Beacy’s winning wingers

Posted On Aug 5 2020 by

first_imgBy Gavin StaindlTWO Beaconsfield wingers have taken out Casey Cardinia’s two most prestigious netball awards at the presentation night in…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Guardiola to become new Man City manager

Posted On May 26 2020 by

first_imgBy Ed OsmondSpaniard Pep Guardiola has signed a three-year contract to take over as Manchester City manager in July, the Premier League club said on Monday.Manuel Pellegrini will leave the job on June 30 to make way for Guardiola, who joins after three seasons at Bayern Munich in Germany.Guardiola, who won 14 titles with Barcelona in his four-year coaching spell, had turned down a contract extension at Bayern late last year after winning back-to-back league titles and being on course for a third straight Bundesliga crown under the Spaniard.“Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players, the Club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation,” City said in a statement.“Manuel, who is fully supportive of the decision to make this communication, is entirely focused on achieving his targets for the season ahead and retains the respect and commitment of all involved with the leadership of the Club,” City said.Chilean Pellegrini, who took over at City in 2013, said he had informed his players to avoid any speculation regarding his future.“I finish here on June 30,” he said at the end of a news conference on Monday. “There’s been lots of speculation, nothing done behind me but I don’t think it is good to have the speculation so that is why I told the press and the players.”Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said last week the club would support Guardiola in his work until the last day at Bayern.last_img read more

Chelsea ready to exploit dropped points in Manchester derby

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_imgChelsea must beat West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday to capitalise on points dropped by rivals in Sunday’s Manchester derby, defender Cesar Azpilicueta said.Champions Chelsea, who are 11 points behind leaders Manchester City, could go level with second-placed Manchester United with a win at West Ham’s London Stadium in the lunchtime kickoff.“The two (Manchester) teams can’t both take three points, so every time you get an opportunity to get close, you have to take it,” Azpilicueta told Sky Sports.“We have to be intelligent to look at ourselves and then we’ll see how the opponents will react.”After a sloppy start to the season, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have collected six wins in last seven league games, with their only dropped points coming against Liverpool in a 1-1 draw at Anfield last month.The festive fixture list looks a good chance for Chelsea to collect a healthy points haul as they are set to face opponents outside the top six in their next six league matches.West Ham are second from bottom and have not won in their last eight league games.“We have to go game by game in this busy period in December – every three days you are fighting for a big three points. We have to look at ourselves,” Azpilicueta added.“We will then see where we are in the final weeks of the season, where we could fight for it.”last_img read more

