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UEFA Champions League Draw HIGHLIGHTS: Barcelona Handed Though Groyup as Liverpool’s Van Djik Wins UEFA Player of the Year

first_imgAfter all-English finals in both UEFA club competitions last season, defending champion Liverpool, Premier League title holder Manchester City and Europa League winner Chelsea are all in the pot of eight top-seeded teams.Runner-up Tottenham is joined in the pot of second-seeded teams by Ajax, its semi-final opponent last season which advanced from the playoff round on Wednesday.England seeks to lift European soccer’s most iconic trophy for the 14th time. Spain has a record 18 titles, though those were won by just two clubs 13 for Real Madrid, five for Barcelona.Five different English clubs have won the competition which kicked off 64 years ago. A familiar group of national champions from Europe’s top leagues completes the top-seeded pot: Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and, back after a three-year gap, Zenit St. Petersburg.last_img read more

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India beat Malaysia in women’s hockey Asia Cup

first_imgIndia continued their winning form as they beat Malaysia 2-0 in their last Pool A match at the Women’s Asia Cup held at Kakamigahara Kawasaki Stadium here on Tuesday.Vandana Katariya (54th minute) and Gurjit Kaur (55th) scored for India’s third successive win in the pool stage.The win ensured a quarter-final berth as India head the points table with nine points.The first quarter saw both teams play cautiously. With Malaysia playing defensive hockey, India threaded patiently without making any unforced errors that would bring advantage to Malaysia.FT! India continue their dominant run in the 9th Women’s #AsiaCup2017 with a comfortable win over Malaysia on 31st Oct. #INDvMAS pic.twitter.com/Pv6olAABFU- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 31, 2017Having ended the first quarter in a stalemate, Malaysia put India on the back foot when they won the first penalty corner of the match in the initial minutes of the second quarter.However, an alert Rajani Etimarpu made a brilliant save. The next few minutes saw both teams trade penalty corners. While India earned one penalty corner, Malaysia were awarded two but they didn’t lead to goals.Both teams played out evenly in the third quarter too. Another penalty corner won by Malaysia was not capitalised by them, ending the third quarter too in a stalemate.India held their nerves to turn the match around in the fourth quarter as they came up with a strong finish. First, forward Vandana Katariya scored a sensational field goal in the 54th minute to give India a 1-0 lead.advertisementThe following minute saw dragflicker Gurjit Kaur convert a penalty corner taking India’s lead to 2-0 that put pressure on the Malaysian unit.Though Malaysia won a penalty corner at the start of the fourth quarter, their poor conversion dented their hopes.Though the Malaysians made desperate attempts to score in the dying minutes of the match, the Indian defence kept away the attackers.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne arrested for drunk driving

first_imgSri Lanka’s Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne was arrested on Sunday for drink driving after an accident injured at least one person near the main hospital in capital Colombo, a police spokesman said.”He was arrested early this morning for drinking and driving after the vehicle driven by him hit a three wheeler and injured its driver,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told Reuters.”He has been granted bail. He will be produced in the court tomorrow (Monday).”Karunaratne, who has no history of disciplinary problems, or his lawyer was not immediately available for comments.Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed the incident and said it will follow due process in determining the future course of action.”Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that a road accident has occurred in the early hours of Sunday between a three-wheeler and a vehicle driven by national player Dimuth Karunaratne,” the board said in a statement.”Dimuth is undergoing due legal procedures with regard to the incident.””In the meantime, Sri Lanka Cricket will also follow the due process as per his ‘Player Contractual Obligation’ with the organisation and conduct an inquiry in order to take necessary action.”Sri Lanka won a two-Test series against South Africa last month under Karunaratne’s captaincy to become the first Asian team to win a Test series in the African nation.The left-handed opening batsman has played 60 Tests for the island team.Also Read | Australia bowlers deny report of David Warner rift after ball-tampering scandalAlso Read | Pakistan fined for slow over rate in 4th ODI vs Australiaadvertisementlast_img read more

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Transfer latest: Juve set Dybala price

