Fiorentina defender Marcos Alonso will join Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season on January 1. “I was looking for a player in that position on the left side and I hope he will help us and everybody will like him. “I am delighted that everything is agreed.” Alonso will become Poyet’s first signing since he replaced Paolo Di Canio at the helm in October. Press Association The former Bolton full-back has completed a medical on Wearside and will officially join the Black Cats’ squad when the winter transfer window opens. Manager Gus Poyet said: “I can confirm Marcos is going to be with us for the rest of the season on loan from Fiorentina, which is something very important.
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Stoke boss Mark Hughes believes his side can virtually assure a top-10 finish by winning their next two matches. The Potters have successive home games, against Hull on Saturday and Everton on Wednesday, and if they can take all six points on offer Hughes believes they will end the season in the top half of the Barclays Premier League table. They head into the weekend four points clear of 11th-placed Newcastle, unlikely to trouble the European spots and clear of relegation strife. Press Association “It’s progressing well, there’s will on both sides to get it done,” he said. “It’s a club that’s still going places and we’v got a lot to achieve here. The next few years can be really exciting.” Stoke have Geoff Cameron back from a one-match suspension on Saturday. Ryan Shawcross (back) and Bojan (knee) remain out, while Jon Walters, Erik Pieters, Marc Wilson and Stephen Ireland should all feature again having returned from injury against Aston Villa. Hull may be looking to stretch their unbeaten run to four matches against Stoke, but manager Steve Bruce has warned his players they remain in a “horrible dogfight”. The Tigers took just three points from a possible 12 in January and their prospects were looking bleak after successive defeats to West Brom, West Ham and Newcastle. But a battling draw at Manchester City raised spirits and victories over fellow strugglers Aston Villa and QPR see Bruce’s boys head into Saturday’s match in 15th place. There is no sense of complacency, though, with Bruce well aware of how quickly the picture could change again between now and May. “The result against Manchester City gave everyone a lift at the right time and back-to-back wins against teams around us…how good that feels,” he said. “Two weeks ago we were in the bottom three and now we’re four points clear, but we’ve got to maintain it. “We’re not out of the woods yet. We’re in a horrible dogfight and there’s eight or nine teams in with us who are all feeling it. “If you can put another couple of results together at this particular stage of the season it will really help. “They’re all really big games – how often have we said that? – but within a week we’re nearly down to single figures in terms of games to play.” Should Hull emerge from their trip to the Potteries and Tuesday night’s home clash with Sunderland with two positive results, they would surely be a long way towards guaranteeing a third straight season in the top flight. Bruce is aiming for a regular seat at the top table and sees Stoke as a perfect example of what is possible. “It’s a really healthy club,” he said. “That’s something we aim to achieve here. Stoke and West Brom are two types of club we can take an example from. “They’re well run, they built their training grounds up and the infrastructure to go with it, and over the years they’ve steadily become established Premier League teams. “That’s something we can aspire to. The longer we’re here, the better the squad becomes and the better facilities become.” The only sour note for Bruce this week has been the continued absence of midfielder Mohamed Diame. The Senegal midfielder was a revelation in the weeks following his summer switch from West Ham, scoring four times in his first five matches, but he has not been seen since a knee injury on December 3. A new setback last week scuppered his planned return and he is not yet back in training. But Hughes insists there is still a tangible goal to play for. “I think we can do that (guarantee a top-10 place) with two wins, certainly that will make the gap really difficult to overcome for the teams below,” Hughes told Stoke City Player. “That can help us because we want to get as high as we can. It’s our priority, something we’ve talked about since the start of the season and it’s still very much on for us if we win the games we know we’re capable of.” Hull have taken seven points from their last three games to catapult them out of the bottom three, but Hughes does not expect his men to be outdone in terms of self-belief when the teams meet. “There’s been a couple of good results for Hull, but they needed them…they were on a terrible run in fairness,” he added. “They’ve been able to pick up points from the teams around them, which is important in their situation and winning breeds confidence so they’ll be better mentally than they were three or four weeks ago. “But we’re in good nick ourselves and they won’t be looking forward to coming here and matching themselves up against us.” Hughes also confirmed that negotiations over a contract extension were heading in the right direction.
