“Diego Costa showed an enormous desire to sign for Palmeiras, but the numbers were absurd”

first_imgCosta, for the second consecutive season, has again been haunted by physical problems and has not been in a position to offer the best of him. Circumstance is very similar to that experienced last season and that settled in Atlético a debate about its future. Finally, he stayed. There were some approaches, from his country in particular the greats of his league asked about him. Flamengo did it and, also, Palmeiras. This was recognized in an interview with Yahoo Brazil by Alexandre Mattos, who was the sports director of the green team, led the conversations, he says, in person with the player and managed to convince him, but there were other obstacles that prevented another outcome. “Diego Costa showed an enormous desire to play for Palmeiras, but the numbers were absurd,” he admits. The player’s salary was the first and the amounts of a transfer the next. The highest chips in Brazilian football are below the half that the striker wins at Atlético. Mattos affirms that he spoke on several occasions with the striker and that he welcomed the return to Brazil, although he did not find the same collaboration in the player’s agent in the middle of last year. “There was a lot of talk, but we did not go from there, his businessman did not show any desire to carry out the transfer,” he explains, considering the movement unfeasible. Diego Costa faces his last year and a half of contract with Atlético. The striker faces a new break months after entering his last year of contract at Atlético. Diego Costa was once again trying to keep up with his rhythm when the global coronavirus pandemic stopped everyone’s life short. The Atlético striker had played 56 minutes in the battle of Anfield. Few seemed to him to judge by the face with which he left the field, but the Spanish-Brazilian was still completing a process of readjustment to competition after the cervical disc herniation that made him undergo surgery. Again. He played just a quarter of an hour on his return, precisely against Liverpool at the Metropolitan. Then he had just under half an hour against Espanyol and Sevilla before traveling to Mersey. At the end of the season and after the sanction that Costa suffered for the episode of Camp Nou, the debate was opened at the club regarding his future.An internal current pointed at his exit, while another still trusted him. The truth is that the most determining factor for him to stay in the team was the real absence of important offers. No one paid the amount of the transfer or took over the gigantic token of the battering ram. Now, at 31 years old (he will be 32 in October) he faces another break, just before entering his last year of contract. Costa’s second episode as rojiblanco has been marked by continuous physical problems. In very few moments it has left the sensations with which it was handled in the previous installment. This season he had lost 18 games before injury and had played 19 games for a total of 1,192 minutes and two goals. In total, he has lost 50 games due to physical problems in this second cycle as a rojiblanco with a total of 272 days off.last_img read more

LeBron ‘humbled’ to join Lakers, expects ‘something special’

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James fields questions during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — LeBron James realizes the size of the challenge he accepted when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers. After eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances, he knows his new team isn’t a true contender with Golden State and the NBA’s elite just yet.The superstar welcomed every step in the process Monday as he began his next chapter in purple and gold.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments 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 LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I think this is a great start for the Lakers to get back to championship caliber,” said McGee, who just won two championship rings in Golden State. “For me personally, I feel like this is everybody’s dream as a basketball player, to put on the purple and gold and compete for a championship.”But on their first formal day together, nobody suggested the Lakers are remotely ready to compete with the Warriors, who would have four consecutive championships if James hadn’t won the Cavs’ first championship in legendary fashion instead in 2016.“We’ve got a long way to go to get to Golden State,” James said. “They can pick up right where they left off, starting with training camp. … We’re picking up from scratch, so we’ve got a long way to go. We can’t worry about what Golden State is doing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James finally made his first formal appearance as a member of the Lakers at their media day, nearly three months after he left Cleveland for a four-year, $153.3 million free-agent deal. In between posing for photos in his new gold No. 23 uniform, the 33-year-old superstar revealed part of the motivation behind his decision to join an iconic franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in five years.“No matter what uniform I’m in, I’m always humsbled that I’m able to play this game at this level,” James said. “I think we all know that this franchise has been a historical franchise in this league for years. … That’s an excitement in its own right. And then it’s just always humbling for me when I get a chance to be a part of something special.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe burgeoning entertainment mogul also politely scoffed at the notion his numerous interests in film and television production would be any distraction from his day job. Moving to Hollywood was not his motivation for going West, he insisted.“My decision was based solely on my family and the Lakers,” James said. “I’m a basketball player. I play ball. That’s what I do.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown James joined the Lakers along with veterans Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley this summer. They’ll team up with the Lakers’ talented young core to change the face of a 16-time champion franchise emerging from the worst half-decade in its lengthy history.But James made it perfectly clear he won’t judge his achievements in Los Angeles solely on championships, particularly not during these Lakers’ first season together.“I don’t believe the only thing that’s a success in marking a season is winning a championship,” James said. “There’s only one champion, but that doesn’t mean you’re not successful. There’s going to be wins and losses, but what you control is how you prepare every day.“We’re a new ballclub coming together. They have some returning guys, but as far as the ballclub, we’re all new to each other. So we have to take our bumps and our bruises. There’s going to be good times. There’s going to be bad times. That’s what happens when a team is new. But if we continue to work the process and we continue to sacrifice for one another and put in the commitment and the time to being great, everything else will fall into place.”This perspective contrasts sharply with the ring-or-bust mentality held by Kobe Bryant, the last superstar to wear this uniform. Two seasons after Bryant’s retirement, the Lakers have been replenished by the arrival of James and the veterans that he assembled around him.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Modric crowned world’s best, ends Ronaldo-Messi eralast_img read more


