Transfer: Onyekuru Set to Seal Bayern Munich Switch

first_imgReports in several media outlets in Turkey yesterday have indicated that Nigeria’s exciting forward, Henry Onyekuru, is set to complete a permanent transfer to Bayern Munich from English Premier League side Everton.Onyekuru had a productive season in Turkey where he played a starring role for league winners Galatasaray with ‎14 league goals to his name including one in the final game of the season against Istanbul Basaksehir which helped them seal the title.Spanish sides Valencia and Sevilla were reported to be keen on signing him permanently from Everton where work permit issues have stopped him from playing for the team two years after his signing from modest Belgium side Eupen. Reports in Turkey suggest he will be in Germany next week to seal a switch to Bayern Munich who are in the market for wing forwards like Onyekuru following the departure of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.Owngoalnigeria.com spoke with a source close to the player who confirmed that Onyekuru will be in Germany next week but refuse to reveal if the trip is in connection with the rumours linking him with a move to Bayern Munich.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Guardiola dismisses Klopp’s claim that Man City have no weaknesses

first_imgPalace have lost on all their seven visits to the Etihad and have suffered defeat in each of their past nine away games against City, a run going back to the days of Maine Road.– Attacking threat –Palace, though, did end City’s run of 18 consecutive league wins on December 31 last season with a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park, and might have won had goalkeeper Ederson not saved an injury-time penalty from Luka Milivojevic.Roy Hodgson’s side deserved he goalless draw they earned on their previous visit to Manchester, against United at Old Trafford on November 24, and Guardiola is wary of players such as Wilfried Zaha, Max Meyer, Andros Townsend and Milivojevic.“They have quality players in Zaha, Townsend, Meyer, Milivojevic,” he said. “They have an incredible experienced manager. I saw the game against Chelsea (on November 4, when Palace lost 3-1), and it was so difficult to attack them.“After winning 18 games in a row, you have to draw once eventually, that’s normal. We played decent in the first half that day. But in the second half they were much better and missed a penalty.“Palace bring worries because of the qualities they have. They know what they have to do. Maybe people expect better results from them than they got but in every game they have more chances.“Winning against them is complicated, and tomorrow it will happen like this (and be difficult for us) if we are not completely focused.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola on Friday dismissed Jurgen Klopp’s suggestion that Manchester City are a team with no sign of weakness as the two battle for the Premier League title.Guardiola’s City and Klopp’s Liverpool appear increasingly to be the two main contenders in the title race, as the season approaches its halfway point.With few slip-ups from either side, their meeting at the Etihad Stadium on January 3 looks a potentially significant moment in the battle for first place — a position held by unbeaten Liverpool going into the weekend’s fixtures.Yet Klopp claimed this week that the only team that can stop Guardiola’s men from defending their title are City themselves.Guardiola, though, says his team are fallible and can point to the fact that they lost their season’s unbeaten league record at Chelsea this month as proof.“Any team has strong points and weak points,” said the City manager. “Of course we have weaknesses. We are working on it, but that’s normal. These kind of comments have to be put in perspective.”Guardiola’s side, who are at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, were a point off the top of the table before Liverpool went to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday.Palace are 15th in the Premier League and have collected just one point from their past six away matches. Yet they have started to climb away from the relegation zone after home wins over Burnley and Leicester.last_img read more

