Bruce hits back at Stoke

first_img He said: “Let me tell you, Stephen Ireland committed the worst challenge on the pitch on Davd Meyler. He shouldn’t have been on the pitch if the referee had done his job. It was an awful challenge. “I could show you a picture of Figueroa’s ankle, he had five stitches in it and carried on. Nobody wants to see a cut or an injury as bad as Stephen Ireland had but unfortunately in football it happens. “Everybody is wearing the boots called blades and the challenge on Ireland he’s kicked the ball and followed through and unfortunately has caught his leg. “At the time nobody went to the referee, he didn’t award a free-kick – it wasn’t a free-kick but one of those horrible ones where he’s followed through and caught the boy on the calf rather than planted the boot on him.” Bruce’s Hull entertain Sunderland on Tuesday night with the Tigers boss enjoying the whip hand over his former club, where fans made much of his tenure a misery due to his Newcastle affiliations. Hull have won all four matches against the Black Cats under Bruce and a fifth would see the Tigers open up a four-point gap over their rivals that would do much to help their climb away from the relegation zone. Bruce admitted: “It is a pivotal game. Our better goal difference would mean it is the equivalent of five points and would give us a good cushion above the bottom three.” Hull will need to add some firepower after failing to manage a shot on target against Stoke, but should have Nikica Jelavic back after he missed the last match with a flare-up of his nagging knee problem. “We were disappointed with the whole team going forward against Stoke,” added Bruce. “I don’t think we were adventurous enough, but I can’t remember my keeper making a save either. It was one of those awful, horrible games where the paying public was probably bored out of their pants but that happens sometimes.” Press Association Stoke manager Mark Hughes claimed the challenge could have ended Ireland’s career and that Figueroa should have been sent off – the injury needed 12 to 15 stitches. Bruce, speaking ahead of Hull’s home match against Sunderland, disputed that claim and insisted it was Ireland himself who should have been given his marching orders for an earlier challenge. center_img Hull boss Steve Bruce has hit back at Stoke after a gory picture emerged of a bloody gash in Stephen Ireland’s leg following a challenge by Tigers defender Maynor Figueroa. last_img read more

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Dodgers open Summer Camp with precautions and protocols

