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Modric crowned world’s best, ends Ronaldo-Messi era

first_imgReal Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric speaks after winning the trophy for the Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2018 Award during The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, on September 24, 2018 in London. AFPLONDON, United Kingdom – Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday.The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title To call or not to call a timeout Modric’s success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each.At 33, Croatia’s run to the final was the culmination of a brilliant career for Modric that had often been overshadowed by Ronaldo’s goalscoring in their time together in the Spanish capital, before the Portuguese left for Juventus in July.Modric scored twice and also netted in penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russia, but it was his playmaking ability that caught the eye in winning the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup.“It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life,” said Modric.“I’m still not realising how good a year I had collectively, individually, and I’m very proud for everything I achieved this year and it will be remembered forever.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lyon boss Reynald Pedros did win the award for best women’s coach, though, after winning the Champions League with the French giants. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The emotion is huge because it is thanks to the work of everyone. So many people have come together and so many have supported me,” said Modric.Modric beat out Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah and Ronaldo, who along with Messi did not attend the glitzy awards ceremony in London.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 ChrissBoth are in action for Juventus and Barcelona on Wednesday, but their no-show attracted criticism after so many years on top.“Everyone has their own reasons,” said Modric. “Obviously I would have liked them to be here but they aren’t.” MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 For a sixth straight season, Ronaldo was the Champions League’s top scorer with 15 goals and also scored four times at the World Cup, including a hat-trick against Spain in a thrilling 3-3 draw to open Portugal’s campaign.However, Portugal’s last 16 exit to Uruguay in Russia and Ronaldo’s failure to score in the semi-finals or final of the Champions League opened the door for Modric.Salah scoops best goalFor the first time in 12 years, Messi was not among the finalists with Salah earning a place on the podium for his incredible 44-goal debut season with Liverpool that carried the Reds to the Champions League final.Salah did not go away empty-handed, however, as he picked up the Puskas award for best goal for his strike against Everton in the Merseyside derby last December.Modric was joined by Real team-mates Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo in the FIFPro team of the year, also featuring David De Gea, Dani Alves, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, Messi and Ronaldo.“I am as happy as if I had won it,” said Ramos of Modric’s success. “He deserves it, he is an excellent player and has marked an important era in the history of Real Madrid.”France’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps won the best coach of the year prize in recognition for his work in leading Les Bleus to success in Russia.Deschamps, who became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach, beat off competition from Dalic and his former France team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who won a third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid before resigning in June.Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.Brazil’s Marta was crowned best women’s player for a record sixth time for her role in winning the Copa America to beat out Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Man facing charges after Chetwynd assault

first_imgOne man has been arrested after an underage male was found with knife injuries in Chetwynd.Chetwynd RCMP say they responded to a call that a boy had several knife injuries at the Aspen Trailer Court on Feb. 22. They say they first believed the male had caused the injuries himself and he was airlifted to hospital for treatment.- Advertisement -Police say that after continuing their investigation, they discovered the boy’s wounds were not self inflicted and arrested an adult male on Wednesday. The man is currently in custody and is facing charges of aggravated assault.He is expected to appear in court on Thursday.Police are not releasing the name of the victim or the accused at this time.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Chetwynd RCMP detachment at 250-788-9221 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.Advertisementlast_img read more

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PAOK owner wanted by Greek police for pitch invasion

