Disaster for West Ham as star striker is ruled OUT for four months

first_img1 West Ham’s Andy Carroll is set for another spell on the sidelines Andy Carroll’s nightmare spell at West Ham has taken a turn for the worse after it was revealed he would miss the next four months with ankle ligament damage.The Hammers had already revealed their £15million club-record signing would miss the rest of their pre-season tour to New Zealand as a precautionary measure.However, Jack Sullivan – son of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan – revealed on Twitter the problem was a lot more serious.He wrote: “Very bad news regarding AC. Torn ligaments in his ankle… Operation tomorrow with top surgeon in USA… Will be playing in 4 months.”Carroll later confirmed the news on the social media website, writing: “Going under the knife tomorrow morning and absolutely devastated to be missing the start of the season!!”The Hammers signed the Liverpool striker last summer despite the fact he was still carrying a heel problem, which meant he did not appear until January. Carroll then only mustered 15 Premier Leauge games last season, scoring just two goals.Manager Sam Allardyce was forced to persevere last season without his star striker, though, he has acted quickly this summer to make sure history does not repeat itself by signing Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia.last_img read more

West is best! Delight as hot sunny weather on the way to Donegal

first_imgDonegal is set to bask in warm sunny weather next week as temperatures rise up to 20C.A spell of good weather is on the way from Monday, bringing dry conditions and bright sunshine all week.If you’re planning to take the day off for a beach day, then Wednesday and Thursday will be the best options, according to Met Éireann. Temperates in northern counties will begin to steadily rise from Sunday (17C highs) to reach a warm 20C on Wednesday and Thursday.The west and north west coast of Ireland will experience the hottest temperatures, as breezes will keep things cooler near the south-Munster, Leinster and east-Ulster coast.We’ll have to put up with the cold and rain until the hot spell arrives, however.Today (Thursday) will be wet before temperatures plummet to lows of 1 to 3C tonight. Met Éireann forecasters have warned of a risk of grass frost and fog in places tonight. Friday will have a mix of sunshine and showers, before dry conditions set in over the weekend with spells of sunshine coming through.West is best! Delight as hot sunny weather on the way to Donegal was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Maysunshineweatherlast_img read more

AVB – A Vacation Beckons?

