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August 5, 2020 | |Post a Comment

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May 14, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFinland’s Valtteri Bottas celebrated the first Formula One victory of his career at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday after jumping both Ferraris at the start and then holding his nerve over the tense closing laps.Championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who had started on pole position alongside Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen, extended his advantage to 13 points with second place after putting Bottas under huge pressure at the finish.The German crossed the line just 0.6 seconds behind a man who joined Mercedes from Williams in January as replacement for retired 2016 champion Nico Rosberg and was finally a winner after 81 starts.“Took quite a while, huh?,” said the Finn over the radio as he took the chequered flag, an expletive bleeped out for the listening world as he whooped in a rare outburst of emotion. “Worth the wait.”“This strange opportunity came over the winter to join this team and I have to thank the team for making this possible,” he added after meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin before spraying champagne on the podium.“First win and hopefully first of many… it’s a good feeling.”It was the first time in four years, since Raikkonen won with Lotus in Australia in 2013, that a Finnish driver had stood on the top step.Raikkonen made it two Finns in the top three with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, Vettel’s closest rival, struggling to match the leaders’ pace and finishing fourth for Mercedes.Vettel now has 86 points after the opening four races with triple champion Hamilton, a winner in China, second on 73 and Bottas third with 63.Mercedes continued their record of winning every Russian Grand Prix since the first in 2014, this time against the odds after Ferrari had swept the front row for the first time in nine years.But their proud boast of also leading every lap around the Olympic Park circuit disappeared when Vettel briefly led following Bottas’s first pitstop.After an aborted start, with Fernando Alonso’s McLaren breaking down on the formation lap, Bottas seized the lead from third on the grid.The safety car was then deployed after a collision between Renault’s Jolyon Palmer and Haas’s Romain Grosjean put both out, and the race settled down into a procession before the nail-biting finale.“I tried everything to catch Valtteri. I thought there would be an opportunity on the back straight,” said Vettel, winner of two of the first three races for his resurgent Italian team.“I thought there was an opportunity but I was not sure what Felipe Massa would do and ended up losing out,” he added, with the Williams driver delaying him at a key point in the chase.“It doesn’t matter, though. Big congratulations to Valtteri. It is his day.”Red Bull’s Dutch teenager Max Verstappen finished fifth with Sergio Perez chalking up his 14th successive points finish for Force India and French team mate Esteban Ocon seventh.Nico Hulkenberg was eighth for Renault, with Massa ninth for Williams and Spaniard Carlos Sainz taking the final point for Toro Rosso.Canadian rookie Lance Stroll finally reached the finish line after three retirements in a row and took 11th place for Williams. Result from the Formula One GP Russia at Sochi Autodrom1. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes 1:28:08.7432. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari +00:00.6173. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 00:11.0004. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 00:36.3205. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull – TAG Heuer 01:00.4166. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India – Mercedes 01:26.7887. Esteban Ocon (France) Force India – Mercedes 01:35.0048. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Renault 01:36.1889. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1 lap10. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso – Renault 1 lap11. Lance Stroll (Canada) Williams-Mercedes 1 lap12. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso – Renault 1 lap13. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Haas – Ferrari 1 lap14. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 1 lap15. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber – Ferrari 1 lap16. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Sauber – Ferrari 2 lapsr. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull – TAG Heuer 47 lapsr. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 52 lapsr. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas – Ferrari 52 lapsns. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 52 laps(rank: r = retired, nc = not classified)Fastest Lap: Kimi Raikkonen,1:36.844, lap 49. Driver and Constructor Standings after the Formula One GP Russia at Sochi Autodrom Drivers Points1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 862. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 733. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes 634. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 495. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull 356. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 227. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 228. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 189. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 1110. Esteban Ocon (France) Force India 911. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Renault 612. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas 413. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Haas 414. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso 215. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Sauber 016. Lance Stroll (Canada) Williams 017. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy) Sauber 018. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 019. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 020. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 021. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 0 Constructors Points1. Mercedes 1362. Ferrari 1353. Red Bull – TAG Heuer 574. Force India – Mercedes 315. Williams-Mercedes 186. Toro Rosso – Renault 137. Haas – Ferrari 88. Renault 69. Sauber – Ferrari 010. McLaren 0last_img read more

