Cesc Fabregas snubs Chelsea team-mates in his dream five-a-side team

first_imgAdvertisement Cesc Fabregas snubs Chelsea team-mates in his dream five-a-side team Comment Cesc Fabregas picked a star-studded five-a-side team (Picture: Getty)Cesc Fabregas didn’t name a single Chelsea player in his dream five-a-side team from players that he’s played with during his career.The Spaniard’s enjoyed a glittering career that’s been spent at elite European clubs such as Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea.Added to that is the hugely successful international career that Fabregas has enjoyed with Spain, where he’s won two European Championships and a World Cup.But some of Fabregas’ best football was played at Stamford Bridge, where he inspired the Blues to the Premier League title in his debut campaign in west London in 2015.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, despite playing with the likes of N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, Fabregas didn’t name a single Chelsea player in his dream five-a-side team and packed it instead with Spanish players and Thierry Henry.Speaking to Henry on Instagram Live, Fabregas said: ‘I need a goalkeeper, I’m an offensive coach but I need a goalkeeper. For what we experience together and the big moments we had together I will go with Iker [Casillas].‘He was incredible in big moments. I think Iker in important moments, the moments where it is history, I think I have to go for him. ‘By the way you’re [Henry] up front obviously, you’re in my all-time XI. ‘I would have to have Lionel Messi 100% because I think between you and him we’d score a few goals. Casillas is the player that will save them. Fabregas remains close friends with Messi (Picture: Getty)‘I have to say this is a player that a player in England everyone talks about him now but I played with him when I was 16 years old and it’s David Silva. I always had this understanding with him. There’s players that you never talk about as best in the world but I had special feeling with him. ‘We had a career with Spain growing up and then winning everything together. Iniesta and Silva are the two players that I always felt ‘wow’ I’m enjoying so much in midfield, they can pass and move. They have the intelligence that when I move forward they can drop to get it. You don’t need to be in the same position, you can change because other players are intelligent to fill the hole for you. I love that. ‘Silva and Iniesta have to be there for me. I don’t have any defender but I don’t care. I will have a goalkeeper that can save everything, two magicians in midfield and two GOATS [Greatest Of All Time] up front.MORE: Cesc Fabregas reveals he upset Arsenal star Nwankwo Kanu in very first training session Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 May 2020 9:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShareslast_img read more

Arsenal explore buying Bournemouth defender

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is braced for bids for Ake after his side were drawn into a relegation scrap. As part of the deal which saw the Dutchman move to the south coast, Chelsea have an option to re-sign Ake for £40 million. Read Also:Mikel Arteta reacts after Arsenal’s draw at Chelsea This clause expires at the end of this window which could force the Blues to move for the centre-back. The Daily Mail says Arsenal are considering a permanent move to bolster their defence this month with Ake emerging as an alternative target to Jerome Boateng. The Gunners were linked with signing the Bayern Munich defender on a loan deal this window but with Champions League qualification still a possibility, they may opt for Ake in a big-money move. Arsenal would still prefer loan moves in January but are willing to make a permanent signing if it would help them secure Champions League qualification.Advertisement Arsenal are exploring the prospect of buying Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.center_img Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthlast_img read more

NANF Chief Petitions NFF Ethics Committee Over Board Member

first_imgHe categorically stated (in a video footage evidence) that a reception was held in Fresh’s honour by the Plateau United management as reward for aiding their league triumph against all odds. He thereafter disclosed that the NANF will take the vital evidence to the relevant anti-graft agencies in the event that necessary action is not taken against the petition. Jumbo also mentioned another game, the clash between Kano Pillars and Plateau United FC. He stated in the petition as follows: “For those of us who were physically present at the match venue, it was nothing but a day light robbery particularly when the center referee did the impossible to ensure the game ended in a 1-1 draw.” NANF chief and former international, Awala Jumbo, has petitioned the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Ethics Committee over allegations against NFF executive board member Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh.Fresh, who is the chairman of the NFF Referees Appointment Committee, was accused of using his position for bribery as well as gross manipulation of referees appointment in favour of league champions during the 2017/18 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).Jumbo, who is the head of the technical department of the NANF and the chairman of NANF monitoring committee of the NPFL matches, further accused Fresh of taking huge gratification by appointing referees that influenced majority of Plateau United’s league matches in favour of the Jos-based team.In his petition, Awala Jumbo also mentioned the game between Sunshine Stars and Akwa United in Ijebu Ode adding that the NFF referees appointment committee under the chairmanship of Fresh appointed all the match officials from the exco member’s home state (Niger State) and that he was physically present at the match venue to ensure Akwa United finished the game on the losing side. “We shall also proceed with vital information concerning the criminal aspect of this matter that is outside the jurisdiction of football with a formal complaint to the relevant anti-graft agencies for a thorough investigation on alleged several gratifications received by Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh to compromise and manipulate the 2017/18 NPFL season,” he concluded.center_img The NFF Ethics Committee is however yet to respond to the allegations contained in the petition dated August 17, 2017. RelatedChineme Martins: Amaju Pinnick Inaugurates Committee To Investigate Player’s DeathMarch 17, 2020In “Featured”Ifeanyi Ubah Bags CAF AppointmentMay 8, 2018In “CAF”Rani KhediraJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

