David Villa: Not right to compare Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ And Villa, when he got transferred to Atletico Madrid in the 2013-2014 season, was in the same city as Ronaldo when the Real Madrid megastar broke Messi’s Ballon d’Or streak.However Villa said Messi and Ronaldo should never be compared to each other as they both made contributions to the game of football.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Both are very good players,” said Villa, a World Cup winner with Spain in 2010, in a phone interview with Inquirer for History Channel’s History of Football. “It’s not right to compare both because they do a lot of good things.”Messi and Ronaldo’s magic in La Liga saw the two tally five Ballon d’Ors each, the Portuguese already had one with Manchester United in the Premier League before landing in Madrid. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Tennis star Boris Becker and wife separate after 13 years LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations David Villa. CONTRIBUTED PHOTODavid Villa is one of those players who has seen the greatness of both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on a personal level.The three-time La Liga winner was part of FC Barcelona when Messi won three of his five Ballon d’Ors.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Villa, who was the second-highest scorer in the 2010 World Cup, has become a football ambassador of sorts after playing for Melbourne City in Australia’s A-League and now with New York City FC in Major League Soccer.And the 36-year-old striker has become the global ambassador for History Channel in promoting History of Football, which will air until June 4, ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.“It is really important for me to be involved in this event because this show is for everybody in the world,” said Villa.And as Spain tries to regain its stature in world football, after a disappointing group stage exit in the 2014 World Cup, Villa said every single player in the Red Fury’s roster has to give it their all.“I don’t like talking about individual players because you need all the players to be good,” said Villa who scored 59 goals for Spain. “I am looking forward to what the players can give to Spain.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Foreign GECOM head “impossible”– Granger

first_img… excuses rejection of 2 lists of nomineesPresident David Granger has ruled out appointing a foreign national to the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), describing that development as undesirable and impossible.Speaking during this week’s airing of the Public Interest, (which had been conspicuously absent for some time), Granger also sought to excuse his rejection of two lists of nominees for the GECOM Chair submitted to him by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.“The Constitution requires the Leader of the Opposition to give me a list of six persons who are not unacceptable,” Granger said. “And if he gives me a list with five or four or three, it would be a breach of the Constitution. The danger is that some names — and I’m not going to name any names — may appear on the list (but they) do not conform to the criteria, and it narrows my choice. I have to have six names from which to choose. If five are unqualified, I have no choice. He (Jagdeo) drives me into picking one person, and I need to have a choice of six.”Asked about a timeline in light of the approaching elections in 2020, Granger was adamant that this issue can be settled “in a week.” He repeated his contention that the two lists were not consistent with the Constitution.The President’s inflexibility comes even though the second list included two retired judges and three attorneys-at-law.The Opposition has long argued that the Constitution is on its side, and that the interpretation of the constitutional provision in regard to the appointment of a GECOM Chairman had been settled by the People’s National Congress (PNC), with the then party leader Desmond Hoyte, SC, even submitting Granger’s name twice for the top GECOM position.“My criterion has not been challenged,” Granger said. “When the second list came, there were names that did not conform to the criteria. I hope the third list conforms to the criteria. I’m not going to choose from one person.”Almost five months and two lists later, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had suggested to the President that there be an amendment to the Constitution to allow for foreign nationals to be nominated to the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission. Jagdeo has said this was one of the propositions he had made to the President when he met with him recently to discuss a way forward on the GECOM matter and to resolve the impasse.The former Head of State said, “Why not let us jointly amend that part of the Constitution, where we can submit now (names of foreign nationals for the post of GECOM Chair)? We can search around the world, so my list now can show people from around the world; some of the best people from around the world, so that is one of my suggestions.”Jagdeo said Granger had not agreed with this suggestion, and had suggested as a counter-proposal that a search committee be established that could possibly comprise six respected individuals; three from each side.But Jagdeo argued that this would only enable the President to pick one of the nominees instead, which according to him is a direct violation of the Constitution.Jagdeo, in April last, had submitted to President Granger a second batch of six nominees for the post of Chairman of GECOM. They were retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy; retired Justice William Ramlall; former Magistrate Oneidge Walrond-Allicock; Attorneys Kashir Khan and Nadia Sagar; and businessman Captain Gerald Gouveia.This second list followed Granger deeming the first list “unacceptable” in early January 2017 because none of the nominees was a judge, retired judge, or eligible to be appointed a judge. Granger’s rejection of the list was in keeping with his interpretation of Guyana’s Constitution.last_img read more

