“But he’s definitely in a better place in terms of his form and how he looks. He’s smiling and seems happy, which is fantastic for everyone connected with Rangers.” Image:Morelos has scored 84 goals in just 154 games for Rangers Steven Gerrard says Alfredo Morelos is gunning for the Champions League after the Rangers record-breaker rediscovered his hunger for goals.The Colombian has had a lean start to the campaign but two strikes in his last two Europa League outings have seen him move past Ibrox great Ally McCoist to become the club’s all-time top scorer in continental competition with 22 goals.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – All those goals have come in UEFA’s second-tier tournament but Gerrard knows the 24-year-old has ambitions to go even higher.He said: “Yes, he was very happy after the game about his record-breaking (achievement). I think he’s got his hunger back and you can see it in his eyes, he wants to go and score more goals in the competition.“I know he’s got dreams and aspirations of playing in the Champions League one day, which is good for him.” Morelos became the first player to reach double figures in the Europa League for Rangers with his goal against Benfica, and he has now netted 84 times in just 154 games for the club.Gerrard added: “In terms of where he’s at, the goals are back, the hunger is back, the sharpness is back.“I don’t really like comparing him to (the Alfredo) of old because it’s about the now and what he is offering moving forward.- Advertisement –
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Maria was named a suspect for fraudulent gains she made from loans from state-owned lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) issued to her company PT Gramarindo Group, which she co-owned with Adrian Waworuntu. She allegedly used a fictitious letter of credit to obtain US$136 million and 56 million euro ($118,846) in bank loans between 2002 and 2003.Read also: Jakarta ‘welcomes home’ BNI loan fraud fugitive from BelgradeBNI grew suspicious about the company and reported the case in June 2003 to the National Police, which opened a fraud investigation.However, Maria reportedly fled to Singapore in September 2003, just a month before the police investigation team named her a suspect in the case. Interpol issued a red notice in December 2003 for Maria, who had by then been on the run for three months. Meanwhile, the South Jakarta District Court tried and sentenced Adrian in 2005 to life imprisonment for corruption.Yasonna said in a statement that authorities later discovered that Maria – who was born in Paleloan, North Sulawesi in 1958 – had obtained Dutch citizenship in 1979 and was hiding in the Netherlands, from where she reportedly made several trips to Singapore.He added that the ministry had sent requests for her extradition to the Dutch government in 2010 and 2014, but they were rejected.The Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) in Belgrade apprehended Maria on July 16, 2019, as she was entering the country through Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport and alerted the Indonesian NCB in Jakarta.The Law and Human Rights Ministry then issued a request for Maria’s temporary detention and extradition from Serbia.“We, along with law enforcers, will work to recover from abroad assets obtained by Maria [from her crimes]. We will take all legal measures to freeze her assets, including by blocking her bank accounts,” Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said in a statement on Thursday.While many lauded the government for the extradition, experts have called on the authorities to capture other high-profile suspects and fugitives that have fled overseas.The fugitive list includes Djoko Tjandra, who was convicted in 2009 for embezzling billions of rupiah from the state bailout fund during the 1998 Asian financial crisis. He escaped to Papua New Guinea (PNG), a day before a court announced the verdict and he reportedly obtained PNG citizenship later that year.Read also: Indonesia will be ‘ashamed’ if it is ‘made a fool of’ by fugitive Djoko Tjandra: MahfudAfter being at large for more than a decade, Djoko has reportedly returned to Indonesia to file a review of his case, although his whereabouts remain unclear. He was absent from the first hearing in his case review on Monday.Attorney General ST Burhanuddin previously criticized the immigration authorities for their failure to notify his office of Djoko’s arrival in the country. However, the immigration office claimed it had found no trace of Djoko in its system.Zaenur Rohman, a researcher at Gadjah Mada University’s Center for Anticorruption Studies (PUKAT UGM), said the government had managed to capture Maria in Serbia but failed to bring home Djoko from PNG, despite the fact that Indonesia does not have an extradition treaty with either country.“Such a failure is caused by the lack of a government program to repatriate them to Indonesia. There is no measurable target and single well-planned effort to bring them back home,” Zaenur said on Thursday.He added that the fugitives’ immense wealth might have hindered efforts to capture and extradite them because they had brought economic benefits to the countries to which they had fled.Indonesian Anti-Corruption Community (MAKI) coordinator Boyamin Saiman called Maria’s arrest a cover up of the ministry’s “shame” for letting Djoko slip through undetected.”Maria’s extradition case has proven that if the government is serious, it can catch fugitives, including Djoko Tjandra and other high-profile ones,” Boyamin said in a statement.Read also: Airport CCTV footage shows PDI-P politician Harun Masiku returning to Indonesia, despite official claimsHe highlighted other major fugitives, including Eddy Tansil who was found guilty of having embezzled $565 million in state funds in a loan scam channeled by the Bank Pembangunan Indonesia (Bapindo) to his Golden Key GroupEddy escaped from prison in 1996 while serving his 20-year prison sentence, and has reportedly hidden in China since at least 2011.The Law and Human Rights Ministry was not immediately available to comment on the experts’ calls to arrest other fugitives.BNI corporate secretary Melly Meiliana said in a statement that the bank appreciated the government’s efforts to extradite Maria and would support the ongoing legal proceedings, which could become an opportunity to recover some of the losses endured by the lender.Topics : Indonesia succeeded in finally repatriating fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa, who had been wanted for 17 years for allegedly stealing billions of rupiah from a state-owned bank, from the Republic of Serbia on Thursday.The successful extradition, however, should inspire the authorities to catch other high-profile suspects and convicts who have fled the country, experts have insisted.On Thursday morning, the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s extradition team escorted Maria as the group arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport from Belgrade, where the Serbian government had formally handed her over to Indonesian authorities.
