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Dembélé’s limbo

first_imgDembélé’s credit at Barça is exhausted. The Catalan club has already warned the player that the third year was his last chance. That he should improve his performance on the field, limit his injuries and improve his habits off the field. For whatever reason, that has not happened. It’s more. It has been Dembélé’s worst season at Barça. The Catalan player has played 9 games out of 37 possible, 492 minutes out of 3,330 possible (14.77%). In the previous two seasons, he had played 23.7% and 46.35% of the minutes respectively. In total, Dembélé has played 75 games out of 154 possible and 4,215 minutes out of 13,860 possible. Since he has been at Barça, then, he has only played 30% of the minutes, an unsustainable amount for such an expensive incorporation.Barça would be left without credibility if it sustains one more season with the French under the supposed illusion that it breaks as a player. Among other things, because when he has been on the field of play, and except for specific moments, Dembélé has not been a determining player either.. At least, not continuously. If he fails to sell it, a circumstance more than possible due to its poor performance, a loan like Philippe Coutinho’s last season is not ruled out. At the moment, Dembélé is still in his limbo. Ousmane Dembélé (15-5-1977) has been teleworking much longer than his colleagues. Operated on February 11 of his tenth injury as a Barça player, a rupture of the proximal tendon of the femoral biceps of his right thigh, the Frenchman has accumulated almost a year of absence (344 days) since he arrived at the Barça club in the summer of 2017 . In fact, his six-month low forecast projects his days to 514 days without being able to work for the Barça club. An outrage for a footballer that cost 105 million euros plus 40 in variables.Dembélé lives in a sporting limbo even in these days when the uncertainty of the calendar allows many injured stars, Luis Suárez or Hazard among them, to get excited about the possibility of reappearing before the end of the season. For French that is impossible. Dembélé’s official discharge time is six months, so he will not be able to return to the playing fields officially until August.last_img read more

May 14, 2020 0

Bravo still committed to play for WI

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo says he is still committed to playing for the West Indies, but was forced to quit Test cricket because of the poor treatment meted out to him by selectors.Speaking ahead of his campaign in the Big Bash League for Melbourne Renegades, Bravo told media here that with little interest coming from selectors, he had turned his attention to the lucrative Twenty20 leagues across the globe.”Until earlier this year, I was still interested to play Test cricket, but I have yet to hear anything from any selector, what their plans are for me, what my position is,” Bravo lamented.”I just decided it’s time to move on with my life and try to channel my energy in different places. I would have loved the opportunity to play Test cricket again, but since being dropped back in 2010, I never got the chance and I just decided to call it a day.”He continued: “I’m not shutting down my opportunities to represent the West Indies. I still, 100 per cent, want to play for the West Indies in one-day internationals and T20s.”The 32-year-old played the last of his 40 Tests five years ago after scoring 2,200 runs at an average of 31 and taking 86 wickets at an average of nearly 40. Following this protracted absence from the side, Bravo announced his retirement from the longer format in January this year.Ousted as captainHe was appointed one-day captain in 2013, but axed a year and a half later after he helped lead the players’ fight against the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players’ Association, which resulted in the controversial abandoned tour of India.Bravo said many West Indies players felt more respected outside of the Caribbean and this was behind their decision to ply their trade in tournaments like the Big Bash.”I get frustrated at times, not only for myself, but for all the other cricketers – Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell. We all want to represent West Indies,” Bravo said.”But, sometimes, the way we have been treated over the years … why should we actually fight with West Indies’ cricket when the rest of the world opens their arms for us?”Yes, they pay us well, but at the same time, we never feel disrespect in any way when we play for those teams around the world. We feel loved. We feel well-respected. Do we get that type of treatment back in the region? No, we don’t.”With the ICC T20 World Cup slated to bowl off in March next year, Bravo said he was taking nothing for granted about his selection.”I would love to think that I would be good enough and have done enough to get selected for the T20 World Cup, but I’m not saying anything. I don’t know,” he mused.last_img read more

January 20, 2020 0

Austria ‘really worried’ about TNT with addition of Cruz

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Though, San Miguel is facing a TNT side that barely made the next round, coach Leo Austria knows that getting past the KaTropa won’t be easy.“They’ve always been in the semifinals and we know how strong this team is. TNT is a championship-caliber team,” admitted Austria, who was in attendance at Araneta Coliseum when TNT crushed Phoenix, 118-97, in a knockout for the last playoff spot on Sunday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFoes as talented and experienced as the KaTropa don’t usually slide much further down the standings and an SMB-TNT matchup in the playoffs often happens from the semifinals onwards.But that’s the reality San Miguel will have to face as it begins what is shaping to be a tough journey to a fourth straight all-Filipino championship. 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 But Austria remains confident knowing that the Beermen, more often than not, rise to the occasion especially come playoff time.“Whenever we’re facing strong teams, our team rises to the challenge. I hope that the pride of the players will prevail and not let us down,” he said. “My team has proven itself to step up when it matters the most. I hope that it happens again in this game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City TNT’s Rosario relieved to get out with a win over Phoenix unharmed GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES “I told them that the time will come when we’ll face our fellow contenders. But it just so happened that it came early with TNT placing eighth,” he said. “We’ll still treat this as a championship series.”Luckily for the Beermen, they have a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. Though, it would be best if San Miguel disposes of TNT right away on Tuesday.Austria believes TNT will be different from the team San Miguel beat, 88-76, in Iloilo two months ago.And a big reason for that is the addition of his former player in college Jericho Cruz, who was acquired by TNT in a trade with Rain or Shine late last month.“With Jericho Cruz, their bench got deeper. Jericho is one of the key players in any team, so for TNT to have him, Jayson Castrom and Troy Rosario, I’m really worried about this team. I think this will be a tough assignment for us,” said Austria, who coached Cruz at Adamson.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTouted as top contenders before the season started, San Miguel and TNT are set to face each other early in the playoffs when they clash in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.As expected, the Beermen finished the elimination round on top while the KaTropa had to play a pair of knockout games just to make the playoffs as the eighth seed.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

January 19, 2020 0

Pres. Weah Wants Liberians See ‘County Meet’ as Platform for Unity and Peace

first_imgPresident George M. WeahPresident George Weah on Sunday, December 16, officially declared open the 2018-2019 edition of the National County Meet in Sanniquellie, Nimba County, as he took the kickoff and encouraged participants and all Liberians to see the games as a unifying force that promotes peace in the country.The President urged participating teams to show discipline and sportsmanship as they compete for titles during the prestigious national tournament. He also called on Liberians to use the event, which is held annually, to come together in the spirit of national unity.“I am happy to be here to witness the opening of this all-important County Meet,” the President said at the opening ceremony. “But what is the County Meet? It is an annual event that brings us together as one people and one nation.”President Weah, known as one of the world’s legendary athletes, admonished scores of Liberians who attended the opening of the National County Meet to use the games as a platform to promote unity and athletic talents in the country.Presenting three sets of jerseys bearing the famous #14 as a gift by a visiting American Professor, President Weah reflected on the significance of the legendary number, which he wore during his days playing for the national soccer team, the Lone Star.He said: “If you are here and a follower of the Gospel, you will understand the meaning of #14. It is not just another number. It is of great significance. It describes the time Jesus was born. Throughout the ages, from Abraham to David, number 14 stands out as a special number for special people.”President Weah told the cheering crowd of football enthusiasts at the Sanniquellie sports pitch that anyone who is counted 14 must consider themselves blessed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 14, 2020 0

‘Gareth Bale leaving was a killer’, admits celebrity Spurs fan

first_img Danny Goffey 1 Each week a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. So step forward, ex-Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?Gandalf! He’d be a magician at 10!If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?‘I would do anything for Spurs… but I won’t do that!’ – MeatloafWhich football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?Nou Camp – packed full of Spanish ladies!Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Hugo Lloris – keyboard player in an indie-electro dance bandBrit award or Premier League trophy?Premier League Trophy. (I already have a Brit award)When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?Football posters; Hoddle & Waddle. Music posters; Hoddle & Waddle doing ‘Diamond Lights’Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Pele – the Godfather of goal scoringIf you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?‘London Calling’ –  The Clash, a rousing London Anthem. ‘Break On Through’ – The Doors, an air of spirited menace. Street Fighting Man’ – The Stones, for bravery.Which player’s departure broke your heart, and which signing got you most excited?Soldado created a lot of excitement but didn’t deliver. Bale leaving was a bit of a killer.Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Wojciech Szczesny – enough said!What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?Best: ‘Ossie’s Dream’ – Chas and Dave. Worst: ‘Diamond Lights’ – Hoddle and Waddle.Working under the Vangoffey monicker, Danny Goffey steps into the limelight after spending most of his adult life writing and performing in the Great British rock band Supergrass, penning many of their best songs including ‘Alright’, ‘Caught by the Fuzz’ and ‘Late in the Day’. After more than 15 years the band split leaving Goffey sitting on his hands contemplating his next move. ‘Take Your Jacket Off & Get Into It’ – Debut Album Released October 23rdlast_img read more

December 30, 2019 0

Poll: Mitchell, Michael, Ben, Glen – who is your favourite Johnson?

first_img Poll: Mitchell, Michael, Ben, Glen – who is your favourite Johnson? 1 After the Australia fast bowler announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday, the Drive team want to know your thoughts…last_img

December 30, 2019 0


first_imgTWO people rescued off the Donegal coast were not wearing lifejackets and were uncooperative with their rescuers, the Irish Coast Guard said today. A spokesman said that Greencastle Coast Guard boat and shoreline team and Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 were tasked to two persons in the water in Lough Foyle from an overturned boat.“The Coast Guard boat recovered both from the water at 8pm – they hypothermic but otherwise well but were uncooperative,” he said. “Neither were wearing lifejackets and Gardai were on scene.”He said the Greencastle Coast Guard shoreline team also then came across an injured young female and requested the ambulance be diverted to the scene.The incident is just the latest around Ireland where people have taken to the sea without lifejackets.  COAST GUARD ANGER AS ‘UNCOOPERATIVE’ DUO FOUND WITHOUT LIFEJACKETS was last modified: August 12th, 2013 by John2Share 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:coast guardGreencastlerescuelast_img read more

December 25, 2019 0


first_imgCANDLES OF HOPE FOR RELAY FOR LIFE DONEGALOne of the most spectacular sights in the forthcoming Relay for Life Donegal will be the lighting and displaying of Candles of Hope before the Luminaria or Candle of Hope Ceremony. Candles, lit in specially made luminaria bags, will be placed around the relay track as darkness falls and will light the way for the hundreds of participants in Relay for Life Donegal.  “Remember” is the theme of the Luminaria Ceremony and each bag will represent a loved one who has passed away or who is still fighting the disease.Candles of Hope will be on sale throughout Donegal in the weeks leading up to Relay for Life Donegal which takes place on May 26th and 27th in Letterkenny IT.  There will be ‘Pop Up Shops’ in various locations when bags can be purchased for a minimum donation of €5 each.As bags cannot be taken away there will be a stock of markers, colouring pencils etc should purchasers wish to decorate and personalise them – if you think that you would like to purchase a Candle of Hope bag please be prepared and have a photograph or memorial card with you should you like to personalise your bag in this way.You will be given an exclusive number which will identify your bag and help locate it when displayed around the track at the Candle of Hope Ceremony on May 26th.  There is also the option of submitting a photo of your loved one for use in the Candle of Hope slideshow if desired. Our target is to sell 5,000 bags which will help in the fight against cancer.  Relay for Life Donegal – Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back. relayforlifedonegal@gmail.comBelow are details of the first ‘Pop Up Shops’ arranged so look out for one near you.Good Friday           Gillen’s and Centra Supermarkets MovilleEaster Saturday Whoriskey’s and Kernan’s Filling Station Ramelton,(Fanad Peninsula)    McMahon’s Store Milford, Mace Supermarket Kerrykeel, Dunleavy’s Shop Portsalon and Gallen’s Supermarket RathmullanEaster Saturday Boyce’s Centra Carrigart, Lafferty’s Supermarket Creeslough, (Rosguill Peninsula) Boyce’s Centra Dunfanaghy, Boyce’s Centra Falcarragh.19th April    LYIT21st April    Inishowen Peninsula and Finn Valley areasTo Be Confirmed    West Donegal area CANDLES OF HOPE FOR RELAY FOR LIFE DONEGAL was last modified: March 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CANDLES OF HOPE FOR RELAY FOR LIFE DONEGALlast_img read more

December 25, 2019 0

Giguere hurt, Ducks fall

first_img Dean McAmmond and Christian Backman also scored for St. Louis, and Patrick Lalime made 28 saves. Sandis Ozolinsh had the other goal for Anaheim. The Blues finished 2-3 on their five-game homestand. St. Louis will play in Nashville on Thursday, the Blues’ first road game since they opened the season in Detroit on Oct. 5. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Anaheim’s Andy McDonald was called for hooking at the two-minute mark of the third period, and the Blues took advantage when McAmmond deflected Eric Weinrich’s shot from the point by Bryzgalov at 3:44 to give the Blues their first lead. Ozolinsh, who had missed the previous two games with the flu, scored 7:56 into the game. With the teams playing 4-on-4, Rob Niedermayer got the puck in the left circle and dropped it to Ozolinsh who beat Lalime with a one-timer from the top of the right circle. Backman got the equalizer with a power-play goal at 7:05 of the second period when his slap shot from just inside the blue line made it through a crowd and past Giguere. Islanders 3, Rangers 2: Miroslav Satan beat Henrik Lundqvist for the only score of the shootout to give the visiting Islanders the victory, their first win in the local rivalry in 11 games. Satan had a goal in regulation. The shootout was the first of the season for both teams. Eric Brewer scored with 56 seconds left in regulation Wednesday night to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the visiting Anaheim Mighty Ducks. The game appeared headed for overtime when the Mighty Ducks’ Teemu Selanne scored a power-play goal at 18:44 to tie the game 2-2. But Brewer beat Anaheim’s Ilya Bryzgalov with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line to give the Blues the lead. Bryzgalov was playing because starting goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere had to leave the game with a groin strain at 16:55 of the second period. Bryzgalov allowed two goals on 14 shots. Giguere was 2-2-1 with a 3.13 goals against average and had played all but 15 minutes of Anaheim’s first five games. center_img DiPietro, back in goal after sustaining a concussion last week and missing a loss to Philadelphia on Saturday night, made 33 saves. The Islanders were swept by the Rangers in six games in 2003-04 and were 0-8-2 in their previous 10 meetings since a 3-1 victory at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 23, 2002. Wild 6, Sharks 1: Manny Fernandez made 34 saves and host Minnesota scored five goals in the third period. Derek Boogaard’s first NHL goal put the Wild ahead for good early in the third, and Marc Chouinard, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Jason White and Filip Kuba then scored for the Wild in their second win in a row. 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

December 25, 2019 0

Former Men’s Soccer Standout Bartlett Signs Professional Contract With Charlotte Of USL

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former Drake men’s soccer standout Alec Bartlett has signed a professional contract with the Charlotte Independence of the United Soccer League, the club announced last week. Bartlett, a defender, played four seasons at Drake and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in December, 2015. The Overland Park, Kan., native started 78 games in his career as a Bulldog and helped the team capture the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title. He scored six goals and recorded three assists while anchoring a defensive unit that posted 19 shutouts in four seasons. Bartlett was a three-time All-MVC First Team selection and two-time NSCAA All-Midwest Region Second Team selection. He scored the first goal in Drake’s 2-1 win over Kentucky in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries previously worked with Bartlett at the Des Moines Menace. Bartlett played three seasons with the Premier Development club, two of which were coached by Jeffries. The defender was a standout in 2014, going all 90 minutes in his 12 appearances for the league’s regular season champions. Bartlett’s defensive unit allowed only seven goals all season, tied for the lowest total in the league that year.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

December 24, 2019 0