Betis sets its sights on Álex Fernández: for today or summer

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 31, 2020 Betis has shuffled these last days of the market that ends today the possibility of paying the clause of Álex Fernández, brother of Real Madrid’s Nacho and one of the pillars of the Second Division leader, Cádiz. The eight million it costs make him one of the sweet experts in the category, although it seems that finally the club Verdiblanco, unless surprise, will leave that claim for next summer. Able to perform in most midfield positions, Alex has made this campaign eight goals and has given four assists. He has a yellow contract until 2022 and at 27 he has already caught the attention of many First clubs. Although he also knows that he has the opportunity to ascend with Cádiz, in which he has been active since 2017.The middle of Alcala de Henares grew in the lower categories of Real Madrid, like his brother, and came to debut with the first white team, but in 2013 he went to Espanyol. After two assignments in the Croatian Rijeka and English Reading, in 2016 he signed for Elche and a season later he arrived in Cádiz, where he grows every year.Álex Fernández has not been the only objective that Betis has handled in these last days of the January market. The doubts about the performance of Dani Martín, substitute of Joel Robles, caused that within the entity of Heliopolis one thought about the possibility of signing another goalkeeper, but in principle it seems that this possibility has also been discarded.last_img read more

Resilient Jeron Teng grateful to be playing basketball again

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 View comments “It just feels so good to be playing basketball again,” said Teng in Filipino in an article on PBA’s official website. “I’m just happy to be back again, playing and helping my teammates.”Teng averaged 4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in his three games back from the incident and Aces head coach Alex Compton said Teng is playing above and beyond of what he’s asked to.“I thought he did a great job,” said Compton. “It’s been a crazy time for Jeron but for him to start to get his timing back and play more, be in better shape, I don’t think you would think that Jeron got stabbed a month ago and we’d be worried about his life at the hospital.”“If you watched the game and didn’t know the situation, you would never have thought that happened. He kind of personified what we wanted, everybody mixing it up, getting after it, and playing hard,” added Compton.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lakers’ Ball expected to be ready by camp after knee surgery It was just over a month ago when Alaska rookie Jeron Teng survived his most harrowing experience.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES A simple taunt turned ugly when Teng and his former teammates in La Salle, Norbert and Thomas Torres ended up in the hospital with multiple stab wounds.With that incident behind him, Teng is back up and contributing for the Aces in the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’In a playoff game against mighty San Miguel, Teng looked as if nothing had happened, putting up solid numbers of 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 21 minutes of play.It was Teng’s best game since his return and although it ended in a 105-94 loss, he’s just happy to be back doing the job he loves. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

Pacquiao, Broner to unveil fight details next week

first_imgManny Pacquiao poses with the welterweight championship belt on July 15, 2018. AFPNEW YORK, United States – Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao and former world welterweight champion Adrien Broner will announce details Monday in New York about their upcoming bout, expected in January at Las Vegas.Pacquaio owns the World Boxing Association’s regular welterweight crown, a step below US unbeaten WBA ‘super champion’ Keith Thurman, after stopping Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in July at Kuala Lumpur — his first knockout win since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT Bonfire! UP Maroons end 2 decades of Final 4 absence Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown RELATED VIDEO The southpaw, 60-7 with two drawn and 39 knockouts in a career that began in 1995, turns 40 next month while American Broner is 33-3 with one drawn and 24 knockouts.Broner and Pacquiao are set to talk Monday at New York’s Gotham Hall and Tuesday at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills to promote the bout, which is expected to be staged January 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.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 ChrissPacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, said last month he was 90 percent certain he would next fight Broner, a former four-division world champion.Pacquiao, also a senator in the Philippines, lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn last year in Brisbane. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Last month, Pacquiao signed with adviser Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions group after being promoted by Top Rank’s Bob Arum, Haymon’s main rival, for the past 14 years.The move ensures Pacquiao will have chances to fight the best in the welterweight division as Haymon’s fighters include Americans Thurman, 28-0 with 22 knockouts; World Boxing Council champion Shawn Porter 29-2 with one drawn and 17 knockouts and International Boxing Federation champion Errol Spence Jr., 24-0 with 21 knockouts.Haymon has also handled past matters for retired unbeaten former champion Floyd Mayweather, who beat Pacquiao by unanimous decision in 2015 for three world titles in a megafight showdown at Las Vegas with a Pacquiao rematch possible if he desires a ring return.Before thoughts of any of those fighters, Pacquiao must first prepare for Broner, who drew with former world welterweight champion Jesse Vargas in April after losing last year to undefeated American Mikey Garcia, the reigning WBC lightweight champion.Thurman returns from an injury layoff January 26 to defend his crown in New York against American Josesito Lopez. Porter and Spence defend their crowns in March on back-to-back weekends, Spence facing Garcia on March 16 a week after Porter makes his first title defense against Cuban mandatory challenger Yordenis Ugas. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”

