Abelardo’s ‘summer’ before the storm

first_imgEspanyol will live a kind of summer in the middle of January, without a League and with a focus on the market, with a new coach who will face this mini preseason with the motivation drawn from 2-2 against Barcelona. After this summer, the storm will come. Espanyol will begin the countdown to four points of salvation, an idyllic situation taking into account the circumstances. Five days ago, the distance was the same and in this section the blue and white team was able to add two points. Those below do not react.The market: the ups and downsRaúl de Tomás and Mariano are still plans A and B of Espanyol in attack, but the parakeet club will also drop. Players like Pipa or even Ferreyra could leave the squad. A conversion that will start now.The game model: solidity and verticalityAbelardo will try to create a supportive Espanyol and that defends in own field but that alternates the pressure, as well as that it is vertical and quickly looks for the spaces. You will have to adapt the players to the roles.Psychology: gain confidenceApart from the tactical aspects, Abelardo will try to take advantage of the wave of its premiere so that the template retains that confidence and optimism to face the following meetings. The technician considers it a fundamental aspect.The strategy: the secret weaponThe stopped ball already gave Espanyol a goal against Barcelona but must give him more. It is one of the aspects of the game that Abelardo values ​​most, and will continue to influence these days in improving the plays. The team’s secret weapon. From this afternoon until the weekend of January 18 and 19, Abelardo Fernández will have practically two weeks (which could involve ten trainings) to instill the team with their ideas and begin to give a new form to the staff. A break for the dispute of the Supercopa of Spain that will have a particularity that helps the Asturian: in the absence of international commitments, you can count on all the players. Matías Vargas, who had options to go with the Argentine Olympic team to play the qualifying tournament, has not finally entered. Another good news for the coach.With the Copa match against San Sebastián de los Reyes on the horizon this Sunday (12:00) as a perfect test bench, the market is the other focus. After the end of the Christmas festivities, the sports management expects to close at least two players before the match against Villarreal that can begin to enter the group dynamics, although for the moment they have not transcended very advanced negotiations.last_img read more

Guyanese man killed in Nevis

first_imgPolice in St Kitts and Nevis are probing the death of a Guyanese national who was found dead with gunshot wounds on Saturday.The dead man has been identified as Marlon James, 27, of Brown Hill, Charlestown, Nevis. James is reportedly from Buxton, East Coast Demerara but moved to the islands a few years ago.According to reports from local media in Nevis, James’ body was found in a clump of bushes in the Hamilton area of Nevis on Saturday morning sometime around 07:30h. He was reportedly shot seven times about the body and partially burnt.The Charlestown Police Station in Nevis said it received the report of a body found along a road in the Hamilton area.“There were signs of violence and multiple gunshots wounds about the body. The District Medical Doctor arrived at the scene and pronounced him dead,” a release from the local Police said.The Crime Scene Unit processed the scene and took several items of evidential value for further investigations, the Nevis Police said.last_img read more

Budget shortfall, busing fees topic at upcoming SD 60 board meeting

first_img“If we can’t find a solution that works for us financially to provide free busing, the possibility of fees is still on the table.” One of the debates goes to the struggle with the provincial government over busing costs and whether or not it will result in student fees as early as next school year.“It’s before committee and [the] board is going to come up with a decision, I think, or a recommendation on Monday’s board meeting,” says Sloan. “…Certainly we’re looking at what we can do, and then we’ll take an action plan to the board and look for their response to how they want to deal with demands upon us that have been set by the province.”Following presentation of the provincial budget earlier this year, school boards across B.C. are dealing with what has been described by some as a Liberal government claw back of teacher’s strike savings.- Advertisement -Last month Mr. Sloan conceded there will be a funding pinch of about $340,000 for the local district budget – due at the end of June.Meantime, changes to the provincial funding formula position on busing costs has left district 60 will a shortfall of about $400,000, and despite local pleas to revisit the issue, there’s been no indication from the province of willingness to do so.“The province changed they way it allocates,” Sloan concludes. “They have now a factor, called a geographic location factor, and funding comes to districts in that manner and we’re still working on this.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Deschamps keeps handbrake on as France fail to thrill

