Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sta. Lucia snaps Petron’s perfect PSL run View comments It was another heartbreaking outcome for Kaya at Panaad, where the club also suffered a semifinal exit in the inaugural PFL Finals Series last December.“Kaya is a good team and it wasn’t easy for us,” said Mike Ott, who was later named Man of the Match. “We want to play our type of football, we want to win. Sometimes, it’s just one goal, sometimes more. It depends on how we start.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe victory augurs well for the Busmen as they brace for a tough away match against Boeung Ket of Cambodia in Phnom Penh on Wednesday in the AFC Cup.Over at Biñan Football Stadium, Stallion Laguna picked up its first win of the campaign at the expense of Global Cebu, 2-1. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carlo Polli scored from the spot after Fitch Arboleda was fouled by Jerry Barbaso inside the area as coach Ernie Nierras’ charges bounced back from a defeat to JPV Marikina a month ago.Arboleda put Stallion in front in the first half with a left-footed effort after racing clear from the defense, but Daryl Roberts pulled Global level after heading home from close range.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ceres Negros. Photo from @AFCCup Twitter account.Brothers Manny and Mike Ott struck in the second half as Ceres Negros opened its Philippines Football League title defense with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Kaya Iloilo last Wednesday night at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Ghanaian striker Jordan Mintah gave the visitors the lead with a brilliant individual effort in the 65th minute, before Manny Ott equalized with a first-time shot to the bottom corner off a cutback from younger brother Mike, who has enjoyed a fine start to his career in the country following his move from Thailand.The Busmen completed the comeback eight minutes later as Mike scored from close range after some nice linkup by substitute Stephan Schrock and Spanish striker Bienve Maranon on the final third.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters
DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Pogoy hit a game-high 10 points, including six straight that gave the Philippines an 18-16 edge near the final minute.The TNT swingman, however, just couldn’t get the potential game-winning long ball to go as the Philippines bows out of contention.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We are sorry but we’ll try to go out and win this last game for the people,” said Philippines coach Ronnie Magsanoc, whose squad rallied from a 15-10 deficit approaching the final two minutes.With the game on the line, Canada turned to its guard Michael Linklater, who delivered the go-ahead bucket, 20-19, with three seconds left. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Linklater caused matchup problems for Gilas on the switch with the much bigger and slower Christian Standhardinger covering him. He wound up with nine points.The Philippines wraps up its campaign against Russia, which has also been eliminated with a 1-2 slate in Pool C.Canada (3-0) and Mongolia (3-1), who will finish with the two best records in Pool C, have secured their spots in the quarterfinal round.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE, Bulacan — Playing in a must win, the Philippines played its best game but still fell short in a heartbreaking 20-19 loss to Canada in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup at Philippine Arena.The Filipinos climbed out of an early hole behind the hot shooting of Roger Pogoy.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wins the Canadian Grand Prix Iranian-Americans say they were detained at border PLAY LIST 02:11Iranian-Americans say they were detained at border00:50Trending Articles02:55Red Cross, umapela sa may ubo at lagnat na huwag nang pumunta sa Traslacion02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls
City Councilman Phi Reyes helped locate a foundry in Dalian, China, that cast the statue. He and Myer visited the foundry twice to inspect the statue. Residents got their first look at the statue Sept. 16 during the annual Route 66 Parade down Huntington Drive. Initially, the statue was to be erected at the intersection of Mt. Olive and Huntington drives. Officials soon realized the site was too small, and the intersection too busy for safe viewing of the 12-foot high statue. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The land encompassed what are now the cities of Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park and Irwindale. City, state and federal officials will also be on hand to attend the event, which also will kick off Duarte’s 50th anniversary. Richard Myer of Glendora, who created the statue, will be present along with mariachis and folklorico dancers. The Duarte in Bronze Committee, an offshoot of the Duarte Historical Society, began campaigning a few years ago to raise money for the statue of the city’s namesake. The committee raised about $21,000. Last March that amount was supplemented with $109,000 from the Duarte Redevelopment Agency, which made the project possible. DUARTE – Descendants of Andres Avelino Duarte will be in attendance when his equestrian statue is dedicated at 1 p.m. Saturday. Chris Ramos, the four-times great-grandson of Duarte, will speak at the dedication on behalf of the family, while Phyllis Ramos of Monrovia, a three-time great-granddaughter of Duarte, is organizing a family reunion. Dedication of the bronze statue, which stands 12 feet high and weighs 2.5 tons, will take place at the unfinished Plaza Duarte across the street from Duarte City Hall at 1600 Huntington Drive. Duarte (1805-1863) was a Spanish rancher and soldier who guarded local Spanish missions. In 1841, he received a grant for 7,000 acres of land from Gov. Juan B. Alvarado. He maintained ownership of the ranch until 1862.
Fresh off his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win of the year, Ron Hornaday Jr. will pull double duty this weekend at Dover International Speedway in Delaware. Hornaday, driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc., won the Truck Series race Saturday at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Ohio. It was the 28th career win for Hornaday, the most of any driver on the Truck Series. It was also the first win of the season for Hornaday’s crew chief Wally Rogers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Our sport is really about surrounding yourself with good people,” said Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale. “I’ve got a great relationship with Wally and that really helps when we get to the track and work on the car, but more importantly Kevin and DeLana (Harvick) have done a great job at KHI surrounding all the teams with great people, and that really makes it a privilege for me to drive their equipment.” Hornaday will be entered in the NASCAR Truck Series and Busch Series races this weekend at Dover. The Truck Series race is tonight. The Busch Series race is Saturday. “Well I’ve done doubles before, so I’ve got that experience to go off of,” said Hornaday, a two-time Truck Series champion. “My boss Kevin pulls a double every weekend so I can always get some advice from him.” Harvick, a driver from Bakersfield, races for Richard Childress Racing on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series. Hornaday will be entered in the No. 33 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Busch Series race. His last start on the Busch Series came at Richmond International Raceway on May 5, when he finished 14th. With his win at Mansfield, Hornaday moved up to 13th in the Truck Series points standings. It was also his second straight top-five finish. He did not record a top-10 finish in his first five Truck Series races of the year. “Hopefully a little momentum will carry over after a couple of rough weeks here lately,” Rogers said. “The guys always respond well to Ron, and Dover is a good track for him. We’re all excited to get to the track this weekend.” Indy Racing League: Valencia’s Bryan Herta won’t have long to dwell on the worst Indianapolis 500 finish of his career. Herta finished 20th in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, the first time he has been outside the top-five in his three years with Andretti Green Racing. The Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix in New York is Sunday and Herta is anxious to return to road course racing. “With this being our second trip to Watkins Glen, I think the XM Satellite Radio team will be ready to challenge for a win,” said Herta, a Hart High of Newhall graduate. “We’re obviously disappointed with our finish at the Indianapolis 500. However, we’re still in seventh place in the championship and there are 10 races left for us to move closer to the top.” This will be the second road course event of the year. Herta finished fourth in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida. “We had a good car on our only other road course this year and I’m confident we’ll be there again,” Herta said. Irwindale Speedway: The last time the NASCAR Super Late Models were at Irwindale Speedway, Todd Southwell had his best race of the season since opening night. The Canyon High graduate finished fifth to record his second top-five of the year. He was third in the opening night race. He enters Saturday night’s race ninth in points, 55 behind Dan Moore of Sun Valley. Rod Johnson of Canyon Country is fifth in points in the Super Late Model standings. Cory Fancy of Canyon Country is 11th and Kevin Wood of Saugus is 19th. The NASCAR Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, West Coast Pro Trucks and Legend Cars are schedule to race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7. Tim Haddock covers motors sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 713-3715. NASCAR BUSCH SERIES StonebridgeRacing.com 200 Site: Dover, Del. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 9 a.m.), race (FX, noon). Track: Dover Downs International Speedway (oval, 1 mile, 24 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps. Last race: Carl Edwards passed Casey Mears on a restart with six laps to go to win the Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Concord, N.C. Last year: Martin Truex Jr. bided his time until the handling on Kevin Harvick’s car went away, then passed him for the lead with 70 laps to go and eventually drove away to an easy victory in the MBNA 200 at Dover International Speedway. Fast facts: Edwards’ win made Nextel Cup regulars a perfect 13-for-13 in Busch races this season. Todd Kleuver was ninth at Concord, the highest finishing Busch driver. … Clint Bowyer, who came into the race second in the points standings, crashed early in last week’s race, so Harvick now has a 348-point lead over Edwards. … Jamie McMurray and Tony Stewart went to the hospital for further evaluation following separate accidents in last week’s race. They both were released after short checkups. Next race: Federated Auto Parts 300, June 10, Lebanon, Tenn. On the Net: www.nascar.com NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES AAA Insurance 200 Site: Dover, Del. Schedule: Today, qualifying, 7:15 a.m., race (Speed Channel, 5 p.m.) Track: Dover Downs International Speedway (oval, 1 mile, 24 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps. Last race: Ron Hornaday Jr. won the City of Mansfield 250 for his series-record 28th career victory, while former baseball star Mike Greenwell finished 26th in his NASCAR debut. Last year: Kyle Busch got a huge break and won for the second week in a row after an error on pit road took dominant Ron Hornaday out of contention at Dover International Speedway. Hornaday led all but 13 of the first 112 laps and 134 of 200 overall. But he was forced to pit a second time after a caution because of a missing lugnut with 50 laps to go. Fast facts: Dennis Setzer is expected to start in his 200th career truck event this weekend. Rick Crawford, Jack Sprague and Terry Cook are the only other drivers to reach that mark. … Kurt Busch edged Greg Biffle by .210 seconds to win the inaugural event in 2000. … Dover is the first of three concrete tracks the series will compete on this season. The others are Nashville on Aug. 12 and Bristol on Aug. 23. Next race: Forth Worth 400, June 9, Texas. INDY RACING LEAGUE Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix Site: Watkins Glen, N.Y. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 9:20 a.m.; Sunday, race (ABC, 12:30 p.m.) Track: Watkins Glen International (permanent road course, 3.4 miles, 11 turns). Race distance: 204 miles, 60 laps. Last race: Sam Hornish Jr. overcame a big mistake in the pits and a pair of Andrettis to win the Indianapolis 500. Hornish was penalized a lap late in the race for leaving his pit with the fuel hose still connected. Somehow, he found himself back on the lead lap and in fourth, trailing Michael Andretti, his 19-year-old son, Marco, and Scott Dixon with two laps to go. A late caution flag then set up one of the most dramatic finishes in Indy history. In a last-second move, Hornish whipped around Marco Andretti on the final straightaway and won the second-closest Indy, by .0635 seconds. Last year: Dan Wheldon celebrated his first IRL title and Scott Dixon won the inaugural Indy Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Wheldon secured the title when the race became official at the halfway point, the start of lap 31. Fast facts: Hornish has an IRL-best 15 career victories, and he’s won about $10 million, including the record $1.74 million winner’s share at Indianapolis. He has 61 top-10 finishes, including 38 in the top three, in his 89 career IndyCar Series races. … Helio Castroneves was the top qualifier last year, but finished 12th in the race. … Last year’s race finished under caution. Next race: Bombardier 500, June 10, Fort Worth, Texas. On the Net: www.indycar.com – Associated Press160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Black men are far less susceptible, but about one-third of 30-year-old white men have signs of what doctors call male-pattern baldness. By the time they’re 50, about half of them do. The condition creeps across the head like three tiny armies bent on deforestation: one starting at the back, and two making inroads from the front. Sure, some men say bald is beautiful. And others can smear on minoxidil (Rogaine) or take Propecia pills, or get hair transplants. In fact, right now is “the best time in history to be going bald, because there’s an awful lot of things that can be done,” said Dr. Ken Washenik of the Aderans Research Institute in Philadelphia, which is investigating the “hair cloning” approach. But the drugs don’t help everybody, and not everyone is interested in a transplant. So there’s room for new approaches. To understand the search for new treatments, it helps to know a little about hair and male pattern baldness. (Women can also get hormone-induced baldness like this, but it’s not clear if it’s really the same condition.) Everybody starts out with a lifetime supply of about 100,000 follicles on the scalp, each primed to produce a single hair shaft. Normally, any given follicle pumps out that shaft for two years to six years, then takes a break for a few weeks. Then it sheds that hair and starts the cycle over again. Each day, we lose about 100 hairs this way. No big deal; about an equal number of follicles enter the growth phase on the same day, and at any one time about 90 percent to 95 percent of the follicles are busy growing new hair. But in some men, in selected places on the scalp, this orderly process goes awry. The hair-growing phase gets progressively shorter, while the resting phase gets longer. So the resulting hairs get shorter and shorter with each trip through the cycle. Eventually, they don’t even poke out through the scalp. What’s more, affected follicles take longer to start growing hair again after they’ve shed the last one. And they shrink, so the hair they produce is finer. On your head, it’s like replacing mighty trees with saplings. And the total number of remaining hairs slips by about 5 percent a year. What causes this? The full picture isn’t known, but it clearly involves a combination of genetic susceptibility and hormones, including testosterone. Researchers are eager to identify the biochemical actors within follicles that could be manipulated to fight baldness. As for genetics, some studies have implicated a particular gene that may be necessary to get the condition but not sufficient to produce baldness on its own, said Stephen Harrap of the University of Melbourne in Australia. In all, it might take inheriting certain versions of about five genes to get the condition, like getting a bad poker hand, suggested Rodney Sinclair of the university. In England, meanwhile, a company called Intercytex has just begun human studies of an approach sometimes called hair cloning. It focuses on a particular kind of cell, found at the base of the follicle, that can team up with skin cells to produce new follicles. Here’s the idea: Extract some cells from the areas of a man’s head that resist balding, put them in a lab dish and expand their numbers by thousands of times. Then inject these new cells back into the scalp, where they’ll work with skin cells to form new follicles. So, unlike transplants, the guy actually ends up with more hairs than he started with. The company has recently tested this on seven men with thinning hair due to male pattern baldness, and five of them gained hair, says Intercytex chief scientific officer Paul Kemp. This was just an initial study to look for side effects like inflammation, Kemp says, and no such problems appeared. Not that this restored a full head of hair. The treated areas were just the size of a quarter and covered places that already had hair, rather than bald spots. “We didn’t want to create these weird and wonderful patterns on their head,” Kemp said. “It’s such a small area in the hairy area anyway, I would be surprised if they really knew any difference.” Eventually, if further studies go well, the technique could allow hair transplant surgeons to cover more of a bald head, Kemp said. The next round of human research is expected to start next summer. Someday, men might avoid transplants altogether, just getting periodic shots of their own cells to counterbalance their hair loss. “You would be going thin, and you’d be maintained,” Kemp said. “Sometime in the future, I think baldness will be a choice rather than something you have to suffer,” said Kemp. “Any bald people will have chosen to be bald.” Within five years, Kemp says, his company may have a commercial product. Washenik, of the Philadelphia-based Aderans institute, said his group’s efforts in hair cloning have shown promise so far in mice. He hopes studies in people can begin next year. He said follicles that grow from the transplanted cells should resist balding, because they come from a part of the head that balding doesn’t touch. Ordinary hair transplants show that follicles from these resistant regions stay resistant even when planted in bald regions, he said. But even if the transplanted cells do eventually succumb, “you’ve got years of hair on your scalp that’s of benefit to you,” said Washenik, who also works for a hair transplantation business called Bosley. Ultimately, he said, scientists would love to accomplish the same goal with a cream that can be smeared on the scalp and deliver just the right chemical signals to stimulate new follicles to grow. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Look around a crowd, and you’ll see that lots of middle-age men are losing their hair. As baby boomers, they have every right to demand, What is science doing about this? Quite a bit, it turns out. A British company, for example, says five guys are walking around with hundreds more hairs than they had before, thanks to an early test of what’s been called hair cloning. An American outfit hopes to start testing a similar approach next year. Other scientists are tracking down genes that make some men susceptible to hair loss, struggling to understand the mysterious biology behind it. For example, how can men lose hair on the top of their heads while their beards and even eyelashes keep going strong?
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2016 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup® championships in December. Print Friendly Version To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Of the 60 candidates, 29 have grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher, 13 are returning All-Americans and 12 are on the preseason watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, which recognizes the top player in collegiate soccer. Outside of academics and athletics, all candidates also have been consistently involved in community service on their campus or in their communities. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. MacLeod, a goalkeeper, has started all 10 games in the net for the Bulldogs this season. He is a health sciences major and owns a 3.50 grade point average. OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Senior Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario) of the Drake University men’s soccer has been selected as a candidate for the 2016 Senior CLASS award. MacLeod is one of sixty NCAA® men’s and women’s soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and was selected as a candidate for the prestigious award. Each of the two candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. ?
Niko Zambas dropped 15 points including three 3-pointers and the Arcata Tigers clawed their way to a 62-44 victory over Red Bluff in their first-round Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament game, Thursday night at Arcata High.“I thought our defense was much improved tonight compared to last weekend,” Arcata head coach Dusty Scofield said. “We were connected as a unit and our defensive intensity where were we need it to be.”With Thursday’s win Arcata (2-2) advances to the semifinal round of …
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday accused the BJP-led Union government of failing to address farmers’ woes and said that farmer suicides would continue in Punjab and other States if the Centre did not become sympathetic towards them.The Chief Minister, who launched the third phase of farm debt waiver scheme at Anandpur Sahib, said: “the States cannot do everything on their own without the central government’s help.”Captain Amarinder said that his government’s loan waiver scheme was only a temporary solution to the problems of distressed farmers and the Centre had to step in if a permanent solution had to be found. He added that his government would soon come out with a loan waiver scheme for landless labourers who are also reeling under huge debt burdens.
Transfers Real Madrid need players like outstanding Kane, says ex-president Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:24 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Transfers Real Madrid Premier League Primera División Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League Harry Kane The Tottenham star has been linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu and the transfer would make sense on many levels, Ramon Calderon believes Real Madrid would be right to splash out big money to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham, according to the Spanish side’s former president, Ramon Calderon.The striker has been linked to a move to Madrid in recent weeks and helped open the scoring against them in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in the Champions League.Real Madrid 9/2 UCL winner Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Kane’s shot deflected in off of Raphael Varane and it was marked down as an own goal, but the 24-year-old remains in remarkable form with 11 strikes in as many games for Spurs this season.Reports in England have stated the Premier League side will demand £200 million for their star player, and Calderon feels it would be a worthy investment for the European champions.”Now Madrid are always on the lookout for the top players,” Calderon told Reuters.”A club like Real Madrid is obliged to have important players so they can bring in new sponsors, brands and keep generating more money so they can maintain their current status. That money helps you to invest, save and invest again.”I suppose Madrid would like to sign Kane, it depends on a few things, such as the desires of player and the coach, but without a doubt he is an outstanding player.”Calderon was president when Madrid signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for a then-world record fee which has since been overtaken several times.The 66-year-old believes the rising prices of star players would justify Madrid paying big money for a star like Kane.”He would not be cheap, but when I signed Cristiano Ronaldo for £80 million everyone thought I was crazy and look where we are now,” Calderon said.”£150 million is now seen as nothing, it’s normal. We no longer know what the limit is.”
Share on Pinterest Read more Twitter Share on Facebook More hmm than mmm. Photograph: @barneyronay/twitter The walls are shaking. Fireworks pop. In Samara, where England have just beaten Sweden in the quarter-finals, Sunday morning is gripped by the final knockings of Saturday night. Russia and Croatia are playing in the late game and I’ve stumbled back from the stadium to the bar at the bottom of my apartment tower. Here the mood is a mix of head-clutching hysteria and almost parodic Russian stoicism. As Croatia score the winning penalty everyone just wanders off without a word. Three hours of sleep later I’m off to Moscow via a connection in Mineralnye Vody, a dry, dusty place somewhere near Georgia. But not before taking in the breakfast options at the airport. “Dried Horse” says the sign above slices of brown matter being sold by weight. Well, it’s honest. Up front. And a bit salty. World Cup 2018 The Observer Sign up for The Fiver, our free football email. Pinterest The cake that’s 450 miles away from the birthday party. Photograph: @barneyronay/twitter Tuesday (Moscow)And so to the Luzhniki Stadium for England’s final press conference before the semi. It has been fun seeing the evolution of Gareth Southgate from likeable, slightly gauche former player to dreamboat, sage and all-round mainstream star. The press room falls into a hush at his approach. Cameras whirr, necks are craned. Gareth looks immaculate, poised, in control, all the more notable because by this stage the travelling press are starting to fray and moulder – four weeks of bad meals on the hoof and declining levels of personal grooming have taken their toll.By the end of this week, I will have seen not one but two of my Guardian/Observer football colleagues attempt to launder their clothes using dishwasher tablets. And not carefully disguised dishwasher tablets. Dishwasher tablets with “dishwasher tablets” written on them. Neither Stuart James nor Nick Ames would appreciate me naming names at this stage, so I will keep quiet on exactly who.Wednesday (Moscow)Nothing happened on Wednesday.Wednesday ReduxOK, one or two things happened. England played their semi-final, a 9pm start that left an endless amount of day to get through in Moscow. Key to this was the purchasing of appropriate snacks for the late kick‑off. The local supermarkets in Arbat are astonishingly good, with entire Serrano hams, a million kinds of cheese and lovely friendly staff who humour you even when you have no idea what you’re doing and have just wandered along to get a little bit of that great supermarket vibe. Later, England will go down 2-1 in extra time to a manically committed Croatia. Football is not coming home in any triumphalist-open-bus-ride kind of way. It never really was. But it has been a ride. Twitter Monday (Moscow)England are in the semi-finals. Semi-final in the England are. Semi‑England final are in the. No matter how you phrase it, the day is still spent trying to accommodate this state of affairs. That’s my excuse for what follows, anyway. This is the night of my Guardian colleague Jonathan Wilson’s birthday dinner. My job is to turn up with the embarrassing surprise cake complete with candles and sparklers. I find a football‑themed one in between tapping out 1,400 words on England. I’m at the restaurant 10 minutes late. Except, no one else is here. They have no record of a Wilson booking. Hmmm. Oh. Checking the long chain of emails I realise that we’re actually meeting at a restaurant by the same name in … St Petersburg. I’m in Moscow, a mere 450 miles away.Well, we’ve all done it. I send Wilson a picture of the cake from around the corner where my colleague Stuart James and I have a final farewell Moscow meal. Four weeks ago we turned up clueless in a foreign city with no idea about Russia. Now here we are clueless in a foreign city with a very small idea about Russia. What a journey it’s been. Mr Modest. Photograph: Joosep Martinson/FIFA via Getty Images Saturday (Moscow)Third‑place day. England are in St Petersburg to play Belgium. I’m in Moscow for the final, with a chance to do that rare thing: actually watch an England match while not tapping wildly away at a laptop to a deadline. It turns out they actually have second halves to these things. Who knew? It is just France v Croatia to go from here. It has been a wonderful, massive-scale World Cup, but with a feeling of end times, too. On now to the winter absurdity of Qatar in four years … Thursday (Moscow)A wander down to Gorky Park to see Qatar’s World Cup 2022 installation, which turns out to be a frightening black cube moored on the river with flashing lights and spacey installations. Moscow tends to throw up these strange sights in any case. It is a city of vast, striking buildings, with a warm, occasionally hidden, street life. Even the long, thin park by the seven-lane highway outside our apartment seethes with activity. In the evening the courting couples appear: teenagers who sit on the benches, talk chastely, hold hands and enjoy the dusk. By 1am the nightshift is in: shoeless drunks and groups of homeless people, who use the benches for sleeping quarters. There is an integration between the various groups. At breakfast time local babushkas sit on benches opposite the grimy hungover men and eat their buns. Then as dusk falls the teenagers are back and the place is transformed again into a little touch of 1950s small-town America. I have to say nobody mentioned any of this in all the pre-tournament stuff about being punched, bugged and imprisoned.Friday (Moscow)The World Cup is dying. At this stage even the stadium staff look exhausted. The journalists wander like late-stage George Romero zombies, babbling about flights and escape routes. In Moscow the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino (above), turns up to his final press conference dressed ostentatiously in a World Cup volunteer hoodie. Infantino receives £1.4m a year plus perks for running football. Russia’s volunteers are unpaid. No prize for guessing which one has made the last month a pleasure to travel around and been relentlessly patient and helpful. (Clue: it’s not the bald Swiss bloke banging on about how he has personally overseen “the best World Cup ever”.) Facebook Facebook Share on Messenger This England team understood power of enjoyment – and it came home Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Twitter Topics Facebook England Share via Email Pinterest Pinterest Gary Lineker: ‘The adulation at home will make them feel a bit better’ World Cup Paul MacInnes Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Read more features