Leeds offices Not making the grade

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The third wave

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Prelet signals hope for west London

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Europa League last eight offers heavyweight field

first_imgEven as the undercard for the double-bill that belatedly ends the European club season, the Europa League last eight, which kicks off in Germany on Monday, boasts a heavyweight lineup.Both Manchester United and Inter Milan are former Champions League winners and like Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and Leverkusen have all won the secondary European competition in one of its formats, while Wolves reached the final in 1972.The competition has been reformatted after the European season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, and like the Champions League in Lisbon, will be decided in single knockout matches, all behind closed doors, in Dusseldorf, Cologne, Duisburg and Gelsenkirchen. Final on August 21 in Cologne The quarter-finals will be played on Monday and Tuesday when temperatures along the German Rhineland are forecast to reach the mid-30s Celsius.Manchester United enter the tournament in strong form. They ended the Premier League season unbeaten in 14 games to claim third place and have lost only once since football resumed in June.Their last trophy was victory in 2017.  Quarter-finalsMonday, August 10At CologneManchester United (ENG) v FC Copenhagen (DEN)At DusseldorfInter Milan (ITA) v Bayer Leverkusen (GER)Tuesday, August 11 At GelsenkirchenShakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Basel (SUI)At DuisburgWolverhampton Wanderers (ENG) v Sevilla (ESP) Semi-finalsSunday, August 16At Cologne Wolves/Sevilla v Man Utd/CopenhagenMonday, August 17At DuesseldorfInter/Leverkusen v Shakhtar/Basel In Monday’s quarter-final they face Copenhagen, a club playing in their first European last-eight.The winner will play Wolverhampton or Sevilla, who meet on Tuesday.Sevilla are the Europa league specialists of the event, with five victories in the competition, all since 2007. They won the competition three years in a row, 2014-2016, under the leadership of Unai Emery.  Now coached by Julen Lopetegui, the Andalusians face Wolves in Duisburg where they beat Roma in a one-off Round of 16 on Thursday. In the other half of the draw, Inter Milan arrive in strong form having finished second in Serie A after ending the season with an eight-match league unbeaten run.They will face a Bayer Leverkusen side playing just 30 kilometers from home in Dusseldorf and boasting some of the most coveted young talent in Europe in Kai Havertz, a German attacking midfielder, and Moussa Diaby, a French winger. Both are 21.The winner will face either Shakhtar Donetsk, the 2009 winners, or Basel in the semi-finals. Fixtures for the latter stages of the UEFA Europa League in Germany (kick-off times 1900 GMT): Topics :last_img read more

Marocchi: ‘Baggio too nice to be like Maradona’

first_img However, Baggio was not always appreciated abroad, nor within the Italian walls. “Roby was like the son-in-law that every father would want for his daughter to marry,” continued Sky Sport Italia pundit Marocchi. “He was reliable, calm, and perhaps that’s why he didn’t get along with his coaches. At the time, a Number 10 had to be a bit like Maradona: womaniser, nights out partying, a few drugs… That’s the only explanation I can possibly find.” Even in an era when refereeing was a little more lenient, Baggio found a way around it. read also:Zanetti: Baggio superior to Ronaldo “Nobody ever stayed at the requisite distance for a free-kick, so he would pass it backward, I’d stop the ball and Baggio would then shoot. I technically got an assist on those!” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Divine Ponytail was arguably the greatest Italian player of all time, but was too tactically free to fit in with the rigid management style of the time. “I played six years with Baggio at Juventus and Bologna, so that’s the longest relationship I’ve had with anyone other than my wife,” Marocchi told Sky Sport Italia. “Being a midfielder, I was in a privileged position to watch the beauty of his football. When he had the ball at his feet, that was the most beautiful thing you could see in the sport. “What he won or didn’t win, where he played or didn’t play, that doesn’t matter. Baggio was Baggio, regardless of where he was at that moment.”Advertisement Loading… Roberto Baggio was too nice and clean-cut to be as famous as Diego Maradona, claims former Juventus teammate Giancarlo Marocchi. “A Number 10 was meant to go partying and take drugs.” Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Best Cars Of All TimeMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedThese Popular Hollywood Stars Got Their Start On Soap Operas7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top11 Greatest Special Effects Movies Of All Timelast_img read more

One flown by helicopter after trench rescue

first_imgClarksburg, IN — The Greensburg Fire Department, Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department, and Decatur County EMS responded to a dispatch on County Line Road in Decatur County to a farm for a trench rescue on Monday. The patient was flown to Indianapolis by Statflight from the scene for treatment. His conditions are unknown at this time.last_img

I’m open to England return — Mikel

first_imgRelatedPosts Solskjaer criticises England over handling of youngster Greenwood UEFA Nations League: Sterling saves 10-man England against Iceland Eberechi Eze pulls out of England squad Former Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi has left the door open to a return to English football.The 33-year-old, who won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012, is currently without a club having left Turkish side Trabzonspor by mutual consent in March.“Yes, there are interested clubs and England is a strong possibility and why not,” Mikel told BBC Sport Africa.“We are currently in talks with clubs and there is absolutely no hurry. I can only wait to see what happens.”He refused to confirm or deny media reports in England linking him with newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion and Championship side Stoke City.Mikel, who captained his country to a third place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, has previously played in Norway and China, but achieved success in England with Chelsea.The midfielder made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in an 11-year spell, which ended when he left Stamford Bridge in 2017.He also won two league titles, three FA Cups and the Europa League in 2013.Before a stint with Chinese side Tianjin TEDA and brief spell at Middlesbrough followed in the Championship during the 2018/19 campaign, featuring 19 times, scoring once.Mikel won a total of 89 caps for Nigeria, playing for them in the past two World Cups and helping the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, before announcing his retirement from international football last summer.He was also one of Nigeria’s three over-age players as the African side won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.Tags: BBC SportEnglandJohn Mikel ObiTrabzonsporlast_img read more

German theme park closes new ride that ‘looks like flying swastikas’

first_imgA German theme park has closed a ride that looked like flying swastikas.The “Eagle Fly” ride opened in July and featured one long arm with two spinning carriages at each end.The four seats at the end of the spinning carriages resemble swastikas.“I’d like to stress how sorry we are to anyone who has felt at all insulted by this design,” said Rüdiger Braun, owner of the park.The controversy began after images of the ride circulated via the Reddit.Many users of the social media site were reportedly stunned by what the images of the ride portrayed.Nazi symbols and propaganda is outlawed in Germany and is punishable with up to three years in jail.last_img read more

