Ched Evans allowed to train with Sheffield United following PFA request

first_img Ched Evans 1 Sheffield United have confirmed they will allow convicted rapist Ched Evans to begin training with them following a request from the Professional Footballers’ Association.The Blades announced in a lengthy statement on Tuesday evening that the club’s board had decided to agree to the PFA’s request, following the 25-year-old’s release last month after serving two-and-a-half years for rape.The statement said, though, that the club were “not prepared at this time” to make a decision on whether to re-sign Evans.United said his return to training would be “with a view to enabling Mr Evans to get back to a level of fitness, which might enable him to find employment in his chosen trade.“This request has come to the club, because it is the last club at which Mr Evans was registered before his conviction.”The club’s board of directors took into consideration the views of staff at the club, the Football League and the PFA, as well as Blades supporters and the general public in their decision to allow him to train with them.The board also considered the public statements made by the PFA and Evans, whom they spoke to during their deliberations.Evans’ return has been met with outrage by campaign groups, with the group End Violence Against Women Coalition saying it was “appalled”.United listed four considerations which their statement said informed the decision to let Evans return.They said the club “condemns rape and violence of any kind against women in the strongest possible terms” and considers “rape, the crime for which Mr Evans was convicted, to be a heinous crime worthy of serious punishment as provided under law”.It added: “The club has been assured by Mr Evans that he shares these value judgements.”United said they did not “question Mr Evans’ conviction for rape”, but pointed out his punishment “was consistent with applicable law”, that he had “completed the custodial portion of his sentence as provided under law, having demonstrated good behaviour while in custody” and “been paroled on licence conditions, which do not restrict him from returning to service in professional football”.They also said “same justice system that tried, convicted and punished Mr Evans under law also provides for his rehabilitation under law”.The club said they agreed with the PFA that “professional footballers should be treated as equals before the law, including in circumstances where they seek to return to work following periods of incarceration”.“In a nation of laws, served by an elected parliament and duly constituted courts of law, there can be no place for ‘mob justice’,” they added.United also said that Evans was seeking to clear his name before the Criminal Cases Review Commission and, if permitted, the appellate courts, but said it took “no view on the merits of” and had “no role in, any such appeal”.They added: “The club’s decision to allow Mr Evans to train at the club’s facilities is based on the facts as they stand today and is in no way dependent on the perceived merits or outcome of the appeal.”last_img read more

Bruce rubbishes rumours Hull are set to sign Blackburn’s Gestede

first_img1 Hull boss Steve Bruce says reports of a £4.5m bid for Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede are ‘nonsense’ – clearing the path for Crystal Palace to land the Benin international.The Tigers have been heavily linked with the 26-year-old during the transfer window as they bid to climb out of the relegation zone.And there were reports that Hull had lodged a formal bid of around £4.5m for Gestede, who has hit 12 goals in 24 appearances so far this season.But when asked about the move, Bruce said: “I don’t know where that has come from, we have never made a bid. I don’t know where it has come through. We did have a conversation with them but apparently an agent has made a bid on our behalf which is news to me and news to my owner.“As far as I’m concerned I don’t know where all the nonsense has come from. I can confirm that there’s no way we’ve bid £4-4.5m and we won’t be doing so.”Crystal Palace are said to be keen on a move for Gestede this month and they could now enjoy a clear run at the former Cardiff and Metz hitman. Rudy Gestede in action for Blackburn last_img read more

‘For now, I am happy at Leicester’ – Arsenal and PSG target plays down exit talk

first_img1 N’Golo Kante during training with France N’Golo Kante has played down speculation linking him with a move away from Leicester.The Frenchman has enjoyed a sensational debut Premier League campaign after arriving from Caen for £5.6million last summer.He was a virtual ever-present for the Foxes, playing a key role in the club’s remarkable title triumph, and was nominated for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award, Kante’s rise has caught the attention of clubs across Europe, with Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus all linked with summer moves for the 25-year-old.But the midfielder, part of Didier Deschamps’ France squad for Euro 2016, insists he is not thinking about a summer exit and is focused only on his international duties.“For now, I am happy at Leicester,” he told L’Equipe. “I do not pay too much attention to everything that is said. For now, I am in Leicester and I focus on the Euros.“I think that my season at Leicester surprised everybody. People liked to see a new Premier League champion. We had a magnificent season.“And then, my debut with France went well. Maybe my journey also helps compared to other people who come from amateur football.“I try to stay the same. I am not aware that my personality is different.”last_img read more