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Arrests made after Saturday house fire

first_imgPolice say there is also a 21 year-old man in custody on an unrelated matter who has not yet been charged in connection with the incident but who will appear in court Wednesday on other charges.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Police arrested four people after a house fire in the 9600 block of 96 Avenue in Fort St. John.After the fire was extinguished, RCMP found that several items had been stolen from the residence, including TVs, stereo equipment and snow boards.The Fort St. John RCMP say they believe the fire was intentionally set after the theft and there was a witness that saw a U-Haul van parked at the house shortly before the fire.- Advertisement -A search warrant was executed at the 10600 block of 111 Avenue on Sunday and found many of the stolen items.A 24 year-old woman was arrested and released on a Promise to Appear in court in October. A 20 year-old man and a 16 year-old have not yet been charged in the incident but remain in custody on unrelated matters.A fourth person was arrested and released without being charged.Advertisementlast_img read more

Schilling to be free agent after season

first_imgAt a brief meeting between the two Wednesday, Epstein told the pitching ace that the team would not give him an extension during spring training, as Schilling had wished. “Curt’s going to be 41, and at that age we’ve got to be a little more conservative,” Epstein said Thursday. “It doesn’t mean we don’t want him back. I have all the confidence in the world that if Curt wants to pitch in 2008 and he’s still pitching effectively, as I expect he will, then we’ll find a way to keep him in a Red Sox uniform.” Is Clemens back? On his first day at Houston Astros camp, Roger Clemens threw pitches and hit grounders to his son, Koby. That’s about all the baseball he feels like playing right now. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner is no closer to deciding whether he’ll play a 24th major league season. “Everybody knows where I stand. I don’t care to play, but if that decision comes up again, then it’s a big decision on me,” Clemens said Thursday. “It has nothing to do with anybody else. It’s a decision on me to go out and perform.” Curt Schilling said he will become a free agent after the season and won’t let that distract him during his fourth year with the Boston Red Sox. General manager Theo Epstein wouldn’t rule out in-season discussions for a new contract. center_img Bunt singles New York Mets pitcher Orlando Hernandez has arthritis in his neck and will be sidelined for three or four days after receiving a cortisone shot. El Duque, slated to be the No. 2 starter behind Tom Glavine in the Mets’ suspect rotation, left spring training Thursday and returned to New York to have his neck examined. He underwent an MRI, which did not show any disk problems, GM Omar Minaya said. Carl Pavano cleared another hurdle, and Phil Hughes impressed. Pavano, starting the third season of a $39.95 million, four-year contract, hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since June 27, 2005, due to shoulder, back, buttocks, elbow and rib injuries. He threw 35 pitches. Alex Sanchez is trying to return to the major leagues with the Florida Marlins after being the first player penalized two years ago under baseball’s toughened steroids policy. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Polls open starting at 7 a.m. Monday

first_imgThose who didn’t take advantage of advance voting for the federal election will be able to vote on election day Monday starting at 7 a.m. Polling stations will be open until 7 p.m.In order to vote on Monday there are three options to prove ones identity and address. Government issued ID such as a drivers licence, provincial or territorial ID card, or any other government card with a photo, name, and address will be accepted.If that’s not an option then Elections Canada will accept two pieces of ID including, but not limited to a health card, passport, bank statement, or credit card statement. At least one of the two pieces must show your current address.- Advertisement -The third option consists of taking an oath if your ID does not have your current address. Two pieces of ID will be needed that indicate your name, and you will need to be accompanied by someone who will attest to your address. The individual will need to show proof of identity and address, be registered in the same polling station, and attest for only one person.For more information on the election you can visit the Elections Canada website by clicking here.Election coverage on Energeticcity.ca will begin at 4 p.m. Monday.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgBONAGEE UNITED are local soccer’s Under 14 Champions League winners after a penalty shoot-out win over Gweedore United.The sides finished 1-1 after extra time and it was left to Sean Hume, David Tyrell, Ryan Rainey and Michael Millar to score in the shoot-out and give Bonagee a 4-2 win on penalties.In normal time Gweedore had taken the lead on 28 minutes with a superb goal by Cian Mulligan who round a number of defenders to score. Gweedore should have been 2-0 up at half time, but as Ciaran McBride was about to surely score, Bonagee’s Jason Quinn slid in to prevent the shot.Bonagee eventually drew level half way through the second half in controversial circumstances.Referee Liam Farren ruled that Gweedore’s Niall Friel had his foot high on a challenge.And from the resulting free kick Bonagee’s Ryan Rainey curled the ball around the wall and into the net, giving Carroll no chance. Both sides had chances to win it in extra time – but both sides found opposing keepers in top form.Bonagee’s keeper James Quinn was the hero of the shoot-out, saving from Gweedore’s David McCarry and John Coyle.BONAGEE UNITED WIN U-14 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE was last modified: June 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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:BONAGEE UNITEDGWEEDORE UNITEDlast_img read more


first_img****Campa Samhraidh/Summer Camp – C.L.G Chloich Cheann Fhaola******Campa Samhraidh ag tosacht Dé Luain 10 r.n ag an páirc peile.Bíodh lóin le gach páiste. Beidh clárucháin ar siúl maidin Dé Luain ag a 9.30 do paistí ar mhaith leo freastal ar an campa.The summer camp starts next Monday at 10.00 a.m down at the G.A.A pitch.Registration will take place at 9.30 a.m.Children should bring a packed lunch and wear appropriate clothing.All children between the ages of 7 and 12 can attend. There will be a registration night/ oíche clárùchàin in the clubhouse Dè hAoine (Friday) from 7:00 to 8.00 pm for the campa samhraidh!Thuilleadh eolas/Further Information ó Eibhlín ar 0863760815.***Seniors/Reserves***Tá na sinsir agus an fhoireann tacaíochta ag imirt sa bhaile in éadan Naomh Náille ar an Domhnach seo – 1:30 agus 3:00 i.n.***Club Lotto***Numbers drawn on June 22nd were 1 10 13 14 17 20! We had no match 6 winners so jackpot rises to €2,900! We had 1 match 5 winner (from a quickpick ticket) congratulations to Liam McGee who wins €100!! The draw takes place each Wednesday night at the bingo in Óstan Loch Áltan. Tickets available in various outlets throughout the parish! ***GAA Cúl Camp***Beidh an campa bliantúil Cúl ar siúl ó 18ú – 22ú Iúil. Glaoigh are Declan 086-1009467The annual GAA Cul Camp is on the 18th-22nd July. Great week of fun with your local & county coaches. Get to meet & greet county players. Forms will be handed out next during underage training.If you have any questions you can contact Declan on 086-100 94 67.***Donegal Minors*** Congratulations to Jason McGee and Michael Mulhern who were part of the County Minor panel who beat Monaghan in the Ulster Minor Semi-Final at the weekend. We wish them all the best in the final against Derry!***Club Jersey****Due to demand the new club jersey is now back in stock in Michael Murphy’s!CLOUGHANEELY STAR JASON MCGEE GRABS CRUCIAL GOAL IN ULSTER MFC SEMI-FINAL was last modified: June 28th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CloughaneelyGAAJason McGeeSportlast_img read more

