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Oshane Bailey – good start to 2016

first_imgFormer national champion, Oshane Bailey, is looking forward to an injury-free season and a bid for a place in the Jamaican Olympic team.Speaking just after a controlled 100-metre win at the Western Relays in Montego Bay on Saturday, Bailey was cautiously optimistic about his prospects for 2016.Asked to assess his early season races, he said: “Yes, fairly good start to the season right now.”At the Grace Jackson/Queens meet two weeks earlier, he looked zippy over 60 metres, as he stopped the National Stadium clock at 6.60 seconds. On Saturday in Montego Bay, he smoothly sprinted to a winning time of 10.32 seconds. His run was aided by a wind barely over the allowable limit at 2.2 metres per second.He said his move from Akan Track Club to the GC Foster College of Physical Education and the Sprintec Club has been “alright so far”. He had been coached by Michael Clarke ever since his transfer from Vauxhall High School to Calabar High, and stayed with Clarke at Akan when his schoolboy days ended in 2009. Now he is coached by Maurice Wilson.His new training partners include 2008 Olympic 100-metre silver medallist Sherone Simpson and 2014 Commonwealth 200-metre winner, Rasheed Dwyer.”I’m getting myself used to the camp right now,” he said of his new training environment at Angels, Spanish Town, where the college is located.His senior career started well as he beat Olympic finalist Michael Frater to win the 2010 national 100-metre title and reached the Commonwealth Games final. Now 26, he set his personal best of 10.11 at the 2010 NACAC Under 23 championships.Consistent since then in the 10.1 range, he got a taste of high-level international action as anchorman of the Jamaican 4×100 team in the heats at the 2013 World Championships.With injury trouble and the change of camps behind him, Bailey is taking the Olympic year step by step. The three-time individual Boys’ Championships medal winner has straightforward goals for this season.”Going to the Trials injury- free, going to make the final,” he said. “The rest will come.”last_img read more

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Gins finish strong, soar 2-0 vs Bolts

first_imgCarpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “We beat them two-in-a-row and they (Bolts) can certainly beat us two-in-a-row,” Cone said, showing a lot of respect on the team that topped the elimination round. “We’re certainly happy being 2-0 up, but you couldn’t be pleased with yourself. It doesn’t guarantee us anything.”Justin Brownlee scored 19 points and was the other big offensive weapon for Cone in the fourth with eight of his total.Earlier, Greg Slaughter was adjudged Best Player of the conference while Meralco’s Allen Durham won the Best Import award for the second straight season.GINEBRA 86 – MERALCO 76GINEBRA 86—Brownlee 19, Aguilar 16, Tenorio 14, Devance 10, Thompson 9, Mercado 6, Caguioa 6, Ferrer 3, Slaughter 3.MERALCO 76—Durham 25, Amer 10, De Ocampo 10, Hodge 9, Newsome 8, Lanete 6, Dillinger 5, Tolomia 3, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0.Quarters: 18-24, 40-37, 57-62, 86-76ADVERTISEMENT Archers slay Maroons Unlike in the series opener where there was practically no endgame to speak of after the Kings played with command right from the start, Ginebra needed to step up big this time and closed out with a 19-1 bomb to gather all the momentum it needs going into the critical third game this Wednesday.“We took a big punch from them early in the game and survived that,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said. “We managed to make it a possession-by-possession game [in the closing minutes] and had a good closing kick.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLA Tenorio scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, seven of them inside the final 2:44, as the Kings erased a 75-69 deficit heading into the final 5:56.Of the 36 teams that took 2-0 leads in a title series in the Philippine Basketball Association’s history, 30 teams went on to win the title.It is a piece of history that Cone would not want his players to think of at the moment. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Game 2 of the PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-seven title series took on an entirely different complexion, and Barangay Ginebra frolicked in the moment to deal Meralco another loss that will definitely sting more.Dragged into a defense oriented contest, the Gin Kings tightened the noose on the enemy in the stretch and completed a come-from-behind 86-76 decision of the Bolts for a 2-0 lead before more than 16,000 screaming fans at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep James, Cavaliers for third NBA title in four years

