“It will be a nice challenge trying to get back into the top three in the league and subsequently have the chance to play in the Champions League next year. Then, why not try and win something already this year? I’m expecting good things from this season.” Much was expected of Torres when he arrived at Chelsea from Liverpool in January 2011 for what was a British record fee, but he fell well short of living up to his £50million price tag. He now appears to have played his last match for the Blues, and has set his sights on being with Milan for “many years”. “I thank the fans for the welcome,” he said. “Through the social network sites and my official website I’ve seen that they are as happy as I am. I am sure that it will all go well. “I can promise that I will give 100 per cent and that with their help this experience will be fantastic and for many years, I hope.” Inzaghi, speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s Serie A opener against Lazio, backed Torres to help the Rossoneri get back to the top, should the deal go through as expected. “It isn’t yet official for Torres,” the Milan head coach said. “If he joins it is because everybody thinks he can be a useful player. “He is always the first to arrive to training and very professional. We are rebuilding and we are on the right path. One step at a time, we will get back to the top.” Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho spoke glowingly of Torres on Friday, before news emerged of his imminent exit, and Inzaghi too has been impressed by what he knows of the Spaniard so far. “I spoke to Mourinho to find out about what kind of man Torres is,” Inzaghi said. “He is a player that has scored lots of goals and you don’t forget this all of a sudden. “He has the right attributes from a human point of view and that is good.” Inzaghi preferred to concentrate on Lazio’s visit to the San Siro than speculate as to any further acquisitions he may be looking to make before Monday night’s transfer deadline. “Apart from Torres, I don’t think it is right to speak about the transfer market,” he said. “I want to focus on the match. We want to do really well. “My only thought is on this debut which I really care about, in our stadium and with our people. We want to win back the fans.” Torres told the Milan Channel he could not wait to get started working under coach Filippo Inzaghi after a frustrating and underwhelming three and a half years at Stamford Bridge. “I’m really happy to have arrived in Milan,” he said. “I can’t wait to do the medical, meet the fans and my new team-mates. “I cannot wait to start this new adventure. I spoke to the coach (on Friday) and I am really pleased to work with a coach like him. He was a great goalscorer and definitely understands what the role of a striker is. I am sure that he can teach me and help me a lot in this adventure.” Torres revealed he had nearly become a Milan player before leaving Atletico Madrid for Liverpool in 2007. “I was close to joining Milan when I was at Atletico Madrid, but we’re talking about many years ago,” he said. “A long time has since passed. I’ve now finally arrived at Milan. Playing for Milan isn’t easy. It’s an honour and a privilege to wear this shirt. I want to give my best and help the side have a great season.” The Rossoneri endured a dismal Serie A campaign last term, finishing eighth, 45 points behind champions Juventus, and missing out on European competition for the first time in 16 years. Head coach Inzaghi, who was promoted from the youth team at the end of last season following Clarence Seedorf’s dismissal, faces a challenging task to restore Milan’s pride, but Torres is relishing the prospect. “When you play for Milan, there are always big expectations,” he said. “After a difficult season, all the players and the fans want to get back into the Champions League and fight for trophies. Press Association Fernando Torres spoke of his excitement at the new chapter in his career after arriving in Milan to finalise his move from Chelsea. The Blues and AC Milan announced the agreement of a two-year loan deal on Friday evening, taking the 30-year-old to the expiration of his Chelsea contract in 2016. The Rossoneri confirmed on Twitter on Saturday that Torres had landed at Milan’s Linate Airport, where he was greeted by 200 fans, and posted a picture of the player holding an AC Milan scarf before announcing he was at the Madonnina Clinic undergoing his medical.
City fans organisation 1894 Group have been vocal in their criticism of such bans and unfurled a banner at the Etihad Stadium last week which read, ‘Closing grounds punishes innocent fans’. A spokesman for 1894 Group said: “City fans are penalised once again – however it could have been any innocent set of fans penalised here. “UEFA has had its head in the sand for years dealing with racism at European stadiums. Banning innocent fans is not the answer. “In the 70s and 80s in England we didn’t shut whole stadiums down. We targeted the minority and removed them. “By closing down a whole stadium the trouble-causers feel they have achieved something. It actually gives them publicity. “What UEFA is doing does not solve the problem. They (UEFA officials) need to come out of their bubble and start talking to fans groups.” City fans have no great love for UEFA, as shown by their regular booing of the Champions League anthem prior to home games. There are numerous reasons for the protests, including the Financial Fair Play penalties imposed on City, but most of the ill-feeling stems from the game in Moscow in October last year. A number of supporters had already made travel, visa and accommodation arrangements when CSKA were punished and they felt they were unfairly treated. Their frustration was exacerbated when it appeared around 650 CSKA fans attended the game having acquired tickets from sponsors’ allocations. Kevin Parker, general secretary of the Manchester City Supporters Club, said: “If UEFA sticks to its rules that it is going to be played behind closed doors and nobody is going to be in the stadium, that should become an advantage to City. “However, we City fans have previous with UEFA, when we played CSKA Moscow in a game that was supposedly behind closed doors. Lo and behold there were quite a few CSKA fans in the stadium under this umbrella of UEFA guests. “City fans and the club, I am sure, will be watching this one with interest to make sure UEFA follows through its rules.” The attendance for Kiev’s match against Maccabi Tel Aviv last week, the first behind closed doors, was recorded at 475. The situation for City supporters this time is slightly different given that they know in advance no tickets will be made available. And Parker said: “I think a lot of City fans would have struggled to get to Kiev anyway. I think we already knew before the draw certain airlines wouldn’t want to be flying to Ukraine, so some of the companies that would have chartered flights for supporters might have struggled. “In terms of the draw itself it is not so bad. Dynamo Kiev will not be easy but we wanted to avoid Paris St Germain and, after that, of the teams we could have got, it was much of a muchness.” The match on February 24 will be the second of two the Ukrainian club have been ordered to play behind closed doors by European governing body UEFA for the misbehaviour of supporters. Offences included racist chanting during their group match against Chelsea on October 20. City supporters have been similarly prevented from watching their team before, after CSKA Moscow were hit with a stadium closure last season. Manchester City fans have expressed their frustration after learning they will not be able to attend the away leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Dynamo Kiev. Press Association
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThey heard the hype. They knew what they were in for. But in the end, they were simply overmatched.All week leading up to its showdown with Ohio State, the Wisconsin defense knew it would have its hands full with the Buckeyes’ backfield tandem of Chris “Beanie” Wells and Terrelle Pryor. And not coincidentally, it was this duo that scored both of Ohio State’s touchdowns Saturday night — one to start the game and one to end it — en route to a 20-17 comeback victory.It was Wells who got things started for the Buckeyes with a 33-yard touchdown scamper on the game’s opening drive.“He’s a big guy, a great player,” cornerback Allen Langford said of Wells. “He’s an All-Big Ten-type player. He’s a guy that we have to tackle well. He got some big plays, and that’s just the way it goes.”The junior finished with 168 yards on 22 carries and one score.“They blocked him well, and we didn’t react,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “He was able to get some yards on some bounce plays. There’s a play that sticks out in my mind on the near sideline when he was able to stiff arm Allen Langford and was able to get some runs on the edge.”Wells set the tone early for the Buckeyes, but Pryor, the 6-foot-6-inch, 227-pound true freshman, delivered the knockout punch, scurrying for an 11-yard touchdown run on an option left to retake a 20-17 lead with only 1:08 to play.“He’s elusive, he’s a big body,” Bielema said. “There were a couple times when we were just hanging on, or just barely on him and he was able to fight through some tackles, so he presents a challenge to get him down on any given play. It’s something that we did good some of the time, but ultimately in the end, on the last play, we weren’t good enough.”Pryor finished the game, however, with only 20 net rushing yards on 15 carries, as the Badgers were able to bring him down behind the line of scrimmage a total of four times.“He’s a great athlete. That’s something we’ve seen on film,” Langford said. “He’s able to break tackles and get outside, so we wanted to focus in on getting him down and containing him.”Discounting the Buckeyes’ first and final possessions, the Badger defense was fairly consistent in keeping the Wells-Pryor one-two punch under control. And the defensive lapses weren’t because they were surprised at what they faced, either.“They are real good players,” defensive end O’Brien Schofield said. “We expected them to be great runners, especially Pryor. He was able to do some things; we kept him contained for the most part, but his athleticism allowed him to score that touchdown.”“We knew Pryor and Beanie were going to get their yards,” middle linebacker Jaevery McFadden added. “It was all about limiting them and containing them, and I felt like we were doing that, then that last drive we just let it slip away.”With the game on the line, it was last year’s No. 1 high school recruit and OSU freshman making his first career start on the road who prevailed.“He was able to keep the ball in Ohio State’s hands and able to go down the field,” Bielema said. “Even after the negative yards on the [drive’s] first play, being able to execute that run, my hat goes off to him.”
One of the most controversial stories from the 2014 World Cup is set for the big screen treatment.In June, the Ghana team refused to train just days before their final group match against Portugal because of a row over appearance fees.Ghana’s government stepped in and sent more than $3m (£1.8m) in cash by plane to Brazil to pay the players.Bugeater Films, a United States film production company, is aiming to turn the story into a Hollywood hit.They have hired screenwriter Darryl Wharton-Rigby to pen the movie.Wharton-Rigby, a former staff writer for acclaimed US TV series Homicide: Life on the Street, is writing a thriller based on the incident. Darryl Wharton-Rigby, screenwriter”You can just see that scene playing out in your mind with someone like Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson as the guy having to save the day.””Football and the players needing the money is kind of the backdrop to the story,” Wharton-Rigby told the BBC World Service Sportshour programme.”But it’s really about the journey of the guy who actually is entrusted to deliver the money and what happens if he doesn’t get it there in time.”I actually want the guy who’s the hero of the story to be from Ghana. I think there should be a hero who is African telling the story.”The Ghana players, including Christian Atsu, who is on loan at Everton from Chelsea, AC Milan’s Michael Essien and Middlesbrough’s Albert Adomah, received the money ($100,000 each) the night before the game. It was recently revealed that many of them kept the cash in the dressing room during the Portugal match.Christian Atsu was among the Ghana players caught up in the appearance fee row”It’s very much truth stranger than fiction,” explained Wharton-Rigby.”I saw footage of the police cars taking the money on the highway and you can just see that scene playing out in your mind with someone like Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson as the guy having to save the day. You can see all kinds of mayhem happening on the highway.” “It’s 50-50 as to whether it will get made, we’re still at the early stages so we’re going to take it one step at a time. Hopefully we can write a great script and get someone who is attached to it. It’s a fascinating story and I think audiences internationally would really take to it.””I can see the poster now; lots of soccer balls, a stadium and a guy on the run.”
Freeze outThe Freeze — 26-year-old grounds crew worker and former college sprinter Nigel Talton — became an internet sensation when he donned bodysuit and visor to race fans around the outfield warning track during Atlanta Braves’ games at their new home, SunTrust Park, this season. Videos of The Freeze running down fans given a massive head start went viral and he was even invited to the All-Star Game in Miami.But The Freeze does not take on all challengers.When the Dodgers were in Atlanta earlier this week, Josh Fields — a Georgia native and one of three University of Georgia alums on the Dodgers (along with Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer) — had friends and family at the games. That included his wife, Brittney, and Fields said the Dodgers reached out to the Braves to let it be known that Brittney wanted to race The Freeze. Brittney Fields is no novice to competitive racing — she ran cross country at Samford University.But according to Josh Fields, they were told The Freeze does not race women — only randomly chosen male fans.“It would have been great,” Josh Fields said. “Everybody would have been on the top step of the dugout cheering her on.”AlsoWood threw his bullpen session Sunday, working on a slight mechanical adjustment with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt to recover some of the velocity that has drained away from his fastball recently. The session went well and Wood is on track to start Wednesday in Arizona.Catcher Yasmani Grandal got Sunday off after leaving Saturday’s game with back spasms. Roberts said he expects Grandal to start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK >> For someone who is supposed to be too big for the position he plays, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is certainly playing it very well.By Fangraphs’ measures, Seager ranks first among National League shortstops (and fourth in the majors) in defensive WAR and second behind Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (fifth in the majors) in UZR at the position this season. Both are improvements over his ranking as a rookie last season.“Corey is as in tune a young player as I’ve ever seen,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I say that in the sense of the positioning information which we get — which is elite — and him working with (infield coach) Chris Woodward very well. He’s in tune with the pitch sequences and knowing the coverages. There’s been many times when he’s called the right coverages that have kept balls in play in the infield and we’ve turned double plays because the right coverage was in place for the pitch coming up.“He’s moving really well. I thought last year there was some fatigue for whatever reason and he wasn’t moving as well in September. I think he looks fantastic. Again, he’s in tune and he’s performing at a high level.” The polite and accommodating Seager has always been irritated by suggestions that his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame was not suited for shortstop. And he doesn’t look at positioning and pregame study as ways to compensate for any deficiencies in range or quickness caused by his size.“I don’t look at it like that,” Seager said. “I look at it as, if I don’t do it, I’m letting somebody down. I’m letting JT (third baseman Justin Turner) down on where I am. I’m letting the pitcher down on how he’s trying to game plan and strategize. It’s more that way of thinking than my need to cover different areas. It’s that sort of way of thinking instead.”Having a year’s worth of on-field experience with opposing teams and hitters is “crucial,” he said, because studying video “doesn’t do as much justice on defense as it does offensively.” You have to see first hand how the ball comes off the bat of individual hitters, he said.As good as Seager has been defensively, he rarely appears on highlight shows making plays at shortstop. He’s fine with that.“It’s not always about the highlight plays,” he said. “It’s just like we’ve been preaching about grinding out (at-bats), grinding out pitches. It’s not the spectacular play that always wins you games. It’s making the routine ones that you need to make.”
Starting next year, college athletes in the state of Florida will be eligible for compensation in situations where their name, image, or likeness is being used.The announcement was made Friday afternoon by Governor Ron DeSantis at the University of Miami.The governor said that he “viewed it as something that was a matter of fairness,” when it came to allowing the athletes to be paid.“We’re not talking about, you get a scholarship to Florida State and Miami and the universities are gonna pay you to play. That’s not what we’re talking about,” DeSantis said. “But if you have a situation where you have some of the great athletes, particularly in sports like football and basketball, whose name, image, and likeness is being used to make millions and millions of dollars, and they don’t have the opportunity to get any of that, there’s something fundamentally unfair for that,” DeSantis said.“If EA Sports wants to do NCAA Football and they’re gonna have some of these guys who are great players, they’re gonna use their name, image, and likeness, then there can be some compensation for that,” DeSantis continued.The Florida Board of Governors are still hammering out the finer details of the bill but it is expected to go into affect by July 1st of 2021.
13 May 2013 Oh baby! Mum’s the champion England captain Emma Brown has just won the Yorkshire ladies’ championship for the third time – and the trophy proved a perfect fit for her baby son, Jack.“It’s very snug,” she laughed after the tot was photographed sitting in the silverware.Young Jack is almost six months old and Emma had few expectations when she teed up in the championship at Bradford Golf Club. “I was trying to win but I didn’t expect anything after the lay-off and having not practised as much as usual at the start of the season,” she said.But she has managed some practice, hitting balls at the range while Jack sat, quietly and warmly wrapped, at the back of the bay. Emma and husband Richard, an England Golf regional development officer, have also taken their son on the course: they’ve carried their clubs while taking turns to push his buggy around nine holes!Emma, (pictured right) from Malton & Norton, was second qualifier for the matchplay stages of the championship, behind Ellie Robinson (Headingley) and ahead of Claire Smith (Silsden). She went on to win the title, beating Huddersfield’s Megan Lockett 2/1 in a torrential downpour.Emma will captain England in the European ladies’ team championship at Fulford, York, from July 9-13. She’ll be taking on the captain’s role for the first time having had a stellar career, playing in three Curtis Cup, six European team championships and winning British, English, European, South African and Scottish championships.Other recent county championship results include:Emily Toy became the youngest-ever Cornwall ladies’ champion, winning the title at the age of 15. The Carlyon Bay player beat past winner Rachael Lloyd Phillips of Tehidy Park.The new Wiltshire champion is Jo Terry of Salisbury & South Wilts, who beat Ali Grandison of Chippenham in the final. Jo was the Dorset ladies’ champion in 2005.Dorset’s 2013 champion is Kyra Horlock of Broadstone, who was two-under par when she defeated last year’s winner, Sophie Keech of Lyme Regis.
Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. FILE – At left, in a Jan. 28, 2019, file photo, Duke’s RJ Barrett (5) dunks against Notre Dame during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in South Bend, Ind. At right, in a Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, Duke’s Zion Williamson (1) drives to the basket against Virginia during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Durham, N.C. Duke freshmen RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson are 1-2 in the league in scoring. They could end up that way for top ACC player, too. (AP Photo/File) The ballot was announced Saturday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.Voting by a national media panel takes place March 18-25, which includes the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Fans can vote online.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe top 10 vote-getters will be named to the Wooden Award All American team after the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. Five finalists will vie for the Wooden Award to be presented on April 12 in Los Angeles. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOS ANGELES — Duke teammates Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, along with Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimura, are among 15 players on the ballot for the John R. Wooden Award that goes to the nation’s outstanding college basketball player.The other contenders are Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech, Mike Daum of South Dakota State, Carsen Edwards of Purdue, Ethan Happ of Wisconsin, Markus Howard of Marquette, De’Andre Hunter of Virginia, Dedric Lawson of Kansas, Ja Morant of Murray State, PJ Washington of Kentucky, Grant Williams of Tennessee and Cassius Winston of Michigan State.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lakers’ Brandon Ingram out for season with deep venous thrombosis
An anti-Ebola volunteer of the Catholic Church, Dr. Tim Flanigan has expressed strong optimism that Liberia will soon overcome Ebola.Professor Flannigan, a specialist on Infectious Disease at the prestigious Brown University in Rhode Island, USA, who has worked in Liberia as a volunteer with the Catholic Church’s Ebola Response Team, made the assertion recently in Monrovia.He stated that he was personally touched by the commitment of the people of Liberia and their local and international partners in combating the Ebola virus disease (EVD), adding that the virus will soon be history.“Liberia went through the war, which was worst than Ebola. So I think you will defeat this disease. Liberians are poor and have few health workers but the country is very rich in faith, prayer, and desire to succeed against the outbreak,” he observed.Dr. Flanigan, who is also an ordained Deacon in the Church, arrived in Monrovia early September at the invitation of the Catholic Church. Since his arrival, he has been an asset in the fight against the disease, said Sr. Barbara Brillant FMM, Coordinator of the Catholic Church’s Ebola Response Program.“We are very happy to have Dr. Tim with us. He has been leading and conducting training and education sessions at Catholic health facilities, communities, parishes, schools, and other places like Buchanan. He has been an asset.”Dr. Tim played critical liaison role with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, CDC, visited Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) and related well with other organizations on behalf of the Catholic Church.During his tenure of volunteerism, the Catholic Ebola Response Team was involved in three main activities. The first was to split the awareness and sensitization intervention into three teams: Team One was for Health Centers and Clinics (including the Catholic Hospital and the TB and Leprosy Center in Ganta) and Team Two focused on Community Outreach (worked with youth groups to do Ebola prevention in communities and parishes) while Team Three coordinated and worked with school principals and teachers to prepare for school opening.The second activity focused on undertaking an assessment of Catholic Clinics in the Monrovia area as a prerequisite for reopening of the facilities: Star of the Sea Clinic, Bishop John Collins Clinic, Sr. Barbara Ann Health Center, Sr. Agnes Clinic as well as the St. Peter’s Claver in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The third activity entailed the provision of donated materials and PPE (personnel protective equipment) and Clorox and helping the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in organizing training for its reopening.Asked about his personal experiences in the fight against Ebola, Dr. Flanigan said: “With Ebola, sometimes patients and health workers feel abandoned because we try not to touch them. The health care workers did not have enough PPE, but are committed to helping the patients and be as safe as possible. We need to always stand by them”Dr. Flanigan, who departs Liberia early November for USA, said he was pleased to have volunteered with the Church and will always have fond memories of the people and country. He lauded the Catholic Church for inviting him and thanked Liberians for receiving and working with him well. He will be happy to come back if the opportunity affords him. He hoped that the new Doctor, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary Catholic Nun from Kenya, who has come to join the anti-Ebola crusade will receive similar support.The Catholic Church in Liberia in early September scaled up its fight against the Ebola Disease Virus (EVD) with the mobilization of increased human, medical and logistical resources to put a halt to the virus, protect the people, and ensure the smooth operations of Catholic health centers around the country. Dr. Tim Flanigan has been a formidable member of that effort.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Youth Better-Liberia (YOBEL), a non-profit youth organization, over the weekend held a one day elections dialogue in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The lead facilitator for the dialogue, Attorney Phil T. Dixon, said Liberian youths should develop common sense of direction that will help them while rendering services to the nation, other than promoting the selfish platforms of politicians.‘’Don’t let politics sway you as you follow the crafters of policies,” Atty. Dixon cautioned the youth.He called on young people across the country to put country first when they are deciding to elect their respective representatives and president during the 2017 elections.‘’Do not be influenced by conditions and needlessly hate your own brothers and sisters in the name of supporting the interest of any politician,’’ Dixon warned the youth.He spoke on the topic, ‘’Good Leadership.’’ Dixon further cautioned the young people to seek the right means to resolve conflict rather than becoming lawless and insignificant to the promotion and protection of peace.Earlier, YOBEL Executive Director, Z. Otis Kruah, said the objective of his organization is to direct the minds of young people towards the elevation of the nation through constructive engagements.‘’Let us disprove the generation that says we are only good for trouble-making and remember that we can together succeed to overcome some of the critical obstacles if we volunteer for the good of our nation and do away with hate towards each other,’’ Kruah said. YOBEL’s primary goals include advocacy for the rights of the young people; the protection and cleaning of the environment; supporting young people to acquire good life skills, as well as promoting peace and harmony among citizens and other nationals residing in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)