Benitez on Ramos, Ronaldo-Bale divide and more

first_img Bale vs. Ronaldo: Coaches have to control a group of professionals, but not what their agents say. I talk to the players and when there’s a conflict, it’s solved. There’s no problem between Bale and Cristiano. Everything is magnified in Madrid. Sometimes it’s out of jealousy, or to attack. I am surprised. Cristiano Ronaldo: I have no problems with any player in the squad. Yesterday I spent a good, long time talking to Cristiano. He starts matches on the wing, but a little in the penalty area because he has goals. He practices free-kicks and does them very well. It’s a matter of time before he’s scoring them. Dropped points against Atleti: If at the Vicente Calderon we forced the best Atletico Madrid to make three changes in desperation and didn’t concede four times as in April this year, we must have done something right. On the table were his exchange of words with Sergio Ramos, the relationship between Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale and the dropped points against Atletico Madrid. 15/10/2015 EFE, Sport EN Here’s what the Spanish coach had to say:  Upd. at 12:44 Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez spoke to Onda Cero’s Al Primer Toque on Wednesday night.  CEST Ramos: I fought more than anyone for Ramos to stay. There’ve been zero problems between us. He’s the captain and a phenomenon and he has to prove himself constantly. Unrest in the dressing room: I’m amazed at how many stories are invented. We have a very good dressing room. There’s a great atmosphere among the players. It’s healthier than you think. I’ve had locker rooms that are more complicated. They all have some players who are more happy or less happy and some can be worse than another teammate, but there’s been nothing exceptional. Injures: There aren’t as many injuries as people say. Today I counted nine. Injuries aren’t the same as fatigue. The fans can be calm, we’re working hard to prevent this, but we play twice a week with intensity and we have a lot of internationals.last_img read more

Feed store blaze

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Russia accepts IOC plan to retest Olympic doping samples

first_imgEDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes We are young Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Senators to proceed with review of VFA Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter “The IOC has now decided to retest all the samples; let them retest,” Mutko, who was sports minister at the time of the 2012 and 2014 Olympics, told Russian state agency R-Sport. He added that Russia will keep a careful eye on the process.The IOC’s declaration Friday followed the publication of a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren. This alleged that more than 1,000 Russian athletes, including medal winners at the London and Sochi games, had benefited from a state-backed campaign of doping and drug test cover-ups.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliMutko, whose brief as deputy prime minister covers sports policy, also suggested that he does not expect Russia to be barred from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. He said the IOC set a precedent when it decided against a blanket ban for Russia from this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.“I think that the IOC has chosen its direction, that there should be no collective responsibility in this situation,” he said. If a specific athlete is found to have committed an offense, “then let’s punish him” rather than excluding the whole Russian team, Mutko said. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Bayern back on top of Bundesliga as Leipzig loses 1st game View comments In this file photo (taken Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015), the then Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko holds a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said Saturday Dec. 10, 2016, the country will accept an International Olympic Committee plan to retest all drug test samples given by Russian athletes at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics. (Photo by PAVEL GOLOVKIN/AP)MOSCOW — Russia will accept an International Olympic Committee plan to retest all drug test samples given by its athletes at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mutko repeated the Russian government’s claim that it has never given state support to doping and that there was no widespread doping of the Russian team at the Sochi Olympics.Mutko did not address allegations in McLaren’s report that he directed so-called washout testing — unofficial internal tests before major competitions to ensure banned substances would not be detectable when doped athletes later gave samples at the event.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

