PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board has refused to confirm whether marquee batsman Darren Bravo was offered a lower level Grade C central contract for the upcoming year. The Trinidad NewsDay reported yesterday that the 27-year-old leader of the West Indies batting group had been overlooked for a top tier retainer, and given a Grade C contract worth US$100,000. Earlier this week, the WICB disclosed that Bravo had declined a retainer contract, along with veteran batsman Marlon Samuels and Twenty20 captain Carlos Brathwaite. WICB communications manager, Carole Beckford, subsequently told the NewsDay the board did not have a policy of releasing information on player contract scales. “No we wouldn’t give that information. If the players want to reveal their scales that’s fine but we don’t,” she was quoted as saying. “We have supplied the ranges in the last press release and we thought that was sufficient.” She continued: “I don’t think it’s important or necessary to give the scale. We have decided that we’re not giving the scale, that the range is sufficient. “You can assume, or you may [ask the player], if the players want to give what their salaries are specifically (that’s their choice].” Apart from Samuels, the left-handed Bravo is the most experienced member of the Windies batting line-up, having played 49 Tests and scored 3,400 runs at an average of 40. He is also a treasured member of the one-day team where he has played 94 games and averages 32. According to the newspaper report, Bravo would have joined the likes of Test novices Jomel Warrican and Alzarri Joseph as players with Grade C contracts. Grade A is the highest level contract on offer and is worth US$150, 000, with Grade B valued at $125,000 and Grade C, $100,000. Twenty-three year-old opener Kraigg Brathwaite was given a Grade A contract while Test and one-day captain Jason Holder secured a Grade B, the NewsDay reported. The WICB earlier this week said that the new contracts were “based on performances from October 1, 2015 to September 2016”. During that period in Tests, Bravo struck two half-centuries on the two-Test tour of Sri Lanka, scored a century and a half-century on the three-Test tour of Australia before struggling against India this year when he managed just 139 runs at an average of 19.0. In ODIs, he scored 295 runs at an average of 29.5 during the period under review.
The Regional Governor of Lion International Diamilatou Sideri Akaangw on Tuesday started what the Lions and Lioness in Liberia referred to as an official visit to its supported institutions.Accordingly, Governor Akaangw visited James N. Davis, Jr., Hospital in Paynesville outside Monrovia.Mrs. Akaangw, according to the Liberian leadership of Lions and Lioness, is the District Governor for District 403 A-2, comprising of Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.At a brief welcoming ceremony at the hospital, Medical Director Yatta Sackie Wapoe, reminded her guest that during the height of the crisis in Liberia, the hospital had limited resources to combat the deadly virus Ebola.Dr. Wapoe added that as a result of the international charity’s contributions in critically needed medical supplies, services at the overwhelmed hospital during the crisis were handled with greater care and success stories were achieved.“We must acknowledge that your gifts, especially the beds and other essential items made significant impact on the lives of our patients, staff and general workforce,” Dr. Wapoe asserted.Dr. Wapoe also intimated that the generous assistance provided during the difficult period of the Ebola fight in Liberia came at a time when medical supplies and other materials were greatly needed at the hospital.On the status of the JND Hospital, Dr. Wapoe indicated that it is a secondary medical institution under the auspices of the Ministry of Health.In remarks, some senior staff of the hospital told the visiting Lion Governor that when it was learned that the JND Hospital was earmarked for the charity’s assistance, it was a sigh of relief and blessing.“We want to thank God first and second to the Lion Club for such generous and timely assistance to us and the greater Liberian society,” the staff asserted. During the tour of the JND Hospital and the various wards, Governor Akaanghw was seen beaming with smiles as she intermittently posed questions to the medical director and staff on the overall operations of the hospital.Earlier, officials of Lion International Liberia disclosed that when the Liberian government was asked which medical facilities needed assistance, the JND and government hospitals in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County were mentioned.Accompanying Governor Akaanghw was Region Chairperson David Owusu Anokye of District 3-H, comprising of Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone and playing host to four zones and 19 clubs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The unwise developmental initiatives advanced by “the political novices at the helm of the administration” have proven to be disastrous for the Guyana economy, says International Financial Analyst Sasenarine Singh.Former AFC Executive Member Sasenarine SinghLow private sector investments, poor export performance, declining remittances, poor implementation of the public sector investment