Roy Hodgson delighted after Mamadou Sakho cleared of ‘nasty’ doping allegations | Football News

first_imgRoy Hodgson is pleased Crystal Palace centre-back Mamadou Sakho was vindicated in the High Court this week over allegations he had taken a banned performance-enhancing drug.Back in 2016, the former Liverpool defender was briefly suspended after he tested positive for a fat-burning substance called higenamine, but UEFA’s disciplinary body later found it was not on World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list.- Advertisement – “I told him how delighted I was that he has cleared his name because this is a very nasty accusation to be hanging over your head, that you’re the drug cheat, especially when you haven’t cheated at all and it’s been a mistake unfortunately from WADA which I’m pleased to say.“Also I must congratulate them. They’ve had the decency and the courage to hold their hands up and say, ‘this was a mistake, we have perhaps damaged this man’s career and we’re making a full apology for it, and we are presumably compensating him for any losses he has had along the way.”‘While suspended at the end of the 2015-16 season, Sakho missed out on a place in Liverpool’s side to play Sevilla in the Europa League final and also France’s squad for a home European Championship.He moved to Selhurst Park in 2017 and quickly impressed, however in recent seasons injury problems have restricted his involvement under Hodgson. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Wolves’ win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League Wolves vs Palace highlights “I’ve certainly spoken to him and congratulated him on all the efforts he has had to make to clear his name. Marcelo Bielsa looks on as his Leeds United team take on Liverpool at Anfield 0:35 Sakho, 30, is expected to be part of the squad to face Leeds in the Premier League on Saturday, but the Eagles remain without summer signing Nathan Ferguson.The full-back is sidelined with a knee injury and after revealing the former West Brom defender suffered a setback earlier in the season, Hodgson conceded time is needed with the youngster.Hodgson added: “The answer to the question as to when we can expect to see him, no one can say at this moment in time.“Everyone at the club is very anxious that we don’t now spoil a lot of this good rehabilitation work that’s been going on by thrusting him back into a situation too early that the knee can’t handle.” – Advertisement – 2:59 Roy Hodgson praised Marcelo Bielsa for the job he has done at Leeds ahead of their first game against each other this weekend – Advertisement – Despite this, WADA – in statements issued to the Daily Telegraph and Guardian within the next 12 months – stated Sakho was guilty of taking a prohibited performance-enhancing drug.The one-time France international sued WADA for defamation and at a High Court hearing in London on Wednesday accepted an apology from the organisation and an undisclosed sum in damages.“It’s been strong of him to pursue it and to keep going because there must have been plenty of moments along the way he’s had to fight through and this week he got the news he had been cleared,” Hodgson said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Asian Games Vinesh Phogat completes engagement at Delhi airport after winning gold medal at Asiad

first_imgBut, Vinesh emphasised that the sudden decision to get engaged was not a result of the controversial reports doing rounds in the media.“No, it was nothing like that. For me, that article involving Neeraj didn’t exist. Somvir and I are friends for 7-8 years and the whole country knows about our relationship,” Vinesh was quoted by the TOI. Vinesh Phogat won the elusive gold in the 50kg freestyle category as she defeated Japan’s Yuki Irie by 6-2 to bag the shiny gold. For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian wrestling superstar Vinesh Phogat exchanged rings with her longtime friend Somveer Rathi at the Delhi airport as she got engaged after winning a historic gold medal at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. The selection of a rather odd venue for the engagement raised some eyebrows as the Asian Games gold medallist put an end to the controversial media reports surrounding her and Somveer’s relationship.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018, Day 11 LIVE: India eye more medalsVinesh Phogat marked her name in the history books as she became the first ever Indian woman to win a gold medal in wrestling at the Asian Games. However, her name has been constantly making rounds among the media outlets as recently she was romantically linked with another Asian Games gold medallist and star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra. Vinesh criticised the report that alleged closeness between the two and expressed her displeasure.However, she has now buried all the rumours following her engagement with Somveer Rathi, who is also a Greco Roman wrestler.ALSO READ: Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Goal of the Season for overhead kickVinesh later took to Instagram and posted photographs of her engagement.”Thank you everyone for making me feel special with your warm and beautiful birthday wishes. I am really touched and humbled with all the blessings showered on us. This birthday will always be a memorable one,” she wrote. last_img read more