first_imgDear Editor,The Alliance For Change (AFC) party would be well advised to take heed of the famous George Santayana quote which says that ‘those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’Looking at the recent shenanigans of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown, particularly the mistreatment of the AFC members, including preventing the current Deputy Mayor from being nominated for re-election, the precluding from the agenda of the motion of No Confidence by a former Deputy Mayor and subsequent attempt to bring disciplinary action against the mover of the motion, should cause the leadership of the AFC to become deeply troubled about the union they share with their partners in the coalition Government and their seriousness about shared governance.But looking at recent history, the AFC should hardly be startled by the former Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan being prevented from nominating the incumbent Lionel Jaikaran for re-election to the post of Deputy Mayor. Surely, they must recall in 1996 the reneging on an agreement to rotate the Mayorship of Georgetown between the three parties represented at the Mayor and City Council by that same group that resulted in the then Deputy Mayor Philomena Sahoye-Shury, being denied the opportunity of serving as Mayor and also being voted out as Deputy Mayor.So now that the one group has taken the levers of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and the Chairmanship of the important committees, what can the citizens expect?What can the citizens expect for the next nine months? They can anticipate significantly more and higher taxes and fees being levied upon them by the Council for 2018 as they seek to pressure the citizens more to underwrite their luxury needs and habits, including the upping of the container tax, more attempts to impose the notorious parking meter system among many other fees.Until the ‘Terrific Triumvirate’ is removed and until there is a thorough forensic audit, including an audit of their Internal Section and a Commission of Inquiry at City Hall, citizens should just sit tight and endure many, many, more luxury trips, large tenders being doled out without tender procedures being adhered to, more nepotism, cronyism and favouritism and much more slackness at City Hall.Sincerely,Laquisha Kaftanslast_img read more

List contines to grow as Gordon fails inspection

first_imgJust when it looked like racing would snatch the spotlight from the cheaters at Daytona, Jeff Gordon’s winning car failed inspection. Gordon, who won the second of Thursday’s two 150-mile qualifying races, now will start the Daytona 500 in 42nd place. “I am 100 percent sure this is unintentional.” NASCAR said it believed a mechanic made a mistake when the shocks were installed before the race. Gordon’s was the sixth team in three days to be caught with technical violations. The earlier problems led to expulsions, suspensions, fines and loss of championship points – and the season hasn’t even begun. The most serious of the violations was committed by the new team of Michael Waltrip, whose Toyota failed inspection after an illegal substance was found in the gas line. His crew chief and team director were suspended indefinitely and kicked out of Daytona International Speedway. Waltrip was docked 100 driver and car owner points. That was on the heels of lesser violations by the teams of Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and Scott Riggs, whose crew chiefs all were fined and suspended. All drivers also lost points. NASCAR inspectors said his Chevrolet was almost an inch too low but blamed it on a part failure – not cheating. He was not stripped of the victory. “We feel it was unintentional, and actually fairly unsafe,” said NASCAR competition director Robin Pemberton. “We feel that it was a part failure, and we feel that it was unitentionally done. I think it would be marginal at best if there was any advantage. center_img “You couldn’t stage this stuff, even if you wanted to,” Pemberton said. Roush Fenway Racing president Geoff Smith said the team “clearly” is going to file an appeal for the penalty assessed to driver Matt Kenseth earlier in the week, on the basis that NASCAR’s system of assessing penalties is inconsistent. “I’m sitting here, and Michael Waltrip gets two thirds the penalty of the last fuel additive alteration situation, and (Kenseth) got an unprecedented, never-seen-before penalty,” Smith said. “Now you’ve got Jeff Gordon, who gets absolutely nothing for a deal that was similar to ours.” Gordon learned his car had failed inspection while finishing his post-race news conference. “Are you serious? That sucks. I’m mad about that right now,” he said with a look of disbelief on his face. Asked what the penalty should be, Gordon wasn’t sure. “I mean, what do I think it should be? It’s whatever NASCAR decides for it to be. That’s what it should be. I mean, I think I should start the Daytona 500 on Sunday, but where I start will be the other thing. Turns out that will be next to last. “We’re not going to take a win away from anybody,” Pemberton said. 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

