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Arfield pens new Burnley deal

first_img The 25-year-old Scot, who had one year left on his remaining deal, has extended his stay at Turf Moor until the summer of 2017 after helping Burnley win promotion to the Barclays Premier League last season. Arfield said: “I’m delighted to have extended my deal with the club as this is where I want to be playing my football under this management. Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield has signed a new three-year contract with the club. Press Associationcenter_img “We had a great year last season and this is a club is going in the right direction so I’m made up to be a part of that. “I felt like I was getting back to my best last season and a massive factor behind that was because I was enjoying my football and I felt I could go out and express myself.” Arfield started out at Falkirk before joining Huddersfield for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2010. He moved on to Burnley on a free transfer last summer and made 49 appearances in all competitions for Sean Dyche’s side, scoring nine goals. Arfield added: “We’ve got a great bunch of lads and there is a real togetherness in the squad, with everyone pulling in the same direction. “Obviously it is going to be a tough season ahead but if we stick together and work as hard as we did last year then I think we can have a successful season.” last_img read more

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Flamini puts Fab friendship on ice

first_img Fabregas, now 27, came of age at Arsenal, having arrived as a raw teenager from Barcelona, before returning to his boyhood club for £30million in August 2011. The Gunners, though, passed up on the opportunity to sign him back earlier in the summer, with the Spain midfielder instead joining Chelsea ahead of the World Cup. Flamini – who rejoined Arsenal during August 2013 having left for AC Milan in 2008 – was a team-mate of Fabregas for several seasons, including the 2006 Champions League final defeat to Barcelona in Paris. The pair are now living nearby each other again in north London, but that will not stop 30-year-old Flamini giving his all to limit the impact of his neighbour when the whistle blows on Sunday afternoon. “We are really close friends. It is a special game for me to play against him,” said Flamini. “I stay in touch with him all the time. We live next to each other. “He is someone I really appreciate on the pitch, not just because he is a good player, but he is a top guy off the pitch as well. “Football is our lives, but also we have a life outside the pitch also. “He shows the right mentality and works for the team. He is certainly going to be one of the (Chelsea) players to be careful about on Sunday.” Flamini added: “When we were together here, we had a great partnership on the pitch. He was more offensive and I was more defensive, working hard for him. Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is ready to put his close friendship with Cesc Fabregas on hold for 90 minutes to help beat Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. “The difference on Sunday is that I will probably mark him and that will not be easy – first of all because he is a good player, but also because he is a friend. “Now after going to Italy, I have learned a lot tactically and obviously gained experience, so I am trying to play more with my head and more quality.” Gunners manager Arsene Wenger believes the pair’s friendship will make Flamini even more determined to turn in an strong midfield display. “Mathieu has matured tactically and is a good friend of Cesc. They were always together, so there is that kind of pride that comes in when two friends play against each other, that will make him keen to stop him,” Wenger said. Wenger insists there should be no hard feelings between Fabregas and the club, despite not deciding to renew their partnership. “We had bought Ozil for £40m the year before, in the same position,” he said. “Fabregas was here once and for all. He decided to leave. When a player of those characteristics decides to leave, you buy somebody else. That is what we did. “Why should we again buy somebody else who has already been replaced by somebody else?” The Gunners boss added: ” If you have Fabregas deep, from where he can give long balls, you need people around him who defend as well – we have Ozil, we have Cazorla, we have Ramsey, we have Wilshere. None of them are defensive midfielders. “If you tell me you add some more who do not defend well, what do you do?” Wenger accepts Chelsea are “one of the favourites” for the title and “have the best numbers until now”. However, the Arsenal manager added: “Every team has its difficult at some stage during the season, every team.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Fear factor fuels Lambert

