March 13, 2020

10 months agoAgent reveals Barcelona interest for Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan

first_imgAgent reveals Barcelona interest for Alaves defender Guillermo Maripanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan has revealed the interest of Barcelona.Marcelo Contreras has made this claim.”We proposed him to the sporting manager a month ago and they’re considering the possibility, but it would be for summer,” he told El Grafico in Chile.”They have been looking at him for some time.”The fact that Arturo Vidal and Munir are there is good because they know him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoWATCH: Atletico Madrid keeper Oblak shrugs off Benzema wonder save

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say WATCH: Atletico Madrid keeper Oblak shrugs off Benzema wonder saveby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak played down his heroics for their 0-0 draw against Real Madrid.A wonder save to deny Karim Benzema earned Atleti the point, which he thinks suits both sides, while also playing down his save.”We got a point, but we wanted to win,” he explained.”We weren’t good, we didn’t have clear chances, in the end we both deserved a draw.”That was a basic stop for a goalkeeper. It was well placed.”I saw the ball and I wish it was always like that. The fewer goals we concede, the better for everyone.” last_img read more

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11 days agoBerlusconi: Give Monza San Siro

first_imgBerlusconi: Give Monza San Siroby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonza owner Silvio Berlusconi says San Siro should be given to them.Berlusconi has commented on AC Milan and Inter plans to build a new stadium.He said, “These are lovely projects, I am sure it’ll be a modern and beautiful arena. “We are fond of San Siro because we won everything there, every spectator gets a good view and I hope that a solution is found to prevent the old stadium being knocked down. Otherwise, I’d propose the city give it to Monza.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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6 days agoBrighton boss Potter admits Mooy red card helped Aston Villa

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Potter admits Mooy red card helped Aston Villaby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter says Aaron Mooy’s red card was a major factor in his side’s cruel defeat at Aston Villa.But he added he was proud of their efforts and performance in a 2-1 reverse. Mooy saw red when Albion led through an Adam Webster header and Jack Grealish then levelled in first-half added time.Albion head coach Potter said: “It’s a painful one, that is for sure. They gave everything and, when it happens in that manner, with the last kick, it is particularly heart-wrenching for the players.“In the context of the game, the sending-off has a big influence.“Until that, we were the better team, controlled the game and were deservedly 1-0 up.“Then the sending-off means the crowd get involved and Villa Park was lively today and got behind the team.” last_img read more

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4 days agoTottenham refusing to give up on keeping Eriksen

first_imgTottenham refusing to give up on keeping Eriksenby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are refusing to give up on securing Christian Eriksen to a new contract.The Dane is off contract in June and on the shopping lists of Real Madrid and PSG this season.However, El Desmarque says Spurs chiefs believe they can keep hold of the midfielder.So far, Eriksen has refused several offers from Spurs to discuss new terms. Free next June, the future of the 27-year-old midfielder should be decided in the coming months. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4 days agoChelsea ready to battle Man Utd for Leicester fullback Chilwell

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea ready to battle Man Utd for Leicester fullback Chilwellby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are ready to battle Manchester United for Ben Chilwell next summer.The Blues have decided that neither Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are long-term options at left-back. As such, the club’s scouts have been told to look at left-backs from around the world.One name already being considered is England international Chilwell, according to 90min.Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in the 22-year-old.The Blues have listed Basel’s Paraguayan star Blás Riveros as a cheaper alternative should a bidding war ensue over Chilwell. last_img read more

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Here’s Your Updated March Madness Bracket Heading Into Friday

first_imgUpdated NCAA Tournament bracket.Day one of the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament did not disappoint, as four teams notched huge upsets to advance to the third round this upcoming Saturday. Two No. 3 seeds – Baylor and Iowa State – fell to No. 14 seeds in thrillers. That being said, the two No. 1 seeds in action – Kentucky and Villanova – looked solid in convincing victories.Here’s the updated bracket, via CBS Sports, with scores, game times, locations and all of the other pertinent information.updated bracketFriday will see another 16 contests, and hopefully even more madness. How’s your bracket look?last_img read more