first_imgIn these trying times as my kids look forward to a satsuma and a few monkey nuts in their Christmas stocking, what I wouldn’t give to be the manager of Chelsea.The blueprint appears to be: Impress the owner by tearing up trees in Europe, force him to stump up a large sum of money to secure your services on a lengthy contract and then nark him off to earn a hefty pay-off before your name-plate has dried on the revolving door. What’s not to like?AVB (A Vacation Beckons?) is up against it after the last-gasp Champions League defeat by Bayer Leverkusen made it four defeats from seven, as the Red Tops moved in for the kill.“I just can’t warm to Villas-Boas with his apparent lack of humour, revolutionary beard and graduation with honours from the Gerry Francis school of avoiding the gaze of the camera.”‘Villas Goas!’ bellowed The Sun from Friday’s back page, quoting a mysterious ‘dressing room insider’ who pondered: “Perhaps the club are wondering if they made a mistake.”Blues fans on the Shed End messageboard were a little more sympathetic, suggesting Roman Abramovich should for once put his itchy trigger finger away and leave the gaffer to build his own team.‘Six Times’ offered a ray of hope when he said: “I think we can all agree, if we get our defence sorted out then we really have something good on our hands.”To which ‘Mod’ replied: “Well yeah, that and the midfield and the forwards.”Defender (and I use the term loosely) David Luiz has come in for particular criticism, with Sky pundit Gary Neville claiming: “He looks like he is being controlled by a 10-year-old on a PlayStation.”The Brazilian responded by tweeting: “Gary Neville – I love u!” – that’s got to be the first time those five words have appeared in the same sentence.As a QPR fan, I was never comfortable with the fact I was quite fond of Jose Mourinho, Big Phil Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti – whose errant eyebrow must have disappeared into orbit as he wonders how on earth he managed to get the old tin tack.But I just can’t warm to Villas-Boas with his apparent lack of humour, revolutionary beard and graduation with honours from the Gerry Francis school of avoiding the gaze of the camera.To be fair, in management terms he’s still a baby (despite doing a brilliant job at Porto) and maybe, to quote The Specials, the Chelsea project is just Too Much Too Young.Neil rings his best mate Tony Pulis.None of which bothered a large section of the QPR faithful – eager to tell anyone who would listen that it was Rangers who started the rot after their tempestuous win at Loftus Road last month – in the same manner that Manchester United crumbled in ‘92 following their 4-1 New Year’s Day routing by the R’s.QPR are up to ninth thanks to an unlikely 3-2 win at Stoke. The game will forever be known as ‘Towelgate’ after QPR boss Neil Warnock insisted his side be afforded the same privilege as their opponents by drying the ball before each throw-in.It was a master stroke by the wily old fox which left his opposite number – and sworn enemy – Tony Pulis looking like he was about to self-combust on the touchline.Warnock was like Mr Shakey Hands Man at the end as he offered his palm to every Stoke player, although curiously Pulis was nowhere to be seen.If that had been Arsene Wenger it would have been headline news, although to be fair to the Potters boss, he was probably just stopping himself from shaking his nemesis warmly by the throat.While Warnock triumphed in the psychological battle, born-again Heidar Helguson – a full 56 days older than Mr Villas-Boas – bagged his fourth and fifth goals of the season.The 34-year-old Icelander might be getting on a bit but he has the face fuzz of an adolescent after gamely joining in the QPR Movember effort.While Shaun Derry looks like the offspring of infamous Aussies Merv Hughes and Chopper (top film – Google it) Heidar has the sort of lip caterpillar the cat could lick off.Derry before adopting the Merv lookIndeed the photo of him parading his bumfluff at Stoke in the Sunday Mirror under the headline ‘Tache And Grab Raid’ is worthy of investigation by the Press Complaints Commission.Joey Barton is unsurprisingly orchestrating the Movember campaign and once again found himself in the news at the Britannia Stadium.The skipper looked fortunate to get away with at least one penalty claim and the home supporters showed him their affection by showering the midfielder with coins.He tweeted afterwards: “Thanks to all the Stoke fans who threw money at me while I was on corner duties. It’s much appreciated – I’ll pass it on to charity.”He added: “First time I’ve ever played that well that the other fans have tipped me!”Meanwhile team-mate Jay Bothroyd has revealed his young son persuaded him to come to Loftus Road after the eight-year-old signed up for QPR’s under 9’s team.The striker said: “I might occasionally give some advice after training and matches but he criticises me. He said to me after the Manchester City game ‘You should have scored that header – I would have scored it!’”Incidentally, Bothroyd junior is named Mace which is a bit of a weird one – although not quite as bad as Peterborough defender Gabriel Zakuani, who called his newborn son Trendy after Twitter’s trending topics feature.Elsewhere on the manor, Fulham held Sunderland to a 0-0 draw on Wearside. Since stuffing QPR 6-0 they’ve only managed four goals in five league games.I wonder if fans would have settled for a 1-0 win in the west London derby and spread the other five around to get a few more points on the board? I know I would.And finally we come to Brentford, who were unlucky to be beaten by League One leaders Charlton at Griffin Park.Bradley Wright-Phillips got the only goal and must have been a little surprised to see the headline ‘Shaun Wright On Time’ in the Sunday Mirror the following day.Fans on Brentford’s Griffin Park Grapevine forum were discussing the ballboy who got his marching orders for throwing the ball at a time-wasting Charlton player.When asked what his punishment was, ‘Wanderer Paul’ replied: “Banned for life and given a season ticket to Fulham!” Boom boom.Follow Chris on Twitterlast_img read more

Gallery: The People’s Bus

first_imgPhotographs by Nicky Rehbock. Compiled by Mary Alexander Workers at the MAN bus factory, schoolchildren and the team from Brand South Africa had a good party at the launch of the People’s Bus roadshow, which will take football fever to the most remote parts of South Africa.Read the full storyClick on a thumbnail for a larger image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution image.  • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image MORE GALLERIESlast_img read more

South African sprinter Jobodwana takes on the world’s best

first_img28 August 2015South African sprinter Anaso Jobodwana has taken on the best in the world and succeeded. A day after compatriot Wayde van Niekerk won gold in the 400m final at the IAAF World Championship in Beijing, China, Jobodwana won bronze in the 200m final, to share the podium with none other than world record holder Jamaican Usain Bolt.It was the third time Jobodwana raced against Bolt, including the London Olympics in 2012, but this time he finished in the top three. Jobodwana also broke the South African record for the event, finishing in 19.87 seconds, improving on Van Niekerk’s record time set less than a month ago.It’s been 65 years since a South African athlete has won an international championship sprint medal, and in the last two days, thanks to Van Niekerk and Jobodwana, the country now has two.Bolt took the race in 19.55 seconds with American Justin Gatlin grabbing silver in 19.74 seconds.“My coach said if I executed the race the best way that I could, I would be on the podium. And when I was running that’s all I thought of: podium, podium, podium,” Jobodwana said after the race.He knew he was in the best shape of his life when he arrived at the championship, saying he and his coach, Stuart McMillan, had worked hard to get to this point. But it was the presence of Bolt that gave him the edge to fulfil that promise. He told News24 “a race is always elevated when Bolt is in. It’s a great thing just feeling the power of the world record holder.”Before the race, Bolt approached him with some encouragement: “He said, ‘Are you ready for a 19 seconds?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ And he said, ‘Oh, you don’t sound too confident.’ And I said, ‘No, no, no, I’m ready to run,’” Jobodwana said. After glancing over at each other in mutual admiration at the finish line, the three podium winners shared a victory lap together. While the focus was very much on Bolt, Jobodwana was equally lauded for his performance.He will be in the running for a second competition medal in the 4x100m relay tomorrow.Jobodwana’s win has been celebrated around the country, with friends, fans and ordinary South Africans taking to social media to congratulate him and sing his praises. It’s been a long road for the 23-year-old from Eastern Cape, who has worked hard on the track to reach this level of competition.But he still has a lot to offer for South African athletics, as he looks ahead to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016. No doubt, he will once again get a chance to face off against the legendary Jamaican super-sprinter – and just maybe beat him to the finish line.“I feel I belong with the other guys. I’m going to build on that momentum,” he told Business Day yesterday. Coach McMillan agrees; he wants Jobodwana to gain some extra competition advantage over the coming year to contend in the Olympics 100m.Source: News24Wire and Business Daylast_img read more

