Crystal Palace have announced the shock signing of former star Andy Johnson on a short-term deal until January.The 33-year-old, who scored 85 goals in 160 appearances during his first spell with the Eagles, will take on a coaching role with the academy as well as strengthening Neil Warnock’s striking options.Johnson, who was available as a free agent after leaving QPR at the end of last season, told Palace’s official website: “I am delighted to be coming back to a club that I love and have a real soft spot for. I would like to thank the gaffer and the chairman for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to helping this football club have continued success in the Premier League.“I have also been given an opportunity to help the youngsters in a coaching capacity, something I am really looking forward to getting involved in.”Johnson’s first spell at Selhurst Park was between 2002 and 2006 and he became a big hit, netting 85 goals in 160 games, helping the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2003/04. The following campaign he finished as the league’s highest scoring English striker and received his first international call-up under Sven Goran Eriksson, and went on to win eight caps for the Three Lions. Crystal Palace’s Andy Johnson 1
10 7. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 402 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 10. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) – 389 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 10 10 9. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) – 391 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 10 10 10 As one German manager arrives in the Premier League promising ‘full-throttle’ attacking football, it’s worth remembering the words of his compatriot Uwe Rosler.“English football now is very much ‘pass, pass, pass, pass, pass,’ but you’ll go nowhere,” chimed the ex-Manchester City striker back in 2013.“In German football, a lot of teams win the ball and they have eight to 10 seconds – it is the 10-second rule – you have 10 seconds to finish the attack. Every ball has to go forward, forward, forward. So that means to have runners going forward all the time, so it is a very attacking style in German football. That’s the difference.”So, with this in mind, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp might be pleased to know that none of his new charges feature in our list of Premier League players to have made the most successful passes.But which superstars do make it in? Click the right arrow above to find out… 10 3. Fernandinho (Manchester City) – 487 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 10 1. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – 591 successful passes 2. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – 525 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 8. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – 397 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 10 6. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – 423 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 10 4. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) – 485 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 5. Daley Blind (Manchester United) – 442 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season…
Jack Butland is set for a further ten weeks out following ankle surgery, according to Stoke boss Mark Hughes.The England international went under the knife on Monday, with Potters chairman Peter Coates suggesting the goalkeeper would be out until mid-November. And Hughes said on Friday: “I saw Jack yesterday, for the first time since the operation.“All reports are it went really well. It was a little bit of scar tissue that was restricting the movement of the tendon in the ankle. That has all been cleared out.”Butland suffered a fractured ankle in England’s 3-2 win over Germany back in March and missed Euro 2016 as a result.His latest setback will mean that he will be unavailable for Sam Allardyce’s side for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.Yet Stoke boss Hughes hopes that when the 23-year-old does return, he will finally be rid of his injury hell.“The likelihood is that it will be somewhere between six to 10 weeks when he comes back, and we are very hopeful the issue he has had is resolved now,” he added. 1 Butland in action for Stoke last season
Canasta will be played, 1-4 p.m. in Room A2. Visually Impaired support group will meet, 1 p.m. in Room A3. Country-western line dancing will be taught, 2-3 p.m. in the dining room. Cost: $3. Oil painting class, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Room A3. TUESDAY T’ai chi ch’uan class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. in the dining room. Aqua Fitness classes, 8:30, 8:45 and 9:45 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments in Saugus. Bridge will be played, 9 a.m. in Room A1. Low impact aerobics, 8:45-9:30 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments in Saugus. Mixed Media, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room A2. Country-western line dancing will be taught, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $3. Water aerobics, 8:30-9:30 a.m. (fast paced) and 9:45-10:30 a.m. (slow paced) at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The following events will take place this week at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. For information, call (661) 259-9444. MONDAY Aerobics class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the dining room. Bridge will be played, 9 a.m. in Room A1. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesGroup Crafts, 9 a.m.-noon in Room A2. Computer Training, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room A1. Chair exercise class, 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the dining room. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Computer training for the visually impaired will be offered, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room A3.
