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No intention of leaving Paris St Germain’s (PSG) any time soon: Neymar

first_imgParis: Paris St Germain’s (PSG) Brazilian star Neymar has said that he has no intention of leaving the French side any time soon. Neymar was the subject of a long drawn transfer saga involving his former club Barcelona in the summer.While the transfer never quite went through, Neymar’s alleged desire to leave PSG for Barcelona left a sour taste for the fans. He is now working his way back into the team after a long period on the sidelines due to injury and slowly getting the fans back on his side. In an interview with France Football, he said that he has no intention of leaving PSG.“Why would you want to leave here?” he was quoted as saying by France Football.“I still have two years on my contract, the team is continuing to progress. We have to stay focused on this season to do things well and win as many titles as possible,” he added.With PSG sitting on top of the Ligue 1 table with 42 points, seven points ahead of second-placed Marseille, it could be another one-horse race in the French top flight and Neymar said that the club’s target this season is to win the UEFA Champions League.“This season, the goal is the Champions League. My priority is PSG, with maximum involvement each week. The goal is to always win the next game. In every game, we have to fight for the club. That’s how I see it,” he expressed.Neymar had also been the subject of a rape allegation this year. While the accuser has since been charged with fraud and the case has been dropped, Neymar feels that all this has led to him being misrepresented in the media.“Not many people know the real Neymar. My parents and friends only. What people see is something completely different. And in the end, they see very little. The real Neymar is very peaceful, very happy. He is somebody who enjoys being with family and friends. I like to enjoy, to savor all the moments of life with everyone,” he said.“I never play to be number one. I just play because I love football. Playing football makes me feel happy. And every time I’m on the pitch, I give 100 percent,” Neymar added. IANSAlso Read: Messi Accuses Some of his Club Members Who don’t Want Neymar Back Also Watch: Protest against CAA-2019 is on, Several protesters join AASU in Tinsukialast_img read more

Reddish, Welsh miss 2nd half with lower-body injuries

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Cornerback Brandon Reddish and defensive end Robert Welsh suffered lower-body injuries and missed the second half of Syracuse’s 52-17 win over Tulane on Saturday.Head coach Scott Shafer said he didn’t have an update on the two injured players after the game, but that he expects to soon.“We’re going to find out pretty soon,” Shafer said, “get them the full battery of tests.”Welsh injured his left leg making a tackle on Green Wave quarterback Nick Montana in the second quarter of the blowout. He had to be helped off the field and didn’t put any weight on his left leg.Welsh, who starts opposite Micah Robinson, finished with just the one solo tackle. Ron Thompson and Isaiah Johnson got expanded minutes in the second half with the starter injured.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textReddish, who is part of the Orange’s three-man cornerback rotation with Keon Lyn and Ri’Shard Anderson, was replaced by Julian Whigham. The cornerback Whigham hauled in his first career interception and recorded two tackles. Reddish broke up one pass before leaving the game.SU now has two weeks off before it next takes the field in the Carrier Dome against No. 3 Clemson.“The good news is we have some time,” Shafer said. “The bad news is they didn’t play the second half, so we’ll see.”center_img Commentslast_img read more