Donegal SFC Preview: St Michael’s star relishing championship clash against Kilcar

first_imgDONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: St Michael’s defender Ryan Langan says he’s relishing his side’s clash against Kilcar in Towney on Sunday afternoon. Langan has been in excellent form all season for Eddie Harkin’s side, and his marauding runs from the half-back line have been an eye-catching feature of St Michael’s play all season.The Creeslough man believes Sunday will represent the perfect opportunity to see where exactly both sides are at this stage of the season. Both teams have all their county personnel back following Donegal’s exit from the All-Ireland series at the start of the month.It’s the box office clash down for decision between two sides with genuine ambitions of landing the Donegal SFC title.Langan told Donegal Daily, “We’re all really looking forward to the game on Sunday, it’s going to be a massive test for us in Towney, but we’re in a good place at the minute.“We’ve been going reasonably well in the league, and the intensity at training has been good, so we’re confident going into the match. “We’d be wary of the threat they possess, they have some exceptional footballers, and we know it’s going to be a serious battle on Sunday.”St Michael’s defeated Kilcar in group stages of the Donegal SFC in Towney in 2014.Langan knows a win on Sunday would book St Michael’s a place in the last eight of the competition, as they defeated Killybegs in May, while Kilcar and St Eunan’s played out a draw.Langan added, “It’s a big incentive for us, knowing a victory will ensure our place in the last eight of the competition, at the expense of either Kilcar or St Eunan’s.“We beat Kilcar a few years ago in Towney, so we know we’re capable of going up to there and getting a result, but as I said there a fantastic team, and are going well under Martin McHugh. “They’ve racked up some big scores in the league, and they got a good result against St Eunan’s last time out in May.”St Michael’s face St Eunan’s in their last group clash, but Langan says all they are focused on is Kilcar.The men from The Bridge are desperate to get their hands of the Donegal SFC title, the elusive prize has so far eluded them.Langan remained coy on their ambitions for the season, and said they’re simply taking it game by game. “We’re not thinking about anything else other than Kilcar, that’s the focus now, it’s going to a massive challenge, but we’re well up for it.“We’ll think and prepare for St Eunan’s when that comes around, but all our attention and focus is on Kilcar at the weekend.“We’ll deal with St Eunan’s when that comes around, and hopefully we can get out of the group stages and into the last eight.“Anything can happen and hopefully on Sunday we can give a good account of ourselves and deliver a performance that gets us over the line.”Donegal SFC Preview: St Michael’s star relishing championship clash against Kilcar was last modified: August 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donegal SFCGAAkilcarnewsRyan LanganSportSt Michaelslast_img read more


first_imgLiam Blaney has topped the tally in the Letterkenny/Milford area.The Rosnakill man has tallied a total of 1,727 votes and looks set to lead three Fianna Fail seats in the area.Both Ciaran Brogan and James Pat McDaid look safe also. But it has been a huge first outing for Independent candidate John O’Donnell who has tallied in second place behind Blaney and ahead of Brogan with 1,695 votes.The Mayor of Donegal Ian McGarvey is also likely to regain his seat with a tally of 1,411 votes.But Fianna Fail’s plans to have a clean sweep has disappeared with John Watson out of the race with a tally of just 505 votes.Sinn Fein’s Gerry McMonagle polled well with 1,160 while his running partner Mick Quinn on 1,048 should also be home and dry. The big battle will be for the last remaining seats between Dessie Shiels, Noel McBride, Jimmy Kavanagh and Donal Cullen.Letterkenny/Milford tallyLiam Blaney FF 1,727John O’Donnell IND 1,695Ciaran Brogan FF 1,676 Ian McGarvey IND – 1,411James Pat McDaid FF – 1,268Gerry McMonagle SF – 1,160Michael McBride IND – 1,111 Mick Quinn SF – 1,048Dessie Shiels – IND 949Noel McBride – FF 906Jimmy Kavanagh FG – 900Donal Cullen IND – 851Pascal Blake IND – 655Charlie McClafferty IND – 605John Watson FF – 505Tom Crossan IND – 431Grace Boyle FG – 426David Fisher IND – 407Christy Galligan LAB – 376Siobhan McLaughlin LAB – 343Peter Cutliffe IND – 217Billy Banda PBP – 196DDTV ELECTION 2014: BLANEY TOPS THE TALLY POLL IN LETTERKENNY/MILFORD was last modified: May 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:donegalElectionsLetterkenny/Milfordlast_img read more