Zagorje is the most successful tourist destination in continental Croatia

first_imgApart from good results, which include further growth in arrivals (12,27%) and overnight stays (7,44%), 2018 in Zagorje will be remembered for the fact that Krapina-Zagorje County was declared the most successful tourist at the Days of Croatian Tourism destination of continental Croatia, and was one of the three finalists in the selection for the best tourist destination in Croatia. In 2018, there were 729.466 visitors, which is an increase in visitors to the beaches 6,5% or 44.538 visitors more than last year. Regarding the number of visitors to museums, 198.986 visits were made, and the most visited is the Museum of Krapina Neanderthals with 90.373 visits, followed by the Museum of the Old Village Kumrovec with 51.587 visits and Dvor Veliki Tabor with 26.271 visits. “At the Days of Tourism in Hvar, Krapina-Zagorje County was declared the best tourist destination of continental tourism, and we entered the finals as one of the three best tourist destinations. Only with the synergy of branding Zagorje as a destination, and later providing individual quality and advantages over others, we came to such results. “, said the prefect of Krapina-Zagorje County, Željko Kolar, and emphasized that last year the number of 3 thousand registered commercial beds was broken and that the number of beds increased by 364 compared to 2017.  Photo: TZ KZŽ “We are especially pleased with the growth of 5,5% in the domestic market in overnight stays, and in the Slovenian market it is 12,75%, Germany 6,43% and Poland 27,08%. As for which Croatian counties tourists come from, in the first place is the City of Zagreb (45.963 overnight stays), followed by Split-Dalmatia (25.884 overnight stays) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (22.400 overnight stays), followed by Istria, Zagreb and Osijek-Baranja. In 2018, there were 187.637 overnight stays of domestic tourists. We are pleased to be visited by tourists from sea destinations who visit Krapina-Zagorje County for vacation after the summer season, and in terms of arrivals and overnight stays according to tourist boards, most are in the Tourist Board of Tuhelj, Klanjec and Veliko. Trgovišće, then the Tourist Board of the Heart of Zagorje, and then the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Stubičke Toplice. The area of ​​Oroslavje is interesting, where the increase at the Hotel & Pension ZAGI is 38,11% compared to 2017. “, pointed out the head of the Škrinjar office. Increase in visitors to the beaches As for visitors to the beaches, the most visited were Terme Tuhelj with 307.279 arrivals, followed by Terme Jezerčica with 179.733 arrivals, Krapinske Toplice with 157.061 arrivals and Stubičke Toplice with 85.393 arrivals. center_img ZAGORJE GOT ITS TOURIST CARD – ZAGORJE CARD Head of the Krapina-Zagorje County Tourist Board Sanja Škrinjar she emphasized that the most important markets are Slovenia, followed by Germany, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, and the Danish market is particularly interesting. In 2018, 159.191 arrivals were recorded in the Krapina-Zagorje County and 348.694 overnight stays. Compared to 2017, that is 17.398 more arrivals and 24.143 more overnight stays. This is an increase of 12,27% in arrivals and 7,44% in overnight stays RELATED NEWS: ZAGORJE GOT ITS MOBILE APPLICATION last_img read more

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta passionately defends Manchester City after Champions League ban is overturned