QPR finalising deal to bring back Mackie

first_imgQPR are on the verge of completing a deal to bring Jamie Mackie back to Loftus Road from Nottingham Forest. Mackie, 29, scored 18 league goals during a three-year spell with Rangers and played a key role in helping them win promotion to the top flight in the 2010-2011 campaign.After falling out of favour under the then QPR manager Harry Redknapp, the Scotland international joined Forest in the summer of 2013.He spent last season on loan at Reading, making 39 appearances and scoring six goals.See also:QPR in talks to bring back MackieReturn of the Mack: Jamie’s back at QPRFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Home from Home: Raising orphans in loving community homes

first_imgCentral to the Home from Home model of care is the special bond between foster parent and child. (Image: Home from Home)It all started 11 years ago with one house and six children. Today it is a network of community-based foster homes that give orphaned and neglected kids a chance at a real childhood, outside institutions, in a loving home. This is the innovative model of South Africa’s Home from Home fostering network.“Home from Home isn’t an institution. We’re not a children’s home,” says co-founder and managing trustee Pippa Shaper. “We are a group – a cluster – of small community-based family homes. Our homes look like any other home on the street. They integrate into the local community.”Recognising that children respond better in small community foster homes than in institutional care, Home from Home was founded in 2005, and has grown rapidly from one house in Khayelitsha to many homes around the country.Over the past 11 years, about 300 children have been raised by the Home from Home network. Today, it cares for 198 children in 33 homes, in 15 different communities, all over the Western Cape.“When we decide to work in a new community, we come from a couple of angles,” says Shaper. “Either we will discover, through working with the Department of Social Development, that there is a tremendous need to have a new home in the area. Other times, a church or community organisation will come to us and say, ‘We’ve got a need in our area.’ But they don’t have the resources, they don’t have the model, they don’t have the idea to do it.“That’s when Home from Home comes along. We’ve got the model of care set up. We have the experience. We’ve got the professional skills. So we can come in and partner with a local community group or church to help them – and empower them, really – to look after their own orphans.”Central to the Home from Home model of care is the special bond between foster parent and child.“To work with children – this is the thing I like most in my life,” says Hellen Ntshikila, a foster mother living in Khayelitsha. “I used to look after my sisters at home. It’s in my veins, to look after children.”Selecting the right person for the role of foster mother is paramount. A small, loving family unit, where siblings are kept together, is the recipe for the children’s ongoing development.This creates a place where they can be brought up as part of a community, speaking their first language, and gaining a sense of their own identity.“Selecting the home mother, the foster mother, is the most difficult part of all our work. They are the most important people in the whole organisation,” says Jayne Payne, social worker and co-founder of Home from Home. “We need to get someone who is really going to love and cherish the children, and look after them as if they are their own children. It has to be someone who really wants to care for children.“And we’ve been very, very lucky. We’ve got wonderful foster mothers – so dedicated. Because it’s a hard job to care for children who aren’t your own.“We see the foster mothers every few days. We are very involved with them.”Many of the children under the care of Home from Home are HIV-positive. But with proper care and medication, they can go on to live full and meaningful lives.A safe, stable, loving family is what every child needs and deserves. Children in foster care have often come from a place of great sadness – of abuse, neglect, poverty, ill health and loss. Home from Home aims to redress this by providing children with security from harm or any form of abuse, in secure families where they can settle and not be fearful of being uprooted. It also provides children with the food, health care, education and psychological support they need.By loving the children and accepting them as they are, Home from Home aims to raise its foster kids to become well-adjusted adults who will contribute to society.The network creates opportunities for them to become valuable members of society through every means possible – individual treatment plans, therapeutic assistance, extra help with educational needs, excellent health care, the chance to expand their world vision through experiences they would otherwise not get.HOW TO VOLUNTEEROne of the most rewarding ways to get involved with Home from Home is by becoming a volunteer. They accept both local and international volunteers, and there are many tasks they need help with. Everything, from taking children on outings to helping get children and foster parents to clinics, the NGO needs assistance from taking children on outings to providing a lift to a foster mother and child to the local clinic for an appointment.“We would also love to have volunteers with special skills – for example, counselling, physiotherapy and occupational therapy amongst others – which we could incorporate into our programme,” says Shaper.To find out more, visit the Home from Home website.last_img read more

