The second-year guard racked up 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists but there was one more mark that left a big imprint on his relegation from the starting five to the honorable mentions.Gomez De Liaño made just one free throw in six attempts in a game that UP badly needed those to fall. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil (The Inquirer Sports’ Starting 5 weekly ranking is based on the players’ individual numbers and their respective team’s outcomes during the competition week.)ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal PH’s Nayre drops out of YOG table tennis; Tio off to strong start in kiteboarding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption FrontcourtAngelo Kouame (Ateneo de Manila University, center)Angelo Kouame. Photo by Tristan TamayoThere’s no doubt that Angelo Kouame has emerged as one of Ateneo’s most vital stars this season.The 6-foot-10 Kouame isn’t just a screen-setter or a mere rebounder for the Blue Eagles, he is the undisputed man in the middle for the defending champions.Kouame followed up his impressive Week 3 performance, where he averaged 14 points and 15 rebounds, with a master class in his first Ateneo-La Salle in the UAAP in the Blue Eagles’ 71-55 win.ADVERTISEMENT Every team has tasted the sweet nectar of victory while also consuming the bitter soup of defeat.Ateneo found itself tied atop the standings when Adamson University finally lost in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.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 ChrissFar Eastern University notched its first string of back-to-back wins, De La Salle got lambasted in its rivalry game against the Blue Eagles, and star forward Alvin Pasaol continued to dazzle for University of the East.The first round’s about to draw to a close, but before that happens here are some delectable rankings. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In spite of those contrasting games, there was one constant and that was the diminutive Aljun Melecio.La Salle’s spitfire guard had 19 points and eight rebounds against the Growling Tigers and followed that up with 21 points and seven rebounds as he carried the Green Archers against the Blue Eagles.Honorable mentions Alvin Pasaol (University of the East, power forward)Alvin Pasaol. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East is still in the bottom of the standings with a 1-5 record but in the middle of that darkness is a beacon of light that has indisputably made the Red Warriors must-watch television.The Red Warriors only had one game this week and Pasaol showed once more he’s an unstoppable force of offensive energy.Pasaol, who once put up 49 points in Season 80 against the defense of Ben Mbala and La Salle, had 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in UE’s 80-66 loss to the Growling Tigers.What made Pasaol’s efforts even more remarkable was that his nine field goals were just one shy of the combined mark of his team.Juan Gomez De Liaño (University of the Philippines, guard)Juan Gomez De Liano. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJuan Gomez De Liaño’s performance in UP’s 89-88 win over the Bulldogs was still an impressive sight to behold. Kouame’s towering presence punished the Green Archers with 20 points, on 7-of-10 shooting, 13 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.Bright Akhuetie (University of the Philippines, center)Bright Akhuetie. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines had just one game in Week 4 and Bright Akhuetie’s brilliance was once again in full display.Akhuetie was a force for the Fighting Maroons as he led the charge in their close 89-88 win over National University on Sunday.The 6-foot-8 center pulled off another 20-20 line of 21 points and 20 rebounds while also shooting 7-of-10 from the free throw line in game where the Fighting Maroons shot just 11-of-30 from the stripe.CJ Cansino (University of Santo Tomas, small forward)CJ Cansino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSomeone transitioning from the juniors to the seniors division of the UAAP is always seen under a microscope but University of Santo Tomas’ CJ Cansino has turned that illuminator into his personal spotlight.The Growling Tigers’ youngster has distanced himself from the other eight rookies in UST’s rotation becoming a bona fide star for the black-and-gold.Cansino was limited to just seven points and four rebounds in UST’s 99-72 loss to De La Salle but that was due to the Green Archers’ defensive focus on him and head coach Louie Gonzalez said it himself.Against UE, however, Cansino was a predator on the loose putting up 17 points, grabbing 17 rebounds, and dishing out four assists to lead the Tigers to an 80-66 win. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum BackcourtWendell Comboy (Far Eastern University, shooting guard)Wendell Comboy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNeed anyone to be the team’s best scorer while being his team’s leading wing threat? Then, Wendell Comboy has that covered.Comboy showed his defensive and offensive prowess in FEU’s 73-68 win over NU when he put up 18 points and dished out three assists while keeping tabs on Dave Ildefonso.NU’s rookie still managed to put up 11 points but went just 4-of-11 from the field.Comboy was at it again in the Tamaraws’ 88-85 overtime win over the Soaring Falcons when he notched up 14 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three blocks.Prior to FEU’s game against Adamson, Comboy had one block the whole season and his third rejection against the Soaring Falcons came in the final seconds of overtime when he denied Sean Manganti’s attempt that could tied the game at 88.Aljun Melecio (De La Salle University, shooting guard) Aljun Melecio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle was a polarizing figure this past week.The Green Archers first laid waste to UST with a 99-72 win but got shell-shocked by Ateneo, 71-55. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.
