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Barcelona get Dembele boost before Classico, Messi might miss out

first_imgAdvertisement u0bNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5bmakWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8p( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2wWould you ever consider trying this?😱fb0Can your students do this? 🌚mkRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ousmane Dembele returned to first team training after missing out on two weeks of action due to an ankle injury and tonsillitis. The attacker suffered an ankle sprain in a match against Leganes which Barca won 3-1 and has been absent ever since. His return to first team training almost certainly means that he will be available for Wednesday’s Copa Del Rey clash against Real Madrid.Advertisement Despite the good news, Barcelona still have a massive headache heading into the El Classico. Lionel Messi was not to be seen in training on Monday. With the extent of the Argentine’s injury still in the dark, this could be cause for great concern for the Catalans. Messi has been instrumental in Barcelona’s table topping season, as he has been for the past decade, and missing him for a long time at this stage in the season might very well disrupt Barca’s progression in the Copa Del Rey and the Champions League. Messi has notched up 21 goals and 10 assists in 20 Catalans to the top games for his club this season in the La Liga, propelling the Catalans to the top of the league, favourites to win the title for the second successive season.Advertisement However, Barcelona have beaten Real comprehensively at the beginning of the season without the Argentine, with a margin of 5 goals to 1, so the Galacticos will still be considered to be the underdogs and will have an uphill battle to get a win out of the fixture.Read also :Advertisement Klopp claims referee’s mistake affected Liverpool for the worse against West HamManuel Pellegrini claims that Klopp is used to winning with offside goals Advertisementlast_img read more

Let the festivities begin

first_imgCHRISTMAS arrived early at Pakenham Marketplace on Saturday, with an eye-catching parade featuring roller skating elves, Ben and Holly’s Little…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Unable to suit up due to injury, Lycha Ebon finds way to back up Lady Tamaraws

first_imgLady Tamaraws continue to show clutch gene in another 5-set conquest Ebon was in full gear in the Lady Tamaraws’ clutch 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8 win over top seed Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Final Four, but she won’t be taking the floor any time soon even if she wanted to.Head coach  George Pascua decided that wouldn’t risk his injured star even if the Lady Tamaraws’ next game could push them to the championship round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSPORTSCoronation night?“Lycha told me she wanted to play but I won’t gamble it,” said Pascua in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Her Ates are already there and I told her to trust her Ates, but she really wanted to play.”Ebon finished her rookie season with a total of 115 points before she injured her left knee on March 24 in FEU’s game against Adamson University at the start of the second round. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “My decision is not to play anymore,” said Ebon in Filipino. “It’d be hard for me if I still risked playing especially I’m only in my first year.”Ebon added that her suiting up, warming up with the team, and even sitting at FEU’s bench during the game was a message to her teammates that she’d be there supporting them.“I don’t want them to feel that they’re incomplete,” said Ebon. “We’re a team, we should always be complete and united. I’m also really proud of my Ates because they’re really showing that we need to win and that we should get our goal.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 3 arrested in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES Tagaytay seminary emptied amid Taal volcano unrest PNP: Albayalde innocent until proven guilty 3 suspected drug pushers nabbed in Lucena bustscenter_img MANILA, Philippines—Expect Far Eastern University rookie Lycha Ebon to sit out the entire Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT PH Air Force air surveillance radar system project awaits award notice Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say PLAY LIST 03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu MOST READ ‘DOJ charges Albayalde, 12 ‘ninja cops’ with graft Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted View commentslast_img read more

Tokyo Olympics creative director out over ‘power harassment’

first_imgJapanese actor Mansai Nomura is the head creative director for Tokyo and will oversee the opening and closing ceremonies. The Olympics open on July 24 and the Paralympics open on Aug. 25.Dentsu has helped the local organizers line up a record of more that $3 billion in local sponsorship. The Japanese company has also repeatedly been warned about its overtime practices and work environment.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tokyo organizers said Sugano had been disciplined for conduct at his employer Dentsu, the giant Japanese advertising and marketing agency that is handling much of the promotion for the Tokyo Olympics.Organizers said in a statement that the resignation will have “no impact” on the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics or Paralympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Tokyo organizers said they received Sugano’s official resignation earlier this week in a telephone call.Sugano was described as a “creative technologist” in a statement last year by the organizers. Zidane’s experiment with 5 midfielders pays off for Madrid MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist FILE – In this June 11, 2019, file photo, a man walks past the Tokyo 2020 Olympic logos in Tokyo. One of the creative directors for this year’s Tokyo Olympics has resigned following allegations of what are being termed “power harassment.” Kaoru Sugano stepped away from the position and his resignation has been confirmed by the Tokyo organizing committee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)TOKYO— One of the creative directors for this year’s Tokyo Olympics has resigned following allegations of what are being termed “power harassment.”Kaoru Sugano stepped away from the position last month and his resignation was confirmed Thursday by the Tokyo organizing committee.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee View comments Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall ‘People evacuated on their own’ More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’last_img read more

