Atletico aiming to kickstart La Liga charge against Eibar

first_img“I’m not worried,” coach Diego Simeone said. “I’m calmer than ever because it’s a wake-up call, a call for more focus.”It also means five points stand between Atletico and Spain’s two grandees, who have swept up 13 of the last 14 league titles, with Simeone’s surprise triumph in 2014 the anomaly.That was Atleti’s first in 18 years and a surprise of such gigantic proportions, that even Barca’s fans applauded when it was signed off at the Camp Nou, in their own back yard.A repeat next May would be no less impressive but certainly more believable.In the four years since, Atletico have finished third, third, third and second, won the Europa League and gone to the final of the Champions League, only to lose to Real.But it was their business in the summer, or rather lack of it, that deepened the sense this could again be their year. Antoine Griezmann felt like a new signing after he snubbed Barcelona – and announced it in a documentary – while the arrivals of Thomas Lemar from Monaco and Rodri from Villarreal bolstered two areas of weakness.But defensive errors in the Super Cup win against Madrid have continued into the league, while Diego Costa, Griezmann and Lemar have yet to catch fire.“We have lacked a little bit of precision at the end of our plays and that’s why we didn’t score against Celta,” Simeone said.“But what is clear to me is that this start is the best thing that can happen to us.”Atleti will surely react and there was cause for optimism too over the international break, when their midfielder Saul Niguez proved himself the standout performer across two excellent Spain victories.But it means they can ill-afford another slip at home to Eibar on Saturday, particularly with the city derby at the Santiago Bernabeu fast approaching at the end of the month.– Courtois or Navas? –Their rivals could hardly have made a better opening under Julen Lopetegui, with a trip to come on Saturday to Athletic Bilbao, who will have not kicked a competitive ball in three weeks after their last match against Rayo Vallecano was postponed.Gareth Bale extended his sensational start to the season with a brilliant goal for Wales last week and Karim Benzema also appears a player transformed under his new coach, boasting four goals in three.The only doubt has been at the other end. If Thibaut Courtois retains his place in goal versus Bilbao, the temptation will be to conclude Lopetegui is plumping for the Belgian as his first-choice, ahead of UEFA’s recently named keeper of the year, Keylor Navas.“It’s clear that I have two excellent solutions,” Lopetegui told Cadena SER last week. “The decision we make, it’s not a problem. We have an idea in our heads that we will not make public and we will see where it takes us.”Luka Modric should make his second league start of the season, alongside the same clutch of Spaniards who helped inflict a 6-0 thrashing over his Croatia on Tuesday.Ivan Rakitic may be in for similar taunting as he returns to Barcelona, who face Real Sociedad on Saturday at Anoeta.With PSV Eindhoven to come at the Camp Nou three days later, Ernesto Valverde will have been relieved to see the likes of Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba resting up over the international period.FixturesFridayHuesca v Rayo Vallecano (10pm)SaturdayAtletico Madrid v Eibar (2pm), Real Sociedad v Barcelona (5:15pm), Valencia v Real Betis (7:30pm), Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid (9:45pm)SundayLeganes v Villarreal (1pm), Espanyol v Levante (5:15pm), Real Valladolid v Alaves (7:30pm), Sevilla v Getafe (9:45pm)MondayGirona v Celta Vigo (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are five points behind Barcelona and Real Madrid just three games into the season © AFP/File / MIGUEL RIOPAMADRID, Spain, Sep 14 – Atletico Madrid were billed as serious contenders to win La Liga this season but three games in and they are already playing catch-up.A creditable draw away to Valencia was followed by a stodgy one-goal win at home to Rayo Vallecano. By the time the whistle blew on a chaotic 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo, Barcelona and Real Madrid were readying themselves for a third win out of three.last_img read more

Tottenham and Aston Villa charged by FA for Villa Park scuffle

first_img Aston Villa and Tottenham players clash at Villa Park Aston Villa and Tottenham have been charged by the FA for failing to “ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” during their clash on Sunday.Villa striker Christian Benteke was sent off following a scrap during the second-half which involved several players from both sides.Spurs eventually claimed a late victory at Villa Park as goals from Nacer Chadli and Harry Kane in the last ten minutes earned them a 2-1 victory over their ten-man hosts.Benteke clashed with Spurs midfielders Erik Lamela and Ryan Mason in front of the dugouts before shoving the latter in the face, which sparked a melee between the two teams.It has prompted a reaction from the FA, with a statement reading: “Both Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur have been charged by the FA following their game on Sunday 2 November 2014.“It is alleged that in or around the 66th minute of the game, the clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.“Both clubs have until 6pm on 10 November 2014 to respond to the charge.” 1last_img read more

Man steals $20k from bank patron

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The customer got suspicious and tried to get away, but the robber pulled a knife. They scuffled, and the robber ran off with an envelope containing the cash, leaving behind his bicycle, Jennings said. The customer was not hurt, Jennings said. The robber ran across Palmdale Boulevard and into the neighborhood south of the bank. He jumped a fence into one backyard and told the resident that gang members were chasing him. The robber hid in that home’s garage for a while, then left and jumped more fences, Jennings said. Deputies aided by a helicopter searched the neighborhood and brought out a bloodhound to try to track the robber’s scent, but couldn’t find him. PALMDALE – Sheriff’s deputies released surveillance camera photos of man who robbed a bank customer of more than $20,000 in a Palmdale Boulevard parking lot. The robber had walked inside the Washington Mutual branch just before 5 p.m. Wednesday and followed out a Lancaster man who had come in to purchase a cashier’s check. For some reason, the bank could not issue the man a check. “He walked out with his cash, which was in excess of $20,000. The suspect was in the bank and saw the guy with the money,” Deputy Dave Jennings said. As the customer walked across the parking lot in the 1700 block of Palmdale Boulevard, the would-be robber pedaled up on a bicycle and started talking to him, Jennings said. Surveillance camera photos show the robber pedaling a BMX-style bicycle up to the bank, walking inside and going to a counter. He walked out less than a minute later, and can be seen pedaling the bicycle back across the parking lot. The robber was described as African-American, about 35 years old, about 6 feet tall and 190 pounds, wearing blue jeans and a white shirt with green or blue stripes. Anyone who knows the man or has information about the robbery was asked to call the Palmdale sheriff’s station at (661) 267-4300. chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com (661) 267-5742160Want 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

JJ REIDS TO GO CAR CLASSIC CAR-AZY THIS SATURDAY!

first_imgThis Saturday is a day that all car enthusiasts just can’t afford to miss out on when JJ Reid Motors on Canal Road in Letterkenny host the North West Classic Volkswagen and Audi event.All monies raised on the day will go to local charities with proceedings gets under way at 11am and running until 5pm.Talking to Joe Patton, Sales Manager at Reid’s, Joe Patton,  said that they came up with the idea of doing something for local charities and to date the response has been fantastic. ”We have some great cars coming from all arts and parts of the country. As this is the 40th Anniversary of the VW Golf we will have all the Golf Gti’s on display from the Mark 1 to the Mark 7.“We have had so many enquiries from Belfast to Cork and from Dublin to Galway and if the number of exhibitors who said that they will be coming is anything to go by then we are going to have a very busy day”, Joe said.“There will be everything from vintage to classic and to see some of these fantastic vehicles many of them looking as if they only came ”out of the box” will be a real treat for all car lovers.”Two cars that are sure to attract a huge interest are the Audi Quattro replica car short wheel base and the audi Quattro road car also with short wheel base. There will be transporter vans going back down the years, the old and the new siroccos not forgetting the audi 90 and 100’s and of course all the VW models.No doubt this is going to be a great family day and because all the monies raised is going to local charities there will be an admission fee of €5 for adults with children being admitted free of charge.There will be ice cream vans and much more. Because of the response that that JJ Reid Motors have received to date it is most likely that this will be come an annual event at Canal Road.So this Saturday make your way to JJ Reid Motors on Canal Road, you can still have your Saturday morning extra hour in bed because the event does not get under way until 11am, and roll back the years with the cars of yesteryear, it promises to be a colourful and spectacular event and you will be helping some great charities locally by doing so.JJ REIDS TO GO CAR CLASSIC CAR-AZY THIS SATURDAY! was last modified: August 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AudiJJ ReidsLetterkenny Classic Car ShowVWlast_img read more

Predators edge Ducks

first_img The Mighty Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Samuel Pahlsson tapped in a pass that went across the goal mouth from Corey Perry. The Predators tied the game in the second period at the 7:22 mark on a power-play goal by Perreault. The Predators went ahead 2-1 only 37 seconds in the third period when Perreault tapped in the puck after Steve Sullivan shot it into the crease area. Anaheim’s Petr Sykora tied the game 2-2 when he skated down the left side of the slot and fired a wrist shot to the right side of the net that caught Vokoun out of position at 13:19. “Our players worked extremely hard,” Carlyle said. “It was a fast-paced game, and it wasn’t no-hit hockey. It was a physical game and those are tough ones to play or win.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Paul Kariya has wasted no time making his mark with the Nashville Predators. Kariya scored the lone goal in a shootout against his former team when the Predators edged the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-2 on Saturday night in Nashville, Tenn. “Paul does not feel pressure,” Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. “He keeps his emotions in check. He thinks and prepares for the game very intelligently. It was a storybook ending with him winning the shootout against his old team.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Yanic Perreault scored a pair of goals, one on the power play, for Nashville as goaltender Tomas Vokoun won his 100th career NHL game. Vokoun stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced. “We are starting to look for each other on the ice more,” Perreault said. “We are really getting a feel for each other. We are going out there with a lot of confidence.” Vokoun was flawless in the shootout stopping Sergei Federov, Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald. “When you lose the shootout, you feel like you lost the hockey game,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said of the tight game. “But we didn’t lose the hockey game. We lost a point and they gained a point. That’s the reality of it.” center_img After all three Anaheim shooters had missed along with Nashville’s Steve Sullivan and Marek Zidlicky, Kariya beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere high to the right side to give the Predators the victory. “Those two guys know each other quite well,” said Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer. “They’ve probably done that hundreds of times before.” last_img read more

Huge crowds expected at Finn Valley Vintage Rally and Threshing Day

first_imgHundreds are expected to flock to the sixteenth annual Finn Valley Vintage Rally and Threshing Day which takes place this Sunday, at the Setanta hurling pitch Crossroads, Killygordon.There will be a large number of events and attractions on the day including stationary engines, bale rolling, tractor balancing and children’s sports including a free bouncy castle, and of course, traditional threshing.A large number of fine examples of vintage farm machinery and cars will also be on display with entrants expected to travel from all over the North West. Organised by the Finn Valley Vintage Club, the rally has raised tens of thousands of euro for local charities over the last 16 years.According to the organisers, the idea of the event is to promote agricultural, vintage and other items of heritage and also provide a venue suitable for the enthusiast to show items of yesteryear.Club Chairman, Jason Patton, said they also wanted to allow the public the opportunity to view such rare treasures.He said they are expecting another bumper crowd this year again at the Cross. “We have been putting a lot of hard work and time in to organising this event over the past year.“This is a very worthy event and more than €10,000 was raised last year alone with all the money going to local charities,” Mr Patton said.Gates open at 12 noon and admission will cost just seven euro for adults and three euro for teenagers. Younger children will be admitted free of charge. For further information, call 087 1097703.Huge crowds expected at Finn Valley Vintage Rally and Threshing Day was last modified: August 9th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Visionary soccer academy for SA

first_img11 July 2007World football is coming to South Africa in 2010 and French star Patrick Vieira, 31, is hoping to add to his 100-plus international caps at Africa’s first World Cup. He’s also hoping to see another of his dreams come to fruition by 2010: the building of a Diambars Football Academy in South Africa.Vieira is one of the founders of the Diambars Institute, a pioneering football academy that provides African boys with a real education and a genuine chance of making it in professional football – without being exploited along the way.Launched in Saly, Senegal four years ago, Diambars has proved a huge success and Vieira, along with his friends, wants to take that success forward in the host country of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.In a statement issued last month, Vieira announced the institute’s intention to open the second Diambars academy in South Africa. “Our goal has always been to expand the Diambars Football Academy across the globe, and we decided South Africa would be our next step,” Vieira said.“We want to build on the momentum behind the World Cup to promote the idea that football can be a great instrument to advance education and promote social and human development”.Giving back to football, and to AfricaDiambars – meaning “champions” in Senegal’s Woloof language – was the brainchild of Bernard Lama and Jimmy Adjovi-Boco, long-time teammates at French clubs Lille and RC Lens, who dreamed of giving back to soccer what the game had given to them.After Adjovi-Boco’s retirement, he roped in former French junior international Saer Seck, who was heavily involved in the game in Senegal, and Patrick Vieira, who had left Senegal with his mother at the age of eight to seek a better life in France.It took just five minutes of explanation from Seck to gain Vieira’s backing. Vieira had been wondering how he could give something back to the country of his birth. Diambars would be about more than just giving money, it would be about becoming actively involved. He liked the idea.The plan was to use Senegal’s passion for soccer to promote education. Senegalese President Abdulaye Wade gave the project his backing by donating a 38-acre piece of land on which the first Diambars Institute would be built.In France, the Nord-Pas de Calais region financed a feasibility study before becoming the association’s first partner, soon to be joined by France’s ministry of cooperation.On 24 May 2003, Bernard Lama, Jimmy Adjovi Boco, Patrick Vieira and Saer Seck laid the foundation stone of the Diambars Institute for boys between the ages of 13 and 18. By November of the same year, the institute began its first classes, and in mid-2004 Diambars undertook its first European tour. By September 2005, the school was able to house boarders.Education firstDiambars focuses first and foremost on the education of its pupils: about 70% of their time is dedicated to schooling.Graduates from the school are sold to clubs, but not before they turn 18, and their “transfer fees” are reinvested in the school, and in funding the roll-out of academies across Africa.Ensuring the scholars receive a good education also helps prevent the exploitation of the boys.Europe looks to Africa to find new talent at affordable costs. A mere £2 000 is often enough to attract players with potential to European clubs and academies; in some places in Africa that is a lot of money. For those that don’t make it, the consequences can be terrible.Jean-Claude Mbouvin of the charity “Culture Foot Solidaire” says he knows of 800 African boys who have been effectively lost in Europe. Other people put the figure as high as 5 000 children.Not every young player is going to make it, not even every scholar of Diambars. The institute, though, offers them protection against unscrupulous agents. Should a player’s goal of playing professional football not work out, they have a good, solid education to fall back upon.Even if boys are fortunate enough to secure a contract with a club, Diambars keeps close tabs on their progress, with the staff of the academy, including the professional players that support it, continuing to provide guidance and protection.‘Keep the ball moving’Today, Diambars has some heavyweight partners, including Fifa and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). Corporate sponsors include Adidas, Cadbury, and Air France.Current and former players – apart from the founding quartet – who have lent their support to the cause include Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Lilian Thuram, Marcel Desailly, Robert Pires, Alliou Cisse, Claude Makelele, Ferdinand Coly, William Gallas and Mickael Sylvestre.Besides the football academy in South Africa, Diambars recently announced another new project: “Keep the Ball Moving”, an online competition-cum-education programme aimed at schoolchildren. The aim is to establish a multimedia classroom that combines soccer with education.The institute is hoping that Fifa will help fund “Keep the Ball Moving”, which will be launched in Senegal and France to start with, followed by South Africa and Scotland.Diambars is ambitious, it’s exciting, and it’s working.Now it’s South Africa’s turn to benefit from the hands-on contribution of some of the world’s biggest soccer stars, who know what it takes to be successful, who know the pitfalls, and who know how to make things a little bit easier for those with dreams of becoming professional players. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Brand South Africa celebrates Freedom Day – 25 years of democracy

first_imgfreedom nounfree·​dom | \ ˈfrē-dəmThe definition of freedom, according to Merriam-Webster is defined;“the quality or state of being free”We owe our freedom to the many fighters who fought against apartheid and oppression in South Africa. The many who died at the hands of an inhuman state. The many voters who waited in bated breath to cast their vote X for South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.Today the country enjoys its globally admired Constitution and Bill of Rights, affirmed by its expressive preamble;We, the people of South Africa, Recognise the injustices of our past; Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land; Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity. We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic so as to– Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law;Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; andBuild a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.May God protect our people. Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso. God seën Suid-Afrika. God bless South Africa. Mudzimu fhatutshedza Afurika. Hosi katekisa Afrika.As the country celebrates 25 years of democracy on Freedom Day 27th April 2019, a day which put an end to segregation and white minority rule instituting a new dawn of democratic rule.Brand South Africa in partnership with its agency The Odd Number, through the Freedom month campaign, would like to remind citizens of the significance of making our freedom count in the “Solve Your Why’s with an X” campaign.Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Sithembile Ntombela speaking on the campaign said; “the freedom we enjoy today has given everyone a powerful voice to change the world for the better. This campaign tackles the many realities, social ills that we face. It triggers truthful conversations of the freedom to vote, our constitution and most importantly the reason why we are celebrating 25 years of democracy as a nation”.The execution of the Solve Your Why’s with an X” campaign is executed through various creative illustrations, videos on social media and on radio of how “WHY’s were solved by an X” in South Africa’s history. This puts the emphasis on the importance of getting your voice heard by the mere action of voting for your rights and making a choice on the future of this country.Engage in conversations on our social media @Brand_SA #freedomtome #freedomdaylast_img read more

The value of healthy rivers being examined at meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) is holding its next monthly breakfast program March 7 in Columbus, and as the film title goes, a river runs through it.Called “We All Need Healthy Rivers,” the event is a joint meeting with the Water Management Association of Ohio.In all, Ohio has more than 29,000 miles of rivers, and organizers say their health is key to the health of the state’s citizens and environment.The Ohio River, for example, supplies drinking water to more than 5 million people in six states including Ohio, the Ohio River Foundation says. But reports based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data have said the Ohio has more industrial pollution than any other river in the nation.Meanwhile, only about 213 miles, or less than 1%, of Ohio’s rivers — including parts of the Big and Little Darby creeks near Columbus — are designated wild and scenic, according to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.last_img read more

Nargö — Geocache of the Week

first_imgMulti-CacheGC2FMR0by airavs,Lodzis, reperio_LV, bizenajs If your trek takes a few days, no worries! Overnight camping on the island is allowed. To solve for the final coordinates, visit each stage then find a combination of black painted letters and numbers. Yes, math is required and you may want to bring a notebook to write out equations, but you do not need to be a mathematician to solve for “x”. Nargö, a D5/T5 Multi-Cache is at least a full-day’s adventure of Naissaar, one of Estonia’s largest islands. Covered in protected coniferous forest, Naissaar has a surprisingly long history of military activity, which can be seen in the cemeteries of British sailors from the Crimean War, Soviet bunkers, and deep-sea mine anchors.If you are brave enough to choose this journey — add a flashlight, some adventurous friends, and your survival skills to the packing list. Difficulty:5Terrain:5 Location:Naissaar, EstoniaN 59° 33.454′ E 024° 33.215′center_img Good luck!TestimonialsWe had a very nice walk on the island. While caching we had the opportunity to see some of Naissaare’s hiking trails and learned a lot about Naissaar. The cache itself was very cool and I would recommend it to even non-geocachers. We had to do two trips to the island, but that’s okay, because we love sailing! On our second trip we had a strange feeling the whole time. We saw tracks before us and when logging we discovered that we weren’t the first loggers that day. Special thanks to ademox and shadow! Without their help I wouldn’t be logging this cache now. TFTCMihkelPWonderful island, lovely weather, every step along the carpet of porcini and chanterelle mushrooms…and somewhere in the middle – an outstanding military site. Thanks to the cache owners for the excellent two day adventure!  One big Favorite Point also! FITW LeXeR and VinediVeejarozeMy dad, vadisj  already found this cache and he told me lots of things about it that I didn’t believe! Haha. But, when we were searching for the cache, I found out that everything he said about this cache is true — scary, big, old and amazing. This 2 day expedition was one of the best adventures of my life! Many thanks to the cache owner and I am really looking forward to finding all their other hard and crazy caches in Latvia! By the way, it took us about 30min to find the cache, because we didn’t read the hint ;D Found with Valdisj, palepro, Andisj and Arnis.jekabsjanContinue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More The fascinating ruins of the island will bring you back to Tsar times when Naissaar was established as a military stronghold for the defence of Tallinn and St. Petersburg. When you hunt for the cache, you will discover coastal batteries built more than 100 years ago as well as Soviet era fortifications.  To get there, you can board a regularly scheduled trip from June through September that takes just over an hour.  There are several different methods to conquer Nargö: HikeBikeKayakSoviet army truck (available when you book a tour) SharePrint RelatedA Guide to Geocaching in EstoniaNovember 30, 2015In “News”Death in Venice — Geocache of the WeekMarch 1, 2017In “Community”Lost – DHARMA Initiative — Geocache of the WeekMay 30, 2018In “Community”last_img read more