Spurs could have signed £80million-rated Villa skipper Grealish for just £6m

first_imgDANIEL LEVY will be hoping his determination to drive a hard bargain does not come back to haunt him at Villa Park this afternoon.Tottenham chairman Levy  watches his club’s  Premier League clash against Aston Villa knowing he could have signed the hosts’ £80MILLION skipper Jack Grealish for £6M just 18 months ago.3 Tottenham could have bought Villa skipper Jack Grealish for just £6mCredit: Getty Images – GettyVilla, then cash strapped and in the Championship, were willing to sell their star man for that meagre price as they desperately needed the money.Club chiefs were in a race against time to pay off  debt and save Villa from the prospect of going into administration — or even worse. It was July  2018 and Levy and  the squad were literally at the airport waiting to head off to Los Angeles for a pre-season tour.But the Spurs supremo believed he could get Grealish for £5m, or even £4m, so he decided to make Villa sweat and boarded the plane.3 Grealish (pictured to the left) is now reported to be valued at £80millionCredit: Getty Images – GettyIt turned out to be a  big mistake because by the time he landed in LA 11 hours later, Villa  had been bought by billionaires Nassef  Sawiris and Wes Edens.And that meant they were no longer skint and in desperate need of cash . . . so their asking price for Grealish was up to £40m.Spurs considered lining up another bid of £20m, but Levy knew it would be rejected so they pulled out of the race to sign the former England Under-21 star.3Grealish was gutted as he had set his heart on a switch to the North London club.But he managed to put that disappointment behind him as he  led his boyhood idols Villa back into the Premier League via the play-offs last season.Grealish, 24, has kicked on again this term and his outstanding displays have caught the eyes of Europe’s top  clubs — including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United.The Red Devils are believed to be lining up an £80m summer swoop for the playmaker.Most read in footballFOUR-TUNE TELLERSRugby league working on four potential restart dates as finals may switchIT’S AL GOODTottenham star Alderweireld buys iPads and laptops to help coronavirus victimsASHES FLICKEREngland’s Ashes series against Australia not cancelled yet despite concerns’MENTALITY MISTAKES’Jose blames Wolves defeat on mistakes and demands Spurs be ‘ruthless’NDOM-BELLYSpurs fans demand trophy after pancake world record is set at Tottenham StadiumGossipSPURS SAY ALTAYTottenham ‘to negotiate £20m transfer for Fenerbahce goalkeeper Bayindir’MIXED EMOTIONSJose delighted with Bergwijn’s Spurs debut but fumes over Sterling tackleMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesLevy — widely regarded as one of the toughest negotiators in football — must be kicking himself.While Grealish, must have no regrets about it now the way his career has panned out.But you cannot help but wonder how differently things could have turned out for all parties, had Spurs snapped up Grealish for that bargain fee when they had the chance.last_img read more

