Saido Berahino says he ‘would jump at the chance’ to return to West Brom

first_imgSAIDO BERAHINO says he “would jump at the chance” to return to West Brom.The 26-year-old striker burst onto the scene with the Baggies and was believed to be on the verge of stepping up from the England Under-21 squad into the seniors in 2015.2 Saido Berahino says he would jump at the chance to return to West BromBut a sharp decline in form following a failed move to Tottenham that same year has led the once-feared frontman from the fringes of an international breakthrough and Champions League football to the Belgian backwaters.Berahino left the Hawthorns in 2017 for an unhappy two-year spell at Stoke which produced just three goals in 53 matches and relegation for the Potters.Now having kickstarted his career at Zulte Waregem with six strikes in 16 games he is open to returning to English football – especially ex-employers West Brom.If West Brom came back for me, I would jump back as soon as I can.SAIDO BERAHINOSpeaking on the Counter Attack podcast regarding that failed switch to Spurs, the Burundi international said: “I think the only thing that it changed was the way people viewed me. It brought in extra pressure that I didn’t need at the time.“I think if I had somebody around me that told me: ‘Look, Saido, you’re not going to move, forget about it – you’ve already done it, you’ve already proven that you can attract a big club, now let’s go and attract two or three big clubs’.“I never had that type of guidance. I just thought ‘wow, my life is ended’, really. “(I thought) ‘I want to play Champions League, I want to’… no disrespect to West Brom.“I loved my time at West Brom. Even if West Brom came back for me, I would jump back as soon as I can.”LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticWhen Berahino was asked to clarify that comment, he said: “100 per cent. I love West Brom.“I still support them, I still follow their games, my friend plays for them. If they came back for me, 100 per cent I would go back. 100 per cent.“But I just felt that at the time I’d had had a great season and Tottenham’s come in and that’s going to improve my level even more, playing with other good players.“Obviously the manager as well that they had at the time (Mauricio Pochettino) was really into young players, so I thought it would develop my progress fast if I went there. But obviously it didn’t work out that way so it is what it is.”2 Berahino has kickstarted his career at Zulte Waregem with six strikes in 16 Belgian top-flight gamesCredit: Getty[pod_component pod_component_config_id=”apEdj7MkN” pod_component_config_url=”” pod_component_config_loader_url=”″ src=””]last_img read more

Vaughan extends Dragons contract

first_imgPhoto: NRL (Paul Vaughan has been in great form for the Dragons this year. Credit: Grant Trouville). Vaughan has played every game for the Dragons since joining at the beginning of the year, having played 95 games in the NRL overall.The Italian international’s strong season so far has seen him play for the NRL All Stars and Country Origin, while he remains in contention to play State of Origin for New South Wales in the coming weeks.The 26-year-old said re-signing so soon after joining the Dragons has done wonders for his confidence. “At the start of the season I wanted to start afresh and prove myself all over again. That was one of the biggest things I needed to do,” Vaughan said.”I think I’m halfway to doing that – I just need to keep playing consistent football.”I’ve always said I wanted to stay here for as long as I can so with this deal I won’t be off-contract again until I’m in my 30s.”St George Illawarra Director of Rugby League Pathways Ian Millward said Vaughan’s extension was crucial for future success.”We’ve identified him as a future leader and we’ve also been impressed by the way he’s integrated and interacted with the younger forwards,” Millward said.”Paul has been a tremendous acquisition to the Dragons. By re-signing him, it was a good opportunity to get stability in our forward pack and have that platform there for our halves.”Vaughan’s re-signing is an additional positive for the Dragons following Russell Packer’s decision to take up a four-year deal at the Wests Tigers from next season.Millward said the Dragons’ decision not to match the four-year deal was largely due to the younger players coming through the club’s development pathways. Vaughan’s decision to remain follows the likes of Jack de Belin, Jacob Host, Blake Lawrie, Reece Robson, Luciano Leilua and Tyson Frizell re-signing with the Dragons in recent months.They will be joined by Tariq Sims, Hame Sele, Josh Kerr, Leeson Ah Mau, Cameron McInnes and Joel Thompson at the Dragons beyond the 2017 season.last_img read more

