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Barty ends stellar season with WTA Finals win

first_imgAshleigh Barty finished the season in style by beating defending champion Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-3 to add the WTA Finals title to her end-of-year world number one ranking on Sunday.Barty, who became the first Australian to top the WTA rankings at the end of the year since they were introduced in 1975, capped a stellar season in Shenzhen having also won the French Open at Roland Garros in June.Barty became the first Australian to win the WTA Finals since Evonne Goolagong Cawley claimed her second title in 1976.“It’s been the most incredible year for me,” said Barty, who pocketed a record $4.42 million for her victory in Shenzhen, where the tournament was being held for the first time as part of a 10-year residency.“It’s been an incredible new era in women’s tennis and to play in front of this spectacular crowd has been amazing.”There was little between the pair until the penultimate game of the first set when Barty fended off a break point before putting Svitolina’s serve under pressure in the following game.The Australian took the opener when she converted a break point at the third time of asking, punishing Svitolina’s second serve with a firm forehand.The tension increased in the second set as neither player was able to hold serve consistently.Svitolina broke early to give herself a lifeline, only for Barty to win the next three games — including two breaks of serve. Yet another slip-up on her own serve allowed Svitolina back into the set.Barty broke yet again, however, claiming the eighth game of the set when she converted her third break point as Svitolina pulled a shot wide and secured her fourth title of the season with a hold to love in the next game.Hungary’s Timea Babos won the doubles title for the third year in a row, partnering with Kristina Mladenovic from France to see off Barbora Strycova and Hsieh Su-wei 6-1 6-3 in the final.“We played some great tennis,” said Babos. “There was no-one out there on this tournament who could beat us. That’s really amazing.“Of course, to share it with Kiki, to play on the biggest stage with her, to get the title together, it’s an incredible story.“I’m just really, really happy to lift that trophy again.”last_img read more

Former porn actress testifies ex-MMA fighter took steroids

first_imgThomas testified that Koppenhaver broke his nose and dislocated his shoulder before releasing him with a warning that if he went to the police, Koppenhaver would hurt him.Mack said she escaped bleeding from her home, when she thought Koppenhaver was fetching a knife to kill her. She said he broke a knife during another attack that left her with shredded hair, cuts on her scalp, a broken nose, missing teeth, fractured eye socket, leg injuries and a lacerated liver.Prosecutor Jacqueline Bluth asked Mack why she didn’t defend herself.“No way I could physically overpower him,” Mack said, “and if I were to fight back, it would be 10 times worse.”Leiderman has not denied that the August 2014 fight took place. But he told the jury that Mack had rape fantasies and invited Koppenhaver to surprise her, and he cast the relationship as a mutual co-dependence that inevitably exploded into violence. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident The Associated Press usually does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but Mack gave permission to use her name.Mack, whose legal name is Christine Mackinday, was guarded in some answers to the defense attorney’s questions.Was Koppenhaver prone to “sudden emotional outbursts?” Leiderman asked.“I don’t know if they were extremely sudden or if something (led) up to it,” Mack replied.Mack testified a day earlier that Koppenhaver beat her several times and raped her in the months before the August 2014 attack that injured her and Thomas. Earlier that year, she said she suffered a black eye, cut nose, a bite mark on her chin and a chipped tooth in an attack in a vehicle he was driving.ADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img 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 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Christine Mackinday, the victim and ex-girlfriend of former mixed martial arts fighter War Machine, also known as Jonathan Koppenhaver, gives her testimony during his sexual assault and attempted murder at the Regional Justice Center. APLAS VEGAS — The lawyer for a former mixed martial arts fighter accused of trying to kill his porn star ex-girlfriend provided a glimpse Thursday of a key element in his defense: steroid use made him prone to violent outbursts.Under cross-examination by defense attorney Jay Leiderman, former adult actress Christy Mack testified in Las Vegas that she saw Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver inject steroids and take pills during their 15-month relationship.ADVERTISEMENT She said Koppenhaver, who legally changed his name to War Machine during his 19-fight MMA career, had bouts of depression and irritability. Koppenhaver has used his birth name since his arrest in September 2014.Some studies link high doses of anabolic steroids with increases in users’ irritability and aggression, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMack acknowledged that Koppenhaver sometimes woke up in such a bad mood he went on what Leiderman called “Twitter tirades” about killing others and wanting to kill himself.Koppenhaver has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, kidnapping, battery, sexual assault and coercion that could get him life in prison without parole in incidents before and during an August 2014 attack on Mack and a man she was dating, Corey Thomas. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Shields hoping to create bright future for women’s boxinglast_img read more