first_img0Shares0000PAOK president Ivan Savvidis (C) is wanted by police after invading the pitch, a gun in his pocket, in Sunday’s Super League clash with AEK Athens © AFP / SAKIS MITROLIDISATHENS, Greece, Mar 12 – Greek police issued an arrest warrant Monday against PAOK Thessaloniki owner Ivan Savvidis for invading the pitch — a gun in his hip holster — in Sunday’s Super League clash with AEK Athens.Although Savvidis reportedly has a licence for his revolver, he is wanted by police for entering the playing area, police sources told AFP. The Greek-Russian businessman marched on to the pitch armed with the firearm after a disputed goal.Savvidis defended his behaviour.“Ivan (Savvidis) didn’t threaten anybody with a gun,” his media department told Russia’s Sport Express newspaper.“It means that the provocative headlines in certain media are totally untrue.“He carries weapons as he has a permission for it. It’s not prohibited in Greece.”The match was suspended in the 90th minute after PAOK defender Fernando Varela’s goal was initially ruled offside, prompting an angry protest from the hosts that led AEK to walk off the pitch.AEK had complained that Savvidis came on to the pitch with a gun in his hip holster and threatened referee Giorgos Kominos, who was reportedly told “you are finished” by PAOK technical director Lubos Michel.Kominos some three hours later changed his decision and awarded the goal to PAOK – if the 1-0 scoreline stands they would take over first place in the Greek table from AEK.The referee could not convince AEK to return to complete the final few minutes after they expressed concern for their safety.The visitors also complained that Savvidis attacked AEK director Vasilis Dimitriadis.Savvidis had asked his team to leave the pitch in protest after Kominos’s decision, but PAOK’s Portuguese captain Vieirinha refused and the team did not go to the locker rooms, unlike AEK.Savvidis’ press office told Sports Express: “PAOK are currently in the (Greek league) leading group with fair chances to win the title.“It has caused various provocations against the club. Savvidis has allowed himself some excessive emotions but, once again, he didn’t threaten anybody with a gun.”Greek media reported Monday that the leftist government is seriously considering suspending Super League contests until judicial authorities clear up pending decisions on matches involving violence.Deputy Sports Minister Giorgos Vasiliadis is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and measures are certain to be announced.“There is no need to talk, but to take tough measures,” Interior Minister Panos Skourletis told Athens News Agency.“The scenes that we have seen have hurt Greek football. Anyone who comes on the pitch with a revolver is provocatively unacceptable.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Starlets qualify for Women’s Nations Cup after E. Guinea disqualified

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Starlets players Mwanahalima Adam and Sheryl Angachi celebrate with scorer Teresa Engesha during their African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier against Equatorial Guinea at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – Harambee Starlets got a reprieve where they will compete at the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) to be hosted in Ghana next month, following the disqualification of Equatorial Guinea by CAF.Starlets had lost 3-2 on aggregate to Equatorial Guinea in the final qualifying round, but an appeal lodged by Football Kenya Federation over the eligibility of six players who played a part in the qualifier was upheld by the continental body. “On the 9th of June 2018, Kenya submitted an official protest before Match no. 30, Equatorial Guinea vs. Kenya which was played in the frame of Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations – Ghana 2018,” the ruling read.“In their initial letter, Kenya was protesting the eligibility of 6 players, however, they only maintained their protest regarding one player: Anette Jacky MESSOMO. The player in question was allegedly of Cameroonian nationality and had played for several European based clubs.”“Considering CAF Statutes; CAF Regulations, in particular the Regulations of the Women AFCON 2018; and the CAF Disciplinary Code, the Disciplinary Board decides that Kenya’s protest is upheld; A sanction of 10, 0000 USD (Ten Thousand Dollars) is imposed on the Equatorial Guinea FA; and Equatorial Guinea’s Team is disqualified from the TOTAL African Women’s Cup of Nations 2018,” continued the letter.Starlets will be making a second appearance at the competition following their maiden appearance in 2016.The eight-nation tournament will be played in Ghana between November 7, and December 1, 2018.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Klopp to ‘wait and see’ on Salah head injury

first_imgLiverpool face a monumental task to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit against Barca if they are to reach the Champions League final for the second consecutive season.Salah was caught by Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka as they challenged for an aerial ball 20 minutes from time at St. James’ Park.“We’ll have to see. He took a blow to the head. He watched the game in the locker room, he was OK, but we have to do more tests,” Klopp told Sky Sports.Firmino was not involved on Saturday and Klopp confirmed he will miss Barca’s visit.“He will not be ready for Tuesday and the rest we will see,” said the German on the possibility Firmino could be fit for Liverpool’s final league game of the season against Wolves on May 12.Salah had earlier scored his 26th goal of the season to put Liverpool 2-1 in front, before Salomon Rondon levelled early in the second-half to make it 2-2.Divock Origi then headed Liverpool’s late winner as the Reds went back to the top of the Premier League.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was forced off 20 minutes from time against Newcastle with a head injury © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYNEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, May 5 – Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was stretchered off with a head knock during the 3-2 win at Newcastle on Saturday leaving manager Jurgen Klopp sweating on the Egyptian’s fitness ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona.And Klopp will definitely be without another of his prolific attacking trident with Roberto Firmino ruled out due to a groin injury.last_img read more

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Watch the new trailer for FIFA 17 featuring Martial, Hazard, Reus and Rodriguez

first_imgIt’s not out until 29 September, so EA Sports are teasing us with this trailer for FIFA 17.Three options are available for those of you who want to order the game ahead of its release date: Super Deluxe, Deluxe and Standard editions.Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez, Man United’s Anthony Martial, Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard all feature in the ad as does the voice of Man United manager Jose Mourinho.It means there will be no Lionel Messi on the cover for the first time since 2012.Check out the FIFA gaming section on the talkSPORT YouTube channel here.last_img

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DONEGAL HEALTHCARE ASSISTANT CHRIS MAKE iCARE AWARD FINALS

first_imgChris Frize from the Donegal office has been honoured as a finalist for his work with Bluebird Care. Chris Frize at the Bluebird Care iCare Awards, Radisson Blu, St. Helen’s along with Marty Kelly of Bluebird Care.Chris was a finalist at Bluebird Care’s i-CARE awards this week.The company asked its 1,500 carers nationwide to tell their personal story of why they chose a career in care. All entrants were asked submit a video, poem or story to depict their #myicarestory. At a high profile event in Dublin, filmed by Irish TV and to be broadcast on Sky later this month, and presented by broadcaster George Hook, Chris Frize said he was “humbled and shocked” on reaching the i-CARE final.“I cannot thank my colleagues in Bluebird Care Donegal enough for their support. They allow me to do my job diligently and passionately. It’s a job I love and one I get great satisfaction from. My iCare story illustrates how much caring means to me. As carers we choose to do this job because we get so much back. This award is an acknowledgement of all the great work my colleagues and I do in every part of Ireland. But I am so proud to represent them and Bluebird Care.”Marty Kelly, Director of Bluebird Care in Donegal congratulated Chris saying, “As Ireland’s population ages and increases, there will be more demands on homecare companies such as ours to provide quality care in the community. Our healthcare assistants spend thousands of hours in hundreds of homes each week, providing necessary and valuable care to ensure that people of all ages and varying degrees of ability remain in their own homes, and continue to participate in their communities.“Put simply, we wanted to showcase the great work being done by our Healthcare Assistants in every corner of Donegal and indeed Ireland. We hear the feedback from our customer’s about how carers go the extra mile and we thought it was time to shine a light on that commitment, passion and compassion shown day in and day out by our staff. “So this year we made 2015 ‘The Year of the Carer’ and have honoured our healthcare staff in our i-CARE awards. Chris is a remarkable person and his care story was told with such depth of feeling. We are delighted for him.”The JudgesThe external judging panel was made up of:• Eamon Timmins, CEO Age Action• Maureen Kavanagh, CEO Active Retirement Ireland• Stephen Cluskey, Founder GoAccessible365.com• Susie Hall, Committee Member Alliance of Retired Public ServantsEamon Timmins described Chris’s entry as, “a moving and articulate tale of how care changes lives and how the smallest things mean the biggest things for many people who are suffering illness or ability challenges. Chris is a shining light in the healthcare industry and his story illustrates how important carers are in this country. I, along with my fellow judges would like to congratulate him on his national i-CARE nomination from Bluebird Care.”DONEGAL HEALTHCARE ASSISTANT CHRIS MAKE iCARE AWARD FINALS was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Bluebird HealthcareChris Frizedonegallast_img read more

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PSG out to bounce back from first defeat

first_img Tags: Allan SsekamatteFrench Ligue Onetop PSG lost 2-1 to Lyon last weekend (Photo by Agency)Runaway Ligue One leaders Paris Saint Germain will be looking for a swift return to winning ways when they host Girondin Bordeaux on Saturday.PSG suffered their first Ligue One defeat of the season at Olympique Lyon last Sunday in a game that served to highlight the importance of injured metronome Neymar Jr.The Brazilian is usually Thomas Tuchel’s link between midfield and attack, inspiring and creating chances for himself and strike partners Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe Lottin. His absence thus contributed to blunting the effectiveness of the latter pair as the Parisians fell 1-2 at Stade Lyonnais for the second successive season.Though the defending champions still command a ten-point advantage over Lille Metropole with two games in hand, German tactician Tuchel will demand heightened intensity from his players in readiness for next week’s crunch Champions League encounter with Manchester United.In the aftermath of their 1-2 setback at the hands of Rennes in the Coupe de France on Wednesday, Christophe Galtier’s over achieving Lille must pick themselves up for the trip to bottom club Guingamp. Fatigue could be a serious factor as Lille played most of the match in Rennes a man less.Another tantalizing duel takes place in Montpellier where the 2011 champions host 2017 titlists Monaco in Leonardo Jardim’s first away game since re-assuming the mantle from dismissed Thierry Henry.Having witnessed him mastermind last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Toulouse, Monaco’s faithful are upbeat Jardim can inspire a positive result to edge the principality club away from relegation trouble.Bruno Genesio’s third placed Lyon make the trip down south where they can expect a strong challenge from a Patrick Vieira coached Nice side that upended them in the reverse fixture.Nice are noted for their defensive frugality but they will be hard-pressed to stop Lyon front man Moussa Dembele,  who is buzzing after netting once and winning the penalty that put paid to PSG’s unbeaten record.The Fixtures:FRIDAY: -Dijon v Olympique Marseille @10:45pmSATURDAY:-Paris Saint Germain v Bordeaux @7pm-Amiens v Caen @10pm-Strasbourg v Angers @10pmSUNDAY:-Montpellier v Monaco @5pm-Toulouse v Reims @5pm-Nantes v Nimes @5pm-Rennes v Saint Etienne @7pm-Guingamp v Lille @7pm-Nice v Olympique Lyon @11pmWEDNESDAY:-Caen v Nantes @9:30pmComments last_img read more

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Chelsea v Swansea: Costa starts

first_imgDiego Costa starts up front for Chelsea against Swansea after recovering from a hamstring strain. New signing Loic Remy is among the substitutes. For the visitors, striker Wilfried Bony, who played for the Ivory Coast on Wednesday, is on the bench. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Luis, Zouma, Ramires, Salah, Remy, Willian. Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Amat, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Dyer, Routledge, Gomis.Subs: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Fernandez, Carroll, Montero, Emnes, Bony.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Rotherham v QPR line-ups: Luongo and Smithies play, former R’s duo feature

first_imgAlex Smithies plays for QPR at Rotherham after being passed fit following an elbow injury, while Massimo Luongo also starts.With Rangers keen to offload Rob Green, keeper Smithies has been earmarked for a run in the side.Youngster Joe Lumley, who played in Smithies’ recent absence, drops to the bench.Rotherham’s line-up includes former QPR keeper Lee Camp, while another ex-Rangers player, Emmanuel Ledesma, is among the Millers substitutes.Rotherham: Camp; Facey, Broadfoot, Belaid, Mattock; G Ward, Smallwood, Green, Newell; D Ward, Derbyshire.Subs: Cairns, Collins, Wood, Ledesma, Richardson, Clarke-Harris, Thorpe.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Henry, Luongo; Phillips, Fer, Hoilett; Polter.Subs: Lumley, Angella, Chery, Petrasso, Sandro, Tozser, Mackie.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more