Migne content with single point in Bahir Dar

first_imgWe missed some opportunities in the first half and after that it was difficult especially because we played against 12 players. The fans were amazing and the atmosphere made it difficult for sure,” the tactician said after the match.He added; “With the fans and the quality of the opponents also, I think we deserve a draw. It was a fair result. In the second half especially it was difficult.”The tactician has also admitted that it was difficult for the team to hold the defensive shape after Abud Omar’s injury with the Belgium based defender limping off early in the second half with a suspected groin strain.Nonetheless, Migne has lauded his players for putting up a fight and getting off with the point under difficult circumstances.-Good gameHarambee Stars duo of Eric Johannah and Ovellah Ochieng pair up on an Ethiopian player during their 2019 AFCON Qualifier at the Bahir Dar Stadium on October 10, 2018. PHOTO/Courtesy“The draw is a correct result for us. Maybe we should have had a penalty and maybe Ethiopia as well should have had a penalty, but I don’t know. The referee had a very good game and I think it was also good for the fans. Now we will try and win in four days’ time,” the Frenchman further stated.Basing on Sierra Leone’s fate in the group after their FIFA suspension, Stars might qualify for the Cup of Nations on Sunday with three points against the Walia Antelopes at Kasarani.Migne further added that the team has picked vital lessons from both their games against Ghana and Ethiopia and says he is happy with the improvement they have had.“We are a young team and maybe apart from Victor (Wanyama) we don’t have many players with big experience. But we are on the way to the high level and I am proud of my players. I told them before the game that the high level is about confirming the result. Not one game you play good and the other bad,” he noted.-Fill KasaraniHarambee Stars fans shout their support to the team during the African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, the tactician has urged Kenyan fans to turn out in large numbers on Sunday at Kasarani and support the team as they bid to make it to the Cup of Nations. Against Ghana, about 18,000 fans turned up at the 60,000 seater Kasarani Stadium.“If I have one wish, I hope to have a full stadium next Sunday because its amazing to play in this atmosphere. It was amazing to play in this stadium and it will be important if we get the same in four days and I hope to beat you,” Migne said, answering a question from an Ethiopian journalist.Stars return to Nairobi on Thursday and will hit training immediately to sharpen up for the crucial return leg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne during a past training session at teh Kenya School of Monetary Studies. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne says he was content with the single point picked from his side’s 0-0 draw with Ethiopia on Wednesday evening in a 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Bahir Dar Stadium.With the draw, Stars moved to the top of Group F with four points ahead of the return leg on Sunday at the Kasarani Stadium which the tactician has termed as a ‘Cup Final’.last_img read more

Fellaini: ‘It’s difficult for my family but not for me – it’s not all fans’

first_img3 This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine, the brilliant FREE weekly publication packed full of a variety of sport. Download the free iPad app here and follow them on Twitter @SportMagUK.Marouane Fellaini has spent the morning defending himself. It’s nothing unusual. Fending off criticism has become an almost daily task for the Manchester United midfielder in recent months. But this time, the slurs are different. They’re not aimed at his footballing ability or performances on the pitch, but at his character.The previous evening, the 28-year-old was labelled a “thug” on national television for the second time in the space of a week by former Premier League referee Howard Webb. Summarising the second leg of Manchester United’s Europa League tie against Liverpool for BT Sport, Webb accused Fellaini of deliberately throwing an elbow at the head of Reds midfielder Emre Can. “It’s one thing imposing yourself on the game, but another thing being a thug on the pitch,” pronounced Webb.“In football you will always have some people with you and some against you… this is football,” shrugs Fellaini when we meet him at a Manchester hotel. He’s softly spoken and shy in his manner, making it difficult to tally the man in front of us with the one accused of “violently throwing his arms into people’s faces” (another Webb line) on a weekly basis.He appears unaffected by the furore swirling around him, smiling as he poses for our shoot and laughing sheepishly when a yawn escapes in front of the camera. But when we start to discuss a season during which he has so often borne the brunt of fans’ frustrations with an underperforming United team, the happy exterior fades.“Not all the fans can love you,” he says. “But I do my job. I try to do my best on the pitch, I work hard, I give everything for more than 90 minutes, and for me these are the most important things. I try to do everything for the manager and for the club. And the rest? I don’t listen. I don’t look. I just try to do my job.” ALL CHANGEIt’s all so far removed from Fellaini’s experiences at Everton, where his hardworking, fiery persona won the respect of the fans, his teammates and even the press. In a Daily Mail article written ahead of an England v Belgium friendly in 2012, Fellaini is described as “the perfect modern midfielder” – one who brings “athleticism and power to Everton’s engine room, versatility and, as a record of 20 goals in 137 appearances shows, an attacking threat”.Asked now what he feels he brings to United, it’s clear that Fellaini doesn’t consider himself any different to the player who won these plaudits just four years ago: “My mentality and my hard work. And I know I can be dangerous. I try to do everything to win the game.”But away from the club that gave him his first home in England, those qualities aren’t winning him anything apart from insults, abuse and the occasional bout of booing from his own team’s fans.Fellaini’s move across the Pennines was difficult from the start. Joining a club reeling from Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, he was under pressure to prove David Moyes’ faith in him was founded on more than familiarity. “He said they needed someone like me, but he only did nine months and after that he was sacked,” says Fellaini of Ferguson’s successor, who he played under for five years at Everton. 3 3 TUNING OUTThere’s no sense of anger from Fellaini, just a touch of prickliness about the sections of the United crowd who react to his place in any Louis van Gaal starting XI with outrage. Take a look at his Twitter mentions the next time he steps on the pitch and you’ll find an ugly stream of close-to-the-bone ‘banter’ and venom.“It’s difficult for my family because they read what people write and hear what’s said,” says Fellaini, whose brother is alongside him when we speak, rocking the same haircut and a similarly long and lean physique. “But for me, it’s not hard because I’m a professional and I love my job. I do everything for my job.“And it’s not all of the fans. I go out around Manchester; I go to dinner and to work and the supporters are always great towards me. I don’t know, maybe some, they don’t watch all the games? So I don’t read [what’s written] and I don’t listen to it.”When the team as a whole has so often failed to deliver on the pitch this season, why is it Fellaini who is singled out for such criticism?“Sometimes I don’t understand it,” he says. “But I have to deal with it. I have to get past it and do my job. If the manager puts me in the team, he knows why – it’s for a reason.“Yes, this is the first time I have been through a time like this, but it’s also an important experience to have because it’s not every year you can have good times, you know? And the most important things are that I am happy, my health is good, my family is good and I enjoy playing football.”Asked whether he believes he can win over those fans for whom he has become a symbol of United’s troubled campaign, Fellaini lets out a long breath: “What can I do? Just play my game, work hard and that’s it. I don’t cheat, you know? I work hard on the pitch and give everything to try and win the game. The rest? It’s not important. That’s it.” Marouane Fellaini talks to Sport magazine – download the iPad app below last_img read more


