Liverpool may sell Adam to Stoke to fund Dempsey deal – report

first_imgLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could sell Charlie Adam to Stoke to fund the signing of Clint Dempsey, the Daily Mirror say.Dempsey is keen to move to Anfield but Fulham are yet to receive a bid for the American.It is claimed that Rodgers wants to sign him before the transfer deadline and is looking to offload a number of players in order to raise cash.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail say Fulham have made a last-ditch bid to sign Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, who is close to agreeing a move to Fiorentina.The Guardian report that Fulham are interested in Blackpool winger Matt Phillips and Wolfsburg’s Iranian-German midfielder Ashkan Dejagah.Robert Green is getting ready to quit QPR, according to The Sun.The goalkeeper, who joined Rangers on a Bosman free transfer from West Ham this summer, has played only three matches for his new club.But it is claimed Green will look to leave Loftus Road in January if, as expected, Julio Cesar takes his first-team place.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

‘Africa’s advocate’ Sarkozy in SA

first_imgFrench President Nicolas SarkozyImage: AidesVuyiseka GezaFrench President Nicolas Sarkozy kicks off a two-day visit to South Africa today to strengthen ties between the two countries and sign a number of bilateral agreements. He will address a joint sitting of parliament this afternoon, hold discussions with South African President Thabo Mbeki, and pay a courtesy visit to Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.Briefing the media on the visit on Tuesday, acting deputy director-general of the Department of Foreign Affairs Gert Grobler said: “France is a key global player.“It is a member of the UN Security Council – it is one of the permanent members – it is a key driver in the European Union and it is also a member of the G8, with which, as you know, South Africa and Africa engage on an ongoing basis in the interest of taking forward the African agenda.”The 40-strong French delegation includes Sarkozy’s new wife, singer Carla Bruni, as well as ministers, secretaries of state and French CEOs.Grobler said Sarkozy, who is in regular contact with Mbeki, had promised that France would remain Africa’s most resolute advocate in Africa and major international bodies.“Africa would remain a priority of France’s foreign policy and a central axis of the EU’s cooperation policy.“He went to great pains to say that Africa was not the sick part of today’s world as is often the perception, and did not need charity but needed cooperation on an equitable basis.”Cooperation agreements to be signed cover the areas of science, transport, energy, climate change, tourism, skills development, maritime claims and illegal fishing.Strong business tiesFrance is South Africa’s eighth-largest trade partner and an important investor in the country. This is partly a result of the South Africa-France Business Forum, inaugurated in November 2006 with a visit to the country by an important French business delegation.To strengthen these ties, French and South African business, accompanied by the two presidents, will meet on Friday. South Africa’s power crisis is likely to be on the agenda, with the CEOs of the Areva nuclear power consortium among the French delegation.Areva built South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power plant, and is one of the bidders to construct the first two nuclear reactors in Eskom’s multibillion-rand power expansion programme. An energy agreement between France and South Africa is still under discussion by the two countries’ departments of Minerals and Energy.The groundwork to the visit was laid during Mlambo-Ngcuka’s trip to France in October 2007. A key issue was closer cooperation with France in advancing South Africa’s Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa), which aims to develop local skills to help increase economic growth. Areva is training South African engineering graduates, and the Paris Chamber of Commerce plans to initiate a French-South Africa Technological Institute for Electronics.UN reformSarkozy is a strong advocate of UN reform, particularly of the Security Council. He has called for permanent membership of the council to be expanded to include Germany, Japan, India, Brazil, and one African country. South Africa is currently a non-permanent member of the council, and assumes its presidency for a month in April.Sarkozy has also alluded to the possibility of expanding the G8 into a G13 by including China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa.With France set to become president of the EU for the second part of 2008, the first strategic partnership summit between South Africa and the European body will be held on 25 July, in France. Issues topping the agenda will include business, trade, investment and development, as well as African and global issues.France has expressed its regard for South Africa’s role in promoting peace, stability and development in Africa. France has had a leading role in the deployment of European peacekeeping forces in Chad and the Central African Republic, and works with South African forces in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Ivory Coast.Useful linksDepartment of Foreign Affairslast_img read more

Amazing Grace in fourth European win

first_img8 October 2012South Africa’s Branden Grace captured his fourth European Tour title of 2012 on Sunday with a two-shot victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, played at Saint Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.“I’ve really dreamt of this moment my whole life,” he said after securing victory.“I had goosebumps thinking this morning about Louis [winning The Open Championship at Saint Andrews in 2010] and the possibility of holding a trophy here myself.“It was a tough day, but the putter started working and that’s all I needed to do.”Select companyThe win puts the 24-year-old South African in select company, namely Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Miguel Angel Jiminez, Martin Kaymer, Bernhard Langer, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Ian Woosnam, who also managed to win four events in a single year on the European Tour.With his win on Sunday, though, Grace achieved something never before done: he became the first graduate of the European Tour Qualifying School to win four times in the year after his graduation.He also became the first South African to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and maintained an enviable record of always winning when leading or sharing the lead heading into the final round of a tournament.Four-shot leadHaving opened with a remarkable 60 on the Kingsbarns course, Grace followed that up with rounds of 67 and 69 to lead by four shots with a round to go on 20-under-par 196.In the final round, however, Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen managed to draw level with Grace with seven holes to go. The South African, though, responded superbly, sinking birdie putts of 10, 12 and 14 feet on the next three holes to pull clear.He went on to card a 70 and finish on a tournament record 22-under-par 266, two shots clear of Olesen. Sweden’s Alexander Noren claimed third on 18-under-par 270, with Joel Sjoholm in fourth on 16-under-par 272.Course recordSouth Africa’s George Coetzee was on fire in the final round, equalling the Saint Andrews course record with a superb 10-under-par 62, which moved him up to a share of fifth place with Fredrik Andersson Hed, Victor Dubuisson, Stephen Gallacher, Raphael Jacquelin, Lee Slattery and Danny Willett on 15-under-par 273.The winner’s cheque of €617 284 (approximately R7.05-million) was the largest of Grace’s career. It also helped to lift him up to third place in the Race to Dubai rankings, trailing only world number one Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.Just behind Grace is 2012 Open champion Ernie Els, Italy’s Francesco Molinari and Louis Oosthuizen. Like Oosthuizen and 2011 Masters’ champion Charl Schwartzel, Grace is a product of the Ernie Els Foundation, and Els himself believes Grace will become the third former member of the Foundation to win a Major title.Meteoric riseHis rise in 2012 has certainly been meteoric. He began the year ranked 265th in the year and is now ranked 37th in the official world golf rankings.Grace’s other European Tour victories this year include the Joburg Open and the Volvo Golf Champions in January and the Volvo China Open in April.More recently, in September, he returned to South Africa to play in two winter events on the Sunshine Tour and won the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final for his second title of the year on The Links at Fancourt.Besides his third place in the Race to Dubai standings, he’s also a clear leader atop the Sunshine Tour standings, almost R800 000 clear of second placed Louis Oosthuizen.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more