Juventus make De Ligt world’s most expensive defender

first_imgThe Turin-based club, now coached by former Chelsea mentor Maurizio Sarri, were keen to bring new blood into an ageing defence that features 34-year-old Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, 32.De Ligt played 117 games for Ajax in all competitions, scoring 13 goals. He scored the winner in Turin as Ajax eliminated Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals.De Ligt has played 17 times for the Netherlands, forming a formidable central defensive partnership with Van Dijk.He took over the captain’s armband at Ajax in March 2018, making him the club’s youngest ever captain.De Ligt said Ronaldo had urged him to join Juventus after the two faced each other for their countries in the Nations League final in June won by Portugal.Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman says De Ligt “will become one of the best defenders in the world in a short time”.De Ligt is the latest big-money summer transfer following the 120-million-euro deal that took France striker Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona and the 126 million euros that Atletico splashed out on 19-year-old forward Joao Felix from Benfica.After a disappointing 2018-2019 season, Real Madrid have strengthened with the acquisition of Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard from Chelsea for an initial 100 million euros, with another 34 million euros in potential add-ons.Premier League champions Manchester City bought Spain international Rodri for a club record 70 million euros (£63 million).Share on: WhatsApp Matthijs de Ligt during Juventus medical. PHOTO via @juventusfcenRome, Italy | AFP | Dutch central defender Matthijs de Ligt, one of the most coveted young players in world football, signed Thursday for Juventus from Ajax for a fee of 75 million euros ($84.2 million) plus add ons.The 19-year-old agreed a five-year contract with the Italian champions.Juventus said in a statement the fee would be paid over five financial years, with “additional costs” of 10.5 million euros.The combined fee makes De Ligt the world’s most expensive defender, surpassing the 84 million euros Liverpool paid to sign his Netherlands teammate Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton in 2018.De Ligt is Juventus’ third most expensive signing after the 105 million euros they paid to buy Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in 2018 and the 90-million-euro transfer of Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli in 2016.De Ligt had also been linked with Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain after his impressive performances for a young Ajax side that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.His Ajax teammate, 22-year-old midfielder Frenkie de Jong, has already joined Barcelona.In a deal hammered out by his powerful Italian-born Dutch agent Mino Raiola, De Ligt will earn a basic annual salary of 7.5 million euros that could reach 12 million euros with bonuses, according to reports in Italy.“The sporting project proved decisive” in De Ligt’s decision to choose Juventus. “For a defender, Italy is always an ideal place.”– Ageing defence –last_img read more

