De Gea considered United exit

first_img De Gea walked away from Old Trafford on Sunday with a big smile on his face after playing a crucial role in United’s 2-1 win over Everton. The Spanish goalkeeper earned glowing reviews for the way he acrobatically denied Leon Osman and Bryan Oviedo, as well as Leighton Baines, who saw his previously impeccable penalty record vanish thanks to De Gea’s right-hand save. “Sometimes,” De Gea said when asked whether he ever thought about leaving. “It’s difficult when you get a lot of criticism like I did. But I kept strong and I always tried to remain positive. “Those early days were difficult for me and my family. But when you play for a big club like Manchester United (being criticised) is normal when you don’t play well.” Although he does not remember the early days of his fledgling career fondly, De Gea is glad he went through the experience as he feels it toughened him up and made him the goalkeeper he is today. “What happened at the start helped me be the player and man I am now,” he said. “When you have bad moments you have to improve. You have to become stronger to deal with it and I believe I have become stronger. I am much better now.” Although he is not completely error-free – last season’s Capital One Cup clanger against Sunderland proved as much – De Gea has improved immeasurably since those opening six months. He has seen off the competition provided by Anders Lindegaard and at international level De Gea is threatening to displace Iker Casillas as Spain’s number one. De Gea credits Frans Hoek, the goalkeeper coach brought in by Louis van Gaal this summer, as one of the men responsible for his upturn in form. “Frans Hoek has helped me a lot,” said De Gea, whose distribution has improved just as much as his shot-stopping. “We are working on trying to start moves from the goalkeeper. “I think I’m playing the best football of my career. Now I’m ready for everything.” After such an extensive overhaul of players in the summer, De Gea is now one of the more experienced members of the first-team squad. Van Gaal will be looking to the Spaniard to provide leadership for the team, particularly now that old heads at the back like Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic have gone. Another player hoping to help out is Dutchman Daley Blind, the £16million signing from Ajax. Van Gaal said last week that Blind’s father Danny was the finest leader he had ever worked with. Now the midfielder is hoping to follow in his footsteps. “I read what the manager said about my father,” Blind said. “It was nice. I hope I become a bit of a leader like he was. “I am still improving and this is a new era for me, coming to a new area. But I can be (a leader).” “It was probably one of my best performances for Manchester United. I was really happy about that,” De Gea said. “Games like that helps your confidence grow.” Rewind three years and De Gea could barely muster a smile. His dream £18million move from Atletico Madrid immediately turned into a nightmare when he was blamed for both goals in United’s narrow Community Shield win over Manchester City. Worse was to come in the course of his first six months at Old Trafford. Errors against Basle and Benfica quickened United’s early exit from the Champions League while domestically, De Gea cost United points against West Brom and Blackburn among others. De Gea was struggling to bulk up to help him cope with the demands of playing in the Barclays Premier League and, understandably for a 20-year-old, he was finding the move away from his family to a foreign country extremely difficult. At times, the pressure proved too intense for the young goalkeeper, who had played less than two years’ worth of first-team football before he moved to Manchester. David de Gea admits he considered leaving Manchester United a couple of years ago, but he is glad he opted to stay. Press Associationlast_img read more

’50 000 to volunteer for 2010′

first_img24 August 2009With an average 1 500 applications a day pouring in from around the world, the organisers expect the volunteer applications for the 2010 Fifa World Cup to break the 50 000 mark by the 31 August deadline – surpassing the 48 167 received for Germany 2006.Over 47 000 applications have been processed since South Africa’s 2010 volunteer programme opened on 20 July.“We can see how excited people from all around the world are about 2010 in the number of applications we are receiving from volunteer hopefuls,” 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive Danny Jordaan said in Pretoria this week.“They are eager to be part of this World Cup that will showcase Africa’s capabilities to the world.”“Face of the World Cup”Jordaan stressed the importance of the volunteers to the success of the football spectacular, referring to them as “the face of the World Cup” and “the first and last point of contact for the many visitors expected during the tournament”.Johannesburg is leading the pack, with 11 969 volunteer applications for the Ellis Park and Soccer City venues, followed by Pretoria with 6 176 applications, Nelson Mandela Bay (greater Port Elizabeth) with 4 752, Cape Town with 4 356, and Durban with 3 971.Specific skills neededDespite the high number of applications, the LOC is encouraging those who want to apply to still do so, as volunteers with specific skills, including those with driver’s licenses wishing to work as transport volunteers, are needed.Volunteers can apply through Fifa.com, while those without internet access, or those who want more information about the programme and how to apply, can call the toll-free volunteer hotline on 0800 52 52 52.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Aguilar, Ginebra escape Star despite costly foul and poor FT shooting

first_imgLATEST STORIES “What I was trying for is to go over him. But he stopped, pulled back, and went for a pump-fake. He was able to foul bait me,” recalled the athletic forward.With Ginebra leading by three, 95-92, Aguilar fouled Hill, who was attempting a three-point shot with 0.6 tenths of a second left. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHill cooly made his free throws to send the game into overtime.Fortunately for Aguilar, he was able to atone for his mistake with a follow-up dunk in OT that sealed Ginebra’s sixth straight win. “I’m proud of my teammates. As the match escalated, we picked each other up and helped each other. It was really a test of character for us,” he said after finishing with 12 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in 30 minutes of play.“We really got tested in this game. They really came out with ferocity. They played with fire and intensity.”Ginebra coach Tim Cone explained that there’s no reason for him to dwell on Aguilar’s play with the game still on the line.“It just happened. We were trying to switch out and we had Japeth out there specifically because he has the ability to switch out on smaller guys. So his instinct on a pump-fake is to jump for the shot, and he just went to his instincts,” Cone said.“Obviously, it wasn’t a good instinct and it wasn’t the right thing to do, but he just went to his instincts, and in those situations, you just gotta try to stay disciplined,” he added. “But it’s the last play of the game. There’s 15,000 people in the stadium and they’re screaming, and it’s Manila Clasico, so you just gotta move on from it. It’s not that big of a deal, but you just gotta move on.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Cardona makes PBA return with GlobalPort: ‘I feel like a rookie again’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Japeth Aguilar. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJapeth Aguilar could only heave that sigh of relief after Barangay Ginebra eked out a heart-stopping win over Star Sunday night.And he had every reason to feel relieved after almost costing the Gin Kings the game with a careless foul on Malcolm Hill at the last-second of regulation.ADVERTISEMENT Also, had the Kings lost the game, they would have likely blamed it to their horrible 12-of-30 free throw shooting.“Because of our missed free throws we kept them in the game. We just have to make our free throws and lessen our turnovers,” Aguilar said. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Nextlast_img read more

Gold medal or bust for Hidilyn Diaz in Turkmenistan tilt

first_imgRio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaOlympian Hidilyn Diaz hasn’t competed in a major weightlifting tournament since her silver medal finish in the Rio Summer Games, and she heads to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games knowing the pressure has built up.Most of the pressure, though, is coming from within.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Lyceum routs St. Benilde to stretch unbeaten run to 11 “I’m not pressured by anyone except myself,” said Diaz in Filipino Thursday during a small luncheon with the media at College of St. Benilde, where she studies Business Management. “I always think to myself ‘do I still have it in me?’ because I was relaxed for four months.”Diaz became the poster girl of Philippine sports in 2016 when she ended the country’s 20-year medal drought winning the silver medal in the women’s -53 kilogram event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHer triumph in Rio was her moment in the sun but after reaching the peak doubts have started to creep in.“The comeback is the hardest part, after so many tears I don’t know if I can ever return to that form,” said Diaz who lifted a total of 200 kg. in Rio. “I think this is why other medalists or champions quit after winning because it’s hard to sustain the strength and the discipline after all the accolades.” PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Diaz said she wouldn’t be pleased with herself if she can’t take the gold medal in the AIMAG in Turkmenistan, where other Filipino athletes are also competing, from September 17 to 27.Simply put, it’s championship or bust for the 26-year-old weightlifter.“I have to set my mind that the only acceptable thing for me to bring home is the gold medal,” said Diaz. “I must be determined because I can’t be contented with what I am right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

