Stephen F. Austin Picked to Repeat Regular-Season Volleyball Title

first_imgNicholls FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin is the favorite to lift the 2018 Southland Conference regular-season championship trophy, the league announced Monday through its poll via on by the league’s coaches and sports information directors. 276 196 New Orleans 97 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (208), who earned the regular season and tournament championships in 2015 and 2016, holds a seven-point advantage over Houston Baptist (201) for the No. 3 spot in the predicted order of finish. HBU just beat out Abilene Christian (197) for the four-slot by four total points. The Wildcats made a Southland Tournament championship appearance in their first season eligible last year, also becoming the first No. 8 seed in tournament history to make the final. With 14 first-place votes, SFA (276 total points) edges Central Arkansas (270) by six total points in the poll. The Sugar Bears picked up 11 first-place votes following a 2017 season that saw them claim the Southland Tournament title as the No. 2 seed. UCA’s season ended last year with a 3-1 loss at No. 10 USC in the NCAA First Round. 201 Lamar University McNeese 197 The Ladyjacks are coming into the new season as defending champions, claiming a 14-2 record in the 2017 league season to win their first championship since 2014. SFA returns 13 letterwinners from last season, including three Southland Preseason All-Conference First Team selections in Haley Coleman, Danae Daron and Makenzee Hanna. Junior setter Ann Hollas also earned a preseason second-team accolade for the ‘Jacks to lead the league in preseason all-conference honorees. UIW (97), New Orleans (90), Lamar University (69), Nicholls (54) and Southeastern Louisiana (32) are tabbed to place ninth through 13th, respectively. 182 Central Arkansas (11) 69 270center_img UIW Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sam Houston State 90 Stephen F. Austin (14) Northwestern State (196) received a first-place vote and is just one point behind Abilene Christian in the poll. Sam Houston State (182) is expected to place seventh in the league while McNeese rounds out the top-eight with 156 total points. 156 Abilene Christian 208 The preseason poll is voted on by head coaches and SIDs from each Southland volleyball school. Voting for one’s own team is not permitted.2018 Southland Conference Coaches’ and Sports Information Directors Preseason Poll Northwestern State (1) Houston Baptist Pl. Team (First-place votes)Total 54 Southeastern Louisiana 32last_img read more

SANTA ANITA’S 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET SET TO OPEN ON FRIDAY, WITH FIRST POST TIME AT 1 P.M.; TRACK TO HOST RECORD 10TH BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOV. 1 & 2

first_imgSANTA ANITA’S 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET SET TO OPEN ON FRIDAY, WITH FIRST POST TIME AT 1 P.M.; TRACK TO HOST RECORD 10TH BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOV. 1 & 2 ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2019)–With entries set to be taken on Tuesday, Santa Anita Park’s 23-day Autumn Meet will open on Friday, Sept. 27, with first post time at 1 p.m.  The highlight of the meeting, which concludes Sunday, Nov. 3, will be a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2.  Tickets for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup can now be purchased through the Breeders’ Cup Ticket Office at (877) 849-4287, or by visiting breederscup.com/tickets.Located just east of Pasadena in Arcadia, Santa Anita first opened on Dec. 25, 1934 and as such, is an iconic figure on the Southern California sports landscape, preceding all other major sports franchises in Los Angeles.     Aside from the two-day Breeders’ Cup, first post time on weekdays will be at 1 p.m. and on weekends, at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. respectively.SANTA ANITA AUTUMN MEET FACT SHEET–FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING ON ALL WEEKDAYS, EXCLUDING NOV. 1 & 2.–WEEKEND GENERAL ADMISSION:  $5–WEEKEND CLUBHOUSE ADMISSION:  $10–MEZZANINE BOX SEATS:  $10 PER SEAT.–RACING PROGRAM:  $3–WEEKEND GENERAL PARKING:  $4–VALET PARKING:  $10–TWO DOLLAR BEERS AND SIX DOLLAR SPECIALTY COCKTAILS ARE OFFERED EACH FRIDAY TO THOSE 21 AND OVER.–ASIDE FROM WEEK ONE, SANTA ANITA’S AUTUMN MEET WILL OPERATE ON A FOUR-DAY WEEK, THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.–FANS ARE ENCOURAGED to sign up for XB Rewards to get Admissions discounts and special offers.  Visit the XB Rewards Center located on the Grandstand main floor.–SANTA ANITA IS OFFERING A WIDE RANGE OF EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS THIS SEASON.  For additional information or to purchase tickets online, please visit santaanita.com/events–FRONTRUNNER RESTAURANT–Glass enclosed with spectacular views on the Grandstand’s fifth floor, personal TV monitors are at each table with ready access to wagering windows.  For reservations call (626) 574-1035.  FrontRunner Brunch reservations can be made each weekend at santaanita.com/events.–TURF TERRACE RESTAURANT–Located on the Grandstand third and fifth floors, just past the finish line, this spectacular area is outdoors but fully covered, with easy access to wagering and each table includes a personal TV.  Turf Terrace Packages can be purchased at santaanita.com/events and to make a reservation, please visit santaanita.com/reservations.  To make a reservation by phone, please call (626) 574-1030.–SANTA ANITA’S NEW LOGE BOX SEAT INITIATIVE–As a special offer for the 2019 Autumn Meet, enjoy a day at the races in these brand new boxes for only $12 per seat.  Visit santaanita.com/events to purchase online and save.–INQUIRIES REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF SEASON AND DAILY LUXURY SUITES (including all-new Stretch Run Suites), should be directed to Santa Anita Group Sales at (626) 574-6400.–SANTA ANITA OFFERS FREE INFIELD PARKING AND ADMISSION EACH WEEKEND VIA GATE SIX OFF OF COLORADO PLACE ON THE TRACK’S NORTHERN PERIMETER.–WITH SPECTACULAR VISUALS of morning training and the San Gabriel Mountains, admission to Clockers’ Corner, located at the top of the stretch, is free each morning and a full breakfast menu is available to attendees from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., seven days a week.—FREE SEABISCUIT TRAM TOURS OF THE STABLE AREA are available each weekend morning at 9:45 a.m., weather permitting.  Tours depart from Clockers’ Corner.–THE CALIFORNIA RETIREMENT MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT (CARMA), which retrains and re-homes retired racehorses, maintains an office at Santa Anita and can be reached directly at Carma4horses.org.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

HORSES UNDER CARE OF TRAINERS NAMED IN FEDERAL INDICTMENT TO UNDERGO MANDATORY MINIMUM 60-DAY STAND DOWN PERIOD PRIOR TO RACING AGAIN AT STRONACH GROUP TRACKS

first_imgHORSES UNDER CARE OF TRAINERS NAMED IN FEDERAL INDICTMENT TO UNDERGO MANDATORY MINIMUM 60-DAY STAND DOWN PERIOD PRIOR TO RACING AGAIN AT STRONACH GROUP TRACKSHALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Stronach Group announced today that all horses who were under the custody of trainers named in the federal indictment earlier this week will undergo a mandatory minimum of a 60-day stand down period and are prohibited from racing at any Stronach Group racing facility during that time.“Our goal is to keep these horses safe and from competing if there is any possibility that they may have performance-enhancing drugs in their system,” said Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinarian, The Stronach Group.  “This is being done not only to first and foremost protect the horses, but also to protect the majority of the trainers and owners who are doing things properly. We are disgusted by the conduct set out in the indictments. It is extremely important to honor our commitment to always put the health and safety of the horse first.”The trainers named in the indictment were barred from entering their horses at any Stronach Group facility earlier this week.All horses who were under custody of trainers at the time of indictment have been placed on the Official Veterinarian’s List for a minimum of 60 days.  The time period of 60 days started from the time the horse was transferred from the custody of an indicted individual.In order to be removed from the Official Veterinarian’s List, these horses must have a hair sample submitted for testing a minimum of 30 days after being transferred and must test clean for any prohibitive substances. At the conclusion of the 60 days, and with a negative hair test, the horse can work off of the Official Veterinarian’s List with approved medication for their jurisdiction and pass both a blood and urine test. Under normal circumstances only a blood test is required when working off of the Official Veterinarian’s List.The Stronach Group will also institute a stand down period for horses recently claimed from the indicted individuals.  Those horses will be placed on the Official Veterinarian’s List for minimum of 60 days, effective from the date of the claim.   All claimed horses are subject to out-of-competition testing, including blood, urine and hair testing (performed a minimum of 30 days after the claim) and must also work off of the Official Veterinarian’s List.A complete list of requirements for all of the affected horses is available from the racing offices of each Stronach Group track.last_img read more

