MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ How to help the Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “You didn’t hear that from me,” Ronaldo said. “People talk about Cristiano every day, everywhere in the world. If I had to answer to all the people who talk about me, I would only do that, and it can’t be that way. I live for football and for my family, the rest is secondary. Everything that involves the name of Cristiano is news everywhere in the world, it’s normal. When you are a big name, people will always talk about you.”Ronaldo dismissed questions about a possible new contract with Madrid, saying that’s for club president Florentino Perez to talk about.But Ronaldo also said he doesn’t feel Madrid depends on him to succeed.“When Cristiano is not playing, Real Madrid remains the same,” he said. “I see Real Madrid strong, with a great team, a great squad. It’s not about individual players.”The game against Dortmund marked Ronaldo’s 400th appearance with Real Madrid since his debut in 2009. He is the club’s all-time scoring leader with 412 goals.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Ronaldo also scored twice in Madrid’s Champions League opener this season, a 3-0 win against APOEL. But he was criticized by many after a poor performance in a 1-0 home loss against Real Betis in the Spanish league. The Portuguese missed several chances in that game, including clear opportunities in front of goal.“I’m happy because I know that when everything is normal, that when I’m well and the opportunities appear, I will score,” Ronaldo said. “Sometimes the goalkeepers will make saves, or the woodwork will stop me, but this is part of football.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I always work the same way,” Ronaldo said. “I’m an example as a professional. I never become desperate, although some people may think that I do. I’m always with a healthy mind, a clear mind, prepared for great challenges and for the criticism, which is getting worse.”This is not the first — or likely last — time that Ronaldo has complained about criticism against him. ButRonaldo reiterated that he is happy playing in Madrid and that he never said he wanted to leave, as widely reported after a tax-fraud investigation in Spain earlier this year. LATEST STORIES Ateneo still undefeated Ronaldo’s season got off to a slow start after a five-match suspension for shoving a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final. He has scored five goals in six games so far.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, right, and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, rear, gesture during a Champions League Group H soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at the BVB stadium in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo says criticism against him is getting worse, and he doesn’t think it’s fair.Ronaldo made his comments after scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.“It seems that match after match I have to show who I am,” Ronaldo said. “I’m surprised by the public opinion about me. Again, the numbers speak for themselves.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments
There was delight all round for Tobin’s Service Station in Letterkenny at a gala ceremony in Dublin’s Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road, where the winners of The National Q Mark Awards 2019 were announced.The highest accolade a business in Ireland can achieve, the National Q Mark Awards are given only to companies who reach peak standards of quality and excellence.Tobin’s is a customer-focused, locally owned and operated service station comprising up-to-date convenience store, deli and car wash. The outlet is well-renowned for its superb staff, service and standards. At the black-tie event on Friday night, hosted by journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Healy, Tobin’s was pronounced as this year’s winners in The Q Mark for Hygiene and Food Safety, Recognised for Excellence – Forecourts category.Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA, the proud guardians of the Q Mark suite of Quality standards, congratulated the team:She said “This isn’t the first time that Eddie and Annette have taken their team to the top of the Q for high standards of Hygiene and Food Safety. A truly remarkable result…from a truly remarkable team”!The station’s Deli Manager Marian McGarrigle was thrilled. She said “This is a fantastic achievement for our dedicated staff and our business. It also reinforces with our customers that we continue to achieve and maintain excellent standards for food safety. We are proud that the standards of hygiene and food safety that we continuously deliver are worthy of this prestigious national award”.The team at Tobin’s can now proudly display their award on the premises, to let customers and staff know that they’ve earned their place at the premium level of Irish enterprise.Almost 120 companies battled it out for the titles this year, in the drive to win one of what have become known as Ireland’s Oscars of business excellence.The winners of this year’s awards were selected from a list of more than 110 nominees, which was carefully scrutinised by a team of 14 judges from the worlds of enterprise, food safety, academia and more.Tobins are right on ‘Q’ with national award was last modified: October 1st, 2019 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:Q MarkTobins
Captain M S DhoniFor long, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been seen as very benevolent towards Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In about 24 hours, the beleaguered captain will be leading the demoralised Indian side against England in a tough ODI series.Given the pressure which goes with the job – home or away – it’s hard for Dhoni to motivate the side after the drubbing in the Test series. For its part, the Board has tried to take attention away from the main issues by ‘giving a break’ to two assistant coaches, Joe Dawes and Trevor Penney, and naming Ravi Shastri as team director.If you look at the overall picture, captain Dhoni and head coach Duncan Fletcher are still there. But the time has come when the Board needs to take some sensible decisions and not fool the public which loves the sport so dearly.S KannanWatching Dhoni these days makes for painful viewing. He looks tired, more so when he hasn’t shaved and the grey beard glistens. Years of travel and the turmoil of facing defeats overseas in tough series does hurt, though the common perception is that ‘captain cool’ remains unruffled.The time has come when it’s not just the selection committee which needs to take a call on the future of Dhoni but the big bosses in the Board as well. Even a typically myopic Board should have the vision to spare him of the burden of Test captaincy, especially overseas.Ideally, Virat Kohli would have been the right man for the job but one disastrous series in England has changed perception about this superstar who now has the dubious distinction of repeatedly falling to outgoing deliveries. The next Test series is at home against the West Indies and it really does not matter whether India win or lose.advertisementThe bigger challenge will be the tough Test series in Australia, where the hosts are waiting to have a go at the Indians. So it makes sense to groom a new Test captain even if the results are initially adverse. Coming back to Dhoni, as he is most likely going to lead India in the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, it will be good if he handles the responsibility in just ODIs.The debate about how good or bad a Test captain Dhoni is will continue for a long time and statistics will always be used to compare his flop shows with other former India captains. What cannot be ignored is his horrendous record as captain in England and Australia, so it’s best at this stage to entrust him with just one job.There is a school of thought which believes Dhoni did not do badly in the Tests in England as he batted freely for valuable runs. Yet, if one is serious about building a side for the World Cup and hoping that India can once again do well, Dhoni needs mental peace.The pressure of leading the Indian cricket side is just too intense and at 33, he is not getting any younger. As one who figures in the Forbes ‘Richie Rich’ list with a total earnings of US$ 30 million, Dhoni is still hot property. Out of that figure, the value of his endorsements is a whopping US$ 26 million – that is the commercial value of this man.Having said that, if the Board is serious about preserving Dhoni for the World Cup, he needs to be spared this trauma of leading India in every format and then getting caned for poor shows overseas.As an ODI player, Dhoni brings with him immense maturity and value. His ability to finish matches in the short format is well known and that is how we need to remember the man who has won India the World T20 in 2007 and the ICC World Cup in 2011.In India, no top athlete wants to walk into sunset while at the top. Even though Dhoni is the butt of ridicule now, just like coach Fletcher, one cannot write off his rich contribution to Indian cricket.At a time when the Board is only concerned about how many more zeroes it will add to its huge bank balance, the time has come when only sane people can ensure Dhoni is preserved for the World Cup next year.Repeatedly subjecting him to humiliation will reduce him to a caricature and that’s not required. There may be some in the Board who will be tempted to persist with Dhoni in Tests but that will be doing him a disservice.advertisementIt’s hard to see this man wanting to be India captain after the next World Cup as he hardly has anything left to prove to the world. If the Board wants to be bolder, it can even rest Dhoni totally from Test cricket at home.In the next few weeks, depending on how the team fares against England in the ODIs, we will hear more about Dhoni. Hopefully, there will be something [email protected]
TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Milan derby sets record viewing figures for DAZNby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSports streaming subscription platform DAZN has revealed that last Saturday’s Milan derby between Serie A rivals AC and Inter was the most watched game ever on its Italian service, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.DAZN did not disclose how many viewers in Italy tuned into the action but said that figures for the match, which saw Inter win 2-0, surpassed its previous record for a top-flight Italian soccer game set by last season’s fixture between Inter and Juventus.Overall it was a record-breaking weekend for DAZN, which said that it registered more than three million hours of streaming viewed on its Italian platform from 20th to 22nd September.”It was a record-breaking weekend for DAZN,” said Veronica Diquattro, DAZN’s executive vice president for Southern Europe. “The Milan-Inter derby was the most followed event ever on our streaming platform, with excellent feedback in terms of quality. We are very happy with the results, which show how streaming remains the core business of our company.”
