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Posted by: | Posted on: May 14, 2020

21st century cracks: gizzard, breed and rojiblanco talent

first_imgVíctor Mollejo (La Villa de Don Fadrique, Toledo, 2001) burns stages at breakneck speed. Marked for years as one of the great promises of the Atlético youth team, he did not disappoint when he had the opportunity in the first team from Simeone, either in friendlies or in an official match. His first match in a friendly came when he was only 16 years old, in the summer of 2017 (curiously with the ’35’ on his back, the same as Fernando Torres). In the official match, he had to wait until January 19, 2019, becoming the first born in the 21st century to debut with the red and white shirt.Those precedents invited that at Atlético they were convinced that they were facing a special footballer, one of those capable of becoming top players. And in his first year in professional soccer he has finished confirming it. This course, on loan at Deportivo, is the top scorer of his team (5 goals) at just 19 years old. He has played 26 games and in the worst moments, before the arrival of Fernando Vázquez, he was one of the few lights within the group from A Coruña. Sweetbread was special from a young age. He began to play for his hometown team and rejected Atlético up to twice. The first was when he was seven years old, after shining against an Atlético school team in a tournament played in Casarrubuelos. His parents determined that he was still too young. The following year, same tournament, identical performance and new call. Again, ‘no’ for an answer.It would be two years later, in a championship played in the fields Ernesto Cotorruelo (Carabanchel) when Mollejo gave the expected ‘yes’ being Alevín. He started first in a team from the rojiblanca school, with great sacrifices to travel the more than 100 kilometers that separate Madrid from its town. It was in Infantil when he entered the residence and went to live and study in Madrid.Mollejo is a striker, left-handed, who adapts to any attack position. His preferred demarcation is the second point, although it operates comfortably in any of the two bands (although it prefers the right) and also as a false nine. His strong character fits perfectly into what Cholo Simeone asks his footballers, although he must measure it so that he does not turn against him: this season he has seen 10 yellows, an excessively high figure for a striker. A strong temperament that, without a doubt, will control when it matures. Because there is plenty of talent …last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 20, 2020

ISSA plays down Taylor’s call for schoolgirl cricket

first_imgCompetitions Officer of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) George Forbes says that while the idea is noble, it is currently not feasible for female cricket to be played at the local high-school level. This follows calls made by West Indies Women captain Stafanie Taylor. This, he says, is as a result of the current lack of interest by high school girls to play the sport, as well as funding, which, he says, will be key if the situation is to be changed. “It’s not feasible for us to play a girl cricket competition, as currently there are few girls and schools who have expressed an interest in playing,” stated Forbes. “In fact, I don’t know any school that has more than two or three girls who are interested in playing cricket. “Then there is the matter of funding. We don’t even have enough money to play age-group cricket for our boys, much less to take on schoolgirls cricket at the moment,” he added. ISSA currently stages cricket competitions for high school boys at the Under-14, Under-16 and Under-19 levels. Girls, however, are allowed play in two of these competitions – the Under-14 and Under-16. But they are barred from participating at the Under-19 levels due to what ISSA expressed as associated “dangers”. TAYLOR A BENEFICIARY Meanwhile, Forbes, who pointed out that Taylor herself was a beneficiary of playing at the Under-14 and Under-16 levels, said his association would be open to supporting a feasibility study to ascertain whether schoolgirl cricket was viable. “It is the duty and responsibility of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), not ISSA, to do such a feasibility study to determine whether there are enough girls and schools available to participate,” he said. “ISSA acts on the interest of students wanting to play a sport, and, until there is evidence to suggest same, we can’t act. “If after their study and the JCA then comes to us and say we have identified girls in four or five schools who are interested, then it would be something that we would be willing to look into.” Taylor, in the aftermath of West Indies Women ICC World Twenty20 triumph last week, stated: “We need to go into the schools and try to get girls to come out. “I think we do have girls who are interested. It’s just that you don’t have anyone to push it.” – Jermaine Lannamanlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 17, 2020

