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Barcelona dismisses Ernesto Valverde and signs Quique Setién at the front of the bench

first_img01/13/2020 – 20:24 | 23:24 – 01/13/20 The Ernesto Valverde era in Barcelona is already past. The club, after the debacle of the Super Cup and endless rumors, has announced the dismissal of Txingurri thus ending two and a half seasons leading the first team in which LaLiga has won twice, a Copa del Rey (lost another final) and another Spanish Super Cup, the competition that ended up being the last blow for Viandar de la Vera. His substitute, a Quique Setién who gets the great opportunity of his career after leading Las Palmas and Real Betis, among other groups, and who signs until 2022 with the elections to the Blaugrana presidency on the horizon.Four titles but the feeling that he never knew how to take over the reins of one of the most complicated costumes in the world. In the shade, due to the so-called Champions League disasters in Rome and Liverpool, the Valverde stage as coach of Barcelona closes with another failure in the fight for a championship, although after signing the 80 best minutes of the season in addition to be a leader in LaLiga and stand in the round of the top continental competition.Because against Atlético de Madrid, the culé team did not deserve to lose in the semifinals. But football is like that and a bad final straight match led to the rojiblancos going 2-1 (with two other goals voided in Barça) and that led to the last anger of the directive against his coach. That one that never gave the full confidence of Josep María Bartomeu and its surroundings and was only saved in June 2019 by the insistence of the strong block of the wardrobe, with Leo Messi in the lead. He leaves with four titles (two leagues, between them) after two and a half campaignsThe Cantabrian coach signs until 2022 with the elections on the horizonThis Tuesday will be presented at the Camp Nou and will debut before Granadacenter_img After tense days in Can Barça, trips to Qatar and clandestine meetings but telegraphed loudly, Bartomeu has met with Valverde on the return to training to communicate his dismissal. That has been a reality after the meeting with the Board of Directors this Monday, where the arrival until 2022 of Quique Setién has been closed and once it has also been announced, one that will be presented this Tuesday with the president, in order to explain everything that happened.In this way, Valverde leaves and the Cantabrian coach arrives (‘us’ from Xavi and Koeman through), to urgently take the culé box before his official debut in LaLiga (Sunday, at 9:00 p.m. against Granada). With the Camp Nou present, the culé fan will dictate his sentence: support for the team before the new stage or criticism for being participants of the goodbye of the Txingurri.Txingurri fell ‘the brown’ without NeymarAn Extremaduran coach who arrived in the summer of 2017 to take over from the successful, but short, stage of Luis Enrique in the dressing room. Already without Neymar from the beginning, due to his escape to PSG, Valverde had to reinvent himself (after losing his first Super Cup against Madrid) with the signings in extremis of Dembélé and Coutinho.Two players who never knew how to get the expected match and also largely blamed their method, as in the aforementioned debacles of the Olympic of Rome, Anfield, Cup against Valencia or the last of Jeddah, as well as the difficult coupling of Griezmann, irregularities with Arthur or the strange substitutions of Busquets.Conqueror of the two leagues he has faced, the first Cup and the second Super Cup, his triumphs were hidden under the technical superiority of Messi and company on the grass. Not the defeats, which weighed too much on the fans and were exhausting the patience of the board. That in his last year and a half in the club, there are elections in 2021, he has chosen Quique Setién as a relay until 2022, which suggests that he will be chosen for the bench of the continuity candidacy.Racing from Santander, Poli Ejido, Equatorial Guinea, Logroñés, Lugo, Las Palmas and Betis in his career as a coach, Setién comes up with a much bigger challenge. Get in front of a much superior club in everything that represents the previous ones and move forward with a season that has become entrenched by the lack of confidence in Valverde, which exploded after falling into the reformed Super Cup.last_img read more

