The head of Iowa’s court system says “Iowans are losing access to justice” because more than 100 court jobs remain empty following budget cuts.Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady offered the assessment Wednesday during his annual judiciary address to lawmakers.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/CADY3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..support the courts. ;12Cady says the court system is operating with 115 “essential” positions unfilled.He adds rural Iowans are receiving fewer court services than urban residents.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/CADY-4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………and deliver services. :12Cady also says specialty courts dealing with substance abuse cannot be expanded until the Legislature increases funding.Cady’s office has a roughly $175 million budget that’s been reduced in recent years.Governor Kim Reynolds announced mid-year budget cuts Tuesday that include $1.6 million for the judicial branch.
The Iowa legislature is a week past the target date for completing its work for the year.House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake says Iowans aren’t concerned about how long the legislature meets.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/IALEGIS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..get it right.” :13Democratic Senator Rob Hogg says Republicans are heading toward setting the record for the longest annual legislative session when the same party has control of the executive and legislative branches of state government.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/IALEGIS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….and the governorship.” :17Wednesday morning it took the Iowa Senate about six minutes to pray, recite the pledge and adjourn until two o’clock tomorrow.The Iowa House returned Wednesday afternoon to debate bills that outline next year’s spending for some areas of the state budget.There have been extended legislative sessions in the distant past that lasted into the summer, but that was when the Iowa General Assembly met every other year.In the past three decades, the legislature has been meeting annually.Radio Iowa
THE MIRACLE LEAGUE OF SIOUX CITY WILL HOLD A SPECIAL EVENT FRIDAY EVENING AT THEIR RIVERSIDE PARK COMPLEX.SPOKESMAN CHAD REA SAYS THE FIRST “DANCE ON THE DIAMOND” WILL TAKE PLACE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/MIRACLE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….COME OUT AND D.J. :12SUNNYBROOK COMMUNITY CHURCH IS HELPING THE MIRACLE LEAGUE PUT ON THE DANCE ON THE DIAMOND.REA SAYS IT’S BEEN A BUSY SUMMER AT THE COMPLEX:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/MIRACLE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………..BUSY AS WELL. ;12FRIDAY’S EVENT IS FREE AND TAKES PLACE FROM 6:30PM UNTIL 9PM AT THE MIRACLE LEAGUE FIELD IN RIVERSIDE PARK.
BBJ, who last week said to “look for one more change on OSU’s staff,” tweeted this at James Poling tonight…@james_polingthat was the info I received – that Bill Young was told to find another job & he will *not* return.See @coachingsearch— Bob Barry, Jr. (@bbjsports) January 10, 2013So he…got fired?! That’s surprising considering Gundy’s response to this Young quote last week after the bowl game:Young: Shoot, I’m going to coach until someone tells me I can’t. Gundy said he wants to have him back if that’s what Young wants. (NewsOK)Also, on the rumors, Brendon Morris couldn’t confirm…#OKState cannot confirm Bill Young rumor. Coaches have been off-campus all week.— Brendon Morris (@brendon_wm) January 10, 2013Gina (kinda) couldn’t either, though doesn’t “mixed messages” mean something’s up?@samanthavicent @pokelahoma I’ve been getting very mixed messages from people for weeks. Yesterday, in fact. But I’m looking into it again.— Gina Mizell (@ginamizell) January 10, 2013Whatever the case, I expect this to be resolved by the end of the week since Gundy is so good at squelching out coaching rumo…Kidding, I expect it to be resolved ASAP. Hey, maybe Gundy can try his hand at the offense AND the defense next year.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Source: KTULAll of you guys are leaping up and down as you read that headline, aren’t you? Our Twitter and message board rants finally ran him out of town!Here’s the scoop…Sources tell me Oklahoma State DC Bill Young will not return. Look for Gundy to promote Glenn Spencer. bit.ly/xpkQEX— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) January 10, 2013How reliable is the source? No idea, his bio says he “is the #1 most interesting daily read for coaches, college athletic directors, and NFL front-office personnel.”I’d love to knock him (because it would be so easy) but he looks like a hustler and that’s sort of kind of what this site was built on (hustle) so I’ll let it ride. Plus, he seems like he’s competent enough.
