Reina makes Bayern switch

first_imgPepe Reina has completed his move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga club have announced. He added: “That’s because we would like them to get more match practice.” Reina wrote an open letter paying tribute to Liverpool staff and fans on his official website. “I have been extremely fortunate to spend so many years at what I consider to be one of the greatest clubs in world football,” he said. “It has been an honour and a privilege. The memories I have of Anfield, my team-mates, the supporters and the people of Liverpool will stay with me forever. I am disappointed that I am leaving, but only in the sense that I enjoyed being at the club so much and it is always difficult to say goodbye to something that is special to you.” On the signing of Reina, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on the club’s official website: “It reflects what we were looking for. We wanted a goalkeeper who is experienced and established and also has certain footballing qualities.” Reina served as Liverpool’s number one for eight seasons following his signing from Villarreal in 2005, but the arrival of Simon Mignolet last summer saw him reunited with former Reds boss Rafael Benitez in Italy. Benitez was known to be interested in signing the Spain international on a permanent deal, but Napoli refused to meet the £3.95million release clause in his contract and Reina travelled to the United States for Liverpool’s pre-season tour following the World Cup. He will now make a fresh start in Germany, although the 31-year-old will have his work cut out to dislodge Neuer, perhaps the best keeper in the world at the moment, from the number one spot. Reina came through the ranks at Barcelona, but could never fully establish himself at the Nou Camp and moved to the Yellow Submarine in 2002, spending three seasons with the club before his move to the Premier League. While at Anfield, Reina won the FA Cup, League Cup and European Super Cup and added the Coppa Italia to his list of medals in Naples last season. Reina will be officially presented to the club’s fans at an open day at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. Reina should be the last new face to arrive at the record German champions this summer with Rummenigge saying “at most” one or two young players may be loaned out. The Spanish goalkeeper, who spent last season on loan at Napoli, has signed a three-year deal with the German champions. He is expected to be the back-up to Manuel Neuer at the Allianz Arena next season. Press Associationlast_img read more

History for Babar as Pakistan see off Sri Lanka

first_imgBABAR Azam claimed a share of one-day international history as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 32 runs in Abu Dhabi yesterday.In knocking 101 off 133 deliveries, Babar became the first player in ODI cricket to score five consecutive centuries in the same country.Babar’s efforts glossed over the shortcomings of his team-mates, with Shadab Khan (52 not out) the only other man to make it beyond 11 as Pakistan finished on 219-9.But Sri Lanka were similarly found wanting with the bat and, despite Upul Tharanga replicating Babar’s heroics by racking up an unbeaten 112, it was not enough to rescue a result for his side.The victory gives Pakistan a 2-0 lead after three instalments of the five-match series.Pakistan chose to bat but saw their innings get off to an alarming start, as Fakhar Zaman (11), Ahmed Shehzad (8) and Mohammad Hafeez (8) fell quickly to leave their side 40-3.Shoaib Malik (11), Sarfraz Ahmed (5) and Imad Wasim (10) soon followed, but Babar formed a fruitful partnership with Shadab for a seventh-wicket stand of 109 – the fourth highest for Pakistan in ODIs.The pair provided an expert lesson in steadying the ship, steering their side over the 200-run mark when their prospects had looked decidedly bleak.And, while Sri Lanka found their own standout performer in captain Tharanga, it was not enough to drag the tourists over the line, as they finished 32 runs short on 187 all out.Tharanga did manage to put together a partnership of 76 with Jeffrey Vandersay (22), before a mix-up with Suranga Lakmal (1) put Sri Lanka on the ropes and a Lahiru Gamage (3) run-out finished the job.It was also confirmed yesterday that the third and final Twenty20 clash between the sides will be played in Lahore on October 29, following a thorough evaluation of security.The only Test side to visit Pakistan, since the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked by terrorists in the country in 2009, are Zimbabwe, who toured in May 2015. (Omnisport)last_img read more

Johnson & Johnson

first_imgSenior forward Samantha Johnson recorded the fastest goal in the history of USC’s women’s soccer program, scoring just 14 seconds into a game last fall against Washington State.This season, freshman forward Katie Johnson, not related, has provided similarly explosive plays, using her vision in the penalty box to score three goals for the Women of Troy this season, including two in six minutes against No. 19 Portland on Sept. 16.“They have a lot of similarities to their game,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “[Samantha] and Katie started clicking right away. Now they’re actually developing a good understanding of each other. Once they get a few games under their belt, you’re going to see some really neat things come from the two of them.”The elder Johnson has already provided her fair share of heroics this season with two game-winning goals in the last 15 seconds of matches against San Diego and Washington.“Most of the time I’m just kind of in the right place at the right time,” Samantha Johnson said. “It’s just about trying to use technique that [the coaches] taught me.”The younger Johnson said she looks up to her elder.“As a senior, she scores the clutch goals,” Katie Johnson said. “We trust her because she does the right things on the ball.”Katie said Samantha, who’s totaled four goals this season, is a good mentor on the pitch for the 16 freshmen on the squad, helpsing adjust to the college game. That’s a luxury previous USC teams didn’t enjoy, according to Samantha.When the older Johnson was a freshman, some of the upperclassmen on the squad had been on the 2007 team that won the NCAA title. One might expect that championship experience would rub off on the younger girls and bring the team closer together — but Johnson says it did the opposite.“There was a big disconnect between the lowerclassmen and the upperclassmen,” Samantha Johnson said. “We didn’t have great leadership, so to speak …  They were intimidating and never let their guard down. That’s why I make a conscience effort to help the younger players now.”The younger Johnson noted the the leadership as well.“Sam’s a natural leader,” Katie Johnson said. “She tells me where to be, how to stay connected. She’s really good at seeing the field and seeing the plays develop, and she’s helping me see that as well.”The Johnsons came to USC with notable local pedigrees; both went to high school relatively near USC — Samantha in Palmdale, Katie in La Cañada — both were named All-Americans in high school and both achieved All-League status three times.The pair also had to deal with injury issues coming into this season- Katie had to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered during her senior year in high school, while Samantha has been bothered by a persistent foot injury.Khosroshahin didn’t initially think USC would have a Johnson and Johnson duo up front, since Samantha had mostly played at midfield at USC. But when she was switched to forward in a game against Cal State Northridge to minimize the stress on her foot, and ended up scoring the game-tying goal, Khosroshahin knew he had found something good.“We only got to see glimpses of the two of them together, but we liked what we saw,” Khosroshahin said. “It’s been a treat to watch Sam’s play really improve, and to see her lead the group on the field has been a lot of fun.”And since both are still working back to full speed, Khosroshahin thinks the best is yet to come for both players.“I always say something special happens to kids in their senior year, with that finality of things,” Khosroshahin said. “It has a way of helping you focus a little bit more.”Samantha Johnson seems focused on carving out a senior legacy of last-second comebacks — and Khosroshahin hints that Katie might have a comparable future.“[Katie] is barely starting to find her rhythm and her touch right now,” Khosroshahin said. “I’m not real good at fortune telling, but I think if [Katie] continues to become a student of the game, and puts the time in, she definitely has the potential of doing some very special things here.”If the younger Johnson keeps learning from the examples the older Johnson has set for her this season, those special things could happen sooner rather than later.last_img read more

FCPPL Preview: First meets second as AshGold title charge under threat

first_imgMatchday 21 of the league sees a top of the table clash as league leaders Ashantigold and Aduana stars battle out for supremacy.Depending on the outcome of the game, the Miners could see their lead at the top extended to seven points, reduced to five with a draw or  whittled down to just two points with a loss. The Obuasi side have been in scintillating form at home raking eight victories, scoring eighteen in the process averaging 1.8 goals per games while Aduana have a solitary win away from home scoring just five in the process.The corresponding fixture ended 1-0 in favour of Aduana at Dormaa in March and a repeat of their 2012 feet in Obuasi where the won by the same margin has not been ruled out.This fixture in Obuasi last year ended 2-0 in favor of the Miners with goals coming from Mumuni Shaffiu and Emmanuel Osei.Coach Bashiru Hayford’s side will be looking for a repeat performance as they seek to tighten their grip at the top of the league. But they may have to do without their eight goal striker Yakubu Mohammed who is rumored to have signed for a Saudi Club. Despite this, Ashantigold still have much firepower upfront with the likes of Didier Kore and Bernard Morrison to provide the needed ammunition. Aduana have based their success this season on building a strong foundation in defence and will be holding that as their trump card heading into this game. The 2009 league champions on the road this season have conceded sixteen in ten matches which averages 1.6 goals conceded per game while their scoring record has been far from impressive scoring five in ten which averages 0.5 goals scored per game on the road. But as connoisseurs always predict in top of table clashes, the form guide and statistics are always thrown aside as the team with the right tactical approach and mental fortitude almost always carries the day.The fixture promises to be a cagey one but with both team’s records, a goal or two will settle the day. Will it be the Black and Yellow of Ashantigold as they look to end their trophy drought or will it be the Brong Ahafo side as the seek their second league title in six years? Form guideAshGold (1st) last five games: L W D W DAduana (2nd) last five games: W L W L D Matchday in fullInter Allies V OlyMedeama v KotokoBechem v LibertyWa All Stars v BA UtdHearts v HasaacasAshGold v AduanaWAFA v LionsCLICK HERE TO READ FULL WEEK 21 MATCH-BY-MATCH PREVIEWS –Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odumlast_img read more

Mehmed Bazdarevic: I would not like to play against Slovenia in the Playoffs

first_imgThe national football team of B&H managed to qualify in the additional qualifications. According to many, one of the most responsible for this is the head coach Mehmed Bazdarevic.He came at a time when the Dragons had only 2 points out of a possible 12. However, in the next 6 qualification matches, Mesa enrolled 5 victories and 1 loss. Our national football team eventually ended up on third place with 17 points, right behind Belgium and Wales.Dragons will find out which teams will be their rivals in additional qualifications on Sunday, and possible opponents are Slovenia, Republic of Ireland, Denmark and Norway.“I do not want to set aside any of the teams. We are not afraid of anyone, but we are also aware that all teams are not there by chance and they definitely have the quality. They also have the flaws and we will try to use them. In one way or another, we will do our best to successfully complete this chapter. We have a big motivation,” said Bazdarevic.He said against which team he would not want to play in the play-offs.“I would not like to get Slovenia. My good friend Srecko Katanec sits on the bench and I would not want us to be the ones that will eliminate them,” stated Mesa.In the end, he stated that he received many congratulations from all over the world in the recent days.“Coaches from B&H congratulated me as well. There are also numerous clubs including, of course, Zeljeznicar. Maroon team made me especially happy, since they were rivals when I was playing. Especially dear to me are congratulations from the coaches Ivica Osim, Fuad Muzurovic, Ciro Blazevic, Vahid Halilhodzic, Safet Susic etc. I talked for half an hour with Vaha, and I also talked with Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic for a long time. Mitar Mrkela, Dragan Stojkovic Piksi, Dejan Savicevic also called me. If I forgot someone, please forgive me. Generally, some of these coaches were strategists at the time when I was playing and it is really an honor when they give credit to you,” concluded Bazdarevic who traveled to France on Friday.(Source: read more

Ancelotti willing to pay 38 million EUR to bring Pjanić

first_imgAccording to the German portal TZ, Bayern contacted Roma with the aim to bring the BiH national team player Miralem Pjanić to their squad.Pjanić is one of the best players in Roma, and the Roman club cannot keep him any longer. At the end of the season Bayern will be taken over by the experienced Italian expert Carlo Ancelotti, who is impressed with Pjanić’s performances and wants him in his team.The officials of Roma accepted to sell their player, so the only thing that remains is that Bayern prepares 38 million EUR, which is the amount of purchase clause in Pjanić’s contract.This season, Pjanić played 31 matches for Roma in the Serie A. He scored nine goals and made 10 assists.(Source: read more

‘Gentle giant’ Lukaku thriving at Inter Milan after Man United flop

first_img– ‘Mad hunger’ –Conte had been a long-time admirer of Lukaku, who started his career at Anderlect, and tried to sign him for Chelsea before the Belgian’s move from Everton to United.“Lukaku entered the Inter world in the best of ways, with great humility, he’s a good giant, a giant with a smile,” said Conte, who is trying to break Juventus’s stranglehold in Italy and win Inter’s first title since their treble under Mourinho in 2010.Despite being targetted by racist chants during a league game in Cagliari, Lukaku has no regrets about choosing Italy, and above all Conte.“Between him and I there is a very strong relationship. I’m happy. At the age of 26, I want a coach like this, who helps me every day and gives me motivation,” said Lukaku.“He’s the best manager in the world.”His move to Italy was also eased by the presence of his brother Jordan Lukaku, 25, who has played as a defender for Lazio since 2016.Former Inter Milan star Samuel Eto’o has praised Lukaku for how he has adapted.“We played together at Everton, he was already big and strong even though he is like a baby, but he is very intelligent and on the issue of racism, he said important things,” said the Cameroonian.“Some players think they are stars and others feel like normal people, he’s in the second category, and you’ll see how many goals he’s going to score.”Ex-United teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who won three Serie A titles with Inter Milan, added: “Lukaku has this mad hunger to prove himself to the world and I’m sure he will do well at Inter too.”United may be missing Lukaku’s goals as they languish in 13th place in the Premier League having scored 10 in nine games.Share on: WhatsApp Romelu Lukaku. PHOTO via @Inter_enMilan, Italy | AFP | Italian coach Antonio Conte has made his “gentle giant” Romelu Lukaku the focus of Inter Milan’s attack this season where the striker has found his scoring touch again after leaving Manchester United.The Belgian got off the mark in his first league match against Lecce and has since scored five goals in eight Serie A games since departing Old Trafford under a cloud last summer.The 26-year-old scored a brace last weekend against Sassuolo to keep Inter second in Serie A, one point behind defending champions Juventus, after eight games.It followed his double as Belgium sealed their Euro 2020 ticket, extending his national all-time record to 51 goals in 83 appearances.Conte’s side host Group F leaders Borussia Dortmund in their third Champions League game on Wednesday having been held 1-1 to Slavia Prague and losing 2-1 to Barcelona, with Lukaku missing the trip to Spain with a thigh injury.Inter gambled big by investing around 80 million euros ($89 million) in Lukaku to restore the pairing he composed under the Red Devils’ jersey with Alexis Sanchez.Chilean Sanchez made just four appearances for Inter before being ruled out for three months with an ankle injury.But Lukaku has still impressed with a rich vein of form alongside Argentine Lautaro Martinez, who also scored a double at the weekend against Sassuolo.“We’re working with Romelu to get to know one another better,” said Martinez. “We’re looking to improve our understanding to help Inter to win.”The Belgian’s high energy levels and sharp play are in contrast to United where he spent two seasons, scoring 42 goals in 96 appearances, but just 15 last season.He was never far from fan criticism, over his weight and professionalism, as he fell down the pecking order once Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho.Hopes had been high that Lukaku could spearhead a new era for United when he joined from Everton for £75 million ($91 million) in 2017, but he left Manchester having failed to win a trophy.“At the end, I thought it was better for me to move on and try different things,” said Lukaku, who took the number nine jersey of former Inter captain Mauro Icardi, who fell out of favour and moved to Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

Americans Receiving Mysterious Chinese Seeds in the Mail

first_imgAmericans are receiving unrequested packages of seeds in the mail, and they look they are from China. State agriculture departments say people should not plant the seeds because they could be harmful to plants and livestock. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles saiys the types of seeds are unknown and could be harmful, stressing that they should not be planted.“We don’t know what they are, and we cannot risk any harm whatsoever to agricultural production in the United States,” he said. “We have the safest, most abundant food supply in the world and we need to keep it that way.”“At this point in time, we don’t have enough information to know if this is a hoax, a prank, an internet scam or an act of agricultural bio-terrorism,” he said. “Unsolicited seeds could be invasive and introduce unknown diseases to local plants, harm livestock or threaten our environment.”Residents of at least eight states have now received suspicious packages of seeds that appear to have originated from China, with officials in each urging people not to plant them, according to the Reuters news agency.”At this point in time, we don’t have enough information to know if this is a hoax, a prank, an internet scam or an act of agricultural bio-terrorism,” he said. “Unsolicited seeds could be invasive and introduce unknown diseases to local plants, harm livestock or threaten our environment.”Residents of at least eight states have now received suspicious packages of seeds that appear to have originated from China, with officials in each urging people not to plant them, according to the Reuters news agency.last_img read more

YES Ends Peace Summit in Lofa

first_imgCross section of Participants posed shortly after the programThe Youth Exploring Solutions (YES) on Friday, September 21, concluded its inaugural Young Leaders Peace Summit in Zorzor District, Lofa County.The two-day event, held under the theme, “Peace Matters to All,” was geared towards providing capacity building for youth leaders across the district in conflict management and peace-building relating to trust-building and communication, team-building and leadership, social cohesion, social awareness, and social identity. The event was also held in commemoration of the International Day of Peace.As an accredited not-for-profit and volunteer grassroots organization, the summit also highlighted the rule of law and responsibilities, conflict resolution and management, active nonviolent action, and vision for Liberia and Guinea to foster sustainable peace.The event took place at the campus of the Zorzor Rural Teachers Training Institute (ZRTTI) from 20th to 21st of September. The initiative stemmed from Youth Exploring Solutions’ participation in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs-funded 2018 Solutions Summit administered by IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) and the Embassy of Sweden funded by the Liberian National Youth Peace-building Conference led by Accountability Lab-Liberia.This inaugural Young Leaders Peace Summit brought together 150 young leaders of diverse backgrounds, whose work focuses on peace-building, violence prevention, and social cohesion. The young peace leaders had the opportunity to share, learn, and connect with other experts and practitioners drawn from Liberia and Guinea.Adolphus Wade, Commissioner of the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC), urged the participants to exercise religious tolerance, mutual respect as well as respecting the rights and dignity of every human being.He admonished the participants to live in harmony and adhere to the rule of law and respect for constituted authority. According to him, youth participation in peacebuilding is paramount to maintaining the peace everyone has enjoyed for nearly a decade.Commissioner Wade cautioned the young people to become peace ambassadors and spread the message of peace to every household, quarter, town, clan, district, and county as well as across the border to neighboring countries.He underscored the need for young people to utilize social media platforms wisely, to promote sustainable peace, lasting social cohesion, and violence prevention.“Everyone has a responsibility to maintain peace for the benefit of all and we should muster the courage to keep the peace and never revert to our bitter and barbaric past; we ought to respect the rule of law,” he noted.Wade also urged young people to respect constituted authority as well as make it their binding duty to engage, educate and empower people of all gender and ages to nurture peace as a way of life.In remarks, Zorzor District Commissioner, Joseph Bedell, called on men and boys to end gender-based violence and other forms of abuses against women and girls. The Zorzor commissioner recounted the pivotal roles women and girls have played over the years in fostering peace, bolstering reconciliation and strengthening justice in the country.According to him, women and girls are sharing, loving and caring which enable them to contribute to peacebuilding work at all levels in the society. Bedell said the misconception of cultural, traditional and religious barriers has too often affected women and girls from achieving their full potential and he encouraged them to respect the rights of women and girls.Furthermore Bernice Taylor, a facilitator speaking on “Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Exclusivity,”  said every so often women and girls suffer from physical and psychological effects of gender-based violence, saying that peace begins in the home before it reaches the community.“We  have come a long way in transitioning our country from a state of fragility to a more consolidated nation, based on the rule of law and respect for human dignity. Therefore, we cannot continue to treat women and girls as properties and not as partners in progress for the forward match of our country.”Madam Taylor noted that no more should women and girls be denied the fundamental rights to education, decent life, and their ability to make  informed decision over their bodies.Mr. Sekou Conde, Commandant of Koyamah District Commissioner of the Republic of Guinea, reaffirmed Guineans’ support to promote peaceful neighborliness among citizens of both countries and explained that promoting peace is paramount to the survivability of Liberia and Guinea. He spoke on the topic: “The Guinean Experience in Grassroots Peace-building Initiative.”Commissioner Koyamah further disclosed that cross-border peace will booster the free movement of people, foster free trade, improve living standards as well as bolster cross-border security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mechanic arraigned with robbery under arms

first_imgShane Morgan, 32, of Lot 43 East La Penitence, Georgetown, was on Friday granted bail in the sum of $200,000 by Magistrate Sunil Scarce on a robbery under arms charge when he appeared at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.The accused denied the charge which stated that on April, 26, 2018 while being armed with a gun, he robbed Nazeema Chand of Lot 255 BB Eccles, East Bank Demerara. In addition, he also used personal violence while committing the act.The mechanic denied the allegations that were made out against him.The matter was adjourned for May 28 for statements. The matter was transferred to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he is likely to answer several other charges of similar nature.last_img read more