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Thai Nice – serving up quality food with a ‘sea view’

first_imgThai Nice, on the Uxbridge Road just up from Acton High Street, has been serving up meals for more than a decade.Open every evening until 11pm, the restaurant cooks up authentic Thai cuisine but has a number of other tricks up its sleeve.Cocktails are two for one between 6pm and 7.30pm and children eating in the restaurant with an adult can claim a free ice cream.AdChoices广告And if you’re celebrating a birthday, bring seven or more friends with you and you’ll be treated to a free birthday cake – and a singsong.One table even boasts a ‘sea view’ – well, of the goldfish swimmingly happily in their tank, anyway.Thai Nice first opened its doors in 2001 and it marked its 12th birthday with one of a number of discount promotions it runs through the year.The menu contains an array of Thai-cooked food, from chicken, pork, beef and duck dishes to curries, salads and seafood. Vegetarian options are well catered for and the chronically indecisive can go for the value-for-money set menu.Thai Nice isn’t just about the food, the cocktails or the deals. It also welcomes wedding or civil partnership receptions and has been known to put on a show itself.Intrigued? Check out the website for Vivian and the Thai Ladyboys’ tribute to the divas of pop in their ‘An Evening with Beyonce’ show…For more information or to reserve a table, visit www.thainice.co.uk, call 0208 99 22 225, or drop in to the restaurant.If you’re interested in advertising with West London Sport, email advertising@westlondonsport.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

QPR star Eze in England Under-20 squad

first_imgSee also:Mount scores winner in England Under-21 victoryLampard waiting to hear from Chelsea on Mount and TomoriChelsea’s Mount and Barkley named in England squadHemed fit to start for QPR against DerbyEze’s three big steps from Millwall reject to England Under-20 call-up Ebere Eze has impressed for QPRQPR’s Ebere Eze has been included in the England Under-20 squad.The 20-year-old forward, snapped up by Rangers after being released by Millwall in 2016, has been called up after a series of impressive performances in the Championship. The squad for matches against Italy and the Czech Republic also includes Chelsea duo Jay Dasilva and Reece James as well as goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe of Brentford.AdChoices广告The game against Italy will take place at AFC Flyde on Thursday 11 October and the match against the Czechs is in Budejovice the following Monday.Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, Jake Clarke-Salter and Fikayo Tomori have been named in the England Under-21 squad along with Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and Brentford defender Ezri Konsa.Aidy Boothroyd’s side will face Andorra and Scotland in European Under-21 qualifiers needing just a point to guarantee a place at next year’s tournament in Italy.They will play Andorra at Chesterfield on Thursday 11 October and Scotland at Hearts’ Tynecastle ground the following Tuesday.And Callum Hudson-Odoi is among five Chelsea players included in England’s Under-19 squad for games against Portugal and Macedonia.Young Blues Marc Guehi, Tariq Lamptey, Conor Gallagher and George McEachran are also included, as is Fulham’s Steven Sessegnon. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Round-up: Sarri rules out Loftus-Cheek move and wants deals for Blues duo

first_imgQPR appear to be close to finalising an extension to Angel Rangel’s contract.The veteran right-back, who recently turned 36, has impressed since being signed in August as cover while Darnell Furlong was out with a knee injury.West London Sport had revealed that Rangel, a free agent after leaving Swansea, was being brought in by the R’s on a short-term contract.That deal expires next month and Rangers want to keep him until at least the end of the season.Frank praises players Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo insists his side are not suffering from a lack of confidence ahead of their game against Chelsea.Last season’s Championship winners are enduring their worst run since the Portuguese took charge 18 months ago, having lost five games across a six-match run without a win.Nuno said: “It is not a lack of confidence, no. A team is like a player, it has ups and downs.“You have to find solutions to help them and give them good advice and work with them. It doesn’t have to do with confidence, it has to do with so many aspects of the game – technical, tactical, mental – and we have to solve it.“You have to be cautious of the moment we are in and face it. We have had a block of games with mistakes, from a team which is still growing. When the results don’t come, what is important is how you approach the situation.”Azpilicueta’s new contractCesar Azpilicueta has signed a new four-year contract.Chelsea announced on Tuesday morning that the Spaniard – who has captained them in the Premier League this season – has committed his future through to 2022.Rangel deal looks closeEmbed from Getty Images Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Thomas Frank praised his players for their spirit after Lewis Macleod’s stoppage-time equaliser rescued a point for Brentford at West Brom.The Bees looked set for their seventh defeat in eight games since Frank replaced Dean Smith as boss.But Macleod’s late goal meant they instead picked up their first away point under the Dane.“We talked before the game about needing to leave everything out there,” said Frank.“The boys did well in that aspect, everyone could see in the first half we were hanging in there.“It’s not how we wanted to play but we were playing against the best home side in the division.”Downes is new AFC Wimbledon bossWally Downes has been appointed AFC Wimbledon manager.The 57-year-old from Hammersmith made more than 200 appearances for Wimbledon as a player during the ‘Crazy Gang’ era of the 1980s.“I am very proud to be appointed as manager of a club I love dearly,” Downes said.“I am now looking forward to working flat out to help to keep the club in League One.” Maurizio Sarri has declared that there is “no chance” of Ruben Loftus-Cheek leaving Chelsea on loan in January.The England midfielder has been linked with several clubs ahead of the transfer window.AdChoices广告Sarri said: “I want him to stay with us. So I think there is no chance.“He played some matches in the Europa League and League Cup. He played five or six matches in the Premier League without starting.“At the moment he is very important for us. He had some problems to understand what I want but now he is improving and in the last two matches I was really very happy with him.”Sarri wants new deals for Luiz and FabregasSarri wants David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas to be given new deals by Chelsea but admits negotiations are “difficult” because of their age.The contracts of both 31-year-olds are due to expire at the end of the season.“I spoke with the club about this one month ago,” Sarri explained.“I know very well that it is not easy, but I think we can do a new deal for both.“They are very important players for us. It is very difficult to find a centre-back for this level and a central midfielder technically like Fabregas. So I think they have to stay with us.”Chelsea have a policy of only offering one-year contracts to players above the age of 30.Sarri said: “The deal is very difficult for this reason, I think, because the club want a short contract and the players want a long contract.“It is difficult for this reason but I think at the end we can find a solution.”Alonso and Kovacic passed fitMarcos Alonso and Mateo Kovacic have been passed fit to play for Chelsea at Wolves despite minor injury concerns.Alonso has been nursing a back problem, while Kovacic was taken off midway through the second half after picking up an ankle injury during the win against Fulham.“I spoke with the doctor 10 minutes ago and we have no injuries at the moment,” Sarri said.“We had a little problem with Kovacic in the last match and also Alonso. But for the doctor they are able to play.“Now we have to see in the last training session just in order to understand if there is somebody tired after the (Fulham) match.”Confidence not a problem – Wolves bossEmbed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Risers open the season with overwhelming 19-8 victory over Grand Rapids

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Walker Arena.The offensive explosion was led by Elmedin Zukic, who piled up five goals and three assists in the victory. Aldony Mendez, TJ Ifaturoti and Bradley Macomber each added three goals in the rout.It was the type of performance that assured veteran Risers Coach Ben Ritsema that his team has the weapons to compete with any opponent on the 2019-20 schedule.“We got some goals and we had a lot of offense,” Ritsema said. “It was great. I knew we were going to score goals, but I was more concerned about defense.“We actually moved the ball really well, and it’s probably the most talented team that we’ve had. You could see the experience of some of our guys who have played multiple years. It’s very obvious that we’re understanding the indoor game better. It’s really good to see.”The Risers’ TJ Ifaturoti gets ready to make a pass. Photo/Leo ValdezThe Risers will return to action on Dec. 21 when they visit the Ankle Breakers in a rematch in Grand Rapids. They will return home on Jan. 11 with a game against Oakland County.The first quarter was odd, with the Risers jumping all over Grand Rapids, scoring four quick goals in the first few minutes with tallies by Mendez, William Guerrero, Flores and Zukic.But the Ankle Breakers answered with a pair of goals, by Eric Carey and Adrian Diaz, and the Risers clung to a 4-2 lead at the first break.Muskegon took control by scoring six of the eight goals in the second quarter, with tallies by Macomber, Mendez, Zukic, Ifaturoti, Moses Crawford and Miguel Flores.  Grand Rapids got goals from Diaz and Emanuel Belliard and the Risers led 10-4 at halftime.“When we got that four-goal lead and let them back to 4-2, I wasn’t very happy,” Ritsema said. “We had some stuff to figure out and we did at halftime. I really thought the third quarter was really important and that we came out really strong. That was the quarter that made the difference.”The rout got ugly in the third quarter when the Risers came out and scored five unanswered goals, and totaled seven. Zukic and Macomber each scored twice while Ifaturoti, Wagenmaker, and Mendez had single tallies.GR’s lone third quarter goal came from Diaz, and the Risers led 17-5 after three.Zukic and Ifaturoti each added fourth quarter goals. Daniel Diaz found the net three times for the Ankle Breakers in the fourth, and totaled four in the game.“I think we played really well together for our first game, which was good,” Zukic said. “We still got work to do, but I’m really happy. I love to play attack, attack, attack, and we did a really good job of it.” Report a problem This item is… Report a problem This item is… Other ENDS IN Share Other Bradley Macomber makes a cut for Muskegon. Photo/Leo Valdez × Not relevant (832) DEAL OF THE DAY Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Thank you! 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Nigeria Retains 31st Position in FIFA Ranking

first_imgNigeria’s Super Eagles retained their spot as the world’s 31st team in the World Football Ranking for the month of December.In the ranking table on the website of world football governing body FIFA on Thursday, Nigeria have garnered 1,493 points, same as they had in the November ranking.The ranking still helped the team retained the third spot on the continent, behind Senegal and Tunisia. On the global scene, Belgium are the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking’s Team of the Year for the second successive time after a record-breaking year on the global ladder.The Red Devils have held on to top spot in a December table barely impacted by just 19 friendlies towards the end of the year.It was a year in which 1,082 international “A” matches have been played, and that is an all-time high since the ranking’s inception in 1993.World champions France remain in second place ahead of Brazil in third, the positions they held in December 2018.However, the make-up of the year-end top five has changed.England have climbed one place in 2019 to end the year in fourth, with Uruguay moving up to fifth on the back of a two-spot rise.Argentina (9th) and Colombia (10th) are also in the top 10 at the expense of Switzerland (12th) and Denmark (16th).Both have slipped four and six places respectively over the course of the year.The ranking’s Mover of the Year, meanwhile, are Qatar who gained an impressive 138 points over the course of the year.The FIFA World Cup 2022 hosts won the AFC Asian Cup and made a strong start to the Asian Zone World Cup qualifiers.Besides accumulating the biggest points haul, Qatar have also jumped a year-high 38 places, followed closely by fellow climbers Algeria (up 32 ranks) and Japan (up 22 ranks).Given the teams who have made the most progress in 2019, it is no surprise to find that the regional composition of the top 50 has changed over the year.Along with this is the fact that Europe’s dominance has diminished.UEFA has lost three places in the top 50 compared to the end of 2018, and now has 28 teams.Whereas, Concacaf (4), the AFC (4) and CAF (4) have all gained one spot apiece.But in spite of all the changes witnessed over 2019, the year has ended on a quiet note.It has witnessed only the most modest of movements due to the scarcity of fixtures since the ranking’s November edition.Nonetheless, eight teams have all edged a single rung up the ladder, and will hope to continue that progress in 2020.These are Bahrain (99th), Bolivia (75th), Korea Republic (40th), Lesotho (139th), the Solomon Islands (141st), South Africa (71st), St Kitts and Nevis (139th) and Suriname (141st).(NAN)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

2019 NPFL/LaLiga U15 Promises: Insurance, Tornadoes Clinch Final Phase Tickets

first_imgThe 2019 edition of the NPFL/LaLiga U15 Promises Tournament entered day 3 as Insurance of Benin, Kwara United and 2017 bronze medalists, Niger Tornadoes qualified for the final phase.At the Enugu center, Insurance won their third straight game with a 4-0 win over Ifeanyi Ubah to pick up the first qualification ticket from the zone, while Akwa United came from behind to dispatch Abia Warriors 4-1 to brighten their qualification chances.In Kaduna, Niger Tornadoes defeated Plateau United 7-0 while Kwara United maintained their 100% record with a 3-0 win over Yobe Desert Stars.Ikechukwu Eke scored a hat trick as Enyimba defeated Rivers United 3-1 in Benin, while Heartland lost 2-3 to Sunshine Stars in the other group game.At the Abuja center, Gombe United defeated Kano Pillars 2-1, while Lobi Stars lost 1-2 to Katsina United.Match Day 3 ResultsIfeanyi Ubah 0-4 InsuranceAkwa United 4-1 Abia WarriorsHeartland 2-3 Sunshine StarsRivers United 1-3 EnyimbaPlateau United 0-7 Niger TornadoesKwara United 3-0 Yobe Desert StarsGombe United 2-1 Kano PillarsLobi Stars 1-2 Katsina UnitedRelatedlast_img read more