Out of February window for Gilas, Abueva vows to make up for lost time

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Though he’ll no longer suit up for the second window of the Asian qualifiers, Abueva said that he’ll remain supportive of the national team may it be on the floor or from the stands.“I’m still part of the Gilas family and that’s why I’m here. Even if I don’t get to play in February, at least I’m here to support,” he said.Apologetic as he was for the practices that he missed, Abueva vowed that he’ll always be present in the team’s practice in the coming weeks.“Of course, I’ll always be present from now on,” he promised. “My problem is over and I’m no longer thinking about anything. I’m just thankful that my teammates are always there.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 “Of course, it’s going to be unfair for the players who were practicing here before us if we suddenly join the team,” said Abueva, who he finally showed up before his Gilas teammates on Monday, in Filipino.“That’s why I’m here is because I want to prove that I’m still here and I still want to be a part of Gilas.”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 folkAbueva refused to go into details but explained that a family problem prevented him from joining the resumption of the team’s sessions in the past weeks. It also affected his commitment with Alaska, where he asked to be excused before its game against Blackwater last Saturday.“I’m apologizing for everything that’s happened to me. I’m fixing everything so that I can get things in order once again,” he said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThere were no hard feelings for Calvin Abueva when he learned that coach Chot Reyes dropped him from the Gilas Pilipinas pool for the February window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.To his credit, he perfectly understood the grounds why he and Raymond Almazan were expelled for the next set of games after they missed the squad’s first three weekly practices at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENT Perpetual Help nears Final Four, extends Mapua’s slide Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Fort St. John Huskies lose first game of the season

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Huskies traveled to Dawson Creek Saturday night with the hope of keeping their winning streak alive, but the Junior Canucks had a different plan.The Canucks opened the scoring just before the end of the first period with a goal from Griffin Young.  With no scoring in the second, the Huskies answered back and tied the game in the third period with a goal from Teagan McMullen.With only three and half minutes left in the third period, Kole Comin of the Junior Canucks scored the winning goal.- Advertisement -The final score was 2-1 for the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.  The next game for the Huskies is Friday in Grande Prairie as they take on the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings.Other scores from the NWJHL Saturday included the JDA Kings beating the Sexsmith Vipers 4-3 in OT and the Fairview Flyers came out on top over the Beaverlodge Blades 7-6.last_img read more

Fare folly

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Raising fares undermines the very purpose of mass transit in L.A. – keeping commuters out of their cars. The MTA needs to find ways to make its operations more efficient, not to make its services more costly. And that undoubtedly means shelving outrageously costly pipe dreams like the subway to the sea while concentrating on cost-effective measures to make our lives better now. THE Metropolitan Transportation Authority is looking at a $104 million budget deficit next year, but that’s no reason to go ahead with plans to radically increase bus and subway fares. The sad truth about public transit in Los Angeles is that most of those who use it do so only because they have no other choice. Southern California is too spread out, and transit options are too limited, for trains or buses to be a very efficient means of transportation for many. The one thing the MTA has going for it is that it is, relatively speaking, cheap. But if the MTA goes ahead with plans to increase individual fares by 60 percent, or quintuple the price of a senior pass, it will only scare away many of its passengers. For some, transit will simply become unaffordable; for others, it will provide too little incentive not to drive one’s own car. When the Riverside Transit Agency, for example, raised its rates by 25 percent in 2005, the number of its passengers dropped 11 percent. A comparable drop in L.A. would wreak havoc on our already congested roads and freeways. last_img read more

