TO Zidane He has no choice but to find new ways to the goal and his players have joined the cause. The scorer torrent that contributed Cristiano no longer exists and now it’s time to channel the goals among the rest. The squad has got to work and this season Madrid exhibits seventeen different scorers. With Brahim’s goal against Unionists last Wednesday in the Cup, the list of players to be released is reduced to Mariano and four defenses: Mendy, Marcelo, Militao and Nacho, of which only one, the French, exhibits holder status. “Any of my players can make a difference in an offensive position,” Zidane boasted last weekend, when Casemiro sentenced Sevilla with a double. Until the Copa premiere against a Second B, the eight previous white goals to that 1-3 to Unionists they had come from players who are not forwards. He went on January 4 in 0-3 to Getafe (Varane double and both Modric), 3-1 to Valencia (Kroos, Isco and Modric) in the Arab Super Cup and both to Sevilla last Saturday. More distributed than in BarçaWith Benzema going through a certain drought and the second highest producer of the team, Rodrygo, paying his inexperience (his last target was on December 11 in Bruges) there has hardly been more help from the rest of the leading strikers (Bale, three goals, and Jovic, only one). Discounting the attackers, the rest of the team has added almost half (27) of the total white official goals (57), 47%. In comparison, those 17 white scorers make the goals more distributed than in Barcelona, where they have scored 14 different players but where Messi, Luis Suarez and Griezmann make up 68% of the Barça goals.
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Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ “It’s just you against another person,” Reisek said. “So close. You’re gripping their hands and you feel their power. You feel their everything, coming through their hand into yours.”Founded in 2014, the WAL held five tournaments around the country this year, leading up its Atlanta finale featuring the season’s top competitors. The matches were streamed live over the Bleacher Report app, though there are hopes that the sport will find more mainstream exposure and acceptance.As arm wrestling grows, drug testing is an issue that must be addressed.While the league has a policy against performance-enhancing substances, it is merely based on the honor system. Kaplan said some form of drug testing will be introduced for the 2019 season, but it’s not clear how strict it will be.The final match of the night was the big one: a heavyweight showdown between Larratt, who goes by the nickname “No Limits,” and Michael “Monster” Todd, sporting a long, dark beard and ominous scowl.Backstage before the match, Larratt prowled the halls in a lime green hoodie and matching sneakers, letting out long, deep breaths that sounded a bit like a steam locomotive struggling to get up a hill. When he stepped out on the stage for the introductions, he nodded confidently in Todd’s direction.“It’s time, Michael. It’s time,” Larratt said.The two giants split the first four pins, leading to a decisive final match in the best-of-five title round. Bound together with a thin orange strap to keep their hands from slipping apart, they dug in for a showdown that seemingly had no end.Two inches shorter but 40 pounds heavier, Todd quickly crouched at the side of the table in a technique that gave him an edge in leverage. He finally wore Larratt down for the pin after an excruciating 2½ minutes that seemed much longer in a sport where matches are often decided in a matter of seconds.When it was over, these seemingly bitter foes quickly resumed their friendship. Todd praised Larratt for his military service and all he’s done for arm wrestling. Their wives hugged. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Devon Larratt, of Big Island, Ontario, Canada, left, competes against Michael Todd, of Hot Springs, Ark., in the heavyweight class as Larratt’s wife Jodi, right, shouts from the corner during the World Armwrestling League Championships in Atlanta, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA — Geoff Hale is a mild-mannered, bespectacled geologist by day.He takes on a whole new persona when he steps into The Pit.ADVERTISEMENT There was Devon Larratt, a towering Canadian who is perhaps the sport’s biggest star. The 40-year-old has done seven tours of duty in Afghanistan as part of special forces.There was Fia Reisek, who grew up in far northern Sweden in a family of loggers, which made for a natural transition to arm wrestling. She has won several world titles and emerged as the strongest of four women competing in the WAL’s middleweight division.All seemed laid-back and downright normal.That changed when they were called to the table, egged on by the music and the lights and several hundred screaming fans surrounding The Pit.Hale takes his cue from a famous cartoon character.“Everybody loves Joker from ‘Batman,’” he said. “He’s funny, but he’s evil. He’s a bad dude if you really get down to it. That’s kind of what I wanted to create. The guy you love to hate.”At 41, Chaffee is old enough to remember “Over The Top” from its release in 1987. “I was probably one of the nine people who saw it in the theater that year,” he joked, having been subjected to the ludicrous tale of a long-haul truck driver (played by Stallone) who tries to win back the affections of his estranged son by becoming a champion arm wrestler.“People always ask, ‘Do you turn your hat around?’ Do you drink motor oil at the table?’” Chaffee said, remembering two of the movie’s more notorious scenes. “No, it’s not really like that.”Reisek was never much for traditional sports.She always felt more at home going hand to hand. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The WAL held its final event of the season Wednesday night at the TBS studios near downtown Atlanta, doling out some $100,000 in prize money during a production that borrowed heavily from the theatrics of wrestling (an actual pile of cash was placed in the middle of the table for the matches) and the hype of a heavyweight title fight (an announcer’s booming introductions accompanied the athletes’ entrance into the small arena).“I believe we’ve tapped into something really cool,” said Steve Kaplan, the league’s president. “In today’s world, there’s not a lot of things that bring people together. The sport of arm wrestling does that, unlike anything else. You see just brutal competition and strategy and moves and counter-moves and people that just want to rip each other’s arms off at the table. But afterward, there’s always an embrace.”Arm wrestling is merely a part-time job for these athletes, who traveled to the Atlanta from seven countries and a wide range of backgrounds.There was Hale, who runs a petroleum consulting firm in Oklahoma with his wife, has a 13-month-old daughter and competed in checkered Vans right out of the Jeff Spicoli Collection. After winning a four-man “battle royale,” he had to catch an early morning flight to be back at work on Thursday.There was David Chaffee, who works as a maximum-security jail guard in Erie, Pennsylvania. He broke his arm not long after taking up the sport but has come back stronger than ever, a 275-pound behemoth who routed his Bulgarian opponent with three quick pins.ADVERTISEMENT Larratt tried to clap for his opponent, but all he could muster was a left hand tapping against his leg.He can’t wait to do it again.“I’ve got a lot to work on,” Larratt said. “But I’ll be back. I promise you that. I love arm wrestling like crazy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Real Madrid revenue reaches 750 million euros, up 11 percent Eyes bulging. Muscles popping. Boasts flying. Adrenaline flowing.He becomes the Hale Raiser.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We all hold it in, because we’re a civilized society, but to be put in an environment where you can just go crazy out there … it’s just freedom is what it is, ” Hale said, his voice rising excitedly. “Freedom to be that animal, that beast, to let loose that natural killer instinct. That’s what comes out when you’re on the table.”Hale competes in the World Armwrestling League, a fledgling organization that hopes to take this most basic of sports beyond the barroom, to make it something more than a simplistic way to determining who buys the next round of beers and a punchline for Sylvester Stallone’s 1980s crime against filmmaking , “Over The Top.” LATEST STORIES
“It’s a business decision that was made,” Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett said. Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert said the salary cap was the reason Porter was cut. Releasing Porter allows the Steelers to get under the NFL’s $109 million salary cap by today, when the free agent signing period begins. “Releasing a player like Joey Porter, who has meant so much to this franchise and helped us win a Super Bowl championship, is not an easy thing to do,” Colbert said. “It’s definitely a salary cap-related issue where we needed some short-term relief. But we also had to factor in what our cap situation’s going to be in 2008 and 2009 and beyond.” Porter, who was signed through 2007, says there are no hard feelings. “The organization has always been good to me,” Porter said in a television interview. “It was a great run in Pittsburgh. I have no problem with them at all. I think it was a tough decision that they had to make, and it was one they had to make and they did it in the right way.” Porter, who played in 122 games, was an integral part of the Steelers’ defense. An outspoken sack specialist – his 60 sacks rank fourth in team history – Porter’s trash-talking was one of the subplots leading up to the 2006 Super Bowl, when the Steelers beat Seattle. PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers released veteran linebacker Joey Porter on Thursday. The 29-year-old, who was in the final year of his contract, had been the starting right outside linebacker since 2000, the year after he was drafted by the Steelers. Porter was to receive a $1 million bonus next Tuesday, and was due to earn $4 million in 2007. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Despite some disappointing early performances, England coach Gareth Southgate has kept faith with the 23-year-old and his speed was a constant threat to Sweden’s defence in England’s 2-0 quarter-final win on Saturday.“I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and dangerous alongside Harry Kane,” Dalic said in a press conference Sunday.“I wouldn’t say there are any glaring weaknesses (in England’s team) since they are in the semi-finals, that says it all.Zlatko Dalic says he expects an open, attacking game against England © AFP / Adrian DENNIS“They play very direct football, dangerous, fast, and they are really good at setpieces, and dangerous at corner kicks.”England survived a penalty shootout against Colombia in the last 16 whereas Croatia emerged through extra-time and spot-kicks against Denmark before going through the same ordeal again against Russia in Saturday’s quarter-final.After such tight matches, it is easy to forget that Croatia produced a feast of attacking play to destroy Lionel Messi’s Argentina 3-0 in the group phase.Dalic blamed Croatia’s opponents for smothering the creative talents of Luka Modric and said he expected a more open match in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.“Our last three games were different because we played teams with a defensive approach,” he said.“But we are looking forward to a different style of game against England because they like to play attacking football.”The semi-final also represents a financial mismatch between the riches of England’s Premier League and Croatian football.“If we had England’s money, who knows where we’d be in our country?” Dalic said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling’s pace caused problems to Sweden’s defence © AFP / Manan VATSYAYANAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 8 – Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has identified Raheem Sterling as England’s danger man in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England’s charge to the last four for the first time since 1990.
Martin Montoya in action for Barcelona 1 Everton face a fight with some of the world’s biggest clubs for the signing of Barcelona starlet Martin Montoya.The exciting full-back is going to be made available on loan to help his development, with the player’s agent Juan de Dios Carrasco set to sit down with the bosses at the club in the coming weeks.Juventus and Inter Milan have been interested in the defender for a long time and Bayern Munich – managed by former Barca boss Pepe Guardiola – have entered the race following the ankle injury left-back Philipp Lahm suffered that will keep him out for around three months.Montoya has started just one La Liga match this season and been an unused sub in their last four outings which is stunting the progress of the 23-year-old.Everton boss Roberto Martinez has a positive relationship with Barcelona after taking Gerard Deulofeu on loan from the Catalonians last season and will be hoping to do a similar deal in January.
Former goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has called for Liverpool to not give up on exiled goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, insisting the Belgian can “come back better and stronger” from his time out of the spotlight.The Belgian international has suffered from a lack of confidence so far this season and was dropped by manager Brendan Rodgers for last week’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester United.Following the clash at Old Trafford, the Reds boss confirmed Mignolet will be dropped from first-team duties for “an indefinite period”, while Everton’s Tim Howard has since said it will be a hard road back for the Reds glovesman.But former Man United and Aston Villa goalkeeper Bosnich believes the young stopper can emulate Manchester City and England number one Joe Hart and bounce back from this season’s struggles.“He’s got to be strong enough to recover”, the ex-Australia international told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Just like last season with Joe Hart, when [Man City manager Manuel] Pellegrini left him out for four or five games, I think that was the best thing that could have happened to him.“And if he puts his mind to it, Mignolet will be back stronger and better as well.“When he was going through that difficult time and the spotlight was on him, it was the right thing to do by Brendan Rodgers to take him out of the team and make sure he gets his confidence back.“That’s easier said than done, of course, but in my opinion – like Hart last season – he will come back a bigger, better and stronger goalkeeper.”
