Ronaldo powers Juve to ninth straight Serie A title

first_imgRonaldo ‘delight’ Despite his 35 years Ronaldo shrugged off the quick succession of matches played in hot summer weather after the lockdown, bringing his tally to 31 this season.The Portuguese striker has scored 10 goals since football returned in Italy on June 20, more than any other player in Europe.He also matched former Italy World Cup winner Felice Borel, who was the last player to score 31 goals for Juventus in the 1933-34 season.But he remains three goals behind Serie A’s leading scorer Ciro Immobile, who scored a hat-trick earlier in Lazio’s 5-1 win over Hellas Verona.”Delighted for the second consecutive championship and to continue building the history of this great and splendid club,” said Ronaldo on Instagram.”This title is dedicated to all Juventus fans, in particular to those who have suffered and are suffering from the pandemic that has taken us all by surprise by overturning the world. “It was not easy! Your courage, your attitude and your determination were the strength we needed to face this tight final of the championship and fight to the end for this title that belongs to all of Italy. “A big hug to you all!”The breakthrough came in the final move of the first half, when Pjanic cleverly rolled a pass across the penalty area to allow Ronaldo to lash home his 31st league goal of the season.Juventus made sure of the title in second half when Bernardeschi pounced on the rebound of a Ronaldo shot and tapped in a decisive finish.Sampdoria had no way back into the game and had to play the final 20 minutes a man down when Morten Thorsby was sent off for a second yellow card.But the match could prove costly for Juventus before the return leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Lyon on August 7, when they need to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first match in France.Danilo took a knock, while influential forward Paulo Dybala limping off with a muscular problem early in the match will be a worry for Sarri with Lyon’s visit to Turin less than two weeks away. Cristiano Ronaldo powered Juventus to their ninth straight Serie A title on Sunday in a 2-0 win over Sampdoria that put them over the line with two matches to spare.Ronaldo opened the scoring deep into first half stoppage time in Turin and then had a hand in Federico Bernardeschi netting the second after 66 minutes.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner missed a late penalty but Maurizio Sarri’s side moved seven points ahead of second-placed Inter Milan to seal a 36th ‘Scudetto’. Topics : The title is Sarri’s first and extends a record run which Antonio Conte started with three titles from 2012 and Massimiliano Allegri continued with the following five.Sarri’s team had missed the chance to wrap up the title on Thursday when the ‘Old Lady’ of Italian football fell to a 2-1 defeat at Udinese.But they made no mistake at the Allianz Stadium despite being pushed hard by Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria, one of the most in-form teams since the return of Serie A from the three-month coronavirus lockdown.”It is the most beautiful success, even the most difficult because we wanted it and suffered,” said defender Leonardo Bonucci. “We started on a new path with a lot of skepticism around us, we gave everything, despite some slip-ups. “It was a complicated year for everyone in the world, it was difficult to return after so many months not playing.”last_img read more