By Ras WadadaTWENTY-Two-Year old Lady JAG, Otesha Luletta Charles, recently inked a one- year contract with London-based Watford FC, making a move from Millwall Lionesses, where she spent the last season in the reserves side for the Women Super League2 (WSL2). The semi-professional League is the second tier of women’s football in England, the adopted homeland of Charles.“I am happy for this opportunity that will give me more playing time, which I did not get at Millwall, as I was reduced to the reserves.I attended the Watford trials and the Coach was impressed and offered me a first- team one- year contract. It is the same as WSL2. I look forward to grasping this opportunity and making good use of the opportunity”, Charles told Chronicle Sport via telephone from London.“I will be working hard to cement my place in the starting eleven at Watford, and with the season due to end in October, I set myself a goal of at least scoring five goals. This contract also gives me renewed enthusiasm since my confidence was at a low at Millwall”, Charles revealed.The Guyana International forward,who hails from Sisters Village, West bank Demerara, left Guyana at the tender age of six with her family to take up residence in the United Kingdom, where she was introduced to the ‘Beautiful Game’ and began honing her skills at the age of twelve.Charles is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Sports Therapy at the University of East London, where she is a 2nd year student.Charles, through the recommendations of Guyanese football Coach Peter Barry, returned to her roots in 2011 where she made her Guyana debut for the Women’S U-20 team.Her impressive performances earned her a call up to the senior side last year for the qualifiers of this year’s Olympics. Charles,who has scored seven goals so far for Guyana, will wear the number 14 for her new side,The Watford Lady Hornets,where she is expected to make her first appearance today in a friendly game against Tottenham Ladies.In the 2014-2015 season with the Millwall Lionesses,Charles netted an average of just over one goal per game.
— The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding onto Bud Dupree. The team placed the franchise tag on the outside linebacker Dupree could make around $16 million in 2020 if he signs the tag. That number would likely change if he reaches an agreement with the Steelers on a long-term deal by July 15. Dupree collected a career-high 11 1/2 sacks in 2019.— Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster is retiring. The 11-year veteran made the announcement on Instagram.— The Atlanta Falcons will dramatically boost their financial flexibility by releasing three high-priced veterans — running back Devonta Freeman, cornerback Desmond Trufant and offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo.— A person with knowledge of the decision says the Minnesota Vikings have placed the franchise tag on safety Anthony Harris.— Ben Watson is hanging up his cleats for the second time. The 39-year-old tight end announced his retirement in a message on Twitter on Monday, marking the end of a 15-year NFL career that included two stints in New England, as well as stops in Cleveland, New Orleans and Baltimore.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 16, 2020 Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.In a statement, the commissioner’s office said, “The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLPlayers can return home, self-isolateUNDATED (AP) — NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cousins was entering the final season of the fully guaranteed, three-year, $84 million contract he signed as a free agent in 2018. He was scheduled to carry a $31 million charge to Minnesota’s salary cap in 2020.NFL-FREE AGENCYFlurry of trades, tags from NFL teamsUNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have traded star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft. A person familiar with the deal said Buckner will receive a new contract worth $21 million a year from the Colts. The trade of Buckner came almost immediately after the 49ers announced a deal to keep defensive lineman Arik Armstead with a five-year contract worth up to $85 million before he hit the open market.In other NFL developments: — A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak. The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe. There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket. Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.— McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.” The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday. With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.NFL-VIKINGS-COUSINSVikings reach extension deal with CousinsMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins have agreed to a two-year contract extension. Cousins’ agent Mike McCartney made the announcement on his verified Twitter account. Terms were not immediately available. This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics. Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction.The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL DRAFTNo public events for NFL draftNEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will proceed with its draft but without public events next month in Las Vegas. It’s not yet clear, however, if the draft itself will be held in the city. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday the draft will take place April 23-25 as scheduled but under a modified format still being developed.The draft will be televised regardless of its venue or format. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKSpeedway officials take wait-and-see approachUNDATED — Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBBaseball season won’t start until mid-May, at the earliestNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. — The Arizona Cardinals have added one of the NFL’s top receivers to join an intriguing young team aiming to make a big move in the NFC West. The Cardinals acquired three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a trade that will send running back David Johnson and draft picks to the Houston Texans. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation.— The Dallas Cowboys have placed their exclusive franchise tag on Dak Prescott. They’re securing the rights to their star quarterback for an estimated $31.5 million while the sides continue working on a long-term deal.— The Cowboys are moving forward with their plan to replace record-setting tight end Jason Witten. The Cowboys have re-signed Blake Jarwin, giving their fourth-year player a $24 million, three-year contract with $9 million guaranteed.— A person familiar with the negotiations says defensive end Shaq Lawson has agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.— According to a person familiar with the deal, free agent linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski has agreed to a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. Kwiatkoski can’t officially sign the deal until the new league year starts on Wednesday. — The Bengals used their franchise tag on A.J. Green. That gives them time to try to work out a long-term deal with the star who is one of the most accomplished receivers in franchise history and would be a vital part of breaking in a new quarterback.— The Kansas City Chiefs have placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on Chris Jones, raising the possibility that the Pro Bowl defensive tackle will remain with the Super Bowl champions for at least one more season.— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed their franchise tag on linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who led the NFL in sacks last season.— The Patriots have placed a franchise tag on left guard Joe Thuney.— The New York Giants have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive tackle Leonard Williams. The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.In a statement Monday morning, the speedway said, “We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks.”The speedway says it wants to do its part in protecting public health while also allowing the race to proceed as scheduled. The statement adds, “This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”In other sports developments related to the coronavirus:— The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled. Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April. The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit. The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24. — Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers has agreed to terms on a $30 million, three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. The deal was confirmed by Flowers’ agent, who said $19.95 million is guaranteed.— The Buffalo Bills have announced re-signing offensive lineman Quinton Spain to a three-year contract.— The Indianapolis Colts have released defensive tackle Margus Hunt and will re-sign receiver Daurice Fountain.— The Tennessee Titans have tagged Derrick Henry as their franchise player, making sure they keep the NFL rushing leader around for at least this season.— The Arizona Cardinals have placed the transition tag on running back Kenyan Drake, which allows the team to match any offer he receives from another team during free agency. — The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak. John Coates told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.” Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.— The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June.— Keeneland race track in Kentucky has canceled its spring meet because of COVID-19. The meet was scheduled for April 2-24, with the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby, the highlight of the opening weekend.— The third regional Olympic boxing qualification tournament has been suspended after three days of competition. The 11-day London event was suspended Monday night after a day of fan-free competition. The IOC Boxing Task Force also suspended the remaining two Olympic qualification tournaments, scheduled for Buenos Aires later this month and for Paris in May.— The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler. Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press
World number one and defending champion Dustin Johnson heads the field in Wisconsin, where knee-high rough has dominated the pre-tournament debate.The first tee shot was fired at 12:45 BST thursday.American defending champion Johnson missed the Masters in April after slipping on steps and hurting his back on the eve of the tournament.Fit again, the big-hitting 32-year-old is bidding to become the first player to win back-to-back US Opens since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989.Johnson had said he would not travel to Erin Hills until the birth of his second child with his expectant partner Paulina Gretzky.But after arriving in Wisconsin on Tuesday evening following the birth of his son, the world number one says he is ready for the course’s challenge.“I like really tough golf courses,” said Johnson, who won by three shots at Oakmont last year.“I tend to focus more and play better. It’s just a very, very difficult tournament to win.”Johnson will be grouped with previous US Open winners Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer in Thursday’s opening round.Spieth beat fellow American Johnson to the title in 2015 and was in contention until the final round last year.