Photo Getty Images. Caption: South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen Vermeulen has not played for the Springboks since June last year, but the number eight is back in the reckoning for the clash at Stade de France.Oosthuizen has flown home after sustaining a serious knee injury in a heavy defeat to Ireland at the Aviva Stadium last weekend.Loose forward Pieter-Steph du Toit has also been ruled out the encounter with Les Bleus in Paris due to a concussion suffered against Joe Schmidt’s men.An SA Rugby statement said: “Experienced No 8 Duane Vermeulen has been called up to the Springbok squad as a replacement for Coenie Oosthuizen, who sustained a serious knee injury on Saturday in Dublin.”Oosthuizen underwent a scan before flying home from Dublin, and the results showed that he has sustained medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligament damage which will require surgery and an extended period of time of out of the game.”Vermeulen, who plays for French club Toulon, is set to join the Springbok squad on Monday at their base in Paris.”
WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay United (MBU) FC not only lost their chance of advancing to the next round in the CFU’s Caribbean Club Championship by losing 1-0 to Trinidad and Tobago’s Central FC on Sunday night, they also may lose the services of red-hot striker Owayne ‘Turtle’ Gordon for at least three weeks.Midfielder Darren Mitchell’s 87th-minute strike was the decisive factor as MBU ended with 10 men after the sending off of centre back Winston Wilkinson for a second bookable offence.DECIDING GAMEBoth teams had beaten the other group contender, Cayman Islands’ Scholars FC, and their Sunday night clash was the decider. Central FC had won 6-0 over Scholars, while MBU had won 4-0.Gordon was replaced in the first half after he was accidentally poked in the left eye by a Central FC defender.”We took him to see an ophthalmologist and the diagnosis is that he suffered what they say is a laceration of the eyeball, meaning that he was scraped in the eye, most likely from a fingernail,” said Sandra Christie, the club’s chief operating officer.The injury could keep the player off the field for close to a month and comes at a most inappropriate time for both player and club.MoBay United are currently leading the Red Stripe Premier League with 55 points, one more than Portmore United, who drew 2-2 away to FC Reno in their Sunday fixture. But the Montego Bay club has played one game less, while boasting a league-leading 45 goals.Gordon, for his part, has been in sensational form, racking up seven goals in his last three outings for the club, including back-to-back braces in the Premier League before exploding for a hat-trick against Scholars FC of Cayman in last Wednesday’s opening Group Three match in the Club Championship.He has also become the focal point in attack for MoBay United in the absence of Dino Williams, who inked a season-long deal to play football in the United States.”Gordon’s injury does not sit well with the club. In fact, we are totally unhappy with the officiating in this match,” said Christie, adding that Cuban referee Marcos Despaign was not of a quality befitting such levels.”The referee, it would seem, never had an angle on the game. How can a player be seriously injured in the eye and you telling him to get up and play?” she questioned.
The Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) has announced its confirmation and selection of its team after rigorous training, to participate in the 2015 Inaugural FIBA Africa Zone 3 – 3×3 basketball tournament.The Junior Lone Star basketball team would participate in only the U-18 male category. The remaining groups in the FIBA Africa Zone 3 – 3×3 basketball tournament, include the U-18 female, senior male and senior female.The inaugural FIBA Africa Zone 3 – 3×3 basketball tournament is scheduled at the Surelere Stadium, Lagos, Nigeria from Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 21.The President of the LBA, Rufus Anderson, said according to the U-18 3×3 basketball schedule, the team is expected to depart the country latest Friday, June 19.He said Coach Erik Cooper; the head coach of 1st and 2nd division teams Dream II and Deviers is serving as coach for the U-18 3×3 basketball team.The four players are Reubeu Farley, 18, and Abraham Petors (Bushrod Bulls), 17, – both play forward. The others are Will Collingwood and Richlieu Roberts, from Island Calves, both 18.Coach Cooper told the Daily Observer yesterday that training has been ongoing for the past two weeks and was able to download the rules to climax his training.“We are prepared – and we are ready thankfully owing to the download of the rules of the game – we were to know that for every foul you commit, the other gets a point -meaning to every foul there is a point for the other team,” Coach Erik said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Six companies in northeast B.C. have been fined under WorkSafe B.C. regulations.According to the 2010 report, 256 penalties were enforced by the safety regulator. Last year’s fines totaled $3,163,898. The penalties were handed out to employers, for violating B.C.’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and the Workers Compensation Act.The six companies across northeast B.C., including two from Fort St. John, had more than $100,000 in fines levied against them. The largest fine was imposed on a company east of Tumbler Ridge after a worker was struck by a tree. The company was fined $68,927.- Advertisement -Penalties are issues by WorkSafeBC where there has been a serious and/or repeated violation of occupational health and safety laws and regulations.The full list of companies fined in 2010 can be viewed below.
