DARRELL VIENNA, SI SAGE, WINNER: “I think the blinkers made a difference on this horse. Elvis had been working him, he said maybe blinkers would help and I think he was right. I trained him once in them before but I didn’t think he liked them. He worked very well in his last work with the blinkers. Frankly, I was hoping they would make a difference for him.“I wasn’t actually looking at the fractions, I was watching him, and frankly I was never worried. I thought he was always running pretty easily. I should say I was a little worried early when he was tugging, but after he settled on the turn, I felt pretty good, and then I could see he wasn’t asking him at all, and then he did.”What did he prove to you today? “He proved that finally he can win a race for us.” MIKE SMITH, BIG JOHN B, EIGHTH AND LAST: “The grass was way too soft for him today. He wasn’t even about to pick his feet up.”TRAINER QUOTES ELVIS TRUJILLO, SI SAGE, WINNER: “He breezed with blinkers and he breezed very well so they wanted to keep them on. He’s a very nice horse. He’s from France so I think he’s used to the softer turf. We sat behind and he was ready to go in the stretch.“I rode him the time before his last race and I told Darrell Vienna that I thought he needed blinkers. He said we’ll wait, race him without and then work him with the blinkers and see how it goes. He worked with them and he worked so good. I knew he could win.“Darrell told me that ‘You know the horse, you work him, it’s your decision where to place him in the race.’ ” JOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Jed and Roberta Cohen of Los Angeles (Red Baron’s Baron LLC) and Rancho Temescal. RICHARD MANDELLA, GANESH, SECOND: “He ran real good. He got a nice race into him the other day. A mile and a half is probably what he really wants, but he ran a nice race. He had a little bit of traffic trouble there, but I’m very happy to be where we are.” -30-
Tournament Central | Bracket | PhotosNATCHITOCHES, La. – After three days of play at the 2019 Southland Tournament, the championship match is set with No. 1 Sam Houston State taking on No. 2 Nicholls Friday, May 10 at 12 p.m. CT. The Bearkats clinched a shot at the title with a 2-0 win over Nicholls in Game Nine. Brooke Malia sealed the victory for SHSU with a two-run walkoff home run in the ninth inning. The Colonels rebounded from the loss with a dominant 10-4 win over McNeese to conclude day three action. Nicholls had previously been eliminated from the 2017 and 2018 Southland Tournaments by the Cowgirls.Game Eight | No. 4 Stephen F. Austin – 6 vs. No. 6 Northwestern State – 1 (Box Score)After a 22-hour rain delay, No. 4 Stephen F. Austin and No. 6 Northwestern State returned to the diamond to settle their game from Day Two for the right to advance to Game 10 of the 2019 Southland Conference Tournament. The Ladyjacks employed an impressive three-run fifth inning to eliminate the Lady Demons by a final score of 6-1.The first 2.5 innings were tabled Tuesday night but not before NSU’s Kaitlyn St. Clair blasted a shot over the left-field fence to put the Lady Demons up 1-0. Inclement weather conditions ensued, forcing SFA and Northwestern State to postpone play until 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Leading off the day for Stephen F. Austin was 2019 Southland Hitter of the Year who was immediately walked. Mackenzie Bennett then stepped up to the plate next and delivered a home run out of left field to put the Ladyjacks up 2-1.Bennett provided another spark for the SFA offense in the bottom of the fifth with a RBI double to plate Bryana Novegil. The Ladyjacks would score once more in the inning on a single up the middle from Lauren Becker to bring Corona and Bailey Richards across the dish. Northwestern State’s defense retired SFA on the next play with the Ladyjacks up 5-1.Emily Wolfe struck once more for SFA in the sixth after Corona singled to center field for her first hit of the afternoon. Northwestern State catcher Alexis Perry caught Novegil stealing third on the next play, ending the inning with SFA up 6-1.The Lady Demons attempted to drum up their offense in the seventh inning after Cayla Jones cranked a single to second base. Stephen F. Austin ended the game on the next play, however, after NSU’s Emma Hawthorne popped out to Maggie Black at shortstop.The 6-1 victory pushed the Ladyjacks into an elimination bout against No. 3 McNeese in Game 10 of the tournament.Game Nine | No. 1 Sam Houston State – 2 vs. No. 2 Nicholls – 0 (Box Score)Yet another pitcher’s duel ensued in Game Nine between top-seeded Sam Houston State and No. 2 Nicholls. Nine innings and 243 pitches were needed to decide a winner between the Bearkats and the Colonels where Sam Houston State’s Brooke Malia launched a two-run walkoff home run to end the contest. SHSU ace Lindsey McLeod struck out eight batters in the affair, sending the Bearkats into the championship game with an unblemished 2-0 tournament record.Defense remained stingy for both squads as each team posted four hits through the eighth inning. Megan Landry delivered her three strikeouts within the first seven innings, while her teammates assisted her by securing 16 flyouts throughout the game. Sam Houston State countered by forcing the Colonels into 17 popouts during the contest.With runners on the corners and Mallery Marino threatening from third base, the Colonels entered Gretchen Morgan into the game to pinch hit for Corynn Major in the seventh inning. Morgan faced six pitches before flying out to left field, taking the game into the bottom half of the inning. Landry stepped into the circle, fanning one of two batters while sitting the Bearkats down in order.Three of the game’s nine hits were registered in the eighth inning as Nicholls started things off with a hit from Samantha Mracich. Mracich advanced to second for the Colonels before Sam Houston’s McLeod rung up her seventh strikeout of the game. In the bottom of the eighth, the Bearkats put two runners on base with a pair of singles but were unable to convert, ultimately leaving two runners stranded to end the inning.In the bottom of the ninth, SHSU’s Tiffany Thompson provided a leadoff hit, reaching first base on a Nicholls fielding error before stealing second base on the next play. Second baseman Brooke Malia stepped up to the plate looking for her first hit of the afternoon. Facing a 2-2 count, Malia took her fifth pitch and sent it over left field, ending the game in spectacular fashion.The 2-0 win solidifies a spot in the Southland Tournament title game for the Bearkats and improves the squad to a 33-21 overall record.Game Ten | No. 3 McNeese – 3 vs. No. 4 Stephen F. Austin – 0 (Box Score)In what would turn into the fourth extra-inning game of the tournament, No. 3 McNeese and No. 4 Stephen F. Austin battled through 11 innings until a winner was decided. The Cowgirls provided three runs in the top of the 11th, highlighted by a two-run homer from Toni Perrin. Stephen F. Austin and McNeese combined for 15 hits throughout the contest.The Cowgirls employed three pitchers, beginning with Saleen Flores who went 8.2 innings before Caroline Settle tagged in to replace her. Alexsandra Flores closed out the contest for McNeese with two strikeouts in the final two innings. The trio allowed six hits on 156 pitches and 46 batters faced.Ashley Kriesel started things off in the circle for Stephen F. Austin with four innings of work before freshman Kassidy Wilbur closed out the game for the final seven innings. Wilbur faced 25 of McNeese’s 41 batters, tossing 133 pitches and fanning four Cowgirls. In her four innings, Kriesel rung up seven McNeese players on 16 batters faced.The Ladyjacks were led on offense by Bryana Novegil who accounted for three of SFA’s six hits. Alex Hedspeth delivered the only extra-base hit of the game for Stephen F. Austin with a double up the middle in the fourth inning.Mcneese logged five of their nine hits over the last four innings. In the top of the 11th, Cori McCrary charged the Cowgirls’ offense with a leadoff single down the right field line before stealing second base. On the next play, facing a 2-2 count, Perrin cracked a two-run home run that placed McNeese ahead 2-0. Justyce McClain provided the assurance for the Cowgirls with a sacrifice flyout to left field that brought Megan Holmes in for the third and final run of the game.The 3-0 victory vaulted McNeese into the backdraw semifinal contest against No. 2 Nicholls.Game 11 | No. 2 Nicholls – 10 vs. No. 3 McNeese – 4 (Box Score)No. 2-seeded Nicholls and No. 3 McNeese flipped the script on the rest of the Day Three Southland Tournament games with an action packed 14-run contest that ultimately fell in favor of the Colonels. The two squads combined for 23 hits as Nicholls scored six runs in their final two innings to top the Cowgirls 10-4.McNeese jumped ahead early with a trio of runs in the second inning after a home run from Alexandria Saldivar