Rory McIlroy emerges from wild day to win Players Championship

first_img“Just make three more good swings … and this thing is yours,” McIlroy kept telling himself.He delivered in a major way to win the next best thing to major.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No. 22 Auburn routs 8th-ranked Tennessee for SEC title McIlroy made two late birdies to regain the lead, was at his best when the pressure was the highest, and he closed with a 2-under 70 for a one-shot victory over Jim Furyk in his 10th appearance at The Players Championship.“To step up and make those three good swings, it’s very satisfying knowing that it’s in there when it needs to be,” McIlroy said. 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(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — His best swing was followed by his biggest drive, both setting up birdies, and from there Rory McIlroy knew how to finish.Suddenly staked to a one-shot lead, McIlroy had a 125-yard walk along the water to the 17th hole to face an island that never looks smaller than on Sunday at The Players Championship, followed by the toughest hole on the TPC Sawgrass with water down the entire left side.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Rahm shot 76.Fleetwood opened with a three-putt bogey and made all pars until hitting into the water on the 11th for bogey. He made eagle on the 16th to have a fleeting chance until coming up short of the island. He shot 73 and tied for fifth with Brandt Snedeker (69) and Dustin Johnson (69). Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Most important, he found dry land on the 17th with a 9-iron, and relied on a memory from 10 years ago in Hong Kong — pick a target and swing hard — to hammer a tee shot down the 18th fairway to set up the win.He finished at 16-under 272 and earned $2.25 million, to date the biggest winner’s check in golf.The timing was ideal. McIlroy had not finished worse than a tie for sixth in his five previous starts this year — three of them playing in the final group — with no trophy to show for it. And one month away is the Masters, the final piece for McIlroy to get the career Grand Slam.It wasn’t easy. Eight players had at least a share of the lead at some point, and a dozen players were separated by two shots at various times.“I think the toughest part is seeing yourself up there, whatever score you’re on, and seeing 10 or 11 guys with a chance,” McIlroy said. “I guess that was the hardest thing was just getting yourself to the point mentally where you say, ‘Well, why not me? This is my tournament. I’m going to finish it off.’”Furyk didn’t know he was in The Players until one week ago, and he was on the verge of winning until McIlroy came through in the end. Furyk started the back nine with two birdies to get in the mix and finished strong. His only regret was a 3-foot par putt on the 15th.Even so, it showed he has plenty of game left after devoting two years as Ryder Cup captain. The runner-up finish moves him high enough in the world ranking (No. 57) to qualify for the Match Play in two weeks.“A shot here, a shot there, maybe could have been a little different,” Furyk said. “But ultimately, left it all out there. It was also nice to get in contention, to get under the heat, to have to hit shots under a lot of pressure, and then to respond well to that and hit some good golf shots. It’ll be a confidence boost going forward.Some of the most entertaining moments came from everyone else.Eddie Pepperell of England, in his Sawgrass debut, ran off four birdies in a five-hole stretch to briefly share the lead, none bigger than a putt from just inside 50 feet on the 17th. One group later, Jhonattan Vegas holed a putt from the bottom left to the top right pin position, just under 70 feet, the longest putt made on the island green since the PGA Tour had lasers to measure them. That gave him a share of the lead, too. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments McIlroy could not afford a mistake over the final hour because of Furyk, the 48-year-old former Ryder Cup captain who nearly pulled off a stunner. Furyk, one of the last players to qualify for the strongest field in golf, capped off a 67 with a 7-iron into the 18th so good that he started walking when he hit it. The ball plopped down 3 feet from the hole for a birdie to take the lead.But not for long.Coming off a careless bogey on the 14th, McIlroy thought he was in trouble when his tee shot went well to the right toward a clump of native grass. He was lucky it came down into the bunker, and from there he drilled a 6-iron from 180 yards.“Some golf shot there,” Harry Diamond, his caddie and best friend, said as the ball was in the air.McIlroy called it “the best shot of the day, by far,” and it settled 15 feet behind the hole for a birdie to tie. Then, he blasted a 347-yard drive — the longest of the day on the par-5 16th — into a good lie in the rough that left him a 9-iron to 20 feet for a two-putt birdie and the lead.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Guyana records 34 road deaths for 2016

