Six local-based players have been included in the Reggae Boyz’s final 23-man squad named last Friday to take part in the Copa America Centenario, which kicks off in the United States early next month.Montego Bay United’s Allan Ottey, Humble Lion’s Andrew Vanzie, Harbour View’s Rosario Harriott, Cavalier’s Chevonne Marsh and Portmore United’s pair of Damano Solomon and Michael Binns are the local players selected along with the 17 overseas-based players. Included among the overseas-based invitees are exciting winger Gareth McLeary and robust midfielder and captain Rudolph Austin.The rest of the squad reads. Duwayne Kerr (GK), Andre Blake (GK), Ryan Thompson (GK), Michael Hector, Wes Morgan, Dever Orgill, Clayton Donaldson, Gil Barnes, Jobi McAnuff, Je-Vaughn Watson, Lee Williamson, Simon Dawkins, Adrian Mariappa, Kemar Lawrence and Jermaine Taylor.The team to face Chile in a friendly match on Friday at 7 p.m. will also be selected from this squad. Blake, Austin and Morgan will not be available.The players and officials are scheduled to leave Jamaica next Tuesday for the Chile friendly.
Steven Adams scored 16 points and Russell Westbrook had eight points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the Thunder.Evan Fournier and Jonathon Simmons each scored 19 points and Aaron Gordon added 18 for Orlando, which lost its sixth straight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOklahoma City held Orlando to 43 points on 37 percent shooting in the second half.The Magic led 62-61 at halftime after shooting 56 percent and making 8 of 14 3-pointers before the break. Westbrook, George and Carmelo Anthony shot a combined 9 for 25 in the first half, but Adams kept the Thunder in the game with 15 points. LATEST STORIES View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UAAP Softball: Lady Falcons slip past Tigresses GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (13) shoots over Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier (10) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George scored 26 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic 112-105 on Monday night.George, who scored just five points on 1-for-14 shooting in a blowout loss to Golden State on Saturday, made 9 of 20 shots against the Magic and Frank Vogel, who was his coach when he played for the Indiana Pacers.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Thunder opened the second half with a 6-0 run. After the teams played evenly through much of the quarter, Oklahoma City closed with a 9-0 run to lead 84-75 heading into the fourth.A dunk by Gordon cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 105-101, but George hit a 3-pointer with about a minute remaining to make it a seven-point lead.TIP-INSMagic: Former Thunder G D.J. Augustin started for Orlando. … The Magic shot 70 percent in the first quarter and made 6 of 8 3-pointers. … Nikola Vucevic scored 15 points.Thunder: Alex Abrines got a monster stuff on a drive by Mario Hezonja in the second quarter. It was the shooting guard’s sixth block of the season. … The Thunder held the Magic to 15 points in the third quarter. … Westbrook finished with five fouls. He averages just over two fouls per game. … Westbrook fell one basket short of what would have been his 19th triple-double of the season and the 98th of his career. … Oklahoma City outrebounded Orlando 50-35.UP NEXT:The Magic host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City The Thunder visit the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Pocari’s leader Myla Pablo unloaded 12 points Jeannette Panaga and import Madeline Palmer each tallied nine points for the Lady Warriors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Perlas Spikers jelled well enough to inflict on the Cool Smashers their first defeat in two outings, disappointing the fans who were cheering for the league big-names like Alyssa Valdez, Michelle Gumabao and Jia Morado.Earlier, the High Flyers needed just three sets to spoil the debut of the Lady Warriors, 25-20, 25-19, 25-22, and register their second straight win.Import Tess Rountree led PayMaya with 18 points, 16 of them via kills, to send across a message to the league that the High Flyers are a force to be reckoned with.Jerrili Malabanan added nine markers while reinforcement delivered eight for PayMaya which downed Tacloban in the opener.“The players did better today compared to the first game,” said PayMaya coach Roger Gorayeb in Filipino. “We minimized our errors and our imports were very determined to prove their worth.”ADVERTISEMENT With the Cool Smashers holding an 11-7 lead, Bright, the 22-year-old from Orange Park, Florida, engineered a telling 8-0 run as the Perlas Spikers jumpstarted their campaign with a solid win against the title favorites in a match that was interrupted by thrice when lights at Peoples’ Coliseum went off.“I just tried to come back because I made a couple of errors and my teammates were very supportive of me so I told myself might as well go down swinging no matter what,” said Bright.