Xavi, yes ‘soccer’ to Neymar: “It would be a spectacular signing”

first_imgXavi Hernández gives this Sunday an interview with La Vanguardia, one of the first after saying no to Barça last January when the azulgrana club dismissed Valverde like first trainer of the azulgrana group. Xavi gets wet. He reiterates his desire to train Barça, to work with Puyol and Jordi Cruyff and to sign players capable of unbalancing and making differences like Neymar. These are the most prominent topics that he attacks in the interview.His ideal Barça if he trained now: “Much of the squad seems extraordinary to me. Starting with the goalkeeper, who seems to me the best in the world; Jordi Alba, for me, is the best left-back in the world; Piqué, the best center-back in the world; Busquets, best midfielder defensive player in the world, and Messi, the best player in the world. And, if you add Suárez, De Jong and Arthur, they seem to me footballers to win ten more years at Barça. The base is very good. Neymar: I don’t know if he would fit in for the social issue, but footballically I have no doubts that it would be a spectacular signing. Barça already has a game inside … but they lack extremes like Bayern does. They don’t need many new ones: Jadon Sancho, Serge Gnabry… “ Who would I work with at Barça: “I would like to work together with people in whom I have confidence, with whom there is loyalty, and who are very valid people. There cannot be anyone toxic near the dressing room. We are talking about Carles Puyol, who was captain of Barça, and Jordi Cruyff, Very good businessman and with a lot of experience in the technical secretary. I am very team, I do not want to decide alone. Here, we make the decisions with the staff … it is a horizontal structure, of consensus. Although then the last word corresponds to me.With which directive would you feel most comfortable at Barça: “Obviously I would like to be very in tune with everyone. In the locker room there can be no negative, toxic, and the medical issue is important … everything has to fit in. I would like to enter with people from my surroundings to form a good team. It would not be definitive, but I insist that I would like to have total attunement. I do not know if this ideality can occur … I have nothing against anyone, what is more, I do not have a bad relationship with Bartomeu, I get along well with Laporta and Víctor Font and I We are friends, I will be with anyone who loves Barça well.Play in the national team and feel like a Spanish or Catalan independence movement: “Playing in the National Team was a pride. I have never hidden. The political issue and injustices burst me, but it has nothing to do with it. All my life I wanted to go to the Spanish National Team and I am very honored. Of course I have no nothing against Spain, Spain has given me a lot. And it has treated me very well. What seems to me an injustice is that people have not been able to vote in a legal referendum. It lets people decide their future, which also it manifests itself peacefully. I have only spoken in this regard. In favor of the freedom of the people, not against Spain. “last_img read more

Miguel Cotto books December farewell fight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours After losing to Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in November 2015, Cotto was idle for 21 months before an undisputed decision victory in August at Los Angeles over Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai to win the WBO crown he will defend against Ali.“I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to fight a legend,” Ali said. “My time is now.”Cotto’s only loss at the Garden came to American Austin Trout in 2012. His other defeats came at the hands of Mexico’s Margarito, American Floyd Mayweather and Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao. /cbbADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Injured LeBron out for pre-season, in doubt for Cavs opener SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 It will be the 10th fight at the famed Manhattan arena for Cotto, who has owned world titles at super lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight.“I’m very excited to be back in the ring for my final fight at The Garden. I’ve worked really hard my entire career to be at this level,” Cotto said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I’m fully concentrated on getting together with (trainer) Freddie Roach so we can work hard and have a great victory.”Cotto has defeated a host of stars since his 2001 pro debut, including Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito and Ricardo Mayorga. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Miguel Cotto punches Yoshihiro Kamegai, as Cotto goes on to win in a 12 round unanimous decision during the WBO Junior Middleweight title fight at StubHub Center on August 26, 2017, in Carson, California. AFPNEW YORK, United States — Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto, a six-time world champion over four different weight divisions, will fight for the final time on December 2 in New York against hometown foe Sadam Ali, promoters announced Wednesday.Cotto, 41-5 with 33 knockouts, will defend his World Boxing Organization light middleweight crown at Madison Square Garden against Ali, a 2008 US Olympian based in Brooklyn who is 25-1 with 14 knockouts.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

