Donald Edward Roessler July 12, 1934 – February 23, 2019

first_imgDonald Edward Roessler, age 84 of Crosby Township, Ohio passed away at his home Saturday, February 23, 2019. Born July 12, 1934 in West Harrison, Indiana the son of Edward and Carrie (Dorst) Roessler.Donald married Teresa Woolums March 22, 1990 at St John United Church of Christ in Harrison, Ohio. Served his country in the US Navy. Donald worked as an electrician in the navy, boilermaker for Gulf Refinery and in maintenance for Southwest local schools for many years. Graduated from Harrison High school in 1953. Member of St John United Church of Christ, American Legion Post #199 and the National Rifle Association.Donald is survived by his loving wife Teresa Roessler. Father of Rick Roessler, Mark (Kim) Roessler, David (Marjorie) Roessler, Diana (Dave) Mosher, Steven (Vicki) Roessler and John (Ginny) Roessler. Grandfather of nine and great grandfather of two. Brother of Janet (Bill) Hankins.Preceded in death by his parents Edward and Carrie Roessler, brother Alvin Roessler.Visitation will be held Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. until time of funeral services at 6:00 P.M. with Rev. Harold Shackelford officiating all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home. Military honors will be provided by the United States Navy and Harrison Honor Guard.last_img read more

Hudson, Rangers teammates hail Joe Aribo

first_imgRelatedPosts Joe Aribo vows to bounce back from injury Joe Aribo out of Super Eagles friendlies Gerrard gets Aribo, Leon Balogun boost Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi and other footie stars have heaped praise on Rangers star Joe Aribo after he scored for Nigeria against Brazil yesterday.The playmaker netted an opener in the first half against the Samba superstars with a slick finish past Man City’s Ederson after showing quick feet to dance past PSG’s Marquinhos.Aribo, 23, and his teammates managed a 1-1 draw with Neymar and co but it was the Gers man who earned all the plaudits after the game.He posted footage of his goal on Instagram and was bombarded with messages of congratulations and support – with plenty of his teammates applauding his skills.Chelsea star Hudson-Odoi simply said: “Killing it,” with two fire emojis.Sheyi Ojo added: “Woah.”Connor Goldson commented: “MAD.”Andy King applauded and Wes Foderingham wrote: “Bread.”It was Aribo’s second international goal in as many games after the player netted on his debut against Ukraine back in September.Aribo is flying for club and country – despite his former manager at Charlton, Lee Bowyer, telling him a move to Glasgow was a mistake.Tags: Callum Hudson-OdoiJoe AriboRangerslast_img read more

Everton confirm backroom staff

first_imgEverton have confirmed the appointment of key members of new manager Roberto Martinez’s backroom staff. Press Association The Spaniard has been reunited with his former Wigan staff Graeme Jones (assistant manager), Kevin Reeves (chief scout), Inaki Bergara (goalkeeping coach) and Richard Evans (head of performance). Their appointments follow the departure of Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden who were released from their contracts on Monday to join former Toffees boss David Moyes at Manchester United. center_img Martinez is happy to be working with people he knows well and trusts. “We’ve brought people with real experience in the Premier League already,” he said. “They bring a real understanding of how we work and what we need to reach with the players and help them as quick as we can to be a strong team at the start of the season. “What we have is a lot of important people at the football club that have excellent results and we’ll make sure we get together to be ready for the start of the season.” While he continues to finalise his first transfers as new manager – also likely to be familiar Wigan faces in striker Arouna Kone and defender Antolin Alcaraz – the concentration is on getting ready for pre-season. Martinez met many of his players for the first time on Thursday as they are returning for training at staggered intervals depending on their summer international duty. “We’re all getting ready at Finch Farm, every single department, for an exciting season,” he told evertontv. “Obviously the players coming back from their well-deserved break is something we look forward to. That’s going to happen in stages.” last_img read more

