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Two La Masia players name dropped who were better than Lionel Messi at taking…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/InfobaeAdvertisement 785fubNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vst34yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eyw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 65g26nbWould you ever consider trying this?😱vaCan your students do this? 🌚tsvRoller skating! Powered by Firework La Masia- a name every football watches has heard of, a name every FC Barcelona fan cherishes. The youth system has produced some of the finest players to grace the field, and there are more to come. In the wake of Lionel Messi’s 50th free kick goal, a former youth player has given a declaration on two La Masia graduates who could allegedly take better free kicks than the club talisman himself!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/InfobaeRoger Giribet Sabartes, a Barça youth academy product who currently plays for CE Artesa De Segre in Segona Catalana, 6th tier of the Spanish football league system, has approached forward with two names- Víctor Vázquez and Juanjo Clausí, probably nobody has ever heard of them.However, the 32 year old defender has imputed that those two academy players were preferred over Messi, when a free kick was in question.Advertisement “Víctor Vázquez, who was amazing, and the left-footed Juanjo Clausí used to take them. Messi almost never.” Sabartes spoke to Goal.com, recollecting old memories of his ex teammates.Vázquez with Messi, and Clausí in CD Castellón kit. (Image Courtesy: Diario AS/Mediterráneo)Vázquez currently plays for Qatar Stars League side Umm Salal SC, and there have been examples of free kicks taken by the former Club Brugge midfielder that supports Sarbates’s claim.Advertisement Clausí, a winger at Tercera División side Paterna CF, didn’t make it to the level of Vázquez, and had his top tier experience only with the Blaugranas under 19 team.Wednesday’s 5-1 devastation of the Pucelle saw Messi scoring a brace, including the 35 yard screamer that completed his half century of free kicks. Valverde and his boys are now in the top spot of the table with 22 points. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Thompson’s injury another blow for struggling Cavaliers

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES One of Cleveland’s most dependable players over the past few years, Thompson was injured in the second quarter Wednesday night in a loss to the Indiana Pacers. Thompson, who has been moved out and in of the starting lineup by coach Tyronn Lue, left Quicken Loans Arena using crutches. The team said an MRI confirmed the strain and that he’ll need as much as four weeks to recover before he plays again.Thompson’s injury is the latest setback for the Cavs, who have dropped four straight and are 3-5, not where a team expected to make it to its fourth NBA Finals figured to be at this point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut injuries, new players, an older roster and defensive lapses have contributed to make the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions one of the early season’s surprises — for the wrong reasons.Cleveland has lost the past four games by a combined 64 points, the most lopsided four-game span for James since he lost four in a row during his rookie season. But that’s when he was virtually alone on a Clevelandteam, not one with All-Stars like Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose. MOST READ Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (4) passes against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — The worst four-game stretch of LeBron James’ career and a shocking start for the Cavaliers got a little worse Thursday.Forward Tristan Thompson could be out a month with a strained left calf.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny As the Cavs regrouped at practice before leaving to play the Washington Wizards on Friday, there were signs of concern or panic about the slow start from such an experienced team. Losses are going to happen.“No one in here is a rookie,” Wade said. “Everyone in here has been through it. Lots of guys have been through the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. It’s frustrating when you’re going through it.We have to continue to understand that we’re going to get out of this together and this is going to be a distant memory at one point, but right now we’re in it. We have to figure it out and I think we will.”Wade said communication, or a lack of it, has been at the root of Cleveland’s problems. With the league’soldest roster, it’s not a surprise that the Cavs are struggling defensively against younger, and in some cases, more athletic teams.But what it alarming is that the Cavs have been slow to correct their mistakes and teams are shooting so well against them. Cleveland’s opponents are making a league-high 42 percent of their 3-point attempts.Wade joked that it feels like teams are “shooting like 90 percent on open shots and 70 percent on contested shots.”“We have a long way to go defensively,” he said. “If we was at our best defensively and they was tagging us like this, it’d be red alert. Right now, as we said, we’ve got to continue to get our coverages down, our communication down.”ADVERTISEMENT Lue has been scrambling to come up with combinations that work, and his job has been made more difficult by injuries to Rose, Iman Shumpert and with James working himself into shape after missing most of the preseason with a sprained ankle.Also, the Cavs are still without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who is still recovering from a hip injury.Wade, who signed a one-year deal for a chance to play alongside his close friend James again, likened the Cavs’ current state to something he experienced a few years ago in Miami.After winning consecutive titles, the Heat started 4-3 before winning 10 straight games. They finished 54-28, won the conference title and made the Finals for the fourth straight year.Wade is still amazed it happened.“I don’t know how we made it,” he said. “As a team, we were kind of like this. It was worse because it wasn’t new guys. It was guys who had been around each other four years in a row. Your jokes weren’t funny anymore to other guys, when you walked in it wasn’t a big smile any more. Guys were just over you. It’s like being in a bad marriage. But we somehow made it to the Finals.“Indiana should have beat us that year. We had a mental edge over those guys and we were able to win. But we shouldn’t have been there. So it’s tough, definitely. That’s why it hasn’t been done a lot. For the guys here, you have to pull from something else to motivate you, to get you to feel that hunger again like you had that first year. That’s sports, it’s tough.”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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadal remains on track for first Paris Masters title Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View commentslast_img read more

