The ‘Spanish ATK’ brings the Indian Super League to Agus

first_imgSpanish plenary session in CalcuttaATK has won three of the six Super Leagues and all of them came under the baton of a Spanish coach. José Francisco Molina, current sports director of the Spanish Football Federation, lifted the trophy in 2016, when the club was called Atlético Kolkata due to its already prescribed relationship with Atlético de Madrid. Antonio López Habas did the same in 2014, the inaugural season of the ISL, and repeated Alirón in 2020 along with Manuel Cascallana (assistant), Angel Javier Hernandez (goalkeeper coach), Álvaro Ros (physical trainer) and Luis Alfonso Redondo (physiotherapist).The Spanish soccer players of the team, Edu García, Javi Hernández, Víctor Mongil and Mandi Sosa, dedicated the title to their teammate Agus Garcia, absent for family matters. The Albacete central defender’s shirt, captain of the team until he had to return to Spain at the beginning of February, was present in the photo of the initial team and during the tournament. He is also a champion. ATK became the first team in the history of the Indian Super League (ISL) to win the title three times after defeating Chennaiyin 3-1 in the final played in Goa. The team led by Cordovan Antonio López Habas, who already conquered the tournament in 2014, won thanks to three Spanish goals: Salamanca Javi Hernández He opened the can in the 10th minute and took it upon himself to dispel any hint of rival hope in the discount. Edu García, for his part, he signed 2-0 after the break.Despite the tranquility that the result may reflect, ATK had to row against the current to achieve the third Super League in its history. Chennaiyin, who went from less to more during the season, had a great meeting and only the Hindu goalkeeper Bhattacharya, who became the protagonist, was able to stop the team led by the former Premier League Owen Coyle. ATK scorers Hernández and García were the starters and played the 90 minutes; Mandi Sosa replaced Krishna at the edge of the break and Víctor Mongil entered the second half.last_img read more

Messi misses penalty, Barca wins big to increase lead

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Barcelona didn’t need Messi’s goals, however, as Suarez and Paulinho both scored twice to help the team capitalize on Valencia’s loss at Eibar on Saturday.Unbeaten Barcelona extended its advantage to six points over Atletico Madrid, which jumped ahead of Valencia by winning on Saturday. Valencia is eight points behind Barcelona.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkReal Madrid is 11 points adrift in fourth with a game in hand before Barcelona visits the Santiago Bernabeu next weekend.Despite his off day, Messi still leads the league with 14 goals in 16 rounds. LATEST STORIES FC Barcelona’s Paulinho, left, celebrates after scoring with his teammate Lionel Messi during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Coruna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as Barcelona eased to a 4-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna to increase its lead at the top of the Spanish league on Sunday.Messi couldn’t beat goalkeeper Ruben Martinez late in the match after the Argentina forward had been frustrated on three separate occasions when he hit the woodwork. Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez also sent shots off the post.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Heat forward James Johnson expected to miss 7 to 10 dayscenter_img Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

New kit! Premier League champions unveil bold new kit for cup competitions

first_img 3 Click the arrow to see more images of the new kit. Manchester City embark on their fourth Champions League campaign on Wednesday evening, with the reigning Premier League champions take on German giants Bayern Munich.Despite their costly investment, City are yet to truly make their mark in Europe, but that is expected to change this season and the club are looking to reflect that with a fresh look, by unveiling a new away kit for cup competition.More Prince than Pellegrini, City will wear their new purple addition in knock-out tournaments, with their black alternative away strip being reserved for league matches only.Click the arrow to see more images of the new kit.City fans, what do you think of this latest strip? Comment below… Click the arrow to see more images of the new kit. 3 3 Click the arrow to see more images of the new kit.last_img read more

