Gilas yields to Canadians

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos 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 Despite being terribly undersized, the Filipinos battled Canada to a 40-all deadlock in rebounds. They also had 14 steals but just couldn’t convert them to points.“You can tell that they (Filipinos) are working on development,” said Canadian coach Kyle Julius, a member of his national team from 2005-2007. “You can tell that they are very talented. They are hard nosed and tough.”“It’s going to be a dogfight from now on,” said Kiefer Ravena, who led the Filipinos with 12 points followed by Bobby Ray Parks with 11 points and Carl Bryan Cruz with 10.As it is, the Philippines would need to get more scoring from its talented lineup if it hopes to survive the Taiwanese.Matthew Wright scored five straight points, capped by a triple in transition from left quarter court hat had the Philippines coming within 68-60, but the Canadians came through with a 7-0 spurt that put the game away going into the final 6:45.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Saso bows to Japanese LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade And after playing the team with the least amount of practice here, the Filipinos will be tossed in the fire yet again on Sunday night when they clash with the side that’s been together the longest in the tough international tournament.The Filipinos try to bounce back from a 77-90 loss to Canada when they collide with Chinese Taipei-A at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall here with coach Chot Reyes knowing exactly the problems he needs to address to get the team back on track.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’“We have to figure out ways to score against bigger opponents,” Reyes addressed international media after getting just three players in twin digits against the experienced and bigger Canadians. “My players would have to figure that out.”Another cause of concern for Reyes is the officiating, as his players were whistled for 26 total fouls that resulted in 40 free throws for the Canadians. TAIPEI—Gilas Pilipinas started its learning process in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational and crashed and burned in its debut on Saturday against Canada.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission “You can’t give up 40 free throws against a quality team Reyes said.Canada, featuring a selection of stars from its National Basketball League, came over with just a pair of two-hour practice sessions but instantly showed its spunk using its size and athletic ability.Against the Taiwanese in the 7 p.m. game on Sunday, Reyes and his charges will be playing a crew that has stayed together for so long.Naturalized player Quincy Davis and the pony-tailed Wen Ting-tseng again lead the home squad that commands a noisy following.“They (Filipinos) need to learn to play with each other and the system,” said Reyes, who opened the post-game interview by praising the young Filipinos’ effort.“We played them (Canadians) pretty well in all departments, save for the free throws that we gave up.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Rafael Nadal to miss Asian tournaments due to knee injury

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LeBron teams with ‘Black Panther’ director for ‘Space Jam 2’ The 32-year-old said he visited doctors in Barcelona on Monday and has subsequently made the decision to play neither the ATP 500 event in Beijing nor the Masters 1000 in Shanghai.“While the annoyances on my knee are nothing new, we have decided together with my medical and technical team not to participate in the Asian tour to recover the knee the way we have always done,” Nadal said on Wednesday. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’m sorry I can’t be with all the fans in China and with the organizers of the Beijing and Shanghai tournaments that have always had a great relationship with me and my team.” Nadal is the defending champion in Beijing, where he beat Nick Kyrgios in the final last year. He was also runner-up in Shanghai, denied by champion Roger Federer. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Missing both tournaments next month leaves the way open for Novak Djokovic to finish 2018 top of the ATP world rankings, despite another positive season for Nadal. The Spaniard clinched his 11th French Open title in June after also winning clay-court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. He lost in the semi-finals at Wimbledon to Djokovic before the knee problem hampered his progress at Flushing Meadows.ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts while playing Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina during their Men’s Singles Semi-Finals match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARYWorld number one Rafael Nadal has announced his withdrawal from upcoming tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai due to the right knee injury that forced him to retire from the US Open earlier this month.Nadal had to pull out during his semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in New York and also missed Spain’s Davis Cup defeat by France last weekend.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao peaking just right

