PEP GUARDIOLA claims Manchester City played well in their 2-0 defeat at Spurs – despite not appearing from the away changing room for 45 MINUTES after the final whistle.A debut goal from Steven Bergwijn set Tottenham on their way to victory, with Son Heung-Min bagging a second at their new stadium.1 Pep Guardiola stayed in the dressing for 45 mins after losing 2-0 to Spurs but insists his team did wellCredit: Getty ImagesMan City missed a penalty in the first half and were reduced to ten men in the second when Oleksandr Zinchenko picked up another yellow for tactical fouling.Despite dominating possession and having far more shots, City never really looked like getting the better of Jose Mourinho’s men.However, Guardiola claims his team played well during the defeat.That’s despite the Spaniard locking his players in the away changing room for 45 minutes after the final whistle before emerging to face the press.According to the Manchester Evening News, Guardiola could even face a Premier League fine due to his tardiness.But the tactician refused to criticise his players publicly, telling BBC Match of the Day: “I have no regrets about the performance.“We lost a football match. Of course we had a lot of chances. At the end of the day you have to take it.“In the second half we started well and created chances to score and didn’t do that.”Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidSpeaking to Sky Sports, Guardiola added: “We played well but lost the game. It happened again. They had two shots and scored two goals.“We have to accept and analyse it. It is not easy. We did really well, honestly.“With this performance, how should I be critical? This performance would be an incredible mistake to say how bad they are. We created chances and conceded few.”
Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims “This is a great achievement, we’re expecting to play our best and our goal is to reach the Final Four and this win really helps our confidence,” said Madayag.Co-captain Kat Tolentino paced the Ateneo’s potent scoring with a game-high 22 points to lead four Lady Eagles who finished in double figures.Maraguinot had 16 points while Madayag and Jules Samonte added 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Lady Eagles.Shaya Adorador led UE with 21 points while Mendrez added 10.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo gained further momentum in its quest for a Final Four spot after stopping University of the East, 25-14, 18-25, 25-13, 25-18, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery The Lady Eagles momentarily took hold of the second seed with a 7-3 record but can share the spot with National U at the end of the day depending on the outcome of the second game.Ateneo methodically kept the Lady Warriors at bay in the final moments of the game despite Mary Ann Mendrez trying to give UE a semblance of hope with a crosscourt kill that trimmed the lead to six, 23-17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJhoanna Maraguinot gave Ateneo the 24-17 match point before Bea De Leon denied Mendrez up top to stamp the Lady Eagles’ fourth straight win.Captain Maddie Madayag said she’s expecting her team to keep playing in the level they’re in and to strive for that eighth win that will ensure them of at least a playoff for a Final Four spot. Cavs’ Korver leaves team following brother’s death Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
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Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Harden’s 41 points lead Rockets over Jazz in Game 1 Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 Taal James was moving on to the second round of the NBA playoffs — almost on his hands and knees.“I don’t think he’s appreciated enough for just how much energy he puts into every single game to do what he does,” Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver said of James. “It’s just unbelievable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPushed to his physical limits by the Indiana Pacers, and barely helped by Cleveland teammates until they finally showed up when it mattered most Sunday in a 105-101 win, James willed the Cavs into the next round, where they’ll face the top-seeded Toronto Raptors for the third straight postseason.If the Indiana series was any indication, James might have to do it again. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Even bigger was Lue’s decision to change his starting lineup once again. For the fourth time in the series, and 34th time this season, Lue used a different starting five. But unlike all the other combinations, this was one he could trust as he played the steady Korver along with James, Love, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson, the four players left from the 2016 championship team.Lue, who has had to mix and match for months because of injuries and a roster revamped by trades, returned to a proven group, and the move paid off.Thompson, who had played 24 total minutes in the first six games, made his first start since March 28 and scored 15 points with 10 rebounds in a season-high 35 minutes. His presence made the Cavs better at both ends, and he brought an interior toughness that had been missing against the Pacers. He picked up two early fouls on Indiana’s Myles Turner, who fouled out.