Press Association Tottenham have announced that goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes will be leaving the club at the end of his contract. The 33-year-old Brazilian arrived in 2008 to much fanfare in a £7.8million deal, playing a key role in Spurs’ run to the Champions League quarter-finals three years later. However, Gomes made the last of his 135 appearances for the north Londoners in November 2011 and will be leaving the club this summer. A statement on the club’s official website, www.tottenhamhotspur.com, said: “Heurelho Gomes is to leave the club at the conclusion of his contract next month and we would like to wish the popular goalkeeper all the best for the future.” Gomes has acted as third-choice goalkeeper behind Hugo Lloris and Brad Friedel in recent seasons and made nine Bundesliga appearances on loan at Hoffenheim last season.
Fantasy football is the definition of unpredictable and this unpredictability can come in a variety of forms. While past posts have addressed fantasy sleepers and fantasy busts, this post addresses a much more pressing issue: injuries.The season is a long and hard grind and players are bound to get injured. We are through week 5 and predictably, injuries have left teams in need for replacements. These injuries can turn a team that looks unbeatable on paper to a team struggling to win games. While an owner may feel personally victimized because their players are letting them down, don’t start a pity party just yet.These kinds of things happen and as a fantasy owner, just roll with the punches. With the proper replacements, any roster can recover from an injury. An owner just has to plug in the right player and can limit the damage to a point where they might not even realize that production was ever missing. Here are some of the players at each position a fantasy owner should look to target.Robert Grififn III was forced to leave the game against the Atlanta Falcons in week 5 due to a head injury. — Evan Vucci | AP PhotoQuarterbacks:Notable Injuries: Robert Griffin III (Out), Josh McCown (Out) Most likely, if a team was relying on Griffin or McCown as their quarterback, they were already in deep trouble. There are just so many other guys out there that are way better. However, if you are really in a bind, try and pick up a guy like Eli Manning or Ryan Tannehill. Both quarterbacks have the ability to have a huge day on any given week and are worth a pick-up if a team is struggling with production at the quarterback position.Running Backs: Notable Injuries: Rashad Jennings (Out), Mark Ingram (Out), Ryan Mathews (Out), Adrian Peterson (Out), Montee Ball (Out), Zac Stacy (Questionable), Knowshon Moreno (Questionable), Reggie Bush (Questionable), Reggie Bush (Questionable), Toby Gerhart (Questionable) This year has been a tough one for running backs. From all the injuries to the lack of performance by many “sure-fire” guys, it hasn’t been easy to get consistent performances out of this position. While many of the guys listed above are only questionable or out for a couple of weeks, those weeks could be pivotal for making it into the playoffs.Here are some guys to help owners get you over the hump: Andre Williams, Justin Forsett, and Storm Johnson. Let’s start with Andre Williams, who had a huge week after Rashad Jennings went down and he should continue to see the bulk of the carries for the Giants, making him an intriguing prospect as a potential breakout guy.Justin Forsett has produced very nicely for fantasy owners since being awarded the starting job in Baltimore and he is still available in over 60 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues. While Forsett and Williams have so far proved they can handle getting significant carries, Storm Johnson should get his first shot this week and look for a potential breakout performance.Get these guys before it is too late and it will most likely solve any running back dilemma a team may have until their main guys get back from being injured.Wide Receivers: Notable Injuries: Calvin Johnson (Out), AJ Green (Out), Cecil Shorts (Out), Eric Decker (Questionable), Mike Evans (Questionable), Andre Johnson (Questionable) With not so many injuries at receiver for the time being, most owners are doing just fine , however if a team does have wide receiver issues, there are still a variety of players to look at.One guy that could garner some attention with AJ Green being out is Mohamed Sanu. Andy Dalton has been finding Sanu more recently and this has led to serviceable fantasy production. He is only 11 percent owned in ESPN fantasy leagues and could have a major impact in the coming weeks. The second player fantasy owners should target is Brian Quick. Quick is slowly becoming the number one target in the Rams system and has consistently produced at a high level.Tight Ends: Notable Injuries: Tyler Eifert (Out), Kyle Rudolph (Out), Vernon Davis (Questionable), Jordan Reed (Questionable)With tight ends being relatively deeper than expected this year, there should be no problem in replacing a tight end if one gets hurt. Owen Daniels and Heath Miller are both veteran tight ends that receive constant targets on their team. Look for one of these two to play in the upcoming week because they will constantly be in the receiving picture for their respective teams.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has undergone hip-resurfacing surgery, after which he admitted he felt “battered and bruised.”The former world No. 1 said after his first-round loss to Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open that he would make a quick decision over whether to have the surgery in a bid to try to prolong his career, although the operation doesn’t guarantee he will play again. “I now have a metal hip as you can see in the second photo and I look like I’ve got a bit of a gut in photo one!” Speaking in Melbourne during the season-opening major, Bryan said: “Seeing the way Andy Murray is feeling hit a nerve with me. I would love to see him do a similar surgery, feel the relief that it gives. I think our hips are pretty similar: just worn down, no cartilage.”The American added: “I personally don’t underestimate Andy Murray. You look at the great workers in history: [Ivan] Lendl, [Jim] Courier, [Andy] Roddick. This guy is maybe even a step up from those guys.”There’s no evidence that it’s possible [to play again] in tennis. I mean, so much wear and tear. But I think he could do it.” I underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in London yesterday morning…feeling a bit battered and bruised just now but hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain I now have a metal hip as you can see in the 2nd photo and I look like I’ve got a bit of a gut in photoA post shared by Andy Murray (@andymurray) on Jan 29, 2019 at 12:18am PSTMurray, 31, had another hip surgery 12 months ago in Melbourne and played only 12 matches in 2018 following his return at Queen’s Club in June.Before his loss to Bautista Agut, a tearful Murray said in a news conference that he had been in pain for “about 20 months” but had the option of either delaying surgery and making an emotional farewell at Wimbledon later this year or having it now and running the risk of never playing again.Doubles legend Bob Bryan had the hip-resurfacing procedure last August and encouraged Murray, a two-time Olympic champion, to follow suit, Bryan having made his comeback at the start of this season at the age of 40. The Scot on Tuesday posted a picture of himself on social media, confirming that he had decided to go through with surgery.”I underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in London yesterday morning … feeling a bit battered and bruised just now but hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain,” he posted on Instagram and Facebook. Related News Novak Djokovic strengthens grip on No. 1; American Frances Tiafoe breaks into top 30 for first time View this post on Instagram
Emotions run highBy Jarryl BryanSparks flew in the National Assembly on Friday as Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s decision to cut the budget proposals of a number of agencies for varying reasons, was put under the microscope by the parliamentary Opposition.PPP Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraUnder interrogation by the Opposition, Jordan’s refusal to provide detailed justifications or even a macro-economic outlook to justify cutting the constitutional agencies budgets prompted the parliamentary Opposition to move a motion to immediately vote on the Parliament office’s budget request.Leading the motion was People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who argued that the Minister has been skirting the issue of the dismal economy. She referred to the Finance Ministry’s Mid-Year Report for 2017, which had recorded contractions in several major sectors.A division was eventually called in the House and after a roll call, 33 members of Parliament to 25 voted in favour of the cuts being retained.MP Priya ManickchandWhen they came to the Auditor General’s Office, Jordan repeated that the macro-economic outlook influenced this decision, as well as the absence of budget plans. His statement, however, did not sit well with the parliamentary Opposition.Opposition parliamentarian and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall noted that while the Auditor General’s Office is supposed to exercise oversight, Jordan said that his Ministry reviewed the procurement plans of the Audit office.“It is the Auditor General that has the constitutional responsibility to oversee the Ministry of Finance. The Minister of Finance gave us a lecture just now of reviewing the procurement plan of the Audit Office. One is left confused with which body is overseeing which. The Constitution says the Auditor General has oversight. Then we have the Minister of Finance contemplating oversight,” Nandlall added.IndependenceHowever, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo in his rebuttal reminded the Assembly that the Government had moved the agencies under question from statutory to constitutional agencies. Nagamootoo stressed that the law provided for the Finance Minister to have oversight of budget proposals of these agencies.However, PPP parliamentarian Priya Manickchand stressed that the Opposition was indeed fighting for the independence of these agencies. Eventually, the cuts to the Audit Office were also allowed, with the Government side using its majority.Cuts to the Teaching Service Commission and the Guyana Elections Commission were also passed. Both of these entities did not submit a budget plan, the absence of which was used by Jordan to justify previous cuts. But while the Teaching Service Commission was granted its full sum, the budget of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was cut.In the case of cuts to the Supreme Court, Nandlall argued that the infrastructure projects the Judiciary would have to carry out would be crippled by the cuts. This includes the construction of court houses on the East Bank and in the interior. But cuts to the Supreme Court were passed.The fact that the Government was cutting the requested capital sums of $19.9 million to $14 million from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers provoked a firestorm between the Government side and the Opposition. Referencing the recent revelations that Nagamootoo racked up some $19 million in travel expenses in one year, the Opposition vociferously argued for the cuts to be withdrawn. They were unsuccessful.In the same fashion, cuts to the Office of the Ombudsman; Indigenous People’s Commission; the Women and Gender Equality Commission and the Public Procurement Commission were also passed by the House.The sums for the Rights of the Child’s were approved, even though Government acknowledged that there was no commission. It was subsequently clarified that staff at the commission are being paid their salaries despite the absence of a commission.In this way, a total of $8 billion in estimates from 16 constitutional agencies were approved for the 2018 Budget. This includes Capital and Current Expenditure.The recent multimillion-dollar cuts by the Finance Ministry to the budget proposals put forward by these constitutional agencies had not gone down well with the parliamentary Opposition. The Opposition had for some time called for the autonomy of these agencies to be respected by the Government.According to the 2018 annual budget proposals of constitutional agencies which were tabled in Parliament last week, the Audit Office’s request of $844.4 million was slashed to a proposal of $783.8 million. In slashing the amount, it was noted that Budget 2018’s submission did not fulfil certain requirements set out in a budget circular.The need has been expressed for the Audit Office to be as strong as possible when it comes to its audit capacity. This is especially so as Guyana gets ready to enter oil production. In addition, Auditor General Deodat Sharma has already expressed intentions to audit Guyana’s environmental protection systems.Other agencies on the chopping block for 2018 were the Parliament Office, the GECOM, the Supreme Court of Judicature (request of $2.7 billion was reduced to $1.8 billion), the Director of Public Prosecutions chambers (request of $223.8 billion was reduced to $174.2 billion) and the Office of the Ombudsman.