Brilliant talkSPORT caller! Man City fan rages at Kolarov and Pellegrini haters

first_imgDrivetime’s day was made on Monday as a Manchester City fan launched into a passionate rant in reaction to the Blues’ FA Cup exit at the hands of Chelsea.Joining Adrian Durham and Darren Gough, Pete from Middlesbrough raged at City flops Aleksandar Kolarov – “He’s not worth two bob, mate!” – and Fernando – “He’s got a touch like a baby elephant!” – as well as criticism over Manuel Pellegrini’s team selection for Sunday’s cup clash.Pellegrini fielded a young team, handing five teenagers their first-team debuts as he rested his top stars ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Dynamo Kiev.But the call backfired as the inexperienced side were thumped 5-1 at Stamford Bridge.Former City defender Danny Mills slammed the boss’ decision, but Pete disagrees and insists the Pellegrini – “the guy is an absolute gentleman” – did City a favour.Listen to the brilliant rant in full above! And Pete? Have a lie down, mate!last_img read more

QPR and Stoke reportedly both keen on former Arsenal man Eduardo

first_imgStoke as well as QPR are reportedly interested in former Arsenal man Eduardo.He almost moved to Loftus Road from Shakhtar Donetsk in January and is one of a number of strikers Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is considering as a possible signing.And it is claimed that Stoke’s former QPR boss Mark Hughes is eyeing the 31-year-old Croatian.Related West London Sport story: QPR in talks with Ajax over deal for strikerQPR face competition from Tottenham for the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles, according to the Daily Mail.Centre-back Lascelles is wanted by QPRWest London Sport this week revealed that Rangers had made an offer for the 20-year-old centre-back. Forest have since insisted that he is not for sale.And the Mail say Spurs are planning to table a £5m bid for Lascelles, who made 34 appearances for Forest last season.It is also suggested that the player would prefer to stay in the north rather than move to London.Meanwhile, Chelsea have joined Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo, the Express claim.The Argentine has been touted as a possible successor to Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge.Three overseas clubs are looking to sign left-back Cole following his recent departure from Chelsea, according to Sky.Elsewhere, there is speculation that Chelsea may try to hijack Real Madrid’s bid to sign Germany international Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich.There is also speculation over the future of Petr Cech amid reports that he could be ousted as Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper by Thibault Courtois.Cech could face stiff competition for his place at ChelseaThe Mirror reports that Cech’s agent Viktor Kolar is confident the 32-year-old will be snapped up by a top European club if he loses his place.Kolar is quoted as saying: “We have not been given any signals that Petr would be made available.“If that was the case, though, you have to realise that Petr is one of the world’s top goalkeepers and has a certain salary.“There are not many clubs who could afford to sign him. If he were to leave, we’re discussing two or three clubs in the world.”The Daily Star claim Eliaquim Mangala wants to join Chelsea despite Manchester City agreeing a £32m deal for the Porto and France defender.The Star also say Atletico Madrid have cooled their apparent interest in Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

After a ‘kick in the butt,’ Chris Bassitt looks irreplaceable in Oakland Athletics’ rotation

first_imgCHICAGO — There is an origin story to Chris Bassitt’s recent dominant stretch, and it can be traced back to a conversation with Mike Fiers and Brett Anderson following a drubbing at the lowly Seattle Mariners’ hands on July 6.The veteran pitchers made their point clear: Throw that changeup more.“Sometimes, really bad outings are exactly what you need,” Bassitt said. “And I truly believe that the Seattle thing was just exactly what I needed, a kick in the butt to say ‘Hey, you need a …last_img