Premier League clubs agree to five substitutions rule change

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp For the remainder of the 2019/20 season, the number of substitutes that can be used during a match will increase from three to five players Just one positive case from 1,197 tests was detected from the latest round of checks on players and staff.Clubs have reportedly agreed for a small number of matches to be played at neutral venues where it is considered necessary by the emergency services and safety advisory groups.“The majority of remaining matches will be played, at home and away as scheduled, with a small number of fixtures taking place at neutral venues,” Mark Roberts, the UK’s national lead for football policing, said last week.Roberts suggested any match where runaway league leaders Liverpool could win the title for the first time in 30 years would be played at a neutral venue to discourage crowds from gathering around Anfield.Liverpool are 25 points clear at the top and just two games away from clinching the title.However, Merseyside Police have said they are happy to police matches in Liverpool, including the Merseyside derby at Everton’s Goodison Park which is due to be played over the weekend of June 19-22.Liverpool City Council’s safety advisory group will convene next week to make a decision regarding that fixture.center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP | Managers will be able to make up to five substitutions for the remainder of the 2019/20 Premier League season after clubs agreed to the temporary rule change at a meeting on Thursday.FIFA proposed the solution last month to “protect player welfare” with a large number of matches packed into a few weeks to clear the backlog of a three-month layoff due to the coronavirus pandemic.Premier League clubs also agreed to increase the number of substitutes available for selection from seven to nine for the remainder of the season.“For the remainder of the 2019/20 season, the number of substitutes that can be used during a match will increase from three to five players,” the Premier League said in a statement.“Shareholders also approved for clubs to increase the maximum number of substitute players on the bench from seven to nine for the rest of the 2019/20 season.”To avoid too many stoppages, however, each team will still only have three opportunities to make changes as well as at half-time.The Premier League will resume with two matches on June 17 as Manchester City host Arsenal and Sheffield United travel to Aston Villa.The remaining nine full rounds of fixtures are then expected to be completed in just five weeks.No decision was made at Thursday’s meeting on how league standings would be determined if a spike in infections should cause the season to be interrupted once more.last_img read more

New Pastor Brings Creativity, Love to Little Silver Church

first_imgBy Torri SingerLITTLE SILVER – Embury United Metho­dist Church welcomes the Rev. Dr. Grace S. Pak as their new pastor.Pak, who was ordained in 1995 and has served churches for almost two decades, says she first experienced the love of God when she was just 12 years old. It was at this age that she realized she would commit her life to serving God.Rev. Dr. Grace S. PakPak has served three churches prior to coming to the 49 Church St. church. She has been at the Knowlton United Methodist church by the Delaware Water Gap area, Union Village United Methodist Church in Berkeley Heights and Bishop Janes United Methodist Church in Basking Ridge. She received Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Drew University, Madison.“I believe mission happens in our backyard as well as faraway places,” Pak said.Some current mission work at Embury includes youth groups that travel to New York state to help repair the homes of low income families and the elderly.Pak is looking forward to the new projects ahead for the church. Embury will join with the United Methodist Churches in the New Jersey to engage in a mission project called “A Future with Hope” to help rebuild more than 500 homes devastated by Super Storm Sandy.“Many people right in our backyard in Sea Bright and other nearby communities have suffered a lot of damage and need help and hope to rebuild,” Pak said.The church also plans to help fight malaria in Africa through the mission project and will raise funds for nets to protect children and adults from mosquitos that carry the disease.“Further away from our immediate area, it doesn’t take much for us to realize that there is so much we can do to make a difference in the lives of others,” Pak said. “God has blessed us with much so that we can share.”Pak who has been described as a very creative pastor with the ability to make worship relevant in today’s world, says she recognizes that people connect with God in different ways, whether visually, through music or through touch.“When I design and prepare worship, I always keep in mind that everyone needs to meet God in some ways and try to include as many of these different means as creatively as possible,” Pak said. “I also love to use drama and arts in worship.”Looking ahead, Pak is excited about the opportunity to build relationships with new people in the congregation and community.“I can’t wait to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves as we live into that plan of God,” Pak said.  “One thing for sure is that it will be God-sized – huge.”last_img read more

