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first_imgIRELAND goalie Shay Given has hit back at plans by Scottish fans to target Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy at Celtic Park on Friday night in the Euro 2016 qualifier.The Lifford native says he expects the atmosphere to have all the hostility and venom of an Old Firm derby.But he rounded on the hosts for trying to unsettle the Everton pair James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady. McCarthy was born in Glasgow, McGeady in Falkirk – and both with grandparents from Co Donegal.Former Scotland international Gordon McQueen even urged supporters to give the defectors “a horrible welcome”.However Shay said: “The comments were a bit unfair as some of the Scottish players were born in England but have Scottish parents and that.“It can’t be one rule for Ireland and one rule for others. They are in the exact same situation, so some of the comments were a bit personal and a wee bit over the top. I just think there is no need to go to that sort of level. They are the rules and every country is the same. I think it was unfair on James and Aiden to single them out. “We can’t tell fans what to do or what not to do. I mean, we’re going into the Scotland environment and the Scotland fans can do what they want. Aiden and James are experienced players now and they are fantastic players. Probably the reason we are talking about them is they are such great players. I don’t think they will be put off by any hostility.”Alan McLoughlin, the former Ireland player who was born in Manchester to Irish parents, says other teams try to use it because they are jealous of Ireland’s success.He told John Murray on RTE Radio One this morning that other countries can’t have it both ways.He recalled criticism from the English of his Irish team in 1994 when Ireland played in the World Cup in the USA.“They forgot that John Barnes was born in Jamaica,” he said. GIVEN HITS BACK AT SCOTS OVER McGEADY AND McCARTHY was last modified: November 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:IrelandScotlandShay Givenlast_img read more

Hansen captures Joburg Open

first_img269 – Anders Hansen (DEN) 71 68 64 66 270 – Andrew McLardy (RSA) 65 68 69 68 271 – David Drysdale (SCO) 65 66 71 69 272 – Danny Willett (ENG) 67 66 71 68272 – Tyrone van Aswegen (RSA) 69 65 70 68272 – Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 68 71 63 70 273 – Richard McEvoy (ENG) 69 65 72 67273 – David Dixon (ENG) 68 69 68 68273 – Joakim Haeggman(SWE) 69 68 66 70 274 – Estanislao Goya (ARG) 70 69 69 66274 – Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 71 66 67 70 275 – Charl Coetzee (RSA) 68 67 75 65275 – Richard Sterne (RSA) 71 66 70 68275 – Jaco Van Zyl (RSA) 67 70 69 69275 – Taco Remkes (NED) 67 70 69 69275 – Graham de Laet (CAN) 72 66 68 69275 – Michael Hoey (NIR) 64 68 72 71275 – James Kamte (RSA) 69 69 66 71275 – Thomas Aiken (RSA) 69 69 66 71 Hansen had a 20-footer for eagle on 18, which would have put unbearable pressure on McLardy, but he left it three feet short. He then rammed home the birdie putt to go to 15-under, thus setting McLardy a target of 68. He sealed the deal with an impressive five-under-par 66, holding off the challenge of South Africa’s Andrew McLardy, whose second place was his second in the three years of the tournament. Source: Sunshine Tour Retief Goosen, who started the final round just one off the pace, endured a horrible day: His card was littered with nine bogeys, six of which came on the homeward nine as he crashed out of contention. Willett shared fourth with third-round leader Charl Schwartzel and fellow-South African Tyrone van Aswegen. 12 January 2009 The South African had sniffed victory when he turned up the heat on the back nine by stringing together a sequence of three birdies through 10, 11, and 12 to creep up onto the pacesetter. Anders Hansen of Denmark birdied the final hole to finish at 15-under-par 269 and walk away with the R2.25-million winner’s cheque at the third Joburg Open played at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club on Sunday. A bogey on the 12th was hardly noticed as the Danish player made six birdies, including four consecutively from the sixth hole to the turn, which he reached he 31. He put the cherry on the top with his final birdie on 18th to secure victory. With the big crowd on the stands at the 18th willing him on, McLardy had a 25-foot putt to get into a playoff, but it fell two feet short. Third placeBehind the duel between Hansen and McLardy, Scotsman David Drysdale quietly shot a two-under-par 69 to ease himself into third place, ahead of the young Danny Willett of England. Frustratingly shortHowever, it was not to be as six consecutive pars, five of which could have been converted into birdies, left him frustratingly short. On the 13th, he curled a delightful approach round the trees in exactly the way he had told journalists he liked to do, landing the ball just 12 feet from the pin. Although he left his birdie attempt just inches short, it was the kind of putt that had “winner” written all over it. Schwartzel, after a superb 63 in the third round, that included a hole-in-one on the 12th, had a frustrating final round, shooting 70, but spending most of his time trying to bail himself out of bad spots or making up for his four bogeys. Defending champion Richard Sterne, who was attempting to join Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo as the only men to win three successive European Tour events in succession, had to settle for 12th place. His scorecard was hampered by far too many bogeys, and his final blitz of five birdies in eight holes in his final round was counterbalanced by two more bogeys. LEADERBOARD ‘That was very good’“I played really nice on the front side there, hitting a lot of good shots, so that was very good,” he said. He finished with a bang, however, entertaining the crowd with a 228-metre albatross on the 18th. Ultimately, his round was a disappointment as he closed with a three-over-par 74.last_img read more

