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Gordon Hayward signs 4-year, maximum deal with Celtics

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson FILE – In this May 9, 2017, file photo, then-Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward talks to the media during the NBA teams end of season press conference in Salt Lake City. When it comes to the IRS, the dollars connected to a player’s contract don’t tell the whole story about how much he’s going to be making. Where a player choses to play _ the Boston Celtics or the Miami Heat _ could go a long way in determining how much money he ends up receiving. Robert Raiola, who includes many professional athletes among his clients in his role as director of sports and entertainment for the PKF O’Connor Davies accounting firm, cites former Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward’s recent deal with the Celtics as an example. (Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP, File)BOSTON — Brad Stevens was just a week or so into his new job as Butler head coach when Gordon Hayward was his first recruit to visit.A decade later, they’ve been reunited with the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “I feel like our team is in a better position than last year,” Ainge said.Landing Hayward was not only a coup for the Celtics, but for the Eastern Conference as a whole. This summer has seen West teams load up to try to defeat the Warriors, and the vast majority of high-profile roster moves have occurred in the East.Hayward will wear the same No. 20 he wore at Butler and Utah. It was last worn in Boston by Ray Allen during the New Big Three era that helped the franchise win its unprecedented 17th NBA title.“The last seven years playing for the Jazz was something that I’ll never forget. I want to thank them for everything they gave me,” Hayward said. “There was just something different about Boston, different about being a Celtic, a different feeling about being a Boston Celtics, that won me over.” Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There was an “immediate familiarity” when the Celtics pitched Hayward on the team, he said in a conference call with reporters Friday after signing his four-year deal worth about $128 million. “It brought back memories of when I was being recruited in high school by Coach Brad. This time it’s at the next level.”Ten days after announcing that he had accepted the Celtics’ offer and agreed to leave Utah, Hayward officially joined a team that earned the No. 1 seed in the East last season and reached the conference finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’One of the most coveted free agents of the offseason, the Celtics lured Hayward from the Jazz with a max contract and the chance to rejoin his college coach. At Butler, Stevens and Hayward were together for the first of the Bulldogs’ back-to-back NCAA championship game appearances in 2010.“It’s really an unbelievable thing to be sitting with a guy in your office when he’s 16 or 17 years old, and to again be sitting with him when he’s 27,” Stevens said.center_img Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade The Celtics needed to clear salary cap space to make room for Hayward, which they accomplished by trading guard Avery Bradley to Detroit and then waiving forward Jordan Mickey early Friday. “It’s been a long 10 days, hasn’t it?” Celtics basketball boss Danny Ainge said.Stevens said his pitch to Hayward, an All-Star last season for the Jazz who averaged 21.9 points, was more about the future than the past.“I talked about why this transition was so great for me and my family, and also how hard it was to initially make the transition,” Stevens said. “I tried to keep it much more focused on the now than our relationship 10 years ago.”It’s the second straight summer the Celtics have landed a big free agent: Last year, theybrought in Al Horford (and made a pitch to Kevin Durant, as well). That helped them reach the Eastern Conference finals, where they were eliminated by Cleveland in five games.The Celtics also had the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, which they traded for the third pick — Duke forward Jayson Tatum — and another first-rounder, likely next year.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Ravena on joining PBA Draft: Only thing left to be done is pass application form Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Meggie Ochoa and her Fight to Protect

first_imgOchoa knows the grim reality that even though child sexual violence is a prevailing problem, it’s not a constant topic in the public consciousness and this is where “Fight to Protect” hopes to make a difference. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title While it had been a productive year for her in jiujitsu, it’s her advocacy outside the mat that speaks volumes of her heroism.Ochoa launched the campaign “Fight to Protect” to help spread awareness on child sexual violence in the Philippines.“We need to work together because the issue is so bad and it so complex,” said Ochoa in a previous Inquirer special report. “What we really need to do is ‘Fight to Protect’ Filipino children.”READ: Her biggest fight The United Nations international Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) in 2016 tagged the Philippines as the world epicenter of online child pornography and sexual trade.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MANILA, Philippines—Meggie Ochoa’s exploits on and off the mat were hard to miss, making her campaign this year no.3 in INQUIRER.net’s top 7 sports stories of 2018.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s an awareness campaign to get people talking about the issue,” said Ochoa. “I really believe that anyone can do something—no matter how big or small—to help.”RELATED STORIESINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweep INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Manny Pacquiao back as champINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: #UPFight INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Ateneo-San Beda dominanceRELATED VIDEO MOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk James Yap inks 3-year extension with Rain or Shine Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ochoa made history when she nabbed the gold medal in the 49-kilogram division in the JiuJitsu World Championship in late November in Malmö, Sweden.The Filipino martial artist was the first in the country and in Asian to win the top prize jiujitsu worlds after she defeated Canada’s Ni Ni Vicky Hoang, 2-0, in the final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: Meggie Ochoa makes history, wins gold in World ChampionshipsShe also won gold in the JiuJitsu World Tour in March and another third-place finish in the Asian Games in Indonesia in September. “A lot of times, sexual abuse leads to depression or sometimes, if it’s not addressed, the child even becomes the perpetrator in the future when they grow up,” said Ochoa. “So it becomes this whole vicious cycle, that will lead to other social problems.”READ: Jiu-jitsu star Meggie Ochoa launches ‘Fight to Protect’ movement vs child sexual abuse Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

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Terraform – Cross PaaS configuration management?

first_imgThey released me in this campaign with everyone else there no distinction. It’s not a separate section for plus size girls she says. Be the change that you wish to see in the world There was a time in the industry not too long ago, when it seemed that the high fashion world was using plus size models as a headline-grabbing gimmick see the groundbreaking Italian Vogue cover featuring Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine, and Robyn Lawley in June 2016.Related: Calendar Gets Its First Plus-Size Model 2016Taking the world into my armsThere was that beautiful Italian Vogue story and the girls that were in that ended up doing really well the classic lace-up shoe is a true.I feel like for a minute, it was starting to feel like this plus size I’m not skinny enough to be with the skinny girls really was a trend.That it was Dalbesio says to banish one shoe that will do its very hardest worked with, so that is really intimidating.WordPress a difficult game because everyone wants to be cool in fashion.Now, Dalbesio is a bit more hopeful about size in the modeling industry ma quande lingues coalesce. In the middle Occidental in fact she says not skinny enough.To find my place. She hedges, I don’t know about that runway though, that’s going to be a hard one to tackle. Everyone realizes why a new common language would be desirable: one could refuse to pay expensive translators.A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are forA Julien Macdonald customer doesn’t sit in the corner of a room, she is the room she’s the host the designer laughed when we met him yesterday afternoon to see the range for the first time. My pieces aren’t shy. It is full-on cocktail red carpet glamour.You don’t necessarily wear them to the supermarket on a Saturday morning with the kids, but with my jewellery they probably will.These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life.Cue a collection of high-wattage necklaces, adorned with nugget and crystals wild-cat cocktail rings, abstract drop earrings, and spectacular statement chokers inspired by the flora and fauna of safari.The most beautiful people we have known are those:explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncingpleasure and praising pain was bornthe system and expound the actual teachingsgreat explorer of the truthTo take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)center_img The model is talking about booking her latest gig, modeling WordPress underwear in the brand latest Perfectly Fit campaign, which was shot by Lachian Bailey. It was such a surreal moment cried she admitted.The main thing that you have to remember on this journey is just be nice to everyone and always smile.It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl, Dalbesio says. I’m not the biggest girl on the market but I’m definitely bigger than all the girls [Calvin Klein] has ever worked with, so that is really intimidating. She wasn’t sure, she said of the shoot, what was expected from her in terms of her size or shape.Refreshingly, what was expected of her was the same thing that was expected of Lara Stone: to take a beautiful picture.Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests and falls in a series of waves.You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds Except the one in which you belong.So simple, yet so essential, the white shirt is the foundation of any wardrobe. It’s also the most multi-functional item, taking you from work to play with just the quick unfastening of a couple of buttons. It matter what style fitted boyfriend etc or even what fabric from silk to heavy cotton go with whatever suits your personal style best.Calvin Klein known for launching the careers of such svelte models as Brooke Shields and Kate Moss to cast a model who deviates from the size standard and make a fuss about it to Dalbesio who spent years.must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncingpleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete accountthe system and expound the actual teachingsgreat explorer of the truth, the master builder of human happiness.Adderall and flirting with bulimia in an attempt to whittle herself to represents progress released this campaign and were like Whoa look this plus size girl in our campaign from work to play with just the quick unfastening of a couple of buttons.last_img read more

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“I am not a chhatri!” – Henry

first_imgBudget 2018 debate…excuses mix-up of Diwali, Phagwah datesBy Jarryl BryanThe afternoon’s session of day four of the 2018 Budget debate got underway with the Opposition Members of Parliament roasting the Government’s education policy – especially towards the hinterland.While breaking down in tears, Education Minister Nicolette Henry launched a robust defence of not only the Government’s budget and her sector, but also instances in the past when she confused the dates of two of Guyana’s national holidays.In her rebuttal, Minister Henry noted the magnitude of the budgetary allocation forEducation Minister Nicolette Henrythe education sector while questioning the merits of the $10,000 ‘we care’ cash grant the coalition Government discontinued.Henry was faced with constant heckles; however, regarding her previous faux pas in which she fumbled the dates of Diwali and Phagwah during public speeches. In response, Henry said: “I am not a chhatri, so I may not know when is Phagwah and Diwali. But I know what it takes to run an education sector.”A dogged Henry forged on against the consternation of the Opposition side, even noting some of the projects being rolled out, including a condition survey to be used to ascertain the state of educational facilities, to determine the scope of maintenance works needed on a national basis.“I have to say, Mr Speaker, that while we have not gotten everything right, we havePPP/C Member of Parliament, Allister Charliealways put the people first. Transforming the education system is not easy and we will encounter challenges along the way. But it is a necessary journey that we will have to take.”Using Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela quotes while thanking her staff at the Ministry, the Minister repeatedly broke down in tears.The hinterlandBut the rosy picture painted of education in Guyana was contradicted by People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament, Allister Charlie, who lambasted the Government for what he referred to as the under-funding of school projects in the hinterland.According to Charlie, the so-called “good life” being promoted by the Government was not being experienced in the hinterland and, in fact, less was being done for Indigenous people now, than ever before.The MP took the Government to task for a number of stalled infrastructure projects, including those related to the education sector. He pointed to a number of projects that have rolled over into 2017 and have not started.“These projects are the construction of the Tabatinga Nursery School in the municipality of Lethem; Aishalton Nursery School in the Deep South of Rupununi; Quiquan Nursery School in South Pakaraimas and teachers’ quarters in Sand Creek, South Central Rupununi. It is public knowledge that the contractor has received final payments for the projects pending 10 per cent retention.“Yet, all capital projects remain at standstill and incomplete. The opening of the new nursery school and teachers’ quarters was highly anticipated by parents, teachers, and the disappointment is indescribable. Where is the Minister of Education? You and your government have promised transparency. What is happening here?” he questioned.Henry has been involved in a number of mix-ups during her tenure as Junior Education Minister with responsibility for culture. These included the mix-up of seating arrangements for the political Opposition during the 2016 Jubilee celebrations at D’Urban Park, causing the Members of Parliament to walk out. This was followed by Minister Henry confusing Phagwah with Diwali during a public engagement.last_img read more

