“We’ve managed to get to the UEFA Europa League final, despite the small disappointment of not getting through the Champions League group stage. “We see the glass as half full, because [that disappointment] has allowed us to have a much more successful journey in the Europa League than we would have had in the Champions League. I think this team, with a lot of young, inexperienced players, needed that.” Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez have formed a sensational partnership upfront and Conte credits their selflessness. “I knew Lukaku very well because he’s a player I’d followed for some time. I tried many times to sign him at my former clubs. I knew the characteristics he had. “They’re players who have the typical selfishness of a forward, but also the selflessness to play for the team and help others score.” Diego Godin fully confessed that he struggled at first to understand what Conte wanted of him, so the coach gave a clearer explanation. “He had to learn to defend while running forward, and to learn to defend with 50 yards of space behind him. He had the strength, professionalism and humility to make himself available and broaden his game in terms of playing style. “So, credit to him. He put himself out there and took on the new challenge, and now he is seeing great results.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte, has urged his wards to ‘show on the pitch we’re the best’ against Sevilla in the Europa League Final, but it has already ‘been a positive season overall.’ “It will be a tough game. We’re playing the team with the most experience and who have won the most titles over the last decade of this competition,” Conte told UEFA.com. “We have to be attentive, but also play our own game with great enthusiasm and courage, like we have done so far. It’s a final and only the best teams get to the final. So we have to show on the pitch that we’re the best if we want this trophy. read also:Moses vows: ‘Inter will win Europa League trophy for Conte’ “We have to play with the desire to win and bring the trophy back to Italy – and to bring a trophy back to Inter. Sevilla will have the same idea, so we have to show that we’re the better team. “For me, it’s always important to be able to say to the lads, at the end of the game, that we don’t have any regrets. If we’re the better side, we’ll lift the trophy. If not, we’ll have given our all, and we’ll applaud our opponents.” This is the first major European Final for Inter since Jose Mourinho won the Treble in 2010, while it is the first in Conte’s career. Does that mean his first season at San Siro has been a success? “We still have to draw our final conclusions as there’s still one more match, which for us is the most important game – it’s a final, the chance to win a major trophy. I certainly think it’s been a positive season overall. We’ve done important things and have made major improvements. Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders8 Ways Drones Are Going To Change Our LivesEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day Loading…
After touching down in Ghana for their crucial continental game with Kotoko, El Eulma prompty began mind games.Reports from Kumasi say the Algerians arrived in Kumasi shortly after noon on Good Friday but would not disembark from their bus.Their problem?”They say they don’t like the hotel given to them. They claim sleeping two in a room will be too crowded,” a source told Joy Sports.The team, who were booked into the Champion Hotel, will be Kotoko’s opponent for Sunday’s Caf Champions League second leg tie.In the end, Liberian match commissioner Andy Quamie, a Fifa certified official who doubles as head of his country’s Premier League board, inspected the facility and declared it safe to live in. But the Algerian delegation complained about a lack of internet access and an inappropriate menu before eventually settling in. Kotoko and Eulma drew goalless in Algeria in the first leg.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith
9 Mar 2016 Lizzie wins in record style in USA England’s Lizzie Prior has won her first tournament on the US women’s college circuit with a 15-under par score for 54 holes. Prior, from Burhill in Surrey, took the honours in the Battle at Boulder Creek II where she had rounds of 64, 69 and 68. Her first round of eight-under par was a record at her college, the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The 18-year-old won the England Golf girls’ order of merit for 2015 and was in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals – helping to win the title for the eighth consecutive time. During the season – her last in junior golf – Prior won the girls’ title at the Fairhaven Trophy and was runner-up three times, in the English girls’ championship and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, as well as tying for second place in the English women’s amateur. She won the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale, helped by a course record of eight-under 67 on the New course. She also set a six-under record at Lindfield in Sussex, where she played college golf before taking up her scholarship in the USA. Prior is a member of the England Golf women’s squad (image © Leaderboard Photography)
