Ballon d’Or: Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City stars on shortlist but Gareth Bale the only Briton

first_imgGareth Bale is the only British player included in FIFA’s 23-man Ballon d’Or shortlist for the third successive year.The Welshman is one of 11 players from Spain’s Primera Division to make the list, with the Premier League and Bundesliga each contributing five.Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure have been shortlisted alongside Chelsea winger Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez, who backed up his Arsenal form by helping his country Chile to Copa America success in 2015.But it is once again Real Madrid and Barcelona who dominate the list, from which one player will be voted as the year’s best footballer at a ceremony in Zurich on January 11, 2016.Bale is joined by 2014 winner Cristiano Ronaldo and fellow Real team-mates Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, while Lionel Messi has Barcelona quartet Neymar, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic for company, Bayern Munich are represented by Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben and Arturo Vidal, while Paul Pogba of Juventus and Paris St Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic complete the list.Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are both on a 10-man shortlist for the coach of the year award, alongside Barcelona’s Champions League-winning coach Luis Enrique and Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola.Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli is the only national team coach on the list, which also includes Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, Sevilla’s Unai Emery, Laurent Blanc of PSG, Atletico Madrid chief Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti, who left Real Madrid in the summer.England women’s coach Mark Sampson is on the coach of the year for women’s football shortlist, alongside Englishmen Colin Bell (Frankfurt) and John Herdman (Canada), but there are no British footballers on the women’s player of the year list.BALLON D’OR SHORTLIST: Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris St Germain), Andres Iniesta (Spain/Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/Bayern Munich), Javier Mascherano (Argentina/Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany/Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Germany/Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil/Barcelona), Paul Pogba (France/Juventus), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Holland/Bayern Munich), James Rodriguez (Colombia/Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Uruguay/Barcelona), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast/Manchester City), Arturo Vidal (Chile/Bayern Munich).COACH OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST: Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Carlo Ancelotti (Formerly of Real Madrid), Laurent Blanc (Paris St Germain), Unai Emery (Sevilla), Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich), Luis Enrique (Barcelona), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea), Jorge Sampaoli (Chile), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal). Gareth Bale 1last_img read more

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Stoke star man hands club major boost

first_img Bojan celebrates scoring for Stoke City Bojan Krkic has signed a new four-and-a-half year contract with Stoke.The Spanish forward has been a big hit at the Britannia Stadium since joining the club from Barcelona in 2014.There were doubts over whether he would adapt to the demands of the Premier League on his arrival, but he quickly put those to bed with some impressive performances in the first half of last season.A knee injury saw him miss the last four months of the campaign but he has been in good form since returning to action in August.“Bojan has made no secret of the fact that he now regards Stoke as his home in a football sense,” said the Potters’ chief executive Tony Scholes.“When he joined us he made it clear that he wanted a period of stability in his career. It’s obvious that he has found what he was looking for with us and we’re understandably thrilled he has signed a long-term contract.” Bojan added: “I am very happy and motivated. Stoke City gave me the opportunity to play in the most competitive league in the world, the Premier League, and I have only words of gratitude for their trust and for the way they have treated me since the first day I arrived to England. “Mark Hughes convinced me to come to Stoke, he has helped me and showed his trust in me from the beginning, he followed closely the recovery process from my injury and there is no doubt I have signed an extension of my contract thanks to him.” 1last_img read more

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School dismisses Waves’ top scorer

first_imgETC.: The first doctor to examine Pakistan’s cricket coach last spring testified in Kingston, Jamaica that he got to Bob Woolmer 40 minutes after his body was discovered – far too late to save him. Dr. Asher Cooper, part of the Cricket World Cup’s medical team, said Woolmer, sprawled on the floor of a hotel bathroom, had no pulse, and it appeared he had not been breathing for some time. Earlier, a hotel maid testified she knocked on Woolmer’s door around 7:30 a.m. but got no response, then returned about three hours later and found the coach on the bathroom floor. Misty May-Treanor swept the AVP Tour’s postseason awards, winning her third straight MVP trophy and team of the year honors with partner Kerri Walsh. May-Treanor also won best offensive and defensive player awards for the second straight season. She and Walsh won the team honor for the fifth consecutive year. “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have a great partner in Kerri Walsh,” May-Treanor said. “She dishes up the nectar.” May-Treanor and Walsh won 13 of 15 tournaments this season, never finishing worse than third. Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers captured men’s team of the year, having won 10 tournaments. Dalhausser was named MVP and best offensive player. Rogers shared best defensive player honors with Sean Rosenthal (Redondo). ETC.: A Brazilian volleyball player was suspended for three months by the Italian Olympic Committee after testing positive for a banned stimulant. Jacqueline Carvalho can return to play immediately, however, because she already served the punishment, the committee said. More than 500 people attended a graveside memorial in Lexington, Ky. for John Henry, the thoroughbred great remembered by one of his jockeys as a “tremendous legend” and a horse who could draw fans to tracks across the country. John Henry, who won $6.5 million and became America’s richest racehorse before retiring in 1985, was euthanized last week at 32 at Kentucky Horse Park. The gelding spent the final 22 years of his life there and was one of the park’s biggest attractions. Rafael Nadal, coming off a five-week layoff because of ailing knees, lost to David Nalbandian, 6-1, 6-2, in the Madrid Masters quarterfinals. It was Nadal’s most lopsided defeat in three years. Roger Federer downed Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (4), 6-4, to set up a matchup against 112th-ranked Nicolas Kiefer, who beat the fifth seed, Fernando Gonzalez, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Lopez, a wild card, committed 34 unforced errors against the top-ranked Federer. ETC.: … Andy Roddick became the fifth player to qualify for the season-ending Masters Cup despite withdrawing from this week’s Madrid Masters because of a knee injury. The eight-player Masters Cup takes place in Shanghai, China, from Nov. 11-18. The U.S. Olympic Committee made a point of urging Marion Jones’ relay teams to return their medals – a stance that could bolster the United States’ reputation as it bids for the 2016 Olympics even though the leaders insist that wasn’t their motive. USOC chairman Peter Ueberroth reasserted his belief that the medals Jones won with her relay partners at the 2000 Sydney Olympics were won unfairly and should be returned, but he stopped short of saying the USOC would intervene. Ueberroth and CEO Jim Scherr bristled at the notion that their calls for Jones to voluntarily return her five medals after admitting doping was a PR ploy to help the Chicago 2016 bid. In a strange Rugby World Cup, England is making it seem like anything is possible. That includes winning the final against South Africa on today at Stade de France in Paris, a prospect that was utterly absurd a month ago. When France was defeated, 14-9, in the semifinals last weekend, an England squad that doubted itself at the start of the tournament suddenly gave itself a shot at becoming the first team to successfully defend the title it won in Sydney in 2003. In Friday’s third-place game, world player of the year nominee Felipe Contepomi scored two of Argentina’s five tries in a 34-10 victory over France. It’s the best finish ever for the Pumas. IOC president Jacques Rogge and soccer federations consider the new European Union treaty approved “historic” because of a sports exemption likely to give sports federations more autonomy. The 27 government leaders at a summit agreed on a “reform treaty” that recognizes the “specific nature of sport,” a byword for greater autonomy and possibly exemption from some economic competition rules. Rogge and the federations were concerned that sports would increasingly fall under the free-market principles within the 27-nation bloc unless it received an exemption. New York goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus said he will retire at the end of the MLS season. “I have been very fortunate to enjoy a long and eventful professional soccer career,” Waterreus said. “Over the past 20 years, I have been lucky to play at the top level in a number of different countries and gain memories that I will never forget.” Signed in January, Waterreus has a 6-6-5 record in 18 starts. The 37-year-old native of Holland has five shutouts and a 1.79 goals-against average. Volleyball Horse racing Tennis Justine Henin reached the Zurich Open semifinals by defeating Polish teenager Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-4, 6-2, while Svetlana Kuznetsova and a tearful Marion Bartoli withdrew because of injuries. Henin, seeking her ninth title of the year, is 56-4 this season and has reached the semifinals in every tournament she has entered since April 2006. She will next play Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic, who defeated Ukraine’s Alona Bondarenko, 6-1, 6-4. Francesca Schiavone advanced when the second-seeded Kuznetsova retired with an ailing right shoulder injury while trailing, 6-3, 3-3. Olympics Rugby Miscellany Soccer Skiing Three-time Olympian Caroline Lalive’s comeback was cut short when she suffered a season-ending knee injury this week while training in Pitztal, Austria. The 28-year-old was coming back from a 2006 pre-Olympic injury when she crashed during a training run on Tuesday, the U.S. Ski Team said. Lalive will have surgery on Tuesday, team medical director Richard Quincy said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Costain, a 5-foot-7 guard from Toronto, averaged 11.5 points as a junior last season. He finishes his career with 146 3-pointers to rank fifth on the school’s career list. Jurisprudence A former head football coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has won a $2 million judgment in a lawsuit claiming the school fired him because of his race, not his 6-27 record. Jurors found Jerry Baldwin’s African American race wasn’t the only reason he deserved to win the lawsuit. According to the jury, university officials broke his contract and inflicted emotional distress through negligence. The six white jurors and six black jurors took nearly 10 hours to work their way through a complicated verdict form late Thursday. Jurors voted, 10-2, to award Baldwin $500,000 for general damages, including emotional distress; $600,000 for past lost wages; $900,000 for future lost wages and $2,676 for special damages. From news services Kingsley Costain, the top returning scorer on the Pepperdine men’s basketball team, has been dismissed from school for an undisclosed violation of university policy. “It’s unfortunate to lose a player of Kingsley’s caliber so close to the start of the season,” Coach Vance Walberg said in a statement issued Friday. “We are going to miss him and we wish him the best. “We’ve been practicing hard and getting ready for the new season and we will have to find a way to overcome this big loss.” last_img read more

