La Liga: Barcelona begin revival with Real Betis victory, Real Madrid continue domination

first_imgBarcelona got off to a winning start in La Liga on Sunday, beating Real Betis 2-0 in a subdued atmosphere at the Nou Camp after the deadly attacks in the Catalan capital and the town of Cambrils.Rivals Real Madrid began their pursuit of back-to-back league titles for the first time since 2008 with a 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna with goals from Gareth Bale, Casemiro and Toni Kroos, although captain Sergio Ramos was sent off in the dying seconds, earning a 23rd career red card.Betis defender Alin Tosca diverted a cross from the lively Gerard Deulofeu into his own net to put Barca ahead in the 36th minute, while the former Everton forward, who returned to his boyhood club this summer, also laid on the pass for the second goal which was smashed in by Sergi Roberto in the 39th.Lionel Messi was the fulcrum of most of Barca’s creativity and more responsibility was placed on his shoulders due to the absence of Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta.But the Argentine was denied a goal, hitting the woodwork three times.There was a solemn feeling at the Nou Camp before and during the game with only 56,480 supporters at the 99,000-capacity arena. The club announced it had granted fans’ requests to return tickets in the wake of Thursday’s attacks, which killed 14 people and injured more than 100.”It was a moving tribute, we wanted to celebrate this victory and I dedicated the (first) goal to the victims and their families,” Deulofeu told reporters.advertisement”What happened was terrible, we hope something like this never happens again. We are not afraid but this needs to stop. This victory was for them.”RUTHLESS REALIn Coruna, Deportivo made a flying start against Real but wasted three early chances to surprise the champions.The first two fell to Romanian striker Florin Andone, who was twice foiled by Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Real, by contrast, were utterly ruthless.Photo Credit: AP Isco and Marcelo drove Zinedine Zidane’s side forward from the left and moved the ball for Luka Modric to shoot at goal. The Croatian’s tame shot slipped out of the hands of goalkeeper Ruben Martinez to the feet of Karim Benzema, who rolled the ball across for Bale to nudge home.Real then showed their class with their second goal after a long period of possession, with Marcelo sliding the ball to the far post where Casemiro was waiting to tuck into the unguarded net, completing a move involving 44 passes.”We aspire to play like this and we know we have the players to do it and we have worked very hard to score a goal like the second and we are all delighted with it,” Zidane told reporters.”We’re very happy with how the game went although not with what happened to Sergio. In general we’re happy because this isn’t an easy place to go, Deportivo can cause you problems and they had their chances today.”Toni Kroos met a Bale cutback to strike Real’s third in the 62nd minute while Deportivo striker Florin Andone completed a miserable night by squandering a late penalty.Spain centre back Ramos, who has never been sent off in 143 games for his country, earned a second yellow card in injury time, joining Pablo Alfaro and Xavi Aguado on a La Liga record of 18 red cards.last_img read more

RCMP end search of British Columbia farm where human remains found

first_imgSALMON ARM, B.C. – The RCMP have completed their search of a British Columbia farm where the remains of an 18-year-old woman were found.Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the rural property near Salmon Arm was turned over to its owners at midday Thursday after all police personnel and equipment left the site.“We’re not in a position to be discussing as to what we were looking for, what led us to the property and how we obtained the search warrant,” he said.Mounties began searching the 10-hectare property on Salmon River Road on Oct. 19 and last week said Traci Genereaux’s remains were found.The investigation into her death continues and it is being treated as suspicious, Moskaluk said.Genereaux was last heard from on May 29 in Vernon, B.C.RCMP established a tip line and are encouraging anyone with information to call police.“In speaking with the investigators earlier this week, they were receiving information directly through the tip line and we’re hopeful further information will come forward,” Moskaluk said.No charges have been laid in connection with her death or disappearance, Moskaluk said.Police removed temporary shelters and heavy equipment from the property earlier this week.Four other women have been reported missing in the north Okanagan area in the past 20 months but police have not linked the search to any other investigations. Moskaluk said officers have been in touch with their families about completing the search on the property.“We continue to offer whatever support that we can and provide them with the information that we can,” he said.A title search shows the property that was searched by police is owned by Wayne and Evelyn Sagmoen.Police have not said if they are related to Curtis Wayne Sagmoen, who was charged Oct. 17 with disguising his face with intent to commit an offence, uttering threats and weapons offences.The charges came after police issued a warning to “the general public and women sex workers” about a possible risk around Salmon River Road after a incident on Aug. 28 when a woman was allegedly threatened with a firearm.Police have not linked the search of the farm with the public warning.Sagmoen is scheduled to appear in court in Vernon on Nov. 23.last_img read more