And while planning his next fight, Golden Boy Promotions also needed a place to put it. With HBO bowing out of boxing after this year, the company had talks with Showtime, ESPN and Turner Sports about televising Alvarez’s future bouts.But Skipper made an aggressive offer for DAZN (pronounced Da-Zone) when he met with Golden Boy about two weeks ago and the deal was quickly finalized.“John came with the best deal. John Skipper came, he wasn’t playing games,” Golden Boy President Eric Gomez said. “He said, our first meeting with him over two weeks ago, he came to our office and said, ‘I’ve got a blank check, I’m not leaving until we make a deal.’ And he put his money where his mouth is.”Skipper said it wasn’t quite a blank check, but one that ensured Alvarez wouldn’t be taking a pay cut to leave pay-per-view. He said Alvarez’s last three fights generated 3.6 million buys and nearly a quarter of a billion dollars, making him someone who can be transformative to a subscription service focused largely — at least for now — on combat sports.“So I’ve got to find those fans,” Skipper said. “They are going to want to watch his fights and they’re going to get to buy them for a lot less expensive than they did before.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Alvarez will move up in weight to challenge WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 at Madison Square Garden.A massive moneymaker when he fought on pay-per-view, Alvarez will be able to be seen for much cheaper through the subscription service that launched in the U.S. in September and now features perhaps the two biggest figures in boxing in Alvarez and heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.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 Chriss“We have No. 1 and No. 2. They’re the two most important fighters in the world,” DAZN executive chairman John Skipper said. “Canelo fighting on DAZN, we believe that that will help us attract some of the other fighters, some of the other premier fighters.”Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) is coming off a victory over Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight showdown in September. That fight, like most of boxing’s biggest, was shown on pay-per-view. It cost $84.95 to be seen in high definition. It will cost them $9.99 a month for a subscription in the U.S. Under the five-year partnership, Golden Boy also will put on up to 10 fight nights per year that will stream live on DAZN beginning in early 2019.Gomez said Alvarez is committed to fighting 11 times during the deal and willing to fight any of the contenders at 160 or 168 pounds. Alvarez said for now his plan is to return to 160 after the bout against Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs), a British fighter who appeared significantly taller than Alvarez, who will be trying to win a title in his third weight class.A third fight with Golovkin would be a natural after their draw and Alvarez’s narrow victory in the rematch, but there would be plenty more options at middleweight if they don’t meet again.Whoever he ends up with, at least Alvarez knows now where it can be seen.“I’ve always said that when one door closes another one opens and we’re very happy with this new alliance that we’ve made with DAZN,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “Forget about what the price is, the amount of money that we’re making. The most important thing is that fans can enjoy this fight at a very low price.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses for photos at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. He will meet Rocky Fielding in a 12-round, super middleweight bout Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK — Canelo Alvarez is boxing’s new $365 million man.Alvarez has signed an 11-fight deal that his promotional company says is the richest athlete contract in sports history, guaranteeing the Mexican middleweight champion at least that much money to have his fights shown on the sports-streaming service DAZN, beginning with his next bout.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Mayweather says Khabib Nurmagomedov fight will happen 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments
The Playland Fun Park situated at the National Park at Thomas Lands, Georgetown is currently closed to the public until further notice.The Protected Areas Commission on Tuesday, September 17, posted an announcement of the temporary closure of the Playland Fun Park for maintenance and repairs of the facilities.The Fun Park is one of the listed fun parks in Georgetown which fall under the Protected Areas Commission— an arm within the Public Infrastructure Ministry.The Fun Park’s existence dates back to 1997 according to archives from the Guyana National Library. This Fun Park was then rehabilitated by the Inner-Wheel Club of Georgetown back in 2013, with special provisions in place for children and persons with disabilities.The Fun Park consisted of a range of playground equipment and areas for children, similar to those at the New Amsterdam Special Needs School.These play objects were aimed at bringing joy, laughter and space to play and express themselves to one of the most vulnerable groups in society.Guyana Times reached out to the Protected Areas Commission for some information but they were unable to provide further information concerning the closure, proposed upgrades and funding of the play park.At the moment, there are no other parks in Georgetown that cater to needs of children with disabilities. As a result, parents, guardians and children are left uncertain of what and when to expect the accessibility of the play park.