Pochettino could make quick return to management with Spurs, says O’Hara

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO could make a quick return to management with Tottenham, claims former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara.The Argentine manager has been out of work since being sacked by the North Londoners in November and replaced by Jose Mourinho.1 Mauricio Pochettino has been tipped to make a sensational return to TottenhamHowever, the Special One’s appointment has failed to have the impact fans had been hoping for with the club on a run of four defeats in a row.Tottenham’s season took another turn for the worse this week as they crashed out of the FA Cup on penalties to the Premier League’s bottom side Norwich.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursFormer Spurs striker Alan Brazil brought up the topic of Pochettino on talkSPORT by asking: “So where are we with Poch now?“He’s not going to come back is he?”O’Hara responded: “He might [come back]. Why not?“Has is been done before? Of course it has. Why not?“He hasn’t got a job and he’s still loved by the Spurs fans, so potentially it could happen.”Spurs are currently in the midst of an injury crisis with Hugo Lloris, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Kane, Juan Foyth and Ryan Sessegnon all sidelined.Mourinho has already told bosses to choose between the Premier League and Champions League after their most realistic hope of ending their 12-year trophy drought came to an end to Norwich.He hasn’t got a job and he’s still loved by the Spurs fans, so potentially it could happenJamie O’Hara on Mauricio Pochettino returning to SpursYet O’Hara revealed he is fed up with the excuses the Portuguese has been using to justify his side’s recent slump.He added: “I’m getting a little bit sick and tired of the excuses that he’s coming out with.“I’ve backed him where he’s lost Harry Kane and he’s lost Son and he’s trying to find a way to win and it hasn’t quite happened.“But the negativity and the mentality of ‘let’s all feel sorry for us and we’ve got injuries, [Lucas] Moura wants to come off and [Steven] Bergwijn wants to come off, let’s all feel sorry for Tottenham’ – No, Come on.“You need to get results and you need to pick it up, you’ve still got a good enough squad there to beat Norwich and to get results.“Now there are no excuses left for Mourinho with bringing him in to win a trophy but gets knocked out by Norwich in the FA Cup – it kind of really puts the season into perspective with where we’re going.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesMost Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic“I don’t think they’re going to get through against RB Leipzig [in the Champions League round-of-16] either, so it could be season over by next week.“I feel for him to a certain degree but he is getting paid a lot of money and he’s got to be able to find results.“There’s still a very good squad of players at Tottenham, a very good squad, and you need to find a way to lift them up and give them the confidence to believe they can go and win games.”Jose Mourinho refuses to watch penalty shootout as Tottenham lose to Norwichlast_img read more

PNG to take on New Caledonia in U17 semis

first_imgThis match will get underway today at the CIFA Academy at 1pm (PNG time).PNG and New Zealand are the only teams to go through pool play without a defeat.But after a first-up 7-1 drubbing of Vanuatu, PNG struggled a little, edging Cook Islands 2-1 before the draw with Fiji on Match Day 5.Our girls will be banking on top striker in the tournament Belinda Giada to help them secure a win.Giada scored a total of eight goals so far in the tournament, four goals against Vanuatu, two goals against Cook Islands and another two against Fiji.She has lived up to expectations with her attacking ability and is a strong contender for the golden boot award.New Zealand is playing Fiji in the first match at the CIFA Academy from 10am (PNG time).After navigating their way through pool play, the four nations will fight for a spot in the final of the tournament.The champion of this tournament will have direct qualification to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup at Jordan from 30 September to 21 October.Eight countries took part in the tournament with the top four playing the semifinals while Vanuatu, Samoa, Cook Islands and Tonga missed out.last_img read more

Farah set to leave Tigers for Sydney rival

first_imgFarah will reportedly leave the Tigers and head to Redfern for the 2017 season with an announcement expected in the next two days.Fox Sports reporter James Hooper reports that Cronulla was close to nabbing Farah before the Origin hooker opted for the Bunnies.“If you had asked me a week ago I would have said all roads lead to up up Cronulla, and Robbie Farah joining the Cronulla Sharks, being in the Shire next season,” Hooper told NRL Tonight.“But as we know rugby league moves in mysterious ways at the best of times, and over the course of the last week South Sydney have absolutely rolled out the red carpet.“Their owner Russell Crowe … and also all of their senior players — Sam Burgess, Greg Inglis — have all been campaigning really heavily in Robbie Farah’s ear.“I think we’ll see over the course of the next 48 hours Robbie Farah will officially sign with the Rabbitohs to play for 2017 and 2018.”Farah and Jason Taylor have had frosty relationship this season, with the coach dropping Farah to reserve grade.last_img read more

The biggest imprudence of 2020: pick up his grandson to rescue the cat

first_imgA grandmother walking with her grandson. Image: iStock Grandmothers are people who are always characterized as sweet and tender ladies, people who always have time for their relatives and who, with each of their acts, demonstrate the love they have for us. From cooking delicious and abundant dishes with which we could survive for a whole week, to spending money suspiciously so that no one else notices … grandmothers always do things to take better care of their grandchildren. However, not all grandmothers are equal, and a recent video posted on social networks shows us. In China, specifically in Nanchong City, a grandmother made us go through one of the most distressing scenes of the moment on the Internet. This lady, seeing her cat trapped on the ledge of the lower floor, decided to rescue him in the most surreal way. The old woman tied a rope to her grandson about 7 years of age, and then hung it from the balcony of her house, located on a fifth floor, so that the little one could catch the cat.This shocking scene was recorded by a pedestrian who was in the area and has already become a viral phenomenon in the world. Many users of different social networks to see it have confessed to having done it with much agony for fear that the child could rush to the ground at any time, from such a height. No one understands why he puts his own grandson in danger in this way.#ZCN | Granny hangs her grandson from a fifth floor to rescue the cat.A grandmother decided that the best way to save her cat, who was on a terrace on the fifth floor, was to hang her grandson by tying a rope to lower him to where the cat was pic.twitter.com/d3kwCz5abk– ZonaCeroNoticias (@noticiazonacero) January 11, 2020As a result, and after receiving so much criticism from users from all over the world, the protagonist grandmother of the video apologized publicly. According to her, it was not until after watching the video that she noticed the imprudence she committed and that, at that moment, she was totally sure that everything would be fine.center_img A distressing video starring a grandmother and grandsonHe hangs his grandson from a balcony to save the catGrandma has apologized to realize the dangerlast_img read more

Ronaldinho: “I didn’t change the history of Barcelona”

first_imgRonaldo de Assis Moreira ‘Ronaldinho’, the striker who gave impetus to the Barcelona of Frank Rijkaard and Joan Laporta, says it is “a pride” to hear that Barça’s history changed, but does not agree: “It was not me, it was a group of players who were going through a great moment. ” In an interview published in the January issue of the magazine ‘Panenka’, Ronaldinho recalls that in Barcelona “everything was very nice” from day one, from the first game. “It was more than special,” he said. He said that it is not only in Barcelona where he has been happy, but that he has generally been “playing football”. As for Leo Messi, Ronaldinho recalls that when he arrived at Barça “there was already talk of a child” who stood out among the little ones. “Then we were friends, we started playing together and we got along very well. He came to be different from everyone else, and we talked with Rijkaard to come and train with usIt was all very fast. I was lucky to give him the pass of his first goal. Over time, it is very nice to see someone who starts and then conquers the world so close, “he recalls. Ronaldinho comments that Messi did not leave him any particular teaching. “We were always very friends, we learned things from day to day, he taught me Spanish and I Portuguese, but with the ball we understood each other perfectly. I would stay with how calm he is. That is something I love about him, I never know he gets in trouble, he is always with his family and the closest ones, “he says. Asked about what quality Messi could stay with Ronaldinho if he could, the Brazilian says: “Leo has it all, he doesn’t need anything from me.” He has such a good memory of his past in Barcelona, ​​that it is “impossible” to keep one. “From the first game it was all joy, there are many memories. I think I have arrived with thousands of people waiting for me at the stadium, to be received is how to get home,” he admits. He has praise for Frank Rijkaard, his coach at Barça. “He is a great coach, a very quiet guy, the best I have worked with. He knew everything because he played at the best level, and that made things very easy for us. Everything he asked us he had already lived before that spoke to us in a very simple and direct way, “he insists. Ronaldinho comments that the Dutchman gave him “a lot of freedom” to do his football, despite the tactical demands.“After all, when we didn’t have the ball, we also had to fulfill our obligations. But when we did, it made me feel completely free,” he insisted. That is why he has no doubt in admitting that Barça football is the one that best fit his playing style, because “having the ball” is a characteristic of Barça’s game. “Everything that is done is with a ball. When you train in this way, then everything goes well.” Then he went through Milan, a “wonderful” team with Kaka, Pirlo, Beckham, Seedorf, Ibra, Thiago Silva, Gattuso, Maldini. “It was like arriving at a selection of the best in the world, such as the Madrid of the Galactic,” he argues. And he finished his career in Brazil, where he won the Libertadores with Atlético Mineiro. “It was very nice that return to my country. I really wanted to because I had left very young and I needed to win the Libertadores and be able to participate in other competitions. I also wanted to return physically well to compete at a high level.”last_img read more

Setién: “Like the players do not interpret some things well”

first_imgThere are some things that do not interpret well. Or maybe we don’t explain them well. What we have seen We have given passes without depth and we do not work for that. There are things to try to correct. The best thing was that we had gone to rest 0-0. In the second we have been better but that is not enough. But Valencia is also a great team, which has left us well from the pressure and hurt us. It is something that we work, that we talk about, and that we have to improve.Can you go Vidal?I already said about the market that I was not going to talk. There is nothing to say now that I have not said before.Is the team worse than I expected?The only thing we are valuing is the position of the players and the understanding we have to have of what we want. One thing is that they understand the board and another thing they develop. We haven’t found the right place in the first part. We have corrected some things so that they understood them better and that has been noticed and has helped us a lot because we have gained space.What happened to Carles Pérez?From conversations with players you will understand that he does not speak. They are private things.Do you understand that a team asks for the transfer of Rodrigo?The only thing I have said about Rodrigo is that he is a great footballer, and that he preferred that he was not in the field. Above all else, someone always has a brown to hide. I have nothing to say.Why do you think De Jong’s level has dropped so much?That is your opinion. It is true that not only he, but the rest of the team, sometimes lacks understanding. Frenkie has played in a concrete way in recent months and now we are asking for others. – Too much punishment 2-0?-The first part we have been frankly bad. We have not placed ourselves well. We have not had that pause and that precision. We have provided four or five cons. There are many things that we have to value from the first part. There are things we have not understood. We may not have explained ourselves well, or you have to understand things in a better way. In the second part we have been able to make more progress. There have been very clear occasions. But unfortunately we have not made the goal and we have made the second. We must bear in mind that, being fair, in the first part Valencia deserved some more. We have not been well at all. There are many things to improve. Things to talk about I think that of Ansu or the ones that Leo has had, the rival was very involved in his house and had tied, we would have balanced it a lot. But in the end, a painful defeat that we will try to digest as soon as possible.Quique then went to the press room:What worries you most about this defeat, fails what you ask the players? Quique Setién spoke on the microphones of Barça TV before going through the press room.last_img read more

Ramos works with the group and will be ready for Valladolid

first_imgSergio Ramos is ready to play again on Real Madrid’s visit to Valladolid this Sunday (9:00 pm). The captain of the white team had a sprained right ankle during the final of the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico de Madrid that was played in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), which made him miss two games so far: the victory over Sevilla at the Bernabéu and the visit to Unionists last Wednesday. The central pressed and in fact tried to play the first of the two crashes, but from the medical services of Real Madrid they stopped him and made him see that the risk did not compensate. Finally, he rested in the League and also in the Cup, but this Friday Ramos completed the session with the group without problems and everything indicates that, if he repeats tomorrow in the last training before the day, he can start in the visit to Valladolid.The one who won’t be in that game will be Gareth Bale, that left injured in the first minutes of the second part of the Unionistas-Madrid, also with a sprained ankle. The Welshman worked inside the Valdebebas facilities and his return is expected for next week, probably for Atlético’s visit to the Bernabéu.Asensio and Hazard continue to recover from their injuries and both returned to work with the ball. The Belgian is about to reappear, it is expected that next week he can already do at least part of the sessions with the group.last_img read more

The Becerril invites all the Real’s subscribers to its stadium

first_img👋 Hello partners of the @Real society ✔️ We cannot bring the 34,119 members, but we can invite you to football. ✔️ Choose the day, visit our town and in the afternoon to football. ✔️ You just have to present the Real card at the box office. pic.twitter.com/eRzbgdYYXA – CD.Becerril (@cd_becerril) February 17, 2020It is his response to one of the most mediatic gestures left by this Cup: the Royal Society’s invitation to each and every one of the inhabitants of Becerril de Campos (754) to a match at the Reale Arena (that of Valencia) with all expenses paid. This meeting will be held on Saturday, February 22 from 18:30. Juan Antonio Redondo, president of the Palentino club, explained what the invitation of the rival was: “Aperribay He told us to look for a weekend that would fit us well to go to San Sebastian to watch a Real match. They take care of everything, he told me. The players and managers pay us the bus, the entrance and even invite us to eat. And for the rest of the people who want to sign up they invite to the round trip and to the entrance to the game“.The modest Third Division club wanted to honor the love shown by the Royal Society, despite the fact that their income is exponentially lower. Thus, he has opted to invite any realistic subscriber to his stadium. They mediate, yes, about 350 kilometers and more than three hours by car between both locations. The Calf cannot pay for the trip, but invites his Mariano Haro. The new Copa del Rey has given the opportunity to the most modest clubs across the national scene to face the biggest. Ten teams from Regional played in the first round against rivals of the First Division, although none of them could hit the ground. Even so, some forged a brotherhood, which, months later, still exists. This is the case of the Becerril and the Royal Society, with crossed gifts that turned a knockout tie into more than just a match. The Becerril has announced in its social networks that it will invite each and every one of the subscribers of the Royal Society to the parties that they choose In the remainder of the season. In other words, any of the 34,119 followers with fertilizer at the Reale Arena may go to the Mariano Haro box office and withdraw your ticket for the meeting without mediating a single euro in the exchange. last_img read more

‘Barça’ licenses, a € 63M business hit by the coronavirus

first_imgThe club recovered, in July 2018, the direct exploitation of the retail, licensing and marketing of the Barça brand, that the last sixteen years had been managed by Nike.In order to protect his brand image and generate new income, he created the company BLM (Barça Licensing and Merchandising), which currently manages six of its own stores (Camp Nou, Passeig de Gracia, La Roca Village, Airport T2, Airport T1 and the recently opened one on the Rambla in Barcelona). This business unit, which employs about 330 people and has become strategic for the clubIt also has eleven other licensed stores, 328 licensees and more than 7,000 licensed products.However, the health emergency has hit its economy hard, like any other sector, and The 17 stores that sell official club products have been closed since the government decreed the state of alarm.When the pandemic passes, the uncertainty about when the competitions will resume and the logical and predictable fall of tourism -two factors that significantly increase turnover- will only slow down the recovery.However, sources from FC Barcelona have assured EFE that the objective is, as far as possible, to avoid an ERTE that affects not only BLM employees but the rest of the club’s employees. Although all the scenarios are being considered, there is still no decision made.On the other hand, the entity continues working on the salary reductions of the players that they militate in the teams of their professional sports with the purpose that, if finally it is necessary to raise possible non-sports affectations, they have the least possible impact. The retail sale of licensed products, a business that generates about 63 million euros a year FC Barcelona, is also being hit by the coronavirus, although lThe Barça entity still does not know what exactly the losses that the pandemic will leave.last_img read more

Jorge Padilla: “Marking in the Heliodoro was complete madness”

first_imgThis is a special campaign for him since he achieved the desire of every footballer: to debut in professional football. He did it by the hand of Rubén Baraja in the defeat against Málaga at La Rosaleda. Since then he has participated in seven games (five in the League and two in the Cup) achieving two goals. “My main goal was to make my debut in the first team, I only think about contributing everything I can to the club. Marking at Heliodoro Rodríguez was complete madness, I felt very happy. You dream of it since childhood and when it happens it is incomparable ”, he described. Confined to his native Fuerteventura until this situation passes, Jorge Padilla decided to palliate his free time by answering questions from Tenerife fans in his Instagram account. The youth squad was sincere and discovered many of his feelings. “It is incredible to be with such high-quality players,” he commented at another point in his ‘post’. “For me, Nahuel Leiva, Luis Milla and Javi Muñoz seem to me to be three of the best footballers with whom I have shared costumes “he listed.Jorge is clear about his future: “I do not doubt that he can be a First Division player, if he did not aspire to more he would not be here,” said the boy. And when asked about the last non-summons, the Majorero replied that “it does not depend on me, they are technical decisions and I must think about working to the maximum every day,” he said. The attacker, in recent weeks has played more games with the subsidiary, although it continues to exercise with the first team.Jorge was one of the four youth squads who have participated this season with the first team, having a prominent role in the most difficult moment. In addition to the striker, midfielders Javi Alonso (11 games), Álex Cruz (10 minutes) and winger Elliot Gómez (11 games) have played.ANDhe canterano is in his native Fuerteventura from where he answered questions on his Instagram to Tenerife fanslast_img read more

Antic, the doublet technician

first_imgHe Barcelona He also had Antic on his bench in 2003. It was after van Gaal’s dismissal on Matchday 20 with the team three points from relegation and leaving him sixth. The Serbian had a proposal to continue in the Barça club but with the change of directive they decided not to continue.Antic continued his career on the bench of Celta, of the Serbian team which led to the 2010 South Africa World Cup and after which he was dismissed, and Shandong Luneng in 2013 and Hebei Zhonghji in 2015.Footballer and commentatorRadomir Antic leaves a great memory for his charisma in the press room and as a commentator on “Sports Carousel” of the Cadena SER and then in COPE “Playing Time”.As a footballer he began his career as a player in the Sloboda Uzice before joining the Partizan Belgrade with which he won a Yugoslav league. From there he made the jump to Fenerbahçe raising a Turkish League. His career in Spain began in 1978 with Zaragoza and two years later he went to play Luton Town English, team where he hung his boots as a player in 1984. Radomir Antic has passed away this Monday at the age of 71. The Serbian will be remembered for his time in LaLiga, especially as the coach who achieved the double with Atlético de Madrid. Antic also trained the other two greats of Spanish football, Real Madrid and Barcelona. But it was at Atlético that he made history and won the League and Cup in 1996. The Serb is the fourth coach who has led Atlético with the most games with 189 games in five seasons divided into three periods. Antic earned the affection of the Calderón who sang “Radomir, I love you”.The ex-technician began his career on the bench of the Belgrade Partisan in 1985. In his three seasons he managed two leagues. After playing for Zaragoza in 1978, he returned to the Aragonese team as a coach ten years later, leaving the team in fifth place. In 1990 the opportunity would come to train Real Madrid. Antic arrived replacing Di Stefano and he was dismissed midway through the following season with LaLiga’s leading white team.Antic trained the Oviedo two and a half seasons between 1992 and 1995 before coming to Atlético de Madrid. The Serbian wrote with gold letters in the history of the rojiblanco club when he proclaimed himself champion of the League and the Copa del Rey in the same season 1995/1996. Antic built a legendary team with Molina in goal, the defensive security of Solazábal and Santi Denia, a midfield with the leadership of Diego Pablo Simeone, the quality of Caminero Y Biscayan, the center of Pantic, the great discovery of Antic and one of the rojiblanos idols, and the goals in front of Kiko Y Penev. After finishing his first stage in 1998 he returned a year later to save Atleti from relegation, a goal for which he would be hired again in 2000 and which he did not achieve. Antic was dismissed at the end of that season. His return to Oviedo was not positive when the team dropped to Second.last_img read more

