Here’s our guess at the likely line-ups for all 16 clubs based on off-season player moves and the current injury list.Brisbane Broncos1. Darius Boyd, 2. Corey Oates, 3. James Roberts, 4. Jordan Kahu 5. David Mead, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Ben Hunt, 8. Adam Blair, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Josh McGuire, 11. Matt Gillett, 12. Alex Glenn, 13. Jai Arrow. Interchange: 14. Kodi Nikorima, 15. Tevita Pangai Jr., 16. Joe Ofahengaue, 17. Sam Thaiday. Canberra Raiders1. Jack Wighton, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Joey Leilua, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Blake Austin, 7. Aidan Sezer, 8. Junior Paulo, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Shannon Boyd, 11. Josh Papalii, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Sia Soliola. Interchange: 14. Kurt Baptiste, 15. Joe Tapine, 16. Luke Bateman, 17. Clay Priest. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs1. Will Hopoate, 2. Brett Morris, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Kerrod Holland, 5. Richard Kennar, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Moses Mbye, 8. James Graham, 9. Michael Lichaa, 10. Aiden Tolman, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Greg Eastwood, 13. David Klemmer. Interchange: 14. Sam Kasiano, 15. Danny Fualalo, 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 17. Adam Elliott.Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks1. Valentine Holmes, 2. Sosaia Feki, 3. Jack Bird, 4. Ricky Leutele, 5. Gerard Beale, 6. James Maloney, 7. Chad Townsend, 8. Andrew Fifita, 9. Manaia Cherrington, 10. Matt Prior, 11. Luke Lewis, 12. Wade Graham, 13. Paul Gallen. Interchange: 14. Tony Williams, 15. Jayson Bukuya, 16. Chris Heighington, 17. Sam Tagataese. Gold Coast Titans1. Jarryd Hayne, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Konrad Hurrell, 4. Dan Sarginson, 5. John Olive, 6. Kane Elgey, 7. Ashley Taylor, 8. Ryan James, 9. Nathan Peats, 10. Jarrod Wallace, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Chris McQueen, 13. Agnatius Paasi. Interchange: 14. Tyrone Roberts, 15. David Shillington, 16. Zeb Taia, 17. Leivaha Pulu. Manly-Waringah Sea Eagles1. Tom Trbojevic, 2. Jorge Taufua, 3. Dylan Walker, 4. Matthew Wright, 5. Akuila Uate, 6. Blake Green, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Darcy Lussick, 9. Apisai Koroisau, 10. Nate Myles, 11. Lewis Brown, 12. Martin Taupau, 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Cameron Cullen, 15. Brenton Lawrence, 16. Addin Fonua-Blake, 17. Curtis Sironen.Melbourne Storm1. Billy Slater, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Cheyse Blair, 4. Will Chambers, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Kenny Bromwich, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 15. Tim Glasby, 16. Christian Welch, 17. Slade Griffin. Newcastle Knights1. Peter Mata’utia, 2. Nathan Ross, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Joe Wardle, 5. Ken Sio, 6. Jarrod Mullen, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. Sam Mataora, 9. Rory Kostjasyn, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Sione Mata’utia, 12. Mitch Barnett, 13. Jamie Buhrer. Interchange: 14. Danny Levi, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Korbin Sims, 17. Pauli Pauli. North Queensland Cowboys1. Lachlan Coote, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Justin O’Neill, 4. Kane Linnett, 5. Antonio Winterstein, 6. Michael Morgan, 7. Johnathan Thurston, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Jake Granville, 10. Scott Bolton, 11. Gavin Cooper, 12. Ethan Lowe, 13. Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14. Ben Hampton, 15. Coen Hess, 16. Sam Hoare, 17. John AsiataParramatta Eels1. Bevan French, 2. Josh Hoffman, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Brad Takairangi, 5. Semi Radradra, 6. Clinton Gutherson, 7. Corey Norman, 8. Tim Mannah, 9. Isaac De Gois, 10. Nathan Brown, 11. Manu Ma’u, 12. Beau Scott, 13. Tepai Moeroa. Interchange: 14. Kaysa Pritchard, 15. Kenny Edwards, 16. Sosaia Vave, 17. Frank Pritchard. Penrith Panthers1. Matt Moylan, 2. Waqa Blake, 3. Dean Whare, 4. Peta Hiku, 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 6. Te Maire Martin, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. Leilani Latu, 9. Peter Wallace, 10. James Tamou, 11. Bryce Cartwright, 12. Isaah Yeo, 13. Trent Merrin. Interchange: 14. Tim Browne, 15. Tyrone Peachey, 16. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 17. James Fisher-Harris. *Josh Mansour is out with a knee injury.South Sydney Rabbitohs1. Greg Inglis, 2. Alex Johnston, 3. Bryson Goodwin, 4. Hymel Hunt, 5. Aaron Gray, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. Tom Burgess, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. Robbie Rochow, 11. Kyle Turner, 12. John Sutton, 13. Sam Burgess. Interchange: 14. George Burgess, 15. Damien Cook, 16. Jason Clark, 17. Zane Musgrove.St George Illawarra Dragons1. Josh Dugan, 2. Nene Macdonald, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Taane Milne, 5. Jason Nightingale, 6. Gareth Widdop, 7. Drew Hutchison, 8. Paul Vaughan, 9. Cameron McInnes, 10. Leeson Ah Mau, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Joel Thompson, 13. Jack de Belin. Interchange: 14. Russell Packer, 15. Tariq Sims, 16. Jacob Host, 17. Jake Marketo.*Mose Masoe is out with a knee injury.Sydney Roosters1. Michael Gordon, 2. Latrell Mitchell, 3. Blake Ferguson, 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5. Daniel Tupou, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Mitchell Aubusson, 13. Isaac Liu. Interchange: 14. Connor Watson, 15. Aidan Guerra, 16. Kane Evans, 17. Zane Tetevano. *Sio Siua Taukeiaho is out with a knee injury.Warriors 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. David Fusitu’a, 3. Solomone Kata, 4. Tuimoala Lolohea 5. Manu Vatuvei, 6. Kieran Foran*, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Jacob Lillyman, 9. Issac Luke, 10. Sam Lisone, 11. Ryan Hoffman, 12. Bodene Thompson, 13. Simon Mannering. Interchange: 14. Jazz Tevaga, 15. Albert Vete, 16. Charlie Gubb, 17. James Gavet.*Yet to be registered by the NRL, Ben Matulino is also out with a knee injuryWests Tigers1. James Tedesco, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Tim Simona, 5. Jordan Rankin, 6. Mitchell Moses, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Matt Ballin, 10. Sauaso Sue, 11. Chris Lawrence, 12. Josh Aloiai, 13. Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14. Jacob Liddle, 15. Ava Seumanufagai, 16. Tim Grant, 17. Jamal Idris.
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments It was a huge win for NLEX, especially with how it handled Meralco’s high scoring import Allen Durham.“I think we handled their import pretty well. He’s just too good all around. But I think the maturity of this team is just developing. We are getting signs of that maturity,” said Guiao.Durham finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds, but committed six of his team’s 19 turnovers.Reynel Hugnatan also got 25 markers and nine boards, while Baser Amer shot 4-of-8 from threes and had 14 points, four rebounds, and two assists in the loss, as the Bolts incurred the first blemish in their record at 4-1.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT NLEX 100 – Fuller 25, Alas 21, Fonacier 16, Quinahan 10, Mallari 8, Soyud 5, Lastimosa 5, Tiongson 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Ighalo 2, Taulava 2, Rios 1, J. Villanueva 0.MERALCO 94 – Durham 26, Hugnatan 25, Amer 14, Sedurifa 9, Dillinger 8, Nabong 7, Newsome 5, Lanete 0, Caram 0, Chua 0, Tolomia 0.Quarters: 16-24, 41-44, 63-64, 100-94. Teen gunned down in Masbate Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Metta World Peace says Fil-Am son gets PH passport, hopes to play for Gilas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Baser Amer and Allen Durham tried to mount a late fightback for Meralco, with the sophomore guard drilling a late trey with 10.4 seconds left to slice the lead down to three, 97-94, but Aaron Fuller iced the game at the free throw line to rack NLEX’s fifth win in six outings.“It’s still kind of surreal seeing ourselves on top of the standings. Beating a good team like Meralco is a good test. I think we passed a difficult test today,” said coach Yeng Guiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Fuller fired 25 points, 18 rebounds, and two blocks to lead the Road Warriors, while Kevin Alas had 21 markers, four boards, four dimes, and two steals.Larry Fonacier also chimed in 16 markers, seven rebounds, and two assists, while JR Quiñahan had 10 markers and six boards. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:39SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH01:40Filipinos 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 Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kevin Alas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX got back on its winning ways as it scraped past Meralco, 100-94, to deal the latter its first loss in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Engaged in a nip-and-tuck battle late, the Road Warriors took advantage of the Bolts’ back-to-back turnovers and turned it to a 93-86 lead with 2:10 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Cavs owner gets ‘vile’ voicemails after LeBron’s ‘bum’ tweet In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments DAY6 is for everybody MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Members of the stadium staff stand by the stadium barrier that collapsed during the French L1 football match between Amiens and Lille LOSC on September 30, 2017 at the Licorne stadium in Amiens. Several Lille supporters were hurt in Amiens when a stadium barrier collapsed in the away section as the visiting fans celebrated the opening goal of the match. The Ligue 1 fixture was interrupted in the 16th minute after LOSC French defender Fode Ballo-Toure’s goal sparked celebrations that caused a fence separating the fans from the pitch to crumble under their weight./ AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS LO PRESTITwenty-nine fans were hurt, five of them seriously, when a barrier collapsed Saturday at a stadium in the northern French city of Amiens as away supporters celebrated their opening goal.A fence separating Lille fans from the pitch gave way as they surged forward to celebrate the goal against Amiens, a regional rival that has just been promoted to the top flight in French football.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The incident happened when Lille’s Fode Ballo-Toure ran towards the section of visiting fans after scoring the opening goal, prompting a surge that caused the barrier to give way.Built in 1999, the Stade de la Licorne (“Stadium of the Unicorn”) is the smallest of the 20 French Ligue 1 clubs, with a capacity of only 12,000.Renovation work is taking place throughout the 2017-18 season, as newly-promoted Amiens brings the ground up to a higher standard.‘Hardcore fans’ The venue boasts an eye-catching, futuristic design with a transparent roof, which is being renovated. The seats are also being progressively replaced under the 7.5-million-euro ($8.9-million) scheme.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Several tumbled about 1.5 meters (five feet) and were crushed by other fans who fell on top of them. Injuries included head, chest and abdominal trauma, medical authorities said.Referee Thomas Leonard suspended the match in the 16th minute as Red Cross and emergency workers rushed to help the injured. The fixture was later abandoned.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It happened all of a sudden. I don’t even know who scored. It just suddenly fell on me. I couldn’t hear anything, I couldn’t see anything and then the emergency workers took me away,” said Georges Penel, a 21-year-old Lille fan who suffered injuries to his leg and back.The prefecture of the Somme department gave a provisional toll of 29 hurt, five of them seriously. Among the injured were three minors, all in their teens, medical authorities said. Amiens public prosecutor Alexandre de Bosschere said an investigation had been opened into “accidental injury”, focusing on why the barrier gave way.