Zidane inspires Real Madrid to derby victory over Atletico

first_imgZinedine Zidane’s double substitution at half-time transformed the Madrid derby on Saturday as Real Madrid edged past Atletico 1-0 to move six points clear at the top of La Liga. Karim Benzema scored the winner at the Santiago Bernabeu after Zidane’s decisive intervention turned a contest that Atletico had dominated into another comfortable Real Madrid victory. Vinicius Junior, one of the substitutes, was also key to the goal.  “I wasn’t happy with what I saw but it’s not down to the players, it’s my responsibility,” Zidane said. “We had to make a change.”Second-place Barcelona can cut the gap back to three points by beating Levante at home on Sunday but Atletico now trail the leaders by 13. While Diego Simeone’s side were strong in the first half, they were yet again blunt in front of goal and then failed to respond when their opponents found a different gear.This is Atletico’s fifth game without a win and on this form, they might begin to worry about missing out on Champions League qualification.  “Of course there is concern, we must work to improve,” said Simeone.It is a far cry from pre-season when they thrashed Real 7-3 and many were tipping them as serious challengers. Zidane was under pressure then but his team are on a relentless run, now 21 games unbeaten, the latest due in large part to his changes. The decision to ditch a failing system and revert to 4-3-3, with Vinicius Junior and Lucas Vazquez coming on for Isco and Toni Kroos, was both brave and effective. Real’s form is impressive and they have Eden Hazard, out since November, on the brink of a return, perhaps on Thursday in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals against Real Sociedad. Gareth Bale’s absence was not related to fitness. The Welshman was left out of the squad despite training for most of the week after an ankle injury. “He was available,” said Zidane. “I had to choose and I chose someone else. But it’s not a big issue and I’m counting on him until the end.”Atletico were without the injured Kieran Trippier, meaning Sime Vrsaljko came in a right-back. January signing Yannick Carrasco was named on the bench, after rejoining from Dalian Yifang the day before. Simeone’s side were significantly better in the first half and should have taken one of a handful of decent chances as Vitolo hit Thibaut Courtois, Saul Niguez flashed wide and Angel Correa poked past the post after going through one-on-one, even if he probably would have been called offside.Casemiro was fortunate not to concede a penalty when he clumsily fell into Morata. Real Madrid’s cluster of central midfielders looked unsure of their 4-3-2-1 shape. Fede Valverde looked particularly uncomfortable as he spent much of the first half as a right winger. Luka Modric was virtually anonymous in his more advanced role. Zidane’s double change was a recognition of Atletico’s superiority as he reverted to the more familiar 4-3-3 with Modric deeper in midfield. The balance shifted immediately. Real dominated the start of the second half.In the 56th minute, Vinicius cut in from the left and slipped in the overlapping Ferland Mendy, whose cross to the back post gave Benzema a simple finish. Atletico had been weakened shortly before when Alvaro Morata, perhaps the best player on the pitch in the first 45 minutes, went off with an injury. He was replaced by Thomas Lemar, whom Simeone expected to be sold in the January transfer window. Real retreated a little, perhaps waiting for an Atletico push that never came. Valverde enjoyed a spontaneous standing ovation for a burst forward, an appreciation too perhaps for his brilliant breakthrough season. Another roar of approval greeted the final whistle.Topics :last_img read more

Bureau Veritas to Certify Groix Floating Wind Array

first_imgBureau Veritas has been awarded a contract for certification of the floating wind array to be deployed between the Groix and Belle-Ile Islands in France. The contract involves certification of the floating wind array covering different phases: site conditions assessment, design evaluation, manufacturing, transportation and commissioning surveillance.The array will comprise four 6MW GE Haliade turbines, installed on a hybrid version (steel and concrete) of DCNS Energies floating foundations. The units are expected to be operational in 2020.Bureau Veritas announced the contract today (13 June) along with the news that a preliminary design approval for DCNS Energies’s floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT) foundation has been issued.The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) approved the floating wind farm off the Ile de Groix in July 2016.The EUR 183.3 million, 24MW floating wind project is being deveoped by Eolfi Offshore France, a joint venture between Eolfi and CGN European Energy Company.Eolfi and CGN have an option to add two more 6MW turbines to the wind farm which could then produce enough power to meet the electricity demand of a city the size of Lorient.Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

