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Jug Rocks

first_imgWhat is a Jug Rock?  It is a sandstone formation outside of Shoals, Indiana, that actually looks like a jug.  It is located on Highway 231, and it became the mascot name for the Shoals High School basketball team.Normally, Shoals makes little noise on the Indiana basketball scene.  This year, however, the Jug Rocks are having one of their better seasons.  At the time of this writing, they were 14-8.  In their previous 3 seasons, under their present coach, they had only won 21 games.On a personal note, Batesville resident, Barb Dunker, is quite familiar with this school system.  Her husband Willis (better known as Dunk) was their head basketball coach at one time.Except for their unusual rock formation, the town is better known for their gypsum productions.last_img read more

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It will be difficult for Messi to remain with FC Barcelona — Father

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Jorge Messi, Lionel’s father and agent, says it will be difficult for his son to remain at FC Barcelona after he made public his desire to leave the Spanish club.He said this as he arrived in the city to negotiate his son’s future on Wednesday. After flying in on a private jet, Jorge Messi is expected to meet club president Josep Maria Bartomeu later on Wednesday to discuss his son’s future, Spanish media reported.Messi, six-times world player of the year, insists he has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave on a free transfer – a claim disputed by Barcelona and La Liga.They said the Argentine can only leave if a rival club is willing to pay a 700 million euro ($830.20 million) buyout clause.“I don’t know, I know nothing,” Messi’s father told Spanish TV channel Cuatro when asked if the 33-year-old would leave the only club he has played for professionally.But when pressed if it would be hard for him to remain, he said: “Yes.” And asked how he sees Messi’s future at Barcelona, he replied: “Difficult, difficult.”He dodged questions on whether Manchester City would be a good option for his son.A move to Manchester City would allow Messi to link up with his former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.“I don’t know, there’s nothing yet,” he said, adding he had not had any discussions with Guardiola, who enjoyed trophy-laden years as Barcelona manager with Messi in his pomp.Messi did not show up on Monday for the first training session of the season under new coach Ronald Koeman. Reuters/NAN.Tags: FC BarcelonaJorge MessiJosep Maria BartomeuLa Ligalast_img read more

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The Latest: Italy’s Serie A to resume on June 20

