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first_imgThe Portuguese forward had just helped Real to a record-breaking third successive Champions League triumph when he told BeIN Sports Spain he would reveal his plans for the future “in the next few days”.Ronaldo also spoke about his time at the Bernabeu in the past tense, saying: “It was beautiful to be at Real Madrid.”Now the dust has settled, Ronaldo admits the timing of his comments could have been better, but insists he does not regret what he said.”I spoke when I shouldn’t have done but something is going to happen. It wasn’t the right time, but I was honest,” said Ronaldo.”In a week I’ll say something because the fans have always supported me and are in my heart. I don’t speak much, but when I speak, I speak.”Obviously I have something to say, but it wasn’t the right time, although I don’t regret it, because I was honest. I’ve kept putting up with this but then I couldn’t control myself.”Ronaldo – whose role in last night’s Champions League win over Liverpoolsaw him become the first player to win the competition five times – has questioned his future at the club in the past.It has been suggested the 33-year-old has previously made the comments as a tactic in contract negotiations, but he maintains that is not the case this time.”This has been coming for a long time. Money is not the problem,” Ronaldo said.”I’ve won five Champions Leagues, five Ballon d’Ors. I was already in history but now even more.”I’m not bothered because I know what I give to this club. I don’t want to erase this unique moment with my team-mates who are real champions.”last_img read more

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first_imgMichael Marum said at the press conference today that he’s only added Edene Gabbie and Paul Wawa to the extended 20-man bench.The 20-man squad is:Adex WERAJunior RAUThompson TetehWillie MinogaBrendon GOTUNOCharlie SIMONWatson BOASEnock MAKIWartovo Puara Jnr                   –       CaptainStanton ALBERTNixon PUTMcKenzie YEIRhadley BRAWAInterchangeAse BoasIla AluDilbert ISAACPatrick MOREAMoses MENINGAEdene GABBIEPaul WAWAThe SP Hunters will be playing against the Ipswich Jets on Friday.The match will be held at the Ipswich Reserve Oval at 7pm.Last weekend’s clash did not see too many injuries, with the coach saying the boys were looking really good for this Friday’s match.Coach Marum will finalise the travelling 18-man squad tomorrow afternoon.The team leaves for Brisbane on Thursday, and returns on Saturday.Meantime, Watson Boas and Wartovo Puara Jnr were awarded K600 each for being last weekend’s best backs and forward respectively.  The presentation by the Melanesian Trustee Services Limited was conducted today before the press conference at the Oil Search National Football Stadium.last_img read more

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first_imgFirst-half doubles from Marta Torrejon and Alexia Putellas were added to by Asisat Oshoala and Caroline Graham Hansen to give Barca a 6-0 lead after 45 minutes at El Helmantico in Salamanca.Oshoala scored her second in the 51st minute and Torrejon completed her hat-trick before Manuela Lareo finally got La Real on the scoreboard in the 63rd minute.Candela Andujar made it 9-1 before Torrejon rounded off the scoring 12 minutes from time to seal an emphatic triumph.PIONERES #FCBFemeni #SupercopaFemenina pic.twitter.com/hM56r5yT2Q— FC Barcelona Femení (@FCBfemeni) February 9, 2020With newly crowned Supercopa champions Barca sitting nine points clear at the top of the Primera Division, Arconada opted to use his post-match news conference to send a message to the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).”Every [Spanish] team feels that they cannot compete with this Barca. The federation has to evaluate if this is what they wanted. The only option was Barca winning and we suffered this humiliation,” said Arconada.”We knew it would be complicated and we did not give our all. We did not live up to who we are.”It was a hard day, but a lesson. I’m proud to have played the final and convinced it will not be the last one.”Barca boss Lluis Cortes was unimpressed by Arconada’s comments and claimed things are not as uneven as he alleged.”Each club invests in women’s football as much as they want to and the percentage in relation to the men’s game is very small,” said Cortes.”I wish we could always win 10-1, but I am sure this won’t happen in the league. Things went really well today but in the majority of games we really have to fight.”  Photo credit  Twitter (@FCBfemeni) Caption: Barcelona celebrate winning the Supercopa Femeninalast_img read more

