Messi: Health must always come first

first_img Loading… A global pandemic is forcing a concerned global population to take decisive action in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19.Professional sportsmen and women form part of that process, with events having been cancelled and suspended around the world.La Liga has joined the likes of Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Premier League in bringing competitive football to an immediate halt.Barcelona have taken matters a step further by postponing all training activity for two weeks.A statement released by the Catalan giants read: “Given the healthcare situation and according to the recommendations of the club’s medical staff, the first team has suspended all activity until further notice.”Messi and the Blaugrana will not be back on the field any time soon, with a Champions League clash with Napoli going the same way as La Liga matches.As a result, Quique Setien’s squad are taking in an enforced break.They will be adhering to any protocols put in place, with six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi looking to lead by example when it comes to following coronavirus advice.He has posted on social media: “These are complicated days for everyone.“We live worried about what is happening and want to help by removing ourselves from the places where those are having the worst of it, either because it directly affected them or their family and friends, or because they are working on the front line to combat it in hospitals and health centres.“I want to send a lot of strength to all of them.“Health must always come first. It is an exceptional moment and you must follow the instructions of both health organisations and public authorities. Only in this way can we combat it effectively.Read Also:Messi’s jersey a dream come true for frontline nurse“It is time to be responsible and stay at home, it is also a perfect opportunity to enjoy that time with those that you cannot always be around.“A hug and hopefully we can turn this situation around as soon as possible.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lionel Messi has admitted that  “health must always come first” as the Barcelona superstar joins those taking in a period of self-isolation during “complicated” and worrying times in the coronavirus outbreak.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Amazing Ceilings From All Around The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValuePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennylast_img read more

Richards supports professional WICB

first_imgWEST Indies batting legend Vivian Richards has thrown his support behind the concept of a fully professional West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).At current the board consists of six territorial cricket associations each providing two directors, in addition to a number of non-member directors. The officials are elected for the post.The board has, however, often been accused of unprofessionalism and cronyism’ with most recent criticism calling for an audit. Richards believes a professional set-up with compensated individuals would to an extent alleviate a few of the current issues.“The whole circuit itself has become professional and if you are going to have guys making decisions where individuals are paid professionally and paid handsomely in order to make some of these decisions, because some of these guys have their fulltime jobs, I see no problem with [them] getting a suitable enough stipend,” Richards said.“It’s about the people who would have made certain decisions in the past and who would have put us in certain positions and embarrassed us in positions, to be accountable,” he said.“Some of the stuff you would have had to correct, some of the wrongs and some have gone totally ignored.”(Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

Syracuse announces Zach Arnett as new defensive coordinator

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse football named Zach Arnett its new defensive coordinator on Saturday, filling the full-time vacant since former coordinator Brian Ward’s firing at the tail end of the 2019 season.Arnett comes to SU from San Diego State, where he held the defensive coordinator position under head coach Rocky Long — who also interviewed for the SU vacancy — for the 2018-19 seasons. He also coached linebackers, which Ward did at SU.“He learned under a great defensive mind in Rocky Long at San Diego State and excelled when he got the opportunity to run the defense there,” Dino Babers said, via an SU Athletics press release. “His qualities, both as a person and as a professional, are an excellent fit for our program.”Arnett spent his entire coaching career to date with the Aztecs, beginning as a graduate assistant in 2011 before being promoted to coaching linebackers in 2014. He played the same position at New Mexico from 2005-08. In 2019, Arnett’s defense ranked top 10 in the nation in rushing defense, scoring defense, interceptions, first downs allowed, total defense, passing efficiency defense and turnovers gained.It’s unclear at this time if Arnett will be empowered to shape the defensive staff, which remains intact since Ward’s firing, or if he will be tasked with leading the current crop of positional coaches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on January 11, 2020 at 1:32 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

18 more coronavirus cases identified in north-central Iowa

first_imgFranklin Mitchell4 Kossuth131 Hancock332 RecoveredNew Recovered Butler303 Wright1168 Area Total24517 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Winnebago Worth61 Mitchell91 DES MOINES — 18 more cases of COVID-19 have been identified in our immediate listening area.According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, in the 24-hour period ending at 11 o’clock this morning, four new cases were confirmed in Cerro Gordo County; three each in Butler and Floyd; two each in Franklin, Hancock, and Wright; and single cases in Mitchell and Worth.That brings the area’s total since the start of the pandemic to 534 — 294 in Wright; 53 in Cerro Gordo; 52 in Franklin; 33 in Hancock; 30 in Butler; 24 in Floyd; 20 in Kossuth; 13 in Winnebago; nine in Mitchell and six in Worth.17 more people from the area have recovered — eight in Wright; four in Franklin; two in Butler; and single cases in Cerro Gordo, Hancock and Kossuth — for a total of 245.Statewide over the same 24-hour period, seven more people have died for a total of 677; 357 more cases have been confirmed for a total of 24,737; 327 more people have recovered for a total of 15,453. Worth Cerro Gordo271 Cerro Gordo534 Cerro Gordo1 Area Total53418 Floyd243 Winnebago11 Hancock Butler162 Wright2942 Mitchell Kossuth Kossuth20 Hancock201 Butler2 Franklin184 Franklin522 Winnebago13 Floyd1 Floyd17 Worth3 Deaths Wright Area Total4last_img read more

Tottenham nearly signed Liverpool sensation, reveals Sherwood

first_img Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling 1 Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has revealed he tried to sign Raheem Sterling for Tottenham when he was working with the youth team there.Sterling came through the ranks at Queens Park Rangers, but he was snapped up by Liverpool in 2010 for a fee which could reach £5million.However, Sherwood has now revealed how he attempted to bring the talented winger to White Hart Lane while he was working with Spurs’ youth setup.“He’s [Sterling] a great talent, a good guy as well. I have known him since he was a young boy,” said Sherwood.“He’s got a real winner’s mentality and he is one we have to watch [on Sunday] and show a lot of respect to.“Everyone knew about Raheem when he was at Queens Park Rangers and people made efforts to try and get him.“Liverpool were the fortunate ones. I am not sure Tottenham wanted to send the money that was asked at the time, but I think he has possibly made the correct decision there because he has gone to a club with a manager who wants to give him an opportunity to play.”last_img read more