Chris Hughton’s players may be looking forward to the end of the season a bit much (Picture: Getty Images)Brighton’s players have been accused of being ‘out on the town for three nights in a row’ ahead of their crucial game with Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League season.The Seagulls will play a big part in the Premier League title race as City must better Liverpool’s result on Sunday to lift the trophy.If the Reds beat Wolves at Anfield and Brighton can take points off City then it will be Liverpool who lift the title.However, Jurgen Klopp and his side will not be impressed with Brighton’s players if reports are true that they have been enjoying themselves a bit too much in the build up to the match.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTESPN FC presenter Adrian Healy said: ‘I’ve got a mate who’s a Brighton fan who informs me that several of the Brighton players have been spotted out on the town for the last three nights in a row.’ Phil HaighSunday 12 May 2019 10:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link113Shares Brighton players ‘spotted out on the town for three nights in a row’ ahead of Man City game on last day of the season Advertisement Jurgen Klopp will be hoping Brighton are on top form on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)Craig Burley, the former Celtic and Chelsea midfielder, was not at all surprised to hear the rumour, and suggested that it was very normal for players to have a couple of midweek drinks.‘In the days before we were going for the title at Celtic, we were out for three days and we were going for the title, and won it by the way,’ said the 47-year-old.‘So I’d wholly anticipate that if they’ve got nothing to play for on their behalf, they’re having a few shandies, strawberry daiquiris.‘They’ve got a duty to the rest of the league and to Liverpool. Yeah, yeah, sod that.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBrighton boss Chris Hughton is certainly not taking his foot off the gas going into the last game of the season, despite his team being safe from relegation, and sees the clash with the champions as a great chance for his side to show what they can do.‘We have a wonderful opportunity in tomorrow’s game to have a big bearing on who will win the league, and that’s great for the club,’ Hughton told talkSPORT.‘This is probably the game where we’ve recovered the most and we’re in decent form going into it, on the back of a really good away performance at Arsenal, which gives us more of a chance mentally.‘So the pressure is off us. I don’t think there would be any of my players who wouldn’t be really looking forward to the challenge of this game.’MORE: Mo Salah, Andrew Robertson and Roberto Firmino injury updates from Liverpool boss Jurgen KloppMORE: Pep Guardiola bans Manchester City staff from speaking about Liverpool during their clash against Brighton Comment Advertisement
Norway-based well engineering and consultancy company Ridge has acquired a Norwegian oil and gas consultancy company Ocean Maxwell, owned fully by founder Cecilie Sælen. With this acquisition, Ridge believes it will further enhance the ability of the company to best serve the needs of new and existing customers in the upstream oil and gas industry.Ridge will deliver engineering and consultancy services within four main O&G disciplines: subsurface, drilling & wells, subsea and facilities.“Ocean Maxwell increases the portfolio of services we can offer to our clients, with their subsea and facilities engineering pool,” says Jarle Veshovde, managing director in Ridge. “Our focus as a company continues to be delivery of engineering excellence and the highest quality solutions and advice, which we have become renowned for.”After the acquisition, Ridge comprises a pool of approximately 80 specialist engineers and consultants, with a projected 2018 turnover exceeding NOK 160 million.
