Aston Villa fans on Twitter are split over the merits of signing Brentford striker Scott Hogan.The Bees have entered talks with their Championship rivals over a potential sale, with Crystal Palace also making an enquiry.Villa had previously been in for Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes, and some of their fans are not sure Hogan is an improvement.Would rather #AVFC spend the money on Rhodes instead of Hogan— Marcus Patterson (@beefro1980) January 31, 2017Hogan been prolific for half a season…. Rhodes been prolific for 5 years…. let that sink in for a minute or two #avfc— villaparkb6 (@villaparkb6) January 31, 2017What makes Scott Hogan more appealing than Jordan Rhodes,Rhodes has scored at this level and below and years— Shaun Beasley (@shaunbeasley98) January 31, 2017If we weren’t prepared to pay 9 mil for Rhodes why pay 15 for Scott hogan, madness #avfc— Jamie Hughes (@jamiebarthughes) January 31, 2017Does anyone rate Hogan? Apart from his recent goals he has struggled with clubs and injuries. Price tag seems very high for him. #avfc— Mark Patton (@MarkPatton7) January 31, 2017But others said they preferred former Rochdale man Hogan, given he is on the way up in his career.Signing Scott Hogan would be a good deal. Better all arounder than Jordan Rhodes. #AVFC— Matt Lynch (@mattlyynch) January 31, 2017Would have hogan over Rhodes any day of the week #avfc— Dayll (@beeza88) January 30, 2017Scott hogan looks decent, much rather him over Rhodes tbh⚽️— Tom (@tom_comerford2) January 30, 2017I would prefer scott hogan but if the lad doesnt really want to come and is waiting for someone else then rhodes is the better option #utv— david (@davidhunt80) January 31, 2017 Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.) One of the reasons why the Warriors hold Quinn Cook in such high regard, and why the Lakers acquired him, was on full display after a Summer League game this week.Cook came out of the stands and onto the court at the end of the Warriors-Lakers game Monday to shake hands and share a moment with nearly every player and coach from both teams. Cook agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal the Lakers last week after …
The selectors on Tuesday gave hard- hitting batsman Yuvraj Singh another opportunity to regain his form by persisting with him in the One- Day International squad while omitting the injured Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma.Yuvraj SinghThe selectors, who met in Bangalore, also decided to rest Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Pragyan Ojha while picking a depleted 14- member squad led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The board in a statement said Sehwag, Gambhir and Sharma are “undergoing treatment for minor injuries”, but it did not specify the nature of the injuries.The selectors want them to refresh themselves ahead of the three- Test and five- ODI series against New Zealand beginning early next month and other assignments after that. India have a packed schedule after the New Zealand series, which ends on December 10.India will tour South Africa from December to January for three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 International. The first ODI against Australia will be played on Sunday in Kochi.Murali Vijay, who scored his maiden Test century in the ongoing match against Australia in Bangalore, has been drafted and will most probably open the innings in the absence of Sehwag. Vijay will most probably open with 24- year- old Delhi stroke- maker Shikhar Dhawan, who is yet to play an ODI.Yuvraj, Virat Kohli, the in- form Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Saurabh Tiwary form the middle order. Karnataka pacer R Vinay Kumar has staged a comeback, having made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in May. He joins Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar. Dhoni is the only wicket- keeper in the squad.advertisementTHE SQUAD: MS Dhoni ( captain), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja and Rohit Sharma.
View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “Just look at the magnitude of what the numbers say, the influence that the numbers say that he must have had on the game,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “To have 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, six blocked shots and you win, well it’s hard to sort of say it any better than that. He was dominant.”Caris LeVert scored 25 points after being inserted into the Nets’ starting lineup. D’Angelo Russell and Allen each added 21.Dudley also was inserted into the starting lineup for the Nets and had been agitating the 76ers with his defense and his talking, but was gone midway through the third quarter as one of the central figures in the scuffle that spilled into the stands.Embiid swung his arm forcefully while fouling Allen, and Dudley quickly moved in and bumped Embiid. Butler then ran in and pushed Dudley to start the shoving. Dudley, Simmons and referee Ed Malloy all got knocked into the seats, and after a lengthy video review, Butler and Dudley were given technical fouls and ejected, and Embiid’s foul was ruled a flagrant 1.Dudley said he was trying to send a message. The Nets have been upset over an elbow Embiid hit Allen with in Game 2 that they felt should have been an ejection, and were further angered after when Embiid laughed as he apologized in his press conference.“When you have a guy giving flagrant fouls, I mean Joel Embiid is second in the league in flagrant fouls,” Dudley said. “So for that elbow he had before just to have a flagrant 1, no fine, no nothing, laughing in the media, if you think that a team that I play on is going to have (to accept) that, that’s another thing coming, especially on this young team.”Embiid would later make the biggest mark with his offense. The 76ers were trying to get the ball to him trailing by one after Joe Harris’ layup, but Embiid couldn’t control the pass under the rim. But he regained the ball and found Scott in the corner for a 3 and a 110-108 lead.Allen then turned the ball over after three Sixers surrounded him and Harris closed out the scoring with two free throws. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson was angry afterward, feeling Allen was wrapped up by Harris as he tried to roll to the basket.Dudley and Simmons jawed at each other after Dudley gave him a long stare with his arms up after hitting a 3-pointer during a 9-0 run that gave Brooklyn a 63-53 lead shortly before halftime. The Nets led 63-57 at the break.TIP-INS “Today I could have reacted but I felt like my team needed me more than they needed Jared Dudley, so I’ve just got to stay cool and mature and do my job.”Tobias Harris had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the 76ers. They can advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight season with a victory at home Tuesday night.They got a big boost from the return of Embiid, who scored eight straight points in the fourth quarter after the Nets led by seven. He helped the 76ers overcome the loss of Jimmy Butler, who was ejected in the third quarter after Embiid’s hard foul on Jarrett Allen.Even that ended up working out for the 76ers. Scott took what probably would have been Butler’s position on the floor in the final seconds and turned Embiid’s seventh assist into the go-ahead basket.Embiid also had six blocked shots.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 76ers: The 76ers are 5-0 on the road against the Nets in the playoffs. … Greg Monroe, who started Game 3 and had nine points and 13 rebounds in place of Embiid, played just one minute.Nets: Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 points. … Joe Harris went 0 for 6 from behind the arc and the NBA’s leading 3-point shooter hasn’t made one in the two games in Brooklyn. … Backup F/C Ed Davis missed the game with a sprained right ankle.UP NEXTGame 5 is Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Stop the rise Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell (1)and forward Jared Dudley during the first half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Joel Embiid scored and rebounded. He blocked shots and even threw the most important pass of the game.The only thing he didn’t do is lose his cool after his hard foul triggered a scuffle.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 After having to sit out the last game, there was no way Embiid was going to risk an ejection and miss his chance to help the Philadelphia 76ers seize control of the series.Embiid had 31 points and 16 rebounds, and passed to Mike Scott for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18 seconds left as the 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-108 on Saturday to take a 3-1 series lead.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, logisticsEmbiid also had a flagrant foul that led to a scuffle and two ejections during an eventful return to the lineup after missing Game 3 with a sore left knee. “I know these guys are going to go at me because they want me to retaliate, so I’ve got to be mature when I’m on the court and just stay cool and not react,” Embiid said. 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HONG KONG — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has rejected claims that the Premier League champions were arrogant and disrespectful during their preseason visit to China last week.China’s state-run news agency Xinhua published an editorial in English that criticized the conduct of the team during the Premier League Asia Trophy in Nanjing and Shanghai.The editorial was headlined “Chinese fans’ love for Man City goes unreciprocated on home soil” and accused the club of visiting China only to “win wallets, not hearts and minds.”It also said City had “an attitude of arrogance” and that while the other clubs involved in the event won “a new-found respect and new fans,” City would “leave China with neither.”However, Guardiola said those claims were simply “false.”“To make a statement like this they have to know exactly what happened here in our club,” Guardiola said during a news conference in Hong Kong, where his team will play another friendly on Wednesday. “We had an incredible time in Shanghai. We were committed to the co-operation you have to do here in China. The people from the hotel, all the people, were asking us to do things and we were ready to do that. To come to Asia and experience the culture, the restaurants — it’s amazing to get to know other people. That’s why I can’t understand what people are saying. Maybe one journalist is a bit upset, I don’t know why — but it’s far away from the reality.”City arrived late in Shanghai after its flight was delayed by two days, then traveled by train by Nanjing for a game against West Ham, before playing Wolverhampton in Shanghai last Saturday.It will play Kitchee in Hong Kong on Wednesday before wrapping up its Asian tour with a game in Tokyo on Saturday.City winger Raheem Sterling also insisted the team had a positive experience in China.“Every time we got back from training to the hotel we embraced the fans, we signed signatures, we said our goodbyes. I thought there was a really good connection,” Sterling said. “We came a little bit later than we expected to China, the turnaround was a bit faster and a few of us struggled with sleep but I thought China was a great experience. You ask the boys, they all loved it.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
OTTAWA – Canada will be dispatching an aviation task force to the troubled West African nation of Mali as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, a senior government official said Friday.The government source said the task force will be in Mali for up to 12 months and an official announcement on the deployment will be made Monday.It will be Canada’s first peacekeeping mission in Africa since the early 1990s when troops were sent to Rwanda and Somalia.Mali has been in turmoil since a 2012 uprising prompted soldiers to overthrow the country’s president. The power vacuum that was created led to an Islamic insurgency and a French-led war that ousted the jihadists from power in 2013.However, insurgents remain active and the UN has seen its multinational peacekeeping force in the region suffer more than 150 fatalities since its mission began in 2013.In terms of troop numbers, Canada is currently at a historic low for participation in peacekeeping missions. Canada had a total of 43 peacekeepers deployed around the world at the end of December, the most recent UN numbers indicate, down from 62 in November.The decline, largely the result of a reduction in the number of Canadian police officers deployed to Haiti, means Canada has fewer peacekeepers in the field than at any point since the 1950s.The deployment to Mali will help fulfil a pledge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made in November during a peacekeeping summit in Vancouver.The prime minister unveiled a package of measures, which include offering up to six helicopters and two transport aircraft, plus their associated pilots and support personnel, as well as a 200-strong quick reaction force to the UN.Trudeau also pledged $21 million to help double the number of women deployed on peacekeeping operations around the world, which he emphasized as critical to bringing peace and stability to conflict-ridden areas.