But Messi layed on the compliments for the diminutive No.9.“Good players always have an understanding and he’s at an exceptional moment in his career,” said Messi.The Barcelona man told Mundo Deportivo he hoped Real Madrid’s pursuit of Paris Saint Germain striker Neymar would come to nothing.“The truth is that wouldn’t please me at all,” said Messi of the prospect of meeting his former teammate in Madrid’s all-white shirt.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi says Antoine Griezmann would fit the picture at Barcelona © AFP / PAU BARRENAMADRID, Spain, Jun 7 – With Antoine Griezmann’s reported transfer to Barcelona inching closer, Argentine superstar Lionel Messi described the French striker as a “great player”, Spanish sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported on Thursday.“He is clearly a great player,” Messi said when asked about the Atletico Madrid striker, although he said he was “not 100 percent sure” if the French striker would make the move to Catalonia.
“I’m proud of how our … Paradise >> The head coaching era of Orlyn Culp for the Red Bluff High football team began on fire Friday night at Paradise. At least for the first 24 minutes. Up 10-0 at halftime on the road against the reigning Northern Section Division II runner-up and perennial power Paradise, Red Bluff couldn’t quite see it all the way through, falling to the Bobcats, 21-17 in a non-league contest. Red Bluff (0-1) continues its season-long road trip at Shasta next week.
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While preparations for celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev are apace, the ruling Congress is at loggerheads with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab over the holding of a key event at Sultanpur Lodhi.Bid to woo votersIn the run-up to the Assembly by-polls in Punjab, slated for October 21, both parties are slugging it out to woo the Panthic (Sikh) voters against the backdrop of the celebrations. By-polls are to be held for four Assembly constituencies in the State.The Congress and the SAD have been trading charges with each other over the politicised preparations. While the SAD has accused the Congress-led State government of “trying to create a new history” by holding a separate programme from that being organised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) at Sultanpur Lodhi, the Congress has alleged that “the Badal family” was trying to create hurdles and attempting to exploit the occasion for petty political gains.As the tussle over the event continues, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “Religious institutions have their own sphere and the SGPC, a democratically elected religious body, has been conducting all religious functions. The Congress should not try to create a new history.” Week-long celebrationsThe Punjab government is celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary over a week from November 5-12.Punjab Rural Development Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa alleged, “The ‘Badal’ family was creating hurdles in the joint celebrations of [Guru Nanak Dev’s] 550th anniversary as the design was to lord over the celebrations,” he said, adding that Mr. Sukhbir Badal was now purposely spreading the misinformation.
‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes FILE – In this Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley celebrates after scoring against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half in an NFL divisional football playoff game in Los Angeles. Gurley loved to attend the Super Bowl as a fan the past few years. Now that he finally gets to play in it with the Rams, the star running back doesn’t even care if he’s sharing carries with C.J. Anderson. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Todd Gurley is a serious sports fan who loves going to the Super Bowl each winter, attending all of the decadent parties and soaking up the game-day atmosphere.The Los Angeles Rams’ superstar running back will miss out on most of those wild parties this year in Atlanta, but he doesn’t mind too much.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town RJ Barrett, No. 2 Duke pull away to beat Georgia Tech Nobody saw it in New Orleans, where Gurley made almost no impact on the Rams’ 26-23 overtime victory. The highest-paid running back in NFL history touched the ball only five times, albeit scoring a TD on one of those touches, rushing just four times and failing to catch two of the three passes intended for him.He was mostly a spectator down the stretch while watching Anderson, the veteran running back acquired by Los Angeles to fill in while Gurley missed the final two games of the regular season with a knee injury.Unlike some elite running backs, Gurley has repeatedly said he doesn’t care how many touches he gets as long as the Rams are winning. He appears to have a harmonious vibe with Anderson, who predicts a bounce-back performance by Gurley in the Super Bowl.He also still remembers the Rams’ miserable 4-12 season in 2016, when his ability was widely questioned. Being one part of a winning team is infinitely more appealing than being a star on a loser.“This whole game is bigger than me,” Gurley said. “It’s not just about me. Why is Todd not getting the ball? Why is that? Because there’s only one football and there’s 11 guys.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Still, Gurley is a major reason why the Rams were in position to reach the Super Bowl in the first place, thanks to his latest outstanding regular season. He finished third in the league with 1,251 yards rushing and racked up an NFL-best 21 touchdowns, excelling as a runner and a receiver for the second straight year in Sean McVay’s offense.But Gurley’s up-and-down form and usage since early December has been surprising and potentially troublesome for the Rams.Although he was effective as a receiver, Gurley managed just 76 combined yards rushing in his final two regular-season games in early December before sitting out the Rams’ last two games. He returned with a 115-yard rushing game against Dallas in the divisional playoff round, but Anderson put up 123 yards — and then Gurley barely factored in the Rams’ game plan in New Orleans.McVay has attempted to take the blame for this series of quiet performances by his franchise running back.“Any time that you have a player like Todd Gurley on your team, I’ve got to do a better job of getting him involved and getting him into the flow of the game,” McVay said this week, lamenting Gurley’s lack of touches against the Saints. “That’s something that I have to be accountable for.”But if McVay goes to Anderson early and often again in Atlanta, Gurley insists he won’t mind watching another Super Bowl.