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! According to a report from FootballScoop.com, head coach Paul Rhoads has been relieved from duties as head coach at Iowa State.FootballScoop has learned that Paul Rhoads has been dismissed at Iowa State https://t.co/q8yS8O0uyf— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) November 22, 2015Recently fired coordinator Mark Mangino saw the writing on the walls after yesterday’s game:There is no doubt at all…The Fat Lady is singing!— Mark Mangino (@KeepSawinWood) November 21, 2015Rumors have been swirling regarding his future with the program, but after a 21-point collapse against Kansas State Saturday it appears that was the final straw.Also, this is true.Tough news for Paul Rhoads, who can probably drink eternal free beer at any Tuscaloosa pub for beating Oklahoma State in 2011.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) November 22, 2015
Barcelona ‘Messi is not from this world’ – Dembele labels Barcelona team-mate as best ever Last updated 2 years ago 23:08 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(97) Getty Barcelona Ousmane Dembélé PSG Ligue 1 Primera División The 20-year-old is excited to link up with his new club-mates, having been inspired by them as a youngster Ousmane Dembele has labelled his new Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi as “the greatest player in history”, claiming he is out of this world. The 20-year-old completed his €105 million move from Borussia Dortmund on August 28, following weeks of speculation which marked him as Neymar’s replacement after the Brazil star’s record-breaking €222m switch to Paris Saint-Germain. Barca 13/2 to win the Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The France international took matters into his own hands by refusing to train with the German club in order to force through his “dream move”.Now, having been confirmed as a Barca player, Dembele has shared his early memories of the Catalan club and named Andres Iniesta and Messi as inspirations.”I remember two games especially,” Dembele told Sport. “One against Chelsea, when Iniesta scored the goal to qualify for the Champions League final. When I see Andres now I remember it. I can’t wait to tell him.”And the other was a Champions League game against Arsenal. Barcelona had not done great in the first leg but in the second leg they produced a brilliant performance, with four goals from Messi.”That’s when I realised Messi’s not from this world. It was incredible.“I had a poster of Iniesta. He seemed like a different player to me: elegant, special… a genius. I watched all the Barcelona games to see how they played and the geniuses, Iniesta and Messi. After, I tried to imitate them but it was difficult.”They do things that no one does. Messi always plays at a sublime level. He’s the best player in history!”Dembele, widely labelled as one of the most exciting young talents in world football before his transfer to Dortmund, earned a five-year deal at the Bundesliga club in 2016 following an outstanding campaign in the Rennes first team. Six goals and six assists in 32 German top-flight outings saw him linked with a move to Barca, before a deal was completed following confirmation of Neymar’s departure.And though his former manager, Thomas Tuchel, had tipped him to go on to be named as the best player on the planet, Dembele has stressed his focus sits with establishing himself as a first-team player at Camp Nou.”He [Tuchel] loved me too much,” he added. “Being serious, it’s not a challenge in my life. My objective is to learn from the best in the world, to integrate myself into the team. I am only 20. Personal titles aren’t something which motivate me.”Asked whether comparisons between himself and Neymar, Dembele said: “No. Honestly I don’t think so.”Neymar is a great player with a lot of class, one of the best in the world.”I am young, I am here to learn and to add what I can to Barcelona.”
Primera División Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Espanyol Ben Hayward Last updated 2 years ago 22:59 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Primera División Barcelona v Espanyol Espanyol Barcelona Everything you need to know ahead of the Catalan derby clash at Camp Nou on Saturday night Barcelona face what is potentially their toughest test yet in the Primera Division as they meet local rivals Espanyol at home in La Liga on Saturday.They have had successive 2-0 wins over Betis and Alaves in their first two league matches and are back in action with a Catalan derby this weekend following the international break.Barca -2 21/20 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing It is also the first fixture for Ernesto Valverde’s side since the close of the transfer window at the beginning of this month and here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the Camp Nou clash…BARCELONA INJURIESIvan Rakitic is doubtful with a muscle problem and is unlikely to be risked against Espanyol, while Rafinha is still sidelined and will play no part in the derby duel.Arda Turan will miss out after returning from international duty with a thigh problem, but Luis Suarez featured for Uruguay in the recent