Rotchford OT Goal Sends RFH to First Dowd Cup Final

first_imgBy Brian DeakyneRED BANK — In the midst of the madness around them, Rumson-Fair Haven forwards Hunter Rotchford and Brian Robinson didn’t take note at who scored the game-winning overtime goal.“I was hacking and hacking at it and eventually it went in,” Rotchford said. “Robinson said he hit it in, I said I hit it in, I really don’t know who got the better piece of it.”The goal, which was credited to Rotchford, came with 3:45 remaining in overtime to lift the second-seeded Bulldogs to their first Dowd Cup final in school history, topping Red Bank Regional, 3-2 Wednesday afternoon in the semi-finals of the Dowd Cup.RFH scored a short-handed goal in the early stages of the second period, and a goal late in the period to take a 2-1 lead over sixth-seeded Red Bank Regional, but the Bucs’ came back in the third period, sending the teams to overtime.Rotchford’s goal was the only shot registered on RBR goalie Charlie Fox, who finished with 36 saves on the game.“Charlie’s a great goalie. He never lets the first one in,” Rotchford said.Rotchford took a pass from Robinson, short-handed, and after being stopped by Fox, he slipped in his own rebound inside the right post, drawing even with the Bucs with 8:44 remaining in the second period.“Brian made a nice pass to me and I was able to finish,” Rotchford said.Gary Cali fed Robinson later in the period, who was left alone in the slot, and he lifted the puck top-shelf, giving the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.“They [Red Bank Regional] were coming off a good win against St. Rose and we knew it was going to be a tight battle,” Rumson-Fair Haven coach Chris McCafferty said. “They kept coming. They fought, they stuck with their gameplan it was a good game and well-matched.”The Bucs took the early lead when Sam Marascio blasted a power play goal past Bulldogs’ goalie Dominic Padula with 4:21 left in the first period. Joe Franco looked to squeak a puck into the net from the side, and the rebound kicked out to Marascio, who put it away.Padula stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced, but Fox faced much more pressure on the other end of the ice throughout the game.“I told Charlie that, for the past four years, it’s been nice to know that we’ve had the better goalie every single night,” Red Bank Regional head coach Tim Hall said.Josh Saboyu tied the game at two with 8:22 left in the game, grabbing possession of the loose puck in front of the net, and beating Padula to his right.“I told the boys in the locker room that tonight is who we are,” Hall said. “It’s been a challenge for us to play up to our potential. RBR has traditionally not had a hockey culture, but we are building on next year.”After a back-and-forth minute of play in overtime, Rotchford put home a net-mouth scramble after Fox appeared close to covering it.“I was told that he didn’t have a solid glove on it, and the puck was constantly loose, so it couldn’t be whistled dead, and that’s fine with me,” Hall said.Red Bank Regional converted on their opening power play, but couldn’t capitalize on their following three.The Bulldogs didn’t have a single power play for the second game in a row.Charlie Fox of RBR making one of his 36 saves against RFH in the Dowd Cup Semifinal WednesdayRotchford nearly added a second short-handed goal, on the same penalty kill, in the second period, but Fox turned away his breakaway attempt.Saboyu had a breakaway attempt of his own, six minutes into the game, but he was stopped by Padula.“Dominic has had the nickname “The Dominator” since he was 8 years old, and that’s because he makes the big saves when he has to,” McCafferty said.The Bulldogs will take on fifth-seeded Marlboro in the Dowd Cup final on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Red Bank Armory. RFH will be looking for their first ever Dowd Cup championship and Marlboro will be hoping to repeat from last year’s championship.last_img read more