first_imgNoel presenting the cheque to Colette Ferguson of NW Simon Community.Local entertainer Noel Sweeney celebrated his 67th birthday today by handing over a cheque for €10,012 to the North West Simon Community. The money was raised over the last two months with the release of his brilliant heart-wrenching song and DVD entitled Two Pay Cheques Away.An emotional Noel paid tribute to the people of Donegal for the generosity and said he was sure the money will be put to very good use. Noel said “Normally, you receive presents on your birthday, but I am absolutely delighted to be giving a present to the North West Simon Community on my birthday. Many times in life, we get too focused on material things and lose sight of what’s important.“The work that the Simon Community and their volunteers do in our towns, county and throughout the country is brilliant. I’m only too delighted to make a small contribution that will support the good work that they do”The cover of Noel’s new song Two Pay Cheques Away.Collette Ferguson from North West Simon said they are very grateful to Noel and the Swilly Group.“The campaign they have run over the last two months has been excellent and has really raised the awareness of homelessness in the North West. I am delighted to accept the cheque on behalf of North West Simon. The money raised will be used to fund our intervention activities in the North West in 2016”. Noel said they got excellent support from businesses and people around Letterkenny and Donegal.“People were only too happy to donate to this worthy cause when asked”. “I would like to thank my son Karl Sweeney, Kathleen Bonner and the staff at Swilly Group for helping me manage and coordinate the campaign. Collette Ferguson from North West Simon has also been a real pleasure to work with”.He continued “We are still accepting donations on behalf of NW Simon. We have lots of CDs to sell and it’s not too late to donate to the campaign.”On a disappointing note, Noel conceded that he was now unlikely to make the Christmas No. 1. However, he concluded that if anyone wanted to buy him a birthday present to cheer him up, he was happy to accept birthday presents well into the New Year!HE’S DONE IT! NOEL SWEENEY RAISES €10k FOR NORTH-WEST SIMON was last modified: December 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:donegalNoel SweeneyNorth West SimonTwo Pay Chequeslast_img read more

Atletico Madrid will move for Costa – but only if Griezmann joins Man United

first_imgAtletico Madrid will make a move for Chelsea striker Diego Costa, should Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann leave the club in the summer.The Spanish giants remain confident of holding onto Griezmann, despite constant speculation linking the France international with a move away during the transfer window.Atletico are aware that Manchester United are willing to activate Griezmann’s reported £86m release-clause, with the 26-year-old still undecided on his long-term future.And, according to L’Equipe, Atletico are lining up Costa as a potential replacement, should they lose the services of their star forward.Costa’s future at Chelsea is also under close scrutiny with interest from the Chinese Super League prominent for much of the campaign.However, the Spain international admitted recently that he would only consider leaving Stamford Bridge for a return to Atletico.Diego Simeone remains a huge admirer of Costa and is ready to welcome him back to the club, should Griezmann decide to leave for Old Trafford. Diego Costa could leave Chelsea this summer 1last_img read more


first_imgLeading Donegal jockey Martin Harley has been hospitalised after a heavy fall while taking part in a race in England.Jockey Martin Harley has been hospitalised after fall.Martin, from Trentagh outside Letterkenny, fell heavily from his horse Red Alert at Lingfield earlier today.It is not known how bad his injuries are. The incident happened when Harley was riding the 7-4 favourite Red Art in the Ladbrokes Mobile Handicap.Harley was taken to hospital by ambulance but racing was delayed for more than an hour and a half as a result.Harley was closing on the leaders inside the final furlong when Red Art clipped the heels of horses in front of him.The horse fell heavily and suffered fatal injuries. Harley was thrown hard to the ground and had to be taken to East Surrey Hospital in nearby Redhill. Presumido (5-1) held on to win the race, by half a length from Alnoomaas, and the trainer Simon Dow said: “It’s a hollow victory when something like that happens, and our thoughts are with Martin and the other connections.” DONEGAL JOCKEY HARLEY HOSPITALISED AFTER FALL was last modified: March 20th, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:donegalfalljockeyMartin Harleylast_img read more