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 crownAlmost eclipsed by the BanKo-Perlas win was PayMaya’s second straight triumph, beating defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force and propelling the High Flyers to the solo leadership.“I saw a side of my teammates that I didn’t see in practice,” said Bright who was a standout in Auburn University in the US NCAA. “Tonight we played cohesively and blended well in so short amount of time.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Houston’s Capela develops into pivotal player for Rockets 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments Lakia BrightOn an evening plagued by power outages in Tuguegarao City, BanKo-Perlas import Lakia Bright managed to shine against Creamline’s star-studded roster.Bright introduced herself to the country in a big way, scoring three of her 19 points late in the fifth set to help the Perlas Spikers score a come-from-behind 22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 17-25, 15-11 win in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference in Tuguegarao Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
The owner and chief herbalist of a Belgian-based traditional pharmaceutical company — Pharmapath, Joris Ghyssaert, has vowed to support Liberian traditional medicine to become reformed into products of acceptable international standard.Pharmapath is the producer of Phytexponent, herbal products that restart and improve the immune system.Phytexponent is widely used in Belgium and African countries, including Kenya, Zaire and South Africa to cure HIV/AIDS.The Belgian herbalist made the commitment when he gave a presentation on Phytexponent products during last Friday’s formal launch of the five-year plan on the National Traditional Medicine Policy and Strategy. He urged Liberian traditional herbalists to unite in order to develop a cohesive knowledge to share one intellectual property production company to have a standardized product.He admonished Liberian herbalists to continue to conduct research on plants, establish plant formulas, undertake clinical trials, produce raw materials on an organized farm and start treating locally in Liberia before branching out.“There are big opportunities for herbal medicine if done seriously,” Mr. Ghyssaert said.Dr. Nyaquoi K. Kargbo, the Registrar of the Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC), said the intent of their collaboration with the Belgian herbalist is aimed at helping the country to graduate into a general standardized formation for public consumption throughout the country.This, he indicated, would help in the reforming and integrating quality, accessible, equitable and sustainable traditional medicine in the healthcare service delivery system.When contacted via mobile phone yesterday, the Belgian herbalist reiterated his desire to assist the Liberian Government through the Division of Complementary Medicines of the Health Ministry.He stated that plans have been introduced for the partnership.According to the Division of Commentary Medicine of the Health Ministry, over 94 traditional medicines have been found to cure diverse illnesses and diseases, including Ebola.It may be recalled that the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Health finally launched a five-year plan on the usage of herbs (traditional/country medicine) in all health centers across the country. The program is a part of the country’s new health care system.The Health Ministry, through the Division of Complementary Medicine, the Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC), the Complementary Board and the Traditional Medicine Federation of Liberia (TRAMEDFOL) developed the plan, called the National Traditional Medicine Policy and Strategy. The plan will run from 2015-2019.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A former employee of ArcelorMittal Liberia, identified as Joseph T. Wee, was found dead last Thursday, April 21 at the Barnersville junction in Gardnersville.Wee, who was in his early 30s, was found with wounds on several parts of his body, including the ears, nose, mouth and eyes. His body was badly beaten with what was described as blunt force.Residents said Wee succumbed to the severe beating by an angry mob and afterwards, his body was placed in the middle of the road to appear as if was killed in an accident.During a search of his body, the forensic team from the Liberia National Police found a wallet containing L$160, an ATM card and an ArcelorMittal Liberia I.D. card.One of the deceased’s shoes was missing; and since there were no traces of blood where he was found, residents of the area assumed that it was highly likely that he might have been killed elsewhere and the body abandoned at Barnersville junction.Meanwhile, Hesta Baker-Pearson, Communications Director of ArcelorMittal Liberia, told the Daily Observer that Wee left the company in January 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Kean — along with his French teammate Blaise Matuidi and Brazilian Alex Sandro — had been targeted by monkey chants throughout the match, but they increased in intensity after the Italy international bagged his fourth Serie A strike of the season.The youngster celebrated with his hands outstretched on front of the Cagliari fans, drawing a barrage of racist abuse.World Cup winner Matuidi protested furiously at the stadium where he was targeted in January last year.Then the Sardinian club had apologised, but this time Kean was cast as the villain, with even fellow Italian international Bonucci saying that “the blame is 50-50”.