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Inter Milan appoint former Roma boss Luciano Spalletti as their new manager

first_imgFormer Roma boss Luciano Spalletti has accepted the challenge of restoring Inter Milan’s fortunes after agreeing a two-year contract as Nerazzurri head coach.The 58-year-old guided Roma to second place in Serie A with an impressive 87-point haul last season but off-field issues hastened his exit from the Stadio Olimpico last month.Inter, who finished a poor seventh in 2016-17, have chosen Spalletti to lead a renewed charge at the European places after a underwhelming campaign under Frank de Boer and then Stefano Pioli.A statement published on the Milan club’s official website on Friday afternoon said Certaldo-born tactician Spalletti would be unveiled on Wednesday before taking training for the first time on July 3.Former Spezia midfielder Spalletti made his name as a manager with Udinese over a decade ago before embarking on a successful first tenure at Roma, where he won the Coppa Italia twice.He departed the Eternal City for Zenit St Petersburg in December 2009 and won three major Russian titles before his sacking a little over three years ago.In January 2016 he succeeded Rudi Garcia at Roma and turned the team around to clinch third place.By getting the best out of the likes of Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko, winger Mohamed Salah and Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman, the Giallorossi ran eventual champions Juventus close throughout 2016-17 and only surrendered their hopes of winning the Scudetto in the penultimate match.It was, however, his relationship with another player, 40-year-old striker Francesco Totti, that precipitated his second departure from Roma, with the veteran regularly left on the bench despite supporter calls for him to play a bigger role in his final season for the club.Totti’s last game – a 3-2 victory over Genoa – was marked by a negative reception for Spalletti and two days later he was out of work.The most experienced Serie A coach still operating in the division must now fulfil the lofty demands of Inter owners Suning Holdings, the Chinese company which bought the club last summer.The owners dismissed Roberto Mancini before the season started and former Ajax boss De Boer fared no better, with well-travelled Italian coach Pioli briefly stabilising the side before another slide.City rivals AC Milan – also under Chinese ownership – have already made progress in the transfer market by recruiting Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio and Franck Kessie and Spalletti will hope to attract players who might deliver a return to the Champions League for the 2010 treble winners. 1last_img read more

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WETTY, STEADY, GO – GET READY FOR FOURTH MULROY BAY SWIM!

first_imgThe 4th annual sponsored swim across Mulroy Bay will take place on Saturday 3rd August 2013. In just three years, a fantastic €20,000 has been raised by the event and this year all proceeds are once again in aid of the very worthy RNLI and also the Cranford Community Centre Playground Fund. As the date draws closer, it is uplifting to see young and old, novice and experienced swimmers alike out training on the picturesque Mulroy Bay.Whether you are trying to improve on your previous time or preparing for the challenge for the first time, swimming 900 metres across Mulroy Bay is no small achievement and the personal reward of completing the event is immense.As with last year, there is a longer 1400 metre swim. This is designed to give the competitive swimmer a greater challenge. This 1400 metre swim starts at the pier at Woodquarter, across the bay and back again. The original 900 metre Madge Carr Mulroy Bay Swim still entices the most swimmers and there is still time to get your entry in!It’s great to see a local event being continued year after year and raising valuable money for really important and worthy causes, such as the RNLI. The community of Cranford have proved their love for sporting events throughout the years and have recently added the Mulroy Bay Adventure Race to their annual calendar. This is in addition to the long standing JG Memorial event, Cranford Sports Day, 5km Races and other Athletic and Football Club competitions throughout the year.There has been lots of interest to date and it is advisable to get your entry in on time. You can enter directly online by filling out this online form: www.mulroyswim2013.wufoo.com/forms/z7x3p3/or go onto our Facebook page and find the link or call 0861902506. www.facebook.com/mulroyswimClosing date for registration is Wednesday 31st July 2013.There will be entertainment at the pier, followed by a BBQ and entertainment in Logue’s of Cranford. The after party has also become famous for the great celebrations! WETTY, STEADY, GO – GET READY FOR FOURTH MULROY BAY SWIM! was last modified: July 8th, 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:Mulroy Bay Swimlast_img read more

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Models of success

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cleveland High School and Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies were among 10 schools in the state that the independent National Center for Educational Accountability pointed to this week as models of teaching poor and immigrant children. The center recognized that the two schools are “beating the odds” by boosting academic achievement in math and English in demographics that traditionally score low. Working under the monolithic bureaucracy of the Los Angeles Unified School District, that can’t be easy. We salute these two schools for rising above the norm to expect – and receive – excellence from their students.last_img read more

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Planetary Radiometric Dates 1/3 Younger

first_imgThe half-lives of radioactive isotopes may not be as well-known as thought.  One decay rate frequently used to date solar system objects had to be adjusted down to 66% of its former assumed value, impacting theories of planet formation.PhysOrg headlined, “‘Faster-Ticking Clock’ Indicates Early Solar System May Have Evolved Faster Than We Think.”  The old decay rate for samarium-146 (146Sm) was re-evaluated by a team from Argonne National Laboratory, Hebrew University, two Japanese universities and the University of Notre Dame.  The old value of 103 million years for its half-life was recalculated at 68 million years, two-thirds of its previously measured value.146Sm has become the main tool for establishing the time evolution of the solar system over its first few hundred million years. This by itself owes to a delicate geochemical property of the element samarium, a rare element in nature. It is a sensitive probe for the separation, or differentiation, of the silicate portion of earth and of other planetary bodies.The smaller value, “previously adopted as 103 million years, to a much shorter value of 68 million years,” the article continued.  It “has the effect of shrinking the assessed chronology of events in the early solar system and in planetary differentiation into a shorter time span,” the article said.  The story was reported a month ago by Science Daily.The article put a positive spin on this adjustment, saying, “The new time scale, interestingly, is now consistent with a recent and precise dating made on a lunar rock and is in better agreement with the dating obtained with other chronometers.”  It seems they could just as well have said that the other chronometers are now cast into doubt by the adjustment of 146Sm, which was also considered a precise chronometer till now.In any case, it is disturbing that a physical value that is “out there in the world” could be found to be so far off by human measurement.  How many published papers are affected by this change?  Papers often quote radiometric dates to 4 or more significant figures.  Theorists rely on these values.  If values are not discovered but “adopted,” is it possible there was motivation by theorists to “adopt” a different value to create consistency with other chronometers?  Does the new value make the “assessed chronology of events in the early system” more or less plausible?  What will be the ripple effect from here on for a chronometer that ticks 33% faster than previously thought?  Who will go back and correct theories based on the previous value?  These are questions the press releases never ask. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Banyana captain ‘excited’ to work under new coach

first_img20 March 2014Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk is optimistic about the team’s future under new coach Vera Pauw, who was appointed to the post last week.The 51-year-old Pauw worked as the Technical Director of the Russian Football Union and was the country’s interim coach in 2011. Before that, she was Netherlands’ Technical Director and women’s national team coach from 2004 to 2010, and led the country to a bronze medal in the European Championships in Finland in 2009.Between 1998 and 2004, Pauw was the Technical Director for the national women’s football team in Scotland.‘Excited’Speaking ahead of a training camp at the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre on Wednesday, Van Wyk said: “I’m excited to be reporting for camp and looking forward to the next five days with a new coach and some new faces in the squad.“We’ve been given a new coach who is highly experienced. We obviously expect new changes, a new style of play and this is a challenge we should look forward to as a team.“Our goal is to work hard towards impressing her as she looks to finalise the squad for the qualifiers and eventually the African Women’s Championship tournament. I know she’s seen me play in the past, but I can’t rely on my past experience as we know no place is guaranteed in the national team. We all need to work hard for a spot in the team.”‘Ambitious project’When her appointment was announced, Pauw commented: “I am excited to become part of this ambitious project in which we can develop our girls into international stars.“Safa is aiming high with women’s football. President (Danny) Jordaan has expressed this in his New Year message because women’s football is the fastest growing sport in the world. There are plenty of opportunities in which we can use football to enhance the future of women in general,” said Pauw.“South Africa has massive potential in development structures and I am looking forward to this new challenge of taking Banyana Banyana to the next level,” she added.Forthcoming matchesBanyana Banyana next face Namibia on 26 March before taking on the Comoros in the first leg of the final round of qualifiers for the African Women’s Championship on 23 May. The second leg takes place on 6 June.At the last African Women’s Championship, held in Equatorial Guinea in 2012, South Africa finished as runners-up to the hosts after defeating their long-time nemesis, Nigeria, in the semi-finals.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Rallies, campaigns echo in Darjeeling

first_imgSupporters of the separatist Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) group shout slogans while burning an effigy of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during an indefinite strike called in Darjeeling on June 19, 2017. Hundreds of protesters on June 18 paraded with coffins containing the bodies of two men they claimed were killed in clashes with Indian security forces in Darjeeling, as the hill resort reels from separatist unrest. Violence erupts in the Darjeeling hills A tourist looks on as security personnel stop the supporters of the GJM during a protest amid a general strike in Darjeeling.Thousands of tourists fled the Indian hill resort of Darjeeling on June 12 after local activists demanding the creation of a new state warned that a general strike could degenerate into violence. Hundreds of troops and riot police patrolled the streets of the famed tea-producing resort in eastern India as panicked tourists packed their bags. A soldier patrols next to a burned out vehicle after clashes with supporters of the separatist GJM in Darjeeling.A man has been killed and dozens of police personnel injured in clashes between Indian security forces and protesters. The roads wear a deserted look as the GJM called for an indefinite total bandh in Darjeeling. Students, returning home after the closure of schools, walk past shuttered shops during a general strike called by the GJM. The imposition of Bengali in schools had sparked the protests for a separate state. The roads wear a deserted look as the GJM called for an indefinite total bandh in Darjeeling. Members of the Indian Muslim community take part in a rally in support of a separate state of Gorkhaland in Darjeeling on June 18, 2017. A child rides her tricycle as paramilitary personnel stand guard during an indefinite strike in Darjeeling on June 16, 2017. A soldier patrols next to a burned out vehicle after clashes with supporters of the separatist GJM in Darjeeling.A man has been killed and dozens of police personnel injured in clashes between Indian security forces and protesters. Students, returning home after the closure of schools, walk past shuttered shops during a general strike called by the GJM. The imposition of Bengali in schools had sparked the protests for a separate state. There are about a few thousand students in reputed boarding schools of Darjeeling whose summer vacations start on Friday. Authorities of schools such as St. Joseph’s School, North Point, and Mount Hermon School, which have hundreds of students from foreign countries on their rolls, had expressed concern over how they would go home.Parties to skip meetIn a fresh jolt to the West Bengal government, the Congress and the CPI(M)-led Left Front have decided not to attend the meeting called in Siliguri on Thursday to discuss the Darjeeling situation. On Tuesday, a meeting of 14 political parties and social organisations decided not to participate in the meeting. In the absence of those parties, the meeting has no meaning, Asok Bhattacharya, CPI(M) MLA, said. A tourist looks on as security personnel stop the supporters of the GJM during a protest amid a general strike in Darjeeling.Thousands of tourists fled the Indian hill resort of Darjeeling on June 12 after local activists demanding the creation of a new state warned that a general strike could degenerate into violence. Hundreds of troops and riot police patrolled the streets of the famed tea-producing resort in eastern India as panicked tourists packed their bags. A child rides her tricycle as paramilitary personnel stand guard during an indefinite strike in Darjeeling on June 16, 2017. Supporters of the separatist Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) group shout slogans while burning an effigy of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during an indefinite strike called in Darjeeling on June 19, 2017. Hundreds of protesters on June 18 paraded with coffins containing the bodies of two men they claimed were killed in clashes with Indian security forces in Darjeeling, as the hill resort reels from separatist unrest. With no breakthrough in sight in the Darjeeling impasse, the situation in the hills remained on tenterhooks on Wednesday as the indefinite shutdown entered the seventh day.There was a near-total shutdown, and only essential services such as medical shops and hospitals remained open. Vehicles did not ply on the streets in Darjeeling. Nari Morcha, the women’s wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, organised a number of rallies across the town. While there were bike rallies by GJM supporters in various parts of the hills, pro-Gorkhaland supporters started a new poster campaign. According to sources, Internet services are likely to remain shut for the next few days..Meanwhile, the GJM late on Wednesday announced a 12-hour relaxation in the shutdown from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 23 to help students staying in hostels leave.There are about a few thousand students in reputed boarding schools of Darjeeling whose summer vacations start on Friday. Authorities of schools such as St. Joseph’s School, North Point, and Mount Hermon School, which have hundreds of students from foreign countries on their rolls, had expressed concern over how they would go home.  With no breakthrough in sight in the Darjeeling impasse, the situation in the hills remained on tenterhooks on Wednesday as the indefinite shutdown entered the seventh day.There was a near-total shutdown, and only essential services such as medical shops and hospitals remained open. Vehicles did not ply on the streets in Darjeeling. Nari Morcha, the women’s wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, organised a number of rallies across the town. While there were bike rallies by GJM supporters in various parts of the hills, pro-Gorkhaland supporters started a new poster campaign. According to sources, Internet services are likely to remain shut for the next few days..Meanwhile, the GJM late on Wednesday announced a 12-hour relaxation in the shutdown from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 23 to help students staying in hostels leave. A tourist looks on as security personnel stop the supporters of the GJM during a protest amid a general strike in Darjeeling.Thousands of tourists fled the Indian hill resort of Darjeeling on June 12 after local activists demanding the creation of a new state warned that a general strike could degenerate into violence. Hundreds of troops and riot police patrolled the streets of the famed tea-producing resort in eastern India as panicked tourists packed their bags. Members of the Indian Muslim community take part in a rally in support of a separate state of Gorkhaland in Darjeeling on June 18, 2017.last_img read more

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Keys to Victory: Lyceum-San Beda Finals series

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:23NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Beda Red Lions01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Standhardinger on his one-handed freethrows: ‘I’m not very conventional’ The Red Lions have shown that they won’t hesitate cashing in on those charities, as they are the league’ssecond-best free throw shooting team with their 70.6-percent clip.Those charities were also the biggest difference maker in San Beda’s semifinals clash against San Sebastian, and almost won them the game in their second round clash against Lyceum.For the Pirates to finish what they started, they have to make the right adjustments while maintaining the intensity of their dizzying defense. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truth be told, this is a post-season of firsts for Lyceum — first NCAA playoff appearance and first Finals appearance.Another first for the Pirates will be playing in big venues, and with the best-of-three Finals all scheduled at Smart Araneta Coliseum, their mettle will surely be tested under the brightest of lights and with crowds expected to swell to the rafters.Lyceum’s games have been a crowd-drawer all year long, with the biggest trove of fans coming in that final eliminations assignment against San Beda, a 107-105 double overtime classic which felt like a championship game.But playing in the historic Big Dome is a beast of its own, and Robinson has subjected his Pirates to soak in the atmosphere, bringing the team to UAAP games during their extended break.That’s a factor which could really come in handy for the Red Lions, as they are no strangers to being in venues of this magnitude, playing season openers and this time, their 12th straight Finals appearance.Cashing inIt’s not often that an opposing team gets the better of coach Boyet Fernandez.And with San Beda yet to topple the mighty Lyceum crew, the multi-titled mentor sure is motivating his crew to prove the doubters wrong.But for the Red Lions to do just that, they have to catch fire from downtown and make the most of their outside shooting prowess.San Beda has been ahead of everyone this season in utilizing the three-ball, shooting a league-best 35.3-percent, with Clint Doliguez, AC Soberano, and main man Robert Bolick all figuring in the league’s top 10. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The one man who could help the Red Lions go over the hump will be Davon Potts, who was used sparingly through the course of the eliminations but made his presence felt in the semifinals against the Golden Stags both on offense and defense.Pace or setIt’s no surprise that the immaculate Lyceum is at the top of majority of the statistical categories. Points, rebounds, assists, steals — you name it, the Pirates are the best.But what makes this Intramuros side dangerous is their frantic pace as the players have shown no let-ups when it comes to pushing the ball.Lyceum has thrived on the madness it enforces on its games, allowing it to take 7.1 steals which leads to 16.1 fastbreak points.On the other hand, San Beda makes the most of its deliberate sets as evidenced by it nabbing the league’s slowest pace.The question now is whose game will prevail once the ball gets tipped: the Pirates’ gung-ho attack or the Red Lions’ calculated approach?Let’s get physical?Lyceum’s relentlessness also bites it in the back whenever the referees call the games tight.And for San Beda, that might just be the opening it needs to finally puncture a hole on the Pirates’ ship. Lyceum and San Beda will finally have the chance to go at it again, this time with the NCAA Season 93 championship at stake.With their first two duels easily going down as the top games of the season, the clash between the Pirates and the Red Lions is no doubt going to be a must-see TV.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run SPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, both teams will be looking to expose even the slightest edge to tilt the title favor to theirrespective side.Here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this year’s NCAA Finals. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Read Next After five months of fun-filled and action-packed games, the best of the best remain.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sharper sawComing off a 19-day layoff, San Beda didn’t look like it missed a beat, escaping San Sebastian, 76-71 last Tuesday to win in the stepladder semis.That shifts the spotlight to Lyceum, which will be coming into Friday’s game from a 22-day break after last seeing action last October 19 to complete the unprecedented 18-game eliminations sweep.Coach Topex Robinson has tried his best to keep his wards sharp, but will the near-one month break affect the psyche of the Pirates going into the series against the Red Lions?Under pressureADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Champions League T20: Skipper Mahela Jayawardene praises Unmukt Chand

first_imgHaving praised Unmukt Chand for playing an important role in Delhi Daredevils ‘ victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in their opening CLT20 encounter at the Centurion on Saturday, skipper Mahela Jayawardene urged the youngster to improve further.”I saw him batting in the Under-19 World Cup final as well. It was a fantastic knock. When we came here and he was in squad I always wanted to try and back him and give him the opportunity. But I wasn’t sure where he is going to fit in that batting line-up exactly.”I think he is a very mature young cricketer who understands the game well. These were tough conditions but I think he handled them very well. Hopefully he can improve further,” Jayawardene said. Jayawardene feels that while the Daredevils batsmen failed to convert, the bowlers did well. “None of our top guys went on to make big runs. We failed to convert our starts. That one big over (from Lakshmipathy Balaji) probably gave us the momentum and when we came out to bowl, the bowlers showed a lot of purpose.”The guys not only swung the ball, but also hit the deck. They continuously asked questions and handled the situation and conditions brilliantly. The wicket was a bit up and down,” he said.Commenting on Kevin Pietersen, Jayawardene said: “He has been very keen even during training and looked hungry. We just wanted him to go out and enjoy himself.”last_img read more

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Back with Barcelona, Lionel Messi thrives in latest Liga win

first_imgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the opening goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Lionel Messi picked up from where he left off before the international break, leading Barcelona to another Spanish league victory.After struggling for Argentina yet again, Messi returned to Barcelona and thrived as usual, scoring twice in the 2-0 win over Espanyol in the Catalan derby on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess His 334th league win with the club tied with former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas for most all-time in the competition. Messi also reached 41 goals, breaking the 40-goal mark for the 10th straight season.He opened the scoring with a free kick in the 71st and sealed the victory from inside the area in the 89th, leaving Barcelona 10 points in front of Atletico Madrid, which routed fifth-placed Alaves 4-0 later on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMessi scored six goals in his last three matches with Barcelona before the international break, when he didn’t do much to help Argentina in a 3-1 loss to Venezuela in a friendly last week. He later complained about the constant criticism against him in his homeland, saying even his six-year-old son asked why he was being attacked.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde defended Messi on Saturday. Wu, who came off the bench in the 64th, has been the center of attention at Espanyol since being signed from Chinese club Shanghai SIPG in the winter transfer window. His jersey is the top-selling for Espanyol, which is owned by a Chinese businessman.Wu is only the second Chinese to play in the Spanish league, and the first ever to score a goal. The other Chinese in Spain’s first division was Zhang Chengdong, who played briefly for Rayo Vallecano in the 2015-16 season.ATLETICO KEEPS PACEAtletico Madrid rebounded from two straight losses with a comfortable win over Alaves, opening a five-point gap to Real Madrid, which hosts last-placed Huesca on Sunday.Saul Niguez and Diego Costa scored early in the first half, and Alvaro Morata and Thomas Partey sealed the victory after halftime.“We needed a win like this,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “We have to keep competing until the end.”Costa, who scored with a nice shot from outside the area, had to be replaced at the break because of a muscle problem.CELTA RALLIESCelta Vigo moved closer to escaping the relegation zone with a come-from-behind 3-2 home win over Villarreal.Striker Iago Aspas, who had been nursing injuries and hadn’t started since December, scored the game winner by converting an 86th-minute penalty kick. The former Spain player also scored in the 50th to start the comeback after the hosts conceded twice in the first 15 minutes. LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting It was an emotional return for Aspas, who cried on the bench after being replaced in the final minutes.The win ended Celta’s six-match winless streak and moved the club within one point of Villarreal, the first team outside the relegation zone after 29 matches.GETAFE FALTERSGetafe lost a chance to strengthen its grip on fourth place after losing to southern Madrid rival Leganes 2-0.The result ended Getafe’s seven-game winless streak.Leganes was 11th in the standings.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “Messi is the same player with Barcelona and with Argentina, and he would be the same if he played with Australia,” Valverde said. “All I can say is that we are delighted with him.”There were no complaints from the crowd at Camp Nou Stadium after another great performance by Messi, who leads the league scoring list with 31, 13 more than his closest competitor, teammate Luis Suarez.Espanyol defender Victor Sanchez had a chance to clear Messi’s left-footed free kick shot at the goal line but ended up heading the ball into his own net. Messi’s second goal came with an easy low shot after a pass from substitute Malcom.“Everyone should enjoy Messi while he is still playing,” Espanyol coach Joan “Rubi” Ferrer said. “He is unique and will be missed when he is done playing.”Saturday’s match attracted a lot of attention in China, with media there highlighting the first match of Chinese sensation Wu Lei against Messi.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Neymar Trains and Waits as PSG Mull Latest Offer From FC Barcelona

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Paris: Neymar trained with his Paris Saint-Germain teammates on Wednesday as reports in France and Spain indicated a protracted deal to take him back to his old club Barcelona may still be reached before the transfer deadline.The transfer window closes on Monday, September 2, leaving Barcelona in a race against time to come to an agreement with PSG that would allow the Brazilian to get his desired transfer back to the Camp Nou. French sports daily L’Equipe reported that, after previous failed attempts, Barcelona had made a new offer of 160 million euros ($177.3m), paid in two instalments, which could convince PSG to finally sell, provided at least one player is thrown in as a makeweight.According to Le Parisien, Barcelona are willing to pay a slightly lower fee, between 140 and 150 million euros, while also offering Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic as well as allowing Ousmane Dembele to return to France on loan.However, the agent of 22-year-old French World Cup-winning winger Dembele insisted his client was not interested in being used as bait in a deal for Neymar.”Ousmane is 100 percent staying. There is no chance of him leaving. He wants to establish himself at Barca and he will,” Moussa Sissoko told French television station TF1.Dembele has endured an injury-hit two years at the Camp Nou since being signed by Barcelona for an initial 105 million euros from Borussia Dortmund immediately after Neymar’s world record 222 million-euro switch to PSG.In Catalonia, radio station RAC1 has reported that Barcelona have taken out a loan in order to have the funds needed to pay for Neymar’s transfer, having already spent 120 million euros in the close season to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.Wednesday’s reports from both sides of the Pyrenees came after Barcelona director Javier Bordas had raised hopes in Catalonia on Tuesday night as he spoke to reporters after returning from a meeting with PSG counterparts.”We are continuing negotiations, we are closer to a deal,” he said.Meanwhile, a move to Real Madrid now seems increasingly unlikely for Neymar, who took part in PSG’s training session ahead of the French champions’ next league game at Metz on Friday.The 27-year-old, scorer of 51 goals in 58 appearances in his two years at PSG, has not featured for his current club this season amid the uncertainty surrounding his future.On Tuesday, the player revealed one of his dreams had come true as he made a cameo appearance in his favourite Netflix show.Neymar appeared in the crime drama La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) having originally been edited out pending the outcome of his rape case.Once Brazilian police dropped their investigation last month, Netflix re-released the episodes to include the 27-year-old.”I was able to fulfil my dream and be part of my favourite series. And now I can share Joao (his character) with you all,” he told his 44 million Twitter followers. FC BarcelonafootballFootball transfer windowNeymar First Published: August 28, 2019, 11:30 PM ISTlast_img read more

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