first_imgJames finished with 23 points and spent the final minutes on the bench, contemplating what went wrong and maybe his next move.Act IV between the Warriors and Cavs featured a drama-filled and controversial Game 1. But from there on, Durant, Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green and the rest of this California crew showed why they’re the game’s gold standard.And they may stay that way.“Can’t get enough of this feeling so we’re going to celebrate it together,” Curry said.READ: Chris Bosh thinks LeBron James is going to HoustonADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber kisses the trophy after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 in Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals to win the NBA championship, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Golden State. Golden still.Stephen Curry scored 37 points, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant added 20 and a triple-double and the Warriors stamped themselves a dynasty after winning their second straight title and third in four years Friday night, 108-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers to complete a sweep and perhaps drive LeBron James from his home again to chase championships.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno dies after cancer battle Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It may have been the final game in Cleveland for the 33-year-old, who is expected to opt out of his $35.6 million contract for 2019 next month and become a free agent.James was pulled from the game with 4:03 left, and he slapped hands with the Warriors before heading to the bench. He plopped down in a chair and draped a towel over his broad shoulders, looking like a boxer on a corner stool.James averaged 34 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10 assists in the series, but as has been the case in the past, he didn’t have enough help.Another Summer of LeBron is officially underway and there are already teams stretching from Philadelphia to Los Angeles hoping to land the three-time champion, who may have to go elsewhere to put together a cast strong enough — and as James made clear this week, smart enough — to bring down the Warriors.READ: Curry dazzles from deep, Warriors take 2-0 NBA Finals leadRight now, the Warriors are on another tier and with Durant expected to re-sign with them in weeks and Curry, Thompson, Green and the rest still young and hungry, their reign could last much longer.Heading into the playoffs, the Warriors appeared vulnerable. There were lingering questions about Curry’s sprained left knee that sidelined him for almost six weeks and kept him out of Golden State’s first-round series against San Antonio.Kerr was forced to mix and match lineups, and it became obvious the Warriors weren’t going to go 16-1 and storm their way to a title like they did in 2017, when their only postseason loss came in Game 4 after the Cavs made 24 3-pointers.Kerr used 27 different starting lineups during the regular season, which ended with a head-scratching 40-point loss to Utah. The Warriors began defense of their title as a No. 2 seed and their season was in serious jeopardy when they fell behind 3-2 to presumptive MVP James Harden and the Rockets. But Golden State, catching a break when Houston star guard Chris Paul was forced to sit with a hamstring injury, showed a champion’s poise by winning two straight.That set up another reunion with James and the Cavs. MOST READ Overcoming obstacles all season long, the Warriors were not going to be denied and won the fourth straight finals matchup against Cleveland with ease.“This is so hard to do and doing it three out of four years is incredible,” guard Klay Thompson said.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 crownREAD: Kevin Durant confirms he will re-sign with Warriors It was the first sweep in the NBA Finals since 2007, when James was dismissed by a powerful San Antonio team in his first one. His eighth straight appearance didn’t go well either, and now there’s uncertainty where the superstar will play next. LATEST STORIES Not wanting to give the Cavs or their fans any hope despite the fact that no team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs, the Warriors built a nine-point halftime lead when Curry ignored a closeout by James and dropped a 3-pointer.Then the league’s best team tightened the screws on Cleveland in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 25-13 and prompting Golden State fans to begin those drawn-out “War-eee-orrss” chants that provide a perfect musical accompaniment to their 3-point barrages.By the start of the fourth quarter, the only question was whether Curry would win his first NBA Finals MVP or if it would go to Durant for the second year in a row.And again, it was Durant, who added 12 rebounds and 10 assists — more satisfaction and validation for a player who couldn’t beat the Warriors so he joined them.READ: Facing Finals sweep, LeBron praises ‘stacked’ Warriors After surviving a rougher-than-usual regular season and beating top-seeded Houston in Game 7 on the road in the Western Conference finals, the Warriors withstood an overtime scare in Game 1 and joined an elite group of teams to win multiple championships in a four-year span.Only Bill Russell’s Boston Celtics, the “Showtime” Lakers and the Los Angeles squad led by Kobe and Shaq, and Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls have been as dominant in such a short period of time.The Dub Dynasty.The path to this title was more precarious than the first two for coach Steve Kerr and the Warriors, who overcame injuries, expectations, a built-to-dethrone-them Rockets team and the brilliance of James, who scored 51 points in the series opener and carried a Cavs team from the beginning of their rollercoaster season until the end.READ: Kerr says Warriors enduring ‘most difficult season’ of finals runs Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Maybe the last.TIP-INSWarriors: Curry made a 3-pointer in his record 90th consecutive postseason game and extended his mark for 3s in road playoff games to 44. . Green is the only visiting player to post a triple-double in the playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena, doing so in Game 6 of the 2015 finals. . Became the ninth team to sweep a finals and first to win consecutive titles since James did it with Miami in 2012 and 2013. … Golden State has won a road game in 19 straight playoff series, tying the Heat’s NBA record. … With his 43-point performance in Game 3, Durant joined Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal as the only players to score at least 25 points in their first 13 finals games.Cavaliers: Appeared in its 26th NBA Finals game, moving past Atlanta/St. Louis into 10th place all-time. … James averaged 34 points in his 13th postseason, his second-highest total.BROWN OUTLongtime network broadcaster Hubie Brown injured his knee while sitting courtside preparing before the game. He was treated by a medical staff on site and taken to the hospital. The 84-year-old Brown was replaced on the radio broadcast by Jon Barry.Brown was working his 17th NBA Finals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Special statutory meeting today to discuss way forward

