Aston Villa have Juventus star Paul Pogba and Arsenal man Yaya Sanogo to thank for their deal to sign exciting Frenchman Jordan Veretout.The midfielder joined Tim Sherwood’s side from Nantes in the summer for £8million after asking his countrymen for advice on England.“I spoke to Pogba and Sanogo and asked them both what it would be like for me to come to England,” Veretout said.“I asked them what it would be like to join Aston Villa. In the end, though, it was my choice.“When I came to Aston Villa it just felt right and I knew I wanted to be here. It was a club I instantly got a feeling for so that’s ultimately what swayed my decision.“It’s all about doing a job for the coach and making a success of it.“I’ve come here to discover a new league. I’m really looking forward to making progress now.” Aston Villa’s Jordan Veretout 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Moody – who leads Cal Poly with 12.4 points a game and is third with 16 steals – collided with a Cal State Bakersfield player in the closing minutes Saturday. The 5-foot-7 guard collapsed immediately, clutching her knee as tears streamed down her face. She did not participate in practices this week and is doubtful this weekend. She will have an MRI on Saturday. The best-case scenario, Thomas said, is she will be out three to five weeks. But if the MRI reveals ligament damage, Moody likely will be lost for the season. “She’s a definitely a threat,” Thomas said. “She’s a solid ball-handler and someone who understands, for the most part, what we’re trying to accomplish on the floor.” Right now, the Broncos are trying to find some kind of consistency against Chico State (9-2, 3-1) in tonight’s 5:30 game. The Wildcats are the top-ranked team in the conference, are scoring 88.3 points a game and have four players – Amber Simmons (20.2), Lauren Himmelspach (17.3), Haley Ford (12.5) and Audriana Spencer – averaging more than 10 points a game. The Broncos will need to counter with fewer turnovers (23.7 per game), better efforts on defense and more consistency on offense – especially with Moody out. Blevins (11.5 ppg) could be an answer. She can play the point and is as talented as anyone the Broncos have on the roster, but she has yet to string together quality performances. Cal Poly also will look to sophomore Unique Anderson (4.6 ppg), freshman Lauren Kitaguchi (5 ppg) – and junior Khiara Ferguson (6.9 ppg) and sophomore Porsche’ Kirksey (5.5 ppg) in bigger lineups – to help offset Moody’s absence. “You always want to see how team is going to bounce back,” said Thomas, whose team will also host Cal State Stanislaus at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. “If they listen and give effort, we always have a chance. We can beat anybody.” MEN On the men’s side, Cal Poly (7-4, 3-1) takes a three-game winning streak against Chico State (3-8, 2-2) and Cal State Stanislaus (4-7, 1-3). After back-to-back losses against No. 2 Western Washington and No. 4 Seattle Pacific at home, Cal Poly rattled off an offensive-minded win against Northwest Nazarene, then swept last weekend’s dates against Cal State Los Angeles (5-6, 2-2) and Cal State Bakersfield (7-3, 3-1). The result has the Broncos in the thick of the CCAA race. Dion Cook leads the team with 15 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, 4.7 assists per game, but several Broncos are contributing. Jonathan Boyd (12.1 ppg) and Hervey Malone II (10.3 ppg) are producing like expected, while Kaelen Daniels, Kevin Neveu, Melvyn Nicholson and Billy Hofman are all providing big plays at big times. Cal State Stanislaus, which defeated a UC Irvine team that beat the Broncos in an exhibition earlier this season, has to be considered a threat, as does Chico State. The Broncos will take a five-game winning streak on the road with weekend victories. “It’s a big weekend,” Cal Poly coach Greg Kamansky said. “We need two wins. We’re at home and we’re going to need a win. Then we’ll take our show out on the road.” Both women’s games begin at 5:30 p.m. The men’s games follow, at approximately 7:30 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – Chino State got the best of Cal Poly Pomona twice during the regular season last year. Then they defeated the Broncos when it mattered most, in the opening round of the last year’s NCAA Division II women’s playoffs But the Broncos aren’t thinking about exacting any kind of revenge with No. 12 Chico State in tonight’s California Collegiate Athletic Association showdown at Kellogg Gym. “That’s far from my mind,” said Broncos coach Paul Thomas, whose team lost a 15-point lead in falling, 77-59, during a rare first-round exit for the program. “It’s a whole new year. We have a whole new team.” Cal Poly also has a whole new set of obstacles that have the Broncos (5-6, 2-2) dealing with life after Candice Allen, the two worst defeats in program history and now the prospect that they will have to play a significant portion of the season without rising sophomore Ashley Moody.