– Hetmyer hailed as young talentAfter a month and a half of explosive cricket played throughout the Caribbean and Florida, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has presented a power-packed playing 11 who have shone bright over the course of this year’s league.Shimron Hetmyer showing off his superb batting styleDirector of the Hero Caribbean Premier League, Tom Moody, and Commentators Mark Butcher, Daren Ganga, Ian Bishop, Danny Morrison and Michael Slater have consulted to produce the list of stars, because, in all fairness, no one has had a better view of the game than this group.The team comprises five overseas players, while the six remaining Caribbean players are a mixture of the old favourites and new heart-throbs.The power packed betting lineup begins with Trinbago Knight Riders and Hero CPL’s leading run-scorer for 2018, Colin Munro. With 567 runs, a century and countless match winning half-centuries to his credit, Munro is deserving of the top spot.Hero CPL’s Director Tom MoodyHe has been paired for the opening partnership with the equally dangerous Glenn Phillips of the Jamaica Tallawahs. Phillips has a season tally of 457 runs.It is widely believed that a team’s best batsman is placed at three; in this instance, that position has been awarded to none other than one of Guyana’s very own, 21-year-old Shimron Hetmyer, who come into the team as one of three under-25-years-old players to no doubt have lit up every venue at which he played.Recording his first CPL and T20 century this season, the young man ended with 440 runs.With the team having space for two more batsmen, the selection committee turned to another 25-and-under player who has shown his worth this season — Rovman Powell, who has many a time led the Jamaica Tallawahs home. His tally this season is 330 runs.And what would the side be without the inclusion of a Bravo brother? In this case Darren Bravo, for his knock of 353 runs, which has earned him his spot.The team’s batting is extended by their two all-rounders and potential captains, Andre Russell (163 runs and 14 wickets) Jamaica Tallawahs captain, and St. Lucia Star’s Captain Kieron Pollard (330 runs and four wickets).In the bowling department, only the cream of the crop was chosen, with each of the chosen ones copping more than 15 wickets. TKR’s Ali Khan (16 wickets), GAW’s Imran Tahir (16 wickets) and Jamaica’s Under 25 player Oshane Thomas (18 wickets) are joined by the tournament’s leading wicket taker, TKR’s Fawad Ahmed with 22 wickets.Speaking on the composition of the team, Hero CPL’s Director Tom Moody stressed on the exposure that the young talents have gotten this year.“We have seen some outstanding performances in this year’s Hero CPL, but what has stood out is the emergence of young local talent. The performances of both Hetmyer and Thomas have been a highlight of the tournament. They are both set for a bright future with the Windies”, Moody stated.The full team of the tournament is as follows:1. Colin Munro2. Glenn Phillips3. Shimron Hetmyer4. Rovman Powell5. Darren Bravo6. Kieron Pollard7. Andre Russell8. Ali Khan9. Imran Tahir10. Oshane Thomas11. Fawad Ahmed
Luis Nani 1 Manchester United winger Nani will take no part in Sporting Lisbon’s crucial Champions League clash with Chelsea on Wednesday.The Portugal international, who is currently on a season-long loan from Old Trafford, injured his thigh muscle during Sporting’s 3-1 win over Boavista at the weekend.The problem forced Nani off after just 32 minutes of play and, according to reports in Portugal, he could face up to three weeks on the sidelines.That means the 28-year-old will miss Sporting’s pivotal Champions League match with Chelsea on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.Jose Mourinho’s side have already topped Group G, but Sporting require a draw to guarantee themselves qualification to the last-16.Nani’s absence is a major blow to the Portuguese side, with the winger having scored four goals in five Champions League games this season.
