Tiger Woods won the Zozo Championship by three strokes on Monday, matching Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA Tour victories before saying he hoped to be playing at the highest level at the same ripe old age as the man whose mark he now shares.Snead was 52 when he clinched his final tour victory in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1965, while Woods has matched the mark at age 43, and seems destined to break it and then some as long as his fragile body holds up.“Well, it’s a big number,” Woods said after shooting a closing three-under-par 67 that was enough to hold off a challenge from Hideki Matsuyama at Narashino Country Club in the first PGA Tour event played in Japan.“Unfortunately I went through some rough patches with my back and didn’t play for a number of years, so that record (of Snead’s) seemed like it was out of reach.“It’s about consistency and doing it for a long period of time. Sam did it into his 50s and I’m in my early to mid 40s.“As far as playing until 52, I hope that’s the case. If you would have asked me a few years ago, I would have given you a different answer, but certainly the future looks brighter than it has and hopefully I can be as consistent as he was well into my 40s and early 50s.”Woods, who had to play seven holes on Monday in the weather-affected event, finished at 19-under 261 in his first tournament since undergoing arthroscopic left knee surgery two months ago.It was the latest in a long list of surgeries for Woods, including a 2017 spinal fusion that fixed searing back and leg pain and resurrected a career that appeared destined to end prematurely.It took 23 years for Woods to tie Snead’s record. His first victory came in Las Vegas in 1996, in his fifth start as a professional, and his list of 82 wins includes 15 major championships, the most recent at the Masters at Augusta National in April.His 2019 performances post-Masters had been mediocre, something he attributes to knee pain that also affected his back and his swing.“The knee wasn’t allowing me to rotate and because of that it put more stress on my lower back and hip,” he said.“I didn’t really know I’d come back and play at this level but the fact I could get down and read putts again is something I hadn’t done in months. Something pretty subtle makes a difference. I felt more comfortable with my putter just because I was able to make a better stance.“Ironically my back has been less sore. I’ve been able to rotate better. The way I started this week, who would have thought, bogeying the first three holes, I’d shoot the number I shot. I made a few mistakes this week but they weren’t bad.”SLEEPY STARTWoods resumed at 7.30 a.m. on Monday with a three-shot advantage over Matsuyama, and took a while to find his stride, making a bogey right off the bat after dumping his approach shot into a bunker at the par-four 12th.But he held on and a 10-foot birdie at the par-five 18th put the cherry on the cake for Woods, who reacted in understated fashion as though it was just another day in the office, perhaps more relieved than elated.“It’s been a long week, five days at the top of the board is a long time,” he said.“It was definitely stressful.”
President and chief executive officer of United States-based, Valeo Football Academy, Emelio Williams has made a commitment to assist with developing the skills of local players and their coaches.Speaking at the launch of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Valeo Football Academy at the Scotiabank Sports club on Tuesday, Williams, a former St Jago High Manning Cup player ,said Jamaica has always possessed immense talent. However, he said, Jamaica lacks a system which can properly develop players and coaches.”Travel is a large part of the programme. Experiencing different cultures, ways of playing football, different ways of training is great exposure. Only when they see the world they know what is possible,” Williams said.Valeo will take teams from the local academy to the USA and enter them in some national tournaments. They will also travel to Portugal and train at their facilities there.The academy will also host combines for top Spanish and Portuguese clubs annually, and they intend to host one in Jamaica this year.”We are looking to bring Sporting (Lisbon) or a Spanish first division club to play a combine here. Last year we had Sporting (Lisbon).Before that we had Barcelona and also Liverpool. They came with their academy coaches and spent two or three weeks looking at players.Looking for talent”These coaches are looking for talent, so you have to be at your best and that’s why we advocate training and preparation, because luck is when preparation meets opportunity,” he reasoned.The project got underway last year at the Barbican Football field on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The academy’s aim is to develop KSAFA’s elite players into world class footballers.The programme will focus on players between the ages of eight and 16, but main focus will be on the 13-15 age groups. There are also plans to assist with infrastructure development.”In the US every community has a turf field, so you can play on a flat smooth surface.I don’t see why Jamaica can’t have turf fields. So that will be one of our major initiatives this year,” he stated.KSAFA president, Wayne Shaw, said this development was very significant for the future of local football.”For us to get to a next World Cup this is the way we have to go. We have to be looking to 2026 and these players being developed now are the ones we will be expecting to see in 2026,” Shaw said.
to be lit at Rahaman’s Park on SundayAs Guyanese prepare to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Swyamsevak Sangh will be lighting the biggest diya on Sunday evening at Rahaman’s Park, Greater Georgetown, which signifies the beginning of the festival of lights.This is in keeping with Guyana’s Jubilee celebrations to mark the country’s independence anniversary. However, the first Diya was lit in 2015 at the same location and would have illuminated the entire area.As usual, the event will be attended by Government officials and members of the Opposition, the Indian High Commission, heads of leading Hindu and other religious organisations.Diwali coincides with the Hindu New Year and celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.The festival usually falls between the middle of October and the middle of November, although this is decided upon by the Hindu lunar calendar. While each organisation has its own reason to celebrate the festival, one of the most popular stories told is the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom in northern India from exile after defeating the demon King Ravanna.Meanwhile, the aim of the national Diya lighting is to promote, preserve and spread awareness of oneness and national unity. This event will commence at 18:00h and conclude at 19:30h.
