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Madrid sues newspaper that said it forced Ronaldo to settle

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid says it has taken legal action against a Portuguese newspaper that reported the Spanish club forced Cristiano Ronaldo to settle with the woman who accused him of rape. Madrid says the information published by the Correio da Manha newspaper is "categorically false" and was printed in an effort to "seriously damage the image of this club." Madrid says it "has absolutely no knowledge of any of the information that the newspaper published with regard to the player Cristiano Ronaldo, and therefore the club was unable to take action on a matter of which it had no knowledge." The Correio da Manha published an article Wednesday saying that part of Ronaldo's defense will be to say that Real Madrid forced him to settle. It said Ronaldo was against settling and always declared his innocence. The newspaper said Thursday it stood by what it published and that everything that went into the article was properly checked. Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit late last month in Nevada saying she was raped by Ronaldo in Las Vegas in 2009. Police have re-opened an investigation. The 33-year-old Ronaldo, who played nearly a decade with Real Madrid before joining Italian club Juventus in the offseason, has denied any wrongdoing......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnOct 11th, 2018

Ronaldo to Juventus? Spain’s media says ‘ciao’, Italy’s welcomes star

Spain's media said goodbye to superstar Cristiano Ronaldo while Italy's welcomed him on Friday after persistent reports that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner will leave Real Madrid for Italian champions Juventus. "Ciao CR7" said the headline of Barcelona newspaper Mundo Deportivo. "Real accepts his departure, the key day will be today (Friday) and Juve wants to wrap up the operation so it can announce it," the newspaper said. Spanish sport newspaper AS said that the player could be unveiled to Juve supporters in Turin as early as Saturday, with the date 7/7 symbolic for number 7 Ronaldo. Juventus "hopes to announce (the news) tomorrow in its stadium," said the paper, wh...Keep on reading: Ronaldo to Juventus? Spain’s media says ‘ciao’, Italy’s welcomes star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Reports: Cristiano Ronaldo strikes deal on tax fraud case

MADRID (AP) — Spanish media reports that Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to plead guilty to tax fraud and pay a fine of 18.8 million euros ($21.8 milllion) in exchange for a prison sentence that would most likely be suspended. Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported Friday that Ronaldo is ready to admit to four counts of tax fraud that would carry a prison sentence of two years. Prison sentences not over two years in Spain are often suspended for first-time offenders. The deal has yet to be ratified by Spain's Tax Office, according to different Spanish media including Europa Press news agency. Neither Spain's Tax Office, its Ministry of Justice nor people close to Ronaldo would confirm the existence of a deal when called by The Associated Press. Reports of the deal came hours before Ronaldo scored three goals to give Portugal a 3-3 draw with Spain in their opening match of the World Cup in Russia. One year ago, a Spanish state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million). The prosecutor accused Ronaldo of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights. The accusation does not involve his salary from Real Madrid. Ronaldo denied any wrongdoing when questioned by a judge last July. In 2016, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi received a suspended 21-month jail sentence after being found guilty of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros (then $4.6 million)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Reports: Cristiano Ronaldo strikes deal on tax fraud case

    MADRID --- Spanish media reports that Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to plead guilty to tax fraud and pay a fine of 18.8 million euros ($21.8 milllion) in exchange for a prison sentence that would most likely be suspended. Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported Friday that Ronaldo is ready to admit to four counts of tax fraud that would carry a prison sentence of two years. Prison sentences not over two years in Spain are often suspended for first-time offenders. The deal has yet to be ratified by Spain's Tax Office, according to different Spanish media including Europa Press news agency. Neither Spain's Tax Office, its Ministry of Justice nor p...Keep on reading: Reports: Cristiano Ronaldo strikes deal on tax fraud case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Madrid stunned by Betis at home, loses ground to Barcelona

em>By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press /em> MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid's faltering start to the Spanish league season continued on Wednesday with a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Real Betis. A day after league leader Barcelona routed Eibar 6-1 with four goals by Lionel Messi for its fifth win in a row, Madrid conceded an injury-time goal to remain winless in its three league games so far at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Paraguayan striker Antoino Sanabria scored the winner with a header from close range to give Betis its first win against Madrid at the Bernabeu since 1998. The result ended Madrid's streak of 73 consecutive games scoring at least one goal, keeping it from surpassing the record scoring run established by Brazilian club Santos starring Pele in 1963. Madrid, which was coming off home draws against Valencia and Levante, is seven points behind Barcelona after five games. It trails Betis by one point. 'This gap to the lead won't change the way we do things,' Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. 'We will keep fighting. It's a long championship.' Second-place Sevilla moved within two points of Barcelona by beating Las Palmas 1-0 for its fourth consecutive league victory. Third-place Atletico won 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao. ___ strong>FRAIL HOME /strong> Real Betis players celebrated as if they had won a title after the stunning win over Madrid at the Bernabeu. 'We knew we were coming to play in a complicated stadium, but the team put in a great effort and got rewarded with the late goal,' Sanabria said. Betis took advantage of a great performance by goalkeeper Antonio Adan and a bad night by Madrid's forwards, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who was making his league debut after serving a five-game suspension for shoving a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final last month. 'It was bad luck after all the chances that we created,' Madrid midfielder Casemiro said. Ronaldo had played only three other matches with Madrid this season, including against APOEL in the team's Champions League debut, when he scored twice. 'This is not the start we wanted after three games at home,' Zidane said. 'We didn't expect this.' ___ strong>KEY WIN /strong> Atletico Madrid moved closer to the lead by earning a hard-fought 2-1 away victory against Athletic Bilbao. Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak stopped Aritz Aduriz's penalty kick before halftime and Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco scored second-half goals to leave the Madrid side within four points of leader Barcelona. It was the second consecutive win for Atletico, which remains unbeaten after five rounds. 'To win in this stadium you need to play a great match and I think we did that,' Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. 'We controlled the game and were very effective. It's a very important triumph for us.' Correa opened the scoring from inside the area after a cross by Jorge 'Koke' Resurreccion in the 55th minute, and Carrasco added to the lead with a low shot into the far corner after a well-placed pass by Antoine Griezmann in the 73rd. Griezmann had also helped set up the first goal with a pass to Koke. 'It was Griezmann's best match so far this season,' Simeone said. Raul Garcia netted an injury-time goal for Athletic, which has now lost two in a row after an unbeaten start. ___ strong>WINNING STREAK /strong> Sevilla kept its momentum thanks to Jesus Navas' 83rd-minute winner at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. He scored from a difficult angle to give the hosts their fourth consecutive win to start the league. The match marked the return of striker Victor 'Vitolo' Machin, who left Sevilla in the offseason to join Atletico Madrid but is playing on a loan with Las Palmas until January. He was constantly jeered by Sevilla fans. ___ strong>ROUGH START /strong> Deportivo La Coruna handed Alaves its fifth straight loss with a 1-0 victory at the Riazor Stadium. Luisinho scored in first-half injury time to give the hosts their first win after three losses in the first four matches. Malaga is the only other team to have lost all of its matches so far. It was routed 5-0 at Valencia on Tuesday. ___ strong>NO GOALS /strong> Leganes and Girona failed to take their chances in a goalless first meeting in the top flight. Both teams created clear scoring opportunities but Leganes, playing in the Liga for the second season, had to settle for a point with promoted Girona. Leganes stayed in the top half of the standings, in eighth place, while Girona was 14th.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2017

To take on Ronaldo, Atletico could unleash attacking trio

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid could unleash an attacking trio in an effort to finally outdo Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League. Atletico coach Diego Simeone will be able to call on Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata when his team hosts Juventus in the first leg of the last 16 on Wednesday, in what will be Ronaldo's first match in Madrid since leaving Real Madrid last year. Ronaldo faced Atletico four straight seasons in the Champions League while wearing Real Madrid's jersey, succeeding every time — in two finals (2014 and 2016), one quarterfinal (2015) and one semifinal (2017). He has scored 22 goals in 31 matches against Atletico in his career, including a hat trick in the first leg of the 2017 semifinals. Simeone, known for his great defensive squads, may look for his attack to try to neutralize Ronaldo this time. He used Griezmann, Costa and Morata together on Saturday in the team's 1-0 win at Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish league. Griezmann and Morata started the match, and Costa — coming off a long injury layoff — entered in the second half. It was the first time Simeone could use all three players together, as Morata signed from Chelsea in the recent transfer window and Costa hadn't played in nearly two months because of a foot injury that required surgery. "I like it," Simeone said after seeing them against Vallecano. He will have all three players available again for Wednesday's first leg against Juventus at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, but he didn't say whether he will use them all from the start. "Obviously it takes time, it takes work, and an extraordinary physical condition from all three players," Simeone said. "Hopefully at some point we will give them more playing time together." Costa would likely be left off the team if Simeone doesn't go with the trio, considering he was sidelined for a long time. If Costa plays, he would take over the central striker position, with Morata moving to one of the sides, opposite Griezmann. "Costa allows Morata to play more freely, in a more comfortable position for him," Simeone said. "And Griezmann will remain an important player for us, taking advantage of every chance he has in front of him." Atletico was already playing with the three forwards when Morata set up Griezmann's winner on Saturday, although Morata was playing closer to the goal at the time, with Costa a bit further back. "Diego and Griezmann are two of the best forwards in the world, they have shown that already," said Morata, the former Real Madrid striker who joined Atletico after a disappointing stint with Chelsea. "It's easy to play with them, it's easy to adapt. I'm the last one to arrive, so I'm the one who has to adapt." Having all three available could be key for Atletico the rest of the season. In addition to the Champions League, Atletico remains in the title race for the Spanish league title, trailing leader Barcelona by seven points after 24 matches. This year's Champions League final will be held at Atletico's home stadium......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News3 hr. 55 min. ago

Brownlee-led Mighty registers Philippines’ best finish in Dubai

Mighty Sports-Pilipinas was forced to settle for a finish just right outside the Finals of the 2019 Dubai International Basketball Tournament. Still, the Filipinos were nothing but happy to celebrate the country’s best showing in the tourney, which they formalized with a well-earned 91-76 win against Lebanese champion Homentmen on Saturday (Philippine time) at the Shabab-Al Ahli Club in Dubai. With that, the Philippines triumphed in the battle for third. As always, Justin Brownlee was at the forefront of the attack. The result of this one isn’t much different from the last time the two teams met. Mighty-Pilipinas also topped Homentmen in the elimination round. This bronze is the first medal the Philippines has gotten in the 14-year history of the Dubai International. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2019

Juventus draws with Parma, Napoli beats Sampdoria in Serie A

By Daniella Matar, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Juventus is uncharacteristically leaking goals and coach Massimiliano Allegri is concerned ahead of the Champions League last 16, where they face Atletico Madrid. For the second time in a week, Juventus conceded three goals as Parma fought back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in stoppage time in Turin on Saturday in Serie A. Even Cristiano Ronaldo's two goals couldn't help Juventus win. The Serie A leader saw its advantage cut to nine points over second-placed Napoli, which earlier beat Sampdoria 3-0. "We got soft at the back," Allegri said. "We made mistakes on their second and third goals ... we got sloppy. "It's a shame because we had the points in the bag. You can't just attack. To win games you have to work really hard defensively." It was the first time in seven years that Juventus was unable to count on any of its BBC defense of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini as all three were injured. Juventus let in three goals midweek in its Italian Cup quarterfinal defeat to Atalanta but there was little sign of what was to come in the first half against Parma. In fortunate circumstances in the 36th minute, Ronaldo slipped as he unleashed an effort and it took a deflection to wrongfoot Parma goalkeeper Luigi Sepe. Ronaldo also inadvertently had a hand in Juve's second at the start of a crazy 14 minutes in the second half as his poor header ended up being an assist for a Daniele Rugani volley. Antonino Barilla immediately got Parma back into the match but Ronaldo restored Juve's two-goal advantage two minutes later, only for Gervinho to reduce the deficit again in the 74th minute. And Gervinho sent the travelling fans wild in the third minute of stoppage time when he fired in a powerful equalizer after good work from Roberto Inglese. Sami Khedira hit the woodwork twice for Juventus, which also had a penalty decision revoked after video review. DROUGHT ENDED Lorenzo Insigne ended his goal drought, while Arkadiusz Milik and Simone Verdi also netted as Napoli kept Juventus within its sights. There was to be no record for former Napoli forward Fabio Quagliarella, who was looking to beat Gabriel Batistuta's 1994 feat of scoring a goal in a 12th consecutive Serie A match. Napoli was looking to recover from a league draw against AC Milan and an Italian Cup exit to the same team, and it took an early lead. Marek Hamsik floated a lovely ball onto the right flank to Jose Callejon, who rolled the ball across for Milik to smash in. Callejon set up Napoli's second just 70 seconds later with a throughball for an Insigne snapshot into the bottom left corner. It was Insigne's first goal in any competition since early November. The result after that didn't look in doubt but Napoli extended its lead with a Verdi penalty in the final minute after Joachim Andersen was penalized for handball. EMPOLI COMEBACK Francesco Caputo scored twice as Empoli came back from two goals down in a relegation battle against last-placed Chievo Verona. Empoli remained 17th, four points above the bottom three and nine points above Chievo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2019

Guaido rules out risk of civil war in Venezuela

MADRID, Spain – Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido ruled out the possibility of civil war in his country, saying the overwhelming majority of his compatriots wanted Nicolas Maduro to step down. In an interview to Spain's El Pais newspaper published Thursday, January 31, Guaido repeated an appeal to Venezuela's armed forces to take his side . "The risk ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 31st, 2019

Spain not immune to problems in VAR s debut season

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid complained about it. Barcelona defended it. Fans are struggling to understand it. Video review is not escaping controversy in its first season in Spain. As in other countries, the implementation of VAR hasn't been smooth in the Spanish league, with confusion and criticism coming along with the process. The system's debut had not prompted major discussions early on, but two controversial decisions involving powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona were enough to make it a hot topic. First it was a non-call of a penalty on Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior in the team's 2-0 home loss to Real Sociedad in the beginning of the month. Then came the confirmation of a goal by striker Luis Suarez in Barcelona's 3-1 win over Leganes on Sunday. Madrid felt the images clearly showed a foul on Vinicius Junior, while Leganes was sure the review would mean a foul by Suarez on its goalkeeper before the goal. But both decisions stood, prompting complaints by the clubs and confusion among fans and analysts. "It's a tool we welcomed with excitement," Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said Wednesday. "We want it to be used correctly. The less people talk about it, the better it is. This is the first year, it will be improved. What is important is that we all get used to it." The Spanish federation analyzed the use of the VAR in the first half of the season and concluded it was a positive debut although more than 120 mistakes were not corrected by the system, including seven penalty calls. It said the VAR intervened in 30 goal situations, confirming half of them. The number of overall mistakes was significantly reduced, officials said. The biggest complaint by fans and clubs has been the lack of criteria by the officiating crews when using — or not using — the video review. Audio from the conversation between the officials during the Madrid game was made public, with the VAR official telling the referee that "everything was OK" on the play involving Vinicius Junior, when it looked like he had his leg touched by the goalkeeper inside the area. Fans didn't seem satisfied with what they heard, and they have been booing loudly every time the announcer at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium mentions information about the VAR before games. "When a top team is affected, the impact is greater," Spanish league president Javier Tebas told Spanish media. "We are happy with how things are going so far." There had been plenty of controversy with video review before the decisions involving Real Madrid and Barcelona. Valladolid owner Ronaldo, the former Brazil great, took to Twitter to talk about VAR after his team's Copa del Rey elimination against Getafe, when a late offside call hurt his team. "The VAR is here to correct mistakes, but it won't eliminate all of them," he posted. Levante had already issued a statement asking for an explanation about the VAR criteria after a penalty was awarded against the team in a loss against Atletico Madrid. Last year, Atletico also released a statement criticizing how the video review was being used. Atletico felt a hand ball by a Real Madrid player was not called in its match against the city rival, despite images clearly showing it. Spain was one of the late adopters of VAR, although the Premier League will only start using it next season. Italy was one of the countries which struggled the most with video review after it started using it last season, although things have improved significantly since then. "Referees make mistakes and the VAR is not perfect," said Carlos Velasco Carballo, head of the referee's technical committee in Spain. "But the numbers so far have shown that we are improving. We have to be proud of it.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 24th, 2019

Ronaldo pleads guilty

MADRID — With a guilty plea and a huge fine, Cristiano Ronaldo finally put an end to his tax ordeal in Spain. Nearly four years after an investigation was opened, Ronaldo appeared at a court in Madrid on Tuesday to plead guilty to tax fraud and agree to a fine of nearly 19 million euros […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2019

Ronaldo avoids jail but hit by hefty fine for tax fraud in Spain

MADRID, Spain (UPDATED) – Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo avoided jail on Tuesday, January 22, but was ordered by a Spanish court to pay 3.57 million euros ($4.1 million) for  committing tax fraud when he was at Real Madrid. The court sentenced him to a two-year jail sentence that it immediately reduced to a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo avoids jail, gets hefty fine for tax fraud

This is a developing story. Please refresh for updates. MADRID, Spain – Cristiano Ronaldo avoided jail on Tuesday, January 22, but was ordered to pay 3.57 million euros ($4.1 million) for committing tax fraud when he was at Real Madrid, a Madrid court ruled. The court sentenced Ronaldo to a two-year ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

Messi scores record 400th goal in Spanish league

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — That's 400 and counting. Lionel Messi took his all-time Spanish league scoring record to 400 goals on Sunday after contributing to a 3-0 win over Eibar to keep defending champion Barcelona comfortably at the top of the Spanish league. Messi scored Barcelona's second goal shortly after halftime to reach a milestone in the competition after 435 league matches. Former Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo is second all-time in La Liga with 311 goals. In all competitions, Barcelona says the 31-year-old Messi has scored an astonishing 575 goals in 658 appearances. "He is from another galaxy," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. "They are incredible numbers. But he does much more than score goals, he also does so much to generate scoring chances for others." Barcelona's all-time top scorer got the landmark goal in the 53rd minute after Luis Suarez passed to him inside Eibar's area. The Argentine did the rest by opening an angle around a defender and driving in a low left-footed shot. It was also Messi's league-leading 17th league goal and his 23rd goal overall this season. "He should be proud," said Suarez, who scored Barcelona's other two goals. "Game after game he shows what a great player he is. I am happy for him and for the history that he is writing for this club." Barcelona stayed five points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, which edged Levante 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Antoine Griezmann, as the league reached its midway point. Real Madrid lost Karim Benzema to a right-hand injury in a 2-1 win at Real Betis to stay 10 points back in fourth place. HAPPY SIMEONE After 90-plus minutes of prowling the sideline, yelling at his players and stoking his fans, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone normally hurries off the pitch when the final whistle sounds. But after the victory over Levante, Simeone took time to embrace each of his players — a show of appreciation for their efforts that kept Atletico in the title chase. "I felt the need to hug them," Simeone said. "I congratulated them because they maintained the same level of play throughout the entire match." Despite only scoring one goal, Simeone called it "one of, if not our best, performances of the season." True to Simeone's defense-first approach, Atletico stifled a Levante attack that is among the best in the league. Griezmann did the rest, scoring his team-leading ninth league goal of the season when he fired a spot kick over Levante goalkeeper Oier Olazabal in the 57th minute following a handball by defender Nikola Vukcevic. CEBALLOS TO THE RESCUE Dani Ceballos was greeted with jeers when he went on as a late Real Madrid substitute to face his former club, Real Betis. But he silenced the crowd, and saved his current club from another setback, when he sent a free kick through a gap in the defensive wall to grab the win with two minutes remaining. "I was eager to show what I can do," Ceballos said. Luka Modric struck from distance to open the scoring for Madrid, only for Sergio Canales to equalize in the second half. SEVILLA SLIPS Sevilla lost 2-0 at Athletic Bilbao, ending its unbeaten run in nine rounds. Bilbao forward Inaki Williams scored both goals for the hosts to help lift them out of the relegation zone. Sevilla remained in third place, level on points with Madrid. Sevilla had won 3-1 at Bilbao's San Mames Stadium in the Copa del Rey on Thursday. They will meet again on Wednesday in Seville in the return leg of their round-of-16 game......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019

Ronaldo not obsessed by individual trophies

LISBON, Portugal – Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that he is "not obsessed" by individual trophies, having missed on this year's Ballon d'Or after winning it 5 times. The Juventus striker also missed out on FIFA and UEFA's player of the year trophies as former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Ronaldo scores twice as VAR helps Juventus to 2-1 win