For the township, everyacre that gets preserved isone less acre that can getbuilt on. WALL TOWNSHIP – Allaire State Park, a 3,278-acre home to oak and pine trees, wildlife and even a river, was expanded by nearly 200 acres in a deal that keeps the forested land in Wall Township along Route 34 from ever being developed. By Philip Sean Curran “They’ve already gotan extensive set of trailsthrough the existing park,”Kastning said. “I imaginethey’ll extend those trails.But they want to keep it inits natural state.” The former Fred McDowell property in Wall Township will now be preserved as a part of Allaire State Park.Photo courtesy the State of New Jersey The MCF, a Lincroft-based nonprofit that preserves open space and farmland around the county as part of its mission, said the sale closed Aug. 29. “It’s not a major acquisition in terms of adding a significant amount of size to the park,” Kastning said of the 190 acres in Wall. “But it is significant because it could have been developed instead and it protects a habitat and a forest.” The state must now determine how it intends to use the newly acquired property, at a park where there are trails, camping sites and other amenities for the public to enjoy. A spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection could not be reached for comment. Wall Township Mayor Kevin P. Orender said the concrete had been dumped in the woods during work on I-195, “so we’re going to help them get it out of there.” Kastning said the township and the state are providing labor, Wall also is providing equipment and the foundation will provide dumpsters through a donation from one of its board members. Kastning said the property had to be appraised by two certified appraisers and the parties had to resolve who would be responsible for removing concrete from part of the site. “Over a year or (more), we had conversations to determine the price and various caveats to the deal,” Kastning said. “So what we negotiated, then, was a deal that involves Wall Township, the state parks system and MCF, where we’d agree to, within one year after the closing, we’d remove the surface concrete.” The Murphy administration and the Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) pooled $3.8 million to buy the property from the estate of Wall resident Fred McDowell, a businessman who died in 2016. The MCF provided $201,000 and the state provided the rest. “It was critical because, for decades, the state park system has wanted this property since it abuts Allaire,” MCF executive director William Kastning said. “Anything that increases an existing park, whether it be a state park, county park or a local municipality park, is good. So it provided not only additional habitat and also trail opportunity associated with Allaire, but it also prevented the development of the site.” He said the zoning for the land would have allowed the property to be developed, possibly for residential housing. This is not the first time the conservation foundation and the state have joined forces. Kastning said the state was involved in a deal in Upper Freehold to help acquire 1,200 acres that used to be a nursery. “I’m not a fan of affordable housing, we’re mandated by the state to do this,” Orender said. “Any way, shape or form we can limit where we’re going to build, it’s a win for everyone. So I like to keep as much property as green as possible.” The Monmouth Conservation Foundation, a 42-year-old organization, was involved in a project with Monmouth County to help acquire land in the River Plaza section of Middletown that became Swimming River Park.
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Thunder became only the fourth team in league history to have swept the eliminations after NLEX, which did it twice, and Cagayan Valley.But for Altamirano, the 10-game sweep won’t mean anything if they don’t close the deal and finish the conference with a championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThat title drive begins on Thursday as Flying V faces four-seed Centro Escolar University in a best-of-three semifinals series.Altamirano noted that his team is well aware of how stronger the opposition has gotten, and he is keeping the Thunder’s feet on the ground as they take things one game at a time. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Pocari thwarts Air Force, returns to PVL Finals MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “Other teams are getting stronger as the playoffs get deeper. But we’re not looking beyond that. CEU is also a team-to-beat because they’ve been there lots of times. (Rod) Ebondo has been in the D-League for so long and he has been in Finals. Their core, although school-based, are still very experienced. So we’re just focused on the task at hand,” he said.Luckily, Altamirano will have Conference MVP pacesetter Jeron Teng at his disposal, as he will count on the La Salle prodigy to lead Flying V to the promised land.“Jeron is an achiever. When he puts his mind to it, he will not stop until he gets it. Before, he’s been known as a scorer. But now, he’s trying to evolve the other aspects of his game,” the coach said.But for all of Teng’s magnificence, the veteran mentor reiterated that the 23-year-old swingman can’t do it all alone. That’s why he’s relying equally on his core of Gab Banal, Eric Salamat, Hans Thiele, and Thomas Torres to get the job done.