Three key Champions League final duels

first_img0Shares0000Ballon d’Or battle? The winner of Saturday’s Champions League final could decide whether Cristiano Ronaldo or Mohamed Salah win World Player of the Year © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABY, GABRIEL BOUYSKIEV, Ukraine, May 26 – The two highest scoring sides in this season’s Champions League face off for the title when defending champions Real Madrid and Liverpool go head-to-head in Kiev on Saturday (1845GMT).With goals seemingly guaranteed in the Ukrainian capital, AFP Sports looks at the key matchups where the game could be won and lost. Cristiano Ronaldo v Virgil van DijkHead over heels for the Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to score in his fourth final © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIRonaldo is looking to join an esteemed group of 10 players to win five European Cups by scoring in his fourth separate final.After a slow start to the season, the World Player of the Year has been in stunning form since the turn of the year, scoring 30 goals in 23 appearances for club and country in 2018.Ronaldo leads the Champions League goalscorers charts for the sixth consecutive season with 15, but will come up against the world’s most expensive defender in £75 million ($100 million) Dutchman Virgil van Dijk in Kiev.Van Dijk already looks worth the massive price Liverpool paid Southampton for his services in January, as much for the improvement he has inspired in those around him as his own performances.“I feel also personally much more confident when you know you have a really good partner next to you,” said Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren.“He’s a leader, he takes control,” added right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold. “He’s really got authority.”Marcelo v Mohamed SalahMohamed Salah toubled Marcelo when they met in Real Madrid’s win over Roma in 2016 © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOSalah has been the star turn of Liverpool’s season, scoring 44 goals in his debut season at Anfield to plunder a series of individual Player of the Year awards.The Egyptian should get plenty of space to showcase his blistering pace and new-found calm in front of goal in the space normally left unoccupied by Madrid’s cavalier left-back Marcelo.Salah exploited the gaps left by the Brazilian on numerous occasions when Roma were eliminated by Madrid from the Champions League two seasons ago, when Salah lacked the killer finishing touch he has demonstrated this season to take his chances.Bayern Munich right-back Joshua Kimmich scored in both legs of this season’s semi-final against Real with Marcelo caught out of position.However, the Madrid vice-captain, now in his 11th year at the Bernabeu, makes up for his defensive liabilities by bombing forward at every opportunity to wreak havoc at the other end.“I know exactly how I have to play,” insisted Marcelo on Friday.The flying full-back has scored against Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern on route to the final, and also has plenty of positive experience in Champions League finals having netted in 2014 and 2016, in a penalty shootout, against Atletico Madrid.Sergio Ramos v Roberto FirminoCaptain fantastic: Sergio Ramos is looking to lift the Champions League for a third straight season © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOOvershadowed by Salah’s sensational season, Firmino also has 10 Champions League goals to his name this season and is the key starting point for Jurgen Klopp’s pressing game.“He’s not bothered about hard work, which is another important thing,” said Klopp when Firmino recently extended his contract to 2023. “For an offensive player that is pretty rare in world football.”Described as a cross between a goalscoring number nine and creative number 10 by Brazil coach Tite, Liverpool will hope Firmino’s movement can drag another Madrid Champions League specialist in Ramos out of position.Madrid captain Ramos embodies this Real side as he tends to save his best for the big occasion.The Spaniard started Real’s recent run of European dominance with a stoppage time equaliser against Atletico in the 2014 final and also scored against Real’s local rivals two years later in another all-Madrid showpiece.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Transfer Rumours and Paper Review – Friday, August 15

first_imgHere are the latest transfer tales from Friday’s papers…Liverpool are set to offer England winger Raheem Sterling, 19, four-times his current £30,000 a week to ward off interest from Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror) Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Monaco are monitoring 32-year-old goalkeeper Petr Cech’s situation at Chelsea if Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois, 22, takes over the number one slot at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail) Burnley have thwarted Brighton’s hopes of signing Republic of Ireland left-back Stephen Ward, 28, from Wolves after the club and player had agreed a deal. (Brighton Argus) Barcelona have dropped out of the race to sign Fiorentina’s Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado, 26, leaving Manchester United and Chelsea to fight it out. (Metro) Wigan have rejected a £4m bid from Premier League new boys Burnley for midfielder James McCarthur, 26. (Daily Mail) Manager Roberto Martinez has denied that Chelsea have first refusal on Everton’s star 20-year-olds Ross Barkley and John Stones. (Daily Star) Chelsea have opened talks with Roma for £30m-rated defender Mehdi Benatia, 27. (Daily Express) And here are the latest transfer tales from talksport.com…Arsenal ponder move for another Chile star, but face fight with Valencia Benatia tells Roma he wants to stay, ruling out Chelsea or Man United moveHernandez Latest: Van Gaal gives green light to Old Trafford exitRedknapp reveals Taarabt wants to leave QPRWest Ham looking abroad for new striker as Wickham interest ends QPR blow as Napoli hijack deal for Dutch ace De GuzmanLeicester launch £6.5m move for Sporting Lisbon strikerlast_img read more

