Barca’s Dembele ruled out for six months after operation

first_imgBarcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out for six months after undergoing an operation on his torn hamstring in Finland on Tuesday.“First team player Ousmane Dembele has been operated on satisfactorily in Turku by Doctor Lasse Lempainen, (regarding) the rupture of the hamstring in his right leg,” Barcelona said in a statement. “The approximate time out is six months.”The Spanish champions will be allowed to make an emergency signing to replace him provided the Spanish football federation (RFEF) ratifies Dembele’s medical report.RFEF rules dictate that if a player is out injured for at least five months then their club can sign a replacement outside a transfer window, as long as they are based in Spain’s top two divisions or they are a free agent.The injured player is not allowed to play again for the team before the five-month period has elapsed and must agree to the arrival of the new player.Barcelona have been linked to Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose by Spanish media.This is Dembele’s 10th injury since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 for 105 million euros ($115 million). The forward initially hurt his right hamstring playing against his former side in November.Dembele missed five months of his debut season due to a hamstring problem in his left leg that required surgery and has made five starts in all competitions this season.Barcelona are second in La Liga, three points behind rivals Real Madrid.last_img read more

LeBron’s Cavs, Durant-led Warriors favored as season begins

first_imgOAKLAND, CA – JUNE 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts to a play in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will celebrate their city’s first sports crown in 52 years on Tuesday, raising their championship banner as the 2016-17 NBA campaign opens.The Golden State Warriors, meanwhile, will welcome superstar forward Kevin Durant to the fold as they set out to avenge their loss to Cleveland in last June’s NBA Finals after coming one game shy of back-to-back titles.ADVERTISEMENT The Cavaliers and Warriors open the season as favorites to play each other in the finals for the third campaign in a row, an unprecedented feat, even as 28 rivals try to fight their way into next June’s title showdown.Chris Paul and Blake Griffin spark the Los Angeles Clippers while LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard join guard Tony Parker and big man Pau Gasol to ignite San Antonio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentDwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo unite in Chicago, Toronto will try to improve on its run to the last four last season and Russell Westbrook will try to lift Oklahoma City after Durant’s departure.But the Warriors and Cavaliers have made themselves the teams to beat based on their past two seasons of success, Golden State with a record 73 wins last season and the Cavaliers making the best NBA Finals rally ever by winning the last three games. EDITORS’ PICK BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 PBA hopefuls will be put to test in 2016 Draft Combine 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter “Our mindset going into this year is knowing that the hunter has now become the hunted,” Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said. “So we have to approach every game a lot like the last two years, knowing we’re going to get everybody’s best shot.”James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.3 blocked shots and 2.6 steals a game, leading the NBA Finals in each category to earn unanimous NBA Finals MVP honors.“We’re not satisfied with just winning one championship. We’re not satisfied with just being successful. We want to continue to get better,” James said.James 3-4 in NBA FinalsJames has played in seven NBA Finals and the past six in a row. He lost his first with Cleveland then split four with the Miami Heat. Upon returning to Cleveland he lost one more before the Cavaliers captured their first to give Cleveland a first sporting title in 52 years.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise “I came back to bring a championship to our city,” James said. “I knew what I was capable of doing. I knew I had the right ingredients and the right blueprint to help this franchise get to a place that we’ve never been. That’s what it was all about.”On Tuesday, four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James will begin the quest to repeat as the Cavaliers open against the New York Knicks.“It will not be easy, and it shouldn’t be easy,” James said. “In my 13-year career, so far nothing has been easy. So I look forward to the journey and the work that lies ahead.”Other opening night games find Utah at Portland and San Antonio at Golden State, who added 2014 NBA MVP Durant after coming up short in the playoffs.Stephen Curry, the 2015 and 2016 NBA MVP, and fellow 3-point sharpshooter Klay Thompson will have Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala up front.Cavs spend king’s ransomWith the Cavaliers making a deal earlier this month to keep guard J.R. Smith, owner Dan Gilbert will spend a king’s ransom of about $100 million — $6 million above the NBA salary cap — on the Cleveland starting five of James, Smith, Love, Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson.Gilbert, who spent $54 million in luxury tax for going over the salary cap, will spend more for the starters than about half of the league’s teams will spend on entire rosters. Even Golden State with Durant will only have a payroll at about 75 percent of the Cavaliers.Australia’s Andrew Bogut was sent from the Warriors to Dallas and several top reserves were released to make salary room for Durant.Other clubs have made moves to try and join the elite. Atlanta signed veteran center Dwight Howard. Wade and Rondo moved to Chicago but the Bulls lost Gasol to the Spurs and Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose to the Knicks. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Woman busted with large quantity ammo

