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Men’s softball comp on two-week break

first_imgThey are now on a two-week break for the Christmas and New Year period.The current competition points ladder:A grade: Yokomo (8), Defence (7), Brown Eagles (7), United Brothers (6), Gazelle (6), PNG Power (5), Saints (4), Manolos (3), Bears (2).B grade: Brown Eagles (12), United Brothers (8), Yokomo (6), Bears (6), PNG Power (6), Gazelle (6), Stingers (6), Saints (2), Defence (2) Manolos (0).The competition will resume on January 8, 2017, at the Bisini Grounds.last_img

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Cone: Winless Ginebra not playing at high level

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames “That’s something that we’ll talk about internally,” he said. “It’s not something that we’ll talk about publicly. That’s something we’ll talk internally and you’ll know if and when or whatever we decide to do.”Despite this loss, Cone still believes that the Gin Kings will still be one of the teams fighting for the championship at the end of the conference.“We always get to slow starts and I always wonder why we do, but we have a lot to learn, a lot to teach on our system and we’re kind of vulnerable to that,” he said.“We feel we’ll be there in the end. Obviously, we need to not fall too far behind in this conference, but we’ll find a way to get there in the end, I think.”ADVERTISEMENT Slaughter likely to return on Friday, says Cone ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ “I know all eyes are on our import, but I just feel like it’s more than that,” Cone said as he tried to look for the right things to say after the Gin Kings’ 92-96 defeat to TNT on Sunday.“Our locals are not playing as well either and we ‘re not just playing at a high level at this point.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGarcia has been averaging 17.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists so far this conference, and although one could argue that another reinforcement could perform better, the locals have not been at their peak form as well.Cone, however, remains non-committal if Ginebra would opt to replace Garcia, especially with Justin Brownlee already available after leading San Miguel Alab Pilipinas to the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League championship. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGinebra coach Tim Cone knows how much heat import Charles Garcia is getting after his side’s 0-2 start this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.But Cone said the Gin Kings’ early struggles are not just because of Garcia.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Balkman, Devance downplay halftime shoving match in Game 4

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ As the championship series between San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra reaches the crucial fifth game, so do the emotions between the two teams.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s nothing, we don’t have a fight,” said Balkman. “You know, what happened has happened, and it wasn’t that bad. It may have seemed like it looked all bad but we’re just walking to the dugout.”During the commotion, even San Miguel Corporation Sports Director Alfracis Chua tried to get in between his players.Devance, who also had a verbal spat with Chris Ross in Game 2, shared Balkman’s sentiments saying that what happened was just a minor event in the grand scheme of things.READ: Devance says verbal spat with Ross just part of the game “It was no big deal, there was just a little bit of pushing, there were no punches thrown or anything like that,” said Devance as his Gin Kings tied the series at 2-2 with a dominant 130-100 win. “I mean emotions are going to be high, so that’s all it was and it wasn’t anything big.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Things looked to be cool between the two during the halftime break when Balkman entered the court smiling and even got daps from Gin Kings Scottie Thompson and Sol Mercado.READ: PBA Finals: Brownlee, Ginebra tie series with 30-point rout of San Miguel“He’s a great player, he went to the NBA, he’s just very passionate and we’ve been cool the whole time,” said Devance of Balkman. “I’m sure there’s not going to be any hard feelings or anything like that. It’s all good.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title series locked at 2-2, things got heated again when Joe Devance and Renaldo Balkman getting into a while they were headed to their respective lockers at halftime.The two traded shoves and shouts before players from both teams and venue security immediately intervened.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: PBA Finals: Balkman, Devance nearly come to blows at halftimeBut like other run-ins in this series so far, both players simply shrugged off what happened and credited it to the championship atmosphere. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In bizarre finals series, 30-point win ‘doesn’t secure’ Ginebra for Game 5 View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

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SEAG caging in small venue? SBP won’t take it sitting down

