Lionel Messi hurt again as Barcelona beats Villarreal 2-1

first_imgTaal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images The victory helped Barcelona rebound from two recent setbacks and move to fourth place in the league standings, one point behind leader Granada, which earlier Tuesday drew 1-1 at Valladolid. Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid have the same 11 points as Granada, but both teams have a game in hand.Barcelona lost 2-0 to Granada on Saturday, and was held 0-0 by Borussia Dortmund last week in its first Champions League match of the season.Griezmann opened the scoring with a header from a cross by Messi in the sixth minute for his third goal since joining Barcelona in the offseason.“We are still far from our best, but with time, as we play more matches, we will keep improving,” Griezmann said.Arthur added to the lead with a powerful shot from outside the area in the 15th, and Cazorla pulled one back for the visitors in the 44th, also from long range.ADVERTISEMENT Messi hurt his left leg less than half an hour into the match. The playmaker left the field and doctors attended to his leg for few minutes before he eventually returned and finished the half.Messi, who had been nursing a right calf injury he picked up in the preseason, played his first minutes of the season when he came off the bench in the second half of the match against Borussia Dortmund last week. He also came off the bench in the second half of the loss at Granada.Messi was replaced by Ousmane Dembele, who has also been injured and made his first appearance since the league opener.Teenage sensation Ansu Fati also entered the match in the second half, replacing Luis Suárez. The change improved Barcelona but eighth-place Villarreal kept threatening throughout the match.“We stayed alive until the end but couldn’t come up with we equalizer,” Cazorla said. “We played well, but unfortunately we leave without any points.”Barcelona has conceded at least once in all six league games. Its three victories have come at home — against Real Betis, Valencia and Villarreal. It drew at Osasuna and lost the opener at Athletic Bilbao.Also Tuesday, Real Betis came from behind to defeat Levante 3-1 at home, moving to ninth in the 20-team standings.On Wednesday, Athletic Bilbao visits Leganés, while Real Madrid hosts Osasuna. Seventh-place Atlético Madrid plays at Mallorca. LATEST STORIES Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees UAAP: Ateneo closes in on 1st round sweep, fends off UE Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China Barcelona’s Lionel Messi walks on the pitch after getting hurt during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)MADRID— Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann gave a glimpse of what the duo can achieve for Barcelona, but the partnership didn’t last long because of another injury to Messi.The Argentina star set up Griezmann’s opening goal in the 2-1 win over Villarreal at Camp Nou Stadium on Tuesday, but then had to be replaced at halftime of his first start after a long injury layoff.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ View comments MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Messi, who on Monday won his sixth FIFA player of the year award, didn’t return for the second half because of an apparent left leg muscle problem.“When something happens to Messi, it seems that the world comes to a halt,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “But it looks like it’s only some minor pain in his abductor (muscle). We replaced him as a precaution. We don’t want to take any risks.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Barcelona did not immediately give an official medical report on Messi’s problem.Arthur also scored for the Catalan club, while Santi Cazorla pulled Villarreal closer just before halftime. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown ‘People evacuated on their own’last_img read more

Woods heralds ‘Return of the Stinger’ in tweet

first_img“Return of the Stinger,” Woods tweeted Monday afternoon.Woods, 41, used the Stinger shot to great advantage during his heyday more than a decade ago, but has not played since February, when he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic and has not won a major since the 2008 US Open.Woods posted the message “Making Progress” with his driver video after an October 7 post that noted “Smooth Iron Shots.”Last December, Woods made a short-lived comeback at the Hero World Challenge, a small-field invitational event in the Bahamas to benefit his charity foundation, and if his game and health allow he could still enter this December’s edition of the event, two open spots remaining in the field.Woods served as a US team assistant captain at the Presidents Cup last month and said he was uncertain if he would ever return to competitive golf.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tiger Woods hits a tee shot during the Hero World Challenge at Albany, the Bahamas, in December 2016 © GETTY/AFP/File / Christian PetersenMIAMI, United States, Oct 24 – Tiger Woods displayed progress Monday in his latest back surgery comeback bid, the 14-time major champion posting a video of himself on Twitter hitting a “stinger” shot with a long iron.Former world number one Woods, who eight days ago posted a video of himself hitting a driver, has only recently been approved to resume full golf activities after a six-month recovery from lower back fusion surgery, his fourth back surgery, in April.last_img read more

Injured Mertesacker named Arsenal captain

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker believes their title rivals may have the upper hand this coming season after strengthening during the current transfer window.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 13 – Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has been named as the Premier League club’s new captain even though the injured German may not play again this year.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger defended the curious decision and said he will choose from a pool of experienced players to lead the side during Mertesacker’s prolonged absence. “Per is a very respected figure in the dressing room, is loved as well and is also a very demanding figure,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.“I think it is absolutely natural to be him. In his absence that’s where it will be taken by the assistants.“One of them will be Laurent Koscielny, also Santi Cazorla – the experienced players – Petr Cech maybe.“We will have a group of people that will take care of the energy levels and the problems of the team. That will be down a lot to the experienced players.”Arsenal needed to appoint a new captain following Mikel Arteta’s departure in the close-season.The Spaniard’s injury problems over the last two seasons have seen several players fill in as temporary captain.Mertesacker, who joined Arsenal from Werder Bremen in 2011, captained the side on occasions last season before he was dropped as Wenger preferred to partner Gabriel with Koscielny at the heart of his defence.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

BC ends holdout status, CPP expansion now moving forward

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC has ended a holdout status against the CPP Expansion Plan.BC officially signed onto the agreement after an agreement was reached at a First Ministers’ meeting in July.“Improving CPP benefits and retirement security for millions of Canadians is the most important expansion of a social program in Canada for decades,” says Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour.“So it’s good news that the federal government can now proceed with the concrete legislation needed to get the ball rolling for implementation starting in 2019.”The deal, that was reached through Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and provincial premiers, will see CPP premiums paid by employers as well as employees increase marginally. Maximum pension benefits payable will rise from around $12,000 annually to almost $18,000.  A four-year phase would begin in 2019.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Sanctuary city

first_imgTHERE’S good reason to keep unlicensed drivers off the road. For starters, they’re UNLICENSED. They’re not appropriately trained or qualified to drive. They’re almost certainly uninsured. Their presence on the road endangers lives and drives up insurance rates for the rest of us. But in a bow to political correctness and various pressure groups, Los Angeles city leaders have ended the practice of impounding the vehicles of unlicensed drivers. And with that, they’ve taken away the biggest incentive to keep the unlicensed off our streets. The reason for the shift is illegal immigration: Illegal immigrants can’t get driver’s licenses, so city leaders – citing an arguably unrelated 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling and a lawsuit – have decided to give unlicensed drivers a pass, at least for the time being. Oh, sure, these unlawful drivers can still be cited. But as long as they can get a licensed driver to drive their car away for them (or they can park it safely), there’s no impound. And as soon as the cops are out of sight, they’re free to drive the car again. So our streets will become more dangerous – and we have our own city leaders to blame. Admittedly, the problem extends far beyond them. It’s Washington’s fault that we don’t have an immigration policy capable of managing some 12 million people who live in the shadows. And it’s Sacramento’s fault that we can’t find a sensible way to make sure that when these people do drive, they can be properly trained and insured. But it’s not the City Council’s job to do what it can’t. As long as Sacramento refuses to offer licenses to illegal immigrants, the city must stringently enforce state laws about who’s allowed to drive – laws that exist for our own safety and well-being. As with Special Order 40, this is another case in which city leaders have taken it upon themselves to decide which laws they choose to be serious about, and which ones they don’t. They’ve opted to make L.A. a “sanctuary” for illegal immigrants – which is another way of saying a hazard for everyone. 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

