How Adebayor was received at Olimpia

first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much When Manchester City meet Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night, a striker who played for both clubs will be celebrating his 36th birthday on the either side of the Atlantic. He was a hero in his new land before he had even kicked a ball. Paraguay is a relatively poor country with a population of 7 million which is entirely unused to having global stars on parade in its domestic league. The great Ferenc Puskas had a spell coaching in the country in the mid 80s, but to have a player of Adebayor’s CV in the local championship is a genuine novelty. He arrived in the country in the wee small hours a couple of weeks ago – and thousands had gone out to the airport to greet him. He nearly became even more of a hero in his debut on Sunday. It was the day of Paraguay’s traditional big derby, Olimpia against Cerro Porteno. Still working on his fitness, Adebayor started the game on the bench. But at half-time his old Manchester City team-mate Roque Santa Cruz felt a twinge and was taken off as a precaution. On came the man from Togo in the No25 shirt. He looked to keep things simple, playing first time whenever he could. He won a number of flick-ons in the air, and in stoppage time, with the score at 1-1, he was just a few inches away from snatching the winner, glancing a cross from the right just wide of the near post. Loading… Emmanuel Adebayor arrived to a hero’s welcome at Olimpia and will want to add the Copa Libertadores to his glittering CV All in all it was an encouraging start. True, it was disappointing not to win the historic local derby. But then Olimpia’s sights are set well beyond the frontiers of Paraguay. Next week the group phase gets underway in the Copa Libertadores, South America’s version of the Champions League. Olimpia are serious players. They have won the trophy three times, though not since 2002. But they are always competitive, reaching the final in 2013 only to lose on penalties, and getting through to the last 16 in 2019. This year they are dreaming of going further. They hope to count on the traditional Paraguayan virtues of defensive resilience, with a back line organised by former Premier League centre back Antolin Alcaraz. When he left Olimpia to join Bayern Munich back in 1999 the Germans truly believed they had signed a player destined for a place on the podium in the annual FIFA awards. Were it not for all those injuries, it may have happened. But fit and enjoying his football, he rolled back the years in the last few months of 2019. And now Olimpia have the option of pairing him with Adebayor or rotating them in the centre forward position. Others have come in, too. International winger Derlis Gonzalez should prove a good foil and supply line for the big guns. Argentine central midfielder Nico Domingo is adept at dictating play from deep. Olimpia’s group in the Libertadores looks straightforward enough. Santos of Brazil are operating on a low budget. Argentine debutants Defensa y Justicia sold so many players that their coach resigned. Ex-Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo has stepped in. And Ecuadorian champions Delfin are novices at the level. Read Also:Paraguay’s Olimpia Asuncion sign Emmanuel Adebayor Olimpia, then, are entitled to aim high. Long after either Man City or Real Madrid have been eliminated, Emmanuel Adebayor will have his sights set on glory in a continental competition. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

DepEd chief: No face-to-face learning when classes start

first_img“We will not allow face to face na physical na…nagdidikitan ang mga bata. Hindi papayagan ‘yan ng DepEd,” says Education Secretary Leonor Briones. CNN PH The DepEd, according to Briones, would be using broadcast media and the internet to deliver education to students. According to Briones, the DepEd would still pursue the class resumption on Aug. 24 through alternative approaches like blended learning at flexible learning. “We will not allow face to face na physical na…nagdidikitan ang mga bata. Hindi papayagan ‘yan ng DepEd,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said Thursday during the Laging Handa virtual press conference. For her part, Briones said that DepEd’s stand does not have conflict with the statement of President Dutere.“I would like to emphasize: There is no conflict, there is no disagreement, there is no debate between the pronouncement of the President and of the department because they are exactly the same,” she said.   Presidential spokesman Harry Roque the next day clarified that the President was only prohibiting face-to-face classes in areas that would remain under community quarantine.center_img MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) will disallow face-to-face classes in the coming school year as the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lingers. The department has been crafting self-learning modules that will be printed and reproduced for those who have no gadget and access to internet, she added.The school year was scheduled to start on Aug. 24 but teachers and students are not obligated to go to school in person since schools would implement various alternatives to in-person classes./PN The education department earlier said the conduct of face-to-face classes would depend on the risk level of the areas where the schools are located. On Monday, however, President Rodrigo Duterte opposed the resumption of classes with the physical attendance of students.last_img read more

