Tensions running high for La Liga ‘Clasico’

first_imgBy Iain RogersTENSIONS will be running higher than ever when Real Madrid host bitter rivals Barcelona for the opening La Liga ‘Clasico’ of the season on Saturday (7.15pm) with Europe on high alert following last week’s deadly attacks in Paris.A simmering dispute between the Madrid government and the regional administration in Barcelona over Catalan independence and a recent allegation – strenuously denied – that an assistant referee came under pressure to favour Real have added to the drama of what is probably the biggest fixture in club football.Leaders and champions Barca, chasing a sixth La Liga title in eight years, take a three-point lead over second-placed Real into the clash at the Bernabeu, where security will be ramped up after the events in the French capital.A Barca victory would fire them six points clear at the top after 12 matches and increase pressure on Real coach Rafa Benitez, whose first season in charge of the world’s richest club by income is threatening to come off the rails.Spain’s top sports official has said there is no reason to postpone the ‘Clasico’ following the cancellation of several games since the Paris attacks, including Spain’s friendly against Belgium in Brussels on Tuesday.However, the government has nonetheless declared the ‘Clasico’ “high-risk”.Francisco Martinez Vazquez, Spain’s secretary of state for security, said on Wednesday there would be at least 1,000 police, twice as many as usual.Around 80,000 fans will be packed into Real’s giant arena and some 500 million more will be watching around the world.“The match will be able to be played with complete normality and we are sure there will be no incidents,” Martinez Vazquez told reporters.Barca are coming into the game in better shape and talisman Lionel Messi looks likely to return from injury and rejoin in-form South American compatriots Neymar and Luis Suarez in attack.Argentina captain Messi, the all-time top scorer in ‘Clasicos’ with 21 goals, has not played since injuring a knee at the end of September but returned to training on Monday.Messi’s great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, by contrast, has been off colour by his high standards and he again failed to spark in Real’s surprise 3-2 defeat at Sevilla in their last outing.A draw would favour Atletico Madrid, who would climb above Real into second and close to within two points of Barca with a win at Real Betis on Sunday.last_img read more

Broncos win Super Bowl, Manning mum on future plans

first_imgSANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb 7 (Reuters) – The Denver Broncos upset the top-seeded Carolina Panthers to win Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, giving quarterback Peyton Manning the chance to call a fairytale ending to his storied career.The 24-10 win over the Panthers marked the third Super Bowl triumph for Denver and second for 39-year-old Manning, who was playing in what many expect to be his final game.Manning, a five-time league most valuable player, added yet another line in the record books as he became the NFL’s oldest quarterback to play in a Super Bowl and first to reach 200 career wins.It was the top ranked Denver defense, however, that can claim credit for the victory after holding the league’s highest-scoring offence to a single touchdown and 10 points.The Denver defense was led by a rampaging Von Miller who forced Panthers quarterback Cam Newton into two fumbles that led to touchdowns and ultimately earned the outside linebacker Super Bowl Most Valuable Player honours.“It just shows the type of team we have. It’s not just about offense, defense or special teams,” said Miller. “We came together as a whole.”Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton ManningManning, who has kept fans guessing about his playing future, refused to reveal his hand after the game as a shower of golden confetti fell on a capacity crowd of 71,000 at Levi’s Stadium.“I got some good advice from (former Indianapolis coach) Tony Dungy. He said don’t make an emotional decision,” said Manning, who joins younger brother Eli Manning as a two-time Super Bowl champion. “It’s certainly been an emotional week for everybody.“This has been a very emotional week, an emotional night, and I’ve got a couple of priorities. I’ll take some time to reflect. I’m going to drink a lot of beer tonight. Von Miller’s buying.”Manning, who holds the record for most career touchdown passes, did not add to his total in what was his fourth Super Bowl, completing just 13 of 23 attempts for 141 yards.Instead the Broncos leaned on a relentless defense that kept regular season MVP Newton in check, sacking the quarterback six times, intercepting him once and forcing two fumbles.PARTY WEATHERAs if it had been specially ordered by the NFL just for the Super Bowl’s golden anniversary, Mother Nature delivered perfect party weather with blue skies and unseasonably warm temperatures hovering around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius).While the Panthers entered the game almost a touchdown favourite the majority of the fans filing into Levi’s Stadium were decked out in Broncos orange.The Broncos scored on their opening drive and never trailed, Brandon McManus connecting on a 34-yard field goal to leave the Carolina trailing for the first time this post-season.Newton, as he does every game, began by saying a prayer then blowing a kiss to his mom, but it was the only thing that was routine as he was kept under constant pressure.The Panthers quickly found themselves in an even deeper hole when Newton was stripped of the ball by Miller and Malik Jackson scooped it up in the end zone for a touchdown and 10-0 lead.With the exception of 73-yard drive to start the second quarter that was capped by Jonathan Stewart’s massive leap from the one-yard line into the end zone, Newton was unable to get the Carolina offense in gear.Manning was also unable to fire up a sputtering Denver attack, managing four first downs in a bone-jarring first half.After Jordan Norwood’s electrifying 61-yard punt return, the longest in Super Bowl history, set up Denver on the Carolina 14 Manning could not get the ball into the end zone, settling again for a McManus field goal and 13-7 lead.Carolina’s problems continued when Graham Gano’s 44-yard field goal attempt bounced the upright on the opening possession of the second half. Denver would not make the same mistake as McManus connected from the 30 shortly after.Trailing 16-7, Carolina started the fourth quarter by forcing Manning to fumble and turning it into a 39-yard Gano field goal.But Miller would end any hope of a Carolina comeback when he knocked the ball out of Newton’s hand on the Panthers four-yard line where the Denver offence took over, C.J. Anderson powering his way over from the two for 24-10 lead.last_img read more

