Watford sign Victor Ibarbo on loan from Roma

first_img Press Association Colombia forward Victor Ibarbo has signed for Watford on a season-long loan from Roma. Watford said on their official website: “Colombian international Victor Ibarbo has signed for Watford on a season-long loan, the Hornets are delighted to confirm.” Guedioura had two loan spells at Watford last season and returns on a permanent basis from Crystal Palace after signing a three-year deal. The Algeria international joined Oulare at the Hornets after the Belgium Under-21 international agreed a five-year deal from Club Brugge. Guedioura made 17 appearances and scored three goals in Watford’s promotion-winning campaign last term. Oulare came through the academy ranks at Lille in France before moving to Brugge in 2013, where he scored nine goals in 39 appearances. Midfielder Miguel Layun earlier joined Porto on a season-long loan from Vicarage Road. The Mexico international joined the Hornets in January, helping them to promotion to the top flight, but now could be in Champions League action with Porto. center_img Ibarbo joined midfielder Adlene Guedioura and 19-year-old Belgian striker Obbi Oulare in moving to Vicarage Road on transfer deadline day. The 25-year-old has spent seven months with Roma, having previously played for Cagliari. last_img read more

True Test: USC will face Colorado to claim the top seed in Pac-12 South

first_imgFreshman wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has collected 396 yards this season and averages 15.8 yards per reception. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The 3-2 Trojans set their sights on extending their win streak after coming off their bye week as they square off with an undefeated Colorado team in the Coliseum on Saturday. USC barely made it out of Tucson with a win in their last game, after nearly surrendering a large second-half lead to the Wildcats as it racked up 18 penalties on the night. The Buffaloes, ranked No. 19 in the nation at 5-0, hold the top spot in the Pac-12 South — just one place above the Trojans. This game carries implications, as it’s likely that the winner finds themselves playing at Levi’s Stadium for a Pac-12 Championship come December. “It’s a talented team that has a lot of confidence, and every little thing we can get ahead on [will help],” head coach Clay Helton said. “Every little tool we can put in our toolbox is going to be crucial. And they walked out there and they were very business-like. [There was] very much a sense of urgency, and I was proud of them.” USC Offense vs. Colorado DefenseThe Trojan offense has looked markedly better over the course of the last two weeks, largely thanks to the improved play of the offensive line. While it struggled against both Stanford and Texas, the line turned in steady performances over the last two games in both the run game (366 rush yards) and pass protection (three sacks allowed). Freshman quarterback JT Daniels and the passing game looks to be clicking now after a rough start to the season. He threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions while completing 66 percent of his passes against Washington State and completing 65 percent against Arizona. The receiving corps appears to have come to life after also having a rather sluggish start to the year, with wide outs redshirt sophomore Tyler Vaughns and junior Michael Pittman Jr. posting impressive performances against Washington State with 64 and 72 yards, respectively, and one touchdown each. Freshman receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has continued to play at the high level he started the year with, leading the team with 25 receptions, 396 yards and two touchdowns, despite his relatively limited snaps. Sophomore tight end Josh Falo showed an impact for the Trojans for the first time this season, tying with St. Brown for the highest yardage against Arizona with 54 yards.The running game appears to have found its stride as well, as the trio of senior Aca’Cedric Ware, sophomore Stephen Carr and redshirt sophomore Vavae Malepeai have dominated on the ground over the past two weeks, scoring five touchdowns on nine yards per carry.The quality of the defenses that the Trojan offense has faced recently has helped with their offensive production, but against a Colorado defense giving up an average of 18.4 points per game, things won’t be as easy for USC. The Buffaloes have only given up more than 21 points once on the year (28 by Nebraska), and have their fair share of playmakers on that side of the ball. Sophomore linebacker Nate Landman has racked up 45 tackles and two interceptions on the year, while sophomore defensive end Mustafa Johnson leads the team in sacks with 4.5. Colorado