Mats Hummels is a dream signing according to some fans 1 Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and Morgan Schneiderlin are just three players considered to be dream signings by fans of Liverpool, Arsenal and Man United.Supporters of these clubs are are among those who have revealed the transfers they would love to see happen during this January window.But a dream is all they are at the moment and it will take a lot of negotiating to persuade their respective clubs to sell halfway through the season.Below are a selection of tweets from fans, but we’d like to know who you would love to see your club bring in more than anyone else.
Ghanaian Jeffrey Schlupp struck the goal that set Crystal Palace on the way to a stunning 3-2 victory at defending champions Manchester City.EnglandMOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)Liverpool’s Egyptian king continued his return to form by nonchalantly stabbing home the Premier League leaders’ opener in a 2-0 win at Wolves that sent them four points clear at the top. Salah also set up Liverpool’s second goal at Molineux as his cross was converted by Virgil van Dijk.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal)Despite scoring, Salah dropped to second in the race for the golden boot alongside Kane on 11 goals for the season as Aubameyang’s double in a 3-1 win over Burnley moved the striker into the lead with 12. Aubameyang struck early in each half, his second strike, in particular, a fine finish that flew high past Joe Hart, as Arsenal moved level on points with Chelsea in fourth.Jeffrey Schlupp equalised for Crystal Palace as Roy Hodgson’s men stunned Manchester City © AFP / Paul ELLISJEFFREY SCHLUPP (Crystal Palace)Winger Schlupp played a big part in the surprise of the weekend as Palace stunned Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad. City dominated the early stages and led 1-0 until Schlupp stormed past Kyle Walker and arrowed a low left-footed shot into the far corner to put Palace on course for a famous win.SpainMUBARAK WAKASO (Alaves)The Ghanaian international midfielder helped Alaves secure a crucial second consecutive clean sheet as the season’s surprise package claimed a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad to move fifth in La Liga, just one point behind Real Madrid.ItalyKALIDOU KOULIBALY (Napoli)Kalidou Koulibaly (L) celebrates Napoli’s victory over SPAL © AFP / Carlo HermannThe highly-rated Senegal centre-back helped Napoli to an eighth Serie A clean sheet of the season as Carlo Ancelotti’s men edged out SPAL 1-0 to remain only eight points adrift of leaders Juventus.HAMED JUNIOR TRAORE (Empoli)Ivorian teenager Traore set up Francesco Caputo to score against Sampdoria, with the goal confirmed by VAR after first being disallowed for offside. Traore, 18, then missed a chance to score his first top-flight goal for the promoted Tuscany side when his daisy-cutter was fingertipped away from goal. Empoli finished 4-2 losers.BASTOS (Lazio)Lazio’s Angolan defender elbowed Cagliari’s Joao Pedro in the face resulting in a yellow card for himself and a penalty which the Brazilian converted to allow the Sardinians pull a goal back in Rome. Lazio, nevertheless, won 3-1 to move fourth and into the Champions League places.GermanySALIF SANE (Schalke 04)The Senegal centre-back claimed his first goal for Schalke in a 3-1 win at Stuttgart in fortuitous circumstances as his header flew in off the shoulder of Germany striker Mario Gomez. It was Sane’s first goal for the Royal Blues since joining in June and helped his team to their first Bundesliga win since early November.AMADOU HAIDARA (RB Leipzig)Haidara celebrates scoring against Leipzig in a Europa League tie for Salzburg in September © AFP/File / ROBERT MICHAELThe 20-year-old Mali international is tipped to be a future Bundesliga star after the central midfielder signed a four-year deal to join RB Leipzig on Saturday and inherited the No 8 shirt vacated when Naby Keita joined Liverpool at the end of last season.“There aren’t too many players of his age who have so much potential and he has all the capabilities to follow in Naby Keita’s footsteps,” said Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick after signing Haidara, currently sidelined with a knee injury, from sister club Red Bull Salzburg.FranceNICOLAS PEPE (Lille)A run of four straight games with a goal was ended in a 2-1 loss to Toulouse. Meanwhile, amid mounting interest from some of Europe’s leading clubs, sporting director Luis Campos slapped an 80-million-euro ($91 million) price tag on the Ivorian. However, club president Gerard Lopez added that Pepe has said on several occasions he wants to see out the season at Lille.MAX-ALAIN GRADEL (Toulouse)Max-Alain Gradel (R) has scored eight goals this season © AFP / FRANCOIS LO PRESTIThe Ivory Coast winger scored a pair of second-half penalties as Toulouse inflicted a first home defeat of the season on Lille. Gradel equalised just after the interval and then hit the winner on 64 minutes in a 2-1 victory after he was fouled in the area by Yves Dabila. He has accounted for eight of Toulouse’s 17 goals this season.WAHBI KHAZRI (Saint-Etienne)The Tunisian returned from suspension to bag his team-leading ninth goal this term in a 3-0 defeat of Dijon. His thumping first-time strike on 64 minutes saw Khazri match his personal best haul from the 2014/15 season with Bordeaux. His outstanding form also saw him collect the Ligue 1 player of the month award for November.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring their second goal against Burnley © AFP / Ian KINGTONPARIS, France, Dec 24 – Arsenal sharpshooter Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took the African honours in Europe at the weekend by scoring twice to become the English Premier League leading scorer.A brace from the Gabonese helped see off Burnley 3-1 at the Emirates and lifted his season tally to 12 — one more than Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane.
