From unused sub to scorer, Saul redefines Spanish midfielder

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title But that once-successful formula had lost its unbeatable status before proving completely outdated at the World Cup in Russia. The nadir came when the team, coached by Fernando Hierro at the time, completed more than 1,000 passes — a large portion of them completely harmless — before succumbing to a far-less talented Russia in a penalty shootout.Luis Enrique has shaken up the team since, putting a new focus on speed, youth and fitness — all qualities embodied in Saul.All three of Saul’s goals this season were first touches from crosses and culminated quick attacks. He used his left foot to score Atletico’s winner in the Super Cup, his right foot against England, and a powerful header against Croatia.As Saul defined himself, he is a “player that works hard for the team, and above all a player who arrives to the area looking to score.”That type of muscular midfielder charging into the box in a second wave behind the forwards is the opposite of the compact, lightweight playmakers that defined Spanish soccer for more than a decade.While acknowledging that Spain is changing, Saul said the foundations of a team built around a strong midfield — regardless of its strengths — still remains.“I don’t know what will happen in the future, but Xavi and Iniesta made history with our national team and made us the best team in the world,” Saul said. “What we have coming up now is another type of player, but our playing philosophy is what they and (coach) Luis Aragones established at the start of this run.“It will be difficult to repeat what they did, but we will try to win a title.” But the arrival of Luis Enrique as Spain coach, combined with the retirement from international soccer by Andres Iniesta and David Silva, has given Saul his chance.Saul started and scored goals in both of Spain’s UEFA Nations League matches. He netted the equalizer in the 2-1 win over England at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, and three days later he scored the opening goal in a 6-0 rout of World Cup runner-up Croatia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I have been working very hard on my team to have this chance, and for two years on the national team,” Saul said after the win in London.After the victory over Croatia in Saul’s hometown of Elche in southern Spain, the midfielder admitted it had been frustrating not getting off the bench at the World Cup. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spain’s Saul Niguez, front left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Spain and Croatia at the Manuel Martinez Valero stadium in Elche, Spain, Tuesday Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)BARCELONA, Spain — After patiently waiting his turn, Saul Niguez is doing more than just making the most of it. The 23-year-old Atletico Madrid player is revolutionizing what it means to be a Spanish midfielder.Saul didn’t play a single minute for Spain at the World Cup. Instead, he watched his country manage only one win in three group matches before losing to host Russia in the round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college US Davis Cup players try to stay out of Williams controversy “I spent a lot of time thinking during the summer, but now is not the time to talk about the past because it doesn’t matter,” Saul said. “Even though I didn’t play, I had an unforgettable experience at my first World Cup.”Saul made his international debut under coach Julen Lopetegui in September 2016 after he had not been called up Vicente del Bosque for that year’s European Championship. He has made 12 national appearances in total.Before his strong performances over the past week, Saul started his season in August by scoring a spectacular volley in extra time for Atletico’s third goal in a 4-2 win over Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.Saul will now hope his scoring run with Spain will carry back over to Atletico when it hosts Eibar on Saturday. Atletico, which finished second in the league behind Barcelona last year, has only one win in three matches and is already five points adrift the defending champions and Real Madrid.Spain won the 2010 World Cup in between European titles in 2008 and 2012 by deploying its unique “tiki-taka” style, which prioritized keeping possession and picking teams apart with precise passers like Iniesta, Silva and former Spain players Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Couple slapped with fraud charge

first_imgA couple was on Monday taken before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan charged with fraud.Cleya France and John Freeman of Lot 214 Middle Road, East La Penitence, Georgetown, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and pleaded not guilty to the allegation after it was read to them.It is alleged that on July 4, at Bourda Market, they obtained a quantity of greens valued 3,000 from Baldeo Jadia with intent to defraud by falsely pretending that they would have paid him three times the amount, knowing same to be false.According to the prosecution’s case, the couple who shares six children together was given the responsibility of taking the goods to Port Kaituma.However, they claimed that they got into an accident and could not fulfil the promise made to Jadia.Their attorney, Clyde Forde made a successful bail application.They were both placed on ,000 bail and will return to court on October 5.last_img read more

NASSCORP Invested US$1.4M in CRC?

first_imgSenate mandates its committees to inquire The Senate yesterday mandated its Committees on Judiciary, Claims, Petitions, and Human Rights and Social Security, Pension & Insurance to inquire why the National Social Security &Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) decided to invest US$1.4 million in the Cocopa Rubber Corporation at a time when the price of rubber on the global market is at its lowest.The Senators, at their 45th day sitting, also want to gather from the NASSCORP authorities whether a risk analysis was done before the transaction, especially in the wake of recent workers unrests.The lawmakers’ concern was prompted by a letter from the Senate chairman of the Committee on Concession & Investment, Bomi County Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson, in which he requested Senate Plenary to invite the NASSCORP leadership to provide a detailed explanation of the transaction.“We are aware that monies within the custody of the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation are collected from workers across the country with the intent of providing retirement and other social reimbursements to beneficiaries,” he said.NASSCORP, Senator Johnson said, “needs to provide reasons to the plenary of the Liberian Senate as to why they are investing our people’s money at a time when the present government is phasing out. There is a tendency that accountability could be lax and people could carry out the dubious act.”The Liberian-owned plantation, which is situated on the Ganta-Saclepea highway in Nimba County, was in 2016 hit twice by strike actions when workers went on rampages, setting up roadblocks in demand of months of salary arrears.The Nimba Rubber Incorporated, a Liberian-owned business, and the National Investment Commission on July 7, 2016, signed a concession agreement for the running of the Cocopa Rubber Plantation, which value was said to exceed US$20 million at the time. The concession agreement was reportedly entered into without Legislative approval.Meanwhile, the Senate’s outspoken chair on Post & Telecommunications, Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, tried in vain to convince her colleagues that the Committee on Social Security, Pension & Insurance, which has the oversight responsibility for NASSCORP, should take the lead in the inquiry. Instead, the Committee on Judiciary was tasked to take the lead since it was agreed by consensus that that matter had “legal implications.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

300 rape kits donated to Region 4

first_imgThe investigation of rape cases are likely to significantly improve with the donation of 300 rape kits to the country’s most populated region; Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica).UNICEF Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Sylvie Fouet (center) hands over a rape kit to Region Four’s Regional Executive Officer, Pauline Lucas and Regional Health Officer, Dr Quincy JonesThe rape kits, which were donated to Region Four on Tuesday by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), will aid in taking samples from the victim to locate and identify the perpetrator.During a brief handing over ceremony hosted at UNICEF’s Brickdam Georgetown location, the Regional Health Officer, Dr Quincy Jones explained that the kits are fully equipped with the tools needed to collect samples from under finger nails and even other private parts.The samples, he said, will be collected by the Police who will conduct further investigations to locate and identify the perpetrators of the act.The kit will also aid in testing for HIV and pregnancy in rape victims, but is suggested to be used within 24 to 72 hours after the act, as evidence can be washed away.The kits will be housed at medical centres across the region and can be accessed by victims, although the investigations will be conducted by Police officers.“One of the mandates as a Regional Health Officer, we have, is to provide quality services to all citizens and visitors of Region Four and we need to provide adequate health care to those who would have been victims of sexual assault and essential to this is collecting the necessary evidence which is a timely thing because if you don’t collect the evidence within a crucial window period which is roughly between 24 hours to 72 hours, you could lose a lot of evidence,” Dr Jones explained.UNICEF Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Sylvie Fouet told the media that the kits will work along with the Sexual Offences Act of 2017 to provide justice to rape victims.According to her, “it’s a supply need that we heard from the partners (regional executives) and it’s for us to really jumpstart to kick off some clear action on the ground in addition to working with the Sexual Offenses Act and its part also of the National Plan of Action that we have in the context of the Sexual Offences Act.”Fouet added that she was pleased with the partnership which will hopefully be of good effect to the region, especially since, “it’s really to prevent and respond in this case to the sexual offence and in particular sexual violence.”Regional Executive Officer Pauline Lucas said the donation was quite timely and thanked the organisation as it was pointed out that the country has about 400 rape victims per year. She added that Region Four has the responsibility of most times providing health care to visitors and the donation will ensure that justice can be served to all people.Prior to the donation, Dr Jones pointed out that a crucial need had always existed, especially as technology continues to advance in relation to forensic science.During the last quarter of 2018, Police statistics proved that rape cases have increased.Top Cop Leslie James told the media that rape cases had increased by seven per cent, with 202 cases reported in 2018 compared to 189 cases in 2017.last_img read more

