Chukwueze’s Villarreal Beat Valencia to Keep Europe Ticket Alive

first_imgSamuel Chukwueze Samuel Chukwueze and his Villarreal teammates’ push for a top four finish and UEFA Champions League football next season picked momentum yesterday as they defeated Valencia 2-0 in the Spanish La Liga match-day 32 fixture.The Super Eagles forward played 89 minutes before he was substituted in a tactical move to kill off the game by Javier Onteviros.The victory moves Villarreal one step up to fifth spot on 51 points, just three points below fourth placed Sevilla. In the event of not able to finish in the top four, Chukwueze and his colleagues are sure of a Europa ticket as consolation.Former Valencia forward Paco Alcacer opened the scoring with a fantastic volley on the turn in the 14th minute but opted against celebrating against the club where he began his career.Alcacer’s strike partner Gerard Moreno scored an even better goal to double the lead in the 44th, as goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo launched the ball upfield and former Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla controlled it in the air with an irresistible touch before Moreno’s ferocious volley.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Anthony Joshua: Will He Ever Emerge as the ‘Real Deal’

first_imgIBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua last Saturday at the Wembley Stadium knocked out Alexander Povetkin in his 22nd fight- 21 by knockout, yet his claim to be the true champion is still in doubt in some sections and until he takes and defeat American Deontay Wilder, who holds the WBC title he may not be regarded as the ‘Real Deal’, reports Kunle AdewaleMoments after Joshua defeated Russia’s Alexander Povetkin at the Wembley Stadium to retain his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles, he made it clear that his preferred next opponent would be WBC titleholder, Deontay Wilder.Wilder is first due to face Tyson Fury but Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn and his father Barry have sought meetings on a number of occasions to reopen negotiations, with a view to staging a Wembley Stadium showdown for the undisputed title on April 13. Joshua says that Wilder is his ‘No 1’ choice “I have sent three separate emails to Barry saying that I have no desire to meet with Barry unless I have a real offer for Wilder to meet Joshua,” the WBC champion’s representative Shelly Finkel told Sky Sports.“He and I have been in the business long enough to know what that offer would look like.”Hearn had previously told Sky Sports: “We have got a couple of months. We have made it quite clear we don’t want to wait until Wilder fights Fury on December 1 to see what happens.“We want to get a deal in place to know before then. The absolute sole focus for us right now is to fight Deontay Wilder for the undisputed title in April.”Former heavyweight champion, Lennox Lewis hits out at Joshua’s attitude, telling the British boxing star to get out of Hearn’s shadow and control his own destiny around a unification fight with Wilder.Lewis, who has spent time with WBC champion Wilder, is adamant it is Joshua who is stalling on the fight to determine a true heavyweight champion.“Go order Eddie Hearn to make the fight with Deontay Wilder. Now is the moment when you must take charge of your own destiny,” Lewis told the Daily Mail.The former undisputed world champion isn’t impressed with the attitude of fellow British heavyweight, Joshua.The well-travelled Lewis also had some other advice for Joshua, who has claimed the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in the comforts of Britain: “Be ready to fight in other people’s back yards. It is about fighting, not poli-tricks.”Lewis, who said his biggest learnings came from his losses, said Joshua shouldn’t fear defeat.Joshua didn’t take up a US$50m offer from Wilder for the highly anticipated showdown.“There is no question that it is Wilder who wants the fight and it is Wilder who wants to prove that he is the man in this new heavyweight era,” Lewis said.“He explained to me all the difficulties he is having with Anthony and Eddie, of how AJ is listening to Hearn. Deontay most definitely wants this fight more than any fight.“Joshua said he would take $50 million in a heart-beat but when that offer came he didn’t accept. I would have taken 50 million quicker than a heartbeat and gone through with any fight. But I never ducked anyone.“Bowe did everything he could to avoid fighting me but I forced the situation. I did so by ordering my manager Frank Maloney to go out and do whatever it took to make the fight. Yes or yes. No arguments. Then Riddick had to meet me or vacate.“It comes to the point where the boxer has to take over from the manager or promoter as ‘the boss’. Oscar De La Hoya and me were the first to take charge of our business. I took control of my destiny and opened up my chance for greatness. Anthony needs to do the same with Eddie.”Analysts are beginning to believe the world might not after all get to see Joshua-Wilder fight.