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Dwain Chambers- Should he have been picked for Team G.B.?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2013 by jackpinnock

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The London 2012 Olympic Games in London bought out the best, not only in athletes from around the world, but especially athletes from the Great Britain team. Unfortunately, there is one exception from the illustrious list, Dwain Chambers.

A statement made by UK athletics said “It is extremely frustrating to leave young athletes at home – eligible for Beijing, in possession of the qualifying standard and committed to ongoing participation in a drug-free sport. In contrast, we have to take an individual whose sudden return, especially when considered against his previous actions and comments, suggests that he may be using the whole process for his own ends.”

UK Athletics Performance director, Dave Collins also said “There is a strong feeling among the committee that we would like to see greater penalties for drug cheats. That’s obviously something that will need to be addressed after this and going forwards.”

These are the comments made by officials after The British Olympics Association (BOA) overturned the rule of lifetime bans for alleged drugs cheats, in order to choose Chambers for the Great British Olympic team. Chambers was banned in 2003 after testing positive for the performance enhancement drug, THG.

On his return, Chambers ran in the Olympic trials in Birmingham. He won his event in the 100m sprint; however, he was still outside the ‘A’ standard qualification time needed in order to compete in the 2012 Olympics. Another standard requirement needed in order to run in the Olympics was to run in the 100m at the European Championships in Helsinki, which Chambers never participated, in order to rest.

However, by breaking almost every rule in the book, he still competed in the most coveted games to date, finishing in 5th in his 100m race. Known for being Great Britain ‘fastest’ sprinter, did Chambers deserve to compete in London 2012?

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Top Ten players West Ham should sign this window

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2013 by jackpinnock

Top Ten players West Ham should sign this window

Martin Olsson

With George McCartney injured, youngster, Dan Potts is the only recognised left back for the Upton Park outfit, and with Olsson’s Premier League experience, it will be a real coup if Big Sam can pull this signing off. With the Hammers struggling for goals, Swedish international Ollson can provide the added ammunition West Ham desperately need, with his attacking prowess and ability to cross and shoot from range, you can defiantly see why West Ham want him in a claret and blue shirt.

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Rio Ferdinand

With the return of the very skilful, Joe Cole, maybe Allardyce should think about bringing another old face back to the Boleyn Ground. It is apparent that West Ham are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements, with James Collins out for up to 6 weeks with a hamstring injury and James Tomkins being linked with a move to Newcastle, Ferdinand could become a real stalwart in the Hammers backline. The United defender is out of contract this summer, and with no extension offered to him so far, his leadership ability and all round presence could greatly benefit the Hammers.

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Charles Kabore

With many top flight clubs tracking West Ham’s player of the season so far, Mohammed Diame, 24 year old Marseille midfield enforcer, Charles Kabore could be an ideal replacement if Diame was to depart. Kabore has recently stated that he would be interested in a move to England, and with Marseille strapped for cash, the bargain of the January Transfer window could be made, as it is understood he could be available for as little as £2 million. On the basis of his age, and raw talent Chales Kabore could potential be the bargain of the season.

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Charlie Austin

The Burnley hitman has endured a fine start to the season, notching up 23 goals already this season, and on current form, he’s not finished yet. His goals have gone unnoticed this season, with the likes of Newcastle and even Arsenal ready to pounce for the 23 year old striker. However, I think it’s West Ham that are more in need of goals, with one of the lowest goals tally in the Premier League this season, Allardyce needs a clinical finisher and an eye for goal in order to secure their of a top 10 finish. With his notability for goals, and his young age, it looks as though a bid of around £7-8 million could be realistically acceptable for the Championship’s joint leading scorer.

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Anthony Pilkington

The Norwich winger has been nothing short of a revelation since joining from Huddersfield Town nearly 2 years ago, and his remarkable ability to cross accurately and score a few crackers in the meantime, Allardyce should surely be thinking that his crossing ability, and set piece delivery should provide perfect substance for Carlton Cole, Andy Carroll and Maroune Chamakh. But with the Canaries going steadily in the top flight, and not far off West Ham in the league table, would Pilkington really make the move to East London?

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Danny Welbeck

Reports suggest that because of superstar Robin Van Persie’s incredible form, and Sir Alex Ferguson reluctant to leave fellow England forward out of the team, it looks as though Welbeck could be available for a short term loan deal. With his pace and endeavour, this is definatly an attractive option that Big Sam would gladly take up. Nevertheless, because of his proven ability, many clubs higher than the Hammers in the table will also be looking to sign him, and I very much doubt that because of West Ham’s hefty wage budget, Welbeck will be far too expensive. If the deal was to happen, the question lies, where will this leave Carlton Cole?

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Darren Bent

Out of favour at struggling Aston Villa, Darren Bent has the capabilities of still producing some of his best form, maybe reproducing what he did in his playing days at Sunderland. His natural instinct at being in the right place at the right time, raw pace, which is something West Ham lack, and proven goal scoring record, West Ham should without a doubt be looking into getting Bent on board. The snag is Bent has already rejected West Ham twice, first at Charlton even though a staggering £16million bid was accepted for him, and then at rivals Tottenham Hotspur where he wasn’t playing at his best. Is it a case of it really was not meant to be for Darren Bent and West Ham United?

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Fernando Amorebieta

The 6”3 defender is out of contract with Spanish La Liga outfit, Athletic Bilbao, this summer, and is thought to be looking for a move elsewhere. Amorebieta came through the famous Bilbao youth system, where only players of Basque decent are allowed to play for the club. He has been one a few players from the Bilbao academy that has been consistently solid throughout his career and has got plenty of admirers, including Manchester United and Everton. With West Ham in desperate need of defensive cover, Amorebieta could be the perfect fit for the Hammers. Known for his heading capabilities and positioning, can the Spanish stalwart be a success in England’s top flight?

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Lucas Biglia

Lucas Biglia is a creative midfielder who likes to show off his flair and play the game at his own pace. The Argentine maestro is with Belgian champions Anderlecht, but if reports are correct, which is he has gone AWOL or in other terms ‘doing a Tevez’, Biglia could become a shining star for the Upton Park side. Avaiable on a free transfer in the summer, the Belgians will be looking for a quick fire sale, and maybe a bid of around £3million could be enough to tempt Anderlecht to sell the silky Argentine. Furthermore, he could become an ideal replacement for French anchorman, Alou Diarra, who looks as though he could be set for a six month loan deal with Espanyol. Is Biglia the right choice to replace Diarra?

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George Friend

The 22 year old, who can alternate between left back and centre back, has impressed since joining Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough from Doncaster Rovers. The lanky defender has many Premier League suitors, including Aston Villa, Wigan Athletic and Fulham, and since he has never been given the chance at the highest level, maybe it is time to give him a fair crack of the whip. Allardyce will like his versatility as he is short of numbers at the back, and with strength in depth in desperate need for the Hammers, West Ham should probably be looking at about a £2-4 million bid to prize the English defender away from Teeside.

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Darts in the Olympics?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2013 by jackpinnock

16 time world champion, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor said that he would be chuffed to bits to see Darts in the Olympics, after his 7-4 victory against Dutchman, Michael Van Gerwen in the PDC world championships. However, is he right?

Despite the announcement that there will be an investment of £508 million until 2016, unfortunatly there will be funding cuts to some key Olympic sports including Handball and Volleyball which may not feature British participation in Rio De Janeiro for 2016.

With the success of the 2012 games in London in all areas of the track and field, the question lies with is there room for Darts to compete in the Olympics?

You have to say that it is more popular than many Olympic sports, and there are now sports that are being questioned for being categorized as Olympic sport such as Football and Dressage.

Former British Olympic Association Director, Sir Clive Woodward took to Twitter to say “Darts is definatly an Olympic sport. Look at the fans, TV coverage, audience and real skill under pressure.” Taylor said “You’d have a good atmosphere, it’d be exciting to watch.”

Based on these comments made by people who have extensive knowledge in the sporting legacy, I would definatly agree that Darts could become an Olympic sport, and maybe should be considered for Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

 

 

Ba completes Blues switch

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2013 by jackpinnock

Chelsea have matched the release clause in Demba Ba’s contract at Newcastle, for him to become Blues boss Rafael Benitez first signing in the January Transfer window.

The fee is believed to be in the region of £7million, and with Ba keen to speak to other clubs if the clause is met, the Senegalese decided to put pen to paper on a three and a half year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Ba’s career catipulted when at German outfit Hoffenheim, scoring 37 goals in 97 appearances, before a move to London rivals West Ham gave him recognition in the English top flight.

The powerful striker scored an impressive 7 goals in 12 games for the Hammers, but it could not prevent them from being relegated to the Championship, and during the summer of 2011, he moved to Newcastle on a free transfer.

Ba had a very impressive stint on Tyneside, scoring 29 goals in 54 appearances for the St.James Park outfit, and forming a deadly partnership with fellow Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cisse.

When it was aware Ba was becoming unsettled in the North East, and there was an affordable release clause in his contract, many top flight clubs were monitoring his situation, including Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.

However, it was Chelsea that captured the talented centre forward, and with Senegal not participating in the African Cup of Nations, and Fernando Torres looking much more like his old self, this could well be the striking partnership of the season.

West Ham target 3 more signings in January

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2013 by jackpinnock

After the imminent home coming of midfielder, Joe Cole, from Liverpool, West Ham gaffer Sam Allardyce has set his sights on three more transfer targets in the January transfer window.

It was confirmed on Twitter by Jack Sullivan, son of Hammers owner David Sullivan, that three enquires have been made for players in England, Brazil and Germany.

The players thought to be in question are Aston Villa full back, Stephen Warnock, F.C. Twente’s centre half, Douglas and Stuttgart hitman, Martin Harnik.

Warnock, who has just completed a short loan spell at Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers, is out of favour at Villa Park, and his Premier League experience is thought to be the key factor for Big Sam’s interest.

25 year old, Douglas is out of contract with F.C. Twente this summer and is believed to be keen on a switch to the Premier League. However, the Samba star has many other admirers in the top flight, with arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Newcastle and Everton waiting in the wings to grab his signature.

Harnik, who has scored 30 goals since joining German Bundesliga side Stuttgart in 2010, is a £5million target for the East London club, however, as he is still contracted to Stuttgart until 2016, a sum closer to £7million is thought to be the asking price. With strikers Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll misfiring, and Modibo Maiga said to be leaving the club for either Newcastle or Marseille, Big Sam would like to add Harnik, as he can player as a striker or a winger, and with the Hammers in desperate need for firepower, is Harnik the answer?

With injuries mounting, and a dip in form, West Ham hope to add strength in depth in order to consolidate Premier league survival, and maybe even compete for a top ten place.