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EU reaches deal on post-pandemic recovery after marathon summit

first_imgThe European Central Bank has pumped unparalleled money into economies to keep them going, while capitals hammer out their recovery fund.Diplomats said the leaders appeared to put aside the rancor that stood in the way of a compromise over hours of haggling through the weekend.”Stingy and egotistical”Emotions had ran high at a dinner on Sunday as a group of fiscally frugal northern nations led by the Netherlands stood their ground on the level of free grants within a proposed special recovery fund of 750 billion euros overall.French President Emmanuel Macron lost patience in the early hours of Monday, banging his fist on the table in frustration at “sterile blockages” by the “frugals”, two diplomats said.Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also railed against the “frugals”, branding them “a group of stingy, egotistic states” that looked at things through the prism of their own interests.Poland would be a top beneficiary of the recovery package, receiving tens of billions of euros in grants and cheap loans, along with high-debt Mediterranean-rim countries that have taken the brunt of the pandemic in Europe.But the rhetorical skirmishing faded on Monday, and the leaders homed in on an agreement on the stimulus package and, linked to it, the EU’s 2021-2027 common budget of around 1.1 trillion euros.Hopes for a deal to help address Europe’s deepest recession since World War Two sent Italy’s borrowing costs to their lowest since early March and pushed the euro to a 19-week high.Michel proposed that within the 750 billion euro recovery fund, 390 billion should be non-repayable grants, down from 500 billion originally proposed, and the rest in repayable loans.The Netherlands had pushed for a veto on aid for countries that backslide on economic reform, but diplomats said it was now willing to back a “stop-the-clock” mechanism by which member states could put a brake on disbursements for three months and have them reviewed.Disbursements will also be linked to governments observing the rule of law. Hungary, backed by euroskeptic ally Poland, had threatened to veto the package if funds were made conditional on upholding democracy, but diplomats said a way forward on that was found. Topics : Officials said the deal, which came after Michel presented compromises on a 750 billion euro recovery fund, is critical to dispel doubts about the bloc’s very future.The EU was slow to coordinate its initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic and, already weakened by Britain’s departure from the bloc, a united front on economic aid would demonstrate that it can step up to a crisis and stay united.”It has been a long summit and a challenging summit but the prize is worth negotiating for,” Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said as the Brussels summit approached the record length set at a 2000 meeting in the French city of Nice of almost five full days.European nations have done a better job of containing the coronavirus than the United States after a devastating early few months that hit Italy and Spain particularly hard, collaborating on medical, travel and economic fronts. European Union leaders reached a deal on a massive stimulus plan for their coronavirus-blighted economies at a pre-dawn meeting on Tuesday after a fractious summit that went through the night and into its fifth day.Summit chairman Charles Michel tweeted “Deal” shortly after the 27 leaders reached agreement at a 5.15 a.m. (0315 GMT) plenary session.While another official present at the summit said: “Conclusions adopted!”.last_img read more

Peaceful family retreat on offer in Riverhills

first_imgThe home at 19 Juba St, Riverhills.Ian and Noelene Holm’s children have left the “nest” and the couple say now is the time to move on from their Riverhills home.The Holms have lived at 19 Juba St for 12 years and said the property was suited to a couple with children.Mr Holm said they moved to the Centenary district because of the reputation of private high schools in the area.“We were moving from acreage in the Lockyer Valley and looking for a house with an open aspect,” Mr Holm said.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is on an 856sq m block of land looking on to parklands at the rear. The kitchen at 19 Juba St, Riverhills.The lowset home has a fully fenced yard and an above ground swimming pool.Mr Holm said his favourite part of the home was definitely the outdoor area.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“The back patio overlooks the pool and the park,” he said.“It’s a gorgeous spot even in winter.”The Holms have completely renovated their property. The swimming pool at 19 Juba St, Riverhills.“It was built in 1990 and we have completely changed the entire interior and outside,” Mr Holm said. “The most recent renovation was the fence.”Other features within the home include a modern kitchen with quality appliances and storage, a family room leading out to a large covered outdoor entertainment area. The property also has a separate laundry and a garden shed. center_img One of the four bedrooms at 19 Juba St, Riverhills.Centenary Real Estate selling agent Leela Mendis said the home was ideal if buyers were looking for peace and serenity.Ms Mendis said the property was close to local shops, a child care centre, Middle Park Primary School and public transport.The property is being sold with a $615,000 price tag.last_img read more

Statewide tornado drill to be held Tuesday

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — As part of severe weather preparedness week, the state of Indiana will be conducting a statewide tornado drill today.There will be two drills with the first being at 10:10 this morning, and the second at 7:35 this evening.The test will sound on commercial radio and television networks, as well as on all-hazards radios.Most cities and towns will be participating in the drills as well and will sound the weather sirens.The Indiana Department of Homeland security urges all residents to participate in the drills as well, by planning for a real emergency.Know where to go at work or school and at home.Know what to have.Know where to turn for emergency information.Make sure loved ones know the plan as well.last_img

Syracuse reaches .500 in ACC play with wins against Georgia Tech, Clemson

first_img Published on October 28, 2013 at 12:16 am Contact Eric: Facebook Twitter Google+ After a sweep on the road last weekend, Syracuse carried the momentum home and moved to .500 for the first time all season.The Orange extended its win streak to four straight conference wins, its longest since 2009. SU (10-12, 5-5 Atlantic Coast) played Georgia Tech (8-14, 2-8) on Friday night in the Carrier Dome, winning in three sets. The Orange’s fourth win came Sunday afternoon when it won in four sets against Clemson (11-10, 5-5) at the Women’s Building.“It feels great,” freshman setter Erica Handley said with enthusiasm. “Things are finally turning around for us. All the things are starting to click for us that we have been working on at practice.”Friday night marked the first time Syracuse has won this season in the Dome. The Orange won the first set 25-18 and controlled the following two, winning 25-22 and 25-19, respectively.Outside hitter Silvi Uattara led the offensive charge with 13 kills and served up four aces. Her three-game double-double streak came to an end, though, as she finished with eight digs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut it was defense that sent the Orange to its third straight win. Melina Violas led the team for the sixth straight game with her season-high 16 digs.“I think that we really love playing here,” middle blocker Lindsey McCabe said about the Dome. “We like getting the opportunity to play here. Hopefully the athletic program will continue to let us play here.”On Sunday, Syracuse didn’t start as well. The Orange fell behind 6-1 in the first set, then were down 16-9 later on.Head coach Leonid Yelin called a timeout and everything changed from there. Syracuse scored 10 of the next 13 points to even the score at 19 apiece. A big reason behind this was the team taking more risks, Yelin said.The set went into extra points, but Syracuse ultimately claimed a 26-24 victory on a Valeriya Shaipova kill.“Where is the line of playing risky and playing dumb?” Yelin said. “It’s very important, you have to play risky. You cannot play safe all the time.”The second set was totally dominated by Syracuse’s offense. Of the 25 points Syracuse scored, 21 came from kills. Handley also dished out 19 assists in just the second set alone.After dropping the third set, the Orange battled back to claim victory in the fourth. Syracuse went up 24-to-16, but the Tigers would not give up. Clemson went on a 5-0 run, but Nicolette Serratore ended the game by splitting two defenders with a spike to seal the win.Uattara again led the team offensively, racking up 18 kills and 11 digs. Handley also had a strong game with 55 assists while adding three aces. Shaipova would again put in a strong performance, subbing in for the injured Gosia Wlaszczuk. She led the team with 14 digs and also added 16 kills.With the wins beginning to pile up as the Orange has won five of its last six, a more energized squad is beginning to emerge.“Of course it feels great,” Yelin said. “We have had some ups and downs this year. Winning always feels great. Expectations are much higher.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse football roundtable: Steve Ishmael, the bye week and Clemson

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) is coming off back-to-back wins over No. 25 Virginia Tech and Boston College. The Orange takes its bye week before heading to No. 3 Clemson on Nov. 5.Beat writers Tomer Langer, Chris Libonati and Jon Mettus discuss Steve Ishmael, the bye week and the looming matchup against one of the nation’s top teams.1. Is Steve Ishmael’s resurgence for real and why?Tomer Langer: Calling it a “resurgence” isn’t totally fair to Ishmael. It’s not like his talent level took a major nosedive. It just so happened that for the first half of the season, Amba Etta-Tawo was putting up ridiculous numbers across from him and the SU offense just featured quick half-field reads at times to feed him the ball. Defenses have started limiting what Etta-Tawo could do, especially early (even against BC, 93 of his 144 yards came after halftime). With Eric Dungey spreading the ball out more, I think we’re seeing that Ishmael is just as talented and dependable as everyone thought he’d be.Chris Libonati: Yeah, I think it is. His last two games were solid. They accounted for nearly 40 percent of his receiving yards this season, but his resurgence really started against Notre Dame when Ishmael had five catches for 67 yards. Since then, he’s had five or more catches and more than 50 yards in each game. In those games, he’s averaging six catches and 82 yards. If he can keep pace, Ishmael can get to nearly 800 yards, a solid total considering he had just 171 yards in the first four games. He’s also a skilled wide receiver who just needs to get looks, which should happen with teams rolling coverage to Amba Etta-Tawo.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJon Mettus: We knew it was going to happen at some point when teams finally adjusted to Amba Etta-Tawo’s early-season tear. That time finally came in Week 5 against Notre Dame and Ishmael’s numbers have steadily gone up since that five-catch, 67-yard day — excluding the following game at Wake Forest played in a hurricane where Eric Dungey missed an open Ishmael in the end zone. As more defensive attention goes to Etta-Tawo, space opens up for Ishmael and the other receivers. And as the running game continues to struggle, Ishmael has benefited from screens and short comeback routes that act as runs.2. Does the bye week come at a good time for Syracuse?T.L.: I’d lean toward no. It’s true that SU’s been very banged up and can use this extra week to rest up and heal some players. But the Orange is coming off two pretty big wins this year and there has to be some good feelings in the locker room right now., All that considered though, I’d still want the bye one week later. Even with the bye this week and the recent success, it’ll be hard for SU to beat Clemson. Getting a bye before Clemson is like a college student finally getting eight-plus hours of sleep the week before you have five midterms. I’d much rather struggle through one more week and get the extra rest after something that difficult, not before it.C.L.: I think SU went just about as far as it can go without having a bye week for this roster to stick together. Injuries have piled up, but the roster really needs to get healthier and this week could help, even if it’s only a little. The last few weeks, Boston College and Virginia Tech battered Eric Dungey, who survived the beatings. Getting him to 100 percent along with a few of its other players will be so important moving forward. The whole team looks as if it has slowed down a bit, so maybe a one-week break can help speed it back up.Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorJ.M.: I think Syracuse could’ve used the bye week a few weeks earlier. When you look at all the injuries they’ve had — from losing two starting defensive backs and (probably, not definite yet) two starting offensive linemen for the season to then Cordell Hudson and Devin Butler missing the last two weeks and Cody Conway working his way back onto the field recently — it’s clear the Orange is and has been banged up. Babers said it himself on Saturday after the game: “We’ve got a lot of healing to do. The first eight games without the bye have been rough.” If there’s an upside to having the bye so late, it gives Babers and his staff an extra week to craft a game plan for Clemson and might refresh the team for a crucial final stretch.3. What’s considered a successful game against Clemson?T.L.: Don’t get blown out and maintain some sort of competitiveness. Something like last year’s game (when Clemson came into the Dome and won by 10) would be perfect. Now, granted that game was at home but at the same time Zack Mahoney was the starting quarterback, it was a much weaker team with a much poorer offense. Clemson’s played really well at times (like when it beat Louisville) and has also needed help at times (when it needed a missed 33-yard field goal and overtime to beat North Carolina State). With those inconsistencies, SU should come in and at least be competitive.C.L.: Hoo boy. Just keep it close. Death Valley is a hellish place to play (see what I did there) and Clemson’s a really talented team to boot. I think SU can keep it within two scores but asking much more would be tough. What SU can do and what SU will do are two different things, though. DeShaun Watson can sling the rock and given that SU’s secondary has eroded from injuries, I’m not sure it’ll be able to keep up with such a diverse attack.J.M.: As long as Syracuse keeps the game against Clemson competitive heading into the fourth quarter it’ll be a success. We’re talking a one- or two-score game at that point. Sometimes final scores don’t accurately represent the tale of the game. This is yet another chance for SU and Dino Babers to get some recognition against a talented team. The week off leaves plenty of time for Kumbaya meetings. Maybe, just maybe, Syracuse can shock the college football world again. But it’s not win or bust. A good showing against Clemson could really set Syracuse up nicely for the final three games of the season. Comments Published on October 25, 2016 at 9:46 pmlast_img read more

Wilson brings new tradition to Madison

first_imgIt wasn’t too long ago that Wisconsin was a top destination for efficient game-manager snap-it-and-get-rid-of-it type quarterbacks.While the running backs carry a storied history at Wisconsin – including Heisman winners Ron Dayne and Alan Ameche – UW has never exactly been a top quarterback destination. The Badgers have never had a hard time landing top-notch bruisers in the backfield, but it’s always been a bit of a challenge to attract the best signal callers in the country to a program known for its power running game.If you could hand the ball off and keep the team out of trouble (i.e. limit interceptions), you were nearly guaranteed a spot as the Badgers’ starter.Case and point: Scott Tolzien. The fifth-year senior undoubtedly played a critical role in Wisconsin’s epic run to the 2011 Rose Bowl, but he was not exactly the guy you counted on to throw a bomb down the sideline to Nick Toon in a last-minute scoring drive. Completing almost 73 percent of his passes on the year, he was unbelievably consistent, much like many of the Badger signal callers before him.But all of that’s changing thanks to a guy by the name of Russell Wilson. Camp Randall was home to the likes of Tyler Donovan, Allan Evridge and the ever-efficient Tolzien, but now it’s home to one of the most exciting, explosive players in the country in Wilson.More than halfway to Tolzien’s total passing yards last year and just three touchdowns behind the Rose Bowl quarterback’s 2010 touchdown total through five games, Wilson is rebranding the quarterback position at Wisconsin. Despite a standout performance for Tolzien last year, Wilson is making Tolzien’s Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award look like the WAC Player of the Year Award. It’s true that this will be the one and only year suiting up in the cardinal and white for the fifth-year transfer from N.C. State, but the legacy he leaves behind will last much longer than a season. In an impressive stretch for the UW program that many see as one of the strongest in recent history – and one that could turn them into one of the premier programs in college football – Wilson’s timing couldn’t have been better.Coming off a year that marked their first appearance in the Granddaddy of Them All in a decade, Wilson could have the Badgers back in Pasadena (or, dare I say it … even better) for the second time in as many years. Already gaining plenty of national attention for his 216.9 efficiency rating and 13 touchdowns, Wisconsin fans aren’t the only ones noticing that he is the best quarterback to play for the Badgers in a long, long time.So what does this mean for the future? A new quarterback tradition in Madison, and by quarterback tradition, I don’t mean more of the guys who experts refer to as “game managers.”Unless by some magical stroke of luck the Badgers pick up another stellar transfer quarterback next year, it may appear that the offense is headed back to the days of running the ball on 29 straight plays (remember that, Michigan?), but UW has already lined up a stellar quarterback recruit who could win the starting job as a freshman. Four-star recruit and California native Bart Houston, listed as the No. 6 pro-style quarterback by Rivals, committed to Wisconsin in May.Turning down offers from several Pac-12 schools, Houston could be the next guy in line to continue the rebranding of what it means to be a Wisconsin quarterback. After narrowly missing out on dual-threat quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who picked his hometown Gators, last year, it’s clear that quarterbacks are quickly gaining glamor in Madison. While Bret Bielema can preach all day about how his team “isn’t sexy,” (it was mildly humorous the first time – get a new line, coach) Wilson is making the Badger quarterback position just that – sexy.The UW offense won’t be giving up on the run any time soon, but after producing several NFL-caliber receiving tight ends in the last couple years and armed with a group of talented receivers, the Badgers might not be regaining their “run it, then run some” mentality any time soon.After all, what quarterback wouldn’t want to play behind a mammoth, athletic offensive line that perennially ranks among the nation’s best? Recruiting at other positions may have its highs and lows, but Wisconsin will never have a shortage of massive Wisconsinites to line up in front of the signal caller.On top of that, choosing the Badgers means playing in a pro-style offense directed by the offensive mastermind that is Paul Chryst. As many quarterbacks come to college with ambitions of playing in the NFL, UW’s offensive system serves as the perfect runway to show that you can take a snap under center and lead an offense that actually works at the next level.If Wilson can continue putting up ridiculous numbers this year and remain in contention for the Heisman, it could be just the break the Badgers need to attract the top signal callers from around the country to Madison. In a couple years, Brissett may be wishing he took the long trek to Wisconsin as Houston lights up Camp Randall on a game-winning drive. At that point, we’ll look back and remember it all started with a one-and-done Heisman winner by the name of Russell Wilson.Welcome to the new era of Wisconsin football: the era of the quarterback. Ian is a junior majoring in journalism. Think Russell Wilson is the answer to every Badger fan’s hopes and dreams? Let him know at or follow him on Twitter @imccue.last_img read more

Ravens-Steelers: Five predictions for Sunday night

first_img5. It won’t match their 35-7 showing in Baltimore, but the Ravens will sweep Pittsburgh for just the second time in the 16-year history of the series, winning a 21-20 nail-biter. While it’s true the Steelers are entering Sunday having played better football than the Ravens recently, many have been too quick to dismiss what transpired in the regular-season opener. Yes, it’s extremely unlikely the Ravens force seven turnovers again, but the Baltimore defense completely overwhelmed the Pittsburgh offense in the most recent meeting between the teams. If we’ve learned anything about the Ravens so far this season, it’s their reputation for playing to the level of their competition. There’s never any shortage of motivation and passion when they meet the hated Steelers. If — and it’s a major one — Flacco can take care of the football and make just a few big plays at opportune times (215 passing yards and a touchdown pass), the defense will take care of the rest by pressuring Roethlisberger and creating a critical turnover that swings the game in the Ravens’ favor. Little needs to be said about what’s at stake when the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh for the first time since their crushing 31-24 defeat in the divisional playoffs last January. The winner of Sunday night’s game gains control of the division — with apologies to the unproven Bengals — and emerges with the psychological upper hand should these teams meet again in January.Sunday night marks the 32nd all-time meeting between the Ravens and Steelers in the regular season, with Pittsburgh holding an 18-13 edge. The Ravens will attempt to win their second straight regular-season game at Heinz Field and only their sixth game ever in Pittsburgh. Eight of the last 10 meetings (postseason included) between the teams have been decided by one score or less despite the Ravens’ 35-7 beating of the Steelers in Week 1.The Ravens are 3-1 on Sunday Night Football during the John Harbaugh era, but Sunday marks the first time Baltimore has played on the road for Sunday Night Football since the game moved to NBC in 2006.A win would give the Ravens a 6-2 start for the second consecutive year and for the third time in team history (2006 being the other).Here’s what to expect when the Ravens travel to Heinz Field to take on the Steelers to complete the season series …1. Ray Rice will gain enough yardage to offset the Steelers’ edge in the passing game. The Ravens bulled over the Pittsburgh defense to the tune of 170 rushing yards as an offensive line playing together for the first time exceeded even the most optimistic expectations in the regular-season opener. Ben Grubbs hasn’t played since then as the group has failed to reach that same level of dominance in his absence. The left guard will be a game-time decision, but it’s no coincidence Grubbs appears primed to return against the Steelers. Pittsburgh holds the edge at quarterback, but the Ravens can offset Ben Roethlisberger’s advantage over Joe Flacco by being productive enough on the ground to help control the clock and keep the Steelers’ passing game off the field. Pittsburgh’s run defense has improved, but Arizona and New England aren’t exactly dominant ground teams. Arian Foster ran for 155 yards and Maurice Jones-Drew gained 96 against the Pittsburgh defense, so it’s not out of the question for Rice to run for 80 yards on the ground — in addition to what he provides as a receiver out of the backfield. 2. The Ravens will win the turnover battle against a Pittsburgh defense that hasn’t created takeaways all season. Unsurprisingly, the teams find themselves occupying the top two spots in total defense, but a dramatic difference lies in their ability to create turnovers. Baltimore’s 16 takeaways is tied for second in the AFC while the Steelers have only forced three turnovers through their first eight games, last in the NFL. On the flip side, the Ravens and Steelers have each turned the ball over 13 times. Critics will point to Flacco’s inability to protect the football, but the Steelers’ preference to throw plays right into the hands of the Ravens, who are healthier in the secondary than they’ve been all season. If Flacco and the Ravens can make just enough plays in the passing game, it will force Roethlisberger to take more chances, increasing the likelihood of turnovers. The Ravens have the better, more opportunistic defense, and it will pay dividends on Sunday night.3. The Steelers will miss LaMarr Woodley more than they’ll benefit from the return of James Harrison — at least in this game. After playing coy on his Twitter page earlier in the week, Harrison returns to the lineup after missing four games with a fractured orbital bone. However, Woodley’s nine sacks had him in the Defensive Player of the Year discussion before the linebacker suffered a hamstring injury last week. Harrison is as tough as they come, but the month-long layoff will leave some rust, and the Ravens can devote more attention to him without Woodley on the opposite edge. Left tackle Bryant McKinnie played his best game of the season against Harrison in the season opener, so the Ravens are hoping for a similar, motivated effort in Pittsburgh.4. Terrell Suggs will continue to own the Steelers no matter what they try to throw at him. Max protection, tight end help, and double teams don’t matter when the Pro Bowl linebacker takes on Pittsburgh. Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians called Suggs the best pass rusher he’s ever had to face, and the ninth-year linebacker has sacked Roethlisberger more often than any other defender in the NFL. After accumulating six sacks in his last two games (one of those coming last January) against Pittsburgh, it’s clear the Steelers have no answers in stopping his harassment of Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh will hope veteran Max Starks’ insertion at left tackle will have an impact after Suggs abused Jonathan Scott in Baltimore, but he’ll need as much help as possible to keep Suggs’ shadow away from the quarterback. Playing in prime time, Suggs will collect two sacks of Roethlisberger and create a critical turnover in the second half.last_img read more

Portugal through after dramatic Iran draw

first_imgPortugal progressed to the World Cup knockout stages after drawing with Iran in a game full of VAR controversy.Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty for Portugal and was shown a yellow card after a lengthy VAR review for a possible red card.Iran scored a late penalty, given after another video review, and could have snatched a winner in stoppage time which would have seen them through at Portugal’s expense.Ricardo Quaresma put Portugal in front with a sensational goal at the end of the first half.The late Iran penalty denied the European champions top spot in the group and means they play Uruguay in Sochi in the last 16 on Saturday, rather than Group A runners-up Russia.last_img

Clippers reserve Lou Williams going above and beyond

first_imgThe Clippers’ comeback tour has concluded after six games in 12 eventful days that featured a flurry of transactions, a rabies scare and pyrotechnics aplenty – most of them sparked by reserve guard Lou Williams, whose historic effort Monday in Minnesota almost resulted in another come-from-way-way-behind victory.In the end, Clippers coach Doc Rivers, unimpressed with the defensive execution, said his team “deserved” to drop the final game on their win-one-lose-one trip. They cut a 23-point deficit to four before eventually falling 130-120 to the Timberwolves and to 31-27 overall this season.But Williams, off the bench, got the Clippers close to their third comeback victory from a 20-or-more-point deficit with his memorable 45-point effort. The Clippers’ 6-foot-1 shooting guard, slight and so slippery, became just the seventh reserve in NBA history to score 45 points, and the first since J.R. Smith did it for Denver in a 118-98 victory on April 13, 2009, according to’s Nick Anderson’s 50 points in a 119-116 victory over the New Jersey Nets in 1993 stands as the record for highest-scoring game by a reserve.Otherwise, getting 45 points from a sub hasn’t been a recipe for victory: With Williams included, five of the seven 45-point-or-more performances have come in a loss. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Together with Rick Welts, Warriors president and chief operating officer, and Josh Kroenke, president and governor of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche and son of Rams owner Stan Kroenke, they discussed team ownership.Ballmer said his love affair with basketball began in 1967, that he kept stats for the Harvard basketball team during college and that there is no amount of money for which he would sell the Clippers.He also credited fans for their knowledge.“The level of scrutiny, the way not only your fans love ya or they hate ya, they’re fired up, they know everything pretty much you know, they see every stat, they see every game, it’s not like, ‘Oooh! We’ve got something back here in the lab’ like we did at Microsoft,” Ballmer said.“It’s – voom! – every second, people can see the transaction. There are people who study this stuff, I think it’s just this high-accountability, out-there, front-and-center thing to own a team. But I want to own it because I love basketball.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “It’s hard to kind of digest that when you lose a game,” Williams told reporters in Minneapolis who asked about his grand total. “But in the grand scheme of things, career-wise, it’s pretty cool.”Williams rewrote some other trivia answers, as well: It was the fourth 40-point game of his career, which is the most in NBA history by a reserve. It also was his 26th career game with at least 30 points off the bench, which is one behind Ricky Pierce for the most in NBA history, according to the Clippers.His exceptional offensive output boosted the Clippers’ bench to 89 points Monday night – setting a franchise record. League-wise, 89 points goes down as the most points by reserves since Dec. 1, 1982, when the Kansas City Kings’ bench scored 90 points in a 143-132 victory over the Chicago Bulls.“He was great,” Rivers said after Monday’s loss. “Had too many turnovers, though.”Williams contributed seven turnovers to the Clippers’ total of 21.HARRELL FINEDThe NBA fined the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell $25,000 for “directing inappropriate language toward a fan,” Kiki VanDeWeghe, executive vice president of basketball operations announced Tuesday.With 7:57 left in the fourth quarter on Monday, the Clippers trailed 112-105 and Jeff Teague was at the free-throw line when Harrell could be heard on the television broadcast telling a nearby fan to be quiet – except he used more colorful language.The always-passionate center-forward also reportedly had a confrontation with a fan following a Clippers loss in Memphis earlier this season. He wasn’t fined for that incident.IN THE BOARDROOMSteve Ballmer, the Clippers owner – and, importantly, governor, he explains – was a guest on Kevin Durant’s new series on ESPN+.The six-episode series, which debuted Monday, features the Golden State Warriors superstar (who, yes, is likely to opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer), his business partner Rich Kleiman and ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams talking with players, industry executives and insiders from the arenas of sports, business, media and technology.Related Articlescenter_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Real Madrid and LaLiga logical step to global prominence for Brazilian starlet Reinier

first_imgAdvertisement 95oNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vscy9gWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecq62( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) qp5loWould you ever consider trying this?😱343erjCan your students do this? 🌚9juu2arRoller skating! Powered by Firework Brazilian starlet Reinier Jesus choosing to join Real Madrid is further confirmation of LaLiga as the primary destination for the world’s leading emerging stars.Advertisement  Advertisement   Advertisement       Hugely talented attacking midfielder Reinier has completed his transfer from Brazilian club Flamengo to Madrid having turned 18 years old, and will move to Spain after representing his country at this month’s South American 2020 Olympic Games qualifying tournament.The Brasilia-born teenager, whose technique and vision recalls former Madrid Galactico and 2012 LaLiga winner Kaka, signed for Madrid despite interest from many of Europe’s other top clubs.The Bernabeu outfit’s interest in Reinier fits with their long-standing policy of recruiting outstanding young talents from Brazil, most recently forwards Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Junior, but previously current midfielder Casemiro [signed in 2013] and vice-captain Marcelo [2007]. Uruguayan midfielder Fede Valverde, now a fixture with the first team, also joined Los Blancos aged just 18 from his home country in July 2016.Following that successful model, Reinier will get a chance to find his feet in Spain playing at first for the club’s youth team: Real Madrid Castilla, in the Segunda B third tier, whose coach is the legendary number ‘7’ Raúl González, while also training and gaining experience day to day with Zinedine Zidane’s senior side. Vinicius will be close by to help out, having been a colleague in Flamengo’s academy before joining Madrid in summer 2018.Reinier is a different type of player than Vinicius or Rodrygo – a modern and versatile playmaker, comfortable in a number of different positions. As a central number 10, his impressively mature vision and creativity can unlock tight defences. The right-footer can also start towards the left of midfield, from where he can cut inside to link with the centre-forward or shoot himself.Goals are a big part of his game – he scored six times in his first 14 appearances for Rio de Janeiro-based Flamengo’s senior team during Brazil’s Serie A 2019 season. On his first start in August he made a huge splash with a goal and assist against Avai. Coach Jorge Jesus carefully managed his introduction, but also quickly recognised the potential of the youngster, who hit further key goals against Fortaleza and Bahia as Flamengo eased to their first national title win in a decade.The statistics show Reinier’s composure in front of goal – he converted one of every 2.66 shots at the target, the second highest rate of any player in Brazil last season. Portuguese coach Jesus also allowed the youngster to gain further valuable experience as Flamengo won last year’s Copa Libertadores, and made the final of the Club World Cup against Liverpool.The Brazilian national set-up has closely followed the emergence of a player whose father Mauro Brasilia won the FIFA-endorsed indoor football World Cup with the Brazil national team in Spain in 1985. Reinier first featured with his country’s Under-15 side, then scored three goals in four goals at March 2019’s Under-17 South American championships in Peru.Given his emergence as a top talent, Reinier has now been unsurprisingly called-up by Brazil for this month’s Pre-Olympic Tournament, which decides which South American countries play at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Despite being the youngest member of an U-23 squad, he has scored in both the team’s warm-up games and looks certain to feature during the tournament in Colombia. Then it will be time for his next adventure in LaLiga with Real Madrid, once he has signed a contract for six seasons and a half, until 2026. Advertisementlast_img read more