first_imgTransfers January transfer news & rumours: Juve set price for Man Utd target Dybala Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:55 12/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Paulo Dybala Juventus Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Serie A Primera División Ligue 1 Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window JUVENTUS SET DYBALA PRICEJuventus have set a price of €150 million for star striker Paulo Dybala according to a report in Corriere della Sera .The striker, who has found himself on the bench for Juventus as of late, is unlikely to be moved in January and the Serie A champions do not appear willing to accept the rumoured €68m Manchester United wishes to pay. LIVERPOOL AGREE RECORD VVD DEALJurgen Klopp, Virgin van Dijk Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Liverpool have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk, who will join the Anfield club on January 1.Quiet negotiations had been moving quickly in recent days and the deal was tied up on Wednesday evening.The centre-back stands to make around £180,000 per week and gets his wish to work with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.Man City and Chelsea retained a strong interest in the Netherlands international but were ultimately been beaten by Liverpool’s record-breaking offer (for a defender) of £75 million.PL CLUBS EYEING CARRASCOYannick Ferreira Carrasco Atletico Madrid 2017Premier League sides have been alerted after Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone gave the go-ahead for the club to sell winger Yannick Carrasco, according to AS .Both Manchester United and Chelsea have been heavily linked with the Belgium international in recent months, with Carrasco’s contract boasting an £86 million release clause.Both Nicolas Gaitan and Luciano Vietto are also understood to be on the transfer list.SCHURRLE EYES LOAN DEALHD Andre Schurrle DortmundDortmund winger Andre Schurrle is considering a January loan move with fellow Bundesliga side Stuttgart interested, according to  RuhrNachrichten.de .With Marco Reus nearing a return, and Schurrle already behind Christian Pulisic and Andriy Yarmolenko, the Germany international wants to ensure he has playing time ahead of the 2018 World Cup. ROMA LOOK AT VIDAL LOANAleix Vidal FC BarcelonaRoma are interested in taking Barcelona full-back Aleix Vidal on loan, according to Corriere dello Sport .The Serie A side’s director of football, Monchi, knows Vidal from their time at Sevilla and during the January window hopes to conclude a deal with an option to purchase the player.ARSENAL AND LIVERPOOL BATTLE FOR LOZANOHirving Lozano PSVArsenal and Liverpool are both set to make a move to sign Mexican sensation Hirving Lozano from PSV, according to the Daily Star .The 22-year-old winger joined the Eindhoven club from Pachuca in the summer after rejecting Manchester City and has been a revelation in the Eredivisie with 11 goals in 16 games.He has been attracting Europe’s top sides with his starring role for Phillip Cocu’s side and the two English clubs are expected to make a push for him.OZIL TOPS FIVE-MAN BARCA WISHLISTMesut Ozil ArsenalArsenal star Mesut Ozil tops a list of five players Ernesto Valverde wants to bring to Barcelona in the upcoming transfer window, claims the Express. Out of contract in June, Ozil is highly coveted at Camp Nou, and could be available for a bargain price should Arsenal wish to cut their losses and avoid losing him on a free transfer. But the Germany international is just one of the names linked with Barca, alongside Lyon’s Nabil Fekir, CSKA Moscow youngster Aleksandr Golovin and Schalke duo Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka.ARSENAL SEE BENATIA BID REJECTEDMedhi Benatia Juventus RomaArsenal have seen their efforts to sign Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia frustrated after a bid worth £35 million was rejected, reports the Sun .The former Bayern Munich man has slotted into the hole left by Leonardo Bonucci’s departure to Milan, and his performances have not gone unnoticed in north LondonBut the Gunners may see their chase come to nothing as Juve appear set on retaining Benatia’s services.MINA SET TO COMPLETE BARCA MOVEYerry Mina PalmeirasBarcelona are set to finally land long-term defensive target Yerry Mina in the January transfer window, according to Sport .The Colombian, a champion in Brazil with Palmeiras, is already under a first option at Camp Nou. And Barca are hoping to begin talks over Mina as soon as Javier Mascherano’s transfer to China is finalised.CONTE CONFIRMS VIDAL INTERESTArturo Vidal Bayern 2017Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed he would be delighted to work with Arturo Vidal again .The pair came together to great effect at Juventus, and Vidal has now been linked with a reunion with his former boss at Stamford Bridge.ATLETICO WANT VIDAL IN GRIEZMANN DEALAntoine Griezmann Atletico MadridAtletico Madrid are set to demand Aleix Vidal form part of any deal that brings Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona, reports Don Balon .The Catalans have long been in pursuit of the striker, even prompting Atletico to make a formal complaint. But with speculation continuing to loom over the Spanish capital, Vidal would be acceptable compensation for losing one of the Colchoneros’ key players.LUCAS MOURA LINKED WITH CHELSEALucas Moura PSGLucas Moura has emerged as a potential transfer target for Chelsea this January, reports Buzz Sport .The Brazilian has been frozen out of Paris Saint-Germain’s plans, and is keen to seal a move away. And he would be an interesting choice for the Blues should Willian choose to move to China.MONTREAL PURSUING HUTCHINSONAtiba Hutchinson Besiktas Galatasaray 12022017The Montreal Impact are looking to sign Canada international Atiba Hutchinson from Besiktas, according to Kartal Bakisi .Hutchinson, 34, would bolster the Impact’s options in central midfield after the retirement of Patrice Bernier and expiration of Hernan Bernardello’s contract.LAZIO READY TO SELL LIVERPOOL TARGETStefan de Vrij, SS Lazio, Serie A 09202017Lazio are willing to sell Stefan de Vrij in the January transfer window after failing to agree a new contract with the Dutch defender, reports  Calciomercato.com .De Vrij is out of contract at the end of the season, and he has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Lazio’s Serie A rivals Juventus.Reports value De Vrij at €30 million and if that figure is met in the New Year then Lazio will let the centre-half leave before next summer.FEKIR TO COST ARSENAL £60MNabil Fekir LyonArsenal will have to pay around £60 million if they want to sign Lyon star Nabil Fekir at the end of the season, claims the Daily Star .Fekir has been linked with a string of Europe’s leading clubs, including Barcelona and Manchester City, while are Arsenal are keen as they assess potential replacements for Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.Lyon have ruled out selling Fekir in the January transfer window, with Arsenal aware they will have to fork out a club record €60m to sign the forward once the season is over. 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Girona offer Catalans pride after La Liga downing of powerhouse Madrid

