Warrior on point

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Simeone says future uncertain, Zidane praises Ronaldo

first_imgA downbeat Diego Simeone did not confirm whether he wanted to continue as Atletico Madrid coach on Saturday after suffering a second agonising Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid in three years.After Atletico came from a goal behind to take the game into extra time at 1-1, it was Real who prevailed 5-3 in the penalty shootout, adding to the pain of the 4-1 loss to their city rivals in the 2014 final in Lisbon.Simeone, who has won every major trophy with Atletico in his four and a half years in charge apart from the Champions League, cast his future at the club into doubt when asked if he had thought about resigning.“I am thinking that I have to start thinking” Simeone told a news conference.“It’s a logical question for you to ask after a defeat like the one we’ve suffered today. I feel proud of my players.“Quite frankly I love my players. It’s obvious that they’ve given everything that they have, and they always give everything they have.“We had the chance to become champions, we didn’t take that chance,” he added.“We need to continue working, I have to think things out on my part. That’s what I’m doing now. What is clear to me is that nobody remembers the losers. Losing two finals is a failure. We have to get over this and heal our wounds.”Although he offered his congratulations to Real, Simeone could not hide his disappointment at losing another final in such cruel circumstances.“You do your best, you try to do what you can, you get to two finals and you lose them both,” he said.“One you lose 4-1, even though it was 2-1 for a long time, the other you lose on penalties.“This cycle for me at Atletico, two finals in three years is, actually a marvellous achievement, but I am not happy with what I have achieved.”Atletico won the La Liga title in 2014, breaking Barcelona and Real Madrid’s nine-year stranglehold on the trophy. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane lavished praise on Cristiano Ronaldo after the three-times world player of the year appeared to struggle through the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.Ronaldo was subdued for long spells but fired home the winning penalty to give Real a 5-3 success in the shootout following a 1-1 draw after extra time and then performed his shirtless celebration, proudly showing off his muscular torso.“He wasn’t injured. He gave us the win, he was fine, he fought hard and he ran a lot like everyone in the team,” Zidane told reporters. “He has always helped his team mates.”Ronaldo scored 16 times in the Champions League campaign to finish as top scorer in the competition for the fourth season in a row, albeit a goal short of the record he set two seasons ago.He has won the Champions League three times, twice with Real and once with Manchester United, but still one fewer than his great rival, Lionel Messi of Barcelona.“We’re really happy, finals are always hard,” said Ronaldo. “The side was great and sacrificed a lot. It’s impressive. I knew I was going to score the winning penalty; I was confident.”Fromre Real playmaker Zidane, who became the seventh person to win the Champions League as a player and coach, said that work, and more work, was the secret of Real’s success.“We worked so much,” said the Frenchman, the first coach from his country to win the trophy. “I believe a lot in work, work is the most important thing and everyone has done a good job.”“We suffered a lot physically and some players had cramp, but it’s normal,” he added.“Mentally, there is a lot of pressure but you have to fight. We have worked a lot and when you get something as big as the Champions (League), it means a lot for the staff and the supporters.”last_img read more

Strong field to take part in Nicos Severis Cyprus Junior Open

first_imgA strong international field will take part in this year’s Nicos Severis Cyprus Junior Open being held from Friday 25th to Sunday 17th February at Minthis Golf Club near Paphos. Some 54 boys and 26 girls up to 18 years old from 14 countries will compete over three rounds of 18 holes. A strong team of nine local youngsters selected from the Cyprus Golf Federation’s (CGF) Junior Order of Merit system will be flying the flag for Cyprus. Since its inception seven years ago, the Severis Cyprus Junior Open has gone from strength to strength. It is now a World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) event for both boys and girls attracting ever stronger fields and producing golf of the highest quality. Last year’s winner at Secret Valley Golf Club, 18 year old German Cedric Otten, broke the course record twice on successive days, and the handicaps of this year’s entrants suggests that we may again expect the highest standards of golf from the young competitors.Also, this year for the first time there will be separate competitions for boys and girls, and as in previous years, there will be a number of concurrent competitions for youngsters of all ages and abilities, all part of the CGF’s aim of continuing to encourage the development of young golfers in Cyprus while also promoting Cyprus on the international golfing stage.last_img read more

United dump holders Chelsea out of Cup to pile pressure on Sarri

first_imgManchester United dumped holders Chelsea out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 fifth-round win at Stamford Bridge to leave Maurizio Sarri’s position as Blues head coach ever more precarious.Boos greeted the half-time whistle as goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba, who had set up the first, earned 12-time winners United a 2-0 advantage and a place in the quarter-finals.The dissent grew towards Sarri in the second half, with his predictable substitutions and refusal to compromise on his possession-based style of play leaving vast swathes of the home support to give an expletive-laden appraisal of ‘Sarri-ball’.Chelsea supporters even joined in as United fans sang “You’re getting sacked in the morning”. It is a fate which appears ever more likely.A change of boss has had the desired effect for United.Paris St Germain inflicted the first defeat of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign, after an 11-match unbeaten start.And now United are in the quarter-finals after a seventh win from seven away games since the Norwegian’s appointment on December 19.United had eliminated the holders on 10 occasions, more than any other side in FA Cup history, but had not won at Stamford Bridge in nine prior attempts. This was just their third win in 23 games at Chelsea.The sides have met regularly of late in the FA Cup, including last May when Antonio Conte’s Chelsea lifted the trophy ahead of Jose Mourinho’s United.Nine months on, Solskjaer is in caretaker charge of United and Sarri is fighting for his job, with Thursday’s Europa League last-32 second leg with Malmo and Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with Manchester City to come.The February 27 Premier League clash with Tottenham is also likely to be pivotal for Sarri, who has shown a stubborn refusal to compromise on his tactics.The last time Chelsea faced a side from Manchester, City inflicted a 6-0 defeat – the Blues’ worst in 28 years.Sarri selected a predictable line-up and the Blues began well, but United grew into the game and always looked dangerous.Chris Smalling might have put United in front after nine minutes, but headed poorly at Kepa Arrizabalaga before Chelsea’s best spell of the game.Sergio Romero, deputising for David De Gea, saved twice in quick succession. He punched David Luiz’s free-kick as far as Pedro, whose volley was gathered by the goalkeeper at the second attempt.Eden Hazard next curled wide before Gonzalo Higuain headed narrowly off target from a Cesar Azpilicueta cross.Pogba was deployed on the left of United’s midfield and set up the opening goal.A flowing move involving Matic, Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata – three former Chelsea players – concluded when Pogba crossed from the left. Fault could be found in a number of Chelsea players as Herrera headed in unnoticed at the back post.A second followed on the stroke of half-time. Pogba won the ball in midfield before feeding Rashford down the right wing.The France World Cup-winning midfielder continued his run and was found by Rashford’s pin-point cross. Pogba headed down and in, but Kepa might have saved.United were able to sit back and play on the break in the second half, but received some good fortune as Matic avoided a second yellow card.Hazard tried to spark Chelsea into life, cutting in from the right, but his shot was blocked by Victor Lindelof.After one predictable Chelsea substitution, Willian for Pedro, there was sarcastic applause for another when Kovacic was replaced by Ross Barkley.“You don’t know what you’re doing,” was followed by a chant of “You’re getting sacked in the morning”. United fans sang it, and Chelsea’s joined in.More boos followed when Davide Zappacosta came on for Azpilicueta in a straight swap at right-back and there were more jeers at full-time as United advanced to face Wolves, giving Chelsea plenty of reasons to be alarmed. By Matt McGeehanlast_img read more

Arrogance that pervades political administrative power (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,It is crass nonsense to link the expressing of my opinion in the media on matters such as my rejection of the Production Sharing Agreement between Esso et al & the Government of Guyana; the overt support of this administration for an unconscionable contract and the covert and discretionary silence of the Opposition and the Private Sector at it relates to seeking remedies against Esso & its minority partners; my view that the forensic audits have, to a significant degree, been used as a tool of persecution, and my pronouncements that the destruction of the sugar industry is based on partisan politics and racism akin to the invasion of Red House; and the denial and subsequent neophytic excitement and spitefulness that the now expired Gaming Authority leadership displayed during their term in office, in their palavering and prating over the second application for a Casino licence by Sleep-In International Hotel and Casino. Hopefully, better sense prevails from the New Board.Also, allow me a little more of your high value space to reference my public pronouncements in the media re: 1) That President Granger had the authority vested in him by the inherent weaknesses in the Constitution to appoint a Chairman of GEOCOM, once he rejected the first list by finding any individual on the list unfit or improper, or both. 2) My support of Minister Harmon when I felt the President acted without temperance to axe Mr. Tiwari as Business Advisor to Minister Harmon. 3) Personal funding though the Guyana Basketball Federation to resurface Burnham Court at a cost of more than $10 million, and arranging the best image we have in Guyana of our first Executive President on a 25X10-foot billboard in all his charismatic splendour. Many Guyanese have been going to Parade Ground/Burnham Court to take photos under his image and such like. 4) My writings on the AFC overreach for power within the coalition was also written about in the media. Look no further than their efforts to undermine Minister Harmon — a spectacular failure, as is even more evident now. 5) The obsequious behaviour of the WPA, though not as extreme now, still exists to this day.Guyana is the richest nation in the world per capita in terms of natural resources. We have 83,000 square miles to develop, yet we squander our time on the rights and wrongs of using a few acres of formerly pasture land in Pradoville, or building a magnificent hotel in Kingston on then unused land. The Marriott now stands as a flagship hotel in Guyana, and I have not seen a better Marriott in Suriname, Barbados, Jamaica or Trinidad. That our Marriott is often used by investors and potential investors in Guyana is an understatement.The Corporate Community has been supportive of sports in Guyana, but the culture and systems are not in place for organized funding. The level of funding required for sports in schools, clubs and at the national level is just not sufficient from the corporate community, even while we acknowledge that some in the business community are supportive. Most of the funding must come from Government, and budgetary provisions for such funding have to be increased tenfold at a minimum, to avoid this malaise from continually degrading our youth and sport.We have a Lotto Fund that is used in a most mysterious, curious, and arbitrary fashion. Though money in the Lotto Fund is supposed to be used for community development and sports, this is the exception, rather than the norm. The hundreds of millions that pass through the Guyana Lotto Fund can well allow for significant allocations to our lead sports federations and associations, as is done in Barbados and other countries.I recall — as if it happened yesterday — when we were informed by our National Coach, Mr. Hewley Henry, at St. Stanislaus Basketball Court, that President Forbes Burnham had died; the date was August 6, 1985. The coach asked that we stop the training session and have a minute’s silence in a show of respect on the passing of our President. Hewley Henry was a staunch WPA supporter at the time, but his show of cohesion and solidarity, which involved all the players in the silent prayer, still motivates.“The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.” Marcus Aurelius.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

Man charged in ‘Robin Hood’ bank robberies

first_imgVairo sent pictures captured by the bank’s security camera to the FBI, which then circulated them to local law enforcement agencies. Guillory spotted the pictures, noticed similarities to gloves Rodriguez donned in a previous caper and the photo she’d gotten when running his DNA.The agencies coordinated to arrest him, but he ended up in custody earlier than expected when the LAPD picked him up on suspicion of possession of narcotics and a weapon last Wednesday. At the time, he was on parole on a previous drug charge.Though police initially feared he’d be a hard case, Rodriguez proved to be exceptionally cooperative once in custody.“I showed him the photo from the San Fernando robbery,” Guillory said. “He looks at the photo, looks at the ceiling, looks at me and says, ‘Yup, that’s me.’”brent.hopkins@dailynews.com818-713-3738For more cops and crime news, check out It’s a Crime.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Julio Cesar Rodriguez says he stole from the rich, gave to the poor and got caught because he didn’t cover his face when he tried to knock over the San Fernando Citibank.Prosecutors charged the 32-year-old Arleta man with 14 counts of robbery and attempted robbery Tuesday in a string of bank jobs dating back to 2004. Though his arraignment was delayed until later this month, police said he has admitted his guilt and cooperated with the investigation.The Los Angeles Police Department alleges Rodriguez snatched close to half a million bucks out of bank vaults throughout the northeast San Fernando Valley. When Detective Ursula Guillory of the Robbery-Homicide Division asked what he did with the proceeds, Rodriguez offered a shocking answer.“He said, ‘I spent a little on myself, then I went down to Skid Row and handed it out,’” Guillory said. “He went on to tell us about all the rest of the robberies.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre She’d been tracking him for months, based on DNA evidence obtained from the scarf he used to cover his face in an earlier robbery in Van Nuys. He’d scribbled lines from the Book of Mormon inside alluding to 1st Nephi 3:7. Guillory asked him about the passage, and he said he belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.“Now I’ve got a bank-robbing, Mormon Robin Hood,” she said. “He was very cooperative and said he wanted to be responsible. He said, ‘I don’t want to waste your time, detective.’”He wasn’t so cooperative when he tried to rob the Citibank branch at 456 S. Brand Blvd. in San Fernando on Sept. 8. He wore sunglasses and distinctive orange gardeners’ gloves, but left his bandanna at home. After roughing up a teller, he left without getting any money.He brandished an apparently fake gun, used copious amounts of obscenities and left his face uncovered.“Not a very bright person,” San Fernando police Detective Anthony Vairo said.last_img read more

Killer gets 100-year term

first_imgAn Antelope Valley man was sentenced Friday to 100 years in prison for killing one person and wounding two others in May 2004, when he fired into a crowd in a Lancaster parking lot. Kenjuan De Adams, 29, was convicted of murder, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm for the shooting that killed Demone Dozier, 28, of Palmdale. “The defendant’s vicious murder of Mr. Dozier not only took the life of a human being but also took the life of a husband, father, son and grandson,” Deputy District Attorney Benny Osorio said. Adams was sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court to 50 years to life in prison for the murder charge, and two terms of life plus 25 years to life for the attempted-murder counts. Reynolds’ guilty plea came after Judge Kathleen Kennedy-Powell granted a defense motion to dismiss attempted murder charges against Reynolds and Adams in connection with a man who chased after the gunmen following the parking lot shooting. Adams and Reynolds were arrested after deputies stopped a van resembling the gunman’s getaway vehicle, officials said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Adams has prior convictions for second-degree burglary in 1997 and possession for sale of a narcotic in 1998. The defense argued during the trial that someone else was the shooter, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said there was no clear motive for the shooting, which occurred just after 2 a.m. May 22, 2004, in a parking lot at Division Street and Avenue J. The parking lot is a frequent late-night gathering spot, and there were about 100 people milling about at the time. Co-defendant Charles Reynolds, 28, pleaded guilty in February to possession of cocaine base and to being an accessory after the fact and was sentenced to two years in prison, officials said. Reynolds was given credit for the time he has served since his arrest May 22, 2004, and was released from jail. last_img read more

McFadden penalty fires Illistrin to Dessie Kelly Cup glory

first_imgA JODIE McFadden penalty was all that was needed for Illistrin to win the Donegal Women’s League U16 Dessie Kelly Cup.Mulroy Academy 0-1 Illistrin FCIn a very evenly contested game held in Leckview Park, both teams played excellent football. Illistrin started brightest with Jodie McFadden sent though by a great ball by Maria Kealy after five minutes s, but Meabh Duffy in the Mulroy goal was in great form all night.Sarah McGinley should have put Illistrin after a shot by Aisling Coll was deflected to Sarah’s feet but Aoife Sweeney clear the ball off the line.As the game progressed Megan McLoughlin got more into the game and drove forward from midfield but Orla Corry was equal to the challenge with a good save.Clodagh Heron also had a good effort but just went wide of the post. Erika Gallagher and another from Jodie McFadden tested Meabh once again.Mulroy’s defence was equal to the challenge of the Illistrin attack.However, on the hour mark Jodie McFadden was taken down in the box and converted the penalty herself which was the only goal in the game.McFadden penalty fires Illistrin to Dessie Kelly Cup glory was last modified: September 11th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Datebook

first_imgFRIDAY Fourth annual Operation Gratitude Holiday Drive, to send care packages to service members, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Saturday, California Army National Guard, 17330 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys. Children 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult. Financial donations tax deductible. Call (818) 437-6201. Day After Thanksgiving Community Singles Dance, 8 p.m., Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys. Bring a can of food for a local food bank. $16 admission. Call (818) 759-1545 or (818) 708-6951. A Christmas Carol – the Musical, weekends through Dec. 23, 8-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday matinees at 1 p.m, weeknights at 7 p.m., Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2702. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ 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

Brighton appoint Graham Potter as new head coach from Swansea on four-year deal

first_img talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining 1 gameday cracker Brighton and Hove Albion have named Graham Potter as their new head coach to succeed Chris Hughton, the Premier League club have confirmed.Potter leaves Swansea after just a single season to take up his new post in the top flight, signing a four-year deal with the Seagulls. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Potter said: “I was sold by the long-term vision and passion shown by Tony Bloom, Paul Barber and Dan Ashworth.“The ideas and plans they have for the future of this football club excited me; I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of it.“This club has been on an incredible journey and my aim along with Bjorn [Hamberg], Kyle [Macauley] and Billy [Reid], is to ensure the great work that has gone before us is built on, as we strive to cement our place in the Premier League for many years to come.”Appointed last summer, Potter guided the Swans to a 10th-place finish in the Championship last season. Potter did a remarkable job with Swansea given the state the club were in when he joined Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Under Hughton, the Seagulls managed just two wins from their 18 league matches after the turn of the year and finished 17th, only two points clear of Cardiff in the final relegation place.Brighton will be hoping Potter, who won three promotions with Swedish outfit Ostersund and steered them into the Europa League, can help move the south-coast club forwards. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card center_img LIVE ON talkSPORT no dice LATEST England Women vs Denmark Women (Saturday, 1pm) – talkSPORTNewport County vs Tranmere (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Sunderland (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT REPLY ADVICE deals tense ✍️ The club are delighted to announce the appointment of Graham Potter as the new head coach of the football club.📲 Breaking news brought to you by @eToro #BHAFC 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/rfRdm94Czn— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 20, 2019He had two years remaining on his deal at the Liberty Stadium and Swansea offered him fresh terms in a bid to ward off Brighton’s interest.However, after the Championship side initially rejected Brighton’s approach, former Ostersund boss Potter has made the move to the south coast. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Brighton chairman Tony Bloom had wanted to appoint a new coach as quickly as possible to aid pre-season planning ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.Bloom added: “We are delighted to have secured the services of one of the brightest young English coaches. Graham Potter has an excellent record of developing teams with an attractive playing style, fierce determination and a strong collective spirit.“We are excited about our third successive season in the Premier League and we now wish to build on the solid foundations laid by Chris Hughton. We believe that Graham is an excellent fit for our club and we are very much look forward to working with him.” huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move getty last_img read more