break and is back in contention for a starting spot following his injury against Betis on the opening day.BARCELONA SUSPENSIONS Only three Barcelona players, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto, have been booked this season, so coach Ernesto Valverde has no suspended stars for the game against Espanyol this weekend.BARCELONA POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPOusmane Dembele is set to make his Barcelona debut after moving from Borussia Dortmund for an initial €105 million last month, the France forward starting on the left of attack in Neymar’s old position as Luis Suarez returns to the side after injury in the centre of the attack.In midfield, Rakitic looks set to miss out, so Valverde could hand a full debut to summer signing Paulinho and rest Andres Iniesta (who played twice for Spain in the international break) for the Champions League game against Juventus on Tuesday.Sergi Roberto should start in midfield, with Nelson Semedo in the right-back role.ESPANYOL TEAM NEWS Espanyol have just one point from their two games in La Liga so far, having drawn 1-1 at Sevilla and lost 1-0 at home to Leganes.Midfielder Victor Sanchez and striker Alvaro Vazquez look set to shake off knocks in time for the game against Barcelona. Goalkeeper Diego Lopez is doubtful, while defender Oscar Duarte and midfielder Javi Lopez are set to miss out.Veteran striker Sergio Garcia is relishing the derby atmosphere and said: “The more noise I hear at Camp Nou, the better I will be.”BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Barcelona have won 13 consecutive games at home in La Liga, their best run since January 2014 (25). Espanyol have lost eight games in a row at Camp Nou, their worst run since May 2004 (17). Espanyol have gone 16 games without a win against Barcelona in La Liga (losing 13 of those), their worst run without a win in the Catalan derby. Lionel Messi (15) is the all-time top scorer in the Catalan derby (in La Liga). If he plays, Sergio Garcia will make his 300th appearance in La Liga. He has scored 71 goals in the competition. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Barcelona versus Espanyol kicks off at 20:45 at Camp Nou on Saturday and will be broadcast live from 19.40 UK time on Sky Sports football.
Goal A-League 20: No.5 – Alex Wilkinson (Sydney FC) No.6 – James Troisi (Melb Victory) No.7 – Bruno Fornaroli (Melb City) No.8 – Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC) No.9 – Eugene Galekovic (Melb City) No.10 – Andy Keogh (Perth Glory) No.11 – Alex Brosque (Sydney FC) No.12 – Bobo (Sydney FC) No.13 – Kosta Barbarouses (Melb Victory) No.14 – Isaias Sanchez (Adelaide United) No.15 – Luke DeVere (Brisbane Roar) No.16 – Michael Jakobsen (Melb City) No.17 – Brendon Santalab (WSW) No.18 – Michael Zullo (Sydney FC) No.19 – Brandon O’Neill (Sydney FC) No.20 – Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar) No.3 in Goal’s Top 20 A-League players will be named on Wednesday. A-League Goal’s Top 20 A-League players: No.4 – Mark Milligan Kieran Francis @kieran_francis Last updated 2 years ago 06:28 4/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) A-League Melbourne Victory Goal counts down the top 20 players currently playing in the A-League, as voted by its Australian journalists 4. MARK MILLIGAN | Melbourne Victory Age: 32Nationality: AustralianPosition: Central midfielder/defenderA-League apps: 73 (Melbourne Victory), 42 (Sydney FC), 11 (Newcastle Jets)A-League goals: 14 (Melbourne Victory), 1 (Newcastle Jets)Other clubs: Shanghai Shenhua (China), JEF United (Japan), Baniyas (UAE)Achievements: A-League championship (Sydney 2005-06, Victory 2014-15), A-League premiership (Victory 2014-15), AFC Asian Cup (2015)WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOWWhen Mark Milligan joined Melbourne Victory, the club’s fans were uneasy because of the significant time he spent playing for arch-rivals Sydney FC.But a measure of Milligan’s impact at the club is the fact he is now considered to have blue-and-white blood coursing through his veins.The 32-year-old captained Victory to the A-League double during the 2014-15 season and was awarded the Joe Marston Medal as the best player in the grand final win against the Sky Blues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. He has the ability to play a variety of roles across midfield and defence, but centre of the pitch is clearly his best position, where he can impose himself on a contest and drive his team forward.The only regret for Milligan is that he was unable to secure a move to Championship side Bolton in the off-season because the Socceroos’ world ranking prevented him from qualifying for a UK work permit.2017-18 PROSPECTS Milligan has only signed a one-year marquee contract, which it makes it likely he will look to head overseas as the conclusion of this season.He will figure in central midfield for Victory alongside Carl Valeri, but the signing of fellow central midfielder Matias Sanchez means he could be deployed at centre back or right back if Kevin Muscat wishes.In Mile Jedinak’s absence, Milligan will play a crucial role for the Socceroos on the Road to Russia as national team captain.
