Keyport wrestling team has potential this season

first_img By Warren RappleyeaStaff Writer Red Raiders are young but off to a solid start By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer With just three seniors, the Keyport High School wrestling team is looking at this season with an eye to the future. “We’re very young,” said coach Al Smith. “Our goal is to try and pick up some wins and to become a better team by the end of the year.” The Red Raiders got off to a good start by downing St. Rose in its first dual match of the campaign. Keyport was slated to host Point Pleasant Beach yesterday and Cardinal McCarrick on Saturday. Smith’s team also participated in holiday tourneys in Matawan and Holmdel. Keyport’s top competitors include seniors Brian Sims (119 pounds), Al Kester (125) and Ray Siegmund (heavyweight), as well as junior Bill Jensen (160) and sophomore Dave Metz (152). Sims, 22-3 a year ago, has not competed as yet due to a fractured ankle. He’s expected back for the Cardinal McCarrick match. Kester, who picked up 15 wins a year ago, is also out, but should be back by mid January, Smith said. Siegmund, who won 10 times last season, is off to a 3-1 start. Jensen and Metz, both of whom picked up seven wins last winter, have started slowly going 1-4 and 2-4, respectively. A pair of junior newcomers, Carmine Annunazatta (171) and Pat DeNardo (215), are both 3-2 in the early going, and freshman Chris Jensen (125) is 3-3, while sophomore Ilit Ivonov (145) owns a 2-1 mark. Several promising freshmen round out the team. They are Luis Arrufat (119), Dan Cornell (103), John Dorsey (HW), Bob Fox (140), James Henning (145), Joe Martisch (119/125) and James Schmidt (112). Smith noted that he expects Sims, Kester and Siegmund, as well as a few other wrestlers, to make their marks in the District 21 tournament. “We have a lot of potential, but not a lot of experience,” said Smith, whose team finished at 3-12 last year. “Several of our guys will be learning as they go and that can be tough. Our goal is to improve with every practice and match, do the best we can, and to prepare for next year.”last_img read more

What does the Georgetown municipality have to celebrate?

first_imgDear Editor,The citizens of our capital city can only hope that the ridiculous suggestion made by the Mayor and Town Clerk of Georgetown a few weeks ago about hosting a week of activities to celebrate the city’s anniversary, estimated to cost a whopping $20 million was either just an April Fools’ joke or merely another municipal ‘pie in the sky’ fantasy that will never see the light of day.Seriously, what does the Georgetown municipality have to celebrate? The bicentenary passed six years ago without any fanfare and their sestercentennial is a way off. City Hall is 129 years old and crumbling to pieces, so there is nothing significant about that milestone, and surely cannot be celebrated until that edifice is fully rehabilitated.Are they going to have a week of fetes whilst the Stabroek wharf remains collapsed; with the Kitty Market that is incomplete, despite the passage of nearly three years and with no market clock working; with the City Hall building on the verge of collapse? With a dilapidated Abattoir that lacks up-to-date amenities, with a ruinous Police training school and with all of the other municipal buildings falling apart? And with the employees and pensioners always having to wait two and three weeks after everyone else in the country, to be paid their wages, salaries and pensions?But who will be celebrating? Will they just be splurging on themselves with an orgy of food and expensive liquor? With fireworks and parades? Or will all of the citizens be invited to join in at the table? And where will the meat for the city banquets come from? I hope not the pig farm at the Le Repentir Cemetery?One wonders whether they have read a 2018 Crime and Safety Report that was released recently by another country and which stated that the roads are hardly maintained while street lighting is sporadic at best? And which urges drivers to beware of stray dogs, sleeping animals and free-range livestock on our roadways, which they said share our narrow, poorly maintained roads which lack sidewalks?Therefore, it is logical to assume that the only things they could be celebrating must be their acquisition of gold star frequent flyer status for gallivanting around the world with no tangible returns, for being able to withhold of hundreds of millions of dollars in employee contributions for GRA, NIS and Credit Union without feeling the brunt of the law? For harassing and chasing vendors around town whilst giving away prime land to friends.It seems as though since City Hall cannot celebrate its successes as there are none. They are attempting to find some humour and merriment in their failures.Sincerely,Nadine Jerricklast_img read more

