4EUROPEAN football will be launched headlong into a global club versus country showdown when the game resumes.Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin is today expected to confirm his backing of plans for the 2020-21 domestic season to start by September 12.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates4 Liverpool could face a headache on the eve of next season over their striker Roberto Firmino as Brazil seem sure to want him then4 Man City are another big club facing up to losing a South American star in September, namely club record scorer Sergio AgueroCredit: AP:Associated PressBut the schedule could see Europe’s top sides robbed of international stars as it clashes with Nations League games and South American World Cup qualifying.One Premier League source said: “We know that, whatever happens with the rest of this season, next season will not be easy.“We work on the basis of 34 weekend dates and there is real pressure on fitting them in.“The last thing that we would want to have to do is wave goodbye to our players for a fortnight before the season has even kicked off.”REIN BACK ENTHUSIASMSouth American chiefs confirmed they will begin qualification in the first week of September.That would see players such as Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Giovani Lo Celso of Spurs, plus Liverpool duo Alisson and Roberto Firmino all absent for the crucial two-week countdown to the new season.Uefa would like the Nations League to start as scheduled at the same time, while also finding room for the qualification stages of the two European club competitions.The likelihood is Ceferin will have to rein back his enthusiasm to start the next Nations League in September.4 Uefa chief Aleksander Ceferin is likely to step up his support for the 2020-21 season starting by September 12Credit: REUTERSNo games in September. Instead, during the scheduled international breaks in October and November, three matches played rather than two, catching up by the end of the autumn.But Ceferin and the clubs cannot prevent South American bosses demanding their leading talents for the first of 18 World Cup qualifiers each country must play.The South American confederation Conmebol has already postponed the first set of fixtures in the round-robin campaign, due last month.September, though, is a fixed date. Conmebol confirmed: “The World Cup Qatar 2022 is a Fifa competition and it is therefore up to the highest entity in world football to establish the date of the qualifiers.The important thing is to play. It is too early to say we cannot finish the season. The impact would be terrible for clubs and leagues.Aleksander Ceferin”The date set by this body is from 4 to 8 September 2020, in the format previously established.”Try telling Mourinho or any other top-flight chief that this is a good idea and you risk being blown through the office door by the force of his reply.But the issues before the new season kicks off signpost a whole new scheduling nightmare.Ceferin still believes the 2019-20 season can be completed at some point before the end of August.He explained: “There are options that allow us to resume and complete the championships.“We may have to do it without spectators, for a limited time.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappeal“The important thing is to play. It is too early to say we cannot finish the season. The impact would be terrible for clubs and leagues.“Then, of course it depends on when we can resume, but I feel domestic leagues and the European competitions can be played in parallel.”Assuming this season does end, Ceferin is expected to outline to the 55 national associations at today’s video conference how qualification rounds for next year’s European club competitions could be played from September.That would see the initial stages played as one-legged affairs, rather than two, halving the number of midweek fixture lists.But once the qualifiers are known, the European club campaign will be crowbarred into a shortened time-frame, starting at what would normally be matchday three.Leagues would also have to factor in the March international break, which will see the delayed Euro 2020 play-offs and warm-up friendlies for the teams that have already qualified.Prem bosses will be able to question Ceferin tomorrow when he checks in with the European Clubs Association and the European League umbrella outfit, of which English football’s top flight is a major voice.But while Ceferin believes he is helping European football cope with the coronavirus crisis, the club vs country row is set to explode all over again.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.Most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’Ceferin accepted: “The leagues are the basis of revenue for the clubs. If they are completed, the financial consequences of the virus will be limited.“But Uefa, on the other hand, will lose a lot of money by postponing the European competitions.”There are no easy answers. Only hard ones. And they are getting more complicated with every passing week.
Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college With Antetokounmpo sidelined, Bucks thump Bulls in another road win 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 The Blazers, coming off road wins over playoff contenders Brooklyn and Philadelphia, seemed to be on their way to a comfortable win against the Cavaliers, who have the league’s third-worst record.Portland scored the game’s first 14 points and continued to pour it on in the second quarter. Cleveland rallied in the third, and Matthew Dellavedova’s 3-pointer with a second left cut the lead to 88-84.“We were saying how it didn’t feel like a double-digit loss,” Love said. “It just got away from us a little bit there at the end.”Cleveland appeared to tie the game early in the fourth, but Larry Nance Jr.’s 3-pointer was waved off after the Blazers were charged with a common foul on a screen set by Dellavedova.Seth Curry hit all five 3-point attempts and finished with 15 points for Portland, which is in fourth place in the Western Conference.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: McCollum had his jersey retired Sunday at Lehigh, where he starred in college. … Portland is 13-15 on the road. … F Evan Turner (left knee) missed his second game in a row.Cavaliers: Jordan Clarkson scored 19 points. … Rookie guard Collin Sexton scored 11 points. He was 3 of 14 from the field and had one assist. … Love was the only starter to score in the first quarter. He was 5 of 14 from the field for the game.LESSON LEARNEDThe Blazers weren’t pleased about letting the Cavaliers back into the game Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “In the first half we tried to set the tone,” Lillard said. “In the second half we took for granted all of the things we were doing to get out front.”“Obviously the first half was fun to watch,” coach Terry Stotts said. “In the second half they played harder than us. But I like the way we finished.”NOT YETDrew said forward Tristan Thompson hasn’t been cleared to go through a full-court practice with contact and won’t return until he does.“If he passes that test he’ll be deemed ready to play,” Drew said. “That has to happen.”Thompson missed his 16th straight game with a sore left foot and has been out for a total of 26 games because of the injury.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Visit Boston on Wednesday.Cavaliers: Visit New York on Thursday. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson, top, drives between Portland Trail Blazers’ Jake Layman, back, and Portland Trail Blazers’ Rodney Hood, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Cleveland. Portland won 123-110. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard made sure Portland didn’t turn an easy win into a crushing loss.McCollum scored 35 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and Lillard hit two crucial 3-pointers down the stretch as the Trail Blazers hung on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 123-110 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “CJ carried us on the offensive end,” Lillard said. “We tried to just keep that rolling because it seemed like he was making every shot. When a scorer gets in that rhythm, it’s important not to cool him off.”Cleveland cut the lead to 88-84 going into the fourth and was behind 105-102 with 4:42 left, but Portland’s backcourt duo took over from there.Cleveland coach Larry Drew was asked about the pair before the game. His words turned out to be hauntingly accurate for the Cavaliers.“They can change a game,” he said. “They can make big shots. Either guy can have not a big night, but a huge night. They’re going to score. They’re just that good.”Cedi Osman scored 27 points for the Cavaliers, who were attempting to win three straight for the first time this season. Kevin Love, playing his fifth game since returning from foot surgery, had 18 points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT The Blazers led 71-48 at halftime, but needed a 14-0 run late in the fourth quarter to finally put away a game that looked like a rout in the first half.McCollum finished the night hitting 12 of 18 shots, including 7 of 8 3-pointers. Lillard scored eight of his 21 points in the final period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMcCollum, a native of Canton, Ohio, played in front of a large contingent of family and friends.“I had about 60-100 people here,” he said. “They spent a lot of money on tickets and drove in for the game, so I figured I had to give them something tonight.” View comments
The management of Novafone has refuted what it describes as a false and unverifiable story published in a local newspaper against Novafone. A press release said yesterday that a local newspaper reported that the company was reducing its employees because of a crisis.The release said the report was not verified with Novafone’s management, which could have provided clarity on the matter.Novafone has called on journalists to endeavor to ascertain facts with the management before publication, according to the release.