Messi calls £70m Spurs target ‘phenomenal’

first_img According to Spanish outlet El Desmarque, Mourinho has personally contacted Real Madrid president Florentino Perez about Eder Militao’s availability in the case Jan Vertonghen leaves the club in the summer. The Belgium international is out of contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the end of the season and there have been no developments regarding a breakthrough in talks between player and club. Militao, meanwhile, joined Real from Porto last summer, the Bernabeu side paying a reported €50million (£43million) for the Brazil international’s services, according to Goal. He has struggled in his maiden season for Real, however, failing to win Zinedine Zidane over, and has made just 13 appearances all season, with a mere seven starts in La Liga, according to Transfermarkt.Advertisement Despite his struggles at the Bernabeu, Militao has been given the Messi stamp of approval, the Barca talisman naming him in his 15 “youth on the rise” players for Topps Champions League cards. “A phenomenal talent and fierce competitor,” Messi wrote about Militao, as quoted by Give Me Sport. While Militao may be out of favour at Real Madrid, he is certainly a talented player who has impressed throughout most of his senior career – indeed, Mourinho was said to have monitored the defender while he was at Manchester United (Manchester Evening News). The 23-year-old is confident playing out from the back, comfortable with the ball, isn’t afraid to dribble forward from defence, rarely makes mistakes, and is superb with passes and deliveries, courtesy of his stints at right-back in Brazil. Read Also:Messi: We have accepted club’s proposal on pay-cuts However, Militao’s aerial presence has been questioned, and Mourinho could nonetheless have a tough transfer battle on his hands, given the Real board has reportedly placed a £70million price tag on his head. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooSuper Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous Movies7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneWorld’s Most Famous Ceilings That Are Actually Works Of ArtEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More A player who is reportedly sought after by Tottenham Hotspur head coach, Jose Mourinho, has been praised by Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.last_img read more

Motorcycle slides off road in Laurel

first_imgLaurel, IN—On Sunday, September 8th, at 1:49 a.m., Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department were called to the scene of a motorcycle accident on Stipps Hill Road at its intersection with Davison Road.  Upon arrival, Deputies found a 1999 Yamaha YZF motorcycle off of the south side of the roadway and in a ditch.Through the course of the investigation, Deputies determined that Devin Bryce Bennington, age 24 of Laurel, was operating the motorcycle eastbound on Stipps Hill Road.  Bennington lost control of the motorcycle, causing it to lay over onto its side before traveling off of the south side of Stipps Hill Road and into a ditch.  Bennington was ejected from the motorcycle.Bennington was flown from the scene by Stat Flight medical helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of multiple injuries sustained in the accident.  Bennington was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.last_img read more

Schmidt’s Bakery has record breaking year again

first_imgBatesville, IN—2020 was a record-setting year for the Cherry Thing-a-ling.  Schmidt’s Bakery reports that they sold 160,716 Thing-a-lings. That comes to 13,393 dozen of the sweet fritters.last_img

Injury fears ease for Arsenal boss

first_img Press Association England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a certainty to miss out after suffering a serious knee injury in the defeat to Villa, with some reports suggesting the 20-year-old could be ruled out for up to six months. Qualification to Europe’s elite club competition is seen as a must for a club like Arsenal, and having as strong a squad as possible for the match at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium on Wednesday night gives Wenger’s side the best chance of getting a positive result ahead of the second leg at the Emirates next Tuesday. If Arsenal do reach the group stages there will be even more calls for new faces in north London, after a bid for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye was rejected on Monday. The move for the France international is the latest failed transfer attempt during a frustrating summer for Wenger, who has also looked at signing the likes of Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain with no success to date. The home fans were vocal during the Villa game in their suggestions that new players are required, with Arsenal believed to have enough funds available to try and attract marquee names such as Rooney or Suarez. Arsenal have been handed a number of fitness boosts ahead of the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce on Wednesday evening.center_img The Gunners were consigned to a 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season at the weekend, but manager Arsene Wenger would have been delighted to see Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky all train on Tuesday morning. There had been fears over the fitness of those individuals, especially full-back Sagna who landed awkwardly towards the end of the game on Saturday, but they could all play some part in Turkey as Arsenal look to seal a place in the lucrative group stages of the Champions League. last_img read more

The Latest: FIBA suspends some international basketball

first_img“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said.The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”___10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” 9:55 a.m.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title.Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy.The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation. The International Basketball Federation says it is suspending all competitions indefinitely from Friday.FIBA says the decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.”The suspension includes games in the Basketball Champions League, which is a rival competition to the better known Euroleague, and the second-tier FIBA Europe Cup. The Champions League is part-way through its playoffs.Men’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to resume in June with a series of qualifying tournaments overseen by FIBA. Women’s qualifying has already concluded.___ Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.“You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote.Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___ 10:25 a.m.The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus.The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October.International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.”The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date. “The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550.Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason. ___10:15 a.m.Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus.The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive.“We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later. ___10:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus.The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne.The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.center_img Associated Press The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt.___10:05 a.m.After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding. The Latest: FIBA suspends some international basketball March 12, 2020 ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Bermuda can reach Gold Cup quarter-finals, says coach

first_imgKyle Lightbourne believes his side can be among the last eight teams in the Gold Cup. SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (CMC) – National coach Kyle Lightbourne believes Bermuda can reach the quarter-finals as they prepare to make their debut in the CONCACAF Gold Cup against Haiti at the weekend.But 50-year-old Lightbourne, currently enjoying his second stint at the helm after he led the team from 2005 to 2007, admits a positive result against Haiti is key if Bermuda is to achieve their goal of advancing to the quarter-finals.Bermuda, who arrived here on Monday ahead of their opening game against Haiti today, must finish in the top two in Group B, which also includes Costa Rica and Nicaragua.Although Lightbourne’s side finished a lofty fifth in the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers, ahead of Nicaragua, whom they play in their final group game, Bermuda are the lowest ranked of the four teams.Haiti finished top of the standings while Costa Rica qualified automatically as participants in the final round of the World Cup qualifiers in 2018.“The boys are confident and we feel like we can match most teams,” Lightbourne told Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newspaper.“We want to try our best to get through to the next stage. We definitely want to make it hard for teams to play against us. We saw a lot of the things we’ve been working on in training against Guyana – on the ball in the first half and defensively in the second. It’s on the day that we need to get it right.”Bermuda beat Guyana, who are also making their Gold Cup debut, 1-0 at home in a friendly last week.Bermuda showed they are made of sterner stuff these days, fighting back from a goal down in their must-win match away to the Dominican Republic in their final Nations League qualifier, and Lightbourne believes it will be a huge mistake if Haiti take his side lightly.“Since the Nations League started we’ve really grown into a good unit,” he added. “We showed we can come from behind against the Dominican Republic, but now we’re going to be tested at a different level.”Bermuda have qualified in League A of the Nations League and have home and away ties in Group B against Mexico and Panama in the autumn.“We want to be able to stay at this level,” Lightbourne said. “However, we’re going to have to learn and learn quickly, if we are to build off this. There are opportunities for us to grow as a foot-balling nation.”The Gold Cup has been extended from 12 teams to 16 teams, split into four groups. The final is scheduled to be played on July 7 at Soldier Field in Chicago. BERMUDA…center_img Caption:last_img read more

LeBron James Equals Jordan’s Double-digit Scoring Record

first_imgJordan’s streak stretched from 25 March 1986 to 26 December 2001.The six-time NBA champion retired twice during that period – from 1993-94 and from 1999-2001.James spent four years with Miami Heat before rejoining the Cavs in 2014 and the three-time NBA champion can break the record on Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans.“It just means I’ve kept my body in tune, in shape, throughout all these years, all these games – 866,” he told Fox Sports Ohio.“Anytime I’m in the same conversation with Mike and other great guys, it lets me know I’m doing the right thing and hopefully I can try to continue that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LeBron James has equalled Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan’s all-time record of scoring at least 10 points in 866 consecutive regular season NBA games.The 33-year-old yesterday tied the record in the first half of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 118-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets, who are owned by Jordan.The Cavs small forward, who finished with 41 points, started his double-digit scoring streak on 6 January 2007.last_img read more

Carlini’s status unknown

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThe biggest question for the University of Wisconsin volleyball team this weekend is the status of senior floor captain and outside hitter Maria Carlini.As Carlini sat out last weekend with a foot injury, Wisconsin lost on the road to No. 14 Ohio State and No. 2 Penn State.While the Badgers will be seeking to get back on track in the Big Ten race this weekend against No. 9 Purdue Friday and Indiana Sunday, much of their success will depend on Carlini’s availability, which is still day-to-day.”She hasn’t practiced this week,” UW head coach Pete Waite said of Carlini. “We’re just looking at how she feels tomorrow since she’s wearing the boot.”Without Carlini in practice, Waite has prepared for this weekend’s matches as if Carlini will not be available. Either sophomore Morgan Salow or freshman Caity DuPont will play in her place if she is not ready.”We’re training without [Carlini],” Waite said. “We’re putting other people in her spot, but it’s just practice as usual.””But just like she’s trying to prepare for the weekend by watching film and doing pool work, we’re trying to prepare for the weekend ourselves up here on the court,” senior assistant captain and middle blocker Amy Bladow added. “Everybody’s bringing a bit more fire to pick up in her absence.”However, if Carlini is the least bit able to go, her teammates will welcome her back with open arms.”She’s one of our go-to players and any time that she’s not in, it hurts us not only offensively, but she’s also in there bringing a really tough serve and passing nails,” Bladow said. “It also affects just the mood on the court.”Wisconsin tips off Homecoming weekend against the Purdue Boilermakers (15-2, 5-1), whose only Big Ten loss was to top-ranked Penn State. However, they just came off a close 3-2 victory at Iowa — combine that with the Field House crowd and the Badgers are feeling very confident about their chances this weekend, with or without Carlini.”Any time we play at home, it’s a great environment to play here,” Bladow said. “We have the best crowd in the Big Ten and one of the best in the nation, so it’s so much easier to play at home, especially here in the Field House.”Nevertheless, Wisconsin’s practice schedule this week has been just as hard as any other week, as Waite knows this is a very strong Purdue team on almost every level.”Purdue’s a real solid team,” Waite said. “They have very good ball handlers, good servers, they’re pretty deep and it’s the kind of team that we have to be on our game to be there with them and have a shot at beating them.”But at the same time, our team is practicing hard, playing with confidence on the court, and we’re making some improvements to be a better team.”Wisconsin will have to look out for the Boilermakers’ sophomore duo of outside hitter Danita Merlau and middle blocker Stephanie Lynch. Merlau leads the team with 4.12 kills per game while Lynch chips in 2.30 kills per game while leading the team with .309 hitting percentage and 1.14 blocks per game.But the biggest adjustment Waite’s squad will have to make is in regards to Purdue head coach Dave Shondell’s 6-2 offense. The Boilermakers start two setters: freshman Sam Gray and Shondell’s daughter, senior Lindsay Shondell. The two setters average 8.66 and 5.63 assists per game, respectively.While Purdue will be Wisconsin’s biggest challenge this weekend, the team will have to make sure it doesn’t overlook Indiana on Sunday.”Indiana’s record is one you look at and it looks like they’re struggling in the conference,” Waite said. “But they’ve had some really close matches and beat a very good team in Michigan on the road. They’ve got some good weapons, and we’ll prepare for them like we would anyone else.”Sunday’s match at the Field House is expected to reach a big crowd with various promotions going on. Not only is it Team and Scout Day — free admission for high school, junior high and club teams, as well as all scout troops — but there is also free admission for those with a ticket stub from either Friday night’s game, the UW football game or one of the hockey games.”We made a point of trying to make this a big one and getting a lot of bodies in here,” Waite said. “It’s always a great environment, and we have a lot of fun.”last_img read more

Return home feeling like ‘Groundhog Day’ for transfer

first_imgFor college freshmen, adjusting to the academic and social life is a challenge. It’s their first semester away from home, learning the college schedule and still finding time to hang out and meet new friends. For first-year college athletes, combining the rigors of practice with adjustment away from home can be a difficult transition.For University of Wisconsin women’s soccer player Sheri Ferron the adjustment has been doubly difficult — she’s had to go through the adjustment period twice. And the second time has been the charm for the sophomore.Growing up 70 miles east of Madison in Brookfield, Ferron decided to play soccer further from home to become more independent. Although Wisconsin did make a recruiting try for her, Ferron settled on the Big East school Seton Hall, located 14 miles from New York City in South Orange, New Jersey. Although the Pirates went 7-7-4 last season, Ferron did not enjoy her time in the Big East as she was barely utilized by the Seton Hall coaching staff, playing in only 13 games and scoring a single goal. After their season had concluded, Ferron knew that this wasn’t the right place for her and requested a transfer.”I got my release between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year,” Ferron recalled. “I knew that I wanted to look at other schools. So when my release became official in February, I had no idea where I wanted to go. I knew Seton Hall wasn’t a good fit. I looked at mainly Wisconsin, UW-Milwaukee and Northwestern, but had really no clue.”Despite her displeasure in New Jersey, Ferron learned a lot in her first year of collegiate soccer and knew that the skills she picked up would help her tremendously for whichever team she chose to play for next.”I learned a lot while I was there and obviously it wasn’t a good situation for me, I wouldn’t take it back because I learned so much about myself,” Ferron said. “I learned a lot about what I want out of a team and what a good team was made out of. I didn’t find that [at Seton Hall]. A lot of that team aspect has become really important to me.”When head coach Dean Duerst learned of Ferron’s decision to transfer, he gave his recruiting pitch another shot at landing the talented ball-striker. This time, he knew that Ferron wanted to be closer to home and play a style that incorporated and depended on a team-first aspect rather than the player’s individual talents. With that thought in mind, Duerst made the push for Ferron to come to Madison.”I thought she would be a great fit in our system and the way we play,” Duerst said. “I had known her for awhile. We tried to get her to see the idea of playing at Wisconsin, being from Wisconsin, and it’s not back in the Milwaukee area where you are from. With the two of us having very good phone conversations, we’re happy she came.”Senior midfielder and team captain Kara Kabellis was thrilled as well, citing the fact that although Ferron would be new to the Wisconsin system, she already had the conditioning, work ethic and games under her belt and could step right onto the field and become a factor.”Knowing you’re having transfers coming in, you know that they have had experience at the college level,” Kabellis said. “It’s reassuring that they have some time under their belt, they know the demands of it and what to expect. Sheri has excellent work ethic, smart on the ball and fits in well with us.”Although she had finally chosen a school and settled in once again, the nerves where definitely there during the first week of team workouts in the summer. Not only was she nervous about fitting in with an entirely new squadron of top-tier players, Ferron was really worried what would happen if this situation also didn’t work out for her.”During that first workout, I had a lot of reservations about ‘What if this doesn’t work out like the last time,'” Ferron said. “I was really nervous about it. With any campus, transferring is a huge risk and the negatives are always in proportion to the awards. It just happens that it worked out awesome.”The one thing that made the transition easier for Ferron was what her new head coach had told her: that the Badgers run an offense that incorporates a healthy dose of skill combined with creativity for the betterment of the team. While at Seton Hall, Ferron found herself unable to showcase her skills in a system that was entirely one-dimensional. When she finally started practicing with the Badgers, she quickly began to adjust and excel on the field. “[Wisconsin has a more] fun style of soccer than just kick and run,” Ferron said. “I like playing creative soccer and to play with the players around me. I like to take people on and that’s something that Duerst stresses and something I am trying to do more. Because [not only] does he like it but it helps the team a lot.””With how we’re playing and our personnel, she works well with Taylor [Walsh] and Allison [Preiss] up top in terms of combining and movement with those guys,” Duerst said. “One of her greatest assets is timing and being in the right place at the right time. Her timing is really good within her system.”Through 15 games this season, Ferron has had some of the best timing of all the Badgers. Ferron is second on the team in goals (4) and points (12) and leads the team in assists (4). What stands out among Ferron’s stats is that her four goals have come on only nine shots for a astronomical .444 shooting percentage. While Ferron has only started games half the season, she routinely finds herself in the right place at the right time.”Players only need a few chances,” Duerst said. “She is in and around at the right time and it only takes a touch. She’s found a knack for finding the right area to get it by the keeper. She’s actively touching the ball. We call those players finishers. You don’t need to be the big shooter and rip off the powerful shot to find a way to get the ball in the net. It really boosted the team in terms of production when she began getting those goals.”Her success can also be contributed to her work ethic, as Ferron has put in a lot of time developing her game in terms of frustrating the opposing defense and finding her teammates on the field. “She’ll work hard and pressure the defense with the other forwards,” Kabellis said. “She sees the game really well, and she knows running off the ball where everyone is. She’s learning how to play with everyone and is adjusting really well.”Although she has only been playing with her new team for three months, Ferron looks like she’s been playing with the Badgers for years, developing that connection with the senior forwards that have led to a solid season thus far. For someone who thought she didn’t want to be a Badger, things have certainly turned out well for the Wisconsin native.”I like being close to home and it’s nice to have my family come to games,” Ferron said. “It’s obviously very different than where I was last year. They were only able to come to one or two games. When we play in Milwaukee and around the Midwest, they can come and watch me play.”Wisconsin was [always] a better fit for me,” Ferron added. “I really never pictured myself here but then I started learning about it, it seemed like a good fit for me.”last_img read more

Countdown continues to the club hurling championship

first_imgDavid Kennedy told Tipp FM Sport that its an unusual pairing One of the most eagerly awaited is the clash between Kilruane McDonaghs and JK Brackens at Toomevara which throws in at 2pm.Loughmore Castleineys David Kennedy came up against Brackens in the Mid championship and says they performed well.They will though be lining out without Colin O Riordan who is Australia bound.last_img