Who is Real Madrid star Pepe’s toughest opponent?

When asked about who it was by Sky Sports, Pepe said:  Sport EN Pepe referred to two Madrid legends, saying: “I really liked Fernando Hierro. Roberto Carlos too, but as a centre-back, it was always about Fernando Hierro.” “Without doubt Diego Costa. He’s a striker who really battles and loves getting stuck in.” CEST Real Madrid centre-back Pepe has revealed his toughest opponent on the field is Chelsea striker Diego Costa, formerly of Atletico Madrid. Upd. at 20:28 Judging by how he acts when he faces Barcelona sometimes, you might have thought it would be Lionel Messi. On the other hand, he also spoke about his footballing inspirations.  01/05/2016 read more

Houses burgled in daylight attacks

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS BURGLARS have smashed into and ransacked two Emerald homes in what is believed to have been daylight…[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

Language lessons a lifeline

first_imgConstruction has started at Sakyamuni Sambuddha Vihara temple in Berwick, following a $780,000 boost from the Federal Government. Originally, the…[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. By Jessica Anstice last_img

Slopitch Gold goes to West Kootenay Boundary

first_imgDoreen Reimer of Nelson and Mary Bermel captured silver in Flight B Cribbage while Dave and Eleanor Thomas took the Flight C silver medal.In the pool, Marylee Banyard of Nelson won three gold and one bronze in women’s 50-meter butterfly, 200 meter individual medley,  25 meter butterfly and 200 meter freestyle, respectively.June Johnston of Nelson won a pair of silver medals in women’s 70-74 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter breaststroke.The team of Wilma Turner of Castlegar, Barb Roberts of Rossland, Banyard and Joan Hooper of Christina Lake won bronze in 4 X 25-meter freestyle and medley relays while Steve Miller of Trail, Peter Lee of Nelson, Richard Mathers and Shayne Konar of Grand Forks won bronze in men’s 25-meter freestyle relay.Sharisse Kyle of Nelson won gold in 60-64 Cycling time trial.The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons won silver in the Dragon Boat Racing while the West Kootenay Boundary men’s soccer squad finished fourth overall in the 55-plus division.On the ice, Kootenay Glaciers won bronze in the men’s 55 division; Kootenay Kings took silver in men’s 60; and Glacier Kings captured bronze in men’s 65 category. All three teams had players from Rossland, Nelson, Castlegar, Trail and Cranbrook forming the rosters.West Kootenay Boundary zone finished fifth overall in the 12-zone field with 113 medals. West Kootenay/Boundary defeated Vancouver Island North 17-12 to capture the Gold Medal in Slopitch at the 2018 BC 55-Plus Senior Games Saturday in Cranbrook.The BC 55-plus Senior Games wrapped up Saturday following four days of competition in Cranbrook and Kimberley.The meeting was a rematch of a game Friday between the two clubs in Slopitch.West Kootenay/Boundary squad includes Mike Roch, Ken Haynes, Rick Lowen, Luree Gould, Lorne Wuori and Joe Capiglione of Nelson; Bob Murray of Rossland, Nona Kutcher of Castlegar, Bruce Borsato, Barry Benner and Colin McLean of Trail, Alta Pinney of Salmo, Carson Erickson, John Mota and Christine Mota of Genelle and James Ross.In other sports, the team of Sandra Edson and Patrick O’Neil won the gold medal in 301-750 master points Bridge while Doris and Peter Laktin claimed silver in 0 to 300 masters points bridge.last_img read more