January 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgOSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon But he is even more elated with how his teammates stepped up to fill the void he left.“I’ve always had belief in everyone,” he told reporters in the din of celebration at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“They were tremendous, you know,” he said of his teammates, who finished off top-seeded TNT in six games, capped a 102-90 decision. “We needed all of that.”“Whether it was one second, one minute or big minutes—everyone filled a void,” he said. WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Norwood, Aussies looking forward to trouble-free friendly MANILA, Philippines—Marcio Lassiter is over the moon after San Miguel Beer’s latest championship.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lassiter hurt his left knee during the Beermen’s twice-to-win stand against NorthPort in the quarters. Shortly after his diagnosis—an MCL sprain—he was ruled out for six weeks, including the Finals.The void he left looked even more gaping as his marksmanship shooting was sorely missed against a team that lived—and died—by the three.The three-pointer emerged as a weapon of choice that shaped the race-to-four series. San Miguel and TNT split the first two games all thanks to their long-distance shooting before the Beermen finally expanded their rotation and made the most out of Christian Standhardinger and Terrence Romeo.Lassiter, San Miguel’s premier sniper, heaped extra praise on Romeo, his younger teammate who he said greatly influenced the outcome of the series.“I’m proud of him, man. He played so well. He had some great moments for us, especially in our Game 5. He came in, especially in that second quarter, made a lot of points to kinda keep us in the game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Opencenter_img View comments ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? “Throughout this whole series, he was really a huge spark plug for us. He really put a stamp on [Game 6], too,” Lassiter said of Romeo, who that night was crowned Honda Finals Most Valuable Player.Lassiter said his knee injury did not dampen the joy he felt for his team’s success. “I’m still a part of it just as much as everyone else is. And it’s just a great honor to even be in this position,” he said.“It’s really a testament to how hard we work,” he added, stressing on how the Beermen climbed from the No. 7 seed to the top. Read Nextlast_img read more

January 15, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgÁlvaro Morata and Saúl Ñíguez scored a goal each in the second half to lift Atlético back to fourth place, the last qualification spot for the Champions League.Diego Simeone’s team had won only one of its last six league games.Tenth-place Osasuna had lost one of its last seven matches in the league.ATHLETIC STALLSAthletic Bilbao was held by Eibar to a 0-0 home draw in a match between two Basque Country teams.It was the second winless game in a row for sixth-place Athletic, which hadn’t been held scoreless in four straight league games.Eibar, sitting in 16th place, had lost four straight league matches.LEVANTE REBOUNDSA late winner by North Macedonia midfielder Enis Bardhi gave Levante a 2-1 win at Granada, ending the team’s two-game losing streak.Bardhi scored with a shot from outside the area in the 89th minute. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Barcelona was expected to file a formal complaint to the Spanish soccer federation over the non-call, which came after Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente appeared to pull down Gerard Piqué by his jersey in stoppage time.Neither the referee nor video review thought there was enough to award a penalty. Barcelona was especially upset because Real Sociedad’s first goal came on a penalty awarded in a similar situation after Sergio Busquets grabbed Llorente’s jersey in the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“The one on Gerard was clearer than mine,” Busquets said. “If the referee saw the first one, he had to see that one as well. I think he saw it, but didn’t want to make the call.”Spanish powerhouses Madrid and Barcelona will meet for the first time this season in a match postponed from October because of a separatist rally in the Catalan capital. Mills hits winner, Spurs outlast Suns in record-setting OT Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Barcelona’s Gerard Pique, center left, congratulates Lionel Messi after he served teammate Luis Suarez to score their side’s second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Sociedad and Barcelona, at Anoeta stadium, in San Sebastian, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)MADRID — A disputed decision not to award a late penalty may have cost Barcelona the Spanish league lead entering Wednesday’s “clásico” against Real Madrid.Barcelona was held to a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad on Saturday, giving Madrid a chance to go into the midweek match at Camp Nou Stadium with a two-point lead if it beats Valencia on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Taal volcano ejects smoke and ash, villagers flee02:24Taal Volcano now on Alert Level 4, thousands evacuated01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations View comments Barcelona recovered with two fast breakaways, one late in the first half and another soon after the break.Griezmann equalized in the 38th by flicking the ball past goalkeeper Álex Remiro from inside the area. Griezmann, who played nine seasons with Real Sociedad, didn’t celebrate his goal.“I have a lot of respect for those who have given me everything,” said Griezmann, who has scored three goals in his last five matches.Suárez put the visitors ahead in the 49th with a strike into the open net after a short pass by Messi.The hosts equalized in the 62nd with a close-range shot by striker Alexander Isak after Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen couldn’t fully clear a cross.Oyarzabal had also scored the last time Real Sociedad beat Barcelona, in a league match back in 2016.Barcelona had won seven straight matches against Real Sociedad in all competitions.Real Sociedad has won only one of its last five league matches. It had lost its last five league games against Barcelona.ATLÉTICO MOVES UPAtlético Madrid beat Osasuna 2-0 at home to end a three-match winless streak in the league. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday “We don’t know whether we will still be leaders or not, that’s out of our hands now,” Busquets said. “But we will enter the match with good momentum. We have been improving and we’ll be playing at home.”Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde didn’t rest any of his top players, using Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann in the attack. Messi didn’t play in the team’s Champions League match at Inter Milan on Tuesday.Barcelona, which had won nine of its last 10 league games, was outplayed during most of the match at Reale Arena. Fifth -place Sociedad creating most of the scoring chances and restrained Barcelona, which was in control for short periods of the game but couldn’t capitalize on its chances to seal the victory.“We are upset despite a draw against a team like Barcelona,” Real Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil said. “We did more than they did, we could have taken the three points.”Mikel Oyarzabal opened the scoring for the hosts by converting a 12th-minute penalty kick after Busquets was caught grabbing Llorente inside the area.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Levante moved to 11th, one point behind Granada.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

January 14, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgRecently, there were reports that the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) is considering taking serious sanctions against broadcasters which continually defy the rules for what is deemed responsible broadcasting of information during the elections period.Cleary, the country would want every broadcaster to act responsibly at all times, more especially during the elections period. World history is replete with the dire consequences of irresponsible broadcasting, therefore, in principle, the GNBA’s call for responsible utterances on the nation’s airwaves is sound. However, the manner in which the GNBA seemingly operated over the past three years raises suspicion on its real intent.Some time ago, the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, claimed that the Guyana GNBA is targeting broadcasting stations perceived to be anti-Government. He further accused the GNBA of engaging in censorship and for terrorizing broadcast entities it perceives of being unsympathetic towards the APNU/AFC Government.Mr Jagdeo’s position is similar to that of broadcasters who have been cited for broadcast infractions by the GNBA. Some have lamented a draconian approach that directly infringes on freedom of expression and the obligation to inform and educate viewers and listeners alike. This, in no way, suggests a right to broadcast libellous, discriminatory or inciting content.Broadcasters in question are well aware of this and have endeavoured to abide by the GNBA’s broadcast guidelines. However, aspects of the said guidelines are viewed as deliberate measures to aid in the enforcement of censorship. Mr Jagdeo also claimed that some station managers are questioned as to why they cannot find positive things to say about the Government.If that were the case, then it’s extremely worrying since it suggests that the GNBA is allegedly using its authority to force the broadcast of content favourable to the Government. If such actions are indeed meted out to broadcasters, then it becomes a direct assault on freedom of the press and freedom of expression. Therein lies danger since it becomes indicative of the Government seemingly using arms of the State to silence opposing views.In August of 1950, former USA President Harry S Truman said, “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear”.During the period 1964-1992, the then People’s National Congress (PNC) Government unleashed severe measures to stifle the voice of the then People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Opposition and others who opposed it. In the process and among other things, the importation of newsprint for Opposition-ran presses was banned.Some who raised their voices against the regime were beaten and/or incarcerated with some paying with their lives. That’s the terror that President Truman alluded to and the fear it precipitates into the mindsets of the citizenry.Following the rebirth of democracy in 1992 under the PPP/C Government, one would have felt that dark and shameful past was laid to rest. Unfortunately, fears of a growing dictatorship are now being rekindled allegedly aided by actions of the GNBA, as claimed.Noteworthy, the Broadcast Act was amended by the current APNU/AFC Government of which the PNC is the dominant party. One aspect is that broadcasters are mandated to provide one hour of broadcast time to facilitate Government programming under the guise of public service announcements.In principle, no broadcaster is against the airing of pertinent national messages that warn of natural disasters or outbreak of diseases or any other necessary information. However, they oppose the imposition of that hour for the broadcast of Government propaganda and that the choice of the timing can be dictated by the authority.When that is taken into consideration, along with the claim of some station managers being allegedly asked to broadcast content favourable to the Government, it appears that the GNBA is seemingly becoming a conduit for Government’s infringements on freedom of expression. Given that, GNBA’s discharging of its