LaLiga returns from winter break with Barcelona and Madrid derbies

first_imgAdvertisement 48fNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbyoWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Exz4zs( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) alWould you ever consider trying this?😱95iv9yCan your students do this? 🌚p9nmRoller skating! Powered by Firework aLiga returns this weekend with city derbies in both Barcelona and Madrid, with teams up and down the division eager to get started again after the winter break.Advertisement Leaders FC Barcelona are two points ahead of second placed Real Madrid going into the final round of games before LaLiga Santander 2019/20 reaches its midway point and crowns its [unofficial] winter champions.Advertisement Upcoming evening sees Ernesto Valverde’s side visit city neighbors RCD Espanyol –whose new coach Abelardo will be making his debut after Pablo Machin was sacked-, as the new year begins with another ‘derbi barcelonés’. Recent history is with the blaugrana, whose last defeat in this fixture came in 2007, when Valverde was Espanyol boss. Barça captain Lionel Messi usually enjoys meeting the neighbors, having 22 goals in his 25 LaLiga city derbies – including three long-range free kicks last season.Advertisement Real Madrid travel to the Spanish capital’s southern suburbs earlier to face neighbors Getafe CF. Los Blancos finished 2019 having dropped just behind Barça after three straight draws, while Getafe sat sixth through the winter break having won six of their last seven LaLiga games. This game finished 0-0 last season and recent form suggests another tight affair.2020’s first LaLiga game takes place as Real Valladolid welcome CD Leganes – the hosts spent the break just above the drop zone having drawn three of their last four LaLiga games, while Javier Aguirre’s Lega climbed off the bottom with seven points from the last nine available.Later on is one of LaLiga’s historic fixtures as Sevilla FC host Athletic Club – both these teams had excellent ends to last year and are chasing European qualification spots. The Andalusians have the upper hand in this fixture recently with wins in each of the last four seasons, while the Basques have won just one of their nine away games so far in 2019/20.The fixtures start at Mestalla where Valencia CF welcome SD Eibar, with Los Che still unbeaten in front of their own fans so far this term as they hunt a top four spot, while Los Armeros enjoyed their break due to a badly needed three points against Granada just before heading off.Later that afternoon, Atletico de Madrid are at home to Levante UD in a clash of two teams who went on holidays having won both their two final LaLiga games of 2019, with frontmen Alvaro Morata and Roger Marti having hit goalscoring form. Upcoming schedule begins in Granada CF where RCD Mallorca are the visitors – promoted together last summer from LaLiga SmartBank both teams will have happily spent the holidays outside the relegation places but will know things do not get any easier from here.Real Sociedad against Villarreal CF brings together two of LaLiga’s most entertaining teams over the last 12 months – both teams also finished 2019 with two wins and a draw in their final three games, so will be looking forward to continuing that form into the new year.By contrast D. Alaves and Real Betis had two weeks to think over defeats in their final games of the calendar year – meaning both will be eager to start afresh when they meet at Mendizorrotza, where Betis have won three times in their last six visits.The final game is RC Celta at home to CA Osasuna at Abanca Balaidos. Celta spent the winter break in 18th spot and in need of a boost, while Osasuna will have enjoyed the break in 12th position having impressed on their return to LaLiga Santander this season. Advertisementlast_img read more

Samuels supports Miller’s appointment

first_imgNewly-appointed coach Robert Samuels believes spin bowler Nikita Miller is the right person for the position of captain of the Jamaica Scorpions heading into the new-look regional four-day Digicel SportsMax WICB Professional League.A consistent performer for the national team since making his four-day debut 16 seasons ago, Miller replaces young batsman Paul Palmer Jr.”Nikita has proven himself to be a leader on and off the field,” said Samuels of the 34-year-old, who earlier this year led the team during the regional one-day NAGICO Super50 in Trinidad and Tobago.RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB”Sitting in the dressing room and listening to Nikita talk about cricket and talk to the players, and how the players relate to him, I think he is the right man for the job at this time,” he declared.The previous selection of the now 24-year-old Palmer Jr, a former national Under-19 captain, but whose ascendancy to the post came as somewhat as a surprise last season, was made by the then Wavell Hinds-led national selection panel.The selection panel also included Robert Haynes, Wayne Lewis, Delroy Morgan and Cleveland Davidson.However, coinciding with the re-election of Jamaica Cricket Association president, Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven earlier this year, the panel has been changed.The selection panel now consists of three standing members with outgoing national coach Junior Bennett the new chairman, and returning selector Ephraim McLeod, as well as Samuels being the other members.DIFFEERENT APPROACHThis change in personnel, according to Samuels, has since taken a different approach to the selection of a leader with merit of a place in the team being an important barometer.”The first thing one should do is select a leader that can command and demand a position in the team first and foremost,” said Samuels.”Nikita has commanded and demanded his position in the team over the years, is an avid performer season after season, and for this the players have the utmost respect for him.”Jamaica, having failed to finish in the top three for the past three regional four-day seasons are set to open their account against two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars at the Providence Stadium next weekend.last_img read more

