Sporting Reunion Starts Ronaldo’s Rush to 100

first_imgRonaldo scored the winner for United against Sporting in 2007, but has never faced the Portuguese side in a Madrid jersey.“It’s a special match, it’s a special team. I wanted to draw Sporting again,” Ronaldo told “To play Sporting again is a priviledge for me.”However, just as when he silenced the Jose Alvalade nine years ago, he promised to not go easy on his compatriots.“It means a lot, it is the team that formed me, that I have in my heart, but I play for Real Madrid now,” added Ronaldo.“That is the club I have to defend, the club I love and that is why I want to win.”Ronaldo has streaked 10 goals clear of Barcelona rival Lionel Messi in the race to be the Champions League’s top scorer of all-time and is just hoping for a clean bill of health to be the first man to reach 100 goals in European competitions.“The only thing I can ask for is not to have any injuries between now and the end of the season.”Ronaldo made his comeback from two months out with knee ligament damage suffered in Portugal’s Euro 2016 final success over France and scored in a 5-2 rout of Osasuna on Saturday.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has been cautious over rushing Ronaldo back, though, and refused to confirm his star man will play 90 minutes after lasting just over an hour at the weekend.“I am always thinking about the 60 days he was out, which is a lot for a player,” said Zidane tuesday.“He is ready and we’ll take things bit-by-bit.“If you ask Cristiano he wants to play the 90 minutes.”Zidane has a near complete squad to choose from with only Keylor Navas and Fabio Coentrao missing out, so Ronaldo could start alongside Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema up front for the first time this season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUECristiano Ronaldo has said facing Sporting Lisbon is a priviledge, but in his quest to reach 100 Champions League goals he won’t go easy on the club that formed him.Ronaldo is just seven goals shy of a Champions League century having top-scored in the competition for the past four seasons as Madrid begin their defence of the Champions League at home to Sporting tonight.The three-time World Player of the Year came through Sporting’s fabled academy before joining Manchester United and later making a then world record move to Madrid in 2009.last_img read more

County Senior Football Championship continues today

first_imgIt was an impressive comeback from the Tipperary town club, who came from 6 points down at half time to win the game.Looking forward to today’s fixtures in the County Senior Football Championship and Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun take on Ardfinnan in Group 3 in New Inn at 2pm.Clonmel Commercials face Cahir in Group 4 in New Inn at 3.30pm.Commercials strength and conditioning coach DJ O’Dwyer says that Cahir will have their homework done.Then this evening Drom& Inch face JK Brackens in Templetuohy at 6; Kilsheelan-Kilcash take on Killenaule in Monroe at 7 and Moyle Rovers play Aherlow Gaels in Cahir at 7. In last night’s County Senior Football Championship results Upperchurch-Drombane lost by a point to Ballyporeen. If finished up 0-12 to 1-10 in Sean Tracy Park.And at the Clonmel Sportsfield, Arravale Rovers overcame Fethard on a scoreline of Fethard 2-10 Arravale Rovers 2-12.last_img read more

64 caps, 14 goals: Stephen Appiah testimonial set for June 13

first_imgA befitting testimonial match is being put together for ex-Ghana skipper Stephen Appiah for June 13 in Accra.The ex-Juventus star will be having his farewell match at the Accra Stadium after officially announcing his retirement from football on January 19, 2015.Appiah who captained the Black Stars to their first ever World Cup in 2006, played club football from Accra Hearts of Oak to Udinese, Parma, Brescia, Juventus, Fenerbache, Bologna, Cesena and Juventus in over two decades.Appiah and was also part of the historic Ghana squad to the quarter finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.Details of the June 13 event is set to be announced at an official launch by organizers, Primeval Ghana on April 13.Appiah however is already out on a tour of Europe handing invites to his former clubs and teammates to honour his testimonial match. The 34-year-old was at old club Juventus’ training facility this week where he met former teammate and now club director Pavel Nedved and other officials to invite them to his official send-off event.Appiah made 64 appearances for the Black Stars in which he scored 14 goals.–last_img read more

