‘Morata must prepare for hostile reception at Atletico’

first_imgAlvaro Morata is unlikely to get a warm reception when Chelsea visit Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday because of the striker’s past association with Real Madrid, the Premier League club’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said.Chelsea’s record signing Morata joined from Real in the close season and has made a flying start to life at Stamford Bridge. The striker hit his first hat-trick for the club as Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.Courtois, who spent three seasons on loan at Real’s rivals Atletico, said his team-mate at the other end of the pitch would have to prepare for a “big game” at the Estadio Metropolitano.“He will get a different reception from me. Alvaro played a lot of games against Atletico. I think he scored, I am not sure, so for him it will be a big game against his rivals,” Courtois told the Chelsea website (www.chelseafc.com).“For me it will be more friendly but between the 90 minutes we are playing there will be rivalry for me as well because they want their team to win.“We know he is a top striker. We know he has this ability and we’re very happy for him that he scored his hat-trick… a striker lives on goals and he has already scored a few important ones this season.”Courtois was looking forward to meet striker Diego Costa, who recently left Chelsea to rejoin Atletico after falling out with coach Antonio Conte.Costa will be eligible to play for Atletico from Jan. 2 when the Spanish transfer window opens and the club’s transfer ban ends. FIFA had banned the Madrid side for illegal transfer of minors.“He is a very good friend and it will be nice to see him there. I am happy that until the New Year we don’t have to face him and I hope we continue in the Champions League,” the Belgian, 25, added.Chelsea beat Qarabag 6-0 in their Champions League Group C opener while Atletico were held 0-0 at Roma.last_img read more

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Ceres crushes Hanoi, inches closer to AFC Cup KO stage

first_imgA brace from Spanish midfielder Bienve Maranon and goals from Kevin Ingreso, Fernando Rodriguez and substitute Jason De Jong boosted the Busmen to their second win in five matches in Group G. Hanoi defenderAlvaro Silva was credited with an own goal in the second half.Ceres now has eight points from five matches just like Hanoi, but the Busmen zoomed to the top of the group due to a better head to head record against the Vietnamese side. Felda which has five points is playing Tampines as of posting time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnOnly the top team in group will advance to the knockout round.“We came up against the strongest team in the group, but the team gave everything they had and this was thekey,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. “This was the big difference from the previous matches.” Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Stephen TanBACOLOD CITY – Philippine club Ceres-Negros delivered a performance to remember in front of its home fans, crushing Vietnamese champions Hanoi, 6-2, on Wednesday night to move closer to the knockout stage of the AFC Cup at Panaad Stadium here.Reeling from a 0-3 defeat to Felda United two weeks ago, the Busmen responded with a glittering attacking display to put Hanoi to the sword and bring life back to their hopes of advancing to the Asean zonal semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town With Manny Ott and Kevin Ingreso back from suspension and injury, respectively, the Busmen managed to dictate proceedings at midfield leading to early chances that set the tone for the rout.Maranon was brought down inside the area and duly converted from the spot in the 13th minute for the first goal, before Ingreso’s precise strike from the edge of the area doubled the lead eight minutes later.The visitors trimmed the gap through skipper Pham Thanh Loung’s free kick in the 25th minute.But the Busmen came out of the halftime break with renewed vigor and Rodriguez banged in the first of his two goals with a first time shot that floated past Van Cong on the Hanoi goal.Hanoi’s fortunes turned from bad to worst when sub Hoang Vu Samson was sent off for violent conduct in the 62nd minute.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government A quick counter led to Ceres fourth goal in the 69th minute as Silva deflected the ball into his own net with Rodriguez ready to pounce.Do Hong Dung scored Hanoi’s second in the 86th minute with a goal from the penalty spot, but De Jong quickly restored the three goal lead with a close range strike off an Ingreso pass.Maranon capped the rout with a brilliant individual effort a minute into stoppage time as the Busmen surpassed their goal tally from the 5-0 rout of Tampines Rovers last month.“Everyone did an amazing job for 90 minutes,” said Ott who captained the side for the first time in the AFC Cup. “I’m very proud of the team. We wanted to make the home fans happy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View comments UST on a high ahead of first Final Four stint in five years LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test MOST READlast_img read more

