July 16th, 2012



Henry Relishes the New in New York

Thierry Henry found his initial love for New York exactly the way you would expect a young boy from the Paris suburbs might: through an abiding affection for the rap group N.W.A. and an emotional connection to a shiny coat.

Growing up in Les Ulis in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Henry and many of his friends were enamored with the rap group that included Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren. Music videos of groups from the United States were popular internationally, and Henry was especially fascinated with the Los Angeles Raiders paraphernalia that the members of N.W.A. often wore. He distinctly recalls being intrigued by the logos on the snapback jackets, made by Starter, that fast became an urban trend.

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Ronaldo, Messi, Xavi ... er, Les Davies?!

Les Davies, a winger for Bangor City, has made been named on the 32-man list of players nominated for UEFA's best player in Europe award.

Davies, 27, is rubbing shoulders with the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo on the list with the award ceremony to take place on August 30 in Monaco.

The list was drawn up by one selected journalist from each UEFA member country voting for their five best players, and even a single nomination - believed to be from the Welsh journalist who voted - was enough to earn Davies a place on the long-list.

Davies admitted he was stunned to be included among such illustrious company. "I'm flattered and honoured to be on such a list. I can't get my head round what's happened in the last few days. I don't think it is going to sink in for a long time...to be on the list with those people is unbelievable. Just to be nominated in the 32 is fantastic. I'll take that - I don't think I've got much of a chance to make the top three!''

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