first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2017) – Graded stakes winner Prize Exhibit and recent course specialist Watch This Cat head a field of five fillies and mares in Saturday’s 43rd running of the Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita going six and a half furlongs down the Camino Real hillside Turf Course.Trained by Jim Cassidy and owned by Deron Pearson’s D P Racing, Prize Exhibit, almost exclusively a stakes router since coming to the U.S. in late 2014, will run in her 21st stakes race on Saturday, her 17th graded.A winner of the Grade II Monrovia Stakes on Jan. 3, 2016 down the hill, Prize Exhibit went on to have an inconsistent year but will shorten up in distance and return to the hill for the first time since her Monrovia success.A 5-year-old mare by Showcasting, bred in Great Britain by Mrs. R. F. Johnson Houghton, Prize Exhibit has an overall record of 30-6-3-2 and has amassed earnings of $577,045.Trained by Richard Baltas and owned by Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian and Hagop Nakkashian, Watch This Cat, a 5-year-old mare by Eskendereya, is two for two down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in her last two outings. Claimed out of a dirt mile effort for $32,000 on June 6, Watch This Cat, who’s only added money attempt came at Woodbine with then trainer Mark Casse in May of 2015 (a fifth place finish in the Grade III, Selene Stakes over Woodbine’s Tapeta surface) will jump up in class in a big way on Saturday. Watch This Cat will try to make it three in a row with new rider, and Santa Anita turf specialist, Corey Nakatani at the helm.Watch This Cat, bred in Kentucky by Hinkle Farms, has a career record of 15-3-4-1- overall with $104,220 in earnings.Off since March 20, trainer Mark Glatt’s Cadet Roni will try the hillside for the first time as she comes off of a third place finish in the Grade III Las Flores sprinting over the main track and a victory in the Jan. 31 Wishing Well Stakes, which was taken off the hillside turf course due to weather and run over a wet fast main track. She will again be ridden by Rafael Bejarano on Saturday and will break from the rail.The 5-year-old mare by Colonel John, bred by Kentucky’s WinStar Farm and owned by Saundra and Al Kirkwood, has a record of 12-4-1-3 with career earnings of $160,840.The field, including jockeys and weights, for the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes –                 Race 3 – Approximate post time of 1:30 p.m. Cadet Roni, Rafael Bejarano, 122Paquita Coqueta, Flavien Prat, 120Lajatico, Drayden Van Dyke, 120Prize Exhibit, Mike Smith, 120Watch This Cat, Corey Nakatani, 120First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit read more

Linden B&E accused granted bail

first_imgLinden McCurul, 18, was granted bail by Magistrate Clive Nurse when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate,s Court to answer a charge of breaking and entering a home and larceny.The labourer of 349 Block 22, Wismar, Linden pleaded not guilty to the charge which read that he broke and entered the home of Abiola Griffith at 366 Block 22, Wismar on Friday, August 26 and stole ,000 in cash. He was granted bail in the sum of ,000 and is to make his next court appearance on September 27.last_img

€1,000 to be won in new creative category at Enterprise Awards

first_imgCreative businesses in Donegal will get the opportunity to shine a light on their success this year by entering a brand new category for Creative Coast Businesses at this year’s Donegal Local Enterprise Awards.A total of eight awards will be presented in separate categories, with a prize of €1,000 up for grabs for the Creative Coast award.The competition is open to all businesses in Donegal that employ less than 50 full-time staff, but businesses who enter must have been in receipt of direct Local Enterprise Office supports under one or more of the following interventions: Grant aid; Mentoring Programme; Trading Online Voucher Scheme; Participation on LEO Training Programmes; MicroFinance Ireland Scheme. Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said the recent launch of the new strategic action plan for creative entrepreneurship in the county, outlined aspirations for longer-term development of the creative industries in Donegal.“We know that creative industries play a significant role in the economy of the county and the publication of ‘Donegal – We Make Things’ earlier this year followed by the launch of the new creative strategy, is a clear indication of our commitment to the sector.Since the launch of the Creative Coast Initiative we have discovered, not only how so many creative businesses find their inspiration here in Donegal, but that so many of these businesses learned that with the help and support on offer from the Local Enterprise Office, they can match the talent and ambition they have with real and tangible business success,” he said.The new category in this year’s awards will help continue to shine a light on successful creative businesses in Donegal and the Head of Enterprise urged creative industries in the county to get their application before the deadline on November 11. “We know there are many determined and resilient creative businesses in the county who have shown that you can be based here in Donegal and be a truly successful creative business.These awards are a perfect opportunity to show the world that you can build a strong and successful creative business from here and I urge those in the creative sector to make the most of the opportunity,” Mr Tunney added.To enter, applicants must submit a soft copy of a simple application form and a recent set of financial statements before the closing date of 12 noon on Monday 11 NovemberForms are available to download from and completed applications should be e.mailed to [email protected] before 12 noon on Monday 11 November 2019.Hard copies of applications can be delivered to the Local Enterprise Office Donegal, Donegal County Council, Enterprise Fund Business Centre, Ballyraine, Letterkenny by the closing date and time. For more information call the Local Enterprise Office 074-9160735 or visit the Local Enterprise website Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020.€1,000 to be won in new creative category at Enterprise Awards was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Peter King issues a P.S. on 49ers — Saints likely to be better when Brees returns

