The Ireland women’s star has taken a pop at the Real Madrid player, stating he is much more conceited than she is.Puskas Award nominee Stephanie Roche says she is not as vain as Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting the Real Madrid star carries more beauty products than her.The Portuguese forward has long been seen as one of the more conceited players in the world’s game.On Monday, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer mocked the two-time Ballon d’Or winner’s tendency to pose in his underwear in adverts.The attacker has also been ridiculed by Cathy Fischer, the wife of Mats Hummels, for his lack of body hair.And Roche, who plays for Ireland women’s team and has been nominated for Fifa’s 2014 Puskas Award, has taken a pop at the star, insisting he has more grooming products than she does. “I don’t think I am vain as Ronaldo,” she told ESPN Brasil. “He has more beauty products than me in his toilet bag!”The 25-year-old went on to talk about her nomination for the best goal award, having been included on the shortlist alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, James Rodriguez and Diego Costa.”I’ve scored a lot of goals, but honestly, I think this was probably the most beautiful I’ve ever scored. I heard rumors that I might be nominated for the Puskas Award, but never thought would be.”
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan believes the friendly against Togo on Monday was timely ahead of the qualifier with Mauritius later this week.The June 14 game will Ghana’s first step in what could be a seventh straight Afcon since failing to qualify for Tunisia 2004.Ghana won the match through a 30 yard goal from debutant Bernard Mensah in the first half and for Gyan, the result was not as important as the game’s objective.”I think the match was part of our plans for the match on Sunday and the main focus was to practise a lot of the things we had done in training,” he said post-match.”We are fully ready to start the journey to qualify for the Afcon in 2017. The coach wanted us to move the ball around more to help build our confidence. It was a good, competitive match between us and our rivals.” “We were more focused on the day and we wanted to improve in terms of our tactics but I must admit that the pitch was not in the best of shapes to help our ball circulation but I think we did our best.” TeamsTogo XI: Mensah – Dakonam, Akakpo, Amevor, Mamah – Amewou, Wome, Aboubakar, Dossevi – Gakpe, Abraw.Ghana XI: Fatau Dauda; Edwin Gyimah, Baba Rahman, Johb Boye, Jonathan Mensah; Mohammed Rabiu, Christian Atsu, Mubarak Wakaso, Frank Acheampong; Majeed Waris, Bernard Mensah–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith
Kershaw finished 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA and an NL-leading 232 strikeouts in 236 innings.Medlen, 27, doesn’t have quite as long a resumé as Kershaw. But when he’s on, the Atlanta right-hander has been just as effective.Medlen made a mechanical adjustment in early August, keeping his left shoulder closed to the plate slightly longer, a move that Braves catcher Brian McCann said generated more movement on Medlen’s fastball. The results showed: In his last nine outings, Medlen went 6-2 with a 1.37 ERA.His best pitch, however, is a changeup. Batters hit .201 against the pitch in 2013, according to the website FanGraphs.com — up from .087 last year, when Medlen went 10-1 with a 1.57 ERA after converting from a reliever to a starter at midseason.“It’s very good, and that’s a big reason he’s able to work both sides of the plate,” McCann said. ATLANTA >> Kris Medlen and Clayton Kershaw have never faced each other in the regular season, but their meeting today in Game 1 of the National League Division Series could be the first of many to come.Kershaw’s superiority is well-documented. This year, the Dodgers’ left-hander became the first pitcher to lead the majors in earned-run average three straight years since Greg Maddux from 1993-95. He’s in line to collect his second NL Cy Young Award in three years, all by the tender age of 25.Another award would be nice, but adding to his legacy with a classic October performance is at the top of Kershaw’s to-do list.“I always love to watch Andy Pettitte and his postseason success,” he said. “That’s stuff that you remember. You can’t really control if your team gets there (to the playoffs) or not to a certain point, but it definitely is fair, I would say, for a legacy.” Medlen finished with a 15-12 record and a 3.11 ERA, all team-highs. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Takefusa KuboKampala, Uganda | XINHUA | Real Madrid’s Japanese international forward Takefusa Kubo has joined Villarreal on a one-year loan, the two clubs confirmed on Monday.The news comes five days after the Spanish press reported that the two clubs were close to an agreement for the 19-year-old, who impressed in a loan spell last season at Mallorca, where he scored four goals in 35 league appearances.The lack of an EU passport is a big handicap for Kubo. La Liga clubs are only allowed three non-EU players in their matchday squads, and Madrid already have Serbia’s Luka Jovic and the Brazilian trio of Eder Militao, Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior among their ranks.Kubo, 19, would also have to compete against established players such as Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio for a place in the Madrid side.The loan will cost Villarreal 2.5 million euros (around 3 million U.S. dollars) for the season and will give the youngster the chance to play European football and work with experienced coach Unai Emery. He is the first signing of the summer for Villarreal, who are expected to announce the arrival of midfield duo Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin from Valencia in the coming days.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp
Search and rescue personnel are looking for the pilot of a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle that crashed in the North Sea on Monday morning, according to Stars and Stripes.The plane, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in England, was on a routine training mission and had one pilot on board, base officials said. It went down off the coast of East Yorkshire at 9:40 a.m., local time.The cause of the crash and the status of the pilot were not immediately known, they said.An F-15C from the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing skidded to a stop at Joint Base Andrews, Md., last month after the pilot declared an in-flight emergency. No injuries were reported.On June 10, 2018, an F-15C from the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, crashed into the ocean south of Okinawa. The pilot ejected and was recovered by Japanese rescue forces.The 48th FW is the only Air Force F-15 fighter wing in Europe, and consists of more than 4,500 active-duty military members.RAF Lakenheath is the largest U.S. Air Force-operated base in England, according to their website.
