Argentina v Ireland: Schmidt reinstates the cavalry

first_imgJoe Schmidt has rung the changes for part two of Ireland’s tour in Argentina. Find out more about the team below… Versatile: McFadden has covered both midfield and wing positions for Ireland but starts at 13 on Saturday JOE SCHMIDT has reinforced his team with Leinster’s RaboDirect Pro12 winners for Ireland’s second Test against Argentina on Saturday. Schmidt had always intended to give all of the 29 players on tour a run in one of the match day squads, so changes were fully expected, and he added: “There’s been a lot of travelling on tour so the fresh guys will give the team a little bit of a boost.”In the midfield, Darren Cave will start at inside centre at the Estadio Jose Fierro in Tucuman. Cave made more metres than anyone else on the pitch last week with 95, and though he missed a couple of tackles Schmidt’s intention was always to give him a run out at 12. The versatile Fergus McFadden will start at 13, and Schmidt said: “Never in an international do you start with 15 and not make changes. We see it as an advantage going forward to have a player like Fergus who can fill many positions.“There’s been some precaution taken with Luke (Marshall) but before the tour we always wanted to look at Darren at 12. Robbie Henshaw didn’t make it, but we’d thought about that combination.”Treetops: Toner will return to the second row alongside O’ConnellRob Kearney has returned to the full-back position, having recovered from the RaboDirect Pro12 final 10 days ago, and Andrew Trimble and Simon Zebo retain their places on the wing. Schmidt praised Zebo’s tackle accuracy – he made nine tackles and missed one in last week’s Test – while posing a threat while carrying the ball, though stressed that the Munster wing still had areas that needed to sharpen up. Johnny Sexton has retained his place at fly-half, and will start alongside former Leinster team-mate Eoin Reddan, with Conor Murray, who suffered a dead leg in last week’s game, dropping to the bench.In the pack, Dave Kilcoyne will win his second Test start at loosehead, alongside Rory Best and Mike Ross. Jack McGrath drops to the bench as tighthead cover, and Schmidt said: “Jack’s played tighthead in the AIL and has trained incredibly well at tighthead this week. It also gives James Cronin a window of opportunity.” Cronin will earn his first cap on Saturday having missed out on a spot in the 23 last week.Sightseers: Enjoying a day off in Tucuman on WednesdayThe Six Nations winning partnership of Devin Toner and captain Paul O’Connell will be reunited on Saturday, and O’Connell said: “I’ve only played with Dev since he’s been an established international, and he has a calm head. He calls the lineouts at Leinster, so every game he’ll call two or three of the lineouts. Wherever Dev goes teams tend to stay away from because of his height, and he’s quick for a big man. His ball carrying is something for other second rows to aspire to, and he’s another set of eyes on the pitch for me.”Robbie Diack, who made ten tackles and stole two lineouts in Resistencia last weekend, is unlucky not to be included in this week’s 23, but he gives way to Rhys Ruddock who steps in at six alongside Chris Henry and Jamie Heaslip. The Leinster No 8 and Ireland vice-captain has only come off the bench twice for his country in 66 Tests, and said of the experience: “I found it tougher to prepare coming off the bench, because I’ve done it for Leinster a good few times and found it different but not hard, but on Saturday it was different and harder coming off the bench for Ireland.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ireland XV to face Argentina: Rob Kearney; Andrew Trimble, Fergus McFadden, Darren Cave, Simon Zebo; Johnny Sexton, Eoin Reddan; Dave Kilcoyne, Rory Best, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Paul O’Connell (capt), Rhys Ruddock, Chris Henry, Jamie Heaslip.Ireland reps: Rob Herring, James Cronin, Jack McGrath, Iain Henderson, Jordi Murphy, Conor Murray, Ian Madigan, Noel Reid.Click here to watch highlights from last week’s game read more