Rooney injury ‘not so serious’

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, December 3- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal played down the extent of Wayne Rooney’s knee injury after the striker missed his side’s 2-1 win over Stoke City on Tuesday.Rooney was not included in the hosts’ squad after injuring himself during United’s 3-0 victory at home to Hull City on Saturday, but Van Gaal said that he did not expect his captain to be out of action for long. “It’s his knee, but we have to wait until tomorrow (Wednesday) to say anything about him because you never know with a knee,” Van Gaal told reporters at Old Trafford.“My opinion is it’s not so serious, but I’m not a doctor. We have to wait for the scan, then we’ll know more. I hope it’s not so serious.”Asked if the 29-year-old England star was likely to recover in time for United’s next game away to Southampton on Monday, Van Gaal replied: “I don’t think so, but you never know.”The Dutchman was also upbeat about the hamstring injury that ruled record signing Angel di Maria out of the Stoke game, although the Argentina winger is also set to miss the trip to St Mary’s.“Di Maria is not so serious, but he won’t play against Southampton,” said Van Gaal.United’s victory over Stoke, secured by goals from Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, tightened their grip on fourth place and took them to within a point of third-place Southampton, who visit Arsenal on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Taggers, parents may both be fined

first_imgCity officials are also considering new penalties for property owners who leave graffiti on their buildings. Molina’s motion, co-authored by Supervisor Don Knabe, directs the county chief executive officer to work with the County Counsel’s Office, Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Public Works to create the program. “The key here is that cases of graffiti should not be treated solely as criminal activity,” said Knabe spokesman David Sommers. “Criminal punishment isn’t nearly enough to deal with the problem. “We also need to get restitution. We need to be able to clean up the damage caused by this and if these are minors doing this, we need to get their parents involved to take responsibility for the actions of their children.” The motion, which supervisors will vote on Oct. 9, is especially notable because it compels parents of minors to shoulder some of the punitive burden. “Graffiti vandals and their families should pay a stiff price for their misdeeds and parents of minors involved in these crimes must also be held to account,” Molina said. troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! County Supervisor Gloria Molina said the proposed pilot project would compel graffiti vandals – and if the vandals are minors, their parents as well – to appear at a hearing where they could be fined and ordered to pay the cost of cleanup. The fines would be in addition to any penalties criminal court authorities deem appropriate. Unlike the court process, the civil panel would convene promptly and impose penalties swiftly in graffiti cases, Molina’s spokeswoman Roxane Marquez said. “Graffiti is not a minor transgression but one that relies on fear, intimidation and violence to silence law-abiding residents,” Molina said. “The murders of Maria Hicks of Pico Rivera last month and Robert Whitehead of unincorporated Valinda in March of last year illustrate this fact. Both of them paid with their lives for trying to stop vandals from defacing property – and both killings have sparked tremendous outrage.” LOS ANGELES: The graffiti law would crack down on families and property owners. By Troy Anderson STAFF WRITER As part of stepped-up efforts to combat gang graffiti, Los Angeles County officials have proposed creating a county-run administrative hearing panel similar to traffic court that could impose fines on graffiti vandals and their parents. last_img read more

‘What Fergie did wasn’t professional but it did make for great TV’

first_img1 Flats gives his views on the world of sport every week This column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukI have some friends who have proper jobs.These friends were the ones to whom I turned for advice and introductions when I retired from rugby and became a communications director at Bath Rugby. I had no idea what I was doing, so I asked some people who did.With one notable exception, they all told me the same thing: a comms director is never more than three feet from the CEO and makes totally clear the line he or she will take on every issue. Often the boss proper will decide that line, but the ‘reputation managers’ will be closely involved because they’re the experts in this area. One friend, a comms director at a large London financial firm, said: “My last boss held two interviews in one day without consulting me. I quit on the spot.”The exception I mention was Manchester United – where, I was told over a coffee at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson ran the show in all areas. Argue with his media approach if you like, but nobody will listen. This is sport, so the gaffer says what he wants. Big businesses would never allow it, yet sport has its own rules of engagement.In rugby union, most of the head coaches who are interviewed weekly can be trusted not to be too aggressive or controversial – but if they want to be then, in my experience, they’ll do just that. There are some genuinely talented, intelligent media teams in English elite rugby, but too few are afforded the control over media messaging that their qualifications and experience deserve.Sports coaches may get interviewed a lot, but this does not make them experts. They should also recognise that emotion will also often play its part in these interviews, and therefore look to their media teams to cross-check their planned answers to likely questions.As someone now in sports media, I know that we garner far better content from those clubs whose coaches think they know best, so perhaps I ought not to mention it just in case somebody listens and changes their approach.Last week Mike Ford, the Bath head coach, responded to a close defeat to Northampton Saints by hammering the young referee for ‘guessing’ his penalty decisions. He might have a point, although I thought the referee did well.Whatever, had a media team been consulted and their educated, balanced approaches been taken on board, this controversy might have been avoided. It’s just not professional or business-savvy, even if it does make for decent telly.David Flatman is a former England rugby union international, broadcaster and punditlast_img read more

Ex-Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra signs for UAE side

first_img Lassana Diarra (right) in action for Marseille 1 Former Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra has joined UAE side Al Jazira.The France international has been without a club since February after his contract was terminated by Marseille.The French side had deemed the 32-year-old surplus to requirements and he was released with the expectation being he would secure a move to China.That move, however, never materialised and Diarra has been searching for a new club ever since.But, the midfielder’s search is now over after he put pen to paper on a deal which sees him join Al Jazira.last_img

Manchester City NOT being investigated by UEFA despite LaLiga complaint

first_imgManchester City are not being investigated by UEFA in relation to Financial Fair Play rules following a complaint by LaLiga, Press Association Sport understands.The Spanish league has issued a statement suggesting there will be an official probe after writing to the European governing body with a formal complaint.In its letter to UEFA last month, LaLiga also complained about Paris St Germain but it is understood that had no impact on the body’s decision to launch an investigation into the French club last week.The statement from LaLiga read: “There will be an investigation following the formal complaint filed by LaLiga asking UEFA to inspect Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City FC for violation of financial fair play regulations.“LaLiga, the association of the best football teams in Spain, is pleased that UEFA has opened a formal investigation into financial fair play at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).“The investigation comes after LaLiga formally requested these tests from PSG and Manchester City FC in August.”It added: “LaLiga asks UEFA to continue its investigation, taking into account PSG’s history of actions. In addition, LaLiga asks UEFA to open a similar investigation to Manchester City.”The complaints were made in a letter on August 22. UEFA announced last Friday, September 1, that PSG were being investigated but it is understood this was not connected to LaLiga’s letter. No investigation has been opened into City.LaLiga’s complaints come after a summer transfer window in which PSG bought Neymar for a world record £198million after activating the Brazilian’s release clause and secured another of Europe’s most highly-rated players, Kylian Mbappe, on a season-long loan from Monaco. City spent more than £200million strengthening their squad.LaLiga claims the finances at Qatari-owned PSG and Abu Dhabi-backed City “are not based on market reality”.LaLiga president Javier Tebas said: “The funding of PSG and Manchester City thanks to state aid distorts European competitions and creates an inflationary spiral that irreparably damages the football industry.”City and UEFA have been contacted by Press Association Sport for comment concerning the claims against the English club.City have been a frequent target for critics since their takeover by Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008. They did fall foul of FFP regulations in 2014 and were hit with a fine, a transfer spending cap and restrictions on their Champions League squad.In recent years, however, the club have shown strong signs of financial independence and have recorded profits in their last two financial years. 1last_img read more

Predicted Leeds United line up for pre-season friendly against Man United

first_imgAn old rivalry in English football is resumed as Leeds United take on Manchester United.It’s just a pre-season match but given this fixture hasn’t happened often in recent years, there will be added bite to this friendly. boost 3 The Leeds players warm up ahead of the clash in Perth Why do Leeds United and Manchester United have such a fierce rivalry? JIBE Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:36Loaded: 6.34%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Mel Morris explains why Derby had to complain about Leeds over Spygate to EFL Bailey Peacock-Farrell has not travelled to Australia so this clears the way for Kiko Casilla to start in goal.In defence, expect utility player Stuart Dallas to feature, most likely at right-back while left-back Barry Douglas should play in his usual slot.The likes of Luke Ayling and Ben White are not at Bielsa’s disposal for this game so the centre-back pairing is likely to be Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi.Kalvin Phillips has gone to Australia with the team despite being linked with a move to Aston Villa so should play in the holding midfield role, while Adam Forshaw will be a little bit further up. Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea deals Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Getty Images – Getty 3 TROPHY Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder REVEALED buildlineup.com Bielsa has just 16 players to choose from for the match Ezgjan Alioski, Helder Costa, Mateusz Klich, Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke are not travelling so it’s likely Leeds will play an advanced midfield three with Pablo Hernandez in the No.10 role, while Jack Harrison and Jordan Stevens could play either side of him.Patrick Bamford is available but given the calibre of opposition they’re facing, Bielsa could opt to play Kemar Roofe in a false nine role, a position he played during their first leg match at Derby in the play-off semi-finals – a match Leeds won 1-0. LATEST Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers It’s also being played on neutral territory, with the match happening in Perth in Australia, kick-off 12pm BST.However, Leeds have a threadbare squad for the match with just 16 players travelling Down Under.Manager Marcelo Bielsa even arrived later than the rest of the team, with the Argentine reportedly taking the opportunity to look at Liverpool youngster Ryan Kent during a pre-season friendly in Bradford at the weekend.But who will Bielsa give the nod to against a new look Manchester United side? Below you can see talkSPORT.com’s predicted Leeds line-up. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January targets Is this the Leeds team Bielsa will pick to face Manchester United? Getty Images – Getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 3 New job The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star last_img read more