first_imgThe possibility of paid parking being reintroduced under a new system in the City of Georgetown may be soon realised now that the Parking Meter Renegotiating Committee has submitted its final report on the controversial project to the City’s Mayor. Additionally, the Mayor called a special statutory meeting to discuss the recommendations of the report.Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase GreenMayor Patricia Chase Green said the Committee’s Chairman, Councillor Akeem Peter presented the report to her on Monday.“I am now in the process of looking at it to see what adjustments were being made and recommendations and so on. Tomorrow (today), we have a special meeting convened with all Councillors to look at it and determine if there is still any more adjustments to be done or if we agree with what the renegotiating team would have dealt with,” she informed.She added that the renegotiating Committee would have met with all the parties involved more than once and thanked the members for their time. She said the Councillors would now have to debate the findings of the report and come to a consensus in relation to the parking meters.The Mayor said because of the protests and the subsequent suspension of the controversial contract, both the City and the Company, Smart City Solutions, would have suffered major financial setbacks. She added that the contract is still valid and as such, there is a great sense of urgency to address the issue.“It is a loss to the City Council and it is a loss to them also because they would have invested all of their monies to import all those machines so they had staff. They had to lay off in excess of 70-80 people and so it is a loss to both sides,” she added.The final report submitted by the Parking Meter Renegotiation CommitteeShe also noted that the city needs parking meters.“I can tell you that I have recognised that the whole country would have recognised and the drivers would have recognised that the parking meter is a good project,” Chase Green added.ContractThe M&CC had entered into a contract with Smart City Solutions Inc on May 13, 2016, for parking meters to be implemented in Georgetown. However, the M&CC was forced to renegotiate the contract after citizens protested the implementation of the project. After weeks of protest, City Hall bowed to citizens’ pressure and sought to renegotiate the contact. However, citizens called for a total abandonment of the project.The Renegotiating Committee was chaired by Councillor Peter and consisted of Councillors Noelle Chow-Chee (VC), Oscar Clark, Jameel Rasul, James Samuels, Heston Bostwick and Ivor Henry. Two members of the public also sat on the committee – Civil Engineer Owen Godfrey Edwards and Accountant Robin Hunte.The Renegotiation Committee was tasked with engaging Smart City Solution with a view to renegotiating the terms of the agreement entered into between the parties and more specifically to seek to take into account the concerns raised and addressed in the reports of the Special Committee in relation to costs, fines, enforcement, profit-sharing, areas, times and other factors identified in relation to the project and any other relevant actions as the Committee may, in its discretion, determine or as may be suggested by the general council. Upon completion of the negotiation period, the new committee would have to prepare a report.last_img read more