“Moise shouldn’t have done that and the Curva (where the hardcore Cagliari fans stand) should not have reacted that way.”Afterwards Kean’s posted on Instagram that it was “the best way to respond to racism”.Kean’s agent Mino Raiola, who also manages Matuidi, said: “Nobody should justify racism in any way or form”.“A country like Italy should be leading on this. You cannot be racist and Italian.“I am with my players until the end. If in the team or the club there are people who are not willing to fight racism they should be leaving.”Allegri called for the culprits to be identified and banned for life, but agreed Kean “shouldn’t have celebrated in that manner”.“We’ve got the technology, if the authorities want to they can identity them. The problem is, they don’t really want to,” Allegri said.– ‘Problem under-estimated’ –Mauro Valeri, the head of Italy’s observatory on racism in football, believes there seems to be a reluctance to tackle the problem.“There were already incidents at Cagliari with (Ghanian Sulley) Muntari and Matuidi,” sociologist and writer Valeri told AFP.“It concerns a small group of people, the (club) president might decide to crack down and punish, as is done in England, but he chooses to defend his fans,” continued Valeri.“It’s easier to do that, to say that Cagliari is not a racist city, which nobody says anyway.”Bonucci’s reaction “totally underestimates the problem of racism,” added Valeri.Kean received support from players including fellow Italian international Mario Balotelli and England’s Raheem Sterling, who said of Bonucci’s comments: “All you can do now is laugh.”But there has been little support in Italy, with no comments from the federation or the Italian League, nor Cagliari or Juventus.Sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport estimated there were “a few isolated buu (monkey chants)”, while the Gazzetta dello Sport counted “more whistles than buus”.“The difference with other countries is that in Italy, this issue is never faced as a real problem,” said Valeri.“For many people it is not racism and nobody wants to take responsibility for tackling what is a cultural problem.“Even the anti-racist movements have never been interested in this problem.“In Italy, it is more serious to insult the mother, we still have the idea that you can go to the stadium and make monkey noises for an hour and a half, then you go home and you’re not racist.”In December, Inter Milan was punished with two games behind closed doors following sustained racist abuse of Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly.But this severe sanction is more the exception than the norm. Most often, clubs get away with a fine or a suspended stand closure.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kean — along with his French teammate Blaise Matuidi and Brazilian Alex Sandro — had been targeted by monkey chants throughout the match, but they increased in intensity after the Italy international bagged his fourth Serie A strike of the season.MILAN, Italy, Apr 3 – Juventus starlet Moise Kean has whipped up a storm by taking a stand when targeted by racist chanting during his team’s Serie A match against Cagliari on Tuesday, but his actions raised barely a murmur in Italy, where racist abuse has become a recurring problem which football authorities remain reluctant to tackle.Even Kean’s Juventus teammate Leonardo Bonucci and coach Massimiliano Allegri partly blamed the 19-year-old, born in Italy to Ivorian parents, for provoking Cagliari fans with his celebrations after scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win.
