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first_img Los jugadores del United utilizaban a Messi para ‘burlarse’ de Cristiano “Ferdinand would tell us stories about how Cristiano Ronaldo would stand in front of the mirror naked, running his hand through his hair, and say, ‘Wow. I’m so beautiful!,'” the English striker revealed.  Peter Crouch has revealed in a column in the Daily Mail what used to happen in the Manchester United dressing room when Cristiano Ronaldo played for the Red Devils.  However, Ronaldo would have none of it, Crouch added: “He would shrug his shoulders and smile again. ‘Ah yes. But Messi does not look like this.'” Upd. at 12:48 10/09/2018 CESTcenter_img Ronaldo joined Juve from Real Madrid this summer but he’s not yet scored for the Italian team since making a €100 million move. According to Crouch, Rio Ferdinand, Ronaldo’s team-mate at the time, told him about the Juventus player’s behaviour in the dressing room and how his colleagues would wind him up when he boasted about his looks.  To try and ease his ego, the other United players would respond to Ronaldo by saying: “Whatever, Leo Messi is a better player than you.” IN SPORT.ES Jaime Alvarado Ríoslast_img read more

first_imgThe International Olympic Commission will not change its decision to move the 2020 marathon to Sapporo to avoid the heat, a top Tokyo Olympics planning official said on Friday, despite pleas from Tokyo’s governor to keep the race in the capital.The announcement came in the latest round of an unusually public spat between host city Tokyo and the IOC over the prestigious race after the IOC announced suddenly last week, fewer than 300 days before the games, that it wanted to move the marathon and race walks to Sapporo, on Hokkaido island, due to concerns over Tokyo’s summer heat.John Coates, the IOC’s Coordination Commission Chief for the Tokyo Games, said at the start of a hastily arranged meeting with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike in Tokyo that the IOC was standing firm on its decision, citing the hot and humid conditions at a marathon in Doha in September.“We are aware of the disappointment of the people of Tokyo,” Coates was quoted by NHK national broadcaster as saying.“But since we always keep the health of the athletes first in our minds, we have made our decision.”He said the IOC would consider measures in return, such as holding the medals ceremony for the marathon in Tokyo.Koike had earlier on Friday demanded a detailed explanation of the IOC’s decision and said the Japanese capital was ready to make further adjustments, including changing the time and the route, to keep the race.The route for the marathon – a flagship event set for Aug. 9, the last day of the Games – had been designed to include and showcase many of Tokyo’s landmarks.“A majority of Tokyo residents want the marathon and race walk to stay. We need to take their opinions seriously, and I share them,” Koike said. Temperatures in Tokyo during July and August, when the city hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games, commonly exceed 30 degrees Celsius, with high humidity adding to the discomfort. The IOC said temperatures in Sapporo, which will also host some soccer games, are as much as five to six degrees centigrade cooler during the day.The IOC Coordination Commission is holding a regular meeting in Tokyo next week and the city’s representatives have repeatedly said they hoped to discuss the marathon decision then.When Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964, they were held in October – an option no longer possible due to international sports schedules. Next year’s games are set to run from July 24 to Aug. 9.last_img read more

first_imgThe Intercollegiate Sports Association (Intercol) has given its members until tomorrow to formally state their objections to a proposed amendment to the constitution, which would mean students no longer require a minimum 2.0-grade point average to participate in its competitions. The directive was sent out by Intercol president Dalton Myers, after some institutions raised objections to the change, which was voted on at Intercol’s nnual general meeting last month. Sport directors from Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, as well as The Mico University College and Shortwood Teachers’ College in St Andrew, yesterday told The Gleaner that they had issues with the proposed changes. By the new rules, students would only need to be registered for two courses at the University level or a minimum three CAPE or CSEC subjects at Community or Teacher’s Colleges to be able to compete in Intercol sports. Technical director for football and lecturer at Shortwood Teachers’ College, Nigel Webb deems the move a “backward step”. “The thing is as a tertiary-level institution, we need to maintain a certain academic standard. With this new rule … anyone can just come in, register to do a one CSEC course, and they will be able to play in the competition, and that’s opening up the door to all and sundry. If we are tertiary, we need to ensure that students are tertiary-level students that are participating,” he said. Local community colleges seem to be being singled out as the institutions which would primarily benefit from the lowering of the standards. “The community colleges would definitely benefit from this rule, and they are other institutions that would have a “pre-this” and “pre-that”, where they would benefit as well,” Webb added. Head of sports at The Mico, Raymond Graham, said that even students at the secondary level have academic standards, which they must meet to participate in sports and said the change would make Jamaica the laughing stock of the world. ACADEMIC STANDARD “You must have a standard, and we at The Mico University we are not sticking to our 2.0. My superiors are giving full support. We are not going to change. We are not running a club, it is an academic institution first,” said Graham. Acting Director of Sport at Church Teachers’ College, Patrick Graham, stated his own objection. “We believe that we are operating in a tertiary environment, we have to have some standards. For us, it is not about being an athlete; it is about being in tertiary education and seeking a career path. If it is about just playing sport, there are other club competitions out there. It is the student that we look at, and (we are) giving them the opportunity to advance him or herself,” Patrick Graham said. Intercol’s general secretary, Laurence Garriques, told The Gleaner that the deadline was tomorrow because of the approaching season. “If the membership feels that it can be changed, it can be delayed, so we have outlined some options for the way forward, but because we are about to begin the season, for the considerations to be had, we need feedback by this Thursday (tomorrow),” he said. The proposals are either for the amendments to be approved or for a postponement in establishing the amendments until a special or annual general meeting is held. Editor’s Note: Raymond Graham is a contracted writer for this publication.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,For now, it appears that the Attorney General Basil Williams is right. To quote this minister of legal affairs, the “constitution is wrong.” Although it speaks of a “majority” it really means an “absolute majority.” This is so because someone put words into the mouth of the constitution.As a result, a new era of jurisprudence has begun. An attorney can now argue that any word in the constitution lacks its intended, plain meaning. Their only challenge in court will be to sound “attractive,” which is now the most compelling adjective in our legal lexicon.It ought to be said again: someone put words into the mouth of the constitution. Indeed, they were so anxious to do so, that in the process a few words fell into the mouths of attorneys who appeared recently before the Court of Appeal.The public is told that these attorneys “accepted that Article 106 required an absolute majority.” If all of the attorneys accepted that an “absolute majority” was needed for the passage of a no-confidence motion, then there would not have been any litigation, because everyone would have been in agreement.Voila! So what happened here? The public deserves to know exactly what happened in that courtroom; or outside of it.After all, they may have to strike the word “majority” from the constitution, because its framers had no knowledge of fractions, or the word “absolute,”.Or that since slavery ended, a half vote or a half person is no longer allowed.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertablast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first ever Dunkraiser is taking place Saturday in the Home2 Suites by Hilton parking lot.People are asked to bring a bag of non-perishables or cash donation and in exchanged receive a hot or burger and a drink for free before dunking members of the community.Residents such as Mayor Lori Ackerman, MLA Dan Daviers, Moose FM’s Sydney Reid and even Santa Claus will be getting dunked/or making a large donation to the Women’s Resource Society.- Advertisement -Homes2 Suites by Hilton Fort St. John, On Our Way Home Animal Rescue and Phoenix Volunteer Club have combined efforts to raise funds and money for of the Fort St. John Women’s Rescue Society.The event starts at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.last_img read more

first_img“I got to thank my teammates. Through all of this, you’ve been strong and given me all the support I needed and I’ll never forget it as long as I live.” After thanking his children, he said: “I’m glad I did it before you guys went to school.” To the Nationals, he said: “Thank you for understanding this game. It means a lot to me.” He saved his late father, Bobby, for last. “To my dad,” he said, his voice breaking as he pointed to the sky. Through tears, he added, “Thank you for everything.” Conspicuous by their absence were the commissioner and Aaron himself. Bud Selig was on hand for the tying homer, deciding to put baseball history ahead of the steroid allegations that have plagued the San Francisco Giants slugger. On this night, he sent an emissary, Major League Baseball Executive Vice President Jimmie Lee Solomon. As for Aaron, he said all along he had no interest in being there whenever and wherever his 33-year-old mark was broken. He was true to his word, but he did offer a taped message of congratulations that played on the stadium’s video board. “I move over now and offer my congratulations