Thiago Silva eyes Premier League glory with Chelsea

first_imgThiago Silva has set his sights on winning the Premier League title with Chelsea, insisting he does not lack motivation in the twilight of his career. The defender joined Frank Lampard’s side from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in August and is waiting to make his Blues debut after being granted a longer break than his new team-mates. Loading… The Brazil centre-back clocked 36 today, but he does not agree with suggestions he is past his best and will not be able to cope with the physical demands of the Premier League Silva plans to feature at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and is targeting silverware with Chelsea after eight successful years with PSG, who won the French title and reached the Champions League final last season. “What motivates me, day by day, is the hunger to win; to win everything within my reach,” Silva told Chelsea’s website on Monday. “Coming to the Premier League, my main goal is to win the league title and I’m certain that we’ll be fighting for that every step of the way.” Read Also: Barcelona, Suarez part ways, nears Atletico switch “The club has gone a few years without spending big money, without regenerating the squad, but now we’re starting again on a new journey with some big signings,” Silva said. “I hope that this reboot will bring the same success as the club has enjoyed in the past.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea have spent around £200 million ($255 million) on Frank Lampard’s close-season rebuild, with Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell all joining as well as Silva. Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is also expected to arrive soon as Chelsea seek to improve on last season’s fourth-place finish in the Premier League. Lampard’s side finished 33 points behind champions Liverpool, who beat them 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to underscore the gap between the teams. Silva wants to help Chelsea overhaul Liverpool and his experience and leadership could prove key elements in a defence that has been creaky since Lampard took charge last year. “As I’ve said before, the prospect of playing at the next World Cup is another thing that really drives me,” he added. “I’ll be more or less 38 years old by the time of the next World Cup and I’m hugely motivated to be in good shape for it.” Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffeelast_img read more

Championship Night is Saturday at Bethany

first_imgGates open at 5 p.m., the drivers’ meeting is at 6:45 p.m., hot laps are at 7:30 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. Pit passes are $35 and grandstand admission is $10 for adults while kids six years of age and under free. By Rick Staley  IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod champions will be crowned.center_img BETHANY, Mo. – This Saturday night, Sept. 14, the stars of Bethany Speedway will battle to the check­ers for prestigious track championships in all divisions. last_img read more

Trippier targets England call-up

first_imgKieran Trippier is hoping a good season with Burnley in the Barclays Premier League could earn him an England call-up. The former Manchester City full-back is regarded as one of the Clarets’ best players and has been included in the Championship team of the season for the last two years. Trippier has played for England at every level from under-18s to under-21s and is hoping to impress manager Roy Hodgson. He said: “It’s always been my ambition to play for England. I’ve played at a young age and it was an honour, I loved every minute of it. “I’m playing in the Premier League now and I just want to do very well. I’m only 23 so I’m certainly not going to write it off. Hopefully I can catch the manager’s eye and show what I can do, and hopefully I can get the nod.” Trippier was rumoured to be interesting Arsenal at the end of last season but he committed himself to Burnley by signing a three-year contract until 2017. And the 23-year-old insisted leaving Turf Moor was never a consideration. “It’s been a good two seasons for me and all the lads,” he said. “I’m just delighted that I did well in the Championship and I’ll try to take it one step further. “When the season finished I was speaking to the gaffer and I committed myself to the club. I never had any intention of leaving. “Before the season ended I’d spoken to the gaffer and I was glad to finally get it signed early doors so I could just enjoy my summer and look forward to coming back. “It’s always been my dream to play in the Premier League and I’m just happy I’m doing it with Burnley.” The first matches Trippier looked for when the fixture list came out were Burnley’s two clashes with City, the first of which is a trip to the Etihad on December 28. The defender spent all of his youth career with the club but, despite captaining the FA Youth Cup-winning side in 2008, he never made a first-team appearance. After two loan spells at Barnsley, he headed to Burnley on loan in July 2011 and signed a permanent deal the following January. “It was a tough time because I was there from about eight,” he said of his City departure. “When I came on loan to Burnley I still had about three years left at Man City but it was a choice that I made because I wanted to play games and I didn’t want to be playing for the reserves any more. “I’ve got a few people I still speak to there. I’ll always try to keep in contact with them because they brought me through the ranks but there’ll be no friends when I go back there. “I don’t think I have anything to prove to them, all I want to do is put the Burnley shirt on, go out there and do the best for me and the club.” Burnley begin their second season of Premier League football with a home match against Chelsea a week on Monday. Their first campaign ended in relegation in 2010 and they are odds-on to suffer the same fate again. But Trippier is taking inspiration from Crystal Palace following their incredible revival under Tony Pulis last season as well as the manner in which Burnley defied expectations to reach the Premier League. “Last season we were fourth favourites to get relegated and we got automatic promotion,” he said. “This season obviously we’re going to be written off but, if you look at Palace last season, they were written off by Christmas and they finished 11th. “We’re used to being written off but we’ve just got to get on with it and play to the best of our ability. We proved everyone wrong last season so who says we can’t do that this season.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Early Chance to Assess both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the Forthcoming La Liga Santander Season

