Xavi postpones his decision: there will be no response this Sunday

first_imgFinally this Sunday there will be no ‘white smoker’ about the future of Xavi Hernández. The Catalan coach has decided to postpone in a few hours his final decision on whether to leave the Qatari club and sign for Barcelona, ​​or instead wait until the end of the season and take the reins of the team for the next course. Although all the information pointed out that it would be this Sunday when Xavi said yes or no to Barcelona, ​​the truth is that The answer will have to wait a few hours or a few more days. And Xavi is not going to take this great step in his professional career without having several closed folders. First the situation that leaves your current team, which is played on Friday January 17 the final of Cup after eliminating Saturday at Al rayyan (4-1), and second his arrival in Barcelona where he does not want to be labeled as the executioner of Ernesto Valverde. In a press conference after the game he has already advanced his “maximum respect” by the current occupant of the Barcelona bench.Who seems to be in a hurry to close the agreement with Xavi is FC Barcelona, ​​which has been broadcasting to its related media the negotiations as if it were a football match. It is clear that the aim of the emissaries of the club would be to arrive in Barcelona with the signed contract of Xavi under the arm on Monday before the board of directors, but today it does not seem very feasible. At least they will have to wait a few more hours to know Xavi’s final decision. In any case, events have been precipitating in such a way that every minute that passes It seems more difficult for Xavi to say no to the offer to immediately join Blaugrana discipline. On Saturday he met two more hours with the Blaugrana delegation, headed by the director general, Oscar Grau, and the technical secretary, Eric Abidal, to finish defining future plans. It was the second meeting held with the emissaries Blaugrana in two days. A meeting considered fruitful by both parties, but in no case definitive.It should be noted that in this last summit nothing was formalized in particular, much less there was no drafting of contracts, as some media speculated. At the meeting, where Xavi’s brother Oscar, a member of the Al Sadd coaching staff, was also deepening on the possible arrival of the mythical player on the bench, but still with many fronts open in the negotiation.last_img read more

Arsenal puts its squad in quarantine and suspends today’s game against Manchester City

first_imgThe Arsenal announced early Wednesday that “several players and members of the coaching staff” of the club will be quarantined the next 14 for having had contact with the owner of the Olympiacos, Evangelos Marinakis, which was diagnosed with coronavirus. With that, this Wednesday’s game between Arsenal and Manchester City It is canceled and it is still unknown what will happen with the next Arsenal matches. The gunners would face the Brighton in the Premier League Saturday and Sheffield United in the FA Cup on the 22nd. The London club explained in an official statement that none of its players or workers have symptoms of the disease, but by the guidelines of the government, they will have to be inmates in their residences 14 days from the contact with Marinakis, which was last February 27, when Arsenal was eliminated from the Europa League For the Greek club. Therefore, this Friday they can return to normal and their game this weekend is not in danger,last_img read more

Dream win

first_imgThat play was the punctuation mark on an already frantic fourth quarter after Adamson coach Franz Pumaren was slapped a technical foul with 4:41 left in the game.“We can’t do anything about that call because it was already given, there’s no point arguing,” said Pumaren. “I just had to concentrate down the stretch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Pumaren’s technical foul was due to “improper bench decorum” after what he deemed were questionable calls against his players.Jerrick Ahanmisi, given the green light for an isolation play, took full advantage and drove to the basket for the layup that put Adamson ahead with 1:09 left, 70-68. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo’s Matt Nieto slices the defense of Adamson’s Papi Sarr and Jerrick Ahanmisi. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonAdamson took down defending champion Ateneo, 74-70, on Sunday to cap off the opening weekend of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.Papi Sarr put up the biggest shot of the game after he cleaned up Sean Manganti’s miss and connected on a layup for a 72-70 Falcons lead in the final 39.4 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Adamson’s lead, however, lasted for just eight seconds after Thirdy Ravena followed up Isaac Go’s missed triple with a putback dunk, tying the game at 70-all with 1:01 remaining.Ahanmisi fired a game-high 23 points for the Falcons.Matt Nieto led Ateneo with 21 points.In the first game, Arvin Tolentino made up for a lethargic first half to carry Far Eastern U past La Salle, 68-61.The 6-foot-4 Tolentino came alive in the next two quarters with 13 points. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Bolts to represent PH in Fiba Asia Champions Cup Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Cold spell freezes demand for spring goods

first_imgNEW YORK – The nation’s retailers, once hopeful for a strong spring selling season, are being forced to ratchet down their expectations after sales stalled amid the chill of February. Frigid weather stifled consumer demand for lightweight spring apparel. And some industry experts doubt that this season’s fashions – styles such as mini dresses in bright geometric patterns and baby doll dresses – will have broad appeal. Meanwhile, there’s concern that consumers will finally turn frugal because of the housing market’s continuing slump, and that last week’s stock market tumble might also cause shoppers to be more conservative. And there’s the lingering specter of higher gasoline prices. “People don’t necessarily feel less wealthy because the market falls all of the sudden or their housing value is lower,” but if those factors “persist over the next six months, it may affect long-term behavior,” according to Frank Badillo, vice president and senior retail economist at Retail Forward, a retail consulting company. Retailers are scheduled to report February same-store sales, or sales from stores open at least a year, today, but several retailers, including Limited Brands Inc., J.C. Penney Co. and Talbots Inc., have already warned of disappointing results. Same-store sales are considered the best measure of a retailer’s strength. Besides dealing with broad economic issues, merchants were grappling with one of the coldest Februarys on record. Limited said inclement weather affected sales for Valentine’s Day at its Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works chains. “The month has been disappointing, ” said Richard Jaffe, a retail analyst at Stiffel Nicolaus. The cold weather wiped out demand for spring clothes, and, because retailers had done a good job clearing out winter merchandise during a strong January sales period, there was little for shoppers to buy. “It’s cold, and Lord knows I don’t want to be schlepping around to stores,” said Jenny Fishman of New York, who has bought only some shoes over the past few weeks. “I can’t even fathom wearing spring clothes.” “We’re seeing February being soft,” Penney Chairman and Chief Executive Myron E. Ullman III said late last month. But he remained hopeful that sales would rebound with new spring fashions, and the company still has a bullish outlook for the next 12 months. The International Council of Shopping Centers is still sticking with its modest same-store sales-growth forecast of 2.5 percent to 3 percent, but Michael P. Niemira, ICSC’s chief economist and director of research, said winter weather slowed consumer demand at the end of February. While February is one of the least important months of a retailer’s calendar, merchants do hope to get some idea of which spring fashion trends are resonating with shoppers. John Morris, a retail analyst at Wachovia Securities, said other apparel retailers expected to post disappointing February sales include Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Aeropostale Inc., The Children’s Place Retail Stores Inc., and AnnTaylor Stores Co. Morris noted in a report that he expects Gap, whose continued troubles resulted in the departure of its CEO in January, to post a 5 percent same-store sales decline. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has been retooling its merchandising strategy, expects a modest same-store sales gain of 1 percent to 2 percent for February. Meanwhile, rival Target expects same-store sales to rise a robust 4 percent to 6 percent for the month. The big winners are expected to include department stores, particularly high-end stores like Nordstrom Inc., whose customers buy their clothing ahead of the season. Saks Inc., which operates upscale Saks Fifth Avenue, said Wednesday that it had a robust 24.7 percent gain in February same-store sales.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

Sweden 0-1 Belgium: Nainggolan stunner ends Ibrahimovic’s international career

first_img1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to celebrate victory in his final ever game for Sweden, as the Blue-Yellow crashed out of Euro 2016 via a 1-0 loss to Belgium.Radja Nainggolan netted a stunning winning goal in the final stages of the game to secure the Red Devils’ progression to the Round of 16 in second place, but Sweden head home with just a single point to their name.The first half passed with little of note occuring, although the football on display was certainly of a high quality.Marcus Berg had the first real chance, firing straight at Thibaut Courtois after Seb Larsson’s excellent set-piece.Belgium had their own early chances, Axel Witsel firing over from long-range, and Romelu Lukaku striking into the side netting after a great run on the counter.Ibrahimovic shot straight at Toby Alderweireld, before firing wide from 20 yards; Sweden’s attacking play was still not potent, but they were undoubtedly putting in their best performance of the competition.However, the Red Devils squad is full of talented individuals, and one of them – Kevin De Bruyne – sent a ball flying across the face of goal which should have led to the opening goal – but none of his teammates were there to tap home.De Bruyne was a constant menace down the wing, but Lukaku and Meunier both missed chances set up by the Manchester City man, and the half ended with the game still scoreless.The second period started in much the same manner, with Belgium forcing the best chances with some incisive midfield play; De Bruyne’s effort was blocked after a nice move involving Hazard and Witsel.Ibrahimovic then had the ball in the net, converting Berg’s chipped pass, but he was ruled to be in an offisde position and the scoreline remained the same.The veteran Swede then forced a save from Courtois from a central free-kick, but not before Alderweireld had set Lukaku away in the inside left position.Rushing towards goal in a one-on-one situation, he forced a fine save from keeper Isaksson, who used his chest to prevent the striker’s lobbed shot – although Lukaku should have done much better with the opportunity.Dries Mertens then set up Lukaku for another missed chance, before beating Ekdal in the box and firing his own shot at Isaksson’s near post, which the keeper saved.With chances being wasted here, there and everywhere, it was up to an unlikely goalscorer to finally grab the lead for the Red Devils.The impressive Mertens charged down the left wing, and with a cross expected, the winger decided to pull the ball back outside of the area for Nainggolan. He took time to set himself, before sending a stunning drive flying into the far corner.With just minutes of the game left, it was obvious Sweden’s race was run, and they were lucky to not fall two behind; De Bruyne and Benteke both missing golden opportunities.The final whistle blew with no further chances for either side, leaving Ibrahimovic to rue another missed opportunity on the international stage – with no further chances available following his retirement. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has officially retired from international duty last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Firefighters Annual Charity Car Wash and Bucket Collection in aid of Donegal Hospice and Northwest Hospice will be held this Sat 3rd August at various fire stations across the county.The Donegal Firefighters Association would like to thank the public for their support over the years.Through their hard work and the generous support of the public , a total of €475,000e being donated to these Hospices. And with your support on Saturday the firefighters hope to exceed the €500,000 total.The DFA committee would like to thank everyone who has supported the cause over the years.So if your car is scruffy or spotless, get along to your local fire station this weekend for a good cause.PUBLIC URGED TO GET BEHIND DONEGAL FIREFIGHTERS’ CARWASH was last modified: August 1st, 2013 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:car washcharityFIRE SERVICElast_img read more