“We have put legal seals on the site (to bar access to it), and an assessment will be carried out in the next few days.”The club’s president Bernard Joannin dismissed any idea that there were problems with the barrier.“The police had warned us that there were 200 hardcore fans, really wound up, who were in the section set aside for Lille fans. They surged forward, chaotically, more than 500 people, against this barrier, which was in perfect condition.”Back in May, local politician Alain Gest had suggested that upkeep of the stadium had been neglected by previous local administrations but was now “perfectly in line with regulations” and “up to standards for playing in Ligue 1”.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Angels nail key QF victory over Fighting Warays In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ White still went on to finish with 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Batang Pier, who got 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds from skipper Stanley Pringle, 11 points from Sean Anthony and sustained hustle underneath against the hulking San Miguel frontline from bruiser Kelly Nabong.The biggest play, though, came from Elorde, who canned that triple after a pop-out pass from a driving Pringle that snapped the game’s last tie at 92 and sent the Batang Pier on their way to victory.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The defending champions saw a three-game winning streak come to a halt and dropped to 3-4, their chances of finishing in the top two for a twice-to-beat advantage taking a huge hit as they can only finish with seven wins at most.Magnolia climbed into a tie with GlobalPort after a 111-89 victory over TNT KaTropa in the nightcap.The loss was the second in eight games for the Texters, which left idle Rain or Shine holding the solo lead and the side closest to the first top-two berth.Another blessing that Jarencio said was evident in the win was that his locals showed that they can win without Malcolm White, who was canned after a second technical for second motion.“It will work both ways,” Jarencio said. “First, the locals know that they can do it, and second, my import will know that he has to step up because he knows he has a supporting crew that can do his duties (in the game).”ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “It’s like what, four or five years already?” he asked in Filipino after unheralded Nico Elorde drained a triple with 48 seconds remaining that changed the complexion of a match the Beermen dominated for the most part. “This is the first time, and it really is a blessing.”A blessing in the sense that it not only kept the Batang Pier in the middle of the pack with a 4-4 record, but it also gave them a solid shot at finishing from Nos. 3 to 6 for a level playing field in the first round of the playoffs.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 crownWith games against Phoenix Petroleum, Barangay Ginebra and Columbian coming to close out their classification round schedule, the Batang Pier gained a solid shot at what they are aiming for. A loss would have put them in a must-sweep scenario of those three games.“That has been the target ever since the start (of the conference),” Jarencio said. “The win made our target realizable.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES 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 PBA IMAGESGlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio had kept track of all those failed tries in the past that he didn’t mince words in emphasizing how sweet this one was.“I have had sleepless nights trying to figure out when this will come, when I can finally beat San Miguel Beer,” Jarencio said after his Batang Pier—importless in the last 8:09—eked out a 98-94 upset of the mighty Beermen in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
– Regal Masters looking to extend winning streakThe recently-crowned champions of the New York Softball Cricket League (NYSCL) Independence Cup, Regal Masters, will spring into action on local turf this Sunday when the Ink Plus, Crown Mining Supplies and Elegance Jewellery and Pawn Shop grand softball tournament resumes with three matches.New York Independence Cup champions Regal Masters will be in action on Sunday at EverestLocal teams and individual players had a working break of two weeks from action on home soil to take part in the annual tournament in the ‘Big Apple’, where Regal Masters easily won the Eagle, the symbol of supremacy in the over-45 years category.The highly-anticipated softball action will bowl off on Sunday when the champs take on HS Masters on Pitch One at the Everest Cricket Club Ground in the first of three matches scheduled for the day. The excitement will continue later in the day when Success Masters take on Narine Masters on pitch two while Fishermen Masters will seek to defeat RR Masters on pitch three.Prior to their departure for New York, Regal Masters were on a four-match winning streak and will be looking to extend that when they take the field against familiar rivals HS Masters. At the start of the tournament in May, Regal Masters suffered a heart-breaking defeat to HS Masters off the last ball in a cliffhanger of a game at the Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) Ground and will no doubt be looking to turn the tables while their opponents will be buzzing with confidence for a repeat.Eoin Abel, Mahendra Hardyal, Mohendra Arjune, Parsram Persaud, Eric Thomas, Fazleen Mohamed and Mahesh Chunilall are among the top-class players who will be in action looking to continue their good run with both bat and ball when the competition resumes at 09:30h.The tournament is organised by the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc, and is being contested in the Over-45 and Open categories on a round-robin basis.