Share Tweet EntertainmentLocalNews Ms Jacintha Fagan is first runner up at Jaycee Queen Show 2011 by: – August 2, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share 30 Views no discussions Miss Jacintha Fagan at The Jaycee Queen Show 2011 photo credit:Jayceequeenshow.comMiss Dominica, Jacintha Fagan, walked away with the first runner up position at the Jaycees Caribbean Queen Pageant held in Antigua last night.She grabbed that position from among a field of 15 contestants from across the Caribbean.Miss St. Kitts-Nevis, Iantavian Queeley, walked away with the crown, while Miss Anguilla and Miss St. Lucia took the second and third runner up positions respectively.It is a huge win for Fagan who faced a barrage of criticism following her failure to walk away with a winning position at the recently held Miss Caribbean Culture Queen competition in St. Kitts-Nevis.Whats Up Caribbean
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez’s move to Everton has moved closer after Latics chairman Dave Whelan confirmed the two clubs have agreed a compensation payment. Martinez had already held talks, with Whelan’s permission, but is now free to discuss contract terms. “He’d spoken to Everton because I gave them permission,” Whelan said. “When he came back and told me how it had gone, it had gone very well and he was probably in the last two or three on the list. “Then the chairman rang me and discussed the compensation deal with me, and we agreed that this evening.” Porto coach Vitor Pereira and former Schalke boss Ralf Rangnick had also been linked with the vacancy. Everton responded with a statement on their website in which they insisted no appointment is imminent. The statement read: “In response to regrettable and somewhat premature reports earlier this evening, Everton Football Club are continuing discussions with regards to the vacant managerial position. “Whilst positive moves are being made, the club will officially announce details as and only when they are agreed and completed.” The Spaniard held talks with Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright last week and a deal has now been agreed to buy out the remaining year of Martinez’s contract. Whelan told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I’ve reached some terms with the chairman, Bill, of Everton about six o’clock this evening. He can now talk to Everton because Bill and myself have sorted the compensation.” Press Association
“I’m surprised but that’s the nature of the Premier League. It’s very tough to win. The next one comes and we’ll be ready for it for sure. We’re in good shape mentally and physically. “I think we’ve got complete freedom to go hard for the next 12 games and see where it takes us.” Burnley have no fresh injury worries. Matt Taylor is closing in on a return after making a slow recovery from Achilles surgery but is not yet ready for the matchday squad. Dean Marney and Kevin Long will both be out until next season after suffering cruciate ligament damage. Bafetimbi Gomis’ fortune in front of goal might just have changed for the better according to Swansea manager Garry Monk. Gomis has had a frustrating time since switching from Lyon last summer, first firmly cast in the role of understudy to Wilfried Bony and then finding goals hard to come by after the Ivory Coast striker completed his initial £25million January move to Manchester City. The 12-times capped France forward hardly endeared himself to the Swansea faithful as he appeared to agitate for his own January exit but Monk insisted that the 29-year-old was staying put at the Liberty Stadium. Gomis rewarded Monk’s faith with the winner against Manchester United last weekend and the Swansea boss was not bothered that the Frenchman’s second league goal was a complete fluke as he inadvertently deflected Jonjo Shelvey’s long-range shot past David de Gea. “You do need that little bit of luck sometimes, for that first one to go in and then you can go on a run,” Monk said. “You see all strikers doing it and hopefully this is his chance to do that. “Bafe could have scored a couple more – he had one cleared off the line against United and had a couple of chances in the previous game at West Brom. “But I’ve said before that Bafe’s working hard and he’s had some good chances to score those goals before, but unfortunately the luck wasn’t quite on his side.” Monk admits it has been a period of transformation for Swansea since Bony’s departure as the Ivorian was so central to their way of playing. But he says the squad has done a lot of work on training ground to attune themselves to Gomis’ style of play. “Obviously we are training more for the way that Bafe moves and the way he wants to receive the ball and, hopefully, we’ll see more of that in the next 12 games,” Monk said. “But Bafe will always be a threat, he’s a top player and the team are getting more used to the way that he plays. “All strikers want to score goals. That’s what they live and breathe for and they all want to go on runs.” Monk has no new injury concerns. His biggest dilemma is whether to revert back to his favoured 4-3-3 formation after switching to a midfield diamond for last week’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United. If Monk decides to do that then Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero could be recalled, with Nathan Dyer, who was omitted from the 18-man match-day squad against United, returning to the bench. Sean Dyche is feeling the love from fans of other clubs as he attempts to defy the odds and keep Burnley in the Premier League. If Dyche was in any way concerned Ashley Barnes’ controversial clash with Nemanja Matic at Stamford Bridge last weekend might harm Burnley’s appeal, he would have been reassured by a trip to the Etihad on Tuesday. He said: “I was at Manchester City the other night and there were loads of City fans coming up saying, ‘I hope you do it’. “There’s a story behind the story. Written off at the beginning of the season, written off after game 10, and I think there is a stiff-upper-lip mentality to that with British fans. “That underdog spirit and bulldog spirit, back in the day. I think it’s still there, it just needs igniting once in a while, and maybe people deem us to be part of that.” Burnley are back at Turf Moor this weekend, with Swansea the visitors fresh from their victory over Manchester United. The Clarets gave United a scare at Old Trafford earlier this month before slipping to a 3-1 loss and then fought back from a goal down to draw 1-1 at Stamford Bridge. Dyche admitted it has been hard to take that Burnley’s performances have not been rewarded with more points. He said: “Particularly the last few weeks, I think we’ve been operating at a very high level. And yet, we’ve got a couple of points out of three games. Press Association The Clarets have the smallest budget of any team in the top flight but go into the final 12 games of the season separated from safety only by goal difference. Burnley have covered more miles than any other team this season and matched the global superstars of Manchester City and Chelsea away from home with a squad consisting predominantly of British and Irish players.
“The stadium is a very very tough stadium to win there so we have to prepare very well because if not we have the opportunity to lose.” Watford have conceded a league high 86% of their goals in the second half and, after losing 2-1 against Manchester United to a the last minute goal, Flores has been working on his players to keep them motivated. “I don’t think Aston Villa is any different to Manchester United,” he said. “The crowd will be strong, the team might change this mentality because they have to be positive and go and try to smash our team. “For me every match is very difficult and very important. I tell the players not to underestimate and if we win next Saturday of course we are going to celebrate like Arsenal, Chelsea and other teams.” Grealish was warned about his off-field behaviour in April by then Villa boss Tim Sherwood after being pictured apparently taking nitrous oxide. In June he was in trouble again after photographs taken during a Tenerife holiday were published appearing to show him lying flat out in the street. ” I understand the decision of the coach,” said Flores ahead of Watford’s trip to Villa Park on Saturday. “When I was playing, when I was coaching sometimes these younger players need to make mistakes, they need to learn about these mistakes.” Flores is not underestimating bottom of the table Villa. “Sometimes people say to me this match is like six points but, for me, every match is the same importance. “I’m not preparing the match against Man United thinking that we are going to lose and of course I am not preparing the matches against Aston Villa or Sunderland thinking because they are in the bottom this is different.” Despite their current poor run Villa are unbeaten in their last eight meetings with Watford at Villa Park and Flores is in no mood to write them off. “We know Aston Villa. I think they have very good players, at this moment they do not have confidence but we know that they have the potential to win at any moment. We try to be clever, we try to not underestimate the match. Villa boss Garde has ordered Grealish to train with the club’s Under-21s for the foreseeable future after he was seen visiting a Manchester nightclub just hours after Villa’s 4-0 defeat to Everton last weekend. Flores thinks Garde had little choice but to punish 20-year-old Grealish, who has attracted unwanted headlines on several occasions this year. Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores believes Remi Garde was right to banish Jack Grealish from Aston Villa’s first team squad. Press Association
He explains, “She’s pretty responsive. I usually get up before her and I send her the first message in the morning, and not one morning has gone by where I haven’t heard from her by 9 o’clock.”According to Glover, who noted the lack of fencing between pool and pond at the hotel, “I think she drowned.”Photos of the pool deck and patio show that it is not fenced in. In addition, a concrete bulwark separates that area from the pond.The hotel’s management they “are working with the family and the investigation.” Bremer adds that he first knew something was wrong when he did not hear from his wife on Thursday morning.Photo courtesy: Facebook A 37-year-old Utah woman who was reported missing on Thursday has been found dead behind a South Florida hotel.Officials pulled Kelly Glover’s body from the lake behind the Westin Hotel in Fort Lauderdale around noon on Saturday. She was last seen on surveillance video from the hotel, walking down the stairs with no shoes on at around 2 a.m. Thursday. She was staying at the hotel with a friend.Adam Bremer, Glover’s husband, and her family flew from Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday in order to help authorities with the search, according to reports.Fort Lauderdale Police searched the area with dogs, divers and helicopters on that day, but initially did not find Glover, who came to Broward on a work trip.“We’re all just still in shock,” says Melissa Glover, Kelly Glover’s younger sister. “We’re all grieving in our own way.”“Her friend went to bed early [on Wednesday],” Bremer told Miami television station WPLG on Friday. “My wife was still up and her friend woke up around 4 a.m. [on Thursday], and my wife was nowhere to be found and the door was left open.”Authorities do not suspect foul play in Glover’s death.
Buenos Aires: River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio has denied speculation linking highly rated midfielder Exequiel Palacios to Real Madrid.The Argentine media has reported that the Spanish giants are among several European clubs seeking to secure the 20-year-old Argentina international.D’Onofrio said there were no discussions between Real Madrid and River officials over Palacios when the Argentine club was in Spain for the Copa Libertadores final earlier this month. Also Read – Meghalayan mid-fielder Phrangki Buam joins ISL side FC Goa “With Real Madrid we only spoke on one occasion. Emilio Butragueno (Real Madrid’s director of institutional relations) called Enzo Francescoli (River’s sports director) and told him that they would like to talk to us about the player,” D’Onofrio told Argentina’s Radio La Red on Thursday.“But when we were in Spain they did not make any contact with us about him.”Palacios, who has been capped twice for Argentina’s national team, is contracted with River Plate until June 2021. Reports in Argentina have said that River will ask for a transfer fee of 20 million euros for any deal to go ahead. IANS Also Read: Sports News
COLIN Wong won Guyana’s third bronze medal when action in the Singles of the Caribbean Mini and Pre Cadet Table Tennis Championships continued yesterday in the Dominican Republic. In total, Guyana finished with three bronze medals: Wong’s individual bronze, a bronze in the 13-and-under doubles between him and 18-and-under, 15-and-under, and 13-and-under national champion Jonathan Van Lange, and a bronze in the team’s division of the same age group between Van Lange and Krystain Sahadeo.JourneyWong got past home team player Acevedo Andelson 3-1 (11-6, 11-6, 9-11 and 11-5), and Trinidadian Ali Sameer 3-0 (11-8, 11-7 and 11-6) in the first stage of the event on Sunday to top Group Seven of the division.Of the four Guyanese 13-and-under players, only Wong and Jonathan Van Lange advanced past the first round.Van Lange, who finished second in Group Three, defeated Puerto Rican Eliam Davila 3-0 (11-5, 11-3 and 11-9).Later in the day, Wong advanced to the quarterfinals, while his Titans clubmate, Van Lange was knocked out. On Monday morning, Wong defeated Trinidadian Samuel Humphrey by a 3-1 margin to advance to the semi-finals, but he lost to home team’s Rafael Cabrera 1-3. All knocked-out semi-finalists in the tournament finished joint third.Meanwhile, the lone medal hope from the 11-year-old and under division, Ebo McNeil, fell short after losing 0-3 in the quarterfinals.
LEFT-arm spinner Raj Nannan spun his way to a five-wicket haul and the Malteenoes All Stars into the semi-finals of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Unicom T20 tournament on Tuesday night at the Sir Frank Worrell Cricket ground at UWI-SPEC in Trinidad and Tobago. The former national U-15 cricketer, who has had several years of cricketing experience in the Twin Island Republic, where he plays in the domestic league, was able to undermine the batting of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) cricket team to hand the visitors an eight-wicket win.The All Stars, made up of a number of Malteenoes Sports Club cricketers, with several invitees, lost the toss and were asked to bowl first.The home team laboured to 123 before they were bowled out in 19.1 overs. A few batsmen had starts, but they were not able to dominate. Keishawn Dillon led the attack with 20 unbeaten runs, but he faced 19 balls in his innings. Shaquille Johnson and Dion Wells batted with a bit more aggression, but the former lost his wicket for 18 from 12 deliveries and Wells for 15 from eight balls.Eventual Man-of-the-Match Nannan, who opened the bowling, led the attack with 5-19 from his four overs, while Anthony Adams and Kellon Carmichael supported with two wickets each.Rain then forced the use of the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern (DLS) method, which revised Malteenoes All Stars target to 94 off 15 overs.With experienced batsmen Robin Bacchus and Trevon Griffith playing some solid strokes, All Stars were able to race to 95-2 in 10.4 overs. Bacchus made 31 from 22 balls and Griffith 27 from 13.Wells was the pick of the Defence Force bowlers with 2-24 from his four overs.The semi-finals are scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday with the final billed for Sunday. The winners of the competition will collect TT$40 000 (approximately G$1.24M).