Bolt continues to fuel his pro football dreams in Norway

first_img0Shares0000Retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has been training with the Norwegian football club Stromsgodset at Marienlyst Stadium in Drammen, Norway. © AFP / Hans Arne VedlogDRAMMEN, Norway, May 31 – Usain Bolt hopes to play in a friendly against the Norway Under-19 team next week as part of his ongoing bid to become a professional footballer and prepare for his Old Trafford debut in a charity match.The 31-year-old eight-time Olympic gold medallist took part in training on Thursday with Norwegian top-tier club Stromsgodset at Drammen,40km (25 miles) south-west of Oslo, as part of his week-long stay. It is the latest part of Bolt’s on-going bid to become a professional footballer after the Manchester United fan also trained with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in March.He is set to play at United’s iconic Old Trafford stadium in a Soccer Aid charity match on June 10 when he captains a World XI against an England celebrity team led by singer Robbie Williams.Before that, the retired sprint king hopes to get on the pitch in Stromsgodset’s friendly against the Norwegian Under-19 side on Tuesday.“If I can get a couple of minutes, that would be good,” Bolt told reporters, sweating heavily after the training session.“I’m here to try to get fit for the charity game in Manchester next weekend.“Getting a few minutes on a full pitch would be good for me.Usain Bolt said everyone at Norwegian football club Stromsgodset ‘has been cool and welcoming.’ © AFP / Hans Arne Vedlog“They are very good at passing. The standard is very good here, the game is high tempo.“The more comfortable I get here, the more I will relax, but everyone has been cool and welcoming.”According to reports, Bolt has been given the shirt number 9.58 — his world record time for the 100 metres set in Berlin in 2009 — to wear during his stay.Stromsgodset are struggling — 12th of the 16 teams in Norway’s Eliteserien top league — and he has some advice.“Just play better, I guess,” he said with a laugh.“It’s all about the work and sometimes about a bit of luck, as the seasons goes, on you always improve, so hopefully they’ll get better and fitter.”Stromsgodset’s sports director Jostein Flo has said he wants to give Bolt a chance in the forthcoming friendly and the squad was surprised to find the world’s fastest man in their dressing room.– ‘A bit rusty’ –“We had no idea before he walked through the door, that was awesome,” goalkeeper Espen Bugge Pettersen told Norwegian daily Dagbladet.“He is a bit rusty, in his current form he won’t add value, but we will have to give him some time.”Forward Marcus Pedersen said the Jamaican’s pace was obvious.Usain Bolt said he is training at Norwegian football club Stromsgodset ‘to try to get fit for the charity game in Manchester next weekend.’ © AFP / Hans Arne Vedlog“We haven’t seen so much of his footballing skills yet, but he obviously outpaces anyone around here,” said the Norway international.While Bolt’s dalliance with football has yet to lead to a contract, the head of Stromsgodset’s supporters club was delighted to see the world’s fastest man at training.“It brings joy to the fans and that is a relief after a few bad rounds in the league,” said Stromsgodset supporter Thor Arne Hanssen.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Champions League glory would transform Spurs: Pochettino

first_imgThis missing element in his CV could be filled by beating Liverpool in the June 1 final in Madrid. Overcoming last year’s losing Champions League finalists and Premier League runners-up is a tall order. But history is beckoning, says Pochettino“I think we can make history,” he said after Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Everton which confirmed Spurs spot in next season’s Champions League by finishing fourth.“We are creating history because we are making it, but if we can win we will write history and change the perception of this amazing club.“Of course the club and the fans and we all deserve to be focused on the way and how we can win the final.“That is the principle objective, there’s not another objective.”Pochettino says this has been their best season, since he arrived from Southampton.Reaching the Champions League final and qualifying for next season’s campaign has been achieved, he said, against the odds as they did not invest in fresh faces either in the close season or the January transfer window.Added to that many of his players only had a short break after the World Cup and there have been injuries to key players during the season, most recently to talismanic striker Harry Kane.They were also delayed in moving into their state of the art stadium playing a large part of the season at Wembley“This group of players deserve so much credit,” said Pochettino.“They have put so much unbelievable effort in. There have been many positives this season.“The players and staff have shown so much character. We broke down all the doors when the circumstances were against us with the new stadium stuff.“So to see their capacity to fight again makes me so proud. I think this is our best season in our five years.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mauricio Pochettino believes beating Liverpool to land the Champions League trophy will transform the club’s image © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, May 13 – Mauricio Pochettino says winning the Champions League would change the “perception” of Tottenham Hotspur and provide a glorious ending to what he described as the best season in the five years he has been their manager.The 47-year-old Argentinian — who has said he may walk away if the club fail to deliver a blueprint for keeping them competitive with the top teams — has been praised for the style his team plays and his ability to develop young talent. But he has yet to win a trophy.last_img read more

Which teams lost the Premier League despite winning more points than Leicester?

first_img 6 Blackburn Rovers in the 1993/94 season – Blackburn finished the 22-team season on 84 points, but ended up losing to Manchester United. Chelsea and Liverpool in the 2013/14 season – Chelsea and Liverpool again missed out on the title in 2013/14, despite winning more than 80 points. The Blues finished on 82, and Liverpool on 84, but City took the title with 86 points. 6 6 Manchester United in the 2009/10 season – United finished one point behind winners Chelsea, ending the season on 86 points. Chelsea and Arsenal in 2007/08 – Chelsea and Arsenal both ended up with more than 80 points, but lost out to Man United, who ended the campaign with 87 points. 6 Chelsea and Liverpool in the 2008/09 season – Both Chelsea and Liverpool missed out on winning the title in the 2008/09 season, ending with 83 and 86 points respectively, however Man United first on 90 points. Leicester are on course to win the Premier League trophy, but it looks as if they will do so with a low points total.Whilst they can still finish on 87 points, an average total for a title winning side, that would require the Foxes to win all their remaining games.If they retain their current points per game total for the rest of the season, they will pick up another 17 points, ending with 80.Manchester United were the last team to finish on 80, in their 2010/11 triumph, and before that the Red Devils completed the same feat in the 2000/01 campaign. It was also United who won the title with the lowest ever points total, having secured the 1996/97 trophy with just 75 points.Leicester could win the league with a points tally lower than some runners-up, and even some third placed teams.In the 2011/12 season, United ended the campaign with 89 points, but they lost out on the title to rivals Manchester City due to goal difference. This is currently the highest total to not win the league, and Leicester cannot reach that figure even if they win all their games.Click the arrow above to find out which other teams missed out on the league, despite winning more points that Leicester’s expected total. 6 6 Leicester are on course to win the Premier League with 80 points. Click the right arrow to discover which teams missed out on the title despite finishing with more… last_img read more


first_imgArranmore Fin Swimmers departing Burtonport slipway.Well done to all the fin swimmers who took part in Saturday’s Sheephaven SAC Annual John Mc Garvey Memorial Fin Swim.At 3.00pm 32 participants struck out from Burtonport on the ebbing tide that drove them across to Arranmore in 1 hr 50 minutes. The Sheephaven snorkelers were joined by past members of the club, members of the Rosses Snorkelers and well-knwon long-distance swimmer Anne Marie Ward.Weather conditions were the best encountered over the years of going to Aranmore, with sunny skies and crystal clear waters. Diver Paul McCabe cuts his 44th birthday cake. He doesn’t look a day over 43!The swimmers were supported by 3 boats, their Dry Coxswains and their crews, along with the presence of the Bunbeg Coastguard, for which the participants are very much appreciative.Thanks to the Mc Garvey family who saw us off from Burtonport and later on were on Aranmore to welcome us home, to Jerry Early for his hospitality and especially to Hugo Mc Fadden for leading the day’s activities.An event such as this relies heavily on the generosity of the guys who towed and took time to fuel the boats, but in particular Joe Neely who provided support in his own boat, thanks to all involved.All funds raised go the Sheephaven Search and Recovery Funds, for which the Unit is truly grateful. Finally Happy 44th Birthday to Paul Mc Cabe and a big thanks to Anne Boyle for organizing his wonderfully decorated birthday cake, which was truly fitting for the day that was in it.Aranmore Fin Swim, preparing to enter the Black Hole. DIVERS ENJOY BEAUTIFUL CONDITIONS FOR ANNUAL JOHN McGARVEY MEMORIAL FIN SWIM was last modified: June 22nd, 2014 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:AranmoreDiversdonegalPaul McCabeSheephaven Sub Aqua Clublast_img read more


first_imgEclipse Cinemas:Inside OutAfter young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. Released 24th July: Certificate G:  Run Time 102mins boxer fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him. Released 24th July:  Certificate 15A:  Run Time 123mins Impossible-Rogue NationEthan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.Released 30th July: Certificate 12A:  Run Time 120mins Eclipse Classics  –  27th July @ 8.00pm: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world.Certificate PG:  Run Time: 115mins24th Aug: Dirty Dancing (1987) New Releases – Tickets on sale now!!Hot Pursuit – 31st JulyPaper Towns – Preview 1st Aug featuring a Q & A session with actorsFantastic Four – 6th AugENTERTAINMENT: NEW BLOCKBUSTER FILM ‘SOUTHPAW’ HITS SCREENS AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS was last modified: July 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more