first_img Supporters celebrate Girona’s victory at the end of the match. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP 15Espanyol9-410 Topics They may never have played a game like that before. “You’re theoretically the smallest team in the division and you’ve just defeated the European champions,” Machín told his players. “Madrid are a heavyweight and we’re a featherweight,” he admitted, but his team had beaten them – something no first division debutant had done in 27 years, Cristhian Stuani and Portu scoring to overcome an early goal from Isco. The former spent last season getting relegated with Middlesbrough, the latter had played just one primera game before this season and most of their team-mates had similar backgrounds. “Was this the best moment in the club’s history?” Machín was asked. “Well,” he said, “without promotion, today wouldn’t exist. This was our objective: to face teams like this, as equals.”There was just one flaw: Girona were not equal to Madrid, they were better. Better than the world champions, the team with a budget 10 times theirs, coming here for the first time in the league and helping break their attendance record, with 13,382; better than the team whose manager is Zinedine Zidane, boyhood idol of Stuani; the team that their wing-back Aday Benítez supports and which he tore into. They all did: Aday, Pablo Maffeo, Portu and the rest. And on the day of their patron saint too, amidst Sant Narcís fiestas in the town. “This is historic,” said Stuani. It was, too – and not just like that. Madrid are not only Aday’s team; they’re also the team of Mariano Rajoy, Spanish prime minister. They’re often seen as representatives of the Spanish nation, of centralism, even of the state. (How fairly is a whole new column – or, better still, a book). Girona, meanwhile, is perhaps the most decidedly pro-independence town in Catalonia, and their former mayor is Carles Puigdemont. Although he supports Barcelona, 99km away, Puigdemont is a Girona fan too and was previously a season-ticket holder and a regular at Montilivi; he is also, of course, head of the Catalan govern and president-in-waiting of the Independent Republic of Catalonia. Is? Was?Just before 3.45pm on Friday, with the political situation seemingly changing constantly, Puigdemont declared Catalan independence. Supporters flooded into the streets singing the Catalan anthem; others protested. A few hours later, the Spanish senate took direct control of the region, sacking Puigdemont, the autonomous government, the head of police and closed the Catalan parliament. Puigdemont may yet be arrested, although on Saturday he was on the streets of Girona, enjoying a wine. That afternoon, the Spain flag was taken down from Girona’s town hall. And the following night, Madrid arrived by train. The next day, at the same time as mass demonstrations were held by Spanish unionists and attended by the president of the league Javier Tebas, they were due to play the first match since the declaration of independence and the suspension of Catalan authority: Madrid versus Girona, Rajoy versus Puigdemont. 16Deportivo La Coruna9-88 2Valencia101624 Facebook Read more Pinterest La Liga 17Eibar10-178 Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pablo Machín stood by the table football in the middle of the Montilivi dressing room where two teams lined up rigidly in 3-3-4, one in blue, the other in white, and told his players – the real ones in red – they should be proud. He didn’t speak for long, just a few seconds standing there among the socks, bandages and bottles on the floor, and when he finished there was applause from everyone and for everyone. There was no cava, Girona’s coach said, but there was a celebration and, he admitted, euphoria. “Maybe it’s the coach’s job to calm things down, but I want them to enjoy this,” he explained. This was big, after all, and they had earned it. So they did enjoy it, hugging and cheering.“The manager told us it would be a party,” midfielder Álex Granell said. “I think he meant for the fans, but in the end it was for us too.” Outside, supporters sang the club anthem as they headed towards the Catalan town. “If they’d told me three years ago that I’d see that happen one day, I’d have asked what world they’re living in,” Machín admitted. Never mind what world, for the last two days most of them couldn’t have told him for sure what country they were living in, but they did know they were happy and that was what mattered most. The players were too, exhausted but elated. At the whistle they could barely walk but, Portu insisted: “After a game like that, you feel like playing another one straight away.” Reuse this content Share on Twitter 14Athletic Bilbao10-211 19Malaga10-154 blogposts Real Madrid’s Isco scores the game’s first goal. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP • On the eve of the game, Valverde was asked what he would say if he sat down with Rajoy and Puigdemont, to which he said: “You think they’d sit down with me?” Being Barcelona manager opens doors, he was told. “And do they?” he replied.• If Antoine Griezmann meant it, the assist for Ángel Correa was astonishing, but it wasn’t enough. Correa finished superbly, but Atlético couldn’t hold the lead against Villarreal. Glass half full, glass half empty: Atlético are unbeaten this season, Atlético have dropped 10 points already. Five wins, five draws. And it’s not just in the league; it’s the Copa del Rey and Europe too. That’s five of their last six that have finished level, and although this was a marked improvement, they still don’t convince up front, where everyone seems to be waiting for Diego Costa (which may just be part of the problem). “Un pasito pálante, un pasito pátras [one step forward, one step back],” wrote Alberto Barbero in Marca. “The person writing this match report doesn’t know if Ricky Martin follows Atlético’s games, he suspects probably not, but the movements that some girl called Maria makes seem to be just the same as the rojiblancos right now.” Facebook 1Barcelona102528 Facebook Pinterest Read more Some suggested Girona v Madrid might be the most symbolic game there has been in Spain. Others suggested there may be trouble ahead. Both clubs insisted they would treat the game like any other and Girona’s mayor insisted normality would reign. “There’s no need for alarm: our fans are peaceful, respectful, and just looking to enjoy first division football,” Machín said. The vice-president of Madrid’s supporters’ club in the city, who is a Girona fan too, insisted: “It’s not difficult to be a Madrid fan here.”And yet the discourse was one of potential tension, as if Madrid were crossing the border, maybe even the frontline. Much was made of the fact they had travelled incognito without their usual bus – the club said it was in fact on its way to London, not a security matter as had been reported – and there were reports the game might even be cancelled.It wasn’t. Machín was right.The sun shone, people smiled, and the pitch looked perfect. Outside the ground, it was calm. Five small boys cycled up for a look, leaving their bikes by a policeman who stood idly by, which is how they stood all afternoon. When Madrid arrived, there were some whistles and some cheers too. Fans took photos. There was a queue in the tiny club shop, but no mugs. It was hot, paper left on seats turned into sun visors. It was quiet inside until the game started and then it was noisy – the way it’s supposed to be. There were loads of Girona fans, and loads of Madrid fans too, all around the ground. Catalan flags hung, most of them esteladas in support of independence; Spain flags were fewer, but they were flown too. There was no tension at all. Just people going to a game. Not Puigdemont, though: this time he stayed away.At 5.14pm, there were chants of “Independence!” followed by chants of “freedom!” and “Puigdemont president!”. They were greeted by some whistles, but those didn’t last long – there was a football game to watch. Somehow, on the pitch Girona were losing 1-0 – Maffeo had hit the post; 19 seconds later, Madrid were up the other end celebrating the opener – but that didn’t last long either. At the break, by which time Girona had hit the post again, Machín told his players they had a chance and he was right about that too.Girona, in their usual 3-5-2 formation, tireless wing-backs pushed high, were pressing Madrid, the intensity asphyxiating the visitors, midfielders running through the middle into the space beyond. With a lovely touch, Stuani stepped past the challenges to score the equaliser; four minutes later, Portu got the second with a neat backheel. Played in, Stuani might have got a third, his shot clipped past Kiko Casilla and beyond the far post. As the ball went round, Madrid chasing impotently as Girona moved it on, so did the olés. The players were enjoying this. Catalan leaders facing rebellion charges flee to Belgium 8Real Betis9216 7Leganes10417 9Real Sociedad10114 Twitter “Madrid’s panic was sporting!” cheered El Punt Avui. “It wasn’t the politics; it was the colossal XI they had before them.” El Mundo agreed: “Their hell was on the pitch, not off it.” There had been no trouble until they took to the field but the symbolism was clear, for those seeking it. “Have they illegalised Girona yet?” joked Gabriel Rufian, former leader of the Catalan Republican Left. Puigdemont congratulated them; then, not long after, tweeted: “Girona’s victory over one of the biggest teams in the world is a shining example and a model for many situations.” At the end was a winking emoticon.“I’m proud of the players,” Machín said. “When Real Madrid play Girona – and hopefully they will do for many years to come – they will win more than they lose, but in one game you can beat them. Football gives you that; today the whole of Spain and people across the world have seen that, they have enjoyed two hours of football. Everyone talks so much, but what people really want is to be happy, to live better, and politicians should dedicate their time to that. This win will stay in the memory and I’m very pleased that for two or three hours people were happy.” Twitter Serie A’s top five maintain frightening pace, with Milan no match for Juve Talking points• “You dream of something like this,” Cuco Ziganda said, “but winning.” His Athletic team produced perhaps their best performance of the season, at least in the second half, but were beaten 2-0 by Barcelona. Leo Messi and Paulinho both scored – both hit the post, too – but the second came with a breakaway at the end by which time Barça, who could have ended it in the first half, were hanging on. Barely able to keep the ball more than a few seconds, pushed right back, they relied on Samuel Umtiti and, especially, on Marc-André Ter Stegen. AS called him a “titan” and Sergio Busquets admitted: “We’re lucky to have him: a big part of this win is down to him.”“We suffered, but who doesn’t here? That’s the law of San Mamés,” Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde said. He knows; he has seen it from the other side. On Saturday he was back for the first time. “The truth is that it was stranger than I thought it was going to be,” he admitted. “It’s been different, I don’t know. Having those people pushing you on and then having them against you … it was odd.” Share on Pinterest PosTeamPGDPts Pinterest 20Alaves10-123 Girona 12Girona10-412 Share on WhatsApp Sportblog 13Celta Vigo10311 Share on LinkedIn Pinterest 10Getafe10212 Watch highlights from the game. 18Las Palmas9-156 Share on Messenger 4Atletico Madrid10920 Share on Facebook • “We didn’t expect to start the season this well when we saw the fixtures,” said Valencia’s manager Marcelino. But there they are. Valencia: played 10, won seven, drawn three, lost none, their best start ever.• Five hundred and nine minutes later, Leganés finally conceded a goal on their way to a 2-1 defeat at Sevilla, which was moved from 4.15pm to 10.30pm because of high temperatures – in late October. Most didn’t mind, even if the decision was made just four days before, but it was a little tight for José Luis Hurtado, who shared his suffering through the pages of Marca, his match report the chronicle of time slipping away, which it always does. “There was,” he wrote, “a cold sweat when it was clear that the man going off was [Joaquín] Correa, one of the few players who can fill a paragraph.” At least there was no late goal to stick the knife in and make a liar of him next morning. “The game is on the edge, much like this match report: there are voices asking the time, it looks like Sevilla are going to win.” And they did, 2-1.• It was now or never for Míchel, one headline claimed. “I understand that people are angry; we’re angry too,” the Málaga manager said and the people were waiting for him and his players, but the people didn’t look angry. Instead, they set off fireworks and sang “how could I not love you?” as the bus made its way into the Rosaleda. When they made their way back out again a couple of hours later, they were still singing. Málaga had won at last, and were off the bottom. Before the game Míchel had said he was not worried – “I’d be more worried if the club had backed me” – but after it he admitted: “I don’t know what would have happened if we had lost or drawn.” His son, Adrián, was one of the men who had saved him, scoring the first.• Check out the assist from Portillo for Getafe’s equaliser in their 2-1 win over la Real. Wonderful. Results: Alaves 1-2 Valencia, Atlético Madrid 1-1 Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao 0-2 Barcelona, Sevilla 2-1 Leganés, Getafe 2-1 Real Sociedad, Girona 2-1 Real Madrid, Eibar 2-2 Levante, Málaga 2-1 Celta Vigo. Tonight: Espanyol v Real Betis, Las Palmas v Deportivo. Twitter Real Madrid suffer shock defeat at Girona on first visit to Catalan club Real Madrid Twitter European club football Facebook Madrid weren’t. Only Isco resisted. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Madrid flattered Girona. Zidane too went for three at the back, with two wing-backs, matching Girona man for man. Only they were no match for Girona. Time ticked andtension grew; you could almost imagine Puigdemont shouting: “They’ll never take our three points!” Madrid sought a way past Bono in goal, but by the final whistle they still hadn’t found what they were looking for – and had never looked like they would. Instead, Machín’s side found even more space until they could hardly move, running to a standstill, yet at the end it was Girona launching one last attack. They didn’t care: the ball was booted into the air, subs, staff and coaches running on, supporters roaring.They’d done it, history made. Machín, whose Numancia side had beaten Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona on the Catalan’s debut in the dugout, when he was assistant, had now led Girona to a victory that was probably their biggest ever. “Memorable!” shouted the cover of Diari de Girona.Deserved, too. “The way we played might have surprised some people but those who watch us know we’re always brave,” Machín said. “We’re not better than we were four days ago.” So far Girona have faced Atlético, Barcelona, Sevilla and Villarreal at home. None have found it easy: Villarreal won 2-1, Atlético drew 2-2 having been overrun for an hour, and Sevilla won 1-0. Barcelona won 3-0 but two of those were own goals. Now, Girona had beaten Madrid, leaving Zidane’s team eight points behind Barcelona. “Thanks Girona!” Sport shouted. “The league is very long,” Zidane said but it is a lead they have never overcome. AS called it their “Waterloo”; “Madrid vote to break away from the league”, said the headline in Marca, the match report opening: “Madrid put their slip in the ballot box, voting no to the title.” Share via Email 6Villarreal10517 3Real Madrid101020 11Levante10-212 Read more 5Sevilla10219last_img read more