Play Your Part TV looks at keeping SA healthy and happy

first_imgFor 25 years the Reach For A Dream Foundation, has brought hope, joy and healing to countless South African children (Image: Reach for a Dream Facebook page)This Sunday’s episode of the Play Your Part TV series features ordinary South Afrians who are inspiring others by Playing their Part in ensuring the health and well-being of our country. They include Ridwaan Mia and David Grier, the Reach for a Dream Foundation, Professor Ken Boffard, Emily Mabasa and David Ross.Dr Mia has been part of Ride for Smiles, where he took part in the 94.7 Cycle Challenge to raise funds as well as awareness for the Smile Foundation, a South African NGO that assists children with any type of facial abnormality, to receive free corrective Plastic and Reconstructive surgery within South Africa. Based at seven academic hospitals across the country, they help children who suffer from treatable facial deformities such as Cleft Lip and Palate, burn victims, Moebius syndrome (facial paralysis) and other conditions.“Our Chief Patron Nelson Mandela’s wish is for us to assist as many children around South Africa as possible,” the foundation says.David Grier established the Cipla Miles for Smiles Foundation to raise funds through adventure racing for Operation Smile South Africa, who perform corrective surgery on children born with cleft lips and palates. To date David has run The Great wall of China – 4 200km in 93 days, Run the entire coastline of South Africa – 3 300 km in 80 days, paddled from Africa to Madagascar – 500km in 12 days, run the Island of Madagascar South to north – 2 700km in 67 days, and run the entire length of India 4 008 km in 93 days.The inspiration to start the Reach For A Dream Foundation came from an article on the Make-A-Wish Foundation, based in America. Owen Parnell, past Randburg Rotary Club President, was struck by the opportunity to establish a similar venture in South Africa. Officially named the Reach For A Dream Foundation in 1991, the organisation defined its core purpose as “fulfilling the dreams of children of any race, colour and creed between the ages of 3 and 18 faced with a life-threatening illness.”For 25 years the Reach For A Dream Foundation, has brought hope, joy and healing to countless South African children. These children between the ages of 3 and 18 years have used their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and leukaemia, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, renal failure and various blood disorders.South African X-ray system manufacturer Lodox Systems is making its mark on the international medical scene with a low radiation dose X-ray system that takes a full-body scan in just 13 seconds.Lodox’s critical imaging technology was first developed for use in South Africa’s diamond mines to prevent smuggling in the 1980s and ’90s. The requirements for a machine of this calibre were the ability to scan the whole body, a resolution good enough to detect at least one carat or a fifth of a gram of diamonds, a speed quick enough to process large numbers of people – and the lowest possible X-ray dose for safety.A team of engineers from mining company De Beers’ research laboratories developed the scanner and, when they realised the instrument’s potential, established Lodox Systems to adapt and develop the technology for medical use. “After some experience it was found that the Lodox full-body X-ray scanner was also ideal for use by forensic pathologists, as it assisted them in getting an accurate full body overview of injuries and foreign bodies quickly,” the company says.Emily Mabasa describes herself as “physically challenged, not disabled”. She has overcome the difficulties that she has to face on a daily basis and has involved herself in numerous charity organisations. “I don’t like the word disabled, because I looked it up in the dictionary and disabled means that you cannot do anything. But I can do anything I set my mind on; as long as I am determined. I might be physically challenged, but god has given e a strong mind that I can use to be creative and in my creative way I can help others,” she says.She has gained recognition for her work, having won Bronze, Silver and Gold at the President’s Award for Youth Empowerment, which helps young South Africans realise their potential through developing their self-esteem, to become active citizens involved in improving their communities.last_img read more