And So They Came

first_imgEmeka was sitting in his lodgings, reading Anton Chekov’s Ward Number 6, when a mortar shell exploded outside. This was followed seconds later by a staccato burst of gunfire that seemed like heavy raindrops were falling onto the corrugated roofing of the building. Emeka dropped the book to the floor. He grabbed his rifle lying beside him on the cot. All the soldiers with him in the lodgings, in fact, sprang to action. Grabbing their guns and helmets, some struggling into their boots, some into their uniforms, they ran out of the building. By then bullets and splinters were flying in all direction. Amid the pop and crackle of rifle fire, the dull, deep-throated caraaak-wunk- caraaak-wunk of machine guns could be heard from opposite directions. Crouching, running, their guns aimed in front of them, Emeka and a few of the soldiers from his lodgings took up positions along the buildings within the Freeport and behind shipping containers. Already there were hundreds of ECOMOG soldiers outside, some in dugouts, others behind the walls of the port fence. Holes had been punched into the whole length of the walls and through these a number of ECOMOG soldiers crouched aiming their rifles. At one of the main gates to the Freeport rose a thin trial of smoke. His gun slung over his shoulder, his white helmet lying a few yards beside him, an ECOMOGsoldier lay sprawled in a pool of blood. At the gate three troops from the Sierra Leonean contingent, among them a Nigerian and Guinean soldier, lay wounded. They could be heard crying at the top of their voices as an ambulance, wailing at full blast, sped toward the entrance.As he made his way out of the port fence with a group of ECOMOG soldiers, Emeka saw hundreds of INPFL rebels. Some had arrived in military trucks and civilian vehicles and positioned themselves almost the whole length of the tarmac road toward Somalia Drive, shooting. Some of the fighters carried machine guns and rocket propelled grenades. Others were armed with short range mortars that were fired every few seconds and by fighters from the rear. Many of the rebels, among them a few elderly men, were only boys and teenagers, as well as a number of women, some of them not more than sixteen years of age. As usual they were dressed in battle fatigues, but some had come wearing olive green army uniforms. They seemed well-trained and held their rifles not unlike expert marksmen. Every few minutes they would advance, their firepower almost raking the ground in front of them. Among the column of rebels, Emeka spied the hot-headed rebel commander Prince Johnson, hunkered almost flat to the ground and firing salvos from his AK automatic rifle. With the help of a Ghanaian peacekeeping soldier Emeka helped carried one after the other and into the ambulance the soldiers who had been wounded at the port entrance. The ambulance sped screaming toward the ECOMOG clinic inside the Freeport.Suddenly from the Somalia Drive area, came the NPFL. There must have been more than five thousand of them. Unlike the INPFL, these were dressed in civilian clothes. Some had come with barely a shirt on their backs, some were barefoot, and others had come wearing plastic sanders. Like the INPLF many of them were little boys and teenagers. Some came up the tarmac road, others from houses by the roadside, firing from AK-47 rifles, Berettas, single-barrel