The Latest: Sidney Crosby OK if NHL resumes with playoffs

first_img___The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed.The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.___ March 26, 2020 ___Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol have launched a campaign to encourage donations in the hope of raising 11 million euros ($12.1 million) to help Spain fight the coronavirus.The tennis and basketball stars said in videos posted on social media that they are supporting a Red Cross fundraising effort to help with the public health crisis.Nadal and Gasol say they have made donations and urged others to follow their lead. Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas quickly said he would pitch in.Nadal says “I believe that we are who we are in large part thanks to your support and now we have to be there for you.” ___The Italian soccer federation has offered up its hotel and auditorium for people having their health monitored amid the coronavirus outbreak.The facilities outside Florence are normally used by Italy’s national soccer teams and also host high-level courses for coaches and sporting directors.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “now that we are not playing soccer, to return to doing so we need to win together the most important match against coronavirus.”Italy has nearly 75,000 infections and more than 7,500 fatalities from the virus. The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23. It was an inevitable decision but still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to ready the historic venue for its first 500 under new ownership. IndyCar was supposed to resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard. ___Four German soccer clubs have pledged 20 million euros ($21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to stay afloat after games in the country were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros ($13.7 million) in as-yet undistributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros ($8.2 million) from their own funds. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, giving them extra income.The German Football League, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said it fears many clubs could face financial collapse if games can’t resume.Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “in these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders.” Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the virus.___Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the world university triathlon championship in Hungary has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Olympic mixed relay qualifying race had already been relocated to Valencia from Chengdu, China, and was scheduled for May 1.A World Cup event in Valencia had been scheduled for the next day. It’s the seventh World Cup race to be postponed. The Latest: Sidney Crosby OK if NHL resumes with playoffs Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, will donate $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the rapid transmission of the coronavirus in the state.Brees, who posted his pledge on a social media account on Thursday, says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities like Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver about 10,000 meals per day to people in need.Brees says he hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” adding, “Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.”The quarterback and his wife run the Brees Dream foundation, which has spent tens of millions helping to fund charitable endeavors in New Orleans and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast. Most of those efforts have focused on improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as health and wellness for children and seniors.___ Associated Press The International Triathlon Union says it will try to find new dates for both.The university worlds were to be staged on June 27-28 in Kecskemet.___A soccer exhibition between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Soccer United Marketing, the wing of Major League Soccer that was promoting the match, said Thursday the federations will attempt to reschedule the game before the World Cup in November 2022. “You try to get in as many games as you can … but wouldn’t mind starting right at the playoffs,” Crosby said on a video conference with media members Thursday.Crosby was joined by Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Crosby joked that everyone was looking at him for an answer about what he’d prefer about the resumption of the season after a pause for the coronavirus pandemic.Opinions vary on what’s next for the NHL, especially because there were 189 games left in the regular season and not all teams had played the same amount.“Whatever is the fairest,” Jordan Staal said. “Everybody would kind of accept that.”___ ___Real Madrid and Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.The soccer club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They will then be distributed by government authorities to hospitals.Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 virus.Civic groups, businesses and individuals are donating much-needed masks and any material that can used to make protective gear for doctors and nurses. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says he wouldn’t mind if the NHL went straight to the playoffs if the season is able to resume. The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria.The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended.The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests. ___Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.The French champion’s jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front.A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work” that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus. ___Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks.Castellano tested positive as part of a physical that officials at Gulfstream Park mandated as a prerequisite before being cleared to ride in Saturday’s Florida Derby. Castellano says that he has not had “known contact with anyone that has tested positive.”Castellano last rode on March 15, when he had two mounts at Gulfstream. He returned to New York to see family afterward and was scheduled to ride at Gulfstream this weekend.It’s unclear if Castellano could have ridden at Gulfstream this weekend even if the physical had not found that he has the coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order earlier this week calling for anyone who flies to Florida from New York City or the surrounding areas to self-quarantine for 14 days. — Reporting by AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami___Louisville says the father of junior wide receiver Corey Reed Jr. died Wednesday morning from coronavirus in an Atlanta hospital. Corey Reed Sr. was 43.Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield expressed “deepest condolences” to Reed and his family in a release and said the program is there to support them. Satterfield added, “This horrible virus has affected so many people, and it’s even more difficult when it touches someone in the UofL football family.”Reed caught eight passes for 145 yards in 13 games in 2017 and played in two contests the next season. He returned to Louisville this spring after transferring to Iowa Western Community College. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Sports Essential in Recreating Nigeria’s Unity, Says Wike

first_imgRepresented by the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Hon Kenneth Kobani, Wike said without sports, there would be no united country.He said: “I believe that you are aware that we have demonstrated our commitment to the development of Sports. “According to him, the Rivers State Government recognises the pre-eminent role of sports towards the empowerment of the people.The governor commended Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) for re-refining sports journalism to the extent that all Nigerians are proud.He noted that sport unifies and has a way of creating the true essence of rationalismPresident of SWAN, Mr Honour Sirawoo, said the growth of the association depends largely on the support it gets from patrons.He said the present leadership of SWAN has worked hard to leave legacies that would enhance the quality of sports journalism.Sirawoo said the meeting will take stock of actions of the SWAN leadership so as to engender further growth.Guest Lecturer, Prof Peter Esuh in a paper titled: “Sports Development and National Unity”, said sports is a dominant culture that enhance the vibrancy of any society.Awards were presented to deserving members of the sporting community. The meeting attracted sports writers from across the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ernest Chinwo in Port HarcourtRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has stated that sports play the indispensable role in creating the essence of the country.Addressing the 54th Full Council of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) In Port Harcourt yesterday , Wike declared that his administration will continue to fund sports because it is vital to social development.last_img read more