Beaches cleaner, but still flawed

first_imgContenders for the state’s two bum beaches included the popular beach at Santa Monica Pier and some beaches around Long Beach. The NRDC study, based on federal Environmental Protection Agency data, documented 4,644 closing and health advisory days last year in California. But storm-water runoff, a major source of ocean pollution, decreased in the Southland last year, leading to vast improvements at some beaches, with the worst “beach bums” of 2005 falling off the list. Will Rogers State Beach at Santa Monica Canyon, once among the nation’s worst by exceeding health standards 77 percent of the time, improved to a 43 percent rate. The fabled Rincon Beach in Santa Barbara County, which once exceeded health standards by 50 percent, dropped to just 4 percent. And once highly polluted beaches at Malibu, Topanga State, Dockweiler State and Cabrillo were no longer ranked as dishonorable mentions, surpassing healthful limits less than a third of the time. “Right now, we’ve been remarking how clean the water is, with 20- to 25-foot visibility,” said Chuck Moore, a county lifeguard at Malibu. “If Malibu Creek is closed, everything is good. But when it’s open, the water is suspect.” The Natural Resources Defense Council blamed a general rise in polluted beaches to urban sprawl and to aging or poorly designed sewage and storm-water systems. Mehta recommended that, before going swimming, beachgoers research the best and worst beaches and consult the county health department advisories. “People should choose their beach wisely,” warned Mehta, whose office is in Santa Monica, “in order to reduce the risk.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In its annual “Testing the Waters” guide, the group tallied 2,072 county beach closures or advisories for dangerous bacteria or sewage spills, the first decrease in six years. But nationwide, beaches were dirtier and posted a record number of unhealthy days, according to the report. No-swim days due to sewage spills doubled in the U.S., it said. Beach closures mean that water is dirty enough to cause gastroenteritis, dysentery, hepatitis, respiratory ailments and other serious health problems. For the fourth year running, local beaches ranked as the most contaminated in the state, with only 1 percent suffering no pollution. The worst beach in Southern California was Avalon Beach, north of Green Pleasure Pier, on Santa Catalina Island, a so-called “beach bum” that violated state health standards for 53 percent of samples taken. Light rainfall made Los Angeles County beaches cleaner last year but they were still the most polluted in the state, according to a study released Tuesday. Thanks to fewer pollutants draining into the ocean, county beach closures or bacterial advisories dropped 6 percent in 2006 and many popular beaches fell off the worst waters list. “The bottom line is that the beaches are still dirty and people are at risk of getting sick when they get into the water,” said Michelle Mehta, an attorney for the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council, author of the report. “But there is a wide variety of water quality – and some beaches are cleaner.” last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Arsenal attacker leaves the Emirates

first_img1 Stephy Mavididi will spend the remainder of the season on loan at Charlton Charlton Athletic have signed Stephy Mavididi on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season, the League One club have confirmed.The 18-year-old top scored for the Gunners’ Under-21 side last season – netting 17 goals in 30 games – and is a versatile option in the final third.He is able to play out wide, or as a centre forward, and becomes Karl Robinson’s fifth signing of the January transfer window as the Addicks look to cement a promotion bid in the second half of the season.last_img

CONFIRMED: Josh King signs new Bournemouth contract until 2021

first_imgJoshua King has signed a new four-year deal at Bournemouth.The Norway forward, last season’s top scorer with 16 goals including a run of 12 in 14 games, will remain at the Vitality Stadium until at least 2021.“There was a lot of talk during the summer but I always made it clear I wanted to stay here,” King said.“Bournemouth are a great club that is always looking to improve, the manager has been brilliant with me and we have a fantastic squad.“The future here is bright and I’m really happy that I’ll be a part of that.”King joined from Blackburn two years ago and began his career at Manchester United, where virtually all four years were spent on loan.“I’m delighted that Joshua has committed his long-term future to the club,” Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said.“During the last year he has become a key player here, both with his goals and performances, and was instrumental in the team finishing ninth in the Premier League last season.“Joshua is the fifth player we have tied down to a new deal this summer and, combined with our four new signings, we can all be excited about the direction this club is heading in. 1 The Norway forward scored 16 Premier League goals for the Cherries last season last_img read more