COURTS: His bid to withdraw sex-sting plea is denied, but he vows to continue to serve Idaho. By Charles Babington THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Idaho Sen. Larry Craig defiantly vowed to serve out his term in office Thursday despite losing a court attempt to rescind his guilty plea in a men’s room sex sting. “I have seen that it is possible for me to work here effectively,” Craig said in a written statement certain to disappoint fellow Republicans who have long urged him to step down. Craig had earlier announced that he would resign his seat by Sept. 30, but he had wavered when he went to court in hopes of withdrawing his plea. The third-term lawmaker issued his statement not long after Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter relayed word he has selected a replacement for Craig in the event of a resignation. “He is ready to act should we receive a letter of resignation,” said Jon Hanian, Otter’s spokesman in Boise, in what seemed like a calculated signal that home-state Republicans want Craig to surrender the seat he has held for 17 years. In his statement, Craig said he will not run for a new term next year. But in the meantime, he said: “I will continue my effort to clear my name in the Senate Ethics Committee – something that is not possible if I am not serving in the Senate.” The ethics committee has already signaled that it is reviewing the facts of Craig’s case, taking the step after the Senate Republican leadership requested it. Craig’s decision to stay and fight raises the strong possibility of public hearings – virtually certain to be televised live – centered on the issue of gay sex. “Because the defendant’s plea was accurate, voluntary and intelligent, and because the conviction is supported by the evidence ? the defendant’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea is denied,” Hennepin County Judge Charles Porter wrote of Craig’s attempt to rescind his plea. Craig’s lawyer, Billy Martin, issued a statement saying his client was considering whether to appeal the ruling. “We are, of course, disappointed with the ruling issued today,” Martin said in his statement. “Sen. Larry Craig maintains that he is innocent and there is insufficient evidence to support a finding that he is guilty. Thus, we renew our arguments that it is manifestly unjust to deny Sen. Craig’s request to withdraw his guilty plea. Sen. Craig continues his steadfast denial that any inappropriate behavior took place at the airport. “He is currently considering whether to appeal this decision. Throughout this trying time, Sen. Craig has remained a dedicated public servant and continues to serve the people of Idaho with honor and distinction, as he has done for the past 27 years,” Martin said. Craig shocked the Senate in late August when it was disclosed that he had quietly pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct after being arrested by an undercover police officer. The officer said Craig had exhibited behavior consistent with seeking a sexual encounter in a men’s room at the Minneapolis airport. Craig said he had panicked when arrested, and admitted guilt because an Idaho newspaper had been aggressively investigating allegations that he was gay. Emphatically denying that was the case, Craig hired lawyers and announced plans to seek the withdrawal of the plea. “I am extremely disappointed with the ruling issued today,” he said in his written statement. “I am innocent of the charges against me.” Craig added that over five terms in the House and three in the Senate, “I have accumulated seniority and important committee assignments that are valuable to Idaho.” He did not mention that at the request of the leadership, he relinquished the senior Republican posts on his committees. Craig says his actions in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport bathroom June 11 were misconstrued by the police officer who arrested him. The officer said Craig had looked into his bathroom stall, and tapped his foot and moved his hand under the divider in a way that suggested he was looking for a sexual partner. Craig denied that in an interview with the officer after his arrest. But he pleaded guilty on Aug. 8. He later said he “panicked” in entering his plea, believing that it would keep the matter quiet. The Idaho Statesman had been holding back an article on rumors about his sexuality, and Craig said in court papers that he feared the arrest would trigger the story. Porter rejected that as a good reason to withdraw the plea. Any pressure Craig was under “was entirely perceived by the defendant and was not a result of any action by the police, the prosecutor, or the court,” he said. Minnesota law allows a plea to be withdrawn if a “manifest injustice” occurs, but leaves it to judges to define that. Porter ruled that none occurred in Craig’s case. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Craig’s closest ally in the Senate, said Craig “has the right to pursue his legal options as does any citizen, and I support his effort. I look forward to serving with him as we continue to work on issues important to Idaho.