Joleon Lescott and Sam Quek select their Premier League team of the month | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – This month, Sky Sports presenter Adam Smith was joined by former Premier League kingpin Joleon Lescott and Olympic gold-medal hockey player and presenter Sam Quek – who is also an avid Liverpool fan.So, how did the team unfold? Let’s start between the sticks…Goalkeepers The Kings of the Premier League show, sponsored by Budweiser, returned on Sky Sports this Friday with another all-star line-up on the panel.Guests pit stats against gut when they compare results from the statistical Power Rankings with fans’ votes for Kings of the Match on the Premier League website.- Advertisement – “I think they pick themselves,” said Joleon. “There’s a lot of top-quality talent in this position, but Kyle Walker has been the standout performer this season – and that’s something to say when there are the likes of Trent-Alexander Arnold and Chilwell.“For me, Chilwell is the closest Chelsea have had to Ashley Cole, if he can stay fit. He’s that good. He’s hit a level of consistency. Cole loved to venture forward and get in the box and Chilwell’s got that in him.”Final selections: Ben Chilwell and Kyle Walker GRAPHIC GRAPHIC Both guests agreed on selecting Wolves centre-back Conor Coady. “I’m a massive fan,” revealed Sam. “His England performance was an extra cherry on top of the cake. His stats don’t leap off the page, but, as a defender, if you just do your job properly, sometimes it’s under-appreciated.“If you’re in the right position to let the forward go wide, or you close off the path in the channels, or you make the opposing defender pass back, that’s your job half done. So, technically, you’re making fewer tackles but doing the same job – and Coady does that excellently.”“I also went for Gabriel,” added Joleon. “He’s new to the Premier League and he looks like he’s played here for a number of years. He’s aggressive, which I like, and hasn’t made many mistakes. He’s played in different positions, on the left and in the middle of a three – so he has a good understanding of different roles.” – Advertisement – GRAPHIC Saturday 7th November 8:15pm GRAPHIC Sam selected Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who has conceded only one goal in his previous four league games and made almost twice as many saves as Mendy during that time.Joleon debated whether Patricio could have aligned his wall more effectively to prevent Jacob Murphy’s late equaliser for Newcastle, but ceded ground to back the Wolves No 1.Final selection: Rui Patricio GRAPHIC GRAPHIC “And James Rodriguez oozes class and he’s also passionate. You want your big players to step up for the big games and he was arguing with the ref and shoving Liverpool players in the Merseyside derby – and that’s what you want to see.”Joleon swung the vote for the third and final midfield selection after making a case for Aston Villa midfielder Ross Barkley. “If you get him playing with confidence, he’s hard to stop – a lot of positive traits. A great signing for Aston Villa and he’s proved that during his time there.”Final selections: Jack Grealish, James Rodriguez and Ross BarkleyForwards GRAPHIC Joleon nominated new Chelsea stopper Edouard Mendy, who has kept three successive clean sheets in the Premier League since his debut.“Mendy’s come into the league and showcased why he’s No 1 at Chelsea,” said Joleon. “Against Manchester United, he produced three or four world-class saves.”“He’s kept three clean sheets – but he didn’t face a shot on target in two of those games!” argued Sam. “So it’s pretty easy to keep a clean sheet!” There was no debate for the full-backs this month, with Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell and Manchester City’s Kyle Walker immediately rubber-stamped with starting berths. GRAPHIC – Advertisement – Centre-backs GRAPHICImage:Rui Patricio has faced twice as many shots on target as Edouard Mendy since October 1 and made almost twice as many saves GRAPHIC But Sam was keen for Kurt Zouma to be selected after helping Chelsea keep three shutouts during his four league appearances over the past month. “For me, he’s got to be Frank Lampard’s first name on the team sheet.“When you look at the clean sheets he’s kept, he’s had that consistency with three different centre-back partners. I think he’s done excellently and he’s also been a threat from corners with two headed goals.”“I’m not basing this on scoring,” joked Joleon. “I look at the defending and the stats state Gabriel has been better defensively!”Final selections: Conor Coady and GabrielFull-backs Kings Of The Premier League KOTPL GRAPHIC “It’s really interesting how Kane’s dropped deeper and wider,” added Sam. “Is that down to him, the partnership with Son, or is it Jose Mourinho and the way he wants his team to play? But whatever it may be, you have to give credit to Kane for adapting and becoming more of a team player.“And Mohamed Salah has scored seven goals so far this season, he’s got points on the board for Liverpool. They’re top of the table. I do get frustrated with him, because he goes missing in games, but then that’s when he’s also at his most dangerous, because he just pops up, out of nowhere and rattle one in.”Final selections: Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane and Mohamed SalahFinal KOTPL XI KOTPL King of the month Midfielders GRAPHIC Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son – who have scored nine goals between them since the turn of October – and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah were uncontested starters along the forward line.“Son has definitely upped his game to another level this season,” said Joleon. “He’s probably the most balanced forward from the names on that list. He scores with his left foot, right foot and headers. He contributes in all areas and tracks back.” The show’s best bits will play out across Sky Sports’ YouTube and the partnership will also deliver the weekly Power Ranking articles every Tuesday on the Sky Sports website and apps.The second episode aired on Friday, November 6, with repeats over the weekend and on-demand, and will run throughout the first four months of the Premier League season.Do the Premier League’s statistical leaders make the cut in this month’s XI, or do the fans’ favourites earn starting berths? Tune into Sky Sports Premier League to find out… Sky Sports and Budweiser, official partner of the Premier League and King of Beers, have joined forces to bring you the Kings of the Premier League show.On the back of its resounding success last season, the debate returns to your screens at 7pm on the last Friday of every month on Sky Sports Premier League.Sky Sports presenter Adam Smith and two guests will build an ultimate XI from the top-performing players over the past month, pitting stats against gut as they compare data-driven form charts with Kings of the Match fan votes.“This show really is the perfect way to pick the team of the month,” according to Smithy. “It’s never easy picking a dream XI, so let the debate commence.” GRAPHIC Final selection: Heung-Min SonPick your KOTPL XIDisagree with the final selections? Use the team selector below to create your XI and share it on Twitter @SkySportsPL using the hashtag #KOTPL.Kings of the Premier League on Sky Sports Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish and Everton playmaker James Rodriguez were unanimous selections in midfield.Sam poured praise upon Grealish, who was named in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad on Thursday to face a friendly with the Republic of Ireland and Nations League fixtures against Belgium and Iceland this month.“He’s has been brilliant for Villa. To be where they are now, compared with where they were last season, it’s incredible. They’ve brought in some more young talent, recruited well, and that has brought him on even more.last_img read more

Vantage Drilling 2Q revenue rises. Net loss narrows

Offshore driller Vantage Drilling saw its revenue rise and net loss narrow in the second quarter of 2018.The Cayman Islands exempted company recorded a 2Q revenue of around $60 million, an increase compared to $53 million in the second quarter of 2017.Also, net loss was $31 million, an improvement from last year’s 2Q loss of $36,6 million.At the end of the quarter, Vantage had $186.9 million of cash, including $5 million of restricted cash.Vantage used some of its cash to fund a $15.0 million down payment for the acquisition of modern jack-up drilling rig.Ihab Toma, the CEO, commented, “I am pleased to report another positive quarter, with industry-leading rig utilization and successful repositioning and deployment of the Topaz Driller in Cameroon. Revenues are up 14% from the comparable quarter in the prior year and operationally we delivered an outstanding 97% uptime during the quarter.”The Topaz Driller rig the CEO has mentioned is being used by New Age for drilling the Etinde block offshore Cameroon.According to data from Bassoe Analytics, the rig has a contract with New Age until mid-September.Bassoe’s data further shows Topaz Driller will then move to Gabon, where it will work for the French oil giant Total. This contract is expected to start on October 1 and will last until June 30, 2016.As seen in Bassoe Analytics chart, Vantage currently has six rigs under contract, two under construction, and one warm stacked unit. See below for more details.Data from Bassoe Analytics read more

Michigan State Police Alpena Post Gets a New Patrol Car in Honor of 100th Anniversary

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIn honor of the Michigan State Police Department’s 100th anniversary, 50 special edition black and gold patrol cars were issued throughout the state.The Alpena Post was one of the lucky ones who received a special edition car. The 2016 Dodge Charger is painted to look like the former 1937 Ford Model 7-4 patrol cars.The 1937 Ford Model was one of the first, and oldest patrol cars used by the Michigan State Police Department. Each post received at least one of the 100th anniversary patrol cars for use of monitoring and to use in community events.Lieutenant John Grimshaw of the Michigan State Police Alpena Post said quote:“We’re excited about having the anniversary patrol car. The post plans to use the car for upcoming community events and future parades,” Grimshaw said.Each car will remain in the department’s ownership until they reach their maximum mileage. At that time the car will be replaced just like any other patrol car.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 100th Anniversary, Black and Gold Anniversary Patrol Car, michigan state police, Michigan State Police Alpena PostContinue ReadingPrevious Senior Citizens Center Holding a Kinship Grant for Grandparents Raising GrandchildrenNext District Health Department #4 Reminds Everyone to look out for Carbon Monoxide Poisoninglast_img read more

Kotoko confirm signing of duo

first_imgAsante Kotoko have stepped up their preparations for the upcoming season with the signing of duo Samuel Kyere and youngster Michael Yeboah.This takes to four the number of new signings following the acquisition of former Berekum Chelsea ‘keeper Ernest Sowah and Burkinabe Halipha Sedogo.A statement on the club’s website read: “Management working in conjunction with the recruitment committee headed by Coach David Duncan has added two new players to the team in preparation for the 2015/16 season.”Kyere, a right-back by trade, joins the Porcupines on a free transfer after seeing out his contract with Berekum Chelsea.Midfielder Yeboah has been signed from Kumasi-based Division One League side Cornerstone after an impressive outing with the divison one side last season.Both are expected to join the team in their pre-season preparations. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports.last_img