnerships valued at R225-million, along with support from the government departments of education, communications and health”, said Mindset chief executive Ann Lamont.Liberty Foundation executive director Hylton Appelbaum, who conceptualised the network, said: “We realised that two hours a day on TV was never going to be enough to make the necessary impact across all schooling.”According to Appelbaum, SABC TV’s “The Learning Channel” has played a vital role in support the country’s matric pupils, “but we need to address the earlier years as well as the last two years of schooling. For this reason, Mindset Network will be available at least 12 hours a day, seven days a week.”Shortage of maths and science teachers“Due to the legacy of apartheid education, our challenge in schooling is that learners’ maths and science scores are among the lowest in the world”, Lamont said.“While South Africa has many dedicated teachers, there is a desperate shortage of those that teach maths and science. So much so that almost 30% of learners are taught maths by teachers with no qualifications in maths and almost 40% of learners are taught science by teachers with no qualifications in science.”Andile Ngcaba, director-general in the department of communications, says his department will partner with Mindset Network to deliver “the most powerful learning technology that has ever been seen in Africa”.Dr Mamphela Ramphele, MD of human development at the World Bank, described Mindset Network as the “best comprehensive programme I have seen so far that addresses the key constraints to enhance the quality of education in South Africa.“The teaching of maths, science and English using multimedia approaches, and embodying in it the social reality of the pupils in South Africa, will go a long way to building strong foundations for the futures of these young people.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Zuma urges delegation to market SA in Davos

first_img17 January 2014The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos provides an excellent platform to network and market South Africa to potential investors, President Jacob Zuma told a delegation of business people on Thursday ahead of their departure for Switzerland.“Each year, we do all we can as South Africa to put our best foot forward and present our country to the world,” Zuma said at a sending-off event in Johannesburg, adding: “South Africa is easy to sell. Our country is successful, with lots of potential.“Although some challenges still remain given our history, these are being attended to,” Zuma said. “We remain a nation at work for a better life, striving each day to do better. Our founding president, Tata Nelson Mandela, and the first democratic administration laid a firm foundation, and we continue to build on that foundation to take the country forward.”Zuma said that while South Africa’s economy had taken a knock after the 2008 global meltdown, shedding a million jobs by the time the recession peaked in 2009, the country had recovered well and created many jobs.He said he National Development Plan (NDP), the country’s policy framework for reducing unemployment, inequality and poverty by 2030, identified the main drivers for economic growth: agriculture, mining, tourism, the green economy, manufacturing and infrastructure development.“As you engage the world, you will be able to say: We know exactly where we want to be by 2030 and we are working very hard to get there as South Africans. We are busy factoring the NDP into the draft Medium Term Strategic Framework that will be discussed by the Cabinet that will be appointed after elections in its first lekgotla.“In a few months, the plan will have been mainstreamed in the work of every government department,” Zuma said, adding: “We do trust that the private sector will also factor the NDP into its own strategic plans in every company so that we move seamlessly together.”The 44th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum takes place from 22 to 25 January.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Gronk unleashed: Rob Gronkowski sets course for retirement fun

