Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set make Marko Grujic his first signing at Anfield this week.The Serbian teenager arrived on Merseyside for talks over the weekend after the Reds agreed a £5.1million deal with Red Star Belgrade before Christmas.Grujic, 19, is now set undergo a medical on Monday before sealing the deal, which is expected to be announced on Tuesday.The youngster will rejoin Red Star on loan until the end of the season before becoming part of Klopp’s first-teamn plans next season.Liverpool fought off late interest from Russian clubs CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg, who were offering over £7m, to secure Grujic’s signature.The starlet is understood to have opted for a move to Merseyside after personal intervention from Klopp, who was advised about the Serbian Under-21 international by his Serbian assistant Zeljko Buvac.Klopp is also believed to be tracking Schalke defender Joel Matip, who is out of contract at the end of the season, but there is still plenty of work to be done to sign the German-born Cameroon international.However, despite their on-going defensive frailties any deal would be for Matip to join in the summer.According to Press Association Sport, there are at least two French clubs who are ahead of Liverpool in the running for the 24-year-old while Schalke have not given up hope the centre-back will sign a new contract. Jurgen Klopp 1
The 2007 X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships got underway in perfect conditions at the BCU International Stadium at Coffs Harbour today.36 games were contested in Boys and Girls divisions across 3 pools in 9 timeslots with some high quality performances from some of the competition’s big guns dominating opening day proceedings.The opening 2 Rounds were completed in the four-day competition that culminates with Finals on Saturday 22 September 2007.In the Girls Pool A, defending champions Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST), led by strong performances by their 11 National Youth Squad members, commenced with a 12-1 win over the Eagles, then disposed of the Sunshine Coast 9-0 to zoom to the top of the standings in their group.New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges also have a pristine record after day one, completing a 3-2 victory over Central Queensland, and an impressive victory over Touch West 12-2.QSST and NSWCCC meet tomorrow at 3.50pm in a top of the table clash in Pool A.In the Women’s Pool B, 2006 Finalists NSWCHS opened their account with an 11-2 pasting of Mets and a strong 7-2 victory over Brisbane Cobras with National Youth squad star turns Jessica Absolum and Sophie Broadhead dictating proceedings for the top seeded team.In Pool C action Southern Suns recorded an impressive 14-2 win over the Australian Capital Territory and a 5-2 victory over Sharks to race to the top of the standings in their pool. Hornets have also begun the tournament well with solid victories over Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.In Boys Pool A action, only one round has been completed, with defending champions Mets beginning their title defence with a 10 –2 demolition of South Queensland Sharks.Cobras with the impressive Jacks brothers Rhys and Riley Jacks leading the way opened with a 7-0 defeat of NSWCIS and augurs well for their prospects for the rest of the tournament.New South Wales Combined Catholic College (NSWCIS) overworked the scoreboard attendants with a 19 –1 annihilation of South Australia, and will also feature prominently in the pointy end of the pool in coming days.In Pool B of the Boys competition 2007 Grand Finalists NSWCHS had a good start to their 2007 campaign with a 6-2 defeat of local hopes Northern Eagles. Central Queensland and Sunshine Coast also got their tournament well under way with first up victories to be well placed in Pool B.In Pool C top seeds QSST began their tournament well with an 8-0 win over ACT, then backed up to dispose of TouchWest.Also sitting atop the table in Pool C, are Southern Suns and Hunter Hornets who had two wins from two outings today.Tomorrow’s action will feature 3 Rounds where teams will sort themselves out more and settle into a steady rhythm to consolidate their positions in the pools and set themselves up for the rest of the tournament.RESULTS DAY 1 – 2007 XBLADES NATIONAL 18 YEARS CHAMPIONSHIPSPool AR1Mets (10) def Sharks (2)Cobras (7) def NSWCIS (0)NSWCCC (19) def SA (1)R2Mets (9) def NSWCCC (3)Cobras (15) def SA (0)Sharks (4) def NSWCIS (2)Pool BR1NSWCHS (6) def Eagles (2)CQ (7) def Scorpions (6) Sunshine Coast (7) def Rebels (4)R2NSWCHS (6) def Sunshine Coast (2)CQ (10) def Rebels (3)Eagles (10) def Scorpions (6)Pool CR1Hornets (8) def Tasmania (5)QSST (8) def ACT (0)Suns (11) def NT (2)R2QSST (15) def TouchWest (3)Suns (6) def Tasmania (3)ACT (6) def Hornets (5)GIRLSPool A R1QSST (12) def Eagles (1)NSWCCC (3) def CQ (2)Sunshine Coast (10) def TouchWest (2)R2QSST (9) def Sunshine Coast (0)CQ (6) def Eagles (5) NSWCCC (12) def TouchWest (2)Pool BR1CHS (11) Mets (2)NSWCIS (9) def NT (4)Cobras (8) def Rebels (3)R2Mets (10) def NT (4)NSWCHS (7) def Cobras (2)NSWCIS (6) def Rebels (3)Pool CR1Sharks (6) def Scorpions (4) Hornets (8) Tasmania (1)Suns (14) def ACT (2)R2Suns (5) def Sharks (3)Hornets (5) def ACT (1)Scorpions (10) def Tasmania (1)
Horses and their riders are recognized road users in the Motor Vehicle Act, but drivers passing through rural areas may not be expecting these travellers or be aware that loud noises (like horns) or passing vehicles can startle horses and trigger unpredictable behaviour, causing risk to riders, animals and drivers.The ministry collaborated with the Horse Council of B.C. regarding improvements to the wording on these signs as well as guidance on placement. The signs are available for any regions that want to improve awareness in areas where horseback riding is popular.Drivers can watch for signs at the start of any roadway or along narrow or winding roads commonly used for horseback riding. However, even in areas without posted signs, the ministry reminds all travellers to use caution and stay alert for diverse road users.Drivers are reminded of the following tips when travelling near horses: slow down long before getting too close; pass at a slower speed and give the horse and rider a wide berth (typically a one-car width); brake and accelerate gently to avoid making extra noise or spraying gravel; turn off stereos and do not honk, yell or rev the engine; if travelling by bicycle, scooter or motorcycle, ride quietly and approach single file; if a horse appears agitated, wait for the rider to get it under control before passing; and once past the horse and rider, accelerate gradually.Riders should use caution when travelling on narrow roads or in times of low visibility, such as dusk or dawn. Riders should also wear reflective vests, as well as outfit horses with high-visibility leg bands when possible.For more information about sharing the road safely with horses and riders; CLICK HERE VICTORIA, B.C. – Drivers in rural areas are being reminded to share the road with horse and riders ad warmer weather is encouraging people to use all forms of transportation, such as equestrians.Signage to alert road users to use extra caution and be courteous when passing horses and riders in rural areas is being made by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.New tabs on the ministry’s horse-and-rider signs will provide more information about where horses can be expected and will remind drivers and riders to “share the road,” as they do with cyclists and pedestrians, to prevent surprise and promote courtesy and safety for all.
Mohali: Captain Virat Kohli was a relieved man after Royal Challengers snapped a six-match losing streak for their maiden win this IPL and said everything finally fell into place against Kings XI Punjab. Kohli (67) in company of AB de Villiers (59 not out) scripted a superb run chase, sharing a 85-run stand to lay the foundation, while Marcus Stoinis (28 off 16) played a crucial cameo as RCB overhauled the target of 174 with four balls to spare and eight wickets in hand. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It is a great feeling to get across the line. Have been unlucky in couple of games. Won’t say we’ve been unlucky in every game, but a couple of games we should’ve closed out before this,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation on Saturday. “After so many setbacks, the guys had desire. That’s one word we spoke about. We thought 190 will be par and to restrict them to 170 was a great effort. To pick up 4 wickets in 8 overs in the middle for 60 runs was a great effort.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAB de Villiers, who was adjudged the Man of the match, said it was a long wait for the team. “Waited for a long time for this, so we’re very happy. It’s a very small step in the right direction, but also a big one,” he said. “I’ve got too much respect of the game to be upset about that, to get ahead of myself, to get too hard on myself. It needs one knock to get back in that confidence zone, and hopefully I can maintain that now.” De Villiers had retired from international cricket last year to prolong his career in T20 cricket. “I’ve decided not to play international cricket – to be as sharp as I can in the other forms of cricket around the world. Can’t keep playing 10-11 months a year and keep being sharp after 15 years of my career.” RCB received a big boost when the seasoned South African pacer Dale Steyn was named as a replacement for injured Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile. “It was a fantastic move to get Dale involved. We all know what he’s capable of. One thing for sure is he’ll give 200% with every ball. We know what we have to do.