BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer Mike DeCorso no longer looks at the Jersey Shore Basketball League as a summer tune-up for college. The former Colts Neck High School star is now a college graduate (New York University) looking to play professionally, possibly in Europe or, Australia. “I’m going to try and stay in shape and try and play ball in Europe, next year hopefully,” said DeCorso. “I’ve talked to some agents and some of the guys here.” DeCorso, plays for the USA Financial team, the defending JSBL champions and one of his teammates, Tim Begley, is due back from Europe this week and can give DeCorso some valuable pointers about the ins and outs of playing there. Begley, who starred at Christian Brothers Academy and then at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Ivy League Most Valuable Player, plays professionally in Germany and his club was playing for the league championship last week. The 6-5 DeCorso is not the same player he was three years ago when he began playing in the JSBL, looking for serious competition and with a agenda of what he had to work on for the upcoming college season. “Then, I was basically a jump shooter,” he recalled. “I’ve established a more all-around game and improved my strength. I’m a stronger player.” The experience and lessons he learned at the JSBL rewarded DeCorso with his best season at NYU. He made the All-ECAC Second Team and earned Player of the Week honors. NYU won the ECAC championship. “It was a great way to go out,” he pointed out. USA Financial is DeCorso’s team away from NYU, and he was happy to see his summer teammates again. “It’s great to see the guys and catch up on things,” he said. For Dan Werner, the JSBL was an opportunity for him to play some serious basketball in a very competitive league. Werner, another ex-CBA standout, comes to the JSBL with an NCAA championship ring. He played on the University of Florida team that won the NCAA tournament this winter. A sophomore-to-be, Werner figures to see extended playing time in 2007-08 with the Gators having graduated their starting five. The JSBL has the quality players that will help him improve his game as he looks ahead to next winter in Gainesville. “It’s good competition, there are guys who have played in college and Europe,” he said of the JSBL. “Every chance I get to play in the summer, I’ll take.” Jason Westrol, like Werner, is back at the Shore after his first year in college. The Manasquan High School All-Shore guard plays at Bentley College in Boston. Werner, plays for UBS Financial and among his teammates is an ex-Red Bank Regional star Billy Gilligan, who is now one of the elder statesmen in the league. For him, the JSBL is a chance to continue playing the game he is so passionate about. That’s also what the JSBL is to Duane Ailey, a 1,000-point scorer at Howell High School. Ailey played his college ball at Husson in Maine and is now an accountant working in Manhattan. But he’s never far away from the hardwood. “I still have the itch to play,” said Ailey, an 2005 grad of Husson. “I’ve been playing basketball since I was 7 years old. “It feels good to play against players like these who have played overseas,” he added. Ailey, whose team is Alley Oop, still harbors his dream of playing professionally, maybe in Europe, and he knows that the JSBL let’s him display his talents against quality competition. He hopes to catch the eye of an agent or scout. But even if his professional aspirations don’t come to fruition, you can still find him on the basketball floor. The league is filled with former area high school stars who are now playing in college, like Werner and Westrol. Manny Ubilla, the player who started Freehold Township’s ascension as a Shore power, had a tremendous season at Fairleigh Dickinson and is playing for T&T Coast. Jerome Hubbard, who starred at Neptune and Brookdale Community College and is now playing for Stockton, is one of his teammates. Raritan’s Qa’rran Calhoun, who was a freshman at St. John’s University last winter, is suiting up with Rod’s Tavern, as is guard Matt Presby, the Manalapan grad who is at Gettysburg. Then there is Stern’s Trailer, a team consisting of former Monmouth University players, including Corey Albano, Marques Alston, John Giraldo and Raheem Carter. They can reminisce about their college days while continuing their days as teammates. The JSBL plays its games at the McCann Center at St. Rose High School in Belmar. There are doubleheaders at 7:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The regular season goes until July 25 with the first round of the playoffs July 30.
