Stoke’s Peter Crouch is the Hammers’ main target, but reports state that interest has also been shown in Hugo Almeida of Besiktas, while Samuel Eto’o has also been linked with a move to Upton Park. Carroll has been ruled out until November after sustaining an ankle injury during the pre-season tour to New Zealand. “I saw the Olympics on television, but I never dreamed of standing here. I’m looking forward to playing in this great stadium. “It played a big part in me coming to West Ham. It would be fantastic (to be in Europe) and a dream come true. “Hopefully we can make it happen in a couple of years.” Valencia, meanwhile, has revealed he may yet be fit for the opening game of the season at home to Spurs on August 16, despite suggestions he is not up to scratch after his World Cup exploits. Speaking to the club’s official website, Valencia added: “I’m training normally at the moment. “I’m training very hard and trying to get match fit. I could be okay for the first or second game. I’m not quite sure yet, that’s up to the manager.” Press Association West Ham joint chairman David Sullivan has revealed the club have made a number of offers for strikers as they target cover for the injury-enforced absence of Andy Carroll. “We’ve got offers in for three or four strikers – one in England, three abroad – and we just hope to land one of them,” Sullivan told the club’s official website. “We do need to sign another player. We have worked 24/7 all summer and we still want to get at least one more striker in. It’s been very, very tough. “We’re pleased with the players we’ve got – players with massive potential for the future – but we know there aren’t enough goals in the team at the moment. “Pre-season hasn’t gone quite as planned. The worst thing is that we picked up injuries, in particular to Andy Carroll who is out for four months and makes a huge difference to us.” Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate are the key names among the six new arrivals at West Ham this summer, but £13million Ecuador striker Valencia will miss the start of the season after being involved in the World Cup. Valencia, meanwhile, has revealed a dream to play for the Hammers in the former Olympic Stadium fuelled his desire to sign for the club. The £12million Ecuador international, who scored all three goals for his country in the World Cup finals, has envisaged playing European football at the now re-named Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Speaking at the ground which will become West Ham’s home in two years, Valencia said: “Being so close to the stadium I just want to go inside and start playing.
Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Simone Biles competes on the balance beam at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — Simone Biles didn’t come back after a two-year break from gymnastics to just win. That’s not really what it’s about for the Olympic champion. She’s won enough — more than enough really — during her career. And she’s got the medals to prove it.The second act of her remarkable career is about something more. At 21, she has a greater appreciation of her own natural abilities than she did when she won four golds at the 2016 Olympics. She wants to find out where all that talent and all that power can take her and her sport.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 “Every single meet she does she learns about herself again and it takes time,” Landi said. “It took her so many years to get really comfortable with what she was doing and the reward was all the gold medals. It took some time … but overall with technical aspect, mental aspect, she’s back, so it’s good.”She’s even working in an upgrade or two. Biles did just one vault at the US Classics but added an Amanar for nationals. She drilled it with ease, seemingly falling out of the sky while finishing her 2 1/2 twists.Hurd did her best to keep Biles at least within sight. She missed out on a chance to make a real run at Biles two weeks ago when Hurd fell off the beam. There were no major mistakes this time around. She finished in the top five on all four events, looking like someone who has taken a significant step forward over the last 10 months.Riley McCusker is third, followed by Grace McCallum and Trinity Thomas. Defending national champion Ragan Smith, battling foot injuries, struggled. The 2016 Olympic alternate is tied for ninth after putting up a 53.750, well below her all-around scores at the 2017 championships when she easily rolled to victory.Biles was just beginning the early stages of her return last August. She got serious about competing last fall and now appears to be even better than she was when she returned from the 2016 Olympics with a record-tying five medals. She’ll likely stroll to her fifth national title on Sunday. After that it’s preparing for the world championships in October before adding even more difficulty in preparation for the long run to the 2020 Summer Games.Why?“It’s what I’m capable of,” she said with a laugh.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Former NFL linebacker credits yoga for saving his life “It’s such an honor to be able to compete with the GOAT,” Hurd said, using the popular acronym for Greatest Of All Time to describe Biles. “She’s just such a legend and it’s amazing. Clearly I’m watching her because you can’t not watch her. Your eyes are just automatically drawn to her.”In that sense, nothing has changed for Biles. She returned to competition following a her post-Olympic sabbatical at the US Classic two weeks ago and won easily even with a handful of small errors she promised could clean up in time for nationals.Though Biles wasn’t quite perfect — she stepped out of bounds twice during her floor routine — she left little doubt she remains in a class by herself. And it’s not close. The chasm between Biles and the rest of the world appears to be widening two years before the Tokyo Olympics. She tries to shut out the noise, instead focusing on the next challenge and not the prospect of living up to her own rapidly growing legend.“It doesn’t matter the gap between her and everyone else,” co-coach Laurent Landi said. “She doesn’t compete against everybody. She competes against herself.”And even on a night when she reached heights not seen since her star-making turn in Brazil, both Biles and Landi believe she’s still not 100 percent. It will take time to get her to successfully harness her adrenaline on floor exercise. She stepped out of bounds during her first tumbling pass in Columbus. This time, she was so relieved to keep her first pass in bounds that she promptly found herself stepping outside the white lines on both her second and third runs.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I have nothing to prove,” Biles said. “I can quit if I wanted to.”No chance. She’s simply too curious to see where this thing goes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Biles dominated the opening night of the US Championships on Friday, posting the highest scores on all four events on her way to an all-around total of 60.100. It’s the first time since the all-around final in Rio de Janeiro two years ago that anyone’s topped 60 points.No one has really come close in the interim. Then again, no one is Biles. Reigning world champion Morgan Hurd put together the best night of her career as a senior and her score of 57.000 but will head into Sunday’s finals a distant second behind Biles. The 17-year-old Hurd is well aware who she’s up against. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.