“That’s the Tristan that we know,” James said. “Giving us extra possessions, catching the ball on the rolls and finishing. Just his energy, his effort. That’s how he’s made his name in this league, by just being high motor and being able to outwork who’s ever across from him.”Thompson could have an even larger role against the Raptors and their massive front line anchored by 7-foot center Jonas Valanciunas.Hill’s return was critical for the Cavs, not only in Game 7 but going forward. With playoff first-timers Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance struggling and Rodney Hood still not playing the way Cleveland needs, the 31-year-old Hill, who was on a minutes’ restriction in the series finale, gives Lue another dependable veteran. He was sorely missed for three games against Indiana.Fortunately for the Cavs, James has been indestructible.He averaged 34.4 points on 55.3 percent shooting, 10.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.4 steals during a series in which he played 41.4 minutes per game. With speculation rampant about where he’ll play next season, James made sure this one will continue.Thompson said James inspires everyone around him.“Whenever you’ve got the best player in the world or your leader on the team giving everything he’s got, whether he’s playing the point guard position, guarding, rebounding, blocking shots, assisting, for me and the younger guys, we’ve got to pick it up,” he said. “We’ve got to give everything we’ve got. If he’s giving 100 percent, we’ve got to give 120. We have to find that extra boost and go out there and fight with him. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner in the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 105-101. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James walked sluggishly down a corridor inside Quicken Loans Arena following Game 7 surrounded by the usual squadron of security personnel, some business associates and his publicist.Each step seemed a challenge. His eyes were heavy. He ached from head to toe. He wanted to lie down.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re a team and he goes to war for us every night. We’ve got to do the same thing.”James could use the help.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James scored 45 points — his third game over 40 in the series — and the 33-year-old added nine rebounds and seven assists in 43 exhausting minutes as the Cavs closed out the Pacers, a team they swept in the first round a year ago. James, who improved to 13-0 in the first round, would have played all 48, but he succumbed to leg cramps in the third quarter and had to go to the locker room for treatment and fluids.But while he was out at the start of the fourth quarter, something unexpected happened. The Cavs didn’t collapse, and just maybe showed that they’re going to be a much different team when they face the Raptors.As James caught his breath, Cleveland went on a 10-2 run. Kevin Love, who may have nightmares about Indiana’s big men for some time, hit a 3-pointer, and George Hill, in the rotation after missing three games with back spasms, attacked the rim. By the time James checked back in, the Cavs had pushed their lead to 10 and only had to withstand one more charge to silence the Pacers.For Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, the 3:35 stretch was vital. Not only did the Cavs survive without James, they thrived and potentially gained some confidence.“That was big,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments
MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial The Saudi-Egyptian quarrel has clear political undertones and the potential to spill over into the pitch when the two meet in Volgograd in their final World Cup match. That potential is all the more ominous because both are keen to make an impression on soccer’s highest stage before they go home.Soccer matches between Arab teams are often fraught with tension. This is particularly the case between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, said sports analyst Fathy Sanad.“It’s a special match for both teams. Both want to assert themselves after their exit from the World Cup, but they must make sure that the impression they leave is not negative. They must conduct themselves in a civilized manner and rise above Arab sensitivities.”Alsheikh heads Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority, the country’s highest sports agency, as well as the Saudi Olympic committee and the pan-Arab soccer confederation. A former policeman, he’s known to be close to Saudi Arabia’s powerful heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Alsheikh’s dispute with Al-Ahly is rooted in his December appointment as an honorary president of the storied Cairo club. With deep pockets and global soccer connections, he appears to have wasted no time to take his largely ceremonial position way beyond its terms of reference. He secured a flurry of signings by Saudi clubs of surplus or unhappy Al-Ahly players, bankrolled the renewal of contracts for key club players, shopped for a new coach and announced a multi-million dollar project for a new Al-Ahly stadium.His attempt to wield influence over Al-Ahly, perhaps Egypt’s most popular club in Egypt, drew a sharp reaction from the man who in December bestowed on him the honorary title, former Egypt great Mahmoud el-Khateib.