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Dates for the Fort St. John Huskies second round North West Junior Hockey League playoff series against the Fairview Flyers have been finalized. The Huskies will be making their way to Fairview on Saturday night for game one, with the winner of the best of seven series advancing to the league finals.The season series was a difficult one for Fort St. John as they failed to defeat Fairview in their six meetings throughout the year. The clubs last encountered each other on January 29th in Fairview with the Flyers winning 6-4.The Huskies are coming off a three game sweep of the Sexsmith Vipers in the first round of the postseason, while the Flyers were able to enjoy some time off as they had a bye after their first place finish in the regular season.- Advertisement -Dates for the series are as follows:Game 1: February 27, 8:30 pm @ FairviewGame 2: March 1, 8:00 pm @ Fort St. JohnGame 3: March 3, 8:30 pm @ FairviewGame 4: March 5, 8:00 pm @ Fort St. JohnGame 5*: March 8, 8:30 pm @ FairviewGame 6*: March 10, 8:00 pm @ Fort St. JohnGame 7*: March 12, 8:30 pm @ Fairview
He’s 0 for 9 in the Nissan Open as a pro and 0 for 11 including two amateur appearances. It’s the only tournament he’s played at least three times and not won. Pulchinski might not be upset – after all, six of the world’s top nine players will tee it up in the tournament – but he’s not immune to the problems of hosting a PGA Tour event without the king of golf. “He’s the best player in the world,” Pulchinski said. “Everyone wants to see him. If he’s not here, I imagine attendance would be affected negatively somewhat because people want to see Tiger play in person. We’d be disappointed, but it’s a fact of life. PGA Tour players are independent contractors. They can pick and choose the tournaments they play. “If he doesn’t, I hope he comes back. (Arnold) Palmer and (Jack) Nicklaus never won at Riviera. I’m sure Tiger would like to win here. It’s probably another record he could go after.” Pulchinski doesn’t put any stock in the fact that the next tournament listed on Tiger’s Web site is the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona. He can still add Nissan to the list today. Woods has just 10 scheduled tournaments listed on his Web site, and he’ll add more as the season progresses. As for tournament organizers, they’ve been getting ready for the Nissan Open, with or without Tiger. “We prepare the same way if Tiger’s playing or not playing,” Pulchinski said. “We put the tents in the same place. We have as much security if he’d be here as if he was not here. There’s plenty of security for all the marquee players. We’ve had just as many tickets that we’ve had to buy in advance. We’ve done the same amount of preparation.” email@example.com (818) 713-3615 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This year, it might be different – Woods really might not play. It would be a heavily criticized decision, considering Woods has a streak of seven consecutive PGA Tour wins but has never won at Riviera. Also, he’s had the week off since his third-place finish at the Dubai Desert Classic and this is his hometown tournament. But if Woods is a no-show, Pulchinski won’t be upset. “If that happens, what else can I say, but (playing) 11 of 12 times is pretty good compared to a lot of other tournaments,” Pulchinski said. “He’s played with us and shown us a lot of loyalty. We have to be grateful for that and understanding that Tiger does what Tiger does because it’s in the best interest for him, and that’s what he should do.” Since he turned pro in 1996, Woods has missed the Nissan Open just once, in 2002. Seemingly the one thing that’s missing on Woods’ illustrious resume is a win at Riviera. Woods must decide by 3 p.m. today, when all player commitments are due. While the rumor seems to be more substantial this year, Pulchinski hasn’t put much stock in it. “Absolutely. It doesn’t change from year to year,” Pulchinski said Thursday. “Every year, it’s the exact same thing. You wait to the end. In years past, the same thing happened. Someone hears a rumor that Tiger’s not coming, but he’s been here 11 of the past 12years. It doesn’t seem any different.” Nissan Open tournament director Tom Pulchinski has been down this road before. The buzz around the golf world is that Tiger Woods won’t play in next week’s Nissan Open at Riviera Country Club. If Woods isn’t playing, that’s news to Pulchinski, who has yet to receive official word.
Autumn Davis felt her senior season slipping away months ago. It was one week into the Taft of Woodland Hills girls’ basketball season, and her ambitions of making a run at the City Section championship were tempered as the Toreadors struggled to an 0-2 start. Davis looked every bit the established veteran for the Toreadors (23-2), scoring a team-high 13 points. Nayshon Williams added 11 points, as top-seeded Taft became the first area girls program to win the City title since Kennedy of Granada Hills in 1987. Mykiea Russell scored a team-high 13 points for the No.6 seed Generals (22-7), whose last City championship came in 1999. “It’s great to see all the hard work and dedication finally pay off,” Davis said. “We struggled early, but we stuck it out. I’m very proud with how we never gave up.” Taft won despite having an extreme size disadvantage. The tallest player on the Toreadors’ roster is 5-foot-10 reserve forward Joy Hubbard, while Washington’s roster lists nine players of at least that height. The Generals took a 2-0 lead in the opening minute on a 6-foot runner by Kejuanna Gardner, but Taft responded with a 10-0 run spanning the next two minutes. Davis scored eight points in the first quarter, including two 3-pointers, as Taft took a 17-3 lead at the end of the period. The veteran shooting guard’s response was calm, yet pointed. She challenged freshman point guard Rmanii Haynes to take over the offense. She challenged her teammates to increase the intensity. The magical season continued Saturday, as Taft defeated Washington of Los Angeles 39-36 at the Sports Arena to clinch its first City title in program history, and extend its area-best winning streak to 23games. Washington cut the deficit to 17-10 with 6:26 left in the second quarter on an offensive rebound and layup by Russell. Taft responded with another run, and Williams layup with 10 seconds remaining in the second quarter put the Toreadors comfortably ahead, 24-11, at halftime. Washington rallied in the second half, and Russell drove the length of the court for a layup to make it a one-possession game with five seconds remaining. Davis was fouled, and she missed the front end of a one-and-one with two seconds remaining. Washington’s 60-foot desperation heave came up short as the final horn sounded. “Thank God that clock ran out,” Taft coach Mark Drucker said. “Washington made a great run to end the game, but these girls battled through it.” Taft’s previous best postseason run came in 1982, when the Toreadors lost in the City semifinals. This year’s title run was likely made easier last month, when two time-defending City champion Narbonne of Harbor City was banned from the postseason for using ineligible players in past seasons. Narbonne was a significant favorite to repeat as champion this season. Taft will not apologize for the situation, however, especially considering how the school’s highly regarded boys’ basketball team was banned from the City playoffs last month, when the City Section found two of its players ineligible. “I’m speechless right now,” Drucker said. “It’s a great achievement for the school. “These girls have worked so hard for this. To see it finally happen is amazing.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818)713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The crackdown, which will land 30,000 additional American troops in Iraq by the end of next month, comes as opposition to the strategy grows in Washington and emerges as a central issue in the U.S. presidential campaign. A possible presidential contender and one of the most vocal Republican critics of President George W. Bush’s Iraq policy, Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, was in Baghdad and planned to hold a news conference here today. It was his fifth trip to the war zone. In an interview broadcast Saturday, al-Maliki said he believed U.S. support for his administration was steadfast. “I feel that there is strong support because success would mean a civilized and democratic process,” he told Al-Arabiya television. “I don’t feel any change … despite differences within the American government.” The crackdown also brought a Pentagon decision this past week to extend the deployments of U.S. troops from 12 to 15 months – a situation that the U.S. commander in Iraq acknowledged Saturday was “tough news.” BAGHDAD – A car bomb exploded Saturday near one of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines in Karbala, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 150. At least 16 children were among the dead in the latest horrific assault away from the American-led security crackdown in Baghdad. A suicide bomber also struck in Baghdad, blowing up his car on a major bridge and killing 10 in the second such attack in 48 hours. Chaotic arguing erupted in Iraq’s legislature, with the parliament speaker shouting for order as lawmakers squabbled over who was to blame for holes in security that allowed a suicide bomber to mingle among them Thursday and kill a Sunni Arab lawmaker. The political wrangling underlined the continuing weakness of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government despite a more than two-month-old U.S.