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:30Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra The Filipinos have won the last 12 editions ever since that debacle in Malaysia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We will ask the help of Mr. (Ricky) Vargas (the Philippine Olympic Committee president) on this matter.”According to the report, the MOA Arena is unavailable because of prior bookings.“Maybe Mr. Vargas can talk to [the Phisgoc] and ask what happened,” he said.The SEA Games will happen after the World Cup in China, and Panlilio admitted that the SBP still doesn’t have a final composition of the team that will play in the biennial conclave.The Philippines has won all but two of 19 cage golds in the Games, finishing second to Malaysia in 1979 in Jakarta and in 1989 in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Harvey Carey hits milestone, plays 700 games with TNT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Basketball, the sport which this country embraces like a religion, will be played in a small venue when the Philippines hosts the Southeast Asian Games later this year.But the ruling Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) won’t take that sitting down and will do everything it can to remedy that.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “We need bigger venues for Philippine games,” SBP president Al Panlilio, who is already in Shenzhen for the World Cup draw that will happen on Saturday, told the Inquirer over the phone, expressing dismay as to why this decision was arrived at.“If it would be a game between Myanmar versus Malaysia, which no one will watch, maybe that could be played in a small venue,” Panlilio said. “But if it’s a Gilas game, our countrymen will definitely watch that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsReports have come out on Thursday that the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) had failed to secure the MOA Arena for the cage competition, putting the games instead at Filoil Flying V Centre with a capacity of just over 5,500 fans.And this is a development that does not sit well with Panlilio and the entire national basketball team leadership. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

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Mayor’s dropout plan only looks new

first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa has proposed a detailed nine-point plan aimed at dramatically improving Los Angeles Unified’s dropout rate – a plan that is virtually identical to efforts already in place in the district. The plan, part of an 18-month review of best practices at schools across the country, proposes everything from boosting after-school programs to improving tracking of at-risk students. But the district already began implementing such measures last year, raising questions about whether Villaraigosa’s vision of school reform is a blueprint that will truly make a difference. And even though the district and the mayor’s efforts appear similar, UCLA professor John Rogers said it’s too early to conclude they are the right steps. “All of the ideas are positive,” he said. “Whether they’re enough to make a substantial difference is a harder question.” The Mayor’s Office defended its dropout proposal, saying it differs significantly from district efforts because it emphasizes ending the practice of promoting students to the next grade even if they’re not ready. Officials also note the district’s dropout efforts have been sporadic and the mayor’s plan would emphasize creating smaller, more personalized schools to reduce dropouts. “There is no evidence that the district has moved to implement a dropout reduction plan with the required urgency to solve the problem,” said Marshall Tuck, education adviser to the mayor. “What we need is leaders committed to a total realignment of the organization.” To be fair, the mayor’s demand for closer involvement and efforts to gain control of the district appear to have been a factor behind the district boosting measures to stem dropouts. The problem has been a lightning rod for criticism for years, with several studies finding that more than half of LAUSD students don’t graduate. Focus turns to at-risk While a study by the California Department of Education placed LAUSD’s dropout rate at 24percent, the differing figures spotlighted a poor district tracking system. It also was Deputy Mayor Ray Cortines’ pressure that pushed the district to begin a computerized attendance tracking system that lets teachers more closely monitor absences. In August, amid attacks from the mayor, LAUSD rolled out a $10million program designed to keep at-risk students at school and to re-enroll those who leave. The district hired 80 “diploma project advisers” and placed them at 46 high schools and 34 middle schools that have dropout rates above the state average. Counselors are tasked with reviewing attendance data and grades to identify at-risk students and even visit students’ homes to try to bring back those who have dropped out. LAUSD also has started better tracking dropouts to find out why they left, and it’s developing better records of the actual dropout rate. District officials are training teachers and principals to interpret the data and have implemented districtwide policies on when to call an absent student’s home and when to set up parent conferences. The district is also looking to expand alternative education programs such as part-time school attendance to retain students who don’t necessarily want to attend college. All of those district efforts are mirrored in the mayor’s nine-point plan. Tuck, education adviser to Cortines, credited the district for moving forward but emphasized that implementation and results rely on the details. “We need to ask questions like: Are the strategies being implemented districtwide? How many dropped out? What’s the goal to get them back into schools? How many kids are they bringing back? Why are they coming back? Why aren’t they coming back? What are the district’s measures of success?” Tuck said. “There’s not one silver bullet. We’re looking at a comprehensive, integrated, districtwide strategy that spans from pre-K to the 12th grade,” he said. “Unless you’re doing all the strategies and implementing them comprehensively … it’s very difficult to stall the dropout problem.” District officials acknowledge their dropout strategies are not in effect at all district schools, but they said the problem has been funding. Each diploma project adviser costs $100,000, so “it boils down to how many resources you have,” Superintendent David BrewerIII said. Still, Brewer said principals have been made aware they will be held accountable for improvements at school sites. Brewer cited efforts at Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, which created ninth- and 10th-grade centers with counseling services to help students transition to the next grade level. Failing the Exit Exam Rogers, who has been studying Exit Exams throughout the state, said that despite LAUSD’s efforts to reduce dropouts, the percentage of students who graduated was substantially smaller in 2006 than in the previous five years. The Exit Exam, which all students are required to pass to receive a diploma, became mandatory for graduation last year, and that had a negative impact on the district’s graduation rates. As part of dropout prevention and recovery efforts, the district launched massive intervention programs and boot camps to get more students to pass the exam. So far, the district only has comprehensive tracking data for January, which showed 3,533 middle and high school students with 10 or more unresolved absences. The data also showed 307 withdrawals and 3,217 students with three or more truancies for the month. But district officials said it’s too early to draw conclusions because there are no comparative data yet. Rogers credits LAUSD for taking steps to counter the exam’s effect on the dropout rate, but he said it is too little, too late. “There’s only so much impact extra tutoring will have in the student’s 12th-grade year if you haven’t provided sufficient learning opportunities in the seventh grade, eighth grade and ninth grade,” said Rogers, who also is co-director of the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access at UCLA’s graduate school of education. Ultimately, some say what’s really needed at the district – beyond improved tracking and mentoring – is funding for programs that will reduce the dropout rate. Debra Duardo, director of LAUSD’s dropout prevention, intervention and recovery program, said her effort also could use the mayor’s help to deal with students’ social issues. “We have homeless students, safety issues, poverty and gang violence and so many other issues that we need to work together with the Mayor’s Office and anybody else who wants to come to the table.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722 Mayor’s key proposals Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has proposed nine key steps to address the dropout problem in LAUSD: Definitions and goals: LAUSD must standardize how it defines a “dropout,” publish information on graduation rates annually and make data available to parents and community members. Improved tracking system: Consistent processes and systems are needed for tracking and reporting student achievement, attendance and disciplinary actions. End social promotion. Smaller schools: Schools should be smaller to offer closer teacher-student interactions, more personalized attention and a greater likelihood that students will not fall through the cracks. Intervention programs: School days and weeks should be extended to allow more literacy, vocabulary and basic skills programs beginning in elementary school. “Summer Bridge” programs needed to help students transition to middle and high schools. Mentoring, counseling and after-school programs for low-performers and others are needed. Career-oriented courses, technical training and vocational education should be expanded. Parents and community: Contact parents early and often when their children are struggling academically or facing disciplinary actions. Develop individualized plans for at-risk students. Get community-based organizations involved. Dropouts and juvenile offenders: Provide options to re-enter traditional public school, take vocational training or adult classes. Develop specialized recovery-focused schools, GED test preparation courses and transition courses for community colleges or vocational education. Professional development: Assist administrators and teachers with improved tracking techniques and training to identify at-risk students. Accountability: Evaluations of principals and school administrators should include schoolwide performance on student retention and dropouts.last_img read more

