UDC fallout contaminates Middlesbrough

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Petr Cech crying after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea in Europa League final

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 May 2019 10:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link41Shares Petr Cech was in years after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea (Fox Sports)Petr Cech was in tears after his playing career ended in defeat as Arsenal were beaten 4-1 by Chelsea in the Europa League final.The 37-year-old announced before the game that the final in Baku would signal the end of his 20-year career as a professional.But Cech was unable to finish on a high as Arsenal suffered a heavy defeat to his former club.Olivier Giroud opened the scoring early in the second half before Pedro doubled Chelsea’s lead, while Hazard sent Cech the wrong way from the penalty spot to put Maurizio Sarri’s side 3-0 up.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAlex Iwobi scored a fantastic long-range goal to give the Gunners a lifeline but Hazard then struck against shortly after to seal Chelsea’s 4-1 win. Comment Advertisement Cech wiped away the tears as Chelsea lifted the Europa League trophy (Fox Sports)But as Chelsea celebrated, television cameras caught a brief moment with Cech who was on his own wiping tears from his eyes.‘I’m proud of myself and I’m proud of the way I played today because when you play your last career game in the final there is a lot of pressure and speculation,’ Cech told BT Sport after the game.‘I had to perform and I have to say I have done everything I can, and I can look back with no regrets apart from the fact we worked so hard all year to finish with nothing.‘This group of players do not deserve it because of how much work has been done this season. Petr Cech crying after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea in Europa League finalcenter_img PETR CECH CAREER STATS 850 games367 clean sheets18 trophies124 international caps ‘It is easy to say we finish empty-handed but I can assure everyone that the work we have done will mean this team comes back much stronger next year.’Reports have claimed that Cech will return to Chelsea to take up a role as the club’s sporting director, but when asked about his future he replied: ‘I kept saying I wanted to lift the trophy and then think about it. Until 30 June, I am an Arsenal player.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Cech could be heading back to Chelsea as their sporting director (Fox Sports)last_img read more

DP World Interested in Hong Kong’s Cruise Terminal Business

first_imgDubai-based port operator DP World is interested in exploring Hong Kong’s cruise terminal business.The ambition was revealed during a meeting held this week between DP World Group Chairman Ahmed Bin Sulayem and Hong Kong counterparts, including Chief Executive Carrie Lam at Government House, Hong Kong Secretary for Transport and Housing, Frank Chan Fan, Hong Chief Executive-Elect Office Director, Kong EricChan Kwok-ki, and senior company officials.The meeting took place on the heels of a push to strengthen ties between the UAE and Hong Kong following the recent opening of a Dubai Export Office there and the planned Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Dubai to attract capital investment.As informed by DP World, the agenda of the meeting included items like the development of cruise terminal facilities, financial services, customs collaboration and OBOR (One Belt, One Road) initiative, along with ways of boosting cooperation in sectors such as ports, logistics, customs, education, and innovation.“Hong Kong and Dubai are at the crossroads of world trade and we share a common history as capitals of commerce, where well-developed logistics infrastructure has enabled growth of our economies,” Bin Sulayem, said.DP World’s potential investment in cruise terminal facilities in Hong Kong comes at a time when the cruise shipping industry in Asia is experiencing a boom.In 2017, 66 cruise ships are being deployed in Asian waters, a 53 percent growth since 2013 when only 43 ships were cruising in Asia, a new report released by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) finds.Furthermore, a total of 3.1 million Asians took cruises in 2016, 55 percent more than in 2015, CLIA said.Infrastructural investments to support the booming industry are likely to prove very lucrative for investors, as DP World seems to have recognized.The company and partners are already investing USD 1.9 billion in China port terminals until 2020 and have operations alongside Hong Kong, in Qingdao, Tianjin and Yantai.DP World opened a new terminal designed to accommodate the largest operating cruise vessels this summer at Limassol port, Cyprus.DP World Limassol is the third addition to the cruise terminal portfolio that DP World operates globally, after cruise terminal operations in Mina Rashid, Dubai and Quinquela Martin, Argentina.last_img read more

Australian Open: Federer blasts lack of communication on smog

first_img Loading… Smoke haze affected qualifying and practice sessions for the Australian Open Roger Federer demanded better communication about air quality at the Australian Open Saturday after smoke from bushfires hit the tournament’s build-up, as officials announced new guidelines on pollution. Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion, said a lack of information made matters worse for players who were forced to stay on the courts on Tuesday and Wednesday, when air quality in Melbourne was among the worst on the planet. Switzerland’s Roger Federer said there was confusion among players over the Australian Open’s air pollution policy Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic was forced to retire during qualifying after a distressing coughing fit, while Britain’s Liam Broady claimed “multiple” players needed asthma medication. “I think communication is key from the tournament to the people, to the media, to the fans, to the players, because you do hear it’s not safe to be outside, keep your pets inside, close your windows,” Federer said.Advertisement In the wake of the backlash, Australian Open organisers on Saturday unveiled a five-step air quality rating to determine when play should be halted, based on pollutants measured by monitoring stations throughout Melbourne Park.Play will be stopped if the particulate matter rating (PM2.5) – the solid and liquid particles suspended in the air – hits 200, or five on the air quality scale.Between 97 and 200 – a four rating – will trigger a discussion between medical staff and officials about halting play, with the match referee able to suspend a match if he sees fit.The rules will apply to all outside courts and the Grand Slam’s three arenas with retractable roofs, where play will be halted until the roof is closed.– ‘I told them’ –Some players in qualifying questioned why influential stars like Federer didn’t do more to speak up on their behalf during the choking haze, but the Swiss great, who is on the ATP player council, insisted he did everything he could.“What can I do? I can go to the office, speak to them. I went to them the first day when it was bad on Tuesday, the next day on Wednesday when it was still bad,” he said.“I told them, ‘Look, I just think communication is key for all of us, for everybody’. We just need to do more because I feel like I hadn’t gotten enough information.“Can I go on court and say, Everybody stop play? I can try. I don’t think that’s going to do much. Maybe it was all a bit late. But I don’t think I can do more than what I did.”Maria Sharapova said air quality was low during a match at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne this week Read Also: Tyson reveals: I won’t get into the boxing ring with Serena“From that standpoint, I think we’re moving in a very safe range. We’re not here for six months straight at over 200, 300, you know. That’s when maybe effects really become bad.”Australian Open chief Craig Tiley told reporters on Thursday he “absolutely understands the anger”.“I do think air quality for sport and for tennis is a conversation we’re going to have more of in the future,” he added.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterDisney Princesses Reimagined As “GoT” Characters5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan You Imagine Quitting A Role Because Of Dislike For W. Smith?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Actors That Started Their Careers On Soaps8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?This Muslim Woman Belongs To World’s 10 Strongest Women10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging The Australian Open gets underway on Monday, when rain is forecast. Air quality in Melbourne on Saturday was rated ‘moderate’, one step below ‘good’.The 38-year-old said the air quality scale was a step in the right direction, and that he was not worried about playing in smoke haze.“From what we were told yesterday in the player meeting, the Olympic Games and other competitions have the (particulate matter) numbers set at 300. Ours is set at 200,” he said. “You have court calls, then you look at the haze and everything, it doesn’t look good. How far are we from that threshold of playing, not playing?” World number six Stefanos Tsitsipas was another player who was troubled by the smog, saying he had difficulty breathing even after practising indoors in Melbourne. “I was coughing a lot, had troubles breathing for a couple of hours,” Tsitsipas said Saturday, while Canadian young gun Denis Shapovalov claimed “I wouldn’t play” if conditions deteriorated during the tournament. “I’m 20 years old, I don’t want to risk my life, risk my health being out there playing in this condition,” he added.last_img read more

Lady Chargers Battle Lady Pirates In Battle Of Decatur County

first_imgNorth Decatur JV lost to Greensburg in 3 sets 21-25, 25-20, 15-7.Anna Burkhart had 26 digs. Kalyn Muckerheide had 10 digs and 6 assists. Brittany Krieger added 8 digs, 4 kills and 4 aces. Jenna Geis added 4 kills.North Decatur Varsity lost to Greensburg in 4 sets 25-16, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16.Kara Muckerheide set 105/111 with 28 assists. Erika Kramer totaled 15 kills and 4 blocks. Olivia Bohman totaled 6 kills and 4 blocks. Maddy Day 10 kills and 11 digs. Erica Gauck 17 digs.‘All in all the girls played well but once again, we need to minimize unforced errors. We always seem to battle back when we are down but in rally scoring, it’s hard to come back when you are down 4-5 points. We need to focus on keeping momentum and starting off strong.’ Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.last_img read more

The Special One, Old Big ‘Ed, Bald Eagle and other memorable football nicknames

first_img Klopp made his humble declaration in response to a question that referred to Mourinho’s first press conference as Chelsea boss in 2004, where the Portuguese famously said: “Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.” He did indeed have a Champions League title on his CV at that point with Porto, and has subsequently proved pretty special by securing various pieces of silverware, including three Premier League crowns with Chelsea and the European trophy another time with Inter Milan. BRIAN CLOUGH – OLD BIG ‘ED Another man you could say had some confidence in his own ability. We’ll let Clough explain himself: “I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one.” CLAUDIO RANIERI – THE TINKERMAN Mourinho’s predecessor as Blues boss has a somewhat less-glamorous sobriquet, relating to his habit of rotating the Chelsea team. The Italian seems almost determined to fight against it in his current role as Leicester manager, notably making very few adjustments to his line-up so far. New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has swiftly ensured he will be referred to by a certain nickname during his time in the job after the German declared himself the “Normal One” at his official unveiling at Anfield on Friday morning. TERRY VENABLES – EL TEL Venables became known as ‘El Tel’ during a three-year spell in charge of Barcelona in the 1980s, but the nickname followed him home when he returned to these shores to manage Tottenham and later while leading England to the semi-finals of Euro ’96. LOUIS VAN GAAL – THE IRON TULIP A quite dignified-sounding nickname, although not one the Manchester United boss thinks is accurate any more it seems. The Dutchman said shortly after taking the United job: “I do not like (the nickname) because I am not like that. A tulip is beautiful but iron is saying something about my personality that is wrong – I am fair to everyone. I have now more patience because that is not my best virtue.” BIG RON (ATKINSON)/SAM (ALLARDYCE)/PHIL (SCOLARI)/JACK (CHARLTON)/ECK (ALEX McLEISH) All men, like Van Gaal, with large personalities and considerable physical presence who are generally not to be messed with are bestowed this handle. Although Scolari does look quite cuddly at times. JIM SMITH – THE BALD EAGLE Along similar lines. A stern-looking figure. With very little hair. ARSENE WENGER – THE PROFESSOR Many would argue the Frenchman has the look of an academic – he has always come across as a studious character – and he has certainly taught the English game a thing or two about quality football since becoming Arsenal boss in 1996. MANUEL PELLEGRINI – THE ENGINEER This one has a literal context – Manchester City’s Chilean manager does have an actual engineering qualification. But he is also regarded as someone who knows how to build at a football club. And while he has had plenty of tools and resources available to in his current post, it is hard to argue he has done anything other than a fine job of constructing a title-winning side. Here, Press Association Sport looks at other football managers who have become forever associated with an alternative moniker. JOSE MOURINHO – THE SPECIAL ONE Press Associationlast_img read more

Atletico Madrid aim to finish the job against Liverpool and spark season to life

first_imgMADRID: Atletico Madrid may have to fight to the end to finish in La Liga’s top four but the success of their season will depend on holding on against Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday.At the end of a breathless 2-2 draw with Sevilla on Saturday, Atletico sat fifth in the table, behind both their opponents and Getafe, with Real Sociedad able to overtake them too if they win their game in hand on Tuesday.It means the possibility of Atletico missing out on Champions League qualification for the first time in seven years is very real and will come into even sharper focus next weekend should they slip up at a resurgent Athletic Bilbao.By then, Diego Simeone’s side will either be lamenting a second consecutive exit in Europe before the quarter-finals or flying high, after pulling off a momentous upset by knocking out the reigning champions at Anfield.Few gave Atletico even an outside chance ahead of their throwback display at the Wanda Metropolitano last month, when guts, determination and diligence gave them a shock 1-0 lead to preserve in the second leg.Asked to describe his team’s performance, Simeone said: “The word that comes to mind is calm, that tranquility that you feel when you work as a team and know you can do anything.”And while after the match Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp bristled over Atletico’s approach and Andy Robertson complained about the extent of their celebrations, the sense was still of an aberration, a momentary error that Liverpool would soon correct on their own patch.”We don’t think it will be easy but as long as we can get 11 players in Liverpool shirts we will try everything we have,” said Klopp. “And for all the Liverpool fans that can get a ticket for the game, welcome to Anfield.””They’ve celebrated as if they’ve won the tie after the game, so let’s see,” said Robertson.For Atletico, the challenge is to prove the doubters wrong again, not least because that is the scenario they and Simeone revel in most.Liverpool might be encouraged by their opponents’ continuing problems since, with a win and two draws — one of them against La Liga’s bottom club Espanyol — hardly pointing to a team inspired to leave mediocrity behind.On the other hand, while their demolition of the Premier League makes the Champions League something of a bonus, Atletico’s failure in La Liga means progress in Europe is their remaining hope.Some in Spain have suggested Simeone should keep one eye on the game against Athletic Bilbao and be cautious with the fitness of recently-returning players such as Joao Felix, Diego Costa, Renan Lodi and Kieran Trippier. AgenciesAlso Read: La Liga: Atletico Madrid, Sevilla share spoils in 2-2 drawAlso Watch: Doul Govinda Temple agog as Holi beginslast_img read more

Other Sports Gurjit Singh Scores Last Minute Goal, India Women Beat England 2-1 In Hockey

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Marlow: Gurjit Kaur’s last minute effort saw Indian women beat Great Britain 2-1 in a thrilling opening encounter of the five-match series. It was a brilliant come-from-behind victory for India after trailing 0-1 as goals from Sharmila Devi and Gurjit sealed the issue for the visiting side. In the first quarter, neither team managed to break the deadlock, despite sporadic attacks from both teams. In the second quarter, India took control of the game and won a couple of penalty corners in the first few minutes forcing smart saves from custodian Maddie Hinch.   Soon enough, it was Great Britain’s turn but in India’s goalkeeper Savita Punia pulled off a smart save to deny the home team as it was goalless at half-time. Great Britain broke through first in the final quarter, with Emily Defrond scoring in the 46th minute to give her team the much-needed lead. Despite trailing, India mounted pressure and soon reaped the dividends with Sharmila restoring parity.  The match looked like ending in a draw but with 48 seconds left, India won a short corner and Gurjit successfully converted it.  The second match of the series will be played on Sunday.Also Read | Rani Rampal Appointed India Hockey Women’s Team Captain For England SeriesRani Rampal, the skipper has goalkeepeer Savita as her deputy. Savita and Rajani Etimarpu retained their places in the side following the team’s triumph in the Olympic Test Event in Japan recently. Defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar and Salima Tete have also been named in the squad.  The midfield sees the return of the experienced Namita Toppo after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury, Hockey India said in a statement. India’s midfield will also consist of other experienced players in Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Neha Goyal and Lilima Minz.Also Read | India women’s hockey team hold Australia to 2-2 draw in Tokyo Olympic Test EventThe forward-line features Rani, Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur and youngster Sharmila Devi who made her international debut during the Olympic Test Event in Tokyo.  “The balance and mixture of players in our team remains the same from previous tournaments as go into an important phase in our objective of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics 2020,” Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne said about the team selected for the event.  “It is good to have Namita Toppo back in the squad for the first time since Asian Games 2018…We still have ten days of training before we leave for the matches in England. “I am sure these matches will serve as good preparation for our vital FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in Odisha against USA in November 2019,” he added. The Dutchman also said the tour will help in preparing the team to face USA in the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in Odisha. last_img read more

In-form Spurs Set to Compound Guardiola’s Woes

first_imgRegarded as one of the best managers in world football after his exploits with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola had never had it this bad in his coaching career since joining Manchester City. Last weekend, he was handed his worst defeat by Everton. Against in-form Tottenham Hotspurs today, the Spaniard may be in for another rough patchWhile Manchester City have been boosted by the arrival of 19-year-old Brazilian Gabriel Jesus, Tottenham Hotspur will need to cope without the services of Jan Vertonghen when the Citizens host Spur at the Etihad Stadium today The Belgian is sidelined with an ankle ligament injury. Scan results revealed that the influential defender will be ruled out for up to two months.The 29-year-old has been Spurs’ backbone in defence since arriving at the club from Ajax in 2012. It’s no easy feat to adapt the intensity of the Premier League but the towering defender habitually seized a spot at the core of defence and never looked back. He was rock-solid when Spurs put on a surprise and strong competition for the title last campaign.Putting aside the disappointment of losing the race to Leicester City last season, Vertonghen has pulled up his sleeves and performed pretty well this term too. He has racked up 20 league appearances out of 21 and helped his side conced only 14 goals so far, the lowest in the division.Mauricio Pochettino will be upset as his side will be facing Manchester City next and Liverpool in coming weeks, two teams who are gifted with a plethora of attacking power to unravel opponents.However, second-placed Tottenham will provide a major test to City, having won seven matches in a row and having beaten Guardiola’s men at White Hart Lane earlier in the season.Jesus will certainly provide another option for the Citizens though, having had Brazilian legend Pele dub him as being better than Barcelona star Neymar after he fired Palmeiras to the league title, scoring 12 goals and laying on five others in 27 appearances.Jesus has also proved to be a star in the national side, after having helped the U23s to Olympic glory. He reportedly had the choice of joining Barcelona or Real Madrid and Guardiola could be thanking his lucky stars that the youngster chose City while Spurs boss could be ruing the timing of his arrival ahead of their Premier League clash.Besides a well-oiled first team, another thing the Argentine has achieved is healthy squad depth. There is no need of sourcing for a stopgap in the winter window, as either Ben Davies or Kevin Wimmer will be picking up the centre-back’s duty. The former came on for the Belgian against the Baggies and looked comfortable till the final whistle.However, Guardiola’s men will be looking to bounce back after the humiliating 4-0 defeat at Goodison Park. The result was never seen coming as the Manchester club hammered West Ham 5-0 in the FA Cup a few days before.Sitting right outside the top four, nothing less than three points against Spurs this weekend will further derail their chances of combating Chelsea.On the other hand, Tottenham are equipped with prodigious firepower, spearheaded by Kane and Dele Alli, who will look to keep City’s defence busy and troubled. At the moment, no team look more capable of stopping the Blues than the Lilywhites. Apart from being on the coattails of the table-toppers, their stock even raised when they ended Chelsea’s 13-match winning streak with a 2-0 triumph.No doubt, Vertonghen will be missed but Spurs no longer look like a team heavily reliant on a single star. Meanwhile, former tottenham midfielder, Peter Taylor is of the opinion that the White Hart Lane side have an excellent chance to lift the title this season, because they have such a strong squad.Spurs are in a rich vein of form, winning their past six league games on the trot, scoring 19 goals in the process.Although the north London outfit trail table toppers Chelsea by seven points in second spot, Taylor, who made 123 appearances for Spurs, reckons Pochettino’s men have learned the lessons of last season and are equipped this time round to sustain a challenge.“I think Harry Kane is very important again. He’s such a good player – physically fit too. He runs all day and that’s what he does so well. Tottenham have a great chance of winning the title – they seem to be improving.,” Taylor told Express Sport.“They seem to have learned from last season. Mauricio Pochettino has a brilliant squad – you can change the full-backs and it doesn’t make too much difference to the team. That’s an important position. The midfield has also been improved – Eric Dier was fantastic last year, but Pochettino has brought someone in who keeps him out of the team and now he is playing in another position. “Pochettino has been incredibly clever and good. He’s got a great squad and if they keep on with the same confidence, they could do very well and have a strong chance.” And Taylor thinks Spurs might just edge out Pep Guardiola’s men.He added: “I think it will be a close game. They are two very good teams and so it should be a very good football match. It’s whoever plays well on the day. At the minute you would fancy Tottenham as they are probably a bit more confident.” Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more