Time Remapping In Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgFreeze motion and vary speed overtime by using the handy time remapping feature in Adobe Premiere.Use time mapping in Adobe Premiere Pro to create cool speed changes in footage. From slo-mo to super speed, time shifts will add visual interest to your edits!In this Adobe Premiere Pro tutorial you will learn:Creating time remap keyframesChanging speeds and smoothing the speed transitionCreating a freeze frame and time reverseCreating Time Remapping Keyframes in the TimelineTo start time remapping your footage, in the timeline click on the word opacity for the clip you want to speed change.  Then, select Time Remapping > Speed from the pulldown menu.Add keyframes where you want a speed change by holding Command (Mac) or Control (Win) and clicking on the yellow line. This creates speed segments.Changing Speeds and smoothing the speed transition in Premiere ProHold Shift and drag down the yellow line (rubber band)to change in increments of 5%. (I changed mine to 50%). 2 “gotchas” to be aware of:Time remapping doesn’t effect the audio (it stays normal speed)If an another clip immediately follows this one it will trim the time remapped clip.Adobe recommends time remapping a clip without another clip immediately following it for this reason.Once you’ve added your time remapping keyframes, click and drag on a speed keyframe to smooth the speed transition.Creating a Freeze Frame and Time Reverse in Premiere ProTo create a freeze frame segment, hold Command (Mac) or Control (Win)  and  Option/Alt while dragging a keyframe.To create a time reversed segment, hold Command (Mac) or Control (PC) and drag a keyframe.Use Adobe Premiere Pro’s time remapping tools to give your footage an edgy stylized look!Was this tutorial helpful for you?  Do you have other tricks for applying slo-mo in your video edits?We want to hear from you in the comments!last_img read more

Sudarsan to create sand Konarak temple at Asian Athletics

first_imgBhubaneswar, June 28 (PTI) Internationally renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik today said he will create sand sculptures highlighting Odisha?s rich culture during the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship being held here next month.Sand arts, to be carved out in the premises of Kalinga Stadium before the inauguration of the mega event on July 5, would seek to promote the rich cultural heritage of the state, Pattnaik said.Sudarsan has planned to create a miniature of the Sun Temple of Konarak, a world heritage monument. Around nine tonnes of sand would be used to create all these sculptures, said the artist.”Around four days will be required to complete the entire work. The objective is to make the participants in the international sport event aware of Odishas rich culture,” said Sudarsan, who has participated in more than 50 sand art championships and festivals around the world and won many prizes for the country.Over 1000 athletes and delegates from 45 countries are slated to take part in the event which is scheduled to conclude on July 9.Sudarsan has created many sand sculptures in different international sport events like Doha Asian games, Delhi Commonwealth games and cricket World Cup in London.The government has also taken steps for showcasing different facets of rich and diverse Odishas culture at the sport event to attract people and athletes taking part in the championship. PTI SKN CR CRlast_img read more

6 recovery tips that elite touch players use

first_imgSimple post-workout habits that’ll help you come back stronger in your next workout, thanks to Karley Banks, assistant coach for the Men’s 20s team at the 2018 Youth World Cup1. Make sure you post-hydrate. It’s not just about hydrating during exercise. If you’ve exercised in the heat and sweated a lot, you may benefit from consuming electrolytes, not just water. The best bet is a low-calorie drink that contains electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium.2. Warm down. An active rather than static recovery is best – a light jog including replicating a few game movements at a very reduced level. Then go through major muscle group stretching exercises for a simple and fast way to help your muscles recover.3. Get on the roller therapy train. Self-massaging with foam rollers, bands and balls helps reduce muscle soreness and allows tissues and muscles to repair, regenerate and recover. Of course if you can have one, a full body massage can also aid recovery.4. Try water therapy. After a particularly hard session is when ice baths, pool sessions or contrast water therapy (alternating hot and cold showers) can benefit to help you recover faster, reduce muscle soreness and prevent injury.5. Eat right. Post-workout, you must refuel your body with high-quality protein and complex carbohydrates to recover, repair tissue, get stronger and be ready for your next session. Popular options: wholegrain toast with hummus; yoghurt with muesli; a protein shake and banana.6. Wear compression garments afterwards. Even if you didn’t wear compression gear during the workout, wearing them after can reduce muscle swelling and fatigue.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool legend Fowler keen on Bristol Rovers job

