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‘Best feeling in world’ as Sharapova wins on return

‘Best feeling in world’ as Sharapova wins on return

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite READ: Sharapova returns to tennis after 15-month doping ban“It’s the best feeling in the world to walk out (on court), it’s been a stage of mine since I was a young girl and it was very special,” said Sharapova who celebrated her win with a succession of double fist pumps and a broad smile before blowing kisses to all corners of the Porsche Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I have been waiting for this a long time.”Sharapova was given a wildcard to play in Stuttgart, where she has been champion three times, a move which drew a barrage of criticism from rivals who believed she was receiving preferential treatment. MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely On Wednesday, the French Tennis Federation repeated that they will not make a decision until next month.“There is a date which has been fixed. There is no reason to make an exception for Maria Sharapova,” said FFT president Bernard Guidicelli.“We will meet with the tournament director Guy Forget on May 15. The decision will be taken and communicated at 1900 (1700GMT) on Facebook on May 16.“I know that there is strong expectation from the media and fans but we are not casting. This is not a rock-opera.”With the likes of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova sidelined — and potential heir Eugenie Bouchard struggling — women’s tennis needs pulling power and Sharapova ticks all the boxes for event organizers.But many remain to be convinced.Bouchard was quoted in an interview in Istanbul as describing her childhood idol as a “cheater”.World number five Simona Halep, the fourth seed in Stuttgart, believes that handing Sharapova wildcards sends completely the wrong signal.“I can’t support what the tournament director has done but in my opinion, for children and young players, it’s not OK to help players who were banned for doping with wildcards,” said the Romanian. CBB View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Russia’s Maria Sharapova reacts after defeating Italy’s Roberta Vinci in their first round match at the WTA tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on April 26, 2017. AFPSTUTTGART, Germany — Maria Sharapova marked her return from a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday with a rusty 7-5, 6-3 win over Roberta Vinci in Stuttgart, describing victory as the “best feeling in the world”.Sharapova, the former world number one and five-time Grand Slam champion, brushed off a nervous start to eventually claim a convincing win on her controversial comeback having tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fajardo, Blatche lead Gilas Pilipinas shoo-ins She fired 39 winners and 11 aces past 34-year-old Vinci, one of many to have voiced her concerns over the Russian benefitting from wildcards.READ: Tennis: Sharapova back in business, like it or notAfter receiving warm applause from the crowd, which included one fan who held up a Russian flag bearing the words ‘Welcome back Maria’, Sharapova, dressed in an orange top and lilac-colored dress, initially struggled.She quickly found herself 2-0 down before she broke back to level at 2-0.As was to be expected after her long break, Sharapova labored to find her shots and Vinci profited from several mistakes.But the 30-year-old Russian started to move her Italian opponent around the court and found her range with a pair of aces.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sharapova finally broke the Italian in the 11th game and then held her service, converting her second set point in exactly an hour.Vinci had lost to Sharapova in both their previous meetings and the Italian trailed from 2-0 down in the second set on Wednesday.Sharapova quickly moved to 5-3 ahead up with an ace and extended her domination in the following game, racing into a 40-0 lead and converted her first match point for victory in one hour, 45 minutes.‘At my best’“I’ve been doing this for so long and this was my first match for a while, so when you are in the moment, you block everything else out,” said Sharapova.“I’m competitive by nature, even when things aren’t working out.“That’s when I am at my best, when I forget about everything, just be me and just compete.”Sharapova will now play fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in Thursday’s second-round.“It’s going to be tough, but every match I play now is important for me,” she said.“It’s important to just play, it’s a journey and it officially starts for me today and I am looking forward to playing as many matches as I can.”Sharapova has also been granted wildcards into the Madrid and Rome tournaments and she will need similar generosity from Roland Garros if she is to make the main draw of the French Open, where she is a two-time champion. 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If Trinidad can do it, so can Guyana