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Bournemouth v Southampton: match preview

first_imgSouthampton Share via Email Share on Twitter news Share on Pinterest Premier League Bournemouth Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Goals have been fairly scarce for both these sides so far, although Southampton did help themselves to four against Everton last weekend. Eddie Howe will be hoping Josh King – who currently has more goals for Norway (three) than Premier League goals (two) this season – finds form as he did in 2016-17 when 14 of his 16 Bournemouth strikes came after the start of December. Rich FlowerKick-off Sunday 1.30pm Venue Vitality StadiumLast season Bournemouth 1 Southampton 3Live Sky Sports Premier LeagueReferee Jonathan MossThis season G10, Y34, R1, 3.60 cards per gameOdds H 9-5 A 8-5 D 11-5BournemouthSubs from Boruc, Ramsdale, Fraser, Mahoney, Mousset, Hyndman, L Cook, Gosling, Afobe, Stanislas, DefoeDoubtful Stanislas (groin)Injured Federici (knee, 16 Dec), Mings (back, unknown), B Smith (hip, unknown)Suspended NoneForm WLWWDLDiscipline Y24 R1Leading scorer Wilson 3SouthamptonSubs from McCarthy, Taylor, Stephens, Davis, Pied, Hojbjerg, Boufal, Gabbiadini, Long, McQueen, Bednarek, Gardos, Sims, HeskethDoubtful Long (calf)Injured Soares (hamstring, 10 Dec), Targett (leg, unknown)Suspended NoneForm WDLLWLDiscipline Y12 R0Leading scorers Austin, Davis, Gabbiadini 3 Match previews Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Martin O’Neill fails to ignite Irish optimism in Denmark stalemate

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on Facebook Read more Share on WhatsApp The Observer Nations League Daniel Taylor Enjoy Eden Hazard while you can lest Real Madrid land their man Topics Share on Twitter The absence through injury of the Tottenham schemer, who struck a brilliant hat-trick when the Danes shattered Ireland’s World Cup qualifying ambitions here in November, was merciful on Ireland. Denmark’s manager, Åge Hareide, said it also tested his players.“This team needs to play matches without Eriksen, we can’t rely on him all the time,” he said. On this evidence they need a lot more practice.Hareide was pleased with the draw, which allows him to watch Tuesday’s match from the top of the group. “When you get three teams in a group, you have to play tactically. One way was not to lose to Ireland and to leave it to Wales and Ireland to battle it out for three points. It will be a tight game and I wouldn’t be surprised if they drew.”O’Neill said his men will go into that game in a better frame of mind thanks to the solidity they showed here, which contrasted markedly with their fragility during September’s 4-1 defeat in Cardiff. “We have kept a clean sheet, which is very, very important,” he said. “It’s a rebuilding process. One stage at a time.”That process involved deploying his team with three central defenders, a system he trialled in last month’s friendly draw in Poland. O’Neill has never been one to bow to popular demand but he finally gave a first start to Matt Doherty, the Wolves defender who began here at right wing-back in the absence of Séamus Coleman. Christie was assigned an unfamiliar role in central midfield and did well, showing impressive tenacity and dynamism. “I think he was terrific,” said O’Neill. The Fulham man even had Ireland’s only shot on target, forcing a good save from Kasper Schmeichel with a rasping drive from 20 yards in the second half. A clean sheet is not to be sniffed at, especially after two spankings like those suffered by the Republic of Ireland in their last two competitive matches. But little here suggested Martin O’Neill’s side will clamber off the bottom of their Nations League group by beating Wales at this venue on Tuesday, nor that a glorious future awaits just beyond that. Still, small steps and all that, and this one was in the right direction for Ireland. Or wasn’t backwards, at least.O’Neill tried things, the Irish fought hard, Cyrus Christie surprised in a central midfield role and the Preston North End forward Callum Robinson looked perky after being sprung from the bench late on. Those were the main positives. On the downside, Ireland’s execution of even basic ploys was mostly dreadful and the squad is grievously short of creativity. The sad thing as far as the spectacle was concerned was that Denmark were not much better. Christian Eriksen was the game’s most influential player by not being here.center_img Such was the lack of ingenuity in the Irish side that their best other chance came in the first period after Denmark stopped playing because Harry Arter had gone down injured. The referee did not whistle so Jeff Hendrick played on, striding through on goal only to fire wide. He was immediately surrounded by Danes berating him for a lack of sportsmanship. “He was totally unaware [that Arter had gone down] and thought they had just made a sloppy pass,” said O’Neill. “It would have been interesting if he had scored. It might have been one of those situations where we would have had to let them score at the other end.”There seemed barely any other hope of a breakthrough. Denmark were technically better than the hosts but also had no imagination. The closest they came to a goal was when Simon Kjaer met a corner with a firm header. Arter booted it off the line. From open play Pione Sisto threatened in the first half with a fine curling shot from 20 yards that skimmed the outside of the post. Denmark Share on Messenger Jordan Henderson: ‘Gareth gives more ownership. We are stronger’ Share on LinkedIn Republic of Ireland Read more news Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe defends signing Solanke injured

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe defends signing Solanke injuredby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists new signing Dominic Solanke will prove worth the money.Howe has defended the club’s decision to spend £19m on Liverpool striker Solanke despite the player being injured.He said, “He has a hamstring problem and will be out for most of January. We have done relevant tests and medicals.”Howe added: “He brings a different dynamic to the front-line. He is good in the air, a physical presence. It’s a lot of money across the board to sign players now but look at his international record. He is one of most talented young strikers in country.”Young players see a good culture at Bournemouth and a way of working to bring out the best. We develop them as players and as individuals. We work very hard to improve weaknesses.” last_img read more

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Southampton sign winger Djenepo in £14m deal

first_imgMoussa Djenepo has become Southampton’s first signing under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.The winger joins from Belgian club Standard Liege, where he scored eight league goals last term, for a reported £14 million ($17.8m) fee.Djenepo, 20, is a Mali international and part of their squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “It is something I am very proud of,” he told Southampton’s website. “It’s a dream come true. Southampton is a great club and I am very happy.”It’s a good club that is progressing, it has great facilities, and it’s a place that can help me to really kick on and progress.”I am looking forward to it and I want to get to know my new family. I can’t wait to be around my new team-mates and work hard alongside them.”Hasenhuttl feels Djenepo is the right profile to thrive at Southampton, who are away to Burnley on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.”We are very happy to welcome Moussa as the first new player to join our team ahead of the upcoming season,” he told Southampton’s website.All aboard the Ralph Express!Departing: LiègeArriving: Southampton#saintsfc pic.twitter.com/J4a0Jj1qyW— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) June 13, 2019″He is an exciting player, with tremendous pace and good finishing abilities, who we have watched closely for some time.”We have been impressed with how he has adapted to football in Europe and the impact he has had in many games, and we had an interest in him as recently as January, so I am pleased we are able to bring him into the club.”He combines his quality with a good mentality and he is the right profile of player that we want to sign – still in the early part of his career, already with a lot of talent, but also with a great amount of potential that I believe we can help him to fulfil.”I think he will be an excellent fit for our style of play and shape, and these are the important characteristics we must look for.”It is about getting this right sort of quality, not quantity – we must maximise the use of this window by spending our money in the right way and on the right type of player, and this is a very strong start.”last_img read more