Aurora residents concerned over treatment of impounded animals

first_imgScores of residents in Aurora Village, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), have registered concerns over the treatment and deteriorating health of animals that get impounded at the Aurora Police Station.Residents said the animals are kept in unkempt conditions and this was reported to the Aurora Police Station some six months ago.To date the conditions remain the same and according to residents, the animals have been impounded for over 10 months.Residents are concerned that the animals are rarely fed or given water for their survival. According to them, reports were also made to Prime Minister Mosses Nagamottoo who promised that the matter will be looked into.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 14, 2020

SKD Sports Complex: A Stadium of Memories

first_imgBecause the Capitol Building, which is undergoing renovation, is by law the venue for the presidential inauguration ceremony, the legislature was forced to legalize SKD Sports Complex as the venue for this historic instance.Upon hearing its name, many Liberians are at once reminded of inspiring and horrible moments. But of course, despite those good and bad moments, the memories of the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex will never fade away.Built in 1986, the SKD sports complex continues to record moments that will go down in history. Some of these historical moments date back to the 80’s during the regime of the man the facility was named after, former President Samuel K. Doe.Ironically, as some sort of twisted fate, the stadium was actually commissioned by President William Tolbert, who the then Master Sergeant Doe fatally removed in a 1980 coup d’état. Eventually, the sports complex became the home of the national team, the Lone Star, and a place of attraction, where thousands of Liberians could not afford to miss the home games of the national team during probably its most memorable performing days.Although Liberia was later hit by civil unrests, the facility became a unifier. Warring factions laid down their arms to assemble at the stadium to watch their national team play, which lessened as the war intensified. Nevertheless, at the height of the war, the stadium became an area of protection where thousands sought refuge as there was nowhere safe to seek shelter. Thanks to Providence, those bad old days have been firmly relegated to the past, where it is hoped they would stay.It was also at the SKD that most of the country got to witness the skills of our most talented footballers, including no less than our new President, George Manneh Weah, and his cohorts.Arguably, the most memorable moment so far must be Monday’s hosting of the inaugural ceremony of Liberia’s 24th president, George Weah.The national legislature on January 19 adopted and signed a Joint Resolution to change the venue and city of the 2018 Inauguration from the Capitol Building in Monrovia to the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville – the first time this has ever happened.Moreover, this occasion reminded the newly elected president of his personal adventures against other national teams.“The Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, renovated by the Chinese, where this inaugural ceremony is being held, is where I gained my exposure to the football world. It does not only stand as a monument of Chinese friendship toward Liberians, but it also stands as a symbol of peace and reconciliation for the Liberian people,” Weah said in his inaugural speech.“Today we stand at this venue united for one purpose: Liberia. This is the time that we put away our political differences to work together in forging a new Liberia, where the affordability of all goods and services will no longer be a luxury of the privileged, but rather a right for all Liberians.”Not only will this venue be remembered by President Weah for its part in his march to his ascendancy of the nation’s highest position, it will also be remembered by the thousands of Liberians who fought their way through its gates to witness an inaugural ceremony for all times – the first and historic democratic transition of power from one democratically elected president to another since 1944.SKD will always remain ‘A Stadium of Memories.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 6, 2020

Reports: Arsenal target sets his sights on Italy move

first_img Adrien Rabiot 1 Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot is in favour of a move to Rome, according to reports in Italy.The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, who has just one year remaining on his contract, was the subject of interest all summer but a move away from the French capital never materialised.However, according to Sport Italia, Rabiot is now looking to leave PSG on a free transfer next summer when his current deal expires.Arsenal are still thought to be keen on taking the 19-year-old to London, but the player’s mother is said to be eager for him to head to Italy.Rabiot made 34 appearances for PSG last season, scoring three goals, and the French champions are still hoping to persuade him to sign a new deal.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 6, 2020

‘Best day ever!’ Son scoops Asian gold to avoid military service

first_imgA late header from Ayase Ueda gave South Korea an almighty fright, but they survived a nervous last few moments to capture a record fifth Asian Games title.Korean captain Son, substituted in the dying seconds to buy precious time, sprinted from the bench to embrace goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, sobbing tears of joy as they rolled on the turf together.“This is the best day in my life,” Son told AFP, clutching his gold medal.“I’m so proud of my team-mates, they fought for 120 minutes. But without the Korean people behind us we couldn’t win this tournament. Of course when I see the people support me, I want to give something back and this is the best present for my life.”The Koreans dominated the final but wasted several decent opportunities before substitute Lee broke the deadlock by smashing a left-foot shot into the roof of the net three minutes into extra time.Son delivered a free kick for Hwang to ram home a towering header eight minutes later, before Ueda’s goal triggered late drama.South Korea could have been three goals up by half-time, however, with Lee Jin-hyun blazing just over from distance and Son bundled over in the box for what replays suggested was a clear penalty.Hwang Ui-jo went close as the Japan-based striker sought his 10th goal of the tournament before Japan captain Koji Miyoshi forced a sharp save from Jo.– From tracksuit to camouflage –Roared on by thousands of flag-waving “Red Devils” fans, the Koreans continued to press with Hwang rippling the side-netting just after the hour mark, but both sides wilted in the sapping conditions as the game wore on.Failure to win gold could have been disastrous for Son’s career as the multi-millionaire footballer faced swapping his tracksuit for a camouflage kit and 21 months of national service, compulsory for South Korean men.Spurs only released their forward to compete as one of three permitted over-age players at the far-flung, under-23 tournament because he pleaded with the London club.“I’m so grateful to Tottenham because they let me come here,” grinned Son. “Normally that’s not an easy decision. I would have felt very sorry if I didn’t win the gold medal,” he added.“I really thank the coaching staff and players. I’ll continue to work hard for Tottenham when I return.”Nearly every able-bodied South Korean male is required to perform military service before the age of 28, although the government rewards Asian Games gold medals and Olympic medals of any colour with an exemption.Son was selected to play at the 2014 Asian Games but his former club Bayer Leverkusen refused to release him — and the Koreans scooped gold.His tears after South Korea’s quarter-final defeat by Honduras at the 2016 Rio Olympics melted hearts, and thousands offered to do double their own military service in an online petition if Son could be pardoned.“My players fought to the very end,” said Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu. “They showed real spirit and can be proud of themselves. They will be stronger for it at the Tokyo Olympics.” 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victory at the Asian Games means South Korean captain Son Heung-min will be able to see out his new five-year deal with Spurs © AFP / Martin BUREAUJakarta, Indonesia, Sep 1 – Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min was beaming from ear to ear after winning an exemption from almost two years of military service by leading South Korea to Asian Games gold on Saturday.The defending champions beat Japan 2-1 after extra time in steamy Cibinong, West Java as Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan scored the goals that will allow 26-year-old Son to see out his new five-year deal with Spurs.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 3, 2020

Who needs Firmino? Man United to sign La Liga winner and more of the latest Red Devils rumours

first_img 6 Is this midfielder set to stay at Borussia Dortmund? Read all about it, below, then find out what link is being made between United and Barcelona, by clicking right – Manchester United appeared to be on the verge of landing Ilkay Gundogan, when the Germany midfielder announced he would not be agreeing a new deal with Borussia Dortmund. The 24-year-old’s contract expires at the end of next season and would have commanded a fee of around £20million. But, the Red Devils have been handed a transfer blow with news the former Nurnberg star could be set to sign a new deal at the German giants. Gundogan’s agent, and his uncle, Ilhan has said: “[Stay at Borussia Dortmund] This is clearly an option again. There are several things in favour of ?lkay finding (a way) back to his old level and doing that in a familiar, comfortable environment.” Could this Aston Villa forward be the answer the Louis van Gaal is looking for? Read about it below and then click right to find out which winger is on his way to Turkey. – Manchester United have made an enquiry about Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, talkSPORT understands. The Belgian has been linked with a switch to Liverpool and Tottenham in recent weeks but the Red Devils are keen on the former Genk man. It’s understood, for any deal to go through, the Red Devils will want the £32.5million release fee reduced though, which the Villans are reticent to do. 6 6 Is this midfielder on his way to Old Trafford? Read the latest below and then click right to find out the latest on a Man United Bundesliga target… – Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title victory in 2014 was built around the likes of Diego Costa, David Villa, Arda Turan, Felipe Luis, Thibaut Courtois and Toby Alderweield. While the majority of those stars have either returned to, or been snapped up by Chelsea, one man who could be on his way to Old Trafford is Turan. The Turkey star’s agent claims the 28-year-old wants to leave Spain this summer and is already in talks with three, unnamed, Premier League sides. Is this striker on his way out of Manchester United? Read the latest on James Wilson’s future below and find out who could replace him up front by clicking right… – With Robin van Persie’s future at United far from certain, and Radamel Falcao sent back to Monaco, James Wilson could have expected to see more first-team football next season. The youngster struggled in front of goal during the 2014-15 season, scoring just two goals in 17 appearances, but only two of those were starting spots. His talent though has alerted Everton boss Roberto Martinez, who is ready to take the starlet to Goodison Park on a season-long loan. 6 6 6 Is this man’s time at Old Trafford coming to an end? Read the latest below and then click right to find out which striker could be on his way out of Manchester United… – Last season’s fourth place finish may have disguised some serious flaws in Louis van Gaal’s side, with club record signing Angel Di Maria failing to set alight the Premier League. That has led to reports of interest from Barcelona, according to Spanish newspaper Sport. But, fear not fans, respected Argentine journalist Christian Martin claims the story is entirely made up, stating: “I’ve just spoken to Angel Di Maria’s agent. The whole story is false. Made up by Sport newspaper.” United fans will hope so. Another day, another set of transfer rumours involving Manchester United.The Red Devils have already wrapped up the signing of PSV winger Memphis Depay, and are ready to dip into the transfer market again.They may have missed out on Liverpool-bound Roberto Firmino, but that won’t put off Louis van Gaal, who has set his sights on a number of top stars.So, sit back [well, click right if you don’t mind], as talkSPORT guides you through the red hot rumours. Is this winger set for a move to Turkey? Read all about it below… – Nani, who spent last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon, has been linked with a move to Fenerbahce. The Portugal flyer has held ‘positive talks’ with the Turkish side, according to a number of reports. No fee has been agreed but it’s doubtful Louis van Gaal will stand in the Red Devils winger’s way this summer.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 30, 2019

Supporters of genocide bill seek to delay vote

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The Armenian community is in no way discouraged,” Papazian said. “Armenians are a resilient people.” The resolution at one time had a record number of backers. Support eroded rapidly, however, after a key committee approved it last month. With Pelosi supporting the bill, its arrival on the House floor became, for the first time in decades, a likely scenario. Turkey recalled its ambassador in protest, and threatened to block vital supply routes to Iraq if the bill passed. About 70 percent of air cargo headed to Iraq goes through Turkey. Meanwhile, tensions raged between the U.S. and Turkey over northern Iraq, where Kurdish insurgents had staged several attacks on Turkish troops. A resolution declaring the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide will not be put to a House vote this year after an international furor forced the bill’s Southern California supporters to seek a delay. In a letter Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the bill’s lead sponsor Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, asked her to postpone a vote, possibly until 2008. “We want to make sure that when we take up the resolution that we have the votes to succeed,” Schiff said. “I think we will. I think it’s only a question of timing.” Vicken Papazian, spokesman for the Armenian National Committee in Glendale, said he respects the lawmakers’ strategy decisions and remains confident it will come to a vote. Turkey had held back from invading in response to appeals from the Bush administration. But last week the Turkish parliament overwhelmingly granted the government permission to invade. “It’s pretty clear that they stumbled into a hornet’s nest greater than Adam Schiff or Nancy Pelosi probably ever anticipated,” said congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. “Clearly the support was slipping away,” added Bulent Aliriza, director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. But, he added, “I don’t think the issue is going to go away.” Schiff said he doesn’t think it will either. He contended the measure is likely to regain support once the immediate crisis in Northern Iraq is under control. Both he and Papazian dismissed the possibility that Congress will grow weary of the issue and the battles it inevitably provokes between lawmakers and the administration. “Genocide never loses its relevancy,” Papazian said. The resolution declares that 1.5 million Armenians were killed, forcefully deported and displaced between 1915 and 1923 in a systematic genocide. Turks acknowledge committing atrocities against Armenians, but object to the word “genocide.” They say Armenians were killed when they joined forces with French and Russians to attack Turks and attempt to take control of Ottoman lands. More than 20 other countries have recognized the massacres of Armenians as genocide. Meanwhile, Republicans who in past years blocked consideration of the resolution, on Thursday ridiculed Pelosi for agreeing to delay it. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 30, 2019