A look at the Angels’ payroll now that the free-agent market is open

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone The free-agent season officially opened Tuesday, which means Angels fans can officially start salivating over Gerrit Cole and any number of other players who they believe can help stop the team’s four-year streak of finishing with a losing record.But first, it’s important to understand the Angels’ payroll. So, here’s the definitive explainer of how to do the math.For starters, the Angels insist their payroll is always based on their revenues, not the luxury tax. So it’s not right to view the luxury-tax threshold as their payroll limit. This isn’t the NFL or NBA where the salary cap is at a point at which every team is expected to hit it. In baseball, only a few teams each year get to the luxury-tax threshold. Still, we’ll get to that.The Angels’ actual payroll, which is what they have budgeted in terms of actual cash flow, is normally around $170 million to $180 million. Arte Moreno said this year it would go up, but he didn’t say how much. It could be $5 million or it could be $30 million. We don’t know. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Regardless, here’s the math of what they’ve already spent.The Angels have five players with guaranteed salaries for 2020: Mike Trout ($36 million), Albert Pujols ($29 million), Justin Upton ($21 million), Andrelton Simmons ($15 million) and Zack Cozart ($12.75 million). That’s $113.75 million.They also have nine remaining arbitration-eligible players, after they let go of Justin Bour, Luís García and Nick Tropeano. MLB Trade Rumors has arbitration estimates for them that look like this: Andrew Heaney ($5 million), Hansel Robles ($4 million), Tommy La Stella ($2.9 million), Cam Bedrosian ($2.8 million), Brian Goodwin ($2.1 million), Kevan Smith ($1.3 million), Noé Ramírez ($1 million), Max Stassi ($800,000) and Keynan Middleton ($800,000).That’s $21.7 million worth of arbitration salaries.So far that’s only 14 players, though. The Angels will have 26 active players at all times. So they need 12 other spots, plus accounting for the fact that there will be players on the disabled list or in Triple-A getting paid big-league salaries. So, estimating around $600,000 average for about 18 spots, that’s about another $10 million.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter So, although it gets there in a different way, it’s also about $146 million.  The luxury-tax threshold is $208 million.If you want to figure what the Angels have to add to get there, remember the difference between actual salary and average salary. Say they sign Cole to a seven-year, $245-million deal. That would be an average of $35 million, but maybe in 2020 they pay him only $28 million. So it adds $28 million to the actual payroll, but $35 million to the luxury-tax payroll.Now that you’ve got all of that, you can dream away about what the Angels should, or can, do this winter.ALSOThe Angels on Tuesday lost infielder Kean Wong on waivers to the San Francisco Giants. Wong was just claimed on waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays in the final week of the regular season. Add those three numbers, and you get $146.25 million toward what has been a limit of around $175 million. Moreno said it would be higher this year, though, so it’s anyone’s guess how high it goes.The luxury-tax threshold is a little different.It uses the average annual value of multiyear contracts. In the cases of Trout, Upton and Cozart, their 2020 salaries are about the same as their averages, but Simmons has an AAV of $8.3 million and Pujols has an AAV of $24 million. Both are significantly lower than what they’re actually being paid in 2020.Assuming all of the arbitration-eligible players sign one-year deals, their figures will all be the same, so the current total of salaries as it relates to the luxury tax is actually about $132 million. For the luxury tax, you also have to count bonuses and benefits, so that’s about another $14 million or so.Related Articleslast_img read more