By Alexander McCowanTHE European Division 2B opener for Cyprus against Andorra in Paphos on Saturday was nothing like the walkover so many pundits were predicting.The Andorrans came out determined to squash the opposition: the Moufflons being the only small country in Europe without a major sponsor and whose players are all amateurs. The Andies are semi-pros and well financed.Until half-time it looked like their prediction was correct. The Moufflons were weak and disorganised, when the iconic George Agathocleous was sent off, it looked liked curtains for the world record holders. However, the second half was, as they say, another story.In the first half the Andies dominated, and in the view of some observers, bullied the Cypriots, but the Moufflon backs, who were always superior, came into their own after half-time. The boot of the ever reliable Zavalis, the speed of Jack Antoniou, the Henley express, and new man Steve Awoa—da rock—turned everything around.With gorgeous George back on the field the Cypriots triumphed 30-10.
By Nick MulvenneyLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hailed James Milner as a “class act” after the England midfielder scored the winner on his first start for the Premier League club in a 2-1 friendly win over Brisbane Roar on Friday.The 29-year-old, who moved to Anfield on a free transfer from Manchester City at the start of the month, found the net 15 minutes from time to help his new club come from behind for a second win on their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.Milner, playing in the more central role he covets, also provided the cross for Adam Lallana’s 27th minute equaliser in a fine performance that had his manager purring.“James Milner’s a class act,” he told reporters. “We had to work very hard to get him in but I think we’ll see over the course of the season how important he is for us.“He’s a wonderful personality and a top class footballer. When you see him play in his favourite position, you see all these qualities come out.”Liverpool might have thought themselves at home when the crowd of around 50,000 at Lang Park gave a stirring pre-match rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” on a chilly evening more typical of Merseyside than tropical Queensland.Brisbane, Australian champions for three of the last five seasons, were not about to play stooges, however, and opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Dimitri Petratos drilled the ball into the net from the edge of the box.Lallana showed good skill to find room for the equaliser with a curling shot 10 minutes later and Milner matched it to break the deadlock.Taking the ball on the edge of the penalty area, he nutmegged one defender before looping his shot over the legs of a couple more to beat Brisbane goalkeeper Jamie Young.“We wanted more goals from midfield and when you see James, that was the idea,” Rodgers added.“Because you see when he plays in the central area he really penetrates the box. He’s a top class operator and I think in this team he’ll probably shine even more.“He’s going to be huge for us and working closely with him I can really see why he is really regarded as a top class professional.”While Rodgers was happy to heap praise on Milner and his other new signings – Danny Ings, Jamie Gomez and Nathaniel Clyne – he was less inclined to talk about any more potential new arrivals.“No,” he replied when asked if he would comment on reports in the British media that he was negotiating the payout of a £32.5 million release clause to secure the services of Aston Villa’s Belgian striker Christian Benteke.