“What I like about Jeron is his ability to involve his teammates. That’s a very good sign of a good player. But of course, he can’t do all of that if not for his teammates so I think Jeron is very blessed to have teammates like Eric, Gab, and Thomas,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFlying V coach Eric Altamirano wants his players to forget the elimination round sweep and focus on the new challenge ahead of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals. “In our team, we already forgot about the 10-0. We’re back to square one and our focus is what’s in front of us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Actually, I’m just blessed to have these type of players that we got. We just remind them to focus on the process and the result will take care of itself.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri scored one-over 73 to make the halfway cut in the 80th Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. (Indian Golfer Anirban Lahiri tied 59th on opening day of Augusta Masters)The world No.51 on Friday improved his performance as he carded 73 to add to his opening round of 76. The 28-year-old was tied 47th with a two-day total of five-over 149. The 36-hole cut fell at 150.Lahiri was two-under till the 11 holes, helped by three birdies on the third, fifth and 11th holes against a bogey on the par-four seventh.But after the 11th hole, he made three bogeys on the 13th, 15th and 17th that undid the good work done in the initial phase.At the end of the second round, he shared the spot with some of the biggest names like Martin Kaymer, Patrick Reed and Bill Haas.Meanwhile, American defending champion Jordan Spieth (74) held a one-shot at the top over Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (one-under 71).World No.2 Spieth, who fired a bogey-free six-under 66 on Thursday to take the first-round, struggled in the second round. He scored 74 to take the 36-hole total to four-under 140.Spieth scored birdies on the first, third, eighth and 15th, against bogeys on the ninth, 10th, 16th and 17th, alongside a double bogey on the fifth.McIlroy was one shot ahead of New Zealander Danny Lee and American Scott Piercy. Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama and Soren Kjeldsen shared the fifth place three strokes off the pace.World No.1 Jason Day remained five strokes behind Spieth as the Australian scored 73.advertisementOn Friday, there were no rounds in the 60s for the first time since the third round of the 2007 tournament. Only four players broke par and the second-round scoring average was a whopping 75.02.Among the biggest names who missed the cut were former Masters winners Trevor Immelman, Charl Schwartzel, Zach Johnson, Mike Weir, Sandy Lyle, Vijay Singh, Ian Woosnam and Tom Watson, the latter two who were playing in the event for the final time.Ernie Els, Branden Grace, Darren Clarke, Phil Mickelson, Chris Kirk and Ian Poulter will also miss the weekend rounds.Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson was lucky to make the cut as he scored a second 75.For the third round, 22-year-old Spieth and 26-year-old world No.3 McIlroy will play together in the final pairing on Saturday.While Spieth is bidding to become just the fourth player to successfully defend at Augusta National after Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods, McIlroy is trying to become just the sixth man to complete the career Grand Slam.”I’ve been concentrating on myself out there, because if you start to think about anyone else, I’ve only got the mental capacity to focus on me right now and especially how tough it is out there,” McIlroy told pgatour.com when asked about dueling with Spieth.”Yeah, it would be great for the tournament and create a lot of buzz, but at the same time, I just need to focus on myself and make sure that I play another solid round of golf.”Spieth said: “There’s the potential tomorrow for someone to shoot a few under and move up into the lead from outside the top 25.””I mean, there’s a potential for that with what I saw on the last six holes today, the way the course was playing. So I don’t think either one of us is focused on each other. I think we’re focused on the golf course.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Nuno deflated after Braga loss continues Wolves slumpby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo disappointed after Thursday’s loss to Braga at Molineux.Ricardo Horta’s effort saw the Premier League club lose in what was their first appearance in the main stage of a European competition since 1980Speaking after the game, Nuno said: “It is difficult to break down a team. We didn’t create much but the chance they had they got it. It’s a tough game. We have to keep on going.”All the goals are mistakes. If there was perfection there would be no goals. We have to remain calm and move on.”We controlled the game and managed well but one of the things we have to improve is to be patient and find a way to break down teams. Individually and as a team we have to raise our standards again.”On Sunday we have another challenge [against Crystal Palace].”
