Barcelona wanted Lucas Moura as Neymar back-up but Spurs demanded £45m

first_imgBARCELONA were reportedly interested in signing Lucas Moura this summer… until Tottenham demanded £45million for any transfer.The Spanish giants saw the forward as a back-up option in case their pursuit of bringing Neymar back to the Nou Camp failed.3 Barcelona were reportedly put off signing Lucas Moura this summer because Spurs wanted £45m for the forwardCredit: Getty Images – GettyLucas enjoyed a fine end to last season, especially with his dramatic hat-trick in the Champions League semi-final against Ajax.But according to Mundo Deportivo, Barca decided against going after him because they felt any potential deal would not be good business.Lucas, 27, was sold by Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018 for £25m, five months after the French club broke the world transfer record to sign Neymar from Barcelona.Neymar was linked with a move back to Spain throughout the summer transfer window this year.A return to Barcelona or joining rivals Real Madrid looked a strong possibility after the Brazilian superstar failed to return to pre-season training when he was expected to be back.There was even a suggestion he would be willing to stump up some of his own money to secure a move.But with no deal thrashed out before Monday’s European transfer deadline, Neymar is staying in Paris – at least until January.And Lucas is going nowhere, either.3Latest transfer newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaDespite Barca’s reported interest, the forward committed his long-term future to Tottenham by signing a new five-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2024.But while the Catalan side did not land Neymar or Lucas, they did spend £107.6m on Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.The Frenchman has two goals and an assist from his three games for Barcelona so far as he completes a stellar front three with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.3 Neymar is staying in Paris until January at least after failing to force through a move back to Spain this summerCredit: ReutersTottenham hero Lucas Moura brought to tears as he watches amazing Brazilian commentary of his Champions League winning goallast_img read more

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first_imgTolan, new Pan Am badminton bossJamaica’s Vishu Tolan is the new president of the Pan Am Badminton Confederation. He was elected with overwhelming support from the region’s badminton associations at the elections held on August 2 in Tijuana, Mexico.Other members of the new executive are deputy president Peter Golding (Canada), vice-presidents Xavier Orozco – VP North America; Generoso Castillo (Dom Rep) – VP Caribbean; Zarco Kucic – VP South America; and Chepe del Busto (Guatemala) – VP Central America.A release from the Jamaica Badminton Association said Tolan’s main thrust during his four-year term will be an expansion of the number of countries that play badminton in the region from 33 to 40. The new president, a strong proponent of the development of the sport in the US, will make every effort to spread the game to more areas in the US and in schools.He will also focus on the development of females in all areas of the sport in an effort to ensure that the numbers grow and that there is gender equality. His administration will also encourage the development of high-performance centres for the region in an effort to increase the number of players that can qualify and compete for the Olympics and World Championships.Life bans for Bracciali, StaraceROME (AP):The Italian tennis federation has banned Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace for life for match-fixing.The federation performed its own investigation after a probe by judicial authorities in Cremona that used intercepted phone and Internet conversations to show that the players fixed matches.They face charges of criminal association.In a 2007 conversation between Bracciali and an accountant, who was arrested in 2011, Bracciali allegedly discussed fixing a match in Newport, Rhode Island.In 2011, an owner of a betting parlour later arrested was allegedly heard saying Starace agreed to sell the result of a final in Casablanca.While acknowledging that the duo represented Italy “with passion” in Davis Cup for many years, president Angelo Binaghi said thefederation may sue the players for damages if they are convicted.Kohlschreiber, Mathieu in finalKITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP):Philipp Kohlschreiber ended top-seeded Dominic Thiem’s 10-match winning streak yesterday, setting up a final against Paul-Henri Mathieu of France at the Generali Open.The sixth-seeded German defeated Thiem 6-0, 7-6 (6) in the semi-final of the season’s last clay-court event. The 21st-ranked Austrian was coming off back-to-back tournament wins in Umag and Gstaad.Earlier, qualifier Mathieu defeated Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4, 6-3 to reach his first ATP final in six years.Kohlschreiber, who is 3-1 against Mathieu, also reached the final here in 2012 when he lost to Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Kohlschreiber is aiming for his sixth career title, Mathieu for his fifth.last_img read more

