Real Madrid draw final game to send opponents Leganes out of La Liga

first_imgNewly-crowned La Liga champions Real Madrid were unable on Sunday to maintain their perfect run of results since the season re-started.They drew 2-2 at neighbours Leganes, who were relegated. Real Madrid ended the campaign on 87 points after the draw interrupted a run of 10 consecutive victories, five clear of second-placed FC Barcelona.Leganes finished 18th on 36 points, joining 19th-placed Real Mallorca and Espanyol in being relegated, while Celta Vigo, who finished on 37, stayed up after drawing 0-0 at Espanyol.Sergio Ramos headed home his 11th league goal this season to put Real Madrid in front after nine minutes.Zinedine Zidane heavily rotated his team following the 2-1 win over Villarreal on Thursday that clinched their first Liga title since 2017, and it told on their performance.Leganes levelled on the stroke of half-time through midfielder Bryan Gil, but Marco Asensio restored Real Madrid’s lead early in the second half. Roger Assale equalised in the 78th minute to give Leganes a slither of hope of survival and they needed one more goal to pull off a miraculous escape from relegation.They came agonisingly close to finding it, having a late penalty kick appeal turned down for handball against Luka Jovic after a VAR review.Oscar Rodriguez then blasted over from inside the area deep in added time, and the Madrid side dropped out of the top flight for the first time since 2016.That was when they won their maiden promotion to La Liga.“Even though we didn’t get the result we wanted, the sacrifice was worth it and we are proud to have fought until the end,” said Leganes defender Unai Bustinza. “What we have done should be seen as an example that you should never give up.”Bustinza also reflected on the fact his side lost their two main strikers at the start of the year.They were forced to sell Youssef En-Nesyri to Sevilla, and then Martin Braithwaite to FC Barcelona in February after their buy-out clauses were triggered.Bustinza added: “This year has been an uphill struggle because, as well as the lockdown period, we didn’t have that little bit of luck we needed and some very important players were taken away from us.RelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend “But we’ll do our best to get back up.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Celta VigoLa LigaMarco AsensioReal MadridZinedine Zidanelast_img read more

Celtic cruise to Champions League win

first_img Full-back Lustig gave the Scottish champions the lead at Solitude in the 25th minute when he broke away from the Reds defence at the near post to head in a Kris Commons corner. Six minutes later Greek forward Samaras, who had revealed his aversion for the ground’s artificial pitch before the game, finished off a move involving Forrest and Commons by turning at the edge of the box and driving an unstoppable shot past Reds keeper Conor Devlin. And in a one-sided first-half, watched by almost 5,000 enthusiastic fans who had packed into the tiny ground in north Belfast, Commons also hit the woodwork twice. With nothing to lose, Tommy Breslin’s side rallied in the second half with Stephen Garrett missing a good chance in the 48th minute from close range after Lustig was short with a headed backpass. Anthony Stokes hit the bar for Celtic with a drive before he set up Forrest in the 84th minute to hammer the ball low past Devlin from inside the box to make the return game in Glasgow a formality. Celtic started the game with impressive purpose. Commons hit the bar with a header after two minutes when Forrest stood a cross up for the former Derby and Nottingham Forest player at the back post. The home side, for all their obvious determination in the early stages, could not make much headway. The Hoops were in control and in the 12th minute Samaras headed an Emilio Izaguirre cross over from eight yards. Brown then picked out Commons, who had raced past the Cliftonville defence – but he failed to control the ball and the backtracking Irish rearguard cleared their lines. Reds skipper George McMullan then almost put in his own net from just under the bar, as he cleared a Lustig header. It had promised to be a nervy night for the visitors, who had lost all four of their pre-season games and who had a clutch of players missing for various reasons. However, Neil Lennon’s side, especially in the first 45 minutes, showed the professionalism and purpose which had taken them to the last-16 of the tournament last season. Press Association Goals from Mikael Lustig, Georgios Samaras and James Forrest gave Celtic a comfortable 3-0 win over Cliftonville and ensured there is little chance of an upset when the part-time Irish side travel to Parkhead next week for the second leg of their Champions League second qualifier. However, with the corner, Commons drilled in a cross and Lustig rose to flash a header past Devlin from six yards out. Cliftonville responded and for the first time in the game, a minute later, Hoops keeper Fraser Forster was forced into a save, from Liam Boyce’s low drive. But just after the half-hour mark and in impressive style, Samaras finished off a Celtic attack with a drive from the edge of the box which whistled high past the helpless Devlin. Celtic were clearly in the mood and in the 39th minute Commons twisted and turned at the edge of the box before beating Devlin with a curling shot, only to see it crash off the post. The home fans tried to rally their heroes as they went up the tunnel at the interval and they might have had something to cheer about three minutes after half-time when Garrett pounced on a mistake by Lustig – but his flick from six yards was too feeble to beat Forster. Still, it gave Cliftonville some encouragement and in the 55th minute only a great saving tackle from Ambrose on Joe Gormley prevented the Reds striker getting his shot away from 12 yards, as the Hoops defence looked vulnerable again. On the hour mark Celtic’s defending was again sloppy, requiring stopper Kelvin Wilson to throw himself to block a goalbound drive from former Morton player Marc Smyth. Devlin made a save from Commons’ drive and Stokes sent a shot from the edge of the box spinning back off the bar but much of the tempo had gone out of the visitors’ play – although there was time for Forrest to extend Celtic’s lead. last_img read more