first_img0Shares0000France Didier Deschamps is bidding to join an elite band to have won the World Cup as a player and coach © AFP / FRANCK FIFEYEKATERINBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 22 – France have booked their spot in the World Cup last 16 but a team forged in the image of coach Didier Deschamps is unlikely to win many friends or admirers.Deschamps, bidding to join an elite band to have won the World Cup as a player and coach, has a choice of forwards that is the envy of many of his counterparts at the tournament in Russia. France boast an estimated 550 million euros ($641 million) of attacking prowess in Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir.And yet Les Bleus struggled to beat Australia 2-1 — thanks to a Griezmann penalty and an own goal — and then on Thursday dumped out Peru with a solitary Mbappe goal.The inherently conservative Deschamps dropped the nimble Dembele for the more physical Giroud against Peru and it was the Chelsea striker whose shot was deflected, allowing Mbappe to dart in and score from close range.The 34th-minute winner is not going to win any prizes for artistic merit and France were not afraid to pump the ball long to Giroud on several occasions.Kylian Mbappe scored the only goal of the game as France beat Peru © AFP / FRANCK FIFEDeschamps’s side, who face Denmark on Tuesday eyeing top spot in Group C, registered just four shots on target all game.Afterwards, invited by reporters to heap some praise on Mbappe, the 49-year-old Deschamps preferred to focus on the brilliant teenager’s dedication to doing his bit to help the team defend.And, having seen his young but talented side spend most of the second half on the back foot against a tidy but toothless Peru, Deschamps scoffed: “I saw Spain v Iran (Spain laboured to a 1-0 victory on Wednesday) and Spain spent the last 10 minutes defending.“If you are looking for 5-0, don’t come to a World Cup, you won’t get this.”– ‘Solid & disciplined’ –On the eve of the Peru clash and after the game, Deschamps, a no-frills midfield ball-winner in his playing days, repeatedly emphasised the need for his attackers to do their bit defending and for the team.Absent was any mention of his array of exciting front men expressing themselves or being allowed to take risks.It was telling also that after soaking up the Peru pressure, Paul Pogba, defender Lucas Hernandez and captain Hugo Lloris spoke most enthusiastically not about game-winner Mbappe, but defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante.Lloris said France — for whom midfielder Blaise Matuidi was an incongruous presence on the left wing — had been “solid and disciplined”.Manchester United midfielder Pogba, who played a key role in the Mbappe goal but otherwise offered a negligible threat as an attacking force, pointed out that many of France’s fellow pre-tournament favourites failed to win their first two games.Deschamps led France to the final of Euro 2016 on home soil, proving he has what it takes to guide them efficiently through tournament football.And yet France under his leadership look like they are playing with the handbrake on.Atletico Madrid’s Griezmann again looked a far cry from the striker that terrorises La Liga defences every week.Franck Passi, the former Marseille player and coach, told AFP that Griezmann “hasn’t really begun his World Cup yet”.But Passi believes France will grow into the tournament.“In the group stages there are teams who are priming themselves to go far in the tournament and are not very good physically at the beginning,” he said.“I think we will be better in the second half of the tournament.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Shock U-turn? Guardiola is under pressure by Man City chiefs to make this happen

first_img1 Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, is under pressure over the future of Joe Hart.The England international was shipped out on loan to Serie A side Torino in August last year, but The Sun report that Etihad chiefs want him back at the club.Guardiola has failed to settle a number one since Hart left for Italy, with Claudio Bravo’s nervous performances forcing Willy Caballero to take over in between the posts.Caballero, though, is leaving in the summer, so Guardiola has much work to do in selecting his first choice ‘keeper for next season.Hart has been linked with Liverpool and Everton, but could yet save his Premier League career in Manchester. Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart on the substitute bench at the beginning of the 2016/17 season before his loan move to Torino last_img read more


first_imgA CLARE hurling fan has sent a big ‘thank you’ to a  mystery Donegal family who stopped to rescue her after her own car broke down.Sarah Ferrigan left the lights on in her car as she rushed into see her beloved Clare take on Tipp in Thurles in the National League fixtures yesterday.As the rain poured down Sarah drew a picture of a battery on a piece of paper and held it up….hoping someone would stop. “A lovely Donegal family pulled over and got me back on the road,” said Sarah.“It was a lovely act of kindness – and I just wanted to give them a public thank you via Donegal Daily.”Added Sarah: “Good luck to Donegal in the football this year – I hope you go all the way.”  CLARE HURLING FAN THANKS MYSTERY SOS DONEGAL FAMILY was last modified: March 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ClareHURLINGSarah FerriganThurlesTipperarylast_img read more

Afleet Alex will skip Classic

first_imgNEW YORK — Afleet Alex won’t run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic after all. Trainer Tim Ritchey and veterinarian Patricia Hogan said Monday that the Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner’s leg injury is not fully healed and the popular 3-year-old colt won’t be ready for such a tough race on Oct. 29 at Belmont Park. But the prospect of running this weekend, either at Belmont Park or at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., then coming back two weeks later and taking on the top horses in training in the $4 million BC Classic was just too much to ask. “He’s just too valuable, and the owners care a lot about him,” Hogan said. “They are looking at the bigger picture and want to race him next year.” Afleet Alex underwent surgery on the ankle a week after the injury was discovered, and a screw was inserted in the bone. A few weeks later, though, Ritchey had Alex walking, then jogging, then galloping. The workouts over the last two weeks were impressive, but Hogan was not totally convinced. “This was a test to see if there was a possibility of returning to racing within the scope of the Breeders’ Cup races,” Ritchey and Hogan said in statement on the Afleet Alex’s official Web site. “All involved with Alex agreed that if that was to be a possibility, then the healing process was to have been completed 100 percent for this to be considered. After the recent works, Alex was radiographed again, and although it is very subtle, it is evident that bone is still in the end stages of the healing process. We are 99 percent there, but for this horse we require 100 percent.” Afleet Alex will remain in training and could race again before the end of the year, Hogan said. One scenario includes a prep race, followed by a start in the prestigious Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 26. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “The horse is doing very well clinically and has progressed remarkably well,” Hogan said. Afleet Alex has won eight of 12 career starts for earnings of $2,765,800 for Cash Is King Stable. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It came down to crunch time, to enter him in a prep race, and there just wasn’t enough time,” said Hogan, who has viewed X-rays every two weeks since Afleet Alex was sidelined with a fractured left-front cannon bone July 21. “I was very much on the fence. It was a tough decision, but it’s better to be safe and just wait.” Afleet Alex, the star of the Triple Crown series with his acrobatic Preakness win and overpowering Belmont victory, had two strong workouts on the comeback trail and was looking to run in the Classic after a prep race. last_img read more

Business briefs

first_imgScenic will leave airport in March PALMDALE – Palmdale Regional Airport is again facing the prospect of being without an airline after Scenic Airlines filed a notice with the federal government that it intends to pull out in March. Scenic filed a notice with the U.S. Department of Transportation indicating it will leave the market on March 13. The airline has operated out of Palmdale since Dec. 29, 2004. The notice of intent did not state a reason for terminating service, however, it has been known for months that the airline was struggling to get passengers. In August, the city bought $20,000 worth of tickets after airline officials told them at that time they were looking to pull out in October if passenger loads didn’t increase. Investors worry over GM shares DETROIT – General Motors Corp. shares, which have lost more than half their value since the beginning of the year, fell an additional 4 percent Wednesday as investors fretted about Los Angeles billionaire Kirk Kerkorian’s decision to sell part of his stake in the automaker. GM shares fell 80 cents to $19.05 Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. That is their lowest level since 1982, according to Standard and Poor’s equity market analyst Howard Silverblatt. Legislation passed by the Senate on Wednesday would require broadcasters to end their traditional analog transmissions by Feb. 17, 2009, and send their signals digitally. Such technology promises supersharp pictures and better sound. The plan also would allocate as much as $1.5 billion for a “converter box” program to help people with older, analog TV sets that would lose their signal in the digital era. Consumer advocates say that is not enough money.160Want 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Kerkorian disclosed in a regulatory filing Tuesday that his sale of 12 million GM shares generated a loss that would be used to offset gains elsewhere in his investment company’s portfolio for tax purposes. But Robert Barry, an analyst with Goldman Sachs, said he suspects there are other factors at work, since the sales create such a high risk for Kerkorian’s remaining 44 million GM shares. UnitedHealth gets OK for PacifiCare MINNEAPOLIS – UnitedHealth Group Inc. has received final regulatory approval for its $9.2 billion purchase of PacifiCare Health Systems, the health insurer said Wednesday. UnitedHealth agreed to divest parts of PacifiCare’s commercial health insurance business in Tucson, Ariz., and Boulder, Colo., to satisfy antitrust regulator concerns, the Justice Department said. UnitedHealth also agreed to end its network access agreement with Blue Shield of California. Antitrust regulators objected to the arrangement because absorbing PacifiCare makes UnitedHealth one of Blue Shield of California’s main competitors, Justice said. Suit against Sony spyware expands AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott expanded his lawsuit against Sony BMG Music Entertainment on Wednesday, alleging that a second form of anti-piracy technology used by the label violates the state’s spyware and deceptive trade practices laws. Abbott sued Sony BMG in November, saying the world’s second-largest music label surreptitiously included spyware on millions of CDs through technology known as XCP. That technology, included on 52 Sony BMG titles, could leave computers vulnerable to hackers, he said. Senate sets new date for digital TV WASHINGTON – It’s still three years away, but there now is a firm date for the transition to all-digital television – the biggest change in the industry since color TV.last_img read more

Just one day left for Donegal Tile Centre and Rossview Interiors Marquee Sale

first_imgDonegal Tile Centre and Rossview Interiors massive Marquee Sale is now in full swing but must end this Saturday at 5pm.There is some exceptional value in furniture like Dining Sets reduced from € 1,850 to € 1,190, Sofas with 2 armchairs reduced from € 1,760 to € 1,095. Get a FREE Mattress when you purchase Bedroom furniture!Also there is a large selection of wall and floor tiles … most at less than half price, vanity units from €89 and 900mm Quadrant shower enclosures down to € 160.So don’t miss out just watch for the Marquee from the Polestar Roundabout, Port Road, Letterkenny and pick up a real bargain this weekend.  Just one day left for Donegal Tile Centre and Rossview Interiors Marquee Sale was last modified: April 21st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

NCS D-VII championship: Ferndale falls to Salesian College Prep 50-29 in section title game

first_imgA memorable season for Ferndale came to a close Saturday night with a 50-29 NCS D-VII championship loss to Salesian College Preparatory, Saturday night at Alhambra High.Ferndale never led in the first half but never trailed by more than a score either as the Wildcats matched each touchdown by Salesian.Lane Branstetter, Jenner Christiansen and Landon Gomes each rushed for first-half touchdowns. Branstetter’s came first on a 70-yard run. Both Christiansen and Gomes punched in short runs for …last_img