to Barry and his family,” Aaron said. Absent, too, were the fans who held up asterisk signs, sure that Bonds wasn’t the real deal and that his power came from steroids. Bonds didn’t face such suspicions at AT&T Park, in front of a loyal, home crowd. Bonds has always denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. Yet even with Bonds at the top of the chart, fans will surely keep debating which slugger they consider the true home run champion. Some will continue to cling to Aaron while other, older rooters will always say it’s Babe Ruth. “It’s all about history. Pretty soon, someone will come along and pass him,” Mays said before the game. A seven-time National League MVP, the 43-year-old Bonds hit his 22nd home run of the year. Bonds broke Mark McGwire’s single-season record by hitting 73 in 2001 and while he’s no longer such a force, opposing pitchers remain wary. Bonds and Giants management bickered in the offseason over contract issues. This big night was the main reason owner Peter Magowan brought back the star left fielder for a 15th season in San Francisco, signing him to a $15.8 million, one-year contract. Bonds’ once-rapid quest for the record had slowed in recent years as his age and balky knees diminished his pace. He hit 258 home runs from 2000 to 2004, but has only 53 since then. While steroids have tinged Bonds’ pursuit, it was race that was the predominant issue when Aaron broke Ruth’s mark in 1974. Aaron dealt with hate mail and death threats from racist fans who thought a black man was not worthy of breaking the record set by a white hero, the beloved Babe. Former Commissioner Bowie Kuhn watched Aaron tie the record but was not present for the record-breaker, a slight that bothered many fans of Aaron. Selig is a close friend of Aaron’s and offered Bonds tepid congratulations when he tied the record. “I think Hank is his own man,” Mays said. “I think if he wanted to be here, he would be here.” “When he hit 715, the commissioner wasn’t there,” he said. “You may not blame him because he wasn’t represented the right way.” Bonds was destined for stardom at an early age. The son of All-Star outfielder Bobby Bonds and the godson of one of the game’s greatest players, Bonds spent his childhood years roaming the clubhouse at Candlestick Park, getting tips from Mays and other Giants. “I visualized him playing sports at a high level. He was 5 when he was in my locker all the time,” Mays said. In a matter of years, Bonds went from a wiry leadoff hitter with Pittsburgh in 1986 to a bulked-up slugger. That transformation is at the heart of his many doubters, who believe Bonds cheated to accomplish his feats and should not be considered the record-holder. There are plenty of fans already hoping for the day that Bonds’ total – whatever it ends up – is topped. Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees may have the best chance, with his 500 home runs at age 32 far ahead of Bonds’ pace.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds hit No. 756 to the deepest part of the ballpark Tuesday night, and hammered home the point: Like him or not, legitimate or not, he is baseball’s new home run king. Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s storied record in the fifth inning, connecting on a 3-2 pitch from Washington’s Mike Bacsik. Three days earlier, Bonds tied the Hammer with a shot to left-center in San Diego. “Thank you very much. I got to thank all of you, all the fans here in San Francisco. It’s been fantastic,” he said shortly after crossing home plate, his godfather, Willie Mays, at his side. last_img read more

first_imgChristian Benteke has finally completed his £32.5m move from Aston Villa to Liverpool.The striker is likely to be Brendan Rodgers’ final signing this summer after a busy transfer period, with the Belgian becoming the seventh player to join the Reds since the window opened on July 1.The size of the transfer has raised more than a few eyebrows, particularly after the disastrous end to last season and with Rodgers’ position under intense scrutiny.But, while it’s fair to say Benteke’s arrival has divided Liverpool fans ever since the Merseysiders agreed to trigger the 24-year-old’s release clause last week, now that the deal has been finalised they generally appear more optimistic.Some of the best initial reactions to the move going through can be found below… Christian Benteke //storify.com/talksport/he-will-make-or-break-rodgers-fans-react-as-christ.js?border=false[View the story “‘He will make or break Rodgers!’ – Fans react as Christian Benteke completes Liverpool move” on Storify]center_img 1last_img read more

