Derek Jeter is a Hall of Famer, so here are six things that made Jeter, Jeter

first_imgIt almost seems like a dirty, wrong thing to say in 2020, but here it goes: Derek Jeter was actually a great player. And now he’s a Hall of Fame one.Isn’t that just gross? “The Captain” and his five rings (of which the Yankees have 27, in case a Bombers fan hasn’t reminded you in the last 15 minutes), are going to be forever immortalized within the walls of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  The thing about Jeter, and it’s no secret, is that he’s equal parts great player and New York media and fan hype byproduct. We all know that baseball isn’t an individual game. You can’t measure individual success on team achievements, but Jeter was a big part of the Yankees dynasty of the ’90s, something that we may have to wait a long time to see again. And while Jeter was indeed a great player, the deifying of No. 2 seems to be a bit, shall we say, excessive.MORE: Nolan Arenado feels disrespected by RockiesJeter’s 72.4 bWAR, his 3,465 hits, his championship rings and his jump throws to first are all good enough reasons to put him in the Hall of Fame on his first ballot, after all.But, jeez. Aren’t you just tired of hearing about Derek Jeter? I mean, we get it! He’s really handsome! He was a superstar in New York! He never got into trouble! What a Goodie 2-Shoes. A real teacher’s pet type. Gag me.But there is, after all, only one Jeter: a lightning rod for criticism and a god among New York sports fans all the same. He was the consummate professional. He gave the media nothin’ while giving the fans everything he had. And that’s what makes Jeter, Jeter.There are many on-field moments that made Jeter what he is, and there are some off-the-field things that add fuel to his myth. The 3,000th hit, The Flip, the gift baskets, the lexicon of supermodels and actresses he’s dated, his SNL skits and his “Seinfeld” appearance are some things that didn’t make the cut.So, without further ado, here are six moments that made Derek Jeter Derek Jeter with a hearty helping of Jeter fatigue, a dash of sarcasm and a sincere congrats:6. He was actually decent in ‘The Other Guys.’Good thing Jeter is (moderately) better at playing shortstop than he is acting.In the 2010 comedy “The Other Guys,” the Yankees shortstop has a pretty small part, but it’s a memorable one: hot-headed New York cop Terry Hoitz, played by noted Boston guy Mark Wahlberg, plants a bullet into Jeter’s leg. “You dick! I’m Derek Jeter, you shot me!” Jeter yells in agony.But that’s not the last we see of the him. In a deleted scene, Jeter warns of a bigger plot afoot, and that Hoitz was actually framed for the shooting.There’s something ironic about Jeter warning about the evils of multi-millionaires, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.Ah, well.5. This commercial with George Steinbrenner.But long before Jeter stole the show in “The Other Guys,” a short commercial clearly showcased his acting abilities.This might come as a surprise, but not everyone loves Derek Jeter. In fact, one guy who kinda owned the Yankees for a long time questioned Jeter’s commitment to the game in the early 2000s.”(George Steinbrenner’s) the boss and he’s entitled to his opinion, right or wrong, but what he said has been turned into me being this big party animal,” Jeter told AP writer Steve Wilstein in 2001, via ESPN. “He even made a reference to one birthday party. That’s been turned into that I’m like Dennis Rodman now.”I don’t think that’s fair. I have no problems with people criticizing how I play. But it bothers me when people question my work ethic. That’s when you’re talking about my integrity. I take a lot of pride in how hard I work. I work extremely hard in the offseason. I work extremely hard during the season to win. My priorities are straight.”Side note: Being compared to Dennis Rodman, a man who vows to bridge the gap between the U.S. and North Korea, isn’t a bad thing, DEREK!Jeter, obviously, resented the thought. No one could work harder than The Captain. (No one out-dated the Captain, either, apparently.)Well, the drama slipped away like a ball under the glove of a diving Jeter, and the Captain and The Boss got together for a pretty memorable Visa commercial that played on Jeter and Steinbrenner’s short-lived, early 2000s feud. The commercial included some of Jeter’s “hard-partying” ways (and no lines).Jeter, being the marketable superstar he is, was also endorsed by Gatorade, Nike’s Jordan brand and Ford in his career, because, surely, the 10-year, $189 million contract he signed in 2001 just wasn’t enough money for him.An aside: If Visa truly is “everywhere you want to be,” then Jeter should have put a credit card to his left on the infield dirt.4. The infamous ‘Shortstops’ picture.Oh, boy. Hide your significant others. Cover the kids’ eyes. This photo is a de-pantsing away from being a Playgirl centerfold. This famous shirtless shortstops photo, including A-Rod & Jeter, was taken this week, 20 years ago (📷 by Walter Iooss/SI)— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 13, 2017I would love to know how the pitch for this came about: SI: Hey, Derek. We’d love to have you in for a photo shoot. DJ: OK, do you have more details?SI: You’ll be there with A-Rod.DJ: Gee, I don’t know—SI: Also, you’ll be wearing white pants. In a white studio.DJ: Guys, let me think about—SI: And shirtless.​ With A-Rod.(We’re beginning to see where the Jeter-Rodriguez relationship went south.)Jeter (far right), shirtless, was flanked by equally as shirtless future teammate Alex Rodriguez, Edgar Renteria, Rey Ordonez and Alex Gonzalez — all hot topics in the ’90s. Alex Rodriguez would go on to become the greatest player in this picture, with Jeter somewhere in second place.Interestingly enough, one of these guys is now a somewhat beloved voice for the biggest sports network on TV and the other is a former shortstop who some feel has disgraced himself with his post-playing day activities.How times change.3. ‘Mr. November.’Of course, the first time in baseball history there were November playoffs, Jeter was at the forefront of it all. Jeter having a dumb “Mr. November” nickname is as good a reason as any to not play baseball in November.In the 2001 World Series, Jeter sent the Yankees to a Game 5 with a walk-off home run off Byung-Hyun Kim, but it was the iconic call from the current voice of the Yankees, Michael Kay, that really cemented Jeter’s legacy.The next time the World Series would creep into November would be 2009, when the Yankees were, once again, a participant, and once again came home with a championship ring. No more November baseball, please.2. His last Yankee Stadium at-bat.Of course, in typical Jeterian fashion, his last hit was a walk-off hit, giving Yankee fans one last bullet in the neverending debate of why Da Captain was so clutch.His last hit, a walk-off single, was eerily Jeter-esque; a little poke on and inside-out swing to right field, an image burned into the retinas of baseball fans everywhere. Pull a baseball, Derek.I mean, this is bad Hollywood cliché writing, so of course Jeter had to cash in. The only thing that could have made it worse is if his Core 4 teammates were there to take it in, too.Oh. Oh, wait.Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera were there, like Force Ghosts from “Star Wars,” ready to hand Jeter his AARP card and probably congratulate him or something. It was like seeing the three specters from “A Christmas Carol.”By the way, can we give some credit to former Yankee great Antoan Richardson for hustling around the bases to score for ol’ Jetes? Or does Jeter get all the credit for a weakly hit single that wouldn’t have scored anyone less fast?Anyways, Jeter got his moment, but the Yankees wouldn’t make the playoffs, finishing third in the division. The Red Sox would go on to win it all once again, their third title since 2004. So, ha! Take that, nerds!1. That stupid play.Oh, you know the one. Not the flip one. The other one.The one that was played on “SportsCenter” ad infinitum like an early 2000s Backstreet Boys hit on pop radio. The play that you were wowed by the first time you saw it, but then realized upon further viewings that it was just OK, like the last “Star Wars” movie.”That stupid play that you were force-fed from MLB Network and Twitter, the one you endured over and over again leading up to his Hall of Fame induction. The one where Jeter’s face lost a fight to an empty chair.Sure, Jeter made a great catch in one of the most memorable regular season games between the Yankees and Red Sox fans of the past 20 years. But let’s not forget that Pokey Reese made arguably a more difficult catch just a few innings earlier.So, of course, selfish Derek Jeter has to outdo Reese. So how does he do it? By jumping into the stands and belly-flopping onto a sea of New Yorkers. Talk about pandering. The crowd surfing plan didn’t go as well as he’d hoped.Debate the play all you want, but the shot of Jeter emerging from the stands is iconic. It was like that scene in “Spider-Man 2” when all the New Yorkers crowd-surf Peter Parker’s body. Just not as cool. Not nearly as cool, in fact. Like Poseidon, Jeter exiting the swath of blue-clad fans like a conquering hero, face cut up and bloodied, is the enduring image of No. 2, thankfully supplanting the shirtless one from above.We’re still going to need a Sports Science segment on whether Jeter could have stopped. The guy isn’t a freight train barreling down on a Volkswagen Beetle at a track crossing. Slide. Veer away. Hit the brakes, man.Congrats, Jeter.last_img read more

Refugee team to compete at Tokyo 2020 Olympics – IOC

first_imgBuenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | A team of refugees will again take part at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday, after 10 refugees competed at the Rio Games.The decision was approved at the 133rd IOC meeting in Buenos Aires.Deputy general director Pere Miro, who is in charge of relations with national Olympic committees, said the IOC “has identified 51 athletes living in refugee camps or in refugee conditions”.Among those 51 athletes were the 10 who participated in Rio, he added.Yiech Pur Biel, a middle-distance runner from South Sudan, is hopeful of more than simply making up the numbers after falling in the heats of the 800m in Rio. “We can expect much, in 2016 just we competed, now we are going not only to compete, if we can bring gold or even a final…” he said.“Competing with top athletes is a big challenge, but we hope we will do something in Tokyo 2020.”Two swimmers who fled Syria, a pair of Congolese judokas, an Ethiopian marathon runner and four middle-distance runners from South Sudan, as well as a 400m runner, were part of the refugee team that made its debut in Rio.The group of 51 athletes in contention for a spot in Tokyo are supported by the Olympic Solidarity programme and come from seven different sports, including karate and taekwondo.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Suso is already from Sevilla

first_imgSuso is already a Sevilla soccer player. Yesterday the Nervans found the final agreement with Milan for an 18-month transfer with purchase option, which would be mandatory if the club qualifies for the Champions League and it would cost about 20 million euros. The Cadiz, who will wear the number 14, arrived today in Seville to pass the medical examination and start his new adventure: this morning he left Milan with a private plane from Linate airport. “Say hello to the Tifosi? I’ll talk later,” he told reporters, without giving further statements. Suso leaves the rossonera entity, which he came to in 2015 from Liverpool, after 152 games and 24 goals: With 26 years he wanted a new adventure to be a protagonist and nothing better than Sevilla, where he will meet Lopetegui, the coach who made him debut with the National Team in November 2017.last_img read more

Foul play? Curious Derick questions timing of rejection for CONCACAF presidency

first_imgPresident of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Gordon Derrick has expressed disappointment following the rejection of his candidacy for the CONCACAF presidency, this after FIFA announced he had failed an integrity check.In a media release issued yesterday, Gordon, who also serves as the president of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, noted that he found his non-admittance for the CONCACAF presidential election odd given what he termed the minute nature of the cited offence.CONCACAF, the football authority for the North America, Central America and Caribbean region, is expected to elect a new president on May 12 in Mexico City. CONCACAF’s president is automatically a FIFA vice-president and is a member of the organisation’s executive committee, which will be known as the FIFA Council.Derrick outlined that he received a letter from FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee chairman, Domenico Scala, on April 12, 2016, which informed him that he could not be admitted as a candidate for the election of the office of FIFA vice-president.He further noted that the correspondence cited a November 17, 2011 reprimand in the wake of the Mohammed Bin Hamman matter, which saw several regional football leaders fined and charged with receiving cash payments during Bin Hamman’s failed bid to become FIFA president.BARRED FROM CONTESTINGDerrick noted with interest that he is being barred from contesting for the post for what he deems a minor offence.”Mr Domenico Scala cited a November 17, 2011 reprimand following the Bin Hammam matter, for which I was fined CHF 300, and an ongoing investigation that began over a year ago, on March 6, 2015. I find it curious that the reprimand of 2011 was too minute to warrant an appeal and further that the principal person in the matter was vindicated upon his appeal, yet this was deemed significant enough to derail my candidacy,” read Derrick’s statement.”It is equally interesting that the investigation opened against me by the FIFA Ethics Committee has been prolonged for over a year and was used as the second plank upon which I was disqualified. Given the series of events leading up to this announcement, I am not surprised, but I am nonetheless disappointed and concerned,” Derrick said before stating that he is now considering his options.”This disappointment and concern is not just for myself. It extends to football in the region and the course our development agenda seems set to take. I am carefully considering my next move and hope to make a more comprehensive statement in due course,” the statement continued.The development means that Bermuda’s Larry Mussenden and Canada’s Victor Montagliani are the remaining candidates for the CONCACAF presidency.CONCACAF’s last three presidents – Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit – have all been booted for their alleged involvement in the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA.last_img read more

Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Painters scrape through Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Croatia’s Dejan Lovren celebrates after Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic scored his side’s second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)MOSCOW — A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia’s biggest ever game.“We love to be the underdogs,” Lovren said in the wake of Croatia’s England 2-1 extra-time win over England.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Despite the Balkan nation’s small population, it is a veritable talent factory in a wide range of sports. There’s the former U.S. Open tennis champion Marin Cilic, a raft of current and ex-NBA players, Olympic champions in skiing, discus and the country’s beloved water polo.Most of all, Croatia is an export market for quality footballers, with a squad boasting stars for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.Until now, Croatia’s greatest moment on the football pitch was reaching the World Cup semifinals in 1998, the country’s first tournament after becoming independent.Stars of that team remain household names in Croatia, including the football federation president and ex-Real Madrid striker Davor Suker, who has been with this squad all the way through this World Cup campaign. After the quarterfinal win over Russia, Suker said he’d be delighted if Modric replaced him as Croatia’s greatest player of all time.Instead, he said, “I’ll be the greatest president!”Now that the 2018 squad has gone a step further than the 1998 semifinalists, Lovren and Croatia are creating a narrative beyond anything they experienced as children when the stars of the national team were etched into folk lore following a semifinal loss to France.“I was only nine. I remember my mum was screaming, she was crying after the French game,” Lovren said. “After 20 years people will remember us not any more (than just) ’98 — and this is what I wanted.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES With a population of 4.3 million and a history of struggle, it’s easy to see why. Not since Uruguay’s win in 1950 has a country of so few people reached a World Cup final.Croatia’s players were born around the time an independent Croatia emerged from the wars which divided the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Lovren and star midfielder Luka Modric were refugees as children.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Croatia still struggles economically and its football scene has been riven with hooliganism, crime and politics.It’s a country that breeds toughness in its players. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The key to Croatia’s success in Russia, Lovren said, is “Our mentality.”“War, all these things and even now the situation is not the best,” he said. “It’s unbelievable how many talents we have in sports.”Two years ago, Croatia’s campaign at the 2016 European Championship was overshadowed by turmoil in the stands as fans hurled dozens of flares onto the field in protest against the football federation leadership. A year before that, a swastika was drawn on the field before a national-team game.Those episodes have led to sanctions from soccer’s international governing body, but Lovren is hoping the squad’s success at this World Cup will mark a turning point for the country.“It’s not just football, it’s a bigger picture for us unfortunately,” he said. “Us players, now we change something and everyone is proud of us in Croatia.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Appeal Court to hear stay on High Court rulings Wednesday

first_imgThe Court of Appeal is expected to hear the applications made by Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams to stay last month’s High Court rulings on the no-confidence motion against the coalition Government.Attorney-at-Law Anil NandlallDuring an in-chambers session next Wednesday, Justice of Appeal Rishi Persaud will hear the submissions for applications to stay acting Chief Justice Roxane George’s rulings as AG Williams seeks to keep the President and the coalition Cabinet in office until the hearing and determination of the appeals filed on the no-confidence motion.According to Attorney-At-law Anil Nandlall, who is representing Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in these matters, the intent behind these applications is to suspend the effect of the no-confidence motion and its constitutional consequences.“In other words, the pith and substance of these applications is to suspend the provisions of the Constitution from taking effect, that is to say, that the Government is not defeated, that Cabinet including the President, is not required to resign and that elections are not required to be held within three months,” Nandlall asserted.He is of the view that it would amount to a coup d’état of the Constitution if these orders are granted since the Constitution is supreme and the Judiciary is subservient to it.“Therefore, rather than expend precious time and invaluable resources in pursuing these applications, a far more constructive course is to endeavour to have the appeal themselves heard and determined with dispatch. It is this latter approach for which I intend to advocate. This will pull the tree from its root, rather than trim the branches,” Nandlall asserted.Attorney General Basil WilliamsLast month, the acting Chief Justice refused the AG’s request for a stay and conservatory order prior to her rulings, saying that she could not grant a stay of the Court’s clarification of a decision taken by the Parliament.As such, Government asked the Appeal Court last week to stay the High Court’s rulings while it considers setting aside the judgments made by Justice George.The first case of AG v Speaker of the National Assembly and Opposition Leader, which deals with the 33 to 32 majority that was used to pass the no-confidence motion, Attorney General Basil Williams is arguing that “there was a miscalculation of the majority of all elected members as required under Article 106 (6) of the Constitution for the Government to be defeated on a vote of no-confidence”.Meanwhile, the second case was AG v Christopher Ram, who had successfully sought to have the High Court validate the no-confidence resolution and have Government comply with constitutional provisions to demit office and call elections no later than March of this year.The Chief Justice had upheld both cases, ruling that the no-confidence vote was validly passed and that Cabinet should have resigned. However, Williams in his appeal is claiming that the Chief Justice made an error in both of these rulings.In addition, appeals were also filed by the lawyers appearing for State Minister Joseph Harmon; while a cross-appeal was filed on behalf of Christopher Ram and an appeal is also to be filed on behalf of Compton Reid, the private citizen who legally challenged the validity of former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud’s vote on the no-confidence motion given his dual citizenship status.Last week, Nandlall had written the acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards to have the Court of Appeal fast-track these proceedings given their national importance, touching and concerning the constitutional and democratic architecture of Guyana.To this end, the attorneys representing the parties in the appeals met on Friday morning with the Registrar of the Appeal Court to settle issues relating to ‘Records of Appeal’.According to Nandlall, the responsibility of preparing the Records of Appeal, when settled, is that of the appellant. As such, the appellants promised to have the Records of Appeal prepared and ready within seven days. Afterwards, it is expected that the Appeal Court will set a date for hearing for the appeals.last_img read more

