The ‘bad boys’ of LaLiga

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_img7,472 fouls in 270 total games. That is the scale of LaLiga Santander before the pandemic forced to stop the competition in its tracks. The number may not speak for itself, but its explanation is striking: in the last fifteen years, only two campaigns have had a lower average of infractions per game. With 27.7 per game, LaLiga 2019-20 narrowly surpasses 2018-19 (27.1) and 2015-16 (27.3). Soccer has changed, more and more is allowed to play and each action of the game is measured in detail from the blackboard. Even so, there are those who use the regulations to make it their greatest virtue. The ‘bad boys’ of the tournament for some, but the footballers that anyone would like to have under their ranks.The king of them all is Jaime Mata. It is striking that it is a striker who has committed the most fouls in the entire championship, but it has an explanation. The Getafe striker has 67 offenses in 24 games played. He perfectly responds to Bordalás’ philosophy: the best way to win is to waste every drop of sweat from minute 1 to the last second of the discount. Mata, along with Jorge Molina, play the marked protocol without hesitation. They press up, they go strong on the air ball and use the maximum resources that the regulation provides to take centimeters of advantage to the rival. Obviously, this influences that the ‘7’ is one of the most punished by the collegiate. Your partner Mauro ArambarriIn fact, it occupies the podium of footballers with the most fouls committed: it is third, with 60.Casemiro sneaks in between, another of the diamonds that any technician would like to count on. The Real Madrid midfielder is not only a defensive portent, but his effort gives oxygen to Kroos, Luka Modric or Isco in the creation. The Brazilian, in addition, has a clean ball out, goes very well on his head and is a relatively habitual scorer. So much so that the white team has a certain dependence on its role and is combing the market in search of a substitute. Kanté or Camavinga are two of the names that sound louder. Along the way, there were plans to give rest to ’14’. Marcos Llorente tried, Kovacic also … Both ended up leaving the club. Toni Kroos has also served as an emergency solution, although the contrast is noticeable.FAYEZ NURELDINE & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Casemiro, escort from midfield of Real Madrid.FAYEZ NURELDINE (AFP) Raúl García, a classicIf they have come this far, it is not necessary to describe the qualities of Raúl García as a soccer player. By many he is branded as a dirty player and capable of deranging rivals. However, Athletic’s attacker has been indisputable for all his coaches for years And surely he would be one of the last to get off the ship in the event of a storm. That is one of its greatest virtues, each of its actions is oriented to the common good. Lack of tactics or forcefulness to stop an opponent capable of generating danger are two of the characteristics of his repertoire. After 27 days, he is the fourth player with the most fouls in the tournament, with 58. Mikel Merino and Marc rock They complete the ‘top 5’, with 55 per head. On the average Jaime Mata also wins, followed by Yangel Herrera, Casemiro, Enrich and Arambarri.AIOL & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Raúl García, in a match with Athletic.AIOL (DAILY AS) Cards are another storyFour footballers already have 11 cards so far this season: Damián Suárez, Roberto Soldado, Jonathan Silva and Gerard Piqué. None of them comes close, far from it, to Jaime Mata’s 67 fouls. In fact, the one that has committed the most is the Getafe winger, with 41. The Barcelona central defender, for his part, has completed two warning cycles with only 25 fouls committed! This statistical record does not go further to say that certain players are forced to use toughness to mitigate a dangerous rival attack. In other words, Jaime Mata’s faults in jumps or pressure are not comparable to tripping to stop advances or grabs that the previously mentioned protagonists can undertake.The best example of this is that Guido Carrillo or Borja Iglesias have committed 26 fouls and have only seen one card, according to data from Opta. With one less infraction, Piqué adds ten more cards. Nolith (22), Muniain (17) or Benzema (15) have not even been cautioned by the referee, despite suffering his whistle on rare occasions. Opposite case of Dembélé, Kaptoum, Baba or Ben Arfa, who have only been fouled so far in the championship and have won the yellow card award.last_img read more

Pacquiao, Roach clash over reunion team up

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil However the 39-year-old raised eyebrows during a press conference in New York on Monday when he said Roach would be back in his corner for his January 19 fight against Broner in Las Vegas.Read: Expect a furious Pacquiao-Broner showdownRoach though expressed bemusement about Pacquiao’s announcement in remarks to Sports Illustrated, saying he had not been in contact with his former protégé.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I still have never directly spoken to Manny (since 2017),” Roach said.“I’m not going to make a move until Manny calls me. I’ve been like a father to Manny for 15 years. If he can’t call me, there will be no deal.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “Despite my work in the Senate as a public servant, I really miss boxing. I feel lonely. Boxing is my passion, I grew up in boxing.”Pacquiao, 60-7 with two drawn and 39 knockouts in a career that began in 1995, said he still hopes to negotiate a rematch of his 2015 superfight with Floyd Mayweather.Mayweather, who won a fight widely regarded as a letdown, has frequently teased the possibility from his retirement.Pacquiao said any move for a rematch would have to come from Mayweather.“We met in Japan. I said ‘I’m the champion, I have the belt. It’s up to you if you want to come out of retirement and challenge me.’ I’m ready any time.” /cbbRelated Stories: 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 LATEST STORIES Aces tread injury path View comments Manny Pacquiao teases Floyd Mayweather rematch after January bout MOST READ When asked to clarify the situation by AFP on Tuesday, Pacquiao said he hoped Roach would work as a “supervisor”, with long-time associate Buboy Fernandez taking a lead role in training.“I don’t have any problem with Freddie Roach,” Pacquiao said at a media roundtable. “All I say is that I think the other work in training should be assigned or designated to Buboy.“Freddie can supervise or instruct Buboy, this is what we’re going to do.”When pressed on whether he had spoken to Roach however, Pacquiao admitted that there had been no contact.“We have scheduled to talk today,” he said. “My idea is to let Buboy handle the mitts, and (Freddie) should just supervise and correct the training situation, or techniques, or anything like that.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Pacquiao, Broner bout confirmed for January 19 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Hype on for Pacquiao vs Broner Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Trainer Freddie Roach (left) and boxer Manny Pacquiao talk during friendlier times in this file photo taken November 2, 2016, in Las Vegas. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States – Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said Tuesday he hopes to be reunited with long-time trainer Freddie Roach for his January bout against Adrien Broner but admitted he had not spoken to the veteran cornerman about renewing their partnership.Pacquiao ended a 16-year association with Roach ahead of his victory over Lucas Matthyse in Kuala Lumpur in July, breaking up one of boxing’s most famous double-acts.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao said he plans to divide his training camp into two parts, with the first half taking place in the Philippines and the final part in the United States.‘A long time ago’He said Roach would play no part in the Philippines leg of his training camp. “He can just wait here,” he said. “I’ll be here next month in December.”If Pacquiao and Roach are reunited, it will come after a striking and pronounced divorce.Despite the father-son like bond they had shared for over a decade, Pacquiao said he could not remember the last time he spoke to Roach, blaming demands of his role as a senator in the Philippines for the rupture.“It’s been a long time ago,” Pacquiao said. “A long time ago that I didn’t speak to Freddie. I was busy in the Philippines.“I don’t even have time to come to United States for a vacation for relaxation. It’s really busy being a Senator.”Pacquiao, who turns 40 next month, has not fought in the United States for two years.His last bout in Las Vegas in 2016 was a convincing victory over Timothy Bradley that had been billed as his retirement fight.Pacquiao however told AFP that “loneliness” had prompted him to return to the ring.“When I stopped boxing I just realized after watching some fights, I feel so lonely,” Pacquiao said.last_img read more

Solskjaer retains magic touch at Man United with another win

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgSolskjaer sent on Romelu Lukaku as part of a double substitution in the 63rd minute and, 38 seconds later, the striker scored with his first touch to set United on its way to a 2-0 win at St. James’ Park on Wednesday.That’s four straight victories for Solskjaer since replacing Jose Mourinho last month — among previous United managers, only the great Matt Busby achieved that feat in their first four matches — and 14 goals scored.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s totally different with the new manager,” Lukaku said. “We are all learning from him. So far so good.”Even better for United, fourth-place Chelsea could only draw 0-0 at home to Southampton at Stamford Bridge to leave only six points between the teams in the race for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification. United moved to within three points of fifth-place Arsenal, too. The team has truly been revived by its former striker.RASHFORD SCORES AGAINOne of Solskjaer’s biggest successes has been getting the best out of young United striker Marcus Rashford, who added the second goal against Newcastle in the 80th minute to make it three in four games under the new coach.Rashford also fired in the free kick that was spilled by Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, allowing Lukaku to tap in.“Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit — it swerves everywhere,” Solskjaer said, comparing the striker’s dead-ball technique to Cristiano Ronaldo’s, “but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done.ADVERTISEMENT Watford and Bournemouth scored six goals between them in a 26-minute span in the first half as the two mid-table teams played out a 3-3 draw. Ryan Fraser had the final say as Bournemouth came from two goals down to rescue a point.In the night’s other entertaining match, West Ham and Brighton shared four goals in 12 second-half minutes in their 2-2 draw. Back from injury, Marko Arnautovic scored both goals for West Ham, which was 2-0 down at one stage.HUDDERSFIELD STRANDEDHuddersfield squandered a lead to lose 2-1 to Burnley and sits eight points adrift of safety after 21 games. Burnley moved out of the relegation zone.Crystal Palace won 2-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers thanks to second-half goals by Jordan Ayew and Luka Milivojevic.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “He is only 21, you have to remember that.”Solskjaer came through his toughest test so far at United and the following league game is yet another step up. A trip to Wembley Stadium for a match against third-place Tottenham is next up for United on Jan. 13.IMPOTENT CHELSEAChelsea is running out of fit forwards and it is starting to show.Three days after needing a goal from central midfielder N’Golo Kante to eke out a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace, Chelsea lacked a cutting edge in attack as it toiled to a draw against a Southampton side battling to avoid relegation.With striker Olivier Giroud and wingers Pedro Rodriguez and Callum Hudson-Odoi currently on the sidelines, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri saw Willian hobble off injured in the first half at Stamford Bridge.Top scorer Eden Hazard was Chelsea’s biggest threat once again, but he cannot keep bailing the team out.“I think we played well for 80 meters, then in the last 20 meters we were in trouble,” Sarri said. “We had four or five goal opportunities but sometimes if you want to have a lot of opportunities you have to score the first goal.”“On the bench I only had one offensive player in Loftus (Ruben Loftus-Cheek),” Sarri said, “and he is not very well at the moment with back trouble.”GOALS GALORE LATEST STORIES 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Amid boos, Paul George gets 37 in OKC’s 107-100 win at Lakerscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s first goal of the game against Newcastle United during a Premier League soccer match at St James’ Park, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Newcastle, England. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)MANCHESTER, England — With Manchester United still scoreless after an hour at Newcastle, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was facing the first real challenge of his interim tenure at England’s biggest club.His response showed he might just have the same magic touch as a United manager that he had as a player.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Adults Urged to Continue Learning

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgThe President of the Bong Technical College (BTC), Dr. John F. Flomo, has urged adults of the Alfalit International Literacy program to forge ahead in learning how to read and write English.Dr. Flomo, also an adjunct professor at the Cuttington University (CU), made the comment during the recent closing program of Alfalit International Liberia.The BTC president, who spoke on the theme, “The Importance of Education,” appealed for support to the Alfalit Adult Literacy Program to help those who are yearning to read and write.He further encouraged the graduates to explore other opportunities available to them.During the closing program, 376 learners comprising of women were awarded certificates for completing the first term.He told the graduates that his parents were illiterate to the extent that they could not recognize a single letter, but they sent him to school to acquire a good education.The Managing Director of the Liberian Observer Corporation (LOC) and publisher of the Daily Observer, Kenneth Y. Best, also encouraged the graduates to continue pursuing their education.In remarks, Coordinator of the Upper Montserrado Alfalit International Centers, Dennis Boakai, disclosed that the certificates awarded to the graduates were approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE). During the graduation ceremony, some of the graduates testified about the usefulness of the adult literacy program in their lives.Other graduates also performed some activities relating to what they learnt to the delight of the audience.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Union urges swift commencement of special audit into UG

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_imgUGWU President, Bruce Haynes and UGSSA President, Dr Jewel ThomasThe University of GuyanaPresidents of the University of Guyana Workers Union (UGWU) and the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) are calling for the swift commencement of the special audit into the spending of the educational institution.In a press conference on Friday, the UGSSA Head, Dr Jewel Thomas, after outlining the state of affairs at the University which reportedly sees the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith and Pro-Chancellor, Joe Singh who heads the institution’s council practically running same to fit their own desires, made the call.The University is presently low on funds and is unsure as to how it will keep in operation until the end of 2019.Coupled with this, it was revealed at the press engagement that the Vice-Chancellor, who is the highest paid the University has ever seen, is demanding payment in lieu of leave, even as that is contrary to the policy at the University.“That is why we are pushing for this special audit, there are many questions that needs to be answered,” Thomas said.The audit, which was called for by the Education Ministry after several complaints from UG Unions, is expected to commence in the coming week.Auditor General, Deodat Sharma made the announcement a couple of weeks ago. He had noted that the Permanent Secretary of the Education Ministry had officially written to him, requesting this special audit, but before his office could begin its work, the necessary meeting had to take place.“Meetings were held with the Education Ministry officials, of course, they had to be held first so that we could be briefed. Then there were meetings with the Unions from UG but I am not at liberty to discuss what transpired in those meetings. However, what I can say is that I am hoping to go into UG to start the special audit within two weeks from now” Sharma had informed on April 20.However, Vice-Chancellor Griffith, who is bearing the brunt of the allegations into illegalities at the institution, welcomes the audit.In a press release, Professor Griffith stated “The administration welcomes the opportunity to clear the air on the allegations and assertions by the Unions and other individuals…We have long indicated such, both directly to the UG Unions and in my two recent memoranda to the University Community”.On Friday last, UG Unions called on Professor Griffith to embark on his end of contract leave which would see the end of his post as Chancellor of the institution and further called on Pro-Chancellor Singh to resign.According to Thomas and UGWU’s President, Bruce Haynes, Singh has guided the Council in a direction that is not in the interests of Guyana’s sole national University.last_img read more

Govt introduces new pharmaceutical importation system

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_img…privileges brand-name medication…more expense for ordinary citizensA regional hub will now recommend approval for pharmaceuticals to be imported into Guyana and other member States.The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) will HOST the Caribbean Registration System (CRS) – a body established to assess drugs for importation into various Caricom countries. This is according to Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) Head, Marlan Cole.GA-FDD Head Marlan ColeThe measure was signed by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence on March 3, 2017 without consultation with stakeholders.But even as Cole made the new measures known, local importers are up in arms over the move, which will now be more favourable to large foreign companies, such as Ansa Mcal.This newspaper was told that this new measure will now mean that majority of generic medicines, from India, China, Brazil will now be banned from entering Guyana. This according to one local importer will mean additionally expenses for ordinary citizens since only costly “brand-named” medicines will be permitted in the country.Previously, suppliers would have submitted dossiers to local regulatory bodies for review and approval of the drugs they wanted to sell on the market.With the new system in place, suppliers will now have to make electronic submissions to the CRS, for it to peruse and do an assessment of the drug.Following the assessment, the CRS would make recommendations for that drug to be registered in the respective territory.In Guyana’s case, Cole told reporters during a public meeting with drug importers at Cara Lodge on Tuesday, the CRS is using a system of reliance whereby it would depend on the certification from either a World Health Organisation (WHO) prequalified site or the particular medicine’s marketing authorisation issued in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina, Cuba or Mexico.“They now would do an assessment based on WHO format of assessing the drug and ensuring there is all the checks and balances as it relates to the drug bioavailability, dissolution test, acid test, disintegration test,” he explained.Cole continued, “And then they would make a recommendation to the member states and then you have a sovereign right now to issue or not to issue a market authorisation.”In addition to that objective, the CRS has other mandates, Cole noted which includes to conduct assessments for rapid review of dossiers, assessments to make generic drugs available on the market and pharmacovigilance as it relates to adverse drug reactions in order to keep checks on drugs that are spurious, falsely labelled, substandard, falsified or counterfeit.Moreover, Cole further explained that the CRS project would only deal with generic drugs at this point in time.“They will be strictly focusing on generic…they will be concentrating on drugs that are on the essential drug list in the Caribbean, drugs that are for HIV, malaria, TB, and drugs that would have been prequalified by the WHO, so that is their criteria,” he stated.“So, if you come with a drug that is a brand name drug; they (CRS) would not be assessing those currently. We (Food and Drug) would have to continue to; if you have a brand name drug, we would have to still continue our methodology of trying to do an assessment.”Addressing concerns about the implications of this new project on the importation of drugs from major countries like India, Cole assured that there would be no adverse effects.He explained that most of the generic drugs were manufactured in India and most of the manufacturing sites were prequalified by WHO, or they were manufactured on behalf of companies in countries that can do full assessment.He warned, however, of some concerns when it comes to importing drugs from India.“The issue with India – this is listed anecdotally and this is not proven or tested – [there is] in excess of 3500 clandestine operating facilities in India, or sometimes they say it is more than that. So, in order to safeguard your society against those facilities, you depend on them being either certified by one of the ABC countries, WHO or in some cases, Argentina, Mexico and Cuba,” he explained.He noted too that the CRS was relying on documents and certification from Cuba, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil as well, so drugs could come from those countries.Company favouredHowever, Former Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, in a letter to the press, has pointed out that by design this new policy benefits Ansa McAl since this Trinidadian-based company represents several branded drug companies selling their products at exorbitant prices, which was publicly exposed in the recent Georgetown Public Hospital Corportaion (GPHC) sole-sourcing fiasco.Dr Ramsammy pointed out that not registering a generic medicine in America does not automatically mean that these medicines are inferior. “For many non-US, non-Canada, non-UK generic companies, the high cost of meeting the barrage of ever changing import barriers designed to protect American, Canadian, British pharmaceutical companies make marketing low-cost medicines in those markets uneconomical.”He added that it is noteworthy that citizens from America, Canada, the UK, Europe and other countries travel to India to procure medicines because they cannot afford to purchase these medicines in their own countries. The Caricom Ministerial Body for Health gave its approval to implement the CARPHA CRS programme in 2014.last_img read more

Stampeders win over Rampage in game three of Coy Cup

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Williams Lake Stampeders took on the Prince Rupert Rampage on Wednesday afternoon for game three of the 2019 Coy Cup.At the end of the first period, the Stampeders would lead 2-1 over the Rampage.By the end of the second, the score was tied at four apiece.- Advertisement -In the end, the Stampeders won 7-4 over the Rampage.Up next, game four of the Coy Cup takes place tonight, Wednesday, as the Fort St. John Flyers host the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks with puck drop at 8:00 p.m.You can listen to the Flyers Coy Cup games live on 100.1 Moose FM or through the online player.Advertisement The 2019 Coy Cup runs now until March 30 at the North Peace Arena.Tickets are available at the North Peace Arena three hours before puck drop of each game starting at noon.Here is the full 2019 Coy Cup schedule:Official 2019 Coy Cup Schedule. Source FSJ FlyersAdvertisementlast_img read more

Juventus aim to end title discussion at Napoli

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_imgBut managed by Carlo Ancelotti this campaign they have failed to provide a challenge for the champions, who are odds-on to clinch their eighth straight “Scudetto” regardless of what happens at the San Paolo stadium on Sunday night.“The race has finished too quickly,” said Jose Mourinho, who won the treble with Inter Milan in 2010, in an interview with the Gazzetta Dello Sport.Juve are 13 points clear and that gap has taken some of the sting out of what is one of Italy’s iconic fixtures, as well as leaving little room for drama at the top.“Juventus aren’t facing much of a challenge, and while that’s obviously good for them, it’s a negative for Italian football,” Mourinho added.That lack of threat means that coach Massimiliano Allegri can rest Cristiano Ronaldo for the trip after he picked up an ankle knock during the 1-0 win at Bologna at the weekend.On Wednesday, Juve revealed that the Portuguese would have scans on his left ankle and it would be no surprise if the 34-year-old were left out, as with the title all but wrapped up his team’s season rests on the second leg of their of Champions League last 16 clash with Atletico Madrid on March 12.Ronaldo was signed partly in the hope he would fire Juve to continental glory for the first time in over two decades so it would be no surprise to see him left to recover fully with a view to overturning the 2-0 defeat they suffered at the Wanda Metropolitano.His absence will be a boon to Napoli, who are unbeaten at home this season in all competitions and haven’t conceded a goal in five matches.– Rome derby drama –The colourful Rome derby is even more crucial for Serie A club Roma this weekend, with Champions League football potentially in the balance © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEWhile the title race is all but wrapped up, the race for the Champions League is hotting up as Roma prepare for the biggest game of their season — a Rome derby against Lazio that could have a huge impact on their European hopes.Eusebio Di Francesco’s side are a point behind fourth-place AC Milan, who occupy the last Champions League spot, and three away from Inter Milan in third despite a disappointing season that has seen the coach’s position frequently questioned.It is the start of a huge week for Roma as they also prepare for their trip to Porto on Wednesday, narrow 2-1 leaders after the first leg a fortnight ago.Champions League football is crucial to the club’s finances as they battle to get a new stadium built and Di Francesco recieved a boost on Wednesday in the form of centre-back Kostas Manolas, easily Roma’s best performer in a shaky defence that has conceded league 33 goals this season.Italian media reports that the Greek is recovering well from a sprained ankle suffered in their last-gasp 3-2 win at Frosinone on Saturday and could be back in time for the derby.Lazio meanwhile, who will be the nominal “home” side at the shared Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night, are one of three sides lagging six points behind Roma after Monday’s home match with Udinese was postponed to make way for their goalless Coppa Italia semi-final, first leg draw with Milan on Tuesday.Gattuso’s Milan, who are unbeaten since Boxing Day and have looked impressive since red-hot striker Krzysztof Piatek signed from Genoa in January, host Sassuolo with Inter in their sights.Milan are hoping to take advantage of their city rivals’ battle with their own star striker Mauro Icardi, who has refused to play for Inter since being stripped of the captain’s armband last week amid protracted contract negotiations and will almost certainly miss Friday night’s trip to Cagliari.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo could miss Juventus’ trip to Napoli as his side think ahead to March’s Champions League last 16 second leg against Atletico Madrid © AFP / Tiziana FABIROME, Italy, Feb 28 – Juventus travel to Napoli on Sunday looking to close the book on a Serie A title race that has hardly looked in doubt since the opening day of the season.Under previous coach Maurizio Sarri, Napoli had become Juve’s biggest rivals and last season even managed to take the title race down to the final weeks.last_img read more

Gusty winds may hit region

Posted On Dec 29 2019 by

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonStrong offshore winds over the past few days have caused numerous problems, from power outages – about 10,000 Department of Water and Power customers were in the dark Christmas Eve – to wind-related fires. Gusts will be felt throughout the region but are expected to be strongest in the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys, and in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountain ranges due to a high pressure system moving in from the north, and skirting to northeast. Around the city, the winds will be gusty, but mostly in the in the 20- to 25-mph range. Highs are forecast to be in the lower 60s through Saturday, Meier said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Forecasters are warning of potentially damaging winds in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley through this afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a high-wind watch effective Wednesday evening until late today. “It will be similar to what we saw Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, gusts in the 60s and widespread areas of 30- to 40-mph winds,” said Jamie Meier, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “If the (patio furniture) didn’t blow away on Christmas, put them in the garage.” last_img read more

Phil Brown sacked by Swindon following FA Cup defeat of York City

Posted On Dec 26 2019 by

first_img no dice Latest Football News Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “Assistant manager Neil McDonald will also be leaving the club with immediate effect.“Swindon Town Football Club would like to put on record its thanks for the efforts of Phil and Neil in their time at SN1, and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.” BEST OF MONEY RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Phil Brown has been dismissed from his position as Swindon manager, the League Two club have confirmed.Town edged past non-league York in the FA Cup on Saturday – their first home win since September – but they languish 17th in the league following a run of one win in eight matches. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE center_img The 59-year-old was handed the Swindon hotseat in March following the departure of David Flitcroft to Mansfield.Assistant manager Neil McDonald has also followed Brown out of the door.A statement on Town’s official website read: “Swindon Town Football Club can today confirm that Phil Brown has been relieved of his duties as first-team manager. shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 1 Brown was appointed Swindon boss earlier this year REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ last_img read more