first_img Press Association Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert admits fear is a big spur in making him a better manager. “Aye, train without goalkeepers,” Lambert joked when asked if Villa could do anything differently to end their goalless run. “We do finishing and crossing every day. You can’t put everything on Christian (Benteke)’s doorstep as he’s just coming back and he’s getting better every game. “There are goalscorers here. We will score. We have to get the creativity firing, but we’re doing everything we can. “Once a player is over the line they are the ones who play the game.” Monday’s 2-0 defeat at QPR put more pressure on Lambert from fans but he insisted he relishes the challenge. He said: “I know what the game is like. I have never felt comfortable as a manager. I always live in fear. That’s what I like. I was like that as a player. It’s professionalism, nothing other than your own professionalism. “I’ve been in this position loads of times, even as a player. But you can’t wilt under the pressure. “I’m not one to sit on my backside doing nothing. It’s not about monetary things or anything like that, I just want to do my best for this football club. I want to drive it on. I’m not one for sitting comfortably, never. “I enjoy living on the edge. There are two ways of going about it – you can come in fighting or wilt and I’m never going to do that. I was never like that as a player so I won’t do that now. I love being here and want to do my best. I know the expectancy level of it. “If you live under fear you perform better. Criticism is part of the game, if you’re not getting criticised or praised then people are not talking about you so you may as well get one of the two.” Villa have not scored in 531 minutes since Gabriel Agbonlahor’s winner in their 1-0 victory at Liverpool in September. They are the lowest scorers in all four divisions but Lambert is adamant the goals will come. The Scot has come under fire after Villa’s run of five straight defeats without scoring ahead of the visit of Tottenham on Sunday. Lambert signed a new four-year contract in September but has not seen his side win in the Barclays Premier League since. last_img read more

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Ki unlocks Rangers’ defence

first_img Rangers defended resiliently for 78 minutes before Swansea’s top goalscorer Wilfried Bony turned provider and set up the South Korean midfielder for his first Liberty goal, a sweet strike past the previously unbeatable Rob Green. The goalkeeper had made several excellent stops to keep the scores level but he was beaten again four minutes later when substitute Nathan Dyer set up Rangers old boy Wayne Routledge from just outside the area. Harry Redknapp showed all his vast experience to set up a Rangers side to frustrate confident Swansea and as the game went into the final quarter it looked as if they might collect the point necessary to escape the bottom three. But Ki’s angled drive off Green’s far post and Routledge’s third goal of the season added to Rangers’ travel sickness which has failed to see them acquire an away point since their promotion. Rangers had conceded nine goals in their previous two games against Swansea and they might have feared another beating after Niko Krancjar had failed to keep his inviting first-minute free-kick down. Swansea were slick in possession and determined to stretch the Rangers defence by getting their widemen Wayne Routledge and Jefferson Montero into the game. Bony’s obvious confidence was also reflected in third minute when he slipped Steven Caulker and put Routledge through on goal but Green was quick off his line to smother. Green made another superb stop when Kyle Bartley was left unmarked from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s eighth-minute corner and Bony fired over when a poor Rangers clearance fell at his feet. Rangers were almost the architects of their own downfall again when Karl Henry lost possession for Montero to cross and Routledge to volley, Yun Suk-young bravely blocking the goalbound effort. Montero was keen to test his Rangers marker Nedum Onuoha at every opportunity and he started another free-flowing move which ended with Neil Taylor squaring to Sigurdsson and the Icelandic international’s shot squirming wide courtesy of a Joey Barton deflection. Press Association Swansea moved into the top six of the Barclays Premier League after Ki Sung-yueng finally unlocked QPR’s defence to win 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea came closest to breaking the deadlock after 37 minutes when Barton was booked for bringing down Routledge and Sigurdsson curled the free-kick around the Rangers wall. Green dived to his left to keep the shot out with television replays showing how close the ball was to crossing the line, only fractions preventing Swansea from taking the lead. But having dominated the first half there was almost a nasty sting in the tail for Swansea when Krancjar crossed for Leroy Fer to steal into the box, but his header was sent straight at Lukasz Fabianski on his goal-line. The first-half pattern of Swansea creating chances but failing to take them continued within three minutes of the restart when Sigurdsson slipped Bony through, but Dunne raced back to block and the ball ended up on the roof of the Rangers’ net. Ashley Williams had to react smartly to stop Eduardo Vargas reaching a loose ball on the edge of the area and Swansea had to stay patient to work their way through a committed Rangers rearguard. Rangers were relieved when Green flapped at Montero’s cross and no Swansea player gambled in the six-yard box, Yun allowed to scramble the ball to safety. Swansea were really pushing forward now and Bony should have scored when Leon Britton and Routledge combined, but his finish was weak and straight at Green. Moments later Bony connected far better with Montero’s centre but Green made an excellent stop low at his near post. Rangers got some brief respite when Fer found some space in a crowded penalty area but Bony, of all people, was back in his own six-yard box to deflect the shot over bar. But their resolute defending was to count for nothing as Swansea finally broke through in the final 12 minutes and Bony was close to adding a third in stoppage time when he struck a post. last_img read more

