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Players union reiterates disapproval of league match in US

By TALES AZZONI,  AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — The Spanish players' association remains against the league's plan to play a regular-season match in the United States despite receiving more detailed information. The association was not convinced by the league's update and said on Monday it still disapproved of the Girona-Barcelona game planned for suburban Miami in January. It said the league still lacks the necessary approvals from other stakeholders, and it can't guarantee the union contract won't be breached. The association doesn't have a final say on whether the game actually happens, although players recently did not rule out a strike if their demands are not considered. They complained about not being consulted by the league before the idea was presented. The association's latest announcement came three days after the Spanish soccer federation refused to approve the match, putting the plan in serious doubt. The federation requested more documentation from the league after saying it failed to show the overseas match would comply with Spanish and international regulations and TV broadcast contracts, and that it would not harm the other 18 league clubs and the fans of Girona and Barcelona. The match would also need to be approved by the U.S. soccer federation, plus continental bodies UEFA and CONCACAF. FIFA's permission is not mandatory but president Gianni Infantino recently expressed his concerns about the game. Spanish league president Javier Tebas again defended the match, saying football needs to catch up to what other sports have been doing to try to keep growing internationally. "If we don't keep working to try to grow, other competitions and other sports will leave us behind. We have to be different," Tebas said on Monday at a soccer conference in Madrid. "In the sports industry we have to try to copy what others are doing well. Why does the NBA and the NFL take a match abroad and we can't? Why can't we keep growing? This is our greatest responsibility, to grow, because this is an industry." Tebas said he was surprised by the amount of negative reaction to the proposal. "It looks like we want to play the entire league in Miami. It's just one match," he said. "We want to play one match, for strategic reasons, to try to grow the league." Earlier Monday, European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli, Juventus' president, said he "take(s) his hat off" to Tebas for taking the initiative and working to expand the Spanish league globally. "That's something that should be looked at," Agnelli said. "If you want to have a global audience, you need to be closer to (that audience)." The league plan to play games in the U.S. is part of a new 15-year partnership with sports and entertainment group Relevent, which operates the International Champions Cup, a tournament of club friendlies during the European offseason in July and August around the world. The Spanish federation held its season-opening Super Cup abroad for the first time in August, with Barcelona beating Sevilla in Tangier, Morocco. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said on Sunday his team would not play the game abroad in the future, saying he was "vehemently against it." Tebas said: "The vast majority of the clubs, including Barcelona, are interested in playing this game. If Real Madrid doesn't want to go, then don't go. It's voluntary, no problem. Many clubs want to go.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 25th, 2018Related News

Singer Lamjarred case reopens Morocco violence against women debate

Still adored at home despite three separate rape charges in France, Moroccan pop star Saad Lamjarred's latest arrest has reignited a debate on violence against women in the North African kingdom. Following similar accusations in October 2016 and April 2017, Lamjarred was re-arrested last week in southern France on charges he had raped a woman in a Riviera hotel. The superstar's detention comes just days after Morocco was rocked by claims from a teenage girl, Khadija Okkarou, that she had been kidnapped and gang-raped by a group of men from her village. Lamjarred's detention has sparked a social media campaign seeking to ban his songs from Morocco's airwaves using the has...Keep on reading: Singer Lamjarred case reopens Morocco violence against women debate.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 23rd, 2018Related News

Protect your bags, with style

AUSTRALIAN ROB SCHLIPPER, who’s a frequent traveler, spent an uncomfortable night in a train running through Morocco, with him trying to sleep on top of his bag in order to protect it from thieves. The post Protect your bags, with style appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceSep 9th, 2018Related News

Fatima: How the Virgin Mary scooped CNN on world events

Fatima, Portugal, is the site of the most famous of the Virgin Mary's apparitions. Many are aware that it involved children and a startling solar miracle. However, few know that it predicted great world tragedies.   The 1917 apparitions revealed to the three young shepherds of coming events: the end of World War I; an even worse war, or World War II; the rise of communism and future wars it would bring; and the fall of communism.   These prophecies have come true.   In the apparition of July 12, 1917, during World War I, the Virgin Mary said that a worse war was coming. She also made two urgent requests to the Catholic Church.   "The war is...Keep on reading: Fatima: How the Virgin Mary scooped CNN on world events.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 8th, 2018Related News

Djokovic gets through on hot day; Federer next at US Open?

