CEST 13/09/2015 Sport EN Raul Garcia also looked forward to the Europa League clash against Augsburg, later this week. Raul Garcia was pleased to score on his Athletic Club debut, as the Bilbao side saw off Getafe 3-1 at the new San Mames. Upd. at 20:55 Along with two goals from Aritz Aduriz, Garcia’s strike helped Ernesto Valverde’s side earn all three points. “The important thing is that the team won. When the team is doing well everybody benefits. I’m happy that I scored but I’m happier for the victory,” he said. He added: “The first job, today’s, we managed to get done. Augsburg have more to them than just their name suggests. Now we’ll rest, prepare for the game and go there with the confidence that we can get a good result.”
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Middletown High School North’s boys basketball players, anticipating a strong bounce-back from last winter’s 8-19 season, are in the midst of a hectic and productive offseason schedule.The Lions play their final season in Shore Conference A North before they and Middletown High School South move to the B North Division. Colts Neck High School and Neptune High School will take their places as they move from B North in 2016- 17. Last year’s Middletown North team made it to the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV semifinals, losing to Hamilton High School West. High-scoring Dylan Frawley graduated off that team.“We’re playing really, really well,” Middletown North coach Mike Iasparro said. “We have a lot [of players] back from last year when we were really young. And we’re really deep.“I think this team will have a very, very good year and surprise a lot of people.”The team still is young with only one senior, as Iasparro expects it to follow the trend of his teams a few years ago that came off a tough season with a young lineup to win A North in 2011 and NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV the following year in backto back 20-win seasons.“Last year, we took our lumps, and the kids learned a lot. Now they’ve gotten bigger and stronger,” Iasparro said.Colin Frawley, who Iasparro said is probably the best player on the team, is back from knee surgery as the lone senior on the team for next season and has looked sharp in the summer as a 6-foot-3 forward. New to the team is incoming freshman Rob Higgins at point guard. Dave Campbell, who started most of last season as a freshman, is a guard, and the other forwards are returning starters and rising juniors Joseph Tomassetti and Jules Calhoun.Marc Cerbo, a spot starter as a sophomore guard last season, has played well, as has rising junior forward John Swift, who is starting to break out, according to Iasparro.The coach also praised forward Tyler Ras, who will be a sophomore, and Matt Pinckney, a guard headed to his junior year with the Lions.“The commitment has been outstanding. Lifting sessions have been good, and workouts have been good,” Iasparro said. “Last year, the team took its lumps, but the kids learned a lot. Now, they’re bigger and stronger. They’re more skilled because we have more year-round players, so their chemistry is better, which is very underrated.”Middletown North played two games a night over four days early in June in the Linden Team Camp against the likes of Union Catholic Regional High School, Rut- gers Preparatory School and Linden High School. It also played in the Hoop Group Summer Showcase at Neptune against perennial Group IV contender Cherry Hill High School West and Westfield High School and is playing games in the Hoop Group Summer League at Neptune.“We’ve been winning these games against good teams and, although it’s only summer league, that’s tremendous for our confidence,” Iasparro said. “We’re looking to spread teams out, get up the floor and push the tempo. We’ll use more full-court pressure defense, and we’ve had outstanding guard play so far.” Middletown North will play six games in two days July 11-12 in the Hoop Group Elite Team Camp at Albright College that includes some of the top teams in the country, including New Jersey teams St. Anthony High School and Gill St. Bernard’s School. It will play at least three games and as many as five in one day Aug. 1 in the Ironman Challenge Tournament at Kean University.The staff remains the same with Travis Boff as varsity assistant and Marc Rosner as junior varsity coach. Rosner comes off an exhilarating spring season coaching Middletown North’s softball team to the Shore Conference Tournament championship, winning the championship against Middletown South, which went on to win the NJSIAA Group IV championship.They’re involved through July in working on Iasparro’s youth summer camp for grades 2-7 that has four one-week sessions running Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting July 6. The coaching staff, current players and graduated players are instructors. The camp is sold out for this summer and had to reduce its numbers from nearly 200 to about 70 per week because of limited gym space as the school refurbishes the gym floor, roofing and HVAC system. By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent
Players who switch clubs during the course of a season will be allowed to play for both in the Champions League under new rules announced by UEFA on Tuesday.The European global body said in a statement that it would also allow teams to use a fourth substitute in extra-time during Champions League and Europa League knockout ties.The new ruling, to come into effect next season, means that a player who been fielded by one club in the group stage of the Champions League, and is transferred during the January window, can play for his new club in the knockout stages.The same applies to the Europa League.Under current rules, clubs who qualify for the knockout stage of either the Champions League or Europa League are allowed to register three new players.These can include one player who has represented a different club in the Europa League group stages but none who have been fielded for another club in the Champions League group stage.The present ruling prevents Barcelona from fielding Philippe Coutinho in the Champions League this season as he has already played for Liverpool.Alexis Sanchez was eligible for Manchester United, however, as he switched from Arsenal in the Europa League to the Champions League.The new rules state that “that a club may register three new eligible players without any restrictions.”UEFA said the new ruling brought it into line with domestic leagues which “do not impose restrictions on the eligibility for competitions of players registered for a new club during the winter transfer window.”UEFA said the fourth substitution will be allowed following its approval by soccer’s law-making body IFAB on March 3.It said that 23 players, instead of 18, would be allowed on team sheets for the Champions League and Europa League finals, and the European Super Cup match.
LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting PBA Finals: Beermen get back at Hotshots to tie series at 1-1 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Following a second consecutive Grand Slam triumph at the Australian Open in January, the 21-year-old Osaka lost some momentum.The Japanese-Haitian star parted ways with her coach Sascha Bajin and suffered an opening round defeat in Dubai, a fourth-round exit in Indian Wells -– where she was the defending champion -– and a third-round loss in Miami.She hired Jermaine Jenkins as her coach ahead of Indian Wells, and says she feels like Stuttgart has got her back on track.“I think in Stuttgart, I did pretty well,” she said.“I played two really hard matches and I think that I just was able to turn a switch on that I haven’t been able to since the Australian [Open].ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books “It was really fun actually, those matches, so I’m really looking forward to my next one,” added Osaka.Successful adjustmentAll three of Osaka’s career titles so far have come on hard-courts but she believes she’s been successfully adjusting her mentality on clay in order to contend at Roland Garros.“I think it’s fitness and also mental. Because last year I thought the number one thing I could have improved on, on clay, is just prolonging the point, or like accepting when I have to back off being aggressive,” she said.“So then when I played Donna (Vekic in Stuttgart) … I just remember telling myself that I don’t have to hit a winner for it to be a good point and I don’t have to play perfectly to win, so I think I was able to do that.“I was a bit sad I couldn’t continue that way of thinking because I had to withdraw but hopefully I can keep it here.”Osaka said she was impressed by Nadal’s academy during her training block there, despite her shyness in meeting the Spanish 17-time Grand Slam champion.“He’s a really nice person, he was sort of the one talking more than me, which you can kind of tell that that would happen,” she said.“Yesterday (in Madrid) he went on the court after me and he was talking to me again and I was like ‘woah’,” she said with a smile.Defending Madrid champion Petra Kvitova, a losing finalist to Osaka at the Australian Open, is the number two seed at the Caja Magica and opens her campaign against talented 20-year-old Sofia “Sonya” Kenin. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japan’s Naomi Osaka serves the ball to Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh during their round-of-16 match at the WTA Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on April 25, 2019. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP)After a week of training on the clay courts of the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca, Naomi Osaka feels she’s rediscovered the form that had been missing since her Australian Open triumph in January.The top seed at the Madrid Open this week, Osaka says she’s ready to return to action and isn’t too concerned about the abdominal injury she sustained in Stuttgart where she reached the semi-final last week.ADVERTISEMENT Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast The world number one was forced to withdraw ahead of her semi-final against Anett Kontaveit at the German tournament but was seen hitting at Madrid’s Caja Magica on Friday, and says she’s pain-free.“I haven’t served up until today and basically I was just resting it,” Osaka told reporters in the Spanish capital on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Of course I hit ground strokes for the past three days because it’s not like I could fully rest, but it’s not painful, so I think it’s looking good.”Seeking her first title on clay, Osaka opens against 2016 runner-up Dominika Cibulkova in Madrid.
Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists LATEST STORIES Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tokyo Olympic ticket lottery opens in Japan, foreign sales June 15 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ MANILA, Philippines–La Salle dethroned defending champion University of the Philippine and returned to the finals with a 2-1 victory Thursday in the UAAP Season 81 men’s football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.The Green Archers ended a four-year absence in the Final Four and have a chance to end a title drought that has lasted more than two decades.ADVERTISEMENT “In the Final Four, anything can happen. It is more on who wants it more and who is prepared for the semis. Now we are one step closer on our goal right now,” said Ocampo, who was a member of the last Archers side that won the last championship in 1998.The newbies have been delivering the goods all-season long for the Green Archers, and it was no different in the Final Four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsA week after Xavi Zubiri carried La Salle to the semifinals, it was Shanden Vergara’s time to step up, scoring the 77th-minute winner.“They contributed have lot,” said coach Alvin Ocampo of La Salle’s talented rookie batch. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:56NCRPO 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 De La Salle became the fourth straight No. 3 team to make it to the Finals, duplicating the feat byUniversity of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University and Ateneo.De La Salle’s women’s team also made it to the Finals for a shot at a third straight crown.Jovan Marfiga opened the scoring for the Archers in the 20th minute before the Fighting Maroons equalized 18 minutes later courtesy of King Miyagi.ADVERTISEMENT Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card View comments
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers..Leicester City and France sensation N’Golo Kante has emerged as a target for Champions League winners Real Madrid. The France midfielder has been offered to the Liga giants and is being considered to provide competition for Casemiro. (AS)Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has officially confirmed to Manchester United that the La Liga giants will not exercise their option to take David De Gea to Spain next season. (Daily Express)Juventus have told Paul Pogba he can move on this summer – as long as they pay a world record fee. Real Madrid are the favourites ahead of Manchester City and Manchester United to sign the Frenchman. (Marca)Manchester City have made a £16.7million offer to sign one of Brazilian football’s most promising young forwards, Gabriel Jesus. City’s bid, which matches a $24m specified-club release clause in the under-23 international’s contract with Palmeiras, is intended to trump competing interest from Barcelona and Juventus. (OneWorldSports)Arsenal expect to have Wojciech Szczesny back on their books in the summer, before they decide on their next move with him, as negotiations with Roma over another deal for the goalkeeper encounter problems. (Guardian)West Brom have made their first move in the summer transfer market with a £4m bid for QPR winger Matt Phillips. (Express & Star)Swansea are to make stunning £10million moves for West Ham’s unsettled striker Enner Valencia and Liverpool star Danny Ings. (The Sun)Southampton have made a shock approach to former Italy keeper Walter Zenga to replace Ronald Koeman. Owner Katherine Liebherr gave the green light for the approach to the 56-year-old Zenga. (The Sun)Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will get no favours from old club Liverpool after asking for both Andre Wisdom and Joe Gomez on loan. Rodgers wants the defensive pair — as we revealed — but the Reds have snubbed short-term deals. (The Sun)Sheffield Wednesday aim to order a double Scotch to fire up a fresh promotion push. The Owls fancy Blackburn centre-half Grant Hanley and free agent Steven Fletcher. Scotland defender Hanley, who is sought after by several clubs, will cost about £5million. Fletcher, capped 28 times by the Scots, is available after a brief spell with Marseille. (The Sun)Roberto Di Matteo wants Watford No.2 keeper Costel Pantilimon to join him at Aston Villa. But the Italian 29-year-old Romanian is understood to be unwilling to take a pay cut to trade Vicarage Road for Villa Park. (Daily Mirror)
Celtic have made changes to their team to face Astana with Jozo Simunovic a notable absentee from the starting line-up.Brendan Rodgers has left the centre-back out of his squad for the Champions League play-off tie, which will be played on an artificial pitch.Celtic won the first leg of the tie 5-0 in Glasgow last week and only a major upset would stop them from taking their place in Thursday’s group stage draw.Rodgers has insisted his side will not take it easy in Kazakhstan and they intend to continue a good recent run of away results. Simunovic has been replaced by Kristoffer Ajer, while Tom Rogic is on the bench with Callum McGregor starting in midfield.Craig Gordon starts in goal with Mikael Lustig, Nir Bitton, Kristoffer Ajer and Kieran Tierney ahead of him in defence.Captain Scott Brown plays alongside Olivier Ntcham in the centre of the park with James Forrest, Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair supporting striker Leigh Griffiths in attack.