“In boxing, as in life, if something sounds too good to be true it probably is – and that’s why the prospect of seeing an undisputed heavyweight world championship fight between three-belt titlist Joshua and one-belt man Wilder next is so unlikely,” Dan Rafael, ESPN senior writer said.He said the main reason is that “at least when it comes to actions instead of words, it seems like the Joshua camp is not actually serious about pursuing one of the biggest fights in the sport and easily the biggest fight in the heavyweight division in many years.“I 100 per cent believed that the Wilder camp wants this fight and wants it next. I also have no doubt Wilder would be willing to travel to Joshua’s home turf in the United Kingdom for the bout. Wilder has said so repeatedly and showed his road warrior spirit by previously signing to go to Moscow to defend his belt against AlexanderPovetkin, until Povetkin failed a drug test and the fight was cancelled(and Wilder later won a $4 million court judgment against him and his promoter).”If Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) wants the fight with Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) next, it sure doesn’t seem that way, regardless of what he says. It’s clear in the offer Joshua’s promoter, Hearn, recently made to the Wilder camp: a flat fee of $12.5 million, take it or leave it, for Wilder’s participation in the fight.Of course, $12.5 million large is giant money for most people, but for a fight of this magnitude, it is not a serious offer. If Wilder’s team — managers Al Haymon, Shelly Finkel and Jay Deas and promoter Lou DiBella – accepted the deal, they would be committing malpractice on behalf of their client.For Team Joshua to take Wilder as a $12.5 million expense without cutting him in for a large percentage of an event that could generate in the high eight figures is a joke. When Joshua faced Joseph Parker to unify their three belts last month, the Parker camp got one-third of the money in the event. Wilder is worth more than that, obviously; he brings the last piece of the undisputed title to the table, he brings a bigger fan base and, on his own, he generates more money than Parker does.If Parker is worth a third, Wilder is easily worth at least that much and probably even a few more points. His side has stated it knows it’s not getting 50-50 and hasn’t asked for it, but to be offered a flat fee is not a real offer. It’s an offer meant for the Joshua team to be able to run around and say, “Hey, we made an offer, and Team Wilder turned it down.” It’s called playing games, and it’s nothing new in boxing.“When we were bogged down in the will-they-or-won’t-they nonsense of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao saga, Mayweather at one point offered Pacquiao a flat fee of $40 million. That’s monster money, but not in the context of that event. Pacquiao rightfully said no. When the fight was finally made, Pacquiao got 40 per cent of the pie and earned well over $100 million.”Joshua-Wilder is the exact same situation but for less money. Wilder and his team would be foolish to accept such a laughable offer, and Joshua’s camp knows it – which is why, at this point, all talk of the Joshua-Wilder being next is nothing more than a game boxing fans are not interested in playing.“I have been trying to fight Joshua for two years, and Tyson Fury for five years,” says Wilder. “Is Joshua vulnerable to my style? Of course, he is. I have a very strange style you can’t prepare for. I’m unpredictable. I’m difficult to adjust against, to prepare for. And I’m a scary person. People criticise my style, say ‘he fights wild’ but look what happened to the 38 men who fought me.” Wilder, however, insists that Joshua spends too much time “looking the part”, obsessing with his pursuit of the body beautiful in an effort to obfuscate the weaknesses in which Wilder sees as a robotic style.“I’d rather be the part than look the part. I’m lean, mean – I don’t have the typical heavyweight physique. But I play the part. I’ve seen so many guys look the part but when it comes to the time, they can’t perform. And if Joshua comes through Joseph Parker I’m gonna knock Joshua out. “Eddie Hearn has the British fans brainwashed that Joshua is the new heavyweight Messiah. It’s hype! And I’ll burst his hype bubble. “I don’t care about the crowd. I don’t care about home advantage. In fact, I like fighting away. All the pressure is on the opponent. If I come over there and face Joshua, y’all going to leave with long faces. Doubt me? I’ll prove y’all wrong.”Wilder’s long-term ambitions stretch to further than derailing the Joshua juggernaut, however. He is determined to rekindle America’s love affair with the heavyweight crown, and return the country to the glory days when the likes of Ali, Frazier, Foreman and Holmes ruled the planet. It is why he feels it is incumbent on the five current leading heavyweights – all undefeated – to bring a resolution to the meaning of an undisputed king of the sport. “It’s time to return the heavyweight crown to America,” he says. “An American at the top of the heavyweight division again would bring great interest in the sport, and people are looking forward to me doing that in the division.” Until Joshua fights and beats Wilder to unify the World heavyweight titles, doubts would continue to trail his claim to be the true champion of the world.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Solskjaer: It’s Brilliant to Be Back to Old Trafford

first_imgManchester United have named former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season, a day after sacking Jose Mourinho.Solskjaer spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final.The 45-year-old takes over with United sixth in the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer excited by return to Old Trafford “Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” said the Norwegian.“This is an opportunity I had to take.“I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”Solskjaer, who earlier this month signed a new deal as manager of Norwegian club Molde, will be joined by Mike Phelan, who returns as first-team coach having previously worked alongside Sir Alex Ferguson.Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, both part of Mourinho’s coaching staff, will continue to work under Solskjaer.Solskjaer’s first match in charge will be against Cardiff – where he endured an ill-fated spell as manager – on Saturday.He was relegated from the Premier League with the Bluebirds during an eight-month spell as manager in 2014, then sacked after a poor start to the Championship campaign.United will look to appoint a permanent boss at the end of the season.“Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles,” said Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman.“His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back.“We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season.”The club appeared to inadvertently announce his arrival 12 hours earlier, when a video featuring Solskjaer scoring the winner in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 1999 was briefly on their official website.It led to Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg welcomed Solskjaer’s appointment on social media, writing: “Great day for Norwegian football. Good luck keeping control of the Red Devils.” She later deleted the tweet.Molde’s 2018 season has finished for the winter and does not restart until March.United’s statement announcing Solskjaer’s arrival as caretaker manager made no mention of whether or not he will return to Molde when the Premier League season ends.But the Norwegian club stressed they were only “lending” Solskjaer to United, indicating they expect him to return to his previous role.“This is a big opportunity for Molde FK, we think it will be developing and helping to put Molde further on the football card,” Oystein Neerland, the club’s chief executive officer, said.Solskjaer is in his second spell as Molde manager after returning to the club, little over a year after he was sacked by Cardiff, in October 2015.In his first spell, Solskjaer led the club to their first Norwegian title in 2011, going on to retain the trophy in the following season.Meanwhile, Mourinho has said that his career at the club is now a closed chapter following his sacking as manager a day earlier, but the Portuguese confirmed he would return to management.“Manchester United has a future without me and I have a future without United,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “Why should I be sharing more now, even with the supporters, any of my feelings? It’s over. That’s the way I’ve always been.“I’ve been critical of managers that leave clubs and speak about what’s happened and who’s to blame. That’s not me. I just want to finish like it happened yesterday and I’d like to say it’s game over. I hope you media respect this way for me to be.“Until I get back to football I have my right to live my normal life. That’s what I want to do. United is the past.”Mourinho, who replaced Dutchman Louis van Gaal in May 2016, won the Europa League and League Cup in his first season.He then guided United to second place in the Premier League and the FA Cup final, where they were beaten by Chelsea, in his second.Yet his third season was riddled with problems both on and off the pitch, including the breakdown of his relationship with record signing Paul Pogba, before United pulled the plug with the team sitting sixth in the league.Mourinho’s final game in charge was a 3-1 defeat at bitter rivals Liverpool on Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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William Hill adds cash in roulette via Be The House

first_img Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit It has been announced today that gaming company Be The House is launching its unique Cash In Roulette product with William Hill, as it looks to breathe life back into the casino vertical. Cash In Roulette offers bets over consecutive spins of a roulette wheel, in addition to the traditional single spin roulette.This enables players to be able to place bets on outcomes like one number eight in the next 10 spins, or 14 black numbers in the next 20.William Hill is planning to offer liabilities of up to £1m per line which is a huge increase on traditional roulette. Cash In Roulette attracts players with the potential for higher payouts, greater control over their volatility, and, crucially, the ability to cash out during a multi-spin bet.Benefits to operators include the ability to attract new players to this exciting new twist in roulette, a wider customer base to cross sell to and longer sessions from players.Be The House holds a pending patent for accumulative casino on all table games and will be rolling them out over the next few months.Seth Freedman, CEO and co-founder of Be The House, said: “The online casino vertical has been lacking a truly innovative product for some time now, and we firmly believe that Cash In Roulette is a game-changer for operators and players alike.“We are thrilled to be launching with William Hill, whose confidence in our product is proof of just how exciting and fresh it is. We are sure their players will enjoy the control and flexibility it offers, and that it will enhance their overall experience of the game.” William Mathieson, Head of Gaming Development at William Hill, added: “This is the first truly innovative and engaging roulette product I’ve seen in the last 10 years. It has such a wide variety of bets on offer, making it an exciting proposition for roulette and non-roulette players alike.“Combined with a better margin for the operator this was a great opportunity for William Hill to work with ‘Be the house’ and we look forward to its upcoming launch.” With this partnership in place William Hill becomes the second tier one operator to launch Cash In Roulette after Betfair was the first to flick the switch back in October. Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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Community Reacts to Local Fire

