Spain survive ‘heart attack’ game against feisty Iran

first_imgSpain had to throw their usual game plan out of the window against doggedly defensive Iran in World Cup Group B but they felt all the stronger after grabbing a scrappy 1-0 victory on Wednesday.“It’s so difficult to play against a team that only wants to close you down, but these are the types of games that win you a World Cup,” said defender Dani Carvajal after Diego Costa’s rebounded goal took them level with Portugal on top of Group B.“We had climb our way over a huge hurdle and dig in to get the three points.”Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo described the match in Kazan as “a heart attack game” while daily Marca declared: “We suffered but the wall fell down”.AS called Spain “leaders of the rebound” while newspaper Sport thanked the existence of video technology which ruled out a potential Iran equaliser for offside, declaring “Long Live VAR!” on its cover.Spain coach Fernando Hierro effusively praised his opposite number Carlos Queiroz for turning Iran into the unforgiving unit which so nearly held his side to a draw that would have hit their hopes of getting out of the group.But Carvajal was less complimentary.“Everyone can play how they want on a tactical level and close up shop at the back, that’s part of the game but to waste time by faking injury for me is not football, it’s disloyal to the game,” the defender said.Having drawn 3-3 with Portugal after a stunning hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo, Spain would have been forgiven for thinking their hardest test in the group was over, but Iran posed a very different challenge.Midfielder Isco underlined the importance of the win and said his side better get used to playing teams happy to construct a defensive wall.“This was practically a final, we had to win at whatever cost after the game with Portugal,” he said.“Every team plays differently, we have to be prepared for every situation. We’re happy that we have three points and depend on ourselves to go top and now we face Morocco who will also prove difficult.”Spain are level on four points with Portugal and have an identical goal difference and head-to-head record to the European champions.The 2010 World Cup winners need to beat Morocco in their final group game and hope Portugal fail to overcome Iran by as many goals in order to secure top spot.last_img read more

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Another heartbreak for Federer in bid for 21st grand slam title

first_imgNEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Fresh from a heart-breaking loss at the All-England Tennis Club, the abrupt end to Roger Federer‘s U.S. Open on Tuesday raised questions whether the 38-year-old can deliver on a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title.Federer had hoped to shake off the agony of his most recent Wimbledon final, where the top prize slipped through his fingers and into the arms of frequent rival Novak Djokovic after he failed to convert two championship points.But unseeded Grigor Dimitrov thwarted the effort in Flushing Meadows in a five-set marathon, leaving a puzzled crowd to wonder if the Swiss will ever again hoist a Grand Slam trophy.“I don’t have the crystal ball. Do you?” quipped the third seed, after a reporter asked if he expected to win another Grand Slam title at his age.“We never know. I hope so, of course. I think still it’s been a positive season. Disappointing now, but I’ll get back up, I’ll be all right.”He batted down suggestions that his Wimbledon performance this year played a role in his surprise U.S. Open upset.“I didn’t think of it. If you move on, it’s a thing of the past. I do remember playing good semis there, so it wasn’t bad. If I think of that, I’m, like, really happy,” he said.For Federer, nothing is out of the question — and not without precedent: The oldest man to win the U.S. Open title was Bill Larned, who was 38 years, 8 months and 3 days old when he triumphed.Of course, that was in 1911.And past precedent is likely little comfort for Federer, who laid out for reporters an aggressive schedule of future competition.“Laver Cup, Shanghai, Basel, maybe Paris, London. That’s the schedule for now. I don’t know if the team have other ideas or not,” said Federer. “I’m happy to get a bit of a break now, go back to practice, reassess and attack from there.”In four months, he’ll renew his effort to add to his Grand Slam coffers at the Australian Open, where he collected his last title in 2018.“(I have) got to take the losses. They’re part of the game,” said Federer. “Looking forward to family time and all that stuff, so… Life’s all right.” By Amy Tennerylast_img read more

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Alaska sends Dela Rosa to Star for big man Pascual

first_imgTaiwan 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 PH among economies most vulnerable to virus The veteran mentor also lauded Dela Rosa for his performance during his stay with the storied franchise.“Rome has always carried himself with exemplary class and character. He is a fine young man, a great teammate, and a warrior on the court,” said Compton. “We will miss him indeed, yet the needs of the team dictated that we get a big, and we are excited to get a big the quality of Jake Pascual.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliPascual joins a vaunted Alaska frontcourt that includes Calvin Abueva, Sonny Thoss, Vic Manuel and Noy Baclao.Dela Rosa, meanwhile, adds depth to Star’s small forward spot that relies heavily on Allein Maliksi. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Compton said Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero called him on Wednesday to propose the trade.“When Chito and I were describing to each other both Rome and Jake, it honestly sounded like both players were like twins in terms of their character and toughness,” said Compton. “It is nice to see two PBA teams making a fair trade that should really benefit not only both teams involved, but also–and I think this was very important to Chito and I both–we believe it really benefits the players traded.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Senators to proceed with review of VFA Jake Pascual (left) and Rome Dela Rosa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska traded versatile wingman Rome Dela Rosa for Star’s smooth shooting center Jake Pascual Friday.Aces head coach Alex Compton said Pascual will be reporting to their practice on Saturday after the trade that the Hotshots initiated.ADVERTISEMENT We are young MOST READ Ronaldo no dummy as he targets world treble As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK View commentslast_img read more

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Looking for happiness…

first_img…in rum?There was a long disquisition in the papers recently of the dangers of demon rum.Rum has always been a two-edged sword in Guyana. As a by-product from the manufacture of sugar, it provided employment to workers on the plantation and revenues that supplemented sugar sales. But on the other hand, introduced to the workers to drown their sorrows – especially after slavery when they HAD money to pay for it, it became an addiction.There’s no question alcohol consumption in Guyana is legion. And if measured, might just be another one of those dubious qualifications that give us world rankings. Like so many habits inculcated on the plantations, it became part of the “way of life” of those that came out of it.One interesting feature is since the African slaves were only given rum at the “crop over” period in celebration – they don’t in general imbibe at the level of the descendants of the East Indian indentureds.In fact, with the latter group in present-day Guyana – and Trinidad for that matter – “Rum” forms the most dominant topic of song and dance. One wonders if the fella that crooned the hit “Rum till I die” saw the irony of what was the denouement of rum drinking. Among folks in different cultures that imbibe alcohol, there are two approaches that produce completely different behavioural patterns in the imbibers.There are the Mediterranean drinkers – like the Italians – who consume alcohol as part of their culinary repertoire. In total they may consume as much alcohol as others but generally do not resort to violence when they get “high”. They’re “pleasant”.The other type of drinkers – and the Guyanese Indians fall into this category – they drink to get drunk. And when in that state get violent. And this is one of the objectionable features of rum-drinking in Guyana with its association with domestic and interpersonal violence that the disquisition objected to.But the point your Eyewitness – who’s a “social drinker” who’s never resorted to violence – wants to make is, there’s no ineluctable connection between drinking alcohol and violent behaviour. The latter is culturally mediated.So for those who would abolish alcohol – they need to look at the prior cultural patterns that lead to violence and other objectionable behaviour in some groups.…till 2 o’clock in the marnin’The “Rum till I die” ditty signals what some folks think is the purpose of alcohol for those that abuse it and destroy their liver and brains: they’re committing slow suicide.Now on the sugar plantations, one could understand the frustration created in folks who were dragged from their tight-knit villages in India and now forced to struggle against an oppressive system on their own. Strangers in a strange land who can’t take it no mo’.But what is it today? Are the conditions of their existence in modern-day Guyana still lead them into a state of hopelessness that make them fall back on rum to numb their nerves? These are questions that should be looked into rather than banning rum shops and bars from serving alcohol past 2am.With all the interventions that educate folks about behaviour that leads to self-destructive results – like, say, AIDS…couldn’t ministries like social services, public security, communities, etc get together and launch something to discourage violence-related drinking?Or do we need a CoI?…in all the wrong placesThey say if you want to help an addict, remove him from environments that facilitate the addiction. But the government’s -past and present – are licensing rum shops in every nook and cranny.Where are self-destructive and violent drunks to go?last_img read more

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Opposition’s criticisms on role of Govt GECOM Commissioners are valid