Offense vs. USC DefenseThe Colorado offense comes into this week ranked No. 18 in total offense. Junior quarterback Steven Montez is an NFL caliber prospect who is tied with Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama for the highest completion percentage in FBS at 75.2 percent, to go with 1,420 passing yards and 11 touchdowns against only two interceptions. “[You can] just see [Montez’s] comfortability now and his poise in the pocket,” Helton said. “He’s not throwing a lot of interceptions. He’s 11-2 right now, 75 percent completion. He looks like he’s got three years of experience under his belt. He’s guiding the football team, not making any mistakes. He’s one of the reasons they’re 5-0.”The Buffaloes have firepower on the ground as well, with senior running back Travon McMillan gaining 528 yards and four touchdowns. Montez himself has added 125 yards and three scores. “[Colorado’s] effectiveness in their run game is underrated, which is making them stay extremely balanced,” Helton said. “You look at their percentages on first and second down, it’s heavy run. They want to be a run team first, they take their shot and then get the ball out on the perimeter.”However, it’s sophomore receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. who will demand the bulk of the USC defense’s attention on Saturday. Shenault leads the country in receiving yards and receptions per game, with a stat line of 51 catches for 708 yards and 10 touchdowns from scrimmage in only five games. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Shenault has been unstoppable, whether he’s carrying the ball out of the backfield, making tacklers miss in the open field or burning entire secondaries down the sideline. Washington State’s potent passing offense was a challenge for the Trojans, and the duo of Montez and Shenault will threaten to be even more dangerous. The Trojan defense has struggled to generate much pass rush, with four sacks in the previous four contests. Senior outside linebacker Porter Gustin has been the only player able to reach the quarterback, recording two-thirds of the team’s sacks. A big game from him and improved play from teammates like redshirt junior defensive lineman Christian Rector seem essential if the Trojans want to slow down Colorado’s passing game. Although the veteran duo of seniors cornerback Iman “Biggie” Marshall and safety Marvell Tell III have performed steadily for the secondary, it’ll be up to players like senior cornerback Isaiah Langley, freshman cornerback Olaijah Griffin and freshman safety Talanoa Hufanga to step up in order to keep Montez in check. Expect the Trojans to fare better in defending the run, where they’ve been good for most of the year, led by senior linebacker Cameron Smith and his 47 tackles.“One of the beauties of having our schedule is you always have to be in playoff championship mentality,” Helton said. “It makes you ready for these games. It doesn’t matter if it’s Stanford, Texas [or] Washington State on the road. It’s always like it’s the Super Bowl. Our kids are used to that now. Now we’re coming in playing for first place.”Prediction: Colorado 35, USC 28The Trojans and Buffaloes match up well, and the game could realistically go either way. After all, it is a home game for the Trojans, who haven’t lost at the Coliseum in 18 games. The game hinges on USC’s defense; if they’re able to contain Montez and Shenault, the Trojans could very well add another game to their home win streak. However, the Colorado offense is incredibly potent. It seems like a lot to ask of the Trojan offense to expect them to keep up. Expect a high scoring game, but for Colorado to potentially pull away late.Delanie Pence contributed to this report.last_img read more

‘Big mistake!’ Liverpool fans divided over surprise transfer move

first_imgLiverpool have reportedly accepted a £15m bid for 20-year-old attacker Jordon Ibe.Only a year ago Liverpool hero John Aldridge, who starred in one of the greatest ever Reds tite-winning attacks, told talkSPORT that Ibe was a perfect replacement for Raheem Sterling, who was sold to Manchester City for £50m.“Liverpool have a ready-made replacement for Raheem Sterling in Jordon Ibe,” he told talkSPORT. “He’s a terrific player and has got so much potential.“He’s got as much, if not more potential, than Raheem had at that age. He’s a big strong lad, very direct and a better finisher than Raheem.”But it seems Reds boss Jurgen Klopp does not agree, and neither do the majority of Liverpool supporters, if the mood on social media is anything to go by.Take a look at this selection of reaction from Liverpool fans to the prospective sale of Ibe… 1 Jordon Ibe appears to be heading for the Anfield exit door last_img