programme, and low business confidence issues, among other things, have been the resultant effects, he said.A former Executive Member of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Sasenarine Singh has this past week presented a pre mid-term analysis of the coalition Government’s performance after now two years in office. During an exclusive interview with Guyana Times,Singh, who has since resigned from the AFC, one of the larger parties in the coalition government, told Guyana Times that Finance Minister Winston Jordan should be replaced with alacrity, since “what we have been getting from Minister Winston Jordan is uncoordinated and ultimately, ineffective responses to the broad set of macroeconomic challenges facing Guyana.”Lost in fogDismissing the bulk of the key players in the administration as political novices in office, Singh told <
SACRAMENTO – Center Lorenzo Mata checked into the game during a timeout, but as he neared UCLA’s huddle, he detoured to the end of the bench and dipped his head into a magenta bag. Out came Mata’s lunch. Less than three minutes later Mata returned to the court and scored on a dunk, providing a symbol for the type of grit and fortitude that has become UCLA basketball. Weber State found out what it is like to be grounded like peanuts into a wooden floor, wilting under UCLA’s stifling defense before looking up at the scoreboard and trying to figure out how the Bruins blew open a big game without many style points. But UCLA’s real pleasure from the decimation of the Big Sky champion Wildcats (20-12) came from its trademark defense, which was suspect in losses to Washington and California. Weber State scored a season-low, made just 13 field goals (on 38 attempts), were out-rebounded 35-25 and looked hopelessly overmatched as guards Dezmon Harris (team-high 10 points) and Juan Pablo Silveira found very little open space. “I definitely think (the defense) was a lot better,” Shipp said. “I haven’t looked at the stats yet, but it showed in the outcome. We were happy with it. I just think the effort was there. It’s all about the effort.” Big Sky Player of the Year David Patten, a transfer from Pepperdine, went 1 for 6 from the field and scored nine points in his final game for WeberState. UCLA’s defense and rebounding led to 10 fastbreak points, but aided the offense in a greater way by allowing it to set up quickly and work for open jumpers. “We pride ourselves on playing good defense, and we create a lot of turnovers and finish on the other end,” Bruins power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute said. “When we start doing that, it’s really hard to stop us because we have guys that can run out on the wing and shoot the three or whatever.” UCLA’s low-flash, grind-it-out style shined best during the deciding run bridging the halves. Silveira’s 3-pointer pulled Weber State within 15-14 with 7:56 remaining in the first half, but the Wildcats could not register another field goal for nine minutes and 10 seconds, as they shied from contact near the basket and found very little operating room on the perimeter. UCLA reserve wing Michael Roll got his first points in four games and kick-started a 25-5 run with a pair of 3-pointers, and the Bruins’ defense became lethal. Weber State shot 1 of 5 and committed six of its 17 turnovers during the span. “They were bigger than what I imagined,” Weber State forward Dan Henry said. “They’re quick. The bigs are big, their guards are quick and their wings are shooters. They have it all. They’re very well coached and very aggressive, and probably caught us off guard a little bit.” Collison had a couple of layups and Afflalo scored the final eight points in the half, making two 3-pointers and converting a length-of-the-court passing clinic in the final 5.6 seconds to score on an alley-oop layup as the Bruins took a 37-19 lead into the half. “It was intensity to help us get off to a better start,” Collison said. “Anytime we get off to a slow start it’s because you don’t have intensity on the ball, and it starts with me. We’re really a defensive team, and that’s where we make our points off of in transition.” Collison finished the run with a 3-pointer less than a minute into the second half, as the Bruins coasted into the second round. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No. 2-seed UCLA’s 70-42 pounding of 15th-seeded Weber State isn’t necessarily the panacea the Bruins needed to recover from two straight losses, but Thursday’s first-round win in the West region of the NCAA Tournament at Arco Arena did calm some nerves. The Bruins (27-5) play No. 7-seed Indiana on Saturday with tip-off set for 5:10 p.m. The Hoosiers advanced by defeating No. 10-seed Gonzaga 70-57. “To be honest, it does kind of feel good because we haven’t got a win (in two weeks),” UCLA point guard Darren Collison said. “That’s a good thing because you have to feed off that. It’s definitely a boost of confidence, so you have to feed off this win.” Bruins All-American guard Arron Afflalo rebounded from a sub-par performance in his last game to score a game-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting. His eight rebounds were one off his season-high. Collison added 14 points and eight assists, and showed little discomfort from the left ankle he sprained earlier in the week. Josh Shipp added 12 points.
