Tick, Tock: Time running out for Messi to deliver World Cup

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial As with all the Argentina coaches before him, Sampaoli has searched for the right partnership with Messi, who has often carried Argentina by himself and is always compared with Maradona, who brought Argentina its last World Cup title in 1986.“I think that Jorge is looking at every position. We’ll see what happens and what he decides on the day,” Pavon said. “I feel confident and luckily things are going well for me, but I don’t know yet if I’ll be a starter.”25-YEAR TITLE DROUGHTIt’s hard to believe, but Argentina has not won a major title since taking the Copa America — the South American championship — in 1993. That’s 25 years ago; a quarter century of drought for a country that sees itself as soccer royalty.What two-time champion Argentina has felt recently is only bitter defeat: the losing finalist against Germany in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and two more runner-up finishes in the 2015 and 2016 at the Copa America — both times against Chile.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ginebra makes another move, acquires rookie Julian Sargent for Paolo Taha Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Argentina’s Lionel Messi, left, looks down during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Time is running out for Lionel Messi to bring Argentina a World Cup, which would give him the one thing that’s missing from a career that ranks among the greatest.He turns 31 on Sunday, which means this World Cup could be his last chance. It also means that Thursday’s match against Croatia is momentous. He has delivered for his club Barcelona — four Champions League titles, and nine La Liga championships in Spain — but still no World Cup title for Argentina.ADVERTISEMENT Messi missed a penalty — it was saved — in a disappointing 1-1 draw against Iceland in the opening group match. Argentina needs to beat Croatia to clear its path from the three-game group stage to the knock-out round of 16.“We have to look at what we need to correct from the Iceland match, but we can’t dwell on it,” Argentina defender Gabriel Mercado said. “We have to look forward and win the next match against Croatia.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Croatians opened with a 2-0 win over Nigeria, putting them in a better spot in Group D than Argentina when the teams meet on the banks of the Volga in Nizhny Novgorod.Jorge Sampaoli hasn’t used the same lineup twice in the 12 games he’s been in charge for Argentina. He’s juggling again, this time likely to start 22-year-old Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon up front with Messi. Pavon is quick and can play on the right or left and is likely to replace Angel di Maria. SENT PACKINGCroatia coach Zlatko Dalic has sent home striker Nikola Kalinic because he wouldn’t come off the bench as a substitute against Nigeria. Kalinic, who plays for AC Milan, says he has a back injury although news reports in Croatia say he is unhappy being a substitute.Dalic said of Kalinic, “I need players who are ready.”Croatia now has 22 players on the World Cup roster.OTHER ARGENTINA CHANGESSampaoli experimented after the Iceland draw with using three defenders with Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi and Nicolas Tagliafico. Mercado would replace Marcos Rojo, who was sub-par against Iceland.Lucas Biglia is also likely to be dropped from midfield and replaced by Marcos Acuna. Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega and Enzo Perez are also possibilities.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan townlast_img read more

