first_imgGreater Portmore Strikers top INSPORTS Community League Greater Portmore Strikers copped the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Football League with an impressive 3-1 win over Christian Gardens in the final at Dunbeholden playing field last Sunday. Kareem Harvey (fifth), Ruel Gabbidon (57th) and Rushane Webber (61st) scored for Greater Portmore, while Andre Miller (31st) scored for Christian Gardens. The winners will receive prize money of $50,000 and a full set of gear to play in the next round of the all-island championship. Jamalco Open round-up PFM International bow out Tomorrow’s matches At 2:15 p.m.: May Day vs Denbigh B, Team R vs Fogo High At 3 p.m.: Holmwood vs Ridgemount, Glenmuir A vs Portland Cottage At 3:45 p.m.: Hayes A vs Holmwood, Water Lane vs Glenmuir B At 4:30 p.m.: Denbigh A vs Girls United, Jamalco vs Portland Cottage B At 5:15 p.m.: Bell Plane vs Hayes B, Hayes C vs Scott Pass Portmore United turned the heat on Westchester, as they hit six past their Sunshine City rivals in a lopsided game in the St Catherine Football Association Under-13 Football League at Lime Tree Oval last Sunday. In other games, Wanderers whipped Daytona 4-0 through a double strike from Kammani Maxwell and a goal apiece via Mario Smith and Gary Wilson; East Portmore Portals defeated Royal Lakes 3-1 courtesy two goals by Qwane Walcott and another goal by Keneil Kelly from the penalty spot; Village Linx defeated De La Vega City 2-0; Windsor Lion thumped Rivoli United 4-0; and Angels whipped Tredegar Park 5-0. The biggest clash, on schedule, pits Edgewater against a free scoring Portmore United team this afternoon at 2:00 at the Lime Tree Oval. Two other matches are scheduled for that venue. At 3:30 p.m., Daytona tackle Portals, while at 4:45 p.m. Royal Lakes and Westchester meet in a clash of winless teams. The St Catherine pair of Dunbeholden and Tru-Juice hold the respective pole positions in the JB Rum/South Central Confederation Super League football competition. Dunbeholden lead Group Two with nine points over St Bess FC (six) of St Elizabeth, while Tru-Juice lead Group One with seven points over Jamalco of Clarendon, who have six points. Earlier this week, Black Stars FC were able to eke out a win over Jamalco via a goal from Davian Ash’s penalty. Ricam Academy of Manchester suffered their third consecutive defeat, losing 1-2 to Tru-Juice FC at Brooks Park and are out of contention. Dunbeholden FC also suffered their first loss in this competition, going down 1-2 to St Bess. Shaneil James scored for St Bess FC in the second minute, followed quickly by Fredrick Thompson in the 11th minute. Nico Christian found the net in the 57th minute to reduce the deficit. In the final midweek games, New Bowens FC shared the points with Downs FC in a 2-2 finish. The competition continues tomorrow. Games are Jamalco FC vs Ricam Academy at Wembley Centre of Excellence, Black Stars FC vs Tru-Juice at Black River Community Centre, Dunbeholden FC vs New Bowens FC at Dunbeholden, Downs FC vs St Bess FC at Downs Community Centre. Fiercely competitive games highlighted the opening round of the North Street Cup, the latest edition of high school lacrosse in Jamaica recently. Taino Cup champions St George’s College battled to a 4-3 win over North Street rivals Kingston College (KC), while Holy Trinity staved off a strong challenge to triumph 4-3 over Wolmer’s Boys. Despite the losses, it looks like KC and Wolmer’s are much improved from February’s Taino Cup competition, where they were humbled by their rivals. The game of lacrosse is on the rise since its inception in the island in 2013. St Catherine teams dominate Confed leaguecenter_img Portmore United hit Westchester for six North Street Cups starts with fierce battles Porus predictably waltzed into the semi-finals of the 2015-16 Moorland Development/Pat Anderson/Manchester FA U17 football competition with a 4-0 whipping of Christiana Academy last weekend. Their comprehensive win was set up by two strikes from Javel Coley, one of the standouts of the competition so far. Porus are unbeaten so far and have only conceded one goal. Also making it to the semi-finals are Ricam, 360 Degrees and Hillstars. Nakia Stone’s second half goal pivoted Ricam to a 1-0 win over Alligator Pond, 360 Degrees outscored Villa United 4-3 and Hillstars qualified with a 2-0 shutout of Cross Keys. The first semi-final will be contested on tomorrow between Porus FC and 360 Degree at Brooks Park in Mandeville, starting at 3:30 p.m. Six-time champions Power of Faith International (PFM Int’l) bow out of the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 Cricket League in the elimination stages, as their brother team, Power of Faith Ministries Development (PFM Dev) humbled them by nine wickets at Bridgeport Cricket ground last Saturday. Scores: PFM Dev won the toss and asked PFM Int’l to take first strike and were bowled out for 77 in 16. 