Jerome Robinson’s resilience impresses Clippers

first_imgOn Tuesday, Robinson was the first player on the practice court – where, minutes later, he was joined by NBA icon and Clippers consultant Jerry West, who offered a few tips.“We were just talking about this layup I was working on over a defender and he was just giving me some pointers on that,” Robinson said. “It’s dope to have ‘The Logo’ just come and mess with you and joke around and even just dropping gems any time of the day. It’s huge.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Also huge: having an opportunity to make an impact in the playoffs.“(Rivers) is confident in my abilities and I’m confident in my own abilities, as well. Now it’s just going out there and letting my teammates know I can shoot the ball. I feel like every time I take a shot that it’s going in.”WARRIORS WITH SUBSTANTIAL EDGEAccording to the Elias Sports Bureau, in this first-round series, the Warriors have led for a total of 174 minutes and 42 seconds.The Clippers have had a lead for just 8 minutes and 43 seconds – including, of course, late in Game 2, when they rallied from a 31-point deficit for a historic win.The teams have been tied for a total of 8 minutes and 35 seconds. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory PLAYA VISTA — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was drafted 11th out of Kentucky, Jerome Robinson went 13th, from Boston College, and the Clippers were happy to be the destination for a pair of young guards with a lot of potential.In his first NBA season, Gilgeous-Alexander, 20, averaged 10.2 points and earned an invite to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend. He played in all 82 regular-season games, earning the starting nod in Game 10 and never relinquishing it.After the trade deadline, the Clippers sent forth an all-rookie starting backcourt — with the newly acquired Landry Shamet playing shooting guard.Robinson, meanwhile, kept working in the background. Hindered early on by a strained muscle in his foot, which he described in January as such “an awkward and weird injury” that doctors wanted him to take his time letting it heal. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates He wound up splitting his rookie season between the G League and the NBA. With the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, Robinson, 22, averaged 18.9 points and 31 minutes in 24 games. With the L.A. Clippers, he averaged 9.7 minutes per game in his 33 appearances, averaging 3.4 points per outing.But by all indications, Robinson maintained focus and kept working: “I think the biggest thing is playing your game and not forcing anything. Staying positive. Some nights you’re going to get one shot, some nights you might get six, seven, eight shots,” he said in January. “So it’s just staying with it and knowing that when things come your way, you just play.”He took full advantage of his opportunity in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon, when he launched a one-man surprise attack on the Golden State Warriors, compiling two steals, a sweet assist and seven points in a hurry in the second quarter. The Clippers lost Game 4, but they got a good look at what Robinson is capable of in a big moment.“Give Jerome credit,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Him and Shai came in basically together, and coming into camp, you didn’t know which one would play or if both would play or either. And Shai turned out to be the guy early, but Jerome’s gonna be a good player for us.“He’s gone through all the things he needs to go through to become that. He went down to the G League, played well, played hard. He works hard here. He puts in work in the game, learning the system, learning the difference between college and the pros. I couldn’t be happier with him.”last_img read more

Special meeting for Wellington school board to be held Wednesday

first_imgSumner Newscow report — There will be a special meeting of the Wellington School Board of Education on Wednesday, July 15, at 5:30 p.m. The reason is a contract addendum regarding the sale of the old Wellington Junior High building. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg 46p · 265 weeks ago The powers to be are probably going down on the price. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 265 weeks ago Hope that’s not the case because if I knew they were going to let it go so darn cheap I would have bought it for more than $11,000!!! Someone got a steal for that great of a structure. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Robin Roberts honored at ESPY’s with Arthur Ashe Courage Award