OSU junior forward Danny Jensen (9) tries to keep the ball away from Cleveland State sophomore forward Kareem Banton (20) on Oct. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerThe battle of the two hottest teams in the Big Ten conference lived up to its expectations in an intense all-out war, but the better team of the two ended up being Rutgers as the Scarlet Knights slashed the Ohio State men’s soccer team eight-game winning streak in a 1-0 game.The Buckeyes dropped to No. 2 in the Big Ten standings and fell to 9-5-2 on the season and 3-2-1 in Big Ten play. Rutgers moved to the top spot in the standings and improved to 10-4-1 on the season and 4-3-0 in Big Ten action.Last season, OSU defeated the Scarlet Knights in a 4-1 victory, but the Scarlet and Gray could not pull off a repeat performance on Sunday afternoon in Piscataway, New Jersey.Rutgers sophomore forward Jason Wright managed to score the game-winner in the final 20 minutes after a tight defensive battle.The Scarlet and Gray had not given up a goal since October 7 nor had they trailed a team in more than 991 minutes prior to Wright’s score.The first half of the game saw the teams struggling to feel the other out, as shots were just 2-1 in favor of Rutgers in the 18th minute.The first good look of the first half came from OSU senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle when he shot the ball to the near post. Doyle’s kick barely missed, leaving the game scoreless.The Buckeyes eventually kicked it into high gear and by the 39th minute of the game, shots were 6-5 in favor of the Buckeyes.Despite the lead in shots, OSU could not get a point on the board in the first half. However, the Buckeyes’ stout defense managed to keep Rutgers from scoring, leaving the game leveled at zero heading into the second half.The Buckeyes came out of the gate in the second half strong.The Scarlet and Gray found ways to break through the Scarlet Knight offense, but could not manage finish it off with a goal.OSU junior forward Yaw Amankwa forced a turnover in the 53rd minute, but on the ensuing offensive possession, his shot missed high. Five minutes later, junior forward Danny Jensen broke through Rutgers’ backline in the 58th minute, but his shot went wide right.With less than 20 minutes left to go in the match, shots were 14-10 in favor of the Buckeyes.Being down in shots, the Scarlet Knights knew they had to do something if they wanted to walk away with the victory.In the 74th minute, Wright scored on a deflection off OSU senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer, giving him his 13th goal of the season and the Scarlet Knights a 1-0 lead.The Scarlet and Gray tried to fight back in the remaining time but could not pull out its ninth consecutive victory.Overall, shots were 16-15 in favor of Rutgers, while the Scarlet Knights also held a 7-5 lead in corners.Froschauer had a season-high eight saves, but fell to 9-5-2 on the season. The goal allowed was the first to get past Froschauer since Oct. 7 against Bowling Green.The Buckeyes will next prepare to host Maryland at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
OSU redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey (3) tries to recover a ground ball during a game against Marquette on March 4 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Multimedia EditorIf there’s a word to describe what a lacrosse defense needs, it is unity.In almost any team-oriented sport, it is difficult to win if the team is not playing with unity on the defensive side of the ball. While one player might be able to carry the load offensively at times, an out-of-sync defense usually spells disaster.Unity is one thing that the Ohio State men’s lacrosse defense has prided itself on this year.After losing two of the top three goal scorers from last year in Jesse King and David Planning, OSU coach Nick Myers said the players on defense knew they would have to rely on each other in order to help an offense with a lot a fresh faces.“I think it’s big … anytime that you have relationships that you can lean on, that you have confidence in each other,” Myers said. “A lot of defense, and a lot of high-level defense, is trust and communication.”OSU’s scoring defense currently ranks in the top 20 in the nation, only allowing nine goals per game. Senior defensive midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos said he and his teammates have a special relationship that allows them to find their best stuff.“We have that comfort level with each other where we play together, and we can also push each other,” Kapinos said.The starters that make up the defensive side of the ball — seniors Robby Haus and Chris Mahoney, sophomore Erik Evans and redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey — have had the opportunity to play together for more than a year now, helping to create that unity every defense needs.”It’s really beneficial for us. I think me and Chris have been there for the longest amount of time, so we have a really good relationship. Then Tommy came in and we hit it off immediately,” Haus said. “Erik is a young guy, but he acts a lot older than he is, and I think being around some of these seniors and redshirt juniors has helped him a lot.“Our chemistry is awesome.”Carey continued, elaborating on what experience playing with each other means as opposed to playing with freshmen on the team.“I think the relationships we have with one another — (Robby) and I, and Chris and Evans, too — (they) just allow us to hold each other to a little bit different standard than the first-year guys,” Carey said.Those first-year guys, like freshmen midfielders Logan Maccani and Noah Best, have had a great mentor in Kapinos, Haus said.“I know we’re trying to develop some young faces at the defensive midfield, and he’s done a really good job bringing them in and building chemistry with them,” Haus said.OSU senior defender Chris Mahoney (21) during a game against Notre Dame on March 26 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Cameron Carr | Lantern PhotographerCommunication has been essential in the OSU defense’s success this year. Lacrosse is a sport that involves a lot of switching, commonly referred to as sliding.If an on-ball defender lets his man get past him, the defender has to be ready to slide in order to double team the ball-carrier. Then the whole defense has to slide in order to cover the now-open man. It’s a complicated process, one that would result in allowing a goal without constant communication, Kapinos said.“It’s just keeping everybody on the same page so that we’re all organized and making sure that we’re all doing the same thing,” Kapinos said. “You can’t have one guy doing one thing and five guys doing the other.”A lot of what the defense does is communicated by the goalie, and Kapinos said Carey is excellent at his job.“It helps with Tommy in the goal,” Kapinos said. “Tommy gives us a lot of communication and kind of quarterbacks the defense.”The Buckeyes are set to commence Big Ten play on Sunday. They’re scheduled to face a No. 18 Penn State team that ranks 12th in the nation with 12.67 goals per game.The team will be trying to sever its four-game losing streak, including a 15-6 loss to No. 1 Denver in which OSU gave up eight fourth-quarter goals after only being down 7-5 heading into the final period.Carey said he blames himself for the fourth quarter meltdown but said the defense as a unit cannot be making so many mistakes.“I think a lot of that falls back on me, and at the same time we play as a unit,” Carey said. “So, I’ve got to be a lot better, but we have to be better as a whole unit in stopping shots, getting the ball up and out in transition and … getting back to the basics and getting better every single day.”With the chances of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament dwindling, the Scarlet and Gray will need to turn things around quickly in order to be invited to the Big Ten tournament. A Big Ten championship would give the Buckeyes an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.However, it will take the whole defense, and, really, the whole team, in order to make this happen.“You’re only as strong as your weakest link,” Haus said.
Rangers legend Nacho Novo has revealed that former teammate Kris Boyd kept in touch with him during and after his heart surgery.The ex-Rangers star collapsed during a football tournament in Berlin and speaking about his trial moment Novo said that former teammate Kris Boyd who kept in touch with him was the only one who usually makes him laugh.“He’s a top man and a good friend. I want to be there for him. He’s a funny guy,” he said according to Daily Record:Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“I’ll always remember sitting next to him before one game and saying to him, ‘You fancy it today?’ and he said, ‘Yes, I think I’m going to get three goals’. He went out and got three goals.”“The next week, same thing, ‘How many? ‘One today, wee man just put the ball in there and I’ll put it into the net.’“It was scary. I used to wonder what was happening with this guy. He’s the only one who can make me laugh just by laughing himself. Once he starts laughing I start as well. He’s a great person and a good character for the changing room to have.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Manchester United players for their hard-fought victory over Leicester City but admitted the performance was below par.United secured a vital victory in their chase for a top-four spot thanks to a solitary strike from Marcus Rashford, but they were far from convincing.Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “We didn’t play particularly well, we could have slowed it down in the second half but we defended well. Eric [Bailly] and Victor [Lindelof] were fantastic, and David de Gea.“We put our bodies on the line, there were a couple of bruised noses, knees, and dead legs but we fought for the three points.“A clean sheet is always a foundation to build on and will give the lads confidence. They’re not 100 per cent happy with the performance, because we know we can do better.Tough Graft But We Got The Job Done 👊🏾 Thats Bro 👇🏾 #TeamSpirit #MUFC pic.twitter.com/aat7ARF2p5Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) February 3, 2019“It’s a hard place to come, the first goal is vital against a team like this and I thought we started brilliantly. Marcus had a great chance from Luke Shaw’s cross and finished the ball fantastically well when Paul [Pogba] played him through. The start laid the foundations.”Alexis Sanchez got the nod in United’s starting XI but made little impact on the game before he was replaced by Anthony Martial after half-time.But Solskjaer defended the Chilean’s performance, saying: “He did well, we had to change the game. He’s sharp, he worked well defensively – we never created chances for him but he’s improving all the time.”