first_img Comment Arteta was Guardiola’s assistant when they won back-to-back league titles (Picture: Getty)‘But they lost off the pitch, they have to go on the pitch and try beat us on the pitch. Like a sportsman. If we did something wrong we accept our ban, any departments – Fifa, Uefa, Premier League – we are here. But we can defend ourselves.‘After yesterday it was a great day for football, not a bad day, as it was shown we were playing the same way as other clubs. We can play in the Champions League next season as what we’ve done is right and proper. Go on the pitch now and play against us.’MORE: Pep Guardiola demands apology after Man City’s Champions League ban is liftedMORE: Jurgen Klopp speaks out on Manchester City getting Champions League ban overturnedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta passionately defends Manchester City after Champions League ban is overturned Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 14 Jul 2020 3:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link278Sharescenter_img Guardiola was clearly delighted that City’s European ban was lifted (Picture: Instagram)Arteta, though, believes old club City – where he used to be assistant to Guardiola – have acted fairly and appropriately and any questions surrounding their conduct should be forgotten.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked for his thoughts on City’s ban getting overturned, and the ramifications for FFP, Arteta said: ‘There is no question about what happened.‘They completely deserved to be in the Champions League because what they have done on the pitch is unquestionable.‘The regulators have looked at it and have decided that they haven’t done anything wrong so you have the two aspects that are really clear and transparent.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘They are going to be in the Champions League because they deserve it for what they have done on the pitch and what they have done outside of the pitch.’When City boss Guardiola was asked if the other clubs would now move on and stop questioning City, he replied: ‘It would be nice but I don’t think so. How many times people came to this club whispering on us.‘I’d like it to finish, I’d like to say people look in our eyes and if you have to say it, do it face to face. Then play on the pitch as rivals and if you beat us don’t hesitate, we’ll shake hands and congratulate them. Advertisement The Spaniard says his old club ‘deserve’ to be playing European football (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has not joined the chorus of Premier League managers who have questioned Manchester City’s Champions League ban being overturned, instead defending his old club.Pep Guardiola’s side were cleared of committing ‘serious breaches’ of Financial Fair Play regulations by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday, with their two-year ban from European football lifted immediately.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reacted to the news by saying he ‘didn’t think it was a good day for football’ while Spurs boss Jose Mourinho branded the ruling ‘a disgrace’.last_img read more

IMCA Duel In The Desert entries at 260

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – Pre-entries for the Nov. 7-10 Duel In The Desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have already reached 260.One hundred and seventy-two IMCA Modified drivers and 88 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod drivers are entered in the 21st annual event. That’s 31 more Modified and 25 more SportMod entries than for the same time a year ago.At stake at the biggest event of the season in the Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region is a top prize of $7,777 as well as a 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth for the Modifieds while SportMods vie for $1,777 to win.The Duel will be contested on the half-mile Dirt Track. In addition to Nevada, entries now in hand are from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.Modified drivers pre-entered are:Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa; Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas; Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; Paris Archie, Sparks; Troy Baal­horn, Glenrock, Wyo.; Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz.; Jerry Bailey, Pocatello, Idaho; Tim Balding, Prundedale, Calif.; Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas; Earl Bax­ter, Sheridan, Wyo.; Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; Eddie Belec, Arvada, Colo.; Tanner Black, Otis, Kan.; Roger Bonneville, Calgary, Alb.; Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif.; Scott Brown, Meriden, Kan.; Cody Burke, Salias, Calif.; and Dustin Cady, Albany, Ore.Justin Cady, Albany, Ore.; Tim Cecil, Merced, Calif.; Kellen Chadwick, Oakley, Calif.; Matt Christopherson, Gillette, Wyo.; Daniel Cleveland, Rock Springs, Wyo.; Duane Cleveland, Olivehurst, Calif.; Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa; Bill Cornwall, Pocatello, Idaho; Ryan Daves, Bakersfield, Calif.; Nick DeCarlo, Martinez, Calif.; Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa; Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; Shane DeVolder, Pacifica, Calif.; Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Matthew Drager, Albany, Ore.; Scott Drake, Diamond, Mo.; and Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.Tyson Evans, Yuma, Ariz.; Jarod Fast, Chowchilla, Calif.; Grey Ferrando, Stayton, Ore.; Jerry Flippo, Bakersfield, Calif.; Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz.; Troy Foulger, Oakley, Calif.; Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; Andy Gage, Whiting, Iowa; Ryan Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo.; Isaiah Geisel, Torquay, Sask.; Matt Gilbertson, Watson, Minn.; Albert Gill, Central Point, Ore.; Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; Heath Grizzle, Drasco, Ark.; Greg Gus­tus, Brighton, Colo.; Chase Han­sen, Myton, Utah; and Brian Harding, Oakville, Wash.Terry Hershberger, Corona, Calif.; Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump; Leland Hibdon, Pahrump; Cody Hillgartner, Harlan, Iowa; Jason Hilli­ard, Cache, Okla.; Jacob Hobscheidt, Plattsmouth, Neb.; Brad Hopkins, Henderson; Rich Horibe, Pahrump; Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.; Kevin Irwin, Bakers­field, Calif.; Chris Jaggi, Campo, Calif.; Bricen James, Albany, Ore.; Matthew Jenner, Vancouver, Wash.; Paul Jones Jr., Casper, Wyo.; Gene Kay, Yerington; Raymond Keld­sen, Aromas, Calif.; and Austin Kiefer, PahrumpBrenda Kirby, Bullhead City, Ariz.; Buddy Kniss, Antioch, Calif.; Chester Kniss, Antioch, Calif.; Austin Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz.; Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill.; Danny Lauer, Nipomo, Calif.; Enoch Lucero, Glendale, Ariz.; Preston Luckman, Coos Bay, Ore.; Ross McCartney, Lahoma, Okla.; Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; Mitch Ma­chado, Rohnert Park, Calif.; Zach Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz.; Jim Mathieson, Sioux City, Iowa; Travis Metz, Blackfoot, Idaho; Bill Miller, Yuma, Ariz.; Jonathan Mitchell, Pahrump; and Bobby Montalvo, Livermore, Calif.Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa; Troy Morris III, Bakersfield, Calif.; Troy Morris Jr., Bakersfield, Calif.; Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa; Matt Murphy, Susanville, Calif.; David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.; Joel Myers, Sebastopol, Calif.; Dale Neitzel, Billings, Mont.; Chris Nie­man, Quincy, Calif.; Steven Noland, Terra Bella, Calif.; Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; Lawrence O’Connor, Port Hardy, B.C.; Nick O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz.; Mike O’Patik, Fort Morgan, Colo.; Mitchell O’Patik, Canal Winchester, Ohio; Joey Olschowka Jr., Live Oak, Calif.; and Tim Olschowka, Quincy, Calif.Allen Owen Jr., Pocola, Okla.; Jacob Pace, Kearny, Ariz.; Reed Payne, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Mike Petersilie, Springfield, Mo.; Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; Jason Pike, Pahrump; Freddie Plourde, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Ryan Porter, Atwater, Calif.; Matthew Ratzlaff, Monte Vista, Colo.; Vincent Raucci, Las Vegas; Vinny Raucci, Las Vegas; Chett Reeves, Bak­ersfield, Calif.; Clint Reichenbach, Santa Maria, Calif.; Butch Reid, Carlsbad, N.M.; Jeremy Richey, Medford, Ore.; Doug Ri­vera, Yuma, Ariz.; and Ryan Roath, Peoria, Ariz.Duane Rogers, Imperial, Calif.; Kent Rosevear, Yuma, Ariz.; Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa; Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; Lance Salo, Payson, Ariz.; Cory Sample, Winnemucca; Robert Sanders, Bakersfield, Calif.; Robby Sawyer, Bakersfield, Calif.; Dennis Schoenfeld, Van Bu­ren, Ark.; Donald Schott, Happy Valley, Ore.; Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; Jerry Schram, Vancouver, Wash.; Justin Schweit­zer, Bakersfield, Calif.; D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.; A.J. Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas; Blair Shoemaker, Selah, Wash.; and Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.Chris Simpson, Oxford, Iowa; Steve Simpson Jr., Kingman, Ariz.; Kevin Smith, Sedro Wooley, Wash.; David Spears, Gardena, Calif.; Roy Spielman, Mills, Wyo.; Anthony Slaney, Martinez, Calif.; Sean Stacy, Kearny, Ariz.; Bubba Stafford, Glendale, Ariz.; Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; Ross Statham, Redcliff, Alb.; Caleb Stone, Loving­ton, N.M.; Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Stephen Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Joshua Stringer, Pahrump; Mickey Stubbings, Helper, Utah; Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; Peyton Taylor, Batesville, Ark.; and Michael Thing, Campo, Calif.And Jeff Thomas, Petaluma, Ca­lif.; Blake Thornell, Apple Valley, Calif.; Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif.; Ricky Thornton Jr., Clive, Iowa; Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; Justin Villanueva, Atwater, Calif.; Kenny Vollmer, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Danny Wagner, Bay Point, Calif.; Tim Ward, Chan­dler, Ariz.; James Welshonse, Medford, Ore.; Cameron Williams, Mohave Valley, Ariz.; Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; Kenny Wyman Jr., Avondale, Ariz.; Braxton Yeager, Green River, Wyo.; Justen Yeager, Green River, Wyo.; Derick Young, Hines, Ore.; and Kirby Zielinski, Bluffton, Alb.Northern SportMod drivers pre-entered include:Guy Ahlwart, Antioch, Calif.; Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz.; Chris Anderson, Williston, N.D.; Terry Bahr, Gilbert, Ariz.; Brady Bjella, Williston, N.D.; Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb.; Jorddon Braaten, Central Point, Ore.; Sheyne Bradley, Casa Grande, Ariz.; Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif.; Robby Claborn, Santa Maria, Calif.; Joshua Cordova, Yuma, Ariz.; Brent Curran, Antioch, Calif.; Jimmy Davy, Yuma, Ariz.; Michael Dean, Santa Maria, Calif.; Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif.; and Chris Evoniuk, Dickinson, N.D.Mike Ficklin, Paradise, Calif.; Jimmy Ford, Yuba City, Calif.; Les Friend, Galt, Calif.; Austin Frye, Taft, Calif.; Brendon Frye, Taft, Calif.; Shelby Frye, Chandler, Ariz.; Mark Garner, Antioch, Calif.; Jason George, Laveen, Ariz.; Braydon Gladd, Pahrump; Lupe Gomez, Phoenix, Ariz.; Todd Gomez, Antioch, Calif.; Cody Graham, Mesa, Ariz.; Joe Haines, Yuma, Ariz.; Nick Hankins, Bennett, Colo.; Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; B.J. Haslam, Shelley, Idaho; Cory Hemphill, Yuma, Ariz.; and Crystal Hemphill, Yuma, Ariz.Rex Higgins, Bloomfield, N.M.; Jeremy Hoff, Copperopolis, Calif.; Garrett Jernagan, Bakersfield, Calif.; Bran­dyn Johnson, Mesa, Ariz.; Kevin Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Michael Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Tate Johnson, Mesa, Ariz.; Clifton King Jr., Pahrump; Dan Kline, Ankeny, Iowa; Luke Krogh, Dickin­son, N.D.; Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz.; Billy Lun­dock, Golden, Colo.; Chris McKellar, Bakersfield, Calif.; Justin McPherson, San Martin, Calif.; Speedy Madrid, Phoe­nix, Ariz.; Austin Manzella, Bakersfield, Calif.; and Matt Mayo, Bakersfield, Calif..Matthew Mayo, Bakersfield, Calif.; Matt Micheli, Chico, Calif.; Jarrod Mounce, Atwater, Calif.; Jason Nation, Bakersfield, Calif.; Bruce Nelson, Merced, Calif.; Craig Nieman, Reno; Cody Olsen, Omaha, Neb.; Cody Parker, Merced, Calif.; Andrew Peckham, Grass Valley, Calif.; David Pitt, Rock Springs, Wyo.; Slade Pitt, Rock Springs, Wyo.; Braxton Possinger, Medford, Ore.; Jason Pugh, Clovis, Calif.; Christina Ratzlaff, Monte Vista, Colo.; Michael Reneau, Airdrie, Alb.; Kyler Reynolds, Surprise, Ariz.; Danny Roe, Turlock, Calif.; and Ty Rogers, Somerton, Ariz.Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa; Matt Ruf, Grand Junction, Colo.; Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif.; Jake Sa­chau, Denison, Iowa; Matt Sanders, Brookings, Ore.; Ricky Saunders, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Scott Saunders, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; Michael Shearer, Atwater, Calif.; Billy Sim­kins, Bakersfield, Calif.; Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif.; Josh Stoks, Prescott Valley, Ariz.; Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa; Kendra Vollmer, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Don West, Warren, Ore.; Kelly Wilkinson, Caruthers, Calif.; Kyle Wood, Bakersfield, Calif.; and T.J. Wyman, Laveen, Ariz.Runner-up in the Modified feature earns $3,250, with $2,250 for third, $1,750 for fourth, $1,500 for fifth, $1,250 for sixth, $1,150 for seventh, $1,100 for eighth, $1,050 for ninth and $1,000 for 10th. A minimum of $777 will be paid to start the main event and to the winners of Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 9 qualifying features.Second place in the Northern SportMod feature pays $777. Thursday and Friday qualifiers both pay $500 to win.There’s a Hot Wheels theme for this year’s Best Appearing Car contest at the Duel and drivers in both divisions are eligible.Cash awards of $600, $300 and $150 go to the top three drivers entered while contest sponsor School of Racing Graphics awards credits of $250, $125 and $75, respectively, to designers of the top three judged entries.More information about the Best Appearing Car contest is posted on the www.schoolofracinggraphics.com website.Terry Phillips is the four-time and defending Modified race winner. Chris McKellar won last year’s Northern SportMod headliner.Pit parking starts at 10 a.m. and practice runs from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Tech starts at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, at 8 a.m. on Thursday and at noon on Friday and Saturday. Racing starts at 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.Registration forms are posted on the www.lvms.com website. Weekend pit passes are $100 and re­served pit parking is available by calling 702 632-8213.last_img read more

