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

Scientific Drops Hot New Release and USA Tour Date

first_imgIntro Science Nation , Unstoppable! Wonda World, DJ Sly! Need I Say More, Your Will like it !!Verse1Let’s cheers for moment thought it was over / what’s a Rav4 to a Range Rover /Da na my baynay if u a soldier /whether your drinking drinks or your Sober/no case/Science brought the city alive /3 is a crowd so 2 will survive /uh huh they hating the King has arrive /choose 1 there’s a million ways to die/ Paco Rabonne yo wats up/got me fresh to death from a new hair cut /off in the whip wit my homie Moses /the Black Camero ain’t hard noticeChorus2xShe wearing Brazilian hair Dah Na news there!!For rubber gun to kill bird Dah na news there!White teeth black Dah Na news there!!When lay man bite lay dog Dah news there!!She borrow shoe from her friend Dah Na News thereScrapper eating gari Dah Na News thereThe whole country on scrah Dah na news thereSenator riding Keke Dah news there!!Verse2AME got nice chicks/UMU pa they are tightest/Cuttington maybe I might just hmmmm UL none righteous /Balling babe lib ladies /ur stole my heart than the love for Mercedes /ah who/Stella Maris get one black beauty I freakor she na fun I Dey kolo 4 you/Gh,Naija /whether shockie or alkada/dance like this one be revival/any Artist want remix akwaaba/Wilson the noodles bring chaooo/hangovers no headache Tsingtao/ahh Science Nation we ruling /making hits be dah Class that I’m Schooling /ChorusShe wearing Brazilian hair Dah Na news there!!For rubber gun to kill bird Dah na news there!White teeth black Dah Na news there!!When lay man bite lay dog Dah news there!!She borrow shoe from her friend Dah Na News thereScrapper eating gari Dah Na News there!!The whole country on scrah Dah na news there!Senator riding Keke Dah news there!!Verse 3Dj Sly he’s so fly /bout to blow and reach for the sky/Team Scientific Where ur at /Carlos, Stephen, Archie and Djlas/Dj Blue u still My Brabi/ JMK u know where we heading/Dunn Studio my 2nd home/ya next up homies mo hits coming soonChorusShe wearing Brazilian hair Dah Na news there!!For rubber gun to kill bird Dah na news there!White teeth black Dah Na news there!!When lay man bite lay dog Dah news there!!She borrow shoe from her friend Dah Na News there!Scrapper eating gari Dah Na News there!The whole country on scrah Dah na news there !Senator riding Keke Dah news there!!OutroHey Ladies!!We’re in the building right nowMy name is Unstoppable DJ SlySuperstar DJAlright Ladies, lets wine it to the ground, Go down lowWine it to the groundBring it, bruk off, bring it, bruk offAfrica style!!Dance to the beat, America styleI say dance to the beat, Caribbean styleDance to the beat, dance to the beat, Dubai styleDance to the beat, London styleI say dance to the beat, dance to the beat, Asian styleWine it, sexy Ladies, Wine itBreak it down, break down, wine itTurning up!!BeatshopGhWillisbeatzShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Scientific’s “Dah Na News” featuring DJ Sly is probably the only dance song playing during this rainy season that comes with an exceptional hip-co slant to it that has surprisingly grabbed the multi award winning lyricist a whole different set of fans, the die hard hip-co fans.It’s not surprising to hear Scientific rap in Collo, but it’s definitely refreshing to know that he can transition at any given moment, as the need arises. And with the excitement that hip-co fans now have for what they say, “is long overdue,” Science Nation could take over the hip-co crown, too, in due time.Scientific announced his first US tour earlier this week, which caused many to say, “we can’t understand why Scientific has never been to America to showcase his talent.” Set to run from September to December, the tour will see one of the finest lyricists Africa can boast of flexing his vocabs in states like Rhode Island, North Carolina, New York, Washington, D.C. and South Carolina. Bookings have already kicked off, but if you are interested in seeing Scientific in a city near yours, call (202) 643-8226.As for LIB Life, while we are sure Scientific will break into the US market, we caught up with the rap icon and humanitarian for him to share with us why he has finally decided to transition to hip-co, giving his fans a little more to be proud of.SCIENTIFIC: I have been in the Liberian industry a long time, way before DenG and them. I think the reason I haven’t reached my full horizon is because I was based in Ghana and wasn’t really concentrating on LIB heavy. Not like I wasn’t doing stuff in LIB, but I wasn’t concentrating on the industry heavy, and I was looking out of the box and everything, and that’s why it seems like I wasn’t making any buzz.LIB LIFE: So why the transition, was it necessary?Scientific: I am known in the LIB industry for sure and there comes a point you have to deliver and give the people what they want because you have already broken the boundaries in terms of lyricism or whatever and they know that you can hold it down. It is not new to the Liberian people that Scientific can really rap, and I am nice with it so I just had to switch it up a little bit and flip the whole LIB slang to it and the people accepted it. I have tried it once or twice and it worked, I just felt like I will give them what they want this time, and I knew this particular record was going to be real dope and different, because I knew the angle where I was coming from with it. It is a good feeling, it’s a dope record and I am feeling it. I did promise to give the Liberian people a lot more since relocating back home, flip