Jimmy misses out on Donegal trip because of visa problems

first_img Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Twitter By News Highland – September 15, 2012 Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Facebook Facebookcenter_img News WhatsApp Previous articleOmagh man sentanced to four and half years for stabbingNext articleEU report finds educational disparities between regions News Highland Google+ It’s emerged that Jimmy from Senegal will not be visiting Donegal next week in the run up to next week’s All Ireland Final.The Lanzerote based singer, who features in the song ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ with Kilcar man Rory Gallagher was not able to secure a visa in time.While everything was ready on the Irish side, when Jimmy flew to the Embassy of Senegal in Madrid last week, he was told he could not do the paperwork from there. He will have to return to Senegal to obtain the Visa required, which now means it will be next month at the earliest before he can secure a visa.Rory Gallagher spoke to Highland Radio News this morning……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/rory12.mp3[/podcast] Jimmy misses out on Donegal trip because of visa problems Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Google+ HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Locked-down Spain celebrates Holy Week with music and humor

first_img‘Really struggling’ Police have joined in on the act. In Seville, two municipal police cars drove slowly in front of a church, stopping at times before moving on just like Holy Week floats do, to the tune of religious music.With processions called off, many religious brotherhoods have focused on helping fight the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 14,500 lives in Spain, one of the highest tolls in the world.In the northern city of Valladolid, 20 brotherhoods donated 1,000 euros ($1,085) each to buy protective equipment and other urgently needed supplies for healthcare workers, said local association leader Isaias Martinez Iglesias.Pablo Alen of Seville’s Carreteria brotherhood said it would take a “relatively big” economic hit this year, because it will not collect any donations from participants during the traditional Good Friday parade.With less money coming in the brotherhood’s priority is to focus on its charity work such as a soup kitchen, so it will postpone planned restorations of its religious artworks, he added.”There are people who are asking for help, who are really struggling,” Alen noted. In the week leading to Easter Sunday, hundreds of colorful processions featuring penitents in cone-shaped hoods and centuries-old religious floats traditionally flood the streets of villages and cities across Spain.But with a nationwide lockdown in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, Spaniards are finding ways to mark Holy Week from their homes, by blasting religious music from their balconies or viewing videos of last year’s parades.In the western city of Salamanca, the association of religious brotherhoods that organizes processions is posting pictures on social media of religious icons that would normally be paraded through the streets at the hour that would have taken place. “And on our YouTube channel we are posting a video of the procession from last year,” association president Jose Adrian Cornejo told AFP.There is one part of the processions that can still go ahead — the singing of “saetas”, short, flamenco prayers sung from balconies which are especially popular in the southwestern region of Andalusia.Saetas are usually sung as effigies of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary are carried past, but this year they are being performed to empty streets.Type in “saetas of confinement” on YouTube and several events come up, including one by Alex Ortiz in Seville — which is not staging Easter processions for the first time since 1933 —  who sings of a “sad spring” without “drums or bugles” in the streets. Topics : Toilet paper roll icon Pablo Murillo, a Catholic father of four, said he was celebrating Holy Week with “more seclusion”.He was supposed to take part in a Palm Sunday procession but instead listened to the traditional “marchas” — special musical compositions featuring wind instruments and drums that accompany the floats — at home with his sons.”My oldest who is 12 puts the speakers in the bathroom, and takes a shower while listening to the Holy Week ‘marchas’,” Murillo said.He lives near Seville’s largest hospital and every night many neighbors blast “marchas” from their balconies after applauding healthcare workers at 8:00 pm, as people are doing across Europe.Some people have violated the lockdown rules to celebrate Easter, meanwhile. In Puerta de Segura, a small town of whitewashed houses in Andalusia, several people left their homes to imitate a procession, with one man carrying a drum and a woman wearing a blanket wrapped around her head like the veils depicted in the statue of the Virgin Mary, images on Spanish TV showed.In the nearby town of Porcuna nine women dressed in black and carrying candles walked through the streets, while in the northern city of Palencia two men dressed in a tunic and hood held a mock procession by carrying an “icon” made of toilet paper rolls.last_img read more

Angels facing roster crunch as Justin Upton nears return

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As Justin Upton moves closer to his return to the Angels lineup, a potential difficult decision comes closer for General Manager Billy Eppler and his staff.Both Brian Goodwin and Cesar Puello have performed well in left field in Upton’s absence. Both are also out of options.“We are obviously aware that’s on the horizon, but we haven’t made a decision,” Manager Brad Ausmus said.Goodwin and Puello both said they are trying not to think about it. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros So far he’s worked out there for five days. How quickly could he be ready to play first in a game?“I’m not going to put a time frame on it,” infield coach Mike Gallego said, “but I’ll tell you right now, half the battle of playing a position you are not comfortable with is having no fear of doing it and wanting to do it. This guy has no fear. The last four days it’s like ‘When can we go out there again?’ He definitely wants to do it and he has no fear. … It’s looked better than I was ever expecting.”Even if Puello could play first, it still doesn’t completely clear up the positional puzzle. Puello and Albert Pujols are both right-handed hitters, so so it’s unclear when Puello would play first. Justin Bour and Jared Walsh both fit better as platoon-partners with Pujols because they hit left-handed.Another alternative would be to keep both Goodwin and Puello, instead of Wilfredo Tovar. If the Angels did that, they would have only three infielders for second, third and shortstop. They played with a roster like that for a short time last month. But both David Fletcher and Tommy La Stella have been scratched just before game time because of injuries in the last week, which highlights the need for an infielder like Tovar.In any case, something is going to have to happen soon. Upton was scheduled to play nine innings for the second night in a row for Class-A Inland Empire on Friday night. He had hits in his first three at-bats, including a homer. He could be activated as soon as Monday, in Toronto.Without Upton, the Angels have produced a .709 OPS out of left field, which ranks 25th in the majors. As much as Goodwin and Puello have softened the blow of losing Upton, the Angels still figure to be better off with Upton.“It’s great to get him back,” Goodwin said. “He’s somebody that’s a prime piece in the organization. Getting him back, we’ll be close to getting this thing turned around.”ALSOLa Stella was scratched from Friday’s lineup about an hour before first pitch because of left forearm tightness. La Stella said he didn’t think he was anything serious and he would be day to day. …Related Articles “Everybody has done pretty much what they can do up to this point,” Goodwin said. “Now it’s on the team. The pressure is on the team. When you do your job to the best of your ability and you have a little success here and there, and you open up eyes, ultimately it takes the pressure off you and puts it on them. Now it’s something for them to deal with. I won’t spend any time on it.”Although Puello has performed exceptionally lately, getting plenty of playing time as the Angels have faced a string of left-handed pitchers, Goodwin still holds several advantages.The Angels had Puello in the organization when Upton was hurt just before Opening Day, and the team still felt the need to go get Goodwin instead of just handing the job to Puello, so that’s an indication of how they valued the two players.Goodwin hits left-handed and Puello hits right-handed. Goodwin, who has hit .286 with a .791 OPS, also can play center field, which makes him more useful as a fourth outfielder.Puello has hit .400 with a 1.200 OPS, although in just 40 plate appearances. The Angels are trying to see if he could have some positional versatility, by teaching him to play first base. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trevor Cahill, who is out with a back injury, played catch for the second day in a row. He is eligible to come off the injured list, but he’s not scheduled to pitch at least through the four games in Toronto next week. …Alex Meyer, who has been rehabbing from shoulder surgery, recently had a setback and has stopped throwing again, Ausmus said. …The Toronto Raptors’ NBA championship parade will be Monday morning at 10, local time, just hours before the Angels open their series against the Blue Jays.UP NEXTAngels (LHP José Suarez, 1-1, 4.35 ERA) at Rays (RHP Charlie Morton, 8-0, 2.10 ERA), Saturday, 10:10 a.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AMlast_img read more

Hockey India lifts ban on Sandeep, Sardar

first_imgAce drag-flicker Sandeep Singh and star midfielder Sardar Singh were handed a lifeline after Hockey India on Wednesday decided to lift the two-year ban imposed on them for indiscipline, saying the two players were given “a last chance” to make amends for their mistakes.HI executive director Anupam Ghulati said the decision to revoke the ban was taken after the two players “expressed unconditional regret” for their indiscipinary acts before the Appeals Committee.”Sandeep and Sardar appeared before the Appeals Committee today and expressed their unconditional regret. So keeping in view their age, performance and future potential the committee decided to revoke the ban,” Ghulati said.”But both the players have given in writting that if they are again found guilty of any misconduct in future the two-year ban can be re-imposed on them,” he said.Both Sandeep and Sardar were banned for two years by HI’s disciplinary committee for repeatedly indulging in indiciplinary acts after they quit midway the national camp in Bangalore last month ahead of the Asian Champions Trophy, citing personal reasons.The two players were, however, appealed against the ban last week after HI gave them 30 days’ time to do so. The HI official added that now with the ban revoked, both Sandeep and Sardar have been asked to join the ongoing national camp in Bangalore with immediate effect.Ghulati, however, made it clear that the duo’s selection in the Indian team for the four-nation nine-a-side Super Series tournament in Perth, Australia in October is subject to their fitness and performance in the selection trials scheduled to be held in Bangalore on September 26.advertisementSandeep, on his part, heaved a sigh of relief at HI’s decision and said from now onwards his only focus is hockey.”It was a one of the worst phases of my career which thankfully has passed. Now my only focus will be my game,” he said when contacted.”We (myself and Sardar) will be joining the national camp tomorrow. I am now determined to do well for India in the upcoming international tournaments,” Sandeep added.Asked whether he and Sardar have given any assurance about maintaining “proper conduct” in writing to HI, Sandeep said, “Yes, we have submitted in writting to the Appeals Committee that they can ban us in future if we repeat such things.”Today’s hearing was attended by Sports Authority of India’s executive director (Teams) Dr PC Kashyap, two government observers — Harbinder Singh and Dilip Tirkey, athlete’s representative Rajnish Mishra and from HI M Baladitya and Gurdeep Singh apart from the national body’s secretary general Narinder Batra.last_img read more

The Warriors Didnt Need Kevin Durant To Be This Good

The narrative going into the 2016-17 Warriors season was how unfair it was that one of the best teams of all time added one of the best players of all time to become unstoppable. And after the Warriors posted the best winning percentage in NBA postseason history and their star acquisition won the NBA Finals MVP, the narrative coming out of the season is much the same, only louder. But easy to lose in this narrative is the simple fact that the Warriors probably didn’t need Kevin Durant for the team to be this good — or at least almost this good. While adding Durant has been a success, it didn’t end up breaking basketball any more than the Warriors had broken it already.Counting the regular season and playoffs, the Warriors won 84 percent of their games this year — up from 83 percent last year and 81 percent the year before. Teams have only won 80+ percent of their combined season games 11 times in the 70-year history of the NBA.1The Bucks (1970-71 season) and Celtics (1985-86) have done it once each; the 76ers (1966-67, 1982-83), Lakers (1971-72, 1986-87), and Bulls (1995-96,1996-97) have done it twice each. The Warriors have now done it three years in a row.2The Warriors won 18 of the 22 games — 82 percent — that Durant didn’t play in this season.But the Warriors’ mission isn’t just to win titles, it’s to guarantee them. And Durant is both icing and insurance policy — a guarantee that the Warriors will always have an MVP-caliber, one-man offense available. Though he makes them a little bit better in his own right, his main value comes from making what happened to them in the 2016 playoffs less likely.So what does make them so good? And, more broadly, is greatness a matter of refining all aspects of a discipline, or does it stem from being freakishly good at one thing? The Warriors are the first dynasty in the ball-tracking era,3Tracking cameras have been installed in every NBA stadium since the 2013-14 season. which gives us an opportunity to measure their greatness in ways that we couldn’t for dynasties past.This, in turn, may also help answer the question of just how likely the Warriors are to regress to the mean. If their greatness is a confluence of factors, then there’s a whole lot of things that could go wrong to bring them back to earth. On the other hand, if their greatness is more about one thing, then maybe they can keep crushing the game indefinitely.The most dominant three-year dynasty everThe Warriors are an offensive juggernaut — but they’re more than that as well. We can see how much they’re contributing to their margins elsewhere by comparing their offensive rating (points scored per 100 possessions) to their SRS (margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule), like so: This uses the SportsVu optical tracking data to judge offensive and defensive shooting versus league averages — it’s pretty similar to offensive and defensive ratings, but with rebounding and fouls taken out so we can concentrate on just shots taken and defended. Over their three-year run, the Warriors have been the best on both ends of the floor when it comes to both making and defending shots. Even so, their offensive prowess is particularly absurd.Another thing we can do to compare their offense and defense is to break them down two-dimensionally: by the quality of the shots taken or allowed (based on each shot’s modeled expectation), and then by how good a team was at scoring or preventing each shot, given that expectation. This relies heavily on my shot-value model, which accounts for shot type, shot location, shot clock, dribbles, time held, home court, defender position, defender distance, defender height and more.4The “more” is that I include one of STATS/SportsVu’s proprietary “shot difficulty” metrics as a variable in my model, though it isn’t weighted very heavily. While they’ve scored about 7 more points per 100 possessions than league average, they’ve also been 10.6 points better than their opponents overall — so about a third of their edge seems to come from something other than offensive efficiency.But it isn’t rare for teams with stronger-than-average offenses to also have stronger-than-average defenses. This is a bit counterintuitive — it seems like a great offensive team would be more likely to be weak on defense, since those are two very different skillsets and trade-offs must be made. And teams do, in fact, have to choose between more offense or more defense, so it’s significant that the relationship isn’t negative at all.The offense can make the defenseTo understand the sometimes complicated relationship between offense and defense, take the case of Dennis Rodman. Despite being known as a great defensive player, Rodman’s teams defended just about as well with or without him. And despite him being unable (or unwilling) to score himself, his teams were significantly more efficient on offense when he was on the court (even after accounting for his offensive rebounding). I suspect this is because having Rodman in the game allowed his teams to devote fewer resources to defending and rebounding, diverting those energies to offense instead. Similarly, having a highly efficient outside offense may allow a team to divert resources to the other end of the floor — not to mention that having your offensive players hang out more in the space between their opponents and their opponent’s basket can make their defensive job easier.So let’s compare the Warriors’ offense and defense a bit more directly: The Warriors are respectable at shooting inside the arc, but have been more than twice as good as the next-best team at shooting 3s in this period. They’re so good at it that there’s an argument that they should be doing it even more often, and that Curry — still the best shooter the game has ever seen — should be doing it way more often.You can throw more defense at them, and teams have done so — as you see in the breakdown chart above, they’re pretty close to average in 3-point shot quality already. But the Warriors are still better at shooting 3s than any other team is at anything — 3s, 2s or defense. And diverting more and more resources toward keeping them from scoring 130+ points per game (as they would if they got off a typical Warriors dynasty-era 3 on every possession), comes at a price. Opponents are working so hard to stop the 3 that they’re almost certainly losing something from their offense or 2-point defense, which likely helps explain why the Warriors get so many open looks inside the arc.Part of being good at lots of things is being really good at a couple of things. Curry’s ridiculous shooting opens up the Warriors’ offense. Not only are his shots incredibly efficient, but he also draws so much of his opponents’ attention that he makes his teammates look amazing — and makes his team immensely better. Looking at NBAWowy, which tracks how teams perform with a given player on the court versus on the bench, the Warriors outscored their opponents by 3.1 points per 100 possessions when Durant was playing and Curry was not; that number jumped to 16.1 points per 100 possessions with Curry on the court and Durant on the sidelines.5And 19.5 points per 100 possessions when they were both playing.While Durant may be the story of the season, the Warriors’ dynasty was built and is still being propped up by Curry’s ability to throw the ball into the hoop from great distances. Provided he keeps being able to do that, expect Golden State to keep the game broken. This shows that the Warriors appear to have a lot of players who are better at defense than they should be. Perhaps being free to focus on defense more than rebounding and offense helps. Perhaps they play bigger than their size in part because they’re typically in better position than you would expect from players on a more conventional offense whose goal is literally to get behind the other team. Perhaps opponents have to play offense with an extra eye on defense, or with more defenders than they would usually play.Also, having people like Stephen Curry and Durant as the offensive centerpieces may allow you to surround them with players who are more defense-oriented. Much like Rodman, someone like Draymond Green’s value may be fully realized precisely because he isn’t required to carry his offense. For a power forward, his responsibilities don’t include that much penetrating and collapsing the Warriors opponents’ defenses. Thus, despite being somewhat undersized for his position, Green has thrived — and indeed, may be one of the most valuable players in the league — in his current role.And Curry’s shooting makes the offenseWhile the link between Golden State’s offense and defense is speculative, the relationship between their 3-point shooting and their other shooting is easier to track.Golden State’s relentless barrage of 3s tends to make people forget that the Warriors are also good at 2-point shooting. The difference is that much more of their value on 2s comes from getting good shots, while more of their value on 3s comes from making the shots they get. Typically there is a relationship between how good a team is compared to expectation for both 3- and 2-point shooting, which is unsurprising since we’d expect good shooters to be good shooters, no matter where they’re shooting from. But the Warriors are not only unusually good at 3-point shooting, they’re also better at 3-point shooting than other shooting by an unusual margin. Comparing the two directly, we can see where the Warriors really butter their bread: read more

Commentary Glory at stake in NFL conference championship games

In one of the most popular professional sports league in the United States, there’s a lot at stake when a win means a trip to the Super Bowl. Arguably, though, this NFL Championship Sunday is putting a little bit more on the line than just a spot in the biggest annual sports spectacle in the world. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Colin Kaepernick and the Harbaugh brothers will all be playing this weekend for a chance to hoist the coveted Lombardi trophy. With all of those big names involved, it’s inevitable that either history will be made, legacies will be solidified, or reputations will again be up for debate for at least another year. Last weekend Brady passed his boyhood idol and NFL legend Joe Montana on the list for most all-time playoff wins with 17. But while playoff wins are quite a resume builder for most, with Brady’s first ballot Hall of Fame induction already locked up, it’s more likely that the Montana record that Brady really wants to associate himself with is four Super Bowl wins. With a victory against the Ravens in Foxborough on Sunday, Brady will have a chance to match Montana’s mark and solidify his place in the argument of the greatest quarterback in NFL history. Not to mention, a win would extend his and Bill Belichick’s record of most Super Bowl appearances as a quarterback-head coach duo. On the other side of the field in Foxborough, Ray Lewis will be doing everything in his power to stop Brady from accomplishing that goal. With a win on Sunday, Lewis will give himself the chance to win a second Super Bowl and finish his historic career on top. Though Lewis is already considered the best leader and linebacker in the history of the league by most, a second ring to go along with his 13 pro-bowl selections would leave no doubt. Covering Lewis’ back on the offensive side of the ball in this game will be Flacco. If Flacco can help lead Lewis and company to New Orleans on Feb. 3, he can finally justify his self-proclamation as an “elite” quarterback. With a subpar performance and third AFC championship game loss in five years, though, Flacco will be eating his words, as well as those of the many NFL fans who think he is overrated and cocky. While the AFC side of championship weekend features two living legends, the story on the NFC side is about legacy building. Ryan of the Falcons silenced critics last weekend with a clutch drive in the waning moments of the game, allowing his kicker to ground the Seahawks with a game-winning field goal as time expired. However, with a loss at home to San Francisco in the NFC championship game Sunday, that landmark victory for Ryan, as well as his hopes to build his legacy as an “elite” quarterback, might very well become a distant memory. Not only would a loss drop his career playoff record to a disappointing 1-4, but it would give Kaepernick twice as many crucial playoff wins as Ryan in less than half the tries. On that same note, with two playoff wins in nine career NFL starts, regular or postseason, and a Super Bowl appearance, a win in Atlanta would get Kaepernick off to a groundbreaking start to his career. He’d also be well on his way to building a legacy for himself as one of the premier running quarterbacks of all time. On top of all the personal glory that has the potential to be achieved with any of the four possible Super Bowl matchups, perhaps the most intriguing part of NFL Championship Sunday is that it holds the power to yield an historic “Harbaugh Bowl.” The drama involved with a John Harbaugh-led Ravens team squaring off against a Jim Harbaugh-led 49ers team would be unequalled. Everybody loves a big brother – little brother rivalry, but one that makes NFL history and results in bragging rights in the form of a Lombardi Trophy, now that is glorious. read more

Young Ohio State womens tennis team ready to take on 2014 season

OSU women’s tennis coach Melissa Schaub watches the Buckeyes during a match against Michigan April 21 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU lost, 7-0.Credit: Courtesy of the OSU Athletic DepartmentHalf the roster for the Ohio State women’s tennis team is composed of freshmen, but the Buckeyes youth doesn’t mean they can’t play with the best of them.Senior Noelle Malley said her team can hang with anyone in the Big Ten.“We’ve been working so hard recently,” she said. “I think we’re right there with them.”The Buckeyes are unranked while three other Big Ten teams, No. 10 Michigan, No. 12 Northwestern and No. 16 Nebraska, find themselves in the top 25.“It’s going to be hard, keeping up our focus and intensity and when we go out there, not being afraid of them, which we aren’t,” Malley said. “It’s exciting.”Senior Kelsey Becker, said her goal for the team goes beyond the conference.“We definitely want to make the NCAA tournament this year, we haven’t made it the past three years since I’ve been here,” she said. “I think we can do it this year, I think we have a really good team.”The Buckeyes have not made it to the tournament since 2009, and as they prepare for a run at the ultimate goal in the spring, are scheduled to finish preseason this weekend in Los Angeles, Calif., at the Jack Kramer tournament.Coach Melissa Schaub said the preseason schedule has been all about experience for her young squad.“The fall season like this is just about getting matches in, just getting a bunch of matches under your belt, preparing ourselves for the spring season,” she said.Schaub added that she has seen strong showings from her team, top to bottom.“The freshmen have stepped up big time, and we’ve had good leadership from our seniors,” she said. “It’s been really good so far.”Schaub stressed that every one of her freshmen have impressed, but singled out one in particular.“I think (freshman Gabriella DeSantis) has had an unbelievable fall season, coming in as a freshman,” she said. “You’re never really sure how that person is going to react to a different environment, being away from home.”Of the four youngsters, three are from outside of the U.S. DeSantis is from Caracas, Venezuela, Ferny Angeles Paz hails from Lima, Peru, and Miho Kowase comes from Tokyo.Schaub said the diverse roster is commonplace in the sport.“In tennis, it happens,” she said. “Tennis is such a universal sport, it’s big in other countries, so it’s not that uncommon to have a fairly international team.”Malley said she enjoys having international teammates, especially as a senior leader on the team.“It’s awesome, they’re so much fun,” she said. “We have so many different cultures and we’re talking about doing a dinner where we each make a home cooked meal.”Malley added that there might be some extra perks of forming bonds with individuals from around the world.“We have places to visit out of the country now, if we want to,” she said.Becker said each of the freshmen have done well to adjust, but that at least two of the newcomers might have had a leg up.“It’s kind of cute because (Paz) and (DeSantis) knew each other before because they’re both from South America,” she said. “They’re all just really sweet, and doing a really good job.”Even with such a diverse and young roster, Schaub said her team is already better than last year, but the main thing is improving each day.“It’s about every time you go on the court, competing as hard as you can and trying to get better in every match that you play,” Schaub said. “If that happens, then we’re going to be happy leaving a tournament.”After their weekend in California, the Buckeyes are scheduled to have plenty of practice time before diving into their regular season against Baylor Jan. 18 in Waco, Texas. read more

Gundogan still grateful to play for Germany

first_imgA recent meeting with the current Turkish president Erdogan has turned into a reason many of Germany’s fans to criticize the player, but he is determined to not pay attention to them.Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan insisted he is still grateful to play for Germany, even though he has been booed by fans in his latest appearances. He was whistled when he came off the bench in the eventual 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia on Friday and this is not the only such welcome he received – it was the same in the shocking loss to Austria in the week before.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…Gundogan and Mesut Ozil, both of whom have Turkish roots, have been heavily criticized due to their recent meeting in London with the controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Despite this, both Joachim Low and Mats Hummels have stepped up for their teammates.“Last game before the World Cup, and still grateful to play for this country,” was Gundogan’s comment on the issue, according to Goal.last_img read more

Fiorentina are not good at killing games off – Coach declares

first_imgFiorentina’s head coach Stefano Pioli has admonished his side to learn from their mistakes in an attempt to manage games better after their 1-1 draw with Frosinone last Friday.Frosinone’s Andrea Pinamonti fired in a late goal that equalized for his side prompting Pioli to declare that the Viola ‘aren’t good at killing games off’.“We’re not good at killing games off,” the Coach said after his side’s fourth straight 1-1 draw via Football Italia.“Either that or you have to know how to keep the ball. If you leave games open, one lapse is enough for the three points to slip away from you.”“We created a lot, even if Simeone didn’t have that many chances. The goals will come for him, but he must keep working. We must think about scoring more.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We have to learn from our mistakes. Their goal came from a ball we lost, so we must work on improving these situations.”“We had to manage the tempo of the game better and we didn’t always succeed. Our growth also passes through these things.”“The front three must improve and find more of an understanding on the field.”last_img read more

A game unlike others Allegri

first_imgThe Juventus manager talked about the importance of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series between his side and Atletico Madrid.Italian Lega Serie A club Juventus is set to visit Wanda Metropolitano stadium to play against Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid.The game will be the first of two in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.And the game between the Bianconeri and Los Colchoneros will be like no others Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri told reporters today in the pre-match press conference.“It’s not a match like any other, it’s an important Last 16 match, just as it was last year, two years ago, three years ago, four years ago and five years ago,” Allegri was quoted by the club’s official website.“This is because for Juventus the Champions League has always been a goal.”“It will be a good match between two teams that have an excellent organization. Atletico has made defending its strength and makes the most of set-pieces,” he added.“It’s the first of two matches and we have to lay the groundwork to get through it.”“We’ve had some difficulties, but the team is now growing in all aspects, but we can’t stop here and have to improve further because we are playing in the Last 16 and have more league games to go,” he explained.“To win, you have to work hard and have a little bit of luck, because the Champions League is like that.”📌 Qui @Metropolitano 🏟#GETREADY #AtletiJuve pic.twitter.com/IF4qOPo1NG— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) February 19, 2019Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Having [Cristiano] Ronaldo is definitely an advantage because in the last 10 years the top scorers of the tournament were him and Messi, but the team must put in a good performance.”“With Ronaldo – the best in the world, you have more chances to win, but it’s not a guarantee,” Allegri continued.The manager took some time to praise Atleti’s coach Diego Simeone too.“He’s done an extraordinary job and above all he manages to make the team work the same way, giving them the right mindset and manages well both the important games and against the medium-small sides in always the same way,” he said.“They always have great humility and great respect for their adversary and they know that they have gotten their results with those characteristics. So congratulations to Simeone.”⚫️⚪️ #GETREADY ⚪️⚫️Your squad list for Wednesday’s round of 16 UEFA Champions League match! @SamiKhedira has stayed in Turin for medical checks.➡️https://t.co/1p59CvlFKS #AtletiJuve #UCL pic.twitter.com/KyFKSjFIYo— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) February 19, 2019last_img read more