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Ateneo needs more maturity, says captain Madayag

first_imgMaking the Wright plays Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Madayag was the first to commit a crucial miscue when her service error gave NU an 8-6 advantage, then Kat Tolentino followed it up when her hit struck the net giving the Lady Bulldogs an 11-7 lead.The Lady Bulldogs eventually capitalized on the errors with Audrey Paran scoring a block, 12-7, and Jasmine Nabor scoring three straight aces to finish the match.Madayag said their lack of maturity can be attributed to her team’s inexperience as Ateneo have seven new players in its lineup for Season 80.“The new players just need to have that confidence in them,” said Madayag who had six points. “I was the one giving them the confidence earlier but when I went to the bench they became quiet, no one was talking anymore.”Madayag added their losses should serve as lessons as they look for sustained improvement throughout the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor two straight games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball, Ateneo has been coming up short in matches that have ended in five sets.The first was the Lady Eagles’ collapse in their season-opener against Far Eastern University, and the second was their failed comeback attempt against National University.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES Those losses have put Ateneo on a 0-2 card, the school’s worst start in recent memory eclipsing the 1-1 mark in Season 73, and captain Maddie Madayag knows that the Lady Eagles still need to mature if they ever hope of getting back to elite status.“We still need the maturity because we’ve been talking about starting strong and ending games strong,” said Madayag in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “Because sometimes we’ll start strong either that or we’ll have a slow start then a strong finish.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAteneo did have a slow start against the Lady Bulldogs, falling two sets to none before forcing a fifth set through a spirited fourth run that ended in the most lopsided score line of the match.The Lady Eagles, however, ultimately faltered in the deciding set when a couple of errors spelled their untimely demise. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:14Carpio 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 “I guess this will give us more lessons on not giving in so easily,” said Madayag. “I think we’re wasting chances here because we’re already in the fifth set and in the end we would end up slipping.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

Amazing new 4K Experience screen launched at Eclipse Cinemas – pic special

first_imgThere was a great turn-out as Eclipse Cinemas in Lifford/Strabane last night launched their Sony 4K cinema experience.The new cinema experience will give patrons an even better ‘real-life’ experience when they go to see their favourite movies.And latest movie, Deep water Horizon’ certainly had invited guests on the edge of their seats throughout the show. Eclipse Cinemas has invested heavily in bringing their patrons the very best in cinematic experiences.It’s no wonder that the cinema is growing from strength to strength.All pictures by Joe Boland at Northwest Newspix. Amazing new 4K Experience screen launched at Eclipse Cinemas – pic special was last modified: October 25th, 2016 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:4KEclipse CinemasLiffordscreenlast_img read more


first_imgThe 41st Topaz Donegal International Rally kicks off today and there is a huge buzz across the county.It is expected that 70,000 people will come into the county and generate a whopping €25 million for the local economy.The three day event shows no signs of slowing down with both the number of visitors and participants remaining steady. Chairman of the Donegal International Rally, Damian Crawford, said the rally is as popular as ever.“We are the only three day rally event in Ireland and I’m delighted to be able to say it is as strong as ever.“We may be suffering economically but the rally is certainly showing no signs of letting up.“All the bed and breakfasts are sold out and the number of drivers taking part is also holding steady. “We’re looking forward to a great weekend with a huge emphasis on safety,” he said.A total of 141 cars will take part in the main rally while a further 20 cars will compete in the historic section and a further 15 in the junior category.Eamon Magee, who is the clerk of the course for the first time, admits he is a little bit nervous.“There’s a huge amount of planning has to go into the event and I am seeing that first hand now.“Without the hard work of so many people it simply could not go ahead,” he said. One famous rally name will not be behind the wheel this weekend but rather in front of the camera!Driver Toni Kelly is not competing but she will certainly be in the thick of the action as presenter for UTV’s RPM rally programme.“I am really looking forward to it. It will be different but I’ll still be in the middle of all the action.“I am hoping for a great rally and I’m looking forward to some great driving. “Most of all however I am hoping for a safe rally and I would encourage everyone to take things easy following the rally and to listen to the marshals,” she said.RALLY SET TO KEEP DONEGAL’S LOCAL ECONOMY ON THE RIGHT ROAD! was last modified: June 15th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Did you attend Highland Motors’ super appreciation night – Pic Special

first_imgThe team at Highland Motors in Letterkenny welcomed hundreds of happy loyal customers last night with a lavish party full of presents, prizes, new car offers and special celebrity guests.The Customer Appreciation and New Showroom Launch proved a huge success as our glory of pictures show.The landmark occasion saw Highland Motors officially launch their state of the art new showroom and customers came form far and near to help them celebrate. Highland Motors are proud to say that they have been looking after satisfied customers for more than 35 years.It has been 18 years since they first opened the doors of the then state of the art Renault Showroom on Mountain Top, Letterkenny, and are delighted to announce that after 18 years at this premises, they have just completed a major redevelopment of the dealership, which will allow them to cater for all their customers sales and servicing needs even better.As well as a drinks reception, Lee Gooch entertained those who came along all night long with games of Beat the Banker GameThere were lots of spot prizes given away and a special present was given to each of the first 20 people arriving on the night. People were also very impressed following the unveiling the all New Renault Megane Sports Tourer.All pictures by kind permission of Brian McDaid.Oran and Grace Deeney from Buncrana at the opening of the new showroom at the Highland Motors. Photo Brian McDaidCaroline Sharkey Galligan, Christy Galligan, Jason Foody and Chris Felman at Highland MotorsGreg O’Sullivan at the Highland Motors Showroom openingJohn Cullen, Gareth Horkan and Martin Mc Conigley at the opening of New Showrooms at Highland Motors.Patrick Magee and Kevin Troy from Renault Ireland pictured with the Laurence Harrigan Snr and Jnr at the opening of the New Showrooms at Highland Motors in Letterkenny . Photo Brian McDaidSusan Doherty and her mother Mary Sweeney at opening of new Showroom at Highland Motors.A packed house for the opening of the new showroom at Highland Motors. Photos Brian McDaidPat McArt at the opening of Highland Motors ShowroomDenis Orr, Drew Boal, Ciaran and Evan Larkin at the opening of Highland Motors. Photo Brian McDaidPaddy Dorian at the opening of showroom at Highland Motors on Thursday Night. Photo Brian McDaidDid you attend Highland Motors’ super appreciation night – Pic Special was last modified: November 11th, 2016 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)last_img read more

La Liga: Real face tricky fixture away to Villareal as Barca storm Osasuna

first_img Tags: Spanish La Ligatop Sevilla vs Celta VigoEstadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, SevilleFriday, 30-08-2019 @9pmAfter a comfortable 0-2 success at Espanyol on the opening day, Sevilla made it back to back away wins on Matchday 2 as Joan Jordan’s second half strike proved enough to sink newly promoted Granada at Los Carmenes. It’s been a perfect start to the campaign thus far for the Andalusian side and their new manager Julen Lopetegui, but can Sevillistas extend their 100% record when Celta Vigo visit Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Friday night?This is a really enticing fixture to kick-off Matchday 3 in La Liga, between two sides that picked up excellent victories last weekend. Granada were always going to make life tough for Sevilla at Los Carmenes but the Andalusian’s toughed out a gritty 0-1 triumph, whilst Celta bounced back from their 1-3 opening day defeat at home to Real Madrid with a fine 1-0 victory against Copa Del Rey holders Valencia at Balaidos.With home advantage and loftier expectations in general this term, the pressure is undoubtedly on Sevilla to bag the points from this contest – and it is a fixture which has been kind to them in recent seasons.Their 2-1 win over Celta here in 2018/19 was their third consecutive home victory in La Liga against the Galician outfit and all of those successes have been by the same scoreline. Sevillistas are strong odds-on favourites to get the better of Celestes again this Friday and that’s no surprise when you also consider that the hosts won 12 of their 19 La Liga outings at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last season whilst the visitors come into this one in search of their first away league win in 13 – a run stretching back to early December.That sequence was the main reason why Celta slumped to a woeful 17th place finish in 2018/19, but the Galician’s can be optimistic about a much better campaign this time around with experienced boss Fran Escriba now at the helm.Celta were readily outclassed by Real Madrid at Balaidos on the opening weekend, but they bounced back fantastically at home on Matchday 2 to beat Valencia thanks to a moment of brilliance from new man Gabriel Fernandez, who turned on a sixpence in the area to cheekily stroke home an incisive cross from Iago Aspas.Vigo could have had more goals save for some excellent goalkeeping from Jasper Cillessen and a late penalty miss from Denis Suarez, but Escriba won’t care as the result already marks a significant step forward on last term for his team.Athletic Bilbao vs Real SociedadSan Mames Barria, BilbaoFriday, 30-08-2019 @11pmThe Basque derby rounds-off a cracking double bill of La Liga action on Friday night, as Athletic Bilbao play host to Real Sociedad at San Mames. This is always a feisty and enthralling clash between two of Spain’s biggest footballing rivals and we can expect nothing less on Matchday 3 following decent starts to the campaign made by both sides.Athletic kicked their season off in the best possible way with a tremendous 1-0 triumph at home to Barcelona – a result which extended their unbeaten run in the league at San Mames to 15 matches. After toughing out a 1-1 draw with Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Matchday 2, Los Leones will be confident that they can maintain their unbeaten streak at home and unbeaten start to the campaign when they welcome their main adversaries this Friday.Sociedad will have other ideas though after also banking four points from their first two fixtures. Txuri-urdinak battled hard to earn a 1-1 draw away to Copa Del Rey holders Valencia on the opening day, before pinching a 0-1 victory at Real Mallorca last week thanks to a late strike from Martin Odegaard who started and finished a sublime counter attacking move.Imanol Aguacil’s charges also have recent history on their side heading into this week’s contest – they have won the last three Basque derbies in La Liga including a 1-3 success here in 2018/19 – which was incidentally the last defeat suffered by Bilbao at San Mames.There are reasons to believe that the hosts can stop the mini rot in the head to head though this Friday, not least due to their fine run at home which has largely been steered by current boss Gaizka Garitano, who took over at the club a couple of weeks after the aforementioned loss to Sociedad.Bilbao were hugely impressive against champions Barcelona at San Mames on the opening night of the season, and whilst Los Leones were clearly charged up because of the occasion and opposition, they will be mightily difficult to overcome in their own back yard this term if able to reach a similar standard consistently.Their record of just one win from the last seven Basque derbies at San Mames tempers enthusiasm for backing a home victory here though at a touch of odds-against, as does the visitors’ solid start to the campaign on the road.Osasuna vs BarcelonaEstadio El Sadar, IruneaSaturday, 31-08-2019 @6pmAfter looking rudderless and devoid of spark without the injured Lionel Messi when beaten 1-0 by Athletic Bilbao at San Mames on the opening night of the season, champions Barcelona eventually clicked into gear on Matchday 2 against Real Betis at Camp Nou.The Catalan giants fell behind 15 minutes in after a well worked Betis move was finished off decisively by summer signing Nabil Fekir, but it was Fekir’s fellow Frenchman Antoine Griezmann who went on to run the show as Barcelona began dominating proceedings.Griezmann levelled matters shortly before half time after latching onto a pinpoint cross from Sergi, and then struck a beautiful curling effort early in the second half to give Ernesto Valverde’s side the lead, showing exactly why Barca paid £117m to acquire his services over the summer.Further goals from youngster Carles Perez, Jordi Alba and Arturo Vidal (the latter assisted by Griezmann) completed a comprehensive 5-2 rout over Los Verdiblancos and demonstrated that the champions can more than get by whilst Messi and Suarez are on the side lines.But with the aforementioned duo likely to be out for several more weeks with calf injuries, it’s vital for Barca that Griezmann continues in this manner and proves that he can be the main man when called upon. This weekend’s game against newly-promoted Osasuna should provide the 28-year-old with another opportunity to shine, however the Basque outfit could make life difficult for the champions based on what we’ve seen from Los Rojillos thus far.Last term’s Segunda kings have made an extremely solid start to life back in the top flight, posting consecutive clean sheets with a 0-1 success at Leganes on the opening day and a 0-0 stalemate at home to Eibar on Matchday 2.Jagoba Arrasate has clearly set his team up to be tough to beat and the majority of clubs could struggle to break Osasuna down this term – particularly at Estadio El Sadar where the Basque outfit recorded 19 wins and two draws from their 21 fixtures in 2018/19 en route to promotion.Getafe vs Deportivo AlavesColiseum Alfonso Perez, GetafeSaturday, 31-08-2019 @8pmLast season’s 5th placed side Getafe have just one point on the board from a possible six heading into Matchday 3, however Jose Bordalas’ men shouldn’t be judged too harshly on their efforts so far.They battled well against Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano on the opening night and were arguably unfortunate to come away empty handed, before sharing the spoils last weekend with an Athletic Bilbao side who were buoyant after their recent win over champions Barcelona. Getafe fell behind early to a goal from Raul Garcia, but hit back almost instantly after Jaime Mata got on the end of an excellent cross from summer signing Marc Cucarella.Whilst that 1-1 home draw goes down as nothing more than a fair result, it gets Getafe up and running for the season and the Madrid based outfit should fancy their chances of registering a first win on Saturday evening when Alaves visit Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Getafe wiped the floor with El Glorioso 4-0 in last term’s corresponding fixture – a result which contributed to a fine run of nine wins from their last 13 home league games in 2018/19 (D2, L2).Last week’s aforementioned draw with Bilbao means Jose Bordalas’ side go into this match having lost just one of their last 11 in front of their own supporters, so it’s no surprise to see Alaves around the 9/2 mark to win this clash considering the visitors have lost three of their last four and eight of their last 14 top flight matches on the road.Nonetheless, Alaves have enjoyed a fairly solid start to the campaign under new boss Asier Garitano after ending 2018/19 with a whimper. The Basque outfit won just one and lost six of their final ten matches last term, but have posted consecutive clean sheets in their opening two games of the season, beating Levante 1-0 at home before playing out a 0-0 stalemate against Espanyol at Mendizorroza on Matchday 2.Alaves are likely to keep things extremely tight in this encounter as Garitano will be respectful of how good Getafe usually are at Coliseum Alfonso Perez, but we do expect the hosts to make a breakthrough and edge the three points.Whilst seeking their first La Liga victory in four stretching back to last term, Getafe have far more quality than their Basque opponents in their ranks and are a formidable outfit on home soil.Levante vs Real SociedadEstadio Cuidad de Valencia, ValenciaSaturday, 31-08-2019 @8pmLevante got their La Liga campaign off to a poor start with a 1-0 defeat away to Alaves on Matchday 1; however Granotas were much improved last weekend as they ousted Villarreal 2-1 at Cuitat de Valencia. Paco Lopez’ charges turn out at home again this Saturday evening looking to make it two wins from three, but they face a stern test against a Valladolid side who earned a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu on Matchday 2.Levante found themselves behind just three minutes in last weekend after Gerard Moreno struck for Villarreal, but Granotas held firm thereafter and turned things around via two penalties in the second half to sink El Submarino Amarillo.Victory over their cross-city rivals will have given Paco Lopez’ men a huge lift after their poor display against Alaves on the opening weekend, and the result extended their unbeaten run at home to seven matches following their strong finish to the 2018/19 season at Cuitat de Valencia.That sequence, combined with their 2-0 home success against Valladolid last term, means Levante have been installed as solid favourites for this Saturday’s clash, although the touch of odds-on looks a bit short considering how well Valladolid have started the season.Pucela have already played twice on the road and their results have been hugely impressive. Sergio’s side took advantage of an early sending off to beat Real Betis 1-2 at Benito Villamarin on Matchday 1, before turning in a wonderful effort against Real Madrid last weekend. After holding Los Merengues for over 80 minutes, Valladolid fell behind to a Karim Benzema goal, but battled back superbly to level shortly after through Sergi Guardiola, securing a priceless 1-1 draw.If Valladolid can produce anything like a repeat showing on Saturday it will be extremely difficult for Levante to overcome them, so the judgement call is to swerve the hosts in the match betting here. Similarly though, Levante’s decent home form shouldn’t be underestimated, so the 3/1 about a Valladolid triumph isn’t quite big enough to tempt an investment.Real Betis vs LeganesEstadio Benito Villamarin, SevillaSaturday, 31-08-2019 @10pmIt’s obviously early days in the new La Liga season, but both Real Betis and Leganes will be feeling uncomfortable after losing their opening two games. The sides occupy the bottom two spots in the embryonic league table heading into Matchday 3, when they will face off in search of a first win and an important three points at Estadio Benito Villamarin.Betis would have hoped to kick off the new season and life under Rubi on a high at home to likely strugglers Valladolid on Matchday 1, but they couldn’t cope after the early dismissal of keeper Joel Robles and eventually went down to a disappointing 1-2 loss.An instant riposte briefly looked on the cards last weekend after summer signing Nabil Fekir gave Los Verdiblancos an unexpected lead against Barcelona at Camp Nou, but Betis were steamrollered in the second half as the reigning champions romped their way to a 5-2 success.There have been glimpses of promise from Betis despite the bad results, but it’s clearly going to take Rubi some time to get his squad organised and playing the way he wants. At present, Los Verdiblancos look a threat going forward, but they’re far too exposed at the back when they do and susceptible to conceding lots of goals – as was the case last term.Fortunately for Betis, they take on a Leganes side this weekend who have looked anything but potent in attack thus far. Mauricio Pellegrino’s men have drawn blanks in two home matches against Osasuna and Atletico Madrid, losing both fixtures 0-1.Whilst the latter result is obviously no disgrace, Lega enjoyed their fair share of possession against Los Rojiblancos but only created one real chance of note from open play.  Lega have now failed to net in their last five home La Liga matches, so Pellegrino’s side will probably be glad to be on the road for the first time this season on Saturday.And away from home, Leganes showed much more consistency in front of goal towards the end of last term. They netted eight goals in their final five away games, scoring in each. With Betis suffering obvious defensive issues at the moment, Los Pepineros will be hopeful that they can continue that trend here to open their account for the campaign.Valencia vs MallorcaEstadio de Mestalla, ValenciaSunday, 01-09-2019 @6pmAfter finishing 4th and lifting the Copa Del Rey in 2018/19, there are lofty expectations surrounding Valencia this season but it’s been a poor start for Marcelino’s men so far. Held to a 1-1 draw at Mestalla by Real Sociedad on the opening day, Los Ches were then outplayed by Celta Vigo at Balaidos last weekend and a shade fortunate to only lose by a one goal margin.They had summer signing Jasper Cillessen to thank for ultimately keeping the score down, as the Dutch No.1 superbly denied efforts from Iago Aspas and Denis Suarez before saving the latter’s penalty kick minutes from time. At the other end, Daniel Wass’ rasping shot was wonderfully deflected onto the crossbar by Celta stopper Ruben Blanco, but that was Valencia’s only real chance of note throughout the 90 minutes as Maxi Gomez failed to make an impact against his former suitors.The result puts Valencia firmly on the back foot heading into Matchday 3, as they are already five points adrift of Atletico Madrid and Sevilla – two sides they should be mixing it with this term. A win against newly promoted Mallorca on Sunday is absolutely paramount for Marcelino’s charges, but it’s easy to envisage a tense atmosphere and pressure building at Mestalla unless the hosts are able to breakthrough early.This does look a decent opportunity for Valencia to get up and running though, considering Mallorca lost nine of their 21 away games in Segunda last season. Los Bermellones picked up just 20 of their frankly modest 69 point haul in the second tier outside of Son Moix, so they look set to struggle massively on the road playing far superior teams week in, week out. Mestalla is notoriously one of the toughest venues to visit in the top flight and this could be a baptism of fire for Vicente Moreno’s side as they embark upon their first La Liga away game in six years.Mallorca played well on the opening day to edge out Eibar 2-1 at Son Moix, however their limitations were somewhat exposed on Matchday 2 as they were turned over 0-1 by Real Sociedad. With Valencia losing just one of their last 14 La Liga matches at Mestalla and Mallorca winning just four times on their travels in Segunda last term, it’s easy to see why the visitors are huge underdogs for Sunday’s clash and we can more or less rule out a shock taking place.Valencia make little appeal for single bets in the match betting at around the 2/5 mark, but those odds can be enhanced significantly by backing Los Ches to win this fixture to nil.Mallorca failed to score in their last four Segunda away matches in 2018/19, whilst they have hardly been prolific in La Liga so far with just one goal netted in two games.Atletico Madrid vs EibarEstadio Wanda Metropolitano, MadridSunday, 01-09-2019 @8pmIt’s a new look Atletico Madrid this season in terms of personnel following a number of high profile incomings and outgoings over the summer, but their performances and results so far this term have carried a very familiar feel.Atleti’s secured 18 of their 22 league wins in 2018/19 without conceding, with 50% those matches ending 1-0, and that’s been the scoreline in their opening two fixtures this time around against Getafe and Leganes. Can Los Rojiblancos extend their 100% start when they welcome Eibar to Wanda Metropolitano this weekend?It’s probably clear by now that Atletico’s style will never change under Diego Simeone. The Argentine has successfully embedded a unique philosophy and culture at the club, which makes Los Rojiblancos stand out from their rivals both domestically and in Europe. The continuous aim is to be better organised, sturdier and fitter than the opposition. Atleti only ever really do enough regardless of opposition and once a goal is scored the shutters come down.Compared to previous years where Simeone would typically add just one or two quality additions to his settled and experienced squad, there was a huge shake-up at the club this summer which raised doubts around whether the Argentine could blood his new faces together in a short space of time.There’s plenty of room for improvement on the evidence of Atleti’s first two matches this term, but the key qualities of a Simeone side have been there. Los Rojiblancos have toughed out 1-0 wins against Getafe and Leganes, putting them alongside Sevilla as the only two clubs to boast a 100% record at this early stage of the campaign.A similar result may well be on the cards this Sunday against Eibar at Wanda Metropolitano, which has soon become the toughest fortress to breach in La Liga. Madrid won 15 and lost just one of their 19 games at home last term, success again built on the foundations of a miserly defence which conceded just ten goals.Eibar were in fact one of the four teams to earn anything at Wanda in 2018/19 after battling to a 1-1 draw, however they hold a woeful record against Madrid overall. Los Armeros have never beaten Atleti in the top flight and have lost eight of the previous ten meetings.After a 2-1 defeat at Mallorca on the opening day and a 0-0 stalemate at Osasuna, Eibar have now won just two of their last 21 La Liga fixtures on the road, losing ten.Espanyol vs GranadaRCDE Stadium, BarcelonaSunday, 01-09-2019 @8pmDetails to follow shortlyVillareal vs Real MadridEstadio de la Ceramica, VillarrealSunday, 01-09-2019 @10pmWith four of the last five meetings between these sides producing over 4.5 goals. This should be another barnstorming game, with Villarreal already looking extremely vulnerable in defence this term and Real Madrid in likely backlash mode after being held at home by Valladolid on Matchday 2.Real unsurprisingly dominated proceedings last weekend at Santiago Bernabeu, but after they failed to gain an early breakthrough that would’ve probably opened the floodgates, Valladolid’s defence grew in stature and space to create clear-cut chances was soon at a premium.It took a moment of brilliance from big No.9 Karim Benzema to finally open the scoring 82 minutes in as the Frenchman spun on the edge of the area to hit a low drive past Jordi Masip, but Pucela weren’t to be denied and they deservedly equalised on the basis of their tenacity and teamwork six minutes later through Sergi Guardiola, who netted for the second consecutive week.It will deeply disappoint Zinedine Zidane and Real fans to drop points this early in the campaign and particularly at home against a side which finished just above the drop zone in 2018/19, but credit has to be given at times to inferior opposition who outperform expectations, and that was certainly the case on this occasion.So in short, Real shouldn’t worry too much heading into this Sunday’s highly anticipated showdown with Villarreal – especially as they have always found goals easy to come by against El Submarino Amarillo.Los Merengues have netted 80 times against Villarreal in La Liga which is more than any other team in the competition and they have also won more matches against the Valencian outfit than any other club in the history of the Spanish top flight.For whatever reason, this fixture always provides thrills, entertainment and an abundance of goals, which Madrid usually come out on the right side of. Last season’s corresponding game ended 2-2, but Real ran out 3-2 victors when the teams last clashed at Santiago Bernabeu in early May.Villarreal should be worried about the above stats, particularly as they have looked hopeless at the back in their opening two games this term. Javier Calleja’s charges squandered a 4-2 lead at home to newly promoted Granada on the opening weekend to finish up at 4-4, before going down 2-1 at Levante last weekend after conceding two penalties.El Submarino Amarillo may not have the answers this Sunday night if Madrid click fully into gear, even though the visitors are still without marquee summer signing Eden Hazard who remains side lined with a hamstring injury.Comments last_img read more

Striker poised for Birmingham City deal after leaving Bees

first_imgStriker Montell Moore is expected to join Birmingham City after having his Brentford contract terminated.The 20-year-old scored on his Bees debut in the 6-6 League Cup game with Dagenham & Redbridge in August 2014, but that was to be his only first-team appearance.He was loaned out to Danish club FC Midtjylland in the second part of that season, playing for their youth and reserve teams.Moore was told this month he was free to look for another club and spent a period on trial at Birmingham, who look set to sign him after his departure from Griffin Park.As Moore is now a free agent, the deal could still be completed after Monday night’s transfer deadline.See also:Moore plays for Charlton amid Birmingham City interestEx-QPR midfielder among three released by BeesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Video: San Francisco 49ers John Lynch on team releasing Reuben Foster after domestic violence arrest in Tampa

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device.San Francisco 49ers General Manager John Lynch discusses the team’s release of linebacker Reuben Foster after a domestic violence arrest in Tampa on Saturday night.The 49ers released linebacker Reuben Foster on Sunday morning, about 12 hours after after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at the team hotel. The charges were brought by the same woman at the center of a previous case against …last_img read more

Giants to face dilemma in September if Johnny Cueto is ready to pitch

first_imgPHOENIX — Nine and a half months after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto threw a 40-pitch bullpen in front of Giants manager Bruce Bochy and pitching coach Curt Young at Chase Field.Cueto surprised the Giants with his progress and left Bochy optimistic the franchise’s highest-paid pitcher could return to a major league mound by the end of the season.“God willing, yes I want to pitch in September,” Cueto said through Spanish-language translator Erwin Higueros. “Right …last_img read more

Soft Tissue from Dinosaurs Found: Intact Cells and Blood Vessels

first_imgThe news media are abuzz with exciting reports about the discovery of soft tissues recovered from a Tyrannosaurus rex bone; see CNN, National Geographic, BBC News, MSNBC and News@Nature for examples.  The soft tissue, analyzed from a thighbone unearthed in Montana, was reported by a North Carolina team led by Mary Higby Schweizer and was announced in this week’s issue of Science.1    The bone contained remnants of blood vessels that were still soft and flexible when separated from the matrix, and even individual cells: “osteocytes with internal cellular contents and intact, supple filipodia that float freely in solution,” the authors say.  Leading dinosaur paleontologist Jack Horner described the bone as “a fantastic specimen.”  The discoverers also found soft tissues in two other tyrannosaurs and one hadrosaur from the Hell Creek, Montana site.  No one seems to be questioning the assumed age of the specimens being 70 million years old, even though the “geochemical and environmental factors” that could have preserved the tissues are “as yet undetermined,” and extend to the molecular level:Whether preservation is strictly morphological and the result of some kind of unknown geochemical replacement process or whether it extends to the subcellular and molecular levels is uncertain.  However, we have identified protein fragments in extracted bone samples, some of which retain slight antigenicity.  These data indicate that exceptional morphological preservation in some dinosaurian specimens may extend to the cellular level or beyond.  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Erik Stokstad in the same issue of Science2 says that the vessels, still flexible and elastic, are not fossilized.  The announcement of intact cells is leading some scientists to think they may be able to extract DNA from them (although recreating Jurassic Park is out of the question).  Principal investigator Schweitzer said she was shocked at the find.  She didn’t believe it till they repeated the extraction process 17 times.  As a control, they repeated the same process on extant ostrich bones and recovered soft tissues that were “virtually indistinguishable” from those of the dinosaur.    It is not yet clear whether the original molecules in the tissues and cells were preserved or were replaced by other compounds.  Earlier claims of original tissue in other kinds of multi-million-year fossilized organisms turned out to show replacement.  Schweitzer told the BBC, however, that “It still has places where there are no secondary minerals, and it’s not any more dense than modern bone; it’s bone more than anything.”  As to DNA, Stokstad quotes one expert who said, “the likelihood is probably next to none” that intact DNA could have survived for 68 million years, even if the bone was protected in stable, dry, subzero conditions all that time.  The BBC reporter agrees that “the ‘life molecule’ degrades rapidly over thousand-year timescales, and the chances of a sample surviving from the Cretaceous are not considered seriously.”  Schweizer is seeking funds to do mass spectrometry on the tissues and find out.1Schweitzer et al., “Soft-Tissue Vessels and Cellular Preservation in Tyrannosaurus rex,” Science, Science, Vol 307, Issue 5717, 1952-1955, 25 March 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1108397].2Erik Stokstad, “Tyrannosaurus rex Soft Tissue Raises Tantalizing Prospects,” Science Vol 307, Issue 5717, 1852, 25 March 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5717.1852b].This appears to falsify, in one dramatic swoop, the claim that dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago.  Why don’t the scientists admit it?  It’s uncanny how all the reports treat the 70 million figure like an unquestionable fact, despite the clear implications of this discovery.  Notice how the BBC treats the date like dogma:In the hotly contested field of dino research, the work will be greeted with acclaim and disbelief in equal measure.    What seems certain is that some fairly remarkable conditions must have existed at the Montana site where the T. rex died, 68 million years ago.Seems certain to whom?  Not to people with their heads screwed on, who have refused to take the oath of loyalty to the Darwin Party, or signed on to the Committee to Protect the Geologic Column at All Costs.  We’ll have to see if the NCSE censors this paper, preventing teachers from showing it to their students, to protect their sensitive minds from anxiety when they compare it with their textbooks.  .  Making the excuse that the process of fossilization is not well understood is pitiful, and imagining these Montana sediments escaping millions of years of mountain uplift, erosion and climate change is a big stretch.  Though airtight amber sometimes preserves all the details of an insect, it is incredibly improbable that soft, pliable tissues from a large dinosaur could be preserved in a sedimentary matrix for 10,000 years, let alone 70 million.  Somebody ought to press the point.  The BBC explains why: “Normally when an animal dies, worms and bugs will quickly eat up anything that is soft.  Then, as the remaining bone material gets buried deeper and deeper in the mud, it gets heated, crushed and replaced by minerals, turning it to stone.”  Schweitzer said in the NG coverage that “our theories of how fossils are preserved don’t allow for this [soft-tissue preservation].”  The pathetic response of some scientists, upon hearing this announcement, is that the soft tissue recovery might help them construct better phylogenetic trees.  They seem oblivious to the fact that the data threaten to cut off the long-age limb they are sitting on.    Here is an opportunity for young-earth creationists to make a strong case.  It’s easier to prove an upper limit than a lower limit: e.g., that under the best of conditions, cells or blood vessels could not be older than a maximum number of years based on lab observations.  No reader could claim by observation that they could last millions of years.  Thus, the young-age position is more conservative, cautious and empirically based.  Someone should also apply carbon dating to the tissues and see if any C-14 is present.  It would be below the detection threshold if the bone is as old as claimed.  Watch the efforts to find out if DNA is still present, which “cannot survive that long” according to Derek Briggs in the News@Nature article.  These are two predictions that can be tested.    This find is making it easier to believe that dinosaurs actually lived in relatively recent times and were buried quickly by a watery catastrophe just as a Biblical chronology indicates.  Dramatic as this announcement is, it is not the first.  Creationists have followed up on soft-tissue claims for years.  In 1994, Buddy Davis and a team endured danger and hardship recovering hadrosaur bones in Alaska that contained unfossilized tissue; their story is published in The Great Alaskan Dinosaur Adventure.  Then there was the announcement in all the papers 10/15/2002 about mummified dinosaur remains.  Even more remarkable was the BBC News story about mummified soft parts found in a crustacean claimed to be 511 million years old – over seven times older than the dinosaurs on the evolutionary scale (see 07/20/2001 entry).  That such announcements are rare in the secular literature does not mean that the fossils are rare; Jack Horner said in the NG article that other dinosaurs are “probably similarly preserved,” but workers in the field are usually reluctant to damage dinosaur bones to look inside (maybe partly because they don’t expect to find soft tissue after millions of years).  What this story illustrates is how scientists tend to find what they expect to find, look for what they need to find, and ask the questions prompted by their worldview.  It’s instructive to notice who was surprised by today’s announcement.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Monaco royal couple meets with Zuma

first_img7 July 2011 There was a light-hearted atmosphere on Wednesday when South African President Jacob Zuma and his wife Thobeka Mabhija briefly hosted the Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco. Zuma met with the royal Monaco couple at the King’s House presidential residence in Durban for a “courtesy call”. There was no time for questions, as Prince Albert had to rush back to the International Olympic Committee meeting to vote for the 2018 Winter Olympic hosts, which eventually went to Pyeongchang. “As we all know that the Prince is here as part of the International Olympic Committee, but also because of the programme that could not allow me to attend the royal wedding, I felt that I should invite them,” said Zuma. Prince Albert was pleased to be in the city: “Durban is very close to Charlene’s heart, so it’s great that I have the chance to get to know it. It has been an incredible pleasure and really momentous. It’s a wonderful coincidence that the 123rd IOC conference happening at the time of our visit.” Zuma was delighted to spend time with “a very important couple, a very fresh couple who have just been married. “We have had a wonderful time, though the time was short,” Zuma said. “We’ve had a good discussion about a number of things, including understanding Monaco, because it is quite a unique country.” There were no words from Princess Charlene, who smiled graciously throughout the media briefing. “The internationally acclaimed wedding also served as a happy signal of the nature of the close and warm relations between South Africa and Monaco,” Zuma said. The President reaffirmed South Africa’s commitment to building on the positive foundation that exists with the tiny European principality. The royal couple will host a gala dinner for around 450 guests at Durban’s exclusive Oyster Box on Thursday. Zuma joked with reporters that they couldn’t attend the Monaco wedding, but he had brought the couple to King’s House to give the media a chance to see them. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more