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first_img CRUCIAL WIN SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP): Sebastian Vettel made a crucial early overtaking move on Lewis Hamilton to win the crash-marred Belgian Grand Prix yesterday and trim his rival’s overall lead. Hamilton started from pole position for a record fifth time at Spa, and a record-extending 78th in Formula One (F1), with Vettel second on the grid. But Vettel has a knack for quick starts and nudged his Ferrari past Hamilton’s Mercedes on the first lap with a smart move down the left. “I had a great start. I knew my chance would come,” Vettel said. “Timing is crucial, and I managed that perfectly, I thought.” It came moments after Fernando Alonso’s McLaren flew through the air and landed on top of Charles Leclerc’s Sauber. Leclerc, unharmed, was likely spared a head injury by the protective halo device surrounding the cockpit area of F1 cars. The incident brought out the safety car. Vettel finished about 12 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen an impressive third after starting seventh. Vettel’s 52nd career win closes the gap to Hamilton to 17 points heading into next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza – Ferrari’s home. Hamilton has 231 points, and second-place Vettel has 214. A win earns 25 points. Moments after his victory, Vettel removed his steering wheel and held it aloft, almost like a trophy, as he stood on his car to celebrate. Then, he jumped into the arms of his mechanics and grabbed a Ferrari flag. With eight races remaining, it was a crucial win to halt Hamilton’s momentum. It also moved Vettel one ahead of four-time F1 champion Alain Prost for third in all-time wins behind Hamilton (67) and Michael Schumacher (91). “He drove past me like I wasn’t even there on the straight,” Hamilton said, expressing concern for Ferrari’s greater speed. “Congratulations to Seb.” Hamilton fears that Ferrari has speed Mercedes is unable to match, which could play into Ferrari’s hands in Monza and in the following race at the Singapore GP – which is another quick track. “In the end, he was doing times that I wasn’t able to equal,” said Hamilton, who added that he eased up near the end. “It got to a point where it was just sensible to save the engine.” Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas, starting near the back after being penalised for too many engine changes, overtook Sergio Perez late on to place fourth. Vettel’s Ferrari teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo both retired. Hamilton initially held his lead, but Vettel overtook him sharply as they headed onto the Kemmel Straight. Vettel then held off Perez, who had jumped up from fourth to third by overtaking his Racing Point Force India team teammate Esteban Ocon. The heavy crash at the start happened when Hulkenberg bumped into the back of Alonso, sending Alonso’s McLaren spinning and then flying up in the air. Hulkenberg took the blame, saying he misjudged his braking speed, and was handed a 10-place grid penalty for Monza.last_img read more

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first_img“We are so appreciative, and we can make anything they give us work. I’m so excited,” said Jenny Garibay, executive director of the nonprofit corporation that will operate the program. “We fit the profile of what they needed perfectly.” Not being funded is the Girl Scouts-Joshua Tree Council, which is based in Bakersfield but oversees Girl Scouts units in Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and all of Kern County. “We are getting nothing. We are very disappointed,” said Linda Wright, the council’s chief executive officer. “All six Girl Scout councils in Los Angeles County were declined. None of us is getting an allocation.” Wright said the Joshua Tree Council had been getting United Way funding for more than two decades, averaging $25,000 to $30,000 annually. The council spends about $1 million to provide services in the region. The council will look to other sources of funding to make up for the loss of United Way monies. A Littlerock center for homeless women and their children is in and the Girl Scouts are out, the United Way said Friday in launching its new funding strategy to fight homelessness, improve education and provide child care. In a bid to strengthen services and boost its effectiveness, the region’s largest charitable group announced about $16 million for 139 agencies, down from 188 organizations. One of the new agencies is St. Joseph Manor, Antelope Valley’s first center for homeless women and their children that is set to open next week in Littlerock. St. Joseph Manor applied for $150,000 in funding from United Way, but center officials didn’t know how much the center will be getting. “We are looking at local foundations, we are looking at businesses to underwrite specific programs. We are going to parents of girls and members of the community,” Wright said. “The Girl Scouts is an important part of the community. We do a great service for girls and we help them become stronger citizens when they grow up.” Valley Oasis, an organization that provides services to domestic violence victims and the homeless, will continue to receive United Way funding. The agency has received United Way funding in the past through mini-grants and United Way’s annual fundraising campaign, but officials said the application process this year was more competitive. “This whole request-for-proposal was brand new. It was a more competitive and formal process,” Valley Oasis executive director Carol Crabson said. Antelope Valley Hospital’s Healthy Homes program, which serves high-risk pregnant women and families with newborns, has received United Way funding through donors specifically requesting their money go to it, but this year will be the first time it receives a direct grant from United Way, officials said. Other agencies on United Way’s list released Friday are headquartered elsewhere but provide services or have offices in the Antelope Valley. Those include Catholic Charities, which runs the Lancaster homeless shelter; the National Mental Health Association of Greater Los Angeles; Partners in Care Foundation, which operates the Care-a-Van mobile clinic; Child Care Resource Center; and Children’s Bureau of Southern California. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