1 freed, 2 sentenced for cocaine trafficking

first_imgOne man, who was charged for cocaine possession, was set free, while his two co-accused were sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment, topped with an $11.7 million fine after they were found guilty of the charge brought against them.Fifty-seven-year-old Aundre Singh, a businessman of Lot 779 Section B Block X Great Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, and sixty-year-old Clifford Gouveia, a taxi driver of Lot 14 Little Abary, East Coast Demerara, were emotional as Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus made her ruling on Tuesday following the completion of the trial.Oneal Charan of Lot 47 Sandy Babb Street, Kitty, Georgetown, on the other hand, was freed of the charge by reason of lack of evidence.However, during the sentencing, Attorney-at-Law Bernard Davila asked for a minimum sentence for his client, Gouveia, since he is a diabetic and suffers from hypertension, while George Thomas, who represented Singh, told the court that his client suffered a medical condition that would require him to visit the hospital on a regular basis.Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) Prosecutor Narissa Leander asked the court to impose the maximum sentence on both men, citing the serious nature of the offence, the penalty it attracts, and the quantity of drugs that was found.On October 3, 2018, agents of CANU intercepted two motor cars on Rupert Craig Highway, in the vicinity of Kitty Seawall, with a quantity of cocaine, guns and ammunition. As a result of the operations, three males were taken into custody.It was reported that Singh and Charan were in a white Premio motor car bearing registration number PSS 8977, while Gouveia was the driver of another motorcar PLL 5213. At the time, a box was being transferred from one car to the other.Ranks of CANU swooped down on the operation and intercepted a box containing five suspected bricks of cocaine and beauty soaps. Upon weighing the cocaine, it amounted to 5.582 kilograms.In addition, the home of Singh was subsequently searched and a further 6.6 grams of suspected cocaine, along with US$5000 and GYD$3M were found.One Taurus Revolver with matching ammunition and one Pistol with matching ammunition were also discovered in another section of Singh’s house.last_img read more

Ex-players, family remember ‘D.J.’

first_img Also: Cleveland center Zydrunas Ilgauskas returned to the Cavaliers’ starting lineup in Miami for the first time since his wife went into early labor and lost twin babies. … Knicks leading rebounder David Lee sat out New York’s crucial game against the New Jersey Nets with a sprained right ankle and muscle strain. … Washington All-Star forward Caron Butler missed the game at Minnesota with lower back spasms. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Former NBA players remembered Dennis Johnson for his athletic ability and his infectious smile Sunday during a memorial service where there was far more laughter than tears. “In my lifetime I have never met such a dynamic person,” former Boston Celtics teammate Cedric Maxwell told the crowd of nearly 200 people gathered at the David Chapel Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. “He was one of the greatest players of all time.” A framed No. 3 Toros jersey and an enlarged picture of Johnson were surrounded by flowers near the altar. His wife of 31 years, Donna, and his three children, Dwayne, Denise and Daniel, sat in one of the front rows. Wade to seek second opinion: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will seek a second opinion early this week before deciding whether to rehabilitate his dislocated left shoulder or have season-ending surgery. “The sooner the better,” Miami coach and president Pat Riley said. If Wade chooses the rehab option, he could return to Miami’s lineup in about sixweeks, or with around 10regular-season games remaining. Artest sits out against Pacers: Sacramento forward Ron Artest missed the Kings’ game against the Indiana Pacers, his former team. Artest was not with the team for personal reasons, a team spokesman said without elaborating. Artest was not listed on the injury report. center_img Johnson, a Pepperdine product, was part of three NBA championship teams with Boston and Seattle, died Thursday after collapsing following practice with the Austin Toros, the NBA Development League team he coached. He was 52. Bill Walton and Robert Reed were among those in the crowd. last_img read more