Showjumping in Soweto

first_img15 February 2005Meet Enos Mosotho Mafokate, South Africa’s first black show jumper.There’s nothing fancy about him, despite being first black person in the country to have broken into the white-dominated sport of showjumping.Born in the sprawling township of Alexandra 61 years ago, Mafokate fell in love with horses when his family moved to Rivonia in the early 1950s, then a commercial farming area.Mafokate, who is dressed in an unassuming cap, a blue work shirt and jeans, remembers landing a three-month contract with John Walker, a farm owner, to earn a few pennies.“Many white people used to come and have picnics at the farm, especially during the December holidays, and I would look after their horses for them while they enjoyed themselves”, Mafokate says. “That’s when my love for horses blossomed.”When other kids were playing games, Mafokate would pretend to be riding a horse, unaffectedly prancing about the homestead. He would also ride the family donkeys and go carting to the shops, which were some distance from home.Mafokate made friends with Walker’s son, who taught him “a thing or two” about horse riding. “That’s when we started a good friendship, despite the racial and political furore of the times.”As fate would have it, Mafokate’s home was destroyed to make way for the Woodmead Golf Course in the late 1950s, and his family moved back to Alexandra.From stable hand to showjumperThe removal had a positive effect for Mafokate, however, as most people who used the golf course rode their horses there. And Mafokate, who had landed a job manning the course’s gate, found himself with a job that he loved – tending to the horses for patrons for five pennies a day.In 1961 the 17-year-old got a job in Bryanston as a stable hand for a Springbok showjumper. He became a top groom, looking after the horses for two Springbok showjumpers.“I got my first chance at competitive showjumping in 1962 when the people I was working for decided to give us black people a chance in showjumping”, Mafokate recalls. “I competed against other blacks because we were not allowed to compete against whites. I came first in that competition, wearing an overall.”The following year, his riding having improved “tremendously”, Mafokate won a riding competition at Inanda Country Base. He was “ecstatic”. But his showjumping career came to an abrupt end in 1964 because of “political problems”.More than a decade later, in 1975, things took a turn for the better when “some white people decided to ignore politics” and some discriminatory laws were scrapped, says Mafokate. He and 16 other grooms were enrolled at Marist Brothers College, the only school that allowed blacks to compete in the white-dominated sport.The subsequent years were successful ones for Mafokate. He came second in the Rothmans Derby in 1976 and won the championship at the Constantia Show Grounds in Cape Town in 1977 and 1978.“I was the first black member of the Transvaal Horse Society, which is based at Kyalami. I was also the first black rider in 127 years to compete in the Pietermaritzburg Royal Agricultural Horse Show in 1978. My colleagues and I were now being called black riders, not grooms. We had attained recognition.”International honoursInternational doors opened for Mafokate when David Broome, the British rider, spotted him in Cape Town in 1980 and suggested he compete in Britain. A sponsor was found and Mafokate became the first showjumper in 20 years to compete outside South Africa.Out of 31 riders, he came fifth at the Wembley Royal International Horse Show. His dream to achieve honours overseas had come true.His riding career was almost shattered, however, when Machine Gun, a horse from Zimbabwe, kicked him, breaking his arm. But he was determined to carry on riding, and he went on to win the Rothmans Derby in Sandton.In 1992 Mafokate went to Barcelona to attend the Olympic Games as part of a development team. “The event was quite an experience for me, and my best moment was seeing my picture splashed on the front page of The Star newspaper back home.”Showjumping in SowetoToday Mafokate runs a riding school in Soweto, a long-held dream, which he opened in 1990. “I was fortunate to get sponsorship to do sports management in Belgium in 1997. The course, which ran for two weeks, empowered me with vital knowledge on how to run sports. I currently have 15 students. Two juniors, two adults and the rest are children ranging from four to seven years.”He decided to give riding lessons when he discovered how badly animals were being treated in Soweto, especially by children. His mission is to send a message to people that animals deserve to be loved, not abused.He gives lessons for free at the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) centre in Mofolo South. Four of his students have entered riding competitions in Cape Town, and “people were impressed by their performance”.One of his students is Kabelo Arthur Mafokate, his 14-year-old grandson. Kabelo, says Mafokate fondly, has “a quick eye for horse riding”, a quality he says is essential in showjumping. “Last year he was the overall winner of the Soweto Classic Oliver Tambo Showjumping trophy in the children’s category. I am very proud of him.”But not all members of Mafokate’s family have horse riding in their blood. He is the father of Arthur Mafokate, South Africa’s kwaito king, and the late kwaito singer Makhendlas.He also heads the PDSA centre’s horse unit, where he makes sure that horses, especially the carthorses that deliver coal in Soweto, are not diseased and wear proper horseshoes. Owners bring their horses for regular check-ups, he says.There are plans to develop horse riding in Soweto. Mafokate, with the City of Johannesburg, is planning to establish an equestrian centre in Rockville, Soweto.“The centre will comprise stables, a club house and a restaurant”, he says. “The development is still at the ‘idea stage’, but the site is available. We are also planning a horse riding show on 16 June this year at Kyalami to raise funds for the construction of the centre.”It is almost 4pm and time for Mafokate to feed his beloved horses. He has 11, including his favourite showjumper, Was Salmy. His latest acquisition is Thaba Zimbi, a stallion he recently bought from a farmer who wanted to dispose of the bad-tempered horse.“I tamed him in two days”, Mafokate says proudly. “If I had been given a chance, I would have tamed a lion to behave like a dog. Horses are in my blood.”Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

