Barcelona, Real Madrid plan 30% player wage cuts

first_img Clubs from across the Spanish top flight are expected to be severely impacted by the ongoing La Liga suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. Barcelona are reportedly aiming to recoup an estimated €230m due to the reductions, with transfer budgets also reduced and big name arrivals restricted this summer.Advertisement Barcelona and Real Madrid are both planning to reduce their first team squad salaries by 30% ahead of the 2020-21 La Liga season. According to Sunday’s front page of Diario AS, the El Clasico pair are both considering major cuts as part of financial restructuring this summer. The report also states the likelihood of games being played closed doors will effect sponsorship deals, with pitch side advertising reduced to zero. Promoted Content20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be Cool6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterCelebrities Showing Support For George Floyd Protests5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti Read Also: Bundesliga restart suffers blow as Dresden squad placed in quarantine La Liga is working towards a return for the 2019-20 campaign in mid-June, however games are certain to be played without fans for the remainder of the season. Supporters are unlikely to be permitted to attend games if the 2020-21 season begins as planned in September, with restrictions rumoured to be in place until the end of 2020. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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Four first-time winners at Algona

first_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiALGONA, Iowa (Aug. 24) – Rob Hughes, John Wiemann, Doug Wickman and Jay DeVries all won features at Algona Raceway for the first time in 2013 to highlight the night of dirt track racing on Saturday, Aug. 24. The most dramatic race of the night came in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Mike Carlson started on the pole and grabbed the early lead before an early challenge from Phil Ricke as two went door-to-door for two laps. The only caution of the race waved on lap six. George Nordman, who started 11th, weaved his way into contention for the final five laps to put the heat on Carlson. Nordman patiently stayed behind Carlson until turn two on the final lap when he slid past on the bottom of the track and went on to the victory. Carlson was second with Nick Meyer placing third. Shane Swanson was fourth and Ricke rounded out the top five cars. Mick Monahan was the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature’s early leader before Philip Lusson wrestled the lead away on lap three. Lusson held the lead until lap seven when Wickman steered his no. 24W to front on lap eight and went on to the win.Lusson finished as the runner-up followed by Brandon Nielsen, Devin Smith and Chad Gentz.The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature was run without a stoppage of action as Wiemann lead at the end of the first lap and held the lead throughout the 12-lap race to earn his first feature win of the year at the track.David Smith was second with Calvin Lange finishing third. Tom Sierck was fourth and Dan Hanselman placed fifth. Pole sitter Rob Hughes won the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main ahead of Tad Reutzel, Ryan Watnem and Dustin Smith. DeVries won his first Mach-1 Sport Compact feature of the year.last_img read more

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Duke wins Clinton County PASS battle

first_imgMost of the race was a dogfight between Duke, polesitter John Walp and outside front-row starter Dylan Proctor, with Proctor leading the most laps but all three drivers taking turns at the front.  That enabled sixth starting Jack Frye to move into third but he was unable to challenge for the lead. Scott Ellerman finished fourth and Scott Lutz finished fifth. Duke took his sixth PASS event of the season and third at Lock have. By Frank Buhrman After Duke, who had started third, grabbed the lead for the final time, Walp spun and had to re­start in the rear.  Feature results – 1. Ken Duke Jr.; 2. Dylan Proctor; 3. Jake Frye; 4. Scott Ellerman; 5. Scott Lutz; 6. Reed Thompson; 7. Dakota Schweikart; 8. Jeffrey Weaver; 9. Dale Schweikart; 10. Tylor Cochran; 11. Josh Fox; 12. John Walp; 13. Ian Cumens; 14. Mike Murphy; 15. Dave Guss. LOCK HAVEN, PA. (July 26) – Ken Duke Jr. emerged from an intense, nearly race-long three-car bat­tle to win the 25-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car event co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Sprint Series and Laurel Highlands Sprint Series Friday at Clinton County Motor Speedway. last_img read more

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Sir Alex Ferguson statement in full

first_img Press Association Manchester United have confirmed that manager Sir Alex Ferguson is to retire at the end of the season. The statement continued: “Our training facilities are amongst the finest in global sport and our home Old Trafford is rightfully regarded as one of the leading venues in the world. “Going forward, I am delighted to take on the roles of both Director and Ambassador for the club. With these activities, along with my many other interests, I am looking forward to the future. “I must pay tribute to my family, their love and support has been essential. My wife Cathy has been the key figure throughout my career, providing a bedrock of both stability and encouragement. Words are not enough to express what this has meant to me. “As for my players and staff, past and present, I would like to thank them all for a staggering level of professional conduct and dedication that has helped to deliver so many memorable triumphs. Without their contribution the history of this great club would not be as rich. “In my early years, the backing of the board, and Sir Bobby Charlton in particular, gave me the confidence and time to build a football club, rather than just a football team. “Over the past decade, the Glazer family have provided me with the platform to manage Manchester United to the best of my ability and I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with a talented and trustworthy Chief Executive in David Gill. I am truly grateful to all of them. “To the fans, thank you. The support you have provided over the years has been truly humbling. It has been an honour and an enormous privilege to have had the opportunity to lead your club and I have treasured my time as manager of Manchester United.” center_img They released a statement, in which Ferguson said: “The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time. “It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so. The quality of this league winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long-term future of the club remains a bright one.” last_img read more

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West Ham fans back crest change

first_img “West Ham United are pleased to report that an independent supporter poll, conducted by SMG YouGov, shows that fans have voted in favour of adopting the Club’s updated crest design,” the club announced on their website. “Of the two supporter polls, SMG YouGov reported that 77 per cent of fans were supportive of evolving the Club’s crest. The Club therefore had a clear mandate for change. When presented with the new crest’s design, 72 per cent of West Ham fans who support change, also voted to adopt the new crest design. “SMG YouGov’s report confirmed that the second stage of the process attracted new respondents and new opinions, while the results showed that an overall 56 per cent majority of fans voted ‘yes’, in clear support of adopting the new crest. “The primary, full-colour flat and mono executions…will be the most widely used and will grace the playing shirt from 2016. We are also pleased to report that the popular blue shield with claret hammers will be adopted as a secondary colour-way.” The new crest is another step away from tradition for the east London club who will leave the Boleyn Ground, their home for the last 110 years, to take up anchor residency of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. Co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold issued a statement thanking supporters for their input, which read: “As a board, we always put the fans’ feelings at the heart of our decision making. This is an emotive issue and we have said from the outset that if supporters did not vote for this crest then there would be no change. “From all the emails and tweets we have seen, there are clearly thousands of different opinions out there. But ultimately, the fans have spoken. We are pleased to have found a route that has been endorsed by the majority of fans so we now plan to follow that guidance.” Meanwhile vice-chairman Karren Brady, who played a major part in securing the Olympic Stadium move, believes the tie-in with a new crest is crucial to develop the club. Press Association West Ham will sport a newly-designed crest when they move to the Olympic Stadium from the start of the 2016-17 season. “Our priority now is to continue to work with supporters to ensure that when we make our momentous move in 2016, the Olympic Stadium looks and feels like home. “This has always been and remains a guiding principle for the board in the lead up to the move. Millions of pounds are being invested to make sure the stadium exceeds fans’ expectations come the first game of the 2016-17 season. “The approval of the new crest is a significant step forward in this process and I would like to reiterate my thanks to the thousands of supporters who played their part in helping to devise what will be the 16th crest in our 119-year history.” The Hammers conducted a number of online polls amongst supporters to garner opinions on a modern, simplistic design to coincide with the move away from Upton Park in two years’ time – with a slight majority voting in favour of the change. The new crest sees the castle removed from the current design, with ‘London’ added in an attempt to attract a wider market as the club made a number of small alterations following feedback from fans. last_img read more

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Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi delighted with positive Avram Grant talks

first_imgGhana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi says it held positive talks with would-be national team coach Avram Grant on Thursday in Accra over his remuneration.The Israeli trainer topped the GFA’s list after a panel interviewed three shortlisted coaches including Juan Ignacio Martínez Jimenez and former Switzerland assistant coach Michel Pont.Grant must agreed financial terms with his new employers before his appointment will be confirmed.But after the first day of meeting, the Ghana FA looks satisfied and ready to hand him a two-year contract as Kwesi Appiah’s successor.“The meeting was very successful and positive and we are very close to appointing him as the next Black Stars coach,” Nyantakyi told Africanfootball.com“There were few things we needed to confirm with him and that have been dealt with so we are now satisfied and ready to appoint him.” Grant, 59, became prominent in world football after replacing Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager in 2007.That season, he led the club to reach the final of the UEFA Champions League-losing out to rivals Manchester United in Moscow.Grant then had unsuccessful spells at Portsmouth and West Ham before landing a job at Serbian giants Partizan Belgrade where he won the league in 2002 but immediately resigned.He is currently the technical director for Thai Premier League side BEC Tero Sasana.– See more at: http://www.ghanasoccernet.com/ghana-fa-president-kwesi-nyantakyi-delighted-positive-avram-grant-talks#sthash.zvQrI3TU.dpuflast_img read more

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FAVORED MOTHER MOTHER RALLIES TO TAKE $75,000 KALOOKAN QUEEN STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS AS BAFFERT & ROSARIO TEAM FOR 6 ½ FURLONG WIN IN 1:16.20

first_imgFAVORED MOTHER MOTHER RALLIES TO TAKE $75,000 KALOOKAN QUEEN STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS AS BAFFERT & ROSARIO TEAM FOR 6 ½ FURLONG WIN IN 1:16.20ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2020)–With more than $57,000 to win bet on her in the first flash of the tote board, Bob Baffert’s Mother Mother “drifted up” in the wagering to go off as the 2-5 favorite in Sunday’s $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes at Santa Anita and she ran like it, rallying from off the pace to register a 1 1/4 length win under Joel Rosario while getting 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.20.A solid third in the Grade I, seven furlong La Brea Stakes on opening day Dec. 28, Mother Mother, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Pioneerof the Nile, broke sharply with blinkers off, but was in hand while a measured third leaving the three furlong pole, about 2 ½ lengths off of dueling leaders Show It N Moe It and Lady Ninja before launching a three-wide-bid around the turn. With Show It N Moe the first to tire, Mother Mother, who was hand ridden by Rosario, took command inside the sixteenth pole.“The blinkers off helped,” said Rosario, who collected his third win of the day.  “She was good early, she relaxed well. Those two fillies (Show It N Moe It and Lady Ninja) really wanted to go to the lead and my filly was the best horse in the race.”Five-time graded stakes placed, Mother Mother, who opened up at odds of 1-9 in a field of five older fillies and mares, paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10.Owned by Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC, Barry Hall, Barry Lipman and Mark Mathiesen, Mother Mother, who is out of the Lion Hearted mare Mother, picked up her second stakes win and improved her overall mark to 10-3-3-2.  With the winner’s share of $47,400, she increased her earnings to $363,061.“Last time, she was out on the lead and I told Joel we took blinkers off because she got a little rank,” said Baffert, who will celebrate his 67th birthday on Monday.  “Joel always rides his own race and I don’t try to get in his way…He said they were going a little fast early so he rode her with a lot of confidence like you’re supposed to ride a 2 to 5 shot.”So, where does racing’s most recognizable figure intend to spend his birthday tomorrow?  “I’m gonna watch Clemson beat LSU (in tomorrow night’s College Football National Championship Game).  I’m all Dabo! (Sweeney, Clemson head coach).”Clearly second best on the day, Lady Ninja, who was the second choice at 2-1 with Flavien Prat, finished 4 ¼ lengths in front of Show It N Moe It and paid $2.40 and $2.10.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Show It N Moe It, who was off at 15-1, paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.93, 44.96 and 1:09.85.Racing resumes with a four-day week on Friday. First post time for a seven-race card is at 1 p.m.  Santa Anita will be open for simulcast wagering on Wednesday and Thursday, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m.last_img read more

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Pakistan humble West Indies in Dubai

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC): Reigning World champions West Indies were humbled by Pakistan in the opening Twenty20 International here yesterday, after virtually condemning themselves with a feeble batting effort at the Dubai International Stadium. Sent in, they recovered from a shocking position of 48 for eight in the 12th over to stumble to 115 all out with a ball remaining in the innings, and Pakistan wasted little time in cruising to their target in the 15th over, to complete an uncomplicated nine-wicket victory and take a valuable 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was the only one to emerge from the encounter with any semblance of pride, striking a top score of 55 from 54 balls under pressure. Spinner destroys WI The damage was done by left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, who ripped through the innings with a Man-of-the-Match spell of five for 14 from his four overs. In reply, Pakistan never looked in danger of botching their run chase and Babar Azam made sure of this with a fluent unbeaten 55 off 37 deliveries. In only his second T20 International, the right-hander smashed six fours and two sixes and posted a match-winning, unbroken 88-run, second wicket stand with opener Khalid Latif who made a patient 34 not out from 32 balls. With the second T20 International scheduled for today at the same venue, West Indies were left with several problems to solve in a short space of time. Without the experience of axed captain Darren Sammy and the unavailable Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, West Indies stumbled and stuttered from the outset. Imad became the first Pakistani spinner to take a five-wicket haul in T20s. When Sunil Narine (1) failed to beat Latif’s direct hit from mid-off on a badly judged quick single, West Indies were in a deep hole but Bravo bailed them out with a quality knock which included four fours and two sixes. He started slowly with his first 18 runs requiring 32 balls but accelerated to reach his fourth T20I half-century off 50 balls. He took 13 runs from the 15th over bowled by Tanvir and combined with Tylor to garner 19 from the following over from seamer Hasan Ali – the most expensive over of the innings. Bravo raised his half-century in the 19th over by clearing the ropes at cover with left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz but perished in the deep off the penultimate delivery of the innings, with West Indies desperately chasing runs. The Windies then needed an early breakthrough to remain in the game but none came, as Sharjeel Khan hammered three fours and a six in a 17-ball 22, to dominate an opening stand of 28 with Latif. And even when he bowled by leg-spinner Samuel Badree in the fourth over, Latif and Babar kept Pakistan on course with positive stroke-play.last_img read more

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Ending Poverty in Africa: How Serious Is Liberia in This Fight?

first_imgThe World Bank Group (WBG) in recent days celebrated its “Africa End Poverty.”The Bank emphasized the cardinal role of public policy in providing a level playing field for everyone in society to feel the impact of government. But how serious is Liberia in the fight to end poverty?Actually, we in Liberia should not be talking about poverty. Why? Because Liberia is richly endowed with natural resources that are absent in many African countries that are striving to end poverty.We have often in our Editorials referred to some countries beyond Africa, notably South Korea and Singapore, which in 1960 were on the same economic plane as Liberia. But because of the shortsightedness, corruption and lack of patriotism that have bedeviled Liberia for so many generations, we are as we are today, one of the world’s poorest and most backward countries. Korea and Singapore, on the contrary, are among the world’s richest and most highly developed nations.But let us look right here in Africa at two relatively new countries, Rwanda and Botswana. Liberia is far older, far richer than either of these countries. Yes, Botswana has diamonds and cattle. And Rwanda, like Botswana, too, has very little rainfall. Contrast either country with Liberia, which is endowed with vast iron ore deposits, as well as gold, diamond and rain that falls at least six months in each year. Yet we cannot feed ourselves and have to import most of our food, including our staple, rice, and most of the meat we eat.Yet we have places in Liberia, including Grand Cess in Grand Kru County, Lofa and Nimba Counties where cattle can grow naturally. But neither the government nor private individuals have bothered to raise cattle. Instead, we depend for our beef on half sick cattle from rain-starved Mali. Botswana, on the other hand, is a major exporter of beef.Rwanda, too, has taken great advantage of something that Liberian has in abundance—tourist attractions. The difference with Liberia is that neither the Liberian government nor private individuals have bothered to take advantage of these attractions; for example, our rich culture, Lake Piso and the entire Grand Cape Mount County and our 350-mile coastline on which beaches abound.Rwandans, on the contrary, have used their innovation to turn almost every part of their country into tourist sites to help boost the economy.Botswana is a landlocked country threatened by savanna grassland and the Kalahari Desert, and its only mineral resource is diamond, which Liberia also has in abundance.Botswana, too, has dwelt on ethical value to denounce corruption and preach equality and morality in order to build the least corrupt society on the African continent.Travelers who visit those countries all speak of the improvements that have been made there in recent years. Yet Liberians, especially our government officials, including our President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, cannot emulate these far younger African nations.How serious is Liberia to end poverty in line with the World Bank’s goal? Look at all the great opportunities we have missed year in, year out. Take all the beautifully made geographical landscapes God has given us. What have we been waiting for all these years to turn them into tourism sites to bring revenue to the country? Tourism brings not only money, including loads of hard currency; but also employment and development. Nearly every week this newspaper carries stories of major international hotel chains opening modern hotel complexes in various parts of Africa, and we have since the war—and not even in the past 12 years of the Ellen Sirleaf administration, been able to fix the Ducor, West Africa’s first five star hotel. Pray tell us why.Poor Liberia; when are we ever going to get a government that will seriously engage in the fight against poverty by putting to work the great and serious advantages we have, the rich endowments that the God of nations has bestowed upon us?Within the next two weeks we have a chance to elect a new president of Liberia. What we must do now is to determine who between the two contestants in the presidential run-off is better prepared to wage the serious, vigorous, persistent and committed fight against poverty?Some of what we have said in this Editorial can be used as benchmarks to start this fight against poverty. But will our leaders take note of them? Will they involve the media, at least the serious parts of the Liberian media, to help chart the course in this great challenge of the moment—fighting and defeating poverty in Liberia and setting our nation, at long last, on the path to economic and social development?That remains to be seen.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Husband gets 22 years for drowning wife

first_imgHead in bucket murderThirty-five-year-old Vindra Siriram, who was last month found guilty of killing his wife, Shelly Ann Persaud, four years ago, will spend the next 22 years in prison for submerging her head in a five-gallon bucket of water.Shelly-Ann Persaud was killed at the hands of her partner in June 2014Justice James Bovell-Drakes, who handed down the sentence at the High Court on Monday, encouraged the convicted husband to re-evaluate his conduct to be a better member of society.The woman’s lifeless body was found at the couple’s Friendship, East Bank Demerara home on June 10, 2014. The couple shared three children who were present when Persaud and Siriram argued while he was in a drunken state.His lawyer, Damian Da Silva, in a plea of mitigation had earlier appealed for leniency and stressed that the killing was a one-off unfortunate incident. State Prosecutor Seeta Bishundial responded that there were too many similar incidents involving intimate partners. She added that alcoholism and domestic violence had no place in Guyana’s society.In the probation report which was presented in court, it was observed that Siriram dropped out of school as a teenager and he learnt a trade at 15. It was also reported that he suffered from meningitis when he was very young and was given herbal treatment by his grandmother.Under examination by Bishundial, it was found that the probation report did not include how the death affected the young children in addition to several other concerns the State’s Attorney raised. As such, she declared that the report was not balanced. It was principally based on the evidence of neighbours which seemed to favour Siriram. Bishundial had petitioned the court to consider the gruesome nature of the offence and that the offender had not shown remorse.Convicted killer Vindra SiriramPersaud’s sister, Sherry-Ann, who witnessed the accused slapping her sister in front of others, testified before the court. Other witnesses, including the couple’s young daughter, testified that Siriram and Persaud would often fight.The pathologist testified that there were marks of violence about the body and signs of compression as if someone forced the woman down. The post-mortem examination revealed that she died as a result of drowning and manual strangulation.However, the convicted man previously told the court that he loved his wife and also wanted to know who killed her, claiming that he was beaten by the Police. In addition, he stated that a garbage bag was placed over his head and he was forced to sign a caution statement.Siriram claimed that in fact, on the morning of June 10, 2014 he woke up and found his wife in that position and immediately called out to a neighbour. He maintained this story after he was sentenced.Siriram was initially indicted for murder, but a jury (10-2) found him guilty of manslaughter early last month. Persaud, who had known Siriram since she was a teenager, was said to have dropped out of school during the relationship.last_img read more

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