Archers all together now

first_imgPH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFA We are young Alab faces the Truth La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo gives out instructions to his players during their game against Ateneo in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball Finals Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle coach Aldin Ayo had no illusions that the UAAP Season 79 Finals series against heavy underdog Ateneo was going to be a cakewalk for his Green Archers.Not after watching his star-studded team struggle in the Final Four against Adamson, where he questioned his players’ willingness to sacrifice for the greater good of the team.ADVERTISEMENT Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 EDITORS’ PICK Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ The narrow 67-65 victory over the Blue Eagles in Game 1 last night put the Archers on the cusp of their second UAAP championship in four seasons. But winning felt more satisfying for Ayo as he saw his players get their acts together at crunch time before a raucous crowd of 16,712 at Mall of Asia Arena.The Archers rode on Ben Mbala’s shoulders for long stretches and Jeron Teng delivered on both ends down the stretch in the series opener, where they almost squandered a 14-point advantage against an Ateneo team that simply refused to quit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“These players are going to do whatever it takes to win,” said Ayo, whose team can wrap up La Salle’s ninth crown with a victory at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.“These are stars in high school. The fact that they were moving the ball and executing plays speaks of their willingness to sacrifice for the team. We didn’t have role players to start the season, but we’re seeing the players buy into our system.” Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise The statement speaks volumes for the Archers, arguably one of the most talented the Taft-based school has fielded in years. But after a scintillating start to the season, the signs of slippage started to appear when they lost to the Eagles, 81-93, in the second round and struggled against the Falcons, 71-66, in the Final Four.Struggling for most of the game, Teng came alive with two of the game’s biggest plays late in the contest. He completed a layup with 15.6 seconds remaining off a steal by Kib Montalbo to give the lead back to La Salle, 66-65, before blocking a potential game-tying jumper by Aaron Black on Ateneo’s next play.“I just had to step up,” said Teng, who had 10 points and four rebounds and three assists. “I wasn’t getting my flow in the game, and I needed to make up for it on the defensive end.”Teng feels that Game 2 will be even more difficult for the Archers to win.“I told my teammates that we have to play better because we looked nervous today,” he said. “We kept our supporters very nervous today.”UAAP FINALS – GAME 1: LA SALLE 67 – ATENEO 65LA SALLE 67—Mbala 20, Melecio 12, Teng 10, Sargent 7, Torres 5, Montalbo 4, Rivero P 3, Tratter 3, Rivero R 2, Caracut 1, Perkins 0, Baltazar 0.ATENEO 65—Black 12, Wong 9, Ravena 8, Ikeh 8, Nieto Mi 8, Go 6, Verano 5, Nieto Ma 5, Tolentino 2, Asistio 2, Porter 0, Mendoza 0.Quarters: 19-6, 36-26, 52-52, 67-65ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Hummingbirds, Spurs score big BEL wins

first_img “Three big players,” Janet Guy, St. Ann Orchids’ head coach, noted. “It affected them, but after a while the girls found some energy.” She added: “We decided we’re not giving up on any game, once we have players to play. Rebekah we’ve lost for a while because she has done her surgery, she’s recuperating; the captain wasn’t able to make it today, and Thristina is injured. “We’re trying to maintain our energy and try to stay in the top four. I’m not giving up on these ladies,” said Guy. Simone Gordon was their high scorer, netting 36 goals from 45 attempts, while Patricia McCalla netted one from one and Kimberly Thomas, one from six. Leaders Manchester Spurs remained perfect with their fifth win to move to 15 points, doing most of the damage for three quarters of the match. Gezelle Allison led the scoring with 37 goals from 45 tries, with Anna-Kay Griffiths, 16 of 24, and Nicole Dixon, three of five, also scoring for the Spurs. Tracy-Ann Francis, with 31 goals from 34 tries, was the Racers’ top scorer. Zonasha Hinds, five from nine, Nardia Hanson, one of one, and Quannia Walker, one from four, also contributed. In the other match, Amanda Pinkney scored 23 goals from 26 tries, Petal Smith, 15 of 22 and Shedieky Hamilton-Barnes, eight of 14 for Clarendon Gaters, who trailed 6-13 and 17-21, through the first two quarters, before moving ahead 32-26 with a monster third quarter. St Ann Orchids and St Catherine Racers have seven points, four more than St. James Sharpes, whose goals were scored by Kestina Sturridge, with 24 from 29 tries, and Connique Moore, 10 of 15. Heavyweights Kingston Hummingbirds and Manchester Spurs landed some hefty blows in the Berger Elite League (BEL). Kingston Hummingbirds, the defending champions, thumped St. Ann Orchids for the biggest score and widest margin of victory, 72-38 – in Saturday night’s closing match of the triple-header of Netball Jamaica’s premier competition. Manchester Spurs, which played the opening match, hammered St Catherine Racers 58-38 to record yet another impressive victory; and in the middle match, Clarendon Gaters recovered from a slow start to nail St James Sharpes 46-34 and move to six points. The Hummingbirds flew out of the gates and pummelled St. Ann Orchids to lead 21-7, 43-17 at the end of the first two quarters. “I think we’re gelling more as a team now and we’re coming to be the team that we want to be,” said Winston Nevers, head coach of Kingston Hummingbirds, who lie second on 12 points from five matches. The coach begun ringing the changes in the second half and the tempo dropped. Still, the Hummingbirds were able to build a 58-26 advantage by the end of the third quarter and kept going to win easily. Sabrina Spence was outstanding for the Hummingbirds, scoring 59 goals from 65 tries, while Shanice Beckford hit nine of 10 and Hasana Williams four from six. Before the start, St. Ann Orchids had no sub and knew what they would be up against it. Also, while they were facing an attack equivalent to the Sunshine Girls, they never had Jamaica’s vice-captain, Vangelee Williams, their team leader , and national goal attacks Thristina Harwood and Rebekah Robinson. Big player factorlast_img read more