first_img“It’s on the players to some extent. I think everybody knows that,” Kershaw said. “I don’t know how much different guys have to harp on that just because if you want to see the season through, if you want to play the season, if you want to give it its best shot, you can’t be stupid.“Some guys are still going to get it and they’re going to be as safe as possible. It’s just not worth the risk. It’s easier for me to say, obviously, I’ve got a wife and three kids I can just go home and go to the ballpark and feel great about it. It’s going to be harder for guys that are single or guys that live in apartments or things like that. I understand that. But if you want to get things off the ground, if you want to play, that’s as good an incentive as I can think of.”MLB announced the results of 3,185 coronavirus tests leading up to the opening of training camps. According to MLB, only 38 tests (1.2 percent) came back positive. Thirty-one of those were players, seven staffers. Earlier this week, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman acknowledged there have been members of the organization who tested positive. He would not specify whether the positive cases included any players.The Dodgers worked out in waves Friday with position players broken into two blocks and pitchers into three. Players were only supposed to be at the stadium during their assigned times, no earlier and no longer.But not everyone was there. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts would say only that “there are guys that are unable to start camp with us for various reasons.” He would not offer any specifics about which players were absent or what those reasons might be.CROWD NOISEDuring a live batting practice session Thursday, the Dodgers experimented with piped in crowd noise. Kershaw called it the better option if the other choice was silence. Turner said it gave him “a little bit of adrenaline” hearing the sound while he batted.“Nothing is going to replace our fans. They’re the best fans in baseball,” Turner said. “You can’t simulate 56,000 people here.“It’s way better than having nothing in the stadium, you know, just silence.”A handful of teams have openly talked about the possibility of putting some fans in the stands — a small percentage of full capacity — at some point this season. Dodgers team president and CEO Stan Kasten said the Dodgers have discussed “various scenarios, if it ever became safe” to allow some fans into the stadium for games. Those scenarios are not likely to happen this season, he said.“Right now, our local (health officials) just don’t deem it’s safe,” Kasten said. “In fact, I’m not sure there’s any stadium anywhere at the moment whose health department has deemed it. That’s what’s gonna govern any decisions like that. If it was safe, we could do it. But right now, our local officials aren’t thinking it’s safe. And from talking to them I don’t think that’s gonna change in the very near future, if at all this season. But we’ll see.“Again, the safety and health is going to dictate that, and nothing else.”DRAFT PICKThe Dodgers reached agreement on a contract with their third-round draft pick, outfielder Jake Vogel from Huntington Beach. Vogel reportedly received a $1.6 million signing bonus, almost triple the slot value. Vogel had been committed to UCLA. He was the only prep player among the Dodgers’ six draft picks this year. PreviousStan Kasten, president and part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers coach Bob Geren gives the elbow tap to right fielder Mookie Betts (50) during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers coach Dino Ebel give the elbow tap to right fielder Mookie Betts (50) during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts (50) during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, left, along with Justin Turner, center and Cody Bellinger, right, in the outfield during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger (35) during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Bating practice during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Social distancing stickers are placed around the stadium during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers Brusdar Graterol, right, walks with Mitchell White during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers coach Dino Ebel during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren, right, talks with first baseman Matt Beaty (45) during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Ron Porterfield, left, Los Angeles Dodgers Director of Player health talks with managers Dave Roberts #30 during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Ron Porterfield, left, Los Angeles Dodgers Director of Player health talks with managers Dave Roberts #30 during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Ron Porterfield, left, Los Angeles Dodgers Director of Player health talks to players during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Dustin May works out during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Dustin May works out during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts looks on during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Stan Kasten, president and part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks across the field during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Stan Kasten, president and part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)Stan Kasten, president and part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 22The Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES >> Like every player in baseball, Clayton Kershaw had a decision to make.A number of players throughout the league have decided not to risk their health by playing during the coronavirus pandemic. Even the best player in the game, Angels outfielder Mike Trout, said he didn’t “feel comfortable” about reporting for preseason workouts beginning Friday and would “reconsider” if circumstances change.For Kershaw — father of three including an infant son born in January — the decision came down to placing his trust in the structures established by Major League Baseball.“I think there’s a trust factor there with Major League Baseball players union, my teammates,” said Kershaw who threw a bullpen session during Friday’s first official day of workouts. “Everybody here has to take accountability for making it as safe as possible. I have trust in that. I have trust that we’re all doing everything possible to do this and play baseball. At the end of the day, I wanted to play. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “For those guys who opt out I understand that. I get that decision. I support that. … We’re going to support that as a team with whatever happens with our guys.”Justin Turner said the decision to play was probably easier for him than a lot of other players.“It’s me and my wife at home. I don’t have kids,” he explained. “I wanted to play all along. I know there’s a 111-page document full of regulations and guidelines and procedures to try to help protect us as best as possible. I know the league and the players association has been following closely other leagues and what they’re doing to ensure our safety.“I think we’re taking all the right steps and procedures to protect players once they get inside the stadiums.”While there are rules in place for players’ behavior inside those stadiums, MLB has opted to try to play a 2020 season without the “bubble” approach being followed by the NBA. That could put a burden on team leaders like Kershaw and Turner to emphasize the importance of also following proper behavior away from the park.last_img read more

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Mrdic Won Gold Medal on “Sarajevo Open”

first_imgBH judo wrestler Mitar Mrdic won a Gold Medal on European Cup ‘Sarajevo Open 2015’, held at KSC Ilidža.In the finals, thirty-one-year-old athlete from Trebinje won against Montenegrian Nikola Gusic in category of up to 73 kg with the maximum result of 10:0 (ippon).Mrdic achieved five wins at the Sarajevo Open. Before winning against Gušić, he defeated Croatian  Dominic Sumpor, Montenegrins Djordje Perucica and Balsa Sinanovic, and in the semifinals he defeated French Arthur Clerget.Besides Mrdic, 19 other BH competitors performed at the first competition day of the Sarajevo Open. The most successful were Selma Sejdinovic, who won 7th place, and Petar Zadro, who won 9th place..On the second competition day, on Sunday, heavyweight fights are to be held. Larisa Ceric, Aleksandra Samardzic, and Harun Sadikovic, BH players for whom winning of a medal is anticipated, are expected to perform on this day.(Source: FENA)last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Nov. 14 – Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Friday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014Friday, November 14, 2014•On November 10, 2014 at 9:47 a.m. non-injury, hit and run accident involving a vehicle operated by Cody J. Davis, 24, Wellington and Terry V. Nunemaker, 66, Wellington — occurred on November 2, 2014.•3:03 p.m. Christi L. Gregory, 46, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign.•3:15 p.m. Tommy L. Clay Jr, 29, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear charged for speeding 52 mph in a 40 mph zone (radar) and no proof of insurance.•11:30 p.m. Tabitha M. Farley, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight. Saturday, November 15, 2014•1:30 a.m. Beverly K. Haines, 72, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•7:33 a.m. Jessie L. Murphy, 21, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property.•11:48 a.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 700 block E. 7th, Wellington.•4:38 p.m. Jacob D. Dedmon, 23, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended and speeding 54 mph in a 40 mph zone.•10:33 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 1800 block N. B, Wellington by known suspect. Sunday, November 16, 2014•7:54 a.m. Injury accident in the 1000 block N. U.S. 81, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Teryn M. Wilson, 18, Wellington.•8:14 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 300 block S. U.S. 81, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Jessica L. Cox, 31, Wichita, and a fixed object/street sign owned by the city of Wellington.•10:17 a.m. Officers investigated harassment by unknown suspect(s) a Telecom Device in the 1100 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•3:50 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1000 block N. Day, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Sean D. Granger, 44, Wichita, and Jaime J. Cornejo, 46, Wellington.•8:32 p.m. Officers investigated stalking by a known suspect in the 1200 block S. H, Wellington.last_img read more

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Sanders touts “Medicare for All” plan during Mason City stop

first_imgMASON CITY — Healthcare was the main topic addressed by Bernie Sanders during a stop in Mason City on Saturday night.Sanders says his “Medicare for All” plan would cover a number of things that aren’t even covered with the current Medicare plan. “Its limitations are that it does not cover dental care, it does not cover hearing aids, it does not cover eyeglasses and it does not cover home healthcare. Under our Medicare for All plan and legislation that I wrote, we cover all of those needs.”Sanders says Medicare for All would help people who want to retire but can’t because of the need for affordable healthcare coverage. “There are millions of workers in this country who are staying on their job, not because they enjoy the job, not because they want to stay, they stay because they have decent health insurance for their families. That is pretty pathetic. When we talk about Medicare for All, it means you don’t have to stay on a job you don’t want. If it’s time for you to retire, you retire. If you would like to start your own small business, you can do it because you and your family will continue to have health coverage.”Sanders says under his plan, individuals and employers would no longer be paying insurance premiums, co-payments, or other out-of-pocket expenses while getting comprehensive healthcare.  “What we propose is a 4% tax on income, exempting the first $29,000. That means if you’re $29,000 or less, you don’t have to pay anything. If you are that average family in the middle of the economy, $60,000 a year, you’re paying 4% of $31,000, that’s a little over $1,200 a year for comprehensive healthcare.”When asked by a man in the crowd about the current tensions between the United States and Iran, Sanders replied that President Trump is showing that he is not a quality world leader.  “Trump campaigned on ending endless wars, and yet I feel very much that his actions right now are going get us into another war, trillions more dollars perhaps, loss of more lives of Americans and other people. It is not sexy, it does not make the front pages of the papers, but what a good president does is tries to bring Iran and Saudi Arabia together, tries to bring Israel and the Palestinians together.”According to a CBS/YouGov poll released on Sunday, Sanders along with Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg were tied at 23% by Iowa Democrats’ asked who was first choice for their nominee.last_img read more

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GRADED STAKES WINNING SAN ONOFRE TAKES ON TOP MARE SUNDAY RULES IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 DONALD VALPREDO CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT

first_imgSIX FURLONG SPRINT ONE OF FIVE STATEBRED STAKES ON SANTA ANITA’S ANNUAL SUNSHINE MILLIONS DAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2016)–Trainer Karen Headley’s graded stakes winning San Onofre will square off with top distaffer Sunday Rules as they headline Saturday’s $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. The Sprint, to be run for the 26th time, attracted a field of seven older horses and will be contested at six furlongs. The Sprint is one of five stakes restricted to horses bred or sired in California on Santa Anita’s annual Sunshine Millions Day.A “blast off” sprinter with an abundance of natural speed, San Onofre exhibited a new dimension in winning the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong Midnight Lute Stakes here on Jan. 2, as he rated kindly in second positon early and rallied strongly under Alex Solis for a half length win.A 6-year-old gelding by Surf Cat who was bred in California by Headley’s father, veteran conditioner, Bruce Headley, and is owned by the family’s Matson Racing, San Onofre has five wins from 10 starts and is four for nine at Santa Anita. He has career earnings of $330,040.Regarded as one of the top California-breds in training, Nick Alexander’s homebred Sunday Rules will take on males for the first time in her ninth career start on Saturday. Forced to miss last Saturday’s Grade II, seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes due to a minor ailment, the 5-year-old Tribal Rule mare was a brilliant 4 ¼ length winner of the 6 ½ furlong Kalookan Queen Stakes here on Dec. 30 and is in search of her third consecutive victory.Out of the General Meeting mare Sunday Dress, Sunday Rules has seven wins from eight starts and is undefeated in two tries at six furlongs. She has earnings of $444,840.Rockingham Ranch’s Richard’s Boy, a two-time minor stakes winner, has an impressive resume that includes six wins from eleven starts. Trained by Peter Miller, the 4-year-old Idiot Proof gelding has earnings of $307,510.The complete field for Saturday’s Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint, to be run as the sixth race on 10-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: San Onofre, Alex Solis, 126; Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 124; Old Man Lake, Tyler Baze, 121; Richard’s Boy, Flavien Prat, 124; Raised a Secret, Santiago Gonzalez, 124; Sunday Rules, Edwin Maldonado, 119, and Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez, 121.                First post time on Saturday is early, at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.last_img read more

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Onana is a shot from Barça: “We must take the next step”

first_imgYesterday we told AS that Barcelona is one of those who have already called the player to feel his opinion. He is not the only team interested, others like PSG or Premier clubs have also asked about him.At the moment, the transfer market is very slow and there is nothing clear, but Onana has already taken the next step in any player’s exit process of publicly announcing their desire to exit. The pact he made with the club that they would facilitate his departure in the event of favorable conditions is his great hope. Onana wants to leave Ajax and has stated this in a statement to AD, a Dutch medium. In this way, the goalkeeper continues to feed the rumors of a possible march this summer, although there is still no clearly defined destination.“There were five greats here, but now the time has come to take the next step. Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy at Ajax and very grateful to the club”Onana commented. “We reached that agreement last year. I still don’t know what will happen, but my intention is clear.”.last_img read more

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Reggae Boyz to meet Honduras in February friendly

first_imgTEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, (CMC): Local authorities have announced an international friendly between Honduras and Jamaica on February 16, 2017. The match is scheduled to take place at BBVA Stadium in the American city of Houston in the state of Texas. The Reggae Boyz are preparing for the CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup semi-finals next June and the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will start on July 7. The Hondurans team will use the match as preparation for the resumption of World Cup Qualifying in March. They are currently fourth on three points after two matches in the final CONCACAF hexagonal. A 2-2 draw was the final result when the two sides previously faced each other in a World Cup qualifier three years ago in the Jamaica capital of Kingston. Jamaica last played at the proposed match venue on July 11, 2015, posting a 1-0 win over Canada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and this will be Honduras’ first visit to the venue since a 2-0 loss to Guatemala in the Copa Centroamericana on September 10, 2014.last_img read more

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Peter Cole Jibes Fans on April Fool’s Day

first_imgIt sounded like a shock on Facebook when international Liberian artist Peter Barchue Cole announced that he was retiring from music.“Loyal and royal fans,” Cole posted on his Facebook timeline, “it is with great regret that I announce my retirement and retreat from the music scene after many years of reflection and depression. I know I’m letting a lot of you down but this move is necessary for me to regain my sanity and reinvent a new direction in the face of major life changes I have had recently.” This post brought mixed reactions from his fans. Aristotle Guweh did not buy it. “Good to know that this is the month of April,” he commented.Theresa Tylers said, “Come on Peter you just kidding?”And later when his fans realized that Peter Cole was just kidding, Georgia Gwolyee Teah wrote, “You got me scared.”“You almost got me on my neck,” Lucan Dian Sonii, said.Cole later replied, “I’m counting on your support, love and understanding as always. The storm will be over and you’ll get the trick.  Happy month of April and wait for the next single coming soon.”  Though he did not disclose any details about the theme or style of the up-coming single, the “April Fool’s Day” stunt was no doubt a clever move to create buzz  about what’s coming up next for the musician.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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Paulinho moves Barcelona seven points clear of Madrid

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s midfielder Paulinho celebrates a goal during the Spanish league football match against Getafe September 16, 2017 © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Sep 16 – Paulinho scored his first Barcelona goal as the visitors came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Getafe on Saturday and open up a seven-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.Barca were dealt a double blow before half-time as record signing Ousmane Dembele limped off with a hamstring injury, before Gaku Shibasaki’s sensational volley put Getafe in front. However, Barca’s often maligned substitutes’ bench came to their rescue as Denis Suarez and Paulinho came on in the second half to turn the game around.“I’m very happy to score the goal. It was the winner which was the most important thing,” Paulinho told Barca TV.“It was a difficult game because Getafe have players with quality and we conceded the first goal but we were calm, had patience and went looking for the result.”A depleted Madrid, without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, travel to Real Sociedad on Sunday looking to avoid dropping points for a third straight La Liga game.Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid open their new 68,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium at home to Malaga later on Saturday.Barca boss Ernesto Valverde made just one change from the side that swept aside Italian champions Juventus 3-0 on Tuesday with Sergi Roberto replacing Nelson Semedo at right-back.Yet, rather than building on the momentum of four straight wins, Barca looked sluggish as Getafe enjoyed the better of the early stages.“Fortunately, it was an important test for us. We managed to turn the game around and that power of reaction the team had means a lot,” said Valverde.The hosts should have gone in front when Gerard Pique nearly turned Shibasaki’s cross into his own net and Jorge Molina somehow only fired into the side-netting at the far post.Barca’s flow was further disrupted when Dembele limped off with a reported hamstring injury that could see him sidelined for the coming weeks.The visitors had barely got 11 players back on the field as Gerard Deulofeu replaced the Frenchman, before they fell behind.Roberto’s headed clearance fell invitingly for Shibasaki, who made his name with two goals against Real Madrid in last year’s Club World Cup final for Kashima Antlers, to thunder an unstoppable dipping volley beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Barca nearly responded before half-time as only a stunning finger-tip save from Vicente Guaita turned Lionel Messi’s free-kick behind.Valverde made another change at the start of the second period as Denis Suarez replaced Iniesta.And it was the substitute who inspired Barca’s revival as he collected Roberto’s cut-back from the right wing before bending the ball high past Guaita into the top corner.With Messi well-marshalled and Luis Suarez way off form for most of the second period, Getafe had chances to grab a winner themselves.Ter Stegen was called into action twice in quick sucession to save from Alvaro Jimenez and Mauro Arambarri.However, the hosts were hit with a sucker punch when Paulinho burst onto Messi’s through ball and smashed across the despairing Guaita into the far corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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