Terence Davis, Serge Ibaka carry banged-up Raptors past Hornets

Posted On Jan 15 2020 by

first_imgMOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist The Raptors were without Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, Dewan Hernandez and Norman Powell due to injuries, leaving them depleted on the second night of a back-to-back.“He was really good,” Nurse said of Davis. “This isn’t that easy to figure out who to play with all these guys out constantly and trying to figure out some ways to keep guys ticking. When they are really fighting hard for minutes they play better. …. There are all kinds of things going on, but with me I am going to rattle your cage if you deserve to have it rattled.”Davis picked up the slack for the Raptors, getting into a rhythm early with 13 points in the first quarter. The rookie from Mississippi also finished strong with two big 3-pointers in overtime.“I was being aggressive without trying to force things,” said Davis, a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection last season. “Guys were finding me and I knocked a couple shots down and got to the paint.”OG Anunoby added 19 points and Kyle Lowry had 15 points and nine assists while having to play 43 minutes due to injuries in the backcourt. Patrick McCaw added 13 points and 11 assists as the Raptors bounced back from a home loss to Portland on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT An Olympic First: Cardboard beds for Tokyo Athletes Village Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption LATEST STORIES Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka, right, shoots over Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Washington during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Toronto won 112-110 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)CHARLOTTE, N.C.  — Every now and again, Terence Davis reminds himself that 30 NBA teams passed on him in the 2019 draft.Wednesday was one of those nights.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’center_img Davis made the most of his first NBA start with 23 points and 11 rebounds, Serge Ibaka made two free throws with 5.1 seconds left in overtime and also finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the banged-up Toronto Raptors escaped with a 112-110 overtime win over Charlotte Hornets.Davis said going undrafted wasn’t ideal, but “it adds fuel to the fire.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I told my family when I didn’t get drafted, ‘Hey, those guys that got their name called still have to lace them up and go play in the Summer League,’” Davis said. “… So did I. That was my mindset going into the draft night was just to get to the Summer League.”Davis said he was “surprised” when coach Raptors coach Nick Nurse told him before the game he was going to start. More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall ROZIER STAYS HOTRozier has scored at least 27 points in four straight games for the Hornets. He started slow against the Raptors, but picked up the pace in the second half and in overtime, where he made a series of big plays, including a steal and an assist for Devonte Graham for a transition 3-pointer.“I think he came back with a vengeance,” Borrego said. “He was terrific down the stretch. He had great will, just to chase down that transition possession for them was fantastic. He kept attacking the rim. He got to the rim. I liked the ball in his hands late.”BACK-TO-BACK PROWESSThe Raptors have not lost on back-to-back nights since Dec. 26-27, 2017.Lowry attributed that to the team’s resiliency.“We played hard and Coach Nurse has a good mentality,” Lowry said. “We have a lot of guys hurt right now and we got some guys coming back and we will just keep plugging away.”BRIDGES OVER TROUBLED WATERSBridges knocked down a career-high six 3-pointers. “I wasn’t hesitating on the shots and the last few games I was hesitating,” Bridges said. “I was just shooting them.”UP NEXT:Raptors: Get a three-day rest before hosting the Spurs on Sunday.Hornets: Head west to face the Jazz in Utah on Friday night. US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 27 points, but his 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime that would have won the game fell just short.Rozier exchanged words and pointed fingers at Davis on the court after the game and the two had to be separated by teammates before heading back to their respective locker rooms. Both players declined to discuss what was said after the game.Miles Bridges added 26 points and nine rebounds for Charlotte, and P.J. Washington had 12 points and 12 rebounds.This was a much different game than on Nov. 18 when Toronto defeated Charlotte 132-96 at home.After leading by as many as 12 in the third quarter, the Raptors fell behind by 10 in the fourth quarter when Rozier hit a long 3 from the left wing with 5:25 remaining.But the Raptors battled back to take the lead 100-99 with 17 seconds left when Lowry drove the lane and scored on a left-handed layup in traffic. On the Hornets’ ensuing inbounds pass, Ibaka was called for a foul away from the ball after grabbing Washington’s jersey. Rozier sank the automatic free throw to tie it, but Devonte Graham’s runner at the buzzer was short, sending the game into overtime.Ibaka scored the game’s go-ahead points after grabbing an offensive rebound and drawing a foul on Rozier. Hornets coach James Borrego said he thought Ibaka might have traveled on the play, but added he would have to watch the film to be sure.“You have to keep playing for 48 minutes and that’s the bottom line,” Borrego said. “No matter if you’re up or down, you have to keep playing.”TIP INSRaptors: Had 34 assisted baskets. … Davis was 8 of 16 from the field in his first start.Hornets: Bench outscored Raptors’ reserves 28-19 despite only playing eight players overall. View commentslast_img read more

Wanyama, Olaba released on Sh1mn bond

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_img0Shares0000Kenya Harlequins players Alex Olaba and Frank Wanyama when they appeared before a Nairobi Court to plea to rape charges on April 23, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23- Kenya Harlequin players Alex Olaba and Frank Wanyama have been released on a Sh1mn bond or a Sh500,000 cash bail after both pleaded not guilty to charges of rape at a Nairobi Magistrate’s Court on Monday afternoon.The two who have been accused of gang-raping a budding musician on February 11 at Nairobi’s Highrise Estate on her birthday pleaded not guilty to the charge when they appeared before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi. On Friday, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Hajji recommended charges against the two players on receiving a report from detectives on the matter; an investigation was opened after the complainant posted about the alleged ordeal on social media.The lady first made the revelations on her Instagram page, saying she took long to report to the authorities since she was yet to come to terms with the ordeal. According to her statement, she conceived after the horrible incident.But in their statement, detectives say the rugby players admitted having sex with the lady, “and it was all consensual.” They also claimed that the lady was trying to extort money from them using the claims.Six witnesses recorded statements and further examination in hospital established that the complainant was pregnant. Besides examining the suspects and the complainant for DNA, detectives also wrote to the chief Executive Officer of Nairobi South Hospital requesting for a medical report.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Hazard warns Chelsea, as Leicester face storm

