Zidane jumps at chance to rekindle Real Madrid love affair

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid´s newly appointed French coach Zinedine Zidane © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Mar 11 – Zinedine Zidane said he never had any doubts about returning to Real Madrid after he replaced the sacked Santiago Solari as coach on Monday.“When the president called me the first thing I thought was: go,” Zidane said at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu. “I could not say no, I never had any doubts about going back.” Zidane has been given a contract until June 2022, just nine months after he resigned at the end of last season, having led Madrid to an historic third consecutive Champions League triumph.Solari’s dismissal was expected after three consecutive home defeats – to Barcelona, twice, and Ajax – deemed Madrid’s season all-but over before the middle of March.But Zidane coming back, with only 11 games left in La Liga and almost nothing to play for, is a surprise, particularly after he left on the incredible high of yet another European triumph.Zinedine Zidane with his wife Veronique and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez ( © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU“I left because a change was needed at the end of last season, for the good of everyone, after winning so much,” Zidane said.“I returned because the president called me. I love him and I love this club, so here I am.”Zidane inherits a squad that has evolved even in the short time he has been away, with Cristiano Ronaldo gone and the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Vinicius Junior and Sergio Reguilon all enjoying greater prominence this season.The challenge will be for Zidane to oversee a period of change in the summer, when older players could be replaced and younger talents brought through.“I do not want to forget what we won but I also do not forget all the things we did badly last year,” Zidane said.“We lost in the league and cup, we won the Champions League, fine, but I know where I am.“We will change things, for sure, for the years to come. But now is not about that – the important thing is I am back. We will have time to talk with the president, with the club, about what we can do.”— Bale question —Immensely popular with most of the players, Zidane’s appointment will almost certainly lift morale in the dressing room, following a week in which Sergio Ramos has argued with the club’s president Florentino Perez and been involved in a spat with Marcelo.Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale is under p[ressure at Real © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOGareth Bale was one of the few to suffer during Zidane’s previous spell in charge, with the pair barely on speaking terms in the run-up to the Champions League final.Bale’s future now appears in serious doubt unless their relationship can be quickly repaired.Instead it was Ronaldo that departed and Zidane now takes over a team missing the Portuguese’s goals and in need of reform.On the possibility of Ronaldo following him back to Madrid, Zidane said: “That is not the issue for today. We have 11 games to play, then we will see. We all know Cristiano, his history at this club is one of the best. But today is not for talking about these things.”Despite Madrid’s dominance in the Champions League, there is ground to make up in La Liga, where Barcelona are on course to seal their eighth league title in 11 years.Madrid sit 12 points adrift of them in the table despite a 4-1 victory over Real Valladolid on Sunday, which proved to be Solari’s final game in charge.Familiar problems, including a lack of goals and a leaky defence, resurfaced in February as a defeat at home to Girona was quickly followed by losses to Barcelona in the league and cup, and humiliation by Ajax in the last 16 of the Champions League.“I do not blame anybody,” Zidane added. “(Julen) Lopetegui and Solari wanted to do the best for the club. It went how it went. The only thing now is to look forward.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Messenger Sends Postcards from Mercury

first_imgImages downloaded from MESSENGER’s first flyby of Mercury on January 14 are starting to be published.  The Science Images page of the MESSENGER website (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) posted the first image January 16, with more being added from time to time.  Launched in 2004 (07/27/2004, bullet 3), the spacecraft has unveiled surface features like flattened craters, crater chains, bright rayed craters, concentric craters, fault scarps, mountains, depressions, wrinkle ridges, ejecta blankets and possible flow features.    This was the spacecraft’s first encounter with Mercury of three flybys before orbit insertion in 2011.  The photos end a 30 year data gap since Mariner 10 imaged one side of the planet in the 1970s.  MESSENGER’s new images reveal the unseen side of the innermost planet for the first time.  Some images overlap with the earlier set, now made with sharper optics than the vidicon camera aboard Mariner 10.    Interested readers might want to follow the dialogue among serious planet enthusiasts about the MESSENGER pictures going on at Unmanned Spaceflight.  They usually get pretty excited at historic events like this.  The Planetary Society blog has some initial impressions.  Emily was particularly struck by the flatness of most crater floors – an observation that could imply geological activity, though slumping, rebound and impact-related effects would have to be ruled out in light of Mercury’s bulk composition and gravity.Update 01/22/2008:  Pictures released a few days after the flyby reveal additional geological complexity on Mercury.  The Jan. 20 image shows ghost craters, explained in the caption: “Ghostly remnants of a few craters are seen on the right side of this image, possibly indicating that once-pristine, bowl-shaped craters (like those on the large crater’s floor) have been subsequently flooded by volcanism or some other plains-forming process.”  The conundrum of secondary craters was described in the Jan. 18 image: “With their large size and production of abundant secondary craters, these flat-floored craters both illuminate and confound the study of the geological history of Mercury.”  The process of inferring the timing and sequence of geological events was discussed in the caption of the Jan. 17 image.  The first-ever color image of Mercury was also released.The captions show that some inferences can be made about the sequence of events: a crater, then an ejecta blanket, then a scarp and perhaps an uplift, then another crater.  The timing between them is far more speculative.  Mercury has a number of characteristics that challenge standard theories about planetary origins: its global magnetic field (02/12/2004, 05/04/2007), its iron abundance, and its surface features that might indicate geological processes continuing long after the crust and mantle should have solidified.  Most of the processing is undoubtedly impact-related; if, however, tectonic or volcanic processes are the best explanation, then it would raise questions about the age of the planet.    It is also interesting to note that many exoplanets (planets around other stars) are Jupiter-sized yet with orbits closer to their host star than Mercury is to the sun (07/15/2005, 05/07/2004; cf. 07/21/2007).  This puzzle challenges traditional theories of planet formation.  The new MESSENGER images should be studied by unbiased observers not constrained to preserve traditional theories with their obligate billions of years.  Mercury belongs to all observers.  Join the discovery team.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Suicide is not painless if you’re the one left behind

first_imgHelen Walne, author of ‘The Diving’, which explores her brother Richard’s suicide. Photo: Ben Williams/BooksLive By Lorraine Kearney9 June 2014The Book Lounge in Roeland Street is a favourite haunt of Cape Town’s literati. Besides selling some of the more interesting books and better novels, it hosts weekly storytelling sessions for the young ‘uns and fabulous book launches.And so it came to pass that one sunny evening in the dying days of summer, a motley crew gathered among the books, after quaffing wine and snacking on delicious canapés in the basement. In front of us sat writer Helen Walne, serene and shining, talking about one of the last great taboos: suicide.Walne’s book, The Diving, is a wrenching, sometimes brutal, often funny, always beautiful memoire of her brother’s suicide. Richard Walne was a musician, singer, songwriter and poet. He was highly regarded – so much so that in Durban, a street has been renamed after him. You can now saunter down Richard Walne Road, next to Maydon Wharf Channel. It used to be called Canal Road, and it has a length of 0.8 kilometres.But at the age of 39, Richard walked into the cold Cape Town sea one day and did not return. Suicide always brings endless questions, heartbreak and guilt: why did he do it? Was I not enough to make him want to live? Did I not do enough to save him?Being a writer, after Richard died, Helen, who is a friend and colleague of mine, says she “went to the literature” – but came up empty-handed. There were no books to explain it; just as no one talked about suicide, no one wrote about it – from a personal perspective – either. Suicide is not supposed to happen. Our desire to live is supposed to trump the urge to top ourselves. It is so slippery a topic, so difficult to comprehend, that religions forbid it and deny that people who commit suicide get into heaven. In some countries, suicide is even illegal.Walne is best known for her humour. She is a funny gal, and her regular columns either have readers in stitches or apoplectic rages, so The Diving is not at all what you would expect. It is a deeply moving, utterly beautiful book. It doesn’t explain suicide (as she says, she cannot speak for Richard), but it unpacks her healing. And in that it may just show a way for someone else to find some hope, too.Visit Helen Walne’s website: www.helenwalne.co.za or follow her on Twitter: @helen_walnelast_img read more

2016 Ohio Crop Tour I-71 Day 2 Video Recap

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A recap of what the I-71 crew noticed on Day #2 of the 2016 Ohio Crop Tour.last_img

Ceres delivers magical win

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Gonzales wins as Frayna falters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes View comments PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The victory completed a 3-2 win on aggregate and sent the Busmen to the inter-zonal semifinals against Istiklol of Tajikistan starting Aug. 22 in Dushanbe. Ceres will host the second leg on Sept. 12.“We left it all out there on the pitch” said Schrock, who rejoined the team in April, which meant he was only added to the squad for the zonal finals. “We put in the performance of our lives in this final. We deserve to make history for the club, the country and Southeast Asia.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPorteria gave the Busmen an early lead on the away goals rule with a close-range volley off an Iain Ramsay cross in the second minute, before Ott’s superb free kick in the 41st minute doubled the advantage.The first half performance, where the hosts won a penalty that was wasted by Fernando Rodriguez and created a couple more clear-cut chances, was in stark contrast over their uninspired display in the 2-1 loss in the first leg last week. But even with the visitors pushing men forward in the second half, the Busmen proved resolute, preserving a clean sheet for the first time in six matches.The Busmen broke down in tears upon hearing the final whistle and becoming the first team to rule the zonal stage, which started in February.And considering the fact that the club owned by Leorey Yanson was only a provincial powerhouse five years ago, the achievement was nevertheless impressive.Schrock worked tirelessly on both ends, winning 14 duels and creating five chances in a dynamic display that reminded why he was once a regular in the top-flight in Germany.The midfield maestro said he was merely making up for lost time.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “It was a very important game and I’m just honored to be given a starting place,” Schrock said.“I had to prove that I deserve to start because my teammates have been sacrificing the past six months to get us to this stage. I owe it to my teammates and our supporters.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY—Stephan Schrock couldn’t have picked a bigger, more important match to make up for all the time he missed away from Ceres-Negros.On another magical night at a packed Panaad Stadium, OJ Porteria and Manny Ott delivered the goals, while Schrock provided the steel and creativity as the Busmen subdued Home United of Singapore, 2-0, to rule the Asean zonal stage of the AFC Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Cian Dabrowski looking for seniors to leave legacy for Ohio State womens

OSU then-freshman attacker Cian Dabrowski (14) during a game against Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben SolomanSenior attackman Cian Dabrowski said she believes the leadership and influence of the senior class will lead the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team to reach new heights this season on the heels of a 13-8 campaign.Dabrowski enters her senior season coming off a 2015 season for the books. She is the team’s active leader with 69 goals and 25 assists and she scored a team-high four goals when OSU knocked off No. 1 Maryland in the semifinals of the 2015 Big Ten tournament. This broke the Terrapins’ 27-game winning streak and gave the Buckeyes their first win over a top-ranked team in program history.“That was my favorite moment of my career as a Buckeye,” Dabrowski said. “No one really expected us to beat them, so it made that victory so much sweeter, and we all take a lot of pride in that game.”Going into the 2016 season, Dabrowski said she wants to continue the success the team has had in the past as different people step up and fill new roles.“Our team’s goals this year revolve around trying to build off of a great season last year and continuing to grow,” Dabrowski said. “We proved to be a big threat in our conference, as well as in the country, so continuing with that elite mentality is something we work on everyday.”Dabrowski said her personal role on the squad has evolved drastically since her freshman year.“We had some phenomenal players my first few years, so it was my job to learn from them and find a way to complement them,” Dabrowski said. “Now it’s my opportunity to put everything I’ve learned to work, and I’m looking forward to having more trust and assurance from my teammates when I have the ball.”OSU then-freshman attacker Cian Dabrowski (14) celebrates with teammates after a goal during a game against Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben SolomanCoach Alexis Venechanos, in her sixth year at the helm for the Buckeyes, said Dabrowski and the rest of the senior class have always had great leaders above them, and she expects them to carry that quality on to their younger teammates.“I think Cian is really taking on the leadership role well,” Venechanos said. “She’s taking some of these newcomers under her wing in the attacking end, and she’s working well with our returners and some players who need a little more game experience.”Dabrowski said having nine teammates in her class brings a sense of variable leadership, which is reflected throughout the entire team.“Looking at nine of us for leadership is a blessing for our team, because it allows for so much diversity, and that unifies us with the younger girls,” Dabrowski said. “Our senior class is the most determined, hardworking and passionate group of girls that I am fortunate enough to call my teammates.”Venechanos said she is excited to see how Dabrowski will influence her team this season.“In the big stage, Cian is clutch,” Venechanos said. “She will be a person we will look up to both on and off the field this year.”Growing up in a lacrosse and hockey family, Dabrowski said she has a different perception of the game, which is something that she said she can use to her advantage as a leader.“I hope to continue to use this to my advantage in the upcoming season by inspiring my teammates to approach things differently,” Dabrowski said. “This is something that the Buckeye lacrosse atmosphere motivates me to do, while continuing with our own traditions, it can be truly humbling.”Venechanos said Dabrowski is a phenomenal player and an even better person, making her the ideal leader for the team. The hype around the Canadian product led to her being one of three OSU players named to the Big Ten’s players to watch list on Monday.“She has this great sense of self-confidence and never gets flustered when she makes a mistake,” Venechanos said. “She has this poise around her, and I’m really impressed with her competitiveness and determination.” Dabrowski and the Buckeyes are set to kick off their 2016 season on Feb. 13 against Detroit at 3:30 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

Umtiti refuses to rule out Neymar move to Real Madrid

first_imgBarcelona defender Samuel Umtiti believes that a transfer for Neymar to arch-rivals Real Madrid is something that is completely out of their controlDespite having only left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last summer in a world-record €222m deal, Neymar has been strongly linked with a return to La Liga after being reportedly discontent with life in the French capital.The Brazilian international has been targeted by Real with Florentino Perez having been known to have harboured a long held desire to see Neymar in the famous white shirt at the Santiago Bernabeu.Recently, PSG have announced that they have no interest in parting ways with their prized asset this summer. But the rumours have persisted with Neymar reportedly keen on joining Real.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“In football, anything is possible. Just because you played for Barca that doesn’t mean you can’t go to Real. If he wants to go, and Real wants him, it will be done.” Umtiti told Canal+.After suffering a metatarsal injury in PSG’s 3-0 win over Marseille in February, Neymar has been absent from the PSG side. But coach Unai Emery has previously revealed that he is confident that the star will return in time for the end of the season games.last_img read more

Iniesta move to Chongqing Lifan a rumour – coach

first_imgAndres Iniesta’s reported transfer to Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan is nothing more than a “rumour”, says the club’s coachBoth the Spanish and the Chinese media have been strongly linking the veteran midfielder to the club with Iniesta expected to confirm his plans for the future by the end of the month.However, Chongqing coach Paulo Bento, who was the manager of Portugal in the last World Cup, has now denied this and stated that it is nothing more than a “rumour”.Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.“This is a rumor and it is very difficult to comment on rumors.” said the Portuguese coach, according to HurriyetDailyNews.“But I don’t think there is any fan or coach in the world that doesn’t like a player like Iniesta.”Iniesta has kept silent on his future since announcing last month that he had until the end of April to decide whether to go to China or not.last_img read more

Rodriguez happy at Milan

first_imgSwiss left-back Ricardo Rodriguez’s agent would consider “a team that has a chance to win the Champions League” as he “won’t leave Milan easily,” his agent confirms via Football Italia.The agent met with Rossoneri sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli today, with some taking that as a sign the Swiss left-back will be sold.“It’s all good, we have an excellent relationship with Mirabelli,” Gianluca Di Domenico told MilanNews after the meeting.“There’s great transparency, it was him who wanted Ricardo at Milan, he followed him for a long time.“He’s happy in Milan, he wanted Milan and he loves the city. Milan are second in Europe for [Champions League] titles won and he’s happy to be here.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“If an offer comes in from a team that has a chance to win the Champions League then it would be legitimate for both Milan and the player to evaluate that option, but Ricardo won’t leave Milan easily.“I can’t confirm any offers, none have reached the table. There’s interest of course, but that’s normal for a player who is doing well at the World Cup. There’s no concrete offer on the table.“Leaving aside the period Milan are going through, this remains one of the biggest clubs in Europe.“Even outside of European competition, playing for Milan is a very important thing. There are teams playing in Europe that will never have the value Milan has.”last_img read more

Juventus announce squad for ICC tour

first_imgA record of seven consecutive Serie A titles and counting, Juventus head into this summer looking to continue their historic run this year and will begin their pre-season preparations with a challenging encounter against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the International Champions CupWhile they may be making history in Italy with seven successive league crowns and four straight domestic doubles, Juventus are aiming higher this year in finally winning the one piece of silverware that continues to elude them – the Champions League.And their hopes have undoubtedly been boosted by the timely arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid and the five-time Champions League winner is determined to deliver the crown to Turin.“As the president has told me, it’s not an obsession but a dream,” said Ronaldo.“I’m here to help Juventus make it come true. It’s possible.”But unfortunately, Juventus will have to make do without their record signing for their tour in America ahead of a testing schedule that will see them face Bayern, Benfica and finally Real Madrid.World Cup stars Mario Mandzukic, Marko Pjaca and Blaise Matuidi have all been given extra time off by head coach Massimiliano Allegri.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.But Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Rodrigo Bentancur and Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado are injured.Juventus squad for International Champions CupGoalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny, Mattia Perin, Carlo Pinsoglio, Mattia Del Favero,Defenders: Mattia De Sciglio, Giorgio Chiellini, Mehdi Benatia, Alex Sandro, Mattia Caldara, Andrea Barzagli, Joao Cancelo, Daniele Rugani, Pietro Beruatto, Roman Macek, Grigoris KastanosMidfielders: Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio, Emre Can, Leandro Fernandes, Matheus Pereira da Silva, Alessandro Di Pardo, Nicolo FagioliForwards: Federico Bernardeschi, Luca Clemenza, Stefano Beltrame, Andrea Favilli(as announced on the club website).last_img read more