By John O’BrienMARIA Sharapova made light of her long injury layoff by advancing to the last four of the WTA Finals with an unbeaten record in round robin play after the Russian breezed past Flavia Pennetta 7-5 6-1 on Thursday.The victory also ended the career of the 33-year-old Italian, who announced this season would be her last after her stunning US Open victory last month, and booked a surprise passage to the semi-finals for Agnieszka Radwanska.Radwanska had earlier battled past Simona Halep 7-6(5) 6-1 in their last Red Group match, with the Pole just two points away from elimination at one stage and only able to progress if Sharapova beat Pennetta in straight sets.Perhaps aware that a single set was all she needed to extend her career by at least one more match, Pennetta started quickly, breaking in the first game against an opponent who had not completed a match since July before arriving in Singapore.The Italian could not pull further away, however, and handed back the advantage in the eighth game, unable to find a first serve and double-faulting twice to gift Sharapova a break to get back to 4-4.The pair continued on serve until the 12th game and with the Russian able to tee off on the Italian’s modest serve knowing she had the safety net of a tiebreak, her relentless pressure told on Pennetta, who conceded the game and the set meekly.The Russian now had the momentum and broke early in the second set through a combination of her typical booming forehands and recently developed sliced backhand chips and drop shots to surge 3-0 clear.Pennetta staved off more break points to stop the rot as Sharapova was threatening to send her into retirement with a dreaded ‘bagel’ but the reprieve was brief as the Russian sent down her seventh ace on the way to winning the last three games.SURPRISE BREAKRadwanska had lost her first two matches and few would have given the fifth seed a chance of upsetting the highest-ranked player in the tournament after Serena Williams’ withdrawal, especially when she took to the court with strapping around her right thigh and shoulder.Her hopes appeared even more remote when the world number two started quickly, breaking in the first game and threatening to repeat the feat several times before Radwanska somehow regained parity with a surprise break in the 10th game.Still deadlocked after 12 enthralling games, the opener went to a tiebreak and when the players changed ends with the Romanian 5-1 ahead, it appeared Halep would secure the set that would end Radwanska’s interest in the tournament.Her opponent had other ideas though, and threw herself around the court to reel off six straight points and seal the opener when Halep chipped wide at the end of a thrilling rally that had the crowd on their feet in appreciation.The loss of the set had a demoralising effect on Halep and the Romanian was soon transformed into a helpless spectator as Radwanska stormed through the second set in 30 minutes, breaking three times as she chalked up her 500th win on the WTA Tour.Radwanska, Halep and Pennetta all ended round robin play with 1-2 records but the Pole advanced after she won three sets in her matches while the others could only manage two.
…in oilLike they say, “mout’ open and story jump out!”. This time, it might’ve been from the mouth of babes, but it sure exposed the Government’s real take on the oil Exxon found off our shores. The headline in the official State mouthpiece, said it all, “Medgar Evers buys into the hype – sells Guyana as the next big oil producer in the Western hemisphere.” Medgers Evers is a Community College in Brooklyn that has a lot of West Indians in its student body.Yep!! That’s what they said… now we all know when you talk about “the hype” what’s going on, don’t we? It’s to “big up” something that’s really mediocre. Like saying we have “West Indian” beaches!! The dictionary says, “to intensify (advertising, promotion, or publicity) by ingenious or questionable claims, methods, etc,” and also “to trick; gull.” And that’s exactly what the Government’s been doing the moment they sneaked into office, just after the oil find was announced – “tricking and gulling!!”Completely clueless on how to run a government in this modern, globalised world, the APNU/AFC coalition has managed to perform the remarkable feat of turning the most consistently top performing economy in the Region into one staring into the abyss. The stake was nailed into sugar’s heart; rice is on tenterhooks after the Government refused to re-engage Venezuela on its lucrative markets; timber and forestry has dried up and bauxite in on life support.So for now, the Government touts gold, which has rebounded on the world markets and for the future we get the “hype” on oil!! Gold has very little effect on the man in the “South” minibus so, like the white