Pioneer countered with a run in the bottom of the inning on Ramos’ ground rule double that bounced over the fence in left-center field and a pair of wild pitches to tie, 1-1. Real then fell victim to a momentarily error-plagued defense that allowed four unearned runs and gave Bell Gardens a 5-1 lead in the second inning. Real got the first out with a strikeout but first baseman Laines mishandled the throw on Morales’ ground ball for the first of three Titan errors in the inning. Javier Romero and Chris Rosas followed with singles to load the bases, and Amavizca singled home Morales to break the tie. Daniel Godoy followed with a two-run single and Amavizca scored on a throwing error. Pioneer got a run back in the third inning on Randy Palacios’s leadoff single, back-to-back sacrifices by R.J. Saldana and Aaron Santa Cruz, and a wild pitch. While the Titans defense was en route to errorless defense the rest of the game, the offense came up with four-run fifth inning. “We’ve been having trouble defensively,” Lancers coach Dan Garcia said, “but we’ve been scoring runs. And we got some timely hitting from Adrian.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – In a game in which the pitchers stood out, both on the mound and at the plate, Bell Gardens defeated host Pioneer High School, 8-7, in the third round of pool play in the Montebello Tournament. Reliever Adrian Morales (1-0) picked up the win after taking over from starter Chris Aguirre in the fifth inning. Morales, who began the game as the designated hitter, also had three hits, including a double and triple, and drove in two runs. Carlos Ramos (1-1), working in relief of starter Steven Real from the third inning, got the loss. He also led the Titans at the plate with three hits, including a double, and three runs scored. “This was a tough one to lose,” Pioneer coach Paul Magallanes said after the Titans rallied from a 5-1 deficit to lead, 6-5, after five innings. “But I’m real proud of the way we’re playing. The boys came to play some baseball this season.” Magallanes also cited the performance of Ramos, the 5-foot-6, 134-pound sophomore. “He’s primarily our starting second baseman,” Magallanes said, “but he’s developing rapidly as a pitcher. He knows the game real well, and he’s been averaging two hits a game with the stick.” Bell Gardens scored an unearned run in the first inning on Ferman Amavizca’s leadoff single, a sacrifice, wild pitch and a throwing error.
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1 Ousmane Dembele in action for Rennes Borussia Dortmund have clinched the signing of French starlet Ousmane Dembele from Rennes.The Bundesliga runners-up have fought off interest from a host of clubs across Europe, including Liverpool, to land the 18-year-old forward.Dortmund are understood to have paid around £28million for Dembele, who has penned a five-year contract.The youngster had confirmed last week he was heading for the exit at Rennes after a stunning breakthrough season.He has scored 12 goals in 24 appearances and has been closely tracked by Liverpool, as well as Barcelona and Bayern Munich, in recent months.Liverpool were understood to have stepped up their interest in the France Under-21 international this week, with Jurgen Klopp making a personal call to the player.But Dembele has opted to move to Germany with Dortmund, becoming Thomas Tuchel’s first summer signing.
First, however, council vice president Victor Garcia will detail their deaths in a speech honoring their sacrifice. Their families have been invited to attend. It will be a sad but necessary ceremony, said Rachel Duran, who serves as patriotic instructor for the council. “It is sad we even need to add the names of these young men to the monument, but it’s also appropriate for us to do this so the city never forgets them,” she said. The names of Mora and Elizarraras will join those of 23 other soldiers from Pico Rivera who served in Vietnam and World War II. “They are the two latest service members from the city who have sacrificed their lives,” Garcia said. Elsewhere, in La Habra, officials will honor Marine Lance Cpl. Hugo Lopezlopez, 20, with a banner dedicated to the young soldier, who died in January at a Texas military hospital from wounds he suffered in November in Iraq. The banner will be unveiled today. Eventually, it will fly outside City Hall, officials said. Seventeen other banners, representing local men and women now serving in the military, will be flown on La Habra Boulevard. “It’s our small way to never forget him,” said La Habra City Councilman James Lopez. “I hope when people see it, and the other banners, they will say a prayer for all the service men and women who are away fighting for our country.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It will resonate with a lot of people,” said Jerry Newberry, spokesman for Veterans of Foreign Wars’ national headquarters in Kansas City. “Forty percent of the troops fighting in Iraq are National Guard and reservists – people who are our friends, neighbors, mailmen and mechanics,” he said. Sgt. Mora died last October, when the vehicle he was patrolling in in Balad, Iraq, was hit by indirect fire. Master Sgt. Elizarraras died in February, when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee while he was on a reconnaissance patrol in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. The two will be honored Monday by the Pico Rivera Veterans Council, which will unveil plaques with their names at the city’s Veterans Monument. PICO RIVERA – The first time Arthur Mora Jr. saw a display of tanks, while visiting the American Military Museum in South El Monte as a boy, he became smitten with the military. In his senior year at El Rancho High School, Mora asked his mother for permission to join the Army. Emigdio Elizarraras Jr.’s path into the military was almost as direct. After graduating from El Rancho High, where he played four different positions on the varsity baseball team, he joined the Army and ended up serving 19 years on the force. This Memorial Day, the deaths of Mora, who was killed in Iraq, and of Elizarraras, who died in Afghanistan, and of hundreds of other U.S. casualties in the war on terror will inject a sense of immediacy to the national observance, officials for veterans’ groups said.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has told his players to ‘enjoy’ playing against Lionel Messi when they take on Barcelona in the Champions League.Spurs host the Spanish champions at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night, and the manager wants his team to savour every moment of playing on the same field as ‘one of the best players in the history of football’. 3 And while the manager may hold the Argentina superstar on a pedestal now, he admits Messi went completely under the radar in that game, when the teenager became, at the time, the youngster player to represent the Catalan giants in competitive football.“I don’t remember him,” admitted the Spurs coach.“Messi would start to become a great player but in the moment that he made his debut, it was like just another youngster that had arrived to the Barcelona team from the academy.“Like it was Xavi or Andres Iniesta or like this, or Ivan De La Pena. For me, De La Pena, it was like an explosion of, wow, excitement, when De La Pena start to play. People called him ‘Little Buddha’. I always remember Ronaldo saying he was the best player that he’d seen in his life and that he played with.“When De La Pena started to play in the first-team, it was massive noise. But look, you say to me, you played in Messi’s debut. No, I don’t remember it.” Pochettino has no special plans for stopping five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi – which he described as an ‘impossible task’ – who will lead out a Barca side hoping to end a mini-slump of three straight games without victory.But the Argentine has suggested there is more on offer to his players than just a possible three points…“I am not going to try to find a solution,” the Tottenham manager said ahead of the game.“I am going to say to the players: ‘Enjoy playing against Messi, because you are going to have the opportunity to play against one of the best players in the history of football’.“More than it worrying you, it needs to excite you to play and so you can say – like you say to me – ‘Oh, I played against Messi, or I played against Maradona, or I played against Ronaldo.“This is the type of player that you are going to remember. For your ego, it’s a thing that you are going to tell your kids and grandkids.” Tottenham players will be able to tell their grandchildren about when they played Messi at Wembley, says Mauricio Pochettino 3 Pochettino made over 300 appearances for Espanyol and later managed the club Pochettino then harked back to when he lined up alongside boyhood hero Diego Maradona for Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys during the early days of his playing career.He added: “Sometimes, my kids say to me, ‘Ah, you played with Maradona, you played with this or you play with that,’ and they are so proud.“So, enjoy. Enjoy to play against Messi.“It’s difficult to find solutions to try to stop him, I promise you. I think it’s impossible. So you must only to enjoy it, be close, help the players that are going to face him.“When he has the ball we have to try to play in the opposite half, to try to push Leo to play far from your goal. Because if not, it’s terrible – if he is close and takes the ball.”Few know that Pochettinho was actually on the pitch when Messi made his league debut for Barcelona aged just 17 against Espanyol. 3 Messi is a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, a nine-time LaLiga champion and four-time Champions League winner