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Graphic: Here Is How Baylor, Oklahoma, And Oklahoma State Can Win The Big 12

first_imgOklahoma balloons fly.TEMPE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Balloons for the Oklahoma Sooners fly outside of Sun Devil Stadium before the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)With just a few weeks remaining until the College Football Playoff field is decided, the Big 12 is still up in the air. Oklahoma is the favorite to win the conference and make the four team field, but there are still scenarios in which Baylor and Oklahoma State can capture the conference crown. Three games—Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, Baylor-TCU, and Baylor-Texas—will decide the conference champion. ESPN’s Max Olson tweeted out a handy, simple chart explaining all of the possible scenarios.So who wins the Big 12? Here’s the updated and much simpler chart. pic.twitter.com/o4TdzjPICH— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 22, 2015After last year’s debacle with Baylor and TCU, the Big 12 made head-to-head result the first tiebreaker to name a conference champion, so if Oklahoma wins Bedlam, it will take home the crown due to its win over Baylor. If Oklahoma State wins Bedlam, it need either TCU or Texas to knock off the Bears. Otherwise, Baylor will win the league.We’re pretty excited to see it all play out.last_img read more

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What is blackface & why is it offensive?

first_imgSpain legend Andres Iniesta is the latest footballer to have been involved in a blackface controversy after he posted an ill-advised photo of him and his family celebrating Three Kings Day – with two people in the photograph wearing black paint on their faces.He is not the first footballer to have been in embroiled in such a fracas, and likely will not be the last – despite the practice of blackface considered to be demeaning, offensive and insulting to black people and African-Americans, especially.But what exactly is blackface, why is it offensive, and what other footballers have caused controversy? Goal takes a look. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? What is blackface?Blackface is, essentially, the practice where non-black people (usually Caucasians) darken their skin using make-up to purposefully impersonate black people, usually with a view to mock and ridicule (however inadvertently).Most instances of blackface occur during Halloween events and dress-up gatherings, most often during university campuses or other situations which require costume or fancy dress.Blackface costumes are most recognisable through the aforementioned darkening make-up, though can also use other accessories and items such as fake wigs, dreadlocks, and stuffed bosoms to further make fun of black people. Blackface is usually worn with the intention of distastefully celebrating hate towards black people.The concept of blackface predates the transatlantic slave trade – in Elizabethan times it was common for the actor playing Shakespeare’s Othello to darken their skin for the role – and has a poisonous history within the United States, where its use began through the prominence of minstrel shows, which were a form of racist white entertainment in America that was became popular in the 1820s.The minstrels in these sorts of shows had white performers using black face to portray black characters, covering their skin with black paint – usually with burnt cork or shoe polish – and leaving large areas of their mouths bare and then painted red or white to portray the prominence of their lips.These performers would openly mock black people in a distasteful caricature of their culture and way they act, moving around in an ungraceful way and adopting exaggerated, foreign accents that was peppered with poor and broken English to further parody black people.Why is blackface offensive?The act of putting on blackface is purely a manifestation of the history of stereotyping, dehumanising and oppressing black people by openly mocking them.Blackface was and is carefully curated practice to portray black people as those with low intelligence and strange, with the sole intention to make a mockery out of them for laughs and to entertain for profit.Eventually, blackface broke off from the minstrel tradition and became used in its own right, with many non-black people today still wrongly appropriating black culture by painting their faces black.African-Americans consider blackfacing to obviously be a racially insensitive representation of their culture and community, stemmed from the long history of its prominence in minstrel shows.It is considered culturally offensive and insensitive, seemingly minimising the centuries of oppression faced by black people across history by a single act of administering black paint.Which footballers have used blackface?Ex-Barcelona midfielder Iniesta was recently criticised after posting a photograph of himself with two people who wore blackface as part of Epiphany celebrations in his native Spain.Iniesta posed with his family and a group dressed in costumes related to Three Kings Day, a Christian festive tradition celebrated on January 6 in Spain that commemorates the visit of magi Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar to newborn baby Jesus.👑👑👑💫💫💫 pic.twitter.com/RhCXAj1AqB— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) January 6, 2019In the photo, two of the photo are painted with blackface, and typically the role of Balthasar is frequently portrayed by a white man wearing blackface in Spanish festivities.As the Kings are usually white councillors, Balthasar is most often played by a white man wearing black makeup.However, the mayor of Madrid Manuela Carmena ended that controversial tradition in 2016 by employing a black man to portray the role.Iniesta later apologised for the incident through his representatives after significant backlash on social media platforms to the photo, stating: “We want to settle the controversy that has arisen around this picture in which the three people dressed and characterised with make-up appear as the Kings of the East, Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, as happens in most cavalcades and events that were celebrated in Spain that day.”At no time did Andres Iniesta want to bother anyone with that photograph, which is the image of the illusion in Spain and apologises to those people who may have been offended.”Atletico Madrid and France star Antoine Griezmann was involved in his own blackface controversy in 2017, after posting a photo of himself dressed as a Harlem Globetrotter and sporting black paint on his face.Racism and bigotry still remains a sensitive topic in Spanish football circles, with players at times often subjected to abusive chants from fans.The forward was wearing a full basketball uniform and an afro wig in a picture captioned “’80s party”, along with the laughing emoji.The post also garnered heavy backlash on social media, with users quickly branding the photo as “racist” and urging him to delete the tweet.Griezmann blackface on TwitterFollowing a hurricane of replies condemning the post on the player’s account, Griezmann added that he was merely calling the costume a tribute to the legendary basketball team.”Calm down friends, I am a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters and of that beautiful era, it is a tribute,” he said on Twitter. The apology did little to help the situation, however, and the striker eventually conceded an apology, writing: “I admit it’s awkward from me.  If I did hurt anybody, then I apologise.”Ex-England striker Stan Collymore was among those to criticise Griezmann’s post, writing on Twitter: “A simple Google search will tell you the context of black face and where it came from. Instead of saying ‘I don’t think that’s racist’, put yourself in others shoes, read a little and then say ‘ok, I hear ya.'”Another recent incident – this time in Australian rugby – related to blackface occurred in September 2018 when three players wore black face paint for end-of-season celebrations when they dressed up as tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams and Kenyan-born AFL player Aliir Aliir.The trio, who play for a local Australian Rules Football (AFL) side in Tasmania, drew criticism from social media users when they shared the offensive post.Some Australians still have no clue what is considered racist. This Mad Monday “costume” is clearly racist. And I’m a person who is fed up with today’s over-the-top political correctness. pic.twitter.com/oWPR0WjeUx— Francis Gonzalez (@fgonzalez_) September 19, 2018last_img read more