No Love lost: Cavs star accepts reduced role as champs roll

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Love was once something of an outsider in Cleveland, but those days are long gone and he’s now a pivotal part of everything for the defending champions, who are undefeated through two rounds.But don’t be fooled by his statistical slide to this point of the playoffs. That could soon change as well.When the Cavs resume their march toward a possible second title next week, Lue hinted that Love, who has even sat out the entire fourth quarter in two victories, could be a bigger factor.“Some of it’s my fault because we haven’t really featured him a lot because of the matchups we had on other teams,” Lue said. “He has been great. His whole mindset is winning and that’s what it’s all about in the playoffs. In this next series, we have some matchups he can definitely take advantage of and it’s on me to make sure we do that.”During Cleveland’s sweep of Toronto, Love averaged just 12 points — he averaged 19 during the regular season — and he scored just 5 in Game 4 on 2-of-7 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT One of the reasons for Love’s drop-off against Toronto is that he was often guarded by Serge Ibaka, a defensive specialist acquired in part to take away one of Cleveland’s most potent weapons. Also, with the way LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are playing, the Cavs didn’t need as much from Love.Their “Big 3” has been reduced to a “Terrific 2” but things could be much different in the conference final, where matchups could dictate more minutes for Love.Love’s ability to post up and pop outside for 3-pointers makes him challenging to cover. Lue knows there may be a chance to get the 6-foot-10 big man more involved.“The playoffs is a game of matchups,” he said. “That’s why Toronto went out and got Ibaka, to try and slow Kevin down. Maybe we didn’t feature Kevin enough against Toronto, maybe we showed ’em too much respect and that’s on me. But next round I’ve got to do a better job of really getting Kevin involved and really establishing Kevin.”Love’s willingness to accept a lesser role in the postseason is not only a sign of his comfort in Cleveland, but also his willingness to put the team first.“It’s just growth,” Lue said. “Growth for Kevin, growth for this team and it’s all about winning. When you come here it’s all about one thing, and that’s just trying to win a championship. However you gotta do it, you gotta do it. And it’s about sacrifice. Scoring the basketball is not the most important thing, it’s the small things that Kevin’s been doing that goes uncharted.” Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadcenter_img In short, Love isn’t demanding more, well, love.“I told him (Lue), ‘We’re 8-0. I don’t mind it,’” he said. “If I get five or six shots, if I get 15 shots, it doesn’t matter to me, as long as we win. I’ve been in this position before. We’re having success so I’m happy. Feel good.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundAs the Cavaliers wait for the winner of the Boston-Washington series as their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals, Love’s reduced role in his third postseason for Cleveland has become a topic for discussion.And while the All-Star forward has found himself at the center of previous controversies during his time with the Cavs, there are no hidden meanings or subliminal messages at work this time. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ In this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sits on the bench as time runs out in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, in Denver. As the Cavs continue to wait for the winner of the Boston-Washington series to emerge as their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals, Love’s reduced role in his third postseason for Cleveland has become a topic for discussion. And while the All-Star forward has found himself at the center of previous controversies during his time with the Cavs, there are no hidden meanings or subliminal messages at work. APCLEVELAND — Kevin Love doesn’t mind being a third wheel or a fourth or even a fifth.His scoring average has dipped and he’s taking fewer shots. And he’s OK with that. He has not been a major part of Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue’s plans in the playoffs so far. And he’s not complaining about that, either.ADVERTISEMENT Will Power breaks IndyCar Grand Prix qualifying record View commentslast_img read more

