The next Dele Alli? Tottenham to raid League One for another midfield star

first_img 1 getty images Tottenham Hotspur are on a quest to snap up the top young talents in the lower leagues, it appears.Dele Alli has quickly become a star for Mauricio Pochettino’s men after joining from MK Dons in a £5million deal last year, and now another League One youngster could do the same.Spurs are now being linked with a move for Coventry City starlet James Maddison, along with Liverpool and Arsenal.But just who is the prodigious 19-year-old? talkSPORT’s Talent Spotter takes a look…Name: James MaddisonDate of birth: 23 November 1996Birthplace: CoventryPosition: MidfielderClub: Coventry CityDid you know?1. Coventry City starlet Maddison is a Sky Blues fan but idolised Cristiano Ronaldo, as he grew up watching Manchester United.2. Having impressed for the Sky Blues’ Under-18s, the player was handed a squad number and a place on the bench for the senior side’s trip to Stevenage back in October 2013 when the player was just 16.3. Maddison’s professional debut, though, did not come until the following August when he was a substitute for Josh McQuoid in the League Cup against Cardiff City.4. The player is a set-piece specialist and scored from a free-kick in his first start for the club during a 4-1 defeat to Oldham Athletic.5. After a promising start to the 2015/16 campaign, Maddison was ruled out with bone and ligament damage to an ankle in August and didn’t return until late December.6. Former England international Joe Cole has taken Maddison under his wing since joining Coventry City this season.7. Tottenham scout advisor David Pleat and head of player identification, Rob Mackenzie, were in the crowd to watch the player during Coventry’s 1-1 draw with Walsall, when Maddison was a second half substitute. Pleat got a second look when he was joined by head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, as the Sky Blues lost 2-0 to Burton Albion, with Maddison playing 74 minutes.They say:This boy is going to be a star – I’ve got no doubts about that.– Ex-Coventry manager Steven PressleyHe’s got a great attitude, is a good trainer and plays with no fear and he’s got a great future in the game.– Former Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham star Joe ColeHe’s a creator of goal-scoring opportunities, he scores goals and can take penalties, so he really has got a range of attributes and is one of those boys you can drop into different areas of the pitch and he can pull out different skill sets and adapt to a position.– Coventry City academy boss Rich StevensI think Madders has got huge ability… He has such natural ability to turn in tight areas and take people out of the game.He has a tremendous first touch which is probably his biggest attribute.– Coventry captain Sam RickettsHe says:I like to have a lot of the ball at my feet, dribble with it, take players on, draw them in. That’s how I earn a lot of fouls I think. Big strong defenders think ‘I’m just going to show him what I’m all about’ and I’ll nick it away and win a free-kick.That’s the way I play; I like to express myself. Call it cocky or arrogant or whatever – I’ve been told that in many different ways – but if that’s me that’s me.I have confidence in my own ability. I think I’m quite good at dead-ball situations whether that’s corners, free-kicks and penalties.– James Maddison in the Coventry TelegraphVideo Evidence:center_img Coventry City midfielder James Maddison last_img read more

Phoenix rising

first_imgPhoenix Pulse couldn’t have picked a better day to rise from the ashes and get back in the thick of its best-of-seven semifinal fight with San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup.Heeding its coach’s call to be “tougher than their toughest,” the Fuel Masters sliced their Final Four deficit with the Beermen to 2-1 after a gutsy 92-90 Easter Sunday win at Smart Araneta Coliseum and keep alive hopes of making a first title series appearance alive.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel played without Marcio Lassiter, who was suited up but was kept on the bench because of back pains.“Of course we expected [the Beermen] to keep it close,” Alas said of San Miguel’s comeback late in the game.Meanwhile, There was no doubt that coach Chito Victolero was pleased with how Magnolia scored a breakthrough victory in its PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series with Rain or Shine last Tuesday.But there was also no denying that the animated Hotshots mentor was doubly pleased with the respite his team got after playing a back-breaking schedule.“We just came back,” Victolero said after Magnolia’s 85-74 victory over Rain or Shine in Game 3. “They’re still ahead in the series.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Calvin Abueva was the spearhead of the Phoenix offense in the first three quarters, before Matthew Wright hit six straight free throws in the dying minutes that preserved the victory and give the Fuel Masters some form of momentum heading into Game 4 Tuesday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.“I have to commend them for their resiliency,” coach Louie Alas said of his wards while giving special mention to Wright, who played through a mild case of bronchitis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The important thing was to hang in there and match their (Beermen’s) toughness,” he added.San Miguel, behind reigning five-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo’s 22 points, stayed within striking range in the second half. Alex Cabagnot tossed 18 more while Christian Standhardinger and Terrence Romeo added 16 each. LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Tan bags Asian Youth bowl title MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I actually wish it’s always the Holy Week so we’d have a longer rest,” he added with a wry smile.The Hotshots hope to reap the benefits of the five-day break as they shoot for the series-tying win against the Elasto Painters at 7 p.m. Monday.And then, hopefully, they’d take it from there.“We’re a bit drained physically and mentally,” Victolero said. “It’s great for both teams. But all the more for us. Seven games in 14 nights? That’s hard.”The good thing about this is that we still have a chance,” he added.The Scores:Phoenix 92—Abueva 18, Wright 18, Chua 15, Jazul 14, Perkins 8, Intal 8, Kramer 5, Revilla 4, Mallari 2, Napoles 0, Mendoza 0, Dennison 0, Guevarra 0.San Miguel 90—Fajardo 22, Cabagnot 18, Romeo 16, Standhardinger 16, Ross 8, Pessumal 3, Santos 3, Rosser 2, Nabong 2, Zamar 0, Tubid 0.Quarters: 21-19, 40-36, 64-66, 92-90. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Lahiri jumps to title contention in Taipei

first_imgAnirban Lahiri put himself into a good position to clinch a second title this year when he jumped to tied second position and just one shot off the leader after the third round of the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) in Taipei City on Saturday.Lahiri carded a four-under 68 to move to nine-under 207 for 54 holes.The leader was Filipino Miguel Tabuena, who shot into the lead, with a sensational sevenunder-par 65. One behind him besides Lahiri is Asian Tour legend Thaworn Wiratchant (68) of Thailand.Daniel Chopra 69), Veteran Yeh Wei-Tze (65) and Prom Meesawat (68) are tied third at eight-under 208.Among other Indians, Rahil Gangjee jumped to tied 13th with a round of 69 and Rashid Khan slipped a bit to tied 16th after a round of 72 and a total of three-under 213.Chiragh Kumar made a handy move upwards with a round of 69 and he was tied 10th at twounder 214. Jyoti Randhawa had a rough back nine with three bogeys and his card of 74 saw him slid to tied 46th, down from overnight 26th.Lahiri, feeling the effects of jetlag, posted six birdies and one bogey after 13 holes but lost momentum when he bogeyed hole 16. Then he had three pars.Lahiri, who has four titles, including one this year, on Asian Tour, said he was happy at being in contention but lamented his finish. “I am happy because I am playing well. But I am a bit disappointed because I was one-over par in the last five holes. I am in a good spot and I am looking forward to tomorrow.”advertisementlast_img read more

Raymond MRF CEAT GVK Power among top gainers on BSE

first_imgSelect stocks outperformed the BSE Sensex on Monday that marked the fourth straight day of gains for Indian stock markets. The rally was attributed to gains in Asian equities and gains in crude oil prices on likely agreement on capping output.The 30-scrip Sensex closed 35 points higher at 28,634, while the NSE Nifty gained 29 points to close at 8,808. The day also saw the commencement of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance’s initial public offering (IPO). The largest private sector life insurer received bids for about 16 per cent of the public issue. The company got bids for 2.09 crore shares against 13.23 crore shares on offer, according to data available with stock exchanges.Top Sensex gainers included TCS, ICICI Bank, Adani Ports and Coal India.Raymond, GVK Power, Ceat, MRF and IL&FS Transport gained in the range of 6 to 12.6 per cent on the BSE.Raymond closed 9.53 per cent higher at Rs 522.20, GVK Power gained 6.76 per cent to end at Rs 6.95, MRF was up 6.35 per cent at Rs 43,073, while Ceat ended 6.04 per cent higher at Rs 1,128.30.Among sectoral indices, the BSE Bankex gained 0.33 per cent, BSE Auto 0.17 per cent and BSE Realty 1.60 per cent, led by Indiabulls Real Estate that flared up 6.75 per cent to close at Rs 92.55.The Indian rupee closed at 66.95 to the US dollar.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 205 crore on Monday, according to provisional data released by the National Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Residents Look to Incentivize Growth for Local Musical Performers

first_imgBy Lauren Poteat, Special to the AFROLife may have just gotten a little sweeter for small performing arts venues and artists, looking to capitalize on the intimacy, originality and authenticity of their local music.On Oct. 30, legislation B22-577 the “Performing Arts Promotion Amendment Act of 2017,” originally proposed by Councilmember Robert White (D- At Large) last year, was up on the table for discussion.Herbert Scott, Aaron Meyers, Council member Robert White (D- At Large), Graham Smith-White, Alisha Edmonson and Omrao Brown at the D.C. Council hearing advocating for to incentivizing businesses that promote live performances and local artists. (Courtesy Photo/Robert White Twitter)Intended to promote local performing artists by giving incentives to businesses that host live performances, local musicians and small venue owners gathered in the D.C. Council office to solicit amendments.“Community music hubs serve more than just alcohol,” Graham Smith-White, a local performer and sound engineer testified. “It’s a place to gather, to try new forms of art, music and culture.”“We’ve lost a lot of spaces to perform at, so it would be good to see within the bill, something that incentivizes growth,” White continued. “Small venues are very important and allows for creative spaces for people to try new disciplines and skills, in an atmosphere that is more free and creative… And with the rising rent and the way the general economy is, it is important to function as a business and make that leap.”Chris Naoum, co-founder of “Listen Local First D.C.” also expressed his concerns for the virtually extinct local music hubs and the current bill.“Small D.C. local venues act as a great hub for live music,” Naoum said. “They act as a way to allow musicians to work their way up to bigger theatres like Howard and Warner.”“So it is a necessity to address some of the issues inside of the current bill including properly paying all artists, not allowing them to work for free, increasing 150 person venue capacity, adjusting the $750,000 gross penalization and re-evaluating the credit cap of $10,000 a year.”Not impartial to the recommendations, Councilmember Jack Evans, who spearheaded the meeting, stated that he “really wanted to focus on these issues” and how to make it better.Highlighting popular small music venues including “Marvin’s,” “Blue’s Alley” and “Twin’s Jazz” all located in northwest, Councilmember White also shared his sentiments on upgrading the bill.“I wrote this bill to address the loss of performing arts venues in the District and to give more businesses an incentive to open their space to our talented residents,” White said. “D.C.’s arts scene is legendary. Our job is to make sure it continues to be.”last_img read more