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 3, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates with teammates after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. Gronkowski says he is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons. Gronkowski announced his decision via a post on Instagram Sunday, March 24, 2019, saying that a few months shy of this 30th birthday “its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)Rob Gronkowski the football player is finished.Yeah, but what about Gronk?ADVERTISEMENT Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go PLAY LIST 02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go00:54Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The final image of Gronkowski in a Patriots uniform, greatness.The final image of Gronk out of uniform, hilarious.He celebrated the Super Bowl title on the parade route by stripping off his shirt , chugging beers, flipping his hat backward and acting like a frat boy on a float. A hurled beer from the crowd that ricocheted off his hulking chest was the final hit in his career.Gronk seemed to make as many TMZ clips as NFL Films highlights.Earlier this month, TMZ reported, ”Gronk and his bikini model girlfriend have taken their hotness to sea … “cause the couple put on one hell of a twerk fest on a boat in Mexico.” Peter King prose, this was not.Who knows where Gronk will end up in retirement.Or do we?Gronkowski has a standing offer from WWE to move from the gridiron to the squared circle and become a professional wrestler like his childhood friend, Mojo Rawley. Gronkowski stormed over the barricade at WrestleMania in 2017 and bro-hugged Rawley after he won the Andre the Giant battle royal.Gronk vs. The Rock?Gronk vs. Brock? “Cheers to all who have been part of the journey,” he wrote, “cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertainty of what’s next.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ LATEST STORIES Well, the party is about to go bazooka.Look out for Gronk gone wild, Gronk unhinged, Gronk unleashed. Without football strings attached, Gronkowski is suddenly a hot free agent year-round, his talents pitched to far more than 32 suitors, from Hollywood to endorsements to, well, whatever Gronk wants.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe was fun-loving and fearless, a dominant tight end whose Super Bowls were won with New England and whose playful personality won over even the most casual fans. Gronkowski, who announced Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine mostly dominant, title-filled seasons, set scores of records for the Patriots at his position and could light up the scoreboard like his smile can light up a room.The numbers only tell a speck of the story. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Super Bowl wins were great.Boy, was it so much more fun just being Gronk.He stood tall at the Super Bowl and WrestleMania ; won big games and took on gamers; starred on the field and in film; and did it all with a goofy charm that belied a gritty tight end who seemingly always played through pain. The Patriots are going to miss Gronkowski as they try for yet another Super Bowl championship.But Gronk’s not going anywhere.So let’s take a look at what made Gronk so great, and what could be ahead:ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess GRONK THE GOATGronkowski never would have had a sustained run as a popular pitchman , hosted kids shows or popped up in movies had he not been one of the greatest tight ends — yeah, probably the greatest — in NFL history.Gronkowski was hobbled by injuries last season and played just 13 games, and each ache raised constant questions about possible retirement. Gronkowski had plenty left in the Super Bowl and still had clutch catches in the tank on New England’s final drive. He had two catches on the Patriots’ go-ahead touchdown drive, the second catch set up Sony Michel’s 2-yard score in the win over the Rams.Tom Brady to Gronk, one more time for a title.“I like making big catches like that,” Gronkowski said.Gronkowski went out a champion — and he may be headed to Canton.He had 10 catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns in New England’s win at Denver in an AFC Divisional playoff win in 2011. Gronkowski might have been more impressive in the 2015 AFC championship game, when he converted two fourth-down attempts on the game’s final drive and had eight receptions for 144 yards and one touchdown, perhaps his best effort in a crushing defeat.Gronkowski is the only NFL tight end with more than 500 career receptions who averaged more than 15 yards per reception.He averaged nearly 69 yards per game and cracked juvenile jokes about setting a record 69 TDs for a tight end, thanking his mom when he reached the mark. He finished with 79 TDs receiving and one rushing.GRONK GONE WILD With WrestleMania just weeks away, the goofy Gronkowski could crash the show again and get mixed up in more shenanigans. Heck, “Gronk” doesn’t even need to make up a ring name.GRONK THE ENTERTAINERGronkowski might find his NFL bio condensed on a Hall of Fame plaque down the road but there’s almost no way it could fit in his offseason activities. Gronkowski was a hit with the average fan — from kids to grandparents — because of his endearing persona that made him about as A-list as any athlete. He had a personal ”Talk with Gronk ” that poked fun at any idiot who wanted to eat a Tide Pod. He hosted “Crashletes” on Nickelodeon , was a fed a beer bong by Patriots teammate Julian Edelman in the “Entourage” movie, and played a heightened, animated version of Gronk on “Family Guy.”Late night TV host Conan O’Brien once invited Gronkowski and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to play a stirring game of “Mortal Kombat.”Gronkowski found victory lane just as fun as the end zone when he partied with Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch and team owner Tony Stewart in 2017. He had Monster Energy drinks and Monster girls all around him, a winning combo in an offseason pit stop for Gronk.“I’m just having a blast,” he said. “I never really got to tailgate. I never really got to run-around (on Sundays). It’s cool to run around and meet people, enjoy the atmosphere, see what really goes down on this side of the stadium.”GRONK SAID IT“Yo soy fiesta.”Always the life of the party, Gronkowski quipped he was the party in an interview with ESPN Deportes after one of New England’s Super Bowl wins. He was a hit in any language, especially compared to the milquetoast Brady. Among his best just-for-laughs takes, reading erotic Gronk fiction to Jimmy Kimmel such as, “I would have the pleasure to spike a football between butt cheeks,” he told a Boston talk radio station that he was a virgin and said Patriots fans were “going bazooka” at Gillette Stadium.But he went from whimsical to warm on the Insta post where he called it a career. Steph Curry returns, Warriors beat Pistons View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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‘Clever’ Sterling gives Man City balance – Guardiola

first_imgPep Guardiola praised Raheem Sterling for an intelligent display in Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Newcastle United after another of his star wingers was left on the outside looking in.Sterling netted his second goal in three Premier League appearances this season, cutting inside to dispatch a clinical finish in the eighth minute at the Etihad Stadium.City needed a superb long-range strike from Sterling’s England team-mate Kyle Walker to seal victory after DeAndre Yedlin sent Newcastle in level at the break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Guardiola left Leroy Sane out of his matchday 18, with the Germany star having underwhelmed in three substitute cameos so far this term.The City boss denied Sane’s attitude was the reason for his omission, despite speculation to the contrary, but went on to outline the value of Sterling’s all-round game to his team.”He made a fantastic goal and he fought a lot,” he said.”Especially in the second half he played so clever. He moves the way we need him to move to help the team to be stable.”The wingers are so important to make stability in our team and he did it quite well.”Sane’s brief appearance in the 1-1 draw at Wolves was error strewn, although Guardiola pointedly stated he would continue to judge his players primarily on work rate.”He played 10 or 12 minutes, he tried. He was not precise but he tried,” the former Barcelona head coach added.”They [the players] know me. They convince me [and] I am satisfied the moment they run and do everything.”The mistakes without the ball [and when] taking decisions – it is part of the process. So, it’s no problem.”last_img read more

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