If Trinidad can do it, so can Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,We have upcoming oil production with significant cash guaranteed for the national develop of the country, therefore the Government could look at possibly forming a national aviation department which could be quasi Government/private with majority Government owned to utilize and offset the costs of operating any new Government aviation assets.Trinidad has National Helicopters Services Limited which enabled local Trinidadians to be trained to support their oil and gas industry and to enable the government to justify the acquisition and ownership of new helicopters which operate in various missions around Trinidad and Tobago.A visit to the National Helicopters website states:National Helicopter Services Limited (NHSL) formerly the Air Division (Helicopter Unit) of the Ministry of National Security is a joint venture between the Government of Trinidad and Tobago (GOTT) as an 82% shareholder, and The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) holding the remaining 18% of the issued share capital. The Company was incorporated on October 3rd 1989 and commenced operations on February 1st 1990.NHSL was formed for the purpose of providing o ffshore helicopter services to the Oil/Gas sector and other commercial entities as well as continuance of services to Government i.e. support to the National Security forces, Medical Evacuations (Medevacs) between Tobago and Trinidad and Emergency and Disaster Air Support. NHSL is the holder of an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and Approved Maintenance Organization Certificate (AMOC) issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) to carry out requisite aviation functions. National Helicopters did so well over the years, they were here in Guyana supporting the Government of Guyana when GDF and the Police required security support with their helicopters to fight crime and to support the early stages of the oil and gas exploration projects in Guyana.Never again should our Government be bringing in a foreign Government’s equipment to support us while our brothers and sisters in the GDF are underfunded with their helicopters and airplanes not working. The Government needs to invest more in the GDF and Guyanese so we can develop the skills and requisites to participate in the upcoming oil and gas industry from all levels. If Trinidad can do it, so can we as Guyanese.I hope to never to see National Helicopters operating on Oil and Gas projects in Guyana while the GDF Air Corps assets remains old and grounded for lack of funding and support and the Air Corps ranks deprived of opportunities to develop the same capabilities like their Trinidadian brothers and sisters.Sincerely,Maurice Stephenslast_img read more

Ramnarine notes GPF’s ‘organisational discipline’ challenges

Ramnarine notes GPF’s ‘organisational discipline’ challenges

first_img…as Detective Training programmes launchedThe Canadian Justice Education Society (JES), in collaboration with key international partners, launched three detective training programmes at the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Training Centre on Monday. The courses are geared to build and strengthen the justice system in Guyana.Police have, over time, come in for scrutiny over their handling of evidence in some major cases, but it is hoped that this public distrust could be reduced, since police ranks, during the course of this week, will take the courses to improve their skills is such cases.A section of the gathering at the launching of the detective training programmesThe United States Embassy has announced support for the Canadian initiative, which will see participants being trained in major case management; undergo an investigation course; and participate in another course in training the trainers for interviewing, note taking and reporting.Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine upbraided both junior and senior ranks for being late at Monday’s event, using the occasion to highlight the need for discipline. He stressed that the public demands more professionalism from the Force.“I know we have challenges with our organisational discipline, and it tells me that there are question marks over our personal discipline,” Ramnarine stated in referring to the lateness of course participants.“(There are) opportunities that exist right now for us to quickly get into stride, mentally and otherwise, and appreciate that there is an increased demand for professionalism,” Ramnarine urged.The acting police chief also stressed the need for integrity, accountability and competence. He also highlighted the important role that the police play in the criminal justice system, and moreover noted that course participants will have the opportunity to have practical exercises during the week-long training.“Observation in the court room, visiting along with you at scenes of crimes…is the best way to get the maximum benefit and use from it [the training],” the acting Police Commissioner stressed.Fifty ranks will benefit from the training, which is being held through a collaborative effort between JES and the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). This is part of the ‘Strengthening the Criminal Justice in Guyana’ project.Retired senior Canadian police ranks Victor Adam and James Hardy are among the course trainers. They have years of experience in managing major cases.last_img read more

Arsenal yet to launch bid for Mahrez, says agent

Arsenal yet to launch bid for Mahrez, says agent

first_imgHowever, Bengougam confirmed he was at Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Lens but denied such a deal is in place. He was there to watch another client 18-year-old Jean-Ricner Bellegarde.Arsene Wenger is a confirmed admirer of Mahrez though Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has publicly claimed the player will stay at the King Power Stadium saying: ‘It’s over, the market is over here, Mahrez wants to stay.’An improved contract remains on the table for the coveted winger but he has yet to sign.Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris St Germain have also been credited with interest in the Algerian.Mahrez put in a dazzling display during Leicester’s International Champions Cup win over Celtic. He scored the game’s opener before the Bhoys equalised through Eoghan O’Connell.The Foxes won the match on penalties with Daniel Amartey netting the decisive spot-kick.-By DalyMail–0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez in action for Leicester City during their International Champions Cup match against Celtic. PHOTO/ STUART WALLACE FOR DAILYMAILLENS, France, July 24- Arsenal retain an interest in Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez but have yet to make an offer.Reports in France on Saturday claimed a Sh5.6bn deal was imminent after the 25-year-old’s agent Kamel Bengougam spoke to Arsenal following their friendly against Lens on Friday night.last_img read more

Highway 29 Bear Flats to Cache Creek contracts will be deferred: Ministry of Energy

Highway 29 Bear Flats to Cache Creek contracts will be deferred: Ministry of Energy

first_imgThe Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources said in a statement to Energeticcity.ca that the realignment will be postponed.“Highway 29 Bear Flats to Cache Creek contracts will be deferred pending the results of the BCUC review.The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is working with BC Hydro to find ways to mitigate the potential for the highway closures should the schedule be delayed and is confident that there are available mitigation options. One example is the option to build a temporary detour bridge and road alignment adjacent to the Cache Creek Bridge. This temporary detour bridge and alignment will not affect the timelines of the project if the government’s decision is that it should proceed.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources has confirmed that the Highway 29 realignment contracts will be deferred, pending a review of the Site C project from the British Columbia Utilities Commission.Assistant Deputy Minister Les MacLaren was alongside Minister Michelle Mungall yesterday when the announcement was made that the BCUC would begin a review on August 9.Mungall said at the press conference yesterday that from the information she had presently, no more contracts would be awarded.“To the best of my knowledge right now, there are no contracts that are expected to be awarded in that time frame, in this three month time frame.”- Advertisement -MacLaren confirmed that no contracts would close while the independent review is completed.“Generating stations, spillways and hydro mechanical contracts are not expected to close within the period of this time.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Rooney secures United record, Hammers’ form continues and more – Prem round-up

Rooney secures United record, Hammers’ form continues and more – Prem round-up

first_imgtalkSPORT provides a summary of Saturday afternoon’s action in the top flight…Stoke City 1-1 Manchester UnitedWayne Rooney became Manchester United’s all-time top scorer when his late goal secured a 1-1 draw at Stoke City.The Red Devils captain is now on 250 club goals and his strike extended Jose Mourinho’s side’s current unbeaten run which stretches back to October.It looked like Mark Hughes’ side were going to grind out the victory after taking a first-half lead.New signing Saido Berahino was presented to the crowd before kick-off and he will have been cheering on 19 minutes as Erik Pieters’ shot ricocheted off Juan Mata and past David De Gea.Potters goalkeeper Lee Grant made a good stop before the break to deny Paul Pogba’s volley, while Peter Crouch nearly netted his 100th Premier League goal with a speculative long-range effort at the other end.Marcus Rashford had a good chance on 76 minutes when he tried to shape the ball into the top corner, striking just past the post, before United had a penalty appeal turned down by Mark Clattenburg on 82 minutes, who gestured it was a clear chest control by the Stoke player.As the match entered stoppage time, United were awarded a free-kick on the left-hand side and Rooney stepped up to whip the ball past Grant into the far corner in fine fashion. 4 4 Middlesbrough 1-3 West Ham UnitedWest Ham won without Dimitri Payet again, as an Andy Carroll brace helped them to a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough at Riverside.The Frenchman wants out of the east London club and they have now won two Premier League games in a row since he refused to play.Former Newcastle striker Carroll put his side ahead in the north east with a powerful header on nine minutes, but Cristhian Stuani levelled the hosts 18 minutes later with a good strike across goal to beat Darren Randolph.Carroll then took his tally for the season to five shortly before half-time when he was quickest to follow up Victor Valdes’ save which originally denied Michail Antonio.West Ham had some good chances to add to their lead in the second half and the three points were confirmed late on as Jonathan Calleri netted to secure a fifth win in seven league outings for Slaven Bilic’s men.West Bromwich Albion 2-0 SunderlandTony Pulis’ Baggies continued their excellent form with a 2-0 victory over struggling Sunderland.The three points keeps West Brom eighth in the Premier League, closing the gap on Everton to just two points, while defeat piles on more misery for David Moyes’ Black Cats at the bottom.Darren Fletcher put the hosts ahead on 30 minutes, controlling the ball with his chest before volleying home. The hosts doubled their lead six minutes later when Chris Brunt powerfully followed up [pictured] after Nacer Chadli’s close-range effort struck the bar.Sunderland came out fighting in the second half, but the damage was already done as Albion held on to the clean sheet as well as the win. Crystal Palace 0-1 EvertonEverton earned a third win in four when Seamus Coleman’s 87th-minute goal gave them a deserved 1-0 Premier League victory at Crystal Palace and ensured their season continued to gain momentum. They had last week unexpectedly defeated Manchester City 4-0, but despite that free-scoring performance appeared at risk of dropping two points amid Palace resiliently defending their consistent and convincing attacks.Victory strengthens Everton’s grip on seventh place, and leaves relegation-threatened Palace in the bottom three, but the hosts may yet take some consolation in knowing new manager Sam Allardyce’s influence is beginning to be felt.AFC Bournemouth 2-2 WatfordBenik Afobe came off the bench to rescue Bournemouth a point with a 2-2 draw at home to Watford.Christian Kabasele put the visitors ahead on 24 minutes with his third goal of the season, the 25-year-old converting from six yards after Miguel Britos’ ball across goal.Josh King drew the Cherries level early in the second half after brilliant wide play by Adam Smith and they nearly went in front minutes later as Heurelho Gomes made a vital save to deny Ryan Fraser.Hornets captain Troy Deeney headed Walter Mazzarri’s side back in front on the hour and it looked like they would hold on to end a six-match winless run. But with seven minutes left on the clock, substitute Afobe drilled home after Andrew Surman’s ball to save Eddie Howe’s side a point at the Vitality Stadium.Earlier in the day, Liverpool lost 3-2 to Swansea at Anfield – read the report herecenter_img Wayne Rooney: The Manchester United captain celebrates his goal with Ander Herrera 4 4last_img read more

Ibrahimovic v Mings LATEST: Bournemouth to contest star’s violent conduct charge

Ibrahimovic v Mings LATEST: Bournemouth to contest star’s violent conduct charge

first_img Tyrone Mings and Zlatan Ibrahimovic clash at Old Trafford 1 Bournemouth will contest Tyrone Mings’ alleged violent conduct charge and the Football Association’s recommendation he serves a longer ban, talkSPORT understands.The Cherries defender and Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic were both charged on Monday for incidents in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.Mings appeared to stamp on the head of the 35-year-old before the Swede’s elbow struck the defender in the face.Both players escaped punishment at the time as referee Kevin Friend did not see the incidents, and they were charged on Monday once a panel of three former elite referees had reviewed the video footage.In announcing the charges, the FA argued that the standard three-match ban Mings would serve was “clearly insufficient”.And it is understood Bournemouth intend to challenge the suggestion of an increased suspension.A three-match punishment would rule Mings out of Bournemouth’s fixtures with West Ham, Swansea and Southampton, but a ban of greater length would see him possibly sidelined when his team face Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.United and England captain Rooney had called for Mings to be punished for the action while ex-Liverpool defender and television pundit Jamie Carragher labelled the stamp “disgraceful” – yet the Cherries defender denied he had purposely stepped on Ibrahimovic.“It wasn’t intentional,” Mings said. “If there is reaction (from pundits), there is reaction after.“They have time to slow it down and look at it from different angles.“When you are out there on the pitch you have to try and get back in and defend.“I obviously didn’t mean it, but if there is reaction, there is reaction – everyone will have an opinion. That is football.”Like Mings, Ibrahimovic has been given until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to his charge.He stands to miss next Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final clash at Chelsea and Premier League encounters with Middlesbrough and West Brom.The 35-year-old seemed prepared to accept such an eventuality when quizzed on the matter following Saturday’s game.“I respect every decision,” he said.“I am not here to attack anybody. My purpose was not to do that. The game is hard.”last_img read more

FPL tips: Transfer advice for Gameweek 33, including Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea

FPL tips: Transfer advice for Gameweek 33, including Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea

first_imgIn: Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) – £6.1m 9 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury In: Joshua King (Bournemouth) – £6.5m Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… 9 The Dutchman showed hasn’t made as many goal contributions as he would have liked this season but he looked willing to canter forward against Tottenham and might have better luck this weekend with a trip to Newcastle. Finally in the form many felt he would find at St James’ Park, he’s got two goals and one assist in his last three matches and you wouldn’t put it past him improving this against Crystal Palace, who looked weak against Tottenham. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ gameday cracker Managers are only allowed a maximum three players from one Premier League team, so this week we’ll be giving our top tips rather than our ins and outs.So here at talkSPORT.com we’ve picked out the players you should be looking at, featuring some fresh faces as well as trusty old favourites. A fine January loan signing, the Belgian is doing the business with one goal and four assists in eight games. The Foxes must do everything in their power to keep him for next year. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won After plentiful amounts of Fantasy Premier League action, we’ve entered a drought this weekend.There are just six matches spread out over four days as the FA Cup decimates the fixture list, while it should also be noted the deadline is tonight at 7pm. In: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – £9.3m shining BEST OF tense In: Salomon Rondon (Newcastle) – £5.9m LIVE ON talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars In: Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) – £4.2m 9 ADVICE Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 9 Southampton vs Liverpool – Friday, 8pmBournemouth vs Burnley – Saturday, 3pmHuddersfield vs Leicester – Saturday, 3pmNewcastle United vs Crystal Palace – Saturday, 3pmEverton vs Arsenal – Sunday, 2:05pmChelsea vs West Ham – Monday, 8pm In: Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) – £5.5m Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT no dice 9 In: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – £9.4m 9 9 LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES REVEALED In: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – £5.7m Premier League matches this gameweek Every man and his dog will have Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah this week so to change it up we recommend taking a risk on Firmino. We say risk purely because he isn’t as prolific but he can still do the business, as he did against Spurs on Sunday. Huddersfield’s horror season has another six games to go and the ex-England striker could pile on the misery this week, just seven days after their relegation. He’s a candidate for captaincy too. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? This means you will need to be smart with your transfers and with your chips.You’ll need to make the right moves in the market if you’re going to have any success this weekend and for us this means using your free hit. Like Firmino, if you’re looking for a player others haven’t picked up, King is your man. He got two goals two weeks ago against Newcastle and could pick up another strike or two with Burnley up next on Saturday. REPLY Hazard was instrumental as Chelsea beat Brighton, earning managers plenty of points Still seemingly under the radar in the real world and the fantasy one, Lacazette is a man on form. Not only does he have 13 goals and 11 assists this season in the Premier League, he’s notched four goals and three assists in his last six and Everton could now feel his force. 9 getty 9 huge blow last_img read more

Pukki and five other unlikely Player of the Month winners as Norwich man wins award

Pukki and five other unlikely Player of the Month winners as Norwich man wins award

first_imgTeemu Pukki has been named the EA Sports Player of the Month for August and no player has been more deserving of the award.The Norwich forward enjoyed a dream start to his Premier League career, becoming only the tenth player to score in his first three appearances, netting in the season opener at Liverpool before getting a hat-trick v Newcastle United as well as a goal and an assist against Chelsea. 5 appointed Wickham produced a run of sensational form to keep his side in the Premier League Connor Wickham – Sunderland – April 2014In April 2014, Sunderland picked up seven crucial points to retain their Premier League status and this was mainly due to the great form of Wickham.Having suffered defeats to Tottenham and Everton, Wickham bagged a double in a 2-2 draw at Manchester City.Three days later he got on the scoresheet as Sunderland famously beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, before his double the following week helped Sunderland see off Cardiff 4-0.The Wearside club stayed up, finishing 14th, but Wickham’s form didn’t last with unsuccessful spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds, before joining Crystal Palace in 2015. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Did someone say #PukkiParty? 🥳Congratulations to @EASPORTSFIFA Player of the Month for August… Teemu Pukki!#PLAwards pic.twitter.com/uvCeRBjnVn— Premier League (@premierleague) September 13, 2019The fact that the accolade has been scooped up from an unlikely source has been a breath of fresh air, with not many predicting the award to go to a player from one of the Premier League newcomers in the first month of the season.The award is usually scooped up by players from the top six – and the likes of Sergio Aguero, Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne would have also been worthy winners in the past.But in light of Pukki’s achievement, talkSPORT.com has identified five other equally unlikely winners of the monthly accolade… latest Edu – Arsenal – February 2004Now technical director of his former club, Edu picked up the award in the 2003/04 season when the Gunners went unbeaten – but he had to share the monthly honour with team-mate Dennis Bergkamp.The Brazilian netted the winner as Arsenal came from behind to beat Claudio Ranieri’s Chelsea 2-1, moving them seven points clear at the top of the table.And although it isn’t out of the ordinary for an Arsenal player to win the award, when you think of some other stars who never won it, for example Patrick Vieira, it is still somewhat unusual he won the award. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 5 on target update LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The former midfielder has returned to Arsenal as technical director 5 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti rookie error 5 statement deals Ferdinand won the award with West Ham Elmander played for Bolton between 2008-11 5 targets Here’s what is coming up this weekend… Krul put in some heroic performances for Newcastle to win the award stalemate Anton Ferdinand – West Ham – January 2006Despite being the less successful of the two Ferdinand brothers, Anton has won the same number as his older sibling Rio. They are the only siblings to have won the award.Ferdinand’s imperious performances at the back helped West Ham get two wins from three league games.He also the scored in a 2-1 win over Fulham towards the end of the month – but ultimately the season ended in heartbreak when his penalty was saved in the FA Cup final as West Ham were defeated by Liverpool. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Liverpool vs Newcastle (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Barnsley vs Leeds (Sunday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT Tim Krul – Newcastle – November 2013Newcastle won all four of their league games under Alan Pardew in November 2013 and Krul was the standout player, making a whopping 14 saves as the Magpies defeated Spurs and Chelsea.Pardew’s men went on to finish tenth that season, with Krul suffering from a few injuries to keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season.The Dutchman is now back in the Premier League with Norwich. LIVE ON TALKSPORT Johan Elmander – Bolton – November 2010The Swede was rewarded for a superb run of form late in 2010 – and his boss Owen Coyle picked up the manager’s prize.Bolton recorded three wins and two draws in November 2010, with former striker Elmander netted three goals for the Trotters to pick up the prize.His goal against Wolves was sublime, with a fine piece of skill to turn away from three defenders before slotting home. Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas last_img read more