Arsenal reportedly agree £20m fee to make second summer signing

first_imgFee agreed between Arsenal & Bayer Leverkusen – Leno still needs to undergo a medical before #AFC can complete the signing, for a reported €22m (£19.2m)— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) June 19, 2018With Leno in goal, Leverkusen finished fifth in the Bundesliga and he made the save of the season during a game against Schalke, according to fans.Petr Cech and David Ospina are the Gunners’ current goalkeepers, but it’s unclear who would make way for the German.Arsenal are also optimistic about concluding a deal for 22-year-old Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, who is playing for Uruguay at the World Cup as well as Greece and Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.REVEALED: How the Premier League ‘big six’ could line up at the start of the season with new signings 1 And according to BBC Sport correspondent David Ornstein, aka, the Arsenal ‘meme lord’, the only thing left to sort is the medical.If Leno does join, he will become the club’s second summer signing following the arrival of Switzerland full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus. Arsenal have agreed a fee with Bayer Leverkusen for the transfer Bernd Leno and will pay a reported £19.2million.The 26-year-old goalkeeper has been pursued by the club since Unai Emery took over from Arsene Wenger in the dugout. Bernd Leno helped Bayer Leverkusen finish fifth last season last_img read more

Chelsea eye Ramsey alternative if they miss out on Arsenal man

first_img shining possible standings Kovacic has admitted he may have to leave Real Madrid England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won tense REAL DEAL Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 1 REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT possible xi REVEALED Ramsey will be available for free next summer, but according to the Mail, manager Maurizio Sarri is already looking around for alternatives and likes the look of Kovacic.The player wants out of Madrid because he has not played as much as he would have liked. “I want to play more and the best thing is to leave Madrid,” he was quoted as saying in June. “I love football and being on the pitch, I want the opportunity to be a starter for another team. If I do not play, I’m not happy.”Kovacic, a member of Croatia’s World Cup finalists, has also attracted interest from Manchester City.One target Chelsea have missed out on, though, is Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain who is believed to be joining Milan on loan ahead of a £32m move next summer. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Chelsea are planning for the possibility of missing out on Aaron Ramsey by targeting Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic.The Blues are believed to be keen on bringing in 27-year-old Ramsey, who has a year left on his current Arsenal contract, in a deal that could cost £30m. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars silverware smart causal Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Chelsea news gameday cracker How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? last_img read more

IRISH RUGBY LEGENDS TO RIDE INTO DONEGAL THIS EVENING!

first_imgThe rugby legends are on the road to Donegal.A host of Irish rugby legends will be among 200 cyclists who ride into Letterkenny this evening (Thurs).The players include the Wallace Brothers as well as Paddy Johns, Mick Galwey, Phil Kearns, Simon Best & John Smit of South Africa to name a few.Fans can get chance to meet the players when they arrive at Letetrkenny Rugby Club at 6pm. Food and Drink supplied by Chef Martin Anderson.€20 – Book now or great Burgers & Soft Drink just €5 – loads of fun, chance to get a few autographs and some photos with the Legends of yesteryear.There will also be a Pub Quiz in DownTown Bar/VooDoo at 10.00 pm.We had a great night last year and this one promises to be even better.Cycle in the event or in a stage http://crossrugbylegends.com/ and get all the Official Kit Tomorrow, Friday Sep 11th, will see the 200 cyclists go to Malin to finish their trip in sunshine. IRISH RUGBY LEGENDS TO RIDE INTO DONEGAL THIS EVENING! was last modified: September 11th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBRugby Legendslast_img read more

URA dispatch Express to climb into third

first_imgURA (yellow) now move into third on the log (Photos by Shaban Lubega)StarTimes Uganda Premier League URA FC 1-0 Express FCMandela National Stadium, NambooleTuesday, 26-03-2019NAMBOOLE – Ronald Kigongo scored the only goal of the game as URA defeated Express 1-0 in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.Having drawn 1-1 with Bul FC on Friday, URA came into the game played at Namboole knowing that victory would see them move into third on the standings.URA applied the early pressure but Express got the first attempt on target through Disan Galiwango but James Alitho saved comfortably the left-back come winger’s low shot.Moments later, Galiwango again tried his luck from distance, this time from a free kick 30 yards from goal after Davis Mayanja was fouled, but his effort flew over the bar.Express looked to have weathered down URA’s early storm and grew into the game steadily and on 17 minutes, Lawrence Kigonya miscued a shot from just outside the area after Ibrahim Kayiwa’s cut back was intercepted by Yesri Waibi.The best chance of the opening exchanges fell to Tony Odur off a cross from Michael Birungi in the 19th minute but his headed effort, while unmarked in the area, hit into the ground and was tipped over by Alitho.URA were looking out of sorts and Birungi was running at their defence with ease.The Tax Collectors had Alitho to thank on 21 minutes when he ran off his line to deny Birungi from a one on one situation after the winger had beaten Waibi for pace down the left.URA’s first real attempt on target saw Shafik Kagimu shot straight at Tony Kyamera in Express’s goal, from 25 yards.URA looked to have resorts to long range shots with Siraje Ssentamu also trying his luck from distance but Kyamera was on hand to parry it away to safety on 27 minutes.At the hour mark, Mathiew Odong unleashed a curling shot from just outside the area but his effort went wide of the target.Moments later, Kigonya became the first player to be booked in the game, following a foul on Odong.At the other end, Birungi made another brilliant run down the right, turned Julius Mutyaba inside out before unleashing a ferocious strike which was pushed away from danger by Alitho.With 4 minutes to halftime, Kagimu found him self in acres of space inside the Express area after the defence failed to deal with a routine Odong cross, but the URA Captain could only shoot over.URA made the first substitution of the game with Charles Sempa replacing Odong.10 minutes into the game, Ojera picked out Sempa in the area but the substitute blazed over from a promising position.URA made their second substitution of the game, moments later, with Steven Munguchi replacing the tired-looking Kagimu.Munguchi nearly made instant impact but his fierce shot on the volley was pushed out for the corner by Kyamera.URA were looking the better side in the second half but could not put away the chances they were creating and 25 minutes from time, Cromwell Rwomothio missed a seater after he was played in by Ojera, tapping over crom close range.Express made their first substitution moments later as Frank Tumwesigye came on for Kayiwa.URA got to quick opportunities to take the lead with 19 minutes to play. First Waibi saw his free-kick charged down by Galiwango and then Kigongo shot straight at Kamera while in a promising position.URA finally got the reward for their industrious adventures in the second half as Ronald Kigongo pounced onto a loose ball outside the area and he side footed it into the back of the net off a loobing effort.Moments after scoring, Kigongo was booked for time wasting as his side tried to see out the result.Express could have drawn level six minutes from time but Umony shot wide will inside the area after he was played in exquisitely by Odur.The result means that URA move into third on the log with 42 points from 24 games while Express remain 11th with 29 points.Comments Tags: Express FCRonald KigongoStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeaguetopURA FClast_img read more

Geocacher Finds a Veteran’s Lost Dog Tags – 25 Years Later

first_img SharePrint RelatedItchy, Scratchy, & Rashy – Bad Things Come in Threes…May 17, 2015In “Community”It’s Time for Tick TalkMarch 31, 2015In “Community”Extreme Geocaching in Pictures (and Video)April 29, 2013In “Community” “Stranger still is what I found on my way into the location. I found hanging from a tree an authentic set of military dog tags.”– Kelley PiekarekFound while searching for “1415 Challenge” outside Ann Arbor, MichiganKelley Piekarek geocached in the northern U.S. state of Michigan in the ice cold of winter. That’s an act of bravery that might warrant its own story. But on January 6, Kelley came out of the snowy woods around Ann Arbor with more than a geocache find. As she tromped to the location of the hidden geocache container, she caught the flash of metal in a low tree. Kelley thought it might be a Geocaching game piece called a Travel BugⓇ. The game pieces resemble dog tags. But she soon recognized them as a weathered pair of real military dog tags.“It honestly looked like the small tree had grown up through the chain, it was that twisted in.” Kelley said.Kelley in JanuaryHolding those dog tags in her hands, she made a decision. She’d find their owner, Raymond Morin. Kelley said, “First I contacted the Armory at the recommendation of a fellow Geocacher on Facebook. They were only able to tell me he was not dead.” Kelley kept asking questions. She placed a call Veteran’s Affairs. They were unable to help. A Wisconsin lead fizzled. Facebook didn’t lead anywhere.Then, Kelley got a break, “I searched the online White Pages and found a person of this name lived in a town nearby. I called the number and spoke to Henry Morin, Raymond’s dad and he told me that yes, his son was in the military and his penchant for wandering in the woods.”Raymond’s lost dog tagsRaymond’s parents said he’s lived in a group home for the past twelve years. They met at the home. Almost as soon as Kelley walked in the door she was able to place the dog tags into Raymond’s hands.She said the search to find Raymond mirrored geocaching, “It was really an uplifting experience. This whole thing has been a lot like a puzzle cache-but in reverse-where I found the cache and then had to find the owner, following few clues. He and his parents were very gracious and appreciative.”Look at these three pictures, as the exchange happened. Kelley meets RaymondGrateful hugs are exchangedSelfie with dog tags“…they believe he lost the tags about 25 years ago.”They discovered the tags were lost for more than two decades. Kelley said, “They discussed it and they believe he lost the tags about 25 years ago. He remembers setting them down when he was walking in the woods when he first was getting sick but could not find them again. Apparently he lived only a mile or so away from where I found the tags.”And Kelley was ready to act when she found those tags. Being an everyday hero has been part of her life.I-AM-THAT-HEROEach geocacher chooses a username. Kelley chose her’s when she started geocaching in 2006. She wanted that name to inspire her young children, to teach them an important lesson. That lesson she says, “Live your life as an example to others of ‘a good person.’ Someone who loves others and respects themselves, does good for the community and asks nothing in return. Thinks of others first and encourages learning in all its aspects.”Kelley’s Geocaching username name is I-AM-THAT-HERO. Kelley says, “I believe kids need to see more ordinary hero’s So ‘I am that hero’ to my kids.”And now she’s that quiet hero to a veteran, his family and so many more.Raymond was honorably discharged from the military in 1984Raymond wearing his dog tagsShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Alleged clip of missing J&K boy put up online

first_imgParents of Ehtesham Bilal, 19 — who went missing on October 28 but reappeared on Friday in an online post, wielding weapons under the Islamic State banner — asked their son to return home and appealed to Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Musa to help them.Distraught and refusing to take meals, Bilal’s mother appealed to her son to shun the militant outfit. “Whatever group you have joined, please return. I appeal to Zakir Musa and will pray for his long life, help me in returning my son,” she said in a video.Bilal, who was a student at Sharda University in Noida was reported missing on October 28by his parents. His father, who owns a hardware shop in Srinagar, expressed shock over his son’s purported audio message,where he pledges allegiance to the IS-motivated Jundul Khilafah and to IS’s Iraq-based leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.“I heard your audio message. You talk about Islam. Islam says heaven lies under the feet of mother. Islam warns against disobedience to your parents. I order you to return to your family, Your mother hasn’t eaten anything [since you went missing],” he said.On Friday, a six-minute audio, attributed to Bilal, and pictures, where he was wielding a gun and weapons strapped with an IS flag in the backdrop, were uploaded on social media. “I was looking into the eyes of those 100 kufaars (non-Muslims) when they attacked me in groups like dogs. I was defending my Afghan muslim brothers. I was even then an advocate of khilaf (Islamic State)…and have chosen the path of jihad,” Bilal purportedly says in the audio.He was apparently referring to a clash that took place between local and Afghan students at Sharda University on October 4. A senior counter-insurgency police officer told The Hindu that Bilal has joined militant ranks and his movement was traced to Srinagar and Pulwama. “We are investigating the matter,” the officer said.National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah described the development as “a worrying trend”.“If this is genuine, it’s hugely worrying. Sometimes, seemingly small actions have huge consequences. If what happened to him at Sharda University has led him to choose such a destructive path, it’s even more tragic. One more life on the path to ruin and one more family in turmoil,” Mr. Abdullah tweeted.last_img read more

Mets Rally Past Marlins, 3-1

first_imgMIAMI — Mets Manager Terry Collins came up with a headline for the New York tabloids to describe second baseman Daniel Murphy’s role in a comeback win April 27.“Murf-a-licious,” Collins said.Murphy hit a three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning, and the Mets snapped the Miami Marlins’ five-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory.The Marlins grabbed the lead in the eighth with three consecutive two-out singles, breaking up Dillon Gee’s shutout bid in a game that took only 1 hour, 58 minutes.It was the fastest nine-inning game in the majors since the Padres and Astros also finished in 1:58 on June 27, 2012, according to STATS.Jarred Cosart matched Gee by allowing just two hits in eight scoreless innings. But the Mets rallied against closer Steve Cishek (0-1), who blew a save for the second time in three chances this year.The Mets (15-5) won with five hits, bouncing back from a sloppy loss April 26 to the crosstown Yankees. The Mets have the best record in the majors and improved to 5-0 against Miami, including a sweep of a four-game series at Citi Field.Juan Lagares doubled to start the ninth when his long drive was misjudged by center fielder Marcell Ozuna, and Lucas Duda walked. Following a flyout, Murphy hit his second homer and raised a jubilant fist as the ball landed in the seats.“I think I touched the bases,” he said. “To be completely honest, I don’t know.”Cishek, meanwhile, yanked off his cap in dismay. His ERA rose to 11.37.“It’s tough, especially since the Mets swept us last series,” he said. “We really wanted to stick it to them, and this falls on me.”Murphy and Gee both started slowly this season for New York. Murphy came into the game batting only .169, though he did have a pair of RBI doubles April 26.“I’m just focusing on the at-bat at hand,” he said. “No matter what I do, I’m not going to wake up tomorrow and be hitting .290, so one at-bat at a time is all I can control.”Gee is winless in four starts, and came into the game with a 5.60 ERA. But the right-hander took a three-hit shutout into the eighth.“We can put to rest that Dillon Gee can’t pitch at this level,” Collins said. “There has been a lot of talk, and I feel terrible for him. He went out there tonight and showed he can do what he has done in the past.”Carlos Torres (1-0) retired Giancarlo Stanton on a popup with two on to end the eighth. Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for his major league-leading ninth save in as many chances, completing a six-hitter and breaking the team record for saves in April.Familia was helped by Murphy, who made an acrobatic play to rob Michael Morse of a hit. “It was Dan’s night,” Collins said.(STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more