Musharraf: State of emergency saved Pakistan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“Against my will, as a last resort, I had to impose the emergency in order to save Pakistan,” Musharraf said. “I cannot tell how much pain the nation and I suffered due to this conspiracy.” The response was muted from the White House, which has walked a fine line between criticizing the democratic backsliding by Musharraf and supporting a key ally against Islamic militancy. “It’s a good step for the Pakistani people,” said Jeanie Mamo, a spokeswoman for President Bush. Musharraf has previously said he imposed the state of emergency to halt a conspiracy by top judges to end his eight-year rule, and to ward off political chaos that would hobble Pakistan’s efforts against Islamic extremism. He has also insisted that the Supreme Court, which had been poised to rule on the legality of his October re-election, was acting beyond the constitution. He said Saturday that the state of emergency had been critical to maintaining stability. ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – President Pervez Musharraf lifted a six-week-old state of emergency Saturday, telling a skeptical nation the crackdown was to save Pakistan from a conspiracy rather than ensure his own political survival. But Musharraf also made clear he would keep a tight lid on dissent, entrenching limits he imposed under the emergency including strict curbs on press freedom and the replacement of independent-minded judges with jurists friendlier to the U.S.-backed leader. Opponents have said the changes set the stage for the rigging of national elections next month and have threatened to hold demonstrations. Musharraf said in a nationally televised speech that the emergency helped slow the spread of Islamic militancy but that the country still faces a “grave situation” with the approach of Jan. 8 parliamentary elections that will determine who will form the next government. He said unnamed conspirators had hatched a plot with members of the judiciary to derail the country’s transition to democracy, and he warned political parties to avoid stirring up trouble. “There was no other personal objective,” he said. “Thanks be to God, we have defeated that conspiracy. It is my commitment to the entire nation of Pakistan and to its people and to the world that the elections on Jan. 8 will be held on time and will be absolutely fair and transparent. … The democratic process has been put back again on the rails.” Ending the emergency and restoring the constitution eased a crackdown that has enraged opponents and worried Western supporters. Still, Musharraf’s leading opponents, former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, warned of mass protests if they think the vote has been rigged in favor of Musharraf supporters. “The electioneering has not started yet, but some parties are talking of rigging,” Musharraf said. “They should refrain from such accusations. “People should take part in the electioneering, cast their vote but should not indulge in any negative activity.” He said foreign election monitors were welcome to monitor the process. New York-based Human Rights Watch urged the U.S. and Britain to pressure Musharraf “to insist on a genuine return to constitutional rule and the restoration of the judiciary.”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

LISTEN: Pochettino on Kane’s injury and a ‘fully deserving’ victory

first_imgMauricio Pochettino is yet to find out the extent of the injury picked up by Harry Kane in Tottenham’s win over Sunderland, but suspects the striker has twisted his ankle.The north Londoners bounced back from their midweek Champions League defeat by Monaco to beat David Moyes’ Black Cats 1-0. The three points put Spurs third in the Premier League table after five games, thanks to a second-half strike from Kane. The England forward made it back-to-back goals in the Premier League as he smashed home from close range, but there are worries over his fitness after he was taken off towards the end of the game.READ MORE: ‘Sissoko is basically Paulinho! Poch is searching for the receipt!’ Tottenham and Newcastle fans react to Moussa Sissoko’s first startHe limped to the touchline, where he was then stretchered down the tunnel at White Hart Lane.Pochettino told talkSPORT: “We will see what happens when the doctors assess him.“We hope it is not a big issue but on the information from the pitch was tough twist on his ankle.” Midfielders Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier also went off with problems, with Pochettino admitting the latter had cramp in his hamstrings.The Argentinian says his players are still feeling the affects from a busy pre-season which followed Euro 2016. The 44-year-old was pleased with how his side reacted following the disappointing showing in midweek.“It was clear that we fully deserved the victory,” he continued.“We created more chances, I think it’s a fair result.“It’s not only about the result, it’s about our attitude and the energy we showed for the whole game. We can play [like this] and lose and it is not a problem.“It was completely different to the first half of the Champions League match on Wednesday.“This is the way we want to play and maybe it is 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, we deserved to score more goals but in the end I am happy with the performance.” 2 2 Tottenham will face League One side Gillingham in the EFL Cup in midweek and, with problems for Kane, Dier and Dembele, Pochettino will have to make enforced changes.But the boss says it gives his fringe players the chance to impress.“I think we need to provide the team with more energy and sometimes you need to rotate because the players need to rest.”He added: “Of course we’ll make changes.  For that, we have a strong squad and all can have the opportunity to show their quality.”last_img read more

Morelos fires Rangers to victory over Porto in Europa League

first_imgBoth Feyenoord and Porto are three points behind Rangers and Young Boys with just two games remaining. Continuing their own Europa League campaign in Glasgow, Steven Gerrard’s men now sit joint top of Group G thanks to goals from Alfredo Morelos and Steven Davis within the space of four minutes in the second-half.Morelos scored in the 69th minute to take his season tally to 21 – 11 of them in Europe and three of them in four group matches.The striker then set up Davis four minutes later.Winners: Steven Davis celebrates with Alfredo Morelos. SNSRangers, who drew 1-1 with Porto last month, will next play Feyenoord in Rotterdam on November 28 before welcoming Young Boys from Switzerland to Ibrox on December 12. Rangers are on target to reach the knockout stage of the Europa League after defeating Porto 2-0 at Ibrox.Not since 2008 has Scotland had two clubs competing in European competition beyond Christmas.Earlier on Thursday night, Celtic secured their place after battling back from behind to defeat Lazio 2-1 in Rome.The Hoops currently top Group E with ten points.Superstar: Ryan Kent taking on the Porto team. SNSlast_img read more

Columbus Catholic soccer dominates Northland Lutheran

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team is in the midst of a conference title chase and wasn’t about to slip up against winless Northland Lutheran.The Dons dominated from start to finish and cruised to a 6-0 victory on Monday at Griese Park.Columbus Catholic improves to 7-2-2 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-State Soccer Conference. The Dons entered play Monday in a tie for first place with Stevens Point Pacelli, and the two held a one-half game lead over McDonell/Regis and Wausau Newman Catholic. M/R was at Pacelli on Monday.Columbus scored twice in the opening 7 minutes – on goals from Alexandra Hutchison and Sean McCarthy – to open up a quick lead.The Dons continued to pepper Northland Lutheran goalkeeper Kyle Griesbach, but couldn’t get anything else past him before halftime.It was frustrating for the Dons, but they held to their game plan and finally got some to fall in the second half.“It was very frustrating but it’s part of the game,” Columbus Catholic coach Jeff Edwards said. “We just have to be able to finish better as a team and make sure we press the goal for rebounds.”McCarthy scored twice, Ryan Dieringer and Christian Payant each added a goal during a 15-minute span to push the lead to 6-0.McCarthy had a hat trick for the fourth time this season, and he also added an assist. Tara Brock and Dieringer also had assists for Columbus.“It seemed our whole 10 on the field were pushing up as a team,” McCarthy said.Northland Lutheran (0-6, 0-4 Mid-State) had just one shot on goal and that didn’t come until 5:35 was left in the game.The second half of the Mid-State season starts Thursday when the Dons host McDonell/Regis at 5 p.m. at Griese Park.“I think it’s going to be a tough fight between us, Pacelli and Regis,” Edwards said. “Newman is also a good team. We’re kind of a good position right now.”Dons 6, Wildcats 0Northland Lutheran 0 0 – 0Columbus Catholic 2 4 – 6First half: 1. CC, Alexandra Hutchison, 3:56; 2. CC, Sean McCarthy (Tara Brock), 6:58.Second half: 3. CC, McCarthy (Ryan Dieringer), 58:16; 4. CC, Dieringer (McCarthy), 59:38; 5. CC, Christian Payant, 71:41; 6. CC, McCarthy (Christian Payant), 73:40.Shots on goal: Northland Lutheran 1; Columbus Catholic 29.Saves: NL, Kyle Griesbach 23; CC, Evan Hansen 0, Bailey Keffer 1.Records: Northland Lutheran 0-6, 0-4 Mid-State Soccer Conference; Columbus Catholic 7-2-2, 5-1 Mid-State.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more