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Girona-Barcelona plans confirmed after Miami deal collapses

first_imgThe date and kick-off time for Girona vs Barcelona, a La Liga match slated to be played in the United States before the deal fell through, has been confirmed.As part of a 15-year agreement between Spain’s top division and Relevent Sports, it was proposed Barca would face Girona at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium in January.Although La Liga president Javier Tebas was excited about the idea , the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) condemned the plan, with Barca pulling out in December. Furthermore, FIFA president Gianni Infantino promised his organisation would block any plan to play the game “either in the United States or in any other location that isn’t the stadium of Girona”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And on Wednesday it was confirmed by the league that Girona will host Barca at their Estadi Montilivi home on January 27.KICK OFF TIME CONFIRMED@LaLiga , week 21 Girona – Barça 27/01 4.15pm CET pic.twitter.com/lg2fp5BUVw — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 9, 2019 Meanwhile, the club’s vice-president Jordi Mestre has confirmed there is no contract renewal on offer for boss Ernesto Valverde.”It’s a recurring situation that happens every year,” Mestre said, with Valverde’s deal set to expire at the end of the season.”It was the case with Luis Enrique and with [Pep] Guardiola. At this moment Valverde’s renewal in not on the table.”Despite the fact that we are very happy with him, anything can happen in football.”last_img read more

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