-Iraqi military operation intended to pacify Baghdad and give his regime room to function. In a letter to his troops, Gen. David Petraeus expressed appreciation for “the hardship and strain the extension will put on you and your families,” and he warned of “an enormous amount of hard work ahead.” In addition to the bombings in Karbala and Baghdad, at least 40 people were killed or found dead across Iraq on Saturday. The U.S. military announced the death of one service member, killed Friday by a roadside bomb in southern Iraq. The bloodshed in Karbala came when a parked car loaded with explosives blew up at a busy bus station at midmorning, killing at least 37 people and wounding 168, police and hospital officials said. Other reports put the death toll as high as 56. The station is about 200 yards from one of Shiite Muslims’ holiest spots – the Imam Hussein shrine, where the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson is buried. The shrine, 50 miles south of Baghdad, is the destination of an annual Shiite pilgrimage, during which hundreds of faithful were slain last month. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON – Senate negotiators from both parties announced Thursday they had reached agreement on a comprehensive immigration bill that would offer legal status to most of the nation’s 12 million illegal immigrants while also toughening border security. If the bill becomes law, it would result in the biggest changes in immigration law and policy in more than 20 years. That would provide President Bush with a political lift and a tangible accomplishment for his second term. It would also be a solid achievement for the new Democratic leaders in Congress, though they said they would seek changes in the measure. At the heart of the bill is a significant political tradeoff. Democrats got a legalization program, which they have sought for many years. Republicans got a new “merit-based system of immigration,” intended to make the United States more competitive in a global economy. But the politics of the deal are precarious. Democrats already are trying to tamp down concerns of Latino groups, who fear that the bill would make it more difficult for immigrants to bring in relatives from abroad. At the same time, Republican negotiators face blistering criticism from some conservatives, who say the bill would grant a virtual amnesty to people who had broken the law. Bush praised the Senate measure, which incorporates many of his ideas, saying “I really am anxious to sign a comprehensive immigration bill as soon as I possibly can.” The bill goes to the Senate floor next week, where negotiators predicted that it would receive overwhelming support. One reason for that optimism was the symbolic partnership in evidence at the news conference where the package was announced by 10 senators, including Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., one of the Senate’s most liberal members, and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., a staunch conservative who is chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., came off the presidential campaign trail to embrace the compromise, a potentially risky step because the proposal is unpopular with many conservatives, who are expected to play a large role in choosing the party’s presidential candidate. The measure’s prospects are less clear in the House, which plans to take up immigration in July. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said, “Unless the White House produces 60 or 70 Republican votes in the House, it will be difficult to pass an immigration bill similar to the Senate proposal.” Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., a former chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said he had grave concerns about the Senate bill. “It’s a pretty radical shift to go to an employment-based visa system as opposed to a family system,” Becerra said in an interview. “You will continue to have close family members separated from their loved ones because of this policy.” The bill includes a temporary worker program, under which 400,000 to 600,000 foreign workers could be admitted to the country each year. Becerra said the proposal would create “a permanent underclass of imported workers to fill American jobs.” The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, D-Nev., offered cautionary words as well, saying: “I have serious concerns about some aspects of this proposal, including the structure of its temporary worker program and undue limitations on family immigration. We need to improve the bill as it moves through the legislative process.” Kennedy has acknowledged that the agreement is not the ideal immigration bill that he would have written in another political environment. But on Thursday he said, “The agreement is the best possible chance we will have in years to secure our borders, bring millions of people out of the shadows and into the sunshine of America.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting oddsThe Coral spokesman talks to Alan Brazil and David James about Liverpool’s summer signings.The Reds are set to sign Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke for £32.5million, and former Reds goalkeeper James claims he’s unsure whether the big Belgian will be a hit at Anfield.There’s also the latest Ashes odds, following England’s heavy defeat to Australia.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Sevilla are in advanced negotiations over an £18m move for Liverpool target Luis Muriel.The forward wants to leave Sampdoria this summer and he has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield.The Colombian bagged 11 goals in Serie A last season, as well as five assists, and he impressed visiting scouts with his performances.One of those watching Muriel over the past year was Sevilla and, according to Sportitalia, they are now close to tying up a deal for him.The Spanish side are reportedly set to cough up £18m plus bonuses to land the 26-year-old.Sampdoria had wanted to keep hold of star striker Muriel but, after he refused to extend his current contract past its expiry of June 2019, they have decided to cash in on him. 1 Luis Muriel in action for Sampdoria