1Shares0001Kenyans On Twitter appreciate their own Wanyama, ‘Origi’ ahead of UCL finalNAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – Liverpool striker Divock Origi and Tottenham Hotspur’s Victor Wanyama are the talk of Kenya ahead of Saturday’s European Champions League final in Madrid.In football-mad Kenya, a nation of 50 million in East Africa, there is hope the two players can shine a positive spotlight on it as fans relish the prospect of a key Kenyan role, even if Origi is Belgian born. While Kenyan fans already have the feast of the Africa Cup of Nations to look forwards to in June, the Champions League final is dividing opinion on the training ground at Nairobi club Ligi Ndogo.“This is the first time two players of Kenyan origin will take part in a Champion’s League final,” says 28-year-old youth coach Kenneth Amolo.“Wanyama and Origi will represent Kenya on the world stage, it’s great.”Another youth coach taking a break from action, Lawrence Omondi, tells AFP he’ll be supporting Spurs.“Wanyama is the captain of our national side, and he is our best player, so we have to back him.”“We have to back the captain of the national side, right,” he insisted of Wanyama, who won his first Kenya full international cap at 15.Tottenham Hotspur’s Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama tackles Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNANDWanyama is a solid central midfielder but is also the first Kenyan to score in the European Champions League back when he starred for Celtic, netting in an unforgettable win over Barcelona.The stocky Wanyama has only started 13 Premier League games this season but has turned out six times so far in the Champions League and is highly thought of by the Spurs faithful.Origi, for his part, has already made a huge Champions League impact at Anfield, scoring two goals in Liverpool’s sensational comeback against Barcelona in this year’s semi-final.And while Origi, who transferred from French club Lille to Liverpool in 2014, plays for Belgium, he also enjoys huge support in Kenya as the son of a former Kenya football captain, Mike Okoth.His dad is famous for making the unusual transition from ‘keeper to striker.“He was born and bred in Belgium, but he still has a link with Kenya,” says Austin Oduor, Origi’s uncle and himself a former Kenya international.“He comes here regularly and he speaks good Swahili,” he added of the language that along with English is Kenya’s official tongue.The pair also represent different ethnic groups in a highly diverse nation.“Origi is from a Luo family, and Wanyama from a Luhya family,” says sports journalist Elias Makori.These two ethnic groups are historically associated with football in Kenya, with the Luo and Luhya supporting rival clubs, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards respectively.The Champions League final has even been renamed the “Mashemeji derby” by Kenyans in reference to the derby between those two clubs.“Previously people have been saying the Champions League is a tournament for foreign players, but now it is coming closer to home,” said Makori.1Shares0001(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)
As another four rural post offices in north Donegal face the loss of their postmen to the Letterkenny sorting office, the move has been described as another disaster for rural areas.Brid Gallagher has said the latest proposals by the Government are a kick in the teeth for rural post offices.Ten postmen are affected as the local mail sorting services are being lost in Creeslough, Kerrykeel, Milford and Carrigart in August.Local offices already hit by the changes include Ramelton, Kilmacrennan and Rathmullan. And a union official has said that this is further evidence of the downgrading of rural post offices and the loss of status poses a big risk for their future viability.It is also believed the removal of sorting will also see a substantial reduction in the income of postmasters.The postmen are to have their mail sorting duties transferred to Letterkenny as An Post moves to ‘consolidate services’.This is part of a cost cutting measure that is coming under increasing criticism from postal workers and the general public. The move which is well underway across the country will see rural postmasters taking substantial cuts in their income.And it is claimed the loss of status will further endanger local post offices across rural Ireland.At the same An Post has stunned the postmasters by asking them to inform their customers they should have social welfare and pensions paid directly into financial institutions.