It sure looked easy on paper, and on the scoreboard.Team Hat-Trick Swayze coasted to the Co-Ed Open Division crown at the Nelson Youth Soccer Winter Tournament held during the holidays at the Indoor Facility on Cedar Street. The Team cruised to the title in the three-team open division.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the squad with Team of the Week honours.
MANCHESTER, England (AP): Swansea were humbled by fourth-tier Oxford for the first big shock of the FA Cup third round, while Tottenham needed an 89th-minute penalty from Harry Kane to salvage a 2-2 draw against Leicester yesterday. Chelsea endured third-round humiliation at the hands of lower-league opposition in Bradford last season, but had no problems 12 months on, with a full-strength team beating third-tier Scunthorpe 2-0 through goals by Diego Costa and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The world’s oldest knockout competition was short of upsets on Saturday and an injury-hit Liverpool scrambled to secure a nervy draw at Exeter on Friday. But a surprise finally arrived at Kassam Stadium, where Oxford won 3-2 to leave Swansea to concentrate on their relegation fight in the Premier League. DIFFERENT CLASS EQUALISER Fifty-four places separated the teams in the English football pyramid and Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero gave an indication of the supposed difference in class by backheeling the visitors into the lead in the 23rd minute. However, Oxford scored three goals in 14 minutes either side of the half-time break and Bafetimbi Gomis’ 66th-minute reply proved only a consolation for Swansea. Swansea came unstuck after making 10 changes to their lineup – a move made by many Premier League managers this weekend to deal with fixture congestion and to give first-team action to fringe players. “All credit to Oxford, they were more energetic than us and passed the ball better,” Swansea manager Alan Curtis said. “We made changes, but we still had lots of experience, but Oxford thoroughly deserved to beat us.” Oxford won the League Cup in 1986 and was most recently in England’s top division in 1988, before dropping down the leagues and tumbling into theN on-league in 2006. “I’ve got to be delighted beating a Premier League side – but not just that, it’s the way we did it,” Oxford manager Michael Appleton said. Four Premier League teams were eliminated on Saturday, but only after losing to fellow top-flight sides. It looked like Spurs would be joining them, only to earn a reprieve when Leicester winger Nathen Dyer flicked out his hand to divert the ball away. Kane, on as a second-half substitute, converted the penalty to secure a replay and a third game in 10 days against Leicester. They meet in the League on Wednesday, too. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri rested many of the key players who are helping the team make a surprise run at the Premier League title, but the stand-ins delivered, threatening to eliminate Spurs for the second straight season. After Christian Eriksen put Tottenham ahead, Poland defender Marcin Wasilewski equalised by heading in a corner before Japan striker Shinji Okazaki – a half-time substitute by Ranieri – dribbled his way into the area and scored at the second attempt in the 48th. “We definitely didn’t want to go out of this competition in the third round,” Kane said. “We’re still in there.” Chelsea remained unbeaten under Guus Hiddink, who took over until the end of the season after Jose Mourinho’s firing last month, but it wasn’t a convincing performance by the seven-time FA Cup winners. Under pressure from two defenders, Costa turned in Branislav Ivanovic’s right-wing cross for the 13th-minute opener and his fourth goal in three games. Loftus-Cheek, a substitute, ended Scunthorpe’s resistance in the 68th. Hiddink guided Chelsea to the FA Cup title in 2009, also as an interim manager. The draw for the fourth round takes place today.
Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ This is no longer the gangly, 6-foot-11 forward who would defer during his rookie season in 2013-14. He’s a go-to player in the fourth quarter, a do-it-all forward who can ignite the crowd with a rim-rattling dunk or momentum-changing block.“That’s why I think the best players late, I think they have that mindset. They’re not scared to take big shots, they’re not scared to turn the ball over … and they’re just in general not scared about basketball,” he said. “It’s something that they’ve done their whole lives.”It has been quite the journey from awkward 18-year-old rookie to NBA stardom. Former general manager John Hammond, now with the Orlando Magic, scouted Antetokounmpo in the player’s native Greece before drafting him in the first round in 2013 with the 15th overall pick.Some NBA fans questioned the move. Freakish athleticism and a 7-foot-3 wingspan offered the promise of being a tough matchup on both ends of the floor.Boy, did the gamble pay off .ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “I think one thing that is really important is to never underestimate or undervalue the things that he does,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said last month after the forward scored 28 points in a win over the New York Knicks.Sometimes, it takes Antetokounmpo’s absence to make that point stick.On April 1, Milwaukee led by 18 midway through the fourth quarter in Denver before Antetokounmpo fouled out with 3:43 left. At the time, the Bucks were up by 10 and Antetokounmpo had 18 points and 12 rebounds. They ended up losing in overtime .Two days later, the Bucks were in another tight game at home against Boston. Playing with a sore right ankle, Antetokounmpo came up clutch after chasing down Jaylen Brown from behind, swatting what looked like an easy layup against the backboard with 53 seconds remaining. The Bucks held on for the win .“Because my ankle hurt, I wasn’t even being ‘Giannis Giannis,’” Antetokounmpo recalled with a mischievous grin. “I wasn’t sprinting down the court. I was just jogging down the court.”Key positives for Milwaukee from that victory were runs of 11-3 and 16-4 with Antetokounmpo on the bench for rest. In crunch time, Prunty can also put three other proven scorers on the floor with Antetokounmpo in forwards Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker, along with quick point guard Eric Bledsoe.“Just taking attention, making (the defense) know, ‘OK, I’m here, you guys come to me.’ If you guys don’t come to me, I’m going to go,” he said. “If you guys come to me, I’m going to make the right pass.”That mentality is another sign of Antetokounmpo’s growth over his five-year NBA career.A sense of humor that borders on cheesy hasn’t changed.Antetokounmpo the last few years has opened Bucks preseason media day by taking the microphone to deliver a cringe-worthy joke that can make teammates shake their heads. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Now it comes easy. You’ve just got to put your nose up like this,” said Antetokounmpo, wrinkling his face after a recent practice.It can look so much more intimidating on the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAs Antetokounmpo’s skills reach new heights, so does his confidence as he enters his third career postseason. The Bucks open their first-round series against the Celtics on Sunday in Boston.“You don’t think. It’s just second nature. You’re just playing now,” Antetokounmpo said. “There are points when you’re young, you’re scared to make the wrong decision late.” FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell, left, holds back forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) after a play during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, in Miami. As Antetokounmpo’s skills reach new heights, so does his confidence as he enters his third career postseason. The Bucks open their first-round series against the Celtics on Sunday in Boston. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo’s meme-worthy scowl started with a look in the mirror.The Milwaukee Bucks All-Star was an NBA rookie then, trying to come up with a look he could flash after making a big play. Antetokounmpo thought about the glare his mother would throw his way when he misbehaved as a child. It took about a week to perfect as he struck poses in front of the mirror.ADVERTISEMENT “He was more funny back in the day when he was 18 years old,” quipped center John Henson. “But for the most part, he’s a good dude, a funny dude who has his own sense of humor. We love having him around.”That scowl? It’s just for fun. He doesn’t need to show it, nor does he keep count. In fact, Antetokounmpo said, he’s trying to smile more.“Because if you’re going to do this for 20 years, you don’t want to have 10 years of sadness and 10 years of happiness,” he said. “You want to have as much nice moments and memories as you can, you know?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Donovan Mitchell’s big rookie season heads into the playoffs Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
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It turned into the winning play for the Nets.Joe Harris gathered the ball near midcourt after Monk lost his dribble and drove in for the tiebreaking layup with 3.4 seconds left in the second overtime, giving Brooklyn a 134-132 victory on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHarris finished with season-high 27 points, while Spencer Dinwiddie had 37 points and 11 assists off the bench for the Nets, who won for the ninth time in 10 games.“Just a total team win,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “Sure Spencer, Spencer hit some amazing shots, but there were a lot of big plays from the whole group and that’s kind of how we’re built, that’s how we’re going to keep going forward.” The teams offset some big shots with mind-boggling miscues over the final stretches of regulation and the overtimes, and Monk made the biggest when he lost his dribble while the Hornets were trying to get a shot.He got another crack at it after Harris’ basket when a clock malfunction necessitated time being put back on the clock, but he was well off on a last attempt.“We should’ve been able to close the game out. Made a bunch of mistakes at the beginning to even get to the second overtime,” Monk said.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds, and rookie Rodions Kurucs had 13 points and 12 boards. And they all contributed on a defense that wasn’t part of the game plan.“It’s something we didn’t really talk about but it was effective for us and froze them a little bit and allowed us to get just enough stops to be able to win,” Dinwiddie said.ADVERTISEMENT Monk had temporarily fallen out of the rotation, not playing in the last two games as coach James Borrego sought to tighten up the team’s defense. He said he simply lost the ball with his chance to win his return to game action.“Probably too happy I was in that situation, but I’ve got to move forward and be ready for Friday,” he said.DECEMBER TO REMEMBERThe Nets’ nine wins equals their best December since also winning nine in 2014. They won only eight games combined in October and November.UP NEXTThe teams meet in Charlotte on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge lead Spurs past Nuggets Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Walker scored 35 points and engineered a personal 12-2 run that had the Hornets ahead by eight with just over 3 minutes remaining in regulation. But the Nets turned to a zone defense and whatever else they could do to force the ball out of his hands as much as possible late in the game.“I don’t know of anyone else in this league that’s being guarded the way they guarded me. It was like a box-in-1. I haven’t seen that since I was in college,” Walker said. “It was pretty crazy but I guess that’s what teams are going to do, so I’ve just got to keep trusting in my teammates to make plays.”Jeremy Lamb added 31 points in the opener of a home-and-home series.Dinwiddie opened the second OT with a four-point play and the Nets went up by six after a basket by Harris. Monk made a 3-pointer and Walker converted a three-point play to tie it, and it went to the final seconds tied after baskets by Dinwiddie and Marvin Williams.After Walker’s fourth-quarter flurry, Harris tied it first at 107 and then 110 with 3-pointers. Williams made a 3 before the Nets tied it again when Lamb fouled Dinwiddie on a 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds to play.Walker was fouled while dribbling and made one, but then he fouled DeMarre Carroll more than 70 feet from the basket as he rushed up the floor. Carroll made the first and missed the second, but the Hornets were called for a lane violation, giving him another attempt. He missed that as well and the game went to OT, where neither team led by more than two.TIP-INSHornets: Walker had his 10th 30-point game of the season. … Lamb was 5 for 5 for 12 points in the first quarter, helping Charlotte to a 29-22 lead.Nets: Dinwiddie had his third 30-point game off the bench this season, matching the franchise record set by Clifford T. Robinson in 1980-81. … The Nets improved to 9-4 in December.MONK’S MOMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) drives past Brooklyn Nets’ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Kemba Walker had the Nets down and almost out, and they turned to a gimmick defense to force the ball out of his hands.Somebody else on the Charlotte Hornets was going to have to make the winning play, and Malik Monk tried.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Leo Austria expects Terrence Romeo to rally behind Beermen’s cause: ‘He wants to win a championship’ Hell bent on regaining that he held for more than three years, Aoki (42-8) went on a 3-1 stomp on the next four fights after his loss to Folayang including three straight victories in 2018.And it’s after those victories that Aoki finally got a chance at the title he once owned against the very same fighter who defeated him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAoki will be facing Folayang in the main event of ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, the first time ONE Championship will hold a card in Japan, on March 31, and the Japanese icon expressed his delight in facing his rival in his home country.“I am happy to get the chance to fight in my home country for ONE Championship,” said Aoki. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom As if fate had it, Aoki and Folayang had a similar path to their rematch.Folayang (21-6) needed just one more day to complete a full year as champion but he suffered a stunning knockout loss to Martin Nguyen 2:20 into the second round of their fight on Nov. 10, 2017.The Landslide also two straight fights to set up a match with Singapore’s Amir Khan that the Filipino won via unanimous decision to regain the ONE World lightweight belt.Aoki did not comment on an outcome but he did it would be another firecracker of a bout between him and his once conqueror.“I don’t know what will happen in the rematch, all I know is that it will be a tough fight and I look forward to it.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Shinya Aoki. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Shinya Aoki waited more than two years to have a crack at the ONE World lightweight championship that he once owned.The Japanese fighter reigned as the promotion’s lightweight champion from April 2013 to November 2016 before losing the strap to Eduard Folayang via technical knockout.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
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Excelling at the top of his level representing the University of Guyana cricket team, Omesh Danram has continued to prove that he is a dangerous factor and should not be taken lightly as his hard training is now a testament to his success as he has earned a spot in the Cricket Guyana Inc (CGI) franchise.Omesh Danram scores 59* against MYO in the NBS Second-Division 40-Over tournamentIn 2014, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) set up the CGI; this body would now oversee the smooth operations of the franchise system on behalf of the West Indies Cricket Board now known as Cricket West Indies (CWI), thus more players were exposed and given the opportunity of playing competitive cricket and getting a chance for selection to the national team.In the recently-concluded New Building Society (NBS) Second-Division 40-Over tournament, Danram batting at number four finished with an impressive 285 runs at an average of 40, thus placing him on the radar for selection.In an exclusive interview with Guyana Times Sport when asked what this opportunity would create for him, Danram said, “I’m really delighted to be selected and showcase my ability amongst Guyana’s best players in the country. I am able to be placed on a platform where I can gain more knowledge from experienced players and that is really invaluable. It will help me to test my cricketing abilities in all areas, plus it’s a major boost to know that you are being viewed by all members of the cricketing fraternity, and people will see you and recognise you.”He also stated that when he entered the NBS Second-Division 40-Over tournament, his goal was to be the top runs scorer as that was his personal goal. He noted that he started off the competition with 49* against Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and then he went on to make 131 against Police and even 121 against GDF in the First Division tournament as runs were now coming easier. In his closing remarks, Danram stated that he would like to thank his coach and parents because they have always been there supporting him from day one.Thus far Danram has played one match so far representing Georgetown in the CGI on September 27, 2018, and made a well-played 59*; therefore, climbing the ladder as he aims to make his name known and be selected for the national side.
COVINA – Sharing the Valle Vista League title last season with rival San Dimas didn’t sit too well with the Covina High School girls basketball team. The Colts did something about it on Tuesday night with a resounding 47-32 win over the visiting Saints. Covina clinched the outright league title with the victory and upped its stellar record to 24-1. “When we get that kind of production from two kids who are coming back next year, we’re really excited about tonight and next year too,” Gustafson said. “We just do a good job of understanding that Blaire is a good player who gets a lot of attention and it frees up a lot of people. “It makes everybody’s job a little easier, because Blaire is special and they have to guard her.” Covina honored Egardo later Tuesday with a ceremony that included a banner depicting her jersey hung in the gym at halftime of the boys’ game. The two-time league MVP likely cemented her third consecutive award, but Gustafson noted that the playoffs remain on the horizon. “I think our team is better than last year,” Gustafson said. “I think we can do some damage in the playoffs, but it’s just going to depend on matchups. We can play with anybody in our division.” email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Covina point guard Blaire Egardo scored 17 points, which can be considered a tepid performance given what she’s capable of doing. The Colts got more than enough inside, however, with post players Ashley Adams and Chantel Diaz having their way against San Dimas’ frontcourt. “They have the best two post players in the league,” San Dimas coach Gary Jackson said of Adams and Diaz. “We tried to make it a little bit harder for them, but they’re more offensively skilled. If Blaire’s not on, they can always go inside.” Covina didn’t shake San Dimas until the third quarter. Leading by only six at halftime, the Colts relied on defense to pull away in the second half. That meant shutting out San Dimas in the third quarter while the lead reached double figures. Adams and Diaz combined for 21 points, 21 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. “Last year San Dimas got us over there in a game at the end (of the season), so it’s nice to be able to win it outright,” Covina coach Greg Gustafson. “Our goal has been to go 1-0 every night and 10-0 in league. We put ourselves in position to do that going over to Northview.” Like last season, San Dimas figured to be Covina’s only competition in league. But the Saints didn’t come close against the Colts in two games, losing by 13 in January and 15 on Tuesday.
LANCASTER – Doctors, employees and former patients’ parents are seeking reappointment of the longtime director of Antelope Valley Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, who was removed last month by a medical group that employs him. Dr. Murugesa Thangavel, who founded the unit in 1984 to treat premature and critically ill babies, had sold his practice to the Pediatrix Medical Group last year as part of an effort to bring in more neonatologists, officials said. “All the pediatricians in the valley on the medical staff of the hospital unanimously support him and respect his integrity and quality of medical care for premature babies,” said Dr. P.N. Varma, a pediatrician. About a dozen people spoke at the hospital board meeting Wednesday on behalf of Thangavel, including mothers who credited him with saving the lives of their babies who were treated in the unit and have since grown into healthy children, teens and young adults. “Unfortunately, this Pediatrix Group that the hospital has contracted with chose to remove him from the medical directorship based on anonymous complaints and complaints from hospital middle management,” Krishna said. Hospital board member Berna Mayer said having a contract with Pediatrix puts the hospital in a position to receive state funding for disabled children. “The problem is it’s difficult to get certification with just one physician there,” Mayer said. Hospital officials said they value Thangavel’s service, but that the decision to replace him was between him and the Pediatrix group. Thangavel could not be reached for comment Thursday. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The hospital chief of staff, Dr. Doddanna Krishna, said medical leaders have passed a resolution asking the hospital administration to reappoint Thangavel as unit director. “Dr. Thangavel has provided services to hundreds and thousands of babies. He’s an asset to the hospital and community,” Krishna said. “No one can match his skills and compassion.” Hospital board member June Snow said 35 of the 53 nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit expressed support for Thangavel at a meeting about two weeks ago. Pediatrix spokesman Bob Kneeley said he couldn’t comment on a personnel matter. Krishna and Varma said there have been anonymous complaints made against Thangavel.
A move to another English club could well see Toure line up against City, but according to the BBC, the midfielder has suggested he would have no qualms with that.“Yes. Definitely,” he reportedly said when asked if he was staying in England.“I love the challenge and the difficulty. Some fans were asking ‘are you retiring?’ I said no. I have, maybe, two more years at a high level.”Toure has the backing of City manager Pep Guardiola, who according to Goal said: “I am not the right guy to say to him what is the best. He will choose.”When Guardiola was asked whether or not Toure could still contribute in the Premier League, he said: “Yeah, he can.”Meanwhile, Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, revealed to Sky Sports News that Toure would be willing to pay back half his wages should his new club find his performances unsatisfactory.“Yaya is fit and desperate to prove he’s still the best central midfielder in the Premier League,” he said.“He’s happy to accept a one-year deal to stay in England. And if his club are not satisfied with his performances, he will pay back half his wages, or the club can cancel his contract immediately, with no compensation.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Yaya Toure set to exit England. Photo/TEAMTALKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 9 – Yaya Toure has revealed that he plans to stay in England following his departure from Manchester City at the end of the season, while his agent said he is “desperate” to stay in the Premier League.Toure, 34, has spent eight years at City, winning three Premier League titles and scoring 62 league goals in 229 appearances to date.