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A SOUND PLAN

first_imgShe also is the current concertmaster for the Rio Hondo Symphony. “It was a great honor for me to accept this position. It’s has been a wonderful experience,” she said. “But it’s a challenge, as well.” To attract younger audiences to symphony and opera performances, Tsui has sought to inject visual elements. At a recent performance of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” she invited four principles to play one movement of a solo part. She also included a verbal recitation of sonnets. Later in the concert, she included Astor Piazzolla’s version of the “Four Seasons,” which included “Argentinian Tango.” “My idea is to not only make our programming acoustically interesting and exiting, I try to introduce something visually exiting as well,” Tsui said. WHITTIER – Music has always been her passion, but trying to coax young people into appreciating the classics and opera is Olivia Tsui’s specialty. “The challenge, in terms of keeping classical music alive, is that we need a new audience,” Tsui said. “Most of the time when you go to a concert hall to hear classical music, you see most of the audience has gray or white hair. “I want them to bring their children, their grandchildren. That’s the future.” A well-known violinist, Tsui last summer was named conductor and music director of the Glendale Symphony, becoming its first woman conductor and its youngest in the orchestra’s 82-year history. In December, Tsui’s arrangement of “The Nutcracker” included ballet dancers. “It’s a different world today than it was 25 years ago,” said Wayne Reinecke, conductor of the Rio Hondo Symphony. “It’s difficult to get young people in concert halls. “I found her to be very innovative.” Tsui began playing the violin at age 4 in China, where her grandfather taught the piano. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, a master’s from San Diego State University, and an artist diploma from Cleveland Institute of Music. She has won several awards as a violinist, but conducting has always been an ambition. “I’ve had so much first-hand experience as a musician, I know what the musicians need,” she said. She started pursuing conducting by studying in New York and then at various workshops. Tsui has been guest conductor with orchestras in Mexico and Bulgaria. “She is an immaculate player, has a beautiful sound,” Reinecke said. “She has very innovative ideas and excellent skills as a conductor.” In the months to come, Tsui will travel as a guest conductor to Bulgaria and then to Florida. She hopes to help bring people together with her music. “I see musicians like musical ambassadors. My idea is, there are so many divisions in this world, all this war and fighting, and as a musician I feel it is our duty to unite the people,” Tsui said. “I want everybody to be welcome, no matter your religion, your ethnic background, your profession or age.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Reid says ‘war is lost’; Dems seek deal on bill