WATCH: The legend Vitor Belfort in the flesh! #ONENewEra | @MarkGiongcoINQpic.twitter.com/OWOxrMpVZQ— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) March 28, 2019TOKYO, Japan—MMA icon Vitor Belfort mixing it up with boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. in ONE Championship has the potential to either work or turn out to be a flop.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said he likes the possibility of the two squaring off.ADVERTISEMENT In fact, Sityodtong said ONE is already talking to Jones, who was untouchable in the ring during his prime, about the fight with Belfort. READ: MMA legend Vitor Belfort signs with ONE Championship “We’re in discussions with Roy and I would love to do it,” Sityodtong said during the ONE: A New Era press conference on Thursday at the Ritz-Carlton here. “Roy is one of the best boxers of all time. He is lightning quick and has massive KO power.”“It could be a legend vs legend match.”ONE just signed Belfort, a former light heavyweight champion in the UFC, last month.Both have legendary careers in their respective fields but are also well past their primes.ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US MOST READ READ: MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight weekBelfort, 41, was knocked out by Lyoto Machida in his last fight at UFC 224 in May 2018 while Jones turned 50 two months ago.A potential bout between the two came up after Belfort called out Jones in an interview with mmafighting.com.Jones, who is a four-division world champion, had already accepted Belfort’s challenge but there had been no development since until Sityodtong bared the ongoing talks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Is Rafael dos Anjos willing to fight in ONE Championship? ‘Of course’ Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption It’s also a fight he couldn’t have imagined not that long ago as he struggled with mental illness and drugs and alcohol.“Two years ago I thought my life was over. I thought I’d never end up anywhere but a padded room,” Fury said. “And now I’ve gone from very depressed and down and out to be the lineal champion of the world fighting in Las Vegas two times. It’s fantastic for me.”It’s good for the heavyweight division, too, because Fury is at heart a promoter himself. Get him on the phone and it’s tough to get a question in as he offers his view on life, the heavyweight division and any man who would dare want to get in the ring with him. Watch him at Wednesday’s prefight news conference and he seems to be the happiest man in the room.Still, Fury-Wallin isn’t the fight that fans want to see. Most don’t even know who Wallin is, even as he attempts to pull the biggest Swedish heavyweight upset since Ingemar Johansson shocked Floyd Patterson to win the heavyweight title in 1959.That includes Fury, who hasn’t taken a lot of time to study his latest opponent, who is unbeaten in 20 fights but hasn’t faced anyone of note.ADVERTISEMENT Cebuana Lhuillier Girls’ Tennis challenge underway View comments Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island MOST READ Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down “I don’t know anything about him,” Fury (28-0-1) said. “I know he’s a tall southpaw, unbeaten and looking to become the lineal champion of the world. They’re all just men with boxing gloves on doing the same thing — trying to throw punches at my face and trying to cash in on my lottery ticket.”Fury’s story is a remarkable one, and a cautionary tale to any fighter. He dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 to claim the heavyweight title but gave up his titles without a defense and was out of the ring for more than two years while battling severe depression and substance abuse problems.But it was his fight with Wilder in December that really resonated with boxing fans. Fury controlled the fight most of the way, only to be knocked flat on the canvas in the 12th round before somehow finding a way to get up and finish the round strong.Neither fighter was happy with the ensuing draw — but afterward the irrepressible Fury led reporters in a singing session. He would later sign with Bob Arum’s Top Rank and is firmly in the mix of what is becoming a fascinating heavyweight division.The second fight with Wilder looms, and so do possible fights with Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr., who fight in a title rematch Dec. 7 in Saudi Arabia.“I’m not concerned about any of them,” Wilder said. “I’ve never met a man I couldn’t beat, and this is no exception.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Fury is giving it his best shot this week, channeling his inner showman to embrace all things Mexican as he promotes his fight Saturday night with Otto Wallin. He’s visited a local taqueria, worn a Mexican wrestling mask and even tried a few phrases in Spanish that he’s been working on.It’s all done with tongue planted firmly in cheek — yet with a purpose. The big Englishman is calling attention to the fact he’s the main attraction on Mexican Independence Day weekend in this boxing city, a spot reserved in recent years for Canelo Alvarez, who couldn’t come to terms on a fight of his own.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I’m even going to fight like a Mexican in this fight, all guts and heart going forward,” Fury said. “I am a chameleon. I can adapt to any situation.”Fury shouldn’t have to adapt much against Wallin in what is basically a fight to keep Fury active — and in the public eye — as he prepares for a scheduled February rematch with heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. It’s his second straight fight in Las Vegas under new promoter Top Rank as he continues to make the case he is the true heavyweight champion of the world in a field crowded with title holders. FILE – Tyson Fury, of England, celebrates after defeating Tom Schwarz, of Germany, during a heavyweight boxing match Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Tyson Fury shouldn’t have too much trouble in the ring this weekend against an opponent whose biggest claim to fame is that he’s arguably the best heavyweight fighter in Sweden.He might have more trouble convincing Mexican fans that he’s really one of them.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist
However, reports have since emerged that the 26-year-old arrived at the airport late for their flight to the USA and has now been sent home to recover from his Achilles injury in England.The seemingly innocuous move took a sinister turn after a video surfaced online of the defender interrupting Jurgen Klopp filming himself in during a tour of Alcatraz Island.The Liverpool manager can be seen telling Sakho, “Actually I don’t have to think about it. You should think about it, because only one of us came late last night, for departure in Liverpool. It was not me, it was you by the way.”Competition for places in the Liverpool defence are set to be intense in the early season after the Reds picked up centre-back Ragnar Klavan and reportedly also have former Barcelona defender Juanma among their ranks on trial.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho. PHOTO/PA Wire.USA, July 26 – Injured Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been excluded from the club’s tour of the United States of America over concerns about his attitude.Sakho, along with a number of other injured Reds players, were not expected to play any of the tour matches but were included in the traveling party in order to promote unity among the squad.
Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool are in the running for the Premier League title this season – thanks to their lack of European competition.Jurgen Klopp may have taken the Reds to two cup finals in his first season in charge, but his side’s defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final and their eighth-place league finish meant the club will take no part in European football this term.But former boss Rodgers believes that will hand Liverpool a big advantage in the battle for the top flight crown, as it did when he saw his Reds side finish runners-up to Manchester City in 2014.With most of the world’s top managers now coaching in the Premier League, fans are likely to see one of the most exciting title races ever with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea all hoping to be the team to strip Leicester of their championship.But, when asked about this year’s title race on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, Rodgers said: “I think Liverpool have a great chance this year.“Liverpool and Chelsea don’t have European football and that’s a huge advantage for you, where you can prepare your team all week for just the one game every week.“Of course, you’ll have domestic cup games in between that, but I think Liverpool will have a good chance this year.“But it will be very competitive with the coaches that have come into the Premier League, that makes it exciting and I’m sure it’ll be a fantastic season.”
Taylor said he believes few people will think of Villaraigosa is a “scab” for crossing the picket. “Here you have a man who has devoted his life to labor, and a group of white-collar, high-paid workers are trying to call him names,” Taylor said. “I just don’t think it sticks. I think you also have to look at what this association has done. “They don’t call themselves a union and they call a strike when the City Council is in recess. It’s the council that should be their main target. Yet they are picketing around an empty building.” For its part, the EAA also sees the mayor’s stance as having potentially costly political repercussions. “We were the first union to support him when he announced for mayor,” EAA Executive Director Robert Aquino said. “I’m not sure we’ll be there in the future. He keeps comparing himself to other big-city mayors. Well, other big-city mayors wouldn’t allow this to happen. Other big-city mayors would keep the lines of communication open.” “Maybe he should be spending a little more time on city matters and he wouldn’t be having this problem with us,” Aquino offered at one point during the ongoing dispute. But Republican strategist Allan Hoffenblum said Villaraigosa could pick up support among more conservative voters. “It’s not like he was taking on SEIU or the police and firefighters,” Hoffenblum said. “Public sympathy is going to be with the mayor in trying to hold the line against a highly paid group of workers.” Hoffenblum said Villaraigosa also needs to establish his credentials among more moderate voters as he looks down the political road to a potential run for governor. “No big-city mayor is going to be able to succeed unless voters think he has some control over the unions. Villaraigosa is wisely choosing to draw a line with this group and putting himself in a position that he’s more than just a labor candidate.” Hoffenblum said the judgment on how well Villaraigosa performed might not come for some time. “It really all depends on the outcome as to whether or not he was successful,” he said. “For now, he’s showing voters he’s willing to stand up to this part of his constituency.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesVillaraigosa, however, said his stance is not motivated by politics or political ambitions. “This is about leadership … about doing what is right,” Villaraigosa said at a City Hall news conference. “I have to look at myself in the mirror every morning and be comfortable with my decisions. I’m comfortable with this.” Faced with having to cross a picket line Tuesday, it was apparent that Villaraigosa, a former union organizer, had some discomfort. “Next question,” he tersely replied to a question about it at the City Hall news conference. “I did what I think the right thing to do is,” he said during the news conference, at which the blare of honking horns from drivers supporting the strike could be heard through his third-floor office window. “The people of Los Angeles elected me to do a job, and I am doing what I think is the responsible thing to do. We have made a fair offer to our employees.” The long-simmering labor dispute that erupted into a strike Tuesday marks the first political test within City Hall for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has grown accustomed to getting his way during a first-year honeymoon with the council and others. With a career built on union activism, Villaraigosa downplayed any political ramifications of his vow not to back down from the city’s contract offer to the Engineers and Architects Association. But experts said it could very well garner him more political support. “People look at this mayor and they would expect him to bend over backwards to help a union, but he’s drawing a line in the sand,” said Democratic political consultant Rick Taylor. “He is telling the union and the public that he has a financial responsibility as mayor and can’t go any further. I think people will respect that and like that.”
Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ gameday cracker huge blow Solskjaer wants to draw a swift line under what has gone and is already looking forward to pre-season, with United scheduled to tour Australia and Asia.He added: “I can’t wait because it’s a fresh start. We set targets, aligning our ambitions and we’ll work together and agree certain principles.“It’s always a massive month, or six weeks, that we have together to agree on how we’re going to do things to set the culture right.“We want to get everyone fit for when the season starts. We don’t want to lose anyone with injuries.“But there are a certain set of principles to say ‘this is the way we want to play’ and we can agree on, and find a system we feel comfortable in and just go from there.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move getty shining “When we start games (against big clubs), our fans clap a striker making a tackle. It’s always been in our culture. You have to have that work ethic and we’re scouting the market, trying to find the right ones.”Solskjaer returned to the club as interim manager in December following the sacking of Jose Mourinho and his effervescent presence seemed to lift a cloud hanging over the club.He won 14 of his first 17 matches in charge although, shortly after his appointment as permanent manager, familiar failings surfaced as a number of players under-performed in the closing weeks of the campaign. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY 2 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has prioritised the signing of players with a reputation for working hard as he looks to ‘set the culture right’ at Manchester United this summer.The Red Devils look set for an overhaul of their squad after an underwhelming sixth-place Premier League finish, in which they were a huge 32 points behind champions Manchester City. deals REVEALED LATEST no dice Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Solskjaer is desperate to recruit some hard workers this summer LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Solskjaer has a major rebuilding job on his hands at Manchester United Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 Solskjaer, as has been the case in recent weeks, did not name any individuals on his hit list but identified some of the character traits he would prefer in anyone who will move to Old Trafford over the next few months.He told United’s official app: “We’ve tried to educate our players and our kids to be proper people. In my view, the best players have always been the best people.“You have to have that value system and a certain kind of attitude about you to make a Man United player.“You have got to have the qualities and our fans want to see exciting players. Of course we want to get up from our seats. We want to see defenders who defend like they’re doing it for their lives – that’s the most important thing.
Andres Gomes announces he is happy to be returning to Everton Zaha looked glum on transfer deadline day – not even a trip to a pizza restaurant could cheer him up! Roy Hodgson insists Wilfried Zaha is committed to Crystal Palace ahead of their opening Premier League game of the season against Everton LIVE on talkSPORT West Ham vs Manchester City (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Nottingham Forest (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT “The fact is he is a professional. He realises that,” said the former England manager.“He is committed to the club and helping us do what we need to do to stay in the league.“His training performance today was just as good as it was on Monday and Tuesday.”Hodgson added: “We wanted him here with us. We were waiting to see what the outcome would be. “It’s been a very good outcome because Wilf is still with us, so we’re looking forward now to benefiting from the skills he brings to us.”Palace finished 12th in the league last season and nine of their 14 victories came away from Selhurst Park, where they start the new campaign against a new-look Everton side. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:30Loaded: 32.25%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week 2 Getty Images – Getty 2 https://www.instagram.com/fireawaypizza/?hl=en Roy Hodgson insists Wilfried Zaha is committed to Crystal Palace ahead of their opening Premier League game of the season against Everton on Saturday.The 26-year-old was linked with a move to the Toffees and Arsenal, even reportedly submitting a transfer request ahead of the deadline, but he remains a Palace player.Zaha was a crucial member of the Palace side last season, with 10 goals and five assists in 34 league matches, and Hodgson believes he will remain a key player this campaign. The Toffees have made seven additions to their squad over the summer with deadline-day signing Alex Iwobi joining Djibril Sidibe, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Jonas Lossl, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Moise Kean at Goodison Park.Hodgson said: “They were a good team last season and they don’t look like they’re going to be any less good this year by the signings they have made. We are gearing up for a very tough opening fixture.”