La Liga censured Pique but celebrated Raul’s shush gesture

first_imgLa Liga caused surprise this Wednesday with a tweet which celebrated the same action that the same organisation denounced a few months ago. IN SPORT.ES However, the league appeared to celebrate Raul Gonzalez doing exactly the same celebration in a Clasico in 1999 by reliving the moment in a video posted on their official Twitter account. LFP chief Javier Tebas: PSG would have to disappear RELATED STORIES But while they condemned Pique’s action, they remembered Raul’s celebration fondly. Upd. on 03/05/2018 at 10:38 CEST La Liga was up in arms about Gerard Pique’s shush celebration at Espanyol in February after scoring an equaliser in the 1-1 draw, with president Javier Tebas calling the gesture a provocation.center_img Raul scored to level the game 2-2 at the Camp Nou and celebrated by putting his fingers to his lips, gesturing the home fans to be quiet. �� #ElClásico�� 1999⏰ Minuto 86@RaulGonzalez aparece para marcar el definitivo 2-2 y silenciar al Camp Nou… ⚡️— LaLiga (@LaLiga) 2 de mayo de 2018 LaLiga: De censurar a Piqué a recordar el día que Raúl mandó callar Barcelona issue response to Tebas’ Article 155 comment 02/05/2018last_img read more

Boxing: James DeGale vacates his IBF Super Middleweight title

first_imgAdvertisement DeGale became the IBF champion in May 2015 compiling two title defenses and a draw with Badou Jack. In 2017, Caleb Truax dethroned him in a shocking defeat. He was able to get revenge in an immediate rematch for the same title he lost.Advertisement Recently, it was beginning to look a little grim for DeGale as perceived by many boxing fans. A fight with the hard-hitting Jose Uzcategui was recently ordered by the IBF. Uzcategui has gained respect at super middleweight with a TKO win in his last fight over Andre Dirrell, a rematch of a bout that ended in a disqualification loss many fans didn’t agree with.Advertisement Given the performance DeGale produced in his rematch against Truax, many fans gave him a slim chance of defeating the younger Uzcategui. Then there is Billy Joe Saunders, whom he may have had in mind when he stated “[…]as I look to secure fights in the final stage of my career.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


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Lakers notes: Bynum, Farmar in Rookie Challenge

first_imgThe Lakers were one of four teams (along with Toronto, Charlotte and Utah) to have two young players chosen for the game. Bynum and Farmar joked about playing on opposite teams. “He said he’s going to try to dunk on me,” Bynum said of Farmar, “and I’m going to wave my finger like (Dikembe) Mutombo.” The game usually descends into a dunking exhibition in the second half, leading to a question about Farmar serving up alley-oop passes. “They don’t like alley-oops here, so I’m throwing them up,” Farmar said. “I’m getting them all out of my system.” It is recognition for two players who have played major roles at a young age. After barely playing his rookie season, Bynum has started 29 games with Kwame Brown injured. Farmar has been the first guard off the bench much of the season. Nine players were selected each for the freshman and sophomore teams. BOSTON – The present looked a lot brighter Wednesday for the Lakers, with Kobe Bryant’s return from a one-game suspension. So did the future, with Andrew Bynum and Jordan Farmar both being selected to the Rookie Challenge. Although Farmar and Bynum won’t be old enough to legally take part in the All-Star weekend nightlife, they will be making the trip to Las Vegas for the Feb. 16 game between teams of second-year players and rookies. center_img Bynum, who was the No. 10 pick of the 2005 draft, joked that “I guess that makes (general manager) Mitch (Kupchak) not look like a dummy.” D j vu: Bryant couldn’t help but notice what happened in the final seconds of Tuesday’s loss to New York. Brian Cook had a 3-pointer partially blocked by Jared Jeffries and wound up hitting the Knicks forward in the face on his follow-through. Not too much of a departure from the play involving Spurs guard Manu Ginobili that earned Bryant a one-game suspension. “I was just hoping Jeffries didn’t get hit flush. Then it might have been a bigger deal,” Bryant said. “But like I said, in a game, it happens. You’re going to have contact with players.” Bryant will appeal the suspension, which cost him $161,079 in lost pay, and said he would welcome an appeals process similar to baseball: “It’d definitely be nice. This way you can just suspend somebody all of a sudden without hearing us out a little bit.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jose Mourinho not surprised by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s form at Manchester United

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic’s impact at Manchester United has come as no surprise to manager Jose Mourinho.Mourinho this week described the former Sweden international as “phenomenal” and almost undroppable and he proved his worth again on Saturday evening with both goals in United’s 2-0 win at West Brom.An unerring knack of finding the net and a medal-laden CV led to much excitement around Old Trafford when the 35-year-old eventually signed in the summer on a free transfer from Paris St Germain.However, few expected Ibrahimovic to have such an influence, given his advancing years and the punishing fixture schedule in England.However, the Swede’s double at The Hawthorns took his tally for the campaign to 16 goals.Asked if he was expecting the striker to make such an impact, Mourinho said: ”Yes. I was expecting that because I knew the reasons why he was coming.”He was not coming for the wrong reasons. He was not coming for the money, he was not coming for the prestige. He was coming to enjoy his football and play for one of the best teams in the world.”He is playing amazingly well but even in the period he was not scoring goals he was important for us. We bought him for more than just to score goals. In the last two matches he scores three goals and we get six points in two away matches.”Ibrahimovic has featured in 25 of United’s 27 matches this season and shown few ill-effects and Mourinho admitted he was not planning on using him quite as much.The manager continued: “No, I didn’t expect it. I was expecting in the Europa League to give him a different situation but we put ourselves in a difficult situation losing the first match at Feyenoord and then every match became important, including the last one.“We communicate and exchange ideas about his situation, his feelings and up to now he is feeling great.“I am very lucky as he is not just a normal player. He is not a player who plays in a position where he can hide a little bit. He plays with experience.“Amazing central defenders can play until they are they are really old but a striker you cannot hide – and he is doing really well.“With United 2-0 up, a tame second half threatened to get lively after 65 minutes when Rondon and Marcos Rojo clashed. The South Americans exchanged words after a heavy challenge from the West Brom striker, who could then count himself fortunate not to be sent off after first pushing Rojo in the chest and then slapping the United defender across the face.Mourinho felt referee Anthony Taylor made the correct call, though.He said: “The game was physical. Big strong guys are physical. They (West Brom) are physical, although we are not as physical as them.“Why a red card to Rondon? I agree with a yellow card. Sometimes you look for decisions but I think it is better for the referee to keep control of the game and speak with the players and communicate with the players and keep 11 against 11. I am happy with the decision Taylor made.”West Brom boss Tony Pulis said he did not see the incident but implied he felt Ibrahimovic should have been sent off after flooring Dawson in an aerial challenge during the first half.“I haven’t seen that and I haven’t spoken to Salomon but ask the 28,000 supporters what they felt about the other one, I am not commenting,” said Pulis. Ibrahimovic took his tally for the campaign to 16 goals 1last_img read more

Football Talk: Spawn of Kingsley, Aduriz’s stunning strike

first_imgAritz Aduriz scored a goal worthy of any end-of-season highlights reel, finding the net on the volley from the best part of 30 yards. It’s all in today’s Football Talk.It was bad enough when Scottish football only had one Aztec sun god to contend with… but now it’s spawned offspring!It worked! Maybe G-Nev will be inviting his new cheerleaders back for the next game?FC Midjylland celebrate their win over Man Utd like, err, any self-respecting team would. “Hi, is that Jose? It’s Ed again.”Friends reunitedJust Faustino Asprilla dressed as a dinosaur teaching a horse to play football. That’s all.  SNS GroupPremiership: Partick Thistle v Aberdeen – 7.45pm BT Sport 2La Liga: Levante v Getafe – 7.30pm Sky Sports 4Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt v Hamburg – 7.30pm BT Sport ESPNSerie A: Bologna v Juventus – 7.45PM – BT Sport Europe2014: John Guidetti netted in the match. SNS GroupJust one year ago today, Celtic drew 3-3 with Inter Milan in a pulsating Europa League knockout match.Ronny Deila’s side were 2-0 down within 15 minutes to goals from Rodrigo Palacio and Xerdan Shaqiri before Stuart Armstrong scored and a Hugo Campagnaro own goal put the hosts level. Palacio put the Italian side ahead with his second goal of the night but John Guidetti found the net in injury time to cap off a thrilling night. SNS GroupRangers midfielder Jason Holt, who turns 23 today.Who scored the first goal of Fabio Capello’s reign as England manager? It’s about at this time of year that people start dreaming of the sun. After a cold, hard winter any glimpse of the forgotten yellow thing in the sky is welcome. Not Kingsley, though. Anything but him! But not only has Scottish football’s favourite Aztec sun god/Teletubbies sun baby gone wrong made an appearance, he showed off his new offspring too! His Valentine’s Day date must have gone well.Elsewhere, Manchester United lost to a team that sound like someone has leaned on a keyboard and Gary Neville has his own good luck cheerleaders. last_img read more

McGregor: Out of contract stars would be daft to quit Hibs

first_imgHibernian defender Darren McGregor says his teammates would be crazy to leave Easter Road at the end of the season.Seventeen members of Neil Lennon’s Championship-winning squad could depart in the summer at the end of their contracts.McGregor wants to stay at the club and has urged the Hibs hierarchy to add quality to the existing team for their Premiership campaign next season.“I’ve said numerous times before that I’d like to stay,” the defender said. “I think the contracts were offered before we got promoted and they were on the premise of being promoted so obviously after getting this game out of the road it’s time to sit down and talk. “I think for a lot of the guys, you only have to look at the infrastructure of Hibs and the support we’ve had all year.“You’d be crazy to go to any other club in Scotland.“There’s only a couple in Scotland, to be honest, that would outdo us in terms of the attendances but in terms of the infrastructure, East Mains and Easter Road I think it’s a great club to be at so there would be no reason why you would want to go anywhere else.”Hibernian’s defence of the Scottish Cup ended with defeat to Aberdeen in the Hampden semi-final on Saturday and McGregor said that a long run in the competition added to league success made for a satisfying season, even if they were disappointed to lose at the national stadium. He looked ahead to the summer and said that fresh faces could blend with the current stars to keep the side progressing.He said: “I think if you look at the core of players here just now we would definitely be capable of competing in the Premiership but obviously Hibs fans, and the board, will demand that we don’t just compete but finish top six or top four.“To do that you need to bring in quality players to add to that but also to give the guys that are here the incentive to go out and do their best every week knowing that there’s someone chomping at the bit wanting your spot.“That’ll be taken care of, I’m sure. Obviously Leeann Dempster is a forward-thinking chief executive so she’ll sort that out come next season.”last_img read more

Data Analytics: Businesses Outsource to Fill Talent Gap

first_imgBusiness Analytics services will be $51.6 billion in 2014 and will reach $89.6 billion by 2018, according to a recent report by IDC.Other findings from the IDC report are that:The top ten vendors in the Business Analytics sector are Oracle, SAP, IBM and Microsoft.  Together these companies account for more than 53 percent of the entire marketThe Business Analytics sector over the next five years is expected to grow at a rate of 14.3 percent annuallyBusiness Analytics outsourcing will grow at a rate of 12.8 percentThe lack of skilled professionals in this space, like mathematicians, statisticians and business analysts, is one reason why businesses are looking outside their companies for assistanceA parallel report released by Technavio in August covering Data Analytics estimates that the Data Analytics Outsourcing will grow at at a rate of more than 30 percent annually over the next four years.Ali Zaidi, senior research analyst at IDC, said that the “talent shortage coupled with the high interest in adoption of new technologies will continue to drive growth in business analytics services spending at the worldwide level.  In addition, the desire to consume the entire life cycle of business analytics services will drive spending growth across all business analytics services lines in the near future.”last_img read more

IT and Business: IT Increasingly Aligns More Closely with Business Goals than with Technology

first_imgA report from the Society for Information Management surveyed businesses and found that more than ever IT is aligning with business requirements and goals.  The findings of the report include:The focus of IT increasingly is on business requirements rather than technologyIT management needs to demonstrate their value proposition to the businessProductivity and efficiency are important, but no longer the primary focus of ITIT can provide and enable business improvements in agility and flexibilityIT has become an important part of every business process and productSecurity and privacy is a top IT management issueInnovation in IT needs to become commonplace to achieve revenue growthlast_img read more