J.J. Watt throws major flags at NFL’s unclear coronavirus plan

first_imgMORE: NFL players testing mouth shields as COVID-19 precautionIn a tweet sent out Thursday afternoon, Texans star J.J. Watt revealed that the NFL Players Association doesn’t know how the league will handle COVID-19 testing, training camp procedures or the preseason schedule. Watt said he has been on four NFLPA calls in the past two weeks, and it seems players are understandably concerned about the lack of clarity.In the interest of having everyone on the same page in terms of what we know and don’t know at this time, here are a few things I’ve learned being on four NFLPA calls in the last two weeks with hundreds of other players.Keep in mind our rookies are scheduled to report in 48 hrs pic.twitter.com/wAH1XyQenf— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 16, 2020From Watt’s tweet:— We want to play— We want to be as safe as possible— We have not received a single valid IDER plan (Infections Disease Emergency Response) from any team or the league— We don’t know if there are preseason games or not— We don’t know if there will be daily testing, semi-daily testing, etc.— We don’t know how a potential positive COVID test would would affect contracts, roster spots, etc.— Nothing has been agreed upon regarding what training camp will actually look like and how the “ramp up” period will work— We want to playSome details of the NFL’s health and safety protocols have already leaked. For example, the NFL does intend to place players who have tested positive for COVID-19 on IR for three weeks, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, and those players will be paid. It has been more than four months since professional sports leagues suspended play over coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns in the United States. The timing worked out better for the NFL than any other league given its 2019 season ended in February.However, plenty of questions remain about the 2020 campaign, and NFL players are still searching for answers. But, as Watt noted, there are major issues that have not yet been addressed, and Chiefs and Texans rookies are supposed to report for training camp Saturday. It won’t be long before the veterans join them.The NFL has essentially made it known that players need to report to camp on time as contracted employees – and that’s been a fairly constant message. For now, it appears headed in that direction unless the NFLPA decides to take a harder stance.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) July 16, 2020Players remain wary about how camp will look when it opens. One consideration being discussed: 7-week schedule that includes 3 weeks of 20 players at a time with cleanings in between… 2 weeks that will essentially look like OTAs… then two weeks of padded practices with hitting.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) July 16, 2020NFL owners are scheduled to have a call Friday, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, so perhaps that conversation will cover the important points players such as Watt have brought up.It’s more likely that these problems will persist beyond this week, though. Expect additional discussions between the NFL and NFLPA in the near future — and much more consternation.last_img read more

Only routine work, bills enabling elections can be passed – Nandlall

first_imgSittings of National Assembly…says spending of taxpayers’ money on new capital projects, policies “unlawful”With the passage of several bills during the parliamentary Opposition’s absence of the 112th sitting of the 11th Parliament, a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) frontbencher has made it clear that only certain bills can be passed in the house under current circumstances.In an interview with Guyana Times, former Attorney General and Opposition parliamentarian Anil Nandlall made it clear that after a Government falls to a no-confidence vote, the current circumstances in question, it cannot be “business as usual.”“Naturally, Government is expected to provide the basic services of the state to theFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlallcitizens, which are public security, public health, public utilities, payment of salaries of public servants, etc…”Besides these basic services, Nandlall made it clear that Government also has to give the highest priority to preparing the electoral machinery, in the form of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for elections within three months.“Any bills which are necessary to accomplish those objectives ought to be passed. However, the Government will have no authority to bring in new legislation that are unrelated to those matters to which I made reference,” Nandlall said.“Government cannot embark on new capital projects and cannot begin implementing new policies; more so, those that cannot be completed in time for elections. Any expenditure of public funds on those types of projects can be regarded as unlawful and may attract criminal liability,” he added.On Thursday, the Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill No 20 of 2018; the Capital Gains (Amendment) Bill; the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill and the Natural Resources Fund of 2018 were all passed in the National Assembly.While Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland called for those in favour and against these bills to speak up, only the ‘I’s from the Government side were heard. That is because the PPP parliamentarians boycotted the sitting on account of its unconstitutionality.Government statusOn December 21, 2018, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition against the Government succeeded when Charrandas Persaud, a former AFC Member of Parliament, broke rank and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the Constitution of Guyana is clear about the next steps. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”Since the passage of the motion on December 21, however, persons aligned with the coalition party have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified.In addition, Government has insisted it is going nowhere until elections are held. A court case was filed on Friday, in which an order is being sought to, among other things, delay the elections until the court rules on the matter.last_img read more