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PM Reiterates Urgency of Pension Reform

first_imgPrime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says, urgency must be placed on settling the issue of public- sector pension reform. Acknowledging concerns expressed by trade unions relating to the five per cent increase in contributions by workers, Mr. Holness noted that failure to reform pensions will result in a “major crisis on our hands”.“I cannot over emphasise that point. In 1990, the pension bill of the Government was 0.4 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Today, it has more than quadrupled. It is now two per cent of GDP,” he said.The Prime Minister was addressing delegates in the public session of the Triennial General Assembly, of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU), at the Wolmer’s High School for Boys, in Kingston, on July 15.It was held under the theme, “New world of Work…New Type of Representation”.Mr. Holness informed that the government must find a costly $34.5 billion to meet pension expenses and reiterated the need to pass the Pensions (Public Service) Act of 2017 and the Constitution (Amendment) (Established Fund) (Payment of Pensions) Act 2017.“The pension bill is growing…It is absolutely important that we get the Bills passed. The end result will be to the benefit of you the workers and the country,” he said.The Bills, which have already been passed by the House of Representatives earlier in the year, are now before the Senate.In addressing other issues, Mr. Holness pointed out that trade unions will have a critical role to play in the government’s process of divesting state assets. “Once we start to shift assets over to the private sector…the unions have to be vigilant to ensure that the best deals are struck for the workers,” Mr. Holness said.Meanwhile, Chief Technical Director in the Labour and Social Security Ministry, Damion Cox, who read remarks on behalf of the Minister Hon. Shahine Robinson said, the BITU must continue to advance the decent work agenda, with emphasis placed on social justice, equality, fairness and security in the work place.A charge was also given for the BITU to not only defend those who are members and in the formal sector, but to consider the interests of the non-union members and those in the informal sector, who conservatively account for 40 per cent of GDP. For his part, BITU President, Senator Kavan Gayle said the new world of work is being defined in relation to globalisation, technologically-led innovation, economic policies and the competitive nature of businesses, which “drastically transforms jobs and the labour market”.Mr. Gayle noted in that regard, the BITU and other trade union movements must be innovative and forward thinking in the way workers rights are defended and protected.During the public session of the Assembly, a number of resolutions were passed including those relating to gender equality, housing solutions and pensions for hotel workers.last_img read more

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Alarm and Security Technician Trade Gets Qualification Certificate

first_imgNova Scotians who have substantial experience working in the alarm and security trade will now have the option to gain recognition for those skills through a certification process. The Department of Labour and Workforce Development in partnership with industry and the Canadian Security Association, introduced a new provincial certificate of qualification examination, today, June 13. Tradespeople who have 9,000 hours or 4.5 years of hands-on experience working in the trade can write the certification exam without completing a full apprenticeship program. “We are taking steps to make it easier for Nova Scotia’s tradespeople to become certified,” Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “I encourage all skilled tradespeople working in the alarm and security industry to write this exam. The more certified journeypersons we have in this province, the more apprentices we can train.” To qualify, tradespeople will have to produce references from two individuals in the trade. “The alarm and security technician exam is a critical step toward raising the standard for the installation of electronic security systems in Nova Scotia,” said Dan Small, chair of the Canadian Security Association’s government relations committee in Nova Scotia. “These highly skilled certified journeypersons will help build a skilled workforce to meet Nova Scotia’s growing security needs.” The cost associated with applying for and writing the alarm and security technician exam will be reduced for the first 18 months at a fee of $130.97. The regular fee of $654.86 will be reinstated on November 30, 2009.last_img read more

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Government Supports Sustainable Transportation in the Valley

first_imgGovernment is supporting three sustainable transportation projects in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Kings South MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Energy Minister Michel Samson, announced support at an event today, Sept. 21 at Eaves Hollow Trail Head in Kentville. Greater promotion of Kentville’s existing active sustainable transportation, a new T-trail in Windsor and design of a new ring trail are all funded through the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. “Projects like these promote active living and help make our communities more vibrant and more livable,” said Mr. Irving. “All three of these important projects are community driven by dedicated staff and volunteers, and government is pleased to come to the table as a partner.” Government is providing $20,000 to the Town of Kentville to promote existing active transportation resources in the town and encourage use of the local rails-to-trails system. The project includes signage at trail heads and greenspaces, as well as directional signs on the main roads. “Kentville is home to many great walking and cycling trails that take you from one end of town to the other, and many points in between,” said Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum. “Ensuring people know where our recreation facilities are, and how to easily move between them, allows us to make the most of our resources and promote them to residents and visitors alike.” Mr. Irving also announced a $24,000 grant to the Town of Windsor to begin the first phase of the Tregothic Rail Trail Connection, a new T-shaped trail that connects communities with schools, recreation facilities, the local hospital and more. “This trail project will serve people of all ages in our Town and provides connectivity to schools, playgrounds and communities, all within safe walking distance,” said Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley. “Government’s support for such healthy and vibrant endeavours is very much appreciated.” Government is also providing a $10,000 grant to the town of Berwick for the design of a new trail that circles the town. The trail will connect people to the fitness and sport complex, the community health centre, school, and many other points. “The Town of Berwick and surrounding areas have several recreation trails, but few with destinations,” said Mayor Don Clarke. “Designing and building this ring trail will connect people to important places within our community – and to one another.” Connect2, launched in May, aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2016. For more information, visit novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/ .last_img read more