Farm Bureau officers, trustees elected

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau’s officers and trustees were elected Dec. 5 during the organization’s 101st annual meeting. Below are links to individual news releases on the election results.  The news release also contains a link to a hi-resolution photo.Election resultsPresident Frank Burkett III Vice President Bill PattersonTreasurer Cy Prettyman District 1 Trustee Chris Weaver: Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams CountiesDistrict 5 Trustee Craig Polhman: Allen, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert CountiesDistrict 6 Trustee Paul Harrison: Hancock, Hardin, Seneca and Wyandot CountiesDistrict 10 Trustee Mike Bensman: Auglaize, Logan, Mercer and Shelby CountiesDistrict 13 Trustee Jerry Lahmers: Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas CountiesDistrict 15 Trustee Michael Videkovich: Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway and Ross CountiesDistrict 19 Trustee John Mossbarger: Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren CountiesDistrict 20 Trustee Nathan Brown: Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland CountiesSouthwest regional trustee Kyle Smith: Adams, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Union and Warren CountiesThis is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Ty Higgins, 614-246-8231.Editors: Please click on each trustee or officer’s name for a high-resolution photo.last_img read more

Crohn’s Disease Marked by Dramatic Changes in Gut Bacteria

first_imgThe largest clinical study of its kind is revealing new insights into the causes of Crohn’s disease, a periodic inflammation of the intestines. The research, which involved 668 children, shows that numbers of some beneficial bacteria in the gut decrease in Crohn’s patients, while the number of potentially harmful bacteria increases. The study could lead to new, less invasive diagnostic tests; it also shows that antibiotics—which aren’t recommended for Crohn’s but are often given when patients first present with symptoms—may actually make the disease worse.Crohn’s disease is one of the two major inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs); the other is ulcerative colitis, a similar condition that affects only the colon. Both have been on the rise in the developing world since the early 1950s; now, an estimated 1.4 million people suffer from IBD in the United States alone. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pains and cramping, and intestinal ulcers.Genetic studies have turned up several genes that appear to predispose for IBD, most of them involved in the body’s immune response. 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Complicating the picture is the fact that before being diagnosed with IBD, patients often receive antibiotics to fend off a supposed gut infection that could be causing the symptoms, which also have a powerful impact on the microbial populations living in our guts.Now, a group headed by Ramnik Xavier, a gastroenterologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, has collected fecal samples and taken biopsies of the lower part of the small intestine and rectum from 447 children who had just been diagnosed with Crohn’s, and a control group of 221 kids who had noninflammatory abdominal symptoms, such as bloating and diarrhea. In contrast with previous studies, the majority of patients had not yet received antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs. Based on their genetic material, the researchers determined the relative abundance of a range of microbial species in the samples.Some potentially harmful microbial species were more abundant in Crohn’s patients, such as those belonging to the Enterobacteriaceae, Pasteurellaceae, Veillonellaceae, and Fusobacteriaceae; numbers of the Erysipelotrichales, Bacteroidales, and Clostridiales, generally considered to be beneficial, were lower. The disappearance and appearance of species can be equally important, says Dirk Gevers of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who performed most of the work. “There has been a shift in the ecosystem, which affects both types.”But those differences were found mostly in the biopsy samples; there weren’t many differences between the feces from Crohn’s patients and the control group. At this early stage of the disease, “the dysbiosis seems not to have reached the stool yet,” Gevers says.The dysbiosis was almost as severe in biopsies from the rectum as in those from the lower part of the small intestine, the team reports today in Cell Host & Microbe. That means that in the future, a diagnostic test of Crohn’s might be based on a simple rectal swab rather than a colonoscopy, which is the current standard, Gevers says—a far less stressful procedure for the patient.The dysbiosis was also more pronounced in patients who had received antibiotics. “This study confirms that these drugs don’t do any good to people with Crohn’s disease,” says gastroenterologist Séverine Vermeire of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, who was not involved in the study. “We knew antibiotic use increases