Cheerful Spahić arrived in Zenica, Welcomed by the Fans

first_img(Source: Emir Spahić arrived yesterday afternoon at the Training Camp of Football Association of B&H, therefore Mehmed Baždarević will have all planed players tonight.Many fans welcomed Spahić at the Camp entrance, who wanted to take photos and get autographs from our national team members. Spahić fulfilled everyone’s wishes with pleasure and funny comments.His arrival was under the question, but selector Meša Baždarević never wanted to accept a “no” from former captain who is extremely necessary at the moment.last_img

Ronaldo’s last-gasp two-goal show steals Salah limelight

first_imgRonaldo had two first-half chances blocked as he tried to continue his impressive recent form which had seen him score 18 goals in his last nine La Liga games, including registering a 50th hat-trick.Salah was replaced late in the game by Shikabala and Portugal sensed a chance to grab a share of the spoils.Quaresma, meanwhile, saw a 72nd minute attempt saved by Mohamed El-Shenawy in the Egypt goal while Bruno Alves saw a close-range header from a corner drift wide of the goal.Shikabala had a fierce shot saved by Beto diving high to his right before Alves’s frustrations boiled over late in the game with a yellow card.But with time running out, Ronaldo had the final say as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner moved into third place on the all-time list of international goal scorers.Legendary Hungarian striker Ferenc Puskas scored 84 goals while Iran’s Ali Daei leads the list with 109 goals in 149 internationals.Egypt, back at a World Cup for the first time since 1990, will play in Group A at the finals this summer with hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia.Portugal are in Group B and will face Spain, Morocco and Iran.Share on: WhatsApp Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo hit two goals in stoppage time as European champions Portugal defeated Egypt 2-1 in a friendly international on Friday, winning his personal duel with Mohamed Salah who had put the seven-time African champions ahead.Ronaldo, appearing in his 900th career match, made his mark to devastating effect as time ran out.First, he pulled his team level with a header from a Ricardo Quaresma cross, before adding the winner in almost identical circumstances in the fourth minute of injury time.However, the 33-year-old Real Madrid star had to wait for the VAR system to validate his goal after a suspicion of offside. His two-goal salvo took his Portugal tally to 81.Earlier, Salah, who has shone at Liverpool this season with 28 Premier League goals, broke the deadlock in Zurich after 56 minutes.After a quickfire exchange of passes, Abdallah El Said found Salah in space for his teammate to beat Beto in the Portuguese goal with a sweetly-timed left-foot strike from the edge of the area.“In the last minutes we were better, created four chances and showed great determination to turn it around. They showed that they did not want to lose,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.“And with Ronaldo, it’s about a goal and another goal.”last_img read more

Postponed El Clasico to be played on Dec 18: federation

first_imgLa Liga, who originally proposed the postponement, disagreed, claiming December 18 would clash with fixtures in the Copa del Rey and harm the economic interests of the clubs involved.– Common sense –“The decision to change the date of the most important La Liga match cannot be left to the decision of the two participating clubs,” La Liga said on Friday, adding that they have a responsibility to “maximise income” from television rights.La Liga initially suggested swapping the two Clasicos, with the first one being played at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, and then proposed the weekend of December 7, when Barcelona and Madrid already have fixtures.Their last proposal was Wednesday, December 4, which comes just after Barca play away at Atletico Madrid.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Tuesday he hoped the two clubs would not be drawn into a political “war” between La Liga and the RFEF, who have clashed on various issues in recent years.“I would like common sense to prevail,” Valverde said “I would like there to be a date settled and for the internal wars between La Liga and the RFEF not to involve us.”Barcelona, who visit Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Wednesday, moved top of La Liga last weekend, one point ahead of Real Madrid.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: El ClasicoMadrid, Spain | AFP | The rearranged El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on December 18 despite opposition from La Liga, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed on Tuesday.Spain’s most prestigious fixture, which was due to take place at Camp Nou on Saturday, was postponed last week because of violent pro-independence protests in Catalonia.La Liga had proposed December 4 or 7 and may decide to appeal.“The decision of the Competition Committee has taken place after analysing in recent days the proposals of both clubs, who were invited to agree a date and decided on December 18,” an RFEF statement read.“It has also analysed a report from the RFEF Competitions Area as well as numerous reports submitted by La Liga, which are not binding.“At today’s meeting, the Committee also analysed the latest reports from both clubs, who maintain their initial proposal to play the match on 18 December.”It means Barcelona, who insisted the original match should have gone ahead this weekend, will face a testing few weeks before Christmas.In December, they are already scheduled to play away at Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan in the Champions League and Real Sociedad, who sit fourth in La Liga.Real Madrid will play away at Club Brugge in the Champions League and then Valencia, just before travelling to Barca.But both clubs swiftly settled on Wednesday, December 18 last week, hours after being instructed to agree a new date by the RFEF.last_img read more