first_img– 1359 persons killed in accidents over the past 10 yearsThe traffic department of the Guyana Police Force has recorded 34 road fatalities for the year so far whenTraffic Officer (ag) Superintendent Boodnarine Persaudcompared to 30 fatalities from 21 accidents in 2015. Out of the 34 fatalities, three were children.According to acting traffic officer Boodnarine Persaud, speeding and use of alcohol continued to be the main cause of accidents while other causes include inattentiveness by pedestrians and pedal cyclists, lack of care at intersections, among other factors.Pedestrians and motorcyclists represented the largest categories of those killed during 2016, 10 and 8 respectively.“Motorcyclists continue to use the road recklessly without thinking about their own safety or that of other road users,” Persaud stated.Most of the accidents involving motorcyclists, he added, have resulted from speeding and the use of alcohol but in some cases, the riders and pillions were not fitted with safety helmets.“The two recent accidents involving motorcyclists, have seen a 19-year-old speeding along Grove Public Road, without a helmet, lost control of his vehicle, fell down and skidded into a parked motorcar thus resulted in his death, and on the Essequibo Coast a 21-one-year-old motorcyclist was speeding along Aurora Public Road, lost control and drove off the road, killing his 17-year-old pillion. The motorcycle was not registered and the cyclist was unlicensed.”On the other hand, the traffic chief stated that pedal cyclists also continue to use the road in a careless manner, while making reference to the use of alcohol topped with riding without lights, brakes, reflectors, and bells.The Traffic Department over the years has conducted enforcement exercises against unlighted cycles resulting in several being seized since the perpetrators find it difficult to pay the fines imposed on them.However, this exercise will now be considered a priority and zero tolerance approach commenced on Monday evening with the intention of correcting the situation.In an effort to ease accidents, the Guyana Police Force Traffic Department has embarked on a series of road safety awareness programmes which include drivers’ seminars, lecture to school children, distribution of flyers, exhibitions and radio and television programmes.The enforcement exercises against lawless drivers continued with 7375 drivers prosecuted for speeding while 625 were prosecuted for driving under the influence of alcohol.At a recent workshop hosted by the Consultant of the West Demerara Road Project, it was suggested that road safety should be included in the school curriculum.“If this should come on board it will be one of the best thing to happen as it relates to traffic because those same children will grow up to become adults and drivers of tomorrow and will have a fair idea as to the safe usage of the road and will also understand the consequences in using the road carelessly. The Guyana Police Force Traffic Department will definitely support this idea and do their part in educating the public,” Persaud noted.For the past 10 years, from January 1, 2006 there were 1159 fatal accidents on the roads of Guyana from which 1359 persons were killed.Pedestrians, motorcyclists and pedal cyclists were the largest categories killed, 451, 216 and 191 respectively. Taking into consideration the statistics for the past ten years, the traffic officer is calling on all Guyanese to join in the fight against road lawlessness; and practice road safety.last_img read more

4-year-old accidentally sets house on fire

first_imgA four-year-old boy was rescued after he set his aunt’s Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) residence alight while playing with a lighter on Monday.The burnt inside of the Bartica houseThe Lot 114 Third Avenue Bartica house owned by 42-year-old, Michelle Garraway was completely destroyed at about 11:15h.Guyana Times understands that Garraway left the child asleep in one of the bedrooms in the wooden house.However, sometime later she smelled smoke and went to inspect. It was then that she saw the bedroom engulfed in flames but quickly managed to save her nephew.The duo exited the house and the fire service was called to the scene. However, by that time, it was too late and the entire house was completely destroyed.When questioned, the child told Garraway that he was playing with a lighter and accidentally set a mattress on fire. An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

