Jermain Defoe and family delighted to make ‘dream’ Bournemouth return

first_img1 Jermain Defoe: The 34-year-old enjoyed a loan spell with the Cherries as a teenager Jermain Defoe admits his decision to complete a ‘dream’ return to Bournemouth was all-but made when his mum Sandra gave her approval to the move.The 34-year-old enjoyed a prolific loan spell with the Cherries as a teenager – scoring 10 goals in as many games, which still stands as a club record.In all the striker hit 19 goals during the 2001-02 season at a time when Bournemouth were in the third tier of English football.England international Defoe has since gone on to enjoy a stellar career with the likes of West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth and Sunderland – the club he left this summer.The Cherries, meanwhile, have blossomed under boss Eddie Howe and are preparing for their third successive season in the Premier League.Defoe and his family have kept a keen eye on Bournemouth’s progress over the years – including in 2009 when they nearly dropped out of the Football League – and he is delighted to be back.“We always hoped at some point later on down the line that I would get an opportunity to represent this club again,” said Defoe, who has signed a three-year deal.“It was a special time for me when I was young there. It’s just a dream for me really, to come back and hopefully do well here.“They didn’t really have to sell the club to me. It’s a unique situation with me being at the club before. It’s where I made my name.“It’s special for me and my family. My mum and dad came to every home game.“When this opportunity came around, as soon as I looked at my mum I just knew. She was so excited.”Asked about the club record he still holds, Defoe added: “I’ve got to try and do it again! It set me up for the rest of my career. I didn’t really look back after that.“I’m joining a good team. For me it’s important to join up and try and improve the team. If I can add more goals then everyone is happy.”Howe was captain during Defoe’s previous spell at the Vitality Stadium and the former Toronto forward has been stunned by the club’s rise under the 39-year-old.Speaking on AFCBTV, Defoe said: “What he has done at the club has been unbelievable. How many times in football would you actually see a situation like this happen?”The Cherries finished ninth last term while Defoe’s impressive tally of 15 Premier League goals failed to save Sunderland from relegation to the Sky Bet Championship.last_img read more

Gerardi leads 49ers past Princeton

first_img 49ers freshman Katy Williams won two singles matches and teamed with junior Sandra Rocha to win two doubles matches to advance to today’s semifinals in both competitions in the Cal State Fullerton Fall Intercollegiates. Williams, seeded third in singles, beat Rocha 6-3, 6-3 in her first singles match of the day, then defeated Merve Asimgil of Pepperdine, 6-1, 6-4. Williams will take on top-seeded Marielle Grueinig of UC Santa Barbara in a semifinal this morning. 49ers freshman Jessica Weeks lost in singles. In doubles, Williams and Rocha posted 8-1 and 8-4 wins over opponents from Loyola Marymount and UC Irvine, respectively. In the back draw of singles, 49ers junior Rachael Porsz beat her opponents by scores of 8-2, 8-3, 8-2, and in the back draw of doubles, Porsz and Weeks teamed to win two matches, one by default. Today they will play LBSU’s Emmanuelle Tabatruong and Krystina Katayama, who won a match after a bye. Against Cal Baptist, the 49ers led 8-3 after three quarters. McCleave was the only 49er to net more than one goal. Onyshko had eight saves in the win. The 49ers will play in the NorCal Tournament next weekend. Women’s tennis Jay Gerardi scored a career-high four goals to help the eighth-ranked Long Beach State men’s water polo team beat 12th-ranked Princeton, 12-7, on Saturday at Cal Baptist in Riverside. The 49ers (14-5) then beat Cal Baptist later in the day, 9-7, led by Brett McCleave’s four goals. Against Princeton, the 49ers led 5-4 at halftime before surging to an 8-4 lead after thee quarters. Brad Scoles, Reid Tomassi and Erik Geoffroy added two goals apiece for LBSU, and 49ers goalie Thomas Onyshko made seven saves. center_img The tourney winds up today. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more