bible thumping missionaries of yore pushing “heaven”, the Guyanese public’s supposed to bear their chafe and wait for the “good life” to arrive with oil, manana! But not before Trotman, the hapless Government’s point man on oil, tried to convince god-knows-who that he could get money from Exxon “up front”!! The only thing “up front” was the bum’s rush he got from the Texas oil company!!The next hype was an “oil refinery”. But that was soon laughed out of polite discussion after Exxon and every other expert in the world, said it just wasn’t feasible. Ditto with an “oil facility” at Crab Island. Maybe Trotman was thinking about a “crab facility”? Well, for sure, he gotten his old friend Chris Ram “crabby” enough to declare that Trotman was a “liability” to Guyana!!The “liability” hadn’t realised he revealed his incompetence when he revealed he’d renegotiated the Exxon contract to the latter’s benefit when he’d claimed the contract was immutable.But evidently only when Guyana could’ve benefited!!…for HeffThe passing of Hugh Heffner marks the passing of an age. Everyone over 60 knows the Dark Ages extant before Heff finally arrived on the scene. And those googling all sorts of natural images on the Internet should thank the man who freed up the western world from its prudish ways. In case you’re still living under a rock, Hugh Heffner’s the fella who brought out the Magazine “Playboy” back in the day, and made it OK for churchgoers to ogle nubile, young, naked women!!When Jimmy Carter confessed as to how he’d “lusted in his heart” he was probably referring to what happened when he peeked at the Playboy centrefold during his White House days!! Now there was always porn circulating before Heff…but they were always done surreptitiously and ILLEGALLY! By combining well-written articles on all manner of subjects – including politics, in Playboy, respectable men could with a straight face, pretend they were ogling the fine print!!It’s a sign of the times that Heff’s daughter succeeded him at the helm of the Playboy empire!…on the bridge scam continuesIt’s not OK to have a prequalification procedure for pharma for the GPHC and the Public Health Ministry, but it’s OK to have one for the Demerara Harbour Bridge?Something’s not OK!!
Microfinance service provider BRAC Liberia, in partnership with Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), yesterday demonstrated their commitment to Liberians when they donated several pieces of anti Ebola materials to the administration of the Senow Academy in the New Matadi community.The materials are intended for students and the administration to take special preventive measures and avoid contracting the virus in the school.BRAC, as a microfinance institution operating in Liberia, is also providing loans and healthcare opportunity to Liberians.Mr. Mohammed Abdus Salam, BRAC Liberia country representative, who made the presentation on behalf of his institutional partner OSIWA, said the donation was intended to help buttress efforts that the government had made in combating the deadly Ebola virus disease.According to him, although the Ebola cases in the country have considerably reduced in the country, people should not be complacent in the fight until health partners can pronounce the country Ebola free.Mr. Salam then encouraged the administration of the school and the students to use the anti-Ebola materials they received for its intended purpose.Earlier, BRAC program Manager for Health, Ezra Patrick Lugemwa, said his institution has targeted 350 schools from seven counties to benefit from the anti Ebola materials distribution exercise.According to him, BRAC is also considering the inclusion of vulnerable people from the mother club members, village health teams, Trained Traditional Midwives (TTM), Microfinance borrowers, Poultry Livestock beneficiaries, Agriculture and Members from the newly established Empowerment Livelihood for Adolescents club as people who will eventually benefit from the exercise.BRAC also used the occasion to discuss health and financial issues with residents in the New Matadi Community.Senow Academy Principal Moses Z. Neeply, who received the items lauded BRAC and OSIWA for the contributions they made to the school. He however appealed to other humanitarian or non-governmental organizations for more supports to the schools. In another development, BRAC program manager for Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescent (ELA), Anzoyo Anita, says the organization aims to build the economic capacity of adolescent girls in rural and urban communities.Madam Anita said once those girls are empowered financially, they will graduate from the Syndrome of dependency to doing positive things that will improve their livelihoods. She however cautioned Liberian girls to remain in school as a means to