The year that was in the B.C. Peace – Part 2 – April – June 2014

first_imgFort St. John Medical ClinicExclusive – Fort St. John to lose 5 family doctors in JulyIn April, we reported that five more family doctors would close their practices in Fort St. John by July of this year. With that announcement healthcare in our community became a major focus in 2014.  The Fort St. John Medical Clinic confirmed at the time, five physicians will close their practices by July leaving even more patients in Fort St. John without a general practitioner. Read the full story here:  Walk-In Clinic To Close April 30 Read the full story here:  Eight arrested in Dawson Creek drug investigation Read the full story here:  Fort St. John Mayor calls for an end to Temporary Foreign Workers Program moratorium Read the full story here:  Joint Review Panel makes 50 recommendations for Site C Fort St. John downtownThe second phase of Fort St. John’s downtown revitalization plan is underwayIn May, The City said it was undertaking the second phase of a community planning process for downtown revitalization in Fort St. John.  “It’s a process which acts on City Council’s priorities to enhance the downtown core as the economic, social and cultural heart of the community,” a City Hall news release said. The Dawson Creek RCMP detachment.The Dawson Creek RCMP detachment.Eight arrested in Dawson Creek drug investigation- Advertisement -Eight people have been arrested and more arrests are coming following a drug investigation by the Dawson Creek RCMP. The investigation targeted street level cocaine dealers and took place from November 2013-January 2014. Read the full story here:  Changes being made to Fort St. John Medical Clinic for month of July Lori-ackerman-genericFort St. John Mayor calls for an end to Temporary Foreign Workers Program moratoriumIn May, Mayor Ackerman called for an end to the moratorium on the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.  The Federal Government put the program on hold last month (April) after a series of allegations that some small businesses were uprooting Canadian workers and finding room for temporary foreign workers who would raise no problems with hours, holidays or working conditions. Read the full story here:  Site C opponents happy with some of the Panels recommendations Read the full story here:  Exclusive – Fort St. John to lose 5 family doctors in July No Site CJoint Review Panel makes 50 recommendations for Site CIn May the Joint Review Panel made 50 recommendations if the Site C project was to move forward.  The Joint Review Panel Report did not give clear direction on whether or not the Site C Clean Energy Project on the Peace River should proceed.  In the 18-page summary report released today, the Panel agrees with many of the proposals for mitigating the adverse effects which would be created by the construction of the Site C dam, but at the same time, agrees with the information put forth by First Nations as to damage the dam would cause to their traditional way of life. Read the full story here:  Taylor “solves doctor shortage” with hybrid delivery model Read the full story here:  Hydro pleased with report from Joint Review Panel on Site C Read the full story here:  The second phase of Fort St. John’s downtown revitalization plan is underwaylast_img read more

Goal machine Salah splutters after amazing scoring run

first_img0Shares0000Mohamed Salah was kept in check by Chelsea while also being booked for a dive © AFP / Glyn KIRKPARIS, France, May 7 – Liverpool goal machine Mohamed Salah was shackled by Chelsea as the Champions League finalists lost 1-0 at the weekend — the third consecutive match in which the Egyptian failed to score.Salah has struck 31 English Premier League goals this season, four more than lone challenger Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the Golden Boot. But after an astonishing scoring streak in all competitions this season, which overshadowed all other African stars in Europe, Salah fired blanks against Stoke City, AS Roma and Chelsea.ENGLANDMOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)It is a measure of the Egyptian’s extraordinary impact upon the Premier League this season that it is now a major event when the striker does not score.He struggled in the first half of a 1-0 loss to old club Chelsea that kept the race for a top-three finish alive and was booked for diving.That he could not escape the Blues’ defence after the break was a major reason why the visitors eventually lost.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG/ALEX IWOBI (Arsenal)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored eight goals in 10 Premier League starts for Arsenal © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONGabonese Aubameyang bagged a brace and Nigerian Iwobi one goal as Arsenal whipped Burnley 5-0 in the final home match for Gunners manager Arsene Wenger after 22 years in charge.Former African Footballer of the Year Aubameyang triggered the rout with a 14th-minute opening goal.VICTOR WANYAMA (Tottenham Hotspur)One of Spurs’ better players in their surprise 1-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion, the Kenyan drew a sharp save from Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster with a curling drive.YOHAN BENALOUANE (Leicester City)The Tunisia international, finding himself defending on the flank rather than in his more favoured central position, was given a torrid afternoon by Arthur Masuaku as West Ham beat the Foxes 2-0 to assure themselves of Premier League survival.ITALYMUSA BARROW (Atalanta)Gambian Barrow, 19, scored his third goal in 10 Serie A appearances this season when he opened for Atalanta in a 1-1 draw against Lazio in Rome.The point keeps Atalanta in the chase for Europa League football next season as the club from the northern city of Bergamo are just one point outside the European places.BRYAN DABO (Fiorentina)Burkina Faso midfielder Dabo, 26, scored his first goal for Fiorentina, which proved to be the winner in a 3-2 victory for the Tuscany side in Genoa. Dabo added the third after 80 minutes as Fiorentina keep their Europa League hopes alive.ALFRED DUNCAN (Sassuolo)Ghanaian midfielder Duncan, 25, proved to be the superhero for Sassuolo, closing down all Sampdoria efforts and setting up Matteo Politano’s second-half winner from a tight angle as the side from Modena held on for a 1-0 win to assure top-flight football next season.GERMANYSALIF SANE (Hanover 96)The burly Senegal centre-back scored with a header from a free-kick on his final home appearance for Hanover in a 3-1 win against Hertha Berlin.It was a farewell gift from the 27-year-old Sane, who has signed a four-year deal to join Schalke, who have qualified for the Champions League next season, and he took the microphone to celebrate with home fans after the final whistle.KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG (Eintracht Frankfurt)The Ghana midfielder played his first game after a fortnight sidelined by a thigh injury and ran the midfield with a typically robust display over 90 minutes as Eintracht pushed Hamburg to the verge of relegation with a 3-0 home win.FRANCENICOLAS PEPE/YVES BISSOUMA (Lille)Nicolas Pepe’s brace could prove crucial for Lille’s survival come the end of the season © AFP / PASCAL PAVANIIvorian Pepe struck twice, including the winner eight minutes from time, in a crucial 3-2 victory at relegation rivals Toulouse.The 22-year-old casually back-heeled in Lille’s opener after just five minutes and then sealed back-to-back wins on 82 minutes when he rolled in his 13th goal this term after an ill-advised sortie by Toulouse goalkeeper Alban Lafont.Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma had equalised for Lille shortly before with a thunderous 35-yard free-kick.KEAGAN DOLLY (Montpellier)South African Dolly scored his first goal of the season with a terrific left-foot chip soon after half-time as Montpellier won 2-0 at Nantes in a mid-table clash.He helped Mamelodi Sundowns win the 2016 CAF Champions League before moving to France.BERTRAND TRAORE (Lyon)Burkina Faso star Traore struck twice within seven minutes during the first half to set up Lyon for a 3-0 home win over relegation-threatened Troyes.Victory kept second-place Lyon one point above Monaco in the chase for a Champions League group place.MOUSSA KONATE (Amiens)The Senegalese grabbed two second-half equalisers as Amiens came from behind twice at home to draw 2-2 against champions Paris Saint-Germain.Amiens are eight points above the danger zone and assured of top-flight football next season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Are Chelsea at risk of repeating their Eto’o mistake with Drogba?

