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SBI Foundation to support 50 physically challenged children

first_imgKolkata, May 18 (PTI) The SBI Foundation will help 50 families having children with serious hearing problems.SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya today presented Rs 2.65 crore to the director of Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (AYJNISHD), Mumbai, Dr A K Sinha, for providing Cochlear implants to 50 children from West Bengal, a release said.Cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear.SBI Foundation provided the cost of Cochlear implants and post-operative rehabilitation under its CSR project.Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Government of India, had launched the Cochlear implant programme in 2015 by providing Rs 6 lakh as subsidy per child for parents having monthly income of less than Rs 15,000, the release said.AYJNISHD is the nodal Agency for implementation of the Cochlear implant programme across the country.Meanwhile, in an initiative to promote folk art, SBI Alipore Branch here has been redesigned to sport a new look with select folk art and painting.The display will give opportunities to the visitors at the branch to get familiar with the traditional art, a press release said. PTI SUS DKBlast_img read more

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Bucks wins that elusive Premiership

first_imgAfter 15 seasons, 280 games and a Brownlow Medal, Nathan Buckley was missing one thing: A premiership.Nathan Buckley has dominated another code of football with his team, The Aggots, winning the Men’s D Grade Albert Park touch competition late last month.And while it wasn’t exactly an AFL premiership, Buckley and his team, The Aggots, have enjoyed taking out the major prize in the Albert Park competition.For the record, The Aggots defeated On The Cards 6-5 in the final. Former Collingwood team mate Paul Licuria, along with the AFL’s Chief Broadcasting and Commercial Officer Gillon McLachlan and his brother, TV personality Hamish, proved too strong against the team who just missed out on the minor premiership.In one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the season, the high scoring affair lived up to expectations with both teams scoring regularly.The Aggots and On The Cards had only met once before the final, in round seven, with On The Cards winning 8-6.After the 12 round competition, the Aggots were placed fourth, only to overcome ladder leader Contexxables 8-7 in the semi final to book their place in the final.Despite only consolidating their place in the finals with one game remaining, the Aggots finished their season strongly, winning their last seven games to take the title.After losing three of their first four games, the Aggots turned things around under the guidance of Victorian Game Development Officer, Ali Tuai.The Albert Park Summer Season begins on 6 October 2008. Thanks to Ashlee Buckley and Lauren Pritchard for providing the article content.last_img read more

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Trans Tasman Tour Diary – Scott Buckley

first_imgAustralian Men’s Open player, Scott Buckley tells www.austouch.com.au about his day on tour on Thursday, which involved kids clinics, training, some Frisbee Golf  and the Australian Jersey Presentation on the eve of the 2014 Trans Tasman Series which starts today in Mudgee. The day started off as usual being woken up earlier than expected by my human alarm clock or roommate Tim Good (when he’s up everyone’s up apparently). We were off to get some breakfast then time to get ready for some local coaching clinics. The bus trip started off with the usual pre-bus Instagram photo and we split ourselves into five groups, the teachers (Steve, Robbie, Pete, myself) and Topey, the king of clinics, took the lead of each group and had two teammates with each of us. As we got there each leader was given a drill that we were to do with each group. These drills allowed us to engage with each group to get to know them and vice versa. The groups were made of boys and girls between the ages of eight and 16 as well as a special needs group. Throughout the course of the clinics I don’t know who had more fun, the kids or us. It’s very pleasing to see the positive affect that each person has with the kids participating and then the effect that they return have on us. Once each group rotated through it was then time for some autographs to be signed, with the usual Goody stitch up, every kid was informed of the typo that Steve Roberts caps and age had been mixed up. This was then complete and we were back off to get some lunch and then the much anticipated second leg of Frisbee Golf during our down time.After yesterday’s victory to Prowse and Ranga many of the boys were after some revenge. Prowse had a new partner in Tim Good, Ranga decided to skip the event to chill with a few of the other boys. Once again after nine holes and Prowse’s unorthodox but very effective technique he and Tim cleaned up and took it out with the three remaining teams being on even score. We were then off to training to fine tune a few things before tomorrow’s test match. It was just a light hour session however the feel and vibe around the whole group was very positive and upbeat. Our team is still hurting from last year’s Trans Tasman loss and is eager to put that trophy back in our cabinet and it was evident in the way that we trained. Soon after our return from the package we were in the showers and preparing for the jersey presentation dinner.Just before our Presentation dinner Trady asked that all the boys meet in Wayne Grant’s room. Steve gave us a story of sacrifice from a Victorian Cross recipient and this was followed by a video Trady had put together of our short history from 2010 – 2014.  It had ups, downs, glory, defeat and many fond memories of previous tours to remember the journey of our team. From here we made our way to dinner.This is the first time that TFA had incorporated the jersey dinner with family and friends and it was good to see so many of these out in force to support the Australian contingent. Dinner was served, followed by the Mixed receiving their jerseys, then the Women’s and finally the Men’s. No matter if it’s your first test, your 10th of 30th it’s a very special moment to be presented with your Australian Jersey. Once all teams had received their jerseys it was time for the Flag Bearers to be announced. Kristin Boss from the Women’s, Matt Tope from the Men’s and Steve Cunningham from the support staff were all given the honour to carry the flag; all of whom are very deserving recipients of this. It was a busy day but what was taken from this day is something I will never forget, the smiles on the kid’s faces, as well as that of your team mates, the honour of receiving your jersey and what it means to represent your country. The day is done and after a goodnight sleep we’re less than 12 hours away from kick off, I can’t wait!!Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 Trans Tasman Series: Website – www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#transtasman2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksTrans Tasman Diarylast_img read more

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Reports: Charleston Transfer Canyon Barry Down To 7 Finalists

first_imgCanyon Barry shoots a shot.Canyon BarryCharleston graduate transfer guard Canyon Barry has cut his list to seven finalists, according to multiple reports. Charleston transfer Canyon Barry’s finalists: Cal, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Northwestern, Ole miss.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 4, 2016Charleston transfer Canyon Barry told @CBSSports he has cut his list to Cal, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Northwestern, and Ole Miss.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 4, 2016The 6-foot-6 Barry is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry. He was averaging 19.7 points per game this season before a shoulder injury ended his season in early January. Barry has also made headlines for copying his father’s famous underhanded free throw style.last_img read more

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Israel demolishes Palestinian community in Jordan Valley

first_imgJERUSALEM– Israeli military forces leave three families without shelter and destroy the only available water pipe to the community in the Jordan Valley.Israeli military forces demolished on Wednesday buildings belonging to the Palestinian community of Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah in the northern Jordan Valley, rendering homeless the entire population consisting of three families, comprised of 10 adults and 15 minors. The residents have been left without shelter for themselves and their livestock in the harsh winter weather conditions, Israeli Human Rights Network B’Tselem Director Jessica Montell said in a report.   The Israeli military also destroy the only water pipe available to the residents. Stressing that it is unlawful to displace people from their homes and lands under the excuse of Israeli army military training in occupied territories, the report reads: “The Civil Administration determined that the buildings must be demolished, citing the argument that the community is located in a closed military zone used as a firing zone. The expulsion of residents of an occupied territory from their homes for the purpose of military training by the occupying power is unlawful. International Humanitarian Law stipulates that such expulsion is permissible only in the case of imperative military needs or to safeguard the local population.” “The domestic Israeli debates as well as the diplomatic debates are being conducted in complete detachment from the reality on the ground in the Jordan Valley, which is home to thousands of Palestinians. These Palestinian residents live in difficult conditions, subject to harassment and continuous threats from Israeli authorities,” the report added.The demolition of the residential compound in Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah without offering the residents any viable alternative runs contrary to Israel’s obligations and is in blatant violation of the International Humanitarian Law rules which Israel has undertaken to uphold, Montell stated.last_img read more

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Five takeaways Ohio State finds ways to win improved from Penn State

OSU redshirt junior Quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) breaks into open field during the fourth quarter against Northwestern on Oct. 29, 2016. The Buckeyes won 24-20. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorIt might not have been the way that Ohio State football fans wanted it, but the Buckeyes walked away with the 24-20 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats Saturday night in the ‘Shoe. In a hard-fought game that OSU coach Urban Meyer called a “dogfight,” OSU regained a little of the swagger lost after falling to Penn State. In the press conference following the game, Meyer and players were berated with questions once again about all the things the team is doing wrong. It was an interesting take, considering the team had just beat a solid Northwestern squad.“You had a very balanced, ran for 200 and threw for 230. Most places that’s a pretty good day,” Meyer said. “I understand here it’s a little off a little bit. We’ve got to get that 500 number, I guess. But I’m very happy with it. I’ll enjoy myself tonight.”Sure, OSU didn’t exactly set the world on fire with an outstanding offense or make big, flashy plays on defense. But the effort was there from the No. 6 ranked team, and so were the plays when they were needed.Here are five takeaways from the Buckeyes’ bounce-back win against Northwestern.Curtis Samuel is important, but so is Mike WeberMeyer had some serious flak thrown his way after junior H-back Curtis Samuel touched the ball 10 times last week. After naming him the No. 1 playmaker for the Buckeyes in the offseason, most fans thought Meyer kept the ball out of his hands against Penn State.On Saturday, Samuel saw an increase in his touches by four. He ran the ball seven times as well as carried the ball seven times, but gained a full 40 yards less than he did last game.So what does that mean for the OSU offense when Samuel isn’t the leading rusher, but the team still finds a way to win?It means redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber had a pretty good day. As in 87 yards rushing, an average of 6.2 yards per carry and two scores.He also had three catches for 20 yards, and helped provide a mostly sound pocket for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett when he was asked to block. Overall, Weber provided the difference in terms of scoring, although Samuel scored the winning touchdown.Weber is the lead back in the OSU backfield, while Samuel continues to impress in his receiving ability. Meyer said he is a true hybrid back, the exact reason why his touches were split down the middle on Saturday.While the junior H-back is vital to the Buckeyes success, Weber has to be an integral part as well.The Silver Bullets are mastering the phrase “bend but don’t break”In back-to-back weeks, the OSU defense gave up some big plays that burnt the team. Be that as it may, there was a huge difference between the plays given up last week as opposed to this week: The defense eventually buckled down.Right before halftime in Happy Valley, the Buckeyes surrendered arguably the biggest play of the evening. Redshirt junior Gareon Conley smothered Penn State junior wideout Chris Godwin, but the ball found its way into the receiver’s hands, and the Nittany Lions brought the game to a 12-7 mark, with all the momentum gone for OSU right before the midway point.This week, OSU was presented with a similar scenario, as Northwestern received a punt on its own 40-yard line. With good field position and an offense that had 157 yards in the second quarter alone to that point, the Buckeyes appeared to be in trouble.Instead of trouble, OSU pushed the Wildcats back a yard and prevented a score.“At that point in the game, that’s more just the bond we have for each other,” redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker said. “We’re so strong and so close together on the defense overall that stuff like we know we’re competing (for) who’s going to make the play. We know that anybody’s liable to step up and make the play on the defensive side of the ball.”It hasn’t been the stifling defense the team enjoyed in the first few weeks, but it’s a defense that dominated against Oklahoma and helped bring home a win on Saturday. Bend but don’t break is not going to win a national championship, but it gives them a chance to keep the dream alive.Austin Carr from Northwestern is as real of a receiver as there is in the Big TenIt’s rare that a former walk-on player torches the OSU secondary. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, senior wide receiver Austin Carr did just that on Saturday, hauling in eight passes for 158 yards. Although Carr failed to score, he did show off an impressive skill set, lining up in both the slot and on the outside. Running crossing post routes, he was able to find space in the middle of the field with linebackers picking up coverage along the way.This year, Carr has hauled in nine touchdowns and is well on track to rack up 1,000 yards. While the Buckeyes are hunting for a wide receiver to pick up big chunks of yardage at a time, Northwestern has Carr running rampant over Big Ten defenses.The offensive line has recovered some groundLast week was about as ugly as it gets for an any offensive line. OSU allowed 11 tackles for loss, while Barrett was sacked six times. Sophomore tackle Isaiah Prince gave up 14 hurries by himself last week, but fellow offensive linemen like redshirt junior guard Billy Price stood by his side.Northwestern had a much harder time getting in the backfield and penetrating the pocket, as the Buckeyes allowed four tackles for loss with just one sack. It was a game that was far from perfect, but had obvious improvements throughout.“There was a couple good points from last week. We struggled in a few aspects,” Price said. “And to have that confidence to go back out and to perform and to put the game as we offensive lineman call it on us, let’s go out and win on us. Don’t depend on a receiver out in the corner. Put the ball on us, put who our program is driven on — the offensive line. Isaiah did a lot better.”In all, the Buckeyes put up 431 yards of total offense. The success of an offensive unit is usually measured by the play of its blockers up front. It wasn’t a perfect day, but anything is an improvement from last week.Close game or not, the team can still winNorthwestern might not have been the game that could put OSU in a playoff position, but a strong showing and a blowout could have helped mightily down the road. Although the team had a relatively strong performance, the way the Buckeyes played is nowhere near good enough to be within the upper echelon of the NCAA at the end of the year.Sure, it wasn’t a 50-point drubbing, or a thrilling finish against a ranked opponent. But it was a win, which is the most important thing, right?OSU continues to be a question mark as the year progresses in terms of postseason play, but Saturday’s game proved the team is still more than capable of getting the job done no matter what. Meyer himself said a win on Saturday is something to be proud of.“Nothing was perfect, but we’re going to enjoy that win and go,” he said. read more

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Ohio State mens track and field cross country coach resigns

The coach of both the Ohio State men’s track and field and cross country teams, Ed Beathea, announced his resignation Tuesday, according to an OSU press release.The Indiana native is set to head back to Indiana University, where he spent 10 seasons as both an assistant coach and the Hoosiers’ associate head coach, and is slated to assume his former position as associate head coach for the 2014-2015 season, according to the Indiana athletics site.Beathea, who has been the coach of the men’s track and field program at OSU since 2012 and an associate coach in the program since 2006, is set to continue coaching the Buckeyes through the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships later this month.In a statement in the press release, Beathea expressed his gratitude for the eight years he spent at OSU as a coach in the track and field program, and expressed that it was the right time for him to move forward.“My family and I will always be grateful for the opportunity the Ohio State University has provided me and the university will provide us with fond memories,” Beathea said. “I am leaving this program in a very positive place. We have built a strong team that has proven the ability to compete at a national level. It was a difficult decision but in the end it is a good decision for me and my family. Thank you for supporting me and our program.”T.J. Shelton, the associate athletics director for sport administration at OSU, also made a statement in the release thanking Beathea for his time in Columbus.“The department of athletics would like to thank coach Ed Beathea for his leadership over the past eight years, including two as head coach of the men’s track field and cross country programs,” Shelton said. “We wish Ed and his family the best as they move forward with their next chapter of their lives. We will begin a national search immediately for the next head coach to lead our program.”Since taking over the program in 2012, Beathea has coached 2013 First Team All-American Michael Hartfield, 2014 Second Team All-American LaMar Bruton, and the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Champion in the 4×400 relay, Jordan Rispress.The 2014 NCAA Track and Field Championships are slated to run from June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore., and both Burton and Rispress are set to represent OSU at the event. read more

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Wrestling Ohio State takes down conference wins Big Ten title – full

The Ohio State wrestling team earned four individual Big Ten titles en route to the program’s second team conference title in three years. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Buckeyes entered the Big Ten Championships as a slight underdog to Penn State and Iowa, but that didn’t stop them from taking home the Big Ten title outright for the first time since 1951. It’s OSU second title in three years.Four wrestlers were named individual champions, two earned second-place finishes and a seventh earned third place.Redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello won his third Big Ten title and first at 133 pounds, junior heavyweight Kyle Snyder won his second, redshirt junior 174-pounder Bo Jordan won his first after two finishes as a runner-up and redshirt freshman Kollin Moore took home the 197-pound title.In addition to the four champions, two others made it to the finals, including 2016 174-pound national champion sophomore Myles Martin, who lost to Iowa’s Sammy Brooks, and 149-pound redshirt sophomore Micah Jordan, who lost to Iowa’s Brandon Sorensen.At the end of the day, OSU scored 139.5 points as a team — Penn State was their closest competition with 130 — and were crowned Big Ten champions, but not without some drama involved.Tomasello carried an undefeated record into competition, and was challenged fiercely throughout the tournament. Rutgers’ Scott DelVecchio battled, but Tomasello took him down with a 6-4 decision before beating No. 5 Stevan Micic of Michigan to advance to the finals.There, Tomasello faced his toughest opponent yet, and one he had little familiarity with this season — Iowa’s Cory Clark. Clark was the second-highest ranked wrestler at 133 pounds at the tournament, and was absent from the Buckeyes’ Jan. 27 matchup with the Hawkeyes.This lack of familiarity may have been a hurdle for Tomasello, but he emerged victorious with a last-second escape to seal a 5-4 decision victory.   Bo Jordan, who has been battling injury for much of the season, recently returned to the lineup and was defeated by Cornell’s Brian Realbuto on Feb. 19, the Buckeyes’ last competition before the Big Ten tournament. The injury didn’t affect his pre-seeding, as he entered the tournament as the No. 1 wrestler in his weight class.In the quarterfinals, Bo Jordan notched a 10-8 decision over Indiana’s Devin Skatzka and then a 14-8 decision over No. 4 Myles Amine of Michigan to advance to the finals. There, he faced No. 2 Penn State wrestler Mark Hall in one of his toughest matches to date. Hall jumped out to a 2-1 lead with more than a minute of riding time accumulated after one period, but Jordan was able to trade blows with Hall in the second, before a scoreless third period sent the match to overtime at 4-4.Bo Jordan then took down Hall 20 seconds into sudden victory to clinch his first Big Ten championship.Moore has been impressive all season for the Buckeyes, as he suffered only three losses during the dual meet season — but two of those losses came against Minnesota senior No. 1 Brett Pfarr.Those dual-meet losses seemed to provide some motivation for Moore heading into the finals matchup, and Moore was aggressive from the start with Pfarr, getting a takedown within the first 10 seconds of competition.Moore began to take control of the match at the end of the first, as he closed the period with an 11-4 lead and nearly 40 seconds of riding time. It was a lead that Moore wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the match. Moore finished with a 15-11 win over Pfarr for the Big Ten title.At heavyweight, not only were the two wrestlers the top Big Ten pre-seeds, but they were also the top-ranked wrestlers in the division, regardless of conference in Snyder and Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery.Snyder, a world champion and defending Big Ten champ, again proved why he continues to claim the top spot in heavyweight rankings.Snyder pulled away to a 4-1 lead after two periods, but Medbery fought hard in the third, pulling the score to 7-5 in the last 10 seconds to make the match close.Snyder notched a last-second escape to score the final point of the match, and secured an 8-5 victory in the Big Ten championships.As for the Buckeyes who lost in the finals, they were not without their impressive moments. Martin upset top-ranked Bo Nickal in the semifinals. Nickal and Martin have quite the history, as Martin took down Nickal to win the 174-pound national championship in 2016, but then Nickal defeated Martin during the Buckeyes’ regular season loss to Penn State Feb. 3.Micah Jordan also took down an opponent who beat him in the regular season, as he battled for a 2-1 victory over Iowa’s No. 2 Brandon Sorensen. Jordan lost to Penn State’s Zain Retherford in the championship match. read more

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Womens Soccer Ohio State returns home to welcome No 21 Rutgers and

Ohio State freshman forward Emaly Vatne (14) heads the ball down the field in the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter splitting two road games against Michigan and Michigan State last weekend, the Ohio State women’s soccer team (7-5-1, 4-2-1 Big Ten) intends to build upon its consistency when it plays No. 21 Rutgers (9-1-4, 5-0-2 Big Ten) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Maryland (4-7-4, 2-4-1 Big Ten)  at 2 p.m. Sunday. Sophomore forward Marissa Birzon said both teams the Buckeyes will compete against coming up are two very strong. “They’re both very aggressive,” Birzon said. “And they’re definitely coming out to play and looking to beat us, so we just have to find a way to beat them and do our best to keep our momentum going forward.”The last time Ohio State and Rutgers met, the Scarlet Knights came away with the 1-0 advantage over the Buckeyes at home. With a fairly balanced offense, the Scarlet Knights’ biggest strength is its defense, giving up fewer than two points to its opponents all season.. Sophomore forward Amirah Ali has proved to be a significant player on the Rutgers offense this year, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against No.14 Northwestern and leading the team with 10 goals.After falling to Ohio State at home earlier this season, Maryland continues to struggle, recording a total of seven losses thus far. Senior forward Jarena Harmon has been a strong player on Maryland’s offense, notching a goal the Terrapins and helping her team come away with the victory over No. 14 Northwestern.  Last weekend was a huge test for the Buckeyes, traveling on the road to take on the Spartans and the Wolverines in a series of rivalry games and only coming away with one win of the two matches.Birzon scored the game-winner for the Buckeyes against Michigan State in the 51st minute of the match.Birzon said the loss to the Wolverines was tough and the team really wanted to come out with a win against a major rival. “Honestly, we didn’t come out as the better team in that game,” Birzon said. “But then we really picked it up and turned our game around on Sunday beating Michigan state. So, the team chemistry has been awesome together and were really looking forward to the rest of the couple games we have left.”As the season nears its end for Ohio State, the Buckeyes will search for more success down the stretch in Big Ten play. With just four games left, senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr said she is personally very excited to get back home and play in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium once again. “It’s always a little bit tougher playing on the road,” Kerr said. “And I just think being back at the Jesse will just bring a lot of energy to our team and its always just great to be back at home in front of our fans.” read more

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Maguire set for a new deal at Leicester City

first_imgHarry Maguire is set to be rewarded with upgraded terms and conditions at Leicester City following his captivating performances at the World Cup, claims the Daily MirrorThe 25-year-old continues to be among the best defenders at the tournament this summer and his status has been bolstered following England’s incredible progress at Russia.The Three Lions are currently preparing for their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years against Croatia on Wednesday and many expect that Maguire will be subject to interest from some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs at the end of England’s campaign.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The centre-back was only signed 12 months ago by Leicester, but the former Premier League champions will now likely have to reward him with a new deal in order to fend off interest from rival clubs.Maguire will likely earn a similar deal to the Foxes’ star player Jamie Vardy, who is understood to be in the middle of agreeing on a new contract himself.In what was just his 10th international appearance on Saturday, Maguire started and scored his first ever goal for England in their 2-0 win over Sweden to help book their place in the semi-finals of the World Cup.last_img read more

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