Loading… ‘He likes sailing,’ the young forward begins. ‘So we went sailing as a team.’ Staff versus players, it was an attempt by Southampton’s manager to build morale and unity among his squad. The staff won, and on this day the prankster gets his way, too. Obafemi’s concentration drifts as outside Nathan Redmond distracts his team-mate with comedic gestures. ‘I’m laughing at him, sorry,’ Obafemi says. In the 19-year-old’s short senior career, Redmond has become something of a mentor and older brother. He advises the Republic of Ireland international on ‘simple stuff,’ such as where he should be on the pitch and what he should eat off it. On Boxing Day they combined to down Chelsea, netting either side of half-time to secure a valuable three points at Stamford Bridge. ‘It was a sweet feeling, for sure,’ Obafemi tells Sportsmail. ‘To get such an important goal for the team was incredible. It was a huge win for us. I was so happy for Nathan, too, as he has been a big influence for me.’ It was Obafemi’s second Premier League goal — and his first for more than a year. Now the forward, who stopped playing for a year after being released by Watford, stands among them. ‘I want to carry on going, make my family proud and do as much as I can.’ Obafemi, who is not 20 until July, has always been in a hurry. Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now Southampton’s rising star, Michael Obafemi is dreaming of emulating Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana: ‘If they can do it, why not me?’ ‘I remember when I was at nursery all the other kids used to ride bicycles around, but I just sprinted round in circles,’ he says. ‘I think that’s when I knew I was fast.’ By secondary school, other students were at least trying to join in. ‘We used to do little 100m races and I remember on my sports day, we had like an announcer,’ he recalls before impersonating her high-pitch voice. ‘When I was sprinting, she was like: “Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s Michael Obafemi!”‘ In his mid-teens he was crowned the fastest boy in his borough with a time of 10.8 seconds. For context, when Dina Asher-Smith broke her own British Championship record back in August, she ran 10.96sec. ‘I never trained. I used to just turn up,’ admits Obafemi. That was until football became his sole focus. Hasenhuttl has given Obafemi and other young players crucial game time even as the club battle to stay in the Premier League. Now, after an injury-ravaged year, he is firmly back in the manager’s plans. Read Also:Southampton confirm Obafemi’s blackout against Crystal Palace ‘He’s been a big influence on my career. He’s believed in me, he thinks I’m a “cool guy” as he said to the media,’ Obafemi says. So would he return the compliment? ‘Yeah,’ Obafemi laughs. ‘I’d say so, we have a good relationship!’ Last month, however, the Saints boss warned his young charge that the road remains long. ‘He still has a lack of professionalism in his whole life,’ Hasenhuttl said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Harrison, Oh. — Police in Harrison, Ohio are looking for two suspects in a brazen Wednesday pharmacy robbery.A report from the Harrison Police Department says two black males entered the Village Pharmacy on Harrison Avenue at 9:10 a.m., restrained the employees with zip ties and locked them in a bathroom. The suspects reportedly took personal property, Xanax, Oxycodone and Ritalin.The suspects are described as black males in their 20’s, one was about 5-feet 10-inches tall and wearing a “True Religion” hoodie. The second suspect was approximately 6-feet 4-inches tall and wearing a Chicago Bulls hoodie. The pair fled in a black Chevrolet Malibu with Indianaplates north on State Street toward Interstate 74.Information about this crime can be left by calling 513- 367-3715.
The pressure is clearly on Brendan Rodgers after last season’s failure to build on the 2014 title near-miss. Now in his fourth season, Rodgers has recruited extensively for a second summer in succession and needs a quick return. Much attention will centre on £32million striker Christian Benteke and Rodgers also needs Daniel Sturridge back fit and firing. James Milner, Danny Ings, Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino look like astute signings but Rodgers – now without Sterling and Steven Gerrard – needs the mix to work quickly. WHO WILL BE IN RELEGATION TROUBLE? There will be much anticipation at Bournemouth and fellow promoted clubs Norwich and Watford but for them the primary objective must simply be to avoid the bottom three. Leicester, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Sunderland – after largely unimpressive seasons last time – could all be in the battle with them. WHAT OF PRESSURE CLUBS NEWCASTLE, WEST HAM AND ASTON VILLA? Newcastle fans may not have seen the back of unpopular owner Mike Ashley but they will hope that an apparent change in tone from him might result in more of an emphasis on results than purely the balance sheet. Former England boss Steve McClaren will also have a point to prove on his return to the Premier League. For West Ham the season is a crucial one as they prepare for a new life in the Olympic Stadium from next year. Having consolidated in the top flight they have decided to move on from the dependable Sam Allardyce, but it remains to be seen if Slaven Bilic can take them to the next level. Villa have flirted with relegation for too long. Tim Sherwood’s injection of enthusiasm was enough to save them – and take them to the FA Cup final – last season but, with uncertainty still over their ownership, they lack stability and the departures of Fabian Delph and Benteke leave a hole. The start of the Barclays Premier League season this weekend brings with it its usual mix of excitement and intrigue. Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the main talking points ahead of the campaign. DO CHELSEA REMAIN THE TEAM TO BEAT? Jose Mourinho’s men enter the new season as clear favourites and with some justification after winning the title at a canter last season. The Blues were criticised for their style at times but results are what matter the most and Mourinho knows how to get them. Their squad remains formidable and if Radamel Falcao can show some pre-2014 form they could be even stronger. WHERE WILL THE CHALLENGE COME FROM? Manchester City will be determined to bounce back after last season’s tame surrender. The capture of Raheem Sterling improves their squad and they will be expecting to challenge strongly. Their neighbours United will also look to step up after regaining top-four status and a summer of strengthening. Arsenal look better for the signing of Petr Cech but they may still be a top-line striker short. Liverpool and Tottenham can only be regarded as outsiders. IS STERLING WORTH THE MONEY? The negativity generated by Sterling’s attempts to engineer a move away from Liverpool obscured analysis of his talent. His form fell away late last season but he has already shown he is one of the most exciting attacking talents to emerge in England for some time. If he can get back to his best City have acquired a potentially brilliant match-winner, but there is some way to go to justify the £49million fee. WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT OLD TRAFFORD? United are now entering the third season of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era and many are wondering if this giant of English football is now ready to start challenging for honours again. The uncertainty over the future of David de Gea aside, United look stronger with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin joining their midfield ranks. Memphis Depay is also an exciting prospect and the steely winning mentality of Louis van Gaal is a growing factor as his methods take root. Question marks still remain over the defence, however. WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT ANFIELD? Press Association
WATCH US LIVE FINALLY…I come back home to my @WWE universe.This FRIDAY NIGHT, I’ll return for our debut of SMACKDOWN!LIVE on @FOXTV.There’s no greater title than #thepeopleschamp.And there’s no place like home.Tequila on me after the show 😈🥃#IfYaSmell🎤 #Smackdown#RocksShow #FOX pic.twitter.com/V5i4cxqIqH— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 30, 2019 First Published: 3rd October, 2019 23:17 IST COMMENT LIVE TV READ | WWE Crown Jewel 2019: Team Hogan to square off against Team FlairThe big matchesApart from the blockbuster returns of various stars, the 20th anniversary of Smackdown has also got a blockbuster match card as well which consists of some nail-biting contests. The ‘Big Dog’ Roman Reigns will go one on one against Erick Rowan while the