Collin Sexton scored 21 points and Jordan Clarkson added 20 for the Cavs. They played without star forward Kevin Love, who missed his second straight game with left shoulder soreness.Crawford scored eight points in a surge early in the fourth quarter to give the Suns a 101-86 lead, and Jackson’s baseline drive and dunk followed by his blocked shot that set up a fast-break layup at the other end gave the Suns a 17-point lead.Cleveland cut the lead to six but got no closer. The Suns scored 28 fast-break points to the Cavaliers’ three.Mikal Bridges converted a pair of four-point plays in the first quarter. He hit a 3 and was fouled with 5:57 left, then repeated the feat just before the quarter buzzer to give the Suns a 31-23 lead.Jackson hit back-to-back 3s for a 48-31 lead at the 7:06 mark of the second quarter. The Suns scored 40 points in the second quarter and took a 71-52 lead into halftime, making 60% of their shots.ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman, right, has the ball stripped away by Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX — Devin Booker said he heard from the Cleveland Cavaliers bench that he wasn’t going to score 50 points.That was fine with Booker, because he knew it meant his teammates would be open.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Cavaliers battled back from a 22-point deficit early in the third quarter to cut the Suns’ lead to 89-82, and trailed 91-84 going into the fourth. Sexton scored nine points in the third.“We got down pretty big and it’s hard to come back in the NBA because teams are too good, players are too good and coaches are really smart,” Sexton said. “When we got down it was tough for us to rev it back up.”Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said the Suns battled fatigue on defense, playing without center Deandre Ayton due to a sprained left ankle and missing several other regulars with longer-term injuries.“I wasn’t sure if we had enough bodies to close the game,” Kokoskov said. “But I’m glad we found a way.”FOUR-POINT KINGCrawford, with a four-point play of his own in the second quarter, became the NBA’s career leader in that category with 54, which doesn’t include five in the playoffs.“People don’t understand, the hardest part for me is the free throw after,” Crawford said.TIP-INSCAVALIERS: F Channing Frye played his final NBA game in his hometown. Frye plans to retire at the end of this season. He played four seasons with the Suns as part of his 13-year NBA career. … Coach Larry Drew said he doesn’t see F-C John Henson returning to action before the season is over. Henson is doing non-contact work, but hasn’t played since mid-November after left wrist surgery. … Sexton was issued a technical foul early in the third quarter.SUNS: Bridges became the first Suns rookie and 11th in NBA history to reach 100 steals and 100 3-pointers in a season. He came into the game with 123 steals, and knocked down a pair of first-quarter 3s to reach 100. … The 71 first-half points were a season high for the Suns. They scored 69 in the first 24 minutes at Chicago last November. … Jackson blocked five shots, a career high. Booker finished with 25, after two 50-point games and a 48-point night over the past three, and that was enough to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 122-113 victory over the Cavaliers on Monday night.Booker sat more than eight minutes of the second quarter but had 13 assists. Josh Jackson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 19 points for the Suns.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Just taking what the defense gives me,” Booker said. “I read and react when I’m out there on the court. My job tonight was to get everybody involved and make sure everybody got open shots and they were knocking them down.”The Suns ended a six-game losing streak while the Cavaliers lost their sixth straight. 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9 9 9 =5. February – nine Premier League goals =9. September – three Premier League goals 6. December – eight Premier League goals 9 =5. November – nine Premier League goals =1. January – 12 Premier League goals 9 7. April – six Premier League goals 9 9 =1. March – 12 Premier League goals 3. May – 10 Premier League goals 9 Much has been made of Harry Kane’s failure to ever register a single Premier League goal in the month of August.The 24-year-old drew a blank in Tottenham’s opening three fixtures of the campaign but came agonisingly close to breaking his unwanted record on a number of occasions.But with another August consigned to the history books, will Kane find his goal scoring touch as he attempts to fire Spurs towards title glory?talkSPORT have delved through Kane’s statistics to see which month has proven to be his most prolific in his relatively short first-team career in north London.Click the right arrow, above, to view the gallery and find out when defenders will be running scared. =9. October – three Premier League goals 9