Other Sports Unprecedented! For First Time, Nine Women Athletes Recommended For Padma Awards

first_imgThe Padma Vibhushan is the second-highest civilian award after the Bharat Ratna.Only three sporting personalities have won the Padma Vibhushan.PV Sindhu and MC Mary Kom have won the Padma Shri. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightscenter_img New Delhi: The Sports Ministry of India has taken an unprecedented step in honouring women athletes for the prestigious Padma Awards. For the first time in the history of Indian sports, nine women athletes have been nominated for the Padma Awards. The names include PV Sindhu, MC Mary Kom and other prominent women personalities from other fields. According to a report in the Times of India, MC Mary Kom, the six-time world boxing championship has been recommended for the country’s second highest civilian honour after the Bharat Ratna which is the Padma Vibhushan. This award will already add to Mary Kom’s huge list of achievements, having won the Padma Bhushan in 2013 and Padma Shri in 2006. PV Sindhu, who became the first Indian badminton player to win the World Badminton Championships, has received the nomination for the Padma Bhushan. There is hope that Sindhu, who missed out on the Padma Bhushan in 2017 as she failed to make it to the final list of awardees, could get it this time. Sindhu had earlier gotten the Padma Shri in 2015. The Padma Bhushan is the country’s third highest civilian award. The recommendations have been sent to the Padma awards ommittee in the ministry of home affairs (MHA). The winners will be announced on the eve of Republic Day 2020. The Padma Vibhushan has been awarded to three sports personalities in the past. Viswanathan Anand won it in 2007, Sachin Tendulkar won it in 2008 while Sir Edmund Hillary got the award posthumously in 2008.Apart from Mary Kom and Sindhu, Vinesh Phogat, who is India’s best bet for a wrestling medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, has been named for the Padma Shri.Also Read | PV Sindhu clinches gold in World Badminton Championship, becomes first Indian to achieve featHarmanpreet Kaur, who has been India women’s cricket team star in the 2017 World Cup and 2018 Women’s World T20, is also in the list along with India women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal. Former shooter Suma Shirur and table tennis player Mannika Batra have also been nominated for the Padma Shri. Also Read | I’m not satisfied yet, says PV SindhuIn yet another first, there have been two nominations for mountaineering with twins Tashi and Nungshi Malik. The twins are the  first siblings and twins to climb the Seven Summits and reach the North and South Poles and complete the Adventurers Grand Slam and Three Poles Challenge.last_img read more

Russia to appeal four-year doping sanctions within 10-15 days – TASS cites RUSADA

first_imgBy Gabrielle Tétrault-FarberMOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s anti-doping agency RUSADA said on Thursday it will appeal sanctions barring the country’s athletes from competing under its flag at top international sporting events within 10 to 15 days, the TASS news agency reported.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) earlier in December banned the country’s colours and anthem from events, including the Olympics, for four years as punishment for having provided it with doctored laboratory data.It also barred Russia from hosting or bidding for major sporting events during that period.The country’s top officials had branded the sanctions unfair, saying it was part of broader attempts by the West to punish Russia, and had pledged to appeal.“RUSADA will appeal against the WADA decision within 10 to 15 days,” Alexander Ivlev, chair of RUSADA’s supervisory board, was quoted as saying by TASS.Yuri Ganus, the head of RUSADA who is not a member of the supervisory board, has said he does not see any chance of winning an appeal.The case will now be referred to the Court or Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) CEO Travis Tygart accused Russia of wasting “precious and limited resources in an effort to weasel out of the consequences”.“Let’s hope CAS has the independence and courage to see through these machinations and finally stand firm and take decisive action that puts in place a complete ban,” Tygart said in a statement.Russia, which has traditionally been a powerhouse in many sports, has been embroiled in doping scandals since a 2015 WADA report found evidence of mass doping in Russian athletics.Many of Russia’s athletes were sidelined from the past two Olympics and the country stripped of its flag altogether at last year’s Pyeongchang Winter Games as punishment for state-sponsored doping cover-ups at the 2014 Sochi Games.last_img read more