India-Pak ODI series may resume in December

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has principally agreed to host Pakistan for one-day international (ODI) and Twenty20 (T20) series in December this year, sources told Headlines Today on Monday.According to sources, three ODIs and two T20 matches would be played between the two cricket-crazy neighbouring countries.On July 5, Indian foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai, after meeting his Pakistani counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani, had said that the resumption of Indo-Pak bilateral cricket series was a matter to be decided by the BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He had also noted that “there are issues of security as well”.The Indo-Pak bilateral cricket series stopped after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 even though the two teams have come face to face in multi-team events, including the ICC World Cup.The PCB has been pushing hard for the resumption of ties, but the BCCI was showing reluctance citing its team’s busy international schedule. A desperate PCB had offered to host the Indians on neutral venue because of the danger of touring the terror-hit nation, which has been facing considerable revenue loss due to international teams’ refusal to play in Pakistan.No international team has played in Pakistan since the Lahore terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009 in which some visiting players were injured in firing by terrorists.last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde insists he’s happy working with Dembele

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde insists he’s happy working with Dembeleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insists he’s happy working with Ousmane Dembele.The Dembele situation has also been an interesting one for Valverde to deal with but on this occasion, he was only concerned with discussing the Frenchman’s playing talents.”I have always considered him one of the best in the world, as I also believe Coutinho to be too,” he said.”We also have plenty more in the team of that profile and that’s why they are here.”He is coming off the back of two beautiful goals and we all hope that he will continue like this.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoBID IN: Arsenal make huge offer for Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe

first_imgBID IN: Arsenal make huge offer for Lille attacker Nicolas Pepeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have launched a bid for Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe.TMW says Arsenal have offered €50m upfront plus further bonus fees based on appearances and success.Gunners boss Unai Emery is eager to add a new attacking midfield signing and knows plenty about Pepe thanks to his time in charge of PSG.The news of Arsenal’s bid arrives just 24 hours after it broke they had a mega offer rejected by AS Roma for Cengiz Under.Tied to LOSC until 2022, Pepe has stated he is ready to leave – but only after the end of this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a day agoAjax defender Joel Veltman: Chelsea looked really good

first_imgAjax defender Joel Veltman: Chelsea looked really goodby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax defender Joel Veltman was left frustrated with defeat to Chelsea.Chelsea won the Champions League tie 1-0 thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s goal. “A messy game, it was waiting for a mistake or lack of attention from a team. Ultimately, it fell to us,” Veltman told NOS. “We were sloppy a few times, so they could counter and so you get that in British football. We also knew that from the games against Tottenham Hotspur, how it can go.”Chelsea just looked really good. They put us under pressure, we didn’t really get into our game. You hear of course sometimes: Chelsea is less, but they have plenty of money and plenty of good players. You could see that a couple of time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