Now sober, De La Hoya still keeps fighting

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP) – The day after winning the only gold medal for the U.S. boxing team in the 1992 Olympics, Oscar De La Hoya was pulled out of bed to sit next to swimmer Janet Evans and talk about the success of American athletes in Barcelona.Little did U.S. Olympic officials know that the 19-year-old had gotten so drunk the night before while celebrating his win that his family had to carry him back to his room. Now he sat wearing dark sunglasses in front of a room full of journalists, so hung over that he couldn’t stay awake long enough to answer the simplest of questions.“I’m sitting at this little table and Janet Evans is next to me with I don’t know how many golds,” De La Hoya said, “And I just fall asleep. They’re asking me questions and I don’t know what was happening. I just kept hearing ‘Oscar, Oscar.’”The drinking didn’t stop even as he became the Golden Boy and embarked on a spectacular pro career where he pocketed, by his own estimates, $300 million. When it finally ended in December 2008 with a beating at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, De La Hoya’s toughest opponent hadn’t changed.The bottle remained unbeaten.“When I fought Pacquiao, two weeks before the fight I was plastered out of my mind,” De La Hoya said.Boxing history is littered with similar tales of fighters and addiction problems. Most don’t end well, though Sugar Ray Leonard and Julio Cesar Chavez overcame the odds to tell their tales of alcohol abuse and drug problems.De La Hoya wants to tell his story, too. At 41, he finally seems comfortable with himself following a three-month stint in a Malibu rehabilitation center where he wasn’t even allowed to see his wife and six children.He says he’s finally overcome his demons. It feels good to talk about them because he believes they’re gone for good.He’s back fighting, this time in the board room instead of the ring. At stake in the battle with his former CEO Richard Schaefer is control of his boxing company, Golden Boy Promotions, and De La Hoya makes it clear that he’s in this fight to win.More importantly, though, he says he’s taken control of his life after being lost for years.“I finally feel free. I finally feel at peace for the very first time in my life,” he said during an hour-long interview with The Associated Press at the MGM Grand Hotel. De La Hoya is here to promote rising Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez against Erislandy Lara in what he calls “maybe the biggest weekend of my life” because this promotion is his alone.Caption FILE – In this May 3, 2003 file photo, Oscar De La Hoya wears the WBC and WBA champion belts as he celebrates his victory over challenger Yory Boy Campas in their super welterweight championship bout at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)Before his latest rehab, De La Hoya said, he was content to let Schaefer and others run the company while he tried to enjoy himself.“I didn’t want the responsibility,” he said. “I’m the Golden Boy. I was supposed to have everything.”That it’s taken two rehabs to get to where he is now isn’t lost on De La Hoya, who in addition to his own career takes credit for launching the careers of some of his opponents – most notably Floyd Mayweather Jr. – into big pay-per-view successes. De La Hoya for years was the biggest draw in boxing of anyone not named Mike Tyson, and he says his fights grossed $700 million on pay-per-view sales alone.He’s still got the money because he was smart about that. Took some advice given to him as boy when his dad took him to a gym in East Los Angeles to get some tutoring from former lightweight champion Ike Williams.“My dad thought he was going to teach me how to throw a left hook or something,” De La Hoya said. “But he said ‘The only advice I’m going to give you his to keep your money.’ That always stuck with me.”While De La Hoya has stashed some of his money safely away, he’s also invested well. He owns a high-rise in LA, has a piece of the Houston Dynamo soccer club and is the majority shareholder in Golden Boy Promotions, which he called “the best investment of any of them.”And when he drives in downtown Los Angeles he can always go check out his statue in front of Staples Center. The kid from East LA grew up to win titles in six weight classes and was inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame last month.“This is my passion. This is what keeps me alive,” he said. “Boxing literally gave me a life as a kid, promoting gave me another life.”He credits his wife, singer Millie Corretjer, for sticking with him through drunken and sometimes embarrassing times.“I was there being the Golden Boy but I was emotionally disconnected,” he said. “I’ve been disconnected emotionally ever since I was a teenager.”Now he is back in spotlight. De La Hoya says thinks Alvarez has a chance to become the richest fighter ever if he keeps improving. The red-haired Mexican – whose only loss was last year to Mayweather – is just 23 and is headlining his second pay-per-view show.De La Hoya’s falling out with Schaefer – who left the company last month – remains to be settled, but De La Hoya says he’s moving forward. He’s reconciled with former promoter Bob Arum and is eager to make big fights with his rival company.Not that it will be easy. There are plenty of enemies out there in boxing, even if you are the Golden Boy.“There are people who don’t like it and I understand why,” De La Hoya said. “But the sleeping giant has woken up.”____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more

UPDATED: Bombers edge Brookswood 1-0 at AA Soccer Championships in Burnaby

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers will play for fifth spot at the 16-team BC High School Girl’s AA Soccer Championships in Burnaby.Naomi Perkins scored the only goal of the game to lead LVR to a thrilling 1-0 win over Brookswood Friday afternoon in playoff action.LVR advances to meet Bellenas of Parksville on Vancouver Island in the consolation round match Saturday.LVR finished the round robin draw in second spot with a 2-1 record.Perkins, Wheeldon score to lead Bombers to 3-0 win at AA Soccer Championships in BurnabyNaomi Perkins scored twice and Jenna Wheeldon added a single as L.V. Rogers Bombers shutout Crofton House of Vancouver 3-0 in the final round robin game Friday at the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships in Burnaby.LVR finishes the round robin draw with a 2-1 record.The Bombers now advance to meet the second-place finisher today at 12:45 p.m. Bomber girls rebound at AA Soccer Championships in BurnabyThe L.V. Rogers Bombers managed to bounce back from an opening round loss to finish Day one of the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships in Burnaby with a 1-1 record.LVR edged Holy Cross of Vancouver 2-1 to remain in the hunt for the division title.Allie Zondervan an Emma Wheeldon each scored once to lead the Bombers offensive attack.The Bombers led 2-0 at the half.Holy Cross cut into the margin but LVR held on for the win.LVR opened the tournament losing 3-0 to St. Michael’s University of Victoria.The Bombers struggled for most of the game against the Island power.LVR, representing the Kootenay zone at the tournament, closes out the round robin draw at 9 a.m. Friday against host Crofton House of Vancouver.The top team in each of the divisions in the 16-team tournament advances into the final four Friday.The tournament final is set for Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

Sums all add up for Donegal pupils during Maths Week!

first_imgMore than 30 pupils from St Eunan’s National School in Laghey joined other children for a morning of Izak9 maths workshop activities, celebrating Maths Week, the all-island festival of maths and numeracy. Developed by mathematician Franz Schlindwein, Izak9 uses cubes populated with combinations of colours, numbers and shapes providing unlimited access to the skills of the maths curriculum.Children work together in small groups where the learning is open, visual, shared, rich and curious. Maths Week Ireland is the annual all-island festival dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of maths and numeracy among young people, parents and the wider population.Over 400,000 people, including students and the general public, will take part in events this week, across the island, focused on driving home the benefits of maths and all the opportunities it brings for individuals, society and the economy.Co-ordinated by Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s STEM Engagement Centre, Maths Week is funded through the SFI Discover Programme, the Department of Education and Skills, the Department for the Economy Northern Ireland and tech firm Xilinx. It is run with more than 50 partner organisations including universities, institutes of technology, libraries, schools, training colleges, visitor centres and employers.Research carried out for Maths Week Ireland 2019 shows that a majority of parents believe their child’s attitude to maths is more positive than their own when they were the same age, while 86% of people believe maths is important in creating future career opportunities for their children.  Sums all add up for Donegal pupils during Maths Week! was last modified: October 18th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Brand South Africa joins the country in mourning and honouring the fallen firefighter heroes

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 12 September 2018 –  Brand South Africa joins the country in mourning the three firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty during the blaze which erupted last week on the 23rd floor of the Bank of Lisbon Building in the Johannesburg inner city. Twenty-eight-year-old Simphiwe Moropane, 40-year-old Mduduzi Ndlovu and 37-year-old Kathutshelo Muedi are being honoured in a memorial service today in Ellis Park, Johannesburg. Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Linda Magapatona-Sangaret said: “The country has had a number of these tragic fire related incidents in recent years and months. The tragic results have been the loss of lives, the destruction of people’s homes and their displacement and often the destruction of industrial production and the livelihood of people.”Magapatona-Sangaret added saying “Today’s memorial service is more than a ceremony. It’s an obligation, a recognition that, in a life spent too often caught up in the pursuit of the trivial, we owe it to Muedi, Ndlovu and Moropane that we ensure that people not yet born will someday come to know what they did for society and honour them. We extend our deepest sympathy to their families and are deeply saddened by the loss they have encountered.”The fire broke out just after 4am on Tuesday 04 September. Firefighters battled a fire on the other side of the building, which took about 45 minutes to extinguish,” said Johannesburg EMS spokesperson Nana Radebe.The safety of structures in the inner city have been the center of attention after it was revealed that the Bank of Lisbon Building failed to meet regulations. The Gauteng Provincial government has vowed to prioritise occupational health after the deadly fire in the Johannesburg buildinglast_img read more

Over 46,000 people affected by heavy rain in western Madhya Pradesh

first_imgOver 46,000 people from Mandsaur and Neemuch districts were shifted to safer places by late Sunday even as heavy rain continued to lash the western region of Madhya Pradesh, a government spokesperson has announced. The Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rainfall in 10 districts, including Indore.The two neighbouring districts have received incessant rain since last few days and lives have been completely disrupted. “More than 45,000 people have been rescued from 100 to 125 villages in Mandsaur. Some of these villages have been fully vacated while there has been partial evacuation in others,” said Manoj Path joint director of Public Relations in a message on Sunday evening. In addition, 32,000 families in the catchment area of Indira Sagar and Sardar Sarovar dams are at risk of being inundated, with the water rising alarmingly in the two dams. There is no relief likely from the rain fury in the two districts till Monday evening, the Met office cautioned. Extremely heavy rainfall is forecast in part of Mandsaur, Neemuch, Agar Malwa and Alirajpur regions till Monday. Heavy rainfall might occur at few places in 10 districts, including Indore. Rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at most places in around 31 districts of the state, including Bhopal on Monday morning.Civil society organisations have appealed to the government of Madhya Pradesh to help rescue the affected families in the Narmada valley. Nisarpur near Barwani, which was meant to rehabilitate the project-affected families, is almost submerged with the rain continuing unabated. The previous BJP government, had, in an affidavit claimed before the Supreme Court that it would have completed the evacuation of all residing there. Rescue operations were in full swing, said a State government official from Neemuch. “We are keeping a close watch on the situation,” he added. Nearly 2,300 people were evacuated from the flooded Rampura town in Neemuch district after an alarming rise in the backwater level of Gandhi Sagar Dam in Mandsaur, he said.Rescuers kept a vigil during the night before bringing the flood-hit people to relief camps on Sunday, he said. Mandsaur received 218 mm rain while Manasa town in Neemuch got 243 mm rain in 24 hours ending Sunday morning, as per the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) office here.The Mandsaur district received total 1,927.8 mm rain from June 1 till date, against average rainfall of 742.1 mm, the Met said. Neemuch got total 1,569.7 mm rain so far this monsoon against 706.9 mm average. After heavy rains, 19 sluice gates of Gandhi Sagar Dam were opened and 4.93 lakh cusec water was being discharged, the dam project’s sub-divisional officer N.P. Dev said. The released water was gushing downstream to flood parts of Rajasthan. Intermittent showers on Sunday lashed several parts of Madhya Pradesh, which has so far received 33% more rain than the season’s average, the IMD said. The monsoon has weakened a bit in eastern Madhya Pradesh but is active in western parts of the state, IMD Bhopal office’s senior meteorologist G.D. Mishra said.The BJP wll launch a State-wide agitation from September 22 if the farmers’ who have lost their crops are not compensated by then, former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced on Sunday evening. He said the Congress government in the State should reach out to the people affected by the heavy downpour and added that Chief Minister Kamal Nath had not been visible in the State.The former Chief Minister also pledged to donate his one month salary as MLA for the people ravaged by the floods.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo won’t quit Real Madrid — club boss