first_imgMalcolm Jenkins, who this offseason left the Eagles to sign with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent, will be the keynote speaker at Philadelphia’s virtual graduation on June 9.Jenkins starred for the Eagles for the last six seasons and the safety won an NFL championship in 2017. He also has been a leader of several off-field initiatives, and his foundation has a mission to promote positive change in the lives of underserved youth in New Jersey, where he grew up; Ohio, where he went to college at Ohio State; Pennsylvania and Louisiana, homes of his pro teams.“Malcolm was selected not for his greatness on the field and his two Super Bowl rings, but because of his compassion and advocacy around social justice,” said Donna Frisby-Greenwood, CEO of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia and co-chair of the commencement planning committee. “Malcolm’s foundation focuses on youth leadership development and skill building, and we think that that makes him a perfect speaker for us.”The hour-long graduation will be streamed on several platforms, including the school district’s website. Frisby-Greenwood said that several companies and organizations are involved with planning and serving as sponsors. The Philadelphia Orchestra has recorded “Pomp and Circumstance” for the ceremony. And the city’s Free Library will host the live stream of the event on its platform.Individual high schools will be distributing caps and gowns to the students to wear during the festivities. The tour says its events initially will be held without spectators and will be subject to strict testing protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.The season has been suspended since March 8. It will resume with the British Masters in northern England from July 22-25 before five further events in the “UK Swing” across England and Wales.Four Rolex Series events have been rescheduled for October to December. They are the Scottish Open, the BMW PGA Championship, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and then the season-ending World Tour Championship from Dec. 10-13.The tour says details of other tournaments from September to November will be announced later.European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says the Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin pending more discussions with the PGA Tour. Associated Press ___Serbia’s top soccer league has decided that no teams will be relegated this season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, four teams will still be promoted from the second tier, making for an expanded 20-team league next season. The league says the Serbian soccer federation accepted its proposal to adapt to the shutdown forced by the pandemic.Games are set to resume Friday to complete the final four rounds of the regular season and decide a champion and qualifying places for UEFA competitions. Red Star Belgrade has an 11-point lead ahead of Partizan. The governing body says its ambition remains to stage domestic competitions some time over the upcoming summer and that talks will continue with the government and health experts.The ECB has outlined a slew of proposals for play in both red ball and limited-overs cricket. They include opening up all grounds or using regional grouping for matches. Matches could yet be played before a limited number of supporters.England is looking to play international cricket from July.___The European Tour plans to resume its season in July starting with a six-week stretch of golf tournaments in Britain and running through to the World Tour Championship in Dubai in December. However, the league’s normal eight-team groups that were to decide the postseason championship and relegation spots have been scrapped. ___The Premier League’s official broadcasters say the competition will restart on June 17.The BBC and Sky Sports say there will be a doubleheader on that day with Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United.Playing those make-up games on a Wednesday will ensure the 30th round can be contested the following weekend. Holding the small group sessions must not conflict with local public health or government restrictions, but is the next step in the league’s hopes of returning to action. A maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group. Teams must submit club-specific plans for the small group sessions to the league. The league said teams may split full fields into two equal halves and teams may define up to six zones per half field, spaced at least 10 feet apart. Only one player may be in each zone at any time to maintain physical distancing. Players may switch zones but two players cannot occupy the same zone.Players may pass and shoot on goal, but all training exercises must allow for 10 feet of distance.The league said all other health and safety measures required when teams began individual training must still be maintained.___ The positive cases at the second-division clubs came after tests on 1,030 players and staff from Monday to Wednesday.The three players will have to self-isolate for seven days before returning to training ahead of a potential resumption of the competition.___The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums.The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option amid the coronavirus pandemic. Another six remain postponed.F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15-18 races this season, starting with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP in July.___The postponed Belgian Cup final has been rescheduled for Aug. 1. That is one week before the start of the league’s next season.Belgian soccer authorities say the match between Club Brugge and Antwerp will take place in an empty King Baudouin Stadium. ___Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but their numbers will be strictly limited.Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the states’ move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abbott’s new order allows outdoor stadiums to host fans up to 25 percent of their normal capacity. Leagues will have to apply to state health officials to be allowed to have fans. Indoor events will still be without spectators.The PGA Tour plans to restart its season at Colonial in Texas on June 11-14 but has said it would not include fans. Darlington Raceway is switching gears for its next event.Two weeks after hosting NASCAR’s return to racing, the track will hold graduation ceremonies for the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics. There will be 120 graduating seniors at Saturday’s event from the school in Hartsville, a few miles from NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway.Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said the track was honored to help the high school seniors be recognized in a proper way.Traditional high school graduation ceremonies have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony will take place at a parking lot on track property. Afterward, the graduates and their parents will have the chance to drive their vehicles for a lap around the 1.366-mile track and get their pictures taken on the start-finish line.___ May 28, 2020 Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another. Players and essential personnel on or near the field during matches must recently have tested negative for the coronavirus.The federation says clubs can decide on their own whether they want to play in front or fans again.Tickets for next Wednesday’s Hungarian Cup final between Budapest Honved and Mezokovesd-Zsory at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest will soon be sold online.___Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 with the Brisbane Broncos hosting Parramatta in the National Rugby League. The club says that a “further, definitive test” will be carried out in the next few hours.The players will nevertheless train individually as a precaution.It would be the first positive case in Serie A since the teams started training in groups if it is confirmed. The entire squad would have to go into quarantine.Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league is hoping to restart on June 13.___ ___Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus.Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday.Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms.Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them. The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race to be canceled this season.Organizers of the first Dutch GP in 35 years preferred to wait until next year in hope fans will be able to attend, rather than hold the race without them this time.The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed.Race director Jan Lammers says “we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands.”The other races canceled were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Italy’s top soccer league will resume on June 20. Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora gave Serie A the green light to resume after a meeting with Italian soccer authorities on Thursday.A medical protocol for matches was approved by a technical scientific committee earlier.Spadafora says Serie A will restart on June 20 but the Italian Cup semifinals and the final could be played on June 13 and 17.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.There are 12 rounds remaining in Serie A, plus four matches that were postponed from the 25th round. The Latest: Italy’s Serie A to resume on June 20 The last match was played on March 9 before the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Squads were only allowed to restart practice sessions in small groups last week but contact and tackling is now allowed between players.___The head of English cricket says “unorthodox” measures could be explored to ensure at least part of the domestic season is played this year.The England and Wales Cricket Board says there will be no professional domestic cricket before Aug. 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Two rounds of matches were played in the NRL in March before Australia and New Zealand went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules. But at a bone-jarring collision between burly rugby players was broadcast across Australia to signal the return of contact teams sports in the country.Players and all staff and officials had to undergo heat checks before entering the stadium and strict health protocols were put in place on the field.___Bologna says a test carried out on a member of its staff who was suspected of having coronavirus has come back negative. The state has set up several guidelines for leagues to follow, including a recommendation that spectators and employees keep at least 6 feet apart from anyone not from their household. If that is not feasible, other measures such as face coverings and sanitation protocols should be followed.Athletes will not be required to wear masks but the guidelines encourage them to be worn on the sidelines. The order does not address college sports events.___Major League Soccer teams can begin voluntary outdoor small group training sessions. Club Brugge has the opportunity to secure a league-cup double after it was awarded its 16th Belgian title this month following a decision to end the current season prematurely because of the coronavirus pandemic.All sporting competitions in Belgium have been suspended until July 31. The new season is set to start on Aug. 7.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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The Latest: Thiem set for 2014 champion Cilic in 3rd round

