“I only had three days to decide whether to sign for Madrid or Barça”

first_imgBut the transfer to Madrid, at just 18 years old, was not easy for Vini. The 45 million euros it cost were a backpack that took time to take off. “I had to make everyone forget about the price. It was one of the hardest parts, more than just playing regularly.“recalls the attacker. For that, playing continuously, he also had to row upstream. He came to a team in which his coach, Julen Lopetegui, did not consider him an immediate performance asset.” He lacks cooking, “said the Vinicius himself, upon learning about Lopetegui’s plans, who offered to play for Castilla in Second B. With the subsidiary, he scored four goals in 428 minutes, in which he showed glimpses of future crack. He left with his team. But Lopetegui kept him in the train. The firing of the Spaniard and the arrival of Solari opened the sky for him. The Argentine embraced Vini as a solution to a gray season and responded, although with more daring and impudence that I succeed. With Lopetegui he played only 42 minutes in two games (without goals or goals); with Solari, 2,038 in 31 games (seven goals and 13 assists). “Fortunately, I played many games in my first season. Now I have passed 50 games with Real Madrid: few players succeed at such a young age …” Now, after an irregular start with Zidane, he has once again become Madrid’s hope. On March 1, Vinicius faced Barça at the Bernabéu and scored his first goal. Somewhat paved the way for Real Madrid to win (2-0), but the story could have been different. The Brazilian, 16 years old, had a pre-agreement with the Catalan club that was broken when Madrid appeared on the scene. The player remembered those days in the magazine FourFourTwo, in an interview that will be published in the April edition but of which there is already a preview on its website. The signing of Vinicius by the Concha Espina club began to cook in 2017, in the South American U-17. “It was just after coming back from the South American in Chile. There were already rumors in the press, but I never believed them. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona put offers on the table and I only had three days to make my decision. I always wanted to play for the best club, so that’s why I chose Real. “Barça had him tied up. He even used Neymar, who telephoned the young man to persuade him to wear the Barça shirt. But a week after reaching that preliminary agreement, Wagner Ribeiro, a well-known representative at the Bernabéu offices and a partner of TFM, Vinicius’s agency, offered it to Madrid. The pulse ended with the Brazilian from Flamengo dressed in white for 45 million. “My parents visited both clubs and they liked it more. It combined what I wanted, and I felt that their project was better for me. I saw that they gave many minutes to younger players, like me, and they were having an outstanding moment of success in the Champions League at the time. “last_img read more

Diego Costa, goal of Roma

first_imgSo if it is true the saying that “the third one is defeated”, this summer Rome will try what it did not come out in 2013 or 2018: the signing of Diego Costa. The one of Lagarto, who does not live his best moments in Atlético, with two long injuries in the last two years that have forced him to undergo surgery and They have eroded their performance to unthinkable numbers at the LaLiga Costa of the Year, just seven goals in 40 games. That 2013-14 there were 36 in 51. An abyss of difference. Still, as they point most strongly from Italy, Roma looking for a partner for Dzeko (15 goals in 32 games this season), after the signing of Kalinic ‘frog came out’ (they will not exercise the right to purchase the loan: they will return it to Atlético) and on Gianluca’s agenda Petrachi, sports director, the name underlined and in bold, is that of Diego Costa. Fundamental to Simeone, always his bulwarkBecause of that fury and that force that infects others, especially in bad times, the crisis caused by the coronavirus could lengthen his stay at Atlético. The rojiblanco club, drowned by the economy (it is one of the clubs that has declared an ERTE) he will not undertake many signings in summer (Andrea Berta, his sports director, already recognized him the other day in statements to Tuttosport, “it would be best if there were no market”) and, although Atlético is looking for a ‘9’, Costa could continue. Last season in the winter market there was a significant offer from China that he rejected. Also of interest in Qatar, Brazil …With contract until June 2021, his market value has dropped to 18 million euros, according to the last update of the specialized page Transfermarkt. The Rome, as also reported by the Italian press, does not know still the price that he Athletic can ask you to undertake the signing of the Spanish-Brazilian striker who in August will be 32 years old. Although girlfriends are not lacking. Also from Italy, Naples follows, in addition to clubs from Qatar and Brazil. He more interested, however it is the Rome, waiting for that other saying not to be fulfilled this summer: “there are not two without three”.last_img read more