Left out in the cold

first_imgDear Diary,Dis is Nagga Man again. Ah mad like rass and dat is why me a press suh hard pan yuh when me write. Na tek am personally. Why me mad? Well, tell me if dem na tek dem eye and pass me, Dear Diary? If Prezzie ah Number 1 in de country, who ah number 2? Na me?Suh how come when ‘e tek wan “high level” team fuh meet Jagdesh he na include me?? Me a wha? Low level? Me understaan’ how he tek Har Monium Man. Dem army people ‘custom fuh gat dem “Aid de Cyamp”. Wha’ is da yuh ask, Dear Diary? Da is a fancy name fuh wan army secretary. Me na min’ he a’tall.Wha me blasted min’ is ‘e tek Trat Man!! How come Trat Man mo’ high dan me? Me stan’ up nex’ to he and me just as tall. But dem fellas seh is because a some Accard he and Prezzie sign in Bagaamas. Some Nasuh Accard.Wha’ de arse is da? Me an’ de whole KFC party sign de “Coming-Barge Accard” pan Valantine Day! Da na count? Me bring 11% a me Berb-Ice people. Da na count? Dem all a cuss me now… da na count?And de hurtful t’ing, Dear Diary, is dem know Jadgesh ah me enemy! Ah woulda gi’e me lef’ hand fuh gyam good! Jus’ like how ‘e use fuh gi’e me good when abee two bin in de PPCEE.In Parliament, ‘e doan like when ah talk afta he…an’ he does laff when me talk. Well, ah woulda like fuh show ‘e las’ lick bettah dan las’ laff.But now me gat fuh shut me mout’ beca’se ‘e look like me get Larwah fuh true. Excuse me fuh wet up yuh page, Dear Diary. Me eye-wata na stap run!last_img read more

Checking status of ‘astrologers’

first_imgDear Editor,There are some persons advertising themselves in the press and elsewhere as astrologers from India, and they claim they could miraculously cure all kinds of physical and mental ailments and make all wishes come true!The Police had, some time ago, raided two similar fraudsters — who had no permit to work in Guyana, and paid no income taxes.They immediately fled the country.In Trinidad, one similar fraudster was sued for failing to deliver, but got away before the case came up for trial.Would the Police do the necessary checks on the new ones who are advertising? It behooves the Police to protect citizens.Yours truly,R Outarlast_img

Timehri Prison set to undergo massive renovation

first_imgThe Timehri Prison, on the East Bank of Demerara, will soon under massive renovations as the Public Security Ministry has begun to invite bids which will see renovations to several parts of the prison.Interested bidders are being invited to bid for the renovation of the Officer-in-Charge’s quarters, female quarters, and medex quarters, and for the tiling of dormitories at the Timehri prison.Bids will be opened on March 14, in the boardroom of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board, Finance Ministry.Only recently, it was announced that Cabinet approved the contract for the construction of six living quarters from Lots One to Two at the Mazaruni Prison. The contract of $41 million was awarded to N&A Construction for Lot One of the project, while AAV Ragobeer General Construction was awarded $35 million for Lot Two of the project.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at a recent post-Cabinet press briefing said the two lots will include nine residences and a third lot was being considered.The renovation of the prison comes on the heel of the visit that was made by President David Granger and a ministerial team in March 2016. During that visit, it was revealed that the living quarters of the prison officers was in a deplorable state.last_img read more