Arsenal lose opening Champions League game 1 Olivier Giroud was sent off as Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League opener.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s own goal gifted the home side a first-half lead and Giroud was dismissed five minutes before half-time for a second bookable offence.Junior Fernandes’ close-range header doubled the home side’s advantage 13 minutes into the second half before Theo Walcott pulled one back for the Gunners with 11 minutes remaining.But it wasn’t enough to prevent a damaging night for Wenger’s side and they now face an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout stages with two games against Bayern Munich to come.Perhaps with Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge in mind, Wenger made six changes to the side that beat Stoke City on Saturday. David Ospina replaced Petr Cech in goal, while Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs occupied the full-back spots. Mikel Arteta made his first competitive start since November, Giroud replaced Walcott up front and Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced the rested Aaron Ramsey.Arsenal began their 18th consecutive campaign in the competition with plenty of possession. Their first chance came on 10 minutes when Santi Cazorla’s in-swinging corner found an unmarked Giroud but the Frenchman’s point-blank header was palmed away by Eduardo.The Frenchman squandered an even better chance eight minutes later when he met Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross and was first denied by the post and before seeing the rebound clawed away by Eduardo.And the Gunners were made to pay for their early wastefulness. The visitors were caught on the break as El Arbi Hillel Soudani picked out Josip Pivaric down the left channel and the left-back’s effort was saved by Ospina but ricocheted into the net off Oxlade-Chamberlain.Giroud’s miserable evening was then brought to a premature end five minutes when he was shown a second yellow for a trip on Ivo Pinto.Arsenal should have levelled three minutes into the second half when Mesut Ozil combined with Gibbs but his tame shot was kicked away by Eduardo.The game was put beyond Wenger’s side on 58 minutes when slack marking at the front post allowed Fernandes a free header and the Chilean made no mistake, glancing past Ospina.Wenger introduced Walcott and Joel Campbell in an attempt to revive his team and Walcott gave Arsenal hope on 78 minutes as he broke the offside trap and slid home a cool finish.But the ten men couldn’t salvage enough energy to push for an equaliser and were beaten in their opening group game for the second year in a row. In the other game in Group F, Bayern Munich beat Olympiakos 3-0 courtesy of goals from Thomas Muller (2) and Mario Gotze.
12. Olivier Giroud (striker) 18. Nacho Monreal (left back) 4. Per Mertesacker (centre back): To see who we think Wenger will choose, click the arrow above to see the full line up, in order of squad number 11 28. Joel Campbell (right wing) Arsenal travel to play Swansea City tomorrow with the Gunners looking for a response to their shock mid-week loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup.A young side were thrashed 3-0 at Hillsborough, and manager Arsene Wenger suffered a further blow when English duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott went off injured.IWOBI BATTLING IT OUT WITH CAMPBELL FOR RIGHT WING PLACENeither will be fit to play in South Wales, meaning Olivier Giroud is likely to lead the line in attack against a side who have lost just once at home all season.However, Gunners fans will be confident of victory as Arsenal have won their last four Premier League games and scored a combined 13 goals.But with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott joining Aaron Ramsey on the sidelines, Wenger has a selection headache.So who will he pick? Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted XI in squad number order by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 11 11 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 19. Santi Cazorla (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 17. Alexis Sanchez (left wing) 11 11 34. Francis Coquelin (centre midfield)