first_imgLiverpool legend Fowler keen on Bristol Rovers jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler is keen on the Bristol Rovers job.Fowler has moved to declare his interest in the post at the Memorial Stadium which became available when Darrell Clarke left earlier this week.Clarke had been at the club for four and a half years but left with them 21st in League One and four points from safety.“I’ve thrown in a few [CVs] over the years, still waiting for a call,” Fowler told Soccer AM.“Bristol Rovers has obviously come up; would I be interested? Of course I would!“I went over to Thailand and loved being a manager.”People in this country think I’m inexperienced but I’ve done it before.“I came home, did all my badges, I’m properly, properly qualified, so I think it’s just a case of watch this space.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoFree & nasty: Why Pepe the old ‘basket’ this Man Utd needs

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Free & nasty: Why Pepe the old ‘basket’ this Man Utd needsby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: They’ve already had the conversation. Jose Mourinho and Jorge Mendes. The Manchester United manager will have been all across it – and well before yesterday’s announcement…’So, do you want him? He fancies it…,’ the pitch from Mourinho’s agent will have been made. Short. To the point. Just as he offered Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao to the then Chelsea manager some four years ago. That is, before delivering them to Ed Woodward, United’s vice-chairman exec. Mendes will have given Mourinho first refusal on his latest client to become available. A player to parachute into the shambles that is United’s back four this season. A player who has gone to war for Mourinho. Who has spilled blood for the manager. Both his and the opposition’s. One who revels in being a right old basket. The sort of basket this United locker room has sorely missed. Ryan Giggs, the Wales coach, said as much yesterday. Picking over the wreckage of what was left at Anfield, Giggs took aim at Romelu Lukaku – though with a twist. As bad as the Belgian was, argued United’s famous No11, the lack of confrontation inside the locker room was doing him no favours.”I look at Lukaku and his touch was bad,” stated Giggs, “but also I don’t see any other player having a go at him, saying: ‘Listen we need you to hold it up.’ “What that does is, Lukaku might have a go back and you get fired up.”It’s like when you get tackled or fouled, you get fired up. You don’t see that in that Manchester United team. “We’re playing in a different era to when I used to play when you had a lot more leaders and characters but if your team-mate isn’t performing, you tell them. You must do.” Step forward Pepe. The three time Champions League winner. Of Real Madrid fame. Now wrapping up his stay with Besiktas. In a day or so he’ll be a free agent. A leader. A winner. A personality to organise those around him. To demand they follow the manager’s instructions. And one who won’t flinch if a rollicking is needed for a young teammate – even if that young teammate boasts a World Cup winner’s medal.We know Mourinho has been seeking such a player. Those Andreas Granqvist stories weren’t plucked from thin air. United had a presence at Helsingborgs games this season. The veteran centre-half – at 33 – was a consideration for Mourinho. Granqvist knew it. The HIF board knew it. Like Pepe, the Swede’s experience and organising know-how was what had attracted the United manager. Though this is one we can’t confirm, it’s perhaps no coincidence that Granqvist – after some excitement last month – announced over the weekend he was “99.9 per cent sure” an Old Trafford move was now off. Maybe, just maybe, the word had reached Granqvist’s reps that another veteran was now Mourinho’s focus.After Liverpool. After the confusion. The chaos. Mourinho needs something different. Something to stop the monotonous lurching. From crisis to inevitable crisis. He needs a circuit breaker. And Pepe can be just that.The 35 year-old isn’t leaving Besiktas because of form. Nor any type of personality clash. With the Black Eagles struggling to pay the bills, the Portuguese has agreed to terminate his contract. The defender made an on pitch farewell yesterday for Besiktas’ draw with Trabzonspor. This just days after he left thousands in an envelope for club staff to share as a personal Christmas bonus.So now he is free – and been offered to Mourinho. Someone to help bring on Diogo Dalot. To guide and develop the raw talent of Eric Bailly. The potential of Victor Lindelof. And one to demand better from those around him. The leader on the pitch. The personality inside the dressing room. The one Mourinho has lacked since Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure a year ago.That call from Mendes last week could be just the Lifebuoy Mourinho has been desperately seeking all season. last_img read more