UEFA Champions League Real Madrid vs Tottenham: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt 00:03 10/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur The two early frontrunners in Group H will jostle for top spot when they meet in their latest Champions League fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu Real Madrid and Tottenham will battle it out for top spot in the Champions League’s Group H on Tuesday night.Both clubs have collected six points out of six so far by defeating Borussia Dortmund and APOEL.Madrid will be targeting a third win and one foot in the knockout stage at the Santiago Bernabeu but a point would go a long way towards helping Spurs achieve the same goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Real Madrid vs Tottenham Date Tuesday, October 17 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 2 or by stream via the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport app In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS2 and by stream via Fox Sports Go. US TV channel Online stream FS2 Fox Sports Go SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla Defenders Vallejo, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo, Achraf Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Vazquez, Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Ceballos Forwards Ronaldo, Benzema, Mayoral Real Madrid are missing Gareth Bale, Dani Carvajal and Mateo Kovacic to injury or illness, while third-choice goalkeeper Luca Zidane worked out alone on Monday.Youth goalkeeper Moha Ramos was on the bench at the weekend as a result of Luca and Keylor Navas’ absences but the Costa Rican is expected to be ready to return for this match after a muscle problem.Zidane will have to decide between 18-year-old Achraf Hakimi, who has started two games at right-back in Carvajal’s absence, and the more experienced Nacho.Potential starting XI: Navas; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo. Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Foyth, Aurier, Davies, Walker-Peters Midfielders Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Dembele, Eriksen, Winks Forwards Son, Kane, Llorente Victor Wanyama could be back in time to face Liverpool at the weekend but will miss out here, while Dele Alli remains suspended.Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele have travelled but while the latter has some chance of being involved, the former has only recently returned to full training along with Erik Lamela and is short of match fitness.Ben Davies is also a doubt due to illness and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou will be assessed after taking a knock to the head late in the win over Bournemouth on Saturday.Potential starting XI: Lloris; Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Aurier, Sissoko, Dier, Trippier; Eriksen, Kane, Son.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Madrid are 4/9 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Tottenham priced at 11/2 and the draw available at 15/4.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets.GAME PREVIEW Whisper it quietly, but Tottenham have won eight out of 11 games this season and been defeated only once.The strength of Spurs’ record so far has been lost amid some unconvincing performances at Wembley, the latest of which resulted in a narrow 1-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend.Swansea City and Burnley have held Mauricio Pochettino’s men to draws on their new turf and Chelsea beat them, though that was one of Tottenham’s more impressive displays of the season and deserved a better outcome.But Spurs are swatting teams aside away from home and have made an excellent start in the Champions League, leaving them third in the Premier League table and in with a good chance of reaching the European knockouts.Success in the latter stages of this competition is a long shot and Manchester City look very, very good in England and clear favourites for the league title.But if Pochettino can continue to guide his team through this unsteady period at Wembley without too much damage being done, another promising season could be in store ahead of the return to White Hart Lane.
Kylian Mbappé Mbappe, Gabriel Jesus and Dembele make Golden Boy final three Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 14:15 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(28) Getty Images Kylian Mbappé PSG Ligue 1 Manchester City Barcelona Premier League Primera División Ousmane Dembélé The Premier League, La Liga and Ligue 1 are all represented on the shortlist, with the winner set to follow in the footsteps of Renato Sanches The final three players for the prestigious Golden Boy award have been named, with Kylian Mbappe, Gabriel Jesus and Ousmane Dembele all making the cut.Italian newspaper Tuttosport had initially named a 24-man shortlist for the prize, but the likes of Manchester United star Marcus Rashford and Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic are now out of the running.Instead, Paris Saint-Germain’s Mbappe continues to head the field, having completed a loan move from Monaco in the summer after helping the Stade Louis II side to the semi-finals of the Champions League and the French title. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He is expected to complete a permanent move to the capital next summer for a fee of €160 million, rising to €180m with bonuses.France international team-mate Dembele, meanwhile, has already completed a giant move of his own, heading to Barcelona in the summer for €105m before additional payments, though the man signed by the Camp Nou outfit to replace Neymar is on the sidelines with a long-term hamstring problem. He hopes to be back in action early in 2018.Rounding up the trio is Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, who has made a profound impact since breaking into Pep Guardiola’s side. He is already considered on an equal footing with Sergio Aguero and has six Premier League goals in seven appearances this season.Jesus to score 2+ v Burnley 6/4The winner, who will follow in the footsteps of Renato Sanches, who is currently on loan at Swansea from Bayern Munich, will be revealed on October 23.
