Spotlight on Vardy again

first_imgLONDON (AP):Record already in hand, Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is ready to make the most of every chance he gets in his pursuit of more goals.Vardy can extend his scoring streak to 12 straight English Premier League games tomorrow when Leicester play at Swansea.”You have to realise that there are not a lot of chances coming your way,” Vardy said. “Once you get them, you need to be taking them. Otherwise, you’re going to get punished yourselves.”With his goal in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United last weekend, Vardy eclipsed the Premier League record previously held by Ruud van Nistelrooy, who scored in 10 straight games in 2003.Another goal by Vardy this weekend would equal the all-time record for goals in consecutive matches in the English topflight, set by Jimmy Dunne in 1931-32 for Sheffield United. Stan Mortensen scored in 15 consecutive games for Blackpool in 1950-51 but missed matches because of injury.Leicester are in surprising second place in the Premier League after 14 games, trailing Manchester City on goal difference and leading United by one point. Leicester escaped relegation only last season by winning nine of their last 11 games.Much of this season’s success can be credited to Vardy, who signed for Leicester in 2012 from non-league soccer.”He’s very, very smart,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said, “very clever, and very cool”.City, who beat Hull 4-1 in the League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday, face Stoke tomorrow with playmaker David Silva back. Silva played for 80 minutes against Hull.”The most important thing was to qualify,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said, “but it was important for him to have 80 minutes after a long injury.”Also, United will host West Ham, and Arsenal will welcome Sunderland. Also, it’s Chelsea vs Bournemouth; West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham; Watford vs Norwich; and Southampton vs Aston Villa.On Sunday, Liverpool will visit Newcastle, while Everton will host Crystal Palace on Monday.INJURY-HIT ARSENALWith Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny, and Alexis Sanchez all getting injured in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Norwich last week, the team is hurting.Sanchez has scored six in the Premier League and nine overall, and it’s unclear how long he will be out.”He says it is a kick on his hamstring,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “I fear the reality is worse than that.”REJUVENATED SUNDERLANDThose Arsenal injuries, combined with a rejuvenated Sunderland squad under recently hired manager Sam Allardyce, should be a boost for the Black Cats.”We will go into the big games as the underdogs and tell the lads to enjoy themselves because nobody expects you to get a result,” Allardyce said. “Hopefully, we can shock one or two because the lads have enough confidence in their ability to play any team at any time.”SAKHO’S FITNESSWest Ham, still missing the injured Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia, also will be without Diafra Sakho against United at Old Trafford after the Senegal striker was ruled out with a thigh injury for up to two months by coach Slaven Bilic yesterday.Sakho was hurt in a 1-1 draw with West Brom last week.”It will be four to eight weeks, maybe more,” Bilic said. “He has a bit of history with his thigh. Three injuries to our key players, especially in the offensive side of our game, it’s a blow.”last_img read more

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Over 1500 tourists on board for Guyana Carnival 2018

first_img…airline fares decreased, loans introducedThe Guyana Carnival 2018, an event which at its core is to promote tourism on an international standpoint, is expected to attract some 1500 tourists on a worldwide scope.This announcement was revealed during Hits and Jams Entertainment’s official launch of Guyana Carnival 2018 which was hosted by the Guyana Carnival Committee at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown.Some of the delegates of the Miss World Pageant 2018, members of the committee and the Guyana rugby teamThe event, which is scheduled to feature 10 days of nonstop activities, is expected to feature a wide variety of events to facilitate the interests of all who are participating. The Committee has emphasised on the significant feedback which they have received from tourists, who have already made their bookings and the sponsors which will lead the activities on a promotional aspect.The Private Sector driven initiative is expected to compliment Guyana’s Independence celebrations while breathing a different vibe and also serving as a major revenue earner that will benefit business enterprises of all descriptions.This was revealed by the Chairman of the Committee, Bobby Vieira, who noted that the introduction of Carnival is “simply to add another festival to the annual calendar of events in order to promote tourism, entertainment and awareness of locals, members of the Diaspora and visitors to enjoy while we commemorate our Independence anniversary”.“Our team is excited to be able to boost our country both economically and socially. This is a grand opportunity for locals to enjoy an international carnival as well as the local service industries to profit,” Vieira added.He noted that the rates being offered are calculated to be low or equivalent to the prices at other regional and international carnivals. Prices for accommodation and other expenditures have also been lowered by the respective entities.Two carriers, LIAT and Fly Jamaica Airways, have partnered with the managing committee in which the costs of tickets have been decreased for persons who wish to fly during the carnival season.Additionally, beverage giant Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) in their partnership will be featuring their beverages with limited edition branding of their water bottles while hotels have cut some of their rates to facilitate the large tourist influx which Guyana is expected to receive.Persons who wish to attend the events and are in need of money will be able to do so with a loan, maximum of up to $300,000, which they are expected to repay within 12 months.The events will last from May 18 to the 27 and will highlight the Miss World Guyana Pageant, which is slated for the same period, along with rugby games, a steel band jamboree at the Bandstand, J’Ouvert on Independence eve, a Genesis road parade and other similar oriented fetes which will be held at different locations around the Garden City.However, to kick-start the vibes for these celebrations, Main Street will be revived with the introduction of Carnival Avenue starting on May 4 and continuing every Friday. This is expected to feature a number of local artistes who will be given a stage to promote their music.last_img read more