Florida DOT Offering Free Coffee at Select Times and Rest Stops for Thanksgiving

first_imgThe Florida Department of Transportation is offering a little something to ease drivers’ travels and promote safety during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.If you are headed out of town and traveling on Florida’s Turnpike, Shell convenience stores at five Service Plazas will be offering a free pick-me-up in the form of hot coffee at select times.The Service Plazas include:-Turkey Lake in Orange County-Canoe Creek in Osceola County-Fort Drum in Okeechobee County-Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County-West Palm Beach in Palm Beach CountyTimes:-11 p.m. Wednesday, November 27 to 6 a.m., Thursday, November 28-11 p.m., Sunday, December 1 to 6 a.m., Monday, December 2Florida’s Turnpike is offering free coffee at the Shell convenience stores or in the lobby of our Service Plazas during specific peak Thanksgiving travel periods. More: https://t.co/2y3lhOZ2NS #FocusOnDrivingFL #ArriveAlive #StateFarmRoadRangers #AssistPatrol @FLHSMV pic.twitter.com/zcZB3AZgyu— Florida’s Turnpike (@FloridaTurnpike) November 26, 2019 FDOT adds that the normal morning and afternoon rush-hour periods of 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. may be congested with holiday travelers as well as local commuters on their way to work. With that in mind, the agency encourages motorists to schedule their travel away from those peak hours.last_img read more

ICC World Cup England continue good form, beat No.1 ranked Pakistan in one-off Twenty20 International

first_img New Delhi: England survived a scare in the one-off ODI against Ireland in Dublin but they had no problems in the one-off Twenty20 International against Pakistan, the No.1 ranked side in the format as they defeated them by seven wickets to continue building momentum for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. England skipper Eoin Morgan led the charge with a blazing 57 off 29 balls and he was well backed-up by James Vince and Joe Root as England produced a clinical run-chase. For Pakistan, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail were the stars with aggressive fifties but it was a case of Pakistan’s bowlers not stepping up to the plate when it mattered.Pakistan chose to bat and they were in trouble immediately when Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq departed to Tom Curran and Jofra Archer for 7. However, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail both stepped up and took the attack to the England bowlers. Sohail cut loose in the eight over by clobbering Chris Jordan for a six and four to deep midwicket and deep backward point respectively. Sohail found the boundaries regularly while Azam gave him good company with a six over long-on off Adil Rashid. Azam, who is ranked No.1 in the world for Twenty20 International batsmen, showed his brilliance by hammering two sixes off Joe Denly and he notched up his fifty. Sohail reached his maiden fifty by nudging Curran to the leg side. However, the 16th over bowled by Archer tilted the balance towards England. Sohail miscued the pull to be caught at deep midwicket for 50 while Azam was run-out for 65. A couple of big hits from Faheem Ashraf and two boundaries in the last over bowled by Jordan by Imad Wasim helped Pakistan end on 173/6.In response, Ben Duckett fell cheaply to Shaheen Afridi for 9 but Vince and Root steadied the ship with some positive batting. Vince regularly found the boundaries but on 36, he was strangled down the legside by Imad Wasim. Morgan started off positively with a boundary but in the 12th over, the skipper blasted six and two fours off Faheem Ashraf. Root tried some innovative strokeplay but he missed out on a fifty when he edged a scoop off Hasan Ali to Sarfaraz to be out for 47.With 29 needed off three overs, Morgan and Denly held their nerve and got England closer to the target. Morgan ended the match in style by depositing Faheem Ashraf over long off for a six to seal a seven-wicket win. Pakistan will take on England in the first of five ODIs which will take place at the Kennington Oval on May 8. Pakistan’s streak of 11 consecutive bilateral T20I series wins was ended by South Africa.Pakistan will play five ODIs against England as part of World Cup preparation.Pakistan will begin their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against West Indies. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Football News Lionel Messi Scores For First Time In La Liga Season, Barcelona Thrash Sevilla