and machine guns and rocket propelled grenades. Their firepower seemed more concentrated. Already a number of INPFL dead and wounded were lying by the roadside. Then a torrent of gunfire was heard in the distance toward Bushrod Island, from where the NPFL was waging another offensive, and the gunfire could be heard in both directions.Crouched behind two tanks at the main gates to the Freeport, their knees shaking and foreheads covered with sweat, were a number of ECOMOG soldiers in white helmets. With them was the BBC journalist Elizabeth Blunt, who had arrived that morning to meet with ECOMOG force commander Lieutenant-General Arnorld Quainoo. With the English correspondent was her cameraman, a stocky, bearded man of thirty, with a head of thick hair and large nostrils. Miss Blunt was rather thin and small, her blond hair shaped like a fan. They were both dressed in bright blue bullet-proofed vests, and at the back were the letters “BBC”. Miss Blunt would look round the side of the army tank, talking into a microphone and gesticulating into the direction of the fighting as the cameraman moved the camera from side to side to capture her gesture. Outgunned and outnumbered, the INPFL had for several minutes been able to check the NPFL advance. Suddenly they began to retreat. Hundreds of them, some carried on the shoulders of their comrades and blood pouring from their wounds, came running down the tarmac road. And the NPFL rebels, both from the Somalia Drive and Bushrod Island districts, came in all their numbers.For some reason, the ECOMOG soldiers behind the tanks, including the hundreds of peacekeeping troops positioned within the walls of the Freeport, had still not joined the fight. Then a Nigerian soldier shouted something in Yoruba. From behind one of the army tanks a group of six ECOMOG soldiers emerged into the open, brandishing white flags. They were met by a hail of gunfire and three of the soldiers were shot and killed.Dropping their white helmets, the others began firing at the NPFL rebels, who now were within only a few yards from the Freeport of Monrovia. Before long, hundreds of ECOMOG soldiers had joined the mêlée. The field guns within the walls of the port opened up with the roar of thunder. One after the other the shells, followed by a boom and a blast that was louder than anything either the INPFL or NPFL had in their arsenal, went hollowing overhead. His surgical gloves and uniform covered blood, Emeka could be seen at one end of the clinic, now at the other end as he and the other ECOMOG doctors attended to the wounded. They bandaged legs and arms, removed bullets, and attached limbs that had been severed. But no amount of doctoring could save some of the men. They were left crying at the top of their voices until gasped their last. Usually they were brought in almost cut to bits, as though a butcher had made a cruel job of the business. One Sierra Leonean soldier, his intestines dangling in front of him, sat for a moment looking down at himself in terrified silence until he fell back onto the stretcher and died. The agonized screams of men could be heard throughout the clinic and the dead and wounded were lying everywhere.To be cont’d. Copyright © Saah Millimono 2016Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jon Brick’s Tours Europe and Shares the Experience with his fans on Social Media

