Football News Real Madrid stumble to 1-0 defeat against Rayo Vallecano, fall 18 points behind Barcelona

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Madrid: Real Madrid’s response to Barcelona winning the title was to lose to 19th-placed Rayo Vallecano and fall 18 points behind La Liga’s newly-crowned champions. A deserved 1-0 defeat at Vallecas Sunday means Zinedine Zidane’s second term now shows four wins from eight games and a worrying lack of improvement since he returned as Madrid’s coach. Adri Embarba’s penalty, given after consultation with VAR, was enough for Rayo, who move to within six points of survival, with three games left to play. For Madrid, the gap widens between them and Barcelona, whose players had been dancing on the pitch at Camp Nou the night before and posing for photos with their children after wrapping up a fourth La Liga title in five years. Zidane took over knowing Madrid’s challenge was all-but extinguished but the difference on Barca then was 12 points while catching Atletico Madrid still seemed achievable. Atletico is now nine points ahead and the way Madrid are closing out this season will surely be a cause for concern.     Not since March 31 has anyone except Karim Benzema, out with a hamstring injury, scored for them in La Liga and they created precious few chances against a Rayo side that had conceded 62 goals this term. No side in the division has shipped more. Zidane said last week that the league would be the club’s first priority from August but, even with new signings and fresh motivation, it could prove difficult to flick the switch. Madrid’s winning habit has long-been lost. Rayo’s last victory over Real at Vallecas was in 1997, by the same scoreline, and this time they were without their top scorer too, Raul de Tomas, who is on loan from Madrid and ineligible to face his parent club.RELATED     Zidane handed Gareth Bale another chance but he struggled to impress while Thibaut Courtois made his first start under the Frenchman, in ahead of Keylor Navas. Rayo’s Jose Pozo twice tested Courtois early on while Bale went through but saw his finish tipped over the bar by Alberto Garcia. In the 23rd minute, Rayo won their penalty as referee Pablo Gonzalez took advice from VAR before judging Jesus Vallejo to have hauled down Javi Guerra in the box. Embarba made no mistake.     Madrid wanted their own spot-kick when Mariano Diaz took a tumble from a corner but Gonzalez was unmoved, and the second half was surprisingly comfortable for Rayo. Bale’s free-kick was palmed away by Garcia while Zidane threw on Brahim Diaz, Lucas Vazquez and Isco in search of some inspiration. It never came.    Top-four race stays wide open     Beneath Madrid, La Liga’s last Champions League spot remains up for grabs after Valencia, Sevilla and Getafe all endured surprise defeats earlier on Sunday. Valencia lost 1-0 at home to Eibar while Sevilla was beaten by the same scoreline away to struggling Girona, whose victory could prove crucial in their fight against relegation. Both slips gave Getafe the opportunity to pull clear in the three-way race for fourth but they stumbled too, edged out 2-1 away to Real Sociedad.     It means Getafe, Sevilla and Valencia have now managed only three wins between them from their nine fixtures in the last three rounds of the league. Getafe stays ahead of Sevilla only on head-to-head, with Valencia three points behind and perhaps looking to the Europa League as their best hope of Champions League football next season. Valencia plays Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg of their semi-final next week, with a potential final to come against either Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt.center_img Getafe, Sevilla and Valencia are fighting for the fourth spot.Real Madrid’s loss has increased the gap to nine points with Atletico Madrid.FC Barcelona is the La Liga champions for the eighth time in 11 years.last_img read more

Year in Review – Part 1 – January – February 2009

first_imgPhotos from Chetwynd AvalancheBody recovered after Chetwynd Avalanche Problem at Gas Plant closes Alaska HighwayH2S Leak at Spectra Facility Women’s illegal pyramid scheme in FSJ- Advertisement -The top story from January and February of 2009 was the pyramid scheme that was reported to be operating in Fort St.  John.  It’s still unclear if the pyramid scheme is still running in the community.  The links below provide more information. EnCana Bombings case has cost the RCMP over $1 million New Airline arrives in Fort St. JohnOn Monday February 16th, 2009, Fort St. John welcomed a new airline to the North Peace Airport.  The Airline started off by offering flights from Fort St. John to Fort Nelson, Grande Prairie and Calgary.  For more on this story, click on the link below.Advertisement Spectra Energy February gas leak update RCMP release name of Chetwynd avalanche victimAvalanche near Tumbler Ridge, BC – one person is dead RCMP says FSJ pyramid scheme is a scam Update: Highway Open; Spectra H2S Leak isolatedPhotos from Spectra Pipeline Incident Another bombing near Tomslake EnCana let go security companies before latest bombing RCMP on fourth Encana pipeline bombing  RCMP have identified all 8 people in EnCana case center_img Investigations continue into FSJ pyramid scheme Group of Snowmobilers caught in Avalanche near Chetwynd, BC; One deadFriends tried to save avalanche victim near Chetwynd, BC Tumbler Ridge avalanche victim from Hythe Alberta Women’s illegal pyramid scheme in FSJ H2S Leak at Spectra FacilityOn Friday February 29th, 2009 a H2S leak at a Spectra Facility at Mile 111 of the Alaska Highway caused the road to be closed for several hours and two men were taken to hospital.  For more on this story view any of the stories below. Over the next week, will be posting a series of stories showcasing the biggest news stories in the BC Peace from 2009.  This list has been put together based on the total number of views a story received on are the top 5 news stories from January and February 2009 in the BC Peace Two deadly Avalanches in the Peace RegionEarly 2009 saw several deadly avalanches across the province, including two in the BC Peace region.  The first occurred on January 11th, 2009 near Chetwynd and killed a man from Rycroft Alberta.  The second happened only a few days later on January 17th, 2009 near Tumbler Ridge and took the life of a man from Hythe Alberta.  For more on these avalanches click on the stories below. Advertisement Up to $500,000 Reward offered in EnCana Bombing Case  Another bombing near TomslakeOn January 4th, 2009 the EnCana Bomber set off the fourth bomb in the Tomslake area.  To date there have been 6 attacks in the area and the RCMP are still searching for the bomber.  This summer the bomber threatened to increase his attacks after a 3 month break.  So far there have not been any more attacks.  For more on the fourth bombing and the investigation during January and February of 2009, see the stories below. Local airport welcomes new airlinelast_img read more

On June 4 in New York Patrizzi Co Auctioneers w

first_imgOn June 4 in New York, Patrizzi & Co Auctioneers will present “Important Pocket Watches, Vintage and Modern Wristwatches” comprising 293 timepieces of outstanding quality, provenance and rarity. The auction will be held at the company’s gallery at 595 Madison Avenue in two sessions at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. In addition, buyers can bid via phone, written bids, and in real time online via the company’s website, public preview exhibition will be held Monday, June 1, through Wednesday, June 3, from10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Patrizzi & Co does not charge a buyer’s commission, representing a 20 to25 percent savings from the hammer price for the buyer. Unlike most auction houses, this means the final sale price reflects the actual value of the timepiece.Highlighting the sale is a pair of ultra-complicated, highly engraved, diamond-set, platinum desk clocks made for a royal family in Southeast Asia in 1985. These precious, minute repeater desk clocks feature grande and petite sonnerie, perpetual calendar and moon phases with beautifully engraved, visible movements. One clock is also a chronograph with 60-minute register. Estimate: $ 400,000 – $ 500,000.www.patrizziauction.comlast_img read more