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first_img “Obviously you put your own reputation on the line because everybody knows I’ve never been relegated and they were in a dreadful position at the time – but it was a challenge and I do like challenges,” Pulis told BBC’s Football Focus. “Steve Parish was very persistent – I think he spoke to me on three occasions. “I spoke to a lot of people and a lot of people said it wouldn’t be a club to go to for all sorts of reasons. “But I spoke to Sir Alex (Ferguson) and I spoke to (Stoke chairman) Peter Coates and they were really the two – they thought it could be done, it wasn’t an impossible job, they mentioned the crowd and the supporters being 110 per cent behind the club and the team. “Steve came down to Bournemouth and we sat down in the house and that was the first time I thought, ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going to take the challenge'”. Pulis has been linked with managerial posts at QPR and Newcastle this season, with both clubs currently sitting in the bottom three. Tony Pulis says he put his “reputation on the line” by taking the manager’s job at Crystal Palace last season. Press Associationcenter_img Palace languished in the relegation zone with just four points from 10 games when Pulis was appointed, but the former Stoke boss turned the club’s fortunes around, leading the Eagles to an 11th-place finish. The revival earned Pulis the Premier League’s Manager of the Season award in May, but he left the club just 48 hours before the current campaign after failing to resolve disagreements with co-chairman Steve Parish. last_img read more


first_img Press Association Salomon Rondon faces a race against time to make his West Brom debut as the £12million man battles for fitness. He said: “The first four games of the season are very difficult for us. “To have Man City and Chelsea as the two home games to start with is very difficult, then to play a newly promoted team on their first home game is tough. Then we have a derby with Stoke. “The transfer window is still going on and things are going on behind the scenes so these four games are always going to be difficult. “Watford have signed some good players from abroad and they look strong, they look as if they have brought good players into the country.” The pair could make the trip to Vicarage Road with Pulis hopeful his new boys will be available. “He’s done very well,” Pulis said of Rondon. “Him and Gnabry have spent a lot of time working with the fitness coach. “But Salomon has showed a great attitude, he’s a great lad and we’ve been impressed with him. He reminds me a little bit of Demba Ba in the way he wants to run off shoulders and is quick and strong. “He is that type. He has got that willingness to get to where you want him to be, which is in behind defences. “They have worked hard in the last week or so, the two of them, and I will assess it with the medical team to see if they’re ready, if not to start then for the bench.” Gareth McAuley is also available after a calf injury ruled him out of Monday’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City. The Baggies are looking to recover from their opening defeat, where Pulis admitted he got his tactics wrong, a nd they head to the Hornets with the boss braced for a tough opening. The Baggies’ record buy has been training this week after his switch from Zenit St Petersburg was rubber-stamped on Monday. Albion go to Watford in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday with Baggies boss Tony Pulis running the rule over Rondon’s fitness, along with that of Arsenal loanee Serge Gnabry. last_img read more


first_imgA 41-year-old man died late Friday night after driving into a body of water in West Palm Beach.Officials with West Palm Beach Police say a Nissan Altima was traveling slowly and entered a body of water along the 1600 block of N. Congress Ave. shortly after 11 p.m.The driver, identified as Palm Springs resident Omar Martinez, was recovered by the West Palm Beach Fire Department and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.The single vehicle crash remains under investigation pending an autopsy and toxicology results.last_img


first_imgAt the beginning of July, the B&H basketball team is expected to start preparations for qualification to the European Championship 2015 in the Ukraine.After basic preparations, they plan to have several friendly games. The B&H Basketball Association will organize from 18 July a strong tournament that would include the teams of Montenegro, Italy and Germany.The B&H basketball players will then take part in a tournament in Italy, where in addition to the B&H hosts, Canada and Serbia will take part.The B&H team is in group A for the Eurobasket Championships for the qualifications, with teams Great Britain and Iceland. The first qualifying match of the B&H team is on 13 August with Great Britain, and four days later they will play Iceland.(Source: Fena)last_img