BSA event shut down at The Lorenzo apartments

first_imgOn Saturday night, the Black Student Assembly’s biannual SC Invite was shut down by security at The Lorenzo student apartments for alleged raucousness, but members of BSA claim the complaints were racially motivated.Left out · Guests who were refused entry for the Black Student Assembly SC Invite at The Lorenzo Saturday night wait outside the venue. – Daily Trojan file photo | Daily TrojanThe issue started when Lorenzo officials limited the number of guests allowed for the invite on the day of the event, said Casey Ellis, executive director of BSA. Ellis claims that BSA received prior permission to host the invite with over 100 guests, but on Saturday, Lorenzo officials said the room for the event had only a 60-person capacity.“It’s not a huge room, but it definitely holds more than 60 people,” Ellis said. “Last night, I searched the room, and I could not find a capacity sign posted.”BSA was then allocated 60 guest registrations, but Ellis noted Lorenzo officials further restricted those allowed into the invite.“The bulk of the issue came from that they weren’t even allowing residents of the Lorenzo into the venue … They told us [on Saturday] we could register 60 [outside] guests, and they were going to give us 60 wristbands, but then come time of the event, they decided they weren’t letting residents in either,” Ellis said.Ellis noted that this miscommunication greatly impeded the event, with multiple BSA guests having to wait outside because they were refused entry. Soon after, Lorenzo officials shut down the event entirely, claiming it was “out of control” and “threatening,” Ellis said.“Where the racial tension came in is with the comments that were made from staff and security about the event being ‘out of control’ and [Lorenzo residents] feeling threatened by our guests, by the vendors that we used, by the DJ that we used,” Ellis said.One BSA member, who requested to remain anonymous, said the way guests were treated was “extremely racist.”“I’m upset that [Lorenzo security] treated us so poorly and that black students on campus are looked at as savages, even though we were dressed in suits and dresses,” the student said. “It’s unfortunate that we continue to get looked at like this.”Ellis compared the invite to “Globefest,” a mixer hosted by USC Program Board’s International Student Assembly, Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, Black Student Assembly and Latino Student Assembly at The Lorenzo two days prior with hundreds of guests in attendance.“If Thursday night we are part of hosting an event that was attended by over 500 people, and then we have an event where we have 50 people inside and 50 people outside, and you’re calling it out of control, and you’re saying you feel threatened, what’s the difference between the two events?” Ellis said.She went on to mention that the specific comments were “racially coded,” and BSA plans to file official complaints with The Lorenzo shortly.“This is not the first time where we’re having an event that we’re being told that we’re coming off as threatening,” Ellis said. “It’s racially coded language that we don’t appreciate and we’re not going to let them get away with it.”Department of Public Safety Deputy Chief David Carlisle told the Daily Trojan that Lorenzo officials had called DPS to assist in shutting down the invite, as the apartment complex claimed that there was alcohol at the event and too many guests were at the party.“Apparently there was alcohol present and the party grew larger than it was suppose to be,” Carlisle said. “Lorenzo management called DPS to help [Lorenzo security] intervene, however we stood by outside and left how the party was handled up to the Lorenzo management. They had ended the party because it had gotten too big and there was alcohol.”Ama Amoafo-Yeboah, the previous executive director of BSA, denied the claims that alcohol was present, and said that dispersing the party did not require DPS involvement.“We were not serving alcohol. It was a pretty family-friendly environment,” Amoafo-Yeboah said. “Most people were leaving on their own. [Lorenzo security] didn’t have any difficulties.”Representatives at The Lorenzo could not be reached for comment.BSA is holding a meeting Monday at 6 p.m. in Grace Ford Salvatori Hall room 106 to discuss the incident and is planning to issue a press release at the same time.Editors note: This post has been updated.last_img read more

