Lucas adds to Atletico’s defensive crisis ahead of Barcelona tie

first_img CEST Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez has suffered a back injury while on duty with France under-21s, the France Football Federation has confirmed (FFF).  He will miss the game against Macedonia this week, which is a qualifier for the European Championships in 2017.  The centre-back was suffering from persistent back pain, so was sent for tests, the FFF explained, “which revealed a vertebral fracture.” It doesn’t just come as a blow for the France team, but also for Atletico, who already have defenders Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic out of action recovering from injuries.  In further bad news, Saul Niguez has also injured himself while away with the Spain under-21 side.  It leaves Diego Simeone without a recognised centre-back at the moment, although Lucas’ time out of action has not yet been confirmed. The Rojiblanco boss will be hopeful some of them recover in time for the Champions League clash with Barcelona at the beginning of April.  Upd. at 17:00 EFE, Sport EN 27/03/2016 The midfielder, who would be an option to fill in at centre-back, has injured his ankle and has “been treated with cryotherapy and anti-inflammatory medicine,” although it’s not been revealed how long he will remain sidelined.last_img read more

Leafs back on winning track

first_imgFriday, in Chase, the Leafs failed to hold a 5-3 lead as the Heat scored twice in the third period to force overtime.Shawn Campbell, Kalem Hanlon, Tyler Nypower, Easton Jolie and David Sanchez scored for Nelson. Logan Wullum added two assists for Nelson.Evan Vinterlik led Chase with a pair of goals with singles going to Cam Watson, Cody Allen and Gavin Mattey.Chase outshot Nelson 43-39.Nelson returns to the NDCC Arena Saturday to host the Fernie Ghostriders at 7 p.m.Nitehawks skipper Terry Jones closes in on 1,000 winsBeaver Valley head coach Terry Jones, closing in 1,000 wins in the KIJHL, is going to have to wait a few more games to reach the milestone.The 52-year-old skipper, with 998 wins — 759 regular season and 239 playoff victories — saw the Hawks lost 2-1 to Kimberley Friday before playing Castlegar to a 3-3 tie Saturday.Beaver Valley hosts Spokane Tuesday at the Hawks’ Nest and Grand Forks Saturday.Under the guidance of Jones, the Beaver Valley teams have won 11 Neil Murdoch Division titles, eight KIJHL championships, four Cyclone Taylor Cups, and a Keystone Cup. Nelson Leafs snapped a four-game winless streak Saturday in 100 Mile House by stopping the hometown Wranglers 3-1 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.Friday, in Chase, Nelson played the Heat to a 5-5 tie.The three-point road trip keeps Nelson on top of the Murdoch Division, eight points ahead of second-place Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Easton Jolie scored twice for the Leafs while Reid Vulcano, an affiliate call-up from Pursuit of Excellence in Kelowna, added a single.Hunter Young, playing his second game with the Leafs, lost a shutout bid late in the third period when Harley Bootsma scored on the power play. Nelson outshot the Wranglers 36-30. Young earned Nelson’s Firefighter of the Game honour.The Leafs played Saturday’s game minus a few players. Missing from the roster were Ryan Piva, Kaleb Comishin, Shawn Campbell, Dylan Rantucci, Scott Lancaster, Tyson Soobotin, Brady Miller and Caiden Kreitz.last_img read more

Premier Estate Dedicates New Housing Units Today

first_imgOne of Liberia’s post war developers, JV Company, will today officially open its newly constructed housing units in Monrovia, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Floyd Thomas, has disclosed. According to Mr. Thomas, the Premier Estate, a wholly Liberian-owned enterprise, will afford Liberians and residents the opportunity to make a choice between owning a home and renting one.With the motto: “Buying offers freedom from rising rents; affordability is a key factor,” the Premier Estate has amenities such as a gated community, perimeter and individual home fence, guard house with security, paved streets and landscaping.  As middle to upper income homes, the Premier Estate is located in Gbengbar Town, outside Monrovia along the Atlantic Ocean front and strategically positioned along the ELWA/Robertsfield Highway. It is a premium residential subdivision that offers middle to high income homes for sale, equipped with first class amenities and facilities in a peaceful and growing vibrant community setting. “We have several simply beautiful and truly well designed home models to choose from,” Mr. Thomas said. “Some of our estate plans are Ready to Buy and these homes have been cleverly designed and well-constructed in accordance with high standards of construction,” he said. High level individuals including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and several of her government officials as well as those from the private-sector are expected to attend today’s opening.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ayo says sophomore Cansino deserves UST captaincy: ‘He has respect of his teammates’

first_imgView comments Trump suggests Iran responsible for downed plane PLAY LIST 01:21Trump suggests Iran responsible for downed plane00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ For Season 82, Ayo decided to put in sophomore star CJ Cansino as the Growling Tigers’ skipper, different from what the coach had employed in his previous teams.During his days at Letran and De La Salle, the master of the “Mayhem System” usually employed seniors as his skippers with McJour Luib and Kevin Racal leading the Knights and Kib Montalbo the Green Archers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4This time, Ayo said it’s not age that decides if a player is suitable to lead a team.“He has the respect of all the players and he’s a true blooded Thomasian,” said Ayo in Filipino after UST’s 95-82 cruise over University of the East Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. MANILA, Philippines—Captains are usually respected veterans in a team, but University of Santo Tomas Aldin Ayo begged to differ.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Joe Silva departure as coach no big deal for UE players, says Chongson Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City “CJ, at a very young age, already has a great attitude and I know this because everything starts from home, I talk to his mother about this and the kid has it all. He can get along with everyone and he doesn’t have any bad manners.”Cansino, who’s coming off an injury on his anterior cruciate ligament, showed why he deserved the captaincy against the Red Warriors when he put up nine points, eight rebounds, and five assists.Ayo said Cansino, though, fell into the tendency of sharing the ball more than finding his own shots but he knows his young leader will eventually find his offensive groove.“This is one of the dangers of putting one of your top players as the captain, they tend to overthink too much of the welfare of the team instead of himself,” said Ayo. “I hope he adjusts but in time his own game would eventually flourish.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruptionlast_img read more

Bartician jailed, fined $16M for narco trafficking

first_imgTroy Van Doimen (red shirt)Troy Van Doimen, of Lot 51 Fifth Avenue, Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), was on Monday afternoon sentenced to four years in prison and fined $16 million after he pleaded guilty to a charge of narcotics trafficking when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The 46-year-old man appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where he admitted that on October 22, he was found to be in possession of 14.61 kilograms of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.The prosecution revealed that on the day in question, Police Officers acting on information received, searched the man’s home where several bags containing leaves, seeds and stems were found. They were later identified as the illegal substance.The discovery was brought to the defendant’s attention, he was told of the offence and cautioned, at which point he admitted to ownership of the drug.The items were weighed and turned out to be 14.61 kg of cannabis.In court, Doimen told Magistrate McLennan that he did not wish to waste the court’s time and as such, he wanted to plead guilty. However, he did request a minimum sentence.He also told the Magistrate that the marijuana did not belong to him, but was given to him for safekeeping.However, the Police revealed that the defendant admitted ownership of the drug when he was being taken to the Bartica Police Station on the day of the incident.As such, McLennan handed down the sentence.last_img read more

Pogba should put team first to be success says Deschamps

first_imgAnd France manager Didier Deschamps believes Pogba is trying too hard to impress critics he will never win over anyway.“Even when he does things well it’s not good enough,” Deschamps told French station RMC. “So we can understand that it may encourage him to do things that are out of the ordinary but not necessarily helpful.“He can do things that others do not, but it must also be the reality of what is good for the team. We’re talking about a young player. He is at a club where he is also used in different positions.”Pogba’s social media presence and the size of his transfer also mark him out as a target for the critics, according to Deschamps, who says the player’s position means he will struggle to be a Ballon d’Or contender in years to come.“He’s a midfielder. The Ballons d’Or are attackers or No 10s, with rare exceptions. These are players who score goals. Paul? He scores, but he will not score three goals every game.”By Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba cost Manchester United a world-record fee in the summer. PHOTO/SKY.LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 6 – Paul Pogba needs to rein in the showboating to be a real success at Manchester United, his national team boss says.United paid a world-record fee to bring Pogba back to Old Trafford in the summer, but by Jose Mourinho’s admission the £89m midfielder needs time to readjust to Premier League football after four years at Juventus.last_img read more

Coventry City to return to the Ricoh Arena

first_img1 The Ricoh Arena Coventry City have announced they have agreed a deal to return to the Ricoh Arena.The League One club have been playing their home games at Northampton’s Sixfields Stadium since August 2013 following a long-running dispute over rent with Ricoh operator Arena Coventry LimitedThousands of Coventry supporters have boycotted home games since the move to Northampton.ACL had previously said it would not discuss a return until it received money owed by the club after they went into administration last year.But Coventry owners Sisu paid ACL £471,192 via the Football League last week, with the money some payment towards compensation and unpaid rent.The deal between ACL and Sisu comes after a dispute from April 2012 when the Sky Blues started to withhold rent from the stadium operators.The club refused to pay what they believed to be unreasonable rent for the use of the stadium.The Sky Blues then agreed a three-year groundshare deal with Northampton – 35 miles away – with an option of a further two years, and their first game at Sixfields was a 5-4 victory over Bristol City in August 2013.Now they have agreed a two-year deal, with an option for an extra two years, to return to the Ricoh Arena, with their first game back set to be against Gillingham on September 6.Northampton will be due compensation after the early end of their agreement with the Sky Blues.Steve Waggott, Coventry’s development director, said: “We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with this news.“We are under no illusion what a difficult 12 months it has been for the supporters and that was uppermost in our thinking as we worked to get this deal done. There has had to be compromise on both sides and the commercial details of the deal will remain confidential.“Now it is all about looking forward to a really exciting season back in the community and with a real chance of success. I am sure every supporter will want to give Steven Pressley, his staff and players their full backing for the season at the Ricoh. “Logistically, it’s going to mean a huge amount of work between now and the first game back and we would ask supporters to bear with us as all of our efforts up to now have been in getting this deal over the line to get us back to Coventry as soon as possible.“We will announce details around tickets, Season Tickets and other information as soon as we can next week but we hope to be back at the Ricoh for the clash with Gillingham. We will keep supporters fully informed of progress to that aim. Can I also take this opportunity of thanking Chris Robinson, Chair of ACL, for the professional manner he has conducted our lengthy discussions to reach this agreement.”last_img read more

Andy Carroll return for West Ham’s clash with Newcastle, claims co-owner David Gold

first_img1 Andy Carroll West Ham hope to have Andy Carroll back for their match with Newcastle in 10 days’ time, according to co-chairman David Gold.The striker is yet to feature this season as he continues to recover from a knee ligament injury suffered in February.However, the England international is training with the first-team squad once again and the club are working hard towards his return.And that comeback could come against his old club, Newcastle, who West Ham welcome to Upton Park on Monday, September 14. When asked on Twitter if Carroll would be back for the Newcastle game, co-chairman Gold tweeted: “He is working hard and he is determined. I am hopeful he will be on the bench.”last_img read more

Schalke defender cools talk of Liverpool summer switch

first_img1 Sead Kolasinac has been watched by Liverpool scouts several times this season Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac has cooled talk that he is set to sign for Liverpool.The left-back has been scouted by the Reds this season as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his squad this summer.Kolasinac has been watched several times by Liverpool and an offer was expected to be lodged at the end of the season.However, the 22-year-old has now played down talks that he is about to leave and instead revealed a desire to extend his contract.“At Schalke I found a second home and my desire is to renew the contract,” Kolasinac told Sky Deutschland.last_img read more