NCAA volleyball: CSB stays in semis hunt, ends Arellano’s unbeaten streak

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In the first match, Letran also stayed in the semifinals hunt with a gritty 25-21, 25-27, 25-19, 20-25, 15-12 victory over also-ran Emilio Aguinaldo College.Jayme Parin captained the Lady Knights with 18 points, 16 off kills, while Miracle Mendoza pumped two service aces to wound up with 17.Letran rose to 3-4, while the Lady Generals fell to 1-6.Laidesheen Magbanua and Jaylene Lumbo both finished with 17 points in the defeat for EAC.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde picked the best day to come alive, toppling erstwhile unbeaten Arellano University, 25-21, 25-20, 19-25, 25-12, in NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Ranya Musa got the job done on defense as five of her team-best 17 points came off blocks.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Rachel Austero added 15 markers, while Klarisa Abriam and Marites Pablo combined for 26 points in the upset.The win kept the Lady Blazers alive in the Final Four race as they improved to 4-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJovie Prado held the fort for the Lady Chiefs with 14 points.It was Arellano’s first defeat of the season to drop to 7-1, and its first in 20 games overall dating back to last season. 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Unseeded Filipina Alex Eala rules tennis tilt in France LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Park Magic at $249 a head

first_img“We will see just a few of these, at most, each day,” she said. The program is part of Six Flags’ continuing effort to spruce up its parks and its bottom line, Goldberg said. Six Flags, which sold off six theme parks earlier this year to cut its debt, is seeking to attract more families because teens drawn by the thrill rides don’t spend much on food and concessions. At Magic Mountain, a face-lift is under way before the park opens daily for the season next month. Disneyland’s comparable VIP package costs $75 an hour. For the non-VIPs, Magic Mountain offers an online special – $39.99 for a day’s pass. Otherwise, the price is $59.99 for general admission or $29.99 for children under 4 feet. Parking is $15 or $30 with valet service. VIP passes can be obtained online at sixflags.com/vip. Those who reserve VIP spots at any Six Flags park in the nation will be contacted in advance by a specially trained tour guide to tailor their trip, meals and even their preferred Looney Toon characters for private meetings. Employees auditioned for the VIP guide posts are expected to know every nook and cranny of the theme park. VALENCIA – In a continuing drive to attract a clientele beyond the cash-poor teen thrill seekers, Six Flags California, Valencia, is offering VIP passes – $249 per person for high-end treatment that includes going to the front of the line. With tax, that’s more than $1,000 for a family of four to spend the day at Magic Mountain or neighboring Hurricane Harbor. “If you want a really special day at the park, this is the way to do it,” Six Flags spokeswoman Wendy Goldberg said Wednesday. “It’s definitely a new kind of experience.” The perks include premium parking, meals, no waiting in line and private meetings and photos with cartoon characters. Just a few VIP passes will be sold daily to ensure those waiting in the blistering sun of a Valencia summer don’t get irked at those who get to cut in at the front of the line, Goldberg said. The VIP program will be customized to include safaris or animal attractions at some parks nationwide. “We designed the Six Flags VIP program around a complete entertainment and guest-service experience that no other theme park could match,” said Brandon Holst, the corporate manager of guest programs and special services. “Families can plan their ideal day in advance.” At $249 per person, plus tax, the program is suggested for a minimum of four people in Valencia. The rate is $199 at several parks in the South and East. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want 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

Paddy Lacey sacked by Accrington Stanley after being handed 14-month drug ban

first_imgAccrington have sacked midfielder Paddy Lacey after he was given 14-month ban by the Football Association for taking cocaine.Lacey, 24, admitted breaching anti-doping rules after testing positive for Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following Accrington’s game against Hartlepool on November 22.Accrington immediately suspended Lacey pending the outcome of disciplinary action and after the FA announced his suspension on Friday, the Sky Bet League Two club have terminated his contract.“The 24-year-old tested positive for a prohibited substance after the game at Hartlepool United in November 2016,” the club said in a statement.“He was immediately suspended by the club pending the outcome of the disciplinary action taken by the FA.“Upon the completion of those proceedings this week, the club took immediate action and terminated the contract of the player.“Accrington Stanley has strong values on anyone taking any prohibited substances and will always act in the strongest possible way to protect the integrity of the football club.“There will be no further comment.”Lacey joined Accrington on a free transfer from Barrow in July last year and made 17 appearances this season, but has not played since December 10.An FA statement read: “Patrick Lacey has been ordered to serve a 14-month suspension from all football and football activity after admitting a breach of The FA’s Anti-Doping Regulations.“The Accrington Stanley player provided an in-competition urine sample which contained the presence of Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine.“The test was carried out after the Hartlepool United versus Accrington Stanley game on November 22, 2016.“The suspension, which followed an Independent Regulatory Commission Hearing, is effective from December 15, 2016, up to and including February 14, 2018.” 1 The 24-year-old tested positive for cocaine last_img read more

Manchester United approach would be ‘a tempting invitation’ says Monaco star

first_img Fabinho could be on the move 1 Monaco star Fabinho has described Manchester United’s reported approach for him as ‘a tempting invitation’.The Brazilian midfielder, who can also play at right-back, is said to be wanted at Old Trafford by Jose Mourinho.Some reports this week have even claimed that a £35m move is already in the pipeline and Fabinho has done little to dampen the speculation.During a live television interview, the 23-year-old admitted he would have to think carefully about any proposal from United.“It’s a tempting invitation,” he told Esporte Interativo when asked about United’s interest.“I would first talk to my agent, Monaco too, to decide everything right.“But it’s a great club, sure enough I would think well about it.”last_img read more

Ballyliffin Golf Club announce forthcoming fixtures

first_imgConfined Sunday 17th July 20161st Jackie McGeoghegan (21) 39pts2nd Denis McElhinney (11) 37pts3rd Pat Harkin (16) 37pts4th Tony Finn (16) 36ptsGross: Cecil Doherty (7) 30ptsCSS: 72Confined Saturday 16th July 20161st Marc Desmond (10) 35pts2nd Gerry Redden (12) 33pts3rd Eamonn O’Donnell (16) 33pts4th Shaun O’Donnell (8) 33ptsGross: Brendan Devlin (1) 28ptsCSS: R/OTuesday 12th July 2016 Ladies & Gents Open1st Lady: Kathleen Morris 36pts1st Gent: Gerry Mullan 41pts2nd Gerry Redden 35ptsGross: Marc Desmond 26Gross3rd Mary T Hackett 34ptsFront 9: Gertie Monagle 21ptsBack 9: Ann Diver 17ptsVisitor: Conor Burns 31ptsSS: 75 Forthcoming Events & FixturesSaturday 23rd July Confined on The Old Links. Pro-Am on Glashedy LinksSunday 24th July Confined on Glashedy Links. Pro-Am on The Old LinksTuesday 2nd Aug & Wed 3rd Aug Clonmany Festival Open on The Old LinksSaturday 6th August Carndonagh FC Classic on The Old Links.Timesheet 0749378100 Visitors €40, Members €25Ballyliffin Golf Club Results by Phelim DavenportA stiff breeze over the weekend kept the scoring very modest both days. The Saturday Confined was claimed by Marc Desmond [10] with 35pts, been awhile since that score claimed a weekend comp. In 2nd place was Gerry Redden [12] with 33pts. Eamon O Donnell did the fatherly thing and edged his son out of 3rd place on the break of a tie with 33pts. Shaun O Donnell [8] also had 33pts for 4th but graciously let the oul boy have 3rd. Brendan Devlin [1] claimed the gross with 28 gross pts.The Sunday Competiton was won by the evergreen Jackie Mc Geoghan [21] with 39pts. He should be worth a couple of euro for Captain’s Day. In 2nd spot was Denis McElhinney [11] with 37pts. 3rd place was taken by Pat Harkin[16] also with 37pts. Tony Finn was 4th with 36 pts. Cecil Doherty kept his good form going by claiming the Gross with 30 gross pts.Ballyliffin Golf Club announce forthcoming fixtures was last modified: July 20th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ballyliffin golf club noteslast_img read more

Jack Wilshere confirms he will leave Arsenal against his wishes after 17 years

first_imgJack Wilshere has confirmed he will be leaving Arsenal after 17 years at the club.In a lengthy post on his Instagram account, the midfielder admitted he had to leave the club ‘for footballing reasons’ after multiple meetings with new boss Unai Emery. gameday who plays? The 26-year-old revealed he wanted to take a pay cut in order to extend his stay in north London, but a move to pastures new is now on the horizon.Although the England international (who was left out of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad) has not revealed where he will be playing next season, he has interest from both the Premier League and Serie A.He said: “Following a number of extensive conversations with those at the club, and in particular a recent meeting with the new manager Unai Emery, I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have to purely footballing reasons.“As has been widely reported I, along with my representative, have been in talks with the club for a number of months with the view to signing a new contract to extend my stay at the Emirates. possible xi However, his promising career has been severely disrupted by injuries “My intention throughout these discussions has always been to remain an Arsenal player.“I have been on the books at Arsenal for 17 years and have always felt part of the fabric of the club.“Such was my desire to stay that I had in fact recently agreed to sign a financially reduced contract in order to commit my future to the club.”After bursting onto the scene as a 16-year-old, Wilshere went from strength to strength with the Gunners.After a short loan spell with Bolton Wanderers, Wilshere was voted into the 2011 PFA Team of the Year, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year and the Arsenal Player of the Season along the way.However, injuries have continued to dog his career at the Emirates. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Latest Football news highlights After a largely unsuccessful season with Bournemouth in the 2016-17 season, Wilshere returned to his parent club with a view to proving his form and fitness in time for the World Cup and with a view to earning a new deal.However, it appears he has fallen short of both of those goals and will be plying his trade elsewhere as of next season.Check out the full post below. predicted 2 2 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener NEW ERA Wilshere is a firm favourite at the Emirates, having spent 17 years with Arsenal ALTERED crackers Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes last_img read more

Oswalt, Astros even series

first_imgST. LOUIS — Yes, it is possible to win on the road in the NL championship series. Roy Oswalt showed the way for Houston, silencing the St. Louis Cardinals and all their red-clad fans. Oswalt pitched seven stellar innings, Chris Burke kept up his unlikely postseason hitting and the Astros defeated the Cardinals 4-1 Thursday night, evening the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. Houston scrounged for a couple of runs off Mark Mulder one scoring on a passed ball, the other on Craig Biggio’s groundout. The Astros added two more in the eighth off reliever Julian Tavares. Burke, hero of the division series, came through again in his first postseason start by scoring two runs and driving in another with a two-out single in the eighth ending Houston’s 0-for-14 drought with runners in scoring position. “Take your hat off to him,’ St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. “He never put the ball over the middle of the plate when we had a chance to hurt him.’ In the fifth, Edmonds took a called third strike on a 3-2 pitch. Two innings later, the crowd of 52,358 nearly all adorned in red was in an uproar after the Cardinals put runners at first and second with only one out. But Oswalt retired David Eckstein with a fly ball to center, then got Edmonds on a grounder to first the last of the starter’s 108 pitches. Oswalt covered on the play, pumping his fist after he took the flip from Lance Berkman. “That’s not typical,’ Astros manager Phil Garner said. “That’s about the most you’ll get out of Roy.’ The Central Division rivals are meeting in the NLCS for the second year in a row, and their first eight games all went to the home team. The 2004 series went the distance, with St. Louis advancing to the World Series by winning four games at Busch Stadium. The streak continued with the Cardinals winning 5-3 in Game 1 Wednesday. Now, St. Louis has to win at least one game in Texas something it couldn’t do last year to bring the series back to soon-to-be demolished Busch. The next three games are in Houston, beginning with Saturday’s contest matching Roger Clemens of the Astros against St. Louis’ Matt Morris. “We’re definitely pleased to take one game here and take the momentum,’ Burke said. “We’re excited to get home to our fans and that place will be rocking.’ Burke’s run-scoring single gave the Astros a 3-1 lead, and he came all the way around to score when Adam Everett tripled off the glove of left-fielder Reggie Sanders. Sanders, the Cardinals’ hottest postseason hitter with 12 RBIs, fell awkwardly on the warning track and left the game with a sprained lower back. “The doctor said it was like a train wreck,’ La Russa said. “He didn’t break anything, but he was bruised all over.’ The Cardinals fell behind for the first time in the playoffs when Houston pushed an unearned run across in the second. Burke, who had an 18th-inning homer to clinch an opening-round victory over Atlanta and a pinch-hit homer in Game 1 against St. Louis, started in this one and kept up his torrid hitting. He tripled to the gap in the second, barely beating Mark Grudzielanek’s relay throw. Mulder retired Everett on a grounder back to the mound, then walked Brad Ausmus intentionally to get to the weak-hitting Oswalt. On a 2-0 count, Ausmus took off for second on an attempted steal, which appeared to distract catcher Yadier Molina. He let an inside fastball deflect off his glove for a passed ball, and Burke trotted home with the first run of the game. In its first four postseason games, St. Louis outscored San Diego and Houston 16-0 through the first four innings. The Astros made it 2-0 in the fifth. Ausmus doubled to the wall, Oswalt got down a sacrifice bunt and Biggio hit a grounder to short with the infield back to drive in the run. The Cardinals put two runners on against Oswalt in the first to bring up Sanders, whose two-run homer sparked a 5-3 victory in the opener. This time, he ended the threat by grounding out to third. Edmonds atoned a bit for his offensive shortcomings with a brilliant defensive play in the sixth. Morgan Ensberg hit a drive to the gap in right-center, but Edmonds stretched out to make the backhanded catch, belly-flopping onto the warning track but holding on. Mulder pitched good enough to win, giving up eight hits and one earned run in seven innings. But Oswalt was even better.@Jump continued line:Continued from C1 sixth with a 438-foot home run that cleared the Houston bullpen. Otherwise, Oswalt made every big pitch he needed, improving his career postseason record to 3-0. The Cardinals went 0-for-6 against the right-hander with runners in scoring position. Oswalt twice faced Jim Edmonds with two runners on and came out on top both times against the dangerous left- handed hitter. “Take your hat off to him,’ St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. “He never put the ball over the middle of the plate when we had a chance to hurt him.’ In the fifth, Edmonds took a called third strike on a 3-2 pitch. Two innings later, the crowd of 52,358 nearly all adorned in red was in an uproar after the Cardinals put runners at first and second with only one out. But Oswalt retired David Eckstein with a fly ball to center, then got Edmonds on a grounder to first the last of the starter’s 108 pitches. Oswalt covered on the play, pumping his fist after he took the flip from Lance Berkman. “That’s not typical,’ Astros manager Phil Garner said. “That’s about the most you’ll get out of Roy.’ The Central Division rivals are meeting in the NLCS for the second year in a row, and their first eight games all went to the home team. The 2004 series went the distance, with St. Louis advancing to the World Series by winning four games at Busch Stadium. The streak continued with the Cardinals winning 5-3 in Game 1 Wednesday. Now, St. Louis has to win at least one game in Texas something it couldn’t do last year to bring the series back to soon-to-be demolished Busch. The next three games are in Houston, beginning with Saturday’s contest matching Roger Clemens of the Astros against St. Louis’ Matt Morris. “We’re definitely pleased to take one game here and take the momentum,’ Burke said. “We’re excited to get home to our fans and that place will be rocking.’ Burke’s run-scoring single gave the Astros a 3-1 lead, and he came all the way around to score when Adam Everett tripled off the glove of left-fielder Reggie Sanders. Sanders, the Cardinals’ hottest postseason hitter with 12 RBIs, fell awkwardly on the warning track and left the game with a sprained lower back. “The doctor said it was like a train wreck,’ La Russa said. “He didn’t break anything, but he was bruised all over.’ The Cardinals fell behind for the first time in the playoffs when Houston pushed an unearned run across in the second. Burke, who had an 18th-inning homer to clinch an opening- round victory over Atlanta and a pinch-hit homer in Game 1 against St. Louis, started in this one and kept up his torrid hitting. He tripled to the gap in the second, barely beating Mark Grudzielanek’s relay throw. Mulder retired Everett on a grounder back to the mound, then walked Brad Ausmus intentionally to get to the weak- hitting Oswalt. On a 2-0 count, Ausmus took off for second on an attempted steal, which appeared to distract catcher Yadier Molina. He let an inside fastball deflect off his glove for a passed ball, and Burke trotted home with the first run of the game. In its first four postseason games, St. Louis outscored San Diego and Houston 16-0 through the first four innings. The Astros made it 2-0 in the fifth. Ausmus doubled to the wall, Oswalt got down a sacrifice bunt and Biggio hit a grounder to short with the infield back to drive in the run. The Cardinals put two runners on against Oswalt in the first to bring up Sanders, whose two- run homer sparked a 5-3 victory in the opener. This time, he ended the threat by grounding out to third. Edmonds atoned a bit for his offensive shortcomings with a brilliant defensive play in the sixth. Morgan Ensberg hit a drive to the gap in right-center, but Edmonds stretched out to make the backhanded catch, belly-flopping onto the warning track but holding on. Mulder pitched good enough to win, giving up eight hits and one earned run in seven innings. But Oswalt was even better. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Well, I was hardly the hero tonight,’ said Burke, now 5-for-8 with two homers and four RBIs in the postseason. “Roy was great seven innings pitched and one run. He bailed us out quite a few times. Luckily, I was able to get a couple knocks.’ Brad Lidge came on for a two-inning save, closing out the six-hitter with three strikeouts. Oswalt allowed only five hits, struck out six and didn’t let a runner past second base except for Albert Pujols, who led off the sixth with a 438-foot home run that cleared the Houston bullpen. Otherwise, Oswalt made every big pitch he needed, improving his career postseason record to 3-0. The Cardinals went 0-for-6 against the right-hander with runners in scoring position. Oswalt twice faced Jim Edmonds with two runners on and came out on top both times against the dangerous left-handed hitter. last_img read more