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgSecond placed Manchester City are not in action this weekend because their derby against Manchester United was postponed due to their rivals’ League Cup final showdown with Southampton on Sunday.That gives the Blues a chance to pull clear against a Swansea side who will be heavy underdogs despite their impressive rise out of the relegation zone under the management of former Chelsea assistant coach Paul Clement.However, Chelsea showed a rare sign of vulnerability in a 1-1 draw at Burnley in their previous league match and Belgium playmaker Hazard insists his team can take nothing for granted as they look to regain the title.“We just need to keep the same concentration. It’s more difficult to play away because of the fans, but we are ready, we are professional. We can deal with the pressure. Everything is going good,” Hazard said.“We know if we want to be champions, in our home stadium we have to win most of our games.“We can’t say all 19 because we have already lost to Liverpool, but we have to win 16 to 17 because it is our place and we are ready to deliver.”On Monday, Leicester will start the post Ranieri era as the troubled champions host Liverpool in their first match since the Italian’s shock dismissal.Ranieri was brutally axed on Thursday, just nine months after Leicester’s incredible title triumph, because the club’s Thai owners feared relegation was an increasingly realistic prospect.The Foxes have lost their last five league games without scoring a single goal, plunging them to with one point of the relegation zone less than a year after the fairytale success that captivated the world.A 2-1 midweek Champions League last 16 first leg loss in Sevilla, a defeat that could have been much heavier, was the last straw amid growing talk of player unrest at Ranieri’s tactical tinkering.– Sympathy –Claudio Ranieri had come under intense scrutiny this season during a slump that left Leicester just a point above the relegation zone and battling for top-flight survival ahead of this weekend’s matches“It was never our expectation that the extraordinary feats of last season should be replicated this season. Indeed, survival in the Premier League was our first and only target at the start of the campaign,” Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said.“But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximise the opportunity presented by the final 13 games.”Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare and Mike Stowell have taken caretaker charge ahead of Monday’s clash at the King Power Stadium.Liverpool can’t afford any sympathy for Leicester’s plight as they aim for a win that would take them back into the top four.Jurgen Klopp’s fifth placed team ended a run of five games without a win by beating Tottenham and Reds midfielder Adam Lallana, who signed a new contract this week, is confident of a strong finish to the season.“We have a world-class manager and coaching staff and because it’s Liverpool there is that added X-factor of the supporters and what success would mean to them when we achieve it here,” Lallana said.Third placed Tottenham must beat Stoke at White Hart Lane on Sunday to keep alive their slender hopes of overhauling Chelsea.Tottenham Hotspur’s head coach Mauricio Pochettino watches from teh dug out in a past matchMauricio Pochettino’s side are 10 points adrift of their London rivals after winning only one of their last four league matches.“When we start a game, if you only watch 50 seconds, you don’t need to be a genius to know we may struggle and have some problems in that game,” Pochettino grumbled.“The problem is when you start not in a good way, it’s too difficult to change that perception and then you give a very good signal to the opponent that you are not focused on the game.”Sunderland manager David Moyes takes his bottom of the table side back to his old club Everton, while second bottom Crystal Palace face a crucial clash with fellow strugglers Middlesbrough.Fixtures (6pm unless stated)SaturdayChelsea v Swansea, Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough, Everton v Sunderland, Hull v Burnley, Watford v West Ham (8:30pm), West Brom v BournemouthSundayTottenham v Stoke (4:30pm)MondayLeicester v Liverpool (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eden Hazard holds two fingers aloft on each hand in a tribute to missing Chelsea team-mate Willian in a past matchLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 25 – Eden Hazard has warned Chelsea not to lose their focus as the runaway Premier League leaders approach the final furlong in the title race, while crisis-torn champions Leicester face up to life without sacked boss Claudio Ranieri.Antonio Conte’s side are eight points clear at the top with just 13 games remaining and they have a golden opportunity to extend that lead when they host lowly Swansea on Saturday.last_img read more

