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Luka Modric pens new Real Madrid deal… but bad news for Cristiano Ronaldo

first_img Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo is being tested after a muscle strain.  He was substituted off for James Rodriguez at half-time in the first leg of the Super Copa on Monday night.  Upd. at 19:34 CEST The club wrote: “Real Madrid CF announces the extension of Luka Modric’s contract, linking him to the club for the next four seasons.” The 28-year-old midfielder has enjoyed great success at the club after a shaky start, culminating in last season’s Champions League triumph. center_img Luka Modric has signed a new four year deal with Real Madrid. 20/08/2014 Sport EN He is doubtful for the second clash with Atletico, on Friday.last_img

Michy Batshuayi mocks Phil Jones after defender scored comical own goal

first_imgAdvertisement 6ljNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsajWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6qmdhq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2n4vzWould you ever consider trying this?😱3z8Can your students do this? 🌚attRoller skating! Powered by Firework Chelsea loanee and current Valencia C.F. striker Michy Batshuayi has often been said to be the king of twitter in the football sphere given his witty comebacks and quirky tweets. Advertisement Batshuayi had a bad day at the office and missed a huge chance to give his team a two-goal advantage, heading over Sergio Romero’s goal from close-range towards the end of the first half. However , that didn’t stop the Belgian forward from making fun of Phil Jones face that was photographed during a battle for a loose ball between the two. Batshuayi was more concerned with Jones’ face, tweeting: ‘Glad you like guys… but can we talk about Phil Jones face first ? #anotherone.’Advertisement Hilariously, the last time an United player scored a Champions League own goal was in 2011 , also by Phil Jones. Mourinho couldn’t help United from having another lackluster performance which saw fail to clinch first place in their group. Advertisement After the game , Jose said ‘We go to 2-1, we probably should get to 2-2 because we had a couple of important chances to equalise. But I think fundamentally this, we wasted the first half playing too comfortable and with not enough intensity.’   Advertisementlast_img read more

The Power of Pete

first_imgBy sports editor Russell Bennett The Gippsland Power’s revered ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Morwell has long been regarded by many as the house that Peter Francis built.And yet most of those people would have no idea how true that assessment really is.He drew up the plans, acted as the owner-builder, and did the project management of the site that’s now the envy of football clubs Australia-wide.And most would never know.On Thursday, in typical understated fashion – but after a staggering 25 years at the helm – Pete locked the front door of that house of his and walked away for the final time as the father figure of the Gippsland Power.All throughout the day, and in the days prior, countless visitors would walk through that door to wish the beloved talent manager well in his retirement, and he’d greet them like he would anyone else – by name, with a knowing look, a warm smile, and a genuine handshake.The respect Pete gives is matched only by the respect he receives.When he started with the Power, it was operating out of then talent manager Ray Byrne’s garage in Warragul.The “mobile club”, as Pete called it, would play and train out of the visitors’ rooms at Morwell.And now there are 80 people involved, working behind the scenes at the club that has academies starting from the under-12s, to girls and boys teams right throughout the age brackets all the way up to the NAB League.In a sign of just how far the club has come, Pete’s sister, Kate, come down last week from the farm in Heathcote. She’d never seen the Centre of Excellence before, and didn’t know what to expect.Understandably, when she saw it, she was blown away.Pete’s been a guiding light in the careers of young footballers for decades, but now he’s retiring to the Mornington Peninsula with his darling wife of 39 years, Robyn.Fittingly, his final day at the Power fell on the same day as their wedding anniversary.Pete grew up in Heathcote, and went on to play 158 games across stints with Carlton, Fitzroy, Richmond, and Essendon.His most famous game as a player came on the biggest stage of them all, when he was a key part of the Blues’ five-point 1979 premiership win over their arch nemesis, Collingwood.The now 61-year-old credits his lasting career in football to that fateful day.“What defined it was that premiership,” he said, his athletic frame leaning on some exercise equipment next to his office inside the Centre of Excellence.“It was 40 years ago this year, and I think that’s defined my life in footy.“I was lucky enough to get a couple of kicks, and I really think that’s been what’s helped me move along and be able to work in an industry that I’ve loved so much. It’s really been my hobby.”He’d never admit it, but Pete oozed class on the wing.Yet he gave an insight into just what’s transformed him into the beating heartbeat of the Power.“As a player, I never felt like I was a walk-up start,” he said.“I always played on the edge, because I thought in any particular week I could be dropped and, looking back on it, it was stressful.”Sound familiar?That’s exactly what NAB League players go through on a week-to-week basis.The pressure to perform, the bitter disappointment of rejection, the euphoria of the ultimate success, the importance of sacrifice, and the pay-off of pouring blood, sweat, and tears into a playing career – Pete knows what today’s players are going through, because he’s been there.“That’s what you hope to pass on to them – that you’ve been there, that you’ve seen it,” he said.“There are no shortcuts, and that’s the cold, hard reality.“You might have all the ability in the world, but it’s still going to take a lot of hard work.“I’ll always remember Robert Walls saying to me that nothing worthwhile in life comes easy. It takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears along the way – and it’s so true.”And it was another Carlton great, Alex Jesaulenko, who Pete will always remain indebted to. Decades ago he hit him between the eyes with the cold, hard reality that if he didn’t get fitter, harder, and stronger he wouldn’t make it.Again, sound familiar?“I know how hard it is to play – I know how hard it is to get a kick. It’s not easy out there, and you never forget that,” Pete said.After his playing career, he went into coaching.He even led the Power for six years before Ray Byrne took up the talent manager’s role with the Bendigo Pioneers – leaving the Gippsland seat vacant.Pete wasn’t sure if he was ready for it, but he grabbed the opportunity with both hands – and generations of players have been so much better for it.“I can’t thank Ray enough for getting me down to coach, and being able to do the talent manager’s role for the past 19 years is a dream come true for a farm boy from Heathcote who just dreamed about playing AFL footy,” Pete said.When speaking about today’s players, he simply said he’s “in awe”.“These kids at the Power really fight so far out of their weight division,” he said.“The size of the region is massive, the population is the smallest to pick from, we’re playing city sides where the ratio would be three to one, and we train one night a week.“Our biggest enemy is the travel.“They don’t just have to travel hours to training – the top-end (players) are travelling all over the country. It’s a massive, massive undertaking.