Tiger Woods passed two Breathalyzer tests

first_imgTiger Woods Tiger Woods was found asleep in his car before he was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence, but he passed two Breathalyzer tests after the traffic stop.Woods claimed alcohol was not involved in the incident and that he had “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.”The two Breathalyzer tests seem to back up Woods’ claims.Woods was arrested about 3 a.m. Monday. He was put behind bars and released on his own recognizance a few hours later, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s online records.According to the police, Woods was found asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz in the middle of a bike lane. The car was running and his right blinker was flashing.Both of the driver’s side tires on the car were flat and there was minor damage to the bumpers.Woods originally told the officer that he was coming from golfing in Los Angeles and that he was unaware where he was. But Woods then changed his story and where he was coming from.The report claims Woods’ speech was “extremely slow and slurred, mumbled, confused.”In his statement, the golfer apologized to family, friends and fans.“I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again,” he said.Woods has a home on Jupiter Island.The 41-year-old has undergone multiple back surgeries and hasn’t played competitive golf since he was forced to pull out of the Dubai Desert Classic in February.last_img read more

No way back! Spain heads for an inevitable gambling reform

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Regardless of the outcome of Spain’s General Election this Saturday 28 April, the ensuing government in whatever shape or form will be tasked with reforming the nation’s advertising and gambling codes.The week of Good Friday, Spanish news sources reported that the minority PSOE government had agreed to Podemos party demands on restricting gambling services and betting advertising.Campaigning in Spain’s snap election (called 15 February), Pablo Iglesias the leader of ‘populist socialists’ Podemos, published the party’s ‘civic pledge’ this April, outlining a series of ‘forceful anti-gambling’ measures.Though Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez has confirmed that PSOE will move to reform Spain’s advertising laws, limiting gambling/betting marketing – Iglesias has declared that his party will form no government, unless Podemos wholesale gambling demands are met.Destined to form a razor-thin socialist coalition with Podemos, PSOE has toughened its narrative on gambling, with party MPs stating that they will deliver an ‘agenda on betting which reflects tobacco’.The agenda on reforming Spain’s gambling laws is not limited to PSOE and Podemos. This April, El Pais and Xataka published in-depth reports outlining 15-years of Spain’s liberalised gambling/betting marketplace.Pointing to Treasury statistics, Xataka reports that since 2013 Spanish gamblers have doubled from 645,000 to 1.5 million in 2018, with Spanish consumers moving away from ‘soft games’ such as the ‘Quinelas’ betting pools and ‘Once’ lotteries to online casino and live betting.Furthermore, the reports outline the dominant presence of betting advertising on sports programming, with operators deemed to have spent €330 million in ad-spend during 2018.Stating its case, Xataka points to Spanish football’s ‘embrace of bookmakers’, which this La Liga season, sees Real Sociedad as the only football club to abstain from a betting partnership.In further betting-related news, this April Spanish investigative journal ElCierre published an open editorial to Spanish football clubs and La Liga, castigating the use of star athletes to promote wagering services.Utilising controversial in-program messaging promoting the latest match odds on Spain’s most-watched football shows, ElCierre states that it is ‘now almost impossible to separate betting from any Spanish football broadcast’.Mikel Lopez de Torre – JDigitalSpeaking to SBC, Mikel Lopez de Torre, President of Spanish online gambling trade body JDigital, noted regulatory change as an inevitable circumstance:-“All the parties in Spain are aligned in that specific advertising regulations should replace the current self regulation scenario. A view shared by JDigital and the online gambling industry.”“As a matter of fact, the Royal Decree on Gambling Advertising has been ready to be approved for a long time, and it´s only the political instability that´s prevented it from being passed. The official figures on problem gambling in Spain, published by the administration last year, throw a 0,3% prevalence of problem gambling, the same figure as in the previous study. So we hope for these elections to bring back a stable government with a sufficient majority, who can approve the Decree consensuated with operators, problem gambling associations, and the media”. Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020last_img read more

