Three-game ban for Atletico’s Diego Godin after referee criticism

first_img Match referee David Fernandez Borbalan wrote in his post-game report that “one dismissed and while still on the pitch, [Godin] said repeatedly to the fourth official: ‘You’re really bad.'” 10/05/2017 Upd. at 19:55 The Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) Competition Committee have hit Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin with a three-game ban. CEST One game is for the two yellow cards which led to his dismissal against Eibar and two games are for an infraction of Article 117 of the RFEF’s rules.  IN SPORT.ES Tres partidos de sanción a Godín tras decir “sois muy malos” a los árbitros EFE Godin also made a glasses gesture and suggested that the match officials needed glasses to help them make decisions.  The Uruguayan centre-back, therefore, will not play again this season as Atletico look to finish third and secure automatic qualification to the Champions League group stages next season.last_img read more

Crime falls get mixed response

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Scarlet Knights see BCS title hopes go by the wayside

first_imgRutgers is one of five Top 10 teams to fall over the weekend BY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer While its Big East title aspirations remain very much alive, any shot the Rutgers University football team may have had at a national championship likely came to an end on Saturday in Piscataway. With Top 10 teams around the nation falling to supposed lesser opponents throughout the day, the Scarlet Knights couldn’t avoid an upset on their own home turf, as the Maryland Terrapins came into Piscataway and handed Greg Schiano’s 10th-ranked team its first loss of the year, 34-24, in front of the second-largest crowd in Rutgers history. “Our inability to stop the run was the difference in the game,” said Schiano following the game. “Maryland played very well and had a good plan. They executed that plan very well. The combination of us not playing well and them playing well, that was a bad combination today.” With junior wideout Tiquan Underwood (eight receptions for 101 yards and a TD), Heisman Trophy candidate Ray Rice (21 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown) and junior quarterback Mike Teel (25-for-44 for 310 yards and two TDs) leading the charge, the Scarlet Knights played well offensively, even taking an early lead when Jeremy Ito capped a 10-play, 68-yard drive that opened the game with a 29-yard field goal. After missing a 51-yard field-goal attempt of their own on their first possession, the Terrapins got on the board early in the second quarter when senior tailback Lance Ball found the end zone from 19 yards out to give Maryland a 7-3 lead. It marked the first time since the West Virginia loss last season (Dec. 2) that Rutgers trailed in a game, a span of 256:58 on the collective game clocks. Maryland padded its lead after RU’s Dennis Campbell muffed a punt and the Terrapins recovered, going 55 yards in nine plays to take a 14-3 lead on Darrius Heyward Bey’s 15-yard TD catch from Jordan Steffy with 6:23 to play in the first half. Another RU fumble on their next possession gave the visitors good field position once again, but the Scarlet Knights’ defense managed to hold them to a missed field-goal attempt from 39 yards out. Rutgers then launched their second long drive of the game, with Teel finding Tim Brown from 20 yards out to get the home team within 14-10. After the Knights’ defense forced a quick three-and-out, Rutgers got the ball back on its own 31-yard line, and after a pair of Teel completions for 47 yards combined, and a 15-yard pass interference call, Rutgers took the lead once again when Teel hit Underwood for a 7-yard TD pass, and a 17-14 lead at the half. Once the second half started, however, Maryland rallied behind backup QB Chris Turner, who subbed for the injured Steffy. Maryland tied the score on its second possession of the second half with a 26-yard field goal, and then regained the lead on another field goal, this time from 37 yards out. Up 20-17, Maryland then took control of the game on its next possession, going 58 yards in nine plays, capping the drive with a 2- yard scoring plunge. With just 7:42 left in the game, Rutgers found themselves down, 27-17, and the 43,083 fans in attendance were officially nervous. The home team responded with a nineplay, 58-yard drive, fueled mainly by Teel’s passing, and got within three once again, 27-24, on a Rice 1-yard scoring run. But it was all Maryland from there, as the Terrapins did just enough to thwart the Rutgers offense the rest of the way, while also adding a late rushing touchdown to make the final score 34-24, giving Rutgers its first home loss since a 45-31 defeat to South Florida on Nov. 5, 2005. While both teams moved the ball well, with the Terrapins generating 458 total yards to the Scarlet Knights’ 392, it was Maryland’s defense that came up big when it needed to down the stretch, handing RU its first loss of the year. In the loss, Underwood set a new school record with his fourth-straight 100-yard game. He surpassed Bill Powell, who achieved the feat on three straight occasions from Oct. 3-24, 1998. Despite not reaching the 100-yard mark, Rice did, however, achieve yet another milestone, tying J.J. Jennings for the most rushing touchdowns in school history with 34 when he carried 1 yard to pay dirt in the fourth quarter. In addition, Rutgers was a perfect 4-for-4 in the red zone and is a perfect 16-for-16 on the season. “We just have to get guys healthy, watch film and get better,” said Rice. “A loss isn’t necessarily good, but you can take a lot out of it.” Schiano was particularly impressed with the play of Teel, who topped the 200- yard mark in passing yards or the sixthstraight game, and also set a new career high with 25 completions. “I thought he hung in there and threw the ball. He got hit but he still threw the ball. I thought he did a heck of a job,” said the coach, while also pointing to the team’s inability to run the ball consistently. “There were certain run plays that worked effectively but it was never consistent,” he said. “We were unable to get into a flow. We had the two scores at the end of the first half, so the hurry-up offense worked fairly well, but we didn’t run the ball the way we have been able to in the past, and that was a big factor in the game. “In the third quarter we made a real conscious attempt to run the football,” he added. “Then with 6:58 to go [fourth quarter] we went to the two-minute offense. We were down 10, so we made the decision to air it out as we tried to come back.” The Scarlet Knights return to the gridiron next Saturday evening versus No. 24- ranked Cincinnati at Rutgers Stadium. The contest will kick off at 8 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN2. The contest will mark the 13th meeting between RU and the Bearcats, with the Scarlet Knights holding a 7-4-1 advantage. It also represents a must-win game for the Scarlet Knights if they are to contend for the Big East title. “Any loss hurts, especially when you are trying to work yourself into position,” Schiano said. “But this team is resilient and the staff is resilient, and we will come to go to work tomorrow and find out how much better we can get in a week’s time. That is what we have recruited here and that is what is in the locker room, so they will battle back. That is the good thing about this sport, after every game you are right back at it. This team has a lot of resolve and we will come back. “We just have to regroup, get our medical situation assessed, and then make plans and get better,” he added. “When you look across the country, you see the ebbs and flows of college football. Sometimes when a team is out, they bounce back. We’ll just have to see how good we are.”last_img read more

Napoli fans don’t know whether to laugh or cry

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodNapoli’s season has already been written off as a failure by critics, but Rafael Benitez’s side could still land only their second European title and qualify for the Champions League.Napoli host Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday (10.05pm) with the team still maintaining a media blackout on the orders of outspoken president Aurelio Di Laurentiis.The blackout was imposed a month ago after Napoli, having dropped to sixth in Serie A following five matches without a win, were knocked out of the Coppa Italia at home by Lazio.Their season appeared to be all but over and it was not even clear whether Benitez would make it to the end of the campaign.They are now back up to fourth in Serie A, however, challenging AS Roma and Lazio for a place in the Champions League, which they could also reach by winning the Europa League.There is even talk of Benitez renewing his contract which expires at the end of the season and Napoli fans do not know whether to laugh or cry at their team’s unpredictability.They have scored seven goals in their last two home Serie A games, sweeping aside Sampdoria and AC Milan, yet in between were thrashed 4-2 at EmpoliThey also thumped VfL Wolfsburg 6-3 on aggregate in the Europa League quarter-final, including a 4-1 win in Germany, as they continued their best European campaign since the Diego Maradona-inspired side who won the UEFA Cup in 1989.In fact, Napoli have been spectacularly inconsistent since Benitez took over, finishing third in Serie A and winning the Coppa Italia in his first season in charge.They could have challenged for the title had they not developed a habit of dropping points at home to teams from the lower half of the table.Dnipro are second in the Ukrainian league, six points behind leaders Dynamo Kiev and one ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk, and coach Myron Markevich has admitted they are struggling to compete on two fronts.“Surely, this game in Naples is very important for us. But we also have to fight in domestic championship. It is not going to be easy. We lack resources,” he said.Markevich can be a tough master and was not impressed after his team won 3-0 at Chernomorets in their last league game.“It is not acceptable to play like we did in the first half,” he said.“I had a feeling my players had loaded heavy bags the day before. And we also lost the ball too many times following unforced mistakes.”last_img read more

‘Neymar Jr’s Five’ football tournament reaches Manila

first_imgFootball star Neymar Jr.’s signature football tournament has reached Manila.ADVERTISEMENT The tournament named Neymar Jr’s Five features a unique, fast-paced football competition which has drawn more 65,000 players from 47 countries in its first year.It is a 10-minute, five-a-side battle with a twist—each time one team scores, the opposition loses a player. The game ends when the time runs out or until one team has no player left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe qualifying rounds in Manila will be held on February 18 and 25 at SPARTA Philippines in Mandaluyong with the finals scheduled on March 4.This year’s edition is open to teams of five to seven players aged 16 to 25 and, for the first time, two over-aged players. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims View comments Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ MOST READ Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taalcenter_img Federer rolls into all-Swiss Australian Open semi LATEST STORIES DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Participants must have a passport on standby with a chance of making it to the World Final at Instituto Projeto NeymarJr in Praia Grande, Brazil this year. Celest Flores-ColinaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in NBA Finals

first_imgChina reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle The Warriors are 12-0 in the playoffs and have won 27 of their last 28 overall. Cleveland will have to slow down a team that has been beating teams by 16.3 points per game in the postseason.A lackluster postseason could be salvaged by a close, compelling series, which was the result of an NBA 2K17 simulation that ended with Durant leading the Warriors to a Game 7 rout.READ: Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA FinalsThe Warriors are a powerhouse, but the Cavs are 12-1 in the playoffs and give themselves a shot no matter who else does.“Since I’ve been in this league, it’s hard to get to the playoffs, let alone march all the way to the finals,” guard Iman Shumpert said. “But I think we got a great group, headlined by one of the best guys to ever do it. That gives us a chance in any game.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Some things to watch in the series:A LOT OF LOVE? Cleveland almost certainly needs the Kevin Love of the last round to have a chance at the upset. He averaged a quiet 13.8 points in the first two rounds, then busted out for 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game against Boston in the Eastern Conference finals. Golden State will try to keep him in check with Draymond Green, one of the league’s best and most versatile defenders.READ: Cavs-Warriors Part III joins past championship trilogies “When he’s going, he makes their team a lot better,” Green said, “so it is my job to try to take him out of the game.”WHAT HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE? The Cavaliers’ nine-game postseason road winning streak, three shy of the 2001-02 Lakers’ league record, started with victories last year in Games 5 and 7 in Oakland. The Warriors won at least once in Cleveland in each of the last two NBA Finals, part of their franchise-record streak of 14 straight series with a road victory.READ: Durant gets chance to follow Lebron’s path to titleSTRAIGHT SHOOTERS? All-Star Klay Thompson is shooting 38 percent from the field in the postseason and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala is just 3 for 27 from 3-point range. The Warriors’ best lineup against the Cavaliers probably has both players on the floor at the same time, with Iguodala on James and Thompson defending Irving, so Thompson said he doesn’t get caught up in whether his shot is falling.“What happened in the past in my mind doesn’t really count now unless we go out and finish the deal,” he said. “So as long as I perform at this stage now and play my hardest, that’s all I can ask for. It’s been working up to this point, so I can’t change what I’m doing.”NO WORRY FROM CURRY: After a knee injury in the playoffs and a quick turnaround following the conference finals, Curry wasn’t in top shape last June. He’s in better health now, even while wearing a sleeve over his elbow to protect some swelling.“Obviously not really dealing with any bumps or bruises really besides this elbow that’s not really a factor,” Curry said. “So other than that, feeling fresh.” Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Swing Out Sister back to PH this April More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions MOST READ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working FILE – In this June 14, 2015, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, is guarded by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half of Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year’s meeting between LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)Some predictions see the NBA Finals ending quickly. A video game simulation has them going the distance.All seem to agree on the Golden State Warriors winning.ADVERTISEMENT Beaten last year by Cleveland’s historic comeback, the Warriors will try to avenge that defeat and get back on top when they face the Cavaliers again, the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals.Game 1 is Thursday at Oracle Arena, where the Cavaliers won their first championship last year by becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the finals. The Warriors are back with a more formidable team after adding Kevin Durant, a healthier one after Stephen Curry was injured last postseason, and not even LeBron James and the Cavs are given much chance of stopping them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundREAD: Warriors seek redemption, Cavs want repeat as NBA Finals open“I think they’re the prohibitive favorite,” ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy said. “I think when you’re the prohibitive favorite against LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, that means you’re a heck of a team, and they sure are.” Stephen Curry ready to take back championship that got away View commentslast_img read more

BCUC approves ICBC rate increase on interim basis

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The British Columbia Utilities Commission has approved ICBC’s application for a 6.3 percent increase to basic insurance rates on an interim basis for all new and renewal policies with an effective date on or after April 1, 2019.The approval of ICBC’s basic rate change on an interim basis is consistent with past applications and will lessen the depletion of ICBC’s already low basic insurance capital while the BCUC reviews the full application.At the end of the regulatory process, the BCUC will reach a final decision on ICBC’s basic rate application for policy year 2019.- Advertisement -The BCUC will determine how any difference between the approved interim rate and permanent rate will be refunded or collected at the time of its final decision.The BCUC has also set the regulatory timetable for the review of ICBC’s basic rate application.There are a number of ways for the public to participate by requesting intervener status, submitting a letter of comment or registering as an interested party.Advertisementlast_img read more

PAY RISE! AC Milan set to offer teen sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma bumper new £1m deal

first_img The young goalkeeper is expected to be handed a deal to fend off overseas interest AC Milan are ready to offer Manchester United target Gianluigi Donnarumma a bumper new contract which will hand him a near 10-fold pay rise.Back in October, the 16-year-old made his debut and became the youngest goalkeeper ever to start a Serie A match.Since then the Italian has gone from strength to strength and it has led to clubs scouting his progress.Manchester United were thought to be considering a January move, as were German champions Bayern Munich.However, according to sources in Italy, Donnarumma will now be offered a new contract which will see his wages go from £160,000-a-year to £1m-a-year.It is hoped that the new contract will persuade the youngster, who has been dubbed the new Gianluigi Buffon, to continue his development at the San Siro. 1last_img read more

Insider Trading: Costa does NOT want Chelsea exit, Arsenal & Chelsea eye Mahrez

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip from the summer window.There have been reports in Spain that Diego Costa has handed in a transfer request at Chelsea amid interest from his former club Atletico Madrid, but our man insists that is NOT the case and appears set to stay at Stamford Bridge.Another player being tipped to move on is Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, and Warren says Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring the Algerian winger’s situation, while the Foxes are fighting hard to keep him.There’s also an update on Manchester City’s pursuit of Leroy Sane, while there could be some incomings at Liverpool and Burnley this week.Here are the latest transfer stories from talkSPORT.com:Carlos Bacca latest: AC Milan waiting for Arsenal move as striker stalls on West Ham switchEverton FC transfer reports: Toffees target £18m deal for Portugal Euro 2016 star William CarvalhoLiverpool FC transfer news: Galatasaray firm up Lucas interest by making £2.5m offerTransfer report: Juventus ahead of Arsenal in Gonzalo Higuain chase as talks begin over deal for Napoli strikerMiddlesbrough close to signing Alvaro Negredo on loan as former Manchester City striker arrives for medicalLeroy Sane latest: Bayern Munich to ready to rival Manchester City with late bid for German wunderkindlast_img read more

Inter Milan move to fight off Tottenham’s interest in top teen star

first_img1 Andrea Pinamonti Andrea Pinamonti’s agent is set for showdown talks with Inter Milan amid reported interest from Tottenham.The 17-year-old has been tipped for a big future by youth coaches at the Italian club and he has already made his Serie A debut.Tottenham have been alerted to the striker’s talents and as a result Inter have been working on a new contract for the teenager.The Serie A side are ready to offer Pinamonti a five-year deal and, according to reports in his homeland, his agent will now meet with the club to thrash out terms this week.The Italy under-19 international is reportedly interested by Spurs’ efforts to sign him, but he wants to hear Inter’s offer first.As a result, Pinamonti’s agent will hold showdown talks in the coming days before assessing any other options.last_img read more