Redondo grinds out win

Posted On Jan 3 2020 by

first_imgNONLEAGUE: The Sea Hawks eventually wear down Serra, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter. By John Klima STAFF WRITER This was a slowdown more than it was a showdown. Redondo got the ball back at its own 25-yard line and went to work. Redondo marched 75 yards in 10 plays with Rubio rushing six times for 46 yards. He carried the ball the last three times on the game-winning drive, including a 20-yard grind that took his team to the Serra 15-yard line. Rubio said Redondo struggled to pick up Serra’s defense in the first half, which resulted in a 6-0 Redondo lead, but agreed that Redondo’s final drive might have been its best of the season. “As tired as we were, we kept driving,” said Rubio, who rushed for 100 yards on 19 carries. Serra’s offense ended the game the way it spent much of it – trying to get something started. “Youth will get exploited, especially on offense,” Serra coach Scott Altenberg said. “We have to get healthy and we have to have to get old fast.” Otherwise, Altenberg might be sporting hairs to match his gray Serra visor. Landers completed 9 of 19 passes for 129 yards, but threw two interceptions, was frequently hurried, and had passes dropped. Serra, which has 16 underclassman starters, was playing without two starting offensive linemen. Center Rudy Gomez and guard Darrell Allen missed the game with injuries. Redondo’s defense exploited that weakness. Running back Winston was held to 95 yards on 18 carries. He scored Serra’s only offensive touchdown with a 6-yard run on the Cavaliers’ opening drive of the second half. A team with a reputation for starting slow, Serra played better in the third quarter, but couldn’t find a formula. “How many times were we in the red zone?” Altenberg asked. “And we only got one score. It’s a problem and we’re going to address it.” Serra was at the Redondo 14-yard line early in the fourth quarter, but fumbled. Redondo quarterback Erik Wilson completed a 57-yard pass to the Serra 13-yard line, and Rubio finished the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run to give Redondo a 13-6 lead with 11:07 to play. Rubio and running back Hayward Gray combined for nearly 200 rushing yards. Gray rushed 16 times for 94 yards and scored on a 1-yard run for the only touchdown in the first half. “We finally found a way to get it done,” Gray said. “We feel like we’ve been playing a lot better in the last two weeks.” Rubio said that once center Kyle McManus adjusted to the Serra defense and played better in the second half, Redondo’s confidence and execution improved. “We were waiting for him to get in the zone. Once he did, we started clicking,” Rubio said. “Once we started getting used to what kind of blitzes (Serra) was showing us, we were able to do what we needed.” Redondo needed a victory to reach the .500 mark. They got that, even if they had to slog a tad longer than they would have liked. john.klima@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Certainly neither Serra nor host Redondo expected this kind of contest Friday night, much less that the game would be decided in the final minute. But Redondo picked the right time to assemble the game’s best drive, capped when fullback Joe Rubio plowed his way into the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown run with 46 seconds to play, breaking a tie and lifting Redondo to a 20-13 nonleague victory over the previously undefeated Cavaliers. Serra quarterback Ted Landers threw a desperation pass downfield from Serra’s 36-yard line with 6 seconds to play. The ball fell untouched and served as a perfect example of a Serra offense that never got going and spent most of the game asking Landers and running back Carl Winston to save its perfect record. Redondo (2-2) won its second consecutive game with a fourth-quarter effort in which it scored 14 of its points. Serra (3-1), which did not score in the first half and scored only one offensive touchdown, tied the score at 13 with 4:14 to play when Malcolm Murray intercepted Erik Wilson’s pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. last_img read more

Mormon apostate’s papers published

Posted On Dec 29 2019 by

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – The writings and documents known as the McLellin collection had once been considered nothing more than Mormon mythology, a rumored set of papers from an influential 19th-century church apostle who was close to founder Joseph Smith but fell away. The papers of William E. McLellin, however, are real – and are now available to the public. His letters, sermon-like essays and journals are being published for the first time in a 570-page book that was recently released by Signature Books, a Salt Lake City company that specializes in Mormon history. The originals are at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library and in the archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “It provides the opportunity for a snapshot into early LDS history,” said Stan Larson, an editor of the book and curator of manuscripts at the library. McLellin’s writings have sparked enormous curiosity among church historians. Mormons wondered whether they would be critical of Smith’s leadership and what the religion teaches. McLellin left the church in 1836 – some claim after looting Smith’s home and stealing important church papers – and was excommunicated in 1838. The papers also were linked with the notorious case of Mark Hofmann, a forger who claimed he had the collection and that it contained information that would unravel the worldwide church. Close to being found out and desperate to deflect attention from his lies, Hofmann built pipe bombs that killed two people in 1985 and left him seriously wounded. He is now in Utah State Prison. “It was a big deal,” said Brent Ashworth, a Utah collector who unwittingly bought other forgeries from Hofmann. “People wanted it because it was going to be controversial and interesting. I don’t know if anybody on either side thought it would damage the church, but I think they thought it would be fascinating, entertaining and probably valuable.” Much of the authentic collection was found in the mid-1980s in the Texas basement of Otis Traughber, son of John Traughber, a confidant of McLellin. Another set of journals, written while a faithful McLellin served a church mission, were discovered in the LDS archives, where they had been stored since 1908. McLellin joined the church in 1831, just after its creation. He quickly rose in Smith’s regard and was an original member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, the second most-powerful group of Mormon men. After he left, there were attempts to bring him back to the fold. But in an 1854 letter to apostle Orson Pratt, McLellin wrote that “aside from the principles you learned in the first three years of Joseph Smith’s public ministry, I know of no principles or practices of that people now, which they have learned since, that I believe or admire.” McLellin’s struggle was with Smith and a changing church, not Mormon theology, according to book co-editor Sam Passey, director of the Uintah County Library and Regional History Center in Vernal, Utah. “He bought onto Mormonism as it was preached by Joseph Smith in the early 1830s and as it changed he really didn’t,” Passey said. “A train was in motion and he couldn’t stay on it anymore. He had certain boundaries in his faith.” Letters between McLellin and John Traughber, who inherited the collection upon McLellin’s death, reveal a Mormon story far different from the one believed today by most church members. During the earliest days of the church, McLellin said he never heard Smith tell of what is now known as his “first vision,” the visit by God and Jesus Christ to a young, prayerful Smith in a grove of trees that led to the church’s founding in New York state. McLellin said he also wasn’t aware of the angel Moroni, who led Smith to buried gold plates that became the church’s foundational text, the Book of Mormon, or the story that John the Baptist had appeared to Smith on the banks of Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River. McLellin’s claims raise questions about whether Smith was padding the Mormon story as time passed, or whether McLellin was so embittered that he was trying to undermine the church. “We’re never going to find the answer,” Larson said. Still, the McLellin collection falls short of discrediting a faith that claims some 13 million members. “There was nothing there,” Passey said, “that hadn’t been said already by other apostates.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Posted On Dec 26 2019 by