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China announces major cleanup for algae-choked lake

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The plan will control the eutrophication of Lake Tai in five years and realize the clear improvement of water quality,” the government statement said. “In another eight to 10 years, the problem of the Lake Tai water pollution will be basically resolved.” The algae bloom on Lake Tai in June prompted the suspension of running water in and around the major city of Wuxi for six days, forcing as many as 5 million people to rely on bottled water. The algae covered as much as one-third of the 930-square-mile lake, a popular tourist attraction that has become badly polluted as the Wuxi area developed into a center for manufacturing and high technology. Regulators responded by ordering the mass closure of chemical plants that dumped waste into the lake. The pollution of Lake Tai has been politically sensitive for local authorities. An environmentalist who spent years collecting water samples from Lake Tai and warning about rising pollution was sentenced to prison in August on charges that he blackmailed polluters. His supporters said the charges were retaliation for his activism. Other lakes that suffered algae blooms this year included Chao in eastern China and Dianchi near the southwestern city of Kunming. There was no immediate word on possible cleanup plans for those lakes. Environmental regulators say China’s rivers and lakes are so polluted that tens of millions of people have no access to clean drinking water. The deputy director the State Environmental Protection Administration said in July that one-quarter of the length of China’s seven major rivers is so dirty that even touching the water can be harmful to the skin. The agency imposed a moratorium on new industrial development in 13 locations along four major rivers to prevent additional pollution. State media regularly report incidents in which cities are forced to temporarily suspend running water due to chemicals in lakes or rivers from pollution or industrial accidents. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEIJING – China has announced a multibillion-dollar plan to clean up a severely polluted lake where an algae bloom forced the suspension of water supplies to millions of people this summer. The $14.5 billion plan to clean up Lake Tai, in a densely populated area northwest of Shanghai, should take five years, said a statement dated Friday and posted on a government Web site of the nearby city of Taizhou. The move comes amid mounting official urgency about curbing chronic pollution in China’s rivers and lakes that has left millions of people without clean water and disrupted city water systems. Lake Tai is one of a series of lakes where blooms of blue-green algae blamed on pollution have disrupted water supplies this year. Some types of the algae can produce dangerous toxins. last_img read more

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LIQUIDATOR APPOINTED TO LAGHEY BAKERY

first_imgTHE BROTHERS behind a bakery which went bust have failed to save the company.A liquidator was today appointed to O’Donnell’s bakery in Laghey.It comes following a creditors meeting involving the Directors of the company earlier. The Liquidator Patrick McDermott, from Letterkenny will now try and sell the companies assets. He will also be going to attempt to sell the good will and customer base of the company with the Highland Bakery interested.The Letterkenny Bakery has already offered some of the 15 O’Donnell’s workers positions.Mr. McDermott says he is currently compiling figures to speak to possible buyers or partiesHe says he will be trying over the next few days to sell the ‘good will’ of the company if possible. The 15 existing workers will be entitled to redundancy from the company through the liquidation process and any arrears of pay will be covered by the state insolvency fund.The brothers behind the company, Charlie and Eamonn O’Donnell, ceased trading at their Laghey-based business on Christmas Eve.Highland Bakery has been using the brand since while directors of O’Donnells called the luiquidator’s meeting.A spokesman for the O’Donnells said last week “There are several interested parties and our main priority is to safeguard jobs.”The company was run by brothers Charlie and Eamonn O’Donnell – and was founded by their father and uncles in Ballyshannon in 1969. Last year the company won a coveted Great taste award in Britain.Today a friend said: “Charlie and Eamonn are devastated. They are decent lads and have tried their best for the 15 workers at the bakery.”LIQUIDATOR APPOINTED TO LAGHEY BAKERY was last modified: January 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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‘He wants to be the BEST’ – Roberto Martinez hails Everton star on talkSPORT

first_imgRoberto Martinez is backing Romelu Lukaku to achieve his aim of becoming one of the best strikers in the world.The Everton hitman has developed into one of the most clinical strikers in English football since moving to Goodison Park from Chelsea.Lukaku, who spent a season on loan with the Merseyside club before his £28m permanent switch in 2014, took his tally for the Toffees to 61 goals in 117 games with a fine double against his old club on Saturday.Remarkably, he is still only 22 and Martinez says the powerful Belgian is only going to get better.“He came as a young man that had only played seven full 90 minutes and now he is developing every single month,” said the Everton boss, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He is a player that is getting stronger and better in different aspects of his game. The mentality is probably the big difference with Rom. He wants to be the best and he will never stop trying to help himself.“This season he has developed an important role in the side. He takes responsibility, he wants to help the team, and his goalscoring threat has always been a natural instinct. It is not something that he has to work on.“It is great when you see a player at the age of 20, 21 joining a group like ours and seeing him grow all the time. It is one of the most satisfying stories you are going to see – a young player coming into a football club after a big investment and flourishing and enjoying his football and becoming so clinical.”last_img read more

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Podcast: Danny Kelly’s Trans Europe Express – Sunday, May 1

first_imgWelcome to episode seven of our brand new European football show.Each week, Danny Kelly will be alongside a leading football journalist to take a closer look at events in Spain, France, Germany et al. This week, Danny was joined in the studio by European football expert Andy Brassell to look over the La Liga title race, Bayern and Dortmund’s ‘love affair’ and find out just what has happened to Finnish champions SJK.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTuneslast_img read more

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Morata: I’m tempted by the Premier League… but I want to return to Real Madrid

first_img1 Alvaro Morata Arsenal’s hopes of signing Alvaro Morata have received a blow after he revealed his desire to prove his worth at Real Madrid next season.Morata is being heavily linked with a return to the Bernabeu this summer, with Real expected to activate their £23m buy-back clause for the Juventus striker.Arsenal were planning to agree to buy Morata off Real straight away for around £40m, but despite talking up a move to the Premier League, the 23-year-old insists he would prefer to play in the Spanish capital next season.“Of course, returning to Real Madrid is what I’d like best,” Morata told AS.“This is my desire, to win with Real Madrid, but there are some extraordinary players already at the club, and what I want is to play and feel important.“Next season, I’ll play for the team who give me the greatest opportunities to do that.“I have a few offers in England and I’m tempted, not just because of the salary. I think the Premier League would be a great achievement for me, given my characteristics.”last_img read more

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Man City report: Blues ready £39m bid for 22-year-old Athletic Bilbao defender

first_img1 Pep Guardiola is a big fan of Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte Manchester City are ready to splash £39million on Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.Incoming boss Pep Guardiola has prioritised strengthening the centre of his defence this summer and he is a big fan of 22-year-old.City have reportedly been in talks with Bilbao for a number of weeks as they try to thrash out a deal.And now, according to Cadena SER, the Premier League side have agreed to activate France Under-21 international Laporte’s £39m release-clause.City had been hoping to tie up a deal worth around £30m, but Bilbao have refused to budge on their asking price.last_img read more

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‘Wenger should be knighted!’ Gooners react to ‘new Tony Adams’ transfer news

first_imgArsenal fans are always keen on transfer news, especially as they seek an elusive fourth Premier League title.A big-name striker is high on their wishlist, along with another top defender to bolster their ranks as they look to wrestle the trophy from Leicester City.So, following the signing of young Japanese forward Takumo Asano, some Gunners supporters were a little disappointed when they learned about reports the club had bid £2million for Bolton Wanderers starlet Rob Holding.The 20-year-old centre-back was the club’s Player of the Year last season, despite it being his debut campaign and the team failing to avoid relegation to the Championship.But even with these promising displays, Gooners aren’t too happy with Arsene Wenger and his transfer business.You can see what Arsenal fans make of their bid for Rob Holding below… Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 1last_img read more

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