Dele goes from coronavirus chump to mentoring Tottenham kids in lockdown

first_img5DELE ALLI has gone from a crass coronavirus chump to the fella you can rely on in a crisis.What a difference a couple of months make!⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates5 Dele Alli keeping himself busy in the lockdown by exercising, making a cake on his birthday and playing TwisterThere is nothing like a global pandemic and national lockdown to bring out the best in people – and we have certainly seen that with Dele.The Tottenham ace was rightly charged with misconduct by the FA in February for a social media posting which poked fun at coronavirus andan Asian man. It was insensitive and probably racist.Dele apologised and is still awaiting the outcome of his response.5But it is hard to believe it was the same star, who is today checking on his young team-mates to ensure they are keeping well during the lockdown, while heavily backing a charity which provides breakfasts to thousands of kids each weekday during the crisis.Not bad for someone who, like of all us, is finding the current crisis strange and tough to deal with.He admitted: “It’s been difficult. This is the longest I’ve had off from the training ground and not training.“I wouldn’t say it’s been a good break because it was unexpected. But I’ve been missing playing, so I’m just trying to find ways to keep myself entertained and fit.”Dele turned 24 earlier this month and the lockdown meant he had to celebrate on his own, with only Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho and his coaches waving at him from across the road for fun.5The midfielder posted a photo of himself on social media cooking himself a burger on his barbecue as a treat.He said: “Being stuck at home on your birthday isn’t the most ideal thing, but I made as much fun of it as I could.“It was a little bit of fun, I tried to keep it light-hearted!”Dele has been taking part in a daily training session with the Spurs squad via video link.In an interview with Sky Sports he said: “We’ve been doing a zoom session every morning at 11, which is good because it keeps us in a routine.“It means you have to get up early, eat well and do those sessions, which have been tough but also good as you get to see the boys every day.”It’s the whole team and the support staff who take the session and everyone follows on the treadmill or using the gym equipment the club sent to our houses.“No one has been in this situation before, it’s tough for everyone to deal with, everyone is in the same boat. I think it is great that people are using social media and different platforms to find ways to try and help anyway they can.”Whether it be entertaining people or helping people try and staff healthy with different workout routines, in this situation it’s important to keep your health up and keep on a good track.”Mentor is not always a term that has been associated with Dele – a streak of the devil seems to run through his competitive veins.It has resulted in several bans and FA raps during his career.But he has shown his maturity and nicer side by keeping an eye out for his younger team-mates during the current lockdown.He said: “As a more experienced player, I’ve been speaking to the younger lads and just making sure they are alright.5“Even for myself, speaking to other people and trying to make sure I’m not in my little bubble here and that I reach out and communicate with other people.”And while Dele may have to settle for a BBQ burger for one, his support of the Magic Breakfast charity means many underprivileged kids still get a healthy meal at the start of the day.The good cause provides nourishing breakfasts to over 48,400 children in the UK every school day.The millionaire star, who grew up on a council estate in Milton Keynes, has clearly not forgotten his roots.He said: “As players we do a lot of things that maybe doesn’t get publicised, I’m doing things to help other people that I wouldn’t publicise myself.”We’re in a situation where we can help, be that through raising awareness by using our platforms. We know we are such role models and a lot of people look up to us, so we have to help as much as we can.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer“Magic Breakfast is an amazing charity, the work they are doing is amazing.”Situations like this have made me realise how difficult it is for them to keep it up, so I wanted to help as much as I could with donations and trying to raise awareness about it.”They are feeding kids, kids that are in schools and need it – it’s something that I relied on when I was younger, free school meals – but they are taking that a step further.”With so many kids not at school it’s made their job a lot more difficult, but they are still helping the kids.”Tottenham midfielder Dele Ali shows off incredible house & home cinema while on lockdownlast_img read more

JC emphasis on Manning Cup

first_imgLooking back at last year’s schoolboy football season, Jamaica College (JC) re-emphasised its imprint on the competition by taking three successive Manning Cup titles. This is a distinction only once achieved in history.This columnist declares interest in that the previous occasion was the 1961, 1962, 1963 trot, started in his final year of a school which churned out three of the nation’s heads of state.Going into the final against perennial arch-rivals St George’s College was a challenge on mammoth proportions. The Jesuit school had rolled over the team from Old Hope Road in the Super Cup final, four goals to nil. In certain quarters, it was seen as humiliating.Take it as you choose, it was a tutorial in basic execution of brilliance, put on by coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell-inspired boys in the lighter shade of blue.Coach Miguel Coley, in charge of the JC unit, had been distracted by national duties. However, there were going to be no excuses accepted in-house for that temporary break in his substantive role. The Catholics had to be turned back if a tradition of triumph was to be sustained.In an address to Old Boys’ recently, chief architect in the JC sporting structure and corporate giant, Ian Forbes, summed it up. Himself an old boy, he called the eventual, trophy-deciding one-nil performance as a message to the country.FIGHTING RIVALS”Whether in the classrooms, on the playing fields or in the corporate boardrooms, private or public sector, we must take the fight to our opposing rivals and not let them roll over or conquer us, no matter how frightening the task may be.”Call it late, as the track and field season has started and thoughts are on this Olympic Year. But it was inevitable that Foster’s Fairplay would, at some time, look back at that 4-0, crafted to put the boys from Hope in their place. As to how the comeback to take the Manning Cup, was orchestrated and executed, occupies this column, this week.Enter the passion, belief and commitment of coach Coley. Here was a man steeped in a sporting culture that saw him, at the youthful age of 17, playing basketball, cricket, volleyball, football and doing long jump at Intercol, while attending Mico Teachers College. In 2004, he was named Athlete of the Year. On the soccer field, he “had dreams of one day playing for Manchester United”.Armed with a degree in sports education and a diploma in English and physical education, he had understudied coaching exemplars in Barry Watson (Mile Gully High) and Alrick Clarke (Norman Manley High, where he coupled with teaching duties). Coley referred to Clarke in glowing terms.”I believe coach Clarke was (my) early mentor as he took me to assist him everywhere he coached.”It was in this period that the JC call had come. Given the resultant impact as he became absorbed in the Old Hope Road programme, it would be simple to merely say, ‘and the rest is history’.However, story of the 2015 ‘rise from the ashes’, 1-0, to turn back the St George’s College march, to greater glory, must be told.Coley reminisced. “The four-nil was a catastrophe. It was a tough night. I hadn’t slept based on what took place between Jamaica and Panama (a Reggae Boyz loss). I knew it would be a difficult game, but we were too open and we played right in the hands of a philosophy of outscoring your opponent, as the entire statistic favoured JC except the goal column.”SOUL SEARCHINGHe underwent a period of introspection. He described it as a time to “soul search, dig deep and become stronger as a man”. His confidence never waned.”I was happy that I had time to work with my players before the next game, and I knew things would be way different. But congrats to St George’s, they did what they had to do.”In order to “move from a four-nil”, he took full responsibility. So, “it’s not you, it’s me”, that was what was important.”What was good was that my management staff and school administration had so much belief in my ability to turn things around, and their support intensified. This was the moment for me to see champions brush themselves up and rise with pride.”Therein lay the passion that brought the turnaround. Coley ended the discourse on a special note.”We are one … Fervet family. Teamwork makes the dream work.”last_img read more

Filoil: Letran sends listless JRU to sixth straight loss

first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Letran went on an offensive tear shooting 54 percent from the field, 36-of-67, while limiting the Heavy Bombers to a 29-of-73 clip.The Knights ran the Heavy Bombers aground, scoring 24 fastbreak points while tallying 12 steals.Darius Estrella led the Heavy Bombers with 17 points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments 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 Colegio de San Juan de Letran continued its stable run after taking the air out Jose Rizal University, 94-71, in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gordon leads Rockets over Warriors to take 3-2 series lead Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations The Knights improved to a 3-2 record in Group B while the Heavy Bombers remained winless at 0-6 and kept their place at bottom of the standings.John Calvo led the way for Letran finishing with 18 points, five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals while Bong Quinto added 17 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLetran opened with a strong 20-9 first quarter and was never threatened from there.“We performed better, the effort was there, the discipline was there, and as a coach you won’t ask for more,” said Knights head coach Jeff Napa in Filipino.last_img read more

Celtics’ Jayson Tatum wins Skills Challenge

first_imgCHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 16: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics celebrates during the Taco Bell Skills Challenge as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPBoston’s Jayson Tatum hit a 3-pointer from just beyond midcourt to beat Atlanta’s Trae Young in the final round of the skills competition at All-Star Saturday night.Tatum defeated Memphis’ Mike Conley in the first round, then topped Denver’s Nikola Jokic in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tatum was slightly behind Young going into the 3-pointer, the final shot of the event, and decided he needed to try the long shot to get one in before Young could shoot for the title.Tatum says the trophy will go to his mother’s home. He says he was “just out here trying to have fun. I threw one up and it went in.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJokic defeated Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic, Young beat Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox and Dallas’ Luka Doncic topped the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma in other first-round matchups. Young beat Doncic in the semifinals. 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 View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Joe Harris tops Stephen Curry for 3-point title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Chelsea players must accept fringe role -Conte

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte reacts during their UEFA Champions League Group C second leg match against AS Roma, at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, on October 31, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 2- Antonio Conte insists Chelsea’s players must accept finding themselves on the fringes after being asked about Barcelona’s rumoured interest in Willian.Brazilian winger Willian has been in and out of the Chelsea XI this season, with 10 of his 21 appearances coming from the bench. Speculation earlier this week suggested that the 29-year-old could be a target for Barcelona in the January transfer window, if the La Liga leaders are unable to land Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.But Conte has stressed that all Chelsea’s players need to understand why they find themselves on the bench at certain stages of the season.Conte said: “My players must be happy to stay in Chelsea and to play for Chelsea and to play for our fans. They must be happy if they start the game, or if they stay on the bench and come on.“I think I have clever players to understand the situation and accept it. [Eden] Hazard, at the start of the season, accepted the situation to stay on the bench before finding the right form. It’s the same for Pedro, for Willy [Caballero], for other players.“When you are in a great team, you have to accept this and, at the same time, you must be happy to stay in a great team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool abandon Virgil van Dijk interest and apologise to Southampton

first_img1 The Dutch defender had been keen on a move to Anfield this summer Liverpool have abandoned their hopes of signing Virgil van Dijk and apologised to Southampton for “any misunderstanding” over their interest.It is understood Saints had not received any contact from the Reds regarding their defender, yet the Holland international apparently indicated an eagerness to become the latest player to swap St Mary’s for Anfield.Jurgen Klopp is believed to have made Van Dijk his top target, with the chance to work with the Liverpool boss reported to have played a significant role in the player’s thinking – information that stuck in the craw at Southampton.Saints are understood to have asked the Premier League on Tuesday to investigate an alleged illegal approach, which has been followed by Liverpool announcing the end of their pursuit.A statement from Liverpool read: “Liverpool Football Club would like to put on record our regret over recent media speculation regarding Southampton Football Club and player transfers between the two clubs.“We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk.“We respect Southampton’s position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player.”Southampton did not wish to comment on a statement that followed high-level talks on Wednesday.It is understood those discussions were the first time the clubs had spoken this summer as Liverpool had not been in contact about Van Dijk before then.If both clubs agree the matter is over, then it is understood to be likely that the Premier League would not take anything further regarding the matter.Liverpool had been expecting to pay in excess of £50milllion – a world-record fee for a defender – and were understood to be willing to make him the highest-paid player at the club.Van Dijk, who has five years left on his deal at St Mary’s, is said to have preferred Liverpool ahead of interest from fellow interested parties Chelsea and Manchester City.Last month Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger said the club would no longer be bullied in the transfer market, saying they were in a position to turn down a £60million bid for Van Dijk.“We do not need to sell any player for the first time since I’ve been here,” Krueger said.“I can make that statement and – unless football decides it’s in the best interests – we don’t need to do that.”Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert all left Southampton for Anfield in 2014, with Nathaniel Clyne following suit the following year and Sadio Mane in 2016.Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin have been other high-profile departures in recent years, while managers Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman have also left for pastures new.Van Dijk is among the current Southampton stars attracting interest, having become one of the most sought-after defenders in the league since moving to the south coast from Celtic less than two years ago.A fans’ and players’ player of the year in his first season at St Mary’s, ankle ligament damage restricted him to 21 Premier League appearances in 2016/17.Premier League rules state a club can only approach a player if they have the written consent of the selling club or alternatively if the player is out of contract or about to become out of contract.The regulations state: “Any club which by itself, by any of its officials, by any of its players, by its intermediary, by any other person on its behalf or by any other means whatsoever makes an approach either directly or indirectly to a contract player except as permitted by either rule T.1.2 or rule T.2 shall be in breach of these rules and may be dealt with under the provisions of section W of these rules (disciplinary).”Liverpool are already serving a two-year suspension from signing youth players registered with Premier League or EFL clubs in the preceding 18 months.They have admitted to making an illegal approach last year to a 12-year-old attached to Stoke’s academy. The second year of the ban is suspended for three years.last_img read more


first_imgA charity shop has agreed to settle with a woman after initially refusing to give her a refund of €400 for a broken piano.Denise O’Boyle paid €400 for the 85-year-old piano at the Good And New charity shop in Letterkenny and a further €200 for it to be delivered to her home and tuned.Ms O’Boyle tried to return the item when she was informed by an expert that it could not be tuned. But the shop had refused to refund on the basis that the piano was bought as seen.Ms O’Boyle, from Killybegs, had told the Small Claims Court in Letterkenny that she had priced various pianos but said they cost in the region of €3,000.She said she was delighted when she saw the piano in the charity shop for €400.She brought a friend with her to view the piano, but admitted the woman was not a piano expert.“She just knew that it didn’t have woodworm, and we thought it was okay then,” said Ms O’Boyle.However, when a piano tuner arrived at her home, Ms O’Boyle was told the piano was only worth €50.A director from the charity shop, Mr Eamonn McDevitt, had said that they could not give back regular refunds or they would have to close down.The case was adjourned until yesterday (MON) by Judge Paul Kelly who urged both parties to come together and asked the charity to consider the matter.Solicitor for Ms O’Boyle, Mr Kevin McGlynn said the matter could be struck off as an agreement had been reached but gave no details of the settlement.Judge Paul Kelly said “I’m glad to hear that.”© 2011, all Rights ReservedFollow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comCHARITY SHOP HITS THE RIGHT NOTE WITH DISGRUNTLED PIANO OWNER was last modified: November 7th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Denise O’BoyleGood and New charity shopletterkennylast_img read more

