Kieran Trippier claims Atletico Madrid are a ‘step up’ from Tottenham

first_imgKIERAN TRIPPIER has revealed he believes Atletico Madrid is a “step up” from Tottenham – claiming there is “no better place in the world” to be.The England right-back, 28, has earned a recall to the Three Lions set-up following a strong start to life in La Liga after quitting Spurs this summer.1 Kieran Trippier has called Atletico Madrid a ‘step up’ from TottenhamCredit: GettyAnd Trippier revealed he’s moving forward after leaving North London – and reckons he can get even better under Atleti chief Diego Simeone.Trippier said: “Every decision I’ve taken in my career has been a brave one. Football is about taking risks.”I’d always fancied playing abroad so I had discussions with Tottenham and said I wanted a new challenge, a new chapter for me and my family.”To play in Spain was an amazing opportunity, I didn’t want it to slip away. No regrets.”I’m working with one of the best coaches in the world and Atletico is one of the biggest teams in Europe.UNBELIEVABLE SIMEONE”I’m not taking a step down, I’m taking a step up.”Speaking about his new boss, Simeone, Trippier gushed: “He’s unbelievable.”The passion he has – in games you see him celebrating tackles like goals – it gives you such a lift.”You can see over the years how strong Atletico have been, his teams have always looked like a family and I feel that now.”I think he can take me to the next level. For a defender I don’t think there’s a better place in the world to be.” MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearWhile Trippier claimed he is thrilled to be at Atletico – he did reveal he’s not quite settled into Spanish life yet… because of the food!The England man joked: “It is difficult eating later than in England, I get hungry.”I’m not a big tapas fan yet, I don’t like sharing! But it’s KO, I’ll try to fit in as much as I can.”Alvaro Morata has to pull Kieran Trippier away from walking on Atletico Madrid’s crest on his La Liga debutlast_img read more

NSL clubs reminded to play by the rules

first_imgCompetition manager, Simon Koima made this appeal today to all clubs saying he did not want a repeat of what happened last year.“I urge the management, coaches and players to read the competition’s rules and regulations, understand them and follow them. He also added that any grievances must be channelled through the right means and not be posted on social media as in the past.“What happened is gone. We’re going to move on and we’re looking forward to a big season this year. We’ve had a good start so far to the season.“All supporters, please go down to the field and support your clubs,” said Koima. The TNSL competition will resume this weekend with round 6 games to be played in Port Moresby, Lae and Goroka.last_img

King Abdullah: ‘The Shining Jewel’ erected in just 14 months

first_imgThe Shining Jewel of Jeddah is the King Abdullah Sports Complex, the spectacular stadium that host the semifinals of the Spain Supercup today and tomorrow and the Great end of Sunday. An architectural marvel for 62,345 spectators that cost 510 million euros to the Saudi kingdom and won international awards for speed in its construction. I know lifted in just 14 months thanks to the coordinated effort of 8,000 workers who worked in twelve-hour shifts.“This complex is the sports pride of the city,” a Saudi journalist tells us. “The stadium was planned to have nothing to envy any of the best in the world”. King Abdullah, officially opened in May 2014, does not lack detail. From his careful style with Arabic reminiscences and the shape of your plant (hence the nickname of La Joya), up to a roof manufactured partly in Italy and the interiors. On its walls hang 150 paintings painted by Saudi artists. Luxury reaches its highest point in the 30 VVIP (Very Very Important Person) boxes for members of the royal family. The saudi stadium have a macroparking with 45,000 places (in Jeddah the car is the primary vehicle and public transport is almost non-existent), a field indoor for warm up, four changing rooms with capacity to house four soccer teams at the same time, and it works like the heart of a sports Complex which occupies an area of nine square kilometers That is yet to be completed. Once finished, it will also have more sports venues and a mosque.The jewel resolved at a stroke the problems of the two big clubs in the city, Al-Ittihad and Al-Ahli. Now the two share the stadium and that way they have multiplied the capacity of their previous fields by three.The pitch, of 105×68 meters (exactly the same dimensions as the Bernabéu and Mestalla), will not offer today the bad image that have given the training camps where the equipment, used to be exercised usually even by youth teams. A British gardener pampers the grass of King Abdullah and has developed a ssystem to protect to the fullest the hybrid grass (variety ‘Desso GrassMaster’) of aggressive weather of the Arabian peninsula. A five-star Super Cup with grass …last_img read more

Deonarine hoping to inspire Red Force to PCL title

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):After helping Guyana Jaguars to the first-class title last season, left-hander Narsingh Deonarine is now anxious to inspire Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to similar success in the upcoming WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL).The 32-year-old Deonarine was one of the Jaguars’ leading scorers with 514 runs at an average of 42 with two hundreds, a performance that saw the Georgetown-based franchise run away with the inaugural title.He will suit up for Red Force this year after switching allegiances and believes he can play a key role in helping his new side overcome last season’s nightmare run.”I think my role will be very important as one of the most senior batsmen in the team. When you look at the team, there are a lot of young players in the side, and it is a good challenge for me to help the other players and be a leader in the team along with Rayad (Emrit), (Kevon) Cooper, and Ravi (Rampaul),” said the out-of-favour West Indies batsman.”The youngsters look up to the senior players for help, so obviously, we are going to be there for them and try to do well for ourselves and the franchise. I am looking forward to the challenge, and I am sure we will end up on top of the table.”STRUGGLED FROM OUTSETWhile Jaguars dropped just one game in an excellent campaign, Red Force struggled from the outset, losing six of their 10 games and winning just two.At the heart of their struggles was poor batting, with only Jason Mohammed – with 587 runs – surpassing the 500-run mark.Deonarine said once Red Force could improve this area, they would be title contenders.”When you looked at the performance the Red Force had last year, it was definitely not up to standard,” he pointed out.The PCL bowls off next month.last_img read more

Neymar ‘recovering well’ after injury, on course for World Cup

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES The Brazilian also found time to praise Lionel Messi once more for his support during his time at the Camp Nou.“I was charmed by the humility of a guy that has conquered everything, that is the best of all, asking me to be myself and show my best. He has no vanity. I tell that to my family, to all of my friends. He helped me a lot professionally and even more on the personal level,” Neymar said.The Brazilian also downplayed his disagreements with PSG teammate Edinson Cavani.“Of course we had a certain friction, but we solved that soon afterward. Three days later we sat down and talked. We are both great players, but we are also men and he had to sort it out at the personal level, without telling anyone else,” the Brazilian said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Neymar told a TV Globo variety show that he feels no pain, but he cannot put his injured foot on the ground without an orthopedic shoe. He arrived on stage using two walking sticks.“There is still a month left, but I am recovering well. It is all according to plan,” the Brazilian said. “I feel no pain; I am stepping little by little. I cannot walk freely without the shoe, but I am in treatment, I am working out at the gym too. I am preparing well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe striker is widely expected to be on Brazil’s final squad list that will be announced on May 14 in Rio de Janeiro by coach Tite.Brazil’s first game World Cup match in Group E is against Switzerland on June 17. Costa Rica and Serbia are next for the five-time world champions. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 26-year-old forward was injured Feb. 25 in a French league game against Marseille.Neymar said that he is not using his recovery time to watch potential adversaries in the tournament that begins on June 14 in Russia.“I don’t like to watch football, believe it or not. At home I never stop what I am doing to watch. I like to play, to be on the pitch,” he said.Asked whether he knew his former team Barcelona had been upset and knocked out of the Champions League by Roma, the Brazilian laughingly said: “I might have heard about that.”Neymar was signed by PSG for a world record 222 million euros ($260 million) from Barcelona last year.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments ABL: Standhardinger proud of Hong Kong team despite semis exit Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brazilian PSG’s footballer Neymar Junior attends the photocall for the 2018 American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR) Gala Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo Brazil on April 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDASAO PAULO — Brazil star Neymar said on Sunday he is “recovering well” from a foot injury and is on schedule to be ready for the World Cup.The Paris Saint-Germain striker had surgery in March on a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READlast_img read more

Council Grants Another Enerplex Tender

first_imgFort St. John City Council has granted a tender for just over four million dollars, that goes to exterior work at the Enerplex site. That follows a report submitted to Council this week, which confirmed there’s still five point six million dollars left in the senior government’s infrastructure grant received last year for the Enerplex. DGS Astro Paving will conduct the final base preparation for the parking lot, that includes concrete curbing, storm sewer installation, lighting, and paving on both the southeast and northwest sides of the building. – Advertisement -However, it does not include landscaping and irrigation works, nor the construction of the rainwater tank and system.To ensure the entire project does not go over budget the City must keep the cost of this work, at or below the projected price tag. Thus, if negotiations with DGS Astro don’t work out then the contract will be rejected and retendered.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mother of all pilgrimages

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three area churches celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday by having a rosary pilgrimage to honor all mothers. An Our Lady of Fatima statue was carried in the procession and rosary prayers were said in each church. The pilgrimage began at St. Christopher’s Church in West Covina. It moved to St. Louis of France Church in La Puente and ended at St. Joseph Church in La Puente. – From staff reportslast_img

Hull 1-1 Stoke: Scrappy Shawcross strike salvages a point for the Potters

first_img Ryan Shawcross bundles the ball home to earn Stoke a point at Hull A scrappy late goal by Ryan Shawcross earned Stoke City a point at the KC Stadium as they finally broke the resistance of ten men Hull City.The Tigers had battled heroically for almost the entire game as they strived to overcome the loss of James Chester in only the 15th minute.Manager Steve Bruce’s tactical plan went out of the window after just a quarter of an hour when Chester was sent off, but a toothless Stoke side struggled to take advantage.There can be few complaints about Chester’s red card, with referee Jon Moss having no choice but to dismiss him for a foul on Glenn Whelan.Chester was sold short by a poor pass back to him from Jake Livermore, and Whelan would certainly have been clear on goal had he not been felled by the central defender.That forced Bruce to switch to a flat back four and meant his raiding full-backs were severely restricted in how far forward they could get.Stoke, though, were unable to make their numerical advantage count, failing to force goalkeeper Allan McGregor into a single save before half-time.In fact, neither goalkeeper was called into action until three minutes before the break, when Hull made the breakthrough.Tom Huddlestone shook off the challenge of Stoke sub Bojan and fired his shot low towards the far corner. Asmir Begovic got down to parry the effort, but succeeded only in diverting the ball into the path of Nikica Jelavic, who slid it home from close range to give the hosts the half-time lead.The visitors were better after the break, and McGregor had to be alert to make a smart save to deny Shawcross following a neat free-kick routine.Mama Biram Diouf should have done better with a header he screwed wide, and Charlie Adam also brought the best out of his Scotland team-mate McGregor with a long range effort.But for all their huffing and puffing it looked as though Stoke would be denied a share of the spoils, until Shawcross’ scruffy intervention late on.There will be fewer uglier goals scored in the Premier League this season, but Mark Hughes won’t care as his side picked up their first point of the season following their 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa last weekend.Phil Bardsley’s shot cannoned back off the inside of the post, but McGregor was unable to gather it as the ball bounced off his body and Shawcross was on hand to bundle the ball over the line. 1last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Costa treble puts Chelsea clear at the top

first_img Diego Costa 1 If Diego Costa is playing with worries over his hamstring, God help the Premier League should he reach full fitness.The beastly centre forward hit a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea shot down high-flying Swansea to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.The in-form Jacks even took the lead in west London as John Terry tucked a Neil Taylor cross into his own net, but once Jose Mourinho had rallied his troops with his touchline ranting, there was to be no stopping the Blues as they won 4-2.Moments before half-time Costa powered home a header to draw the scores level and two close range strikes in the space of ten minutes saw the Spaniard complete his treble.With his ‘dodgy’ hamstring in mind, Mourinho almost immediately substituted his star man, but replacement Loic Remy quickly took up the mantle on his debut, slotting home a fourth from Oscar’s pass.Jonjo Shelvey did grab a well taken second for Swansea but Garry Monk’s men were easily brushed aside.Tottenham Hotspur meanwhile saw their attempts to get back on track following a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool falter as they could only manage a 2-2 draw with Sunderland.Nacer Chadli gave Spurs an early lead but witnessed it cancelled out almost immediately as an Adam Johnson solo special somehow crept past Hugo Lloris and Danny Rose on the line.Mauricio Pochettino’s men looked good value for victory when Christian Eriksen’s effort from a yard out bounced in, with Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela striking the woodwork.But a late Harry Kane own goal meant the spoils were shared at the Stadium of Light.Alan Pardew’s future at Newcastle now appears to be hanging by a thread as his Magpies were thrashed 4-0 by Southampton.An early double from Saints summer signing, Graziano Pelle, who made a mockery of the Toon’s defence, put Ronald Koeman’s men into a comfortable first-half lead.Then yet more disastrous defending allowed Jack Cork to slip in a third and leave Newcastle fans jeering their manager and waving ‘Pardew Out’ banners in the hope owner Mike Ashley, who was present at St Mary’s will listen to their words.And Morgan Schneiderlin’s late fourth was the icing on the cake for the hosts, leaving Pardew’s job in serious doubt.Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas either side of half-time were enough to hand Everton victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns.The Toffees club-record signing struck just two minutes into the match with a brilliant curled shot following a Jonas Olsson mistake and compatriot Mirallas added the second from the edge of the area, which slipped under Ben Foster, giving the Toffees an easy 2-0 win.Leicester City’s £8million summer signing Leonardo Ulloa is proving to be a wise investment by boss Nigel Pearson as his second half strike gave the Foxes a 1-0 win over Stoke City.The Potters had beaten Man City previously but couldn’t stop the Argentine striker from netting his third Premier Leauge goal as he turned in Paul Konchesky’s cross.Meanwhile, Julian Speroni was the hero for Crystal Palace as they were held to a 0-0 draw with Burnley at Selhurst Park.The Argentine goalkeeper faced a Scott Arfield penalty in the game’s dying embers and produced a stunning stop to keep out the Clarets midfielder, much to Sean Dyche’s chagrin.last_img read more

COCKHILL DREAM ENDS AS SLIGO ROVERS WIN 4-0

first_imgCockhill Celtic’s dream of taking another big scalp in the League Cup disappeared last night when they were well-beaten by Sligo Rovers 4-0 at Maginn Park.Having seen off Galway United with an impressive display a few weeks back, the Donegal side were hoping to carry off another giant-killing act.But it wasn’t to be as Rovers guile and fitness probably proved a little too much for Cockhill. But the Inishowen men have a huge amount to be proud of with a fine display against Rovers – one of the Eircom Premier League’s best sides.Indeed Donal O’Brien’s side held Paul Cooke’s outfit to just 1-0 at half time after Joseph Ndo opened the scoring in the 17th minute.Former League of Ireland star O’Brien said before the game that this was the highlight of his career after spells with Shelbourne, Derry City and Finn Harps.The well-known Dublin, who is community worker in Buncrana, has done wonders with Celtic. However on this occasion it wasn’t meant to be as Cockhill conceded another three goals in the second half which saw Rovers go through to the next round.EndsCOCKHILL DREAM ENDS AS SLIGO ROVERS WIN 4-0 was last modified: April 26th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cockhill CelticSligo Roverslast_img read more