Mourinho expects Ibrahomovic extension

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): Jose Mourinho says he is convinced striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will extend his stay at Manchester United beyond this season. The 35-year-old former Sweden international has enjoyed a fruitful first campaign in English football and has netted 20 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions. Ibrahimovic joined United on a free transfer from French champions Paris St Germain, signing a one-year deal in July with the option of extending his contract for a second season. “He came with intention of staying two years and the first year is going better than every expectation,” United manager Mourinho said yesterday. “He knows we are going to try again to improve next season and try to share with him in a fantastic way probably the last year of his career at the highest level.” Ibrahimovic has clearly enjoyed teaming up again with Mourinho, having worked under him when the Portuguese was in charge of Inter Milan in 2008-09. The Swede, who netted 50 goals in his last season at PSG, has been able to replicate his clinical finishing at United. He scored with a stunning scissor kick three minutes into his debut in a friendly against Galatasaray, hit a late winner against Leicester to land United the Community Shield in August, the traditional curtain-raiser to the season, then marked his first Premier League start with a long-range strike against Bournemouth. The former Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan forward became the oldest player to score 15 goals in a Premier League season when he netted in last weekend’s win against Leicester. That hot streak is now set to continue next season with Mourinho saying: ” I am convinced he is staying. No problem with his family. I offer him extra days off to go to Sweden, he never goes.”last_img read more

Hegerberg says ‘twerk’ request doesn’t overshadow historic women’s Ballon d’Or

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Kylian Mbappe wins best young player prize at Ballon d’Or MOST READ View comments Hegerberg, one of seven players from the all-conquering Lyon side to feature among the 15 nominees, dismissed suggestions that the night was marred by the “twerk” request.“I didn’t feel it was like that at all to be honest and I am sad if people thought about the situation like that.”Solveig later tweeted an apology, saying Hegerberg “told me she understood it was a joke”.“Nevertheless my apologies to anyone who may have been offended.”“People who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Olympique Lyonnais’ Ada Hegerberg celebrates with the Women’s Ballon d’Or award during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d’Or, Golden Ball for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg said the introduction of a women’s Ballon d’Or was a “big step forward” for the game, playing down suggestions her historic victory was overshadowed after being asked to perform a “twerk” live on stage.The Lyon star — whose prolific form in front of goal helped the French club secure a third successive Champions League victory — edged out Danish forward Pernille Harder to claim the inaugural prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Hegerberg was Lyon’s top scorer with 15 goals in the Champion’s League — including one in the final in Kiev in May, as Lyon came from behind to beat VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 after extra time and retain the trophy. Harder had put the Germans in front in that game.Messi, Ronaldo comparisonsLyon also won the French title for the 12th season in succession, with Hegerberg top-scoring with 31 goals, and she continues to bang in the goals for her team who are top of the table again this season.Her goal-scoring exploits have led to comparisons with five-time Ballon d’Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and she felt that had made the difference for her compared to her Lyon colleagues.“I think the fact I scored 54 goals last season and 53 goals this year — it’s a lot of goals in one year,” she said.“I know it’s difficult to score 50 goals every season. It is a challenge. That is where I set the bar.”Hegerberg, whose elder sister Andrine plays for Lyon’s biggest rivals in France, Paris Saint-Germain, is a Norwegian international but has not played for her country since their disappointing showing at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.It remains to be seen if she will return to the national set-up in time for next year’s World Cup, which will be played in France with the final in Lyon.Of the other Lyon contenders, German midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan came closest to Hegerberg, finishing third in the voting.Brazil’s Marta — recent winner of FIFA’s best player prize — placed fourth. The award is organised by France Football magazine following a vote by journalists from around the world.center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lyon defender Wendie Renard, a star for the French national team, said Hegerberg’s competitive spirit also made her stand out.“Ada is a competitor, she doesn’t like losing. We’re very similar in that sense,” said Renard.“Even the smallest detail in training makes a difference.“She’s a great goal-scorer. The slightest bit of space, and any ball that’s around, we know it’s in the back of the net.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk But the 23-year-old was asked if she would perform a sexually provocative dance by French host DJ, Martin Solveig, and appeared embarrassed as she rejected the request.Hegerberg later said: “He came to see me after and apologized. The Ballon d’Or is the most important thing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I am touched and very proud, for women’s football, for myself, for the club. I share this with Olympique Lyonnais, my teammates, the staff,” she beamed after joining men’s winner Luka Modric and men’s best young player Kylian Mbappe on the stage with her trophy.“It’s historic, it’s incredible, a great day for women’s football and a big step forward.”last_img read more

