Former Chelsea star Mikel signs one-year deal with Stoke

first_imgFormer Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, has returned for a third spell in English football by signing a one-year deal with Stoke. According to the Dailymail of UK, the former Chelsea midfielder, who won eight major honours during his 11-year spell at Stamford Bridge, is the Championship club’s fourth signing since the end of the 2019-20 season. Stoke boss Michael O’Neill said: ‘We’re delighted to bring Jon to the Club. His playing career speaks for itself and underlines his calibre as a player. ‘I was really impressed with him when we met for the first time and he outlined what he wants from the next phase of his career. ‘We spent four hours talking and he made it clear he wants to get back into the Premier League and finish his career there and hopefully he can do that with Stoke City.’ Since leaving Chelsea for Chinese club Tianjin TEDA in January 2017, Mikel, 33, had a short stint with Middlesbrough before joining Turkish side Trabzonspor on a two-year deal in the summer of 2019. Yet Mikel left Trabzonspor in March after agreeing to end his contract. Shortly before that development, Mikel had expressed concerns on social media about the Super Lig’s decision to continue playing during the coronavirus pandemic. He wrote: ‘I do not feel comfortable and do not want to play football in this situation. Everyone should be home with their families and loved ones in this critical time. Season should be cancelled as the world is facing such turbulent times. There is more to life than football.’ read also:JUST-IN: John Obi Mikel set for medical at English club The Super Lig was eventually suspended after the round of games on March 15, resuming nearly three months later. So far this transfer window, they have already secured the signings of Morgan Fox, James Chester and Steven Fletcher on free transfers as O’Neill hopes to push the club closer towards the automatic promotion and playoff places this season. CAREER CV AND HONOURSLyn ( 2004-2005) – six appearances, one goal Chelsea (2006-2017) – 372 appearances, six goals Tianjin Teda (2017-2018) – 31 appearances, three goals Middlesbrough (2018-2019) – 19 appearances, one goal Trabzonspor (2019-2020) – 23 appearances Premier League – 2009-2010 and 2014-2015 FA Cup – 2007, 2009 and 2012 League Cup -2007 Champions League – 2012 Europa League – 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Tammy Abraham on parade as England unveils new Kits

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “We’re united in our goal of representing our fans far and wide. This collection captures that feeling of togetherness we hold so dearly.” Although fans weren’t overly pleased with the design, with one posting on social media: “Hate to say it but they’re both god awful”. The home one looks like a cheap England t-shirt that people buy if they can’t afford the actual shirt.” The Three Lions travel to Iceland for a Nations League fixture on Saturday, before heading to Denmark for another clash. Read AlsoMan United star suffers injury blow, withdraws from England squad Gareth Southgate has a squad of 24 with Jack Grealish receiving his first call-up following the withdrawal of Marcus Rashford and Harry Winks. Conor Coady and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have also been added to the squad with Harry Maguire pulled out. Nigeria born England international Tammy Abraham teamed up with Captain Harry kane as they showcased the Three Lions new kits ahead of their Nations league matches. The home jersey stays the traditional white with the badge and Nike swoosh central, while the squad number will also be down the middle. The Three Lions have reverted to a royal blue away kit though with the shirt featuring a nod to the Nineties with a fold-down collar. The side stripes, swoosh and crest are red while the buttons are inscribed with the words “We are Lions/We are England.” The idea is that the kits depict a ‘community of lions’ – players and fans together, united in sharing a dream and are on sale immediately. “This team is closer than it’s ever been before — when we put on that England jersey, all club rivalries are set aside,” said captain Harry Kane. Three Lions showcase new kits ahead Nations league clash Loading… Promoted Content7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtIs Cristiano Ronaldo Converting His Hotels To Hospitals?7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The World6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The World10 Disney Characters Who Would Make Great Role ModelsEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Artlast_img read more

AnnaMarie Gatti tosses her first shutout of the year in 7-0 victory over Niagara

first_img Published on April 18, 2017 at 11:43 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary In the seventh inning, AnnaMarie Gatti slumped her shoulders as the Niagara runner trotted to first base. The next pitch, she threw a ball and quickly called time. Confused, redshirt junior catcher Olivia Martinez, ran up to meet her in the circle. Gatti stood with her for a second, took a breath and sent Martinez back to the plate.Gatti took care of the rest.“She came up to me and asked why I called time,” Gatti said. “I told her I just walked a batter and I wanted a break. I just picked up some dirt and tossed it and she said, ‘Alright, let’s just attack this next batter.’”Gatti, a junior right-hander, shut out Niagara (12-18, 3-5 Metro Atlantic) Tuesday night at SU Softball Stadium. Syracuse’s (25-16, 6-9 Atlantic Coast) 7-0 victory marked Gatti’s first shutout of the year. She struck out seven — one short of her season high. Gatti improved to 7-5 and lowered her ERA to 3.25. It’s her fourth complete game this season.“We needed this win, now more than ever,” Gatti said. “After the loss, I did everything in my power.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFaith Cain homered in the second inning and that was all that the Orange needed to secure the victory.Martinez mentioned that Gatti has been working on changing her windup as the season progressed. Gatti worked on perfecting the timing of her delivery. Her goal coming into the game was to make sure that she attacked batters and walked few.Freshman left-hander Alexa Romero, who started the first game of the double header for the Orange, quietly played a role of her own in Gatti’s performance. Gatti acknowledged that Romero’s dominant play this season has motivated her to elevate her own game in moments like this.“I was talking to her in the dugout, I told her this game is because (Romero) pushes me and makes me want to be better,” Gatti said.Martinez has seen first-hand how Gatti has developed as the season has progressed.  Her style of catching plays into Gatti’s strengths as a down-ball pitcher. Gatti said her ball was biting a lot more on Tuesday than it has this season.Syracuse head coach Mike Bosch saw a different player in Gatti. On Monday, Bosch told Gatti what pitches she’s thrown, her strike percentages for each and what pitches she need to work on. It worked.“She took it to heart,” Bosch said. “That was her first shutout in a while. That’s something to look forward to.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more