The long parenthesis of the ‘Kuncito’

first_imgSergio Díaz and Madrid needed to see how he was doing in skilled soccer and the mom ship despatched him to Lugo, in Second, paying him half of the wage. He by no means completed successful over his coach, Francisco, he didn’t even rating a objective, and his journey lasted just below three months. In November 2017, eight minutes after coming into the area of play towards Numancia, he needed to manage a ball and his proper knee went in one other path. He cracked. “Full rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and rupture of the inside meniscus”, introduced the medical aspect of Madrid. He by no means returned to Galicia and in Valdebebas he ready himself for seven months of long, darkish and affected person restoration.A misplaced 12 months in BrazilSuch a critical damage often recommends, as soon as overcome, the recipe for a peaceful return, in a good atmosphere. Recuperate sensations. Surprisingly, Sergio Díaz ended up going again to soccer … in Brazil. New league and a membership unknown to him, the mighty Corinthians, who solely assumed half of his wage and did so by wanting askance at that broken knee. At Timão, say those that have been round the membership in 2018, by no means had an opportunity. A crew that got here from successful the Brasileirao and was beneath reconstruction. “When he arrived he was nonetheless not fairly effectively on his knee,” recollects Bruno Casucci, a journalist for Sports activities Balloon and specialist in Corinthians. Jair Ventura, the coach of the São Paulo crew, merely didn’t give him an opportunity. “It was a coach’s determination and, sure, Sergio by no means complained publicly about not taking part in.” There have been no reproaches though they solely gave him 4 video games. “It was a disappointing signing”Casucci summarizes. “Sergio is favored by the age to return to Europe very quickly, he’s recovered from his damage and has returned to the stage he had earlier than going to Madrid” “His switch to Actual Madrid was one of the most surprising information in Paraguayan soccer lately,” recollects Markos González, a Paraguayan journalist from Cerro World, the specialised radio program in Cerro Porteño, Sergio’s home and the membership the place he’s now on mortgage from Madrid. “When his switch to Lugo was confirmed, it was recognized that it was a course of of at the least a 12 months to later attain the Zidane first crew, however when breaking sadly it was recognized that it was going to be very tough to return to that street that he was constructing.. “, analyzes for this newspaper. Let’s rewind the tape. That journey in Madrid started in 2016 simply arrived from Cerro Porteño. Preseason with the oldest in Canada and the United States. In Castilla he was half of a era with greater than well-known names. Below the supervision from the Solari bench, Sergio he was a starter alongside Valverde, Achraf, Mario Hermoso and Odegaard in a squad wherein brothers Enzo and Luca Zidane additionally acted. “Sergio got here from taking part in the Libertadores and Castilla and the Youth League have been too small for him”, feedback a licensed voice that skilled the Paraguayan transit by way of La Fábrica. The Libertadores factor is literal. His final matches with Cerro have been a tie towards Boca Juniors. Therefore to be seen towards juveniles in Europe. They have been the most fun factor in the South American market amongst footballers beneath the age of 18. Fede Valverde and Sergio Diaz, Uruguayan and Paraguayan expertise, respectively. Actual Madrid signed them in July 2016 nearly in a single fell swoop (every of them price 5 million euros) in a single of the first South American operations of Juni Calafat (assisted by Ramón Martínez, an ideal connoisseur of soccer in that space) and whereas the Birdie It flies regular, the little Paraguayan gem is having to reinvent itself in its nation. A critical damage knee in Lugo and a questionable switch in Brazil They’ve stored him in parentheses though he’s solely 22 years outdated. Regardless of all Madrid has not thrown in the towel and renewed final 12 months for yet one more season (till 2022) … What occurred to the Kuncito, as they nicknamed him in Paraguay? Why hasn’t it curdled but? Sergio Díaz, with Actual Madrid in 2016 and presently at Cerro Porteño in Paraguay. Markos González, Paraguayan journalist for ‘Mundo Cerro’ Madrid have the risk to redefine it in July …Sergio Díaz had to consider easy methods to rebuild his profession. Away from social networks, he made a reset. He returned to Cerro, on mortgage, and there he glimpses once more that Kuncito from 4 years in the past, quick and dizzying. Madrid are maintaining a tally of their definitive restoration throughout this return to Cerro. “Till soccer stopped in March, he was being seen to have the ability to make a distinction, he was seen with energy and loads of ability,” says Markos González. “Again to Madrid? Age favors him and his soccer potential to return to Europe very quickly, as a result of he has proven that he’s very effectively recovered from his damage and It has returned to the stage it had earlier than it was bought to Madrid“Sergio Díaz is just not in the fast plans of the entity of Chamartín, however the risk is technically there. Though its project in Cerro is till January, resulting from the totally different calendars between Europe and South America, Madrid might play it again this summer time if it thought of it acceptable. Every thing factors to he shall be allowed to proceed in Paraguay maintaining these good emotions. Ready to see what the future holds for him, he has lived a step (or two) backwards in the hope of rising. Like Valverde.last_img read more

Magic cruise past Pelicans, close in on Heat in NBA playoff race

first_imgOrlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) goes up for a 3-pointer during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Florida — The Orlando Magic showed no mercy on an undermanned New Orleans team, routing the punchless Pelicans.Evan Fournier scored 22 points and Aaron Gordon had 20 as the Magic took advantage of the Pelicans playing without All-Star Anthony Davis and beat New Orleans 119-96 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Pelicans: Host Houston on Sunday.Magic: Play their fourth straight home game Friday against Memphis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Overall, we’ve been pretty good lately,” Fournier said. “We’re locked in, pressuring the ball, being physical. It’s kind of becoming automatic now. We’ve really gotten better defensively.”Stanley Johnson led the Pelicans with 18 points. Fellow reserve Ian Clark had 17 and Frank Jackson was the only starter in double figures with 14. The Pelicans were outrebounded 65-49.Davis was with the Pelicans a month ago when they were routed 118-88 by Orlando.“For some reason, this is a terrible matchup for us,” Pelicans’ coach Alvin Gentry said. “Those are our two worst losses this year. It’s just one of those things where the matchups have not been good to us and we have had a tough time keeping them off the boards.”Davis left Orlando on Wednesday morning to return to New Orleans to be with his daughter who was ill.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 “His daughter is really sick,” Gentry said at the morning shootaround. “He went back to make sure everything is fine. It’s serious enough that he needed to go back there.”Orlando held a 22-point halftime lead and never let the advantage go below 15 in the second half. Payton hit a follow-shot layup to cut New Orleans deficit to 76-61 with 6:23 left in the third period and prompt a timeout by the Magic.After the timeout, Vucevic drained a wide-open 3-pointer and blocked two shots to ignite a 15-0 run that sealed it. New Orleans missed 11 straight shots and turned the ball over twice during the run. The Pelicans trailed 98-67 going into the fourth quarter.“It wasn’t anything I said (during the timeout), we just played a lot better defensively,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “I think our defense is more consistent every night.”The game was all but decided at halftime when Orlando took a 68-46 lead. The Magic didn’t have to work hard offensively, hitting seven of 15 3-pointers and overpowering the Pelicans inside for layups or free throws.Vucevic had almost as many rebounds (14) as the Pelicans (18) in the first half when New Orleans shooting provided plenty of opportunities. The Pelicans started the game 1 for 14 from the field and didn’t get much better after that, finishing the half 18 of 52 (34.6 percent).TIP-INSPelicans: G E’Twaun Moore missed his seventh straight game with a quad contusion.Magic: Orlando’s starting five outscored New Orleans’ starters 78-43, including 50-19 in the first half. … Orlando had two, potential four-point plays in the first half. Ross missed his free throw in the first period, but Fournier converted his in the second period. … Orlando had 10 blocks, one shy of its season high.UP NEXT MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Terrence Ross had 19 points and Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Magic, who had little trouble finding shots inside or outside against the defenseless Pelicans. Orlando is chasing Miami for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.“We know we have a chance to play our way into the playoffs,” Gordon said. “We have some really talented guys on the defensive end and it’s all starting to come together.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDefense was all the Magic players wanted to talk about. They limited New Orleans to 37.3 percent shooting and completely eliminated Pelican point guard Elfrid Payton, who was on a roll coming into the game.Payton, who had triple-doubles in five straight games, finished with seven points, two assists and three rebounds. The only other NBA players with a triple-double in five straight games are Russell Westbrook (four times), Oscar Robertson (three), Wilt Chamberlain (two) and Michael Jordan (once). Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Behind rookie Collin Sexton, Cavs thwart bruised, Giannis-less Bucks Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

PROCMURA Reaches ‘Vulnerable’ Communities in Bomi

first_imgPROCMURA-Liberia Chapter’s Anti-Ebola Taskforce Committee over the weekend reached out to vulnerable and most Ebola affected communities’ in Bomi County, with food and non-food items.The items included household disinfectants, several bags of 25kg rice,  buckets with faucets, powder soaps and vegetable oil, among others.  Beneficiaries included residents of Dorleyla and Dimen towns on the  Bomi/Monrovia highway. Dimen Town is the home of celebrated cultural icon, the late Bai T. Moore.     Though there were no reports of Ebola outbreak in Dimen, nearby Dorleyla Town was affected, killing at least 19 persons during the height of the outbreak last year.Dorleyla’s town chief,  Imam Mohammed Jalieba,  and Pastor David Kollie as well as the head of a women’s organization,  Famatta Dorley, expressed gratitude to PROCMURA-Liberia.“Your gifts have revived our lost hopes.  Therefore, we will distribute them for the benefit of all including those mostly afflicted by the EVD last year,” residents of the two towns assured the PROCMURA leadership.PROCMURA officials informed the beneficiaries that their plights have not been forgotten, and  therefore urged them to make good use of the donations.Dr. Benjamin D. Lartey, who led the distribution committee, said the fight against the EVD in the sub-region would succeed only when those in the fight come together to kick the EVD out.He called on the leaders to take the lead in the fight by spreading the necessary awareness and education to complement the Liberian government’s efforts.“This is not the time to score victory against anyone, but to collaborate by forging together in our fight to score victory against the deadly Ebola by driving it from Liberia and the Mano River Basin,” Dr. Lartey asserted.He also called on the people to take ownership of their communities for the protection of the populace against Ebola.PROCMURA is an acronym for Pan-African Christian Organization and it is dedicated to Christian constructive engagement with Muslims to witness, establish mutual tolerance and collaboration towards peace and peaceful co-existence for the holistic development of the human family. It was founded in 1959.It is established in 20 African countries and is  visible in an additional 10, the officials said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Brink of ECOWAS Last Resort to Stop Jammeh

first_imgWe have often in this column recalled how in 1975 Time Magazine published a cover story on Africa entitled, “In Africa, Things Always Go Backward.”This highly pessimistic title made many of us Africans angry. But then, the magazine had earlier that same year put on its cover the Nigerian Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, calling him and Nigeria “The First Black Power.” It had just been revealed that Nigeria had US$7 billion in reserves in London banks, at the time one of the highest in the world. However, in July that year Gowon was overthrown in a military coup d’état while attending the Organization ofAfrican Unity Summit in Kampala, Uganda!And remember, barely four years earlier, peaceful and progressive Uganda, the world’s second largest coffee producer, had been rocked by Idi Amin’s coup overthrowing democratically elected President Milton Obote! That immediately sent millions of Ugandans, including top politicians, civil servants, army personnel, bishops and ordinary folk fleeing Amin’s murderous and widespread brutality. Uganda lost its coffee clout to the Ivory Coast. Amin soon expelled thousands of Indian businesspeople who had dominated the business sector, causing the collapse of the country’s commerce.We yet remember that around the same time of Gowon’s overthrow, Angola and Mozambique gained their independence from Portugal, and immediately entered civil war!We all know what happened in Liberia five years later, when this African citadel of peace and stability was rocked with its first coup, overthrowing and murdering President William R. Tolbert and his top officials, plunging the country into 10 years of terror, leading, worse yet, to civil war.Doe was in his last days of power when Yahya Jammeh joined the ECOMOG’S Gambian peace keeping contingent deployed in Liberia. Did ECOMOG stop the war? No. Following the All-Party Conference in Banjul in September 1990, Dr. Amos Sawyer, who was elected Chair of the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU), entered Liberia shortly thereafter. Dr. Sawyer, along with Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh and others, as members of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA), were among the political movements that gave political consciousness to Liberian youth across the country, as well as the Liberian Armed Forces that staged the 1980 coup d’état. Did the coup set things right in Liberia? No. It led to 10 years of terror, leading to civil war. Sawyer and his team arrived here in September to early October, 1990 and remained in control of the Interim Government for over four years. Did things “go backward” in Liberia? You bet! The war continued for 10 more years.Meanwhile Jammeh, after completing his tour of duty with ECOMOG in Liberia, returned home and quickly, on July 22, 1994 staged a military coup d’état against the elected government of President Sir Dawda K. Jawara. Jammeh immediately started doing the same things Doe had done following his 1980 coup—embarking upon a repressive and murderous rule that has lasted 22 years.But something good happened on December 1, 2016, when the Gambian opposition united, defeated the tyrant and elected Adama Barrow as the new President. The defeat was so convincing that Jammeh immediately conceded. But determined that things will, once again “go backward” in Africa, Jammeh a few days later alleged election “irregularities” and called for new elections!The ECOWAS leaders, led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the President of Africa’s most powerful nation, Nigeria, has so far paid several visits to Banjul, pleading with Yahya Jammeh to step aside and allow the scheduled January 19 inauguration of the new President to be held.But Jammeh, assuming that ECOWAS, the African Union, the United Nations and the rest of the world are fools, is now insisting that his Supreme Court should decide the matter, which has already been decided by the December 1 elections. This has led ECOWAS to the extreme, threatening force to remove this intransigent and unreasonable tyrant. Now, for the first time in its history, Gambia’s peace has been seriously threatened, and thousands of citizens as well as tourists, the backbone of the economy, are fleeing the looming apocalypse.It is our prayer that military force, if it becomes necessary, will be swift, decisive and bloodless. We have another prayer: that Adama Barrow, The Gambia’s long awaited liberator, will not disappoint. We pray that he will have the common sense, humility and political will to lead The Gambia forward, and save it from going “backward” again. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NYC building fire kills 8 kids, 1 adult in African migrant clan

first_img Grief spreads Word of the fire spread grief across two continents, from the Bronx to villages in Mali, a West African country about twice the size of Texas and one of the poorest nations in the world. “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” said a devastated Mamadou Soumare, a livery cab driver whose wife, son and 7-month-old twins died in the blaze. “I love her. I love my wife.” Soumare was driving through Harlem when he received a frantic cell-phone call from his wife, Fatoumata, who relatives said died in the fire. “She said, `We have a fire,”‘ Soumare recalled. “She was screaming.” Soumare rushed home in his cab, only to helplessly watch as their home turned into a fiery tomb. Moussa Magassa, an official of the New York chapter of the High Council for Malians Living Abroad, was headed back to the city from a business trip to Mali after receiving the grim news that nearly half of his 11 children were dead, said council representative Bourema Niambele. “He’s the best in our community,” said Imam Mahamadou Soukouna, a Muslim cleric and family friend. “It’s very, very, very sad what has happened to us today.” Magassa arrived in New York about 15 years ago, friends said. One neighbor said Magassa and Mamadou Soumare were brothers. Fatoumata Soumare was from the village of Tasauirga and left Mali for the Bronx about six years ago, friends said. The death toll might have been higher if not for the efforts of Soto and another neighbor, David Todd. Todd, 40, who lived next door, said one child was already on the ground in the yard when he arrived with Soto outside the burning home. “Please, God, help my children!” the woman inside screamed while tossing the children out – and then jumping from the window. Shooting flames Another neighbor, Elaine Martin, said flames were shooting from the building when she arrived, and a shoeless woman in a nightgown stood crying in the street. “My kids is in there, my kids is in there,” the woman wailed to Martin. Neighbor Charles O’Neal, 21, watched as firefighters passed along babies still in their pajamas. Later, O’Neal saw two of the children dead, splayed across white plastic on the ground. There were reports of 19 injuries, including four firefighters and an emergency medical worker. A 7-year-old girl remained in critical condition, while a pair of 6-year-olds and a 24-year-old were in stable condition. Part of the problem, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was that residents apparently tried to extinguish the fire themselves. “Once they were notified, the Fire Department was on the scene in a little more than three minutes,” the mayor said. “Sadly, that was not enough time.” The home did not have a fire escape and was not required to under city building codes. There were no complaints or violations on record against the building, constructed in 1901. The dead, according to family members, included Fatoumata Soumare, 42, and three children: a son, Dgibril, and 7-month-old twins, Sisi and Harouma. A fourth child, 7-year-old Hasimy, escaped the carnage, her father said. The family members provided different name spellings than the authorities did. Authorities identified the members of the Magassa family as four brothers: Bandiougou, 11, Mahamadou, 8, Abudubucary, 5, and Bilaly, 1; and their sister, 3-year-old Diaba. Varying accounts had the families’ names spelled differently. The fire was New York City’s deadliest since the 1990 Happy Land social club blaze in the Bronx that killed 87 people.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Screams poured from the burning building along with smoke and flames: “Help me! Help me! Please! Please!” Bystanders looked up to see a woman toss two children out the window, one at a time, to those below. The scene unfolded early Thursday during New York City’s deadliest fire in nearly two decades – a blaze that killed eight children and one adult, part of an extended family led by African immigrants who shared a row house near Yankee Stadium. The children tossed from the three-story building survived, authorities said. The woman who threw them jumped but survived. The fire was sparked by an overheated space heater near a mattress in a basement bedroom, then raced up a stairway pushed by air from broken back windows, said Fire Chief Salvatore Cassano. Most of the 22 residents – 17 of them children – were stranded on the upper floors as the blaze raged for two hours. “I can’t recollect a fire where we lost eight children,” Cassano said. Neighbor Edward Soto ran toward the fire, then stared in disbelief as an infant was tossed from the building. “All I see is just a big cloud of white dust, and out of nowhere comes the first baby,” said Soto, who caught the child while with another neighbor. Moments later, he caught a second child. At least one of the children was not breathing. Firefighters worked for two hours in freezing pre-dawn temperatures to bring the flames under control. The home had two smoke alarms, but neither had batteries. Police said there was no evidence of a crime. The dead were found throughout the house, mostly on the upper floors, with babies still in their cribs. The victims included five children from one family, along with a wife and three other children from a second family. last_img

No. 1 Buckeyes turn the hat trick

first_imgNo. 6 Florida 77, Arkansas 56: The Gators (29-5) finished off threerouts in three days in Atlanta to claim their third straight Southeastern Conference tournament championship and lock up the No. 1 seed in the Midwest regional. No. 8 North Carolina 89, N.C. State 80: Shrugging off nine years of frustration in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, the Tar Heels (28-6) beat their Tobacco Road rivals in Tampa, Fla., for their first league title since 1998 and were rewarded with the top seed in the East regional. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 81, Northwestern State 78: Chris Daniels scored 19 points, and the Islanders held on to win the Southland Conference tournament championship and secure their first berth in the NCAA Tournament. WOMEN No. 22 Wisconsin-Green Bay 91, Butler 64: Nicole Soulis scored 21points, and Amanda Popp added 18 to help the host Phoenix (28-3) cruise to the Horizon League tournament title. Mike Conley scored 18 points, Ron Lewis added 17, and the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes beat the No.3Wisconsin Badgers for the third time this season, 66-49, Sunday in Chicago to win their second Big Ten tournament title. The Buckeyes (30-3) then learned they have the top seed in the South regional. Wisconsin got the second seed in the Midwest. Greg Oden finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks after playing just 6 minutes in the first half. Big Ten Player of the Year Alando Tucker missed his first six shots for Wisconsin and finished with 10 points. “They have a lot of athletes on that team, and they like to get up and down,” said Wisconsin’s Kamron Taylor, who led the Badgers (29-5) with 15points but was 6 of 18 from the floor. “I think the first two times that we played them, we kind of controlled that, and we let it get away from us. Today, we allowed them to get out and get on a break, and it caught up with us.” No. 2 Kansas 88, No. 15 Texas 84 (OT): Sherron Collins scored 20points, and Kansas rallied in Oklahoma City to claim their second straight Big 12 tournament title in overtime and the No.1seed in the West regional. center_img Old Dominion 78, James Madison 70: T.J. Jordan scored 17 points, and Tiffany Green added 16 in Newark, Del., to help the Monarchs (24-8) capture their 16th consecutive Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship. Drake 65, Creighton 64 (OT): Kelsey Keizer hit a 3-pointer with 55seconds left in overtime in Des Moines, Iowa, to give the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (14-18) the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title. UMBC 48, Hartford 46: Carlee Cassidy scored 14 points to help the seventh-seeded Retrievers (16-16) stun the top-seed Hawks (24-8) in the America East title game and earn their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Site C dam could withstand earthquake far greater than ever recorded in Peace: B.C. Hydro

first_imgThe model they used allowed for earthquakes up to 7.6 magnitude which is 2,000 times more powerful than the largest earthquake ever recorded in the region of 5.4 magnitude near Dawson Creek.  Little also said their review included low level earthquakes attributed to fracking in the area.The public hearings into the project started back up again today in Fort St. John with a topic specific session on the aquatic environment.Chief Project Engineer John Nunn started B.C. Hydro’s presentation by addressing some of the “misconceptions” about the  W.A.C. Bennett Dam, maintaining it has not yet reached its half-life. He argues with good maintenance dams can have a much longer life than 100 years, pointing to a dam in Germany that was bought in 1715 and one in the U.S.- Advertisement -The hearings continue today with presentations from Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada and the Ministry of Forests, as well as Saulteau First Nations, West Moberly First Nations, Treaty 8 Tribal Association and the Peace River Environmental Society.last_img read more

VAR could be used in CL by 2019: UEFA chief

first_img“Realistically speaking, in the 2019-2020 season we could have it in the Champions League and at the European Championship,” Ceferin said in an interview with Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport.“The Champions League is like a Ferrari or a Porsche. You can’t drive it right away, you need training and testing offline. Everyone has to understand how it works.“At the moment not everything is clear for the fans and referees, we cannot allow that, and I’ve seen some comical situations in Germany, the FA Cup and Italy.“For the top of the top of our sport we need the top of the top rules. We must solve the problems, not try to please someone.”And European football’s chief added that he had “some concerns about the World Cup, where we’ll have referees who have never officiated with VAR.“I hope there are no scandals or problems.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin does not want to rush to introduce VAR into European competitions © AFP / JOHN THYSMILAN, Italy, Apr 18 – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said Wednesday that the video assistant referee (VAR) system could be introduced to the Champions League by the 2019-2020 season.Slovenian Ceferin has taken a cautious approach to the use of VAR despite it being used in the Italian and German leagues this season. FIFA have also approved its use at the upcoming World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

Costa’s sizzling return reignites Atletico

first_img0Shares0000Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, seen during a training session following his welcoming ceremony at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium in Madrid, on December 31, 2017 © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Jan 5 – Diego Costa’s return to Atletico Madrid began in typically explosive fashion on Wednesday night, and his second spell in La Liga has raised hopes that his new team might challenge runaway leaders Barcelona.Costa swept home his first Atletico goal since leaving the club for Chelsea in 2014 just five minutes into his first appearance since May, scoring Atletico’s third in a 4-0 hammering of third-tier Lleida Esportiu in the Copa Del Rey and showing the goalscoring prowess that Diego Simeone’s side have lacked all season. Costa came on as a 64th minute sub on Wednesday and almost immediately put his foot where it hurts to score, beating Lleida centre-back Marc Trilles to Juanfran’s drilled cross and having his shin stamped on by the defending in the process.“He’d put his foot into the blades of a fan,” said teammate Vitolo.Costa showed the other, darker side to his game soon after deciding that the knock to the shin was nothing serious, charging back onto the pitch and getting embroiled in a row with Jorge Felix for which he was lucky not to be booked.Atletico Madrid’s top scorer Antoine Griezmann controls the ball during a friendly match against Egypt’s Al-Ahly, at Borg al-Arab Stadium near Alexandria, on December 30, 2017 © AFP/File / KHALED DESOUKI“In a way he never left, despite having a very good spell at Chelsea,” said goalkeeper Miguel Anguel Moya, who stood in for Jan Oblak at Lleida.Atletico, who host Getafe on Saturday, are second in La Liga having lost only once all season but are nine points behind Ernesto Valverde’s team, on 36 points after drawing six of their 17 league fixtures, more than any team in the top half of the table.They remain as dogged and as hard to beat as ever — just eight goals conceded and one defeat in 17 league games is a testament to that — but they have scored only 25.That’s 20 fewer than Barca and a paltry total compared to third-placed Valencia, who have rattled in 36 and are two points behind Atletico.Their top scorer is Antoine Griezmann, who has improved after a slow start to the season and scored the fourth with a deflected free-kick on Wednesday but has only scored five times in the league.Sunday’s match is just the sort of match Atletico have faltered at throughout this season.As well as the six league draws against the middling likes of Girona and Leganes, four in the Champions League — including two with Azerbaijani minnows Qarabag — cost them qualification from a group many expected them to comfortably get through ahead of eventual group winners Roma.Their first league defeat of the season came at Espanyol before the Christmas break, a 1-0 loss that came thanks to shot shy striker Sergio Garcia’s first goal of the season two minutes before the end and highlighted the how blunt Atletico can look going forward against weak opposition.Atletico haven’t won La Liga since Costa left for London, where he won two Premier League titles in three years straight after rifling the Madrid club to their tenth league championship with 27 goals.Real Madrid are way back in fourth, five behind Atletico as they prepare to travel to Celta Vigo, who have held Barca to two recent draws — 2-2 at the Camp Nou in the league last month and 1-1 in the cup on Thursday.FixturesSaturdayAtletico Madrid v Getafe (3pm), Valencia v Girona (6:15pm), Las Palmas v Eibar (8:30pm), Sevilla v Real Betis (10:45pm)SundayLeganes v Real Sociedad (2pm), Barcelona v Levante (6:15pm), Athletic Bilbao v Alaves (8:30pm), Villareal v Deportivo (8:30pm), Celta Vigo v Real Madrid (10:45pmMondayMalaga v Espanyol (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal county councillor has said he is delighted to have secured a grant of €10,000 for a road safety project.Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla EasbuigMicheál Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig secured the grant for Scoil Rann Na Feirste at last weeks MD Council meeting in Dungloe.He said “I would like to thank Cllr Seamus O’Donnell and Cllr Terrance Slowey for strongly supporting my request for funding for this safety project at the school. There has been a road safety issue at the school when the kids are being dropped off and picked up. “The council will start work before Christmas and hopefully this will make access to and from the school to the main car park at Áislann Rann Na Feirste safer for everyone.”Dúirt Micheál Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig go raibh áthas air go raibh sé ábalta maoiniúchán €10,000 a chinntiú do thionscadal sábháilteachta bóthair ag Scoil Rann na Feirste igCruinniú Comhairle an Cheantair Bhardasaigh a bhí ann ar an Chlochán Liath an tseachtain seo a chuaigh thart.“Ba mhaith liom buíochas a ghabháil leis an Chomhairleoir Seamus O’Donnell agus leis an Chomhairleoir Terence Slowey a thug tacaíocht láidir dom san iarratas maoiniúcháin don tionscadal sábháilteachta ag an scoil.“Tá fadhb le sábháilteacht an bhóthair ag an scoil nuair a bhíonn na páistí á bhfágáil ann agus á gcruinniú arís. Cuirfidh an Chomhairle tús leis na hoibreacha roimh an Nollaig agus tá súil againn go mbeidh an bealach isteach chuig an scoil agus an bealach amach go dtí an carrchlós ag Áislann Rann na Feirste níos sábháilte do achan nduine.” SCHOOL GETS €10,000 FOR ROAD SAFETY PROJECT was last modified: November 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more