“No one, no one at all — with all due respect to Turki or no Turki … will be allowed to interfere in the club’s affairs, especially the football team,” el-Khateib, Al-Ahly’s chief executive, announced in televised comments.Apparently sensing that his honorary title could be withdrawn, Alsheikh stepped down last month and immediately threatened legal action, claiming the Cairo club has mismanaged 260 million Egyptian pounds (nearly $15 million) he has poured into its coffers over a five-month period. He also hired a top Egyptian lawyer, who has threatened legal action against Egyptian social media users and news sites insulting his client.The Saudi and Egyptian governments have remained silent on the ongoing spat, perhaps out of concern that publicly commenting would make things worse, but it also points to the silent competition between the two regional heavyweights.“These two nations are zealously competing for regional, political and sports leadership,” said Egyptian political analyst Hassan Nafaa. “It’s a love-hate relationship that is chiefly governed by common interests.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ So outraged were Egyptian fans that some suggested Alsheikh may have paid Sergio Ramos, the Real Madrid defender who took down Salah in the May 26 Champions League final. No foul was called.The angry allegation reflects the depth of resentment Egyptians feel toward the Saudi official and their affection for Salah.Alsheikh has not endeared himself to Morocco’s soccer fans either. His country voted this month to support the eventually successful North American bid to organize the 2026 World Cup over Morocco’s bid. The unexpected move drove Moroccan fans to join their Egyptian peers in the spat with the Saudis.Alsheikh was also involved in testy Twitter exchanges with the president of European soccer over Qatar-owned sports broadcasting rights. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other nations started a blockade against Qatar last year, accusing the tiny but super rich Gulf nation of supporting opposition Islamist groups and working to destabilize the region. Qatar has rejected the accusations, calling the blockade a politically motivated attempt to undermine its sovereignty.Alsheikh suggested Thursday that UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin was a man “of many faces,” whom he had refused to meet. Ceferin’s response was that he had never heard of Alsheikh and would not meet with him.ADVERTISEMENT Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Kanno , left, and Mohammed Alburayk, right, after the group A match between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)VOLGOGRAD, Russia — In theory, it’s an inconsequential match between two teams already eliminated from the World Cup.In reality, Monday’s clash between Egypt and Saudi Arabia is about pride, politics and maybe some score settling too.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES Fans in the two nations are locked in a public quarrel pitting Saudi Arabia’s top sports official — a maverick and a confidante of the kingdom’s powerful crown prince — against Egypt’s biggest soccer club over the fate of millions he poured into the club’s coffers during his brief tenure as the club’s honorary chairman.Inappropriate comments by the official, Turki Alsheikh, about Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, fueled the spat, dragging millions of the Liverpool striker’s fans into it and unleashing a flood of abuse and hate speech on social media against him and Saudi Arabia, a close ally of Egypt and one of its chief economic backers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“May God heal you (Salah) after the World Cup,” Alsheikh told reporters in Moscow on the eve of Saudi Arabia’s 5-0 loss to host Russia in the tournament’s opening match. Salah was injured in last month’s Champions League final. He did not play in Egypt’s 1-0 loss to Uruguay, but started against Russia June 19, scoring from the penalty spot in a 3-1 loss.In March, Alsheikh tweeted this about Salah; “He must be sidelined before the World Cup,” hoping the 26-year-old Egyptian star would not play against the Saudis Monday. Lukaku, Hazard score 2 each, help Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
The deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), which ravished the nation and brought it to its knees in 2014, has left in its wake stories that will be told for generations. It has even gone down in Liberian and world history as the worst form of the EVD ever to hit mankind. The World Health Organization (WHO) said more than 10,600 persons contracted the virus in Liberia. Of that number, nearly 5000, precisely 4,807 died from the virus. More than half of that number was cremated, which is totally against the traditional manner in which Liberians handle their dead.However, there are hundreds of others, who, by the grace of God, survived the scourge. One of the survivors, who has credited his survival from the disease to God’s miraculous intervention “in the affairs of man,” is Dr. (MD) Kent Brantly.Dr. Brantly was the first American to contract the EVD, while trying to selflessly save his patients, who had come to the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Hospital’s emergency room. Brantly had, by then, been working with ELWA for at least eight months. He had to be flown back to his home country for advanced medical treatment. After spending three weeks