4 overs. Marlon Hoilette top-scored with 24, while Demar Johnson was the most successful bowler for PFM Dev, claiming 2-20 from three overs. In response, PFM Dev. made 80-1 in seven overs. Leading scorers were Gladstone Anderson, 31 not out and Demar Johnson, 18 not out. Bowling for PFM Int’l, captain Leon Edwards took 1-14 from two overs. The competition continues today with the Eliminator Two matchup between Faith Temple New Testament and PFM Dev. at 11:30 a.m. A full slate of matches will take place in the third round of the Clarendon Netball Association Jamalco Open, at the Mineral Heights Sports Centre tomorrow, starting at 2:15 p.m. In last weekend’s second round at the same venue, Cable Pro scored the largest margin of victory, shutting out Glenmuir A 41-10. Team R of Mandeville were just as ruthless on the youthful Glenmuir B team, outscoring them 37-4. Other big winners were Hayes A, which hammered Richmond 31-5 and newcomers Girls United, which had a powerful 24-8 win over Fogo High. Porus lead Pat Anderson U17 semi-final charge Spring Village take lead Spring Village are the surprise leaders in the City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League, after they eased past Highlight Strikers 300-285 in Sunday’s 13th round of matches, which were hampered by the islandwide power cut. Spring Village are currently on 48 points, two ahead of Exceptional International (44), which stopped Right Stuff 248-213 in an unfinished game. Third place Spit Fyah (45), the former leaders, defeated Chedwin Strikers 300-281. The League continues tomorrow with a full slate of matches. The games are (home teams named first): Spring Village vs Exceptional International, Ken’s Wildflower vs Soursop Tree, Passagefort United vs Naggo Head, Correctional Services vs Memory Lane, Waterhouse United vs Chedwin Strikers, Highlight Strikers vs Felluchie Strikers, Right Stuff vs Masterpiece, Garveymeade vs Unity Strikers and Eradication vs Unity Strikers.last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief And for the sake of their fun sneaker duel, Ross rocked a pair of “South Beach” LeBron 8s after the game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lassiter upped the ante once more when he wore a pair of Nike BB Adapts in San Miguel Beer’s121-111 win over NLEX in the PBA Philippine Cup.There’s no question that Lassiter was the first to wear Nike’s self-lacing basketball sneakers on the PBA floor but the Beermen’s lethal shooter hopes that more would follow in his footsteps.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I wouldn’t be surprised if someone does wear these it’ll be a good thing,” said Lassiter said of the high-tech sneakers which were made available last month and retail for $350 USD. “Hopefully in the future they make more shoes like this.”“I think probably everybody will have shoes like these.” Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Lassiter, who demonstrated how the shoe tightens and loosens just by a push of a button, finished with 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting from three in the Beermen’s easy victory.“It’s cool to have a shoe that’s tying laces for you so you feel like the shoe itself is a very cool shoe,” said Lassiter. “It has a good grip, comfortable, aerodynamic, and it’s fits like a glove.”Lassiter also has another more personal reason why he chose to wear the BB Adapts and that was for the healthy competition going on with his teammate Chris Ross as to who among the two of them has better sneakers.“You know who has the better kicks, I know it’s your birthday but come on Chris,” said Lassiter of Ross who celebrated his 34th birthday on Saturday.“I know he’s going to level up and he’ll get shoes and we’re going to surprise each other.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cherry Rondina, streaking Tigresses coping with Milena Alessandrini’s absence PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Marcio Lassiter is no stranger to wearing some of the precious sneakers on and off the parquet floor.From countless retro Jordans to some Nike ID flavors, Lassiter always makes sure to deck out in neck-breaking silhouettes.