Real Madrid’s title hopes were dented as Antoine Griezmann grabbed an 85th-minute equaliser for city rivals Atletico in a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu on Saturday.Pepe opened the scoring for Real with a looping header that flew past Jan Oblak in the 52nd minute and it looked like the hosts would earn three points to move five clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.Fernando Torres missed a one-on-one as the visitors searched for parity, which eventually came when substitute Angel Correa split the defence with a through-ball that Griezmann slotted past Keylor Navas.Barcelona visit Malaga later on Saturday and can go ahead of Real at the top of the table on goal difference with a victory, albeit having played one game more.
Interim Spanish FA head defends ‘friend’ Villar BARCELONA, Spain (AP): The new interim head of Spain’s football federation defended Angel Maria Villar yesterday, saying he’d bet his life that his “friend” and the man he has replaced is innocent of corruption charges. While Villar remains in prison without bail awaiting the outcome of a criminal investigation, the new federation president is Juan Luis Larrea, the body’s treasurer under Villar for three decades. Larrea backed his old boss a day after Villar was suspended from his job for a year by Spain’s top sports authority, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. “I will never say that I am not his (Villar’s) friend,” Larrea said at the federation’s general assembly after being named Villar’s replacement. “I completely trust that the federation has been run correctly.” Rio shut out of World Cup qualifiers SAO PAULO (AP): Brazil’s football confederation says the country will complete its World Cup qualifying schedule without playing a single match in Rio de Janeiro, site of the 2014 World Cup final at the famed Maracana stadium. The CBF said yesterday that Brazil’s final qualifier will be October 10 in Sao Paulo against Chile. The five-time World Cup champions have already qualified for next year’s World Cup in Russia. The Maracana stadium has been infrequently used since last year’s Olympics as the state of Rio de Janeiro – the stadium owner – local clubs, and the stadium operator have battled over unpaid bills and control of the venue. Mayweather-McGregor fight to be shown live in movie theatres NEW YORK (AP): Movie theatres around the US will show the August 26 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor. The bout between the undefeated boxer and the Irish Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion will cost $99.95 on high-definition pay-per-view TV. Tickets for the fight at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena will range from $500 to $10,000 – and there aren’t many $500 seats. Meanwhile, movie theatre tickets for the fighting spectacle of the year are being sold at $40 per adult in advance. A complete list of participating theatres can be found at www.FathomEvents.com . Fathom Events and Mayweather Promotions announced the partnership on Tuesday. Mayweather is coming out of retirement for a boxing match against a UFC star who has never boxed professionally.
House Speaker Alex Tyler was thoroughly ridiculed when he appeared at Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice for his alleged involvement in bribery as reported by Global Witness.As the Speaker was emerging from the courtroom, a huge crowd which gathered in the courtyard were heard chanting, “Big rogue, big rogue,” referring to him as one of the most corrupt officials in the Unity Party led Government.Others in the crowd shouted, “Criminal lawmaker, criminal Speaker,” among other humiliating words.Speaker Tyler, Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman and others are implicated in recent reports published by Global Witness alleging that Sable Mining gave bribes to create a loophole in the Liberian law so that the British company could successfully negotiate for concession rights to operate the Wologizi mines in Lofa County.The House Speaker’s past records were also recalled in the booing, with the crowds making references to the US$25,000 scandal in which Cllr. Michael Allison met his death, and another US$10,000 allegation surrounding him in the House of Representatives.Shouts from the crowd also branded Speaker Tyler as a man who was doing peasantry business but has now become prosperous through corrupt practices as a lawmaker and Speaker of the House of Representatives.In a related development, partisans of the ruling Unity Party and their Chairman, Senator Varney Sherman achieved their goal when instead of facing the taskforce set up by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to investigate him and others for bribery, went to the court as he had demanded earlier.Senator Sherman had insisted that he will not appear before the taskforce but preferred to go to the court with any party that has a case against him.UP partisans were jubilating and terming the role of the taskforce as “illegal” while others believed to be opposition to the ruling party were referring to Cllr. Sherman and the rest as “Criminals.”After the appearance of Cllr. Sherman, partisans of Unity Party led by Wilmot Paye, Secretary General and Amos Tweh, chair of the youth league, were also seen moving in the square of Criminal Court, ‘C’ while Chairman Sherman sat in the office of the Sheriff.