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Guyana to introduce 46-page passport

first_imgGuyanese business owners and frequent travellers will have the option to choose a 46-page machine-readable passport, at a cost of $10,000 as against the country’s current 32-page passport.The current 32-page Guyana passportDuring his Budget 2019 presentation in the National Assembly on Monday, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced the new passport.The Minister explained that the new passport would reduce both the cost and the time spent to renew the document once it has expired.The Department of Public Information (DPI) spoke to persons at the Central Immigration Passport Office about this new measure.Collin Chung, a Venezuelan by birth with Guyanese parentage, said as a frequent traveller this new passport would be quite convenient for those persons who were too busy to undergo the renewal process and should be embraced.“I think the 46-pages passport would be beneficial, because we are entering industrialisation through our exploitation of petroleum in the country, so it would open a lot of doors and break down barriers to expand on tourism within the country.”In expressing her view, Gloria Giddings said that although she was simply visiting the country, she could appreciate how the new measure would benefit the regular air traveller.Guyana’s passport has recently increased in value according to the Henly and Partners Passport Index 2018. The Index shows that Guyanese can now travel to 88 countries visa-free/visa-on-arrival, moving the country up four places on the Index’s rankings, to 55 in the world.According to the 2017 index, Guyana’s passport allowed Guyanese to travel to 81 countries without requiring a visa or with a visa granted on arrival.last_img read more

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Bank employee beaten after night out with friends

first_imgA local bank employee is counting his lucky stars after he was assaulted by a couple of men after a night out with his friends.Ryan StewartRyan Stewart, 25, of Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara (WCD), was beaten after 04:00h on Sunday a few doors away from his home. Stewart told Guyana Times that he visited the opening of a friend’s club located a stone’s throw away from his home. He arrived with a group of friends sometime after 23:30h on Saturday night and partied well into the morning.“Like after 4:00(h) I put my friend in a bus and I decided to go home because it was walking distance from my home. While walking home I hear a guy shouting ‘hey’ and he was running towards me and when I turned back I got scared and I began to run. I ran at somebody’s gate and shouting ‘thief, thief’ because I thought I was going to get rob,” he related.He said the man caught up with him and cornered him while another group of men in cars drove up alongside them. They cornered him and one of the men accused him of breaking into a car which he denied. After he denied breaking into a vehicle the man took a glass bottle and dealt him a blow to the back of the head.“Well I recognised the guy that hit me because while I was at the club, he was working there fetching ice and water and so on. So I recognised him and the other guys that were standing and not doing anything. They live around the area as well and were at the Club,” he noted.Stewart related that he may have lost consciousness because he does not remember much after that. After a while of being beaten, Stewart said that another man pulled up in a car and rescued him.“The driver asked what they were doing and then the guy told me to jump in and then I went in and went home and then my mother and brother we went back to the club and soon as I jump out the car now I saw the guy that hit me. I told my mother that is the guy and the guy run in the club and the owner went in to look for the guy and he told us to wait outside and we waited about 10 minutes and then the owner came out and said that how the guy went through the back door,” the injured man noted.The man said that after that episode, he visited the Leonora Police Station and made a report. He was forced to wait for a police patrol to become available which it did after 05:30h. They revisited the club but no one was there. He told the officers that he could direct them to the club owner’s parents who could have provided them with information on his assailant but the officers refused, noting that “it is too late to wake anyone.”He questioned the quality of investigation the matter would have gotten had he died at the hands of his assailant.The Police are still investigating the incident and the suspect is yet to be apprehended. In the meantime, Stewart is home from work recuperating.last_img read more

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DODGERS NOTEBOOK Lowe sidelined by hand injury

first_img“I missed the ball,” Lowe said. “We’re trying to make the swelling go down. I had X-rays and nothing is broken. It’s just really, really bruised and sore.” Chad Billingsley, who had been slated to go tonight, took Lowe’s spot. David Wells will now pitch against the Padres tonight. Billingsley and Wells had been scheduled to pitch on six days’ rest. Brad Penny, who also would have gone on six days’ rest Saturday, now appears likely to pitch on Friday night against Arizona. Club officials are hoping Lowe can go on Saturday against the Diamondbacks. “I don’t see how it could be any sooner from what I saw in (the trainer’s room),” Manager Grady Little said. “But we’ll see how it progresses.” Lowe is 11-12 with a 3.80 ERA in 29 starts and one relief appearance this season. He also has dealt with a groin problem that knocked him out of action for about 10 days in mid-July. By Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER Right-hander Derek Lowe was scratched from Wednesday’s start against San Diego because of continued swelling in his pitching hand after he was struck by an errant throw during batting practice Tuesday. Lowe was playing long toss with reliever Jonathan Broxton when one of Broxton’s throws sailed off line and struck Lowe in the fleshy area between the thumb and index finger. “This kind of caps off the year for me so far,” Lowe said. “It has been thrilling.” Other injuries Rookie third baseman Andy LaRoche is limited to pinch hitting because his chronic back problem has become an issue again. LaRoche is unable to bend over to field ground balls and thus hasn’t appeared in a game in a week. “It’s not serious,” Little said. “He seems to be OK swinging a bat, but fielding groundballs is a little bit of a bother right now, so it will probably be a couple of days before he is available (defensively).” Meanwhile, shortstop prospect Ivan DeJesus Jr. was at Dodger Stadium for a visit with friend and fellow Puerto Rican Ramon Martinez, but DeJesus had a bandage on his left wrist. He underwent surgery last week to repair torn ligaments he suffered when his hand collided with a sliding baserunner’s helmet late in the season at single-A Inland Empire. “I was going to go to (the Arizona Fall League), but now I’m just going to rest and let this heal,” DeJesus said. “I want to be 100 percent and ready for spring training.” DeJesus, 20, was the Dodgers’ second-round pick in the 2005 amateur draft. He had a solid year with the 66ers, batting .287 with 22 doubles, 52 RBIs and a .371 on-base percentage, and could be in line for an invitation to big league camp next spring. Happy anniversary The Dodgers tentatively are scheduled to open the 2008 regular season with a two-game series at home against San Francisco, something the club is believed to have requested of the commissioner’s office. The Dodgers and Giants next season will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their respective moves from New York to the West Coast. tony.jackson@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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Orange County fire evacuees being allowed back home