first_imgAlways read the fine print.On Monday, NFL savant Peter King gushed over the 49ers, especially the team’s defense, in the wake of their resounding triumph over the Rams.On Tuesday, King appeared on 95.7 The Game’s Damon, Ratto and Kolsky show and dropped a well-considered qualifier.The only NFC team better than the 49ers, King opined, is the New Orleans Saints once quarterback Drew Brees returns from his right thumb injury. Hear it for yourself:“I think the only team right now …last_img

Dingaan Thobela: The Rose of Soweto

first_imgDingaan Thobela established himself as a charismatic, gifted fighter and a favourite of the South African public.Former boxing champion Dingaan Thobela is known as “The Rose of Soweto”.(Image: Cara Viereckl, via IOL)Brand South Africa reporterDingaan Thobela has proved himself as one of South Africa’s most talented boxers, although perhaps not the most hardworking fighter. The charismatic Thobela started his professional career in 1986 as a junior welterweight, but has since moved up to the light heavyweight ranks – representing a rise of almost 16 kilograms.He has even spoken of possibly campaigning as a heavyweight whether he was serious or not remains to be seen.After an amateur career that saw him win 80 times and lose just three bouts, Thobela’s first professional fight pitted him against Quinton Ryan, a bout he won in four rounds. The slick-punching Thobela was held to a draw in his fourth fight, but proceeded to win 25 fights in a row over the next five years, registering 19 wins by knockout along the way.Dingaan Thobela starts his professional career in 1986 as a junior welterweight, but later moved up to the light heavyweight ranks – representing a rise of almost 16 kilograms. (Image: African Ring)Fighting outside South AfricaAs he scored more and more wins, Thobela became increasingly marketable and began to fight outside of South Africa. In 1990, three of his five fights were in the United States and all three ended in victories, two by knockout over Pascual Aranda and Mauricio Aceves who he both disposed of in the fifth round.In 1991, Thobela’s three contests were all won on points, and in 1992 he fought only twice, defeating Tony Foster over eight rounds and stopping Peter Till in nine rounds.At the beginning of February 1993, “The Rose of Soweto” took on Tony Lopez for the WBA lightweight title. Lopez had previously fought twice against South African boxing legend Brian Mitchell. Mitchell, who retired as WBA champion after 13 successful title defences, had fought Lopez in Sacramento on both occasions. The first bout ended in a controversial draw and Mitchell left the matter in no doubt the second time around.Controversial lossThobela discovered how difficult it was to win in Lopez’ backyard when he lost on a controversial points decision. Four months later he faced Lopez at Sun City, and this time he captured the title.Thobela made his first defence in October, but came up against a superior fighter in the unbeaten Orzubek Nazarov, who claimed a convincing 12-round decision. Thobela challenged for the title again in March 1994, but Nazarov had his number and won over 12 rounds in a repeat of his previous victory. Later in the year Thobela faced journeyman Karl Taylor in England and was surprisingly knocked out in the eighth round of their contest.In 1995 Thobela got back on track with five victories, all of them by knockout, and added a further two KO victories by June 1996. However, matters went haywire again for “The Rose” when he faced Geoff McCreesh in November. McCreesh, who came into the fight with a record of 15 wins and three losses, mostly against little-known British opponents, stunned Thobela in the second round, sending the South African to the canvas for a huge upset victory.Beaten by a journeymanIn his next fight, in March 1997, Thobela was beaten by American journeyman Willy Wise, who came into the fight with 21 wins – only six by knockout – three losses and four draws. The South African was favoured to win, but Wise secured a points victory.Questions were being asked about Thobela’s commitment, but he secured a big win later in the year, defeating fellow South African Gary Murray on a fourth-round TKO. In 1998 he fought only once, drawing against Carlos Baldomir over 12 rounds. Thobela looked rusty and out of shape and doubts grew about his boxing career.However, he returned for two fights in 1999. He won in seven rounds against Walter Danett, but was beaten on points by Cornelius Carr for the WBF middleweight title.World title winIn early 2000 he won a points decision over Soon Botes to earn a crack at Glen Catley’s WBC super middleweight title. The Briton was heavily favoured to retain his crown, but Thobela, way behind on all three judges’ scorecards, staged a strong finish, dramatically knocking Catley out with only seconds remaining in the bout. He was once again a world champion.As had happened previously, Thobela was unable to defend his world title, losing to Canada’s Dave Hilton on a controversial points decision in Montreal. Shortly afterwards, Hilton was jailed for rape and Thobela was given another crack at the title against Eric Lucas in November 2001. He struggled to make the weight, however, and Lucas dominated the fight before winning on a TKO in the eighth round.Thobela was a natural: a gifted boxer who, at the the height of his career, established himself as a charismatic, gifted fighter and a favourite of the South African public.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Craft celebrated on Heritage Day

first_imgSouth African crafters will be celebratedon Heritage Day, 24 September.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library)  Heritage Day, 24 September, is a South African holiday that celebrates the nation’s rich diversity of cultures and traditions. This year, all around the country festivities will take place under the theme Celebrating South African Craft, Our Heritage.The public holiday is the culmination of the annual Heritage Month campaign, which is overseen by the national Department of Arts and Culture (DAC). The programme is aimed at building national pride and increasing social cohesion through the month-long series of events.On 24 September this year South Africa’s deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe will travel to Moroke, Greater Tubatse municipality, in the north of Limpopo province, to address crowds at the national Heritage Day celebrations.Motlanthe, Arts and Culture Minister Lulama Xingwana, Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale and other government representatives will lend their weight to the day’s proceedings.To start, there will be a traditional cleansing ceremony at the Bapedi heritage site of Tjate in the historical Sekhukhune district. Here, in 1879, the Bapedi (Pedi people) under King Sekhukhune I fought heroically against colonial occupation, taking on a combined British-Boer-Swazi force. Outnumbered and outgunned, they ultimately lost the battle.This ceremony will be followed by the main event in Moroke. A craft exhibition titled Beautiful Things has been arranged as part of the celebrations, where crafters from all nine provinces will be able to sell their wares. Various cultural groups will also perform.While this is the national event, other functions are planned for elsewhere in the country – these include street parades, craft exhibitions and the launch of various Investing in Culture projects.The DAC’s Investing in Culture programme supports craft initiatives around the country, 40% of them in rural areas, through funding and training. Since the programme’s inception in 2005 it has invested about US$40-million (over R300-million) in craft projects.Thriving craft sectorSpeaking at the launch of Heritage Month at the world heritage site of Mapungubwe in Limpopo earlier in September, Xingwana emphasised the craft sector’s important socio-economic impact.About 38 000 people earn a living through an estimated 7 000 small enterprises around the country, and 1.2-million in total support themselves and their families through craft and related enterprises.Moreover, the Department of Trade and Industry estimates that craft contributes $269-million (R2-billion) or 0.14% to South Africa’s GDP annually.“The crafts sector can also be used as a catalyst for rural economic development and for fostering expanded participation in the economy, especially by women,” said Xingwana. South Africa’s crafters are predominantly female.Xingwana deplored the exploitation of rural crafters by intermediaries and unscrupulous retailers, adding that access to reputable markets is an ongoing problem. She also noted the lack of a national body to represent this sector, saying that as individuals, crafters do not have a strong enough voice to negotiate on pricing and often they have to take what they can get.“Paying attention to the crafts industry will help forge a national identity,” she said, “restore respect between the knowledge holders who transmit skills to our youth, and promote Proudly South African products and their economic potential to South Africans”.On the eve of Heritage Day Xingwana will host a gala dinner in Polokwane, Limpopo’s capital. At this event DAC and the Old Mutual Foundation, the social investment arm of financial services group Old Mutual, will sign a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in helping crafters with basic business and leadership training, and better access to markets.Sizzling celebrationNot only is the 24 September a celebration of culture and craft, it’s also designated National Braai Day. This event falls in line with the vision of Heritage Day, and that is to bring people together to enjoy one of the country’s great traditions – the braai (Afrikaans, meaning barbeque).The non-profit, non-political organisation Braai4Heritage is behind Braai Day, encouraging South Africans to celebrate this unique aspect of their heritage, while cooking up a storm.This culinary custom originated in the Afrikaner community, but has since transcended demographics and become popular among all ethnic groups and countries in the Southern African region.The patron of National Braai Day is the esteemed Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. When approached in 2007, Tutu gladly accepted the patronage, saying that the braai is a force for unity.“It’s a fantastic thing, a very simple idea,” enthused the archbishop on the first Braai Day two years ago. “Here is one thing that can unite us irrespective of all of the things that are trying to tear us apart.”The Nobel Peace laureate then reached for an apron and tongs and took his place beside the fire before tucking into a boerewors roll. Boerewors (Afrikaans, meaning farmers’ sausage), a braai essential, is a spiced beef sausage packed into long casings. Popular variations in Southern Africa include flavours such as chilli, garlic and cheese, as well as different meat fillings such as kudu or springbok.Initially the braai idea came under fire from the National Heritage Council due to fears that it would demean Heritage Day, but the meaty organisation later received the blessing of the council and Braai Day has now become a driving force for nation-building.last_img read more

