Crossing continents

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Stones: Toffees can make top four

first_img Everton’s John Stones is confident the club can be even better next season “With the lads we’ve got on board from last season we can only better ourselves,” Stones said. “It will be a very exciting season and the work we’ve done in the background has been very positive so far. We’re very focused in what we want this season and in Europe.” Asked if they would be able to maintain another push for the top four while on the Thursday/Sunday treadmill of Europa League action, Stones said: “Definitely. That’s what we expect of ourselves. We want to better ourselves and I’ve said before the top five, top four, that’s what we’re aiming for.” Stones, whose displays last season attracted admiring glances from several rival clubs, cited Everton’s ambition as a key reason why he has committed himself once again. “It’s key that we’re all on the same wavelength with what we want and I’m sure we all know what we want together – and that’s top five, top five and progressing in the Europa League, so we’ll go out and express ourselves and achieve that hopefully,” he said. Although Everton have spent substantially in this transfer window – certainly by their own standards – Roberto Martinez’s side will have a familiar look to last season. Two of the higher-profile arrivals – record signing Romelu Lukaku and veteran midfielder Gareth Barry – both played at Goodison on loan last season, but while their rivals have brought in new players, Martinez was keen to focus on stability and continuity. In that sense, keeping hold of the likes of Barkley and Stones – and persuading Lukaku to return on a permanent basis – represents a significant victory. “I said at the start of the transfer window we need continuity,” Martinez said. “I think it’s very important that everything we did last season had a bit of continuation this season and John Stones is part of that. Facebook Email Press Association John Stones feels certain Everton can once again challenge for a Champions League place this season after signing a new five-year contract at Goodison Park. Close Everton’s John Stones is confident the club can be even better next season Everton’s John Stones is confident the club can be even better next season 1/1 “His performances at a very young age were full of potential, full of exactly what we want our defenders to do.” He added: “We’re very, very pleased with the additions we’ve had and continuing with important members of our squad.” And while the Europa League can be seen as a burden, Martinez believes it gives young players like Stones the ideal opportunity to learn and develop. “We want him to keep developing and keep getting tested in different ways,” he said. “He’s going to get that playing in Europe. In pre-season we’ve faced different opposition and it’s something we’re looking forward to next season. “You know what you’re going to get in the domestic cups and league, but in Europe you get stretched and pushed in different ways and I think John and the other young players will benefit immensely from that experience.” Martinez is keen to make sure he has enough players to cover the additional demands, but said no other deals were imminent and he is continuing to monitor the fitness of three players who missed significant time last season. “At the moment we’re looking more in-house and good we can be with the players we have,” he said. “Last season we had three long-term injuries which was a real shame. They missed so much football, but Darron Gibson is now back fully fit and had a really good pre-season. “Arouna Kone is slowly getting into a position where we can get him back and there’s Bryan Oviedo and those players are important to see how quickly we can get them back on the pitch before we make final decisions on the window.” Everton's John Stones is confident the club can be even better next season slide 1 of 1 Whatsapp Everton's John Stones is confident the club can be even better next season Twitter The 20-year-old defender, whose breakthrough campaign last term earned him England honours, has joined the likes of Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman in committing to Everton. And now his goal is to help the Toffees improve on last year’s fifth place even as they juggle Europa League commitments this time around. last_img read more

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Fan Pays $800K for Dinner with Tampa QB Tom Brady

first_imgA lucky fan has won the chance to have dinner, or work out, with NFL superstar Tom Brady by bidding nearly a million bucks in an auction that benefits victims of the coronavirus. After placing the winning bid of $800,000 at a fundraising auction, the winner also receives opening game tickets and memorabilia such as Brady’s jersey and cleats from his first game for Tampa Bay.The celebrity ‘All In Challenge’ fundraiser will help feed people who have lost jobs and who are in need during the coronavirus pandemic. The fundraiser raised $21.5 million in 13 days.Brady has signed with the Buccaneers after 20 years and six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.Other auction items include a round of golf and dinner with twice NFL Super Bowl winner Peyton Manning, which attracted a $525,000 bid, and a day of activities with Hall of Fame basketball great Magic Johnson that had a high bid of nearly $100,000.The identities of the leading bidders were not immediately available.last_img read more

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Guyoil signs on to International Race of Champions

first_imgThe Guyana Oil Company (GUYOIL) is the latest sponsor of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club International Race of Champions.The fuel giants yesterday handed over sponsorship through Marketing Manager, Eric Whaul, to GMR&SC’s Surica Singh, at their Camp Street office.In handing over the sponsorship, Whaul stated that the company is a long-time sponsor of sports and this is their way of fulfilling their corporate social responsibility.He contended that a lot of their products are also geared toward a large base of the racing family; hence the company being on board.The twenty-seven race programme is billed for November 11 and 12 at the South Dakota Circuit, Timehri.The event will see competition from Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica, the United States and Canada.In addition to the local races, the club has also included two sets of new events.The much-talked about Radical SR3 will make their debut here during that event as part of what the club deems ‘giving back to the fans.’There are also three professional drift cars that are expected for the event so that persons can be introduced to, and excited by the different forms of entertainment on both days.Saturday will be treated as just a race day, with adults being charged 1000 per entry and children 500. On Sunday, Adults will be charged $2000 and children $1000.Qualification will also be held on Saturday morning from 10:00hrs, with races beginning from 14:00hrs. Scrutineering will take place on Thursday and Friday and before qualification on Saturday.Meanwhile, the club is organising weekend passes for those patrons desirous of viewing both days of action as well as VIP passes.last_img read more

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WHS Daily News Bulletin: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

first_img•There will be a business and industry tour March 12. This is for sophomores and juniors. The tour includes Wellington, Mulvane and Cowley College automotive and welding shops. See Mrs. Case in room 301 to sign up. You must sign up by Friday. •Madrigal try outs will be held this week. These auditions will be held before and after school. See Ms. Coldwell if you are interested in auditioning. •Attention Seniors: Your pictures for the Senior Graduation video are due by March 13. A baby picture and a senior picture are required and elementary school to present pictures are recommended. If no pictures are submitted, you will not be in the video. Also, your senior picture does not have to be a formal picture. We DO accept selfies. •Students participating in Spring Sports: You must have a physical on file before you can practice. Your Sports Fee must be paid before the first game. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, March 4, 2015:Thursday• Sub-State Boys Basketball 6 p.m. at Winfield vs. Mulvane.Friday• Sub-State Girls Basketball 6 p.m. at Winfield vs. Mulvane.Saturday• Sub-State Basketball TBD.Wednesday: Italian Pasta Bake, green pepper strips, steamed carrots ,applesauce, brown, #hot roll/jelly.Thursday: Chicken pattie, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, hot roll/jelly, pineapple chunks.Today’s news:•Crusaders of the Stage present the Grounds Table Coffee Shop open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. in the commons. All proceeds go to the Crusaders of the Stage trip to Nationals. Come early and get your coffee!center_img •There has been a change to Cheer Try-outs: The Cheer Clinic will be now be held on Monday, March 9 and Tuesday March 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Main Gym and Tryouts will be on Friday, March 13 at 10 a.m. You will need to pick up a try-out packet in the office before tryouts. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Lawrence in the office.•It’s time for the Project Prom T-Shirt Logo Contest! The contest is open to Juniors and Seniors. The winner will receive $50.00. Entries must be received by March 25. Stop by the office to pick up the contest rules. •SENIOR GIRLS: Remember to turn in your completed Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship on or before March 12 to Mrs. Yates. •Seniors: Don’t forget to stop by the Counselors office to check out what scholarship applications are available.last_img read more

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