Ravena, Teng relish chance to pay it forward as coaches in NBTC All-Star

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He recalled the humble beginnings of the NBTC, now on its 11th year, before it turned into the country’s version of “March Madness,” the big dance in the US NCAA.“The NBTC was a small group before where it was just a training camp. There wasn’t even any madness in MOA. But now, with the development of coach Eric Altamirano, coach Alex Compton, and all the regional directors of NBTC, they come together once a year to focus in and help evolve this young guys  to experience something they haven’t experienced before and I‘m very blessed to be part of this program.”Teng, meanwhile, is hoping to return again next year, not only to help in the training program but also to avenge his loss to Ravena.“Next year, I’ll coach here again,” he said with a smile. Ravena once again claimed bragging rights over Teng as they called the shots for the standouts from some of the country’s top highschool basketball teams.The two former collegiate stars were happy to have been given a chance to pay it forward to these budding ballers, and share their knowledge even just for this game.“It’s a great experience for me. I learned a lot today and it was really fun. I’ve been here before and I know how it feels to have this opportunity to be watched all over the country and showcase our talents,” said Teng. “We’re all blessed here and I told them that whatever path they take in their future in basketball, they just have to keep on working hard. That’s the secret of all successful basketball players.”Ravena, for his part, is proud to have bore witness to the growth of the NBTC, which gave an opportunity for players even from far-flung cities to showcase their skills under the bright lights.“It feels great knowing that I was part of the pioneer group of NBTC a decade ago. It’s just an amazing feeling being able to see great talent from the provinces and here in Metro Manila and it’s good for them to accept and be grateful being in this kind of atmosphere at a very young age.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Ross wants Beermen considered as one of best teams ever Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Ateneo vs La Salle? Alaska vs NLEX? Nope! @kieferravena and @jeronteng will serve as coaches for these kids in the @SM_Nbtc Division 2 All-Star Game! #MadnessInMOA pic.twitter.com/boazjuY6an— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 23, 2018They are two of this year’s top rookies in the PBA, but Kiefer Ravena is confident that he is better than Jeron Teng–at least when it comes to coaching.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHis Team Cherifer Dedication topped Team Cherifer Passion, 91-89, in the 2018 NBTC Division 2 All-Star Game on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism “The discussion of who’s the better player is still a long debate, but at least for me, I can say that I was better when it comes to coaching,” said Ravena with a grin. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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‘Tsunami’ Victories

first_imgProvisional results from the 2014 Special Senatorial Election released via radio broadcast on the evening of Saturday, December 20, immediately following the closing of the polls nationwide, show a trend of sweeping leads in nearly all 15 counties – an indication of who might inarguably be certificated as the next ‘Senators’ for the next nine years.George Weah, the political leader for the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), has demonstrated his right to the senatorial seat of Montserrado County, having convincingly whipped the President’s son (Robert Sirleaf) in the December 20 poll.Political commentators described the provisional results in Montserrado County as a “tsunami victory,’ while others termed it as a “sweet –sweeping victory.”The Liberian international football icon who turned politician is the first ever international athlete from Liberia to become a lawmaker.“Weah’s victory is enough to stop all the political wrangling, which resulted to violence, and dispel all demons and the rumors of war,” Ms. Cythia Weeks of Fiamah-Lakpazee said.Unity Party (UP) Chairman, Cllr. Varney Sherman, is also poised to win Grand Cape Mount County ahead of incumbent Senator Abel Massaley and Dr. FodayKromah, a former President of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).The successful corporate Lawyer has proven to be popular amongst his kinsmen by their votes despite his opponents’ attempts at religious and tribal propaganda.In Grand Bassa County, Liberty Party’s Jonathan Kaipay is ahead of incumbent, Gbehzongar Milton Findley, President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate.Two-time defeated candidate, Amb. ConmanyB. Wesseh,is showing adecisive lead in River Gee County, while Steve Zargo in Lofa County appears to be locked in for the Senate.In Margibi County, Prof. AnsuSoniihad amassed more votes than that of determined incumbent Senator Clarice Jah, while Senator Chief Jewel Howard Taylor for Bong Countyis surprisingly fighting to maintain her status.Mr. Marshall Dennis is narrowly in the lead in Grand Gedeh County against Representative Zoe Emmanuel Pennoh, while incumbent SenatorLahaiLassanaofBomi County is showing much enthusiasm to beat the likes of Morris Saytumah, Cllr. Frances Johnson Allsion and others.CDC Representative Dr.  Bhofal Chamber is so-far has an easy lead in Maryland County, as well as Milton J. Teahjay for Sinoe County against incumbent Senator Mobutu V. Nyepahn. Madam Rosalind Sneh is topping the votes in Grand Kru County, as well as Daniel Naatehn for Gbarpolu County and Prince Y. Johnson for Nimba County; but Francis Paye is also in a narrow lead in River Cess County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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AULOL, ECOWAS, UNMIL Call for Amicable Resolution of Dispute