the risk to develop the disease; now we know they can worsen it, too.”The results are “very encouraging diagnostic signals,” adds Pierre Rimbaud, chief medical officer at Enterome, a Paris-based company that is developing microbiota-based diagnostics. But he emphasizes that the study still doesn’t show whether the dysbiosis is the cause or the effect of the inflammation seen in Crohn’s disease. Gevers agrees; to find out, scientists could inoculate mice that have been raised in a completely sterile environment, allowing them to test the effect of individual microbial species. One of these microbes, Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, has previously been described as an anti-inflammatory species that could become a so-called probiotic for the treatment of IBD.Vermeire says it’s a “missed opportunity” that the researchers didn’t look at the patients’ diets. “That could have helped elucidate why this disease occurs so much more in the Western world than elsewhere.” In 2011, Vermeire’s group published a study showing that healthy family members of Crohn’s disease patients have a slight dysbiosis as well. Vermeire is convinced that even in these families, it’s not genetics but some lifestyle factor that causes the phenomenon. “If we could identify the dysbiosis in an early stage, and we knew the causative factors,” she says, “we could prevent disease occurrence by bringing about lifestyle changes.”last_img read more

Government launches probe into DDCA account books

first_imgS. KannanFormer India all-rounder Kirti Azad’s campaign against Delhi’s cricket administrators has turned out to be a fruitful one with the government on Thursday ordering an inspection of the “account books” of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA).Azad, a BJP Member of Parliament, raised a question on September 6, alleging manipulation of financial and other records, improper conduct of AGMs, irregular purchases, injudicious fund spending and payment of honorariums against the provisions of the Articles of Association.In his written reply, the Minister of State for Corporate Affairs, RPN Singh, informed that the inspection of the account books and other records of the DDCA under Section 209 A of the Companies Act of 1956 has been ordered.Narinder Batra, treasurer, DDCA told Mail Today: “We have no objection to the inspection of our accounts by agencies concerned. Our accounts are properly audited and if any authority wants to see it, we have no objection at all.”It is learnt the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) is expected to start its investigation next week. It will go through the accounts of the last eight years, when major construction activity was going on at the DDCA.Azad had moved a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha against the false reply submitted by Ministry of Urban Development (MUD), which is at variance with its own RTI replies. It clearly admits that there is no valid lease executed between Ministry of Urban Development and the DDCA.It is learnt that the DDCA has so far spent over Rs 100 crore on construction of the Kotla stadium during this eight-year period. Azad and other DDCA pressure groups have been demanding a probe into the mismanagement of cricket affairs in the Capital.Azad also sat on a day-long dharna along with many other former India players just before the start of season five of the IPL.Subsequently, the one-time payment by the Indian cricket board (BCCI) to Azad and other cricketers was stopped at the DDCA’s behest after the dharna.The payment was released only after three former cricketers – Maninder Singh, Surinder Khanna and Gursharan Singh -under pressure from the DDCA gave written apologies with an assurance that “they didn’t support Kirti Azad against DDCA”.However, Azad says that every single player from Delhi wants the cricket system to be cleaned up. “If confronted with a situation where people have to lose money ranging from Rs 35 to 70 lakh, only lion hearted or financially secure individuals will take a stand. Sadly, DDCA used pressure tactics to get these players to retract their stand. But be assured that all cricketers are with us in the battle against DDCA’s mismanagement and corrupt practices,” said the 1983 World Cup-winning team member.”This will be ‘Kotla Gate’. All the years of mismanagement of funds will be exposed. The personal worth of top DDCA officials has grown manifold in the period under review. Elections have become a farce with just four or five senior DDCA executive members registering and casting 700 to 2000 proxies each – collection of these proxies in 14 days is physically impossible for any one individual,” said Azad on Saturday.Asked if this means fighting fellow partyman and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, Azad said: “It has nothing to do with the party because the party itself has nothing to do with cricket. I have all regard for Mr Jaitley.”Former players, though, have welcomed the inquiry. “We were forced by the DDCA to give apologies. But we are one on the issue of cleansing cricket in Delhi,” two of the three players said.advertisementlast_img read more