Bale snaps drought as Real edge past struggling Huesca

first_img“He (Bale) and the rest of the team were all fantastic. He scored a great goal and it was enough to get the win,” said Real coach Santiago Solari. “His goal and the general character of the team were crucial in taking all three points.”“It wasn’t a game to remember, but if you want to win La Liga, you have to win these matches,” the Argentine added.Bale put a halt to his longest spell without scoring in the league since joining Real as he expertly cushioned in a volley from an arcing cross by Alvaro Odriozola on eight minutes.Huesca winger Ezequiel Avila forced a brilliant stop from Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, the Belgium international punching the ball to safety midway through the first half.Bale nearly added to his haul on 25 minutes when his fierce drive from the edge of the area was tipped over by a scrambling Aleksandar Jovanovic.Gonzalo Melero should have levelled for Huesca right after the break only to nod wide of the goal despite having the whole target at which to aim. A swerving David Ferreiro shot drew another smart save from Courtois as Real withstood a spirited fightback from the hosts, but Bale continued to threaten and forced two further saves from Jovanovic.Courtois turned over a late Moi Gomez free-kick and Huesca, who slumped to a 10th defeat in 15 games this season, were denied a point when Dani Carvajal headed off the line from Christian Rivera.Elsewhere, Borja Mayoral salvaged a point for Levante with a stoppage-time equaliser in a thrilling 4-4 draw away to Eibar.Eibar, who beat Madrid 3-0 in their last home game, led 4-2 with 15 minutes to play after a quick-fire brace by Charles added to goals from Sergi Enrich and Gonzalo Escalante.But Levante snatched a draw as Tono halved the deficit before Mayoral struck at the death.Real Valladolid won for the first time in six games as Toni Suarez and Antonito found the net in a 2-1 victory at Real Sociedad.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gareth Bale scored his first goal in La Liga since September 1 © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMadrid, Spain, Dec 9 – Gareth Bale ended a run of 802 minutes without a goal in La Liga as Real Madrid won 1-0 at bottom side Huesca on Sunday to climb back to within five points of leaders Barcelona.The Welshman struck his first goal in the league since the start of September to lift Real to a fourth win in five matches and move the European champions up to fourth place.last_img read more