United would pay Saúl’s termination clause: 150 million

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 30, 2020 And according Daily star, that would be the number that the English club would be willing to reach in order to bring a footballer that the rojiblanco club does not want to sell. With 150 million, what would be the most expensive signing in the history of the team, they would only need the consent of the soccer player to get him out of there. That Manchester United is interested in Saúl Ñíguez is nothing new. From the offices of Old Trafford They have been closely following the footballer for a long time and although there have been approaches, nothing has ever materialized. The player, who renewed in the summer of 2017, agreed with Atlético de Madrid a termination clause of 150 million euros. 8 In any case, Saúl is not the only objective of the red devils, who have the player of the Birmingham, Jude Bellingham (to which they would yield after hiring him once he turns 18 in June), to the Dutch of Ajax, Donny van de Beek (closely related to the Real Madrid) and of course, to the great promise of England, Jadon Sancho (to the Borussia Dortmund offers will rain down on him.)Saúl has not stated at any time that he wants to leave and he is an important part of Diego Pablo Simeone’s team. So far this year, he has scored four goals in 37 games and has a long-term contract until 2026, so it will not be easy to get him out of the Spanish capital, much less if he wants to combine his transfer with that of Jadon Sancho. Meanwhile, the footballer is focused on his club, of which he said that they have not yet been told anything one hundred percent about a ERTE, and in the fight against the coronavirus, joining the initiative ‘We will go out together’. The idea of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to join Saul with Bruno Fernandes to get rid of Paul Pogba once and for all, obtaining good money in exchange for the French it would be worth to cover a large part of the clause of the Spanish it represents Jonathan Barnett. Premier League* Data updated as of March 30, 2020last_img read more

Busmen widen PFL lead to12 points

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Ceres has 35 points, 12 ahead of Davao and Kaya.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Capadocia dreaming of Asiad stint The Busmen were already ahead, 3-1, at halftime when OJ Porteria was sent off along with JPV coach Dan Padernal.“It’s not easy playing one player less,” said Vidakovic. “I don’t know how long we can do that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOver at Rizal Memorial Stadium, the Davao Aguilas ended a frustrating run of losses to Kaya-Iloilo with a 3-1 victory, while Stallion Laguna firmed up its hold of fourth spot after a 4-0 spanking of Global Cebu in Biñan.Robert Lopez Mendy scored on his return to action for Kaya, but goals from Sung Min Kim, Tyler Matas and Phil Younghusband ensured his strike was a mere consolation. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ceres-Negros opened up a 12-point lead at the top of the Philippines Football League (PFL) standings after an emphatic 4-1 victory over JPV Marikina on Wednesday night at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.A brace from Stephan Schrock and a goal each from Mike Ott and Patrick Reichelt secured maximum points for coach Risto Vidakovic’s side, which continued to impress even without its top defenders and top scorer sidelined by injuries.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees View commentslast_img read more

Lucas Matthysse: welterweight champion, knockout artist

first_imgREAD: ‘I will die (defending my title) if I have to,’ says MatthysseMatthysse now faces Manny Pacquiao in the biggest fight of his life on Sunday at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.It will also be his first fight in Asia after most of his bouts were staged in Argentina and the US.Known to be a knockout artist, Matthysse poses a legitimate threat to Pacquiao with 36 of his 39 wins coming by KOs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Folayang, Pacio, Catalan added to ONE Manila card LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West The fight with Postol in 2015 ended late in the 10th round when Matthysse went down after taking a right hook in the face and never attempted to get back on his feet.VISIT: Pacquiao Files | InquirerMatthysse apparently sustained a broken left orbital bone during the fight that forced him out for 19 months.He made a triumphant return in 2017 after stopping Emmanuel Taylor in the fifth round then, followed it up with an eighth-round knockout victory over Tewa Kiram of Thailand to capture his first world title.ADVERTISEMENT Matthysse (39-40-0 36 KOs) turned pro in 2004 and had an impressive US debut in Las Vegas three years later when he knocked out Ramon Duran of Dominican Republic in the first round.READ: Matthysse ‘100 percent confident’ he will beat PacquiaoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’He went 27-0 before tasting his first defeat at the hands of two-division champion Zab Judah by split decision in 2010.Matthysse also lost to Devon Alexander, Danny Garcia and Viktor Postol, who are all former world champions. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse listens to questions from the media during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Matthysse and Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao were scheduled to fight on July 15, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)Many Filipinos had only known about Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse when it was announced that he was picked to be the next opponent of Manny Pacquiao.In the boxing world, however, Matthysse is the WBA welterweight champion and he’s no pushover.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

Ferrari shows good pace, reliability in 1st week of F1 tests

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 Testing will continue Tuesday-Friday at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, home to the Spanish Grand Prix in May.The season-opening Australian Grand Prix is on March 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Although teams often avoid showing their full potential in testing, Mercedes has usually fared better at this point in previous seasons.“They do seem very strong, no matter which kind of fuel load or engine mode they’re running,” Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said of Ferrari. “Whatever you try to correct that for, in any case, they are quick, on short runs and long runs. I think we feel, at this point, that they’re going to be a bit ahead, but obviously it’s impossible to make a detailed calculation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRenault’s Nico Hulkenberg set the fastest time of the week on Thursday with a time of 1 minute, 17.393 seconds at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon. Hulkenberg teammate Daniel Ricciardo was third, ahead of Bottas and his Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton. Charles Leclerc, who led the timesheets on Tuesday, ended sixth with Ferrari on a slower tire compound.Hamilton and Bottas totaled only 115 laps with both cars on Thursday, while Leclerc ran 138 with his Ferrari. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly of France steers his car during a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Feb.21, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)MONTMELO, Spain—The first week of Formula testing ended with Ferrari looking to be a step ahead of Mercedes.Ferrari showed good pace and reliability throughout the first four days of testing in Spain, while Mercedes didn’t look up to full speed.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying “I think there is a lot of potential, but it’s not yet quite there,” Bottas said. “But I feel a sense in the team of a bit of an excitement to discover more about the car and to improve it, because at this point, it looks like we are not miles ahead of everyone. It seems like . Ferrari are in a better place.”Hamilton on Wednesday predicted a stronger challenge from Ferrari this year. The five-time world champion beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel the last two seasons in the drivers’ championship. Mercedes has won the constructors’ title for five straight years.Hamilton and Bottas had faster overall times than Vettel and Leclerc, although their laps came on faster tires. Mercedes also ran 12 more laps than Ferrari during the four days of testing.Vettel was the fastest driver on Monday.McLaren had a promising first week, being able to run more laps than in both test sessions combined last year. Williams, which started testing later than the other teams because of delays with its 2019 car, ran only 88 laps in total, the fewest among all teams. Alfa Romeo, formerly known as Sauber, had a promising week, racking up a high lap count and setting fast times.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Mixed martial arts star Georges St-Pierre retires at 37 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Dr Norton reiterates call for national unity as Harmony Village opens

first_imgBy Jemima HolmesThe Main Street Avenue on Thursday was engulfed in an explosion of culture and colour as the Social Cohesion Department hosted its second annual Harmony Village which saw Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton calling for national unity and reconciliation.The Village gives businesses and other entities a platform to showcase their work and how it contributes to Guyanese livelihood and the betterment of citizens. In attendance were Government Ministries, Non-Governmental Organisations, rightsSocial Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton wears a smile as he leads the cultural paradecommissions, private businesses, craftsmen and a new addition, the sporting fraternity.Under the theme “Building partnerships, promoting community and national cohesion”, the one-day event aims to be a celebration of Guyana’s diversity and as such, unity of all Guyanese was the common message put forward by the speakers at the event.Social Cohesion Programme Coordinator Sharon Patterson shared the vision of the event, “The vision for a cohesive Guyana is one where our diversities or differences are embraced, where our conflicts are resolved, where networks and collaborating with stakeholders are strengthened, where equity is promoted and decision-making processes result in equal opportunities for all.” She disclosed that owing to the success of last year’s Village, the number of participating organisations more than doubled in 2018 from 46 to 103.While delivering the feature address, Minister Norton focused on the cultural melting pot that is Guyana. “I do formally believe that unity does not necessarily need uniformity. Unity is all about variety,” he said.The Minister encouraged all Guyanese to be conscious of our individuality and toSeveral children representing Guyana’s six ethnicities inside the Harmony Villageembrace each other regardless of our differences. “For us to be truly united as a people, we must first be cognisant and fully comfortable and aware of who we are as individuals. The key to us embracing diversity and promoting tolerance is to be proud of ourselves, our culture, to be proud of our traditions, ethnicities, religions and all things that make us who we are as individuals,” he declared.The ecstatic Minister later joined the performers of the cultural programme, as they paraded down Main Street Avenue, showcasing Guyana’s plethora of cultural traditions, clothing, songs, and dances.Decked out in their cultural wear, patrons traversed the avenue to get a glimpse of what the various entities had on display. Aside from the ethnic dishes and clothing that were exhibited, there were a number of religious organisations, Government Ministries and Non-Governmental Organisations who all took the opportunity to focus on eradicating social ills such as domestic abuse, gender-based violence and crime. Harmony Village is slated to become an annual event.last_img read more