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Barcelona: Barcelona are back in form and La Liga’s big three are back at the top of the table after the defending champions put on a finishing masterclass to thrash Sevilla 4-0. Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the season by curling in a brilliant free-kick at Camp Nou after three goals in eight minutes from Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal and Ousmane Dembele had already put Sevilla out of sight. Suarez launched the flurry, his stunning left-footed bicycle kick arguably even better than the volley he scored in the Champions League win over Inter Milan on Wednesday.  Vidal then finished a superb passing move that involved all 11 Barca players and Dembele powered through to make it three before Messi added a fourth in the second half.The match descended into farce late on as Barcelona’s debutant Ronald Araujo was sent off and Dembele followed after collecting a second yellow card for dissent. By then, the game was long gone as victory pushed Barcelona up to second in the table, two points behind Real Madrid and one above Atletico, who could have done with some of the Catalans’ classy finishing in their goalless draw away at Real Valladolid.  For all the turbulence and scrutiny on Ernesto Valverde and Zinedine Zidane, Barca and Madrid head into the international break not only as the league’s two frontrunners but with confidence and momentum too. Eden Hazard scored his first goal for Madrid in their 4-2 win over Granada on Saturday and Barca’s star man is off the mark as well after his own injury-interrupted start to the season. This was Barcelona’s fourth consecutive victory.  Messi’s return has increased the pressure on Antoine Griezmann, who was left out of the starting line-up following his quiet display against Inter. Dembele was preferred on the left of the front three. Sevilla, who drop to sixth, had eight shots to Barcelona’s seven in the first half but were three down at the break.    De Jong still waits  Luuk de Jong is yet to score since his move from PSV Eindhoven last summer and the 29-year-old had four excellent chances to break his duck, three of them before Barca had taken the lead.  He fired Lucas Ocampos’ pull-back straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen, sidefooted wide and mistimed a header. In the second half, Arthur lost possession on the edge of his box but still De Jong could not capitalise, lashing his shot against the post.  Also Read | Luis Suarez Scores Brace, Lionel Messi Help Barcelona Beat Inter Milan In UEFA Champions LeagueIn between, Barca had already made him pay. Suarez’s effort was probably the pick of the trio in terms of difficulty, as he launched himself into the air, turned and threw his weaker left foot over the ball, and banged it into the net. Five minutes later it was two, this one a team goal, quite literally, as all of Barca’s players touched the ball in 85 seconds of build-up. Arthur’s cross was the 25th pass, finding the sliding Vidal who was just onside.Also Read | Mohamed Salah, Egypt Football Federation Fall-Out After FIFA Awards Vote ControversyThe third three minutes later was about pace and power, and a mistake from Sevilla too, as Arthur robbed Fernando Reges. Dembele raced clear, fooled Diego Carlos with a dummy shot, before guiding the ball into the far corner. After his fourth miss, De Jong was taken off and Messi went close after a barnstorming run. The only surprise was that he had not yet scored and he fixed that in the 78th minute after Sevilla gave him a third attempt at a free-kick. This time he did not miss.The 20-year-old defender Araujo had come on for his debut in the 73rd minute and was sent off in the 87th for tugging down Javier Hernandez as Barcelona’s last man. Dembele then saw red after picking up a second yellow card for dissent. Atletico’s stalemate means they have managed only two wins from their last seven games in all competitions and they could even have lost if Valladolid’s Sandro Ramirez had not skied a first-half penalty. Diego Simeone’s side managed only one shot on target. Valladolid sit 13th, with two wins from eight games.last_img read more

No. 2 Syracuse men’s soccer’s undefeated start ended by No. 3 Notre Dame’s late goal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With just 18 seconds left in regulation, Jon Gallagher dealt Syracuse its first blemish of the season. The Notre Dame forward’s left-footed shot from outside the box found the left corner past Orange goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert, negating a Syracuse comeback and handing the Orange its first loss or tie in nine games this year.The Orange gave away the ball in its own half and Gallagher found it at his feet before darting ahead and hammering the final nail in Syracuse’s coffin from 20 yards out.“Oh look, we’re pretty low right now,” McIntyre said over the phone after the game. “It’s an emotionally draining way … when you put everything out there, when you emotionally put everything on the line … our game can be so ruthless. It’s gut-wrenching.”No. 2 Syracuse (8-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) tied the game with just over 10 minutes remaining on Miles Robinson’s goal off a corner kick, but SU was unable to hold on in a 2-1 loss against the No. 3 Fighting Irish (7-1, 2-1 ACC) at UND’s Alumni Stadium on Friday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Look, you never want to lose games,” McIntyre said. “We’ve come a long way as a program when we’re disappointed to go on the road and lose against an elite Notre Dame team with 30 seconds left. That’s a good problem. It’s good for us to come to an environment like this and expect to come away with results.” It wasn’t until the 79th minute that Syracuse broke through, when Robinson got a head on Oyvind Alseth’s corner kick — one of eight Syracuse corners in the second half compared to Notre Dame’s zero — to knot the score at one.Robinson’s goal was his fourth of the season, tying Nanco for the team lead. It’s his eighth goal in one and a half seasons with Syracuse as he continues to establish himself as one of the ACC’s premier threats in the attacking third, even as a defender.The celebration lasted only 10 minutes, though, when Gallagher’s ACC-leading sixth goal of the season found the back of the net.Two seasons ago, it was a freshman Gallagher that drew a red card on former SU center back Skylar Thomas with about 15 minutes left in the game to set up a free kick that would send then-No. 20 Syracuse to a 1-0 defeat against then-No. 4 Notre Dame at SU Soccer Stadium.Two years later, it was Gallagher wreaking havoc again, this time sealing a fate the Orange hadn’t yet experienced in 2016.“Look, it’s a wonderful left-footed strike to win a game. Obviously from our perspective it’s a disappointing way to end,” McIntyre said. “But it happened … Our feeling was that we were the team that was gonna go on and win the game.“As difficult as this is, we’ll regroup, we’ll learn from it and hopefully we’ll continue to move forward.” Comments Published on September 23, 2016 at 10:15 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman For the second straight game, the Orange conceded first. Thirteen minutes after subbing in, freshman midfielder Jack Casey put the hosts ahead less than a minute before half off an Evan Panken free kick. On Tuesday night against Cornell, Syracuse was the benefactor of a Miles Robinson goal right before the break that proved to be the turning point in a 3-1 SU win. Three days later, the Orange found itself on the other end of the momentum swing heading into the half in its toughest test of the year thus far.Out of the break, Syracuse’s attack generated far more of a threat than in the opening 45 minutes. Chris Nanco and Kamal Miller forced UND goalie Chris Hubbard into two saves, his only ones of the game, within 30 seconds of each other. Five minutes later, Sergio Camargo beat Hubbard with a low shot but it deflected off the post and out of harm’s way.“We just imposed ourselves a little bit more,” McIntyre said. “Physically, we kind of pushed the ball forward a little bit quicker, worked extremely hard and connected passes in their half.”last_img read more

Barça sold Abel Ruiz for € 8M and buy it back will cost 40

first_imgThe canterano of Barcelona He has not had minutes with the first team and has only been summoned in the Copa del Rey match against Ibiza. With Barça B he has played 1,106 minutes distributed in 19 matches in Second B in which he has scored three goals and has given two assists. Barcelona gave Abel Ruiz to Sporting de Braga until June, the month in which the Portuguese club will pay eight million euros for the striker. According to “El Larguero”, if the Catalans want to buy back the player in two seasons they will have to pay 40 million euros. The output of Abel Ruiz It was announced on January 31, the day of the closing of the market, hours before Barça announced the agreement with Braga so that Trincao is a Barca player in June in exchange for 31 million euros.last_img read more

#JAVotes2016: ‘Wi done wid politics war’ – Tel Aviv/South Side residents

first_imgLocated just metres from each other, supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP) stronghold in Parade Gardens – otherwise called Tel Aviv and those of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in South Side remained calm as they prepared to cast their votes early this morning. The two communities have been at political loggerheads for decades, but residents have said that the rivalry is now more gang – related. According to residents, there has been no recent politically related incident, but they are concerned about the state of shooting that has occurred in the area in recent weeks. “The gang rivalry still deh bout, but no politics. We dun wid dem ting deh long time. We are all friends,” Sandra Ellis said.last_img read more

MP calls for programmes to tackle child sexual abuse cases

first_img…after 2018 half-year figures risePeople’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament (MP), Dr Vindhya Persaud has decried the reduced allocations to the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) in the 2019 Budget.This comment was concurrently made what another offender was found guilty and handed a life imprisonment sentence in the Sexual Offences Court at the Supreme Court for raping a one-year-old toddler.Speaking on Thursday, Dr Persaud told members of the National Assembly of the alarming reports of child sexual abuse in Guyana, highlighted that 418 cases werePPP/C MP, Dr Vindhya Persaudalready recorded for 2018.“We cannot be immune to the paedophilia that occurs and we read about in the newspapers. Over 4000 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in 2017.For this year along in the first six months, 481 cases; when will we wait, before it gets to a 1000 before a comprehensive programme is rolled out?” the MP questioned.She stated that Social Protection Minister Amna Ally “did not mention” those numbers in her last Budget speech, adding that it was a “very thin document.” In fact, the PPP/C member stressed that she has been saying the same things over and over to no avail.“I sound like a broken record when every year I keep asking for counsellors in school. I have asked for specialists to provide therapy for children who are suffering from post-trauma disorder of abuse and sexual abuse. By the Minister of Social Protection’s admission, there is one psychologist in the whole country. There are 88 case workers that service the children’s home and centres,” she expressed.“Clearly, the Child Care and Protection Agency needs more money as was espoused at a recent meeting, needs more financing but what is the money being used for – fences and the CC&PA capital budget has been slashed by 50 per cent. Is this how we take care of our children?” Persaud quipped.She is of the view that Guyana’s health sector is “caught in the troughs of mismanagement”, having noted that there are “crippling shortages” which are paralysing the health sector. She stated that there is a lack of transparency which dogs the Public Health Ministry. She added that rather than expending sums on children and those vulnerable in society, Government rather spends funds on cultural celebrations among other “unnecessary” expenditures.“What bothers me and what is bizarre in the lengthy budget is that pensioners, women, children, youth, the sugar workers have zero to miniscule allocations but compare that $713.6 for the provision of furniture under Citizenship and Immigration Services. Adding $5000 to the pension would be half of this amount. $350 million for Jubilee Republic initiatives under the Ministry of Social Cohesion but I certainly don’t see the social cohesion happening. But should we do that by more frenzied and unnecessary spending at the cost of the taxpayers.I think taxpayers want some money in their pocket, they will forgo an arch or two,” she said.She expressed that none of the aforementioned expenses contribute to the growth and development of Guyana’s economy but noted that these expenditures are “stark reminders of waste, extravagance and the reality of economic instability and stagnation.”Up to June 2018, Guyana recorded an increase in reported cases of sexual abuse against children as was noted by Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency, Ann Green. Green had outlined that she believed the high number exposed itself only due to intensive work by the department.She had encouraged that more persons report abuse as she noted the half-year numbers were just ‘tip of the ice berg’ as abuse, especially sexual abuse, is often hidden and goes unreported.last_img read more

Russia prepares for World Cup drone attack

first_imgRussia has been hit by a string of suicide bombings since winning the right to host the world’s most watched event in 2010.Some have been blamed on militants from the north Caucasus with ties to the Islamic State group in Syria.Russia’s military bases in the war-ravaged Middle East nation have also been targeted by deadly drone attacks this year.The possibility of someone using the increasingly ubiquitous devices to drop a bomb on a stadium is one Russia’s defence ministry is not taking lightly.Moscow’s RBK news site said army chief Valery Gerasimov issued orders in February to set up jamming stations outside the 12 stadiums that would make remotely operating a drone impossible.A source in the Russian defence ministry told RBK that some of the units are still classified as top secret and only available to the FSB security service.Others have reportedly been set up in Syria and spotted in east Ukraine by European monitors of the four-year conflict between Kiev forces and Russian-backed separatists.“Drones are an effective way to deliver two or three kilogrammes (one or two pounds) of TNT, land them on a target and detonate them,” former anti-terror officer Alexei Filatov told RBK.Russia has set up dozens of no-flight zones and other air space restrictions for the coming months.These cover not only the stadiums and 11 host cities but also training grounds and hotels that will be used by the 32 participating national teams.The transportation ministry has identified 41 locations around which all types of flights — from drones to planes — are prohibited.These stretch from anywhere between 500 metres (500 yards) and 10 kilometres (six miles).But operating a drone will be illegal within around 100 kilometres of any of the 11 host cities.Drone flights over Moscow are permanently banned.Russian state media have been issuing regular reporters in recent months of state security services conducting raids that led to the capture of alleged terror masterminds.President Vladimir Putin also took the unusual step in December of personally thanking US counterpart Donald Trump for providing intelligence that helped avert the bombing of a major cathedral in Saint Petersburg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Luzhniki stadium in Moscow will host the opening match and the final of the 2018 World Cup © AFP/File / Dmitry SEREBRYAKOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, May 21 – Russia will reportedly deploy jamming devices used in Syria and the war in Ukraine to defend World Cup stadiums against a drone attack.The threat of terror has been a prime concern for organisers of the June 14 to July 15 football showpiece.last_img read more