Is this David De Gea’s replacement as Manchester United No.1?

first_imgManchester United may already have a ready-made replacement for David De Gea, according to talkSPORT correspondent Dom McGuinness.The Spanish shot-stopper is set to leave Old Trafford for Real Madrid this summer, after Louis van Gaal admitted the 24-year-old had a ‘difficult’ decision to make.And McGuinness claims Victor Valdes, who conceded an own goal during his Premier League debut against Arsenal on Sunday, could step into the former Atletico Madrid man’s shoes.“It was an unfortunate debut for Victor Valdes,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Theo Walcott’s shot deflected off Tyler Blackett and he just looked a little stranded and vulnerable.“Valdes is a guy though who has achieved an awful lot in a Barcelona side that’s achieved a great deal.“He surely has ambitions at Manchester United. He’s not an old man, he’s in his early 30s, does he feel he can fill that void? Is that part of the reason why he signed?“Maybe the answer is already at Manchester United?”last_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgThe former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson tells Tom Rennie on the Preview Show this week that Christian Benteke is a great signing for the Reds and should fire the club back into the Champions League this season, after scoring his first goal for the club on Monday. Liverpool travel to Arsenal on this week’s Monday Night Football.Elsewhere, the former Crystal Palace defender Matt Lawrence joins us to discuss Everton, who impressed him in their win over Southampton last weekend but says they still need to add to the squad before September 1st. The Toffees host Manchester City on Sunday.The former England international Danny Murphy picks his three to watch this week, and Joe Tolleson from Sirius XMFC (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) plays the predictor game ‘Tom vs. the World’.last_img read more

What a hoot

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“It was fun for a while, but it goes on from about 11 p.m. to 3 in the morning,” she said wearily. Mount said that the affair of the owls has been a lot of fun for her young grandchildren, and the neighbors have also enjoyed looking at the baby owls. “The children have just loved it, and with the flashlights we’ve been able to see their little faces,” she said. Her grandchildren would often sit outside, waiting for the owls to wake up. Mount said she doubts any of the neighbors will take any action against the owls, but is looking forward to the babies growing up. The screeching, she has been told, is the sound of hungry owl children. In the meantime, she and her neighbors have learned to cope. One woman turns music on, loud enough to drown out the racket. • Video: Screeching Owls • Photo Gallery: 08/08: Barn owls WHITTIER – Residents on Bright Avenue have some new neighbors. A family of owls has moved in to a palm tree on the 6000 block near Beverly Boulevard. Though a source of local intrigue, they have made sleeping on Bright Street challenging. Gloria Mount, who lives across the street from the nest, said that the owls have babies that take to screeching throughout the night, up until the wee hours of the morning. “I think my body just took over and said, `You gotta sleep,”‘ she said, but added that the baby owls like to fly across the street into a tree just outside her window and put on a symphony of sorts. “The screeching,” Mount said, “is pretty awful.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Inter Milan’s leaked home kit for 2019-20 season will evoke memories of Adriano

first_imgAlongside Barcelona and Juventus, Inter Milan can lay claim to having one of the most iconic home shirts in world football.The black and blue of the nerazzurri strip is instantly recognisable, but their kit for next season may just be their most daring yet. footyheadlines.com footyheadline.com Adriano playing for Inter in the 2006-07 season 3 3 In images obtained from footyheadlines.com, it is suggested Inter will have an unusual diagonal stripe solely around the world-famous ‘Pirelli’ logo.The blue on the shirt is slightly lighter than in previous years and will be more prominent on the sleeves as in previous years.While the remaining stripes will be strictly vertical, there will also be a white collar and white trim on the sleeves.Fans of the Serie A giants will recognise the reported design as a throwback to the 2006/07 kit where the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Javier Zanetti graced the San Siro. 3 The leaked home shirt for Inter Milan next season There is reportedly set to be diagonal stripes around the sponsor However, for many fans, the leaked kit will evoke memories of Adriano terrorising Italian defences.The Brazilian striker was on the brink of becoming one of the best players in the world at the time, and was seen as the natural successor to Ronaldo.While it remains to be seen if this will be the official kit for next season, Inter fans will be hoping to see plenty more superstars like their mercurial hero donning the famous strip in the not-so distant future.last_img read more