FPL tips: Players you must sign, including Man United and Chelsea aces

FPL tips: Players you must sign, including Man United and Chelsea aces

first_img 6 Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Bourenmouth vs Manchester United at 12:30pm Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) – £6.0mA hat-trick against Burnley won’t happen every week for the American star but we should sit up and take notice.He was in the right place for three goals and the treble will no doubt have sent his confidence soaring.A clash with Man City is the only upcoming blot on the Blues’ fixture list of which Pulisic is likely to play a considerable part. targets At the moment you’ve either just made your wildcard or getting it primed as you attempt to make a lunge for glory in your mini-leagues.Luckily, we’re here to help you make some tough choices.So who should you think about bringing in this week? talkSPORT.com has identified five must-haves for Gameweek 11.Have a look at our verdict below…WIN £1K EVERY WEEKEND BY PLAYING FANTASY FOOTBALL Connolly has the potential to be a cheap points-scorer for you The weekend starts with talkSPORT where FIVE games are live across the network Bournemouth vs Man United (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORTWigan vs Swansea (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORT 2Arsenal vs Wolves (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5.30pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Preston (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £6.0mA month is a long time in football.Ahead of the last international break, the English striker was having a tough time of it but now he’s back at it pelting in goals from all angles.On Wednesday night even Sat Nav couldn’t have helped Willy Caballero track the swerving free-kick which won United their Carabao Cup tie with Chelsea.Promising upcoming fixtures make Rashford a nailed on pick. LATEST AFP or licensors 6 Leicester stars Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez both scored hat-tricks against Southampton and earned 20 points statement Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Benjamin Mendy (Man City) – £6.0mThe French full-back started the last two Premier League games for City and may now be set for a long spell playing – unless injury strikes again.At the very least he provides a short-term upside given his two clean sheets but watch out for some tricky fixtures coming up.He may also benefit from being a possible candidate to be substituted early in games, saving him points rather than losing them in the late stages of games. Christian Pulisic left Turf Moor with the match ball last weekend Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff getty images – getty Benjamin Mendy has been cruelly hit by injuries since his move to City latest PEP TALK on target Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Marcus Rashford was Manchester United’s hero on Wednesday night center_img Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Live on talkSPORT rookie error Aaron Connolly (Brighton) – £6.0mThe Irish youngster was one of our picks last week and remains a top tip thanks to his minuscule price.He’s likely to continue getting games having impressed Graham Potter – even if they are from the bench.Connolly may be a superb cheap option if you only play with two strikers. Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman stalemate AFP or licensors Getty Images – Getty We’re almost a third of the way through the 2019/20 Premier League season and it hasn’t disappointed.Neither has the Fantasy Premier League with regular top points-scorers not quite as prolific and a number of bright young stars putting in impressive performances. 6 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Getty Images – Getty 6 update LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Anthony Martial made up for his penalty miss by scoring United’s final goal against Norwich 6 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ appointed Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty Images – Getty 6 Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – £6.0mDon’t fancy Rashford? Why not go for returning team-mate Martial.The kicker here is the French forward is listed as a midfielder, which makes him a very attractive proposition as the Red Devils get closer to a full-strength squad.He got a goal against Norwich last weekend and has a nice run coming up.last_img read more