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Ghana youth defender Patrick Asmah is set to join Italian Serie A side Atalanta after agreeing a 4 year deal with the club.Asmah joins a whole host of players to have deported the shores of the country in search of greener pastures.However, the BA United left back joins a select few to move directly from Ghana to a top European league over the last few seasons.Chelsea full back Baba Rahman was the last to move from Kotoko to Greuther Fürth, who were 0in the Bundesliga at that time.The norm has seen Ghanaian players roam through Scandinavian or other African countries before making the giant step to the major European leagues.For Asmah, his agent Oliver Arthur believes his outstanding display at the FIFA under 20 World Cup stood him in good standing for the deal. “Asmah is moving directly from Ghana to Atalanta. If the player is a young player who has prospects and is possible to develop, it is possible to get him to mainstream Europe,” Oliver told Joy Sports“Asmah is in Ghana now, he never came for trials in Italy but based on his performance at the under 20 World Cup, I was able to convince Atalanta to give him a contract to get him into Europe.”“I’m sure Asmah something big in the future.”Asmah was also a member of Ghana’s under 23 team that had an abysmal showing at the All African Games in Congo-Brazzaville. – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Newcastle, who haven’t won the FA Cup since 1955, host fellow Premier League club Watford in the fourth round.– Wednesday book Chelsea clash –In the night’s other third-round replays, Sheffield Wednesday booked a trip to holders Chelsea as the second-tier strugglers won 1-0 at League One side Luton.Wednesday are without a permanent manager while they wait for Steve Bruce to take charge on February 1.But the Championship outfit avoided an upset at Kenilworth Road against a Luton team who are chasing promotion after a 13-match unbeaten run.Atdhe Nuhiu won it for Wednesday when the striker’s effort was deflected past James Shea in the 46th minute.Luton came close to levelling with 13 minutes to go when James Collins diverted Sonny Bradley’s header on to a post.Bradley’s header was then nodded off the line by Nuhiu in the closing moments.Luton’s previous manager Nathan Jones recently left to take charge at Stoke, but his first home game in charge of the Championship side was ruined by third-tier Shrewsbury’s remarkable 3-2 win.Jones’ team appeared to be cruising after a first-half double from teenager Tyrese Campbell, the son of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell.However, James Bolton netted 19 minutes left before Fejiri Okenabirhie equalised from the penalty spot in the 77th minute.Josh Laurent capped the stunning fightback when he struck in the 81st minute to earn a fourth-round home tie against Premier League side Wolves. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Newcastle survived an FA Cup scare at Blackburn as they blew a two-goal lead before hitting back to win 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday’s third-round replay.Rafael Benitez sent out an under-strength line-up featuring eight changes from Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.The stand-ins made a fast start when Sean Longstaff scored his first goal for Newcastle.The 21-year-old found the net inside the first minute with a deflected strike from outside the penalty area.Callum Roberts, handed his first Newcastle appearance since January 2015, doubled their lead in the 22nd minute with his first goal for the club.But Blackburn pulled a goal back 12 minutes before half-time through former Newcastle forward Adam Armstrong.And Republic of Ireland international Darragh Lenihan equalised for Blackburn with a header in first-half stoppage time.It took extra time to settle the tie, with Blackburn’s Bradley Dack missing a golden chance before Joselu pounced to slot home in the 105th minute after Rovers goalkeeper David Raya spilled Fabian Schar’s drive.Blackburn complained in vain that Joselu was offside.Ayoze Perez completed Newcastle’s escape act moments later when he cut in from the right and fired home.“We went 2-0 up and then Blackburn did well, but we reacted so I’m pleased with the effort and the commitment of the players. The young players did well,” Benitez said.Yet injuries to defenders Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles will cast a shadow over the win for Benitez.“We need to wait tomorrow and see how they are, and if they cannot play then we will bring another one in,” Benitez said. Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Rafa Benitez
Israel was referring to last week’s 25-15 vote in Tallahassee, in which the State Senate voted to uphold Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision to remove Israel from office. DeSantis suspended Israel last January, claiming that Israel’s incompetence resulted in his deputies’ poor performance in responding to last year’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.Israel maintains that he was removed only because DeSantis is a Republican and Israel is a Democrat.He provided examples of other mass shootings around the country as proof of his explanation. He says, “No sheriff, no elected official, no police chief has been suspended. Just me.”Israel also referred to many of his deputies as “brave” and “heroes” in their response to the shooting. He adds, “We had one deputy that didn’t go in, referring to Deputy Scot Peterson. “It wasn’t a training issue. It wasn’t a policy issue. It was a fear issue.”The former sheriff says he will run again for that position in 2020, and that he believes the voters still want him as their sheriff.“They understand this election was stolen from them, that the 2016 election for sheriff was wiped out,” Israel says of voters. “The sheriff of any county in America is not the sheriff of one group of people or one city or one town or one area. You’re the sheriff of everyone in the county. As I’ve said all along, the only one responsible for taking lives that day was the evil killer,” referring to accused shooter Nikolas Cruz.850 WFTL’s Karen Curtis will soon interview Scott Israel, as well as his replacement and campaign rival, Gregory Tony. Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says his removal from office was purely political.He tells a local reporter, “It was a political sham. They dealt from the bottom of the deck. We had no chance of ever prevailing.”
