Martino gives his reasons for quitting as Argentina manager

first_img The reasons stipulated are “the indefinition in the designation of new authorities by AFA, and the heavy inconveniences in forming a squad to represent the country in the upcoming Olympic Games.” In the South American World Cup qualifying group, Argentina are in third place with 11 points from 18, two points behind leaders Uruguay and Ecuador. 05/07/2016 The training camp ahead of the Olympics were planned for this Monday, July 4 but were postponed until July 11 as there were only nine confirmed players. These included the likes of Angel Correa, of Atletico Madrid, Geronimo Rulli, of Real Sociedad, and Leandro Paredes, of Empoli. Star Leo Messi announced his international retirement after the loss in this summer’s tournament, held in the United States. Sport EN Argentina have serious problems in gathering a group of players to participate in the Rio event, as the majority of clubs have refused to allow the players selected by Martino to attend. Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET In a statement, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) confirmed that “the technical staff of the national team have presented their resignations today.” Martino took over as Argentina boss from Alejandro Sabella in August 2014, soon after the World Cup final defeat to Germany. Under Martino, the Argentine national team lost on penalties in the Copa America finals of 2015 and 2016, both times to Chile. Following the earlier news on Tuesday, that ‘Tata’ Martino had resigned as Argentina head coach, the reasons behind his decision have now been made clear. Shortly before the decision by Martino was made public, the president of the Argentine Olympic Committee admitted there was a 50% chance that the country would decline to participate in Brazil. last_img read more

Caseys, Politz win NJSIAA gymnastics championships

first_imgSt. John Vianney High School’s Kristen Politz won the all-around and floor exercise competitions at the NJSIAA Individual Gymnastics Championships Nov. 14 at Montgomery High School. DORINE SHAPIRO Led by Red Bank Catholic (RBC) High School and St. John Vianney High School’s Kristen Politz, the NJSIAA Gymnastics Championships were a tour de force for the Shore Conference.RBC captured its second straight team title Nov. 12, leading a top-three sweep by Shore Conference teams, while Politz captured the all-around title Nov. 14. Both meets were held at Montgomery High School.The Caseys had to again hold off the challenge of a St. John Vianney team that got stronger each week. RBC, which has been the top team in the state all year, completed its sweep of the championship meets (conference and Central Jersey Section I) with a team score of 112.925 — just ahead of the Lancers’ total of 112.650. Third place went to Colts Neck High School (110.800).In all, five teams from the Shore qualified for the team competition.Ocean Township High School was eighth (105.725), and Howell finished 10th (105.025).Steady Ally Cucich and Sierra Garcia helped RBC win the title with their all-around performances at the team championships.At the individual championships, Penn State University-bound Politz put the finishing touches on her extraordinary year. The Lancers’ senior, who previously won the conference and state sectional allaround titles, added the prestigious NJSIAA all-around championship to her high school résumé.In this meet, it was Politz’s teammate, Arianna Agrapides, who provided the strongest competition.Politz’s 38.525 score slightly edged Agrapides’ 38.500 by a scant 0.025.Shore schools again went top three with Marlboro High School’s Melissa Astarita finishing third (38.200).Also from the Shore, Cucich was fifth (37.900), Garcia placed eighth (37.650) and Howell High School’s Monica Servidio came in 10th (37.600).In addition to her all-around crown, Politz also won the state title on the floor exercise with a 9.800 score for her routine. Politz tied for second with Agrapides on the vault (9.725).Agrapides shared the uneven bars championship with Bishop George Ahr High School’s Ariyana Agarwala. Their routines brought each a score of 9.650.Astarita gave conference gymnasts another state victory as she won the vault with a score of 9.750.last_img read more

