Barcelona coach denies humiliating Griezmann

first_img Loading… read also:Rivaldo: Messi can help Griezmann not become ‘new Coutinho’ On the result, Setien added: “It’s a shame, we have it more and more complicated. We move away from the title but we have to keep working. Atlético have been a good team.” Meanwhile, Atletico coach Diego Simeone was asked about Griezmann’s treatment. “I’m speechless,” he replied. “I have no words.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona coach, Quique Setien, defended his decision not to play Antoine Griezmann until injury-time for Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid. Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreHow Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopDazzling Wedding Looks From Different Countries In The World10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian ActressesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie Griezmann was facing his former club, but wasn’t seen until the 91st minute. Setien stated afterward, “I see him well, but it is necessary to decide, perhaps it was not logical to put him on, but worse was not to do it. I did not do it before because those who were on were doing well, Riqui, Messi, Suárez. Finding a place is not easy without destabilising the team. “I do not entirely agree (that it was humiliating). Putting him on with so little time is hard for a player of his level. I’ll talk to him tomorrow. I’m not going to apologise, but I fully understand that he may feel bad.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Ighalo breaks silence on Man U future

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Former Nigeria International, Odion Ighalo, has revealed that he has not received an offer from Manchester United to sign for the club on a permanent basis. Ighalo, 30, has scored four goals in eight games since arriving on loan from Shanghai Shenhua in January and United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is open to keeping the striker beyond the end of the season. United did not add an option to buy in the terms of Ighalo’s loan contract, which expires on May 31, but he is expected to stay until the end of the season after Fifa announced an extension to players’ contracts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ighalo’s contract with Shanghai Shenhua expires next year and the Chinese Super League side have offered the Nigeria international £400,000-a-week to extend his deal. Ighalo expects to receive a permanent offer to stay at United whenever the season ends. “There is no offer on the table yet,” Ighalo revealed. “Because the season is still on and I’m yet to finish my loan deal. I don’t just take decisions alone in my life. I have a principle and I have a guideline for everything I do. I always pray to God to direct me. “I have seen so many tweets about this. I have seen so many people going crazy, [saying] ‘go back to China’, some say stay with Man United. Have you seen me say a word? I don’t have anything to say. When the season’s finished and I get two offers from the two teams, then I will sit and think about it, pray about it and whatever God says I should do, I will go with that. “I don’t just sit down and take decisions, and I don’t get carried away with whatever people say. I came to Manchester United to play for a pay cut because I wanted to. So anything could happen, but I want the season to finish and my loan to finish. Then I will see everything I have. “You don’t just rush and do things. ‘I’m going here, I’m going here’. I have to sit down and finish the season well, sit down with my agent, see what’s on the ground: A, B, C, D, is on the ground. Okay we have to pick.” Solskjaer said last month: “Odion has done really well since he came in and he’s enjoying himself, he will improve and get better. But he has qualities we saw in him and we needed and we will still need those qualities for next season. So let’s see what we will do.”Tags: ChinaContractLoan ContractManchester UnitedOdion IghaloOle Gunnar SolksjaerPlayer NegotiationsShangai Shenhualast_img read more

Ronaldinho set to be released from prison

first_imgRonaldinho and his brother Roberto de Assis are set to be released from custody in Paraguay on August 24, the date when a judge will ratify their plea bargain agreement.The ex-Brazil and Barcelona forward and Roberto were arrested in March for entering the country with false passports and spent 32 days in jail. The Ballon d’Or winner and his brother then paid $800,000 each in bail and were moved to a luxury hotel in the country’s capital, Asuncion, remaining under house arrest.They have been there ever since. Ronaldinho, 40, and his brother face up to five years in jail if convicted.The defence team recently agreed with prosecutors a guilty plea from the two brothers for entering Paraguay with fake passports and fines of $90,000 and $110,000, respectively, for Ronaldinho and Roberto.Roberto agreed to a criminal record in Paraguay, but Ronaldinho’s record will be clean there.The plea deal also stipulates that Ronaldinho can leave Brazil at any time, though he must tell Paraguayan officials how long he will be away. Roberto will not be permitted to leave Brazil for two years.The brothers must also present themselves to a federal judge in Brazil every three months during a period of two years.An investigation into possible money laundering was launched.While prosecutors have “not detected any element that proves that Ronaldinho had a direct participation in the planning of obtaining false documents,” judge Gustavo Amarilla told EFE that it was clear that the two did use a false document to enter the country.Residents of Brazil do not need passports to enter Paraguay. Ronaldinho told local authorities in a hearing that the passports were a gift from a Brazilian businessman, Wilmondes Sousa Liria, who was also jailed.While in jail, the 2002 World Cup winner was seen playing sports and having photos taken with guards.Ronaldinho admitted in April in his first interview since his arrest that he was desperate to go home.“The first thing I will do is to give my mother a big kiss,” he said. “She is at home going through a difficult time since the COVID-19 pandemic started.RelatedPosts Ronaldinho regains freedom in Paraguay Nigerians indicted in $300m ‘sweepstakes’ fraud in US, risk 40 years in jail Despite being under house arrest, Ronaldinho hosts parties with models “Then to absorb the impact that this situation has had and move forward with faith and strength.”Tags: JAILParaguayReleaseRonaldinholast_img read more

