Alex Smith has said it. The former 49ers quarterback who suffered a grisly double fracture (tibia, fibula) in his right leg in November while playing for the NFL’s Washington franchise, has stated his intent to return to the playing field.“That’s the plan,” Smith recently told Angie Goff of Fox 5 DC (see the entire interview here). “I’m looking forward to (walking on a playing field). I’ve got to conquer more steps before I get there.”Smith’s 4-year, $94 million extension signed with …
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say 4.5 million UK people watch pirated Premier League gamesby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNine per cent of Britons admit to having illegally streamed at least one Premier League game over the past 12 months, according to new research by the personal finance comparison site finder.com, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure equates to roughly 4.5 million people over the course of a single season, with a ‘high proportion’ of UK pirate content consumption coming from soccer-related streaming.According to Finder.com’s research, more than 81 per cent of Britons have been subscribed to a streaming service in some capacity over the last year, while 17 per cent admit to streaming films, movies or sports illegally in the same period.’This means that of all those who illegally stream across the UK, 24 per cent view Premier League games,’ the report said. ‘When you look at the numbers of people who illegally stream any type of sport, the number rises to 44 per cent of illegal streamers, or 16 per cent of all Brits.’While both male (83 per cent) and female (81 per cent) respondents said they are streaming content over the last year, men (25 per cent) tended to illegally stream more often compared to women (17 per cent), according to the research.Of these, 14 per cent of male audiences were found to illegally stream soccer compared to other sports (12 per cent), and is double the number of female viewers who admitted to doing the same. Meanwhile, streamers aged between 25 and 34 are the most likely to illicitly stream Premier League matches.Regionally, London-based consumers are the most prolific for illegally streaming Premier League (21 per cent), with Scotland (17 per cent) coming second. The two regions with the lowest percentage of illegal football streamers were Wales (four per cent) and East Anglia (six per cent).
Jamaica today (April 26) joined 166 other countries in celebrating International Girls in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Day. In his remarks, Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, said statistics show that by 2020, there will be a gap of approximately 1.4 million jobs in the ICT sector. The initiative, spearheaded by the International Telecommunications Union, aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing ICT field. Story Highlights Jamaica today (April 26) joined 166 other countries in celebrating International Girls in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Day.The initiative, spearheaded by the International Telecommunications Union, aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing ICT field.It also seeks to enable both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.The Spectrum Management Authority marked the day by engaging 40 young ladies from secondary schools in Kingston and St. Andrew through exciting discussions and interactive activities at a function held at the Sagicor Auditorium, New Kingston.In his remarks, Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, said statistics show that by 2020, there will be a gap of approximately 1.4 million jobs in the ICT sector.“We are hoping that some of you young ladies will want to be a part of this renaissance, would want to be a part of the opportunities that will become available. In Europe, for the same period, over 500,000 jobs will become available (and) in Canada over 200,000 jobs will become available. Here in Jamaica, hundreds and thousands of jobs will also become available, because ICT is the future,” he said.Mr. Terrelonge told the students that ICT affords the opportunity for financial independence, while also making a valuable contribution to Jamaica’s development.“A part of the Ministry’s aim is to empower young women and encourage (them) to seek the… jobs that will give them that kind of sustainability,” he added.The State Minister further encouraged the young ladies to take the ICT world seriously as “it could lead you to a wonderful career”.“Ladies you would want to get involved in the ICT world. Get into creating apps… the future is ICT, and we want to see more young girls getting involved. Empower yourselves, knowledge is power and ICT is power,” Mr. Terrelonge said.
Saint-Etienne defender Mathieu Debuchy is hopeful of making the French World Cup squad this summer after impressing in Ligue 1 this seasonThe former Arsenal defender returned to Ligue 1 in January with Saint-Etienne after a disappointing spell in North London.Since his return to France, Debuchy has impressed and recently won a Player of the Month award with the full-back now hopeful of making a comeback to the France team ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.“I was surprised to get back to this level so quickly. Surprised but very happy. There are places up for grabs for the World Cup.” said the 32-year-old, according to SportsMole.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“After the hard times I have known, to return after four months with St Etienne followed by a World Cup would be magic. When the squad is announced, I think I’ll be in front of my TV and I’ll wait like everyone else.”Debuchy has made 27 appearances for France at international level and his last appearance for the national side came in September 2015.
The Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea in yesterday’s match between Spain and Portugal let a shot from Cristiano Ronaldo slip through his grasp before half-time as Portugal restored their lead for a 3-3 draw.“He’s my boy,” said United manager Mourinho via Sky Sport.“It hurts me to say but he knows, he knows, it’s a bad mistake. But that happens to the best, the good thing with the best is he will be there next match, not afraid.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…In summarizing the game, Mourinho said he thought the second-half substitution of Diego Costa, who scored twice, hurt Spain.“For me there was a game with Diego Costa and a game without Diego Costa – the game changed.“I don’t think the game was perfect. I don’t think either team was able to be dominant for 90 minutes, I think some of the goals are some goals that make us want to not sleep.”
Steven N’Zonzi is set to complete a move to Roma from Spanish side Sevilla after reports emerged that both clubs have sealed a deal for the French midfielderRecent reports suggest N’zonzi reportedly agreed to join Roma for €25m plus bonuses, but they cannot sign the Sevilla midfielder until Maxime Gonalons makes way.According to Calciomercato.com, N’Zonzi reached ‘an agreement in principle’ with Roma sporting director Monchi, coincidentally the man who took the midfielder to Sevilla in 2016.The website explains the 28-year-old is currently holidaying in the United States, where the Giallorossi are playing their preseason tour, having just won the World Cup with France.Karsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.The former Blackburn player has been a subject of transfer tussle with Premier League side Arsenal equally keen on his services.Arsenal coach Unai Emery worked with the French midfielder in Spain and was keen to reunite with him, but it seems the Serie A have won the transfer battle.However, the Lupi would have to sell Gonalons first – a task that is not proving easy, with Everton and Crystal Palace seeing their offers ‘returned to sender.’
After Luka Modric won FIFA’s The Best award, the Cristiano Ronaldo museum posted a curious warning on social mediaMonday night proved to be a forgettable one for Ronaldo, who missed out on two awards in FIFA’s The Best ceremony in London.Although neither Ronaldo or fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi attended the gala, which saw Luka Modric end their decade long-hold of the top individual prize in football.The Croatian playmaker saw off fellow nominees Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to be named FIFA’s Player of the Year.Following the announcement, many criticised the decision to not award Ronaldo the prize after inspiring Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League crown last season.The Cristiano Ronaldo museum wrote on Instagram: “These trophies cannot be robbed. There is an alarm.”Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The Portuguese’s agent, Jorge Mendes, said: “It is simply ridiculous.”