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SOCCER: ALL THE DONEGAL WEEKEND RESULTS

first_imgDonegal Sunday League ResultsBrian McCormick Sports Premier DivisionDunkineely Celtic 3 Drumogill 2Eany Celtic 0 Kilmacrennan Celtic 3Milford Inn Division OneRaphoe T P-P Cappry Rvs (flooded pitch)CT Ball Division TwoBallybofey Utd P-P Glenree UtdDrumbar Utd   P-P Copany RvsKeadue Rovers 4 Whitestrand Utf 1Kerrykeel 71 P-P Cranford Utd Ulster CupClonmany Shamrocks 0 Erne Wdrs 1Donagh Celtic 1 Carn FC 3Drumkill 3 Dunree Utd 3 AET Drumkill win 10-9 on pensGlenea Utd P-P Moville CelticMilford U P-P Aileach FCQPS 2 Gweedore Celtic 4Rathmullan Celtic 3 Glengad Utd 1 (report on sport on donegaldaily.com)St Catherine’s 1 Culdaff 2Donegal Saturday League ResultsGlencar Inn Division TwoDeele Harps P-P Mulroy CelticDonegal Town 1 Fintown Harps 0Glenea Utd 4 Downtown 0Glenree Utd 0 Tullyvinney 1 SOCCER: ALL THE DONEGAL WEEKEND RESULTS was last modified: January 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SOCCER: ALL THE DONEGAL WEEKEND RESULTSlast_img read more

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SUSPECT QUIZZED AFTER MAN GOES BESERK IN BOTTLE ATTACKS

first_imgGARDAÍ have arrested a man as part of an investigation into several incidents in which a man launched several bids to hit people with a bottle.The incident happened in the early hours of this morning in Letterkenny.Two men were injured when they were hit with a broken bottle, one of them suffering cuts to his face and arm. Shocked eye-witnesses say the man appeared to be “going crazy” and was launching random attacks on innocent bystanders.A number of people were forced to defend themselves from attack during the incident.Gardaí attended the scene and a man was detained for questioning.The incidents happened outside the Courtyard Shopping Centre. The man launching the attacks appeared to be very drunk at the time.Meanwhile in a separate incident, a man taken by ambulance from a nearby nightclub to Letterkenny General Hospital had suffered an epileptic fit.He was later put into an induced coma but has since come round and is said to be in good spirits. SUSPECT QUIZZED AFTER MAN GOES BESERK IN BOTTLE ATTACKS was last modified: May 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackGardaincidentletterkennyMain Streetlast_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL: MORE GREAT PIX FROM THE U12 GIRLS COUNTY BLITZ

first_imgWAS your girl playing? Was your club involved in the All County U12 blitz at St Mary’s GAA Club in Convoy.Gabrielle Gallagher from St Mary’s was there. Here are more of her pictures from Saturday.You can see previous pictures here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2014/07/12/picture-special-festival-of-girls-football-at-all-county-u-12-blitz/ PICTURE SPECIAL: MORE GREAT PIX FROM THE U12 GIRLS COUNTY BLITZ was last modified: July 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:convoyDonegal LGFASt Mary’s GAA clubU12 Girls Blitzlast_img read more

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BRIDGET IS CROWNED DONEGAL’S ULTIMATE GAA FAN!