brought in Toni Perrin who doubled to left center field just two plays earlier. Following the home run, Alexis LaBure entered the circle for the Colonels with one out on the board. After relieving Emily Danehower, LaBure retired the next two McNeese batters. Kasey Frederick responded for Nicholls with a solo home run that placed the Colonels on the board and reduced McNeese’s lead to 3-1.The Cowgirls added a run in the top of the third, but Nicholls responded once again, this time with a three-run explosion that tied the score at 4-4. Nicholls ace Megan Landry made her appearance at the top of the fourth with the decision up in the air. The two teams retired each other in order, moving the game into the fifth inning with the stalemate still intact.In the bottom of the fifth, the Colonels reached base on each of their first four plays but were unable to score as Kelsey Miller was thrown out on a fielder’s choice at second base. With the bases loaded and the score still tied at 4-4, Caitlin Garcia stepped up to the plate for her third appearance of the contest. Garcia was still on the lookout for her first hit of the game and built her count to 0-1 before launching a shot out of right-center field for a grand slam and her ninth RBI of the tournament.The Colonels, now ahead 8-4, carried their momentum through the remainder of the game, scoring two more runs in the sixth inning and securing a 10-4 win over the Cowgirls. Prior to Thursday, Nicholls had been eliminated from each of the last two Southland Tournaments by McNeese. With the victory, the Colonels will now face No. 1 Sam Houston State in the championship match of the Southland Tournament.First pitch of the Southland title game is slated for 12 p.m. at Lady Demon Diamond in Natchitoches, La. Should the Colonels defeat the Bearkats, the two teams will play one last time as Sam Houston State has not yet lost a game in the double-elimination tournament.Coverage for the championship match is scheduled to be televised nationally on ESPNU, in addition to streaming availability on ESPN.com/watch and ESPN apps. Four-time Louisiana sportscaster of the year Lyn Rollins and two-time NFCA All-American Tori Vidales will call the action for the title stage.If Game 13 becomes necessary, coverage will shift to ESPN3, online-only through ESPN.com/watch and ESPN apps.
1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed the club have offered David de Gea “a lot of money” in a bid to keep the goalkeeper at Old Trafford this summer.The Spain international is in the running to win the PFA Player of the Year award following a string of fine performances this season and is reportedly a priority target for La Liga giants Real Madrid.Real’s interest in Madrid-born De Gea – dubbed ‘operation De Gea’ by the Spanish press – has strengthened because of those displays and the 24-year-old is thought to be keen to move back to his hometown.In January Van Gaal said he expected De Gea to extend his Red Devils contract – which expires in June 2016 – but three months on, there are no signs of progress.However, the Dutch boss has said the club have offered the Spaniard a bumper new deal as they are desperate for him to stay.“It takes a long time now,” the United boss said when asked about the continuing negotiations.“It can always happen. I am not the boss. I want him to stay. The player is the boss he can say yes or no.“You will have to ask David de Gea [if he is staying], not me. He has to sign.“We have offered him a lot of money.” Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea
LONDON – European film and TV writers demonstrated Wednesday in support of their striking U.S. colleagues. Several dozen writers rallied in front of the headquarters of Britain’s main union federation holding red-and-black placards saying: “We Support the Writers Guild of America.” Mark Burton, a British writer whose credits include “Madagascar” and “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” said the issue at stake was “how you pay creative artists in the digital world. Producers see an opportunity to seize more territory for themselves,” said Burton, a WGA member whose American projects are on hold. The Writers Guild of America has been on strike since Nov. 5, halting production on many TV shows and movies. The main issue: payment for work broadcast on the Internet and mobile phones. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsPlaywright David Edgar, president of the 2,000-strong Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, said that without payment for Internet use, writers’ relationship to their work was like “the widget-maker’s relationship to the widget once it is made – that is, none at all.” In Paris, a few dozen screenwriters and others joined a march from the Opera Garnier to the Trocadero Plaza across from the Eiffel Tower in support of their American counterparts. They held up signs saying “French Screenwriters Are Angry” and “Our Creative Work is Under Threat.” In Berlin, about 30 scriptwriters and actors gathered in front of the Brandenburg Gate. “We have a different situation, but we are all banding together and standing together,” said German scriptwriter Anne Mueller. Australian scriptwriters also supported their U.S. counterparts, with Australian Writers Guild members rallying in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Since its origin away back in summer 1995, Noel Moore Lawn Cutting Services has gained vast experience, variegated skills and resources all over Donegal.“With pride, confidence and your satisfaction always in mind” is the motto of this flexible and versatile and well-established service.This has been rewarded by growing customer interest and a solid base of customers whose loyalty goes back many years. Private and commercial customers are catered for.Noel Moore Lawn Cutting Services has been taking care of all lawncutting needs – including lawn care management, weeding, pedestrian sweeping, aerating, spraying, moss care, planting, lawn feeds etc.Other services include cleaning courtyards, patios, footpaths, driveways, outside walls and concrete yards. And a power-washing service is available.It provides affordable rates for all types of gardens, sports grounds, school and church grounds, etc. Noel Moore Lawncutting Services is a year around service.It also has a wide range of winter services to choose from. Examples, pressure washing, gutter cleaning, yard maintenance, leaf blowing/gathering, ice removal and garden tidy-ups.Now based near St Johnston, Noel Moore Lawncutting Services has a website www.noelmoorelawncutting.com and a facebook page www.facebook.com/Noel.Moore.Lawncutting.ServicesWhy not take a look? You might find a service you need.If you have any questions, please call Noel on 087 1726589. NO ‘MOORE’ HASSLE WITH YOUR GARDENING NEEDS THANKS TO NOEL MOORE LAWNCUTTING SERVICES was last modified: October 21st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnews
The loss of Rory Kavanagh spurred Donegal on to a fine second half display to claim victory by 0-17 to 1-7 over Mayo in the National League in Ballyshannon today.The St Eunan’s man was put to the line for retaliating at the end of the first half.It proved the catalyst as Donegal upped the stakes and silenced Mayo who only managed to score one point in the second half. Indeed it was Mayo who went in at the interval 1-5 to 0-6 ahead.But some fine scores in the second half hitting ten points while Mayo only managed one point – a 45 from their goalkeeper.Jim McGuinness will be delighted by his side’s performance today after they were played off the park by Kerry in their last outing.Mayo had plenty of chances in the second half but they were almost all efforts from long range with no les than six balls falling easily into Paul Durkan’s hands. But it was the accuracy of the Donegal forwards which won the game with Colm McFadden notching up 7 points, Michael Murphy claiming five points and young Patrick McBrearty getting two.It was a team performance with big Neil Gallagher and especially the sublime Karl Lacey showing once more.McGuinness will be happy as Donegal head to Croke Park next Saturday night against the All Ireland Champions. DONEGAL IMPRESS WITH INSPIRED SECOND HALF DISPLAY TO BEAT MAYO was last modified: March 18th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:donegalMayoNational League