first_imgThe African Union Liaison Office in Liberia (AULOL), the Office of the Special Representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission in Liberia and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), note with grave concern the tension between the Legislature and the Judiciary over attempts to initiate impeachment proceedings by the House of Representatives against three Supreme Court Judges, and the ‘stay order’ on the impeachment proceedings by the Supreme Court. In a joint press statement issued in Monrovia, they said over the past 13 years since the end of civil war, Liberia has made tremendous strides in strengthening its institutions and in building a strong and vibrant democracy.“While fully respecting the sovereignty of Liberia and its institutions, AULOL, ECOWAS and UNMIL call upon the Legislative, Judicial and Executive branches of Government to work in a coordinated and mutually supportive way and to spare no effort in finding an amicable and immediate solution to this dispute in the interest of all the Liberian people who are looking forward to peaceful elections in a violence-free atmosphere,” the statement said.AULOL, ECOWAS and UNMIL said they would like to remind all branches and institutions of Government to respect the letters and spirit of the Constitution and abide by the laws of Liberia in compliance with international best practices and promotion of good governance. “We call upon all stakeholders to prioritize national interest as the country moves toward the final phase of peaceful, fair, participatory and transparent elections, and the transition to a new Government in 2018. We furthermore urge all political parties to reaffirm their love of country and their commitment to violence-free elections as agreed in the Farmington River Declaration.“We assure all Liberians of our continuous support towards maintaining stability, ensuring sustainable peace and facilitating development in Liberia. To these ends, AULOL, ECOWAS and UNMIL will continue to follow developments closely and support all efforts aimed at de-escalating the situation,” the statement concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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International Award Winner DJ Baby Boy Needs your Help

first_img– Advertisement – DJ Baby Boy “Something is still eating me up inside”Abraham Kamara, commonly known as DJ Baby Boy, an international award winning DJ who stole the hearts of artists and entertainers with his die hard loyalty to the Liberian music industry as a radio DJ, recently made a heartbreaking appeal to his fans to, “save his life.” According to the now voiceless DJ, who said he was dedicated to good broadcast during his time with Radio Bushrod, D15 98.1 FM, he needs help getting further tests done to see what is causing him to lose his voice and be unable to swallow or cough properly. “I feel like something is in my throat, I need it out. Maybe, take me to a good hospital, either in Liberia or out of Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, anywhere I just need that good help,” he said during a Facebook Live broadcast on our reporter’s timeline. “I am a professional broadcaster and have been dedicating my time to broadcasting for a long time; and right now, this voice y’all hearing can’t go on the radio, because of the sickness that attacked me.”According to DJ Baby Boy, his voice started ‘evaporating’ last year around June when he fell sick and was rushed to various hospitals to see what had affected him. “Tests were ran June-July when I started feeling sick and was coughing; and by August, it got serious, and my brothers rushed me to the hospital. I was so blessed, they checked me out and did X-ray test, TB test and everything came back negative. I coughed blood and it was really serious. By the special grace of God, I am alive and I can move around, but I still have something eating me up inside and I still need your help,” he pleaded.DJ Baby Boy is continuing on with his life, though not on air as before, but he is optimistic that one day he will be cured and will make a triumphant return to radio. “I feel like something is in my throat, I need it out…I move around, I talk to people, I look good, but my voice. In African setting, this is African science. And though I believe it, I know there is cancer, tumors, laryngitis. A lot of things have been attached, but I need your help, please, please, please, I feel like one side of entertainment, one wing, has been broken and a lot of you know DJ Baby Boy the award winner who was always in control; I want to get back to those days,” he appealed further.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Teen pleads not guilty in Whittier shooting

first_imgDressed in a blue Los Angeles County Jail jumpsuit, a cuffed Campa appeared at his Wednesday arraignment at Norwalk Superior Court. He will be back in court Oct. 24 for a pre-trial hearing. Campa was being held at Men’s Central Jail, deputies said. The motive behind the Feb. 21 shooting hasn’t been revealed yet. The shooting occurred as a 15-year-old boy waited at a bus stop for a ride to school. Another teen rode up on a bicycle. Deputy District Attorney Brock Lunsford said the bicyclist pulled out what looked like a gun. The victim started running. NORWALK – A teen pleaded not guilty Wednesday to shooting a 15-year-old with a sawed-off shotgun at a bus stop. Deputies said after the shooting, the injured victim got on a bus and headed to school. Victor Campa, who turned 18 this month, is being tried as an adult in the Feb. 21 incident that occurred at Norwalk and Mines Boulevards in the unincorporated county area of Whittier. Prosecutors charged Campa with assault with a deadly weapon, possessing a sawed-off shotgun and being a minor in possession of a weapon. “He hears a shot. He feels burning in his back and arm,” Lunsford said. The younger teen was shot in the back and arm with shotgun pellets. Residents said they heard gunshots and screaming. A neighbor called Frontier High School and reported that a boy had been shot and boarded the bus on his way to school. Security guards at the school met the teen when he got off the bus. He was later taken by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Two gang detectives spotted a teen matching the description of the shooter walking around the area. They searched his home in West Whittier and found a shotgun. However, Campa isn’t being charged with any gang allegation. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Back-to-back games not kind to Ducks

first_img “Right now, we are on a good roll,” Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. “We still had a couple of guys who could have played better, but as a whole I thought we played very well.” Randy Robitaille had the go-ahead goal, and rookie Derek Boogaard also scored for the Wild, 1-1 on their seven-game homestand. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Fernandez, who picked up an assist in the third period, also won six consecutive games from Dec. 17, 2001, to Jan. 10, 2002, and from Oct. 11-29, 2002. He lowered his goals-against average to 1.98 and boosted his save percentage to .932, both of which lead the NHL. Todd Fedoruk scored for Anaheim, which finished a five-game road trip 2-3. Ilja Bryzgalov stopped 32 shots and lost for just the third time in his last nine starts. The Mighty Ducks, coming off a 4-3 shootout loss Friday night in Dallas in which they blew a 3-0 lead after the first period, trailed 2-1 after two periods and gave up two quick goals in the third to end any thoughts of a comeback. “There’s no excuse,” Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne said. “That’s why this league is so tough. Especially the nights you play back to back. We arrived in the city at 3 o’clock in the morning. You don’t have much time to recover. You just have to play smarter.” Gaborik put Minnesota up 3-1 when he took a nifty blue line-to-blue line pass from Stephane Veilleux and knocked a low wrist shot from the slot past Bryzgalov 2:26 into the third. “In the third, (Gaborik) got his legs and started to skate,” Lemaire said. “When he skates, he makes things happen.” The Wild quickly got another goal when Fernandez fired an outlet pass to Gaborik, who dropped the puck off to a streaking White. He eluded Anaheim’s Ruslan Salei before beating Bryzgalov from the left circle at 3:22. “In the third period, we made a couple of mistakes, and it cost us goals,” Selanne said. Thrashers 4, Penguins 3 : Marc Savard broke a tie with a power-play goal with 3:25 to play, and Ilya Kovalchuk had two more goals to help Atlanta beat host \Pittsburgh for the second straight night. Hurricanes 3, Islanders 0 : Martin Gerber made 30 saves for his sixth career shutout, and visiting Carolina scored three goals in a 6:14 span in the second period. Maple Leafs 3, Oilers 2 : Backup goalie Mikael Tellqvist made 36 saves and Chad Kilger scored the winning goal early in the third period for visiting Toronto. Devils 3, Sabres 2 : Brian Rafalski had a goal and an assist, and Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for visiting New Jersey. Rangers 4, Panthers 0 : Henrik Lundqvist made a career-high 38 saves in his second shutout both against Florida and fellow Rangers rookie Petr Prucha scored his 20th goal. Avalanche 3, Blue Jackets 2, SO : Alex Tanguay and Marek Svatos scored shootout goals for host Colorado. Canadiens 4, Senators 1 : Radek Bonk and Mathieu Dandenault ended lengthy goal droughts and the host Canadiens scored four times in the first period. Bruins 6, Lightning 3: Defenseman Milan Jurcina scored the first two goals of his NHL career and Patrice Bergeron had the go-ahead goal to lead host Boston Bruins to victory. Tampa Bay Lighting on Saturday. Canucks 4, Flames 3, OT : Brendan Morrison scored a power-play goal at 2:53 of overtime for the host Canucks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Minnesota Wild’s resurgence has been a team effort. Manny Fernandez made 22 saves to tie his career high with his sixth consecutive victory, and nine Wild players had points in Minnesota’s 4-1 win over the visiting Mighty Ducks on Saturday night. Marian Gaborik and Todd White each had a goal and an assist to help the Wild win for the ninth time in 13 games and move past the Mighty Ducks into ninth place in the Western Conference standings. last_img read more

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Donegal couple launch charity in honour of baby girl

first_imgMoville couple Brian and Sharon Thompson have begun fundraising for the Victoria Thompson Scholarship to highlight the need for children’s palliative care services in Ireland.The fund was set up in memory of their daughter, Victoria Thompson, who passed away in 2012 – nine months after her birth. Baby Victoria was diagnosed with a rare, painful and terminal condition at five months of age and was cared for by her parents and LauraLynnChildren’s Hospice in her final months.Victoria’s family and community had to fight to find palliative care for her at the time. Training in children’s palliative care is a new speciality, so Sharon and Brian Thompson are aiming to support nurses on this course of study. Ireland’s first dedicated Masters or Post-graduate programme for Children’s Palliative / Complex Care was set up at NUI Galway in 2016. Sharon and Brian had enough funds to provide €1,000 scholarships for two nurses in 2016.“It’s kind of magical that one of them this year is a Donegal nurse,” Sharon said.“I always say there is a magic in the synchronicity of things after Victoria died,” she told Donegal Woman. “Whenever she passed away the whole community rallied around and did fundraising. Different things that have happened along the way have been very special. I always said that ‘If Victoria wants it to happen, it will happen’. One little thing always leads to another.” Brian and Sharon are fundraising to support more nurses this coming year. There is a need for outreach nurses to provide palliative care in all Irish counties. There are approx 3,840 children living with complex life-limiting illnesses. Unfortunately in 2017, there’s a shortage of specialised nurses to care for these children and their families.Victoria’s parents, Sharon and Brian Thompson said “Most parents of terminally ill children find it difficult to get specialised nurses to care for their complexly-ill child at home. The Victoria Memorial Fund will fund education, research and advocacy projects which advance children’s palliative care. Presently, NUIG kindly facilitated our scholarships of excellence to two nurses on their MSc course. www.nuigalway.ie/nursing-midwifery.“Victoria died at exactly nine months old but she showed us the gaps in care for children like her. In her memory, we aim to highlight the care needs of complexly ill children and find ways to advance the care options for terminally ill children. We must acknowledge children need palliative care and provide it nationally.”The Thompsons are currently working to register The Victoria Thompson Scholarship as an official charity. They hope to provide funds for more nursing students in the year to come and have set a target of €2,000 for 2017.“I will not be content until other families can have the basic care they need, that they can come home and feel they have the links to medical staff and know that their child won’t die in pain at home,” Sharon told Donegal Woman.Further information can be found at thevictoriathompsonscholarship.com A wish in memory of a magical baby girlDonegal couple launch charity in honour of baby girl was last modified: January 31st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:charitypallliativevictoria thompsonlast_img read more

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Fine for man who attempted to pull arrested male from Gardaí

first_imgA 27-year-old Donegal man has been fined €1,000 after attempting to pull an arrested man away from Gardai.Conor McGowan appeared before Letterkenny District Court in relation to the incident at Lower Main Street, Letterkenny, on January 25, 2016. While on mobile patrol at 2.15am, Garda McBride said he received a call from the communications room at Letterkenny Garda Station relating to an altercation at Lower Main Street.Gardaí subsequently arrested a male under the public order act.“While approaching the patrol car, two males – one of whom I know to be Conor McGowan – attempted to pull the arrested male away from me,” Garda McBride said.“Conor McGowan attempted to place my arm in a lock behind my back.”The incident was captured on CCTV.Solicitor for the accused, Patsy Gallagher, said his client, a 27-year-old father-of-one, has been living and working in Scotland for the last nine months.“He has had severe difficulty with alcohol and other substances,” Mr Gallagher said.“He had had a bit of attention and has had dependancy on alcohol and drugs.“He has had difficulty keeping down steady employment, but he has moved to Scotland and has been working full-time since. He is is the process of settling down and he has himself sorted. It has taken time for him to learn and he has learned. He has moved on.”McGowan was fined €500 for a section 6 offence and fined €500 for a section 19 offence.Fine for man who attempted to pull arrested male from Gardaí was last modified: February 1st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Conor McGowanJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

