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first_img CEST Upd. at 22:18 “We have a challenge and a new opportunity to try and do well. Our enthusiasm and excitement for reaching the last round with options are untouched.  07/05/2016 Diego Simeone says he doesn’t want to talk about the Champions League final yet. The Atletico Madrid coach wants to focus on his team’s remaining league games as he looks to push Barcelona all the way to the title. “Right now I’m focused on Levante — there will be 15 days to talk about [the UCL],” he explained. “It is not important to look at other sides. We must depend on ourselves to get the most points and then wait and see what the rest do. What does depend on us is our intensity, concentration and personality to get the result we want.” Sport ENlast_img read more

first_imgBut on the field, he’s a weapon armed for battle.And it’s these contrasting characteristics that made him such a fascinating part of Saturday’s WGFNC senior grand final at Garfield – where his current side capped off its unbeaten 2019 campaign with a nail-biting victory over the very side he used to coach.Saturday, incredibly, also marked the 100th game in the famous red, white and blue for Kimber – as adored as any player in the local area, but as feared as any opponent.That comes purely down to the way in which he plays the game – always fair, yet always utterly unflinching.He doesn’t even know, exactly, how many senior games he’s played – except to say “it’s 300 and something” – knowing he’s played 100 or more senior games at Narre Warren, Cora Lynn, and the Island.Last year’s competition best and fairest winner, he’s not about personal milestones.What’s always driven him – despite winning a number of different league best and fairest awards – is team glory.But on Saturday that team glory came at the expense of a club he admits he originally departed for reasons “purely logistical” – with family and work taking him to Cowes.“It was definitely bittersweet,” Kimber said of Saturday’s result.“I left there on good terms, and I always kept contact with a lot of those boys.“Quite often when you leave there’s an issue, but those boys have always been great to me. They understood I had family down this way.“Even before we play games I’ll catch up with those guys – guys like (opposing skipper) Tim Payne – and have a chat with them.”Payne’s presence in Phillip Island’s rooms after the game, despite his clear heartbreak at the result, said plenty.“He came in and bought me a beer and shook my hand, so there’s real respect there,” Kimber said of his great mate.“It is just bittersweet – that’s the best word to describe it.“You’re happy, but you’re sorry that it had to be them losing a game like that.“Obviously the guys at Phillip Island are my boys, but I’ve never had any animosity towards any of them (the people at Cora Lynn). You’ll never see anything like that out on the ground when I play them. I’ve got a lot of respect for them.”For obvious reasons, Kimber said Saturday’s grand final was unlike any he’d ever experienced before.“We were all over them, and then bang! They were all over us, and we had to hold on,” he acknowledged.“We started well, and they just started to switch that ball better and use the opposite side. They’ve always been a really good big ground team where they can just run, and once they switch the ball they’re away and you’re chasing tail and you struggle to go with them.“You’d love to play a lesser team in a grand final, but playing the second best side is exactly how it should be. That team isn’t just going to stop and roll over when you’re four goals up – they’re going to come back firing.”Since Round 9, when the two sides drew, fans of the competition – and indeed those involved with both clubs – were salivating at the prospect of a rematch.That came on the most important day of the season.“Even in the other grand final wins I’ve been a part of, there’s never been that feeling of pure elation and relief after it,” Kimber said of his other premiership wins. “It was just that close.”He praised the Cobras’ performance on Saturday – particularly the likes of big Billy Thomas in the ruck – but was also quick to highlight just how strong his own side was, in its weight of numbers.And as for his own match-up on Saturday – Kimber drew great mate Brady White.“We held our distance to start with, but as the game got tighter and tighter we started getting a bit more physical but I have the utmost respect for Brady, and I know he respects me,” Kimber said.“He’s a great mate. At the end of the day you go in and hit bodies as hard as you can in the contest, but you shake their hands at the end of it all and it’s just a game of footy. At the end of the day, you’re all mates and you have a chat – and you commiserate with them, even. It could have easily gone the other way.“All credit to them – they took their game to another level and surged, and surged again. That’s what Cora Lynn does.“They’ve got big game players – guys like Dalts (Jackson Dalton). He was never going to miss that big goal. He kicks those every day of the week!“The two best teams playing off in a grand final is exactly what you want a grand final to be. When you have the two top teams playing, which drew when they last played, it’s like a match made in heaven!”And Kimber will add quite a few more games yet to that “300 and something” he’s tallied so far.“I’ve got a little bit more left in me as long as I keep the knees moving!” he said with that laugh of his.“If I’m contributing still, I’ll keep going.”As his kids get older, they’ll remember more of his career the longer he keeps playing – and what a career it’s been, with the Magpies, the Cobras, and the Bulldogs.Phillip Island president Chris Ross praised Kimber as “an incredible person” – one of a number with an unbelievable story to tell.Defender Matt Jackson is another. He retired at the end of last season, only to make a comeback this year and go on to become one of six players at the Bulldogs to win three premierships in the past five years – the others being Kimber, Jaymie Youle, Mark Griffin, Marcus Wright, and Jack Taylor.Taylor is still in his early 20s, and is Ross’ apprentice.That’s the thing about this Island group – not only does it have great top-end talent, but it’s also got youth on its side.No one needs to look any further than Mitch Moschetti for proof of that. This year he became a senior premiership player at just 15, after also spending time in the under-18s, and with the Gippsland Power’s under-age program this season.And the incredible stories still don’t stop there. Jess Gislingham, who has special needs, was a part of the Island’s group throughout the year in the thirds, and with Inverloch Kongwak’s blessing, finished the under-18 grand final on the ground, and left the field as a 2019 premiership player.“He’s a very special young man who bleeds red, white, and blue,” Ross explained.“The club is his life and what a fantastic effort for him to be a dual premiership player now.“I can’t speak highly enough of young Gizz.”All of these stories point to the strength of the club, which this year added another three premierships to its tally.And next year, the senior group will return largely unchanged – but with the addition of a number of its young stars graduating from the junior sides.It’s truly a golden age for the Bulldogs, and it’s not hard to see why. Phillip Island skipper Brendan Kimber has a gentle, disarming nature off the field with an infectious laugh that just draws people in. By sports editor Russell Bennett last_img read more

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first_imgMargaret Clark, 41, of Sanquin, Sinoe County, wants urgent medical help to fix the cleft lip of her 19 month old baby girl, Helena Tugbe.Little Helene’s cleft lip reveals her teeth as it stretches toward her left nose.“I want help for my baby,” Ms. Clark, a mother of five told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday.Presently visiting relatives in Monrovia to seek help for her daughter, she said she had visited several hospitals and health centers in Monrovia for assistance without success.“I’ve been to the JFK Memorial Hospital,” she said, “but doctors there told me to wait for Mercy Ship.”She said she was told that the Mercy Ship usually comes to Liberia with doctors who perform many surgeries, including those with cleft lip, free of charge.“I am a farmer in Sanquin,” Ms. Clark said, “and I grow small cassava, plantain and rice to feed my family of seven and so I don’t have money to fix my daughter’s mouth.”Ms. Clarke said her husband, Kennedy Tugbe, who is presently in Sanquin, is also a small farmer.Ms. Clark said she had also visited the Redemption Hospital and was told that her only chance for her daughter’s cleft lip to be corrected would be when the Mercy Ship is in the country.“I have been waiting for the Mercy Ship since 2014 then Ebola came,” she said.Mercy Ship is a hospital ship that provides free lifesaving surgeries for people where medical care is nearly non-existent. It has five operating theatres, recovery, intensive care, and low dependency wards—totaling 78 patient beds. For over 35 years, Mercy Ships has delivered free services valued at more than $1 billion—directly impacting more than 2.5 million children and families.Unfortunately for little Helena Tugbe and many others who are waiting for Mercy Ship, its website does not indicate how soon it will return to Liberia. Mercy Ship, according to its website, is scheduled to arrive in Tamatave, Madagascar on August 2015 and will depart from there on June 2016.Humanitarian organizations and individuals able to assist should please call: Rachel 0775-085-944 and Aloysius 0775-204-882. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Germans twice capitalised on Madrid mistakes to take the lead during the opening stages, only for Blancos talisman Ronaldo to twice equalise with excellent headers.Even after Karim Benzema put Madrid 3-2 ahead on the night soon after half time, the Bundesliga outfit refused to give up, and goals from teenager Leroy Sane and ex-Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar put their side back within one more of the last eight.Casillas told reporters after the game that things looked bad now, but at least Madrid would be in the draw for the quarterfinals.“It is true that we have hit rock bottom in a most resounding way, but the positive is that Friday next week we are in the draw and we will forget what has happened these 10 days,” the Spain international said. “Because we have lived through 10 dramatic days.”Casillas did at least speak with reporters after the game, unlike double goal-scorer Ronaldo, who passed quickly through the Bernabeu mixed zone, just leaving behind the message that he would not speak to the media until the end of the season.It was not immediately clear why the Portuguese was taking this stance, although his performances had been harshly criticised in the local and global press after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao.-By ESPN Soccernet0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, March 11- A sensational Champions League night at the Bernabeu ended with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo refusing to speak to the press after the game and captain Iker Casillas admitting that his side had “hit rock bottom.”Schalke arrived in the Spanish capital with few pundits giving them any chance of progressing, however Roberto Di Matteo’s side pushed the reigning European champions all the way — eventually losing the tie 5-4 on aggregate despite winning the second leg 4-3.last_img read more

first_imgThe two sides have been bargaining since May. Workers authorized their leaders to call a strike on the eve of their July 1 contract expiration, but have continued negotiations since that time. More than 7,000 ILWU longshoremen who work in Long Beach and Los Angeles have agreed to honor picket lines put up by clerical workers – a move that would shut down the port complex. Other workers, including more than 650 machinists who work on the docks, have also pledged to honor picket lines. LONG BEACH – Labor negotiations between port clerks and shipping companies are at an impasse, and workers are threatening to walk off the job at any moment. The news comes only hours after sources indicated the two sides would resume talking early Wednesday in an effort to avoid a work stoppage at the nation’s largest seaport. As of 12:30 p.m., work on the waterfront in Long Beach-Los Angeles was continuing as normal. LONG BEACH – The union representing clerical workers at the nation’s largest seaport have declared an impasse in contract negotiations with shipping companies and are threatening an imminent walkout. The announcement came just hours after sources indicated the two sides would resume talks in an effort to avoid a work stoppage at Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors. “Talks are over … We’ve gone as far as we could go and done everything we could do,” John Fageaux Jr., president of the Local 63 Office Clerical Unit of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), told KNX-AM (1070). “The next step is we’re going to get together with our group and determine when and where pickets signs are going to go up.” Earlier, John Fageaux Jr., president of the Local 63 Office Clerical Unit of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), said workers were ready to strike. “Talks are over … we’ve gone as far as we could go and done everything we could do,” Fageaux said in comments to KNX 1070 radio. “The next step is we’re going to get together with our group and determine when and where pickets signs are going to go up.” The two sides have been bargaining for a new contract since May. Workers authorized their leaders to call a strike on the eve of their July1 contract expiration, but have continued negotiations since that time. More than 7,000 ILWU longshoremen who work in Long Beach and Los Angeles have agreed to honor picket lines put up by clerical workers – a move that would shut down the port complex. Other workers, including more than 650 machinists who work on the docks, have also pledged to honor picket lines.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

first_img1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The 34-year-old played a role in Sweden’s equalising goal vs ROI Euro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTZlatan Ibrahimovic may be Manchester United-bound, but fans were left far from convinced after his latest showing. The Sweden captain played the full 90 minutes at Stade de France as they were held by the Republic of Ireland in Group E – LIVE on talkSPORT. The 34-year-old striker played a key role in his nation’s equaliser, sending in the cross which was headed into ROI’s goal by Ciaran Clark. But he failed to get on the score sheet, weeks before he reportedly joins Jose Mourinho’s Man United revolution at Old Trafford after leaving Paris Saint-Germain. See some of the best fan reaction, below:last_img read more

first_img Calum Chambers: The 21-year-old will spend the season on Teesside 1 Middlesbrough have signed defender Calum Chambers on a season-long loan from Arsenal.The highly-rated 21-year-old becomes the latest addition to Aitor Karanka’s squad having been dropped following Arsenal’s 4-3 defeat by Liverpool in their opening fixture of the season.Spaniard Karanka built his reputation as a central defender, and he told their official club website: “I’m really pleased.“It’s a position where we’ve been working towards bringing the right player in.“We haven’t been in a hurry because Calum was the player we were waiting for, and he’s going to help us a lot.“I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ to him because we know he had another offer, but he wanted to come here. That’s important and we’re looking forward to working with him.”Chambers, who joined Arsenal from Southampton for £16million in 2014, said: “(I’m) excited about the season ahead and can’t wait to get going.”last_img read more

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The Republican candidate for lieutenant governor said he no longer will use a fundraising letter sent on his behalf by Mel Gibson, whose reputation has been severely damaged by an anti-Semitic rant. The three-page letter written by Gibson and sent to potential donors from Tom McClintock’s campaign says the conservative state senator from Thousand Oaks could use the Lieutenant Governor’s Office as a “powerful engine for governmental reform.” The actor-director has admitted to an anti-Semitic tirade after he was pulled over for speeding in Malibu shortly after 2:30 a.m. on July 28. He has since been charged with misdemeanor drunken driving and having an open container of alcohol in his car. He also has apologized for his comments about Jews. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.McClintock decided to pull the letter after the incident, his campaign spokesman, Stan Devereaux, said Tuesday. 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

first_imgGARDAI AND AA Roadwatch have issued an emergency weather warning across the county tonight as many roads are covered in black ice.Earlier motorists slammed the County Council after main roads were left covered in black ice overnight – with gritters only out this evening. Angry donegaldaily.com readers expressed shock that main routes were not gritted.Overnight freezing temperatures on top of rain left large stretches of ice on many secondary and rural roads, leaving many of them in a worse condition this Sunday than at any time during the Big Chill.But main roads were just as bad after the council failed to grit them this morning.Our picture shows the main N56 between Illistrin and Mountain Top at 10am. One reader in Kilmacrennan said today: “It’s a nightmare on our roads today. They are covered with sheer ice.“They are worse now than any time during the big chill.”Tonight we have learned of a number of minor traffic incidents – all caused by the dreadful road conditions.Footpaths in many of our major towns are also treacherous.ANGER GROWS OVER DANGEROUS ROADS ACROSS THE COUNTY was last modified: January 9th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more