World-bound

first_imgMOST READ Gilas Pilipinas celebrates after beating Kazakhstan to clinch a ticket to the Fiba World Cup in China. Photo from Fiba.comThe Philippines will make its way back to the Fiba World Cup, thanks in large part to Andray Blatche whose erratic performances in the past had coaching staff leaving him out of one qualifying window last year.The naturalized player completed an effort to remember on Sunday night in Astana, leading the Philippines to a 93-75 demolition of Kazakhstan and back to the global stage.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The win allowed the Philippines to finish fourth in Group F and with a superior 7-5 record compared to Lebanon, the No. 4 team in Group E with a 6-6 card.This will mark the second straight edition that the Philippines will be playing in the World Cup after 2014 in Spain where it won its first classification match in 40 years, an 81-79 overtime victory over Senegal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCoach Yeng Guiao acknowledged the importance of Blatche, whom he didn’t suit up in a game against Iran last November that put the Philippines on the edge after a 70-78 loss at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.“We didn’t have Andray, that was one big factor,” Guiao told Fiba.com, even as Blatche was already eligible for reinstatement that time after serving out a three-game suspension in the aftermath of the infamous brawl with Australia last year.On fireBlatche scored 17 points in the first quarter and cranked up the Philippine offense, finishing with 41—easily his best game in a Philippine uniform. “Andray was on fire,” Guiao said. “He just took over the game. If it weren’t for Andray, we would have been down by 15 points early.”Getting ClarksonAgence France-Presse (AFP) also reported that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is trying to convince Fiba to accept Clarkson as a Filipino citizen.“We have been trying to convince or discuss the matter with Fiba,” SBP president Al Panlilio told AFP. “Everyone is working on the matter and we will do everything we can.”“Based on our constitution, he is Filipino. He has a passport. But he got it after he was 16 years old,” Panlilio added.Fiba requires players to acquire a legal nationality before the age of 16.The international basketball federation also restricts each team to one naturalized player, meaning the Philippines would have to choose between the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard and Blatche.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ceres opens AFC Cup bid vs Myanmar’s Shan United Other key menJune Mar Fajardo also stepped up, taking over Blatche when the former Brooklyn Net and Washington Wizard picked up his fourth foul with 3:45 left in the third quarterBlatche was all praises for the reigning five-time Philippine Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, who was reported to be nursing flu-like symptoms since last week.“June Mar was really the game changer for us,” Blatche said. “We knew what was at stake for us, either we win or go home.”PH also demolished Qatar, 84-46, in Doha on Thursday.Japan, Iran, Jordan, Russia, Serbia and Cote d’Ivoire also punched tickets to the global cage meet slated in eight cities in China from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15. Three more countries—2 from the Americas and 1 from Europe—will complete the first ever 32-nation field.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

Senator Weah Promises to Help Sayon Davis

first_imgFormer member of the national soccer team, Experience Sayon Davis, who suffered stroke more than two years ago, can now have peace of mind, because of a promise from newly elected Senator Ambassador George Weah that help is not far away.The two met in an emotional but exciting gathering last Thursday at the residence of Sayon Davis in New Kru Town, when Ambassador Weah was rounding up support for his senatorial election bid last Saturday.“I told Ambassador Weah I want to walk like everyone else,” Davis told the Daily Observer in an interview after the meeting. “I told him I need his help.”That help from Ambassador Weah, he said, would include both material and medical assistance that could enable him get physical therapy from any accomplished medical facility, including any Chinese clinics that are specialized in the recovery of stroke victims.Ambassador Weah’s visit was coordinated by CDC’s campaign chairman (Prof.) Wilson Tarpeh.As Ambassador Weah held a brief meeting with the ailing superstar, who was part of the victorious Lone Star team which in 1979 won the 6 Nation Soccer Tournament, hundreds of CDC’s supporters, who had heard about his presence, besieged the area.Sayon later told the Daily Observer that Ambassador Weah gave him assurance of all support that is necessary to get him back on his feet, God willing.“I told him I highly appreciate his exceptional interest in my welfare,” Sayon said; “and I pray for God to guide him to secure is dream.”Observers, many of them CDC sympathizers, expressed appreciation for Ambassador Weah’s visit to a former footballer in serious distress and in need of material and financial support.It is not the first time that Ambassador Weah is coming to rescue a former footballer in distress. In the late 1980s, he rescued LPRC-Oilers former coach George Taylor who had suffered a stroke.Weah, then actively playing in France, single-handedly provided much needed funds to enable Coach Taylor to get treatment in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, a gesture that was also complemented by Jonathan Sogbie, (Boye Charles), who was then playing in Switzerland.Ambassador Weah has also given health assistance to one of Liberia’s foremost goalkeepers, Boye Cooper, who died in a refugee camp in Nigeria several years ago, and had provided funds to get his remains back to Liberia for proper burial.“Ambassador Weah’s goodness has not been surpassed by any of his friends,” said someone familiar with Weah’s generosity.Sayon Davis, known as ‘Experience’ by his colleagues during his heydays, suffered from stroke more than two years ago, after his return from a coaching job in Nigeria. It happened immediately following the death of his oldest son, killed on assignment with the Liberia National Police.Without any support, Davis survives on the kindness of neighbors and friends. His sister, Doryen Peters, told our correspondent that she could be able to sustain her brother better once she is empowered with a business.Davis has made several appeals to humanitarian Liberians, including President Ellen John-Sirleaf, for assistance.With Ambassador Weah’s promised of assistance, residents in the area expressed gratitude to God for torching his heart, in order for him to come to the rescue of a man who many had said would receive his flowers, as it is done always in Liberia, when he is dead.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman swims to shore after falling off Tumatumari waterfall

first_imgA woman escaped the jaws of death on Wednesday morning when the boat in which she was travelling capsized and ultimately fell off the Tumatumari waterfall in Region Eight (Region 8).The incident is said to have occurred around 06:00h.As the male managed to make it to shore safely, the woman was submerged in the water, and then disappeared. A report was subsequently made to the Police for assistance in locating the woman’s body after many hours had passed and it was feared that she had drowned.However, to many persons’ surprise, the woman was seen by villagers walking back through the path on Wednesday evening.According to Commander of “F” Division, Kevin Adonis, the woman claimed that she swam to safety and made her way home on foot. She was subsequently taken to the Mahdia Hospital, where she was treatment for minor injuries she sustained.last_img read more

What election?

first_imgWHAT if they held an election and no one came? Los Angeles almost found out Tuesday. The general election had even lower voter turnout than the dismal showing in the March primary, when fewer than 8 percent of the registered voters showed up. On Tuesday, that figure dropped to new depths. According to the L.A. City Clerk’s Office, only 6.13 percent of those eligible to vote in the Los Angeles municipal election did so. That’s 122,436 out of an eligibility pool of 1,998,879. Voter turnout this low ought to set off alarm bells. It might have not been a particularly exciting election, but there were important issues at stake, such as the future of Los Angeles Unified. But voters aren’t stupid. They grasp that so much of the deciding in elections happens long before they are ever invited to a polling place. And why take the time to participate in democracy if there’s a sense that there’s little choice? With that attitude, how long before no one shows up at all to a regular election? 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

UCLA fans fill Pauley with cheers, tears

first_img “We decided we’d go all the way, 100 percent,” he said before the end of the first half. Sandra Chen-Lau, who graduated in the Class of 2001, cheered on her team with pompoms and a large No. 1 foam finger. “Rooting for the underdog is why everyone’s here,” she said. “It shows (the Bruins) had a lot of persistence. There was a method to their madness.” Yet he and friend Alessandra Lopez-Hernandez, who sported sparkly gold eye showdown, said the best part of the whole match up was the school spirit. “I feel caught up in the unity,” she said. UCLA defeated the Louisiana State University Tigers on Saturday to earn a trip to the title game. Excitement was evident around the Westwood campus Monday. An inflatable alligator was hanging by a rope from a tree, and another one was stuffed in the mouth of a Bruin bear statue. “First day of school, but I’m not thinking about school,” one student, who was returning to campus after spring break, told KCAL (Channel 9). “I’m thinking about the game tonight.” “Everybody’s really excited about it, and hopefully we’ll put another (championship) banner up this year,” another student told Channel 9. Nancy Greenstein of the University of California Police Department said extra security was on hand to keep an eye on the crowds. “We know there’s a lot of interest – and high expectations,” Greenstein said before the game. Campus security officers coordinated public-safety efforts with Los Angeles Police Department officers, Greenstein said. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., placed a friendly wager on the game with Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Florida. Feinstein wagered a set of DVDs of all the films nominated for this year’s Best Picture Oscar. Martinez was betting a box of Florida oranges. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, meanwhile, placed a wager with Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Bush was wagering Gatorade, Florida stone crabs, lobsters and key lime pie. Schwarzenegger was betting California products including avocados, asparagus, black olives, peaches, pears, cheese, chicken, lemons, oranges, strawberries and wine.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WESTWOOD – Even the brownest of eyes shown blue and gold Monday at UCLA, but the collective spirit of thousands of Bruins fans wasn’t enough to spur their team on to what would have been its 12th NCAA victory. Thousands of fans packed Pauley Pavilion where they watched the Bruins go down to an ignominious defeat to the Florida Gators, 73-57. Still, there was plenty of fist-pumping for UCLA, which turned its game around after being all but written off six weeks ago. “I was a little kid, about 13 when the Bruins won this 11 years ago, and I never forgot,” said 23-year-old Kian Moghbeli, a UCLA graduate who drove up from San Diego to catch the game at his old stomping ground. “What’s really great is that this team has made us all united. I’ve never seen it like this before.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “Look at everyone here,” said his friend Kevin Bradley, 24, also of San Diego. “This is what it’s all about.” For many, the game was tough to watch, with the Gators’ pony-tailed star Joakin Noah, who elicited boisterous boos throughout, dominating the game. Bruins fans also felt that the referees were siding with the Gators. “It’s been frustrating,” said UCLA sophomore Andrew Villamil. “It’s like the referees aren’t calling fouls on Florida.” The loss was especially disappointing for seniors, who had followed the season closely, knowing it would be their last chance to see a championship team while they were still students. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for us, especially those of us in our senior year,” said Scott Buhl, 22, who painted an enthusiastic “U” on his bare chest. His buddies each sported the rest of the letters to spell out UCLA. last_img read more

WOMAN CHARGED FOR HIT-AND-RUN COLLISION WHICH CAUSED DEATH OF BUNDORAN SURFER

first_imgA WOMAN accused of killing Bundoran surfer Mr Alan McSherry, 48, in a hit-and-run collision last August has been charged with dangerous driving causing his death. Victim: Mr Alan McSherryLisa Roohan, from Boyanagh, outside Ballyshannon, has been accused of the offence which occurred on the 25th of August last year. Jo McSherry, had gone to collect her husband who had been out with friends, but instead found Alan dead on the roadside just outside Bundoran.Mr McSherry, who was 48, was walking the two miles from Bundoran to his home in the townland of Boyannagh when he was hit by a car.Mrs Roohan appeared at Ballyshannon District Court last month.Judge Kevin Kilrane remanded her on bail to the same court on June 20 for service of the book of evidence.Inspector Denis Joyce told him Roohan had surrendered her passport to Gardaí.Roohan is set to appear before the court on separate driving charges linked to the incident on Friday this week.The couple, from Birkenhead near Liverpool had been living in the Bundoran area for 13 years, both had a passion for surfing, and Mr Sherry was affectionately known locally as ‘Handy Al’.Before Mr McSherry’s body was returned for burial to Birkenhead, surfers from Bundoran paddled out to sea with flowers in their own special tribute to their late friend.WOMAN CHARGED FOR HIT-AND-RUN COLLISION WHICH CAUSED DEATH OF BUNDORAN SURFER was last modified: June 5th, 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) Tags:Alan McSherrycourtsHome-page NewsLisa RoohanWoman Chargedlast_img read more

Eureka girls take 1st at NCC

first_imgThe Eureka High girls’ wrestling team edged out nine other schools to claim first place as a team and Fortuna’s Adam Medeiros delivered another dominant day of wrestling, claiming first place in the boys’ 170 pound weight division, Saturday afternoon, at the North Coast Classic at Eureka High.Top of the podiumThe Lady Loggers, as a team, finished the event with 15 points, slipping past both Ukiah and Elk Grove which each finished with 14 points on the day.Eureka’s Aracely Rendon took first …last_img

How might Kevin Durant’s injury impact his free agency?

first_imgTORONTO – The Warriors do not exactly need to wait for the results to prove what they fear about Kevin Durant. They will have clarity soon enough, though.The Warriors expect to have Durant’s MRI results sometime on Wednesday morning after he traveled to New York on Tuesday for various medical opinions on his right Achilles injury. The Warriors already initially fear Durant tore his right Achilles tendon against Toronto in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday, which would sideline him for the …last_img