Roundballer players hit with yellow card as City shuts down Lakeside for two week rest

first_imgRight when the roundballers thought the season was a foot, the City of Nelson tossed a monkey wrench into the mix by closing the fields for two weeks.Barry Turner of the City of Nelson informed the Regional District of Central Kootenay booking officials Friday of his decision to give the soccer pitches rest.“The fields will be close for two weeks, Monday through Friday,” said a RDCK spokesperson. “Fields will re-open during the weekend, Saturday and Sunday.”Soccer players, young and old, have been running in quicksand for the start of the 2011 season.A colder than normal spring, plagued by days of rain and inclement weather, put the growing season back weeks. The result left Lakeside Soccer Pitches in rough shape, especially following the opening weekend of the year May 7-8 when close to 20 female rep teams participated in the Terry Walgren Memorial Rep Soccer Tournament.Those games, combined with the start of adult leagues and the Nelson Youth Soccer Rep and House programs, put an awful lot of stress on the pitches.The closure, however, does not affect the Lakeside Ball Diamonds, where the Nelson Slopitch League continues to function nightly.Nelson Youth Soccer holds games and practices during the week at Lakeside. The association also runs games Saturday.Nelson City Soccer follows most nights with adult rec leagues.The closure affects 900-plus youth players and more than 200 adult players.last_img read more

Beat the Crowds: Go Outdoors

first_imgFewer people are feeling close to nature, said a report on PhysOrg.  According to a study done by Oliver Pergams (U of Illinois) and Patricia Zaradic (Environmental Leadership Program, Pennsylvania), a decline in visitation at national parks corresponds to an increase in sedentary activities like playing video games, surfing the Internet and watching movies.  They see a fundamental shift away from nature and toward “videophilia” – an unhealthy trend, being associated with obesity, lack of socialization, attention disorders and poor academic performance.    Statistics they gathered showed declines over the past 70 years in outdoor activity.  For instance, in the decade from 1981 to 1991, there was a drop of up to 1.3 percent per year in outdoor activities such as backpacking, fishing, hiking, hunting, and visits to national and state parks and forests.  Since then, the typical drop has been 18-25 percent, the article states.    The researchers are worried about another consequence: less interest in conservation.  “We don’t see how future generations, with less exploration of nature, will be as interested in conservation as past generations,” they said.There was never a better time to Escape to Reality than now.  While everyone else is having a mythical second life, get out into creation – you’ll have it all to yourself!    One thing the states and the federal government could do is to lower fees.  Camping used to be a very economical activity.  For many years, park entrance fees were either $5 or even zero.  Now, it is typical to pay $20 or more, with more restrictions on where you can go and what you can do.  Campground fees used to be in the $3 to $5 range per night; now they are typically $17 to $20 and up.  National forests and wilderness areas also put steep fees and quotas on backpackers.  Fishing licenses and hunting tags are astronomical.  It becomes unattractive for would-be woodsmen to pay a high annual fee for just one or two expeditions into the wild.  America has become the land of the fee and the home of depraved video addicts.    The high prices for recreation would not be necessary if governments would cut back on wasteful socialist programs and pork-barrel projects.  They would probably find that lower fees at parks would also attract visitors and actually increase revenues.  Governments need to realize that the land belongs to the people, not to the Capitol.  The power to tax is the power to destroy.  Taxes and fees drive away participation.  In recent years, governments have even charged fees (badly named “adventure passes”) for merely parking your car in a national forest so you can take a walk in the woods.  What on earth do they think they are doing?  If they are concerned about declining visitation to nature reserves and lack of interest in conservation, who is to blame?  The main critics of the adventure pass laws were the backpackers, hikers and fishermen who were most likely to appreciate and conserve the land.    In their defense, park management districts are having to deal with increased litter, carelessness with fire, crime in the parks, the cost of rescues due to carelessness, and litigation from sue-happy campers.  This hurts everyone.  It becomes easier for the parks to prohibit everybody from doing anything.  In one national park, for instance, a popular swimming hole on a creek is now off limits.  The trail to it was covered, and the rangers refuse to tell anyone where it is.  Why?  Too many careless people would go over there and fool around, get hurt, require a rescue, and sue the park.  No wonder park rangers often feel they are trapped in a no-win situation.    One solution might be for the government to certify hikers according to knowledge and ability.  The one-size-fits-all policy, essentially “if an obese elderly person in a wheelchair can’t do it, then nobody can do it,” is very frustrating to eager, fit, knowledgeable outdoorspeople.  Private conservation groups could offer courses that the government could approve, allowing the park visitor to earn a passport-like identification that would allow additional access to park resources.  Certificates could be stratified according to risk level, from beginner to advanced: day hiker to ice climbers or cave explorers.  The courses could include conservation ethics, survival skills, filing of trip plans and affidavits of personal responsibility.  This would filter out the careless but allow the knowledgeable to enjoy the freedom all Americans once took for granted.  Undoubtedly it would attract young people to learn the skills needed to get to the highest level – like the appeal to become an Eagle Scout.  The outdoors would again hear the songs of human beings in their native habitat: rational beings who love the outdoors and know how to interact with the environment without harming it.    These are very real issues with no simple solutions.  A certification program would bring its own share of problems, for sure.  Regardless, it is still worthwhile to get into the wilderness and experience nature close up.  Camping out is still cheaper than a hotel.  Freedom is precious: use it or lose it.  So is health.  Start at your skill level and challenge yourself.  There is no substitute for a real experience in the created world: sleeping under the stars, hiking through a forest, hopping rocks along a wild stream, watching a bird or deer in its natural habitat.  These are experiences no HDTV can match.  Your body will thank you.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The board of Brand South Africa pay respect to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 9 December 2013 – Brand South Africa board members today visited the family of former President Mandela in Houghton, to express their support following the passing of Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.Speaking from Houghton Johannesburg, Brand South Africa Chairperson Chichi Maponya Chairperson said, “We must remember the great work that Tata Madiba has done for South Africa. It is our duty as citizens to play our part through living his legacy by our positive actions. Madiba was a great, fearless and compassionate leader whose resilience and charisma made an impact on millions throughout his life.”“He cannot be replaced in person but his legacy of selfless and principled dedication to equality and justice lives on in South Africa. We stand together with the millions of fellow South Africans and friends around the world as we use this time to reflect and recommit ourselves to the values and practices he stood for.”“This is a trying time for the nation, the world and especially the Mandela family. As we pay our last respects to our former president, we also express our deepest gratitude to the Mandela family for allowing us the opportunity and sharing with us as the Nation their greatest jewel,” concluded Ms Maponya.Note to editors Text of President Zuma’s official statement on the passing of Former President Nelson Mandela: Official dedicated Mandela website: About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa. Follow Brand South [email protected]_SA ( Tell us how you Play Your Part[email protected]#DoBest   For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Arahna SinghBrand South Africa CommunicationsTel: +27 11 712 5061 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 491 2332Email: [email protected]:   www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

Petron repulses Sta. Lucia

first_imgStalzer accounted for 28 kills and an ace for 29 points, while Hurley wreaked havoc with 25 kills, a block and an ace for 27 points as they conspired for more than half of Petron’s 70-point production off spikes.Mika Reyes was the lone local who finished in double figures for Petron with 11 points laced with three blocks.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 shutoutPetron coach Shaq Delos Santos said that while credit should be given to their imports, it was still a team effort as his wards maintained their composure to weather a furious rally from the Lady Realtors, who welcomed their new import in Bohdana Anisova of Ukraine.“Sta. Lucia played really well. It was obvious that they really wanted to bounce back,” said Delos Santos, who steered the Blaze Spikers to the All-Filipino Conference crown early this year. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Lindsay Stalzer of Petron is block by Shirley Salamagos and Rebecca Rivera of Sta. Lucia. INQUIRER PHOTO/AUGUST DELA CRUZPetron woke up from a third-set slumber to pull off a 27-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-14 victory over Sta. Lucia Realty in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Thursday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley took up the cudgels for at the attack zone once more to lead the Blaze Spikers to their second straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “We survived even if our game is not what we wanted it to be. Good thing we controlled it and we were able to pull off the victory.”Delos Santos noted that their sluggish reception and poor services as well as the Lady Realtors’ solid blocking hounded them in the third set, allowing Sta. Lucia to stretch the match to fourth set.“We struggled in our services and receives in the third set,” he said. “Their blocking was also solid and quality, especially their imports. We really had a hard time matching their intensity.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Solid Bright outing lifts Maroons; DOMC stuns Knights Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View commentslast_img read more

Oklahoma WR Randomly Trolls Texas, Tweets “Horns Down” Logo

first_imgUpside down Texas logo.TwitterOklahoma freshman-to-be Dede Westbrook hasn’t even played a snap for the Sooners yet, but he’s already talking a bit of trash to the team’s biggest rival. Westbrook, a four-star wide receiver who will begin his freshman year in 2015, decided to randomly tweeted a “horns down” logo Thursday night. It’s a strong move out the gate. #Sooners— Dede Westbrook (@DedeTHEGreat11) March 6, 2015The Texas vs. Oklahoma rivalry took a back seat in 2014, as TCU and Baylor reigned supreme in the Big 12. Perhaps Westbrook will help bring it back to the forefront.last_img

Video: Draymond Green Says If He Could Hit Someone With A Snowball, It’d Be A Michigan Fan

first_imgDraymond Green being interviewed.draymond green snowball michigan fanThursday, Nike released a new two-minute commercial dedicated to “Snow Days” which features over a dozen of the brand’s professional athletes lining up against each other on the football field. One of those athletes is former Michigan State star Draymond Green, who now plays for the Golden State Warriors.Nike also released a “Behind The Scenes” look at the commercial, and asked a few of the athletes who they’d hit with a snowball, given the chance. Green’s answer? A University of Michigan fan. Check it out:This isn’t the first time Green has expressed his dislike for the Wolverines. If you’re interested, here’s the actual commercial – it’s actually very cool.last_img