Fourth of July will look a little different this year due to the pandemic.Many will be lighting fireworks, and now that hand sanitizer has become an essential for nearly everyone around the globe, it could make for a painful combination this Fourth of July when it comes to lighting fireworks.The NSC shared firework safety tips on nsc.org which include; leaving fireworks to the professionals, understand your state’s laws because each state is different, adults should never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol, never allow young children to handle fireworks.Because fireworks are apart of the celebration for Fourth of July, and now hand sanitizer is apart of people’s daily routines, experts warn people that hand sanitizer contains alcohol which is highly flammable. “Alcohol and fire do not mix,” National Safety Council (NSC) spokeswoman Maureen Vogel told CNN. “You shouldn’t pair flammable items; it’s the proverbial recipe for disaster.”Stay safe everyone, and Happy Fourth of July!
Last Updated: 30th August, 2020 08:07 IST Franco Homers As Royals Rally Past White Sox 9-6 Maikel Franco and Ryan McBroom homered during Kansas City’s five-run seventh, and the Royals cooled off the Chicago White Sox with a 9-6 victory on Saturday SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 30th August, 2020 08:07 IST Maikel Franco and Ryan McBroom homered during Kansas City’s five-run seventh, and the Royals cooled off the Chicago White Sox with a 9-6 victory on Saturday.Ryan O’Hearn and Alex Gordon also went deep for Kansas City, which had dropped five of six — including consecutive 6-5 losses where the opponent won in its final at-bat.The last-place Royals finalized a trade during the win, sending reliever Trevor Rosenthal to San Diego for young outfielder Edward Olivares and a player to be named. They could look to move more players ahead of Monday’s trade deadline.Edwin Encarnación homered and Tim Anderson had four hits for the White Sox, who had won three straight and 10 of 11 to move into a tie for the AL Central lead.Chicago has 52 homers in August, establishing a franchise record for any month. The previous record of 51 also was achieved in August 2001 and July 2003.The White Sox rallied in the ninth, scoring three times on Anderson’s RBI double and a throwing error on reliever Ian Kennedy. But Jesse Hahn came in and struck out Yasmani Grandal and José Abreu for his first save.Jake Newberry (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for the win.Kansas City went ahead to stay in the seventh. McBroom connected against Zack Burdi (0-1) with one out, tying it at 3 and setting a Royals record with his third pinch-hit homer this season.O’Hearn added a two-out RBI single before Franco hit a three-run drive to center for his sixth homer.Kansas City extended its lead to 9-3 on RBI doubles by Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler in the eighth.After Gordon connected in the second for the Royals, the White Sox responded with Nick Madrigal’s tying RBI single in the third. Encarnación made it 3-1 with a two-run shot in the fourth.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: 3B Yoán Moncada appeared to get hurt running the bases in the ninth and exited the game. … LHP Carlos Rodon (shoulder soreness) is scheduled to throw three innings and 60 pitches Sunday at the team’s alternate training site in Schaumburg. … LHP Aaron Bummer (biceps strain) has started playing catch.UP NEXTLeft-hander Kris Bubic (0-4, 5.96 ERA) will start for the Royals on Sunday in the finale of the three-game series. The 23-year-old rookie is looking for his first major league win. The White Sox have yet to name a starter.Image credits: AP LIVE TV COMMENT Written By FOLLOW US
After five days of training and sharing of knowledge, the 2019 Bundesliga School has come to an end.The Ghana edition is the fourth since the inception of the project targeted at developing young footballers and coaches.The programme saw the likes of two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner, Renate Lingor and Ballon d’Or winner, Lothar Matthaus being in attendance.100 aspiring footballers were camped for the five-day period for mentorship and talent-harnessing processes.The school comprised of 25 female players aged under 17 years, 25 male players aged under 13 years, 25 players aged under 15 years and 25 male players aged under 17 years.Aside from the players, some coaches from Ghana were selected to share ideas to help bring out the best in the players.All the participants were sheltered and catered for under the umbrella of StarTimes Ghana.Here is how the five days were spent:Day One:The first day of the training school commenced with a press conference where StarTimes Ghana and representatives of the Bundesliga School shared the reason for the event and what they expect at the end of the programme.On Monday, the marketing head of StarsTimes confirmed the partnership with the German Bundesliga was part of a broader project by the English Football League (EFL) to roll out training and scouting schools across the world.