Students participate in AIDS Walk Los Angeles

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan USC students participated in the annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles in West Hollywood on Sunday.The walk, in which about 30,000 people participated, was organized by AIDS Project Los Angeles, a group that hopes to improve the lives of those fighting HIV/AIDS while raising awareness through various events.USC’s Undergraduate Student Government’s Community Affairs Committee organized transportation for students to participate in Sunday’s AIDS Walk Los Angeles in West Hollywood.“We’re not specifically endorsing the walk, we’re just providing transportation for USC members in a safe way. We’ve been doing it every year so it has just become tradition to do it,” said Kandace London, USG’s director of community affairs. “We provided transportation by offering two to three buses all paid for by Undergraduate Student Government.”USG began offering this service after they learned that every year numerous USC students wanted to attend the walk but were unable to make it because of a lack of transportation. Since then, they said they have tried to accommodate student needs.“We made it our mission to make sure that anyone who wanted to participate in it would have a free way to get there,” London said.Students said they took advantage of USG’s services for various reasons. Levi Powell, a junior majoring in dental hygiene, participated because he believed this event would bring  his fraternity together, while also helping a good cause.“I chose to attend this event for two reasons, in support of my fraternity and to spend my time on something worthwhile,” said powell. “It’s the start of our ‘Kappa Week’ at my fraternity [Kappa Alpha Psi], where we do different events everyday throughout the week.”Powell’s fraternity brother, Bryen Irving agreed with him.“Our fraternity feels it’s important to reach out to the community. I’ve heard about the walk because I’m from L.A.,” said Irving, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. “It was powerful to see this many people turn out for a cause like this, and this isn’t a one-time thing because they are bringing people out like this every year.”Other students were excited to spend time with different groups from outside of the USC community.“I had never experienced the coming together of such a diverse group. It was definitely eye-opening to see how such a big city could unite to help others,” said Riyana Chakraborty, a member of USG Community Affairs.Many celebrities also participated, including stars of the ABC television show, Revenge, and famous personalities such as Richard Simmons. Hundreds of people gathered for the opening ceremonies as these stars spoke about how AIDS has affected them and the importance of acceptance.Numerous companies also donated their products to encourage the walkers. Companies such as Evolution Fresh and Gatorade donated millions of bottles of their products to be passed along to participants as they made their way toward the finish line.USG Community Affairs member Evelyn Lee appreciated the hundreds of volunteers who gathered along the path handing out snacks, fresh fruit and drinks.“I think it was really encouraging to have people not only constantly keeping you hydrated, but also cheering for the entire path to the finish line,” Lee said. “They stood along the sidelines giving high-fives and telling people to drink water and stay healthy.”Students who participated in the walk said they were happy to see such a diverse group come together for a cause.“It surprised me how much people care for one another,” Chakraborty said. “I am proud to live in a place like Los Angeles where people are accepting and the opportunities for change are so limitless.”last_img read more

Annenberg hosts Zoom Q&A with NBA Chief Human Resources Officer Eric Hutcherson

first_imgThe talk was part of Annenberg’s newly launched program Annenberg Intelligence, a series of Zoom conversations with industry leaders and alumni in order to make up for the spring semester’s canceled on-campus events and job recruiting opportunities. Hutcherson discussed the NBA’s own initiative to continue its community outreach through NBA Together, a campaign currently pushing medical information and pandemic relief efforts.  “Home right now is taking precedence,” Hutcherson said. “So it’s really important for employers, ourselves, in particular, to remember that we infiltrated the home life, and so trying to figure out how to take care of school and take care of life and take care of family and deal with illness and then at the same be productive at work has been a real challenge.” Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism invited more than 140 students to participate in a Zoom Q&A with the head of the NBA human resources department Eric Hutcherson Friday. The Q&A was led by Annenberg Dean Willow Bay and covered the league’s strategy during the coronavirus crisis and the virus’ implications on professional basketball.  The NBA was the first professional league to suspend the remainder of its season March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. Hutcherson outlined HR’s role in maintaining inclusivity and workspace health when the workplace itself is scattered across homes and geographies.  Despite the looming economic consequences of the pandemic, Hutcherson projected confidence and a willingness to adapt to the circumstances that the NBA is facing.  The task forces span different scenarios and continents, with one planning the logistics of a remaining 2020 season and one covering a 2021 comeback. Others focus on different international markets and how to operate under varying government policies regarding social distancing and economic reopening. The NBA has amped up its communication and created new task forces in light of its continued operations and planning for hypothetical outcomes of the coronavirus crisis. Hutcherson provides town halls and panels for employees to tune into that cover topics such as the disparate impact of the coronavirus on communities of color.  Hutcherson also emphasized how uncertainty still persists as the decider of future plans with the facts about the pandemic changing every day. The coronavirus upended not only its game operations but the transition of the NBA’s next generation of draftees. With the NCAA Tournament canceled, many college players lost the chance to improve their stock value to professional teams, and with the G-League’s suspension, the players’ journey to an NBA lineup may be delayed. “The way we’re looking at [it] is in times of crisis, you get access to talent that you otherwise wouldn’t get access to,” Hutcherson said. “And so we’re using that as an opportunity hopefully to continue to grow.”last_img read more

Paidi Maher braced for Nenagh onslaught

first_imgThe County Intermediate football final takes place tomorrow in New Inn when Clonmel Og will take on Upperchurch Drombane who defeated Mullinahone in the county semi final. The winners will play senior football in 2016.That game gets underway at 3pm. In the opener on Sunday at 1 O Clock Clonakenny will take on Thurles Sarsfields Intermediates for the right to play senior hurling next year. Sarsfields overcame Ballinahinch in the semi final while Clonakenny beat Newport. Thurles Sarsfields are aiming to put back to back titles together but first they will have to beat Nenagh Eire Og in the final.The Thurles side will start as slight favourites but Nenagh have put together a string of fine performances this year and will relish the opportunity to take on the reigning champions.Sarsfields captain Paidi Maher told Tipp FM Sport that these occasions are rare and putting in a performance is what its all about. Sunday’s match throws in at Semple Stadium at 3.15 and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in assocation with Horse & Jockey KIA, Thurles. Looking ahead to 2016, the Tipp under 21 hurlers will play the winners of Cork and Limerick in a Munster semi final in 2016. The footballers will be up against Kerry at the quarter final stage.In minor hurling Tipp will play the loser of Cork and Waterford while in football Tipp will play Cork in their first championship game of 2016last_img read more

