Frank Lampard has revealed his fears for England’s future as young stars struggle for first team opportunities in the Premier League. “I made my West Ham debut at 17 and was a regular a year later. If I was the same age now I wouldn’t be anywhere near the Chelsea or Manchester City sides,” he told The Sun. “Like the other kids I’d have had to go out on loan.” The 36-year-old, who is Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer after spending 13 years at Stamford Bridge, acknowledged that coaching facilities are better than ever but there comes a time when players just need games. “If it was my boy I’d think about sending him to Chelsea to have the best coaching from eight to 15 and, if possible, then send him to a club with less resources to try and get him in the first team at 18,” he added. “Rio Ferdinand and I were fortunate we experienced it at a young age. But the kids these days get lost. “There’s a stagnant patch where we hear of these good players of 15 and 16 and wonder where they are at 21.” Lampard highlights Jose McEachran as an example of this after he was widely tipped for big things but was then forced out on loan due to the plethora of top quality midfielders at Chelsea. “He had his moments but I still think he got a bit downbeat about it,” Lampard said. “From being talked up he was always having to go out on loan – and where do you go from there? if the door’s shut, it can stay shut.” Press Association The Manchester City midfielder, on loan from New York City, feels that the influx of top European talent is a major driving force behind the stagnation of home-grown talent. Lampard, who retired from England duty with 106 caps after the World Cup, reflected on his progression through the ranks at West Ham and believes it is a lot different for English prospects today. However, the seasoned midfielder also thinks young players in this country can often get ahead of themselves to make matters worse. “Then there’s the fact these young lads have to focus and keep their heads when they start to earn very good money,” he said. “They have to realise they haven’t made it just because everyone is talking about them at 18.”
Comments Syracuse opens its season with Lehigh on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Here’s how the beat writers think the Orange will fare to begin the new year.Sam Blum (0-0)Syracuse 72, Lehigh 65Top of the MountainSyracuse basketball is back, baby. And this season, there aren’t any postseason bans to nullify the good play that will come its way. The Orange starts the season off right, sneaking by a solid Lehigh team that is picked to win the Patriot League. The Orange establishes its 3-point-heavy offense from the start and rides it to Taco Time.Jesse Dougherty (0-0)Syracuse 69, Lehigh 58Ball hawkingIn the first look at the 2015-16 Orange, Syracuse shoots well enough to let its defense close out the game. Sharpshooter Austin Price and stretch forward Tim Kempton are typical zone busters, but they aren’t quite good enough to close the talent gap between the two teams. SU’s length atop the zone turns into easy points in crunch time, and that yields a relatively easy win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt Schneidman (0-0)Syracuse 81, Lehigh 60Grand openingWe’re going to see a fast-paced Syracuse team put up more points this year and Friday will be the first look at that. Even if Dajuan Coleman is still shaking off rust, Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson do enough from behind the arc to send the Mountain Hawks back to Pennsylvania with a loss. Published on November 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm Related Stories 40 years of Jim Boeheim: The highlights of a storied coaching careerSyracuse basketball season preview podcastsPoll: How will Syracuse basketball’s season end? Facebook Twitter Google+
Imprisonment or probation? Former World Boxing Champion Adnan Catic, also known as Felix Sturm, will find out on fate on Thursday, Bild reports.The Cologne prosecutor’s office is seeking three years and three months in prison for a German fighter of Bosnian origin for tax evasion and anti-doping violations, Avaz news portal writes.Disputed paymentAccording to prosecutor Renke Hogendorn (Hoogendoorn), Catic damaged the state for a million euros in unpaid tax. Initially, the former middleweight professional champion was charged with evasion of 5.8 million Euros.His lawyers argued that Sturm received the disputed money as a loan from a Swiss marketing company.Adnan himself added that he agreed to an annual payout regardless of boxing matches.After eight and a half months in custody, the famous fighter, who was born and lives in Germany, was released in late December to defend himself on 300,000 euros bail.Catic was arrested on April 5ththis year in Cologne during a visit to the FIBO fitness fair and was arrested by police on charges of tax evasion.The court denied him a request for release on bail of one million euros, and was recently charged with evading taxes of seven million euros.If the allegations turn out to be true, Catic will face up to several years in prison, given that had suspended sentence of 22 months in 2012 for tax evasion.Catic, who fights under the alias Felix Sturm, was a world champion in his career with a score of 40 wins, five losses and three draws.On February 20th, 2016, Catic had the last fight in Oberhausen against Fjodor Cudinov after which he was positive on the forbidden substance.He broke the silence two months later with a post which he shared via Instagram where he complained about being treated unfairly by the doping investigators. Sturm wrote that he was only informed two months after the first doping sample about the results and that he wasn’t told why it took longer than usual (two weeks).After engaging a lawyer who requested all the required documents from the investigators he noticed that the last page was missing, “…where is written, when my sample arrived at the laboratory, who received it and who analysed the sample.”, it was written in that social media post. He allegedly didn’t get an answer after submitting further inquiries and was denied the right to let the b-sample be analysed by another laboratory. Sturm claimed that the WBA refrained from suspending him because of these irregularities.But, after almost three years Catic has proved his innocence and he is preparing for a great return.Catic is a five-time world champion in two weight classes, having held the WBO middleweight title from 2003 to 2004, the WBA middleweight title twice between 2006 and 2012, the IBF middleweight title from 2013 to 2014, and the WBA (Super) super-middleweight title in 2016.
President Trump likens the House impeachment inquiry to a “lynching.” He tweeted the controversial reference this morning and said Democrats are denying him due process, fairness or any legal rights. Trump added — “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here…But we will WIN!” The African American lawmaker asked — “Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you?” Rush demanded that Trump delete his tweet. Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush fired back on Twitter, saying — “You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?”
Delray Beach police say they’ve been collecting hundreds of toys to give to kids, now they’re scrambling to get enough toys in time for Christmas.The annual Christmas toy drive has turned into a sort of Christmas crisis for police.“Once you open it up, you’ll notice you’ll immediately smell mold in here,” police spokesperson Ted White said as he was about to walk inside a metal shipping container.“You can see the presence of a lot of moisture, a lot of mold,” White said.Police say hundreds of toys being stored in a metal shipping container at the police station appear to be ruined, contaminated with mold. The toys were going to be distributed to underprivileged children for Christmas. White says police were not aware until now that the shipping container had leaks.“This is devastating because a lot of these toys were going to help more than 2,200 children in the community,” he said.Mold is clearly visible on some of the boxes. Police say a few new bikes can be saved, but they estimate about 3/4 of the toys will have to be thrown out.The toys came from collection boxes at dozens of local restaurants and businesses. John Goldstein, a retired teacher and school principal who now lives in Delray Beach, says he gave toys to the police toy drive this year. “Luckily, my children never went with a Christmas without toys and I can’t even imagine what it’s like for any child to go through any holiday, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa without the joy of toys,” he said.Goldstein says given the situation with the mold and the toys, he’ll try to donate another toy. “I feel that all children should feel the wonder of the holidays,” he said.Police hope people will see this story and drop off toys at the police station or at the more than 60 businesses in Delray that have collection boxes.They plan to start distributing the toys next Thursday.Questions? Call Delray Beach Police at 561-243-7841.