star divas Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch will be up against Bayley and Sasha Banks in a tag team match. Shane McMahon faces Kevin Owens in a ladder match where the loser must leave WWE. The most eagerly anticipated match of the night will be between Kofi Kingston and the ‘Beast Incarnate’ Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship. The event will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. READ | WWE Hell In a Cell: Will Seth Rollins slay ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt?READ | Iconic WWE Superstars who won hearts and made our childhood memorable SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Karthik Nair Last Updated: 3rd October, 2019 23:17 IST WWE Smackdown: Blockbuster Show On The Cards As Big Guns Are Back WWE Smackdown’s 20th-anniversary episode would see the likes of Stone Cold, Rock, Undertaker and Hulk Hogan under one roof on October 4; it will be held in LA Smackdown will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on October 4. From that day onwards Smackdown will officially drop ‘Live’ and will be known as ‘Friday Night Smackdown’. The logo was unveiled by both WWE and Fox. The video featured superstars and divas including the likes of John Cena, Randy Orton, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and her legendary father Ric Flair, etc. However, the blue brand will not only have some good matches but it will also witness some blockbuster returns on that all-important night as some highly popular as well as the most loved megastars will be under one roof for the occasion.READ | Brock Lesnar: The journey of the Brock from ‘Conqueror’ to ‘Beast’A blockbuster eventUnlike the Raw Reunion which was held over a couple of months ago, Smackdown will see the return of the Attitude Era stars including The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker. To make things more interesting, the legendary Hulk Hogan will also make his presence felt on Friday Night Smackdown as ‘Hulkamania’ will be running wild. Even the WCW legend ‘Scorpion Sting’ has confirmed that he will be a part of the show. Apart from these megastars, others who will be making it to the blue brand this Friday include Mick Foley, Booker T, Mark Henry, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, Trish Stratus, Lita, Kurt Angle, and Goldberg. Meanwhile, ‘The People’s Champion’ Rock a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that he is indeed coming to Smackdown to electrify his fans. FOLLOW US
The Kootenay Ice are going to get a fantastic Christmas present in the form of an abundance of home games after spending most of the current BC Major Midget Hockey League season on the road.Kootenay plays 14 of its next 18 games in West Kootenay arenas after completing a horrendous part of the schedule on the road this BCMMHL season.“We’ve been on the road for most of the first half . . . and when we’ve played in Nanaimo and Victoria we’re getting home at one in the morning, which is a little tough,” said Ice coach Rob Wright.“We’ve got some home stretches coming but we’ve got to try to get some wins in those home games.”The Ice took a point from the Valley West Hawks in BCMMHL action this past weekend in Surrey.A goal by Shawn Campbell of Castlegar in the final minute of Saturday’s contest lifted the Ice to a 4-4 tie.Sunday, Valley West skated to a 4-2 win over the visiting Ice.Kootenay, playing with a short bench after a few players were held out of the game for internal reasons, held a 2-1 lead going into the third period on goals by Kobe Nishida of Nakusp and Nelson’s Keaton Roch. However, Valley West outscored the ice 3-1 during an eight-minute span to take a 4-3 lead.That set the stage for Campbell to score the tying marking on the power play to give Kootenay the tie.Evan Gorman of Trail scored the final goal for Kootenay.“We can play 40 to 50 minutes but we’ve got to learn to play 60 minutes to have success in this league,” Wright said.“When we’ve got teams down we’ve got to finish them.”Sunday, Valley West held period lead of 2-0 and 4-0 before Kootenay scored twice in the third period.Ellis Junker of Castlegar and Campbell scored for Kootenay.Kootenay, 3-16-3, is back home for a pair of games against the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs.The Chiefs are tied for fourth in BCMMHL standings with Valley West Hawks.Saturday, the NDCC Arena in Nelson is the site of the 3:30 p.m. puck drop game.Sunday, the teams play at 7:30 a.m. at the Cominco Arena in Trail.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2015)–With a powerful late rush at the rail, Go West Marie easily overhauled longshot Home Journey to take Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint by three quarters of a length under Gary Stevens. Trained by Eddie Truman, the 4-year-old California-bred filly by Western Fame covered 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.18.Off at 5-1 in a field of 12 California-bred or sired fillies and mares, Go West Marie shortened up off of an impressive one mile turf allowance score on Dec. 28. She paid $13.00, $7.20 and $5.00.“A great trip,” said Stevens. “Eddie’s done a great job with this filly and I got on her at the right time. I learned a lot about her. I asked him if I could just sit on her and be quiet with her. It worked out well. She exploded with me the last eighth, and I rode her the same way today even though we were shortening up and there was so much speed. The key with a filly like this is they’re professional–let them settle and they’re going to finish for you.”Owned by Peter Redekop B.C., Ltd., Go West Marie ran her overall record to 17-5-1-5. Out of the Swiss Yodeler mare Marie’s Rose, she picked up $90,000 for the win, which improved her earnings to $402,520.“This race wasn’t really our choice,” said Truman. “We think she’s better going long but we wanted a Cal-bred race. Her last race was in open company and this was really our only option for Cal-breds. Gary said he would ride her the same way, just sit on her dead last…She has run down the hill and been on the lead, so really, she’ll do anything. She is just so sweet. She’s maturing and getting so much smarter and kinder.”In a massive effort, Home Journey, who was ridden by Tyler Baze, set fast fractions of 21.20, 42.80 and 1:05.88, held second by a half length over a fast finishing More Complexity. Off at 16-1, Home Journey paid $16.60 and $9.80.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, More Complexity, along with Marks Mine, were both returned to the saddling paddock during the post parade, resulting in a lengthy delay. Off at 14-1, More Complexity was keen early while mid-pack past the half mile, had dead aim on the leader turning for home but was third-best. She paid $8.60 to show.The favorite at 2-1 with Victor Espinoza up, Heat Trap never threatened and finished sixth.
Il FORNAIO: A Group I winner at age three in his native Argentina, Il Fornaio, a 5-year-old horse by the Lure stallion, Orpen, has been idle since July 11, 2015 and will make his U.S. debut for trainer Ron McAnally on Saturday. Second, beaten a neck, in a one mile turf Group I on June 27, 2015, Il Fornaio was a two-time allowance winner sprinting seven furlongs on turf at age three, showing ample early foot on both occasions. Owned by Edward Goldstone, Il Fornaio has four wins from nine Argentine starts. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 30, 2016)–Course specialist Guns Loaded heads a field of nine older horses in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course. GUNS LOADED: Trained by Doug O’Neill, this 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by D’wildcat comes off an emphatic 2 ¼ length win over the course in the Joe Hernandez Stakes on Feb. 28, and he seeks his third consecutive win on Saturday. Claimed five starts back, he’s won three out of his five starts for O’Neill and has two wins and a second from five tries down the hillside turf. Owned by Westside Rentals.com, Neil Haymes, Leove Rodriguez or Steve Rothblum, Guns Loaded has an effective stalking style and will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano, who replaces the recently injured Santiago Gonzalez. Guns Loaded is 25-7-3-4 overall with earnings of $346,570. HAY DUDE: Trained by Phil D’Amato, this 6-year-old English-bred gelding was a close second in his only hillside try, the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes, five starts back in January, 2015. Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, he tried runaway tactics in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes here on Feb. 6, and cuts way back in distance from a mile and a quarter on turf. A sharp gate to wire allowance winner going one mile on turf two starts back on Jan. 14, Hay Dude will likely be mid-pack early in the San Simeon. THE GRADE III SAN SIMEON STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 7 (of 11) Approximate post time, 3:35 p.m. PDT Cape Wolfe–Flavien Prat–120Sexy–Agapito Delgadillo–120Producer–Drayden Van Dyke–120No Silent–Gary Stevens–124Hay Dude–Tyler Baze–120Il Fornaio–Joe Talamo–120Guns Loaded–Rafael Bejarano–120Outside Nashville–Martin Garcia–120Aotearoa–Brice Blanc–120First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 p.m. PRODUCER: A Group III winner going seven furlongs on turf in his native England at age two, 7-year-old Producer has been idle for 55 weeks and will make his U.S. debut for trainer Neil Drysdale and Calumet Farm in the San Simeon. Winless since venturing to Turkey for a Group II triumph at one mile on turf 10 starts back in September, 2013, Producer has his measure of back class but would appear to be in need of a recent race in order to show his best. His overall mark stands at 29-8-4-1 and he has earnings of $694,419.