One-two punch

first_imgIt was billed as a battle for survival and both teams certainly played like it, dishing off and taking the best of shots like nothing else mattered.Too bad only one team remained standing in the end. For how long, though, is another question.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lady Spikers, Tigresses recover winning groove “Stanley carried us in the second half,” said Jarencio. “Actually, it was a total team effort but Stanley and Sean [stood out].”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart MOST READ LATEST STORIES “At least, we are now assured of a playoffs for a quarterfinals berth,” said Pido Jarencio, whose NorthPort Batang Pier proved steadier in a grit and grind 94-84 victory over Alaska on Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Now, if we get lucky against Ginebra, thank you,” Jarencio added. “We get an automatic quarterfinal [ticket].”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Batang Pier fought to be in this spot—four wins, six losses—after a promising start was nearly laid to waste by six straight losses. With Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony leading a furious finish, NorthPort won a second straight game and pushed Alaska to the brink.NorthPort’s next assignment is Barangay Ginebra, which ousted Meralco in the second game, 86-76, behind 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocks by Greg Slaughter. ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far A win by the Batang Pier there gives them a trouble-free entry to the quarterfinals. A loss drops them in a tie with Alaska.The Aces aren’t in a complete heap on the floor just yet—but they’re down on their knees after ending the classification phase with a 4-7 card. And they’ll have to pray results of other matches go their way if they want to stay in contention for a quarterfinal berth.Alaska had the game within reach, scoring eight points in the first 70 seconds of the fourth quarter to eat into an 11-point deficit. Jvee Casio fed Ronald Pascual for an easy two and then added a triple as the Aces stretched that run to 14-0 for a 74-71 lead, 9:34 remaining.Anthony stopped the Alaska run with a basket and Pringle bunched together six points as the Batang Pier took a 79-74 lead. Anthony later buried the dagger that made it 92-81, 1:23 remaining.Anthony finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds while Pringle added 21.ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart 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 P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Whitewashing Caricom’s failure (Part 1)