“The Power has always had this reputation that we’re a really hard team to play against. We’re really fortunate because the ethos of the NAB League – or what was the TAC Cup – is to develop every boy or girl to their maximum potential, on and off the field.”But the Power doesn’t just develop quality footballers – it develops quality people.And, through Pete and the small army who’ve played a significant part in the club along the way, it’s not hard to see why.“I know what our culture is – I can articulate it. It’s an on-field, and an off-field culture and it’s one that we’ve set and we really control – it demands 100 per cent buy-in,” he said.“Off-field, it’s also one of respect – respecting the staff and the people who’re looking after you, and coming in and not just saying “how’re you going mate?”. It’s coming in and speaking to them by name, asking them how their day’s been.”Once again – sound familiar?Two other traits of the Power culture are fearlessness, and pride – and, again, it’s not hard to see why, with Pete leading the way for so long.“Our kids have a real burning desire to play for their entire home region,” he said.“We’re a regional side – Gippsland – and they’re very proud Gippsland people.“We’re very big on our players acknowledging their home clubs. They do deserve due credit – they’re the ones who get them through to us, and we put the finishing touches on them.”Pete will spend far more time with his wife, children, and grandchildren in retirement. Picture: COURTESY OF THE GIPPSLAND POWER/KATE MITCHELLPete could rattle off an endless list of names that he credits for getting the Power to where it is today – on field, and off.And he would, if given the chance.But, ultimately, it all comes back to the players.“You really feel for the modern-day player – the game is harder to play than when I played, and the game is better,” he said.“The players today are far more skilled – they’re amazing.”And if the pressure to perform isn’t enough, they’re also more open to uneducated, often faceless criticism – particularly on social media.“I know, as a player, I hated something derogatory written about me in the paper,” Pete said.“Now you can’t even get away from it – and I feel for the players in that way.“There’s no way known you won’t see it – and some people can be cruel. They don’t understand how hard it is to play.”And it’s the players who’ve given him such incredible footy memories – enough to last a lifetime.“In the 2010 AFL Grand Final we had 11 players on the ground from the Power, and no other TAC Cup club had done that – a quarter of the players on the two teams that day were from one twelfth of Victoria,” he said.“I was really proud of that day, and to see them do what they’ve done since.“And building really strong programs – that’s another thing I’m so proud of.“We’ve got those 12, 13, and 14 (year-old) academies coming through now feeding in and it’s mind-blowing how big it’s become, and it probably needs someone with a lot more energy than me to really come in and take it further and go on with it now.”Pete’s pride in the Power’s evolution and its achievements over the years is endless – just like his respect of anyone who’s played a part along the way.“It’s such an amazing turnaround from where we were in those visitors’ rooms at Morwell,” he said.“It’s just come so far to get to this point, and it’s definitely not just me – there have been a lot of people doing a lot of things along the way, and our staff have been absolutely amazing over the journey – past and present.”And with the Centre of Excellence, Pete knows the Power has a home befitting its reputation.“The competition demands that you have a Centre of Excellence, and when I first designed it this was my way to bridge the gap a little bit – if we could – on the city teams,” he explained.“This is my legacy.“Wherever you go, you always leave a little bit of yourself behind – it’s always there, and you can come back to it and appreciate it. I think that’s what this is – this is my legacy to the Gippsland Power, that I’ve been able to leave them with this and Scotty (McDougal) will come in and take it forward from here.”Scott McDougal is taking the reins from Pete moving forward, and he needs no introduction to anyone at the Power or in wider Gippsland footy circles.His involvement, too, spans decades.“He’s a great fella, Scotty, and he’ll do a brilliant job – I’m so confident of that,” Pete said.“I’m leaving the club in really good hands, and he’s the perfect person to take it from here – this role demands that you go above and beyond, and I feel I’ve always done that and I know Scotty will do exactly the same. He’s definitely the right man – it’s his dream job, just like it was mine.”After his last game with the Power as talent manager – the preliminary final loss to the Eastern Ranges at IKON Park – he knew the time was right to walk away.Robyn was waiting for him in the car, as she had so often in the past.“We met when we were 18, and we were married at 22,” Pete explained.“The kids started to come along at 25, and I’ve pretty much been an absent dad the whole time.“Robyn’s really brought the kids up – and she’s been absolutely incredible.“Now I owe it to my family to give some time back to them, and that’s what I intend to do before it’s too late.”Pete’s heart belongs to his family – Robyn, his kids Scott, Prue, and James, and his grandkids.And his soul? Well a big part of that will always be Gippsland’s power.last_img read more

Galway Camogie Teams Named For Sunday’s Duggan Park Double Header

first_imgCathal Murray’s charges chase their second win of thecampaign following a 0-10 to 0-7 victory over Dublin three weeks ago. The Galway senior camogie team for tomorrow’s Littlewoods National League meeting with Limerick has been named. ==The team in full:Sarah Healy is in goal;A full back line of Siobhan Coen, Sarah Dervan and ShaunaHealy;Siobhan Gardiner, Roisin Black and Dervla Higgins are thehalf backs;Ann Marie Starr partners Niamh Kilkenny in midfield;Aoife Donohue, Rebecca Hennelly and Ciara Murphy are onthe 40;And an inside line of Catherine Finnerty, Niamh Hanniffyand Noreen Coen.==Throw-in at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe tomorrow is 1pm.==That game is followed by the intermediates Division Two clash with Wexford at 3pm.==Their team is as follows:Fiona Ryan in goal; A full back line of Leah Burke, Kate Screen and CiaraDonohue;Catriona Lee, Lisa Casserly and Louise Brennan are thehalf-backs;Tegan Canning partners Elisha Broderick in midfield;Ava Lynskey, Molly Mannion and Laura Loughnane are on the40;And an inside line of Rachel Hanniffy, Mairead Dillionand Tara Ruttledge.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Swim The Virtual Bay, Your Way – Galway Bay Swim Reimagined For 2020

first_imgSince the swim began 14 years ago, 740 people have swam the Bay. “The swim is much more than a fundraiser; it’s the swimming highlight for so many swimmers across Ireland. We needed to somehow still come together this year so we have decided that a 13km registered swim could still bring this swim into people’s lives this year. The swimming community in Ireland is a very tight knit one, we have all felt a little displaced through this pandemic, so coming together through the strokes gives us all a sense of place and purpose again,” explained Brian Thornton, Director of Cancer Care West.Last year’s swim raised over €100,000 for Cancer Care West. “We have seen a drop of between 50-60% in our fundraising this year. All face to face charity fundraisers have had to stop so we are banking on this swim to try and ensure services for 2020.The monies raised will help fund  support services for cancer patients and their families through our support centres ” said Brian.All year round swimmer Paddy McNamara says ‘ this year it gives a unique opportunity to swimmers of all abilities to do something special for Cancer Care West. This challenge can be completed anywhere in the world so it would be great to see a local and international element to the event’The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim will take place throughout August. People are invited to swim 13km, which can be broken up throughout the whole month. Swimmers are asked to raise €100 each for Cancer Care West this year and will receive a personalised Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim Technical Tee.To register for the event please log on to or www.galwaybayswim.comprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The swim which sells out each year is now one of Ireland’s biggest and longest one day swims. Starting from Aughinish in Co. Clare and finishing at Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill, the swim is a distance of roughly 13 kilometres. So, this year in order to ensure that Cancer Care West raises the vital funds it needs in order to ensure its services are available to cancer patients and supports to their families, the charity is calling on you to swim 13km in August. The annual Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West which is now in its 15th year will be taking place throughout the month of August this year. The annual swim which would normally see 150 people crossing the bay in July has had to be reimagined for 2020.last_img read more

Disneyland After Dark Announces a Second Star Wars Nite

first_imgShare This!The first Disneyland After Dark – Star Wars Nite sold out so quickly that today Disney announced that they will be adding a second event for Guests to attend! Taking place on May 9, Guests can purchase tickets for this after-hours evening which will give you the opportunity to experience fantastic Star Wars-themed events.The party ticket will allow Guests to enter Disneyland beginning at 6:00 p.m. however, the event will take place from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. The cost for this event is $99 per person. The event will include themed decor and Star Wars photo opportunities, special food and beverages options, a commemorative lanyard, unlimited downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the event, and Guests are also invited to dress in Star Wars attire!Special for the May 9 event, Guests will be among the first to purchase Solo: A Star Wars Story pins. There will also be an additional Star Wars-themed photo opportunity, Acme Archives Limited artist showcase and signing, and a book signing for “It’s Your Universe”.Tickets for this event will go on sale on May 1 and again, they will be limited, so if you want to attend this event, you’re going to want to make sure to purchase them ASAP.last_img read more

Soon, You’ll Shop Directly From Google Search Results With New “Buy” Button

first_imgTags:#Buy Button#ecommerce#Google#Google I/O#Google I/O 2015#shopping A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… brian p rubin 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img It’s already pretty easy to go shopping on the web, but Google may have a way to make it even easier. A new “Buy” button is set to make an appearance alongside Google Search results, said Google Chief Business Officer Omid Kordestani at the Code Conference on Wednesday.“There’s going to be a buy button,” said Kordestani, as  reported by the BBC. “It’s going to be imminent.” See also: Why Retail Beacons Still Have A Long Way To GoThe Buy button would allow users to stay within Google’s search platform, reducing the “friction” between the impulse to buy and actually doing so. Users won’t have to navigate to retailers’ websites to follow through on their shopping desires, while Google will presumably collect a small percentage on each successful purchase. It’s unclear just now how the system will work in practice, though—including whether retailers will be able to opt in or out of the system, and what impact refusing the system would have on search rankings. Chances are very good the tech giant will reveal more details at the Google I/O conference. We’ll know soon, but one thing is clear now: Google definitely has plans to make it easier for you to spend your money online. Lead photo by Gayle Nicholson; Google Search Buy button screen captured and modified by Brian P. Rubin for ReadWrite Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

World Cup School Holiday Clinic A Success

first_imgThe clinic was a great way to raise awareness of the Australian player’s success at Wallsend Touch, as well as helping them raise some much needed funds to get over to Scotland for the World Cup, in June this year.From start to finish the children in attendance at the clinic were shown some fantastic drills, skills and game plays for them to take back to their own teams. This proved to be a well-structured clinic as each of the kids put their new skills into practice when they all competed against the Australian players, at the end of the day.To some, this game would have seemed like a no brainer, but we all know kids these days pick things up much faster than us old folks.The Australian players were in a world of their own, down two touchdowns just before the final buzzer, and it was a controversial touchdown in the corner, that was awarded by the so called ‘International Referee’ that sealed the deal for these future stars of the game.The final score was Kids (3) – Aussie Players (0). If I was one of those Aussie players I’d be watching my back at the next World Cup selections!In the end it was a brilliant day. To top it off, the local news crew from Channel 9 NBN got some great footage, with an informative interview with Australian player, Amy Smith, and Australian referee, Beau Newell. The story was broadcasted on the Wednesday night news, and a copy of that interview should be available on Wolves Web in the coming days.With just under nine weeks until the World Cup, each of our reps are training hard and preparing for the event.Be sure to bring the family along to next Wednesday night’s games (Wednesday, 27 April) from 6pm till 8.30pm, where the Australian representatives are holding a fundraising barbeque and cake stall, in addition to some fun and giveaways. So please support our representatives and help them out.Thanks to Wallsend Touch Association for providing the article content.last_img read more

a month agoBarcelona finance chief Tombas: Two different Neymar offers tabled

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona finance chief Tombas: Two different Neymar offers tabledby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona finance chief Enrique Tombas has confirmed they made two offers for PSG star Neymar.Tombas also insisted they had enough cash reserves to reach a deal with Barca.He revealed, “With the conditions we offered, the recruitment of Neymar was perfectly viable.”We made two proposals, one with players included in the transaction, one without. But they refused both.”After his return to action last week for victory over Strasbourg, Neymar admitted: “Everyone knows that I wanted to leave, I have always been clear. I will not go into details, because it would affect other people.” last_img read more

12 days agoDani Olmo insists he’s happy at Dinamo Zagreb

first_imgDani Olmo insists he’s happy at Dinamo Zagrebby Carlos Volcano12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain Under-21 playmaker Dani Olmo insists he’s happy at Dinamo Zagreb.Olmo was linked with a return to Barcelona over the summer, along with Tottenham.He told Marca: “In the end there was no way out but I’m glad I stayed at Dinamo. They have given me a lot and this year we have the opportunity to play in the Champions League after having an incredible campaign last year. We qualified for the Champions League for the first time after 49 years and we want to do something great and for that, we need all the players.”It is a competitive league, it is not at the level of the Top 5 but in the end we play in European competitions, and coming to the national team helps me to keep improving.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more