Comment Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a deal for the Celtic full-back (Picture: Getty)‘We’ll just wait and see what happens but here’s hoping he stays.‘As it stands he’s a Celtic player and I’d love him to stay because of what he’s done the last five seasons.’‘There’s always going to be speculation on top-quality players and that’s what Kieran is.‘There will always be speculation whether he goes through this window to the next window, it will always be there.‘That is what we expect when the team is doing so well and we’re doing well in Europe, and he’s performing well in Europe.‘It will always be there or thereabouts.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Aug 2019 9:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.6kShares Kieran Tierney has not been distracted by the Arsenal transfer rumours, says Scott Brown (Picture: Getty)Celtic captain Scott Brown claims that Kieran Tierney has brushed off rumours linking him with Arsenal and is solely focused on returning to training ahead of the new season.Unai Emery identified Tierney as his priority left-back target at the start of the summer, but Arsenal’s two opening bids for the 22-year-old left-back were turned down by Celtic.In the last few days, though, Arsenal have made a breakthrough in their talks with Celtic and are reportedly confident of reaching an agreement after restructuring their second offer of £25million for the Scotland international.The Gunners are now willing to pay a larger proportion of the fee up front and it’s believed the two clubs are finally nearing a deal, with deadline day fast approaching.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhile Tierney could be forgiven for being distracted by the intense speculation, it appears the full-back is instead focusing his efforts on recovering from a recent injury.Asked how Tierney has been coping with rumours surrounding his future, Brown replied: ‘He’s fine, he’s just come back from an injury.‘He’s looking forward to trying to get himself back into training and get himself back on the pitch as well.‘He’s been a phenomenal player for us for the last five seasons. Tierney has reportedly told Celtic that he wants to play in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon believes Arsenal will be getting a ‘massive player’ if they manage to get a deal over the line for Tierney this summer.‘You can’t say Kieran isn’t worth that kind of money,’ Gordon said.‘A £25m player could have been £5m a few years ago.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘That’s just what it is so we almost have to put that to one side and not look at the figures and only concentrate on the ability of the player.‘And Kieran has everything you’d want in a modern day full-back.‘Whoever manages to get him playing for them this season is lucky because he’s going to be a massive player for us or anybody else.’MORE: England’s Rugby World Cup bid will not suffer 2015 ‘off-field’ issues, says Mike Brown Advertisement Advertisement Celtic captain Scott Brown reveals how Kieran Tierney has reacted to Arsenal transfer speculation
…Re-doubling of efforts for Pele FC 50th Anniversary in 2021 LIKE so many other events – sporting, educational and otherwise – the 2020 edition of the Pele Alumni Corporation’s Youth Development Seminar in Guyana has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The destabilising effects of this novel virus has rocked the world in every corner and at every level, from first world to third world.According to two Pele Football Club Alumni Directors, Patrick ‘Labba’ Barton and Dennis Ivor Carrington, plans were already underway but not too advanced for this year’s activity but had to be cancelled for one year due to the coronavirus which has locked the planet down.“We have made the decision to cancel our 2020 Youth Development Seminar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our plans for our July 2021 , Pele Football Club 50th Anniversary celebration continues in conjunction with the 2021 Youth Development Seminar,” both Barton and Carrington informed.They also indicated that while many would be disappointed that the programme will not come off this year, “All can be assured that next year’s edition, which would be the fourth such programme, would be even more exciting as it would coincide with the Pele FC 50th anniversary.”The annual two-day Educational Development Programme targets young players (male and female) and is aimed at empowering them to overcome poverty by building their confidence, self-esteem and ambition, through the power of sports and education.Seven years prior to 2019, the Pele FC Alumni Corporation made a huge impact on the Guyanese community with its sponsorship of annual youth soccer/educational tournaments.But after a review, the Directors of the entity decided to change focus by providing educational opportunities for youth soccer players primarily, who are in need of non-cash support as they pursue their academic endeavors. Players from other sports have also been included.Over 100 students benefitted last year with over 10 laptops being among the many educational materials distributed during the two-day programme, which was held at the St. Joseph’s High School. They participants were also taken on educational tours to the Parliament of Guyana and Banks DIH, Thirst Park operations.Carrington reiterated that the goal of the annual Youth Development Programme is to teach adolescents the right skills while enabling them to understand the requirements and responsibilities considered necessary in preparation for life and living after high school, while incorporating the capability and independence to care for themselves.
CHICAGO – Michigan State was on its way to its second straight and third Big Ten tournament championship in the last four seasons.The Spartans could not miss as they opened up an 11-point lead in the second half over the Badgers.Wisconsin, meanwhile, was heading toward a disappointing end to what could have been a season sweep of conference titles.But it all changed.A 34-12 run by Wisconsin capped a remarkable finish to a game that gave the Badgers a Big Ten tournament championship and a season sweep of conference titles. It was a game that needed five more minutes to determine a champion, with Wisconsin emerging an 80-69 winner over Michigan State in overtime.Jason Chan/The Badger Herald“To go out the way we did and fight back and really take the Big Ten title was awesome,” Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten tournament Most Outstanding Player Frank Kaminsky said. “Our fans were great, just awesome environment to play in, and it was just a blast.”Down 57-46 to the Spartans with 7:45 left in the game – the Badgers largest deficit of the season – Wisconsin kept plugging away at the MSU lead and after two key threes from sophomore guard Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin was still hanging around down by eight.Then, Kaminsky drove, threw down a dunk and drew the and-one pulling Wisconsin within seven at 52-59. The momentum was officially in Wisconsin’s favor.Michigan State then turned the ball over, redshirt senior guard Josh Gasser grabbed it, Koenig drove the lane and finished.Wisconsin was down by just five.After another Spartan miss, sophomore forward Nigel Hayes drove, scored and drew another and-one for the Badgers who were now down by just two at 59-57.Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldAnd then Koenig came down and hit a clutch three with 4:16 left in the game to give Wisconsin its first lead since the 15:08 mark of the second half. That largest deficit of the season was suddenly gone.Both teams went back and forth for the rest of the half before Michigan State’s Branden Dawson missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer by mere inches.Wisconsin and Michigan State were going to the first overtime game in Big Ten championship game history and it belonged all to Wisconsin.Michigan State did not score a single point in the extra five minutes while Wisconsin started the overtime period with back-to-back threes from Hayes and Koenig and the Badgers sealed it with free throws to win their first conference championship title since 2008.“Well, we’ve done it before and we’ve been down all tournament,” Dekker said of coming back from a deficit. “So, I guess we just kind of had to ride it out and know that we were going to make a run and we started hitting some shots.”When it was all said and done, Hayes finished with a game-high 25 points with five rebounds, going 3-for-4 from three. Kaminsky added another 19 points with five rebounds and four assists while Koenig dropped 18 points with four threes.Both Kaminsky and Hayes were named to the all-tournament team.Koenig scored 18 of his 19 points in the second half, adding five assists and two rebounds. The sophomore guard took over, proving to himself, his team and the fans at the 17,213 fans at the United Center that no lead is safe against Wisconsin.“I saw all the Michigan State fans and their team cheering and everything – they thought they had us when we were down 11,” Koenig said. “But I just kept telling my teammates that they think they got us but just keep working, never give up and that’s what we did.”Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldMichigan State shot exceptionally well to put Wisconsin on the ropes. The Spartans began the second half 10-for-15 (66.7 percent) shooting 22-for-37 (59.5 percent) as a team.But from there, the Spartans were just 5-for-15 (33.3 percent) and 0-for-6 during overtime.“That shows…what Wisconsin basketball is all about,” Gasser said of shutting out the Spartans in overtime. “People think we’re good offensively, we can get up and down a little bit and we got some people with good talent. But what Wisconsin basketball is all about is toughness and defending.”In the first half, neither team held more than a five-point lead as the score was tied seven times and the lead changed sides five times. Michigan State finished the half on a 10-5 run to take a 32-31 lead at halftime.Wisconsin redshirt senior forward Duje Dukan came off the bench in the first half and scored eight points. He finished the game with 11 points, going 4-for-6 overall and 3-for-5 from three for the game.The Spartans outscored the Badgers in the paint 14-8 and shot 54.5 percent (12-for-22) as a team in the first 20 minutes of play. Wisconsin took more than half (14) of its shots from beyond the arc in the first half, making only five, and was 11-for-26 (42.3 percent) overall from the field. In the second half, Wisconsin went 6-for-10 from three and 2-for-2 in overtime.The win gave Wisconsin a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. It was also the team’s 31st win this season – the most in program history.But while Wisconsin has the regular season Big Ten championship, the Big Ten tournament championship, there’s still plenty more out there for the Badgers to earn and certainly none of it is guaranteed.“It’s nice to have the one seed, but that doesn’t mean that we’re guaranteed a Final Four appearance or anything like that because going off of last year, there was not a one seed in the Final Four and a one seed did not end up winning, so we still have to go out there and leave it on the court,” Hayes said.
The South Tipp club won their latest outing in the competition 22-17 at St Senans.The other top flight sides from the Premier County also won away from home.Clanwilliam defeated Old Christians 24-8 while Kilfeacle overcame Cobh Pirates 29-5.
No-confidence motion cases…AG says Appeal Court ruling means “business as usual”With the National Assembly scheduled to meet on Friday, legal counsel for former Alliance for Change (AFC) parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud has warned that he will file legal action to bar the holding of the parliamentary sitting if the sitting is not postponed.Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev DatadinThis was announced during a pre-trial hearing at the Caribbean Court of Justice on Wednesday in the case of Christopher Ram vs the Attorney General and Opposition. This is one of three no-confidence motion related cases that will be heard by the CCJ next month.Issuing this warning was Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin, who is Charrandas Persaud’s legal representative.“We’ve learnt from the press that there’s a sitting of Parliament on [Friday]. And the schedule is to pass legislation related to finance and more importantly, to pass legislation for the oil and gas sector.”“Now having regard for what is before the courts and what are the implications, one way or another, of the vote of December 21, it’s our respectful submission that that should be refrained from. We’ve not made a specific application to the court because we intended to raise it with the court and solicit from the Attorney General an undertaking.”Attorney General Basil WilliamsDatadin warned, however, that if the sitting is not postponed then he will file a formal application to force the postponement. CCJ President Adrian Saunders, however, deferred from commenting on Datadin’s announcement unless a formal application is before the courts.Responding to this development on Wednesday, Attorney General Basil Williams did not take too kindly to the attorney’s move. According to Williams, the Appeal Court’s ruling means that it is business as usual unless the CCJ says otherwise.Pre-trialPrior to Datadin’s request, the CCJ had been dealing with case management matters for the case ahead of the actual hearing, set to be held from May 9 to May 10. Justice Saunders had noted that due to varying lengths of written submissions, it was not necessary to give everyone equal time. In view of this, he informed that Douglas Mendes, appearing for the Opposition Leader, would be allotted one hour from 09:00 to 10:00h.He related that Mendes would be followed by Sanjeev Datadin on behalf of Charrandas Persaud. This will be followed by Kamal Ramkarran on behalf of Christopher Ram, bringing the session to 11:00h.Saunders noted that after a 15-minute break, Eamon Courtenay would be given an hour to make his case, followed by lunch at 12:15h. Afterwards, counsel for Herbert Reid and Minister of State Joseph Harmon would be granted half an hour each.“The written submissions that have been submitted [are] full and detailed, and there really is little need for extensive oral advocacy. We proposed that, because these are consolidated matters, that counsels for Mr Jagdeo; Mr Persaud and Mr Ram will follow each other in that order. Their submissions would be followed by counsels for the Attorney General; Mr Reid and for Mr Harmon,” Saunders informed the court.“The Attorney General has submitted a cross-appeal so what we would [do] is that when counsel for Messer Jagdeo; Mr Charrandas Persaud, and Mr Ram, when they make their submissions, they will address the matters on the cross-appeal as well as the matters which constitute their own appeals.”The three cases deal with Christopher Ram vs the Attorney General of Guyana, the Leader of the Opposition and Joseph Harmon; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo vs the Attorney General of Guyana, Dr Barton Scotland and Joseph Harmon; and Charrandas Persaud vs Compton Herbert Reid, Dr Barton Scotland, Bharrat Jagdeo and Joseph Harmon; the last of which deals with Persaud’s eligibility to vote in the House.In the case of Ram vs the Attorney General, the political activist had petitioned the High Court to have Government resign and President David Granger call elections within 90 days as stipulated by Articles 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution.The Court of Appeal had ruled in a 2:1 split decision that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass the no-confidence motion brought against the Government last year.While Justice Rishi Persaud had dismissed the appeal and conferred with the ruling of the High Court, his colleague appellate Judges allowed the State’s appeal.Both Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Dawn Gregory opined that while 33 is the majority of the 65-member National Assembly, the successful passage of a no-confidence motion requires an “absolute majority” of 34, and not the “simple” majority of 33 that has been used to pass ordinary business in the House.