Wasted candidacy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Woodland Hills A moratorium Re “Transit `villages’ for L.A.?” (Sept. 3): Rearranging the Titanic’s deck chairs onto more decks, that have their own shops, offices and tram stops, would allow for more such chairs and their additional, largely deck-bound occupants. However, our good ship Los Angeles and environs will still not be able to survive our looming overpopulation tidal wave. As the ship’s captain, our charismatic mayor should verily declare, “My God, it’s mountainous.” As Pat Buchanan would no doubt reiterate, we need a moratorium/breather from much of our biggest, totally extraneous, population contributor: immigration – legal as well as illegal. We the people deserve a direct, national referendum – vote – to dictate our future course on this issue. Now, Mr. Mayor, how about stumping for that? Re “Antonio backs Angelides” (Sept. 6): Don’t expect any hard-core support coming from Antonio Villaraigosa in the gubernatorial race. This half-hearted Phil Angelides candidacy is only being used to clean out the pipes for a Villaraigosa run for governor in 2010. Remember the classic film “Flight of the Phoenix,” in which Jimmy Stewart is forced to waste a valued starter blowing out the pipes in the hopes of starting the engine on the next try? Well, that’s Phil, the wasted starter. No one is going to beat Arnold this year. It’s all about cleaning the pipes for 2010, when Antonio takes on the man who should be governor, Tom McClintock. – Michael Guetzow – Harvey Pearson Los Feliz Significant loss The “Transit `villages’ for L.A.?” article (Sept. 3) did not include mention of the $1 billion bond (Measure H) and taxpayer-funded housing subsidy the mayor wants. It did mention substantial areas with more affluent homes that generate considerable property tax revenue, which would be replaced by tax-exempt “affordable” apartments. The significant loss of tax revenue (for “affordable” units) within a half-mile of the transit corridors and a quarter-mile of the transit depots will undercut the city’s need to provide more police and other public services. – Victor N. Viereck Valley Village Despicable cartoon Re “View from the Valley” (Sept. 6): Using Steve Irwin’s untimely and tragic death as an opportunity to take a political stab at President Bush is outrageous, repulsive and contemptible. I suppose it never occurred to you how his widow will feel when she sees it, for it is sure to make its way to the news services in Australia. The Daily News editorial staff and Patrick O’Connor owe Mrs. Irwin and her family, as well as the L.A. readership, a huge apology for stooping to this despicable level of poisonous journalism. – Steve McCombs Chatsworth Mahony’s problems Re “Immigration rights rallies planned” (Sept. 2): Cardinal Mahony lives in never-never land and thinks he is untouchable, can flout the laws, and get away with it. He criticizes Congress for not acting on immigration reform. Catholics have criticized Mahony for years about his pedophile priests, his obstruction of justice, refusing to turn over subpoenaed records, and either transferring or sending pedophile priests into hiding. By the way, the word immigrants presupposes that they have completed immigration papers. So until they have, they are illegal aliens. Therefore, no immigration rights. Catholics believe that Mahony should clean his own house before criticizing others. To this day, he ignores the 562 child-abuse cases. Until he heals this gaping wound, we would rather not hear from him. – Diane Newton Northridge Who’s immoral here? Re “Mahony writes to Bush, Congress” (Sept. 5): Regarding illegal immigrants, Cardinal Mahony told those at the Labor Day Mass that Congress must deal with the “most pressing moral issues” in decades and pass immigration reform. He said he wrote President Bush and top House and Senate leaders about this. Did he write to (Mexican) President Fox? He seems to absolve illegal immigrants of any moral responsibility in breaking our laws by entering this country illegally. Only we are immoral if we don’t feed them, house them, educate them, medicate them, and strain all our services to accommodate them. Who’s being immoral here? – Robert Villar Sherman Oaks Free work Re “Woodland Hills school model for reform” (Sept. 5): As a retired teacher from LAUSD (1998), I am interested in the reform movement. However, Woodland Hills Academy is far from a model of reform if “the teachers all agreed to teach an extra class apiece, adding about 10 hours of class time and preparation to their workweek for no extra pay …” I wonder how many workers would take an approximate cut of 17 percent to make the job a more successful enterprise? I certainly would not. If the district needs free work from teachers in order to make a positive impact on the system of education, I believe the residents of Los Angeles will be disappointed. – Robert Matano Cayucos Please let me sleep Re “Theft of city property” (Your Opinions, Aug. 29): I agree with Don Nigherbon about the theft of aluminum and other items from the “blue bins.” In the beginning of the L.A. recycling program, I thought the proceeds of this program were to help with the costs of our trash disposal (and costs of the automated trucks). However, very little of this money gets back to where it belongs. It would help if some of this theft could be stopped, perhaps “Parking Enforcement” could cite some of these people as they are patrolling around our neighborhoods? Another problem I have with these thieves in my neighborhood is that they come around at 4:30 a.m. This gets all of the dogs barking as they push their carts down the alley, which gets very noisy. Someone, please stop these thieves so I can sleep! – Erik Rettedal Arleta Medical marijuana Re “DEA agents rescue undercover cop” (Briefly, Aug. 29): Sales, cultivation, possession with intent to sell marijuana are state and federal crimes. Yet “medical marijuana dispensaries” continue to open, advertise, and even distribute fliers on school campuses. Among the “conditions” one ad suggests can be helped by marijuana are “sports injuries” and “auto accidents.” The intent of laws passed by voters was to relieve suffering of critical patients and to make marijuana available through licensed dealers. It was not to allow marijuana stores to open on every corner, or for anyone with a debatable diagnosis and a credit card to buy drugs from a self-proclaimed caregiver. Los Angeles City Council and our camera-loving mayor should move quickly to close these illegal businesses down. – Paul and Sandra Munz North Hollywood Mission Hills speeders I am writing you today about the increased amount of speeding and deaths occurring on Brand Boulevard between Laurel Canyon and Sepulveda Boulevard. We had another fatal accident last week with the usual lack of attention or response. I am wondering how many more deaths will need to happen before something is done. Also, it would be nice to hear suggestions on what we as a neighborhood can do to help in this most serious situation. – Wendy Zajicek Mission Hills Better than some Maybe the U.S. government should hire Saddam Hussein to bring Iraq back to a civilized country. I would be willing to put money on Saddam getting Iraq back to a law-and-order country. It’s a cinch the United States won’t succeed. The U.S. has done nothing but destroy a country whose leader was no worse than a lot of leaders – and better than some. – Marjorie Eisenberg West Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Whittier building official braved the quake zone

