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Ramsey on target for Juventus

first_imgMILAN (AP):Aaron Ramsey scored on his debut to send Juventus on their way to a 2-1 win over newly promoted Hellas Verona amid a strained atmosphere at Allianz Stadium yesterday.His goal cancelled out Miguel Veloso’s opener for Verona, who also missed a penalty. Cristiano Ronaldo was more successful with his spot kick for Juventus in the second half.“I’ve waited a long time for this moment,” said Ramsey, who has only recently returned to fitness following a hamstring injury. “I’m really happy, both for the victory and for the goal.”Juventus also needed Gianluigi Buffon to pull off a number of crucial saves to stop Verona from equalising in the second half.Ronaldo put Juve’s sub-par performance down to the players’ exertions midweek in the 2-2 draw against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League.There was a small protest outside the stadium before the match in Turin in support of the 12 hardcore Juventus “ultra” fan leaders who were arrested Monday after allegedly making illegal demands to the club to obtain more tickets.A group of around 20 fans chanted for their release while others handed out leaflets. There were also no flags or banners displayed in the Curva Sud, where the ultras normally watch the match from.last_img read more

Messi ignores threats for Israel trip

first_imgTEL AVIV, Israel (AP): Football superstar Lionel Messi finally arrived in sports-crazed Israel yesterday after a Palestinian protest campaign derailed his previous visit and the latest round of cross-border fighting in Gaza threatened to scare him off once again.Messi and his Argentine teammates are in the Holy Land to play an international friendly against his Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez and the Uruguay national team. It’s a game that has been just as eagerly anticipated for its political ramifications as it has for its sporting star power.Suarez and his teammates arrived on Saturday after a friendly match in Hungary, while Messi touched down yesterday after a direct flight from Saudi Arabia, where Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in another friendly.A year ago, Argentina abruptly cancelled a World Cup warm-up match in Jerusalem, saying they was concerned for the safety of their players. The decision followed protests in the West Bank and other countries amid outrage that Messi would play in Israel. Demonstrations Those demonstrations included threats to burn Messi jerseys and brandished images of the Argentina national team’s jersey stained with red paint resembling blood. As a result, FIFA, football’s governing body, banned Palestinian football federation president Jibril Rajoub for a year for “inciting hatred and violence” against Messi.Today’s match was nearly nixed as well after last week’s two-day eruption of violence following Israel’s targeted killing of a Palestinian militant commander in Gaza. The Islamic Jihad militant group responded by firing hundreds of rockets into Israel, setting off warning sirens as far north as Tel Aviv – the site of today’s match. The fighting killed 34 Palestinians, including 15 civilians.Both Argentina and Uruguay were reportedly on the verge of calling off their participation.But they eventually decided to play after high-profile negotiations with Sylvan Adams, a Canadian-Israeli billionaire who is responsible for staging the match in Israel.The Palestinian BDS group PACBI condemned today’s match, accusing Argentina and Uruguay of crossing the “Palestinian nonviolent picket line, allowing Israel to use the beautiful game to sports-wash its crimes against Palestinians ”.last_img read more

They did the right thing – Mills – Veteran coach supports cancellation of Boys and Girls’ Championships

first_imgUnlike other players in the fraternity who are ruing the cancellation of the 2020 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, veteran athletics coach Glen Mills believes that the suspension and cancellation of sporting events is the right thing to do as the deadly coronavirus infiltrates the borders of Jamaica. The stakeholders of Champs cancelled the meet, and the regional CARIFTA Games is left in limbo as the number of confirmed cases of the deadly virus that has killed over 4,000 people worldwide increases in the Caribbean. A number of head coaches have expressed disappointment over the cancellation of Champs, saying that they have invested millions into preparing the student-athletes for the meet. But Mills, who coached Usain Bolt to two world records, believes that the stakeholders made the right decision as the safety of Jamaicans is more important than any sporting event. “The health of everyone comes first, including myself. Track and field has to be suspended because if you are not healthy, then you cannot run. And there is a certain degree of fatality that is attached to the virus,” Mills told The Gleaner. “As painful as the effects are, the right thing to do is to cancel the meet.” The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships is the single largest annual public event in Jamaica, attracting people from all over the world. The stakeholders, according to them, made the decision to cancel the meet as the assembling of large crowds is one of the ways to spread the virus. Meanwhile Mills, who is the meet director of the Racers Grand Prix, said he has not made any decision on this year’s staging of the meet, which is scheduled for June, as it is still too early. “It is still early days. The meet is not set to take place until June, so we still have some time,” Mills said. The founder of Racers Track Club said he is taking every precaution to make sure that the virus does not hit his camp. “We are following all the health advisories like everyone else. We are also paying close attention to our athletes to ensure that they are not showing any flu-like symptoms,” Mills said.last_img read more