first_imgDear Editor,The comments by the PNC-led coalition Government-nominated GECOM Commissioner, Vincent Alexander, as captured in the Guyana Chronicle report on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – captioned “No space for polls this year” – make it clear that the parliamentary Opposition’s criticisms on the role of the Government Commissioners at GECOM are valid.Vincent Alexander’s maintained demeanour during this uncertain period and comments demonstrate clearly that the primary focus of the Government Commissioners at GECOM is to delay General and Regional Elections that should have been held since March 21, 2019 – even with their principal talks about elections being held before the end of the year.Editor, I was part of the parliamentary Opposition delegation that met with the full Commission on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, and the GECOM Chairperson, retired Justice Claudette Singh, was pellucid when she stated that the views articulated by the Opposition Leader would be taken into consideration, with a view to having elections before the end of 2019.Despite this, Vincent Alexander – happy with elections being delayed until 2020, a full year after it was constitutionally due – insists, according to the Guyana Chronicle report, that the GECOM Secretariat’s election timeline has no space for an election this year.The election activities timelines that give March 2020 as the election date, which was proposed by the GECOM Secretariat – where elements have clearly been influenced by the likes of Vincent Alexander and others – can only be described as notorious, given the lengthy delays. For example, the allocation of 55 days between Nomination Day and Elections Day, when the standard period is 35 days.The most recent version of the timelines of elections activities contemplates the start of Claims and Objections all the way until November 19, 2019.  It also proposes other activities – the necessity of which has been discredited.Also, only last week, I pointed out that any merger of data from the House-to-House Registration with the NRRDB is worrisome for several reasons. Firstly, the merger of the data with the existing National Register of Registrants will contaminate the database and it will/may take months to address any such contamination.  Secondly, the data gathered is suspect since the gathering of said information was not scrutinised. Thirdly, the form used in the House-to-House Registration was not the statutory form required for such a purpose.Editor, I wish to remind, that since March 2019, a work-plan was proposed by the Opposition-nominated GECOM Commissioners, which would have seen election activities being run concurrently and concluded within 60 days.  I wish to also remind that the 2015 General and Regional Elections was completed within 71 days of Parliament being dissolved on February 28, 2019.The logical and simplest way, using a time-tested method, is a move to a Claims and Objections exercise, which would kick off once the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) is extracted from the NRRDB and published.There is now one question that must be answered. Are the PNC-led coalition Government-nominated GECOM Commissioners, apart from protecting a political interest, some pecuniary interest? Is this the reason that they are actively pushing for constitutionally mandated elections to be delayed further?I dare say, it is time for the international community to focus their attention more closely on elements within the GECOM Secretariat, given what is at stake – Guyana’s standing as a constitutional democracy.Sincerely,Bishop JuanEdghill,PPP/Cparliamentarianlast_img read more

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N. Ireland shock Ukraine in Euro 2016

first_imgHaving recovered after losing their Euro 2016 opener 1-0 to Poland, Michael O’Neill’s Irish now have everything to play for against world champions Germany in their final group game on Tuesday.McAuley also wrote himself into the history books.At 36 years and 194 days, he is the second oldest goalscorer at a Euro finals, after Ivica Vastic, who was two years, 63 days older when he converted a penalty for Austria against Poland at Euro 2008.The victory is just desserts for O’Neill.The Northern Irish manager made five changes from his starting line-up after his side had failed to impose themselves on Poland, including dropping top scorer Kyle Lafferty.O’Neill preferred to start QPR’s Conor Washington as striker instead of Norwich City’s Lafferty who had netted seven goals in qualifying to help the Irish reach the finals.Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko kept faith with the majority of the side which lost 2-0 to Germany last Sunday.The Ukrainians must now beat Poland in Marseille next Tuesday, and hope the Irish lose heavily to Germany, to have any chance of progressing.– Interrupted match –It was an impressive display from Northern Ireland, who fought their way back into the game.They had struggled for first-half possession — winning just 35 percent in the first 45 minutes.And the first clear chance for either side came with half an hour gone when Irish centre-back Craig Cathcart headed over.Mother Nature played her part as the heavens opened over the Stade de Lyon for the start of the second-half.It did little to hinder McAuley’s diving header looping over Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov in a torrential downpour after a brilliant cross from Oliver Norwood on 49 minutes.It was McAuley’s eight international goal and none will be toasted more in Belfast.The greasy ball was nearly in the Irish net minutes later as their goalkeeper Michael McGovern twice humbled, then gathered, half chances from Taras Stepanenko, then Yevhen Konoplyanka.Both teams struggled in the sodden conditions as a hail storm then battered the pitch and on 58 minutes Czech referee Pavel Kralovec decided enough was enough as he halted the game.The players were back out three minutes later and Ukraine fought for the equaliser as Viktor Kovalenko fired wide of McGovern with 20 minutes left.Ukraine peppered their opponents’ goal with long-range shots before McGinn slammed in just before the end to wrap up a famous win for his side.The Green Army will now make their way to Paris’ Parc de Prince buoyed before they face Joachim Loew’s Germany.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000McAuley is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring with a fine header to give Northern Ireland the lead in the Group C encounter.PHOTO/Reuters.LYON, France, June 16 – Northern Ireland shocked Ukraine 2-0 in Euro 2016 Group C on Thursday thanks to goals from Gareth McAuley and Niall McGinn to keep alive their hopes of reaching the knockout phase at Euro 2016.A flying header from veteran West Bromwich Albion defender McAuley and McGinn’s injury-time strike at a hailstone-battered Stade de Lyon gave Ireland their first ever goals at a European championships finals.last_img read more