it, us the LIB Hip-Co and just keep giving them hits 100 percent, because making good music is nothing new to me, in terms of making hit records, be it Hip-Co or whatever, I just know how to do it like a Boss.LIB LIFE: Then there’s the question of why it took so long to get the opportunity to finally go to the United States of America to show them what Liberia really is made of.Scientific: I am grateful because God made it happen and he’s about to decorate and showcase me to the world. I know my competition is out there and a lot of fans in the US have been wanting to see me in person or to perform live so, this is a very big blessing. My daddy Apostle Enoch Annor Baffour has been praying for me and standing in the gap for God to shower his blessings upon me and I say Glory be to Jehovah because I am an overcomer. Amen.LIB LIFE: We wish you all the continued success and can’t wait to see you standing alongside some of the greatest artists in the world.Below are the lyrics to Liberia’s now favorite song, DJ Sly, Scientific – “DAH NA NEWS.”last_img read more

Beauty turns into the beast

first_imgMaybe that’s how dynasties are built these days. Brick by brick by brick. “We did not have a great offensive game,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said Saturday evening, all the while knowing that in his system it is not a prerequisite to victory. He has the Bruins winning again, in the manner of Gene Bartow, Larry Brown and Jim Harrick, and with the nodding approval of John Wooden, but Howland’s way is not quite like theirs. Grace has given way to grit, elegance isn’t as apparent as energy, and skill has taken a back seat to strength. When Howland was hired four years ago, the first thing he told his players to do is get in the weight room. Now, “the pretty boy thing,” as Josh Shipp called it, doesn’t get tossed at the Bruins often. A sense of reassurance seems to have returned at UCLA, a soothing feeling that finally, after back-to-back Pacific-10 Conference titles, last year’s run to the NCAA Championship game – and this year’s promising prospects – the Bruins are back where they belong among college basketball royalty. The robes, though, fit differently this time. There are moments, such as Saturday’s 54-49 win over Indiana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, that still must take some getting used to for the faithful. Well, sure, it was a win and, yes, those are the same classic white uniforms with the blue block letters and gold trim. But Alcindor, Walton, Johnson, Goodrich, Wilkes, Greenwood, O’Bannon and Edney never looked like that. Beauties now play like Beasts. Lorenzo Mata, the tattooed center, rolls into the paint as eager to make contact as a pulling guard. Alfred Aboya, the reserve forward, looks as if he got lost on the way to a Mr. Universe contest. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has a nose for the ball, and the elbows and biceps to get to it. Then there are the perimeter players. Arron Afflalo wouldn’t look out of place wearing a neck roll, Shipp is the most chiseled member of his basketball-playing family after being introduced to the weight room, and even the sprite point guard, Darren Collison, seems to have sprouted biceps as a sophomore. “Those bodies are pretty nice,” Washington State coach Tony Bennett said admiringly. The Bruins remind him of the Wisconsin and Michigan State teams that reached the Final Four in 2000, with the Spartans winning it all. “When the going gets tough, they get nasty and physical,” said Bennett, an assistant on that Wisconsin team his father coached. “They can play both ways, but they’re like a team that runs the ball in football. They pound on you for four quarters and wear you down.” This type of basketball has been rare on the West Coast. Stanford, when it was dominating the Pac-10 around the turn of the millenium, pushed everyone around, but the Cardinal were the exception. “The Pac-10 has always been a skill league and UCLA usually had the most skilled players,” said Scott Duncan, a long-time Oregon assistant. “The way they play now is what you’d expect in the BigEast. Ben likes to be physical at every spot – the 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.” So, if the Bruins have games like they did against Indiana – or the West Regional final against Memphis a year ago – it’s the cost of doing business this way. “It’s hard to look smooth and silky on offense and get five linebackers on defense,” said Duncan, noting that his team, which emphasizes running and three-point shooting occasionally suffers from defensive maladies. It is something of a surprise that this brand of basketball comes not from someone who grew up amid steel mills or grain silos, but in Santa Barbara, where life is lived by chardonnays and sunsets. So where along the road – as a player at Weber State, anassistant at Gonzaga or UCSanta Barbara, or as the head coach at Northern Arizona or Pittsburgh – did Howland come to believe that muscle mattered? “I’ve always been a student of the game, and when you study it, the guys who are the biggest, strongest and quickest are usually the guys who end up rising to the top,” Howland said. “You look at just in the last 10 years, the UConn teams, how physical they are, the Michigan State team that’s gone to the Final Four in four of the last (nine) years. Look at the best teams in the NBA – Shaq, the Pistons, the Bulls – all the physical, strong teams that play tough defense.” Indeed, since 1999, the conference most associated with physical play, the Big Ten, has sent five different teams to the Final Four and has more total appearances (eight) than any other conference. The other conference where physical play has been a hallmark, the Big East, has sent just three teams to the Final Four in that span, but all three – Connecticut twice and Syracuse – have won championships. Still not up there with Pitt If others are impressed with the way the Bruins have transformed themselves physically and stylistically, Howland shrugs. “My teams at Pitt were more physical,” he said, ticking off the weights of frontcourt players on his last team, Chevy Troutman (255), Ontario Lett (260), Torree Morris (290) and Donatas Zavackas (245). At Northern Arizona, his run-and-gun teams weren’t going to get taller or more athletic, but they could get stronger. “We had five guys who could bench press over 300 pounds, including my 5-7 guy,” Howland said. “We have two guys now. The emphasis has always been there.” That extra muscle is put to use all over the basketball court. On defense, the Bruins will check opponents with a forearm, clear out space under the basket with their lower body, and eagerly gravitate to the lane to draw charges. On offense, the Bruins continually run through screens that are true impediments. If some team’s screeners appear to be impersonating a pylon, UCLA’s are set firm and wide, as if defenders are chasing shooters around vending machines. “If they’re going to be running into that all day, they’re going to get tired, they’re going to get sore and they’re going to get beat up over 40 minutes,” said guard Michael Roll. There is a reason why UCLA’s shooting percentage improves in the second half from 46 percent to 51.1, and from 33.7 on three-pointers to 41.2. And why they’ve won six games they’ve trailed at halftime. “They make you feel it every game,” Cal guard Ayinde Ubaka said of the Bruins. “Everybody on the team has a physical game, from top to bottom, the guards, too. “When you go in to rebound, they throw you around and push you under the basket. They’re relentless. They fight and fight, and most teams aren’t ready for that. “A lot of basketball players don’t like to be physical, so they get you out of your comfort zone.” The bedrock of Howland’s philosophy is getting into the weight room. Several Bruins said they generally lift four to five times a week in the offseason, and two to three times during the season, focusing on basketball-specific strength and explosiveness exercises. Some of the weight work is required. Often, though, it is up to the players – something that is helped when the leader leads by example. “Arron Afflalo is by far our best guy in terms of weight lifting,” Howland said. “He lifts throughout the year, he takes it very serious and he’s the MVP of the league and our best player. There’s a direct correlation there the strongest, toughest guy is our best guy.” Afflalo had this reinforced the hard way. After his freshman year, he was playing in a pickup game at the men’s gym on campus, where pros, college and even some high school players have worked out in the off-season for years. One day, Afflalo found himself matched up with Chauncey Billups, who was fresh off leading the Detroit Pistons to within a game of back-to-back NBA titles. Afflalo got into him defensively as it were still Game 7. When this enthusiasm became a little too much for Billups’ taste, he called for the ball, muscled Afflalo into the lane and popped him in the forehead while scoring. “It was nothing personal,” Afflalo said. It was, however, a lesson. “Billups couldn’t do that if he was 180 pounds,” Howland said. “I think that stuck with Arron – he better be strong.” Translating that strength to the court has taken time. For the record, the floor at Pauley Pavilion is not lined with chalk and there are no first-down markers present at practice. “You can’t throw pads on and have them hit each other,” assistant coach Kerry Keating said, perhaps with a bit of regret. “We’re not going to line up across the line and turn it into a football practice.” At least most of the time. If a charge is not taken, a loose ball is not dived for, a block out is not made, then practice is stopped and the requisite drill is run by everyone. “Those are emphasis things,” Keating said. “You prefer not to just do those drills per se, but if it’s missing in practice, you stop and put the emphasis back on it. If you’re not in tune with that, you’re not going to be playing anyway.” Keating, the Bruins’ lead recruiter, says the staff looks for those qualities during recruiting. That means fewer McDonald’s All-Americans – Afflalo and freshman James Keefe – and more who are willing to play the Bruins’ brand of ball. Occasionally, as in the case of incoming recruit Kevin Love, who may be the best and the most physical high school player in the country, both come in the same package. More often they come like Mata, who has accrued a broken nose, a fractured tibia, a concussion, a fractured sternum and torn knee cartilage – and wouldn’t have it any other way. “To run up and down and bang around, that’s how I like to play,” Mata said. “Some people say basketball is not a physical game, but I think it’s one of the most physical sports there is. I like doing all the dirty work.” And so it is that the Bruins head up to San Jose to bang heads with a kindred spirit in Pittsburgh, which doesn’t play much differently under Jamie Dixon than it did for his old boss, Howland. For the occasion, the bluebloods promise to wear their blue collars. Bodies of work The weight is put on Afflalo’s shoulders Headbangers’ ball [email protected] (818) 713-3621160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more