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Ronaldo is a Real player and will continue to be so as far as we are concerned,” Perez told Marca sports daily Tuesday. “No offer has been received for him.”According to media reports Ronaldo is unsettled at Madrid because he believes Real did not back him as fully as he had hoped in his dispute with the taxman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd he has also complained on multiple occasions in the past at his treatment at the hands of Real supporters, who have resorted to jeering and booing his performance on the pitch.In an earlier report Marca said Ronaldo has told his teammates he was leaving and “there is no turning back”. What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Perez said he could understood why the four-times world player of the year had been upset after he was accused last week of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies.Big challengeHe said that Ronaldo had clearly done nothing wrong and Perez was appalled that the “presumption of innocence is not respected” by the media who have branded the played a delinquent.Perez, a 70-year-old construction magnate, was elected unopposed Monday for a third term in charge of Europe’s most successful club.His first big challenge is keeping Ronaldo at the club he joined in 2009 from Manchester United for a record 94 million euros ($105.3 million).There has been speculation that Ronaldo is trying to put pressure on Real so that they will bear some of the burden of an eventual fine for tax evasion as Barcelona did for Lionel Messi.Manchester United have so far made no comment on reports they are interested in buying back the player for an estimated 200 million euros, on top of the release fee.Since extending his contract in November until 2021, Ronaldo is according to Forbes the highest paid sports star in the world with $93 million (83m euro) in 2016-2017.Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are also reported to be interested but Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge denied the German champions would make an offer.“We are accustomed to intensive speculation on possible arrivals and departures during the transfer period,” wrote Rummenigge in the statement. “As a rule, we do not comment on these rumours. But now in the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, we want to clarify once and for all that this rumour has no basis and must be referred to in the realm of fables.”Under Perez, Real Madrid have won three Champions League titles in four seasons. The club — which also won La Liga last season — lead the way in the elite European competition with 12 trophies.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo runs during a training session ahead of the Russia 2017 Confederation Cup football tournament in Kazan on June 16, 2017. AFPCristiano Ronaldo will be staying at Spanish giants Real Madrid and no offer has been received to tempt him away, club president Florentino Perez insisted Tuesday.Unhappy Ronaldo has been linked to Manchester United and other top clubs after reportedly threatening to leave Real and quit Spain after running into problems with tax authorities.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Portuguese sports daily A Bola had also claimed that Perez had already been informed of the 32-year-old’s decision.However, Perez said that he had not spoken to Ronaldo, who is on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russia, which ends on July 2.Even so, Perez said he was convinced Ronaldo would stay and affirmed that his Real contract was protected by a one billion euro release clause.“I have not spoken with him. We don’t want to disturb his concentration with the national team,”  said Perez.“But something really bizarre would have to happen if he were to leave this club.”ADVERTISEMENT Ancajas to rely on speed, power vs Japanese foe WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View commentslast_img read more

Jiu-jitsu expert Ochoa delivers PH’s 1st gold in Aimag

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Besides Ochoa’s feat, the Philippines has one silver courtesy of jiu-jitsu’s Marc Alexander Lim and a bronze from wrestler Alvin Lobreguito.This medal output already surpassed the production of Filipino athletes (1 gold and two bronzes) in the previous AIMAG in 2013 Incheon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH jiu-jitsu team. Apryl Jessica Eppinger (extreme left), Margarita Ochoa (third from left) and Annie Ramirez (fourth from left).ASHGABAT—Jiu-jitsu specialist Margarita Ochoa captured the first gold medal for the Philippines in 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.The 27-year-old Ochoa overwhelmed Le Thu Trang Du of Vietnam, 5-0, in the finals of the women’s Ne-waza -45kg category on Tuesday held at Martial Arts Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Letran snaps 3-game skid, holds off Arellano 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 commentslast_img read more

In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth

first_imgCassidy Hubbarth at the ESPYs. Cassidy Hubbarth ESPN HotInstagram/HubbarthESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth is one of the network’s rising stars, there’s no doubt. Hubbarth, who joined the Worldwide Leader back in 2010, hosts NBA Tonight on ESPN2, works the desk for ESPN News and occasionally gets the look for SportsCenter. You’ll probably be seeing more of her in the near future, too.Where is she from? What has her career looked like? What are her interests? And is she single? We’ve got those answers and more, along with a few photos.In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About Cassidy Hubbarth Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img read more