Martin in 3rd place in Tour

first_imgToday’s action will take the riders from Carcassonne to Montpellier as they prepare for Thursday’s battle on the slopes of Mont Ventoux.Defending champion Chris Froome holds a 16 second lead in the yellow jersey.Carrick on Suir’s Sam Bennet remain in final place.last_img

World Cup qualifier action starting this evening

first_imgIn Group B leaders Switzerland travel to the Faroe Islands, European champions Portugal meet Latvia, and Andorra face Hungary.And in Group H its Bulgaria versus Estonia, Bosnia against Greece and Gibraltar versus Cryprus.All of those games kick off at 7.45pm. The first of three days of World Cup qualifiers gets underway this evening ahead of Ireland game against Austria on Sunday.The game of the day arguably comes from Group A where Sweden play host to France.Elsewhere in that group the Netherlands face Luxembourgh and Belarus take on Bulgaria.last_img

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani expects to be past blister issues

first_imgUP NEXTAngels (Andrew Heaney, 0-1, 9.64) vs. Yankees (Luis Severino, 4-1, 2.32), Friday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) HOUSTON — The Blister Watch could be over.A day after Shohei Ohtani threw 98 pitches without issue, Manager Mike Scioscia said Ohtani is confident he will not have a problem with the blister again this season.Scioscia said Ohtani told him the skin has now toughened to a callus, which is a good sign based on his history.“Shohei really feels if he goes out and pitches and it feels good, then it doesn’t bother him the whole season,” Scioscia said. Scioscia would not confirm when Ohtani’s next start will be, but if they stay on the current schedule he would pitch Tuesday at home against the Baltimore Orioles.Ohtani would then be available to hit all three days against the New York Yankees this weekend. The Yankees are starting Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, in that order.Obviously, if Ohtani starts at DH against Tanaka on Saturday, it would be a mega-event in Japan. Ohtani is more likely to start Friday and Saturday, against the right-handed pitchers, than Sunday against the left-handed Sabathia.ALSOBlake Wood (elbow impingement) and Matt Shoemaker (strained forearm) are making progress, Scioscia said Wednesday. Shoemaker has been throwing, but he’s not ready to get on the mound. Wood is expected to be back in about a week. …The Angels used all six of their allotted mound visits for the first time Tuesday night. The visits are limited as part of baseball’s new rules to improve the pace of play. Scioscia said the Angels have had no issues with the rules. Although they played the final two innings with no remaining visits, he said they wouldn’t have done anything differently. They used four in the seventh inning alone, three with rookie Justin Anderson on the mound. “Even though we rifled through them, they were all necessary,” Scioscia said. “I think they did have an impact on things. Justin Anderson was a little sideways on things and was able to finish the inning.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Georgia finds its Jake Fromm replacement in former Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman

first_imgIt didn’t take long for Georgia to find its next quarterback.Only a few days after Jake Fromm announced he would be entering the 2020 NFL Draft, former Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman revealed he is joining the Bulldogs as a graduate transfer. MORE: LSU vs. Clemson odds, predictions, betting trends”As I look ahead, I am excited about joining such a great football program under the leadership of coach [Kirby] Smart and offensive coordinator, coach [James] Coley,” Newman said in a tweet Saturday morning. “I believe in UGA’s amazing staff, great football program and the passionate fans supporting this team.” Official Announcement. 🙏🏽 #GODSPLAN pic.twitter.com/Xb37ZGZinV— Jamie Newman (@jlmn12_) January 11, 2020Newman finished with 2,868 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for the Demon Deacons in 2019 while completing over 60 percent of his passes. He also ran for 574 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 3.2 yards per carry.In a 27-21 loss against Michigan State in the Pinstripe Bowl, Newman racked up 262 total yards and three touchdowns. The loss dropped Wake Forest to 8-5 for the season.Welcome @jlmn12_ ‼️#GoDawgs #GeorgiaFootball pic.twitter.com/q0VTGgQQUW— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) January 11, 2020Prior to Newman’s decision, the Bulldogs were ranked No. 5 in Sporting News’ way-too-early top 25 for 2020.last_img read more