“This is a partnership project between the Dutch football league and StarTimes. As we all know StarTimes is the official broadcaster of the Bundesliga in Sub-Saharan Africa and so when the EFL came up with this project, we thought it wise to tap into it for our territory, Ghana.What it means is that all the German coaches for the school are already here but they are not alone. They will be doing this with some Ghanaian coaches as well.” Providing more details to the programme, Coach Nass said the participants would be exposed to the coaching regimen which has made Germany a powerhouse in world football.He said a focus on youth football has ensured that German Bundesliga has regained its place among the best football leagues in the world.“Over the next five days, there will be training sessions twice a day on individual and basic techniques like how we train in Germany.“Also, there will be group tactics and individual tactics, so that they can show us what their level is and we can show them what the German kids get from us as coaches. The most important thing is that they have fun over the next five days”. He said there would also be knowledge transfer between the German and Ghanaian coaches during the programme.School coordinator, Bjoern Nass stated that the programme will end on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, with a football tournament to crown a German Bundesliga champion in Ghana.There would be a Bundesliga Experience which is a unique event which will give football fans in Ghana a taste of ‘Football As It’s Meant To Be’.After the press conference, a double training session was held for the 100 participants at the hosting venue, Lord Wembley Plus at Sukura.Day Two:Day two saw the participants get into shape and being grouped for the various drills designed for the school.Renate Lingor and a section of the 25 selected ladiesThey partook in some passing, dribbling and goalkeeping sessions, which were mostly overseen by the German coaches.Day Three:The third day had the media interact with some Bundesliga legends with World Cup winner, Lothar Matthaus, and ex-Black Stars duo, Samuel Osei Kuffuor and C. K Akunnor present.Mrs Akorfa Banson | DFL / Getty Images / Reinaldo Coddou HThe Bundesliga shield was also on display where the press corps had the opportunity to have a feel of the trophy.Interactive session with the Lothar, Sammy Kuffuor, C. K Akunnor |DFL / Getty Images / Reinaldo Coddou HWhile there was the StarTimes Bundesliga Legends Tour ongoing, the 100 footballers were still being taken through their paces by the Ghanaian and German coaches at Sukura.Day Four:The fourth day of the Bundesliga School had the Bundesliga legends, Lothar Matthaus, and ex-Black Stars duo, Samuel Osei Kuffuor and C. K Akonnor preview the Bundesliga game between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund.The Bundesliga legends previewing the Bundesliga game | DFL / Getty Images / Reinaldo Coddou HThey were hosted at Max TV, a channel on StarTimes to give their expert analysis of the Bundesliga match.DFL / Getty Images / Reinaldo Coddou HDay 5:The Bundesliga School ended with the legends visiting the Lord Wembley Sports Plus to interact with the 100DFL / Getty Images / Reinaldo Coddou HDFL / Getty Images / Reinaldo Coddou Hselected footballers and share their experience with them.Lothar Matthaus with a player from the Bundesliga School |DFL / Getty Images / Reinaldo Coddou HA send-off dinner was organized at Villagio Aqua.In attendance were members of StarTimes Ghana, the coaches from Ghana and Germany as well as the media.During the dinner, viewers who predicted correctly the game between Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, as well as the game between Freiburg and Bayern Munich, were given souvenirs from StarTimes Ghana.