Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan failed to complete Tuesday’s training session over an injury concern.The Al Ain striker had his right thigh heavily strapped with ice on the sidelines as he watched his teammates train at the Accra Sports Stadium.The 27-year-old picked up a knock while with his UAE club.He however proved his fitness when he lasted the entire duration of Al Ain’s UAE Super Cup defeat to rivals Al Ahli last week.The Ghana captain however pulled out of Tuesday’s session after feeling pains in his thigh.He was immediately withdrawn to the sidelines perhaps as a precautionary measure before having a huge pack of ice strapped around the affected area. The Ghana team doctors refused to give any more details on the status of the injury until further examinations are conducted.An injury to Gyan will serve as a massive blow to the Black Stars just days towards the deciding 2014 World Cup qualifier against Zambia.Ghana are currently top Group D by just a point and only need to avoid defeat against the Chipolopolo to secure progress to the final stage of the qualifiers for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
Arsenal favourites as Aston Villa disappointed after Cahill talksby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa have found the personal demands of Chelsea captain Gary Cahill too rich.The Telegraph says Villa had held talks with the 33-year-old but cannot meet the demands Chelsea have put on the table.The Blues want Cahill’s £110,000-a-week wages paid in full if he is to leave Stamford Bridge on loan.And the former England international is said to want a similar sum if he was to make a permanent move to Villa Park.Arsenal boss Unai Emery could make a surprise raid for him instead.Arsenal could get a deal done on New Years Day if all parties can reach a swift agreement. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
He’s not quite the caliber of NBA Dunk Contest champion Zach LaVine, but former Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess is a pretty incredible dunker. Funchess, who played for the Wolverines from 2012-14, declared for the NFL Draft following his junior campaign that included 733 receiving yards and four touchdowns. NFL scouts will certainly love the 6-foot-5, 230-pound pass catcher’s athleticism. Check out this video of Funchess on the court: Former #Michigan WR Devin Funchess (@D_FUNCH) has avatar-like bounce. When NFL teams see his head above the rim?! pic.twitter.com/uLWbbxBQeQ— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 15, 2015Funchess is projected by many to be a tight end at the next level. Jimmy Graham, one of the NFL’s best tight ends, has similar skills on the basketball court. If Funchess can be half the player Graham is, he’ll have a very long career.
TRIPOLI – Libya’s coastguard has rescued 84 illegal immigrants from Africa in the sea off Tripoli, Lana news agency quoted a maritime official as saying on Thursday.“The Libyan coastguard supported by special forces of the Navy rescued 84 illegal migrants of various African nationalities whose boat had broken down in the sea north of Tripoli” late on Wednesday, the official said.“All of the migrants are healthy and have been transferred to the (western) port of Zawiya where they were handed over to agencies that fight illegal immigration.” On Tuesday nearly 100 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa escaped from a detention centre at Gharyan in southwestern Libya. Seventy-five of them were subsequently arrested.With a 1,770-kilometre (1,100 miles) coastline, Libya is a favoured country of transit for would-be migrants from southern and western Africa seeking to reach Europe in search of a better life.But the journey is frequently perilous, and hundreds of Africans have drowned in the Mediterranean en route for Europe this month alone. Hundreds have also been rescued.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed that he will be sticking with Petr Cech for their upcoming game against Chelsea on SaturdayCech’s status as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper has been put into question following Bernd Leno’s £22m arrival from Bayer Leverkusen during the summer transfer window.But, while he retained his place in goal for Arsenal’s first league game of the season against Manchester City, Cech struggled to adapt to Emery’s new style of play and had nearly conceded an own goal.Although the 36-year-old did pull some saves during the encounter, despite the Gunners losing 2-0 to Pep Guardiola’s side.“I am very happy with his performance,” said Emery, according to Sky Sports.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“I think he has experience, quality, capacity like a first goalkeeper with us – and also Bernd Leno.“They are two goalkeepers important for us. Different qualities but for us, like we want to play, the two goalkeepers can play.“Saturday the decision is easy, Petr Cech will continue to start the match, I believe in him. If he starts bad, I believe in him also.”Arsenal will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
After his goal vs Amiens in Ligue 1 for PSG, youngster Kylian Mbappé achieved another stat that proves he is comparable to Brazilian Ronaldo.Regardless of what any of us thinks about either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in today’s football, there is no denying that Kylian Mbappé already is one of the best players in football history at the age of 20 years old.The French phenomenon played this weekend in Ligue 1 against Amiens in a match where Neymar wasn’t present, he scored an ominous 70th-minute goal that was coincidentally his 70th career goal as well.The scary part of all this is the age in which the World Cup champion reached this number, because when compared to other all-time greats from modern football, only Brazilian Ronaldo scored more goals at that same stage of his career.Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo pale in comparison at the same age, but Brazilian Ronaldo’s stats at that age were very scary for such a young player.Those damn knee problems were the only reason the Brazilian didn’t become the best player in football history, because the numbers he was already punching in were already around triple digits.But the comparisons started taking a weird turn right after Kylian Mbappé scored this goal when people in the UK started comparing him to poor Danny Welbeck from Arsenal FC on social media.Danny Welbeck, 28 years old:69 club career goalsKylian Mbappe, 20 years old:70 club career goals pic.twitter.com/dKYvGZ2qYn— Ophicial Manando ⚽ (@ophicialmanando) January 12, 2019It may have been a skit at first with this comparison between the English striker who has scored 69 career-goals and he is already 28-years old, this comparison is at best unfair and people need to leave Danny alone.The current season for Kylian Mbappé has him already scoring 13 Ligue 1 goals this season, a number that keeps him at the very top of the goal scoring table in French football and only three goals shy off Lionel Messi’s 16 La Liga goals.The fight for the Golden Shoe is starting to take shape, and Kylian Mbappé is hands down one of the most important contenders for this prize that the Messi owns at the moment.We are living in a new era after 2018, one that will start to tell us that the new generations are taking over from the old ones and this French wonder kid is at the very top of the conversation with his Ligue 1 goals.But the competition is fierce throughout Europe, as there are many players who are currently competing for the Golden Shoe from not only Ligue 1 and La Liga, but also from Serie A, the Bundesliga, and the Premier League.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Kylian Mbappé being right up there mentioned with the players we are about to mention boggles the mind because of how young he is.Wooooo. Mbappe goal. Awesome break and counter by PSG pic.twitter.com/G8WonafhKf— Billy M (@Wideoverload) January 12, 2019We’ve already mentioned Mbappé and Messi leading their respective competitions, but Cristiano Ronaldo is still going strong with his 14 goals in Serie A. The Bundesliga has Spaniard Paco Alcacer and Croatian Luca Jovic with 12 goals each.But hands down the most competitive race for goals is currently in England, where Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane have been challenged by Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.All of the Premier League strikers have currently 14 goals each, but the Tottenham Hotspur striker has a golden opportunity to take the lead of Sunday if he manages to score against Manchester United at Wembley this Sunday.The competition is very stiff all over Europe, a very different landscape to the one we had only four years ago when the world was widely dominated by Messi and Cristiano with the occasional appearance of Luis Suarez.The Uruguay striker, by the way, is also fully involved in the race for the Golden Shoe with his 12 La Liga goals for FC Barcelona so far this season.Kylian Mbappé is in very good company right now, but he can only be compared to the likes of Brazilian Ronaldo now after reaching his latest milestone.It’s scary to think how far he can get, we’ll be there throughout the whole way to find out.⚽️ Goals scored before age of 20 for club + country:Ronaldo (92) Kylian Mbappé (64)Neymar Jr (48) Sergio Aguero (44) Wayne Rooney (43) Lionel Messi (27) Cristiano Ronaldo (20)Still 70 days before Mbappe turns 20. pic.twitter.com/j2N0odQCrb— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) October 11, 2018How many career goals do you think Kylian Mbappé will be able to score by the time he retires? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City youngsters to seize the opportunity in their game against Burton to stake a claim in the first team.The likes of Phil Foden, Philippe Sandler and Eric Garcia are expected to feature at the Pirelli Stadium having trained with the first-team.However, Guardiola has warned the club’s youngsters they will not be gifted a place in his side and must earn their spot on merit.He told Sky Sports: “I’m pretty sure they are motivated to play in the first team, to play alongside incredible players in competitions and semi-finals. Of course, they are going to be motivated.Mourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“But they have to know how difficult it is to achieve [a place in] the first squad and the first team, not just in Man City but everywhere.“It is a massive opportunity for them to be close to the first team but it is not easy. We don’t give presents because they are nice or something special. It depends on them.“They have to show us, they have to play their level. Wednesday is a challenge for them but I’m pretty sure they are going to play well because they can do it.”
Publishers believe pretty faces sell more books. Which is why the author picture on the back cover is paid more attention to at times than the content of a book. Which is not to say Shruti Sharma’s debut novel Abyss to Abyss is not interesting between the covers. It’s a good-hearted story of a girl stuck in a bad marriage who still believes in the power of dreams. Millennium Post had a quick tête-à-tête with Sharma. Read on…This being your debut book, how much of you is in protagonist Ria? Most writers end up making their first book autobiographical. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ This book is a work of fiction. But I think there is a little bit of Ria in all of us. Her character is very real, she does stupid things, she has fears like any one of us, she cries, she gets excited, she has her gloomy moments. At the same time she also embodies someone who has the courage to go beyond the boundaries, yes she is scared but she challenges herself and dares to explore the unknown which I think is admirable and inspiring. Ria goes through an arranged marriage and moves to US with a stranger. You live abroad. How prevalent is arranged marriage among NRIs today? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix I think it’s very common for guys here to get married to girls from India. In general, it’s so common for professionals here to just fly to India for 15 days, meet girls and then just marry one of them. I live in Silicon Valley and most Indian girls that I have met here were here because of arranged marriage. Here is the sad part, not many are happily married. And even more sad? No one talks about it. They choose to live through it because they are scared. And I think a lot of this is cultural. It’s embedded subconsciously that once you are married you got to make it work…which is twisted because people should not be together if they are not meant to be together. I am not saying that all the marriages that are arranged are bad, what I am saying is that not very often do the girls (in bad marriages) take a decision of saying ‘You know what I am not going to put up with this crap anymore.’ In this novel, Ria recognises that sticking along in a bad marriage is wrong. And in the end everything turns out just fine and that’s the message I wanted to convey. That people in bad marriages should not think that it’s the end. Pursue your dreams what may be…The universe guides you.Every character in my book is telling a story and it has a deeper meaning. Ria seems to be all good. Do you think you could have painted her a little more grey? I think she does a lot of ‘wrong’. She does her fair share of ‘stupid’ things. She kept thinking her husband Jay would change then she chased Tanishq in desperate hope to find love so she wasn’t all that good. I painted her naive, that’s a color too. What prompted you to write a book? I grew up seeing my mom who has authored many books and I always wanted to write one. The timing was just right, professionally I had met all my goals so I thought of pursuing my long time dream of writing a novel. Why an e-book? There are takers for ebooks in the West, in India it is trend yet to catch upPaperback is also available through Amazon , Author House website and Barnes & Noble. Right now my publisher told me that the distribution channels (US based) will be able to sell the books internationally as well. Link: http://amzn.to/1sRRfZ8 What next for you? Plot of the next book in mind?Next book? I have a story in my mind but it’s very embryonic, again it’s going to be the one that can leave some sort of a message in the hearts of those who read the book. Did you have a specific readership in mind when you started writing? Mostly everyone but I think girls, who have been or are going through a rough relationship/ marriage will be able to relate to it. I hope this story can inspire people.