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CJ Cansino stretched off court with knee injury in crucial game vs UP

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ UST’s physical therapists’ initial diagnosis of Cansino’s injury was a knee sprain but Growling Tigers head coach said the rookie would undergo an MRI scan to further see into the extent of the damage.Ayo said that whatever the result of the test, Cansino won’t play in UST’s final game of the season against Ateneo on Wednesday.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“Definitely, whatever the result of the MRI we won’t be fielding him,” said Ayo. “He had a good season hopefully he learned a lot this year and we’ll make sure he’ll be back next year.”Prior to the game against UP, the former Juniors MVP averaged 13.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After getting stretchered to the UST locker room, a tearful Cansino complained of crippling pain in his left knee as school officials and his mother looked in agony.Cansino also suffered a minor injury in UST’s previous game against Adamson, a match the Growling Tigers lost 96-83, after landing on Sean Manganti’s foot in the fourth quarter.Prior to Cansino’s injury, UST led UP 34-26 but the Fighting Maroons were able to get on a game-defining 22-4 run across the middle quarters to take a 48-38 lead after June Manzo’s basket with 6:22 left in the third.UP eventually held on for the 83-69 win eliminating the Growling Tigers from the Final Four race sending UST to a 5-8 record.The Fighting Maroons, for their part, improved to 7-6 and took sole possession of the fourth spot while Far Eastern University is at fifth at 6-6.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown UST medical staff tending to CJ Cansino at the locker room. Photo from Bong LozadaUniversity of Santo Tomas rookie CJ Cansino fell down to a painful knee injury during the second quarter of the Growling Tigers’ game against University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.Cansino writhed in pain with 5:57 left in the first half while clutching his left knee.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Matthew Wright excited to return to Gilas duty: ‘It’s a great pool’last_img read more

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Golden State G League team in Santa Cruz is key developer

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The two-time defending champions’ feeder team began 8-0 in the second season under Miles, who is thrilled to be part of Golden State’s staff during the run to a third title in four years.“He still has that fire,” forward Kevin Young said. “It’s good for him to be able to show these guys how to go to the basket and what made him successful as a player, what can help the team and what he’s looking for as well.”The Warriors clubs have made a point to build continuity, even running the same plays to ensure a seamless transition for two-way players making the 70-mile trek from the Bay Area to the tourist beach town along the California coast.The father of four boys, Miles strives to keep things family oriented with his players, emphasizing that they should enjoy the journey and each step, not try to rush to the next level.“You want that to result in an NBA spot, however in the meantime you get back, you focus and get lost again in our team goals and our team aspirations,” Morris said. “Even me just going (to Phoenix) and coming back kind of influenced everybody to just buy in even more to what coach is talking about. It proves — he had players last year, Quinn Cook, Damian Jones — it makes it easier to be able to listen to him and just trust the process, trust what he’s talking about.”After one shootaround, Miles had just begun to ponder his minutes breakdown for a game that night when he got word Damion Lee was headed out to join the big Warriors.Jones, who began as Golden State’s starting center before recently tearing his pectoral muscle, developed his game in Santa Cruz last season. Same with Cook, who emerged to fill a huge void during Stephen Curry’s injury absence late last season and again this past month.“You can see the impact that our Santa Cruz affiliate has had on us over the last couple years,” Kerr said. “We feel really, really good about what Aaron Miles and his staff are doing there and the affiliation and the continuity. It helps so much that we run the exact same stuff. We bring Damian up and all of the sudden he’s playing 20 minutes a game and every call he knows because they’re running the same stuff down there. That makes a huge difference, difference between winning and losing a game, really.”The 35-year-old Miles is a former Kansas point guard who played one NBA season for Golden State in 2005-06 and has 19 career games to his name.Sure, he wants to still be in uniform — “100 percent” — and, sure, he might want to reach an NBA bench one day. But Miles applies the same patient approach he uses with his players to his own career path. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Move, you gotta move!”“Good work, fellas, good work!”Near the end of a session, Miles walks to the scorer’s table and starts a music playlist as individual shooting work begins. He is accustomed to constant change by now.“You just kind of know more of what to expect, and you can expect the unexpected here,” he said. “I have pretty much the same staff so we’re all kind of comfortable in understanding how the G League works, how each other work. … The G League isn’t just for players to grow, it’s an opportunity for coaches and everybody in it to grow. So we understand we aren’t going to do everything perfectly.”Santa Cruz’s fast start drew praise from Warriors coach Steve Kerr.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In this Dec. 4, 2018 photo, from left, Santa Cruz Warriors coach Aaron Miles, guard Will Cherry, Alen Smailagic and Darius Morris talk after their basketball practice in Santa Cruz, Calif. As the Santa Cruz Warriors huddled together after practice, Darius Morris gave a quick recap of his adventure to the Arizona desert a day earlier to interview with the Suns. Phoenix needed a point guard with Devin Booker’s hamstring injury, and Morris was in the mix. Coach Aaron Miles, who so wishes he were still playing, had to stand in leading the offense given Morris’ absence. Such is life in the topsy-turvy, changing-by-the-day G League, when Golden State or another club might come calling at a moment’s notice to swipe a top player for promotion to the NBA. (AP Photo/Janie McCauley)SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — As the Santa Cruz Warriors huddled after practice, Darius Morris provided a quick recap of his adventure to the Arizona desert a day earlier to interview with the Suns. Phoenix needed a point guard given Devin Booker’s hamstring injury, and Morris was at least in the mix.Santa Cruz coach Aaron Miles, who so wishes he were still playing professionally, had a little fun leading the offense in Morris’ absence.ADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “He’s been in a similar predicament as us,” Morris notes.There is constant communication between the two Warriors franchises, and Luke Loucks is a two-way coach who aids in keeping Miles and Kerr connected.Miles understands how special this time is working for the NBA’s elite coaches and franchise and so appreciates the chance to talk to Kerr or top assistant Mike Brown, who “always give me some good insight and good advice.”“It’s amazing. I always said, ‘I’m blessed,’” Miles said. “I had the opportunity to play for Roy Williams, play for Bill Self, coach under coach Self with coach (Joe) Dooley, and now have the opportunity to coach under, in a sense, Steve Kerr and be a part of this family and organization. I’m extremely blessed and honored. It’s great. I don’t know a better situation to be in.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ray Parks says timing just right to join PBA, doesn’t consider self as rookie Just one example of life in the topsy-turvy, changing-by-the-day G League, when Golden State or another club might come calling at a moment’s notice to swipe a top player for promotion to the NBA.Or, as is the case for Santa Cruz this week, send one of the NBA’s best big men out on rehab assignment.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 ChrissMiles will have the chance to work alongside DeMarcus Cousins, assigned to Santa Cruz on Monday as he continues his rehab from left Achilles tendon surgery. Cousins’ younger brother, Jaleel, is on the team, too.One moment, Miles might be setting a screen or bouncing a pass into the post, the next he is pacing to the other end to check out his guards at work in a shooting drill, the practice plan rolled up in his left hand and chomping gum all the while.last_img read more

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Give me your hand

first_imgGive me your hand,Let me hold fast unto it;So that you’ll lift me up,From where I stand!Lift me up from where I stand,With your bold strong hand,O, you mighty one,And stand me up firm!You’re the source of my inspirationThe fountain of my imagination;Bless the works of my handAnd take them to another level!Print my works on the “sand of time”That generations unborn will come to see;And appreciate this inborn gift of yours,Which I’ve cultivated and cherished yet forlorn!Give me your handLet me clench unto itFor I am counting on you, O, mighty oneWho bestowed this enviable gift of meAnd let my works not be forlorned!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Kigen shakes up steeplechase status quo

first_imgThe race had been expected to boil down to a head-to-head clash between Kipruto and Evan Jager, the darling of the home crowd in Oregon and an athlete with Olympic and World Championships medals to his name.But at that point, the script had been well and truly shredded by a 24-year-old Kenyan by the name of Benjamin Kigen, the man with the golden kick.For Jager, Kigen was a recognisable face, one he’d raced and easily beaten in both Monaco and Brussels last year, a guy to be respected but certainly not feared.“I’ve seen him on the circuit but I wasn’t expecting him to be the guy today, for sure,” admitted Jager. “I thought it was going to be Conseslus and me battling over the last lap.”Kipruto himself was more wary, particularly given the slow pace and his knowledge of Kigen’s background.“I know the guy,” said Kipruto, “and I know he can run the last lap very well because he was a 1500m guy.”Kigen’s last lap – which he ran over five barriers – was covered in 57.9 seconds.Truth be told, though, Kigen didn’t have as much confidence in himself as others had in him. “I was not expecting it,” he said. “This was my first time beating them.”-Late arrivalBenjamin Kigen (centre), the eventual winner of the steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene. PHOTO/IAAFJust 13 months ago, Kigen was still a 1500m runner, but all that changed at a low-key meeting in Thika, Kenya, last April when his manager Juan Pineda watched him sprint to victory in 3:42.9.He could be a good 1500m runner, he thought, but didn’t seem to possess the natural power and pace to truly match the world’s best, so they soon plotted a move to the steeplechase.A native of Baringo County in the Rift Valley, Kigen does not come from an area renowned for producing world-beating distance runners, at least not in the same frequency as places to the west like Eldoret and Iten.He is a member of the Kenyan Defence Forces and trains in Ngong, a town outside Nairobi that sits at an altitude of 2000m (6,500ft).There, he works under the guidance of coach Isaac Rono alongside Amos Kirui, the world U20 steeplechase champion who has a best of 8:08.37.Kigen’s transition to the steeplechase was promising, though not paved with success from the outset. He finished second at the Kenyan Defence Forces Championships in his first try at the event in 8:26.6, which secured him a place at the Kenyan World Championship trials last June.But there Kigen miscounted the laps and with 400m to run, he had yet to make any move believing he still had two laps to run. By the time the bell shook him to life, it was too late and he wound up fourth in 8:20.54.But his ability became obvious just four days later in Ostrava, Kigen taking victory at the Golden Spike in a huge PB of 8:11.54 before lowering his 1500m PB to 3:36.36 in Madrid.He then finished fourth in Monaco and sixth at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels.He started 2018 with an indoor 3000m PB of 7:44.77 in Ostrava, though last Saturday’s race in Eugene was his first attempt at the steeplechase this year – and what an attempt it was.-Electric finish in EugeneBenjamin Kigen wins the steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene. PHOTO/IAAFAs Kigen soared over the final water jump at full speed – without placing a foot on the barrier – gasps rippled through the crowd at Hayward Field.Though he landed awkwardly at the last, he nonetheless had built an unassailable advantage over Jager and Kipruto, who were left to fight for a distant second, which Kipruto edged in 8:11.71. Kigen had a good 20 metres to spare when he crossed the line in 8:09.07.“I dreamt of this and I’m very proud of this day,” said Kigen. “This year I have a new training technique so I will do better.”How much better? His time goal this year is to go below eight minutes, which Kigen may well threaten at the upcoming IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome.Rabat, Budapest and Monaco are also in his plans, and somewhere along the way he will undoubtedly renew his rivalry with Kipruto and Jager.Far from being upset at his breakout performance, Jager welcomed Kigen’s arrival to the big leagues last Saturday.“It’s nice to have another face in contention for the win; it would have got boring if it was the same three guys every year,” he said. “Hopefully this puts pressure on everyone else to go after him now and takes the pressure off us. It’s fun there’s another guy to go after.”And like a true pro, Kigen remains far more concerned with championship performances than fast times. “My main goal is to represent Kenya at the African Championships and race in international races like the Continental Cup,” he said.And now that he’s a familiar face, Kigen’s rivals will have a new-found respect for his ferocious finish.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Surprise Eugene steeplechase winner Benjamin Kigen. PHOTO/IAAFEUGENE, United States, May 29- Midway through the final lap of the men’s 3000m steeplechase at Saturday’s Prefontaine Classic, the third meeting of the IAAF Diamond League, a common thought rippled through the 12,000-strong crowd at Hayward Field: who?As in, who exactly was that Kenyan out front, the guy charging into the final bend with a 15-metre lead over world and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto?last_img read more

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First image of Luis Suarez’s Barcelona medical?

first_imgBarcelona have ensured their side will have added bite next season after it was confirmed that Luis Suarez will be joining from Liverpool in the coming days.The Catalan giants revealed that he will be unveiled to the media, following a routine medical, but will the club opt for a more unorthodox check up for their toothy talent? 1last_img

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‘Special’ Mbappe fires PSG 12 points clear in France

first_img“He (Mbappe) shows his quality every day in training, he has this hunger to score, score, score,” said PSG coach Tuchel. “It’s his quality. He is a special player.”Mbappe has now scored 45 goals for PSG since signing from Monaco at the start of last season.“We lost to a goal from nowhere… A 20-year-old who will soon be the best player in the world,” said Saint-Etienne coach Jean-Louis Gasset.With a second straight French title all but secured, Tuchel’s men, who also have two games in hand on second-placed Lille, now have their eyes on breaking their own record tally of 96 points set in 2015-16.Tuchel rested midfielder Marco Verratti after his excursions in the midweek Champions League victory at Manchester United, with Leandro Paredes handed his first league start for the club.“Everyone was tired after Manchester United — physically, but also mentally,” added Tuchel. “It was necessary to control the game, to play focused.”PSG fashioned their first clear-cut chance in the 18th minute, as Julian Draxler turned and fired over the crossbar after a fine exchange of passes with Dani Alves.Mbappe saw a shot well saved by home goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier in an underwhelming first half.The visitors always appeared in control of the game, but Draxler wasted another golden chance to put them ahead shortly after the restart when he was denied by a sprawling Ruffier stop.Angel Di Maria, who starred with two assists on his return to Old Trafford in midweek, dragged an effort wide as PSG continued to plug away in search of an opening goal.It arrived in the 73rd minute, as Alves picked out the run of Mbappe, and the Frenchman caught out Ruffier with a fine first-time volley on the turn.Saint-Etienne started to show more ambition with time running out, but the best they could muster was Kevin Monnet-Paquet’s long-range strike which flew harmlessly over, with the winger injuring himself in the process.A late set-piece came to nothing for Les Verts, as PSG sealed a 20th win from only 23 Ligue 1 games this term.Earlier on Sunday, Lille were held to a goalless draw by Montpellier, while Reims boosted their hopes of European qualification with a 2-0 victory over Rennes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mbappe volleyed home a 73rd-minute winner © AFP / JEFF PACHOUDPARIS, France, Feb 18 – Kylian Mbappe’s excellent volley secured Paris Saint-Germain a hardfought 1-0 win at Saint-Etienne on Sunday as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders moved 12 points clear at the summit.The 20-year-old Mbappe fired home his league-leading 19th goal of the campaign with 17 minutes remaining.last_img read more

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Flooding Update: Over 600 complaints about Inishowen roads which will cost €15.3m to fix

first_imgDonegal County Council have issued an update on the flooding recovery in Inishowen.The Council are continuing to assist families left homeless by the flood. 59 families have now registered with the Council as being displaced, with solutions being found for 45 of them.There is a temporary closure of access to Fiver Fingers beach at Lagg, Malin, and this year’s Crana Fest is cancelled. Over 600 complaints have been made along the 1,500km road network in Inishowen, with approximately 115 bridges being damaged by the flooding (a quarter of these bridges were completely destroyed). Diversions are not suitable for HGVs, and HGV drivers are being asked to use main roads. Also, the diversion at Thompsontown bridge on L-1781-6 Grainne’s Gap will not open until Wednesday evening 20th September.The total repair costs have been estimated to be in the region of €15.3 million.The HSE flooding helpline remains open for those feeling emotionally overwhelmed at the moment. To avail of this service you can call 074 91 67558 from 9am to 5pm.For more detail on the aforementioned points, see below. Temporary Closure of access to Five Fingers beach at Lagg, MalinThe access road to Five Finger Strand at Lagg was severely damaged in the flooding and had already suffered from coastal erosion in recent years. This has resulted in the temporary access being washed away altogether and the remaining access is unsafe for public use. (See picture above).For this reason it is necessary to temporarily close off this access with immediate effect.Donegal County Council recognises the importance of this wonderful beach for the local community and visitors alike and is examining alternative options for beach access in the short term. The area is recognised as being of Designated European importance and classified as a Special Area of Conservation, a Special Protection Area and a National Heritage Area. The Council is actively engaging with local landowners and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and others to resolve the current access issue.Crana Fest has been cancelledThe popular Buncrana based paddle event “Crana Fest” has been cancelled due to the aftermath of recent flood damage along the Crana River. Substantial damage was caused to the river and to Swan Park during last month’s devastating floods, and for this reason it would be unsafe to continue with the Crana Fest this year.The Council is fully committed to continuing to work closely with the organisers to ensure that this popular event returns to the town next year. Repair CostsThe total repair cost for roads infrastructure in Donegal following the recent floods is estimated at €15.3m. This approximately breaks down as follows:Inishowen MD – €13.45mLetterkenny MD – €900kStranorlar MD – €700kDonegal MD – €250kCosts for other infrastructural damage, e.g. Housing, Community & Amenity Facilities, etc. are still being collated. Costs incurred during the initial response and subsequent clean-up are also being collated at present.Road UpdatesTo date in excess of 600 issues have been identified on the 1500km road network in Inishowen and road users are being asked to continue to exercise extreme care when using these roads. Donegal County Council’s Road Service is continuing to work to have the priority regional routes in Inishowen open as soon as possible and below is an update on the status of these roads:· R240 at Riverside between Quigleys Point and Carndonagh is now open to single lane traffic. Motorists are asked to remember that there is a 20 tonne weight restriction on this road and for this reason it is not suitable for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) above this weight.· R238 at Three Trees between Muff and Quigleys Point is now open to two way traffic.· R244 at Craignahorna on the Mountain Road between Buncrana and Carndonagh remains closed. Work is continuing on repairing this road and a bespoke box culvert has been procured, ordered and is now being manufactured. It is expected that this road will be reopened in 4 weeks.· The L-1781-6 Grainne’s Gap is now open with a small diversion at Thompsontown bridge. This bridge was due to open this afternoon but will not now open until Wednesday evening 20th September as the laying of the foundation was delayed due to recent excessive rainfall.Local diversions not suitable for HGVsLocal diversions for these regional roads are not suitable for Heavy Goods Vehicles and the Council is asking that HGVs use the following alternative routes:· Buncrana to Ballyliffin to Clonmany to Carndonagh route or· Muff to Quigleys Point to Moville to Carndonagh route.Rural roadsA number of rural roads across the peninsula have been closed due to damage caused during the floods and below is an update on the current status of these roads:L-1891-2 – Eskaheen Road to chapel – remains closed.L-1381-2 – Meendacalliagh/Evishbreedy: Illies to Glentoghter – now open.L-53912 – Annagh – remains closedL-7451-1 – Drumskillen Road – remains closedL-7631-3 – Glenbridge Road – remains closedL-7641-1 – Gortcormacan – remains closed and due to open on Friday 29th September.L-7681-1 – Lowertown Road/Gortcormacan – remains closed.L-7761-2 – Knowhead Road/Calfwarn – remains closed.Bridges damaged by floodsApproximately 115 bridges have suffered flood damage and up to a quarter of these may have to be replaced. Council staff are dealing with these bridges on a priority basis and temporary repairs are taking place to allow access. However, it may take 6 to 12 months to arrange permanent replacements.Remedial works at Thomsontown BridgeRemedial works at Thomsontown BridgeSwan ParkSwan Park remains closed to the public due to extensive damage caused by the recent floods. The park is unsafe and we are advising members of the public not to visit the park.Housing AssistanceThe Council’s Housing Service is continuing to provide support and assistance to those affected by the floods.59 families have now registered with Donegal County Council as being displaced and at this stage, solutions been found for 45 families. In many of these cases, this is an interim solution until such times as they are in a position to move back to their home. Some have already moved to their new accommodation, and in other cases arrangements are being finalised or the Council is awaiting responses to offers made.A number of cases do not require action at this time and the Council continues to work with all displaced households on a case by case basis to addressing their housing needs.Counselling ServiceExperiencing flooding in your home or business can be very distressing. If you are feeling emotionally overwhelmed at the moment, call the dedicated HSE Helpline for Flooding on 074 91 67558 from 9am to 5pm on 07491 67558 or call the Samaritans at 116 123.Information LeafletAn information leaflet has been delivered to each home in Inishowen setting out information on supports and assistance available to those affected by flooding.Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Support SchemeApplications for financial assistance have been received by the Irish Red Cross and are currently being processed. This scheme is available for small businesses and community, voluntary and sporting bodies who do not have insurance in place. Application forms are available at www.redcross.ie.Clean Up AssistanceAnyone who requires help with clean-ups or who need skips and/or dehumidifiers should contact Donegal County Council at 074 91 53900. This includes all areas in the county affected by the recent flooding including Raphoe, Rathmullan and Bundoran.DonationsThe Irish Red Cross has agreed to receive donations to help assist those affected by the recent floods. You can make a donation at www.redcross.ie/donate or by calling 1850 50 70 70.Anyone affected by the recent floods can contact the Council by calling into our offices or by calling 074 91 53900 during opening hours or 074 91 72288 during out of hours.You can also keep up to date by following Donegal County Council on Facebook or on Twitter.Flooding Update: Over 600 complaints about Inishowen roads which will cost €15.3m to fix was last modified: September 16th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County CouncilFLOODINGROADSupdatelast_img read more

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