“In the spirit of finding out the facts,” the release said, “we are open to giving clearances to media houses to do their own due diligence and investigation to establish the truth and facts about the allegation.”The release admitted that Novafone is currently going through a restructuring process, which has led to some positions, like Sales Agent, in the company becoming redundant. “Therefore, some employees have indeed received letters about their positions becoming redundant, consistent with Liberia’s Labor Laws. All employees of the company are aware of this restructuring exercise,” the release said.While Novafone and its owners reserve their right to follow the legal processes to get justice in such events, the company said, “it encourages” the media to refrain from what it described as defaming the company’s reputation.The management and the committed employees of Novafone will continue to remain focused and steadfast in delivering full quality services to its valued customers, the release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After three days of dedicated work to identify Liberia’s Post Accession Plan to promote trade facilitation and others, Delegates of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have described the country as well positioned to champion trade activities.Dr. Juneyoung Lee, Secretary of Liberia’s Working Party core representative of the WTO, shared her impression yesterday at the end of a three-day working session, which brought together representatives from the private sector, government and international community.Dr. Lee said, “We must say that the delegate is very impressed; Liberian citizens have set a remarkable example that is now referred to as the Liberian model. Liberia has extremely performed over some other governments in terms of WTO accession.”According to her, the commitment quality of Liberia’s accession is well secured in the Working Party’s Report (document that is a rule for the country to abide by), which is well appreciated in Geneva, Switzerland.“Turning to the post accession stage, we are equally impressed by the level of preparation and vision that has been set by the Liberian Government so far, especially hearing that the government has established its steering committee on the post accession, which is headed by two leading government institutions, including Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) and Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA),” Dr. Lee said.As Head of the Delegates, she said, “I want to congratulate all the citizens of Liberia for putting in a lot of efforts under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Minister Axel M. Addy, who is also Liberia’s chief negotiator of the WTO accession engagements, for playing such a cardinal role so far and also having good technicians.”She said Liberia has the potential and people who can produce beautiful fabrics, and other products.She, however, urged Liberians to have pride and the belief that such can be marketed when following international best practices and standards that they exhibited during the accession process. Dr. Lee said she believes now that Liberia is well positioned to be a champion of international trade, considering how it established a speedy system to complete the WTO process.She further indicated that the WTO has a unique way of making decisions among WTO members; emphasizing that Liberia as a small country will have a strong voice within any trade related decision under the WTO.“This aspect needs to be well understood by the people of Liberia to have the citizens aware of the benefits of WTO,” she said.Anna Varynik, Co-Secretary of Liberia’s Working Party, said the three-day workshop was meant to discuss Liberia’s benefits joining the WTO and also how Liberia can abide by those policies in order to maximize benefit, including international cooperation.“This is now a great opportunity for business empowerment and investment across the country. Joining the WTO also gives Liberia the opportunity to explore multilateral investments because it will benefit from capacity building, technical assistance,” Ms. Varynik said.Also speaking, Minister Axel M. Addy, who is also Liberia’s chief negotiator of the WTO accession engagements, said the conference is important as it allows stakeholders to get the full understanding of the implication of the commitment.“There have been stakeholder meetings around the WTO’s accession process since 2007 and sometimes specific sector meetings. And the concerns about Liberia have been the size of the economy and business directed for Liberia, which have already been taken into consideration in Liberia’s package,” Minister Addy assured.According to Minister Addy, there are horizontal packages that provide protection for citizens, investment, and domestic inventory among others, which he attributed to the delay in becoming member of the WTO.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In the second, the Rage started the period with a goal from Keenan Bailey only 34 seconds into the period. Then the Chill caught fire with four straight goals in the second period.With no scoring in the third, the final score was 4-2 for the Coulee Region.- Advertisement -The Rage will now get ready for their third game of the tournament on Friday against the Kalamazoo Wings. The game will get underway at 1:30 p.m. CST.
Cougars Head Coach Bryan MacLean says that Webster created a good first impression with his stature on the ice, and using it to his advantage.“He’s a good size kid, and he moves around the ice pretty good for a big fella,” MacLean says. “We’re pretty happy with the way he plays, he’s good at using his size to his advantage, and I think he’s going to be able to come in and compete physically in the league and help create space for his linemates.” MacLean is counting on Webster being a grinder who has some finesse mixed in with his game as well, and should contribute on the third and fourth line at the start of the year.- Advertisement -When it comes to goalie Lane Delfs, MacLean expects the returning tender to compete when he gets the chance, and the better he plays could result in more starts throughout the season.“We’re just expecting him to, when he gets in the net, and gets an opportunity to play, to play well and stop the puck,” MacLean explains. “For us, the best players play, so if he’s going to be playing best, he’ll be in the net. The Cougars will open the season on September 28 as they skate with the Greater Vancouver Canadians.Advertisement
Is there a better advert for footballers having too much time and money on their hands than a bad tattoo?Well, Alberto Moreno would appear to have more time on his hands for monkeying around than most judging by his latest instagram post.The Liverpool full back – who is covered in ink as it is – shared the result of his latest trip to the tattoo parlour earlier in Ape-ril.Moreno is a popular member of Liverpool’s squad but he is sure to be gibbon some stick from his primates teammates for this effort.So what do you think? Are you going ape for the tattoo or is he just totally bananas?See below for the best reactions – and far better puns – to Moreno’s new tattoo! Alberto Moreno’s latest ink is splashed across his right thigh 1
Hotelier Tommy Gallen and the team at Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey are celebrating the success of being named one of Ireland’s Top 10 hotels by leading travel site TripAdvisor.Listed as one of the Top Hotels in Ireland for the third year in a row, the popular 4 star, Villa Rose Hotel & Spa now ranks number 2 in County Donegal and number 9 in Ireland alongside a number of award-winning properties such Killarney Park and Ashford Castle.The Traveller’s Choice Awards, as announced last week, are determined based on millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. The Gallen family and the management team behind the Villa Rose believe that their staff are what makes the customer experience stand out ahead of the rest. The hotel strives to maintain their high standards whilst always putting the customer first. Hotel owner Tommy Gallen attributed this accolade to his hard-working and dedicated team.Leona McGee, Senior Sales & Marketing Manager for the hotel said “We are incredibly proud of our Tripadvisor ranking. Donegal has so much to offer visitors in terms of tourism. The newly formed Donegal East Tourism group will help to highlight all that our area has to offer, from Oakfield Park to Beltany Stone Circle and everything in between.”Last year got off to a busy start as the Villa Rose acquired the neighbouring Jackson’s Hotel and have been creating the same great customer focused experience there.The team are looking forward to a busy season ahead and wish to thank all their loyal customers for their continued support. DonegalWoman.ie captured all the romantic displays at the Villa Rose and Jackson’s Wedding Fayre last Sunday, view the galleries here:Events: Wedding dreams come true at Villa Rose & Jackson’s HotelsTeam Villa Rose thank customers for another top TripAdvisor success was last modified: January 31st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BallybofeyJackson’s HotelTommy Gallenvilla rose hotel and spa
Four Masters GAA Club NotesWell done: Congrats to U16 team on winning their first game against Aodh Ruadh.Schools blitz: a great schools blitz took place at Tir Conaill Park on Tuesday 24th June. The Gaelscoil, Killymard and St. Francis were in attendance and an entertaining round of games were held. Well done to organiser Pauric Harvey. County Team: well done to the county team on their defeat of Antrim and on reaching yet another Ulster Final.Under 10 boys: Our under 10 boys played their third blitz in as many weeks on Saturday when they hosted teams from Killybegs naomh Ultan and Naomh Mhuire.After a slow start in their first game against Killybegs the A team rallied in the second half to earn a deserved draw.They went on to win their other two contests. The B team won both their games also. Well done to all the boys who played on the day. Thanks goes to the teams who travelled to the refs Greg Mc Groary Owen Doherty and Pauric Harvey and as always the ladies who made and served the refreshments.The final of the Kevin Faulkner memorial takes place this Wednesday evening 25th at 6 pm.Lotto: there was no winner of the jackpot this week.The two lucky dip winners were Terence McGinley, Dunkineely and Ian McCauley, Driminin.Both receive €50 each. Numbers drawn were 11, 12, 15 & 22. The next draw takes place on 14th July. Jackpot now stands at €2700. End of year draw: 1st prize of €1000 went to Martin Kenny, Doonan. 2nd, €500, Jim Donagher, Ball Hill. 3rd, €500, Patricia Furey, Dublin. 4th, €250, Aaron McGettigan. 5th, €250, Mary Kelly, Donegal Post Office. 6th €100, Damien Timoney, Castle Street. 7th Martin Higgans, Leghawney €100. 8th Joe O’Grady, Drumglebe, €100. 9th, Lawrence McCarrow, The Glebe, €100. 10th, Hugh Devanney, Laghey, €100.FOUR MASTERS U16’S GET SEASON OFF TO A GOOD START WITH VICTORY OVER AODH RUADH was last modified: June 24th, 2014 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:four mastersGAANoticesSport
2 THIERRY HENRY just scored this goal HAH – THE BEST OPEN THE BODY FINESSE SHOT IN FOOTBALL HISTORY!!!! #France98vsFIFA98 pic.twitter.com/LErmrstuD9— Tass (@FaZeTass) June 12, 2018Supporters on Twitter were gushing in their praise of the ex-Arsenal, Barcelona and Monaco man, who looks like he could still do a job at the top-level of the game. 2 Zinedine Zidane was also amongst the goals in the Paris friendly. Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry has scored plenty of spectacular goals throughout his career but this one might just take the biscuit.The 40-year-old, who’s currently working as Roberto Martinez’s assistant for the Belgian national team, took some time away from the day job to play a friendly ahead of the World Cup. It was a France 98 legends team against a star-studded FIFA 98 side but Henry stole the show when he linked up with Zinedine Zidane in stunning fashion.On the edge of the box, with just 20 minutes gone, the 40-year-old produced an outrageous dummy pass to Zidane who, with the defence fooled, teed up Henry to curl a fantastic shot into the back of the net. Thierry Henry celebrates scoring for the France 98 legends. France 98 legends won the match in Paris 3-2 with Zidane also getting on the scoresheet with a free-kick.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.