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Local Cancer Society Receives Award

first_imgPhoto: The Canadian Cancer Society (BC/Yukon Division) held their annual regional council meeting in Prince George this past weekend. Pictured in this photos is Fort St. John unit president Theresa Walsh receiving the Community Program Award for the local unit. The award is presented to a unit that has demonstrated exceptional achievement in the areas of peer support, practical support and prevention – Submitted- Advertisement –last_img

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Plans for new skate park excite audience at workshop

first_imgTyler was most excited by the 360-degree tunnel included in the design, even though the beginning skater doesn’t yet have the skill to ride it. But Tyler’s mom, Denise Schumann, said she is sure he’ll get more experience before the park’s expected opening next summer. “This design is great and long overdue,” she said. Replacing the current 12,000-square-foot skate park, the new and improved 25,000-square-foot skate park promises to attract “shredders” from all over. Its amenities were compiled from ideas at a community workshop in December that allowed local skaters and bikers to design six different “dream parks.” CANYON COUNTRY – Full of state-of-the-art bowls, verts, grind boxes, rails and stairs, Santa Clarita’s new skate park promises to bring innovation to skaters and BMX riders across the valley. “The design is unique and hasn’t been done before in other skate parks,” said designer Brian Moore of Site Design Group. The current local skate park was built in 1998, “and skating and BMXing has changed a lot in nine years,” he said. The design was revealed at a Saturday community workshop meeting and was well-received by the extreme-sports crowd. “This design is dope,” said 9-year-old Tyler Schumann. The most-requested attractions for the new park included lighting for night skating, elaborate concrete hills and valleys, hips, ditches, half pipes and full pipes, ledges of various sizes and a stage and stairs. “We are really trying to hear the community to meet the needs of every skater and biker,” said Glenn Bogna, the city’s project manager for the skate park. The new skate park will be at Reuthers Avenue and Centre Pointe Parkway, the focal point of entrance to what will eventually be a new 60-acre sports complex. BMX riders Cody Davis and former pro-biker Brian Martin are just excited to see local government invest in a new skate park. “This (current) park is really small and more of a beginner park,” Martin said. Davis and Martin also favored longer operating hours for the new park to appease older riders who want to ride after work and on weekend nights. “There’s a youth session on weekend mornings, which I think is great, but maybe we should have an evening adult session, too,” Martin said. Still, most skaters and bikers at Saturday’s meeting were just excited and eager to see their dream park become a reality. The final design plan will be reviewed by the city Parks and Recreation Committee on March 1, with the goal of breaking ground by January. For more information, go to www.sitedesigngroup.com or call (661) 286-4000 and ask for the project manager. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want 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

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Southgate on Rooney, England Under-21s and the Three Lions’ friendly against Norway

first_imgEngland Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show to cast his eye over the latest developments with the national team.Roy Hodgson’s side will play Norway in a friendly at Wembley on Wednesday night, and then travel to Switzerland for their opening Euro 2016 clash on Monday evening.The Young Lions will face Lithuania and Moldova in the coming days in two UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifiers.You can listen to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show every weekday morning from 6-10am only on talkSPORTlast_img read more

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HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED AS GLENTIES IN NEW BID TO SET LEPRECHAUN WORLD RECORD!

first_imgBY DARBY O’GILL: THEY were pipped on the line last year by a bunch of leprechauns in Co Cork.But the little people of Co Donegal are set to rise up once again this Sunday – in a bid to land a world record!For Glenties is once again going to try to beat Bandon in having the most people dressed as leprechauns and set a new Guinness Book of World Records feat. If you have your costume from last year then you are all set to take part just register that you want to take part – count time is 1pm on St Patrick’s Day, this Sunday.Bandon’s record is 1,263 – Glenties want to bring out 2,013 leprechauns or a new record and to mark The Gathering 2013.If you want to take part and are looking for a costume you can contact us on our new facebook page glenties leprechauns which has been set up especially for the event, you can email: carmeldoherty10@gmail.com or tel: Carmel on 0879307423A family fun filled day is planned this year with live music and refreshments being served in the waiting area and live entertainment on the street. Organisers are also planning their own GLENTIES BOOK OF RECORDS which will take place on the day.“This will be a great family day out so don’t miss out get yourself registered a.s.a.p. to ensure we put GLENTIES on the map as the holder of the Guinness Book of Records holder for the Largest Gathering of people dressed as Leprechauns in one place,” said Carmel.You can also register in Keeney’s Bar on a Mon, Wed or Fri between 7pm and 9pm or on a Sat from 12 till 6pm. So please get yourselves registered to take part in this great fun day.For more go here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glenties-Leprechaun-World-Record-Attempt-2013/496276857089834 HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED AS GLENTIES IN NEW BID TO SET LEPRECHAUN WORLD RECORD! was last modified: March 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED AS GLENTIES IN NEW BID TO SET LEPRECHAUN WORLD RECORD!last_img read more

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Southampton starlet plays down exit rumours with focus only on Saints

first_imgSouthampton academy starlet Enzo Robise insists he wants to prove himself in England amid reports linking him with a return to France.Both Marseille and Lille are said to be keen on luring the 17-year-old midfielder back to his homeland following his impressive displays for Southampton’s youth sides.But Robise, who has scored twice in eight outings for Southampton’s Under-18s this term, says he has no intention of leaving his current club.Southampton’s youth system is regarded as one of the finest in the country having nurtured the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Luke Shaw over the last 15 years.Robise, who they tied down to professional terms when he turned 17 in May, is considered one of the brightest talents in the south coast club’s current crop and a first-team opportunity is on the cards.And now he says his only focus is on securing a senior debut with the Saints. LATEST RANKED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest transfer news The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM TOP WORK targets targets moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND REVEALED three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? When asked about the interest from back home, he told Foot Mercato: “That’s flattering but I only think of Southampton.“I want to progress with this club. For the rest, we’ll see later.“When I prove myself, I can think about these things.”last_img read more

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Allardyce admits Chelsea duo were too good for West Ham

first_imgWest Ham boss Sam Allardyce admitted his team were simply unable to cope with Eden Hazard and Juan Mata in their 2-0 defeat at Chelsea.Mata caused the Hammers all sorts of problems, while the outstanding Hazard set up Chelsea’s first goal for Frank Lampard and scored their second.Allardyce said: “It was a tough afternoon, with Mata and Hazard both outstanding.“As much as I’d like to say we should have defended better, sometimes you just have to admire talent.“Sometimes you can’t defend against the quality they’ve got. That was the case for the second goal, when we had enough men around Hazard but he skipped around them like they weren’t there.“We have to face the fact that Chelsea were the better side. We have to be well satisfied that we beat them at our place earlier in the season.”See also:Lampard hits 200-mark in Chelsea victoryBenitez plays down defensive injury fearsChelsea v West Ham player 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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49ers pregame: Matt Breida suiting up, Alfred Morris is not

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Running back Matt Breida returns today from a one-game hiatus and figures to share the workload with Jeff Wilson Jr. as the 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks.Not part of that backfield is Alfred Morris, who was inactivated for the third time in four games. Breida aggravated an ankle injury two weeks ago at Seattle and missed last Sunday’s 20-14 win over the Denver Broncos.Wide receivers Dante Pettis (foot) and Marquise Goodwin (calf) are suiting up despite being limited in …last_img read more

