Xavi warns Barcelona not to engage Liverpool, Arsenal stars

first_img Barcelona legend, Xavi has explained how Liverpool winger Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would find it hard to adapt if they moved to the LaLiga giants. Mane has become an irreplaceable part of Jurgen Klopp‘s side in the past three seasons, coming up with a number of match-winning contributions to keep the Reds on the charge for a first league title in 30 years. Aubameyang, meanwhile, boasts the impressive record of having scored 61 goals in 97 Arsenal appearances, including 17 in the Premier League this season. The Gabon international – who has a year left on his contract – is more likely to leave than Mane this summer and Barcelona have been linked with the striker alongside Inter Milan marksman Lautaro Martinez. Xavi, however, has explained that neither Aubameyang nor Mane would likely fit in at Barca, who need a player who can perform in “small spaces”. “Mane and Aubemayang can kill you in open space. But Barcelona need players who know how to move in small spaces,” the legendary midfielder said. “I am thinking about player who would adapt to Barcelona and it’s not easy to find one. Samuel Eto’o was perfect as is Luis Suarez right now.” Suarez moved to Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014 but reports have suggested that Martinez is being eyed as the long-term replacement for the 33-year-old. Indeed, Barcelona have been stretched for attackers this season with Suarez, who underwent knee surgery earlier this year, joining Ousmane Dembele on the treatment table. Reports have also suggested that Neymar is angling for a return to Barcelona, something Xavi hopes can be arranged. “Football-wise, he is among the three or five best in the world,” Xavi said of the Brazilian. “I hope that he returns to Barcelona. read also:Xavier: Nigeria has no replacement for Okocha “He was his teammate. He would add a lot. A positive character. It would be an extraordinary signing to become a difference-maker.” In other news, Liverpool have reportedly offered Pedro Chirivella a new contract and are waiting to hear back from the midfielder. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona legend, Xavi has explained how Liverpool winger Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would find it hard to adapt if they moved to the LaLiga giants. Promoted Content10 Characters That Should Be Official Disney PrincessesPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith Loading… Mane has become an irreplaceable part of Jurgen Klopp‘s side in the past three seasons, coming up with a number of match-winning contributions to keep the Reds on the charge for a first league title in 30 years. Aubameyang, meanwhile, boasts the impressive record of having scored 61 goals in 97 Arsenal appearances, including 17 in the Premier League this season. The Gabon international – who has a year left on his contract – is more likely to leave than Mane this summer and Barcelona have been linked with the striker alongside Inter Milan marksman Lautaro Martinez. Xavi, however, has explained that neither Aubameyang nor Mane would likely fit in at Barca, who need a player who can perform in “small spaces”. “Mane and Aubemayang can kill you in open space. But Barcelona need players who know how to move in small spaces,” the legendary midfielder said. “I am thinking about player who would adapt to Barcelona and it’s not easy to find one. Samuel Eto’o was perfect as is Luis Suarez right now.” Suarez moved to Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014 but reports have suggested that Martinez is being eyed as the long-term replacement for the 33-year-old. Indeed, Barcelona have been stretched for attackers this season with Suarez, who underwent knee surgery earlier this year, joining Ousmane Dembele on the treatment table. Reports have also suggested that Neymar is angling for a return to Barcelona, something Xavi hopes can be arranged. “Football-wise, he is among the three or five best in the world,” Xavi said of the Brazilian. “I hope that he returns to Barcelona. “He was his teammate. He would add a lot. A positive character. It would be an extraordinary signing to become a difference-maker.” In other news, Liverpool have reportedly offered Pedro Chirivella a new contract and are waiting to hear back from the midfielder.last_img read more

BCB continues to invest in its Youth players

first_imgTHE Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) continues to invest heavily in the development of young players across the Ancient County by using the current rainy season to visit every corner of Berbice with the Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh coaching programme.The Programme started early this year with the preparation of the Berbice Under-15, U-17, U-19 and the female Under-19 and senior teams, along with several coaching clinics.Last weekend, BCB launched another aspect of the comprehensive programme with new members of the Berbice Under-15 and U-17 teams involved in an intense four-hour coaching clinic.Under the guidance of coach Balram Samaroo, special emphasis was placed on fielding, physical fitness, batting techniques and game situation.Samaroo, a former national junior player and Berbice senior player, is currently heading the programme in the absence of Winston Smith, who is on vacation overseas.Twenty-five players were involved in the session at the Albion Community Centre ground.BCB president Hilbert Foster disclosed that the sessions would continue every weekend with sessions for fast bowlers, batsmen, wicketkeepers and spinners.The players at the camp pose with coach Balram Samaroo.The panel of coaches would also be visiting every club in Berbice which has a junior cricket team for a two-day clinic.Over the next few weeks, the coaches, including Samaroo and Delbert Hicks, would be visiting clubs like East Bank Blazer, Edinburgh Warriors, Mt Sinai, Rose Hall Canje, Albion Community Centre, Port Mourant, Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, No. 73 and Scottsburg United among others.The coaches would also visit clubs in the West Coast Berbice area. At the completion of the visits, the coaches would select a squad of 70 youths for the second edition of the Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh Coaching Academy that would be held in August.Meanwhile, BCB last Saturday honoured Tyrone Pottaya of Belvedere Village as its Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh Father-of-the-Year awardee for 2019. Pottaya, a cane-cutter attached to the Albion Estate is the proud father of three. His only son and youngest child, Matthew represented Guyana at the Under-15 level in 2019.Further, BCB Public Relations Officer, Simon Naidu, expressed gratitude to Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh for his massive investment in Berbice cricket.last_img read more