first_img Associated Press September 3, 2020 The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 76 degrees.___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports On the women’s side, ninth-seeded Johanna Konta had an early exit at Flushing Meadows. Romania’s Sorana Cîrstea knocked off Konta 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 to earn her spot in the third round.____Reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin has won her second-round match at the U.S. Open against unseeded Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3.Seeded No. 2, Kenin had more winners than unforced errors and never faced a break point. The American has lost in the third round at the Open each of the past three years, and will try to snap that streak Saturday.___ The Latest: Thiem set for 2014 champion Cilic in 3rd roundcenter_img Amanda Anisimova has won a matchup of American teenagers, rallying past wild card Katrina Scott 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the second round of the U.S. Open. The 19-year-old Anisimova, a surprise semifinalist at the French Open last year, steadied her game in the second set and pulled away. The 16-year-old Scott is ranked 637th and was coming off her first tour-level victory in the opening round Tuesday when she made her debut in the main draw of a Grand Slam.Anisimova, who is seeded 22nd, won the girls’ singles at the Open in 2017.___Tsvetana Pironkova has pulled off an upset to reach the third round at the U.S. Open, her first tournament after a three-year break to focus on motherhood. Pironkova, who has no ranking because of her layoff, beat No. 10-seeded Garbine Maguruza 7-5, 6-3.A 32-year-old Bulgarian, Pironkova left the women’s tour to give birth to her son Alexander in April 2018. She is playing in her 12th Open but her first since 2016, and it’s her first tournament since Wimbledon in 2017.She finished with an ace for her 22nd victory against a top-20 player.___The fourth day of play is underway at the U.S. Open, with Serena Williams, reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem among those scheduled to take the court. Williams faces Margarita Gasparyan, who is ranked No. 117. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament:___Second-seeded Dominic Thiem earned a spot in the third round of the U.S. Open with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 win over over Sumit Nagal. Thiem, who turned 27 on Thursday, faces 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic in the next round. last_img read more

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Trojans pick up two crucial MPSF wins

first_imgThe USC men’s water polo team rebounded with two wins this past weekend following a home loss to UCLA the previous Sunday. The No. 3 Trojans (20-4, 5-2 MPSF) beat No. 4 Long Beach State in impressive fashion on Saturday by a final score of 13-7 and No. 12 UC Irvine 14-10 on Sunday.Sonic youth · Freshman utility Mihajlo Milicevic added three goals this weekend to put his season total at 21. Milicevic hails from Belgrade, Serbia. – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanIt was a senior-dominated first frame Saturday against the 49ers (19-5, 5-2). As he did against UCLA, senior driver Rex Butler got the Trojans started against Long Beach State with the match’s first goal. Long Beach State would rally back to take a one-goal lead, but the advantage would not last long.USC senior driver Marc Vonderweidt tied up the game moments after the Trojans lost the lead, and Butler added two more goals to give the Trojans a 4-2 advantage going into the second quarter.In the second quarter, USC started right where they left off with a goal from freshman utility Mihajlo Milicevic. The Trojans then finished off a streak of six straight goals to extend the gap to 7-2. Though the 49ers would score once more, USC freshman utility James Walters picked up the last goal of the half and once again extended the Trojan lead to five.In the second half, Long Beach State started on a 3-1 rally to close the lead to 9-6. Unfortunately for the 49ers, that run ended quickly. Freshman driver Matteo Morelli and senior driver Kostas Genidounias each scored before the end of the third to give the Trojans an 11-6 lead going into the final frame. Morelli and Butler scored their third and fifth goals of game, respectively, in the fourth frame and essentially put the match out of reach. Long Beach State added one goal at the very end of the game, but that would not stand in the way of a solid 13-7 road win for USC.Sunday’s match against UC Irvine (13-11, 1-6) was not much different. The Trojans entered the second quarter with a 4-2 lead, but the Anteaters roared back to tie the game up at 4-4. Later in the second, Vonderweidt and Morelli each scored, but the Anteaters responded with a goal of their own. The 6-5 Trojan lead expanded to 8-5 by halftime with strikes from sophomore driver Nick Bell and freshman utility Bryce Hoerman.Genidounias and Hoerman punched in goals to start the third, making it four unanswered goals for the Trojans and giving them a 10-5 lead. The Anteaters cut the lead to 10-6 at the end of the quarter, putting the game back in reach.In what has become a trend, the Trojans stepped on the gas at the end of the game to secure victory. Hoerman completed a hat trick to extend USC’s lead to 14-8 with about a minute and a half to play. UCI scored two more goals in garbage time to put the score at 14-10 before the final buzzer.USC’s play improved coming off of the UCLA loss, especially in the victory over Long Beach State. Trojans’ head coach Jovan Vavic believes the key to this improvement was mental.“We emphasized that we really need to be much more focused,” Vavic said. “We need to be studying the opponent better.”Though Bell had his first big showing offensively since a victory over LMU on Oct. 23, Vavic claims that the sophomore can do even better.“It was nice to see him score,” Vavic said. “But Nick [Bell] can play better than he’s played the last couple of games.”USC’s next matchup is a big one. This Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Uytengsu Aquatics Center, the Trojans host No. 5 California. This season, USC has split its two matches with Cal, both of which were decided by a single goal. Cal won the third place game at the NorCal Tournament 11-10. Then in the SoCal Tournament championship, USC won 10-9. Vavic does not expect this matchup to be much different.“I think it will be similar to that,” Vavic said. “This game means a lot to both teams. It’s gonna be which team is more prepared, which team is more focused, which team has a greater desire, but it’s going to be one of those great games. I think it will be a fun game to watch.”Not only is the contest an interesting matchup, but it will also take place on USC’s senior day. A star-studded group of seniors in Genidounias, Butler, Vonderweidt and two-meter Max Hurst-Mendoza will be honored before the game. Vavic hopes his team will capitalize on the emotion of the day.“I hope that the emotions are going to be positive and that we are going to be excited, that our players are gonna be hungry,” Vavic said. “I really liked the way we played against Long Beach State. The excitement and fire was there, so I really like that. I think we have so many players that add really great energy to our game. I expect it to be a very emotional and hard-fought game.”last_img read more

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Duke basketball 2019-20: 3 questions the Blue Devils need to answer

first_img Big 12/SEC Challenge 2020 tipoff times: UK at Texas Tech, Tennessee at KU top Jan. 25 slate But how do the Blue Devils want to get their guys in the right spot? Getting out and running in transition is a given with the Blue Devils’ personnel, and coach Mike Krzyzewski is the perfect guy to figure out how the pieces fit together. Nevertheless, every college team has problems to solve before it can contend for a national championship, and Duke has plenty of its own.Here are three questions the Blue Devils need to answer in 2019-20:Where do they get their shooting?It’s no secret Duke was horrendous from beyond the arc last season. It shot just 30.8% from range, which is the worst mark in the school’s history. At least since the NCAA introduced the stat in 1987. Related News On the bright side, the Blue Devils had one of college basketball’s most efficient players in Zion Williamson, who made 68% of his attempts from the field. Vernon Carey is an elite prospect, but it’s unlikely he can replicate Williamson’s 22.6 points per game while shooting at such a high clip. If he could, that would certainly help floor spacing.Duke’s most notable returner is Tre Jones, who shot 26.2% from deep in 2018-19. He is one the nation’s best on-ball defenders, but teams clearly keyed in on his inability to knock down shots from the outside.The Blue Devils added two uber athletic wings in freshmen Cassius Stanley and Wendell Moore, but neither is known for shooting prowess. However their other top-flight first-year recruit Matthew Hurt is heralded as an elite shooter at 6-8. Junior guard Alex O’Connell can also give Duke hope though.Players often improve over the offseason, but this seems like a glaring weakness right now.Who should pair with Jones in the backcourt?There are really three possible answers to this question. The options are Stanley, Moore and O’Connell.Stanley is probably lowest on the totem pole at this point. He’s mostly labeled as a ridiculously explosive wing with a high ceiling. He could blow by expectations like Williamson did, but that would be very surprising. It really might come down to him developing a reliable midrange jumper at the least, or maybe improving as an aggressive slasher.Moore is long at 6-6 and is a huge plus on defense with his 6-11 wingspan. He’s also been known to initiate offenses as a ball handler. Alongside Jones, the two could form one of the better defensive backcourts in basketball. But again, lack of shooting will be huge for this team.Then there’s O’Connell, a career 41.6% career shooter from deep who can defend multiple positions and score from all three levels. He wasn’t a highly touted recruit like the other choices and might not have as high of a ceiling, but he’s played meaningful basketball with a great team and has experience partnering with Jones.It’ll be interesting to see what the final decision is here.What’s the focal point of the offense?Last year’s team capitalized on Barrett’s 6-7 frame and utilized him as a playmaker and aggressive driver. When that didn’t work, they could throw it in to Williamson and play bully ball. Will either of those work this time around?The latter might be a possibility, if 6-10, 275-pound Carey is crazy productive on the block. But he’d have to be historically good to live up to the production from 2018-19. Jones isn’t aggressive often and certainly isn’t much of a risk taker. His strength lies in that he makes use of his basketball IQ to make the most sensible play — often by finding shooters in ideal matchups.Duke’s most versatile offensive threat seems to me Hurt, if his skillset and confidence transfers, so it’s not outlandish to think he could be the top scorer on the team. Duke basketball will look very different this year, as it saw Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish selected as lottery picks in the 2019 NBA Draft. But this is nothing new.The Blue Devils have become accustomed to working around their high turnover rate to field competitive teams every year, as they always recruit elite blue chip talent.last_img read more

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Upamecano, the 21-year-old center back that Zidane wants

first_imgBut Zidane does not want Upamecano as the central room. I would have it as first alternative to Ramos and Varane, untouchable for the coach from Marseille. The second tessitura For Zidane to think of Upamecano, that hierarchical rank is now occupied by Militao. When the club closed the signing of the Brazilian, in January 2019, Zinedine had not yet returned to the Bernabéu bench. He did not ask for it and his performance has not satisfied him either. In fact, his last test against Betis at Villamarín as a right back was an absolute fiasco. Militao came for 50 million (the most expensive defender in the history of the club) and now his price in Transfermarkt has already dropped to 36 …Upamecan is the opposite case. As young as Militao, but in clear ascending progression. When he arrived in Leipzig in 2017 from Salzburg, it only cost 10 million euros, The same price that Madrid paid in 2011 to Lens for Varane, an 18-year-old boy who promised a lot and to whom Zidane, then members of the Madrid technical secretariat, took his eye and recommended his hiring with full success. Upamecano would be the 2.0 of Zidane with that position to reinforce. In fact, Upamecano has confessed on several occasions that his mirror is Varane. The good thing is that with Leipzig he has a contract only until 2021. In December its price was 50 million and now it has dropped to 45, logical if it is understood that by not renewing his contract with the German club he would even be a free agent to negotiate with the club he wanted from next January 1. But Zidane hopes to have him by the start of the 2020-21 season, although the current problem caused by COVID-19 prevents knowing what dates we are talking about. Upamecano would be another Frenchman to add Varane, Mendy and Benzema to the current squad, not counting Francophones Courtois and Hazard. And with Zidane in command. Dayot Upamecano, 21-year-old French central defender, is the great request for the future that Zidane has transferred to the club thinking of reinforcing the center of the rear, within the design of the future sports project of Real Madrid. Upamecan plays since January 2017 at Leipzig, where it has established itself as indisputable holder until becoming a defensive bulwark both in the Bundesliga and in Europe, as proved in the Champions League tie against Tottenham de Mourinho, given that on the return leg he kept Dele Alli, Lucas Moura and Lamela at bay (the Germans won by 3 -0). Leipzig is already in the full quarterfinals.Zidane is thinking of reinforcing the central position by two tessitures. The first is that Nacho Fernández, club man who in January turned 30 with an exemplary attitude, plays less and less. Zizou has stopped counting on him despite the fact that this year he scored the winning goal in Valladolid. Nacho, who became the starter in the World Cup in Russia in the debut against Portugal (with a goal included) until he had a price of 35 million euros, has seen how the continuous substitutions have devalued his price. Transfermarkt now values ​​it at 12 million, with two years of contract ahead. That makes it object of desire in the European market, given that he has at least four seasons left with a guaranteed performance.last_img read more

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Education Minister Faces House Tuesday

first_imgThe House of Representatives’ Education Committee has described Education Minister George Werner as ‘disrespectful’ and had accused him of always failing to honor the Committee’s invitations.Sinoe County District # 3 Representative Matthew Zarzar, who is also the Chairman on the House Education Committee, said the Minister has constantly, deliberately and disappointedly refused to cooperate with them when probing educational issues, which immensely affected their work. Following the harsh accusation from the House’s Education Committee Chairman, and the resolution from the Italian Scholarship Beneficiaries Parents Association (ISBPA), the House has summoned Minister Werner to appear before Plenary on Tuesday, April 19 in their Chambers at about 11 a.m.The Education Minister is expected to explain to the 73 lawmakers issues surrounding students on the Italian Government Scholarship, provide information on the new educational reform known as Private Public Partnership (PPP), and why he has been ‘disrespectful’ to the House’s Education Committee.According to the resolution of the ISBPA, of which a copy is in possession of the Daily Observer, the parents narrated that the Liberian government in collaboration with the government of Italy announced through the Ministry of Education the availability of scholarships for students in grades 8 and 9 and ages ranging from 14 to 18 years.The parents said out of the 64 students who sat for the tests, 27 passed successfully in 2014, while the then Minister of Education, Etmonia David Tarpeh, in the same year wrote the then Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan to considerably request for a Note Verbale, which he immediately did to the Italian Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire.“Upon this communication to the Italian Embassy, the children were taken to Cote d’Ivoire for said requested visa issuance on February 26, 2016 and subsequently returned on March 6, 2015 after the completion of the visa process.“Henceforth, the parents were cited at the Ministry of Education Conference Hall and informed that their children would have left Liberia for Italy by March 14, 2015 especially after they would have been presented to the President of Liberia, who initiated the scholarships. It is interesting to note that, as of the said timing and now, nothing has been revealed as to what has happened to the entire process,” the parents expressed their frustration through the resolution.They concluded: “The Minister of Education should immediately reverse his decision to allow the traveling of these children to further their studies in Italy. The Ministry of Education should begin the arrangement for the children to leave Liberia for Italy not than May 2016.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Liverpool beat Bayern to reach UCL quarters