San Beda’s Fernandez, Bolick, Doliguez, Benilde’s Young suspended for 1 game

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe NCAA on Wednesday imposed one-game suspensions on San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez, Red Lions Robert Bolick and Clint Doliguez, and College of St. Benilde wingman Carlo Young.The three players were involved in an in-game scuffle late in the Red Lions 72-58 win on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Neymar calls Barca president a ‘joke’ Young launched for a takedown that brought Bolick to the floor, igniting a series of ejections that saw Bolick and Doliguez get thrown out with 2:28 remaining in the game.Fernandez, meanwhile, was suspended for his second infraction of “disrespecting game officials.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBolick was also given a warning by NCAA commissioner Bai Cristobal for the aforementioned offense.The suspension took Bolick out of the running for any individual awards including the Most Valuable Player plum. The San Beda star was sixth in the MVP rae. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The San Beda mentor launched a tirade after the game Tuesday questioning the disqualifying foul on Bolick.“I don’t want to insinuate things. I don’t want to speculate, but it’s a won game already, and then that incident happened and they penalized the other team that did not start it,” he said. “If they want us to lose ball games, then let us lose that ball game in a proper way,” Fernandez told the media.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more

AUSTRALIAN WORLD CUP PLAYER DIARY ENTRY # 3

first_imgRelated Filesa_page_from_the_diary_-entry_3-doc Australia’s battle to defend their champion nation status at the 2007 World Cup continues in earnest at the Daniel Craven Stadium in Stelenbosch. Australian Men’s Open Player Ben Robinson, National Women’s Open Vice Captain Melissa Pitfield, and Australian Open Mixed lynchpin Matt Tope give readers a fly on the wall account of all the latest news and views from deep inside the Aussie Team bunker in South Africa.Open the attachment to read the latest installment in the World Cup journey from the three Australian Open representatives.last_img

10 months agoReal Madrid competing with Man Utd for Napoli defender Koulibaly

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid competing with Man Utd for Napoli defender Koulibalyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are competing with Manchester United for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.United have eyed the Napoli defender since the summer, with former manager Jose Mourinho viewing him as the man to fix his leaky defence, and they made a world-record bid for him.But Il Mattino says they could face a serious rival for his signature.Koulibaly has grown into one of the finest defenders on the continent over the last season and a half.And that has led to Real eyeing him as a potential January addition as they look to recover from their shaky start to the season.Napoli are believed to be willing to accept a bid of around £90million for the Senegalese star. last_img read more

9 months ago​Bournemouth boss Howe admits loan possible for Bradford target Surridge

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Bournemouth boss Howe admits loan possible for Bradford target Surridgeby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes another loan could be on the cards for Sam Surridge.The 20-year-old is back from his spell at Oldham, where he netted 12 goals in 20 matches in League Two.But clubs such as Oxford United and Bradford want to take him for the rest of the season. And Cherries boss Howe admits it is a possibility.Quizzed on Surridge, Howe told the Daily Echo: “That’s a very difficult question to answer [on him going back out on loan]. We will wait and see.”I’ve been pleased with him and the loan spell has had a positive effect, which is not always the case.”My recent experiences have been that we have had more negative reactions from loan spells than positive.”It depends on the individual. Sam played and scored goals. He’s feeling good about himself and that has shown in his training here.”There are a lot of admirers out there which is only good for him and us.”He has built his profile to a level where people are aware of him and talking about him, which is the beauty of the loan spell.” last_img read more

Buckeyes Illini eyeing big prize

Forget the diamond rings and gold trophies. When Ohio State welcomes Illinois to The Horseshoe on Saturday, the teams will be playing for a wooden turtle.Originally, a real turtle was used as the game’s emblem, but the schools opted for Illy Illibuck, a wooden replica, following its passing in 1927, just two years after the first Illibuck match.Of course, no prize boosts motivation like a wooden turtle.“It would be good to win the turtle,” running back Brandon Saine said hesitantly with a laugh.OSU has won four of the past five meetings with its tortoise-yearning adversaries. That one defeat, however, ruined the Buckeyes’ 10-0 start in 2007.Illinois arrived in Columbus as overlooked underdogs, the No. 1 Buckeyes looking ahead to their regular season finale against rival Michigan, the final roadblock to a trip to the national title game.The Illini escaped Ohio Stadium with a 28-21 victory, leaving OSU — and the BCS system — in shambles.This time around, Illinois looks to spoil the start of the Big Ten season for the Bucks.“I don’t look back at that game,” Illini coach Ron Zook said. “I think people try to bring that up, but that’s history. This is a different ball game. What happened then, happened then and obviously Ohio State remembers it. Our guys remember it. But every game is different and every year is different.”For Illinois, senior quarterback “Juice” Williams holds the key. Williams missed the team’s victory two weeks ago over Illinois State after leaving Illinois’ opener with an injury to his quadriceps.Illinois had a bye week last week, and Zook said Williams should be ready to play come Saturday.“He’s full go. He was not limited in practice,” he said. “He’s got a strained muscle. He doesn’t feel like it’s an issue and the trainers don’t feel like it’s an issue. When he gets out there and starts playing, I don’t think he will even remember.”In Illinois’ upset of OSU in 2007, Williams threw for four touchdowns while completing just 12 passes.This season, however, success has been more difficult to come by.Missouri, which lost its starting quarterback and top two receiving threats to the NFL, crushed the Illini 37-9 in the season’s first week.“I’ll be honest, I never thought we were going to go 12-0,” Zook said. “The first thing out of my mouth after the game was that. That’s a game that you learn from.”OSU coach Jim Tressel ignores Illinois’ opening result, instead focusing on the team’s talent on both sides of the ball.“I felt going into the Big Ten year that Illinois probably had as good a personnel as anyone in the league,” he said. “The explosive ability they have over on the offensive side, the uniqueness they have over on the defense. They’ve got a big, strong front on defense.”Since 2007, the Illini passing game has centered around Williams and junior receiver Arrelious Benn. Benn caught 67 passes for 1055 yards a year ago.“Offensively, Illinois might be one of the most talented teams in the conference,” said cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, who will cover Benn on Saturday.As for the Buckeye offense, Illinois expects to defend a run-heavy attack.“They are typical Ohio State,” Zook said. “They are going to line up, play Smash Mouth, knock you off the ball and try to run it down your throat.”Aside from the running game, Zook said his team has had trouble preparing for OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The Big Ten Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, at 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, presents a matchup problem for any defense.“The thing about Terrelle is that he’s a hard guy to simulate,” Zook said. “He runs really fast and he’s really strong and he’s big. It’s really hard to prepare for a guy like [Pryor] because you don’t want to beat your guys up by trying.”Illinois hopes to lock down on Pryor’s receiving options and stuff the run game, Zook said.“You’re not going to go stop [Pryor],” he said. “What we have to do is understand that he’s going to get his [yardage] and we have to contain the best that we can and give up as few big plays as we can.”The Buckeyes begin Big Ten play on a trek to their fifth consecutive conference title. OSU’s rich history of league success has Illinois motivated to emulate the 2007 game and beat the Bucks at The ‘Shoe.“I think any time you play an opponent, if you’re a competitor you love to compete against the best,” Zook said. “Obviously they’re one of the best.” read more

Pochettino confident Spurs can compete with top sides

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is certain that his team have proved themselves against the top sides, despite losing their last match 3-1 against Manchester CityThe Argentine’s side hosted the newly-crowned Premier League champions at Wembley on Saturday and were defeated 3-1 in a convincing display from City.The result marked their first league defeat in 14 matches, since their last meeting with City back in December. But Pochettino was nevertheless positive about Spurs’ prospects.“After 14 games unbeaten, it was a massive, massive run for us,” said Pochettino, according to Football365.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We played Liverpool, United, Arsenal, Chelsea and 14 games unbeaten I think the players deserve full credit.“We are disappointed but not frustrated or sad because when we increased our level and showed our real quality we showed we can compete against Manchester City – the best team in England.“That is why I am not concerned about the future. Yes it was 20 minutes where we were really poor but I am not worried because I think the team competed really well.”last_img read more