Spurs re-sign Aussie guard Mills

first_imgSAN ANTONIO, TX – MAY 20: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks with Patty Mills #8. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—The San Antonio Spurs have re-signed Patty Mills, a back-up guard from Australia who connected on 41 percent of his three-point shots last season.Mills appeared in 80 games for the Spurs last season, averaging 9.5 points, a career-best 3.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds in a career-high 21.9 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT His 147 for 355 from three-point range ranked him 11th in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage and he made 82 percent of his free throws.The 28-year-old Canberra native had agreed to terms with the Spurs at the start of free agency on July 1, but the team didn’t announce the signing until Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Spurs did not release terms of the contract, but the San Antonio Express-News reported it was worth approximately $50 million over four years.Mills, entering his ninth NBA season and his seventh with the Spurs, was a key member of an outstanding San Antonio bench. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Clippers coach Rivers stripped of executive duties McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Re-signing him took on added importance in light of the ruptured quadriceps tendon suffered by starting point guard Tony Parker in May.The French veteran is expected to be sidelined until at least January.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View commentslast_img read more

Philippines defends basketball title, rips Indonesia for the gold

first_imgMOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) LATEST STORIES Before an overflow crowd at MABA Stadium, the Philippines, sending its Team B here, claimed its 12th straight SEA Games gold medal in a show of undeniable might.The Philippines has won 18 titles in all having lost the crown just once—in the 1989 edition that was incidentally held in this city.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s a wonderful feeling for me. It’s icing on the cake,” said team captain Kiefer Ravena, who has now won  fourth straight SEA Games titles.The flashy point guard served as the pillar for Gilas, which wasn’t very consistent all tournament long and only played as one cohesive unit in the final. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR—When all else fails, at least win the basketball gold.While Team Philippines took defeats from several corners, Gilas Pilipinas made sure to pocket the gold that the country craves for the most, drubbing Indonesia, 94-55, for the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball title Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles He made seven points aside from providing leadership in the team that was assembled off the pool members who weren’t chosen for the Fiba Asian Cup held the previous week.“Given the chance, I will play for the Philippines once again,” said Ravena referring to the 2019 Games that will be held in Manila.Mike Tolomia topscored with 20 points including five three-pointers as Gilas found its mark early in the match to pull away beyond the reach of the Indonesians.“We shot very well tonight, that’s the key,” said coach Jong Uichico who handled the team even as Chot Reyes, head coach of Gilas’ Team A, arrived in the city Friday.Kobe Paras added 14 points—flashing his highlight-reel moves to the delight the gallery.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Streaking Ginebra deals Alaska another loss Fil-German Christian Standhardinger chipped 11 as he provided muscle underneath when Indonesia was trying to drag the Filipinos to a slow-burn, half court game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

The Opposition has already won

first_imgDear Editor,I was deeply disappointed in this APNU/AFC Government from the moment they were elected to office. My initial gut fears of disaster were confirmed shortly after, when their first official act within approximately four months, was to increase their already large salaries for themselves and later on adding multiple taxes on products and services for the citizens of Guyana. The country was on an accelerated decline from the moment they were elected to date without even a pause.Thankfully, the Opposition has not been asleep through this period and decided to take it head-on and full out for the sake of our dear country. I do believe that this Government thought that they would remain in office for the rest of their lives so they wasted no time in plundering the country mercilessly. I look as these hideous creatures smile and lie on TV and in short interviews so easily it seems unreal to me, not a word uttered by these Ministers can be believed. They only have their selfish gains in mind, absolutely not even a modicum of interest or care for the people of this country.I follow Mr Bharrat Jagdeo (a man whom I have always admired as President before) and his team very closely and I am absolutely pleased with the level of sincerity by all members of his party for the well being of this country. PPP members are all very professional and can each hold their own in their particular areas of expertise and I am confident that they will deliver when elected based on their solid track record, intelligence and logical approach to problem-solving and governing.These people are experts in economic policies and know the fundamental and intricate details relating to governing a country. Mr Jagdeo always delivers with confidence, insight and is informative during his regular and always highly anticipated press conferences. Without him, the citizens of this country would be lost at sea for vital and accurate information. His latest press conference to date on August 29 was particularly impressive.When was the last time any of these cowards in Government took time to hold a press conference? It is the least that they could do after robbing us for all those dreadfully long four years in office. Give the people a chance to ask them questions and have them face us. All that they are doing lately are “whisper outreaches” inciting racial conflict instead of solid proposals for the people and this country. Of course, open press conferences would be a disaster for them and would probably never happen because they are all guilty, ashamed and also very afraid because now they are feeling and experiencing the exact pain and hopelessness that we are! I have said it before and I’ll continue to say it; APNU/AFC has failed the people of this country miserably and soberly committed high crimes and misdemeanours and is not eligible to be on the ballot ever again.The Opposition has already won. The coming election (which cannot be delayed forever) is only a matter of formality now.Sincerely,Shane Lindielast_img read more

Speaker disallows Nandlall’s motion for debate

first_imgSpeaker of the House Dr Barton Scotland on Thursday disallowed PPP/C Member of Parliament Anil Nandlall’s motion for debate on the disruption of Regional Democratic Council meetings in Region Five.Nandlall made a request for leave to move the adjournment of the Assembly on the “definite matters of urgent public importance” under Standing Orders 12.He stated that the elected Democratic Council of Region Five has been prevented from holding statutory meetings for seven months due to the disruptive behaviour of the APNU/AFC councillors at each attempt at holding such meetings by the Regional Chairman.He highlighted that the situation has continued unabated despite many appeals to the councillors and with the knowledge of the government and the Minister of Communities.RDC meetings have been disrupted as APNU/AFC councillors protested for an apology from the Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal over an alleged slight of President David Granger. The falling-out began after Ramphal did not attend a handing over ceremony in the region, where the President was present. The APNU/AFC councillors labelled this as rude and have been disturbing the meetings.“This consistent, constant, unconstitutional and unlawful disruption of these meetings has prevented the Council from carrying out its mandates and responsibilities in keeping with the constitution and the statutes governing local government,” Nandlall told the National Assembly.He stated that the situation has led to public outrage as well as motions of support being adopted by a number of other Regional Democratic Councils in opposition to this disruptive behaviour and undemocratic posture of these councillors.He asked that the National Assembly uphold the Constitution and defend the right of the Council to meet and execute its mandate and responsibilities. He also asked for the Assembly to have the councillors immediately cease and desist from this disruptive, unlawful and undemocratic behaviour.Clerk of the National Assembly Sherlock Isaacs, in a letter, had stated that he was directed by the Speaker of the House concerning developments over the past two days in relation to reports of reconciliation among the councillors of Region Five. He said the Speaker is of the view that this matter has been resolved and no longer requires national attention.The Speaker, on the other hand, responded to Nandlall’s motion, stating since the matter has been ongoing for the past seven months it cannot be deemed as urgent and therefore does not qualify in accordance with Standing Order 12.He stated that it did not meet the requirement of urgency: “One has to ask if it was existing for seven months without any attention to anyone… I wonder why it is urgent on the eight month.”However, Nandlall in a press briefing earlier that day, stated that the Speaker dubbed the matter as unimportant because of President Granger’s call for his party’s councillors to resolve the issue at the Regional Democratic Council.Nandlall posited that while the President’s intervention was welcomed, it is still not clear if there will be a change.He argued that the Speaker’s position does not augur well for democracy, asserting that it does not encourage free debate in Parliament.last_img read more

16 AGM employees graduate from UWI Supervisory Programme

first_imgSixteen employees attached to the Canada-based Aurora Gold Mine (AGM) were awarded their Certificate of Achievement after completing training in an Experiential Supervisory Programme done in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI).A graduate receiving his certificateThe graduation exercise was held on Friday last at Duke Lodge, Duke Street, Georgetown.The programme consisted of five training sessions in which the participants learned about the different aspects of leadership and supervision.Training Coordinator of AGM, Michael Baird said that the programme was focused on various aspects that will enhance the students’ performance in the AGM workplace“The company has invested heavily in ensuring that employees and contractor partners working on-site are exposed to the relevant training activities to ensure that they have the necessary knowledge to do given tasks safely, to benefit of employees and the company”, he remarked.He said that the initiative to train the company’s staff was conceived from a discussion that highlighted the need to provide their supervisors with the competence needed in their departments.“It was in the middle of 2017, that I was having a discussion with Mr Peter Benny then the Administrative Manager, when he raised the issue of the need to engage in training initiatives that will provide our front-line supervisors with the skills and competence to properly execute their daily supervisory managerial mandate”, he said.Nevertheless, he said that there were several topics covered in the programme along with multiple practical group exercises that will help with the students’ improvement.“Leadership, decision making, planning and coordinating, driving results, people development, teamwork, and interpersonal sensitivity. The experiential nature of the programme allowed the participants to be exposed to multiple practical group exercises that mirrored active on the job decision-making and problem-solving scenarios”, he explained.Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Perry Holloway, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Cooperate Affairs of Guyana Goldfield, in his feature address said that this is the second batch of graduands, and they are from departments all across the company.‘’The graduates today are a part of the second truants for this advanced training, they are senior supervisors from departments all across the company. They offer interaction for managers and supervisors when they are away on their brakes. While all the employees are important, these graduates are the backbone for the company”, he vocalised.He said that a company can have a lot of material things, but without its employees, it cannot function.“A company like ours can have gold, buildings, equipment, and many other things, but the strength of a company is ultimately based on its people, and in order for people to realise their fullest potential… they need training in today’s modern world”, he said.He further added that the programme was custom designed for their unique circumstance at the mine jointly by senior management at AGM and the Arthur Lok Jack School of Business, at the UWI in Trinidad and Tobago.The Vice President congratulated the batch of students and urged them to keep learning so that they will become excellent performers in the workplace,The Certificate in the Experiential Supervisory Development Programme ran from October to December 12.last_img read more

Zombies aside, the rage is evident in Europe

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEING truly nuts about scary films, I broke with my tradition of always avoiding crowded opening weekends and went to see the first showing of “28 Weeks Later” on Friday. A big fan of the first film, “28 Days Later,” I loved the sequel, finding many critics’ comparisons between the U.S.-led NATO force in fictional apocalyptic Britain and the U.S. presence in Iraq to be overblown. If anything, the film showed that the U.S. crackdown in fictional Britain was not strong enough. The basic premise of the “28” films is an epidemic that turns those infected into speedy, manic zombies – no ambling “Night of the Living Dead” undead here – that quickly spread the infection as they chew on the healthy. The virus is simply dubbed “rage.” Britain is at rage’s mercy in the first film and surprises happen in the sequel (no spoilers). But as I left the theater, I thought about how the rage had already popped up around Europe, in the form of vicious reactions and bloodlust that has seemed so foreign to countries that have tried to pride themselves on a modern mix of liberalism, tradition and tolerance. The rage surfaced in reaction to the election of Nicolas Sarkozy as French president. Peaceful protests are one thing, but many discontents opted for breaking shop windows and burning cars night after night. We’re told this is just a youth reaction to feelings of inequality and not having jobs and being bored. We’re told that the French government is to blame for this rage, rather than the perpetrators themselves. Incidentally, Sarkozy was criticized by some for calling rioters “scum” in last fall’s deadly French riots, where authorities took days to respond with something other than a focus group. The rage detailed in news stories of the riots could give the “28” zombies a run for their money: A bus passenger on crutches set afire. A 13-month-old kid struck in the head with a rock. Youths pelting rescuers with stones and torching an ambulance as firefighters tried to save an ill person. Schools and churches and businesses and thousands of cars torched. It’s the rage that drove Mohammed Bouyeri to approach filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004 and proceed to shoot him several times, nearly decapitate him and stab him in the chest. Pinned to a knife left in van Gogh’s chest was a note threatening Dutch parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali, van Gogh’s partner in the making of his short film “Submission,” which decried the treatment of women in Muslim societies. “I can assure you that one day, should I be set free, I would do the same, exactly the same,” an unrepentant Bouyeri said at his trial, also stating to van Gogh’s mother, “I can’t feel for you because you’re a nonbeliever.” The rage came out in response to editorial cartoons featuring Muhammad, published by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and reprinted by publications across the world in a statement against self-censorship. While many Muslims peacefully protested, others threatened the cartoonists with death, torched Danish embassies and churches, and contributed to a cartoon-controversy death toll of more than 130. A high-school student in Turkey shot Father Andrea Santoro in the back as he prayed at his church on Feb. 5, 2006, claiming he was angry over the cartoons. In Britain, the focal point of the “28” films, the rage-stokers have been hard at work. Abu Hamza al-Masri, an Egyptian-born cleric who ran a London mosque, now sits in prison for encouraging violence against infidels and praising the likes of Osama bin Laden. Yet it was young, home-grown Brits who bombed three subway trains and a bus on July 7, 2005, killing 52. “We are at war and I am a soldier,” bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan said on a videotape left behind. “Now you, too, will taste the reality of this situation.” News outlets and scholars alike often have used the R-word when speaking about such situations. “Britain has become an incubator for violent Islamic extremism, fueled by disenchantment at home and growing rage about events abroad,” a Washington Post article stated last fall. This is no insinuation that the “28” creators sat around and decided to offer a statement about Islamic extremism’s spread in Europe. A fan of fright-fests such as myself wouldn’t want a smart, chilling horror film to be recast as a political commentary. But zombiedom aside, it’s easy to see the rage spreading through Europe beyond the silver screen – and terrifying to see how infectious it seems. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at bridget.johnson@dailynews.com. last_img read more

‘I’ve never been so happy with him’: Mou praises Pogba

first_imgThey were followed by claims this week that manager and player had exchanged angry words in a heated meeting after comments made by Pogba following last week’s opening league fixture against Leicester.Having starred, and scored, in United’s 2-1 victory, just four days after returning to pre-season training following his World Cup adventures, Pogba claimed: “There are things I cannot say otherwise I will get fined.”But Mourinho, preparing for Sunday’s visit to Brighton, insists that argument never took place.“The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now, that’s the truth. I cannot demand more from him,” Mourinho told reporters on Friday.“He came here on a Monday, trained three days, I asked for his support for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties, he did it better and for more time than we could expect.“When he says he did it for the fans and for the team, it is exactly what I want. It is exactly what I demand from my players.“He’s working well, playing well, he does it for the fans, he does for the team and that’s what I want. To play for the team and I couldn’t be happier than what I am.”Pogba will remain captain for the Brighton game, although Mourinho explained that Antonio Valencia will reclaim the armband when he returns to action following a calf injury.And the United manager refused to comment about Pogba’s post-match outburst.– ‘No problems’ –“I don’t care,” said Mourinho. “I repeat: I want him to play well, I want him to play for that team, the fans and that is what it is.“He’s working extremely well here but I have to say in his defence, don’t put him in a situation that people can think he’s not a polite, educated guy — he is.“He never had a fight with me. We never had a heated exchange of words, everything is respected, I have no problems at all.”Mourinho also laughed off suggestions that Pogba would have faced a fine for talking his mind — pointing out that the only United player to have been fined on his watch was Anthony Martial, fined £180,000 for failing to return to their pre-season USA tour following the birth of his child.“You have to ask Paul,” said Mourinho. “I’m here for two years and a couple of months and the only player that was fined was Anthony Martial, so it’s not easy to be fined here.“So you have to ask him. I’m not going to ask him. I want him to work the way he is doing and play the way he is doing and that’s all that matters.”After a strong showing in the World Cup and United’s opening fixture, Pogba has set a standard which Mourinho claims he is confident the midfielder will maintain — although he will have no problem if not.“I am very confident but if he doesn’t that’s football,” said Mourinho. “If his objective is to play for the team, for the fans, if this is the objective, he has the right for a bad match.“Everybody has a bad day and has little ups and downs in the performance level.”Mourinho will welcome Jesse Lingard back into his squad against Brighton, after returning from World Cup duty.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is on good terms with Paul Pogba © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 17 – Jose Mourinho has broken his silence on his relationship with French World Cup winner Paul Pogba and insists there has been no disagreement with Manchester United’s record signing.A summer of discontent has seen repeated reports that Pogba wishes to leave the club he joined from Juventus for £89.3 million two summers ago and move to Barcelona.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Australia set to take lead in Ashes series

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman previews day two of Glorious Goodwood, and says Cougar Mountain could be worth a bet at 12/1 in the Sussex Stakes.He also looks ahead to the third Ashes Test, which starts today, and reveals Australia are favouries to triumph at Edgbaston and take a series lead.He also discusses Sunday’s Community Shield, with Chelsea the favourites [5/4] in the traditional curtain-raiser against Arsenal [15/8] at Wembley.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

WATCH! Highlights of Arsenal’s shock UCL defeat, including David Ospina howler

first_img Mesut Ozil 1 Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the last-16 of the Champions League took a huge blow after they lost 3-2 at home to Olympiacos on Tuesday night.Arsene Wenger’s decision to play David Ospina ahead of Petr Cech backfired, as the back-up goalkeeper made a huge error.Check out all the goals from a disastrous night for the Gunners…last_img

Bring it on! Find out why you should be excited about your club this season

first_img Stoke City: Joe Allen pulling the strings in midfield – Others may be excited about Ramadan Sobhi, but we think he needs some time to settle. Instead, it’s Allen who we believe will be a big hit for the Potters. Last season they struggled to create chances, the Welshman will change that in an instant. Everton: A team which can defend – Under Roberto Martinez, the Toffees were fragile at the back, which cost them plenty of points and several places in the Premier League table. John Stones may have left but with Ashley Williams on the way and Mason Holgate pushing for a starting role there is promise if Ronald Koeman can harness it. Arsenal fans can be excited about a young star making the grade! Find out why you can be excited about your club’s coming season – just click the arrow above, right – Last year it was Alex Iwobi, the year before it was Hector Bellerin and Francis Coquelin. Every season, it seems, one youngster takes an opportunity in the first-team, usually due to injuries. Could we see big seasons from Chuba Akpom or Serge Gnabry? Maybe it’ll be Yaya Sanogo… 20 20 20 Watford: A new manager and fresh ideas – The Hornets did well to avoid relegation last season but at points they showed worrying periods of poor form. It seemed Quique Sanchez Flores found it tough to stop these slumps. Fresh impetus from Walter Mazzarri could see them have another solid season and steer clear of the drop. 20 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola – Forget the mega-money signings. Seeing how the Spaniard moulds and improves this squad will be fascinating. If he gets it right at the Etihad then it will take a lot to stop this team from winning the Premier League title. 20 Crystal Palace: A new centre forward – The Eagles already boast Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako. Now they just need an elusive goal-getting striker. It’s likely they’ll get one in the coming days too. Middlesbrough: Ben Gibson getting an England call-up – An England centre-back with a left foot is a rare beast. Gibson, a home-grown hero, could see himself in Sam Allardyce’s thoughts if he continues to excel in the Premier League. His success, though, might see bids come in for services – glory is a double-edged sword. 20 Liverpool: No European football to hinder a title tilt – The Reds love European competition and have a rich history in it, as you might have heard once or twice. Their absence from it this season, though, could be a good thing. With Jurgen Klopp’s all-action style of football, players could get tired easily, but without the extra game they may well be able to keep their fitness and peak at the right time, giving them a great chance of winning the whole damn thing. Let’s face it, no European football did the trick for Leicester City. Southampton: The kids are all right – They may have lost Ronald Koeman, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle but don’t fret, this team still retains promise and has added more young stars like Nathan Redmond and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as they look to rebuild. We expect more of the club’s academy stars to breakthrough too. 20 20 Sunderland: David Moyes has point to prove – Failure at Manchester United and Real Sociedad sees the ex-Everton boss back in the Premier League as Sam Allardyce’s replacement. One thing is for sure, he’ll be looking to banish the jokes and memes to the history books. 20 West Bromwich Albion: Crosses, crosses and more crosses – Don’t worry, we’re not here to denigrate Tony Pulis’ game plans. He’s snapped up Matt Phillips from Queens Park Rangers and is an expert at swinging the ball in from the flank. We’re putting it on the line by suggesting Salomon Rondon is going to get a decent amount of goals this season. 20 20 Burnley: Andre Gray – He’s shown in pre-season he could terrorise Premier League defences with eight goals in five games. He has the potential to keep the Clarets up on his own and he appears to have the kind of drive and focus which will see new England manager Sam Allardyce paying visits to Turf Moor. The 2016/17 Premier League season is here.On Saturday, champions Leicester City kick off the campaign, and their title defence, with a trip to the KC Stadium where they face Hull City, while, on Sunday, Arsenal host Liverpool.Here in the talkSPORT office we couldn’t be more excited, well, except for the Newcastle United fan.But all of those fans with clubs in the top-flight are going to be thrilled football is return.So, to find out one reason why fans of each club should be excited, click the right arrow above… Manchester United: The Fantastic Four – One of the Red Devils’ most exciting transfer windows ever has seen them land a stunning star from Italy, Spain, France and Germany. It’s been a long time since an English club cherry picked such talent and it already looks like Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be hits. If Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan get off to a good start then who knows what the future holds for Jose Mourinho’s men. 20 20 20 Hull City: The club could finally be sold – They might be back in the Premier League but the Tigers are not in a good way. No new signings, Steve Bruce has resigned and supporters are furious with the Allam family. As soon as September hits the club will be up for sale again and a takeover will hopefully end the crisis – but will it be too late? Swansea City: You don’t have to see Bafetimbi Gomis’ panther celebration again – Okay, it was funny the first time. Every other time it was cringe inducing. Now you can just stare lovingly into the eyes of Spanish star, and all-round handsome bloke, Fernando Llorente. Swoon-worthy. 20 Chelsea: Youth will get a chance – By the looks of pre-season, the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bertrand Traore, Ola Aina and Nathaniel Chalobah could see first-team action this year. These players hold plenty of promise and could excel while combining with big-money signings. Leicester City: Proving people wrong – again! – After winning the Premier League, despite most pundits and rivals believing their march to glory would fall at the last hurdle, their doubters are back. But, never fear Foxes fans, your team thrived on these feelings last season. As everyone predicts you finishing outside the top six, just watch Big Wes and the boys put them in their place. 20 20 20 Bournemouth: Two star strikers – Benik Afobe and Callum Wilson have the potential to fire the Cherries further up the Premier League table if they stay fit. And Jordon Ibe could be an inspired signing on the flank to provide the assists for them. 20 Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League football is back! – Tottenham aren’t just on their way to Wembley. They will be playing Europe’s elite there this season. Get your Oyster Cards out and enjoy the ride, Spurs fans because it could be tough to get back in again. 20 West Ham United: You’ve got still got Payet – Far be it from us to suggest the Hammers are a one-man team but you might have worried about them had they lost the fantastic Frenchman. He had a stunning debut Premier League season and if he can do it again this time, you have to back the club for a top seven finish at the very least.last_img read more