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I’d like to push it some more,” said Pacquiao after his usual rigid workout at Wild Card Gym here. “But Justin (Fortune) stopped me.”Fortune, the senator’s fitness and conditioning coach, prevailed upon him to forgo his scheduled morning run up the hilly path from Griffith Park Observatory all the way to the iconic Hollywood sign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We want to maintain our fitness,” said Pacquiao. “We don’t want to get burned out.”He nevertheless went on with several rounds of mitts training at the gym in the afternoon, practising thunderous combinations and making sure he is throwing them in shortest span of time as possible. As always, Pacquiao would emerge from training in a jovial mood—like he just went shopping instead of undergoing a punishing two-hour grind.“I’m very sure Broner is in top shape, I saw his video. He’s got a good trainer,” said Pacquiao, referring to Kevin Cunningham.“But I expect him to try to maybe annoy me,” he added, alluding to Broner, whose boxing style and overall irreverence draw comparison with Floyd Mayweather Jr.Broner has been active on social media, flaunting his buff physique as well as dollar bills.The Cincinnati native had earlier said he couldn’t care less about the highly anticipated Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Int’l meets lie ahead of Palaro standouts Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ Broner, known for throwing too few punches, said all he needed was one punch to stop the only eight-division champ.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Manny Pacquiao welcomes Los Angeles mansion visitors Metta World Peace (right), the retired National Basketball Association player formerly known as Ron Artest. The mother of Peace’s son, Jeron (left), is Filipino Jennifer Palma. —WENDELL ALINEA/MP PROMOTIONSHOLLYWOOD—Manny Pacquiao has one big concern. It’s not his weight nor his fitness.And definitely not Adrien Broner.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

Repeal classification of industrial hemp

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana’s farmers, manufacturers, students and other citizens are demanding the repeal of the classification of industrial hemp as “a controlled substance”.The ban has been heavily criticized by the residents of Linden in Region 10, Mahaicony Branch Road in Region 5, and Mon Repos in Region 4, at meetings held last weekend by the United Republican Party (URP).According to an official of the URP, “We’ve got to get to President David Granger and his APNU/AFC administration that hemp is an agricultural commodity, but not a controlled substance”.Jaipaul, a farmer of Wash Clothes, Mahaicony Branch Road, said hemp would give farmers a chance to diversify their operations and share in a new market opportunity.Farmers countrywide are coming forward with formal support for policy change in favour of hemp legalization. This is a huge step forward, and President Granger should follow their lead and pass the legislation to allow hemp cultivation and processing.Hempchand, a small rice farmer, has expressed that most farmers want to cultivate hemp; for it’s a cash crop that is easy to cultivate, it does not need that much water, it grows in all soil types, and can be used to make over 25,000 products — from food and clothing to car composites and airplane parts, and even dietary supplements.When hemp is legalized, we can truly make Guyana great, he declared.The Leader of the Healing the Nation Theocracy Party, Alfred Parks, has said hemp has boundless potential, and can be a sustainable alternative to plastics and other environmentally harmful products. It can be used in everything — from construction materials to paper, to lotion and even ice-cream.It’s past time that the Guyana Government eliminate the absurd barriers and allow the farmers and producers to get to work, create jobs, and grow this promising and historically important crop.That’s why I’m going to be the horn with my Parliamentarians to make sure that our hemp legislation becomes a reality. I would continue to hammer home the message that industrial hemp is an agricultural commodity, and not a controlled substance.Chairman of the Region 10 Industrial Hemp and Agricultural Farmers Group, Aaron Gardener, has said that for Guyana to prosper, we first need to decolonize our minds and be truly independent.For instance, the laws barring the cultivation of all forms of cannabis, of which industrial hemp is part, is of colonial rule.The resistance we are facing today by the APNU/AFC Government to repeal such laws is stemming from the colonial minds, so decolonizing the minds is a step in the right direction for our Government and leaders to make laws which are not a hindrance to development, he added.Mr. Gardener has stressed that our leaders should be independent, and be free to make informed decisions based on facts, which we are presenting to them on industrial hemp, rather than just accepting that the colonials said it is bad, hence it’s bad.We should be able to determine that for ourselves, he added.Yours sincerely,The Guyana HempAssociationlast_img read more

Changing the Perception: Bomi County Strives to Become Liberia’s New Bread Basket