Neymar makes Sh385mn per month at PSG

first_img0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain pays Brazilian forward Neymar more than three million euros a month, by far the biggest salary in French football © AFP/File / DENIS CHARLETPARIS, France, Feb 6 – Paris Saint-Germain pays 12 of the 13 largest player salaries in the French league, led by Neymar, who makes Sh385mn ($3.8 million) gross a month, more than twice as much as the next highest earner, sports daily L’Equipe reported on Tuesday.Behind Neymar, PSG players occupy the next seven places: Uruguayan Edinson Cavani makes Sh192.7mn (1.54 mn euros) a month, French teenager Kylian Mbappe earns Sh187mn (1.5mn euros) and Brazilian defender Thiago Silva makes Sh166.4mn (1.33mn euros). Then come Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria and Brazilian defender Marquinhos, both on Sh140mn (1.12m euros), Italian midfielder Thiago Motta (Sh109mn -875,000 euros) and Argentine Javier Pastore (Sh96.3mn – 770,000 euros).The first non-Parisian on the list is Radamel Falcao, the Colombian striker who earns 750,000 euros a month and, because he is in Monaco, pays no taxes.The top ten is rounded out by Dani Alves, another Brazilian defender at PSG, who makes Sh93.8mn (700,000 euros).Next come three more PSG stars — German striker Julian Draxler and Italian playmaker Marco Verratti both make Sh75mn (600,000 euros).PSG’s French striker Hatem Ben Arfa is tied on Sh62.5mn (500,000 euros) a month with two Marseille players, the former West Ham player Dimitri Payet and Brazilian Luiz Gustavo.At the other end of the Ligue 1 salary table are Amiens, where the average monthly salary is Sh1.9mn (15,000 euros), including three players on just Sh350,000 (2,800 euros).Since the sacking of the Marcelo Bielsa, who was making Sh70mn (560,000 euros) a month to coach Lille before he stormed out, PSG’s Unai Emery has become the highest earning manager on Sh56.3mn (450,000 euros) a month.Next comes another man working tax-free in Monaco, Leonardo Jardim, on Sh43.8mn (350,000 euros) closely followed by Claudio Ranieri, who won the English Premier League with Leicester in 2016 and makes Sh42.6mn (340,000 euros) a month in Nantes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Lack of Champions League a positive- Hazard

first_imgAntonio Conte guided Chelsea to the Premier League title last season in the absence of European football, but a return to the Champions League this term has seen the club’s league troubles return – having finished tenth under Jose Mourinho in the 2015/16 campaign.While a place in the Europa League is a distinct possibility, the Blues face the very real prospect of dropping below an in-form Arsenal, who are three points behind Chelsea in sixth.They are still, however, in the FA Cup where they face Southampton on April 22.And speaking following the 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday and ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with the Saints, Hazard said he is still hopeful of silverware this season.He told the club’s official website: “I hope for the Chelsea fans and ourselves that we can achieve something.“We still have the FA Cup to play for so we need to bring this trophy to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.”The Belgian international also believes that playing for Chelsea makes the players want to participate in the Champions League,  which is honourable for any club.“When you play for Chelsea you want to be in the Champions League every year but last year we didn’t play in it and we won the title, so sometimes a bad thing can create a good thing.”“But we will play [to try qualify] for the Champions League, for sure.“We need to work together. There are six games left to play in the league and we will try everything to be in the top four at the end of the season,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000And speaking following the 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday and ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with the Saints, Hazard said he is still hopeful of silverware this season.LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 10 – Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard believes that the club’s potential misfortune of missing out on the Champions League this season could turn out to be a positive.The Blues are currently battling for a top-four finish and sit fifth on the Premier League standings, but a massive ten points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur in fourth.last_img read more