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Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 4 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Frank Lampard as their new manager – FULL STORYDerby will name Phillip Cocu as Lampard’s successor by the end of the day, with the Dutch manager flying out to Florida for the Rams’ pre-season training camp – FULL STORYThe Blues had planned to unveil Lampard as their new boss on Wednesday, but the plans were scuppered by the social media blackout with Facebook and Instagram experiencing problems loading pictures and videos. (Daily Mirror) Will Arsenal get a deal over the line for Zaha this summer? Meanwhile, Tottenham have put talks with Real Betis for Argentina midfielder Giovani Lo Celso on hold, as the two clubs have been unable to agree a fee for the 23-year-old. (Sky Sports)Mauricio Pochettino has asked Tottenham to sign 25-year-old Spanish striker Mariano Diaz from Real Madrid. (Ok Diario)Spurs are also interested in 20-year-old Roma striker Nicolo Zaniolo and are willing to sell them Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld to help fund the deal. (Daily Mail)England full-backs Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose could both be sold by Spurs as they prepare a move for Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea have opened new contract talks with 20-year-old midfielder Mason Mount, who played under Frank Lampard at Derby last season. (Evening Standard) LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Getty 4 Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing TOP WORK Frank Lampard is the new manager of Chelsea Getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ GETTY moving on targets Denizlispor want to sign Hadi Sacko from Leeds United, with reports claiming a deal is already agreed. (TRT Spor)Leicester have been told they will need to pay up £40m if they want to sign Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk. (Daily Mirror)Bayern Munich have overtaken Manchester City in the race to sign Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo, while Barcelona are also interested in the 25-year-old. (Corriere dello Sport)Everton have received bids from clubs in the Bundesliga and the Championship for 22-year-old midfielder Joe Williams. (Liverpool Echo)Real Madrid have not received any offers for Gareth Bale, despite making it clear he does not feature in manager Zinedine Zidane’s plans. (Marca) 4 Tottenham are reportedly favourites to sign Real Madrid starlet Dani Ceballos LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED West Ham have agreed a deal to sell Marko Arnautovic to an unnamed Chinese club this summer – (Sky sources)Phil Jagielka has joined former club Sheffield United on a free transfer following his release from EvertonManchester City have completed the signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid – FULL STORYJuventus have made a formal bid for Matthijs de Ligt, but their £58.3million offer falls short of Ajax’s asking price – FULL STORYManchester United have been told to sign Gary Cahill following his release from Chelsea by former Premier League striker David Connolly – FULL STORYMan United have made contact with Saul Niguez, the Atletico Madrid midfielder, as they view the Spaniard as a potential Paul Pogba replacement. (AS)LIVE TRANSFER BLOG: Keep up to date with the latest news and gossip on talkSPORT.comThe agent of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, is in the UK to thrash out a move to Man United. (Sky Sports)Leicester City are set to beat Manchester United to the £40m club-record signing of Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans. (Daily Telegraph)Romelu Lukaku’s agent has held fresh talks with Inter Milan, with the Italian side still in discussions with Manchester United over a fee for the 26-year-old Belgium striker. (Sky Sport Italia)Arsenal have been offered Barcelona forward Malcom, but remain focused on trying to sign Wilfred Zaha from Crystal Palace. (Daily Mirror)The Gunners have reportedly ‘made up to £70m available’ as they prepare to make a second bid for Zaha, although that still falls short of Palace’s £80m valuation. (Sky Sports)Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are set for a transfer battle to sign Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, although Spurs are said to be the current favourites to sign the 22-year-old. (Marca) LATEST 4 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star three-way race talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online…
Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, according to reports in Spain.The 22-year-old is out of favour at the Bernabeu, but there has no been shortage of interest in the young starlet’s signature. deals Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update “I want to play 40 games and be important,” he stated.The Champions League finalists are now increasingly optimistic they will get a deal over the line for Ceballos, having already splashed the cash to make Tanguy Ndombele their record signing – for a fee which could rise to £63million. 1 latest Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January MOST READ IN FOOTBALL LATEST getty gameday cracker Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ OFF The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 AC Milan and Arsenal have both been monitoring Ceballos, but AS claim the lure of Champions League football is believed to have been the key factor which has swayed him towards Mauricio Pochettino’s men, with Liverpool also in hot pursuit.It is further claimed that Pochettino and Ceballos have held discussions in recent weeks, with the former underlining how big a role the Spain Under-21 international would have if he signs for Spurs.Speaking after Spain’s recent success at the European Championship, Ceballos admitted the guarantee of regular football would play a major part in his next move. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Dani Ceballos is reportedly close to joining Tottenham scrap revealed Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT SORRY Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos
22 22 Andy Goldstein says he’d love Manchester United to swap Pogba for Neymar AFC Bournemouth – Nathan Ake punished Kante is one of the best midfielders in the world, without a shadow of a doubt Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 22 22 TROPHY For those who watched West Ham regularly last season, you will understand the hype around Rice.A centre-back by trade, Maneul Pellegrini moved the 20-year-old into the heart of the midfield and he has not looked back, making his England debut later in the season.He made more tackles than any other West Ham player (98), was second in passes (1,518) and third in interceptions (52).Quite simply, he is the defensive shield Manuel Pellegrini needs in order to play the attacking brand of football he is famed for. Without Rice at the base of midfield, West Ham lost their opening four games of last season in convincing style.Wolverhampton Wanderers – Diogo Jota getty images The centre half is cultured and composed on the ball getty images 22 Egan is as crucial to the team on the pitch as he is off it latest getty images New job Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Getty 22 After Michael Keane’s departure, Tarkowski stepped up to the mantle at Turf Moor Pogba and Lukaku are both expected to leave Manchester United this summer Newcastle United are in danger of free-falling out of the Premier League trap door and tumbling into the Championship.Back in May when rumours of a wealthy investor began to circulate, odds began to shorten drastically on the Magpies signing Kylian Mbappe. But the rumours proved to not be true, with Rafael Benitez quickly plotting his escape route to China.If relegation is to be staved off, the club MUST hold on to the quality players they have in the squad, with Schar the first.The Switzerland international was Newcastle’s best player according to WhoScored, with a rating of 7.30. His no-nonsense defensive style is complimented by a knack of scoring important goals too.Norwich City – Tom Trybull 22 The world is running out of superlatives to describe Van Dijk Of all the players to suffer under Murizio Sarri’s reign at Chelsea, Kante was perhaps the one who bore the brunt of the Italian’s rigid tactics.Played in a more advanced midfield role, the France international struggled to produce the calibre of performances fans have begun accustomed to. But you don’t win back-to-back Premier League titles and then the World Cup if you’re a bad player.Despite Kante’s indifferent season, Frank Lampard simply HAS to keep the midfielder and play him in his strongest role.On his day, there are few better defensive midfielders in the world. During the 2016/17 season, Kante made 127 tackles, 82 interceptions and a staggering 275 recoveries.Crystal Palace – Luka Milivojevic While Harry Kane and Dele Alli are undoubtedly superstars, Son continues to defy critics on a regular basis getty images Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:24Loaded: 11.71%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen getty images Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea getty images The central midfielder has been linked with a move to PSG in the past Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser are arguably Bournemouth’s two most important players. Going forward, the duo looked unstoppable at times last season.But 24-year-old Ake is the main man at the Vitality, make no mistake about that.Eddie Howe’s side have traditionally suffered dips of form throughout the season, but it is the fortitude of Ake which helped see them through last year.Averaging 6.1 clearances a game, the Netherlands international is a classic example of what a good centre-back should be.Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette getty images getty images With Mario Lemina seemingly off, the Saints cannot afford to lose another influential midfielder Getty Images getty images Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 22 It’s not very often modern day fans get to see a real-life Roy of the Rovers story played out, but Grealish is doing just that.The boyhood Villa fan thought he was signing for Tottenham last summer due to the club’s financial struggles, but the owners came in and locked him down to a new deal.He then struggled with a shin injury, but lead the Villans to 13 wins out of 16 in the Championship to lead them to the Play-Offs.The 23-year-old is expected to retain the captain’s armband when the Premier League season kicks off and will be crucial to their survival chances.Brighton and Hove Albion – Lewis Dunk 22 Daniel Farke’s revolution at Carrow Road is nothing short of spectacular, taking an average Canaries side from finishing 14th in the Championship to winning it in spectacular style.And Trybull’s emergence from Alex Tettey’s shadow to become a first-team regular is testament to Farke’s ability. He will be crucial to Norwich’s chances of staying the division, especially considering they are unlikely to enjoy as much possession in the top-flight as they did last year.A regular amongst the German youth teams, the midfielder seemed destined for mediocrity until he took his chance in East Anglia. According to Norwich’s Sporting Director, Stuart Webber, Trybull’s new coach had fought hard for the midfielder to come to Carrow Road.He said: “He is lucky he has an outstanding coach who believes in him. Daniel fought for the opportunity for Tom. He came through very much on Daniel’s advice. I like people who are brave and willing to put themselves out of their comfort zone and pretty much beg for an opportunity.”Sheffield United – John Egan The centre-half is Brighton’s leader on the pitch When Chris Hughton was surprisingly given the sack at the end of last season, a stunned silence must have fallen over the Amex Stadium.The Seagulls had just secured a third consecutive season in the Premier League and Hughton is recognised as being one of the nicest men in football.Given Brighton are now experiencing an overhaul under new boss Graham Potter, the last thing they can afford to do is lose their captain.The England international has helped Brighton keep 17 clean sheets since arriving in the Premier League, maintaining a tackle success rate of 54 per cent as well.Burnley – James Tarkowski getty images LATEST Love him or loathe him, Pogba has a star quality you cannot ignore Perhaps the easiest name to put on this list, Van Dijk is one of the best players in the world and is set to become the first defender to win the Ballon d’Or since Fabio Cannavaro since 2006.Statistically, the Netherlands captain was superb; no-one has completed a dribble past Virgil van Dijk in any of his last 64 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool. While Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are important, Van Dijk is irreplaceable.So even if a ludicrous bid comes in for the 27-year-old, Liverpool simply cannot afford to sell him. Not just because of his on-pitch performances, but for the message it sends to the rest of the world.After winning the Champions League, bowing to the financial pressure of a Real Madrid or a Barcelona suggests the Reds are weak. Keeping Van Dijk transcends football, it is a power move to reject any and every offer which finds its way to Anfield.Manchester City – Bernardo Silva The midfielder has played for many of the Germany youth teams A club-record signing from Brentford, Egan has the potential to follow in the footsteps of former Blades hero Harry Maguire.Egan endured loan spells with Crystal Palace, Sheffield United, Bradford City and Southend United, and has represented Ireland at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level.He was released by Sunderland at the end of the 2013–14 season, and signed a 2-year deal with Gillingham in July 2014.But now, he has established himself as a crucial member of Chris Wilder’s’ defence and his willingness to put his body on the line (as illustrated by his red card at Millwall) will be invaluable to securing a second Premier League season.Southampton – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 22 A £45m signing from Swansea City, Sigurdsson is finally getting the recognition he deserves at Everton.The Iceland international may not possess the pace of modern day attacking midfielders, but his technical ability is impressive.Last season, he scored 13 goals and registered six assists as the Toffees enjoyed a comfortable season under Marco Silva.But the Portuguese boss will want to push on and with Andre Gomes signed on a permanent deal, Sigurdsson’s role at Goodison Park has become even more vital.Leicester City – Wilfred Ndidi getty images 22 22 Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Perhaps the most divisive figure in world football at this time, everyone has an opinion on Paul Pogba.Talented, yet temperamental, the France international wants out of Old Trafford. But it seems like a huge mistake to get rid of him.Statistically speaking, Pogba was unmatched at Old Trafford. The 26-year-old scored 13 goals and got nine assists, more than anyone other Red Devil.But, as with Van Dijk at Liverpool, selling Pogba would be a decision which transcends football. He is a marketable asset and letting him go suggests United can no longer keep, nor attract the best players in world football. He is the last genuine star in that squad.Newcastle United – Fabian Schar 22 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Thus far, Manchester United have been the most aggressive side in the market. After capturing Daniel James from Swansea City for £15million, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went big and parted with £50m to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.Of course, there are no shortage of potential departures from Old Trafford this season.Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba have both been linked with lucrative moves this summer, with the Belgium international seemingly set to move to a Serie A side.And while the sales of both men would see a sizeable injection of cash pumped into Old Trafford, it begs the question as to how important they both are to United. A boyhood Villa fan, Grealish will need to continue his fantastic form 22 22 REVEALED The Serbia international is vital to the Eagles Michael Keane’s move to Everton threatened to send Burnley spiralling back into the Championship, but the stoic Sean Dyche dug his heels in and the Clarets are still a Premier League side.Perhaps no player better epitomises that spirit than Tarkowski. The 26-year-old was promoted after Keane’s move to Merseyside and has worked hard to keep his place.Now an England international, the centre-back is thriving at Turf Moor. Averaging 6.7 tackles and 1.6 clearances per game, Tarkowski is Burnley’s most important player.With Harry Maguire potentially leaving Leicester, Dyche has been quick to slap a £40m price tag on the former Oldham Athletic defender.Chelsea – N’Golo Kante 22 22 If Rice were to leave, the Hammers would be very threadbare in midfield Getty Sigurdsson is one of the most creative players in the Premier League 22 22 getty images LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES deals The Premier League season is agonisingly close, with plenty of transfer business still to be done Upon signing for Arsenal in 2017, many fans believed Lacazette was simply brought in to score goals. After all, he had managed to net 129 times in 275 games for previous side Lyon.But the France international has a vast array of redeeming features which have endeared him to Arsenal fans.His hold-up play, determination and willingness to play anywhere for his team were key factors behind the fan’s decision to award him the Player of the Year Award.With 13 Premier League goals to his name last year, the Gunners striker is vital to the way Unai Emery wants to play.Aston Villa – Jack Grealish JIBE 22 getty images 22 Getty Images The Portuguese epitomises the football Pep Guardiola wants to play getty images The return of the Premier League season is edging closer and, as ever, the summer transfer window is still providing fans with plenty of entertainment.Although the new Merlin ball is yet to be kicked, all 20 sides in the English top-flight are still anxiously hoping to improve their squad. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions getty images 22 boost While it would be terrible to lose Harry Maguire to either Manchester City or Manchester United, there are question marks about how much further the England international can develop.Already an outstanding ball-carrier as well as a solid defender, the 26-year-old is nearing his prime years. And while he is already fantastic, Ndidi could be exceptional. He made 143 tackles in the top-flight last season – more than any other player.It is almost scary to think the midfielder is only 22 years of age, he was a regular starter for Nigeria at the World Cup last summer and appeared in every Premier League game for the Foxes in 2018/19.Tenacious in the tackle and averaging 52.2 passes per game, the youngster is exactly what a manager wants from a holding midfielder. If they lose him, there are very players in world football with as much potential they could afford to get.Liverpool – Virgil van Dijk Arsenal’s player of the season, Lacazette is a cunning and selfless centre forward targets A deadline day signing from Olympiacos in 2017 under Sam Allardyce, few Palace fans knew just how influential Milivojevic would become.The Serbia international has since become the first-choice midfielder, the designated set-piece taker and now Eagles captain.Strong in the tackle and an excellent reader of the game, the 28-year-old is unerringly consistent and so reliable. He averaged 2.4 tackles and 1.9 interceptions a game, whilst maintaining an 80 per cent pass success rate.With Zaha seemingly off, Palace will need Milivojevic’s leadership abilities to steady the ship at Selhurst Park.Everton – Gylfi Sigurdsson A former Bayern Munich midfielder, Hojbjerg made the decision to join Southampton in 2016 after being convinced by Claude Puel.Now working under his THIRD permanent manager in three years, the 23-year-old has taken over the captain’s armband and diligently carries on in midfield.It is this behaviour which the Saints desperately crave and will need throughout the season. After having some of their best talents ripped from the south coast, Hojbjerg’s single-mindedness and determination is exactly what the club needs.As illustrated by Mario Lemina, the upheaval at St Mary’s can unsettle players. But Hojbjerg’s unerring consistency will give fans hope of genuine progression in years to come.Tottenham Hotspur – Heung-Min Son getty images For several years, the former Bayer Leverkusen attacker was touted as just an ‘underrated’ option up front for Spurs.But Son is much more than that, his pace and trickery make him a constant threat for 90 minutes, but it it his consistency and the addition of goals which makes him so special.Harry Kane has shown a pattern of breaking down throughout the course of a season, perhaps linked to his importance for both club and country. In his absence, the South Korea international has led the line superbly.Stats last season suggested Spurs actually won more games and scored more without Kane in their side, but with Son leading the line.Watford – Abdoulaye Doucoure Nathan Ake has gone from Chelsea reject to Premier League powerhouse Jota scored nine goals and registered five assists last season getty images This is a question a number of Premier League sides are asking after seeing some of their star players also linked with moves away.Wilfried Zaha is undoubtedly adored at Crystal Palace, but if you travel to south London and find Eagles fans who would not sell him for an extortionate price to Arsenal, they are probably in the minority.Similarly, West Ham United sold Marko Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG earlier this week. But fans in the East End remain optimistic about their prospects for the upcoming season.So which players can be considering genuinely unstoppable for their sides? Scroll down to see the one player talkSPORT.com believes your Premier League side cannot afford to sell in the transfer window. Watford enjoyed a terrific season last time out under Javi Gracia, reaching the FA Cup final. Although they were thumped by Manchester City, the season can still be classed as a success.Much of that can be attributed to the presence of Abdoulaye Doucoure at the base of the Hornets’ midfield. Gracia was able to play a diamond in midfield which, thanks to Doucoure, meant Will Hughes and Roberto Pereyra flourished further forward.Even from a deeper position, the 26-year-old managed to record six assists and chipped in with five goals. His strengths lie in winning the ball back and driving forward, maintaining a 83.5 per cent pass success rate and averaging 1.5 shots per game from a deeper position.Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly still interested, with Liverpool also in the frame. The Frenchman wants to play Champion League football, but the Hornets must retain their star man if they want to build on their 11th-placed finish.West Ham United – Declan Rice It may not be long before the biggest clubs in the Premier League start to go after Ndidi When the little Portuguese rocked up at the Etihad in 2017, many felt he would sit on the bench and play a bit part role for a few years until his namesake David decided to call it a day.However, the 24-year-old has established himself as one of, if not the most important player in Pep Guardiola’s well-oiled City machine. He epitomises the type of football the Spaniard wants to play.Silva made 1.4 tackles per game on average in the Premier League, but also managed to keep an exorbitantly high 86.1 per cent pass success rate, which for an attacking is sensational.With seven goals and seven assists last season, the relentless Guardiola will expect more from a player whose pattern of growth seems exponential.Manchester United – Paul Pogba getty images Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Ruben Neves is a superstar and Raul Jimenez is also an integral member of Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad, but Jota quickly showed he had the quality to become the main man.Aged just 22, the versatile forward embodied all that was good about Wolves last season. Fearless and not afraid to attack, Jota scored nine goals and five assists in his debut campaign.But what is more important is the calibre of opposition he scored against. Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all conceded against the Portuguese star.He picked up 11 yellow cards which, although suggests a lack of discipline, is also an indicator of how he is willing to get stuck for his team and even make the necessary cynical fouls when tracking back to stop the momentum of the opposition.
According to SPD Officer Nigel Smith, while enroute, officers were advised the callers believed the subject was dead. Upon arrival, Washington County EMS advised Washington County Coroner Peg Schell to be called. Once Schell arrived on scene, she proceeded with her investigation and took possession of the body. Smith said police believe no foul play was involved. Additional information with the name of the subject will be released at a later time, said Smith. Salem Police say there is no foul play suspected after a body was found inside a vehicle near Luke’s Tavern, on Salem’s West Side early Sunday morning. Officers were dispatched to the area of Luke’s Tavern at 8:55a Sunday morning along with Washington County EMS.