Carver makes Williamson claim

first_img Press Association Williamson was dismissed just after the hour when he collected a second yellow card for a late, knee-high challenge on Leicester’s Jamie Vardy on the touchline. He was followed off the pitch by Daryl Janmaat who was also sent off in injury time of what proved another dismal afternoon for the crisis-hit Magpies. Newcastle boss John Carver accused defender Mike Williamson of getting sent off deliberately in a blistering attack on his players after their 3-0 loss at Leicester. After eight successive Barclays Premier League defeats, Newcastle are nosediving towards relegation and Carver was furious after the final whistle at the King Power Stadium, with Williamson the prime target of his ire. “I thought he meant it,” Carver said in his post-match press conference. “When the ball went onto that left-hand side, my first reaction, five yards before making the tackle was, ‘Don’t do it’ – and he did it. “Vardy was off the pitch, Willo was off the pitch, the ball was off the pitch. There was no need to do it. I am not accepting that, especially in the situation we are in.” Asked why Williamson might have done something like that on purpose, Carver said: “I don’t really know. It was just my thought when it happened. I thought he meant that and I have told him so. I have actually said this to his face.” Newcastle fell behind within a minute as resurgent Leicester, fully fired up and determined to maintain their survival charge, stole the ball from the kick-off and Leonardo Ulloa headed from a corner. Wes Morgan added a second after 17 minutes and an Ulloa penalty put the result beyond doubt early in the second half. Newcastle were booed off the field by their increasingly angry fans, some of whom held up a banner accusing the team of not trying. Some of the players were later jeered as “cowards” as they boarded the team bus on their way out of the stadium. Carver, who has won just two of 16 games since succeeding Alan Pardew, said: “I can’t disagree with them. I know some of them went over at full-time and the fans had a go, and more or less said, ‘We don’t want to see you’. “If I was sitting in the stand with them I would be doing the same thing. “We are a soft touch. We are a soft touch when the ball comes into the box because we are not prepared to put our heads on it. “We can talk and talk – We need to grow up and we need to accept it. The ones that don’t want to grow up and accept it can stay at home.” Newcastle have been locked on 35 points since February while Leicester, adrift on 19 points and seemingly doomed at the start of April, are now just a point behind them after five wins from six. Carver said: “It is in our hands to do something about it. We have got to do something about it. The minute it is out of our hands then we are in trouble. I don’t want to have to rely on anyone else.” Opposite number Nigel Pearson offered a word of sympathy for Carver, who was also the subject of fierce criticism from Newcastle fans. Pearson said: “Whatever happens this season I can guarantee John Carver will have done everything in his power to make sure things are right for Newcastle United. He is a pretty selfless man.” Newcastle’s capitulation arguably took the attention away from Leicester’s superb performance, which was fuelled by a passionate crowd. In such form they are heading towards safety although Pearson is taking nothing for granted, noting his side are still below Newcastle. He said: “We have a more realistic chance than we did before we kicked off today. Newcastle are having a difficult time but they have still got one more point than us at the moment. “Momentum is important but off the back of a defeat in midweek – had we not got this result, then again (you can find) things can change quickly. We have given ourselves a better chance. “The result is the most important thing but the performance I thought was very good.” Pearson himself has had a difficult week after putting himself in the spotlight with his bizarre ‘ostrich’ confrontation with a journalist following the Chelsea loss on Wednesday. He later apologised but a further exchange with a different reporter on Thursday kept the matter in the news. He said: “If I make an apology, I make an apology based on what I think is the right thing to do. There is no smoke and mirrors on that. “What I do and what I am is what I am and I have to live with that, and I don’t necessarily want to change. “But we all learn from what we do, good and bad. I don’t see too much mileage in going much further with that. “It was important to get back to winning ways today. Anything else, side issue-wise, is not really as significant.” last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgFormer Giant Harland Svare, Rams, Chargers coach dies at 89EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Harland Svare, a starting linebacker on the Giants’ 1956 NFL championship team and later the team’s defensive coach, has died, He was 89. He died on April 4 at a nursing home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. For many years, Svare also held the distinction of being the NFL’s youngest head coach at 31 years, 11 months. He was elevated from defensive line coach to head coach by the Los Angeles Rams midway through the 1962 season.MLB-ORIOLES-MANCINI CANCEROrioles 1B Mancini expects to miss season to treat cancerBALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini is undergoing chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer and expects to miss the season if major leaguers return this summer. Mancini had a malignant tumor removed shortly before turning 28 on March 18. Writing a first-person article for The Players Tribune, the 28-year-old says has been undergoing chemotherapy since April 13. He says the treatment will take six months and expects to make a full recovery.Mancini hit .291 with 35 homers and 97 RBIs for last-place Baltimore in 2019.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP sources: MLB opening options include 3 regional divisionsNEW YORK (AP) — People familiar with the discussions tell The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is exploring various options that could allow the season to start if the medical situation allows. Update on the latest in sports: April 29, 2020 — Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland has been arrested in South Carolina for resisting arrest and other offenses. Breeland, who is from Charlotte, was arrested in York County, just south of the North Carolina-South Carolina border. Breeland was also charged with driving with an open container of alcohol, possession of marijuana or hash and driving without a license. Breeland had seven tackles and an interception in the Chiefs’ 31-20 Super Bowl win over San Francisco two months ago. — Joe Staley says he has been taken aback by the tributes that have poured in from former 49ers teammates, coaches and competitors since he announced his retirement. The limelight in the NFL is usually reserved for players who catch, run or throw the ball, not the behind-the-scene workers who help make all that happen. But Staley is deserving of it after making six Pro Bowls, the NFL all-decade team and helping the 49ers reach the Super Bowl twice in his 13-year career.— The Kansas City Chiefs have released two-time Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt. Colquitt’s 15-year career with the Chiefs allowed him to set numerous franchise records, including the most games played and most postseason appearances. Colquitt posted a farewell on Instagram late Monday in which he said that “all things come to an end, sometimes sooner than you hoped, prayed and pleaded for them to.” Colquitt stopped short of saying he was retiring. He turns 38 next month.— The Houston Texans have released veteran safety Tashuan Gipson just one year after signing him to a three-year, $22.5 million contract. Gipson started 14 games for Houston last season before landing on injured reserve because of a back injury. The 29-year-old Gipson had 55 tackles and three interceptions in his one season with the Texans.— A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent wide receiver Rashard Higgins has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Cleveland Browns. Higgins clashed with former Browns coach Freddie Kitchens last season. A fifth-round pick in 2016, Higgins had only four catches for 55 yards last season as he also dealt with a knee injury. In 2018, Higgins had 39 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns. — The Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the fifth-year option on All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt. Watt, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in the 2017 draft, is coming off a stellar 2019 in which he had 14 1/2 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time.— The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defensive lineman Christian Covington on a one-year contract. Covington played for the Dallas Cowboys last year after spending four seasons with the Houston Texans, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL draft. Covington started a career-high six games for the Cowboys and had a personal-best 28 tackles.— The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle John Jenkins. Jenkins appeared in 16 games and made five starts for Miami last season, getting one sack. He has also played for New Orleans, Seattle, Chicago and the New York Giants since he entered the league in 2013.— The 2021 NFL draft will be held in Cleveland from April 29 to May 1. The dates were announced following the completion of a unique, stay-at-home draft that went smoothly despite logistical obstacles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TV ratings soared over the weekend as fans soaked in every moment. The NFL officially awarded Cleveland the 2021 NFL draft last year. The Browns will be celebrating their 75th anniversary next year. Details are still being finalized, but the draft will be held at locations around FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.NFL OBIT-HARLAND SVARE Associated Press — The maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats is producing non-medical masks to help benefit food banks. Louisville-based Hillerich & Bradsby says in a release its Maskonic masks are reusable, water repellent and treated with a bactericide that lasts up to 10 washes. The mask was inspired by the company’s Bionic gloves line. Company president and CEO John Hillerich says it “was a natural progression, particularly in a time of global crisis” when personal protective equipment is needed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hillerich says the company has channeled its production and supply chain toward making masks for the public.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARNASCAR race may take place in Charlotte without fansCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The governor of North Carolina says NASCAR can hold the Coca-Cola 600 without fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway at the end of May if health conditions do not deteriorate in the state.Gov. Roy Cooper says he and state public health officials have had discussions with NASCAR and the speedway. Cooper says he believes the race can go forward on Memorial Day weekend for the 60th consecutive year. Included is a plan in which the 30 teams could be split into three regional divisions. Teams could be restricted to playing within their region.That idea, if used, would break up the traditional alignments of the American and National Leagues. It also would cut travel.In other virus-related baseball news:— The Pittsburgh Pirates are suspending retirement benefits for members of the team’s baseball operations staff in an effort to cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Ben Cherington says the team has been searching for ways to find savings with the 2020 season on hold indefinitely with much of the country locked down in hopes of stemming the spread of the virus. The temporary suspension of retirement benefits is part of an effort to avoid any potential personnel cutbacks.— Major League Baseball has told teams they could decide their own ticket refund policies. Spring training was suspended on March 12 and the regular season was delayed from its scheduled March 26 start because of the new coronavirus pandemic.  A revised schedule has not been announced, and teams had treated the missed games as postponements and not announced refund policies. NASCAR, like other sports, has been shut down for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other virus-related developments:— Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic. World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who’ve lost income because competitions are suspended.— Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches. Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas that deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season.— The 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is delaying the start of ticket sales until August. Tickets were originally set to go on sale to those who registered online in May. Instead, PGA Championship tournament director Scott Reid said that with the world grappling with the coronavirus pandemic it was not appropriate to ask potential spectators to make purchasing decisions at this time. The unrestricted free agent quarterback has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.Winston was the first overall pick in the 2015 draft and the starting QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’ll serve as backup to Drew Brees in New Orleans.Winston is coming off a season in which he led the NFL with 5,109 yards passing and ranked second with 33 touchdown passes, but he also led the NFL in interceptions with 30. That made Winston the first QB in NFL history to have at least 30 TDs and 30 interceptions.In five seasons with the Buccaneers, he has passed for 19,737 yards and 121 touchdowns while throwing 88 interceptions. The Bucs went 28-42 in games Winston started.In other NFL developments: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSSaints agree to terms with QB Winston on one-year contractUNDATED (AP) — Jameis (JAYM’-ihs) Winston has found a landing spot. — The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Faculty masters to be in all freshman dormitories

first_imgA resident of the University Park campus for more than 20 years, Stanley Rosen tells students to call him “Stan.”Rosen, the faculty master of the University Residential College at Birnkrant, eats alongside freshmen every day at Everybody’s Kitchen and says he encourages students to join him.Teaching · Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity Thomas Gustafson, New’s faculty master, hosts a weekly dinner for his residents. – Mindy Curtis | Daily Trojan“The main thing is to make them comfortable with faculty members outside the classroom,” said Rosen, a professor of political science.Rosen is one of 15 faculty members living in student housing this year. Administrators plan to create three more residential colleges like Birnkrant starting next school year, said Lynette Merriman, senior associate dean for Student Affairs.“What we’re trying to do here is really blend the living and learning experience,” Merriman said.Faculty members currently live in the North, South, East and Parkside areas. In fall 2012, the residential college program will expand and a new faculty master be placed in both Flour and Webb Towers, and added to the two already in the South Area — which includes Pardee Tower and Deans Halls.What distinguishes faculty masters from other resident faculty members is that masters have tenure and are active on campus and in their field, Merriman said.“We would like [residential colleges] to be a common experience among all students,” said Merriman, who also said USC is pushing to become an even more residential campus in coming years.Gene Bickers, vice provost for Undergraduate Programs, said the idea for residential colleges stems back centuries ago in England with some of the oldest universities such as Oxford university.“We’re not trying to imitate anyone in particular, but we know that there are benefits that come with having students and faculty live together,” Bickers said. “We’re trying to give everyone those benefits.”Jay Lee, a freshman majoring in theatre and living in Birnkrant, said one of the things he was most excited about when coming to USC was living alongside a faculty member.“They’re so intelligent here and it’s just a great set-up and opportunity to just kind of connect and bond with some of the adults here on campus,” Lee said.Priya Jaikumar, associate professor in the School of Cinematic Arts who lives in Parkside Arts and Humanities, said she believes significant teaching happens beyond the classroom.“If the university wants to contribute to the larger life of students, it’s important to take responsibility for what the students are doing once they’re leaving the classroom,” Jaikumar said.Merriman said the recruitment process for new resident faculty members will begin in coming weeks.last_img read more

APS holding bond proposal informational meetings

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — As voting for Alpena’s highly anticipated bond proposal draws near, the district is hosting a number of town hall meetings to address concerns.The gatherings will give residents within the APS service area a chance to ask questions and give feedback regarding terms of the proposal. As we’ve previously reported, voters are being asked to approve a zero mil increase that will fund renovations in deteriorating and outdated school buildings. Some of the projects include fixing leaky roofs and improving security.Dates and times for the meetings are as follows:Thursday 2/13 6:30 PM at Sanborn School, 12170 US-23, OssinekeMonday 2/24 6 PM Granum Theater at ACC, 665 Johnson St. AlpenaWednesday 2/26 6 PM Wilson Elementary School, 4999 Herron Rd. HerronThursday 3/5 9 AM Presque Isle’s Men Group, Association Clubhouse, 7424 Kauffman Rd. If you are unable to attend, Superintendent John VanWagoner is inviting voters to schedule appointments to learn more about the proposal. Election day is Tuesday, March 10.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: APS, bond, Bond Proposal, meeting, mil, Millage, tax, tax payers, town hallContinue ReadingPrevious No license needed to fish this weekendNext Treasury Department helping taxpayers prevent identity theftlast_img read more

NFL Week 13 upset picks: Underdogs with good odds to beat the spread

first_imgWith the Thanksgiving bird and other treats behind us, we move ahead to the first Sunday in December in the NFL. With five weeks remaining in the regular season, this is where separation starts, the playoffs teams emerge and as those not worthy fades into memory like that last turkey sandwich.For NFL picks this Sunday, we have two divisional encounters, one important battle in the AFC and another much less so in the NFC. In addition, is non conference clash in the Panhandle State, where a team from the south heads north. The Rams were thoroughly embarrassed by Baltimore 45-6 before their fans in L.A. Coach Sean McVay had enjoyed nothing but success moving up the coaching ladder. Now, he’s finding out what happens when teams adjust and the front office doesn’t properly make the right moves in the salary cap game.We’re not suggesting Arizona is good team, having lost four in a row, but they were in position to win their last two contests at Tampa Bay and San Francisco and came up short. Coming off a bye week, they’ll take on a lost Rams squad that is three games behind in the wild card chase and who shows no signs of having a 5-0 finish in them to maybe return to the playoffs. Cards worth a look in this one.NFL pick: Cardinals +3 (-110) We have gone over the NFL odds as closely as doing a taste test on the holiday pies and think we have a few delicious treats for you.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook ReviewTennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis ColtsSunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) at Lucas Oil StadiumOpening line: Colts -3Though Houston is leading the AFC South, they will host New England and listed as an underdog. That could the opportunity both Tennessee and Indianapolis need to draw into a first-place tie in the division with the last quarter of the season remaining. That also place the loser in peril looking ahead.The Colts are favored and they have lost three of four. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett is coming off a poor performance (16-for-25, 121 net yards) and he will need to be much better this week.Tennessee has rallied around Ryan Tannehill, who has sparked the offense to four wins in five tries and won over his teammates. Tannehill has not gotten hurt, which is a big plus for him and the Titans. Tannehill, like many mid-level signal callers plays much better with a team that can run the ball, which Tennessee can do.This sets up as a fantastic contest to watch the play in the trenches and we’re calling for the Titans to make one more play and win outright.NFL pick: Titans +2.5 (-110)Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Jacksonville JaguarsSunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. ET (FOX) at TIAA Bank FieldOpening line: Jaguars -3The betting public has spoken (and we agree) on this non conference skirmish. Jacksonville was dumped from -4.5 to -1 at home against Tampa Bay.The energy level of the Jaguars is like someone in bad need of their 5-Hour Energy fix, having failed to win or cover against three division opponents, losing by an average of 21.6 PPG. Going back to Nick Foles under center failed to ignite the Jags at Tennessee, as the defense been scorched for 101 total points in the trio of defeats.Tampa Bay snapped their 0-6 ATS streak in convincing fashion, ambushing an Atlanta club 35-22 that was hot and turning their season around. Though the Buccaneers only won once in that stretch, three of the setbacks were by seven or fewer points.Jameis Winston’s 20 interceptions could be undoing again, however, Jacksonville is 10-22 ATS in home games having lost three of their last four games and could falter again.NFL pick: Buccaneers +1 (-110)Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona CardinalsSunday, Dec. 1, 4:05 p.m. ET (FOX) at State Farm StadiumOpening line: Rams -3.5In recent years, CG Technology and other sports betting websites have placed NFL odds on every single NFL contest before the season starts.With that in mind, think about the fact the Los Angeles Rams were at -8 before the season began against the Arizona Cardinals and are listed at -3 currently. That is a precipitous fall no matter how to cut.last_img read more

China’s Suning to pay $650m for Premier League TV rights

first_imgShanghai, China | AFP | A Chinese conglomerate has won the rights to broadcast the English Premier League in China for three years, it said Friday, with reports putting the deal’s value at $650 million.The contract would represent a huge uplift on the previous contract as Chinese money pours into football, including major investments in England, and businesses rush to support President Xi Jinping’s national footballing ambitions.“The feedback that the board of the English Premier League gave us is that we have won the bid” to broadcast the English Premier League from 2019 to 2022, a spokesman for Suning Holdings’s PPTV unit told AFP.The exclusive media rights cover mainland China and its special administrative region Macau, a Suning spokeswoman said, adding they still have paperwork to sign before making an official announcement.PPTV is an online streaming platform under the sports arm of the Suning Holdings company, which paid 270 million euros (then $306 million) in June for a majority stake of Inter Milan.It also owns Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning, which twice broke the Asian transfer record this year to sign Ramires from Chelsea for 28 million euros and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Alex Teixeira for 50 million euros.The three-year TV rights were worth more than $650 million, Bloomberg News reported, marking a 12-fold increase on the current contract due to intense competition for the rights.Friday’s announcement by PPTV came soon after the start of a new Premier League television rights cycle, which has generated some £8.3 billion ($10 billion) worldwide through 2019. In the United States, leading terrestrial television network NBC signed a $1 billion six-year deal for the American rights through to 2022.PPTV’s entry into the Premier League broadcast rights market follows huge Chinese investment into English football clubs of more than £500 million ($668 million) since December 2015.The impact has been greatest in the Midlands where Premier League West Bromwich Albion and second-tier Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers are now all owned by Chinese businessman or corporations.Last month, a Chinese consortium struck a preliminary agreement to buy Premier League Hull City for £130 million ($159 million), conditional on approval by English football authorities.But the investment is not limited to outright control, with the Chinese’s government’s 13 percent stake in Abu Dhabi-controlled Premier League giants Manchester City one of a number of shareholdings in English clubs.Chinese firms have spent lavishly this year on football clubs, players, and broadcasting rights in an effort to diversify their businesses and aid Xi’s dream of making China into a global centre of gravity for the sport.Xi is a known football fan and in 2011 — when he was then vice president — he laid out three hopes for China’s soccer future: to qualify for another World Cup, to host a World Cup and to win a World Cup.Sport planners hope to turn China into a “world football superpower” by 2050, with a target of 50 million people playing the game by 2020, according to a plan published by the Chinese Football Association in April.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Allegri counting on goal-king Ronaldo to save Champions League dream

first_imgTurin, Italy | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo has scored so many goals he gives Juventus “a great advantage” insisted coach Massimiliano Allegri as the Italian side look to overturn a two-goal Champions League deficit against Atletico Madrid in their last 16, second leg tie in Turin on Tuesday.“Cristiano has a lot of goals in his legs, he’s a player that has scored so many goals in the Champions League and in matches of this kind he gets really excited and enthusiastic, having him gives us a great advantage,” Allegri told a pre-match press conference on Monday.Ronaldo has scored a record 121 goals of which 57 have proved decisive in the competition, and has been the top scorer in the Champions League for the last six seasons.This year the 34-year-old Portuguese forward has scored just once having being suspended for one match after receiving a red card against Valencia during the group stages.“I’m convinced at 200 percent that Cristiano will play as Cristiano,” said captain Giorgio Chiellini, who will play his 500th match for the club.“None of us are madmen, none of us believe it’s impossible,” added the veteran defender.The challenge for Ronaldo and the Italians will be to get goals past the tight defence of the reigning Europa League champions.“Atletico haven’t conceded in five games, so that bodes well, it makes us very confident,” joked Allegri.“In the last ten years (Atletico) have been one of the strongest teams in Europe.“They have won three Europa Leagues. We have to be up to that level.”“We believe we have what it takes to reverse this result. We have to understand what needs to be done and to adapt to the evolution of the match.”“We have to be very calm and composed to reserve the result. It would be an incredible feat.”Martin Caceres and Leonardo Spinazzola could be drafted into the Juventus defence with both Mattia De Sciglio and Andrea Barzagli injury doubts and Alex Sandro suspended. “Caceres is an extraordinary player, whose career has been stalled by various injuries, but has quality. Spinazzola has improved a great deal and could well start. I’ll decide in the morning,” said Allegri.“Spinazzola hasn’t played yet in the Champions League, but in these situations it can help to have someone who bring freshness.“If we manage to overturn the first leg result, it will be extraordinary. After that we either think about the quarter-finals or ending the season on the right note.”Atletico coach Diego Simeone warned they were ready to “seize their opportunity” to maintain their push for a first Champions League title.“You can’t just talk about Ronaldo, Juventus are a great team with top players who are used to fighting important battles and are very strong in defence,” said Simeone, who insisted there were no favourites despite his team’s clear advantage.“These are two different matches, the first leg and second leg. We’ll have to seize all the opportunities and do our best, we’ll have less space than in the first leg.“These are two strong teams, one will go through and the other won’t. It’s hard to talk about there being favourites.”“They have great quality, Bernardeschi, Dybala, Douglas, who can accompany Mandzukic and Ronaldo, they all deserve our attention.”Without the suspended Diego Costa, Atletico’s attack will be carried by Antoine Griezmann and possibly former Juve forward Alvaro Morata.“The role of the strikers will be fundamental to exploit the spaces that a team that presses strongly can leave near the goal,” said Simeone.Atletico midfielder Koke added: “It will be essential to start playing with intensity from the first minute, the crowd will help them, but we will be 11 against 11.“We know it will be a war and they will besiege us. But our locker room is united, we are all convinced we can reproduce the beautiful result of the first leg.” Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img FILE PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldolast_img read more