mandate in a consistent, professional and fair manner has unavoidably been questioned.The relevance of the question is within the context of the content of the State media broadcast arms. Aggrieved broadcasters, which have been cited for various infractions, are hard-pressed to see any consistency given some of what is being broadcast on the State media and the apparent free reign Government officials have through it.With that in mind, Mr Jagdeo’s claims of the GNBA’s attempts to censor some broadcast stations drive home that inherent fear as some sections of the media are reportedly in the process of being muzzled.The GNBA has denied the claims while stating it has recorded numerous broadcast infractions for the year so far. In addition, it would have also seized nine broadcast frequencies from three entities, including from a radio station owned and operated by the PPP.These, especially the latter, make it extremely difficult to dismiss the claims of censorship and possibly the terrorizing of broadcast entities. Within that said context, it also makes it difficult to take the GNBA at face value on its intent for responsible broadcast during the upcoming elections period.last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSanchez, a reserve infielder when last season started but the Pirates’ 25th NL batting champion when it ended, gets a big raise over the $342,000 he made last season. The Burbank High product sought $3.1million in salary arbitration while the Pirates offered $2.15 million. Given that Sanchez hit .344 and drove in 85 runs despite hitting only six homers, he appeared to have a good chance of winning an arbitration case that was to be argued Feb.8. Despite saying he wasn’t worried the club would downplay his accomplishments in the arbitration hearing, the 29- year-old Sanchez chose to settle. “You’ve got to have thick skin through this process and I don’t take anything personal,” said Sanchez, who led the NL with 53 doubles. “I understand what’s going to go on.” Caribbean Series: Tony Batista hit two home runs – the second an inside-the- parker – to lead the Dominican Republic’s Aguilas Cibaenas to a 9-0 victory over Mexico in the Caribbean Series. On Friday night in the tournament opener, Batista’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 18th inning gave the Dominican a 4-3 victory over Venezuela in the longest game in Caribbean Series history at 6hours, 13 minutes. National League batting champion Freddy Sanchez chose not to go to arbitration and agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract Saturday with the suddenly active Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates, who made almost no player moves for the first 3 months of their offseason, signed former Milwaukee All-Star reliever Dan Kolb to a minor-league deal. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

January 3, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgKasper Schmeichel has backed Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson following his ostrich outburst – claiming the 51-year-old is the best manager he’s ever played under.The Foxes chief has come in for criticism after shouting at a journalist – following the club’s 3-1 defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night.But goalkeeper Schmeichel claims he ‘quite enjoys’ watching the former Hull boss in action.“What happens outside our dressing room or our club doesn’t really take up too much conversation time,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “We know what’s going on. We have huge respect for our manager.“We’re happy he’s our manager and however he conducts himself is completely up to him.“I quite enjoy watching his press conferences. It’s no problem.“He’s got the full range, but you need that as a manager. You need to know when to shout and when to give a stern talking to someone, or when to put an arm round someone.“He’s the best manager I’ve ever played under, without question. His man-management skills in that respect are very good.”last_img read more

December 30, 2019 | |Post a Comment
first_img“I saw the pictures of the two girls and I was just stunned,” Medalia said. “I was thinking to myself, `How terrible to lose life at such a young age.’ So young, so beautiful – they had so much ahead of them.” Medalia said she doesn’t mean to compare the two dead girls or their families, but that their lives shared many similarities. She hopes her film will get people talking about the human toll of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, rather than examining it in military or political terms. Rachel was 17, just months away from entering her mandatory service with the Israeli Defense Force. She worked out vigorously each day, helped her single mom raise her younger brother and got good grades in school. A high-school senior, she had dark eyes and a mysterious, close-mouthed smile that hid a gap between her front teeth. In the documentary, she first appears on camera dancing, a shot mirrored seconds later by one of Ayat, dancing nearly the same moves at a similar function. Ayat lived four miles away from the girl she blew up, the seventh of 11 children. She, too, was a good student, staying up late to study for a test the night before she received her explosive belt. She was engaged to be married within three months and was fiercely outspoken about Israeli-Palestinian relations. Depending on the source, she was between 16 and 18 years old. “When an 18-year-old Palestinian girl is induced to blow herself up, and in the process kills a 17-year-old Israeli girl, the future itself is dying,” President Bush said at the time. “The future of the Palestinian people and the future of the Israeli people.” Rachel wasn’t thinking of politics when she died – she was just shopping for red pepper and cilantro. She was supposed to help her mother, Abigail, with the Sabbath meal when Ayat climbed out of a car. The bomber warned away some Palestinian women outside the market, walked to the door and detonated the bomb. “I say to the Arab rulers,” Ayat declares in her videotaped suicide statement, “enough sleeping, betrayal