De Ligt has faced strong criticism for his part in Juve’s leaky defence

first_img A prime example of this was when de Ligt came up against another young starlet, Joao Felix, and struggled. The Italian press claim it’s been tough for the centre back and that’s why the team has conceded more goals than usual since his arrival in Turin. In five preseason matches, Juventus have let in nine goals. CEST Upd. at 15:43 It’s worth pointing out that de Ligt has only played 143 minutes of those five matches and it would be unfair to draw major conclusions already. But this is part of the price for being such a major transfer. The spotlight will always be on you. Sport EN IN SPORT.ES Despite some of Europe’s biggest sides fighting for his signature this summer, Matthijs de Ligt’s start to life at Juventus has been anything but smooth sailing. The young centre back has struggled in his early days under Sarri, with the team conceding an alarming amount of goals. Responsabilizan a De Ligt del ‘coladero’ de la Juventus 12/08/2019last_img read more

When it’s more than a game

first_imgBy sports editor Russell Bennett But for now, there are much more pressing issues than the bounce of a ball.AFL Outer East region general manager Aaron Bailey spoke about the reality facing the game at a grassroots level at the moment, but was quick to emphasise that the health and wellbeing of the people involved are priority number one.“This is a horrible time for a lot of organisations and businesses, and certainly we’re being affected,” he said.“But we’re in a position to come through the other side, which is pleasing.“We’ll be able to resume – whether that’s in 2020, or 2021 – and come back in a good place.“We’ve had to put some staff on leave without pay in the interim, but it’s really pleasing we could find them some other work in the short-term and our intention is to bring all our staff back.”Of course, there’s so much conjecture about just when community football and netball will return, and there can be no guarantees it will be in 2020.“Our aim is to try and get back to competition this year – we’re going to release some options around returning to play later in the year,” Bailey explained.“We’re in the fortunate position where we have three grounds without cricket pitches, which does give us the option – if we have to – of going well into October.“We’re open to anything, but the key thing for us is that if we do come back in 2020, we have to make sure it’s financially viable for our clubs.“What we won’t be doing is coming back if it puts our clubs under pressure. We’d prefer to hold our position and trade through this period into 2021, if the alternative was putting our clubs under pressure by making them come back.”At the moment, AFL Outer East is working through various options with its clubs on just what the competition structure might look like if players are to return to the footy field and netball court in 2020.“Certainly there’s a lot of work being done around salary caps and getting them down to a level that’s sustainable,” Bailey said.“May 31 gives us a little bit of time to achieve this, but what we’ll present to our clubs is that if we’re coming back at date ‘A’ or date ‘B’, this is what it’d cost. Does this work for you? Is this achievable or viable?“We don’t want them to be worse off for coming back this year. That’s the last thing we want. That’s front of mind in our thinking, and our planning, as we look to come back.”While competition play in 2020 is anything but guaranteed, AFL Outer East is exhausting all its options to see what’s possible.“For us, I think there’s a wellbeing aspect to it – if we can get people back involved in the footy and back following their clubs at the back end of this, I think we’ve got a responsibility to try, but it has to be done sensibly,” Bailey said.“It’ll have to be done in a way that’s viable for clubs, and actually supports them.“We think there’s still hope, but who knows in this current landscape.“What we’re doing right now is calling all our clubs to understand where they are. Our primary focus will be the clubs that need our support most, and when we come out of this we’re going to help the clubs there too – whether there’s competition this season or not.”Sporting clubs provide so much more than just an outlet to play footy or netball. They provide a genuine sense of belonging – connectivity to friends, family, and the wider community – and the mental health battles currently facing many local club members are also front of mind for Bailey.“One of our biggest concerns moving forward is the mental health and well-being aspect of all of this,” he said.“There’ll be club members with potential issues around employment and housing, and one of our key responsibilities here – before football or netball – is to make sure that the welfare of our communities and their people come first.“If we can get back to competition at some stage this year we think it’ll help with that, but at the moment we’ve just got to be there for our clubs.“Our key message at the moment is that we want people to focus on their families and their welfare – to take care of themselves, and their immediate friends and family. Football and netball will be there when they’re ready, and once we get the opportunity to come back we’ll do everything in our power to support our clubs and our communities. At the moment though, we just want everyone to be safe, well, and healthy.” At a time when each passing day brings with it far more questions than answers for everyday Aussies, AFL Outer East has moved to assure its clubs and people that football and netball will always be there for them when the Covid-19 pandemic has eased.last_img read more

Attack dog still at large

first_imgBy MELISSA MEEHAN A DOG wanted for a violent attack on a poodle shih tzu cross is still at large….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

No Ateneo-La Salle rivalry in PBA as Pessumal learns from ex-Archers

first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Pessumal, who had eight points in his Globalport debut, is now under former La Salle head coach Franz Pumaren and is teamed up with former Green Archers Rico Maierhofer and Mike Cortez.Despite their rival schools in the UAAP, the rookie said the two have been nothing short of buddies for him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“I grew up watching coach Franz coach La Salle, Mike Cortez is there, Rico Maierhofer is there,” said Pessumal, who was with Ateneo since his formative years. “But these guys, they’re the nicest guys you’d meet. I feel like they welcomed me so well… I think the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry doesn’t carry over to the PBA because we’re all pros.”“They made it a point that I’d feel comfortable with them. I’m learning a lot especially from coach Franz, Mike and the guys I never thought I’d talk to.” EDITORS’ PICK Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young 10 teams eyed for 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup MOST READ 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercisecenter_img PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Globalport rookie Von Pessumal. PBA IMAGESVon Pessumal may have played just 19 minutes in the PBA, but the former Ateneo gunner seems to have acclimated to the league’s culture.His collegiate experiences, including the fierce rivalries, are now in his rearview mirror.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Pessumal, though, has one small problem.Being with Ateneo for practically all his life, he’s never worn any green and joining a team which shares a similar color with La Salle forced Pessumal to do a lot of shopping.“I never played in a green jersey, and when I got drafted by Globalport, I had to retool my wardrobe,” said Pessumal, laughing. “Everything is blue, but it’s all good.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Nasri relieved City transfer saga over

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, United Kingdom August 25 – Samir Nasri admits he was relieved to finally join Manchester City after the France star completed his long-awaited escape from Arsenal.Nasri’s £24 million switch to Eastlands was sealed on Wednesday after he passed a medical and he is likely to go straight into Roberto Mancini’s squad for Sunday’s Premier League match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. The 24-year-old had been made to wait several weeks to leave Arsenal as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger fought to hold onto him and the former Marseille star admitted he was frustrated that it took so long.City had been chasing Nasri for several months but the transfer looked as though it might stall when Mancini warned Wenger that he could pull out of the deal if Nasri featured in Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Udinese as that would stop him playing for City in the competition.However, Wenger had already reluctantly accepted that he had to sell an unsettled player with only one year left on his contract.“It is a big relief. It was a long negotiation and discussion between the two clubs and now I am finally a City player. That is what I wanted from the start. I’m really happy,” Nasri told City’s website.“I was a little bit frustrated because I said to the manager (Wenger) I wanted to leave. I stayed for the whole pre-season, but I wanted to do the pre-season with Manchester, so then I can know my team-mates a little more.“I was a bit frustrated. It is a big day for me. It is a new start and I’m looking forward to doing it.”Nasri had been the target for abuse from Arsenal fans angry at his decision to leave and he was quick to take the opportunity to claim City’s supporters were far more passionate than the Gunners’ faithful.“The (City) fans are really passionate. It reminds me a little of Marseille. Arsenal have good fans but not so passionate since they moved to the Emirates from Highbury,” he said.“I remember when we lost 3-0 at City the crowd was amazing. That is what I want when I play football.”Nasri, who scored 15 goals and earned a nomination for PFA Player of the Year last season, is expected to double his wages as City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners take their spending since the end of last season to over £70 million.Mancini splashed out £38 million on club record signing Sergio Aguero, while he had already raided Arsenal to sign French left-back Gael Clichy for £7 million and also bought Montenegro defender Stefan Savic for £6 million.“He’s a fantastic player because he has technique, he has mentality,” Mancini added.“I knew him when he played for Marseille. I followed him when I was at Inter and we wanted to take him five years ago.“But I think in the last few years in the Premier League he’s improved a lot. Now I think he’s a top player.”Nasri admitted he talked to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, now City’s football development executive, before agreeing the move.“It was important to have advice from people who know the club well and know the difference between Arsenal and Manchester City,” he said.“Patrick is a legend in France. When a player like this tells you Manchester City is the place to be, that it is the club of the future and wants to win everything, you have to listen to this.“I am here to play football and to win titles, not for the sun or things like that.”Nasri’s departure is another massive blow for Wenger, who was forced to sell captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona last week after accepting defeat in his battle to persuade the Spaniard to ignore the overtures from his home-town club.Wenger desperately needs new recruits to improve several weak spots in his squad and moves for Bolton defender Gary Cahill and Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila said to be high on his agenda, but he has just seven days until the transfer window shuts.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Consumers report false credit card billings

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The theft wasnt easy to spot because the charges appeared, at first glance, to be legitimate. A company called Dream Smile deducted $14.95 from her account, while a second, separate company named LeanRX.net withdrew two fees of $69.95 and $74.95. Caiazza did not recognize the company names, so she did an on line search and discovered that hundreds of people across the country have received similar charges from the two companies. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. WHITTIER Grace Caiazza checks her bank statements religiously and saves all her receipts she isnt an easy mark for identity thieves. She doesnt use her credit card number online or over the phone and she keeps a vigilant watch over her banking affairs. I always check my bank statements not everybody does that, said Caiazza. But it wasnt enough. Last month, Caiazza noticed nearly $200 in fraudulent charges listed on her bank statement. Caiazzas bank refunded her money immediately, but she was still upset about the charges. I feel violated and angry, she said. It felt like someone broke into my house and robbed it. But, this is more personal. Its not my couch or my goods they took. Its my name, my number.last_img read more

Paul Cook named new Portsmouth manager

first_img Paul Cook 1 Portsmouth have named Paul Cook as their new manager.The 48-year-old moves to Fratton Park from Chesterfield, two days after the Spireites were beaten in the League One play-offs by Preston.Pompey are hoping Cook, their fourth permanent manager in two years, can repeat his feat of guiding Chesterfield out of League Two after two disappointing seasons in the basement division.The south coast club met a release clause in Cook’s contract allowing him to leave the Proact Stadium.Cook said: “I’d like to place on record my thanks to (Chesterfield chief executive) Chris Turner, chairman Dave Allen and the rest of the board for giving me the opportunity to manage such a great club.“I’d like to thank the staff in all departments of the club for everything they have done during my time at the club.“Most importantly, I’d also like to thank the players, who have been fantastic, both on and off the pitch. Finally, thanks to the fans for their superb support.”Cook replaces Andy Awford, who parted company with Pompey last month, with Gary Waddock placed in temporary charge.Portsmouth are in talks with Cook’s assistant, Leam Richardson, about joining him on the south coast.last_img read more

Fenerbahce keen to sign Arda Turan from Barcelona in January

first_img Arda Turan in action for Turkey Turkish giants Fenerbahce are preparing a January swoop for Manchester United target Arda Turan.The out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder is seeking a move away from the Nou Camp, having fallen well down the pecking order.Rumours have surfaced that Barca head coach Ernesto Valverde is unhappy with the Turkish international and is ready to offload him in January.Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho reportedly held talks with Turan over the summer in a bid to convince him to join the Old Trafford club.However, Turan remained in La Liga and now, according to Turkish outlet Mynet, United will face competition for his signature from Fenerbahce.Both clubs are eyeing January moves and it remains to be seen whether Turan favours a switch to the Premier League. 1last_img read more

Pavilion remains mecca to see Rose Parade float decorating

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeAs may as 300 council volunteers earn money to help support community programs and activities in Duarte by providing visitor services at the pavilion. The pavilion also is home to Fiesta Parade Floats, one of the leading float builders. Fiesta entered 12 floats in last year’s parade and won eight trophies, including the Sweepstakes Trophy for the most beautiful float for the 13th consecutive year. “Fiesta Parade Floats and the sponsors have entrusted Duarte volunteers to be the lead contact at the site,” said Duarte Mayor Lois Gaston, who volunteers as the event manager. “We start working in July to make sure we offer the viewers, float sponsors and the hundreds of volunteer float decorators every service possible,” she said. “We make sure there is plenty of hot coffee and cold beverages on hand, arrange catering, portable potties, coordinate the tours, order and maintain ample supplies of Rose Parade souvenirs and everything in between,” Gaston said. DUARTE – For a modest fee, visitors to the Buena Vista Pavilion in Duarte can get up close and personal with nine Rose Parade floats prior to the big parade. At 2144 Buena Vista St., the pavilion is the only official Tournament of Roses float decorating and public viewing site outside Pasadena. In its 11th year of operation, the pavilion attracts as many as 40,000 visitors in the four days before the parade. The pavilion is a joint venture of Duarte, City of Hope, the Tournament of Roses and the Duarte Community Coordinating Council. This year, Fiesta is building 11 floats, nine at the pavilion, including the Duarte/City of Hope 34th annual joint entry called “Looking Out for You.” Other floats on view will be the entry from Cerritos, “Nature Rocks,” FTD’s “Jewels of Nature,” Kaiser Permanente’s “A Thriving Imagination,” Oklahoma’s “Oklahoma Rising,” Ontario’s “The Heart of California,” Palmdale’s “Good Nature Begins at Home,” Santa Fe Springs’ “Our Hometown” and Rain Bird’s “Nature’s Beauties.” Viewing hours will be 10 a.m. to 8p.m. Dec. 28 to 30, and 11 a.m. to 1p.m. Dec. 31. General admission is $5, with children 3 and younger admitted free. Guided tours in English and Spanish will be available. Parking is $2, and admission is good for two visits to any of the Tournament of Roses’ four public viewing sites. For more information call (626) 256-0155 or go online at www.duarterosefloats.com. emanuel.parker@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want 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

Maguire hailed by Mourinho and Neville after £80m man stars on Man United debut

first_img What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Scout report: Harry Maguire on Manchester United debutManchester United player ratings for brilliant win over Chelsea Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Maguire helped United keep a clean sheet against Chelsea 2 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 19.81%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Getty Images – Getty Sam Allardyce says Harry Maguire is similar to Virgil van DijkMourinho said: “I think he [Maguire] fully deserved the man of the match.“I think he was solid like a rock and as we know it’s very important for a team to have that not just the tactical knowledge but that personality, that sense of reading the game of being alert all the time and confident to play.“He was fantastic, he was fantastic. Absolutely deserved.”United were linked with a move for Maguire last summer when Mourinho was at the Old Trafford hotseat. Mourinho suggested United should have signed Maguire when he was at the Old Trafford helm New job Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST Jose Mourinho heaped huge praise on Manchester United new boy Harry Maguire following the Red Devils’ rampant opening day victory over Chelsea.Maguire was making his United debut after completing his £80million switch – a record transfer fee for a defender – from Leicester earlier this month. Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers center_img The Portuguese was particularly determined to add a new defender to his squad at the time but the club were unable to bring anyone in.Mourinho even took to praising West Ham star Issa Diop after the Hammers beat United last season – a move by Mourinho that was interpreted as a way of sending a message to the club’s hierarchy for failing to get a new defender the previous summer.And when asked if Maguire was the player Mourinho was looking for when he was in charge of United, Mourinho said: “He arrived one year later.”Mourinho added: “A team can be very dangerous in attack but if you feel the defensive mistakes are around the corner it takes your confidence and you don’t play as well as you can. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets 2 Getty Images – Getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ FAREWELL And it was one to remember for the centre-back as he helped his new club beat Frank Lampard’s Blues 4-0.Marcus Rashford’s brace and goals from Anthony Martial and Daniel James secured the victory.There were a number of good performances in the United team including from two-goal hero Rashford.However, former United and Chelsea boss Mourinho, who was working as a pundit for Sky Sports, identified Maguire as the game’s standout player. deals latest BIG PRESENTS UP TOP OFF “Maguire was good, Lindelof was good. As I always told Lindelof can be a very good player and with Maguire can make a very, very good couple.”Maguire’s performance also drew praise from legendary former United defender Gary Neville.He posted on Twitter on Monday: “I loved Maguire yesterday (Sunday).“Top CB’s don’t sweat, look calm, don’t spend time on their backsides, win headers, are composed on the ball, cover others and lead by example.“It’s only early but he demonstrated all those qualities. No sign of the price tag or Old Trafford phasing him either!”United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was also delighted with Maguire’s display, as well as that of fellow new boys Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.Wan-Bissaka was a rock on his debut, while James came off the bench to score.“Of course, [with] Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] and Harry [Maguire], we’ve kept a clean sheet, they’ve come into the team and squad and they’ve lifted everyone, they’ve challenged the other boys because there is competition for places now,” said Solskjaer.“I’m sure [Daniel James] will remember that for his whole life. He’s had a tough summer with his personal life as well and to start his career like this, I’m so pleased for him.”last_img read more