Roma full-back Alessandro Florenzi Barcelona have identified Arsenal and Tottenham target Alessandro Florenzi as the long-term successor to flying full-back Dani Alves.The north London rivals are both keeping close tabs on the versatile 24-year-old, who has played in midfield, defence and attack for AS Roma.The highly rated 24-year-old, who has scored two goals in 11 Serie A outings this season, is under contract until 2019 and will not come cheap.But, according to reports in Spain, Barcelona are ready to firm up their interest with a bid as they want to mould Florenzi into the man to replace Alves.The Brazilian has become arguably the best right-back in world football and is approaching 400 La Liga appearances.Barca, however, know he can’t go on forever and are already making plans for the future, with Florenzi in their sights. 1
SEAN MAC CUMHAILLS CLUB NOTES 10/09/12SENIOR HURLERSOur Senior hurlers are in the county final this Sat 15th. They play against Burt. Throw in is at 5.30pm in O Donnell Park. Please support your hurlers. Best of luck lads.DONEGAL FOOTBALLERS.Well done to all the Donegal footballers and management who met all the fans in Mac Cumhaill Park on Sat.They spent the day mingling with the fans, giving autographaphs and taking photos. A major thank you to all the Mac Cumhaill members who did stewards on the day.RESULTS.Our adult football teams had no games this weekend. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for fixtures.Our under 13 teams, boys and girls , had good wins over Termon and Red Hughs respectively.Camogie.The u14 camogie team had a great win against Carn Friday night in the semi final of the Championship.They had early scores and it continued throughout the game. Winning 6-5/ 0-0.Thanks for all the home support . Especially the senior Hurlers who were there and encouraging the girls on. Final against Burt date to be decidedFIXTURES.Under 13 Girls. Away to Robert Emmetts Wed 12th. Throw in 6.00pm.Under 12 Hurlers. County Final. Thur 13th. Mac Cumhaill Park. 6.30pm.Under 13 Boys Football. Home to Gweedore. Fri 14th. 6.30pm.Senior Hurlers V Burt. O Donnell Park. Sat 15th. 5.30pm.Please keep an eye on our Facebook page as we will update any information as soon as we receiveMAC CUMHAILLS 5 K RACEA massive crowd took part in the Annual Sean Mac Cumhaill road race.In perfect running conditions nearly 300 competitors competed. Congratulations to Gerard Gallagher and Teresa Mc Gloin who won the Mens and Womens senior categories. Thanks to all the organisers, marshalls and ladies who made the food after the race. Special thanks to Shane Mc Nulty who was the driving force behind the run.80’s DISCOThe 80’s disco took place took place in the clu on Sat night. Great music and great craic. Well done to all involved.MAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThere were no winners of the lotto this week. Numbers were 13, 20,21 and 30There was 0 match 3 winner. The 3 names pulled out wereShay Mc Devitt, Shane Mc Manus and Anne Dunnion. Each receives €30.€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsThe jackpot will be €1300 next weekIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!UNDERAGE TRAININGTraining for underage teams is as follows,Under 10’s Boys. Wed 6.00pm on Training pitch.Contact John Burke 0868185915Under 12’s Boys.Tuesdays 6.00-7.15. Contact Luke Gavigan 0877980865Under 12/14 Girls. Sunday 12.00pm Contact Olivia Finn 0879673264.Camogie: Under 12/14 Tues 6.00-7.00.All ages Fri 6.00-7.00pm.Training for girls football 14-18 is on Thurs 5.45pm and Sundays 11.45am.New players welcome. Contact Michael Gordon 0877941058FOR SALEWe have club bags for sale. €15. Ideal for school bags. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in The Villa Rose this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome.CLUB MEETING’SClub meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month at the Clubhouse. Any person wishing to get involved in the club please come along or contact any member. The Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationGAA: SEAN MAC CUMHAILLS CLUB NEWS was last modified: September 10th, 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:GAA: SEAN MAC CUMHAILLS CLUB NEWS
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Gardaí have issued a warning about driving in wet weather after a motorist was caught speeding on the outskirts of Letterkenny.Members of the Roads Policing Unit detected a car travelling 156km/h in a 100km/h zone today (Monday).The vehicle was stopped and gardaí issued this warning following the incident: “Please drive carefully and take extra care when the roads are wet!” The Road Safety Authority advises motorists to remember that it takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.Road users are also warning that there is a danger of aquaplaning during wet and flooded conditions, especially on roads with 100 km/h and 120 km/h limits. Motorist caught speeding at 156km/h outside Letterkenny was last modified: September 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)