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Woman takes federal border agency to court after trustedtraveller pass pulled

first_imgOTTAWA — A woman says her father’s poor memory, not a desire to skirt the rules, resulted in Canadian authorities cancelling her trusted-traveller card after she allegedly failed to declare several thousand dollars in cash at the border.Mei Dong, a Chinese citizen with permanent-resident status in Canada, is asking a court to rule that she has not breached the law against money-laundering and terrorist-financing.She also wants a declaration that the Canada Border Services Agency acted unlawfully in revoking her membership in the Nexus program, which helps travellers move more quickly between Canada and the United States.The dispute is playing out in Federal Court as the House of Commons considers a bill to create a new watchdog aimed at resolving beefs against the border agency more efficiently.Dong’s allegations have not been proven in court and federal officials have yet to file a response. But her statement of claim says her problems began in August 2018 upon returning to Canada after a family trip to Austria. She was there with her father, who lives in China.Before she left, Dong’s father gave her two envelopes and told her one contained US$3,000 and the other US$6,700.She says her father put US$3,000 in one of the envelopes so she could return it to a colleague back in Canada. The colleague had previously given the money to her father during a trip with her family to China to thank him for generously hosting them.As they were good friends, her father felt he could not accept the gift, and gave his daughter the money when they were together in Europe so she could return it to her colleague.Upon arriving at the Toronto airport, Dong, 36, declared that she was carrying currency worth more than $10,000 in Canadian funds, a requirement under the law.During a secondary customs examination, a border officer asked why she had US$12,735 — more than the US$9,700 she had declared.Dong says the officer seized the currency and her Nexus membership card without giving her a chance to explain. The money was later returned to Dong on condition she pay a $250 fine but her Nexus card was subsequently cancelled.Dong, who worked for a global management-consulting firm at the time, appealed the officer’s actions to the border agency’s internal reviewers, insisting it was all a misunderstanding.She says that due to her father’s “old age and poor memory,” he did not remember he had already placed US$3,000, intended for Dong’s colleague, in the other envelope containing the US$6,700. As a result, he gave his daughter twice the amount he had wanted to return, in two separate envelopes.“As Ms. Dong trusts her father, she accepted what she was told were the amounts contained in the two envelopes without questioning or counting the amount herself,” the statement of claim says.She argues the officer unreasonably refused to exercise his discretion to extend her the benefit of the doubt.In February, the border agency’s recourse directorate rejected her appeal of both the currency and Nexus-card rulings.Dong, however, insists she fulfilled her obligation to report the importation of currency exceeding the legal limit at “every opportunity.”“Ms. Dong never attempted to conceal the amount she was carrying.”—Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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The Elders Welcome Myanmars New Civilian Government

first_imgThe Elders warmly welcome the assumption of office by Myanmar’s new civilian government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), following its electoral success last year.The Chair of The Elders, Kofi Annan, said:“This is a landmark moment for the country.“We are heartened by the commitment of President U Htin Kyaw and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the NLD leader and new Foreign Minister, to peace and reconciliation; we encourage the NLD to continue working with other national partners to sustain an inclusive political dialogue as the country moves forward.”The Elders also wish to acknowledge the contributions made by the outgoing Thein Sein government and the military authorities to ensuring a smooth transition.The Elders will continue to support the people of Myanmar; they look forward to engaging with the new government and other national stakeholders as they shape their democratic future.last_img read more

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Will LA mean LeBron behind the scenes and on the big screen

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Space Jam 2?” A whole new “House Party” franchise?With the leadership of LeBron James, anything is possible.As James comes from Cleveland to Los Angeles looking to take the Lakers to more championships with a blockbuster $154 million contract announced this week, he could also push those two 1990s properties closer to reality and go from part-time presence to major player in Hollywood.James hasn’t yet spoken about his plans for Los Angeles. But if he wants to, he’s already shown he can act, and not just in that good-for-an-athlete way.His one real film role, playing himself in the 2015 Amy Schumer film “Trainwreck,” directed by Judd Apatow, won big raves.The Associated Press’ Lindsey Bahr called him “a comedic revelation.” Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post said he showed “expert, deadpan timing.”James’ co-stars agreed.“He was really good. Like everything with him it was very effortless,” said Bill Hader, who played the movie’s male lead with James as his sidekick and previously acted with James when he hosted “Saturday Night Live.” ”He’s always listening. I know actors that don’t listen, they’re just waiting to say their line. He listened.”Hader said there was frequent improvisation on “Trainwreck,” and LeBron easily kept up with the sketch comedy pros like Hader.“You’ll never believe this, but he was super confident,” Hader told the AP with a laugh by phone from the Toronto set of the film “It 2.”“But not cocky,” Hader added.“I remember Chris Rock was on set and rattled off a line suggestion really fast for LeBron, and LeBron said it back during the scene verbatim,” Hader said. “I remember thinking, “I can’t do that.”He wouldn’t be the first Laker to try acting. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal had their share of famous, and infamous roles. And Kobe Bryant ended up with an unlikely Academy Award for an animated short based on a poem he wrote about basketball.Whether or not he appears on screen, James has already begun a major media career that can only get a boost from LA.Gone are the days when athletes had to be in a major market to make it in film and television, as James himself has shown through his years building his brand in Cleveland.But there’s nothing like face-time for becoming a force in Hollywood.James and his business partner Maverick Carter have a production company, SpringHill Entertainment, that has a deal with Warner Bros. and office space on the legendary movie company’s lot, where he could become a regular.“Certainly the proximity will make it easier for LeBron personally to be part of future projects,” said David Schwab, an executive vice-president at Octagon, a global sports and entertainment marketing and management firm. “The advantage of a market like New York, Los Angeles and Golden State is the ability to have coffee, lunch or dinner daily” with key decision makers. “In a smaller market you don’t get those consistent opportunities,” he said.Schwab said James’ partners at Warner Bros. and elsewhere are most likely “excited that he’s in Los Angeles as they could possibly use LeBron personally to close business deals with future partners of their own.”James, via SpringHill and his digital film company Uninterrupted has already brought some projects to big and small screens, with many more in the works. Here are some highlights:— “Space Jam 2.” The idea of James reviving the 1996 movie starring another candidate for greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, has been in circulation for several years. The movie with Jordan battling animated aliens alongside Bugs Bunny and his Warner Bros. cartoon buddies brought mixed reviews and eyerolls at the time, but has become a cult classic. Justin Lin of the “Fast & Furious” films has been attached as director.— “House Party.” Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori of “Atlanta” are writing a script that James and SpringHill hope will revive the franchise that starred Kid n’ Play and spawned three big-screen sequels from 1990 to 1994.— “Smallfoot.” James will have another chance to show off his comic chops as the voice of a skeptical yeti in Warner Bros’ animated film.— “Now We’re Talking.” A digital comedy series on Uninterrupted that features two rival professional football quarterbacks who become broadcasters and frequent pro athlete cameos is about to enter its second season.— SpringHill is also producing several more television projects including the game shows “The Wall” and “Do or Dare” and “Rise Up,” a documentary about the civil rights movement for the History Channel.___Follow Andrew Dalton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton .last_img read more

