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The Jovic Super Cup

first_imgBenzema and Bale’s injuries They leave the way expedited to Luka Jovic. The Spanish Super Cup becomes the great opportunity and at the same time the final trial for the Bosnian Serb striker. For appointments like these and borderline situations such as the current one, it is why Real Madrid paid 60 million euros Eintracht Frankfurt last summer to take over the services of the scorer revelation of the Old Continent (27 goals). Jovic, who turned two weeks ago 22 years, will remain in Jeddah as a great offensive beacon of Real Madrid, since his only competition at the tip of the attack is represented by Rodrygo, which can act (as it did sometimes in the Saints) as false nine, James and Mariano, which, thanks to the injuries of Bale and Benzema, entered the list for Saudi Arabia, but has long crossed out Zidane’s mind: he has been left out of the call in 24 of 25 games. The responsibility in the new Spanish Super Cup, without Benzema, will be for Jovic. Without Benzema, top white gunner (16 goals between the League and the Champions League), Jovic is the main alternative of Zidane as center forward, although the Balkan is about to find finesse. He has only scored a goal in 432 minutes (over 15 games) and has slowed everything imaginable. From his own lack of connection with his costumes (he is having a hard time getting Spanish), going through the poles (with which he has met twice, against Valladolid and Athletic) and to the VAR, which has annulled him two goals for millimeter gambling against Osasuna and Leganés. And to top it off, the Serbian team has not been a consolation for the tip. The conflict with his coach seems irreparable in the short term even though he met on vacation with the sports director of his Federation. “Jovic’s problem is Jovic”said the coach, Tombakovic, this week.last_img read more

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“My dream is to train Barça …”

first_imgWhat Xavi could not avoid is admitting the obvious: “Everyone knows that training Barça is my dream … but I am currently Al Sadd’s coach and I’m focused on that.”. The next few hours will be decisive, since Abidal and Grau (if Bartomeu also does not appear) will meet with Xavi to tear off the definitive yes to take Barça’s reins from now on. After directing what could be his last game with Al Sadd (victory over Al Rayyan), Xavi Hernández appeared before the media in Doha and cleared balls out hours before meeting again with Eric Abidal and Óscar Grau to negotiate their immediate incorporation to Barcelona. The former Barca captain and legend did not bring much light on his future. “There is no offer from Barça (…). I met with Abidal because he is my friend (…). I cannot talk about what happens in Barça out of respect for the club and Valverde”.last_img read more

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Shelly’s test – Fraser-Pryce returns to high quality Pre-Classic

first_img She noted that she has been forced to do a lot of her work from home, inclusive of core strengthening and gym exercises, but is determined to overcome this setback. “I think it’s more a mental test than anything else right now. I am one of those athletes who is able to run through pain because I believe that all athletes, in order to get to where they need to, there is some amount of pain you will feel, but I think I have surpassed my threshold and I am just trying to stay focused and stay in the game. You don’t want to put yourself out mentally,” Fraser-Pryce underlined. Today’s test will be provided by old rivals Carmelita Jeter, Murielle Ahoure and Blessing Okagbare, along with fellow Jamaicans Simone Facey, who, with 11.00, is the second fastest Jamaican so far in the event this year. A lot of interest will also follow the men’s 100m, where Asafa Powell will square off against the American pair of Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay, as well as early season pacesetter Femi Ogunode (Qatar), who leads the world with 9.91 seconds, and World Champs bronze medallist Andre DeGrasse. Elaine Thompson will compete in her first 200m of the season, where world champion Dafne Schippers and the in-form Tori Bowie await, in what should be an exciting contest that promises the first sub-22 seconds clocking of the season, while national record holder Rusheen McDonald may have to go close to his 43.93 if he is to threaten the Kirani James, LaShawn Merritt 400m duopoly in a thrilling quarter-miler showdown that also features sub-43 talent in Isaac Makwala and Youssef Masrahi. Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Shericka Jackson will look to reel in fast-starting Bahamian Shaunae Miller in the women’s 400m, with Natasha Hastings and Sanya Richards-Ross also looking to impress in front of their home crowd. Leading hurdler Omar McLeod puts his undefeated start on the line against compatriot Hansle Parchment, Aries Merritt, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and David Oliver in what is, as always, a fiercely competitive 110m hurdles field, with major interest also coming in the 100m hurdles, which feature top guns Brianna Rollins, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Jasmin Stowers, Sharika Nelvis and Kendra Harrison, who is responsible for the three fastest times in the event this year. EUGENE, Oregon: Winning the Olympics is an unknown and even an emergency appendectomy months before the 2009 World Championships pale in the mind of Jamaican super sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who described her efforts to win three gold medals at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after a serious toe injury as her biggest challenge so far in her career. Fraser-Pryce will make her return to the track in the 100m at today’s Prefontaine Classic the IAAF Diamond League stop in Eugene, Oregon, after missing several weeks of track work after a toe on her left foot, which has been bothering her for over a year, started acting up earlier this year. The injury has kept the two-time Olympic 100m champion out of meets in Kingston and Shanghai, but the 29 year-old says she is eager to see where she is at this point 69 days away from the Olympics – in what is as much a mental test as a physical one. “Training was going great in my background season. I was hitting the times and getting the work done and then, unexpectedly, I had a reoccurrence of an injury and it set me back quite a bit, but, to be honest, as an athlete, you have to prepare for things like that mentally, so I am just trying to work through all the pain to try and get ready for the Olympics,” said Fraser-Pryce during a pre-meet press conference at the Valley River Inn. “I had this problem last year, so it’s my second year running with this injury but it has got worse. We are trying to get that fixed and right now, we are still trying to get pressure off the toe and see how best we can work around this. “I’ve never really been in this situation when it comes to injuries. I’m not injury-prone. I’ve had injuries, but nothing major. This is probably my biggest injury since I have been in athletics. When it just happened, it was nerve-wrecking. I couldn’t sleep, I was anxious, and I started to think a lot but right now, I am a lot better. I am learning to cope … I am still very focused and motivated and I still have my goals in mind,” said Fraser-Pryce. DETERMINEDlast_img read more

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Ricci Rivero participates in Gilas practice

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pyeongchang Olympics brings ‘real hope’ to divided Koreas, says Bach Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Also attending the practice were Japeth Aguilar, Troy Rosario, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena.Sophomores Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, and Jio Jalalon were also in attendance, but remained on the sidelines for the session.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe current Gilas pool members continue their preparations for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, where they face Australia on February 22 at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne before flying back home to take on Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.Aside from Rivero, nine players from the “23-for-23” cadet list also participated in the training namely Paul Desiderio, J-Jay Alejandro, Javee Mocon, Arvin Tolentino, Ken Tuffin, Juan Gomez de Liaño, and high school standouts Kai Sotto of Ateneo, Will Gozum of Mapua, and newcomer Carl Tamayo of Nazareth School of National University. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRicci Rivero was finally an active participant on Monday’s Gilas Pilipinas evening training session at Meralco Gym as for the second straight week, coach Chot Reyes drew a complete attendance from his current pool.Veterans Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, and Gabe Norwood spearheaded the 12 members of the current pool.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year 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 View commentslast_img read more

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LNOC Executives Must Not Ignore LNHA’s Claim

first_imgIt was the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe who reechoed the well-known wise Liberian saying that a trap that is set in town, may not be for rats alone. You get the meaning?At the time, his enemies were scheming to overthrow him; and instead of supporting his position, those that used to adore him cheered for his enemies, and in a large demonstration told him to step down.In their own words, they sang, “monkey come down.” But what was really the point?It was about how and who to govern Liberia. This brief introduction to events that led Liberia’s descent to anarchy is happening in several organizations, notably in the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL), and the Liberia National Olympic Committee being accused of ‘meddling’ in the affairs of the Liberia National Handball Association (LNHA).While some efforts are being made to handle the SWAL leadership crisis (though Inquirer’s Managing Editor Phillip N. Wesseh’s attempt was ignored by the opposing group last weekend), this write up is about the silence that surrounds handball president Mason Saweler’s claim that the LNOC, under President Phillibert Brown, has outlived its usefulness and therefore there should be a new leadership.Saweler has issued a catalogue of issues against the current administration and added that for 12 years the LNOC has not had a credible election, and the last he could remember was held in Mr. Brown’s bedroom. Though Saweler did not raise any issue after that election, he has launched a campaign for change in the LNOC when President Brown issued a belated statement declaring LNHA elections not free and fair. The funny thing is that the election in question took place six months after the LNOC’s statement.And Saweler has shown no signs of backing down. The LNOC, planning for 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil recently made a budget for US$151,000. Though the Ministry of Finance has rejected the budget claiming there is no money, as well as the recent Zika virus epidemic in Brazil, the real reason could be that the LNOC has not been able to show over the last 12 years that it can prove anything by participating in the Olympic Games to justify such a colossal amount against the backdrop of hard economic realities in Liberia.LNOC VP for technical affairs Malcolm Joseph has described the Brazil Olympics as ‘Political Olympics’ to indicate that all nations must be there just for the name, which is not enough reason for Liberia, if even the government can afford the money, to go to the Olympics.What has been the drawback to the LNOC’s argument is its failure to develop any of the sporting codes that are admitted at the Olympic Games to develop athletes worthy of their name to be able to represent Liberia abroad.It is sad that an LNOC official told Youth & Sports Minister Charles N’tow recently at a single building described without shame as ‘Olympic Village’ that Liberia will depend on athletes abroad for the Brazil Olympic Games.It is also regrettable that in 2012, the LNOC approved the selection of a ‘money changer’ whose presence was as hopeless as his selection to the London Olympics Games under Brown’s administration. Today, Liberian boxing is dead, while many great boxers from around the world made remarkable success at the Olympic Games.It is therefore important that the Executive Committee of the LNOC, which comprises presidents of all sports federations and associations, get their act together to demonstrate responsible leadership as members of the LNOC so that decisions by the LNOC are done with everyone’s input, for the benefit of all.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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GuySuCo still to pronounce on flying knives incident after close to 7 months

first_imgSabotage or mechanical failure?This March will mark seven months since some $18 million worth of sugarcane produce at the Uitvlugt Estate, West Coast Demerara (WCD), was left to spoil after the turbine malfunctioned and sent 70 knives flying.Though some of the produce was saved, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is yet to make public its preliminary findings on the probe that was launched last year. Moreover, it has not confirmed if any actions were or will be taken as a consequence of the mishap.In late January, GuySuCo’s Corporate Communications Manager Audreyanna Thomas told another section of the press that the investigation was at the “disciplinary hearing stage”.However, that was more than one month ago and to date, no official word has been disclosed on the multimillion-dollar incident. Nevertheless, Thomas had indicated that the extended time was being facilitated so that the parties involved could have a fair hearing.It was in August 2018 that the knives, which are made out of carbon steel and weigh 20lbs each, went flying and caused workers to dart for their safety.GuySuCo revealed later in that month that it had launched its investigation by senior management to probe the spoilage and also to understand how the mishap occurred.Guyana Times has been following the story since it broke and it was unearthed that management was considering “negligence”.Although official word was never given to solidify this revelation, GuySuCo never denied that this was the case.In October of last year, this newspaper was reliably informed that two managers were sent on leave in the wake of the probe. Again, the sugar corporation did not respond to this disclosure.It was reported in the media that workers had started up the number two turbine at about 09:30h and a section called the “governor” was reportedly not maintained properly in the out of crop period.The turbine has 70 knives on the sharp which spins to shred the canes, and on the day of the mishap, when workers had started the machines, it overspun and the knives flew out several feet away, which had forced several workers to dart for safety and take cover.Estate Manager, Yudhisthira Mana, had not publicly disclosed the full cost to repair the shredder machine, which was reportedly in the millions.Guyana Times reported last year that the number two turbine was completely damaged, and it had to be replaced with a turbine from the defunct La Bonne Intention Estate (LBI). The original sharp from the Uitvlugt Estate has also been completely damaged in last year’s mishap.The Uitvlugt Estate is the lone Demerara estate, with Wales and East Demerara having been shuttered in 2016 and 2017 respectively.last_img read more

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Weekend brings drag race season opener

first_imgWith the summer season quickly approaching, the light has turned green for the 2011 drag racing season.On Saturday May 14, the Northern Lights Raceway will be holding its season opening races. Races will also be taking place Sunday, May 15 for an opening weekend full of excitement.- Advertisement -The raceway is located east of Fort St. John near the local airport.The weekend races will begin at 11 a.m.For more information on the races or the Northern Lights Raceway, please visit its website.last_img read more

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Education Revolution countdown

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There are just 59 days left until the Los Angeles Municipal general election on May 15 when voters will decide the fate of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. The outcome of the two runoff elections, including the Jon Lauritzen-Tamar Galatzan race in the San Fernando Valley, will determine whether LAUSD stays in the same mediocre hands or whether major changes are made. What the changes are depends on you the voters. We believe LAUSD needs a top-to-bottom overhaul and have challenged Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the candidates he supports and those who he opposes to come clean before the election on what the plan is to end decades of failure in our schools. We think they also need to hear from parents, students, teachers and everyone in the community who cares about the future of the city and its residents. So speak your mind by going to the Education Revolution, where we will post our editorials, information from our reporters and your commentslast_img read more

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Monks and nuns put on a fashion show to win young believers

first_imgThe Tsukiji Honganji offers theological seminars in English for foreign visitors, and has fitted its main hall with a pipe organ for Western-style weddings to attract young couples. Some other temples have also introduced cafes, art galleries and other innovations to reach out to young people who are interested in a different lifestyle. “Many of us priests share the sense of crisis and a need to do something to reach out to people,” said priest Kosuke Kikkawa, 37, one of the organizers of Saturday’s event. “We won’t change Buddha’s teachings, but perhaps we need a different presentation that can touch the feelings of the people today.”160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“Their robes were gorgeous,” said Sayaka Anma, one of the audience in her 20s, after the monks’ show. “I was a bit surprised in the beginning, but it was very moving.” More than 1,200 years after it first arrived from mainland Asia, Buddhism in Japan is in crisis, priests say. Almost three-quarters of Japan’s population of 120 million are registered as Buddhist, but for many, the only time they enter a temple is to attend a funeral. That has sent many of the country’s 75,000 temples into financial trouble. Japan’s aging population has meant more funerals, but the declining population and birth rate mean fewer young people to share the bill to keep temples afloat. “We wanted to show the young people that Buddhism is cool, and temples are not a place just for funerals,” said Koji Matsubara, a chief monk at Tsukiji. TOKYO – Japanese monks and nuns hit the catwalk in Tokyo on Saturday in a bid to spread Buddhism among younger people in this rapidly aging society. The fashion show opened with a Buddhist prayer set to a hip-hop beat at the centuries-old Tsukiji Honganji temple, where nearly 40 monks and nuns from eight major Buddhist sects showed off elaborate robes in an effort to win back believers. Five monks from each school walked on the runway, then chanted prayers and wrapped up in a grand finale with confetti resembling lotus petals. Buddhist monks traditionally wear simple black robes. But to appeal to more fashion-conscious youth, the monks wore green and yellow clothes, some with gold embroidery. Others wore elaborate, multilayered robes. last_img read more

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