No play at Sabina Park

first_imgPlay on Saturday’s second day of the historic day/night  Digicel WICB Regional 4-Day Tournament  match between the Jamaica Scorpions and Leeward Hurricanes will start 30 minutes early. Today’s opening day at Sabina Park was abandoned without a ball being bowled.    No play was possible due to wet conditions caused by rain and there could be more disruption on Saturday.  According to the Met Office, a stationary front across Jamaica continues to generate unstable weather conditions. The start on the second day has been rescheduled to 2:30 p.m. Teams: Jamaica Scorpions (from): Nikita Miller (captain), Fabian Allen, Jermaine Blackwood, Derval Green, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Andre McCarthy, Rovman Powell, Paul Palmer Jr, Jerome Taylor, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick Walton Leeward Hurricanes (from): Kieran Powell (captain), Rahkeem Cornwall (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Jason Campbell, Kaecy Carty, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Jeremiah Louis, Jermaine Otto, Gavin Tonge, Hayden Walsh Jr.last_img read more

Ginebra nears finals, nips TNT in game 3

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson TNT had a chance to send the game to overtime but Glen Rice Jr.’s last three-point attempt bounced off the rim as Justin Brownlee tried his hardest to challenge the shot.“That was a great game, both teams played well and it came down to the last shot,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “It bounced off the rim and it came out in our favor.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“The series is not over, the series haven’t been won. We have the lead, which is nice to have, but we’re certainly not safe especially against a team like TNT.”Scottie Thompson could’ve iced the game for the Gin Kings earlier in the fourth but he missed his two chances from the free throw line with 7.1 seconds left with the scores at 106-103 with Ginebra on the lead. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Thompson’s botches freebies allowed Rice to take TNT’s final shot attempt, but fortunately for Ginebra the ball bounced off the rim.Joe Devance came up big for Ginebra with 20 points, four of which came in the final 1:34 of the game, on 8-of-14 shooting while Brownlee had a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double.Thompson also had a double-double for Ginebra as he put up 17 points and 12 rebounds while LA Tenorio almost finished with a triple-double with 16 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.Rice had a game-high 44 points to go along 20 rebounds to lead TNT while Jayson Castro filled up the stat sheets with 17 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESGinebra took the driver’s seat again in its series against TNT after taking a close 106-103 win in Game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Gin Kings are a win away from a finals return and could close things out on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Racela, Chua engage in shouting match at halftime Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READlast_img read more

Isaiah Thomas plays 4-on-4, Cavs’ All-Star nearing return

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mascot designs for 2020 Tokyo Olympics shortlisted “Hopefully, yeah,” Lue said. “Not sure how he’s going to feel after today when he got done working out, so just trying to get a gauge on how he feels today, if there’s any soreness or pain or anything and go from there.”Thompson said his return is completely up to the team’s medical staff.“I’m always ready to play, even when I first got hurt I was always ready to play,” he said. “You’ve gotta listen to the medical team and that’s their job, that’s what they’re here to do, to protect us and make sure when we come out to play we don’t have nothing lingering or having a setback. When they say I’m ready to play and I’m ready to go, then, put back on the wine and gold.”James said the Cavaliers’ 12-game winning streak has no bearing on when would be a good time for Thomas and Thompson to come back.“That’s not how we do it around here,” he said. “When guys are healthy and are ready to get back in the lineup, then they’ll be there, but there’s never been no urgency for anyone.”The return of two rotational players will be a major challenge for Lue, who has spent much of the season juggling lineups because of injuries and trying to find the right combinations.The Cavs have never played with Thomas, who averaged 28.9 points per game with Boston last year, but James said he has already visualized the impact the playmaker will have with Cleveland.“I play a lot of NBA 2K,” James said, referring to the video game. “It’s the most realistic basketball game you could ever play. I mix and match a lot of lineup changes and things of that nature to see how we can be really good. I’ve done that.”And how do the Cavs look with Thomas?“Looks pretty good,” he said. “Looks pretty good.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano FILE – In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Isaiah Thomas catches a pass before the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Cleveland. Thomas, who has yet to make his debut with the Cavaliers, played four-on-four with other Cleveland players and coaches on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, a significant step in his recovery from a hip injury. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cavaliers All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas played 4-on-4 on Wednesday, a significant step in his recovery from a hip injury.Thomas, who has yet to make his debut with Cleveland, scrimmaged along with injured forward Tristan Thompson, rookies Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic, and members of the coaching staff.ADVERTISEMENT Thomas has been making steady progress and nearing his return to action and helping the Cavs, who acquired him during the summer in the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. Since training camp opened, the Cavs have said they expect Thomas to play in games by the end of 2017, and that projection could be moved up.Thomas has been building up his workouts steadily as he recovers from a torn labrum in his right hip. It’s possible Thomas could play in one of Cleveland’s four home games this month before the team finishes December with three road games, including a Christmas Day matchup with the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.The Cavs would need to how Thomas recovers after taking contact during practice before he would be cleared to play.“At the end of the day it’s all about the next day,” LeBron James said as he kept an eye on his teammates from the opposite corner of Cleveland Clinics Courts. “When they say they feel good the next day after a workout session, that’s great to know.”Thompson has been sidelined since Nov. 1 with a strained left calf, but could return this week.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson With coach Tyronn Lue and members of the team’s front office watching intently from behind the basket, Thomas moved freely and didn’t appear to have any restrictions during the half-court workout that took place following the team’s morning shootaround.Lue reported that Thomas “looked good” and absorbed some contact. It was the second straight day Thomas scrimmaged.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseHowever, Lue did not provide any update on when Thomas might play in a game. Lue planned to check with the team’s medical staff to find out the next step in Thomas’ recovery program, which the 28-year-old has described as his “slow grind.”Because of Cleveland’s schedule, there aren’t many practice days for Thomas to get in work with his teammates. Lue said it’s possible he’ll practice with members of the Canton Charge, the Cavs’ D-League affiliate. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Govt gifts $57M to M&CC

first_img…to be spent on community projectsThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) was gifted $57 million by Central Government to do works in local communities.This was according to the Town Clerk Royston King who told media operatives that there were plans to allocate $75 million of the total $200 million that would be given to the Council by Government for community projects. However, they have received $57,688,022 to begin those works.King posited that while those monies will be spent on rehabilitation, there are certain criteria that were agreed upon by the Council as it relates to the disbursement, management, completion and evaluation of the works.He noted that a committee was appointed to spearhead these operations which comprises of Mayor Patricia Chase Green; the Finance Committee Chairman, Oscar Clarke; Chairman of the City Works Committee, Phillip Smith; City Engineer Colvern Venture; and City Treasurer Sharon Harry-Munroe.He explained that the projects should be examined and approved in writing by the committee and upon request by contractors; a mobilisation of 10 per cent of the total project estimate would be given to assist with the ejection of resources to commence works within the targeted communities.Additionally, residents of the communities would be required to assist the contractors with manual labour to get the work completed.“Fifty per cent of the work force where manual labour is required should be made up of residents of the communities where the works are executed,” King stated.While these monies have been granted to the Councillors for development projects, City Hall ended 2017 with an approximate deficit of some $57 million, with less than two per cent of its capital works programme being completed for that year.From the Treasurer’s report, it was recorded that the city earned $2.036 billion in revenues and spent in excess of $2.093 in expenditures.The most significant income at that time was rates and taxes which accounted for some $1.1 billion of the total revenues earned.However, there was a decrease in the projected revenue being earned from container fees which raked in $57 million and $183 million in 2016 and 2017 respectively, after it was expected to earn some $360 million.Meanwhile, the parking meter project was expected to earn $120 million annually, but only $667,804 was tallied after only two months of operation.last_img read more