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Captain Smith steps down after record-setting career

first_img6 March 2014Graeme Smith stepped down from test cricket after 109 matches in charge of the Proteas, as Australia handed South Africa their first series defeat in five years by winning the third test at Newlands on Wednesday.Australia’s 245-run victory was far from easy and almost didn’t happen as the Proteas put up stiff resistance before losing their final two wickets in the last five overs of the day.The Aussies continued their renaissance with a 2-1 series victory over the world’s number one ranked team, following on from their 5-0 Ashes whitewash of England, but South Africa remained comfortably ensconced at number one, with Australia moving above India to second place, in the International Cricket Council rankings.‘A wonderful series’“It has been a wonderful series,” Smith said in a post-match interview on the field. “It has been wonderful for the game of test cricket. I have always had huge respect for the game and it is great to see it in a good place, especially in a test format.”“What a series! What a summer for the Australian team,” said Aussie captain Michael Clarke of their roller-coaster 2-1 victory.The bigger story, though, was not Australia’s win but Smith’s last match in a test career that began in March 2002. He retired as the most capped captain in test history and as the captain who oversaw the most victories, 53, four more than Ricky Ponting, who is second on the list.Captaincy recordUnder Smith, the Proteas won a record 30 tests at home, while Smith’s 23 wins away equals the record held by the West Indies’ Clive Lloyd.Smith was at his best in the second innings of matches when chasing a victory. Nobody in history scored more than his 1 141 runs in fourth innings wins, and no one averaged more in those matches than the burly left-hander’s hugely impressive 87.76. His four centuries in successful run chases is also a record.Newlands“This is the place where I wanted to retire. It is where it all began for me many, many years ago and the Newlands faithful and the people of Cape Town have been so supportive of me … When I look at this stadium I have had so many wonderful memories here, so if just felt like the perfect place to finish my career,” Smith said of his decision to retire after the Newlands test.“If I think back from a batting perspective, when I started my professional career, I think in my first two seasons every commentator or journalist commentated on my style of batting and grip and said I was never going to make it. To finish playing my career with 17-odd thousand runs in all three formats is something that I am extremely proud of. That took a lot of determination and a lot of mental strength and a huge effort.“From a leadership perspective, to have been in the job as long as I have, to have as many victories, and to have shared a dressing room with so many terrific players and coaches over the years, is certainly a dream come true,” Smith added. “I didn’t think I would ever have achieved the heights that I did.”Number oneOn taking South Africa to the number one position in test cricket, Smith said: “When you’re [a captain at the age of] 22, there is a lot of growth that has to happen. It took me a few years to figure out what the team needed.“To have the number one bowlers in the world, to have some of the top batsmen in the world, and being a part of an environment where you see these guys come in and be successful, is hugely rewarding as a captain.”Reflecting on the direction the team has taken, he said: “The culture within the squad is something that I have been very proud of, and being able to grow the Protea culture and seeing the guys take it from strength to strength is something that I am proud of.”‘Amazing player, fantastic leader’Australian captain Michael Clarke showed his appreciation for Smith’s contribution to cricket, saying: “He’s been an amazing player for a long time and a fantastic leader, and somebody that I have certainly looked up to.“The game is a sadder place for Graeme retiring. I think he deserves a lot of credit for what he has achieved, where he has got South Africa to, and to be able to keep them at number one for such a long period of time.”International Cricket Council praiseInternational Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Dave Richardson paid tribute to Smith in a statement, saying: “On behalf of the ICC, we congratulate Graeme Smith on his retirement following a very impressive and successful international career.“Graeme featured in a number of memorable matches for South Africa and led his country in a world record 109 tests, as well as 150 One-Day Internationals. He will no doubt go down in cricket’s history as one of its most respected captains and opening batsmen.“Batting at the top of the order is not an easy job, but his determination to succeed is reflected in his career statistics and record of success, particularly in leading South Africa to the top of the yest rankings,” Richardson said.“The way he matured as a captain, encouraged his side to play hard but fair, be humble in both victory and defeat, was a great example to all.”Career statisticsDuring his career, Smith played 117 test matches, scoring 9 265 runs at 48.25, with 27 centuries and 38 fifties, plus 169 catches and eight wickets to his name. He finished his career 12th on the all-time list of run scorers in tests.He also played in 197 limited-overs internationals, making 6 989 runs at 37.98, with 10 centuries and 47 fifties, and bagged 105 catches and 18 wickets.last_img read more

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