first_imgThere is a perception in Liberia that citizens from the lower Western part of the country, especially Bomi, which is just a stone’s throw from the capital, are a lazy group of people who do not engage in farming even to feed themselves.  According to this perception, the Bomi people do not even think about exporting to neighboring counties, especially Montserrado.Bomi citizens are continuously criticized for coming to Monrovia to purchase simple garden produce such as pepper, potato greens,  cassava leaf,  eggplant—things that could easily be grown in their home gardens, or  even their farms. They have the soil, rainfall and other elements necessary for good cultivation, so why are they not growing their own food?The county has also been a recipient of government assistance and remittances from many of its sons and daughters living abroad who send money to their people in Bomi.  Also, there are NGOs and other international organizations coming in to do projects.There have also been a Social Cash Transfer scheme pilot project launched in Bomi County since 2009,  before they were extended to Maryland County a few years back.The (SCT) Scheme is a regular payment of money provided to extremely poor and labor-constrained households to decrease poverty and reduce economic vulnerability.These counties were chosen because of their relatively high food insecurity as determined by data from the Comprehensive Food Security and Nutrition Survey (CFSNS).But the residents of Bomi, who say that such perception about them is wrong, are on the verge of changing what could be described as the “status quo” in their county.With the emergence of the West Africa Agriculture Productivity (WAAPP) Project, started a few years ago, Bomi farmers through an Innovative Agricultural Platform, simply known as  (IP), things have begun  to change in the county, relative to the productive cassava production.IP is an agricultural program dealing specifically with cassava production, with an introduction of technology in the production of a cassava value chain. It is an initiative of WAAPP in collaboration with Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (DW), formerly German Agro Action and implementing partners. The project is being implemented in eight of the fifteen counties.Bomi County, according to the WAAPP’s Bomi  coordinator, Kemoh Sherif, is now leading the other seven counties involved in the IAP in the production of cassava and other value-chains in the country.One of the leading farmers’ groups in the county, Youth for Positive Change (YAPC) located at Banana Farm, are leading the entire process in the county. YAPC, producer of the famous Bomi Gari, has some of the largest cassava farms.Bomi is the home of several eminent Liberians, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, House speaker Alex Tyler and Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly.The farmers, at a meeting last week with officials from WAAPP and DW, said other Liberians have perceived them as being lazy as a result of the lack of support on the part of the central government and Non-Government Organizations that are involved in the agric-sector through farmers support.The Bomi farmers were meeting with these partners to find other means through which they (farmers) may be assisted as the program comes to an in end in March.“We want to change this wrong perception about us as being lazy and tell the Liberian people what we are capable of doing in this county, the Secretary General of the platform, Mr. Zinnah Quaye, said.The platform said that farmers in the county are seeking support to ensure that their county becomes food reliant, but they need support to get involved in the production of other food crops, including vegetables and even raising animals, such as chickens and pigs.“We don’t only want to be involved in cassava production but this is the only place that we are getting support. We have a vision as a platform for our county to become the next bread basket of the republic,” members of the platform told this reporter.“The only thing that is keeping as back from engaging in producing our own food is support, but it is support which  will help us to make Bomi become food-sufficient and even a food  exporter. “We have the willingness and manpower but only the funds are lacking,” Mr. Quaye stressed.The platform’s members are, however, in search of markets where their cassava products will be sold. “You know when you produce and the market is available you become more encouraged to do more and we have been saying that for a while now, but we need more customers for our Bomi Gari,” the platform chair said.One major impediment to Banana farmers is the condition of the roads leading to their farms. The roads are in such a deplorable condition that it impedes quick movement. Sometimes farms are completely cut off.Though they are trying the fix the roads manually in the absence of yellow machines, they are appealing to the government and others to come to their aid and recondition the roads.The Bomi component of the project targets 30 farming groups in 30 locations in the county’s three districts, Dewein, Senjeh and Klay.“The IP program is a one-year initiative that began in January of last year and should have ended this gone December.  “But,” said the DW coordinator, “due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus we had some setbacks. So we decided to extend the time to March this year. “This is meant to work properly along with these farmers to ensure that they get all the basic necessary logistics and business contacts so that when they produce  their products there will be a market for them,” Mr. Sensee L. Sirleaf, Human Development Foundation (HDF) executive director said. HDF is an implementing partner of DW.The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund has been supporting government in its UNICEF Social Cash Transfer Program.Meanwhile, about 64% of Liberians fall below the absolute poverty line and 48% below the extreme poverty line. This means, approximately 300,000 households are below the poverty line and about 50,000 households are extremely poor and labor constrained.These 50,000 households do not have access to any temporary employment projects and have no formal means of support.It is known that people below the extreme poverty line suffer from chronic hunger and cannot meet their most basic needs. While all members of a household feel the impact, its effects are particularly bad for children.The Social Cash Transfer (SCT) scheme was created to protect children and the poor and vulnerable households from the worst impacts of food insecurity and the general deprivation caused by extreme poverty.In developing countries, money is spent primarily to improve nutrition, but also to facilitate access to education and improve health, especially for women and children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Probe still ongoing into fraud at CID Headquarters

first_imgThe two sergeants attached to the Finance Department of the Guyana Police Force — who were detained last April for investigation into an alleged conspiracy to commit fraud — are still on the job.Contacted on Monday for an update on the investigations, Crime Chief Lyndon Alves told Guyana Times that the ranks are still serving members of the Force, as the investigations are ongoing. He said that, so far, nothing was found that would have resulted in those ranks being dismissed.He added that upon completion of the investigations, the Police Commissioner would be so guided as to act on advice obtained.This newspaper understands that, although still on the job, these sergeants have not been assigned to their original post.In April last, the two sergeants were detained for six days as investigators probed the alleged ‘conspiracy to commit fraud’ allegations.The sergeants were under close arrest at the Tactical Services Unit, Eve Leary. A source close to the investigation had told this publication that the sergeants were called in for questioning after a number of instances pertaining to irregularities in the accounting system at the GPF had been uncovered and it was suspected that the system had been compromised. He said the sergeants, who have been working with the Finance Department for a number of years, were subsequently released on open arrest.The source had related that the irregularities found concerned money and vouchers for ranks who had performed extra duties and were to receive additional payments. Among the duties some ranks were to be paid for were working at shows, cricket games and other national events.Guyana Times was told that the parents of one of the sergeants and other close relatives of the other sergeant were also called in for questioning.The source had disclosed that Police thought it necessary to keep the ranks in custody for the lengthy period they were under close arrest, as the investigations thus far had gone to a new dimension and the sum involved is to the tune of millions of dollars.“Investigations are unfolding new information. A lot of money is involved. This is all part of the investigation process. We are dealing with serious allegations here,” the source said.In the past, Police ranks had complained that they were either short-changed or not paid at all for extra duties. There are also claims by some that they had been made to sign for certain sums of money which were not given to them.“There are lots of allegations, and [they] are all being investigated. Information is being gathered right now after which charges will follow, if necessary. We are carrying a very thorough investigation, because this has been going on for quite some time, and we are leaving no stone unturned,” the source had said.Police Commissioner Leslie James had, in April last, urged ranks to desist from accepting bribes and being involved in unlawful activities, stating that those who do so would be “penalised.” The Top Cop had made these comments while addressing the opening of a training programme at the Officers’ Training Centre at Eve Leary, where he also stated that he is looking for a change in performance of ranks and fewer allegations of corruption.He had added that while the Force would be engaging particular departments to tackle the issue of corruption, if the ranks believe that their salaries are too small, they should tender their resignation.last_img read more

Advanced ticket sales for Coy Cup to end on March 25

first_imgGeneral Admission Ticket Packages are $135 plus applicable feesSingle game tickets will not go on sale until the Coy Cup tournament starts on March 26 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Advanced ticket sales for the 2019 Coy Cup will be discontinued on March 25.The final deadline to purchase tickets in advance is at 11:59 p.m. MST on March 25 at energetictickets.ca.After March 25, tickets will be available at the North Peace Arena three hours before puck drop of each game starting at 12:00 p.m.- Advertisement -The 2019 Coy Cup takes place March 26 to the 30 at the North Peace Arena.Here is the ticket pricing:Reserved Seating Ticket Packages are $175 plus applicable feesAdvertisement The schedule for the Coy Cup can be found here.last_img

REAL-LIFE DRAMA

first_imgTechnically, Readers Theatre productions are not plays in the traditional sense. Instead, actors talk directly to the audience. No props or scenery are involved. From 1976 to 2003, Gevirtzman wrote numerous plays for Readers Theatre. One of those works, “The trial of Lee Harvey Oswald,” was particularly personal for him, he said. “I did it because I was really obsessed with the Kennedy assassination. Somebody suggested I get it off my chest by putting Oswald on trial.” At every performance, audience members would vote on Oswald’s guilt or innocence. His newest work is very different. Cisneros “wanted a show that dealt with problems kids face when they try to examine who they are and how people see them,” Gevirtzman said. Cisneros started Phantom Projects in 1997, a year after he helped direct “No Way To Treat A Lady” as a high school senior. Initially, the group would go to high schools, where teens would perform the play and then talk to students. In 2001, the group began performing at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Cisneros, who credits Gevirtzman for the success of Phantom Projects, said he loves the author’s latest play. “He’s had more access to teens than anybody else. No one has a more accurate portrayal of teens,” he said. “Through These Eyes” will be performed at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. For tickets, call (562) 944-9801, or go on line at phantomprojects.com. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I went on message boards where kids post, and I was like a fly on the wall. I got a lot of the lines kids use,” he added. During the 1990s, Gevirtzman wrote three plays for Phantom Projects, dealing with such issues as under-age sex, drugs and alcohol. He hadn’t considered penning a new work until Phantom Projects’ producing artistic director, Steve Cisneros, urged him to tackle the subject. “It’s not a linear story, where it follows one character,” Cisneros said, explaining the story line of “Through These Eyes.” “You get glimpses into the lives of different characters. It doesn’t have a beginning and ending. It’s a bunch of vignettes that tie together at the end,” he said. “And because the teen cast is the same age as much of the audience, the post-show discussion is always candid.” Gervirtzman’s first three plays for Phantom Projects, “No Way To Treat A Lady,” “Out, Out Brief Candle” and “Center of the Universe,” were adaptations from pieces performed at Readers Theatre, a program Gevirtzman started at La Mirada High in 1976. LA MIRADA – La Mirada High School English teacher Bruce Gevirtzman took on a weighty issue when he decided to turn his play-writing skills toward the subject of eating disorders and teen-age self-image. “Through These Eyes” follows the lives of a group of teens struggling to live up to the standards of society, the media, their friends – and the vision they see of themselves every day in the mirror. The research proved to be the easiest part. “I had more material than I used,” said Gevirtzman, whose play will be performed this week by the teen actors of Phantom Projects, a local nonprofit theater company with a penchant for works dealing with serious teen issues. last_img read more

Good deal! Cech out, Oxlade-Chamberlain in would be great for Chelsea

first_imgChelsea should try to get Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as part of any deal to take Petr Cech to Arsenal.The Czech international has stated his desire to stay in London, opening the door for the Gunners to make him their number one goalkeeper for the new season.Blues boss Jose Mourinho hinted recently that some sort of swap deal would suit him best if he has to release the 33-year-old to a Premier League rival, and talkSPORT has been told Oxlade-Chamberlain would fit the bill perfectly.Ray Wilkins explained to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Oxlade-Chamberlain is a really good footballer, and I’ve thought that for a long while.“He has had a lot of injuries but hasn’t really had a fair crack of the whip in staking his claim for selection. It would be a good fit if he were to go to Chelsea as part of the deal [for Cech].”One man who does look certain to move to Stamford Bridge this summer is Radamel Falcao, who has been told he has no future at Manchester United following a disappointing debut season in the Premier League.The Colombian has much to prove and, while Wilkins has some doubts about that deal, he has confidence Stamford Bridge could be the place the striker rediscovers his best form.“After seeing him last season you wouldn’t say he wouldn’t be a fit [at Chelsea],“ he added. “But if there’s one guy who can get anything out of him that others can’t it’s Jose Mourinho.”last_img read more

Tottenham 0-0 Chelsea: Improved Blues hold Spurs to draw

first_imgChelsea and Tottenham played out a dull goalless draw at White Hart Lane in Sunday’s midday kick off.Heung-Min Son and Eden Hazard had the best two chances of the first half, but both players were unable to steer their headers into the net.There was very little to report on in the second half but Jose Mourinho’s side were vastly improved in defence from the side that has struggled for so much of this season.The draw means Tottenham miss the opportunity to go one point behind leaders Manchester City, while the Blues remain in 15th.It was a poor start to the game with neither side managing to break through the other’s defence, but it was Chelsea who got a foothold in the match first.Oscar had the ball on the right and whipped in a deep cross on to the head of Hazard – who started in the ‘false 9’ position after Diego Costa was dropped – but the Belgian could not direct the ball on target.Minutes later Pedro went even closer when he cut in from the left and fired a rocket of a shot towards Hugo Lloris’ goal but it went an inch over the bar.Spurs’ best chance of the half came after some great work from Harry Kane as the Englishman’s cross found Son, but the former Bayer Leverkusen forward headed straight at Asmir Begovic.Things threatened to boil over as Tottenham full backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker were both booked for crunching challenges but the sides went into the break with the score goalless.The second half was even less inspiring than the first with the first shot on goal coming in the 62nd minute when Son linked well with Erik Lamela, who came on for the injured Ryan Mason, before stabbing the ball at Begovic.Chelsea had a great chance to take the lead with 20 minutes remaining when Branislav Ivanovic picked out the much-improved Hazard who fired a stunning volley from a tight angle but Lloris was equal to it.Pedro and Hazard pushed to grab a late winner but ultimately it was a game for the defenders as neither back four would budge with the match ending goalless. 1 Heung-Min Son had the best chance of the game last_img read more