US bank eyes Guyana’s oil and gas sector

first_imgUnited States-based international merchant bank, Merrill Lynch, which operates under the auspices of Bank of America, has expressed interest in helping Guyana to set up its Sovereign Wealth Fund (SVF) to manage revenues earned from the emerging oil and gas sector for local development.At a press conference on Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, disclosed that on the sidelines of the recently concluded United Nations (UN) General Assembly he met with a number of agencies including Merrill Lynch, during which they were briefed on the progress and process of oil and petroleum with the intention of determining where they can help.“They were interested in our own development fund, which is equivalent to the Sovereign Wealth Fund, and they have a variety of issues in terms of their experience and the options for collaborations that they can offer to us,” the Minister posited.According to Greenidge, as part of the functions of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, he met with the bank and listened to them before channelling them to relevant stakeholder authorities in Guyana.“They indicated an interest in speaking to those who are responsible for setting up and organising the fund… We listened to them, explain what we’re doing in a variety of areas and facilitate a meeting between themselves and the Ministry of Finance, the Governor of Central Bank also saw them. I know they have excellent capacity in the management of the equivalent of Sovereign Wealth Funds and we did not discuss with them their interests, but we did discuss what we have in place and they did indicate that they would take that up as recommended with the Ministry of Finance,” he stated.Minister Greenidge outlined that Merrill Lynch is not a stranger to Guyana and had previously done work with the Central Bank of Guyana under the Bank of America.In preparation for first oil in 2020, Government in August laid the highly-anticipated ‘Green Paper’ for the establishment of the Sovereign Wealth Fund in the National Assembly.The Green Paper sets out preliminary proposals to stimulate discussion while also points to possible courses of action open to the SWF legislation.Guyana is expected to earn as much as US$380 million annually from royalties in the first three years of oil production, which commences in two years’ time, at 120,000 barrels per day from ExxonMobil’s Liza Phase One.The US oil giant has forecast daily production at 500,000 barrels in another five years.last_img read more

Euro 2016: Germany 3-0 Slovakia – World champions breeze into quarter-finals

first_imgGermany put on a show as they strolled past Slovakia with a near-perfect showing to set up a colossal quarter-final encounter against either Spain or Italy.First half goals from Jerome Boateng and Mario Gomez, either side of a Mesut Ozil penalty miss, set Joachim Low’s side on their way.Julian Draxler added a third after half time to complete a commanding performance.The Germans now have a five day break to rest and prepare before their last eight tie in Bordeaux on Saturday.Germany dominated from the outset and for arguably the first time in the tournament, began to look like the side that took the World Cup by storm two years ago.Toni Kroos was at the heart of everything and his free kick nearly led to the first goal as Sami Khedira saw his header tipped over the bar.But from the resulting corner Boateng, who for some reason was lurking outside the box rather than challenging for the header inside it, unleashed a thunderous volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner.Arsene Wenger will be hoping his Arsenal side don’t contest too many penalty shootouts next season as, just over 24 hours after Granit Xhaka sent his spot kick wide for Switzerland, Ozil saw his comfortably saved by Matus Kozacik after Martin Skrtel pushed Gomez in the box.The world champions continued to batter the Slovakian defence, with Draxler and Ozil both going close.Manuel Neuer was nothing more than spectator for 40 minutes but he produced a magnificent save from Juraj Kucka’s top-corner header.And Germany, after being threatened for the first time in the game, went straight down the other end and doubled their lead with Draxler making inroads into the Slovakian defence before crossing for Gomez to finish at the near post for his second goal of the tournament.Just after the hour mark Draxler went from provider to scorer as he volleyed into the roof of the net from close range after Hummels won the header from another sublime Kroos corner.Low then rang the changes, bringing on centurions Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski to see out arguably the most one-sided game of the Championships so far. It was Jerome Boateng’s first goal for Germany 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U21’S DEFEAT IN COUNTY SEMI-FINAL BY EXCELLENT KILCAR SIDE

first_imgFour Masters GAA Club – Club NotesLotto: There was no jackpot winner in the lotto this week. The lucky dip winners are Mary Harley (c/o the Post Office), Tommy Brennan (Revlin), Martin Kenny (Doonan), and Pat Brogan (Ballydevitt) All will receive €25 prize.The numbers drawn were 12, 17, 18, 19. The next draw is on 22.12.14. The jackpot now stands at €4800. The lotto can be played online at www.fourmastersgaa.com or contact Paul Timoney on 0872791305 if interested in signing up for the lotto weekly. It costs €100 to sign up for the year, with all money going towards the upkeep of the club. Donegal GAA Convention: Congratulations to Sean Dunnion on his reelection as County Chairman on Sunday in the Abbey Hotel. A motion from club children’s officer Seamus McInaw regarding criteria for umpires at game was passed by the convention. Thanks goes to Gerry Molloy and Lee Jordan for doing mike duty on the day, and to Eamon Gorrell, Deborah Dunnion, Paul Timoney, and Paddy Muldoon for representing the club on the day. The officers elected are as follows; Chairperson : Sean Dunnion, Assistant Chairperson : Dennis Ellis, Secretary Aideen Gillen, Assitant Secretary : Declan Martin, Treasurer: Cieran Kelly, Assitant Treasurer: Frankie Doherty, Coaching Officer: Anthony Harkin, Central Council: Niall Erskine, PRO : Ed Byrne, Development Officer : Terence McShea, Irish Officer : Con O Donnell, Childrens Officer : Mick McGrath, Ulster Delegates : Aodh Mairtin O Fearraigh and Pat Conaghan.U21′s: Hard luck to the U21 men’s football squad who lost out 2-04 to 4-16 to an excellent Kilcar team in the county semi final on Saturday. Thanks goes to the players and management for their commitment and effort over the last few months. Best of luck to Kilcar in the final.Minor Ladies: Best of luck to the Minors who play St Eunans in the Minor B County Final tomorrow night (Wednesday 17th) in St Mary’s club pitch in Convoy at 7:30pm. All support welcome for the ladies in what should be a good game of football.Minor Boys: Best of luck to the Minor boys football team who play Buncrana in the county semi final this Saturday at 1pm in the Donegal GAA centre of excellence in Convoy. There will be extra time played on the day if required.All support welcome on the day for a team that started training back in January.Indoor Football Training: U4 and U5 boys football training finished up on Tuesday night for Christmas.Big thanks goes to Luke Keaney and Karl Lacey for coming along on the night to give out Christmas treats.Each player received a number of treats including a football, skills sheet, and a selection box. Thanks goes to all parents and coaches who helped out each week.Training starts back in the AVS Gym on Tuesday 13th January at 5:45pm.GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U21’S DEFEAT IN COUNTY SEMI-FINAL BY EXCELLENT KILCAR SIDE was last modified: December 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:four mastersGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

De Gea ‘will join’ PSG, Pogba to be replaced by duo, Chelsea expect Hazard exit?

first_imgManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is to join Paris Saint-Germain when his contract runs out this summer. The Spain international will put pen to paper on a £60million deal that will make him the most expensive glovesman in the world. (Mail)United could also face a fight to keep hold of Paul Pogba, the midfielder, with Inter joining Serie A rivals Juventus in the race for the France ace. (Tuttosport)Inter could tempt United into selling Pogba by offering Milan Skriniar, the defender, and winger Ivan Perisic to the Red Devils in exchange. (Mirror)Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke will NOT be joining Rangers in the January transfer window – FULL STORY 4 4 RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move getty REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Is it time for the return of the king? Chelsea news: Astonishing statistic shows how often Alvaro Morata is caught offside as fans lose patienceManchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace: Player ratings as Red Devils suffer more boos after another draw at Old TraffordChelsea fans furious with ‘brain-dead’ and ‘coward’ David Luiz after Tottenham goals in London derby BEST OF Solanke was linked with making a January loan switch to Ibrox Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 4 talkSPORT.com round up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from the newspapers and online… And here are the top talkSPORT.com stories…Copa Libertadores final POSTPONED after Boca Juniors players injured when bus attacked by River Plate fansJurgen Klopp wanted to substitute Jordan Henderson before the captain’s red card in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over WatfordTottenham 3-1 Chelsea: Blues player ratings as Maurizio Sarri’s men suffer derby humiliation Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Spurs ran riot against their London rivals Wolves are keeping tabs on Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, ahead of a potential January swoop for the 27-year-old. (Sun)Arsenal legend Alan Smith expects the Gunners to sign a new centre-back sooner rather than later. (Standard) Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow Chelsea expect Eden Hazard will leave Stamford Bridge and have already started planning for the Belgium forward’s departure. (OK Diario)Manchester City are interested in signing USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen as back-up to first-choice glovesman Ederson. (Sun)Rafa Benitez, the Newcastle manager, is a target for Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. (Sun)Zlatan Ibrahimovic could return to Milan on a six-month loan deal from LA Galaxy. (Football Italia) 4 REPLY MONEY ADVICE shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ no dice REVEALED Latest Football Newslast_img read more