Violating My Own Beliefs About Price

first_imgI am writing this from the backseat of a car as my driver takes me to the airport. When I booked this trip, I looked at a couple of choices of companies to provide transportation from the airport to the hotel. It is a one hour trip from the airport to the hotel, and because I am leaving right after I speak, I don’t need a car of my own.The price difference between the two options I explored was $80. Compared with the overall price, that’s a lot of money because it is a high percentage of the total. Remember, it’s only a ride from the airport to the hotel, from point A to point B.One thing is for sure; the driver smokes in the company’s car. The air fresheners designed to mask the smell only remind you that someone has been smoking in the car. I noticed it as soon as the driver showed up. She was ten minutes late and told me she was stuck in traffic. At 9:30 PM. In Jacksonville, Florida.My driver is a very nice, pleasant person. It isn’t her fault that the car has a severe suspension problem. We are driving down the freeway at 75 miles per hour into very high winds. The car is all over the mostly empty road. But when we pass trucks, it’s a bit of a safety issue. We are very close to bumping into the trucks next to us when the wind gusts. The steering wheel has a lot of play.I tell her, “Wow, the suspension on this thing needs work.” She says, ” The owner just replaced the shocks.” That might have solved one problem, but there are clearly more problems.My outcome wasn’t the cheapest ride from the airport to the hotel. My outcome was a comfortable, safe ride to the airport. As priorities go, I would have given up comfort for safety. That’s the difference between price and cost.Just now, as I am writing these words, we ran over someone’s bumper. The driver was going to swerve, but the suspension was so bad, she couldn’t. She said, “You think that there is a problem with the suspension?”Price and cost are different. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Gilas cadets kick off title defense vs tough Thais

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The shifty, outspoken point guard was referring to the quarterfinal defeat the Philippines sustained at the hands of Korea, which is becoming an alarming tradition.READ: Fiba Asia Cup loss of ‘Gilas kuyas’ spurs SEAG-bound PH team onFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRavena and the rest of the Gilas team like fellow A-listers Kobe Paras, Kevin Ferrer and Bobby Ray Parks will vie for a 26th basketball title, starting with a featured game against Thailand on Sunday at MABA Stadium here.Game time is 9:30 p.m. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: PH pugs start gold medal hunt Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ravena’s pronouncement stands in solid foundation.Easily the most popular squad in Team Philippines — aside from the women’s volleyball team — the presently known as Gilas has won every single SEAG title except in 1989 when PH lost to Malaysia.They will be propped up here by naturalized player Christian Standhardinger, who arrived early Saturday from Lebanon via Manila.In 2005 Manila, basketball wasn’t played because the country was under suspension by Fiba. It also wasn’t held in 2009 Laos for lack of facilities.Perlas Pilipinas, the country’s women’s basketball squad, also debuts against Singapore at 7:15 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Sandy Febrianysah Kurniawan of Indonesia (R) attempts to block against Kiefer Ravena of the Philippines (L) during the men’s basketball gold medal match at the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore on June 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL / AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROLKUALA LUMPUR — The loss Gilas Pilipinas suffered in Lebanon that was heard in the Philippines has reverberated all the way in Malaysia.Kiefer Ravena, team captain of Gilas’ B team that will play in the Southeast Asian Games here, was quoted back in Manila saying: “We will avenge your defeat.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham to issue lifetime ban to supporter for Deeney incident

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say West Ham to issue lifetime ban to supporter for Deeney incidentby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United are set to ban a supporter for life from their stadium.The Hammers are furious at a fan who tossed a coffee cup at Troy Deeney when they lost 2-0 to Watford.Deeney is the Watford skipper and he had the cup thrown at him when he celebrated the penalty that gave his side the opening goal.A West Ham statement read: “The Club is aware of the incident and will be working to identify the offender.”In line with our zero tolerance approach, anyone identified will have their details passed to the police and will face a lifetime ban from London Stadium.”There is no place for this kind of behaviour at our stadium.”An FA spokesperson added: “The referee (Lee Mason) has reported the incident and we will be looking into it.” last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool striker Brewster: Sturridge departure helps me

first_imgLiverpool striker Brewster: Sturridge departure helps meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Rhian Brewster admits he feels he has a better first team chance with Daniel Sturridge’s departure.Sturridge left Anfield for Trabzonspor this summer after his contract expired, leaving the Reds a striker short.Klopp opted against signing a replacement, and Brewster sees this as an obvious boost to his chances and proof his opportunity is around the corner.”One less striker gives you more opportunity to break into the first team, so of course, Sturridge going there is more opportunity for me to play,” he told the Mirror.”You look at every single signing and Klopp not signing another striker, it seems he has faith in me to do a job as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more