The Cantabrian returned to the Valverde plan (he recovered the drawing from 4-3-3) and lived a couple of games of truce (Leganés and Levante), but Barça, without Griezmann in the eleven against all odds, was eliminated from the Copa del Rey by Athletic Bilbao. In San Mamés, and after Madrid’s defeat against Real seemed to open the door to the title, he played a correct game but did not take advantage of his chances. Setién, like the dressing room, was beaten at the last minute with surprising acceptance. The Cantabrian went on to say: “I am satisfied”. “It has happened so fast that I am sorry I could not have enjoyed it more. I would like this to last a lifetime.” Quique Setién served two months this Friday at the helm of Barça and, although everything has happened to him, as a direct manager or notJust a week ago, he assured that he was delighted. So what his stay in Barcelona, for the moment, has been absolutely volcanic and, in the method, somewhat contradictory. Setién said upon arrival that he would speak to Valverde, but a few days ago he admitted in an interview to ‘The newspaper’ that “finally” did not. Also, in his presentation, on January 14, he advanced that he could change things in the drawing. Which he did, but soon forgot.But let’s go by parts. Quique Setién made his debut as coach of Barça on January 18 in a Barça-Granada that, despite solving with a very short 1-0, generated an artificial current of illusion among certain sectors of the culé environment. Barça gave 1,005 passes but, of them, only 203 went forward. The 3-1-4-2 activated by the Cantabrian coach finished questioning the next two games. Griezmann saved Barça from a disaster in Ibiza and, finally, the invention went to waste with the 2-0 of Valencia, where the team was a toy against the Celades team. The 3-1-4-2 was boring and sterile in attack and very fragile in defense. For that reason, and with the ‘recommendation’ of some player, he went on to a better life then.Before the game against Valencia, Setién had experienced his first crisis in the offices. The Cantabrian coach aligned with the club in the decision to send Carles Pérez to Roma with Suárez already injured. “Dembélé is going to leave,” he said to combat pessimism. Days later, the Frenchman broke and Barça was stiff with troops. In between, other news altered the locker room ecosystem. In addition to the doubts about the change of the coach, the players reproached each other for the final guilt of the dismissal of Valverde. In addition, an incident between two heavyweights of the team in the course of training emerged. Setien, however, was able to control the chaos. Before reaching his first month as coach of Barcelona, Setién was already under the spotlight in the previous match at his previous home, Benito Villamarín. Aided by a refereeing push (Sergi Roberto could be sent off before the break), Barça won 2-3 thanks to three assists from Messi. That victory and that of Getafe made Barça the leader of LaLiga. Setién thought that these two victories would serve to calm the Barça environment and that he would live calm days at last, but they were the days of the I3 Ventures scandal, which culminated in a racket against Bartomeu in the match against Eibar.Then came the most important week of the course. In Naples, Barça tied (1-1) but disappointed its people, who were bored, saw a team without a soul despite the draw and feared for the future of the team as soon as they faced a more powerful team. San Paolo’s bad feelings were confirmed at the Bernabéu, where the lousy second half weighed more than a neat first half. As in Bilbao, Setién was again a denialist. So much so that, a week later, he repeated up to five times in the pre-match press conference against Real Sociedad that they had generated seven scoring chances at the Bernabéu. The worst of the Classic was not that, but the noise that was generated around the fuss of Eder Sarabia. Like so many other things, the vehemence of the second coach divided Barcelona’s. A group applauded Sarabia’s public censorship of footballers, accused of absolute power. Others saw it as a populist and disrespectful act that would only have been legitimized if they had been told from you to you to the players. From the club they had no doubts. Sarabia had to apologize for the forms and Setien, reproach him in public. He had no other choice, no matter how soon Sarabia came out to say that he was “proud” of being the way he is and that he would not change. From trouble to trouble, from convulsion to convulsion, Barça reached two points from Madrid last day, with the goalaverage lost and with very bad feelings.But perhaps it is true that Setien has something of Cruyff. And not in his romantic idea of the game. But in the winks of football, the flower. Despite accumulating three defeats since he arrived, two of them in the League where, without going any further, Barça only lost one game in the entire LaLiga two years ago, the Cantabrian celebrates two months as leader of LaLiga after the victory against Real Sociedad and the defeat against Betis. An absolutely unexpected but real scenario. Setien, the stoppage due to the coronavirus, confirmed shortly before completing his second month as coach of Barça, will allow him to do the preseason that he could not in the summer, physically recover their players and insist on concepts that have not yet been well implemented by their players. Two months later, Setién is still standing, leader in LaLiga and with all the Champions League options open. He already warned: “The north wind is pushing me.”
Past The Finishing PostTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1600 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB4YO(NW3O/T)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES1. #4 BIRD CATCHER OEdwards2 51.02. #1 QUEEN OF BAGDAD OScott4 50.0 2-1/2L*3. #2 FEARLESS SAMURAI OWalker 53.0 2L4. #6 EL GATO AndreePowell3 49.0 3-1/2LWIN: $168.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 1:40.3 Splits : 23.2, 46.1, 1:11.2,Winner : 4yo filly – BURNING MARQUE – BYE BYE BIRDIETrainer : FITZROY GLISPIE Owner : FITZROY GLISPIEBred by NEW BLUE LTD.Quinella : (1,4) $790.00 Exacta : (4-1) $1,583.00Trifecta : (4-1-2) $438.00Race 2 1820 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. #4 FRANCIA’S PRIDE AntThomas3 54.02. #5 OLD BRAETON JAnderson 54.0 8-1/2L3. #6 HEY CHAMP DDawkins2 49.0 1/2L4. #2 COUNTER ATTACK LSteadman2 54.0 1-1/2LWIN: $88.00PLACE: $62.00, $77.00, $116.00Final Time : 1:57.3 Splits : 28.0, 53.2, 1:17.4, 1:44.0Winner : 4yo b filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – TIFFINTrainer : FITZROY GLISPIE Owner : FITZROY GLISPIE, HAYDEN THOMASBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $355.00 Ex: $546.00D/E: (4-4) $343.00Trifecta: $812.00Race 3 1100 M (Purse $530,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. #1 LIGHT BRIGADE SMuir 54.02. #8 MONEY MOVE MWard3 48.5 5L3. #3 REIGN OVER ALL RMitchell 54.0 2L*4. #6 TWO STEPS UP AndrePowell3 52.0 2LLate scratch : #4 MIRACLE RECOVERYWIN: $302.00PLACE: $158.00, $193.00, $205.00Final Time : 1:07.4 Splits : 23.3, 47.2Winner : 8yo b horse – TRADITIONAL – OCEAN LINERTrainer : DELROY WISDOM Owner : RONALD PARKERBred by DONALD WILLIAMSQu: $2,127.00 Ex: $4,061.00D/E : (4-1) $1,004.00 (4-4) $108.00Superfecta: $7,556.00Rolling Triple: $3,353.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT(DIV.I)1. #10 ICTUS RHalledeen 56.02. #2 ZI BEAST BebHarvey2 53.0 1-3/4L2. #7 BRUCE WAYNE RMitchell 54.5 dead heat4. #1 PLEASANT SECRET ARobles 56.0 2-1/2LWIN: $296.00PLACE: $96.00, $68.00, $73.00Final Time : 1:01.0 Splits : 23.0, 47.3Winner : 3yo b colt – PERFORMING MAGIC – STARSHIPTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : ELIAS HALOUTEBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.Qu: $242.00 (7,10) $265.00 Ex: $599.00 (10-7) $551.00D/E: $2,627.00Superfecta: (10, 2, 71) $1,573.00 (10-7-2-1) $1,694.00Rolling Triple : (4-1-10) $7,801.00Race 5 1820 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)*1. #2 JESSIE JAMES BebHarvey2 53.02. #5 CAPTAIN GRANVILLE RMitchell 56.0 11L3. #6 TROPICALDEPRESSION JErwin 54.0 Neck4. #7 NATASHADONTPLAY SBlake 54.0 1-1/4LLate scratch : #4 ALDEBARANWIN: $92.00Final Time : 2:00.0 Splits : 27.2, 52.1, 1:18.4, 1:45.3Winner : 9yo b horse – STORM CRAFT – JESSICATrainer : GREGORY FORSYTH Owner : DELETA BREWSTERBred by GEORGE MILESQu: $946.00 Ex: $1,621.00D/E: $643.00Trifecta: $1,262.00Rolling Triple: $5,542.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T)*1. #6 GOLD MEMBER RLahoe 52.02. #2 BIMINI OEdwards2 52.0 4-1/2L3. #4 LAZZA DaneNelson 54.0 Head4. #5 NOTHINGBUTTHEBEST AntThomas3 49.0 1-1/2LLate scratch : #8 MESSITHEGREATWIN: $80.00PLACE: $63.00, $65.00, $74.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 22.4, 46.2Winner : 5yo ch colt – ADORE THE GOLD – LADY CHACHITrainer : GRESFORD SMITH Owner : NEW BLUE LTD.Bred by JAGHAI O.D., J.P., HENRY WILLIAMQu: $185.00 Ex: $323.00D/E: $244.00 (2-8) $51.00Superfecta: $4,944.00Rolling Triple: $1,110.00Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT(DIV.II)1. #11 STANISLAUS OMullings 56.0*2. #8 RAMBUNCTIOUS LINKS OWalker 54.0 7L3. #12 TOOT THE BLUES JInnis2 52.0 1L4. #9 LUCKY STROKE BebHarvey2 54.0 Neck5. #1 NUCLEAR COMMANDER AChatrie 54.0 1-1/4LLate scratch : #2 PEEPING TOMWIN: $157.00PLACE: $88.00, $63.00, $152.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 23.0, 46.1,Winner : 3yo colt – TRADITIONAL – ABSOLUTE JUSTICETrainer : SPENCER CHUNG Owner : BROTHER 2 BROTHER SYNDICATEBred by BROTHER 2 BROTHER SYNDICATEQu: $183.00 Ex: $557.00D/E : (6-11) $546.00Trifecta: $2,805.00Hi-5: $22,035.00Rolling Triple: $1,420.00Pick-4: $6,356.00Super-6: $38,881.70Race 8 1600 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. #5 SMASH AMUSEMENT DDawkins2 53.0 4/1 261.00 98.002. #10 CRAFTY STAR JasSimpson 54.0 9/2 21/2 134.003. #3 RUBY ROSE DaneNelson 55.0 2/1 33/4 85.004. #12 NINELIFECAT RMitchell 57.0 *9/5 11/45. #6 EXPLOSIVE CHARGE JInnis2 52.0 52/1 1/2WIN: $261.00PLACE: $98.00, $134.00, $85.00Final Time : 1:42.1 Splits : 24.3, 48.0, 1:14.1,Winner : 4yo b filly – WAR MARSHALL – LADY MARAGINTrainer : ANDREW MCDONALD Owner : T.Y.S. RACING STABLESBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $772.00 Exacta: $1,487.00D/E: $2,006.00Trifecta: $590.00Hi-5: $27,567.50Rolling Triple: $4,276.00Race 9 1500 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. #1 TIMEFORARMS AntThomas3 51.0*2. #5 IAN LINKS JInnis2 49.0 1-1/2L3. #11 CLASSY AVIATOR AChatrie 52.0 Sh.Head4. #10 ACTION MAN HPottinger2 51.0 3/4L5. #2 GOLDEN BULLET OMullings 51.5 6LLate scratch : #4 SOTOMAYORWIN: $152.00PLACE: $75.00, $62.00, $92.00Final Time : 1:32.3 Splits : 24.1, 46.4, 1:12.0,Winner : 8yo b horse – TWILIGHT TIME – ARMSOFANANGELTrainer : FITZROY GLISPIE Owner: FITZROY GLISPIE & GARY G. LEE-SINBred by RENTALS & MORE LTD.Qu: $129.00 Ex: $452.00D/E: $673.00Trifecta: $323.00Hi-5: $20,588.00Rolling Triple: $7,587.00EILEEN CLIGGOTT MEMORIALTROPHYRace 10 1300 M (Purse $1,200,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES*1. #4 CAMPESINO RHalledeen 57.02. #2 BRAWN AChatrie 54.5 3-3/4L3. #6 FRANFIELD BebHarvey2 53.0 3/4L4. #1 BUBBLING KITTEN JPatterson2 48.5 3/4LLate scratch : #3 JAMAI RAJAWIN: $91.00Final Time : 1:17.3 Splits : 23.2, 46.3, 1:10.3,Winner : 7yo b horse – COMPADRE – YAELLATrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by LORENZO ROBINSONQu: $89.00 Ex: $170.00D/E: $448.00Trifecta: $68.00Rolling Triple: $1,193.00Race 11 1500 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. #1 LEIGHTON REID ABudhu 57.02. #2 CAUSE FOR CONCERN RWilson 56.0 1-1/4L*3. #9 CHIEF PROSPECT AndrePowell3 54.0 2-1/4L4. #11 ONE GREAT TRAIN JPatterson2 54.0 3-1/2L5. #12 THEGREATALLIANCE DBadaloo 55.0 3LWIN: $308.00PLACE: $156.00, $149.00, $76.00Final Time : 1:36.3 Splits : 24.1, 48.1, 1:14.2,Winner : 4yo ch colt – REGION OF MERIT – SUPER LASSTrainer : ROHAN GORDON Owner : ROHAN GORDONBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $1,268.00 Ex: $1,786.00D/E: $445.00Trifecta: $3,556.00Hi-5: $148,723.50Rolling Triple: $2,225.00Pick-4: $9,512.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $49,825.10 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $27,992.50 (8 OF 9); $466.50 (7 OF 9) Carry-over : $391,891.50PlacePot 8: $885.00 (8 OF 8)
Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Argentina will play Venezuela on March 22 in Madrid and then face Morocco four days later in Tangiers.The 31-year-old Messi last played for his national team eight months ago at the World Cup in Russia. Argentina lost to eventual champion France 4-3 in the last 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsArgentina has played six matches since then, all without Messi.“I believe he is happy and wants to try once more. He is welcome,” Scaloni said. “The World Cup was tough for all, even more so for him.” Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin (America de Mexico), Juan Musso (Udinese), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors), Franco Armani (River Plate).Defenders: German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Juan Foyth (Tottenham), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Walter Kannemann (Gremio), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Gonzalo Montiel (River Plate), Renzo Saravia (Racing Club), Lisandro Martinez (Defensa y Justicia).Midfielders: Leandro Paredes,(Paris Saint-Germain), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Guido Rodriguez (America de Mexico), Giovanni Lo Celso (Betis), Domingo Blanco (Defensa y Justicia), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Matias Zaracho (Racing Club), Ivan Marcone (Boca Juniors).Forwards: Gonzalo Martinez (Atlanta United), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Dario Benedetto (Boca Juniors), Matias Suarez (River Plate) and Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Valdez, Santiago sisters lead women’s team as PH volleyball pool for SEA Games unveiled View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Argentina has not lifted a single trophy since the 1993 Copa America. It lost to Chile in the last two finals of the tournament, in 2015 and in the centennial edition of 2016, and was defeated by Germany in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil.But Scaloni hopes that record will not weigh on Messi at this stage of his career.“We have the best in the world, but because of one thing or another we did not (win a title with him). We have also reached three finals with him,” Scaloni said.Argentina’s squad for the two friendlies does not include strikers Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan.Squad:ADVERTISEMENT Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, right, is challenged by Real defender Sergio Ramos during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Lionel Messi is back with Argentina’s national team.The five-time world player of the year was called up by interim Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni on Thursday for a pair of friendly matches ahead of this year’s Copa America in Brazil.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, was on Thursday paid a courtesy call by a delegation from Estonia, which included a member of the Estonian President’s Advisory Committee on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) campaign,Minster of State, Joseph Harmon, and member of the Delegation from Estonia, Marianne Mikko, conversing during the visitMarianne Mikko; Ambassador-at-Large and Head of UNSC Campaign Task Force, Margus Kolga; and UNSC Counsellor Mari Tomingas. The meeting was held in the Minister of State’s office at the Ministry of the Presidency.In June 2017, Cabinet members benefited from a presentation from Dr Arvo Ott, Executive Director of the e-Governance Academy in Estonia, and as a follow-up to that engagement, Public Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes, and Chairman of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), Floyd Levi, attended an e-governance conference in Tallinn, Estonia.
Following the tragic death of two young brothers in a recent fire at the State-run Children’s Drop-In Centre, President David Granger has ordered an inquiry into the incident.The ruins of the Drop-In Centre after last week’s fireThis was revealed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon at the post-Cabinet briefing on Thursday. He told reporters that Government is disturbed whenever a Guyanese dies from unnatural causes, and even more so, when they are children.In this regard, he disclosed that a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) will be launched to probe the circumstances surrounding the death of Antonio George, 6, and his two-year-old brother Joshua George.“The president has ordered an inquiry into this matter and he has given the Commissioner, who was appointed (Thursday), some very clear directions as to what he expects coming out from such a report – what has happened, where it happened, when it involved, what are the next steps, what are the obligations of the State under these arrangements where children are kept in homes. So we expect that within a short space of time, there will be a full enquiry into it,” Harmon stated.Moreover, the Minister of State outlined that the probe will be headed by Guyana Defence Force (GDF) officer, Colonel Windee Algernon.He added too that the final Terms of Reference (ToRs) were to be finalised by the end of Thursday so that work can commence immediately.“I think the President has given directions that he would like to have a preliminary report no later than 22nd of July, so that they have to start working right away,” Harmon posited.According to reports, just after midnight on Friday last, the two young brothers perished in a fire which occurred at the Drop-in Centre on Hadfield Street, Georgetown.It was reported that the elder brother Antonio was asleep in the dormitory when the fire started and as the younger brother Joshua was being taken out of the building by caregivers, he realised his brother was not with him.The two-year-old managed to relieve himself from the grip of the caregiver and ran back into the burning building. The two brothers were trapped in the building and their charred remains subsequently recovered.At a press briefing Friday last, Social Service assistants Sandra Jones and Rupert Hinds, who were in charge of the 31 children at the Drop-in Centre, described the events leading up to the tragic incident.According to Jones, who was in charge of the girls’ department in the upper flat of the centre, she noticed sparks emanating from a nearby electrical wire which quickly erupted into a flame and began spreading into an uncontrollable blaze.She said she began awakening the girls, who then rushed out of the burning building to safety, while she tried to battle the flames with fire extinguishers.“I was in the dorm upstairs and the girls already drop to sleep and whilst sitting down, I noticed the electrical wire on the wall, start giving this whizzing sound, and next thing I know, there’s a big bunch of fire all over the place. I wake the girls up and try to save as much of them I can. I saved all my girls. I got out all of the girls,” she said with relief.However, Hinds, who was in charge of the boys’, explained that when Jones alerted him of the fire, he tried to get the boys to safety, and then moved to assist Jones in taming the fire.Meanwhile, Director of the Child Care & Protection Agency (CCPA) Ann Greene, had disclosed that the two brothers along with three other siblings were taken into care two days before following an investigation into allegations that they were neglected and abused.She relayed that as per routine, the CPA took the children for medical attention the following day and it was confirmed that the children were victims of neglect and maltreatment.Greene further stated that Ministry of Social Protection would take full responsibility for the tragic incident and bear the full cost of the funeral for the young children.Nevertheless, civil society activists joined with the dead children’s parents on Thursday as they picketed the CCPA office, calling for answers over the deaths and the state of the building.Among the dozen or so activists were Head of Red Thread Karen De Souza who criticised the Social Protection Ministry and the CCPA, noting that instead of outlining steps to prevent a recurrence they are pointing fingers at the grieving family.
Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has raised eyebrows in Berbice, Region Six after he hosted a meeting at the bottom of a house where a quantity of high-powered illegal weapons and ammunition were found.The issue came to the fore after residents of Corentyne, Bebice questioned thePublic Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattancircumstances under which the person who was charged for the illegal guns and ammunition was granted bail.During a community meeting on Friday last, residents questioned senior Police Officers about the issue and were told that the Police did their part, but it was the court which granted the man his pre-trial liberty.On December 17, 2018, Police raided the house at Port Mourant and unearthed two rifles and a quantity of ammunition.According to a Police press release, acting on information received, a search was conducted on the premises of a 51-year-old mechanic which uncovered two rifles – one with a microscopic lens along with 284 rounds of ammunition, nine emptyThe guns and ammunition found at Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbicecasings, three magazines, and a firearm casing.One Michael Bascom was later charged for the offence and was released on bail pending his trial.Meanwhile, on January 27, 2019, Public Security Minister Ramjattan held a public meeting at the said Port Mourant resident’s house where the high-powered weapons and ammunition were found. Efforts by this publication to contact security officials and Minister Ramjattan himself proved futile.
