The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has congratulated swimmer Alia Atkinson for winning the silver medal in the 50m breast stroke at the Commonwealth Games now taking place on Australia’s Gold Coast.Miss Grange said, “Alia has won the first medal for Jamaica in these 21st Commonwealth Games continuing her exploits in the pool which have made her one of the top swimmers in the world and has made us proud.”Minister Grange also had words of praise for Lori Sharpe who has created history by becoming the first Jamaican to complete a triathlon event at the Commonwealth Games.The Sport Minister said, “We admire the courage and determination of young Lori to enter and complete the triathlon. We know she trained very hard and out of dedication took part in various competitions leading up to the Games.Minister Grange said that all Jamaica asked of Lori was to do her best and “she did just that.”
DeSean Jackson, one of the most explosive receivers in the NFL, was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, a stunning move that is about more than football.According to ESPN, the Eagles cut ties with one of the most electrifying players in club history. This comes after they uncovered their own information on Jackson’s off-field connections and activities. In addition, they decided to release Jackson, rather than trade him to another team that might be unaware.“After careful consideration over this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today,” the team said in a statement.Earlier Friday, a report by NJ.com stated the Eagles had become increasingly concerned about Jackson’s off-the-field issues and his reputed ties to Los Angeles street gang members.NFL teams have become more cautious since last summer when former New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez, who also reportedly had gang ties, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.Jackson was due to make $10.5 million in 2014 and was owed $30.5 million over the remainder of his deal, but none of that money was guaranteed.Recent reports surfaced that the Eagles were looking to trade Jackson. There also had been rumors that Jackson was not a fit in the locker room culture that coach Chip Kelly was trying to cultivate.At the NFL owners meetings on Wednesday, Kelly said he liked Jackson, but would not commit to him for 2014, saying the Eagles would do “what’s best for the football team.”There may have been warning signs earlier this season that the Eagles may have been looking to move on from Jackson. The team moved quickly in free agency to get new deals done with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper.Jackson, 27, excelled in Kelly’s fast-paced offense, setting career highs in receptions (82) and yards (1,332), while also amassing nine touchdowns. His 6,177 receiving yards are second in franchise history and his four punt-return scores are tops in club history.
Former United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes that Romelu Lukaku offers more to the club than just scoring the goals.Lukaku has struggled in front of goal this season. The Belgian scored his first home goal since March in United’s 4-1 win against Fulham on Saturday, but Berbatov says he contributes more to the team than just hitting the target.“Why do people concentrate on this [goalscoring drought]?” Berbatov told Sky Sports.“Strikers are more than just goals now. How is that going to help Lukaku when there are constantly people saying how long he didn’t score a goal for.“It is important and I am sure he had that relief ‘it is finally over’. People always talking about him not scoring is just spreading negativity.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He knows all the this. He is probably going home and saying to himself ‘I cannot believe I didn’t score again, people are going to be on my back.’ How is that going to affect his self-confidence? It is low.“People think he does not want to score, but that is wrong of course.“I like him a lot because he is good on the ball, he is powerful, but he needs team-mates around him who understand his quality, and know how to pass him the ball.“If Lukaku is not as good as others with his first touch, then give him a ball that he can handle.”