at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, he walked out of the hospital an EVD survivor.Our Health Correspondent met him Thursday, June 25, on the compound of ELWA hospital. He had come back to extend thanks and appreciation to his Liberian and US colleagues who looked after him when he fell sick before he was flown out of Liberia. The first part of this interview was published on Tuesday, June 30. Below is the second and final part:Daily Observer (DO): Have you been able to meet other American survivors like Nurse Nancy Writebol and others? What do you talk about when you meet?Kent Brantly (KB): I have met several of the American survivors, including Nancy. Nancy and I were close friends before we both got sick and we were in the hospital at the same time in America. So, we share something very close together and that will be a bond that we share for the rest of our lives. I am so glad that Nancy and her husband David are back in Liberia and working with SIM (Sudan Interior Mission) and working at ELWA to serve Liberia. I’m very proud of her. I have met Dr. Rick Sacra; he was my mentor here at ELWA hospital and I am so thankful to God that he’s well. He’s been back to Liberia a couple of times and working here at the hospital. I thank God for him. I have met several other American survivors and things we talk about…you know there have been two American survivors, who got Ebola in America. The rest of them were people who got the disease by working in West Africa. And that’s the thing that we all talk about. We recognize that it was so much harder for people here. Most of America can understand and America is paying so much attention to us and we are saying, ‘Don’t pay much attention to us. Pay attention to West Africa. That’s where we need to be focusing.’ So that is the thing that we talk about the most.DO: So, Doc, when you heard that Eric Duncan, the Liberian guy who took Ebola to America had passed away, how did you feel personally?KB: I was really heart broken when I heard that news. It just made me so sad. I still have not met his fiancée Louise Troh, but I hope to meet her someday. I felt so bad for his whole family. It was a very sad day.DO: When you go around the world or travel to places in the States, what messages do you give?KB: I have a few messages. One is that we are all neighbors-whether we live in America or West Africa, we are all neighbors. We live in a global community. We are all neighbors and God has called us to love our neighbors. Jesus said the two most important things in this life are to love God with your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. And that love for our neighbor ought to motivate us to have concern and to take action to help our neighbors in need. And in terms of Ebola, that means helping our West African neighbors trying to bring an end to this outbreak. That is one of the things I talk about the most.DO: Doc, let me take you back. How did you contract the Ebola disease?KB: I would never know. I really, I don’t know for sure. Initially the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), tried to do an investigation and tried to figure out and they came up with one idea but I was never quite convinced that was the right story…DO: What is the story?KB: I mean they just tried to figure out who I had contact with and who Nancy had contact with and there was one of our other co-worker, who also got Ebola and he died around the same time. I think I probably got it from a patient in the emergency room. Someone who came in with Ebola, but they thought at first that it was malaria or something else. I had to take care of the patients in the emergency room along with the staff here and in the emergency room. I think it was probably in one of those situations where I had made contact with the patient. Because of our work in the Ebola treatment Unit, we had all the proper equipment. We were following the right protocols. We were doing things appropriately. So I just had to guess that it was in the emergency room.DO: Do you still intend to practice as a Medical Doctor?KB: I do. You know once you are a doctor practicing medicine in the United States, they don’t want you to stay out of practice for too long, alright. So, I have started working a few shifts back at a hospital in America so that I can return to the practice of Clinical Medicine and someday, I will get back to it full time. But right now, I am doing it on the side as I continue to try to be a responsible steward of these opportunities to speak and remind people of the importance of loving our neighbors and helping West Africa beat Ebola.DO: After you survived the virus, did you have any post Ebola problems like some of the Ebola survivors here who are suffering from some medical conditions?KB: There is this problem called post-Ebola syndrome. It is a very real thing. It’s a problem that Ebola survivors have. Not everyone has it. Not everyone has the same problems. Some people have joint pains, muscle pains, eye problems, nerve pains… I am very thankful that I have made a full recovery and I don’t seem to have any of those problems. But we need to be helping the survivors who have those problems and there is a clinic here at ELWA to treat survivors. It should be publicized so that people know and can come here if they are Ebola survivors. They can come here to get care.DO: Lastly, if you are ever presented with the opportunity to come back to Liberia, are you going to come back?KB: Only God knows. We are praying for His guidance as we try to decide what to do next. Liberia has a very special place in our hearts. We are praying for guidance from God about what to do next.DO: Thank you so much, Sir.KB: Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The two vehicles collided head-on while speeding Four people were pronounced dead over the weekend as a result of a tragic motor accident, which occurred along the Kakata/Weala highway in Margibi County.The two vehicles, according to eyewitnesses, were speeding excessively when they ran into each other head-on, thus killing four of the occupants.The incident occurred on Friday, July 6, around the Konola Vai Town community area when a Nissan Pathfinder (Silver color) bearing license plate #A-51288 en route from Gbarnga to Monrovia collided head-on with a Nissan Sunny (Green) Station Wagon, plying in the opposite direction from Kakata to Bong County.According to medical accounts from the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, J. Obley Copper, Martha B. Carter and Mercy Sumo were recorded “dead on arrival” (DOA), while another female victim, whose identity is yet to be established, died few hours after she was admitted.The other vehicle in the collision in Konola Vai town communityAt least four other people were injured. They include Julius Dunor, 20, Oldman Fwegar, 39, Henry Kollie, 18 and Timothy Saar, 30. They are currently undergoing medical treatment at health centers in Margibi and Montserrado counties. The driver of the Nissan Pathfinder, Klemani Gbelema, was the only person that did not sustain a wound in Friday’s incident.He expressed gratitude to God, describing the situation as so “terrible that it was only through God’s grace that others were able to survive.”Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) from a traffic division in Margibi County are investigating circumstances that resulted to the accident.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The first new candidate to put his name in the ring for this fall’s civic elections has done so. Trevor Bolin, of Remax action realty, made his candidacy official today, though he says he’s been considering it for some time. [asset|aid=140|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Trevor-1_1_Pub.mp3] Bolin is already known as Fort St. John’s top realtor, but he says he sees real estate and civic politics as going hand in hand. [asset|aid=141|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Trevor-2_1_Pub.mp3] This year’s civic election happens on November 15th. No word yet on which of the incumbent councillors will be running for another term. For the entire interview Moose FM’s Jon Zacks did with Trevor click below [asset|aid=142|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Trevor Bolin Candidacy – Full Interview_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement –
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 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ballon 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.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUJUNGA – A 21-year-old man who was found shot to death on a Tujunga sidewalk over the weekend was identified as Ronnie J. Burgess. He was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head at 7:40 Sunday in the 10100 block of Samoa Avenue, police said. Witnesses told police the man had been shot by someone from a moving car, the description of which was not immediately available. Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Division detectives at (818) 834-3115. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIn just three days, the rebel United Front for Change made the journey from bases on the border with Darfur and came close to capturing the National Assembly building in the capital, N’djamena. Government troops pushed them back and were holding 20 rebel prisoners on the grounds of the National Assembly building at the city’s center. Soldiers were sweeping through N’djamena, rounding up rebels scattered in the fighting and turned in by residents. Gen. Mahamet Ali Abdullah, speaking on state-run radio, claimed that government forces had killed hundreds of rebels and called on N’djamena citizens to celebrate the victory. But the capital was quiet, with most shops closed. N’DJAMENA, Chad – Government forces used attack helicopters, tanks and heavy weapons Thursday to beat back rebels who charged 600 miles in pickup trucks from the Darfur border to reach the capital of volatile, oil-producing Chad at the center of Africa. The assault underscored concerns that the civil war in Darfur, part of western Sudan, has undermined Chad President Idriss Deby’s authority and destabilized the entire region. It also showed how little control Deby wields in the countryside, where rebels cruise the desert at will. Deby blamed Sudan’s government for backing the rebels in Chad, where more than 200,000 refugees from Darfur have fled. Sudan denies the claim and accuses Chad of backing a different rebel group in Darfur. Deby said his soldiers repelled the second attempt in a month to overthrow him, but few in Chad believe the fighting is over. Residents of the outlying neighborhoods who felt the brunt of the attack moved into the center of the capital late in the day, expecting another offensive.