From promises to stars in just seven months of competition

first_imgFede Valverde: the king of midfieldWe are possibly talking about the biggest revelation of the 2019-2020 season. Few were waiting for him in this campaign and not only has he appeared, but he has also done so by closing the door on Kroos and Modric. Few times was such a devastating impact recalled from a player arriving from the bench and that, on many occasions, it was rumored with a possible transfer in search of minutes. Grimaldo: absolute consolidation at BenficaAlthough he has been a star for several campaigns, the level he is giving is so devastating that they make him one of the most sought-after pearls in Europe. When many believed that he had already reached his peak, he managed to vindicate himself in the Portuguese club and is already the great sensation of the left side in Portugal. If the Eurocup had finally been held in 2020, Grimaldo could have been one of the surprises. Odegaard: a difficult target to catchMartín Odegaard’s season has no adjective. Its explosion has been colossal. It is the clear example that he has lived a transition from promise to star. The leader of Real Sociedad has earned a free hand having an opportunity in Madrid. He is one of the footballers who best protects the ball and four goals and five assists have been born from his boots. Yeray: seven months of meritThe championship of Yeray It has been tremendous. He has managed to oppose several difficulties in order to increase his level one step more than the one he took in the previous campaign. His contribution to Athletic has been 2730 minutes; his record to date on the individual parcel. A fact that was never expected looking back: less than a year and a half ago I was in the subsidiary. Alex Telles: a level above the expectedThe Porto winger has become one of the best right wingers in the Portuguese competition. An attacking dagger that perfectly matches your defensive security. His good level has made it possible for other greats like Chelsea and Atlético to notice him. Its price begins to rise to more than 60 million. Oscar: a First class rocketThe staging of Óscar in Leganés is a true reflection of the quality that he already demonstrated in Juvenil del Madrid. His elegance with the ball and that magic to give the final pass, make him one of the indisputable for Javier Aguirre. It has star details with which it has shown that its level is above that of many promises. Guilherme Schettine: goal on touchSchettine has revolutionized the Portuguese competition. The Santa Clara attacker has been crowned in less than a year and a half in a rough diamond. Guilherme did not have an easy start, especially after a brief stage in Arabia that helped him explode in the neighboring country and attract the attention of the greats. At 24, he begins to play his highest level and proof of this is that he achieved seven goals in less than 15 games.center_img Haaland: the gold starThe icing is none other than Haaland. In Borussia he has already scored 12 goals in only 11 games played. It has been one of the great feelings of the Champions League to the point of aspiring to be the top scorer in it. His double against PSG was the turning point to stop seeing him as a promise and yes as a star. Ansu Fati: the birth of … the legend?It was unfeasible to think that in less than a year, Ansu Fati would be sharing costumes and goals with Leo Messi. But the truth is that the ‘Fati effect’ is still in force. He dazzled in his debut against Betis, he marked Osasuna and Valencia in record time and went on to start with just 17 years old. Her story has just been born. Gabriel dos Santos: a centerpiece that attracts attentionThe Lille defender is being one of the great revelations in France. Although he was an ‘unknown’, it took him seven months to show that he is a true star. In fact, it has been rumored that Real Madrid wants him for the next campaign. Gabriel draws attention to various movements Urzi: a man in the body of a childThe Banfield player has been one of the biggest explosions on the South American continent. So much so, that in the club itself they already compare him to James Rodríguez when he was 18 years old. Urzi has delighted all of Argentina and there are already many European teams that have noticed him, including Atlético de Madrid. Despite his young age, he has already been able to put the team behind him in several key matches. Everything he touches makes him a danger to the rival.Cucurella: a mane with daily improvementIf there is something Cucurella has, it is that it never reaches the ceiling. The meetings against Ajax, looking for the space between the lines, are the best example of this. At Barça B he already left symptoms of what he could do, but his time at Eibar and subsequent dedication at Getafe set him up as one of the great stars of LaLiga. The improvement you experience is practically daily. The season stops due to the coronavirus, but it is marked by several revelations that make up a golden eleven of great surprises. And it is that this campaign has been the one of the revelations. Not only in Spain, but worldwide thanks to the eruptions that have been occurring in these months. They were under magnifying glass as a promise role, but …David Soria: a crack seasonThe Spanish has only conceded 27 goals in 2,700 minutes. It is a fundamental pillar for Bordalás and he has played practically everything. He managed to zero out against Ajax at the Coliseum and is giving a surprising level. It has been the season of their consecration. The coronavirus has slowed you down …last_img read more

D-League: Marinerong Pilipino averts meltdown, snaps 2-game skid

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Compton downplays coaching duel with Alas: ‘I did not outcoach him’ Quarters: 32-13, 48-32, 71-62, 92-78.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino squandered an early 21-point lead but recovered just in time to end its two-game losing slide with a 92-78 win over Batangas-EAC Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.Rian Ayonayon saved the Skippers in the payoff period where he scored eight of his 16 points. He also had six rebounds, two assists, and two steals to help even his team’s slate at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “It only shows that anybody can compete this conference,” said Banal. “We have to bring the right kind attitude every game, which is to respect every opponent that we have. Clearly that game shows how competitive the field is and how well prepared they will come in facing us.”Diego ended up with 20 points and four rebounds for the winless Batangas-EAC (0-3), while Earvin Mendoza got 15 markers, seven boards, and five dimes.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 92 — Banal 17, Ayonayon 16, Pasaol 13, Iñigo 10, Paredes 10, Tolentino 8, Subido 7, Babilonia 4, Toth 3, Brill 2, Tratter 2, Lopez 0, Terso 0.BATANGAS-EAC 78 — Diego 20, E. Mendoza 15, Bautista 11, Maguliano 11, De Joya 10, Garcia 6, Dela Peña 3, Altamirano 2, Laude 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0, Pate 0, Tampoc 0.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “After back-to-back losses, that’s what a team would want to happen in our next outing,” said a relieved coach Koy Banal. “Good thing the players listened and followed what we instructed because we’re pressured against a team that will keep on fighting.”Gab Banal just missed out on a double-double with 17 markers and nine boards, while Alvin Pasaol had his best game to date, firing 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMarinerong Pilipino had a blistering start where it took a 36-15 lead early in the second quarter and was seemingly on its way to an easy rout.Jeric Diego brought the Generals back to life, leading the 30-point third quarter which got his side within three, 52-49, midway in the frame but the Skippers pushed the gas pedal again and built a 10-point cushion en route to the victory. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year SEA Games: Didal, Means assure PH of 1-2 finish in Game of Skate PLAY LIST 01:16SEA Games: Didal, Means assure PH of 1-2 finish in Game of Skate02:35SEA Games: Centeno tops Amit for gold anew as Filipinas end up 1-2 in 10-ball04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Wave of the future: Women’s boxing headlines HBO’s last show

first_imgFILE – At left, in a May 5, 2018, file photo, Cecilia Braekhus, of Norway, is shown in action during a fight against Kali Reis, in Carson, Calif. At right, in an Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, Claressa Shields poses in the Kronk gym ring during a media availability, in Detroit. Cecilia Braekhus was in the first women’s boxing match on HBO, and the dominant Norwegian champion will be in the main event of HBO’s final boxing show Saturday night when she defends her welterweight titles against Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes. On the undercard, two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields defends her middleweight belts against Femke Hermans. (AP Photo/File)CARSON, Calif. — Although HBO has decided to put boxing in its past, the network is leaving the sport by showcasing a possible vision of its future.Cecilia Braekhus was in the first women’s boxing match on HBO, and the dominant Norwegian champion will be in the main event of HBO’s final boxing show Saturday night when she defends her welterweight titles against Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Several champions of women’s combat sports also will be watching at ringside, including former superstar Laila Ali, UFC featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg” Justino and current boxing champs Christina Hammer and Jenna Mrdjenovich.The mere idea of an HBO boxing show dominated by women’s champions would have been improbable just two years ago. Of course, so would the idea of a boxing world without HBO, a dominant financial force behind many of the world’s biggest bouts for nearly a half-century.After Shields’ dominant run to a second straight gold medal at the Rio Olympics, U.S. boxing purveyors finally began to grasp the fact that women’s boxing was a fertile area for growth if they were willing to invest time and money. So Shields turned pro and became a rising personality in the sport, while the 37-year-old Braekhus teamed up with promoter Tom Loeffler to raise her international profile after fighting in relative obscurity in northern Europe for a decade.While Shields would love to fight Braekhus someday, she also respects the veteran ex-kickboxer.“I’m happy to appear on this card with her and proud that she is in the main event,” Shields said. “It truly gives me something to strive for, to someday headline a big show like this. Cecilia has worked very hard for many years and has deserved everything she’s gotten.”ADVERTISEMENT Braekhus and Shields are favored in their bouts, but both are hoping to put on a show worthy of this milestone in the sport’s evolution.The event should be bittersweet for many boxing fans accustomed to HBO’s presence in the sport. Longtime HBO commentator Jim Lampley will sign off from the network for which he has worked since 1988 along with Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr.HBO elected to get out of the sport after being unable or unwilling to compete with a wave of interest in televised boxing. While Showtime has retained its prominence in the sport, ESPN has dramatically increased its boxing content in recent months, and new streaming service DAZN is aggressively pursuing promoters and fighters, including former HBO star Canelo Alvarez.But for one last night, HBO will showcase rising talent on its distinct platform.“This has been a great year for women’s boxing,” said Hermans, Shields’ Belgian challenger. “The future is very bright.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Short but sweet’ search lands Derek Fisher as coach of LA Sparks SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 On the undercard, two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields defends her middleweight belts against Femke Hermans.Any discussion of the world’s top female fighters must include Braekhus (34-0, 9 KOs) and Shields (7-0, 2 KOs). With women’s boxing on a distinct rise over the past two years, HBO is closing out its 45-year history as a driving force in boxing with a showcase for two fighters atop the sport’s next wave.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s an honor to be in this position right now,” Braekhus said. “It’s truly a validation for the great year it’s been for women’s boxing all over the world, and how strong the future is. We have come a long way in the sport, and I believe there are even more opportunities to come our way.”Super flyweight Juan Francisco Estrada also fights Victor Mendez in a matchup of childhood acquaintances from Sonora, Mexico, but this show is being carried by women — including Australian atomweight champ Louisa Hawton, who fights Lorraine Villalobos on the undercard at the famed outdoor arena at StubHub Center south of downtown Los Angeles. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Guyana publishes booklet on 117th anniversary of 1899 Arbitral Award

first_imgGuyana-Venezuela border controversy… as Venezuela issues “vituperative statement”The Foreign Affairs Ministry in Guyana on Tuesday condemned a statement by the Venezuelan Government on 117th anniversary of the 1899 Arbitral Award handed down in Paris regarding the border controversy between Guyana and that country.A statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Guyana said Venezuela marked the occasion with an insulting statement unworthy of a law abiding member of the international community.“Its statement is a reaffirmation of Venezuela’s disrespect for the rule of law among nations. It is a frenzied display of ill temper from forces with whom history has caught up, revealing the tangled web of falsehoods on which their specious claims to Guyana’s Essequibo were built,” the Ministry’s statement said.It added that Guyana on the other hand marks the occasion by the issuance of a booklet in English and Spanish – The New Conquistadors/Los Nuevos Conquistadores – which gives an account of the Tribunal’s Award and Venezuela’s sixty-year recognition and respect for it. The booklet commemorates the award of one of the most prestigious judicial tribunals ever assembled under its most eminent Russian Chairman.“The Venezuelan statement of October 4, 2016 perpetuates the falsities that have marked its predatory campaign and have continued in relation to Guyana’s maritime space. Its greed for territory has added a new dimension of Guyana’s maritime resources,” it said.According to the Ministry, the New Conquistadors offers to the entire world the true account of these events and illustrates the urgency of the need to bring this egregious Venezuelan misconduct to an end as the international community grapples for the supremacy of law and order worldwide.“Guyana continues to uphold and respect the Arbitral Award of 1899. It will defend its validity in the world’s highest courts and expose Venezuela’s sordid efforts to besmirch Guyana’s development agenda. The New Conquistadors tells the story of these unworthy actions and the threats they continue to pose to Guyana, the Caribbean and beyond through their attack on the sanctity of treaties on which human civilisation depends,” it added.Outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has pledged to assess the border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela before he leaves office.During a meeting with Guyana President David Granger on the sidelines of the just concluded UN General Assembly, Mr Ki-moon said his assessment will most likely be given in November.Granger, who accepted the timetable, has committed to providing the Secretary General with any additional information needed to complete the assessment. “We have been very impressed with the seriousness with which you have approached the problem and your own sincerity… We have been personally convinced that you want to bring closure to this matter,” the President said.last_img read more

Oilers, Barrolle Rotate Scores

first_imgLPRC Oilers and Mighty Barrolle over the weekend leveled the marks in the ongoing ‘Best-out-of-three’ basketball matches, dubbed semi-finals at the Open-air Sports Commission on Broad Street.The triple basketball champs LPRC-Oilers narrowly pinned NPA Pythons, 76-75 points on Friday to rotate the score, having suffered in the first derby 85-69 to Pythons.On Saturday, Mighty Barrolle thumped Timber Wolves 58-56 points to redeem the score after being defeated 54-49 points.Both Friday and Saturday’s games were described by spectators as pulsating victories.In the second division, Georgia Blazers and Heats crossed over to the finals, known as the ‘best-out-of-five,’ which is expected to kick-off Friday, June 27, 2014.The Blazers and Heats qualified when they won their two last games against Uhuru Prince and Bushrod Bulls; 80-77 and 55-54 points respectively.In the female division, K-Delta also qualified after winning her last match 50-26 points, while Timber Wolves are at the verge, beating Supreme Sister, 72-26 points.Meanwhile, up to press time yesterday, Mighty Barrolle and Timber Wolves as well as LPRC Oilers and NPA Pythons were scheduled to clash to decide the winners for the grand finals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RCMP update gun incident near Central

first_imgCalling it a high risk police response, the Fort St. John RCMP has concluded its investigation, without any charges being laid, in connection with an incident involving the arrest of four young males in the city Tuesday afternoon. Police now say they located a car about one hour after a complaint from a woman, waiting in her vehicle for her children at Central Elementary School.- Advertisement -She claimed that one of the car’s occupants had a bandana covering his mouth, and he was holding a pistol in his lap.Police located and stopped the vehicle at about 4 p.m., when it was turniing south onto 102nd street, while traveling west on 100th avenue.The occupants were apprehended without incident, and during a search of the car police found a bandana, and a replica of a Desert Eagle prop gun used in movies.Upon further investigation it was concluded the youths were only “playing around,” and there was no evidence that the prop pistol had been pointed at anyone or used in the commission of an offence.Advertisement However, because they demand high risk police response, the public is reminded, that incidents of this nature can put those responsible for them, and the general public, in danger.last_img read more

Lac-Mégantic disaster weighed on Senator Neufeld and energy committee

first_imgAlthough the study began last November, Senator Neufeld says the disaster weighed on him and his colleagues on the Senate energy committee. Neufeld is chairman of the committee and he says, “We were pretty well done looking at all the things we wanted to look at and were in the process of writing the report when that terrible accident happened.”He adds the explosion focused the committee on the use of rail cars and the issue of liability, and one of the report’s 13 recommendations is that rail companies have enough insurance to cover major accidents. The committee also says each major incident, whether in Canada or beyond our borders, must be carefully examined to learn what went wrong so that steps can be taken to prevent similar accidents in the future.The July 6th disaster, which killed 47 people and led to a mass evacuation in the community of 6,000, has prompted a criminal investigation and several lawsuits.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Underdogs Frankfurt hold Chelsea in Europa semis

first_img0Shares0000Pedro grabbed an all-important away goal for Chelsea as they secured a first-leg draw with EintracFRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany, May 2 – A first-half strike from Pedro gave Chelsea a slender advantage in their Europa League semi-final tie as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.Pedro’s equaliser gave Chelsea a potentially crucial away goal after a hard-fought semi-final clash in a spine-tingling atmosphere at the Commerzbank Arena. Fired on by the home crowd, fearless underdogs Frankfurt surprised Chelsea in the first half before being outclassed for long periods after the break.Yet Adi Huetter’s side battled through a tough second half to hold on to a draw and leave the tie finely poised ahead of next Thursday’s second leg in London.Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri raised eyebrows with his decision to leave Eden Hazard out of the starting line-up, and his team struggled to deal with a ferocious Frankfurt in the first half.Filip Kostic found the breakthrough on 23 minutes, sending a pinpoint low cross to Luka Jovic, who ducked low to flick his header inside the far post.Frankfurt then tried to grab control of the tie, with Sebastian Rode snapping at Chelsea’s heels in midfield and Jovic and Mijat Gacinovic lurking in wait for a chance to break.Yet Sarri’s side eased their way patiently back into the game, and deserved to draw level when Pedro finally found the net with a well-placed strike just before half-time.It remained a fiercely contested game after the break, and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho had to be bandaged up after a clash of heads with Rode.Always a step ahead of Frankfurt in the second half, the visitors nearly took the lead when David Luiz struck the bar with a fizzing free-kick.Frankfurt had a penalty appeal waved away 12 minutes from time, and both David Abraham and substitute Goncalo Paciencia came close to snatching a late winner.The Bundesliga club will travel to Stamford Bridge for the return leg on Thursday, May 9.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Schools should be open to nonprofits

first_imgNot only does this pay-to-play proposal fly in the face of the prevailing collective desire to create more activities to keep kids off the city’s streets, it’s also factually wrong. The people have already paid for these fields and their upkeep. They own them – not the LAUSD bureaucrats. The public’s taxes are supposed to provide enough money to maintain the schools. Or at least they should. Unfortunately, the bureaucracy so often chooses to spend funds on more bureaucracy and fewer things that benefit kids. If it really needs the cash, perhaps it would make more sense to ask the city to divert some of the millions it already spends on anti-gang programs that don’t work. If the LAUSD follows through with this pay-to-play plan for community sports groups, it will show more than anything that the district has lost sight of its responsibility to the children and the community. And if it has lost that, then how can the public trust anything it does?160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And then they charge them for it. To collect a measly $3.8 million for maintenance, the LAUSD is fixing to levy a fee on nonprofit organizations that want to use school facilities and fields. This proposal could have widespread ramifications on the region’s youth sports organizations at the very time when city leaders are talking about launching new activities to counter gangs. This fee could very possibly derail sports activities for poorer kids. While $3.8 million is barely a blip to the district’s $6.4 billion budget, it would mean increased costs for youth sports leagues – a cost that would likely be passed on to players’ families. The argument is that the schools should charge what the city and other districts do. That might be a good argument if the district’s only mission were to raise money – but we would hope the district’s mission is much larger than that. When Los Angeles Unified School District officials were once trying to sell voters on the need for school building bonds, they spoke of the new schools as magical places where the community would come together and reconnect. These newly built campuses around the region would not just be houses of education, but also community centers where all manner of activities beneficial would occur. Voters embraced that logic time and again, willingly accepting a $15 billion burden to create these pillars of the community and education. Now that the money is in the bank and those construction projects are far along, the truth of that promise is wearing thin. LAUSD officials clearly still see the campuses as theirs and only grudgingly allow community groups to use them. last_img read more