“I always thought that at Barça they pushed me to go to Madrid”

first_imgLuis Milla (Teruel, 12-3-1966) has given a telematic interview to AS in which he recounts experiences of his time as the first youth midfielder in the ‘Cruyff model’, his transfer to Real Madrid, his time in different categories of the Spanish National Team, including the Olympic and his failure in London 2012, and his episodes as a coach, the last of them more than a year ago in Indonesia. Before the State of Alarm, he was a commentator and wants to return to a bench.You were one of the first players from the Barça youth team that Cruyff led to the first team and with great success, and then made the leap to Real Madrid. How was that radical change?I have a great memory for better and for worse, because it was a difficult situation, because of the transfer. I had the feeling that they pushed me to go to Madrid. In between, I ran out of going to the National Team, there was a lot of media noise and I had a difficult five or six months. He did not play because the then Barça coach made a series of decisions that had more to do with the club and what he thought, than for my benefit. But in the end I arrived in Madrid, where I spent seven very good years, even though I broke the crusader shortly after arriving.It was the first ‘4’ of the Cruyff system that was promoted at Barça, how do you see the evolution of the model and of that specific position?In general, that very important position in the model that Cruyff started has not changed much, because Barça has been very scrupulous with the style. After me, very similar, very intelligent and fast-running players have taken over, with Busquets improving us all.How do you remember the Milla-Redondo debate when they met in Madrid?Many Madrid fans remind me of that rivalry, which was very positive for the team. We were both fighting for a spot, because Jorge Valdano’s idea was to play only with a midfielder. He was the starting theoretician and I was the substitute, but we both played a lot in the two years we coincided. We were very different, but even so we adapted to what Valdano wanted and we contributed to that team playing good football.Do you think that Barça and Guardiola’s possession and position football has been surpassed by Klopp’s Liverpool transition football?Guardiola’s Barça made a great football, because he gives Cruyff a twist and takes him to superlative heights. But in order to counter that game, football evolves and Klopp’s Liverpool, for example, is capable of making an equally valid and very good game, with a very physical team, but with a lot of quality, which is capable of surprising with a rhythm dizzying in transitions.You were a quarry player and are the father of a quarry player. Which works best, Barça or Madrid?It is complicated because very good players come out of the two quarries. I think Madrid has a sound policy of signing young talents, it has very good scouters, but in terms of the collective line of work to maintain the football style, Barça has done very well in recent years, because the base He plays just like the first team and that benefits players when they go up. And then there are also batches, which have little or a lot to do with both, such as Quinta La Quinta del Buitre ’in Madrid or Mini La Quinta del Mini’ in Barça. What do countries like Indonesia, China, the Arab Emirates or Qatar lack to make a definitive qualitative leap in their football?Virtually all football in Asia is very far from the level of Europe. It is true that then there are different levels in Asian football. They are on the right track, but at a different speed and, above all, what they have to do is choose their managers, who seek the best for their football, not the best for them. When I joined the Indonesian national team, the absolute team could not compete for a FIFA sanction for corruption. Their problem is at the base, where they have to keep improving on three legs: coaches, facilities and good tournaments in which to progress by competing.How were you seeing Real Zaragoza this year and how was your time at the club the months you were there?Until the League stopped, I was in a great moment. There are three key aspects to this good season: Victor knows very well the philosophy of that club, Zaragoza has done a great job at the grassroots, despite the economic problems it has had, has insisted with the youth team and is now bearing fruit , and after he has signed a series of very relevant players in the category. And with regard to my stage there, in those six months it is true that I could do better, but the atmosphere was not the best and that was mixed with the fact that the leaders wanted to be in the First in the second or third day of the League and that got him to the team an added and harmful pressure.Do you think LaLiga should be restarted even if it has no audience? You are a coach and have been a player: how do you see the proposed protocols?We don’t need to be in a hurry, because the important thing is health, but it is true that well-defined protocols will have to be followed for maximum security. I have no doubts that you are going to play behind closed doors, because it cannot be otherwise, but we are going to see when you can train again and how; it will be necessary to do a kind of mini-season… It will be difficult to return to the competition.What are your plans for when we get out of confinement to a more or less normal life?Before the Alarm State I was a commentator and the truth is that I liked it, debating and analyzing football, but obviously what I want is to train. My last experience was in the Indonesian team, a year and a half ago, and the last in Spain, in Zaragoza four years ago. When I finished my journey in Indonesia and returned, I had the feeling that I was left out of the ‘wheel’, out of the market, so I hope to have a new opportunity in my market, which is mainly Second Division, when we get out of this. And if not, it would be, but always under certain conditions, such as those I had in the United Arab Emirates or Indonesia. That year the team did not do very well and we had the opportunity to play that trophy just after the season. We went to Argentina, accompanied by Di Stéfano, and we did a kind of tour, also in Chile. We went out to play La Bombonera with the 3-1 that we achieved at the Bernabéu and they squeezed us a lot. They had a great team, they went 2-0, but I was lucky to hook her, after Míchel’s corner, and get the trophy that gave us that trophy not recognized by UEFA. The truth is that I have a great memory, because it was one of the few goals I scored in my career.Which players you have coached have reached higher than you expected and, conversely?In the U21 it is difficult for there to be players who do not arrive, but in the U19 there are more cases. Of those who made it high, I will keep two, because I have always been proud of it. I remember that they recommended me, as a coach, to go to Zaragoza to see two boys who played in Aragon, the Zaragoza affiliate, when many others were already playing in the First, facing the 2009 U-20 World Cup in Egypt: Ander Herrera and Victor Laguardia. And when I saw them I liked them a lot, and later they have become renowned professionals.De la Fuente plans to bring to the Tokyo Olympics three of the nine in 1996 who were champions and who will be over 24 years old. Do you think it’s for the best, instead of summoning Ramos or Piqué?Something similar happened to me. I had a conversation with Busquets before the London Games and he wanted to come, but I understood that the award should go to those who had walked the path for two years. I had Mata, Javi Martínez and Adrián. It would not have been any stranger for Busquets to have come, quite the opposite, but for ethics those who had reached the objective should go. In his time as a footballer, the midfield game was still a real trench. Who was the footballer you played against or played with who scratched the most?I remember that in my time as a Barça player, the battles in midfield against Madrid were very hard with Ricardo Gallego. Then we have been friends and we have met many times talking about football, but those matches were very intense; I will not forget once I came out with a bloody mouth from his elbow …Why did that 2012 Olympic Team fail with players like De Gea, Jordi Alba, Javi Martínez, Koke, Thiago, Mata, Rodrigo …?Although we came from being European champions and qualifying for the London Games, it is true that in the tournament we failed. I don’t have a good memory of all that. Things did not start very well after the atmosphere became rare because I decided that my players were in the Olympic Village because they had deserved it and that did not please the Federation. Later, and I am self-critical, things we did not do well, beyond the fact that the preparation fell short.UEFA still does not recognize the official title Madrid won against Boca Juniors from Menotti at La Bombonera in 1994. The goal that Madrid gave that Ibero-American Cup was his, from a great right hand to the squad. How do you remember it? “After me, excellent players have occupied the position of ‘4’ at Barça; Busquets improves us all” “Madrid have a sound policy of signing young talents, but at Barça the style remains because the base plays the same as the first team” “I do not have a good memory of London. The atmosphere was rarefied by a decision I made that the Federation did not like; afterwards we did not do things well and we failed”last_img read more

The Pact of Viana puts Irene Lozano at the gates of Moncloa

first_imgGonzález Laya. The Minister of Foreign was the hostess of the Viana Pact, since he was present at the meeting they had Javier Thebes and Luis Rubiales with Irene Lozano. Arancha González Laya He made available to his guests the facilities of his private residence, within the Viana Palace itself, including his cook and a waiter who prepared and served the negotiators’ lunch. González Laya was the first to congratulate the three for the truce of soccer. But there are other discreet people who made it possible. And there are also other consequences of the pact that have not yet emerged. Let’s go over them.Arístegui. Joaquín de Arístegui teamed up with Irene Lozano in ‘Global Spain’. His key role in the Viana Pact was forged when he served as consul in Beijing. In that destiny he made friends with Thebes, and for that reason the president of The league He went to the appointment without an agenda and without knowing until the end the place of the meeting. He relies on Arístegui, a brilliant diplomatic dwarf of the pact. Irene Lozano wanted secrecy, regardless of whether or not her advisor in the matter is aware of Mr. Var’s insight. Maybe on your recent visit to CNI her friend Stephen Peace It will guarantee that the headquarters of Exteriors is a clean point, or maybe the choice was from Arístegui, a neighbor of The Jeronimos, that every day walks his dog next to the Palacio de Viana. Uribes. José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes is the minister of Culture and Sport, building that also has its headquarters in the radius of action of the dog of Arístegui, and it is supposed that it is also a safe place. Uribes, a good Real Madrid player, must admire Arístegui if only for the eagerness he put into incorporating the Barca to the Spain brand. Uribes is subordinate to Irene Lozano, who was recommended to her by Pedro Sánchez. It is commented in the corridors of her ministry that she could lose her due to her media merits in the Pact of Viana, since Irene Lozano is placed as a candidate to occupy the Secretary of State for Communication.Soriano. Mariano Soriano is the CEO of the CSD. Perhaps the Pact of Viana caught him in the Ministry of Culture and Sports, because surprisingly he didn’t find out. With LaLiga money, the sport is rescued. The same Javier Tebas returns soon to Board of Directors of Council. Or maybe not. It does not matter: the one who pays, commands.last_img read more