and failure to fulfill Palestine’s duty.” And so she took it upon herself to push the button, killing the security guard and the girl who looked so much like her. Police and coroners spent the rest of the night trying to figure out who was who. This was not the end Rachel had planned, her aunt said. Just three weeks before her niece’s death, Edna Levy visited her in Jerusalem for a joyous family reunion. “When she hugged me, she put both arms around my neck and said, `I want to be big and help people,’ Edna Levy said. “And she did. But not the way she wanted to.” 818-713-3738160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The two girls’ stories, which grabbed the world’s attention at the time, are back in the public conscience again. Tonight, HBO will air “To Die in Jerusalem,” a documentary that explores their lives, deaths and the families they left behind. “One wanted to kill, one wanted to live,” said Edna Levy, Rachel’s aunt. “They could have been good friends, they could have gone to school and studied together. But it wasn’t like that. It’s just so sad.” She watched Rachel grow up when the family came to America in search of a better life. They used to fly kites in Agoura Hills. Her niece loved it here and kept speaking English even after she and her parents moved back to Israel when she was 9. Filmmaker Hilla Medalia, who directed and produced the documentary, was drawn to the assassin and the victim for their similarities. Newsweek put the pair on the magazine’s cover a few weeks after they died together outside a Supersol market in the Kiryat Hayovel neighborhood of Jerusalem. At the time, Medalia, an Israeli studying film in the United States, was working on her master’s degree. She found herself captivated by Rachel and Ayat and decided to craft a documentary. In another world, Rachel Levy and Ayat Al-Akhras could have been friends. They were both young, dark-haired and pretty. Ayat wanted to be a journalist, Rachel liked photography. They lived close to one another and both enjoyed pop music. But Rachel, who grew up in Northridge, was Israeli. Ayat, who grew up in the Deheisheh Refugee Camp, was Palestinian. The first time they met, March 29, 2002, Ayat reached into her purse, punched a hidden button and murdered Rachel with a bomb. The pair died, along with a man, in a fiery, gruesome blast. last_img
December 29, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThen a stunning Roquefort called Le Vieux Berger. It was MAGNIFIQUE!! Five out of five, if you please. Washed down with some blanc plonk bought by Darren (out of his own money too!) and he was a happy Goughie.I had an early night, another busy one tomorrow and then it’s off to Marseille… talkSPORT’s Drivetime presenter Adrian Durham takes you behind the scenes as he meets an England star ahead of the big Euro 2016 kick off, and fills you in on the gossip from his daily show with Darren Gough…Breakfast this morning brought one of the highlights of Goughie’s trip so far: he managed to cook an egg perfectly to his own requirements. Well done mate. He’s articulate and intelligent, and dealt calmly with whatever questions came his way. In the main press conference before my interview he had answered a question on terrorism immediately after answering a question on the toy lion. He probably should have winced but Smalling didn’t even blink. Impressive. Remarkably the SAME reporter asked those back-to-back questions! Smalling was of the view that the relaxed atmosphere – he said the players were “enjoying each other’s company” – would help them on the field in their opener against Russia in Marseille on Saturday. Let’s hope he’s right. During the show I was amazed that there were England fans dismissing Wales’ chances of causing an upset in Lens next week. I can find no grounds for arrogance: Wales have an effective way of playing that they have been using consistently, and they have a world-class player. Can England boast the same? On top of that, Wales will raise their game massively. I’m not comfortable ahead of that match, as an England fan.Goughie started the day with food glory and ended the day on the same note: The Daily Cheese feature on Drive is a huge hit, and today after we visited Alain, aka Monsieur Fromage, at the Fromagerie in Chantilly, we tried two cheeses – one was a bland Brie that Darren awarded only one mark out of five. 5 Security was very much in evidence as you’d expect around the England team hotel, but the staff and players have been relaxed. Several members of the squad went out for a coffee at lunchtime in the main square in Chantilly, which is where we chatted with Roy Hodgson over dinner on Tuesday night.What do you know, we bumped into Roy again as he chatted to some locals on the High Street. The England party have an air of confidence striding around Chantilly. I like that, and I hope they are equally confident on the pitch once we get underway. Some back home seem to question whether it’s newsworthy that Roy Hodgson and some players popped out of their hotel for a coffee. These tired old news sceptics have no idea, and so they obviously missed the terror warning from the Foreign Office earlier this week, issued to those travelling to France. If you think the manager and players of England won’t be considered a target you are clueless. So their confidence and calm in the face of all that is admirable.My talkSPORT Drive show is in bed with the England squad this summer, we are getting closer than ever before, so it was fantastic to sit down for a few minutes with centre half Chris Smalling in the afternoon, and chat one-on-one.  5center_img 5 5 We then went wandering and saw Theo Walcott outside the England team hotel, staring at the entrance, desperately hoping someone would let him in. It didn’t happen. So I went to console him only to find out he was French, and loved Arsenal because of Thierry Henry, and happened to be wearing an Arsenal away shirt with Walcott 14 on the back. To make things even worse, this guy even thinks England have a great chance of winning the tournament. What’s French for loser? 5last_img read more