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first_imgPHOTO: After leader shows his muscles literally and figuratively, the nation is buzzing about its meaning. By Mike Eckel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOSCOW – When he flexes Russia’s diplomatic and military muscle, Vladimir Putin always makes headlines. But few could have predicted the squall of gossip and speculation that erupted after the president stripped off his shirt for the cameras while vacationing in the Siberian mountains last week. The resulting images, prominently enshrined on the presidential Web site, inspired admiration, criticism and some racing pulses among his admirers. The Russian media still can’t get enough. The tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda on Wednesday published a huge color photo of the bare-chested president under the headline: “Be Like Putin.” Its excuse? A guide showing exactly what exercises were required to build up a torso like the Russian leader’s. Kremlin watchers have been trying to guess what kind of political message the pictures send, given that the 54-year-old Putin has insisted he plans to step down at the end of his second term next year, as required by the constitution. One radio talk show host speculated the photos were meant to enhance Putin’s personal appeal to voters – a strong signal that he doesn’t plan to relinquish power. When the commentator, Yevgeniya Albats, went on to suggest the half-naked photo shoot was unbecoming for a Russian leader, female listeners peppered her with e-mails expressing admiration for Putin’s physique. Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that women who visited its Web site posted comments on Putin’s “vigorous torso” and said they “were screaming with delight and showering (him) with compliments.” Russian gay chat rooms and blogs were particularly intrigued by the photos: Some claimed that Putin, by stripping to his waist, was somehow pleading for more tolerance of homosexuality in Russia. The Russian president, who is married with two daughters, has long cultivated an image of machismo and manliness. Known as a downhill skier and black belt in judo, Putin has appeared on television driving a truck, operating a train, sailing on a submarine and copiloting a fighter jet. These exploits have been widely publicized, thanks to the Kremlin’s control of major Russian media. In contrast to his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, notorious for drunken antics, Putin has established an image as serious, energetic, sober and sharp-witted. In a country that worships its athletes, he has also taken care to stay physically fit. “Sport has helped me form my own personal point of view on the world, on people and my approach to them,” he said in an interview posted on the Kremlin Web site. Some say it’s all part of the Putin mystique. “He’s cool. That’s been the image throughout the presidency, cool,” said Sergei Markov, Kremlin-connected head of Moscow’s Institute for Political Research. But Putin’s outdoor outing last week took this manly public persona to a new level. Amid the outdoor posturing, the image-handlers were careful to make sure Putin was shown staying on top of major events – a lesson he learned after he was criticized for failing to immediately interrupt his vacation after the submarine Kursk sank in August 2000. Putin’s Siberian holiday coincided with the bombing of a passenger train near St. Petersburg. This time, TV footage showed him reportedly issuing orders to top ministers by cell phone from his vacation retreat. Stanislav Belkovsky, head of the National Strategy Institute think tank, said the pictures from Tuva were nothing more than an effort to reassure Russians that Putin knows how to relax – and was preparing for retirement. Yevgeny Volk, who heads the Heritage Foundation’s Moscow office, said the political elite increasingly views Putin as a lame duck leader and that the photos only strengthen the impression that he should no longer be taken seriously.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

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first_imgA COUNTY Donegal girl has just returned home from a dream two week holiday in Barbados after becoming the face of SpecSavers in Ireland and the UK – and now she’s landed a dream summer job with a local marketing, design, web and PR Agency.Ardara marketing student Maria Gildea is just 21 – and millions of people can see her face on the opticians’ website and advertising sites throughout these islands.And for the next year as she also pursues a career with top model agencies MOT in London and Assets in Dublin, she will also have fashion and lifestyle guru Gok Wan as her mentor. Maria, in her third year of her marketing course at LYIT, has started her marketing career with Grace Ann Consultancy based at CoLab, Letterkenny Institute of Technology.“I’m really enjoying my work with Grace Ann,” said Maria.“It’s been an incredible few months. I went along to the audition for SpecSavers with a friend and ended up being asked to model.“I won a wonderful trip to Barbados; it was five-star all the way and I’m now on the books of a modelling agency in London and Dublin.”  DONEGAL GIRL IS NEW FACE OF SPECSAVERS AND LANDS DREAM TRIP TO BARBADOS was last modified: June 29th, 2013 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) Tags:DONEGAL GIRL IS NEW FACE OF SPECSAVERS AND LANDS DREAM TRIP TO BARBADOSlast_img read more

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first_img 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right-back) 11 11 11 11 7. Alexis Sanchez (forward) 11 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield) 29. Granit Xhaka (midfield) 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre-back) 11 8. Aaron Ramsey (attacking midfield) 14. Theo Walcott (attacking midfield) 20. Shkodran Mustafi (centre-back) Arsene Wenger will have a decision to make on Mesut Ozil ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool.The German playmaker was reportedly sent home from training in midweek after illness and ordered to rest. Wenger says the 28-year-old ‘should be okay’ and the Gunners boss must decide whether to start Ozil at Anfield.If he opts to leave the former Real Madrid man on the bench, Aaron Ramsey is available again.LIVE ON talkSPORT: Liverpool v Arsenal – click here for Premier League commentary at AnfieldThe Welshman has been missing for the last four games with a calf problem but is now in the running to start, as is Laurent Koscielny, who missed the FA Cup win over Sutton with a thigh injury suffered in the 5-1 defeat at Bayern Munich.Wenger also said forward Danny Welbeck is in contention to start after returning from a long-term injury but the Arsenal boss admits he has to be careful with integrating the former Manchester United man back in.Santi Cazorla [Achilles] is a long-term absentee while fellow midfielder Mohamed Elneny [ankle] is expected to be out for three weeks.Who will start on Merseyside for Arsenal? Click the right arrow, above, to see the predicted XI in squad number order…Also on talkSPORT.com…Arsenal star Mesut Ozil reveals Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho branded him ‘a coward’ in furious bust-up 11 11 9. Lucas Perez (attacking midfield) 3. Kieran Gibbs (left-back) – click the right arrow, above, to see Arsenal’s predicted XI [4-2-3-1] to face Liverpool, in squad number order… 11last_img read more

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first_img“It’s not going to happen,” Snow said. “Creating Don Rumsfeld as a bogeyman may make for good politics but would make for very lousy strategy at this time.” To make the administration’s strategy more clear, the White House on Tuesday published a 23-page booklet called “National Strategy for Combating Terrorism,” which Bush described as an unclassified version of the strategy he’s been pursuing since Sept. 11, 2001. The booklet’s conclusion: “Since the Sept. 11 attacks, America is safer, but we are not yet safe.” Democrats dismissed Bush’s actions as a public-relations strategy that avoided real solutions. “A new glossy strategy paper doesn’t take the place of real change that will make our country safer,” said Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis. “If President Bush had unleashed the American military to do the job at Tora Bora four years ago and killed Osama bin Laden, he wouldn’t have to quote this barbarian’s words today,” said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. “Because President Bush lost focus on the killers who attacked us and instead launched a disastrous war in Iraq, today Osama bin Laden and his henchmen still find sanctuary in the no man’s land between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where they still plot attacks against America.” WASHINGTON – Quoting repeatedly from Osama bin Laden, President George W. Bush said Tuesday that pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq would fulfill the terrorist leader’s wishes and propel him into a more powerful global threat in the mold of Adolf Hitler. With two months until an Election Day that hinges largely on national security, Bush laid out bin Laden’s vision in detail, including new revelations from previously unreported documents. Voters were never more united behind the president than in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and his speech was designed to persuade Americans that the threat has not faded five years later. Democrats have been increasing their criticism of the president’s policies in Iraq as the congressional elections approach, with the latest salvo coming in a letter Monday that suggested that he fire Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. The White House rejected the idea, both in a written response from chief of staff Joshua Bolten and in a lengthy verbal rebuttal from spokesman Tony Snow. Bush’s speech was the second in a series linked to next week’s anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. It was delivered to the Military Officers Association of America in a hotel ballroom filled with U.S. troops, including several injured in the war, and with diplomatic representatives of foreign countries that have suffered terrorist attacks. Later, the White House said Bush was extending for one year the national emergency he declared following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because the “terrorist threat continues” and measures adopted to deal with that emergency must remain in effect. Bush planned a third speech today from the White House, laying out his plan to change the law so that detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, can be tried for crimes before military commissions. The administration also was expected to brief lawmakers today on a new Army field manual that would set guidelines for the treatment of military detainees. Congress passed legislation late last year requiring military interrogators to follow the manual, which abided by Geneva Convention standards. Bush argued Tuesday that history will look favorably on his currently unpopular war strategy. “History teaches that underestimating the words of evil and ambitious men is a terrible mistake,” the president said. “Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them. The question is: Will we listen? Will we pay attention to what these evil men say?”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

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first_img1 Fabinho is being tipped to leave Monaco Juventus are ready to fight with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain for Monaco star Fabinho.The Brazilian was heavily linked with a move away from the French champions in the summer.However, a move to PSG collapsed at the 11th hour and the midfielder ended up staying with Monaco.PSG are ready to go back for Fabinho in January, though, while Manchester United are also keeping tabs on him.But, according to Calciomercato, the pair will have to beat off competition from Juventus if they want to land the 23-year-old.The Serie A champions are big fans of Fabinho and believe he could be lured to Italy with a massive offer.last_img

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