first_img0Shares0000Mane scored twice as Liverpool eased past Bayern© AFP GUENTER SCHIFFMANNMUNICH, Germany, March 14 – Sadio Mane scored twice to steer Liverpool into the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday after a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich dumped out the German champions.Having missed the goalless first leg at Anfield three weeks ago through suspension, Virgil van Dijk’s long pass led to Mane’s superb first-half goal at the Allianz Arena. Dutch centre-back Van Dijk then headed Liverpool into a 2-1 lead from a James Milner corner on 69 minutes after Joel Matip’s own goal had handed Bayern a first-half equaliser.Mane made absolutely sure of Liverpool’s place in the quarter-final draw by nodded in six minutes from time.Liverpool’s 3-1 aggregate victory means they join Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Manchester United in the quarter-finals, completing a clean sweep of English sides reaching the last eight for the first time since 2008/09.It is a bleaker picture in Germany as Bayern’s exit leaves no Bundesliga club in the quarters for the first time since 2005/06, as Borussia Dortmund and Schalke also bowed out in the last 16 — to Tottenham and Man City respectively.This is the first time since 2011 that Bayern have failed to make the quarter-finals.Milner was preferred to Fabinho in Liverpool’s midfield, but Jurgen Klopp was forced into an early change when captain Jordan Henderson hobbled off on 12 minutes.Brazilian Fabinho made an early entrance and Milner took the skipper’s armband.Klopp had urged his side to “be brave on the ball” and it was that, combined with an amazing piece of skill by Mane, which gave them the lead.Van Dijk headed home the crucial goal which put Liverpool 2-1 ahead© AFP Christof StacheVan Dijk’s pin-point pass over 40 metres found Mane in the Bayern box with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer off his line.Mane spun away and looped his shot inside the far post to give the visitors a valuable away goal in the 26th minute.The bravery Klopp wanted flowed through the Liverpool ranks and Milner, winning the midfield battle, set Firmino free in the box, but the Brazilian blasted his shot at Neuer.However, the hosts drew level six minutes before the break when Serge Gnabry slipped his marker Andrew Robertson and hit a cross intended for Robert Lewandowski.The ball went in off Matip, who was focused on marking the Polish striker, to the despair of the Liverpool centre-back and the delight of the home crowd.The tempo of the game dropped sharply after the restart, but Bayern wasted a chance on the hour mark when Gnabry fired in a cross, only for Lewandowski to mistime his slide.Liverpool were heading for the quarter-finals when Milner swung in the second of two corners in quick succession and Van Dijk powered a header past Neuer.Mane scored his second when Mohamed Salah’s chip found him at the far post to head home as Liverpool’s travelling fans started singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, while the Bayern supporters began to slip away.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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ON YER BIKE! AN POST DUNGLOE TO LETTERKENNY CHARITY CYCLE – IN PICTURES!

first_imgON YER BIKE! AN POST DUNGLOE TO LETTERKENNY CHARITY CYCLE – IN PICTURES! was last modified: September 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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