first_imgA Lamaha Street, Georgetown, resident is expected to make her court appearance on Monday (tomorrow) after she was caught with 69 live rounds of ammunition during a Police operation on Friday evening.Reports are that the Police received a tip and went to the woman’s home where they conducted a search and found the ammunition.Guyana Times understands the ammunition ranged from .32 to 9mm bullets. The woman was arrested and is presently assisting with the investigations.The Police recently revealed that a total of 46 firearms were seized from January to August 20: 23 pistols, 13 revolvers and 10 shotguns.The highest number of seizures was recorded in A Division (Georgetown/East Bank Demerara) with 20 seizures, while F Division (interior locations) followed with 12.last_img

Mata magic gets United up and running

first_imgThe Spain midfielder won and scored a 34th-minute penalty and then set up Chris Smalling with a stunning improvised flick eight minutes into the second half to give improving United a fourth consecutive victory.United are back on top of the Premier League for the first time in two years and their defeat of Wolfsburg, coupled with PSV’s 3-2 loss at CSKA Moscow, left them in a four-way tie for first place in Group B ahead of their trip to the Russian capital on October 21.Wolfsburg finished the game strongly but could not prevent a fourth successive defeat in England, which left last season’s German Cup winners and Bundesliga runners-up without a win in three matches.Luke Shaw’s graphic double leg break at PSV has forced United into a defensive reshuffle that has seen Antonio Valencia come into the team at right-back and it was courtesy of the Ecuadorian’s sleepiness that Wolfsburg went ahead.Darting in from the right flank, Caligiuri laid the ball off to Max Kruse before running into the box for the return pass and, with Valencia the only defender not to step up, the Wolfsburg winger had all the time he needed to place a shot past David de Gea.Old Trafford was silenced, but before long Wolfsburg were struggling to get out of their own penalty area.– Electric Martial –Mata saw a goal-bound shot headed over the bar by Dante and fired a snapshot straight at Diego Benaglio, Bastian Schweinsteiger curled over and Anthony Martial shot wide with his left foot after explosively bursting between Dante and Ricardo Rodriguez.The Frenchman electrified the crowd every time he got the ball and in the 26th minute he danced to the byline before picking out Wayne Rooney, only for the United captain to blaze the ball over from 12 yards.Mata was also keeping Wolfsburg’s defenders on their toes and after he had picked out Memphis Depay for a header that failed to trouble Benaglio, he provoked the penalty with a cross that struck Caligiuri’s outstretched arm.The Spaniard took the kick himself — as Rooney, United’s regular penalty-taker, looked on — and tucked it into the bottom-left corner.Mata then picked out Depay for a shot that Benaglio blocked with his legs and, after Ashley Young had come on for Valencia at half-time, the former Chelsea man created the crucial second goal with an arresting piece of improvisation.Schweinsteiger’s mishit shot from outside the box looked to be bouncing behind Mata, but United’s number eight jutted out his leg and back-heeled the ball into the box, where Smalling ghosted in to beat Benaglio.Shortly after, De Gea had to save at his near post from Caligiuri, but with United standing firm, Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking turned to his bench, sending on Nicklas Bendtner and Andre Schuerrle for the last 20 minutes.It coincided with a loss of composure in the United midfield brought on by Van Gaal’s decision to send on Phil Jones for Schweinsteiger, but despite Wolfsburg pressing — Schuerrle drilling a shot across goal and Rodriguez whipping a free-kick narrowly wide — United held on.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Juan Mata in action during the Champions League match against Wolfsburg. PHOTO/EFEMANCHESTER, September 29- Juan Mata scored one goal and made another as Manchester United came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 on Wednesday and kick their Champions League campaign into gear.Beaten 2-1 at PSV Eindhoven in their opening game two weeks ago, Louis van Gaal’s side fell behind to a fourth-minute Daniel Caligiuri goal at Old Trafford before Mata rode to the home team’s rescue.last_img read more