Draymond Green Michigan StateFormer Michigan State forward Draymond Green was certainly a force during his college days, but the Spartans star wasn’t looked at as one of the best players in the 2012 NBA Draft – mostly because teams couldn’t figure out what his natural position on the floor would be. Turns out most of those teams are now regretting passing on him. The Warriors star, who was eventually selected with the No. 35 overall pick, won a title last night after putting up a triple-double in game six of the NBA Finals. He’s one of the most versatile players in the NBA, too.After the game, Green, in celebration, was seen screaming to his mother “they told me I can’t play in this league.” It was a great redemption moment.Green is set to make some serious money this offseason. Apparently, he can play in this league.
LOWER SACKVILLE, N.S. – Police say a 15-year-old boy managed to fool a convenience store clerk with a fake $50 bill that was made of paper and covered in Chinese characters.They say the boy asked the clerk for change at a store in the Halifax suburb of Lower Sackville last month.The bill was red and similar to a legitimate $50 bill, but had notable differences including the Chinese writing.Police say the clerk gave him bona fide Canadian bank notes in return.RCMP tracked the boy down using video surveillance footage and the help of a witness.They say the boy, who has since repaid the store, faces charges of fraud and possession of counterfeit currency.A similar $50 bill with Chinese characters has been turned into the Lower Sackville RCMP detachment.Police are warning the public to be wary of fake money.
TORONTO – Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area climbed significantly in July in a divergence from the latest numbers in Vancouver.Residential home sales were up 18.6 per cent in the GTA for the month compared with last July, the Toronto Real Estate Board said Friday.The average selling price of the 6,961 homes that changed hands during the month rose 4.8 per cent on an annual basis to $782,129.July’s climb follows a 2.4 per cent increase in June sales compared with a year earlier after a steep sales drop of 22.2 per cent in May.“The positive results over the last two months are encouraging,” said TREB president Garry Bhaura.The results from Toronto show a trend towards stabilization and a more balanced market, said TD Economist Rishi Sondhi.“It’s improving. It still has a ways to go to get back to the levels it was at before, but overall the market appears to be healthy.”Results from Toronto are a contrast to Metro Vancouver, where the real estate board said Thursday that home sales tumbled to their lowest level in 18 years.The Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board said 2,070 properties changed hands in July in a 30 per cent plunge compared to the same month last year.The general divergence in markets comes after the B.C. government pushed forward with further measures to cool the housing market in February while Ontario has held off, said Sondhi.“The market’s still sort of contending with those measures as well, and that’s causing sort of a wedge, year to date.”Toronto’s housing market is stabilizing following the shock from the federal government’s tighter mortgage rules that came into force in January, said Scotiabank Economics vice-president Derek Holt.“This fits our broad narrative that the second half of 2018 would begin to witness stronger housing figures as the transitory shock from tightened macroprudential rules ebbs,” he said in a note.Sondhi said TD also expects the market to improve later in the year, but said sales growth will be tempered by rising interest rates and the continued effects of the tighter mortgage rules.The Toronto real estate board also reported 13,868 new listings during the month, including 4,511 in Toronto alone, but the overall GTA figure was down by 1.8 per cent year-over-year.The city recorded 2,574 sales in July at an average price of $824,336, while in the rest of the GTA, the 4,387 properties sold last month fetched an average price of $757,365.Detached homes sold in Toronto were the most expensive, with an average price of $1.35 million. The average detached home price in the rest of the GTA was $907,347.TREB said while the MLS home price index composite benchmark during the month was down slightly compared to July 2017, the annual growth rate “looks to be trending toward positive territory in the near future.”The Ottawa Real Estate Board said Friday that sales in the city were up 5.9 per cent for July compared to last year with 1,614 homes sold, above the five-year average of 1,501 sales for July.