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Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu to be used as medical storage center

first_imgReal Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu will be used as a storage center for medical equipment to help Spain’s fight against the coronavirus, the club confirmed on Thursday. The 81,000-seater stadium will house donations made by businesses and organizations, particularly those that work in the sports sector, before passing them onto the Spanish health authorities. “Real Madrid, in collaboration with the High Council for Sport (CSD), has launched a project in Madrid to supply and distribute strategic medical supplies to be used in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic,” read a club statement.  It added: “All of the stored supplies will be passed on to the Spanish health authorities, under the authority of the Spanish government, so that the resources, which are so necessary in the current health emergency situation, are employed in the best and most efficient manner.” Spain had recorded more than 4,000 deaths due to the virus, according to the latest figures on Thursday. Madrid is the country’s worst-affected area, with more than 2,000 deaths so far. Topics :last_img read more

Messi rescues unbeaten Barca as Bale double propels Real

first_imgSeville, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi rescued Barcelona’s unbeaten season on Saturday as the La Liga leaders scored twice in the last three minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw at Sevilla.Messi came off the bench with his team two goals down at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as Luis Suarez pulled one back in the 88th minute, before the Argentinian struck the equaliser a minute later.Barcelona had not lost a league game this term, or in 13 months, but finishes from Franco Vazquez and Luis Muriel looked to have sealed Sevilla a stunning victory.But Messi came up trumps again and he celebrated his goal, a bending long-range strike into the bottom corner, by rushing to the jubilant coaching staff and substitutes on the touchline.He had been left out of the starting line-up due to a hamstring complaint, with coach Ernesto Valverde perhaps keeping one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final against Roma.But he still made the decisive intervention even if Barca’s draw means Atletico Madrid can cut the gap at the top to nine points by beating Deportivo La Coruna at home on Sunday.Sevilla, meanwhile, are still 13 points adrift of the top four, havng played a game more than Valencia, and must recover in time for their own Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.They would have been deserving winners here and, in truth, could have been out of sight had Muriel and Vazquez finished any number of dangerous breaks in the second half.Sevilla were the better side for the opening half an hour and took a deserved lead in the 36th minute when Joaquin Correa shuffled into the area and chipped a cross into Vazquez. He poked a weak finish but it was just enough to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen.The hosts doubled their lead when Ever Banega’s stinging shot was pushed out too centrally by Ter Stegen, allowing Muriel to take a touch and guide the ball into the corner.Messi came on for Ousmane Dembele just before the hour mark but Sevilla could have been three up, Jesus Navas missing the best chance as his one-on-one was cleared off the line by Gerard Pique.They were made to pay the price as Suarez turned in from close range before the ball rolled tantalisingly out to the left foot of Messi, and he drilled it into the corner. – Bale pushes case –Earlier, Gareth Bale made a strong case for a starting spot against Juventus by scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 3-0 victory over Las Palmas as Cristiano Ronaldo was rested.Bale’s double in Gran Canaria served as a timely reminder to coach Zinedine Zidane, with the trip to Turin for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals to come on Tuesday.Karim Benzema had doubled Real’s lead before half-time as Los Blancos moved just one point behind second-placed Atletico. Las Palmas stay 18th, seven points adrift of safety.The only worry for Zidane was the sight of Nacho hobbling off in the first half, with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.“Everything is positive except one thing, the injury of Nacho,” Zidane said. “He is not happy. It is a concern but hopefully only little and the rest is all good.”Bale opened the scoring with a trademark run and finish down the left before Benzema converted one penalty and then generously handed over a second, which the Welshman had earned himself.The question now is whether Zidane was suitably impressed to pick Bale in Italy.“We will see on Tuesday, I am happy for his performance,” Zidane said.Girona’s hopes of Europa League qualification took a knock after they were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Levante. Athletic Bilbao also drew 1-1 at home to Celta Vigo.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Dougherty hails trio at England Golf Performance Awards

first_img NICK DOUGHERTY has praised the outstanding contributions made to England Golf by the award winners at the 2019 Performance Conference.Dougherty – who went on to become a three-times winner on the European Tour and is now lead presenter on Sky Sports Golf – excelled as an England amateur international after making his debut as a 15-year-old in 1997.Returning to Woodhall Spa for the first time since his amateur days, Dougherty insisted it was a privilege to present awards to three stalwarts who have devoted their time and expertise to either develop the next generation of golfers or lead senior teams to success at international level.Yorkshireman Graham Walker has been named as 2019 coach of the year.Walker is recognised as a leading expert in short-game teaching and over the years has worked with European Tour winners such as Danny Willett, Paul Waring, David Horsey as well as Ladies’ European Tour winner Holly Clyburn.Currently, Walker coaches world number 10 Tommy Fleetwood and passes on his knowledge to all the England Golf performance squads.Walker has been on the staff at England Golf since 2011 and his coaching continues to be of huge benefit to aspiring players looking to fulfil their potential.England Senior Women’s manager Debbie Richards – who unfortunately could not be present on the night – was recognised as volunteer of the year for 2019.Richards – a former senior international and Surrey county player – enjoyed three seasons in the role as senior women’s manager and led the team to European Senior Ladies’ gold in 2019 before announcing her retirement earlier this year.The final award winner was Cheshire’s Roy Smethurst – a legend of the amateur game in England.Smethurst’s contribution to senior golf over the decades has been nothing short of astonishing.Among his many honours as a player, Smethurst claimed four English Senior Amateur titles as well as a European Senior Amateur crown.The former Cheshire and Nottinghamshire county player has continued to enjoy success as a team manager leading the England Men’s Senior squad to three Home International titles in the last four seasons.The 2019 campaign also saw Smethurst lead England to the gold medal at the European Senior Men’s Team Championships.The ovation Smethurst received on the night was testimony to the high esteem in which he is held by his colleagues.Dougherty paid tribute to all the winners saying: “The success enjoyed by all the England performance squads over recent times wouldn’t be possible without the excellence in coaching and management that all the teams receive.“I know from my time representing England at amateur level just how crucial it was to have a good grounding in the game before making the move to the professional ranks.“I made my debut for England aged 15 and my heart was bursting through my shirt.“It remains a huge honour to represent England – something which you don’t really have the chance to do when moving into the professional ranks.“You only have to look at the numbers of English players currently making their way in both the men’s and ladies’ games to see that the work being done at grassroots levels and then with the performance teams as they move through the age groups is bearing fruit.”The 2019 performance conference was held under the banner ‘2020 Vision’ as England Golf strives to make improvements for the new season.Coaches and managers from all the regions gathered to listen to seminars on varied topics such as health and nutrition in golf, the World Handicap System and governance as well as enjoying practical coaching and strength and conditioning demonstrations.Photograph credit: Vicki Head 28 Nov 2019 Dougherty hails trio at England Golf Performance Awards Tags: Cheshire, England team, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Yorkshirelast_img read more

Leafs ride hat-trick performance by Wilkinson to salvage weekend split

first_imgFriday, Nelson saw Tanner Cochrane score three times to lead the Knights to the surprise win.North Okanagan scored three goals in a five minutes span late in the first period to erase a 1-0 deficit and take a 3-1 lead after one frame.Wilkinson cut the lead to 3-2 before Blake Culbert scored to regain the two-goal advantage for the Knights.Seconds before Culbert’s goal, newly signed Troy Petrick was thwarted by a toe save from Knights goalie Mitch Profeit.The smooth-skating Petrick undressed the defenceman at the North Okanagan blueline, then another Knights player before skating in on the opposition goal.Petrick had Profeit beat but the North Okanagan goalie just got the toe of his skate on the puck to stop the Leaf forward.Tyler Moffat and Rebagliati split the netminding duties for Nelson, out shot 28-18.Nelson hosts the Spokane Braves in a rare mid-week game Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.ICE CHIPS: Troy Petrick, a graduate of Nelson Minor Hockey, is back in the Heritage City to conclude his junior hockey career. The local product played a handful of games with the Leafs during its playoff run in 2010 before leaving for the Dawson Creek Rage of the Northern America Hockey League. He played 14 games in 2012-13 for the Salmon Arm. . . . Dawson Creek Rage folded its hockey operations in the NAHL this spring. . . .Robson Cramer, Travis Wellman and Jamie Vlanich each added two assists for Nelson against Kelowna. . . . Carsen Willans, kept off the scoresheet Friday, had his point streak end at eight games. Willans had an assist Saturday. The Nelson Leafs salvaged a weekend split in a dramatic way Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Alec Wilkinson scored his third goal of the game in the final minutes of the third period sparking the Leafs to a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Kelowna Chiefs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.The win avenged a 4-2 loss Friday against the North Okanagan Knights.“We do tend to leave it to the end of the game,” Wilkinson said when asked about his late-game heroics.“The whole game was pretty close and we just came out strong at the end and we ended up winning the game.”Wilkinson was the recipient of some gritty work behind the net by teammate Jamie Vlanich.The skillful center man won the puck behind the Kelowna net, then put a back door pass onto the stick of Wilkinson.“It was all (Jamie) Vlanich,” Wilkinson exclaimed. “He went behind the net and passed me the puck. The goalie didn’t even see where the puck was and had no idea he passed it to me. All I had to do was tap the puck into the net.”Nelson had a better start Saturday, out shooting the Chiefs 23-9 in the opening frame.Wilkinson and Cole Arcuri scored 10 minutes into the game to give the Leafs a 2-0 lead.However, a 10-second lapse allowed Jagger Bowles and Adam Beatty to tie the game.Kelowna took a 3-2 lead in the second before Wilkinson scored his second of the game late in the frame to even the game at 3-3.Nelson out shot the Chiefs 40-21, making a winner out of Brad Rebagliati in the Leafs net.The win keeps the Leafs, 21-2-1-3 on the season, eight points in front of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Murdoch Division standings.Nelson is tied for the overall lead in the KIJHL with Kamloops Storm. Each team has 46 points.last_img read more

MICHEAL MURPHY TO MAKE GUEST APPEARANCE AT DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL EVENT

first_imgDonegal captain Michael Murphy will be the special guest at The Donegal Youth Council Agenda Day Event.Donegal Captain Micheal Murphy is to make a guest appearance at The Donegal Youth Council Agenda Day. The 2012 All-Ireland winning captain is an inspiration and an idol to many teenagers and youths not just in Donegal, but all over Ireland.There will be over 150 young people in attendance at the event, with 26 different secondary schools in the county attending the event, as well as the newly elected Donegal Youth Council and outgoing group. There will be as young people from Youthreach, Foroige, Donegal Youth Service, Donegal Travellers Project and Oige na Gaeltachta.It will be a big mix of work and fun, and with Donegal captain Michael Murphy making an appearance and a performance from Static Movement thrown in for good measure, it promises to be a fantastic event.MICHEAL MURPHY TO MAKE GUEST APPEARANCE AT DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL EVENT was last modified: November 5th, 2014 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:Donegal Youth Council Agenda DayFeaturesMichael Murphynewslast_img read more

Four hockey players killed, 3 injured in Madhya Pradesh road accident

first_imgFour national-level hockey players were killed and three injured when their car crashed into a tree on a highway in Hoshangabad district on Monday morning, said the police. “The players were travelling on the Itarsi road towards Hoshangabad to take part in the Dhyan Chand trophy tournament at 7 a.m.,” said M.N. Chhari, SP. Witnesses told the police the driver of the speeding car had lost control and seconds later crashed into the tree and tumbled to the side near Raisalpur village, he said. “Several locals helped rescue the injured.” The deceased had been identified as Shahnawaz Hussain, Ashish Lal, Aniket Varun and Adarsh Hardua, all between 18 and 22 years. They trained at the Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, said the police. The injured had been admitted to the Narmada Apna Hospital in Hoshangabad, where they were being treated free of cost, said Mr. Chhari. “The Chief Minister had announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh for each of the families of the deceased,” he said. Condoling the deaths, Chief Minister Kamal Nath tweeted that he prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured and “instructions had been given to officials for the complete treatment of the injured and every possible help to the families of the deceased”.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa’s friend Sasikala may contest bypoll

first_imgFor years, Sasikala has been at Jayalalithaa’s side, as a close aide and trusted friend. But she has never contested the elections. Now speculation is rife that the AIADMK is planning to pitch her in poll battle, which will also serve to silence critics who see the party without a second line of leadership.Within the AIADMK, Sasikala, known as ‘Chinna Amma’ or junior Amma, has come to wield enormous power. This week when chief minister Jayalalithaa went on a three-day trip to Srirangam, it is learnt that local leaders had demanded that Sasikala be made a legislator.It is believed that Sasikala could contest the bypolls from Trichy which fell vacant following the death of AIADMK minister Mariyam Pichai.Senior AIADMK functionaries are not willing to say much on this development. “It is Amma’s decision. She knows what is good for the party,” one of the leaders said.The friendship between Sasikala and Jayalalithaa goes back a long way. Not only does Sasikala follow Jayalalithaa like a shadow, they live under the same roof.Having left her husband, M. Natarajan, Sasikala has been staying with her friend.When Jayalalithaa turned 60, she and Sasikala went on a pilgrimage to the Thirukkadaiyur temple, where only couples used to visit. Curiously enough, they exchanged garlands, sending the rumour mills on an overdrive. While it gave fodder to her rivals, especially the DMK, it also shows the bond the two share.Initially, Jayalalithaa wanted to keep her friend away from the party politics. But gradually Sasikala started wielding a lot of influence and Jayalalithaa yielded by elevating her friend to the AIADMK general council and then to the party’s state secretariat council.advertisementApart from Sasikala, many of her household members have been accommodated in the party, though not everyone manages to retain the confidence of the diva. For, Jayalalithaa had dumped a few in the past, including her foster son V. N. Sudhakaran, whose extravagant wedding earned her the wrath of the people and cost her the election.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery: We’re yet to find a playing identity

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We’re yet to find a playing identityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits they’re yet to find a playing identity.The Gunners head to St Mary’s on Sunday to face Southampton for the first match of four in the space of 10 days.”I think it’s a very big match like every match in the Premier League,” Emery said. “Southampton have some very good players and a new coach who has good experience and good performances in Germany.”On Sunday I think they are going to push against us a lot. We need to prepare very well for the match with a very big personality because we want to be consistent.”Every challenge is to continue doing that and Sunday is a big challenge and a big match, and also we are looking forward to continuing our improvement and good moment knowing that it’s difficult. “Every match gives us a struggle in terms of work and continuing in our way. Against Southampton on Sunday, it’s about preparing for a different match. We need to create a stronger identity and our personality is getting better in each game. We are playing games our way.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Statistics Canada says the pace of economic growth slowed in first quarter

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s pace of economic growth slowed in the first quarter to its lowest rate in nearly two years, but the weaker-than-expected data did little to tamp down economists’ predictions of an interest rate hike later this year.Statistics Canada said Thursday the economy grew at an annualized pace of 1.3 per cent for the first three months of the year, slower than the annual pace of 1.7 per cent in the final three months of 2017. Economists had expected growth to come in at an annualized rate of 1.8 per cent for the first quarter of 2018, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The slow start to the year was largely attributed to a pull back in the real estate market amid new mortgage stress test rules and a cooling housing market. The 1.9 per cent drop in housing investment was the largest decline since the first quarter of 2009.However, economists pointed to the strong growth in March to end the quarter and suggested the report did little to change expectations for an interest rate hike by the Bank of Canada as early as July.“While the headline quarterly GDP result was a bit disappointing, even to those of us who were on the low side of consensus, the recent robust monthly readings and the strength in business investment provide a nice counterweight,” Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter wrote in a report.“The main point is that growth for the full year still looks on track to come in around two per cent, which is very much in line with what the Bank of Canada has been expecting.”Porter noted that the economy posted growth of 0.3 per cent in March, the final month of the quarter, helped by the mining and oil and gas sector and gains in both wholesale and retail trade.“The sturdy March result provides a nice hand-off for Q2,” he said.The growth rate of 1.3 per cent for the first quarter matched the Bank of Canada’s forecast in its April monetary policy report.The central bank elected to keep its key interest rate on hold Wednesday, but raised expectations that rate hikes are coming when it dropped a reference to remaining “cautious.”Economists interpreted the change as a signal that the next rate increase would be sooner rather than later.Their rate-hike expectations largely remained in tact even as Thursday’s report showed the rate of growth for real gross domestic product in the first quarter was the slowest since the economy contracted in the second quarter of 2016.Growth in that quarter was affected by forest fires that destroyed parts of Fort McMurray, Alta., and forced the shutdown of several oilsands operations in the region.The most recent GDP report showed household spending increased 0.3 per cent, the slowest pace since the first quarter of 2015, while household spending on services increased 0.5 per cent and spending on goods was unchanged.Growth in export volumes slowed to 0.4 per cent compared with one per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017. The gains were mainly contributed by crude oil and bitumen and the export of services. Imports rose 1.2 per cent in the quarter.Business investment in machinery and equipment rose 4.2 per cent, while intellectual property products rose 3.3 per cent.Beneath the weaker-than-expected first-quarter growth figures, the report included “some relatively encouraging details,” said TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto.“Business investment continued to climb, partially offsetting the more modest pace of consumer spending. Income gains also remained solid,” DePratto wrote in a report.“Plus, March’s solid monthly performance indicates that momentum continued to build through the quarter, setting the Canadian economy up for an acceleration in output in Q2.”DePratto said the Canadian economy “clearly still has some gas left in the tank” and that he expected conditions will stay supportive of a Bank of Canada hike at its next meeting.Looking back at 2017, Statistics Canada revised its real GDP numbers upward for the second and third quarters.For the second quarter of 2017, the estimate for the annualized growth rate was increased to 4.6 per cent compared with a March estimate of 4.4 per cent, while the estimate for the third quarter was increased to 1.7 per cent from 1.5 per cent.last_img read more