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Lindsay Lohan does not want her upcoming deposition regarding an auto accident lawsuit videotaped and hopes to keep what she says sealed from the public, according to court papers obtained today. Bus boy Raymundo Ortega of Los Angeles filed a negligence suit against the young star on June 14. Ortega alleges she had been drinking when she hit his van in West Hollywood, and he is seeking at least $200,000 in damages. However, in her four-page countersuit filed Oct. 11, Lohan maintains Ortega and an unspecified number of defendants she will name later were “negligent in the ownership, operation, repairs and maintenance” of his van. In additional court papers filed Friday, Lohan’s lawyers seek an order preventing Lohan’s scheduled Dec. 3 deposition by Ortega’s lawyers from being videotaped. If that request is denied, Lohan’s lawyers are asking that the videotape be sealed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The motion also asks that deposition testimony and written responses from other witnesses in the case also not be made available to the public. The coverage of a “mundane” pretrial hearing on Sept. 11 involving a motion by Lohan’s lawyers to have the case dismissed demonstrates the level of media interest in the case and the need to protect the actress, her court papers state. “The court should act to prevent such an unwarranted invasion of (Lohan’s) privacy, especially where the nature of the allegations … are so inflammatory …,” her court papers state. On Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael L. Stern denied a motion by Lohan’s attorneys for an immediate ruling on the videotaping issue, which he said he would consider on Nov. 28. In a similar motion, singer Britney Spears on Friday won a court order preventing her upcoming deposition by ex-husband Kevin Federline’s lawyers in their child custody litigation from being videotaped. The collision between Lohan’s black Mercedes-Benz SL65 — worth about $200,000, according to Ortega’s court papers — and the van occurred about 5 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2005, on Robertson Boulevard, just south of Beverly Boulevard, according to Ortega’s lawsuit. Ortega alleges the actress, then 19, was looking over her shoulder instead of watching the road because she had been sensitive to paparazzi and often drove recklessly after a May 2005 accident in which a photographer rammed her car. In her countersuit, Lohan is asking for more than $75,000 in damage for the repair of her car and the cost of renting other vehicles. The CHP report states that Ortega was at fault for making an illegal U- turn. The drunken driving allegation is untrue and not supported by the CHP report, her court papers maintain. —————————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
INSPIRATION ALLI“It’s massive – getting to come out here and see all the kids; see how much they’re enjoying themselves,” Dele Alli says of his visit to Access Sport’s BMX project in Peckham. “It’s so important when you’re young: getting into a sport or a hobby you enjoy, and really taking part in it. I can see all the kids are doing that here.”Ahead of Euro 2016, England footballers are leading a campaign between the England Footballers Foundation and The Supporters Club to inspire the public to support local sports projects. Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling are also trying challenges outside of their comfort zones.For Alli, it meant pitting his biking skills against British BMX star Tre Whyte. Cahill visited Change Foundation to play blind cricket, while Smalling teamed up with Sale Sharks’ Mark Cueto in a challenge to find the best kicker. A documentary on BT Sport Europe on Saturday June 4 (7.30pm) will recount their efforts. Dele Alli on his rise from MK to Marseille ahead of Euro 2016 kick-off This interview appears in the latest edition of Sport magazine, the brilliant free weekly publication. Their Facebook page is here, they’re on Twitter @SportMagUK and you can download the FREE iPad app here.Momentary panic grips Sport as we watch England’s most exciting breakthrough talent of the past year plonk himself on a bike at Peckham BMX Club in south London. We get unusually worried about things like ‘metatarsals’ in the build-up to a major international tournament, you see.We have this vision of a smiling Dele Alli pedalling furiously up a ramp, leaping 15 parked cars and sailing through the air with one hand on the handlebars, one hand waving to the people below. Could we bear to watch such a stunt?Fortunately, our nightmare scenario does not play out in real life. For a start, Alli is being reined in to more low-risk fun such as limboing under a pole on his BMX (he proves remarkably adept at it).Also, he’s here in aid of a worthy cause: a campaign by the England Footballers Foundation and BT Sport’s charitable initiative, The Supporters Club, to encourage the public to support their local sports projects. Could we really resent this event when Sport can see how much it means to the awe-struck kids on their bikes, perched wheel-to-wheel alongside Alli? (Answer: yes we can – stay away from his metatarsals, you little toerags.)For these kids, BMXing is a youthful passion. But for the now 20-year-old Alli, that was football. “It was massive for me,” says Alli when we ask what sport meant to him as a lad. “Where I grew up, football sort of helped keep me out of trouble. I was able to have fun, stay fit – meet lots of different people and make friends.”Alli joined Milton Keynes Dons’ academy at 11. He had two heroes. “Steven Gerrard – for his passion,” Alli explains. “You could see how much he loved the game, plus the goals he scored in big matches. That was the thing with him: how much he wanted to win every single game, which is important if you want to make it in the Premier League.“Also Ronaldinho was just… I think everyone can see why you would love Ronaldinho. The flair he had. He was just an entertainer.” Which did he try to copy in the playground? “Both – which was hard!” 5 5 5 STARTING SLOTEach Tottenham player in the England squad is a potential starter for the nation’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia in just over a week. Alli shakes his head gently when we ask about the prospect of making his major tournament debut for England in Marseille just a few months after his 20th birthday.“The first World Cup I remember, I was walking down my street and everyone had their England flags out the window,” recalls Alli. “I had my little England facepaint on, my England shirt and my England hat on. I still remember that: walking down the street and seeing all of the flags out the window and thinking about how much I’d love to play in a tournament for England.“Whoever Roy picks, I’m sure he’ll select a really strong team. There’s a lot of great English players in the Premier League, so it would be a dream come true for me to get picked – but the hard work won’t stop there. If I get picked to play, I’ll just go out and put in a shift and do what I can for the team and for the country.Alli’s conversation is peppered with phrases such as “hard work” and “put in a shift”. It’s as if he relishes the graft and covering ground nearly as much as he loves a cheeky nutmeg (well, almost).As Alli looks over the concrete undulations of the BMX track, we wonder if this is the kind of place he’d have been hanging out if the football pitch hadn’t dominated his young life. “Yeah, I did like BMXing a little bit when I was younger,” he says. “And basketball. I enjoyed that, too.”Has he not tried his hand at the footballer’s favourite – golf?“I tried last summer, but it didn’t go too well. I just ran out of time. I might try again next summer.” Ran out of time? We’re nonplussed, but suggest that it’s better than running out of golf balls. The rapid-fire laughter returns. “I ran out of both, to be fair…”Fortunately, on the football pitch, Alli has plenty of both: time and balls. The hope is that the boy forged in League One will become England’s key man at Euro 2016.A short film featuring Dele Alli’s visit to the Access Sport charity will air in June on BT Sport 5 ENGLAND’S HONOURIt was only a month earlier, in October, that Alli was first called up to the full England squad. “I was in Monaco for the Europa League,” says Alli. “Just after training, he [Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino] called me over and asked me if I wanted to play for the under-19s for England, because the fixtures were coming up.“At the time, I didn’t think I could play for the under-19s, because I’d been playing for the under-21s, but I said: ‘Yes, it’s an honour to play for your country, whatever age group it is.’“So I was happy to go and play for them if I could. He looked at me and then said he’d just spoke to the manager over here [Roy Hodgson] and he thinks I’m going away with the first team. Then the next day, the squad was announced! So it was a strange moment. But I had the game against Monaco, so I didn’t want to think about it too much.”We thought it was just Alli and his bromantic buddy Eric Dier who enjoyed winding each other up. But clearly Pochettino gets in on the act too. On the subject of England boss Hodgson, however, the advice he has given to Alli is to bring his natural game to the national team.“He has just told me to go out there and play how I know I can play,” says Alli. “It’s not going to be easy to keep a place in the team, so I’m going to have to fight for it – which is a given if you’re playing for your country, because there’s so much competition. But he’s a great manager. Since the first time I met him, you could see how passionate he is about the country and about football.”The presence of so many Tottenham teammates in the squad has also helped Alli settle in. He and Dier are joined by Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose.“It makes it easier for you when you’re coming in,” says Alli. “I remember Harry Kane, the first time we went to [training ground] Carrington together, he sort of introduced me to all the England staff. At the time I think I was only 18 and it was quite daunting, so that helped. But it’s always great to play with them.