Kawhi Leonard sues Nike over rights to his logo

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The suit said that Leonard “refined” the logo in December 2011 or January 2012, and eventually consented that Nike could use it on certain products. Leonard wants the court to decide that he is the author of the logo and that Nike “committed fraud” when registering the logo for copyright.Leonard is in the NBA Finals for the third time, and got there in his first season as a member of the Raptors after previously playing with the San Antonio Spurs. He will become a free agent on June 30 and many teams, including the Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers, are expected to attempt to sign him this summer. NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) stretches to keep the ball from Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) as he drives to the net during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)SAN FRANCISCO — Toronto star Kawhi Leonard filed a federal lawsuit against Nike on Monday, saying the footwear and apparel giant is blocking him from using a logo that he believes he owns.The suit was filed on a travel day for the NBA Finals; Leonard and the Raptors flew to Oakland, California on Monday to begin preparing for Game 3 of the title series against the Golden State Warriors, a game that will be played Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP It was filed in California because Leonard maintains a home in San Diego, the suit said.Leonard was a Nike endorser until 2018. He now endorses New Balance. A Nike spokesman declined comment Monday, saying the company does not discuss pending litigation. Leonard is scheduled to speak with reporters on Tuesday when practice resumes at the NBA Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue In the lawsuit, Leonard said Nike filed a copyright application for a logo that he designed and did so “unbeknownst to Leonard and without his consent.” Nike told Leonard earlier this year to stop using the logo, the lawsuit said. Leonard is preparing to use the logo “on clothing lines, footwear and on other products and, among other things, in connection with sports camps and charity functions.”Leonard claims that he developed the logo himself by tracing his very large hands. The ring and pinky fingers of the logo are shaped into a “K,” the middle finger and thumb form an “L″ and the index finger is designed to resemble an elongated “2″ — all nods to his initials and jersey number. Thompson questionable for Game 3, Looney out indefinitely View commentslast_img read more

No more discussions with BCCI over bilateral series, Pakistan government tells PCB

first_imgThe Pakistan government has restrained its Cricket Board from initiating any dialogue with the BCCI on the issue of a long-pending bilateral series, which has been scuttled repeatedly on account of volatile political ties between the two nations.Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan told PTI that until the government gave fresh directions, the PCB had given up on talking to the Indian board on resumption of bilateral cricket ties in the near future. (IPL Final: RCB v SRH)”The government has made it clear to us that we are not supposed to engage in any dialogue with our Indian counterparts nor give any statements on Indo-Pak cricket ties until further orders,” Khan said.REASON BEHIND KEEPING MUM IN ICC MEETINGSThe career diplomat said this was the reason why the PCB had avoided any discussions with the BCCI officials at the recent ICC meetings.’ANURAG THAKUR’S APPOINTMENT POSITIVE SIGN’Khan, however, said the election of Anurag Thakur as the new Chairman of the BCCI was a positive development for future Indo-Pak talks.”Thakur, to me, represents both the BCCI and their government so it will be easier talking to one person when the time comes,” he said.Thakur holds an important position in the ruling BJP and is an elected member of the Parliament.Khan said Pakistan cricket had suffered lot of revenue loss after the BCCI backed out of playing a bilateral series even at any neutral venue in January.”We did all we could to convince them to resume bilateral ties but they didn’t respond in the same manner so now even our government has said put a lid on further discussions,” Khan said.advertisementIndia has not played a full bilateral series with Pakistan since the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008 although Pakistan did tour India in the winter of 2012/13 for a short goodwill tour.last_img read more

