Keyport bowling teams capture conference titles

first_img Keyport bowling teams capture conference titles BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer The Keyport High School boys and girls bowling teams went into yesterday’s Shore Conference Tournament looking to cap what has been an outstanding campaign for both squads. Coach Sal Principe’s teams both won the Shore Conference’s Northern Monmouth Division — for the girls, it’s the second time in three seasons. With the regular season winding down, the charging Keyport girls found themselves just a half-game behind Middletown North entering the final match against Middletown South. The Red Raiders swept all three games to win the match and the division. Overall, the girls team went 31-5. Meanwhile, the boys, 33-9 on the year, gradually crept up on Middletown North and overtook the Lions for first place late in the campaign. The Red Raiders then had to hold off St. John Vianney to win the division. Like the girls, Keyport’s boys won all three games in their regular season finale against Middletown South to remain atop the standing, and claim its first division title. “Early on I expected the girls to contend,” said Principe, now in his seventh year at the helm of both squads. “The first inkling that the boys could be so good came in the Brick Tournament when they finished ninth out of more than 40 teams. They just kept getting better from there.” Sophomore Bob Rohe led the boys with a 199-pin average, a 13-pin uptick from last year, good for second in the conference behind SJV’s Mike Stevens. Rohe rolled a 715 series at the Brick tourney and added a 670 series later in the season. Anchor Joe Minutella, a four-year veteran who will bowl for Penn State next winter, ended the campaign with a 197-pin average, to finish third in the conference. Senior Bill Nortrup, a cut two years ago, averaged 157 pins and came up big in the title-clincher against Middletown South, rolling a 189. Juniors Ryan Loihle and Mike Capone round out the starting lineup. Loihle averaged 182 pins, up 17 over last season, and rolled a 600 series, while Capone averaged 166 pins, an eight-pin improvement over 2003. Freshman Marty Visaggio is Keyport’s top reserve. He averaged 160 pins and has a 214 game to his credit. Senior Glenn Michaud and junior Shawn McMillen round out the team. On the girls’ side, Junior Amanda Stumpf led the team with a 160-pin average, which also topped the conference. Junior Melinda Bomersbach was right behind with a 156 average, a 21-pin improvement, to finish second in the conference. Senior Beth Trahim averaged 141 pins, a 10-pin increase; junior Jenna Stumpf, consistent throughout, ended with a 149 average, including a 555 series; fellow junior Christine George averaged 145 pins, 14 better than last season; and senior Lisa Colilla averaged 143 pins. Sophomore Amanda Van Brunt and freshman Stephanie Capone also saw playing time and should be integral parts of the team next year. Van Brunt rolled a 189 in the recent Cougar Challenge at Strathmore Lanes in Aberdeen to help Keyport grab second place. “These kids, both the boys and girls, have worked hard to make bowling a prominent sport at our school,” said Principe, who also coaches the boys baseball and girls field hockey teams. “They should be proud of their success. People come out to watch them, and the parents have been very supportive. It’s been a lot of fun.” BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer last_img read more

Classy Djokovic charges into another Wimbledon final

first_imgTop seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic held off a spirited challenge from Spanish outsider Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday to triumph in four sets and advance to Sunday’s Wimbledon final against either Roger Federer or Rafa Nadal.Remarkably the 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2 success was the Serb’s 12th victory in his last 13 Grand Slam semi-finals and he is now one win away from his fifth title at Wimbledon and 16th Grand Slam singles crown.The match turned on an amazing 45-shot rally in the seventh game of the third set, which Djokovic won to hold serve and stay a break up – and from then on he took total control as the Spaniard, who had looked calm and confident in his first Grand Slam semi-final, was eventually brushed aside. “I had to dig deep. It’s the semi-finals and Roberto was not overwhelmed – he’s a very under-rated player,” Djokovic, 32, said.“He played really well. He was managing his nerves in the first set but later on he established himself and started to play better. I got a bit tight. It was a close opening four or five games of the third set – that’s where the match could have gone a different way.”Bautista Agut flashed a brilliant return past Djokovic from the first serve of the match but he barely threatened for the rest of the set as his high-risk approach produced too many errors and a provided a straightforward set win for the favourite.The second was a different story as Bautista Agut dialled back a little and found that he was able to out-duel the master. Djokovic was making uncharacteristic errors on seemingly simple shots and was frequently left staring skywards, questioning himself and taking issue with the crowd.Bautista Agut snatched a break in the third game and served superbly to back it up, dropping only four points in five successful service games to level the match.REAL MATCHThe Centre Court crowd realised they had a real match on their hands and they were treated to a superb third set. It, and probably the match, hinged on the seventh game as Djokovic, a break to the good, served at 30-40.The players then smashed out their 45-shot rally, much of it a mesmerizing exchange of identical crosscourt backhands that had the crowd gasping before Djokovic blinked first to switch the angle of attack and take the point with a devastating winner.It was the longest rally officially seen at Wimbledon since records began in 2005 and Djokovic duly served out and stayed on top to take the set.The champion then took command in the fourth set, cutting out the loose groundstrokes and picking up points with adventurous serve-and-volley attacks and after breaking for a 2-1 lead he never looked back.“Obviously winning that game was crucial for me,” Djokovic said of the marathon rally game. “It gave me more confidence and relief so I could swing more freely in the next games.”Bautista Agut had no answers but can be pleased with his efforts in what is turning out to be the best year of his career, having never previously reached even a quarter-final at a Grand Slam.The 31-year-old can now join his friends on a belated stag break. They arrived in London to watch Friday’s game after his planned Ibiza trip was cancelled following his unexpected progress to the last four.Djokovic, however, has got more business to attend to.“Regardless of the history and many finals I’ve played, playing a final at Wimbledon is something different so I’ll definitely enjoy that experience,” he said, adding that he would be watching as much of the Federer-Nadal match as he could.“I’m a fan of that match-up as well,” he said. “It’s one of the most epic rivalries of all time so it’s fantastic to see them play today.”last_img read more

Yankees’ Pineda almost perfect in 8-1 win over Rays

first_imgNew York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws during the second inning of the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium, Monday, April 10, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York pitcher Michael Pineda retired the first 20 hitters he faced and struck out 11 Monday as the Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1.Pineda had a sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium on full alert as he powered through the Rays hitters, making effective use of off-speed pitches in an electrifying performance.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “You kind of know what he’s going to throw for the most part,” Longoria said. “You’re kind of guessing first-pitch fastball, first-pitch slider. Those are the only two that he was executing. I had just guessed slider on that pitch and he made a mistake. It was the one that he had left up.”Pineda threw just 93 total pitches. He gave up one run on two hits in 7 2/3 innings and didn’t walk a batter.His performance, backed by three Yankees home runs, was more than enough.“The biggest thing was my location was really good today,” said Pineda, who first became aware of his no-hit bid after the fourth inning.“Every inning, (I) focused on getting outs quick, hitter by hitter — focused on being aggressive,” added Pineda, who had lasted less than four innings against the Rays at Tampa Bay last week.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He ended the fifth inning by striking out Logan Morrison, and fans were on their feet when he struck out Tim Beckham to end the sixth.His first really difficult out came when Kevin Kiermaier flied out to left field for the second out of the center, when Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner sprinted toward the line to grab the ball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“When Gardy caught that ball, that’s the loudest I’ve heard it here in a long time,” said Yankees catcher Austin Romine, who had watched Pineda retire all 20 Rays to that point.Pineda’s bid for a perfect game ended one batter later, when Evan Longoria lined Pineda’s 75th pitch of the night — a first-pitch slider — into left field for a clean double. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test LATEST STORIES MOST READ Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jazz halt streaking Warriors Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government View commentslast_img read more

Painted Pony fined $235,000 for Migratory Bird Act violations in 2013

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Painted Pony Energy Ltd. has been fined $235,000 in B.C. Provincial Court for depositing a substance harmful to migratory birds.The company was sentenced to pay the fine in December after pleading guilty to the charges on May 31, 2017. The initial investigation by Environment Canada enforcement officers revealed that between March and April 2013, 14 deceased migratory birds were observed on the surface of an above-ground containment tank located north of Fort St. John. At the time of the offence, Painted Pony operated fracking sites that included open storage tanks to accommodate fluids used during the fracking process.Following the incident, Painted Pony employees installed deterrent measures at the containment tank in an effort to prevent additional migratory birds from being attracted to and trapped in the tanks.- Advertisement -As a result of the conviction, the company’s name will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry. The court also ordered the company to pay a total penalty of $235,000 that will be dispersed as follows:$5,000 to the Environmental Damages Fund;$115,000 to Ducks Unlimited Canada;$57,500 to the MacKenzie Nature Observatory; and,$57,500 to the Oiled Wildlife Society of British Columbia.last_img read more

Two charged in Cruise photo fiasco

first_imgIt wasn’t immediately clear whether Schmidt or Gittleman had retained attorneys. Schmidt, who lives in Phoenix, was released on $100,000 bond. The plot began after Gittleman, of West Hollywood, obtained photos of the actor’s Italian wedding last year to Katie Holmes from the event’s official photographer, according to a criminal complaint. The photographer, identified as Joshua Bobrove, reportedly had taken a damaged computer hard drive containing the wedding photos to Gittleman to employ his services as a data recovery expert. Gittleman then made copies of photos on the drive and kept them for himself, authorities said. He contacted Schmidt after finding a Web site touting his abilities to broker celebrity photos. In the last two months, Schmidt had repeated contact with Cruise representatives and threatened to shop the photos around if he didn’t receive between $1.25 million and $1.35 million, officials said. At one point, he allegedly e-mailed the actor’s representatives about 7,600 wedding photos as proof he had them. Two men were charged in an alleged plot to extort more than $1 million from Tom Cruise for the actor’s stolen wedding photographs, federal authorities announced Friday. David Hans Schmidt, known for brokering deals involving compromising celebrity photos and videos, was charged with sending communications for purposes of extortion, according to a criminal complaint. Marc Lewis Gittleman, who authorities say helped recover photos from a computer hard drive, was charged with conspiracy to commit extortion. Federal agents arrested Schmidt, 47, Tuesday and Gittleman, 33, Thursday night, officials said. “He said that the client would turn to the black market and find a buyer for the photos,” said Peter Brust, a special agent in charge in the FBI’s Los Angeles office. Schmidt was arrested after an undercover FBI agent attended a meeting in West Hollywood between Schmidt and Cruise’s representatives. Federal agents were led to Gittleman by a license plate number they discovered on a slip of paper in Schmidt’s car. Schmidt also has tried to auction off Paris Hilton’s diaries, along with photos of her in various stages of undress and other personal items that had been locked away in a Los Angeles-area storage locker until a few months ago.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

CLOTHES SHOP GOES CHRISTMAS JUMPER CRAZY!

first_imgA well known clothing retailer has gone Christmas Crackers – over Christmas jumpers!The big day may be more than five weeks away, but The County Seat in Letterkenny reckons it’s time to invest in some Christmas cheer.Several versions of the Christmas jumper are on offer…at €25 each. And if you get into the festive spirit before November 30, there’s a chance to win a €100!CLOTHES SHOP GOES CHRISTMAS JUMPER CRAZY! was last modified: November 16th, 2013 by John2Share 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) Tags:Christmas JumpersCounty Seatletterkennylast_img read more

Manchester United’s unbeaten run, Pele’s goals and other misleading records

first_img Pele scored 1,283 career goals – Sure, he may have hit the back of the net 1,283 times, scoring against the world’s best, but he also LOVED scoring against the worst too. His 77 goals in 92 Brazil matches (12 in the World Cup) is incredible, but he grabbed the majority of his strikes in friendlies against Brazilian Sunday league teams. He bagged eight against Botafogo, but not THAT Botafogo. They were simply a state side any top class player would easily dominate. Nice try Pele, we’re onto you! 8 David Beckham is England’s most capped outfield player – The midfield legend played 115 games for the Three Lions, but actually appeared for less time than iconic captain Bobby Moore. He only started 101 of his 115 games (making 14 substitute appearances), whereas Moore won 108 caps – all of them as a starter. Even more important is the fact Beckham played just 8335 minutes for his country, whilst Moore totalled 9780 minutes. So Beckham has more caps, but Moore is the player who turned out most for England. Getty Images – Getty Perugia finished the 1978/79 Serie A season without a defeat to their name – But, they did NOT win the league title that year! AC Milan were crowned champions, with 44 points, despite losing three games. Perugia won 11 and drew 19 of their 30 matches, but ended three points behind the Rossoneri. It remains Perugia’s best-ever league finish, and they became the first team to go a season undefeated without winning the league. Manchester United have gone 24 Premier League games without defeat, equalling their all-time top flight unbeaten run – Sure, that is pretty impressive. But when you actually delve into the data Jose Mourinho’s side have been fairly uninspiring. Since losing to Chelsea in October, the Red Devils have not lost a single league match – but they have drawn 11 of those games. Their 2-0 win over Chelsea is the only time one could say United played really well. They beat Swansea on November 6 to move sixth, and despite not losing a game they have only moved up to fifth. 8 In drawing 0-0 with Manchester City on Thursday evening, Manchester United equalled their longest ever unbeaten run in top flight football.It was the 24th Premier League game the Red Devils have played without losing, a run which stretches all the way back to October – when Jose Mourinho’s side were defeated by Chelsea.But when you investigate further, it is clear that record is a bit misleading. They have drawn 11 of those matches, and only moved two places in the table; United could have lost some of those games and been better off, as long as they changed some of those draws into wins.This uninspiring run of results got talkSPORT thinking about other misleading records, which seem impressive on the surface but are nowhere near as good when properly looked into.To see eight misleading records, click the right arrow, above… 8 Leicester City have lost only one European home game in 55 years – Wow! Reading that makes the Foxes sound like European football elite. But when you consider they’ve only played nine games in that time, that record is much less impressive. They beat Glenavon and drew with Atletico Madrid in the 1961/92 Cup Winners’ Cup, and lost to Atleti in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup. That remains their last ever home defeat, having drawn with Red Star Belgrade in 2000/01, and recorded five wins and one draw in this season’s Champions League. center_img 8 Liverpool have never won the Premier League – This is a fact pulled out the air every season, when it is clear the Reds will not be challenging for the title once again. But it is misleading, and does a major disservice to the Anfield club. They remain the second most successful team in English league football, as long as one remembers the sport began before 1992. Those 18 First Division titles get forgotten about all too often, especially when deriding Liverpool fans for always remembering the past. Arsenal completed the 2003/04 season as the Invincibles – The Gunners did not lose a single game in the 2003/04 season! That is really impressive! But, actually, they did lose a game – six in fact. They were knocked out of all three cup competitions, coincidentally by a Premier League team in each one. Manchester United beat them in the FA Cup semi-finals, Middlesbrough beat them in both legs of the League Cup semi-finals, and Chelsea knocked the Gunners out of the Champions League with a 2-1 second-leg win at the quarter-final stage. They also lost to both Inter Milan and Dynamo Kyiv in the group stage of Europe’s premier competition. Sure, the Invincibles were a great group of players who completed a remarkable feat, but never forget they did lose games that season. 8 8 8 Wayne Rooney is England’s greatest ever goalscorer – The Manchester United icon broke Bobby Charlton’s record as England’s all-time top goalscorer in September 2015, netting from the penalty spot against Switzerland. He does have 53 goals compared to Charlton’s 49, but does that mean he is the Three Lions’ greatest ever goalscorer? Charlton broke the record in fewer games, managing an average of 0.46 goals per game (gpg) – better than Rooney’s 0.45gpg. Still, Charlton has nothing on Gary Lineker (0.60gpg), Jimmy Greaves (0.77gpg) or the player with the best ever average, Vivian Woodward, whose 29 goals in 23 games means he scored 1.26 goals per game. Rooney might be top scorer, but he’s nowhere near England’s best ever striker. 8last_img read more

Growing top teachers

first_imgHERE’S a salute to the “Sweet 16” – the top teachers in Los Angeles County, especially the five serving San Fernando Valley-area schools. These are everyday heroes who change kids’ lives for the better. Yet there’s a discouraging pattern in the Sweet 16 list. The five local honorees come from the Burbank, William S. Hart, Castaic, Saugus and Las Virgenes unified school districts – none from the Los Angeles Unified School District. And of the top 16 teachers in the county, only two work in the LAUSD – the biggest district in L.A., the second-biggest in the nation. Although too much shouldn’t be drawn from a single year’s ranking, this trend seems to support the perception that the LAUSD’s massive size and bureaucracy make it hard for teachers to do their best. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsBehind the Sweet 16 are school districts that give their teachers the freedom and support to excel. The LAUSD could learn something from the way these districts operate. 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

New bond could bring voter overload

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Voters in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Discovery Bay approved a contentious school bond in June to refurbish the city’s middle school. In November, they’ll face another ballot measure seeking to build a new high school. And that’s not all. They also will be asked to vote on a $10.4 billion statewide education bond – part of a record public-works package supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders. Altogether, the November election will mark the 19th time in four years a local or state school bond has appeared on a Contra Costa County ballot. “I’ll vote for it, but there really is a feeling of `Oh, God, are we doing this again?”‘ said Maria Sturdivant, a candidate for the Byron Union School District in Discovery Bay. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsHer sense of dej vu is being shared by voters throughout the state this election season. California voters have approved major statewide education bonds in all but one election year during the past decade at a cost of more than $37 billion. Combined with scores of local school bonds passed during the same time, California voters since 1996 have authorized $95 billion in borrowing for school construction – more than in the previous 50 years combined. As Californians this fall confront another mega education bond – Proposition 1D – polls show voters are becoming wary of more bonds. If approved, the measure would push total school construction borrowing for the decade to well over $100 billion, before interest. There also are signs that the state’s borrowing cycle may not be sustainable. Even before this year’s bond – which would add $680 million in annual repayment costs if approved – California’s bills to cover past education bonds are reaching record levels. And despite its size, Proposition 1D won’t cover the remaining need. The measure would account for only about a quarter of the state’s school construction needs for the next decade, according to long-term bond plans the Schwarzenegger administration released in January. Even if Proposition 1D is approved, voters likely will face an additional $40 billion or more in state and local school bonds before 2015, according to estimates by state officials and school groups. Education proponents promise the cycle of school bonds will someday level off, but for now they say the continuous ballot requests simply reflect the need. California does not set aside money in the state’s annual budget for school construction. That forces local districts to rely almost entirely on bond money to pay for everything from air conditioners and leaky roofs to refurbished classrooms. $26 million a day “I think intuitively voters understand that buildings get old and need to be brought up to speed, and this is how we pay for that,” said Scott Plotkin, executive director of the California School Boards Association. Between local and state bonds, public schools and colleges in the state have spent an average of $26 million a day – every day – for the past 10 years on construction or refurbishing. Proponents say the money has been well spent. School districts have built 40,000 new classrooms and modernized 97,000 others. Colleges have also built new campuses and upgraded labs. Yet by other measures, progress has remained elusive. In 1998, after voters approved $9 billion in statewide education bonds, a Department of Finance report estimated that an additional $10 billion in state bonds would cover California’s share of school construction needs for a decade. Since then, voters have approved an additional $25 billion in state bonds, but the remaining estimated need has only grown. In January, the department pegged the state’s outstanding need at about $11 billion. The governor’s plan suggested that Californians will need to approve 31/2 times that by 2015, plus local matching bonds. The state Department of Education calculates the need differently. California each day through 2010 must build 18 new classrooms and modernize 25 others. Proposition 1D won’t cover the demand alone. To build that many classrooms, voters will have to approve billions more in bond money in 2008 – even though the state’s K-12 population will grow by less than 1 percent during that time. California already spends more per pupil on school construction than any other state, said Eric Brunner, an economics professor at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University. He calculated that California from 2001 to 2004 spent an average of $1,245 per K-12 student on construction, compared with a national average of $1,086. That even outstripped the amount spent in other states with growing student populations. “The need seems to be a moving target,” Brunner said. Growing burden Repaying the school-construction bonds, meanwhile, has become an ever-larger burden. California this year will make payments on 18 school bonds dating back to 1974. The combined cost will exceed $1.3 billion. Next year, the annual cost will jump to $2.3 billion and remain there for the rest of the decade. A large part of the cost is interest. Of this year’s costs, the state will pay $493 million toward principal debt and $834 million in interest. If Proposition 1D passes, the state’s annual school bond debt payments would top $3 billion, taking away money from the state’s general fund, which pays for social services and most other programs. One potential weakness of Proposition 1D is that it would allocate money for programs that seem to go beyond traditional brick-and-mortar classrooms. Among the expenditures are $500 million for “career technical facilities,” $100 million for unspecified “environment-friendly projects” and $200 million for a University of California medical curriculum focused on “telemedicine.” The California Taxpayer Protection Committee argues that too much goes for such earmarks. Backers have other worries. They’re concerned the ceaseless cycle of bonds, combined with the rest of this year’s infrastructure package for roads, levees and housing, might create voter fatigue for new spending. This could be the year that breaks the string of success that education advocates have had in persuading Californians to approve school bonds, said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles. “Voters may think, I’ve been there and done that,” he said.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

Huddersfield to sign former Spurs youngster in £12million deal

first_img Alex Pritchard in action for Norwich City Huddersfield are set to complete the signing of midfielder Alex Pritchard from Norwich City.The Terriers have had an offer which could be worth up to £12million accepted, after their initial £5m bid was rejected by the Championship side.Former England Under-21 international Pritchard has been open to the switch after 18 months in Norfolk and will now get his wish. The Canaries are 13th in the Sky Bet Championship and nine points adrift of the top six after an inconsistent first season under head coach Daniel Farke.Pritchard, 24, has made nine appearances this season and scored eight goals in 43 games for Norwich since joining from Tottenham in 2016.Huddersfield have won just two of their last 11 Premier League games and sit 11th, four points above the relegation zone. They beat Bolton 2-1 in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.Terriers boss David Wagner previously confirmed his interest in Pritchard but insisted he would not be held to ransom.“Pritchard is not my player, he is a Norwich player,” he said.“I like him, but I have my doubts if he will play for us because I know how expensive British players are in this window.“If we are able to get some British players in they have to be reasonable prices. At the end it is all about quality.“If it’s one new signing with the quality to help us, good. If it’s two, I’ll take two. We need to be focused on the quality.” 1last_img read more