first_imgAs House leaders appointed negotiators to work with the Senate to reconcile their two Iraq spending bills, Republicans demanded another vote on a simple question: Should major combat missions end by Sept. 1, 2008? The procedural motion passed largely along party lines on a vote of 215-199. The vote was intended to highlight fissures inside the Democratic caucus, where some conservative members have expressed skepticism about setting timelines for withdrawal. It was the same topic the House tackled last month when passing the Iraq spending bill, but Republicans were hoping to draw out any inconsistencies. At least four Democrats changed their votes Thursday evening and opposed the timetable, after supporting it the first time around. Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wis., the Appropriations Committee chairman, who will lead the conference committee, said Congress should be working to change directions in Iraq. “There are a lot of people who are apparently willing to fight until the last drop of somebody’s blood falls,” Obey said. “I think it’s time for that to stop.” Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., said the administration’s troop increase deserved a chance to succeed. But if progress is not achieved by fall, he said, “a heck of a lot of us will start peeling away.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – As congressional Democrats sought to reconcile their differences and send an Iraq spending bill to the White House, Sen. Harry Reid, the majority leader, suggested Thursday that “this war is lost,” a stark assessment that Republicans said would demoralize American troops fighting in Iraq. One day after legislative leaders met with President George W. Bush, failing to find common ground, House Democrats signaled their intention to step away from a mandatory deadline to remove troops from Iraq, and to work instead toward a compromise of setting a goal for troops to be withdrawn next year. But the president said any timetable for a troop redeployment, even a goal, would face a veto. “I think it’s a mistake, and I’ve made it clear, that the Congress should not have artificial timetables for withdrawal in a funding statement,” Bush said Thursday during a speech in Ohio. In Washington, Reid delivered a biting critique of the Iraq war, saying there was no military solution to the conflict. At a news conference, he recounted a private conversation with the president about the Vietnam War, saying he told Bush not to follow the path of President Lyndon B. Johnson, who “did not want a war loss on his watch.” “I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and – you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows – know that this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq,” Reid said. Republicans across the Capitol responded angrily to Reid’s statement. “I can’t begin to imagine how our troops in the field, who are risking their lives every day, are going to react when they get back to base and hear that the Democrat leader of the United States Senate has declared the war is lost,” Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, said. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., said: “If Harry Reid believes that this war is lost, where is his plan to win this war?” The confrontation between the Democratic majority and Republicans in Congress and in the administration unfolded as the House conducted another debate Thursday evening on a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq. last_img read more

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The continued slow pace of Cannabis retail store application approvals

first_img– Advertisement – The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch is currently processing more than 400 cannabis retail store licence applications throughout the province.Application requirements are detailed and robust in the interest of due diligence and public safety.Government can’t comment on information related to specific non-medical cannabis retail store applications as any interaction between the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch and an applicant is private. This protects the applicant’s business decision making.Retail cannabis applications have been following a standard process since cannabis legalization. Applications are placed in the queue as they are received by the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.There are many factors that can affect application timelines. These include: applicants submitting all required and correct documentation and the complexity of the corporate structure. Applications containing correct information and documentation are prioritized over those with outstanding documentation.Applicants are contacted as soon as there are updates to communicate or information that applicants need to know.There is no link between the LCRB’s approval process for cannabis retail store licenses and cannabis-related job fairs. “I am concerned. I thought we had adequate time to get this up and running. Clearly, the system is not moving at the pace the private sector needs,” he said.Further to that Horgan shares, there is a ‘glitch in the system’ and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth is working as hard as he can to sort out the logjam.With non-medical cannabis retail stores open in Pouce Coupe, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek, it is unclear of the hold up of the Fort St. John locations applications.One local private company owners share their frustration of being in limbo for almost a year holding up the financial end of the business, by the cost of the application and covering a lease on an empty building with no answers as to the future of approval to start renovations and hire employees.The Ministry of Attorney General’s response as to why applications could be held up is as follows;center_img VICTORIA, B.C. – Conversation about the rate in which cannabis stores are struggling to get licensed to open, has been a topic for Premier Horgan.During a recent radio interview with Shane Woodford on Radio NL 610 AM, the Premier shares his frustration with the pace of the application process.Horgan was asked in the interview if he is concerned as prospective cannabis entrepreneurs wait months and months for approval with their costs mounting, and no relief in sight.last_img read more

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West Brom players and fans must unite, claims Gardner

first_img Craig Gardner in action for West Brom 1 West Brom midfielder Craig Gardner has pleaded with fans and players to unite to get the club out of trouble.The Baggies underwent a transformation in the summer with a huge turnover of players and a managerial switch.The club is yet to record a Premier League win this season and some sections of the Hawthorns crowd are growing restless.“I am a local lad. I’m a fan and I know what it feels like,” Gardner told the Express & Star.“The fans come to the games and they pay the wages but as a team, including the fans, we’re all in it together.“West Brom is a family club and we give it everything we can and try our hardest every week. We just need to stick together.“I know it’s frustrating but it’s early in the season and I think we’ll be fine.”last_img read more

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Ashley Young hails ‘unbelievable’ team spirit in England squad

first_imgThe England manager has spoken glowingly about the way his players have come together and the group’s elder statesman echoes those sentiments.It is 11 years since Young won the first of 34 caps for his country, which came during a time where cliques and club rivalries were said to have been prevalent in the national squad.“I would say it is different,” Young said.“I think a lot has been said about staying in cliques and teams staying in teams, but I’ve not seen that at all here.“Everyone gets on with everyone, and there is not a bad person in the squad.“Everybody wants the end result, and everyone wants to go and win.“In training we have a few five-a-side games, and everyone wants to win.“But that’s just the way it is and if you’ve got that in training, that hunger and that desire to win, and you can take that into a big tournament like the World Cup it can only set you in good stead.“Everybody was a fan. Everyone has got the buzz of gong to a World Cup and the togetherness that is here in the squad is unbelievable.”For the 32-year-old, this summer presents an opportunity that looked to have passed.There were 1,526 days between Young’s 30th and 31st caps, but impressive form for Manchester United as a remodelled full-back saw him receive a long-awaited England recall in November.Fine form and versatility eventually saw the winger-turned-defender get the nod alongside Danny Rose at England’s left-backs for the World Cup – a first chance to shine on the global stage and one he intends to grab with both hands.“I think a lot is about skill, but it comes with that hard work, determination, hunger and desire,” said Young, who missed a penalty in England’s Euro 2012 quarter-final shootout exit to Italy.“I’ve still got that winning mentality. I still want to win things.“I am not just going to the World Cup just to say ‘yeah, I played in a World Cup’. I want to go and win.“The inspiration of 1966 is incredible and seeing them videos – I won’t say DVDs because it was VHSs back then, I know them days.“The excitement is still there, and I am ready. More than ready.“It feels unbelievable. As a kid, I always thought about playing in the World Cup from the young age of five, six, seven.“I think if you saw my Instagram post, I think that said it all.” Ashley Young says England’s ‘unbelievable’ team spirit, togetherness and winning mentality is better than anything he has seen before with the national team.Anticipation for the Group G opener against Tunisia on June 18 goes up a notch when Gareth Southgate’s men jet out to Russia on Tuesday to continue a preparation camp that has so far impressed in terms of quality and kinship.last_img read more

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Spurs star told to leave now by talkSPORT Drivetime host in passionate rant

first_img“But I think they’re at the point now Tottenham where they are fighting to finish in that top four. But if that doesn’t happen, there’s already been speculation about players leaving the club.“One of them is Eriksen – I truly believe he should move.“That might hurt a few Tottenham supporters, but just look at [Luka] Modric. Look at what he has achieved since he left the club, same as [Gareth] Bale.“They’ve got to go!” Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have enjoyed untold success at Real Madrid Eriksen’s contract situation remains up in the air Christian Eriksen MUST leave Tottenham Hotspur in order to ensure his career progresses.That’s according to former England and Sunderland defender Micky Gray, who has urged the Denmark international to look at the successes of former Spurs stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric at Real Madrid and follow their example. 3 3center_img He told Adrian Durham on Drivetime: “When you look at Tottenham and the squads that they have had say, for the last five years, they missed a great opportunity to win the Premier League when Leicester City won it. That was their chance!“And I think when you pick up that first Premier League trophy, that spurs you on (pardon the pun) to win more things. More success means bringing better players into your squad. The Dane will surely look to club football to win major honours 3 Croatia midfielder Modic won the Golden Ball at the World Cup in the summer and, having also starred for Real Madrid, is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or next month in Paris.Likewise, Bale has become a superstar in the Spanish capital, scoring two goals in the Champions League final last season against Liverpool.While both players were already world-class in north London, making the move  to a club like Real allowed them both to move onto elite level.Speculation surrounding Eriksen’s future has intensified in the last week. But for Gray, the message is simple; leave for the sake of your career.last_img read more

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