Aarons woe for Newcastle

first_imgNewcastle midfielder Rolando Aarons may have played his last game this season after suffering another injury setback. The 19-year-old was in contention to play for the club’s under-21s against Derby on Wednesday evening along with fellow long-term absentee Siem de Jong. However, Press Association Sport understands he has succumbed to injury once again and it is feared his campaign could be over. The Magpies declined to comment, but Aarons’ loss would be yet another blow to head coach John Carver, who has seen his side defeated in each of its last five Barclays Premier League games amid a suspension and injury crisis which shows few signs of abating. Midfielder Moussa Sissoko was sent off during Monday night’s loss at Liverpool to ensure his own enforced spell on the sidelines just as Carver prepares to welcome skipper Fabricio Coloccini back from a three-match ban. Carver can not call on striker Papiss Cisse, who has three more games to serve of his suspension, while Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Cheick Tiote, Aarons and De Jong have all been missing for some time with most having kicked their last ball of the campaign. Newcastle had hoped Aarons’ pace and direct approach would give them some fresh impetus with their season having careered to a halt in recent weeks. The exciting winger has made only five senior appearances to date this term, the last of them on November 1 when he was used as a first-half substitute in a 1-0 league win over Liverpool at St James’ Park. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Walters, Lomachenko make fight weight

first_imgUNDEFEATEDformer WBA lightweight champion Nicholas Walters and reinging WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko both easily made weight ahead of today’s showdown at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.Walters weighed in at 129.5 pounds, slightly lighter than Lomachenko who tipped the scales at the weight limit of 130 pounds. The amount for Walters was identical to his last fight almost a year ago, when he battled to a draw with American Jason Sosa.The 28-year-old Lomachenko, however, also came in heavier on the contract scale as reports indicate the Ukrainian will earn US$1 million for match-up, while the 30-year-old Walters will earn US$300,000 for the fight.Making the weight was also good news for the Jamaican who last year lost his title at the scales after failing to make the WBA featherweight title limit of 126 pounds. Walters weighed in at 127 pounds and lost the crown ahead of a bout with Colombian fighter Miguel Marriaga. ( read more

