Lyon consider Barcelona director for technical secretary role

first_img Loading… Promoted Content6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? The former French international became embroiled in a row with Lionel Messi, after criticising the role of senior players following the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde. Read Also: Luis Suarez’s return hands Barcelona title advantage Messi firmly rejected Abidal’s claims, but the 40-year old’s standing at the club has been subsequently weakened. Barcelona also have club elections at the end of next season, with no guarantee Abidal will continue in his role. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img According to reports from RMC Sport, reported via Marca, Abidal is the first choice for CEO Jean-Michel Aulas, over of Paul Mitchell, Bruno Cheyrou and Loic Desire. The reports adds Abidal has the support of director, and former Lyon teammate Juninho Pernambucabo. Abidal could be tempted by a return to France, after a controversial few months in Catalonia.Advertisement Ligue 1 club Lyon are considering an approach for Barcelona’s Director of Football Eric Abidal, as their new technical secretary. Current secretary Florian Maurice will leave for Rennes this summer, with Lyon on the hunt for a replacement.last_img read more

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Shooting kills La Castellana local

first_imgAn empty shell of unknown firearm wasrecovered from the crime scene. Police also seized a knife from Hernandez.  The 28-year-old resident ChristianJade Hernandez died of a gunshot wound on the chest, a police report showed. Officers of the La Castellanamunicipal police station have yet to identify the suspect and the motive in theshooting./PN BACOLOD City – In Barangay Sag-ang, LaCastellana, Negros Occidental, a man was shot dead. An unidentified suspect shot Hernandezaround 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, the report added.last_img

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Iloilo City to help LGUs affected by Taal eruption

first_imgHe plans to course the financial helpto the provincial government of Batangas for downloading to local governmentsthat badly need help. “I instructed our City Disaster RiskReduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) head Donna Magno to make an assessmentand determine how much we could allot for this,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas. Part of the city government’s QuickResponse Fund may be utilized for this, he added, and he hoped to release thehelp before the Dinagyang Festival next week. Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO City – The city government willhelp local government units (LGUs) affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano inBatangas province. The city mayor said the citygovernment may also be sending masks to Batangas to protect people there frominhaling toxic fumes and ashes from Taal Volcano./PN “As we celebrate the DinagyangFestival in honor of Señor Santo Niño, we should never forget the people inBatangas and nearby provinces suffering due to the volcanic eruption,” said Treñas.“Let us help them.”last_img read more

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Folk music talent to play at Batesville Library

first_imgBatesville, IN—Chicago’s “official” troubadour, Mark Dvorak will be performing in concert at the Batesville Memorial Library on Saturday at 7 pm.  Dvorak, a teaching artist at the Old Town School of folk music in Chicago,  will also be leading a folk jam and sing along at the library from 1 pm-2:30 pm.last_img

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Fulham put four past Palace

first_img Both managers were reportedly under pressure going in to the game and, with both club’s respective owners in attendance, Martin Jol will no doubt be the happier of the two managers after goals from Pajtim Kasami, Steve Sidwell, Dimitar Berbatov and Philippe Senderos, the first two of which were sumptuous volleys, gave the visitors a 4-1 win and a valuable three points. Palace had led early on after Adrian Mariappa headed home his first goal for the club but, despite the first two Fulham goals coming from superb individual efforts, Eagles’ boss Ian Holloway would have been disappointed to see the third and fourth conceded from set-pieces. Much was made of Darren Bent’s appearance in a Fulham shirt at Selhurst Park after he came close to joining Palace before opting on a loan move to the Cottagers, but it was Kasami and Sidwell who stole the limelight as both struck memorable volleys to turn the game on it’s head. The home side started the brightest with Dwight Gayle drifting inside from the right flank and hitting a tame shot at the returning Maarten Stekelenburg. Palace’s opener came after just seven minutes after a corner was cleared well by the Fulham defence but the Eagles kept the ball alive as it was worked back to Jason Puncheon. The Southampton loanee delivered a hanging cross which was met by Mariappa, who towered above Brede Hangeland to nod the Eagles ahead despite giving away up to eight inches in height to the Fulham skipper. Holloway’s side continued to dominate the early exchanges as Stuart O’Keefe came close to adding a second with a long-range shot that he dragged just wide of Stekelenburg’s right-hand post. If Fulham had been mediocre in the first 15 minutes, their equalising goal was anything but as Kasami collected a long ball forward from Sascha Riether on his chest and, despite the close attention of Mariappa, rifled a volley of the highest calibre past Julian Speroni from the edge of the penalty area. The goal did not spark either side in to life with both teams struggling to create a chance of note until the closing moments of the first half when Fulham’s second goal was scored with aplomb by Sidwell. A poor Bryan Ruiz free-kick slammed in to the wall and dropped to the 30-year-old midfielder who thrashed a dipping volley past Speroni to put the visitors in front. Both sides made changes at the interval with Holloway introducing Jerome Thomas in place of Jose Campana and Fulham replacing captain Hangeland with Fernando Amorebieta. The hosts look to start the second half with the same tempo they set in the early stages and forced an early corner after two deep crosses had been dealt with by the visitors. Bent should have then done better with a chance gifted to Fulham by Speroni. The goalkeeper’s clearance smacked in to Berbatov, who laid the ball in to the path of Bent but the Villa loanee’s effort was pushed behind by the Argentinian stopper. However, Speroni’s reprieve did not last for long as Berbatov was on hand to steer Ruiz’s resulting corner past the despairing 34-year-old. Things went from bad to worse for Palace just five minutes later as Senderos was on hand to scissors-kick home another Ruiz corner from close range to give Fulham a truly unassailable lead. Only a tremendous save from Speroni prevented Kasami adding a fifth with another rasping effort late on, with Fulham having to settle for four and equalling their best ever away win in the Premier League. Fulham came from behind to hammer Crystal Palace 4-1 at Selhurst Park and consign the Eagles to a seventh Barclays Premier League defeat of the season. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Title race not over for Pellegrini

first_img Pellegrini said: “Every point we drop will be more difficult. “When you have mathematical chances you must try to continue fighting, but the most important thing is to trust in what we are doing, try to win the next game and we will see at the end of the season where you will finish.” George Boyd struck the only goal of the game with a sweet, low left-foot half-volley from the edge of the area just after the hour. The Scot had shot narrowly wide with a volley from distance just moments earlier. City did muster 21 chances but only got five on target and generally lacked energy and a cutting edge. TV pundit Jamie Redknapp claimed it was the type of performance that could get a manager the sack, but Pellegrini – who is coming under increasing pressure – refused to criticise his side. He said: “It was a normal performance. I don’t think we played very bad. We had three or four chances. Burnley had just one shot on target and scored one goal, but we need to create more chances. “I don’t think we created the amount of chances we need to score goals.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini refused to accept the title race was over despite another heavy setback to his side’s chances at Burnley. The champions crashed to a surprise 1-0 defeat to the relegation battlers at Turf Moor and remain five points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea, who now have two games in hand. City have fallen away alarmingly since pulling level with the Londoners on New Year’s Day and have won just three of their last nine league games. Press Association When it was suggested the performance should not be acceptable, Pellegrini, speaking in his post-match press conference, said: “I said it was a normal performance. We will try to improve and we must do it.” On Redknapp’s remarks he said: “I accept any different opinions of all people.” With the title looking a long shot, City could now face a battle to hold on to second place – or even their spot in the top four – with Arsenal just one point behind. Pellegrini brushed aside those concerns and instead turned focus to Wednesday’s Champions League battle at Barcelona. The Chilean said: “We are worried just about our team. We continue in second place, so we are not doing so bad. We have 27 points more we must fight for to try to keep this position. “From tomorrow we must trust in what we are doing and try to win on Wednesday in Barcelona.” Pellegrini revealed that James Milner missed the game to rest a knee problem but was expected to be fit to play at the Nou Camp. The mood in the Burnley camp was understandably different after a result that reinvigorated their survival hopes. The Clarets’ victory – despite some battling recent displays – was only their second in 13 games and pulled them within a point of 17th-placed Sunderland. Manager Sean Dyche said: “Our will and desire to be in the Premier League is all on show, but we won’t get too carried away. “We know there’s a long way to go. The players are grounded. “We haven’t been broken from defeat – we’ve been dented a few times – but this win reinforces confidence and belief. “It was deserved, I think. Overall I think we edged it. It was a close game, why wouldn’t it be against players of that calibre? I’m obviously delighted with the outcome and the performance. “I have said many times this season I think the players are improving. I think they are growing and learning at this level. “It doesn’t guarantee the future and there is still room for more, but this reinforces all the good work that has been done.” last_img read more

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Russia 2018: Algeria Shifts Focus to Nations Cup

first_imgThe loss has realistically made topping Group B a daunting proposition for the Algerians coached by George Leekens as they are now required to win all remaining four matches to stand a chance.Local Algerian news sources quoted Raouraoua insisting on Sunday night in Algiers, at the draws for the 32nd Algerian FA Cup, that FAF would forget the set-back against Nigeria by pursuing a realistic objective of staking a bid for Algeria’s third Africa Cup Nations title in Gabon.The Fennecs will play in Group B with Senegal, Tunisia and Zimbabwe at the tournament that holds between January 14 and February 5, 2017.“We should forget the World Cup defeat and seriously begin to think about the Nations Cup in Gabon which is a goal for the Desert Foxes. We will have to disregard the defeat against Nigeria and the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Russia and think about what is very close,-the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. The Nations Cup is a very interesting challenge for our national team, which will fancy returning with the trophy to Algiers as African champions.“Football is not an exact science. Who would have thought that Cameroun would lose two points at home to Zambia? We need to think about the near future and correct the gaps in the group. In September next year, we have four matches to play, and by then we will have a better team with much more means,” Raouraoua declared.But should the Super Eagles win their next two matches to attain the 12-point mark, the trip to Algiers may turn out inconsequential as Nigeria may have already secured the ticket to Russia.According to a poll conducted by top Algerian football website DZFoot, 43 per cent of those polled said the Fennecs have lost out on reaching Russia 2018 after they slumped to a 3-1 loss in Nigeria at the weekend.However, 31 per cent of the fans said it will be tough but possible to qualify because Nigeria will slip in the qualifiers after winning their first two matches.Another 15 per cent said Algeria are often at their best when they have their backs against the wall and so they could still bounce back to advance to the next World Cup.Eleven per cent of those polled have completely surrendered, saying it is only in Africa that three World Cup finalists are drawn in the same qualifying group.Algeria will host Nigeria in the group’s last World Cup fixture in November 2017 in a match that will likely determine the sole qualifier of the group for the world’s biggest football competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaPresident of Algeria Football Federation (FAF) Mohamed Raouraoua has declared that the north African nation was now reassessing its objective from qualifying for World Cup 2018 by now placing emphasis on how to impress at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon next January.The Fennecs aspiration to reach their fifth FIFA World Cup finals in Russia was compromised by a ruthless Nigeria which crushed the Algerians 3-1 in the Group B fixture on Saturday in Uyo.last_img read more

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Maintenance strike averted with union vote

first_imgAfter negotiating for seven months and demonstrating last week in the hopes of winning a better contract offer, the Aramark-contracted maintenance employees at USC overwhelmingly approved a new contract at the union meeting on Saturday.The contract, which will be in effect for the next three years, was approved by nearly 99 percent of the Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West members, according to Raphael Lieb, an internal organizer for the union.Lieb said last Wednesday’s on-campus march was a turning point in the union’s negotiations with Aramark.“When the employer came back that day they came back with some major improvements,” Lieb said. “I think that’s due in no small part to support from the university community.”One of the main points of contention during negotiations was the health insurance co-pay, which Aramark wanted to raise drastically. The approved contract raises the co-pay only slightly.The approved contract also stipulates that wages will be increased in concurrence with the cost of living over the next three years. Additionally, janitors will be able to cash out unused sick and vacation time, something they were unable to do before, Lieb said.The union was prepared to strike if an agreement was not met by this weekend. A week ago a strike seemed likely but after the march things turned around, Lieb said.“Going into last week it was still a possibility,” Lieb said. “We were still far away from where we wanted to be. I think what made a huge difference was the university community’s willingness to step up and help support the janitors.”The contract, which the vast majority of the maintenance staff voted to approve, is dramatically improved from what Aramark had proposed just a week ago, Lieb said.Though they made some sacrifices, Lieb said it seemed most members of the maintenance staff were happy with the outcome.“It’s actually a really exciting victory for USC janitors because they’re able to make some great gains in the context of a really rough economy,” Lieb said.last_img read more

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Iseman: Syracuse proves doubters wrong with 5-1 finish to turn season around after slow start

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The first quarter ended with Syracuse down 10-0 after turning the ball over on its first two drives of the game. It was an ugly start to the end of the regular season.And yet it meant nothing.There was no panic from the players. The idea of “Here we go again” was never relevant. This was nothing more than a slow beginning to a game the Orange would eventually turn into a rout in its favor.“We’ve been there, done that. We’ve been down like that before. We knew that we really hurt ourselves,” quarterback Ryan Nassib said. “We had two fumbles in the first two drives. … It was only a matter of time until we started clicking.”This is a different Syracuse team than the one that took the field in the first half of the season. It’s battle-tested. The players learned from seemingly every mistake they made during a year that appeared to be destined to become another forgettable season. Syracuse went from a struggling team to one that’s among the best in the Big East by finishing the season 5-1.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the way, the Orange proved plenty of people wrong, myself included. I didn’t think this team would finish 7-5, not the way it played at times during the year when it repeatedly beat itself by making inopportune mistakes.But then SU showed me and everyone else that it would follow through on what the players said all year long. They would learn to take care of the football. They would stop making mistakes. And they would be tough to beat.So when it was down 10 points to Temple on Friday, Syracuse recovered by forcing a turnover on the Owls. When Owls running back Montel Harris fumbled on a punt return, Syracuse made sure to recover the ball.The Orange erased the early mistakes quickly and played flawlessly for the rest of the game.“I think it shows a lot about the maturity of the team and the trust we have for one another,” Nassib said. “We knew the defense was going to come in and make some stops, and everyone on offense trusted each other to do their job, and when everyone does their job, that’s when plays happen.”Head coach Doug Marrone and his coaches deserve credit for the way they adjusted their game plans as the season wore on. When the players started struggling, the coaches simplified everything. When ball security was lacking, the coaches corrected it quickly and turned the problem around. Syracuse’s turnover margin made an incredible jump from minus-10 midway through the year to minus-1 at the end of the season.When the Orange’s running game powered the team to wins, Marrone stuck with it and that plan carried Syracuse to a postseason appearance. And defensive coordinator Scott Shafer showed an unparalleled ability to adjust his schemes on the fly.Most of all, a never-give-up attitude became apparent in the Orange toward the end of the season. It’s how Syracuse scored 21 points in the fourth quarter on the road against Missouri to win 31-27.And it’s why, on Friday, an early 10-0 deficit could’ve just as easily been a tie game and Syracuse would’ve played the exact same way — without panic and with plenty of fight.“I think it’s a great win for these kids; they’ve worked so hard, they’ve gone through so much,” Marrone said. “And it just goes to show you a lot about their character and pride.”So Syracuse went from a weekly question mark to a formidable team capable of beating every opponent on its schedule, even taking down then-unbeaten Louisville by 19 points.Now the Orange is headed for a bowl game for the second time in three years after finishing this season with a winning record.Syracuse is not the same team it was at the start of the year. This team is better.“We’ve got a lot of confidence going against every team we play,” wide receiver Alec Lemon said. “We know we belong on the same field as them, if not beating them.”Syracuse lost a few battles along the way, but it ended up winning the war.Chris Iseman is an asst. sports editor at The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at cjiseman@syr.edu or on Twitter @chris_iseman.  Comments Published on November 26, 2012 at 2:56 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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