Clippers use balanced effort to extend their dominance of Suns

first_imgDanilo Gallinari and Lou Williams scored 21 points apiece and four other Clippers finished in double figures as they won their third straight against the Suns this season and their 11th straight in the series.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Patrick Beverley scored 16 points for the Clippers, who led by 29 points in the second quarter. Beverley made four 3-pointers, Williams had three and Tobias Harris added two with his 16 points. Montrezl Harrell scored 15.“I loved how we started the game,” Rivers said. “The way we can score, if we defend, it’s hard for anyone to beat us.”Devin Booker scored 23 points and T.J. Warren had 20 for the Suns, who lost their fifth straight.The Suns, down by 30 with 4½ minutes remaining in the third quarter, used a 22-5 run fueled by seven points from Jamal Crawford and six by Josh Jackson to close to 91-78 entering the fourth quarter. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 PreviousPhoenix Suns mascot “The Gorilla” states his case for Suns guard Devin Booker to receive All-Star support during the first half of Friday’s game against the Clippers in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Clippers center Marcin Gortat takes a shot during the first half of Friday’s game against the Suns in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives past Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsClippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander drives around the Suns’ De’Anthony Melton during the first half of Friday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren drives past Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the second half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 121-111. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Suns forward Mikal Bridges, left, knocks the ball away from Clippers guard Lou Williams during the first half of Friday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander drives against Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges during the first half of Friday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes (21) in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell drives against Suns forward Richaun Holmes during the first half of Friday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari is fouled by Suns forward T.J. Warren during the first half of Friday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Clippers guard Lou Williams looks to pass during the first half of Friday’s game against the Suns in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Phoenix Suns guard De’Anthony Melton (14) in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell drives past Suns guard Devin Booker during the first half of Friday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Phoenix Suns guard De’Anthony Melton (14) drives between Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, left, and Marcin Gortat in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Phoenix Suns guard De’Anthony Melton (14) in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) trips over Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren (12) drives past Los Angeles Clippers center Marcin Gortat during the second half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 121-111. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (3) in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Clippers guard Patrick Beverley celebrates after making a 3-pointer against during the second half of Friday’s game against the Suns in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Phoenix Suns mascot “The Gorilla” states his case for Suns guard Devin Booker to receive All-Star support during the first half of Friday’s game against the Clippers in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Clippers center Marcin Gortat takes a shot during the first half of Friday’s game against the Suns in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)NextShow Caption1 of 21Clippers center Marcin Gortat takes a shot during the first half of Friday’s game against the Suns in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)ExpandPHOENIX — Marcin Gortat figures he is the beneficiary of coach Doc Rivers’ New Year’s resolution.Gortat had not played in the fourth quarter in the first 36 games of the season until the calendar turned, and he responded with his first double-double of the season when the Clippers extended their dominance of the Phoenix Suns with a 121-111 victory Friday night.“You never know with Doc,” Gortat said after getting 18 points and 13 rebounds in 25 minutes.“You just have to be ready. You earn your minutes. Obviously, if you play well, you might earn a few more minutes. That’s all I’m trying to do, help the team to win.” Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Suns rookie center Deandre Ayton had four points, tying a season low set in the first game against the Clippers on Nov. 28. He had three field-goal attempts, five rebounds, three assists and four turnovers.“You know (Coach) Larry Brown used to say, ‘You need the touches, you go get it,’ ” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said.“(Three) touches? It’s on all of us.”The Suns fell behind early, a problem in their last several starts. Harris and Williams made two 3-pointers apiece in the first quarter, when the Clippers shot 71.4 percent and finished on a 23-6 run for a 38-19 lead.The Clippers led 63-34 on Gallinari’s first 3-pointer with four minutes left in the half. It was 68-44 at halftime.Phoenix trailed Philadelphia by 22 points after 16 minutes of its 132-127 loss on Wednesday and was down by 17 at halftime of a 132-109 loss to Golden State on New Year’s Eve.BIG BENCHThe Clippers’ reserves had 61 points. They entered the game averaging a league-high 52.4 Williams and Harrell have not started a game this season, and Beverley flip-flopped with Avery Bradley on Nov. 20.All average at least 25 minutes per game, and Williams (18.2) and Harrell (15.7) are the Clippers’ third- and fourth-leading scorers.“Trez’ could start, we know that. Lou could start,” Rivers said. “The fact that they are OK coming off the bench is the first key. I do think it takes a special mindset for a guy to want to do that and then guys who accept to do that. We have that.”TIP-INSClippers: The Clippers play six of their next seven games at home, only away for an overnight trip to Denver on Jan. 10. … Boban Marjanovic, one of three Clippers to have a double-double against the Suns on Nov. 28, did not play.Suns: Ayton had double-doubles in nine of his previous 11 games, and he had nine rebounds in the other game in that stretch. … The Suns are 5-16 at home. Only the New York Knicks (4-12) have fewer home victories. … Booker has seven 35-point games, tied for third in the league behind James Harden (15) and Steph Curry (eight).UP NEXTThe Clippers host Orlando on Sunday.center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Mikal Bridges’ dunk on the first possession of the period brought the Suns within 11, but Williams made two 3-pointers and a three-point play as the Clippers again pulled away.“We understand (Phoenix) is a young team,” Williams said. “They are putting pieces together, trying to figure out their identity. So we just come in and play hard.”The Clippers shot 51 percent from the field and held a 43-25 rebounding edge. They have outrebounded the Suns by 42 in the three meetings this season.“We don’t have stupid great rebounders on this team,” Gortat said. “Everybody has to rebound. We have to box out, hit somebody.“Make sure we are the guys who are hitting first. Then go get the ball. We have to make them miss and get the ball. Not every game is going to look that way, but today it worked perfectly.”Reserves Richaun Holmes and Crawford had 16 points apiece for the Suns.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more

NEW FUEL PRICE WAR AS BUSINESSMAN SLASHES 5C OFF PETROL

first_imgMairtin KellyA BUSINESSMAN has launched a new fuel price war.From 9am today, Mairtin Kelly is cutting five cent off the price of both petrol and diesel at the Centra station at Mountain Top in LetterkennyIt will make his fuel up to 8 cents per litre cheaper than other garages in the town. It’s understood the price cut will last for several days, with the cut price fuel available until midnight on Saturday.Mr Kelly was unavailable for comment this morning.However we understand that prices will be pinned back to 145.9c for diesel. Petrol will sell for 155.9c.Prices may come down even further in the weeks ahead if a deal over the arms crisis in Syria holds. The price of crude oil has fallen again as a result of a deal brokered between America and Russia over the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. NEW FUEL PRICE WAR AS BUSINESSMAN SLASHES 5C OFF PETROL was last modified: September 19th, 2013 by John2Share 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:fuel pricesKelly’s CentraletterkennyMountain Toplast_img read more