P/Nagar residents call on GPL to remove broken pole, live wires

first_imgResidents of Premnaranjan Place, Prashad Nagar, Georgetown, are calling on the Guyana Power and Light to remove a broken electricity pole from the street.Residents said the broken pole has been leaning onto the road with live wires exposed for more than a month now and several reports were made to the power company to no avail.The low-hanging wires which is the result of the broken poleResidents reached out to Guyana Times to reiterate calls to the company to have the pole removed. A resident, who gave her name only as Sherry, told this publication that a month ago she made the first report to GPL when the pole started to lean. She noted that the report was taken and she was given a reference number. The woman added that after no inspection crew came to investigate, she called to inquire a few weeks later and was told that the report is with the maintenance crew. “This situation here is very dangerous. And it has been like this for several weeks now. Right now, the bottom of the pole is splitting and it’s too dangerous. All of the live wires are exposed and dragging on people’s fences,” the woman said.Further, she explained that other neighbours have also been making reports to GPL to no avail. Another resident, Donna Fredericks, also shared her concerns with this publication. Fredericks said that the wires have been hanging very low and trucks are unable to pass and as a result, they have to divert from the pole and drive onto the parapet, resulting in damages.The electrical wires hanging on residents’ fences as a result of the broken poleShe described the situation as uncomfortable and called on the responsible Minister and those in authority to instruct the power company to do its job.“I don’t know for how long more we have to endure this situation. It’s very dangerous and I’ve come to realise that things aren’t taken seriously here until it gets ugly. Maybe if someone dies then they would come here to investigate. These wires on this pole are live because these are the very wires that are giving us electricity. The pictures are there, people can see for themselves exactly what’s going on. In addition to this, look at the condition of the road…a huge break in the parapet where high vehicles are now driving…look at the condition of this place, it’s ridiculous,” she argued.Another resident, Daphne Mentore, also of Premnaranjan Place, told this publication that she too is worried about her and her children’s safety. Mentore said the wires are hanging on their fences and it is not safe for children who would often be playing in their yards. She said the pole is evidently rotted and cautioned that if the power company does not intervene soon, it can fall creating harm to those living in the area or passersby. “I really hope GPL come and do what they are supposed to, to have this pole removed. It’s been leaning here for too long and the situation is unsafe for us here. It can fall at any time and these exposed wires are also very dangerous. Especially with the heavy rains. We are pleading with them to do something,” she said.last_img read more

Huskies begin year with big win

first_imgGullickson made 33 saves in the win, the majority of which came short-handed, as the Huskies took ten penalties throughout the game, with Gullickson being the team’s best penalty killer.The Huskies successfully killed all ten penalties during Friday’s game.Following the game, Huskies head coach Gary Alexander talked about his goaltenders performance, saying he was impressed with his play from beginning to end, especially with regards to how aggressive he played and how well he was actively getting into Sexsmith’s shooting lanes.   Despite the score, Vipers’ Head Coach Neil Magill wasn’t too down on his team, saying for the most part he felt they matched the Huskies in scoring chances. He discussed how the Vipers needed to be smarter in managing the puck and have to be better with regards to turnovers.Magill said he feels the Vipers’ top line can match that of the Huskies starting line, who he gave praise to as an extremely talented group of players.  Advertisement When asked about how he feels on the ice, Calliou responded with a big smile on his face, “I’m just loving hockey right now.”Calliou finished the game with three goals and one assist for a four point performance.Huskies head coach Gary Alexander also talked about the play of Calliou, saying, “he has lots of a skill and energy, and when he focuses that energy in the right places, he can be an extremely potent player.”Despite the lop-sided score, the scoreboard was not indicative of the play of the SexsmithVipers, who played a strong game, but ran into a hot goaltender. Huskies Goalie Ty Gullickson played exceptionally well for his team and the home crowd.  Advertisement The game began with Huskies Head Coach Gary Alexander starting his newly developed and extremely talented top line of Huskies’ Captain Cody Hildebrand, the team’s leading scorer Robbie Sidhu and recent addition to the roster, Shawn Holliday. The line, proving to be very productive for the Huskies, immediately went to work and on their second shift of the game, scored the game’s opening goal.At the 5:21 marker of the first, Sidhu worked the puck low in the offensive zone, finding Holiday at the top of the slot, who made a nice pass to Hildebrand back door for the one-timer goal.  The line would strike again before the conclusion of the first period, as another beautiful tic-tac-toe play between the three would result in a Holliday one-timer for the 2-0 lead.- Advertisement -The Huskies offense would take over for the second and third periods, scoring six more goals on Vipers’ goalie Brayden Glinnum, three of which were scored by Huskies forward Cole Calliou.Calliou, who is playing at the top of his game, produced half of the Huskies offense in the final two frames, doing so in a variety of situations. The speedy forward, who was all over the ice Friday night, scored at regular strength, on the power play and capped off the hat-trick with a beautiful short handed breakaway, where he pulled the puck to his backhand and roofed it over the glove of Glinnum.Following the game, Calliou talked about his mind frame as of late and how it has helped him be a better player on the ice. He talked about how coming off a six game suspension at the beginning of the season really helped him put things into perspective. He discussed how before talking to the coaching staff, he was doing all the wrong things on the ice. He attributes his recent success to the Huskies coaches, who have helped him focus his energy on scoring, rather than activities that lead to a seat in the penalty box.Advertisementcenter_img The Huskies will continue their busy weekend on the road, as Saturday they will travel to Whitecourt to play the Wolverines, then Sunday, they will wrap up their three game weekend in Peace River to take on the NWJHL leading Navigators.For a full list of Friday night’s statistics, visit the NWJHL’s official website.last_img read more

Dreher concludes tournament in Syracuse, New York

first_imgDreher had a solid start to her round with pars on four of the first five holes. She would go on to bogey the sixth, however rebounded shortly after with a birdie stroke on the seventh. Pars would follow on holes eight and nine to sit at one over for the front nine.The back nine was steady for Dreher as well. She did have a significant stumble on the 18th with a triple bogey, however she was able to manage pars throughout the first eight holes of the stretch.In two weeks time, Dreher will next be in action at the IOA Golf Classic in Palm Harbor, Florida.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Cranston and Team Canada finish FIVB World Grand Prix on high note

first_imgThe team played their first game on Friday against Cuba. Cuba took the win in three games, 27-25, 25-18, and 25-22. Cranston made her way onto the court as a sub in the second game and started the third game. She registered six points in the loss which was third highest on the team.In their second game Team Canada played Argentina. They were unable to repeat their success against Argentina in the weekend prior as Argentina took the rematch 3-1, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21, and 25-16. Cranston made appearances as a sub in the first, third, and fourth games as a sub and collected two points during her time of the court.In their final game of the event the team took on Peru. The last time the teams met Peru took the win 3-1, however this time around Canada won 3-0, 25-21, 25-20, and 25-22.- Advertisement –last_img read more