Clippers’ Lou Williams writes that resuming play ‘in this climate … it’s a distraction’

first_imgFrom Green’s perspective, there are benefits to taking the stage again: “When we do go to Orlando, the media outlets and playing on that stage, if you use it wisely the right way you can push forward and can continue the movement even in a better forum.”Former Clipper Austin Rivers wrote on Instagram that he appreciated Irving’s position, but he thinks providing a distraction could be a positive thing.He posted his comments beneath a post from The Score, which quoted Irving as saying, “I don’t support going into Orlando. I’m not with the systematic racism and the (bull).”“Us coming back would be putting money in all our pockets,” countered Rivers, who is now a member of the Houston Rockets. “With this money you could help out even more people and continue to give more importantly your time and energy towards the (Black Lives Matter) movement. Which I’m 100% on board with. Because change needs to happen.“But also … there are plenty of NBA players I know who need them paychecks. 99% of the NBA hasn’t made the money a guy like Kyrie has. Not to mention NBA basketball is predominantly African American … and a lot of our audience is too. Us (providing) entertainment and hope for kids is important. Also keeping SOME kids indoors and watching basketball games on tv instead of maybe going out and getting into trouble (due to the unfair and unequal environments a lot of African American kids are placed in) is important too.”Rivers continued, saying that walking away from the season could serve as a setback if the league’s collective bargaining agreement ends up voided, which, he wrote, “would really put NBA basketball behind. Possibly even canceling next year. I love Kyrie’s passion towards helping this movement. It’s admirable and inspiring. I’m with it … but in the right way and not at the cost of the whole NBA and players’ careers. We can do both.”The Clippers’ Patrick Patterson appears to agree, adding two words on an Instagram story: “Let’s play.” Also, before Friday’s call, the Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma and Jared Dudley tweeted they both wanted to play.When the season was suspended March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Lakers (49-14) and Clippers (44-20) were in first and second place, respectively, in the Western Conference, with both squads believing a championship was within reach. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lou Williams was among the NBA players who shared their thoughts as the conversation about whether or not to play ball continued online Friday. Earlier in the evening, nearly 100 NBA players reportedly joined a call to discuss whether to resume the stalled season, as planned, at the end of July in Orlando.On Instagram, the Clippers’ veteran guard suggested that the league’s proposal to resume the season, as approved last week by the NBA’s Board of Governors and the players’ association board of representatives, could detract from the moment and the movement toward racial justice. Since George Floyd was killed while in police custody May 25 in Minneapolis, many NBA players have been out front, protesting police abuse and social injustice.Never shy about dialoguing on social media, Williams responded to a question posed by a fan: “How and why would it be a problem continuing the season because of racial injustice? I’m (confused), if anything sports has always made racial tension better, and many ways (brought) people together.”Wrote Williams: “And we are fighting for radical change. Sports has been a healing factor, there we agree. In this climate … it’s a distraction. I mean look at your position. You’re dying to get back in the house and drink a beer and watch us hoop opposed to being outside fighting for your equality. That’s just one aspect to look at.” The Lakers’ Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley also reportedly spoke up on the call, according to the Athletic’s Shams Charania. But Danny Green — the players’ union rep for the Lakers — was not on it, telling USA Today’s Mark Medina he couldn’t get on and that he thought a call was happening Saturday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersKyrie Irving reportedly led Friday’s discussion, according to multiple reports that characterized the six-time All-Star’s message as an impassioned plea for players to make a stand for social reform by sitting out the resumption of the season.last_img read more

FoodBank Collects More than 10 Tons of Food

first_imgThe FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties has reported its 2013 Monmouth County Food Drive, which included the Monmouth County Library’s Food For Fines program, collected 20,448 pounds of food during the month of April.Eastern Branch Library Manager Janet Kranis, left, and Freeholder Lillian G. Burry donate food at the Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury during the April Food For Fines drive.Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the library, and Monmouth County Library Commission Chair Renee B. Swartz offered their thanks to all the generous library patrons who donated to the Food For Fines drive.All food donated will go to support the more than 200 charities that the FoodBank serves.The library’s highly successful Food for Fines program first ran in 2006 as a way to commemorate National Library Week.“The library’s Food For Fines program began seven years ago as a most useful and active way to commemorate National Library Week,” said Burry, liaison to the library.In return for a donation of food, the library forgives overdue fines. Two years ago, during just one week, the library collected more than six tons of food items for local food pantries. Last year in conjunction with other Monmouth County departments and as part of National County Government Month, the library expanded its Food for Fines program for the entire month of April. This year the program ran through April again.last_img read more