Ajax closes the transfer of former Babel sportsman

first_imgAjax seems to have everything closed to have Babel again. The Dutch, club squad since the age of twelve, arrives on loan until the end of the season from Galatasaray, for which he signed this summer. Although he is undisputed holder in Turkey, the club is going through a bad financial moment and Babel has agreed to leave reducing part of its record. In this way, both clubs win and Ajax gets a wardrobe for a team that has suffered a lot when the injuries of Promes, Neres and Labyad have coincided. Erik ten Hag’s team is on a stage in Qatar, taking advantage of the winter break of the Eredivisie, but Babel will join directly in Amsterdam. It will be his third stage at Ajax, after leaving Liverpool in 2007 and returning during the 2012-13 season. You can play against Getafe in Europa League.last_img read more

Hazard: “Zidane loves his players, the group is happy”

first_imgIs it an attraction? “After the 2018 World Cup I wanted to come to Madrid. Chelsea said no” Frankly, it does something. He has this power over me. It didn’t break my head in the whole Euro. He simply told me he was following me. “We will see you one day if you come to Madrid,” he said. It always stayed in my head.Humanly, what kind of coach is he?He does not talk too much. It is simple. Come talk to you before the game with a short sentence so you feel comfortable. The first two or three months were not as I wanted. He told me to stay calm. “Treat yourself,” he repeated. He is a normal guy. He doesn’t complain about anything. He goes straight to the point. He loves his players. Keep this emotional side. You feel that the group is happy that he is the coach. Even those who do not play. Is essential. This is where you see that he understands what the players feel because he was on this side.What does it give you?Our training is always with the ball. The pleasure of playing, especially. The movements, the parties … When you meet Italian coaches, like me (Conte, Sarri), you have much less pleasure. It is more framed, repetitive. You find pleasure in victory. I was three years with Italian trainers. Rediscovering this pleasure does me good.He signed for 100 million euros. Did you have an adrenaline rush during your presentation?I discovered another world. In Chelsea, one of the best clubs in the world, it was easier in the presentation. On the plane, when I came with my brothers, they asked me what I was going to do. “Be careful, if you fail, everyone will make fun of you!” Thorgan said. Even at Chelsea, they insisted: “We’re not going to watch your games, just your presentation!” When they asked me to speak …I had not prepared anything …Nothing at all. I thought to do something in Spanish. But since I don’t speak Spanish … It would have been seen. I wanted to be spontaneous. I said to myself: OK, in French. It is still a good memory.Despite his injury, he played half of the team’s matches …I did the whole preseason. Two or three days before the first game in Vigo I felt pain in my thigh. I often have pain before games. I thought it would happen. The next day, it was still. Zidane asks me if I want to get a scanner. The doctor insists. We do it and see a small injury. The coach did not want to take a risk at the start of the season. Once the wound was healed, I continued. But he had stopped three weeks. I had to find the rhythm. The first game against PSG was waiting for an easy match. And it went wrong. What does playing in Madrid represent?When you are little, you see this club as a dream. When you arrive, when you enter the buildings, there is security everywhere. The training center is already super large. The first time, I reached the other side by car. I drove two or three minutes to get to the players training center. I saw the fields. I never tried to count them. It was the players hotel. You tell yourself that if this club is so efficient, it is also thanks to these work tools. The best players, the weight of the story … You enter the locker room, you feel that the players are only there to win. You meet fans who tell you every day that you have to win the Champions League. It is a culture.Zidane was his model …We do not have the same style. Technically, it was above me. But what I like is that when you look at him, you have the impression that he always has fun, that makes others play. Soccer, for me, is nothing else. When I looked at Zidane, I never said to myself: he wants to dribble everyone, play just for him. I played for the team. I like those who have fun. I am not looking to shine. Of course, I am happy if I do, but this is not my goal.Did you seek to emulate Zidane gesturally?It was hard to copy it. But when you looked at their controls, their passes, it was elegant. Not only did he look at him. There was also Thierry Henry. My generation watched many YouTube videos. Then, I went to the garden to try to do the same thing as Zidane with my brothers, in a game. My attraction was to him, as an identification.It is a powerful, almost emotional relationship …I didn’t talk much with him. The first time was in the 2016 European Championship in France. He called me. He said: “It would be good if you came.” When Zidane calls you, it’s serious! He talked about his weight and said he had gained weight. It is true?It is true. I will not hide it. When I am on vacation, I am on vacation. He had taken five kilos in summer. I am one of those who catch quickly and lose fast if I pay attention. When he was 18, in Lille, he weighed 72 or 73 kilos. Then, when I gained muscle mass, I went to 75. On a bad day, 77. This summer I gained 80 kilos. I lost everything in ten days.How do you judge your start of the season?The only bad thing is the statistics. I scored once, gave an assistance and provoked a penalty (at the time of the interview). People just remember that. The first two months, what I proposed was not enough. I said to myself: I can do better. I really felt better after. I take the ball, bargain, accelerate and try to make others play well. I don’t do everything right, but I try. The first two months, I said to myself: you are new, be simple. And I tried to make too many passes. People expected me to dribble … Eden Hazard granted an interview to the magazine Sport / Foot Magazine in which he takes stock of his first months at Real Madrid. The Belgian player, who is still recovering from the microfissure in the ankle suffered after an entry from his countryman Meunier on November 26 against PSG, he said that Madrid is “a dream”, he acknowledged that he arrived with several kilos more and launched flowers to Zidane … Below we publish an excerpt from the interview.Was it his dream to play in Madrid?Yes, a dream. When I started playing in the home garden it was always the club I supported. Zidane was my idol. The stadium, when I saw it on television, was magical. The white shirt, impeccable, for me was exceptional. A myth. We often went on vacation, with family, to Spain. Never to Madrid. It is too far from Belgium by car. Everyone talked to me about Real when we were playing soccer on vacation. We were watching their matches.Did you get frustrated for not signing for Madrid?No, because throughout my career I have done very well where I have been. But it was logical to sign one day for this club. I could have signed there before.center_img “Madrid told Mariano:” You have to give Eden the 7 “. Why didn’t it happen?Already when I was in Lille this possibility existed. But I wanted to try in England. It was easier to go to England than to Spain. He was only 21 years old. It’s hard for a 21 year old to come here.But could he come to Madrid two years ago?Every year there was talk of my arrival in Madrid. I have never had contact, not even my surroundings, with the club. The contacts began two, three years ago, when I got injured with the national team. After the 2018 World Cup I wanted to come. Chelsea said no. It was necessary to spend a year with Sarri.But Zidane’s desire to recruit him could have been stronger, right?I do not know. Nor did he want to leave Chelsea badly. I have always been clean with all my clubs. As I did in Lille. My last year at Lille (2011-2012) I didn’t want to do it. My surroundings made me understand that it was necessary to stay a season. The same thing happened at Chelsea. In the summer of 2018 I received a call from Marina Granovskaia (general director of Chelsea). He told me: “Don’t go, Sarri comes to train you.” I tried to do my best. Zidane told me in 2016: “It would be good if you came.” When he calls you, he’s serious! “ It is often said that Madrid’s costumes are difficult. How are you?I am someone who is not looking for problems. I am open Perhaps the partners, given what I have done before in France or in England, also respect me. I do not arrive with 21 years with everything to prove. They know me.He wears number 7, which was owned by Cristiano Ronaldo …At first it was from Mariano. I didn’t want to go ask him. Is not my style. I knew that 10 was Modric. In Chelsea, I took the 17. Lucas Vázquez has it. I was free on 16 but I didn’t want to. In LaLiga, you can’t beat 25. I said: “Give me 50”. And the club told Mariano: “You have to give Eden the 7”.Who helped you the most?Of course, Courtois. There is also Greg Dupont, the physical trainer. Integration is easy because there are many who speak French (Varane, Mendy, Benzema …). The staff is Francophone. For me it is perfect.last_img read more

Woods creates buzz at Carnoustie with 66 at British Open

first_imgTiger Woods of the US celebrates a birdie on the 9th hole during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Saturday July 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — For 20 minutes on a warm Saturday afternoon at the British Open, Tiger Woods’ name was back atop a leaderboard at a major championship and Carnoustie was buzzing.Not much in golf compares with Woods on a charge. So when he rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 9, stiffed an approach inside two feet for birdie at No. 10, and nearly drove onto the green to set up a tap-in birdie at No. 11, there was a feeling something special was happening.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It’s been a few years since I’ve felt like this,” Woods said.The sun was peeking out of the clouds and Woods was walking up the first fairway when one spectator, a beer in his hand, shouted: “Go on Tiger, we got your back.”It certainly felt that way when the deep gallery surrounding the first green roared their approval at Woods holing a 10-foot putt for par, after he sent his approach left of the green.It was one of the few times Woods was out of position all afternoon in a round where he hit driver six times, compared with three times in the second round and once on Thursday.“You’re the man, Tiger, everyone knows it,” shouted another spectator flanking the fairway on the sixth hole. And Woods’ playing partner sensed an aura around the 14-time major champion.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Now perimeter-oriented, Taulava unleashes ‘Asi Splash’ in Macau Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Then three holes later, Woods two-putted for birdie at No. 14 and there he was, right at the top of the giant yellow leaderboards dotted all around Carnoustie, tied for the lead with five players at 6 under.“It would be … better on Sunday,” Woods said after his 5-under 66 to get back into the mix. “But I’m right there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’A bogey at the par-3 16th stalled the momentum, and Woods had to scramble for a par at the last after landing his drive on the bank of the Barry Burn and into the deep rough.His 66 wasn’t even the best of the day — Justin Rose shot 64, Jordan Spieth and Francesco Molinari 65s — but it likely was what fans were talking about when they left the course. It left Woods tied for sixth place on 5-under overall, four shots off the lead and in contention for his first major in 10 years. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Woods was “back at the top of his game,” said Shaun Morris, who got Woods to sign four new gloves after the round and planned to give them to his friends back home in South Africa.The last time Woods led or held a share of the lead at the end of a round at a major was in 2012, at the U.S. PGA Championship. On Saturday, it happened during a round, and only briefly.Ian Poulter, who missed the cut, tweeted a screen-grab of the leaderboard with Woods’ name on top, and wrote: “I can’t say I’ve ever been so excited for Tiger Woods before.. If he can pull this off, it would be ‘stuff dreams are made of.’”Woods will be in the third-to-last pairing, with Francesco Molinari.“It certainly is possible,” Woods said. “I’ve shown that I’ve been there, close enough, with a chance to win this year. Given what happened the last few years, I didn’t know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance coming Sunday in a major championship. It’s going to be fun.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westlast_img read more

200Ebola Deaths Confirmed in Sub-region, No New Cases Reported in Liberia

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW) have disclosed a total number of 200 deaths from Ebola in the sub-region, with Guinea being the hardest hit in the region since the outbreak of the deadly virus in March 2014.While the Republic of Guinea is recording more deaths as new cases are reported everyday, neighboring Sierra Leone has began to report new cases of the virus, which has so far claimed a few lives in that country.Speaking at the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) on Thursday June 5, the Deputy Minister and Chief Medical Officer of the Republic, Dr. Bernice T. Dahn, said the Liberian Government and partners have stepped up efforts in response to the outbreak of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Guinea.According to Dahn, the move by the government is aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus into Liberia from neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, and no new cases have been reported by health petitioners around the country so far.Dr. Dahn said some of the concrete steps taken by the Health Ministry include “contact tracing of persons suspected of coming in contact with people affected with the virus, surveillance, social mobilization, and the distribution and airing of messages on Ebola prevention in the local dialects.”Dr. Dahn further stated: “We have provided personal protective equipment and chlorine for all bordering counties with Sierra Leone to enable us fight the deadly virus.”She also disclosed that a team of medical petitioners from the Health Ministry is in Lofa County to strengthen the county heath team on issues of the virus in neighboring Guinea on the basic of prevention and other health services related.According to Dr. Dahn, the team held a cross-border meeting in Guéckédu, Guinea, Tuesday, June 3, aimed at strengthening collaboration, follow-ups, information sharing, and communication among the three Mano River Union Countries.“Some of the key issues of concern among member states that contribute to the increase in the Ebola cases include addressing traditional and cultural beliefs, burial ceremonies for deceased Ebola victims, and health workers taking infection control measures when attending to patients,” she added.The Chief Medical Officer said the situation in Guinea and Sierra Leone suggests that the Ebola outbreak is severe in the neighboring countries and there were need that Liberia puts in place a proper mechanism to control and prevent its spread.The Deputy Minister disclosed that “Sierra Leone reported 58 tested Ebola cases of which 18 were confirmed in the Kailahun District. The disease has claimed six lives in Sierra Leone and 114 deaths have been confirmed in Guinea. Out of 328 cumulative cases, Ebola has claimed the lives of 200 people in the sub-region.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jagdeo questions Govt’s decision to change design

first_imgDemerara River crossing– says approach ill-conceived, will be burdensomeThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is questioning Government’s sudden decision to scrap a previous proposal – largely centred on establishing a new three-lane, open format bridge as a replacement for the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB) – in favour of a four-lane, fixed high-level bridge.General Secretary of the party, Bharrat Jagdeo told a media conference on Thursday that not only is the idea going against the feasibility study that was done for the new crossing, but the coalition Government’s approach to the initiative is ill-conceived and will only serve as a huge burden to Guyana.“This is ill-conceived and will leave us with a huge burden in the future,” he said, while explaining that he is not against the four-lane design, but the approach byOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoGovernment is a major cause for worry.He also reminded that the feasibility study deemed a four-lane initiative unfeasible. “If you’re going for a four-lane fixed bridge. We don’t have a problem, but the three-lane study said only the three-lane bridge was feasible. Their own study says the four-lane is not feasible,” he pointed out.The former Head of State who has long criticised the Government for its approach to this project, stated this flip-flop attitude could only lead to chaos and disaster for the entire project. He recalled that he had advised that Government should not leave it up to the contractors to determine the future of the project.Jagdeo also recalled raising concerns over the fact that there was no money in the budget, no funding for the bridge and no grants or financing available for the construction of the bridge.“I said all of those things need to be pre-determined… I pointed out the Berbice Bridge. That there were about 2000 pages of studies… a prospectus was developed… legislation passed to support public private partnership… and only then did the company solicit bids… they [Government] didn’t do any of these things. They just said we’re putting out the tender, the contractors will tell us what they want,” he explained.Finance Minister Winston Jordan who made the announcement explained that several persons would have submitted proposals for various types of bridges. This is even though the feasibility study recommended a three-lane bridge. However, submissions were made for a four-lane fixed bridge.No policy directionOpposition Member of Parliament Juan Edghill has urged Government to come clean on the matter. The former junior Finance Minister has said he was surprised that Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson did not notify Guyanese about the project, especially based on its magnitude.Edghill also pointed out that Patterson’s last statement on this project was that three companies would be selected from the companies who bid, and they would be asked to submit proposals, including for financing the bridge. The Minister had also given a particular timeline.The MP slammed Government, stating that this is indicative of the fact that the coalition Government has no policy direction in the public infrastructure sector and that they are prone to making ad hoc decisions. He was here referring to the Guyana Power and Light’s $3 billion tender for the installation of smart meters and transmission lines which Government annulled a few months ago.Last year, a feasibility study and design for the new Demerara River Bridge had reportedly cost some $146.3 million. It was presented to Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson.The 57-page final report was done by Dutch company LievenseCSO. The project team had included officials from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation and Transport and Harbours Department.It is understood that the feasibility study had determined the proposed location of Houston-Versailles as the most ideal. It is also understood that a low-level bridge with a movable part and three-lanes was recommended for construction.Another study had been completed back in 2013, when the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation had collaborated with the then Public Works Ministry to carry out a pre-feasibility analysis. That study had concluded that a ‘fixed, high-level’ bridge was the best option to pursue, rather than the retractable model, echoing the most recent recommendations made by Consultant Rameshwar.The “fixed, high-level” option would ensure that traffic would be able to flow even while boats passed underneath the structure. The bridge presently operates according to schedule in order to cater for marine traffic.There have traditionally been lengthy traffic lines during rush hour, as motorists hurry to catch the bridge before it closes. It was to solve these traffic woes and to cater for the advanced age of the Demerara Harbour Bridge structure that a new bridge has been contemplated.According to the 2013 report, consultations were carried out with various Private Sector agencies and non-governmental organisations representing cross sections of the production and manufacturing sectors in Guyana. Those consultations, the report detailed, were to obtain valuable data to complete the report, introduce stakeholders to the new Demerara River crossing concept, and garner feedback that could potentially influence the project.last_img read more

Dave Callum wins championship flight at Links Open

first_imgWinner: Josh Krueger – 152Runner-Up: Percy Peterkin – 163Second Flight:Winner: Dallas Jehn – 167Runner-Up: Bud Palfy – 174Third Flight:Winner: Reg Marquardt – 176Runner-Up: Jarod Lang – 182Ladies Flight:Winner: Pam Lebeau – 186Runner-Up: Val Unrau – 186Pam Lebeau after wining the ladies division of the Links Open. Photo by Jeff Holland.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Links held their Links Open last weekend.The golf tournament saw a total of 64 residents fight through a rain delay to play 36 holes of golf over a two-day span.Dave Callum was the most resilient at battling the rain as he was the winner of the championship flight.- Advertisement -Results for the Links Open are shown below:Championship Flight:Winner: Dave Callum – 145Runner-Up: Terry Duffy – 156First Flight:Advertisementlast_img read more

1 dead, 3 critical in Essequibo River boat mishap

first_imgOne person is now dead and three others are in a critical condition following a boat mishap in the Essequibo River on Monday evening.Reports are at about 19:00h two boats that were travelling on the Essequibo River collided head-on.According to information reaching this newspaper, one of the boats was heading in the direction of Buck Hall, Essequibo River, while the other in the opposite direction.Following the collision, the four passengers, who were severely injured, were picked up and rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where an unidentified female was pronounced dead on arrival. Another was transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital as a result of the extent of her injuries while two others remain at the Leonora Cottage Hospital. This publication was told that a search party has since been dispatched to look for others who are still missing. (Leah Hernandez)last_img read more

Federal Government announces $4.7 million in funding for improvements to Swanson Lumber Road and Hwy 97 intersection

first_imgMore information on Federal Investments in B.C. can be found on the Government of Canada’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Federal Government announced on Wednesday that British Columbia will receive funding for improvements to the provincial and national highway systems.Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, announced that the Government of Canada will be funding over $185 million dollars for six important projects.One of the projects to receive funding is for intersection improvements to Highway 97 and Swanson Lumber Road.- Advertisement -$4.7 million dollars in funding will be used to construct a signalized T-intersection where Swanson Lumber Road converges with Highway 97.The funding will also be used for additional lane improvements to accommodate the newly constructed intersection.This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund and the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component.Advertisementlast_img read more

Transfer rumours latest! Get the gossip on Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool

first_img1 Listen again to today’s Paper Review Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Tottenham Hotspur want to sign central defender Toby Alderweireld, 26, on loan at Southampton from Atletico Madrid, after missing out on Winston Reid. (Daily Telegraph) Right-back Bacary Sagna, 32, is considering his future at Manchester City, just nine months after moving to the Etihad Stadium from Arsenal, and Italian club Roma are interested in signing him. (Daily Mirror) Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 21, has agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season, despite interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea. (Daily Star) Liverpool will attempt to sign Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Vazquez, 23 – currently on loan at Espanyol – in the summer. (Daily Express) Former Germany centre back Per Mertesacker, 30, is playing for his future at Arsenal with manager Arsène Wenger weighing up whether to make an end-of-season move for another defender. (Daily Telegraph) Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been impressed by Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez and Spurs are ready to make a £7m move for the 24-year-old. (The Sun) Chelsea have offered defender Branislav Ivanovic, 31, a £90,000-a-week deal in line with the club’s policy of only giving players over 30 one-year contracts. (Daily Express)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Arsenal and Tottenham set for transfer tussle over Dutch starletPSG defender’s future unclear amid interest from Manchester United and NewcastleReal Madrid keen to re-sign Arsenal and Liverpool target Alvaro MorataTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has outcast trio in planslast_img read more

Exclusive – Chelsea star: We deserve to be Premier League champions – despite ‘boring’ claims

first_imgEden Hazard insists Chelsea deserved to be Premier League champions – despite criticism about their negative style of play.The Blues sealed their first title for five years with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday lunchtime.And, while some have described the Blues as ‘boring’, PFA Player of the Year Hazard claims it’s been an ‘amazing year’.“I’m so happy,” he told talkSPORT. “We’ve been good all season and we deserve to be champions. Today we can celebrate the title.“It’s been amazing year. I’ve won the best player and the title. The year was fantastic.”Hazard saw a penalty saved during the victory over the Eagles but nodded home the rebound, and the Belgium admitted the occasion almost got to him.“Yeah, even I was nervous. It’s normal. Now I’ve missed a penalty, I just hope to score more.”last_img read more