Kobe: Enjoy LeBron James’ quest

first_imgMOST READ LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers jokes with Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 120-108 Cavaliers win at Staples Center on March 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPWhile there is a never-ending debate as to who is the greatest basketball player of all time, Kobe Bryant, whose name is also in the discussion, thinks it’s best to just appreciate the greatness of each player without criticizing others.Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers legend, posted a tweet urging his followers to “enjoy” what LeBron James has been able to accomplish shortly after the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar carried the Cavs to their fourth straight NBA Finals appearance following a Game 7 win over the Boston Celtics on the road.ADVERTISEMENT Bryant is referring to himself, who won five NBA titles, six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan and LeBron James, who just made his eighth straight NBA Finals appearance in his 15th season in the league.The 33-year-old James has been on another tear in the postseason, averaging 34 points on 54 percent shooting from the field, 9.2 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. We can enjoy one without tearing down one. I love what he’s doing. Don’t debate what can’t be definitively won by anyone #enjoymy5 #enjoymj6 #enjoylbjquest— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 28, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Former Spurs forward Bruce Bowen to attend NBA Finals viewing parties in PH Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. James delivered anew in Game 7 with 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in an 87-79 win over the Celtics, who were previously undefeated at home in this year’s playoffs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

After 2 closes loses, Philippines bags first win in AVC Asian Cup

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew House panel moves to save ethnic games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Team Philippines flashes that winning smile after four-set triumph over KAZ. Photo by Marc ReyesNAKHON Ratchasima, Thailand —The Philippines broke into the winning column, something it almost did the two previous games, by beating Kazakhstan, 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17, Tuesday night in the Asian Volleyball Confederation Asian Cup here.The win put a flicker of hope for the Filipinas who can make the quarterfinals with a 1-2 record depending on the results of the games set late Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img View comments MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title But more than anything, it was sweet win for the Philippines who blew away matches against Australia and Iran which saw them leading.“Yes, we got one,” said PH coach Shaq delos Santos. “I gave the players some choice words.” FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDelos Santos admitted that he dissed his usual cool demeanor during huddle after noticing the players “relax after taking the lead.” 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 awardlast_img read more


first_imgThe Managing Director of the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBANK), Mr. Dan Orogun, said that there is no doubt about the capability and leadership ability of the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Joseph Mills Jones, whom he said, has contributed immensely to the economic growth of the country.Mr. Orogun noted that Governor Mills Jones is doing all he can in an effort to make the Liberian financial sector more vibrant, which he said is being especially manifested in the transformation, growth and stability of the banking sector.The GT Bank MD made the comments on Saturday, January 18, while serving as the keynote speaker at the induction ceremony of the new corps of officers of the Central Bank Staff Association (CEBSA).Speaking at the occasion held at the cafeteria of the CBL in its headquarters in Monrovia, Mr. Orogun said “the CBL initiatives are aimed at improving the profitability of the banking industry through credit reference systems and supporting regulation to address the issue of delinquent borrowers and high level of non-performing loans.”According to him, the importance of the banking sector in any country cannot be overemphasized, because it is the foundation for that nation’s economic growth.Mr. Orogun added that the introduction of a Treasury bills (reserves) and the CBL bills are intended to enhance the yield on our idle Liberian deposits, availability of medium to long term funds for non-lending to strategic sectors of the economy and current effort is being put into place so as to ensure that inter-bank market is promoted in the country.The GT Bank boss told the newly inducted executives of the Central Bank Staff Association (CEBSA) that they need to realize that a disgruntled or unhappy work force would not be able to deliver the kind of excellent results expected by the leadership of the organization unless they behave themselves.He noted that such occasions are not just reasons for celebration, but also moments of reflection for the new executives; whose primary objective should be how to improve on the achievement of the past executives and meet the aspiration of the CBL dedicated work force.“Your role as a leader in this institution includes bridging the communication gap between staff and executive management. You should also be willing to render trustworthy, staff-centered, purposeful and courageous leadership in this institution,” Mr. Orogun to the CEBSA officers.“It is important to realize, for a very successful and dynamic institution like the CBL, which is run on three core processes of strategy, operation and people, that the people process is most important. That is why it’s often said that “people are the most important Assets of an organization,” Mr. Orogun concluded.  For his part, the newly inducted president of CEBSA, Mr. D. Bouleigh Cooper promised his colleagues that his administration would expand and improve the good working relationship with the administration of the CBL in seeking the common welfare of its staff.Mr. Cooper also used the occasion to call on the management of the CBL to establish a cordial working relationship with them in ensuring that their mandate is achieve.Delivering his inaugural address at the program, Mr. Cooper emphasized that his administration would provide a stable work environment for all staff of the institution.The CEBSA president told employees of the CBL to renew their commitment to the job as they all fight to see a better day.Those inducted into office were: Mr. D. Bouleigh Cooper, president; Miss Bernice Paw, Vice president; Mr. J. Roland Sam, secretary general. Others include Mrs. Sylvia F. Tarkpah, Financial Secretary General; Mrs. Geraldine Layweh, Treasurer; and Mr. Mathias Cooper, Chaplain.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tang takes Spring Stage Series

