Josep Maria Bartomeu, President of Barcelona, spoke Tuesday during the delivery of the XIV International Journalism Award Vázquez Montalbán. The speech of the top leader of the Barca club was expected at a turbulent moment in the Barca club. After thanking Vázquez Montalbán’s family and congratulating Jorge Valdano for the award, spoke about the I3 Ventures case uncovered by SER Catalunya and made an institutional statement in which he unchecked the club from any responsibility in the issuance of messages that erode the image of its players. And he announced the rupture of relations with I3 Ventures:. “I want to make it clear to the partner. That nobody has any doubt that Barça has never hired any company to discredit any player, former player, politician, president and former president. It is false. And we will defend ourselves as necessary in front of who accuses us. It’s false. Barça has not hired anyone to discredit anyone. “ Yes, admitted the relationship with I3 Ventures, with which the Barca club breaks their relationship: “Barça hired the services of a company at the end of 2017. But upon confirmation that one of the accounts is linked to that company (Respect and Sport), this morning we have instructed to terminate the contract with this company (I3 Ventures ). To the question if we have commissioned social media services to preserve our image, the answer is yes. To the question if we have commissioned to discredit people, the answer is no and we will persecute those who accuse us of that. And we will defend ourselves. “He also recalled two cases that Barça has won in court. “In the case of Paulinho we were denounced for corruption and we were given the reason; and in the case of espionage we were also given the reason. Therefore, we do things calmly and responsibly. “
Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Conte is reportedly looking to sue Chelsea for delaying his sacking – but he has now been offered an instant return to the dugout.Indeed, according to broadcaster SportItalia, Milan have already been in contact with Conte’s entourage about potentially taking over at the San Siro.The 48-year-old has reportedly asked for more time to consider his options while his row with Chelsea is ongoing.However, Conte is said to be keen to replace Gennaro Gattuso at the helm and once his legal battle has reached a climax, the Italian could well make his return to the hot-seat. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED AC Milan have contacted former Chelsea coach Antonio Conte about the possibility of taking over at the San Siro.The Italian was unceremoniously sacked by the Blues earlier this month and he is currently embroiled in a row with the Chelsea hierarchy regarding his dismissal. Conte was sacked by Chelsea 1 LATEST Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer
IN DEMAND REVEALED LATEST RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Latest Transfer News Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Real Madrid have signed Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on a six-year deal worth £38million. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The Belgian was itching for a move to Los Blancos Croatian midfielder Kovacic will be given the opportunity to showcase his talent in the Premier League as a result.Kovacic has only started 37 league matches in the last three seasons for the LaLiga giants. targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 👋 Welcome to @realmadrid, @thibautcourtois!#WelcomeCourtois| #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Qe0ctR3AUr— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) August 8, 2018A Real Madrid statement read: “Subsequently, Courtois will step on the turf of the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time wearing the Real Madrid CF shirt and will attend media in the press room.”The Belgian went to extreme measure to make clear his desire to leave Stamford Bridge after skipping training and missing a meeting with new Blues manager Maurizio Sarri earlier this week.Courtois signed for Chelsea in 2011 from Genk for an estimated fee of £8m.He spent three seasons on loan at Real’s local rivals Atletico Madrid. The 26-year-old has previously stated Madrid is where his heart is as his children still live in the Spanish capital. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on 1 The deal will also see Mateo Kovacic, 23, go the other way on a season-long loan.How the Blues could line up with Mateo Kovacic and Kepa ArrizabalagaCourtois was given the all-clear to leave Stamford Bridge after the Blues identified Athletic Bilbao stopper Kepa as his replacement.The Premier League club confirmed the transfer on its official website, saying: “Chelsea and Real Madrid have tonight agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Thibaut Courtois subject to the agreement of personal terms and passing a medical.“Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan.”Meanwhile, Courtois’ medical will take place at 1pm in the honour box of the Bernabeu stadium.