Janet (Smith) Crum, age 83

first_imgJanet Fern (Smith) Crum, age 83, of Sunman passed away Friday, December 13, 2019 at St Andrews in Batesville. Janet was born on February 17, 1936, as somewhat of a surprise, 15 minutes after her twin sister Katherine. She was born in the Harrison, Ohio area and grew up on the family farm. Janet along with her 4 sisters helped in all aspects of the farm production.She attended Harrison High School, graduating in 1954. After high school, Janet worked at Baldwin and C G & E (now Duke Energy) for several years. Janet enjoyed playing softball and bowling. While attending a local dance, she would meet her future husband Charles “Bill” Crum. They were united in marriage on April 27, 1974 at St. John United Church of Christ in Harrison, Ohio.The marriage would see her return to her farm roots. The two of them were a vital part in the “Crum Turkey Farm”, located north of Delaware for years. Janet helped to keep track of everyone and pitched in wherever needed.Her church families at both Adam’s Lutheran Church in Batesville and St. John United Church of Christ in Harrison, were important to her. She served on numerous committees and taught Sunday School over the years. She was involved in the Ladies Aide program.Janet was preceded in death by husband Bill Crum, parents Ed and Goldie (Otto) Smith, and sister Betty Andres. She is survived by sisters Dorothy Hinssen, Anna Cole and Katherine Schaefer, along with numerous nieces and nephews.Visitation will be held on Tuesday December 17, 2019 from 10 am to 12 pm. with funeral services being held at 12 pm. All services will be held at Adam’s Lutheran Church. Memorials maybe given to either church, in care of Neal’s Funeral Home.last_img read more

Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire dominate ITTF West Africa Challenge