Olympique Lyonnais VIDEO: St. Etienne fans riot after Fekir’s Lyon derby celebration Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 08:13 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Olympique Lyonnais Ligue 1 Saint-Étienne v Olympique Lyonnais Saint-Étienne Videos Home supporters invaded the pitch against their city rivals as Nabil Fekir celebrated the visitors’ fifth goal, but the player had no regrets Nabil Fekir insists he does not regret the goal celebration that prompted Saint-Etienne fans to invade the pitch and cause a lengthy delay late in Lyon’s 5-0 derby win.A section of the Saint-Etienne support had targeted the Lyon players on their arrival at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and the mood did not improve as the visitors tore their rivals to shreds.Fekir scored twice, while Memphis Depay, Mariano and Bertrand Traore were also on target, and the home crowd then reacted angrily when the Lyon captain took off his shirt to point to his name – as Lionel Messi famously did for Barcelona at Real Madrid last season. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A stoppage of over half an hour followed as fans entered the pitch, but Fekir – who had taken a knock in the challenge that saw Leo Lacroix dismissed – refused to apologise afterwards.”It’s a gesture they did not like,” he told Canal+. “I celebrated like that. There was no ulterior motive, no malice.”Maybe it’s not the right move to make – it was 5-0 – but it’s still football. I was a little upset. It added a bit of spice, too. There was no need for [the reaction].”I do not regret the gesture.”AHOUUUUU ! pic.twitter.com/WQYu6KqUeG— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) November 5, 2017Saint-Etienne remained sixth in Ligue 1 as Lyon returned to third in the table.
Transfers Liga MX draft: Miguel Samudio, Edson Puch head to Queretaro, Rodolfo Cota extends Chivas stay Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 12:30 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Liga MX Querétaro América Guadalajara Cruz Azul The Gallos Blancos were active early in the draft, picking up two big names, while the goalkeeper returns to the net in Guadalajara An unlikely team emerged as the most active early in the Liga MX draft with Queretaro bringing in two of the biggest names in the transfer window.Wednesday’s draft is the only day players can move within Liga MX, and while the deals often pick up later into the night as the deadline approaches, the Gallos Blancos got their business done early. In addition to exercising their option on previously on-loan defender Hiram Mier, the club also acquired left back Miguel Samudio from Club America on a full transfer and attacker Edson Puch on a six-month loan from Pachuca with the option to buy.¡@samudiomiguel10 es #Gallo! Llega como compra definitiva.🐔💪🏻¡Éxito! #SiempreGallos pic.twitter.com/cwedK4K8T8— Gallos de Querétaro (@Club_Queretaro) December 13, 2017The move could affect American defender Jonathan Bornstein, who had been the regular starter for Queretaro at left back in the previous several seasons. Queretaro also added Argentine defender Diego Novaretti, who had seen his playing time slip with Leon. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player America manager Miguel Herrera had scoffed at reports Samudio had fallen out of favor but was willing to part was with the Paraguayan on draft day. He also sent center back Pablo Aguilar back to Club Tijuana, where Aguilar won a title in 2012, but received the trio of forward Henry Martin, defender Emanuel Aguilera and midfielder Joe Corona.”I’m very thankful for all the love Club America gave me, above all their great fans. I always gave my best to defend these colors,” Samudio tweeted. “Now there’s a new challenge ahead of me.”Another big move announced Wednesday afternoon was an extension of Rodolfo Cota’s loan at Chivas. The goalkeeper was set to return to Pachuca and emotionally bid farewell to fans but now looks set to be in the net in Guadalajara for another six months.Cruz Azul has been busy since bringing in new manager Pedro Caixinha, but his moves to bring in Carlos Fierro from Chivas and Atlas duo Jose Maduena and Javier Salas already had been announced. Santos Laguna’s swap with Chivas in which the Guerreros add Jose Juan Vazquez and Chivas brings in Gael Sandoval, also was made official Wednesday.The clubs then announced a new deal with Ronaldo Cisneros heading to Chivas. The 20-year-old Torreon native moves to Guadalajara as a rising star after strong performances with both Santos’ youth teams and Mexico youth national teams.In total, 38 moves were made Wednesday with a value of more than 304 million pesos or just less than $16 million, according to a league news release.
Juventus Juventus manager Allegri denies Dybala rift Tom Webber 08:02 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Juventus Paulo Dybala Juventus v Roma Roma Serie A Paulo Dybala was again among the substitutes as Juventus took on Roma, but Massimiliano Allegri assured there is no issue with the player. Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri insists there is no problem with Paulo Dybala after the star forward was again on the bench.Reports of a rift between Dybala and club have developed after Juve vice-president Pavel Nedved this month urged him to “make lots of sacrifices in his private life”.The Argentina international started and scored in the Coppa Italia victory over Genoa midweek but started among the substitutes for the third successive Serie A match as the Bianconeri overcame Roma 1-0 on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Dybala was not granted a single minute by Allegri, but he reiterated his desire to keep the 24-year-old fresh for the entire season.”There is absolutely no problem – the problem would be not having him,” Allegri told Premium Sport.”He has done a lot and will do a lot more for Juventus, but right now I’m choosing other players that are just as important as him. The season is long.”We needed more solidity tonight because Roma are a very physical team, that’s all.”But Paulo is finding the ideal physical and mental form. He plays in a great team and respects the decisions. It’s a moment, but it’s absolutely not a problem.”Alessandro Florenzi hit the crossbar and Patrik Schick – who saw a pre-season move to Juve fall through due to a failed medical before joining Roma – was unable to beat Wojciech Szczesny in a one-on-one deep in second-half stoppage time.Despite Roma being seven points adrift of leaders Napoli, who Juve trail by one, Allegri is not writing them off as challengers for the title.”We did not close the game out and in the final moments we suffered, partly because of ourselves and a bit because Roma are a great team,” he said.”I have to congratulate the boys, we have rediscovered our mentality. We could’ve done something more, but winning 1-0 is always nice.”Roma and Napoli are ahead of the others [in the Scudetto race] and they are used to fighting for the title, but I do not exclude Inter and Lazio.”
Manchester City It turns out, then, that the formula was simple. All anybody had to do to beat Manchester City was to match them shape for shape, press high up the pitch, harass them into a eight-minute meltdown, capitalise on mistakes with a series of stunning finishes and then cling on desperately.Jürgen Klopp is not the first manager to realise that the best way to unsettle a Pep Guardiola side is to squeeze them, and this is not the first time he has had his side do that effectively. No manager has a better record than Klopp against Guardiola: six wins in 12 attempts. But, as Tottenham discovered, trying to push high against City is fraught with risk; they did it well enough to force City to adapt their approach and ended up being hammered 4-1. Jürgen Klopp To sit deep and look to endure may be the best course of action for less talented or more cautious sides but, as Klopp said, to do so is looking to “win the lottery”. It is letting City dictate terms, trying to reduce the number of chances they create and then hoping for the best. The moment of brilliance that undoes even the best-drilled of defences may, with City, always be a second or two away. So Klopp, as he always does, pressed.In Germany, Guardiola reacted to the way his Bayern were rattled by Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund by beginning one game against them with Javi Martínez up front alongside Mario Mandzukic and hitting long balls at them to bypass the press. Short of playing Eliaquim Mangala as an improbable target man there is no such option for him in this City squad, and that renders them vulnerable. Champions League opponents will have taken note. Premier League Share via Email 1:30 Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp: thank God I have a really good football team – video Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Facebook comment Football tactics Share on WhatsApp Not that City are unique in that. The modern trend, perhaps heightened by the widespread preference for playing the ball out from the back and prioritising passing ability in defenders over more old-fashioned virtues such as marking and tackling, is for sudden collapses, even for top sides. That’s why, in the past eight seasons, 21 games at the quarter-final stage or later of the Champions League (including Guardiola’s Bayern against both Real Madrid and Barcelona) have been won by a three-goal margin; in the eight seasons before that there were only eight. This match would have been one of those had Liverpool not suffered their own mini-collapse at the end.It’s also why this game began with an apparent paradox – Liverpool had the best home defensive record and City the best away defensive record in the league, conceding four and five in 11 games respectively, and yet the expectation was for the goalfest that ensued. For both sides a basic truth remains: it is very hard to get at them, but if you can there is a soft centre to be exposed.Yet it is a measure of how good City are that Liverpool’s pressing was exemplary and yet they still only just won. Sportblog Share on Twitter Pep Guardiola Play Video Read more Topics Liverpool But just how well Liverpool played should not be neglected. Their pressing was not merely ferocious it was also disciplined – “from another planet”, Klopp said. The buildup to Liverpool’s third goal, scored almost straight from the kick-off after their second, exemplified the pattern perfectly. Roberto Firmino hovered in the space between the central defenders and Fernandinho, Mohamed Salah waited, ready to step in to cut out a potential pass out to Danilo, while Sadio Mané did the same on the other flank to prevent John Stones playing it right to Kyle Walker.When Stones hesitated, Firmino approached, forcing a nervy short pass to Nicolás Otamendi. That was the trigger. Salah closed in, Mané advanced and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain surged past Fernandinho. Otamendi, under pressure, had nowhere to go, lost possession and Mané thrashed a shot into the top corner. It sounds simple but, as Klopp said, if it were that easy everybody would do it. It required all four players to recognise the trigger and pounce as one. It’s not headless-chicken charging after the ball; it’s a coordinated action no less based on positioning and cohesion than a fluent passing move.It helped, of course, that City panicked. Stones has improved this season but since he returned from injury he has begun making mistakes again. Between the 60th and 68th minutes Liverpool not only scored three times but also hit the post. Guardiola was broadly relaxed after the game, as somebody whose side has a double-digit lead should be, but he acknowledged such a collective loss of control is a problem. Share on LinkedIn Read more Roberto Firmino’s fire and fury trumps Pep Guardiola and Manchester City Jürgen Klopp praises Liverpool’s adventure in win over Manchester City Reuse this content
The player in question is Steve Walters, who was sexually abused by Bennell during the mid-1980s and came forward in November 2016 on the back of Andy Woodward’s interview in the Guardian to highlight his own ordeal as another of the club’s former youth-team players. Walters, who became the youngest first-team player in Crewe’s history when he made his debut in 1988 at the age of 16, is one of the 12 victims whose complaints against Bennell led to the former Manchester City coach and scout being sentenced to 30 years in prison last year.Now 47, Walters is one of the former players who is pursuing legal action against Crewe but says he has been notified the club is fighting his claims on the basis he did not report them earlier. Crewe, according to the lawyers representing Walters, are trying to get the case thrown out on a technicality, namely that he missed a three-year time limit for reporting what happened to him from the age of 13 to 14, and that too much time has elapsed for the allegations to be proved – even though a jury convicted Bennell of 50 specimen charges during a trial at Liverpool crown court last year.“This response is a slap in the face,” Walters said. “All I have ever wanted was for Crewe to take responsibility for what they have done – the role they played in the abuse of so many children. They are blaming me for not coming forward soon enough. They say how much they regret the abuse that took place, yet in the same breath deny any responsibility for what happened to me. After everything we have been through in the criminal trial, all the evidence that emerged, I am absolutely disgusted.”The Guardian’s information is that Crewe are fighting an unspecified number of other claims from Bennell’s victims and Walters now says he has asked his legal team to issue high court proceedings against the club where the man described as a “child molester on an industrial scale” preyed on him and countless others.Crewe said in a statement: “This matter is being handled by the club’s insurer’s solicitors and remains the subject of ongoing legal proceedings. It is not therefore appropriate for the club to comment at this stage.”Walters added: “We have been dignified and wanted to be amicable but Crewe is showing no humanity. How would the club’s chairman [John Bowler] like it if one of his loved ones was told they had waited too long to report abuse?“It’s only recently I’ve been able to speak about what happened. There was a culture of secrecy and shame back then and that’s what Bennell used to enable him to abuse so many boys. I never expected to have that delay thrown back in my face; I’m horrified by Crewe’s tactics. This is not the behaviour of an organisation which says it wants to take responsibility and make sure it doesn’t happen again.” Barry Bennell Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Crewe Alexandra have been accused of a “desperate and dirty tactic” after new revelations about how far they are willing to go to fight claims they should be liable for Barry Bennell’s crimes against boys from the club’s junior set-up.In the latest development in the Bennell scandal, Crewe’s lawyers have written to one of the victims to say there is “no reasonable explanation or justification” for him having waited until his mid-40s before reporting his former youth-team coach. Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Revealed: the evidence Crewe supplied on Barry Bennell scandal Share on Messenger news Share on WhatsApp Facebook Topics Bennell, described by a judge as “the devil incarnate”, is serving his fourth prison sentence from the past 25 years and is facing the possibility of another criminal trial. As of January last year, at least 97 people had reported Bennell since Woodward’s decision to waive his anonymity.Kim Harrison, an abuse lawyer from Slater and Gordon, which represents Walters, said: “Predatory paedophiles like Bennell operate by scaring and shaming their victims into silence. This fear and shame makes it incredibly difficult for victims to disclose abuse. It can take years and sometimes even decades for victims of child sexual abuse to find the courage to speak out.“To use that against him [Walters] is a desperate and dirty tactic, but if Crewe think it will wear Steve down and make him give up they couldn’t be more wrong.“This is only going to make us more determined to get justice and hold them to account. We have tried to engage with them and reach an amicable solution, so Steve can try to move on with his life, but Crewe Alexandra have put two fingers up to him. We have been left with no alternative but to issue legal proceedings against them in the high court.” Pinterest Read more Barry Bennell was described by a judge as ‘the devil incarnate’. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock Crewe Alexandra Reuse this content