By Andrew Dampf, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as runaway leader Juventus escaped with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria in Serie A on Saturday with help from the VAR. Ronaldo's second goal, a penalty, was awarded by the VAR for a questionable handball. Then Sampdoria had a stoppage-time goal chalked off by the Video Assistant Referee. Sampdoria thought it had become the first visiting Serie A club to score more than one goal at the Allianz Stadium in more than a year when Riccardo Saponara's shot went in off the underside of the crossbar, but replays showed the play was offside. "I like (the VAR) a lot because it reduces the number of mistakes," Ronaldo said. "It's not easy for the match officials to analyze everything that goes on. We just have to let them get on with their jobs." Ronaldo had put Juventus ahead two minutes in with a bouncing shot and Fabio Quagliarella equalized with a penalty before the break to become the first player to score in nine consecutive Serie A matches since David Trezeguet accomplished the feat with Juventus in 2005. Ronaldo's decisive penalty came in the 65th after the VAR decided that Alex Ferrari had used his arm, even though it appeared as if the defender kept his arm next to his body and didn't move it toward the ball. The double gave Ronaldo 14 goals in 19 matches this season to move one ahead of Genoa's Krzysztof Piatek atop the league scoring chart. Ronaldo has maintained his form since leaving Real Madrid in the offseason, despite being the subject of a rape allegation in the United States. Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in Nevada in September claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing. Aiming for a record-extending eighth straight league title, Juventus set a record of 53 points at the season's halfway mark with 17 wins, two draws and no defeats. The Bianconeri remained nine points ahead of second-placed Napoli, which beat Bologna 3-2, and 14 points ahead of third-placed Inter Milan, which won 1-0 at Empoli. "The first half of the season has gone really well," Ronaldo said. "We've won nearly all our games and we're a solid side but there's still a long way to go. We must stay focused and keep working away if we want to achieve great things." After a winter break, Serie A resumes Jan. 19. WE'RE ALL KALIDOU Napoli fans and players showed their support for defender Kalidou Koulibaly during the win over Bologna after the Senegal international was subjected to racist chants this week. With Koulibaly suspended, Napoli fullback Faouzi Ghoulam warmed up wearing the Senegal international's No. 26 shirt. Fans held up photos of Koulibaly and anti-racism banners with the hashtag label #SiamotuttiKalidou, which translates as "We're all Kalidou." Koulibaly had monkey noises directed at him throughout a match against Inter Milan on Wednesday at the San Siro Stadium. Against Bologna, Dries Mertens scored the winner two minutes from time with a shot from beyond the area after the hosts had twice given up the lead. Arkadiusz Milik scored twice for Napoli but Federico Santander replied to his first and Danilo equalized after his second. The victory meant Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti got the better of Bologna counterpart Filippo Inzaghi, his former striker at AC Milan. NO FANS The visiting section was empty for Inter's win at Empoli. Local authorities banned away fans after an Inter supporter died following clashes with opposing supporters outside the San Siro stadium before the match against Napoli. Keita Balde scored midway through the second half with a scuffed shot that went in off the post. Inter will also play its next two home matches behind closed doors, plus there will be a partial closure for the club's third home game, as punishment for the clashes and racist chants. OTHER RESULTS Lazio remained fourth following a 1-1 draw with Torino in which both sides finished with 10 men. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored the equalizer for Lazio after a penalty from Andrea Belotti. Gonzalo Higuain broke a two-month scoring drought by netting the winner as AC Milan ended a four-match streak without a victory by defeating Spal 2-1. Roma won 2-0 at Parma with second-half goals from Bryan Cristante and Cengiz Under. Josip Ilicic came off the bench to score a hat trick in Atalanta's 6-2 win at Sassuolo. It was Ilicic's third hat trick in 2018 — matching Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero for the record in Europe's top five leagues. Udinese won 2-0 against Cagliari with goals from Ignacio Pussetto and Valon Behrami. Emanuele Giaccherini scored with a curling free kick as last-place Chievo Verona beat 10-man Frosinone 1-0 for its first win of the season. Genoa and Fiorentina shared a 0-0 draw......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2018

Ronaldo rescues Juve in Atalanta draw, Napoli loses at Inter

By Daniella Matar, Associated Press Juventus can't afford to give Cristiano Ronaldo a rest. Massimiliano Allegri was forced to bring on Ronaldo for the final 25 minutes, while Juventus was trailing and down to 10 men. The Portugal superstar leveled but did not have time to completely rescue Juventus as it was held at Atalanta to 2-2 on Wednesday. It was only the second time this season that Juventus has dropped points in Serie A, but it ended up extending its advantage to nine points ahead of second-placed Napoli after Carlo Ancelotti's side lost at Inter Milan 1-0 in dramatic fashion. "All considered it's a good point against a good team," Allegri said. "We were good in not going out of the match when we went down to 10 men." The Bianconeri, as winter champions with two rounds to spare, took the opportunity to rest Ronaldo and some others. And it seemed as if that would not affect Juventus as it took the lead after less than two minutes when Atalanta defender Berat Djimsiti turned Alex Sandro's innocuous-looking cross into his own net. But Atalanta shook off that and leveled in the 24th. Duvan Zapata gathered a Papu Gomez throughball, turned Leonardo Bonucci and scored in a fifth successive Serie A match. Matters started to go wrong for Juventus eight minutes into the second half when Rodrigo Bentancur was sent off following a second yellow card. It took Atalanta just three minutes to exploit the numerical advantage as Zapata headed in a corner. Allegri sent on Ronaldo in the 65th and he leveled 13 minutes later, heading in from point-blank range after Giorgio Chiellini flicked on a corner. Juventus also thought it got a stoppage-time winner but Bonucci's goal was ruled out for offside. COSTLY SENDING OFF Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly cost his side dearly as he was needlessly sent off and Inter scored a stoppage-time winner to close the gap to its opponent. Napoli played the final 10 minutes a man short after Koulibaly received two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for sarcastically applauding the referee after being shown the first. But Ancelotti excused his player, saying the Senegal international lost his cool after monkey noises were made at him all night throughout the game. "We asked three times for the match to be halted because of racist chants," Ancelotti said. "Announcements were made but the match continued. Next time we'll stop the match by leaving the pitch, even if that means maybe forfeiting the match. "Koulibaly was agitated and nervous, which is normal. It's not good for us and it's not good for Italian football." Koulibaly posted on Twitter of his pride of being born in France to Senegalese parents. "I'm sorry about the defeat and especially to have left my brothers! But I am proud of the color of my skin. Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man," he wrote. Lautaro Martinez fired Keita Balde Diao's cross into the bottom left corner to spark wild scenes at San Siro. Third-placed Inter moved to within five points of Napoli. Koulibaly earlier made a decisive goal-line clearance to deny Inter captain Mauro Icardi, who also hit the crossbar straight from kickoff. Napoli ended the match with nine men after Lorenzo Insigne was also sent off following an off-the-ball incident with Keita. FIGHT FOR FOURTH At the age of 35, Fabio Quagliarella is almost singlehandedly propelling Sampdoria into a Champions League qualifying berth. Quagliarella was on target again — for the eighth successive Serie A match — with a stunning backheeled goal to help his side beat bottom club Chievo Verona 2-0. Meanwhile, Lazio moved into fourth and the last Champions League spot with a 2-0 win at Bologna, which is managed by Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi's brother, Filippo. Sampdoria was fifth, while AC Milan slipped to sixth, putting coach Gennaro Gattuso under more pressure after drawing at relegation-threatened Frosinone 0-0. It extended Milan's winless streak to five in all competitions. The Rossoneri also haven't scored in four successive Serie A matches. OTHER MATCHES Teenage midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo scored a sensational solo goal as Roma beat Sassuolo 3-1. Parma won at 10-man Fiorentina 1-0, and Cagliari beat fellow struggler Genoa 1-0. Another relegation battle between Spal and Udinese finished 0-0. Torino beat Empoli 3-0......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo trial for tax fraud set on Jan. 21

MADRID --- A Spanish court says Cristiano Ronaldo will be tried for tax fraud on Jan. 21. Ronaldo is expected to plead guilty and receive a suspended two-year sentence, in agreement with a deal the Portugal forward struck with Spain's state prosecutor and its tax authorities this year. The deal includes Ronaldo agreeing to also pay a fine of close to 19 million euros ($22 million) for the reduced sentence. In Spain, a judge can suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders. Last year, a state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million). Ronaldo was accused of having used shell companies ...Keep on reading: Cristiano Ronaldo trial for tax fraud set on Jan. 21.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2018

PVL: Dela Cruz hopes BanKo moves on after tough loss

Just a solitary point and BanKo would’ve made a breakthrough Finals stint in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. The Perlas Spikers came near their goal in the fourth set. Then again, six more times in the fifth. But the elusive winning point never came. “Very disappointing. Nagi-expect kami na pumasok sa Finals,” said BanKo coach Dong dela Cruz after his veteran-laden squad bowed down to a collegiate team, 25-21, 25-23, 17-25, 25-27, 19-21, Sunday in the decider of the best-of-three Final Four series at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. For the fourth straight conference, the Perlas Spikers came up short of making it into the championship round. And just like in the Reinforced Conference, BanKo will settle to compete for the consolation third place against PetroGazz. “'Yung tournament na to, one point na lang papasok na kami sa Finals. Pero 'yun nga, nandiyan na 'yan. 'Yung third place na lang ang pagtuunan namin ng pansin,” said Dela Cruz. BanKo actually took the series opener for their third straight win over the Lady Eagles in the season-ending conference but were swept by Ateneo-Motolite in Game 2.      After yielding the third set, BanKo was given the chance to seal the series in the fourth after making a telling run to move at match point, 25-24, but a costly service error by Kathy Bersola followed by a Maddie Madayag ace and a Nicole Tiamzon attack error forced a decider. The Perlas Spikers rallied from a 6-11 deficit in the fifth frame to take a 14-11 lead but allowed Ateneo-Motolite to save three straight match points and another three more in the closing stretch before BanKo setter Fhen Emnas committed a setting miscue that doomed their campaign as Lady Eagle Ponggay Gaston hammered the finishing blow.  “Sana maglaro pa rin sila nang mabuti,” Dela Cruz said of his wards. “Professional naman 'yung players ko, kumbaga talo na kami. Focus na kami sa third place.” Just like in Game 2, Dela Cruz pointed at their errors – 31 in total – as the culprit while adding that Ateneo-Motolite killed them with solid net defense that the Lady Eagles converted to 18 kill blocks. “'Yung error ulet namin, ang dami. Mahirap manalo kapag ganoon. Noong fifth set, error ulet ang tumalo sa amin,” he said. “I give it to Ateneo talaga, ang ganda noong blocking nila.”       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

UAAP: Adamson s future is still secure with rising point guard Jerom Lastimosa

Adamson University's Jerom Lastimosa closed his first playing year in the UAAP with tons of emotion. The Soaring Falcons found themselves getting booted out in the semifinals for the third straight year. Lastimosa could have been the Falcons' hero after making the game-tying triple with 2.6 left in regulation. It was Lastimosa's shot that forced an extra five minutes to decide who will advance to the Finals to take on defending champions Ateneo. "Pagkashoot ko ng three points sa gilid po, yung mindset ko is sa amin talaga ibibigay ni Lord," he said. Come the overtime, Lastimosa gifted Adamson a six-point cushion after sinking another triple with 2:39 left in the additional period. He displayed poise and control during the crucial moments of the match. But in the end, the Maroons gobbled up the lead as Adamson failed to find a reply. "Pero hindi pala [ito] sa amin. So sad," he said. Lastimosa was heartbroken after failing to overcome Adamson's Final Four curse. For three straight years in the Franz Pumaren era, they have always made it to the Final Four only to settle for third place. Lastimosa was seen bawling beside graduating senior Sean Manganti during the singing of the Adamson University Hymn.  "Yung pinakita lang namin na laban kanina, actually, magandang laban pero talaga eh talo pa rin, nagkulang kami sa -- hindi abot sa five minutes po," said the recruit from Dumaguete while holding back tears. To focus on the silver lining of the heartbreak, Adamson will still have the services of the 5-foot-10 point guard for at least two more years. "Pagbutihan ko lang sa loob ng [playing years ko]. Mamatured ko pa rin yung mga laro namin pa. Iaangat ko pa para mas maganda yung laro," he said. In just his first year as Adamson's point guard, he posted averages of 7.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. His rise is a manifestation of the program that Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren has always been proud of. From a little known point guard from Asian College in Dumaguete, Lastimosa is now building his name as a reliable point guard in the UAAP. "Whoever heard of Jerom Lastimosa? I don’t think even a single dot in the radar, he was noticed," said the Adamson mentor. "I think he’s gonna be valuable, his name is gonna be mentioned and will always be in the conversation. He had some mental mistakes but that’s part of being a [20]-year old kid out of the province. I don’t think he even imagined himself playing in this situation and earning some big minutes," Pumaren added referring to Lastimosa's 20.7 minutes per game. As manifestation of the trust bestowed upon the young player, he was tasked to make the last shot of the season with 6.6 left but it clanked off to the side of the rim. No worries for the Adamson faithful however, as Lastimosa has still more years to perfect the shot. For him, he is just very thankful for the UAAP experience he has been having so far. From getting his minutes to playing in front of an Araneta Coliseum brimming with nearly 21,000 fans, "Actually, yung paglipat ko dito is hindi ko talaga ine-expect na maco-contain ko yung laro ko galing sa Dumaguete [papuntang UAAP]," said the Adamsonian. "Syempre rookie ako, first time ko dito sa UAAP tapos ganun yung crowd kadami saka sobrang blessed ko rin kasi first time ko yun maglaro sa UAAP na sobrang daming tao tsaka nagpapasalamat kami sa crowd namin," Lastimosa said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 28th, 2018

Spain police smash ‘black magic’ transsexual prostitution ring

MADRID --- Spanish police said Wednesday they had rescued 15 young Brazilian transsexuals from a sex trafficking ring that forced them into prostitution by beating and threatening them with black magic. The operation led to the arrest of 13 people across the country suspected of running the ring, as well as the seizure from three apartments in the southeastern city of Murcia of objects used "to coerce" victims, police said in a statement. These included items related to black magic and the ritual-filled Santeria religion. "The criminal group was headed by a Brazilian national, who from Spain and with the aid of associates, recruited youths in Brazil who were in a precarious economic c...Keep on reading: Spain police smash ‘black magic’ transsexual prostitution ring.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018