first_imgWith the ball as the protagonist, Zidane counted on the grass with the 23 players who traveled to Saudi Arabia who exercised for about ninety minutes.The whites started the session with various balloon heating exercises to subsequently complete physical work. Then the Real Madrid carried out various matches in a small field and they finished the training with definition exercisesZidane tworked with the eleven that will be on the pitch King Abdullah Sports Center and that could include some news regarding the semifinal clash against Valencia.The possibility that Marcelo, already recovered, Occupy your site on the left side to the detriment of Ferland Mendy is an option to consider.Also the structure of the team in the center of the field. It remains to be seen if Zidane re-populates the center of the field with five players specialized in that plot from the field to ensure control of the ball or is inclined to include another attacking player who accompanies Luka Jovic.In this case, Brazilians Rodrygo and Vinicius and even Lucas Vázquez, all unpublished in the semifinal match against Valencia, could have their chance.The rest of the team, the block, is fixed in the set of Zinedine Zidane, who usually resort to experienced players to play the finals. The Frenchman intends to conquer the ninth title of his career, his second Super Cup after the one obtained in 2017 against Barcelona. Real Madrid completed its last preparatory session this Saturday before the end of the Spain Supercup that on Sunday he will play before the Atletico Madrid at the King Abdullah Sports Center.The Zinedine Zidane squad was exercised in the sports city of Al Ittihad Jeddah Club, the place where he has held his training sessions every day in Jeddah.The initial fifteen minutes were open to the public and to the media but then he completed the practice behind closed doors.The evolutions on the grass of the Madrid squad were contemplated by President Florentino Pérez, that arrived in Friday afternoon in Jeddah to go to the final against Atlético Madrid.last_img read more


first_imgConte referred to the recent news about the possible interest of Real Madrid and Barcelona in signing Lautaro for the next season, after “Toro” was the protagonist of an outstanding season, in which he scored 16 goals among all competitions .“The players remain focused. They are clear that what happens on the field is the most important thing. Market rumors count zero. You have to be focused,” he said.Lautaro, former striker of Racing Avellaneda, has played for Inter since 2018 and, after a first season in which he was a substitute for fellow countryman Mauro Icardi, he became an essential holder of the Conte team alongside Belgian Romelu Lukaku. Antonio Conte, Inter Milan coach, described this Saturday as “market rumors” that “count zero” information circulated in recent days on the possible interest of Barcelona or Real Madrid in his Argentine forward Lautaro Martínez. “Lautaro is only 22 years old, but I think he has enough maturity to understand that market rumors count very little in general”, said Conte, in the press conference prior to the important league match this Sunday of Inter, co-leader with Juventus Turin, against Lazio, separated by a point of league leadership.“Also after the closing of the winter market there were rumors about the future of some players that we could sell or sign. In Inter these things happen a lot, for other clubs there is not much market news in these periods”he added.last_img read more


first_img“I feel great, I’m in good shape and this was because I was playing overseas in China,” said Blatche.He added that Fiba’s new home and away format does not bother him, and that the team is focused on winning in wherever country they’re in.“I’m just looking forward to winning, whenever where we at the main focus is winning,” said Blatche. “We’ll go to Japan and get a win, we’ll come back here and get a win, that’s the goal.”ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche may have been away from Gilas Pilipinas for much of 2017, and yet the big man felt like he never left.Gilas held a practice session Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in preparation for its game against Japan in the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers where Blatche is once again the team’s naturalized player.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Blue Eagles misfire, lose confidence in defeat to Tamaraws Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We had practice earlier in the day and I’m pretty much comfortable with the offense, the defense, the players, and the coaching staff,” said Blatche, who arrived in the country early Sunday morning.“It was a quick adjustment for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBlatche was also visibly in great shape, a far cry when he arrived in the country for the last Fiba qualifiers in 2016.The former Brooklyn Net played for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association and his commitment with the club was the reason why he had just joined Gilas’ practices. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View commentslast_img read more


first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It was an extremely long summer for me, extremely long summer,” DeRozan said. “So, just to be in this moment, it feels good.”DeRozan was acquired from Toronto after the Spurs responded to Kawhi Leonard’s trade demands by dealing their star forward and Danny Green for the Raptors’ All-Star guard and Jakob Poeltl. The trade shocked DeRozan, but he has since warmed to the Spurs and San Antonio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMinnesota is facing a similar trade demand from Butler, who has opted to play through it. Butler, who has told Minnesota that he will not re-sign with the team in the offseason, added seven rebounds and three assists in an active 31 minutes.“I’ve got 81 games, baby, that’s all the matters,” Butler said when asked if he expects to remain with Minnesota. “We’ve got to lock in on today, what tomorrow brings and see where we are at. If that (trade) comes to be, that comes to be, there’s nothing I can do about that. But in the meantime, I’ve got to figure out a way to help us win some games.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I haven’t played with a guy as dynamic as him since probably Chris Bosh in my rookie year,” DeRozan said.Aldridge shot 7 for 23 from the field, and had three blocked shots and 11 defensive rebounds.“He’s a great passer,” Aldridge said of DeRozan. “He’s always looking and probing and I’m too open. I have to get used to being ready and just taking my time. When I figure it out (and) I get my rhythm back, it’s going to be way easier out there to score having him.”Rudy Gay had 18 points and Bryn Forbes had 11 points in his first start at point guard for the Spurs.Jeff Teague scored 27 points and Andrew Wiggins added 20 points for the Timberwolves.Karl-Anthony Towns picked up his third foul with 2 minutes left in the first half and fouled out with 4:18 remaining in the game and the Spurs up 99-92. Towns finished with eight points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Teague was down on the court for about 10 seconds in the fourth quarter after tweaking his right ankle on an offensive foul, but gave officials a thumbs-up and remained in the game. … Minnesota is 3-10 all-time when opening the season on the road. … The Timberwolves are 9-50 against the Spurs in San Antonio. Their last win in San Antonio was April 17, 2013.Spurs: San Antonio had eight new players on its roster for the season opener for the first time since 1992. The Spurs finished 42-33 that season after firing Jerry Tarkanian 20 games into the campaign. … DeRozan has played 23,000 minutes in his career, joining Aldridge, LeBron James, James Harden and Russell Westbrook as the only players to do so since 2009. … Poeltl made just his fifth career start and first since Feb. 14 2017 with Toronto.PAYING HOMAGE TO ALLEN Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host Cleveland on Friday night.Spurs: At Portland on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Booker’s late onslaught lifts Suns past Mavs San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) scores past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 112-108. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — DeMar DeRozan responded to a trade he didn’t want with his usual boundless energy and fearless style in the fourth quarter for San Antonio. Jimmy Butler hasn’t received a trade he’s requested, and turned in a similar performance for Minnesota.DeRozan had 28 points in his San Antonio debut, LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and 19 rebounds and the Spurs overcame a 23-point performance by Butler in a 112-108 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night in a matchup of teams coming off a tumultuous offseason.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum DeRozan was initially upset he was traded, but has since embraced San Antonio and those good vibrations propelled him in the fourth.DeRozan banked in the eventual game-winning shot in the final minute against Butler, driving hard to the basket against the 6-foot-8 forward and then pulling up from 12 feet to give San Antonio a 110-108 lead with 32.4 seconds remaining. DeRozan sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with 7.8 seconds remaining after Minnesota’s Derrick Rose missed a runner in lane.“Hey, I’ve been doing it for some years now,” the 29-year-old DeRozan said about the late heroics. “I just feel out the game, always try to be aggressive and at the end moments, I always want to be there. I’m not afraid to make mistakes, but with that I’m not afraid to try to go out there and win the game.”DeRozan’s debut was also the close of the Big Three era in San Antonio. Tony Parker left the Spurs to sign with Charlotte in the offseason and Manu Ginobili joined Tim Duncan in retirement.DeRozan and Aldridge are now the cornerstones of the team, and each lauded the other in their debut.ADVERTISEMENT The Spurs observed a moment of silence prior to the game for Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen.Allen passed away Oct. 15 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Aldridge, who played his first nine seasons in Portland before signing with the Spurs in 2015, said it will be difficult to return to the city after Allen’s passing.“He was a great guy and he blessed me and my family and invited us into his world at times,” Aldridge said. “I went to the game against Green Bay in his suite. It’s definitely bittersweet going back this time.”JERSEY NEEDEDDeRozan has been taken aback by the love the Spurs fans have shown him.“It’s crazy, I tried to get my mom a jersey last week and it was sold out,” DeRozan said. “I was trying to tell her that and she didn’t believe me.”ANYTHING IS POSSIBLEPopovich was asked if this could be his final year coaching in the NBA and he responded with his usual dry wit.“Anything can happen. I might coach 10 more years or quit in a month,” he said. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgTNT big man Kelly Williams wished himself and everyone a new start for 2019 after a “turbulent” past year.Williams and the KaTropa did not have the best 2017-18 PBA season only making the playoffs twice and getting booted out in just the quarterfinals. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Still, the 2008 league MVP had a positive outlook for the New Year.Barangay Ginebra forward Kevin Ferrer also embraced 2018’s challenges as point for improvement for the coming year. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Continuing with happy families, Phoenix forward JC Intal and wife Bianca also celebrated the birth of baby daughter Carmen Eliana.Intal also sneaked in his best nine memories of his 2018 that centered on his family and new daughter. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The NLEX Road Warriors had one a rocky 2018 to say the least, entering the semifinals for the first time but losing two key players to various reasons.The Road Warriors finished with a 6-5 record for the sixth seed in the Philippine Cup before losing to eventual runner-up Magnolia. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Kevin Alas missed most of the season after tearing his ACL in March before Kiefer Ravena received a hefty suspension that extended to his PBA stint for a doping infraction during a Fiba game.The 44th Season of the PBA opens on January 13.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—As the world ushered in the new year, PBA stars looked back on the past 365 days that brought smiles, tears, and all sorts of emotions.It can be said that Paul Lee and Magnolia teammate Jio Jalalon had one of the most memorable 2018 of all PBA players, celebrating the birth of their first children and capping off the year with the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup titleADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lee, whose daughter Tokyo was born in October, also won his first Best Player of the Conference award.Jalalon and partner Kristina Apan also celebrated the birth of their baby girl Jiana Skyla just five days earlier before Tokyo was born. Manny Pacquiao throws shade at Floyd Mayweather with his New Year’s resolution No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


first_imgA Kitty, Georgetown businessman was on Monday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with the illegal possession of a firearm.Paul Chow, of Railway Line, Kitty, denied the allegation against him when Magistrate Judy Latchman read the charge.Paul ChowIt is alleged that on November 9, 2017, at Avocado Square, East Ruimveldt, Chow had a .32 pistol in his possession while not being a licensed firearm holder.A second charge read to him stated that on the same day at the same location, he had 13 live rounds of .32 ammunition in his possession while not being a licensed firearm holder.Attorney Glen Hanoman told the Court that his client was shot during a robbery.He further revealed to the Court that Chow was at the time standing outside his place of business when he was cornered by a lone gunman, who ordered him to hand over his jewellery.However, Chow refused to comply and attempted to retaliate by whipping out his own weapon, which reportedly fell to the ground.The gunman then shot Chow to his abdomen before making good his escape.Chow was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was treated.Police who reported to the crime scene picked up Chow’s pistol, which was found to be unlicensed. As such, the present charges were laid.Chow was remanded to prison to return on December 18, 2017.last_img read more