West Ham forward raring to go against Man City

first_img Nene in action for West Ham West Ham forward Nene is ready to solve the club’s striking problems and show Sam Allardyce that he should have a future with the east London club.Nene has yet to start a Premier League game following his move to Upton Park back in February and has only made five appearances as a substitute.The former Paris Saint-Germain attacker is desperate to get his career back on track in England following a spell in Qatar and still believes he can compete at the highest level.With Diafra Sakho facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a thigh injury and Enner Valencia struggling with a foot problem, Nene knows he could be handed the chance to spearhead the attack against Manchester City on Sunday and says he is ready to take the opportunity.Speaking in the matchday programme, he said: “It’s better for everyone to see me live and direct, so I’ve worked hard in training to play more.“My fitness now is good so I think I am ready to play more time in the games, so hopefully the coach can put me in and I can help the team to win games.“That is why I came, so I want to thank the supporters by showing them directly what I can do when I play.“The support here is really good and gives me motivation to do my work the same way I did it with PSG.” 1last_img read more

Venus Williams’ Wimbledon Exit Poses Questions About Her Future

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesFive-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams was dumped out of Wimbledon this year by 15-year-old Cori Gauff leading to question marks about the former world number one’s future in the sport.“She [Venus Williams] said congratulations.”“I told her thank you for everything that you did. I wouldn’t be here without you. I always wanted to tell her that.”– @CocoGauff #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/lGUYiGnq3Q— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 1, 2019It is the first time Williams has failed to win her first round match at Wimbledon since 2012, while it brings up her second consecutive Grand Slam that she has been eliminated in her opening game as she also went out of the French Open at the opening stage after losing to Elina Svitolina at Roland-Garros back in May.The older of the two Williams sisters is 39 years old now and has been playing as a professional since October 1994. She won her first Grand Slam singles title in 2000 when she landed Wimbledon, beating Lindsay Davenport in straight sets.The majority of Williams’ success throughout her career has come at Wimbledon where she has felt so comfortable on the grass surface. She defended her crown in 2001 when getting the better of Justine Henin in three sets. Three more titles at SW19 followed in 2005, 2007 and 2008, the latter in which she beat her sister Serena in the final.There was resurgence in Williams’ form in 2017 as she reached the final of two Grand Slam events. At the start of the year she made it through to the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne where she picked up wins over Garbine Muguruza and CoCo Vandeweghe. Unfortunately for the American, she went down in straight sets to her sister Serena.Williams rolled back the years again at Wimbledon two years later to make her ninth final there. Victories against Naomi Osaka, Jelena Ostapenko and Johanna Konta gave her the opportunity to play for the title again. It was Muguruza who proved too strong for her though, winning 7-5 6-0.At the start of the year, Williams was outside the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time since the early stages of her career. She is currently positioned 44 but the defeat to Gauff puts her under pressure again to stay in the top 50. The 39-year-old is a long way off world number one Ashleigh Barty who was the favourite in the women’s odds at Wimbledon this year before the tournament began.After 11 years, @VenusesWilliams parts ways with coach David Witt: https://t.co/vsiGqFOLeC pic.twitter.com/moNXYpeqjt— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) December 10, 2018Williams opted to part ways from her long-term coach David Witt at the end of 2018. She is currently working with her father, Richard Williams, and mother, Oracene Price. She will be now preparing to try and peak for the US Open in August, a tournament she has been successful twice at during her career.If things don’t work out at Flushing Meadows though, Williams may have a tough decision to make at the end of the year on whether she continues on the singles tour in 2020. If she doesn’t return, she can look back on her career and safely say, she has been one of the best female players of the modern era to play the sport and one which has inspired so many, including her recent opponent, Gauff, to take up the sport. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

‘I hope it destroys the NCAA’: Richard Sherman, Draymond Green laud California’s pay-for-play bill

first_imgIf there was a vote for California governor this week, the incumbent would surely receive the athlete vote.Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that he had signed the “Fair Pay to Play Act”, which will allow college athletes in California to sign with agents and be paid for endorsements beginning in 2023.The law is in direct opposition to the NCAA’s model of restricting athletes’ ability to profit off their own likenesses, and college sports’ organizing body campaigned hard against the bill.T …last_img

Starry-eyed under a Shared Sky

first_imgThe same stars shine down on South Africa’s Central Karoo and parts of Western Australia. But over thousands of years, different eyes have watched these shared skies, and woven the bright points of light and the darkness between into the lyrical creation myths of the first peoples of both continents.There is the story of the Girl Who Threw Ashes into the Sky to make the Milky Way – or what the !Kung people call the Backbone of the Night. This same girl threw up a root, white when young and red when old, to make the stars. Then there is the story of the children who threw an old man with the sun in his armpit up into the sky to light the day.From across Indian Ocean, there are more tales, fables and heavenly instructions, like when the shadow of the Great Emu looms, to tell the Yamaji people when to collect emu eggs. The formation comes from the Yamaji seeing beyond the stars, to the dust clouds and matter between the heavenly bodies visible to the naked eye; a scientific subtlety lost on even later science-focused civilisations.These stories explaining the universe – this indigenous astronomy – have now been gathered and depicted in a series of quilts that went on exhibition at the John Curtin Gallery in Perth on 30 September 2014, where they will remain until 2 November. The show, Shared Sky, is an “ingenious collaboration between science and indigenous art’ and runs concurrently with the SKA Engineering meeting in Perth. The meeting brings together the teams from around the world who are working on the design of the first phase of the Square Kilometre Array telescope, to be built from 2018 in South Africa and Australia.South Africa SKA director Bernie Fanaroff believes that science and art have much in common: “They are both about beauty and aesthetics – most science is beautiful, and so is most art. The quilts, are really beautiful in themselves – colourful and dynamic; science is like that too.”The Shared Sky exhibition brings three artists from the First People group at the Nieu- Bethesda community arts centre in South Africa’s Eastern Cape together with Australian artists descended from or connected to the Wajarri people who lived on the land that is now the site of the Australian SKA.This land is 700km north-east of Perth, at Boolardy Station in the mid-west region of Western Australia.The Aboriginal artists are from the Yamaji Art Centre, which is a “strong advocate for social justice and the promotion of respect and awareness of Yamaji culture’. The centre is 100% Aboriginal-owned and operated.First PeopleSandra Sweers is the lead artist at First People group. She prefers to work with textiles, is also a printmaker, and sometimes works in stained glass. She facilitates drawing at the centre and often participates in shows at the centre as an actor, clown, dancer and singer. Sweers, like all the artists at the centre, is a recovering alcoholic from a difficult background. In her younger years she identified as Coloured, but now also embraces her Xam Bushman heritage, which she depicts strongly in the Shared Sky works. Gerald Mei, also of Xam heritage, works with stained glass and mosaics and has a special fondness for painting with oils. At 18, he is the youngest artist at First People and having overcoming his shyness and getting used to working with mostly women, is an enthusiastic quilt maker.The exhibitionBoth sets of art, South African and Australian, have an organic feel; swirl motifs, recurrent soft geometrics, the ochred colours of the arid lands the artists live on, all combine to create vivid tapestries imagining the dawn of humanity, and the stars above. The Shared Sky exhibition is scheduled to arrive in South Africa early in 2015.SAinfo reporter, SKAlast_img read more

San Diego Zoo Safari Park offering free admission to firefighters in September

first_imgSan Diego Zoo Safari Park offering free admission to firefighters in September Posted: September 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: firefighter, San Diego Zoo Safari Park FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Zoo Safari Park recently announced that they are offering free admission to firefighters in September.According to their website, San Diego Zoo Safari Park is partnering with California Coast Credit Union to make admission free for firefighters through the month of September, as a part of their Firefighter Appreciation Month.“The San Diego Zoo Safari Park would like to thank our hard-working firefighters who help to protect people, animals, and structures across our region. We are grateful for their commitment to our safety!” San Diego Zoo Safari Park said.To learn more, visit: http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/firefighters September 1, 2018last_img read more