talkSPORT’s Breakfast transfer guru Ian Abrahams guides you through the latest news and views from the transfer market.Manchester United have been linked with a move for Zenit St Peterburg’s Axel Witsel. The Belgian World Cup star has admitted he is keen to play in the Premier League.There’s also the latest on Arsenal’s pursuit of Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, the Gunners have also been linked with Magpies team-mate Moussa Sissoko.Listen to the Moose’s transfer round-up above and leave your thoughts on the day’s news below…
Long Jump3. Taryn Rolle, 17-0.5 (5.19m)9. Cameryn Baldwin, 14-5 (4.39m) 800 Meters2. Meghan Kearney, 2:18.223. Kayla Giuliano, 2:19.75 AMES, Iowa – The Drake University track and field teams opened their indoor season with their lone meet of the fall semester Friday, Dec. 8, afternoon at the Cyclone Duals at Iowa State’s Lied Recreation Center. UNI, 62Drake, 46 UNI, 64Drake, 45 Drake Individual Women’s Results60 Meters3. Mariah Crawford, 7.915. Sophia Jackson, 8.016. Emma Thoreson, 8.26 The women’s team was led by Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) beginning her senior season where she left off last year with a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.81. Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) added another title for the women by finishing first in the 400 meters in 57.71. Dual Results – WomenIowa State, 59Drake, 50 60-Meter Hurdles1. Mary Young, 8.81 The Bulldogs won five events on the afternoon in competition against in-state foes Iowa State and UNI. Drake fell narrowly in dual scoring against the Cyclones and Panthers. Also earning wins for the men was the distance combination of Xavier Lechleitner (Edgar, Wis.) and Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa). Lechleitner won the 800 meters in 1:56.37 while Yeager claimed the mile title in a personal-best time of 4:18.56. 200 Meters2. Mariah Crawford, 25.834. Mary Young, 26.046. Sophia Jackson, 26.99 Three Drake men brought home top honors with Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.) leading the way with blistering season-opening time of 6.85 to win the men’s 60 meters. That finish is just shy of one of the top three times in school history and a 0.22 second improvement off his previous personal best. Teammate Aaron Chier (Belgium, Wis.) was the nearest competitor Friday as he finished second in 7.00. The Bulldogs will have more than a month off to train and break for the semester before their next competition, Jan. 12-13 and the Graduate Classic in Lincoln, Neb. 200 Meters2. Caulin Graves, 22.003. Aaron Chier, 22.207. Blair Barrow, 23.129. Alex Klosterman, 23.60 Complete Results 400 Meters2. Bas Van Leersum, 48.574. Hudson Priebe, 50.845. Cory Erickson, 51.146. Tyler Zak, 51.297. Max Harlan, 53.058. Michael Cooper, 53.72 4×400-Meter Relay2. Kearney, Giuliano, Jackson, Lang, 4:00.90 4×400-Meter Relay3. Barrow, Bognar, Lechleitner, Priebe, 3:25.324. Barrow, Erickson, Harlan, Metivier, 3:25.82 Iowa State DualsDec. 8, 2017Ames, Iowa – Lied Recreation Center Story Links Mile5. Bailee Cofer, 5:13.046. Olivia Rogers, 5:16.667. Morgan Garcia, 5:19.588. Elizabeth Aho, 5:24.019. Kenzie Mente, 5:38.86 Dual Results – MenIowa State, 54Drake, 50 Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters1. Deonne Witherspoon, 6.852. Aaron Chier, 7.003. Caulin Graves, 7.05 High Jump4. Forest Moses, 6-0.75 (1.85m) 400 Meters1. Victoria Coombe, 57.71 800 Meters1. Xavier Lechleitner, 1:56.373. Chris Kaminski, 2:01.535. Rylee Miller, 2:04.416. John Freeman, 2:05.49 Shot Put5. Bryce Lang, 27-10.25 (9.0m)6. Christina LeMunyon, 25-6 (7.77m) Mile1. Josh Yeager, 4:18.564. Matt Cozine, 4:23.965. Kyle Brandt, 4:26.387. Kyle Cass, 4:31.908. Joe Romain, 4:32.0910. Alec Bognar, 4:42.99 Weight Throw11. Bryce Lang, 22-11 (6.98m) Shot Put9. Max Harlan, 30-0 (9.14m)10. Alex Klosterman, 20-3.5 (6.18m) 60-Meter Hurdles4. Dominic Lombardi, 8.51 Weight Throw9. Max Harlan, 34-7.75 Print Friendly Version