Leafs run out of gas during Eddie Mountain road trip

first_imgPlaying without a full roster of skaters finally caught up to the Nelson Leafs during a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League road trip through the Eddie Mountain Division.Jason Richter had a five-point night to power the Kimberley Dynamiters to 5-2 victory over the Leafs Saturday in the Bavarian City.Friday, Nelson saw a 3-0 lead disappear in the third period as Golden Rockets escaped with a 4-3 overtime win.Despite losing twice, Nelson maintains a slim one-point advantage in Murdoch Division over the Castlegar Rebels.However, the Rebels host Spokane Braves Sunday in the Sunflower City, and could leapfrog past Nelson into top spot in the division with a win.Saturday, Kimberley took advantage of power play opportunities to score twice with the man advantage in the second period. Keenan Haase and Jesse Wallace each scored on the power play to erase a 2-1 Nelson lead.The goals came in less than a minute late in the second period.Nelson pressed for the equalizer in the third, but, with goalie Joey Karrer pulled for an extra attacker, Richter scored twice into the empty net to secure the win.Matt MacDonald, Nelson’s game star, and Aaron Brewer scored for Nelson.Kimberley out shot the short-staffed Leafs 27-23 to make a winner out of goalie Tyson Brouwer.Friday, Nelson took a 3-0 lead three minutes into the third period on goals by Rayce Miller, Robson Cramer and Aaron Dunlap — the latter two coming on the power play.However, Golden scored three times in the final eight minutes of the game, the tying marker coming with three seconds remaining in the third period, to send the game into overtime.Nic Noseworthy ended the game at 3:37 of extra time giving the home side the comeback win.Golden out shot the Leafs 41-35, including an 8-1 advantage in overtime.ICE CHIPS: Nelson played the two weekend games with only 15 skaters, including Castlegar Midget Rep affiliate player Matthew Brind’Amour. The lack of players is due to a rash of major injuries to key players that has hit the KIJHL franchise. . . . Kootenay Ice traveled to South Surrey this weekend to play the Valley West Hawks. Kootenay scored a 4-4 tie Saturday against the Hawks. . . . The two losses in goal dropped Joey Karrer’s record with Nelson to 3-4. . . . Kimberley defeated Nelson for the second time this season. The Nitros defeated Nelson 4-2 September 26. . . .Nelson travels to Grand Forks Friday to face the Border Bruins before returning home Saturday to face Spokane Braves. Nelson hosts Grand Forks Friday, December 19 before beginning the Christmas holiday break. The Leafs are back on the ice for a home-and-home series beginning December 30 in Fruitvale against defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Nelson then hosts Beaver Valley in the traditional New Year’s Eve game at the NDCC Arena at 2:30 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgTOP ‘PIT MASTERS’ TO COMPETE FOR $18,000 IN CASH IN SANTA ANITA’S SPACIOUS INFIELD AREA ARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2016)–Santa Anita Park will play host to the fifth annual Winner’s Circle Barbeque Championship on Saturday, April 2 in the track’s spacious Infield Area.“Pit Masters” from throughout the Western United States will compete for $18,000 in cash, a California State Championship title and a chance to represent California in the National Barbeque Championships.With all contestants firmly ensconced overnight, fans will be greeted by the sweet smells of hickory and pecan woods and of slow-smoked beef, pork and chicken wafting among 65 competing teams of barbeque professionals.Sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, the Winner’s Circle Barbeque Championship will also include live music and ready access to wagering on world class racing at The Great Race Place.Parking is free and walk-up admission on April 2 is just five dollars. For additional packages that include BBQ scrip tickets, racing programs, tip sheets, pony rides and other Family Fun activities, please visit, or call (626) 574-6384.last_img read more

Man arrested after cars attacked in Letterkenny traffic jam

first_imgA man has been arrested after a number of cars were damaged in traffic in Letterkenny this evening.The incident happened close to the Oldtown Bridge just after 7.30pm.The man, who was carrying some type of implement, damaged a number of cars which were queued in traffic. The man, who is in his late 20s, moved off but was later involved in an altercation close to McDonalds fast-food outlet.Gardai arrived on the scene and the man was arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.It is not understood anybody in the cars was hurt but at least three people were left shaken.A number of cars were damaged as a result of the attack. Man arrested after cars attacked in Letterkenny traffic jam was last modified: August 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:arrestattackcarsdonegalletterkennylast_img read more

Designing Their Way Onto the Eco-Homes Winners’ List

first_imgResidential and commercial reconstruction in Greensburg, Kansas, which was destroyed more than two years ago by an unusually powerful tornado, have taken a green tack to address energy efficiency and other practical concerns. But the town’s push toward green also has enhanced its status as a showcase for various types of energy efficient residential construction.The recently concluded Chain of Eco-Homes Competition, a residential design contest co-sponsored by community nonprofit Greensburg GreenTown and open-source design firm FreeGreen, is among the latest sources of eco-boosterism in the town.Promoting eco-tourism in Greensburg is, after all, one of the goals of Greensburg GreenTown, a notion that didn’t seem lost on the firms and individuals who entered the competition. The contest attracted about 230 entries from professional and student designers, each focusing on one of three block-wall systems: lightweight, interlocking hollow blocks, made by German firm HIB, that are filled with blown-in insulation; Virginia Lime Works’ Enviro-Ment Masonry Unit, a lime-based masonry block that absorbs CO2 from the air; and U.K.-based Amvic Wall Systems’ insulating concrete forms.And the winners are …The first-place entry, Meadowlark House, by New York City-based Steven Learner Studio, is just under 1,450 square feet, features three bedrooms and two baths, and uses the HIB system, whose blocks stack Lego-style and are touted as being highly resistant (up to three stories) to earthquakes and hurricane-force winds.The top ranking earned Steven Learner Studios $10,000 in prize money and earned its Meadowlark House the right to be built in the GreenTown Chain of Eco-Homes, a 12-home project intended as a showcase for a variety of green construction strategies at different price levels. Construction on the house is expected to begin in November.Second place, and $1,000 in prize money, went to Stuttio Workshop, based on Venice, California. The firm’s Root/Breathe/Endure, a 1,900-sq.-ft. three-bedroom, two-bath home, is designed to use the Enviro-Ment Masonry system. Third place, and another $1,000, went to Daniel Day Studio, in Dallas, Texas, for its Linear Villa, a 1,492-sq.-ft. two-bedroom, two-bath home to be built using the Amvic ICFs.Because they are among the three contest winners, both Root/Breathe/Endure and Linear Villa are, like Meadowlark House, eligible for construction as part of the 12-home Chain of Eco-Homes, provided enough money can be raised to get them in the ground. At this point, Chain of Eco-Homes’ lineup includes the University of Colorado’s winning home from the 2005 Solar Decathlon and the concrete Eco-Home Silo, which opened to the public in May.The contest’s eight-judge panel included modular-design architect Michelle Kaufmann and Steve Thomas, current host of the Discovery Channel’s Renovation Nation and former host of This Old House on PBS.last_img read more

Bolts clinch No. 1 seed

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Amit, Kiamco-Chua advance; bowlers toppled Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next PBA IMAGESMeralco stuns San Miguel; Star on track for semis incentive Meralco overhauled an 18-point third quarter deficit en route to a 104-101 squeaker over San Miguel Beer to seize the solo lead and top seeding in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Allen Durham carried the Bolts down the stretch, finishing with 35 points and 13 rebounds as they climbed to 9-2 and seal a twice-to-beat edge against No. 8 Blackwater in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Lee and Barroca found their groove midway in the fourth quarter to trigger Star’s breakaway, 95-83, with 3:20 left.PJ Simon topscored for Star with 16 points, while Aldrech Ramos had 14 points.Aaron Fuller led the Road Warriors with 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Alex Mallari fired 13 points.—RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NET June Mar Fajardo led San Miguel with 26 points and eight rebounds.The Beermen fell to 7-4 and a share of fifth and sixth spots with the Star Hotshots, who thwarted NLEX, 101-93, in the first game.The Hotshots leaned on the trio of Paul Lee, import Kristofer Acox and Mark Barroca to keep themselves in the hunt for a top four seat and a twice-to-beat incentive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLee poured in seven of his 15 points in the payoff period, Acox tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Barroca had 13 points and four rebounds as the Hotshots overhauled a 36-44 halftime deficit.“We had the proper mindset and it was to win,” said Star coach Chito Victolero. “The only thing we had control of is our game and I’m proud of my players, especially in the second half. They stepped up on defense plus we had a better ball movement.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View commentslast_img read more

NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan’s last title in 1998

first_imgGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. APCLEVELAND — The first two games of the NBA Finals are the most-watched since Michael Jordan’s final championship in 1998.Despite two lopsided outcomes, Golden State’s two home wins over Cleveland averaged 19.6 million viewers, according to numbers released Monday by the Nielsen company.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games That’s an increase of 5 percent from the 18.6 million average in 2016.The Warriors’ 132-113 victory on Sunday drew an average of 20.1 million viewers, up 13 percent from Game 2 last year and the most for a Game 2 since Chicago and Utah met in 1998. The telecast peaked with 23.1 million viewers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis is the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals. Cavs ignore last year’s comeback after another 0-2 hole BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

The 10 best transfers of the summer

first_imgTransfers Renato Sanches, Matic & Neymar – The 10 best transfers of the summer window Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 15:26 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(12) Renato Sanches, Nemanja Matic, Neymar Getty Transfers Premier League Neymar Kylian Mbappé Manchester United Liverpool Manchester City Wolverhampton Wanderers Swansea City Arsenal PSG Juventus Milan Primera División Ligue 1 Serie A Championship Mohamed Salah Goal takes a look at the very best acquisitions of the summer, from Ruben Neves to Mohamed Salah The transfer window is officially closed in England, the deals are done, and the dust is settling.Alexis Sanchez didn’t move to Manchester City, Liverpool have held on to Philippe Coutinho despite Barcelona’s advances, and Ross Barkley amazingly rejected Chelsea at the eleventh hour to stay at Everton.But huge deals were done, with Neymar becoming the world’s most expensive player, Romelu Lukaku moving to Manchester United for nearly £100 million, and Arsenal smashing their transfer record to acquire Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Which deals were the best, though? Goal takes a look at the finest signings in a simply crazy summer window.SEAD KOLASINAC | ARSENAL | FREESead Kolasinac, ArsenalArsenal’s transfer window was dominated by outgoings. Arsene Wenger has seen the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Wojciech Szczesny and Gabriel Paulista leave the club, while Alexis Sanchez continually flirted with a move to Manchester City, only for the deal to eventually collapse.The club’s move for Sead Kolasinac, then, has flown under the radar, the Gunners signing the left-back from FC Schalke on a free transfer.But that should not distract from the fact that the club have secured a truly excellent full-back for nothing, thus plugging the gap left by an inconsistent Gibbs.Kolasinac was voted into the Bundesliga Team of the Season last term, and boasts incredible strength and seemingly iron lungs.A powerful showing in the Community Shield against Chelsea set tongues wagging, and Kolasinac could prove to be the bargain of the summer, proving that it’s not all bad at the Emirates Stadium.RUBEN NEVES | WOLVES | £15MRuben NevesThis was an odd one. Coveted by Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, and compared with Andrea Pirlo and Sergio Busquets, Ruben Neves somehow ended up at Championship club Wolves earlier this summer, for a fee in the region of £15 million.His agent, Jorge Mendes, seemingly engineered the move for the prodigiously talented Portuguese midfielder but there will be few complaints at Molineux, with Wolves signing a player of immense potential.Now 20, Neves has risen through the ranks in the Portugal national team, winning two senior caps, and was a trusted lieutenant at FC Porto, appearing just under 100 times for the Liga NOS giants.His move to England could make his future or, potentially, break it, but Neves has all the talent in the world and could become one of the finest midfield players of his generation if he is coached correctly.Powerful yet subtle, and able to ping 35 yard balls across the pitch, Neves is undoubtedly one of Wolves’ greatest ever signings.RENATO SANCHES | SWANSEA CITY | LOANRenato Sanches Bayern MunichPotentially a case of ‘it’s who you know, not what you know’, the much-vaunted Renato Sanches has arrived at Swansea City from Bayern Munich on a loan deal for the remainder of the season, with former Bayern assistant Paul Clement utilising his contacts at the German club to land one of the best young players in Europe.Sanches joined Bayern from Benfica last summer in a €35 million deal, which could rise to €80m, with the German club beating the likes of Manchester United to his signature. Prodigiously talented, both dynamic and powerful, Sanches struggled for game time at the German giants last season but has a chance to revitalise his career in the Premier League. Swansea are paying a loan fee of €6m for the Portugal international, who was one of the stars of Euro 2016, but Clement will surely believe that such a price is small change for a player of Sanches’ quality.BLAISE MATUIDI | JUVENTUS | £18.2MBlaise Matuidi PSGAt £18.2 million, Juventus’ signing of Blaise Matuidi from PSG may represent the bargain of the summer.A world-class central midfielder, Matuidi’s fee looks like peanuts in a transfer market that has been heavily inflated by the dealings of PSG and Manchester United, among others.The France international may be 30, but he has honed his craft and is one of the very best ball winners in European competition.A classy distributor of the ball, too, Matuidi is as close to a complete midfielder as you will find, and that Juve appeared to have a clear run at his signature reflects terribly on other elite clubs on the continent.BENJAMIN MENDY | MAN CITY | £52MBenjamin MendyPep Guardiola has spent big on full-backs this summer, acquiring Kyle Walker from Tottenham, Danilo from Real Madrid and Benjamin Mendy from Monaco.The latter, though, is the star attraction. Signed for a fee of £52 million, Mendy plugs a problem position for Guardiola, and brings pace, athleticism, and precision delivieries from the left flank to a City team that is already starting to click into gear.Mendy is the most expensive full-back in history – eclipsing Walker just days after the England international joined City – and at 23 he has room to grow and improve under the tutelage of one of the best managers in world football.For the rest of the Premier League, and Europe, that is a truly frightening prospect.MOHAMED SALAH | LIVERPOOL | £36.9MHD Mohamed Salah Roberto Firmino LiverpoolMohamed Salah may have flopped at Chelsea, but the livewire Egyptian appears absolutely perfect for Liverpool.Signed for a fee of £36.9 million, a club record, Salah has already electrified the Reds’ support with his remarkable pace, direct dribbling and superb finishing ability.In five games he has already scored three goals, and was a key part of the club’s 4-0 mauling of Arsenal last weekend.Despite underwhelming at Stamford Bridge, Salah appears ready to finally explode in English football.Reds 4/1 to beat City O2.5 goalsNEMANJA MATIC | MAN UTD | £40MNemanja Matic Manchester United 02082017Signing Nemanja Matic appeared impossible for Manchester United at the beginning of the transfer window.Ensconced at Chelsea, seemingly for the foreseeable future, Matic was preparing for another assault on the Premier League title under Antonio Conte.But, with Jose Mourinho attempting to build his United side into a strong, powerful unit, a bid of £40 million was tabled for the rangy defensive midfielder and, much to the Portuguese’s surprise, accepted by his former club.Matic has since appeared in all three of United’s Premier League games thus far, and the side has not conceded a goal, while scoring 10.This is no coincidence, with Paul Pogba suddenly free to roam and create, safe in the knowledge that Matic will mop up any loose balls or lost transitions. He may well be the final piece in Mourinho’s title-winning puzzle at Old Trafford.KYLIAN MBAPPE | PSG | LOANKylian Mbappe PSGWhat is the point of Financial Fair Play? That is the question on seemingly everybody’s lips after PSG signed both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the same manic transfer window.The truth is that the French club appear to have circumvented any sanctions by acquiring Mbappe on an initial loan deal, with the option to make the move permanent for a fee of £165.7 million.The figures are astonishing for a player who is just 18 years of age, but he is inarguably the most exciting talent to emerge on the world stage since Ronaldo Nazario in the 1990s, and could yet reach his level of ability.This deal is an investment in the future from PSG, and Mbappe will surely thrive in the city where he grew up after bursting onto the scene with 26 goals in all competitions last season. It is no wonder that other so-called super clubs are green with envy.LEONARDO BONUCCI | AC MILAN | €42MBonucci Conti Milan Europa LeagueMilan have signed 11 players this summer, but the most incredible saw Leonardo Bonucci, of bitter rivals Juventus, join the club for €42 million.No player commands defences quite like Bonucci, who is one of the finest centre-backs in world football, and it remains quite incredible that Milan were able to pull off the deal.Bonucci spent seven years at Juve, making 319 appearances, but he will now aim to add to his seven Serie A titles – he won six at Juve, one at Inter – at his new employers, who have made their intentions in Italy clear with an aggressive summer of recruitment.With a captain like Bonucci, few would bet against them tasting domestic glory.NEYMAR | PSG | €222MNeymar PSG Paris Saint-GermainEasily the most headline-grabbing acquisition of a simply crazy summer transfer window, PSG lavished a staggering €222 million on Neymar, meeting the Brazilian’s release clause and leaving Barcelona scrambling to find a replacement.The signing instantly made Neymar the most expensive footballer in history, and he has since dazzled in Paris, scoring on his debut, assisting at will and pulling off rainbow flicks on the wing.He is now a commercial giant, too, able to sell PSG’s brand in whichever country they next wish to conquer, and offers so much more than on-pitch ability.While the club have signed one of the very best players in the world, they have also made a statement that they are here to dominate European competition for years to come.With Neymar in their ranks, PSG could well be Champions League holders this time next year.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Emenalo proud of Chelsea loan system

first_imgChelsea Emenalo: Christensen proves merit of Chelsea loan system Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 10:53 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) AndreasChristensen-Cropped Getty Images Chelsea Premier League The former technical director at Stamford Bridge has pointed to the 21-year-old as vindication for the club’s developmental strategy Former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo said defender Andreas Christensen is a prime example that the club’s loan system works.Danish centre-back Christensen is back at Chelsea and in the first team after spending two years on loan with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.Chelsea 6/5 to be top London club Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 21-year-old, who moved to Stamford Bridge in 2012, started instead of star David Luiz in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.Asked about the club’s loan programme and whether Christensen is a good example of the working being done, Emenalo — who stepped down from his position on Monday — told Chelsea TV: “Absolutely.”Andreas, unbeknown to him, gave me a wonderful parting gift yesterday because his performance is indicative of what development is all about.”Development equals humility, hard work and timing and Andreas has done all three. “He’s shown great humility to go on loan and work very hard while he was there and gain the experience which is needed.”The timing is right for him now to step in and show what he’s learnt during those periods of development.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Videos: Texas And Baylor Just Engaged In A Bench-Clearing Scuffle

first_imgAn interior view of the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view taken during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 58-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas is destroying No. 12 Baylor, 17-0, after the first quarter. The score is ugly, but not as ugly as the bench-clearing incident which just occurred. After Baylor reserve quarterback Lynx Hawthorne tossed an interception, the red-shirt junior chased down Texas DB Duke Thomas, who recorded the pick. Hawthorne slammed Thomas down near the Longhorns’ sideline, and some UT players took offense. In the videos below, you can see Texas safety Kevin Vaccaro (No. 18 in white) leave the bench and fall on top of Hawthorne. This resulted in a 15-yard penalty, but more significantly, served as the beginning of all hell breaking loose.Baylor players sprinted from the far sideline to join the fray. While it didn’t look like any punches were thrown, the two teams did scuffle and trade a lot of angry words. Some players had to be held back. 18 off the bench for Texas & PJ Locke shoving QB down after play standing over him. Almost got ugly in Waco.— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) December 5, 2015Here is the Baylor-Texas (kinda) brawl.— Dr Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) December 5, 2015Amazingly, Vaccaro’s penalty was the lone one assessed after this near-melee. Things have since settled back to normal in Waco.last_img read more