TIP task force to introduce SOPs for prosecution of offenders

first_imgThe Ministerial Task Force for Trafficking in Persons has announced actions to launch Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the prosecution of persons associated with this offence, to ensure that the best practices are upheld.Guyana Times understands that this involves interviewing both victims and suspects and investigating the crime with the intention of preserving evidence and building stronger cases. In what was described as “modern slavery”, the TIP Act denotes the offence as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons by means of threat or use of force”.Through the task force, agencies under the Public Security Ministry have been monitoring the frequency of such cases and implementing strategies to curb this issue. It was noted that the subvention to Non-Governmental Organisations was increased and additional facilities for males were created.“The Ministry of Social Protection has increased its subventions to Non-Governmental Organisations that manage victim care facilities, to ensure the protection and safety of victims and to guarantee that they are given the necessary counselling and other resources to move forward with their lives.  It has also increased overall, the number of care facilities, adding transitional facilities, and creating a space for male victims.”One of these organisations is the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO), which has been helpful in identifying trafficking in the mining communities.In the US State Department’s annual TIP Report for 2017, Guyana was elevated as a tier one status, which it retained in 2018.  This indicates that the country meets the minimum standard for eliminating human trafficking along with increased funding to assist victims.However, Women’s Rights Activist, Karen De Souza had recently positioned that the country lacks the institutional capacity to assist victims of human trafficking.The outspoken activist stated that financial and human resources are the most important aspects in building capability to effectively support persons who are liberated from trafficking rings. For her, those resources are still lacking to ensure that these laws are upheld.“There are a number of areas that needs to be looked at more closely in relation to implementation of the law that exist and the resources also have to be provided for the full implementation of the law, as in how do you support a person that has been trafficked to retake their lives and put things together for a person to become a free, functioning and emotionally secure human being? I’m saying we don’t have all those resources at the moment.”last_img read more

Miners accused of stealing ATV on $200,000 bail

first_imgTwo miners, who are accused of ambushing a man on a trail and stealing his All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), were on Monday charged and released on bail when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The miners, thirty-one-year-old Mark Smith of Lot 132 Nelson Street Mocha, East Bank Demerara, and Robin Patrick, 20, of Charity, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied the charge when it was read to them.The charge stated that on December 9, 2019, at Essequibo District, while armed with a piece of wood and cutlasses, they robbed Claudio DaSilva of one ATV motorcycle valued at $3.5 million.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield informed the court that on December 9, the Virtual Complainant was on his bike heading to his mining camp when he was forced to slow down on the trail.The court heard that the two accused, who were hiding in a clump of bushes, ambushed the VC, and dealt him several lashes about his body before taking his bike. The men then made good their escape and the matter was reported to the Mahdia Police Station, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni). Following an investigation, the two accused were arrested.In court on Monday, the prosecutor said that the duo was positively identified by the VC during an identification parade. He did not object to bail being granted but asked for it to be substantial. The men were each released on $200,000 bail. As a condition for bail, they have to report to the Mahdia Police Station once per week until the hearing and determination of the case. The case will continue on January 14, 2020.last_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgSuccessful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12 Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsProstate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club weekly league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail audmill@qnet.com. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. last_img read more

Blow for Premier League big guns as Barcelona step up Ousmane Dembele pursuit

first_imgBarcelona’s pursuit of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea target Ousmane Dembele has stepped up a notch after their sporting director reportedly held a meeting with his agent.The Spanish club have been linked with a potential move for Dembele this summer following an eye-catching first season in the Bundesliga.Barca were impressed by how the 20-year-old dealt with the step up from Rennes to Borussia Dortmund this term, during which he scored six goals in 32 league outings.Dembele is also considered one of the cornerstones of the new, young France national team set-up alongside the likes of Kylian Mbappe.As such, Dortmund are desperate not to lose him this summer but that will not prevent clubs like Barca from trying to prise him away.And, according to Marca, the La Liga club’s sporting director Robert Fernandez held a meeting with Dembele’s agent Moussa Sissoko to discuss a potential deal.It has been reported that Barca would need to pay £79.25m in order to sign him, which would smash the previous record for any other Bundesliga player.That figure is not out of reach for Barca and it could also tempt City, Liverpool or Chelsea into a bid of their own.All three clubs could realistically afford to shell out that much on such a talented prospect, whose value is only expected to rise over the next five years or so. Ousmane Dembele in action for Borussia Dortmund 1last_img read more

Kick Off: The Fall of the House of FIFA – Tuesday, July 11

first_imgMark Saggers is joined by David Conn to discuss the FIFA corruption scandal on the back of his book ‘The Fall of the House of FIFA’.They discuss the history of the organisation and how it has shaped the beautiful game, taking in important figures such as Sir Stanley Rous, Joao Havelange and Franz Beckenbauer.Listen above or click here to download the Kick Off special from iTunes, along with previous editions.last_img