Vipers SC reveal squad for 2019/2020 season

first_imgVipers SC finished second in the league last season. (PHOTOS/Vipers)As the countdown to the 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season continues, all the 16 teams expected to take part are beefing up their respective preparations.On Monday, July 30th, Vipers SC revealed the squad of players they intend to use throughout the campaign.The Venoms who had an average season, last, are very much intent on improving their 2018/19 showings and have already acquired new faces that they hope will improve their 2nd place finish.The new faces along with the old-ones were all unveiled at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.The new acquisitionsThe Venoms splashed cash on the likes of Rashid Toha, Paul Willa, Siraje Ssentamu and Allan Kayiwa. Toha was signed from Onduparaka, Ssentamu who has previously featured for Vipers returned from URA FC, Willa joins from Police FC while Kayiwa joined from Tooro United.Other new facesAside from the high profile signings, the Venoms have also brought in Henry Kitegenyi from Kansai Plascon and Denis Mwemezi from Ssese.Vipers are a side that prides it’s self on their feeder side St. Mary’s Kitende and once again have promoted several youngstars from their accademy.The six players that have been promoted include goalkeeper Denis Kiggundu, defenders Ahmed Amayo and Jacob Okao, midfielders Najib Yiga and Karim Watambala and forward Richard Basangwa.The Venoms have also recalled back Frank ‘Zaga’ Tuwesigye from his season long loan at Express FC. Zaga spent the entire 2018/19 season at the Red Eagles where he at times showed flushes of brilliance but failed to assert his authority to the side that finished mid table.Speaking after his unveiling, defender-Toha assured that he is at Vipers to compete and hopefully win titles.“I am happy to be here and ready to compete in a sporting way to serve the club and contribute immensely. Vipers is a big side and hopefully I can win titles here.” Toha stated.The unveiling ceremony was graced by Vipers SC club patron Lawrence Mulindwa who expressed his delight to see players graduating from St. Mary’s Kitende and also backed the new technical team.“Seeing many young players graduate from the school team and our academy team to the real senior team is a dream come true, noted Mulindwa.“This is what we have been working for over the years.“With the new technical team in place, we are in the right direction.Mulindwa (left) speaking to the press on Monday.The Venoms announced the departure of Nam Ouma as head coach and it was announced last week that the Kenyan would be replaced by Edward Golola.Golola will work with Ram Nyakana Mpuga (fitness coach), Edward Ssali (second assistant coach), Mathius Kassagga (physiotherapist) and Moses Oloya as goalkeeping coach, as part of his technical team.The Venoms had a disappointing 2018/19 season, finishing second to KCCA FC in the league, exiting both the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup in the early stages before losing to Proline FC in the last 8 of the Uganda Cup. As consequence, the team needed freshening up and with the arrivals of new players, some of the old ones have been released.The old faces that have been let go of include Yayo Lutimba, Joseph Jjanjali, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Karim Niyigizimana and Duncan Sseninde.Moses Waiswa was sold to South Africa’s SuperSport United and former skipper Tadeo Lwanga is finalizing a move to Egypt.It was also announced that defender Halid Lwaliwa will replace Lwanga as Vipers SC’s new captain for the upcoming season.Comments Tags: Allan KayiwaLawrance MulindwaPaul WillaRashid TohaSiraje SsentamuStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguevipers sclast_img read more