Casillas bids discreet farewell to Porto

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: Traore withdraws from Spain squad UEFA Nations League: Spain’s Gaya nets late goal to snatch draw with Germany Adama Traore tests positive for coronavirus Spain’s World Cup-winning captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has called time on his five-year spell with Porto after his contract with the Portuguese club expired on Wednesday.Casillas, 39, suffered a heart attack during a training session last year and has not played any competitive football since April 2019. He was given a role on the team’s technical staff at the start of this season and was included in the first team squad, although he was never named in a matchday squad.Porto President Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa said in February that Casillas was set to retire from playing in order to stand for election to become president of the Spanish soccer federation although he later withdrew from the running due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Casillas, who led Spain to their first World Cup in 2010 and helped his country win the 2008 and 2012 European championships, had a low-key farewell from the club he joined in 2015 after spending 25 years at Real Madrid.He posted a picture on his official Twitter account from Monday’s 1-0 win at Pacos Ferreira with the caption: “The last trip.”Porto released a video on their website, titled: “Always one of us,” in tribute to the goalkeeper, who made 156 competitive appearances for the club and won the 2017- 2018 league title with them. Reuters/NAN.Tags: FC PortoIker CasillasNuno Pinto Da CostaSpainlast_img read more

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Football News Slick Man City surprise Guardiola to cruise back top of Premier League

first_imgLondon: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted even he was surprised at how easily the English champions swatted aside Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage to climb back on top of the Premier League. City has now won their last 12 games in all competitions, but their rhythm from a two-week international break was not disrupted as goals from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero ensured the game was won in the first 27 minutes.”It was a little bit of a tricky game. International break, 12.30 kick-off, a sunny day which is unusual,” said Guardiola.”The way we started was amazing. They surprised me again, the first 15-20 minutes was exceptional.”After that the game was a bit more controlled, they had no clear chances. After the second goal, the game was under control.” Guardiola’s men now lead Liverpool by a point with seven games remaining for both sides, but Jurgen Klopp’s side can retake top spot with victory over third-placed Tottenham on Sunday.”Every game we have to win if we want to be champions. We have tough opponents, but that is the challenge,” added Guardiola. Fulham, by contrast, remains 13 points adrift of safety with just 18 left to play for and failed to register a single shot on target at home for the first time in nine years.”We are realistic,” said Fulham caretaker boss Scott Parker.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “The main focus in the last six games is to keep pushing and end the season on a positive in a disappointing campaign.” The city remains on course for an unprecedented quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, and League Cup, which they retained last month. A potential 14 games now stand between them and history, but there will be far tougher tests in wait than a dispirited and disheveled Fulham, who played a huge part in their downfall.Sixty points now separate the sides at opposing ends of the table and the hosts’ inability to play simple passes highlighted why they are set for the drop after just one season back in the top flight.Aguero had already seen an effort cleared off the line before Silva opened the scoring just five minutes in. Kevin de Bruyne, on his return from a month-long injury absence, intercepted a loose pass deep inside the Fulham half and fed Aguero, who in turn played the ball to  Silva to curl into the far corner on his favoured left foot.De Bruyne should have scored for just the second time in an injury-plagued Premier League season when he fired too close to Sergio Rico with just the Fulham goalkeeper to beat, while the Spaniard also parried Ilkay Gundogan’s effort from the edge of the box.A second City goal seemed only a matter of time, though, and again Fulham made it easy for their visitors by coughing up possession close to their own goal. This time the roles were reversed as Silva slipped in Aguero who expertly found the top corner for his 29th goal of the season. City was happy to canter through the second period without expending too much energy with eight games in a 25-day period to come in April. Yet, an otherwise comfortable afternoon may have come at a cost, though, as Aguero appeared to be carrying an injury as he was replaced by Gabriel Jesus just before the hour mark.”He says he felt something. As a precaution he decided to not continue and hopefully will not be a bit issue,” added Guardiola.  last_img read more

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Conference peers remember Walker

first_imgTypically at the Big Ten Conference’s annual media day, all eyes are cast forward to the upcoming football season, but this year was a little different, as many coaches looked back and reminisced on the late Northwestern football coach Randy Walker. “He will be missed, not only from the standpoint of a conference commissioner but as a friend,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said. “[Walker] represented a lot of the qualities we like to see in our coaches. He was a tough guy, a fair guy, an honest guy, a great representative of Northwestern and the Big Ten.”Less than six weeks after all of the coaches were in Chicago mourning the death of Walker at his funeral, they were reunited in the Windy City for the Big Ten Media Day, a point that was not lost on Indiana’s Terry Hoeppner, who credits much of his career success to Walker. “It was with mixed emotions that I drove into the city last night, because I was here just a short time ago to pay respects to Coach Walker,” Hoeppner confided. “In fact, driving into the city last night, I called his brother Rob, but I know Coach Walk would all want us to move on and we’ll do that. I think that will be part of his legacy for sure.”Walker died in his home in the Chicago suburbs June 29, after complaining of chest pains. His death came almost two years after another health scare in October 2004, when the coach checked into the hospital with pain in his chest. The diagnosis then was myocarditis — an inflammation of the heart muscle. The condition is not common and is usually caused by a virus, but it still forced Walker to drastically reevaluate how he was living; Walker said at the time he wanted to “see his grandkids someday.” Walker had shown no signs of regression or further illness until his sudden death, making it all the more shocking to his peers. “It’s been a very difficult month for not only myself, but more importantly for our players,” said Pat Fitzgerald, a former Northwestern standout who will take over as head coach of the Wildcats. “Through communication we are going to try and build a bridge to try and get us through … and start to move forward.”We’ve all been called to duty with the passing of Coach Walker, and we have to continue to make sure we continue his legacy in the right manner. He was a man of great integrity who stood for all the right things in college football.”Fitzgerald, who becomes the youngest coach in Division I-A, surpassing Wisconsin’s own Bret Bielema, has searched for advice from coaches around the conference and country as to how to handle the new job and tedious situation.”Pat called me when he was calling a lot of coaches around for advice, as he was looking for my input and it is very hard to give advice to anyone in the position Pat’s in,” Penn State’s Joe Paterno said. “The only thing I told him was to put ‘I’m the boss’ on your mirror. It’s not like the old days. You’re going to have to hurt some guys’ feelings … but you’re the boss.”Fitzgerald isn’t just searching for wisdom and assistance from fellow coaches; he made it clear he will look towards his corps of seniors to help him carry the burden of steering Northwestern through this turbulent period of unexpected transition. “I’m going to be a head coach that is going to rely more on his senior class than probably anyone else in America,” Fitzgerald said.However, it could be a very trying year for the Wildcats, as they were facing a rebuilding project even before the mental blow of losing their commander-in-chief. The Wildcats have been picked by several publications to finish at or near the bottom of the conference in 2006 — something Fitzgerald is not willing to accept. “The talent, commitment and coaching staff are what it is going to take to bring the Purple Pack back to the Rose Bowl,” Fitzgerald said. “I have nine fingers left for rings, but that’s not the focus right now. The focus is getting through this difficult time in all of our football families’ lives.”Still, should things unravel quickly in Evanston, Ill., Fitzgerald could take solace in some advice Walker gave to Illinois’ Ron Zook in the midst of the Illini’s 0-8 Big Ten season.”[Walker’s] track coach was my older brother’s football coach … so Randy and I, in a roundabout way, went back a long way,” Zook related. “The one thing Randy said to me before our game last year is, ‘you better enjoy it.’ And he’s right, you’d better enjoy it and understand it is a profession where sometimes you’re just thrown out there.”last_img read more

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BACK AT IT: Syracuse pulls away from Florida State late to close regular season with statement victory

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jim Boeheim stood on his tiptoes and raised his eyebrows. He wanted Jerami Grant to milk the clock instead of feeding Rakeem Christmas for a wide-open transition alley-oop.Boeheim started to yap at Grant, but the Syracuse head coach quickly stopped. Then he moved his hands forward as if it tell Grant it was OK. The game was out of reach.Christmas’ throw-down ballooned SU’s lead to 13 with 3:43 left in regulation.The margin didn’t reach single digits again, as No. 7 Syracuse (27-4, 14-4 Atlantic Coast) capped off the regular season with a decisive 74-58 win over Florida State (18-12, 9-9) in front of 10,435 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Sunday afternoon.C.J. Fair carried the Orange with 22 points and seven rebounds, Tyler Ennis added 16 points and four assists and Grant chipped in 16 and eight boards in his return to the starting lineup as SU avoided its fifth loss in six games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It feels good,” SU guard Michael Gbinije said. “I think the team’s back on track now.”Syracuse’s past five games were a roadblock for a team previously oozing with confidence. There was the loss to Boston College that ended the pursuit of perfection. The controversial loss to Duke. The blowout loss to Virginia to decide the ACC regular-season title. The embarrassing loss to Georgia Tech at home on Senior Night.All four came in a two-week span and left many questioning a team that previously responded to every challenge it faced without flinching.But against Florida State, none of the Orange’s recent problems were present. The Orange dominated the glass, outrebounding FSU 43-24. Grant started and shined, providing a third scoring option for a team lacking one while he sat with a sore back. SU didn’t need to magically come alive in the final minutes, but instead pulled away.Syracuse played sound basketball for nearly the entire game, piecing together arguably its best performance since beating Duke on Feb. 1.“Coming in all of us said this was a must win for us,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “Going into the ACC tournament as a two-seed, you want to go in with a win.”For the first time in weeks, Syracuse was clearly the better team. Boeheim, who has criticized his team’s offense consistently in the latter part of the season, didn’t have much to complain about on Sunday.“I thought we got some good rebounds tonight,” Boeheim said. “Better than we have been, and we were able to get it out and get it down the court.”Syracuse shot 48.3 percent from the floor, its best clip since the first Duke game, finally breaking out of its streak of offensive ineptitude.During the slump, Syracuse was largely unable to counter when other teams made a run. This time, the Orange fended Florida State off twice and went on runs of its own.When FSU snatched the lead in the first half, SU ripped off a 13-2 spurt, including five straight points from Ennis. Assistant coach Mike Hopkins pumped his fist and swiveled his entire torso in excitement after a Christmas dunk to close the frame.In the second half, the Seminoles trimmed the deficit to one with 12:38 to go. Tomahawk Chop chants emerged in waves from the typically football-frenzied fan base. When Okaro White — who kept Florida State in the game with 20 points — hit a jumper, the fans swung their arms forward and backward like a pendulum.The possibility of a fifth loss in sixth games loomed. But as it did all game, SU responded.Syracuse went on yet another 11-2 run and stymied yet another FSU comeback attempt. The Orange took a 59-48 lead on a baseball pass from Fair to Grant, who converted an and-one in transition.And after Christmas’ dunk, Florida State’s chances disappeared. Ennis clapped his hands and grinned as he took his spot atop the zone. This one was over.“A lot of times teams play out of their minds when it’s their Senior Day and they need a win to get into the Tournament,” Fair said. “You can’t really expect them to do the norm, so it was good to come out of here with a win.”Now Syracuse is back on track at an ideal time. With its first ACC tournament game on Friday at 7 p.m., the Orange’s recent slippage is no longer a pressing issue.It’s just one win, but it stops a much larger trend. Syracuse finally played a complete game, and that gives the team confidence going forward.“I think it’s a building process,” Gbinije said. “I think we’re going to be good from here on out.” Comments Published on March 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

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Tipperary Under 21s “hurt” by All-Ireland Final loss

first_imgThe Premier County were appearing in their first ever All-Ireland decider yesterday and lost out to their Northern opponents on a full-time score of Tipperary 0-13 Tyrone 1-11. Twomey questioned the referee’s decision not to give Tipperary a free after sending off Tyrone’s Michael Cassidy at the end the game.He says his players will learn from the experience and will be back again next season. Meanwhile Tyrone Manager Fergal Logan says the long half-time break may have played a role in their second half resurgence. And there will be no homecoming for Tipperary’s All-Ireland Finalists in Templemore today. A function will be held at a later date instead.last_img

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Balogun Lifts Nigeria Cup Trophy

first_imgFolabi Balogun has emerges as the winner of the 2018 Nigeria Cup. He defeated a field of over 140-players to come out victorious after shooting a score of 69-net to beat his closest rival, Tunde Olowude on countback. Balogun now replaces Femi Feyide, two-time winner and the defending champion on the Nigeria Cup winner’s chart.B. A Raji came in the third position also losing on countback to Olowude while Steve Oboh ducks in the fourth position with a net score of 70. M. Walsh completed the top five positions in the net category.Former Nigeria Cup champion, Tim Ayomike won in the men gross category leaving Remi Olukoya also a former Champion in the second position. Shola Omilabu finished in third [position in the category. Speaking shortly after being declared the winner, Balogun said it was almost unbelievable he won saying he believed that his victory was divinely ordained as a spent the night before the competition in the church.“I went for a night vigil on Friday and was even planning to travel before I decided to play. I started well, then I lose rhythm mid-way but I was able to manage the game till the end. Knowing that everybody wants to win a competition like the Nigeria Cup I was not still sure I will win. Eventually the news came that I won, I give God the glory”, the champion said.Satisfied with the turnout of golfers throughout the event, Chairman of 2018 Organising Committee and Vice-captain of the golf section of Ikoyi Club, Babatunde Johnson said the event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of corporate sponsors. While saying a big thank you to individuals and corporate sponsors, Johnson urged Nigerians to continue to work for the unity of the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Novak Djokovic is against COVID-19 vaccination. Here’s why!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Science Source/GettyAdvertisement bcNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs21b1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Et7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4d3Would you ever consider trying this?😱c5md37Can your students do this? 🌚194Roller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus pandemic has put human life around the world to a complete halt. As an alarming number of new cases are being confirmed everyday, there are efforts to curb the spread of the virus, such as healthcare officials who are toiling in the front line and citizens who are under lock down. Amidst such crisis, research is going on to develop the vaccine of COVID-19 which will the gateway to cure the deadly virus. While the world is awaiting the vaccine, tennis ace Novak Djokovic is against the idea vaccination!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Science Source/GettyEven though world sports is now suspended because of the virus outbreak, a COVID-19 vaccine in future may be put to use before a match or even before flying to other countries. In a conversation with his fellow compatriot athletes in a live chat on Facebook, Novak Djokovic is not keen on the usage of vaccine.“Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel,” the Serbian said in the live chat.Advertisement However, decision of a mandatory vaccination before any tennis tournament may put the 32 year old into a dilemma, as he hinted further.“But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision,” Djokovic continued, “I have my own thoughts about the matter and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know.”Advertisement The Coronavirus crisis caused a major disruption in this year’s tennis activities. The French Open was postponed to 20th Sep, and the Wimbledon, BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open all had met with cancellation.“Hypothetically, if the season was to resume in July, August or September, though unlikely, I understand that a vaccine will become a requirement straight after we are out of strict quarantine and there is no vaccine yet,” the world no. 1 added.However according to medical experts, it may take until 2021 to see a COVID-19 vaccine ready for use, which will further raise questions on the possibility of any tennis activities in this calendar year.Over 2,400,000 positive Coronavirus cases have been confirmed globally, and the death toll has risen to 165,082.Also read-Tennis ‘Big Three’ pooling funds together to help lower-ranked players during Covid-19 crisisRead which team just relinquished its entire wages for the rest of the season to be donated to the Covid-19 fight Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hindu festivals help to foster cohesion – President Granger

first_imgPresident David Granger on Thursday asserted that festivals like Phagwah assist in the fostering of social cohesion in Guyana.This remark was made during a chowtaal session and pre-Holi celebrations hosted at State House on Thursday in the company of Cabinet members and other significant representatives of the Hindu society.The event featured performances from many dancers and singers who entertainedA group of dancers performing their piecethe gathering. There was a chowtaal session which involved a group of persons singing to welcome spring; the aspect of which the Festival of Colours is based upon.In his remarks, the President stated that these festivals promote cohesion, also noting that he is proud to be a Guyanese.“Festivals like this help to foster cohesion, foster respect, foster understanding and I just wish that this was not just a coastal performance; and people in all parts of the country could understand what the Guyanese nation is all about,” President Granger noted.There was also a presentation by Pandit Ravi Persaud, who explained the meaning behind Phagwah or the Festival of Colours. He stated that Phagwah exemplifies the arrival of a new year for Hindus and is celebrated in spring; which depicts freedom and morality.“We’re seeing diverse colours. It is nature exhibiting its beauty to the fullest. Nature’s beauty is beyond any other beauty,” Persaud said.The national holiday for Phagwah 2018 will be celebrated today (March 3) with many brightly coloured powders, water and delicious sweet meats.last_img read more

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Oil & Gasoline Prices

first_imgThe latest pull on oil prices is Tropical Storm Fay, which initiated another brief halt in the crude price slide early today. On concerns the storm may disrupt Gulf Coast drilling operations, the price of oil was back up over, one hundred and 15 dollars a barrel but, at last word it had started to edge lower again. Either wayit remains more than 35 U.S. dollars below its July 11th peak and, while not in Fort St. John, that has engineered a drop in gasoline prices in many parts of the country. In fact, at last check on Saturday afternoon, if you were headed south on the Alaska Highway and your destination took you as far as Farmington, only about half an hour from Fort St. John, you could purchase 200 liters of gasoline for at least 20 dollars less than you could here. Better yet, if you got to the Fas Gas station at the Alberta border you could save 30 dollars, on a similar 200 liter purchase. The next 60-city weekly cross-Canada price survey, which includes Fort St. John, is due to published tomorrow.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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No little deal: Stoudemire’s back

first_imgWhile it has been a career-saver for some – Jason Kidd comes to mind – the list of NBA stars who have never been the same after the procedure is long and dubious, including Chris Webber, Allen Houston and Marcus Camby, to name a few. When promising young Phoenix Suns center Amare Stoudemire had the procedure in October 2005, many feared he would suffer the same fate. But with a stellar performance in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game (29 points, nine rebounds), Stoudemire made a loud statement that he’s all the way back from the devastating procedure. LAS VEGAS – It sounds so easy, so simple. But the term “microfracture surgery” is not nearly as benign as it seems. Just the mention of the procedure, which involves drilling small holes into the kneecap to induce clotting, can send shivers down the spine of an NBA player – or anyone, for that matter. https://embed.sendtonews.com/oembed/?fk=bRolOyFR&cid=8121&sound=off&format=json&offsetx=0&offsety=0&floatwidth=400&floatposition=bottom-right&float=on “It was a long, rough season (last year),” Stoudemire said. “It was a tough rehabilitation process coming back from twoknee surgeries. It took a lot of work and dedication. “A lot of people didn’t think I’d be here today. There were a lot of doubters out there. But I stayed focused on my goals and I reached them.” Stoudemire is averaging 19.9points and 9.5 rebounds this season. Celeb sightings: From the “How much would you pay to be a fly on that wall?” department: Ludacris, Prince and Dave Chappelle sat next to each other along the east sideline and seemed to be chatting it up for most of the game. Other celebrity sightings: Paris Hilton getting booed by the Thomas & Mack Center crowd, Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver chatting with Wayne Newton, Beyonce and boyfriend Jay-Z holding hands – temporarily throwing off reporters chasing down rumors of their breakup – and the darling of last week’s Grammy awards, Christina Aguilera with a cool homage to the Andrews Sisters’ inspired “Candyman” at halftime. center_img Viva Las Vegas: You knew there would eventually be a Wayne Newton sighting at All-Star weekend, and Mr. Las Vegas didn’t disappoint with a flashy pregame set. Newton is often called the unofficial mayor of Vegas, but the actual mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman, gave him a strong challenge in terms of grand entrances. Goodman, Vegas’ flamboyant mayor who has worked feverishly in trying to lure an NBA franchise to his city, walked the red carpet outside the Thomas & Mack Center with showgirls on each arm. “Our natural art form here is neon,” Goodman said. “This has been a neon event.” Other Vegasites who took the stage: Vegas entertainer of the year Danny Gans singing the national anthem; the acrobatic dancers from Folies Bergere performing during a timeout; former A-list diva and current Flamingo Hotel headliner Toni Braxton performing a breathy compilation of her hits during the halftime show in a skimpy sparkly silver dress; and the acrobats from Cirque du Soleil twirling around at midcourt during halftime. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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