Clinical Crusaders crush Highlanders

first_imgChasing their eighth title and first since 2008, the Crusaders will remain in Christchurch next week to meet either the Stormers or the Chiefs who play later on Saturday in Cape Town.RNZI reports driving rain and wind greeted both teams at a sodden AMI Stadium, but the conditions played into the hands of the home side’s dominant pack while dampening the Highlanders’ attacking firepower.Front-rowers Joe Moody and Codie Taylor rumbled over for tries to drive the Crusaders to a 17-0 lead at halftime that the Highlanders were unable to budge in the second half.”It wouldn’t have been the prettiest to watch but both sides just got on with it and didn’t complain,” a shivering Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock said pitchside.”The weather was great for us and we really embraced it, we knew if we could be clean on the penalty count we would give ourselves a great opportunity.”With severe flooding and three South Island regions under a state of emergency, the Highlanders’ preparations were thrown into disarray by the weather, their flight to Christchurch cancelled on Friday and their arrival delayed until seven hours before kickoff.The 2015 champions hardly laid a finger on the ball in the first half and committed a rash of penalties to give the Crusaders all the momentum.”I thought technically they were probably a bit smarter in the way they played,” Highlanders captain Ben Smith said.”Once they got down into our 22, they used the ball really wisely.”The Highlanders emerged after the break with renewed commitment and stopped their opponents from scoring but were unable to capitalise on their few drives forward.Crusaders flyhalf Richie Mo’unga slotted an early penalty but missed another shot 20 minutes later that would have stretched the lead to 6-0.The Crusaders’ forwards then flexed their muscles, however, winning a decisive scrum near the half-hour mark to win a five-metre line-out.A few minutes of bashing against the Highlanders’ defence along the try-line ended with referee Angus Gardner awarding a contentious pick-and-go try to prop Moody under a pile of players.Controversy threatened again five minutes later, when the Crusaders rumbled over from a line-out drive and were awarded the try on the field.It was cancelled moments later after the television match official was unable to see the ball grounded.It scarcely mattered, as the Crusaders rumbled forward again, allowing hooker Taylor to score another pick-and-go try on the stroke of halftime.Mo’unga duly converted and the Crusaders maintained their iron-willed discipline to close out a rousing win and warm the hearts of rain-soaked fans in the terraces.last_img read more

Jose Marti hold KC

first_imgJose Marti Technical High put the brakes on Group G leaders, Kingston College, halting the North Street-based school’s perfect winning record, with a come-from-behind 1-1 draw in ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup action at the Stadium East field yesterday.KC went ahead in the 26th minute when Rashawn Mackison headed home from a perfect Nickardo Hanchard corner kick.The purple and white-clad KC should have wrapped up the game before the end of the first half but wayward finishing ensured their opponents remained with a fighting chance.They took that chance in the 62nd minute when Khalfane Richards cleverly chipped the ball over a KC defender then dribbled into the 18-yard box before slamming home. Richards who was scoring his fourth goal of the season, celebrated wildly in front of the KC supporters with a wipe of his finger across his neck.”That was just my celebration. I like to upset the big guns like St George’s and KC,” he said.”I feel very wonderful as I have put in a lot of hard work. I will keep trying to score more goals,” he told The Gleaner.KC remain top of the group with 16 points from six games, with five wins and yesterday’s draw. Camperdown are next with 12 from five while Jose Marti are third with seven points.KC’s coach Ludlow Bernard said his team needed to convert its chances and also tighten up in defence.”We will always say that we need to convert our chances, but probably if we were a little tighter in defence they would not have got that chance,” he assessed, adding that they will be looking to “maximise their efforts in remaining games”.Calvert Fitzgerald, coach of Jose Marti, believes his team did well to earn the draw.”We really wanted something from this KC game so we are very satisfied,” he said.last_img read more