Ajax shocks Juventus to reach UCL semis

first_img0Shares0000Dutch giants Ajax defied the odds to knock Juventus out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage on TuesdayTURIN, Italy, Apr 16 – Ajax stunned Juventus to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1997 as Matthijs de Ligt’s thumping second-half header secured a 2-1 second-leg victory in the last eight in Turin on Tuesday.Cristiano Ronaldo, bidding for his sixth Champions League title, scored a 28th-minute header to put Juve ahead after a 1-1 first-leg draw, but Donny van de Beek levelled for Ajax before half-time. Teenage centre-back De Ligt struck midway through the second period, though, to seal a 3-2 aggregate win and set up a last-four clash with either Manchester City or Tottenham.The young Dutch side had already eliminated three-time defending champions Real Madrid en route to the quarters, overturning a 2-1 home defeat against the Spanish side with a memorable 4-1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.Juventus had been looking to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the third time in the past five seasons.But Ronaldo, who scored an away goal last week with a diving header in Amsterdam, was Juve’s only weapon against the impressive Dutch side.The 34-year-old was signed for 100 million euros ($117 million) last summer from Real Madrid in a bid to win the European trophy for the first time since 1996, when they beat Ajax in the final.Massimiliano Allegri had been forced to reshuffle his side because of injuries, with Paulo Dybala returning in place of the injured Mario Mandzukic, while captain Giorgio Chiellini was also sidelined.Ajax’s defence took a hit when Noussair Mazraoui, who had replaced the suspended Nicolas Tagliafico, limped off on 11 minutes with an ankle injury, with Daley Sinkgraven coming on.Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana dived to keep out a scorching Dybala half-volley in the 20th minute.– Ronaldo leaves Onana no chance –Ronaldo headed Juventus ahead in the 28th minute © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEBut Ronaldo latched onto a Miralem Pjanic corner with a downward header that left Onana without no chance.It was the Portugal star’s 126th Champions League goal and sixth of this campaign, having now scored in his past six European games against Ajax, netting nine goals in total.But Van de Beek soon silenced the cheers of the home crowd when he controlled a wayward Hakim Ziyech shot six minutes later, rolling the ball past Szczesny to cancel out Juventus’ away goal and make it 2-2 on aggregate.Teenage striker Moise Kean replaced Dybala after the break, but it was the Dutch who turned on the style, with only Szczesny’s reflexes keeping Juventus in the tie.The Polish keeper denied Ziyech from close range with one hand, and minutes later tipped Van de Beek’s curling effort over the bar.The Juventus back-line struggled with the pace of the Dutch team with Pjanic doing well to deny Ziyech a tap-in.But Erik ten Hag’s side’s incessant pressure paid off with 19-year-old skipper De Ligt towering above Alex Sandro and Daniele Rugani to head home Lasse Schone’s corner on 67 minutes.Ziyech looked as if he had fired a third past Szczesny, but his goal was ruled offside after a VAR check.And the Dutch visitors held on, with Ronaldo unable to make a difference after his incredible hat-trick had pulled Juventus into the quarter-finals in the last-16 win over Atletico Madrid.Four-time winners Ajax won their third consecutive title in 1973 at the expense of Juventus, and last lifted the trophy in 1995, with their last semi-final appearances ending in defeat by Juve 22 years ago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

`Serve Weekend’ encourages congregation to help others

first_imgWHITTIER – A Whittier pastor is asking his 2,600-plus congregation not to come to church this Sunday. Saying he wants to build “a church without walls,” the Rev. William Ankerberg has asked members of his Whittier Area Community Church to instead spend today and Sunday doing volunteer work in their neighborhoods. Members will assist in more than 70 different local projects – from sprucing up neighborhood schools, to visiting terminally ill patients to feeding hungry firefighters. Church officials are calling it “Serve Weekend.” It is a “bold” move, Cooke added, considering that the weekly donations from hundreds of worshippers help pay the church’s bills. “Churches need to be outside of themselves … and they need to be more than just the building that we go and worship in,” she said. More than 800 adults have signed up for service projects, said Colleen Marks, director of public relations. Many volunteers are expected to bring their children along. And should anyone show up at Whittier Area Community Church on Sunday for regular services, they’ll get the volunteer treatment instead, she added. “We’re going to give them a free car wash and blood-pressure screening,” said Marks. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Ankerberg said people too often perceive the church as the focal point of all Christian activity, a place to be visited once or twice a week. “We realized that wasn’t enough anymore,” he said. “We’re doing this because we want to make a positive impact in the name of Jesus and our community, and we can’t think of a better way to do that than through this,” Ankerberg added. While it is not the first time the church’s members have done community volunteer work, this weekend marks the first time the church has canceled Sunday services so that members can devote the day to doing good deeds, said Vicki Cooke, director of generosity. “That means we’re not passing the plate,” she said. “It proves how committed we are to being a church that gives.” last_img read more

Otway trio record sensational round of 8 under-par

first_imgOtway Golf News: Last Sunday it was the time for the lucky team of Damien Gallagher, Shaun Sweeney and Mark Friel to win the festive birds with a score of eight under par!Competition was intense, with a large chasing field on the heels of the winning trio! There’s still a few chances left to win the turkey at the usual Sunday morning scrambles at Otway, and also at the Wednesday evening cards in the clubhouse at 7pm.The club are also running a monster 25 drive on Friday 2nd December at 7 pm in the RDRC in Rathmullan, everyone welcome.Otway trio record sensational round of 8 under-par was last modified: November 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfOtwaySportlast_img read more