“You live for moments like that,” Gurley said. “But like I said, you live, you learn. I don’t give a damn what I do (in the game), honestly. I just want to win, so I don’t really care. You always want to do good, but you just want to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I’m used to going to the Super Bowl, being with my boys, hanging out,” Gurley said. “But we actually get a chance to play in it this year, so it’s cool, man. It’s a great feeling. We’re all happy. I’m happy. It’s no better feeling than how we’re feeling right now.”The Rams (15-3) want Gurley to be more than a spectator against the New England Patriots, and they’ll probably need much more from the 2017 Offensive Player of the Year than he was able to provide in his unusually quiet NFC championship game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGurley is not a boastful person in most public settings, but he is confident in his ability to finish the season with a bang. He also insists he doesn’t mind if C.J. Anderson or somebody else does his job, as long as the Rams are all getting rings.“We’re all going to have our downs, but you enjoy it even more when you do something great, or you have that success,” Gurley said. “I know who I am. I’m comfortable with myself. I’m the best. I’m the best at my position. 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Antetokounmpo provides a moment of escape for Greek Americans in Los Angeles still reeling from the loss of Telemachus Orfanos in the Thousand Oaks mass shooting, amid the backdrop of great wildfires now raging throughout California.The Los Angeles Clippers hosted a “Greek Heritage Game” at Staples Center for Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 2018-19 Los Angeles homecoming on Saturday, November 10. .Greeks attendees were granted early pre-game access, a commemorative Greek Heritage T-shirt and Greek music played over the arena speakers. Antetokounmpo led all players in scoring, rebounds and steals in the Milwaukee Bucks thrilling 128-120 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Antetokounmpo scored an impressive 27 points with 18 rebounds and 5 steals.No better way to celebrate Preston’s first NBA game than with the Greek Freak at the Los Angeles Clippers “Greek Heritage Game”. Left to Right: Nicolas Kousoulas, Preston Kousoulas. Courtesy of Tom KousoulasThe thrilling game saw an MVP-caliber performance from the energetic Antetokounmpo who arrived fresh off a victory over the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Highlights of the evening included signature lob jams by the “Greek Freak” over multiple defenders, and the sea of Greek fans wearing blue Greek Heritage shirts cheering him on.The Clippers and Bucks joined forces before the game to honor the victims of the recent mass shooting by wearing T-shirts with the message “Enough” on the front and the names of the 12 victims on the back during warm-ups. The evening was an escape for many from the recent tragedy and the devastating wildfires not too far away. A special thanks to the event organizers and to the Los Angeles Clippers for their wonderful support of the Greek community.Antetokounmpo and all players from both teams honored Greek-American Telemachus Orfanos and all the victims of the mass shooting during their warmup.Greeks celebrating their Greek hero Giannis Antetokounmpo at his 2018-19 Los Angeles homecoming. Left to Right: Nicolette Kousoulas, Nicolas Kousoulas, Preston Kousoulas, Tom Kousoulas. Courtesy of Tom Kousoulas.Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams wears a T-shirt bearing the names of the 12 victims killed in Wednesday night’s shooting at a country bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., during warmups before the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, of Greece, dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 128-126 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)TweetPinShare0 Shares
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd caretaker boss Solskjaer determined to ‘enjoy the ride’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s determined to “enjoy the ride” after taking charge this week.Solskjaer says it’s important for the players to start enjoying their football again.He said, “It’s great. It feels like coming home. It’s been a few whirlwind days. It’s been very hectic. It’s great to see everyone again.””I’m going to enjoy the ride. It’s six months. I’m back home. I’m going to be myself.”The club is running a process to find the next manager so I’m going to be myself in the meantime with Mick, Kieran and Michael.”We’ll get the players enjoying their football again.”Solskjaer added: “We’ve got a great set-up. The analysts were watching Cardiff this morning. I’ve seen the teams, I watch the Premier League.”It’s about us though, not the opposition. We want to see the players express themselves. Our main focus is us, the opposition comes later.”
Tarkowski pleased to captain Burnley to FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley defender James Tarkowski was pleased with their 1-0 FA Cup win over Barnsley.Tarkowski was delighted to lead Burnley to the victory and cap a near perfect week for the Clarets.“I played a bit out there when I was in the youth team at Oldham so I had a slight experience of it, but I enjoyed myself out there,” said Tarkowski, who was pressed into action with Phil Bardsley and Matt Lowton both out injured.“I thought Barnsley played some good football but in the main we were quite secure at the back, which is always important in games like this – not to give away too many chances.“And in the second half we had a couple of good chances and the penalty at the end, which gave us a great chance to win the game and which Woody put away.“He’s on a nice little streak now and hopefully he can keep that up.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester star Maddison determined to stay groundedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City ace James Maddison is determined not to let his success go to his head.Maddison is confident his family will keep him in line.He told the Daily Mail: “I would never want to come across as arrogant because I wasn’t brought up that way and my mum would be the first to give me a clip around the ear if she thought I was being like that. But I think you have to be confident and have belief in yourself because no one is going to believe in you for you.”He adds: “I’m not conscious of what other people think to be honest. I’ll know if I cross that line and I don’t think I do because I’d never want to be arrogant. There’s no positive of being arrogant, it’s a negative trait.”I am a confident guy and I will always say that but I wasn’t raised to be arrogant, I don’t agree with that. Confidence can go to a certain extent without it being arrogant and I hope I get that balance right and the people that don’t think that, they obviously don’t know me well enough.”
Amari Cooper’s time at Alabama has come to an end, as the wide receiver is headed to the NFL, but the former star will be forever remembered inside the Crimson Tide’s facility. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound wideout is one of the greatest wide receivers in Alabama history, so it’d be pretty tough to forget him, but that won’t be possible now, anyway. Cooper’s name has been etched into the first-team All-American wall inside the Crimson Tide’s facility, next to the other wide receivers who accomplished similar greatness. Cooper finished his Alabama career with 3,463 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns. He’s expected to be an early-to-mid first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.