Whicker: The trade didn’t lie – Chris Paul shouldn’t have been here

first_imgOh, it’s a different franchise. The seats are all sold. The old reptilian owner is gone, with no more mentions of V. Stiviano, and the new over-caffeinated owner is discussing a new arena.A quarter-century of pantomime was replaced by six years of winning, peaking with Paul’s Game 7 shot that eliminated San Antonio in the first round in 2015. The Clippers spent all those years amusing their fans with Cubs-caliber incompetence. With Paul, they just broke hearts. They did so again when they dealt Paul to Houston on Wednesday. They received a first-round pick in 2018 and a Kellogg’s Variety Pack of bodies.Some will be helpful. Patrick Beverley, with Paul a first-team All-Defense guard, will become the most popular player on the club. He plays for keeps.Sam Dekker, at 6-foot-8, returns to the Staples Center floor where he shot Arizona out of the West Regional final, while he played for Wisconsin. He might become the small forward the Clippers have craved. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But a trade is defined by who gets the best player, and the Clippers would never get equal value for Paul, not at 32. They couldn’t give him a max contract that would take him into obsolescence. All this is a pretext for future moves: keeping Blake Griffin, gathering up enough coupons to get someone like Paul George. And then, of course, trying to become the next team of LeBron James’ lifelong dreams.Michael Eaves, who traveled with the Clippers while at Fox Sports and now works for ESPN, said this trade went far beyond economics. Paul was miffed at Coach Doc Rivers, Eaves reported, because he felt Doc was giving preferential treatment to his son Austin, who defers to nobody.Eaves said Paul was incensed when Doc Rivers, who has (or had) total control over Clippers’ personnel, nixed a trade that would have brought the Knicks’ Camelo Anthony west and sent Austin Rivers east.Eaves also said Paul is following a scenario that will unite him with James and send them together somewhere in 2018-19, in the manner of Garnett-Pierce-Allen to the Celtics in 2008.And you thought you could only mix and match teams on Playstation.Paul has a drill sergeant’s reputation on the court and in practice. But Griffin has had chances to leave and didn’t, and DeAndre Jordan re-signed with the Clippers, after some heavy drama. Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson were demanding, too. Certainly the Clippers weren’t having as much fun as the Warriors, but who did?In the traditional sense Paul is the best two-way point guard in the league, even now. How he and Harden split the load in Houston will be Mike D’Antoni’s job. Harden got jobbed out of the MVP for the second time in three years. He didn’t quite average a triple-double, but he took Houston to the No. 3 seed in the West, and he made Eric Gordon the Sixth Man of the Year and he pumped up Clint Capela’s stat line. He was also far more efficient than Russell Westbrook, and he did all that as the point guard. That’s the only position Paul knows.With Paul, the Clippers played .658 basketball for six seasons. But they won only three playoff series and never reached a conference final. They had every chance in 2014 and 2015, throwing away a last-minute Game 5 lead in Oklahoma City that would have given them a 3-2 series edge, absolutely disappearing in a Game 6 loss at home to Houston.The fates gave the Clippers those two chances and then went back to stealing their identity. Paul and Griffin got hurt in the first round in 2016, Griffin got hurt in the first round this year.The Clippers rampaged through the league last November, as the ball moved freely without Paul’s constant custody. Then it went south, as it always did.It was fun and it was loud, but it wasn’t long enough to be an era, and it wasn’t rich enough to be a run. Chris Paul’s arrival left the Clippers unfulfilled and the Lakers unrecognizable. Those two wrongs didn’t make a right.center_img They shouldn’t have had Chris Paul in the first place.On Wednesday the Clippers donated him to Houston, their trophy case remarkably undisturbed.You know how NBA players say “the ball don’t lie” when the guy they didn’t really foul misses a foul shot. It’s an expression popularized by Rasheed Wallace, among others. Well, in this case, the trade didn’t lie.Former commissioner David Stern dismantled the Lakers when he didn’t allow them to take Paul from New Orleans, on the vague premise of “basketball reasons.” The Clippers got CP3 but never took advantage, thanks to basketball reasons, too.last_img read more