first_imgBridgid Mc Dyre winner of the Donegal’s best supporter pictured with Donegal Creameries Headquarters at Crossroads Killygordan with the Anglo Celt Cup. Photo Cristeph/Brian McDaidA young Dungloe woman has been crowned Donegal’s ultimate GAA fan!Bridget McDyer won the competition which was run by Donegal Creameries.Bridget was chosen from hundreds of Facebook and email entries from Donegal GAA fans across the county who support their county and local team through thick and thin, people who never miss an opportunity to cheer from the side-lines. The story of Bridget’s dedication to the Donegal team inspired the public to vote for her and other short-listed nominees on Donegal Creameries’ ‘Daisi’ Facebook page by ‘liking’ their stories.Bridgid Mc Dyre winner of the Donegal’s best supporter pictured with Donegal’s Martin Reilly and Asst Donegal Manager John Duffy pictured as they celebrate with the Anglo Celt Cup when they met up at Principal Sponsor Donegal Creameries Headquarters at the Crossroad, Killygordan. The are pictured with Donegal Creameries representative Breege Linsay Photo Cristeph/Brian McDaidShe made it through to the last five competition contenders thanks to the public vote where her entry then impressed the judges out of the final five finalists.Nominated by her father, 15 year old Bridget impressed the panel with her devotion to Donegal GAA.She started going to football matches at the age of four with her uncles and she hardly missed a game since, even at the expense of family occasions such as her parents’ 30th wedding anniversary and numerous family weddings. Last year, Bridget competed in the All-Ireland Track and Field Athletics Competition in Tullamore in Co. Offaly and she had barely finished her event when she made a dash to Clones for the Ulster Final.She literally wears her heart on her sleeve as nearly every outfit has the Donegal crest on it, she prides herself on wearing the county colours and all through her state exams Bridget wore a different Donegal jersey each day to bring her luck!Speaking about winning the competition Bridget said “I am delighted to have won ‘Donegal’s Biggest GAA Fan’ because my life revolves around the team and I never miss a game!“When I looked at the other nominees on the Daisi Facebook page, I saw that I am not alone with the love for Donegal GAA! I was up against some really stiff competition so I am really honoured to have won! I hope some of my luck rubs off on the Donegal team now as they progress through the championship- that would be the ultimate prize!”As the winner of ‘Donegal’s Biggest GAA Fan’, Bridget has received an amazing VIP package which included an overnight stay for two people in the team’s hotel the night before the Ulster Final. A meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Jim McGuiness and some of the players ahead of the Ulster Final and a pair of tickets to all of Donegal’s remaining matches of the 2014season. Bridget also received a framed, signed jersey and two of the new team jerseys.BRIDGET IS CROWNED DONEGAL’S ULTIMATE GAA FAN! was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bridget McDyerDonegal CreameriesDonegal GAAdungloelast_img read more

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Two men plead guilty in connection with Donegal teen’s death

first_imgTwo men have pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide over the death of tragic Buncrana teen Liam McGlinchey in America.Liam McGlinchey (pictured above) was found dead in New York in 2017 after a night out with friends. The 19-year-old had recently moved to the US and had been celebrating passing his exams.He died as a result of alcohol poisoning after being left lying outside his grandmother’s house in New York.Two men, Samuel Heroux of Cohoes, aged 21, and another friend who is not named because he was a minor at the time, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide.Samuel HerouxThe case was held on Tuesday in Saratoga County Court in New York. Sentencing has been scheduled on 8th August 2019, when Liam’s family can attend court.Local news channel WNYT reports that Heroux and the friend had driven Liam, who was highly intoxicated, to his grandmother’s house and left him on the lawn. The pair drove away and came back, but they did not call for help when they saw Liam in distress.Heroux is expected to be sentenced to a term of six months in prison and five years probation. The second friend will also be sentenced in August.Two men plead guilty in connection with Donegal teen’s death was last modified: June 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Liam McGlincheynew yorklast_img read more

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Transnet hub boost for small business

first_img7 August 2013The newly launched Transnet enterprise development hub will expand business opportunities for smaller enterprises and new business entrants, Public Enterpises Minister Malusi Gigaba said at the launch in Johannesburg on Tuesday.The hub will be a “one-stop shop” for entrepreneurs and new players – from registering their businesses to financial support.State-owned firm Transnet will invest over R2-billion in the hub, with the aim of developing enterprises and to assist them in participating in the economy.“The hub, the first of its kind in the country with an integrated approach, will be a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs and potential suppliers to Transnet,” Gigaba said.“Services on offer will include business development, business registration, procurement advisory services, tax registration and compliance, financial support and guidance on black economic empowerment requirements, among others.‘An enabling environment for business’“The plan is to roll out the concept across the country. R60-million has been set aside for this and it might increase in the months and years to come,” he said.The launch of the hub comes over a year after Transnet announced its intention to spend R300-billion through its Market Demand Strategy on capital projects over a seven-year period in projects it said would to create 588 000 jobs.Gigaba said the launch of this hub was a concept that would pave way for more hubs to be opened at other parts of the country.“R200-million will be for other enterprise development initiatives such as business incubation, financial and non-financial support focused on providing an enabling environment for small business,” he said.“R200-million will be invested annually over the MDS period, increasing as the Transnet profit itself increases.”The hub will primarily target potential suppliers to Transnet and up-and-coming entrepreneurs will also get advice on a broad range of opportunities, including teaching them how to tender for Transnet business.‘Lifeblood of the economy’Gigaba said small businesses were the lifeblood of the economy and that 12-million South Africans relied on small businesses to survive.“The aim of this intervention is to ensure that we increase the participation of small businesses in the mainstream economy, as they have been identified as critical to unlocking economic growth as well as the pursuit of inclusive growth,” he said.“Small businesses in South Africa employ between 60% and 70% of the employable population. I therefore believe that it is our responsibility as government to harness this opportunity.”The hub will operate five days a week and was created in partnership with the South African Revenue Service, Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, BEE Verification Agency, the National Youth Development Agency, Small Enterprise Development Agency and the Department of Trade and Industry’s Companies Intellectual Property Commission.“Transnet provides the bulk of the funding, while the partners provide advice and expertise on their respective areas,” Gigaba said.“The partnership is expected to cultivate strategic relationships between Transnet, provincial and national economic development institutions and provide small businesses access to financial and non-financial support.“It is our firm belief that the hub will provide meaningful contribution in supporting and promoting viable and sustainable SMMEs that will have a direct impact in the economy through job creation.”Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Jozi Stars partners with Brand South Africa

first_imgJozi Stars, the South African Mzansi Super League T20 cricket team is excited to partner with Brand South Africa to promote and celebrate Jozi’s diversity, history and heritage to strengthen social cohesion.About Jozi StarsJozi Stars brand promise is to ignite excellence. The brand promise stems from the name Jo’burg commonly known as Jozi, the city of gold that represents a city of hope, inspiring new possibilities, where dreams and stardom are realised, the melting pot of various cultures, its arts, diversity, rich history, heritage and its passionate love of the sport.As part of the planned activities and entertainment, Jozi Stars and its management aims to celebrate Jozi’s diversity, history and heritage. Our partnership with the Alexandra Heritage Community Centre is well-poised to ignite excellence with the heritage, arts and cultural space. Fans in their diversities are welcomed to attend all upcoming matches to celebrate South Africa’s rich history and heritage.The first edition of the tournament is scheduled to take place from 16 November to 16 December 2018. Six franchise teams are scheduled to take part in the tournament. (Jozi Stars, Durban Heat, Cape Town Blitz, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Paarl Rocks and Tshwane Spartans)The squad for the inaugural 2018 season is:1. Kagiso Rabada2. Chris Gayle3. Dan Christian4. Simon Harmer5. Dane Vilas6. Pite van Biljon7. Rassie van der Dussen8. Reeza Hendricks9. Ryan Rickelton10. Calvin Savage11. Alfred Mothoa12. Beuran Hendricks13. Duanne Olivier14. Dwaine Pretorius15. Eddie Leie16. Sinethemba QeshileThe full fixture list for the Jozi Stars is:• 17 November – 19:00 (D/N) (H) Jozi Stars v Nelson Mandela Bay Giant• 20 November – 19:00 (D/N) (A) Paarl Rocks v Jozi Stars• 24 November – 19:00 (D/N) (H) Jozi Stars v Cape Town Blitz• 28 November – 14:00 (D) (A) Tshwane Spartans v Jozi Stars• 30 November – 19:00 (D/N) (H) Jozi Stars v Durban Heat• 2 December – 15:30 (D) (A) Nelson Mandela Bay Giants v Jozi Stars• 4 December – 19:00 (D/N) (A) Cape Town Blitz v Jozi Stars• 7 December – 14:00 (D) (A) Durban Heat v Jozi Stars• 9 December – 11:00 (D) (H) Jozi Stars v Paarl Rocks• 11 December – 19:00 (D/N) (H) Jozi Stars v Tshwane SpartansThe Mzansi Super League event at the Bidvest Wanderer’s stadium will be full of excitement to enhance the fan experience, with music, entertainment, food, and various activations to keep the Jozi fan engaged throughout this tournament.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and Nation Brand ambassadorship.The partnership with Jozi Stars comes after a backdrop of a successful Nation Brand Forum which was held under the theme Inspiring Excellence through sports and the creative industry. In this Forum Brand SA discussed new and different ways of promoting Nation Brand pride.  This partnership is indicative of the fact that Sports is a powerful tool of promoting social cohesion and Nation Brand pride.  Brand SA is excited about this opportunity as it will become a platform that will encourage South Africans to Play their Part and  support local teams and talent.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

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2015 Ohio State Fair Commercial Cattle Show results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015 Ohio State Fair Commercial Cattle Show participants exhibited 17 pens of three for a total of 51 head of commercial steers and heifers on August 2, 2015 during the fair. Judging the event were John Adams, Feed Sales Director with Trupointe Cooperative, and Tony Reed, cattle buyer for JBS. The show was managed by United Producers, Inc. and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association served as a sponsor.Fred Voge of West Alexandria, Ohio, exhibited the Overall Grand Champion Lot of 3, which was also named the Champion Lot of 3 Steers, along with the Overall Reserve Grand Champion Lot of 3 which was also named the Champion Lot of 3 Heifers. The Reserve Champion Lot of 3 Heifers also went to Fred Voge.Winning the Reserve Champion Lot of 3 Steers was Phelps/O’Connor Farms Limousin of Belle Center, Ohio.Winners of the live show received premiums of more than $5,000 from the Ohio State Fair.last_img read more

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