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— Firefighters battled an aggressive fire that left the Habitat for Humanity Restore Building in shambles. Sunday morning,  Alpena Fire Department responded to a call from a pedestrian who saw smoke coming from the building located on Chisholm Street.The fire started from the rear of the building and crews were sent in after efforts to put out flames from the outside were not effective. Due to a collapsing wall and falling debris, two city firefighter paramedics received non–life threatening injuries and transported to Mid–Michigan Medical Center.Fire crews from the city and Alpena Township spent a total of twelve hours trying to extinguish the fire and clean up the area. Sunday’s event left some residents without power and all 9–1–1 calls from Alpena were sent to Roscommon county.The Habitat for Humanity Restore Building fire is currently under investigation.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Work on Lakewood Dr. and Grand Lake Rd. to cause road closuresNext Alpena Public Schools continues to promote literacy using bookmarkslast_img read more

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Infestations posing a threat to Michigan’s agriculture and environment

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — Harmful and invasive species, some invisible to the naked eye , can hide in or on firewood.These new infestations of invasive pests or diseases can pose a serious threat to Michigan’s agriculture, forests and the environment.According to Spokesperson, Mike Philip, you should never assume that wood appearing to not be infested is safe to move.Another Spokesperson, Jason Fleming, suggested as camping resumes this year, campers should purchase firewood at state park campgrounds instead of bringing your own. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Governor Whitmer requests Enbridge to immediately shut down dual pipelineNext Flint resident drowns in the Au Sable Riverlast_img read more

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William Amponsah: Ghana’s long-distance king

first_imgGhanaians are not known heavyweights in long-distance running like Kenyans who have dominated the sport for a very long time and are known globally for that.But, William Amponsah, a 20-year-old student of the University of Education and a former student of Swedru School of Business, is beginning to make a significant stride in the sport in his quest to make a name for himself.This year Amponsah won the two topmost marathon events in Ghana that is the Kwahu Easter Mountain Marathon and Millennium Marathon in 2019, the prodigy set new records of both competitions.Amponsah set a new record of the Kwahu Marathon after clocking a time 2:29:16 in the 42km race while he broke the Millennium Marathon record after running an impressive 1:06:22 in the 21km race.Amponsah announced his presence on the international stage last year when he won the Okpekpe Road Race (10km) and placed 21st and third in the overall and age class respectively.”I discovered my talent in running when I was in Junior High School, my father realized I was good in long-distance running, so he supported me and encourage me to train harder. ”I then started competing on the local scene and I gained the needed exposure and from then, I keep improving day by day,” he told Ghana News Agency.He added that he wanted to challenge the assertion of many Ghanaians which suggests that, Ghanaians are not good in long-distance running.”I’m on course on representing Ghana at the highest level of long-distance running. The task is very stern but with God on my side, I will make Ghana proud soon,” Amponsah said.last_img read more

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Wellington girls cross country team place 2nd in league meet at Clearwater

first_imgAugusta752nd JacobJohnson22.4538 GracieDefore20.526YES Clearwater803rd TylerBenson22.4539 JaedynLedesma16.042YES Wellington1325th JV Race-Boys5K raceTIMEPlace. CabreilRoe18.2815 HoustonSober20.5432 JuanChandler23.0432 TristtonTracy21.5436 Andale573rd TEAM ResultsPoints LeahNelson17.179YES MackinzeTracy19.2524 WELLINGTON HS CROSS COUNTRY results Augusta954th WELLINGTON482nd CarsonLeGrand28.3240 WillLong24.5736 ALL-TIME TOP 10 Girl’s List MEET:AVCTL  – Clearwater hosted by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Oh, so close! The Wellington girls cross country team fell just six points short of winning the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division IV meet in Clearwater this past weekend.Wellington finished with 48 points. Circle won the event with 42. In cross country, the lower score wins because the totals are accumulated on how you place. The top five runners could finish first, second, third, fourth and fifth for 15 points which would be a perfect score.Jaedyn Ledesma placed second at the league meet with an outstanding time of 16.04 to receive a medal. She was one of three girls to medal. Lauren Scheufler placed sixth with a time of 16.40 and Leah Nelson finished ninth with a time of 17.17.The Wellington boys placed fifth with beating out Wichita Collegiate. “We had 20 out of 23 runners who ran personal bests at the league meet,” said Charles Wallace, Wellington head cross country coach.The following are the results of the and other information provided by Wallace: LaurenScheufler16.406YES Jo Tredwaywent on in10th place JuliaPeck19.501YES JoTredway18.3216center_img SethTunnell27.4637 Andale231st NEXT race:  REGIONALS – ElDorado Varsity Boys5K raceTIMEPlace JoeFriesen20.3727 PeytonWitham22.4311YES Varsity Girls4K raceTIMEPlaceMedal ShelbyMcNamara21.157YES Lauren Scheuflermoved from5th place to 4th Jaedyn Ledesmamoved from3rd place to 2nd Team ResultsPoints Girl’s Varsity Team received 2nd in the AVCTL JV-Girls4K raceTIMEPlace Clearwater1145th IsaiahRogers20.0320 We had 20 out of 23 runners who ran a Personal Best at the League meet. Wichita Collegiate1406th BrentWilliams19.3917 Circle834th BayleeDeJarnett19.0323 Leah Nelsonstays at 5thbut time improved Boy’s Varsity Team rec’d 5th place Date:10/17/13 Circle421st WilliamDaily34.4143 Date:  Saturday, Oct.  26th -  2 p.m.last_img read more