Juventus forward Higuain scoring again ahead of Roma match

first_img“I didn’t miss scoring,” Higuain said. “It was an outside problem, but not for me. I was always relaxed and calm.”Higuain, however, has struggled at times since joining Juventus for an Italian-record €90 million ($100 million) after scoring a Serie A record 36 goals for Napoli last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliHiguain’s goals have come at the same time as the return from injury of Paulo Dybala. Five of the eight matches before Dybala’s injury were decided by goals from the two Argentines.Dybala came on for the final 20 minutes of the derby against Torino, when the score was still 1-1, and changed the match. View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Buffon also praised Roma captain Francesco Totti. The veteran pair — Totti turned 40 in September and Buffon will be 39 next month — played together many times for Italy and won the World Cup in 2006.“You can’t take anything away from Francesco. He has the same class as when he started playing, in fact I think he’s even better in some aspects,” Buffon said. “He’s an icon for the team and for the city of Rome.” –Daniella Matar/APSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Torino’s head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, right, with back to camera, hugs Juventus’s head coach Massimiliano Allegri during the Serie A soccer match between Torino and Juventus at Olympic Stadium in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Fans have barely got their breath back from two pulsating matches in Torino vs. Juventus and Roma vs. AC Milan, and excitement is already building for Saturday’s standout fixture which sees Serie A leader Juventus welcome second-placed Roma. (Photo by ALESSANDRO DI MARCO/ANSA via AP)MILAN — Gonzalo Higuain’s return to form couldn’t have come at a better time.The Juventus forward scored twice in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Torino — after having scored only once in the previous eight matches. And with the league leaders next facing second-place Roma on Saturday, Higuain’s goal-scoring touch will be in demand again.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Senators to proceed with review of VFA We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinecenter_img Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports 2019 SEA Games to be fanned out in venues, says Ramirez Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, Roma striker Edin Dzeko hasn’t had any problems scoring. The Bosnia and Herzegovina forward has scored 12 goals in Serie A this season — four more than he netted in 31 appearances in his debut campaign, and three more than Higuain.“Both of them know how to play,” Roma midfielder Diego Perotti. “They don’t just sit in the area waiting for the ball. They go in the middle, track back to get the ball. They know how to provide assists. They are two complete footballers, among the best in the world.”Dzeko has also drawn praise from the man tasked with stopping him on Saturday — Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.“Right now Dzeko is their most dangerous player,” Buffon said. “He’s slotted into (Roma coach Luciano) Spalletti’s playing system very easily and evidently understands it to perfection, judging by their results.“He probably just needed a bit of time. Dzeko’s past career speaks volumes, just as his current form does.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughterlast_img read more

Tornadoes still deadly

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Uesato strikes as JPV trips Ilocos Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Santiago topscored with 26 points, while Laure added 20 to pace Foton’s offense that broke Generika-Ayala’s resolve.Overall, Foton out-attacked Generika-Ayala, 57-49, which was made possible by solid defense. Libero Jen Reyes made 17 of 49 excellent digs, while Laure accounted for 10 saves.In contrast, Generika-Ayala made 36 digs and 32 errors that doomed its chances.Underrated players Ceballos score 18 for Generika-Ayala, while Orendain and Casugod added 15 and 13, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 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 Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFoton came face to face with a gritty and spunky Generika-Ayala squad Thursday night and it responded with a championship-worthy endgame performance.The Tornadoes, playing uncharacteristically slow in the first two sets, clawed back from two sets down to hack out a 19-25, 20-25, 25-18, 25-15, 15-7 victory in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Foton coach Moro Branislav admitted that their matchup with Generika-Ayala caused them problems.“We always have problem whenever we face Generika, it’s a good team,” he said. “We needed to address that concern first before we play our usual game.”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 groundThe Lifesavers were out for a massive upset with Fiola Ceballos, Patty Orendain and Gen Casugod going all out in the first two sets that caught the Tornadoes by surprise.But Jaja Santiago and EJ Laure soon found their groove to get Foton’s system going en route to a hard-earned fifth straight victory in as many games in Pool C.Generika fell to 2-3. View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province MOST READ Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit LATEST STORIES A dream fulfilled for Christianlast_img read more

Klopp happy with transfer rumours

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho (L) helped Liverpool creep above Tottenham in the league table after beating West Bromwich Albion on October 22, 2016LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 29 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits it is “a really good sign” to see Philippe Coutinho and Nathaniel Clyne linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits it is “a really good sign” to see Philippe Coutinho and Nathaniel Clyne linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. The Merseyside outfit’s strong start to the English Premier League campaign has seen them emerge as one of the early contenders for the Premier League title, alongside Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.Key to their success has been the form of two first-team players in the shape of Coutinho and Clyne.Their form has reportedly caught the eye of Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, prompting questions over recent transfer rumours.While he is happy with the calibre of team being linked with his players, Klopp is adamant they are going nowhere.When asked about the transfer rumours relating to Coutinho and Clyne, Klopp told the Express: “That’s a really good sign! Only the big clubs, yes?“A few months ago it was like: ‘He will go to Aston Villa and try to bring them back to the Premier League.’“What can I say? It’s better that they talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona.“How many matches have we played? Nine? ****ing hell, nine matches and we talk about all this stuff.“Do they want to get them in winter or the next window? Do they think they can buy Clyney in winter? Come on. It’s nice but not important.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Sterling? He owes us a performance!’ – Fans react to England team for Euro 2016

first_img[View the story “England line-up reaction:” on Storify] Roy Hodgson named an unchanged XI for the Wales match and it is fair to say England fans were not best pleased. After drawing with Russia in the Euro 2016 opener, the meeting with the Dragons is about more than just bragging rights in this Group B clash. Victory for Wales will confirm their qualification for the round of 16 after beating Slovakia in Saturday’s opener, while England need victory to keep the race on for top spot. LIVE ON talkSPORT: England vs Wales: Euro 2016 commentary for 2pm kick-off – click here for the full line-upHodgson stuck with his side from the Russia clash, keeping faith in the likes of Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana and Harry Kane – leaving out Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy and Jack Wilshere. See some of the best reaction below: 1center_img Roy Hodgson stuck with the XI which started for England v Russia last_img read more

Man City 1-1 Celtic: Roberts scores against parent club as Citizens are held

first_img2 Patrick Roberts scored for Celtic as Brendan Rodgers’ side ended their Champions League campaign with a 1-1 draw at Manchester City.The 19-year-old winger is on an 18-month loan from the Citizens, which expires at the end of the season. He was allowed to play the match and Pep Guardiola’s side may have been regretting it when he opened the scoring inside four minutes. He capitalised on sloppy play between Willy Caballero and Leroy Sane, jinking inside the box before coolly dispatching across the face of goal.The hosts were back on level terms four minutes later when Kelechi Iheanacho – who could start in the Premier League at the weekend with Sergio Aguero suspended – completed a brilliant passing move initiated by Ilkay Gundogan. He was eventually found by Nolito and the 20-year-old Nigerian did well to beat former Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon at his near post.With City already qualified as group runners-up and unable to take top spot, and Celtic destined to finish bottom, that was understandable.Yet Celtic, who made just the one change compared to City’s nine, started as if determined to treat their final European outing of the season as more than a dead rubber.The hosts were sloppy in possession early on and Roberts took full advantage when he pounced on poor distribution from Willy Caballero to slalom into the area and fire past the back-up goalkeeper.It was a sweet moment for the teenager, who joined City in an £11million deal last year but then moved to Celtic on an 18-month loan in February having barely registered on the first-team radar. Patrick Roberts: The 19-year-old opens the scoring at the Etihad 2 His goal provided the spark for a compelling first half, with City rousing themselves almost immediately.City equalised just four minutes later as Iheanacho, who looks set for a run in the side with Sergio Aguero due to serve a ban, raced onto a ball from Nolito and rifled home.The forward might have had a second moments later but shot wide after a break by Pablo Zabaleta, who was impressive in an unfamiliar midfield role.Iheanacho forced a save from Craig Gordon with a neat back flick and Nolito’s follow-up effort was blocked by Emilio Izaguirre.Celtic had another chance when Moussa Dembele shot into the side-netting after Caballero saved his initial attempt.The Hoops might also have had a penalty before the interval when Clichy appeared to pull back Roberts but nothing was given.The pace of the second half did not match that of the first as both sides eased up.Celtic enjoyed a good spell of possession and eventually created an opportunity for substitute Gary Mackay-Steven but his curling shot was claimed by Caballero.City burst back into life with a quick break that saw Nolito turn in a Jesus Navas cross but he was marginally offside.Mackay-Steven also had another opportunity but Caballero again saved while Leroy Sane curled a free-kick wide at the other end.Sane, who became influential in the latter stages after a mostly quiet game, wanted a penalty late on when his cross struck Jozo Simunovic’s hand but, after some thought, referee Slavko Vincic gave a a corner.last_img read more

Is this Tottenham’s XI for 2017/18 with Sanchez, Barkley and more signings?

first_img Centre-back: Davinson Sanchez Right midfield: Keita Balde 11 11 11 Central midfield: Ross Barkley 11 Left midfield: Christian Eriksen 11 11 Striker: Harry Kane Centre-back: Jan Vertonghen 11 11 Central midfield: Pape Cheikh Diop 11 Attacking midfield: Dele Alli Centre-back: Toby Alderweireld 11 Tottenham look like they are finally ready to make their first moves of the summer transfer window.The north London club have been criticised for failing to make any additions ahead of the new Premier League season – most publically by fullback Danny Rose.But Mauricio Pochettino is set to splash the cash in the closing weeks of the window, with Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez set to be the first name through the door.The Colombia international has reportedly chosen last season’s runners-up as his preferred next move, with a fee of £35million being mooted.Chairman Daniel Levy blasted the lavish summer spending of the club’s Premier League rivals, citing their expenditure as ‘unsustainable.’But having sold Kyle Walker for £50million to Manchester City, Spurs fans will expect to see some reinvestment into their squad.And with names such as Ross Barkley, Pape Cheikh Diop and Keita Balde being linked with a move to Wembley, Tottenham’s squad could soon be swollen with new additions.So, just how could Tottenham line up in the 2017/18 season with these signings included? Click the right arrow, above, to find out…. 11 Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris – click the right arrow above to see the predicted Tottenham line-up Defensive midfield: Eric Dier last_img read more

Leigh Griffiths: Referee’s mistake cost us three points

first_img“It’s a penalty,” he said. “He’s asking me after it if he touched the ball and the ref’s asking me ‘Did he touch the ball?’“If he’s not touched the ball he’s got to give a penalty or book me for diving. I’m going to put the ball in the back of the net.“If you look back he’s caught me at waist height. He’s not touched the ball.“It’s a decision that’s done with now but it’s cost us three points in the end really.” Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has said that referee Bobby Madden cost his side three points against Rangers.The Glasgow rivals drew 1-1 at Celtic Park after Stuart Armstrong’s opener was cancelled out by Clint Hill’s late equaliser.However, after scoring the leveller, Rangers defender Hill challenged Griffiths for the ball in the box but Madden ruled that there was no foul.Griffiths was adamant he should have had a penalty and a chance to win the game from the spot. You can’t go back and give the penalty [after the ref has asked]. I think Bobby Madden’s the only one in the stadium who thinks it’s not a penalty.”The striker said that he would now have to put the incident out of his head and instead take solace from the fact that the club was another step closer to achieving their main objective for the season.“It’s over and done with now and I can’t keep going on about it and dwelling on that,” he said. “It’s another point gained and another point towards the title.“We’re still unbeaten. We’ll take the positives from today.”last_img read more

Cape Town ‘needs Afcon 2013 matches’

first_img17 April 2012The Cape Chamber of Commerce has urged the City of Cape Town to host African Cup of Nations matches next year, saying football is good for business, it was reported on Tuesday.Chamber chairman Michael Bagraim told the Cape Times it would benefit the city in the long run.“Soccer is good for the city,” Bagraim said. “It puts us on the map, brings tourists from Africa especially, and brings money into the coffers of even the smallest businesses.”The city missed the deadline for the signing of host city agreements last Friday, saying the costs were too high and uncertain as the estimated R27-million could balloon to R40-million.It suggested that the organisers pay 25 percent of the costs and the National Treasury guarantee 50 percent.The city and the Western Cape government would cover the remaining 25 percent.Mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing, Grant Pascoe, told the newspaper the city was still interested in hosting matches.The South African Football Association is due make announce its decision on the host cities for the continental football showpiece on Thursday.Sapalast_img read more