first_imgUPDATE: TOP financial invesigators inside this building in Germany may hold the key to bringing the crook behind the Donegal investment scam to justice, we can reveal today.For this is the headquarters of BaFin – Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority.The experts at BaFin helped to stop the conman making more money on the back of the more than 220 cheated investors. We understand the investigators are forensically trawling through hundreds of documents as they continue to liaise with fraud squad cops here and the Financial Services Authority in London.Sources there have told us that ‘there is no way’ any investor will be receiving refunds from the crook or those who represent them.In fact any monies seized from frozen accounts or assets would only be returned by the financial authorities in the countries affected.And another source told us: “We are concerned about the information being relayed by email and in hotel meetings and by some people who are handling accounts for others. “The power to resolve this no longer rests with the man behind this scheme. It appears to us at least that the main suspect in this financial crime continues to be able to persuade his representatives that the money is coming. I’m afraid this is a lie.“I would urge anyone affected to contact Gardai as a matter of urgency to register a complaint as this is the only way any ‘investor’ has a chance of recovering any funds.“I cannot be more clear than this – any promises of payments, next week, next month or next year from this extremely clever conman, or those who still believe him and represent him, are a complete load of rubbish. It is lies.”* Would the three people we spoke to over the weekend please contact us again through the normal channels.Do you know something we should investigate? Email in confidence. DONEGAL INVESTMENT SCAM – THE GERMAN LINK & WHY VICTIMS NEED TO GO TO GARDAI was last modified: January 17th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Benteke fires warning to Crystal Palace ahead of January transfer window

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_img latest rookie error on target LIVE on talkSPORT update targets statement Benteke did well on international duty with Belgium, scoring two goals at Cyprus Fulham vs QPR (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Cardiff (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Arsenal vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Man City vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Hull (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 2 However, he still plays a big role for Belgium, who are coached by Roberto Martinez.Benteke scored two goals in the Red Devils’ 6-1 win over Cyprus as Belgium booked their place in Euro 2020 with ten wins out of ten in their qualifying group.The former Liverpool man has previously said that he believes he would get into the Reds’ current team alongside the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.And it seems he’s not lacking ambition when it comes to the national team either. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Getty Images – Getty He told La Derniere Heure: “Playing for your club is always different from the national team.“I hope the Cyprus game will give me my confidence back and give me the chance to score for Palace.“But I also have to think about the January transfer window. I will give it some thought and I’ll see what can be done.“It is important to have playing time for your club, but what you do on national duty is also important.“It carries weight and can compensate a little. I was playing for high stakes in the Cyprus game.center_img “Places in the Belgium squad are hard to come by, I have to be honest. I wanted to show the coach what I can do and stood up to be counted.“I really want to play at Euro 2020. I work like a madman every day with that target in mind.”Benteke could face his former club as Palace entertain Premier League leaders Liverpool on Saturday.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Christian Benteke admits he is considering his future at Crystal Palace ahead of the January transfer window.The striker, 28, has managed just four goals across 60 games in the last two-and-a-half seasons for the Eagles. 2 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff AFP or licensors appointed stalemate Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Benteke’s time at Palace has been something of a nightmare Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSlast_img read more