10 new cereals coming to supermarket shelves

first_imgPollen + Grace Mango and Tumeric Chia PotLaunched: November 2017Manufacturer: Pollen + GraceRSP: £3.99To keep up with all the plant-based innovations hitting shelves, this trendy granola pot got a makeover to switch the honey out for vegan alternative, rice malt syrup. The pot is also now “a little crunchier” and lower in fructose to aid digestion and maintain good gut health, according to the brand. Available from Simply Fresh, Planet Organic, Selfridges and As Nature Intended.  Sugar, new flavours and on the go: breakfast cereals category report 2018 Mornflake Scottish Superfast OatsLaunched: January 2018Manufacturer: MornflakeRSP: £1.29/600gWith porridge to thank for the solid performance of hot cereals, Mornflake has added to its Superfast range of porridge oats with a Scottish offering. Exclusively grown, milled and packed in Scotland, the oats are cut into three before being rolled so they absorb water and milk quicker and cooking time is reduced. Special K Protein cereal barsLaunched: January 2018Manufacturer: Kellogg’sRSP: £2.99/4 pack or 89p eachWith protein and nut butters trending in cereals, Kellogg’s has expanded its Special K brand into protein bars as part of what it calls its ‘better-for-you’ snack offering. The bars are made of plant-based ingredients and feature blackcurrant, pumpkin seeds and almond butter with 124 calories and 14% protein per bar. Huel GranolaLaunched: January 2018Manufacturer: HuelRSP: £4.75/420gAvailable in two variants, Original and Berry, the NPD was “the world’s first nutritionally complete cereal” claimed Huel, meaning it contained “all the proteins, carbs and fats you need”. Huel Granola’s launch came because “breakfast isn’t what it used to be” said the brand. “Today, people demand a healthy alternative to sugar-laden options on the shelves.” According to our latest category report, supermarkets have sold 14 fewer tonnes of cereal in the last year but brands can improve their chances of survival by making the most of demand for healthy options, new flavours and on the go formats. Here’s our pick of the most innovative breakfast options arriving in stores.,Moma Almond Butter & Salted Caramel SachetsLaunched: February 2018Manufacturer: MomaRSP: £2.99/5-packBritish porridge brand Moma’s new almond butter & salted caramel flavour porridge pots proved so successful following launch in Tesco in October that the brand is putting the flavour into sachets. Boxes of five ‘speedy sachets’ of the gluten and dairy-free porridge will hit Tesco on 15 February, the first of “plenty” of NPD the brand plans in 2018. Moma says brand value sales are up 144% year on year thanks to more shoppers buying into Moma and buying more when they do. Weetabix Additions Red BerriesLaunched: January 2018Manufacturer: WeetabixRSP: £2.99/24 biscuitsWeetabix is adding to its Weetabix Additions range of fruit-enhanced wheat biscuits, first launched a year ago, with a new red berries flavour. The new variant joins Apple & Raisin and Coconut & Raisin Weetabix Additions, which are high in fibre, low in salt and fortified with vitamins and minerals.center_img Rude Health Puffed SpeltLaunched: January 2018Manufacturer: Rude HealthRSP: £1.79/125gPuffed spelt is the latest addition to Rude Health’s breakfast offering, featuring 100% spelt and nothing else. With no added salt the ancient whole grain is high in fibre and serving suggestions include doused in milk, sprinkled over a smoothie or straight from the box. Puffed spelt is Rude Health’s second breakfast launch so far in 2018: Naked Barley Porridge, the brand’s ‘raunchiest’ launch yet, contains 100% naked. barley flakes. The puffed spelt is available through Waitrose and Ocado and the naked barley porridge is available through Ocado and Wholefoods. Deliciously Ella Oat BarsLaunched: September 2017Manufacturer: Deliciously EllaRSP: 99p/50g or £2.75/3 packAfter entering the breakfast market with a three-strong range of granola and muesli in July 2017 food writer and Instagram star Ella Mills aka Deliciously Ella is back with an oat bar range. Packed with fruit, oats and fibre the three-strong range of bars come in cacao & almond, apricot & coconut and apple, raisin & cinnamon flavours. Exclusive to Tesco, the bars are all gluten free and vegan friendly. Ella, who runs Deliciously Ella with her business partner husband Matthew Mills, says the breakfast range was created following the success of recipes on her blog, app and books. Lizi’s Adventurers GranolaLaunched: November 2017Manufacturer: Lizi’s GranolaRSP: £3.69/400gAimed at kids aged five to 13-years-old Lizi’s Adventurers Granola comes in strawberry and banana flavours and is designed to appeal to parents looking for lower sugar breakfast options for their kids. With 10g of fibre per 100g and just 3.5g of sugar per 30g serving the granola promises to keep kids fuller for longer. The brand is partnering with the Bear Grylls Survival Academy in an on-pack promotion encouraging parents to visit the brand’s website for a chance for a chance to win a Bear Grylls Survival Academy experience for themselves. The NPD launched in Waitrose and will roll out to other major retailers at the end of January Troo GranolaLaunched: November 2017Manufacturer: TrooFoodsRSP: £4.49/350gDubbed ‘probably the healthiest granola in the world’ Troo Granola contains less than 3% sugar, the same amount of protein as an egg and 25% of the recommended daily dose of fibre per serving. A blend of British jumbo oats, nuts and seeds the granola () is sweetened with the chicory root fibre inulin and comes in super seedy, chocolate and nicely nutty flavours. The brand is one of the first cereals to be packaged in 100% compostable, recyclable and plastic free pouches and stockists include Planet Organic and Harvey Nichols. The brand will enter Ocado in March.last_img read more