FNB Stadium will host more Soweto derbies. FNB’s grass being trimmed for a big game. Jacques Grobbelaar is a director of FNB’smanagement company. The calabash-designed venue was ahub of activity during the World Cup.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Orelia GrobbelaarCorporate AffairsStadium Management South Africa+27 11 247 5300Bongani NkosiThe FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, a hub of activity during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is the most profitable facility that was built or renovated in South African for tournament matches – and its success as a venue looks set to continue.The stadium, also referred to as Soccer City, is now back to hosting big sport games like the Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, other premier league football matches, as well as international football and rugby matches.World-famous entertainers are also billed to perform at the 94 000-capacity venue in the coming months, said Jacques Grobbelaar, director of Stadium Management South Africa which manages the FNB facility, Soweto’s Orlando and Dobsonville stadiums and Rand Stadium in southern Johannesburg.“Big stars are coming to the stadium,” said Grobbelaar at a media briefing at the stadium on 22 September.It’s been confirmed that US pop sensation Neil Diamond will perform there later this year.Although there are concerns that the 10 World Cup stadiums won’t be used to their full potential, this is not the case with the multi-purpose FNB facility, said the management group which has been given full responsibility to run the venue owned by the City of Johannesburg.Tickets snapped up for FNB matchesThe government renovated the FNB Stadium at a cost of R3.3-billion (US$460.6-million) ahead of the global football spectacle.Since hosting the momentous World Cup matches, including the opening and final, FNB went on to stage four high-attendance football and rugby matches, two of which were sold-out events.The sold-out Telkom Charity Cup, which provided all-day football activities in August, was held there, followed later in the month by a historic Tri-Nations match between South Africa’s national rugby side the Springboks and the All Blacks of New Zealand. Some 92 000 tickets were snapped up for this face-off.Bafana Bafana beat Ghana at the stadium in a well-attended match on 10 August.It was also a playground for the first round of the MTN Top 8 semifinal between Soweto giants Chiefs and Pirates, which attracted more than 50 000 spectators. The second round will also be at the stadium on 25 September.“Pirates and Chiefs will play their big matches here,” Grobbelaar said.Stadium Management South Africa has secured further agreements with Chiefs and Pirates, the biggest premier league clubs in Johannesburg, to use Rand Stadium and Orlando Stadium for their home matches.Chiefs played its home matches outside Johannesburg during the previous season, although it’s traditionally a Soweto-based team. Another Soweto premier league outfit, Moroka Swallows, plays its home matches at Dobsonville Stadium.It’s taken more than luck to strike these agreements with such big teams, Grobbelaar said. It took the company 14 months to get Chiefs to agree to play at Rand Stadium, and negotiations with Pirates dragged on for nine months.It took 18 months to bring the Tri-Nations match to FNB, according to Grobbelaar. “We were quite chuffed with finalising those agreements,” he said.“It’s not the fact that we’re lucky, all stadiums are competing [for these games].”Negotiations are under way with the Golden Lions rugby team to be moved to FNB.Stadium financially sustainableThe stadium requires about R2.5-million ($35 000) for maintenance each month – but this is no problem for management because “we’ve put proper content by attracting Chiefs and Pirates”, said Grobbelaar.Management is “doing well” in “meeting the financial demands”.“We don’t have any concerns about sustainability. We know that the stadium will be utilised,” said Grobbelaar.The FNB Stadium receives no funding from the City of Johannesburg for maintenance. “We accepted full financial responsibility of the stadium.”Grobbelaar said 40% of the management group’s profit is ploughed into community development projects around Johannesburg.