Wizards beat Pacers to win 5th straight without Wall

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next The difference appears to be more balance.On Monday, eight players scored in double figures and three had at least seven rebounds. Thomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier each finished with six assists and Beal was the only Washington player with more than two turnovers.The Wizards outscored Indiana 30-11 in transition and had a 43-35 rebounding edge, too.“I thought everybody chipped in and played well,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said.But the Pacers weren’t themselves.ADVERTISEMENT Indiana Pacers guard Joe Young (3) catches the ball between his knees as he goes for a loose ball with Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. The Washington Wizards defeated the Pacers 111-102. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Suddenly, the Washington Wizards look unbeatable.Their early season shooting woes are gone, they’re sharing the ball more and they’re playing like a contender. And they’ve done it all with All-Star guard John Wall on the mend.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City JRU nears Final Four, goes on 15-0 run in 4th set to beat Lyceum With All-Star guard Victor Oladipo out with an illness and point guard Darren Collison out with a bad left knee, the Pacers were out of sync and out of contention for most of the game.The Wizards took advantage.Indiana missed its first six shots, which allowed Washington to jump out to a 17-8 lead. The Wizards took complete control with a 13-0 run that made it 55-39 with 3:13 to go in the first half.The Pacers never got closer than seven again.Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 29 points for the Pacers as he tried to spur a fourth-quarter rally. Joe Young added 17 as Indiana’s six-game home winning streak ended.“Vic is our go-to-guy. We knew it was going to be tough without both,” Bogdanovic said. “They play heavy minutes. We got two less players in the rotation. I think (Washington) didn’t win this game. We lost this game with too many turnovers and (giving up) too many easy points.”TIP-INSWizards: Markieff Morris had 11 points and 10 rebounds while Otto Porter Jr. scored 13 points. … Ian Mahinmi finished with 12 points and seven rebounds against his former team. … Washington shot 55.6 percent from the field. … The Wizards have won four of the last six played in Indianapolis. … Washington has had at least 25 assists in six consecutive games. … Beal was 1 of 4 on 3-pointers, giving him 2,002 attempts in his career.Pacers: Domantas Sabonis finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. … Young made a career-best five 3s. … Lance Stephenson had 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and six turnovers. Joseph had seven points and four assists. … Indiana was 12 of 29 on 3s but shot 46.2 percent overall, ending its four-game run of topping 50 percent. … The Pacers also were 16 of 25 from the free-throw line.INJURY REPORTBefore the game, the Pacers announced Collison would miss two to three weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee.Pacers coach Nate McMillan said Collison was injured during Saturday night’s win over Philadelphia. He’s hoping Collison, who was averaging 12.8 points and 5.3 assists, can return shortly after the All-Star break. AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ They did it again Monday as Bradley Beal, their other All-Star, scored 21 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 15 to lead the Wizards past the Indiana Pacers, 111-102 for a season-best fifth straight win.“John is such a key and valuable piece to our team. He draws so much attention at what he brings to both ends of the floor, that’s kind of irreplaceable,” Beal said. “It’s definitely a huge hit to us having him out, but we’ve been having some success. We’ve figured it out a little bit.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutActually, they’re thriving.Since Wall went down with an injured left knee, Washington hasn’t lost. The latest victory gave the Wizards their fourth in a row over the Pacers, something that hadn’t happened since a nine-game winning streak in the series ended in 1983-84. McMillan plugged Cory Joseph and Stephenson but may change it up until Collison returns.“I like Cory and Lance coming off the bench, so once Vic is back we’ll look at each game we’re playing and make a decision,” McMillan said.UP NEXTWizards: Finish a three-game road trip Tuesday at Philadelphia.Pacers: Will try to earn a split in the season series Wednesday at New Orleans.last_img read more

As the sport grows, Gina Iniong vows to carry the torch for women’s mixed martial arts

first_imgLATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1st 2019 BVR on Tour leg kicks off at Puerto Galera “Mixed martial arts gave direction to my life and that’s that main reason for the good life I’m enjoying at the moment,” said Iniong. “I will always want to perform better so I can inspire other ladies.”“I will continue to prove that we can do anything that men could.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “You can now also see highlight-reel knockouts and submissions from us which only proves that the future of women’s mixed martial arts is very promising,” said Iniong.There’s also the reality that a career in mixed martial arts is a viable profession for women, and that the sport is not just a mere discipline to use in self-defense.“Women are starting to recognize that we have tons of potential in this sport, not just as an athlete who wants to stay fit but also as a competitor in real life as it also develops our will to win and to achieve more,” said Iniong.“It only shows that women can also dominate and at the same time entertain fans.”Iniong, though, hopes that more Filipino women will get the opportunity she got for herself and that’s competing in the highest level of the sport.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Team Lakay’s atomweight contender said she’s ready to become the poster child of the sport’s evolution in the Philippines.“I’m happy that women’s mixed martial arts here in the Philippines is starting to grow as days go by,” said Iniong (8-4). “Now, many promotions have weight classes for women which proves mixed martial arts is now for everybody, not just men.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesONE Championship has two weight classes for women with Xiong Jing Nan championing the women’s strawweight division while Angela Lee holds the title in the women’s atomweight division.Stamp Fairtex also owns two titles in the ONE Super Series holding the belts for Muay Thai and Kickboxing. MANILA, Philippines—Gina Iniong is ready to carry her part in the women’s revolution in the mixed martial arts world.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedcenter_img Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endlast_img read more

2015 Silent Sports Challenge a success

first_imgHundreds of people across the country got to experience a different type of Touch Football last week, taking part in the 2015 Silent Sports Challenge as part of Hearing Awareness Week. The Silent Sports Challenge involves modified games of Touch Football where all participants are required to wear earplugs and aren’t permitted to talk during play, while referees use a flag to communicate decisions. The Gold Coast Titans kicked off Hearing Awareness Week, with a silent Touch Football game being played at half-time of their match against the Canberra Raiders on Sunday. Back in Canberra, the Raiders were on hand to participate in last Tuesday’s Silent Sports Challenge at Reconciliation Park, with schools from across the ACT as well as the ACT Deaf Touch Football team taking part in the day. The Raiders were also in location to help launch the ‘It All Starts Here’ campaign, promoting the upcoming summer season of Touch Football.On the other side of Australia, Touch Football WA held its Silent Sports Challenge last Friday at Birdwood Square, while Gosch’s Paddock in Victoria hosted Touch Football Victoria’s Silent Sports Challenge on Saturday in the lead up to the Melbourne Storm versus North Queensland Cowboys game. Head to the Touch Football Australia Facebook page to view photos from the 2015 Silent Sports Challenge – Related LinksSilent Sports Challengelast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona to make Bosman move for Chelsea ace Willian

first_imgBarcelona to make Bosman move for Chelsea ace Willianby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are ready to make a Bosman move for Chelsea ace Willian.The midfielder’s contract is due to expire in 2020.Mundo Deportivo says the Spanish giants had previously attempted to sign the 31-year-old from Chelsea, but saw bids of £40million and £60m rejected, however he is free to negotiate pre-contract deal with foreign clubs from January 1 2020.It is unclear whether Chelsea will attempt to retain Willian, with Frank Lampard focused on bringing through a young crop of players including Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.Willian has made six appearances for the new manager so far this season and seems to be a key part of the side again. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more