empower themselves for future opportunities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Minutes before Exxon’s announcement that it has started production of oil in Guyana, Mr David Granger delivered an address to the nation heralding the start of oil production and assuring that “no one will be left behind”. But what has the PNC-led Granger team done over the last 4 years and 5 months but leave the people of this nation behind? All that team Granger did was to work arduously to enrich the 500 or so members of the Granger cabal and their friends and family.The question that Mr Granger should really be asking himself rather than seeking to fool the nation is – “Has a deposit of cash been made at the Bank of Guyana because of first oil”? Both he and I know that zero dollars was deposited at the Central Bank because of the first day of oil production and we may have to wait for months before we see pennies on the dollars from this Guyanese crude oil. But upon checking, I found that the investors earned some US$2.2 million for that “first day” of production which will be added to their asset base as ballast (stabiliser in the boat). This reality clearly represents the exploitation that is happening to the Guyanese people as a result of this 2016 contract that was authored and executed by Team Granger.But in addition to the exploitation of the people as is being facilitated by team Granger, these people are also disconnected from the pains of the man in the street. History has proven such indifference to the plight of the people always end up hurting the rulers at the ballot box. Does team Granger know just how angry the Guyanese people are? Those who have taken the time to study the cash distribution clauses on this Stabroek Block contract are even more outraged.The local media have done a fine job of bringing this knowledge to the people by way of their newspaper reports or publication of the actual contract documents. So if Mr Granger believes that the people are unaware of what is happening, all he has to do is to dissect why the excitement and euphoria at the announcement of first oil are so mute across Guyana. As I walk the streets of Guyana, I am reassured by many people that they are upset at how team Granger continues to play with their intelligence. The people know what is happening Mr Granger, and they are waiting for you at the ballot box.And in every circus, there must be a “dog and pony show”. And up comes Mr Moses Nagamootoo with his usual hilarious commentary. This time his parody of comedy starts with the phrase – “out of economic bondage” after the first day of oil production. How more clueless can a public official get? Over the last 4 years and 5 months, it is public policies crafted by people like Mr Nagamootoo in team Granger that has subjected the Guyanese masses to a level of economic depression, only comparable to the bad old days of the ERP under the PNC when empty rice pots was a real occurrence in many kitchens.So no amount of sugar coating from Mr Granger or Mr Nagamootoo or anyone else will erase how raped the people feel this Christmas because the PNC’s man signed on the dotted line and bequeathed our patrimony for peanuts on this oil deal.Then to add salt to our injury, team Granger has abandoned the local Private Sector by failing to put any administrative framework in place to facilitate a seamless insertion of Guyanese-owned businesses into the international oil services trade that is happening on our soil. The outcome of such policy paralysis on the part of team Granger is that many local businesses have been made into aliens in their own country when it comes to this oil services trade.So do not be surprised Mr Granger when the people speak directly to you on March 2, 2020. What is important is that you act like an adult and not a child and accept the voice of the people when they speak to you directly on March 2, 2020.Regards,Sasenarine Singh
Shawn Small, 48, a father of 11, was on Thursday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a charge of being in possession of eight grams of cannabis at Stabroek Market Square, Georgetown on October 11.The Prosecution is contending that the narcotics were found among supplies delivered to Small at his stall.Represented by Attorney-at-law Clyde Ford, Small denied the charge, and Ford detailed that his client resides in Kitty, Georgetown and is a stall owner at the Stabroek Market.The lawyer informed the court that his client was unpacking his merchandise, which had just arrived by delivery, when Police arrived on the scene and began their search.The lawyer requested reasonable bail for his client, and Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore did not object to bail. This was granted in the sum of ,000.Small’s case will be called again on November 1.