McCutchen eager to be back with Pirates

first_imgIn this March 17, 2013 file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen smiles after batting practice before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees in Bradenton, Fla. McCutchen arrived at Pirates spring training early. The defending National League MVP is only too anxious to get on with an encore. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Andrew McCutchen was almost as busy this winter as he was last season, when he helped the Pittsburgh Pirates reach the National League playoffs.McCutchen batted .317 and set career highs with 38 doubles and a .404 on-base percentage. The center fielder earned his third straight All-Star berth, won his second Silver Slugger and was the NL Most Valuable Player.Days after picking up the MVP award, McCutchen flew to the West Coast to be a presenter at the American Music Awards. He played in Shane Victorino’s charity golf tournament in Maui, Hawaii. Back in Los Angeles in December, McCutchen proposed to his girlfriend, Maria, on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”After all that, McCutchen was happy to return to his native Florida and the relative calm of spring training. The Pirates held their first full-squad workout Tuesday.“I had way more distractions this year,” McCutchen said. “It was a quick offseason, but it was fun. I knew the quicker my offseason, the quicker the season starts and the quicker I’ll get married. That’s fine with me, so I embraced it.”The early part of McCutchen’s offseason was a whirlwind of appearances related to his status as reigning MVP. He’s the sixth Pirates player to win the award and received 28 of a possible 30 first-place votes.But after his appearance on “Ellen,” McCutchen’s image as a baseball star also became that of a soon-to-be-married man.“I wasn’t surprised,” McCutchen said with a laugh. “I knew that after I proposed to her, people would totally forget about the MVP award. That’s as it should be.”However, McCutchen is all business now that spring training is under way. As usual, he came to camp with a personal to-do list that he shared with manager Clint Hurdle.“We get his thoughts on the work he’s done this winter and where his focus is this spring, and we’ll see if it matches up,” Hurdle said. “Every year I’ve been here, it pretty much has. Andrew usually comes with a couple focus points. His game continues to get better and more consistent. He sets the bar pretty high for himself.”This is McCutchen’s ninth spring training. He turned 27 on Oct. 10, the day after the Pirates were eliminated from the NL Division Series.As he’s become one of the game’s rising stars, McCutchen also is the “old man” of what could eventually be one of the most athletic outfields in the majors.Starling Marte (23 years old) will start in left field and top prospect Gregory Polanco (22) is expected to take over in right field at some point this season.“It will be a little different, being the older guy of the bunch,” McCutchen said. “I’m still young. They’re just younger.”Polanco will likely start the season at Triple-A Indianapolis, although management wants to give him a long look in camp. Tall, strong and lean, Polanco has dynamic speed and is still developing what scouts say should be plus power at the plate.“I watch (McCutchen) a lot because he plays the right way,” Polanco said. “I watch how he acts on the field, how he works, everything. I look at what he does, the different things, and see what will work for me. He’s like a teacher.”Notes: LHP Francisco Liriano was selected the Pirates’ opening day starter. Liriano was the NL Comeback Player of the year after going 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA. He started the 2009 season opener for the Minnesota Twins. … Josh Harrison was the only player who did not report in time for the Pirates’ first full-squad workout Tuesday. Harrison’s wife had a baby last week, so the team gave him an extra day to arrive.last_img read more