first_img1 Didier Drogba is a Chelsea legend and while re-signing the burly Ivorian striker has plenty of romantic connotations, Blues supporters could be forgiven for harbouring doubts over whether the 36-year-old can still cut it at the highest level.Jose Mourinho made it pertinently clear last season he was not satisfied with the strikers at his disposal, having brought in veteran forward and another old Special One favourite, Samuel Eto’o, at 32 years old, as a last resort when a deal for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney failed to materialise.This pre-season it is a different story, with pundits and fans alike agreeing that the Chelsea boss is happy with his lot after bringing ‘the King’ back to Stamford Bridge and signing Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa in a £32million deal.Drobga made his second ‘unofficial’ debut as a second-half substitute in a 3-0 defeat at Werder Bremen on Sunday and his impact was minimal. Pace has never been the former Marseille striker’s speciality, but it was notable how he was nowhere to be seen when Chelsea countered at speed.True, this is just a pre-season friendly. Drogba could have a big impact on the Premier League, but it is hard to argue that the Chelsea hero will muster the kind of powerhouse displays he was once capable of, particularly in the 2009/10 season when he hit 37 goals in 44 games to help Carlo Ancelotti win a Premier League and FA Cup double in the Italian’s debut season.The striker signed off the first part of his Blues career in the greatest way possible, converting the Champions League final-winning penalty in the shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich in 2012. But while that moment is forever etched into history and represents the true peak of Drogba’s achievements, on a personal level he was already in decline. That season he only struck 13 times in 35 games; though many were vital goals, the season before it was the same number in 46 matches. It is worth remembering there was an agreed parting of ways by both Chelsea and the Drog, but yet two years later they have flogged Romelu Lukaku – the man once dubbed Drogba’s heir – to Everton and brought back their former star.Drogba’s decline on a personal level is also strikingly similar to Eto’o’s in terms of goals and impact. The Cameroon captain – three years the Ivorian’s junior – arguably reached his peak, both professionally and on an achievement basis, as a key cog in Barcelona’s incredible treble-winning season in 2008/09. There he struck 36 times in 52 games as Pep Guardiola enjoyed a dream debut season as Barca boss. Unlike Drogba, Eto’o also enjoyed two further incredible goalscoring seasons – in 2005/06 he managed 34 goals in 46 games for the Catalans and then in his final season at Inter Milan in 2010/11 he struck 37 times in 53 matches.Both men towards the end of their careers sought moves to the lesser lights; Eto’o joined Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, aged 30, for three years, while Drogba’s two-year break from west London encompassed a spell with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua for half a season, before joining Galatasaray.The pair enjoyed reasonable spells aware from the global gaze, but both men were on the wane – made evident in Drogba’s case by his limited impact for the Turkish side against Chelsea last season in both legs of their Champions League last-16 tie.Mourinho’s decision to bring Eto’o – who played a key role in helping the boss win the Champions League at Inter during the 2009/10 season – to Chelsea, surprised some last season and quickly the pair’s relationship fell apart. The Blues manager was unimpressed with his strikers and doubting the Cameroon striker’s age was not taken kindly by Eto’o. His return of 12 goals in 34 games was reasonable for the veteran, but it raises the question: how is Drogba’s situation going to be any different?Both men are totally different strikers in terms of their overall play. Eto’o has more of a poacher’s instinct, whereas Drogba is more of a battering ram forward capable of bullying teams into submission. The former’s career record stands at 303 goals in 608 games, while the latter’s reads 256 goals in 582 matches. But the best years for both players are definitely behind them. While it is impossible to predict just what Drogba’s impact will be, it is surely safe to say there will no be repeat of the falling out that Eto’o had with Mourinho. Such a scenario unfolding seems tremendously unlikely given the love and mutual respect they have for each other, while Blues fans will undoubtedly get behind the man they voted Chelsea’s greatest ever player to a far greater extent than they supported Eto’o.The Chelsea faithful know their hero’s powers are on the wane and while Mourinho insists this is a deal not driven by romanticism, it is hard to escape the doubts. Drobga could still conjure up some moments of magic and play a key role as an impact substitute, but whether he will light up Stamford Bridge as he did in his first brilliant spell at the club remains to be seen.  Chelsea fans, do you think Drogba’s return will be successful? Comment below. 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Video: Wonder goal from South America! Can you Bolivar it?