A Florida native is getting national recognition for her baking skills, especially Christmas cookies. Stephanie Torres, this week, won The Food Network’s ‘Christmas Cookie Challenge,’ which comes with a $10-thousand prize. Stephanie Bruce-Torres and host Eddie Jackson during the first challenge, as seen on Christmas Cookie ChallengeThe challenges Torres and the other bakers faced included turning cookies into Christmas cards and tree toppers.She says the experience was surreal, and she thanks her family and friends for encouraging her to go for it. Torres graduated from Pensacola’s Tate High School in 2009, and she now has her own business in South Florida. According to her website, Torres was a culinary specialist in the U.S. Coast Guard for six years.She left the service when her daughter was born and now runs the Little Love Cookie Company, currently based in Hialeah, Florida.Her husband is still active duty. One cookie pictured on her website includes the message “Home is where the Coast Guard sends us.”
Authorities in Vero Beach are currently on the scene of a possible bomb threat near 16th Street and Old Dixie Highway.Not much has been released about the incident at this time, however, authorities did report that both East and westbound traffic will be closed for several hours due to their ongoing investigation.This is a developing story.
(Washington, DC) — President Trump is still enjoying gorgeous golfing weather while vacationing at Mar-a-Lago on Palm Beach. But Trump took time out from relaxation to again rail against impeachment on Twitter. Trump tweeted that impeachment by the House is part of an ongoing “witch hunt” that is “sputtering badly, but still going on.” He argued that it is hurting the U.S. by creating more division than ever. Trump added — “A lot of very good people were taken down by a small group of Dirty (Filthy) Cops, politicians (and) government officials” who “SPIED” on his 2016 campaign in an “illegal” investigation. Trump is continuing a long holiday vacation at his resort in Florida. President Trump has enjoyed beautiful weather while at the winter white house and has been able to play a round of golf nearly every day at one of his clubs. He is playing again today. Click here to see his official schedule.
Still looking for a place to take in the big game tonight? Check out these watch parties and deals:Broward:W Fort Lauderdale401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; (954) 414-8300 or Marriott.com and Eventbrite.comThe hotel’s Living Room Lounge will kick off its free 6 p.m. watch party with beer samples from Wynwood’s Concrete Beach Brewery, $35 bucket specials, $6 drafts and football-themed bites from chef Stephen Starr as game day action plays on nearby jumbo screens.Royal Pig Pub350 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; (954) 617-7447 or RoyalPigPub.comThis gastropub will broadcast the game on all 31 of its TVs. They are offering a burger, French fries and a beer for $10, along with bottomless Grey Goose cocktails for $27.97 starting at 5 p.m. There also will be Bud Light seltzer samples from 6:30 to 8 p.m.Township219 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; (954) 338-4070 or TownshipFTL.comEnjoy $5 Grey Goose and $5 Cazadores cocktails, 5-for-$19 buckets of Bud Light and Bud Light Seltzer and 20 percent off sharables and pretzels. There will also be cornhole, ping-pong and Jenga on the patio and a 96-inch projector screen showing the game.Legends Tavern and Grille10 SW Sixth St., Pompano Beach; (754) 220-8932 or LegendsTavernAndGrille.comGet 75-cent wings, $3 Bud Light drafts and $4 High Noon hard seltzers, plus restaurant raffles throughout the day for Legends-branded gift cards and a 55-inch 4K TV.American Social721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; (954) 764-7005 or AmericanSocialBar.comWatch the game on 15 TV screens. They will also feature $15 beer buckets, $6 smoked chicken wings and $4-$6 shots of select liquors.Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar4040 Galt Ocean Drive # B1-A, Fort Lauderdale (behind Ocean Manor Beach Resort); (954) 566-7500 or BambooBeachTikiBar.comMmeet wide receiver Andre “Bad Moon” Rison (1997-99 with the Chiefs), who will be appearing with NBA legend Dennis Rodman during Bamboo’s all-day watch party. The party will also feature $25 Bud and Bud Light buckets, along with 13 flat screen TVs and two projectors blasting the big game.The Wharf Fort Lauderdale20 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; (954) 372-7606 or WharfFTL.comTwo giant screens, and DJs spinning during commercial breaks. RSVP via: Eventbrite.com.Palm Beach:Deck 84840 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach; (561) 665-8484 or Deck84.comThe eatery will serve half-off drinks at the bar and high tops during the game, plus pre-game live music from 2 to 5:30 p.m.Batch Gastropub14813 Lyons Road, Delray Beach; (561) 877-0000 or BatchGastropub.comEnjoy $15 unlimited boneless wings, $4 Bud Light drafts and $5-for-$20 buckets of select domestics.Renegades Country Bar and Grill600 Village Blvd., West Palm BeachAll-you-can-eat-and-drink for $50. Upgrade to call drinks for $65 (not including gratuity). The game will be shown on Renegade’s 50 flat screens and seven giant projectors. RSVP via Eventbrite.com.West Palm Brewery and Wine Vault332 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; (561) 619-8813 or WestPalmBeer.com$10 one-topping Neapolitan-style pizzas (normally $13-$17), $4 pints of dry-hopped blonde ale and $4 12-ounce pours of red saison.The Butcher Shop Beer Garden and Grill209 6th Street, West Palm Beach; (561) 812-2336 or ButcherShopBeerGarden.comThe Butcher Shop will salute the Chiefs during its 2 p.m. tailgate party, dishing out Kansas City-style smoked ribs and wings, smoked brisket and pulled pork sliders, $5 wells and 5-for-$15 beer buckets. During the watch party, kicking off at 5 p.m., specials will include $5 quarter rack of ribs and $10 smoked wings.850 WFTL reminds you to party responsibly. Enjoy the game!