It’s not every baby can say their godmother is a multi-million euro pop-star who lives in her own castle.But then again baby Matilda Campbell is no ordinary child.She just happens to be the niece of singing star Enya who was godmother to the little girl at St Mary’s Church in Derrybeg over the weekend. Little Matilda is the daughter of Enya’s younger sister Bridin Brennan and her Australian-born Cameron Campbell.Matilda has one sister, Sinead (4).The Brennan travelled from Dublin to Donegal for Saturday’s ceremony, which was attended by 30 other family members and friends.Derrybeg parish priest Fr Padraig O Baoill and family friend Fr Kevin Gillespie officiated at the christening. Enya travelled from her home at Manderley Castle in Killiney, Dublin; while Cameron’s brother, Andrew, flew from Australia to be godfather.The singer (50) looked amazing at the service in a long white skirt and short-cut orange jacket.After the ceremony, she proudly carried the christening candle from the church to a party at nearby Leo’s Tavern.FAIRYTALE START TO LIFE FOR BABY MATILDA was last modified: June 27th, 2011 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:Enya
Kryszstof GrezegorskiA 20-year-old man has been sent for trial to the Central Criminal Court in Dublin for the murder of popular Letterkenny resident Bogdan Michalkiawicz.Kryszstof Grezegorski, who is 20, had been remanded in custody charged with the murder Mr Michalkiawicz. Grezegorski, from 35 Hazelbrook Crescent in Letterkenny, was charged with the murder of the 41-year-old on May 15 last year.Mr Michalkiawicz was found dead at his Riverside apartment in Letterkenny. He had been last seen alive two days earlier.Grezegorski stood in court alongside a prison officer and had today’s hearing translated to him.Detective Sergeant Mick Galvin told Letterkenny District Court that he had served the Book of Evidence on Grezegorski this morning.Sgt Galvin told the court that there were two volumes in the book of evidence and the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed the murder trial be held at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.Judge Paul Kelly told the Polish national that if he intended to provide an alibi in the case, he must provide this to the prosecution within 14 days.The case was put back until June 30.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said he understood the case would go ahead in November and that the case may be heard alongside that of a second man also charged in connection with the murder.Legal aid for two counsel was approved. Grezegorski was remanded in custody.MAN SENT FOR TRIAL FOR MURDER OF BOGDAN was last modified: June 23rd, 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:CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURTchargeddublinGrezegorskiletterkennymurder
25 August 2014The Springboks retained their lead at the top of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship after unconvincingly edging Argentina 33-31 in Salta on Saturday.The Pumas will look back on the test as a big opportunity missed to record their first victory ever over the Springboks. Had they won, few would have said they did not deserve it.‘They played some great rugby’Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, however, looked back on the match as another important win for his charges. “All credit to Argentina, though,” he said. “They’ve been together for a month and you could see that today as they played some great rugby.“We don’t want to say every week that we’ve shown great character, but we’ve now won nine out of our last 10 away games, and I think the guys have shown that they know how to win.“At one stage, we were down and out and the team came back. We know there are a lot of areas we have to work on, but we’re still in this competition.”Dominating scrumArgentina came out of the blocks at speed, with their set scrum worryingly dominating the South African pack and winning a number of penalties.They also showed a willingness to move the ball through the hands and out wide, a more extravagant approach than one has traditionally seen from the South Americans, and were rewarded with three tries to backline players Manuel Montero, Tomas Cubelli and Joaquin Tuculet.Argentina dictated matters in the first 25 minutes of the contest to race into a 13-6 lead, but South Africa pulled it back to sneak in front 16-13 at the break. After the restart, the Pumas again took it to the Boks and powered into a 28-16 lead. Victory appeared to be within their grasp.Strong showing from the benchHowever, it was not to be as the Springboks, aided by a strong showing from their bench, finished strongly to claim a come-from-behind victory. It, maybe, had more to do with Argentina’s anxiety about finally beating South Africa, given their poor past record, rather than the men in green and gold’s excellence.Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks and Marcell Coetzee dotted down for the Boks, while Handre Pollard added a conversion and three penalties, with Morne Steyn knocking over a further two conversions and a penalty, with the three-pointer, which came in the 76th minute, proving the match decider.‘A much better team than their world ranking’“I’ve said it before, but I really think Argentina is a much better team than what their world-ranking of twelfth shows, and they showed it again today,” said De Villiers after the match.“We’re happy that we could pull it through, but it could’ve gone either way.”He also paid tribute to the impact of the Springbok substitutes. “That is not saying that the players who started did badly, but our bench, whom we see as impact players rather than replacements, certainly made an impact today and that is probably where the difference was,” De Villiers explained.Forthcoming fixturesThe Springboks’ next outing is against Australia in Perth on 6 August, followed by a clash with New Zealand on 13 September in Wellington. The All Blacks thrashed the Wallabies 51-20 on Saturday to move within a point of South Africa at the top of the standings.Despite the ferociousness of the contest in Salta, the Boks have only one big injury concern and that is tighthead prop Frans Malherbe, who suffered a right ankle injury, which forced him from the field late in the match.He will see a specialist in Cape Town before a decision is made on his fitness and a possible replacement.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer resumed their battle for the year-end number one ranking with imperious victories to reach the third round of the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.Top seed Nadal extended his winning streak to 13 matches with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of American Jared Donaldson in the Qi Zhong Stadium before world number two Federer, to the delight of his sizeable Chinese fan club, got the better of Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 7-6(4) 6-4.Nadal, who leads Federer by 2,370 points going into the home straight of a season in which the two old rivals have shared out the game’s biggest prizes, was unstoppable against Donaldson and needed only 54 minutes to prevail.”It was a very quick match in all aspects,” Nadal, bidding to end a year on top for the fourth time in his career, said.”If the year-end ranking happens, it will be, I think, a very important achievement for me.”With so many years of difference I think it’s something very difficult. But there remains work to do.”He last finished the year as world number one in 2013.Federer shows no sign of giving up the chase but had to battle hard against Schwartzman — letting slip a break in the first set to get dragged into a tiebreak.The 36-year-old Swiss always had an extra shot in his locker though and, having taken the opener, broke serve straight away in the second set to move towards victory.He finished off the contest with his 14th ace, setting up a third round clash against Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.advertisement”It was a good win, very happy with my first match,” Federer said. “I knew he was dangerous. I could have closed the first set out earlier but I started the second set very well.”Spaniard Nadal, who like Federer has won the Shanghai title once, will face Italy’s Fabio Fognini next.Eighth seed David Goffin’s hopes of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals suffered a blow when he lost 7-6(4) 6-3 to Gilles Simon, while sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov had to save match points on the way to beating Ryan Harrison 3-6 6-3 7-6(6).Seventh seed Pablo Carreno Busta also went out, losing 7-5 7-5 to fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
If there has been a game that created waves across all platforms in recent times, then Player Unknowns Battle Ground, which is commonly known to the layman as PUBG, comes across the mind instantly. PUBG has caught the world by storm and is easily the common point of discussion in offices, schools, public places and several other places. The game has even got a dedicated e-sports tournament that draws professional gamers and their fans to the platform, unlike anything. Its mobile version, known as PUBG MOBILE, has also been a huge hit across both iOS and Android, dominating the charts for the majority of 2018. And now, there are numbers to prove how well PUBG has dominated the world.According to a new research by Internet service provider Jana for Quartz, PUBG has been acclaimed as one of the most popular online battle games for this year. The game has not only achieved a share of 61.9 per cent, but has gained significant success over other popular games of the genre such as Epic Games’ Fortnite, Free Fire, Roles of Survival and more. In fact, the much-hyped Fortnite could only achieve an overall share of 8.5 per cent.While PUBG was originally released as an online multiplayer game for consoles late last year, the arrival of the game for smartphone platforms made it reach every nook and cranny of the country. This was especially good for a country like India where mobile gaming has worked way better than PC gaming, primarily due to affordable smartphones and the 4G Internet boom introduced by Reliance Jio. The study found out that approximately 73.4 per cent of PUBG’s traffic comes from smartphones while the PC platform only contributes as little as 5.6 per cent on the whole. PUBG Mobile is only one of the few online multiplayer games that are free to play and has been well optimized for lower-end devices. In fact, Tencent Games has also come up with PUBG MOBILE Lite, which is meant to run on budget smartphones.advertisement And the numbers aren’t restricted to only the share of the traffic, but it’s also the volume that speaks. The research found out that a majority of PUBG players, i.e. 24.3 per cent, spend at least 8 hours on an everyday basis while those who play the game for less than two hours amount to 15.9 per cent. The study also found out that Indians prefer to fight for the “Chicken Dinner” mostly at night. Yes, at least 52.6 per cent of PUBG players prefer to play it at night while a smaller 6.1 per cent of young players also play it during schools. An even smaller yet significant 2.1 per cent play PUBG in offices too.And it’s not only the gameplay, but Indian players make sure they use PUBG in more than just one way. Approximately 46 per cent of the Indian players use the in-game voice chat feature to not only discuss game tactics but also discuss non-PUBG topics at length. A whopping 28 per cent also use the quick chat feature to do the same.However, compared to games of past that only caught attention due to their free-to-play nature, PUBG has led Indian players to spend significantly for in-game items. More than 70 per cent of players have spent up to Rs 370 while a small number have even gone on to spend more than Rs 1,400. Additionally, around 35 per cent of players have been known to spend mostly on new clothing as well as weapons, while spending on crates is slightly lower at around 18 per cent. That said, a major number of the participants haven’t caught on to the PUBG fever yet. Want to know why? Well, the huge download size for the game has led up to 48.9 per cent of the remaining people stay away from the game. 22 per cent have been avoiding the game for higher data requirements while 7.2 per cent believe that the game lags behind in terms of graphical quality.Whether the numbers are important or not depends completely on individual preference, but there’s no doubt that PUBG has become one of the most important elements of the digital world. And the developer makes sure that its followers stay loyal to the game by adding new content frequently. A few months ago, PUBG got the much-awaited night mode and a new smaller map called Sanhok. Over the season of Christmas, PUBG will also get a new snowy map as well as additional bug fixes to further improve the experience.ALSO READ | PUBG’s new snowy Vikendi map goes live on its test servers, new weapon, vehicle to follow suitadvertisement
Manchester City Manchester City set Premier League goalscoring record Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 01:16 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Manchester City Premier League Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth The Citizens became the first team in the Premier League era to score over 100 goals in a single year, while also sealing a 17th consecutive win Manchester City have become the first ever team to score 100 Premier League goals in a single year after beating Bournemouth 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.Two goals from Sergio Aguero and a strike from Raheem Sterling took City to the 100-goal milestone before Danilo added another five minutes from time.Pep Guardiola’s side still have two more league games remaining in 2017, as they face Newcastle United away on Wednesday and then travel to Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player City became the first side in 35 years to score 100 goals in a single calendar year, with Liverpool reaching that landmark in 1982 when the Reds performed a miraculous comeback to go from being midtable at Christmas in 1981 to lift the First Division trophy under Bob Paisley.Joe Fagan took charge for the 1982-83 season, and a strong start to the campaign set them up nicely to retain the title.100 – Manchester City have become the first English team to score 100 top-flight league goals in a calendar year since Liverpool in 1982 (106). Superb. pic.twitter.com/FJGpa6u5nw— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 23, 2017The 4-0 win also meant Guardiola’s side have now won 17 Premier League games in a row, bettering his record at Barcelona where he won 16 consecutive La Liga games, but is still two short of the personal best recorded with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga when he managed the Bavarian giants to 19 league wins between October 2013 and March 2014.Over a fifth of City’s goals in 2017 came from one outlet, with Argentina international Sergio Aguero netting 22 times in the league. Gabriel Jesus has had a fantastic start to his career in the Premier League, scoring 15 times, while Raheem Sterling bagged 14 goals during the year.Three of the Citizens’ 101 goals were own goals, while Danilo’s late finish against Bournemouth was his first for the club since his £26.5 million transfer from Real Madrid in July. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream Editors’ Recommendations Spare Your Palate with the Best Things to Drink While Bowling 25 Vinyl Albums Every Man Should Own New York-based Mitski’s third album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek, has cut through the spring showers to make a stark emotional dent. An affecting performance in the rain at SXSW this year did just that, bringing Rolling Stone to call Mitski the “Best Case of Schizophrenia”, and listening to the stirring progression that is Bury Me at Makeout Creek, it’s easy to understand why. A master of the classic eighties and nineties “quiet-loud” dynamic, Mitski lulls you in with a volatile, dreamy lullaby, only to cascade into deep rips of noise and feeling.The result is an enticing departure from Mitski’s previous work. While studying composition at SUNY Purchase’s music conservatory, she recorded with a full orchestra. And although she’s traded in the intricate string arrangements for guitar and bass, there remains a distinctly orchestral feel to Mitski’s waves of sound, from guttural screams to airy vocal slides and folksy balladeering.Although radically diverse in tone, there’s a unifying thread that ties Bury Me At Makeout Creek together, and that’s a sly but assured pop-punk sensibility. Withheld at times and blatant at others, a studied love of pop-punk sounds informs the in-your-face lyrics, the slow lead-up to a driving guitar riff, and the euphoria and catharsis of its loudest moments. Although at times the sound seems more reminiscent of traditional folk, post-punk, or classic rock, there’s a gentle thread of nineties pop-punk that holds the diverse sounds of Bury Me At Makeout Creek together in one affecting, raw, satisfying package.Bury Me At Makeout Creek has been met with international acclaim for its distinct, arresting sound and profoundly reflective lyrics. The wistfulness and anger intertwined in the lyrics will stay with you long after your first listen, as will the cathartic and catchy bursts that link the album together.Mitski’s Bury Me at Makeout Creek is available now through Amazon, iTunes, and Bandcamp.