Claudio Bravo is recovering from his injury in Barcelona

first_img Last season Bravo only made 14 appearances. He’s now firmly behind young Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson in the pecking order at City. IN SPORT.ES Bravo remains optimistic about his current situation and posted a photo of him reading Andre Agassi’s “Open” biography. Claudio Bravo is back in Barcelona recovering from the serious injury he suffered in training with Manchester City. The Chilean keeper tore his Achilles tendon and was operated on last Thursday at the Quiron Clinic. Ramon Cugat was in charge of the surgery, the same person who operated on Arturo Vidal before the 2014 World Cup. Upd. at 20:47 CEST 27/08/2018 The reality is things haven’t quite gone to plan for Bravo since arriving in Manchester to play under Pep Guardiola. During his first year the goalkeeper was Pep’s number one but after a series of poor performances he finished the season on the bench. SPORT Claudio Bravo se recupera de su lesión en la Clínica Quirón de Barcelona The Chilean international is expected to be out for various months and it’ll be difficult for him to return before the season’s over. RELATED STORIES Claudio Bravo picks up a serious injury, could miss the seasonlast_img read more

Robert Moreno will publish a statement on Wednesday

first_img 20/11/2019 Rubiales reveals Moreno told RFEF he wants ‘agreed departure’ Robert Moreno hará hoy público un comunicado SPORT have learned that he is ready to give a comment after not speaking following the win over Romania, because he was too emotional about his goodbye.  IN SPORT.ES RELATED STORIES Former Spain coach Robert Moreno will publish, at some point on Wednesda, a statement offering his version of events after the RFEF rehired Luis Enrique in his role on Tuesday. Moreno then sent two lawyers to a meeting with the RFEF instead of attending himself, where they negotiated his exit package. RFEF chief Luis Rubiales and sporting director Jose Francisco Molina then spoke in a press conference, but Moreno was not present there either. Today we will get his version. Upd. on 21/11/2019 at 16:54 CETlast_img read more

PNG win U-21 netball series

first_imgThe series started last Friday at the Rita Flynn indoor courts and ended yesterday with a thriller of a match that was the decider.PNG were one up winning the first match on Friday 47-46.Singapore hit back in the next match with a strong performance to come away with a 48-36 win.But the PNG girls worked hard in yesterday’s decider to edge out the Singaporeans to win the series 2-1.The PNG U-21 squad will now be trimmed down from 20 to 15 players.The final 12-member team will be selected in August to participate at the Regional World Cup qualifying tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, from September 24 – 27 this year.last_img read more

Stars align for Crusaders in 10th Super Rugby crown bid

first_img0Shares0000Back at full strength for quarter-finals: Canterbury Crusaders, seen here celebrating their Super Rugby final win against Golden Lions a year ago © AFP / Marty MELVILLECHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, Jun 16 – The Canterbury Crusaders have delivered an ominous warning as they bid for a third consecutive Super Rugby crown with news that they expect to be at full strength for the play-offs.The nine-times champions already have an impressive record having never lost a home playoff game since Super Rugby’s launch in 1996, and are unbeaten in their last 27 home fixtures. They confirmed their place at the top of the table this year with one round to spare and then had to wait until the end of the final game of the regular season at the weekend to learn they will be playing the Otago Highlanders in the first quarter-final next Friday.The second-seeded Jaguares play the Waikato Chiefs in Buenos Aires, the ACT Brumbies host the Coastal Sharks in Canberra while the Wellington Hurricanes are at home to the Northern Bulls.The Crusaders achieved home-ground advantage for the play-offs despite having many of their All Blacks out of action for much of the season, but the cavalry is returning when required.Tighthead prop Owen Franks, who has been plagued by a shoulder injury and only played four games in the regular season, has been cleared to return as has hooker Codie Taylor who has been out for a month with a broken finger.Another All Blacks frontrower Tim Perry, who broke an arm in round one, rejoined the side for their last pool match while senior All Blacks Kieran Read and Sam Whitelock were rested for the first month to manage their workload in a World Cup year.“To win a championship, a lot has got to go right. Full squad, full team. To give every chance to go through in that finals series, you need to have the opportunity to pick your best squad,” Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said.– ‘Freshen up’ –While most sides were under pressure for the final round of the regular season, Robertson gave the Crusaders the week off to “really freshen up”- ‘Freshen up’ -.Adding to their impressive record, the Crusaders topped the try-scoring list in the regular season with 73 and had the least scored against them with 31.“If you’re going to win it, you have to beat the Crusaders in Christchurch,” Chiefs coach Colin Cooper said.Undaunted, Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger said: “We can go through and beat anybody.”When the Bulls beat the Golden Lions in the final match at the weekend, it kept last year’s beaten finalists out of the final eight and confirmed the Chiefs would finish seventh and the Highlanders eighth.It also meant the Chiefs, who made the quarter-finals through a hefty win over the Melbourne Rebels on Friday, travelled back to New Zealand on Saturday then flew to Argentina on Sunday to face South African conference winners Jaguares.If the Chiefs win, they then have to fly to Australia or South Africa for a semi-final against the winner of the Brumbies-Sharks match.A Jaguares win will see the Argentines host the winner of the Canberra clash in the semi-finals.The winner of the Crusaders-Highlanders match will play the winner of the Hurricanes-Bulls encounter.If the Crusaders win they stay home but if the Highlanders prevail then, as the bottom qualifier, they must travel for their semi-final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Brazil, Uruguay march towards 2018, Argentina crash again

first_img0Shares0000Brazil’s Neymar celebrates after defeating Argentina 3-0 in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on November 10, 2016 © AFP / Douglas MagnoMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Nov 11 – Brazil thrashed arch-rivals Argentina to tighten their grip on South America’s 2018 World Cup qualification campaign as Uruguay maintained their push towards the finals with a hard-fought defeat of Ecuador.Barcelona superstar Neymar outshone club-mate Lionel Messi with his 50th international goal for Brazil in Belo Horizonte as the five-time World Cup winners romped to a 3-0 win in the Estadio Mineirao. It was a sweet return to the venue for Brazil, who were humiliated 7-1 at the same ground by Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.Neymar’s landmark strike was sandwiched by a spectacular effort from Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and a second-half finish from China-based midfielder Paulinho.The win was a remarkable fifth consecutive qualifying victory under the reign of new coach Tite, who took over following the sacking of Dunga in June following Brazil’s Copa America Centenario debacle, when they failed to advance from the group stage.Argentina’s Lionel Messi (L) is marked by Brazil’s Thiago Silva during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match © AFP / Vanderlei AlmeidaBrazil now have 24 points from 11 games, one clear of second-placed Uruguay who have 23 points.The Brazilians are six points clear of third-placed Colombia and seven points clear of Ecuador and Chile, who are level on 17 points after 11 games.Argentina meanwhile are languishing outside the qualifying places in sixth with 16 points.The two-time world champions who have taken just two points from their past four qualifiers now face a crucial game at home to Colombia next Tuesday which they must win to avoid falling further off the pace.Uruguay meanwhile stayed firmly on Brazil’s shoulder with a 2-1 defeat of Ecuador at Montevideo’s Estadio Centenario.Uruguay’s Diego Rolan (2R) scores against Ecuador during their FIFA 2018World Cup qualifier in Montevideo © AFP / Pablo PorciunculaThe Uruguayans took the lead on 12 minutes when former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates bundled in a corner from close range for his first international goal.Espanyol striker Felipe Caicedo then rounded off a sweeping Ecuador counter-attack to equalise just before half-time.But Uruguay responded immediately, Diego Rolan stabbing home a low finish on the stroke of half-time to restore the home side’s lead.– Injury scare for Bravo –Chile’s goalkeeper Claudio Bravo pulls off a save during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match against Colombia in Barranquilla, Colombia, on November 10, 2016 © AFP / Guillermo MunozElsewhere Thursday, Copa America Centenario champions Chile had captain and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to thank for a hard-earned point in a 0-0 draw against Colombia in Barranquilla.The Chileans, missing injured Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, needed two superb saves from Bravo to keep Colombia at bay in a gritty game played in sweltering conditions.But Bravo’s display was tempered by an injury which forced the Manchester City goalkeeper off the field midway through the second half.Bravo had earlier produced two fine blocks to deny Oscar Murillo and Miguel Borja as Colombia were struggled to break the deadlock.Colombia’s Argentinian coach Jose Pekerman bemoaned a lack of precision in front of goal but was buoyed by the return of talismanic striker Radamel Falcao, who was introduced as a half-time substitute.“We tried everything and we had chances but we lacked precision,” Pekerman said.“But the most important fact of the game was the return of Falcao.”In other games, Paraguay suffered a 4-1 mauling against Peru in Asuncion to derail their qualification campaign.Paraguay took an early lead through Cristian Riveros after nine minutes but Peru hit back with second-half goals from Christian Ramos, Edison Flores, Christian Cueva and an Edgar Benitez own goal to run out convincing winners.Peru’s Christian Cueva scores past Paraguay goalkeeper Diego Barreto during their FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier, in Asuncion © AFP / Norberto DuarteParaguay coach Francisco Arce attempted to put a positive spin on his team’s loss.“We’re still in the race to qualify,” Arce said. “We don’t think we’re dead, we just need to pick ourselves up and get on with it,” he added.Paraguay, who are two points outside the qualifying positions, face Bolivia away in their next game.Venezuela meanwhile scored their first win of the qualifiers with a 5-0 thrashing at home to Bolivia, with Josef Martinez scoring a hat-trick.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Complying with port inspection law difficult

first_img“If a terrorist manages to conceal a weapon of mass destruction in a shipping container, it must be discovered long before that container reaches our shore,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in support of the measure. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., a chief proponent, said the costs and complexity involved in the new system pale beside the devastating effect of a nuclear attack launched from a big-city port. “The truth is, we cannot afford not to do it.” The White House issued a statement strongly opposing the scanning requirement, saying it was “neither executable nor feasible.” Opponents warned that it could cause huge backlogs at the nation’s seaports, which handle some 95 percent of goods coming into the country. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says “it would be wonderful” if all containers were inspected before they left foreign ports. “But it’s got to be done in a way that reflects reality and also reflects the fact that we’re not the only players in this pool.” Industry groups that lobbied against the 100 percent screening asked whether Congress intends to cut off trade with small-volume ports that can’t install the needed technology. They also warn of foreign governments retaliating by requiring U.S. ports to set up the same inspection regimen. WASHINGTON – The specter of a nuclear bomb, hidden in a cargo container, detonating in an American port has prompted Congress to require 100 percent screening of U.S.-bound ships at their more than 600 foreign starting points. The White House and shippers maintain that the technology for scanning 11 million containers each year doesn’t exist, and say the requirement could disrupt trade. Current procedures, including manifest inspections at foreign ports and radiation monitoring in U.S. ports, are working well, they contend. Nonetheless, President George W. Bush earlier this month signed the measure into law, praising its shift of funds to states and cities at higher risk of terrorism attack and saying he will work with lawmakers to ensure that the cargo-screening provisions don’t impede commerce. Scanning containers at their point of origin in other countries is a highlight of that law, intended to fulfill recommendations of the 9-11 commission for safeguarding the United States from terrorist attack. It sets a five-year deadline for having the system in place but – recognizing that the technology might not be ready – gives the Homeland Security secretary the authority to extend that deadline by two-year increments. “You have to have the permission of all these foreign points,” said James Carafano, a defense expert at the Heritage Foundation. “There are a lot of people around the world who are going to be really teed off about this.” The Bush administration argues that its current risk-based, layered approach to port security is a success. That approach has several main components: Under the Container Security Initiative, teams from Customs and Border Protection now review manifests at some 50 ports covering more than 80 percent of the container cargo shipped to the United States. Containers identified as high-risk are subjected to X-ray and radiation scanning. Markey argues that this is nothing more than a paperwork check that relies on descriptions of content supplied by shippers. Less than 5 percent of containers get scanned, and only a fraction of those are opened up and inspected. Homeland Security, together with Customs and Border Protection, has set a goal of screening, by the end of 2007, close to 100 percent of all containers entering the country by sea for radiological and nuclear material, using what are called Radiation Portal Monitors. Under a pilot program called the Secure Freight Initiative, created in a port security bill passed last year, Homeland Security is testing high-volume scanning at six ports in Pakistan, Honduras, Britain, Oman, Singapore and South Korea. The program should give some indication of the practicality of the 9-11 Act provision, which requires containers to undergo both a radiation check and a scan with nonintrusive imaging such as X-rays that might locate highly enriched uranium or other materials that don’t emit a lot of radiation. Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office also plans to award up to $1.2 billion over the next five years to develop and acquire a next-generation radiation monitor for land and sea cargo known as Advanced Spectroscopic Portals. Lawmakers have questioned whether the new technology offers much improvement over current monitors that are prone to false alarms set off by naturally occurring radioactive material in medical isotopes, ceramics or kitty litter. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairmen of the Senate and House Homeland Security committees, respectively, said preliminary tests indicate that the effectiveness of the new advanced monitors “may fall well short of levels anticipated.” Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, Calif., a critic of the new provision, noted that those unhappy with current technology are among the same people calling for 100 percent scanning. “You can’t have it both ways,” he said, adding that “the technology is not there at this point.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Former CONFIRMED! Derby appoint Ancelotti’s former right-hand man as new boss

first_img1 Paul Clement Derby County have appointed Paul Clement as their new head coach on a three-year contract.Clement succeeds Steve McClaren, who was axed last week after the Rams failed to reach the Championship play-offs.It is a first managerial role for the 43-year-old after spells across Europe as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and, most recently, Real Madrid.“I’m incredibly excited to be joining Derby County as Head Coach and I am looking forward to meeting the players and getting started,” Clement told the club’s official website.“This is a massive club with fantastic facilities and a superb fan base who deserve success.“Having spoken with (chief executive) Sam Rush and the owners I firmly believe we share the same desires and ambitions and that is to once again make Derby County a Premier League club.”Clement had also been linked with the Sunderland manager’s position following the departure of Dick Advocaat, and Rush is pleased to have secured his services.“Paul Clement is one of the most in-demand coaches in world football and I am delighted that he has agreed to join Derby County as our new Head Coach,” Rush said.“He is hugely respected, has exceptional relationships throughout football and tremendous coaching experience at some of the very best clubs in Europe.“He is the perfect appointment at the next stage of Derby County’s development and we are looking forward to the coming season with a great deal of optimism.”last_img read more

‘Top six? That’s gone’ – Everton fan verdict on sorry start to the season

first_imgJoey Barton admits Everton’s season is already in tatters.The Toffees invested heavily in the summer transfer market and there were genuine hopes they could challenge for a place in the top four.But the Merseysiders have won just two of their opening eight Premier League games and are now facing a battle at the other end of the table.And Everton fan Barton confesses it has been a sorry opening couple of months.“Expectations have been checked severely,” he said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.”At the start they had ambitions of top six this season and then building on that in the next transfer windows, but that’s gone.“It sounds bizarre to say this, but they now just need to get themselves to 40 points as soon as possible.”Everton rescued a point on Sunday thanks to a last-minute penalty from Wayne Rooney in a draw at Brighton, a result that will do little to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Ronald Koeman, who is the bookies’ favourite for the axe.But Barton believes Everton will stand by the Dutchman.He added: “Would they have sacked him [Koeman] if they had lost? No, I don’t think they would.“I think they believe in Koeman long-term, and at this moment in time I don’t think they feel they can do anything about the situation in terms of the personnel.“But they’re 16th in the table and only three points off the drop zone, and I know we’re only eight games in, but if you’d said that at the start of the season you’d have said, ‘wow, Everton must have had a really bad start’.”last_img read more

Champions League last 16 draw – Relive our live coverage

first_img Champions League last 16 draw – Relive our live coverage 1 It’s time to find out how the Champions League knockout stage will shape up, with the last 16 draw starting at 11:00.For the first time ever, five English teams have qualified from the group stage, with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all in the draw for the round of 16.The draw is scheduled to start at 11:00, and you can follow all the action here, or tune into talkSPORT 2 to hear live coverage.last_img read more