first_img 2 “It was a nice gesture, but you felt like hitting him over the head with it,” he said before explaining he liked Nicholson and even revealed that, when he was an Arsenal player, he parked his car at the boss’ house – a short walk from White Hart Lane – to go and watch midweek games at the stadium. 2 Frank McLintock was Arsenal’s captain when they won the league at White Hart Lane in their double winning season Former Arsenal captain Frank McLintock has revealed what his relationship with Tottenham fans is like ahead of the final north London derby at the current White Hart Lane.McLintock, who played for the Gunners between 1964 and 1973, played at the Lane when Arsenal were crowned champions there in 1971, but says he is always treated well when he returns, with the Spurs faithful shaking his hand, much to his surprise.They even had his back when he found himself in an angry confrontation with one of their own.“Around 15 years ago, one young guy gave me verbals near the ground and I went for him and rammed him against a door,” he told The Times.“Two Spurs supporters jumped in between us and said: ‘Leave him alone, Frank, he is only an idiot.’ They took my side and I walked away without any damage.”McLintock also revealed a well-intentioned gesture from former Tottenham manager Bill Nicholson in 1961 didn’t go down that well with him at the time.The defender, then at Leicester, had just played and lost the 1961 FA Cup to Tottenham in their double winning season and Nicholson visited the Foxes dressing room afterwards to offer McLintock and his defeated team-mates a drink from the trophy.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY Principal Bob Messina had some advice Wednesday for incoming freshmen at Canyon High School: Don’t believe the hype. “You’re going to hear that, (as) a high school freshman, any trash can on campus, you’re going to get dumped into it,” Messina told students as they stood crowded on a hill opposite an outdoor stage. “Believe me, we take care of things here at Canyon, and that sort of stuff doesn’t happen.” Wednesday was freshman-orientation day at Canyon High School, when incoming ninth-graders fresh from Sierra Vista Junior High down the street looked around the campus. Before going on a scavenger hunt to learn the campus layout, freshmen were encouraged to get involved with clubs and attend pep rallies as ninth-graders. Messina, chatting with parents in a modular building, answered questions about instruction and whether the school has gangs. Messina told parents most of his discipline problems are with freshmen because they tend to be more impulsive. Parent Cary Singleton, 40, said he has few worries about his daughter as she prepares for her high school career. “I know this is going to be a turning period for her where she’s going to want to be a little bit more cool, maybe want to ride in a car, … so I have a little bit of concern about that,” he said. “But overall I think that we’re OK.” Andrew Roche, 13, was in a group asked to make a tower out of plastic straws as a team activity. The incoming freshman admitted to being nervous about getting lost on campus. But he was happy to be at Canyon High “because I’m that much closer to getting out of school,” he said, “and being able to sleep in in the morning.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253last_img read more

first_img Getty Images – Getty Cellino fired many managers whilst chairman of Leeds United revealed LATEST 2 Getty Images – Getty A club statement was subsequently released; labelling the comments as a ‘joke’ that was ‘misunderstood’.It read: “Concerning the declarations released this afternoon by president Massimo Cellino, referring to our player Mario Balotelli, Brescia evidently deem it to be a paradoxical joke and clearly misunderstood.“It was said in an attempt to defuse excessive media exposure, as well as with the intent to protect the player himself.”Cellino also hinted at a possible sale in January by claiming Balotelli has become a distraction to the team. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 changes ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane latest appointed Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Brescia have defended Massimo Cellino over his controversial comments about striker Mario Balotelli, insisting they were merely a ‘misunderstood joke’.Cellino, who owned and was the chairman of Leeds United, is now in control of the Serie A club and has come under serious scrutiny for his controversial comments. SORRY Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Mario Balotelli has been dropped by Brescia, but will have been disheartened to read Cellinos comments Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? 2 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff scrap Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Balotelli has dominated headlines in Italy this past month after he was racially abused during a game against Hellas Veronas.The 29-year-old was then dropped from the squad to face Roma this weekend after a fallout with head coach Fabio Grosso, prompting him to storm out of training.When asked for an update, Cellino remarked: “What should I tell you about him? He is black, but he is working to clear himself but is having many difficulties.“In football there are teams that fight and win, if we think that a player on his own can win matches, we would be offending the team. Otherwise, we would play one against eleven.” PAYBACK RECOMMENDED FOR YOU “The manager made a mistake by speaking in the press conference about only Balotelli and not about the team as a whole,” Cellino continued.“I signed him at the end of the window, not to sell tickets, but because he could be of real value.“But it’s now become a point of weakness because of the overexposure.“If we keep talking about him, it’ll only hurt us and him.”last_img read more