CHERYL PEARSON-MCNEILWhen it comes to defining that which is “typically American,” I think we’re going to have to add “sports” to the old expression, “As American as Mom and apple pie.”We are a country full of sports fanatics. (While I might not exactly fall into that category, I am the mother of an extraordinary 17-year-old athlete and lover of all things sports. So, I have to admit, that I need to step up and try to keep up)!Nielsen numbers bear this out. Sports programs are among the top watched in African-American households as well as those of the general population, with the Super Bowl consistently ranking as the most-watched program across the board. In fact, Super Bowl XLVII drew 108 million viewers nationally.African–Americans made up a whopping 12.5 million of those viewers. (Personally, I enjoy the parties and the commercials, the game? Not so much.)With football and basketball season in full swing, Nielsen has identified and measured a phenomenal, growing niche industry, Fantasy Sports.Now, for those of you who, like me, were not familiar with this popular trend—Fantasy Leagues are places where you can use the web, smartphones and/or tablets, act as sports general managers, to draft professional athletes from your favorite pro teams to make up the roster how you see it in your own personal league. Fantasy points are awarded to the players, based on their performance in the actual games being played. You and your friends can compete or bet against each other while watching the real game.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers sent a strong message to the rest of the Kootenays the road to the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships travels through the Heritage City.For the second weekend the Bombers made it to a tournament final, this time winning the Mount Sentinel High School Boy’s Basketball title with a convincing 72-47 victory over the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks Saturday in South Slocan.Last weekend in Kamloops, LVR lost to the NorKam Saints in the final of the Westsyde Wundas tournament. “The thing that impressed me about the tournament was the team play,” head coach Blair D’Andrea told The Nelson Daily Monday.Jason D’Andrea pour into 34 points to lead the Bombers to the lopsided victory. “Jason wasn’t shooting that well in the first two game but was unconscious through three quarters when I took him out,” D’Andrea said.LVR made it look easy against the rebuilding Hawks. John Zak had 14 points while Garrett Perry added 10.LVR advanced to the final by outlasting the Selkirk Storm of Kimberley 89-66. The contest was close for until LVR tightened up the defensive pressure on the Storm.Clay Rickaby was a force in the paint, collecting 24 points while pulling down countless rebounds. Zak had a strong game with 20 points while Jason D’Andrea has 21. Perry added 10 points.“We wanted to send a message back to the East Kootenay we are the team to beat to go to provincials,” D’Andrea exclaimed.LVR gained some revenge in the opener by pounding the Osoyoos Rattlers 70-21. The Rattlers upset the Bombers in the final during the 2009 Mount Sentinel Tournament.This season the contest was over early. Rickaby led all scorers with 26 points while Zak scored ten.The Bombers 5-1 on the season, get a huge test as the club travels to Cranbrook Friday to compete in the Mount Baker Wild tournament.LVR will see some very strong AAA opposition from Alberta along with the always-tough Wild.However, the Bombers will be looking to send another message to the East when the club meets Golden, a perennial contender for the Kootenay AA Zone title.Wolves hit by StormSelkirk edged Grand Forks Wolves 59-57 in the consolation final earlier Saturday at Mount Sentinel while Nakusp edged Heritage Christian 71-68 in the fifth-sixth contest.Host Mount Sentinel rode the 21-point performance of Steve Hernandez to dump Osoyoos Rattlers 65-33 to finish seventh firstname.lastname@example.org