Washington County Farmers Merchants Fair Board has been working diligently on the new cattle barn project. With a grant through Hoosier Uplands, the Fair Board has come a little bit closer to making this project possible.Hoosier Uplands awarded the Washington County Fair Board $15,000 in grant money on November 29, 2019, to help with constructing this new building. Overall, the project is going to cost somewhere near $200,000.00. As of right now with donations and saving from the fair events over the years, the Fair Board is nearing its goal of that $200,000.00, according to Washington County Fair Board President Seth Purlee.“We are still looking for sponsors and donors for the projectc” said Purlee. “If there are any businesses, individuals, or others that are interested in helping to support this project, please feel free to contact the Fair Board to make a donation. All donations, big or small, will be on a sponsors’ sign that will hang permanently in the new cattle barns.”This project will not only help the youth in our community, but it will also help in bringing other events to our fairgrounds, said Purlee.
25 October 2012 South Africa is ready to host a successful 2013 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, President Jacob Zuma said at the final draw for the 29th edition of Africa’s biggest soccer festival at the International Convention Centre in Durban on Wednesday evening. From 19 January to 10 February 2013, the world’s eyes will once again be on South Africa as 16 of Africa’s best footballing nations battle it out for the continental crown. South Africa had a proud track record of hosting wonderful sporting events, Zuma said at Wednesday’s draw, adding that the 2013 Afcon finals would “be a timely reflection on the legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which we hosted successfully with the support of the African continent.” Zuma extended his special congratulations to Cape Verde, who will be appearing in the tournament for the first time after eliminating one of the giants of African football, Cameroon, in the qualifiers. Zuma said the tournament would be a special occasion for South Africa as Bafana would be making a return after a four-year absence from the continental competition. Zuma had earlier, during the draw, brought a sigh of relief to South Africans when he drew underdogs Cape Verde as Bafana’s opening match opponents. The host team was drawn in Group A with Cape Verde, Morocco and Angola. These four teams will be based in Durban. Group B, which will be based in Port Elizabeth, comprises Ghana, DRC, Niger and Mali. Defending champions Zambia are in group C with Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Nigeria. These teams will based in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. The “group of death”, group D, comprises Ivory Coast, Togo, Algeria and Tunisia. Afcon local organising committee (LOC) chairman Mwelo Nonkonyane gave an assurance to the Confederation of African Football, the 16 participating national teams, South Africans and the entire African continent that they would not let them down. “We wish to assure the African football [fraternity] that we use football as a tool to uproot our people from the circles of poverty, war and diseases to promote peace in Africa. “We can assure you that as you go home to start preparing for this tournament and come back to battle for this coveted trophy, you will find the LOC ready to deliver a seamless tournament,” Nonkonyane said. “We’ve put in place plans around team transport, training venues, team hotels, including team security and escort mechanisms, and spectator experience that will ensure that every single stadium has an offering that is unique.” Source: SANews.gov.za
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A famous fossil trove in Argentina recently gave up a new treasure: the first fossil footprints ever reported of the saber-toothed cat Smilodon (above). The four tracks, discovered last year, are larger than those of today’s Bengal tiger, measuring—in one case—19.2 centimeters across. That’s approximately the span of an adult human hand with fingers spread wide. At the time the tracks were made—about 50,000 years ago in the middle of Earth’s most recent ice age—global sea levels were much lower and the site, now a wave-washed portion of the coast near Miramar, Argentina, would have been a few kilometers from the sea, the researchers reported at the 30th Argentine Meeting of Vertebrate Paleontology last month. The ancient footprints were probably made by S. populator, a species about 20% heftier than today’s Bengal tiger and known to live only in South America. (Its better-known relative, S. fatalis, is the saber-toothed cat of La Brea Tar Pits fame.) But because it’s so difficult to definitively link fossils such as footprints to the animals that made them, the newly discovered tracks will get their own species name, in accordance with longstanding scientific tradition. The team suggests that the name should be Smilodonichnum miramarensis, a Greek phrase that roughly but aptly translates as “Smilodon footprint from Miramar.”