first_imgFour Masters GAA News:Awards night: The awards night will take place on Saturday the 20th of February  2016 in Dom’s Pier 1 . Tickets €25 each and are available through any club officer. Club Adult membership: €30.00 + €20.00 development levy for adult members is now due for 2016 season. Payable to senior Register Shirley Doherty 0873140486 or Paul Timoney Treasurer 0872791305 .Shirley will be in the Abbey Hotel Monday evening from 9-9.30 pm to collect membership . Note to all senior men registration must be paid before yous go to play as yous are not insured to play or train.GAA season ticket Adult club plus €200: This adult club version Allianz national league games , opening Ulster championship fixture, also includes club league and championship games and all Ireland ticket if county qualifies. Contact Paul Timoney.Club Lotto: Renew Subscriptions, the club would ask all persons that are members of our lotto to pay annual subscription to sellers of to treasurer Paul Timoney 0872791305. New members are welcome with quarterly and half yearly subscriptions available.Ladies Calendars: The ladies have 2016 calendar with photos from each team out now, its available to buy in local shops. Underage hurling: U10 & U12 hurling for 2016 is on every Friday at 6-7pm on the astro pitch in Tír Chonaill Park. The U10’s will have a number of indoor blitzes in February. All new players welcome, hurl and helmet provided to new beginners.Donegal Ladies 5K: 5k fun run/walk for Donegal LGFA is on Sunday the 24th of January 2016 starts at 12 noon. Registration from 10am at Fitness Performance Ireland Ballybofey. Entry fee €10 kids €5 to be paid at registration. Race starts and finishes at Fitness Performance. Car park and shower facilities available. Refreshment served afterwards. Prizes for fastest male and female, Junior male and female, over 40 male and female.Congratulations to club member Michael Naughton on being elected Ulster President for the LGFA.Ladies AGM: The ladies AGM was held on Thursday the 14th of January. The club officers elected were Chairperson Yvonne Harvey, Secretary Catherine Greene, Treasurer Matt Shovlin, Register Tish Brady, Child Protection Officer Sharron Gillespie and Development Officer Michael Masterson. Congratulations to all and best of luck for the year ahead.Underage Presentations Award: The underage presentation awards took place on Sunday 17th of January in Doms Pier 1. Congratulations to Emily Mc Nulty who received U12 most improved, Ciara Cox player of the year, Lily Doherty U13 most improved  , Sofia Carr player of the year, Beibhinn Reid U14 most improved, Aoife Mackle player  of the year, Chloe Pearson U16 most improved, awards for representing the club at county level went to Hannah Crawford U14 and Casey Harvey U16. Many thanks to Pier One for their support throughout the year and for catering for everyone on Sunday last and parents and managers who gave willingly of their time in 2015. Thanks to Barry Monaghan for presenting the awards to all our winners. A great end to a great season.Club Lotto: There was no winner of the lotto jackpot of  €4200. The winners of the €25 lucky dip were John Bradley Clogher, Mary McCauley Donegal Town, Justin Irwin Main St. and Liz McIntyre Pollion Rd. Club Notes: Any club managers, mentors or members who wish to have information included in the club notes should email fourmasterspro@gmail.com before Monday night to ensure it is included.Follow us via facebook, twitter, club app and www.fourmastersgaa.comGAA NEWS: CIARA COX NAMED FOUR MASTERS U12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR was last modified: January 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:four mastersGAANoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgClose marking from Meath’s Eoghan Harringtton makes hard work for Donegal Captain, Michael Murphy who scored a last gasp point to make it Donegal 1-12 Meath 1-12 in Ballybofey. Photo Brian McDaid/Cristeph.A determined second half display culminating in a last-gasp point by Michael Murphy saw Donegal grab a draw against a determined Meath at MacCumhaill Park this afternoon.The visitors weren’t given a chance coming to the North-West for this league encounter today but their panel had different ideas.In fact, they raced to a 0-7 to 0-2 lead at one stage putting it up to Donegal. Jim McGuinness’ team, helped by a goal by Frank McGlynn, managed to narrow the gap to just two points, going in 1-7 to 1-5 at the interval.The league leaders were suffering in the middle of the park and the manager tried to address this my bringing on Neil Gallagher for Rory Kavanagh at half-time.He also added some penetration up front by drafting in Darach O’Connor in place of Brick Molloy.It appeared to have the desired effect as Donegal began to pick off the points. But Meath refused to wave the white flag and points from Graham Reilly and Michael Newman kept them in contention.In a nip and tuck second half, both sets of forward swapped points and the advantage as they raced to the final whistle in front of a large crowd. Donegal fluffed two goal chances too.Reilly looked as if he had done enough to secure the points for Meath putting them ahead 1-12 to 1-11.However, Murphy was given a late free but when it popped it short, you sensed that Donegal had blown their chance and their 100% league record.Meath must have been kicking themselves when the big Glenswilly man got yet another chance fro a free to level the scores. This time he didn’t miss.The visitors will feel short-changed but Donegal will draw encouragement from a game in which they had to dig deep.LAST GASP MURPHY POINT SNATCHES A DRAW FOR DONEGAL AGAINST MEATH was last modified: March 9th, 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:donegaldrawMeathlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Orangemen will lead the Fermanagh 12th march in Irvinestown today – and bring it to a halt in protest at the refusal of the North’s parades commission to allow a march through a nationalist area in north Belfast.A parade will be allowed through Ardoyne this morning, but a return leg will be banned.There are fears of widespread violence this weekend as a result. However the Orange Order says it will have controlled protests; stopping parades for six minutes in solidarity with its north Belfast lodges.The lodges from Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan will head the parade of 100 lodges and 70 bands in Irvinestown. They will stop the parade as part of the protests across the six counties.   DONEGAL ORANGEMEN TO TAKE PART IN ‘ARDOYNE’ PROTEST AGAINST NATIONALIST RESIDENTS was last modified: July 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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


first_imgCHLOE and Sam Magee have won the Hellas Open mixed doubles title in Greece.The sister and brother from Raphoe beat Blagovest Kisyov and Dimitria Popstoikova of Bulgaria 21-14 21-10 in today’s final.Ireland’s No1 duo defeated Germany’s Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler in Saturday’s semi-final. Chloe also reached the singles final but was unable to land a unique double having lost 21-13 21-13 to Linda Zetchiri of Bulgaria.  CHLOE AND SAM MAGEE WIN MIXED DOUBLES TITLE was last modified: May 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Championschloe mageeGreeceHellas OpenSam Mageelast_img read more

Raiders’ Abram fined $28,075 for unnecessary roughness vs. Denver

first_imgALAMEDA — Johnathan Abram awoke to the news following season-ending shoulder surgery he would be fined $28,075 for unnecessary roughness stemming from a hit in the Raiders’ Week 1 win over the Denver Broncos.The NFL confirmed the fine Saturday, originally reported by the NFL Network, which said Abram plans to appeal.Abram received one penalty during the game, a 14-yard foul for lowering the head to initiate contact against running back Royce Freeman in the third quarter. It was the same …last_img

Good Gratitude: To Science or God?

first_imgThere are health benefits to thanksgiving, but motivation is the key.It’s Thanksgiving, and that means scientists want to explain it without any spiritual stuffing.  As can be expected, Live Science is there to tell us all about why you should be grateful without any reference to God (or to any other recipient, for that matter).  Tia Ghose writes,Dozens of studies have found that gratitude can improve well-being, and can even help people curb depression and anxiety, improve cholesterol, and get better sleep, said Robert Emmons, a psychologist at the University of California, Davis, and author of “Gratitude Works! A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity” (Jossey-Bass, 2013).“Grateful people engage in more exercise, have better dietary behaviors, are less likely to smoke and abuse alcohol, and have higher rates of medication adherence,” Emmons wrote in an email. “Gratitude is good medicine.”This all may be true, but isn’t the point of gratitude being thankful TO somebody?  It seems pointless to be grateful to yourself, or to pretend to be grateful for selfish reasons like “emotional prosperity” for yourself.  To give thanks TO somebody for a body (7/25/14) that can eat a home-cooked meal and enjoy it with a brain (7/26/14) that is the most complex and organized piece of equipment in the universe, there’s only one choice of recipient.The Lord had to command human beings to give thanks, not just because it is good and right, but because it is against our natural inclinations as fallen creatures. Although not stated explicitly in the 10 Commandments, it is implied; in fact, thankfulness is a key to keeping them all. Think about it. If I thank God, why would I want to make an idol? If I thank my parents, why would I ever wish to dishonor them? If I’m thankful for what I have, why would I covet? Try that with the other 7 commandments.Giving thanks takes our attention off ourselves. It stops demanding what we consider our “rights.” Remember the grumbling Israelites after leaving Egypt? (Moses, YOU brought us out here; now what are you going to give us to eat?). Gratitude focuses our attention on blessings (Lord, how awesome are your works in opening a path through the Red Sea!). Instead, their thanklessness doomed that generation to fall in the wilderness. A thankful spirit, I’m sure, would have changed the history of Israel and swept them into the Promised Land 40 years earlier. Imagine if the Israelites had said when hungry and thirsty, “Lord, you are so good to us! You saved us from slavery and the Egyptian army; you have shown your mighty power over and over. We can’t wait to see how you will bless us next!” Let’s try that attitude next time we have a prayer need. There’s strong Biblical precedent to believe God will fill that cup with overflowing grace. (Matthew 7:7-11, Philippians. 4:4-7). (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bloemfontein: flower of the Free State

first_imgBloemfontein is the capital of the Free State. A pretty, medium-sized city, it lives up to its name which means “spring of flowers”. There are thousands of rose bushes lining the streets, which create a wonderful spectacle most of the year, but especially in spring.In the middle of the city is a small nature reserve called Naval Hill, where you can go for walks and see small game. Also nearby is the orchid house – another tribute to that lovely name.Bloemfontein was the capital of the independent Boer republic of the Orange Free State until the Union of South Africa was declared in 1910, when it was made the judicial capital of South Africa. It is still the site of the Supreme Court of Appeal.There are a number of museums dedicated to subjects ranging from natural history to warfare. Probably the most poignant memorial is the Women’s Monument, erected to commemorate the tens of thousands of women and children who died in British concentration camps during the South African war (Anglo-Boer War).Bloemfontein is very conveniently situated as a stopover point if you’re driving between Cape Town and Johannesburg, and it is the closest major city to the Kingdom of Lesotho.Source: South African Tourismlast_img read more

Allsorts® 10 Womens Spiral Spin Screw Pin Hair Clip Twist Barette Bridal – Just what I wanted at a great price.

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