Bournemouth signs Afobe BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP): Bournemouth has added more firepower in their bid to survive in their first season in the English Premier League, signing Benik Afobe from second-tier Wolverhampton Wanderers for a reported fee of £10 million ($14.5 million). The 22-year-old Afobe is a former Arsenal trainee, who has represented England at youth and under-21 levels. He has scored 10 goals in 27 matches for Wolves this season. Bournemouth announced the signing yesterday, with chief executive Neill Blake saying Afobe is a “consistent threat in front of goal” and that his “pedigree as an Arsenal Academy product must also not be underestimated”. Bournemouth are 16th in the 20-team Premier League, four points above the relegation zone. Shah to appeal against suspension ISLAMABAD (AP): Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah will appeal against his suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told the ICC yesterday and the game’s governing body will now form a tribunal to hear Shah’s appeal. Shah was suspended last month after his ‘A’ sample contained a banned substance – chlortalidone – which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. Local reports say Shah took his wife’s blood pressure medication without knowing that it contained the banned substance. During his suspension Shah cannot participate in any international match or games organised by the PCB or its affiliated members. Wawrinka wins Chennai Open CHENNAI, India (AP): Stan Wawrinka won his fourth title at the Chennai Open yesterday with a 6-3, 7-5 win over upcoming Borna Coric of Croatia. Fifteen aces and trademark backhand shots helped the top-seeded Swiss dominate against 19-year-old Coric, the youngest player in the world’s top 50 at No. 44. It was the fourth title in five finals for 30-year-old Wawrinka, who had finished runner-up in 2010 and won his first title in 2011 at the hard court venue. He also won in 2014 and 2015. Wawrinka saved all five break points even as Coric, playing his maiden ATP final, failed to put up the kind of fight that saw him win three-setters in four previous matches.
It would have taken nothing less than a highly motivated team, with some very inspired players, a great tactical plan and perfect game-time execution for Jamaica College (JC) to turn the tables on St George’s College the way they did in the Manning Cup final. This is the kind of dynamic convergence that generally occurs when a team with superior individual talent gets beaten by a team with less individual quality. It was a lesson in tactical brilliance by coach Miguel Coley and the rest of the JC coaching staff. After getting clobbered by an embarrassing four goals to nil in the FLOW Super Cup final, JC could have easily lost confidence and surrendered the psychological advantage. Instead, their emphatic response was commensurate with their status as champions. I did an interview on radio with Coley on the eve of the final and asked him if he had a specific plan for the St George’s number 11? Coley, I thought, pretended not to hear the question, so I asked him again, do you have a plan for the highly rated Alex Marshall, who basically destroyed JC in the Super Cup final? Coley, this time, was deliberately evasive and expertly stuck to generalities while refusing to answer the question directly. It was obvious from then that a plan was indeed in place. Marshall shut down To nullify a dangerous striker, coaches generally employ one of two approaches: designate a man marker or cut off the supply line to the danger man. JC opted for the latter, and they did it brilliantly. Outside of the overall defensive discipline of the champions, as reflected in their tenacious tackling, marking and pressuring of the ball, the likes of captain Shevon Stewart and Gregory Messam Jr, the season-long supply line for the consistently brilliant Marshall, were rendered ineffective by the high-energy and aggressive JC ball-pressing in midfield, which left Marshall out of service and a mere spectator. At one point in the game, Stewart came over to coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell and the television microphone picked up the conversation as the skipper quietly complained to the coach about the effort of some of his teammates. Coach Bell responded by saying, talk to them, but don’t quarrel, just talk to them. Crucially, for the entire 90 minutes, St George’s were unable to conjure up any significant tactical response to the relentless aggression and efficiency of the JC approach. During coach Miguel Coley’s 100 per cent three-peat Manning Cup run at JC, one thing that they have done consistently is to peak and play their best football at the business end of the season. I have been cautiously sending out my warnings all year long that the wagon-filled STGC clan had better be wary of JC. On the STGC side, I did detect an uncharacteristic touch of overconfidence from a couple of the television interviews, and who could blame them really, after St George’s had so emphatically demolished JC two weeks before? Certainly, for the first time that I can remember in his illustrious coaching career, Bell was outcoached in a Manning Cup final. That picture of him kneeling to congratulate Coley said more than a thousand words, as one of the oldest lessons in sport was reinforced in the 2015 Manning Cup final: Never underestimate the heart of a champion.
Graeme Souness believes Manchester United have had ‘their trousers taken down’ paying £89million for Paul Pogba.Souness’s scathing assessment came after United saw out a tame 0-0 draw with Southampton, a game which Pogba missed following the recent death of his father. The former Juve midfielder has impressed in patches this season, but Souness isn’t convinced United have been received value for money. Souness told Sky Sports: “United have to pay a premium. For United, stick 25 per cent on the price.“Because it’s Man United and they have the money. In my opinion, they had their trousers taken down paying £100million.“I’m yet to be convinced by that. He may be a player one day but right now as we sit here after one year in our football, I’m still waiting to be convinced.”Souness also bemoaned United’s performance at St Mary’s and isn’t convinced fatigue is an issue. He said: “Man up, I’m sorry. These guys have got to perform. Nobody tried to pussyfoot around us. You’re no good if you lose next week, deal with it.” 1 Pogba missed the clash with Southampton to attend his father’s funeral
Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement It was billed as a battle between the fictional worlds of Westeros and Gilead.In the end, the epic fantasy Game of Thrones won for best dramatic series, emerging victorious over The Handmaid’s Tale at the 70th annual Emmy Awards on Monday night.It wasn’t a sure thing: Dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale won last year, and the Margaret Atwood adaptation remains prescient in the #MeToo era, and an age when women’s abortion rights are under threat. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment But Game of Thrones, despite being absent from the ballots last year, roared back to prominence. It was already the most decorated scripted show in Emmy history, but after a 13-month absence, the series seemed vulnerable to fickle voters and the red tide of the handmaids. But voters chose escapism over an alternate reality that perhaps hit too close to home.Despite the focus on the headline contest between well-established incumbents for best drama, this was ostensibly an Emmy Awards night about diversity. But it didn’t quite deliver on the mission statement.Inside the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, an entertaining musical number featured John Legend, Ricky Martin, Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson singing, tongue firmly planted in cheek, that they had solved the lack of diversity in Hollywood.“This year has the most diverse group in Emmy history,” said Thompson. “It’s one step closer to a Black Sheldon.” Login/Register With: Twitter