“This change is a direct contradiction of what government Ministers and TD’s here in Donegal have been saying in the Dail in the past year and we fail to understand how they can support the downgrading of our small rural offices,” said Brid Gallagher of the postal union.And in another twist the postmasters have been asked to hand out data to pensioners and social welfare recipients asking them to use a financial institution. The information states, “The Department recommends direct payment to your current, deposit or saving account in a financial institution.“This is the best payment option for you as you can receive your payment at a time and place that suits you.“The postmasters were shocked when asked to circulate this document to their own customers.A number of areas have already seen their sorting services taken out of the local post office to the nearest main office. And most of the county is now set to go down the same route. The Inishowen peninsula will shortly see similar changes, said a union representative.This is the result of ‘unintended consequences’ arising from an agreement between An Post and the Unions, according to post office spokespersons.The deal is part of the company’s consolidation programme and Donegal is among the last areas to have the deal implemented.Brid Gallagher of the Irish Postmasters Union told the Tirconaill Tribune, “Unions agreed the deal in good faith and were not aware of the latest consequences.“It was never intended that post offices would lost status and that the postmasters will see a big decrease in their incomes as a result of losing their sorting duties.“We fail to see how the Government is allowing this downgrading to go ahead when one the other hand they are claiming their objective was to protect rural offices and services.“The opposite is the reality.“This move has been seen as a kick in the teeth for postal workers at a time when many post offices are facing closure.”She added, “It is a bit of a slap in the face when rural post offices are going through so much turmoil.”Postal workers say this move and others go against the spirit of comments made by Junior Minister Joe McHugh in the Dail last year on the retention of post offices and their role in rural and community life.DeputyMcHugh told a Dail debate on postal services last year, “The Government has made a decision to work proactively across Departments to examine how all Departments can work together, including the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Social Protection, to lend their weight to the sustainability and viability of post offices.“I sit on the working group and I take this very seriously. I am concerned every Department must be on the same wavelength as the interdepartmental decision to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of post offices.“The Government is taking this seriously and it is important we continue in this vein.”Now representatives of the postal union say they’ve not had any response from Minister McHugh in relation to the downgrading in his own home territory.Meanwhile questions are also being raised about the Department of Social Protection’s policy regarding post offices.It wants the majority of its transactions, bar 3%, done by electronic payment by the end of this year.The real issue, says the postmasters is that the Department wants to have most of its business done by electronic means by 2015.Correspondence has been issued from the Department of Social Protection to pensioners advising them or encouraging those who have been receiving payments for a long number of years to have their money paid by direct debit into the bank rather than through the post office.Cllr. Ian McGarvey who has been keeping a watching brief on the transfer of postal services says the move is a disaster and a further threat to the future of rural services.He said, “The transfer of sorting to Letterkenny is a clear indication of the Government’s policy of urbanisation and the total silence of all our Oireachtas Members is a scandal.With every passing year more services are being removed from rural areas into the larger towns like Letterkenny and nobody is asking why this is being allowed to happen.RURAL POST OFFICES FACING NEW THREAT AS SORTING SERVICES SET TO BE CLOSED DOWN was last modified: June 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:attackBusinessFeaturesGovernmentnewspost officesrural