Supporters Information: Semi-Final Second Leg

first_imgThere is now a ticket office at the South Stand for matchday sales, while Atyeo Stand matchday sales are available from the Atyeo Stand ticket office.All ticket offices are open from 10am on Sunday. Please arrive early to avoid queues.As well as a fan’s village in front of the Sports Bar, supporters can enjoy a Guinness bus, a Heineken Bus and a Ruby & White BBQ.Don’t miss the real ale bar in the South Stand concourse, with Butcombe, Ashley Down Brewery and Yeovil Brewery offering a range of ales.Don’t forget, season card holders receive a 10% discount on food and beverages, while Forever Bristol members receive a 5% discount.The Sports Bar & Grill will not be serving food on Sunday, but the bar remains open to supporters.The Somerset Paddies are providing live music in front of the South Stand and the Bristol Rugby Community Foundation fanzone will be up and running in the concourse, including Dr Burnorium’s Chilli Wings challenge.Keep a look out for the Sam FM street team before kick-off and get involved in their unique play-offs competition to win some great rugby prizes.Tickets for Sunday’s clash – including our play-off bundle – are available online by clicking here, or via Supporter Services on 0117 963 0600.last_img read more

Video: Lam reviews narrow Chiefs loss

first_imgThe head coach watched his side edge in front in the second period, but Chiefs struck back late on to take the spoils in torrential conditions.Subscribe to Bristol Bears TV by clicking here.last_img

‘We’re relishing Premiership return’ – Lam

first_imgBristol’s last league outing was as far back as January 5th and saw them battle to a losing bonus-point against Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.Two rounds of European Challenge Cup action followed, as Lam’s side secured a safe passage into the quarter-finals, before a home defeat to Exeter saw Bristol exit the Premiership Rugby Cup.And after a long lay-off from league action, the head coach is excited to get stuck in.“At this stage of the season, every game counts more than ever and there’s something riding on it every time we take to the field,” he said.“We understand the challenge that we face against a quality side who are currently above us in the table. It’s exciting and it’s what we relish as staff and players. “We understand the challenge that we face against a quality side who are currently above us in the table. It’s exciting and it’s what we relish as staff and players.” Pat Lam, head coach “We have put a lot of work into the game and prepared well. Everything is geared towards kick off on Friday evening in front of our home support.”Bristol head into the game off the back of a solid week of preparation, which included a trip to Pennyhill Park to train against Eddie Jones’ England squad. And Lam says the session was highly beneficial for his side.“I got hold of Eddie Jones, because we were looking at the fixture list and thinking we could get hold of one of the Welsh teams. But I was driving home and remembered England played on the Sunday, so I got hold of Eddie and he invited us down.“It worked out brilliantly for us and ticked all the boxes for both teams. So, it was good for our guys to experience it and understand the speed, intensity and accuracy. It was so impressive and that is what we’re aiming for here.“It’s a nice build up to these four big fixtures, starting on Friday night.”Tickets are available to members to purchase online now by clicking here, or via supporter services on 0117 963 0600.last_img read more