Transfers Emerson set for Chelsea medical after agreeing £17.5m move Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 01:45 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty/Goal Transfers Chelsea Roma Serie A Premier League The Premier League champions are on the verge of their second signing of the January window after sealing a move for the Roma left-back Chelsea’s £17.5 million move for Roma’s Emerson Palmieri has been agreed and the left back is set to fly into London on Tuesday to undergo a medical. Goal understands Emerson has agreed a four-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge, with around £8m of performance related add-ons set to be included within the deal.As previously reported, all parties had been in agreement on a move but the deal has been held up by the Blues’ interest in Emerson’s team-mate Edin Dzeko. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea remain open to bringing in Dzeko but are sounding out alternatives as the Serie A outfti have become harder to negotiate with amid fan pressure to keep their star striker.. Emerson is set to arrive after Chelsea’s failed attempts to sign Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro, withAntonio Conte having targeted signing a full-back to challenge Marcos Alonso during the winter window. The arrival of Emerson comes after fellow full-back Kenedy left for Newcastle on loan, while Chelsea are also sanctioning a temporary move for Baba Rahman to return to Schalke 04. The Roma defender has only recently recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, but is expected to pass his medical after recently returning to the pitch to make two appearances this season. The former Palermo man impressed at Roma last season but the Giallorossi need to sell in order to continue their compliance with Financial Fair Play.His arrival will mark Conte’s second signing of the January window after Ross Barkley completed his £15m move from Everton earlier this month.Extra reporting by Goal Brasil journalist Bruno Andrade
Transfers ‘Real Madrid shouldn’t sell Bale’ – Man Utd target still has ‘credit’ in Spain, says Arbeloa Chris Burton 00:13 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Gareth Bale Manchester United Primera División Premier League The former Blancos defender has seen serious questions asked of the Welsh forward, but believes he has done enough to earn an extended stay Gareth Bale has not “run out of credit” at Real Madrid and should not be sold this summer, claims Alvaro Arbeloa.Amid another injury-hit campaign for the Wales international in the Spanish capital, regular rounds of transfer rumours have suggested that his days at Santiago Bernabeu may be numbered.Manchester United have long been linked with a move to take the former Tottenham star back to the Premier League, and interest could be rekindled if Real open themselves up to offers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arbeloa, though, believes Bale is deserving of an extended stay in La Liga, with the 28-year-old having offered enough when fit to make the Blancos think twice about sanctioning a sale.The former Real defender told reporters at the presentation of the Mambo FC web series: “I wouldn’t sell Gareth Bale.“I don’t think he has run out of credit, or that he is in a bad moment.“If I were [Zinedine] Zidane, I would try to make sure everyone is in a good moment and try to take care of Gareth Bale to make sure he arrived at the end of the season well because everyone knows the problem he has had with injuries.”Another of those to have seen a summer move away from Madrid mooted is Dani Ceballos, with the 21-year-old midfielder struggling for regular game time following a 2017 arrival from Real Betis.He was handed just 29 seconds of a 3-1 victory over Leganes in midweek, with the Spain U21 international reported to have been left less than impressed by a pointless late run out.Arbeloa, though, doubts that the youngster will have aired his frustration, with every outing important as he seeks to prove his worth at a heavyweight outfit.”It can never be humiliation for a player to go out and help his team in any way,” added a man who took in 237 senior appearances for the Blancos across two spells.“I went on in a final for Liverpool with six minutes left. “Zidane might have needed to stop the clock or to stop the game and if Dani Ceballos is angry, I don’t know, but I hope that he went training in good form so that the next day he can play more minutes.”
Could your club do with a financial boost?Thereâ€™s only one month to go until the summer round of Holdenâ€™s Home Ground Advantage program closes!In 2014 Holden announced a $5 million commitment to support local sporting clubs across Australia over the next 10 years. Each year, a summer and winter round will award $250,000 worth of grants.The program is open to all community sporting clubs including, of course, Touch Football! Projects can be small or big, with one club being awarded $100,000 and additional funds provided for smaller worthy projects each round.So what could your club do with? Grants are awarded for uniforms, equipment and ground and facility upgrades.Applications for the current summer round close Monday, 29 February 2016 so jump online to www.holden.com.au/homegroundadvantage to apply.Related LinksHolden Home Ground