Council receives restitution

first_imgPICO RIVERA – The City Council has collected $14,000 in restitution for money lost during the investigation of former Councilman Carlos Garcia earlier this year. Garcia pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of trying to influence a government decision in July, for getting favorable city treatment last year for food distribution firm BakeMark Inc. Although the city originally sought $50,000 through a request to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, it was repaid only about $14,000. The money came from county funds. “I personally think the city should have got the entire amount,” Mayor Ron Beilke said. “But it’s time to put this behind us.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The $14,000 is just $18 short of what would have been paid to the city by BakeMark without Garcia’s intervention. The company owed $14,018 for unpaid business license fees. The District Attorney’s Office deemed it inappropriate to seek the remaining $36,000 for the city, which included staff hours spent pulling records and testifying before a grand jury and legal fees. Garcia was investigated because he had allegedly encouraged BakeMark, which had done business with his packaging company, to challenge the fees with the city. Garcia pleaded guilty after losing re-election in March 2006. He was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and a $3,000 penalty, and was restricted from running for office for four years. Garcia said he is on a payment schedule with the city and plans to stay out of politics. center_img “Believe it or not, I’m a good guy,” Garcia said. “My feeling at this point is that they should really focus on the issues that they have and leave me alone.” Beilke said it was important to resolve the issue and move forward. “I actually think this is the most important item on the agenda tonight,” Beilke said at the meeting on Tuesday. “It deals with the corruption of a city official.” Garcia insists that his guilty plea was a matter of practicality after he was not re-elected. Councilman Gregory Salcido spoke at the meeting on Garcia’s behalf, saying he believed that although the former councilman pleaded guilty and should take responsibility for that, he did not intentionally deceive the council. “I would never characterize Carlos as corrupt,” Salcido said. Garcia said he was treated harshly in the situation because of political competition. “The whole issue I think was blown way out of proportion and definitely tilted against me,” Garcia said. airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 25, 2019

BUSTER’S INCREDIBLE GIFT TO DONEGAL SCHOOLKIDS!

first_imgDanny and Amanda O’Carroll with principal Anne Foxe and pupils.He’s normally dealing in dodgy goods or looking to make a quick pound.But Buster Brown has shown he also has a very soft and giving side.That’s because Buster, or the real-life actor behind him Danny O’Carroll, has come to the aid of a Donegal school after donating a trolley-full of laptop computers. Danny and wife Amanda made the presentation to the pupils of Lurgybrack National School outside Letterkenny this week.Their son Jamie is in first class at the 431 pupil school.‘Buster’ checks the computers are good quality!The school completed a large extension last April and the celebrity couple, stars of Mrs Brown’s Boys, decided they wanted to help.Principal Anne Foxe said Danny and Amanda simply came into her office and asked what they could do to make the school better. “There was no airs ad graces with them. They just came in and asked how they could help.“We went away and thought about it. Like every school we never stop trying to fundraise because that’s what all schools have to do.“We thought it would be nice to get some computers for the school and Danny and Amanda went away and got the computers.“It was so good of them. It was a lovely gesture and they never asked for anything in return.“They didn’t have to do it but they did and it has helped the school and the children so much,” said Principal Foxe. Dublin Danny, the son of Brendan O’Carroll, met Donegal woman Amanda (nee Woods) from Manorcunningham when he was performing in Letterkenny several years ago.Just minutes after meeting Amanda, Danny phoned his famous dad and said he had met his ‘Jenny.’The couple have two sons and they often donate to local charities.Danny even lines out with local soccer club Lagan Harps. BUSTER’S INCREDIBLE GIFT TO DONEGAL SCHOOLKIDS! was last modified: January 25th, 2014 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)Tags:Buster BrowncomputersDanny O’CarrolldonationLurgybrack National SchoolMrs Brown’s Boyslast_img read more