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Safari Tour opener Nyali attracts deep field

first_imgMohit Mediratta, who missed most of the Safari Tour action last season, makes a return to the tournament this. Weekend.The field also includes entries from Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Among the regional players whose entries have been received by the tournament organizers, Kenya Open Golf Limited, include Tanzania’s Nuru Mollel, Rajabu Pembe and Abdalla Yusuf; Uganda’s Philip Kasozi, Mwanja Becca, Dennis Anguyo, Bagalana Abbey and Toolit Brian; and double Sunshine Tour champion from Zimbabwe, Charamba Tongoona.Dismas Indiza at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club 18th hole fairway. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe event also features entries from elite amateurs, notably Zayan Din from Nyali.The four-day tournament will tee off with a Pro-Am event which will see the Professional golfers play with amateurs on Saturday, the 24th of August at the same venue, before the main competition which will be played from Sunday 25th to Wednesday 28th August.A golf clinic will be held tomorrow at the same venue featuring a section of professional players taking amateur and junior golfers through a golf basics course.Speaking ahead of the Nyali leg, Safari Tour Golf Series Tournament Director, Patrick Obath.“We are delighted with the level on entries that we have received for this event as it confirms its importance to both our local and regional pros as they work towards getting a slot in next year’s Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship.We are particularly glad to see entries from Zimbabwe as well as increased number of players from both Uganda and Tanzania. As we move along, we hope to attract more regional professionals as the tour continues,” he said.Greg SnowObath added; “On behalf of KOGL, I would like to welcome our visiting pros and wish them an enjoyable stay in Kenya for the duration of the event and also wish them well on the course. I wish all golfers the best as they take on the Nyali course and look forward to seeing great results.”The Nyali leg will be the first in a series of 12 tournaments that will constitute the 2019/20 Safari Tour, that will see golfers play in Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, culminating with the 2020 Magical Kenya Open set to be hosted at the Karen Country Club from the 12th – 15th of March 2020.After Nyali, the series will move to the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Club from the 10th to the 14th of September for the Uganda Open, then to the Royal Golf Club Nairobi from the 12th – 16th of October.Action will move back to Uganda, this time at the Entebbe Golf Club from the 30th of October to the 2nd of November.The series will then head to Rwanda, at the Kigali Golf Club from the 6th to the 9th of November, after which it will make stops at the Great Rift Valley and Muthaiga Golf Clubs before breaking for Christmas on the 18th of December.0Shares0000(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wakhu is the defending champion of the Nyali leg. Photo/FILENAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 22 – The first leg of the 2019/20 Safari Tour Golf series that is scheduled to tee-off on Saturday at the Nyali Golf and Country Club in Mombasa, has attracted over 40 professionals from around the region.Among the notable names set to battle it out for a share of the Sh1 million total Prize kitty, include defending series champion Greg Snow, Golf Park’s David Wakhu who won in Nyali last year, hard hitting Dismas Indiza and Windsor Golf Club’s Riz Charania.last_img read more

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Southampton boost! Striker set to return after international break

first_img Jay Rodriguez has not played for Southampton since October 1 Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez will make his latest return from injury after the international break.The 26-year-old has not played for Saints since October due to a foot injury, having previously been out for 15 months following cruciate ligament damage.But Rodriguez managed an hour for the club’s under-21 side on Monday and will get 90 minutes under his belt with the youngsters again this weekend.And boss Ronald Koeman then expects the one-time England international, who was in contention to go the World Cup in 2014 until injury struck, to be available to face Leicester on April 3.“Jay will play for 90 minutes for the under-21s,” said Koeman.“He needs that game time and then with the international break coming up, with two weeks of good training he will be available for the first team.“I didn’t see the game he played but saw clips and got information from Jay and (coach) Martin Hunter.“It was his first game, he played 60 minutes, and before being selected for the first team he needs 90 minutes.”last_img read more

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Arsenal transfer blow? Juventus close to £30m deal for Lyon star

first_img1 Arsenal target Corentin Tolisso is set to agree terms with Juventus and sign before the end of the January window.As talkSPORT told you earlier this week, the Italian champions are frontrunners to land the Lyon star, who is in high demand around Europe.The 22-year-old, who can play right-back or in central midfield, has been on Arsenal’s radar.But Juve are now close to agreeing a deal with Lyon, with the Italian champions hopeful of finalising a £30m transfer.And the deal for Tolisso could be completed by the end of the week, according to reports in Italy. Corentin Tolisso in action for Lyon last_img

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Hurricane John may bring Mexico floods, landslides

first_imgPUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Hurricane John lashed tourist resorts with heavy winds and rain Wednesday as the dangerous storm marched up Mexico’s Pacific coast, and forecasters predicted its center would brush close to land before nicking the tip of Baja California and heading out to sea. The Category 4 hurricane could dump up to a foot of rain along parts of Mexico’s southern coast, causing landslides or flooding, meteorologists warned. The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 135 mph and stronger gusts capable of ripping roofs off buildings and causing storm surges of up to 18 feet above normal. It was expected to strengthen somewhat throughout the night Wednesday. John was not expected to affect the United States – cooler Pacific waters tend to diminish the storms before they reach California. But a hurricane warning covered a more than 300-mile stretch of the Mexican coastline from the port city of Lazaro Cardenas north to Cabo Corrientes, the southwestern tip of the bay that holds Puerto Vallarta. The government also issued a hurricane watch for portions of the southern Baja Peninsula, from La Paz south on the east coast and from Sante Fe south on the west coast, an area which includes the resort city of Cabo San Lucas. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesSo far, the most damaging winds have remained offshore, and only tropical storm-force winds have hit the coast. Skies were clear and tourists relaxed on the beach in Puerto Vallarta. But officials postponed the arrival of a Carnival cruise chip and prohibited customary tours of the bay. Aniko Simon, 37, a tourist from Toronto, gathered with her family on the beach. She said she hadn’t been aware there was a hurricane in the area until last night, when she saw a television news report. The family plans to return home Friday as scheduled. William Rousseau, a tourist from Oregon vacationing with his family in Puerto Vallarta, said hotel officials warned about the hurricane, “but we’re calm because they say it’s not going to hit this city.” “We’re continuing to enjoy the city,” he said. “They just asked us not to go into the ocean or on any bay tours.” Other tourists could be seen strolling through the streets visiting craft shops and eating in restaurants. In Cabo San Lucas on the Baja Peninsula, there was more urgency, with fishermen and port authorities rushing to prepare for the hurricane, and local authorities setting up shelters.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

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Southampton vs Derby LIVE on talkSPORT – full commentary plus stream details

first_img 2 2 LOOKING GOOD The winners at St Mary’s this evening will earn a fourth round tie away to Accrington Stanley on January 26.So can Derby dump out another Premier League side or will Southampton book a place in the last-32? Find out LIVE on talkSPORT.Southampton vs Derby: Confirmed teamsSouthampton XI: Gunn, Cedric, Stephens, Vestergaard, Ramsay, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Johnson, Armstrong, Elyounoussi, LongDerby XI: Roos, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Malone, Mount, Bryson, Huddlestone, Waghorn, Wilson, Marriott. Southampton take on Derby tonight in the final tie of the FA Cup third round and it’s LIVE on talkSPORT.The Saints went 2-0 up at Pride Park earlier this month but Derby forced a replay with a fine second-half comeback. Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl will be looking to see off Derby tonight Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman center_img Frank Lampard’s Derby face Southampton in the FA Cup tonight Chelsea unveil stunning retro kit to mark 50 years since first FA Cup triumph Latest FA Cup News on target Southampton vs Derby: How to listenFull commentary of Southampton vs Derby will be LIVE on talkSPORT, with our coverage beginning at around 7pm.Natalie Sawyer will bring you all the build up with Sam Matterface and Matt Holland on commentary duty.Click below or here for the live commentary stream.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.Southampton vs Derby: Kick-off timeThe FA Cup replay will get underway at 7:45pm.last_img read more

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Menga deserved red card for headbutt, says Rodgers

first_img“I thought he gestured his head towards Ryan and when I saw it after the game it was actually more aggressive than I thought and he was very, very lucky to stay on the pitch.“If he goes down it doesn’t matter if the referee hasn’t seen it. I assume he hasn’t seen it so if he goes down or not it doesn’t matter.“It wasn’t a great action by the player so you can only assume all the officials haven’t seen it.”Rodgers expressed sympathy for Ajer, who suffered the injury when going up for a header late on in the stalemate. He said: “He’s struggling – he’s broken his eye socket and he’s in a lot of pain at the moment.“He will need surgery which is a shame for him. He’s in real agony around the area of his cheekbone.“The medics will look after him and hopefully he can get that repaired as soon as possible.“There was nothing in it. He’s just headed down into their guy’s head.“There was no fault on the part of the other player. It was just unfortunate.”Celtic were unable to break down a resolute Lions defence but Rodgers was happy to see his side go back to top of the Premiership.The Northern Irishman said: “Livingston test you with how they play with throw-ins, deep free-kicks and I thought we stood up to that really well.“Then the game opens up a little bit and we had chances and their goalkeeper was man of the match.“He made three fantastic saves and I have no complaints. My team has given everything over the last seven weeks and we have to give credit to Livingston.“A point is a good point here, a positive point for us on the back of all the games we have had.”Livingston manager Gary Holt praised his team’s battling display, saying: “The lads stuck to the plan and we got a deserved point.”He also pressed for Scotland Under-21 international goalkeeper Liam Kelly to make the step-up to the senior squad, with Craig Gordon set to join the list of absentees.Holt said: “I think I have spoken this week that he should be getting the recognition he deserves.“You just hope other people are taking note of him because I believe he should be on the fringes or in the squads for people to have a look at him and see what he’s about, expose him to international football.“I think he’s up there with the youngest and best goalkeepers in the league.” Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers felt Livingston forward Dolly Menga should have been sent off in the goalless draw at the Tony Macaroni Arena.Menga appeared to motion his head towards Ryan Christie as they battled before a set-piece.Referee Kevin Clancy interjected to separate the pair but decided against taking action.Afterwards Rodgers, who revealed defender Kris Ajer will need surgery on an eye socket injury sustained in the second half, said: “He should have been sent off. I thought so in real time.last_img read more

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Significant Health Coverage Gains for Latino Children Since Affordable Care Act Took Effect

first_imgThe number of uninsured Latino children declined sharply as major provisions of the health reform law took effect, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and NCLR (National Council of La Raza). The uninsurance rate among Latino children dropped from 11.5 percent in 2013 to 7.5 percent in 2015—the sharpest decline on record for Latino children. Coverage rates for Latino children reached a historic high of 92.5 percent in the two years after major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect. However, the uninsured rate for Latino children continues to be higher than the rate of all children who are uninsured (4.8 percent).“One of the great success stories of the past two decades has been the progress our nation has achieved in confronting the untenable problem of children going without health coverage,” said Georgetown University CCF Executive Director Joan Alker. “Just as the United States approaches the point where all kids would have the health coverage they need to succeed, Congress is poised to make a U-turn on this path to progress.”The improvement in the rate of health coverage for Latino children follows the positive trend in the overall children’s health coverage rate. The trend started with the expansion of Medicaid to benefit more children more than two decades ago, and the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in 1997, with subsequent improvements to both programs. The ACA, which maintained and enhanced Medicaid and CHIP coverage for children, accelerated these positive trends.Despite these improvements, Latino children still make up a disproportionate share of the remaining uninsured children. They account for 25 percent of the child population, but 39 percent of uninsured children. More than two-thirds of all uninsured Latino children lived in just six states: there are more than 800,000 who lack insurance residing in Texas, California, Florida, Arizona, Georgia and New Jersey. Yet, all of these states had a statistically significant decline in both the number and rate of uninsured Latino children from 2013 to 2015.“Today’s report demonstrates the positive, collective impact that the Affordable Care Act, along with programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, have had on increasing the number of Latino children who have access to health coverage,” said Steven T. Lopez, Manager, NCLR Health Policy Project, and one of the authors of the report. “We cannot allow these gains to disappear because of efforts in Congress to undermine the policies that have allowed millions to live healthier lives and be better positioned for brighter futures.”The 50-state report on uninsured Latino children is based on U.S. Census American Community Survey data. The full report is available at http://ccf.georgetown.edu/2016/12/13/latino-childrens-coverage-reaches-historic-high-but-too-many-remain-uninsured.last_img read more

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