first_imgFor more information on the local cycling club, visit its official website. Shaw’s first place finish came at a time of 41:13, beating second place finisher Pat Ferris, who crossed the finish line at 42:14.Rounding out third place was Dawit Feyissa, who finished at 45:23.Adding up the points total from the entire Stage Race series, this year’s Men’s winner is Irvin Tang, who earned 24 points over the racing series. Pat Ferris finished in second in the Men’s with 14 points and Chris Haugan third with 13.- Advertisement -Nicki Haugan emerged victorious in the Women’s series, finishing her Spring Stage Races with a total of 10 points. Celeste Pakstas and Jolea Bilodeau both tied for second with 9, and Dian Loro finished third with 8 points.Finally, Dawit Feyissa won the Under 19 Junior Men’s with 28 points, while Tate Haugan was second at 10 and both Kelsey Young and Ty Haugan finished in third with 3.Up next for the Blizzard Bike Club will be a Thursday evening Baldonnel time trial, beginning at 6:30 p.m., which will be followed by a Sunday road race at 2 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Spread the love

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Given that economists estimate the average consumer spends about $100 on Valentine’s Day, most lovers should be able to afford this bit of charity while still buying their sweethearts the traditional dinner, flowers or chocolates. Think of this as a chance to spread the love. To make a donation, call (877) NO-HUNGER or go to HERE’S a suggestion for how to make this Valentine’s Day especially loving: In addition to doing something sweet for your honey, do something sweet for the needy, too. The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank is asking romantics this year to make a donation in honor of their loved ones. Its suggestion: $50 or the price of a dozen roses. What better way to show that love isn’t just an emotion – but a real effort to do good – than to honor someone special that way? And what better way to show people who might be down on their luck that they are loved? last_img read more

Matano issues rallying call to fans ahead of Shield final

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards fans Mexican wave. PHOTO FILE.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18- AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano and skipper Duncan Otieno have issued a passionate rallying call to their fans to come out in large numbers on Friday as they play Kariobangi Sharks in the GOtv Shield final at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani.Ingwe has suffered a deficiency of the 12th man push this season especially with the dwindling fortunes in results, but Matano and Otieno have both asked for a final chance to impress, promising they will not disappoint in the final. “We understand the team has not been winning and the fans lack motivation because it is obvious that they want to come to the stadium to see the team win.But they should come cheer us as we try and clinch this trophy. We need their motivation and we can’t do it without the fans coming behind us,” Matano told Capital Sport.His sentiments were echoed by Otieno who said the players have vowed within themselves to do everything possible and ensure they bag the trophy to make up for a disastrous season that has seen them engage in relegation fights.AFC Leopards players celebrate one of their goals against Thika United in a Kenyan Premier League match on September 20, 2017 at the Thika Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAFC Leopards last won the Shield in 2013 when they beat arch rivals Gor Mahia 1-0 at the Nyayo National Stadium with Peter ‘Pinchez’ Opiyo scoring the lone goal, but since then, they have endured a frustrating trophy drought.They warmed up perfectly for the final with a 1-0 win over Ulinzi Stars in a Kenyan Premier League match in Nakuru on Tuesday, and Matano says it sets up their confidence perfectly to face Sharks who will be playing in their first ever Shield final.“The motivation is now there because the players have realized their mistakes and have corrected. But a final is a different ballgame altogether and they should double their efforts. We have to go there and win the match,” Matano said.Matano joined the team in July and top on his agenda is to get them back to the top having struggled to imprint its status as one of the best teams in the country, with 13 KPL titles under their wings, though the last came 19 years ago.“We want to bring stability to the club so that we can have somewhere to start from next season. We want this club to get back to where it was before because AFC is a big team,” Matano who alongside assistant coach Tom Juma are both former AFC Leopards players said.AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano speaks to midfielder Duncan Otieno before their game against Gor Mahia in the Mashemeji Derby on August 26, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaSkipper Otieno has admitted they have struggled to knit results this season, pointing out to a congested fixture as the main reason their fortunes have been far from convincing.“Sometimes you play a game on Sunday and lose then you have to face another game on Wednesday. Most of the times it has not been easy to recover and re-strategize and also, the element of fatigue creeps in. It hasn’t been a good season for us,” the midfielder who rejoined the club in January from Posta Rangers noted.Save for winning the silverware and end the season on a high, the players are also motivated by the allure of playing in the CAF Confederations Cup next season.“AFC is a big team and we should work hard to get it back to the African map. That is our responsibility as players. Also, plying in the CAF competitions is always a huge motivation for any player because we get the experience of playing at a higher level and also an opportunity to market ourselves,” Otieno further said.Ahead of the final, AFC will miss the services of defender Robinson Kamura who picked up a foot injury last weekend in the club’s 2-0 loss to Posta Rangers in Narok while Ugandan midfielder Keziron Kizito will have a late fitness test.Matano though is confident that despite the absence of the key players they will have enough cover to field a strong, competent squad.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Paulinho has a better assist rate!’ Fans react as Coutinho beats Fabregas to a Team of the Year spot

first_imgThe Premier League Team of the Year will never please everyone. Fact.The Twittersphere exploded with outrage on Sunday when the PFA announced its annual XI, as Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho made the cut.The Brazilian wizard has been in fine form for the Redmen since the turn of the year, dazzling fans with his majestic runs, touches and brilliant attacking play.But his call-up meant there was no place for Spanish maestro Cesc Fabregas, the top flight’s leading assist maker, in central midfield.Despite the vote coming from the players themselves, football fans were less than impressed by verdict…as you can see by their reaction below. 1 Philippe Coutinho and Cesc Fabregas battle for the ball in the League Cup last_img

DJs’ role in rallies may be curtailed

first_imgOn Friday, she appeared on Sotelo’s show to support an vigil on Monday. While some heckled her and even challenged, others showed support. With a loyal listenership drawn to the locutures use of regional jokes, music and sensibilities, DJs advice could sway tens of thousands and color how the country sees the debate framed. They are largely credited with bringing out tens of thousands to pro-immigrant rallies in Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities over the last few weeks. It was a coalition of Los Angeles DJs that urged those going to the March 25 rally to wear white and wave American flags, a key visual. Many believe that it was the opposite image of protesters – gripping the Mexican flag while demonstrating against Proposition 187 – that pushed many Californians to vote for the ballot measure banning social services for illegal immigrants. The courts eventually overturned the measure. But the Spanish-language media and especially DJs have become increasingly cautious in using their bullhorn, said Jose Luis Benavides, an assistant professor at California State University Northridge who specializes in Spanish-language media. “There was a concern, in a legitimate way, that the \ demonstration and especially the \ walkouts from students were going to go out of control,” he said. (818) 713-3741160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“I have to be very careful, I feel responsible for what happens,” said Sotelo, who said he won’t back a boycott. “I don’t want to do anything to hurt my community.” But immigrant rights organizers – from labor unions to political activists – are split over how far they will take any massive mobilization. Some organizers stepped away early on from an economic boycott, saying they did not want to alienate the church, unions or even corporate backers. Other organizers are still pushing it though they promise to back away from the public message if it means losing the support of radio DJs – some who may be racy on the air but shy away actions that could offend their corporate parents. “The Spanish-language radio is critical to our community. It’s a town hall where people can hear what we are talking about,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights. Salas supports a May 1 economic boycott and mass protest if a legislative compromise that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants is not reached. But she would not support mass student walkouts. With the immigration reform debate stalled in the Senate, activist organizers are gearing up for a series of protests and vigils against restrictive immigration proposals.Though nobody expects to replicate the massive pro-immigrant rally, organizers energized by early successes look to Spanish language radio to influence millions. Disc jockeys like Eduardo “Piolin” Sotelo on KSCA 101.9 FM and Rena “Cucuy” Almendarez Coello on KLAX 97.9 FM are devoting more segments to call-ins from politicians, organizers and even segments to explain immigration reform. And they – themselves immigrants – are taking a very personal tone with a debate that is roiling the country. While the DJs played advocate during the March 25 rally – even going so far as to broadcast from the downtown rally that drew between 500,000 and a million – this time around they may have to walk a tightrope, trying not to alienate advertisers and listeners, as some organizers call for a May 1 economic boycott and more rallies. last_img read more