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first_imgTHE powers of the authorities in the North to prosecute people here for motoring and other offences has been thrown into chaos after a Co Donegal man had a speeding charge dismissed.A judge has ruled that the issuing of summons by post to this county wasn’t proof a defendant had received it.So he struck out a case against a Co Donegal man allegedly caught driving at 44mph in a 30mph zone in Aughnacloy. The PSNI has regularly targeted drivers on a stretch of road leading into the Tyrone town – many of them from Donegal and driving home from Dublin.The North’s Public Prosecution Service has in recent years sent out summonses by post.But Judge John Meehan said postal summonses are a breach of international law, which require the person to be given assurances they will not be prosecuted for other offences.He also said that there was no valid proof that a summons had been served.He added that, in such cases, proof of lawful service or proof of evasion of a summons was a pre-requisite to proceeding if the defendant did not appear.“A person in county Donegal . . . may know of a process against him being before a court in Northern Ireland but that alone is not sufficient,” he said.In his conclusion Judge Meehan said: “The PPS have been proceeding on the basis that the Northern Ireland rules about the acknowledgement of postal service and pleas of guilty by post can now be treated as applying internationally. They cannot.”He added the PPS had “taken up their position without, I fear, considering what the Irish State might make of all this.“That is most unfortunate, for example, in the context of protracted and continuing negotiations aimed at the mutual recognition of penalty points for motorists by Northern Ireland and Ireland.”Judge Meehan said the court would be able to proceed in the defendant’s absence and without him being served within the UK “only after particular and additional efforts have been made to persuade him to appear”.He said this could only be the case where the defendant and the Irish State were given “clear and precise assurances” relating to immunity from prosecution for any other offences during the time the defendant was answering the case in the Northern Ireland court.The PPS plans to appeal the decision.But the ruling now means that anyone who has received a summons by post could ignore it; and claim they didn’t get it.REVEALED: DONEGAL DRIVER ESCAPES SPEEDING CHARGE AFTER JUDGE RULING IN THE NORTH was last modified: July 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:REVEALED: DONEGAL DRIVER ESCAPES SPEEDING CHARGE AFTER JUDGE RULING IN THE NORTHlast_img read more

