By Iain RogersSpain’s professional league (LFP) has begun legal action to block a decision by the football federation (RFEF) to indefinitely suspend competition from May 16 over a spat with the government on a new law on collective bargaining for TV rights.The law, which is strongly supported by the LFP, was signed off in cabinet last week and aims to create a more level playing field for clubs in Spain’s top two divisions by sharing out cash more equitably.However, both the RFEF, and its influential president Angel Maria Villar, and the players’ union (AFE) have come out against the legislation and the two organisations have backed halting competition across all Spanish football.The final two matchdays in La Liga would both be affected as well as the King’s Cup final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao at the end of the month.In a statement late on Wednesday, the LFP said the RFEF’s decision was legally “invalid” and that it had initiated “the appropriate action with the pertinent administrative and legal bodies” to overturn it.Spanish law gave the LFP the right to organise professional competition and set the calendar for matches, the league argued, and called for those involved in voting for a suspension to be subjected to disciplinary measures.“The LFP wishes to reiterate the importance of the royal decree approved by the Spanish government and emphasise its importance as an historic milestone for Spanish football,” the LFP said.After a board meeting on Wednesday, the RFEF accused the government of a “lack of respect” and complained it had not been consulted properly on the TV law.The new regulations replace the current system under which rights are sold by individual clubs and could lead to a sharp price increase for broadcasters once it takes effect from the 2016-17 season.The status quo heavily favours Real Madrid, the world’s wealthiest club by income, and rivals Barcelona and, while the new set-up will still favour the biggest and most successful clubs, it will do so to a slightly lesser extent.Poorer teams, especially those with big outstanding tax bills, have for years called for rights to be pooled to help them make ends meet.The federation, which has been bitterly complaining in recent months of what it sees as government interference, believes the law will rob it of some powers and is also unhappy at what it says are government plans to use of money from soccer to fund other sports.The LFP called an extraordinary general assembly of the 42 professional clubs in the top two divisions for Monday.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon LATEST STORIES DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest Lampard suffered the heaviest defeat by a Chelsea boss in their first game since Danny Blanchflower lost 7-2 at Middlesbrough in December 1978.Marcus Rashford put United ahead with a penalty after Chelsea had hit the post through Tammy Abraham.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEmerson also struck the woodwork before the interval, but Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James netted after half-time to leave Lampard frustrated.The manner of Chelsea’s second half surrender will raise questions about former England midfielder Lampard, who has just one season of managerial experience at second tier Derby. But he insisted the result was harsh on Chelsea because they controlled the game for long periods.‘Missing internationals’“Four mistakes for the goals, let’s get that out straight away because we have to be self-critical about that,” Lampard said.“But other than that, for 60 minutes we controlled the game. It wasn’t a 4-0 game for long periods but we need to accept it.“At half-time we should be in the lead. Then all of a sudden the second and third goals, two mistakes, and it’s much easier for them.”Chelsea were without injured stars Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger, while France midfielder N’Golo Kante was only fit enough to come off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? “At 1-0 we were the better team but I can’t stand here and look happy with that because it’s 4-0,” Lampard said.“We are missing internationals and big players but I don’t want that to be an excuse.”In contrast to Lampard’s woes, it was a dream United debut for England defender Harry Maguire.Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender when he moved to United from Leicester for £80 million days before the transfer deadline.His presence immediately made a United defence that crumbled too often last season look more imposing and Maguire called on his team to turn Old Trafford into a fortress.It’s a great start for myself and obviously the team. We rode our luck a little bit in the first half, we gave them too many chances and were sloppy on the ball,” Maguire said.“In the second half we were a lot better, were much more like ourselves and controlled the game and we fully deserved the three points.“It was the first game of the season at Old Trafford, so there were few nerves in the first half.“We knew there were only two clean sheets last year here. We need to make it a fortress.“I felt good. I’ve only had three or four days with the lads. I am going to get fitter and better.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andy Murray ready as he’ll ever be for Cincinnati singles return Chelsea’s head coach Frank Lampard gestures from the sidelines during the pre-season froendly football match between Red Bull Salzburg and Chelsea in Salzburg on July 31, 2019. (Photo by KRUGFOTO / APA / AFP) / Austria OUTFrank Lampard insisted Chelsea didn’t deserve to lose 4-0 at Manchester United as his reign got off to a woeful start on Sunday.It was a chastening result for new Chelsea manager Lampard after the club’s record goalscorer took over from Maurizio Sarri in the close-season.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 MOST READ Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Read Next View comments
0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, April 8 – Champions Gor Mahia have been lifted by the return of Harambee Stars duo stopper David ‘Calabar’ Owino and left back Musa Mohammed when they host struggling KCB at Nairobi’s City Stadium in one of the eight Kenyan Premier League (KPL) mid-week fixtures lined up for Wednesday.The duo will be making a come back after missing Tusker and Bandari ties with Owino picking a knock during their 2-0 loss at Top Fry Nakuru while Mohammed was out of the country for trials in South Africa. However, it’s not yet a full house for K’Ogalo because holding midfielder Anthony Akumu, is still sidelined after missing a couple of training sessions but coach Bobby Williamson, is under no stress ahead of Wednesday’s tie despite going four matches without victory.“Pressure is always there, it’s just finding players who can handle it but for me I’m an experienced coach and having managed a national team that had a lot of pressure, I can leave with it as long as players put to practice in the game what we teach them.“Some fans need to support the team when we are loosing too, and if they do that we will work hard and make sure we don’t disappoint them. I’m not happy with the results at the moment since our desire was to win all seven matches but since we have already lost two, there is no harm. We will build on that and hopefully register victory against KCB,” the former Uganda Cranes tactician told Capital Sport after conducting training at Nairobi’s City Stadium Tuesday.“It’s unfortunate we have lost our matches to bottom teams and we are facing another struggling team, that makes it tricky since they might be motivated by our loss. So we are taking no chances but to win the match since anyone can beat anyone in the competitive league,” he added.Both teams enter the match wounded having lost their last encounters where reigning champions were humbled 2-1 at Bandari as the bankers went down 3-0 to visiting Western Stima.The Scotsman is expected to field a strong first XI with the defence standing tall after all their back four (Godfrey Walusimbi, Mohammed, Haron Shakava and Owino) available for selection with Ugandan Geoffrey Kizito, stepping in for Akumu alongside teenager Timona Wanyonyi, Kevin Omondi and Innocent Mutiso in the midfield.Winger Shaban Kenga and talisman Dan Sserunkuma, will be up front.On the other hand the bankers who are yet to win a match will highly depend on former K’Ogalo forward Paul Kiongera, Andrew Murunga, Francis Ouma and Ezekiel Odera for their first win of the season.Apart from winning, Gor will also be going for revenge after KCB beat them 2-0 in their last encounter as they celebrated winning the title after 18 years in their last game of last season.Newcomers KRA invite AFC Leopards in a match originally scheduled for Safaricom Stadium although the ongoing vetting of youth arrested by police to ascertain nationality could yet see the fixture played elsewhere.With only two points separating them, both sides will be eying for victory with Leopards being under the cosh after only managing two wins.Coach James Nandwa, will not be making any changes despite keeper Wycliffe Kasaya resuming training on Monday since other injured players (forward Allan Wanga, captain Martin Imbalambala, winger Noah Wafula and defender Anthony Kimani) are still out.On the other hand Ken Kenyatta’s side will miss the services of dependable midfielder Roy Okal and forward Collins Tiego, who sneaked out of the country to go for trials but the former Leopards custodian says he is upbeat for a win.At Ruaraka Sports Ground, league leaders Tusker will hope to continue with their unbeaten run when they welcome Sony Sugar.Both teams recorded draws last time out with Brewers coach Francis Kimanzi, forced to rest some of his players in their Sunday KPL Top 8 match where they beat Sofapaka 6-5 on post-match penalties.In other fixtures, Sofapaka battle out with Mathare United at Machakos’ Kenyatta Stadium while Muhoroni Youth will be away to take on Thika United at City.New Nairobi City Stars coach Tim Bryett will make his debut against Chemelil Sugar at Nairobi’s World Hope Center as Top Fry Nakuru play Bandari at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.In Mumias, Western Stima will square it out with Ulinzi Stars.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Ashley Westwood has penned a new five-year contract at Aston Villa, the Premier League club have announced.The 25-year-old midfielder moved to Villa Park from Crewe in 2012 and has gone on to establish himself in the first-team picture.And having played all of Saturday’s opening day win at Bournemouth, Westwood has now committed himself to Villa for the foreseeable future.“I am extremely pleased to sign a new contract and commit my future to Aston Villa,” he told the club’s official website.“I was made to feel very welcome from the moment I first walked through the door and I’m very happy at the club.“I believe I’m now entering what I hope will be the peak years of my career and I look forward to spending them here.” 1 Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood
Arsenal’s annual injury crisis appears to be gathering pace after the news that key midfielder Santi Cazorla will be out for three months with a knee problem.It is a hammer blow to the Gunners’ and Arsene Wenger’s title ambitions, particularly with a busy Christmas schedule just around the corner.Cazorla’s injury adds to the already extensive list of players in the treatment room at the Emirates, with key enforcer Francis Coquelin also out until at least the New Year.Their absences leaves a gaping hole in the Arsenal midfield engine room which Wenger may choose to address once the January transfer window opens.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who the latest reports suggest could come in for Cazorla and Coquelin. 6 6 6 William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon) – Carvalho has also been on Arsenals wish list for some time and may have moved to the Emirates in the summer if it werent for a nasty leg injury suffered in the summer. This was on the back of highly impressive displays at the European Under-21 tournament with Portugal and the Sporting Lisbon midfielder has confessed Arsenal would be a dream move, hoping to follow in the footsteps of hero Theirry Henry. Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund) – Gundogan is one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe and has flirted with a Borussia Dortmund exit for the last 12 months. Arsenal are one of a number of clubs, including Barcelona, keeping tabs on the German, who recently admitted he does not know what the future holds in an interview with Sport Bild. 6 Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen) – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more great midfielders for Arsenal – Bender is a long-term target for the Gunners and their recent problems appear to have heightened their interest. The Evening Standard believe Arsenal are in pole position to sign the combative Bayer Leverkusen midfielder in January, slashing his odds of a move from 12/1 to 6/1 in the space of a week. 6 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – Considering Wengers reticence to dip into the transfer market, perhaps the most realistic replacement for Cazorla is one of his team-mates. Ramsey has been fielded on the right of midfield to accommodate more creative talents this season, but if he can replicate the stunning goalscoring form from 2013/14, achieved from a more central role, the Welshman could be the ideal alternative. James McArthur (Crystal Palace) – A slightly left wing option, but HITC believe Wenger has sent scouts to watch McArthur in recent weeks after a string of impressive performances. While Yohan Cabaye may take most of the plaudits, McArthurs displays have been just as integral to Crystal Palaces impressive start to the Premier League season. The 28-year-old, valued at £10m, could certainly provide short-term cover in that depleted Arsenal midfield. Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla) – The Evening Standard believe January could mark Arsenals approach for Sevilla midfielder Krychowiak. The Polish enforcer was a key part of the Liga sides Europa League success last season and anchored his countrys midfield as they reached Euro 2016. His no nonsense style would endear him to Gunners fans. 6
Nevada talks football and music Each week, a leading musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. This week it’s Chelsea fan Nevada, who reveals his dream Blues signing, while offering high praise for Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic…1. You’re on a desert island and can have one album with you and one item of football memorabilia – what do you take?Album: Radiohead – KID AItem: Drogba cleats [boots] from the 2012 FA Cup final 7 10. You’re in charge of your club’s match day music: what song is a must-have on the stadium playlist?Gotta be my first single featuring Mark Morrison and Fetty Wap – The Mack.11. What’s the greatest moment you’ve experienced as a football fan?Chelsea winning the Champions League final in 2012. 6. What was the first single you bought?U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name.7. And what was the first football match you went to?I grew up in Washington DC, so the first match I went to was a DC United MLS game. Thank you God for English soccer, that’s all I’m saying.8. Who is your music idol?I grew up listening to a lot of Brandon Boyd from Incubus. Incubus is one the bands that inspired me to get into music and pursue it professionally.9. And who’s your all-time favourite footballer?Clint Dempsey. He represented the US well overseas for years. The fact that he was able to hang so long with English clubs and do well makes me respect him big time. 2. Number one song or your club top of the league?Gotta say number one song. It would be a dream of mine to get a number one.3. Which football manager do you think would make the best music artist?José Mourinho. The guy looks just like Andrea Bocelli. 4. Would you rather record a Bond theme or the World Cup’s official song?World Cup official song all day. I love Bond don’t get me wrong, but the World Cup is history.5. Which footballer would you record a song with?Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He’s got the swag and attitude to pull it off. Get him on the mic in the studio, who knows what could happen. 7 7 7 7 7 7 12. If your club could sign any player in the world TODAY, who would you want that to be? (Please be realistic!)Gareth Bale. Would never happen, but I think we need one more solid midfielder like him. Nevada presents his debut single ‘The Mack’. The huge, hook laden track features brand new vocals from Mark Morrison, who reprises ‘Return of the Mack’ – on the 20th anniversary of his original hit single. The track also features vocals from man-of-the-moment Fetty Wap. Listen here: https://youtu.be/C3-SupAvd9k
Jose Mourinho and Luke Shaw 1 Jose Mourinho was pleased with Luke Shaw’s performance against Everton, but still revealed there is room for improvement.“He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him,” said Mourinho. “He has to change his football brain.“We need at this level the fantastic body he has to play football, the fantastic physical qualities he has, the very good technical ability he has – but he cannot play with my understanding of the game.”Shaw is said to be unhappy with his recent treatment and is reportedly even pining for a reunion with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, his former boss at Southampton. Read the full Mourinho quotes below and then see what a selection of Man United fans had to say about it.
“This one is unique in that it’s a county-designed project that is on city property. And the thing that makes it unique in all the nation is that water is collected and treated on-site and will actually go to replenish the water supply for residents.” The project was developed by the Sun Valley Watershed Stakeholders Group, which involves federal, state and local agencies, as well as environmental nonprofit groups and community members. As part of it, a soccer field, sports lighting, landscaping enhancements, bleachers and fencing for a pre-existing baseball field have been added to Sun Valley Park. Vegetated swales provide natural habitat and collect runoff from the street along the park’s southern edge. The park, maintained by the city’s Recreation and Parks Department, also has displays outlining a history of the project. TreePeople, an environmental nonprofit group, funded the park amenities with a $473,000 California Parks and Water Bond 2000 grant. “What’s happening in Sun Valley is a model for how cities can cost-effectively solve multiple water problems with an integrated solution,” TreePeople President Andy Lipkis said in a prepared statement. email@example.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This approach is a far more intelligent way.” Officials said water recovered by the system will be enough to supply 60 families of four for a year. The project includes a flood-protection system of 13 catch basins along Cantara Street north of the park. Storm water and runoff is collected and routed through three treatment devices designed to catch pollutants. Before the water is sent to one of two infiltration basins, it is tested to ensure it is within acceptable standards for groundwater discharge. The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation is maintaining the water treatment system. “This is the beginning of flood protection for residents of the Sun Valley community,” said county Department of Public Works spokesman Kerjon Lee. “It’s a prototype in a series of 15 projects that will eliminate flooding in this chronically, flood-prone community. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Just in time for the start of rainy season, Los Angeles County officials marked the completion this week of a $7 million project designed to alleviate chronic flooding in Sun Valley. Designed to capture and channel nearly 10 million gallons of storm-water runoff into underground aquifers each winter, the project includes a newly renovated Sun Valley Park. “This is a very innovative and trailblazing approach to control storm-water runoff,” Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said Friday. “The traditional way the county has controlled storm-water runoff is to build huge channels and send the runoff to the ocean. We don’t conserve water that way. We rip up neighborhoods, the construction period is extensive and expensive and it puts businesses out of business.
Everton are ready to activate the £26.5m release-clause of Las Palmas star Jonathan Viera.The Toffees are undertaking a major recruitment drive this summer and boss Ronald Koeman wants to add a creative playmaker to their ranks.Everton had been chasing Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson, but they appear to have been put off by the Welsh club’s £50million asking price.And, according to reports in Spain, Everton are now ready to swoop for Viera instead of the Iceland star.Spanish newspaper Marca claims the Premier League side are ready to activate the attacking midfielder’s release-clause, which currently stands at £26.5m.Viera, who scored seven goals and provided seven assists in Spain last season, is also attracting interest from other clubs in England, including Newcastle United and Swansea. 1 Jonathan Viera scored seven goals and provided seven assists in Spain last season
Wales have delayed naming their team to face Scotland as they aim to patch up injured star Dan Biggar in time to play.The fly half suffered an ankle sprain at the weekend but could return to training on Thursday.Meanwhile Vern Cotter is keeping the Welsh waiting over whether they want the stadium roof to be shut for the match.“Dan is out of a (surgical) boot, and he is working with the medics around the clock to give himself every chance,” Wales assistant coach Rob McBryde said. “I don’t think he (Biggar) is going to be training today, but he might be able to tomorrow. “We’ve seen in the past that the medical team have worked wonders, really.