first_imgSANTA ANA – Residents of most of Orange County’s canyon areas, with the exception of Silverado, were allowed back to their homes today, as firefighters maintained 65 percent containment on the 28,400-acre Santiago arson blaze. The Orange County Fire Authority opened the canyon areas of Modjeska, Trabuco, Glen Ranch, Live Oak and Santiago — from the north and south openings — and residents were being escorted in, Chief Chip Prather announced. Some 3,000 people, including residents of the still off-limits Silverado, live in those areas, according to the OCFA. Those returning to their homes must show identification to sheriff’s deputies posted at checkpoints, and returnees were being asked to remain on their property and not venture to other affected areas or the Cleveland National Forest that remains closed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Roadblocks will be maintained by local law enforcement, according to the OCFA. Prather also asked that an estimated 30-40 people who were in Black Star Canyon shooting still photos and video of the fire between 5:55 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 21, around the time it was deliberately set, to submit their pictures and footage to investigators. Those people are not considered suspects, he said, but may have captured something that will help investigators catch the arsonist or arsonists who started the blaze from two ignition points. Authorities, who are chasing down some 700 tips from the public, asked for help on Friday in tracking down a pickup truck seen in the area when the fire started. The driver of the truck — described as a 1998-2004 white Ford F150 pickup with chrome tubular running boards — is not a suspect at this time, but rather a “person of interest,” the chief said earlier. Prather said this morning that firefighters are keeping their eye on future problems as they try to take care of immediate business. “Be patient with us because part of what we’re trying to do is make sure that after this fire is out, the mudslides don’t come. And so we’re trying to save as much of the vegetation on those hillsides as possible to keep that community safe for the long term.” Prather told reporters that his crews had been in a sprint since the fire broke out a week ago Sunday east of Irvine, fueled by fierce Santa Ana winds, and “now we’re in the marathon.” He said “that marathon includes trying to prepare the community for the next emergency. And that will be to rehabilitate that area and limit to any extent we possibly can the potential of a mudslide, and threat and risk to people and property in the future.” Firefighters, meanwhile, continued working to block the blaze from crossing a mountain ridge into Riverside County and hoped to have it contained within the next three to four days. Now in its eighth day, the fire has injured eight firefighters, blackened 28,400 acres of foothills, canyons and mountains, destroyed 15 homes and nine outbuildings, damaged eight residential structures and 12 outbuildings and forced scores from their homes. There are 1,732 fire personnel assigned to the fire, which so far has caused an estimated $8.5 million to fight. Crews were being aided by “forgiving” weather, as one OCFA spokeswoman put it, but remain concerned that winds could whip up again to rekindle the flames. Over the past few days, firefighters had worried that coastal winds could blow the fire downhill into the Corona area if it crossed the ridge, which also marks the line between Orange and Riverside counties. Hand crews and bulldozers have carved a pair of parallel fire breaks both on the ridge and at the fire’s northeast edge, generally a mile southwest of the ridge. 160Want 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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Guy’s North a club for the hip, families

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The way he’s trying to do that mirrors his own changes over the years, as he’s mellowed from a man about town into a dad who appreciates a mellower vibe. When he opened the original Guy’s in West Hollywood 10 years ago, Starkman made the tabloids and dated models. He turned the original into a pleasure den where celebrities had their birthday parties and exited to a hail of paparazzi camera flashes. Though he still plans on making the club an oasis of hip, its namesake also sees the club as a place for bar mitzvahs, birthdays and corporate events. “When I opened Guy’s, I was single and wanted my own place to hang out,” he said. “Now I’m married with three kids. I want something different.” Indeed, his wife, pinup and actress Cindy Margolis, appears in the form of a striking, avant garde picture behind the bar. But while the club will serve hot dogs and ice cream for the family set, Starkman intends to go after hipsters, too. Even before the club officially opened, it hosted some television holiday parties and will likely be used by promoters for occasional club nights in coming months. “It can be just as hip as Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard,” said Eleda Cohen, managing partner of Pinz Entertainment Center and Starkman’s partner in the project. “There’s really nothing like it here in the Valley.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STUDIO CITY – Guy Starkman bets a sense of slickness and some very big televisions can bring hipness to the San Fernando Valley. Tonight, the heir to the Jerry’s Deli empire and mega-hip club owner will celebrate the grand opening of Guy’s North at Pinz, the second of his eponymous hangouts where the rich and fabulous go to party. Starkman and his partners spent $3 million on the club, providing banquet space for 300, THX sound and a television screen that measures more than 12 feet wide. Occupying the second floor of Pinz Entertainment Center on Ventura Boulevard near Coldwater Canyon Boulevard, the joint’s all done up in sleek wood and metal. Spare and striking from outside, cushy within, it exudes an air of sophistication. Starkman, who grew up in the Valley, found that to be distinctly lacking in years past and sees his new venture as his personal shot at putting a little zing into an otherwise staid scene. “Well, I’m very cool,” he said, wandering his new domain in trendy jeans and sneakers. “I’m trying to bring coolness to the Valley. I live out here, I work out here and I’m tired of this area getting slighted.” last_img read more

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HSE LAUNCHES PROBE INTO PENSIONER’S DROWNING

first_imgUPDATED: OFFICIALS from the HSE have arrived in Killybegs today to launch an inquiry into how a patient at the local community hospital died.The funeral is taking place today of Mr Paddy Keeney, 87, who suffered from dementia.He disappeared from Killybegs Community Hospital hours before his body was recovered from the town’s harbour last Friday. Sources say the HSE inquiry will involve interviewing all staff and will attempt to trace Mr Keeney’s movements before his disappearance around 11am that day.“A full timeline will be established on how and why this incident occurred. Obviously Mr Keeney’s family will be kept up to date on how and why this happened,” said one source.“It is ultimately a terrible tragedy for all concerned,” the source added.“Questions are going to have to be put to the HSE as to how this tragedy unfolded and occurred,” said local councillor Brendan Byrne. TD Thomas Pringle said: “We need to let the HSE investigation take it’s course.“There is a need for the HSE to investigate the circumstances around the death of Paddy and if systems are required to prevent a patient leaving the hospital they need to be put in place without delay.“HIQA had identified this as a potential problem in a previous inspection and management of the HSE need to act now to put the systems in place.“Killybegs Community Hospital had a special place in Paddy’s heart and he was a huge supporter of the hospital attending since it’s opening and helping out in the day centre over the years. The hospital having an open policy to the community was important to him and it will be essential to strike a balance between security and patient comfort in the future.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com HSE LAUNCHES PROBE INTO PENSIONER’S DROWNING was last modified: January 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:donegaldaily.comdrowningKillybegslast_img read more

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Track & Field Completes First Day At Holiday Inn Invite

first_imgWeight Throw13. Michael Dolan, 45-0.5 1,000 Meters6. Meghan Kearney, 2:59.6811. Kayla Giuliano, 3:08.2014. Paige Nicholson, 3:17.5116. Samantha Nielsen, 3:21.49 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)8. Dominic Lombardi, 8.55 LINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake University track and field team’s distance runners led the way for the Bulldogs on the first day of the Holiday Inn Invite, hosted by the University of Nebraska, Jan. 13. Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) paced the women’s team with a personal best in the 3,000 meters in her first competition of the season. The junior finished in 10:03.73 while freshman Mykaela Cole (Urbandale, Iowa) followed in Cofer’s wake in sixth place. Fellow freshman Morgan Garcia (Marion, Iowa) took fourth in the mile with a 5:19.90 finish. Long Jump8. Johnathan Osifuye, 22-6.25 A pair of Bulldogs also clocked top-10 finishes in the men’s 3,000 meters as freshman Kyle Cass (Deforest, Wis.) was seventh in 8:56.31 while Chris Kaminski (New Lenox, Ill.) was a little more than four seconds behind in ninth. Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters (Prelims)10. Demetrius Shelton, 7.0412. Deonne Witherspoon, 7.0728. Aaron Chier, 7.27 Mile4. Morgan Garcia, 5:19.9014. Olivia Rogers, 5:38.50 The Bulldogs continue competition at the Holiday Inn Invite Saturday, Jan. 14, with action resuming at noon inside the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Drake Individual Women’s Results60 Meters (Prelims)4. Mary Young, 7.886. Mariah Crawford, 7.9813. Ebele Okoye, 8.06 Story Links Friday Results 800 Meters9. Danielle Griesbaum, 2:22.00 800 Meters10. Cory Erickson, 2:00.54 High Jump – Unseeded3. Forest Moses, 6-4.25 The men’s distance crew had senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) make his season debut with a fourth-place finish in the mile via a time of 4:18.06 in his first competitive mile since his freshman season. Fellow veteran George Webb (Morton Grove, Ill.) was seventh in 4:25.66. Holiday Inn Invite – Lincoln, Neb.Friday, January 13, 2017 3,000 Meters2. Bailee Cofer, 10:03.736. Mykaela Cole, 10:32.87 Also on the track, Dominic Lombardi (Columbus, Ohio) advanced to the finals of the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.55 to finish eighth in the preliminary heats. Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) narrowly missed a personal best in the 60 meters with a time of 7.88 to finish fourth in the qualifying heats and advance to Saturday’s finals. Mariah Crawford also advanced with the sixth-fastest qualifying time of 7.98. Mile4. Reed Fischer, 4:18.067. George Webb, 4:25.6617. Matt Cozine, 4:42.53 1,000 Meters19. Alec Bognar, 2:41.20 3,000 Meters7. Kyle Cass, 8:56.319. Chris Kaminski, 9:00.6811. Kyle Brandt, 9:05.80 High Jump – Unseeded4. Tamar Mosby, 5-14. Taylor Patton, 5-1 Long Jump6. Taryn Rolle, 17-4.7512. Brittani Griesbaum, 16-1.75 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Brown up for IRB Sevens Player of the Year

first_img8 May 2014Springbok Sevens captain Kyle Brown was one of four players nominated for the coveted 2014 IRB Sevens Player of the Year Award, the International Rugby Board announced on Wednesday.With Brown leading, the Blitzbokke began the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series with a fourth place finish in Australia before reaching five successive finals, winning two of them. Those results took them to the top of the standings.Unfortunately, he suffered a serious concussion in South Africa’s very first match in the Hong Kong Sevens and since then the Blitzbokke’s fortunes, in his absence, have dived.They failed to make the Cup semi-finals for the first time this season in Hong Kong, having to settle for victory in the Plate final. Then, this past weekend, they suffered their worst result of the season, losing in the semi-finals of the Plate. Coincidental or not, it is noteworthy that in Brown’s absence the Springbok Sevens team’s performances have fallen off dramatically.ShortlistBrown is joined on the shortlist by an Englishman, a Fijian, and a New Zealander.Ahead of the final round of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series in London this coming weekend, Brown (South Africa), Tim Mikkelson (New Zealand), Tom Mitchell (England) and Samisoni Viriviri (Fiji) were named as the nominees for the prestigious honour.Their nominations came from the management teams of the 15 core sides who compete at all nine rounds of the World Series.The winner will be announced at a function following the final round of the Series, the Marriott London Sevens at Twickenham on 10-11 May.NominationsThe IRB nominations read as follows:Kyle Brown, SA – As captain of South Africa, Brown has led the Springbok Sevens to Cup wins in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas this season, and six top-four finishes. A flanker in the 15-man game, Brown’s versatility and strength allows him to play hooker in Sevens, a position he has made his own, and he is a fine ambassador for the game.Tim Mikkelson, NZ – The reigning IRB Sevens Player of the year, Mikkelson makes the shortlist on the back of another supremely consistent season for champions elect, New Zealand. Able to play in the forwards and across the backline, Mikkelson’s fitness levels make him one of the best support players in the game and he is second only to Viriviri in the try-scoring charts.Tom Mitchell, ENG – Handed the England captaincy by new coach Simon Amor, Mitchell has led by example and inspired his side to six top-four finishes so far. His restarts are key to England’s ball-winning capabilities and he is also the season’s top point-scorer with 310.Samisoni Viriviri, FIJ – In the mould of all the greatest Fijian flyers, Samisoni Viriviri has electric pace and a sharp eye for the line. His clinical finishing has helped Fiji to wins in Dubai and Tokyo and he scores at the rate of one try per game, with 48 so far this season.‘Highest accolade’IRB Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, said in a statement: “These four players have performed supremely this season and to be nominated by the teams you have played against is the highest accolade you can receive as a player.“This shows just how significant their individual contributions have been for their teams and I would like to thank them and all the rest of the players for their dedication this season, and for making the HSBC Sevens World Series such a huge success.”The men’s Sevens is the first IRB Award to be announced in 2014.IRB Sevens Player of the Year – Roll of honour  2013: Tim Mikkelson, New Zealand2012: Tomasi Cama, New Zealand2011: Cecil Afrika, South Africa2010: Mikaele Pesamino, Samoa2009: Ollie Phillips, England2008: DJ Forbes, New Zealand2007: Afeleke Pelenise, New Zealand2006: Uale Mai, Samoa2005: Orene Ai’i, New Zealand2004: Simon Amor, England SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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