first_imgReese came to Whittier in 1979 as a building inspector after owning his own construction company and later working for another company. “Whittier was a good place to work,” he said. “As a rule, people were nice to work with. Being a people-type person, I enjoyed that part of it. I liked helping people and seeing their projects get completed.” In his 27 years, Reese progressed from being a building inspector to becoming the chief building official in 2002. His work has been appreciated, officials said. “We found him to be cooperative,” said Julia Emerson, public affairs manager for the Downey-Whittier region of the Southern California Gas Co. “He was a a good listener. He might not always make the decision you wanted, but was willing to listen to your side.” What Reese didn’t enjoy was the decision to retire and the reasons for it, he said. He believes he was encouraged to retire, after receiving a negative evaluation from his boss, Jeff Collier, director of community development. City Manager Steve Helvey said he could not comment on the evaluation because it is a personnel matter. But he added that Reese was never encouraged to retire. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see“It was an eye-opener,” Reese said. “I had never seen the devastation to that extent. There were houses off their foundations and commercial buildings that were destroyed.” On the first day after the tremor, Whittier received support from the city of Los Angeles, which sent city officials and something the locals needed badly – signs warning residents that buildings were not safe to enter, Reese said. “We had hundreds of inspections requested per day from people whose houses had suffered damages, wanting to see if they were safe to live in,” he said. “A lot of it was going out and holding hands, giving assurances that it was safe to move back in.” The inspection work went on for a year. Even now, signs of the earthquake remain in Whittier, he said. “There are still a lot of fireplace chimneys that were not rebuilt and empty lots in Uptown,” he said. WHITTIER – Carl Reese was a senior building inspector in 1987, when the Whittier Narrows earthquakes struck. Dealing with the after-effects of the earthquake on homes and businesses would keep him busy for the next few months, he recalled. It was one of the highlight’s of Reese’s 27-year career as a building inspector and, later, as chief building official for Whittier. Reese, 57, of Pomona, retired earlier this month. But he still vividly recalls the day of the quake, and the busy days that followed. last_img read more

Keep, sell or loan? Verdict on Man United’s first team ahead of transfer window

first_img Man United stars looked pretty clueless against Everton on Sunday LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 8 REVEALED Young has been a loyal servant to United but he must be let go in the summer REVEALED 8 shining FredVerdict: KeepAs much as his first season has been a disaster, Fred could still prove to be a good acquisition in the midfield for Solskjaer.He has shown glimpses of quality on the rare occasion this season but he must be given another season to prove his worth to the club.Marcus RashfordVerdict: KeepRashford is integral to United’s future and must be kept at all costs this summer.This season has been his most prolific at Old Trafford, having scored ten goals and, at just 21 years old, he will only get better. The team should be built around the England star. ADVICE REPLY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Pereira should seek a loan move away from United It’s safe to say the Manchester United squad is in major need of a clear out in the summer.Too many of the current line-up look disinterested and that was especially evident on the weekend as they were pummelled 4-0 by Everton. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice tense Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 8 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Mata has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man United ran 8.03km less than the Toffees players during the game – and the result is the clearest indication yet that perhaps changing the players, rather than the manager, must be a priority now.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will no doubt be given funds to formulate his own squad in the summer, but he must now take a bold stance and let go of some of the deadwood.Ander Herrera as well as Antonio Valencia look likely to depart when their contracts expire, with the former heading to PSG, so who else will follow him through the exit and who do the Red Devils need to keep in what is sure to be a busy window? talkSPORT.com has given its verdict… Marcos RojoVerdict: SellIt’s been another bad season for the Argentine, who has been hampered significantly by injury and has made just four league appearances.He is now in his fifth season at Old Traford and should be let go in an instant as the move hasn’t worked out for either party.Eric BaillyVerdict: SellBailly’s move to United has also been disastrous and the 25-year-old should be allowed to leave in the summer.He has played just 49 times since moving to the club in 2016 and he is also very injury-prone.Mateo DarmianVerdict: SellDarmian has struggled to adapt to life at Old Trafford since arriving from Torino in 2015 and should be allowed to leave in the summer.With Dalot now becoming a first-team regular and United looking to recruit another right-back, the future doesn’t look great for the Italian. BEST OF David de GeaVerdict: KeepAlthough he isn’t having his best season between the sticks, De Gea is an integral part of the United team and he is one of the only genuinely world class talents in their line-up.Old Trafford chiefs need to sort out his contract situation as quickly as possible, though, as the longer it is uncertain the more unrest there will be around the club.Ashley YoungVerdict: SellYoung has simply been at the club too long and United must part ways with him in the summer.He has been a great servant to the club since his move from Aston Villa in 2011, but he doesn’t possess the quality needed to get the Red Devils back amongst Europe’s elite. Dalot has a bright future with the Red Devils Alexis SanchezVerdict: SellSanchez was once one of the finest players in the Premier League and his move to United has been nothing short of a disaster.He has lost his confidence in front of goal and it looks irredeemable at United and he must be sold in the summer.Jesse LingardVerdict: KeepLingard is also very inconsistent but when he plays well he is very good member of the United side.Once he finds consistency he can cement a place in the team, but at the moment he should be kept on as a useful squad member but not a starter.Sergio RomeroVerdict: KeepRomero is perhaps the best no.2 in the league and always puts in a good shift when called upon.The Argentina international must stay on in the the summer unless he wants to leave to get more first team action. 8 8 Pogba is reportedly wanted by Real Madrid Luke ShawVerdict: KeepAt one point it looked impossible for him to remain at the club and even admitted as much himself. He would have been a free agent in the summer, but signed a new contract in October, keeping him there until 2023.Romelu Lukaku even backed him to win the club’s Player of the Year.Nemanja MaticVerdict: SellThe Serb is past his prime and his form is on a downward spiral, which was clear for all to see during the Everton defeat.He must be replaced in the summer with a younger box-to-box midfielder who can occupy a sole position in front of the defence.Paul PogbaVerdict: SellPogba undeniably has immense talent but he is far too inconsistent and his baggage is becoming too heavy to handle.Many thought Jose Mourinho was the problem with Pogba, but he flirted with speculation linking him to Real Madrid just days after Solskjaer was appointed – cashing in on the difficult Frenchman may be the best move for the Red Devils. 8 huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Scott McTominayVerdict: KeepMcTominay has been a shining light in United’s barren run of form of late and he must be kept on at Old Trafford.The Scot put in a superb display against Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League tie and if he continues to play well, he could become an important player in the next few seasons.Andreas PereiraVerdict: LoanThis season has seen Pereira’s game time improve, with the Brazilian featuring in 13 matches, but a loan move could be best for him.He has the quality to succeed at Old Trafford but some more first team experience may be best for the 23-year-old as at the moment he isn’t good enough to start. Victor LindelofVerdict: KeepAlthough his form has dipped of late, Lindelof must stay at United as he has unquestionable talent, which was evident during the ‘new manager bounce’ when Solskjaer was appointed.His form will become more consistent once he gets better defenders alongside him, but he should certainly remain with the club in the summer.Chris SmallingVerdict: SellSmalling, like Young, is another player who has been at the club too long.The 29-year-old has been a good player for the Red Devils at best, but a new centre-back must be acquired as no good sides can compete for countless trophies with average players at the heart of the back line.Phil JonesVerdict: SellJones is not good enough to play for United and must be allowed to leave the club.He is a great professional who gives his all for the team, but he has not solved United’s defensive defensive problems and must be sold.Diogo DalotVerdict: KeepDalot is one player United fans can genuinely be excited about.He is by no means the finished article, but he has shown glimpses of great quality this season and could become a mainstay on the right flank for years to come.Another right-back with experience, perhaps Aaron Wan-Bissaka or Kieran Trippier, should be signed to provide competition for the teenager. 8 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Rashford is integral to United’s future Romero is a quality no.2 gameday cracker Romelu LukakuVerdict: SellThe £75million signing from Everton has scored 28 goals in 64 league appearances for United but he simply doesn’t possess enough quality to lead the line for Solskjaer’s side.Another proven goal scorer with experience at the top level must be signed in the summer.Anthony MartialVerdict: KeepHas been another inconsistent member of the United squad this season but he must be kept on as he has bags of talent.Another winger needs to be signed to provide Martial with more competition on the wing.Juan MataVerdict: SellMata has never found the form he once had at Chelsea since moving to Old Trafford, but he has still been a good player for the club.His contract is up at the end of the season and he is seemingly heading back to Spain if reports are correct. 8last_img read more

Southgate watches defender star in Italy amid talk of England recall

first_img 2 Getty Images – Getty AFP Smalling and Lukaku condemned a newspaper headline before the game Roma are fourth, while Inter are top of Serie A and Smalling has been one of the standout players in the league this season and could be in line for an England recall.Smalling has 31 caps for the Three Lions but has not featured for his country since June 2017, but Southgate and assistant Steve Holland will have taken note of how improved the 30-year-old is.Another manager to be keeping tabs on Smalling is United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who said the player will eventually return to Old Trafford.“Yeah [he will return],” he said when asked about the centre-back’s future.“Chris has been fantastic, but we know sometimes if you change the environment it can go both ways. But Chris is the type to relish these challenges.“He’s cultured, enjoys life down there. It’s a new experience for him, and he is a boy who couldn’t be here without being a regular and I’m so happy for him. We can see the top player he is.” 2 Smalling in action against Inter Milan Gareth Southgate travelled to Italy to watch Chris Smalling in action for Roma in their clash with Inter Milan as his excellent form continues.The on-loan Manchester United defender has rekindled his career in Italy and helped keep Romelu Lukaku quiet as both sides settled for a point on Friday. Prior to Roma’s clash with Inter, Italian publication Corriere dello Sport used the headline ‘Black Friday’ using pictures of Lukaku and Smalling, who were team-mates at United.Both players condemned the headline and were supported by their clubs along with much of the footballing world.Smalling called on the powers that be at Corriere dello Sport to take responsibility for the headline.He said: “Whilst I would have liked to spend the day focusing on the big game tomorrow, it is important that I acknowledge that what occurred this morning was wrong and highly insensitive.“I hope the editors involved in running this headline take responsibility and understand the power they possess through words, and impact those words can have.“A big shout out to AS Roma for the support!“Now let the battle commence Rom, daje Roma!”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network this Saturdaylast_img read more

Football Talk: McInnes to quit Aberdeen, humble Brown

first_imgYou didn’t think the Derek McInnes saga was over, did you?Aberdeen may have refused Rangers permission to speak to their manager but it now looks as though McInnes will quit the Dons in order to pursue his return to Ibrox.Get comfy folks, this could be a long one.Meanwhile, Scott Brown is remaining humble after last night’s European record. He’s now the Scot with the most Champions League appearances after surpassing Kenny Dalglish on 69 games. He says he’s not fit to tie his shoelaces, though, and is just “the guy who got lucky.”There will be a historic fixture in the under-17s’ Euro 2017/18 qualifying campaign after Scotland drew Kosovo.St Mirren’s Lewis Morgan has been linked with a move to Celtic again and so too has Dundee defender Jack Hendry but Newcastle are also said to be interested in him.last_img read more