Dutch riding high in Sochi after skaters’ clean sweep

first_imgBy Mark TrevelyanJorien ter Mors led a Dutch clean sweep in the women’s 1,500 metres speed skating on Sunday as the Netherlands’ medal tally shot up to 17, more than any other nation at the Winter Olympics in Russia.Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud sped to gold in the men’s super-G alpine skiing and Czech Eva Samkova won the women’s snowboarding cross after yet more tumbles on the testing course where a Russian skier broke her back a day earlier.Skicross racer Maria Komissarova, 23, was in a serious but stable condition after an operation lasting more than six hours on Saturday to insert a metal implant in her back.Doctors said it would take three or four days to know how successful the surgery had been.On the ninth day of medal competition, Sweden won their second cross-country relay gold when they prevailed in the men’s 4x10km event, ahead of Russia and France.But many Russians’ thoughts were still on the ice hockey action of the previous day, when a late disallowed goal cost the host nation victory over arch-rivals the United States.In a rare moment of political unity, supporters and opponents of President Vladimir Putin came together on Twitter to express their outrage after the Americans won in a shootout.“The puck was in the goal. What an abomination. Cheating before the whole world! Disgusting!” wrote Alexei Pushkov, a senior pro-Putin member of parliament after the score was wiped out because the goal had been shifted from its mooring.Prominent gay activist Nikolai Alexeyev, at odds with Putin over a law banning homosexual propaganda among minors that overshadowed the build-up to the Games, was left in shock: “There’s a huge scandal in the hockey tournament. The American referee didn’t allow the Russian goal. Damn!”After pre-Games criticism over human rights and the estimated $50 billion cost of bringing the Olympics to Sochi, Putin can so far take satisfaction from an event where Russia has shown a friendly, welcoming face to the rest of the world and the sporting action has yielded plenty of drama.In the speed skating, Ter Mors clocked an Olympic record of one minute, 53.51 seconds to take gold ahead of team mates Ireen Wust, the defending champion, and Lotte Van Beek. For good measure, another Dutchwoman, Marrit Leenstra, finished fourth.It was a third speed skating medal sweep in Sochi for the orange-suited Dutch, after the men completed the feat in the 500 and 5,000m.The United States’ wait for a first speed skating medal went on. Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe finished seventh and 14th in their old skinsuits after the team ditched their Olympic ‘Mach 39’ ones on Saturday in the hope of gaining extra speed.On the Rosa Khutor piste in the Caucasus mountains, Jansrud secured Norway’s fourth successive Olympic men’s super-G win, while 36-year-old American Bode Miller tied for bronze with Canada’s Jan Hudec to become the oldest ever Alpine skiing medallist.Miller’s team mate Andrew Weibrecht captured a surprise silver medal after starting 29th, with all the favourites gone.“When Andrew came down he scared me,” laughed Jansrud. “It was a little too exciting. My legs were like jelly there for a second but I knew I had finished very strong.”Czech snowboarder Samkova, sporting a fake moustache drawn on her top lip for good luck, avoided the rough and tumble of the pack in the thrilling cross event where racers go head to head down a twisty course full of bumps and jumps, jostling with their rivals to find the best line.“It’s a lucky moustache. Today it’s in national colours,” she said of her facial adornment in red, white and blue.Defending champion Maelle Ricker of Canada and 2006 silver medallist Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States were eliminated in the heats after taking tumbles on the Extreme Park course.Dominique Maltais of Canada claimed silver to add to the bronze she won in Turin eight years ago, while French teenager Chloe Trespeuch was third.Earlier, two more racers were stretchered off after bad falls – Norway’s Helene Olafsen with knee damage and American Jacqueline Hernandez with concussion, though neither of the injuries was serious.After 55 of 98 events, the Dutch led the overall medals table with 17 – a remarkable achievement for a country of around 16.7 million people. All were for skating and five were golds – equal with Norway and Switzerland, and two behind Germany. Russia, Canada, the United States and Poland were on four golds each.last_img read more

Salah retains CAF African Player of the Year gong

first_imgSalah defended his crown after scoring 44 goals for Liverpool and Egypt in 2018, the 26-year-old finishing as the 2017-18 Premier League Golden Boot winner with 32 goals.Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also made the three-man shortlist for the award.The nominees for the main award made up the front three in CAF’s Africa Best XI of the year, with Guinea’s Naby Keita providing further Liverpool representation in a midfield completed by Atletico Madrid and Ghana’s Thomas Partey and Manchester City and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez. K I N G M O @MoSalah has been named CAF African Player of the Year for the second successive year. pic.twitter.com/ySmqzO4Xbq— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 8, 2019The back-four was split between Serie A and the Premier League, with Juventus and Morocco’s Mehdi Benatia alongside Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly – an international colleague of Mane’s.Ivory Coast duo Serge Aurier and Eric Bailly won approval thanks, in part, to their displays for Tottenham and Manchester United, while Uganda’s Denis Onyango of South African club Mamelodi Sundowns was recognised as Africa’s best goalkeeper.Africa’s best XI #AiteoCAFAwards18 pic.twitter.com/FQhnsncR0d— CAF (@CAF_Online) January 8, 2019Morocco full-back Achraf Hakimi, currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid, was named African Youth Player of the Year. Hakimi’s national-team boss Herve Renard collected Men’s Coach of the Year.Thembi Kgatlana and Desiree Ellis made it a South African double in the women’s player and coach categories, although Nigeria’s third consecutive triumph at the Africa Women Cup of Nations saw them scoop the team award.In November, Mauritania qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in their history – a feat good enough to secure Men’s National Team of the Year.last_img read more

Pooran, Emrit lead Red Force to win over defending champs

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Nicholas Pooran’s swash-buckling half-century lifted the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to a comprehensive 75-run victory over defending champions Windward Islands Volcanoes in the opening round of matches in the Regional Super50. Pooran smashed 89 from just 61 balls batting at number seven to carry the home side to a competitive total of 220 for eight in their rain-affected contest which saw the game reduced to 37 overs. The Volcanoes never got close to their target, as they could only muster 145 for eight off their 37 overs. The day belonged to the 23-year-old Pooran though, who smashed seven boundaries and six sixes to help rescue the Red Force from a dangerous position. Despite boasting a star-studded cast, none of the Red Force’s top-order batsman clicked. Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis and Denish Ramdin all fell cheaply to leave the home side tottering at 43-3. Things only got worse when Kyle Mayers had Kieron Pollard caught for a duck two balls later to leave them in disarray at 43-4. Kyle Hope put up some resistance before eventually falling for 25 soon after, and he was followed by Dwayne Bravo, who also made 25. At this stage, the Red Force were 113-6 and in danger of being dismissed for a sub-par total. However, Pooran joined Sunil Narine at the crease and the two set about repairing the damage in a 79-run partnership off the next nine overs. Rayad Emrit claimed three scalps to help the Red Force limit the Volcanoes Narine was also effective, with his 34 coming from just 29 balls, inclusive of two fours and two sixes. By the time Mayers returned to claim their wickets, the damage had already been done, with Pooran falling 11 runs short of a well-deserved century. Rayad Emrit then made sure there was no lull at the end of the innings, hitting a cameo 17 from 10 balls. Mayers led the way for the Volcanoes, finishing with figures of 4-60 from his eight overs. Emrit then returned with the new ball to cause more destruction, accounting for the early wickets of Devon Smith (6) and Kirk Edwards, who made one. His early exploits, along with those of Narine and Bravo, helped to restrict the Volcanoes to 67 for six in the 15th over.last_img read more

San Juan steals homecourt edge with smashing Game 1 road win vs Davao

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cebuano guard Eman Calo tallied a career high 27 points for the Tigers, but his effort went down the drain as starters Bonbon Custodio, Billy Robles and Leo Najorda combined for just 14 points.Cardona, a former Finals MVP and Best Player of the Conference in the PBA, also finished with seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals as he helped silence the Davao crowd with big plays. The former La Salle star sparked the second quarter breakaway with seven points in a 12-1 burst that increased the lead, 47-29.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Another win in Game 2 of the best of five series at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Colleges Gym in Davao will put the Knights to within a win of the national title.Game 3 of the series is set Tuesday at the Knights’ home floor, Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Knights shot an impressive 63 percent on the floor with ex pros John Wilson and Mac Cardona leading the way with 21 and 16 points respectively.“Whatever we did tonight started with our defense,” said San Juan coach Randy Alcantara in Filipino. “We got really good shots because of our defense. We really focused on the ex pros in their team.” Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption North division champion San Juan torched Davao Occidental with its incredible shooting while putting the clamps on its gunners as the Knights hammered out an emphatic 84-74 victory Thursday night to grab the headstart in the MPBL Datu Cup national finals at Almendras Gym in Davao City.Unrelenting even after a strong start, the Knights coasted to a wire-to-wire win as they stole homecourt advantage from the Tigers, who also suffered their first loss at home in nine games this season.ADVERTISEMENT Thai Yubol rallies to thwart Saso for crownlast_img read more

Teah Dennis Extends Loan with Al-Ahli

first_imgLiberia’s young international central defender Dennis Teah has reportedly signed a contract extension with Jordanian football club Al-Ahli (Amman) for another year, after an impressive season.The 23-year-old’s debut season ended with the 1st division Jordanian club on May 27 this year where he missed one of nearly 35 games; he scored two goals with more than five assists.The dependable central defender most often and interchangeably plays central defense or right-back defender for Al-Ahli.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, Dennis confirmed the extension and said he would return to Jordan at the end of the month.“The season was ok, I played all the games, except one, because I got two yellow cards which is equivalent to a red card — but overall I was impressive and so the team extended my contract,” Dennis said.He indicated that he made a breakthrough with the club without injuries and is grateful to God for becoming a key part of a team which finished 5th on the 1st division league in Jordan.The Liberian growing professional player didn’t mince his words to thank BYC family for its support and said his success on the team was rooted from the discipline which was instilled in him by the club.Dennis was originally scheduled to stay with DC United in the USA, but controversially came back to Liberia.Dennis also played for LPRC Oilers. Acting LFA president Musa Shannon, who is also Dennis’ advisor said the association is proud of Dennis’ performance in Jordan and is positive that he would play in one or two of the top flight leagues in Spain, England, Italy, Germany or France.“Teah is a big player, one of the best and young players to come out of our administration, and a true product and we will continue to support and wish him the best,” Shannon said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sunderland star Giaccherini holding out for ‘dream’ Chelsea

first_img Sunderland and Italy midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini 1 Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini has NOT agreed a £2million deal to join Italian side Torino, as he is still holding out for a ‘dream’ move to Chelsea.The Italy international shone at Euro 2016 as he helped Antonio Conte’s side reach the quarter-finals in France.Giaccherini has since been linked with a move to Torino, in a deal which would see Sunderland net around £2m, however, Conte has also considered bringing the 31-year-old to Stamford Bridge with him this summer.And now Giaccherini’s agent, Furio Valcareggi, has confessed his client still hopes to secure a dream move to Chelsea.“Unfortunately we don’t [have an agreement with Torino],” Valcareggi told Gazzetta Dello Sport.“There has been contact and interest. Torino have taken note of the costs and how the transfer would have to be done and now they are considering it.“But this also applies to Fiorentina and Bologna, who are gathering information before moving on.“If Chelsea were to call? Chelsea would be a dream.”last_img read more