Prep Football: Plenty of experience at QB at parish schools

first_imgRussell Hedgesrhedges@bossierpress.comWhen Bossier Parish high school football teams take the field this fall, all but two will have a quarterback with at least some experience.And when you talk about experience, you have to start with Benton rising senior Garrett Hable, who will be the Tigers’ full-time starter for the third straight year.Hable came off the bench and led Benton to a memorable 24-18 come-from-behind victory over Fair Park in Week 6 of his freshman season and has had the job ever since.He is 25-7 as a starter and should finish his career with well more than 30 wins.In the last two-plus seasons he has passed for 6,379 yards and 64 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 892 yards and 16 TDs. Barring injury, he should finish his career as one of the most prolific passers in Bossier Parish history.The other returning starters are Parkway rising senior Justin Rogers and Airline rising junior Brad Fream.Plain Dealing rising senior Dada Washington-Carper started some games for the Lions.Haughton and Bossier will have new starters. Cameron Townsend looks to be the heir apparent to Pryce Curry at Haughton. Isaiah Wallace looks to take over for three-year starter Keimun Daniels at Bossier.After a spectacular junior season, Rogers, the 2016 All-Parish Offensive MVP, has gotten a lot of attention.The TCU commit completed 182 of 288 passes for 3,022 yards and 30 touchdowns with eight interceptions in 13 games last season. He also rushed for 848 yards on 139 carries and scored 11 TDs.Fream passed for 1,443 yards and 16 TDs in the regular season as a sophomore and should be much-improved.Despite limited time as a starter, Washington-Carper passed for 407 yards and four TDs last season. In the Lions’ spring scrimmage against Lakeside, he passed for 346 yards and five touchdowns.While there is plenty of experience at quarterback, the same can’t be said about receiver.Two of the top three do return in Parkway’s Terrace Marshall Jr. and Benton’s Doyle Adams Jr.But the only other returnees that had more than 300 yards or more receiving in the regular season are Benton’s Legend Denler, Haughton’s Emile Cola and Parkway’s EJ Williams, who was as much running back as receiver.Marshall caught 46 passes for 1,093 yards and 14 TDs despite facing double coverage much of the time.Adams caught 62 passes for 562 yards and 13 TDs in the regular season. He has 187 catches for 1,586 yards and 18 TDs in his career.Both were named first-team All-State.Denler caught 27 passes for 382 yards and five TDs. Cola had 31 catches for 375 yards and three TDs. Williams had 27 for 305 and three TDs. He also rushed for 548 yards and 10 TDs.Top Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Hamilton wins in Germany

first_img(REUTERS) – LEWIS Hamilton raced from 14th to first to seize a “miracle” German Grand Prix victory in a Mercedes one-two on Sunday and retake the Formula One championship lead from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who crashed.Vettel, now 17 points behind the Briton after starting eight ahead, led his home race from pole position until rain caused chaos in the closing laps, with the German sliding off and into the barriers.Hamilton, the reigning world champion, took the chequered flag for a record-equalling fourth German Grand Prix win, ahead of his Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.“I’ve never had a race like this,” said the four-times champion, who was summoned to stewards after the race for a pitlane infringement but escaped with a reprimand and the victory intact.“Today I feel like I drove the best that I can remember driving. I didn’t make any mistakes.”It was the 66th win of his F1 career, and Mercedes’ 80th, and minutes after the finish, the skies opened with an array of thunder and lightning and a torrential downpour that would have stopped any race.“Miracles do happen, mate,” Hamilton’s race engineer Pete Bonnington told him over the radio after a slow-burner that turned into one of the great comebacks of the Briton’s already stellar career.Hamilton, who threw himself across the pitlane wall into the arms of his mechanics and also got a bear-hug from delighted Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche, seemed about as stunned as anyone.“I really feel that the rain has come down and just washed away any negativity and its a glorious day,” Hamilton said, his voice wobbling. “It couldn’t have been a better day for me and one that I will always remember.”last_img read more

Four months later, still no leads in killing of black bear

first_imgA dead black bear was discovered in Campbell County on May 1.WHITE OAK, TN (WLAF) -It’s been four months today since a black bear was found shot to death at White Oak, and there are still no leads in the case.  Campbell County based Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Wildlife Officer Brenden Marlow said, “There are no leads.  I’m surprised no one hasn’t called with any info.”Marlow (above) said, “The public’s tips are a MUST in protecting our state’s wildlife.  Please give me a call at 615-571-4792 with any information.  All calls will remain anonymous.The Pine Mountain Longbeards Chapter of the NWTF-Tennessee is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing the bear.Marlow responded to the call about a dead bear on the morning of Friday, May 1.  Marlow arrived on the scene that Friday at 10:30 am and located the black bear.  He said, “It was right there behind the dumpsters.”  That was at the White Oak convenience center on Davis Creek Road.Officers examined the animal and determined the 400-pound bear had been shot with a large caliber firearm. They collected shell casings from the scene.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/11/2020-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE TWRA-UPDATED – 05/28/2020-6AM-UPDATED-09/01/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

QPR’s Doughty joins Gillingham on loan

first_imgGillingham have signed midfielder Michael Doughty on a month’s loan from QPR.Doughty, 21, has made one senior appearance for Rangers, in the League Cup, and has had previous loan spells at Stevenage, St Johnstone, Aldershot and Crawley.He is expected to make his Gills debut against Crawley, who are managed by former R’s player and manager John Gregory, on Saturday.Meanwhile, young goalkeeper Aaron Lennox has returned to QPR after suffering a broken finger while on loan at non-League Concord Rangers.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more