Antonio Conte staying at Chelsea and targets improvements next season

first_img1 Antonio Conte has intimated his desire to stay at Chelsea, who the Italian believes can get even better after their Premier League title triumph.Michy Batshuayi’s goal eight minutes from time earned Conte’s side a 1-0 win at West Brom and ensured they clinched the trophy at the earliest opportunity.The double could follow if Chelsea can beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27.And Conte can expect to be rewarded for a successful season with a new contract offer 12 months into the three-year deal he signed on joining last summer.The former Juventus and Italy boss has so far been equivocal over his future with Inter Milan making overtures.But the 47-year-old suggested after the title success at The Hawthorns that he wanted to build on the rejuvenation he has led this season.He said: “We started to do our work. We have to improve in the next season, to find the right solution to improve.“We are working (for) only nine months together. I think if you can continue with these players you can improve a lot.“Now they know my idea, I know them, the characteristics of my players. And we can improve.”Conte wants to keep his best players and strengthen his squad ahead of next season’s Champions League return, but there is fervent speculation over the future of striker Diego Costa, in particular.The Italian said: “The club want to fight to win every competition. We have the same ambition. For this reason we try to keep the best players.”Conte kept his composure during a huddle with journalists as Costa lurked menacingly, threatening to put a dampener on celebrations by jokingly brandishing a fire extinguisher.The Italian had already been drenched by champagne, iced water and beer in the dressing room, forcing a change of clothes, before his post-match media conference was brought to an abrupt halt by Costa and David Luiz.The pair then impatiently waited, with club captain John Terry standing guard to make sure nothing untoward happened, as Conte fulfilled the further media commitment.Luiz monitored the time taken for questions and Costa held the fire extinguisher aloft in the direction of journalists.The pair were attempting to speed up proceedings to resume celebrations with the head coach who had steered Chelsea to a second title in three years after last season’s 10th-placed finish.Conte has won the last four domestic championships in which he has managed, having claimed three in a row with Juventus prior to being Italy boss.The Italian had seen the potential in a team which won the 2014-15 title under Jose Mourinho before imploding within months.At his unveiling on July 14 last year, Conte said: “I hope there is a small flame flickering that can eventually grow into a blazing inferno.”Costa had threatened to douse the flames and jeopardise the title bid in January, when he apparently had his head turned by a lucrative offer to join Chinese Premier League side Tianjin Quanjian.Conte refused to discuss reports of a disagreement with 20-goal Costa in public, attributing the striker’s absence from the Premier League trip to Leicester to a back injury.“I think in every season there are moments you have to find always the right solution,” Conte added.“For this reason I have to say thanks to my players. They showed me in every moment great attitude, great work rate and to trust in my work. It’s right now to celebrate.”Conte’s focus has already moved on to the next target. Chelsea conclude the Premier League season with home matches against mid-table Watford and relegated Sunderland before the FA Cup final.When it was put to him that Chelsea could have two weeks off to prepare for the Wembley date with Arsenal, Luiz interjected.The Brazil defender said: “Rest? Rest for you. We train every day.”Conte, laughing, added: “They know we have to work during the training session to prepare in the right way these two games against Watford and then Sunderland.“When you work hard it’s important to celebrate and then to prepare in the right way the final of the FA Cup, because we have the opportunity to fight to win the double and we must be ready to do this.” Antonio Conte celebrates Chelsea’s Premier League title win last_img read more

Barca stars want Pogba signed, but some at the club have doubts about him

first_img huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ MONEY Most popular football news Luis Suarez, meanwhile, has previously claimed a player of Pogba’s calibre would always be welcome at Barca.It is also thought manager Ernesto Valverde is also keen on the deal, though apparently Barcelona scouts are divided on the 25-year-old.While there is no doubting Pogba’s physical and technical prowess, some believe the club’s playing style requires midfielders who take fewer risks on the ball and have greater positional sense.United paid Juventus £89m for Pogba in 2016 and it is likely that should they sanction a move away, they would expect to recoup the money they initially paid, while there is also the cut agent Mino Raiola will demand. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Barca have been linked with Pogba since the summer and it was even reported Raiola was in the city to try and secure a transfer.The player reportedly wants to join the Liga champions as his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has soured and a frosty training ground conversation was even caught on camera.Pogba captained United in several games at the start of the season, but has subsequently been stripped of the armband and told by Mourinho he will never captain the club again while he is in the dugout. Pogba was one of France’s best players as they won the World Cup Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED ADVICE 2center_img REPLY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho’s frosty training ground conversation was caught on camera no dice Barcelona’s star players are keen to have Paul Pogba to join them at the Camp Nou.The Manchester United midfielder shares the France changing room with Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele and, according to the Mail, Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi believe the club would do well with the World Cup winner in the side. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more