Demand for homes at Sunnybank Hills is pushing up prices

first_img107 Terowi Street, Sunnybank HillsA THREE-bedroom home at Sunnybank Hills has sold for $747,000.Place Coorparoo lead agent Kevin Chiu said it was an impressive result for the relatively small family home at 107 Terowi St, which sat on a 604sq m block.“Considering the size of the house, $747,000 is an excellent price,” Mr Chiu said.He said the 1980s built home was unique as it was architecturally designed to take advantage of the north facing aspect, which kept it cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It was also on a slope so had great views.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020107 Terowi Street, Sunnybank Hills“That’s what caught a lot of attention – the amazing views,” Mr Chiu said.According to latest CoreLogic market trends data, the median sale price for a home at Sunnybank Hills was $678,000.Mr Chiu said it was a popular suburb and in high demand.“It’s probably one of the most active suburbs,” Mr Chiu said.Place Sunnybank director Owen Chen agreed, explaining that there had been rapid growth in the area over the past four years but the market had stabilised in recent months.“It’s more balanced and healthy,” Mr Chen said.last_img read more

InstaIndiana winners revealed; 2019 Indiana travel materials available

first_imgWith the new official 2019 Indiana Travel Guide and Roadway Map, visitors and Hoosiers alike have the chance to snap their own Instagram photos.Download the guide and map by going to VisitIndiana.com/brochures, visit an Indiana rest area or welcome centers to pick up a copy or call (800) 677-9800 to receive one.“Indiana Tourism hit record numbers for visitors and visitor spending in 2017, and we want to keep the momentum going,” Crouch said. “The Indiana Travel Guide is a comprehensive resource with information on attractions, entertainment, special events, recreation, restaurants and lodging options throughout the state.”The cover of the official 2019 Travel Guide features the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City, while the cover of the official 2019 Indiana Roadway Map, sponsored by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, shows the flower quilts at the Muensterberg Plaza and Clock Tower in Berne. The map includes a mileage chart, Indiana State Police and emergency contact information, and multiple advertisements from some of Indiana’s most popular cultural and tourist destinationsAll publications are free and can be ordered online at VisitIndiana.com or by calling (800) 677-9800. 1.     Brown County State Park2.     Indiana Dunes State Park3.     Turkey Run State Park4.     Clifty Falls State Park5.     French Lick Resort6.     McCormick’s Creek State Park7.     Michigan City Lighthouse/Pier8.     Indiana University9.     Patoka Lake10.  Pokagon State ParkInstagram users can tag @visitindiana or use #H2GIndiana for a chance to be featured on the Visit Indiana Instagram feed.For high resolution photos, click here. Indianapolis, In.— (Submitted)Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development have announced the winners of the InstaIndiana online voting contest.With locations in the voting list covering all types of places to explore in Indiana like parks, agritourism destinations, wineries, outdoor recreation places, sports venues, downtowns, museums and zoos, here is the list of the top ten most Instagram-worthy places:last_img read more