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Fort St. John up to 97th on Best Places to Live rankings

first_imgLast year Fort St. John was up to 103rd after being dropped to the 125th spot in 2012, from 111th in 2011. In 2009 the city was ranked as high as 34th.Elsewhere in the region, Dawson Creek made a big jump up in the rankings. After falling in the last report from 89th to 112th, the community is now up to 73rd. Grande Prairie continues to improve. They’re up to 57th after jumping to 87th place from 95th in 2012. Prince George came in 148th overall, down three spots from 145. St. Albert, Alberta  topped the list this year, with last year’s winner Calgary moving down to second. The rankings are based on a number of factors, including employment numbers, crime rates and weather.- Advertisement –last_img

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Rugby superstar follows Ozil in China criticism

first_img“It’s a sad time when we choose economic benefits over humanity,” he posted on Twitter, with an illustration of a hand emblazoned with the Chinese flag gripping another hand with the flag of “East Turkestan” –the term many Uighur separatists use for Xinjiang — and dripping with blood.China had responded furiously to Ozil’s attack on Beijing policies that human rights grous and experts say have seen widespread human rights abuses and an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities jailed.Ozil was deleted from Chinese versions of the popular Pro Evolution Soccer computer game and Chinese state television pulled the broadcast of an Arsenal match against Manchester City.In a similar episode, China moved in October to punish the NBA’s Houston Rockets after its general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters.Ozil had tweeted in Turkish: “Korans are being burnt… Mosques are being shut down… Muslim schools are being banned… Religious scholars are being killed one by one… Brothers are forcefully being sent to camps.”“The Muslims are silent. Their voice is not heard,” he wrote against a blue backdrop with a white crescent moon — the flag of East Turkestan.0Shares0000(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sonny Bill Williams has stepped into the row over China’s treatment of Uighurs following footballer Mesut Ozil’s comments earlier this month © AFP/File / ISABEL INFANTESWELLINGTON, New Zealand, Dec 23 – New Zealand rugby superstar Sonny Bill Williams followed Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil in criticising China’s treatment of its Uighur minority Monday, while lamenting that some had chosen money over “humanity”.As the fallout from Ozil’s condemnation of China’s crackdown on Muslim minorities continues, Williams — a double rugby union World Cup winner with the All Blacks who converted to Islam — weighed in.last_img read more