UPL: Wakiso Giants FC eye second victory at home to Tooro United

first_img Tags: kefa kisalaTooro United FCtopUganda Premier LeagueWakiso Giants FCYasin Mugabi Wakiso Giants defeated URA FC to register their first victory. (PHOTO/WAKISO)Uganda Premier League Wakiso Giants Vs Tooro UnitedKabaka Kyabaggu Stadium Thursday @4: 30 pmNew league entrants Wakiso Giants host Tooro United at Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium in one of the Uganda Premier League games on FridayWakiso Giants enter into this game in search of their second win in the league this season. They defeated URA 3-1 on Tuesday.Tooro got their season off to a great start, winning 2-1 against Busoga United. And they should have picked up at least a point against Vipers, but were undone by a loss in concentration at a critical time as Vipers grabbed a late winner.Tooro lost 0-1 to Vipers in their latest league game.Speaking ahead of the game, head Coach Wakiso Giants Kefa Kisaala said his players are ready for the game and they can’t wait to get their second win of the season.“The players are ready for the game. And with the mood in the camp following our maiden victory against URA, I know they cannot wait to go again,” Kisaala said ahead of the game.Tooro United team captain Mike Kawoya said the team is prepared to take on the hosts and they want all the three points.“We have prepared well and the players are prepared to go get the three points off Wakiso” said Kawoya.Team news Tooro United are likely to stick to their starting lineup that lost to Vipers but will be hoping that their attack, headlined by new signing of John Semazzi, Steven Omvia and Godfrey Lwesibawa, does the needful this time.The purple sharks head into the game without skipper Yasin Mugabi who was taken off in their last game with an injury. Defender Hassan Wasswa Dazo and forward Yasin Mugume are also sidelined due to injuries.Krizestom Ntambi may still miss out on this game because of his ITC.Tooro will be without head coach Wasswa Bbosa who is still serving a touchline ban after receiving his marching orders during their game against Vipers.Match FactsBoth teams have so far met two times, both ties won by Wakiso Giants – The Purple Sharks beat Tooro 4-2 in shootouts and 2-1 in Uganda Cup and Super 8 respectively.Comments last_img read more

Cahill, Alex, Halliche and more

first_imgChelsea are ready to pull the plug on Gary Cahill’s proposed move to Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Mirror.The Blues are said to be running out of patience, having agreed a fee with Bolton for the defender two weeks ago.The Independent suggest Chelsea are likely to complete Cahill’s signing today as wage issues appear to have been resolved.Related story: Chelsea on verge of sealing Cahill deal (10 january)Meanwhile, Chelsea are chasing 17-year-old River Plate winger Lucas Ocampos, according to The Sun.Hughes is chasing major signings.The Mirror say QPR are to sign Alex from Chelsea for £3m, while Fulham are again being linked with Bristol City’s former Harrow Borough winger Albert Adomah.Swansea are also said to be interested in Adomah and his Robins team-mate Nicky Maynard, who has been monitored by Fulham.Metro say new QPR boss Mark Hughes has turned his attention to Alex after having a bid for Blackburn’s Chris Samba rejected – and also wants to sign ex-Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb from Barcelona.The Daily Mail report that Tottenham have made a £7.5m bid for Samba in order to see off competition from QPR for the centre-back’s signature.Samba, meanwhile, has told L’Equipe he wants to leave Blackburn.“Recently, mentally, it was difficult,” he said. “I tried to keep my level of performance, but I feel it is time for me to change. The club does not change at all. I am resigned.“I invested a lot, I always tried to lead by example, but things have not gone as I had said. I hope people understand me.”The Mail also say Fulham are interested in signing Hungary international Szabolcs Huszti on loan from Zenit St Petersburg.And the Daily Express report that Celtic have rekindled their interest in out-of-favour Fulham defender Rafik Halliche.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Erik Karlsson settles into San Jose, and as a Sharks leader

first_imgSAN JOSE — Nearly a year ago to the day, Erik Karlsson made his debut in a Sharks jersey on the ice surface at SAP Center.Karlsson wasn’t playing, but between the first and second intermissions of the Sharks’ Sept. 22, 2018 preseason game against the Vegas Golden Knights, he skated out wearing the team’s new ‘stealth’ jersey — a nearly all black uniform with teal trim and white numbers and lettering.What had been a normal exhibition game turned into a more memorable experience, as Karlsson …last_img read more