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Privatisation of sugar industry a “wholesale rape of resources” – Opposition Leader

first_imgRose Hall Sugar EstateOn Monday last, Price WaterhouseCoopers (PWC) had announced that Government’s privatisation of three sugar estates is progressing at a fast rate with a deal in sight as early as next month but opposition leader Bharat Jagdeo is holding out that the deals lack transparency.He noted that the opposition has repeatedly called on the government to release vital information about the process of the deals but this has fallen on deaf ears.PWC also stated that they are in talks with investors from Ghana and India to purchase the Rose Hall Estate- a deal that will not materialize according to Jagdeo.“Frankly speaking I don’t think it will happen. But it cannot happen transparently because they have refused to make public the report that PriceWaterHouseCooper did, because they are the advisors to the Government on the valuation of assets that are now available for privatization. And we have called on them several times to make public. This is not a State secret.”He emphasised that the taxpayers’ monies were used to commission a report from the PriceWaterHouseCoopers and as such, taxpayers need to know how their monies were spent. According to Jagdeo, the company did an evaluation at Rose Hall where they listed assets according to those operable and those unserviceable.The unserviceable were to be disposed but there is a racket occurring at the Rose Hall estate presently, the Opposition Leader alleged.He posited that the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) has also placed an individual, who has a harvesting contract at the Albion Sugar Estate, in charge of the Rose Hall Estate and that this person is using the government’s assets to fulfil his contract in addition to running a racket there.“What they have done is to move assets from the operable list to the unserviceable list and are disposing these assets. So, I have heard that a tractor a TM 740 which costs about $15M sold for less than half a million dollars to friends and families of big APNU officials. PriceWaterHouseCooper, a big international firm must be seeing this, I am sure if they are not complicit, they should speak out about it. If you privatize there, the real value will be diminished seriously because all the operable assets are gone at a peppercorn valuation and sale with no advertisement whatsoever.”The opposition leader added that the government needs to be held accountable for its actions and lack of transparency and that it owes the Guyanese populace answers.“There is a wholesale rape of resources…How many assets were sold, when were they advertised, who were they sold to? Check whether these assets were on the operable list in the Price Waterhouse Cooper valuation study and now being sold to the unserviceable level and then who they were sold to and finally whether the person in charge now has a cane harvesting contract? The person in charge of Rose Hall at Albion.”NICIL has earlier in the week revealed that since July 13, 2018, the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) has disbursed $7.420 billion out of the $30B bond to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) in nine payments – without receiving evidence of how this money is being used by the entity.Four disbursements were made in 2018 and five this year. The last disbursement was also the largest, $1.442 billion on April 5, 2019. However, GuySuCo has not been forthcoming with information on how the money is being used, something that is proving problematic for bondholders.In another section of the media, GuySuCo stated that the money was well spend while failing to give a breakdown. It was reported that maintenance and salaries took a huge junk of it.last_img read more

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Govt now tapping into LCDS funds for “green” development

first_imgAfter criticising PPP initiative– to draw down $1.4BThe 2019 Budget estimates show that Government will be drawing down on over $1 billion from the Low Carbon Development Strategy, a legacy from the former Government’s time in office.This was revealed during the examination of the budget estimates in the National Assembly. Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali had zeroed in on the allocation and questioned whether the money would be spent as envisioned by the strategy.“I see here that you’re going to draw down $1.4 billion. Would the honourable Minister agree that this strategy has brought tremendous benefit to our country and secondly, can the Minister say whether the components being financed by this draw down are the same as outlined in the Low Carbon Development Strategy,” Ali asked.Norway, through the REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF), is contributing the $1.4 billion. In response to Ali’s question, Finance Minister Winston Jordan gave a breakdown of how the money will be spent.“On this programme for $1.4 billion, institutional strengthening for 2019 is being allocated $55.3 million; Amerindian land titling, $73.7 million; the Cunha Canal rehabilitation, $219.8 million.”“ICT (Information and Communication Technology) access for hinterland and poor remote communities, (will get) $453.8 million,” the Finance Minister added.In addition, Jordan noted that the areas of sustainable land development and management will receive $551 million. Also on the spending agenda is allocating $37 million towards the green state economic development strategy.Responding to Ali’s queries about the importance of the strategy, Jordan admitted that any initiative that will aid Government’s green agenda will be a welcome one.“Anything green, as we’re going green, and any strategy or any component or any works that will promote us or help us go green, we cannot scoff at,” Jordan said. “We have to be in support of any programme for going green.”With the coalition Government in office, the LCDS has taken a back seat to the Green State Development Strategy. The strategy was subject to consultations and the revised version is expected to be made available to the public in January.The parliamentary Opposition has said the initial document is vague and lacks opportunities as an economic strategy to earn revenue.In the original framework document, a critical element was the sustainable management of natural resources. In fact, one of the strategy’s goals is the mandatory reforestation of mining sites.According to the document, it will aim to “conserve an additional two million hectares through Guyana’s National Protected Area System, continuing to use its monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system”.It also plans on “continuing promotion of the Iwokrama as a dedicated place for research “to develop, demonstrate, and make available to Guyana and the international community systems, methods and techniques for the sustainable management and utilisation of the multiple resources of the Tropical Forest and the conservation of biological diversity.”In the document, it is stated that a combination of conservation and sustainable management of forests will form the crux of the strategy. It is noted that attracting additional international support for avoided deforestation through reforms in timber industries will include reduced-impact logging.The framework document had initially stated that the elements of the strategy would be examined and consulted on since last year. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has been strong in criticising the framework.The LCDS, which the coalition Government says the GSDS is built on, was Jagdeo’s brainchild as President.last_img read more