first_imgEuropean Supercup:Tallin: Champions League winners Real Madrid and Europa League champions Atletico Madrid go head to head for the European Supercup in the Estonian capital of Tallin here on Wednesday night.The first Madrid football derby of the season promises to give an insight into both sides’ chances in the forthcoming La Liga Santander season which kicks off this weekend in Spain, reports Xinhua news agency.The clash also gives fans the chance to see what to expect of Real Madrid in the ‘post-Ronaldo’ era. Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus should give greater opportunities for both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema and after being criticized last season, the signs are that both players have so far benefitted from the Portuguese’s move.Neither team is up to full speed this pre-season with players such as Luka Modric, Rafael Varane, and Antoine Griezmann only recently returning to full training after their World Cup exploits this summer. But the game will be a chance to see how Rodrigo Fernandez performs in the heart of the Atletico midfield and perhaps for Madrid’s young Brazilian winger, Vinicius Jr to try and stake a place in the first team squad.Real Madrid have travelled to Estonia with all 29 available players with only the injured right-back Alvaro Odriozola remaining in the capital as new coach Julen Lopetegui looks to avoid giving any hints over who could be cut from the squad before the end of August.Thibaut Courtois could add a dash of spice to a fixture which rarely needs any extra ingredients, if the former Atletico keeper makes his Real Madrid debut following his move from Chelsea. Moreover, his inclusion would put the Belgian in pole position to kick off the season in goal ahead of Keylor Navas when Real Madrid take on Getafe this weekend.Although it is still early days Wednesday promises to see sparks fly on the pitch and some conclusions to be drawn off it. IANSlast_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Pelicans ‘monitoring’ potential deal for Wizards star Bradley Beal

first_imgBeal, 25, averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 82 games for the Wizards last season. He shot 47.5% from the field and 35.1% from 3-point range.The two-time All-Star, who has spent his entire career in Washington, has two seasons remaining on the five-year, $128 million extension he signed in July 2016.“I hate change. If I can retire in this jersey, I will. I’m all about loyalty,” Beal said in February, via NBC Sports Washington. “Granted, it goes both ways. They can say they won’t trade you and (then they do). It’s a business at the end of the day. But believe me… my parents (raised) me on loyalty and just constantly even keel no matter what. Tough time last not always, but tough people do.” Why the Pelicans just became one of the most exciting NBA teams The Pelicans reportedly agreed to one of the biggest trades in NBA history last weekend when they sent star Anthony Davis to the Lakers in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 selection in 2019.New Orleans could look to flip that pick in a move for Beal, or another player, The Athletic’s report says. The Wizards, however, are not expected to consider trading Beal “unless offers are overwhelming,” according to a report from the Ringer. Related News Lakers free agency rumors: Kyrie Irving ‘wants to play with’ Anthony Davis The Pelicans may not be done adjusting their roster.New Orleans is “monitoring” a potential deal for Wizards star Bradley Beal, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Anthony Davis trade makes Lakers new 2020 NBA title favorites The Pelicans also hold the top pick in Thursday’s draft and are widely expected to take former Duke star Zion Williamson.New Orleans finished 2018-19 with a 33-49 record and missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.last_img read more