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Bowl Schedule

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsDec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl, BYU (10-2) vs. UCLA (6-6), 8 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 23 Hawaii Bowl at Honolulu, East Carolina (7-5) vs. Boise State (10-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 26 Motor City Bowl at Detroit, Central Michigan (8-5) vs. Purdue (7-5), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl at San Diego, Arizona State (10-2) vs. Texas (9-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 28 Champ Sports Bowl at Orlando, Fla., Boston College (10-3) vs. Michigan State (7-5), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Dec. 28 Emerald Bowl at San Francisco, Maryland (6-6) vs. Oregon State (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 28 Texas Bowl at Houston, TCU (7-5) vs. Houston (8-4), 8 p.m. (NFL)Dec. 29 Meineke Bowl at Charlotte, N.C., Connecticut (9-3) vs. Wake Forest (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 29 Liberty Bowl at Memphis, Tenn., Mississippi State (7-5) vs. UCF (10-3), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl at San Antonio, Penn State (8-4) vs. Texas A&M (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 30 Independence Bowl at Shreveport, La., Colorado (6-6) vs. Alabama (6-6), 8 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 31 Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, Texas, California (6-6) vs. Air Force (9-3), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 31 Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas, South Florida (9-3) vs. Oregon (8-4), 2 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 31 Humanitarian Bowl at Boise, Idaho, Fresno State (8-4) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)Dec. 31 Music City Bowl at Nashville, Tenn., Florida State (7-5) vs. Kentucky (7-5), 4 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Atlanta, Clemson (9-3) vs. Auburn (8-4), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 31 Insight Bowl at Tempe, Ariz., Indiana (7-5) vs. Oklahoma State (6-6), 7:30 p.m. (NFL)Jan. 1 Outback Bowl at Tampa, Fla., Wisconsin (9-3) vs. Tennessee (9-4), 11 a.m. (ESPN)Jan. 1 Cotton Bowl at Dallas, Missouri (11-2) vs. Arkansas (8-4), 11:30 a.m. (FOX)Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl at Orlando, Fla., Michigan (8-4) vs. Florida (9-3), 1 p.m. (ABC)Jan. 1 Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, Fla., Virginia (9-3) vs. Texas Tech (8-4), 1 p.m. (CBS)Jan. 1 Rose Bowl at Pasadena, Calif., Southern California (10-2) vs. Illinois (9-3), 5 p.m. (ABC)Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl at New Orleans, Hawaii (12-0) vs. Georgia (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (FOX)Jan. 2 Fiesta Bowl at Glendale, Ariz., West Virginia (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (11-2), 8 p.m. (FOX)Jan. 3 Orange Bowl at Miami, Kansas (11-1) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2), 8 p.m. (FOX)Jan. 5 International Bowl at Toronto, Rutgers (7-5) vs. Ball State (7-5), Noon (ESPN2)Jan. 6 GMAC Bowl at Mobile, Ala., Tulsa (9-4) vs. Bowling Green (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN)Jan. 7 BCS National Championship at New Orleans, Ohio State (11-1) vs. LSU (11-2), 8 p.m. (FOX)160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dec. 20 Poinsettia Bowl at San Diego, Utah (8-4) vs. Navy (8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 21 New Orleans Bowl, Florida Atlantic (7-5) vs. Memphis (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)Dec. 22 PapaJohns.com Bowl at Birmingham, Ala., Cincinnati (9-3) vs. Southern Miss (7-5), 1 p.m. (ESPN2)Dec. 22 New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque, New Mexico (8-4) vs. Nevada (6-6), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)last_img read more

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PSG to bid £60m for Man City star said to have ‘difficult’ relationship with Pep

first_img1 Sergio Aguero Paris Saint-Germain could be preparing to make a move for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, if reports are to be believed.The Times state that the Ligue 1 giants are readying a £60m bid for the Argentina international, believing he is open to a move with his relationship with Pep Guardiola strained.Gabriel Jesus was favoured in the City starting line-up at the beginning of the year, before the Brazilian suffered an injury in February, and speculation suggested Aguero could be forced out of the club.It’s said that PSG are chasing a marquee signing, as they look to bounce back from a season that saw Monaco pip them to the French title.last_img

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