VYC, ExxonMobil host STEM Conference

first_imgVolunteer Youth Corps (VYC) Inc, in collaboration with ExxonMobil Guyana, on Saturday hosted the sixth annual STEM Conference at the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel, Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Executives of ExxonMobil and Volunteer Youth Corps on Saturday at the Princess Ramada HotelThe event saw more than 400 students from various high schools across the country in attendance.Activities included a short robotics programming course, demonstration and competition; interactive science experiment coaching and demonstrations; and career guidance.Presentations were done by ExxonMobil Guyana Geoscience Manager Doug McGehee; Assistant to Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency, Dr Astell Collins; Assistant Chief Education Officer (Technical) Ministry of Education, Patrick Chinedu Onwuzirike; and other professionals within the oil and gas, technology, business and engineering sectors.A group of young people at the Conference on Saturday“It is our hope to have all students across the various high schools understand the importance of Math and Technology in efforts to gear up for future opportunities in Guyana,” said VYC CEO Goldie Scott.“We consider it extremely important to motivate students to follow career paths in Technology, Math and Engineering. Activities like this are impactful in our efforts to promote students’ interest in these fields.”ExxonMobil Guyana Public and Government Affairs Manager Deedra Moe stated: “Education is the fundamental building block of individual opportunity and economic growth, and STEM skills, in particular, are critical to ensuring today’s students are prepared for the jobs of the 21st Century.”“We are proud to support programmes that help educators enhance their teaching skills and motivate students to pursue careers in Math and Science.”Since 2012, the VYC has been partnering with ExxonMobil Guyana to implement STEM education in schools. One of the initiatives implemented engages third and fourth form students in a variety of STEM after-school learning programmes in Georgetown.The programmes include practical lessons in Physics, Chemistry, Integrated Science and Information Technology, as well as a three-day science camp at a local environmental facility.last_img read more

Man Utd face Bristol City in Carabao quarters

first_img0Shares0000Manager Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will play Bristol City in the quarter-final of the 2017 League Cup © AFP/File / Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 26 – Championship side Bristol City’s reward for eliminating three Premier League teams in this season’s League Cup is a home quarter-final with holders Manchester United.City, who thrashed Crystal Palace 4-1 on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1989, learnt about their dream draw two hours later than planned due to a glitch at Twitter Headquarters where the event was being held. “The EFL has received an apology from Twitter UK for the delay which is believed to have occurred as a result of a faulty encoder,” read a statement from the English Football League (EFL).“The EFL has requested a full explanation into the events that led to this afternoon’s unacceptable delay.”Bristol City’s owner Steve Lansdown, who jokingly tweeted with regard to the delayed draw “have the clocks gone back already”, was delighted with the outcome.“We are playing one of the greats of the game, it’s a very exciting prospect,” he told Sky Sports News.“I think all of football will be behind us. We are the smallest club left in the competition.“We’ll dream about beating Manchester United, we’ll plan to beat Manchester United and only time will tell.“It will be a great night and even if the draw was a little bit of a late affair, the result is great for us.”The rest of the draw sees Premier League leaders Manchester City, who scraped into the last eight beating Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on penalties, travel to Leicester.Champions Chelsea host Bournemouth whilst there is an appetising London derby with struggling West Ham bidding to secure their second North London giant scalp having come from 2-0 down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 on Wednesday as they travel to Arsenal.The delayed draw was just the latest in a series of blunders to affect the competition.Earlier draws had seen Charlton pulled out of the hat twice, confusion over which teams were at home and away, and criticism over the decision to hold the draw in Beijing at 0315GMT.DrawChelsea v BournemouthArsenal v West HamLeicester v Manchester CityBristol City v Manchester UnitedTies to be played week beginning December 18th0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Di Maria fuels PSG as Marseille hit nine in French Cup