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgA Chinese national, Lin Yu Qiang, proprietor of New Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant, awoke early MondayThe window that was broken to gain entry to the buildingmorning to the sight of four bandits invading his home at about 02:00h.The men all masked and armed with three cutlasses and a gun climbed onto a shed in front of the Chinese Restaurant and broke louver glasses of a window to get into the house.Qiang was asleep when he heard the sound of glass breaking and, according to him, the men approached him and immediately started beating him, while demanding his cash and jewellery. A struggle ensued and he was injured to the head with the gun.The restaurant owner handed over the day’s sales which amounted to $50,000. The bandits also ransacked the premises and took away two laptop computers and a cellular phone then escaped.Lin was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was treated and sent away.According to one eyewitness who was awakened by screams from Qiang’s wife, by the time Police responded the men had already fled the area.In January last year when the restaurant was under different management, armed bandits invaded the premises and injured its owner Tai Hong Fen before carting off cellular phone cards, both local and foreign currency, and other valuables.Qiang took over the business about two months ago.Police are investigating the matter.last_img read more

first_imgVice President Jewel Howard Taylor in her opening address during the first session she presided over at the Senate urged her former colleagues to work in the interest of the country. She told the 54th Senate to recommit their energies to working for the fulfillment and aspirations of Liberians and play well their respective parts in ensuring the smooth operations and realization of the government’s Pro-poor Agenda.According to the Vice President and President of the Senate, the Pro-poor Agenda may require the reassessment of existing laws and statutes, and or formulation of new legislation which reflects the current realities. In addition, the Senate has  set up a committee to revise its standing rules against reports that the Senate will not confirm anyone who is “Not a Liberian” and will reject any appointee whose credentials and character will not be convincing.If such high sounding words are not the usual unfilled political promises, Liberians will be delighted to see their government working in their interest, having waited for such a change over a long period of time. In order to convince Liberians as work begins in the new administration, the Senate should be vigilant to carefully examine whom it confirms for a public position in consonance with its promise not to confirm anyone with tainted character and faked credentials.In fact, the first test has come for the Senate and President George Manneh Weah, and that is the issue of Cllr. Charles Gibson, who has been appointed as Justice Minister. This is a man who had duped his client by misappropriating US$25,400 intended for the client for which the Supreme Court suspended his license and placed a ban on his practice of law in Liberia.Not having the conscience to pay this money since last year, he has waited until he saw signs that he would be appointed to such a critical and prestigious public position before he restituted the money, just less than a week ago.In a civilized society, such an individual with a tainted character would never be considered for appointment to such a position of trust, but in Liberia nowadays it is different. Nevertheless, the Senate, having declared they will not confirm Presidential nominees with faked credentials or tainted character, has raised hopes that this time around it will not be business as usual.Holding its words in high esteem, we remain assured that the Senate is firm on its promise to do the right thing, and it will begin it by rejecting Cllr. Gibson on the basis of his tainted character that is evidenced by court records. Many Senators during the campaign in the runoff pledged their support to the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and George Weah because they were convinced that the party and Weah can bring the needed change.So, as the change has come, Liberians are hoping this is the time to reassure their confidence that the government means business and it stands to work in the interest of the people.Also is the issue of Foreign Minister-designate, Gbehzohngar Findley who, according to reports, has just been confirmed although, by his own admission, he lacks the requisite experience and training for the job. Why have you confirmed him in such a hurry when you have not done sufficient due diligence to ensure his credentials are not fake, as some in the public suggest?Public declarations that you will remain unmoved by distractions appear to suggest, however subtly, that such distractions, like “brown envelopes” to confirm Presidential nominees, referred to as “common law practice,” are a thing of the past.More to that also, there were perhaps, during the past administration of President Sirleaf, confirmation of officials with faked credentials or questionable citizenship, like that of National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman, Jerome G. Korkoya, and others.Since the gavel of authority has now passed over into a new set of hands, it is our hope that the Senate will remain conscious of its lofty promises to make proper and appropriate decisions that will reflect its integrity in doing the people’s work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img– Hospitals, Court, Health Centre to get solar powerIn the coming months, several communities in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) will benefit from LED street lights and solar (photovoltaic) systems.This was announced by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson on Wednesday, who noted that the Region has been earmarked for these innovative developmental projects.For the remainder of 2018, solar PV systems will be installed in five popular facilities, which serve thousands of people on a daily basis.“The Ministry of Public Infrastructure envisions Region Three as being earmarkedPublic Infrastructure Minister David Pattersonfor the installation of renewable energy technologies in the coming years. In the latter half of 2018, Government will continue to install grid-connected solar PV (photovoltaic) systems in five locations in Region Three, in addition to the eight buildings done during 2017.”These are the Leonora Cottage Hospital, the West Demerara Regional Hospital, Belle West Health Centre, Leonora Magistrate’s Court and the Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary School.Meanwhile, it was also noted that another programme has commenced, which would see the replacement of fluorescent street lamps, with energy-efficient LED lights.“Additionally, the Energy Efficient Programme that has commenced installation of lights and occupancy sensors in 2017 will continue in 2018 with the replacement of fluorescent lamps with LED lamps at all schools and hospitals,” Patterson said.Furthermore, these communities will be equipped with 792 street lights, by the end of 2018.In the first phase of the project, 178 street lights will be installed and the others will follow with 47 being allotted to Leguan and 30 for Wakenaam as the project unfolds.last_img read more

first_imgCrews from area cities finished cleaning up Wednesday from a storm that raced through Southern California the day before. A fast-moving storm hit Tuesday afternoon, toppling trees, snapping power lines, wreaking havoc on local mobile home parks and destroying at least one city vehicle. Jim Purkowski, Whittier’s director of parks, said the city received about 45 tree-related calls. The biggest problem Tuesday was a tree down blocking the southbound traffic on Painter Avenue between Whittier Boulevard and Lambert Road, he said. The hardest-hit areas included Montebello, Compton, Commerce, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Downey, Hawthorne, Alhambra, Monterey Park, Long Beach, Norwalk, Rosemead, El Monte, Whittier, Fullerton, Buena Park, and Cypress, said Edison spokesman Gil Alexander. About 221,600 SCE customers were without power at some point after Tuesday’s storm. In Commerce, about a dozen power poles and four transmission towers crashed domino-style near Corvette Street and Tubeway Avenue Tuesday, leaving nearly 1,000 customers without power. Edison workers were expected to restore service within a day, but replacing the towers could take longer. One of the transmission towers fell next to a stretch of track used by Metrolink, delaying service on the Riverside line Tuesday, but Union Pacific, which owns the tracks, cleared them in about two hours. High winds continued to lash parts of the region early Wednesday, especially in Los Angeles County mountain areas, where the wind was clocked at 79 mph at Whitaker Peak. Staff Writers Mike Sprague and Phil Drake contributed to this City News Service story. A tree on a median at Washington and Paramount boulevards fell on top of a 1996 Ford Ranger, a city of Pico Rivera vehicle used by water division employees who read water meters, city spokesman Bob Spencer said. “It was destroyed,” he said, adding damage was estimated at $5,000. The two city employees using the truck were not in the vehicle when the tree hit it. Spencer said a Porsche on the street sustained damage to its windshield and hood when another tree fell. Residents of two mobile home parks in Pico Rivera reported damage, as well as a man in South El Monte who said the storm pushed a tree on top of his trailer and smashed it like “a juice box.” About 2,000 Southern California Edison customers and 4,200 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers remained without electricity Wednesday afternoon due to power lines downed by powerful winds. last_img read more

first_imgHe was sent off against Valencia on Wednesday, after aiming a petulant kick at defender Jeison Murillo, before appearing to make contact with his opponent’s head as he gestured to him to get up.Despite playing for more than an hour with 10 men, Juve were comfortable 2-0 winners at the Estadio Mestalla as Miralem Pjanic converted a pair of penalties either side of half-time.Ronaldo, however, is yet to discover the full consequences of his dismissal. The 33-year-old was perhaps unfortunate that German referee Felix Brych opted for a red, rather than a yellow, card but there was still risk in engaging with Murillo.Journalists in charge of voting for the Ballon d’Or might also take note of Ronaldo’s reaction, which saw him fall to the ground in disbelief and then yell into the air in frustration.It was a bad night in an otherwise stellar 2018 for the Portugese, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid in May and has scored 36 goals in 33 games this year. He has won the Ballon d’Or five times, the joint most with Lionel Messi.This was Ronaldo’s 11th red card, but first in the Champions League, with a suspension now set to reduce his scoring power in the group stages.A one-match ban is guaranteed, meaning he will sit out Juve’s game at home to Young Boys on October 2.UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body can also increase the ban if they deem it a “serious offence”, which could mean him missing the fixtures against Manchester United on October 23 and November 6.AFP Sport understands, however, that an extension to the one-match ban is unlikely. Juventus would also be allowed to appeal.The Italian side’s coach Massimiliano Allegri lamented the lack of a Video Assistant Referee against Valencia, which he believes would have spared his key player.UEFA’s Executive Committee are due to meet in Lyon on September 27, where it is believed the issue of implementing VAR will be discussed.“I can only say that VAR would’ve helped the referee make the right decision,” Allegri said.Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi urged UEFA to show leniency. “It was very harsh, I think if you saw the replays, you could see it’s an incomprehensible decision,” Matuidi said.“So I hope afterwards UEFA will watch the replays and that we can have something positive for him because he does not deserve it.“He was sad after the match, very sad, and we were all sad for him.”Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci added: “Ronaldo was quite angry, unfortunately the referee did not see the situation very well. The important thing is we reacted as a team.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo received support from team-mate Federico Bernardeschi as he expressed disbelief after receiving a red card in Valencia © AFP / JOSE JORDANVALENCIA, Spain, Sep 20 – Cristiano Ronaldo should escape an increase on his one-match ban in the Champions League but Juventus’ star summer signing might not get off so easily in the race for the Ballon d’Or.Ronaldo is among the frontrunners for the prestigious prize, which considers performances during the calendar year, as well as “overall behaviour on and off the pitch.”last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Staying put: Willian looks set to stay at Chelsea after the sacking of Antonio Conte © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 13 – Chelsea winger Willian has admitted there is “no chance” he would have remained at the club had former manager Antonio Conte not been replaced by Maurizio Sarri last month.Conte was dismissed just four weeks before the start of the season despite winning the Premier League in his debut campaign and the FA Cup last season. However, the Italian paid for fallouts with a number of senior players and failing to qualify for the Champions League when he was finally dismissed after months of speculation over his future.Willian was also linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge with Chelsea rejecting a bid from Barcelona over the summer.But he looks set to stay in London with the transfer deadline for Premier League clubs now having passed, meaning the Blues are unlikely to entertain any further bids from foreign clubs.“No chance. No,” the Brazilian told ESPN when asked if he would still be at the club had Conte remained in charge after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Huddersfield on Sarri’s Premier League debut.“I’m here because I want to play for Chelsea. I will only leave if Chelsea want me to go.”Sarri has warned it will take time to master the brand of free-flowing attacking football he implemented at Napoli.But his desire to play on the front foot has already endeared him to Willian after two seasons under Conte’s rigorous tactical approach that prioritised making Chelsea hard to beat.That approach was rarely successful against Arsenal, who Chelsea host at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Conte won just one of eight meetings against their London rivals, but Willian expects a different outcome thanks to Sarri’s approach.“We have a great game to play against Arsenal and we want to win again,” he added.“I think we have a good chance to turn the results around against them because now we have a different way to play football.“The manager tells us to play, to enjoy ourselves on the pitch, with responsibility. Now we have a different style, that’s why we can create problems for Arsenal.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img1 Leeds United 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday: Stunning strike earns Owls draw Uwe Rosler is still searching for his first win as Leeds head coach after Sheffield Wednesday forced a 1-1 draw in a keenly-contested Yorkshire derby.United earned their fourth consecutive Championship draw thanks to Chris Wood’s second-half equaliser, but it is Wednesday’s opener which is sure to grab the headlines.Portuguese forward Marco Matias put the Owls ahead eight minutes before half-time with a goal of the season contender, beating his man with a neat flick before looping a wonderfully-judged volley over goalkeeper Marco Silvestri from 18 yards.Chances were few and far between in the opening half, with Wood coming closest for the Whites as he failed to poke Stuart Dallas’ cross-cum-shot into the goal. But the New Zealand attacker wasn’t to pass up his second chance. Dallas was again the provider, nutmegging a defender and firing an inviting cross into the box for Wood to tap in from close range.Leeds had the upper hand for most of the game and should have made better use of their possession against a Wednesday side who rarely tested Silvestri.Both sides then squandered gilt-edged chances to take the lead within a minute. First Kieran Lee should have restored Wednesday’s advantage in the 67th minute but after a swift build-up he headed weakly at Silvestri. Then Wood had most of the goal to aim at but contrived to nod the ball wide from eight yards.last_img read more

first_img 5 2. He’s produced his own ‘Hand of God’… and got away with it too – In a Russian Premier League fixture with Rostov in August 2014, which Dynamo won 7-3, Kokorin replicated Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ by appearing to palm in his opening goal. He would go on to score a hat-trick. 1. He’s the youngest scorer in Dynamo Moscow’s history – to find out four more Kokorin facts, click right – In 2008 he became Dynamo’s youngest ever scorer at 17 years and 199 days. Kokorin was introduced as a second half substitute after his side became decimated by injuries, going onto equalise as Dynamo overturned a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1. 4. He has as many World Cup goals as Wayne Rooney – one – At last summer’s World Cup in Brazil, Kokorin rose impressively to head home during Russia’s 1-1 draw with Algeria. He was powerless to stopping Fabio Capello’s underachieving side slip out of the tournament at the group stages though. Reports emerging in various media outlets on Wednesday suggest that Arsenal are lining up a move for Dynamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin.Kokorin, a bruising forward, has been identified as an alternative to Karim Benzema in the Gunners’ pursuit of a new striker after the Real Madrid man effectively ruled himself out of an Emirates arrival.‘WHAT IS A KOKORIN?’ – ARSENAL FANS BEMUSED BY LINKS WITH RUSSIAN STRIKERThe 24-year-old is comparatively unheard of considering some of the other targets reportedly being tracked by Arsene Wenger this summer, so talkSPORT has collated five things you might not know about the Russian international… 5 5 5. He signed for Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, but never played for them – In July 2013, Anzhi triggered his £13m release clause, but just a month later he was on his way back to Dynamo after the nouveau riche Russian side put their entire squad up for sale due to financial issues. 5 3. He’s never scored more than 10 league goals in a season – He’s hardly been prolific in his career, and so far his best league return is 10 goals in the 2013-2014 campaign after returning to Dynamo from Anzhi Makhachkala. 5last_img read more