As always, spectators from Nairobi and upcountry will savor the opportunity to watch high-flying quads, Attacker buggies, bambinos and 4WD Turbos flying over spectacular jumps and hairpins at The Great Rift Valley (TGRV) circuit located in Mai Mahiu area along Narok road.Sunday’s race will feature four heats runs out of which the best of three will count on the final classification, but not until drivers tackle the early morning practice heat to gauge the aptness of their machines.The battle for 4WD Turbo honors will pit immediate former champ Rehan Shah against reigning champion Sahib Omar.Reigning 2WD Non Turbo Champion Safina Khan (Toyota Vitz) will renew her rivalry with Sahir “Sarry” Mughal in his Rage Buggy.The 2WD Turbo class has the biggest chunk of the entry and indeed the usual suspects in Zameer Verjee, Lovejyot Singh and Shaz Esmail aka Shazco among others.Meanwhile, Izmir Racing and Team Decko Africa & Safaricom Home Fibre have unveiled their 2019 line ups ahead of season opening KCB Simba Autocross 1.Izmir team has Sahir Mughal (2wd Non Turbo- Rage Buggy), Illiyun Mughal (Bambino Class- Polaris), Shazco Esmail (2wd Turbo- Attacker Buggy), Lovejyot Singh (2WD turbo Attacker Buggy), Imran Hakada (Open Class Subaru) and Shalien Mughal ( Open Class- Subaru).Team Decko Africa has Soni siblings Tsevi and Tsorav Soni, all rounder Yuvraj Rajput who is also the Bambinio Champion, Kiana Rajput and their dad Kirit Rajput driving a Subaru GC 8 in the Open Class.Shalien Mughal said: “Since it’s the first race of the year we will go into the race with an open mind. Imran (Hakada) has been part of our team since last year as we both started driving open class. We have been working on developing our cars and have done lots of changes to setup and now looking forward to seeing how they fair against all the other driver hot on their heels. We have done geometry suspension mapping, installed a new gearbox and engine and complete rewiring.” 0Shares0000Shazz Esmail. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 23 – The formalities of the past few days are complete and it’s all systems go as the first round of the KCB Kenya National Autocross Championship- dubbed the KCB Simba Autocross 1 -heads to Mai Mahiu this Sunday.Organized by Nairobi’s Sikh Union Club, the season opener will not only treat spectators to some exhilarating displays of racing artistry but will certainly serve-up great moments ahead for motor sports lovers in the KCB sponsored 9-leg series. The Kenya national autocross championship title will count towards–2wd Non-turbo class2wd Turbo/supercharged class4wd Non – turbo class4wd Turbo/supercharged classQuad/ATV classBambinoPee Wee Classjunior 2WD non turbo class0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Bayer Leverkusen (GER)Both these sides suffered league defeats at the weekend — Shakhtar going down 2-0 at Volyn Lutsk, which was the third defeat on the road for Mircea Lucescu’s men, while Leverkusen were embarrassed 1-0 by rock-bottom Eintracht Braunschweig to fall four points behind Bayern Munich.Leverkusen’s fit-again Lars Bender, who signed a contract extension in midweek, received a late red card for his second bookable offence while Stefan Kiessling, Sidney Sam and Heung-Min Son were all on the bench at the start.The Germans won the first tie between the two sides last month, a comprehensive 4-0 home win which put them on six points, one behind Manchester United.Shakhtar, who were quarter-finalists in 2011, have not beaten a German side at home in Europe since seeing off Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1980/81 UEFA Cup.Real Sociedad (ESP) v Man Utd (ENG)United can virtually ensure their last 16 place with victory in Spain after a 1-0 home win over Sociedad, playing in the tournament for the first time in 10 years, in Manchester moved them onto seven points from three games.But David Moyes’s side have doubts over the fitness of Jonny Evans, Rafael da Silva and Tom Cleverley, who were all replaced at half-time in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Fulham.“It will be a difficult test against (Real) Sociedad,” said Moyes.“To go and play against any side in Spain who have qualified will be a hard test, but we will go over there and try and get a good result that will continue our good form in the group.”Sociedad have scored just once in three Champions League games so far and are without a point but warnmed up for Tuesday with a confidence-boosting 5-0 home win over Osasuna.Jagoba Arrasate’s side are looking to avoid setting a club-record sequence of four straight defeats in Europe.Group BJuventus (ITA) v Real Madrid (ESP)Real Madrid have nine points from three games after a Cristiano Ronaldo double ensured a 2-1 win over Juventus last time out and they need just a point in Turin to make sure of a last-16 place.Nine-time winners Madrid have scored in all their last 19 Champions League away fixtures, losing only four but Juventus have won the last five meetings between the sides in Turin.Juventus are in third place and with that position in mind coach Antonio Conte rested Andrea Pirlo in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Parma before the veteran midfielder replaced Claudio Marchisio.Ronaldo has scored seven times for Real Madrid in the Champions League this season just one off the record held jointly by Ruud van Nistelrooy, Filippo Inzaghi and Hernan Crespo.On Saturday, Real beat Rayo Vallecano 3-2 with a Ronaldo double and a Karim Benzema header as Gareth Bale laid on two goals for the second consecutive game.Real will be without left-back Fabio Coentrao after he limped off with an ankle injury. Xabi Alonso is also a doubt but Raphael Varane will return at the heart of the defence after being rested against Rayo.Copenhagen (DEN) v Galatasaray (TUR)Galatasaray won the first match 3-1 in Istanbul to put themselves in second spot in the table, five points behind Real but two ahead of Juve and three up on Copenhagen.The Danes drew 1-1 with Juve and lost 4-0 at Real Madrid while Galatasaray recovered from their opening 6-1 drubbing to the Spaniards to draw 2-2 with Juventus in Roberto Mancini’s first game as coach.Copenhagen’s home record in the tournament gives some cause for optimism — in eight matches, they have lost only to Chelsea and have beaten Manchester United and drawn with Barcelona in previous years.For Galatasaray, Copenhagen holds special memories — in 2000, a Fatih Terim-led team overcame Arsenal on penalties in the UEFA Cup final.Group CParis Saint Germain (FRA) v Anderlecht (BEL)The French side can qualify for the knockout stages for the second successive year with victory over an Anderlecht team they walloped 5-0 in their previous encounter a fortnight ago to make it three impressive wins from three games in an admittedly easy group.The only good news for Anderlecht is that there are doubts over whether Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored four in the first match, will be fit as he was rested for the 4-0 Ligue 1 win over Lorient last Friday — extending PSG’s unbeaten Ligue 1 run to 23 — with an inflamed knee.Anderlecht are searching for their first point and first goal of the campaign while their last away win in the Champions League came in the 2005/06 season at Real Betis.Olympiakos (GRE) v Benfica (POR)A lot at stake in this match as with both on four points, and Anderlecht on zero, they are battling for the runners up spot and a place in the last 16 or the third-place finish that guarantees a spot in the Europa League knockout stage, a competition in which the Portuguese outfit reached the final last season only to lose to Chelsea.The sides drew 1-1 in Lisbon, and Olympiakos will be looking to repeat their 5-1 win the last time they hosted Benfica in the Champions League in the 2008/09 campaign.Three Benfica players remain from that thumping including striker Oscar Cardozo, who was only on the bench that night but will be hoping to lead the line on Tuesday. Similarly Kostas Mitroglou should be up front for the hosts and eager to add to his tally of goals, having earlier this term become the first Greek player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League, admittedly against the porous Anderlecht defence.Group DManchester City (ENG) v CSKA Moscow (RUS)City made heavy weather of beating the Russian outfit a fortnight ago in a match overshadowed by a racism controversy but look in sharper form after a 7-0 demolition of Norwich on Saturday, their biggest win in the top flight since 1968.Victory over the Russians would all but assure them of reaching the knockout stages for the first time after two flops under Roberto Mancini.The Italian’s successor, Chilean Manuel Pellegrini showed his ruthless side when he dropped Joe Hart from the Norwich game and Romanian Costel Pantilimon may well keep his place for the CSKA game.City’s talismanic central defender and captain Vincent Kompany is still struggling with a thigh injury and missed the Norwich game. CSKA come into the game on the back of a come from behind 2-1 win over Volga with impressive Ivorian striker Seydou Dumbia on the scoresheet.Viktoria Pilsen (CZE) v Bayern Munich (GER)The Germans are proving as unbeatable as PSG are, their 2-1 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday equalling the Bundesliga record for the longest unbeaten run, levelling the 36 matches unbeaten Hamburg achieved between January 1982 and January 1983.Victory on Tuesday, and CSKA failing to win at City, will see the holders qualify for the last 16.However, not all is rosy in the Munich camp as they are still struggling to impose themselves early in their matches.“Obviously it’s not such a wonderful situation,” said Mario Goetze, who caused Pilsen all sorts of problems once he came on in the second-half of their match a fortnight ago, which ended in an easy 5-0 win for the German side.Pilsen have an impressive home record in the competition winning 10 out of 11 before City beat them this season.Bayern, though, are closing in on their record of successive away wins in the competition, six on their way to winning the 1996 title, as victory on Tuesday would be their fifth in a row.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, France, November 4 – Defending champions Bayern Munich as well as former winners Real Madrid and Manchester United are on the verge of making the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday.Group A
Bernard Gallagher from Killybegs won €17,000, including a City Break, at the National Lottery’s Money Spinner event held at National Lottery offices in Dublin.Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were, from left to right: Brian Ormond, Money Spinner Host; Bernard Gallagher, the winning player; Ronan Leech, Marketing Development Manager, The National Lottery and Bernard’s family and friends surrounding him, including his wife Sarah (centre) and his mum Josephine, who bought the winning ticket (centre right).The winning ticket was purchased in Columba Diver’s Newsagent, Main Street, Ardara. KILLYBEGS MAN CELEBRATES LOTTO WIN was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Killybegslotto win
Things got worse for the Forest stopper, who then saw a cross from Phillips loop high over his head and inside the far post to make it 2-1 to the visitors in the 26th minute.It was not intentional from the Baggies winger, but he still happily celebrated as a dejected Muric had to pick the ball out of the back of the net for a second time.The goal completely changed the mood at the City Ground, where the home side had started well.Muric was one of four Forest debutants, along with Alfa Semedo and Tiago Silva in midfield and winger Albert Adomah. TROPHY Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Both goals saw Forest goalkeeper Muric left red-faced as their new head coach Sabri Lamouchi endured a frustrating first game in charge.The plot of the first half was underpinned by those errors.The Reds had taken the lead following a bright start as Cash drove a shot inside the near post following a neat exchange of passes with Albert Adomah.But West Brom took just seven minutes to equalise as on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper Muric made his first mistake.Edwards had shown quick feet to dance into space in the box and find the room to let fly with a shot. It was straight at Muric but he somehow allowed the ball to slip from his grasp and into the back of the net. Muric had a debut to forget Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested REVEALED New job OFF BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January FAREWELL Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions latest The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star deals Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Phillips celebrates with his team-mates Two errors from Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Arijanet Muric gifted West Brom a 2-1 victory in Slaven Bilic’s first competitive match in charge of the club.The Baggies boss saw his side kick-off the season with three points thanks to goals from Kyle Edwards and Matt Phillips as they came from behind after Matty Cash had given the Reds the lead. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas There were five new faces in the Baggies line-up in the form of defenders Nathan Ferguson and Semi Ajayi, midfielders Romaine Sawyers and Filip Krovinovic and forward Kenneth Zohore.A familiar battle resumed after the break, with Muric this time coming out on top as he made a strong save to deny Edwards a second goal.Semedo shot high and wide following a superb run, while a cross from Adomah almost picked out Lewis Grabban in the centre.Substitute Sammy Ameobi headed wide late on as the Baggies held out.