The best books on sport of 2017

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Topics Twitter Twitter reviews … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Best books of the year Facebook Facebook Pinterest Float like a butterfly… Muhammad Ali. Photograph: Alamy Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Best books Best books of 2017 Swimming (Sport) History is too often written not only by, but about, the winners. Marginalised groups – poor, female, the wrong colour – are silenced, the indifference or worse of gatekeepers meaning that their stories and exploits go unrecorded, making retrieval essential to balance historical accounts.This vital recovery process is exemplified by Jenny Landreth’s Swell (Bloomsbury), which made the William Hill sports book of the year shortlist and would have been a more than worthy winner. An intriguing hybrid, it links Landreth’s swimming memories – coining “waterbiography” merits a prize in itself – to the history of female swimmers as participants and competitors. Giving fresh life to remarkable achievers such as Agnes Beckwith and Mercedes Gleitze, it mixes warmth with anger and compels and engages at the same time.If history needs its chroniclers, so too does modern achievement. Sarah Juggins and Richard Stainthorpe’s The History Makers (Pitch) did justice to perhaps the most uplifting British success at the 2016 Olympics, the women’s hockey gold.Women’s football may feature heavily in next year’s publishing schedules, following events on and off the field in 2017 that made the front and back pages. This year, it generated a terrific collection of stories of the adventures undertaken and the struggles faced by players around the world, Gwendolyn Oxenham’s Under the Lights and in the Dark (Icon). A happier rite of passage is the publication of Chris Slegg and Tom Garry’s The First Ever Women’s Football Yearbook (Wordzworth), which makes a welcome step towards giving the women’s game the reference library that the men’s version takes for granted. Pinterest Share via Email Boxing But even men’s football has unbeaten tracks. Breaking Ground (Axis Projects), edited by Neville Gabie, Alan Ward and Jason Wood, is a crowdfunded multimedia examination of the art, archaeology and mythology of Bradford Park Avenue’s long-abandoned former stadium that was also on the William Hill shortlist, while Michael Walker’s Green Shoots (De Coubertin) gives an even-handed, affectionately perceptive view of Irish football on both sides of the border, its emotional core a moving evocation of Walker’s ill‑fated great uncle, Johnny Brown, a star of the middle of the last century.Pitch has made a speciality of encouraging unfashionable but publishable projects, its output typified by Robbie Dunne’s Working-Class Heroes. Dunne captures the singularity of the determinedly local, blue-collar, radical Madrid club Rayo Vallecano, providing a view of Spanish football beyond the slavish preoccupation of most media with Real Madrid and Barcelona.Michael Calvin’s No Hunger in Paradise (Century) completed his formidable trilogy on the game with a blistering indictment of how it treats its youngest players. Calvin finds and celebrates decent, committed individuals and clubs, but they are a minority in “an industry which commodifies childhood without deigning to acknowledge the cost” and in which “fun is too often regarded as a four-letter word”, its inherent problems exacerbated by a shameless, blackmailing power grab by Premier League clubs at the expense of the rest. Cricket The mother of all coaches … Judy Murray with her sons, Andy and Jamie. Photograph: BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Rugby league Those needing an antidote can turn to Judy Murray’s memoir, Knowing the Score (Chatto and Windus), which shows that she raised two world No 1 tennis players as the opposite of a “tiger mum”, expounding a sane, humane coaching philosophy in which her children’s welfare and enjoyment of their sport were paramount.Some sports might welcome more attention. Rugby league is a William Hill blind spot and this year’s omission was Tony Hannan’s Underdogs (Bantam), recounting a year with Batley. Hannan’s aim was to evoke a venerable, small-scale sporting institution in relation to the town around it, but, as well as marshalling a cast that seemed to run into the hundreds, he found himself reckoning with the coming out of team captain Keegan Hirst and the murder of the local MP, Jo Cox. Its appeal should extend well beyond league fans, who should also enjoy James Oddy’s True Professional (Pitch), an overdue biography of Clive Sullivan, the first black captain of a Great Britain national team and an idol for both sides in Hull.Similarly long-awaited was Chris Thomas’s biography of his father, Clem (Iponymous), which outlines a rumbustious, never-dull life in which Wales and Lions rugby union star and Observer writer were only the most public of numerous roles, all played to their limit.Cricket fans will cherish Duncan Hamilton’s The Kings of Summer (Safe Haven) – a gem that celebrates the remarkable climax of the 2016 County Championship while fearing for the long game’s future – and Harry Pearson’s admirable Learie Constantine biography Connie (Little, Brown). Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Facebook If the William Hill award is our barometer, this was a year for biographies. Andy McGrath’s life of cyclist Tom Simpson, Bird on a Wire (Rapha), won over the judges with the elegance of its presentation, particularly some fine period photography. At the same time, Jonathan Eig’s Ali: A Life (Simon & Schuster) achieved the minor miracle of refreshing ground already trodden by writers of the quality of Thomas Hauser, Mike Marqusee and David Remnick, relating groundbreaking analysis of the punches taken by Muhammad Ali, particularly in his later fights, to his subsequent ill health. David Bolchover’s The Greatest Comeback (Biteback) located Bela Guttman, arguably football’s first celebrity coach, amid the cultural and sporting traditions of central European Jews and unravelled the mystery of how he survived the Holocaust.But we end 2017 in need of cheering up. Guardian cartoonist David Squires has the answer, with his Illustrated History of Football Hall of Fame (Century). Like all good humorists, Squires has an edge. His takedowns of John Terry, José Mourinho and football’s long-term attitude to women show how picture strips can be worth thousands of words. A portrayal of how different Dutch masters might have painted Johan Cruyff is downright joyous. He always informs, but still leaves us feeling better – and that is never a bad thing.•What have you enjoyed reading in 2017? Send your choices in 150 words or fewer to or Readers’ Books of the Year, Review, The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU (including address and phone number), to arrive no later than Monday 11 December. Or comment below. We will publish a selection in the paper and online on 30 December. Swimming (Life and style) Reuse this content Groundbreaker … Keegan Hirst became the first rugby league player to come out, while playing for Batley. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardianlast_img read more

Coquelin set to undergo Valencia medical

first_imgTransfers Coquelin set for Valencia medical after agreeing £10.5m Arsenal exit Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 23:24 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Francis Coquelin Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Valencia Arsenal Primera División Premier League The midfielder is set to depart the Emirates Stadium after a decade in north London and complete a permanent transfer to Spain Francis Coquelin is set to complete a £10.5 million move to Valencia from Arsenal, Goal understands.The 26-year-old Frenchman has barely featured this season for the Gunners, having made just seven appearances and only one start in the Premier League in 2017-18.Coquelin’s lack of action has made a January exit appear likely, with the likes of West Ham and Crystal Palace reportedly keen on acquiring his services. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But the combative defensive midfielder is set to make the switch to Spain and will undergo a medical with the Liga outfit on Wednesday — Valencia CF English (@valenciacf_en) January 10, 2018 Goal previously reported the Liga side would prefer a loan agreement with a purchase option, though it is now understood that it is likely to be an immediate permanent transfer with Coquelin agreeing a four-and-a-half year deal.Coquelin has spent a decade in north London having made 160 appearances for the Gunners as well as having spells out on loan at Freiburg, Lorient and Charlton Athletic.He finally seemed to break through into the Arsenal line-up following his time with the Addicks, playing in at least 20 Premier League games each of the next three seasons and starting a minimum of 19 each campaign.Coquelin’s departure could be the first of many for Arsenal during the January transfer window, with Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and others looking for moves away from Emirates Stadium,last_img read more