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria win table tennis’ women doubles’ gold, silver medals Bello hits 48th Asoju Oba Cup final Nigeria and host nation Cote d’Ivoire emerged as champions at the maiden ITTF West Africa Challenge concluded at the weekend in Abidjan.It was Nigeria’s Fatimo Bello that emerged as champion in the women’s event after beating compatriot Tosin Oribamise 4-2 in the final of the maiden ITTF West Africa Challenge held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.In the men’s final, home boy Oba Kizito thrilled the fans with his performance after a convincing 4-0 win over Benin Republic’s Monday Olabiyi.From the group stage, Bello did not drop a game to sail to the final where she had to come from 2-0 down to beat Oribamise and emerged as the champion.However, Kizito admitted that the quarterfinal tie against Nigeria’s Augustine Emmanuel remained the toughest match he played in the competition.“I am so happy that I made my people proud with this win as I was really determined to become champion. It was a bit easy in the final but the quarterfinal win has boosted my confidence that I can win the tournament,” the 24-year-old said.For Bello, the victory did not come on a platter of gold. “It was not easy at all because I had to come from behind to win the encounter. I am very happy and grateful to the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) for the opportunity to represent my country. I must also acknowledge the support from the Abidjan particularly being my first time in this lovely country and I look forward to returning next time,” Bello said.Cote d’Ivoire’s Nadia Kemanan settled for bronze in the women while Ghana’s Derek Abrefa finished third in the men’s event.The winners are expected to represent the region at the 2020 Africa Top 16 Cup in Tunisia.A satisfied Deputy Secretary General of FITT, Ali Kanate, described hosting the tournament as a good development for Cote d’Ivoire, particularly for the growth of table tennis in the country.Kanate said: “I am so excited that within a short time, we were able to stage this tournament. Mobilising all the teams was a challenge but with the huge support from ITTF, this was sorted out and we have 11 out of the 15 countries that made up the region.“The usual bottlenecks synonymous with the first day were there but we believe we have learnt from hosting this competition. This has again shown our ability to stage major competitions, having hosted the 2018 World Junior Circuit and African Junior Championship successfully.”Eleven of the 15 countries in West Africa competed at the two-day championship hosted by the Federation of Ivorien Table Tennis with support from ITTF. Tags: Fatimo BelloITTF West Africa ChallengeMonday Olabiyilast_img read more

O’Neill backs Keane as manager

first_img O’Neill said: “I would say that he would make a good manager, I have always said this about Roy Keane. I think the experiences he has had at Sunderland and Ipswich will stand him in good stead. “He is naturally disappointed by the Ipswich affair, and it’s not something he wants to leave. “He has this opportunity to come with me as my assistant here at this moment, but I have often said to you that he will be a manager, he will be a manager. “I think this particular element – it’s just my view – is good for him. It gives him a chance to look at it, maybe work with somebody with a bit of experience like myself. “But he will become a manager, there’s no question about it. “Naturally having brought him in, I’d be disappointed if it went through that he’s gone, but I wouldn’t really be standing in his way in that sense. “I’d speak to him, I’d speak to [FAI chief executive] John Delaney as well – I think Roy mentioned that the other day – if that’s the case, but it is honestly pure speculation at this minute. “But it doesn’t bother me too much at all – or at least I am trying to show that.” Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has insisted he would not stand in Roy Keane’s way if he was offered the chance to manage Celtic. O’Neill’s 42-year-old assistant has been heavily linked with the post vacated by Neil Lennon earlier this week despite distancing himself from the role on Friday. However, as the former Manchester United skipper jetted out to Lisbon in his role as a television pundit for the Champions League final, the Ulsterman was unequivocal when asked what his reply would be should he be asked by Hoops’ majority shareholder Dermot Desmond about Keane. Desmond, of course, helped broker the deal which established the unlikely partnership between former Celtic boss O’Neill and Keane as the Football Association of Ireland looked for a replacement for Giovanni Trapattoni. There were more than a few raised eyebrows when the younger man accepted the subordinate post having previously managed in his own right at both the Stadium of Light and Portman Road. He was not being mentioned in dispatches for vacancies at the time, but O’Neill has no problem with the fact that his name now appears to be back on the horizon. He said: “When I took him on in the first place, I can’t say I had really thought that particular element of it through. “It wasn’t top of list at the time because he wasn’t being mentioned for jobs, but such is the profile of the man that really I probably should have expected it. “He was linked also as assistant to [Louis] Van Gaal at Manchester United, he is being linked everywhere. “It genuinely isn’t a problem to me. Obviously it may well be when he is actually specifically asked for a managerial job. I will deal with that when it comes, if it comes.” O’Neill’s relaxed attitude may stem in part from the fact that the focus of attention has already shifted markedly in the few days since Lennon ended his four-year stay at Parkhead. Henrik Larsson was swiftly installed as the bookmakers’ favourite, prompting a series of questions about him to his one-time manager as he held his press conference on Thursday afternoon, although the Swede has since slipped in the reckoning. O’Neill said: “When we were doing a press conference, Henrik Larsson was nailed on for it, and then suddenly he was nailed off again, so I don’t know how serious it is at all. “If it arrives, then I’ll deal with it, if that’s the case.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Fifa World Cup Body of missing Lionel Messi fan found in Kerala river

first_imgNew Delhi: The body of 30-year-old Dinu Joseph, an ardent fan of Argentinian captain Lionel Messi, who went missing on June 22 was found on Sunday near Illikkal Bridge in Kerala’s Kottayam, police said.Joseph had gone missing on June 22, hours after Argentina’s 3-0 loss to Croatia in 2018 FIFA World Cup match. He had left a suicide note at home, stating that he was upset with Argentina’s defeat and was going to end his life.“I have nothing else left to watch in this world. I am going to the unfathomable depth of death. Nobody else is responsible for my death,” Joseph wrote in his suicide note.The family of Joseph had filed a missing complaint in the police station. Following the complaint, police started, along with fire brigade personnel, launched a search operation to find him.Two days later, police found his body near Illickal Bridge, in Meenachil River, around 10 kilometers from his village Arumanoor.According to reports, when police searched his room, they found “Messi, my life is for you, waiting to see you lift the Cup,” written in one of his books. For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Badminton News World Championship: PV Sindhu beats Okuhara in straight games to enter semis

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Nanjing: Star Indian shuutler P V Sindhu beat Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight games to cruise into the semifinals and assure herself of a medal in the World Championships on Friday.Sindhu defeated Okuhara 21-17 21-19 in a 58-minute quarterfinal match to set up a semifinal clash against World No. 2 and another Japanese Akane Yamaguchi on Saturday.The World No. 3 Indian produced a dominant display against her World No. 6 rival as she avenged her defeat in the last edition summit clash.In both the games on Friday, Okuhara led initially but Sindhu was able to come back to take the honours.Sindhu had lost to Okuhara in the final last year 19-21 22-20 20-22 but today, it was the India who got the upper hand throughout the match.The win by Sindhu meant that the head-to-head record between the two is now levelled at 6-6.After the World Championships final last year, they had played five times against each other, including today’s, and Sindhu have won three of them as against two by Okuhara.This will be Sindhu’s fourth medal from the World Championships as she has already won two bronze and a silver.Saina Nehwal’s impressive run, however, came to a disappointing end at the World Championships as she suffered a straight-game loss to two-time champion Carolina Marin.In the men’s qurterfinals, B Sai Praneeth was no match to Kento Momota of Japan as he lost 12-21 12-21 in just 39 minutes.Mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also couldn’t cross the quarterfinal hurdle, losing 17-21 10-21 to top seeds Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong of China.In the Saina vs Marin match, it turned out to be a lop-sided contest between the 2015 edition finalists as reigning Olympic champion Spanish once again produced her ‘A’ game on the big occasion to complete an emphatic 21-6 21-11 victory.A 5-4 head-to-head count meant little as Marin dismantled Saina with consummate ease. The Spaniard stamped her authority on the match, parading the court and screaming her heart out after winning every point.”Her movement was very quick today. She was moving so fast and covering the court very quickly. The kind of shots that she played, it seemed like she was suddenly very fast. Also I had a late match yesterday so to face someone so quick was difficult. I didn’t understand what to do, she never gave me a chance to play my game,” Saina told reporters.Marin said: “I’m doing well since first day. I was in control today. I’m the fastest in the world, it is my strength and I have to keep doing it. I am happy to reach the semifinal. The favouite player (Tai Tzu Ying) to win the tournament lost today, so ll try to give best tomorrow against China’s He Bingjiao.”Marin played a perfect game to bamboozle Saina in the opening game. The left handed shuttler took just 12 minutes to race away with the game after earning 14 game points when Saina failed to retrieve a shot. The Spaniard closed it with a smash from close to the net.Saina showed better fight in the early stages of the second game but Marin managed an 11-8 advantage at the break. The Spaniard stifled Saina with her stroke play and placement to surge ahead.Marin gained 10 match points when Saina found the net and the Spaniard closed the match when the Indian went long again. last_img read more

Riley is still BCA president after beating Garner 198-112

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados  (www.bcacricket.org) – Conde Riley is still the president of Barbados Cricket Association (BCA).Riley, 66, defeated former long-standing president Joel Garner 198 votes to 112 at the 17th Special Meeting at Kensington Oval on Thursday evening.A retired investment banker and former local club cricketer, Riley was first elected president on July 27, 2017.Garner, also aged 66, an iconic former Barbados captain and West Indies fast bowler, was the president from 2007-2017 before stepping aside to take up an appointment as manager of the West Indies team.Conde RileyIt was the third time that Garner and Riley had opposed each other for the much-sought-after position. Garner first triumphed 166-121 on August 14, 2013 and again two years later, 127-101, on August 27 – both at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.The other positions contested were all retained by the incumbents.Secretary Gregory Nicholls, with 195 votes, turned back the challenges of newcomer Amanda Reifer (53) and former secretary Anthea Ishmael (43).And the battle for three directors among 11 candidates resulted in Winston Stafford (146), Timothy Boyce (119) and Roland Butcher (115) winning comfortably.The other contestants were Jeff Broomes (82), Calvin Watson (80), Pedro Greaves (68), Hartley Reid (60), Amanda Reifer (54), Anthony Depeiza (31), Anthea Ishmael (24) and Errol Barrow (18).Full Board of Management reads: Conde Riley (president), Calvin Hope (vice-president), Gregory Nicholls (secretary), Jason King (treasurer), Winston Stafford, Timothy Boyce, Roland Butcher, Evril ‘Betty’ Lewis-Browne, Ignatius Marshall.last_img read more

Statuses of Lemon, Stevens uncertain for season opener; Orange prepares for sweltering conditions in Carrier Dome

first_img Published on August 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse wide receiver Alec Lemon’s status for Saturday’s season opener against Northwestern is uncertain, head coach Doug Marrone said during a press conference Thursday.Lemon has been dealing with a lower-body injury since training camp. While he’s been suiting up for practices, he’s been limited in drills.Not having Lemon for the game would be a big loss for the Orange to have to absorb. He caught for 834 yards on 68 receptions in 2011, and also scored six touchdowns.Marrone also said back-up tight end David Stevens could be out of Saturday’s game due to injury. He also officially ruled out left tackle Justin Pugh.Other notes from Marrone’s press conference:AdvertisementThis is placeholder text– Syracuse is expecting sweltering conditions in the Carrier Dome Saturday, and practiced in the Dome Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in order to prepare for game day. Marrone said hydration was a problem on Tuesday, but the team found a way to keep that from being an issue as the week progressed. Marrone certainly has plenty of experience playing in the Carrier Dome on hot days and knows how much it can be an issue for players.“I really believe as a former player having played in the Carrier Dome quite a bit early in the season, it’s very difficult to simulate that type of environment because of the dead air that sometimes makes it very difficult to breathe,” Marrone said. “That’s really one of the concerns going into this game on Saturday.The Orange is going to have a lot of players see time on the field Saturday since substitutions will be abundant to make sure everyone gets the rest they need.– Marrone said while many teams around college football use a spread offense, what makes Northwestern unique is that it’s used the system for so long.“So they know it inside and out,” Marrone said. “They’re a spread offense and they have obviously very good players on that offense.”He said Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter is dangerous, and everyone on the SU defense needs to know where he is at all times. Marrone gave some high praise to Colter, saying he reminds him of former Boston College quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie.– When Marrone addressed his team at the start of the week, he said he reminded them how challenging the schedule is. It’ll be critical for the Orange to get off to a good start or else it could find itself in a hole early on in the season that could be difficult to recover from.“I told them we have a challenging schedule,” Marrone said. “We’re excited about the opportunity. It starts this Saturday.” Commentslast_img read more