first_imgFresh from the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of Government (C-HOGS) meeting, President David Granger pronounced that the manifest failure of the regional body, founded 45 years ago, is not on account of its structure but its “bureaucracy”. Before rushing to judgement based on his perceptions over the last three years, he would have been better served if he had taken time to study the “Report of the Commission to Review Jamaica’s Relations within Caricom and CARIFORUM frameworks which was issued by that country since March 2017 and to which his colleague from Jamaica referred to on several occasions.We will highlight that Report’s assessment on the issue raised by President Granger which are covered in Chapter 4, “Analysing Caricom’s performance against the goals and objectives enunciated in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and identifying the causes of the shortcomings.” The objectives are usefully summarised as set out in Article 6 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas: improved standards of living and work; full employment of labour and other factors of production; accelerated, coordinated and sustained economic development and convergence; expansion of trade and economic relations with third States; enhanced levels of international competitiveness; increased production and productivity; greater effectiveness in dealing with third states, groups of states and multilateral entities; functional cooperation in the provision of common services; functional cooperation for the advancement of social, cultural and technological development, especially in health, education, transportation and telecommunications.The achievement of these objectives is to be built on the four “Pillars of Integration”: • economic integration; • foreign policy coordination; • human and social development through functional cooperation; and • security.”In assessing the failure of Caricom to achieve those objectives, the Report noted: “At its regular meeting held in Antigua and Barbuda in July 2014, the Heads of Government received and adopted the “Strategic Plan for the Caribbean Community 2015-2019: Repositioning Caricom” that was commissioned in 2012. It is broader in scope and includes most of the tasks identified in the “Strategic Assessment….Slate of Initiatives to Advance the CSME” document, some of the timelines of which had by then lapsed. The Strategic Plan is now in the third of its five year run.”The Jamaican Report lays the blame squarely on the structure of Caricom which is centres all power with the Heads of Government and which is basically just a talk shop: “The proposals submitted by the Commission on the economy continue to languish for lack of decision or even serious consideration.The immersion in inaction is palpable. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, addressing the 28th Intersessional Meeting of Heads of Government on February 16, 2017, reiterated his call for “the use of whatever powers at our disposal to work towards the speedy and effective implementation of matters we have long agreed upon”. He noted that many of these matters were still pending and the inability of the relevant bodies to meet and finalise them was proving a hindrance to progress. “We can and must do better,” he added.Déjà vu! It is a lamentation that has been heard so often and for so long. Barbadian journalist Arthur Gray writing in 1985 made the sardonic observation that: “It is a pity that people can come together at such a high powered level, talk through their problems in a spirit of understanding and then walk away from those meetings without the slightest intention of carrying out the noble actions which they said they would.”In conclusion, the Report concludes: “The Commission is of the view that the recurring failure of initiatives firmly agreed upon and which are vital to Caricom’s success is due not so much to inertia or the pressure of domestic issues but, rather, the reluctance on the part of member countries to embrace the challenges of the CSME mandate… Caricom leaders should now make a determination as to whether that time has passed, whether a window of opportunity for a single market and economy is still open and whether the appetite for it still exists.”The fault, dear President Granger, lies in Caricom’s structure – specifically the Heads of Government.last_img read more

M&CC to host public day twice weekly

first_img…plans to reclaim City Council landsBy Ramona LuthiIn an effort to distribute the work of administration at City Hall, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) will be hosting a “public day” twice a week starting from Wednesday, July 13, according to Town Clerk Royston King.King, at the statutory meeting on Monday, relayed that the Deputy Town Clerk and the Assistant Town Clerk, along with other City Hall workers, would be stationed twice a week at the Agricola Community Centre and in the upper flat of the incomplete Kitty Market.He explained that the purpose of the initiative was to provide members of the public in the specific areas with the opportunity to voice their concerns and have the matters brought to the attention of the M&CC.“Beginning from Wednesday, we hope to begin to decentralise the work of administration by asking the clerks, the Deputy Town Clerk and the Assistant Town Clerk, to be available at the Agricola Community Centre, along with the relevant staff, two days a week, and at the Kitty Market, along with the relevant staff, two days a week.“This, of course, will include members from the City Engineers Department…and they will be there two days a week and they will take all the reports, complaints, they’ll engage the citizens in those areas and will report back to us and you, the council, will obviously receive reports from those areas and get a chance to benefit, because as it is now we’re not doing justice to some of those areas,” the Town Clerk asserted at the meeting.The Town Clerk also highlighted that persons who required information pertaining to taxes would be able to approach the assigned staff at these two locations to obtain such. However, he emphasised that owing to the lack of security, especially at the unfinished Kitty Market, members of the public would not be able to pay their taxes or conduct any monetary transactions at the public days.Meanwhile, King said that city lands, including parapets, were continuously being reclaimed from persons who have been squatting on them to ply their trades “rent” free.“We are continuing to reclaim city spaces and parapets from individuals who have been using them for private enterprise without paying the Council a cent and we will continue to do this throughout the city,” he noted.last_img read more

Bayern’s Hummels limps off ahead of Atletico clash

first_imgAfter receiving treatment on the pitch, Hummels finished the first half but sat on the turf early in the second, indicating to the Bayern bench, and was replaced by Jerome Boateng on 51 minutes.“I had hoped it would get better, but it got worse as the game went on,” said Hummels after the final whistle of Bayern’s 1-0 victory thanks to Joshua Kimmich’s late goal.“I am assuming I can (play against Atletico), but there are no guarantees.”Atletico host Bayern on Wednesday in Champions League Group D with both sides having won their opening matches. Last season’s finalists Atletico beat PSV Eindhoven 1-0 away a fortnight ago while Bayern trounced Russia’s Rostov 5-0 in Munich.Atletico knocked Bayern out in the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels pictured prior to the Champions League group D match against Rostov in Munich, southern Germany, on September 13, 2016 © AFP/File / Christof StacheBERLIN, Germany, Sep 24 – Bayern Munich suffered an injury scare ahead of their midweek Champions League clash at Atletico Madrid when Germany defender Mats Hummels picked up a knee injury against Hamburg on Saturday.Hummels was hurt in the first half of Saturday’s Bundesliga encounter after landing awkwardly on his right knee having challenged for the ball with Hamburg’s US international striker Bobby Wood.last_img read more

Sights set on White House

first_imgThe scholarship doles out funds to these exemplary students on a year-to-year basis throughout junior high and high school. “I still remember running in the front yard dancing when I heard I got the scholarship,” Walker said. That scholarship put him in contact with several students nationwide who, like him, had promise but not a lot of resources. From summers spent at the White House to college courses at Idaho State University before he started high school, Walker has seen and done a lot more than most kids his age. But it’s his ability to remain grounded that impresses his teachers. “Dustin is not your typical kid,” said Chris Printz, Walker’s teacher for Advanced-Placement history and his basketball coach. “While most kids spent their summer at the beach or playing sports, he was a congressional page in Washington. That defines him.” Printz said Walker’s skills in the classroom and on the basketball court have earned him respect and popularity among his peers. “It’s very rare that you get a kid that excels in class and in athletics like Dustin does,” Printz said. “He really is a great kid.” Golden Valley Principal Jacque Snyder also regards Walker as exceptional. Snyder said she remembers Walker’s helpfulness when Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, held a senior citizen medical workshop at the high school. “He was ready and willing to help, not just McKeon’s office staff, but anyone and everyone,” Snyder said. “Dustin has the kind of personality that reaches out to people. I don’t think he knows or has an enemy in the world.” Now, with just one day left before he leaves for school in Washington, D.C., Walker is excited about starting this new phase in his life. “A lot of people say high school is a time for exploration, but being someone who has known for so long what I want to do, it’s nice to know that I will be able start doing it and that I’ll be with people who want do the same thing,” Walker said. There are a few fears. “I wonder (about) the type of person that I’ll evolve into,” he said. “I hope I get the good and not too much of the bad.” (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “As a kid, I dreamed about becoming the president,” Walker said. “Now I really believe that I can accomplish my goal.” His mother, Donna Walker, said that from the start she knew her little boy was special. “In kindergarten, he would come home frustrated,” she said. “He would say that his teacher had forgotten to include something in the lesson, and by second grade he wanted to help teach the class.” Donna Walker was hesitant when her son’s sixth-grade teacher asked if Dustin Walker could take the SAT. In the end, his scores on the test won him the Cooke Foundation scholarship. The foundation, named for media and sports mogul Cooke – a former owner of the Los Angeles Daily News – seeks out promising young students from low-income families and invests in educational experiences for them to ensure they move on to college. CANYON COUNTRY As the eldest of six, Dustin Walker probably could have used some superhero powers. But his dreams never included becoming Batman or Spider-Man as a kid. John F. Kennedy was more his style. Now, this graduating Golden Valley High senior, who has just received the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship, is on his way to Georgetown University to study international relations. His goal is ambitious, but he says he knows how to work hard to make it happen. last_img read more

Man United plot £50m deal, Fabregas wants Chelsea stay, Liverpool eye starlet?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United to back him with a huge £50m move for Jose Gimenez. Under-pressure United boss Mourinho has identified the Atletico Madrid centre half as his No.1 defensive target to bolster his squad at Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)Bastian Schweinsteiger has been urged to leave Manchester United by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the CEO of his former club Bayern Munich, despite Jose Mourinho allowing him to return to first-team training this week. (Daily Mirror)Cesc Fabregas will fight for his Chelsea future despite being frozen out by boss Antonio Conte. The Blues are willing to let the Spanish World Cup winner leave in January but he has told pals he plans to stick around until the end of this season at least before making a decision on whether to stay or go. (The Sun)Chelsea, Liverpool and West Brom are all tracking Schalke’s 23-year-old left-back Sead Kolasinac, a Bosnia international whose contract at the German club expires in 2017. (Bild)Liverpool are keen on Ipswich teenager Andre Dozzell. The 17-year-old interested Liverpool last summer but he opted to stay at Portman Road. However, he has been restricted to just one first team outing this season, playing just the first 45 minutes of the EFL Cup defeat to Stevenage in August and Liverpool are considering a £2million bid. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are battling it out to try and prise Scottish starlet Billy Gilmour away from Rangers. The Premier League quartet are all keen on Gilmour, 15. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City are keeping tabs on Colombia defender Yerry Mina. The 22-year-old plays for Palmeiras in Brazil and has been lined up for a move to Barcelona, who have a first option agreement in place to sign him for £8.1million at the end of the season. But City are also plotting a deal. (Daily Mail)Per Mertesacker has no interest in leaving Arsenal when his current contract finishes at the end of the current campaign. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest headlines…?LISTEN: Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam ‘desperate’ to earn Scotland recall for World Cup qualifier against England –West Ham FC transfer news: AC Milan keen to take Hammers flop Simone Zaza back to ItalTransfer news: Manchester United want £19m from Inter Milan for defender Matteo DarmianChelsea and West Ham monitoring out-of-contract Schalke defender Sead KolasinacMoise Kean: Arsenal and Manchester City lead the race to sign highly-rated Juventus starletLiverpool, Tottenham and Leicester target Josip Ilicic set to sign new Fiorentina contract – reportsEverton transfer report: Juventus scouts tracking Toffees striker Romelu Lukakulast_img read more

West Ham ‘paid Karren Brady extra £438,000’ on top of salary last season

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ MONEY Latest Football News Baroness Brady is now in her ninth year as West Ham’s vice-chairman ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF RANKED 1 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Brady’s consultancy work was ‘outside the scope of her role as vice-chairman’ and she ‘was paid accordingly as an external consultant’, according to a club spokesperson.West Ham’s accounts also reveal co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold were each paid £2.3million in August as interest on their £45million loans to the club.West Ham did make a net profit in 2017/18, but it was down from £43million in the previous campaign to £17.3million. There was also an increase in the wage bill, while matchday income at the London Stadium was £24.5million – lower than the £26.9million earned during 2015/16, the club’s final season at the Boleyn Ground. huge blow no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade shining REPLY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card West Ham’s vice-chairman Karren Brady was paid almost half-a-million pounds by the club on top of her salary last season.Brady received £365,000 plus VAT from West Ham due to her consultancy work throughout Albert Smith’s purchase of a stake in the club; 10 per cent of West Ham was sold to the American billionaire in September 2017.According to The Times, her fee totalled £438,000, which was an extra payment on top of the £898,000 salary Brady is paid in her role as vice-chairman. Further investment was made into the playing squad and coaching staff prior to the start of this season, with Manuel Pellegrini brought in as manager and the likes of Felipe Andersen, Andriy Yarmolenko and Issa Diop all signed by the club.The investment has paid off so far, with West Ham currently sitting 10th in the Premier League table just after the halfway point of the campaign.last_img read more

Declan Rice can’t wait to play Tottenham and is relishing facing £55m man

first_img LATEST 1 New job What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas “I’m really looking forward to playing against Ndombele,” Rice told talkSPORT. “I watched him in the Champions League last season and he looked like a top, top player.“The French boys here were raving about him, saying what a good player he was, so I’m looking forward to playing against Spurs and looking forward to playing against him.”The 20-year-old, though, couldn’t resist reminding everyone that West Ham were the only side to win at the new White Hart Lane last season, but he did back the Hammers’ rivals to fight Liverpool and Man City at the top of the Premier League. West Ham ace Declan Rice is relishing facing Tottenham this season and is particularly looking forward to playing against Tanguy Ndombele.Ndombele joined Spurs from Lyon in a £55million transfer earlier in the summer and has impressed fans with his pre-season displays. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman targets Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update “Everything they’re doing now and the player’s they’ve got, they’ve definitely got the squad now to be challenging up there for titles, and I wouldn’t put it past them.”Although impressed by the business of Tottenham, as well as Arsenal, Rice is still backing West Ham to have a strong campaign as a result of their transfer business, which included the signing of Albian Ajeti on deadline day.“We’ve really strengthened the squad as well,” the England international continued. “We’ve brought in some great players and have spent a lot of money and I think we’re one to look for this season, for sure.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go-to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you three LIVE Premier League commentaries across all time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever. Getty Images Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested on target Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January center_img FAREWELL West Ham vs Manchester City (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Nottingham Forest (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT OFF Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Check out all the live Premier League commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this weekend deals LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS stalemate Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVE on talkSPORT Tanguy Ndombele in action for Tottenham against Juventus latest last_img read more