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Staffordshire celebrate first ever Boys County triumph

first_img Staffordshire won their first ever Boys County Championship in emphatic fashion as the sun shone at Kedleston Park. They did it in style by beating Devon 8-1, while defending champions Yorkshire finished in second spot after overcoming Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands 6½ – 2½.In direct contrast to the two previous days when there was little to separate the four counties, the final matches were clear cut in the extreme and in the end everything came down to games won.Both Staffordshire and Yorkshire emerged with two victories but the Midlanders took the title with 17 game points to Yorkshire’s 15½.“I’m very proud the boys have won this title for the first time,” said Staffordshire captain Mike Tunnicliffe. “It was almost a perfect day. Winning this morning’s foursomes 3-0 was a very good start but we knew Yorkshire would set a challenge.“Every single presented a further challenge and happily the boys were up to that challenge. Having put Staffordshire on the map as far as boys golf is concerned, I’m hoping this will encourage the juniors in our county to repeat the performance in future years now that we have broken our duck.”Yorkshire skipper Gary Brown was disappointed that they had lost the title but said: “Our lads played well today. They gave 100% and you can’t ask more than that.“We thought that if we could get six points today we’d be happy but Staffordshire played superbly to get eight against Devon. But the damage was done yesterday when we lost to Devon.”Having won all three morning foursomes, one more than Yorkshire, Staffordshire knew they just had to stay ahead of their Northern rivals and that’s just what they did.Robert Burlison gave them the perfect start with a 4&3 win over Devon’s Jacob Tinsley in the top game. The England boy cap birdied three holes in a row from the short fourth to be 3-up and although he lost the tenth, a birdie-two at 11 restored his clear advantage and he finished it with a winning par at 15.It completed a perfect performance by Burlison, who won all six of his games.His 4&3 scoreline was matched by Daniel Sutton over James Thompson, Gianmarco Petrozzi against Harry Konig and by Harrison Quick over Tom Trowbridge.That not only confirmed Staffordshire’s victory but underlined their supremacy on a red letter day for the Midland champions.When Cameron Long added to the tally with a 2&1 win over Robbie Thompson it meant that Staffordshire might complete a clean sweep. But Ollie Cowl gave Devon some consolation with a 2-hole victory over Peter Booker, which the least they deserved.After their previous day’s defeat by Devon, Yorkshire knew that they not only had to beat Hampshire but they had to do it well. After winning the foursomes 2-1 and knowing Staffordshire had completed a clean sweep, it was just a case of bettering whatever Staffordshire produced – but it didn’t happen.Kealan Lowe made it six wins-in-a-row when he beat Billy Watson 4&2 and was quickly followed by Jack Kelley with the same scoreline over Tom Farrow-Smith.Ben Hutchinson overwhelmed the unfortunate Tommy Donaldson 6&5, the end of the contest being settled on the 13th green when the Hampshire lad was penalised a shot after his ball moved when he addressed it.With Bradley Hudson beating Jordan Sundborg on the final green, Yorkshire hopes were still high. But with Ryan Harmer gaining Hampshire’s only victory by 1-hole over Ben Brewster and Mason Banger securing a half with Jonathan Thomson, the Northerners hopes were dashed. 29 Aug 2013 Staffordshire celebrate first ever Boys County triumph last_img read more

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