first_imgJon Bricks posted a video from Paris two days ago,” Good evening from Paris, it is what it is and I’m out here in Paris chilling with my tour guide living our life. Even the water can’t stop us, we all day balling,” he boasted. He showed off an all white sports car that’s probably worth thousands of pounds, revealing his excitement on his journey. Born and raised in Liberia, Jon Brick’s took a bold step leaving Liberia for China, where the Chinese entertainment industry welcomed him with opened arms, meeting a Chinese artist he has been teaming up with ever since.Now Brick’s is seeing the world the way he dreamt of seeing it, and says he is very happy to be living his dreams and looks forward to seeing more countries and continents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NFMU calls for greater investment in ICT sector

first_img– as world celebrates Telecoms & Society DayAs Guyana joins in the celebration of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day on May 17, the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) in observance of the Day is calling for more investments and growth in the Telecommunications, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sectors.According to the NFMU, the ICT sector is amongst the most profitable and successful in the world. With the theme for this year being “ICT entrepreneurship for social impact,” the unit noted through its Managing Director Valmikki Singh that “notwithstanding the risks and challenges, entrepreneurship is an endeavour that grows economies, both in the developed and developing world. With globalisation and the setback in the traditional productive sectors of our economy, more and more Guyanese entrepreneurs are emerging.”It is therefore very appropriate said Singh, that ICTs could be harnessed, through entrepreneurship, for social development. This cuts across many of the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations, established in 2015 to be achieved within the next 15 years.Singh highlighted that, for maximum impact, the environment needs to be conducive for investment and entrepreneurship. In thisTelecommunications Minister Cathy Hughesrespect, he said the Telecommunications Bill will be brought by Government to the National Assembly soon, with the purpose of creating an entrance in the telecommunication/ICT sector to full competition and implementing clear rules and guidelines for the regulation of the sector.Earlier in the month, Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes pointed out that the Bill had been placed for legal vetting and she hoped to have it brought to Parliament before the ending of May.The Telecommunications Bill invites the creation of a combative regime within the telecommunications sector as it facilitates an open, liberal and competitive sector which will be considered attractive to new market entrants and investors, while preserving activities of the current participants.Additionally, it is required that the situations be favourable for investment and entrepreneurship to produce a maximum impact, hence the need to support existing operators in investing continually in order to create a pavement for other smaller players to become involved in the Telecom /ICT sector, said Singh.With progressing countries similar to Guyana being more consumer centric, it is advised by NFMU that as a nation, we need to strive to be more innovative and creative, since this is expected to have the greatest positive economic and social impact on Guyanese.For this reason, the NFMU has commenced formulating ideas to foster originality in the ICT sector, in line with the government’s policy of boosting the resourceful and innovative abilities of students.According to Singh one of the ICT sector’s most popular invention is the mobile phone. “It has evolved to a smart phone and is ubiquitous in many countries. With the recent commercial launch (by our two mobile operators) of mobile broadband services to most of our population, smart phones are expected to be more and better utilised.This means that in addition to more mobile applications (apps) being used, the demand for more apps will also rise. Herein lies a great opportunity for our Guyanese creators and innovators. Guyanese can also potentially market their mobile apps to the estimated three billion mobile broadband users worldwide.”One classic example of a Guyanese-based mobile application is Directory.GY, which was identified as the official app of our Jubilee celebrations. The launching of this app was done last week by Intellect Storm, a group of young talented Guyanese innovators and entrepreneurs.Generally, apps can range from simple social interactions and location services to providing counselling to persons in need or match demand with supply of goods/services, etc.The possibilities of ICT entrepreneurship and the social impact that they can have are limitless and the NFMU encourages belief, saying “Once we believe, we can achieve.”last_img read more

SMITH MEDALS AT GANARASKA

first_imgThe Blues will be wrapping up their 2019 race season at their final race taking place Sunday, Oct 6 at Hardwood Ski and Bike near Barrie, Ontario. Story Links There were a number of strong finishes on a long course, including a string of fourth-place finishes across the divisions. Debra Watkins in the woman’s expert division, followed by an impressive fourth-place finish by rookie American import Carlin Henikoff in the woman’s sport division and yet another fourth-place finish by John Hinton in the men’s sport division.      Print Friendly Versioncenter_img The University of Toronto Varsity Blues mountain biking team reached past the halfway point of their 2019 season with a challenging race at the Ganaraska Forest Centre located near Port Hope, Ontario. It was third-year student Garrett Smith who managed to break through and make it to the podium by winning a bronze medal in the men’s sport division. He narrowly missed the silver medal by a second. Garrett, who is studying math, stats, and physics is from Guelph, Ont.,  and says he loves racing mountain bikes with U of T because “it has both a great team environment, with lots of camaraderie, and a more competitive side to it.  It is also a great way to get out of the city on the weekends and enjoy nature.”  last_img read more

Kagere scores winner as Gor retains top spot

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere wheels away in celebration after scoring the winner in K’Ogalo’s 2-1 conquest over Sony Sugar at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on April 15, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 15 – Meddie Kagere, for the second weekend in the running netted the winner as Gor Mahia shoved off a scare from Sony Sugar to win 2-1 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday.Kagere also scored Gor’s lone winning goal last weekend in their 1-0 result over Kakamega Homeboyz and once again, he sprung up, dedicating the winner to his newly born twins as the 15-time champions rose to 12 points and cementing their position at the top of the table. “It was a tough match because Sony have never been an easy opponent for us. We are happy with the win though because getting three points back-to-back gives us a lot of confidence. We played very well especially in the second half and we hope we can keep up that way,” Gor Mahia skipper Musa Mohammed told Capital Sport after the match.Over the last six meetings, Gor had dropped points against Sony only once, a goalless draw that season. In the five previous matches, Gor were dominant winning all of them with 1-0 margins.Heading into Saturday afternoon’s match, it was always evident that the slim score-line would come up higher this time round with Gor starting with a high pace.Inside the first minute, Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge was presented with a golden opportunity from a Godfrey Walusimbi cross with only the keeper to beat but he placed his header over and wide.The 15-time champions were using their strength on the wings to destabilize Sony with Walusimbi and Karim Nizigiyimana employed as wingbacks doing most of the donkey work.Goal scorer Kagere also had a superb opportunity from another superb worked move from wide, but he could not find the target after Nizigiyimana had picked him up perfectly.Gor continued to dominate and Kenneth Muguna came close to his second goal of the season with a shot from distance which went over.Sony had struggled to create chances as Gor denied them spaces, but they managed to squeeze one with Amos Asembeka crossing in but George Abege saw his header well collected by Boniface Oluoch.Gor were rewarded for their perfect start in the 22nd minute when Ernest Wendo grabbed his debut goal with a well struck low shot after a Sony poor clearance from a Gor corner found him well placed at the edge of the box.Sony provided the response in the 38th minute with George Abege breaking the offside trap and skipping past Oluoch to tap into an empty net. The Gor defense had been left standing with their arms up, thinking the second assistant ref would call for offside.K’Ogalo however, rose back into the lead just three minutes after the restart.The ball landed perfectly on Kagere’s path after Muguna’s attempt at a shot was futile, the Ugandan-born Rwandese simply tapped in past Kevin Otieno in the Sony Sugar goal.Gor would have late chances with Tuyisenge seeing a header off a Nizigiyimana cross being saved while Muguna had a shot go over.John ‘Softie’ Ndirangu earned his first piece of action in a Gor jersey later on and he showed glimpses of what is expected of him with a fine shot from distance that was well handled by the Sony shot stopper.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

MEP HARKIN LEFT ANGRY AS NOONAN RESTRICTS CREDIT UNION EXPANSION

first_imgMarian Harkin, MEPMinister for Finance Michael Noonan has been accused of damaging the Credit Union Movement in order to bolster the banks and deny access to cheap money from credit unions.This was stated by Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she responded to indications that the Minister is to deny credit unions the right to provide mortgages and initiate other measures designed to restrict their growth.“Bolstering AIB to assist its public flotation and supporting the other profit focussed banks, which undermined the country’s economy means that they are to be further favoured by a Minister who disrespects the role of the not for profit, community owned, credit unions”, she said. “This Minister, the Department of Finance and the Central Bank instead of valuing the stability shown by credit unions during the economic crisis, caused by the banks, have produced new measures to prevent them from developing their vital role as the people’s bank and this is both morally and financially unacceptable”, she said.She called on the incoming Governor of the Central Bank Professor Philip Lane to initiate an immediate review of the Bank’s negative policy towards credit unions. “Credit unions are being increasingly restricted in providing services throughout community as the banks increasingly desert them”, Marian Harkin said.Government sources in recent years had participated in a publicity campaign to undermine the Credit Union Movement but their outlandish, and proven false, information about credit unions had failed to undermine the confidence of people in them, the Independent MEP said.“Minister Noonan and his government, if they have any real concern to meet the demand for housing, must not deny access to mortgages from credit unions which can have a major impact on resolving the housing crisis”, Independent MEP Marian Harkin concluded. MEP HARKIN LEFT ANGRY AS NOONAN RESTRICTS CREDIT UNION EXPANSION was last modified: October 25th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:credit unionsmarian harkinMichael Noonanmortgageslast_img read more

Bournemouth v Southampton live stream and confirmed line-ups

first_imgBOURNEMOUTH V SOUTHAMPTON LIVE STREAM IS AVAILABLE HERE, KICK-OFF 13:30Bournemouth host south coast rivals Southampton at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon, a game which is LIVE on talkSPORT.The two sides sit just one place apart after 16 games, with 21 points each and the Saints ahead by just two goals.A win for either side will move them into seventh ahead of the hectic festive period, and earn local bragging rights for the fans of the victors.So, who has been selected for the clash? The confirmed line-ups are available, in full, below…Confirmed team news:Bournemouth XI: Boruc, Francis, Steve Cook, Ake, Daniels, Arter, Wilshere, Adam Smith, King, Pugh, WilsonSubstitutes: Gosling, Afobe, Brad Smith, Federici, Fraser, Mings, IbeSouthampton XI: Forster, Cedric, Yoshida, van Dijk, Bertrand, Reed, Clasie, Hojbjerg, Boufal, Rodriguez, RedmondSubstitutes: Fonte, Long, Davis, Tadic, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Taylor 1 Bournemouth v Southampton is LIVE on talkSPORT last_img read more

‘I would NEVER have sold Leyton Orient if I knew’ – Barry Hearn on talkSPORT

first_imgFormer Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has told talkSPORT he would never have sold the club if he foresaw their nosedive to the bottom of the Football League and into financial meltdown.Orient are facing liquidation after being served with a winding-up order over unpaid tax bills, and will appear in court next month in an attempt to save their future.After 19 years in charge of the London club, Hearn sold Orient to Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti in July 2014, after they had been denied promotion to the Championship following a penalty shoot-out defeat in the play-off final.But their fortunes have plummeted under Becchetti’s ownership, with Orient now sitting second from bottom of League Two and six points adrift of safety.And Hearn has slammed the Italian for the ‘inept’ business decisions made under his leadership, insisting the money he has put into club should have seen them become an established Championship outfit, instead of one on the brink of relegation from the Football League pyramid.“It’s horrible, really horrible – no one could have foreseen this,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It looked like the perfect exit for me three years ago, and the perfect future for Orient. We all thought we’d found a passionate owner with loads of money who had ambition, and goodness me, you just could never ever foresee anything as bad as this.“I don’t regret selling the club because I’d done 19 years, a big shift, I’m not far off 70 now and there’s a certain time when you just say, ‘boys I’ve done enough’.“But if I had known it would turn out like this, I would never have sold the club. We couldn’t have known, though. It looked perfect.“We needed some success and we had it – we were a kick away from getting into the Championship on a budget of about £1.5million a year and it was a very well-run club.“It seemed to be the natural exit route for me, but when a billionaire doesn’t know how to run a business, you’re staggered, because there have been so many inept decisions it’s scary.“What type of person does this? Where I come from, in my lifetime, we pay our bills, we pay our dues and we take what cards God serves us.“So for me to see Leyton Orient in the papers with the Inland Revenue claiming money – it’s abhorrent to everything I stand for.“I liked the guy initially, he had that sparkly personality and ego perfect for an owner of a football club, and he told me we was going to put in loads of money to the club.“And, to be fair to him, he has. He’s put in another £7m or £8m – at a lower league club do you know what you can do with that type of money if you spent it wisely? You can become a Championship club!“But ten managers in two-and-a-half years says it all – you should sack yourself after ten managers.” The club reportedly owe around £250,000 and with the Italian chief admittedly willing to sell the club, it is still uncertain whether he will pay up.Hearn refused to put pressure on Becchetti to settle the debts, but did assure fans that he will help the club in whatever way he can as they stare into the barrel of potential liquidation.However, he ruled out any added financial support, saying any assistance he provides will be on an advisory basis.Hearn added on the club’s debt: “It’s a drop in the ocean to a man who gave me £4m for the club, but I am never going to tell anyone how to spend their own money. That’s the individual’s choice and he is the owner of the club, so all this conversation about ‘what shall we do’ is irrelevant whilst he is still the owner.“I’m not a massive fan of supporters’ trusts, a lot of them just want to play Championship Manager and this is the real world, and I know there are people in the trust that understand that.“But we’ve got to be realistic. There are a lot of fans out there who want to take ownership of their own club, but just don’t have the money.“They’re trying to raise £100,000, but do you know how long that lasts in football? About five minutes.“Will I help? I’m a fan of the club, of course I’ll help, but I want to see a sustainable plan.“There are crazy people out there who could probably give them [financial] help, but I’m out of it. I don’t have the time, I’ve got a big business to run, I’m enjoying my life and I’ve done my bit.“But I’m still available for advice, and there’s going to be other help they need. That’s not a problem.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Barry Hearn IN FULL above. 1last_img read more