first_imgWeekend 1 of the national underage indoor champs at Magherafelt saw a varied result for Finn Valley.There was gold for John Kelly of St Johnston in the shot at 16-15m as he continues to reap the return for sheer hard work .There was also gold for Aaron Mc Glynn from Glenfin in the 600m and only out of the frame in 60m by an inch again was the seriously dedicated ,Kieran Brady from Burnfoot.  gold in the high jump 1-37m a PB under 13 and his talent is so obvious so now for some really focused work to get to 1-45m outdoors .These excellent performances were added to by Jack Mc Geehin who snatched bronze in the high jump as did Naoimh Mc Granaghan in the shot. Blaithnaid Patton also claimed bronze in the high jump completing the medal tally. There were so many in top 6 with Denver Kelly 4th and Charles Mc Daid 6th in same 600m under 13. There were further PB performances for Gavin Mc Laughlin,Shane Thompson and noteworthy top finishes for Sommer Lecky,Danny Browne and Elaine Boyle.A big thank you to coaches, parents and supporters who continue to travel in larger numbers . Two weeks to the final underage championship of the year and the clock always ticking brings us then to the outdoor season a new challenge in itself .This Friday evening at 7pm sees the organisation of the 3rd in the Finn Valley 5k series of runs . Start time will be sharp to get underway before dark.EndsTRIO OF GOLD FOR FINN VALLEY AT NATIONAL UNDERAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: March 20th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drawing the line

first_img So the mayor is in for the fight of his political life, but it’s a fight worth having. The very future of L.A. rests on his being able to make this a city that works for all its residents.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Today marks one of the busiest travel days of the year, with millions returning home from their Thanksgiving vacations. And just in case the situation at Los Angeles International Airport won’t be harried enough, members of the city’s Engineers and Architects Association plan to go there to stage a large, noisy protest. Not exactly a sign that the union has the interest of ordinary Angelenos at heart, is it? Not exactly the way to go about winning friends and influencing public opinion, is it? This is the situation Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa now faces. Los Angeles’ public-employee unions have, for decades, grown accustomed to getting whatever they want, regardless of the overall effect on the health and wealth of the city. The results speak for themselves. L.A.’s municipal employees are the highest-paid in the nation, but our city services are among the worst. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Nonetheless, the city’s many unions are still clamoring for massive pay hikes, and who can blame them? Two months ago, workers at the Department of Water and Power – traditionally the best compensated in L.A. government – secured a deal that includes pay raises worth as much as 28 percent over the next five years. Now the architects and engineers – and most everyone else – want every bit as sweet a deal. Villaraigosa is a longtime champion of organized labor and public workers, but he realizes that the city has to get some value for the taxpayers’ money. “It would be irresponsible of me, as chief executive of this city, to provide a pay raise anywhere near what they’re asking for at a time when the city is facing a $248 million shortfall,” he says. So he has drawn a line in the sand. The city’s unions cannot continue to pretend as though they operate in a vacuum, as though their demands impose no real costs on the people of Los Angeles. He insists that they be realistic, mindful that if the city goes bankrupt, there won’t be municipal jobs for anyone. It won’t be easy, especially because it was Villaraigosa who ultimately signaled approval of the DWP pay raises. Legally, he says, he had no choice, but that argument will mean little to the unions who want an equally large piece of a shrinking fiscal pie. last_img read more

Giants roster battles to come down to the wire

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Manager Bruce Bochy insists the Giants aren’t focused on the batting averages of those competing for jobs this spring and instead evaluating the quality of a player’s plate appearances.That’s great news for many of the Giants’ roster hopefuls because the stat lines from Cactus League play aren’t exactly encouraging.“You just look at the quality of the at-bats, the swings they’re getting off,” Bochy said. “With some of them, I think you see them picking up.”After the first …last_img

Shaun Livingston, integral reserve on Warriors’ three NBA title teams, retires

first_imgShaun Livingston got it right when he said upon his retirement from the NBA on Friday that “I wasn’t supposed to be here.”A point guard with tremendous size, length, smarts and potential, Livingston was just coming into his own with the Clippers when he suffered a horrific knee injury on Feb. 26, 2007, later detailed in a 2016 story on theundefeated.com.“Along with a dislocated left knee cap and broken left leg, Livingston tore his anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament and …last_img