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Rocks may hold clues to quakes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe samples, taken from 21/2 miles beneath the surface of the San Andreas Fault, are the first rocks ever to be obtained from deep within an actively moving fault zone responsible for some of the world’s most damaging earthquakes. The project, with a budget of about $25 million, has been 15 years in the making. After drilling close to the fault in 2004 and 2005, geologists worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week last summer to retrieve 135 feet of rock cores, each measuring four inches in diameter. The last of the samples was brought to the surface in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 7. The scientists unveiled the rock samples on Thursday. “For the very first time, scientists can hold the San Andreas Fault in their hands,” said Mark Zoback, a professor of earth sciences and geophysics at Stanford University. “It’s a new beginning for several different areas of earthquake research.” Researchers aren’t optimistic that the dark-gray chunks of rock will help them predict when the “Big One” is about to occur. But they will now know exactly what the fault is made of, which they hope will answer questions about the mechanics of earthquakes. Hundreds of scientists from around the world are expected to submit requests to study the samples, yet it will likely be years before they understand what the rocks have to say about the physics of earthquakes. “The ultimate goal is to understand how faults work,” Ellsworth said. The drilling has all occurred about 23 miles northeast of Paso Robles near the small town of Parkfield. The site was selected because it’s an especially active part of the San Andreas Fault that moves regularly, but does not produce large earthquakes. There is no risk of the drilling itself causing a massive temblor. Researchers can already see from the samples that chunks of serpentine are embedded within them. Serpentine is a green-colored mineral which scientists have long suspected might be one of the reasons why that stretch of the San Andreas Fault silently creeps. But it had never been proven that the substance was indeed in the fault. Scientists wonder if the serpentine (which, ironically, is California’s official state rock) has been literally smoothing the way for huge tectonic plates to slide silently past one another. During earlier drilling in 2005, mineralogist Diane Moore of the USGS detected talc in the rock cuttings. Talc is a slippery mineral best known for its use on babies’ bottoms. It can be produced when serpentine comes into contact with water. Scientists aren’t done in the belly of the San Andreas Fault, either. During the next phase of the project, scientists will create the world’s first underground earthquake observatory that is within an active fault. They will lower into it a number of seismic instruments that will await and observe dozens of small earthquakes and their aftershocks over the next 10 to 20 years. That phase of the project could help scientists determine whether earthquakes are predictable. The drilling, which first broke ground in 2004, hasn’t always been easy. The drilling equipment – the same kind used to drill oil wells in California – failed at times this summer as it faced the daunting task of burrowing into thick rock far below the Earth’s surface, where temperatures reached 240 degrees. Then, on the very day scientists had hoped to retrieve their first samples, a major lightning storm swept through the area, threatening their work. “Poetically speaking,” Zoback said, “the San Andreas Fault was fighting back.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After drilling more than two miles into the ground in a remote area of central California, scientists said Thursday they have hit pay dirt – the first rocks ever to be obtained from deep within the San Andreas Fault. Experts believe the cylindrical samples, which have been washed, shrink-wrapped and gently tucked away in refrigerators for safekeeping, may hold many secrets about earthquakes and the 800-mile-long fault line responsible for the Bay Area’s devastating 1906 earthquake. Why do earthquakes start? How do they stop? What is the fault made of? Scientists believe that by studying the new rock samples they’ll be able to come up with answers for some of the tough questions that have eluded them for years. “This for us is really the mother lode,” said William Ellsworth, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. “They’re more precious than moon rocks and gold.” last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: MICKEY FERRY WINS THE FIRST LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL GOLF SOCIETY OUTING OF THE YEAR

first_imgLetterkenny Hospital Golf Society:The Society held its first outing of 2015 at Murvagh Golf Club on Monday with in-coming Captain Conal Mac a Bhaird welcoming a large turn out of members for the season’s opening event.As always the links at Murvagh were in excellent condition but a strong wind made it a real test for all the players on the day. The top three on the leaderboard all scored 34 Stableford Points with Mickey Ferry just getting the better of both Runner- up Charlie Collins and Third place Mary Murray on a BOT.John Doherty was in fourth place on 33 points. SECTIONS RESULTS. SECTION ONE; Joe Coyle 33pts, Pauric Mc Hugh 32pts, Eunan Mc Glynn 31pts. SECTION TWO; Terry Gilcrest 32pts, Ciaran Williamson 31pts bot, James Mc Fadden 31pts. SECTION THREE; Carmel Mc Geady 26pts bot, Conal Mac a Bhaird 26pts, Jim Gallinagh 24pts. 1st Nine: Kyle Maloney 15pts, 2nd Nine; Dessie Ferry 18pts.The Society’s next outing will take place on Thursday 28th May on the Old Tom Morris course at Rosapenna Golf Club.GOLF NEWS: MICKEY FERRY WINS THE FIRST LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL GOLF SOCIETY OUTING OF THE YEAR was last modified: April 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfLetterkenny Hospital Golf SocietyNoticesSportlast_img read more

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NOBODY WILL BE ‘STATIONERY’ FOR THE GLEN 5K

first_imgNeil Gallagher and Michael Murphy with the Danny Mc Daid Perpetual Cup at the launch of the Glenswilly Gaa 5k. Also included in photo Danny Mc Daid, Neily Mc Daid, James Pat Mc Daid, the Glenswilly 5k committee and Beirne Lapsley of Donegal Stationery who are main sponsors of this years event. Photo: Geraldine DiverIt’s only on the go a couple of years but the Glenswilly 5K has already become a huge success.Large numbers of runners and walkers are again expected in the Glen on June 25th for this year’s event.All proceeds from the event, which is kindly sponsored by the Donegal Stationery Company, will go directly to funding the underage teams at the club. County stars Neil Gallagher and Michael Murphy were on hand with Danny McDaid (a man who has run a few races in his day!) to officially launch the event this week.The entry fee is just €8 and all Under 16s are FREE to enter.Refreshments will be provided for what Lee Gildea has promised with be a glorious night of late June sunshine once again!See you all there.  NOBODY WILL BE ‘STATIONERY’ FOR THE GLEN 5K was last modified: June 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal StationeryGlenswilly 5Klast_img read more

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In Pictures: 300 women bare all at the beach for breast cancer

first_imgIf you were anywhere near the Big White Bay beach at Shroove on Friday night, you could have seen a lot more than expected.That’s because over 300 brave women were taking part in a topless dip!The daring fundraiser created a great buzz in Inishowen this month as women united for a liberating challenge for three important causes. Proceeds from the half strip and dip will go towards Breast Cancer Centre in Letterkenny, Cancer Care West and the Breast Cancer Ireland Schools Outreach Programme. No rain warning could stop the volunteers running into the sea together. The entire event was one big pink party, with many women getting into the spirit by dressing up, getting their friends together and celebrating womanhood.Half-Strip and Dip at Big White Bay Beach. Photo: Nicola Kelly PhotographyKatrina Doherty and Mary McLaughlin, organisers of the Half-Strip and Dip at Big White Bay Beach.Photo: Nicola Kelly PhotographyHalf-Strip and Dip at Big White Bay Beach.Photo: Nicola Kelly PhotographyIt was the ‘breast’ fun, with women aged from 18 to 70 travelling from all over Donegal and as far as Boston, Scotland and Dublin to take the plunge.Katrina Doherty, who organised the event along with Mary McLaughlin, said the night was far beyond anyone’s expectations.“We had 10 busloads taking women out to the beach. The atmosphere was electric and not one person was nervous, they just flung their stuff off. “Maybe the rain helped that. People ran into the water, some people went in twice and some wouldn’t come out again! Some people took their bottom halves off when they were in the water and were swinging them in the air!” Katrina said.Half-Strip and Dip at Big White Bay Beach.Photo: Nicola Kelly PhotographyHalf-Strip and Dip at Big White Bay Beach.Photo: Nicola Kelly PhotographyThe location of the dip was kept closely under wraps to protect the privacy of the volunteers. Buses were parked carefully to cordon off the beach and only females were allowed near the site. The four female members of the Greencastle Coast Guard also came out to keep an eye on everyone.Half-Strip and Dip at Big White Bay Beach. Photo: Nicola Kelly PhotographyHalf-Strip and Dip at Big White Bay Beach.Photo: Nicola Kelly PhotographyHalf-Strip and Dip at Big White Bay Beach.Photo: Nicola Kelly PhotographyThe party didn’t end after the dip was done! Everyone gathered at the Castle Inn in Greencastle for a buffet and a raffle with prizes kindly donated by local businesses. Of course, there was a breast-shaped cake for the occasion. Then the women moved on to Rosato’s in Moville!“We had playlist of great uplifting songs planned for before the dip, the beach and after. We played them all into the wee small hours,” Katrina said.The after-party featured another surprise half-strip – from Katrina’s husband Sean! Sean was sponsored by friends and family to join the stripping sensation that gripped Inishowen last week – he raised a fantastic €1,200 and impressed the crowds at Rosato’s with his half-strip, complete with a pink bra.Amidst all the fun, the event brought hundreds of women together in solidarity with those who have fought breast cancer and it shared an important message to women to ‘check your tatas’.Half-Strip and Dip at Big White Bay Beach.Photo: Nicola Kelly Photography“We’d like to thank all the businesses who got behind us and everyone who supported it and did the dip on the night. The community really got behind us and people are still giving us money, saying that we should be proud of what we have achieved,” Katrina said.The total amount raised is expected to be counted next month, so stay tuned for the grand announcement. If you’d like to support the fundraiser you can also donate online here: https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8h0v8T4w9a?fbclid=IwAR1JCQ-qpix6lJPep88fC_dNQrPTbF5UgVBq3BtE5ebQEebWvE99JpCwMdw Half-Strip and Dip at Big White Bay Beach.Photo: Nicola Kelly PhotographySpecial thanks to Nicola Kelly for capturing the event in pictures, visit her page here: www.facebook.com/nicolakellyphotographyIn Pictures: 300 women bare all at the beach for breast cancer was last modified: September 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:breast cancer awarenessCancer Care Westcharityfundraiserhalf strip and dipInishowenmovillelast_img read more

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BJP stages walkout in Rajasthan House

first_imgThe Opposition BJP members staged a walkout in the Rajasthan Assembly on Friday after raising the issues of illegal mining and transport of ‘bajri’ (riverbed sand), despite the ban imposed by the Supreme Court, and the cancellation of appointment process for 2,500 community health officers in the National Health Mission (NHM).Speaker C.P. Joshi adjourned the proceedings for half an hour after the walkout, when Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal asserted that the State government had a “right to reply” to the Opposition’s allegations.‘No concrete step’Attacking the Congress government through an adjournment motion, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Rajendra Rathore said though the Governor’s address to the House on January 17 had admitted of the ‘bajri’ mafia operating in the State, no concrete step had been taken to stop the illegal activity. People in the State were still waiting for the sandstone policy that the State government had promised, he said.Senior BJP leader and former Medical & Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf raised the issue of NHM appointments during zero hour. He said the entrance exam for vacancies of community health officers, scheduled for June 22, was cancelled and the NHM human resource cell’s officials were suspended hurriedly. He said the reasons behind the government’s action “taken in a haste” were not clear.On the issue of restrictions imposed on journalists’ movements in the Assembly building, Mr. Joshi said the boycott of press gallery would not affect the flow of information from the House as the proceedings were telecast live on YouTube. He said the decision to limit journalists’ access had been taken as per the rules.last_img read more

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Premier League: Aubameyang Caps Comeback From 10-Man Arsenal to Beat Aston Villa

first_img arsenalAston VillafootballPremier League First Published: September 22, 2019, 11:43 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Ten-man Arsenal twice came from a goal down to claim a much-needed 3-2 win over Aston Villa in dramatic fashion thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s free-kick six minutes from time at the Emirates on Sunday.The Gunners’ winless run in the Premier League seemed set to stretch to four games when John McGinn gave Villa the lead and Ainsley Maitland-Niles’s sending-off four minutes before half-time gave Unai Emery’s men a mountain to climb. Nicolas Pepe’s first Arsenal goal from the penalty spot briefly brought the Gunners level, but Wesley soon restored Villa’s lead.Arsenal heart and commitment was questioned after blowing a two-goal lead to draw at Watford last weekend.But they showed no little spirit as Calum Chambers looped home an equaliser before Aubameyang took centre stage to rifle home a free-kick from the edge of the area.A vital three points, which lifts Arsenal up to fourth, is a huge boost for Emery, who has faced questions in recent weeks over his ability to lead the Gunners back to the Champions League next season.The Spaniard still has to find the right balance in midfield to protect an ailing defence, but with Aubameyang and Pepe in attack, Arsenal always look capable of scoring.Maitland-Niles’s nightmare afternoon began after barely a minute when he blazed over Arsenal’s best chance of the first half.The right-back then dragged down Anwar El Ghazi for an early booking that was to prove costly.McGinn was a constant threat to the Arsenal defence as the Scottish international twice tested Bernd Leno from outside the box.However, the hosts did not heed those warning shots as McGinn was allowed to ghost in at the far post to turn home El Ghazi’s cross on 20 minutes.Maitland-Niles then naively dived into a sliding challenge with Neil Taylor and saw a second yellow.Emery sacrificed 18-year-old Buyako Saka on his first Premier League start for Chambers to fill the void at right-back.ARSENAL’S LIFELINEAnd the hosts were handed a lifeline just before the hour mark when Matteo Guendouzi was bundled over in the box by Bjorn Engels.Aubameyang stood aside to let Pepe net his first goal since joining Arsenal for a £72 million ($87 million) club-record move from Lille.But Arsenal’s joy did not last long as their leaky defence was breached easily once more.Jack Grealish galloped freely through the midfield before squaring for Wesley to prod in at the near post.Arsenal almost responded once more as Tom Heaton turned Guendouzi’s long-range drive onto the post.Heaton also tipped over David Luiz’s dipping free-kick, while Aubameyang could not turn Sokratis Papastathopoulos’s knockdown on target.However, Chambers was in the right place nine minutes from time to score his first Arsenal goal since 2016.In a topsy-turvy start to the season, Aubameyang has been the man Arsenal can rely on and he stepped forward again to win the game with his seventh goal of the season by drilling a free-kick he won beyond the unsighted Heaton. last_img read more

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Barcelona vs Celta team news: Messi starts

first_imgBarcelona will seek to tighten their grip on first place in the Primera Division on Saturday when they play host to Celta Vigo.The Catalans go into the fixture fresh from thumping away wins against Espanyol (4-0) and Levante (5-0) and having had the rare luxury of a full week to prepare for the fixture.Thereafter, they will have a couple of weeks off before meeting Getafe in La Liga, but in order to enjoy the festive period as fully as possible, they must overcome midtable Celta. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Barcelona vs Celta Date Saturday, December 22 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on television but can be streamed on Eleven Sports 2. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports 2 Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Roberto, Vidal, Denis Suarez, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Luis Suarez, Coutinho, Dembele, Munir Thomas Vermaelen suffered a fresh injury setback this week while Samuel Umtiti is still sidelined. On the plus side, Nelson Semedo is fit and gets a starting berth.Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal; Messi, L. Suarez, Dembele.Subs: Cillessen, Alena, Brandariz, Coutinho, Miranda, Arthur, D. Suarez. Position Celta squad Goalkeepers Ruben Blanco, Alvarez Defenders Araujo, Costas, Roncaglia, Cabral, Alonso, Mazan, Mallo, Vazquez Midfielders Lobotka, Yokuslu, Radoja, Beltran, Jensen, Sanchez, Mendez, Boufal Forwards Sisto, Mor, Hjulsager, Gomez, Aspas, Eckert Celta have a full squad available for this encounter with the exception of the suspended left-back David Junca. Celta starting XI: Ruben Blanco; Mallo, Araujo, Costas, Mazan; Mendez, Yokuslu, Jozabed, Boufal; Aspas, Gomez.Subs: Alvarez, Beltran, Cabral, Hjulsager, Lobotka, Sisto, Kevin.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona have been made hot 1/8 favourites with bet365. A draw is priced at 8/1 while a Celta win is a long shot at 20/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Lionel Messi Barcelona 2018-19They may have one last outing of 2018, but Barcelona’s thoughts are already drifting towards the future.On Thursday, it was confirmed that they will sign Jeison Murillo on loan from Valencia in the January transfer window to reinforce their defence, while the Camp Nou side have also been tipped to pounce for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.Barca have kept three successive cleansheets in the Primera Division, but the spine of their squad remains paper thin and needs reinforcing.At the other end of the pitch, though, Lionel Messi continues on his merry way, having shone once again last weekend in a 5-0 destruction of Levante. The Argentine’s hat-trick carried him over the 50-goal barrier for 2018 – a figure he has achieved in eight of the last nine years – and means he has won more top-flight matches than any other player in the club’s history.“I don’t know how to label him. I don’t know how to answer the most repeated question,” head coach Ernesto Valverde said, clearly having run out of superlatives for the South American, who finished only fifth in the recent the 2018 Ballon d’Or voting.“He’s the one who makes us play, who gives us amazing goals … we just have to enjoy him.”Indeed, so prolific has Messi been alongside strike partner Luis Suarez, the duo have accumulated more goals than both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid this season.Celta’s task is to somehow find a way of halting this juggernaut, but the Galicians are confident.“The game comes at a good time because we’re in the middle of a good run of results and play, despite the recent draw against Leganes,” midfielder Jozabed Sanchez said. “Additionally, in recent years we’ve been able to make things difficult for them.”Celta may be undefeated in their last three league matches, but the likes of Huesca, Villarreal and Leganes do not measure up to the size and quality of Barca. Indeed, the last time Celta faced one of the league’s big guns, they went down 4-2 to Real Madrid at home. Barcelona, therefore, remain hot favourites – particularly with Messi in such fantastic form.last_img read more

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Madrid create history with latest Club World Cup win

first_imgFor the fourth time in five years, Real Madrid have claimed the FIFA Club World Cup and in doing so both made history and claimed bragging rights over their rivals Barcelona.Luka Modric opened the scoring for the European Champions against Al Ain in the final, scoring his first-ever goal for the club in a tournament final to round out his spectacular 2018.Marcos Llorente delivered his first-ever professional goal for the club to double their advantage while Sergio Ramos also found the back of the net for Madrid to make it 3-0. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Tsukasa Shiotani scored late to get Al Ain back to 3-1 down, but an own goal by Yahia Nader sealed the 4-1 victory for Madrid.Last May, Madrid became the first team to claim three consecutive modern-day Champions League crowns and now they have gone on to become the first ever to claim three straight Club World Cup or Intercontinental Cup.The victory also saw the club become the first to take home four Club World Cup titles, breaking the tie between themselves and their La Liga rivals Barcelona.Barcelona had won in 2009, 2011 and 2015, while Madrid’s first Club World Cup crown did not come until 2014, but they have now won the last three.It continues an incredible run by Madrid in the competition, as they are now unbeaten in their 12 games in the competition, winning the last eight outscoring their opposition 22-5.4 – Real Madrid have won the FIFA Club World Cup four times (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018), becoming the team with the most titles won, surpassing Barcelona (2009, 2011 and 2015). King. pic.twitter.com/SWJ8IiPrgq— OptaJose (@OptaJose) 22 de diciembre de 2018The trophy is the first silverware won by manager Santiago Solari, who replaced Julen Lopetegui at the helm in November.Solari became the first Argentinian manager to win the tournament, with the previous five who managed a final, all in charge of South American sides, having lost.It was also a good night for Ramos, who, along with Marcelo, pulled into third all-time in Madrid history with 20 titles won, behind Gento and Sanchis.And despite being a defender, Ramos became the third player to score in three Club World Cup finals – something previously only done by Lionel Messi and the Madrid captain’s former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.last_img read more

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