LFA to Enforce CLS, No Financial Distribution to Clubs

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association will enforce CAF’s Club Licensing System in the 2015/16 soccer league, stakeholders who attended last Saturday’s Interactive Forum at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium were told.LFA President Musa Bility, responding to enquiries from participants, said it is not the duty of the association to provide money to support member clubs.“We are the regulators of football,” Bility said, “and our role is to ensure that we regulate and provide standard that will improve on the overall development of the game.”President Bility’s clarification stemmed from inquiries by several clubs, including LISCR FC and Nimba United FC for the need to get some financial support in the wake of the Ebola virus disease that affected the clubs.Bility said funds received from FIFA are exclusively for development purposes and not for clubs.He noted that the LFA made it clear to teams at the last Buchanan Congress that FIFA would provide U$750,000 financial assistance to the association.“The money is a special bonus from FIFA and the LFA is using this money to construct our national headquarters,” he told the gathering.So far, he said, “We have received $250k of this amount and purchased two pieces of land in Congo Town. We will use the remaining $500k to commence the construction of a $738k LFA HQ beginning February and we also received $100k from CAF towards this project.” Regarding the Financial Assistance Program, (FAP), from FIFA, he said it is the only revenue available to the LFA for the smooth running of the day to day operations of the Liberia Football Association.“We have no intention to distribute this money to clubs. In fact this money comes to LFA quarterly and we are yet to receive the first batch,” he said.He noted that concerning Cellcom GSM sponsorship money 45% goes towards prizes for clubs at the end of the season and the other 55% is used partially to finance the league hoping that the clubs registration and penalties will fill in the gap. The LFA, Bility said, “has no extra money to give to clubs. What we have done in the last four years is to put the LFA under great financial stress in order to assist the clubs.”He, however, pointed out that almost all the first division clubs still have enough credit with the LFA to register for the upcoming league. Bility reminded all club presidents that under the new clubs licensing regime the LFA too has obligations it must meet to carry out to a certain standard. “We will not abdicate our responsibilities to support clubs. It is expected that everyone desiring to own a club must have the finances to do so or disregard the quest.”Without pulling punches, Bility declared, “The ownership of clubs is a commercial venture that yields direct benefits to the clubs NOT LFA. We are the regulators of clubs not administrators.”He said the LFA will make all clubs in the 2015/16 seasons live up to at least twenty five percent requirement demanded in the Club Licensing System.The Club Licensing System demands every team to have, among other things, a youth team, a specified amount in its bank account, an office, and contract agreement with both players and technical staff.Bility said to get a good soccer league, players, coaches; medics and referees must receive necessary support, pointing out that the LFA is prepared to have a minimum number of clubs to ensure that a standard is set for the league this year.The forum had a team of panelist who provided overviews and answered questions in their respective areas. The areas included issues on coaches, referees, medics, and club management.The forum was organized by the technical department of the LFA, and its director Henry Browne earlier explained the importance of those involved in football meeting to exchange ideas to get some clarifications before the league proper.Coach Gabriel Johns discussed issues affecting coaches, relations with referees and clubs’ presidents. It was noted that because the roles of club officials are not defined, there are always overlapping their functions to tell coaches what to do during the process of a game.Bility pointed out that such development comes because of the coaches’ fear of failure, and assured all those involved in the game that the LFA demands clubs to sign contracts with coaches and their players to minimize some of the inherent overlapping of functions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pet food recall expanded

first_imgSunshine, of Red Bay, Ala., sells pet foods and treats under its own brands as well as private labels sold by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Kmart, Longs Drug Stores Corp. and Stater Bros. Markets. The recall included specific brands like Wal-Mart’s Ol’Roy, as well as a portion of Sunshine’s own Nurture, Lassie and Pet Life dog biscuit brands. WASHINGTON – The recall of pet foods and treats contaminated with an industrial chemical expanded Thursday to include dog biscuits made by an Alabama company and sold by Wal-Mart under the Ol’Roy brand. The Food and Drug Administration said the manufacturer, Sunshine Mills Inc., is recalling dog biscuits made with imported Chinese wheat gluten. Testing has revealed the wheat gluten, a protein source, was contaminated with melamine, used to make plastics and other industrial products. Also Thursday, Menu Foods, a major manufacturer of brand- and private-label wet pet foods expanded its original recall to include a broader range of dates and varieties. The FDA knows of no other pet product companies planning recalls, agency officials told reporters. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe MS ArtaniaThere has been a delay in the arrival of the MS Artania into Killybegs tomorrow.Hundreds of people are due in the port to see the massive liver arrive.The cruiser, which has 1,200 passengers and 800 on board, was due to arrive in Donegal at 8am but will not now arrive until 11am. The ship will be leaving at 8pm as scheduled.Many of the passengers on board, most of whom are German and Swiss, will visit various sites across the North West including Glenveagh National Park, Glemcolmcille and Sligo.Tourism chiefs are hoping many of those who enjoy a day long break to Donegal may return on longer trips in the future.   SIGHTSEERS WARNED MASSIVE CRUISER WILL BE DELAYED COMING INTO KILLYBEGS was last modified: August 29th, 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:cruiserdonegalKillybegsMS Artaniatouristslast_img read more

Premier League best XI at halfway mark

first_imgLiverpool have been splendid in defence with Van Dirk in it (Photo by Agency)1- Alisson Becker (Liverpool). Errors leading to goal concession leave a lasting stain on keepers. Which is why I thought thrice before naming Brazil number one custodian Becker as my choice.His excellent shot stopping more than compensates for kamikaze custodianship that resulted in conceding against Leicester City and Manchester United.Besides, his presence is a calming influence on a Liverpool side set to break Chelsea’s defensive record of 15 goals against from their 2004/5 title winning season.To date, the Kop have only let in seven thanks to Becker’s eleven clean sheets. You can’t contest such a record.2- Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace): Before the season commenced, not many of us had ever heard of this teenager, but boy hasn’t he come good for Roy Hodgson’s Eagles.He has justified my decision to select him in my line up for Europe’s Best U-21 XI. Bissaka is such a natural. Those who’ve been around long enough should know his comfort on the front foot is a reminder of Brazil’s 1986 World Cup right back Josimar.3- Andy Robertson (Liverpool): Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was spot on in his assessment of Scotland international Andy Robertson, when in the aftermath of his side’s 1-3 capitulation to Liverpool, he complained about feeling dizzy from the frequency of Robertson’s marauding runs down the left hand channel.So solid have been this brave heart’s displays, diehard Liverpudians are choosing him over legendary Norwegian John Arne Riise.4- Joe Gomez (Liverpool): Not even injuries sidelining upcoming Three Lions behemoth Gomez can stop me from naming him to my side.His timing in the tackle and recovery pace is why Liverpool have gone from defensive shambles to a side synonymous with synchronized stability at the back.It takes special talent for a 22-year-old to keep Croatia’s World Cup losing finalist Dejan Lovren out of Jurgen Klopp’s table toppers but Gomez is doing just that. He’s in my team ahead of Manchester City’s Frenchman Aymeric Laporte.5- Virgil van Dirk (Liverpool): Easy choice.Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman has already handed van Dirk the national team’s armband. Klopp might have to follow suit.Virgil van Dirk is Liverpool’s on pitch leader; setting an example with his organisational prowess and determination to keep clean sheets.Liverpool’s defensive stats since signing this 6ft 5 inch Dutch machine more than justifies his £75m price tag as the world’s most expensive defender.6- Fernandinho (Manchester City): Brazilian axle Fernandinho is part of a small elite of players making hay of their advancing age.At 32, this Samba Boy remains the English Premier League’s best holding midfielder.His protection for City’s back four, while simultaneously serving as a springboard for counterattacks is best noticed when he’s absent from the team. Fernandinho is the ‘ ‘Invisible Wall’ that makes Pep Guardiola’s well oiled juggernaut tick.7- Raheem Sterling (Manchester City): Can’t wrap my mind around Sterling’s England bogey.Why can’t the English press just admit that the Three Lions inability to get the best out of Sterling has nothing to do with him.As this speed merchant showed in October’s 3-2 obliteration of Spain in front of their own fans, he is top drawer. If City are to retain their title, it will be in no small measure courtesy of his red-hot form.8- Eden Hazard (Chelsea): Belgian star Hazard started the season like a rocket, briefly topping scoring charts, before a spell on the sidelines slowed him down.All the same, he leads the league for chances created and goal involvement.For Maurizio Sarri’s Londoners to qualify for next season’s Champions League, they need Hazard fit and firing on all cylinders. Simple as that.9- Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur): I have Kane in this line up ahead of South Korean team mate Son Heuing-min because he is the club’s Mr Consistent.When Son was away at the Asian Games – where it was mandatory for him to win gold in order to avoid a year of military service, it was Kane who kept Spurs’ challenge alive.That said, Son will be a big miss when he leaves for national duty again next January.10-Mohamed Salah (Liverpool): Egyptian Pharaoh Salah had a low key start to this campaign mostly due to the shoulder injury he suffered in last season’s Champions League final. But he’s now back with a bang and the Kop love him to bits.His twelve goals put him right in the thick of a fascinating race for the Golden Boot.I had to find a place for a man whose 44 EPL goals for Liverpool in just one and a half seasons make him a candidate for club folklore.11- Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal): If Unitéd legend Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was the baby faced assassin, then Aubameyang is the sneak sniper.The Gabonese striker is not an all action hero like Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, but he is deadly effective. After match day 18, Aubameyang led the scoring charts with thirteen goals thanks to his predatory instincts that require neither numerous touches, nor high work rate.Comments Tags: premier leaguetoplast_img read more

Uganda opens Zone V account against Kenya

first_img Tags: AfroCANsilverbackstopZone V John Deng Geu is one of the players expected to start for the Silverbacks. (PHOTO/Agency)Zone 5 AfroCan/AfroBasket Opening Day FixtureEgypt Vs Kenya (W) – 1:00 pmEgypt Vs Rwanda (M) – 3:00 pmUganda Vs Rwanda (W) – 5:00 pmUganda Vs Kenya (M) – 7:00 pmLUGOGO – The Zone V Afro-Can (Men) and Afrobasket (Women) Qualifiers kick starts today, Wednesday 26 June 2019 at the Lugogo Indoor Stadium.The Silverbacks who are also the hosts for this tournament open there account with Kenya as their first opponents.With Tanzania arriving later in the day, the rest of the visitors like Rwanda, Egypt and Kenya are already in the Country and had a glimpse of the Stadium.Team Uganda has been training for nearly two weeks and played a couple of trial games with a select side and a game against Kenya presents an opportunity to start the journey to the July 19-28 FIBA AfroCan to be held in Bamako, Mali on a high.George Galanopoulos, the man in charge of the Silverbacks is likely to play a high-intensity game if the trial games are anything to go by.Captain Jimmy Enabu, Tony Drileba, Robinson Opong, Deng Geu, and Brandon Davis could start and set the tempo for the game.Other FixturesKenya’s women’s side will get the tournament underway against Egypt before the game of the day between favorites Egypt and Rwanda.Uganda’s women’s side, Gazelles, will battle Rwanda in the second last game of the day.Comments last_img read more

‘Canada’s Greenest Home’ Posts Energy Data

first_imgLessons learned for next timeWere they to build again, Magwood said a few things would be handled differently. “We learned a lot!” he said in a followup email.Here’s how he summed it up:No full basement. The house has a full basement, mainly to accommodate a Clivus Multrum composting toilet. Since then, Magwood has discovered an alternate system called the Envirolet vacuum flush system that doesn’t require a full basement. Building on a slab or over a crawlspace would have saved roughly $25,000.More efficient duct work. “We couldn’t find anybody who would stand behind a design with the outlets in the central walls of the two floors, and ended up with old-school ducts under each window,” Magood writes. “We’ve since found a licensed heating designer who would have stood behind such a design, saving quite a bit of money and material.”Water storage outside. Instead of putting rainwater storage in the basement, it could have gone outside the house at a lower cost — another reason not to build a full basement.Make the house a duplex. A key change would have been to turn the single-family design into a duplex. “This would have made the slightly higher costs for the more efficient systems/materials a much easier sell from a financial point of view,” he said, “and also contributed more to urban density.”Construction costs were $398,000, or $173 per square foot. Rainwater collection, the composting toilet, and renewable energy systems accounted for $46,500 of the total. The construction budget also paid for 2.5 full-time instructors as well as professional trades.The house is expected to go on the market this spring. Students at the Endeavour Centre in Ontario, Canada, helped build a net-zero energy spec house a few years ago and called it “Canada’s Greenest Home” when they were finished. There is, of course, no way to prove that, but they can prove just how energy-efficient the building is.The school tracked energy consumption at the 2,300-square-foot two-story house between October 2013 and September 2014, logging the amount of power used every month against the amount produced by the home’s 5 kW photovoltaic system.Although total output was 2,792 kWh less than consumption, some months were so profitable under the province’s feed-in tariff system the house actually netted $2,000 by the end of the year. Unlike net-metering common to the U.S., under Ontario’s Micro-FIT system the house has two meters — one for outgoing power (which earns 38 cents per kWh) and another for power that’s purchased from the grid (11 cents per kWh), said Chris Magwood, project director and executive director of the school.Three adults, including Magwood, and a child lived in the house during the test period. Compared with averages for a 2,500-square-foot Ontario home, the Endeavour House used about 70% less energy, a total of 8,8678 kWh.Equipped with a rainwater collection system and a composting toilet, the house also used 71% less water than the provincial average, 66 liters per person per day vs. 225 liters (17.4 gallons vs. 59.4 gallons). Houses uses prefabricated straw panelsIn addition to building in energy and water efficiency, designers also tried to lessen the project’s environmental burden in other ways.Magwood wrote that 90% of the materials used in the house were sourced within 250 km. (155 miles) of the job site, and that construction waste was a total of 852 pounds, or roughly 10% of the typical amount of waste for a 2,000-square-foot house in the region.“It didn’t take government grants, corporate R&D or high-tech components to make the home,” Magwood wrote. “Every material and system used was an off-the-shelf item available to any builder, and the home was largely built by students in The Endeavour Centre’s Sustainable New Construction program.”The walls were assembled from prefabricated straw-bale panels 8 feet tall and 3 feet wide. The 16-inc- thick panels, finished with drywall and plaster on the inside and stucco on the outside, have a two-hour fire rating and an R-value of 35.Other features include a foundation made from insulated concrete forms, a composting toilet, an air-source heat pump, solar thermal collectors for hot water, and triple-glazed windows.The project was described in more detail in two earlier GBA articles (a 2012 article called “Teaching Deep Green by Building It” and a 2013 article called “Builders Complete ‘Canada’s Greenest Home’ ). More information on the house can also be found in a blog posted at the school’s website.last_img read more

German Bakery blast: charges framed against Yasin Bhatkal

first_imgAfter a delay of several years, charges were finally framed against alleged co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) Yasin Bhatkal in connection with the 2010 German Bakery blast case at a court in Pune on Monday.Bhatkal, also known as Ahmed Siddibappa Zarrar, was brought from the Tihar jail in Delhi and produced before the court of additional sessions judge K. D. Vadane.The court read out the charges framed against him under the relevant Sections of the IPC, the Indian Explosives Substances Act and the Unlawful Activities [Prevention] Act (UAPA).Bhatkal, however, rejected the charges and pleaded not guilty.This was the first time since his arrest in 2013 that he had been brought to the Pune court in connection with the blast.The blast, which ripped through the city’s popular German Bakery in the Koregaon Park area on February 13, 2010, left 17 persons dead and injured more than 50.Delhi Police’s requestSpecial Public Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar said the Delhi Police had filed an application requesting that further hearing be conducted via video-conferencing, while submitting their inability to bring Bhatkal to Pune due to security reasons.The hearing of this application was scheduled for June 15.Bhatkal’s lawyer, Zahir Khan Pathan, opposed the Delhi Police’s request, stating that the accused must be present during the trial.Mr. Pathan submitted that it was the State’s responsibility to provide security and that Bhatkal could be lodged at Pune’s Yerwada Central Jail till his trial ended.In December 2016, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) court sentenced Bhatkal and four others to death for orchestrating the 2013 Hyderabad blasts that killed 18 people and injured more than 130.Bhatkal had been named prime accused in coordinating or masterminding a string of terror attacks across the country. In August 2013, he and another IM operative Asadullah Akhtar were arrested from the Nepal border in Bihar’s Raxaul district.last_img read more