Handscomb to play World Cup semi-final

first_imgPETER Handscomb will make his World Cup debut, Marcus Stoinis is fit to play despite carrying two side injuries, but Justin Langer refused to guarantee Glenn Maxwell’s spot as Australia steel themselves for their biggest one-day game in four years.Matthew Wade is also in contention to play after being drafted into their 15-man squad, as the reigning 50-over champions look to overcome injury and defeat England’s formidable ODI side at Edgbaston.Stoinis looks likely to retain his spot in Australia’s middle order for the semi-final tomorrow after passing a fitness test with flying colours two days out from the knockout clash in Birmingham.The all-rounder appeared uninhibited at a combative training session yesterday, bowling for around 30 minutes at full pace before batting for more than an hour.“He looks good,” said coach Justin Langer. “It was a very good net session actually; therewas a bit of heat again, it was very competitive and that always brings the best out in Stoin. He did a good job today and he’s fit to go.”But Langer was coy when quizzed further on the XI, specifically on whether Stoinis and Maxwell would play, saying only: “We’ll pick our 11 and you’ll see it at the toss.”Langer has previously said Maxwell needs to work on playing short-pitched bowling.The right-hander, who has been out to bouncers in each of his last three innings, was peppered by short balls at training yesterday by speedsters Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins only days after Starc pinned him with a lifter in the nets in Manchester.England speedsters Jofra Archer and Mark Wood aren’t shy about taking a look upstairs – they have the more wickets from short-pitched balls than any other bowler at the tournament with 10 and six scalps respectively.While fellow quick Liam Plunkett said Maxwell wouldn’t be a particular target, he doesn’t expect they’ll hold back either.“Generally, our quick bowlers will bowl short balls anyway, no matter who’s batting, it’s not something we specifically target,” said Plunkett.“It depends on the situation of the game, but I’m sure he’ll get a few like he does in any game, like any other batsman does.”Maxwell’s strike-rate is among the highest at the tournament, while Stoinis has played a key role with the ball at various stages during the tournament, but the pair have collectively averaged a tick over 20 with the bat.“With his experience, if he plays, then we’re confident he’ll do a really good job.”Langer guaranteed Handscomb’s spot in the XI after he was brought into the squad for the injured Shaun Marsh last week, with the right-hander well versed with this ODI side.Handscomb, fresh off 149 runs at 74.50 for Australia A in recent one-day games, played in all 13 of Australia’s ODIs leading into the World Cup before Steve Smith replaced him.“He deserves it, he was really stiff not to be on this tour,” Langer said of Handscomb. “He was so unlucky not to be in the initial squad after what he’d done to help us get to that point.“He’s in good form, he played well for Australia A, he gives us nice balance through that middle order, he’s got great temperament, he plays the spin well and he’s on top of his game. So he’ll definitely play.”(Cricket.com.au)last_img read more

Kiermaier, Margot lead hit parade as Rays beat Red Sox 8-7

first_img First Published: 11th August, 2020 09:57 IST Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 09:57 IST Kiermaier, Margot Lead Hit Parade As Rays Beat Red Sox 8-7 Kevin Kiermaier hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning, Manuel Margot had four hits and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7 on Monday night Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Written By COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US Kevin Kiermaier hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning, Manuel Margot had four hits and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7 on Monday night.Kiermaier’s opposite-field line drive off reliever Jeffrey Springs (0-1) rolled all the way to the wall in left-center field. Yoshi Tsutsugo and Margot scored after both singled to start the inning. Kiermaier had three RBIs.Margot’s double in the eighth made it 8-5. Kiermaier finished 2 for 4, Michael Perez (2 for 5) had a two-run single and Joey Wendle hit an RBI triple for the Rays, who had a season-high 16 hits.Tampa Bay has won four of five after taking three of four against the New York Yankees at home prior to this season-high 10-game road trip.Aaron Loup (1-0) struck out three in a scoreless inning. Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough allowed four runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings after giving up five runs over five innings in a 5-0 home loss to Boston last Wednesday.J.D. Martinez (3 for 4) hit a solo shot for his first home run of the season, Jonathan Araúz collected his first major league hit and finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs, and Kevin Plawecki went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Red Sox.Boston had won three of four after dropping eight of 10.Araúz brought the Red Sox within a run on his bases-loaded, two-out double in the eighth. Kevin Pillar grounded out to end the rally.Andrew Kittredge recorded the final two outs for his first career save.Ji-Man Choi singled down the right-field line to give Tampa Bay its first lead at 5-4 in the sixth after Wendle’s triple tied it an inning earlier.Boston led 3-0 after the first. Martinez ended a drought of 64 at-bats without a home run in the third when he took Yarbrough deep over the Green Monster in left.GIVE AND TAKEAfter being thrown out trying to advance on his second-inning RBI single, Kiermaier made a leaping catch at the warning track in center to rob Araúz to open the bottom of the inning. Araúz later got his first hit on a bloop single to center to lead off the fifth.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: RHP Charlie Morton was placed on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. “We caught it at the right time. We’re pretty optimistic that he’s gonna be right back,” manager Kevin Cash said. … LHP José Alvarado was reinstated from the paternity list.Red Sox: 3B Rafael Devers was not in the lineup after he tweaked his left ankle during Sunday’s game against Toronto. Devers was spotted in a walking boot outside his locker suite. … LHP Brian Johnson was granted his release from the team’s minor league roster.UP NEXTRays: Cash said Tampa Bay would name a Tuesday starter after the game.Red Sox: LHP Martín Pérez (2-1, 3.45 ERA) looks to win his third straight start. He threw five scoreless innings and struck out four last Wednesday against Tampa Bay.Image credits: AP LIVE TVlast_img read more

Lakers, Clippers would consider taking their title quests to a neutral site

first_imgLet’s say that the NBA is, in fact, able to build a basketball bubble to carry out the remainder of the season.Commissioner Adam Silver cautioned this week that talk of holding games again anywhere, including at a neutral site with teams quarantined to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, is purely speculative. In a remote video conversation with Ernie Johnson, host of TNT’s “Inside The NBA,” Silver reasserted that the league will adhere to advice from health experts before making any decisions about restarting a season that was halted March 11.That said, the commissioner ventured an opinion about the wide-ranging impact of bringing back NBA basketball, a $7 billion business: “Beyond the virtue of crowning a champion, what will the symbolism be of major league sports starting back up in this country?”Yes, but back to that part about crowning a champion. That piece might prove plenty meaningful to Los Angeles – even if it occurs away from the city. Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ “If it means we get to play and continue our pursuit for the goal that we want, I feel like one of the Dr. Seuss titles: ‘I will play anywhere. I will play in a house, I will play (with) a mouse,’ ” said Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, who said his team wants to continue its pursuit of the organization’s first championship.“That’s how you feel. I think that’s how our team feels. We don’t care where, when, why, what – we just want to go after our goal.”Major League Baseball also has discussed the premise of starting up play at a neutral site, according to an ESPN report that described talks of having all 30 teams play at Phoenix-area stadiums without fans.For his part, LeBron James – whose Western Conference-leading Lakers also wish badly to continue their title chase – said he’d be willing to discuss the idea.“I think the line of communication is open, not only from the owners, from the players, from the whole league, from Adam Silver and everyone,” James told reporters on a Zoom call Wednesday. “Obviously, the No. 1 thing is the safety and the well-being of all of us here in America first, and getting this pandemic under control. On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead “Look,” said Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, “these are unusual times that you have to be really adaptable.”And all indications are that the NBA is motivated to test its dexterity, according to Rob Pelinka, the Lakers’ general manager.“Everyone has this hope and desire to find a way to finish the season,” he said Wednesday. “They are looking at every option to get to the end. Including fanless games. Including remote locations where teams could gather and create as safe an environment as possible. The messaging coming from the league is, ‘We are thinking long, hard about what this could look like to get to the end.’“We’ll put the health of the world and our fans and our players first and foremost, but hopefully once we get past this initial phase where we’re all putting in these efforts to flatten the curve, if we see success there, hopefully it will get to a place where we can see more definitively what those plans might look like.“But I think it’s too early to know.” “I believe once that’s under control and they allow us to resume some type of activity, I would love to get the season back going. I feel like we’re in a position where we can get back and start to compete for a championship, get back to doing what we love to do, making our Laker faithful proud of us, of being back on the floor.“And if it’s in one single isolated destination – if it’s Las Vegas or somewhere else that can hold us and keep us in the best possible chance to be safe, not only on the floor but also off the floor as well – then those conversations will be had.”Related Articlescenter_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers’ Byron Scott reconsidering Kobe Bryant’s hope to play all 82 games

first_img“Sometimes he says he feels like ‘You know what.’ Other times he says, ‘I feel good,’” Scott said. “I’m relying on that conversation to go one way or another.”Move the ballIt became easy for Scott on what to focus on in Monday’s practice, a day after the Lakers lost to New York after going through a six-minute stretch without a field-goal. If only it were easy to correct it. The Lakers have lost four of their five games because of disastrous fourth quarters in which they have shot a combined 29 of 88 from the field (32.9 percent).“The game gets tight and then we get tight with it,” Scott said. “That is lack of experience and youth.”Yet, the reasons seem more complicated. One, rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell has not closed out the game in those four losses. Second, Bryant has shot a combined 3 of 17 in the final quarter (17.6 percent). Scott has downplayed Bryant’s role in the struggles, but his teammates acknowledged the elephant in the room. “We definitely have to learn how to play with Kobe,” Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson said. “We can do a better job in terms of moving without the ball, making hard cuts and spacing the floor.”Russell outlined a detailed proposal on both tapping into Bryant’s high-volume shooting and team balance. “He’s known for making tough shots. So early in the game, get him involved,” Russel said. “Knowing that man is a legend, he’ll be open a lot and calling for the ball a lot. But you still have to maintain a balance on when to run the offense and when to get him the ball.”Passing the torchBryant may be playing in his last NBA season. But that might not mean Bryant will stop playing basketball.In an interview with The Associated Press, Bryant reiterated his interest in playing for the U.S. Olympic team during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.“It would mean the world to me to be around those guys,” Bryant said. Bryant had ruled out what would mark his third Olympics appearance following the 2012 Games in London. But USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo reported Bryant changing his sentiment last summer. The Lakers still expect Bryant to start Tuesday’s game against the Heat (4-3) after missing Monday’s practice to receive treatment. But Scott said he does not know how he will handle Bryant for Wednesday’s game against the Magic (3-4). Bryant did not speak to reporters on Monday, but Scott reiterated Bryant’s quest to play as many games as possible. “I know how he feels and I understand that. But my objective is to get him through this whole season,” Scott said of Bryant. “That might mean him missing some games so he can get through the whole year.”Bryant has failed to do that for three consecutive seasons. He tore his left Achilles tendon in April 2013 and rehabbed for the next eight months. Bryant played in six games before fracturing his left leg and ultimately needing season-ending surgery. Last season, Bryant lasted 35 games before tearing a rotator cuff in his right shoulder. After criticizing himself for playing Bryant an average of 34.5 minutes per game last season, Scott has reduced Bryant to 29.2 minutes per game through six contests. But Bryant has remained woefully ineffective, averaging 16.5 points on a career-low 32 percent shooting. It has not helped that Bryant missed two weeks during training camp because of a bruise in his lower left leg, something that both hurt his conditioning and exposed his vulnerability. Yet, Scott said that Bryant has “always been honest with me” regarding his health. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img MIAMI >> The plan seemed so concrete only a few days ago. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told coach Byron Scott he would like to pursue playing all 82 regular-season games amid the likelihood his 20th NBA season would also mark his last. Scott then confirmed Bryant would start when the Lakers (1-5) play the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic on Tuesday and Wednesday, the first of the Lakers’ sets of 17 back-to-back contests for the 2015-16 campaign.But apparently, that concrete is not dry. “That’s a grind to try to play all 82,” Scott said following Monday’s practice at American Airlines Arena. “We’re going to talk again.”last_img read more

Allegri and Juventus in surprise split at end of season

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Massimiliano AllegriRome, Italy | AFP | Coach Massimiliano Allegri will leave Juventus at the end of the season after a reported fall-out with the club’s directors, the newly-crowned Serie A champions said in a surprise statement on Friday.“Massimiliano Allegri will not be on the Juventus bench for the 2019/2020 season,” Juve announced in a shock development.Allegri, 55, had rejected reports saying he was about to be dismissed last Saturday adding he had already been making plans for next year over the past six months.He held meetings with the club’s hierarchy this the week during which a clear disagreement between the two parties emerged.Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claimed they fell out over a variety of subjects including Allegri’s desire for an increased salary and a differing vision of the side’s future.Juventus have already wrapped up their record eighth consecutive title, and Allegri’s fifth in as many years and he lifted the Coppa Italia on four occasions since replacing Antonio Conte in 2014.The club’s former midfielder Conte along with France boss and ex-defender and coach Didier Deschamps, Champions League finalist Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham and Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi have been linked with taking over from Allegri in the Italian press in recent weeks.Allegri’s departure from the Allianz Stadium will alert a host of big European outfits and his name shot up the bookmakers’ list of favourites to be the next permanent coach at Inter Milan and Chelsea.– Champions League pressure – Despite signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer the Bianconeri failed to make it past the quarter-finals of the European football’s top competition for the second successive season.They were humiliated by modest-spending Ajax in the last eight in April despite a star-studded side including Ronaldo, Argentina’s Paulo Dybala and France World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi.Allegri guided Juve to two European finals losing to Barcelona in 2015 before being hammered by Real Madrid two years later.The pressure to bring the much-desired trophy back to Turin for the first time since 1996 was also alleged to be part of the fall-out according to Gazzetta.Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey has already signed for the Italian club on a free transfer from Arsenal for next season.Local press reported Allegri had been keen to sell the likes of Dybala, Brazil winger Douglas Costa and Portugal right-back Joao Cancelo in the upcoming summer transfer window.Allegri and club president Andrea Agnelli will hold a press conference on Saturday at 14:00 local time (1200 GMT).Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Twinned with Becerril

first_imgHe is the chosen one so that the Real one fulfills his promise, made by the realistic president, Jokin Aperribay, as soon as he finishes the 0-8 of the first Cup qualifier played in Palencia, in the New Ballast, because the Mariano Haro did not meet the security requirements of the Spanish Football Federation. Both clubs promised eternal brotherhood. La Real will take care of all the expenses of the people of the Palentino club, and also of the round trip travel expenses of the inhabitants of the town who want to go.The Becerril has already begun to announce the way to sign up to travel by bus for that Saturday. You have to register in a list that you have placed in two bars in the town of Becerril, and the deadline to do so is this Monday. The buses will leave Becerril at eight o’clock on Saturday morning of the match and return at 9:00 p.m., at the end of the commitment.The people of Becerril will also organize a meal in San Sebastian before the game, and the realistic club will give them a special treatment so they can get to know the Real’s facilities much better and also enjoy the game. Curious are some pictures that this is leaving Cup With the new format. Field Calf it is a palencia town that could write a book about the Spain emptied A corner of the region of Farmland which at the beginning of the century still used four figures to measure its population. But the figure of one thousand inhabitants was falling and now there are 754. Almost everyone knows each other. Against his team, of Third, faced the Real society in the first round And all of them have chosen the date on which the Royal will fulfill the promise he made after the first qualifying round Copa del Rey.It will be Saturday, February 22 in the match against Valencia in the Reale Arena. The promise was that the San Sebastian club would invite a party in Saint Sebastian to all the people of the town of Palencia. These days in Becerril de Campos there was no talk of anything else, making pools fantasizing why party would empty the streets to have its inhabitants in Donostia.“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 the round trip and the entrance to the game, ”he explained Juan Antonio Redondo, the president of the Becerril. That match will be the team’s visit on February 22, at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more