Middletown Turns Its Attention to Route 36

first_img“This is an area of our town that has suffered economically for several decades. I think the idea is to come up with zoning and design ideas that will incentivize developers to come in and work with a lot of vacant lands and underutilized properties. These are properties that are not the most attractive right now,” said township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante. At its June 17 meeting the township committee kicked off a process to determine if the stretch of highway from Palmer Avenue to Leonardville Road is an area in need of redevelopment. So what can the township offer to incentivize economic development in the area? The first section runs from the border of Keansburg at Palmer Avenue to Main Street in Port Monmouth. Section two extends to an area near 9th Street in Belford, just before the beginning of naval base lands. The final section consists of lands spanning from Broadway Avenue in Belford to the intersection of Leonardville Road and Route 36, just shy of the Bayshore Shopping Center in Atlantic Highlands. Though Hazlet’s Airport Plaza Shopping Center on Route 36 is successful – an easily accessible extensive mall with eateries, a Department of Motor Vehicles branch, commercial outlets and a bowling alley – just south sit two vacant parking lots on either side of the highway, one the empty husk of what was once the Bradlees department store complex and the other the vacant site of a former supermarket. Just a short drive south is the vacant Holy Family School and a tract of undeveloped farmland, both of which have been eyed by the township for speculative affordable housing developments. Further south, among gas stations and fast food chains, is the global International Flavors and Fragrances head-quarters in Union Beach, followed by more residential properties, food vendors and small service centers. Mercantante said other Route 36 municipalities will not be included in this study and noted the township would issue an request for proposal for a consulting firm to lead the study this week. MIDDLETOWN – A longstanding vision to create architectural continuity and economic vitality along the township’s Route 36 corridor is headed to the planning board for further investigation. But history is not on the township’s side. Like Middletown, other Bayshore municipalities have struggled to generate economic growth in this area. “We can’t be sure what there is to offer yet,” Mayor Tony Perry said in a June 10 interview. “I want a model that’s unique, just like our town. It could include elements you’re able to find in other towns around the state or it could be some- thing that no one’s ever seen. But whatever it is, it can’t be short-term thinking. This needs to be a model that’s viable for the next 50, 60, 70 years.” According to planningdocuments outlining thestudy area, the townshiphas divided the corridorinto three sections. Naval Weapons Station Earle is another tract of undevelopable acreage that Middletown must contend with, but Mercantante is hopeful the investigation will yield ideas and recommendations to help developers view these quirks as opportunities. “In some ways the trail is a physical constraint and contributes to the narrowness of the area. But on the other hand it’s one of the most heavily utilized trails in Monmouth County. If you can provide services of interest, the trail users are just another captive audience,” Mercantante said. “The same can be said for Earle. It’s an active naval base. How can we provide those servicemen and women more access to businesses and restaurants?” Since December 2016 Middletown has mulled a transformation of the residential and commercial properties spanning the 5-mile portion of state thoroughfare. This complicated corridor is located close to the Sandy Hook Bayshore, an area that includes beachfronts, protected wetlands, waterways like Pews Creek and Compton Creek and other environmental factors that hinder residential development. The neighboring boroughs of Atlantic Highlands and Highlands have had similar issues creating economically viable offerings on their portions of Route 36, with downtown areas located off the state roadway. “It’s a blank canvas right now. You can expand the types of development that are allowed, like mixed-use buildings. You can get creative, and the developers can tell you. The market can dictate what is economically viable,” Monmouth County Freeholder, State Assembly-hopeful and former Middletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger said. Maybe it’s a model thatdoesn’t exist yet. The following year Maser Consulting unveiled a conceptual rendering of what the Main Street intersection in Belford could look like with Victorian-style mixed-use developments perched at each corner, complete with decorative thermoplastic crosswalks connecting one side of the highway to the other, as well as new curbing and sidewalks with grass cutouts. Another factor that limits development and shrinks the consumer market is the location of the Henry Hudson Trail, a 10-foot-wide biking and walking path that extends from Highlands to part of Freehold. At certain points, the Middletown section of the trail is located just yards from the shoulder of the highway, which would otherwise be valuable real estate for potential developers. “By the end of June we should have responses and we’ll be ready to appoint a consultant for the investigation at our first meeting in July,” Mercantante said.last_img read more

Active Transportation Plan Takes Great Strides Forward

first_imgRecently, two “spurs”, or small connecting trails, or shortcuts, have been completed. One connects the end of Second Avenue to the Rail Grade and another connects Columbia Kootenay Road with Eight Avenue. The latter was just completed last week. The local Interact club aided with funding for those two projects, and the students in the club also helped brush-clear the area where the trail went in before the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society (KCTS) came in to do the actual trail building.   The next big project for the ATP, which will soon be put out to tender, is the LeRoi Hollow Trail, which will connect lower Rossland to just below Ferraro’s. Behind Ferraro’s there is a steep embankment ending in a flat section, currently used for snow dumping in the winter. From this flat section, there is a length of city-owned land that extends down to where Cook Avenue and Queen Street meet, and this is where the proposed trail would end.   With the 2009 completion of the Centre Star Gulch Trail, which connects with the Centennial Trail and comes out next to Esling Park Lodge on Spokane Street, the addition of LeRoi Hollow and the Trail Creek Trail will create a “spine” of trails through town that could mean those with epic biking aspirations can conceivably cycle (or hike, if you’re really ambitious) right from Red Mountain to Warfield and eventually to Trail, using a combination of ATP trails and KCTS trails like Centennial and the Wagon Road.   Other recently-completed ATP routes, or “trunk” trails, leading east-west through town connect Nevada Street to the museum through the ballpark, and Centennial Park with Nevada Street. Yet another trail connects Nevada with the Miner’s Hall through an old alley-way.   The ATP was submitted to council in January 2009 and approved, leading to the city allocating funds in its budget to help build the trail system, though, as mentioned in this story, funds from grants and organizations like Interact have been key in seeing some of these projects through. For more information on the ATP, you can visit the city’s website to view and download the entire ATP plan, which includes details of proposed trails, photos of potential trail sites, and lots of maps that give a good idea of what the future might hold for pedestrian and cycling traffic in town. On July 18, the province’s Cycling Infrastructure Partnerships Program’s Bike BC Program announced that the city of Rossland is one of 16 communities to receive grant money to help build and improve local cycling infrastructure. Rossland’s portion of the grant is $25,000.   “We’re committed to investing in community cycling infrastructure to improve the health and well-being of all British Columbians. This investment will help make cycling a viable transportation option for families and communities, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Blair Lekstrom, in a news release.   The city of Rossland will be applying the grant money to the new Trail Creek Trail, which will connect lower Rossland, starting at the corner of Victoria and Washington, with the clubhouse at Redstone. Phase One of the project was completed last year. It saw the trail built from the trailhead to Redstone Drive. Part of the grant money will be used to complete this section with top dressing, but the larger part of the funds will go towards completing phase two of the trail, which will extend the run from Redstone Drive to the Redstone clubhouse. Phase two of this particular project will begin in earnest August 15, the goal being to have the trail complete by mid-autumn.  The building of Trail Creek Trail is one of several of the city’s Active Transportation Plan (ATP) projects that are designed to reclaim the city’s legal right-of-ways through the town to improve recreation and also to better pedestrian access to services and destinations.   last_img read more

