first_imgThe New Zealand Football Federation put an end to the ocean nation’s Premier League due to the coronavirus pandemic and the danger this poses for soccer players and fans. “Auckland City, leader with 37 points, is declared champion, which gives it a place in the next edition of the OFC Champions League“, announced on its official website the competition, which claimed to have agreed on the decision” with clubs and the government’s medical council. “ Auckland City thus added the 11th Premiership of its history, which came under the baton of the Spanish José Manuel Figueira and with Eñaut Zubikarai, Angel Berlanga Y Albert Riera in the template. Despite being benefited by the resolution Ivan Vukisch, president of the New Zealand entity, declared feeling “disappointed”. “No one wanted the season to end this way. Team Wellington was very close and Waitakere United, Eastern Suburbs AFC, Tasman United, Hamilton Wanderers and Southern United were fighting for a ‘play-off’ spot,” said the manager.The ‘Navy Blues’, who were awarded the Charity cup just a few days ago after defeating Eastern Suburbs 0-2, they were leaders, although only three points separated them from second place. At the time of suspension, two games remain for the end of the regular season. If everything had continued normally, the play-offs for the title would have been played later. Auckland was already affected by the suspension of the OFC Champions League, postponed until May 6.last_img read more

first_imgLemarHis historical past is an everlasting starting since he got here to Atlético in the summertime of 2018. Aside from glimpses in that daybreak, he has by no means managed to persuade. From the winter market his identify appears to be in the marketplace, however the 70 million that Atlético paid for him, the second most costly signing within the rojiblanca historical past till the arrival of João Félix, make the operation tough. Atlético isn’t going to offer him away however it’s obligatory for the Frenchman to conform, to take off all of the stress that rests on his shoulders when he will get the pink and white. Simeone has given him confidence. To date, he has not responded. He additionally has eleven video games forward to vary historical past. VitoloCorrea succeeded: he went from the group of substitutes final summer season in Los Angeles de San Rafael to non-transferable, a necessary piece for Simeone. Vitolo, footballer of immense expertise, couldn’t have began the season higher. Ultimately the accidents have been respecting him, finally he might have the regularity he wanted at Atlético to shine as he did at Sevilla. Two targets, begin of the season as a scorer, and two different accidents that in the reduction of what promised to be his greatest season at Atlético. At Anfield he was a substitute. He has performed solely 71 ‘unfold over Atlético’s final 4 video games. CoastThe numbers on his return usually are not the identical because the Costa that left, however it’s Costa and at any second his physique can emerge The beast, the Costa that adjustments video games, the irrepressible Costa, the Costa that Simeone expects it to be, the Costa that Simeone fell in love with. This season a cervical herniated disc compelled him to endure surgical procedure. He compelled to get to play in opposition to Liverpool, a key tie for the rojiblancos. The stoppage because of the coronavirus has helped him to completely recuperate from his again. If there’s a participant that Simeone and the membership want to realize that normal goal above all others, it’s him: Diego Costa. Eleven video games to return to being what he was. Atlético returned to coaching on Saturday with an obligation above all others: qualify for the following Champions League. In the intervening time he’s sixth, in positions within the Europa League and the steadiness of the membership goes via that revenue, this 12 months of 77.2 million. Enjoying the eleven lacking League matchdays is important for the membership basically and for one in all its players specifically. Soccer players like Vitolo, Arias, Carrasco, Hermoso, Lemar or Costa For whom this return after the break because of the coronavirus is sort of like a revalidation.AriasHe disappeared from the calls 5 video games earlier than the break. Harrow in opposition to Liverpool, Harrow at Anfield, Harrow three days in a row in League. The footballer has provides from Everton, Naples and Inter Milan. He has performed simply 869 minutes this season. Vrsaljko who didn’t depend has taken the positioning. Arias is at the moment the third winger. StunningHe arrived final summer season as one of many massive names out there, after a superb season at Espanyol, which led him to the Nationwide Staff. His versatility and the lack of Lucas Hernández opened a niche for him within the Cholo squad because the French youth squad as soon as had: With Lodi with out pure substitute, and compelled at first to apprehend defensive ideas after coming to Atlético in Brazilian soccer, he was known as to be his substitute, as occurred with Lucas and Filipe. However when the truth is Saúl was that substitute for Lodi. The central defender isn’t happy with his lack of prominence within the squad. He has eleven video games forward, along with the remaining Champions, to point out Cholo that he was improper, which has a spot. When Giménez and Savic have been each out, he fulfilled, and by far, subsequent to Felipe. last_img read more

first_imgNaomi Osaka, the champion of U.S. Open women’s singles, smiles during a press conference in Yokohama , Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Osaka defeated Serena Williams of the U.S. on Saturday, Sept. 8, to become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)YOKOHAMA, Japan — Naomi Osaka’s victory in the U.S. Open has added her to a growing list of athletes, Nobel Prize winners, and beauty pageant contestants who have raised the issue of what it means to be Japanese.The daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka was born in Japan but raised in the United States. But she is being lauded in Japan as the first from the country to win a Grand Slam singles tennis title, which has upstaged most questions about her mixed background.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown — Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, track and field sprinter: son of a Japanese mother and Ghanaian father. Born in Tokyo.— Koji Murofushi, Olympic gold- and silver-medal winner in the hammer throw: son of a Romanian mother and Japanese father. Born and raised in Japan.Murofushi said he’s always felt Japanese.“I know that I have a mixed heritage,” he told AP. “But I always feel Japanese.” He added it’s “not something that really concerned me or anything.”The visibility of mixed-race athletes in Japan is sure to increase as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approach and the country hunts for competitors in sports where it has little history.The reverse happened two years ago in the Rio de Janeiro Games, where Brazil found athletes with Japanese roots — more than 2 million Brazilians claim Japanese ancestry — to compete in non-Brazilian specialties.One thing is clear, the 20-year-old Osaka is cashing in.The U.S. Open victory was worth $3.8 million in prize money. And on Thursday, Osaka was introduced in Japan as a “brand ambassador” for the Japanese car maker Nissan. It’s a three-year deal, though financial terms were not disclosed.Osaka defeated Williams in Saturday’s chaotic final . Forbes magazine reports that Williams is the highest earning female athlete with income of $18.1 million, almost all from endorsements and sponsorship deals. She’s topped the list for several years.But Osaka’s mixed-race profile, her appeal in the huge Asian market, and her links to Japan’s world-wide brands should drive her long-term earning potential. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “She seems very shy and it’s not for everyone,” Jonathan Jensen who researches sports marketing at the University of North Carolina, told AP. “But the potential is there if that’s the route she wants to take, particularly with brands based in Asia, like Nissan. Tech firms and consumer electronics would also be a natural fit.”Jensen speculated the size of the Nissan contact with her would depend on how much of her time the company uses. And how many tournaments — and what tournaments — she wins.Osaka has charmed Japanese audiences with her grace and gentleness off the court, and her ferocity on it. She’s talked about her fondness for Japanese food — curried rice topped with a pork cutlet is a favorite.She’s also been a spokeswoman for two years for the Japanese cup noodle brand Nissin, which is launching a new noodle cup to commemorate her victory.Kazuyoshi Minowa, a spokesman for Windsor Corp, which operates tennis shops in Tokyo, said customers are asking to buy the same racket that Osaka uses. He said he met her two years ago when she visited a store.“My impression was that she was very quiet, unlike her powerful image playing the game,” he told Japanese broadcaster NHK.Questions about race also surfaced in 2016 when Priyanka Yoshikawa was crowned Miss World Japan. Her mother is Japanese and her father in Indian and she was born in Tokyo.This came a year after Ariana Miyamoto won the Miss Universe Japan title. She was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and African-American father.Hashimoto, the researcher at the University of Sussex, pointed out that under Japanese law, Osaka will have to decide on her nationality before she turns 22. She’s 20 now and cannot legally hold two passports.Hashimoto referenced three Nobel Prize winners born in Japan who eventually took other nationalities. The writer Kazuo Ishiguro holds a British passport, and scientists Yoichiro Nanbu and Shuji Nakamura both now hold American passports. 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But her victory also challenges public attitudes about identity in a homogeneous culture that is being pushed to change.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It is hard to say for sure if the extremely narrow conception, unconsciously or consciously, held by many Japanese of being Japanese, is being loosened,” Naoko Hashimoto, who researches national identify at the University of Sussex in England, wrote in an email to Associated Press.“In my opinion, it still appears that Japanese are generally defined as those who are born from a Japanese father and a Japanese mother, who speak perfect Japanese and ‘act like Japanese’.” Athletes and celebrities seem to fall into a different category. Osaka has lots of company in this realm with an increasing number of sports stars claiming mixed backgrounds.For instance:— Yu Darvish, the Chicago Cubs pitcher: son on a Japanese mother and Iranian father. Born in Osaka.— Mashu Baker, an Olympic gold-medal winner in judo: son of a Japanese mother and American father. Born in Tokyo.