Sports Minister Dare Announces Talent Hunt Program To Discover Young Talented Athletes

first_imgMinister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare wants to set up a Talent Hunt Program to identify and nurture talented youngsters after coming across videos of two young female boxers on Twitter.Dare made this known via his Twitter handle on Saturday in what appeared to be a decision taken on the spur of the moment adding that he had been “inspired” by the video of the 8-year old boxers he’d seen.The minister requested the name and contact details of 8-year old Raimoh Animashaun, and her dad Jamiu who also doubles as her coach after coming across a video of the aspiring boxer in training.I need the name of the little girl and the number of the coach. Another budding talent. I am inspired to lead the ministry to crank up a Talent Hunt Program. THP that will pick up these young ones and nurture them. https://t.co/rbeDLgX4gr— Sunday Dare (@SundayDareSD) November 9, 2019“I need the name of the little girl and the number of the coach. Another budding talent. I am inspired to lead the ministry to crank up a Talent Hunt Program. THP that will pick up these young ones and nurture them,” Dare tweeted after watching the video.Prior to that tweet, Dare had confirmed that he’d gotten in touch with yet another 8-year-old budding boxer Shekinah, her father Quadri and coach Sulaiman with a view to “adopting” her after coming across a video of her impressive training routine on Twitter.“The video of 8-year old Shekinah. Amazing stuff. Brilliant boxing Talent. The gold is in the Child. I spoke with her father Quadri in Lagos this morning and her Coach Sulaiman ‘energy’ to find out about her. We will follow her and get her adopted,” Dare tweeted.pic.twitter.com/dMRjjCh5i5 The video of 8-year old Shekinah. Amazing stuff. Brilliant boxing Talent. The gold is in the Child. I spoke with her father Quadri in Lagos this morning and her Coach Sulaiman ‘energy’ to find out about her. We will follow her and get her adopted.— Sunday Dare (@SundayDareSD) November 9, 2019Dare’s plan to begin a program dedicated solely to identifying and nurturing young budding sports talent might prove popular with many, but many more would love to see a more institutionalised process especially considering Nigeria’s lack of developmental pathways for aspiring athletes and sports enthusiasts.His announcement also builds on recent popular policy statements by the 53-year-old who seems to have struck a chord with many Nigerians in how he communicates his plans to tackle the serious systemic challenges bedevilling sports development in Nigeria.Addressing “Batch C” members of the Nigeria Youth Service Corps in Keffi, Nasarawa State at the weekend, the sports minister announced the start of open athletics and football trials for serving members which is aimed at discovering new talents. This afternoon, I visited the batch C, stream 1 Youth Corp members at the keffi camp . I inspected the parade and camp facilities. I announced to the over 2,000 corp members the start of our Open athletics and football trials across the camps to discover new talents pic.twitter.com/wLBNR1nQym— Sunday Dare (@SundayDareSD) November 9, 2019Earlier in August, he’d announced the setting up of the Athletes Sustenance Fund (ASF) as a means to address the pressing issues of athletes’ welfare which he said will help in “securing the commitment” of Nigerian athletes and enable them to focus on their craft as well as help bridge the funding gap which has made the provision and maintenance of sports facilities difficult.Relatedlast_img read more

Kwadwo Asamoah touts Ghana’s credentials

first_imgKwadwo Asamoah remains one of Ghana’s consistent players and is keen to see the Black Stars, one of the favourites for glory for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations lift the trophy.The Udinese attacker is expected to make his third successive Nations Cup appearance after his debut in 2008 as Ghana prepare for the start of this month’s finals in Gabon-Equatorial Guinea.Though, a squad member in the bronze winning 2008 Nations Cup side, Asamoah, two years after, played every match for the Black Stars as they marched to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola and picked silver.The 23-year-old has become an integral player in the Black Stars and has told Fifa.com that Ghana would be a strong candidate for the title when the finals kick off on January 21.“We are a good team, without any phenomenons but with many quality players. If we are compact and gritty as [coach Goran] Stevanovic asks, we will be dangerous for anyone to play,” Asamoah said.The competition would miss teams like Egypt, Cameroon and Nigeria but the Ghanaian does not expect it to make it any easier for the Black Stars. He anticipates strong competition from all the qualified nations.“It is true that strong and successful teams will be missing, but it still won’t be easy to win the continental tournament. Not even South Africa will be there, but there are always new teams who will make life hard for anyone. All the teams who qualified for the finals deserved it.”The absence of some of the established nations might have narrowed down the number of favourites but Asamoah refuses to tag any side as favourites head of the start of the competition.“I do not see any favourite,” he said.“We all start on the same level, so of course there could be a big surprise. I see a very balanced tournament.” Ghana’s first game at the finals will be against newcomers, Botswana on January 24, three days after the tournament kicks off.The Black Stars will follow up their opener with fixtures against West African rivals, Mali four days later and Guinea on February 1 at the same stadium.Gabon will co-host the 2012 African Nations Cup with Equatorial Guinea. The tournament will kick off on January 21 and run till February 12.last_img read more

