Transfer latest: Man Utd ready €500m Neymar bid

first_imgTransfers January transfer news & rumours: Man Utd ready €500m Neymar bid Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:05 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Transfers Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window Man Utd ready €500m Neymar bidManchester United are readying a record-breaking €500 million offer for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, according to Le 10 Sport .Real Madrid were reported to be leading the chase for the Brazilian, but they can only go as high as €400m.That has left the door open for Jose Mourinho to join the chase and agree to meet an eye-watering buyout clause. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Akanji to snub Liverpool for DortmundManuel Akanji, SwitzerlandSwitzerland defender Manuel Akanji is set to move to Borussia Dortmund despite interest from Liverpool, according to Blick.The centre-back missed training with Basel in order to travel to Dortmund where he will agree terms and complete a medical ahead of a €21.5 million transfer.Spurs and Liverpool had both been linked with the 22-year-old, but he preferred a move to Dortmund as he felt he could more easily break into their first team.Stoke turn attentions back to O’NeillMartin O'Neill Ireland 12112016Stoke City have turned their attentions back to Martin O’Neill after Quique Sanchez Flores decided to stay at Espanyol, according to the Telegraph.The Potters had hoped Flores would agree to take over at the Britannia Stadium following Mark Hughes’ sacking, but saw the former Watford boss confirm his desire to stay in La Liga at a press conference on Saturday.As a result, Stoke will now go with their second choice for the job, current Republic of Ireland boss O’Neill, who is expected to take assistant manager Roy Keane with him as he returns to club management.Alexis’ family arrive in London ahead of Arsenal exitAlexis Sanchez ArsenalThe family of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez have arrived in London ahead of the Chile international’s expected departure from the club, Goal can reveal.Manchester City still lead the way in terms of capturing the former Barcelona ace, but Man United carry an interest too.Get the latest on January’s biggest story right here! PSG prioritise Kante moveN'Golo KanteParis Saint-Germain have made Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante their top target for the summer transfer window, reports Le 10 Sport .The Ligue 1 leaders are eager to find a long-term replacement for Thiago Motta.Kante is considered to be the ideal candidate for that role, with the France international set to be offered a route back to his homeland.’Mourinho risks Alexis custard pie’Alexis SanchezManchester United’s “gamble” on Alexis Sanchez surprises Paul Merson, who feels Jose Mourinho is risking a “custard pie” if the player ends up at arch-rivals Manchester City.The former Arsenal forward told Sky Sports: “It’s a big gamble what Jose’s done with Alexis Sanchez, by going ‘I want Sanchez’. Because if Sanchez chooses to go to Man City, that’s a real custard pie to Man United.”Read the full story on Goal.Klopp snubbed Man UtdJurgen Klopp LiverpoolJurgen Klopp claims he turned down the chance to succeed David Moyes as Manchester United manager before taking the reins at Liverpool.Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield dugout in October 2015, four months on from stepping down at Borussia Dortmund.The Reds boss has been speaking to Sky Sports, find out what he had to say here.Sane not threatened by AlexisLeroy Sane Manchester CityLeroy Sane insists he has nothing to fear from Alexis Sanchez’s potential move to Manchester City.Arsenal star Sanchez is said to be on the brink of deciding his next move, and City were favourites to secure his signature before rivals Manchester United emerged as contenders – as revealed by Goal on Friday.Read what Sane has had to say on Goal. Ibrahimovic wanted by Turkish rivalsZlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester UnitedManchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has emerged as a January target for Turkish rivals Besiktas and Galatasaray, reports fotoMac .The 36-year-old Swede is currently tied to a short-term contract at Old Trafford which is due to run until the end of the season.He has, however, struggled for full fitness since rejoining the Red Devils on the back of a serious knee injury and United are being heavily linked with several striking alternatives.Liverpool offered Ceballos hopeDani Ceballos Real Madrid 2017Liverpool have been made aware that they will be cleared to move for Dani Ceballos if Real Madrid can land a replacement.Diario Gol report that the Reds are looking at the 21-year-old as a possible replacement for Philippe Coutinho.Ranieri resigned to missing out on LucasLucas Moura PSGNantes boss Claudio Ranieri is resigned to failing in an audacious move for Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura.Lucas has made just six appearances in all competitions for PSG this season, all as a substitute, and is reportedly attracting interest from Manchester United and Tottenham.Read the full story on Goal.Liverpool’s Coutinho risk stuns CarragherPhilippe Coutinho BarcelonaLiverpool’s decision to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona during the winter window has stunned Jamie Carragher, with a top-four risk taken at Anfield.The Reds were able to fend off advances from Camp Nou last summer, but eventually bowed to pressure when sanctioning a €160m sale in January.Read the full story on Goal.Arda completes Basaksehir moveArda TuranBarcelona have confirmed that Arda Turan has completed a loan switch to Basaksehir.The midfielder will join the Turkish club until 2020 having struggled for regular game time at Camp Nou.Check out the full story on Goal right here !Man Utd to challenge Liverpool for PulisicChristian Pulisic Man UtdManchester United are set to challenge Liverpool over the signature of Borussia Dortmund’s US wonderkid Christian Pulisic, claims the Independent .Pulisic, 19, is already a regular starter with both club and country, and his added value as an icon in the lucrative US market makes him an attractive signing. And while Jurgen Klopp is a confirmed admirer of the player from his former club, he could face stiff competition from Old Trafford this summer.Liverpool to sign Keita on SundayNaby KeitaLiverpool have succeeded in their bid to push forward the signing of Naby Keita, according to the Express .The Reds agreed terms with RB Leipzig over the midfielder in the summer, but the sale of Philippe Coutinho has left the club short of cover in the middle. Their efforts to move up the transfer date have apparently been successful, and Keita could sign as early as Sunday.Madrid would’ve paid €250m Messi release clauseLionel Messi BarcelonaReal Madrid were willing to activate Lionel Messi’s release clause back in 2013, reports El Mundo .  The Barcelona talisman has been linked with Manchester City in the past, but apparently the Catalan club’s fierce rivals were willing to pay the fee that would’ve allowed them to enter contract talks with the Argentine.Pochettino hails Spurs’ tough transfer talkKane and PochettinoMauricio Pochettino has endorsed Daniel Levy’s claim that no Tottenham player will leave against the club’s wishes ahead of the 2018-19 season.Star centre-forward Harry Kane is expected to be the subject of interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs as he enjoys another prolific campaign, while Dele Alli is another to have been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United have been credited with holding an interest in Danny Rose.Find out what Pochettino has said to say here. Arsenal expect Alexis exit but hopeful on OzilMesut Ozil Alexis Sanchez ArsenalArsene Wenger concedes that Alexis Sanchez is likely to leave Arsenal, but he remains optimistic regarding a new contract for Mesut Ozil.The Gunners have seen speculation surrounding two key figures cast an unwelcome shadow over their efforts in 2017-18, with Manchester rivals City and United ready to pounce if the exit door is opened.Read the full story on Goal! Real plot triple Spurs raidDele Alli Harry Kane TottenhamReal Madrid have Tottenham trio Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Mauricio Pochettino in their sights, claims Don Balon .The Blancos are readying themselves for a summer refresh, with changes being planned on and off the field.England internationals Kane and Alli have been linked with Real for some time, while Pochettino is now considered to be a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane in the Santiago Bernabeu managerial hot-seat.The €37m star who could replace AlexisCristian Pavon Alexis SanchezWith Alexis Sanchez’s departure from Arsenal now only a matter of time, the search has begun in earnest for his replacement.Cristian Pavon, the Boca Juniors striker making big waves in Argentina, has emerged as a real target for the Gunners as they look for a successor to one of the finest talents in the Premier League.Goal explains why the €37m-rated talent could be a perfect choice for Arsene Wenger. Juve step up Darmian huntMatteo Darmian Manchester UnitedJuventus have opened dialogue with Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian regarding a return to Italy, reports Corriere dello Sport .The versatile full-back has slipped back down the pecking order at Old Trafford and is an option being explored by the reigning Serie A champions.Milan to make Dzeko moveEdin Dzeko, AS RomaAC Milan are plotting a summer bid to lure Edin Dzeko away from Roma, claims Tuttosport .The former Manchester City striker has been a prolific source of goals in the Italian capital and is considered to be the man to reignite a spark at the San Siro.Chelsea warned Hazard could leaveEden Hazard Chelsea Arsenal 03012018Eden Hazard is a “top player” but may have to leave Chelsea for one of the “great teams in Europe” to become the best, says Claude Puel.The Blues star continues to be linked with Real Madrid and a man who previously worked with him at Lille feels he is deserving of such a stage.Read the full story on Goal. Sevilla closing on BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi SevillaMichy Batshuayi is edging ever closer to completing a loan move from Chelsea to Sevilla, reports Mucho Deporte .Goal revealed on Tuesday that the La Liga outfit were eager to land the Belgian striker and offer the game time being denied him at Stamford Bridge.Barca wish Neymar had stayedIvan Rakitic Neymar Atletico Madrid Barcelona La Liga 12092015Ivan Rakitic admits those left behind at Barcelona wish that Neymar had not made a €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain.The Brazilian forward became the most expensive player on the planet in the summer of 2017 when trading Catalunya for the French capital.Read the full story on Goal. Man Utd unlikely to make Vardy bidJamie Vardy Leicester CityManchester United are unlikely to make an offer for Jamie Vardy after expressing interest in the Leicester City striker, according to the Leicester Mercury .The Red Devils reportedly decided against submitting a bid because of the heavy transfer fee that would be necessary, with Jose Mourinho’s side instead focusing on hijacking Manchester City’s move for Alexis Sanchez.Vardy, meanwhile, is said to be happy at the King Power Stadium and not actively seeking an exit.West Brom set Evans transfer deadlineJonny Evans West BromManchester City and Arsenal target Jonny Evans has been set a deadline of just over two weeks to decide his future by West Brom, according to the Daily Mail .The former Man United man has seen his name linked with some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs in the current window. But he will have to make up his mind by January 28, or his club will veto a move expected to be worth around  £35 million. Spurs drop interest in Arsenal target MalcomMalcom BordeauxArsenal’s hopes of landing Malcom have received a boost after Spurs cooled their interest in the Bordeaux man, reports the Daily Star .The 20-year-old has attracted interest from both sides of north London in recent weeks, and could be available this window for £45 million.But the Gunners, who see him as a possible replacement for Alexis Sanchez, seem to be in pole position as their rivals dropped out of the race. Man City make Fred bid Manchester City have made a £45 million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, according to the  Manchester Evening News . The Brazilian has been identified by Pep Guardiola as the long-term successor to Fernandinho in midfield, although he may face competition from rivals United.  Real Madrid turn to Roma’s AlissonAlisson RomaReal Madrid have turned to Roma goalkeeper Alisson as a possible new No. 1 at the Bernabeu, reports Gianluca Di Marzio .  With Keylor Navas’ place between the posts coming under scrutiny, a number of shot-stoppers have been linked with a Madrid move. Among those is the Brazil star, who has gained many fans with his fine performances in Serie A.Arsenal join chase for RafinhaRafinha Barcelona 2016-17Arsenal have joined the likes of Inter and Celta in pursuing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, according to Sport .  Ravaged by injuries, Rafinha has been made available for transfer at Camp Nou as he seeks more playing minutes. Both Inter and Celta are keen to strike a loan deal in January, and with Arsenal now in the picture the player will have no lack of options.Real Madrid move for Man City’s SterlingRaheem SterlingReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is in talks with Manchester City over the possible signing of Raheem Sterling, claims Don Balon .Sterling has seen marked improvement in his game since coming under the wing of Pep Guardiola. And that upturn in form has not escaped the attention of Perez, who sees him as a possible successor to Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu.Conte dismisses Chelsea exit talkAntonio ConteAntonio Conte has redoubled his commitment to Chelsea amid speculation that he could be ready to walk out on the club after just 18 months in charge.Get the full story right here on Goal! Wenger plans to stay until 2019Arsene Wenger ArsenalArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted he is still committed to the Premier League club and has no plans to leave before the end of his contract in 2019.Get the full story right here on Goal! Donovan ends retirement to sign with LeonLandon Donovan USAUnited States legend Landon Donovan has joined Club Leon in a surprise return from retirement, the Liga MX team announced late Friday.”I loved the city, it’s the best fans. Club Leon is a historic & winning team,” Donovan tweeted. “I don’t believe in walls. I want to go to Mexico, wear green & win trophies with Leon. We’ll see each other very soon!”Get the full story right here on Goal! Spurs line up new Eriksen and Son dealsChristian Eriksen Tottenham West HamTottenham’s attempts to keep their first team together will continue with fresh contracts for Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son, according to the Mirror .While Dele Alli and Harry Kane’s deals are top priority at the club, they are also keen to tie down the midfield pair to long-term extensions.Independiente confirm Barco saleEzequiel Barco IndependienteIndependiente have confirmed Atlanta United target Ezequiel Barco will leave the club in a move believed to be worth $15 million.Get the full story right here on Goal! Van Persie set for Feyenoord returnRobin van Persie FenerbahceFormer Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is set to leave Fenerbahce to complete a return to Feyenoord, according to AD .The Dutchman began his senior career with the Eredivisie club and looks as though he will now be returning having struggled for game time in Turkey during the 2017-18 season.’Chelsea never wanted Vardy’Jamie Vardy  Antonio Conte has denied that Chelsea were interested in signing Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.Get the full story right here on Goal! Man City consider Seri approachJean Michael Seri NiceManchester City have identified Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri as a possible signing, according to L’Equipe .Seri, who was close to a Barcelona move in the summer, would add more depth to the City midfield and is highly rated through his displays in Ligue 1. Atletico consider Belotti bidBelotti Torino Serie AAtletico Madrid are considering an approach for Torino’s Andrea Belotti, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .With Antoine Griezmann’s future far from certain, the Liga side see Torino’s Italy international as a fine replacement in the summer. Arsenal want Martial in Alexis dealAlexis Sanchez ArsenalArsenal want Anthony Martial included in any deal that would take Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, according to the Daily Star .Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants a replacement before he allows Alexis to leave, and he is hopeful Martial can be that player.United are reluctant to let Martial go, however, though they would be willing to include Chris Smalling in the deal should Arsenal be keen on the centre-back.Emery plays down Neymar to Madrid rumoursNeymar PSG Paris Saint-GermainParis Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted the Ligue 1 giants would not be shaken by rumours Neymar is set to join Real Madrid.”The players are smart and the club have gained experience. I also have experience and I know that people from outside can disrupt us… some people who may have some interest in doing so,” he said.”For example, if you read today the first sport newspaper in Spain, the cover is that Neymar is going to Real Madrid. These things don’t shake us.Get the full story right here on Goal! Man Utd to make De Gea highest-paid playerDavid de Gea Manchester UnitedManchester United are ready to give David de Gea a massive raise in an attempt to fend off interest from Real Madrid, according to The Sun . Madrid are still circling for the 27-year-old and with De Gea’s contract set to expire in 2019, the Red Devils want to offer a new deal to lock down their prized goalkeeper. United reportedly plan to up De Gea’s £210,000-a-week wages to £300,000-a-week, making him the club’s joint highest-paid player along with Paul Pogba.last_img read more

CLASSIC MATCH FOR PORT LINCOLN TOUCH!

first_imgPort Lincoln is a regional community where touch is surviving in the Australian rules dominated state of South Australia. Being 600km from their governing body (Touch SA) and with very little access to develop a higher level of playing standard, Port Lincoln is a real touch outpost. Touch was introduced to Port Lincoln nearly 20 years ago through the local high school, before disappearing for several years. Club contact Gavin Walding credits the touch revival in Port Lincoln to Peter Tokarski in the early 1990’s. With a regional population of 15,000 and the enormous variety of sports, touch is considered one of the area’s strong fringe sports. Participation has varied from 200-400 over the past few years, with a good number of those players being juniors. The winter season is a small competition, with just a few sides. One side consists of over 45’s while another is based around seven junior players. All of the competitions are mixed with participation of numbers being the goal. It is for this reason they allow seven players on the field per side. During summer a junior after-school competition is run with great support from Touch SA, local schools and teachers. While you may be reading this and thinking Port Lincoln sounds like many other normal regional touch associations, it’s time to think again. This is their ANZAC Day clash or Easter matches of the AFL or NRL…It’s called the Cummins Classic and it’s certainly becoming classic. This year July 29th is the date. Both sides will embark on a tense combined 140km bus trip to Cummins, to play up bush in a regular grudge match between two sworn enemies. For six or seven local Cummins players, this is the one match played on their home turf and local pride is also at stake. Gavin Walding believes the Cummins Classic, about to enter it’s second year under the official title, but having been played for over five years now, could well become a Port Lincoln touch institution. “The Cummins classic is a great night with some of the 300 odd locals wandering down to watch the mad buggers that throw the ball backwards to go forwards,” he says. “It is also a great opportunity for the genuine footy bus trip with many a foggy head in the morning.” The teams taking the field for this year’s Cummins Classic are The Masters and The Rik Rik’s. Peter Tokarski (the legend credited with Port Lincoln’s touch revival) leads the Masters, who are the usual collection of those continuing to defy both physics and age to take the field, with their oldest player being over 60. The Masters make up a large proportion of the SA 45’s & 50’s masters sides, who have competed since the 1999 Australian masters with various success. Their opponents for the past two years have been a group of players based around the United Yeelanna football club, whose home ground is around 90km from Port Lincoln. Many of the Rik Rik’s are ex-students of the Masters’ leader, Peter Tokarski. For this auspicious round a few ring-ins tend to appear, along with around 300 locals, who may not fully understand the rules, but love the intensity and the underlying fun of the game. “By the end of the Classic the locals are yelling & cheering along with the players, helped of course by the bar conveniently located next to the field,” Gavin Walding says. After the game the best player receives their medallion and the winners gloat in their short-lived glory. Players and spectators alike then adjourn to the pub across the road for a chance to catch up with friends before boarding the bus for the trip back home. Keep tuned for a full match report in following months. By Rachel Moylelast_img read more

9 days agoTroy ​Deeney optimistic about Watford form

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Troy ​Deeney optimistic about Watford formby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTroy Deeney says that he will be back sooner than expected as he recovers from injury.The Watford skipper is going through recovery from a knee operation, which he underwent in mid-August.He is already running on a treadmill and could be ready for field activities very soon.The striker spoke with the club website about his return date and said: “I know when I’m aiming to be back, it’s not too far away now.”I’m just starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. They are holding me back for my benefit, but when they let me go there will be no stopping me, so they are just trying to rein me in until it’s safe medically and then I’ll be going and pushing myself.”I’m just ready for it. I know what to expect and that I will have to fight for my place. I don’t think there’ll be any playing 45 minutes for the Under-23s first. I’ll be expected to go straight in and I’m ready for everything that is coming.” last_img read more

Horizons launches Canadas first ETF driven by artificial intelligence

first_imgTORONTO – Horizons ETFs Management Inc. says it has launched the first exchange-traded fund in Canada to use artificial intelligence for all security selection decisions.The Horizons Active A.I. Global Equity ETF began trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MIND.The ETF, sub-advised by Mirae Asset Global Investments, uses an investment strategy run by an AI system that analyzes data and extracts patterns.Horizons ETFs president Steve Hawkins says MIND is expected to process market data and allocate assets more efficiently than any human manager.MIND monitors more than 50 investment metrics from which it analyzes patterns and makes investment decisions.South Korean-based Qraft Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of AI investment systems, created the technology powering MIND.last_img read more

French fuel fight Prime minister offers to meet protesters

first_imgPARIS — France’s prime minister is offering to meet with members of a motorists movement who have blocked roads over rising fuel taxes and held protests that caused damage to central Paris.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on BFM television Wednesday that the protesters are expressing “a lot of legitimate things that should be heard.”The drivers may ignore the outreach. Some are calling for a new action Saturday on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, where a protest last Saturday degenerated into violence.The drivers denounce perceived elitism by President Emmanuel Macron, who failed to defuse the anger with a speech Tuesday explaining the environmental need for the tax hikes.Protesters shouted at the minister for overseas territories, Annick Girardin, as she sought to calm tensions Wednesday on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, where demonstrations have been particularly violent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Runners hit the road for the 25th Marathon International de Marrakesh

first_imgFez – Thousands of runners laced-up their shoes on Sunday, January 26th, to take part in Marrakesh’s 25th annual marathon. Runners from around the world ran side-by-side with Moroccan runners to participate in this year’s race. The event included the standard 42-kilometer full marathon as well as a 21-kilometer half marathon.The flat course took runners on a footrace around Marrakesh. Marathoners kicked-off the event at Avenue de la Menara and continued through other parts of the city including Al Manara, Agdal Gardens, the leather souk, and some of Marrakesh’s lesser known neighborhoods. Locals and school children from Marrakesh lined the streets to cheer for runners as they sped by, giving high-fives and applause to encourage marathoners. Some participants ran as teamsMarathoners visiting from Europe found respite from the cold in the warm weather of southern Morocco. Richard Stark, a runner from Sweden was excited to race in the warm weather. “I feel really good because right now in Sweden it’s about minus ten degrees. I ran this week in Sweden and it was really cold and this weather is much better. This is perfect,” Stark said. “It’s a great sunny day and the temperature is pretty perfect.”The course trail looped through olive groves and the Menara gardens and gave racers a spectacular view of the white-topped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains. Visitors participating in the race said the marathon was a good reason to come to Morocco and see the attractions of Marrakesh through the racecourse. “I think it’s the best way to see a city,” Coralie Pearson, a half-marathoner from England, said.Some foreign runners also planned to travel around Morocco after the race, making the marathon the main event drawing them to the country. Julia Patefield, a runner from England said she planned a weeklong holiday to Morocco with her friends, centered on running in the marathon. “We’ve seen quite a lot already. We’ve been on a camel and we’ve been to the gardens, and we have loads of plans for tomorrow and this evening after the race,” Patefield said. “I haven’t just come for the run, it’s for everything.”Marathoners received medals as they crossed the finish lineMarathoners were able to compete as individuals or teams and men and women of all ages pounded the pavement around the city to compete in the race. Obi Deribe Melka from Ethiopia was the first to finish the full-marathon with a time of 2:08, and Tolwak Meseret Kitata from Ethiopia, finished first for the women’s marathon with a time of 2:31. Full race results are currently available online.While some runners chose to compete in the full 42-kilometer distance, most runners opted for the semi-marathon. The course wound around the city, making a large loop and racers made their way into the Gueliz neighborhood for the last kilometer of the race and finally crossed the finish line back at Avenue de la Menara where the race started.The race was well organized and well attended. Finishers received medals and refueling supplies after crossing the finish line where a celebratory atmosphere swept across the crowds of finishers.Teams celebrate after the race© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Split personalities AllAmerican catcher uses humor pranks to keep team loose

Sam Marder is Ohio State’s all-time home run, RBI and walks leader, but she might be Ohio State’s all-time goof ball as well.Her jabbing jokes, ribbon dancing routines and affable personality do not help her hit home runs, but it is apparent she doesn’t need help with that.“I think the great part about this team is that we have so much fun with each other,” Marder said. “They all came to my ribbon dancing routine and we are always playing jokes on each other. We are a fun and relaxed team.”Off the field, Marder encourages some friendly pranks.“Megan (Miller) and I were roommates one weekend on the road and that was not fair,” she said. “We filled a bucket of ice and played a joke on freshman (Megan) Coletta. When she opened the door she got showered with all this ice. Then we ran away.”Though this two-time captain and two-time All-American loves to entertain her teammates, she acknowledges that what you see is not always what you get. “I definitely have two personalities and I like to compare myself to Beyonce calling herself Sasha Fierce,” Marder said. “While off the field I am really light-hearted and joking around.  On the field I am very focused, intense and driven. That is the only way I can play.”Coach Linda Kalafatis acknowledges Marder’s split personality.“She is smart, passionate, creative, weird and goofy,” Kalafatis said. “But, there is an intensity and passion on the field that you don’t necessarily know of off the field.”When co-captain Courtney Pruner was asked to talk about Marder’s personality, she muttered, “Oh God.”Pruner spoke about Marder’s humble personality, but sometimes she can take it too far.“Anytime we get the chance to make fun of her we can,” she said.When it comes to softball, Marder likes to mesh different parts of her personality to guide the team to success, part of her job as captain.“I try to lead by example,” Marder said. “It is important to make sure our team is loose and relaxed, while at the same time, mentally prepared to play.”Marder is not one to stray away from who she is. People don’t have to be at a softball practice to catch a glimpse of the lovable goof ball.When the team plays on the Big Ten Network, she claims she is chosen to read the introductions because she is the most attractive on the team.In addition, Marder represented the softball team by performing rhythmic gymnastics, otherwise known as ribbon dancing, for Buckeyes Got Talent.“The nerve to get up there and be that silly is remarkable,” Kalafatis said.The song she chose was Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.”While the regional tournament approaches, the team will begin its ascent to its ultimate goal, Oklahoma City.The Buckeyes will host the Kentucky Wildcats Friday at 7:30 p.m. read more

Buckeyes make their case for a College Football Playoff spot with shutout

Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones holds the Big Ten Championship trophy after OSU’s 59-0 win over Wisconsin in the conference title game on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — He waited to say it, but Jeff Heuerman made it clear whether or not he feels Ohio State should make the first-ever College Football Playoff.“I’ve kept my mouth shut about that for a very long time, but I’m done with that,” the senior tight end said after the Buckeyes locked up their 35th Big Ten Championship. “We’re definitely one of the top four teams in the country.”OSU — ranked No. 5 in the College Football Playoff standings — shutout No. 13 Wisconsin, 59-0, in the Big Ten title game Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, but all four teams ranked ahead of the Buckeyes won over the weekend as well.But the Buckeyes’ win came under unusual circumstances, as the player starting the game at quarterback was third on the depth chart two weeks before the season started. Saturday’s win also came less than a week after the team learned of the death of walk-on defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge.Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones — starting in place of the injured redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett — said the win was a “huge statement” for the playoff selection committee.“I mean, we played a great, great team, the No. 2 defense in the country,” Jones said after the game. “We put up 59 points on them.”OSU also found a way to stymie Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon — the nation’s top rusher this season. The Buckeyes held Gordon to just 76 yards on the ground, and held him without a touchdown for the first time since Wisconsin’s win over Western Illinois in its second game of the season.With dominating numbers on both sides of the ball, Heuerman said he simply doesn’t see a logical scenario that would keep OSU out of the playoffs.“Come in here and play the 13th-ranked team in the country, No. 1 in the Big Ten in defense, come in here and put up those kind of numbers,” Heuerman said. “Defensively you look at what we did tonight with a Heisman Trophy candidate (Gordon) who’s held to 76 yards and didn’t put up one single point, I don’t know how you don’t put us in the top four, honestly.”OSU coach Urban Meyer — who won two national titles under the BCS-bowl format while he was the coach at Florida — said the selection committee has a difficult task, but added he feels like the Buckeyes are playing as well as the other top teams in the country.“All I can speak to is I’ve been around teams that have competed and won national championships,” Meyer said after the game. “This team, the way it’s playing right now, is one of the top teams in America.”Coming into the game, OSU was ranked behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Texas Christian University and No. 4 Florida State. With all four of those teams winning along with the Buckeyes, OSU would have to jump one of them in order to make the playoffs.Confronted with the idea of missing out on a chance to compete for a national championship, Heuerman stressed that he feels the Buckeyes deserve to be in the top four.“I don’t even want to think about not being in the top four,” He said. “Like I said, I think we’re a top-four team in the country, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that and the College Football (Playoff) committee, they watched that game, I don’t know how any of them say we’re not.”Heuerman added the Buckeyes’ big win came against a top-notch opponent.“We didn’t come in and play a slouch of a football team today, they were a good football team,” he said. “And the way we came in and executed, it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen, honestly. And like I said, I don’t think there’s any way you don’t put us in the top four.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to learn their postseason fate on Sunday. The College Football Playoff selection show is set to begin at 12:30 p.m.The College Football Playoff rankings were decided by a panel of 12 members, including Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In total, the panel is set to consist of 13 members, but former Mississippi and NFL quarterback Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence because of health concerns.The top four teams at season’s end are scheduled to compete in the College Football Playoff. read more

I am giving my all Radja Nainggolan

first_imgThe Internazionale Milan footballer is happy after his team beat Fiorentina last night and talks about what he wants in the futureInternazionale Milan beat Fiorentina 2-1 yesterday in Matchday 6 of the Italian Lega Serie A season.And Radja Nainggolan couldn’t be any happier, after spending his first few months under the Inter shirt.“I am giving my all during this new adventure. Obviously, I still have to improve considering I missed out on preparations and I will show that little bit extra to reach the top,” he told the club’s official website.“However, I am not worried. I felt at ease here at Inter straight away. I was welcomed into the club with open arms. I am happy to be here and I hope it’s a successful period. Our main aim this year is to improve on last season.”“We didn’t start in the best manner, but our last two wins have put us back on track. We hope to now continue like this. The road is long, but we’ve won two important games and we must keep moving forward in the same fashion,” he added.“There are plenty of expectations on us but we’ve demonstrated that we can win tough matches. We are a strong side.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I want to win trophies, that is obvious. I’ve always given my all out on the pitch but it’s now the right time to win something. However, we’ll keep our heads down. It’s better to say nothing and then see where we are at the end of the season,” he concluded.Altra vittoria a San Siro! 👏Riviviamo tutto insieme con la nostra fotogallery 📸👉 https://t.co/TqrQ3GELEw #FCIM pic.twitter.com/nJRH4XWpYd— Inter (@Inter) September 25, 2018last_img read more

Alaska Airlines Decreases Size Of CarryOn Bags

first_imgAlaska said there will be some exceptions to the rule of the carry-on size allowance, but those items will need to be stowed in the aircraft cabin. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska Airlines passengers will need to downsize their carry-on luggage, effective on June 4, after the airline announced it is decreasing the maximum dimensions allowed for carry-on baggage. Alaska also noted that stricter carry-on dimensions will allow more passengers to store their luggage in the overhead compartments (as opposed to a gate-side check). Alaska explained that its current size allotment is “larger than most other international and domestic airlines allow” and that the change was made to “make sure that your carry-on bag will be accepted aboard all the flights within your itinerary.” Passengers’ carry-on items must measure 22 x 14 x 9 inches (including wheels and handles). The change is a significant decrease from current measurements of 24 x 17 x 10 inches.last_img read more