At a severely delayed press conference at Spain’s World Cup base in Krasnodar, Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales said he felt Lopetegui’s decision to join Madrid so close to the start of the tournament “obliged” him to take drastic action.“I am here to say that we feel obliged to sack the national team manager,” said Rubiales.Lopetegui had signed a contract extension until 2020 just last month and Rubiales is reportedly angry at only being informed of his decision to join Real minutes before the European champions made the announcement public.“I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee that the new technical team will do everything they can. We are left in a very difficult situation,” he said.No decision has yet been made over who will take charge, with Spain due to face European champions Portugal in Sochi on Friday.Former Real Madrid captain Fernando Hierro, who is currently Spain’s sporting director, and Spain under-21 coach Albert Celades have emerged as the principal candidates.Lopetegui was appointed Spain coach in July 2016 and never tasted defeat in the job, leading the team through 20 unbeaten games ahead of the World Cup.La Roja were among the favourites to lift the trophy this summer but the astonishing developments of the past two days could have a devastating affect on their chances.There were fears his appointment could open up old divisions between the Real Madrid and Barcelona factions in the Spain squad.For the first time since 2006, there are more players from Madrid in a Spanish squad for a major tournament, with a six-strong Real contingent and just Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets from Barca.However, according to reports in the Spanish media, the players tried to intervene at the last minute to prevent Rubiales sacking Lopetegui.Lopetegui had a short playing career at both Madrid and Barcelona as a reserve goalkeeper.However, his coaching career had been far from distinguished before being handed the role as Spain coach after a last-16 exit at Euro 2016 brought Vicente del Bosque’s eight-year reign to an end.After short spells at Rayo Vallecano and with Madrid’s youth team Real Madrid Castilla, Lopetegui enjoyed a successful time with Spain’s under-19s and under-21s.He then spent 18 months in charge of Porto but was sacked after exiting the Champions League at the group stage in his second season.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spain have sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSKRASNODAR, Russian Federation, Jun 13 – Spain dramatically sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on Wednesday — just two days before the team’s opening game against Portugal at the World Cup.In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage among the federation and Spanish fans at the timing of the announcement.
“President Ahmad was among the first people to call me on Sunday and express his condolences. He will be sending a delegation led by former CECAFA president Tenga (Leodagar) to visit and grieve with the family,” FKF boss Nick Mwendwa told Capital Sport.Meanwhile, CAF has announced that a minute silence will be observed before all Champions League and Confederations Cup matches this weekend to mourn Swaleh and the rest of the 156 souls which perished during the unfortunate morning crush on Sunday.@CAF_Online will organize a moment of silence before kick-off in all matches of Day 6 of #TotalCAFCL in memory of the victims of the Ethiopian Ailrines plane crash including Mr. Hussein Swaleh M’tetu. pic.twitter.com/0XVrXouPe1— CAF (@CAF_Online) March 12, 2019Swaleh was the Secretary General of the Federation when Kenya last played in the Cup of Nations in 2004 and after being elected to chair the Lower Eastern branch, FKF forwarded his name to CAF as a match commissioner last year and was to serve till 2020.“We have lost a good servant of the game. I was with Swaleh last three weeks ago at the Qatar embassy where we were meeting with the embassy officials on plans around the 2022 World Cup. He has been with us for the last three years and supported every agenda we have put on the table,” Mwendwa said.Hussein Swaleh accompanied FKF boss Nick Mwendwa for a meeting with the Qatari ambassador to Kenya on February 21“He has been a friend and a strong guy who doesn’t keep quiet with opinion but has supported us all through now into the fourth year. This is a bvig loss to football and as a federation we are putting our heads together to know how we are going to help the family,”“I have been in communication with them every day and now we await for the issues around the body to know what next,” Mwendwa further stated.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Football Kenya Federation Secretary General Hussein SwalehNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is set to send a delegation to the cpountry to visit the family of former Football Kenya Federation Lower Eastern branch chairman Hussein Swaleh who died on Sunday in the Ethiopian Airline plane crash.Swaleh who was a CAF match commissioner was returning to the country after serving in the same capacity during last Friday’s CAF Champions League tie pitting home side Ismaily and DR Congo side TP Mazembe in Alexandria, Egypt.
Hurler Jonny ByrneDONEGAL teenagers have been playing a deadly drinking game which has killed two young men this weekend.YouTube videos and Facebook posts from people in the county were uploaded before the deaths.The father of Carlow 19-year-old Jonny Byrne has appealed for young people not to play the game ‘Neknomination’ where people are nominated to drink bottles of spirits or strong beers – and videos of this are posted online. ‘Neknomination’ has also been linked to the death of Dublin DJ Ross Cummins (22) whose body was found by shocked housemates on Saturday morning.Jonny’s dad Joe said: “I’m pleading to every youngster to think of the things they are doing.“It has cost my son his life, The whole family is devastated and our lives will never be the same again.“I hope this message is heeded, because for us, life is virtually over.” The young hurler’s body was later taken from a river, hours after playing the deadly game.Buncrana councillor Ciaran McLaughlin told us: “After watching clips on Facebook and you tube, each nominee is trying to out do the other and in the process drink some crazy cocktails of alcohol containing spirits,beer and wine..“While some may see this as a game, the consequences of drinking large volumes of alcohol in a short period of time can have very real consequences for those taking part.“Please don’t follow this trend, be different, don’t do it,” he pleaded. DONEGAL TEENS PLAYING DEADLY DRINKING GAME was last modified: February 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
An armed man who robbed a lady was caught thanks to the quick actions of runners who had just completed a race.David Keane leaving court today. Pic by Northwest Newspix.David Keane robbed a woman in Letterkenny yesterday evening as she walked home just after 8pm. Keane, 22, a barman, snatched a handbag from Anne Marie McBrearty, who is just 4’6″ tall.Keane pulled the handbag with an iPhone, bank cards and cash worth a total of €400, from the shoulder of Ms McBrearty.However Ms McBrearty screamed and alerted runners who had just completed a local 5k race.The men gave chase and Keane dropped the bag a few hundred yards down the road but managed to flee.A short time later he was spotted again by the good samaritans who contacted Gardai.Garda Stephen McGonigle told Falcarragh District Court today that he spotted Keane and after a chase he eventually caught him on a football pitch at Letterkenny Community Centre.When he caught Keane, he discovered that he was carrying a knife but managed to arrest him.Garda McGonigle interviewed Keane, of 2 Fairleigh House, Letterkenny, who told him he had lost €200 gambling at a betting shop that day and was frightened of telling his girlfriend.He said he had gone to his house and got a knife with the intention of harming himself and pretending to his girlfriend that he had been robbed and hurt.However, after wandering around Letterkenny for four hours armed with the knife, he came across Ms McBrearty and decided to rob her handbag.He was later charged with robbery and the possession of an offensive weapon.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Michael Shiel said his client did not know what had come over him but he desperately needed the cash after being earlier refused an advance in his wages by his employer.Judge Paul Kelly condemned the attack and heard Ms McBrearty was suffering from a sore neck and shoulder.“This was a very cowardly attack on a young lady of small stature and it must have been very frightening for her. Thankfully she had a presence of mind and thanks to two passers-by and Garda McGonigle, he was apprehended.“It is alarming that a man was wandering round Letterkenny for four hours with a knife no matter what his state of mind was,” he said.He adjourned the case until July 15th for a community service and probation report on Keane.He released Keane on bail in his own bond of €500 and ordered him to sign on daily at Letterkenny Garda station, surrender his passport and not to loiter around the centre of Letterkenny.JOGGERS HELP CAPTURE ARMED MAN WHO SNATCHED WOMAN’S HANDBAG was last modified: May 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5kAnne Marie McBreartyDavid KeanedonegalGardaihandbag snatchedjoggersJudge Paul Kellyletterkenny