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Another chilly start, but we have sun on the way today! And, we should see winds start to shift around to the south tonight, allowing temps to moderate more as we finish the week.Sunshine will be here for tomorrow as well, and clouds wait to increase until late. Our next front is accelerating some, but we still look for our rain to be here through the day Saturday. Now, last weekend, the front we were expecting slowed, and we told you that was not a good thing for us. The opposite is true here. An accelerating front means that we have chances of seeing our rain totals diminish somewhat. We are dropping the top end of rain totals range so now we look for .1 -.6” over about 80% of the state.Dry behind the front for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. We continue to look for a chance of frost Monday morning, but temps don’t look to be quite as impressive. Our feeling here is that clouds likely do not break up as much .Without the clearing, we likely are only going to be dropping into the 32-36 degree range in many places, meaning we are not categorizing it as a “hard” frost at this point. There can be pockets of colder air, but the clouds may hold just enough to keep us from truly bottoming out there. In fact, we think there will be decent clouds hanging around Monday and Tuesday as well.We keep a trough in the forecast for midweek next week. Moisture does not look to be as impressive on this most recent model run, but in this pattern, where we see a trough or front sweeping through every few days, and where the pattern looks most active over the Great Lakes, we find ourselves hesitant to talk the wave down at this point. So, we will keep scattered showers in for midweek with a potential for .05”-.6” to about 80% of the state. This should be a fairly fast moving little wave. And, the risk here is that it speeds up, and we actually see moisture trend more toward Tuesday afternoon. We are keeping our eyes on it.Dry for the balance of next week, but cool, and we have additional threats of frost. The next front moves into the region around the 4th with minor rain chances up to half an inch. A stronger front moves in for the extended period, right now looking at the 8th and 9th. The system could bring up to .75” to the state. No significant changes this morning. The most suspect part of the upcoming 10 day forecast is midweek next week…if there is a period ripe for changes…it will be there.
1) Now that Captain Dhoni has lost the toss. That is one negative to start with. add another: Sreesanth to play in place of Nehra. Oh God!2) Sachin Tendulkar will again be the backbone of the Indian innings. But will he survive five-six chances like against Pakistan? The Sri Lankans are good at converting even half-chances into crucial run-outs and catches.3) Dilshan and Sangakkara are batsmen much feared by bowlers across the world. Can India keep them quiet? What if they can’t and the two do to Indian bowlers what Sanath Jayasuriya did to Manoj Prabhakar? Ouch, let’s not think negative. But that’s a problem.4) The Sri Lankans have upped mindgames against India, saying India start as favourites. Normally, the Indian team feels good about it and gets walloped in the match. Will that happen again, I wonder?5) Yuvraj Singh, hmmmm. Remember what happened to him in Mohali against the Pakistani attack? In and then out. Let’s hope he has gotten over that “quickfire” innings.6) Let’s say India bats first and doesn’t get a heavy score, the Indian team normally acts like it has lost its spine when the other team comes out to play. Hope the Indian team has had its calcium supplements (can help in detecting one’s spine).7) The whole country is with Dhoni and the team. But it is for the team to play. We can cry ourselves hoarse but you know about the horse and the water? Our batsmen and bowlers are very prone to ignoring the ocean of fan support to bounce back from an adverse position. It usually is three down and then six down.advertisement8) This blog is about superstition, about not wanting to move away from the screen or not watching a match because India may lose. The last time this blog said India will lose to Pak, India won. Let’s hope Dhoni and the boys get the message right this time too and beat the Lankans.
Ohio State coaches Mark Mitchell (left) and Kevin McGuff (right) watch OSU’s 82-63 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorNot too long ago, the Ohio State women’s basketball team was a unit with all the answers.OSU had won 11 straight games, the outright Big Ten regular-season title was within its grip and at least a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament was nearly a lock, with a top seed a realistic proposal.Now, just a couple of weeks after those extremely positive outcomes of coach Kevin McGuff’s third season in Columbus seemed inevitable, all of those achievements have been entirely wiped out.With the Buckeyes losing three of their last four games, including an embarrassing 82-63 loss to Michigan State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, the one thing OSU needs before the NCAA tournament begins is what it had an abundance of when it last played in Columbus: an answer.OSU doesn’t have an answer as to what seed it will be when the NCAA tournament begins. It doesn’t have an answer as to how it came up empty-handed in the Big Ten regular-season title despite having a one-game lead with two games left to play. And it doesn’t have an answer as to what happened to one of the best offenses in the nation.The Buckeyes, who average 86.7 points per game, the third most in the country, had a season-low 20 points at the half against Michigan State in a game they trailed in by as many as 36 points.After the game, senior guard Cait Craft chalked much of that up to the ineffectiveness of fellow senior guard Ameryst Alston, who was held back by a sprained right wrist and didn’t score, but said there were still concerns about the way the team played as a whole.“Not having Ameryst hurt a little bit, but at the end of the day, we as a team didn’t come ready to play really until the last quarter,” Craft said. “Not having her does hurt, but it shouldn’t have been that detrimental to us. And I think we let that get in the way more than it should have, obviously.”McGuff said he doesn’t know what Alston’s status will be moving forward after the game, noting only the diagnosis of her injury and that he “hopes” she will be able to accelerate through her rehab and be good to go for the NCAA tournament.But missing Alston’s first-team All-Big Ten production was only a steep section of the mountain the Buckeyes were sliding down, not the point of departure from the top.The night before against Rutgers, in which Alston was perfectly healthy until the closing minutes, the Buckeyes only put up 26 points on the scoreboard at the half. They ended up winning the game 73-58 behind sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell’s tournament-record 43 points, but, especially after losing their previous two games, the concerns were already in the air before the seismic semifinal debacle.A lot of the Buckeyes’ issues in the tournament were inexplicable, such as junior Shayla Cooper, a steady contributor off the bench throughout the year, suddenly being largely absent from the offense.Cooper averaged 13.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game during the season, but against Rutgers she put up seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, and the next night she had just two points on 1-of-5 shooting through three quarters, including a second period absent from the floor.She ended up finishing off the night strong with 14 points in the garbage-time fourth quarter, hitting all six shot attempts. But Cooper has been one of the Buckeyes’ most valuable players all season long, and the need for her to step up inflated with Alston physically unable to shoot. Instead, she was nowhere to be found.After the Michigan State game, McGuff didn’t have an explanation or assessment for the sorry performance. He simply didn’t have an answer.“It didn’t have anything to do with effort or competitiveness,” McGuff said. “We have to learn from tonight that we’re going to hit some adversity again. I don’t know what it will be. Maybe it will be foul trouble, something. And how we react to it is going to determine everything.”Two weeks ago, OSU was a team that many were pegging as a Final Four contender. It had already beaten Maryland twice — the only two in-conference losses the Terrapins have had since joining the Big Ten — and had lost to powerhouses South Carolina and Notre Dame on the road by a combined 11 points.But now, the Buckeyes are trying to rebuild from the ground up with the NCAA tournament a week and a half away — trying to understand when it all turned around. “That’s the great thing about college basketball, you get a chance to tip it up again here before too long,” McGuff said. “And I think we have a great opportunity ahead of us. We just have to get back to the gym and kind of get back to being who we are.”The Buckeyes will learn their tournament seeding and opponent on Monday, and whether their first-round game will be set for March 18 or 19.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is seen before tipoff of overtime of a game between the Cavs and the San Antonio Spurs. The Cavs beat the Spurs, 128-125. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIn the last 30 NBA Finals, eight teams have hoisted the trophy.Just think about that for a second. Eight teams in 30 Finals.Eighteen teams have won the World Series in that span (and there wasn’t even a Series played in 1994). Sixteen squads have won the Super Bowl since 1984, as well.But in the NBA, if you’re not the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat or Dallas Mavericks, you have not felt the thrill of victory since the season before Michael Jordan entered the league.This year, thankfully, it seems as though a ninth member will join this exclusive club.Of the four teams remaining — the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and Rockets — only Houston has won it in the last 30 years. The Rockets appear to be the most unlikely team to make it to the Finals, having to face a lethal Warriors squad. In an ESPN.com poll, each of the 14 experts surveyed picked the Warriors to advance to the Finals.Of course, if the Los Angeles Clippers hadn’t collapsed and blown a 3-1 lead against Houston, we would already be guaranteed a fresh champion.But, nonetheless, if the Rockets fall to Golden State as expected, we will finally see someone new celebrating.It’s hard to call LeBron James in the Finals “new” — after appearing in the previous four Finals with the Heat, winning twice — but the Cavs, one of 13 teams to never win a championship, winning it all would certainly be something we haven’t seen before.The Warriors, meanwhile, won their last title in 1975, while the Hawks have the second-longest drought of any team — last winning in 1958 when they played in St. Louis. In fact, the Hawks have not even been back to the Finals since 1961, and never in Atlanta.So, with three of the 22 teams shut out from the last 30 years of parades still alive, you really couldn’t ask for more from a competitive standpoint.It truly is stunning when you look at that 22-of-30 figure. The simple explanation is the NBA is a league driven by the greats, and there are only so many of those to go around. Each of the last 30 champions, except for the 2003-04 Pistons, featured at least one player who can easily be categorized as one of the greatest of all time.With that in mind, LeBron and the Cavs would have to be considered the favorite as the only team to feature a true legend of the game.That’s not to mean any disrespect to the Warriors’ Stephen Curry, the league’s Most Valuable Player. While a strong case can already be made for him being the greatest shooter ever, he has a long way to go after really emerging this season before being classified as great.It’s also not to remove hope from the Hawks. As the Pistons showed in the 2004 Finals, you can win it all with a team full of good players, but no greats. It’s just really, really difficult.So, looking at the overall picture, it seems like, from a historical standpoint, the Cavs are the most likely team to win it all. LeBron winning his third title in five years also happens to be the least adventurous result — which seems to be the NBA way.Though, knowing the nearly impossible climb to becoming a championship team in the NBA, maybe the Rockets will find a way to add their third title since 1984 after all.
Thierry Henry wants Gilles Grimandi to join him at Bordeaux should he get the manager’s job there, according to Metro.Reports in France suggest Thierry Henry has agreed a deal that would see him become the new manager of Bordeaux and he wants former Arsenal teammate Grimandi to become his no. 2.The French club are in search of a new manager after they sacked Gus Poyet, who subsequently branded the club’s board a disgrace.Henry who has been assistant to Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez over the last two years, also spent time learning the ropes as the coach of the Arsenal academy. Following his success in Russia, Henry confirmed he would step down from his role as an analyst with Sky Sports to focus solely on his managerial career.The Arsenal legend would be walking into a club in disarray should he take the Bordeaux job after the club got rid of Poyet. The former Sunderland manager was furious at the club’s board for selling Gaetan Laborde without his knowledge prompting a training boycott from the club’s first team players.Transfer: Elneny leaving Arsenal for Besiktas George Patchias – August 29, 2019 Mohamed Elneny is about to complete a loan move from Arsenal to Besiktas.According to the Daily Mail, Mohamed Elneny is about to complete a…Henry will be hoping to make sure his experience as a footballer and a coach helps him become a good manager as he starts a new chapter of his football career.