A group called the Donegal Cannabis Social Club has built up a major following after being set up just over six months ago.The group was set up by Candice Faulkner (pictured above) with the aim of ending the stigma around the use of cannabis.The group advocate the right to access legal whole plant cannabis for medical and wellness purposes in Donegal. The Donegal branch was set up in November last year, and has already exceeded 6,500 likes.Candice explained how the group is for people who are “sick and tired of being chastised by society for doing something that improves their quality of life.”The page shares educational resources regarding the use of cannabis and debunks common misconceptions of the drug. Many articles relating to scientific and sociological research into cannabis are published daily.As cannabis has been know to have medicinal benefits, Candice is passionate cannabis legalisation as she believes it can help people from everything from cancer, to menstrual pains. Cannabis, also known as weed and marijuana, refers to the dried flowers, leaves and seeds from the hemp plant. It can be smoked, made in tea, or eaten.In the US, cannabis has recently been legalised for recreational and medicinal use in states such as Colorado, Alaska, and Washington. The majority of states have decriminalised the use of cannabis and allow it to be used for medicinal purposes. Candice hopes that Ireland will follow suit.Candice got the idea to establish the club from her boyfriend, Tony, as he runs the Legenderry cannabis club in Derry.The Donegal branch was set up in November last year.Candice explained the common misconceptions surrounding cannabis to Donegal Daily; “A lot of people just associate cannabis with a joint or a bong or just getting high. They don’t know about cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin for pain relief and inflammation. There are a lot of ways to use cannabis that will not get you high.” Cannabis can even be consumed by baking it into brownies!“There has been zero overdoses and zero deaths ever from cannabis. It is not a gateway drug. Alcohol is 114 times more dangerous than cannabis.”“5,500 tobacco smokers die each year from tobacco related diseases. But you can buy tobacco in most shops?”Candice believes that in ten years time, the cannabis debate will be over as people will become more aware of the benefits of cannabis.She describes how she gets countless messages to the Donegal Cannabis Social Club’s Facebook page from people seeking Rick Simpson Oil, as it is believed to help the body mend while fighting cancer. “One in three people in Ireland will develop cancer during their lifetime…. so why is this effective, non toxic medicine not available? There is an immediate need for cannabis in Ireland. We have the proof. More and more people are coming out of the cannabis closet and standing up for their rights.” The Irish Cannabis Clubs are a network for all cannabis users to support each other, share knowledge about cannabis and help others make better choices regarding their health. It is not a place to buy, sell, or source cannabis.Cannabis legalisation club gaining thousands of followers was last modified: August 10th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:candice faulknercannabisdonegal cannabis social club
Nora celebrates with her team mates at the final whistleDONEGAL’S Nora Stapleton played a key role as Ireland’s women rugby team beat the All Blacks 17-14 in the Rugby World Cup in France – almost certainly guaranteeing them a place in the semi-finals.Tries in each half from Heather O’Brien and Alison Miller saw the girls in green achieve an historic win over the four-time World Cup winners, with Ireland men’s head coach Joe Schmidt and out-half Jonathan Sexton both in attendance in Marcoussis.The Black Ferns, who boasted a 20-match unbeaten World Cup run since the 1991 semi-finals, led 8-7 at half-time thanks to a Selica Winiata try against the run of play. Kelly Brazier’s second penalty of the evening extended their advantage to 11-7, but Philip Doyle’s charges defended doggedly in a tight third quarter and Niamh Briggs countered brilliantly to create Miller’s lung-busting score on the hour mark.Briggs followed up with a stunning conversion from the touchline and although Brazier managed to bring New Zealand level at 14-all, a final penalty from Briggs with 10 minutes left was enough to seal a stunning victory.Their second successive triumph in Pool B means Ireland are on course to reach the semi-finals for the first time. They will aim to book that place in the last-four when they play Kazakhstan on Saturday afternoon.It’s an incredible journey for Fahan woman Nora – and of course former Mac Cumhaills gaelic footballer Larissa Muldoon on the replacements bench. And it may just have some way to go!IRELAND WOMEN v New Zealand: Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians/Munster); Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Lynne Cantwell (Richmond/Exile), Grace Davitt (Cooke/Ulster), Alison Miller (Portlaoise/Connacht); Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Tania Rosser (Blackrock/Leinster); Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster) (capt), Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster), Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht), Heather O’Brien (Highfield/Munster).Replacements: Sharon Lynch (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemians/Munster), Laura Guest (Highfield/Munster), Siobhan Fleming (Tralee/Munster), Larissa Muldoon (Bristol/Exile), Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Vikki McGinn (Blackrock/Leinster). DONEGAL RUGBY STARS’ DELIGHT AS IRELAND BEAT KIWIS IN WORLD CUP was last modified: August 5th, 2014 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:IrelandLarissa MuldoonNew ZealandNora StapletonRUGBY WORLD CUP
A Donegal based doctor has played a starring role in helping the Irish Medical team into the quarter-finals of the first ever Medical World Cup.Dr Ronan Cassidy, a GP based in Newtoncunningham Medical Centre has been a pivotal figure for the Irish side. Cassidy who hails from a footballing hotbed in Strabane has helped them record superb victories over Brazil and Germany in the group stages.A 1-1 draw on Tuesday with the Ukraine ensured the Irish Medical team qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Cup.They now face the Czech Republic later today in Long Beach, California.The medics will now be hoping they can keep their finger on the pulse and negotiate their way past the highly fancied Czech Republic side. It’s twenty-five years since Ireland’s epic journey to the last eight of the World Cup in Italy.Here’s hoping the Irish Medical team can go one better later this afternoon.#COYBIG DONEGAL BASED DOCTOR HELPS IRISH TEAM INTO QUARTER-FINAL OF THE MEDICAL WORLD CUP was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Dr Ronan CassidyFeaturesIrish Medical TeamnewsSport
Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? You can hear the encounter live on talkSPORT 2 at 3pm.What the managers are sayingFernando Hierro (Spain): “Isco always brings quality, effort, one-on-ones, is combative and gets in between the lines. It’s difficult for him to maintain a fixed position and he’s performing very well, just like his teammates. He’s performed at this elite level for a while now and we know what he can bring to the team.”Herve Renard (Morocco): “For us it is unjust we are already out before these third matches, but we have to accept reality and concentrate on this third game and to save our honour since this is all that is left to us.” 3 Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches NO JOY talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. What the players are sayingSergio Busquets (Spain): “I think Morocco played better than Iran and Portugal, but they are already eliminated.“The most important thing in the group phase is to always secure victory. I hope we will claim the three points against Morocco, but it will be a very difficult task because they have a team that plays well with the ball.”Munir Mohamedi (Morocco): “As far as we are concerned we will play the same way we played against Portugal and Iran and so the best we can.“We haven’t been fortunate with respect to the final results, but I do think we do deserve this reward and give some joy to the squad and all the people who supported us.” Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song LU BEAUTY Morocco goalkeeper Munir Mohamedi. Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup misery diamond geezer Shy guy Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings You’re the one 3 Good times Latest World Cup news Spain take on eliminated Morocco in their final Group B match at World Cup 2018 but will be wary they can still be knocked out themselves.In short, a heavy loss and a draw, or win for Iran against Portugal could expel the Spaniards. Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT 2.Team newsSpain only have doubts over back-up goalkeeper Pepe Reina and Nacho Monreal, while Morocco may rotate having been eliminated.Predicted teamsSpain: David de Gea; Jordi Alba, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Dani Carvajal; Koke, Thiago Alcantara, Isco, David Silva; Diego Costa, Iago Aspas.Morocco: Monir El Kajoui; Achraf Hakimi, Ghanem Saiss, Mehdi Benatia, Hamza Mendyl; Karim El Ahmadi, Hakim Ziyach, Mbark Boussoufa, Younes Belhanda, Noureddine Amrabat; Khalid Boutaib. Spain players celebrate scoring against Iran. Fallon d’Floor Spain manager Fernando Hierro (left) and Morocco boss Herve Renard. 3 ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Pure class SUPERSTITION A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers