About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal captain Xhaka hits back at Evra: You speak a lot of bulls***by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal captain Granit Xhaka has hit back at Patrice Evra’s babies taunt as “bulls**t*.Xhaka was annoyed when Manchester United hero Evra called Arsenal “babies” after their 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United on Monday because the Sky Sports pundit claims they have always been fragile. “A lot of people speak too much,” fumed Xhaka. “I hear he speaks something against us.“I have a lot of respect for him because he was a great player. But you have to be careful what you say in those situations as well.”It’s not only him, it’s a lot of people. They speak a lot of bull**** about us. It’s always the same.“For me it’s strange because they were in the same situation as us. They were players as well.“Maybe sometimes we play good, sometimes not so good.”But if you speak every weekend, every game, bulls**t like this then they will not get respect for what they say.”
Actor, Erik Nicolaisen, who starred in the Volkswagen (VW) “Get Happy” commercial, is in the island at the invitation of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) to participate in promotional activities for destination Jamaica.Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, and Director of Tourism, John Lynch, were on hand to greet Mr. Nicolaisen on his arrival on Monday, February 18, at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The actor’s Jamaican brother-in law, Robert Murphy, also made the trip.In the popular commercial, aired during the American Super Bowl earlier this month, Mr. Nicolaisen plays a happy office worker, who speaks with a Jamaican accent. It also features a rendition of The Partridge Family’s theme song, ‘Get Happy’ sung by reggae icon, Jimmy Cliff.In commending the actor, Minister NcNeill said the commercial generated a lot of recognition for the country.He said over the next few days, Mr. Nicolaisen will be travelling across the island, visiting attractions and filming videos to be used in some of the JTB’s promotional activities.“I think that the association with Jamaica is going to be a good one and that it can go a long way in promoting Jamaica, both here and abroad. You are a very recognisable face here in Jamaica, so your visit should be a very interesting one,” Dr. McNeill said.In his reply, Mr. Nicolaisen said he is happy and honoured to have participated in the VW commercial and also for the opportunity provided to further promote a country he admires.“What a lovely opportunity to be able to represent a culture that I appreciate and I have come to understand as a fan of Reggae music and a student of Jamaica since I was a little kid. What an opportunity; and I am just trying to embrace it and just enjoy myself in all of this,” Mr. Nicolaisen stated.“I want to thank the Jamaica Tourist Board for bringing me here. If I can come down and act to help Brand Jamaica, what a joy … that’s why I am here,” he added.The Tourism Director, in welcoming Mr. Nicolaisen, said he has been a “good ambassador” for Jamaica.
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OSU then-junior catcher Jalen Washington (2) swings at a ball during a game against Bethune-Cookman at Bill Davis Stadium on April 1, 2016. Lantern file photoEntering the 2017 season, the biggest question surrounding the Ohio State baseball team was how coach Greg Beals would replace seven everyday starters.The Buckeyes seemed to answer that question emphatically, combining for 21 runs on 18 hits during the first two games at the Sunshine State Classic Series. But, their offense slumped across the final two contests, posting only four runs on 11 hits.The offense found over the weekend came largely from the bats of redshirt senior designated hitter Zach Ratcliff and senior shortstop and co-captain Jalen Washington. Ratcliff hit .438 with seven hits, two home runs, six RBIs and five runs scored. Washington finished the weekend with a .385 batting average, one stolen base, three runs scored and was hit by four pitches.OSU opened its season with a 2-2 start.Game 1 versus Kansas StateA dominant outing from redshirt junior starting pitcher and co-captain Adam Niemeyer on Opening Day helped led the Buckeyes to a 6-3 victory over the Wildcats.The scoring began in the top half of the third for OSU. After Kansas State redshirt sophomore starting pitcher Bryce Ward set the first two down in order, OSU junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt tripled down the right field line. Washington followed that up with a grounder to the second baseman who couldn’t handle it, allowing Washington to reach first and Gantt to score the first Buckeye run of the season.A double and a walk loaded the bases for junior first baseman Bo Coolen who doubled down the left field line, driving in two runs and bringing the OSU lead to 3-0.The next inning, the Buckeyes would again put up a crooked number. After the first two batters of the inning reached base and a sac bunt put them both in scoring position, a wild pitch was thrown by freshman reliever Tyler McKay, allowing sophomore third baseman Brady Cherry to score from third.A walk to Gantt brought Washington to the plate who lined a base hit down the left field line, scoring another run and expanding the Buckeye lead to 5-0. A bases-loaded walk later in the inning added to the OSU lead, putting them ahead 6-0.The only run Niemeyer surrendered came in the bottom half of the sixth inning after the first two runners he faced reached base on a single and an error. A single by redshirt senior outfielder Steve Serratore drove in the run, drawing the Wildcats closer, 6-1. The Wildcats plated two unearned runs off junior reliever Seth Kinker in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Buckeyes held on for the 6-3 victory. Niemeyer finished the game having allowed only one unearned run on six hits, no walks and one strikeout.Game 2 versus DelawareIn a high-scoring affair driven by three grand slams, OSU beat Delaware 15-10 thanks to Ratcliff’s monster day. The fifth-year designated hitter delivered the game’s first runs with a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the second, giving OSU the early 2-0 lead.But Delaware responded in a big way in the top of the third. A grand slam from redshirt senior outfielder Jordan Glover led the Blue Hens’ offensive charge as they jumped out to an early 6-2 lead. An inning later, Delaware added another run to bring the score to 7-2.In the bottom-half of the fourth inning, Ratcliff came up to bat and for the second time, deposited a two-run home run over the left field fence to draw the Buckeyes within five. The Blue Hens responded, adding two more of their own in the top of the fifth.Down 9-4, the OSU offense exploded in the bottom of the seventh inning. Junior second baseman Noah McGowan stepped up to the plate with a bases-loaded opportunity and cashed in with a grand slam, drawing the Scarlet and Gray to within one.The next two batters reached base for Ratcliff who again delivered, this time with a two-RBI double to the right-center field gap. Ratliff would later score, expanding the Buckeye lead to 11-9.The next inning, OSU got right back where they left off. Now with the score tied, Cherry stepped up to the dish with the bases juiced and delivered his second career grand slam to left-center field, jumping the OSU offense out to a commanding 15-9 lead. The Blue Hens added another run in the top of the ninth, but their comeback attempt fell short as OSU won the first game of their Saturday double-header 15-10. Ratcliff finished the day 4-4 with a pair of homers, a walk, four runs scored and six RBIs.Game 3 versus PittsburghThe Buckeye offense came rolling into this game, but they were completely silenced by senior right-hander Josh Falk in a 7-2 loss against Pittsburgh.The Buckeyes drew first blood. Gantt led off the top of the second inning with a ground-rule double and scored on a sacrifice fly from McGowan, giving OSU the early 1-0 lead.Pitt quickly took back the game with two runs scored in the bottom of the second on a two-run double from freshman right fielder Nico Popa. Another run in the bottom of the third expanded their lead to 3-1.The Panthers put up another run in the fourth, one in the seventh and two in the eighth to give them a 7-1 lead. As soon as Falk left the game in the ninth inning, the Buckeye offense started showing some life. The first two batters of the inning went down, but a pair of singles, a hit-by-pitch and an RBI walk from redshirt senior left fielder Shea Murray brought the score to 7-2. The OSU comeback ended there, however, as the pinch-hitter lined out to shortstop to end their comeback.Falk finished the game with eight innings of one-run, three-hit ball. He walked three and struck out seven.Game 4 versus Kansas StateComing off a game where the offense looked stagnant, OSU once again came out of the gate slow, and fell to Kansas State 3-2 in their second meeting with the Wildcats.Down 2-0 in the bottom half of the fifth inning, OSU found some life in their offense. After a triple and a walk put runners on the corners, Gantt singled to right center to put the Scarlet and Gray on the scoreboard. Washington followed that up with a double to left, tying the game at two.The game remained tied until the top of the eighth inning. Redshirt senior shortstop Jake Wodtke led off the frame with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Senior first baseman Jake Scudder followed the sacrifice with a single to center, driving in the Wildcats’ third run of the game and bringing the score to 3-2. In his first game since Tommy John surgery, OSU redshirt senior starting pitcher Jake Post looked solid, delivering six innings with only two runs allowed on five hits while striking out three. Washington and Ratcliff were the only two Buckeye hitters with multi-hit games.The Buckeyes will travel to Surprise, Arizona, on Thursday to begin the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. They open against Utah on at 8 p.m. and will split four games over the weekend between the Utes and the No. 8 Oregon State Beavers.
On a sunny Sunday afternoon, high atop the president’s suite along the first base side of Huntington Park, 78-year-old Howard “Hopalong” Cassady watched as almost 2,000 bobbleheads bearing his likeness circulated throughout the ballpark. Wearing a black and white, Hawaiian-style, button-up shirt, appropriate for the 85-degree game-time temperature, the former Ohio State Heisman-Trophy winner was at the ballpark because he was being honored by the Columbus Clippers as part of the organization’s “Columbus Icons Bobblehead Series.” The special nine-game series is something the Clippers are doing to help celebrate Columbus’ bicentennial, and Sunday’s “Howard ‘Hopalong’ Cassady Bobblehead Day” was third game in which fans had an opportunity to purchase a bobblehead of a “Columbus Icon.” “We used to do bobblehead nights for Major Leaguers who came through Columbus,” said Clippers media director Joe Santry. “Fans really liked it and we thought it would be good to do for the bicentennial.” All nine bobbleheads in the series represent a specific genre of Columbus’ history, Santry said, and all of the honorees are from Columbus. At the select games throughout the season, fans can purchase the bobblehead of the “Columbus Icon” being honored for $10 at the game or can buy a special $15 box-seat ticket that includes a voucher for the bobblehead. Tickets for box seats normally sell for $12. One Clippers fan that likes the bobblehead idea is Columbus resident Dave Muir, who bought a Cassady bobblehead at the Sunday’s game. “I think it’s great to honor the city’s own with bobbleheads,” he said. “The idea of ‘Columbus Icons’ to celebrate the city’s history is a really neat idea and I’ll try to collect as many as I can.” Santry said the Clippers chose Cassady as a “Columbus Icon” to represent the professional athletes the city has produced. Cassady, who declined to comment, played in the NFL from 1956 to 1963 with the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns. He was the first Heisman-Trophy winner born in Columbus, winning the award in 1955, his senior season with the Buckeyes. He was a two-time consensus All-American in football, helping OSU to the 1954 National Championship. He played baseball for the Buckeyes as well. Following graduation, the Columbus-native received professional offers from the NFL and MLB. Choosing to stick with football, Detroit selected Cassady third overall in the 1956 NFL Draft, and won the NFL championship a year later in 1957. After retiring from the NFL, Cassady became a special assistant in the New York Yankees organization in 1973 and was an assistant coach for the Clippers, who at the time was the Triple-A affiliate of New York, from 1992 to 2003. Santry, who spent time with Cassady as the media director for the Clippers organization, said the former Buckeye is a wonderful person. “He spent so many years with the organization, he is like a grandfather to us,” he said. “He’s a great guy.” Santry would not admit that Cassady’s ties to the Clippers gave him an edge over the other Columbus natives considered for the professional athlete bobblehead, but he said “it didn’t hurt.” Cassady is the first of three bobbleheads associated with OSU athletics. Bobbleheads of Olympian Jesse Owens and former Buckeyes football coach Woody Hayes will be available on July 29 and Aug. 12, respectively. For some fans, the bobbleheads associated with OSU ties are the most sought after. “Anytime I see a bobblehead of a former Buckeye being given out or available for purchase, I try to get it,” Larry Mitchell said. “I’ve got mostly football guys, so when I saw it was ‘Hop’ bobblehead day, I knew I had to come get one.” Mitchell, from Pataskala, said he plans on returning for the Owens and Hayes bobbleheads to add to his collection of about 40 Buckeyes-related bobbleheads that he said he started after the football team won the 2002 National Championship. “I have a lot of dust collectors,” he said with a grin. The Clippers bobblehead series honors more than just Columbus’ sports history. Non-sports related bobbleheads in the series include World War I veteran Eddie Rickenbacker, fast-food businessman Dave Thomas, the Columbus Zoo’s Jack Hanna and author James Thurber. “It’s a cool idea to celebrate not only the city’s sports history, but other aspects of our city’s rich history,” Muir said.
Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra voiced his opinion that Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo at running at defenders with the ball.The Frenchman claimed Ronaldo has given him quite a few headaches on the many occasions the two former teammates have faced each other after separating. However, when asked who he would prefer to play against – Messi or Ronaldo, Evra picked the latter.“I would say Cristiano,” Evra said, according to the Express.“Messi with that little touch, it’s more difficult.”“But Cristiano you can read him. Cristiano is more about strength, about speed.”Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“But Messi, yeah (it’s more about small touches).”Despite this, Evra thinks Ronaldo is overall between from the most compared couple in the football world right now.“Cristiano, especially when he scored that header,” Evra claimed.“I think he nearly touched the sky.”“I remember (Sir Alex) Ferguson was shouting at me after the game.”
Former Arsenal player Santi Cazorla has revealed he is delighted to be back on the field of play– after fearing the worst for his career.Santi Cazorla, 33, suffered a nightmare injury and was given a bad prognosis by medics who told him, he would be lucky even to play football with his son at one point. However, he rejoined Villareal from Arsenal where he played for the first time in many years.The Spaniard also paid tribute to the fans who supported him – and said staying fit is his primary concern.According to an interview from Standard Sport, Cazorla said: “To feel like a footballer again is something extraordinary.“The warmth of everyone during this period is something that will stay with me forever.“The fans have given me strength and been there through all the bad times.“Sometimes I can ask too much of myself, and I don’t enjoy things.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I’ve returned to training with my teammates and played a game at a reasonable level. For me, this was unthinkable 20 months ago.“I’m just focused on getting 100 percent fit and doing what I love to do: playing football.”The friendly against Hercules was the first game he’d played in 636 days – and it’s a remarkable comeback given he worried at one point he wouldn’t even be able to walk again.Want to wish Santi Carzola the best of luck at Villeriea good to see him back on his feet & on a football pitch I hope out mutual respect Arsenal come across Villeriea in the Europa League in the new season & he get one hell of a standing ovation.#ThankYouSanti pic.twitter.com/RMdabEgPxb— @AProudGooner (@Y2JohnCenaRKO95) July 17, 2018
New Juventus signing Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that the standing ovation he received from Juventus fans last season played a part in his decision to join the club.The former Real Madrid star scored a lovely overhead goal against Juventus during their 3-0 home loss to Madrid which led to the home fans applauding him.And having joined up with the Italian champions this summer, the Portuguese captain has revealed his delight about that moment.‘I felt surprised at the beginning. I am used to following Juve and I like the club, but since that moment I liked them even more,’ Ronaldo said in an interview with JuventusTV, according to Daily Mail.‘I won’t say it was the key point in my decision, but every detail helps. Maybe. Of course, it helps when you see the people like you, the supporters and club like you, the feeling is completely different.Quiz: How much do you know about the 2018-19 Serie A campaign? Boro Tanchev – May 28, 2019 Let’s see how deep your knowledge is about the 2018-19 Serie A campaign. Good luck and have fun!‘Unbelievable. I remember every day, that never happened to me before. In the Champions League against Juve, a quarter-final, you score a goal and see everyone in the stadium applaud you. It was an unbelievable feeling”Ronaldo went on to score the only goal for Real Madrid in the second leg from the penalty spot as Juventus crashes out 4-3 on aggregate despite winning the second leg at the Bernabeu 3-1.Ronaldo has won the last three UEFA Champions League titles with Real Madrid. The 33-year-old will be hoping to bring that winning streak to the Old lady as they seek their first Champions League title since 1996.
AS Monaco coach Thierry Henry was satisfied with the way debutant Cesc Fabregas evolved as the game progressed in their 1-1 draw at MarseilleYouri Tielemans cancelled out Maxime Lopez’s opener for Marseille at the Stade Velodrome to hand Monaco a point in Ligue 1 on Sunday.While the result left Les Monegasques down in 19th-place in the standings, Henry was pleased with Fabregas’ impact on his debut.The Spaniard, who arrived from Chelsea last week, played the full 90 minutes of the league match and did well in the centre of the Monaco midfield.“Cesc evolved with the game. Minute after minute, he started to put his hand on the game and take that break,” said Henry, according to FourFourTwo.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“Naldo also does it behind, [Fabregas] does it in the middle, Rony Lopes does it too, this break between the lines, to be able to see where we have to play, see what the team gives you, where to give the ball.“On some actions, we could have finished better, but it comes step by step. We have to try to make progress, but I think that, especially in terms of mood, this point is good if we win the next games.“It’s good for the mood, especially when we are away. It’s good for the mood and the way it went, where once again we had to react and we did it.”Monaco will next face OGC Nice on Wednesday in another Ligue 1 fixture.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppConcerns have been expressed about the Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police Force laying what has been referred to as ‘adult charges’ against minors. The most recent being a 15 year old girl charged with burglary. In response to this concern the Commissioner of Police, Colin Farquar has informed that the proper procedure was followed where a parent/guardian is present along with a representative from the Social Welfare Department during the interview and the charging process. Commissioner Farquar also added that when taken before the Court, the juvenile will be considered as a juvenile and if found guilty, the punishment could be under the Juveniles Ordinance or under the Probation of Offenders Ordinance. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: