What was former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola up to while in New York?

first_img The prestigious Dr Joan Massague, one of the leading authorities in cancer research, has revealed in the programe “El Convidat”, on TV3, that Guardiola was rgularly in his office at the Department of Cell Biology and Genetics at the Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Centre in New York. Massague said that the former Blaugrana coach spent hours talking to him and was interested in many topics, beyond medicine. He became friends with not only the doctor himself but also many of his employees and hospital staff. Pep Guardiola, current coach of Bayern Munich, spent a year living in New York. He decided to take refuge in the city after a long, intense and successful period in charge of Barcelona. For him it was the best way to disconnect from the current club, keep a low profile, and avoid the certain comparisons that would be made between him and the new coach. Pep was accompanied by his family and led a normal life, oblivious to the all the pressure that he suffered in Barcelona. He has now made some things known which he did during his stay in the city. Upd. at 19:31 CET 19/01/2015last_img read more

Roma push to sign Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez

first_img La Roma acelera por el fichaje de Mahrez Roma could be Riyad Mahrez’s destination after he asked Leicester to let him leave. He was contacted by representatives of the Italian club to find out his disposition regarding a move to the country’s capital.  According to Premium Sport, Roma have agreed a deal with Leicester for the winger. He travelled to Austria for the club’s pre-season tour under Craig Shakespeare, who said that Mahrez “has a contract and should behave like a professional”.  Jordi Blanco In Italy they say Monchi believes he is the ideal replacement for Mohamed Salah, who left for Liverpool for 42 million euros. Leicester want 50 million pounds for Mahrez, a number that for now has stopped Arsenal’s interest in him.  15/07/2017 Upd. on 16/07/2017 at 04:01 CEST IN SPORT.ES Roma will pay 50 million, but in Euros, leaving the number 7 million euros short of what Leicester want for him. The Foxes have signed Vicente Iborra from Sevilla and Maguire from Hull City.last_img read more

Crash driver speeds off after argument

first_imgBy CASEY NEILL A DRIVER slammed into a stationary vehicle and sped away following what appeared to be an argument…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Tributes Paid To Loughrea and Galway GAA Stalwart Tommie Kelly

first_imgTributes have been paid this afternoon to long time Galway GAA Stalwart Tommie Kelly, whose funeral takes place this evening. It it with great sadness that be learned of the death of Tommie Kelly (Loughrea), a great Gael and wonderful friend of Galway GAA and Galway Football in particular.Tommie was born in Kildare and played Football with Westmeath before be moved to Loughrea in the sixties, where he became deeply involved in Galway Gaelic Football.For many years Tommie served in Officer positions in the South Board G.P.C and also on the County Board promoting participation in Gaelic Football. Tommie was involved also with many Galway Teams over the years and he played a key role when Galway won the under-21 Football Final in 1972 and when the Minor Footballer won the All-Ireland Final in 1976. He was also involved with the Galway Senior Football Teams in the 1970’s and many of the County players of the era have fond and lasting memories of Tommie and all he did for them.Tommie struck up a great friendship with the late John Tull Dunne from Ballinalsoe and they traveled the high ways and by-ways of the Country together attending games. Tommie got great satisfaction from attending Juvenile games and Finals throughout the County.In 2012 Tommie was elected President of Coiste Peil na nOg and he served in that position up to the time of his death. Tommie was a great servant of the Galway GAA throughout his life.On behalf of all in Galway GAA I extend our deepest sympathies and condolence to his Family and his wide circle of friends. Mór ár mbrón. Thomas Ó Ceallaigh imithe ar Shlí na fírinne. Uaigneach muid ná an chailleach beara. Slán a chara.When Tommie retired from the Galway County Board in 2010, Jim Carney wrote this article in the Tuam Herald…End of an era as Tommy Kelly retires from Galway Football Board ExecutiveBy JIM CARNEYA long-lasting link in the chain of Galway football will be broken next Monday night when Tommy Kelly, from Loughrea, retires as assistant secretary of the County Football Board Executive — in his 40th year of dedicated, loyal service to the Maroon and White.One of Galway’s great “constants” in those four decades, a popular, highly respected figure who did his work quietly and without fuss, to such an extent he was probably taken for granted — it can be a compliment to a person — Tommy joined the Football Board at the end of 1970, as East Board delegate; his predecessor in that role was the late Patsy Geraghty of Ballinasloe, who had just retired. Straight away, Tommy formed a close friendship with the county’s leading football administrator, John Dunne, and they were inseparable at the G.A.A. venues of Ireland from then on.Sadly, “Tull” Dunne died in 1990, eight years before Galway regained the Sam Maguire Cup, bridging a 32-year gap, while other senior Football Board officers who Tommy Kelly served with, including Pa Burke, Jack Mahon and Miko Kelly, have also gone to their eternal reward.Tommy was a selector of Galway minor, U-21 and senior teams for twenty years, and has particularly fond memories of the brilliant All-Ireland winning U-21 team of 1972 who, like the Minors of 1970, defeated a group of young Kerry men who went on to become probably the greatest ever county senior team. “We were better than them; we proved it twice, in Minor and U-21,” says Tommy, “but while Kerry immediately put their trust in youth and quickly went to the top at senior level, we held our young players back and paid the price for it. But in general I have very happy memories of all my time in football and it’ll always be a big part of my life. The thing I’m most sure of, looking back on the last forty years, is that making friendships with the players gave me the greatest pleasure and the greatest satisfaction. Some of them were rogues, great characters, but they were great lads — year in, year out — and I’ll never forget any of them. I have no regrets, only great memories.”Tommy was born in Co. Kildare, in Castlemitchell, near Athy; it was Gaelic football country and he played with the local club before moving to work and live in Westmeath, where he played for the county team for three years and won a Westmeath S.F.C. medal in 1962, with Rochfortbridge.A qualified fitter/turner, work then took him — as it did so many others — to Tynagh Mines, near Loughrea, and he’s been a Galway man since.He married a Kildare woman, Sarah Wright; they went to National School together, and Tommy is proud of the fact that his wife’s nephew Larry Tompkins had the honour of lifting the Sam Maguire Cup in triumph at Croke Park, as the Cork captain in 1990. He is thankful, too, that Sarah’s dedication to family life meant he could devote so much of his own life to the G.A.A. “She kept the show going at home,” as Tommy puts it, “I wouldn’t have had the great life I’ve had without her.”The Kellys are also very proud to have seen their son Brian play for Galway in the 1973 All-Ireland Minor hurling final, which they were unlucky to lose to Kilkenny; proud that their sons Shane, Declan and Tommy (Jnr.) won Vocational Schools’ medals with Galway, and that Sinéad was involved in the medical back-up for several Galway Minor football teams.They’ve known great sadness in their life together, too: Brian died aged only 50. Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam.The Galway Football Board Convention at Loughgeorge next Monday night will be an emotional occasion for Tommy Kelly, but he can walk away with his head held high.As Shakespeare’s Othello said: I have done the State some service, and they know it.Tommie will be reposing in Kilboy’s Funeral Home, Loughrea this Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 o’clock. Funeral cortege will arrive at St Brendan’s Cathedral on Wednesday morning for Requiem Mass at 12 o’clock followed by burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway GAA Secretary John Hynes paid this tribute….last_img read more

Tiger Woods brings buzz to golf and to the PGA Championship

first_imgEven as memories are fresh of those impulsive chants from a Sunday unlike any other at Augusta National — “Tiger, Tiger, Tiger!” — the 101st PGA Championship is set to begin May 16 on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, New York.For all the talk about whether Woods authored the greatest comeback in sports, perhaps the bigger question is how much he has left. Anticipation now is based on results, not just wishful thinking.He is the betting favorite at the PGA Championship and for the first time in five years has a mathematical chance to reach No. 1 in the world. The more significant number is 18. That’s the number of majors Jack Nicklaus won, the record Woods — who won his 15th at the Masters — can contemplate again.“It took him an entire career to get to 18,” Woods said. “So now that I’ve had another extension to my career — one that I didn’t think I had a couple of years ago — if I do things correctly and everything falls my way, yeah, it’s a possibility. I’m never going to say it’s not.”Woods made his comments to GOLFTV, the Discovery-owned channel with whom he has an endorsement. His only other public comments since the Masters were at the White House Rose Garden when President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jordan Spieth would love to be in the mix this time around, considering what’s at stake.This is the third time Spieth comes to the PGA Championship with a chance to become only the sixth player to complete the career Grand Slam. Rory McIlroy missed his fifth attempt at the Masters. Mickelson gets his fifth chance at the U.S. Open next month at Pebble Beach.Recent form would suggest a struggle for Spieth. He hasn’t won in his last 43 events worldwide. He hasn’t been in contention since he played in the final group of the British Open last year.“I think I’ll be flying under the radar compared with previous years, just based on results of the last year or so,” he said. “But I don’t mind that.”Maybe it helps that the PGA Championship is no longer the last major of the year, in August when temperatures approach triple digits and the season already feels long. The forecast next week is for temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s, which might make this feel more like the West Coast Swing.Bethpage Black is still a tough. There’s a reason it has a sign posted on the first tee that says, “Warning: The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which is recommended only for highly skilled golfers.” In two majors, only six players have finished under par.It might be different for the PGA Championship, although Kerry Haigh, who sets up the course for the PGA, says the fairways will be the same width as they were for the U.S. Open except on No. 18.What likely won’t change is the energy outside the ropes. Bethpage is notorious for its vocal crowds, and if bringing a major championship back to their public golf course isn’t enough, they now have the Tiger Woods they were used to seeing. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Roger Federer outlasts Monfils to reach Madrid Open quarterfinals Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast FILE – In this Sunday, April 14, 2019, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Woods goes for his next major on May 16 when the PGA Championship starts at Bethpage Black. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)The PGA Championship agreed to move to May for the first time in 70 years to help the golf season end before football and to energize a century-old major that was looked upon as the last and the least of the Grand Slam events.Tiger Woods took care of the latter.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s bookscenter_img LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? He has golf buzzing again after putting together the final piece on a captivating comeback by winning the Masters. Eleven years since he last won a major, two years after a fourth back surgery and with no guarantees he would play again, Woods ushered in a new era of Tigermania.For years, Woods was talked about in the past tense. Now it’s about the future.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAnd the wait for the next major is shorter than ever.“We were very excited about the May change before Tiger made his fireworks in Georgia,” said Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America. “We think we made a great decision, but we’d rather be lucky than good, in terms of what he did in the Masters. We thought it was smart. It looks brilliant now.” Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Woods said at the ceremony his Masters victory was “the highlight of what I’ve accomplished so far in my life on the golf course.”Bethpage Black brings back strong memories.The public course on Long Island is where Woods first chased the calendar Grand Slam in 2002, winning the Masters and then going wire-to-wire in the U.S. Open at Bethpage. Lucas Glover won the 2009 U.S. Open on a sloppy Bethpage course that took on so much rain it took five days to get in 72 holes.The common denominator at both was Phil Mickelson settling for second at the two majors held at Bethpage.Mickelson made a strong bid to overcome a five-shot deficit to Woods, and he was tied for the lead with five holes to play in 2009. Cheers alone suggest Mickelson is the people’s choice for majors in the New York area. He missed the cut in his lone appearance ahead of the PGA Championship but still comes in with confidence from a pair of runner-up finishes in majors at Bethpage.“I think the best thing for me is the way the people there treat me,” Mickelson said. “They treat me so well, and I feel that is an advantage. If I can get my game sharp and play well, there is a good chance that energy can get me to the finish line.”Brooks Koepka is the defending champion and will try to join Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the PGA Championship since it switched to stroke play in 1958. Woods did it twice. Koepka held off a noisy charge by Woods at Bellerive in St. Louis last year to win by one. At the Masters, Koepka finished one shot behind Woods.“I got the better of him at St. Louis and he got the better of me at Augusta,” Koepka said. “I texted him on the way home on Sunday, on the flight home. Just said, ‘Congrats.’ That was awesome, fun to see. He responded with, ‘We’re 1-1.’ Hopefully, we’ll make that 2-1 very shortly.”Adding to the anticipation of the PGA Championship is that it’s more than just Woods and Koepka.Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, also was a runner-up at the Masters. That might have been the toughest major for Woods to win because it was the first time he had a half-dozen players to contend with on the back nine. In his previous 14 majors, he never had to worry about more than one or two players, if any. View commentslast_img read more

The envious man grows lean at the success of his neighbour

first_imgDear Editor,I would like to respond to an article in a section of the media on December 25, 2018 edition, entitled “Rejecting Irfaan Ali as presidential candidate”. The article, inter alia, clearly sought to tarnish the image and reputation of the sitting MP with its vile and rancorous undertone.As a party member, and having known Irfaan for over eight years. I personally found the article very misleading and despicable. As Pliny the Younger once said, “envy always implies conscious inferiority wherever it resides”.Irfaan Ali, presumable is one of the most experienced, shrewd and humble politicians of all the potential candidates for the top post as leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Hailed from a humble family, Irfaan worked his way up through the ranks of the PPP and became one of the youngest MPs, holding various portfolios, including Housing and Water Minister and, Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister. At one time, he was the Minister of both Ministries, simultaneously.As the Housing and Water Minister, he spearheaded one of the most successful housing programmes ever. Tens of thousands of house lots were distributed, specifically targeting low and middle-income families, young professionals, teachers and our medical personal. According to the 2012-2016 Country Programme Evaluation Report, the Low-Income Settlement Programme II, a multibillion-dollar IDB programme initiated and executed under Irfaan’s tenure as Housing and Water Minister, was deemed one of the most successful housing programmes ever.I recalled at one of the ‘One Stop Shop’ a single parent mother who was too overwhelmed with euphoria, shed tears as she praised the then Minister for providing her with an opportunity to own her own home. Though there are countless similar success stories of this kind, there are a few who didn’t get the opportunity to benefit due to the inability of the Government to match the overwhelm housing demand, which unfortunately precipitated premature resentments amongst some non-beneficiaries.Nonetheless, there is no doubt that hundreds of thousands of lives were positively impacted through improved standard of living and wealth generation, and in the eyes of the beneficiaries, Irfaan is viewed as a saviour.Yours truly,Ian Persaudlast_img read more

Mother still searching for missing son

first_img“I do not mind if they kill him or hiding he, I just want to know that he is alive or if he is dead,” were the words of Seeta Persaud, mother of missing Troy Greenidge.Missing: Troy Greenidge08A devastated mother whose son went missing two years ago is pleading with the public for help about her son’s whereabouts.Greenidge of John Fernandes Housing Scheme, Georgetown, went missing on October 15, 2014. He had left home to collect his salary from his employer in Diamond, East Bank Demerara and that was the last time his family saw him.Speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, his mother related that her son was a miner and had only returned from the interior days before he went missing. “He came out of the interior with only half of his salary and he said he was going to collect the balance.”The distraught woman said Saturday marked two years since her son went missing and she is still unclear of details surrounding his disappearance.The woman explained that she is frustrated with the investigations being carried out by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) since she has been running around for two years with no formal word from the Police.“I am doing my own investigation and every time I get a lead I would give it to the Police officers but they would just take it and say that they are still investigating. It is like they just get the case, put it down and forget about it. All they keep saying is that they are investigating. Every officer I go to they say go to another person. They just gat me running from station to station”, said the frustrated mother.Persaud is further pleading with the GPF to carry out a thorough investigation into her son’s disappearance.“I am only asking the GPF to do a proper investigation for my son. He deserves to be found. All my family and I want is some closure, to know what happen to my son; he was only 27 years at his disappearance; he would have been 29 this year,” Persaud related.Greendidge is the father of two children.Anyone with information that will lead to Greenidge is asked to make contact with the nearest Police Station, or relatives on 610-1537.last_img read more

Ricciardo rules himself out for Mercedes

Ricciardo, who finished third in the 2016 drivers’ championship behind Rosberg and Hamilton, said he wasn’t about to jump ship.“I’ve got two more years at Red Bull. That’s where I’m going to be,” he told reporters in Perth.“There’s a lot of people that are tempted to jump into that (Mercedes) seat, and you don’t blame them.“I just hope whoever gets it appreciates it. It’s a damn good one. But for me, you’ll see me at Albert Park (Melbourne) in a Red Bull.”Mercedes communications chief Bradley Lord said last week there would be no announcement until next year, following Rosberg’s shock retirement this month.His comments came as French media reported Felipe Massa was in talks with Williams about reversing his decision to retire, which would free up 27-year-old Bottas to switch to Mercedes.Massa, 35, retired from Formula One at the end of the season, but French sports daily L’Equipe has said he is in talks for another year with Williams.One of the two seats at Williams has already been taken by rookie Lance Stroll, 18.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third in the 2016 drivers’ championship, said he wasn’t about to jump ship from Red Bull to Mercedes © AFP/File / Karim SahibPERTH, Australia, Dec 21 – Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo Wednesday ruled out joining Mercedes next year to replace world champion Nico Rosberg, saying he is happy at Red Bull.Mercedes are yet to name who they want as Lewis Hamilton’s new partner, although reports say they are chasing Valtteri Bottas from Williams. read more

Exclusive – Bosnich: Chelsea only have themselves to blame for Lampard pain

first_imgMark Bosnich believes Chelsea have only got themselves to blame after Frank Lampard returned to haunt his former club again.The former England midfielder has extended his loan deal with Manchester City until the end of the season, and scored a vital late winner as the Citizens beat Sunderland 3-2 at the Etihad.The result moved Manuel Pellegrini’s side level on points with their title rivals, with only Chelsea’s alphabetical advantage leaving them top of the pile.It’s not the first time the 36-year-old has hurt his former employers, having denied Jose Mourinho’s men three vital points earlier in the season.And ex-Stamford Bridge goalkeeper Bosnich claims the west London club can have no complaints.“It serves Chelsea right,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “If they had any inclination that he could come back and hurt them like this [then it was foolish to let him go].  “No club likes to be held over a barrel when it comes to negotiations, regardless of who the player is.“When Frank left and said he was going to the Man City franchise in New York, there was always the chance this was going to happen.“There’s nothing much they can whine about now, just make sure they win the title.”last_img read more

Andy Goldstein Sports Bar Best Bits – December 9

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein, Jason Cundy and friends for the highlights of another brilliant week of Sports Bar shows.The boys debated a host of sporting topics, were joined by some brilliant guests, listeners, and much, much more!Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes – as well as previous editions.last_img