Syracuse uses late run to edge Temple at home

first_img Published on December 17, 2013 at 12:10 am Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Quentin Hillsman was more than happy to get a win Monday night. But the Syracuse head coach had no qualms calling out his team’s toughness in a back-and-fourth victory against Temple.“We’ve got to become a tougher basketball team,” Hillsman told Orange All-Access after the game. “That’s it. We can’t give up offensive rebounds. We can’t let teams put the ball on the floor and have straight line drives right to our paint. Those are things that we have to correct.”Despite a nerve-racking near-collapse in the second half, No. 23 Syracuse (9-1), was able to fend off a pesky Temple (5-3) team, 82-76, at the Carrier Dome on Monday night in front of 223 fans.The Orange, which boasted an 18-point first-half cushion, saw it all evaporate with a 23-4 second-half run by Temple. After a Shakeya Leary layup put Syracuse up 47-34 with just over 19 minutes to play in the second, the Owls needed only eight minutes to turn the score into a 57-51 Temple advantage.Syracuse’s inability to hold a lead reared its head the last time the Orange took the court, when it let a 12-point second-half advantage turn into a six-point loss to then-No. 25 Iowa on Dec. 5. The difference this time out was Syracuse was able to respond on the offensive end. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textImmediately following the mammoth Temple run, the Orange put together a 17-2 stretch to regain control. Brianna Butler was the catalyst, knocking down three 3-pointers in less than two minutes to put SU back in front for good. “I looked up at the scoreboard and I noticed we were down,” Butler told Orange All-Access. “And I knew I needed to hit big shots and help my team, and I made them, knocked them down. It’s just good. After I hit the first one, I just got into my zone.”Butler finished with 13 points. She shot 4-18 from the field overall and aside from her three clutch second-half 3s, she was 0-6 from behind the arc. Leary, who totaled a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds, led Syracuse offensively.The senior center proved to be the first-half spark plug, scoring 18 points in the first stanza, including four of the first eight Syracuse points to help the Orange race out to an early 11-0 lead. “I’ve got to be an offensive threat to help my team,” Leary told Orange All-Access. “I just try and get deep post position, and basically just play off my defender.” The win avenged last year’s loss to Temple, when Syracuse blew a 14-point lead en route to its first loss of the 2012-13 season. But even with the Syracuse win Monday, Hillsman said this game exposed his team’s weaknesses. “We’ve got to do a much better job of having leads like that,” Hillsman said, “closing out halves, and coming out in second halves ready to play.“We have to do that.” Commentslast_img read more

Why the NCAA women’s basketball tournament regional ended up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

first_imgSIOUX FALLS, S.D. — As soon as Syracuse was placed in the Sioux Falls region for the women’s basketball NCAA tournament, one of the first questions permeating throughout the Ferguson Auditorium, where the team watched the selection show with fans, was where is Sioux Falls and why are the regionals being played there?What people might not have known is that the Summit League, which hosts its men’s and women’s conference tournaments at the Sanford Denny Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has led the nation in women’s basketball conference tournament attendance for quarterfinals, semifinals and finals over the past two years.“We have a lot of community support for women’s basketball,” Summit League commissioner Tom Douple said. “It just made sense for us to put in a bid. With this arena, it doesn’t get any better than this. But people outside this area, over there in Syracuse, you know, ‘Ah, why do we have to go out to Sioux Falls?’ But when you lead the nation in women’s attendance in the conference tournaments, and that’s everybody, Connecticut, everybody. Every conference. We beat them. There’s interest here.”The No. 4 seed Orange (28-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) will take on No. 7 seed Tennessee (22-13, 8-8 Southeastern) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Premier Center for a chance to advance to its first-ever Final Four. No. 1 seed South Carolina and No. 3 seed Ohio State both lost in the Sweet 16. None of those four teams hail from anywhere close to Sioux Falls, but the regional semifinals still drew 4,610 fans.The push to have the NCAA tournament come to Sioux Falls began eight years ago, Douple said, when the Summit League moved its tournament to the largest city in South Dakota. The women’s basketball Summit League championship game between South Dakota and South Dakota State drew 8,647.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We know how good it is,” said Douple, who previously spent four years on the NCAA’s Championships Cabinet. “We know that we lead the nation in attendance and we kept sending out those releases and telling everyone we lead the nation and so forth. But until you have the national media come in and see what we have and see that the interest is here, it’s another step for us.”Hosting four teams from four completely different regions presented a challenge, Douple said, but it also meant all four teams could share their experiences and recognition for Sioux Falls as a basketball hotbed could grow.After Syracuse was slotted to play in the Sioux Falls region, guard Brittney Sykes was asked if she knew anything about the city.“I honestly don’t know. Where is it located? South Dakota?” Sykes said after someone whispered the correct answer. “Wow. South Dakota. It’s a neutral site.”Now, Sykes is helping Syracuse make its deepest postseason run ever in the city she barely knew of two weeks ago.Every player and coach that has been asked about Sioux Falls as a hosting site has been complimentary of the city, but no one gave a more ringing endorsement than Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick.“We’re very appreciative of the hospitality here, the opportunity to play,” Warlick said. “Everybody’s been super. I would suggest to come back and put a regional here. The crowd last night was really solid for four teams who weren’t close to this area, and the people came out and supported it. That’s a tribute to the love for women’s basketball in this area.” Comments Published on March 26, 2016 at 11:12 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers look to extend win streak to five against Rutgers

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team gets back on the road Wednesday as they head to one of the biggest stages in basketball, Madison Square Garden, to take on Rutgers University. Despite a 12-0 record at home in Kohl Center this season, the UW squad has a 3-2 record away from Madison. They will need to rewrite that record if they want a chance to win the Big Ten.The Badgers (17-3, 6-1 Big Ten) are hot on a four-game win streak and winners of 13 of their last 14, putting them tied with Maryland University atop the conference. Even with its conference record, Wisconsin has stumbled along as of late, losing to No. 20 Purdue University by 10 and pulling out two comeback wins against Michigan University and Minnesota University.Men’s basketball: Koenig’s 20 points open the flood gates in 82-55 win over Penn StateThe University of Wisconsin ended the second half of Tuesday’s game against Pennsylvania State University with a 24-point advantage in Read…The good news for head coach Greg Gard and the Badgers is their historic record against the Scarlet Knights and how well they matchup with them this season. In the matchup between the two earlier this season in Madison, the Badgers jumped out to an early lead and never let go, winning 72-52.For Rutgers (12-9, 1-7 Big Ten), the goal of the matchup isn’t necessarily to win, but to simply compete for 40 minutes. If it weren’t for a hard-fought two-point win over Nebraska University last week, the Scarlet Knights would be riding a nine-game losing streak heading into a top 15 matchup with the Badgers.Haley Winckler/The Badger HeraldA lot of things will have to change for Rutgers to defend their home court with a victory Saturday, but mostly whether they can score over 60 points. Rutgers ranks dead last in the Big Ten in scoring offense at 67.5 points per game, a full 3.5 points behind the next team, and Wisconsin ranks a top the conference in scoring defense, allowing just 60.9 points per game.Despite the massive disadvantages the Scarlet Knights have to deal with on paper, they are not immune to upsetting the Badgers. Back in 2014-15, the year Wisconsin made it all the way to the NCAA championship game, Rutgers capitalized on an injured UW squad and gave it one of its only three loses in the regular season.Men’s basketball breakdown: Badgers continue hot streak with dominant win against Penn StateIf the last two games serve as the totality of the sample size, it’d be safe to declare the University Read…The game is set to tip off at 11 a.m. CT and will air on Big Ten Network as part of its 2017 Super Saturday, followed up by a Wisconsin and Ohio State University game in men’s hockey.last_img read more

Spurs, Arsenal Divide England in North London Derby

first_imgWhat is perhaps the biggest derby in English football will once again be witnessed this weekend as Tottenham  Hot Spurs host bitter rivals, Arsenal in the North London derby. Aside from the pride as to who really owns London between the two clubs, the bigger stake is the top four ticket of the Premier League. A win by any of the sides would boost their chances for next season’s Champions League spotArsenal head to Wembley to face Spurs having not beaten their rivals in the Premier League at White Hart Lane since 2014. The Gunners are four points and one place adrift of their neighbours as they sit sixth heading into the north London derby.But Wenger’s men have won their last nine games at the national stadium, including a penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea in this season’s Community Shield and the Frenchman is pleased to be back at Wembley.Asked if he preferred the game to be at Wembley, Wenger said: “Yes, because we have a positive history there.“Of course Wembley is a pitch that is quality, a stadium with a big crowd and it is always a special day in your mind so overall, yes. At Wembley you play special games where you are under pressure to perform and we responded well to it every time.”Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is a doubt having been forced off with a calf injury in the win over Everton last week.Tottenham are unbeaten in their last eight league games, and boss Mauricio Pochettino has not given up hope of pipping Manchester United to second place.Defeating Arsenal would help that ambition, while carrying the added bonus of derailing Arsenal.“I believe we can finish second. Of course we’re going to fight for that to happen,” Pochettino said.“The gap is not massive but it will be tough. It’s key on Saturday to win the game, to be in the race for the top four.”Pochettino believes former Paris Saint Germain winger Lucas Moura, who arrived last month, is ready to make his debut, possibly as a substitute.“I think he will be ready to be in contention for Saturday,” Pochettino said.“He is starting to feel the legs. We need to assess him, but after the last session I hope we can put him in contention.”Meanwhile, Wenger has warned his Arsenal stars to keep their cool when they face bitter rivals Tottenham as the heated north London derby returns to Wembley for the first time in 25 years.Languishing in sixth place in the Premier League, Wenger’s side are however just four points behind fifth placed Tottenham.With their hopes of a top four place and qualification for the Champions League hanging in the balance, the Gunners can ill-afford a damaging defeat at the hands of their hated neighbours today, while Tottenham are also a point adrift of the top four and desperate to avoid defeat.Given the high stakes amid the fight for local bragging rights, the crowd of over 80 000 are certain to make it a frenzied occasion.Wenger knows players can lose their composure if they get swept up by the derby atmosphere.And, with new boys Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan making their maiden north London derby appearances and Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli in the midst of a diving storm, the Arsenal manager cautioned his players to stay focused.“There is always huge passion before the game and the emotion at stake that becomes a bit more agitated. It is always a game that is charged emotionally. For us, it is an opportunity to come back closer to the Champions League places, which is a priority,” he said.Although Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in November, they haven’t won an away league game against their rivals since 2014.Fortunately, for Wenger’s men, with Tottenham playing their home games at Wembley this season while White Hart Lane is rebuilt, it will be the first north London derby at the national stadium since 1993.Meanwhile, Manchester City will attempt to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when welcoming Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium this evening.The Foxes have already tasted defeat in this fixture twice this season, though the most recent of those came via penalties following a hard-fought EFL Cup tie in the East Midlands.Man City have since defeated Bristol City over two legs in the EFL Cup to remain on course for silverware on four fronts, but the gruelling nature of the Citizens’ non-stop campaign is beginning to take its toll on their players.Key playmaker Kevin De Bruyne admitted after the 1-1 draw with Burnley last weekend in a match the league leaders really should have put to bed before being pegged back late on – that he and his teammates were “feeling rubbish” and in need of a rest.Pep Guardiola’s decision to send his players away for four days this week came at the perfect time, then, in what has been a rare midweek off for City. Where they went did not matter to Guardiola – he simply wanted them to stay away from the club’s training base.Even if the two-time Premier winners have stuttered somewhat on their travels of late, failing to win away from the Etihad Stadium in the league since a 1-0 win at Newcastle United at Christmas time, they still have a healthy lead at the top of the division and are fast closing in on another top-flight crown.Thirteen points is the current gap on closest challengers Manchester United, whom they face for a second time in early April, but Guardiola is adamant that the title race is not a formality with so many games still to come.Being held by Burnley was certainly not in the script, coming after defeat to Liverpool and a goalless draw at Crystal Palace in their previous away outings, and City must also face Arsenal and Chelsea in quick succession in three weeks‘ time.With fatigue creeping in, now may well be the perfect time to face the champions-elect as they also have to prepare for a double-header against Basel in the Champions League, a trip to Wigan Athletic in the last 16 of the FA Cup, as well as the small matter of an EFL Cup final date with Arsenal in the space of a month.Defeating Guardiola’s men is a mighty ask for Leicester, though, particularly on the Citizens’ home patch following an unbeaten league run stretching 25 matches, 20 of which have ended in victory. Not quite invincible, but very, very close.The biggest challenge for Leicester boss Claude Puel in the remaining months of the Premier League campaign may well be motivating his players, with seventh place surely the best the Foxes can hope for.Arsenal in sixth are 10 points better off, meaning that holding off a cluster of teams in hot pursuit and overhauling Burnley is effectively the target for City in the coming weeks.Leicester were disappointingly held to a 1-1 draw by Swansea City in their most recent match, coming on the back of a 2-1 loss away to Everton as their away-day struggles continued at Goodison Park.After going seven unbeaten on their travels, the Foxes have now claimed just one point from the last 12 on offer, losing to Watford Liverpool and Everton, but holding Chelsea to a goalless draw in a match that they probably should have won.Two wins from nine certainly suggests that momentum is a big issue, yet away from the Premier League the 2015-16 champions are into the last 16 of the FA Cup and have a favourable tie at home to Sheffield United up next.Whether or not Riyad Mahrez will be available for that match next weekend is a different question, as the Algeria international continues to remain AWOL and will definitely sit out this trip to Man City – the team tipped to sign him on deadline day.Without Mahrez in the side Leicester are desperately relying on Jamie Vardy for some inspiration, with the Englishman boasting an impressive record against top-six sides, though all three of his previous league goals against Man City came in one game.That 4-2 triumph in December 2016 was the last time the Foxes trumped the Citizens, however, and to make matters worse for Puel’s men, they have failed to collect a single point in any of their last nine outings against a team that started the day top of the division.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more