Arsenal have been drawn to face Turkish club Fenerbahce in the Champions League play-offs.Fenerbahce are awaiting a final ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over whether they will be allowed to go into the competition proper this season, having been banned from competing in Europe by UEFA for match-fixing in domestic competition.They have challenged that ruling and a CAS verdict is due before the group stage draw is made, but home and away matches against Arsenal stand to go ahead before that decision arrives.UEFA yesterday said no decision has yet been made regarding what would happen in the event of Fenerbahce winning the tie and losing their CAS appeal.Fenerbahce finished second in the Turkish Super Lig last season, while Arsenal took fourth place in the Barclays Premier League.Celtic meanwhile have been drawn against Shakhter Karagandy of Kazakhstan in what appears a favourable draw, travel notwithstanding, for Neil Lennon’s team as they bid to reach the group stages.Celtic came through 1-0 on aggregate against Elfsborg in the third qualifying round, winning at Parkhead and then holding on for a hard-earned goalless draw in Sweden on Wednesday night.The Scottish champions made it through to the last 16 last season, beating Barcelona at home in the group stages to advance along with the Spanish giants before bowing out to Juventus.It proved a lucrative run for the Glasgow club, who will now face a team who have no European pedigree, aiming to reach a main-draw stage for the first time. Celtic, by contrast, won the old European Cup in 1967.Shakhter landed the Kazakh league title in 2012 but their form in 2013 has been shaky. They ended the regular season in third place, behind Aktobe and Astana, and are heading into the championship round of the domestic campaign.Arsenal’s task against Fenerbahce looks more daunting than the challenge facing Celtic.Fenerbahce have former Premier League players Raul Meireles, Joseph Yobo and Dirk Kuyt in their ranks.The ties are to be played on August 20-21 and August 27, with Celtic and Arsenal both away from home, facing long trips, for the first legs.Elsewhere in the draw, seven-time European champions AC Milan landed a tough tie against former winners PSV Eindhoven, while Schalke face Metalist Kharkiv, who face a UEFA disciplinary hearing next week.French side Olympique Lyonnais were given a tricky tie against Spain’s Real Sociedad.Milan, who finished third in Serie A last season, were given the tie they probably dreaded most.Massimiliano Allegri’s team will not have played a competitive fixture before they visit the Netherlands for the first leg.They could also be without forward Mario Balotelli, who limped out of a pre-season friendly against Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday with a thigh muscle problem.
Manchester City overcame a first-minute setback to relaunch their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 victory at Hoffenheim, clinched by a late David Silva winner, on Tuesday.The Premier League champions and current leaders, urgently needing a win after their opening week Group F defeat at home by Olympique Lyonnais, were rocked by an Ishak Belfodil goal after just 44 seconds.Sergio Aguero’s equaliser seven minutes later seemed to have set them back on course as they dominated the opening half but the Bundesliga side, bold and enterprising, held on until Silva cashed in on a late defensive error.Hoffenheim’s home debut in the Champions League group stages started perfectly for the high-flying ‘village club’ who have come so far so quickly in the Bundesliga, with Algerian Belfodil latching on to a neat through ball from Kerem Demirbay to slot home.The quickest goal City had ever conceded in the competition was another shock to their system after their loss to Lyon, their only defeat of the season in any competition so far.Normal service was quickly resumed, though, when a fine ball from Silva found the outstanding Leroy Sane, who picked out Aguero to bundle home his eighth goal in 10 matches this season.Raheem Sterling, after a lightning end-to-end break, and Aguero went close to putting City ahead as they piled on the pressure.Yet after the break, 31-year-old Julian Nagelsmann’s side, reflecting the enterprise of the youngest manager in Champions League history, held on staunchly as City ramped up their attacks.It seemed as if Guardiola’s men would be deprived of the win when Sane was clearly brought down in the penalty area in the second half when rounding goalkeeper Oliver Baumann but no penalty was awarded.Yet they kept their patience and Silva’s quick thinking, robbing central defender Stefan Posch in the box and shooting home a sharp winner took them on to three points in the group.Hoffenheim were left on one point with Lyon, on three points, hosting Shakhtar Donetsk later on Tuesday.
MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station “We just haven’t decided what we’re going to do yet, but it’s a strong possibility that AD will be back,” said Black after the 108-103 loss to the Aces. “He gives us what we need and… in the past he’s been a perfect fit for us so we hope we can work things out with him.”Durham was able to lead Meralco to the finals of the 2016 and 2017 Governors’ Cups where they lost both to Barangay Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Bolts’ campaign in the Commissioner’s Cup has ended in disappointing fashion after a late-game collapse against in Alaska in its shot for the last playoff berth.The Bolts, who beat San Miguel to set up the playoff against Alaska, held a two-possession lead against the Aces in the final 20 seconds only to see it disappear and lose in the extra period. View comments Benefits of township living ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES MPBL: Davao rolls to third straight win Meralco import Allen Durham. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—After a disappointing ending to Meralco’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign, the Bolts are looking to bring in a familiar face for the season-ending conference.Head coach Norman Black said they’re looking to bring back two-time Best Import Allen Durham for the Governors’ Cup—a conference where the Bolts have experienced relative success over the past three years.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Black admitted that the import changes in such a short mid-season conference did not do the Bolts’ any good, unlike other teams who stuck with the first-choice imports.Meralco, on its part, first had Gani Lawal and Jimmie Lee Taylor for eight matches before opting to bring in Delroy James in the final four games, including the eighth seed playoff.“Changing imports three times probably didn’t help things at all,” said Black. “I think if you notice most of the teams that are doing well, they have their imports from start to finish. That’s always been the case in the PBA.”ADVERTISEMENT Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted
0Shares0000Atletico Madrid’s forward Luciano Vietto (L) celebrates with midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco after scoring during a Spanish league football match against Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on October 4, 2015. PHOTO/AFPMADRID, October 5- Luciano Vietto’s first goal for Atletico Madrid seven minutes from time earned the hosts a deserved share of the spoils against Real Madrid in a 1-1 draw on Sunday.Real looked on course to move top of La Liga thanks to Karim Benzema’s fine early header in an otherwise insipid display from Rafael Benitez’s men. Keylor Navas produced a fine save from Antoine Griezmann’s first-half penalty, but the Costa Rican international was beaten for just the second time this season when Vietto bundled the ball home from close range.And only a spectacular save from Navas prevented Jackson Martinez snatching all three points for Atletico in stoppage time.Real maintain their two point lead over Atletico and move into second above Barcelona and Celta Vigo on goal difference, but remain a point behind leaders Villarreal.Gareth Bale was left on the bench by Benitez as he made his return from a calf injury.However, Real started the brighter and Jan Oblak had to scurry from his line to smother an effort from Benzema after just seven minutes.There was nothing the Slovenian could do, though, to prevent the Frenchman moving out on his own as La Liga’s top scorer with six goals as he powered home a header from Dani Carvajal’s inch-perfect cross from the right.Angel Correa was the one bright spark for Atletico in the first 45 minutes and he nearly pulled the hosts level with an angled drive that flew just wide after a neat one-two with Oliver Torres.The Argentine wonder kid fired just off target again moments later as Atletico reacted well to the blow of conceding the early goal.And Diego Simeone’s men had a great chance to level on 21 minutes when Madrid captain Sergio Ramos chopped down Tiago inside the area.Ramos was lucky to escape with just a yellow card but Navas pulled off his second penalty save of the season from Griezmann with a brilliant low stop to his left to maintain Madrid’s lead.Simeone threw on Vietto, Martinez and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco in the search for an equaliser after the break as Atletico went on to dominate the second period.Fernando Torres had the first opening of the half, but dragged his shot horribly wide from Correa’s fine through ball.Bale was also introduced for the final 25 minutes but made little impact as Real sat back in the hope of holding onto their lead.However, Benitez’s men were undone when Martinez got to the by-line and, despite Navas’s best efforts from Griezmann’s initial effort, the ball fell kindly for Vietto to prod home.Martinez then had the chance to seal a famous comeback, but his fiercely struck effort from the edge of the area was brilliantly turned behind by Navas.Earlier, Villarreal missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table as they were beaten 1-0 at Levante.Villarreal were reduced to 10 men on 35 minutes when Bojan Jokic saw a straight red card for a high challenge on Ivan Lopez.The visitors held out until seven minutes from time when Brazilian striker Deyverson converted Nabil El Ghilas’s cross to take Levante off the foot of the table.The pressure on Valencia boss Nuno Espirito Santo was increased as his side blew a 1-0 lead to lose 3-1 at Athletic Bilbao.And Real Betis moved up to eighth as goals in either half from Heiko Westermann and Ruben Castro handed them a 2-0 win at Rayo Vallecano.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
In Sweden, 20,000 screaming fans welcomed the country’s victorious Under-21 stars home following their European Championship win.And it was striker John Guidetti leading the celebrations at the trophy parade in Stockholm.The former Man City and Celtic striker was a key figure during the tournament and scored in the semi-final win against Denmark, something he revealed afterwards was very enjoyable for him.JOHN GUIDETTI’S CRAZY POST-MATCH INTERVIEWWatch the full celebration video here including Guidetti’s rap:
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.When I go outside, I am assaulted by the dry, unremitting heat, stale, dirty air and a gray dust that covers my views wherever – whichever direction – I peer. I have no bags to pack, no roof to wet down, no pets to corral in the event of a mad dash from the fire zone. But I feel weighted down with the need to do something. Perhaps it is like my favorite columnist, Al Martinez, wrote, all I know how to do is write so that is what I do in the face of the wind and the flames and the untold human misery. Current reports say 350,000 homes in San Diego County were evacuated. That is a staggering number I cannot comprehend as I embark on a half-mile circular walk around my neighborhood that affords me a 360-degree look at a sky that appears forever burnt. Heading northwest out toward Malibu, I find the sky is completely smudged with brown. Near the Little League baseball fields, a pleasant breeze kicks up and reminds me what life was like just two days ago before a layer of smog enveloped us. Amazingly, a couple of joggers pass me along a route I take myself, but I am disinclined to do in this current inferno-inspired inversion. I can almost taste the air, and the nearest fire is 8 to 10 miles away. I turn away from Santa Monica Bay and the air closes in, almost choking me. The northeasterly vistas up toward the Getty Museum, Westwood and Century City, not to mention downtown Los Angeles, are all equally murky. I can see the usual buildings, but they are all in sepia tones, as is the sky except when I look straight up. It reminds me of the bus trip from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica I took from my office the day of the Rodney King-verdict riots, April 30, 1992. Smoke and fear shared air space, and the streets at 3:30p.m. were eerily mute. Fire-ravaged Southern California has that same surrealistic feel. When I re-enter my house, I feel like it is cooler and instantly more pleasant than when I left a few minutes ago. My mundane entrance somehow seems infinitely more welcoming and nurturing. I circled a two-square block area and it feels like I have come home from a month’s sojourn. The comfort, however, is disconcerting in this week’s context, with hundreds of thousands now forced from their homes. Who am I to keep working on some energy industry trivia, to sit with my electronic lifelines intact and an occasional cooling breeze? I guess there are Red Cross donations and volunteer work that could be offered. I could seek out the displaced and write about them. I could go to church and pray for a radical shift in the weather, which is now coming, the TV weathermen promise, but not until the weekend. Instead, I go back to my computer, check the Internet, answer unstoppable e-mails and call a business contact to see if he’s been spared by the winds and the fire that stubbornly keep coming. Richard Nemec is a Los Angeles writer. His e-mail address is email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Richard Nemec I feel profoundly isolated, helpless and a little bit guilty. I’m here on Tuesday frozen at my computer screen in my home-based office at the rear of my home on a usually busy residential street that groans with silence. It’s mid-day at the western edge of Los Angeles across from the Santa Monica Airport. The gentle ocean breeze, usually a given in this area, grudgingly pokes its way through my open window. I work on some energy trade writing that I get paid regularly to produce from this humble portal. Meanwhile, Southern California burns all around me as the Internet and television remind me with stark frankness. I saw the initial plumes from the Malibu fire Sunday, rising from the northwest corner of Santa Monica Bay and back over Pacific Palisades and Brentwood lying about 3 to 5 miles north and west of me.
(661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Initially, the city wanted to establish its first off-leash dog area at the planned Whit Carter Park, a 60-acre regional park that will be on Sierra Highway near Avenue H-8. The development of Whit Carter Park will be done in phases, and the dog park is not in the planned first phase that the city wants to start within a year. The dog area, however, is still in the plans for Whit Carter Park, but city officials have heard from some pet owners who think that park would be too remote. The city is also looking at other possibilities for creating a dog area to accommodate eastside residents, Norton said. The 10-acre Hull Park is named after Forrest E. Hull, a retired eye surgeon who served on the city’s first City Council. The park has a walking path, perimeter fencing and parking for about 50 cars. james.skeen@dailynews LANCASTER – Lancaster will soon open the region’s first off-leash dog park. Looking to accommodate dog lovers, the city is creating an off-leash dog area by fencing off a portion of Hull Park at 30th Street West north of Avenue M. The area, about 1 to 1 1/2 acres, should be ready for use in a few weeks, but finishing touches such as lighting and benches will come later. “Hull Park is a well-used park,” said Lyle Norton, the city’s director of parks, recreation and arts. “People use it to walk and exercise, and people like to bring their dogs.” The city is spending about $20,000 to fence off the area and to install water fountains for both canines and people. The city is looking at how to light the area, which will require additional funding.
“I’d like to thank all the staff and players, and in particular Andy Crosby, my assistant, for the hard work, camaraderie, togetherness and support they have shown me and wish them all good luck with their future careers.“The unity the supporters have shown with the staff and players has also been very special. The fantastic relationship I have had with the fans makes leaving extremely difficult.“I will take with me very special memories from the past 18 months. Together everyone achieves more. Nigel.” deals 1 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star tense pic.twitter.com/HFpjF8gFkH— Nigel Adkins (@TheNigelAdkins) June 8, 2019“However, it is with a heavy heart and after much careful consideration that I have decided that our futures are not aligned and that I will be leaving the club when my current contract finishes on the 30th [of] June.“I have really enjoyed me time in Hull and have met and worked with some fantastic people. In the first six months at the club we managed to provide stability, retaining our place in the Championship.“In our first full season we progressed to finishing 13th following an outside push for promotion. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REPLY Nigel Adkins will leave Hull when his contract expires at the end of the month.The ex-Tigers boss guided the Championship club to a 13th-placed finish in his first and final season at the KCOM Stadium. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ no dice huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining Nigel Adkins spent 18 months managing Hull gameday cracker Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Adkins was appointed Hull boss in December 2017 following the sacking of Leonid Slutsky.In a statement released on social media, Adkins revealed he rejected a contract extension from Hull chiefs.He said: “It has been an honour and privilege to be head coach of Hull City since I joined the club in December 2017. I would like to thank Assam and Ehab Allam for the opportunity to manage Hull City and also for the offer of a contract extension. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Getty Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card whoops REAL DEAL Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? LATEST Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury
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