Olympia Area High School State Sports Playoff Schedule

first_imgFacebook15Tweet0Pin0 Class 4A volleyball tournament (all games at either Timberline High School or St. Martins University)Olympia High School vs. Wenatchee High School @ 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9Class 3A volleyball tournament (all games at either Timberline High School or St. Martins University)Timberline High School vs. Southridge High School @ 9:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9North Thurston High School vs. Shorewood High School @ 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9Class 2A Volleyball tournament (all games at either Pierce College or Lakes High School)Capital High School vs. West Valley High School @ 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9Tumwater High School vs. East Valley High School @ 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9Class 2A-4A swimming and diving championships Friday Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 10 @ King County Aquatic CenterAthletes from Capital High School, North Thurston High School, Tumwater High School and Olympia High School will be representedClass 2A Football State TournamentCapital High School vs Lakewood High School at Goddard Stadium, Everett on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 pmSteilacoom High School vs Tumwater High School at Tumwater on Friday, November 9 at 7:00 pmClass 3A Football State TournamentNorth Thurston High School vs Kennewick High School at Kennewick on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 4:00 pmTimberline vs Marysville-Pilichuck High School at South Sound Stadium in Lacey on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:00 pmlast_img read more

Nelson’s McLeod finishes on top of the podium at Oliver Karate tourney

first_imgMcLeod, a student in Grade 7 at Trafalgar Middle School and the son of Cheryl and Al McLeod, trains under the guidance of Sensai Keith Klughart. Three years in karate and already Nelson’s Jordan McLeod is tasting gold.McLeod won all three matched by knock down to claim the gold medal at the Okanagan Kyokushin Karate Tournament Sunday in Oliver.The 12-year-old Kyokushin Karate Club competitor dominated his 75-85-pound-weight division to take home the top prize.last_img

UP & COMING ABBEY VALE & CLASSY QUICK CASABLANCA BRING RECENCY, VARYING STYLES TO SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 LAST TYCOON STAKES AT 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF

first_imgIN ADDITION TO ‘ABBEY’ TRAINER D’AMATO WILL ALSO BE REPRESENTED BY CLASSY COMEBACKER BIG JOHN B ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2015)–Although they will both be racing for the second time off lengthy layoffs, the similarities end there as up and coming Abbey Vale and classy Quick Casablanca figure prominently among a field of eight older horses set to go 1 ¼ miles on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes at Santa Anita.Speedy Abbey Vale overcame an 11-month absence to win a second condition allowance here on March 27, as he pressed the pace and went on to an impressive one length win at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 5-year-old Irish-bred was originally conditioned by the late Mike Mitchell, who sent him out to a 1 ¼ length win in his U.S. debut going a flat mile on turf on March 8, 2014.With two wins from three Southern California starts, Abbey Vale, who is owned by Ellis, R/M Racing and Sim, will try graded stakes competition for the first time and is 18-3-4-1 overall with earnings of $98,014.D’Amato will also be represented by classy Big John B, who has been idle since running ninth, beaten 5 ¼ lengths in the Grade I, 1 ½ miles Breeders’ Cup Turf on Nov. 1. A winner of the Grade II, 1 3/8 miles turf Del Mar Handicap three starts back on Aug. 23, the late running Big John B will again be handled by regular rider Mike Smith. Owned by Michael House, the 6-year-old gelding by Hard Spun is 30-11-5-4 overall with earnings of $482,805.Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca, an imposing physical specimen who won last year’s Last Tycoon in his first start for Ron McAnally, came off a nine-month freshening to run a close eighth, beaten 5 ½ lengths, in the one mile turf Thunder Road Stakes on April 4. A Group I winner in Argentina in March, 2012, 7-year-old Quick Casablanca is 20-4-7-5, with earnings of $612,830.Neil Drysdale’s Power Foot comes off a good third in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf San Luis Rey Stakes on March 21 and he’ll get the services for the first time of Rafael Bejarano.The complete field for the Grade III Last Tycoon, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Big John B, Mike Smith, 122; Power Foot, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 122; Joes Blazing Aaron, Tyler Baze, 120; Play Hard to Get, Kent Desormeaux, 120; Si Sage, Elvis Trujillo, 120; Quick Casablanca, Gary Stevens, 120, and Abbey Vale, Tiago Periera, 120.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more