“This is the quest of Senator Sherman to come to the court instead of the President’s Taskforce, which other people are questioning and we are happy that he is here. We believe strongly that our chairman is innocent of this Global Witness Report, and we pledge our full support to him,” one partisan said. Prince Kamara, a member of the Unity Party said, “We are here to provide maximum support to the chairman and we will continue because our chairman is not to be disgraced publicly for US$950,000. This is just peanut money to disgrace a chairman of a ruling party. And we continue to say that the situation is political and we will ensure that this process dies naturally.” According to partisans of the Unity Party, the fight against corruption is not all-inclusive as other officials who stole millions of dollars, including President Sirleaf’s son, Robert, continue to enjoy without facing the law.“The President is playing a political game, because she is not ready to fight corruption but just to make our chairman look ugly. This is unfortunate and disgraceful to drag a chairman of a ruling party to court because someone wants to score a political goal,” said Prince Kamara. Cllr. Sherman who spent about four hours at the court was released after filing his bond.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Claudio Bravo’s sending off changed the game for Man City at the Nou Camp Danny Murphy believes Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola MUST share a degree of the blame for goalkeeper Claudio Bravo’s Champions League nightmare against Barcelona.City were by no means outplayed by the Catalan giants on Wednesday night, but were undone by a series of defensive errors as Barca ran out 4-0 winners at the Nou Camp thanks to a Lionel Messi hat-trick and a late Neymar strike.The turning point came when Bravo was sent off early into the second half for stopping a Luis Suarez strike with his hands outside his area after a failed attempt to pass to a teammate.Despite having made a number of good saves before his dismissal, the Chilean was panned by fans for his actions as substitute Willy Caballero – who wasn’t helped by some terrible defensive lapses – just could not stop Messi and co from adding to the scoreline.But Murphy says Bravo wasn’t at fault and that Guardiola’s risky tactics, which emphasise a goalkeeper playing it out from the back rather than the more customary long passes forward, were to blame.Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, the former Liverpool and England midfielder said: “Claudio Bravo is better than Joe Hart with his feet, 100 per cent, but Joe Hart is a better goalkeeper.“In terms of his presence, shot stopping and reliability, for me he’s a better keeper.“But Pep creates the mentality of the goalkeeper, if that makes sense. It’s all well and good jumping on the goalkeeper, saying it’s his fault, but if he decides to just get rid of it and start whacking it long, he’s not going to be in goal for Man City anymore.“You’re blaming the keeper but it’s not his fault, it’s Pep’s.“Some people will say that the goalkeeper makes his own choices. No, the manager dictates to him what he wants to do. That’s why he’ll back him, even when he makes a mistake.”Guardiola – widely regarded as one of, if not THE, best coach in world football – arrived at the Etihad to great fanfare this summer, yet the manager came under fire for his tactics and team selection against Barca.A 4-0 defeat masked what was otherwise a decent display for City. They created a series of very good chances and would have given Barca a test if it weren’t for in-form goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and maybe if they had started with top striker Sergio Aguero up front.And Murphy said it was simply ridiculous the Spanish maestro was slammed after the game.“He’s only been there for five minutes,” the former England international added.“We are, and other people are, judging this guy who has literally just come through the door.“It will take a little bit of time for him to find out what he’s got. You don’t know players until you train with them every day.”
Jonny Evans (West Brom) has been linked with Man City – Tony Pulis confirmed West Brom have already rejected one bid of £18m from Manchester City for Evans, but City are expected to come back with an improved offer. Pep Guardiola wants to add another centre-back to his squad before the close of the transfer window, and reports indicate Evans is keen on moving to the Etihad. Pulis refused to rule out selling Evans who was named West Brom captain for this season but will only sanction the deal when a replacement is lined up. The signing of Wimmer, detailed previously, could be the catalyst for Evans switch to the Etihad. Danny Drinkwater (Leicester) has been linked with Chelsea – Chelsea are still in talks to sign Drinkwater from Leicester as manager Antonio Conte is keen to add competition for places in the middle where NGolo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas currently play. He wants to join the club, but Chelsea and Leicester are yet to agree on a price. Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) has been linked with Crystal Palace – Palace manager Frank De Boer would love the defender to remain at the club he was on loan at last season, but Sakhos reported £30million price tag is making the move unlikely. Everybody knows he had a major impact last season and, when hes available for us, I think that is a quality injection for the club, he said. “It is not like this now because he is much too expensive for the club. 10 10 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) has been linked with Chelsea – The Arsenal midfielder continues to be linked with a move to Chelsea, though Arsene Wenger is understandably not keen to lose the talented 24-year-old. The player will have talks about signing a new deal this week considering his contract expires at the end of the season. It looks like Premier League club chairmen and managers will be busy people for the next few days.A number of players have been linked with moves away ahead of the 31 August transfer deadline and talkSPORT.com looks at the latest news surrounding those possible deals.Remain up to date on all transfer rumours here.ALL PREMIER LEAGUE DONE DEALS SO FAR Diego Costa (Chelsea) just wants to leave the club – Costa only wants to leave Chelsea for Atletico Madrid, but a fee is yet to be agreed. In the meantime, Monaco and Marseille have both been linked with the player and the French clubs certainly have the funds to buy the Chelsea striker. This Chelsea fan’s rant about Diego Costa is hilarious 10 Ross Barkley (Chelsea) has been linked with Tottenham and Chelsea – Barkley is set to be sidelined for a few months with injury, but that is not thought to have put off Tottenham or Chelsea. Spurs are said to be prepared to pay £20m for the Everton attacker with another £8m in add-ons. Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham) is wanted by Crystal Palace, West Brom and Stoke – Centre-back Wimmers departure from Tottenham is now a matter of when, not if. Davinson Sanchez has been signed from Ajax and young Argentine Juan Foyth appears to be on his way to north London as well. West Brom are frontrunners for Wimmers signature, with Stoke also keen, but Crystal Palace have made a late move offering Spurs £15m for the Austria international. Tottenham are expected to accept the offer, and Wimmer will have to decide whether Palace or West Brom will be best for him. Robert Snodgrass (West Ham) has been linked with Aston Villa and Sunderland – Snodgrass has endured a torrid time since leaving Hull for West Ham in January, and Slaven Bilic is already trying to offload the Scotland winger. A move to the Championship is expected, with the 29-year-old a target for both Aston Villa and Sunderland. The Black Cats have been tracking Snodgrass since West Ham told him he could leave, but Villa are hoping manager Steve Bruce will be able to convince his former player (Bruce signed Snodgrass while Hull boss) to sign for the Midlands club. West Ham would prefer to get Snodgrass off the books on a permanent basis, but both Villa and Sunderland are only plotting loan moves. 10 10 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) has been linked with Man City – Man City are still said to be keen on signing Sanchez, but Arsene Wenger is digging his heels in and is determined to keep him even if it means losing him for nothing at the end of the season when his contract expires. However, the Mirror report that a bid in the region of £70m could tempt Arsenal into selling someone who has become a key player. 10 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) has been linked with Arsenal and AS Roma – In May, Algeria star Mahrez released a statement announcing his desire to leave Leicester. He called himself fiercely ambitious and has since been the subject of interest from Premier League club Arsenal and Roma of Italys Serie A. The latter have had three bids rejected by Leicester the latest totalling £32m and seem unwilling to match Mahrezs valuation. Leicester are asking for £50m for the 26-year-old, and, so far, the winger has refused to strike in order to force a move. 10 10 10 10
Speaking a day before Emery was dismissed, Nuno said he would not be ‘disrespectful’ and comment on speculation linking him to north London.“You know me well enough and you know I’m not going to answer that,” he said.“I wouldn’t ever mention an issue which is not a reality, mainly as speaking about a job which has a manager would be disrespectful and I will not do so.“We are doing OK, there is a lot of room to improve, it requires a lot of work but this is what we have been doing since day one when we started in the Championship.“There are no distractions at all. I don’t talk about possibilities, I don’t talk about things which are not real, what is real is that we are here, we have to train and prepare ourselves.” 1 Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week…Preston vs West Brom (Monday, 19:45) – talkSPORT 2Millwall vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 19:45) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Burnley (Saturday 15:00) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Manchester United (Saturday, 17:30) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Swansea (Sunday, 12:00) – talkSPORT 2 Freddie Ljungberg will be considered for the job at Arsenal That result extended Arsenal’s winless run to eight games as their defensive frailties were exposed yet again on Sunday with Paul Scholes giving a damming assessment on the performance of Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz at Carrow Road.But according to the Evening Standard, Ljungberg has a genuine chance of becoming the permanent Arsenal boss if he can turn things around.After the match, the Swede refused to reveal whether he wants the Arsenal job on a full-time basis.Ljungberg told talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams: “What I’m doing is helping the club I’ve been for 20 years with and that comes day by day.”Arsenal have been linked with several names, including Patrick Vieira, Mikel Arteta and most recently Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo. getty Freddie Ljungberg is a genuine contender to land the Arsenal job and will be offered the role if he can have a significant impact and return the side to winning ways.The Gunners legend was placed in interim charge following Friday’s sacking of Unai Emery and his first match in charge was a 2-2 draw away to Norwich. LIVE on talkSPORT
SAinfo reporter 28 February 2013 South African Airways (SAA) has won the On Time Performance Service Award in the “Middle East and Africa major airlines” category, handed out by global flight and airport information services firm FlightStats. SAA has a 91.17% On Time Performance average, which bagged it the prize in its category against stiff competition from Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Gulf Air Company. The category looks at airlines which operate at least 30 000 scheduled flights annually in the Middle East and Africa and with a flight status coverage threshold of 80%. Airlines are recognised and awarded for delivering the highest percentage of flights to their arrival gates within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time. “SAA is absolutely thrilled to win this prominent award as on time performance is a critical factor considered by customers when selecting which airline to fly,” SAA’s general manager of operations, Zuks Ramasia, said in a statement on Wednesday. SAA also said it has clamped down on baggage irregularities and theft in the last year thanks to a system-wide, structured approach to baggage handling. Collaboration between the Airports Company South Africa, airport ground handlers, outstations and SAA’s baggage services and group security services departments has ensured the improvement of surveillance and dealing with operational challenges. “SAA is grateful to its employees and partners for helping it to achieve this outstanding on time performance and baggage handling success,” Ramasia said. “It is only through collaboration and teamwork at all levels that SAA has been able to achieve these important goals. “But we will not rest on our laurels – rather, we will continue to apply a laser focus on providing our valued customers with reliable and high-quality service in every aspect of the travel experience.”
A manager for a metro Oklahoma City Academy Sports store is accused of embezzling more than $100K in merchandise. Investigators allege between January 2017 and August 2018, Brandon Mace stole several items from two stores that he later sold on eBay. One of their loss prevention associates tipped Academy off after seeing suspicious sales online. GoPro cameras, Yeti coolers, and Fitbit watches, were among the stolen merchandise.According to court documents former Academy Sports and Outdoor Manager, Mace sold it all and pocketed the cash.Investigators say they have the eBay transactions to prove it. Using his store issued laptops, investigators say Mace listed multiple items for sale, so many, he eventually caught the attention of a watchful loss prevention manager.The LP manager initiated an investigation after finding multiple new items for sale with the Academy price tags still intact. After the eBay accounts profile information, to include phone numbers, names, and addresses checked back to Mace, the manager was confronted on the job and terminated. Mace allegedly denied any wrong doing, however, investigators say video surveillance proves otherwise. Academy released a statement saying they were cooperating with law enforcement on the matter. [Source: NewsOn6]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Through 2 games against lesser competition, Oklahoma State’s running game, at least statistically, is significantly worse than where the Pokes finished last season.There could be several major reasons for the decline in total rushing, the most obvious being that Oklahoma State has been rotating running backs more than my wife rotates outfits in the morning. The second, and perhaps the biggest contributing factor, is the game plan against FCS and MAC competition is likely prepared so as not to ‘show all their cards’ before conference play.But the trend is certainly concerning. OSU finished 99th in total rushing in 2015 with 136.6 yards per game, averaging 3.5 yards per carry and showing signs of promise and improvement as the season progressed.And this season, the yards per carry has actually improved, sitting at 3.58 yards per carry. However they are currently averaged just at 127 total rushing yards per game, meaning that although they’re getting more yards out of their backs on a per carry basis, but they’re actually going to their backs less, which puts them at 116th in the FBS in total rushing.“I think we were a little better last game, but we abandoned the run a little too quickly,” Gundy said in his coaches show this week.The competition in Pitt is a cut above last week in Central Michigan, with Pitt’s rushing defense allowing an average of 148.5 yards per game in two wins this season — 4.35 yards per carry.With the running game seemingly improved despite OSU going away from it last game, I expect they’ll try and find their stride early in the game to catch their rhythm. I’ll be looking for both Chris Carson and Justice Hill to get their carries early and often in today’s contest. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!