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West Ham must drop Mark Noble if they want to progress under Pellegrini

first_img possible standings 4 gameday cracker One thing Noble could always be relied upon was his composure and consistency from the penalty spot, having scored an impressive 31 in his career thus far.However, fans were left perplexed as to why Marko Arnautovic stepped up to slam home a spot-kick against the Cherries on Saturday, but a club insider has revealed all.According to the trusty @ExWHUemployee on Twitter, Noble has even been stripped of penalty duties after missing a spot-kick in pre-season. Mark Noble.West Ham’s engine room. pic.twitter.com/eL2PhxmMy3— Dave Ellis (@fullback03) August 20, 2018For years, Noble has been portrayed as the ‘local lad’ who is living his dream and giving everything for the shirt. His unquestionable loyalty regularly allows him to escape unscathed when results are bad.When new Crystal Palace signing Cheikhou Kouyate was caught failing to track back towards the end of his ill-fated career in east London, he was continually chastised by the Hammers faithful. silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won impact Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 4 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Noble has given his all for the club, but the pace of the Premier League has caught up with him. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade smart causal REVEALED A Premier League winner, Pellegrini knows the importance of winning, but is able to do so with style.Under his tutelage, Manchester City played fast, attacking football and tore teams apart for fun.If West Ham are even going to consider breaking into the fabled European places, they must sacrifice the archaic and sluggish ‘Mr. West Ham’ who only serves to clog up their midfield.Footage captured from the weekend’s defeat at home to Bournemouth shows just how off the pace the 31-year-old is and how the demands of Premier League football are now too much. 4 ALTERED Latest Premier League news Sentimentality is the only thing keeping Noble in the West Ham midfield How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures latest Mark Noble is seriously hampering West Ham United’s chances of progressing in the Premier League under Manuel Pellegrini.The Chilean was brought in over the summer to replace David Moyes and inject some much-needed vitality and excitement to a rather dour West Ham side. NEW ERA Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Never thought I’d say it but one of our biggest problems is Kouyate… lazy, makes no effort to make an angel for others to pass to him, doesn’t track back & slows momentum down at throw ins by jogging over.I’d sell him this month if £20m is bid. He wants out.— Brownie (@WestHamMatters) January 2, 2018So why does Noble manage to escape criticism?With the Premier League continually becoming much more pace-orientated, West Ham can ill-afford to remain so vulnerable in their engine room. His loyalty cannot be questioned, but Noble is weighing the Hammers down center_img revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won But after spending over £100million on transfers in the summer, how much time can Manuel Pellegrini have at the London Stadium, and can he can really afford passengers?Although the new boss is undoubtedly a long way away from finding his favoured starting XI, it remains to be seen if ‘Mr. West Ham’ will be part of that. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Like all West Ham fans, Noble loves a maverick The reason Noble didnt take the the penalty yesterday according to one of my sources was because he missed one in preseason and it was also felt by letting Arnautovic take the penalties he has a greater chance of being one of the league’s top scorers.— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) August 19, 2018There are a number of possible reasons for Pellegrini continuing to persist with Noble, all equally valid.Seven summer signings were given home debuts on Saturday, with the argument being made that Noble is needed as a cohesive mechanism in the side.He revealed to The Telegraph before the beginning of last season he constantly called Arnautovic after the forward arrived from Stoke City last season to offer him assistance and make sure the new signing settled.There is also evidence to suggest Noble thrives when the club have splashed on luxury, maverick players. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 4 TOP FOOTBALL STORIES ON TALKSPORT.COM Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade smart causal BEST OF predicted Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions silverware When given a run by Alan Curbishley during the club’s ‘Great Escape’ in 2007, the Canning Town native won seven of his 10 Premier League appearances, with both of his goals being assisted by cult hero Carlos Tevez.Similarly, his form during Payet’s sole season at the club led for many to call for the midfielder to be included in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad.He scored a career-best seven Premier League goals that campaign, leading the club to an impressive seventh-placed finish.If new signings Andriy Yarmolenko or Felipe Anderson can manage to click in east London, perhaps Noble’s performances will also start to improve. After conceding 68 goals last season, they have already started this season by shipping six. Noble’s personal statistics show he has failed to make a single interception, block or clearance this campaign.For eagle-eyed fans, this will hardly come as a surprise.The club captain has been on the wane ever since the 2015/16 campaign where Dimitri Payet nearly single-handedly dragged the club into the Champions League.During the course of the season, he averaged 2.8 tackles per game as well as 2.2 interceptions. The following season, it had dropped to just 1.6 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game. REVEALED How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Against Liverpool on the opening weekend of the season, Noble was more than happy to play conservative side-to-side passes, doing little else other than to boost his own pass completion rate.He lacks the cutting edge of a modern Premier League midfielder, woefully lacking the ability to either beat a man or to find a defence-splitting pass.Last season, he failed to record a single assist in the league and made just 17 chances – even Chelsea’s defensive stalwart N’Golo Kante made 20 more.For those who think he at least offers the Hammers a protective screen, think again.last_img read more

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