Three females among 17 graduates of Jockeys’ School

first_imgHistory was created when three female apprentice jockeys graduated from a batch of 17 at the passing-out ceremony for the new Jockeys’ Schools trainees on the lawns of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), Hagley Park Road, last Thursday.The young ladies are 21-year-old Mellisa Ward, a past student of Camperdown High; 22-year-old Natalie Berger, a graduate of Gaynstead High; and 24-year-old Andree Powell, a past student of Clarendon College.Prior to this batch, only two women had graduated from the Jockeys’ Training School since its inception in 1980 – Azel Cowie in 1992 and Georgina Sergeon in 2009.The other graduates who completed the 24-week training course from February to July were Oneil Beckford, Dane Dawkins, Odean Edwards, Amoy Gray, Bebeto Harvey, Jerome Innis, Roshane Johnson, Kemoy Parchment, Javaniel Patterson, Hakeem Pottinger, AndrÈ Powell, Oneil Scott, Linton Steadman, and Anthony Thomas. They are scheduled to ride against senior jockeys at Caymanas Park on Saturday, September 26.JRC operations steward Haldene Johansen, who gave the course overview, disclosed that there were “significant changes to the programme this time around as the JRC listened to the stakeholders.””We placed greater emphasis on the core elements of the programme in order to produce well-rounded horsemen,” he said.Emphasis was placed on horsemanship, which was taught by well-known equestrian Susan Wates, race-riding techniques by retired Hall of Fame jockey Charles Hussey (now a steward), personal development, the rules of racing and an expanded nutritional programme to help new riders cope with weight the bestGuest speaker was former JRC chairman Dennis Lalor, who challenged the class of 2015 to be the best they can be, as they enjoy the opportunity their predecessors of a bygone era never had.Lalor, who as chairman of the JRC in 1980 spearheaded the formation of the Jockeys’ School, recalled that under the old system, the apprentices “were not required to be literate or numerate like the ones coming through the school today, hence the dropout rate was 35 per cent. I vowed to break that cycle … .”You are now the glamour boys and girls of racing. Being educated, this is your opportunity to take advantage of a noble sport, to ensure that corruption is avoided. Please be careful of the company you seek … . God be with all of you, and may your careers be the best,” said Lalor.Also speaking were Jeffrey Mordecai of the JRC sub-committee; Richard Longmore of the JRC; Owners Association president Dr Graham Brown; the respective presidents of the trainers’ associations, Vin Edwards and Dale Murphy; Jockeys’ Guild President AndrÈ Martin; Cedric Stewart, CEO of Caymanas Track Limited; and Ina Lawrence, principal of the Jockeys’ School.last_img read more


first_imgThe nephew of two women attacked in their Co Donegal home has said greater sentences need to be handed out to stop the attacks.Joe McKeanJoe McKean was speaking after it was revealed that attacks on the elderly have increased by 50% in the past decade.Mr Kean’s aunt Suzi Arthur died in October just weeks after herself and sister Isa were attacked in their home in Raphoe. At the time Joe said he had no doubt it was the gang who broke into the elderly ladies’ home who were responsible for her death.Joe said elderly people need more security in their homes to act as a deterrent.But eh said the law also needs to come down harder on those committing the crimes.There needs to be, in general, much stronger penalties for people who commit these crimes, such as harsher sentencing. “IT is going to end up so serious in the next while that there will end up being more fatalities if the situation is not sorted,” he said.  NEPHEW OF TRAGIC SISTERS SPEAKS OUT AS ATTACKS ON ELDERLY INCREASE BY 50% was last modified: January 8th, 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)last_img read more

Top 5 moments from Jon Gruden’s memorable bye week presser

first_imgOn his meeting with GM Reggie McKenzieIt’s no secret who calls the shots in the Raiders’ Alameda headquarters.Gruden has … ALAMEDA — If anyone has ever said head coach bye week press conferences are boring, they should’ve waited to listen to Jon Gruden.The more the Raiders lose the better Gruden is at the podium, and Tuesday that trend reached its peak.If you’re just catching up before the Raiders’ bye week, here are the best five moments from Gruden’s session in Alameda.last_img read more