first_imgFrom left, Arthur Ashe courage award winner Robin Roberts and presenter LeBron James walk off stage at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) —The Arthur Ashe Courage award at the ESPY Awards went to “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts, who underwent a bone marrow transplant last fall to treat a life-threatening blood and bone marrow disease. She was off work for five months before returning to her TV job. Miami Heat star LeBron James presented Roberts with the award, and first lady Michelle Obama saluted her via video.Roberts received a standing ovation and noted her friendship with the late Ashe.“At this moment I’m filled with such gratitude,” she said. James padded his trophy collection, receiving three at the ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year for helping the Miami Heat win a second straight NBA championship.James also won in the championship performance and NBA player categories, completing a sweep of the three awards he won last year. He shared in the best team award Wednesday night.“We went through so much adversity,” teammate Ray Allen said. “We did everything we could to fight, scratch and claw to put ourselves in that moment.”James beat out Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps for male athlete honors.James mentioned his fellow nominees, then told them, “This is for all four of us, man, but I’m just keeping it at my house.”Serena Williams won two awards, including female athlete of the year. She defeated a pair of Olympians, gymnast Gabby Douglas and swimmer Missy Franklin, and former Baylor basketball star Brittney Griner. Williams didn’t attend because she’s playing a tournament in Sweden.Peterson and Phelps also won two awards each.Jon Hamm, the star of AMC’s “Mad Men” and a noted St. Louis Cardinals fan, hosted the 21st annual show from the Nokia Theatre.He joked it was “the world’s largest gathering of people wearing sunglasses indoors” as the cameras caught James and NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick behind shades.Hamm got in some digs about former Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard.“We thought it would be nice to honor Dwight Howard with his greatest moments with the Lakers,” Hamm said as no film clips appeared on the screen behind him while the crowd laughed.Hamm noted the talk about possible suspensions resulting from baseball’s latest drug investigation has included Alex Rodriguez.“That’s OK, Yankee fans are used to him not showing up for the second half of the season,”he joked.Quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M won male college athlete honors after flying in earlier from Hoover, Ala., where he attended SEC media day. Griner, who now plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, won female college athlete.Peterson won trophies for NFL player and best comeback, while Cabrera won as best MLB player.Williams won female tennis player, giving her eight career ESPYs.Phelps also claimed best male Olympian, while teenage swimming sensation Missy Franklin won best female Olympian.Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers won as breakthrough athlete. Rick Pitino won as coach-manager for guiding the Louisville Cardinals to a national basketball championship.The best game was Game 6 of the NBA finals between the Heat and San Antonio Spurs.The award for best upset went to Florida Gulf Coast’s men’s basketball team, a No. 15 seed that upset No. 2 seed Georgetown in the NCAA tournament.The best moment award singled out 7-year-old Jack Hoffman’s 69-yard touchdown run at Nebraska’s spring game in April, which was replayed on national TV and viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube. The boy from Atkinson, Neb., has brain cancer.As his father spoke, Jack held the big trophy that blocked part of his face.Sidney Crosby won NHL player, while Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls won MLS player.South Carolina football player Jadeveon Clowney won best play for his hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith in which he knocked the runner on his back with a helmet-toppling smack, then reached out with one hand to snare the ball.Helping out Hamm with comedy bits were Jack McBrayer of “30 Rock” as a befuddled NFL replacement referee and Jay Pharoah of “Saturday Night Live” as Jay-Z explaining how in his new gig as a sports agent he only represents winners.Former “SNL” star Bill Hader spoofed Russian president Vladimir Putin, who was accused by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft of stealing his 2005 Super Bowl ring.In the bit, Hader showed off his other sports collectibles, including the Stanley Cup, some of Phelps’ Olympic gold medals and “the ring Kobe gave his wife that one time for no reason.”The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance was given to father-and-son duo Dick and Rick Hoyt by actor-director Ben Affleck. The younger Hoyt was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to use his hands and legs. His 73-year-old father Dick pushes him in a custom-made running chair, and together they have participated in more than 1,000 endurance events, including 31 Boston Marathons.“I don’t think you could find two guys more proud to represent the city of Boston,” Dick Hoyt said.His son spoke through computer-generated voice technology, saying, “I can’t hardly believe we are here. Thirty-seven years ago nobody would even talk to us … It only proves the wisdom of Jimmy v’s words, ‘Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.’”The winners in most categories were determined by fan voting.last_img read more

Community Resources is Now Hiring

first_imgFacebook30Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Community ResourcesCommunity Resources is a small, locally-owned business located in Olympia. We are dedicated to serving the needs of adults with disabilities and elders in the South Puget Sound region through a variety of flexible programs and contracts by building relationships based on support for each other through mutual learning, loving, healing and acceptance.Community Resources is now hiring full and part-time employees. Find satisfaction in a dynamic job assisting adults with developmental disabilities and build invaluable communication, health and money management skills. Channel your creative energy to find inventive and effective ways to help others.We take a person-centered approach in designing our work, focusing on the unique goals, communication styles, and needs of the people we support.Join our team to support individuals to lead rich lives rooted in their passions, cultivate relationships that are meaningful to them, and maintain all aspects of individual health.Minimum requirements Applicants must:Be at least 18 years of age.Have a high school diploma/GED.Be able to pass a background check.Possess a current driver’s license and a vehicle with minimal liability insurance.Be willing to use personal vehicle for work purposes.Must have open availability.Pay Structure:0 to 4 months $10.00 introductory wage5th month of employment $10.25 an hour8th month of employment bonus up to $250.00Apply in person:Monday – Friday, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM,at 208 West Bay Dr. NW Olympia,or direct your question to Terrie Mount-Fouth @ (360) 943-6257ext. 106last_img read more

Oceanport Community Comes Together To Meet Kortney’s Challenge

first_imgBy Jenna O’Donnell | OCEANPORT – Every August the community gathers for a big race at Monmouth Park Racetrack, but it’s not the Haskell Invitational that draws this crowd.The Kortney’s Challenge 2-Mile Fun Walk Run is sneakers on pavement instead of hooves on dirt, and it’s all about raising money to fund pediatric brain cancer research. Now gearing up for the 13th annual Kortney’s Challenge event, The Kortney Rose Foundation (KRF) has continued to grow over the years, bringing awareness and needed funding to a cause inspired by 9-year-old Kortney Rose Gillette, who died in 2006 after she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.Kortney’s mother, Kristen Gillette, started what would become the Kortney Rose Foundation in the months following her daughter’s death and to date the organization has raised nearly $2 million dollars to fund research into pediatric brain tumors. Gillette, along with her husband Rich and daughter Kasey, credits much of the nonprofit’s success to the love and support of their community.“The support of our small town has enabled us to help turn a negative into a positive,” Gillette said. “KRF is making a large impact in supporting research for kids with brain cancer. It’s all from the grassroots efforts begun in Oceanport.”The Gillette’s foundation was one of the initial supporters behind a collaborative research program dedicated to the study of childhood brain tumors known as Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC). The consortium’s open-access, data driven approach has enabled top researchers from around the world to develop diagnostic tests and treatments more quickly. As a thank-you to the Gillettes for their support, the CBTTC dedicated its initial research project to the type of brain tumor that Kortney was diagnosed with. It is the largest research project that has ever been done for that type of cancer.“That meant a lot,” Gillette said. “We’ve been supporting research for all other kinds of tumors in the hopes that someday there would be something really good that we can invest in.”In an effort to further support the CBTTC, Gillette has joined up with three like-minded nonprofits across the country in a collaboration known as 4 Pennies – which speaks to the 4 cents of every dollar that the National Institute of Health donates to fund pediatric cancer research.“Ninety six percent of funding goes to adults and 4 percent to all pediatric cancer research,” she said. “Our small foundation funds that research because the government doesn’t.”While KRF looks toward supporting pediatric brain tumor researchers across the country, the local grassroots effort to raise money and awareness at home continues, and often inspires others to step up and get involved.Charlotte Kaye, as a sophomore at Ranney School, heard about the Gillette’s story when her dancing school in Little Silver got involved in fundraising. Kaye, who had survived a childhood brain tumor, said she had always wanted to find a way to get involved and give something back. She and her friends started a three-hour danceathon at their school that year. By the time Kaye graduated three years later, she had helped to raise $22,000 toward pediatric brain tumor research.Monmouth Park, an early sponsor and host to KRF events, continues to proudly support the fundraising efforts, said Brian Skirka, the track’s marketing director.“To be able to support a local organization like the Kortney Rose Foundation from the early stages to now is something special – to see how the event has grown and how much money is raised for pediatric brain cancer research,” he said.  “So much of Kortney’s Challenge is based on community support and Monmouth Park is happy to be a part of that.”The borough community, staff, local groups and elected officials have also been involved with the KRF since the beginning, hosting dinners, supporting fundraising efforts in local schools and turning up to new events, such as the Pony Up for Kids family event in May.Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey, who met the Gillettes in 2005 when their children played soccer together, remembers Kortney as a fun-loving girl filled with energy and enthusiasm.“Our town is lucky to have people like the Gillettes,” he said. “They’ve made something positive out of an incredibly tragic situation. The whole town has really rallied behind Kortney’s Challenge. It’s a wonderful thing to remember a beautiful little girl. I can’t think of a more worthy cause.”The 13th annual Kortney’s Challenge Fun Walk Run at Monmouth Park will take place 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. Online registration for the event is currently available at the foundation’s website and her family are hopeful for another successful year, as they continue to fund research to help doctors to help kids.“We are beyond grateful to our community who has helped us to donate over $1.7 million dollars to research,” Gillette said.This article first appeared in the July 12 – 19, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Rubi: “Falling before Real would be a very hard blow”

first_imgBetis coach Rubi analyzed the shock that his team will play this Sunday against Real Sociedad and detailed the keys to winter planning that left two new players on their squad. The second round, in liza: “We have reinforced the squad and now it has more level, more means and more possibilities. They are for immediate performance because they are contrasted players, they will be seen getting better and better. ”Need for improvement: “It was a poor first round, 24 points are few for what we deserved. We go for all in the second round, I will not consider the points to get because this changes a lot. But it is true that Betis must win many games and make a great second round. ”About Guido Rodríguez: “The sensations are good. He had a very busy 2019 match but he arrived very well and did not lose the form in those days. He is seen back with a ball and is a player who can help us a lot. ”Once before Real: “I have a team in mind with several possibilities. Change the team if in the end you have Nabil or you don’t have it. The important thickness is what you all know. Does everyone fit? For me the important thing is that there are more possibilities and the players will demand more from each other. I have to try to be fair with decisions, with performance and what I want is to win games. I ask you to be team players. When it’s their turn not to play and wait, they fight to get in and cheer on the team. They will not always play the same“ Final against Real: “In case of defeat it would be a very hard blow. It is a match in which you depend on yourself to cut distance with that rival. We know we were hurt there, they were better than us and we want to show that we can be better. There can also be a draw and that would not leave the final situation as to not entering Europe. ”Odegaard: “He has made a first lap of luxury, it was a joy to see him play football as a rival. It costs me nothing to say. We don’t want to suffer it and hopefully it’s not a great Odegaard. ”Quique Setién: “The first thing is to say that I’m not a lover of coach changes, is always the one who knows his staff best. I want to convey to Valverde all the best, I also wish the best to Setién. What I want is for Betis to do better than the other teams. Rumors? There was already a lot of talk about that, but I’m not sure of anything. Our performance was irregular, if I had to come Quique or come another, because that was not my thing. What I intend is that the people who judge us trust what we are doing. If there are not two good results, there will always be doubts. ”Departures: “What is tickets I do not think there is any forecast. If there were any way out, which I don’t see today, I could change that. The market can always change everything. I don’t know that any management is very advanced. ”last_img read more

Valencia was exposed to two outbreaks of coronavirus risk

first_imgValencia has reported that 35 percent of the personnel linked to its first squad (coaching staff, staff and players) has tested positive for Covid-19 infection. Only the names of Garay, Mangala and Gayà have been released for the time being, in addition to the delegate Camarasa and Dr. Aliaga. Of the cases confirmed today, the club maintains the anonymity of those infected. Valencia in its statement did stress that the contagion is due to the “inherent exposure of the parties” and has taken advantage of their case to send a message of awareness to society of the “high contagiousness of the virus”. Valencia, for more preventive measures it took, was in fact a pioneering club in Spain in terms of protocol, it has been splashed by a massive contagion in its dressing room. Valencia in recent weeks has had to travel at the whim of the calendar to two of the hotbeds of contagion in Italy and Spain. The team played the February 19 in Milan, when the health alarms had not yet gone off in the Lombardy region (they did two days later), and the March 6 traveled to Vitoria to face Alavés (club that last Saturday published two cases in members of its coaching staff). In between, Valencia received Real Betis at Mestalla. Valencia have been isolating their players since February 24. That day he began to shut down his Sports City, and took measures so that its footballers kept as little contact as possible with people outside the first team. He suspended press conferences, interviews, traveled to Vitoria during the day to spend as little time as possible in the hotel and in the city … and It was the first team to have to play in Mestalla behind closed doors due to the coronavirus in the Champions League, in the second leg against Atalanta de Bergamo.last_img read more