Fuhr Thoughts — The Cup comes West

first_imgWill the Green Riders get their revenge? Or will the Alouettes from Montreal once again have the last laugh?What we do know is those boys from Regina had better stay after school this week for a little help in math class if they want to raise the Grey Cup in celebration Sunday in Edmonton.All season long the Saskatchewan players have dodged the revenge and 13th man questions. The Rider players have asked the media stay away from how much the team wants to get back to right the wrong from a year ago when Saskatchewan was caught with too many players on the field.The result allowed Damon Duval a second chance at the game-winning field goal, which he made to give the Als the Grey Cup.So who will win the big game come Sunday?Anyone, including most local media folk, west of the potash province is sticking with the Green Riders.And here are there reasons why:Kevin Mitchell, Vernon Morning Star Sports Editor.The Riders, with former greats George Reed, Ron Lancaster and Roger Aldag on the sidelines, assuming they are all still alive, will kick a field goal, with one second left, and just 11 men on the field, and win the 98th Grey Cup 34-33. The holder forgets his assignment, but a back-up linebacker scampers on to the field just in time and makes a splendid one-finger hold.Chad Hansen, The Morning Run from The Bridge in NelsonThe Riders will rise from the ashes of their mathematical misfortunes of last year and win this year’s Grey Cup 35-28. (Quarterback Darion) Durrant is going to find his “A” game along with his talented receiving core all game long. Wes Cates will also move the ball on the ground keeping the Alouettes defence on their heels. But you’re not going to keep a team led by (Anthony) Calvillo off the scoreboard. It’s going to be a game for the ages. It’ll all come down to who wants it more, and after last year it had better be the Riders or it’s going to be a long combine ride back to Sask! Tim Schafer, Editor The Nelson Daily Blood is thicker than water and green is thicker than anything else.Based on my third generation Saskatchewanian passport, my blood tells me to go with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. However, even though I was genetically programmed by the water of Saskatoon to root for the Green and White, my head also tells me to go with the ‘Riders. They seem to be a hungrier and scrappier team of late, gelling at the right moment.(Quarterback Darian) Durant and (Wes) Cates on the ground, (Jason) Clermont, (Chris) Getzlaf, (Andy) Fantuz, (Carey) Koch and (Weston) Dressler fighting for the frozen pigskin in the air, and a Chinese fire drill for a defensive scheme should seal a win (again) for the Green Machine over the Montreal Alouettes.Bruce Fuhr, Sports Editor The Nelson DailyUsually when there’s a Grey Cup game held in Edmonton, the weather, and not the teams, is the biggest story.Not this year as the forecast is for scattered flurries and light winds with a temperature near minus 8 when play kicks off at 3:32 p.m. PST.So look for Darian Durant and Anthony Calvillo to fire the football all over Commonwealth Stadium come Sunday.However, in the end it will (did you really think I was going to pick the Als) Saskatchewan to come out on top 25-22, kicking the winning field goal with only 11 men on the [email protected]last_img read more

Nelson, Davie spark Leafs past Spokane Braves

first_imgEllliot Piourde opened the scoring for the Braves midway through the opening frame.However, even playing shorthanded with seven regular out of the lineup, and Kootenay Ice net minder Curt Doyle between the pipes, the Leafs took over the game scoring three times in the final eight minute of the period.Jordan Davie, Levi Hulston on the power play and Cleary Ambrose with his first of the season, game Nelson the lead heading into the period break.Samuel Weber increased the margin to 4-1 early in the second before Nelson went to work on the power play with his first of the game.Kurtis Redding cut the margin to 5-2 before Nelson scored his second of the game before the period concluded and finished off the hat-trick in the third.Nelson was missing forwards Blair Andrews, Rayce Miller, goalie Josh Willams and defencemen Ainge McGeady-Bruce and Dash Thompson.The Leafs return to action Wednesday when Creston Valley Thunder Cats pay a visit to the NDCC Arena. Kolten Nelson scored three times on the power play and Jordan Davie collected four points sparking the Nelson Leafs to a 7-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Spokane Braves Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.The victory salvaged a weekend where Nelson dropped two games to the Castlegar Rebels.Nelson had lost eight of nine games entering Sunday’s contest.last_img read more