A chronology of Canadas standoff with US over steel aluminum levies

first_imgOTTAWA — Here is a timeline of key events in Canada’s dispute with the United States over NAFTA, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and American tariffs on steel and aluminum:June 28, 2016: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump declares his antipathy for the North American Free Trade Agreement in a campaign speech in Pittsburgh, in the heart of a Rust Belt state that he would eventually win to secure the presidency. “NAFTA was the worst trade deal in history,” says Trump, pledging to renegotiate the pact “to get a better deal for our workers.” He promises to leave the agreement if Canada and Mexico refuse to bargain with him.Aug. 16, 2017: Canada, Mexico and the United States begin the renegotiation of NAFTA in earnest. The Trump administration opens with a lecture, upping the ante from earlier remarks that it simply wants to “tweak” the deal. Trump’s trade czar Robert Lighthizer declares: “We feel that NAFTA has fundamentally failed many, many Americans and needs major improvement.”October: The U.S. introduces so-called “poison pills” that Canada says it simply can’t accept. The U.S. wants to increase American content in automobiles, get rid of Canada’s supply-management system in agriculture, introduce a five-year sunset clause to force regular renegotiations, do away with a dispute-settlement mechanism and reduce Mexican and Canadian access to bidding on U.S. procurement projects. The three countries do eventually reach a new deal on autos, while the U.S. backs away from the other demands.March 14, 2018: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada won’t be “bowled over” at the NAFTA talks by Trump. Trudeau makes the remarks while visiting steelworkers in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. “We’re standing up for ourselves. But we know there’s a win-win-win we can get to,” Trudeau says. “We’re pushing back on some things that we think might not be the right suggestions, which is what people would expect from Canada.”May 31: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross declares that the Trump administration is making good on its threat to slap hefty tariffs on Canadian metals exports — 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum — on the grounds that foreign steel dependency poses a threat to American national security. However, Ross signals clearly the tariffs are linked to the trade talks: “As to Canada, Mexico, you will recall that the reason for the deferral (of tariffs) had been pending the outcome of the NAFTA talks,” he said. “Those talks are taking longer than we had hoped.”June 7: Trump hurls a series of personal insults at Trudeau from Air Force One after a G7 summit in Quebec. The president calls Canada’s prime minister “dishonest” and “weak” after Trudeau repeats his objections to the steel and aluminum tariffs. The incident marks a new low in prime ministerial-presidential politics across the 49th parallel at a time when NAFTA negotiations remain deadlocked.July 1: Canada imposes dollar-for-dollar tariff “countermeasures” of its own on up to $16.6 billion worth of imports of steel, aluminum and other products from the U.S. — everything from flat-rolled steel to playing cards and felt-tipped pens. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland calls the U.S. tariffs illegal and counterproductive; Trudeau calls it inconceivable that Canada could be seen as a national-security threat to the U.S.Aug. 27: Mexico and the United States announce their own bilateral trade deal after weeks of negotiations that were supposed to be only about autos. Instead they negotiated a sweeping text covering the full scope of the trading relationship. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland blows up a trip to Europe and diverts to Washington, starting a month of intense negotiations to bring Canada into the NAFTA fold.Sept. 20: Liberal government insiders indicate that as the NAFTA talks come down to the wire, the so-called Section 232 tariffs — so named for the obscure U.S. trade-law provision under which they were imposed — remain a major sticking point. Some observers suggest negotiating the tariff dispute separately would mean a shorter path to a deal.Sept. 26: Trump strikes again, this time at the UN General Assembly: “Frankly, we’re thinking about just taxing cars coming in from Canada,” he says when asked about the stalled talks. “We’re very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada,” he continues, adding, “We don’t like their representative very much” — a reference to Freeland.Sept. 30: Staring down a midnight deadline to provide a text of an agreement to Congress, Trump’s and Trudeau’s team work out last-minute details that bring Canada into a renewed continental trade pact. Trudeau leaves the Prime Minister’s Office after a late-night cabinet meeting and says six words: “It’s a good day for Canada.”Oct. 19: Liberal government officials make it clear Canada will not accept any sort of a quota restriction on steel and aluminum exports to the U.S. in exchange for lifting the tariffs. Meanwhile, Mexican officials fuel speculation that the U.S. plans to lift the tariffs once the new agreement is signed during a G20 summit in Argentina.Nov. 30: Trump, Trudeau and outgoing Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto sign the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, at the summit but there is no sign of movement on tariffs.Jan. 30, 2019: Kevin Brady, the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee (its senior member from the minority Republicans), sends the first clear signal that the tariffs could be a problem for both Democrats and Republicans when it comes to ratifying the new trade deal. “They’re not really willing to consider this agreement until the steel and aluminum tariffs are ensured to be lifted off, including quotas,” Brady tells a trade conference in Washington.Feb. 21: David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., declares publicly that he’s confident the tariffs will be lifted “in the next few weeks” — comments he later acknowledges were aimed at lighting a fire under recalcitrant U.S. negotiators. Later that same week, Transport Minister Marc Garneau tells a gathering of governors in the U.S. capital that Canada would struggle to ratify the agreement with the tariffs still in place. “I got the message loud and clear,” responds Larry Kudlow, Trump’s senior economic adviser.May 17: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suddenly adds a trip to a Stelco plant in Hamilton, Ont., to his schedule. He confirms reports that an agreement on tariffs has been reached and that the levies will be gone within 48 hours. “This decision reflects what is known to be true by friends on both sides of the border,” Trudeau says. “Canada has been America’s most steadfast ally for more than 100 years, and our long-standing partnership and closely linked economies make us more competitive around the world and improve our combined security.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Big swings continue as bitcoin briefly dips below 10000

With the drop below $10,000, bitcoin had lost about half its value since hitting a high above $19,000 in mid-December. Other digital currencies bounced around as well.Bitcoin has slumped 20 percent this week as traders worry that regulators in South Korea will crack down on trading of digital currencies. The price of bitcoin fell as much as 20 percent Wednesday, but later recovered and was nearly flat at $11,392 around 5:10 p.m. Eastern Time, according to Coindesk.Bitcoin hasn’t caught on as a currency for buying things, as intended. But it has drawn huge interest from traders, and its price has soared over the past year, and has also had several sharp drops.The price of one bitcoin went from $1,000 at the beginning of last year to nearly $20,000 in mid-December. The latest plunge brings the price back to where it was in early December.Many financial pros believe bitcoin is in a speculative bubble that could crash any time.The possibility that South Korea will ban or restrict virtual currency trading has weighed on traders’ minds the last few weeks because the nation is a major market for currencies like bitcoin.Those worries have also depressed the prices of other digital currencies that gained sharply in recent months.Ethereum fell 9 percent to $993 Wednesday, according to Coindesk. During the day it tumbled as much as 26 percent. Its current price is still roughly double where it was in November, and down sharply from its recent peak of $1,329 on Jan. 10.Bitcoin and other digital currencies trade on private exchanges that have little regulation or protection for investors. In December two major financial exchanges, the Cboe and CME, started trading in bitcoin futures, which allow investors to make bets on the future price of bitcoin without actually holding bitcoins.Bitcoin futures on the Cboe were little changed while CME-traded futures slipped 2 percent. Earlier they hit their lowest levels since trading began last month.Bitcoin is extremely hard to value because it has no country or central bank backing it and it’s not widely used to make transactions. Its value is tied only to what people believe it is worth at any given time.Partly for that reason, it’s gone through numerous highs and lows in its brief history since being formed in 2009: After a plunge in November 2013, it lost about half its value in 2014. The huge rally in 2017 also came with some sharp selloffs, although those wound up being temporary. Citation: Big swings continue as bitcoin briefly dips below $10,000 (2018, January 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-big-bitcoin-briefly-dips.html In this Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, file photo, a man watches a screen showing the prices of bitcoin at a virtual currency exchange office in Seoul, South Korea. Bitcoin is suffering another one of its trademark nosedives on Wednesday. The digital currency has fallen about 30 percent during the week as investors worry that regulators in South Korea will crack down on trading. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File) The volatility of the digital currency markets was on display again Wednesday, as bitcoin briefly fell below $10,000 before rebounding back above $11,000 in the U.S. afternoon. Explore further Bitcoin prices fall as South Korea says ban still an option © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more