HSE LAUNCHES CONTRACEPTION AWARENESS PROGRAMME

first_imgThe HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme has today launched a new sexual health promotion campaign to encourage consistent use of contraception among sexually active young adults.The new phase of the Think Contraception campaign will use TV sponsorships, on-the-street promotion, poster and digital advertising and social media connections to promote its key message, that when it comes to risk of STIs or unplanned pregnancy – Johnny’s got you covered.Research commissioned by the HSE has shown that 20% of 18 – 25 year olds did not report consistent use of contraception in the last year, (ICCP, 2012).  Johnny will encourage young men and women, the vast majority of whom have had sexual intercourse by the time they reach 25, to plan for, and consistently use condoms to protect against unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.  Dr. Stephanie O’Keeffe, Director of the Crisis Pregnancy Programme, outlines the approach taken to this year’s campaign.  ‘Think Contraception has proven to be effective and popular, particularly with young adults, and we want to build on that success to ensure our messages stay fresh and keep working.  We also wanted to extend the campaign this year to directly address both contraception and sexually transmitted infections.  The common denominator that protects against both is condoms – and who better to remind young people of that, than Johnny.’‘During the latter half of 2012, Think Contraception will sponsoring key TV programmes watched by the core audience of this campaign, adults aged 18 – 25, and this will commence this evening on RTE 2, with second season of The Inbetweeners.  The sponsorship stings, debuting tonight, feature a new character called Johnny, who will help get our messages across in a new and entertaining way.’‘Johnny represents the safety and reassurance of using a condom, but we also think that his particular enigmatic charm and sharp sense of style adds a little extra something to our sponsorship stings.  Johnny will also be appearing at public events and festivals throughout the summer, and will be available online from tonight at his personal Twitter account.’ For more information:See Johnny’s TV debut tonight on Monday June 25th 2012 at 22.45, and throughout this series of The Inbetweeners on RTE 2.Connect with Johnny on Twitter @thinkjohnnyVisit www.thinkcontraception.ie HSE LAUNCHES CONTRACEPTION AWARENESS PROGRAMME was last modified: June 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

Drake Athletics Lives the Bulldog Way By Packaging 40,000 Meals

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The entire Drake athletic department convened on Sunday, Aug. 27, afternoon at the Knapp Center to recognize its student-athletes and pledge to live the Bulldog Way both on and off the field. In addition to reaffirming their commitment to living the Bulldog Way, Drake student-athletes and staff lived it by partnering with Meals From the Heartland to package more than 40,000 meals that will be delivered to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States and around the world. The Bulldogs also recognized award winners from the 2016-17 season including the Howlett Award winners, given annually to Drake’s top male and female student-athletes. For more on the award winners, click here. Print Friendly Version Every team, student-athlete, coach and staff member pledged to live the Bulldog Way and signed a copy of the Bulldog Way, which states We act with INTEGRITY.We demonstrate and uncompromising COMMITMENT to EXCELLENCE.We OUTWORK and OUTHUSTLE our opponent in pursuit of CHAMPIONSHIPS.We desire the BEST FOR and expect the BEST FROM each other.We MAXIMIZE OUR POTENTIAL by ASPIRING TO GREATNESSWE LIVE THE BULLDOG WAY. Interim director of athletics Megan Franklin was joined by Drake University president Marty Martin and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members in detailing the tenets of the Bulldog Way and the success it has created.last_img read more

THREE MEN ARRESTED IN DONEGAL IN CONNECTION WITH DERRY BOMB

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Three men have been arrested in Co Donegal in connection with the discovery of a bomb under a policeman’s car in Derry this morning.The three suspects were arrested alongside the border.They have been taken for interview to both Letterkenny and Milford Garda stations but no other details are available at present. A DERRY PSNI chief says the bomb was a “clear attempt to kill”.The device was discovered at Glenrandel in Eglinton in the early hours of this morning, forcing 15 families to be evacuated.The alarm was raised after police were alerted to suspicious activity around the officer’s home at about 2.45 am.The wife of the targeted officer is also a member of the PSNI. District Commander Mark McEwan said: “The target of focus of the investigation is violent dissident republicans.“This could have been a tragedy.“This officer serves the community day and daily. He keeps people safe. Someone has crept in and planted a bomb underneath his car.“I have spoken with the officers and they are calm and dealing with it in a professional way.”Supt McEwan added: “This device had the potential to harm not only the officer but anyone in that residential area and those involved have shown a blatant disregard for human life. “This is yet another example of the cowardly elements in our society who show no regard for the safety of local residents and the police officers who serve their community.“We are obviously very thankful that this attack was thwarted and that no one was injured here this morning.“Clearly there are people out there in today’s society who are still intent on causing murder and mayhem.“Glenrandel remains closed to traffic and residents and approximately 15 houses had to be evacuated during the early hours. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local residents for their patience and co-operation and assure them that we are taking every sensible step to keep them safe and minimise any further impact on them.“The investigation is at an early stage and we would appeal for anyone who may have been in this area around 2.45am this morning or in recent days who may have witnessed anything untoward or noticed any persons acting in a suspicious manner.“We are also appealing for anyone who may have witnessed any vehicles seen leaving the area at speed shortly after 2.45am to contact us.”THREE MEN ARRESTED IN DONEGAL IN CONNECTION WITH DERRY BOMB was last modified: June 18th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Warriors’ Shaun Livingston to sit vs. Denver

first_imgDENVER — Warriors reserve guard/forward Shaun Livingston will miss Sunday’s game against the Denver Nuggets (2-0) because of a left knee contusion. The timing coincides with the Warriors (2-0) also playing on Monday against the Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr maintained Livingston’s absence “has nothing to do with a back-to-back.”“He’s pretty sore,” Kerr said before Sunday’s game. “I don’t have any plans for back-to-backs. At this point, we’re going to take it as …last_img read more