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UN envoy reports no dates set for new meetings between Israelis Palestinians

Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East, said there were no dates set for meetings between the two sides, including one planned between Israeli Foreign Minister Simon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, and another on security cooperation.Mr. Roed-Larsen met last night with President Arafat, who he said was quite focused and determined on ensuring the latest ceasefire held.

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UN chief welcomes agreement by rival leaders in South Sudan as a

President Salva Kiir, and his rival and former deputy, Riek Machar, reached an agreement in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, which according to reports, includes a ceasefire between government and opposition forces that is due to begin within 72 hours.Previous efforts to end fighting between the rival forces since 2013 around South Sudan have failed, leaving tens of thousands dead, and around four million either internally-displaced or forced to flee to neighbouring countries. The humanitarian crisis has left millions without enough to eat, and led to famine in parts of the country. In a statement issued by his Spokesman, UN chief António Guterres said that Wednesday’s agreement had been signed “at a time when the security situation in parts of South Sudan continues to deteriorate, marked by violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of December 2017, with killings of civilians and other atrocities.”“He therefore, welcomes the Parties renewed commitment to redouble their efforts in the interest of peace,” the statement continued.Mr. Guterres also commended the continuing efforts of the so-called High Level Revitalization Forum which first met in December last year, under the auspices of the African regional development forum, known as IGAD. Together with the UN and the African Union, IGAD has been working for years to facilitate the peace process.“Welcoming the intention of the parties to continue negotiations to finalize the IGAD bridging proposals”, the statement from UN Headquarters in New York said, “the Secretary-General urges all parties to demonstrate the political leadership required at this critical juncture of the peace process and engage to reach agreement on the outstanding issues of governance and security arrangements.”The UN chief pledged to support the leadership and the people of South Sudan, read more

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MLB AllStar Weekend to Honor Negro Leagues Baseball

On Friday, July 8th, Major League Baseball players and fans will descend on Kansas City, Missouri, for All-Star Weekend. But what Bob Kendrick wants fans to remember are the Negro League baseball players like Buck O’Neil, who helped the Kansas City Monarchs rule the Negro Leagues for nearly five decades from the 1920s through the 1950s. The Kansas City Monarchs produced the great Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson, before Robinson broke the color barrier in the Major Leagues. This history and more can be seen at the Negro Baseball League Museum (NLBM) in Kansas City, where Kendrick is president and the torch bearer for the institution.The legends of the NLBM and harbingers for many of the CC Sabathias and Matt Kemps (both supporters of the museum) of today. With NLBM’s vision to expand the organization and renovate the Paseo YMCA, where the Negro Baseball League was conceptualized, into the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center, Kendrick is happy about the timeliness of the All-Star event being held in Kansas City, and sees it as an opportunity to ensure legends such as Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, and Cool Papa Bell are not obnubilated.BlackEnterprise.com spoke to Kendrick about the museum’s plans.What are you doing in preparation for this year’s All-Star weekend?Kendrick: We have a new featured exhibit titled “They Were All Stars,” which chronicles Negro League players that transitioned to the majors and subsequently became All Stars. This exhibit is free and open to the community, thanks to MLB and the Kansas City Royals’ partnership, helping everyone feel a part of the festivities even if they can’t afford to attend the game.Why is it important for people to support the NLBM?Kendrick: The reason it’s important is that these players should not only be celebrated for what they did in the face of adversity to play baseball, but also what they did for the advancement of American society. It’s a travesty that people can go through their education without knowing the story of the Negro leagues, but this museum was founded so that this history would not die with the last players.And how can they support?People can support through our licensing program, admissions, gift shop, membership, corporate partnership program, and our traveling exhibit. We anticipate reaping residual benefits from this special weekend.Source: Black Enterprise read more

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Help On Way For TWolves Kevin Love Ricky Rubio

Perhaps no team has been harder hit by injuries than the Minnesota Timberwolves, who finally got some encouraging news with point guard Ricky Rubio’s and all-star big man Kevin Love’s return to practice.It’s still going to be a while before Rubio, who tore the ACL in his left knee last season, can join them in games. But just seeing him a little closer to a return is one of the first health positives this injury-plagued team has seen this season.Rubio has started to do some light 5-on-none work in practice for the Timberwolves, his first on-court work in the long, grueling rehabilitation process.Meanwhile, Love, who has yet to play this season because of a broken right hand, also joined in the instructional portions of practice on Sunday — a welcomed sight for a team that has played the last three games with just nine players.”Just having them five-on-(none) gives you a sense that when you get them back we’ll be pretty good,” coach Rick Adelman said after practice. ”We can’t wait for them. We have to go out there and play. But it gives us a sense.”Love is expected back at the start of December, while Rubio is hopeful to return to game action sometime in the middle of next month.Rubio was injured in a game against the Lakers on March 9. Losing him coincided with several other injuries to turn a promising season south in a hurry, and the bad luck has followed the Wolves into this season. Love broke his hand less than two weeks before opening night. Chase Budinger is out three to four months after having surgery on his left knee and Nikola Pekovic (sprained left ankle), J.J. Barea (sprained left foot) and Brandon Roy (sore right knee) have all suffered injuries.Roy will undergo arthoscopic surgery on his knee, which is an ominous sign for a player who retired two years ago because of knee injuries. read more

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