Mayor’s plan may be relief to LAX

first_imgAIRPORTS: His proposal places an emphasis on increasing the use of LA/Ontario International and Palmdale. By Art Marroquin STAFF WRITER A plan that lays out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s campaign promise to divert air traffic from Los Angeles International Airport will be unveiled in piecemeal fashion beginning in late 2008, with a call for sending up to 42 million passengers annually to LA/Ontario International and Palmdale airports within 25 years. Plans set for release in fall 2008 call for dramatically expanding the San Bernardino County airport to serve 30 million passengers annually by 2025 by building three more terminals across the northern end of the property. Tentative plans call for extending the Metro Gold Line to Ontario and building a high-speed rail line between the airport and Anaheim, according to Ontario Mayor Paul Leon. “We want Ontario to be the official airport for Disneyland while also helping the rest of Southern California meet its transportation needs,” Leon said. “Ontario is prepared to move into the next generation, growing with the coming population.” The plan also calls for bolstering cargo capacity at the airport, which sits on about 1,500 acres near Interstate 10 and railways. Ontario is the 15th busiest cargo airport in the United States and is projected to be in the top five within 20 years, according to Leon. “We understand the impact the airport has on the region’s economy,” Leon said. Selling Palmdale Palmdale Airport, also owned by the city of Los Angeles, has been viewed as a more challenging project for regionalization proponents. The Antelope Valley air field, located about 50 miles outside downtown Los Angeles, has seen its share of starts and stops with air carriers over the last couple of decades. However, airport and Palmdale city officials said they are encouraged with the early success of a daily commuter flight to San Francisco launched by United Airlines earlier this year. In the short-term, airport officials hope to attract 3 million passengers annually, then eventually build a state-of-the-art dual-runway airport on about 17,700 acres of vacant land just east of the airport’s existing terminal. Preliminary plans set for release in early 2009 call for expanding Palmdale Airport to eventually serve 12 million passengers by 2030, according to LAWA. “We want to see the full utilization of the airport to relieve congestion at LAX and improve the economic viability of the Antelope Valley,” said Tony Bell, a spokesman for county Supervisor Mike Antonovich, whose district includes Palmdale. However, Palmdale Mayor James Ledford cautioned that more transportation options need to be offered to make the airport appear more attractive and accessible to Los Angeles residents. Ledford said traffic on Highway 14 to Palmdale may turn off some people, while the Metrolink train connecting downtown L.A.’s Union Station to Palmdale isn’t fast enough. “Improvements to local and regional transportation needs to be seriously improved to make that 12 million number any kind of a reality,” Ledford said. “High- speed rail or some sort of fast connector between Palmdale and downtown L.A. would make this airport instantly viable.” In the meantime, efforts to modernize LAX are in full swing, according to Ritchie. A $723.5 million renovation of LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal is under way, along with a $330 million project to improve safety at the airport’s southern runways. A contract is expected to be awarded by the end of the year to build a consolidated car rental facility. Last month, the Los Angeles City Council signed off on a $1.2billion plan to build the Midfield Concourse adjacent to the Bradley Terminal. The project calls for building 10 new gates by January 2012, with room for future growth. OK with time frame “If it takes a couple of years to see some progress, then it takes a couple of years,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, whose 11th District includes LAX. “We’re in pretty good shape right now and finally getting things done, considering this is the most massive renovation at LAX since 1983.” More recent efforts to modernize LAX date back to 1993, when former Mayor Richard Riordan proposed expanding the airport to 100 million passengers annually and tripling the amount of cargo that passes through. That plan was revised by former Mayor James Hahn after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to address security concerns. Hahn’s plan called for an off-site ground transportation center in Manchester Square where all passengers and baggage would be screened. Security experts sharply criticized the concept, saying it increased the potential for terrorism because the facility concentrated passengers in one location. Then Villaraigosa swept into office in 2005, pledging to scrap most of Hahn’s airport improvement projects – except so-called green-light elements, which included the ongoing upgrades to the Bradley Terminal, the south runway improvement project and the consolidated car rental facility. Under terms of a settlement reached with the county, ARSAC and a handful of cities surrounding LAX, Villaraigosa agreed to cap the airport at 78.9 million passengers annually and seek out ways to regionalize air traffic to other local airports. LAX currently handles about 63 million passengers annually. “The mayor wants to modernize, and he wants to do it quickly,” said Jaime de la Vega, Villaraigosa’s deputy mayor of transportation. “But he also wants to regionalize, and that’s been his top priority.” Runways in debate But the fate of LAX’s northern runways remain in dispute between the city leaders and community activists. The airport’s parallel northern runways are 700 feet apart from each other, making for a tight landing space for super-sized jets, such as the Airbus A380, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. There have been eight runways incursions reported at LAX since Oct. 1, two of which occurred last month, renewing concerns about safety. The FAA and a series of studies released earlier this year have suggested that the runways be at least 1,040 feet apart to better accommodate the larger airplanes, set for arrival at LAX beginning next year. The studies call for moving one of the northern runways about 340 feet closer to homes in Westchester and Playa del Rey. “There’s absolutely no reason why there can’t be a decision sooner than 2009 about shifting the north runways,” said Denny Schneider, president of the Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion. “Moving the runways is an option that needs to be taken off the table,” he said. To address safety concerns more immediately, the FAA and LAX officials are hammering out a contract to install a $3.5 million set of experimental runway status lights along the north runway by January 2009. The lights, already in use at airports in San Diego and Dallas, warn pilots when it’s safe to take off or cross a runway. NASA is scheduled to complete yet another safety evaluation of LAX’s north airfield in about six months. From there, airport and city officials will call for a series of environmental impact reports that will take about two years to complete before the fate of the northern runways can finally be determined, Ritchie said. “There is a growing urgency for a safety resolution, but we’re still two years away from figuring out which way we’re going on that project,” Ritchie said, adding that it would take about another two years to draw up designs for a reconfigured north airfield. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The fate of the much-disputed northern runways at LAX, however, will not be decided until the close of Villaraigosa’s first term in 2009, prompting some critics to question what could be done in the meantime to curb the rate of runway incursions at the airport. “Regionalizing air traffic and making LAX safer are our top priorities right now,” said Jim Ritchie, deputy executive director of long-range planning for Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX. “It seems like a long way off from now, but everything is actually moving along quickly,” he said. “Everything is right on time.” A series of public meetings kicked off earlier this week to collect community input on how to best modernize LA/Ontario International Airport, which is about 40miles east of downtown Los Angeles and serves some 7 million passengers annually. last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell showed he’s not all songs and footwork as accumulated profits at his entertainment firm topped €2.9 million.New accounts lodged by the Kincasslagh man to the Companies Office show that DOD Promotions Ltd’s accumulated profits decreased by €102,150 from €3.008m to €2.906m in the 12 months to the end of October last.The dip in profits in 2014 followed DOD Promotions Ltd recording profits of €215,554 in 2013 and a profit of €219,000 before exceptional items in 2012. The drop in profits is not confirmation the firm made a loss last year and may be attributable to Daniel taking a larger salary from the firm last year, though no details on salaries are provided.And his profits are set to rise even more with the launch of a new album as well as his appearances on Strictly Com Dancing.DANIEL’S COMPANY IS STRICTLY IN THE MONEY WITH €3M PROFITS was last modified: October 14th, 2015 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:daniel o’donnellprofitslast_img read more

Aston Villa edge closer to naming Roberto Di Matteo as new manager

first_img Roberto Di Matteo has held more talks with Steve Hollis 1 Aston Villa have moved a step closer to appointing Roberto Di Matteo as manager following further talks with the Italian.Di Matteo reportedly spoke again on Thursday with Villa chairman Steve Hollis, who now hopes to name the former West Brom and Chelsea boss as Remi Garde’s successor in the coming days.The 45-year-old has always been the number one choice for prospective new owner Dr Tony Xia. David Moyes and Nigel Pearson were also interviewed for the job but it is thought Di Matteo’s achievements at Chelsea – winning the Champions League in 2012 – were most appealing to Xia as he looks to build Villa’s profile in the Far East.Di Matteo, who still has a house near Birmingham in Leamington Spa from his time in charge at West Brom, has been out of management since resigning as Schalke boss a year ago.Meanwhile, Xia’s takeover of the club is also edging closer to completion as it awaits both Premier League and Football League approval.The Chinese businessman, 39, recently bought Villa from American Randy Lerner, who had been looking to sell since 2014.Xia needs to pass the customary test in order for his takeover of the club to be completed.Investigations into Xia’s conglomerate, Recon Group, are being carried out jointly by the Premier League and Football League as Villa, relegated from the top flight this season for the first time in 29 years, do not officially become a Sky Bet Championship club until June.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL singer Paddy Molloy is out of the Voice of Ireland.The Glenties man was once again savaged by the judges, with Jamelia particularly harsh in her criticism of his performance in tonight’s live show.As she criticised Paddy, she said he was the one performer who didn’t deserve to go through to next week’s final. Paddy’s mentor Kian Egan reacted angrily to Jamelia’s comments, but she was backed by Bressie who accused Paddy of playing safe by singing top 20 songs.Bressie said Paddy wasn’t taking enough risks.And after getting low scores from the judges, the public vote wasn’t enough to keep him in the competition and send him into next week’s final.“I’ve done this for my town and my county and I’m so glad to get this far,” said Paddy as he found out he was going home tonight. His mentor Kian – who lost both of his singers including Jay – said the wrong decision had been taken. PADDY’S VOICE OF IRELAND DREAM IS OVER AS HE MISSES OUT ON FINAL was last modified: April 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGlentiesKian EganPaddy MolloyRTEVoice of Irelandlast_img read more

Pep Clotet sacked as manager of League One club Oxford United

first_img Pep Clotet 1 Pep Clotet has been sacked by Oxford United after less than seven months in charge of the League One club.The Spaniard was appointed on July 1 as successor to Michael Appleton and departs the Kassam Stadium with the U’s 10th in the table, eight points adrift of the play-off positions.However, the former Swansea and Leeds assistant oversaw an ignominious 7-0 thrashing at home to league leaders Wigan just before Christmas and a surprise 2-1 defeat against rock-bottom Bury proved the final straw.Assistant head coach Derek Fazackerley has been placed in temporary charge.A statement on the club’s website said: “Oxford United Football Club has today parted company with its manager, Pep Clotet.“The board has taken the decision after much consideration, and in the best interests of Oxford United FC.“Pep has worked extremely hard throughout his time at Oxford. The board thanks him for his efforts and wishes him every success for the future.“Derek Fazackerley will take charge of the first team until further notice, and the search for a permanent replacement has already begun. The board is focused on maintaining a challenge for promotion to the Championship and will make an announcement regarding a new manager as soon as possible.”last_img read more

Katrina revisited

first_imgFOR most Americans, this week’s one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina comes as something of a media distraction – a break from the nonstop coverage of JonBen t, Tom Cruise and next season’s “Survivor” shtick. For residents of the Gulf Coast, it’s just another day. In the year since one of America’s worst natural disasters struck, their lives have been one constant reminder of last summer’s horrors. They don’t need the commemoration of an anniversary to jog their memories or jolt their consciences. The rest of us, on the other hand, do. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.We need the reminder of the 2,000 lives lost, the millions more uprooted, and the devastation of one of America’s great cities. We need to see the images of nature at its most awful, and government at its most inept. We need to recall the suffering that didn’t stop just because the cameras went away, and the victims who still need our help. The lessons of Hurricane Katrina are too great to be forgotten – especially for those of us in Southern California, who know that our next natural disaster isn’t a matter of if, but when. And what Katrina taught us is that we had better get prepared. We need to demand that public officials take the threat of disaster seriously, and prepare to deal with certain crisis – all the while taking our own precautions, because they probably won’t. But Katrina also taught us that even after tragedy, there is hope. The scattered residents of New Orleans have created new lives elsewhere, while heroic if fitful efforts are under way to rebuild the city and the region from its rubble. One year later, Hurricane Katrina remains a reminder of the frailty of life, the dangers of our world, the failures of government at all levels – and the indomitable sense of hope that no tragedy can extinguish.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more