Real Madrid fans would prefer Klopp took over than Spurs boss Pochettino

first_imgReal Madrid fans would prefer Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to replace Zinedine Zidane instead of Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino.In a poll conducted by Real supporters, 29% voted for the Reds manager to replace Zidane – who walked away just three days after lifting a third successive Champions League trophy.Pochettino, who has been strongly linked with the Los Blancos hot seat recently, picked up just 23% of the vote after another trophy-less season in north London.According to the Sunday Express, the poll is a poly often used by Madridistas when it comes to appointing a new manager or signing a new ‘Galactico’.Such is the politics involved with the LaLiga club, the voice of the fans can be extremely influential.Pochettino is said to be President Florentino Perez’s favoured choice to replace Zidane, but he has just signed a lucrative five-year deal with the Lilywhites.Asked about the issue a couple of days ago, the Argentine said: “When Madrid call you, you have to listen. Although in this case it doesn’t depend on me. I have just signed a contract at Tottenham and I am very happy there.” 1 Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino have been linked with the Real Madrid job last_img read more

DONEGAL TOWN COMMUNITY CHAMBER RESPONDS TO MAYOR’S ‘RESIGNATION’

first_imgDonegal Town Community Chamber has hit back at claims by outgoing Mayor Tom Conaghan that he did not receive the full support of members.The Chamber issued a statement today saying the Honorary Mayor is not stepping down, his term of office is due to expire and full arrangements are in place for the election of the next Honorary Mayor.It said that Tom Conaghan is entitled to stand for election if he so wishes and, as with all nominations, the chamber welcomes his participation. “We acknowledge the work Tom Conaghan carried out over his term of office, and the benefits it brought to the town and area. It was clear to us at our monthly meetings which he attended that his commitment and drive was unstinting.“It was with disappointment and sadness that we learned of his frustration and his assertion that he did not receive co-operation from the majority of the Community Chamber.“We were never led to believe at any of our meetings that the Honorary Mayor had any grievance with our working relationship with him. Not alone did we feel happy in our support of him, we also extended financial support when necessary.“We rely on our membership for funding (Business and Community Groups). Other sources of funding i.e. DSP are for specific projects and cannot be used for anything else. Financial statements are available at our AGM’s. Like many voluntary groups at present we are constrained by lack of finance. The chamber said that despite his comments the chamber wishes Mr Conaghan well in the future, and look forward to co-operating with him for the benefit of the town and area.“We all share the same aims and vision for our town,” it said. DONEGAL TOWN COMMUNITY CHAMBER RESPONDS TO MAYOR’S ‘RESIGNATION’ was last modified: April 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Town Community ChamberTom Conaghanlast_img read more

New crime legislation will tackle repeat offenders – McHugh

first_imgMinster Joe McHugh says that the passage of the Criminal Justice Bill through the Oireachtas this week is a major boost to crime fighting in Donegal. “This Bill gives the Courts more powers in imposing bail conditions, including prohibiting an accused from contacting victims, prohibiting him or her from driving when charged with a serious road traffic offence, and the imposition of a night-time curfew,” the Fine Gael Deputy said.“Courts will also be required to take additional factors into account when considering whether to refuse bail to serious offenders including the nature and frequency of previous offending.  “The Bill allows for people on bail to be monitored electronically to demonstrate compliance with bail conditions when requested by the prosecutor.“This Bill also helps the victims of crime allowing for victim evidence at bail proceedings and the Bill also makes it a requirement that the court give reasons for bail decisions.“I am delighted to see these common sense measures being introduced; they will enhance the powers of our Justice System and should act as a deterrent to repeat offenders, thereby protecting Donegal communities.” Commenting on the passage of the Bill, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, said: “This Bill is an important piece of legislation which will strengthen the powers of the Courts, and of the Gardaí, in dealing with persistent serious offenders and persons on bail who pose an ongoing threat to the public.   “The Bill places a greater emphasis on the rights and the safety of victims, and of the public, in bail decisions, while continuing to safeguard the rights of the accused. It provides increased guidance for the courts and greater transparency in the bail process.”Fine Gael say they are committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and deter crime. 2017 will see 900 trainees become members of An Garda Síochána.  This will bring Garda numbers to about 13,500 by year end, real progress towards the target of 15,000. Furthermore funding has been provided to recruit 500 civilians during 2017 to support the wide ranging reform plan in An Garda Síochána. In 2016, some €10m was invested in new vehicles for the Garda fleet with 597 vehicles being allocated to the fleet.New crime legislation will tackle repeat offenders – McHugh was last modified: June 29th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:deputy joe mchughdonegalGardaiJoe McHughlast_img read more

Introducing the Stretch & Squish Theory of Evolution

first_imgEvolution is too slow if theorists rely on single point mutations, say two biologists from U. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, who published their ideas in PNAS1 (see summary on EurekAlert).  Instead, evolution proceeds by rapidly distorting, stretching and squishing what is already there, they claim.    They claim that even Darwin knew that evolution was fast: “In an observation that has evolved into the modern theory of punctuated equilibrium, Darwin inferred from the fossil record that evolution frequently occurs in rapid bursts.”  In an effort to find a molecular basis for speeding up evolution to make rapid changes possible, they examined genetic sequences called tandem repeats from the blood of different breeds of dogs. Most scientists agree that over very long periods of time, mutations in the genetic code are responsible for driving evolutionary changes in species.  One widely accepted hypothesis is that random, so-called single-point mutations – a change from one letter to another among the billions of letters contained in the code – minutely but inexorably change an organism’s appearance.    UT Southwestern scientists, however, believe the single-point mutation process is much too slow and happens much too infrequently to account for the rapid rise of new species found in the fossil record, or for the rapid evolutionary changes occurring in species such as the domestic dog, whose various breeds have evolved relatively quickly from a not-too-distant common ancestor.Mutations in tandem repeat sequences apparently occur 100,000 times as often as point mutations, and produce noticeable changes in appearance quickly, they claim.  Dr. John Fondon explains:“I was struck by the prevalence of very highly mutable tandem repeats in the coding regions of genes responsible for development,” he said.  “That’s when it occurred to me that this may be an important mechanism whereby our genomes are able to create lots of useful variations in genes that are important for our development, our shape and structure, and our overall appearance.  “Many of the shape difference that we see in evolution are not suddenly adding a wing or a leg.  They are distortions, the stretching or squishing of a body part.  Mutations in these repeat sequences are responsible for such incremental, quantitative changes.”In the case of humans, mutations in neurons might have distorted, stretched and squished our brains: “Humans rapidly evolved big brains, which helped them survive as well,” suggested the other researcher, Dr. Harold Garner.Update 12/22/2004: Elizabeth Pennisi in Science2 calls this the ”Ruff” Theory of Evolution.  She notes that not all agree with the hypothesis that tandem repeats drive the evolution dogsled:Sean Carroll from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, worries that Fondon and Garner overestimate the importance of tandem repeats in typical evolution, noting that dog owners have bypassed natural selection by breeding for physical characteristics without thought to how the resulting changes would impact a dog’s survival in the wild.  Intensive breeding may have prompted the rampant changes in tandem repeats, more so than would occur under natural conditions.  But David King, an evolutionary biologist at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, argues that it doesn“t matter whether natural selection or artificial breeding is at work–the role of tandem repeats is now clearly important: “[Fondon and Garner] have shown that tandem repeats are effective for fine-tuning evolution.”1John W. Fondon and Harold R. Garner, “Molecular origins of rapid and continuous morphological evolution,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0408118101, published online 12/13/2004.2Elizabeth Pennisi, “A Ruff Theory of Evolution: Gene Stutters Drive Dog Shape,” Science, Vol 306, Issue 5705, 2172, 24 December 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5705.2172].This evolutionary food for thought is fit for a King.  (Here, King; here, boy.)  How do you squish an arm into a wing, or stretch a fin into a leg?  This sounds like the silly putty theory of evolution.  An intelligent kid can purposefully make things out of silly putty, but the putty by itself is silly and has no goal in mind.  Put the silly putty into a random machine of moving parts and chaos results.    Other problems quickly evolve from this theory.  What if the top of the dog’s snout gets stretched by a tandem repeat mutation, but the bottom jaw does not?  The dog can’t eat.  What if the mutated dog can eat, but cannot find a mate with the same mutation?  And don’t these guys know that dog breeding is not evolution, but intelligent design?  How can David King, an evolutionary biologist, appear so ignorant of the difference between natural and artificial selection?  And how can he use evolution and fine-tuning in the same phrase?    For these and other reasons, this Silly Putty theory of evolution gets Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.  Fondon and Garner’s final sentence in the paper makes tandem repeats responsible for all the beauty and variety of living things:How broadly this mode of evolutionary change is exploited in nature remains to be seen, but if the prevalence of repetitive elements within genes is any indicator, then mammals, insects, plants, and other genomes throughout the natural world may use this mechanism to achieve evolutionary agility.“Evolutionary agility” – now there is an equivocation for the record books.  How did a lizard learn to fly?  By evolutionary agility.  How did an ape learn to build spacecraft?  By evolutionary agility.  How did a dog learn to become a whale and dive deep into the ocean, navigating by sonar?  By evolutionary agility.  What an agile concept.    Papers like this diminish the prestige of the National Academy of Sciences.  Peer review is supposed to prevent dumb ideas from getting published.  If it were not for the desperation of the Darwin Party to keep sending new ideas up the flagpole to see if anyone salutes, they would have been forced to admit defeat long ago.  This entry’s only value is in pointing out that the old neo-Darwinian theory of natural selection, acting on point mutations, is inadequate to account for the rapid change found in the fossil record.  That is an admission that supports creation, not evolution.(Visited 70 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more