Butragueño: “Modric’s goal is a masterpiece”

first_imgModric’s goal: “It’s a masterpiece. He seemed like a very creative forward. He also stayed with the other two. Kroos, first you have to see that Domenech is out of the goal and then have the technical precision to put it where Domenech does not reach. Then the Isco also stops her with her chest, lowers her and puts her where they don’t arrive. “Placid Encounter: “The team has played very well. With our technical capacity, when we get ahead … We have had control of the game from the beginning. It is more our merit than the low level of Valencia, which is a very competitive team.”Atleti or Barça ?: “We wanted to be there (laughs). We will watch tomorrow’s game with ease. They are two powerful teams … let’s see what happens.” Great victory: “We started the game very well, pressing up and stealing the ball quickly. We scored an exceptional goal in the corner. We felt comfortable and the second goal gave us peace of mind. The second part has been totally ours.”Five means: “We have players with a very high technical capacity that guarantee possession of the ball. We have felt very comfortable in the field. Defensively we have not granted occasions either and that says a lot about the collective work of the team.”last_img read more

Serena Williams shooting for Slam history

first_imgNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women’s Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPSerena Williams has adopted a low profile ahead of the Australian Open, but rival players admit the American’s shadow looms large in Melbourne as she eyes a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown.Williams won her 23rd title and seventh at Melbourne Park while eight weeks pregnant two years ago, and now attempts to match Margaret Court’s mark of 24 singles majors on the Australian’s home soil.ADVERTISEMENT While the 21-year-old has appeared level-headed since her breakthrough at Flushing Meadows, she said she was still getting used to the spotlight.“For me one of my biggest goals is to be more mature, like to mature as a person,” the fourth seed said.“I feel like in a way I am, but in other parts I’m very, like, three years old mentality, you know? I feel like just levelling that out is one of my biggest goals I had during the off-season.”Local hopes will rest on Ashleigh Barty after the 22-year-old Queenslander went on a seven-match winning streak before losing the final of the Sydney International to Czech Petra Kvitova on Saturday.Maria Sharapova has failed to impress since returning from a doping ban and, now ranked 30, is looking some way from the player who won five Grand Slams. Two-time major champion and former number one Garbine Muguruza was another who had an injury-blighted 2018 which saw her drop out of the top 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Kelly Oubre, Deandre Ayton lead Suns past West-leading Nuggets In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award She achieved a career milestone last year to claim her maiden Grand Slam at Melbourne Park, but also revealed she was suffering the debilitating auto-immune condition rheumatoid arthritis.But the 28-year-old insisted she was managing her illness and was relishing the prospect of defending her crown.“All I can say is that I feel good. I feel like I’m hitting the ball well,” she said.Wozniacki’s vanquished opponent in last year’s final, Simona Halep, arrives in Australia with the world number one ranking and her confidence overflowing after winning the French Open.The Romanian said she was untroubled by the back injury that curtailed her 2018 season and was mentally stronger as a result of last year’s loss in the decider.“I didn’t want to think that much about that match because it was really painful to lose it, but I learned some things from that match,” she said.“Now I know how to manage better if that happens again.”Mature OsakaSecond-ranked Angelique Kerber has already indicated her priority for 2019 will be the French Open, the only Slam to elude the 30-year-old German in her career.Osaka is the leading contender among the younger generation of players, warming up for Melbourne by making the semi-finals of the Brisbane International. The 37-year-old’s last outing on tour was her meltdown in losing the US Open final to Naomi Osaka in September and she enters the season-opening Slam as the 16th seed.Yet she has proved in the past that such numbers mean little to her and Osaka said most in the locker room believed the veteran remains the one to beat in Melbourne.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’m pretty sure (that’s the case),” said the Japanese star.“But there’s a group of players that I think everyone thinks is very difficult to play against, especially in Grand Slams,” Osaka added. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Serena’s 2017 triumph Down Under gave her the outright Open-era record for singles majors ahead of Steffi Graf’s 22, leaving only Court’s tally of 24 titles — 13 of which were earned in the amateur era before 1968 — for her to chase.Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki admitted Serena, already hailed by many as the greatest of all time, was an unknown quantity in Melbourne after sitting out the end of the 2018 season following the US Open blow-up.“I haven’t seen her play a match, so I don’t really know,” Wozniacki responded when quizzed about the American’s form. The Danish third seed preferred to concentrate on her own prospects, dismissing concerns health problems were affecting her game.Painful lossADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Greyhound and 2 Trucking Companies responsible for crash

first_imgTwo trucking companies and Greyhound Canada have been found responsible in a civil suit, over a three vehicle crash in northernwestern Alberta more than three years ago. It occurred in heavy fog on the morning of Aug. 10th, 2005, when a semi-trailer carrying a load of cement powder on Highway 43 near Smoky River hit a second tractor-trailer carrying groceries. A Greyhound bus then smashed into the two trucks, ripping the bus apart and causing serious injuries to two Filipino citizens, on their way to Grande Prairie.Virginia Rances and her husband Francisco, who has had both his legs amputated, suffered serious injuries and remains in Grande Prairie, unable to return home.They launched a lawsuit against Greyhound, Trimac Transportation and TCM Transport. Earlier this week, Justice K.C. Nielsen found the three companies liable, with Greyhound being responsible for 40 percent and, the two trucking companies equally splitting the remaining 60 percent. In his written decision, the judge found all three drivers at fault, saying they “breached the standards of professional drivers and the regulations.” Mediation is scheduled in February, among the four parties, to determine a financial settlement.- Advertisement –last_img read more

‘No chance!’ – Austin rules out England Euro 2016 call-up

first_imgCharlie Austin has ruled himself out of contention for England’s squad for Euro 2016.The 26-year-old QPR striker was called up by Roy Hodgson at the end of last season after scoring 18 goals in the Premier League.He was in the squad for the friendly against the Republic of Ireland and the European Championship qualifier against Slovenia, but he is still waiting to make his senior international debut.But, following Rangers’ relegation from the Premier League, he claims he has ‘no chance’ of being part of Hodgson’s plans for France next summer.Speaking to the Sports Bar, he said: “If you ask me now have I got a chance of getting into the squad for Euro 2016 I would say 100 per cent, no.“There’s not a chance that someone playing in the Championship would get called up for England, irrelevant of how many goals I might score.“I can’t see anybody from outside the Premier League getting called up, I really can’t.”last_img read more