first_imgEdinson Cavani restored the lead for Unai Emery’s team on 27 minutes when he turned in a Layvin Kurzawa cross at the far post, and Thiago Silva then rattled the crossbar with a header from a corner.Di Maria added a third just prior to the hour with a composed finish after he was released in behind the home defence by a pass from Italian midfielder Marco Verratti.He completed his hat-trick just three minutes later by forcing home a rebound from close range after Sochaux goalkeeper Lawrence Ati Zigi parried a fierce shot from Cavani.Dani Alves finished the game in goal for PSG after Kevin Trapp was sent off in the closing stages for a foul outside his area on Sochaux striker Thomas Robinet.“The goal today was to advance beyond this round of the French Cup without injuries,” said Emery, whose side travel to Real Madrid next week for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.“We’re very happy with (Di Maria),” added the Spaniard, who has seen the revitalised Argentine score nine goals in 10 matches since the turn of the year.“He deserves to be in the squad, in the starting XI, like all the other players. My opinion of him hasn’t changed today, he’s an important player for us.”– Mitroglou, Ocampos shine –Earlier, both Kostas Mitroglou and Lucas Ocampos scored hat-tricks as in-form Marseille crushed a hapless Bourg-en-Bresse in a heavily lopsided last 16 tie.Rudi Garcia’s side, who are second in Ligue 1 after thrashing Metz 6-3 last week, romped into a 4-0 lead inside 20 minutes at the struggling Ligue 2 side and showed no mercy against hapless opponents.“We had an actual nightmare, the two sides were a world apart,” admitted Bourg-en-Bresse coach Herve Della Maggiore. “We watched them play.”Despite making six changes to the starting XI, Marseille ended the tie as a contest with early goals from Luiz Gustavo, Dimitri Payet, Ocampos and Mitroglou.Greek international striker Mitroglou has struggled to nail down a place in the team since joining from Benfica last year, but he strolled through the vacant home defence to score the fifth before half-time.Lucas Ocampos and Kostas Mitroglou do most of the damage as Marseille crush their second-tier opponents © AFP / ROMAIN LAFABREGUEArgentinian Ocampos grabbed his second early in the second half, although he was made to wait to complete his treble as Marseille went a game-high 23 minutes without scoring before he headed home.Mitroglou quickly got back in on the act as some more awful defending allowed him to nod in his seventh goal for the club, before Clinton N’Jie wrapped up the scoring with number nine from the penalty spot.Marseille have now won eight and drawn one of their last nine matches in all competitions, scoring 30 goals in the process.But they fell well short of their record win — a 19-0 French Cup victory over Stade Raphaelois in 1933.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Angel Di Maria fires PSG through to the last eight of the French Cup © AFP / SEBASTIEN BOZONPARIS, France, Feb 6 – Angel Di Maria scored a hat-trick as holders Paris Saint-Germain defeated second-tier Sochaux 4-1 on Tuesday to reach the French Cup quarter-finals, while Marseille demolished Ligue 2 outfit Bourg-en-Bresse 9-0.The Argentine winger headed PSG, who were playing without the rested Neymar, ahead inside the first minute at the Stade Bonal in eastern France, but twice former winners Sochaux levelled through Florian Martin before the quarter hour.last_img read more


first_imgLegal history was made in the county yesterday when a video-link was used during a court case for the first time.The link was used at Letterkenny Circuit Court during the trial of a man charged with alleged sexual assault.A key witness in the case gave his evidence from Monaghan courthouse. The man’s testimony was relayed by video via two video screens at the courthouse and through a microphone system.The witness was in turn able to see the surrounds of Letterkenny Circuit Court including questions being put to him by both defence and prosecution teams.Judge John O’Hagan was also able to put questions to the witness through his own personal camera.The successful link-up lasted more than an hour.An even more ambitious link-up is to be carried out on November 16th next when a witness in a case at Letterkenny District Court is to give her evidence from Australia.* – keeping you in touch with all that’s happening in the courts.Follow us on us on© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.LEGAL HISTORY MADE AS FIRST VIDEO-LINK CARRIED OUT IN DONEGAL COURT was last modified: November 9th, 2011 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:JUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit Courtvideo-linklast_img read more

Joe Ledley open to overseas move following release from Crystal Palace

first_imgWales midfielder Joe Ledley could be tempted by a move abroad as he weighs up his career options this summer.Ledley made nearly 100 appearances for Crystal Palace after joining from Celtic in January 2014.But he was frozen out by then-Eagles boss Sam Allardyce during the second half of the 2016-17 season and released by the Premier League club last week.“It’s been frustrating,” Ledley said after helping Wales to a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Serbia on Sunday night.“I don’t know why I’ve not been even in the squads, but it was the decision of the manager and I had to deal with it and get on with it.“Things move on, I’ve left and hopefully I can get a new team now.“It’s definitely for the best. I spent three-and-a-half years at the club and gave my all there and I think the fans know that.“But when you’re not getting picked for as long as I wasn’t then you have to do something about it.“I need to be playing, especially at my age having turned 30 now.“I want to continue playing for as long as I can.”Ledley started out at his hometown club Cardiff and there was talk that he could return to the Sky Bet Championship side.But that emotional return has been ruled out and Ledley says clubs have already shown an interest in him, including many from overseas.He said: “There’s been clubs in touch with my agent all over the world.“I’d be prepared to go abroad, I think it would appeal to me, especially having played international football because I love playing on that stage and I think it suits the way I play.“There’s been Championship and Premier League clubs in touch, a lot of interest, but I want to have a good summer with the family first.“I’ll see the options I have and go from there.”Ledley’s last game for Palace was over four months ago at the start of February.In that time he has played only twice as Wales drew in the Republic of Ireland and Serbia to keep their World Cup hopes alive.Yet he still managed to last the full game in the sapping Belgrade heat on Sunday.“I wasn’t surprised I played 90 minutes, I’ve got it in me to do that,” Ledley said.“I know I haven’t played much football this season, I should have, there were reasons that it did not happen.“But I felt good out there, especially with Joe [Allen] alongside me.“He helped me through it.” Joe Ledley is free to join another club this summer 1last_img read more


first_imgDonegal’s defensive rock Neil McGee was named on the team of the year.Donegal have had five players named on the team of the year selected by the popular website. Gaoth Dobhair defender Neil McGee was named at full-back line on the team, while Frank McGlynn was also selected in the back six.Glenswilly duo Neil Gallagher and Michael Murphy were named at midfield, while Ryan McHugh earned a place in the half-forward line. The rest of the team was made of a mixture of players from All-Ireland winner Kerry and Mayo.Dublin’s Paul Flynn was the only Dublin player selected on the team.It’s hoped that Donegal will have at least half a dozen All-Stars when the selection process is complete next month.Despite their defeat in Sunday’s All-Ireland decider, Donegal enjoyed a wonderful season with a number of consistent top quality performances throughout the season.  FIVE DONEGAL PLAYERS SELECTED ON THE GAA.IE TEAM OF THE YEAR was last modified: September 25th, 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:donegalFive Playersgaa.ienewsSportteam of the yearlast_img read more