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, puts an ice towel around his head during a changeover against Joao Sousa, of Portugal, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018,.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsSep 4th, 2018Related News

Migrants storm Morocco-Spain border fence, 7 police injured

MADRID, Spain – Over 100 African migrants forced their way into the Spanish territory of Ceuta on Wednesday, August 22, after storming a barbed-wire border fence with Morocco and attacking police with caustic quicklime, a local official said. In the second assault on the Spanish border in a month, 7 ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 22nd, 2018Related News

Ronaldo relies on teammates for winning league start at Juve

By Daniella Matar, Associated Press VERONA, Italy (AP) — A smile, a wink and a thumbs-up: Cristiano Ronaldo didn't seem too perturbed at not scoring on his Juventus debut. The 33-year-old forward appeared relaxed after Saturday's 3-2 victory against Chievo Verona and, although Ronaldo did not stop to speak to reporters, he responded with those gestures when asked how he felt his debut had gone. His coach wasn't too troubled either. "Cristiano Ronaldo had a good game. He had several shots on goal. Today he didn't score because clearly it was written somewhere that he wouldn't score," said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri with a smile. For the thousands of fans who descended on the medieval city of Verona, this was one of the rare occasions when the five-time world player of the year couldn't score. Ronaldo had scored in both pre-season friendlies he played for Juventus since his surprise 112 million euro (then $131.5 million) move from Real Madrid but could not find the back of the net on his competitive debut. And it was up to Federico Bernardeschi to rescue Juventus, with a stoppage-time winner as the Bianconeri fought back from a goal down to beat Chievo and get their pursuit of an eighth straight league title off to a winning start. Ronaldo should make his home debut next week against Lazio and there were encouraging signs for Juventus from this game. He linked up well with Douglas Costa, notably in the 18th minute when Ronaldo's effort went just the wrong side of the left post. Ronaldo also fired narrowly over from a tight angle on the half-hour, while he drew several smart saves from Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino, who is still going strong at the age of 39. The Portugal international almost scored the winner at 2-2, but Sorrentino got down quickly to beat away his angled free kick. "(Ronaldo) moved well at times but he wasn't picked out by his teammates," Allegri said. "He's a different footballer, you can see that. He's integrated into the team with ease." BALL TRICKS The excitement had been building in Verona since the fixtures were announced. The match at the Stadio Bentegodi was sold out and long queues to get in formed more than three hours before kickoff. The team bus carrying Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates was greeted by huge cheers, with fans crowding onto the balconies of the stadium. Ronaldo warmed up with crowd-pleasing ball tricks and Juventus fans cheered his every touch. BONUCCI BACK Juventus took the lead after just 162 seconds as Chievo failed to properly clear a free kick and Sami Khedira fired Juventus in front. The Bianconeri wasted chances to double their lead, with Ronaldo going close on several occasions. Mariusz Stepinski headed Chievo level shortly before halftime and Emanuele Giaccherini converted a penalty after being brought down by Juventus debutant Joao Cancelo. But Leonardo Bonucci marked his return to Juventus with a role in the equalizer after the Italy defender spent just one season at AC Milan. Bonucci headed in a corner in the 75th. The goal, which went down later as an own-goal from Chievo defender Mattia Bani, was met with a mix of cheers and jeers by the visiting fans. Mario Mandzukic's goal was ruled out by the video assistant referee shortly before full time following a foul on Sorrentino which led to an anxious few minutes as the goalkeeper received medical treatment on the pitch. ___ LOOK WHO'S BACK Carlo Ancelotti had a winning start to his return to Italian football as his Napoli team fought back to beat Lazio 2-1. Ciro Immobile scored a stunning opener for host Lazio but Arkadiusz Milik leveled in first-half stoppage time and Lorenzo Insigne netted the winner in the 59th. The 59-year-old Ancelotti took over from Maurizio Sarri at Napoli, who finished second last season, four points behind Juventus. Ancelotti has not worked in Italy since leaving AC Milan in 2009 after leading the Rossoneri to a number of trophies, including two Champions League titles......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 19th, 2018Related News

Madonna is the Queen of Pop and a soccer mom, too

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) --- The Queen of Pop is also a soccer mom, and she's getting ever more involved in the beautiful game. Madonna has plans to open a soccer academy in Malawi, a move inspired by her adopted son David Banda, who has ambitions to be a professional player and isat Portuguese club Benfica's youth academy. Madonna follows 12-year-old David's progress in Portugal closely, living in Lisbon and often posting photos andvideos from the sidelinesof his games. "It is actually David's idea that we should build a football academy," Madonna said on a recent visit to Malawi, where she adopted four of her six children, including David, and where she's done extensive chari...Keep on reading: Madonna is the Queen of Pop and a soccer mom, too.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 17th, 2018Related News

Six new signings to watch in Serie A

Juventus' forward from Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo scores a goal during the friendly football match between Juventus A and Juventus B at Villar Perosa, on August 12, 2018 at Villar Perosa. / AF.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 17th, 2018Related News

Messi record 33rd title as Barcelona wins Spanish Super Cup

Barcelona players pose with the trophy after winning the Spanish Super Cup soccer match between Sevilla and Barcelona in Tangier, Morocco, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Barcelona won 2-1. (AP Photo/Mosa&#.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 14th, 2018Related News

Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches Toronto final

TORONTO (AP) — Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas became the youngest player to beat four straight top-10 players in an event since the ATP World Tour was established in 1990, outlasting Kevin Anderson 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (7) on Saturday to reach the Rogers Cup final. Tsitsipas, who will be 20 on Sunday, will face the winner of the late match between top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Karen Khachanov. "Playing in a Masters 1000 final is the best thing that can happen on your birthday," Tsitsipas said. "I cannot believe it." Tsitsipas beat the fourth-seeded Anderson after topping seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem, ninth-seeded Novak Djokovic and second-seeded defending champion Alexander Zverev to reach his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semifinal. Tsitsipas fired an ace at 7-7 before converting his third match point of the deciding tiebreaker when Anderson's return sailed long. The South African had a match point of his own at 7-6, but Tsitsipas came through with a brilliant backhand crosscourt winner to pull even. The 32-year-old Anderson reached the Wimbledon final last month. He also lost his only other match against Tsitsipas, falling this year on clay in Portugal. Tsitsipas is attempting to become the first player since Albert Portas at Hamburg in 2001 to win his first ATP World Tour title at a Masters 1000 event. Ranked 27th, Tsitsipas would jump 12th with a victory Sunday and to 15th with a loss when the new rankings are released Monday. Nadal beat Tsitsipas in April in the Barcelona Open final......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 12th, 2018Related News

Sept. 11 helper set to be released in Germany, deported

BERLIN --- Germany is set to release later this year a man convicted of helping three of the suicide pilots in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. Federal prosecutors say they will allow Mounir el-Motassadeq's release a few weeks before his sentence formally ends late this year, on condition that he is deported to his native Morocco. That would allow Germany to arrest him if he returns. Bild newspaper, which first reported the news on Thursday, said he could be freed in mid-October. El-Motassadeq was convicted in 2006 of membership in a terrorist organization and accessory to murder for aiding the three hijackers who lived in Hamburg. He was sentenced to the...Keep on reading: Sept. 11 helper set to be released in Germany, deported.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 9th, 2018Related News

Portugal says major wildfire will take days to put out

A major wildfire blackening hills in Portugal’s southern Algarve region likely will take several more days to bring under control, the country’s prime minister said Wednesday. Portugal says major wildfire will take days to put out A major wildfire blackening hills in Portugal’s southern Algarve region likely will take several more days to bring under… link: Portugal says major wildfire will take days to put out.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Aug 8th, 2018Related News

Arid and ablaze, Europe battles deadly heat

LISBON, Portugal -- Europe's scorching heatwave has killed nine people in a week in Spain, health authorities said Tuesday, as stifling temperatures kindled wildfires in the country and neighboring Portugal where a ferocious blaze encircled a resort town. Weeks of nonstop sunshine and near-record temperatures have caused droughts and seen tinder-dry forests consumed by wildfires from the Mediterranean to the Arctic Circle, in what many fear could be the region's new normal in an era of climate change. The devastating effects of the heatwave were visible from space, according to images of swathes of arid landscape taken by the German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the Internatio...Keep on reading: Arid and ablaze, Europe battles deadly heat.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 8th, 2018Related News

Spain heatwave death toll rises to 9

MADRID, Spain – Spain's death toll from a particularly virulent heatwave rose to 9 in just one week, authorities said Tuesday, August 7, as the country suffers sky-high temperatures. A 66-year-old man who died on Thursday in the southwestern region of Extremadura near Portugal was found to have died of heat ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 7th, 2018Related News

Portugal fights major wildfire as Europe s heatwave lingers

A firefighter works on an active fire on a hillside outside the village of Monchique, in southern Portugal's Algarve region, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Emergency services in Portugal say they are s.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 7th, 2018Related News

Ligue 1 2018-19: 5 new signings to watch out for

By Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Although the transfer window in the French league doesn't close until the end of August, here is the pick of the signings so far ahead of the season starting this weekend: ALEKSANDR GOLOVIN (Monaco) One of the best players at the World Cup was signed by Monaco from CSKA Moscow despite strong interest from Chelsea. With his excellent technique and dribbling skills, 22-year-old Aleksandr Golovin set the tone for a strong showing at the World Cup by setting up two goals and curling in a free kick in Russia's 5-0 opening victory over Saudi Arabia. The midfielder also held his nerve to convert a penalty in the shootout against Spain that sent Russia to the quarterfinals. LUCAS EVANGELISTA (Nantes) Nantes reportedly paid 4 million euros ($4.6 million) to sign Brazilian midfielder Lucas Evangelista from Udinese. It represents good value for the unsung player who was scouted by Manchester United a few years ago when he played for Desportivo Brasil in his home country. Evangelista has struggled to establish himself in Europe but finally came to prominence in Portugal with Estoril, with four goals and four assists last season. After starting his career further up on the field as a forward, the 23-year-old Evangelista is a versatile player who can also play on the wings and has shown some excellent attacking qualities on set pieces. JOSE FONTE (Lille) Portugal defender Jose Fonte will continue his much-traveled career in northern France after signing a two-year deal with Lille. The 34-year-old Fonte started all four games at the World Cup in Russia as Portugal was eliminated by Uruguay in the round of 16. Two years ago, he was a member of the squad which won the European Championship in France. The former Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Ham center back played only a few matches with Chinese club Dalian Yifang this year before terminating his contract. DUJE CALETA-CAR (Marseille) Nine-time champion Marseille bolstered its defense by signing Duje Caleta-Car from Red Bull Salzburg. The 21-year-old Caleta-Car, who played a group game at the World Cup with Croatia, won four Austrian league titles and three national cups with Salzburg. "He is a clever player, who understands football," Marseille sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said. "His very physical skills make him very good in the air, and he has good passing abilities." THEOSON-JORDAN SIEBATCHEU (Rennes) American-born striker Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu is back among the elite with Rennes after joining from Reims. The 22-year-old center forward was born in Washington but grew up in France, honing his skills at the Reims academy. He moved to the Brittany club on the back of an excellent season, helping his former team back to the top division with 17 goals......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 7th, 2018Related News

Portugal fights major wildfire as Europe s heat wave lingers

Emergency services in Portugal kept up their fight Monday against a four-day wildfire on the south coast that threatened to engulf a hillside town overnight, as sweltering weather continued in Europe......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 7th, 2018Related News

Lisbon-influenced music for Madonna

Madonna and son David Banda Having lived in Portugal for the past year, it only made sense, Madonna said, that her upcoming album would be inspired by the country's music scene. 'How coul.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 5th, 2018Related News

Iker Casillas wants to finish career with Porto

Veteran Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who has a year left on his Porto contract, said on Thursday that he wants to "finish his career " with the club. "I would like to finish my career with FC Porto and go to the end of my contract," the 37-year-old former Real Madrid goalkeeper told Portuguese broadcaster RTP. "It would be nice to have only a few clubs in my career," he added. "I spent a large part of my life at Real Madrid, which is the best club in history, but I came to Portugal and into a strong team like FC Porto and that makes me very happy." Casillas, who won a World Cup and two European titles with Spain, extended his contract in May shortly after Porto won...Keep on reading: Iker Casillas wants to finish career with Porto.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 3rd, 2018Related News