BWI-AVTP Graduates 258

first_imgThe Accelerated Vocational Training Program (AVTP) at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Margibi County last weekend graduated 258 persons who completed courses in eleven disciplines.Some of the disciplines are Automotive, Carpentry, Drafting, Masonry, Plumbing, Domestic Science and Electrical.The event marked the 15th postwar graduation ceremony of the AVTP at BWI.The AVTP was established when the government, during the administration of President William R. Tolbert, Jr., identified the need to build the manpower capacity of the nation’s growing youth population through technical and vocational education and training. Established in 1977 the AVTP was a solution to the inadequate institutions of higher learning to absorb the high number of high school graduates, especially in 1976, when over 14,000 students graduated from high schools across the country. The Charter allows the AVTP to be established at all government owned vocational high schools, including the ones at BWI and the Liberia-Swedish Vocational Training Center in Yekepa, Nimba County.Youth and Sports Deputy Minister for Administration, Dr. T. Nancy Freeman, gave the keynote address on the topic, “The Importance of Technical Vocational Education on Our Development Agenda.” Said Dr. Freeman, the progress and prosperity of most nations of the world are closely identified with economic development. This is because the economic competiveness of a country depends on the skills of its workforce, she said, adding, “The skills and competencies of the workforce, in turn, are dependent upon the quality of the country’s education and training systems.”Vocational education, she said, is therefore considered as one of the crucial elements in enhancing economic productivity.“Technical and vocational education are tools for national development. It is also a form of education in both science, applied science and humanity, all aimed at developing individuals with the right attitude to work and the competency necessary to compete in a global society,” Dr. Freeman told the graduates. As a result, she said government was making all efforts to ensure that technical and vocational education is encouraged and promoted among Liberian youth, noting, “It is a relevant tool for addressing economic, political, and social crises that threaten the political and economic stability of nations.”She observed that reducing unemployment, lack of skilled workers and dropout rates, and the changing demographic nature of the workforce have placed the issue of workforce education high on the educational reform agenda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Four changes for Shujaa in London, Paris 7s

first_imgDropping from the squad that did duty in Asia with the Hong Kong and Singapore 7s are Oscar Dennis, SHadon Munoko, Augustine Lugonzo and Mark Wandetto.Kuto has not been in the team since the Vancouver leg due to injury but has now been deemed fit to contest for a place as Shujaa travel for the crucial final two legs.“I am happy to be back in the team, so that we can achieve our set targets in these last two legs of the series. I am going to put my best foot forward,” Kuto said after being included in the team.Shujaa are placed 13th in the World Sevens Series standings with 26 points, just four shy of bottom placed Japan and one ahead of 14th placed Wales. The team will need a massive shift in the final two legs to wade off the danger of relegation.Their best performance this season has been a seven-pointer finish in Sydney and Hong Kong.The boys will kick off their London 7s Pool B action on May 25 at 12:36pm against Fiji, before facing Samoa at 3:20pm and wrapping up day one action at 6:26pm against France.A progression to the Main Cup quarters will be a huge achievement for the team and this will put them one foot firmly into surviving relegation.Shujaa Squad to London, ParisVincent Onyala, Andrew Amonde, Bush Mwale, Daniel Sikuta, Charles Omondi, Eden Agero, Daniel Taabu, Jacob Ojee (Captain), Cyprian Kuto, Jefferey Oluoch,Nelson Oyoo, Johnstone Olindi, Brian Wandera0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya’s Cyprian Kuto charges through the Japan defense on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Las Vegas on 2 March, 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World RugbyNAIROBI, Kenya, May 16 – Kenya Sevens head coach Paul Murunga has made four changes to the team that travels out to London and Paris for the final two legs of the World Sevens Series where Shujaa will be under pressure to avoid relegation.Cyprian Kuto, Charles Omondi and Brian Wandera have been included in the team while regular skipper Jacob Ojee returns after missing the last tour of Asia due to school commitments.last_img read more