Five freed in USCuba rapprochement back in custody rights group

first_imgRelated posts:Quietly, Cuba, US have been on same team against illegal drug trade US removes Cuba from terror blacklist in landmark move Cuba pardons more than 3,500 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis visit US, Cuba agree on restoration of ties, embassies to reopen HAVANA, Cuba — Five dissidents freed as Havana launched a high-profile diplomatic rapprochement with the United States are back in custody in Cuba, a human rights group said Monday.The five were among 53 political prisoners released in 2014 and early 2015 as Washington and Havana moved to restore ties after a half-century break.The Cuban Commission on Human Rights, an officially outlawed but tolerated group, said the five “were confined in high-security prisons in the second half of 2015.”They include Vladimir Morera, who had been hospitalized since launching a hunger strike on October 9. The United States last week called on the government to release him.On Monday, Morera’s son, Vladier Morera, said his father started eating again on December 31.The son said he did not know if this was voluntary on his father’s part. “All I know is that he is eating again, and that he is speaking incoherently because the doctors say he was very weak,” Morera said. Picture taken in 2013 in Santa Clara, Cuba, released by Vladier Morera Herrera showing his father, jailed Cuban dissident Vladimir Morera Bacallao. Vladier Morera Herrera/HO/AFPThe others back in custody are Wilfredo Parada Milian, Jorge Ramírez Calderón, Carlos Manuel Figueroa and Aracelio Ribeaux Noa, according to the rights group.All five were jailed “as a result of rigged trials and without due process,” it said.Cuban authorities did not comment. But the Americas’ only communist government routinely denies it is holding political prisoners and says those jailed are in for common crimes.The rights group reported that 8,616 people were detained for political reasons in 2015, most of whom were released after several hours. That was down from 2014, when 8,889 Cubans were detained for political reasons, according to the group.It said “political repression” continued in 2015 “despite the well-known expectations awakened by the announcement of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations” between Havana and Washington.On December 29, Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. State Department’s pointwoman for Latin America, called on the government of President Raúl Castro to free Morera, who she said had been jailed for dissenting peacefully.Morera, 44, was sentenced to four years in prison in April for allegedly causing bodily harm during a scuffle with pro-government militants in which a woman was injured. His family denies the charges. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Best partners in travel glam up

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Some 250 home-based travel agents flooded Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel ballroom on Saturday night for TravelManagers’ Gala Awards Dinner.Dressed to the nines, agents enjoyed a scrumptious three-course dinner and entertainment provided by the host of the evening – a voluptuous drag queen.TravelManagers also took the opportunity to recognise team members who had shown exemplary performance in 2010 with awards such as ‘The Most Improved Personal Travel Manager of the Year’ and ‘The Top 10 Personal Travel Managers of the Year’.The lavish event was the culmination to the 3rd TravelManagers annual conference themed ‘The Best Partner in Travel’.It aimed to inspire, educate and inform personal travel managers on areas of importance such as social media and business management through an array of professional development sessions, networking opportunities and interactive and social activities.Winners:Top 10 Personal TravelManagers for 2010 1. Allen Suss – Caulfield South VIC 2. Angharad O’Malley – Saratoga NSW 3. Brad Thomas –Wahroonga NSW4. David Broadbent – Wahroonga NSW5. Debbie Bean – Tarneit VIC (also Qantas Holidays’ Global Achiever)6. Di Yates – Montrose VIC7. John Lengacher – Windsor VIC8. Mandy Rogut – Chatswood NSW9. Ric Pattaro – Haberfield NSW10. Sean Simmons – Richmond VICNew Personal Travel Manager of the Year 2010Sean Simmons – Richmond VICMost Improved  personal travel manager 2010Ric Pattaro – Haberfield NSW Innovation in Marketing Award 2010Melinda Pigott  – East Jindabyne NSWTravelManagers Recognition Award 2010  Lyn Tyson – Pymble NSWTravelManagers Support Award 2010 Kim Wudko – National Operations Manager Personal Travel Manager of the YearDi Yates – Montrose VIC Check out our gallery of the award winners and glamorous attendees!last_img read more