silverware smart causal Messi scored two in Barca’s season opener against Alaves, while his compatriot Aguero went one better and bagged a hat-trick in Man City’s 6-1 win over Huddersfield.PSG star Kylian Mbappe has also notched himself a new in-form card, having got two goals from the bench against Guingamp.With FIFA 19 set for release on September 28, the first TOTW edition of this season should be released in just over a month’s time.But who else made this week’s squad? Scroll down to find out! 4 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won gameday How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? ALTERED Latest Premier League News NEW ERA REVEALED 4 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Argentinian duo Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero have been rewarded for their fantastic performances by being included in the FIFA Team of the Week (TOTW).Chelsea man Marcos Alonso also features after netting the winning goal in his side’s London derby against Arsenal. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 4 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ST: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 94 ratingST: Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – 88 ratingGK: Mike Maignan (Lille) – 81 ratingLB: Kieran Gibbs (West Brom) – 82 ratingLM: Denis Bouanga (Nimes) – 82 ratingCM: Jasmin Kurtic (Ferrara) – 81 ratingRB: Sean Klaiber (Utrecht) – 79 rating Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener RB: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid) – 86 ratingCB: Steve Cook (Bournemouth) – 84 ratingCB: Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps) – 83 ratingRM: Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas) – 88 ratingCM: David Silva (Manchester City) – 93 ratingLM: Nani (Sporting) – 86 ratingST: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 97 rating 4 no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card GK: Jonathan Orozco (Santos Laguna) – 84 ratingLB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – 86 rating possible standings huge blow How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED Three of the four major headliners from TOTW 43 CAM: Michael Liendl (Wolfsberger) – 79 ratingST: Morales (Levante) – 82 ratingST: Andre Silva (Sevilla) – 84 ratingCF: Fabricio (Urawa Red Diamonds) – 81 ratingCM: Lee Seok Hyun (Pohang Steelers) – 75 ratingST: Julio Tavares (Dijon) – 79 ratingST: Alex Fisher (Yeovil) – 72 rating
A Letterkenny mother whose money was stolen on her daughter’s fourth birthday has been overwhelmed by the kindness she received from strangers in her hour of need.Liz Porter took her daughter Addison to McDonalds in Letterkenny for a birthday treat yesterday. However, shortly after taking her little girl to the bathroom she realised that she had left her purse and phone behind. She later found her belongings but was heartbroken to see that money had been taken from her purse, she told Donegal Daily.Liz had not had a chance to buy a birthday cake for her daughter’s party before the theft took place. She reached out on Donegal Daily in the hope that the thief would have a change of heart and the money would be returned. What she didn’t expect was to receive great generosity and warm wishes from local people. A knight in shining armour came to Liz’s rescue yesterday, as Jay Devine, the manager of Partyline Bouncy Castles in Tooban Burnfoot offered her free hire of a bouncy castle.Little Addison’s birthday party was given an exciting new feature with a Frozen-themed bouncy castle installed in her garden. A fun-filled evening was in store for Addison and her friends.“Maybe this is my good fortune,” Liz told Donegal Daily, “it was very very kind of him.”Jay has played down his good deed with modesty. “A very little thing from us but could be the difference from putting the smile on a kid’s wee face,” he posted on Facebook. Liz also took to Facebook to share her gratitude: “A very big warm thank you to Jay Devine, thank you so much for the bouncy castle for Addison’s party, you just made her day after our misfortune earlier you’re one in a million thanks again.”Liz also received generous offers from strangers who were willing to donate toys as a birthday present to Addison, while other compassionate people who were sympathetic to her story offered to replace the sum of money stolen. Liz turned down the offers as she was already hugely grateful for the support she received.Huge outpouring of kindness for Letterkenny theft victim was last modified: October 5th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Onduparaka can only finish as high as 5th. (File Photos)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueOnduparaka FC vs Express FCGreen Light Stadium, AruaSaturday, 04-05-2019 @4pmARUA – This has been a disappointing season for Onduparaka.After a stellar 2017/18 season in which they finished 4th, Onduparaka hoped to improve this campaign but have fallen short somehow.With only one game to play, the Arua based cannot finish any better than 5th, the position they sit in before a kick of the ball on Saturday.With a victory against Express putting them on 47 points, they will have also failed to match or better last season’s tally of 48.Not that the situation calls for alarm bells to be sound, no. But who wouldn’t want to witness some sort of improvement? For the Onduparaka faithful, they will have to go back and look at where they fell short and hope their side improves.Against Express, they take on a side that has almost all their focus elsewhere. The Red Eagles are in the semifinals of the Uganda Cup and take on Bright Stars in the second leg earlier next week.Express have a Uganda Cup semifinal second leg next week. (file photo)With a first major trophy since 2012 only two games away, Express can be forgiven for not taking Saturday’s game seriously.“Our focus is on the Cup mainly but due to formalities, we know we have to play Onduparaka, says Express Coach George Ssemwogerere.“We will try to use the Onduparaka game as part of the preparations for the second leg against Bright Stars next week.“We go into Arua eyeing to win so as we boost our confidence before Bright Stars comes to Wankulukuku.Express are expected to make wholesale changes to the team as they hand vital rest to some of their key players who are expected to be the focal point next week. However, they will be without the injured Arthur Kiggundu who suffered a nasty injury in the 1-1 draw with Bright Stars last Sunday.Match FactsThis will be the 6th meeting between the two sides since Onduparaka were promoted to the top tier in 2016.Express has never triumphed over Onduparaka in the first 5 meetings (D2 L3).In the reverse fixture last season, the two sides drew 0-0.When they met in the first game this campaign, Onduparaka defeated Express 2-0 at Wankulukuku.Going into the game, Onduparaka are on a three-match unbeaten run, winning two and drawing one.At home, Onduparaka have lost only one of their last 12 games this season (W6 D5).For Express, they head into the game having lost only once in their last 5 league outings (W3 D1).However, away from home, the Red Eagles have lost all of their last three League games conceding 6 goals whilst scoring only once.Match Officials-Center Referee: Paul Omara–Assistant Referee 1: Dick Okello–Assistant Referee 2: Tonny Agir–Fourth Official: Deogracious Opio–Referee Assessor: David Davis KatabiraOther match-day 30 games–Mbarara City Vs Police – Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara–KCCA Vs Maroons – Star Times Stadium, Lugogo–Vipers Vs BUL – St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende–Kirinya-Jinja S.S Vs Ndejje University – Mighty Arena, Jinja–Tooro United Vs URA – Kavumba Recreational Stadium–Bright Stars Vs Paidha Black Angels – Champions Stadium, Mwererwe–SC Villa Vs Nyamitybora – Mandela National Stadium, NambooleComments Tags: Express FCFUFA Uganda Cup 2018/19George Ssemwogerereonduparaka fcStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetop
Juventus are hoping to persuade Didier Drogba to join them in the summer, the Daily Mirror report.Drogba’s future is in doubt.Drogba has been tipped to leave Stamford Bridge when his Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season and has been strongly linked with a move to China.But Juve are said to be keen to sign the striker and are also apparently interested in Robin van Persie, Carlos Tevez and Luiz Suarez.The Daily Telegraph suggest that Roy Hodgson is looking to broker peace talks between Rio Ferdinand and Chelsea’s John Terry.Asked about the issue at his unveiling as England’s new manager, Hodgson commented: “I’ll have to get in touch with John and Rio to speak with them, hopefully face to face, and find out where they are in this situation.“John and Rio, as respected members of the team, are going to be two I need to speak to. I’ll have to speak to as many senior players as I can.”Meanwhile, Fulham are battling Norwich and Swansea for the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Chris Gunter, according to the Daily Star.The Wales international, who is said to be rated at £2m, has been linked with a move from Forest several times in recent months, with a number of clubs reported to be interested.Fulham and Newcastle are both eyeing Raul, according to Spanish media reports. The 34-year-old former Spain striker is leaving German club Schalke.Click here for Tuesday’s Chelsea quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook