first_img Struggling powerhouse The struggling powerhouse, which have already been disqualified from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player, will also have to be careful not to be caught by fourth-place Villarreal after Bruno Soriano scored his second of two goals deep into stoppage time to grab a 2-1 victory at Deportivo La Coruna. Benitez’s latest stumble, which arrived after losses at home to Barcelona and away at Sevilla and Villarreal in the last eight rounds, came in his return to a Mestalla Stadium where he established his reputation with two league titles and a UEFA Cup trophy. Benitez’s counterpart, Gary Neville, remained winless in his fourth league game since taking over at Valencia, but his team earned a morale-boosting result. Madrid’s strong start provoked panic in Valencia. Bale started the move with an audacious back-heeled flick to send Benzema’s pass to Cristiano Ronaldo, who slid the ball back for Benzema to slot his shot into the corner of the net. But instead of going for a second goal to finish the hosts off, Madrid let complacency creep in, and Valencia slowly began to push forward through midfielder Andres Gomes and forward Joao Cancelo. A Gomes incursion was only stopped when Pepe tripped him in the area, letting Parejo step up and level the score. Madrid recovered some of their attacking verve after the restart, but it was stalled by Kovacic’s sending-off for a lunging tackle on Cancelo in the 70th. Toni Kroos, however, placed a free kick for Bale to rise up and gracefully head in off the far post to momentarily restore Madrid’s lead. But Valencia charged right back to score when Rodrigo Moreno headed down a pass for Alcacer to nod home. Also Sunday, it was Athletic Bilbao 2, Las Palmas 2; Real Betis 0, Eibar 4; Granada 2, Sevilla 1; and Rayo Vallecano 2, Real Sociedad 2. BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Real Madrid squandered a great opening goal and a chance to catch Barcelona in the Spanish league standings when they slipped to a 2-2 draw at Valencia in a match it ended with 10 men yesterday. Madrid seemed set to romp to an easy victory after Karim Benzema finished off a superb move in the 16th minute, but Valencia’s Dani Parejo levelled from the penalty spot just before half-time. Gareth Bale headed Madrid back in front in the 82nd, despite his team playing a man down after Mateo Kovacic saw a direct red card, only for Paco Alcacer to strike right back for the hosts a minute later to spark a thrilling finish by both teams. Coach Rafa Benitez will face even more scrutiny after Madrid failed to capitalise on Barcelona’s scoreless stalemate at Espanyol on Saturday and remained two points behind the defending champions, which have a game to play. Madrid also fell four points behind provisional leaders Atletico Madrid, the only title contender to win this round. Benitez said: “I can’t stop some people from speculating” about his future. “What I can do is get the team to work hard like they did today,” he said. “We missed an opportunity – only if you look at the result. But the effort that my team made deserves more praise that anything else.”last_img read more

first_imgDenver Nuggets new forward Paul Millsap, right, holds up his jersey with his mother, Bettye, during his introduction to the media at a news conference Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Paul Millsap was welcomed back to his old neighborhood with a reception that included a drum line and cheering children.It was a contrast to how the newest Denver Nuggets player left town years ago as a kid — his mom struggling to make ends meet.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet It definitely got Millsap’s attention.“The way (Marshall) explained the fans, the way he explained the city, it made me think, ‘I want to be part of it,’” Millsap said. “We’re looking, not to take the Denver Broncos fans — they’re the Broncos, let’s be honest — but for them to be with us, too. To take a ride with us, just like we were with them.”Denver (40-42) improved by seven games this year but still missed the playoffs for a fourth straight season. Millsap’s presence helps the Nuggets remain in the playoff conversation even in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.“I’m excited about that challenge. We don’t run from that,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “He’s going to help us tremendously.”That’s partly because Millsap brings a defensive-minded mentality to the court. That and an unselfish style of play, which complements such young players as Jokic, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris.“We feel in Nikola and Paul, we have the most talented, most unselfish, best playmaking front-court in the NBA,” Malone said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES “When I came to Denver in 1988, I was crying all the way in shame and had my head down,” Bettye Millsap said. “When I came back this time, I cried tears of joy and I could hold my head up.”The 32-year-old Millsap gives the youthful Nuggets a proven veteran to pair with budding star Nikola Jokic. Millsap averaged a career-high 18.1 points last season with 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists.“I’m looking for (Jokic) to make my job a little easier,” Millsap cracked. “And vice versa. I want to make his job easier. I want to help the younger guys around me become better players.”For landing the highly coveted free agent, give an assist to Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall. Marshall’s sales pitch helped sway Millsap’s decision.“Brandon was able to look Paul in the eyes and talk about what this city means to him, not just as a player but as a guy who lives here full time, and talk about what it’s like to win in Denver,” Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said. “I certainly had goosebumps.”ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments That wasn’t lost on the four-time All-Star forward as he was introduced at a recreation center Thursday after signing a three-year deal worth $90 million. He spent nearly a dozen years in a suburb of Denver before returning to Louisiana for high school and college.“My history had a lot to play into (signing with Denver), actually,” said Millsap, who was touched by the band that greeted him, along with the throng of children. “It felt like it was unfinished business here, being here years ago and leaving under the circumstances we left. To help this community out, this organization out, that played a big factor.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Searching for a fresh start, Millsap’s mother moved the family to Denver when he was just a toddler. But it was a struggle. His mom, Bettye, said she used to make $12 last for two days’ worth of meals for her four sons.In 1999, the Millsap family returned to Louisiana, where she had relatives to lend a hand. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Vicente sets ‘humble’ goals for women’s volleyball team in SEA Gameslast_img read more

first_imgThursday, Apr 1, 2010 – Saturday, Apr 3, 2010  08.00 PM – 11.00 PMCease & Desist @ JD Fitzgerald’sJD Fitzgerald’s PubMusic – Advertisement – Saturday, Apr 3, 2010Model Building ContestJust Plane Crazy R.C. Hobbies & ToysAuto/Motor Sports Below is a list of community events taking place this Easter Long Weekend.  For more events in our community visit energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/events.  If you have an event you’d like listed, e-mail contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com  Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 08.00 PMCrash Karma Featuring Soul Side In and WauntidOn the RocksMusic Monday, Mar 29, 2010 – Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  09.00 AM – 12.30 PMNP Gymnastics Spring Break CampNorth Peace Gymnastics ClubSports & Fitness ,Children & Family Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 07.00 PMHelix in ConcertLido TheatreMusic Monday, Mar 29, 2010 – Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  09.00 AM – 03.00 PMSpring Break Activity Camp at the North Peace Leisure PoolNorth Peace Leisure PoolChildren & Family , Sports & Fitness Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 11.00 AMEaster Egg HuntKin ParkChildren & Family ,Celebration Friday, Apr 2, 2010 – Saturday, Apr 3, 2010Easter Bunny PhotosTotem MallChildren & Family Monday, Mar 22, 2010 – Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  09.00 AM – 05.00 PMArtSpace Spring Break ClassesNorth Peace Cultural CentreChildren & Family Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 07.00 PM – 09.00 PM”Rainbow Owl and the Spring Collection” Opening NightPeace Gallery NorthArt & Culturelast_img read more

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Roman Abramovich will be forced to pay Jose Mourinho more than £40million if he fires the Chelsea manager at an emergency board meeting on Wednesday. Abramovich will hold talks with his management team — Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia, Eugene Tenenbaum and Michael Emenalo — about Mourinho’s future today and will decide whether to sack him. (Daily Mail)Louis van Gaal is also under pressure at Manchester United. Players have begun to openly question the Dutch boss’ tactics after recent poor performances – with two senior players speaking up in the dressing room following the 1-1 draw at Leicester on November 28. (The Sun)Everton boss Roberto Martinez has dashed any hopes Chelsea have of reviving a move John Stones next month by telling them selling up ‘doesn’t come into consideration’. (Daily Mail)Liverpool have yet to agree a deal for Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic. The 19-year-old is understood to have held talks with club representatives and is keen on a move to Anfield, with Liverpool’s outline proposal a £4.3m offer plus the player remaining on loan until at least the summer. However, Stuttgart have made a £5m offer plus bonus payments and Inter Milan are also interested in the Serbia Under 21 international.  (Daily Mail)Southampton are ready to rescue outcast Andros Townsend from his Tottenham hell. Boss Ronald Koeman is lining up a January move for the England winger, 24, to help get the Saints’ stuttering season back on the right path. (The Sun)Gabriel Agbonlahor, Aston Villa’s club captain and long-serving forward, could be sold in January after falling out of favour with Rémi Garde, the new manager. (The Times)Rob Elliot wants to commit his future to Newcastle by signing a new deal as he targets the Republic of Ireland No 1 spot at Euro 2016. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Jurgen Klopp set to seal first Liverpool signing with transfer Red Star of Belgrade starlet Marko GrujicRoma target January swoop for Liverpool defender Mamadou SakhoLucas Moura admits Premier League interest as Liverpool and Manchester United linked with PSG starTransfer report: Arsenal close to sealing £13m deal for Celta Vigo forward NolitoExclusive – De Boer pours cold water on Bergkamp to Swansea reports: ‘He’s very happy at Ajax’Stoke in talks to extend Marko Arnautovic and Erik Pieters contracts, confirms chairmanRoman Abramovich will soon have no alternative but to sack Jose Mourinho, former Chelsea star Tony Cascarino tells talkSPORT 1 Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

first_imgThe Mexico national team is in the “final stretch” of its search for a men’s national team coach, the Federacion Mexicana de Futbol said in a statement Tuesday, though interim manager Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti won’t get the job.Tigres manager Ferretti said Monday the club asked him to stay on and see out his three-year contract rather than taking over El Tri, and the federation’s statement Tuesday confirmed that.”Unfortunately we’ve been notified by Club Tigres of the impossibility of considering Ricardo Ferretti as a candidate to manage the Mexico national team on a permanent basis,” the statement read. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ferretti will continue on with Mexico as the interim manager. He is set to lead Mexico in October friendly matches against Costa Rica, which will be played in Tigres home stadium the Estadio Universitario just outside Monterrey, and Chile, which will take place at Queretaro’s Estadio Corregidora. Should the coaching search continue through November, when Mexico is expected to play a pair of friendly matches in Europe, Ferretti also would manage in those matches.Despite the setback with Ferretti, the FMF is confident it soon will have a replacement for Juan Carlos Osorio, the Colombian who coached Mexico from Nov. 2015 until leaving after the 2018 World Cup.FMF President said last week that between managers based in Mexico and those working abroad, the federation has spoken to 24 candidates.”We’re in the final stages of the process, which has included conversations with great candidates and we’re sure that we’ll be able to conclude this process in the near future,” Tuesday’s statement read. Reports emerged Tuesday that current Atlanta United manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino is a strong candidate for the job, though the manager has said recently he’s focused on winning trophies with the second-year club. Former Chivas coach Matias Almeyda, ex-Mexico and current America manager Miguel Herrera and Jorge Sampaoli, most recently with Argentina, also have been linked with the position.last_img read more