Remy strike sinks Spain

first_imgMissing several familiar faces, including the retired Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso, Spain nevertheless maintained their style of old, controlling large periods of possession but without really threatening to break down the home defence.France, meanwhile, had the best chances and should have been in front four minutes into the second half, but a clever Karim Benzema finish at the end of a flowing move was disallowed for offside, with television replays suggesting the Swiss officials got the decision wrong.“It was an even game. They had good quicker transitions, but we had more control of the game,” insisted Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, whose team face Macedonia in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday.“The players need more competitive games but we will improve and in general I think we showed we are a good team.”Home coach Didier Deschamps, in the first in a two-year run of friendly matches before they host the European Championship, will be pleased to see his side build on the feelgood factor that came with their run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Brazil.“We were up against a good Spain team with some players no longer there but others coming in,” said Deschamps.“There was a 20-minute spell where they deprived us of the ball, but in the second half we created chances and also scored a goal that should have been given.“It’s good to maintain the same spirit and to mark our return to the Stade de France with a win.”Exactly two months after their 1-0 defeat to eventual winners Germany in Rio de Janeiro, Deschamps sent out a side that showed just one change, with Newcastle United’s Moussa Sissoko starting at the expense of Yohan Cabaye.In contrast, their opponents had three players – defenders Dani Carvajal and Mikel San Jose and midfielder Raul Garcia – making their international debuts and another in David de Gea winning just his second cap in goal with Iker Casillas, ominously, dropped to the bench.As the captain of the team that won three consecutive major tournaments, including the last two European Championships, watched from the bench, the visitors did their best to subdue a crowd that was close to capacity.– Costa struggles –There were spells in which Spain were mesmerising in possession, with Sergio Busquets, the only Barcelona player in their line-up, and Cesc Fabregas featuring prominently, but Diego Costa made little impression up front, just as he had failed to make an impact at the World Cup.Instead, France had the better chances, Benzema and Paul Pogba both stinging the palms of De Gea in the early stages before the Real Madrid striker rifled a shot towards goal in the 39th minute that the ‘keeper was once again equal to.At the other end, France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had one moment of panic when a Fabregas attempt from 30 yards took a wicked deflection and looped on to the roof of the net.Spain lacked thrust and incisiveness, and France showed how it should be done with a lightning-quick move down the right wing in the 49th minute that ended with a cross to the near post being back-heeled into the net by Benzema, only for the offside flag to curtail the celebrations.The always-lively Valbuena fired narrowly wide but it was he who set up the goal for Remy, cutting the ball back from near the byline on the left for the new Chelsea striker to convert his fifth international goal.Substitute David Silva almost equalised with seven minutes left but that would have been harsh on a France defence marshalled by the supremely athletic but youthful duo of Raphael Varane and Mamadou Sakho.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, September 4- France got the better of a new-look Spain team on Thursday, a superb strike from substitute Loic Remy in the second half giving the hosts a 1-0 friendly victory.Remy fired emphatically into the roof of the net at the near post in the 73rd minute from a Mathieu Valbuena assist to set France on the way to a win that they will feel they deserved against the deposed world champions.last_img read more

Wenger worried about Sutton’s plastic pitch

first_img0Shares0000Sutton United players take part in training session ahead of their FA Cup fifth round match at The Borough Sports Ground in south-west London, on February 16, 2017London, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Arsene Wenger has expressed fears about Sutton United’s synthetic 3G pitch ahead of Arsenal’s perilous FA Cup fifth-round match against the non-league minnows on Monday.The Arsenal manager believes the artificial surface could impede his men despite their best efforts to prepare on a similar pitch. Arsenal desperately hope to avoid succumbing to what would be one of the FA Cup’s biggest ever upsets following their 5-1 Champions League humbling at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.“What are the dangers? First of all the pitch, secondly their enthusiasm and thirdly that we are not ready for a big fight and subconsciously think that they are a non-league team and it is no matter,” Wenger said.“That will not happen. Ideally we would like to play on a normal pitch, but it has been accepted and the competition is to deal with what you face.“We will face an unusual pitch and we will have to deal with it. We have practised inside (at the Arsenal training ground) because it is an artificial pitch.“It is not the same because it is a dry pitch and Sutton I have heard have a wet pitch, which they water before the game and is quicker.“It is a bit ‘stop’. The weight on the joints is different and you cannot slide to block every time, so it makes football a bit different.“The ball comes to you suddenly and accelerates and does not slow down like in a normal game, so we have to get used to the different speed.”– ‘I am a fighter’ –Questions over whether Wenger will stay at Arsenal intensified after the Gunners’ humiliating 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday Feb 15, 2017Wenger’s future remains unresolved, with his latest suggestion being that it will be March or April when he makes his announcement on whether he will stay beyond this season.But he remained defiant despite Arsenal’s sorry week, which featured angry criticism from fans following the result in Munich that has all but condemned his side to a Champions League exit.“I am a positive person,” Wenger told reporters at Arsenal’s London Colney base. “I am a fighter, somewhere. You don’t stay so long in this job otherwise.“I’ve always seen the future in a positive way. I do not expect too much from outside. I expect more from me inside.“The expectation level gets higher. The fight doesn’t get higher. The fight is always tough. When you hate defeat like I hate defeat, it’s always tough. As well, I’m determined to always fight back.“Every defeat is harder. I can never transmit to you my feelings about defeats. When I managed for the first time at 33 or 34, a player said that after our first defeat, I threw up.“Whether you are young or old, every defeat hurts. It consumes me. That’s the target in my life. I’m a competitor. Even when I was speaking to a neighbour at six or seven, I was competing for everything.“I was born like that. When I lose games, of course it’s difficult to take.”Talking about his big decision on whether he will stay beyond the end of the season, Wenger said: “That will not depend on the players. It will depend on the results.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Second arrest made in grisly Anaheim murders

first_imgANAHEIM (AP) – A second man was being held Wednesday in connection with a series of attacks on a family that killed a father and daughter and left the mother badly beaten. Vitaliy Krasnoperov, 21, of Los Angeles, was arrested June 14 in Chandler, Ariz., on a fugitive warrant, authorities said. He was being held in Arizona without bail and was expected to be extradited to California this week. Authorities believe Krasnoperov is a friend of Iftekhar Murtaza, the on-again, off-again boyfriend of the college student whose family was attacked. According to Murtaza’s arrest warrant, he was angry at Shayona Dhanak’s devoutly Hindu parents and sister after they pushed her to end their three-year relationship because they did not want her dating a Muslim. Murtaza, 22, was arrested last month at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport carrying a one way ticket to Bangladesh. He is charged with two counts of murder and one of attempted murder and is to be arraignment next month. For updated crime news, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Murtaza’s attorney, Jeremy Phillips, has said his client is innocent and is being inaccurately portrayed as a spurned and obsessed boyfriend. The burned bodies of Dhanak’s father, Jayprakash, and sister, Karishma, were found by authorities responding to a brush fire in Irvine on May 22. Several hours earlier, the family’s home in the Anaheim hills was torched. Dhanak’s mother, Leela, was found badly beaten and unconscious in the yard. Dhanak, a student at the University of California at Irvine, was on campus during the attacks and unharmed. She and her mother, who remains hospitalized, are now under police protection. Anaheim police did not say how they suspect Krasnoperov was involved. It was not clear whether he had an attorney.last_img read more

Dynamo boss will be powerless to stop star man joining Arsenal or Chelsea

first_imgThe future of Dynamo Kiev star Andriy Yarmolenko will be decided by the player’s president.The 26-year-old winger is interesting both Arsenal and Chelsea, and Jose Mourinho will get another chance to see him close up when they Blues host Kiev on Wednesday night.Dynamo head coach – the former Tottenham and West Ham striker Serhiy Rebrov – says he wants to keep the Ukraine international. But he admits the final decision will be made by the club’s powerful owner and president Ihor Surkis.“He’s a very high level footballer but we do not build our game around him,” Rebrov said about his star attraction.“I can see his progress and that other teams are interested in him but it all depends on his relationship with the president.“If you are asking me then I don’t want to sell the player, I want to keep him in the team but, at the end of the day, it’s all about the relationship with the president.” 1 Andriy Yarmolenko last_img read more

Derry City captain Ryan McBride dies aged 27

first_img1 Derry City captain Ryan McBride has died at the age of 27, the Irish Football Association has said.The defender is thought to have died at home on Sunday evening.A cause of death is not yet known.The Irish FA tweeted: “Thoughts tonight with the family of Ryan McBride and everyone involved with @derrycityfc.”His death comes a day after McBride led his team to a 4-0 victory over Drogheda United.Drogheda United said on Twitter that they “would like to offer our deepest condolences to @derrycityfc on the sudden passing of their captain Ryan McBride”.last_img read more