— Asuka Cambridge, Olympic silver-medal winner in the 4×100 track relay: born in Jamaica to a Japanese mother and Jamaican father, but grew up in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgThe Liberian Association of Central Jersey (LACJ), a not-for-profit organization based in the state of New Jersey in the United States, over the weekend brought smiles to the faces of students at the Sawlad Daycare and Elementary School in Wood Camp, Paynesville when they presented them with assorted school materials.The school runs from nursery to fourth grade and has a little over 100 students. The kids were given copy books, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers and other educational materials. The Action-secretary general Peter Massaquoi, presented the items on behalf of the LACJ to the administration of the school as the group’s way of contributing to the children’s education. “We have the heart to do more because we know how things are tough in this country, especially after such a devastating Ebola crisis that the country has endured,” he told the students.Mr. Massaquoi, a practicing journalist, said the group has a vision to impact the Liberian society, especially the lives of students who are suffering as a result of the current educational mess. “We need to do more for these kids because they are the victims of the mess in our country’s education sector,” he said.He also spoke of the difficulties that parents are enduring to send their kids to school, noting, “We know things are difficult also for parents who are finding it very hard to meet their children’s educational needs. In this little way, we want to buttress their efforts,” Massaquoi said.The kids who expressed joy for the gesture sang songs of praise when Mr. Massaquoi told them he will construct a computer lab on their campus very soon. “You kids need the same opportunities as your western counterparts. Computers have made the world a small place and provide countless avenues for learning,” he said.The establishment of the computer lab, according to Mr. Massaquoi, is an initiative of his and one of his colleagues. “We see that the need really exists here. This is why we really want to establish this.” He assured that the computers are already packed for shipment to Liberia as soon as he returns to the United States.The Principal of the school, Maryann Watson, thanked the group for selecting her school for such a worthy gesture and prayed that their promise of a computer lab will come to pass. This was also echoed by the school proprietor, Garmondeh Watson. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMandla Masango will probably never hit a ball as well as this ever again, so it’s perhaps slightly unfortunate that he ended up on the losing side as South Africa fell 2-1 to Ghana in their African Cup of Nations group clash.The Kaizer Chiefs midfielder managed to strike an unstoppable volley despite being on the ground just seconds earlier. Take a look above.last_img

first_imgTHE Government has been accused of doing a u-turn over school transport in the Finn Valley.The Finn Valley School Transport Action Group claims promises made in June have already been broken.“At a meeting with a civil  servant in the Transport Section, Dept of Education and Skills on 24th of June, FVSTAG committeee members and TD Dinny McGinley were advised that once Parents wrote to Department advising that Deele College was over capacity that transport for this year would automatically roll over to Stranorlar and so would the Medical Card,” said a FVSTAG spokesman. “However, it has now emerged, that Medical Card Holders are being asked to pay for their concessionary ticket and that their appeals have been turned down.“Fvstag are advising families affected by this to contact the civil servant and her department and query why their appeal was turned down after assurances had been given on June 24th.“We would ask people to please phone immediately on 057 9325471. If you need any any assistance email fvstag@hotmail.com or see our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/fvstag.”  GOVERNMENT ACCUSED AGAIN OVER SCHOOL TRANSPORT IN FINN VALLEY was last modified: August 26th, 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

first_imgBrian “Dinky” Dorrian of St Catherines FC where Seamus Coleman played his football as a youngster.One of soccer sensation Seamus Coleman’s earliest managers has said the Killybegs man is an inspiration to all youngsters who want to play in the Premiership.Brian ‘Dinky’ Dorrian coached the Everton star at underage level at St Catherine’s FC in the fishing town before he hit the big time.But Dorrian has revealed that it was more hard work and not natural ability which has helped Seamus to become a huge star. Dinky told Donegal Daily “I will be honest and say that Seamus did not stand out technically at a young age. There were better players.“But the one thing that he has always possessed has been a determination and drive to be the best he can. That has made him the footballer he has become today.“And I hope that can help lots of young players to see that they can become the best players they can if they work hard at it.”Dorrian’s honesty may be difficult for many to comprehend after a few short weeks which has seen Coleman’s value go through the roof. With four goals from right back in his last seven appearances, it’s no wonder that he is being linked with a big money move to a list of clubs including Arsenal.A photo of Seamus Coleman beside a picture of his brother Stephen’s Ireland jersey which is hanging on the walls of local St Catherines FCAs the days fade on 2013 and the daylight fades outside in Killybegs, Brian is more than happy to show off the small clubhouse of St Catherine’s where Ireland’s most talked-about soccer star regularly togged out.Not surprisingly there are plenty of pictures of Coleman on the walls reflecting the teams he played on in recent years.There are also two framed shirts, his first Republic of Ireland shirt and an Everton shirt.A picture of Stevie Coleman, Seamus’ brother and his Ireland shirt also adorns the walls reminding the Premiership star that there was another Coleman brother here before him! Brian, who also worked with Seamus as part of the backroom staff at Sligo Rovers under Paul Cook, says Seamus is still the down-to-earth young fella who walked out the narrow corridor onto the pitch at Emerald Park hundreds of times.“That’s the kind of lad he is and that’s down to his parents Henry and Marie. They have made him appreciate people and life and he’s never allowed himself to get above his station.“He was here a few weeks back when we played Curragh Athletic sitting in the dressing room with the lads before the game messing and hiding shoes and what not. Having the craic.“That’s Seamus. He’s a young fella from Killybegs and he will always be from Killybegs. He knows when he comes home here he can relax and have a bit of fun and he knows he has to be a Premiership footballer when he goes back to Everton,” said Brian. Another St Catherine’s man who knows Coleman better than most is former Sligo Rovers player Jason Noctor.Seamus and Rachel Cunningham who announced their engagement this week.The pair grew up together on St Cummin’s Hill, kicking a ball up and down the street on summer nights as fishing ships unloaded their catches below in the harbor.With a bit more luck, Noctor too could have made his way across the water and could have been featuring on Match of the Day in what would have been the stuff of dreams for the one-time neighbours.Noctor, now the captain of St Catherine’s senior team, has nothing but admiration for his close friend and former team-mate.“I always thought that Seamus had what it took to make it. He always got the best out of himself and pushed himself to the limit.“He never smoke or drank and always looked after himself. That’s what stood to him when he got the chance. And when he got the chance he took it with both hands.”Noctor has been to visit Coleman on a number of occasions in England and stayed with his friend and his new fiancée Rachel Cunningham.Indeed Coleman phoned Noctor last Sunday and revealed he had just proposed to the teacher whom he has been dating for nine years.“We had a bit of banter. They have been dating for a long time and they are so suited to eachother. I was just delighted for them,” said Jason.Another man who knew from an early age just how serious Coleman took his sport was Killybegs senior manager Martin ‘Slua’ Boyle.Boyle managed the Killybegs Minor team which won a minor title, one of the last competitive GAA games which Coleman would play before opting full-time for soccer.The lads ended up on a trip to Carrick-On-Shannon after their long season but Coleman still didn’t allow himself the luxury of indulging on alcohol.“He has never been a drinker and that night would have been a reason to have a drink and let the hair down a bit. But it’s just not Seamus.“He has always looked after himself and he didn’t even bother having a drink that night and yet he still had great fun along with al the lads,” revealed Martin.Boyle also revealed revealed how Seamus called him last summer and asked him if it would be okay if he trained with the Killybegs team.“I thought he was just going to come along and do a light training session because it was the summer and yet he put in a huge effort.“Some of the lads came off the pitch and couldn’t believe how serious he took it. But that’s just Seamus and that’s why he is where he is today.”Seamus Coleman. One of the lads but nobody’s fool.COLEMAN IS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL YOUNGSTERS, SAYS FORMER MANAGER was last modified: December 31st, 2013 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)Tags:Brian Dunky DorrianevertonKillybegsseamus colemanSligo RoversSt Catherineslast_img read more

first_imgJuventus look set to complete the signing of Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea on season-long loan.Cuadrado, 27, has been tipped to return to Italy all summer, having been unable to establish himself as a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge.The Colombian was signed in February from Fiorentina in a deal worth around £23m but has started only four league matches.He has fallen further down the pecking order following the recent signing of Pedro, who scored on his debut as Jose Mourinho’s side won 3-2 at West Brom on Sunday.Last week, Chelsea boss Mourinho did not rule out Cuadrado leaving but insisted that Willian, who has also been linked with a move, would stay.See also:Mourinho insists Willian will not be sold by ChelseaWest Brom v Chelsea player ratingsMarin set to complete move from ChelseaFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–It’s September 12 and the Giants haven’t won a game since August.Even as the club stumbled to a 98-loss season in 2017, the Giants still found a way to collect 10 September victories, but this year a double-digit win total in the final month of the year is practically out of the question.Though the Giants have already won four more games in 2018 than they did a season ago, a 10-game losing streak to open the month has the team in danger of suffering through its worst September …last_img read more