“It’s always a physical test,” said the world number five. “It’s a big golf course. It’s a tough one to walk.”The 23-year-old Texan has failed to add to his major tally since 2015, when he also won the Masters, and has just one PGA Tour victory to his name this season.But he is one of the few players in this week’s field to have competitive experience of Erin Hills, having played at the venue in the 2011 US Amateur Championship.“Most of all it certainly tests the mental game more than any other place in golf,” added Spieth. “And I’ve witnessed that on both sides of things.“If you came for a stress-free tournament you didn’t come to the right place. And we know that going in.”World number two Rory McIlroy has insisted he is “totally fine” and ready to challenge this week as he returns to action after a month out because of injury.The Northern Irishman believes the Erin Hills course is one he can thrive on.“I don’t think it’s a secret that I feel like my driver is one of the biggest weapons in my bag,” he said.“If I can get that in my hands more regularly, and I think if the field has to hit driver more, that plays into my hands too.”Spaniard Sergio Garcia heads into the tournament on the back of his first major win, claiming the Green Jacket at Augusta in April.The 37-year-old world number seven hopes to draw on his Masters win in the season’s second major.“Every tournament is tough to win and majors are even tougher,” he said. “And a US Open, we all know how difficult they are.”In the modern era, only two players have won multiple majors after claiming their first aged 37 or older, with Angel Cabrera winning his first of two at that age and Mark O’Meara winning twice in 1998 aged 41.“I still feel in good shape and my game feels nice. I’m still working hard on it,” added Garcia.Debate around the cut of the rough at Erin Hills has divided opinion among those set to play the longest course in major history this weekend.The striking aspect of this venue is the distance – the par-five 18th can stretch to 675 yards – but the United States Golf Association (USGA) has faced questions over knee-high grass that lurks a few feet off the fairways.Fescue was cut from holes four, 12, 14 and 18 on Tuesday as organisers believed wet weather made the areas unplayable – especially with more rain forecast for the tournament days.Many holes feature blind or semi-blind tee-shots, while the course’s mid-section runs on an outward-inward path that will ensure players face variable winds.Spain’s Jon Rahm said the US Open venue was “like a links golf course on steroids”.“But I think it’s US Open, they expect our best,” added the 22-year-old.England’s Lee Westwood posted a video of his caddie crawling through the rough, while American Kevin Na was more scathing of the set-up.But McIlroy and Spieth both dismissed claims there was anything wrong with the lie.The Northern Irishman said: “If we can’t hit within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson said earlier this month he was likely to miss the tournament to attend daughter Amanda’s high school graduation in California yesterday.Mickelson retains a tee-time, but unless the weather conspires in the 46-year-old’s favour he will not return in time for the first round.Amanda was born a day after the championship in 1999 when Mickelson finished second to Payne Stewart, with the US Open the only major still to elude the American.With Tiger Woods also absent, this year’s US Open could be the first time since 1994 that neither player has featured in the first round.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram US OPEN 2017Billed as one of golf’s toughest tests, the 2017 US Open looks set to push the world’s best to their limits as Erin Hills prepares for its first major.At nearly 8,000 yards, the 11-year-old links-style layout will be the longest course in the championship’s history.
The Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association has announced changes to some Standing and Ad-hoc committees of the Association.Below are Chairmen and Vice Chairmen for the respective committees;1. BLACK STARS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEEGeorge Afriyie – ChairmanWilfred Osei Kwaku – Vice Chairman2. CHAN TEAM MANAGEMENT COMMITTEENii Komiete Doku – ChairmanKojo Yankah – Vice Chairman3. BLACK METEORS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEEOsei Tutu Agyemang – ChairmanKurt Okraku – Vice Chairman4. BLACK SATELLITES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEEAlhaji Sadugu – ChairmanFrank Nelson – Vice Chairman 5. BLACK STARLETS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEEKweku Eyiah – ChairmanOpoku Nti – Vice Chairman6. BLACK QUEENS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEELeanier Addy – ChairpersonSalifu Zida – Vice Chairman7. BLACK PRINCESS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEENana Benyin Eyison – ChairmanA.A. Lawal – Vice Chairman8. BLACK MAIDENS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEEAugustine Asante – ChairmanFrancis Dogbatse – Vice Chairman9. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSFred Crentsil – ChairmanFelix Ansong – Vice Chairman 10. BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR GHANAMAN SOCCER CENTRE OF EXCELLENCENana Benyin Eyison – ChairmanJ.F. Mensah – Vice Chairman11. MARKETING, SPONSORSHIP AND EVENTS MANAGEMENTFrank Nelson – ChairmanDelali Senaye – Vice Chairman12. NATIONAL JUVENILE COMMITTEEKweku Eyiah – Chairman13. WOMEN’s LEAGUE BOARDLeanier Addy – Chairperson 14. REFEREES COMMITTEENii Kormiete Doku – Chairman15. FINANCE COMMITTEEWilfred Osei Kwaku – Chairman16. F.A. CUP COMMITTEEKurt Okraku – Chairman–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports