FIFA rules blocked Barca signing La Liga record breaker

first_imgRomero became the youngest ever player to play in La Liga on Wednesday when he replaced midfielder Iddrisu Baba for the closing stages for the visitors in a two-goal defeat at Real Madrid.It is said by Marca that the Catalan club had offered terms to the youngster and his family but because they were not residents of the city, no deal was allowed.Four years later, Romero signed for local Mallorcan team Montuïri before making the move to Mallorca, where he scored a notable 230 goals across 108 appearances in the youth teams.The 15-year-old – born 18 November 2004 – had been included in Vicente Moreno side’s squad to take on Villarreal earlier this month but ultimately made his debut against Madrid on Wednesday, aged 15 years and 219 days.For context, the teenager was born nine months after Madrid captain Sergio Ramos first appeared in La Liga – for Sevilla in February 2004.Born in the Mexican city of Durango, he holds three nationalities – Mexican, Argentinean – whom he has represented up to Under-17 category at youth level – and Spanish, as highlighted by Marca.El Mundo and Diario AS outlined how his style of play has many similarities to that of Barcelona star Lionel Messi and how there is a great deal of excitement surrounding his future. Barcelona had agreed to sign Mallorca’s Luka Romero as a seven-year-old but FIFA regulations at the time blocked any move.Advertisement Read Also: Gerrard reacts to Liverpool’s first ever Premier League silverwareRomero arrived in Spain aged three when he first lived in Villanueva de Córdoba and he now is a resident of Mallorca, with the club paying his wage – said to be €1k per month – and all his rents and utility bills.He signed for the club as a 10-year-old in 2015 and began training with Mallorca’s first-team squad this month.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

NYT Apologizes for “Anti-Semitic” Cartoon

first_imgThe New York Times is apologizing for an anti-Semitic cartoon that appeared last week in the newspaper’s international edition.The graphic shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dachshund wearing a Star of David collar while leading a blind and skullcap-wearing President Trump.The Times admits the image “included anti-Semitic tropes.” The cartoon appeared in the print edition last Thursday.The cartoon doesn’t even have anything to do with the article below it. It’s as if the editors went, “interesting article, but we need more anti Semitism”— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) April 27, 2019 The Times added that the cartoon was provided by The New York Times News Service and Syndicate, which has deleted it. A tweet from the newspaper’s Opinion account over the weekend said the image “was offensive, and it was an error in judgment to publish it.”We apologize for the anti-Semitic cartoon we published. Here’s our statement.— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) April 28, 2019last_img read more

Football News Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal Derby Clash Ends In a Goalless Draw

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Kolkata: Defending champions Mohun Bagan dished out a dominant display but were held to a goalless draw by East Bengal in the high-voltage derby of the Calcutta Football League Premier Division A in Kolkata on Sunday. Mohun Bagan, undoubtedly, were the superior team with Joseba Beitia brilliantly leading the attack in a 4-4-1-1 formation but VP Suhair let the team down missing a couple of sitters in what was the season’s first Kolkata derby at the Salt Lake Stadium. East Bengal midfield looked unorganised especially in the first-half but their defence manned by Marti Crespi did not give any chance to their arch-rivals to come out with a point.  East Bengal now have seven points from four matches to occupy fourth place in the table. The defending champions, on the other hand, are languishing in the relegation zone at ninth spot with five points from four outings in the 12-team standings.  A fortnight ago, Suhair had scored an extra-time brace at the same venue to guide Mohun Bagan to the Durand Cup final but he seemed to have a bad day in office on Sunday. The best chance Suhair got was in the hour’s mark when he found himself at the handshaking distance of East Bengal goal but only to shoot wayward.  Then again in the 43rd minute, Suhair surged in with East Bengal defence nowhere in sight as he attempted a grounded shot from inside the box but it went straight to East Bengal goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte.  Alexander Romario could have killed the game in the 91st minute after he received a curling cross from Beitia but he failed to find the back of the net. The earliest chance Mohun Bagan got was in the 15th minute when captain Gurjinder Singh’s header from a swinging freekick by Beitia went outside the far-post. It was an end-to-end action in the second half with East Bengal pressing the attack but a goal eluded them as well.  In the 59th minute, Ralte found himself in the close range but could not connect well with Debjit Majumder out of position. Moments later, Mohun Bagan had their best chance in the first hour’s play but Suhair missed the target just in front of the goal. It was Ashutosh Mehta who gave a fine low cross from the right which needed a simple tap-in but Suhair squandered the sitter.  With 20 minutes left on the clock, East Bengal coach Alejandro Menendez brought on his key players, Jaime Santos and Bidyasagar Singh, but they too failed to make any impact. In the second half stoppage time, Beitia once again set it up with a curling cross but substitute Alexander Romario failed to make it count in what was their last chance. East Bengal now have seven points from four matches.Mohun Bagan are languishing in the relegation zone at ninth spot.Mohun Bagan are the current defending champions.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Is Zack Wheeler the second coming of A.J. Burnett?

first_imgThere is a third season beyond that which is known to man.It is a season as vast as space and as empty as a Gatorade cooler after a walk-off dinger. It is the middle ground between the Fall Classic and spring training, between old-school and new-school. This is the dimension of signings. This is … the hot stove season.  Oh, and even weirder: Dec. 6 is the anniversary of Burnett signing with the Blue Jays, while Wheeler signed on Dec. 4 with Philadelphia. Burnett left an AL East team for an AL East rival. Wheeler left an NL East team for an NL East rival. Both guys are 6-foot-4. Burnett was drafted by the Mets, Wheeler was drafted by San Francisco — then traded to the Mets. Is your mind blown yet? Have you decided on the red or the blue pill?Burnett and Wheeler comparisons aside, it was a smart signing to bring Wheeler to Philly. GM Matt Klentak did a poor job supplementing the pitching staff last offseason, instead deciding to rebuild the lineup with four big-time acquisitions: Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura. With Joe Girardi at the helm, this team is ready to win now, which means signing Burnett was a no-brainer.I mean, Wheeler. Someone hit the “Twilight Zone” music, because sometimes things in baseball go beyond comprehension, and today we have to consider the following question: is Zack Wheeler just A.J. Burnett reincarnated?MORE: Wheeler shouldn’t be last piece of the Phillies’ offseasonBurnett is alive and well, after all, so maybe not. But after posing the question “Where have I seen Zack Wheeler before?” the answer was clear and convincing.Wheeler is Burnett. Burnett is Wheeler. Finkle is Einhorn. Rosebud was the name of the sled. Maybe there’s some “Space Jam” thing happening here, where Wheeler siphoned Burnett’s talent through a baseball. (“Base Jam,” anyone? Frantically googling “How to sell movie rights.”)The comp isn’t meant to be disrespectful or derogatory; after all, Burnett was a very productive pitcher for a very long time in MLB, even through his inconsistencies. It started with the “eye test.” Anecdotally, there was something satisfyingly maddening in watching both guy’s starts: Wheeler, like Burnett, boasts filthy, wipeout stuff when on. Both guys had stretches where they look like bona-fide aces; both guys also had stretches where they look like they forgot how to pitch. Both guys also dealt with injuries. But beyond the eye test, we have to go to the tangible evidence, and the similarity between numbers through their Age 29 seasons is just eerie:Burnett: 155 games/152 starts, 989 1/3 innings, 3.77 ERA, 3.72 FIP, 7.9 K/9, 2.09 K:BB, 1.287 WHIP, 13.8 bWAR/18.6 fWARWheeler: 126 games/126 starts, 749 1/3 innings, 3.77 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 8.7 K/9, 2.69 K:BB, 1.294 WHIP, 9.7 bWAR/12.6 fWARConsider this, as well: Burnett signed with the Blue Jays at Age 29 on a five-year, $55 million deal, a bit cheaper than Wheeler’s five-year, $118 million deal. But Burnett was with the Blue Jays for three seasons before opting out, and here are his numbers: 522 2/3 innings, 3.94 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 9.0 K/9, 1.284 WHIP. After opting out, he got himself big money from the Yankees, signing a four-year, $82.5 million deal.RIVERA: Braves are busy, but work shouldn’t be done yetAnd here are Burnett’s age 26 through 28 seasons, before signing with Toronto: 3.61 ERA, 3.26 FIP, 1.247 WHIP, 8.5 K/9, 112 ERA+, 332 strikeouts.Note: It’s somewhat incongruous to use those same three seasons for Wheeler considering he missed two seasons because of injury, but for comparison’s sake, here are the last three years for Wheeler before he signed with Philadelphia:3.77 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 1.295 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, 98 ERA+, 447 strikeouts.last_img read more

Suspended NFL star Michael Vick sentenced to 23 months in prison

first_img 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! RICHMOND, Va. – Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison Monday for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy that involved gambling and killing pit bulls. The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback could have been sentenced up to five years by District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Vick was dressed in a black-and-white striped prison suit and apologized to the court and his family. Vick pleaded guilty in August, admitting he bankrolled the “Bad Newz Kennels” dogfighting operation and helped kill six to eight dogs. In a plea agreement, he admitted bankrolling the dogfighting ring on his 15-acre property in rural southeastern Virginia and helping kill pit bulls that did not perform well in test fights. He also admitted providing money for bets on the fights but said he never shared in any winnings.last_img read more