AZ Alkmaar vs Man United (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Birmingham vs Middlesbrough (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs Charlton (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas While discussing Lawrence and Bennett’s return to the Derby side the day after the game, former Blackpool, Crystal Palace and QPR manager Holloway could not contain his emotion.He admitted being disappointed with the Rams pair and said the club’s supporters have every right to be ‘really, really angry’ with Lawrence and Bennett over their actions.And Holloway wants all footballers – not just those Derby players involved in the car crash – to realise they are in a privileged position which means they must show responsibility and maturity.Speaking on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Holloway said: “Obviously I don’t know the situation they were in, but it is just such a big let-down, when they are professional footballers.“’Professional’ – that is the word they should remember, and it’s the word I used to bang on about all the time.“The difference between you and everybody out there who loves playing [football] is that you are paid to play, so that should be your priority all day long.“I think they’ve let every single Derby County fan, who pays their money week in, week out, down. They’ve let their manager down.“They’ve [the club] have not been playing very well, they’ve not been achieving what they need to achieve, so that should be their focus.“What is going on? Yet, they still get rewarded with their position. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week statement Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman targets Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship “I really feel for their manager; I met him a couple of months ago and he absolutely blew me away with the determination he’s shown in his life, and his professionalism.“It’s all right arranging club dos where you go out, but why didn’t they just go home?“I feel for everybody who is a Derby supporter; they are there in their thousands, week in, week out, and if I was one of them I’d be thinking ‘what is going on?’.“I’d be really, really angry.”You can watch Ian Holloway discussing the Derby drink-driving incident, above… Ian Holloway has issued a heartfelt plea to the Derby players charged with drink-driving, urging them to ‘take responsibility and realise the privilege you’ve got’.Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett were involved in a car crash last month after a club-sanctioned night out, with captain Richard Keogh – a passenger in one of the vehicles – suffering a serious injury that has sidelined him for 15 months.The aforementioned pair were both charged with drink-driving, and reports suggested they were facing the sack from their club over the incident. on target SnapChat/ Tom Huddlestone latest “I can’t tell you how disappointed I am.“You’ve got to take responsibility and realise the privilege you’ve got, and they are not doing it.“I’m not just on about Derby, I’m talking about footballers – they are not doing it.”Holloway did not stop there, though, beginning a second speech when the topic was raised later in the show.“I get so upset and so angry,” he continued. “They’ve abused the privilege of their job, of playing for Derby County, and all that means to the people before them, all the supporters before them and every single person who loves Derby County.“For me they’ve just been stupid and selfish. What is it all about? stalemate Pictures of the night were shared on social media, with Bennett captured drinking… update Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff SnapChat/ Tom Huddlestone Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more 2 PEP TALK LIVE on talkSPORT Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 2 Mason Bennett, 23, of Whaley Thorns near Mansfield and Tom Lawrence, 25, of Duffield have both been charged with driving whilst over the prescribed limit for alcohol. They will appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 15th October. https://t.co/Uhlac0157m— Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit (@DerbyshireRPU) September 25, 2019Despite this, manager Phillip Cocu selected Lawrence and Bennett for Wednesday’s Championship match against Barnsley, with the former winning a penalty in an eventual 2-2 draw.The Dutchman insisted after the match that the pair are not ‘off the hook’, even though they are back playing for Derby.“In the end the players have to have the possibility to give something back to the club and the fans on the pitch,” said the Rams boss.“That’s the only podium they have to give a response and it still doesn’t change the fact of what we said as a club. That will definitely happen, so they are not off the hook.“But also they are part of our team and the club and we have to give them the possibility to give a good response.“They are affected by it very much.“I spoke the last few days a lot with the players and they were eager to go and play.” rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta … and later throwing up in a urinal appointed