“We all get on well, we all like to play in the same way, which I think is important. They really buy into the philosophy of the club and of the country as well, so I think it’s massive if you go away and bring that [club-fostered] chemistry with you.” SILK AND STEELAlli’s answers are often accompanied by a grin and a short burst of laughter. He seems wonderfully unaffected by his burgeoning stardom, yet you can see the twin influences of that pair of players on the way he plays. He has a wide box of tricks, from his penchant for a nutmeg to that chip-turn-volley goal for Tottenham against Crystal Palace.He has brought steel as well as silk to the midfields of Tottenham and England over the past year. Alli is combative – and, yes, we all understand that needs to be kept in check – but fire and hunger have been a major part of his meteoric rise.Alli didn’t emerge from a cosseted big club academy. For him, playing in League One wasn’t part of a short-term loan deal – it was the bread and butter of professional life. And he ate it up.“It helped me mentally,” says Alli on the benefit of playing three years of third tier football at MK Dons. “There’s a lot of competitiveness, a lot of ups and downs. When you come into the Premier League, not everything is going to go your way – and I think playing with grown men and being in that league gave me experience of that. It gave me the mental strength to push on.”Just over a year ago, Alli was helping MK Dons secure promotion to the Championship with a 5-1 win over Yeovil Town. When he started pre-season with Tottenham this year, was it in his mind at all that he might be part of England’s Euro 2016 plans?“I can’t say it was, to be honest with you,” says Alli, brightly. “It’s all happened quickly and I’ve got a lot of people to thank for it. But I just want to keep working hard and not get carried away with myself.”Of his astonishing past 12 months, he says: “There’s a few memories that stand out. Last year, when we got promoted at MK – that was a dream come true for me. Growing up in MK and being an MK boy, I can’t thank the club enough for how they helped me; the platform they gave me and the support they gave me as a club.“On a personal level, I got the goal at Wembley for England as well – that was great. And just every single time I pull on a Tottenham shirt feels like a massive achievement for me.”That Wembley goal Alli refers to was his corker in a friendly against France last November (pictured above, right), which England won 2-0.“It’s all a bit of a blur – I don’t remember the deflection, that’s for sure…” Alli says with a grin when asked what he recalls about it. “I went into a 50/50 and I saw the space open up. The ball ran to [Wayne] Rooney, thankfully he put in a great pass to me – and as soon as he did, I knew what I wanted to do; that I was hitting it. I caught it cleanly and it went in.” 5
SLIMMING WORLD: Settling down and starting a family changes your life in many ways, most of which you’re thrilled about. But gaining weight is one potential side-effect that’s definitely not welcome.Some slimmers date their struggle with weight to the start of a serious relationship. Others find that pregnancy, and the demands of a young family are the cue for the pounds to pile on. Older children can thwart your healthy-eating intentions in dozens of ways too, like wanting a permanent stock of sweets and biscuits, refusing to eat anything but chips and pizza, or leaving half their meals so that you feel obliged to ‘tidy them up’!Given all these potential obstacles, is it really possible to reach your slim goal and cater for a family at the same time? Absolutely, say slimmers who have done just that. The key is to make sure that your slimming campaign works with family life, not against it – and that’s where the unique family-friendly qualities of Food Optimising come in.The good news is that Food Optimising is healthy for you and the family; meals are based on rice, potatoes, pasta, lean meat, fish, with plenty of fruit and veg, all of which are important to everyone’s health.It’s fine for children aged five and over to eat the same healthy meals as you do. Younger children, especially under-twos, should not have reduced-fat dairy foods: give them full-fat yogurts, spreads, milk and fromage frais. As children’s stomachs are quite small, too much high-fibre food may fill them up without providing them with all the nutrients they need, so don’t give them high-bran cereals, crispbreads and so on.As with adults, depriving children of their favourite treats like sweets and crisps can be counter-productive. But do try to avoid giving them sugary, salty or fatty snacks every day and always have lots of healthy alternatives on offer. Every week in groups across the county we help our members and their families Food Optimise their way to a happier, healthier future if you’d like to get more details on our groups check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/slimmingworldindonegal/ for details of your nearest groupsSlimming World: Feed the family and still lose weight! was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:familyFeaturesnewsSlimming Worldweight