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FBI, Chinese seize counterfeit software

first_imgThe illegal software included versions of Windows Vista, Office 2007, Office 2003, Windows XP and Windows Server, and it was produced in English, German, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Dutch and Croatian. Symantec is a leading publisher of security, antivirus and utility software. Microsoft, in gathering evidence it later handed over to the FBI and to Chinese authorities, said more than 1,000 people had notified the company and sent in counterfeit discs. The suspects did not produce cheap copies, according to Microsoft. “This was a deluxe counterfeit software operation of a very high level,” Mr. Finn said. The discs were often sold at or near the price of legitimate software, he said, adding, “We’re not talking about selling these discs for a $1 on street corners.” The consumers who sent in the pirated discs were apparently unaware they had purchased illegal software until a notification popped up on their screens – an antipiracy feature the company calls Microsoft Genuine Advantage. Mostly, Mr. Finn said, they were irate they had been sold pirated software. “We’ve never seen so much involvement by individual customers in the evidence-building process,” he said. One group of criminal suspects was headed by Ma Kei Pei of Shanghai, who, the FBI, said was an experienced software pirate. In 2003, Mr. Ma was indicted in New York on criminal copyright and trademark violations in the production and distribution of counterfeit Microsoft products. He fled the United States and returned to China, where he continued as a big-time counterfeiter, according to the bureau. This time, Mr. Ma “created and directed an international organization” to produce and sell counterfeit Symantec software, the FBI said. Mr. Ma and 10 accused co-conspirators were arrested, the FBI said, and Chinese authorities froze $500,000 in his bank accounts and seized five properties he owned. The maximum sentence for software piracy in China is about seven years. The bureau said it and the Chinese authorities had identified at least 14 major makers and distributors in Shenzhen of counterfeit Microsoft software. China did not issue a separate statement. But the FBI said that Chinese officials had seized more than 47,000 counterfeit Microsoft discs, and had arrested Wang Wenhua, Che Tingfeng and 12 others accused as conspirators. The piracy ring, Mr. Finn said, had been the leading producer of high-grade counterfeit Microsoft products in recent years. As a result of the arrests, he said, “I expect to see a significant and appreciable effect on the amount of high-quality counterfeit software there is in the world.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The FBI characterized the operation, code-named Summer Solstice and begun in 2005, as an “unprecedented cooperative effort” with China’s public security ministry. The bureau said it included multiple investigations that are continuing. In the last couple of weeks, the operation led to the seizing by the Chinese government of 290,000 counterfeit discs and certificates of authenticity. The FBI and the Chinese identified criminal organizations producing and distributing counterfeit software in both Shanghai and Shenzhen. The Los Angeles field office of the FBI conducted two dozen searches of suspected distributors of pirated software, seizing $2 million in software and $700,000 in other assets. Microsoft’s 75-member antipiracy team had been tracking a Chinese syndicate since May 2001, when counterfeit discs of the Windows Millennium operating system were found in Southern California. Since the investigation began, Microsoft investigators have found 55,000 discs. The Chinese syndicate thought to have been involved had 30 production lines. Based on its examination of the discs, Microsoft said a conservative estimate of the value of the software sold by the criminal group was $2 billion. BEIJING – The FBI said Tuesday that a joint effort with the Chinese authorities had led to the arrest of 25 people and the seizing of more than $500 million worth of counterfeit Microsoft and Symantec software that was being made in China and distributed worldwide. The arrests, according to industry executives, represented the most significant crackdown on software piracy. “This is the biggest software counterfeiting organization we have ever seen by far,” Microsoft’s associate general counsel for worldwide piracy and counterfeiting issues, David Finn, said. “This is a real milestone.” The arrests and seizures came at a time American politicians and executives are pressing China to take strong measures to curb software piracy. last_img read more

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Police get break in fashion robberies

first_imgBut detectives had little to go on until an Aug. 6 incident in which a witness to a car break-in provided a license plate number and description of a suspicious van. On Aug. 9, Detective Steve Stranak and his partner, Officer Dave Deltoro, traced its owner to an apartment in the 7300 block of Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. “When she opened the door, we could see no end of boxes, stacked up in this little one-bedroom apartment,” said Stranak, a 27-year veteran. “It looked like the jackpot.” While the van’s registered owner was not home, the woman who answered the door cooperated with detectives. Detectives got a warrant to seize the property. It took 10 detectives about two hours to load still-sealed boxes of jeans, socks, underwear and T-shirts onto a flatbed truck. After a two-month investigation, Los Angeles detectives said Friday they have connected a North Hollywood apartment to a series of downtown Fashion District break-ins. Detectives said they believe they have identified a ring of thieves responsible for burglaries since May or June. “We’re estimating this ring is responsible for a dozen or more thefts, totaling over half a million dollars in stolen clothes,” said Los Angeles Police Lt. Paul Vernon, who heads up the detective division at the Central Police Station. Beginning in late May, Fashion District merchants reported a string of robberies in which thousands of dollars of clothing were stolen. They estimated value of the clothing at $50,000. “That’s only a tenth of what we think this ring of burglars might be good for,” Stranak said. Detectives did not release the names of any suspects and are continuing to investigate. jason.kandel@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DONEGAL SINN FEIN LAUNCH EXTENSIVE JOB CREATION PROPOSALS

first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin has launched its jobs plan which demonstrates that, with political will, the government can deliver 156,000 additional jobs.Sinn Féin TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn was joined by party colleagues, Marie Therese Gallagher, Jack Murray, Gerry McMonagle and Grainne Mhic Geidigh for the launch in Gallagher’s Hotel, Letterkenny. Deputy McLochlainn said that the plan has been fully costed and provides a socially responsible way to reduce the deficit and create and retain jobs.“In the last four years Ireland has shed more jobs than any other western state per capita since the Great Depression”.“Sinn Féin has identified €13billion which can be used to create jobs, increase productivity and improve competiveness. This money would be sourced from the European Investment Bank, incentivised investment from the private pension sector and the National Pension Reserve Fund.“Investment on this scale would retain 15,000 jobs and create about 156,000 jobs. “In Donegal we would create jobs by proceeding with the A5 Dublin-Derry dual carriageway which would greatly improve the Northwest’s appeal to foreign investors. We would also invest in new schools and primary care centres.“Donegal would also benefit from a new emphasis on agri-food and seafood sectors as well as sustainable tourism.“As an opposition party we will be pushing the government to adopt these proposals to reverse the spiraling unemployment and emigration that has plagued this county for years.”The plan can be viewed at http://www.sinnfein.ie/files/2012/SF-Jobs-Doc-web.pdf DONEGAL SINN FEIN LAUNCH EXTENSIVE JOB CREATION PROPOSALS was last modified: October 31st, 2012 by StephenShare 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:jobsPadraig MacLochlainn TDSinn Feinlast_img read more

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I want to win trophies at Everton, says new signing Theo Walcott

first_img Walcott has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract at Everton after 12 years at Arsenal 1 Theo Walcott says he quit Arsenal to join Everton because he wants to win trophies.The 28-year-old forward, who won two FA Cups with Arsenal, on Wednesday evening completed his switch from the Gunners to Goodison on a three-and-a-half-year contract.The fee is undisclosed but manager Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window reportedly cost £20million.“I’ve come to Everton because I want the club to push to the next level,” Walcott said on his new club’s website.“I’m very excited to be starting a new chapter and I felt this was the right place for me to be. The manager is very ambitious and I feel like the club is going in the right direction.“Everton is a club with a great history. The fans are always passionate, they’re great and I always used to find it very tough playing here.“The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now. The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me. I need that and I wanted that.“I’m dead excited and I just want to do what I do best which is playing football and expressing myself because I’m excited again, I really am.”The move brings to an end Walcott’s 12-year spell at Arsenal, for whom he scored 108 goals in 397 appearances.Arsenal said in a statement: “We all thank Theo for his contribution to the club and wish him well for the future.”Walcott joined Arsenal from Southampton for an intial £5million in January 2006 aged just 16.He was famously called up for England’s 2006 World Cup squad before he had even made his Gunners debut, but did not make a single appearance at the tournament in Germany.Walcott has, however, gone on to make 47 appearances for the Three Lions, scoring eight goals.His Arsenal debut came in August as a substitute against Aston Villa, and he scored his first goal for the club in the 2007 League Cup final defeat by Chelsea.Walcott has won two FA Cup winners medals, scoring the opening goal in the 2015 final in the 4-0 win over Aston Villa .Yet to appear at a World Cup finals, Walcott will be hoping the switch to Goodison Park can resurrect his hopes of featuring at Russia 2018.Allardyce had already strengthened his forward line this month with the purchase of £28million Beskitas striker Cenk Tosun.last_img read more

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