Top Gun squad takes aim at Pony Nationals

first_imgBY SHAWN LAYTON Staff Writer BY SHAWN LAYTONStaff Writer EDISON — The Top Gun 18-and-under softball team of Edison is competing in the Pony Nationals, one of the country’s premier softball tournaments with 160 teams in action, this week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The opening ceremony at Dolphins Stadium, home of the 2003 World Series Champions Florida Marlins, kick-started the tournament Tuesday night with teams from all over the country in attendance. Prior to the Pony Nationals, Top Gun’s 18-under and 16-under teams competed in the Rising Star Tournament among 82 other teams. Also held in Florida, the Rising Star Tournament is another high-profile tournament with teams from California and Texas making the trip. The 18-under team went 3-3 at Rising Star, while their younger counterparts finished at 3-2-1. The 16-under team plays in the National Fast Tournament this week, yet another Sunshine State competition. “The purpose of these tournaments is to showcase the kids in front of college coaches,” Top Gun head coach Tony Houck said. “Coaches from North Carolina, Georgetown, George Washington and Swarthmore were in attendance, and even more are expected at Pony Nationals.” At Rising Star, the 18-under team opened the tournament with a 6-1 win over Texas Select, but lost the next, a 6-3 defeat to the Massachusetts Mud Dogs. Top Gun lost its second in a row 2-0 to First Coast out of Jacksonville, Fla. The team turned things around to win its next two, a 6-3 win over the Tampa Spartans and a 3-0 win over the Jacksonville Titans. Top Gun lost its final game at Rising Star to the San Jose Slammers 3-0. J.P. Stevens graduate Christine Sendelski and Chrissy Yard, a graduate of Hillsborough High School, are two of the many stellar players on the 18-under team. “Christine had a really good tournament at Rising Star, and brings a good attitude and good speed to the field,” Houck said. “Chrissy pitches and plays first base and was named the Somerset County Player of the Year this spring.” Sendelski is off to Swarthmore in the fall, while Yard will join the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers this year. Another Yard, Chrissy’s younger sister, Katie, is turning heads at the Florida tournaments and looks to be another standout player in Somerset County. “Katie plays third base and she’s really hitting the ball well,” Houck said. “Hillsborough has something to look forward to with her coming through their program.” Another sister duo of Katie and Kim Eder from St. John Vianney, Holmdel, make Top Gun even stronger. Katie adds another high-profile player of Chrissy Yard’s caliber, as she was named to both All-Parochial and All-State teams this spring. Katie went into Rising Star batting .387 and she doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. Kim, a soon-to-be sophomore, plays the infield and outfield, and has fully recovered from some arm trouble she developed in the spring. “She’s back into the swing of things,” Houck said. “She had three hits in her first seven at bats to start Rising Star.” Colleen Cyriak and Trish Alluto joined the team on Friday to finish out the Rising Star Tournament and will compete at Pony Nationals. Cyriak is off to Farleigh Dickinson in the fall, while Alluto will attend Pace University. “Since they are already committed to colleges we had them come down Friday,” Houck said. “They bring a lot to the team and we expect big things from them at Pony Nationals.” A pair of players from Pingry is also expected to be major contributors this week. Kristin Maletsky and Caitlyn Fitzgerald will return to Pingry this fall for their senior year. Both Maletsky and Fitzgerald scored over 2200 on the SATs and are sure to have the interest of many coaches this week. “Caitlyn is coming off a torn ACL she suffered in March and is still playing with a brace,” Houck said. “Despite the injury she continues to hit the ball well and has been moved over to second base from shortstop to limit some of her lateral movement until fully healed.” Maletsky’s speed allows her to cover a lot of ground in the outfield and run well on the base paths. “Kristin hits to all fields and is a very good bunter,” Houck said. “She brings a lot to the team because of her quickness.” This summer was the second year Top Gun competed at Rising Star and the fifth year at Pony Nationals. “We play a very competitive schedule,” Houck said. “Our goal is to get our kids into college whether they play softball or not. That’s why we take them to tournaments, where they can be seen by the most coaches.”last_img read more