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Dawson Creek TD Bank Robbed

first_imgThe TD Bank in Dawson Creek was robbed this mornining.Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a robbery at the TD Bank shortly after 10am. Upon arrival, police learned that a lone man had left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. The RCMP then patroled the area and located a man matching the description of the suspect who was subsequently arrested. The arrested man had the money belonging to TD Bank on him.A 26 year old male is currently in police custody and will be making a court appearance in Dawson Creek Provincial Court July 15th. Police are continuing the investigation.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Council, mayor agree on air-rights veto

first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa will have the power to veto transfers of air rights downtown under a compromise plan announced Tuesday that will allow developers to buy unused air space over the Los Angeles Convention Center. The ordinance would let developers buy the space and construct the actual buildings elsewhere. But Villaraigosa had vetoed the measure last month, saying it did not give him authority to reject individual projects. The ordinance is expected to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the city through the sale of air rights and allow the development of several new skyscrapers. “These are decisions that could literally reshape the skyline of downtown Los Angeles,” said Matt Szabo, spokesman for Villaraigosa. “The mayor strongly supports the policy objectives, but felt that decisions of such great magnitude should have appropriate checks and balances.” The air rights can only be used in downtown L.A. Money from the sale of Convention Center air rights will be put into a public benefits trust fund for parks, affordable housing and other amenities within two miles of any new high-rise. The move will help create green space and other infrastructure needed downtown, local Neighborhood Council President J. Russell Brown said. “We think this is a great asset to continue to spur downtown development,” he said. Central City Association of Los Angeles President Carol Schatz urged the council to move quickly on the new ordinance. “We want to use it while we still have a market that is interested in building,” Schatz said. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After several days of negotiations, Councilwoman Jan Perry, chief proponent of the measure, agreed to rewrite it and give the mayor the right to override council approval of air-rights transfers. ” … This is a good process of checks and balances,” Perry said. The council will vote on the amended ordinance today. Villaraigosa’s office said he will sign it. The ordinance allowing the transfer of floor-area rights has been on the books since 1988. Under it, the mayor has not had veto authority. But with a building boom downtown, city leaders spent 18 months rewriting the complicated law to make it easier for developers to buy some of the 9 million square feet of unused air space over the convention center and transfer it to their projects. last_img read more

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Reports – AC Milan edge ahead of Chelsea in race for Serie A star

first_img Jose Mauri in action for Parma AC Milan appear to be in pole position to clinch the signing of Chelsea target Jose Mauri, according to reports in Italy.Mauri, just 19, is rated one of the best young talents in Italy and has been linked with a number of top clubs throughout Europe.Jose Mourinho is believed to be among his admirers and reports suggested that the Premier League champions could be preparing a move to sign him at the end of the season.But the Chelsea boss will have to move quickly as Mauri’s agent Dino Zampacorta claims AC Milan are making advanced moves to sign the Parma midfielder.Zampacorta, speaking to MilanNews, said: “Milan are strongly interested in the lad. Not just now, but for months.“Do they have an advantage? Definitely, it’s a matter of respect for the Rossoneri.“Jose believes in his qualities and will back himself, he’s ambitious and he wants to make a career for himself, so he’ll look at who gives technical guarantees.“We’ve rejected higher salaries, because the lad wants to play. Milan need several midfielders and he could be one of them, he could play with those who have more experience.“However, it’s not just Milan who have offered these assurances, there are at least four clubs, so it depends.” 1last_img read more

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Premier League Team of the Weekend: Man United, Spurs and West Ham stars shine

first_img 11 11 Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) – Click the right arrow above to scroll through our Premier League Team of the Weekend… – The ex-Arsenal goalkeeper looked to be on a one-man mission to derail Tottenham’s title bid. He made several exceptional saves to deny the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier. He couldn’t keep all of Spurs’ 34 shots out though as the Jacks lost 2-1 but that shouldn’t be held against him. Left wing: Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) – The Austrian forward has had an excellent campaign this year and nabbed another brace at the weekend. 11 Manchester City and Liverpool might have been contesting the League Cup at the weekend but the Premier League was just as thrilling.On Saturday, Leicester City stole a late 1-0 victory over Norwich City as their title dreams continue, while Chelsea came from behind to seal a 2-1 win over Southampton.That was just for starters though as Manchester United enjoyed a thrilling 3-2 win over Arsenal, and Tottenham moved two points behind the table-topping Foxes with a 2-1 triumph over Swansea.But who were the stars across the two days of action? Click the right arrow above to see talkSPORT’s Premier League Team of the Weekend… 11 11 Centre back: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) – He started the season poorly but the current Blues captain, in the absence of John Terry, was the hero for Guus Hiddink on Saturday as they continue their charge up the Premier League table. 11 11 Centre midfield: Craig Gardner (West Brom) – The ex-Aston Villa and Birmingham City man grabbed an assist and a goal for the Baggies as they beat Crystal Palace 3-2. He was all-action too, making more tackles (five) than anyone else on the pitch and clearing the ball twice in crucial situations. 11 11 Centre midfield: Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) – After briefly being unseated by the now highly-rated N’Golo Kante, Kouyate is definitely one of the most unheralded players in the Premier League. An excellent operator in the Hammers midfielder, he was on form again as they defeat Sunderland. He made more tackles (four) than any of his team-mates and went on more dribbles (five) than anyone, including Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini. 11 Right back: Guillermo Varela (Manchester United) – When Zinedine Zidane says you’ve got ‘lots of quality’ and has no doubts you will make it to the top, you’re probably set for a decent career. Against Arsenal, Varela proved he might well be right with a smart and professional performance, despite an early yellow card. 11 Left back: Danny Rose (Tottenham) – He’s been battling it out for a first-team spot with Ben Davies this season but was excellent for Spurs against Swansea, even before his winning goal. Willing to take on shots and crosses as he pushed forward on the flank, he and Kyle Walker were key to Mauricio Pochettino’s gameplan and both proved effective. Centre midfield: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – Playing in a deeper role, the Dane pulled the strings in the Spurs midfield as they, eventually, beat Swansea City 2-1. He made 71 passes, 12 more than the next player and had 29 more touches of the ball than any other Tottenham team-mates. He was also unlucky not to score as Fabianski made a stunning save from one of his free-kicks. Right wing: Michail Antonio (West Ham) – Quite frankly, the former Nottingham Forest winger deserves his spot in this XI just for his Homer Simpson-like celebration, let alone his goal. Centre back: Simon Francis (Bournemouth) – An excellent rearguard performance from the Cherries against Watford denied Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. Francis’ performances at the back, including against the Hornets, have been even more impressive considering he has spent most of his career as a right-back. Striker: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – What more can be said about the spritely youngster afte r two goals against Arsenal on Sunday? Louis van Gaal will be praying the starlet can continue this form as the Red Devils push for a top four spot.last_img read more

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