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Sherwood: Agbonlahor key for Villa

first_imgTim Sherwood has called on Gabriel Agbonlahor to repeat his derby heroics and insisted he is crucial to Aston Villa’s survival bid. The forward scored just his fourth goal of the season in Villa’s 2-1 win over West Brom on Tuesday, which lifted them out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. They face the Baggies at Villa Park again on Saturday in the FA Cup quarter-final following Christian Benteke’s last-minute penalty winner. Press Association “He’s had a lot of games now, a lot of experience, and I’m saying: ‘Just go out there and play where you think you can hurt them, you take up positions’. “I brought Sandro back into the team (last season) to sit in that pivot, everyone else went forward. We had three defenders to look after the counter-threat of Agbonlahor.” Sherwood is without the suspended Alan Hutton but could welcome back Ron Vlaar after a calf problem, with the skipper being assessed. Aly Cissokho, Kieran Richardson and Nathan Baker are out but Sherwood will take a repeat of Tuesday’s drama against the Baggies. He added: “If I knew the outcome of the script, I would have taken that, win 2-1, local derby, 94th minute, two strikers scoring, blooding a young kid (Jack Grealish) for 35 minutes – the longest he’s played on the pitch – I don’t think I could have dreamt it up.” Agbonlahor has been criticised for inconsistent performances in recent years but Sherwood believes he can now be Villa’s trump card. He said: “It’s about this time when Gabby normally comes out and starts keeping this team in the league. “I had a lot of chats with him, a lot of chats with Christian and every player. The strike partnership outside the top six, they’ve got to be the best two. “But on paper doesn’t make any difference, you have to go and prove it and go and do it. “It shouldn’t be ignored and I think it was appreciated by the fans the other night, they were singing his name, you can’t imagine how much players grow from that. I’ve managed one of the hottest strikers in English football at the moment, Harry Kane, he had to win over those Tottenham fans.” Sherwood wants to tap into Agbonlahor, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer with 70, and admitted he made special plans to combat the 28-year-old while Tottenham boss last season. “Absolutely,” he said, when asked whether he identified Agbonlahor as key to Villa. “Every game I’ve told him to play on the shoulder and look to get in behind, because once he gets in behind you he’s very quick and hard to stop. last_img read more

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Celtic sign Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett on season long loan

first_img The England Under-21 cap was introduced to the home support at the interval to a rousing cheer and was photographed in traditional style, holding a Celtic scarf aloft. Blackett, who has played once for England Under-21s, signed his first professional deal with United three years ago and had loan spells with Blackpool and Birmingham in the 2013/14 season. He made 12 appearances for United last term but finds himself behind the likes of Chris Smalling, Daley Blind and Marcus Rojo in the pecking order at Old Trafford. The 21-year-old defender has previously had loan spells at Blackpool and Birmingham and could be a replacement for Virgil van Dijk, linked heavily with a move to Southampton. The announcement was made on the Parkhead club’s website during their Ladbrokes Premiership game with St Johnstone. Celtic have announced the signing of Tyler Blackett on a season long loan from Manchester United.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Jack McGrath: Short turnaround for Romania is just the way the chips fell

first_img Leinster loosehead McGrath is confident he could play two World Cup Tests in four days, especially with the week’s break that would then follow. “Absolutely,” said McGrath when quizzed on whether he could turn out twice in quick succession. “If they can back up the two games then they have a nine-day turnaround after that, so if you can play two games in four or five days and have a bit of a rest after that it’s not the end of the world. “If it was just another four days after that it would be a bit unfair but it’s just the way it happened and that’s it.” Jack McGrath does not believe Romania will be heavily disadvantaged by facing Ireland just four days after taking on France at the World Cup. Japan will face Scotland on Wednesday, just four days after shocking the world to beat South Africa – though the Scots then have a four-day gap themselves before taking on the USA. “That’s just the way the rankings and the seedings have gone and there’s not a whole lot we can do about that,” said Ireland prop McGrath on Romania’s schedule. “All we can do is give them the respect they deserve, turn up and then give them a good game. “It’s just the way the chips fell and there’s not a lot we can do about it. “Japan just beat South Africa, so I wouldn’t say that’s getting stung. “We’ll see tomorrow how they get on (against Scotland). “You only get stung if you lose the game. “So it’s a long way to go in the World Cup.” Romania open their Pool D challenge against France at London’s Olympic Stadium on Wednesday night, before facing Ireland at Wembley on Sunday. Governing body World Rugby has been criticised for allowing differing recovery times for teams across the World Cup again, despite working to level out any disparity. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino backs his young Tottenham squad to deliver

first_img Spurs’ young stars like Dele Alli and Eric Dier have flourished under Pochettino this season while the club is making strides off the pitch too, with revised plans for their new stadium receiving council approval this week. It suggests Tottenham’s long-term future is bright but there is an opportunity in the short-term too as Pochettino’s side look to take advantage of teams faltering at the top by finally securing a place in the top four. Press Association Their momentum took a knock, however, with last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at home to Newcastle, ending a 14-match unbeaten run in the league, and Pochettino admits his starlets must mature if they are to achieve success this season. “It is difficult to be consistent when you start,” Pochettino said. “At Tottenham after 18 months we have put the basis for sure in the future to win some titles. We are sure because the basis is very strong. “We have a very young squad that can only improve for the future. We only need time. “We have the youngest team in the Premier League so sometimes we have to expect that we have bad days, like we had Sunday. “It is important to analyse and say, ‘hey, we need to learn about that and move on quick’ because football doesn’t wait for you. “We take a risk to have a younger player in the squad so we need to help them a lot. That is important to be consistent. “We have been consistent from the beginning but different moments will be tough for them and now they need to have the tools to move forward.” Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham have already laid the foundations to win titles in the future but says his young side must grow up fast if they are to reach their full potential. Tottenham’s greatest chance arguably comes from the demise of Chelsea, who sit 16th in the table, 11 points behind Spurs and 14 from the Champions League spots. Jose Mourinho’s departure on Thursday might yet revitalise the Blues but Pochettino points to the team’s dramatic downfall as an example to his players of how quickly fortunes can change. “Football is present, it’s a good lesson for all of us what happened yesterday,” Pochettino said. “You need to focus on the present and try to work hard to try to avoid different things because it’s difficult to guess what will happen in months or weeks.” Spurs visit Southampton on Saturday, hoping to close a three-point gap on Manchester United and bounce back from the shock loss against Newcastle. Saints are winless in five matches and Tottenham can make up ground in the coming weeks with fixtures against Norwich and Watford next up over the Christmas period. “I think we need to learn about the last game that it is impossible to have the two faces we show,” Pochettino said. “The players feel the same as me and are disappointed too. The first half was fantastic and second half wasn’t in the way we want to play. “It was hard for us as the expectation was big and we missed the opportunity to stay in the top four but we have a young squad and need to learn about that. “We expect a very tough game as Southampton have one of the best squads in the Premier League and a very good manger and St Mary’s push the people and supporters, but we are ready to compete. “Our objective is to win the three points and try to recover our feeling and performance.” last_img read more

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Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill Explains how to Kill and Eat Iguanas

first_imgFlorida officials are encouraging residents to kill iguanas in your yard.They recently declared open season on the lizards.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation says homeowners don’t need a permit to kill iguanas on their own property, or on public land in South Florida.Officials say the iguana population is out of control and is causing erosion and degradation to infrastructure.Wildlife experts like Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill also say iguanas make for good eating…kind of like chicken of the trees.Lots of recipes on the internet for the googling. Think of the environmental benefits from eating locally-sourced meat.Florida iguana population explodes and residents are urged to ‘kill’ – ABC News https://t.co/x3vPq71dew— Cappy (@capseyes_cappy) July 2, 2019last_img read more

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UPDATED: PBC Cases at 333, Broward 838; Delray, PB Issue Stay-at-Home

first_imgFlorida currently has 4,246 coronavirus cases with 56 deaths, according to the Health Department’s 11 a.m. Sunday update, which is the latest.Palm Beach County has 333 confirmed cases and six deaths, while Broward has 838 cases and 11 deaths.Miami-Dade has the most cases in the state, at 1,192, and three fatalities.Meanwhile, the City of Delray Beach and the Town of Palm Beach on Saturday became the county’s second and third municipalities to issue stay-at-home orders, joining Boca Raton, and the first to add curfews.COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/28/20: The Town of Palm Beach Chief of Police has issued Emergency Order No. 2020-01, urging residents of the Town to “Shelter in Place”. Residents and visitors may continue to engage in travel to and from critical retail and… https://t.co/RcC2iKb5P8— Town of Palm Beach (@townpalmbeach) March 28, 2020Delray Beach’s stay-at-home order, which takes effect Monday, includes a curfew restricting residents to their residences each night from midnight to 6 a.m. Palm Beach’s curfew extends from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.Delray Beach Issues Stay At Home Order, Overnight Curfew, effective Monday, March 30th at 12:01 a.m.PRESS RELEASE: https://t.co/MzgIJecCET pic.twitter.com/cHLgTtoyxH— City of Delray Beach (@citydelraybeach) March 28, 2020Stay with 850 WFTL on-air and online for the latest developments on the coronavirus.last_img read more

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